Northern Colorado Snaps SUU’s 4-game winning streak in Big Sky Play

first_imgJanuary 25, 2019 /Sports News – Local Northern Colorado Snaps SUU’s 4-game winning streak in Big Sky Play Brandon Better ensued in his recent hot streak for the Thunderbirds, posting 22 points in defeat for SUU. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGREELEY, Colo.-Jordan Davis posted 36 points and 6 rebounds on 14 of 17 shooting as the Northern Colorado Bears bested Southern Utah 79-68 in Big Sky Conference men’s basketball action Thursday at the Bank of Colorado Arena. Davis, a senior out of Las Vegas, also made 3 of 4 from range to help the Bears shoot 51 percent (26 of 51) for the game as they snapped the Thunderbirds’ 4-game winning streak. Written by Tags: Bank of Colorado Arena/Brandon Better/Flagstaff Arizona/Jordan Davis/Northern Colorado/SUU Men’s Basketball/Walkup Skydome The win kept the Bears within striking distance of first-place Weber State, as they improved to 7-2 in Big Sky play and 13-7 overall. SUU fell to 9-8 overall and 4-4 in Big Sky play. The Thunderbirds are next in action Saturday Monday at Northern Arizona for a 12:00 pm tip-off at the Walkup Skydome at Flagstaff, Ariz. Brad Jameslast_img read more

UK: Joint Helicopter Operations on Cougar 13 Exercise

first_img October 24, 2013 View post tag: UK Army Apache helicopters have joined Navy Sea King, Merlin and Lynx helicopters on board HMS Illustrious for two weeks in the Gulf as part of the ongoing Cougar 13 deployment.The Apache helicopters from 656 Squadron 4 Regiment Army Air Corps joined Illustrious in the waters off the United Arab Emirates as she took part in Exercise Sea Khanjar before then returning to the UK. This is the first time UK Apache helicopters have operated in the Gulf.During the Libya conflict in 2011 Apaches flew from the deck of HMS Ocean making repeated strikes against Col Gaddafi’s forces.Currently Britain’s helicopter gunship – in just 14 months’ time Apaches will be joined on the front line by Wildcat, which is entering service with the Fleet Air Arm at Yeovilton.The Apaches, personnel and equipment of 656 Squadron arrived on Illustrious to augment the existing air group, demonstrating how well the Army Air Corps is starting to integrate with navy warships and squadrons – a role that will need to be developed further, especially as the new aircraft carriers come into operation.Within two days of their arrival the Apaches were ready for their first operational sortie alongside the ship’s Sea King, Merlin and Lynx helicopters.Officer Commanding 656 Squadron, Major Piers Lewis, said,“The Royal Navy have been very patient with us learning their way of business. Together, we have proved the superb capability the Apache can deliver when working with the ship, its air surveillance helicopters and the Army and Navy Lynx aircraft.“I can only imagine what could be achieved when Apache operates with the new Wildcat helicopter and HMS Queen Elizabeth.”The Cougar 13 deployment departed the UK in August and operates in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, the Gulf, and Horn of Africa.It involves exercising with partner nations, and demonstrating the UK Armed Forces’ capacity to project an effective maritime component anywhere in the world as part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group, commanded by Commodore Paddy McAlpine OBE ADC Royal Navy.The RFTG is the United Kingdom’s high readiness maritime force, comprising Royal Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and a landing force of Royal Marines, at short notice to act in response to any contingency tasking if required.[mappress]Press Release, October 24, 2013; Image: Navy View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Joint Training & Education View post tag: 13 View post tag: Cougar View post tag: Operations View post tag: Helicopter Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Joint Helicopter Operations on Cougar 13 Exercise UK: Joint Helicopter Operations on Cougar 13 Exercise Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy SEAL Dies during Training Operations

first_img June 25, 2014 View post tag: dies Authorities View post tag: americas View post tag: seal View post tag: Operations “The training SEALs go through is inherently high-risk,” said Cmdr. Christian A. Dunbar, Naval Special Warfare Group One’s chief staff officer. “Bradley was a warrior who selflessly answered his nation’s call to defend freedom and protect us.”Cavner enlisted in the Navy February 3, 2003 and graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois, in April 2003. In July 2004, Cavner completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL and SEAL Qualification training in Coronado with class 247. He has served with West Coast-based SEAL units since August 2004.His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3), Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the accident.[mappress]Press Release, June 25, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: US Navy View post tag: during View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Parachute Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley S. Cavner, 31, of Coronado, California, died from injuries sustained during an accident while conducting parachute jump training operations in El Centro, California, June 23. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy SEAL Dies during Training Operations View post tag: Navy View post tag: Training View post tag: News by topic US Navy SEAL Dies during Training Operations Share this articlelast_img read more

Bamberger, SKO Merger Complete

first_imgBamberger, SKO Merger CompleteIL for www.theindianalawyer.comThe merger between Evansville-based Bamberger Foreman Oswald & Hahn LLP and Kentucky-based Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC was completed Tuesday, one month ahead of the expected closure date.Bamberger, founded in 1959, and SKO announced the combining of their firms at the end of June. As part of the merger, Bamberger’s offices in Evansville and Indianapolis are now operating as Stoll Keenon Ogden and the Evansville attorneys will be relocating from the Hulman Building to join the SKO office in the Old National Bank headquarters.“Attorneys and staff on both sides have worked diligently to ensure we were able to conclude this in a short time, and they are to be commended,” said SKO managing director P. Douglas Barr. “The entire firm is now fully engaged in looking toward the future with expanded legal services, deep bench strength in key practice areas, and a significantly enhanced presence across Indiana to offer our clients.”Stoll Keenon Ogden traces its roots to 1897 and currently has 144 attorneys working in Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as Evansville and Indianapolis. The merger with Bamberger more than doubles SKO’s number of attorneys licensed to practice law in the Hoosier state.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

In the Civil War, roots of carnage

first_imgWorld War I, whose guns opened fire just over a century ago, is often called the first modern large-scale war, when traditional fighting tactics gave way to the murderous innovations of industrial weaponry, including poison gas, tanks, long-range artillery, and armed aircraft. But Harvard President Drew Faust on Monday offered a different narrative.Instead, she said, it was a conflict a half century earlier and an ocean away, the American Civil War, that first pitted the infantry charge and other traditional tactics against rapidly modernizing weaponry. It was the Civil War, whose increasingly sophisticated gunfire and artillery sent men desperately digging into the earth for shelter, that pioneered trench warfare, she said. It was the Civil War, and General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea, that expanded the fight beyond battlefields to civilians supporting the war. It was the Civil War — still the bloodiest in U.S. history — whose 750,000 dead showed the world the carnage that modern weapons could produce, and prompted governments to honor and bury the fallen in national cemeteries.In England, Faust delivered the prestigious Sir Robert Rede Lecture at the University of Cambridge’s historic Senate House. The hourlong speech drew a crowd of roughly 150 people — including more than a dozen Harvard alumni studying or teaching at Cambridge — to the neoclassical stone building completed in 1730 as a formal ceremonial venue.In an introduction, Cambridge Vice-Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz praised the “historic connection and active links” between Harvard and Cambridge’s Emmanuel College, where Faust is an honorary fellow. One historic connection between the institutions was on display at the post-lecture reception: a 17th century registration book bearing the only known signature of a 1624 Emmanuel College matriculant named John Harvard.John Harvard’s signature. Photo courtesy of University of CambridgeThe talk, the university’s oldest named lecture, was endowed in 1524 by Rede’s estate. Previous Rede lecturers have included English biologist and early evolution supporter Thomas Henry Huxley in 1883, Irish President Mary Robinson in 1996, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in 2009, and Nobel Prize-winning scientist and National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus in 2011.Faust, the Lincoln Professor of History, is an authority on the Civil War. Her 2008 book, “This Republic of Suffering,” examined the society-wide impact of the war’s dead and was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist.In her talk, titled “Two Wars and the Long Twentieth Century: The United States 1861-65; Britain, 1914-18,” Faust drew parallels between the impact of the American Civil War on the United States and World War I on the United Kingdom. Each took a similar toll in lives: 750,000 in the Civil War versus 722,785 British in World War I. Each drew the populace into an all-out effort that prompted new ideas of citizenship and freedoms, for American blacks after the Civil War, and in expanded suffrage in Britain after World War I.Ideology played a role in both conflicts, Faust said, with nationalism and patriotism spurring enlistment. Further, when that failed to produce the needed numbers, each country embraced conscription for the first time.The American Civil War, Faust said, kicked off what could be looked at as “the long 20th Century,” inaugurating an era of strife marked not just by innovations in the tools of war, but also in newly massive “citizen” armies and advances in communications, media, and transportation.With all that firepower in play, those massive citizen armies produced massive numbers of dead. But those dead continued to change society even after their burials. Their sacrifices were honored in both nations, where national military cemeteries were created. In the United States, a major effort was undertaken to locate those buried on the battlefields, identify them, and rebury them properly. British cemeteries from World War I mingled those from different strata of England’s class-conscious society, holding firm to the principle that in death all are equal. The sacrifice of the ordinary soldier and the unknown dead was further honored by the burial of a single unidentified British soldier among the royalty in Westminster Abbey.The understanding and acceptance of the widespread sacrifice demanded by each conflict — including by women, who manned factories and farms — gave power to movements to further democratize each society afterward. The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed voting rights to black men after the Civil War. In Britain after World War I, new laws tripled the number of voters, including women for the first time.“I believe that the characteristics of modernity gripped us well before 1914, as the American Civil War introduced us to a new conception of carnage that human beings could and would inflict upon one another,” Faust said. “Humans had in one sense become cogs in the machinery of an increasingly industrialized warfare. Yet they were at the same time newly citizens and selves with bodies and names that had rights in life and in death.”Faust reflected on the human capacity to ignore or forget even devastation described by witnesses as unforgettable. Europe’s military leaders missed any lessons the Civil War might have taught, despite evidence that the conflict represented a new, deadlier kind of strife.“After Gettysburg, there should not have had to be the first day of the Somme,” Faust said, referring to the bloodiest day in British Army history, which left some 60,000 dead, wounded, or missing.Despite the assurances of remembrance that came after World War I, World War II followed short years later. Henry James, whose brother was injured in the Civil War and who moved to London and lived long enough to witness the early years of World War I, echoed the disillusionment of many when he wrote that, “Reality is a world … capable of this.”Viewed in hindsight, the wars offer parallels and contradictions that remain challenges today, Faust said.“We still live amidst these contradictions and these ironies; we still struggle with the challenges to belief and meaning that these wars represented; we still seek to understand what it might have been like to be one of those who fought or those who died,” Faust said. “These wars have in profound ways defined us and our age.”last_img read more

Shembo confirms claims

first_imgFor the first time publicly, former Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo confirmed he was the Irish football player involved in the Lizzy Seeberg sexual assault investigation in 2010.In the fall of 2010, Shembo’s first semester on campus, Seeberg, a Saint Mary’s student, accused a Notre Dame football player of sexually assaulting her in her dorm room. In the coming days, Seeberg reportedly received text messages from a friend of the football player that said, “Messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea.”Seeberg committed suicide 10 days after the alleged assault and charges were never filed.Shembo’s name popped up online in relation to the investigation but was never officially connected to the alleged sexual assault.After playing four years with the Irish, Shembo is now prepping for a potential career in the NFL and said teams have asked him about the situation.“I just tell [NFL team executives] the truth, I have nothing to hide,” Shembo said to Blue and Gold Illustrated while at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. “No one’s heard from me one time. Do you go off of one person’s story?”Shembo said he was not surprised about the questions because the allegations were a simple search away.“Everyone that does the background check can type my name in and you’ll see all the stuff that people have said about me and have never heard from my mouth,” he said.Shembo said Irish coach Brian Kelly told him he was not allowed to talk on the matter publically, despite his desire to.“My name was going to flames and it just made my name look bad and I can’t even speak,” Shembo said.Notre Dame declined to comment Sunday.Tags: football, sexual assault, Shembolast_img read more

SMC to perform ‘Gossamer’ play

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Theatre Program will perform the play “Gossamer” by novelist and Newberry Medal recipient Lois Lowry from Thursday to Sunday in the Little Theatre.The play follows a story of magical beings who create dreams. The loving and empathetic “littlest” dream-giver possesses a gossamer touch in giving dreams; however, the dream-giver struggles when sent to help heal a young boy named John.Katie Sullivan, director and associate professor of theatre, said the themes and storyline in “Gossamer” will make the play an enjoyable experience for the audience.“Students will enjoy the good versus evil, the notion that our dreams are gifts to us, that there are truly scary things happening in the world and that we must find through imagination, positive memories and loving relationships the courage to step past our fears and negative experiences,” she said. “It is actually a pretty deep little play by the time we come to the ending.”Sullivan said the play is true to the book, even describing mystical creatures such as the Sinisteeds, dark and terrifying dream-givers resembling horses who rip through walls, breathe fire and disappear back through the walls, leaving only scorch marks.“It’s a challenge to get this on the stage in a manner that is doable but yet conveys the fright and the power that they bring to the story,” she said.Sullivan said stories involving the blurring of fantasy and reality were not foreign to the students working in the production.“College students these days have grown up on “Harry Potter,” for instance, and understand and appreciate the existence of other places, non-human characters, different rules that govern these worlds,” she said.Maria Welser, a junior portraying John in the production, said she enjoys getting the opportunity to relive childhood.“I get to be a kid again, and not just any kid. I think John has a lot of swagger and maybe that’s just me, but he’s also best friends with a dog named Toby,” she said. “It’s so fun to just play around and act like a little kid. We as adults don’t really get the chance to do that. Kids get the chance to be anything they want to be.”On a serious note, this play creates a great opportunity to shed light on child abuse, she said.“John comes from an abusive family, and I think it’s nice to give a voice to children from less fortunate households,” Welser said.Song-eun Ma, an exchange student from Korea playing the character “Littlest One,” said preparing for the show has been enjoyable due to a close-knit cast.“They are literally my energy source,” Ma said. “They make me so happy the whole rehearsal time.”Sullivan said Saint Mary’s provides theater students exposure to a variety of plays in both contemporary and classical genres.“Our students need experience at working with elevated language like verse, such as in Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter,” she said. “We put on “Henry V” last spring and the Greek comedy “Lysistrata” a couple of years before that.“We also like to produce plays written by women, such as this one was, as we are at women’s college and want to educate our women, both theatre students and the student audience, with playwrights, issues, concerns, that do or will involve them in their lifetimes as women.”Tags: Gossamer, Little Theatre, Lois Lowry, saint mary’s, SMC, Theatrelast_img read more

Residence life calls for women to transfer to Pangborn in preparation for new women’s dorm

first_imgStarting next year, Pangborn Hall will serve as interim housing for undergraduate women before they transition to the new women’s dorm opening in the fall of 2020, Heather Rakoczy Russell, associate vice president for Residential Life, announced in a statement Friday.“Residential Life is seeking at least 30 current undergraduate women [rising seniors, juniors and sophomores] who would choose to transfer to Pangborn for 2019-2020, and then we would assign another 70 new students — incoming first-year and transfer students — to round out the community,” Russell said in the statement.Joseph Han | The Observer Moving these students into Pangborn will both ease overcrowding in women’s halls and prepare a community for the new dorm, Russell said. Pangborn is anticipated to hold anywhere from 100 to 131 residents. However, the dorm’s full capacity is 182 students.“At this time, we have a bit of an overcrowding problem on the women’s side,” Russell said. “The way it manifested itself this past academic year is that we had a waitlist for [both women and men] … who needed housing.”While Pangborn will be a temporary home for its residents, Breyan Tornifolio, director of residential life for rector recruitment and hiring, said it is important to recognize the community as a new and permanent hall of Notre Dame.“There will be welcome weekend, there will be hall council — it will function as a hall,” Tornifolio said. “So, women who might be looking for a fresh start, who want to take some leadership roles, this is their opportunity.”Amanda Springstead, current rector of Howard Hall, will serve as the rector for the new community beginning next year.“I am honored to be trusted with stewarding this new community,” Springstead said in an email to Howard Hall residents Sunday. “And I am excited to see what gifts and joys the next few years will hold.”Tornifolio said the new hall represents an opportunity to help build a community from scratch.“I think that we have visionaries on our campus who are going to jump at that chance to be able to create something,” Tornifolio said.Russell echoed these sentiments in her assessment of the new community’s future.“The women who will be attracted to this are perhaps some of those who aren’t having a positive experience in their current hall,” Russell said. “But it also might be some people who are pioneers, who are looking for an adventure and want to be the first to start something”Russell said residential life is offering several incentives to women to transfer into the dorm. The first 10 seniors who apply to transfer, as well as resident assistants, are guaranteed singles. The first 10 juniors who apply are also guaranteed singles, and the first 10 sophomores who apply are guaranteed housing. The $500 per-semester fee for all singles will be waived for students who choose to transfer to Pangborn, she said.The lottery number for room picks will be “tied to application order,” Russell said in the statement.Pangborn is expected to offer 15 doubles as singles for seniors, 10 additional singles, 40 doubles, three two-room quads, two three-room quads, two two-room triples as well as study rooms, a fitness area and community space.Jonathan Retartha, director of residential life for housing operations, said students should act quickly in order to secure a spot.“We would encourage women who are interested to act fast,” Retartha said. “We’re not filling this building, we’re not trying to cram it full. Pangborn is not a huge space. It’s a limited number of spots and we’re excited for the response that we think we’re going to get.”Students who want to transfer into Pangborn can apply in the Home Under the Dome portal starting Feb. 11.Tags: new women’s hall, Pangborn, Pangborn Hall, residential lifelast_img read more

Strange critter

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaIt was one of the strangest animals I’d ever seen. And I didn’tknow what to call it except a worm. But it was unlike any wormI’d seen before.That was many, many years ago. I haven’t seen one since. I hadn’teven thought of it again — until today.Today, a caller from Hogansville said, “Mike, I was out in myyard and I found some kind of earthworm with a head!””Earthworms don’t have heads,” I said. “Are you sure it’s anearthworm?””Well, no, I’m not sure it’s an earthworm,” she answered. “Myneighbor said it was some kind of a snake. But it doesn’t looklike a snake to me. It looks like an earthworm with a head.”Oh, yeah, the ‘worm’Suddenly, I recalled the “worm” I’d found under a large, flatrock near Hillabahatchee Creek many years ago. “Does it have twodark streaks running down its back? And is it covered in slime?”I asked.”Yes, it has two streaks and it’s very slimy.””And does it have a flat head, kind of like a shovel, that itwaves back and forth?””Yes, it does!” she answered.”Then I know what it is,” I said. “It’s a type of flatworm.”Land planariansThese free-living flatworms are known as land planarians(Bipalium kewense Moseley). They’re of no economicimportance, which basically means they’re just out there. Theydon’t hurt anybody.They feed on earthworms and other small animals, alive or dead,including other land planarians. And they avoid light. They’reattracted to moist areas like under rocks and debris.It’s a strange little creature, according to University ofFlorida scientist Paul Choate in a university publication and Website. The planarian’s mouth has to double as its anus, since itdoesn’t have an anus. You think I’m kidding, right? But it’strue. I imagine that might make it a bit ill-tempered.It reproduces mainly by pinching off the tip of its tail, whichforms a new head in a week or so. But it lays eggs, too. I’m notmaking this stuff up.Own worst enemyIts slimy secretions apparently don’t taste good. Hardly anyother animals eat them. In fact, about the only thing that willeat it is another planarian. So it really is its own worst enemy.The waving head, which makes it look like a tiny cobra in frontof a snake charmer — well, that’s the way the planarian teststhe environment. It has chemical sensors under its head.What’s it testing for?Darned if I know.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Americans, Chinese love pecans

first_imgAs the holiday season approaches, many American home bakers will be looking for Georgia pecans to add to pies, casseroles or cookies. They won’t be the only ones. Chinese consumers will be buying, too.“It varies, but last year Georgia growers sold close to 50 percent of their pecan crop to China,” said Greg Fonsah, an economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The Chinese high demand for pecans has not significantly impacted prices nationally. But it is likely that individual growers and perhaps some states may take advantage of the Chinese demand and improve their profit margins.”Wholesale prices for pecans vary from market to market and from cultivar to cultivar. In Los Angeles, for example, pecans from Alabama, Georgia and Texas are going for between $1.15 and $1.20 per pound, Fonsah said. In New York, Georgia pecans are being sold wholesale for a $2.10 per pound. Setting pricesMost of Georgia’s crop comes from improved varieties, which bring higher prices than native and seedling nuts. Fonsah says several factors tie into the price of pecans.“For instance, a cultivar like Desirable might command better prices than Sumner in one area and vice versa,” he said. “Also, some states might get better prices than others depending on quality, overall cosmetic appearance, negotiation skills of the grower and targeted markets.”In 2008, Florida growers got $1.84 per pound for their nuts, compared to the $1.47 per pound Georgia growers received, he said. But in 2007, Georgia growers got $1.06 per pound and Florida nuts sold for 96 cents per pound on average.Georgia battles with Texas over the No. 1 spot in pecan production. “Georgia may still be No. 1, but when we get hit with low production due to disease and drought or in ‘off’ years, Texas is No. 1,” he said. “This is an ‘on’ year for pecans, though.” Economics of nutsGeorgia growers will harvest an estimated 90 million pounds of pecans this year, or 29 percent more than last. Nationally, production is up 59 percent, Fonsah said.“This will definitely affect overall prices,” he said. “The price of nuts is lower during a good production year and higher during a bad production year. Volume has a direct impact on prices, and since pecans have an alternate-bearing pattern, this helps fluctuate the prices.”That’s simple supply and demand economics.Buyers who sell to the gift-box market get the highest prices for pecans and other nuts, said CAES agricultural economist Wojciech Florkowski.“These are always the best quality nuts in terms of kernel size and color,” he said.He says the current economic situation in the U.S. will also affect pecan sales this holiday season.“The demand for pecans and nuts in general will be affected by household incomes,” Florkowski said. “Incomes have declined as compared to previous years, but older consumers are continuing to buy nuts with their health benefits in mind.”last_img read more