SMC seniors coordinate Make-A-Wish golf event

first_imgA team of Saint Mary’s seniors hosted the “Par-Tee for Make-A-Wish” golf outing Sunday at Juday Creek Golf Course in support of a young boy battling a severe illness. As part of a marketing management class, students Keely Noonan, Kelly Conaty, Kelly Kropp, Courtney O’Neill and Katie Dapper were charged with the task of creating a fundraising event for a charitable cause. The group chose the Make-A-Wish Foundation because Dapper serves as its representative at Saint Mary’s. They met with the Make-A-Wish representative in South Bend who then told them about Hayes, a boy who suffers from chromosome depletion, O’Neill said. (Editor’s Note: Hayes’s full name is not being released in the interest of privacy.) “We wanted to raise money for Hayes so that he could go to Disney World and meet Mickey Mouse, something he has been wishing for,” O’Neill said. The students said they thought a golf fundraiser for Make-A-Wish would be a perfect fit for their class project. “Golf is something that appeals to college-age students as it gets nice outside and it is a fun Sunday activity,” said Dapper.   The event, which advocated for Make-A-Wish and united Saint Mary’s and the greater community in support of Hayes, raised $1,000, enough money to make Hayes’s wish a reality, O’Neill said. During Sunday’s outing, 75 participants spent the day putting, chipping and swinging on the driving range, O’Neill said. The group said they were thankful for the generous support and contributions from the South Bend community, including silent auction donations of car rentals, a set of new tires and gift cards to local restaurants. “Our group went out and solicited for those donations and got a really great response from many places in South Bend,” O’Neill said.   The event also featured wine tasting, sponsored by vendors Fruit Hills, Madison County and People’s Winery, O’Neill said. “[The event brought] together people from campus and community to help inform them about make a wish and to help make a little boys wish come true,” she said.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel Can’t ‘Let It Go’ & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Idina Menzel Can’t ‘Let It Go’Idina Menzel has a “Let It Go” problem. “It’s so unfair,” the Broadway supernova and Frozen favorite exclaimed at Tribeca Talks on April 19. “It’s just a very ordinary saying that we’ve all used a million times and now I can’t say it, ever!” Menzel also had some good news for her, well, fanzels. She’s working on a new album of original music that should drop in the fall.Doris Roberts Dead at 90Five-time Emmy winner Doris Roberts, best known for her work on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, died on April 17 at the age of 90, the New York Times reports. Last seen on Broadway in 1978’s Cheaters, she made her debut in 1955’s The Time of Your Life; other Main Stem credits included Bad Habits, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, Last of the Red Hot Lovers and The Natural Look.Michael Friedman to Lead Encores! Off-CenterMichael Friedman, the scribe behind Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, has been tapped as the next artistic director of Encores! Off-Center. He will succeed Tony winner Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), who founded the program in 2013. The series features landmark off-Broadway musicals filtered through the lens of today’s most innovative artists.Watch Lea Salonga on Crazy Ex-GirlfriendLea Salonga appeared in the season one finale of the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on April 18, and she was as gorgeous and glorious as we knew she would be. Check out below as the Tony winner, in the role of Josh’s Aunt Myrna, sings “One Indescribably Instant.” Starring Rachel Bloom and Tony nominee Santino Fontana, the cult favorite has already been renewed for a second season. Star Files View Comments Idina Menzel(Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images) Idina Menzellast_img read more

National Teach Ag Day

first_imgFewer Americans are being raised on farms than 50 years ago, but agricultural education teachers may be more important than ever. They are helping young people understand the complex food system that keeps American’s food supply safe and secure. With youth across the country falling behind in math and sciences and suffering from historically high rates of obesity, agricultural education teachers impart lessons in life science, technology, health and nutrition in an applied manner that engages youth with the natural environment. As the role of agricultural teachers expands, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is preparing a new generation of teachers who are ready for the classroom, the garden and leadership roles. “More suburban and urban schools are beginning to see the value of agriculture programs as a way to address childhood obesity, health education, and facilitate Farm-to-School programs that promote healthy eating,” said Jason Peake, an associate professor of agricultural education UGA CAES Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC). “In short, our teachers and programs are evolving to fit the new challenges that our society is facing.” Agricultural educators across the nation teach the foundations of agricultural science including plant and animal sciences, forestry, mechanics, horticulture, leadership and business skills. They also help bridge the gap between textbook science, math and leadership lessons and the world outside the classroom, said Kay Kelsey, newly hired ALEC department head. “Agricultural education is a perfect venue for increasing not only science literacy, but also agriculture and food literacy in a holistic environment,” Kelsey said. “There is nothing more important to every person on planet Earth than a safe and secure food supply, and agricultural education is well positioned to provide that to America’s youth. Agricultural teachers go far beyond the classroom to reach students and help them grow into productive and healthy citizens.” Despite the need for applied learning provided by today’s agricultural educators, their numbers have dwindled over the past decade. Many career ag educators have retired and fewer students are earning degrees in agricultural education. ALEC is addressing teacher shortages by increasing the number of agricultural education faculty in the department and focusing on training teachers to work in urban centers, according to Kelsey. “Our department is in the process hiring two new faculty members who will be based at UGA’s Griffin Campus to take advantage of location and access to Atlanta where urban agriculture is exploding, yet underrepresented in the literature,” Kelsey said. Eighty percent of Americans live in urban areas and are increasingly interested in local and organic foods and growing fruit and vegetable gardens. Agricultural education teachers can play a vital role in expanding the local food movement by teaching youth and their parents how to sustainably grow food in whatever space available, she said. “If you have a pot and a bag of soil, you can grow food,” Kelsey said. One of Kelsey’s goals for the department is to help Atlanta Public Schools build a magnet school for agriculture where youth learn the principles of science through the application of growing food in a sustainable manner to feed communities. She wants to leverage the state’s strong tradition of agricultural youth programs to strengthen agricultural education in urban and suburban schools. “Georgia is well positioned to lead the nation in the urban agricultural movement with its strong support of Georgia 4-H, FFA, excellent State FFA and 4-H staff, and a variety of UGA degree and certificate programs to train the next generation of agricultural education teachers,” Kelsey said. “The only thing missing are adults willing to take on the challenge of educating America’s youth.” There are more than 500,000 youth enrolled in the National FFA Organization. Georgia is the third strongest state with 35,500 members. Georgia also boasts about 180,000 students in fifth through 12th grades enrolled in UGA Extension’s Georgia 4-H program. Peake, who works to recruit and train students into ALEC’s agricultural education program, said that while Georgia is still facing a deficit of agricultural education teachers — an increasing number of students are seeing the promise of teaching students about how agriculture impacts their lives. The number of students with a traditional agriculture background has declined over the years and there has been an increase in students who come from suburban or urban backgrounds. These students need to open up urban areas to agricultural education with their understanding of how to reach non-traditional audiences. Starting salaries for first-year agriculture teachers with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate are about $45,000 in Georgia, among the highest in the nation. While not required, a master’s or doctorate degree add a significant pay raise. 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Justin Turner leads Dodgers’ offense in win over Colorado Rockies

first_imgIt is an MVP-level performance if too short to push Turner into the conversation for the National League award. But Turner has put questions about his physical limitations this season following a spring wrist injury to bed.“I feel healthy. That’s probably the most obvious answer,” Turner said when asked to explain his second-half surge. “A little flip-flop in the lineup, flipping me and Manny around (Turner batting second, Machado third). Things have gone really well since that happened. It’s always good to hit in front of a guy that’s got 35 homers and close to 100 RBI, a professional hitter like him.”Machado had an RBI double in the first inning. Kiké Hernandez joined in with a solo home run in the second as the Dodgers drove Rockies starter Tyler Anderson from the game in the third.Chris Taylor had a two-run double in the fifth and Turner’s home run came in the sixth, building an 8-2 lead for the Dodgers.That lead began to feel the shrinking effect of high altitude in the sixth inning. Nolan Arenado hit a two-run home run off Pedro Baez and Charlie Blackmon hit his second home run of the game in the eighth off rookie left-hander Caleb Ferguson to briefly make it a two-run game.Kenta Maeda came in and walked Arenado to bring the tying run to the plate before getting out of the eighth.Hernandez restored some of that cushion in the ninth, leading off with a triple and scoring on an RBI single by Alex Verdugo. Maeda gave up a leadoff single to Ian Desmond before Scott Alexander retired the side to close it out.With closer Kenley Jansen back in California on doctor’s orders, the Dodgers’ bullpen met the challenge of Coors Field, allowing just those two runs Sunday in nine innings this weekend.Given the disastrous results when Jansen missed the Dodgers’ August visit to Coors Field – and the string of bullpen nightmares that followed — this weekend could be seen as a three-day affirmation for the rest of the relievers.“It’s a long season with a lot of ups and downs,” Alexander said. “Sometimes it happens at the same time and that makes it look a lot worse than it really is. I don’t think any of us ever lost confidence.” “We swung at good pitches and got good results. Just the opposite of last night. But I guess that’s because we were cold last night.”Turner’s temperature update was a good-natured reference to his vigorous rejection of a postgame suggestion following Saturday’s loss that the Dodgers’ offense has run hot and cold this season. Sunday could be seen as further evidence. After scoring 35 runs in the previous 10 games, Sunday was the 10th time in 47 games since the All-Star break that the Dodgers scored eight or more in a game.Turner has not been prone to the swings. He had a single, two doubles, reached on a three-base error by Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday, was intentionally walked and hit a two-run home run Sunday. In 35 games since the All-Star break, he is batting .385 with a 1.182 OPS (.474 on-base, 708 slugging percentages).“It’s hard to quantify (his value),” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You can look at the numbers which are great. But there’s probably been a couple, few at-bats that have been bad at-bats since the break. That in itself is tough on any player mentally.“But to do that and have intent on every pitch … he’s been fantastic.” PreviousColorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (44) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, background, delivers to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) looks on as Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon (19) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Justin Turner gets a hit off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson to reach base on a fielding error by left fielder Matt Holliday in the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black (10) gets the ball from starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (44) as he pulls him in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chad Bettis delivers in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado, right, slides into home plate, knocking the ball out of Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta’s glove, to score in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, right, talks with starting pitcher Tyler Anderson, left, in the dugout after the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (44) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, background, delivers to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, background, delivers to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)ExpandDENVER  – OK, that was hot. Definitely hot.Held to six runs on 14 hits in the first two games of the series, the Dodgers had more runs and just as many hits in one game Sunday. Justin Turner led the way, reaching base six times in the game as the Dodgers built a six-run lead then held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6 Sunday afternoon.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.By taking two of three in the weekend series at Coors Field, the Dodgers left Denver just a half-game behind the first-place Rockies. They turned away from their fantasy football concerns long enough to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks on the clubhouse TVs after the game and saw the Diamondbacks blow a ninth-inning lead and fall 2-1/2 games back in the division.“It was a big series for us obviously. We’re trying to chase those guys down,” Turner said of the closer-less visit to Coors Field.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Northridge mom, 2 kids innocent victims of road tragedy

first_img>>> UPDATE: 5-year-old dies of road-rage injuries VAN NUYS – Radiant, content and at the pinnacle of her life, Syeda Arif held her 2-month-old daughter in her arms as she plucked out a baby bag from the trunk of her Honda. It was 3 p.m. Tuesday and she had just pulled up to a friend’s home along Sherman Way with her daughter, Ikra, and 5-year-old son, Ayman. Described as a doting mother who reveled in her Bangladeshi traditions, she and her friend planned to get ready for Saturday’s Muslim holiday of Eid. She had bought traditional colorful Bengali clothes for friends and family. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Less than a block away, strangers Armando Gamboa Ayon, a Pacoima teen, and Brian Gilbert Barnes, a porn star and self-proclaimed pot smoker, were taunting each other, zipping west through heavy afternoon traffic on Sherman Way in a show of bravado, pushing the speedometer to 90 mph, police said. And then, in a flash, Arif’s life shattered. In a chain-reaction crash, Ayon plowed into a parked car, which then slammed into Arif’s, crumpling it like a tin can and crushing her and her son. Her daughter flew out of her hands. Now, she has lost part of a leg and might lose her son, who is clinging to life while hooked up to machines at UCLA Medical Center. Her daughter is in critical condition. “It is as if I lost my own family,” said Ripon Rahman, a family friend. “She is alive, but I don’t know how she is going to survive.” Police said they don’t know what set off the impromptu street race between Ayon, 19, and Barnes, 44, of Northridge. Both had cut in and out of traffic for more than a mile when they reached Amestoy Avenue and Sherman Way. Barnes hit the brakes on his red 2000 Camaro hard, and Ayon swerved his Nissan Maxima around him to the lane closest to the curb. But at such high speeds, he couldn’t avoid a parked car near where Arif and her son stood. Barnes sped off, and when police arrived at the scene of limp bodies and pools of blood, they arrested Ayon. He is charged with attempted murder. Barnes later turned himself in to police, and he faces the same charges. “It does not matter who started this,” Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michel Moore said. “This is not a fight of 5-year-olds on a playground. It’s ridiculous. They both should have stopped.” Road-rage crashes This year in the San Fernando Valley, there have been 100 road-rage crashes, which include high-speed street racing and other forms of aggressive driving, the same number as last year to this point. Tuesday’s crash came one day after an El Monte mother and her two children were killed when a car in a street race spun out of control and smashed into them. Both cases are examples of how aggression behind the wheel can turn tragic, police said. Word of the Sherman Way crash spread quickly among residents of the Bengali community. Dozens streamed into the Northridge Hospital Medical Center emergency room, where Arif lay and her distraught husband sat blank-faced with little to say. Friends said the shock is simply too much. “This has shattered the family. They are so beautiful and she was well-liked,” Rahman said. Arif had come to the United States seven years ago from Bangladesh and moved to a four-bedroom Northridge home with her husband, a computer engineer, to be closer to her friends. Inside the home Wednesday of her best friend, Shahnaz “Zabeen” Kazi, an April 23 clipping of a local Bengali paper, the Ekush, showed Arif beaming into the camera, surrounded by a dozen women dressed in pink saris at her baby shower. “It’s tragic, just so tragic. We are all so shocked,” said Kazi, tears streaming down her cheeks, later adding, “I hate the man who did this.” Little is known about Ayon, but Barnes’ arrest record described him as a 6-foot, 198-pound man born June 1, 1963, who works in the adult-film industry. The Internet Adult Film Database lists an actor with the same birthdate and physical description who performs under the name Brian Surewood. An outlaw image Members of the closely knit business described him as an alternately macho and laid-back man, aggressive on camera but friendly between scenes. “As far as the porn industry goes, he’s an intellectual,” porn blogger Luke Ford said. “He likes to smoke pot and watch the History Channel for hours. ” Ford said Barnes, who cultivated an outlaw image, with a scraggly beard, moustache and bandanna, could quickly shift from relaxed to aggressive. News of the crash did not come as a shock, he said. Others described Barnes as a hippie who was kind to his fellow performers. “This is a super tragedy,” said Bill Margold, an industry advocate who worked on a movie with Barnes. “I ache for him because he’s a really good person. This is just indicative that this industry is full of over-aged juvenile delinquents.” In a light-hearted interview a year ago on an Adult DVD Talk podcast, Barnes’ assessment of himself was almost prophetic for what happened this week. “I smoke pot not for my health, but for other people’s,” he said. “I think I’m generally a violent person. Smoking pot really helps me curb my ways. It makes me very happy and mellow and very easy to get along with, instead of an irate (jerk).” [email protected] (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Date of Biblical Artifact Corroborated

first_imgIn 1979, a silver scroll was discovered near Jerusalem that contained the text of the priestly benediction known from the Pentateuch (Numbers 6:24-26).  The scroll was dated at the 7th century BC at the time, but doubts remained, some thinking that instead it was from post-exilic times centuries later.  Now, according to a New York Times report by John Noble Wilford echoed in the Oakland Tribune, “researchers at the University of Southern California have now re-examined the inscriptions using space-age photographic and computer imaging techniques,” and concluded that the artifacts indeed date from the pre-exilic period.  The international team used some advanced digital imaging techniques at Jet Propulsion Laboratory to bring out hitherto undetectable fine details in the artifact.This is a small but important piece in a large puzzle of archaeological evidence that supports the historicity of the Pentateuch (the books of Moses).  Liberal scholars and skeptics have claimed that Moses could not have written such books; they assumed the books were compiled much later, after the Babylonian exile.  Artifacts like this show that quotations from the Pentateuch were in common knowledge and circulation centuries earlier.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Wallsend Touch Football Clinic

first_imgThe representatives will be sharing what they’ve learnt throughout their time in Touch Football on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 when they run a Touch Football Clinic at Wallsend Touch Fields. The clinic will run from 9.00am until 3.00pm.For more information, please click on the following attachment. Related Fileswallsend_-_world_cup_touch_clinic_2011_1__01-pdflast_img

10 months agoSolskjaer: What I’d do with Pogba as Man Utd manager

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: What I’d do with Pogba as Man Utd managerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can get the best from Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Solskjaer is expected to be named United caretaker boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.Before the start of the season, the United legend, who worked in the club’s academy, was asked about Pogba: “I would [build the team around him], absolutely no doubt. I had him with David [Gray] and Etzaz [Hussain] who is playing for me tomorrow.”That just shows how far the kid has come. Paul is a fantastic kid so hopefully we can build the team around him and keep him.”On his own managerial skills, Solskjaer added: “Sir Alex [Ferguson] taught me how not to become complacent and always keep the standards up.”Everything I know about managing top footballers I learned from him.” last_img read more

8 days agoCallum Hudson-Odoi targeting more goals for Chelsea

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi targeting more goals for Chelseaby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi is targeting more goals when he returns to Chelsea after the international break.The 18-year-old scored two sublime goals in England U21’s 5-1 win over Austria on Wednesday night.”I definitely think I can improve,” Hudson-Odoi said at Stadium-mk. “I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch, I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving.”I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come. I am delighted to get the goals. It is goals that I always try to get as well as assists – any contributions to the team.”I am happy with the finishes and I will hopefully build on it and get many more. I have scored many solo runs, maybe not exactly like that, but I am delighted to get a goal like that.”Hopefully many more like that will come and I will get opportunities to score. I will hopefully go back to Saturday with Chelsea and get another three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Anonymous Missouri Player Says Players And Coaches Divided On Boycott: “If We Were 9-0 This Wouldn’t Be Happening”

first_imgMissouri stand together in support of players strike.Twitter/@GaryPinkelNot every member of the Missouri football program is thrilled with the team’s boycott in response to racial issues on campus. An anonymous Mizzou player tells ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that the team and coaching staff is very split on the issue, and that if the Tigers had a better record, they would not be taking this course of action.Mizzou player tells @ESPN, MU players & coaches “are pissed (about halting football practices). If we were 9-0 this wouldn’t be happening.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 9, 2015McMurphy has more on how the team is handling the week in preparation for BYU, should the game occur.Monday are regular off days for the football team and the coaches told the players to watch film on their own iPads and keep preparing for Saturday’s game against BYU in Kansas City, the player said.The player indicated they had been aware of Butler’s hunger strike for several days. However, some black players didn’t decide to take any action until Butler met with some players Saturday night.“Not everyone agrees with the decision (to stop all football activities),” the player said. “Most people are pissed, including the black guys (on the team).”Earlier today, the athletic department expressed support for the team’s decision, and Mizzou took a team photo to show solidarity. Even so, it shouldn’t come as a major surprise that this nearly-unprecedented decision does not have unanimous support within the team. It will be very interesting to see how the team proceeds as we near game day.[ESPN]last_img read more