Still Alive: Steelers hold on for wild 38-31 win over Packers

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell (26) leaps over Green Bay Packers’ Morgan Burnett during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Remarkably, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still in the playoff chase, thanks to a wild win at snowy Lambeau Field.Le’Veon Bell ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:28 left, then Pittsburgh withstood Green Bay’s last throw into the end zone and dealt the Packers’ playoff hopes a blow with a 38-31 victory Sunday.It’s a longshot, but the Steelers (7-8) are still mathematically in the hunt for an AFC wild-card spot. They need a lot of help.The loss meant Green Bay (7-7-1) needed Chicago to lose at Philadelphia on Sunday night to stay in playoff contention.Bell’s TD came soon after scrambling Packers quarterback Matt Flynn fumbled while being tackled by safety Troy Polamalu. The Steelers recovered at the Packers 17 and scored five plays later.Micah Hyde’s 70-yard kickoff return to the Steelers 31 gave the Packers one last chance. Green Bay got to the 1, but after a Packers penalty the game ended when Flynn’s pass to Jarrett Boykin sailed incomplete in the end zone.The Steelers overcame a rarely-seen illegal batting penalty that negated a blocked field goal, and won after a roller-coaster second half.Bell finished with 26 carries for 124 yards. The Packers’ Eddie Lacy had 15 carries for 84 yards and two scores in a game featuring two of the league’s top rookie running backs.Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dashed through the snow for a 13-yard score.It all happened in a wild second half, but those plays were overshadowed by the illegal batting call.After the Steelers blocked the kick, a scramble ensued and the jostled ball ended up near the sideline, where Steelers defensive lineman Ziggy Hood poked it out of bounds. After conferring for a few minutes, the officials gave possession to Green Bay, ruling the Steelers never controlled the ball after the block and that it never crossed the line of scrimmage of the Steelers 5.One play later, Lacy barreled into the end zone from 2 yards for a 21-17 lead.Instead of sulking, the Steelers answered quickly.Roethlisberger found Matt Spaeth for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 2 minutes left in the third. Fourteen seconds later, Allen made his leaping interception and ran untouched into the end zone.The Packers roared back with a 22-yard field goal by Mason Crosby before John Kuhn’s 1-yard touchdown run with 7:17 left tied the game at 31.But the Steelers finally finished things off with Bell’s touchdown run and the Packers’ failed last-ditch throw into the end zone.Flynn finished 21 of 39 for 232 yards and a touchdown making his fourth start in place of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has been out since fracturing his left collarbone on Nov. 4.Linebacker Clay Matthews also left following a sack apparently re-aggravating a right thumb injury that kept him out of action for four games this year. Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders left with a knee injury. He had a 1-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org___Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAPlast_img read more

Trio to be Inducted into Olympia High School Alumni Hall of…

first_imgDan Berschauer, class of 1962, retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench in 2005 after 20 years, previously serving four years as a judge in District Court and as a court commissioner for three years. In retirement, Berschauer serves as a private mediator, assisting in more than 1,500 cases.Dan Berschauer is retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Jim Brown, class of 1941, served as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Jim Brown was active in community service and was renowned for his recounting of history of the Tumwater area. He grew up on Deschutes Parkway before the freeway bisected Tumwater’s pioneer neighborhood.  Brown’s award is posthumous, with his passing in 2014.Jim Brown erved as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Elliott Sohn s a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirrycenter_img Facebook235Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charlie KirryAn innovative professor in ophthalmology, a retired Thurston County Superior Court judge and a Tumwater leader and historian will be honored by the Olympia High School Alumni Association at the high school’s Performing Arts Center, June 4. The recognition event is free, open to the public, and begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Alumni, family and friends are encouraged to attend.Elliott Sohn, class of 1994, is a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences where he seres as an associate professor, and director of Retina Fellowships. Sohn focuses on causes and treatments for retinal diseases, and is helping develop gene therapy and stem cell treatments for those blinded by retinal disease.last_img read more

Leafs start slow out of gates; drop second game of season 4-3 to Fernie Ghostriders

first_imgBreak up the team.Fire the coaching staff.Sell the . . . wait, wait just one minute.Has anyone looked at the schedule?That’s game two of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, not game 52 of the regular season for the Green and White from Nelson.Check back at Christmas, or even at the end of September to get a better read on the 2015-16 edition of the Nelson Leafs.“We’re young and this being the first two games of the season we’re still shaking off the nerves and rust,” Jo Davies, one of the veterans brought in by the Leaf coaching staff to provide leadership, said after Nelson lost another nail biter — 4-3 to the Fernie Ghostriders Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The loss is the second in as many nights at home by the Leafs.Kelowna Chiefs rained on the home-opening parade by scoring three unanswered goals en route to a 3-0 victory Friday in Nelson.Saturday, a couple of gift-wrapped goals by the Leafs may have turned this KIJHL game from a win and into a loss.Fernie captain Cole Kebler and Ty Carron scored less than two minutes apart in the first period to lead the Riders to the win.The two goals snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Ghostriders some much-needed momentum going into the second period. “We just made some very simple, young mistakes that will be changed within the first month of the season,” Davie explained.“We need more practice, obviously, but this is something we can fix by the end of September.”Ty Carron opened the scoring for the Ghostriders five minutes into the contest before Andy Fitzpatrick tied the game two minutes later. But goals by Keebler and Caron stunned the Leafs.Nelson struggled to get any pressure on Fernie netminder Jeff Orser in the second frame and paid dearly for the lack of shots as Keebler scored his second of the game in the middle frame.In the third Tanner Costa and Davie scored to bring the Leafs to within a goal.However, Orser stood tall in the nets to secure the road victory for the Ghostriders.“There’s a lot of things we liked about the weekend,” said Leaf head coach Dave McLellan.“We held two good teams to low shot totals,” McLellan added.“ Our penalty kill was very good . . . last night (Kelowna) was 0-for-6 and tonight we were able to battle back against a very good team.“The defence is still pretty young, a little green still. We had five goals scored this weekend on bad pinches so there’s little things we still need to work on.”Nelson outshot the Riders 28-19 in the contest, including a 13-4 count in the third period.Orser rebounded from a 3-2 loss Friday to Castlegar to even his season record to 1-1.Everett Yasinski registered a loss for the second night in a row in goal for Nelson.The Leafs host Spokane Friday at the NDCC Arena before heading out on the road for five game road trip beginning Sunday, September 20 in Grand Forks.LEAF NOTES: Leaf coach Dave McLellan was coy when asked if he expects any changes to the lineup this week. The second year skipper said it all depends on what happens at the BC Hockey and Alberta Junior Hockey Leagues. . . . Leafs were missing three key players from the roster due to injury. Forward Rayce Miller and defencemen Brendan Smith and Davis Andrews were all missing from the lineup due to injury. . . . Nelson has only four 20-year-olds and three 19-year-olds on the roster. The bulk of the team — 13 players — are 17-18 years of age. . . . Beaver Valley won its second straight game, edging Kelowna 3-2 while Grand Forks Border Bruins are 1-1 after falling 7-2 to Summerland Steam.last_img read more

Pluto Has Active Geology

first_imgConvection apparently forms the polygonal cells in Sputnik Planum, a large active region on Pluto’s surface.Feel the burn in this exclamation from the New Horizons team posted by NASA Astrobiology Magazine:“Sputnik Planum is one of the most amazing geological discoveries in 50-plus years of planetary exploration, and the finding by McKinnon and others on our science team that this vast area—bigger than Texas and Oklahoma combined – is created by current day ice convection is among the most spectacular of the New Horizons mission,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado.He’s talking about the heart-shaped region in Pluto’s southern hemisphere—a vast smooth area rippled with indentations and organized into polygonal cells (see high-resolution image in the article). Not exactly a “beating heart” as the BBC News and National Geographic describe it, but a piece of real estate in motion even today.False-color image of Pluto from New Horizons, July 24, 2015The cells are created by a “lava lamp” action, where internal heat causes nitrogen ice to rise and fall repeatedly. Scientists explained the theory in two papers in Nature this week, one by Trowbridge et al. about “vigorous convection” and another by MacKinnon et al. about the convection driving “Pluto’s geological vigour.”To appreciate the differences in terrain on this amazing body, fly over a strip of terrain in a high-res video posted on Space.com and National Geographic. After passing over large ice-block mountains, the video flies across the smooth plains of Sputnik Planum, revealing the dimples and convective cell boundaries.How long has this “vigorous convection” been going on? The papers don’t say, but they estimate the current surface cannot be over 500,000 to a million years old. “In addition, both groups report that the convective flow speeds are in the range of centimetres per year, meaning that the surface turns over in about 500,000 to 1 million years,” according to the News & Views summary on Nature. “This rapid resurfacing explains the lack of impact craters on the ice sheet.” Those numbers depend on the cratering rate and the depth of the material (estimates range from 3 to 20 km deep). Why the nitrogen collected in this one region is disputed between the two papers.The NG article emphasizes the contrast between expectation and reality:Based on the new work, the teams calculate that Sputnik Planum’s face could be completely repaved every 500,000 to 1 million years or so, meaning the region looked completely different when saber-toothed cats prowled the Earth. It’s a geologically rapid process that scientists didn’t exactly expect to see on a small, freezing world that lives, on average, 40 times farther from the sun than Earth.Trowbridge et al.‘s paper indicates that the new upper limit is much lower than previously thought. “This is consistent with the lack of significant cratering, and further constrains the existing age estimates of a few hundred million years by two orders of magnitude.” MacKinnon’s paper halves the estimate to 500,000 years max. As an upper limit, though, it could be much younger.What heats the nitrogen to produce convection? MacKinnon et al.’s paper suggests that radiogenic heat from Pluto’s interior has been sufficient for the planet’s history to lead to the current heat output of 3 milliwatts per square meter. That depends on models assuming quantities of radiogenic material available. But since 1 million years is 1/4,500th the assumed age of the solar system, could the same nitrogen have turned over that many times? Think of leaving your oatmeal bubbling on the stove for half a million convection cycles. Science Daily, incidentally, compares the convection to oatmeal, describing a different hypothesis from Purdue University that compares the polygons to icebergs floating in a sea of nitrogen.“Many people expected Pluto to be a cold, dead world,” Melosh said. “What we’ve discovered through this mission is that cold worlds like Pluto have a different kind of activity that involves materials we think of as gases. This understanding offers a new perspective that cold worlds can be just as active and interesting as our own.“It’s not just Pluto scientists have to wrestle with. “Convective renewal of volatile ice surfaces, as in a basin or basins similar to SP, may be one way in which the dwarf planets of the Kuiper belt maintain their youthful appearance.”Space.com also posted a “gorgeous ‘twilight zone’ photo” of the dark side of Pluto, showing the atmosphere with a possible cloud. And a picture of Charon, Pluto’s large moon, appears in another Space.com piece describing a new theory about how cracks form on icy moons. It doesn’t require an impact. A passing body could create fissures as seen on Charon, Dione, and Tethys. Perhaps even Valles Marineris, the solar system’s largest canyon, formed on Mars by a “near collision” instead of by geological processes on the surface.Pluto has sure been fun. To be alive to watch this dramatic exploration unfold is good enough, but it’s been doubly fun to watch scientists scrambling to explain young things within their billions-of-years ideological framework. Maybe Pluto looks young because it is young; would they ever think of that? Like we said before, we’re not asking for just thousands of years. We’ll compromise for a few hundred thousand or a million; how about that? What? No deal?You know why, of course. Darwin needs things to be billions of years old. So they either come up with implausible ad hoc scenarios, or else totally ignore the implications of the hard, cold facts staring them in the face.(Visited 90 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

From dust to diamonds: Commemorating 75 years of Soil and Water Conservation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) will officially celebrate the associations’ 75th birthday, the “Diamond Jubilee!”Officially created in law in October of 1943, the OFSWCD has used this year to celebrate the “Year of Conservation” and the tremendous conservation accomplishments done by Ohio’s 88 soil and water conservation districts. Formed from supervisors representing Ohio’s first county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) — Clark, Butler and Highland — for 75 years the OFSWCD has supported the work of Ohio’s 88 SWCDs in an effort to provide locally-driven, voluntary focused solutions to natural resource concerns in rural, suburban and urban settings.Today, the OFSWCD is led by 440 SWCD Supervisors from all 88 SWCDs. These supervisors lead nearly 500 employees who provide invaluable services to landowners, farmers, developers, educators, and many more within the counties they represent. The OFSWCD and SWCDs partner with local, state and federal partners to provide various programs and opportunities to the local constituency.“I am humbled and honored to represent the OFSWCD,” shared OFSWCD President Harold Neuenschwander, also a Holmes SWCD Supervisor. “I’ve experienced firsthand the conservation stewardship ethic that our districts demonstrate day-in and day-out in an effort to leave the land better for future generations. Taking care of our soil, our water and our resources is truly vital to living a good life. I am pleased we are doing things today that were envisioned 75 years ago — and done with the same focus and vigor.”Learn more about conservation efforts in Ohio by watching this video and visiting the OFSWCD website at www.ofswcd.org or contact your county SWCD.last_img read more

Energy Code Development Begins: Focus on Residential

first_imgThis is part one of a two-part series. Code officials, builders, energy efficiency advocates, and others weighed in last month on proposals to update the next model building energy code–a crucial policy tool for states, counties, and cities as they work to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. Debate at the Committee Action Hearings held by the International Code Council (ICC) in Albuquerque was often as spicy as the famous New Mexico chili. The end result leaves us hopeful that the 2021 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will improve energy efficiency for both residential and commercial buildings. Several efficiency improvements were given tentative approval, while the worst of a slew of weakening amendments were rejected.RELATED ARTICLES2019 Is the Year of Energy Codes62 Things We Should Ban to Improve Home BuildingA Better Way to Encourage Efficient New HomesA Mileage Sticker for Every PassivhausA Failure That Stalls the Certification of Many Energy Star Homes The IECC, the model energy code recognized by the Department of Energy and cited in federal law, is updated every three years through a stakeholder process. It’s then up to local jurisdictions to adopt and enforce the codes. An improved energy code means buildings that use less energy, which means lower bills for families and businesses and lower carbon pollution from power plants. Furthermore, energy efficient buildings are more resilient: they stay cooler in the summer or warmer in the winter if the power goes out, and they’re more comfortable on even the hottest or coldest days. The goal of the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) is to improve the efficiency of the energy code, while ensuring it remains relevant to the needs of local jurisdictions that increasingly are looking for solutions that not only save energy and water, but also cut carbon emissions. Today we’ll focus on residential proposals, and I’ll be back next week with a focus on proposals that would impact commercial buildings. How codes get made We will go into more detail about some of the most impactful proposals below, but first, it’s important to understand the process. NRDC and many others submitted proposals to the International Code Council back in January, offering a variety of ideas for modifying the energy code. The Committee Action Hearings in May gave proponents and opponents of each proposal the opportunity to hash it out in front of a technical advisory committee, which then voted on each one. But the committee vote is not the end of the process, by far. Next, proponents can revise and resubmit proposals, which will be discussed again during the Public Comment Hearings in October. Governmental voting members like city code officials or sustainability directors have the final word, and they’ll get to vote on each proposal in November. While governmental officials hold the ultimate power on what goes into the new building energy code, the committee’s action is still important: a favorable recommendation means a proposal only needs a simple majority of governmental voting official votes to pass and become part of the code, while a committee recommendation for disapproval means that a proposal requires a two-thirds majority of votes to reverse it to become part of the code. Here’s a look at the residential proposals that could have the most impact on the energy efficiency and carbon reduction of the 2021 model energy code. Residential proposals Overall, the committee approved relatively few residential code proposals that will make meaningful efficiency improvements. It has been particularly challenging to make major progress in the residential code for the last few code cycles, due in part to the fact that the ICC reserves four of its 11 voting seats on the committee for representatives of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB tends to oppose any proposals that will increase the first cost of construction, even though efficiency improvements will save consumers far more than they cost over the lifetime of the building. That being said, there were also several knowledgeable efficiency advocates on the committee who made sure the discussion was balanced. In addition, a number of proposals that could have dramatically weakened the code were disapproved. That’s no small victory in and of itself! While it will take a two-thirds voting majority to overturn the committee’s votes, we’re confident that governmental voting members will choose efficiency when they vote in the fall. Zero-energy buildings NRDC and the New Buildings Institute collaborated on an innovative proposal to create a new, optional appendix for local code adoption that would result in residential buildings which, over the course of a year, would produce as much energy as they consume. This would be achieved through a mix of aggressive, yet achievable, levels of energy efficiency combined with renewable energy like rooftop solar panels. While this proposal had robust support from the efficiency community, code officials, the solar industry, manufacturers, and others, it failed the committee by one vote. But we’re not deterred: we will work with anyone interested to improve the proposal and resubmit it to the public comment process. Many states and cities have carbon reduction and sustainability targets they must meet as part of a state law or local ordinance, and hundreds have signed onto the “We Are Still In” pledge to meet the greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Having a ready-made option to adopt clear code language that will require zero-energy use in new homes is critical to making them more energy efficient in a way that can be consistent across jurisdictions, easing the path for builders, code officials, and homebuyers. Electrification and electric vehicles We’ll also be working to revise proposals that were voted down by the committee related to ensuring buildings are ready to use or switch to electricity rather than fossil fuels for water and space heating (RE147) and ready to charge electric vehicles (RE146 and CE217 Part II). Electrification of buildings and vehicles–with increasingly clean electricity generated from renewable, no-emissions resources–is one of the key policy solutions for tackling climate change, and in new buildings, electrification readiness can be done at a very small incremental cost. Renewable energy A variety of proposals would change the way renewable energy is treated in the code, some of them good, some not so good. We here at NRDC are huge fans of clean, renewable energy–especially when combined with deep levels of energy efficiency. We need more efficiency and more renewable energy to make our electric grid cleaner, safer, and more reliable. However, it’s not beneficial for renewable energy to take the place of energy efficiency improvements, which is what some proposals recommended. Why? Well, for one thing, even though the cost of renewable energy has dropped dramatically in recent years, energy efficiency is still cheaper for consumers. Putting solar panels on an inefficient home is like pouring water into a container with a hole in it, which takes a lot more effort because the water will leak right out. If a home is made efficient first, a smaller and cheaper renewable energy system can meet your energy demand. One proposal that did pass, supported by NRDC, is CE263 Part II. It lays out an optional appendix for jurisdictions to adopt if they want to require solar photovoltaic panels. This is a step in the right direction of combining renewable energy and energy efficiency to achieve a safer, healthier world. Flexible code improvements There were a few proposals related to improving the energy efficiency of the residential energy code with flexibility for builders, including RE206 and RE209 (from the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition), RE207 (from the Northwest Energy Codes Group) and RE208 (from the Leading Builders of America). They are all structured slightly differently. Notably, the builders’ proposal includes equipment efficiency tradeoffs, which have been voted down again and again by government officials, and the committee had squarely disapproved in an earlier proposal. After several hours of testimony and discussion, the committee took a unique approach by disapproving all of the proposals, but recommending proponents and opponents work together through the ICC’s Sustainability, Energy, and High Performance Building Code Action Committee to develop a solution. NRDC will participate in those discussions and work toward an outcome that improves the efficiency of the code in a way that is practical and feasible. Water heating and water use Saving water–especially hot water–saves energy. In a significant breakthrough this year, the technical committee unanimously approved a proposal developed by codes consultant Gary Klein and supported by NRDC that will give architects and homebuilders an incentive to build homes that reduce the waiting time for hot water, reducing the need to run water down the drain until hot water arrives. Under this new proposal (RE162), designers will be encouraged to present house plans that place hot water heaters and hot water outlets, such as showers and faucets, closer together, thus shortening the length of pipe in which hot water sits and cools off.  Modelling has found that over 10% of all hot water use is wasted due to the purging of hot water pipes until water is hot enough to use. After unsuccessful efforts to tackle this problem in the last two code revision cycles, NRDC worked with architects, homebuilders, utilities, and NGO efficiency advocates to win approval for this approach this year. One contributing factor was the realization that compact hot water distribution will save builders money, as they do not need to buy and install as much pipe. NRDC is also working to improve water heating equipment requirements in the code (RE126). As building envelopes have gotten tighter in recent years, water heating has made up a greater proportion of energy costs. Though equipment efficiency is generally controlled by the federal government, NRDC’s proposal is structured to improve efficiency while not triggering federal preemption (as states generally can’t set their own standards for equipment which has a federal efficiency), and still providing builders with lots of choices. This is another proposal we’ll be working to improve and modify in the coming months. Lighting Unfortunately, NRDC’s proposal (RE145) to increase lighting efficiency and introduce lighting controls, dimmers, and occupancy sensors into the residential energy code was not recommended for approval. However, we also supported a great proposal from the New Buildings Institute (RE7), which was approved and will increase lighting efficiency. It does not include lighting controls but will achieve much of the same energy savings as NRDC’s proposal by promoting LED bulbs in new homes. Fenestration A few proposals related to fenestration (meaning any openings in the building’s envelope, like windows or doors) were recommended for approval by the committee, including RE35, which will save homeowners about 1% in energy costs each year and $275 to $523 over the life of the equipment. This improvement will add no cost to the home in most cases, because windows and doors meeting these requirements are already being used by builders across the country. Lauren Urbanek is senior energy policy advocate in NRDC’s Climate & Clean Energy Program. Ed Osann is director of National Water Use Efficiency, Water Initiatives, in the NRDC’s Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more

Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty On Michigan’s Campus To Work With Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJim Harbaugh works with Jameis Winston ahead of draft.The Michigan Wolverines will certainly be looking for a solid quarterback ahead of the 2015 season, and unfortunately, they’ve got two on campus right now who aren’t eligible to suit up. Former Florida State signal-caller Jameis Winston and former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty are in Ann Arbor to work with Jim Harbaugh ahead of the NFL Combine. The school tweeted a photo of the duo taking some advice from the new Wolverines head man.QBs Jameis Winston (FSU) & Bryce Petty (Baylor) are preparing for the NFL Combine at Schembechler Hall. pic.twitter.com/2ICM9XMVrc— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 17, 2015The NFL Combine takes place in Indianapolis, so perhaps the two are putting in some last-minute work ahead of time. So no, Michigan students, if you think you’ve seen either of these guys on campus, your eyes are not deceiving you.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Calls NCAA’s New Texting Rule “The Most Ignorant Thing (He’s) Ever Heard”

first_imgUrban Meyer during an interview.Urban Meyer Play-CallingDuring a pretty active news dump on Friday, the NCAA announced a rule change for football recruiting, which will allow coaches to send unlimited text messages to recruits. While some don’t believe that it will be a big deal, especially considering the rule has been on the books for sports like college basketball already, one prominent voice in the college football world is not pleased at all: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. During a press conference today, Meyer didn’t mince words when discussing the new rule.Urban Meyer is much more upset about the texting rule change. “The texting thing is the most ignorant thing I’ve heard in my life.”— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) April 11, 2016Back on National Signing Day, Meyer described why he doesn’t like the then-proposed rule (via Cleveland.com):“I hear the stuff about texting,” he said. “I want to make this clear why — and this is a high school coach’s and high school player perspective — not college coaches. Who cares about college coaches? That’s not what this is about. It’s about them, and not screwing up a high school kid’s senior year or junior year. If you text someone, you can’t stop that, so you have a phone full of what? Text messages.“If I don’t want to hear from that school they’ll keep hitting me because that’s their job, and usually it’s not them, it’s maybe an intern doing it. So here’s a kid in high school being bombarded with text messages sitting there doing this all day. If it’s social media, you can determine who you want to hear from.”There are ways to block communications from numbers on most phones, but outright blocking a coach may not be the most prudent move for a recruit, especially considering how quickly assistants move around every off-season.Meyer may not like the move, but he will definitely be sending those texts out due time.last_img read more

Ministry Proposes Parish Committees to Review Extensions on Event Permits

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment is proposing the introduction of parish extension committees to hear and grant extensions on entertainment permits.The Ministry is working on amendments to the Noise Abatement Act to contain the provision. The process involves collaboration with the Ministries of National Security, Local Government and Community Development, and Youth and Culture.In his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 2, State Minister for Tourism, Hon. Damion Crawford, said the proposal is for the six-member committees to review additions to the stipulated time during which entertainment events can legally proceed.The State Minister informed that at present, extension requests are sent to the Minister with responsibility for Entertainment, who may have little knowledge of the local realities.“The committee would therefore provide broader community input in the decision-making process for the…dance/event approvals and alleviate perceptions of bias or collusion in the procedure. We believe that the introduction of the six-person parish appellate committee will provide increased transparency to the extension granting process,” Mr. Crawford said.The proposed parish committees will include: a representative from the police division such as the divisional commander or a designate; a lay magistrate/Justice of the Peace; a parish council representative; an entertainment/event representative; a lay citizen such as a member of the clergy or parish development committee; and a non-voting recording secretary for the committee.The police indicate that between January 1 and December 31, 2012, it received 22,122 applications for events/dances across the island, and granted approval to 19,555, making the approval rate 88 per cent.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Leaders Pay Tribute To Elie Wiesel

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was “deeply saddened” to learn the passing yesterday of Elie Wiesel, a powerful voice for Holocaust remembrance and long-standing UN Messenger of Peace.“The world has lost one of its most important witnesses — and one of its most eloquent advocates of tolerance and peace,” the UN chief said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“Elie Wiesel turned the nightmare of his youth into a lifelong campaign for global equality and peace,” Mr. Ban said. “As a UN Messenger of Peace since 1998, he called for constant vigilance in combatting anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred.”According to the statement, Mr. Wiesel was a regular presence at the UN, including at the first-ever International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and often spoke about his experiences at the Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp and appealed to the world to “reject indifference” in the face of genocide, discrimination and other horrors.Extending his condolences to Mr. Wiesel’s wife, family and all others touched by this loss, the Secretary-General said that the UN is grateful for Mr. Wiesel’s contributions and remains strongly committed to Holocaust remembrance and the wider struggle for human rights for all, the spokesperson added.Bill and Hillary Clinton also paid tribute to Wiesel:“Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Elie Wiesel. We join all those around the world in mourning his loss and giving thanks for his life.“Elie shouldered the blessing and the burden of survival. In words and deeds, he bore witness and built a monument to memory to teach the living and generations to come the perils of human indifference.“As he often said, one person of integrity can make a difference. For so many, he was that difference—including at the dedication of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993 when he urged me to stop the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia; at the White House Millennium Lecture Hillary invited him to give; and in all his wonderful books and lectures.“We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to Marion and Elisha, always grateful for the great love they shared with Elie and the strength it gave him, and for all the kindness and friendship he gave us.”last_img read more