Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(SEATTLE) — Marshawn Lynch is rejoining the Seattle Seahawks — if only for a short time.The 33-year-old running back and the team reached an agreement on a deal Monday, according to Lynch’s agent. The contract, however, only covers Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, when both teams will duke it out for the NFC West title, and Seattle’s ensuing postseason, ESPN reports.Lynch was added to the Seahawks’ roster after running backs Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise sustained season-ending injuries in Week 16.Seattle also signed running back Robert Turbin to help fill out the open spots.Both Lynch and Turbin spent part of their NFL careers with the Seahawks, including a few years together. Lynch played for Seattle from 2010 to 2015, while Turbin started out with the team in 2012 and remained there through 2014.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by December 24, 2019 /Sports News – National Following RB injuries, Seahawks add Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin
By Donald WittkowskiIt is an area of Ocean City where even a small amount of rainfall can leave roadways flooded. In major storms, the surrounding neighborhoods are swamped.But the notoriously flood-prone section of town between 26th and 34th streets is finally slated to receive some relief in the form of $4 million in roadway and drainage improvements.Addressing about 150 residents during a town meeting Tuesday evening, Mayor Jay Gillian said the project is tentatively scheduled to begin in December, after construction contracts are awarded by the city. Completion is expected by Memorial Day, although parts of the multifaceted drainage work could continue beyond then, according to the consulting firm that is overseeing the designs.“By December, I want to have shovels in the ground and get it done. We’ve been talking about it too long,” Gillian said amid a smattering of applause from the audience at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center.The mayor faced tough questions and some criticism from the crowd. Some residents complained that their flooding concerns are being ignored, others were skeptical whether the drainage improvements will even work and still others want the project expanded to include a larger area.Mayor Jay Gillian told the audience that the project should get underway by December.Gillian responded that he understood their frustration and accepted their criticism, but he stressed that the project should help to alleviate flooding in the neighborhoods between 26th and 34th streets.“Regardless of where we start, you’re going to see improvements,” he said.Gillian pointed to a 2014 drainage project in the city’s Merion Park neighborhood as proof that roadway improvements and new pumping stations can reduce flooding.However, some residents were doubtful about the plans for 26th to 34th streets. One lifelong Ocean City resident, Chap Vail, criticized the proposed project as a “theoretical plan” that consists of little more than dumping flood water into the lagoons and bay instead of coming up with a more comprehensive strategy for solving the problem.“It makes no sense at all,” said Vail, who lives on Bayland Avenue, one of the areas targeted for drainage upgrades.The project’s boundaries are roughly 26th to 34th streets from West Avenue to Bay Avenue. It consists of three major parts, including repaving the streets, installing new pipes to replace some that are 40 to 60 years old and building four pumping stations.The pumping stations, a crucial component of the plan, would help remove stormwater from the neighborhoods and channel it to drainage pipes leading to the bay.The stations will be located at the lagoon end of Bayland Avenue, at 30th Street and Haven Avenue, at the end of 28th Street near the airport and at Bay Avenue by the airport.Craig Wenger, senior associate at Michael Baker International, the consulting firm that is designing the project for the city, noted that the area between 26th and 34th streets is currently vulnerable to flooding even in run-of-the-mill rainstorms. In major storms, the tidal flooding can overwhelm the neighborhoods, he added.Craig Wenger, Senior Associate at Michael Baker International, discussed the relevance of the tides and the amount of rain fall per hour on flooding in the area.“Once it gets over the bulkhead, it’s just like a bathtub,” he said.Wenger said the proposed drainage and roadway project would help with most rainstorms. However, he stressed that it would not stop flooding unleashed by hurricanes or powerful nor’easters like the coastal storm Jonas last January.Funding for the project would come from a nearly $19 million bond ordinance recently approved by City Council. The bulk of the ordinance will finance a series of roadway and drainage improvements in flood-prone neighborhoods throughout the city, including the north end of town.“I’m doing everything I can. Council is doing everything it can,” Gillian said of citywide efforts to reduce flooding.The mayor told the audience Tuesday that he would like to build even more drainage upgrades in the area of 26th to 34th streets, but funding is limited.“I have to stay within the constraints of the money we have,” he said.Gillian pledged to search for other sources of state or federal funding to help finance the project. He also expressed hope that construction bids would come in low enough to allow the city to expand the work.Suzanne Hornick, chairwoman of a group called the Ocean City Flooding Committee, urged the mayor to find more funding. She said she wants to see a flood-prone block of 28th and 29th streets at Haven Avenue added to the project.Hornick said the Ocean City Flooding Committee includes about 650 members, most of whom live in the area between 26th and 34th streets.About 150 residents filled a meeting room at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center on Tuesday to hear details of a $4 million drainage project between 26th and 34th streets.Although Hornick is disappointed that some parts of the surrounding area will be left out of the project, she believes the drainage plan will help to curtail flooding overall.“We’re optimistic and hopeful it will get done soon,” she said in an interview.The project, combined with other drainage upgrades in town, will allow the city to begin overhauling its aging and deteriorated infrastructure after years of neglect, Gillian explained.“We’re spending a fortune on this stuff. We’ve got to do it,” he said. “I’m really serious. We’ve got to get it done.” Craig Wenger, senior associate at Michael Baker International, the consulting firm overseeing the project’s designs, talks with residents about the construction plan.
Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Goshen College has released and detailed their plans for getting students back on campus in the fall. That includes changes to the school calendar, residential options, classrooms, and even dinning.They will start their school year two weeks early so students can end their semester by Thanksgiving. Athletics wise its unknown what decision will be made. The NAIA is expected to make a decision on future sports by July 1st.The Elkhart Truth lays out the full detailed plans here Goshen College announces COVID fueled changes ahead of fall semester Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter By Jon Zimney – June 1, 2020 0 460 Google+ Pinterest Twitter Previous articlePolice converge on University Park Mall, stop person armed with an axNext articleLaGrange County 4H Fair will take place as planned 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.
A Staffordshire-based craft baker has helped Stoke-on-Trent College to get a new bakery up and running.Gareth Thomas, owner of London Road Bakehouse in Stoke, has given expert mentoring to trainee chefs and bakers from the college in preparation to work in its new professional bakery, which was launched on Tuesday (25 September).Based at the Cauldon campus in Shelton, the new bakery kitchen’s facillities are worth £37,000 and have been funded by the college, so that its bakers, who are also students studying for a Diploma in Professional Catering, can create a range of breads and patisserie products to sell at the college’s restaurant and coffee shop. New equipment bought especially for the site includes a three-drawer oven, a spiral mixer, a bun-divider moulder and a prover.Rob Hinsley, an assistant director at Stoke-on-Trent College, said: “Work has gone on over the summer to transform a large area within the college’s kitchens into a professional standard bakery. This will be a real boost for students on our Professional Cookery course as they will be producing bread and cakes for sale in the college’s public restaurant and coffee areas.“It is great that we have been able to forge a partnership with Gareth at the London Road Bakehouse. Students will visit Gareth’s bakery and he will come into college to share his expertise with our students.”
Load remaining images Last night, up and coming funk rockers Dank made their way to Clyde’s On Main in Chattanooga, TN for a killer performance. The Atlanta-based group has been touring the Southeast this fall, and took to the Tennessee town for a great performance. With Nashville-based Maradeen on as support, both bands gave fans a great and energetic showing on a fun Friday night. Maradeen’s blues-based sound fused well with Dank’s funkier tones, as the two bands collaborated throughout the night. Dank also put down a great cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” that was incredible!Fortunately, CJ Stewart Photography was on hand to capture the magic! Check out a gallery of his images below.
Our ball! Daniel Balmori ’11 (hands in air) responds to Andrew Badger’s ’12 (with ball) sweet save. For love of the game Winthrop House resident tutor and intramural sports coordinator Maria Persson Gulda (center) responds to a stellar catch. Night lights On this night, Winthrop scored a victory against Mather House in flag football, even despite the cold, rainy conditions. The ultimate In a fall semester match, Winthrop plays Adams House in ultimate Frisbee at Harvard Stadium. Eva Liou ’11 (from left), Eric Wu ’11, Nick Purcell ’11, Alex Ahmed ’10, and graduate student and Winthrop House tutor Maria Persson Gulda play for Winthrop House. ‘H’eck yeah Eva Liou ’11 takes a breather in her patriotic gear. Five staff photographers will offer close-ups of the interests, activities, and personalities inside five Harvard Houses in installments over the course of the academic year.The stands at historic Harvard Stadium are empty, the vacant seats and aisles a dim reminder of the raucous crowds at major football games like Harvard-Yale. But most evenings, there is still plenty of action on the playing field: the battle for the Straus Cup, Harvard’s House intramural (IM) sports championship.Undergraduates compete in such sports as flag football, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, kickball, volleyball, crew, tennis, basketball, hockey, squash, table tennis, fencing, and dodgeball.Winthrop House has won the intramural prize the past three years. IM is serious business at Winthrop, where last year more than 200 students helped to win the title.Maria Persson Gulda, a graduate student and Winthrop’s IM tutor, touts the positives of the competition, emphasizing the House spirit that the sports help to shape. Alex Ahmed ’10, who previously was Winthrop’s IM rep, said, “I played three sports in high school. I played 12 sports in IM.” Last year, Ahmed even learned to skate to play ice hockey.And, yes, Winthrop so far this year is rolling along once more, with a 20-2 record. Time out Winthrop House’s Alex Ahmed ’10 (from left), Nick Purcell ’11, and Sean Singh confer at halftime. Rushing the field The Winthrop House flag football team returns from halftime re-energized. Winthrop House’s game plan Great form Winthrop’s Alex Ahmed ’10 makes a mid-air grab. Stephanie Mitchell/Staff Photographer Fist bump It ain’t victory without a fist bump. Allston Burr Resident Dean of Winthrop House Gregg Peeples (far left) celebrates with the team. It’s a rout Winthrop quarterback Andrew Badger ’12 (with ball) helped his House dominate 58-18 against Mather House in flag football. On-field collision Winthrop’s Nick Purcell ’11 (right) collides with an opponent. Strategizing The Winthrop House team discusses plays and strategies for moving forward.
Protesters and students alike have rallied in critical intersections in Hong Kong since Sept. 26. The demonstration is the public’s response to the government in Beijing’s interpretation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law. The semi-autonomous city’s constituents believe this interpretation, endorsed by Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying, ignores the portion of the Basic Law that promises a transition to democratic elections of the Chief Executive in 2017.“The Occupy Movement was precipitated by the decision that the Chinese communist party made to restrict the voting rights of Hong Kong citizens,” associate professor of East Asian Culture and Languages Lionel Jensen said. “The Hong Kong Basic Law calls for a transition to a democracy — one person, one vote.”Jensen said the Chinese government’s interpretations of the Basic Law are not in accordance with the spirit or the letter of the law.“I feel that there is room for compromise here, especially on Beijing’s end of things,” Jensen said. “It would be a very effective and forthright maneuver for the government in Beijing to reconsider its coercive relationship with Hong Kong and to see that the protests that are going on are not against China and they’re not against the communist party. They are simply against illegality and the violation of the prospect of people’s freedoms that were granted under previous arrangements.”Associate professor of political science Victoria Hui said she was surprised at Hong Kong’s use of a police force to try and control the protesters.“I have never seen the riot police in the streets of Hong Kong,” Hui said. “It was so startling to see because of the civil and peaceful nature of the protests. If Beijing had just agreed to make the nominating committee, many people would have been less upset. By closing the option of direct election and using repression, the Chinese government forced the people of Hong Kong to organize.”Hong Kong native and exchange student Johnson Kong said the protests are spurred on by a new form of self-identification for the young people of Hong Kong.“The older generations are not that rooted in Hong Kong,” Kong said. “They feel that Hong Kong is just a place of transition. Our generation was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Hong Kong. We identify strongly as Hong Kongers.”China-born freshman Flora Tang expressed her hope that the protests will lead to meaningful conversation between Hong Kong and mainland China.“I’m hoping that the scale of the protests will cause the governments of China and Hong Kong to start talking and negotiating,” Tang said. “Previously China’s Communist government has been unwilling to listen to anything.”Tang said that the protests are relevant to everyone, not just those living in China.“This isn’t just about some country in Asia,” she said. “This is about universal suffrage and freedom of speech for everyone.”Jensen said Hong Kong’s unique identity is important and should be valued, not suppressed, by Beijing.“In the end, what makes Hong Kong flourish is the pluralist dimension of its life,” Jensen said. “Hong Kong has always been a melting pot of very seriously vital energies of Chinese people and to take that away by trying to limit it or contain it or control it will harm Hong Kong and China as a whole so deeply that it will be to the detriment of the Communist Party as well.”Tags: Beijing, Hong Kong’s Basic Law, Leung Chun-ying, Occupy Movement, OccupyCentral
In the midst of increased race-related activism across the United States, Fr. Bryan Massingale, professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, spoke at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday about the new civil rights movement in America and redeeming the American soul.Massingale said he tried to come up with a depiction of a racially just society, but was unable to do so.“I am not able to know what a racially just society would look like, or a just society at all, as it is something that I and none of us have ever experienced,” he said. “Trying to envision somewhere in advance of no where is an extremely difficult task.“What are we striving for, what do we stand for, what is the goal of the struggle for justice, for the struggle against social evils based on disparaging of differences based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity? What does justice look like, what does justice feel like? Such questions take us beyond abstract intellectualizing and move us into the realm of animating visions, guiding ideals and sustaining dreams, yet these questions are of great urgency.”Massingale said he would not attempt to answer these questions, but he turned to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to begin to address them, referencing King’s principle of the soul of a nation.“Dr. King viewed the mission of the Southern Leadership Conference as being the transformation of a society, not merely social change,” he said. “King knew that America’s problem was bigger than legal segregation of Jim or Jane Crow. Because the country’s long and dark history of genocide, slavery and segregation, he knew that without a moral transformation, racism would continue to mutate into different forms even after legal segregation was dismantled.”Segregation in America ended, Massingale said, but integration has failed. He said this could be seen in the way American cities were laid out — predominantly African-American communities tended to be separated from predominantly white communities.“To redeem the soul of America, what King meant was we have to go deeper beyond superficial surface changes, laws and customs,” he said. “Those are necessary, they’re important, but they’re only a first step. The true solution to the nation’s problems requires a transformation in moral values. It requires articulating what those values of the nation are.”Massingale said King’s principles could be seen even in modern movements, especially the Black Lives Matter movement.“Racism is a soul sickness,” Massingale said. “It’s a profound warping of the human spirit, one that enables human beings to create communities of cold, callous indifference towards their darker sisters and brothers. Stripped to its core, racism is that disturbing interior disease that enables people to not care for those that don’t look like them.”Massingale said the way to fully solve the issue of racism is more than just political policy, but more a matter of changing the country’s morals.“The problem we face in America is not that we have a President Trump,” he said. “President Trump is us. He’s the American psyche — our shadow side on steroids. He simply reflects our ambivalence toward the weak, our pursuit of national strength, our belief in American exceptionalism, the belief that we are special in a way that no one else in the world is. So removing Trump alone. … will not solve the problem. We have to interrogate the American soul.”People have the power to make the changes necessary to end racism, Massingale said.“Social life is made by human beings,” he said. “The society we live in is the result of human choices and decisions. That mean that human beings can change things.”Tags: Black lives matter, Jr., Martin Luther King, Racism
By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaNestled between buildings — and currently hidden behind a construction zone — a garden grows. The University of Georgia Trial Gardens is where plants from all over the world are tested. Now grown in a sustainable way, the garden has little impact on the environment but a huge one on the people who visit it. “Everybody looks at this garden to demonstrate new ways to do things,” said Camille Evans, a UGA student and the garden’s sustainability co-director. “By taking steps toward sustainability, hopefully we can help them take steps in the right direction at their home and business. If they can see that it works here, they can see it will work other places, too.” Allan Armitage, a horticulture professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, started the garden in 1982. It has grown into a place where plant breeders from around the world want to test their plants’ ability to grow in heat and humidity. Three years ago, a decision was made to make the gardens sustainable. The garden is reducing its environmental impact through minimizing water use, maximizing soil nutrients, reducing the use of plastics and letting nature work. “We always were pretty careful, which made it easier for us,” Armitage said. “We used to use a lot of plastic; we use hardly any now. We used to use inorganic fertilizers; everything is organic now. Although we never used sprays indiscriminately, we have minimized to almost nothing today. But we do spray if we have an infestation of a certain insect that we can’t get rid of organically. We do have to apply chemicals. We simply do everything better, but we are not perfect.” Installing a drip irrigation system reduced water use at the garden 80 percent. Winter cover crops increase soil minerals. Plastic pots have been replaced with biodegradable paper cylinders full of soil. Utilizing sustainable products, like Ellepots, the garden has increased efficiency. The “pick up and plant” technique used with the paper pots cuts planting time. And the pot’s design helps the plant grow better and faster. The garden looks to start trends in the horticulture industry, Evans said. “Everyone has a different definition of sustainability,” Evans said. “We take steps to be innovative and environmentally conscience in what we do. We may be doing some things that some people may not consider sustainable. So, you do what you can and maybe next year you do it better. If everyone did that, we’d all be in a better position.” The garden receives most of its sustainable inputs from Ball Horticulture Company free of charge. Leaders in the industry, Ball provides the trial garden with Ellepots and Daniels fertilizers. Armitage wanted to be the first sustainable trial garden in the U.S., said Janet Curry, Ball sales representative. And she wanted to help him.“We wanted to reach the students who will be in our industry. If we can help them learn how to be sustainable, it will be to everyone’s benefit,” Curry said. As a teaching facility, the garden exposes students to various annual and perennial species and allows them to study the different growth habits, tolerances and uses. “This is a true research laboratory. We look at unknown plant material, evaluate them, generate data and dispense it to those who are interested,” Armitage said. “The other great thing about this garden is its use as a classroom. The students are exposed to the plants right next door. I don’t know any other university that has a facility as diverse as this that is so easy for the students to walk to. Also, for the general public and people on campus it is a beautiful place to visit, eat their lunch and relax. After all, where is it written that research cannot be beautiful?” To view the results of the trials, visit ugatrial.hort.uga.edu/.(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mobile payments technology allows customers to make online and point-of-sale purchases, pay bills, and send or receive money from their smartphones via the Web browser, an app, or a text message.1 Mobile payments use has become widespread: Forty-six percent of U.S. consumers report having made a mobile payment, which translates to approximately 114 million adults.2 Expansion in the use of mobile payments over time has corresponded with an increase in smartphone ownership. In 2011, 44 percent of cellphones were smartphones.3 By 2015, the share had increased to 76 percent.This chartbook presents findings from a nationally representative telephone survey that examined consumers’ opinions, experiences, and expectations of mobile payments. The survey followed focus groups that Pew previously convened as a first step in understanding consumers’ views on the potential benefits and risks of mobile payments. Specifically, this chartbook reports statistics on consumers’ awareness and perceptions of mobile payments technology, their usage and motives for use, and any barriers to usage. The key findings are:Mobile payments users—consumers who have made an online or point of-sale purchase, paid a bill, or sent or received money using a Web browser, text message, or app on a smartphone—are more likely than nonusers to be millennials or Generation Xers, live in metropolitan areas, and have bank accounts and college or postgraduate degrees. Of these demographic categories, age is the most predictive of mobile payments use, particularly as it relates to smartphone ownership. (See the appendix for the demographics of mobile payments users and nonusers.) continue reading »