Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGUNNISON, Colo.-Matt Conway posted 30 points and 10 rebounds on 8 of 15 shooting and the Dixie State Trailblazers surged past Western Colorado 96-91 in overtime Saturday at Paul Wright Gymnasium in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. Brady Subart had 27 points and Cole Sienknecht added 23 points and 5 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who fell to 3-16 on the season and 0-13 in conference play. Dixie State is next in action Friday and Saturday as they return to Burns Arena to host Fort Lewis and Adams State as RMAC play ensues. Tags: Adams State/Brady Subart/Cole Sienknecht/Dixie State men’s basketball/Fort Lewis/Matt Conway/Paul Wright Gymnasium/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference January 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Outlasts Western Colorado In Overtime The Trailblazers overcame a 68-62 deficit with 53 seconds left to force overtime before ultimately prevailing and improving to 9-8 and 7-6 in RMAC play. Brad James
The Board of Education oversees Ocean City High School and two other public schools. By Ken Wisnefski-Owner of the OCNJDailyAs a parent of three children that are all in the Ocean City School District, I have been disheartened to hear and read about the recent allegations that have been made by the Upper Township School District against the Ocean City School District. I think like a lot of people I have spoken to, most don’t fully understand what has created the turmoil. My hope is to provide facts that can help everyone understand what has brought us to this point.The Allegation: Based on testimony given at the criminal trial of former district employee, Christine Lentz, the Upper Township Board of Education voted in November to initiate “a full and independent investigation” into what they believed were “shocking revelations” that the Ocean City School District had launched a “secret investigation” into the Upper Township board and superintendent. Last week, the Upper Township board upped the ante. They released a statement suggesting they would take legal action.The Fact: There was no investigation. The accusation in question stems from a forensics investigation of Ocean City School District computers conducted by DFDR Consulting of Malvern, Pa. in May and June 2015. The report from that investigation led the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office to charge former Ocean City High School employee Christine Lentz with counts including alleged official misconduct and computer criminal activity. She was later found “not guilty” on all charges.The Fact: At the time, the OCNJ Daily obtained the report from that forensics investigation as part of a records request in 2015. The analysis provided a stark reminder of the detailed footprints all computer users leave behind. It doesn’t provide any indication that investigators were looking at anyone related to the Upper Townships School Board.The Fact: It appears that Upper Township’s accusations are based on a reference to such searches during the Lentz investigation. Mark Toscano of the Comegno Law Group representing Ocean City testified that search terms used by DFDR included both Upper Township and Ocean City’s Superintendents and board members from both Ocean City and Upper Township who may have been involved in any decision on contract negotiations.The Fact: The investigation was designed to determine if there had been a breach of information related to the contract negotiations and if the breach extended beyond the superintendent’s email.My opinion: This whole situation is upsetting to say the least. At a time when the school districts should be celebrating the accolades they have received, the focus has solely been on the disconnect that exists between the two boards.My opinion: The Ocean City Board of Education did nothing to create the situation they were put in to. While I have no doubt it’s created a tense situation, ultimately Ocean City School District did nothing to warrant these allegations.My opinion: As a parent, I commend the job both districts and school boards have done and I have full respect for the time and dedication that is put in to these roles. My wife and I moved to Ocean City a decade ago with a focus on the schools and we have been beyond pleased with that decision. With that said, I would like to implore both districts to agree to mediation immediately, void of the high cost of attorneys, and get back to placing the sole focus on what matters the most…the students.
Cancellations and postponements related to the ongoing, two-day storm will be posted here. To add an event to our listing, email us at [email protected] town office in Phillips will close at noon.Wilton Free Public Library will be closed today.Jay trash pickup delayed. Archie’s will NOT be picking up curbside trash/recycling today due to the storm. Pickup for this week will be pushed back one day. Wednesday’s pickup will now be on Thursday and Thursday’s pickup will be on Friday.Jim Ditzler New Sharon Memorial Library closed today.Farmington Public Library is closed today, Jan. 9.The Farmington District Court and Franklin County Superior Court are both closed today.RSU 9 is closed today, Jan. 9. All MBHS athletic activities and contests are cancelled or postponed today.No school in MSAD 58 today, Jan. 9.RSU 73 is closed today, Jan. 9.All WMCA Offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 9.The Free Loaves and Fishes Chowder Luncheon atTrinity United Methodist Church is cancelled today.
1Freshmen receive a big welcome in Harvard Yard on move-in day. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana talks with Natalie Vega ’18 and her mother, Rosa, inside Greenough. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana talks with Hillel staffer Paige LaMarche (left) and Sam Fisher ’15 on the steps of University Hall as freshmen move into the dormitories. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Jesse Zhang ’18 watches as Freshman Dean Tom Dingman and President Drew Faust greet Zhang’s classmates and their families. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana (left) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith greet Lauren Elson ’18 in her room in Matthews Hall. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 7President Drew Faust greets Thomas Slack, his mother, Sarah, and incoming freshman Lucy Slack. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Ethan Plotsker ’18 lugs a box across the Yard as his aunt Leslie Spannato follows. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer They came from Thailand, Australia, and Costa Rica, from Victoria, B.C., Vermillion, S.D., and Lexington, Mass. The members of the Harvard College Class of 2018 hail from all 50 states and 69 countries, and today they streamed into the dorms in and around Harvard Yard to begin their undergraduate journey.Parents helped lug bedding and clothes as the temperatures slowly climbed throughout the day. Cars and vans navigated through the people and the piles of students’ belongings.Harvard President Drew Faust, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith, Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana, and Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman were on hand to greet Harvard’s newest students and their parents.“I think it’s really cool. It shows that they know we are here and they really care,” said MacKenzie Lawrence, as Khurana and Smith entered her room in Greenough Hall.Lawrence, who comes from Leawood, Kan., said she is excited to get started.“It’s crazy to me to think that I am actually starting college. But my suitemates are here, and we all clicked right away,” she said. “We’re all excited.”Freshmen have a busy week ahead of them with a full calendar of opening days events and programming, culminating in Convocation on Sept. 1. Returning students begin arriving Thursday when the residential Houses open. The first day of classes is Sept. 2.You can share words of advice for and photos of the Class of 2018 by using #WelcometoHarvard and #Harvard2018 in your posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and explore the collection of words and images already shared by the Harvard community. 13In Greenough Hall, Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana laughs with MacKenzie Lawrence ’18 and her mother, Sandra, of Leawood, Kan. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 6Chloe Li ’16 (left), Ellie Bridge ’17, and Pooja Podugu ’16 serenade incoming students and their families. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 9President Drew Faust and Dean of Freshmen Tom Dingman greet Peer Advising Fellows Amarachi Erondu ’15 and Katie Schmalkuche’16 (right) outside Straus Hall as they prepare to help freshmen move in. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 11At Mower Hall, Valerie Kalkejian ’18 gets a helping hand from her mother, Marcella Mora. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith greets Handong Park ’18 in Matthews Hall in Harvard Yard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Shahd Tagelsir (center), from Sudan, jokes in front of Grays Hall as Jennifer Kizza ’16 (left) and Ilham Tagelsir look on. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith greets Jeita Phillips, a proctor in Greenough. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Peer Advising Fellows help freshmen move into Matthews Hall as Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana observes. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Nathaniel Horwitz ’18 leans out a window of Grays Hall with his harp, fencing foil, and lacrosse stick at his side. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Carter Allinson ’18, his sister, Brooke, and mother, Hilary, receive a welcome in Hurlbut Hall from Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana hugs Austin Harcarik ’18 in Matthews Hall. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
HMS’s Sinclair discusses new nonprofit academy for work on extending the human lifespan Good genes are nice, but joy is better Living past 100 could soon become a reachable goal, said Nir Barzilai of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine this week. Delivering Thursday’s keynote speech at Harvard’s Nutrition and Obesity Symposium on Longevity and Aging, Barzilai challenged the common wisdom that the secret to a long life is a healthy lifestyle. The real secret, he said, lies in the genes, and the key is research.Organized by Professor of Medicine Steven Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School, the two-day symposium at Longwood Medical Center examined the scientific, nutritional, and health-related aspects of aging, with panels including “Caloric Restriction in Non-Human Primates” and “Microbial Strategies for Healthful Longevity.” Jan Vijg of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine gave the opening keynote on Wednesday, and Barzilai followed with Thursday’s keynote, titled “How to Die Young at a Very Old Age.”Barzilai’s work examines the difference between chronological and biological age — literal years vs. the relative health of the body. The subjects who show the greatest discrepancy hold the key to genetic research that could make aging a treatable condition. And those cases aren’t always found where one might expect.He cited the famous example of the Kahns of Manhattan, who were the world’s longest-lived quartet of siblings — all have died since 2005, the youngest at age 101. None were especially health conscious: Irving still worked a high-stress Wall Street job after turning 100, and one of his sisters was a smoker for 90 years (outliving all the doctors who advised her to quit, Barzilai noted). A larger study of centenarians showed the Kahns weren’t unique: Of the group studied, half were overweight, 60 percent of the men smoked, less than 50 percent exercised, and only two percent were vegetarian. “As a group, they didn’t do anything that we tell our patients to do,” Barzilai said. Further research showed that none of these centenarians had a “perfect genome;” many carried a genetic risk for Parkinson’s and other diseases. Yet they did have a “longevity gene” that resisted the aging process. The exact makeup of this gene remains elusive, but science has so far discovered apparent clues — for instance, lower occurrences of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) molecule and above-average height. Animal studies have since confirmed that longer life and improved cardiac function can be induced with changes in IGF level. “We need to be careful what we wish for because longer life without extended health is harmful. We should stop trying to make ourselves live longer, but we will get the bonus of living longer if we live healthier.” — S. Jay Olshansky, University of Chicago professor The science, business of aging Related Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has proved that embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier Longevity and anti-aging research: ‘Prime time for an impact on the globe’ Symposium brings spheres together to lend insights to action for elderly The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Similar research is now being done with a variety of proteins. Yet Barzilai said that aging research still faces major obstacles. One is that scientists tend to work with young laboratory animals, rather than ones that have evinced longevity. Another is that the FDA doesn’t classify aging as a preventable disease — which means health-care providers won’t pay for the research and pharmaceutical companies won’t commit to it.Still there is reason for optimism. “We can take the sperm of a 70-year-old man, take the egg of a 15-year-old woman, and create a baby and when it is formed, the age of the parents is erased. We have figured out how to do that, now we will figure out how to erase the cellular aging in ourselves,” said Barzilai. Quoting the old Jim Croce hit, he said that “saving time in a bottle” can indeed be a reality.In a later panel on Thursday, University of Chicago professor S. Jay Olshansky dealt with a more specific health problem: The rise of childhood and adult obesity has already led to a slight decline in U.S. life expectancy. It now has the same negative effect on average as that of accidents and may soon equal that of cancer and heart disease. Coupled with the rise in opioid deaths, the result may be the first generation of U.S. citizens with a shorter life expectancy than its parents.One solution, he suggested, is to focus on health rather than longevity. “We need to be careful what we wish for because longer life without extended health is harmful. We should stop trying to make ourselves live longer, but we will get the bonus of living longer if we live healthier.”Olshansky closed by unveiling a new project: a chart that handicaps the likelihood of each current presidential candidate surviving an entire term beyond the 2020 election year, based on projected lifespan and health span. Thirty-seven-year-old Pete Buttigieg led the pack with a 99.0 rating and most placed in the 90s; the sharpest drop-off came between 70-year-old Elizabeth Warren at 91.8 percent and 73-year-old Donald Trump at 84.8 (Both Bernie Sanders, 77, and Joe Biden, 76, placed below Trump). The only candidate with a less than 70 percent rating was recent entrant 89-year-old Mike Gravel at 48.3.
Beginning Monday, students will have the option to eat inside the Noble Family Dining Hall, dean of academic student services Karen Chambers announced in an email Wednesday.The email said all students with a meal plan will be required to make a 30-minute reservation for lunch Monday through Friday as well as for dinner Sunday through Thursday. Students’ reservations will remain the same for the rest of the semester.“Lunch will start at 11:30 a.m.; the last lunch reservation will begin at 1 p.m.,” Chambers said in the email. “Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m.; the last dinner reservation will begin at 7:30 p.m.”Reservation blocks are available every 15 minutes and are limited to 175 students at lunch and 150 students at dinner.Students will continue to be able to carry out their meals as outdoor dining areas will continue to be open to students if weather permits.Additionally, plexiglass dividers have been installed to allow for social distancing at tables.At this time only students will be able to eat inside the dining hall. All other members of the community are asked to continue to utilize the carryout service.Tags: COVID-19, Saint Mary’s Campus Dining, Saint Mary’s College
View Comments Southern Comfort Annette O’Toole and Jeff McCarthy will reprise their roles as Robert Eads and Lola Cola, respectively, in Southern Comfort. Directed by Thomas Caruso and based on the film by Kate Davis, the previously announced new musical will feature a book and lyrics by Dan Collins and music by Julianne Wick Davis, and was conceived for the stage by Robert DuSold and Thomas Caruso. The off-Broadway show is scheduled to begin previews on February 23, 2016 and will run through March 27 in the Public’s Anspacher Theater. Opening night is set for March 7.Along with O’Toole and McCarthy, who previously appeared in Southern Comfort at Barrington Stage Company and Cap21, the cast will include Lizzie Hagstedt as Storyteller Musician/Bass, Jeffrey Kuhn as Jackson, Elizabeth Ward Land as Storyteller Musician/ Djembe, David M. Lutken as Storyteller Musicia/Guitar, Morgan Morse as Musician, Robin Skye as Melanie and Joel Waggoner as Storyteller Musician/Violin. Donnie Cianciotto and Aneesh Sheth round out the company after an open call to the transgender community and a nationwide search for submissions.Southern Comfort tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia. Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award, the folk and bluegrass-inspired musical is a celebration of redefining family and choosing love over every obstacle. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 27, 2016
It is a myth that Americans cannot save. For decades, they did.When personal-finance columnists explain America’s poor saving habits, they sometimes start with the aspects of the human mind that make it challenging to plan for the future. Behavioral psychology is a useful scapegoat for many foibles. But the decline in savings is recent, and the human brain hasn’t evolved since the Ford administration. The bottom 90 percent of households saved 10 percent of their income in the first Reagan administration. By 2006, their savings rate was nearly negative-10 percent.Other writers suggest that the country’s low saving rate is purely a matter of American exceptionalism. But it is also a myth that the U.S. is alone in its turn against saving in the last three decades. The personal savings rate has fallen in Canada, Germany, and Japan, as well.Still, there is something about the U.S.: Nearly half of Americans would not be able to come up with $400 in savings in an emergency, according to a Federal Reserve study cited in The Atlantic’s cover story this month. America’s poor and its middle class live on the razor’s edge of financial security through their working years and are uniquely ill-prepared for retirement. The United States finished 19th for three consecutive years in a global analysis of retirement security, behind Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and 13 European countries. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Gaurav Bhatnagar: It is a great feeling. We value these awards a lot since these are decided by popular vote. For us, customer service is a core value and winning these awards is a benchmark against which we can measure how well we are doing!- Advertisement – Having been recognised by voters at the World Travel Awards in a number of categories, Breaking Travel News here chats with Gaurav Bhatnagar, co-founder of TBO Group, to find out more about the industry leading companyBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – TBO Holidays has been honoured with the trophies for Middle East’s Leading B2B Travel Portal and South America’s Leading B2B Travel Provider at the World Travel Awards. How does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – NewerBreaking Travel News interview: Glenn Mandziuk, chief executive, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Region TBO is rapidly expanding into new geographies and new lines of businesses. These awards serve as our credentials whenever we have to introduce ourselves in a new market. BTN: This has been a challenging year across the hospitality sector – how has the diversified operation of TBO Holidays allowed it to overcome the impact of Covid-19?GB: The Covid-19 crisis has obviously been very challenging for us. However, we have worked hard on converting this difficulty into an opportunity. We are strong in selling both air and hotel product. Air business has recovered a bit faster. Hotels as well have seen pockets of recovery. Since we operate across the globe, we have benefited as some countries have started to open their lockdowns.We also used this time to invest into new businesses. ZamZam is our new joint venture focused on servicing the global Umrah travel market. We are one of the few authorised online travel agencies who can issue Umrah visas online.We also launched PAXES, which is a corporate self-booking tool. We are distributing this tool exclusively thru resellers in various markets across the world. As corporate travel slowly comes back, saving cost and reducing operations overhead will be critical. PAXES will play a big role there.BTN: What do we have to look forward to from the company next year as the recovery continues?GB: Plenty of action planned for next year! We have very steep internal goals to pace our recovery at a much faster rate than the overall market recovery.So we are looking to gain market share – both organically as well as inorganically.Apart from that, ZamZam and PAXES will scale up and you will see a lot more of those products next year.Finally, we wish the entire travel industry a speedy recovery from this crisis!More InformationTBO Holidays is a business-to-business travel portal that allows travel agents to book over 700,000 hotels worldwide in real time. Backed by cutting edge technology and superior customer support, the company is a one-stop-shop for all holiday booking requirements.Find out more on the official website. BTN: How useful are the World Travel Awards when it comes to promoting TBO Holidays around the world?GB: The World Travel Awards logos and trophies are well recognised in our industry. These are like the Oscars of the travel industry. – Advertisement – OlderBTN interview: Gloria Gallardo, president, Guayaquil Public and Municipal Company of Tourism – Advertisement –
Marriage Foundation Blog 9 September 2014It’s official. British teenagers are more likely to behave better if their parents are married.Not only that, but whatever is making the difference is above and beyond the usual explanation – that it’s not marriage per se but the type of people who marry.The EPPSE report on teenagers academic and socio-behavioural outcomes – published last week by the Department for Education – may not have got the media coverage it deserved, buried beneath frenzied speculation of whether Scotland is about to divorce England. But it was full of interesting tidbits about the factors that help children do better at secondary school. One of the key factors was whether parents were married.For those who can cope with the academic jargon, here’s what the writers said. (Note that ES means ‘Effect Size’, where all of the numbers below are considered ‘small’)There are weaker effects linked to parents’ marital status, although there is a tendency for poorer self-regulation and pro-social behaviour and increased hyperactivity and anti-social behaviour for those from single parent families (ES=-0.25 – for self-regulation; ES=-0.28 – for pro-social behaviour; ES=0.24 – for hyperactivity; ES=0.21 – for anti-social behaviour, for students with single parents versus those with married parents). (from page xviii)The marital status of parents in the early years, when children were first recruited to the study, was also a significant predictor of changes in self-regulation during secondary education (ES=-0.25 – single parent compared to married) and pro-social behaviour (ES=-0.19 – single parent compared to married). Single parent status also predicted increases in hyperactivity (ES=0.24 – single parent versus married) and anti-social behaviour (ES=0.15). Students in lone parent families showed small but statistically significant increases in both negative behaviours and decreases in both positive behaviours. In addition, students of parents who were living with their partner but unmarried in the early years were found to show small decreases in self-regulation (ES=-0.18) and pro-social behaviour (ES=-0.14) and an increase in hyperactivity (ES=0.15). (from page xxiv)What all this means is that – regardless of pretty much every parental background factor you could think of – there’s a small but noticeable difference in behaviour between teenagers from married and lone parent families based on whether the parents are married now (first para) or were married when the children were much younger (second para).Don’t be fooled by the word ‘small’. The ‘small’ net effect of marriage is the most conservative estimate possible.http://marriagefoundationblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/does-marriage-cause-teenagers-to-behave-better/