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Weber State Men’s Basketball Heads To Junkanoo Jam

first_img Tags: Cal State Bakersfield/Central Michigan/Randy Rahe/San Jose State/Weber State Men’s Basketball May 22, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball Heads To Junkanoo Jam FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Tuesday, Weber State men’s basketball announced a return to the Bahamas for the second consecutive season.The Wildcats were selected to play in the inaugural Junkanoo Jam November 15-18 at Bimini, Bahamas.Weber State will play three games in the Junkanoo Jam and will be joined by the Central Michigan Chippewas of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners of the Big West and the San Jose State Spartans of the Mountain West.This tournament will occur at the Gateway Christian Academy of Bimini, Bahamas.The Wildcats will commence the tournament against San Jose State on November 15 at 6:30 pm MST. They will then face either Cal State Bakersfield or Central Michigan on November 16 or 17 and then face the other team on November 18.This commemorates the fifth-straight season the Wildcats will participate in a preseason tournament. Weber State played three games at the Island of the Bahamas Showcase at Nassau last year and competed in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands in 2014.At Estero, Fla., in 2015, the Wildcats won the title at the Gulf Coast Showcase and played in the Great Alaska Shootout in 2016.Weber State men’s basketball coach Randy Rahe stated “The preseason tournaments are really important to our program and this will be another great opportunity for us to play three games against high-quality opponents.” Brad James Written bylast_img read more

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Royal Navy destroyer returns from Middle East

first_img View post tag: HMS Defender HMS Defender. Photo: Royal NavyRoyal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender is set to return home to Portsmouth on July 8 following her nine-month deployment to the Middle East where the ship worked with American and French Carrier strike groups as part of on-going operations against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.During her 263 days away from the UK, Defender has visited 19 ports in 11 countries. She has participated in two major international maritime exercises, represented the UK at the International Indian Fleet review, and conducted numerous boarding operations resulting in one major drugs bust, while carrying out her primary role providing air command and control support to two international carrier strike groups in the Gulf.Last month while working on counter narcotics and counter terrorist operations the Type 45 destroyer intercepted a suspect fishing dhow off the south coast of Oman.After the dhow was secured by a Royal Marines boarding team with the support of HMS Defender’s Lynx helicopter, a Navy search team seized over a tonne of hashish being trafficked across the Indian Ocean.The ship has travelled 47,538 nautical miles, the equivalent of going more than twice around the world. To cover this distance, she has used 10,551,000 litres of fuel, enough to fill 4.2 Olympic-size swimming pools.It’s not just the ship that requires fuelling. During the deployment the 248 sailors on board have consumed 75,600 eggs, 19,000 kg of potatoes, or the equivalent of 16 mini Coopers, and 54,720 sausages weighing 3420 kg, which would cover three miles if laid end to end.Commanding Officer Steve Higham said: “As Captain, I could not be prouder of the men and women who have worked alongside me over the last 18 months and particularly over the course of this deployment.“Every Sailor, Royal Marine, Airman and Soldier who has served in Defender has been bold, confident and extraordinary, confident that what we have done here has made a difference and that we have directly contributed to the national security of the United Kingdom.” View post tag: Royal Navy Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy destroyer returns from Middle East center_img Royal Navy destroyer returns from Middle East July 7, 2016 Share this articlelast_img read more

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Juvenile Justice: Improving A Child’s Access To Legal Counsel

first_imgImproving A Child’s Access To Legal Counselby Michael W. Hoskins for The Indian Lawyer DailyWayne Superior Judge Darrin Dolehanty makes it a priority in every case to appoint an attorney for a juvenile as soon as the court learns a child has been detained.He doesn’t give the parent or child a chance to waive that right to counsel before the proceedings begin.“As soon as we get word about a detention or petition, an attorney is appointed,” the judge said. “I don’t know if you can do it more quickly than that, but unfortunately many counties don’t do that every time. That’s a shame, because this is something that has real meaning and we need to make sure children are represented.”Many counties throughout Indiana don’t operate the way Wayne Superior 3 does in appointing counsel or sidestepping waivers. A proposed draft rule from the Indiana State Bar Association is being submitted to the state judiciary’s rulemaking committee to address the right to counsel issue, putting in place a systematic requirement that youth have adequate attorney representation from the start of their experience in Indiana’s juvenile justice system.JaeNue Hanger Hanger said;  “This is a very big deal for children in our juvenile system,” said Indianapolis civil rights attorney JauNae Hanger, who chairs the ISBA’s Civil Rights of Children Committee that has studied and created the proposed rule during the past year. “We’re trying to bring consistency so it doesn’t vary so much county by county. We’ve been on the road to getting here for a long time.”The problemNationwide, the discussion has been ongoing since the landmark case In re Gault from the Supreme Court of the United States in 1967 that established the right to counsel for juveniles. The Indiana-specific discussion stretches back more than a decade, but evidence of the state system’s flaws came to light in April 2006. A study commissioned by the Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force revealed the shocking depth of defects in the juvenile justice system and how many kids don’t have adequate access to an attorney.Although Indiana Code 31-32-4-2 requires the appointment of counsel at the first detention or initial hearing, many courts forfeit that appointment using IC 31-32-5-1 that allows a parent to waive his or her child’s rights.The report’s findings show about half of youth routinely waived their right to counsel and therefore didn’t have a sufficient understanding of their rights and the benefits of representation. More than a third of youth proceeded through court without counsel, and the rate was as high as 80 percent in two counties. The study found that when a juvenile consulted with a lawyer, nearly 90 percent never or rarely waived their right to counsel, but when a youth only consulted with a parent, about 75 percent waived the right.After the report’s release, many responded that they’d heard anecdotal evidence of the problem but they didn’t truly understand the magnitude of the issues. The state vowed change, but systematic efforts to improve that attorney access have not happened in the past five years.Some courts have strengthened and increased their appointment practices, and statewide training of judges and public defenders has occurred annually. But much remains the same and many say a child’s access to counsel continues to largely depend on what county and court system that child is in.Larry Landis, executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council, said counties that do appoint counsel in every case say it helps expedite dispositions and actually saves taxpayer money in the long run because the kids are less likely to get back into the system. Local counsel know service providers and out-of-state placement options better and help make the best decisions based on a child’s individualized needs, he said.“Saying children have the right to a lawyer isn’t enough,” he said. “As of now, it’s a paper right in Indiana and we don’t go beyond that in actually making sure they have counsel when they need it. Those who need or want counsel must also have the ability to get an attorney across the board, not based on the location.”The Rule ChangeWith the ISBA’s proposal, the state’s juvenile justice community sees hope that Indiana is finally moving forward on addressing this issue.In October, the state bar association’s governing board unanimously approved a draft rule requiring adequate counsel in juvenile proceedings. The draft says that an attorney would be appointed prior to the first-occurring detention or initial hearing and that no child or parent could waive his or her right to counsel without first “engaging in meaningful consultation” with an attorney. Specifically, it says any waiver would have to be made “knowingly and voluntarily” in open court.“This doesn’t create anything new that’s not already in the constitution,” Hanger said. “It just provides safeguards to make sure that children get counsel.”Amy Karozos, a staff attorney with the Youth Law T.E.A.M. of Indiana who chaired the ISBA committee when the 2006 report was released, said she’s pleased to finally see movement on this issue. She recalls her days as a state public defender when she observed so many children in the Department of Correction who hadn’t been represented at any stage of the legal process or had such inadequate representation that they didn’t recall if they’d consulted an attorney.“This would make a big difference in helping kids understand their rights,” Karozos said about the rule change. “All children would be treated the same, no matter where they’re from. This would be significant, so you don’t have justice by jurisdiction.”Those who’ve helped nurture the proposal during the past five years anticipate a potential decision could come by 2013 – if the Indiana Supreme Court agrees a rule change is needed and this is the best way to go about improving the system. Once the proposal goes to the Supreme Court’s Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure there is no set timeline on a decision as to whether the rule revision is warranted or how that public comment and revision process would happen.Kim Brooks Tandy, a lawyer who leads the Kentucky-based Children’s Law Center and principal author of the Indiana access to counsel assessment in 2006, said about 20 states have had similar assessments done. Some places, such as Illinois, Kentucky and Texas, have court rules or statutes that don’t permit waivers at any stage of the juvenile delinquent process, while other jurisdictions, such as North Carolina, have created state-level offices to ensure more appellate review and public defense for juveniles. Ohio is in the middle of a five-year rule-change process with the public comment period closing on a proposal to restrict waivers, similar to what Indiana is considering.Although Indiana has moved more slowly than she expected, Tandy is encouraged by the ISBA and overall legal community support here.“Sometimes, you have to build an infrastructure,” she said. “This has happened slowly, but you can’t rush these things. I’m encouraged that it’s picking up momentum now. The next challenge after this, if it’s passed, would be implementation. This can be a part of the culture of a particular county, and it’s important to make sure that becomes the state’s culture on appointing counsel. We don’t want to wait until the point of a child being committed to the DOC, and someone looks at a file and sees that child has never been represented. That’s a failure for our system.”•FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Beats Antique Dazzles In A Rain-Soaked Red Rocks Celebration [Gallery]

first_imgThe first concert for the month of July at Red Rocks Amphitheatre was one to make. The lineup featured That One Guy, whose musical improvisation knows no bounds, Alex Gray, a well known painter who finished an incredible large canvas painting of Zoe Jakes in American glory, Shpongle, a Simon Posford DJ set, and the main event of the evening, Beats Antique.Waether can make or break a show, and the skies were cloudy with no rain in sight. Beats Antique opened with a new act featuring illuminated lanterns that cast intricate patterns across the stage. The song fit perfectly in their repertoire and had the crowd screaming as Zoe Jakes laid down her lantern on the ground and cuddled it.The night continued into typical story-telling performances with blow up creatures, electronic and transcendental accompaniment, and even a performance curtain, which the dancers cast their shadows on a white sheet to tell the story of a princess and an evil dragon. As the night progressed, the rain drops got heavier and more persistent. The crowd would not quit. Beats Antique continued to thrill the audience with new pieces such as Killer Bee which exhibited the lovely dancers with pom poms. Even though David Satori said management called it quits, the audience stayed behind and cheered for a continuation. The show went on, despite the rain.The feeling of togetherness was even evident to Zoe Jakes, whose family came to support her. A loving family photo finished the event with everyone in embrace. Listening to the whispers and excited voices at the conclusion of the night, attendees had an unique escapade with one of the most innovative musical groups in the United States. Happy faces and wide grins passed through the exits while a several intrigued individuals gathered around Alex Gray’s completed painting in awe. Load remaining images A full gallery of Tara Gracer Design & Photography‘s images below.last_img read more

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Senate discusses DART changes

first_imgStudent Senate met on Wednesday evening to discuss two resolutions presented by the Judicial Council and Hall President’s Council (HPC).Kathryn Peruski, president of the Judicial Council, presented a resolution that defines social media rules for campaigning for student government. According to Peruski, candidates are allowed to make social media accounts and pages as part of their campaign, but the amendment will require that everything, every post, tweet and video, has to be specifically approved by the Judicial Council.This amendment tightens the procedure for campaigns from what used to be a “blanket approval” that lacked “specific rules and regulations,” Peruski said.“This change is very necessary as there was no clear cut way to deal with questions of ethics in social media previously,” she said.Michael Wajda, chairperson for the Hall President’s Council, presented a resolution that will change the name of the “treasurer” on HPC to “finance chair.” The resolution also changes the election process for the finance chair, who will now be nominated by the co-chairs at the beginning of the term.“We dropped the voting requirement and the term “treasurer” for consistency across the board in regards to the election of chair persons,” Wajda said. “Beyond that, we are an information disseminating body and these changes reflect on the different nature of HPC.”Both of the resolutions were passed by the Senate.Phil Gilroy, a student senator, presented findings from a recent study regarding DARTing procedures. Gilroy’s committee looked at prevalent issues with the DARTing system and tried to find some solutions.“We realized that we’ve been simply tolerating the current DARTing system and class search options for a while now,” Gilroy said. “It quickly became clear to us that a change was necessary.”According to Gilroy, common problems that students face include difficulties comparing classes side by side, difficulty finding specific college and university requirements and time constraints.“To modernize the DARTing system as well as increase ease of use, the committee came up with the idea to enable the program to have a mock schedule planner such as Schedulizer,” Gilroy said.Other ideas include a waitlist system to notify students when a class has an open spot, as well as more time between DARTing sections.These preliminary ideas will work to help students in the process of registering for classes, and the Senate plans to discuss the ideas further.Tags: darting, hall president’s council, HPC, Judicial Council, kathryn peruski, michael wajda, Senate, senate discusses darting, student senatelast_img read more

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Arielle Jacobs & PJ Benjamin Will Join Cast of Broadway’s Wicked

first_img Jacobs and Benjamin join a cast that currently includes Caroline Bowman as Elphaba, Broadway.com vlogger Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Matt Shingledecker as Fiyero, Robin De Jesus as Boq, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond. Related Shows Jacobs made her Broadway debut in In the Heights and appeared in the tuner on the road; her additional credits include Into the Woods and High School Musical on tour. Benjamin, along with his previous six-year stint in Wicked, has also appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Torch Song Trilogy, Sophisticated Ladies, Pippin, Charle and Algernon, The Pajama Game, The Wind in the Willows and Damn Yankees. Wicked View Comments The Broadway production of Wicked will welcome one new and one returning face beginning March 10. Arielle Jacobs will take on the role of Nessarose, replacing Catherine Charlebois, and PJ Benjamin will return to play the Wizard, taking over for Tom McGowan. Charlebois and McGowan will play their final performances at the Gershwin Theatre on March 8. from $95.00last_img read more

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New Gene Responsible for Male-Pattern Baldness Identified

first_imgBy Dialogo April 16, 2010 What we want to know is what kind of substances and drugs can stimulate the WNT pathway to promote the growth of follicles and solve the baldness problem. There are no known substances or drugs that can block the gene that causes baldness or silence it through epigenetic substances. The WNT pathway is one that may be linked to prostate cancer. Researchers have identified a new gene involved in hair growth, a discovery that may open the way to future treatments for male-pattern baldness and other forms of hair loss, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The team, led by Angela Christiano (Columbia University, United States), identified a gene called APCDD1 that causes a rare form of hair loss, hereditary hypotrichosis simplex. This disease is the result of hair-follicle miniaturization, a process also observed in male-pattern baldness: individual hairs are increasingly thinner. “The identification of this gene underlying hereditary hypotrichosis simplex has afforded us an opportunity to gain insight into the process of hair-follicle miniaturization, which is most commonly observed in male-pattern hair loss,” Angela Christiano indicated. Nevertheless, “it is important to note that while these two conditions share the same physiologic process, the gene we discovered for hereditary hypotrichosis does not explain the complex process of male-pattern baldness,” she added. The identification of the APCDD1 gene was possible thanks to the analysis of the genetic data of a number of Pakistani and Italian families who carry the gene that causes hereditary hypotrichosis simplex. The researchers discovered a mutation in the APCDD1 gene, located in a region of chromosome 18, which has been suggested by previous studies to be involved in other forms of hair loss. The researchers showed that the APCDD1 gene inhibits a cellular signaling pathway known as Wnt, the role of which in the control of hair growth has been demonstrated in mice. “These findings suggest that manipulating the Wnt pathway may have an effect on hair-follicle growth – for the first time, in humans,” Angela Christiano declared.last_img read more

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There is no such thing as a trivial question

first_imgQuestion 3‘You cover repairs, but is it just the part or parts and labor? And do those parts need to be aftermarket parts?’Even when trying to make a product easy to understand, sometimes there is still confusion. And it can be very concerning when some of the basic principles of the product or service are misunderstood.This question prompted us to look at our material and see if we could clarify the terms. Initially we thought consumers would understand that “repairs” meant both parts and labor and by not putting limitations on parts, that consumers would understand that OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) parts could be used. Since we found that was not the case, we clarified materials and added the question to an FAQ for front-line staff members. And of course, we answered the question.RoadSecure has a few different packages and each covers different parts. However, with each package, the “repair” includes the labor and the part charges. And we actually encourage the use of OEM parts because they usually are a higher quality and come with a better warranty than aftermarket parts.So, when members ask you questions, dig deeper than just the words that they use and find the true meaning behind what they are asking. Try and see what your members really want to know and how you can better serve them. This lets them know that you are really listening and want to help them no matter the issue. It also helps create a more member-centric institution that is continuously evolving. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Kazar Tom Kazar is the Vice President of Sales and leader of the Sales Team for Transamerica – Financial Solutions Group. Tom’s focus is on adding new insurance industry products, expanding … Web: www.transamericafinancialsolutions.com Details Questions can give you the unique opportunity to solve issues you never even imagined and better serve your members.When you introduce a product or service, rarely do things go exactly as planned and without a hitch. Usually when you begin training staff and educating members, you are bombarded with challenging questions. Many questions may seem strange but they give you a unique opportunity to solve issues you never even imagined.Over the last few months, Transamerica Financial Solutions Group has toured the country training financial institution staff members about the benefits of RoadSecureSM. During each trip we have received questions that challenged us, but also helped us, because we dug deeper into the meaning behind the question.Some of these questions, while somewhat silly at the time, also gave us a unique insight. The follow up discussions also gave us an opportunity to find the true meaning behind the question and see if there were ways to create solutions to better serve you, your staff and your members.Here are some of the questions that we heard, what was learned, and how we handled it.Question 1‘Will a member still be able to get roadside assistance if he orders gas to be delivered every week from RoadSecure?’ At first, this question seems a bit eccentric. Who orders one gallon of gas to be delivered each week? But after asking follow up questions and digging a little further, it was determined that the trainee was trying to find cloaked limits or to determine if one service may negate the availability of another.So, for example, if a member needs gas delivered one day and then later that day the battery dies, will coverage still be available?Once the true meaning of the question was discovered, we were able to develop an answer that helped alleviate concerns.RoadSecure’s roadside assistance is developed as a “per instance” service. Each instance is unique and has the same coverage and limits. Multiple instances that occur during a bad week do not count against the availability of future services and there is no required waiting period between services. Then adding a bit more information to the answer so it directly responds to the original question is also important…So, gas can be requested weekly, or even daily without affecting other benefits. But remember, it is the delivery cost that is covered, not the price of the gas.Question 2‘You say you have nationwide coverage, but you do not offer RoadSecure in Washington state. If someone breaks down in Seattle, will the repair still be covered?’ This question could have been a simple, “Yes!” But we understand why someone may think that if a service product cannot be sold in a certain state, that service may be more difficult to obtain.The underlying issue was communicating the difference between being able to sell in a state and having the capability to service there. A simple “Yes” may have answered the stated question, but may still leave questions in the mind of the asker.So by thinking it through, we were able to give a thorough answer that combined the true question and the actual issue.Even though RoadSecure is not available to be sold in all states, coverage is available nationwide and in Canada. So, no matter where you buy the policy, if you have an issue in Seattle, Boise, Anchorage or even Toronto, RoadSecure coverage will still be available.last_img read more

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Cultivating success with support

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dante Dominick Danté Dominick is an award-winning content and marketing strategist with specialized knowledge for the financial services industry. He has helped over a hundred community financial institutions improve their image, creative … Web: www.buzzpoints.com Details Here’s an eye-opening stat: About 80% of highly effective loyalty programs have a dedicated team.1 Which leads us to a conundrum. Employees focused exclusively on a rewards program are critical for success…but how can an often resource-strapped credit union afford that?A witty (or perhaps smart-alecky) response would be, how can you afford not to? In Rewards Come Roaring Back, we learned how consumers increasingly expect rewards for basic banking activities as financial institutions nationwide continue marketing them heavily. Running a robust rewards program has become a table stake for credit unions. The question is how to squeeze that into the busy day!Deepen Your Bench With Third-party SupportOne option that works best for many credit unions is to partner with a full-service third-party rewards provider. What full-service means is mostly subjective. But the key is to research how much support and hands-on cardholder engagement the rewards provider delivers, such as:Wide range of advertising materialsFrequent, ongoing e-mail campaigns to cardholdersPlug-and-play social media contentMember support from real human beingsAlternatively, some credit unions choose to handle all of the above internally. This can work if there are ample resources and expertise in running such a program. Though it’s still worth evaluating the all-in costs, meaning both the program expense and the employee time to run it. This simple chart highlights the typical impact on ROI.The Power of EngagementAmong the critical support elements, the hardest to maintain just might be the frequent engagement required. It takes the entire workweek to plan, create, and deliver interactive communications that keeps consumers engaged with your rewards program. But the effort is worth it. It’s no coincidence the most successful programs have the best ongoing content.The Bottom Line: Time = MoneySince time equals money, time needs to be tracked. Internal hours spent should be factored into the cost of any rewards program. This affects the ROI even if that salary line item isn’t attributed to the program on your balance sheet. On the flipside, member satisfaction is harder to quantify than increased interchange revenue, but certainly boosts the ROI as well.The ultimate takeaway is to recognize it takes more than flipping a switch to have a successful rewards program. Some credit unions fall prey to launching a program in a “check the box, we got it done” approach. The problem with that is it will likely fail in delivering the desired results of increased revenue, engagement, and loyalty. So before launching your program, be sure you have the solutions for the ongoing support in place.last_img read more

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The endless highway

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Sure as night will follow day, most things I worry about never happen anyway.”—Tom PettyI was thinking about this Tom Petty lyric as I read a story this morning about the European Union (EU), Greece, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) hammering out details of a deal to release more bailout funds. My first reaction was, “Greece? I thought they fixed this years ago!” It seems the Greeks have finally started to do what they should have done seven years ago: nod their heads and agree to everything the EU and IMF demand, and then just pretend a bit and really do nothing. The Europeans let them into the EU with a pretty good assumption that they had cooked their books, so why not assume they couldn’t just pretend to implement austerity and all the other nasty things they agreed to do in order to get a bailout? This would have saved a lot of angst and tear gas.There’s a whole list of things that I thought would have sunk the world already. The collapse of commodity prices, emerging markets (which rely heavily on commodity prices), the soaring value of the U.S. dollar, Brexit, Italian banks, and China’s worrisome capital flight are just a few. And yet, here we are, alive and well, even though all these problems remain unresolved. These are serious problems in and of themselves. Moreover, the potential of these happening at the same time is far from remote. Like the Greece situation mentioned earlier, I always thought that when you kick the can down the road, eventually you reach the end of the road. However, the world central banks, with prolonged zero rate interest rate policy (and in the case of the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan, negative) and approximately $14 trillion of Quantitative Easing (QE), have built quite a long road! continue reading »last_img read more

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