Student hosts book drive to benefit Center for Homeless

Senior Bridget Meade looks to harness the power of the written word, fighting poverty with the power of fairytales and nursery rhymes. Meade is hosting a book drive at Saint Mary’s to create a preschool library at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. “Reading can be both enjoyable and powerful. Education is such a great way to fight poverty, and reading is one of the best ways to educate children,” she said. Meade is the founder of Mommy and Me, a literacy class at the Center. The program encourages and teaches parents to read to their children. The library will be made available to both the students in her class and other guests at the Center, she said. Meade said she was inspired to create this class because of her own love of reading. “Reading was such a huge part of my childhood that I thought it was a tragedy that some kids aren’t being read to,” she said. Reading is a beneficial activity for both children and parents living in poverty, Meade said. The Mommy and Me class will help parents learn to enjoy reading to their children. “Many parents in poverty were not read to as children, which makes it uncomfortable for them to read to their own children,” she said. The Mommy and Me class teaches parents reading to infants and toddlers is a powerful activity, benefitting a child’s cognitive development and overall life trajectory, Meade said. Some parents living at the Center are illiterate and too uncomfortable to read to their children, she said. The preschool library will provide illiterate parents picture books. Those parents can still read and interact with their children by creating stories based off the illustrations, she said, something crucial to their maturation. “Reading to preschoolers is about helping them interact and hear words that will help with their cognitive development,” Meade said. Meade said preschoolers enjoy classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes the most. “The best books to donate are the old school classics,” she said. Books will be accepted at a drop box in LeMans Hall through the end of the year, or contact Bridget Meade with questions about the book drive at Contact Cailin Crowe at read more

US-style ‘conduit’ issue has landed

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Sainsbury’s to sell development arm

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BLOG: Wolf Administration Release Zika Response Plan (Round-up)

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: BLOG: Wolf Administration Release Zika Response Plan (Round-up) By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistantcenter_img Round-Up,  The Blog,  Zika Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced his administration’s Zika Response Plan to better protect all Pennsylvanians from the Zika virus.The Pennsylvania Zika Virus Response Plan, developed by the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Environmental Protection, outlines the phases of education, surveillance, and response activities that will occur for various levels of mosquito activity within the commonwealth as well as triggers based on the presence of Zika disease within our state. The phases range from the current situation of a moderate level of travel-associated cases to potential widespread local transmission by mosquitos.  Pennsylvania has requested funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement this plan.“My administration is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Wolf. “We are continuing to work with our partners on the local, state, and federal levels to keep Pennsylvania safe. The roll-out of this plan is another proactive step in our collaborative strategy to protect our citizens and prevent the spread of the Zika virus.”Secretary of Health Karen Murphy and Secretary of Environmental Protection John Quigley held a joint press conference call yesterday to discuss the Governor’s response plan.“DEP and our county partners are focused on monitoring for the presence of mosquitos potentially associated with Zika transmission and implementing control measures when necessary,” said Secretary Quigley. “We are working very closely with the Department of Health to ensure the safety of our citizens.”“Zika generally causes very mild symptoms and rarely leads to serious side effects in those who become ill with the virus,” said Secretary Murphy. “However, pregnant women and those of childbearing age are at greatest risk as Zika is known to potentially cause serious and even fatal birth defects in some babies born to women infected with the virus during pregnancy. This plan will help ensure we have the measures in place to better inform and protect all of our residents.”Take a look at the additional coverage below:TribLive: Wolf rolls out Zika plan for PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday his office plans to work with the state Health Department in developing a method to test residents for the Zika virus without using federal laboratories in Atlanta. A state-run testing system would speed up results to about two weeks from the current four to five weeks, said state Secretary of Health Karen Murphy.Fox 43: Wolf Administration Increases Zika Surveillance Plans: Risk of Contracting Virus in Commonwealth Currently Very Low“This Zika Virus Response Plan will better help us protect the health of the more than 12 million people who call Pennsylvania home,” said Secretary of Health Karen Murphy.Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania prepares strategy to fight Zika virus this summer“Because of the implications of this disease, we want to be prepared,” said Karen Murphy, the state health secretary. The virus has appeared in at least 17 cases in Pennsylvania since January, all tied to travel to Zika-affected areas abroad such as Central and South America, according to her department.Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania has a new plan to target Zika virus, mosquitoesDeveloping a plan to test blood samples for Zika at the state level will allow for faster turnaround, with results available in about seven to 14 days, Murphy said. That’s compared with four to five weeks for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratories, which currently processes Zika tests for Pennsylvania. “It’s important for the level of anxiety, number one, to know faster,” [Secretary] Murphy said. “People want to know as fast as they can.” As weather warms, Pa. prepares for ZikaIf mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus are found in any significant numbers, an eradication campaign would become very personal, said John Quigley, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “We will literally have to go house to house, yard to yard,” [Secretary] Quigley said. “It is very much a ground-troop-oriented approach. And that is why it is so important that the public help us,” he added, by getting rid of standing water where mosquitoes breed.York Dispatch: Wolf steps up Zika surveillance in Pa.In order to better protect the public, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will enhance surveillance for Zika cases in Pennsylvanians. The Department of Environmental Protection will increase vector surveillance and control of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area. Educating the public is also an important point to the Zika Virus Response Plan.WTAJ: Curbing the Zika Virus in PAGovernor Tom Wolf’s Administration is now preparing a strategy to fight the Zika Virus this summer. Planned measures to curb the virus include mosquito monitoring for every county in the state. The Governor also announced on Thursday, that Pennsylvania may spray pesticides near homes of people with the virus. May 13, 2016last_img read more

Bulldogs Middle School Basketball Against Wildcats

first_imgThe 7th Grade Batesville Bulldogs Basketball team lost to Franklin County Monday night by a score of 43-25.The Wildcats went up early and Batesville was never able to recover.  The Bulldogs did show some heart and were able to outscore the wildcats in the 2-4th quarters, but the early deficit was too big to overcome.Leading in scoring for Batesville was Lyle Oesterling with 8 who was followed by Willy Sherwood, Grant Peters and Cole Pride with 4 each.The 7th grade Bulldogs are 0-4 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.The 8th Grade Bulldogs lost a tough game in overtime last night to Franklin County 52-45.The Dogs were led in scoring by Cole Werner with 10. Ian powers added 8, followed by Eli Pierson and Zach Wade with 7. Ean Loichinger and Travis Lecher both had 5 , with Hunter Laudick and Cooper Wilhelm rounding out the scoring with 1 apiece.The Bulldogs will look to get back on track next Monday at Connersville. GO DOGS!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pride.last_img read more

Woman says she contracted flesh-eating bacteria from nail salon

first_imgA Tennessee woman says she contracted flesh-eating bacteria from a nail salon and is using her story t warn other women.Jayne Sharp claims she contracted necrotizing fasciitis during a manicure at the Jazzy Nail Bar in Turkey, Creek Tennessee, this spring.Sharp says it all began during a manicure when she was pricked in the thumb.“While I was there, I got stuck on my thumb, and I went ‘ouch,’ but I went back to looking at my telephone,” said Sharp.Following her visit, Sharp said her thumb began to throb and that she experienced difficulty sleeping.At the time she believed she was experiencing symptoms of the flu.The next day, Sharp told her daughter, who is a nurse, about her symptoms, and her daughter encouraged her to go to the doctor.After her flu test came back negative, Sharp said she was told: “You might be getting these symptoms from your thumb.”Sharp’s thumb continued to swell, and she was admitted to the hospital later that day.Shortly after, she was diagnosed with the sporadic flesh-eating disease, which affects fewer than 20,000 people in the US per year.However, health officials noted that a compromised immune system could make you more likely to contract it.“Sharp who is diabetic could have lost a finger or an arm if she was not diagnosed properly,” Dr. Udit Chaudhuri told First Coast News.Currently, she is still attempting to regain feeling in her hand after multiple surgeries to curb the infection.A manager of the nail salon at the center of the controversy said they passed a state inspection days after Sharp’s visit.Also, that salon employees clean their tools in a state-mandated method.A spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance also said no problems were found at the salon during its annual inspection and a follow-up inspection after Sharp’s complaint.Sharp says her life has “taken a total turn” since the diagnosis.last_img read more

Football: Chryst believes Wilcox is ‘great fit’ as new defensive coordinator

first_imgWhen asked about his new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in a press conference Monday, University of Wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst said the same thing time and time again to describe Wilcox.“I really do think it’s a great fit for our staff and for our players and for this program,” Chryst said.That “great fit” that Chryst described numerous times has some big shoes to fill after the highly-touted and successful defensive coordinator Dave Aranda left to take the same position at LSU.Football: Wisconsin to hire Justin Wilcox as new defensive coordinatorThe Wisconsin football team is close to finalizing a deal to hire former University of Southern California defensive coordinator Justin Read…But for Wilcox, he’s not going to let those lofty expectations affect how he approaches the job.“I think when you start adding in external things you might lose track of what’s really important and that’s just preparing the team as best you can,” Wilcox said. “There are great coaches on the staff, again, I’m just a piece of it.”Any adversity Wilcox may see in his first season as the Badgers new defensive coordinator will be nothing that he hasn’t seen before.After finding success as a defensive coordinator at Boise State, Tennessee and Washington, Wilcox hit a rough patch when holding the same position at USC for the past two seasons. Not only was his head coach Steve Sarkisian forced to step down due to substance abuse problems, but Wilcox was also fired before the team’s bowl game.Wilcox, however, is looking at the situation he’s been in optimistically. He’s embracing it as just another chapter in his life, and he is more than ready for what is to come next.“That’s life in general,” Wilcox said. “Rarely do [things] go exactly how you planned them to go, so it’s when you do have a little adversity here or there that really makes you who you are.”In terms of what Wilcox is expected to bring to the team’s defensive system, Chryst hopes he will bring in a similar strategy to that of Aranda.Not only does the new defensive coordinator plan on implementing the same 3-4 defensive scheme that Aranda had in place, but the two also have a history together, according to Wilcox.When Aranda was coaching at Hawaii and Wilcox was at Boise, they had been in constant communication for a number of years and shared thoughts regarding “football things.”“I watched a lot of tape, we had shared ideas and things like that,” Wilcox said. “There is a lot of similarity. Some of the language may differ a little bit, but they played excellent defense. There is no doubt about it.”And while the current and former defensive coordinators see eye-to-eye, Chryst believes that he and his new assistant see eye-to-eye as well.Wilcox was not on top of the head coach’s list of potential replacements once Aranda told Chryst he was leaving, but Chyrst had heard enough about Wilcox that he wanted to find out more.What he found out was that Wilcox was a “great fit” for what he and the program were looking for.“The more I talked to people, and specifically when I talked to Justin, I got more energy,” Chryst said. “I’m excited for him to be coaching our kids.”last_img read more

Today May 7, 2020, is Miami-Dade County Day of Prayer

first_img“I am proud that today, May 7, 2020, is Miami-Dade County Day of Prayer. In these difficult times, we join communities of faith across our County in starting a new tradition. As we unite in on this Day of Prayer, let us pray for each other, and especially our heroes on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic,” Commissioner Bovo said. Part 1 MIAMI-DADE – On May 5, 2020, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo’s resolution recognizing today, May 7, 2020 as the National Day of Prayer and declaring May 7, 2020 as Miami-Dade County’s Day of Prayer. Below is a video compilation of residents from all faiths of our community discussing why they pray by using the hashtag #PrayForMiamiDade. Part 2last_img read more

Where is baseball’s record home run rate coming from? Some of it starts at the top

first_imgTroy Tulowitzki was among the best hitters in the National League when a request from the Colorado Rockies’ front office reached Manager Walt Weiss: use Tulowitzki as his leadoff hitter.Weiss didn’t bat an eye.“I wasn’t on board with that,” he said. “I get the concept that (Tulowitzki) was going to get more plate appearances over the course of time (batting leadoff), but I wanted him coming up with guys on base, where a home run is two or three points, not just one. There’s a couple different ways to look at it, but it’s an interesting conversation or debate.”Weiss is the Atlanta Braves’ bench coach now. If you needed one team to gauge the state of the Troy Tulowitzki Debate, it might be the Braves. On April 12, Ender Inciarte led off their game against the New York Mets. It was the 470th time that Inciarte, a speedy center fielder with 36 home runs in his six-year career, batted leadoff. It was also the last. The next day, Braves manager Brian Snitker penciled Ozzie Albies into his leadoff spot. The move was motivated in part because Albies, a switch-hitter, was making improvement against right-handed pitching. Albies is still only 22 years old, and Snitker needed time to gauge where Albies was on his learning curve.Two weeks into the season, Snitker had seen enough.“I like him there,” Snitker said of Albies. “I like the fact that he can start a game 1-0.”Albies is not a traditional leadoff hitter in the mold of Inciarte. He hit 24 home runs as a rookie in 2018 and stole 14 bases, fewer than Inciarte and talented outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. When the week began, he was leading the Braves in home runs with seven. His next stolen base will be his fifth.If anything, the Braves were late to embrace the idea. Their opponent Monday, the Dodgers, had their two leading home run hitters – Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson – batting second and first, respectively. Pederson has drawn the plurality of leadoff assignments this year. Last season he set a franchise record by beginning eight games with a home run; this season he’s done it twice. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Across baseball, research and development staffs crunched lineup-optimization numbers like these long before I did. Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos jumped to Atlanta from Los Angeles, where he worked with Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi in one of the game’s most analytically-driven outfits. When I ran my numbers past him, Anthopoulos pushed back slightly against the idea that teams are operating under a new set of hard-and-fast rules for lineup construction.Teams are platooning hitters more than ever, Anthopoulos said, which makes lineups less consistent from day to day. In the American League, where the number-9 hitter is less of an automatic out, lineup construction is a slightly different science than in the National League. And maybe traditional leadoff hitters – such as Rickey Henderson in the 1980s and 1990s, or even Chone Figgins a decade ago – would still be batting leadoff if more of them existed.“The true table-setter type guy? There are none,” Anthopoulos said.A fleet-footed outfielder who rarely hit home runs, Roberts batted first all but 19 of his 657 career starts.Where would he slot into the Dodgers’ lineup in 2019?“I might be hitting eighth,” Roberts said. Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox The idea of favoring power at the top of the lineup is nothing new. Weiss might not have been sold on the Tulowitzki idea, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was. During his first spring training, Roberts made headlines by floating the idea of batting Andre Ethier first, something Ethier had never done in 10 major league seasons. A former 30-home run hitter who never stole more than six bases in a single season, Ethier never got the chance to bat leadoff. Injuries reduced him to a pinch-hitting role in 2016 and 2017.Elsewhere, however, the seeds of change had been planted. What’s remarkable about this trend is how quickly, dramatically, and imperceptibly it’s changed the nature of lineup construction – and by extension the game itself.Consider that the single-season record for home runs by a leadoff hitter has stood for 13 years. Alfonso Soriano hit 39 home runs batting leadoff for the Washington Nationals in 2006, breaking the record he set four years earlier. The Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon (in 2017) and the Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor (in 2018) each came close recently, with 37 home runs apiece. To see the trend in full you need a much wider lens.Measured by plate appearances that ended in home runs, the average leadoff hitter had less power (1.57 percent) than only number-9 hitters (1.07 percent) as recently as 2014. Through Saturday, leadoff hitters (3.20 percent) this season had nearly as much power as number-6 hitters (3.23). To put that in perspective, consider that clean-up hitters ended 3.24 percent of all plate appearances in 2014 with a home run.But then, power numbers are up across the league in 2019. Allegations of juiced baseballs are flying nearly as much as the balls themselves. At an average of 1.3 home runs per game, hitters are on pace to shatter the record of 6,105 home runs hit in 2017. The home run is changing the game, but lineup construction is changing the frequency of home runs too.With the Joc Pedersons and Ozzie Albies of the world leading off more than ever, we can attempt to quantify just how much the growing home-run rate is owed to managers who, like Snitker, enjoy an immediate 1-0 advantage.If plate appearances were distributed equally from one through nine over the course of a game, every batter would hit 11.1 percent of the time. But that’s not how baseball works. The essential challenge of lineup construction is scoring the most runs when your number-1 hitter bats more often than your number-2, who bats more often than your number-3, and so on down the order.The frequency of plate appearances is fairly steady from year to year. From 2002-19, leadoff hitters variably received 12.20 to 12.25 percent of all plate appearances; number-9 hitters received between 9.91 and 9.97 percent. A manager can greatly increase his team’s chances of getting a home run simply by batting his best home-run hitters – “my hairy guys,” Weiss calls them – closer to the top of his lineup.Yet from 2002 (the heart of the steroid era) until 2017 (the record year for home runs), managers simply didn’t care to maximize their home-run luck.In a hypothetical game that allowed plate appearances to be distributed evenly, leadoff hitters in 2002 would have hit 365 home runs at their actual rate (1.76 percent). They were able to hit an extra 36 homers – 401 total – simply by virtue of batting-order luck. If we calculate that figure out for every position in the batting order, we find that managers gained an extra 24 home runs in 2002 simply by batting-order luck. That’s a relatively minuscule gain, only 0.68 percent.Looking at the 2017 season, the distribution of home runs was similar. If all plate appearances were distributed evenly, given the actual home run rate at each batting order position, 6,063 home runs would have been hit by the end of the season. The actual total of 6,105 home runs was 42 more than our hypothetical, an additional 0.69 percent.So what about 2019?So far, the change in lineup-construction theory has been without precedent. Through Saturday the actual number of home runs was 1,272. In a hypothetical game of even plate-appearance distribution, given the same HR/PA at each batting order spot, a total of 1,258 home runs would have been hit. That’s a gain of 14 home runs – an additional 1.11 percent – simply by virtue of batting-order luck.Maybe 14 home runs over five-plus weeks doesn’t seem like a lot. Project that out over a six-month regular season, however, and you can expect an additional 70 home runs this season to result from batting-order luck. Even in 2017, the most prolific home run year in history, managers weren’t optimizing their lineups for power like this.Roberts has done more than see the pendulum swing. He’s moved it with his own hand.“Obviously the game is continuing to evolve,” he said. “Guys who can get on base and slug, you just see that increases your chances of winning a game.”Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren, who managed the Oakland A’s from 2007-11, was more blunt.“We’re getting smarter,” he said.As Weiss can attest, the shift in thinking isn’t coming from the dugout. It’s coming from the front office.Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

Lee Westwood responds to spectator’s ringing phone with simple tutorial

first_img Four plead guilty to 2019 Masters ticket scam, agree to pay $275K in restitution Putting your phone on silent.A fan tutorial with @WestwoodLee 🤳— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) June 21, 2019Westwood, a 24-time European Tour winner, is in good position heading into the weekend. He is currently tied for fifth place (7 under) and just four strokes back of the solo leader Martin Kaymer.Westwood last won at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in November and is currently ranked as the eighth winningest golfer across the pond. The European Tour event features some notable international players including Lee Westwood, who had to stop mid-swing during the second round of the tournament after hearing a patron’s ringer.While he seemed visibly upset on the course, Westwood said “that’s all right, just turn it off,” and continued his round. Related News There’s quite a few rules in golf, but one of the biggest rules spectators must follow is turning their phones on silent while following their favorite golfers at a tournament.One fan forgot to do that at the BMW International Open. Phil Mickelson’s realization: ‘Probably … not going to win the U.S. Open’ After he completed play at Golfclub München Eichenried in Moosinning, Germany, he gave a quick tutorial in case anyone was confused on course etiquette.”Much like golf, people overcomplicate things, but it really is this simple,” Westwood says before silencing his own phone. Gary Woodland’s U.S. Open win puts Americans close to first major sweep since 1982last_img read more