Written by March 27, 2019 /Sports News – National Alabama hires Buffalo’s Nate Oats as next head basketball coach Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMoses Kinnah/iStock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) — After a spectacular season that came to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, University of Buffalo basketball coach Nate Oats has left that program to take the head coaching job at the University of Alabama.Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne announced the news on Twitter Wednesday. The hire was a shock to the sports world, as Oats had just signed a five-year contract extension at Buffalo earlier this month.Oats, 44, replaces Avery Johnson, just days after Johnson and the Crimson Tide parted ways. Buffalo earned three NCAA Tournament berths in Oats’ four seasons as head coach. They went 96-43 overall, losing just five conference games combined in the last two seasons.“Coach Oats will hit the ground running starting tonight,” Byrne said in a statement Wednesday night “We look forward to him having a long and successful career with the Alabama Crimson Tide.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Jarrett Parker’s grand slam highlighted the eighth and put Salt Lake up for good. Parker went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBI in the win. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail (Salt Lake City, UT) — The Bees reeled off five runs in the eighth inning as they dropped the Rainiers 12-9 at Smith’s Ballpark. Written by The Bees close their series with the Rainiers today at home. Robert Lovell May 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Bees Drop Rainiers Tags: PCL/Salt Lake Bees
View post tag: Oman View post tag: Ares Photo: Photo: Ares Turkish shipbuilder Ares announced it has been awarded a contract to deliver fast patrol vessels to the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard (ROPCG).As noted by Ares, this is Turkey’s first naval export program to Turkey.ROPCG has ordered a total of 14 ‘Ares 85’ patrol and interceptor vessel. They are scheduled to be delivered within a four-year acquisition program.According to the company brochure, Ares 85 Hercules FPBs measure 25.9 meters in length, displace 70 tons and reach speeds of over 45 knots.“I’d like to highlight with pride that this is the first ever naval export program of Turkish Republic history to Oman,” Ares chairman & executive director, Kerim Kalafatoglu. “And yet, another record breaking program has again been accomplished by Ares.” View post tag: FPB View post tag: Royal Oman Police Coast Guard Share this article
OBITUARY OF HEATHER DUNN NIEMEIERHeather Dunn Niemeier, 43, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019.Heather was born on May 30, 1975, in Evansville, Indiana to her loving parents Gail (Russell) and John Dunn. Heather graduated in 1993 from Reitz Memorial High School. She received her Bachelors of Elementary Education and Social Sciences in 1997 and her Masters of Literacy Education from Vanderbilt University in 1998 where she joined Kappa Delta Sorority. In 2007, she received her Doctorate of Education from Oakland City University.Heather’s passion for teaching flourished as her career touched many students at Percy Priest Elementary, Highland Elementary, and North Middle School. She expanded her expertise as she taught at the University of Southern Indiana and Oakland City University.Together as Heather and Fred began their family, her love of teaching became even more evident with her own children. Heather loved children’s books and she shared that passion with her children and her students. She was certified in meditation and mindfulness and taught this to many.We will miss her bubbly personality as we mourn the loss of this beautiful daughter, wife, mother, sister, and friend.Heather is survived by her husband of 21 years, Fred Niemeier of Evansville, IN; children, Madison, Michael, and Emerson Niemeier all of Evansville, IN; parents, Gail and John Dunn; sister, Holly Dunn Pendleton (Jacob) of Evansville, IN; sister-in-law, Amy (Katie) Niemeier of Evansville, IN; and many nieces and nephews.Heather was preceded in death by her sister, Kathy Dunn-Jagielski; and brothers, John Michael Dunn and John Melton Dunn, Jr.Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Browning Funeral Home, 738 Diamond Ave., Evansville, IN 47711 with Pastor Jack Eberhardt officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.Friends may visit from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Browning Funeral Home and again from 9:00 AM until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to Holly’s House, P.O. Box 4125, Evansville, IN 47724.Condolences may be made online at www.browningfuneral.com.To send flowers to the family of Heather Dunn Niemeier, please visit Tribute Store.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Today, word has spread rapidly through entertainment media that Maroon 5 has been selected to headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show, set to take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA on February 3, 2019.As Variety notes, “Reached for comment, an NFP rep tells Variety, ‘It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show. We are continuing to work with [longtime sponsor] Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.’” A rep for Maroon 5 could not immediately be reached for comment. In the time since breaking the rumor early this afternoon, Variety has added an update to their original article clarifying that the news had been confirmed by two separate sources. Neither the band, the NFL, nor the sponsor has given confirmation of the news.Back in 2015, Maroon 5 frontman and longtime The Voice coach Adam Levine said he and his band were very interested in performing during the highly coveted halftime show. At the time, he told Howard Stern on-air that his group “very actively want to play the Super Bowl.” Now, it appears they might be getting their chance.The Super Bowl Halftime show has long been one of the most desirable bookings for the world’s biggest artists, but has notably changed directions in recent years, moving toward current pop superstars in place of seasoned rock veterans. Performers this decade have included Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé (twice), Bruno Mars (twice), Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Usher, and more of their A-List ilk, and more than a few have been fantastic. But if you read down the list for the decade that preceded it—the 2000s—it paints a notably different picture: The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, as well as Prince.Last year’s Super Bowl pop star was Justin Timberlake, who put on a glitzy performance featuring extensive, elaborate choreography alongside a mashup of many of his most famous tracks. The performance also included an arguably off-the-mark tribute to Prince that had fans debating for weeks afterward. You can read more about Justin Timberlake’s controversial Super Bowl Halftime Show tribute to Prince here.Maroon 5 is in the midst of an extensive tour in support of their late-2017 release, Red Pill Blues. For a list of their upcoming dates, head here.[H/T Variety]
Read Full Story “Isabel Allende is a Latin American writer who has become a household name in the United States,” began Erin Goodman, Associate Director of Academic Programs at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), as she introduced the famous novelist before a crowd of more than 270 fans at the Sanctuary Theatre in Harvard Square this past Saturday evening. The Chilean-American author engaged in a candid conversation with Goodman and with Diana Sorensen, James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literatures, on the occasion of the release of her latest novel.Though she is best known as a novelist, Isabel Allende is also an activist. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014, she established the Isabel Allende Foundation, promoting women’s and girls’ empowerment. As is characteristic of Allende, on Saturday she shared passionate insight on several subjects, ranging from the personal and lighthearted to the more serious, including human trafficking, immigration, and the refugee crisis.When Sorensen asked Allende about how social justice factors into her creative process, Allende stated, “there are many cases in which people have absolute power with impunity, and they are able to do horrible things. The imagination for atrocities is infinite.”In response to a question from Goodman about the recurrence of voiceless female characters in her novels, Allende reflected, “I am trying to explain what it means to be a woman and be permanently silenced, having a voice that is never heard.” In her new novel, “In the Midst of Winter,” the character of Evelyn, a migrant worker from Guatemala, has trouble speaking and sharing her traumatic past. “[She] represents the undocumented worker in this country that has no voice and no human rights,” Allende explained. “We penalize people who have escaped to save their lives.”Allende herself was a refugee in Venezuela for 13 years before coming to the United States. Regarding her own background, she expressed, “I do think a lot about my past, about my roots. I try to conserve my Chilean background as much as possible being an immigrant here, but it is very easy for me to imagine what it is to be a refugee or an immigrant because I have been both … When we talk about refugees, we think of numbers and how to lower the numbers of refugees—that doesn’t mean anything … if I can give that story, like Evelyn’s story, for example, to one reader, I might be able to touch that reader’s heart, not with my words, but with the story because it is a human story.”The Harvard Coop and DRCLAS presented the event, which was also supported by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre and the Harvard Square Business Association.
Notre Dame International (NDI) released a statement Thursday regarding student safety, following the Paris attacks and terrorist threats. Three groups of terrorists staged attacks across the city Nov. 13, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds more. The terrorist group ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attacks.“The University of Notre Dame believes that serious academic engagement in countries outside the U.S. is the best way to form global citizens who are equipped to participate in and respond to an increasingly complex and interconnected world,” the statement said. “NDI seeks always to balance this University value with vigilance and diligence by preparing students before they depart for international programs and providing resources and response plans for the duration of their time abroad.”The statement listed existing and ongoing measures to ensure student safety, as well as new and enhanced measures, which include “regular updates to students abroad regarding world and local events that may affect them” and a “formalization of incident response plans — both on campus and at Notre Dame’s Global Gateways.”The statement referenced an email sent Nov. 14 by Tom Guinan, NDI’s associate vice president of administrative operations, to students studying abroad.The email offered details on available counseling and support services, encouraged students to register all personal travel away from their program locations and asked them to respond to communications from NDI staff and family members in a timely manner.NDI has no plans to “curtail or modify” any spring 2016 study abroad programs, according to a statement issued Tuesday.“The safety and wellbeing of our students abroad is of the utmost importance to the University. We will diligently follow guidance from the State Department in the coming weeks and months and will keep in contact with peer universities to ensure we respond quickly to any health and safety issues abroad that may impact our students,” the statement said.Tags: NDI, Notre Dame International, Paris attacks, terrorism
View Comments Want to know the secret to securing a second date, how to truly enjoy the White Castle burger, what people from London are called and more? Sit back, take the music in and let Jimmy Fallon and Mama Broadway teach you. Six-time Tony Award winner returned to The Tonight Show to reprise her hilarious “Yahoo! Lounge Singers” bit, taken verbatim from the site’s Q&A section. McDonald knows it all, including how to test the doneness of boiled eggs (she is the queen of Eggfartopia, after all.) Check it out below!
Saint Michael’s College,Saint Michael’s College biologist Dr Mark Lubkowitz and his students join a team of researchers from the University of Missouri, University of Florida, Purdue University and the University Nebraska-Lincoln, on a five-year project to study the genes that control the movement of carbohydrates in corn.Saint Michael’s and the other four institutions, major research universities, have been awarded a $6.6 million grant from the Plant Genome Research Program at the National Science Foundation for a joint five-year research project that will involve undergraduates at each institution.Working with 45 Saint Michael’s students over the next five years, Dr. Lubkowitz and his co-investigators across the country will do research that could lead to increased corn yield, more drought resistant plants, larger plants and easier production of biofuels.‘To be part of a Plant Genome Grant’the first ever awarded in the state of Vermont’is an incredible opportunity for our students,’ Dr. Lubkowitz said.‘As for the actual research,’ he said, ‘people often ask me what Carbohydrate Partitioning (CP) is, and I tell them, think biofuels, crop yields, and the mitigating of global climate change.’The researchers indicate that carbohydrate transport is little understood, but is ‘one of the most important factors in plant development.’ Thus, understanding it better has great potential to improve corn yield and quality.‘Our research,’ Lubkowitz said, ‘may give insights into how we can increase the movement of carbohydrates and could thus affect biofuel production and the rate at which we can pull CO2 out of the atmosphere.’Additional benefits of the grantThe research has the potential to advance society’s understanding of drought stress, biofuel production, food production and carbon sequestration (binding).The work integrates undergraduates at major research universities and at a liberal arts college into all areas of the research.And the project, in collaboration with Vermont EPSCoR, will run a workshop for high school teachers and students on the vital significance of plant genomics and Carbohydrate Partitioning (CP) in plants.Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. It is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 371 Colleges, and is included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Saint Michael’s is one of only 280 colleges and universities nationwide, one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
The pristine headwaters of the Tellico River are directly below one of the messiest mud holes in the region. The Tellico Off-Road Vehicle Area in North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest has over 40 miles of off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails—twice as many as are legally allowed by the U.S Forest Service. Poor management of the area combined with four-wheeler abuse has resulted in thousands of tons of sediment being washed into the Tellico River.“I’ve been working on Tellico for ten years and have watched fish populations plummet,” says Michael Smith, coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Trout Unlimited. “The headwaters of the Tellico is the largest habitat of native brook trout in North Carolina. The trout are all being pushed upstream above the off-highway vehicle sediment. This is an issue about water quality and the health of an entire ecosystem.” “There is a real fear of permanent closure [in Tellico],” says Jay Bird, president of the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association. “Closures all across the country are the result of powerful anti-access groups pushing their agendas on public land managers who crumple at the first sign of a threat. Because of biased stereotypes created by anti-access groups, legislators feel forced to act with the more powerful anti-access groups that hide behind the ‘green’ moniker.”Southern four-wheel enthusiasts recently lost Anderson Creek in the Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia. Anderson Creek OHV Area had six miles of designated OHV trails and over 13 miles of illegal user-created trails. The Forest Service closed the illegal trails in 2004, but when site degradation continued, they closed the entire trail system permanently. In Tennessee, two privately owned OHV parks were closed by the state because of violations of the Clean Water Act.According to a Forest Service study performed in 2000, the water quality issues and suppressed fish populations often associated with OHV areas are due primarily to density: too many OHV trails in too small of an area. This trail proliferation, which has gone unregulated because of a lack of agency resources, has resulted in mini-Tellicos all across the nation. According to the U.S. Forest Service’s own calculations, nearly 26,000 tons of sediment have washed into the Tellico River and surrounding streams since the trail system was built. On average, each mile of Tellico trail sends 50 tons of sediment into the stream system every year.When Trout Unlimited and a coalition of environmental organizations threatened to sue the Forest Service for the blatant violation of the Clean Water Act, the agency promptly closed Tellico to vehicle traffic through the wettest months of the winter in order to perform an environmental assessment. Last June, the Forest Service released a proposal to reduce the amount of trails from 40 to 24 miles, prompting the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association to announce its intent to sue the forest. The lawsuit was retracted to give the Nantahala National Forest a chance to prepare a management plan proposal for the Tellico based on the environmental assessment.Similar legal battles are being played out across the country as federal agencies attempt to reign in rampant abuse of public resources by four-wheel-drive enthusiasts. Nationally, the Forest Service manages 287,000 miles of roads and 32,000 miles of trails open to off-road vehicles, all of which has gone essentially unmanaged for decades.“Off-road use has always been a problem on public land,” says Karen Schaumbach, a coordinator for PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) who is dealing with rampant off-road use on a national level. “But the numbers of off-roaders has grown explosively in recent years. There are tens of thousands of user-created ATV trails, and even the legal trail systems are causing erosion and water quality problems.”The illegal trail proliferation and poor management of legal systems even led to a Senate oversight committee hearing on the matter last summer, when New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman, the chairman of the Senate Energy and Resources Committee, stated that unmanaged off-road use has resulted in “significant consequences for the health of our public lands…It appears questionable to me whether [the Forest Service is] able to properly manage [off-road] use.”Many off-road enthusiasts worry that this recent push for trail management will ultimately lead to the ban of off-road vehicles from their favorite trail systems, particularly here in the Southeast where OHV areas are more confined. D.J. Gerken, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center—the organization that threatened legal action to protect Tellico—says the Forest Service’s unofficial policy of leniency with OHV users is responsible for the environmental issues surrounding Tellico. “If a developer built roads that looked like Tellico, the state would have come down on them with a hammer.”Still, Gerken and other environmentalists insist they’re not looking to ban off-road vehicles from the nation’s forests. “[Off-roaders] think we’re gunning for them. That’s not the case. We just don’t want the mess,” Gerken says. “At the end of the day, you have to be performance-based on this issue. You can have your trails if the dirt stays out of the water. If not, then they have to be shut down.”