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    first_imgMidtown Community School 7th Grader, Eniya Scott, recently received the Playoff MVP Award at the Girls’ Basketball City Championship Game at Bayonne High School. Eniya’s extraordinary talent was evident in every game this season. Her skills definitely contributed to Midtown’s City Championship where she led Midtown with 25 points to win over A.S.C.A. 33-32. With Eniya are Ms. Katie Hester, Coach, Mr. John Mulhern, Coach, Mr. Leo Smith, Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Ken Kopacz, Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Tom Jacobson, Director of Physical Education, Mr. John Rickard, League Coordinator, Mr. John Calcaterra, Director of Athletics, Mrs. Christina Mercun, Midtown Community School Principal and Mrs. Patricia Dziubek, Assistant Principal and Dr. Patricia Mc Geehan, Superintendent. ×last_img read more

  • Free lunchtime music in downtown South Bend begins Monday

    first_img Facebook Free lunchtime music in downtown South Bend begins Monday Google+ Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleRecovery from coronavirus may not end when infection doesNext articleMan, 36, killed in shooting on Laurelwood Drive in Elkhart Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. (Spencer Marsh/95.3 MNC) Downtown South Bend, Inc. has announced the 2020 Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series.The program kicks off Monday, July 6, with free, live outdoor music through the work week.As the regional destination for arts, dining, and entertainment, downtown South Bend is the location for free summer concerts hosted by DTSB and The Morris Performing Arts Center.These concerts are free and open to the public. The summer live music schedule is as follows from July 6, 2020 – August 27, 2020:Mondays – Thursdays: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at The GridironFridays: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Jon Hunt Plaza By Jon Zimney – July 6, 2020 0 502 Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

  • Speech: Justice and care for survivors of sexual violence in conflict

    first_imgMr President, Your Excellencies, colleagues, friends. May I firstly extend my heartfelt thanks to Germany, and to you Mr President in particular, for your personal efforts in prioritising discussion on this important issue. The important issue in front of us today: a discussion on conflict related sexual violence, and for gathering such knowledgeable briefers. But I am sure I speak for everyone in this chamber and beyond that our biggest thanks are to our briefers. In particular to those courageous survivors of sexual violence in conflict. Once again Mr President, we have heard compelling testimony that despite considerable momentum that has been built on this very issue since the adoption of Security Council Resolutions 2106 and indeed others. And the launch of the United Kingdom-led preventing sexual violence conflict over seven years ago. There is still so much more to do. And the proposed resolution before us today is a positive contribution to much needed efforts to move the agenda forward. The United Kingdom is supporting the proposed resolution – proposed by Germany – today. Because time after time in this very chamber, as we have heard today, we have heard shocking reports of conflict related sexual violence. And I am sure I speak for everyone in this chamber that we pay tribute to the likes of Nadia Mourad and Inas Moulud – for your brave courage and testimony that you have presented once again today. Sexual violence and the impact of these crimes, that they have on countries, on survivors, on communities, on families, is very clear and it is our responsibility as the Security Council that we respond to this challenge.The proposed resolution builds on previous resolutions, in developing an integrated, effective, international approach to tackling this grave crime. And there are three elements that I wish to focus on in my contribution. Firstly, the proposed resolution rightly recognises the importance of focusing on survivors need, through a survivor centred approach. A point again articulated by the Secretary-General in its contribution today. We believe this is key to all policies and programmes that aim to meet the needs of survivors of conflict related sexual violence and to avoid putting them at risk of further harm. Secondly, the proposed resolution acknowledges that conflict related sexual violence has a disproportionate impact on women and girls. It encourages support for children born of sexual violence and recognises that sexual violence also affects men and boys. And the United Kingdom believes that survivors’ services should cater for all survivors without exception. And welcomes the efforts made in this resolution, Mr President, to promote this very approach. And thirdly, the resolution emphasises the role that civil society plays in efforts to address conflict related sexual violence, including by tackling stigma, as well as the central role in the implementation of broader Women, Peace and Security agenda.However, the United Kingdom believes more needs to be done. And we regret that the language on services for survivors of sexual violence – recognising the acute need for those services to include comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care including safe termination of pregnancies – did not meet with all the Council members support. However, Mr President, it is important that we maintain efforts, our consistent efforts, in this respect and we maintain that progress that we have made on this issue including through previous Council resolutions, most notably Council Resolution 2106. Over the last several years, the United Kingdom has spent over £46 million since 2012 on preventing and responding to conflict related sexual violence around the world. And I assure you that as the United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Special Representative on this very issue it is a personal priority for me. Our international consultations have informed our efforts to put survivors at the centre of our approach, not only on how we respond to incidents that have already occurred but also as we’ve heard from our briefers today, on how we importantly prevent them happening again.We have been pleased to work with like-minded partners and in particular I pay tribute to the close cooperation that we have enjoyed with SRSG Patten and her office, indeed joint visits as we made not so long ago to Iraq. Accountability is key to both response and prevention. First because achieving justice, as we’ve heard today again is a vital step in helping survivors to repair and rebuild their lives. And secondly because ending impunity, as we heard from Amal Clooney, is an essential deterrent against future violence of this nature. And that is why the United Kingdom is committed to strengthening justice for survivors and holding perpetrators to account. Mr President, this not only means ensuring that international standards and best practices on gathering evidence are upheld, so convictions can be secured., it also means ensuring that survivors are not traumatised all over again. That is why we need to tackle conscious and unconscious bias within criminal justice systems and build the capacity of judges and prosecutors to gain a better understanding to conflict related sexual violence. A priority as illustrated by the testimonies we’ve heard today from Nadia Mourad and the need to act. We owe it to the survivors. It is therefore why the UK is working with the Institute of International Criminal Investigation and Nadia Murad’s Initiative to develop the Murad code. This ethical code of conduct will ensure that survivors give informed consent regarding evidence gathering and that they are referred to support services safely and confidentially.We want to see the code incorporated into all donor funding requirements and hope that all members will sign up when we launch this code formally at our PSVI international conference scheduled in London in November of this year. However, we should also recognise that for some survivors achieving justice does not necessarily mean going through the formal court system. Which is why we support the Mukwege Foundation and Nadia Murad’s Initiative in developing community focus redress for survivors. The UK has recently funded the pilot project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in this respect. Mr President, we also support Dr Mukwege’s plea for a more holistic support for survivors. We therefore endorse the call for Council members to provide more funding to the survivor advocate networks, healthcare professionals and psychosocial services that offer such support – and are making a real difference in the life of survivors on the ground. Mr President, I was going to end my contribution today with a question to the briefers: on how we the international community can do more to ensure that survivors of sexual violence have access to this holistic support? Yet through their testimonies, we have heard many of the answers today. I would say, in particular, to the testimonies we heard from the survivors and that of Amal Clooney.And thanking you for providing insights today, let me assure you we will reflect on the contributions you have made. And in doing so I feel proud of the United Kingdom’s contribution in first of all in penning and securing unanimous support for Security Council resolutions, which ensured that we held those ISIS perpetrators of these crimes to account. And we stand with the Government of Iraq, we stand with the survivors, we stand with Nadia Murad and others who represent them, such as Amal Clooney. And we support totally the works and efforts of Special Advisor Karim Khan and his team on the ground in Iraq. Mr President, we look forward to their responses, their continued insights, their continued expertise. And most importantly the testimonies of survivors. We should all remain focused on this key priority. It should be the basis of international action in Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. As we’ve heard today. Words, yes, are important but words alone do not provide justice and accountability for survivors. It is time to act. And we must do just that.Thank you.last_img read more

  • Rush Celebrates Album Anniversary With Mash-Up ‘Tom Sawyer’ Video

    first_imgThis month marks the 35th anniversary of Rush’s pivotal album, Moving Pictures, and the band took the opportunity to celebrate. Of course, one of the most famous tracks on Moving Pictures is “Tom Sawyer,” the band’s seminal progressive rock anthem. In honor of Moving Pictures’ anniversary, the band released a “Megamix” of “Tom Sawyer” performances from 2003-2015, including tours like “Rush in Rio”, “R30”, “Snakes & Arrows Live”, “Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland”, “Clockwork Angels Tour”, and “R40 LIVE”. It’s a rockin’ tribute, and you can stream it below:The biggest question surrounding Rush is whether they will tour again. Geddy Lee addressed the question in a recent Rolling Stone interview, saying, “We don’t have any immediate plans for that… Right now we’re on holiday. I hope once the new year rolls around and the juices get flowing and we get hungry again we can talk about that.”last_img read more

  • Relive Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Remarkable New Haven Show [HD Videos/Gallery]

    first_imgLast night, Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong took their fall tour to the famed Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT. Both bands were absolutely electric, delivering energetic sets to a packed house of enthusiastic fans. If you missed the performance, fear not, as MKDevo ran a full-length, six-camera feed from the Live For Live Music Facebook page last night for us all to enjoy!Pigeons Playing Ping PongDopapodScott Harris Photo was on hand as well, capturing snapshots of this exciting performance. Check out his work in the images below! Load remaining imageslast_img read more

  • “Grandfather of NFL analytics” educates students on innovative practices

    first_imgMike Eayrs, a data analyst for several college and NFL football teams, spoke about the innovative practices that earned him the name the “grandfather of NFL analytics” at Mendoza College of Business on Tuesday night. Eayrs started out as an assistant coach in the NCAA, where he said he and the other coaches were constantly arguing over new ways to gain a competitive advantage.“I was trying to think, ‘What’s the lowest common denominator we have in our staff room?’” Eayrs said. “The answer was everybody wants to win.”Emma Farnan | The Observer In response, Eayrs said he started to study game statistics and how they were connected to the team’s wins and losses. In this study, he said that turnovers were the factor that had the strongest impact on the outcome of a game.“For the first time since I’d been hired, we actually agreed on something,” Eayrs said. “Everybody agreed that if we could lower turnovers on offense and raise them with our defense and coverage teams, we would have a much better football team.”As a result, Eayrs said he began catering drills in practice towards ball security, so that players could become better at handling the football and would be less likely to turn the ball over.“The more you repeat something successfully, the better the neuroconnections become, so that you do it more effectively and faster,” Eayrs said. “Believe me, when it comes to ball security, we want our guys’ neuroconnections firing really fast.”Eayrs said he soon noticed the profound effect of what he termed “explosive gains,” which is a gain of 14 or more yards, on winning percentage.“All of the sudden I see the difference, which is long pass gains,” Eayrs said. “We had to get big chunks of yardage.”Eayrs’ innovative approach to statistics gained him attention in the football world, so much so that he was soon hired by the Minnesota Vikings, where he worked for 16 years before spending 15 years with the Green Bay Packers.Eayrs said analytics are of vital importance in the NFL, where the difference between teams in much narrower than in college, and consequently, any small edge can be the difference between a win and a loss.“An NFL team is going to have about six games per season where the team that won the game either scored on their final possession or had to stop their opponent from scoring on the last possession,” Eayrs said.To gain an advantage in the ultra-competitive NFL, Eayrs said he has studied everything from gameplay speed to limiting soft-tissue injuries to the tendencies of a particular referee.“Essentially, we’re simply trying to align our team with probability,” Eayrs said.The importance of football analytics could be seen in the Super Bowl in February, where Eayrs said the Atlanta Falcons could have increased their win probability by slowing down the pace of the game.“Shorten the game,” Eayrs said. “Narrow the window in which your opponent can get back in the game. They could have effectively shortened the game by at least one possession, which would have been enough for them to win.”Tags: football, football analytics, mendoza college of business, NFLlast_img read more

  • One Person Suffers Hypothermia Following Boat Accident On Lake

    first_imgStock image courtesy Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.CHAUTAUQUA LAKE – One person was taken to the hospital after a fishing boat capsized on Chautauqua Lake Saturday afternoon.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Navigation unit responded to a capsized Bass Boat in the Loomis Bay Road area just after 2 p.m.Deputies say a good samaritan was towing the capsized boat. One of the boaters wearing a life jacket was in the water on the fishing boat that was being towed into shore.The operator of vessel said he had a passenger on the boat who had swam to shore. Sheriff’s deputies secured both the driver of the bass boat as well as the passenger on a dock near the accident.The driver of the boat along with the passenger were being transported to the launch area of Prendergast Point when the passenger of the bass boat began to show signs of shock and or hypothermia.The passenger of the fishing boat stated he was not feeling well. Deputies discontinued travel to Prendergast Point and stopped at the Long Point Sheriff’s subdivision to render first aid.The Bemus Point Fire Department responded and transported the boater to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Man Arrested Following Wednesday Shooting In Jamestown

    first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – A man has been taken into custody following a shooting Wednesday night in Jamestown.Jamestown Police say 45-year-old Blake Smith allegedly threated to kill a woman living at a Proudfit Street address before coming to the location in person and firing a handgun in the area.Police say in addition to the female victim, the incident occurred with a 11-year-old child close by.Officers say Smith, a New York State Parolee, was arrested after fleeing the area in a vehicle. Smith is charged with aggravated harassment, menacing, and endangering the welfare of a child. He is also charged with violating his parole.Police say Smith is currently being held for arraignment and will be committed to the Chautauqua County Jail pending a parole hearing.No injuries were reported during the incident.last_img read more

  • Tree fate

    first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaThere were plenty of presents under our Christmas tree. But Ican’t recall anybody getting one from Santa. Maybe he didn’t stopat our house.Maybe he didn’t like our artificial tree. Well, it almost lookedreal to me. And I don’t have to keep the thing watered to keep itlooking fresh. When we take it down, I’ll just put it back in thebox for next year.Now don’t get me wrong. I like real Christmas trees. We justdon’t have one. But if you do, what are you going to do with itwhen you take it down? I hope it won’t end up stripped of itsholiday frills and dumped on the side of the road or next to thegarbage can.Your tree doesn’t have to meet this fate. Instead, its branchescan become home to fish or wildlife, or you can use parts of itto help beautify your house or yard.What to do?Submerged Christmas trees in ponds make excellent homes for fish.Small insects and other natural food collect on the needles andboughs of the tree. This attracts small fish to feed, then thesmall fish attract bigger fish.You can simply toss the tree into the water, but you’ll getbetter results if you weight it down and submerge the treeupright. Just make sure it’s completely under water.If you don’t have a pond, use your tree to help out littlecreatures on land. Christmas trees can be stacked in the woods asbrush piles for rabbits and small rodents to use for cover.Trees can be turned into mulch, too, and the mulch added to acompost pile. Composted for eight months to a year, it can thenbe used to improve the soil in your garden. Or you can use thechips and needles now as a mulch around shrubs and flowers.And if you can’t or don’t want to do that, at least put the treesomeplace where it can help prevent erosion.What you do with your tree may have little to do with whatChristmas really means to you. But being a good steward can’thurt anything.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

  • Brattleboro Memorial Hospital joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock group

    first_imgBrattleboro Memorial Hospital,Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will join the New England Alliance for Health (NEAH), effective December 1, 2011.Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (MHMH) owns and manages NEAH, a limited-liability company under which Dartmouth-Hitchcock shares services with 15 health-care organizations in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts, in purchasing, value improvement, staff development and education, and financial planning and benchmarking.‘We are pleased that Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has decided to join NEAH,’ says NEAH executive director Stephen J. LeBlanc, who also is executive vice president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. ‘By working together, health care organizations in our region can share services that result in greater cost savings than can be achieved on their own.’Brattleboro Memorial serves southeastern Vermont’s largest city and surrounding communities, including neighboring New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The medical staff includes more than 100 physicians with board certification in primary care and many specialties.‘By joining NEAH, we will be able to access excellent group purchasing agreements as well as many other services which will enhance our efforts in delivering cost-effective, quality patient care at BMH,’ says Steven Gordon, president and CEO of Brattleboro Memorial. ‘We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with NEAH.’Brattleboro Memorial is joining the following organizations in NEAH:New Hampshire ‘ Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, New London Hospital, Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, Valley Regional Health Care in Claremont, Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, West Central Behavioral Health in Lebanon, and the West Lebanon-based Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire.Vermont ‘ Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, and Springfield HospitalMassachusetts ‘ Cooley Dickinson Health Care in Northampton is external) is external)last_img read more