Preview: Dale Jr. at the Tricky Triangle

first_imgRELATED: Full schedule for Pocono | Junior reveals his top 10 drivers to root forFor his final full-time season as a driver, NASCAR.com will offer an analytical preview on Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of every remaining Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.Race: Axalta presents the Pocono 400 at Pocono RacewayDate: June 11, 3 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)Previous five results at Pocono: 2nd, 4th, 11th, 1st, 1stRELATED: Dale Jr.’s stats at PoconoNotable: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s career average finish at Pocono equals 14.4 – but his average finish in the last five races is 3.8. He swept the track with a pair of wins in 2014 and most recently nabbed a runner-up victory in last year’s June races won by Kurt Busch. Junior has also seen consistency in recent years at the Tricky Triangle; he has only finished one race outside the top 11 in his past 11 races.Memorable moment: Clever pit strategy by then-crew chief Steve Letarte played into Earnhardt Jr.’s win at Pocono in August 2014 that gave him a season sweep of the Tricky Triangle. With 39 laps to go, Letarte instructed the crew to put four fresh tires on the No. 88 before taking a splash of fuel — rather than a full tank — 10 laps later to put him ahead of the field. Junior held off a fast-charging Kevin Harvick for the remainder of the race to win the GoBowling.com 400 by .228 seconds. It marked Earnhardt’s second sweep of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career (the first at Talladega in 2006).Quotable: “Pocono is a good track for us,” Earnhardt said in a team release. “I like both Pocono and Michigan, so we have some solid tracks coming up for the No. 88 gang. We were in the simulator this week working on Pocono. We’ve been working really, really hard the last three weeks. It’s been going great – the cars have gotten better in practice and we’re seeing some good improvements, so we’re going to keep grinding. We’re going in the right direction.”last_img read more

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Beirut Explosion Kills Over 70, Injures Thousands

first_imgAll contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. It was reminiscent of massive blasts during Lebanon’s civil war and took place only three days before a U.N.-backed tribunal was set to give its verdict in the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in a truck bombing more than 15 years ago. That explosion, with a ton of explosives, was felt kilometers (miles) away, just like Tuesday’s explosion. The sudden devastation overwhelmed a country already struggling with both the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis. For hours afterward, ambulances rushing in from around Lebanon carried away the wounded. Hospitals quickly filled beyond capacity, pleading for blood supplies, and generators to keep their lights on. One of Israel’s top bomb experts, Boaz Hayoun, said fireworks could have been a factor setting off the bigger blast. “Before the big explosion, “¦ in the center of the fire, you can see sparks, you can hear sounds like popcorn and you can hear whistles,” said Hayoun, owner of the Tamar Group, which works closely with the Israeli government on safety and certification issues involving explosives. “This is very specific behavior of fireworks.” The blast was stunning even for a city that has seen civil war, suicide bombings and bombardment by Israel. Initially, video taken by residents showed a fire raging at the port, sending up a giant column of smoke, illuminated by flashes of what appeared to be fireworks. Local TV stations reported that a fireworks warehouse was involved. The fire then appeared to spread to a nearby building, triggering a more massive explosion, sending up a mushroom cloud and generating a shock wave. Blast had the force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, UNIFIL, said one of its ships in the port was damaged and a number of its peacekeepers were injured, some seriously. BEIRUT (AP) – A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but initial reports suggested a fire had detonated a warehouse at the port. Outside the St. George University Hospital in Beirut’s Achrafieh neighborhood, people with various injuries arrived in ambulances, in cars and on foot. The explosion had caused major damage inside the building and knocked out the electricity at the hospital. Dozens of injured were being treated on the spot on the street outside, on stretchers and wheelchairs. People evacuate wounded after of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Massive explosions rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital. Witnesses saw many people injured by flying glass and debris. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo extended his “deepest condolences” to the people of Beirut and said the United States is closely monitoring the situation. “Our team in Beirut has reported to me the extensive damage to a city and a people that I hold dear, an additional challenge in a time of already deep crisis,” Pompeo said in a written statement. “This country is cursed,” a young man passing by muttered. Confusion reigned across the city, as people cleared out of damaged homes or tried to locate family. Motorcyclists picked their way through traffic, carrying the injured. The explosion came amid ongoing tensions between Israel and the Hezbollah military group on Lebanon’s southern border. Many residents reported hearing planes overhead just before the blast, fueling rumors of an attack, though Israeli military overflights are common. An Israeli government official said Israel “had nothing to do” with the blast. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the news media. Israeli officials usually do not comment on “foreign reports.” Beirut’s governor, Marwan Abboud, broke into tears as he toured the site, exclaiming, “Beirut is a devastated city.” Prime Minister Hassan Diab vowed that “those responsible will pay.” People evacuate wounded after of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Massive explosions rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital. Witnesses saw many people injured by flying glass and debris. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) Charbel Haj, who works at the port, said it started as small explosions like firecrackers. Then, he said, he was thrown off his feet by the huge blast. His clothes were torn. “This is a catastrophe we have on our hands,” said one doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make press statements. Associated Press reporters Sarah El Deeb in Beirut; Josef Federman in Jerusalem; and Jon Gambrell in Dubai contributed to this report. Outside one hospital, Omar Kinno sat on the pavement, holding back tears. Kinno, a Syrian, said one of his sisters was killed when the blast rocked their apartment near the port, and another sister’s neck was broken. His injured mother and father were taken to a hospital but he didn’t know which, and he was making calls trying to track them down. Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, said it might have been caused by highly explosive material that was confiscated from a ship some time ago and stored at the port. Local television channel LBC said the material was sodium nitrate. Witnesses reported seeing a strange orange-colored cloud like that which appears when toxic nitrogen dioxide gas is released after an explosion involving nitrates. “It was a real horror show. I haven’t seen anything like that since the days of the (civil) war,” said Marwan Ramadan, who was about 500 meters (yards) from the port and was knocked off his feet by the force of the explosion. Some of those injured lay on the ground at the port, Associated Press staff at the scene said. A civil defense official said there were still bodies inside the port, many under debris. FirefighterNation: Massive Explosion in Beirut Caught on Video The blast came at a time when Lebanon’s economy is facing collapse from the financial crisis and the coronavirus restrictions. Many have lost jobs, while the worth of their savings has evaporated as the currency has plunged in value against the dollar. The result has thrown many into poverty. Health Minister Hassan Hamad said the preliminary toll was more than 70 dead and more than 3,000 wounded. Emergency teams streamed in from across Lebanon to help, and the injured had to be taken to hospitals outside the capital. Hamad added that hospitals were barely coping and offers of aid were pouring in from Arab states and friends of Lebanon. For blocks around the port, where the explosion took place, bloodied residents staggered through streets lined with overturned cars and littered with rubble from shattered buildings. Windows and doors were blown out kilometers (miles) away. Army helicopters helped battle fires raging at Beirut’s port. The blast struck with the force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, according to Germany’s geosciences center GFZ, and it was heard and felt as far away as Cyprus more than 200 kilometers (180 miles) across the Mediterranean. “I have no idea what happened to my parents. I am totally lost,” he said. One woman covered in blood from the waist up walked down a trashed street while talking furiously on her phone. On another street, a woman with a bloodied face looked distraught, staggering through traffic with two friends at her side. French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet that his country was sending aid. Israel offered emergency assistance through international intermediaries, its Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Iran, Hezbollah’s patron, also said it was ready to help. “Stay strong, Lebanon,” its foreign minister, Javad Zarif, said in a tweet. By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Several of Beirut’s hospitals were damaged in the blast. Roum Hospital put out a call for people to bring it spare generators to keep its electricity going as it evacuated patients because of heavy damage.last_img read more

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When School Places Ad For Male Mentors, They’re Overwhelmed by ‘Volunteer Dad’ Responses

first_imgOn the day of the event back in December, however, over 600 men from all backgrounds, religions, and races showed up for the breakfast.The volunteer dads spent the morning doing everything from giving life advice to the students, to teaching them how to tie a double Windsor knot.“This morning by far exceeded all of my expectations!” said event volunteer Kristina Chaade. “Thank you to every single man that volunteered your time and gave a piece of yourself to these young men this morning! I am forever grateful!”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Dad-tastic Story With Your Friends – Photo by Stephanie DrenkaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne middle school in Texas was afraid that they wouldn’t have enough father figures for their “Breakfast With Dads” event last month – but after their call to action went viral on social media, they were overwhelmed by the response.The staff of Dr. Billy Earle Dade Middle School in Dallas originally posted on Facebook asking for at least 50 men to come to the event so they could give some mentorship and support to the young students.LOOK: Buff Dad Wears Tutu For Ballet Class When Daughter Invites Him Instead of Her Pregnant Momlast_img read more

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SMC hosts night of games and giveaways

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB) will host the annual Midnight Madness event on Thursday night in Regina Hall, a change of location from where the event is traditionally held because of the construction being done on the Angels Athletic Facility.SAB President Emma English said even though the location had changed, Midnight Madness will still be as fun as it was in the past. “It was a little bit of reconfiguration, but we’re going to have it in Regina this year, both sides,” English said. “We’re incorporating a lot of smaller games as well as the classic bigger games like freshmen-senior tug of war, so those will still be involved.”English said this year’s theme for Midnight Madness would be Mardi Gras.“Fat Tuesday is the following week so we thought this is perfect timing,” English said. “Midnight Madness is usually in March, but since we didn’t have Angela anyway, we’re just kind of moving everything around, so this year it’s earlier.”English said there will be the return of certain activities that were a hit in past years. “Last year we had a karaoke, finish the lyric game and that was super successful and really fun, so we’ll be bringing that back,” English said.Traditional Committee co-chair Zoie Clay said the Mardi Gras theme will be incorporated into the games and activities. “We’ll actually have one game where you have to throw beads onto a mannequin to kind of mimic parades,” Clay said. “Then we’re going to have some fun carnival-style games.”Clay said games are a nice way to bring the Saint Mary’s students from all grades together. “It’s competition between grades but I think it builds teamwork, not just within your grade, but between all grades,” Clay said. Each Saint Mary’s class year is assigned a different color to wear to support their class as they compete, honoring the Mardi Gras theme. First-year students will be asked to wear silver, sophomores will wear green, juniors will wear purple and seniors will wear gold or yellow.SAB vice president Lily Freund said in an email there will be a lot of fun prizes to be won.She said Jimmy John’s and Einstein’s will be donating food, and there will be Mardi Gras cupcakes.  English said she remembers her experiences with Midnight Madness throughout the years and how it brought her together with her classmates. “As a freshman you don’t really know a lot of people, but you have to volunteer each other to represent your class,” English said. “And then as a junior it was fun because you know everyone’s names and you’re all super close. So it’s really about community and class pride.” Clay said Midnight Madness is something all Saint Mary’s students should be a part of. “It’s a Saint Mary’s experience,” Clay said. “It’s something that has been going on for a while now and I think it’s a tradition that needs to be experienced. It’s a really good time.”English said she doesn’t see a reason for Saint Mary’s students to miss Midnight Madness. “Free food, fun games, free giveaways. What else do you need to say?” English said.Tags: Games, Midnight Madness, SMClast_img read more

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UVM’s $11.4 million renovation of Billings puts architectural gem at head of class

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Special Collections director Jeff Marshall teaches a class in the Marsh Room of the renovated Billings Library using materials from the collection. The renovated building has two classroom for special collections classes. (Photo: Sally McCay) Vermont Business Magazine Over the years, the Billings Library, the University of Vermont’s most architecturally important building, has been home to a variety of university functions, some more suited to the cathedral-like grandeur of its interior than others. Designed by HH Richardson, the great 19th American architect, the building began life in 1885 as the university’s library.In 1961, with demand for its services far exceeding Billings’ capacity, the university built a large new library and, in 1963, converted Billings’ somber interior space to an unlikely – and as time went on, lightly used – student center.In 2007 a much-needed modern student center opened on the UVM campus, and Billings became a sublime setting for a series of mostly everyday lectures, meetings and campus events.Thanks to a recently completed $11.4 million renovation, Billings will again house university departments whose academic import match its majestic design.UVM Libraries’ Special Collections department took up residence in August, returning the building to its roots as a library. In September the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, the UVM Humanities Center and the Center for Research on Vermont moved into their new offices on the fourth floor of the building.“The co-location of these important areas of scholarship will make Billings one of the most vital academic and intellectual centers on the UVM campus, as it once was,” said UVM president Tom Sullivan. “It is heartening to see this architectural masterpiece returned to its former glory.” Philanthropy key to original Billings – and to the renovationThe original Billings Library was financed through a philanthropic gift from railroad magnate and UVM alumnus Frederick Billings.The renovation, launched in June 2017 and completed this past summer, has also been made possible by philanthropy.Among the most important gifts was the first, in 2006, a $5 million gift  from the late Leonard (’51) and late Carolyn Miller to establish a Holocaust studies center at UVM to honor and expand the legacy of Raul Hilberg, the late UVM political science professor and renowned Holocaust scholar.Of the total, $3 million went toward the Billings renovation, where the center – called the Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies – would be permanently located. The remainder was set aside for endowed professorships in Holocaust studies.“The Miller family’s gift puts valuable endowment funds into place for the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, which has a worldwide reputation and is one of the most significant scholarly enterprises at the university,” Sullivan said. “The gift also sparked the Billings renovation. For both reasons, we are eternally grateful to the family for its generosity.”A $3 million gift from Jack (’64) and Shirley Silver was also critical to the Billings Library renovation, giving considerable momentum to the project.   “Jack and Shirley were far sighted in their inspiring support of this important campaign priority,” Sullivan said. “We are deeply appreciative to them for so significantly enhancing this vital part of the university.”“When I was a student at UVM, I always knew Billings was something special,” Silver said. “It’s thrilling to be part of the building’s renovation and to see it restored to its original  function as a library and academic center of the university.”  In honor of the Silvers, the collection has been named the Jack and Shirley Silver Special Collections Library.A gift of $1 million was made to the renovation by Richard [’63] and Pamela Ader, who appreciated the architectural significance of the building and the many purposes the renovated Billings Library would serve. Additional gifts totaling $1.5 million from approximately 200 donors rounded out the $8.5 million in private support for the project.Tens of thousands This has been a busy summer for Special Collections staff.From mid-July to mid-August, staff oversaw the transport of tens of thousands of rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and documents, moved via truck in carefully packed boxes and foam-lined carts from Special Collections’ former location in the basement of Bailey-Howe Library to the second floor of Billings, where temperature- and humidity-controlled stacks had been built in an area formerly occupied by a dining hall.The new location will significantly enhance Special Collections’ contribution to the academic life of the university, said Jeff Marshall, director of the Silver Special Collections Library.“Housing these materials in one of UVM’s premier buildings at the center of campus demonstrates the value the university places on Special Collections and will raise awareness of our holdings among faculty, students and the outside community,” he said.There are practical benefits, as well, he said. “We have improved security and climate control, as well as work spaces that are much more inviting and comfortable for both visitors and staff.”The renovation also fits the moment in higher education: special collections are playing an increasingly large role in undergraduate education nationally.To facilitate the use of special collections materials in teaching, the renovated Billings will feature two dedicated, technology-enabled classrooms, a large one in the Marsh Room on the third floor and a smaller one on the second, both major improvements over the former space, where classes were held in the middle of the reading room.“Collaborating with faculty to give students access to primary source materials – from manuscripts to maps to blueprints – has become a central strategy for engaging students in disciplines ranging from the humanities, social science and the arts to science, math and engineering,” said Prudence Doherty, special collections librarian. “The new classrooms will greatly enhance our ability to deliver this kind of teaching.”   The classrooms will also be used for public events and presentations sponsored by the Silver Special Collections Library.Also following national trends, the Billings renovation contains two dedicated display areas – in the apse on the third floor and in an area outside the central reading room on the second – to draw in students and the university community and engage them in Special Collections’ holdings. Billing’s North Lounge will also see a return to its past. The space will become a reading/study room, as it was in the original library, with long tables, comfortable chairs and nooks for private study along the walls.The co-location of the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, the Center for Research on Vermont and the Humanities Center in Billings, makes the building a “powerful nexus for the humanities on the UVM campus,” Sullivan said.“The centers have a vital role to play in and of themselves,” he said. “In addition, we expect that the co-location with the Silver Special Collections Library will amplify their impact by enabling closer collaboration and synergy, both among the centers and with Special Collections.”Source: UVM 10.1.2018last_img read more

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2XU wraps sponsorship deals with Lesley Paterson and Caitlin Snow

first_imgApparel and compression specialist 2XU has welcomed two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson and top American triathlete Caitlin Snow to its impressive portfolio of elite sponsored athletes. Alongside fellow Team 2XU athletes, Paterson and Snow will ‘utilize 2XU apparel to enhance their performance through training, racing and recovery.’“We’re delighted to be partnering with two female triathletes of this calibre,” said 2XU North America Senior Marketing Manager Jayme Mechur. “Both are capable of winning their on- and off-road World Championships in 2013.”Mechur added, “More importantly, both are incredible women that will serve as inspirational ambassadors for 2XU and the brand’s commitment to achieving the best in human performance. In addition to being champion performers, they give back to their sport through coaching and active community involvement.”Paterson and Snow’s partnerships with 2XU will run through to 2015 and 2016 respectively. Each woman will be outfitted from head-to-toe in 2XU apparel, including compression garments and wetsuits.“Lesley and Cait are amazing athletes,” noted Fred Hernandez, 2XU North America Director of Marketing. “We are proud to support them as they chase top results this year. Their relentless commitment to athletic excellence aligns with our goal to engineer the most technical performance solutions in the world.”Lesley Paterson is the current XTERRA World Champion and recently dominated at the 2013 XTERRA Philippines Championship , winning the women’s race by a whopping 15 minutes over her closest competitor. Known as the ‘Scottish Rocket’ by fans, Paterson also boasts an impressive resume in on-road Ironman 70.3 racing alongside off-road XTERRA racing.“I started in a 2XU trisuit very early on in my career,” said Paterson. “Not only was it the best suit on the market, but it looked amazing! Fast forward a few years, and I’m here again, ecstatic to be officially teaming up with the world’s top performance brand. I look forward to doing 2XU proud.”Ironman Champion Cait Snow is a dedicated athlete and loves to race. Her career highlights include 3 top 10 finishes at the Ironman World Championships in Kona and 3 of the top 10 marathons splits in the history of the race. Last October she capped off a great season placing 9th overall at the Ironman World Championships and looks forward to another great season this year.Snow is excited to bring her passion for racing to 2XU. She is also eager to be a part of the 2XU family. “I am really excited to join,” Snow said. “2XU products are beautiful and fit perfectly. I can’t wait to showcase the apparel.”Snow plans to continue on her triathlon success at Ironman 70.3 San Juan on 17 March.Founded and based in Melbourne, Australia, with its North American Headquarters in Carlsbad, California, 2XU (‘Two Times You’) apparel is designed and tested in consultation with industry experts. As the company notes, all garments employ intelligent physiological design, cutting edge performance fabrics and construction.2XU was launched in January 2005, and is driven by a relentless company mission to advance human performance through the development of world-leading athletic garments. In its first year, 2XU graced the skin of multiple World Champion athletes and has since formed powerful alliances and key partnerships with World Champions across the globe in numerous sports.These include triathlon, cycling, swimming, netball, AFL, soccer, NRL, NFL, NBA and running. 2XU is also the exclusive Official Compression Supplier to the Australian Institute of Sport, Ironman, the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), US Ski Team, US Snowboarding, US Freeskiing, and the USSA Center of Excellence.www.2xu.com Relatedlast_img read more

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WTOP: DC police’s Peter Newsham named Prince William Co.’s new police chief

first_img download audio WTOP Reporter Neal Augenstein speaks to Dimitri Sotis about Peter Newsham’s new job in Prince William County toggle audio on and off change volume D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham has been hired as the new police chief for Prince William County, Virginia.He is expected to start his new post Feb. 1, hoping to stay on through Inauguration Day, he said first on WTOP.“This will be my eighth inauguration by my count,” said Newsham, who added that D.C. police are very proud to be involved in the event.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser thanked Newsham for his 31 years of service to the people of D.C. She said an interim chief will be announced soon.D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson said that the council stands ready to work with Bowser to find the best candidate to replace Newsham.“During his time as Chief, he led the department through a time of great change and challenge for our city and our nation, and we appreciate his distinguished service to the District,” Bowser said in a statement.Mendelson said that he’s surprised at the news of Newsham’s decision to leave, and he is sorry to see him go after three decades and a lot of service to D.C.“Yet this presents an opportunity to try new approaches to law enforcement and new strategies to fight violent crime. We’re losing a good cop, but sometimes a fresh face can be a good, too,” Mendelson said.D.C. Council Member Charles Allen, of Ward 6, thanked Newsham for his service in a statement Wednesday, and added that the opening at the top of D.C.’s police force came at “a critical moment.”He added, “The nation is changing, and law enforcement in the District – and what we expect from a chief of police – must evolve, as well.”Allen said the goals for the next new chief should include “tackling the systemic racism that exists in our city and within policing culture, promoting a public health approach to eliminating violence, and using the law and Constitution to demonstrate empathy, humility, innovation, and vision.”New challengeNewsham said that he’s very excited for the new challenge in Prince William County.“We are happy to welcome Chief Newsham to Prince William County and the level of expertise he brings to the position,” County Executive Chris Martino said in a news release.The county conducted a nationwide search with a public survey and a competitive hiring process. Newsham said that when the opportunity came around, he took advantage of it.“It will be very different, but I’ve been fortunate in Washington, D.C., to gain a lot of police experience,” Newsham said.He feels that he can bring a lot of that experience as he heads what he called an already “very successful police department” in Prince William County.“Chief Newsham brings a wealth of experience and leadership to this position,” Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair-At-Large Ann Wheeler said.Coles District Supervisor Yesli Vega said that she is confident Newsham’s experiences in D.C. have well-equipped him to lead the county police department.“As the highest-ranking officer in the capital of the free world, he’s seen everything there is to see,” Vega said.Newsham has been the head of the District’s police department since 2017. Before that, he was the interim chief after Cathy Lanier stepped down to work for the NFL.He has been with the department since 1989 and had been assistant chief of police since 2002 before being named acting chief.DC Police Union Chairman Gregg Pemberton wished Newsham the best in his new role and said his contributions over more than 30 years in D.C. will not be forgotten.“The Union now looks forward to providing some input on Mayor Bowser’s selection for the next permanent Chief of Police,” Pemberton said.Police reformsNewsham leaves his post several months after the D.C. Council voted to approve emergency legislation that includes sweeping police reforms.Newsham has spoken about underfunding police, saying funding is “required for recruitment and hiring of the best people, people who are service-minded and look at this job in that regard.”He expressed concern about cuts to his department’s budget — attributed to the city’s expenses and lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic.Bowser criticized a council vote in July to cut $15 million from D.C. police, saying “they made the District less safe.”“What doesn’t seem to make common sense to me is to reduce the size of the police department. That, in effect, is what the chairman of the Judiciary Committee is recommending that we do. So, I disagree with that stance,” Newsham told WTOP in June.Citing 600,000 annual calls for help, increasing violence, a growing population and daily demonstrations, Newsham said he doesn’t think he has enough police officers as it is.“I can say as the chief of police, I am not comfortable right now with all the responsibilities we have here in Washington, D.C.” Newsham said.In July, Council member David Grosso said that Newsham should be removed from his post because he thinks Newsham has a pattern of unfairly cracking down on protesters, not striving to find ways to better serve the Black community and lashing out at council members when something goes wrong for him.Grosso’s call for Newsham’s removal came after the American Civil Liberties Union accused D.C. police of being involved in the June 1 chemical-aided clearing of protesters at Lafayette Square ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church.Newsham denied that his officers were involved in supporting the action against protesters ahead of Trump’s walk through the square.WTOP’s Scott Gelman, Neal Augenstein, Megan Cloherty and WTOP staff contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Supreme Court JNC accepting applications to fill Anstead’s seat

first_img Supreme Court JNC accepting applications to fill Anstead’s seat Supreme Court JNC accepting applications to fill Anstead’s seat October 15, 2008 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill an at-large vacancy on the court that will be created by the impending retirement of Justice Harry Lee Anstead.In his letter convening the JNC, Gov. Charlie Crist emphasized his belief that “our state’s judges should reflect the racial, gender and geographic diversity of the people that they serve.”In response, the JNC encourages and calls for a broad and well-qualified pool of applicants.“Florida’s demographic, geographic and cultural diversity presents unique challenges and issues impacting our large population,” JNC Chair Robert Hackleman said. “It is important that our state’s Supreme Court reflects that diversity. We greatly hope to have the opportunity to nominate qualified candidates from a broad and diverse group of applicants. Applications can be found on The Florida Bar Web site. Applicants must be submit one original and 10 copies of the completed application. Applicants also are asked to submit a copy of the application on a CD and a copy of the redacted version on a separate CD. Redactions to include: If you are entitled to public requests exemptions see Chapter 119.071.Mail everything to Robert S. Hackleman JNC Chair, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., 450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ste. 1400, Ft. Lauderdale 33301 no later than 5 p.m. on November 7.A list of members the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is available on The Florida Bar Web site.last_img read more

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Deep brain stimulation may not boost memory

first_imgDeep brain stimulation (DBS) of areas in the brain known to be involved in making memories does not improve memory performance, according to a study by Columbia University researchers published December 7 in Neuron. The study found a range of memory impairment of 5% to 20% with stimulation. No participants showed memory improvement. The study negates earlier findings that suggested a benefit.But the research doesn’t close the book on DBS as a possible intervention for individuals with memory problems caused by disease or trauma. Rather, the findings suggest that if this specific form of stimulation diminishes memory performance, another approach may improve it. “We may need a different kind of stimulation protocol to affect this region in a good direction,” says lead investigator Joshua Jacobs, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.Jacobs’ investigation was inspired by a 2012 study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1107212) that showed a 64% improvement in memory performance for memories formed while subjects were experiencing brain stimulation. The findings were encouraging, but they ran counter to scientific evidence suggesting that the kind of stimulation used in the study would inhibit neurons and potentially impair memory. “We had conflicting thoughts,” says Jacobs. “So we thought it would be important to replicate this kind of finding.” Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest Sharecenter_img Deep brain stimulation is an invasive technique that involves the implantation of electrodes deep into the brain and then running current through them to electrically stimulate nearby neurons. To test the technique, both studies recruited epilepsy patients who already had electrodes implanted for the purpose of mapping seizures.Both studies presented subjects with similar memory tasks. A spatial task involved remembering the location of an object in a 3D virtual space. Participants would navigate through the space to find an object. During control sessions, they received no stimulation. In stimulation sessions, they would experience 50 pulses of electrical current per second for 5 seconds. “Stimulation occurs only during the time that people are encoding the memory,” says Jacobs. “The task was well controlled.”A verbal task involved recalling words on a list. Electrical pulses were delivered for 4.6 seconds while participants studied the list.The studies differed, however, in that Jacobs observed his subjects as they performed 48 memory retrievals per session, 8 times as many as in the previous study. He also enrolled 49 subjects. The previous study included 7. “It’s quite a bit bigger and more statistically powered, so it’s more likely to produce accurate results,” says Jacobs.None of the participants showed statistically significant improvement. On average across both tasks, stimulation of the entorhinal cortex resulted in a reduced accuracy in memories of 9% compared to non-stimulated memories. Stimulation of the hippocampus resulted in 8% impairment on average. Impairment ranged from 5% to 20% across all regions stimulated for both tasks.The study’s measurement of spatial memory also differed from the earlier study. To measure spatial memory, participants revisited the 3D virtual space–this time, without the object being present in the space and without stimulation–and navigated to the place they recalled to be the object’s location. Jacobs’ team then calculated how far off the remembered locations were from actual locations.In the previous study, the objects remained visible in the virtual space during the recall test, potentially skewing results in the positive direction for participants lucky enough to spot the object while navigating the space.Such confounders often occur in early studies of new techniques, say Jacobs. Follow-on studies are important because they improve methods. “Theirs was a first study of its kind,” says Jacobs. “It’s important to improve the protocol in a way that quantifies spatial memory more precisely.”While the study did not improve memory, it did show that it is possible to alter a neural process as complex as memory using electrical stimulation. So Jacobs and colleagues are currently working to devise more complex DBS interventions that respond to brain activity in real time and boost memory in the positive direction. “The simple approach to stimulation doesn’t work very well, so we’re trying to develop more a more advanced approach,” he says. Share on Facebook Emaillast_img read more

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Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture Oct. 23

first_imgRosalie Heller was a major contributor to the arts in Los Alamos. Courtesy photoLAAC News:Los Alamos Arts Council presents the second “Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture.” This event is to honor the many contributions of Heller to life and music in Los Alamos.The speaker this year is writer, lecturer and curator James M Keller. He will present his talk, “Living Within Our Music,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. A light reception will follow the lecture. Heller made major contributions to classical music in Los Alamos. She taught and inspired more than 300 pupils from age 5 to 95. Heller was a gifted pianist and performed at more than 100 chamber music concerts in Northern New Mexico.She gave a series of eight well attended evening lectures on classical music in Fuller Lodge, served as a radio host for more than 10 years and created a variety of programs. During her 17 years as Artistic Director of the Los Alamos Concert Association, many outstanding artists and programs were brought to Los Alamos. Keller is in his 25th season with the New York Philharmonic, where he occupies an endowed chair as its Program Annotator. He is also the Program Annotator of the San Francisco Symphony, a position he has held since 2000. His book Chamber Music: A Listener’s Guide, was spotlighted as “book of the month” and a “five stars book choice” by BBC Music Magazine. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious ASCAP¬–Deems Taylor Award for his feature writing in Chamber Music magazine.From 2010 to 2019, Keller was a staff writer and critic-at-large at Pasatiempo, the weekly arts and culture magazine of The Santa Fe New Mexican.Admission is free to the lecture and it is open to anyone age 12 and older. The Los Alamos Arts Council, a 501c3 non-profit corporation and public charity that, for 50 years, has been supporting creative arts activities in Los Alamos, as well as Leon, Peter, and Tony Heller.For more information, visit losalamosartscouncil.org or call 505.663.0477.last_img read more

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