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Utah Baseball Opens Washington Series With 6-4 Loss

first_img Robert Lovell Written by Tags: Baseball/Pac 12/Utah Utes FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team opened a three-game series against Washington with a 6-4 loss on Thursday afternoon.Wade Gulden led Utah at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance, including an RBI triple.Tanner Thomas pitched six innings with seven strikeouts in the loss, allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits with no walks. Spencer Kevin Johnson struck out four over 2 2/3 innings, surrendering two runs on three hits with two walks. Trenton Stoltz also made an appearance on the mound for the Utes.Both pitchers were strong over the first four innings with Washington breaking the stalemate in the top of the fifth with three runs on three hits, with two of the runs unearned after an error.Utah put up its first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Chandler Anderson reached on an error and Gulden singled, setting up a squeeze play from Matt Richardson to score Anderson.Washington took a 5-1 lead after scoring runs in the sixth and seventh innings before Utah put up two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut that lead to 5-3. Dominic Foscalina hit a two-out single to right field and Gulden followed with an RBI triple that got caught in the wind. Erick Migueles stepped in as a pinch hitter for an RBI double to right center before Washington ended the inning with a ground out. The Huskies added an insurance run on a solo home run in the eighth.Anderson hit a one-out triple to left field to begin a ninth-inning rally for the Utes. He scored on a ground out before a fly out ended the game.Utah and Washington play game two of the series on Friday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m. MT. May 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Opens Washington Series With 6-4 Losslast_img read more

RFA Lyme Bay Helps Dominica after Tropical Storm

first_img September 9, 2015 View post tag: Tropical Storm Erika View post tag: RFA Lyme Bay Authorities RFA Lyme Bay Helps Dominica after Tropical Storm View post tag: Dominica Back to overview,Home naval-today RFA Lyme Bay Helps Dominica after Tropical Storm Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Lyme Bay is approaching the final phase of her taking to assist the island of Dominica following Tropical Storm Erika.The British naval vessel has spent six days stationed off Dominica and has achieved much following her short-notice rerouting to the island.The multinational relief mission has included aid from US, Venezuelan and British military ships and the effort continues with the recent arrival of the Dutch ship Pelikaan to ensure unbroken support to the island.RFA Lyme Bay has now departed Dominica and is now re-storing and preparing for further tasking in what is the most risky period for hurricanes in the region.[mappress mapid=”16879″]Image: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Ivy Tech Community College Collecting Baby Items To Help Those in Flooded Regions in…

first_imgBaby food, bottles, and diapers are among the items now being collected at Ivy Tech Community College for those who lived in the flooded areas of Texas.Partnering with the Evansville Police Department who has sent five officers and two loaded box trucks to Texas today, Ivy Tech will collect items until September 8, then give to EPD or other agencies who will be sending items to that zone.“We want our students, faculty and staff to be a part of the efforts to bring these families items they desperately need and may not have access to,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “We hope to assist in some small way to help individuals and their children begin to normalize their lives again after such a horrific tragedy that has affected so many.”Organizing the drive for these items is the Office of Student Life, Human Services Club, and Ivy Tech staff.Items being collected at Ivy Tech include:Baby formula                          Baby foodBaby bottles                            DiapersSmall books                             Small children’s gamesFlip flops                                 Bug sprayCommunity donations are welcome. Donation boxes are located at most entrances to the building, located at 3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville. Ivy Tech’s building is accessible this Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon; and then will re-open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Donations will be accepted through noon on September 8.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Police trying to ID suspect in December 29th armed robbery, images attached

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Evansville Police are trying to identify the suspect who robbed The Right Stuff convenience store on December 29th, 2016.A male entered the store, located at 1321 N Fulton Ave, around 7:25am and displayed a knife while demanding money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.The suspect was described as a black male, mid 20’s, 5 10- 6 foot tall, and 170-190lbs. He was wearing a green dri-fit hoodie, khaki pants, and black Nike shoes with a white sole.Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call EPD or WeTip 1-800-78-CRIME.last_img read more

WEEHAWKEN BRIEFS

first_imgAlicia Olatuja to headline Summer Concerts on the Hudson on Wednesday, July 26Praised by The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage,” Alicia Olatuja will headline the latest free summer concert on the Hudson on Wednesday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Harbor Park, just north of the Chart House restaurant on the west bank of the Hudson River in Weehawken. The concert series is co-sponsored by the Hudson Reporter. ×  1 / 3  Residents enjoyed a concert in Hamilton Park on Sunday July 9, sponsored by Mayor Richard Turner and the Township Council.  2 / 3  Lucia Pardo Rea won first place in the Weehawken Elks Drug Awareness Essay Contest for sixth graders earlier this year. In February, she went on to win first place in the Elks East District. And on June 2 she won first place in the State of New Jersey for her essay. On June 28 she was presented with the state award and received a proclamation from Mayor Richard Turner and the Weehawken Town Council for her accomplishment. Pictured above are Lisa Rovito, Past Exalted Ruler and Drug Awareness Chair Weehawken Elks; Robert Sosa, Deputy Mayor; Mayor Richard F. Turner; Lucia Pardo Rea; Robert Zucconi, Rosemary Lavagnino, and Holly Pizzuta, Exalted Ruler.  3 / 3  Alicia Olatuja will headline the next Summer Concert on the Hudson on July 26. (Photo by HarrisonWeinstein.) ❮ ❯ 1 / 3  Residents enjoyed a concert in Hamilton Park on Sunday July 9, sponsored by Mayor Richard Turner and the Township Council.  2 / 3  Lucia Pardo Rea won first place in the Weehawken Elks Drug Awareness Essay Contest for sixth graders earlier this year. In February, she went on to win first place in the Elks East District. And on June 2 she won first place in the State of New Jersey for her essay. On June 28 she was presented with the state award and received a proclamation from Mayor Richard Turner and the Weehawken Town Council for her accomplishment. Pictured above are Lisa Rovito, Past Exalted Ruler and Drug Awareness Chair Weehawken Elks; Robert Sosa, Deputy Mayor; Mayor Richard F. Turner; Lucia Pardo Rea; Robert Zucconi, Rosemary Lavagnino, and Holly Pizzuta, Exalted Ruler.  3 / 3  Alicia Olatuja will headline the next Summer Concert on the Hudson on July 26. (Photo by HarrisonWeinstein.) ❮ ❯center_img The venue is reachable by light rail to the Lincoln Harbor stop and also by NJ Transit bus 158 from Port Authority and towns to the north. Free parking is available at the Weehawken Recreational Park and also in the parking deck behind 1000 Harbor Boulevard. Please use 1600 Harbor Boulevard for GPS directions.Concerts are family friendly. Limited seating is available; however, audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket, if possible, and encouraged to picnic on the lawn. A rain date, if needed, will be scheduled for the following night. For more information including the full summer concert schedule, directions, updates, and rain date info, please check the HRPAC website www.hrpac.org, or call the concert info line at (201) 716-4540.Olatuja first came into the national spotlight in 2013 while performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she formed her own jazz-based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless.Originally from St. Louis, Alicia grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz, and classical. This led her to the Manhattan School of Music from which she graduated with a Masters degree. After appearing in numerous operatic and musical theater productions, she started to perform more regularly in gospel and jazz concerts and worked with such esteemed artists as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, and Christian McBride.In 2014, Alicia came to the attention of the acclaimed composer/arranger/pianist Billy Childs, and he invited her to be part of his musical valentine to Laura Nyro, Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro. Alicia’s voice also impressed the legendary Hammond B3 organist, Dr. Lonnie Smith, with whom she performed at the Charlie Parker Festival and the BRIC JazzFest.Alicia’s own band has been steadily in demand nationwide and just completed a week at the legendary jazz club, Birdland.New school funding formula changes aid to local schoolsThe state legislature and Gov. Chris Christie agreed on a state budget this month that includes a new school funding formula. Christie signed the budget into law early on the morning of July 4, ending the government shutdown that closed state parks and beaches over the holiday and moved Jersey City’s festival from Liberty State Park to Exchange Place.Statewide, the new formula will increase school funding by $181 million, with $25 million allocated to expand pre-k and kindergarten. Total state aid to public school districts totals over $9 billion, nearly a third of the overall state budget. However, not all local districts benefit.The new budget brings funding to more than 300 of New Jersey’s 584 school districts that have been perpetually underfunded since Christie signed the last funding formula law in 2008. Despite the additional funding, an estimated $2 billion gap remains between what the law required and the amount that was actually allocated.Here is how local districts are affected:Jersey City will suffer a 2 percent reduction, or about $8.4 million.Hoboken will lose out to the tune of a 7.7 percent decrease, or about $825,000. Weehawken funding would decrease by about the same percentage.Meanwhile, Bayonne will receive six percent more than Christie’s “Fairness Formula,” which he introduced earlier this year, much to the chagrin of many urban school districts. Bayonne’s total increase amounts to $3.2 million, a partial but much-needed reprieve from the district’s $6 million budget deficit unearthed in November of 2016.Union City will get a 1.2 percent increase, or $2.1 million. Secaucus will receive a 13.1 percent increase, or $131,132. Guttenberg will also receive a roughly 13 percent increase for roughly $688,000. North Bergen will receive 2.2 percent, or $1.2 million. West New York will receive a 1.2 percent increase, for about $1.5 million.Second inmate dies at Hudson County Correctional FacilityA 48-year-old woman, sentenced in Weehawken Municipal Court to 180 days, died at the Hudson County Corrections Center on July 14 as result of as yet undisclosed cause.James Kennelly, spokesperson for Hudson County, confirmed that Jennifer Towle, a resident of Hudson County, died in the jail’s infirmary at about 1:49 a.m.“Her body was transferred to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Newark for an autopsy,” he said. “The results will be available in 30 to 45 days.”Towle was serving 180 days in jail for driving while intoxicated. Because this was her third offense, this was a mandatory sentence, Kennelly said.Towle’s death comes a month after the death of Rolando Meza Espinoza, who died from internal bleeding and other issues on June 10 after he was transferred from the jail to Jersey City Medical Center. Unlike Towle, Espinoza was being held at the county jail as an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee for alleged immigration offenses.The reason for Towle’s death has yet to be determined. “The matter is currently under investigation,” Kennelly said.Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Freeholder Board Chairman Anthony Vainieri announced two weeks ago that the county administration and Board of Freeholders will cooperate in an independent review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Espinoza, 35.In a resolution passed by the Board of Freeholders on July 11, four members, Chairman Vainieri, and Freeholders Albert Cifelli, William O’Dea and Anthony Romano, will join administration medical and professional staff designated by DeGise on the “Ad Hoc Medical Review Committee.”Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken on Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children.CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives.They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.North Hudson Community Action Corporation will receive $18,348 HUD grantThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $716,894 in housing counseling grants to 9 local organizations in New Jersey to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures.“This is a smart investment in helping families find and keep their homes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.  “Quite simply, knowledge is power.  We know that armed with the information they need, those who receive counseling services are far more successful in buying, renting or avoiding foreclosure.”In Hudson County, North Hudson Community Action Corporation will receive $18,348.00 for Comprehensive Counseling.North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) was founded in 1965 as a Community Action Agency (CAA) to address the immediate needs of low-income residents, to continue assistance until stability and eventual self-sufficiency is achieved.Grant recipients address the full range of families’ housing counseling needs. This includes helping homebuyers evaluate their readiness for a home purchase, understand their financing and down payment options, and navigate what can be an extremely confusing and difficult home buying process. The organization also help households find affordable rental housing and offer financial literacy training to individuals and families struggling to repair credit problems that restrict their housing options.In addition to providing counseling to homeowners and renters, these organizations assist homeless persons in finding the transitional housing they need to move toward a permanent place to live. Finally, grantees also assist senior citizens seeking reverse mortgages.Healthcare reform study assesses job stress and organizational readinessYou can join a unique PhD research study assessing the human impact of Healthcare Reform. Ongoing changes to health care have triggered new demanding challenges for health care professionals working with diverse populations in U.S. health care systems. A Deloitte & Touché survey of 400 organizations highlighted that employee resistance to change is the number one reason organization change initiatives fail, and determined organizational readiness is a critical factor in the process of achieving successful change in organizations. You can participate when and where it is convenient. The assessments only take minutes to complete. Register and participate to receive a free workbook and join a raffle for one Apple store $500 gift certificate. To find out if you qualify just answer Yes/No to the screening questions at www.organizationalreadinessresearch.net where you can also learn more.last_img read more

Full Audio: MMJ’s Jim James Brings Protest Music To Washington D.C.

first_imgMy Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has been particularly outspoken of late, standing up for human rights during this time of social turmoil. The beloved singer/songwriter released Eternally Even earlier this month, fueling human rights activists with music that confronts hatred and political manipulations. With Eternally Even just released, James is supporting the solo album with a full length tour, and brought said tour to the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC.While James’ music has been very well received across the country, it certainly must have struck a chord in the nation’s capital. Jim James played songs from his new album, as well as efforts from his previous solo release, Regions Of Light and Sounds Of God. He also worked songs from other non-MMJ projects, including Monsters of Folk and The New Basement Tapes, into the setlist.Thankfully, taper Alex Leary was on hand to capture the performance. Listen to his full recording, streaming below!last_img read more

For teens who feel it all, a research-backed explanation

first_imgWhen teenagers seem to be experiencing conflicting emotions at the same time and struggling to make sense of them all, it may be because they are.That’s the finding of a new study by Leah Somerville and Erik Nook, a Ph.D. student working in her lab. Other co-authors were Katie McLaughlin, now an assistant professor of psychology; Psychology Department researcher Stephanie Sasse; and Hilary Lambert of the University of Washington. The research was described in a paper in Psychological Science.“In particular, what we wanted to look at is how people can take the messy mix of feelings we have at any moment and try to make sense of them by giving them specific labels … and how that process changes,” Nook said. “Because some people are very specific in making sense of what they’re feeling, whereas other people might just say they feel bad, but can’t be more specific than that.” This ability to specifically identify one’s emotions is called emotion differentiation or emotion granularity.“It’s very common to co-experience multiple emotions,” Somerville added. “But what Erik was able to do was to … chart out how that process of differentiating our emotional states changes from childhood to adulthood.”Somerville and Ph.D. student Erik Nook. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe study tested two competing ideas. The first was that people would slowly and steadily show more emotion differentiation as they got older, and the second was that the ability to parse emotions would fall along a U-shape, in which differentiation would be high in childhood and adulthood but low during adolescence.A close examination of the data, Somerville said, showed that younger children scored higher on emotional differentiation because they tended to pick one emotion — and only one — when asked about their feelings.“Basically, they’re just putting all their cards in one pile,” Somerville said. “And what we think is going on is that young people hold the belief that it’s only reasonable to experience one emotion at a time, and with increasing age they let go of that belief.“That would result in a middle period — adolescence — where they don’t have that belief any longer, and they’re co-experiencing lots of emotions without a great amount of experience to parse them apart,” she continued.To test the ability of people at different ages to differentiate their emotions, Nook designed an experiment in which participants ranging in age from 5 to 25 viewed images specifically selected to induce five different emotions — anger, disgust, fright, sadness, and upset. (Parents of the children who took part in the study were given a chance to view the images in advance.)“Decades of work have gone into developing a set of images which we know will induce feelings in people and which we have good standard ratings on,” he said. “We showed participants 20 pictures that we know tend to make people feel negative emotions … and we asked how much each image made them feel the five different emotions.”Participants studied each image for six seconds. After viewing the image, they were presented with a set of sliding bars with which to indicate how much they felt each emotion, from not at all to extremely.,“After they looked at all 20 images, we used a statistic that is basically a souped-up correlation to understand whether they were responding in the same kind of way to each image … or if they have a different set of emotional ratings for each image.”The data, Nook said, showed that from childhood to adolescence, the ability to differentiate emotions decreased, reaching its nadir at around 15 before increasing into adulthood.While the finding fits with the stereotypical image of adolescents struggling to deal with shifting emotions, there are specific and serious reasons for seeking to understand how and why teens might struggle to make sense of their feelings.Adolescence repeatedly has been shown as the most common age for the onset of mental illness, Nook said, and studies repeatedly have found links between mental illness and lack of emotion differentiation.“There are many findings that correlate high emotional differentiation with indices of mental health and well-being,” he said. “There are a slew of studies showing that people with depression, social anxiety, autism, schizophrenia, the list goes on — all of these disorders are characterized as having low emotional differentiation, and unfortunately, there isn’t a really great explanation for why.”Links between mental illness and emotion differentiation would be a natural area for additional study, Somerville said. How the brain develops Harvard researchers, others will study how its connections mature through youth Related “We can’t link our data, necessarily, to mental illness,” she said. “However, the natural way that development plays out is creating, I think, a period of low differentiation for adolescents, which could have some important implications for their health and well-being.”More generally, Somerville is investigating how abstract conceptions of emotions change as we age, with an eye on developing an understanding of emotional development that could be used as a benchmark for measuring risk of mental illness.“As we had said, adolescence is a period that is very healthy in many, many ways, but the onset of mental illness is one key risk factor,” she said. “We’re interested in these processes because if we can understand what a normal trajectory looks like … then clinical scientists can use this to try to think about the unique risk factors for mental illness throughout the lifespan.”Ultimately, Somerville and Nook said, the study provides a window on the way in which our emotional lives evolve.“This gives us yet another insight into how our bubbling stream of emotions changes as we get older,” Nook said. “I think this has a lot of implications for how we help each other at different ages to make sense of what we’re feeling and how we talk about emotions.”This project was supported by a National Institute of Mental Health grant to K. A. McLaughlin (R01-MH103291) and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to E. C. Nook (DGE1144152).last_img read more

Agritourism Conference Nov. 3-5

first_imgThe 2010 Georgia Agritourism Conference, “Play, Learn, Grow,” will be held Nov. 3 – 5 at the Dillard House in Rabun County, Ga.Educational breakout sessions and networking opportunities highlight this year’s event. Dan Cathy, chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, has been invited to end the conference with a keynote address Friday, Nov. 5, at noon.The conference celebrates the newly formed Georgia Agritourism Association and will include the organization’s first official meeting.The conference will begin after lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Sessions and exhibits will include current information from agritourism experts. The schedule is designed to teach entrepreneurs the basics of building and sustaining agritourism enterprises including business planning, insurance and liability, budgeting, financing options, estate planning and legal issues facing agritourism operations. A session on the use of social media to effectively build business will also be offered.Marketing specialists from the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development will discuss effective marketing strategies. Free marketing resources, like Market Maker, will be presented as well as information on loans and financing programs.Barbecue and a bonfire are planned for a casual Wednesday dinner.Thursday afternoon tours of Rabun County agritourism sites will include visits to the Kudzu Factory and Persimmon Creek Vineyards, among others. Georgia’s agriculture and tourism industries will host newly-elected legislators for a “Georgia Farm-to-Table” dinner on Thursday night.Early bird registration is $125 before October 22 and $165 after. Registration includes meals, tours and materials. Organizations can exhibit for $250, but limited space is available. Varying sponsorship levels are available. Visit www.areg.caes.uga.edu for online or mail-in registration and sponsorship information. A special conference-lodging rate of $89 per night, which has been extended through the weekend, is available by calling the Dillard House at 1-800-541-0671 or by visiting www.dillardhouse.com .The conference is hosted and sponsored by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the Georgia Resource Conservation and Development Council, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Center for Agriculture Innovation, Georgia Center for Local Government, Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, UGA Cooperative Extension, Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Division, the Rock Ranch, Jaemor Farms, Hillcrest Orchards, AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Rabun County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Northeast Georgia Mountains Travel Association, Georgia Agribusiness Council and C7 Marketing and Sales Solutions.last_img read more

Seattle welcomes credit unions for 4 days of education, experiences

first_imgCUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference began in earnest at the Washington State Convention Center Sunday with a small credit union roundtable, a general session speech by Alex Sheen, and the grand opening of the exhibit hall.Nearly 1,000 credit union advocates traveled to Seattle for the four-day conference, which offers critical networking opportunities and a broad menu of learning experiences focused on innovation and the future of the financial services industry.During Sunday’s opening general session, Alex Sheen, CEO and founder of “because I said I would,” detailed for attendees the history of his organization, a nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through practicing the simple act of keeping promises.Attendees also have been asked to amplify the credit union presence in Seattle this week by actively posting updates and experiences on social media using the hashtag #CUNAACUC. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more