Lamar sports informationNACOGDOCHES – There’s just one regular season weekend series left in the long and successful career of Lamar head coach Jim Gilligan. And with the Southland Conference tournament less than one week away, it’ll be a big weekend in terms of seeding when the Cardinals take the field at Stephen F. Austin in league action at Jaycees Field.The series is slated to start Thursday night at 6:30, although the weather may have a say in that. The second game is scheduled for 2 o’clock Friday and the regular season finale will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Heading into the weekend, Lamar (32-17, 17-10 Southland Conference) has the fourth seed while Stephen F. Austin (27-25, 14-13) sits with the sixth seed- still battling to lock a spot in the tournament.For the Cardinals, the series also gives them a chance to right the ship before they head into the tourney. Big Red has dropped seven of its last eight, and is being outscored by a hair less than three runs a game in the stretch.As he has all season, right-hander Will Hibbs (9-2, 2.92 earned run average) will take the mound for Lamar in the first game of the series. The senior was touched up early against Sam Houston State, but settled in and eventually finished the game strong. He’s pitched 86 1/3 innings this year with just 28 earned runs scored on him. He’s struck out 90 batters with only 24 walks.Southpaw Patrick Ledet (6-1, 3.62) will oppose him on the hill. Ledet has pitched 69 2/3 innings with 28 earned runs allowed. He’s punched out 61 hitters and walked 20. For SFA, LHP Erik Nouis (4-4, 3.86) will take the hillFriday night. He’s worked a team-high 72 1/3 innings with 31 earned runs allowed. He will be opposed by righty Billy Love (5-4, 3.76).Neither team has chosen a starter for the season finale.The Lumberjacks have a stout offensive group that is hitting .301 for the season with an average of 6.8 runs per game. Connor Fikes leads the team with a .371 batting average, Nick Ramos leads with 47 runs scored, Kyle Thornell has 11 home runs on the year and Garrett McMullen has 55 run batted in.McMullen is hitting .364, Thornell is at .348, Zac Michener is hitting .341 and Tyler Kendrick hits .330 on the year.Stijn van der Meer has taken hold of the top spot in the batting average race at Lamar. His .370 average narrowly edges Reid Russell’s .369. Russell is the league’s leader in homers (16) and his 57 RBI ranks second, shy of Jameson Fisher’s 59.Van der Meer has a shot at finishing in the top five at in LU’s career batting average list. His .360 average sits fifth heading in. Russell is two homers shy of tying Michael Ambort’s school record 18, and he could be the first Cardinal to 60 RBI since Ambort did it in 2007.Jake Nash, who is hitting .308, has 40 runs scored and 39 driven in. With one more run, he would be the first 40-40 player at LU since Darian Johnson and Sam Bumpers in 2013. Bryndan Arredondo is hitting .309 on the year and Cutter McDowell is on the brink of .300 at .298.As a team, the Cardinals are hitting .295 with a 6.2 runs per game average.Tickets to the Southland Conference Tournament are already on sale. An all-tournament pass, which allows entry into all 15 possible games of the tournament, is $60. A single-day pass, which will include four games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a possibility of three games on Saturday, is $18 each day. Children five and under will be admitted free of charge, while students at Southland Conference Institutions will also gain free admission with a valid student ID.Students at Southland Conference institutions will also gain free admission with a valid student ID.Tickets are available for purchase at the Constellation Field box office, by phone at 281-240-4487 and online at sugarlandskeeters.com. Online orders are subject to a $2 service charge per ticket.
Based on actual events, Casa Valentina is set in the 1960s and tells the tale of men who went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, and something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these “self-made women” had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster. Casa Valentina Four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein’s world premiere play Casa Valentina will be part be a part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2013-14 season. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello, the play will begin previews on April 1, 2014 and open on April 23 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Casa Valentina marks Fierstein’s first play in almost 30 years. Related Shows View Comments Casa Valentina joins an already jam-packed season for MTC that includes Sharr White’s The Snow Geese, directed by Daniel Sullivan and starring Mary-Louise Parker, Amanda Peet’s The Commons of Pensacola, directed by Lynne Meadow and starring Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker; John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, directed by Doug Hughes and starring Brian F. O’Byrne and Debra Messing; Dennis Kelly’s Taking Care of Baby, directed by Erica Schmidt and starring Reed Birney and Margaret Colin; Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Pam MacKinnon and starring Cherry Jones; and David Grimm’s world premiere play Tales From Red Vienna. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014
This map shows the deadliest states (in darker blue) according to a new study. Map courtesy USA Today. In 2008, 716 bicyclists were killed in crashes with cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A shocking 17% of those deaths (125 people in 2008) occurred in Florida, even though the state has only 6% of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s population, making it the most deadly state for both cyclists and pedestrians.A recently released study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed Florida with the most cyclist deaths followed closely by California with 109. Texas was statistically the third most deadly state for cyclists in 2008 with 53 deaths.Vermont, South Dakota and Nebraska were the safest states, reporting no cycling fatalities. Alaska, Washington D.C., North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Wyoming all reported only one cyclist death each.The NHTSA estimates 53,000 cyclist were injuries in collisions with vehicle during the yearlong study period in 2008.The study also reports alcohol use by either the driver or the cyclists in a shocking 37% fatal accidents. In 23% of reported accidents, the cyclists killed had a BAC of .08 or higher.USA Today has an interesting map of deaths by state here, and you can download a PDF of the full findings of the NHTSA study here. See some interesting graphs and charts from the study after the break. This graph shows the number of cyclist deaths over time.
Here Are the Stars You’ll Spot at This Year’s Broadway Flea MarketWe’ve got your weekend plans right here! The 31st annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction will take place on September 24, and the autograph table is going to be stacked with stars. Bernadette Peters, Stephanie J. Block, Christy Altomare, Donna Murphy, Billy Porter and Broadway.com’s newest vlogger Will Roland are just a few of the names scheduled to sign autographs on Sunday. The Broadway Flea Market, which raises money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place at Shubert Alley and West 45th Street. See you there!Les Miserables Scribe’s Manhattan Parisienne Announces CastingCasting has been announced for Alain Boublil’s Manhattan Parisienne, which is set to run off-Broadway at The Other Palace from October 10 through October 21. Helmed by Bruce Guthrie, the cast will include Noa Bodner, Richard Emerson, Douglas Hansell, James Lailey, Orlando Seale, Gabriel Vick and Marie Zamora. The play with music follows a French female singer and a male New York musician who has a history with Paris. Connected by music, they embark on a surreal journey though NYC on a rainy evening, intersecting with various characters including a street musician who may be more than what he seems. With Les Miserables’ scribe on board, you know it’s going to be magnifique.Playwright Lauren Yee Wins Kesselring PrizeScribe Lauren Yee has garnered the National Arts Club’s $25,000 Kesselring Prize. The award, which includes the cash prize as well as the opportunity for Yee to develop her work for two weeks in the NAC’s historic Gramercy Park clubhouse, will be presented on November 5 at the club in New York City. Atlantic Theater Company, Seattle Rep and Denver Center will produce Yee’s newest work, The Great Leap, this season. Past recipients include A Doll’s House, Part 2 scribe Lucas Hnath, Tony Kushner, Anna Deavere Smith and last year’s honoree, Lindsey Ferrentino, whose play Ugly Lies the Bone was produced this year at the National Theatre in London.Original Movie Musical The Homecoming Celebrates Artists with DisabilitiesZeno, a collective that brings both disabled and non-disabled talents together to create, is making an original movie musical, and you can be a part of it! There is currently a Kickstarter page for The Homecoming, a musical film conceived by, produced by, featuring and celebrating individuals with disabilities. Want to lend a hand in making film diversity history? Contribute here.P.S. Catching Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 21? You’re in for a post-show treat! Music maker Sara Bareilles will host Cast Album Karaoke following the evening performance. This is your chance to take the Broadway stage by storm with Bareilles! Don’t miss it. Hamilton Vet Jordan Fisher Makes a Splash on Dancing with the StarsJordan Fisher is going for that mirror ball! The Broadway alum is competing in the 25th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. He and dance partner Lindsay Arnold wowed the crowd with their tango during the season premiere on September 18. Check out Fisher’s fancy footwork below and cheer him on Monday nights on ABC! View Comments Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold on ‘Dancing with the Stars'(Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless)
Related According to the Wall Street Journal, ‘consumers have grown suspicious of Power Balance’s $30 athletic wristbands – which promise to alter the body’s natural energy flow to make it stronger, well-balanced and more flexible – leading sales to plummet and prompting the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.’Earlier this year, Power Balance, was sued by its customers who alleged that Power Balance falsely claimed that its bracelets improved athletic performance. The class-action suit was brought by consumers who claimed they were tricked into believing the hologram-embedded band improved balance, flexibility and strength. There was, however, no evidence to back up those claims.The tipping point towards bankruptcy appears to be a settlement filed in September in a federal court in Los Angeles. Under the terms of the settlement, which is yet to be finalized, anyone who bought a wristband would be eligible for a refund of the US$30 purchase price, plus US$5 for shipping.According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, the settlement could cost Power Balance US$57.4 million.Last year, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ordered Power Balance to admit there was ‘no credible scientific evidence that supports’ claims that the wristbands improve athletic performance.www.powerbalance.com
The Johnson County Christmas Bureau has planned this year’s pop-up event at 9701 Metcalf Ave., in Overland Park, the same location as last year. Photo by Johnson County Christmas BureauEvery year at the beginning of the Christmas season, the Johnson County Christmas Bureau helps low-income neighbors in the county. Here’s how the nonprofit organization operates and how people can get involved.The Lenexa-based nonprofit will operate a holiday shop from Nov. 30 to Dec. 8 at 9701 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. This was the former Sears store and the same location as last year’s pop-up shop.Larry Bigus, executive director of Johnson County Christmas Bureau, said the nonprofit’s cause is important to him because of its local impact, with residents helping their neighbors “who fell on hard times,” such as getting laid off from work or having a medical emergency.He said 34,000 Johnson County residents live below the federal poverty level. These people cannot afford a lot of life’s necessities.“They have to make choices every day such as whether to put gas in the car or buy food for dinner,” Bigus said. “They don’t have the money to buy coats for their kids. They don’t have the money to buy enough food for the month. And they need help.”Bigus said low-income neighbors are “people just like you and I,” but something went wrong in their life and they’re unable to earn enough to pull themselves up. Most people are below the poverty level for two or three years “and then manage to pull themselves out,” he added.After applying to participate, residents with low incomes receive an appointment to visit the holiday shop, where they can receive winter coats, new children’s clothing, personal care items, books, hats, gloves and scarves, food and other items.Johnson County Christmas Bureau is accepting donations at any of the 31 donation barrels located across the county, including this one at Merriam City Hall. Photo by City of MerriamBigus said the people who need help are the people we see every day: The clerk at the store, the pizza delivery guy, the fast food worker and the employees at the convenience stores.“When you come to the shop and you volunteer and you meet the clients — our neighbors — it is a very warm, positive holiday feeling,” he said. “You get to know our low-income neighbors as human beings, not as numbers or statistics. You don’t realize the challenge they face because they aren’t earning enough.”Bigus said 30 percent of jobs in Johnson County pay less than $15 an hour, and “it takes more than $15 an hour to pull a family above the poverty line.”The second impetus pushing Bigus to be involved with the nonprofit is the countywide impact of poverty.“It lowers educational achievement, it increases crime rate, it increase health care costs and premiums,” he said. “So by helping our low-income neighbors, you’re also helping all of the community by alleviating the problems caused by poverty.”Visit the nonprofit’s website to sign up to volunteer or find a donation barrel. The nonprofit accepts monetary donations as well; these can be arranged by calling 913-341-4342, or [email protected]
Sharice Davids has announced her first two staff hires.Sharice Davids announces district director, chief of staff. Incoming Rep. Sharice Davids announced this week that her campaign communications director Danielle Hull Robinson will become the district director in her congressional office. Allison Teixeira Sulier, who served as a senior advisor on her campaign, will become chief of staff. Robinson and her husband Cole, who reside in Prairie Village, were Davids’ first dedicated campaign staff members. Sulier previously worked for Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Davids office has also posted opening for two additional positions, staff assistant and constituent outreach representative.
by. Georgann SmithA recent Javelin Research study provides some interesting data on digital wallets and the role financial institutions (FIs) could play regarding this emerging payments solution.Javelin found consumer awareness and interest in digital wallets is on the rise. Interestingly, the study also concluded consumers are looking to their FIs to provide digital wallet capabilities.According to the study, 43 percent of consumers interested in having a digital wallet would choose their primary FI as their preferred provider. Compare that to 34 percent who say they would pick PayPal and 24 percent who would choose Google.Specifically, Javelin analyst Mary Monahan calls the digital wallet arena “…a fight for credit unions to win — or lose. [Consumers] trust their financial institutions (FIs). Whatever wallet their [FI] comes up with is the one they will adopt.”The report points out FIs have been slow to begin offering digital wallets, while non-traditional players, such as PayPal and Google, have seen continual growth in digital-wallet usage. As Javelin Research Associate Daniel Van Dyke puts it, “The financial industry narrative is that nobody wants a mobile wallet, but that is not true. There is a strong incentive to get into this now. The mobile wallet space is not static.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“He likes to see how far he can push his potential,” Louw said. “He’s hungry for success. If I set him a goal time for a meet in a race, he’ll see if he [can] exceed that goal time.”When he isn’t in the pool or studying, Becker likes to watch movies and play video games with his teammates. Senior Jan Hansen and Becker play video games together when they’re not competing or studying.“We’re around each other frequently,” Hansen said. “I’ve been able to hang around [him] … He doesn’t sugarcoat anything … he also is very direct and forward as a friend.”Minnesota will host the men’s Big Ten Championships this weekend at Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center. At last year’s Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio, Becker finished fourth in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle.Becker said it would be huge if Minnesota did well at the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships in March, which Minnesota will host.“We talk about it a lot. We’re excited. It’s something that not many people get to experience,” Becker said. “We’re appreciative of that. It’s going to be exhilarating.” Bowen Becker fights through rheumatoid arthritis to thrive with MinnesotaBecker began swimming when he was about 11 years old after being diagnosed with the condition.Ellen Schmidt, Daily File PhotoJunior Bowen Becker prepares for the Men’s 100 Yard Freestyle during the Minnesota Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center. Erik NelsonFebruary 22, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSince he was about 11 years old, junior Bowen Becker could only compete in swimming.Becker couldn’t play any other sports because of rheumatoid arthritis in his knees. He said his condition does not make life for him more difficult, except when training for his Division I sport.“It impacts the way I look into athletics and how I work out in the weight room,” Becker said. “I have to be aware of my body more than other people.”Becker finished first in the 100-yard freestyle, completing the race in 43.18 seconds in Minnesota’s most recent meet against Northwestern and Purdue. Becker won the 50-yard freestyle, finishing the race in 19.64 seconds on the second day.Becker was ranked as one of the top 20 recruits in the U.S. for the class of 2015. However, he wasn’t recruited by any Division I program — until one day, when head coach Kelly Kremer visited Becker’s high school, Faith Lutheran School in Las Vegas.“He saw me swimming that day. He said, ‘You have great potential to be a great swimmer. I’ll have my spring coach call you sometime later today. Hopefully, we can talk about a trip,’” Becker said. “It went [uphill] from there.”Kremer could not be reached for comment for this story. Associate head coach Gideon Louw said Becker likes to challenge himself in the pool.
For the first time since March 2014 when the World Health Organization (WHO) was first notified of a rapidly growing Ebola outbreak in southeastern Guinea, the affected region went a full week without any new lab-confirmed cases, according to an update today.The WHO, however, cautioned about a remaining risk due to several high-risk contacts linked to recent transmission chains that have been lost to follow-up in both Guinea and Sierra Leone.The encouraging further drop in cases means the outbreak region has stayed below 10 confirmed cases for 11 straight weeks and comes just 2 days after the WHO’s Ebola emergency committee recommended that the situation still warrants a public health emergency of international concern as defined by the International Health Regulations.Country-specific situationsGuinea’s drop to zero cases last week followed a spurt of four cases the week before, all of them with links to the country’s last known transmission chain, based in Conakry’s Ratoma area. The WHO said 509 contacts are still being monitored in three of Guinea’s districts: Conakry, Coyah, and Forecariah.The WHO warned that over the past 42 days, responders have identified but haven’t been able to trace 290 contacts from four of Guinea’s districts: Conakry, Coyah, Dubreka, and Forecariah. The country’s four most recent cases were reported in late September from two villages in Forecariah district. All were infected by an unregistered contact of a probable case linked to the Ratoma transmission chain.Door-to-door case finding efforts have been under way in Conakry and in several villages in Forecariah district to address the risks posed by the contacts who were lost to follow up.Meanwhile, Sierra Leone has gone 3 weeks without a new case, and as of Oct 4 all contacts related to the country’s last two known transmission chains completed their monitoring. The last patient was discharged from treatment in Kambia district on Sep 26, which started the country’s 42-day countdown toward Ebola-free status.Officials, however, still haven’t been able to trace two high-risk contacts, one each from Bombali and Kambia district. The WHO said responders will continue to search for them until 42 days have passed since the last case in each district.Overall totalsOverall, the number of confirmed, probable, and suspected Ebola cases in the two countries and Liberia is at 28,421 cases, with Sierra Leone reporting the most illnesses, followed by Liberia. So far 11,297 deaths have been reported, with the highest number in Liberia, followed by Sierra Leone.No new healthcare worker infections have been reported since Aug 26, keeping that total at 881, with 513 of them fatal.See also:Oct 7 WHO situation updateOct 5 CIDRAP News scan “WHO committee continues Ebola emergency, temporary measures”