St. Mary’s looks to extend streak vs BYU

first_img Tags: BYU Basketball/Saint Mary’s Basketball January 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local St. Mary’s looks to extend streak vs BYU FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSaint Mary’s (19-4, 6-2) vs. Brigham Young (16-7, 5-3)Marriott Center, Provo, Utah; Saturday, 8 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: Saint Mary’s looks for its fifth straight conference win against Brigham Young. Saint Mary’s’ last WCC loss came against the Santa Clara Broncos 67-66 on Jan. 11. Brigham Young is coming off a 107-80 win over Pepperdine in its most recent game.SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. Jake Toolson, TJ Haws, Yoeli Childs, Alex Barcello and Dalton Nixon have collectively accounted for 72 percent of Brigham Young’s scoring this season and 62 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Saint Mary’s, Jordan Ford, Malik Fitts, Tanner Krebs, Tommy Kuhse and Dan Fotu have combined to account for 77 percent of all Saint Mary’s scoring, including 94 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.RAMPING IT UP: The Cougars have scored 83.5 points per game against WCC opponents so far, an improvement from the 76.4 per game they put up in non-conference play.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Childs has accounted for 45 percent of all Brigham Young field goals over the last three games. Childs has 29 field goals and 15 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Brigham Young is a perfect 12-0 when it holds an opponent to 70 points or fewer. The Cougars are 4-7 when opponents score more than 70 points.STREAK STATS: Brigham Young has won its last nine home games, scoring an average of 85.6 points while giving up 62.2.DID YOU KNOW: The Saint Mary’s offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.3 percent of its possessions, which is the 11th-best rate in the nation. The Brigham Young defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 18.2 percent of all possessions (ranked 256th among Division I teams). Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

Australian Navy Counts Down to Historic International Fleet Review

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Australian April 10, 2013 Share this article View post tag: down View post tag: Navy Australian Navy Counts Down to Historic International Fleet Review The 3rd of April 2013 marked six months until Sydneysiders experience one of the biggest commemorative events since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games: the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review Sydney 2013.Taking place on Sydney Harbour from 3 -11 October 2013, the International Fleet Review will commemorate the centenary of the first Royal Australian Navy fleet entry into Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913.On this day, the flagship HMAS Australia led the new Australian Fleet of seven cruisers and destroyers (HMA Ships Melbourne, Sydney, Encounter, Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra) into Sydney Harbour for the first time.It’s anticipated that more than 40 warships from Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America will be involved in the International Fleet Review. They will be joined by up to 20 international and local tall ships and at least six military bands.This one-in-one-hundred-year event will commence with 20 tall ships entering Sydney Harbour on Thursday 3 October, followed by the Combined Warship Entry on Friday 4 October including a symbolic group of seven warships representing the original 1913 fleet.To mark this historic occasion, Her Excellency the Governor General of Australia will welcome the Fleet from Bradley’s Head on 4 October and officially review the fleet onboard HMAS Leeuwin on Saturday 5 October as part of the Ceremonial Fleet Review.Naval aviation will also feature on 5 October with more than a dozen RAN and visiting navy helicopters taking part in the day via a massed helicopter flypast over the harbour. Other activities staged during the afternoon include navy helicopter displays, RAAF and historic maritime aircraft flypasts. Saturday 5 October will conclude with the International Fleet Review Pyrotechnics and Lightshow Spectacular at 7.30pm, the scale of which will be similar to Sydney’s annual New Year’s Eve celebrations.“The International Fleet Review Sydney 2013 will be the largest commemorative event the Royal Australian Navy has ever undertaken,” says Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Chief of Navy. “We expect it to rival our wonderful 75th Anniversary and Bicentenary celebrations that occurred in 1986 and 1988, with up to one million spectators lining the Sydney Harbour foreshores to witness history in the making.”Further International Fleet Review activities include Tall Ship and Warship Open Days at Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, Fleet Base East, Garden Island and Barangaroo on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October; Freedom of Entry parades in Mosman and Parramatta on Tuesday 8 October; a Combined Navies Parade along George Street from The Rocks to Town Hall on Wednesday 9 October, the RAN Sea Power Conference and Pacific 2013, an international maritime trade show at the Convention Centre from 7-10 October.Over 8,000 Australian and visiting naval personnel are expected to participate in the event which is being staged in partnership with the NSW State Government and the City of Sydney. The event is expected to bring around $50 million into the state’s economy.Many of the Australian and international warships will participate in Exercise TRITON CENTENARY 13 off the east coast of Australia and/or visit other Australian ports before and following the International Fleet Review.Tall Ships from around the world will embark on an exciting journey to Australia to help celebrate the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet entry into Sydney Harbour. Australian and foreign tall ships will visit Fremantle, Melbourne and Hobart prior to gathering in Sydney on 3 October 2013 then take part in a special regatta race to Auckland, New Zealand.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 10, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Defensecenter_img Training & Education View post tag: historic View post tag: International View post tag: fleet View post tag: Naval View post tag: review Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy Counts Down to Historic International Fleet Review View post tag: Countslast_img read more

ESPS Rayo Assists Local Yemeni Seafarers

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: ESPS Rayo Authorities View post tag: News by topic EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Rayo provided much-needed medical assistance during a ‘friendly approach’ to local Yemeni seafarers during counter-piracy operations in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC).This was the sixth friendly approach that ESPS Rayo has achieved since joining Operation Atalanta.Thanks to favourable weather conditions, the ship’s radar systems were able to spot the vessel from a good distance, with the highly-trained radar operators identifying it as a fishing dhow sailing southbound.ESPS Rayo’s sea boat then approached the vessel and spoke with the master in-charge who invited them on board.Once on board, the Boarding Party saw that one of the fishermen had an injury to his foot, so ESPS Rayo’s Medical Officer gave him medical attention. The dhow’s crew was also provided with drinking water and food.Meetings at sea with seafarers help to strengthen mutual understanding and trust between the EU Naval Force and local seafarers. It also enables counter-piracy forces to obtain first hand information about possible piracy incidents in the area.[mappress mapid=”14882″]Press release, Image: EUNAVFOR Share this article View post tag: Seafarers Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Rayo Assists Local Yemeni Seafarers ESPS Rayo Assists Local Yemeni Seafarers View post tag: local January 8, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: africa View post tag: Yemeni View post tag: Assistslast_img read more

Councilman Proposes Selling Beach Tags for Cats on Ocean City Beaches

first_imgLocal surfing legend Carl “the Cat Man” Rolls rides one in with his favorite pal “bootzie”. By April SingularHaving been thwarted last year in an attempt to sell beach tags for dogs to legally roam and play on Ocean City beaches, a city Councilman is coming back with a new twist he hopes will be purr-fect.“Popular opinion proved to be our undoing last year,” said Councilman Mike DeVlieger. “Even though I believed allowing dogs on our award-winning beaches would have enhanced our reputation as America’s Greatest Family Resort, I understand the argument against the proposed resolution.” He added  “the biggest hurdle was the notion that dogs could fight or even play aggressively and thus invade the space of beachgoers who do not have pets.”DeVlieger said that cats, however, pose no such threat.“We probably have almost as many cats in Ocean City as we have dogs, and I have drafted a resolution to allow kitties on the beach. We aren’t talking about feral cats, but rather domesticated pets who could accompany their owners and enjoy our beaches in a more respectful manner than dogs. Just think about all those additional tags that we could sell”.A happy kitty hanging out on 9th street last summer. She is hoping to return with her friends.DeVlieger noted that cats are naturally attracted to beach sand for their bathroom needs. “Many cats would think of our beaches as the world’s largest litter box,” he said. “Since most families with younger children already have sifting devices and small hand shovels, cleanup issues should be minimal.Another benefit, he says is the popularity of cat videos on the internet. “Can you imagine the publicity advantages? With the proliferation of smartphones I venture to say we would have at least one viral ‘beach cat’ video per week during prime vacation months,” DeVlieger maintained.Driftwood collecting would increase, according to the councilman since it has properties well-suited to be used as a scratching post.Taking his proposal one step further, DeVlieger envisions replacing Ocean City’s hermit crab mascot Martin Z. Mollusk with a cat-themed symbol. “I am open to other suggestions, but I was thinking Francis Z. Feline,” DeVlieger said.last_img read more

Greggs adds 18 outlets to extend BB75 lead

first_imgGreggs has extended its lead over rival bakery, café and takeaway outlets in the BB75 league table.British Baker’s six-monthly update reveals that second-placed Subway has only notched up one extra shop this year taking its total to 1,410 while Greggs’ grand total is 1,437, up 18 since January. In 2009, Subway was only 10 outlets behind Greggs, but the difference is now 27-stores.Greggs, which makes its own products, unlike Subway and the big coffee chains, is set to continue to dominate retail bakery, with plans to add another 600 stores in the next few years.But third-placed Costa is snapping at the pair’s heels and has been the busiest in the last six months, opening 72 outlets. It raced away from rival Starbucks, and plans to have another 130 stores by the end of 2011.Caffè Nero also cranked up the pace, upping its total by 40 to 440 branches in the UK, and aims to open another 45 over the rest of 2010. With store growth up 10%, the coffee chain has the highest growth rate of the outlets in the top 10. Director Paul Ettinger said trading so far this year had been positive, with like-for-like sales growth in excess of 2%. “The market is very stable, the laws of economics state that there is room for three strong competitors and it is incredibly difficult for others to break in,” he said.A surprise success story was BB’s Coffee & Muffins which now has 100 shops up from 50 in January. It went into administration last year and, since then, former franchisees have been buying up its stores.l See pages 14-15 for the full BB75 update.>>Greggs lead major new UK bakery league tablelast_img read more

Xmas pud sales up more than 50% at Waitrose

first_imgWaitrose saw grocery sales increase by 9.5% during December, with customers buying 53% more Christmas puddings than last year, said the firm.The supermarket also saw rocketing sales in the week before Christmas, its highest ever sales for a single week of trading.According to Waitrose, premium Christmas puddings were the most popular choice, with Heston Blumenthal’s Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding again the must-have this Christmas. His new mini-version, featuring a hidden clementine, also performed well, said the retailer.The Waitrose Rémy Martin Christmas pudding saw sales increase 20%, while Heston’s new specialities – the Black Forest Buche and Popping Candy Tart proved very popular as alternatives to the traditional Christmas pudding.Total mince pie sales were up by more than a third, with Heston’s Puff Pastry Mince Pies leading the way in terms of sales – by Christmas Eve more than 2.4 million had been sold.Mark Price, managing director, Waitrose, commented: “More customers than ever before shopped across all our ranges this Christmas, from luxurious festive fare to essential Waitrose trimmings. We’ve had a very strong Christmas.”Analyst Verdict said new stores and an improved website provided strong total growth for the retailer, in addition to strong marketing messages and its innovative festive offer.However Cliona Lynch, senior retail analyst at Verdict, said the driving force behind Waitrose’s increased sales for Christmas 2011 was the continuing consumer desire to trade up. “Consumers increased spend on entertaining at home to compensate for less disposable income in dining out over the festive season. “The quality and added value associated with Waitrose’s Christmas offer negated some of the shopper price sensitivity which has risen with inflation throughout 2011.”last_img read more

Spafford Sings The National Anthem Over The Airport PA In New Orleans [Video]

first_imgYesterday, while waiting in the New Orleans airport, Spafford serenaded their gate with an a cappella rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The band was preparing to leave the Crescent City following a set this past Friday at Hogs For A Cause when their flight was delayed. The woman working at the gate for their airline saw their instruments and asked them over to the gate to sing a song. They decided to sing a harmony-heavy arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, which was met with appreciative applause from the gathered travelers. Thankfully, the airport performance was captured on video so we can all relive it.As the band notes in the video description on YouTube, “Our flight was delayed in New Orleans, the woman at the gate asked us to sing something, so we sang the National Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner).” Watch the performance below, shot by Lori Stevenson‎:Spafford – The Star-Spangled Banner – New Orleans Airport (MSY)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Video: SpaffordMusic]New Orleans is a city with music in its soul–and that’s not just out on Frenchman Street, or at any of the other countless live music clubs in the Big Easy. This isn’t the first time in recent memory that a traveling artist was asked to sing over the intercom at the New Orleans airport. Late last year, The Revivalists vocalist David Shaw serenaded the waiting passengers with a rendition of Chuck Berry‘s “Run Run Rudolph” on Christmas Eve. You can watch that video here.For more information on the new Spafford album, or to check out a list of their upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Around the Schools: Harvard Kennedy School

first_imgThe Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School has launched a revamped Web site. The enhanced site reflects the integration and program development that the center has accomplished over the past two years.Detailed content and graphics illustrate the center’s research and its programs advancing excellence in governance while strengthening democratic institutions worldwide. The site includes resources to assist with academic study, as well as opportunities for funding support in the form of scholarships, research grants, and internships.The center’s three major programmatic initiatives are fully integrated on the site. The Democratic Governance initiative includes detailed sections on research related to civic participation and democratic practices in former authoritarian regimes, as well as information related to its Democracy Seminar Series and Democracy Fellowships program. The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia convenes leaders, policymakers, students, and scholars committed to enhancing public policy research and teaching on Asia. The Innovations in Government Program houses research projects and initiatives related to the study of public sector innovation, along with its flagship initiative, the Innovations in American Government Awards Program.For additional information, visit the Ash Center’s new Web site.­If you have an item for Around the Schools, please e-mail your write-up (150-200 words) to [email protected]last_img read more

Less crime, and fewer incarcerations

first_imgOverflowing prison populations and high rates of violent crime once made New York City a metaphor for the urban decay confronting America’s cities. But over the last two decades crime in the nation’s largest city has declined steeply, with murders plummeting from 2,200 in 1990 to 350 in 2015.Given the popularity of incarceration as a crime-control strategy in the United States during this time, a casual mid-’90s observer could be forgiven for hypothesizing that such a miraculous decline in crime would surely be the result of a massive increase in imprisonment.But a paper released today, “Better by Half: The New York City Story of Winning Large-Scale Decarceration While Increasing Public Safety,” suggests quite the opposite. In fact, New York City’s crime decline was coupled with a sustained and dramatic reduction in incarceration, allowing the state to close more than a dozen prisons and save tens of millions of dollars. New York is now not only the safest big city in the United States, but also one with the fewest incarcerations for its size.The paper was co-authored by Judith Greene, executive director of Justice Strategies, and Vincent Schiraldi, senior research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management and a former New York City probation commissioner.“Not only does the New York story show that substantial reductions in incarceration are realistic and attainable, but also that safety can be improved at the same time,” said Schiraldi. “While prison and jail populations grew across the nation and even within the state of New York, New York City actually made an about-face on incarceration and crime. Cities can actually be safer with substantial decreases in incarceration, and states should follow the lead of this remarkable reform.”The paper documents that between 1996 and 2014, New York City’s serious crime rate fell by 58 percent, while the combined jail and prison incarceration rate fell by 55 percent. Despite the fact that the city’s population grew by more than a million during this time, the number of residents behind bars declined by 31,120. In contrast, the same period saw the national incarceration rate grow by 12 percent, accompanied by a more modest decrease in serious crime of 42 percent.“Based on the accomplishments in states with the largest decreases in incarceration, we know that a successful decarceration recipe includes bold reform agendas, organizational moxie, and powerful public engagement,” said Greene. “New York’s unprecedented reduction in reliance on incarceration has been a bottom-up, advocacy-driven, community-focused strategy. When these ingredients include robust and sustained advocacy, we see that it is possible and realistic to reduce reliance on incarceration by half.”The paper explores the grassroots advocacy and increased numbers of responsive and reform-minded public officials at both the local and state levels that reversed the laws and practices prompting mass incarceration, including those generated during the nation’s war on drugs. Successful campaigns to reduce incarceration and abolish the harsh Rockefeller-era mandatory drug sentences were waged by groups such as the Prison Moratorium Project, the Correctional Association, and the Drug Policy Alliance.“This report reinforces the critically important role of advocacy and grassroots organizing in cutting incarceration by over 50 percent while reducing crime in New York City,” said Glenn E. Martin, founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA. “It proves that we have to be audacious in our thinking and actions to end mass incarceration, and invest in the ideas and leadership of those directly impacted in order to make big victories possible. In New York City, the next bold step is to close Rikers Island Jail Complex and invest in communities. The N.Y.C. story has inspired JustleadershipUSA’s mission, to reduce the U.S. correctional population by half by the year 2030.”The study’s co-authors point to the organizations and service providers who successfully educated judges, prosecutors, probation officials, policymakers, and the public about workable and humane alternatives to locking up New Yorkers. The New York Police Department reduced felony drug arrests by 66 percent between 1998 and 2015, even though drug use in the city remained stable.“Communities across the country are working not only for an end to the drug war and mass incarceration, but for systemic change,” said Lorenzo Jones, co-executive director of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. “‘Better By Half’ shows that with an informed, powerful base of directly impacted people, policy reformers, and community organizers, we can win real reform, change systems, and strengthen and secure safety and justice for all. This lesson is applicable across the country, and we hope funders, researchers, and policymakers in particular take heed.”Michael Blake of the New York State Assembly and fall fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University noted, “We are at a critical moment in time for criminal justice of ensuring that all of us are safe, improving relations between communities of color and law enforcement, and finding more ways to reduce the prison population while increasing economic opportunities for New Yorkers.”As America grapples with the challenges of and solutions to mass incarceration, the paper highlights lessons from New York City, combined with insights from California and New Jersey, arguing that it is possible to be twice as safe with half as much incarceration.“The paper by Schiraldi and Greene shows that very large cuts in incarceration need not pose any threat to public safety,” said Bruce Western, faculty chair of the Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management and former vice chair of the National Research Council Panel on the Causes and Consequences of High Incarceration Rates. “In fact, New York City may now be in a virtuous circle where low incarceration rates and low rates of crime are mutually reinforcing.”last_img read more