Weber State Football Hosts Blackout For Home Opener Against South Dakota

first_img Tags: Blackout/FCS STATS Poll/South Dakota Coyotes/Weber State Football Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Saturday, Weber State football hosts South Dakota for their home opener at Stewart Stadium.The Wildcats, for the 6:00 p.m. kickoff, encourage fans to wear black, as the #11 team in the FCS STATS poll, is having a blackout against the Coyotes.The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a free blackout T-shirt. There will also be a groundbreaking for the new building at the north end of Stewart Stadium at 5:00 p.m.This is only the third match-up in history between these two schools as the teams tied in 1970 in the first all-time meeting at Ogden.The Coyotes bested the Wildcats 52-49 in double overtime in 2016 at Vermillion, S.D. September 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Hosts Blackout For Home Opener Against South Dakotalast_img read more

Sri Lanka: Naval Institute at Naval Deployment Pulmudei Declared Open

first_img June 28, 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: open Share this article View post tag: declared View post tag: Deployment Training & Education The newly-built “Naval Institute” at Naval Deployment Pulmudei was declared open by Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Rohan Amarasinghe on 25th June 2013.Senior Naval officers in the area were also present on the occasion.[mappress]Press Release, June 28, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navycenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka: Naval Institute at Naval Deployment Pulmudei Declared Open View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic Sri Lanka: Naval Institute at Naval Deployment Pulmudei Declared Open View post tag: Pulmudei View post tag: Institutelast_img read more

Commentary: A Competition No One Wants To Win

first_imgBy John INDIANAPOLIS – Matt Davis’s voice softens as he talks about the reason he became involved in youth suicide prevention work.He says his son Anthony killed himself. The boy was only 18.Davis, his voice rueful, says he thinks often of the signs he missed that his son was troubled. Withdrawal from friends and family. Detachment from life and activity. Listlessness and moroseness.Davis, who is with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and I talk over the air with Tami Silverman of the Indiana Youth Institute and Mindi Goodpastor, the public policy director of the Marion County Commission on Youth, about this state’s tragic record regarding suicide. Studies show that 20 percent – one in five – Hoosier young people has given serious consideration to committing suicide.That puts Indiana near the top of a national list in a category no one wants to lead.As Davis talks about his son, Silverman and Goodpastor nod their heads in agreement and support, their gazes locked on him in sympathy.Afterward, they say his story is common.Too common.Messages from listeners confirm as much.One mother sends an email about her son. When he was 16, the boy told a school counselor that he was considering killing himself. The counselor called the mother.The mother’s story wrenches. She writes about the fear and shame she felt when she got the call. She tells of the battles to get her son the treatment he needed and the steps forward and backward his treatment included. She relates that he tried – unsuccessfully, thank goodness – to kill himself three times.He’s 24 now, she writes and leading a healthy and satisfying life. But there are times when she’s in his old room and she comes across an old suicide note. It takes her right back to those moments, days and years of fear and dread.Davis, Goodpastor, and Silverman nod their heads almost in unison.They have heard it before.But it still hits home.They take turns offering comfort and support to the mother. Then they explain that this is the reality of suicide. The fight against it won’t be won in a moment or with a single conversation. The treatment can take years.And the after-effects can linger still longer.Davis says that suicides have far-reaching effects. Studies have shown that, on average, an individual suicide affects 42 people.Goodpastor says there are states that have made inroads in combatting the problem of youth suicide. They are the states that have government support programs in place, programs that provide suicide-prevention training for adults, such as teachers, coaches and counselors, who work with young people and other services for young people who are troubled.The states that haven’t had those programs, such as, until recently, Indiana, have higher percentages of teen suicide.I ask Davis, Goodpastor, and Silverman how concerned adults – parents, friends, etc. – who haven’t had professional training should deal with a young person contemplating suicide.The counsel that comes back is both straight-forward and humane:Pay attention to the young people in your life. Take note of withdrawals from friends, family and the activities of life. If a young person tells you he or she is thinking about suicide, take the threat seriously. Don’t try to minimize or dismiss the young person’s pain or fears. Don’t offer false reassurance by saying everything will be okay. Treat both the young person and the situation with respect and concern.The most important advice is also the simplest.When young people come to us and say they’re thinking about ending their lives, we have to hear them.We have to listen.We have to listen as if lives depend upon us hearing what is said.Because Matt Davis says, lives do depend upon it.Our children’s lives.Footnote: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.City -County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Moms Run for Kids With Down Syndrome

first_imgThe team members scaled the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and enjoyed a triumphant “Rocky” moment.Melissa and Jen are certainly on their way. The women and their teammates were warmly received in the towns and rolling countryside areas and cities like Baltimore, Wilmington and Princeton, in addition to Philly and New York.Once they reached the Big Apple, the group received word they would have a chance to appear on the “Today” show and achieve national publicity. Husbands Tony Polcini and Jeff Flink traveled with Michael and Judah to be a part of the moment.The Polcinis have another son, 11-year-old J.D., and the Flinks have three other boys, Levi, 7, Gideon, 5, and Ezra, 3.While the magnitude of the relay was “overwhelming at times,” Polcini said, one moment summed it all up for her running partner. Ocean City showed its support for Jen and Melissa in a variety of ways, but none more visible than lighting up the Ninth Street Causeway Bridge with the blue and yellow colors of the Down Syndrome Society. “It can be scary as the parent of a child with Down Syndrome, to worry about what the future might hold for them,” Melissa related.Those feelings melted away when she saw a father hugging his son with Down Syndrome who is in his 30s.“It was such a tender moment,” she said, tearing up as she re-told the story. “The love that man showed his son, and how well (the son) was doing told me that, hey, maybe it doesn’t have to be so scary.”The relay is over for this year, but community members still have the opportunity to contribute. Please visit the Facebook page “Melissa and Jen take on 3.21” to view their videos, learn more about Down Syndrome and, most importantly, join the movement.Jen Polcini, left, and Melissa Flink with sons Michael (holding balloons) and Judah. By Tim KellyThere were many highlights of Jen Polcini’s and Melissa Flink’s participation in a 48-hour, 250-plus mile relay run to raise Down Syndrome awareness: running through the streets of the nation’s capital, bounding the famous Art Museum steps in Philadelphia and appearing on NBC’s “Today” show, just to name a few.The biggest highlight may have been the advancement of an idea.“Everyone has value and their own special gifts,” Polcini said, “and we all need to recognize that each person belongs in the big picture and makes a contribution. No one should be excluded.”Polcini and Flink, both of Ocean City, are the mothers of Michael, 7 and Judah, 10, respectively, who have Down Syndrome. The women were members of a 21-person team that ran continuously as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s “Run for 3.21” relay.In addition to getting the word out, Polcini and Flink raised funds for the organization’s many advocacy, educational and support activities for people living with Down Syndrome and the families who sacrifice to give their loved ones the best life possible.The “Run for 3.21” name refers to the date of February 21, World Down Syndrome Day.  The numbers have the additional significance: Down Syndrome occurs in individuals born with an extra 21st chromosome.Jen Polcini and Melissa Flink were part of a team of relay runners that completed a run for Down Syndrome awareness from Washington D.C., to New York City earlier this week. The group is shown at the start of the 48-hour trek. (Photos courtesy of Jen Polcini and Melissa Flink)The women put together humorous promotional videos that had a theme from the film “Forrest Gump.” Melissa posted them on social media, and before you could say “Life is like a box of chocolates” their goal to raise $6,000 had more than doubled. “We were brainstorming a bunch of fundraising ideas, but everything just seemed to come together,” Melissa said. “The community was very supportive of what we were trying to do.”Another video, using actual scenes from the movie, showing lessons about inclusion, was shown in the Ocean City public schools, where Michael is a first grader and Judah is in fourth grade. The city illuminated the Ninth Street Causeway Bridge in the group’s yellow and blue colors in honor of the 3/21 theme on Thursday.The pair’s relay adventure began on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building 6 a.m. on Tuesday and climaxed at the United Nations Headquarters building on Thursday.  Along the way there were sore muscles, lack of sleep, cramped conditions in the support vans carrying the team, and some dicey neighborhoods. Those were shrugged off, Flink said, because minor hardships couldn’t compare to the excitement and satisfaction of achieving their goals.“It (awareness of Down Syndrome) needs to be a movement,” she said. “We are making progress, but there is still so far to go. People need to come together so that people with Down syndrome are included in their communities, in their schools, in sports and other activities.”  Jen Polcini, left, and Melissa Flink are raising money and awareness for people with Down Syndrome, including their sons. 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Ginsters uses technology to bring bakery to classroom

first_imgStudents studying the Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design (MPD) can now gain access to Ginsters’ Callington Bakery without leaving their classroom, thanks to online video conferencing technology.Using free Skype communication software, pupils are able to talk directly to staff at Ginsters and look around the bakery as part of course projects and assignments. The new Diploma in MPD targets students aged between 14 and 19 and mixes practical and theoretical work on food manufacturing and product development, including at least 10 days’ work experience.“At Ginsters, we have worked with schools and colleges in Plymouth and Cornwall for many years. But we noticed that visits were decreasing year-on-year. It seems that new challenges associated with taking a class of young people on a visit were responsible for this reduction. These included transport, health and safety, financial and time-tabling issues,” said Chris Schaffer, bakery training and education co-ordinator at Ginsters. “We didn’t want this to affect our ability to help schools, especially with the new work-relevant requirements of the Diploma in MPD, so we decided to use Skype. Now, thanks to this technology, we can give students access to our facilities and the expertise of our staff.”Schaffer, who has signed up to become an employer champion for the Diploma in MPD, has also developed an educational website to support Ginsters’ activity.last_img read more

Tarp Skunks Inaugural Season Put On Hold Due To COVID-19 Concerns

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Tarp Skunks inaugural season has been put on hold after their 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.Photo Courtesy: PGCBLThe Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced the decision Wednesday.In a statement, League President Robert Julian said the league is putting the health and safety of its fans and teams first.“We recognize this is a great disappointment to our collegiate players, to our fans, our host communities, and the dedicated staff and owners who have spent so much of their lives making the league a vibrant part of collegiate baseball and the American baseball fabric,” said Julian. “The dynamic of this crisis requires cancellation.” Prior to the cancellation, the Jamestown Tarp Skunks were preparing to return to league action after ownership of the then Jamestown Jammers relocated to Milwaukee at the conclusion of the 2018 season.“We sympathize with the college athletes who were looking forward to suiting up for the Tarp Skunks in 2020. Even more, I sympathize with baseball fans in Jamestown – who need to wait at least one more summer before seeing baseball played at Diethrick Park. Rest assured; the Tarp Skunks will return to the field as soon as it is deemed safe to do so by our country’s medical experts. In the meantime, we’ve got a mascot, alternate looks, and so many other pieces of the Tarp Skunks universe waiting to be introduced. There might not be baseball in 2020, but the Tarp Skunks’ presence in Jamestown will be felt,” says General Manager, Frank Fanning. “There are fun moments ahead. Nothing can stop Jamestown from having fun. COVID-19 has changed a few things, but it can never funk with the skunk. Jamestown is too strong.”Image via Tarp Skunks says they will continue with certain scheduled releases throughout the remainder of 2020, and hope to attend public appearances whenever it is safe to do so later in the year.The Tarp Skunks are among 13 teams in the league impacted by the cancelation.Baseball was not the only sport season that was put on hold due to COVID-19, both the Jamestown Jackals basketball team and Jamestown Rebels hockey team seasons were canceled earlier this year.Jamestown Community College also cancelled their spring sports season in March, with the baseball team playing just a single game and the softball team not playing any games prior to the virus outbreak. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I thought Jamestown jammers moved to morganstown WVlast_img read more

Could a blind person use your website?

first_imgOne of the tricky things about dispensing compliance/legal advice to institutions as diverse in size as credit unions is to balance the needs to provide a heads up about emerging issues, against the need to help credit unions prioritize truly pressing concerns.With this sanctimonious lead, one of your faithful bloggers take away from this year’s Mortgage Bankers Association Legal and Compliance conference, is that it is time for your credit union to, at the very least, begin viewing its website as an extension of your physical infrastructure that is subject to the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). I have been hesitant to talk about this issue for several months, because the exact legal frame work that your credit union is operating under remains unsettled. For example, key regulations promised, promised and promised by the Department of Justice have never been finalized. It is still an open question at what point a website that is open to the public is subject to public accommodations for the disabled.Conversely, there are plenty of anecdotes that website lawsuits are on the rise. In one break out session close to the majority of the audience indicated they had received letters threating legal action over their websites. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Break free from fear-based strategic planning

first_imgWhen I encounter resistance during a strategic planning session with a credit union, I know it’s time to pause, regroup, and gain perspective. Resistance rarely happens because the board and leadership team don’t care; it’s surfaces because fear is making them freeze. In most of these sessions, we introduce ideas that are so different from anything the credit union has done before that the leaders have a hard time imagining how they will even attempt something so audacious.Fear-based paralysis is real, and it’s the reason most strategic plans fail. When we give into the fear of the unknown, we fail to move beyond our comfort zone because we don’t have a reference point for what we’re trying to accomplish. As funny as it sounds, we refuse to try something new simply because we’ve never done it before. News flash: In strategic planning sessions, we don’t have a plan yet because we’re locked in a room trying to create a plan.Unfortunately, fear causes us to miss what strategic planning is all about. Instead of crafting a purposeful plan for accomplishing bold new objectives, our sessions stop cold as soon as a new idea is presented. We get hung up on tactics and processes and never actually get around to developing a strategy that should drive the entire planning process. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Indonesia claims wide support for virus-sharing stance

first_imgMay 27, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health minister asserted yesterday that 112 other nations at a meeting in Geneva last week expressed support for her country’s position on avian influenza virus sharing, according to an Indonesian newspaper.At a press conference in Jakarta yesterday, Siti Fadilah Supari said support for Indonesia’s sample-sharing proposals came on May 21 at a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) health ministers meeting, which was held alongside the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual meeting in Geneva, the Jakarta Post reported today. The NAM, founded in 1955, is an organization of countries that consider themselves not aligned with or against any superpower. Supari said representatives of 112 countries at the NAM health ministers meeting supported Indonesia’s demands.”We received moral and political support from health ministers from England, Russia, Iran, and Australia,” Supari said, according to the Post report. The NAM Web site does not list England or Australia among its 118 member countries.In early 2007, Indonesia announced it had stopped sharing H5N1 influenza virus samples with the WHO out of concern that developing countries that share such samples will not have access to vaccines that drug companies in rich countries may produce from the samples. The country has shared only a few samples since then. It has pushed for new virus-sharing policies that it considers more transparent and fair to it and other developing nations.Supari continues talks with USDuring the WHO’s annual World Health Assembly, Supari urged world health officials to replace the WHO’s virus-sharing system, saying it favors developed nations, the Post reported. Also during the meeting, she met with US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to discuss possible solutions to the virus-sharing impasse, in a continuation of talks that had begun in April.Leavitt mentioned the latest talks at a May 19 press conference in Geneva. “Actually, not a great deal changed as a result of our meeting today,” he told reporters, according to a transcript published on the US State Department Web site.He emphasized that the United States wants to help forge needed improvements in the sample-sharing system. “What we aren’t willing, of course, to do is engage in any system that would involve compensation for virus samples,” he said. “This is a 60-year-old tradition. That’s one of the greatest public health successes in history.”A progress report on multilateral efforts to settle the sample-sharing issue, including ideas raised at the World Health Assembly, is expected in July, Leavitt said. A WHO working group dedicated to solving the problem, which has met several times, will meet again in November. “And we’re hopeful that by November of this year we’ll have a protocol under which that [virus sharing] can be done,” Leavitt said.In a recent book, Supari accused the United States of planning to make a biological weapon out of the H5N1 virus and charged that the United States and the WHO have conspired to profit from H5N1 vaccines.Genetic data to be shared Indonesia recently announced it would begin sharing H5N1 viral sequences with a new public database, the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID), which was formed by a group of 70 scientists and health officials to promote greater sharing of H5N1 sequences.GISAID has said the public can freely access the database, which includes both human and animal H5N1 sequences, after they register and agree to share and credit the use of others’ data, analyze findings jointly, publish results collaboratively, and refrain from pressing intellectual property rights issues that relate to diagnostic, drug, and vaccine developments.Experts have praised the new development, but some have said that having actual H5N1 isolates is more useful because they are needed to make seed strains for vaccines and are critical for determining antigenicity, transmissibility, and pathogenicity.See also:Apr 17 CIDRAP News story “HHS secretary blogs on impasse with Indonesia”May 19 CIDRAP News story “Experts welcome Indonesia’s vow to share H5N1 data”last_img read more

Indonesia quits offering prompt notice of H5N1 cases

first_imgJun 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health minister said today the government has stopped the practice of promptly notifying global health officials each time it confirms a human H5N1 avian influenza case or death, a move some say will likely hamper efforts to monitor the world’s pandemic risk level.Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari today confirmed that a 15-year-old girl from Jakarta tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza on May 13 and died the next day, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP). Indonesia’s National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza had previously listed the case as confirmed on its Web site, but the information is apparently no longer listed.The WHO, which typically confirms cases when it receives notifications from health ministries or test results from its collaborating laboratories, has not yet confirmed Indonesia’s most recent case and has not commented on Supari’s decision to stop sending out H5N1 case notifications. The WHO’s last confirmed an Indonesian H5N1 case, in a 3-year old boy who died on Apr 23, on Apr 30.Supari told the AP that the health ministry would not send out H5N1 case confirmations until after they have been reported in the media. However, Reuters reported today that the ministry will announce the death toll from the H5N1 virus only every 6 months.”How does it help us to announce these deaths?” Supari told the AP. “We want to focus now on positive steps and achievements made by the government in fighting bird flu.”She told Reuters that announcements of H5N1 deaths are sometimes misunderstood. “It’s OK not to announce it. Sometimes they only give hurtful comments instead of helping,” she said without further explanation.Indonesia has been hit hardest of any country by the H5N1 virus. According to the WHO’s most recent count, the country has had 133 cases and 108 deaths.The country’s refusal to share timely reports of human H5N1 cases is the latest in a series of controversies that began when Indonesia stopped sharing its H5N1 isolates in early 2007 to protest what it views as a lack of access to affordable H5N1 therapies and vaccines. The WHO has held several meetings to resolve the virus sharing issues, but so far no agreements have been reached.Sharon Sanders, editor-in-chief of FluTrackers, a well-known Web message board that focuses on avian flu developments, told CIDRAP News that Indonesia’s decision to delay H5N1 notifications will obscure what is happening there, which negatively affects the world’s ability to prepare for a pandemic.She said Indonesia’s news blackout would likely have the opposite effect from what the government apparently intends. “Now, there will be intense speculation and generation of rumors surrounding suspicious deaths that have similar symptoms to H5N1 infections,” Sanders said. “False rumors of an H5N1 outbreak have the potential to be even more economically devastating than a government-confirmed outbreak.”Established in early 2006, FluTrackers monitors avian flu developments in several languages from several sources and hosts international discussion forums and resource lists.Sanders said media reports coming out of Indonesia are generally reliable, but have some drawbacks. “In many instances, reported suspicious human cases have little or no follow up, so we are left with gaps in our total picture,” she said.Indonesia’s avian flu news blackout might increase traffic to online avian flu communities, such as FluTrackers and FluWiki, because they translate and analyze Indonesian newspaper reports, blogs, newscasts, and other sources, Sanders said.”FluTrackers will continue to publish what we can; however, we rely on the local sources in Indonesia,” she said. “Since the national government is imposing restrictions on when they confirm human deaths, we are watching for other restrictions such as suppression of the local news media to develop.”last_img read more