BYU #2 In Men’s Cross Country Poll Released By USTFCCCA

first_img Written by August 28, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU #2 In Men’s Cross Country Poll Released By USTFCCCA Tags: BYU Cross Country/Connor McMillan/Rory Linkletter/SUU Men/USTFCCCA/Utah State Women Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNEW ORLEANS-Tuesday, the USTFCCCA released its men’s and women’s cross country rankings ahead of the season, which commences Saturday throughout the country.The BYU men are the highest-ranked team in Utah as they check in at #2 in the country, trailing only top-ranked Northern Arizona.The Cougar men will be led by returning All-Americans Rory Linkletter of Herriman, Utah and senior Connor McMillan of American Fork, Utah.The Southern Utah men also represent Utah in the Top 25 as they are #14, but have to deal with the top-ranked Lumberjacks within the Big Sky Conference.Utah State checks in just out of the polls at 31st overall while only the top 30 teams are ranked.The Utah State women are 10th nationally in the polls with BYU’s women checking in at 16th in the polls.last_img read more

Press release: Important role of festivals in Scotland to be recognised by UK Government

first_img The Edinburgh festivals are a phenomenon which contribute so much to the economy as both significant employers and tourist attractions. Their excellence makes them of worldwide significance and embodiments of what Scotland has to offer on a global stage and the UK Government looks forward to the festivals going from strength to strength for future generations to enjoy. Scotland’s festivals are of immense importance to the UK and internationally. Running not only in August but throughout the year they are a hotbed of home-grown and international talent spanning so many disciplines. Earlier this month, the UK Government announced £100,000 in funding for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe to help it deliver a step change in showcasing emerging artistic talent to the world. The UK Government has a commitment to promote Britain on a global stage and Scotland’s festivals exemplify this.Edinburgh is the home to 12 iconic festivals and the season goes well beyond August, encompassing the likes of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Science Festival.Key organisers of Scotland’s festivals have been invited to the annual Office for the Secretary of State for Scotland Festivals Reception today. Hosted by the Scottish Secretary, the event celebrates the important role the festivals play in Scotland’s economy and their cultural contribution to the UK.The reception will include a performance by Circus Abyssinia from Ethiopia. Featuring the Konjowoch Troupe, their show “Ethiopian Dreams” is a retelling of the cast’s own journey towards founding a circus in the country. Showcasing exciting stunts and circus skills, the performance tells the story of brothers Bibi and Bichu joining the circus. Circus Abyssinia performanceToday (Tuesday August 21) Mr Mundell will see the “Sowhereto Africa” performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe followed by visits to Edinburgh Art Festival and Edinburgh International Festival. Finally, Mr Mundell will visit Army @ The Fringe to see “The Troth Akademi”, a story of how Indian men fought for the Allies in World War One. The Scottish Secretary David Mundell will be joined by other UK Government cabinet ministers in Edinburgh this week in a show of support for Scottish festivals and to celebrate the international profile and significant economic boost they bring.Latest figures show that Edinburgh’s festivals as a whole contribute £313 million to the Scottish economy.The Scottish Secretary hosted a reception to thank organisers for their efforts and will be attending performances across festivals this week.Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:last_img read more

Big River Bakery opens new site to support BAME communities

first_imgSource: Big River BakeryIrene Kabuye of Ubuntu Multicultural Centre takes delivery of bread with Big River Bakery founder, Andy HaddonSocial enterprise Big River Bakery has partnered with Teesside University to launch an on-campus community bakery to support BAME communities affected by Covid-19.The site, located in the recently renovated Victoria Building at the university, represents Big River Bakery’s second, having opened its first one in Shieldfield in Newcastle last year.It has been established to work closely with BAME communities and local BAME-led organisations. Managed and run by Big River Bakery, its aims are the same as the Newcastle location – to support and offer greater opportunities to communities who have been disadvantaged.This has become even more pertinent as a result of the pandemic, Big River Bakery said, with some communities disproportionately affected due to loss, unemployment and mental health difficulties.It plans to create opportunities and pathways to employment and a steering group has been established to develop the project with Teesside’s Ubuntu Multicultural Centre, Open Door North East and others. The former was the recipient of the bakery’s first bread deliveries. Source: Big River BakeryInside Big River Bakery’s new site in Teesside“This second bakery is the first roll out of our business model, which demonstrates practical leadership in the development of social cohesion and wellbeing including employing autistic staff and employability programmes for long-term unemployed,” said founder Andy Haddon.“The launch of the bakery is timely as a sense of optimism grows due to the vaccination programme. This will allow more people to be able to access and be involved with the bakery on the Teesside University site.”Steve Dougan, Teesside Head of Enterprise, added that the bakery delivers on the university’s ambition to leverage the on-campus incubator called Launchpad to create social change.“Following a £1.5m refurbishment we have created a mixed used enterprise hub with co-working, incubation, micro factories and of course a space for a community impact bakery. More than 500 start-ups have been supported in this building over the last 15 years and I am delighted that Big River Bakery are partnering with us to ensure that a % of those start-ups are all about creating social value as well as driving economic growth and employment,” Dougan explained.Big River Bakery specialises in slow ferment, handmade breads and other baked goods, such as celebration cakes and afternoon tea, made with locally sourced ingredients. Last year it secured a £25,000 investment from the North East Small Loan Fund to purchase additional baking equipment for its Newcastle site which combines a production facility, café, retail space and training hub.last_img read more

Mourdock’s debate comments complicate Indiana Senate race

first_imgThe Indiana senatorial race seemed like an easy win for the Republicans at the beginning of election season, but now Republican candidate Richard Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer, and Democrat Joe Donnelly, Congressional representative for Indiana’s 2nd District, are in the middle of a dead heat in the race for the seat. Mourdock beat Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in the May primary, when several staunch conservative groups backed him early. Lugar, a moderate Conservative, had wide support transcending partisan divides, Notre Dame professor and former political reporter Jack Colwell said. “Lugar was known for reaching across the aisle and trying to reach a consensus with Democrats,” Colwell said. “Lugar probably would have been a shoo-in, but when Mourdock won the primary, that changed things in Indiana.” Another curveball flew in the race earlier this week in the second senatorial debate, when Donnelly and Mourdock answered a question about abortion. Mourdock’s reply has stirred a national response. “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,” Mourdock said during the Oct. 23 debate. Mourdock later clarified he was not suggesting that God preordains rape, and said his comment was misinterpreted. It has proven influential in discussion of both the senatorial and presidential elections, however. Days before the debate, the Mourdock campaign released an ad in which presidential candidate Mitt Romney endorses Mourdock. Romney has since publicly expressed his disagreement with Mourdock’s statement, but continues to endorse him. Donnelly offered a press release in response to Mourdock’s comment. “I am pro-life, but this controversy is not about pro-life. It is about Mr. Mourdock’s words and his continuation of extreme positions,” he stated in the release. “His words were extreme, but maybe as important, hurtful to survivors of sexual abuse. It is legitimate for Hoosiers to expect candidates running for the United States Senate to not take such positions.” Other Indiana politicians have weighed in on the matter, including Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, who released an official statement. “I was shocked by Richard Mourdock’s comments regarding survivors of rape,” he stated in the release. “Rape is rape, and statements like these rub salt in the wounds of sexual assault survivors everywhere.” Colwell said it is too early for polls to show how the comment has affected the senatorial race, but the widespread media coverage it received will surely make a difference. “Not many people were watching the actual debate, but the coverage is now on the front page of every paper,” Colwell said. “It’s a big story everywhere, and we’ll find out soon enough it is big enough to tip the race for Donnelly.” Indiana has traditionally been a conservative stronghold, though the nuances of the individual races may threaten that status today, Colwell said. “When [President] Obama carried Indiana four years ago, that was the first time since 1964 that a Democrat carried Indiana,” Colwell said. “In the senate race, they split the ballot at times, so the Democrats have a chance.” He said he thinks the selection of Mourdock over Lugar in the Republican primary may have been a dangerous move for the party, jeopardizing their stronghold. “If Lugar were running, I think the race would be over, a Republican win,” Colwell said. “If Mourdock loses, the ultra-conservatives will have thrown away a certain Republican senate seat since they thought it didn’t matter which Republican candidate ran.” Colwell said he thinks Mourdock’s chance for success in Indiana is challenged by his tendency to make incendiary remarks like this one. “Mourdock was known for making some controversial comments. Among other things, he said there is too much bipartisanship in Washington, and also sought to block the Chrysler recovery effort as state treasurer,” Colwell said. “That enabled Donnelly to get closer in the polls.” The gap between Donnelly and Mourdock may be coming even closer after this week. Colwell said Donnelly, a Notre Dame graduate, is challenging the traditionally conservative Indiana political climate with his bipartisan popularity. “Donnelly is a moderate Democrat, so that fits in perfectly for him – he’s able to get in the middle with some of the Democrats who would have voted Lugar but are wary of Mourdock,” Colwell said. Colwell said he expects Mourdock’s comment to affect Romney’s recent success in gaining female voters. “Historically, women vote Democrat, and just as Romney is closing that gap nationally according to the polls, here comes this issue,” Colwell said. “Many think that what Mourdock said would be especially offensive to women, especially young, single women that have been a real target for both presidential campaigns. “Now, instead of being able to answer questions about the economy, he’s fielding questions about Mourdock, and that’s the last thing they want in these closing days.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

Saint Mary’s to hold siblings weekend in March

first_imgSaint Mary’s Little Siblings Weekend is a yearly tradition for Belles to share their college experience with their younger brothers and sisters. The committee for the weekend has been hard at work planning this year’s event. Committee members for the event, junior Chloe Jacobs and senior Madeline Flynn, are planning to make sure the events are fun for a wide spectrum of ages.“When I went to little siblings my freshman year, my little siblings came, but all the activities were for very little kids, and my little siblings weren’t really having a great time,” Jacobs said. “So I wanted to come up with a theme where we can have activities where little kids can enjoy it, but also older kids can enjoy.”This year’s theme is Lil’ Sibs Around the World. “I feel like in general with all the globalization and everything, international stuff is just so important,” Jacobs said. “Teaching people, and kids especially, about other cultures and activities they do in a fun way is so important.”The committee has been organizing fun events and activities that are meant to pertain to a large age and cultural range.“It’s such a broad category we can collaborate with so many different kinds of people that you didn’t even know existed,” Jacobs said.To help represent many different cultures, they have enlisted the help of clubs such as the French club, Spanish club, German club and the Irish dance team.  The different countries will have tables run by committee and club members. Each will have an activity and a food item pertaining to their country. “Essentially what the little sibs will be able to do is they can go around with these passports we’re going to give them and they can get stamps in different countries,” Flynn said. “For France we’re doing canvases and there’s going to be croissants,” Jacobs said. “For England, one of the things we’re doing is the kids are going to write a letter to the queen or the royal family.”Before the fair, the committee has a cozy opening night planned. “For Friday, we bought the rights to Coco, so yeah, we’ll show that movie and Sodexo is catering popcorn and candy, that’s going to be the opening night activity,” Jacobs said.Following the international fair in Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex, there will be a full buffet in the center. The Irish dance team is also donating time that night not just to dancing at the event, but to teaching the kids how to dance.“There’s kind of like two parts — there’s the international fair and afterwards we’re having a dance part where we’re going to have the Irish dance team come in and teach how to dance,” Jacobs said.On Sunday, there is a farewell tea party in the making and there will be meal passes during the weekend for the kids.Lil’ Sibs around the World will take place from March 1 to March 3.  Tags: Lil Sibs Weekend, Lil’ sibs around the world, Little Siblings Weekendlast_img read more

State 4-H Fall Forum

first_imgMore than 700 Georgia 4-H ninth through 12th grade youth members gathered for the annual State 4-H Fall Forum at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia.The conference is planned by the Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors. The State Board is made up of tenth through 12th graders who are elected by their peers each summer. This year’s “#trending with Georgia 4-H” theme focused on social media-related topics.Katie Comer, former 4-H’er and Facebook Regional Community Development Manager, served as an invited speaker. Highlighting the essential elements of 4-H (Mastery, Generosity, Independence and Belonging), Comer shared how her involvement in the Georgia 4-H program has prepared her to continue to achieve her professional dreams. Fall Forum attendees may exhibit a booth at the exhibition fair to share more about their project achievement work in their communities. They also participate in service projects by creating friendship bracelets for nursing homes, holiday cards for foster children, and preparedness animal care kits for pet owners evacuating from natural disasters. Each year, the 4-H’ers also collect non-perishable food items for 4-H Cans Hunger.Several volunteers were honored at the Annual Volunteer Dinner, recognizing several award-winning programs and initiatives led by volunteers, as well as recognizing extraordinary Georgia 4-H volunteers for lifetime service.During the evening assembly, one attendee received a $300 summer camp scholarship in a drawing, the State Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Winning Team received recognition, and the Georgia 4-H delegation for the National 4-H Conference in March 2020 in Washington, D.C. was announced. Georgia 4-H’s performing arts group, Clovers and Co., provided energetic entertainment, and the evening ended with a dance and pizza party.During the closing assembly, Stedman Graham, chairman and CEO of S. Graham and Associates, gave a keynote speech on identity leadership. “Identity leadership is based on the philosophy that you can’t lead anyone else until you first lead yourself,” said Graham. “It is about self-mastery. If you did the same thing you did yesterday, as you will to today, as you will do tomorrow, what have you done? Nothing. And nothing from nothing is nothing.”“I just want to thank 4-H for the work that they do to prepare these students,” said Graham after the assembly. “If you aren’t focusing on helping young people, you aren’t doing anything, because they are the future. We’ve got to be able to help them understand who they are. I teach identity leadership for that reason, to give people the process of success. Because the process for success is the same for everybody, the difference is that some people know it and some people don’t. I’m glad to be able to share my work with 4-H and over 700 students here today”Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships, and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit or contact your local Extension office.last_img read more

Sanders amendment would end big oil tax breaks

first_imgSenator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today urged the Senate to repeal $35 billion in oil and gas industry tax breaks. In a letter to colleagues, Sanders made the case for his amendment to a tax bill now before the Senate. The same loopholes were targeted for elimination by President Obama in his proposed budget for next year.“Over the last decade, the five largest oil companies (Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP and Shell) made more than $750 billion in profits.  These profitable companies simply don’t deserve tax relief,” Sanders said in a letter to other senators. “With a record-breaking $13 trillion national debt and an unsustainable federal deficit, the last thing we should be doing is giving tax breaks to oil and gas companies that have been making enormous profits.”The Sanders amendment would devote $25 billion of the savings to deficit reduction. The remaining $10 billion would fund an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program, a Sanders proposal created by the 2007 energy bill. “The energy-efficiency investments would lead to the creation of at least 140,000 jobs and would reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Sanders said.The amendment is cosponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Organizations supporting the amendment include the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, MoveOn.Org, Union of Concerned Scientists, Public Citizen, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others.“It is beyond comprehension that, according to reports, Exxon Mobil, the most profitable corporation in the world, not only paid no U.S. taxes last year, but also received a $156 million tax refund,” Sanders said. Other companies that took advantage of tax loopholes in 2009, according to reports on file at the Securities and Exchange Commission, include Chevron, which received a $19 million tax refund; and Valero Energy, which received a $157 million from the IRS. Independent oil and gas companies which made a combined $3.7 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2010 and $25.7 billion in revenue also received generous tax breaks from the IRS. “This amendment is a win for deficit reduction.  It is a win for job creation.  It is a win for the environment.  And, it is a win for consumers who will save money on their energy bills because they will be consuming less energy,” Sanders said.Source: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, June 15, 2010last_img read more

Nagorno-Karabakh truce under severe strain as both sides allege violations

first_imgBoth sides accused one another of breaking the ceasefire almost immediately on Saturday, and Azerbaijan gave the impression in public comments from top officials that it saw it as only a brief and temporary breathing space anyway.On Sunday, Azerbaijan accused Armenia of heavily shelling a residential area in Ganja, its second largest city, in the early hours of the morning, and of hitting an apartment building.The Azeri Prosecutor General’s Office said five people had been killed and 28 wounded in the attack, which it said violated the norms of the Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians.The Armenian defense ministry called the Azeri allegations “an absolute lie” and accused Azerbaijan of continuing to shell populated areas inside Karabakh, including Stepanakert, the region’s biggest city. A Russian-brokered humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh was under severe strain on Sunday a day after it was agreed, with Azerbaijan and Armenia accusing each other of serious violations and crimes against civilians.The ceasefire, clinched after marathon talks in Moscow advocated by President Vladimir Putin, was meant to halt fighting to allow ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azeri forces to swap prisoners and war dead.The Moscow talks were the first diplomatic contact between the two since fighting over the mountainous enclave erupted on Sept. 27, killing hundreds of people. The enclave is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians. A Reuters photographer in Ganja saw rescue workers carrying one dead person from the ruins of a large apartment building on Sunday morning. The structure had been almost leveled. An excavator was clearing the debris.Buildings and cars in the immediate vicinity had also been severely damaged.Reuters could not independently verify Azeri assertions about the number of fatalities.Azerbaijan accused Armenia of also launching an unsuccessful rocket attack on an Azeri hydro-electric power station in Mingachevir. Ethnic Armenian forces in Karabakh denied the assertion.Arayik Haratyunyan, the leader of ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, described the situation as relatively calm on Sunday morning, but said he did not know how long it would last and that the frontline remained tense.He accused Azeri forces of trying to unsuccessfully take control of the town of Hadrut, and said the process of the two sides exchanging prisoners should have started on Sunday, but that it was unclear if and when that would happen.Renewed fighting in the decades-old conflict has raised fears of a wider war drawing in Turkey, a close ally of Azerbaijan, and Russia, which has a defense pact with Armenia.The clashes have also increased concern about the security of pipelines that carry Azeri oil and gas to Europe.The fighting is the worst since a 1991-94 war that killed about 30,000 people and ended with a ceasefire that has been violated repeatedly.Topics :last_img read more

Fruit Salad Bowl Turnover.

first_img Share Share Share Fruit Salad Bowl TurnoverTurn an ordinary honeydew melon or cantaloupe into a beautiful serving bowl. Mix sliced peaches, plums, and strawberries together and serve in the hollowed out melon.Sprinkle lemon juice on the sliced fruit to keep it from turning brown.It makes a beautiful presentation with any fruits you choose. And you can eat the bowl!Ingredients:4 cups sliced fresh peaches, nectarines, plums, and/or apricots1 to 2 cups assorted fresh berries, such as halved strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries1 to 2 cups 1-inch chunks honeydew or cantaloupe melon1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)3 small cantaloupes, halved (optional)Directions:Refrigerate a large glass serving bowl for 20 to 30 minutes. Add desired fruit to the bowl. Toss gently until fruits are just mixed. Sprinkle with the lemon juice. Sprinkle the sugar, to taste. Toss gently until sugar is dissolved. To serve, spoon mixed fruits into cantaloupe halves, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings.Recipe source: Tweetcenter_img Food & DiningLifestyle Fruit Salad Bowl Turnover. by: – June 27, 2011 Sharing is caring! 62 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men

first_imgLocalNews Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men by: – December 24, 2011 16 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Pastor Randy Rodney. (file photo)The messiah introduced peace on earth slew the enmity that sin had raised between God and man and resettled a peaceable communication. If God be at peace with us all peace results from it: peace of conscience and peace between people. All that peace flows from us from the incarnation of Christ. All the good we have, or hope is owing to God’s good will and if we have the comfort of it he must have the glory of it.Luke 2:8-20Peace and good cannot be expected in a way inconsistent with the glory of God. Therefore we cannot live anyway and expect God’s good or peace to be ours.Let men have the joy of it: On earth peace, good-will toward men. God’s good-will in sending the Messiah introduced peace in this lower world, slew the enmity that sin had raised between God and man, and resettled a peaceable correspondence. If God be at peace with us, all peace results from it: peace of conscience, peace with angels, peace between Jew and Gentile.Peace is here put for all good, all that good which flows to us from the incarnation of Christ. All the good we have, or hope, is owing to God’s good-will; and, if we have the comfort of it, he must have the glory of it. Nor must any peace, and good, be expected in a way inconsistent with the glory of God; therefore not in any way of sin, nor in any way but by a Mediator. Here was the peace proclaimed with great solemnity; whoever will, let them come and take the benefit of it. It is on earth peace, to men of good-will (so some copies read it), en anthropois eudokias; to men who have a good-will to God, and are willing to be reconciled; or to men whom God has a good-will to, though vessels of his mercy. See how well affected the angels are to man, and to his welfare and happiness; how well pleased they were in the incarnation of the Son of God, though he passed by their nature; and ought not we much more to be affected with it? This is a faithful saying, attested by an innumerable company of angels, and well worthy of all acceptation, That the good-will of God toward men is glory to God in the highest, and peace on the earth.(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)Pastor Randy Rodneylast_img read more