Simone Biles’ World Series opening pitch goes viral

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(HOUSTON) — If there ever was a bar for first pitches at a baseball game, let alone in the World Series, Simone Biles — the most decorated gymnast in the world — just set it to an impossible standard.The Houston native threw out the first pitch for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday and infused it with her own personal flair by flipping and twisting backwards on the pitcher’s mound before sending the ball over to Astros’ outfielder Jake Marisnick.Marisnick grinned widely, laughed and clapped as he watched Simone’s acrobatics. After catching the ball, he ran up to the 25-time gymnastics world champion and autographed it for her as a souvenir.This isn’t the first time Biles established herself on the pitcher’s mound. In July 2016, she flipped in the air before throwing the first pitch at another Astros home game. Despite a great start for the Astros, the team lost Game 2 to the Washington Nationals, 12 to 3, on Wednesday. The team heads into the third game in the series, which will be hosted by the Nationals, this Friday starting at 8:07 p.m. ET on FOX.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundcenter_img October 24, 2019 /Sports News – National Simone Biles’ World Series opening pitch goes virallast_img read more

Property market goes into Xmas deep freeze

first_imgLatest property market figures from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) reveal how much the government’s recent increased Stamp Duty and other measures to put off landlords plus the post-EU referendum slowdown have taken their toll during the run-up to Christmas.Almost all indicators for house sales in the UK are down, its research shows, including asking prices and the supply of and demand for property. And although this can be blamed on the traditional Xmas slowdown, it’s the most severe since records began.Agents sold fewer properties per branch during November than in previous months, down from nine in September and October to eight properties last month.Also, four out of five properties or 84% sold for less than the asking price during November, the highest proportion since the NAEA began gathering data in 2013. Last year the proportion was 76%.Also, during November the number of house hunters fell by a fifth or 22% from 440 to 344 registered per branch. Supply also fell – the number of properties on agents’ books dropped from 43 to 39.As a proportion of sales, first time buyers have eased off slightly from 32% to 29%.“Following the EU referendum earlier this year, we faced a few months of low confidence from buyers and sellers, although in October the market bounced back to full form,” says Mark Hayward, managing director of National Association of Estate Agents.“We expect this is still the case, and this month’s slow-down is simply down to seasonality; many sellers hold off until January to put their properties on the market, and likewise buyers are more inclined to start the year with a property search, rather than attempting it over Christmas.“Also, although a large number of sales were made below asking price in November, this can also be put down to the time of year.”National Association of Estate Agents NAEA December 23, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Property market goes into Xmas deep freeze previous nextHousing MarketProperty market goes into Xmas deep freezeAll housing market indicators go into reverse during run up to festivitiesNigel Lewis23rd December 20160918 Viewslast_img read more

Russia: Government Develops Defense Budget Cutdown Project

first_img View post tag: develops View post tag: Navy View post tag: project Authorities View post tag: Defense View post tag: budget Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Government Develops Defense Budget Cutdown Project February 15, 2012 Share this article View post tag: Naval Russian Government began debates on a draft amendment to Strategy 2020; the changes are related to restructuring of the federal budget’s disbursement section, writes Vedomosti on Feb 14. According to the newspaper referring to sources in the government, it is supposed to curtail expenses for security agencies, national defense, and law enforcement authorities. State Arms Program may be included in the budget cutdown as well. Volume of reductions could make up to RUR 700 bln per year.Funds released in such way are to be appropriated for financing of transport system, education and public health service. First of all, it is planned to cut down expenses by reducing number of administrative agencies, liquidation of same-duty units, and civilianization of a part of servicemen. Except for security agencies and defense industry, financing of budget items “National Economy” and “Municipal Housing Economy” may be also curtailed.Ministry of Finance holds the toughest stance suggesting to reform superannuation system and improving targeting of welfare payments. Thanks to that, funds equal to 0.8% of GDP would be released. In addition, the ministry offered to cut costs of arms procurement program and law enforcement authorities on 1.2 % of GDP.According to a defense ministry’s official, Vice Premier Igor Shuvalov was tasked to find the way for cutting down expenses provided by budget items “National Defense” and “National Security and Law Enforcement” till 2015. Among possible variants, the government considers curtailing, prolongation, or full shutting-down a number of arms procurement programs and staff reductions in Armed Forces and Internal Troops. However, the spending cutback project will not affect nuclear force development programs.Curtail of defense budget is quite feasible, says the military source of Vedomosti. In particular, it is possible to waive procurement program of French Mistral-class landing ships, reduce number of Project 955 Borei strategic submarines planned for construction, and decommission Project 1144 Orlan nuclear-powered cruiser Petr Veliky. The final decision on cost cutbacks can be made only by the president.Recall that during debates and adoption of State Arms Program 2011-2020, the then finance minister Alexei Kudrin was speaking against such considerable military spendings. As is believed, that was the reason for his dismissal.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 15, 2012 View post tag: Cutdown Russia: Government Develops Defense Budget Cutdown Project View post tag: News by topic View post tag: governmentlast_img read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report for March 2 to 8

first_imgMarch 5, 2014: Wednesday Calls for service: 90Motor Vehicle Stops: 38Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 23Alarms: 1• The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 1 EMS calls• Warrant, Shelter Rd., one in custody, at 10:49am• Theft, 9th Street, at 3:00pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESMarch 2 – 8, 2014Calls for Service: 548Daily Average: 78 March 2, 2014: SundayCalls for service: 55Motor Vehicle Stops: 19Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 19Alarms: 2• The Police Department assisted with 4 Fire and 7 EMS calls• Verbal, 800 block Ocean Ave., at 2:35am• Disorderly, 700 block Moorlyn Terr., at 9:52pm March 3, 2014: MondayCalls for service: 56Motor Vehicle Stops: 16Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 14Alarms: 2• The Police Department assisted with 3 Fire and 3 EMS calls• Fraud, 3100 block Central Ave., at 1:01pm• Harassment, 1700 block Haven Ave., at 6:27pm March 8, 2014: Saturday Calls for service: 108Motor Vehicle Stops: 52Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 26Alarms: 2• The Police Department assisted with 1 fire and 3 EMS calls• Motor vehicle accident, no injuries, 400 block 8th St., at 10:06am• Motor vehicle accident, no injuries, 600 block Atlantic Ave., at 4:27pm• Warrant, 900 block Ocean Ave., one in custody, at 9:18pm• Domestic violence, 700 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 11:10pm March 6, 2014: ThursdayCalls for service: 90Motor Vehicle Stops: 22Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 27Alarms: 1• The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 4 EMS calls• Warrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 8:08am• Harassment, 1200 block Ocean Ave., at 9:18am• Theft, 800 block 3rd St., at 3:50pm March 7, 2014: Friday Calls for service: 75Motor Vehicle Stops: 35Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 16Alarms: 3• The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 7 EMS calls• Landlord/tenant, 200 block Wesley Ave., at 1:09pm• Verbal, 900 block Pleasure Ave., at 8:00pm March 4, 2014: TuesdayCalls for service: 73Motor Vehicle Stops: 31Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 18Alarms: 2• The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 4 EMS calls• Theft, Sweetwater Ct., at 12:30pm• Fraud, 2400 block Central Ave., at 5:53pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime durin Ocean City Police Departmentg the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations.last_img read more

Mayor’s Message: April 9

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,I want to welcome everybody in town for our annual Girls Weekend. This event showcases our downtown and all of its unique stores, services and eateries. It has become a great tradition to start the season.We’re also holding a Comic Book and Memorabilia Show up on the Music Pier on Saturday. If you get a chance, stop by any time 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to check it out.I know we’re all looking forward to a great spring, summer and fall, and these special events will help our families and guests get back into the swing of Ocean City. Please remember to shop and eat local to help all of our owners get off to a good start this year.I also want to let you know the city has renewed a dialogue with Cape May County about partnering on the open space at the newly acquired car dealership lot next to the Community Center.For the summer, the plan will be to clean up the lot and make it presentable. Then we’ll look to hold a town hall meeting in the fall to get feedback on how best to use the open space.The bridge lights on the causeway will be blue for the rest of April in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month. Autism affects many families in Ocean City and throughout the world, and it’s important to create awareness and to promote acceptance.I have always been passionate about providing a support network for all families facing the extra demands of living with autism. I hope the bridge can be a reminder of their needs and our full support.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

Lovingly Artisan expands with new store in Cumbria

first_imgBaker of the Year Aidan Monks has opened a new shop alongside his Kendal site in Cumbria.Family-run company Lovingly Artisan has grown its operations base in Plumgarth’s Lakeland Food Park to meet demand from retail customersIt will also enable the business to expand the bakery in the coming months to meet growing demand from trade customers, including hotels, restaurants, cafés and foodservice outlets across the north west.“We are a family artisan bakery and our mission is to deliver fresh, great-tasting and high-quality breads to every single one of our customers. Demand for our bread has grown steadily and, because of that, we have taken steps to open our own dedicated bakery shop at Plumgarths to meet that demand,” said Lovingly Artisan owner Monks, who was crowned Baker of the Year at the 2019 Baking Industry Awards, organised by British Baker.“In addition, moving the retail side of the business to a dedicated space will allow us to expand our bakery operation and enhance our production facilities allowing us to meet the demand for our breads across the region,” added Monks. “We are passionate about creating and providing the best breads possible to as wide an audience as we can, all without compromising on quality.”The new retail facility has created one full-time job, with others due to be added in the coming months as both the retail and bakery operations continue to grow.As well as offering artisan breads and Gilchester Organics flours, The Bread Store will eventually stock a range of bakery-related products, including recipe books, aprons and bread tins.last_img read more

New leadership offerings give HSPH students hands-on practice

first_img Read Full Story It’s one thing to understand the public health implications of scientific evidence.It’s quite another to use that information to successfully implement real public health improvements.The challenge of leaping from theory to practice has prompted the creation of new programming, offered through the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Leadership, that will form the backbone of an interdisciplinary leadership concentration. The new program will be fully introduced in fall 2012.The new offerings include a seminar in which students can assess their leadership styles; an advanced leadership seminar series featuring experts who study leadership as a discipline; a new course on leadership in teams; and a day-long workshop with the intriguing title “The Secret Lives of Groups,” which gives participants outside-the-box opportunities to learn about group dynamics.Also new this fall are opportunities for students to help administer “FastTrack” programs in public health settings. FastTrack is a rapid-cycle method of organizational improvement typically used in businesses.“There are three main approaches to teaching leadership,” said John McDonough, director of the Center for Public Health Leadership and professor of the practice of public health at HSPH. “One way is to teach theory. Another way is to expose students to leaders. And the third way is to help students figure out their inner journey, to ask them, ‘What is it in you that strengthens you and gives you the capacity to be a leader? And what holds you back?’”The new programming is aimed squarely at the “inner journey.” The goal, said McDonough, is to create “a robust avenue for students who want to take that journey.”Students give the new programming a big thumbs-up.Unconventional WorkshopHSPH student Shaniece Criss, who’s working toward a doctor of science in society, human development, and health, said participating in the group dynamics workshop gave her a chance to try some novel activities. The unconventional workshop, held in mid-October, brought together 30 HSPH students and 30 Harvard Kennedy School students for a full day—with literally no agenda.Consultants encouraged the participants to focus on things such as who took leadership roles in the groups and why; which voices got listened to and which didn’t; and what propels the work of groups, and what slows it down.Participants were also encouraged to evaluate their own leadership styles.Even with no agenda, Criss said, some participants emerged as leaders while others hung back. The consultant helping to run her group gave minimal direction but would sometimes interject a comment, such as “Notice who’s taking the lead” or “Why are some people in the group being listened to more than others?”The day often felt uncomfortable, Criss acknowledged. But she said the group prompted her to think about things she wouldn’t normally think about—like why she may or may not have felt the need to speak at a particular time, or why certain people were not speaking.Another group workshop participant, HSPH student Angela Crane, said she learned she doesn’t always have to be the extrovert in a group to be an effective leader. “It made me realize it’s the quality of what you say that’s important, not the quantity,” said Crane, who’s working toward a master’s degree in public health in society, human development, and health.Teamwork RequiredCaitlin Taylor Reiche, a master’s student in health policy and management at HSPH, is involved with FastTrack projects at both the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital in Boston. Both projects require people from different departments within each organization to agree on strategies to change certain systems or procedures—within just 90 days.For the Dana-Farber project, Reiche is working on ways to reduce the current four- to six-month wait for treatment at Dana-Farber for African American patients from a local health center with suspected malignancies. At Mass General, she is working to improve assessment and treatment for hepatitis C patients at the hospital’s Charlestown, Mass. clinic.Reiche, who worked for a large management consulting firm last summer, said, “I thought management consultants did things quickly. But this is really quick.” Thanks to the hands-on experience with FastTrack, Reiche is confident she can incorporate elements of the strategy in her future work.In the new course on leadership in teams, students learn ways to work effectively in teams, set agendas, and resolve disputes. Then, focusing on a particular public health issue, they meet with actual community representatives—say, from the Boston Public Health Commission or from the city’s public schools or from parent groups—to learn about different perspectives on the problem. Then the students regroup, representing the viewpoints of their respective stakeholders, and try to fashion a solution. The class is taught by a team that includes McDonough; Roderick King, public health leadership fellow at HSPH and instructor in social medicine at Harvard Medical School; William Bean, HSPH instructor; and Michael McCormack, director of practice in the HSPH Office for Educational Programs.Nancy Turnbull, senior lecturer on health policy and associate dean for educational programs, said the class, the workshop, the self-assessment seminar, the leadership seminar—all are crucial to advance the cause of public health.“HSPH’s educational mission is to train leaders who can help make the world healthier,” she said. “Training in the science and skills of leadership is an essential part of that education.”–Karen Feldscherlast_img read more

People lacking insurance not likely to migrate to obtain Medicaid coverage

first_img Read Full Story Amidst the patchwork nature of Medicaid expansion in the U.S. under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some have worried that low-income adults in states without expanded coverage might move to states that have chosen to expand—thus placing a financial burden on those states. But a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study finds little evidence of such cross-state migration.“Though many states have not opted in to the ACA Medicaid expansion, they may decide to do so in the future. Our study can inform these decisions by showing what happened when states implemented similar public insurance expansions in the past. We found no evidence that these states became so-called ‘welfare magnets,’ attracting low-income individuals from other states,” said lead author Aaron Schwartz, a doctoral candidate in health policy at Harvard.The study was published in the January 2014 issue of Health Affairs—and was one of several in the issue co-authored by Harvard School of Public Health researchers.last_img read more

Harvard’s GSD selects architects for proposed expansion

first_imgHarvard Graduate School of Design’s (GSD) primary campus building, Gund Hall, will undergo a significant transformation, bringing it into the 21st century as a center of design education and innovation. The proposed expansion would include new space to be integrated into the heart of the School’s existing structure. The reimagined facility will embody the School’s visionary and cross-disciplinary work at the intersection of design, pedagogy, research, and practice.The GSD has selected the Basel-based architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, design consultant, and New York-based Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB), architect of record, to design the expansion.As a global leader in each of its fields, the GSD is redefining the future of design as a response to increasingly complex issues faced by cities and ecologies, people and places around the world. This innovative approach involves a cross-disciplinary collaboration among the School’s departments of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design, as well as its doctor of design, doctor of philosophy, master in design studies, and master in design engineering degree programs. This approach also represents a deepening engagement with other academic fields, including medicine, business, government, public health, and the humanities, and degree programs with Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This, along with the growth of the School, has expanded the scope and purpose of the GSD’s pedagogy and mission.“The GSD’s groundbreaking collaborations with theoretical and applied disciplines, and other professional Schools at Harvard, bring collective expertise to bear in addressing the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time through design innovation,” said GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design. “Herzog & de Meuron and BBB have carefully studied and observed the School’s many qualities and characteristics, and they have a bold design vision for the GSD and its engagement with other disciplines and professional Schools across Harvard, and for its impact on the world. We are excited to collaborate with both firms on the creation of an important and dynamic center for design innovation here at the GSD.”The proposed space will encourage new forms of cross-disciplinary collaboration by creating an anchored point of intersection among the School’s current studio workspace (known as “the trays”), faculty and departmental offices, seminar rooms and classrooms, research library, production and fabrication facilities, and new interior spaces designed for informal meetings, social gatherings, and public programs. The addition is expected to add only a minimal amount to Gund Hall’s physical footprint, eliminating the need for additional land and preserving the School’s green space and basketball court.“Since the 1980s we have been in close contact with Harvard GSD for teaching and research projects,” said Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, founders and senior partners of Herzog & de Meuron. “We’ve met several generations of professors, staff, and students. We learned from the talent and excellence of many of those people from across the world. Also, we have always admired the intellectual spirit and free-thinking atmosphere of the School, with its mythic Gund Hall building. We envision transforming this building by excavating, adding, and connecting spaces that will support communication and exchange within the GSD community. We are very excited to be awarded this project, and look forward to working with all our friends and dear colleagues in the years ahead.”The space will encourage new forms of cross-disciplinary collaboration using the School’s current studio workspace (known as “the trays”) as its anchor point. Courtesy of Harvard GSDBBB and a series of consultants will collaborate with Herzog & de Meuron to design the project, to which both firms bring significant institutional experience. BBB’s work at Harvard spans more than 14 years, including the recent renewal of Winthrop House and Adams House. Herzog and de Meuron have previously taught studios and presented a number of public lectures and exhibitions at the GSD over the past three decades.“We are excited to continue our work on Harvard’s campus, and to be partnering with Herzog & de Meuron. The Gund Hall project goes beyond expansion, to revisioning a building that is both professionally important and personally meaningful to us as designers,” said Elizabeth Leber, a partner at BBB. “It resonates with our firm’s philosophy of sustainable transformation of existing buildings to adapt to many types of change.”The architects were selected through a two-stage process organized by Harvard University. The designer selection committee included GSD faculty and staff members, together with University-appointed design advisers. Concept and schematic design development for Herzog & de Meuron’s proposal has commenced and will continue through the summer, and is anticipated to be completed this fall. The launch of the expansion was made possible by a generous gift by Ronald M. Druker. The GSD will work to secure further philanthropic support for this proposed project.Designed by Australian architect and GSD graduate John Andrews, Gund Hall opened in 1972. The facility offers a stimulating environment for the School’s 900-plus students, 100 regular and 70 visiting faculty, and 150 staff, and includes studio and office areas; lecture and seminar rooms; workshops and darkrooms; an audiovisual center; computer facilities; a cafeteria; a project room; Piper Auditorium; and Frances Loeb Library.The yard area is used for outdoor activities; as an exhibition area for class projects; and as the setting for Commencement ceremonies. The central studio space extends through five levels under a stepped, clear-span roof that admits natural light and provides views toward Boston. The dramatic facade and extensive glass surfaces make an eloquent statement about the design excellence and professional creativity for which the School is known.last_img read more

Rainwater to direct lobbying, communications for Comcast

first_imgComcast Cable,Comcast, Vermont’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced that Tuck Rainwater has been named Director of Government and Community Relations for Comcast in Vermont. In this newly-created role, Rainwater will be responsible for interacting with state and local officials and will work with the Department of Public Service on behalf of Comcast.  He will also take the lead on overseeing Comcast’s cable franchises, compliance and access management organization relationships across the state.  Furthermore, Rainwater, a longtime resident of Vermont, will serve as the local Comcast representative for the company’s community investment activities. ‘Tuck brings an incredible amount of experience and expertise to his role,’ said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England, which includes Vermont.  ‘In addition, he is passionate about his involvement in and commitment to the Vermont community, which makes him a valuable asset to the team and aligns with Comcast’s focus on giving back to the local communities we serve.’ ‘I am excited about this new opportunity and look forward to leading Comcast’s government and community relations efforts throughout the state,’ said Rainwater.   Rainwater most recently served as a government and political affairs consultant with Sirotkin & Necrason in Montpelier, Vermont, where he advised clients on legislative action relating to regulated entities, including telecommunications, cable television, Internet, electrical grid, energy efficiency and telephone services. In 2006, he managed Vermont Democratic gubernatorial challenger Scudder Parker’s campaign. Rainwater also spent time as an Operations Director and Interim Executive Director for Jazz at the Bistro, a non-profit jazz venue that was part of an urban redevelopment arts district in St. Louis, Missouri. Rainwater is actively involved in the community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, the Vermont League of Conservation Voters in Montpelier and The Institute for Global Ethics in Rockport, Maine. Rainwater earned both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Principia College, where he received the highest honors in both Biology and Mass Communication. He also received his Juris Doctor (cum laude) and Master of Studies in Environmental Law (magna cum laude) from Vermont Law School.  He resides in Shelburne, VT with his wife and three children.About Comcast CorporationComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) ( is external)) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.  Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers.  Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT ‘ (July 5, 2011) ‘Comcastlast_img read more