Big Brothers Big Sisters Altering Perspectives and Saving Lives

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |A life can change for the better simply with a shift in perspective.Such was the case for Chris McNamara, who was faced with the fight of his life in the summer of 2011, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.It was an illness he would ultimately overcome, but the battle had altered his perception of what it meant to truly live.“After having survived that, I saw it as sort of having a second chance at life,” McNamara said. “Then I was left with the question, what was I going to do with this opportunity?”McNamara had previously felt compelled to join the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, but facing his own mortality placed a newfound sense of urgency on the decision.“Going through that whole experience made me realize that now is the time,” McNamara said. “I wanted to do good. But more specifically, I wanted to have an active role in helping a local child as a mentor. I wanted to reach out to a young person in need, to get them out of their everyday environment and help them enjoy life.”With the realization of a larger calling in tow, McNamara recognized the power of a perspective transformed, and how approaching a little brother or sister in this fashion could help place them on a path with broader horizons.“The point of being a mentor is to try and change their viewpoint; try to show them that there’s more to life than what’s at their front door and just beyond it. It’s a big world. There’s lots of good out there. And I want to show him that he can experience all of the good, if he’s willing to focus, do the right things, and put the work in,” McNamara said of his little brother Logan, a local 13-year old he has been paired with since joining Big Brothers Big Sisters.“Every one of us has had a mentor in our lives at some point,” said Marybeth Bull, Big Brothers Big Sister director of development. “Someone who has been influential in helping us become the success that we are. And that’s what we try to provide with this program. We’re here to help kids who need a little push and a little more support in life; an extra person on their side.”According to Bull, many of the boys and girls in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program come from a single-parent household and are facing such severe issues as poverty and various forms of abuse.Bull also disclosed that though there are nearly 700 kids being served by the program, more than 50 other children are currently on a waiting list.“These are children whose parents want the best for them, or who have a school counselor advocating for them. There’s somebody in their life who thinks they can flourish with an extra positive role model. Volunteers have the opportunity to be that role model, and I think they’ll find they get just as much, if not more, out of it than the child does,” said Bull.Chuck Leone has been a mentor to Kweli for the past four years providing a positive and supportive influence. Photo courtesy BBBSRed Bank dentist Chuck Leone is another mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and shared a similar sentiment to that of Bull.“My family, my wife and I, we’ve been very fortunate in our lives, to the point where we’ve been able to make various monetary donations to groups over the years. But it’s an impersonal experience. With Big Brothers Big Sisters, you have an opportunity to see firsthand the positive impact you’re having on a young life.”Leone has acted as a mentor to a local 14-year old named Kweli for the past four years, and has witnessed the strength of their relationship reveal a clearer picture of what the future could hold for the high school freshman.“When we first met, I’m not sure that college would have been in his future, or if he believed that it could be an option for him,” Leone said. “But it was during this past holiday season, he turned to me and said that he wants to graduate high school and college and have a successful career as a way to repay me for everything I’ve done for him. And to hear that, it’s an incredible feeling.“I hope Kweli knows how proud of him I am that he has developed this vision of his future,” Leone continued. “I’m so proud that he’s decided to put in the work to achieve it. And I hope he knows that it’s my goal to help him get there.”Leone and McNamara are two of a multitude of remarkable mentors involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but with each successful mentor-little relationship the program grows, placing a demand for more volunteers, especially males.“Of the 50 children on our waiting list, 36 of them are boys, which is why we really want to appeal to more males to step up and mentor our boys,” Bull said. “These are the kids who are growing up without a father figure and it’s so important for a developing child to have a strong, positive male figure in their life.”For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters visit bbbsmmc.org.This article was first published in the Feb. 22-March 1, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

YOUNG DONEGAL MAN AMONG TWO DEAD IN CAR CRASH

first_imgA young Pettigo man is believed to be one of two men killed in Northern Ireland today.The men, aged 18 and 22, were involved in a single vehicle crash near Kesh on the Pettigo Road.The PSNI are appealing for any witnesses to the crash, which happened just after 4pm this afternoon, to contact them. The 18 year old man is believed to be from Pettigo and attended school in Ballyshannon.The other man killed in the crash is believed to be from Castelderg.The names of the men have not yet been released until all relatives have been informed of the tragedy.  YOUNG DONEGAL MAN AMONG TWO DEAD IN CAR CRASH was last modified: November 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

If Humans Build DNA Machines, Is It Intelligent Design?

first_imgTwo teams have succeeded in building little robots that work on DNA tracks.  These resemble in many respects the machines that cells use to perform its functions on DNA.  No one denies that humans engineered their nanobots on purpose, but Darwinist scientists claim natural cellular machines evolved without purpose or design.  What’s the difference?    Nature reported on work by two teams that built such DNA robots.  Lloyd Smith commented on these in the same issue as a kind of science fiction come true.1  He made it clear that these are information-rich systems:There are several interesting concepts lurking in these papers. Lund et al. point out that macroscopic robots generally have to store a fair amount of information to provide “internal representations of their goals and environment and to coordinate sensing and any actuating of [their] components”.  Molecular robots, however, have limited ability to store such complex information.  In both devices, the motion of the walkers is thus programmed into the DNA surface, rather than into the walkers themselves.  Similarly, by setting the cargo-donating machines into predetermined loading or non-loading states, Gu et al. also use information stored in the walker’s environment to control the outcome of their system….    Although both papers integrate DNA walkers with origami landscapes, they differ in one important respect.  Lund and colleagues’ device is autonomous – no external intervention is required for it to execute the program built into the system.  By contrast, Gu and colleagues’ device relies heavily on external interventions, most importantly the addition of new DNA strands to drive the movements of the walkers and the operation of the cargo-carrying DNA machines.  The reward for this lack of autonomy is greater complexity of behaviour: whereas Lund and colleagues’ robot is currently limited to walks along a path, Gu and colleagues’ robot can pick up cargo while walking, and can adopt eight states that correspond to different manufacturing possibilities.  Future work will seek to maintain autonomy while ramping up the attainable complexity of behaviour programmed into molecular systems.    Although we remain far away from the possibilities imagined for nanotechnology by science fiction, it is inspiring nonetheless to see such creativity and rapid progress in the development of autonomous molecular systems that can execute complex actions.  This is undoubtedly a field to watch.1.  Lloyd M. Smith, “Nanotechnology: Molecular robots on the move,” Nature 465, 167�168, 13 May 2010, doi:10.1038/465167a.So if we do it, it’s intelligent design, but if nature does it, it’s blind evolution?  You realize, of course, that the natural machines in cells are far ahead of us: they are not only autonomous, but attain very complex behaviors that are programmed into their molecular systems.  Not only that, they belong to complexes of molecular machines, which belong to networks of signal processing systems, that boggle the mind – and they belong to entire systems that have a coded library, and can reproduce all their parts!  Why should not scientists find it “inspiring to see such creativity” of “autonomous molecular systems that can execute complex actions” and ascribe it to design?  Molecular biology should be filled with God-fearing, worshiping, praise-singing scientists shouting Hallelujah!  What we get instead are man-fearing, fault-finding, hate-mongering ingrates shouting Pal-Ayala (next entry).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

80cm Women’s Long Curly Fashion Party Cosplay Wig : Very nice for cosplay.

first_imgReally comfy to wear all day and night. Was perfect for my mermaid costume. The stretchy hair net thing that comes with it was brilliant for hiding all my hair under the wig (i have long natural hair, i watched youtube tutorials on how best to get all my hair into the net and it worked great). Wig arrived in an air tight bag with the companies logo on and the wig itself is enclosed in a typical plastic wig bag. The wig can be styled using a low level heat and is easy to was using luke warm water and shampoo. The fringe/bangs on the wig are slightly longer than shown; but that gives the wearer the freedom to style/cut them to preference. Really comfy to wear all day and night. Was perfect for my mermaid costume. The stretchy hair net thing that comes with it was brilliant for hiding all my hair under the wig (i have long natural hair, i watched youtube tutorials on how best to get all my hair into the net and it worked great). Wig arrived in an air tight bag with the companies logo on and the wig itself is enclosed in a typical plastic wig bag. The wig can be styled using a low level heat and is easy to was using luke warm water and shampoo. The fringe/bangs on the wig are slightly longer than shown; but that gives the wearer the freedom to style/cut them to preference. Very nice for cosplay.80cm Women’s Long Curly Fashion Party Cosplay Wig + Wig Caplast_img read more

Rio Tinto closely watching industry impact of US sanctions on Russian rival

first_imgMONTREAL – The head of Rio Tinto’s aluminum division said Tuesday he is closely watching the industry impact of U.S. sanctions on its Russian rival, Rusal, one of the world’s largest aluminum suppliers.The United States Treasury Department on Friday announced sanctions against seven leading Russian businessmen, 17 officials and a dozen Russian companies, including the aluminum giant. Rusal shares have dropped by more than half since the sanctions were announced, and the company has warned it may technically default.“It’s a bit early yet to speculate on exactly how this is going to work out and what impact it’s going to have on the whole industry,” Rio Tinto aluminum chief executive Alf Barrios said in an interview.“What is clear is that Rusal is a significant supplier of aluminum to the world and clearly we’ll have to evaluate this in detail and understand exactly how we’re going to manage our business.”Industry observers believe London-based mining giant Rio Tinto is among the main beneficiaries from actions taken Friday as part of the U.S. administration’s attempt to punish Russia for actions including activities in Syria, Ukraine and Crimea.Global aluminum prices have risen as the sanctions have fuelled concerns over supply.The sanctions against Russia come as the U.S. is also escalating a trade war with China, partially by imposing aluminum tariffs on the Asian superpower and a host of other countries, from which Canada is temporarily exempt.Barrios said he expects “common sense” will prevail when it comes to Canada’s current exemption from American tariffs on the metal.Donald Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports last month using the so-called “Section 232” of U.S. trade laws that allows the U.S. president to restrict imports and impose unlimited tariffs if a Commerce Department investigation finds a national security threat.He gave temporary exemptions to Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, and the member countries of the EU and suggested that a final decision on tariffs against its North American neighbours could be dependent on successful NAFTA talks. The steel and aluminum tariff exemption for Canada that is set to expire April 30.The deadline happens to coincide with a timeline suggested as the deadline for finalizing a new NAFTA this year. Negotiators are reportedly close to hammering out a deal.He said a U.S. decision to include Canada in the tariff would not be appropriate because Canada is considered part of the North American defence manufacturing base and supply chains are closely intertwined.“We continue to be confident that at the end common sense will prevail but what’s important for us is to work closely with the governments and the customers to ensure that we continue to maintain the highly efficient, highly-integrated supply chain between the two countries.”Barrios said it’s too early to determine the global impact of 10 per cent aluminum tariffs applied against many countries, but added that the best thing for American aluminum consumers is to have access to high quality, low carbon aluminum produced in Canada using clean hydro power.He believes the Canadian government’s steps to crack down on companies that try to ship cheap foreign steel and aluminum through the domestic market was well-received by the U.S. administration, industry and customers.Earlier Tuesday, Rio Tinto became the first company in the world to receive Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certification for its environmental, social and governance practices at its smelters in Quebec and Australian bauxite mine.Although he doesn’t expect Rio Tinto’s aluminum will immediately secure a pricing premium, Barrios said it will give a competitive advantage to its Quebec assets from customers who he said will increasingly demand the certification.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

Banks raise prime rate to 37 per cent following Bank of Canada

first_imgTORONTO – All of Canada’s Big Six banks say they will raise their prime lending rate after the Bank of Canada increased its overnight lending rate to financial institutions.Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust, BMO, and Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank all say they will increase their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rates had previously been set at 3.45 per cent.The increase will raise the cost of borrowing for customers with loans linked to the prime rate such as variable rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Bank of Canada raised its target for the overnight rate a quarter-point to 1.5 per cent Wednesday.It was the central bank’s fourth rate increase in the last 12 months.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY)(TSX:TD)(TSX:BNS)(TSX:BMO)(TSX:CM)(TSX:NA)last_img read more

A lot at stake for BJP in first phase LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: As voters cast their ballot in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls for 91 seats across 18 states and two union territories, it is the Bharatiya Janata Party that has a lot at stake. It had won 32 of these seats in 2014. The Congress fared poorly in the last parliamentary elections and could win only seven of these 91 seats. Five of its seats came from the North-East where the BJP has considerably consolidated its position in the last five years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The battle is tough for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, where it had won all the eight seats that have to the polls today. This time, the party faces challenge from the coalition of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal. Analysts say it will be difficult for the BJP to repeat its 2014 performance. In Uttarakhand, where BJP had won all the five seats in 2014, the party faces strong candidates from Congress, including former Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Manish Khanduri, son of former Union Minister Major General B.C. Khanduri. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The “nationalism” narrative of the BJP seems to be a strong factor in the hills which has a large population of ex-servicemen and those serving in the uniformed forces. The BJP faces a stronger challenge in Assam with its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill which has been opposed by its allies. The Asom Gana Parishad, its ally in Assam, is opposed to the Bill which finds a mention in the BJP manifesto. In Bihar, BJP had won three of the four seats going to the polls and is now contesting one. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena had in 2014 won all the seven seats going to polls in the first phase in Maharashtra, but the BJP later lost one seat. The first phase election will decide the fate of six Union Ministers — Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur), Hansraj Ahir (Chandrapur), General V.K. Singh (Ghaziabad), Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Buddha Nagar), Satyapal Singh (Baghpat) and Kiren Rijiju (Arunachal West). As it tries to retain its seats, BJP will also be seeking to gain in two seats each in West Bengal, Manipur and Tripura. The Congress is hopeful of scaling up its numbers from seven particular from Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Assam and Uttarakhand. The BJP and Congress are not seen as major players in Andhra Pradesh, which is undergoing both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. BJP spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri said the party will improve its performance compared to the last Lok Sabha polls. “Nationalism is a factor. The people continue to have faith in Modiji. Various government programmes have taken off, making an impact among communities seen to be loyal to other parties,” Shastri told IANS. He said there was “a visible wave” last time but this time it “is an inner current”. Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha said the party will do “much better than last time.” Prominent leaders whose fate will be decided in the first phase are Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha (Nizamabad), Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gaurav Gogoi (Kalibor), Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan (Jamui) and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi (Hyderabad). In Tura, former Union Minister Agatha Sangma is fighting former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma of Congress.last_img read more

Opener finisher or a specialist No 4 DK can do it all

first_imgKolkata: Dinesh Karthik might have been picked as a back-up wicketkeeper for the World Cup but mentor Abhishek Nayar feels the Tamil Nadu cricketer can play the role of an opener, a finisher or a specialist No. 4 for India in England. MSK Prasad-led selection committee on Monday picked all-rounder Vijay Shankar for the No. 4 spot and made it clear that the second wicket-keeper will come into play only if Mahendra Singh Dhoni is injured. However, Nayar said Karthik could be India’s answer for the debatable No 4 spot and can even open if needed. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”He can play a Kedar Jadhav finisher’s role to a No. 4 batsman’s role if needed. He can even open if needed,” Nayar, who’s credited for resurrecting Karthik’s career, said. “Being a good fielder, adds that value. Of course he’s back-up wicketkeeper, but I’m pretty sure that the management will look at him as a specialist batsman if someone is slightly out of form. You never know what opportunities this game can bring to you. For his point of view, it’s about being just prepared and being ready for that opportunity so that when it comes he grabs it with both hands.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterNayar, who is also the mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders, had missed to be with Karthik on the selection day but the KKR skipper made it a point to call him and pay his “gratitude”. “He was full of gratitude and spoke about the time when we got together three years ago. We were thinking about those days, not knowing where his career was going. So now being part of the World Cup is really special for someone like him,” Nayar said. His career at the crossroads, Karthik had sought the help of Nayar in 2016 after he scored only 355 runs in 12 innings with only one hundred at an average of 32 in the previous season. Thus began a mentor-pupil relationship, which resurrected his career and helped Karthik to be in contention for the World Cup. But just two months back, the MSK Prasad led selection committee ignored him in the ODI series against Australia which was India’s final dress rehearsal before the World Cup, making it clear that Rishabh Pant was their choice for the second wicket-keeper’s spot. “Giving up was not in our dictionary. We never believed in giving up. The day we gave up is the day we stop playing cricket,” Nayar said. “When that happened we were very clear in mind that, going forward, we need to focus on becoming a better cricketer. Focus on continuing the form that he had for the past three years. That has been the main focus. Selection was not in our hands. He always tried to control the ‘controllables’ which was the preparation,” he said as Karthik finally made it to the squad ahead of Pant on Monday.last_img read more

Immigration system server faces tech glitches at Delhi airport

first_imgNew Delhi: Hundreds of passengers had a harrowing time at the Delhi airport early Monday as the immigration system server faced technical issues for around one-and-a-half hours, affecting six international flights and resulting in long queues at the counters.An airport official said technical glitches with the server lasted between 12.15 am and 1.45 am. At around 1 am, an Air India official said that the immigration system server was down at the airport and that crew for three Air India flights were also affected. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe system was restored at around 1.45 am, the airport official said. According to the official, six international flights were affected due to the server issue. Air India’s flights to London Heathrow and San Francisco, Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa, Asiana Airlines flight to Seoul and GoAir flight to Phuket were affected, as per the official. Of the six flights, one was delayed for 50 minutes and another one for 25 minutes. Two flights were delayed by 17 minutes and another two by 18 minutes, he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDetails about which flight was delayed by how much time could not be immediately ascertained. A passenger, who was waiting for immigration check, said there was a long delay due to server issues. A public announcement was also made at the airport about the server problem and personnel started doing manual checking process, according to the passenger, who later took an Air India flight to San Francisco. Many passengers took to Twitter to complain about the delay in immigration process and some of them also tweeted pictures of long queues at the airport. The incident comes a day after Air India’s Passenger Service System faced technical glitches and was not functional for more than five hours. The incident on Saturday early morning has also resulted in delay of scores of Air India flights. The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is the busiest airport in the country.last_img read more

Ohio States Draft Class Is The Most Impressive In Modern NFL History

1981Pittsburgh12 ILBJoshua Perry1025.1 1967Michigan State8113.7 1987Penn State13 POSITIONPLAYEROVERALL SELECTIONDRAFT VALUE 1944Notre Dame13 1975USC14 1981Pittsburgh12106.2 WRMichael Thomas4710.1 1946Notre Dame16170.4 1945Notre Dame15126.2 1988Oklahoma13 1993Notre Dame9114.0 1975Ohio State13 2015Florida State11101.7 1944USC12 1945Notre Dame15 FSVonn Bell618.4 1944Texas12 TENick Vannett945.7 2016Ohio State12 2004Ohio State14 Source: Pro-football-reference.com Coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus in 2012, and the Ohio State football team has been outstanding from the moment he arrived. In his first season, the Buckeyes went 12-0, although the team was ineligible for a bowl game or postseason play. In 2013, the team began 12-0 again before being upset by Michigan State in the Big 10 championship game. Two seasons ago, Ohio State won the national championship, going 12-1 in the regular season and defeating Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in the postseason behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones. And last season, Ohio State’s only loss came as time expired against Michigan State in late November. 2006USC11102.8 1952Maryland12 1976Colorado12 2000Tennessee9102.6 OLBDarron Lee2015.5 Given all that, it wasn’t a surprise that Ohio State produced a top-notch draft class in 2016. What is surprising is that it’s the most impressive draft class in modern history. At the most basic level, there were just a lot of Buckeyes taken in the draft. Twelve Ohio State players were selected during the 2016 NFL draft, the 25th time a school has had such a distinction. And, in fact, it’s the fourth time Ohio State has sent at least a dozen players to the pros via the NFL draft:But although Ohio State was not exactly hurting in the quantity department, the quality of those picks sets the team apart. Consider, for example, that although the Texas Longhorns had 17 players drafted in 1984, eight of those players were selected with the 180th pick or later; conversely, all 12 Ohio State players were selected in the first four rounds, with Jones being the last pick at number 139. Using the draft value chart, which assigns the average marginal approximate value produced by each draft pick, we can give more weight to the best picks to provide a more accurate measure of class strength. Here is how many points of draft value were used on each Ohio State player in the 2016 draft: CBEli Apple1019.9 1953USC15 Schools with more than a dozen players chosen in one year YEARTEAMNUMBER OF PICKSDRAFT VALUE 1940USC9100.3 1971Ohio State13 1982Texas12 1950Minnesota13 1988Miami (FL)12 DEJoey Bosa327.6 1987Miami (FL)7108.1 1968USC11122.2 Source: Pro-football-reference.com Total OTTaylor Decker1616.9 1947UCLA9103.1 1974UCLA12 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1946Notre Dame16 DTAdolphus Washington806.7 2002Miami (FL)11103.3 RBEzekiel Elliott425.8 2008USC10107.1 1977USC13 1954Notre Dame12 2004MiamI (FL)9114.8 1984Texas17 WRBraxton Miller856.3 2016Ohio State12151.2 1942Texas10100.6 1954Notre Dame12121.7 1939TCU6100.1 1977USC13113.9 2006Ohio State9111.5 1955Notre Dame9128.8 1975Nebraska12 The 2016 Ohio State draft class is amazing 151.2 Incredibly, Ohio State had five players drafted in the top 20 and another five in the top 100. As a result, a total of 151.2 points of draft value was used on Buckeyes players. That’s the most — by a very large margin — in 70 years. The table below shows the top 25 draft classes as measured by points of draft value used to select players: 1948Alabama6103.8 2010Oklahoma7112.9 YEARSCHOOLPICKS QBCardale Jones1393.2 2012Alabama898.7 1950Notre Dame12 Using this methodology, the best draft class between the 1970 merger and this year came out of Miami in 2004. And yet this class beat that mark by 31.7 percent! That Hurricanes draft was great, with Sean Taylor (fifth overall), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth), Jonathan Vilma (12th), D.J. Williams (17th), Vernon Carey (19th) and Vince Wilfork (21st) all selected in the first round. But after those six players, Miami didn’t have another player drafted until the seventh round. By contrast, the Buckeyes had five first-round picks, two more in the second round, three in the third and two more in the fourth. As a result, it stands out as the most impressive draft class in modern history. read more