Broback returns in Paradise Jam wins Emily WickstromNovember 28, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter Minnesota’s women’s basketball team’s first two games, the Gophers proved they can win without Jamie Broback.But with Broback back to her dominant ways this weekend, the Gophers showed how much better they can be with her in the lineup.Minnesota (4-0) beat Nevada 83-75 on Friday and Virginia 69-64 on Saturday en route to winning the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.Broback ” who missed the Subway Classic tournament Nov. 19 and 20 because of a leave of absence ” came off the bench both games but carried much of the scoring load, with 31 points in the tournament. She was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.On Saturday, the Gophers found themselves behind the entire first half.After Virginia took its biggest lead, 17-9, with 11:46 left in the first half, the Gophers finally responded.Minnesota went on a 7-0 run, capped by a Shannon Schonrock three-pointer, to pull within one point.In the second half, senior guard Shannon Bolden gave the Gophers their first lead of the game with a three-pointer with 17:33 to go.And after scoring zero points in the first half, junior forward Liz Podominick became a force, finishing the contest with 18 points and eight rebounds.The teams traded leads throughout the rest of the game, until freshman Emily Fox scored a three-point basket with 1:47 to go to give Minnesota a six-point advantage and the lead for good. Sharnee Zoll led the Cavaliers with 16 points.“I’m excited about the poise we displayed down the stretch,” Gophers coach Pam Borton said. “Virginia played very hard and this is a great win for us.”Borton was less pleased with her team after Friday’s game, as Minnesota came out slow against a lesser Nevada team.The Gophers held the lead after the first few minutes, but could not put the Wolf Pack away, leading by a score of 42-34 at halftime.“I think we underestimated the team a little bit,” Podominick said. “Nevada played very well and did some things we didn’t expect. It took us a while to respond.”Minnesota answered in the second half by building a double-digit lead, but Nevada went on a late 7-0 run to pull within five points with 1:22 left in the game.The Gophers sealed the game with a basket from April Calhoun and free throws from Kelly Roysland and Broback down the stretch.Sophomore Natasha Williams scored a game-high 20 points and Broback had 17. Guards Roysland and Shannon Bolden balanced out the scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively, and Calhoun had seven assists.“I wasn’t pleased with our overall effort,” Borton said.Podominick joined Broback on the all-tournament team because of her performance in the championship game.
Fortune:Embrace uncertainty — it’s the only surety in life, we’re often told. New research suggests these words may be easier said than done, particularly when it comes tofinancial uncertainty.During the Great Recession of 2008, stocks, bank accounts and IRAs weren’t the only things hurting. People were hurting, physically, and more so than usual. That year, Americans spent an estimated $300 billion on painkillers and other pain-related expenses, a 1,000 percent increase over two decades earlier and more than the combined yearly costs of cancer, heart disease or diabetes (based on the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey). Another national survey showed that from 2006 to 2012, painkiller dependence or abuse increased by 50 percent.Read the whole story: Fortune More of our Members in the Media >
“Impulsivity is highly related to the number of years of using methamphetamine, specifically in men. Our findings suggest that impulsivity likely both contributes to using this substance and increases as a result of using it.”The National Institute on Drug Abuse funded the study, and Lara A. Ray of UCLA was the corresponding author. The researchers looked at 157 meth users’ scores on the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale, a widely used self-reporting measure of impulsive personality traits.Those in the study sample were between 18 and 50 years old, reported using meth in the last 30 days, and reported not using any other substances other than alcohol, tobacco or marijuana. The subjects were free of major mental or physical health problems and were not seeking treatment for their meth use.The Barratt Impulsiveness Scale is broken into multiple types of impulsivity, some of which include attentional and motor impulsivity. Attentional impulsiveness has been defined as an inability to focus attention or concentrate. Motor impulsiveness refers to a tendency to act on whims.About 1 percent of 12th-graders report having used meth at least once, and more than 6 percent of people 26 and older have used meth in their lifetime.“One possibility is that meth users are self-medicating,” Cservenka said. “If they have difficulty paying attention, they may try to use meth to perhaps improve their attentional ability, as amphetamines are clinically prescribed for this purpose.”Illicitly manufactured and distributed, methamphetamine is a toxic, strong, highly addictive central nervous system stimulant. Using it can cause disturbed sleep patterns, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions, aggressiveness, irritability, confusion, anxiety and hallucinations.“Methamphetamine use is such a big burden on the individual and also at the societal level,” Cservenka said. “We pay a lot for users’ health care because meth use impairs both psychosocial function and physical health. These results suggest that if we find individuals during adolescence who show elevated symptoms of impulsivity or a lack of inhibitory control, they may be individuals we want to target for early intervention.”Cservenka says longitudinal studies – tracking subjects over time – are needed to better determine if impulsivity is a trigger for early meth use.“Because this was a cross-sectional study, we can’t say that impulsivity led to meth use,” she said. “We can only suggest that perhaps impulsivity might be a trait that individuals should pay attention to in at-risk youth, especially when it comes to late adolescence or young adulthood, when most meth use is initiated.“We can only see the complete picture if we track adolescents at an early age and then follow them into young adulthood to understand what risk factors contribute to starting using a substance like meth. Impulsivity may be one of them, but there are likely a number of other risk factors.” Share LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Methamphetamine users who described themselves as impulsive were more likely to have started taking the drug at an earlier age, a study of more than 150 users showed.Both attentional and motor impulsivity were linked to early meth use, even when accounting for total years of use. On average, people who use methamphetamine start at about age 22.“It’s really unclear if impulsivity is a contributor or a consequence of early methamphetamine use; I think it’s both,” said Anita Cservenka, an assistant professor in the School of Psychological Science at Oregon State University, and co-author of the recent study in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Pinterest Email
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Metal Shark Aluminum Boats is expanding its operations and has acquired a large waterfront parcel to accommodate the production of larger vessels.The builder has signaled its entry into the shipbuilding sector with the purchase of a 25-acre waterfront tract located in South Louisiana’s St. Mary Parish. Plans for the new facility call for over 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space, with approximately 100 new employees expected to be hired within the next few years.Infrastructure improvements have commenced at the site, which Metal Shark is transforming into a shipyard capable of supporting aluminum and steel shipbuilding operations for vessels up to and exceeding 250’ in length.Construction of Metal Shark’s 45’, 55’, and 75’ vessels currently on order and in various stages of assembly at the company’s headquarters in Jeanerette, Louisiana will be transferred to the new yard, where production volume will increase as new, larger offshore vessels are added to the company’s expanding lineup.Metal Shark vessels 40’ and under, including several models being built under multi-year contracts for the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy, will continue to be produced at the company’s existing facility in Jeanerette. This facility, which was expanded in 2011 and again in 2012, will be enlarged once more to accommodate present and future growth.All told, these moves represent an investment of more than ten million dollars by the company.“Metal Shark has grown exponentially over the past several years, but the size and scope of this newest expansion will completely redefine the company and elevate our role in the marketplace,” said Chris Allard, president of Metal Shark. “While we are expanding our facilities, we are at the same time actively expanding our in-house engineering staff and our in-field training and support team to keep pace with our ambitious slate of new builds.”In addition to the facilities and workforce upgrades, Metal Shark has also announced substantial investments in new designs. The company’s proven Defiant class of v-bottom pilothouse vessels, with parent craft in service with various military and law enforcement entities worldwide, has been expanded to include vessels up to 100’.Additionally, the company has announced a new “Endurance” class of pilothouse catamaran vessels. These long range offshore vessels are characterized by their wide beams, efficient hulls, and many crew-friendly features shared with existing Metal Shark models, such as “pillarless glass” pilothouse windshields that increase visibility and operational safety by drastically reducing the dangerous blind spots associated with conventional pilothouse vessels.All Defiant and Endurance-class vessels may be fully customized to meet a wide range of mission profiles including military; law enforcement; fire rescue; chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) disaster response; and pilot operations.“Metal Shark has always enjoyed strong support from the State of Louisiana and South Louisiana,” stated Chris Allard. “This long-standing cooperation and pro-business attitude, combined with the region’s skilled workforce, were key factors in our decision making process for this expansion. Louisiana provides the perfect climate for American manufacturing and we’re proud to continue our investment here.”[mappress]Metal Shark Aluminum Boats, January 26, 2014
Virtual courts should not be rolled out nationally following a critical Ministry of Justice evaluation of a year-long pilot, the Law Society has said. The MoJ said yesterday that the pilot was successful in reducing the average time from charge to first hearing, failure to appear rates, and prisoner transportation and police cell costs – but that these savings were exceeded by costs of the pilot, and particularly those associated with the technology used. In light of the MoJ’s findings, Society president Linda Lee said it would be ‘wholly irresponsible for the government to roll out an expensive and inefficient process when justice and the rule of law is at stake’. She added: ‘There are clearly operational as well as financial flaws to virtual courts that point towards an obvious conclusion: they do not work. The idea of virtual courts was to speed up the process and save money. The pilot shows it has failed on both counts. ‘The Society has, for some time, been opposing the virtual courts idea for a range of reasons, including the impact it would have on genuine access to justice. The report highlighted a worrying problem for those engaged in the court process. Magistrates and district judges presiding over virtual court cases had more difficulty in imposing authority remotely, and perceived that defendants took the process less seriously than they would if they appeared in person. ‘The physical separation of the virtual court also made it harder for defence and CPS advocates to communicate before and during hearings. ‘Virtual court activity also placed additional burdens on police custody officers, case file handlers and, most significantly, designated detention officers, who were charged with overseeing virtual court hearings in custody suites.’ The virtual court was piloted between May 2009 and May 2010 in one magistrates’ court and 15 police stations in London, and one magistrates’ court and a police station in North Kent. Selected defendants did not attend the first hearing in the magistrates’ court, but remained in the police station with a video link to the court.
Most of the blades, which were manufactured in Brazil, are destined for a 40-turbine wind farm on Rollins Mountain in the northern Penobscot County towns of Lincoln, Lee, Burlington and Winn. The wind farm is being developed by Massachusetts-based First Wind.Local news reports said some blade loads offloaded at the Eastport docks will also be trucked to wind projects in Nova Scotia and Mansfield, Pa.Christopher M. Gardner, executive director for the Eastport Port Authority, told HLPFI that he hopes the port will handle more wind turbine component shipments in the future. “The strength of our location, facility, stevedoring operation in Federal Marine Terminals and most importantly our labour union have all well positioned us to turn this into an opportunity to be a premier location for this new industry in this region of the United States and nearby Canada,” said Mr Gardner.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland attended a one car crash on the A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie road Yesterday May the 10th. Police found the driver to be drunk and she was arrested.At the Police Station, she provided an alcohol reading that was almost 8 times over the limit! The 27-year-old woman was held in police custody overnight and today pleaded guilty at court.She was given an interim driving disqualification and will be sentenced at a later date.A police spokesperson stated “Police Scotland is fully committed to tackling this dangerous and potential life-changing behaviour and will continue to enforce the drink-drive legislation across the region on a daily basis.”
The CMA CGM Group, announced the merger, effective January 1, 2018, of its subsidiaries MacAndrews and OPDR whose headquarters will be located in Hamburg.The union between these two companies specialised in intra-European transport enables the CMA CGM Group to strengthen its multimodal offer in Europe, particularly thanks to the complementarity of the geographical zones covered today by MacAndrews and OPDR, in order to create the sector’s leader.MacAndrews will bring together the strengths of the two subsidiaries and will be characterised by:a presence in 16 countries36 agencies595 employees (310 OPDR / 285 MacAndrews)18 servicesAcquired by CMA CGM in 2002, MacAndrews is the oldest shipping company in Europe. It offers rail, land and maritime transport services to customers and is a specialist in container transport on short-sea routes as well as multimodal solutions in Europe. MacAndrews connects Great Britain, the Iberian Peninsula and Poland. OPDR, acquired by the CMA CGM Group in 2015, is an expert in intra-European short-sea transport and logistics. OPDR mainly covers Central Europe, Spain (including the Canary Islands), Portugal and Morocco.This merger is fully in line with the Group’s strategy to develop its intra-regional activities. Employment in each entity, as well as existing services, will be maintained, the company said.Sea News, December 1 Author: Priyanka Ann Saini