Snow Women’s Volleyball Earns All-Region XVIII Honors

first_img Brad James November 8, 2019 /Sports News – Local Snow Women’s Volleyball Earns All-Region XVIII Honors FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Various Snow College women’s volleyball standouts received All-Region XVIII honors as the Region XVIII volleyball championship tournament commenced at the Horne Activity Center Friday. Those who received honors are listed below:REGION XVIII PLAYER OF THE YEARSnow College freshman Lydia Montague has been named the Region 18 Player of the Year and a first-team All-Region selection. Montague, a 6-1 middle blocker from Lehi, Utah, led the region and ranked 12th nationally with a season-high hitting efficiency of .394. She registered a team-high 280 kills on the season, averaging 2.72 kills per set. She was also credited with a team leading 100 blocks.Twice named the Scenic West Player of the Week, Montague had eight matches with 10 or more kills, including a season-high 21 kills against Eastern Arizona. She also collected 19 kills in the Badgers’ 3-1 win at Western Wyoming and 17 kills against nationally-ranked Glendale.Montague is the second Snow College player in the past three seasons to earn Region 18 Player-of-the-Year honors.ALL-REGION FIRST TEAMFreshman right-side hitter Korrin Thornock earned Region XVIII first-team honors after totaling 242 kills on the season, and was credited with a .238 hitting efficiency on the season. Thornock, a 6-1, six-rotation player was also credited with 200 digs and 74 blocks. The Spanish Fork HS alum was twice named the Scenic West Player of the Week during the season, recorded 10 or more kills 12 different times during the season, and was credited with a season-high 14 kills against No. 2 Miami Dade.ALL-REGION SECOND TEAMFreshman setter Ellee Anderson recorded 960 assists on the season, averaging 8.81 assists per set. Her assist total ranked second in the region and 17th nationally. Anderson also ranked seventh nationally with a region-best 61 service aces. Used in both a 5-1 and 6-2 offensive system, Anderson was also credited with 207 digs and 22 blocks.ALL-REGION HONORABLE MENTIONSophomores Andreanna McKee and Savannah Tanner earned All-Region honorable mention honors. McKee ranked third on the Snow roster with 250 kills. She averaged 2.4 kills per set and hit an impressive .261 on the season. Tanner led the Badgers with 351 digs, averaging 3.3 digs per set. Tanner also ranked second on the Snow College roster wth 36 aces.REGION XVIII COACH OF THE YEARAfter leading the Badgers to a school record 30 wins on the season, including an undefeated mark of 10-0 in conference play, and the team’s first outright conference championship since 1986 , Snow College head coach Jeff Reynolds was named the Region 18 Coach of the Year. Reynolds has posted a record of 103-23 (.817) in just four seasons at the helm of the Snow College program, averaging 25.8 wins per season. Snow finished the regular season ranked No. 5 in the nation, marking the team’s highest final national ranking in school history. Written by Tags: Snow Volleyballlast_img read more

USS Gabrielle Giffords first LCS to employ integrated NSM

first_imgUSS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) recently became the first US Navy littoral combat ship to launch the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) in an integrated setup.Gabrielle Giffords’ launch of the NSM is different from the one performed by USS Coronado in 2014 in that the missile system aboard LCS 10 is coupled with the ship’s combat system while Coronado’s demonstration was performed from a bolt-on launcher set up on the ship’s flight deck.The integrated missile launch took place Oct. 1 during exercise Pacific Griffin, a biennial exercise conducted in the waters near Guam aimed at enhancing combined proficiency at sea while strengthening relationships between the US and Republic of Singapore navies.“Today was a terrific accomplishment for USS Gabrielle Giffords crew and the Navy’s LCS class,” said Cmdr. Matthew Lehmann, commanding officer. “I am very proud of all the teamwork that led to the successful launch of the NSM.”The NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at distances up to 100 nautical miles away. The stealthy missile flies at sea-skimming altitude, has terrain-following capability and uses an advanced seeker for precise targeting in challenging conditions. It meets the US Navy’s over-the-horizon requirements for survivability against high-end threats, demonstrated lethality, easy upgrades and long-range strike capability.All Independence-variant LCS are to be equipped with the missiles.Photo: US NavyGabrielle Giffords, on its maiden deployment, arrived in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility Sept. 16, for a rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. This marks the first time two LCS have deployed to the Indo-Pacific region simultaneously.Gabrielle Giffords is the fifth LCS to deploy to US 7th Fleet, following USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the currently-deployed USS Montgomery (LCS 8). View post tag: USS Gabrielle Giffords View post tag: US Navy View post tag: NSM Share this article View post tag: LCS Photo: USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during exercise Pacific Griffin. Photo: US Navylast_img read more

Extension Specialist- Plant Pathology

first_imgProvides educational leadership in the development, implementation,management, and evaluation of research based, integrative statewideExtension programs that meet the needs of limited-resource andsocially-disadvantaged audiences. Delivers training and educationalsupport materials for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)agents and their clientele/customers in plant pathology, consistentwith the philosophy, policy and overall mission, goals andeducational objectives of Cooperative Extension at North CarolinaA&T State University. This position works both individually andcollaboratively to plan, deliver, and assess the effectiveness ofExtension programs relating to plant pathology. The selectedcandidate will be able to secure external research funding forprograms to engage underserved and limited-resource audiences inthe revitalization and profitability of small farms. This positionprovides: 1) innovative leadership in planning, implementing, andevaluating statewide educational programs that address the needs ofsmall, part-time, and limited resource farm audiences related toplant pathological programs that help small farmers identify andcontrol diseases, and minimize the negative effect of plantdisease; 2) leadership in identifying and conducting staffdevelopment opportunities, training and technical assistance inplant pathology and related areas for Extension professionals,paraprofessionals and non-Extension persons; 3) curricula-likedocuments and program accomplishment reports to share with internaland external audiences and assistance with marketing theorganization and its impacts; 4) collaboration with College ofAgriculture & Environmental Sciences (CAES) faculty, otherExtension specialists, and research scientists to develop relevantresearch-based plant pathology program initiatives; and 5)promotion of diversity within Extension programs and withaudiences. The Extension Specialist, Plant Pathology reports to theAssistant Extension Administrator – Agriculture and NaturalResources of Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T.last_img read more

Savvy Senior Hiring an In-Home Caregiver

first_imgDear Savvy Senior,I need to locate a good in-home caregiver for my 83-year-old mother. What’s the best way to find and hire one? Looking for CareDear Looking,Finding a good in-home caregiver for an elderly parent can be challenging. How can you find one that’s reliable and trustworthy, as well as someone your parent likes and is comfortable with? Here are some tips that can help.Know Your NeedsBefore you start the task of looking for an in-home caregiver, your first step is to determine the level of care your mom needs. This can pinpoint the type of help she’ll need. For example, if she only needs help with daily living tasks like shopping, cooking, doing laundry, bathing or dressing, a “homemaker” or “personal care aide” will do.But, if she needs health care services, there are “home health aides” that may do all the things a homemaker does, plus they also have training in administering medications, changing wound dressings and other medically related duties. Home health aides often work under a nurse’s supervision.Once you settle on a level of care, you then need to decide how many hours of assistance she’ll need. For example, does your mom need someone to come in just a few mornings a week to help her cook, clean, run errands or perhaps bathe? Or does she need more continuous care that requires daily visits or a full-time aide? After you determine her needs, there are two ways in which you can go about hiring someone. Either through an agency, or you can hire someone directly on your own.Hiring Through an AgencyHiring a personal care or home health aide through an agency is the safest and easiest option, but it’s more expensive. Costs typically run anywhere between $14 and $25 an hour depending on where you live and the qualification of the aide.How it works is you pay the agency, and they handle everything including an assessment of your mom’s needs, assigning appropriately trained and pre-screened staff to care for her, and finding a fill-in on days her aide cannot come.Some of the drawbacks, however, are that you may not have much input into the selection of the caregiver, and the caregivers may change or alternate, which can cause a disruption.To find a home-care agency in your mom’s area ask for referrals through friends, family or doctor’s offices, or use the Area Agency on Aging’s home-care locator service at – click on “Find Quality, Affordable Care.” In addition, Medicare offers a home health compare tool at to help you find and compare home health care agencies.You also need to be aware that original Medicare does not cover in-home caregiving services unless your mom is receiving doctor’s ordered skilled nursing or therapy services at home too. But, if your mom is in a certain Medicare Advantage plan, or is low-income and qualifies for Medicaid, she may be eligible for some coverage.Hiring DirectlyHiring an independent caregiver on your own is the other option, and it’s less expensive. Costs typically range between $12 and $20 per hour. Hiring directly also gives you more control over who you hire so you can choose someone who you feel is right for your mom.But, be aware that if you do hire someone on your own, you become the employer so there’s no agency support to fall back on if a problem occurs or if the aide doesn’t show up. You’re also responsible for paying payroll taxes and any worker-related injuries that may happen. If you choose this option make sure you check the aide’s references thoroughly, and do a criminal background check, which you can do sites like find someone, ask for referrals or try eldercare-matching services like or Or, for a fee, an aging life care expert (see can help you find someone.Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.last_img read more

Winter Blast To Start The Weekend

first_imgBundle up! An early Canadian blast of cold air has settled in and temperatures are expected to drop below freezing for the first time this season. Highs will only reach the low 40s on Friday but cold northwesterly winds gusting to 30mph at times will make it feel like in the low 30s during the day.Forecast High FridayReal Feel Temperatures Friday AfternoonWinds will still be brisk into the nighttime hours as temperatures drop into the 20s and wind chills in the teens. A hard freeze is expected Friday night so protect any tender plants you may have outside.A very cold start to your Saturday despite the sunshine as temperatures will start in the low 20s. Winds will be much lighter on Saturday, so even though highs will only reach the low 40s, it will not feel as cold.Saturday Forecast HighsThe second half of the weekend, temperatures will rebound back into the 50s with a mix of sun and clouds. The next chance of rain will arrive by Monday.last_img read more

Special Weather Statement: Flood Advisory

first_imgThe National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Ocean City from 6 p.m. to midnight Wednesday.The current advisory forecasts water levels to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at 8:27 p.m. Forecasters predict a level of 5.8 feet on the mean low water scale (MLW). Visit to compare these predictions to other recent and historic tide levels.A full moon, rain and northeast winds are expected to contribute to flooding conditions.Residents should monitor conditions and be prepared to move vehicles from areas that typically experience tidal flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are typically at higher elevation. For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades.For police and fire department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.last_img read more

News story: Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy welcomes the Committee on Climate Change ‘Net Zero’ report

first_img Few subjects unite people across generations and borders like climate change and I share the passion of those wanting to halt its catastrophic effects. One of our proudest achievements as a country is our position as a world-leader in tackling this global challenge, being the first country to raise the issue on the international stage, introduce long-term legally-binding carbon reduction targets and cutting emissions further than all other G20 countries. Today’s report recognises the work we’ve done to lay the foundations to build a net zero economy, from generating record levels of low carbon electricity to our ambitious plans to transition to electric vehicles. To continue the UK’s global leadership we asked the CCC to advise the government on how and when we could achieve net zero. This report now sets us on a path to become the first major economy to legislate to end our contribution to global warming entirely. This government committed to legislating for a net zero emissions target in its Clean Growth Strategy and last year wrote to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) asking for advice on whether we should set a date.Today the CCC published its advice recommending a 2050 net zero emissions target.Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark said: Additional informationcenter_img We are convinced of the urgency of action on climate change, which is why we asked for this advice from the Committee on Climate Change last October. We are not immediately accepting the recommendations set out in the Committee on Climate Change’s detailed report but will be responding in due course to ensure the UK continues to be a world leader in tackling climate change. The UK is committed to tackling climate change and we are a world leader in cutting emissions while creating wealth. Between 1990 and 2017, the UK reduced its emissions by over 40 per cent while growing the economy by more than two thirds. In October 2017, we published our Clean Growth Strategy, setting out our plans for meeting our carbon targets and our ambition to legislate for a net zero emissions target. Since then we have continued to bring forward new policy and deliver on the strategy. We also put clean growth at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy through making it one of four ‘Grand Challenges’, boosted by significant innovation funding. We’ve heard the urgent calls to protect our wildlife and habitats, and we are already acting to do so. Our ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan outlines our commitment to supporting and protecting the world’s most biodiverse forests, supporting sustainable agriculture and enhancing sustainability, and supporting zero-deforestation supply chains. As the Environment Secretary said, the transition to a clean economy “will require us to change the way in which our energy is generated, change the way in which our homes are built, change the way in which our land is managed and farming operates. But that change is absolutely necessary.” We are playing a leading role internationally, at COP24 in Katowice, we reached global agreement on a robust and transparent rulebook to drive genuine climate action. As a world leader in clean growth, we recognise the need to ensure the momentum generated by the Paris Agreement is maintained. Everyone is feeling the impacts of climate change and we know that we need to work with other countries, civil society and businesses to drive ambitious action together. To energise the country we’ve set a date for this year’s Green GB Week. From 4 November all parts of society will be hosting events to showcase the challenge and the opportunities of moving to a greener, cleaner economy. More information can be found here. We have therefore offered to host COP26 in 2020, and we are committed to ensuring it is a success.last_img read more

General Fund, Transportation Fund and Education Fund Revenues Exceeded Target for February

first_imgTransportation Fund By Major Element (In Millions) YTDYTD%FebruaryFebruary%Tax ComponentFY 2007FY 2008Change Montpelier, VT – Secretary ofAdministration Michael K. Smith Announces that General Fund, Transportation Fundand Education Fund Revenues Exceeded Target for February. Transportation FundSecretary Smith also released the revenueresults for the Transportation Fund.  TheTransportation Fund revenue results for February exceeded target by +$1.42million or +9.71%, said Smith.   Gasoline Tax, Motor Vehicle Purchase and UseTax and Other Fees all exceeded the recently revised revenue targets for themonth (Gas, +$0.73 million or +16.0&; Motor Vehicle P&U, +$0.30 millionor +10.3%; and Other Fees, +$0.64 million or +48.17%).  Diesel Tax was -$0.20 million or -18.23%below target, while Motor Vehicle Fees slipped below target by only -$0.05million or -0.99%.  Cumulatively, theTransportation Fund revenues of $143.44 million exceeded the target for theyear by +$1.37 million or +0.97%.  center_img General FundSecretary of Administration Michael K. Smithtoday released General Fund revenue results for the month of February, the eighthmonth of fiscal year 2008.  General Fundrevenues totaled $64.16 million, +$5.32 million or +9.04% more than the $58.84million consensus revenue target for the month.  The resulting fiscal year-to-date General Fundrevenue total of $767.19 million is +$6.65 million or 0.87% above the recentlyrevised consensus forecast of $760.54 million. We are pleased to have exceeded our General Fund forecast.  However, it should be noted that some of theabove target revenue is due to the timing of certain insurance tax receiptswhich were targeted for March.  Excludingthe timing items, General Fund revenue for the month still exceeded target by$1.3 – $1.8 million, despite the continuing economic challenges, said Smith. The monthly consensus cash flow targets reflectthe most recent fiscal year 2008 Consensus Revenue Forecast that was agreed toby the Emergency Board on January 16, 2008.  TheStates Consensus Revenue Forecast is updated two times per year, in Januaryand July. Monthly Personal Income Tax receipts are thelargest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of-Personal IncomeTax refunds.  Although the PersonalIncome Tax for February of $2.82 million was below target by -$2.72 million,the fiscal year-to-date Personal Income Tax remains above target by +$1.23million or +0.33%, and +$33.43 million or +9.8% ahead of the  prior year-to-date.  Offsetting the under-target performance inPersonal Income Tax, Corporate Income Tax exceeded target by +$1.45 million forthe month of February, due to lower than expected refunds, and by +$2.14million or +5.96% year-to-date, Smith said. The Rooms & Meals Tax fell below target by -$0.17million or -1.70%.  Sales and Use Taxresults were above target by +$0.57 or +0.35%. TheOther General Fund category includes Insurance Tax, Estate Tax, BankFranchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Property Transfer Tax, Fees, and OtherTaxes.  As previously stated, InsuranceTax exceeded target by +$7.90 million, due mostly to timing, while Estate Tax fellbelow target by -$1.2 million or -78.77% below target for the month, saidSmith.  Year-to-date, through February, EstateTax, which is always difficult to predict, was -$3.05 million or      -25.06% below the year-to-date target.  Year-to-date, the remaining Other GeneralFund revenue categories, exclusive of Insurance and Estate Tax, were belowtarget by -$1.53 million or -2.65%. SecretarySmith concluded by saying, We are pleased that the General Fund has exceeded ourforecast for February after taking the timing issues into consideration.  However, the national economy continues to beof great concern and we must remain cautious about our revenue predictions for the remainderof fiscal year 2008.General Fund By Major Element (In Millions) Tax ComponentFY07 YTDFY08 YTD% ChangeFeb-07Feb-08% ChangePersonal Income$341.97 $375.39 9.77%$3.53 $2.82 15.16%Sales & Use$153.74 $158.29 2.96%$14.97 $16.33 3.86%Corporate$29.62 $38.00 28.29%$1.13 $1.33 83.24%Meals & Room$78.92 $84.24 6.74%$8.66 $9.83 3.11%Insurance Premium$40.60 $45.93 13.13%$23.42 $28.83 -50.00%Inheritance & Estate$13.24 $9.13 -31.04%$0.73 $0.33 -93.42%Real Property Transfer$8.84 $7.90 -10.63%$0.73 $0.56 -36.80%Other$49.55 $48.31 -2.50%$3.76 $4.13 -9.52%Total$716.48 $767.19 7.08%$56.93 $64.16 8.04%last_img read more

CVPS proposes renewable energy grants, studies

first_imgWith an eye toward traditional renewable projects as well as cutting-edge studies, Central Vermont Public Service has proposed funding a variety of projects to further clean energy development in Vermont. ‘From improvements to existing projects to forward-thinking projects with great potential, we hope to improve and expand Vermont’s renewable energy options,’ CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said.  ‘In proposing funding for these projects, we hope to make new strides in energy production.’ The CVPS proposals, filed with the Vermont Public Service Board, include funding for nine renewable and carbon-reduction projects and studies for a total award of about $340,000.  In a letter to the PSB, CVPS noted the proposals would be funded from an insurance rebate related to the company’s former ownership in Vermont Yankee. CVPS proposed a $30,000 grant to the University of Vermont to fund a study that could improve energy production of manure-based methane, the energy source for CVPS Cow Powerâ ¢.  The study would analyze microbes that produce methane in an effort to improve the cost-effectiveness of farm methane energy systems. ‘The primary goals are to identify the micro-organisms that can produce the highest amount of methane and the optimal conditions for them to grow and produce methane,’ Costello said.  ‘This could improve energy production and the economics of manure-based energy production.’ CVPS proposed a $15,000 grant to help fund the Vermont Deep Geothermal Energy Study, a state effort to examine the potential of deep geothermal energy.  This grant would fund field data acquisition, including a survey of water well temperature data and rock properties, which are cost-effective methods to begin the search for geothermal resources.  A separate $25,000 grant would support Vermont Technical College’s plans to install a ground-source heat pump space heating and cooling system on the Randolph Center campus. Other proposals include:$50,000 for two solar hybrid-electric vehicle charging stations;$30,000 to fund continued research on the use of lake weeds as an energy source in biodigesters;$43,000 to improve the CVPS Renewable Energy Education Center on Route 7 in Rutland Town.  The funds would be used to add web-based and on-site monitoring equipment that would allow viewers to see energy production of the solar and hydro facilities in real time, as well as wind speed from a test tower at the site.  Drainage and walking path improvements would also be made;$15,000 for a Green Mountain College summer learning project to evaluate energy and environmental innovation as it pertains to customer engagement;$15,000 for the production of a GMC white paper on hyper-efficient electric devices, including plug-in vehicles; andA $15,000 grant to the Vermont Environmental Consortium to study the feasibility of a significant new solar project at the Elizabeth Copper Mine in Strafford.  ‘Vermonters already enjoy one of the cleanest power supplies in the nation, with rates that are among the lowest in the Northeast,’ Costello said.  ‘Through these studies and projects, we intend to support continued development of new renewable energy while providing seed funds to investigate promising new technologies.’last_img read more

Brazil Fighting Organized Crime on the Border

first_img The Brazilian Government launched Operation Ágata 5 on its southern borders in August 2012, deploying 9,000 troops from the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines to combat transborder and organized crime while increasing state presence in these regions. The Navy sent 30 ships into the rivers, lakes and seas bordering Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. The Air Force provided Black Hawk and Pantera helicopters, as well as F5 and Super Tucano aircraft for air surveillance. Marines from the state of Rio Grande do Sul were called on for the entire operation. “It is a border operation whose objective is, above all, to repress crime,” said Minister of Defense Celso Amorim. General Carlos Bolivar Goellner, southern military commander, said patrolling the areas between the cities of Foz do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná, and Corumbá, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, was critical because these areas have the most drug trafficking and smuggling of goods. With Federal Police and other interagency support, the total force participating in Operation Ágata 5 surpassed 10,000 personnel during 30 days. Sources:, By Dialogo October 01, 2012last_img read more