When seniors Madeleine Corcoran and Kathy Ogden were elected Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president, they agreed their focus would be on the community and addressing students’ desire for change. The team has made some headway in furthering the goals of its healthy living platform, but is still looking to do more in the spring semester. Corcoran and Ogden said they talked to food services general manager Kenneth Acosta at the beginning of the year in order to determine what they would be able to realistically accomplish in terms of healthy living and the dining hall. “We talked to [Acosta] at the beginning of the year … with our food committee chair Giavanna [Paradiso],” she said. “Giavanna has a strict diet, so she has a different perspective.”Corcoran said Acosta was able to carry out some of the small changes student government suggested. She said Paradiso was instrumental in determining these changes. “Giavanna is a student-athlete and she also has a lot of allergy restrictions,” Corcoran said. “She brought some of the challenges for those who have allergies to our attention and also to [Acosta’s] attention. Now there’s the fridge over by the sandwich line that offers individual items that are not cross-contaminated or exposed to other items in the dining hall.” Corcoran and Ogden also discussed adding extra workout classes in Angela Athletic Facility as part of their healthy living platform. But, Corcoran said, this has been challenging in some ways.Adding workout classes has “been hard because [Angela Athletic Facility] is utilized by many people,” she said. “And the instructors [of the classes] have other jobs, so we haven’t really made progress by having those classes.”However, Ogden said a lot of the athletic clubs, like Yoga Club and Cycling Club, have been able to increase the number of classes they offer. Next semester, Ogden and Corcoran said they hope to include more healthy living activities, including those that promote mental health. Corcoran said college students especially need to practice healthy and mindful living. “In college, it can be so easy to put your health at the back burner and be so stressed about school that you don’t make the best choices about food, or you skip your workout one day — it’s really important for our emotional happiness that we work out and eat healthy foods,” she said. “Without good health, we wouldn’t be performing as well as we could as students.”Ogden said she always feels better after eating healthy or exercising. “A healthy body is a happy body,” she said. Tags: 2018 Student Government Insider, Corcoran-Ogden, healthy habits, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association
We are wild beings, with wild instincts. So it seems fitting that while practicing one of our most primitive and beloved instincts—running—we might crave a wild place in which to run. Here are five of Appalachia’s elite ultra champions and race directors sharing their most cherished places to run.Find the best Wilderness Run in your area here!Annette BednoskyLINVILLE GORGE WILDERNESS, N.C.“It was wintertime, and we were trying to cross the Linville River at the Spence Ridge. The rocks were covered with ice and the consequence of falling in the water there—we would have probably died,” says Annette Bednosky, recalling a particularly memorable moment in the Linville Gorge Wilderness.She and her friend lived to tell the story, but those feelings of desperation are often part of running in the wild. Bednoksy especially loves the danger and beauty of running in the jagged, gaping, solid-rock Linville Gorge that gouges deep through Pisgah National Forest. It is the third largest wilderness area in the state. Trails are steep and rugged, and the land is accessible only on foot. This is where Bednosky comes to find peace.Bednosky directs the New River Trail 50K, which runs in the New River State Park along an old railroad bed. But unlike her New River Trail 50K, her personal wild runs in the Linville Gorge Wilderness are anything but fast and flat.The gorge is expansive and jarring as you first climb the trails on the ridgelines and peer over into the sheer drops from the rim. Just as when one peers over the edge and into the Grand Canyon for the first time, there is no question that you are looking at something unmistakably wild as you gape at the abyss of the gorge below. Its rocky landscape includes thousands of acres of old-growth forests.“This is where I really started these multi-hour running adventures and going places by myself,” says Bednosky. “I was figuring out that this ultra running thing—as much as it is a great experience of running and being fit—it’s this total adventure.”Clearly the sport stuck. Bednosky was the second American in the Team USA World Challenge 24-Hour in Italy in 2009, 9th overall in the National Team USA World Championships 100K in the Netherlands in 2011, and the 4th woman in the World Masters Marathon in California in 2011.But when Bednosky is not running around the world, she comes back to Linville Gorge to find solitude in her home wilderness.“Sometimes running in this area you’ve got to look at your feet, because it’s pretty technical in areas. But also on a clear day you can look up and see Grandfather Mountain. You can see Mount Mitchell, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. You can look down from parts of the route and see the foamy whitewater of the Linville River.”Here, wild running means dodging rocks, climbing crags, sliding through crevices, running along steep drops, or scrambling across rocky terrain. Wild running means technicality. Wild running means perseverance.The danger element is real, and Bednosky knows it. But that is part of the appeal, and part of the challenge that Linville Gorge Wilderness has to offer.Watch a video of Bednosky explain her passion for running, in her own words.Director’s Cut – Bednosky’s 22-Mile Wilderness RunPark at Spence Ridge Trailhead. Run the FS Road to the Table Rock parking lot. Cross through paved parking lot and continue east through the campground and along Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) to Shortoff and beyond. Continue on the MST and prepare for a wet crossing of Linville River. Then run on to Pinnacle Trail and ascend. Head west on Kistler Memorial Highway, a sometimes rutted and steep road with great views. At Connely Cove Trail leave KMH and descend to Linville River Trail (LRT), and follow it west for a short period of time. There are no signs (carry a map), but a short spur trail leaves LRT and goes to the Spence Ridge Trail river crossing access. Once crossing river, follow Spence Ridge Trail back to your vehicle.Dan LehmannROARING PLAINS WEST WILDERNESS, W.Va.“Dan, you’re going to get somebody killed running up here,” a friend told 61-year-old Dan Lehmann when he brought the first group of people to run the Roaring Plains West Wilderness with him nearly 10 years back. While urging caution, he laughingly admits that not a single person has yet to die while running with him up there.Lehmann didn’t even begin ultra running until his mid 40s. But a lot has changed for Lehmann since then, having completed many ultra runs from 50Ks to 100Ks without yet receiving a single DNF (Did Not Finish). He’s completed nine of David Horton’s vigorous Hellgate 100K races, and even coordinated and ran his own 120-mile trek across the West Virginia Appalachians.On top of being an aggressive runner, Lehmann is an individual full of character.“I love to dance,” Lehmann says “I think that dancing gives you a certain amount of agility and ability to move around fluidly and lends itself very well to trail running. Plus it’s a lot more fun because you’re with a gal.”As president of the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners club, which has cultivated a trail-running community in West Virginia, Lehmann directs his own races, including the 40-mile Highlands Sky Trail Run which crosses through parts of Roaring Plains West Wilderness, the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, and Canaan Valley. He is no stranger to running in areas that can potentially render a man helpless when running alone.One of Lehmann’s favorite wild runs is in the Roaring Plains Wilderness, a world of strong winds, high elevation, giant boulders, red spruce, and open-brush terrain, perched on the high-elevation plateau in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia.“The trails are not highly developed,” Lehmann says. “You often get off course a little bit, but you’re finding your way as much as you are trail running.”The Roaring Plains is a place of grandeur and harsh, wild landscapes. The rocks that have been strewn across the plains and trails of the 4,000-foot plateau beckon injury. Many of these rocks are enormous, still sitting exactly where they were deposited by the colossal strength of the glaciers that left them there eons before. The trees are often flagged and stunted from high-velocity winds—winds that can be as brutal and cold as the stones themselves and deliver powerful and dangerous snowstorms in the winter. The vistas are unbeatable and spread across a plateau where you can run quite far without losing the view.“Wilderness running has a little bit of intrigue, a little bit of danger to it. You’re far enough away from civilization that you’re maybe slightly at risk, particularly if you’re by yourself.”BRO TV: Watch a video interview with Lehmann Director’s Cut – Lehmann’s 21-Mile Wilderness RunPark at the Red Creek trailhead lot behind the Laneville Wildlife Cabin just past the metal bridge crossing Red Creek at the end on Laneville Road. From the Wildlife Cabin run downstream on Laneville Road and take a hard left on Bonner Mountain Road. Pass the Flatrock Trail parking and continue to the Flatrock Trail on right. The first mile of Flatrock Trail passes through private property and is marked with blue diamonds. After crossing into USFS property and into The Roaring Plains Wilderness most of the blazes are gone. Flatrock climbs for 2,700 feet over five miles and to Roaring Plains and then becoming the Roaring Plains Trail. Here the trail is open, windswept and rocky, with magnificent views. Continue to the gas line and the trail’s end. Turn right, then immediately left on FR 70. Continue on the gravel road and turn left on the Boars Nest Trail. Climb slightly, then descend steeply down 1,000 feet to old railroad grade and turn right. Proceed on the grade to intersect the South Prong trail and bear right. Climb two-and-a-half miles crossing FR 70 and continue up to Red Creek Plains. The trail passes through boulder sections, then the “ten bridges section” through wetlands to emerge at South Prong Trail lot near top of FR 19. Turn left on FR 19 and descend the three miles back to Wildlife Cabin.Francesca ConteSUGAR HOLLOW, Va.Francesca Conte co-owns and operates Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports with Russell Gill. She directs a handful of top races, including the Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) 100K. She has finished the Badwater ultramarathon. Known as the ‘world’s toughest foot race,’ Badwater is a 135-mile monster, running from Death Valley to Mount Whitney, Ca. She has won a handful of 100-milers. She has won the USA Track and Field 50-mile Championship. An Italian national, Conte has run in wild places all over the world, yet her favorite runs are in Sugar Hollow, a wild river corridor near Shenandoah National Park. Sugar Hollow is bisected by the North and South Forks of the Moormans River.“For me wilderness is, first and foremost, a place where I can be alone,” she explains.“I’ve seen Sugar Hollow when it was scary. In the winter, once you start through the mountains, you could be 50-60 miles in without seeing anybody. You put the elements on top of that: if the water gets really high, you might not be able to cross it, so how do you get back? Or the weather might change. All of those factors that are part of being in a wilderness totally change the equation.”Yet while danger is always present, the trees, the trails, and the river that calmly meanders through Sugar Hollow offers a tranquility that any trail runner can savor.BRO TV: Watch Conte on the trailDirector’s Cut – Conte’s 19-Mile Wilderness RunThe run begins at Sugar Hollow on the North Fork of the Moormans River Road. Run up the double-track trail that climbs for five miles to the Appalachian Trail. Continue left to head south on the A.T. for nine miles. These nine miles have three major climbs and the terrain is hilly even up on the ridgeline. The A.T. intersects the river at Jarmans Gap and makes a left onto the South Fork of the Moormans River road. The South Fork of the Moormans river road is a double-track trail that follows the South Fork of the Moormans river. It descends for five miles back to Sugar Hollow and the intersection of the North Fork and South Fork of the Moormans river.Clark ZealandRAMSEY’S DRAFT WILDERNESS, Va.Clark Zealand is a tough, talented, and thoughtful individual. But you don’t have to know that he’s had 17 career wins and 12 career course records, finished in the top three in nearly all of his races, and set the 5th fastest time in Canadian history for running 100 miles to see that. Or that he directs some of the toughest races in the country through his Eco-X Sports, including the grueling 50-mile Mountain Masochist race.He exudes a tranquility as peaceful as the forest around him. Not suprisingly, he loves to run in one of the most peaceful and remote areas in Virginia: the Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness of George Washington National Forest.“For me, wilderness and wild places are also cultural places,” Zealand said, sitting on the foundation of an old home that once existed in the middle of the Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness.“Long before Europeans came to live here, indigenous people lived here. So we create these places—and they’re really important to protect, super important to protect—but being able to see the obvious cultural artifacts is an important reminder about how these are cultural creations.”One of his favorite trails passes through an old-growth forest of Canadian hemlocks. Zealand loves ridge-running along the gorgeous pine-lined, snow-coated ridgelines of Ramsey’s Draft. The draft—a regional term for a creek—sings through the valley. He often sees tracks of bears and bobcats along the trails.While he loves to return here, drawn to the incredible beauty of Ramsey’s Draft that ease the tensions of his own life, he does it to ease somebody else’s life too.Zealand’s 10-year-old son, Coleman, is autistic. And while the hustle and movement of many human-oriented environments can often turn into a sensory overload for the mind of an autistic child, the still beauty and serenity of places like Ramsey’s Draft contain the ability to put Coleman at ease, even “bringing him to life.”“A lot of little boys like bugs and insects and things like that. But Coleman will avoid them because it might be too much stimulation for him,” he said as he described one of the most memorable times taking his son into the wild. “He actually picked up one of those really furry caterpillars and he was fascinated by it. We were just in awe of how not only did he tend and give focus to this little creature, but he could actually touch it and he was feeling it and exploring it with his fingers—something he had never done before.”So at the heart of it all, Zealand often visits wild places to find peace within and bring solace to the fragile mind of a child.BRO TV: Zealand on his favorite part of running in the wildernessDirector’s Cut – Zealand’s 17-Mile Wilderness RunStart at the Mountain House parking area of Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness. Run northbound on Ramsey’s Draft Trail to the intersection of Hardscrabble Trail and turn left. Continue onward to the 4,282-foot summit of Hardscrabble Knob with great views from the high-elevation trail along the way. Return to the intersection. Hang a left on Ramsey’s Draft Trail and continue onward to intersection of Shenandoah Mountain Trail where you’ll turn left to head south on Shenandoah Mountain Trail to continue onward to Jerry’s Run Trail. Make another left to head northeast on Jerry’s Run Trail and continue to intersect with Ramsey’s Draft Trail. Take a right on Ramsey’s Draft Trail and follow it back to the parking area to finish this 17-mile circuit.David HortonCOLD MOUNTAIN, Va.“Listen! What do you hear? You hear the wind. Do you hear any cars? Do you hear any people? Do you hear any traffic? Do you see stop signs? Do you hear any cell phones ringing? Do you hear anybody doing anything? The answer is, no. That’s what I like. I like being out in the mountains, in God’s creation,” David Horton says, gleaming, perched atop highland balds with the wind blowing in his face and the ominous gray clouds sweeping by in his favorite spot at Cold Mountain, Va., in the George Washington National Forest.David Horton is the godfather of ultra running in the South. In 1979 he ran his first ultra marathon. Since then, he’s run 160-plus marathons. He’s set the speed record on the A.T. He’s set the speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail. He’s set the speed record on the Long Trail. He’s directed over 65 ultras and continues to direct the Hellgate 100 each December. Running has defined David’s life—his life up until now, that is.“I turned 60 on February 28, 2010. Six days later, I was running along and my knee started hurting,” Horton recalled. “I stopped. I felt it. It was right in my joint and I thought, I think that’s a torn meniscus.”It was. After numerous MRIs, surgeries, and rehabilitations, he found that nothing could be done and that, to his dismay, running was out—for good.But here sat the driven running legend at Cold Mountain in the tawny, bald-mountain grass fields of the fall, talking about his favorite Virginia wilderness where he still comes to let go.Horton “shed about two tears” before making a quick transition to a sport that didn’t cause him so much pain in his knee: mountain biking. Horton biked 110 days in a row without missing a beat to develop the habit so that he could now replace his previous title as a ‘runner,’ with a ‘cyclist.’Now he finds himself still drawn to his favorite wild spots, pedaling to them instead of running, unable to turn his head away from the great outdoors. What is it that reels him back in every time?The wilderness means two things for Horton. It means sheer beauty and it means self-challenge. The emotion of dramatic landscapes combined with the self-sufficiency that you develop when you have to survive them—that’s what it is about for him.“I like being outside in all seasons—all weather. I think it makes you tougher. This is home,” he told me. “I love being in places where, if you mess up, it may take a while to get out. That’s ok.”Cold Mountain offers 360-degree views of Mount Pleasant and Mount Pompey in the distance, along with gusty winds and rolling, lullaby-fields.“When I run through here, I think I’m running in The Sound of Music,” Horton said, recalling the iconic scene of Julie Andrews running and spinning through a field in the Alps. But he wasn’t in the Alps. He was atop the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.BRO TV: Watch and learn more about Horton’s story Director’s Cut – Horton’s 17-Mile Wilderness RunStart at the Long Mountain Wayside on highway 60 where the Appalachian Trail crosses, about 15 miles west of Amherst, Va. Head north on FS 520 to FS 48 and turn right on 48 taking it to the Henry Lanum Loop Trail. Do the five-mile loop counterclockwise, following FS 48 around the mountain to Salt Log Gap. Follow FS 1176 north for about a mile and turn right on the A.T. Follow the AT back south to Long Mountain Wayside going through Salt Log Gap. Go up and over Tar Jacket Ridge with great views. Descend to Hog Camp Gap at 3,500 feet and then ascend to the open fields of Cold Mountain. Descend to Cow Camp Gap and then ascend to the top of Bald Knob at over 4,000 feet. Then descend 2,000 feet in three miles back to the start and Long Mt. Wayside.Find the best Wilderness Run in your area here!
A soft-spoken scientist who often works behind the scenes, Hugh Irwin doesn’t typically grab headlines or seek the spotlight. Yet for over thirty years, he has been one of the most powerful voices in conservation, responsible for protecting some of the wildest places in the mountains, including Citico Creek Wilderness in Tennessee and Fires Creek in western North Carolina.Irwin recently received the first-ever Southeastern Stewardship Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center for his dedication and determination in protecting Southern forests. He shared his thoughts on three decades of protecting wild places in Appalachia. From a conservation perspective, why is Southern Appalachia important? Southern Appalachia comprises one of the most significant biological hotspots in North America and one of the most important areas for conservation in the world. The area has been continuously vegetated for at least 65 million years and has served as a biological refugia during key phases of evolution. Our large number of endemic species and high diversity of animal species is globally significant. The Southern Appalachians is one of the most important centers of biological diversity for salamanders in the world. The diversity of aquatic species is also remarkable.What are the personal highlights of your conservation work over the past few decades?One major highlight was the Roadless Rule, which protected all inventoried roadless areas at the end of the Clinton Administration. We had been working to get protection for Roadless areas for decades. The designation of Citico Creek Wilderness and other areas in Cherokee National Forest in 1984 and 1986 was also a highlight. So was the publication of “Return the Great Forest,” a conservation vision for the Southern Appalachians that identified the critical conservation lands and connected corridors that could serve as the backbone of a conservation network to protect the biological diversity of the region for the long term.Have we made any progress on that conservaton vision?It is a long-term vision of what the region could be in a hundred years and more if we worked for conservation protection of these vital areas. We never thought it would be easy or would be uninterrupted progress fulfilling this vision. Indeed, there have been ups and downs since it was published. Some wilderness areas have been protected in Virginia. Key conservation tracts identified in the vision, such as the Rocky Fork tract in Tennessee, have been acquired as public lands.However, there is much remaining to do. The Nantahala-Pisgah planning process illustrates both the potential and the challenges of making progress toward building this conservation network. The Nantahala-Pisgah lies at the heart of this Southern Appalachian network. In many ways the success or failure of this vision rests on the fate of Nantahala-Pisgah lands. A large part of the remaining unprotected wildlands are on the Nantahala-Pisgah. Much of the remaining old growth in the region is on this forest. Critical rare species habitat is on the Forest and will be either protected or put into timber production.The planning process also initially failed to inventory important potential wilderness areas – essentially uninventoried roadless areas. It was only when conservation groups insisted that the Forest Service properly follow their own rules that areas that had been improperly left out were added to the inventory. However, these areas are not protected by the Roadless Rule.The stakes are very high, and the fate of these lands is far from assured. If the public does not insist that these and other critical conservation lands are protected, they could go into management that allows timber production.This is a tough time to be in conservation. How are you holding up? Although most of our conservation problems can be traced to human activity and past management, some people believe that these problems can only be addressed by doubling down and doing more active management. Some of the abuses of past management can be addressed through ecological restoration, but we also need to have humility. Nature and natural processes are the most reliable healer. Our lands that are in the best and most intact condition need to be protected. These are lands that are functioning as they should. They include old growth forest and forest that is returning to old growth.I am able to keep a positive attitude when I keep the long view and remember how special our landscape is. This landscape is tremendously resilient. The complexity of the mountain habitat represents innumerable niches for adaptation. Every change in elevation, every different slope and aspect represents a slightly different habitat in which species can adapt. Different parent rocks and their soils give a different substrate for plants to thrive in. This landscape is waiting to be a refuge in our time of ecological challenges and climate change as well. It also gives me hope that many other people also recognize and appreciate the unique landscape that we live in.What were some of the most memorable moments you’ve experienced in Southern Appalachia?Years ago, when I was first exploring the Citico Creek area, I heard a terrible racket immediately above me. It was a mother bear coming out of a tree as fast as she could, slowing herself as she came down with her claws dragging against the side of the tree. She was down within seconds and two cubs followed her, running down the holler. It was all over within a very short time, but it left a lasting impression.Another recent memorable experience also involved a bear and was very different from the first. I was hiking in the Big Creek area of the Smokies three years ago, and I saw a very large bear a few feet from the trail digging up roots. I expected that the bear would see me and run off. When that didn’t happen, I yelled and waved my arms again expecting it to run. The bear just looked up at me and then returned to digging. At this point I carefully considered my options. I could become more insistent, yelling louder and waving more aggressively. However, that didn’t seem the right thing to do. After all, the bear was more in its home than I was. So I left the trail and bushwhacked in a wide swing to give this bear the respect it deserved. Both experiences taught me respect and awe for this creature that in many ways epitomizes the wonder, mystery, and richness of our forests.
Goodlette praises section’s legislative involvement Says more lawyers need to run for office Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The legislature could use a few more good lawyers, and the sections of The Florida Bar are a tremendous asset to the legislative process.Those are a two of the topics Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, touched on during a wide-ranging speech to the Business Law Section at the Bar’s recent Annual Meeting. He also discussed highlights from this past legislative session, term limits, and his thoughts on the constitutional amendment process.“Without failure, the quality of the work product that comes out of the [Business Law] section and the amount of time and talent contributed by those in this room and many others in this process go unnoted in the legislative arena,” Goodlette said. He added he’s constantly busy educating his legislative colleagues — particularly those who are not lawyers and do not understand how the Bar works — how committed and dedicated section members are to improving the quality of public policy.An example of that commitment, Goodlette said, was demonstrated by the passage this year of Senate Bill 1056, a Business Law Section supported initiative that replaces the 1986 version of the Florida Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act with a 2005 edition. The new law incorporates reforms from the model act developed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. That includes harmonization of the merger and conversion provisions, to allow the conversion of business entities from one form to another in a one-step process.Goodlette said the legislation will make the state more competitive with the likes of Delaware and Nevada and thanked the section for its work on the bill, including helping him persuade Gov. Jeb Bush to sign it.Goodlette, who has served in the House for seven years and has one more regular session to go before being forced out by term limits, urged lawyers to run for office because of the talent and skills they bring to the legislative process.“It is important to have lawyers that are real lawyers,” Goodlette said. “I happen to be a lawyer who is in the legislature, not a legislator who happens to have a law degree. There is a difference, frankly. My view is we need more lawyers participating in this process.”He said the eight-year term limit passes quickly, so Bar sections must always focus on trying to “encourage other, newer members of the legislature to participate in your legislative agendas, something the Business Law Section does an outstanding job of.”While he will soon be gone, Goodlette said, the section is lucky to have members like Rep. Jack Seiler, a Democrat from Pompano Beach who is a business litigation lawyer, to call upon.Goodlette said this past session was very successful primarily “because the presiding officers of the Senate and the House got along with one another. They actually talked with one another and were civil to one another.”That has not always been the case, he said.“It was the most collegial session I have participated in and the least partisan in the Florida House; and full credit should be given to the Speaker of the House Allan Bense, because of his inclusive style,” Goodlette said, noting there are 84 Republicans and 36 Democrats in the House.“The collegiality of the chamber benefited from that and the work product benefited from that kind of inclusiveness because Republicans don’t have a corner on all the good ideas.”Goodlette said of the state’s $64.7 billion budget, 40 percent is classified as general revenue available for appropriations and the rest is tied up in state and federal trust funds. Of that 40 percent, 35 percent is spent for health and human services, education, transportation, economic development, justice, and general government funding. He said this year there was an unexpected spike in general revenue available, and the legislature used the additional $1.5 billion to address growth management issues, such as transportation, educational facilities, and water supply infrastructure.The legislature also funded 55 of the 110 new judges the Supreme Court sought, which he said was overdue, and anticipates another 55 – or more – will be funded next year. That’s important, Goodlette said, because when courts back up because of a lack of judges and other judicial resources, “it is the business litigation that gets shortchanged in the process.”Criminal and family law matters will always take priority, he said, and the interests of the business community will “get pushed to the bottom when the courts are not adequately staffed and we do not have enough judges in the courtrooms.”Goodlette said more work is needed on how the Florida Constitution is amended because it has “become entirely too easy to pay petition gatherers and others to advance an issue and get it on the ballot.”While he thinks it was a good idea in 1968 to put a provision in the constitution to allow citizens to amend the constitution through the initiative process, it is now being abused by special interests “who know that they can get 481,000 signatures on a petition and get it on the ballot, and it seems in recent years anything that gets on the ballot passes.”This year’s legislature approved two amendments for the November 2006 ballot that will address some of his concerns, he said. One would increase the threshold to pass an amendment from current 50 percent plus one to 60 percent. The other increases term limits from eight years to 12. Goodlette supports both propositions, the latter “in order to generate the kind of leadership we need in a growing state like Florida.”Extending the term limit, he said, will allow “a little more time to cultivate leaders before they become presiding officers.”Goodlette also said he would have liked to see an amendment to allow citizens to change or create statutes through the initiative process, and not just amend the constitution, which should be reserved for basic rights.“Some in the business community have some angst with that notion, but I think it is a pretty good tradeoff,” he said. August 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Goodlette praises section’s legislative involvement
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Suffolk SPCA released this image of a dog thrown from a window in Mastic Beach.Authorities have increased the reward for information to $3,000 in the case of a dog that was thrown from a window of a moving truck in Mastic Beach last month.Suffolk County SPCA officials said “Hap” the pit bull has been treated for his injuries and reunited with his family, but investigators are still searching for the suspect that tossed the dog from a 4-foor pickup truck onto the street, leaving the dog with a head wound.A witness reported the incident to authorities. The reward for information leading to an arrest was originally set at $2,000.Anyone with information is asked call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As fintechs continue to increase their presence in the financial services industry, credit unions must decide to either form partnerships with these potential disruptors or compete against them.The first step in making this decision is to identify your niche—what you’re good at—and determining where to go from there, says Jeremy Pinard, vice president of consumer lending at $10.6 billion asset Alliant Credit Union in Chicago.“Credit unions have to get comfortable finding that niche and understanding they can’t be everything to all members,” Pinard tells the CUNA News Podcast.Discovering that niche might mean changing the products and services your credit union offers, partnering with a fintech company that excels in that area, or opting not to offer that product or service.
Economy, Energy, Environment, Infrastructure, Innovation, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced nine new project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), that will benefit Pennsylvania residents and businesses through promoting energy efficiency and building out infrastructure to bring abundant energy to homes and commercial buildings.“Development of our energy infrastructure – whether through expanding access to natural gas, boosting the efficiency of buildings, or harnessing renewable energy resources like wind – are all vital to Pennsylvania’s economic health,” Governor Wolf said. “These projects approved today won’t just support our business sector, but it will also help residents by improving school buildings, enabling access to gas energy in homes, and creating jobs, bringing countless benefits to communities.”The approved projects include grants to support the purchase and installation of combined heat and power (CHP) systems, the renovation and construction of highly energy-efficient school buildings, the implementation of environmentally-friendly and economical manufacturing technology, and the purchase of wind turbines to harness renewable wind energy. The projects also include installation of pipelines that will bring Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas energy resources to more than 500 residential and commercial customers, boosting economic development in the areas where the projects are located.The following nine projects were approved:Centre CountyState College Area School District was approved for a $1,737,720 grant through the Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) program to assist with the costs of significant energy efficiency renovations at the Corl Elementary School in State College Borough. The 24,203-square-foot school, originally built in 1952, will be mostly demolished and reconstructed, with the undemolished portion of the building renovated. The result will be a 64,086-square-foot school with a high-efficiency geothermal HVAC system, LED lighting, efficient thermal envelope, daylight sensors, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. The new building is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by 633 MMBtu and reduce water use by 255,464 gallons annually. The total project cost is $17,377,208.Chester CountyOxiCool, Inc., a manufacturer of air conditioners, was approved for a $730,000 grant through the ACE program to incorporate a manufacturing line for the company’s TruckCool line of products, which uses molecular sieve-based technology to create air conditioning units for sleeper cabs of heavy-duty trucks. The sieve-based technology, created in a joint venture between OxiCool, Inc. and the U.S. Navy, will reduce truck idling for continued cooling of the cab by utilizing a small amount of diesel fuel or an alternative energy like solar panels as a source for power. The TruckCool unit will reduce the use of diesel fuel during engine idling by 90 percent, resulting in a reduction of 2,268 gallons per unit annually, and it will also enable the unit to use water in place of chemicals as a refrigerant, thus further reducing chemical emissions. The ACE funding will be used to purchase the remaining equipment needed for the new manufacturing line. The increase in production capacity is expected to create 73 new jobs over the next three years. The total project cost is $2,551,715.Cumberland CountyMechanicsburg Area School District was approved for a $1,589,234 grant through the ACE program for renovations and 46,600 square feet of new construction on the Shepherdstown Elementary School. The project will include a new high-efficiency heat pump HVAC system, installation of LED lighting and daylight sensors and existing building thermal envelope upgrades. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by 584 MMBtu annually. The total project cost is $15,985,431.Delaware CountyLCP Generation Partners was approved for a $965,000 grant through the ACE program for the purchase and installation of a 2,000 kW CHP system on Villanova University’s campus. The CHP project will offset approximately 17,520 MWhs per year of electricity and the waste heat from the system will produce steam and domestic hot water, a savings of 108 MMBtu annually. The electrical and thermal production offset will reduce Villanova University’s usage by a combined 24 percent. The total project cost is $3,559,993.Lebanon CountyBayer Healthcare, LLC was approved for a $1,171,000 grant through the ACE program to purchase and install a 2,000 kW CHP system at its operations facility in Myerstown. The CHP system will offset approximately 16,300 MWhs per year, which amounts to about 55% of anticipated annual electric use. The waste heat from the system will produce steam and domestic hot water, a savings of 117 MMBtu annually. The total project cost is $4,867,824.McKean CountyMcKean County Commissioners was approved for a $1 million grant through the Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) on behalf of International Wax Incorporated (IWI) for the construction of a natural gas pipeline to its refinery located in Keating Township. IWI is looking to convert its steam generation system at that facility from coal to gas, which will require the construction of the 8.5-mile pipeline. The total project cost is $2,512,549.Philadelphia CountyThe School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $2 million grant through the ACE program for the construction of a new, highly-efficient 140,000-square-foot elementary school in the city of Philadelphia. The project includes the demolition of the current Solomon Solis-Cohen Elementary School, originally constructed in 1948, and the construction of the new building, which will include a high-efficiency HVAC system, LED lighting, an efficient thermal envelope, daylight sensors, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. The new building is expected to reduce energy consumption by 2,268 MMBtu and water consumption by 477,047 gallons annually. The total project cost is $57,659,505.Somerset CountyMason Dixon Wind LLC was approved for a $7 million grant through the Renewable Energy Program to purchase 25 wind turbines for the construction of an 80 MW wind farm. The Mason Dixon Wind Farm will consist of seventeen 3.465 MW T84 turbines and eight 2.625 MW turbines, with an annual production of 229,852 MWh. The project will also include theinstallation of interconnection equipment, an access road, crane pads, and an operationsbuilding to house monitoring equipment. The total project cost is $103,663,658.Wayne CountyWayne Economic Development Corporation was approved for a $1 million grant through the PIPE program to install more than 27,000 feet of natural gas pipeline from the existing line in Canaan Township that serves the federal penitentiary on Canaan Road to Waymart Borough. This extension will make natural gas available to 52 commercial and 451 residential customers, including the area’s largest employers, bringing a significant economic boost to the region. The total project cost is $2,031,900.A full list of approved projects and guidelines for each CFA program can be found on the DCED website. For more information about DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Announces New Funding for Nine Projects to Promote Energy Efficiency and Spur Economic Development May 22, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
However, as conditions turned in subsequent years, the de-risking market moved towards hedging, over the transfer of risk.This period witnessed the withdrawal of several insurers, such as Aviva and Lucida, which either left the market or significantly reduced focus on bulk annuity business.Rumours over MetLife Assurance’s withdrawal from the UK market surfaced in the early part of 2013, after it was discovered Citigroup had been appointed to potentially run its auction.MetLife wrote around £55m of business in 2013, accounting for around 1% of the market, according to consultancy LCP.This level, in itself, was a significant reduction on the 5% market share, while only £256m of business was seen in 2012, despite 2013 being a £5.5bn record year for transactions.The purchase by Rothesay Life boosts its position in the market, as it steps up competition with market leader Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).Rothesay Life wrote £1.3bn of new bulk annuity business in the first three quarters of 2013, taking up one-quarter of the market.However, in the same period, PIC wrote £2.7bn, as it absorbed just short of half of all bulk annuity business seen from UK pensions schemes.The move for MetLife follows Rothesay Life’s recent influx of new capital, after parent company Goldman Sachs announced its intention to sell part of the wholly owned subsidiary.A collective of investors, including the Singapore sovereign wealth fund and asset manager Blackstone, purchased 64% of the insurer.Addy Loudiadis, chief executive at Rothesay Life, said the acquisition of MetLife Assurance would turn Rothesay into the largest dedicated provider of bulk annuity assets, in terms of assets under management.With the transfer of MetLife’s 20,000 policies from the UK and Ireland, and £3bn in assets, Rothesay now has more than £10bn in AUM. Rothesay Life, a UK pensions insurance provider, has expanded its bulk annuity book with the purchase of rival MetLife Assurance, a subsidiary of the US insurance group.The deal, still subject to regulatory approval, will see the transfer of around £3bn (€3.7bn) in assets between the insurers, as MetLife Assurance exits the UK and Irish markets.The UK bulk annuity market, which sees insurers purchase the annuity policies of members in defined benefit (DB) schemes in return for assets and premiums, has changed a great deal since inception in the middle of the last decade.Insurers, such as MetLife, entered the market around 2007, picking up vast amounts of business during a booming 2008, as economic conditions favoured these policies.
Share 121 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Food & DiningInternationalLifestylePrint Artist who cooked, served own genitals faces jail time by: – November 30, 2012 Tweet Mao Sugiyama shows off the spread that will eventually include cooked genitaliaAn artist from Tokyo who cooked and served his genitals to a paying group of cannibalistic diners could now face two years in prison. Mao Sugiyama, of Tokyo, has been charged with indecent exposure more than two months after the headline-grabbing meal, which five patrons shelled out $250 to consume, according to News On Japan.WARNING: Graphic descriptions below.The 23-year-old self-described “asexual” and three other people who helped organize the event face charges, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.Before turning 22, Sugiyama underwent elective genital-removal surgery. The severed penis, testicles, and scrotal skin were divided up and garnished with button mushrooms and Italian parsley.An MPD spokeswoman told AFP that the four suspects conspired to “openly display the severed male genitals to the assembled 71 guests” at a music club on May 13.Sugiyama made sure to follow all laws, including a ban on organ sales, processing of medical waste and food sanitation requirements, according to comments cited by AFP from the artist.Sugiyama also said the dinner was designed to raise awareness about “sexual minorities, x-gender, asexual people.”The Japan Daily Press reports that, if convicted of indecent exposure, Sugiyama could face up to two years in jail and a fine of roughly $32,000.Indecent exposure in Japan is described as displaying obscene objects, according to the Japan Daily Press. The paper seems to hint that the charge is a bit absurd considering people attending the event likely knew what they were in for.WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO OF THE MEALThe penis, scrotum and testicle…Braised, garnished and served for $250.Huffington Post Share Share
Brian K. Watterson, age 50, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday, May 22, 2017 at Ft. Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio.He was born November 21, 1966 in Richmond, Indiana. On June 27, 1992 he was united in marriage to Melanie Wehr and she survives.Brian was employed at the former Ford/Visteon in Connersville until its closing, and was currently employed at Taconic Corporation in Cambridge City, Indiana. In his leisure time he enjoyed spending time with his family, working outdoors, fishing, providing for his family, and the family dog, Jesse. He was also an avid Pontiac Vibe enthusiast.Besides Melanie, his wife of nearly 25 years, survivors include three daughters, Kayla Watterson, Megan Watterson and Jenna Watterson all of Brookville, three sisters, Kristi Koedel of Liberty, Indiana, Carla Young of Hagerstown, Indiana and Claudia Steele of Hamilton, Ohio; two brothers, Tom Fulmer of Brookville, Indiana and Eric Fulmer of Liberty, Indiana; as well as his mother, Janet Hensley of Liberty, Indiana.He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph & Lois Watterson; his step-father, Charles Fulmer; as well as an uncle Gary Watterson.Family & friends may visit from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Pastor John Jordan will officiate the funeral services at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Old Franklin Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, Franklin County E.M.S., or United Way.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Watterson family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .
Loading… The spot kick was incredibly United 13th in the league this season, and no team has ever been awarded that many penalties in a Premier League campaign before. United are looking to keep their run of 16 games without losing in-a-row going against Villa as they continue to try and qualify for next season’s Champions League. After being helped by a penalty at the weekend against Bournemouth, and once more against Villa, it looks like luck is certainly on their side right now, or the referees are like in the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. On second look pretty much no one agreed it should have been a penalty but Solskjaer won’t care a s Fernandes continued his incredible form by slotting it home. Read Also: Ronaldo shows off ripped body as he recovers from AC Milan loss Dean Smith and his team will be rightly fuming as they try and battle against relegation, something that is becoming increasingly more difficult, not helped by referee decisions like that. However the west Midlands’ club didn’t help themselves as United went 2-0 up on the stroke of half time. A quick counter attack by the visitors led to Anthony Martial playing it to Mason Greenwood on the edge of the area. The in form youngster struck home from outside the box to give Villa a tough ask. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bruno Fernandes won a controversial penalty for Manchester United against Aston Villa, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side broke a Premier League record. In the 27th minute of the game on Thursday evening the referee adjudged that Fernandes had been fouled by Villa full back Ezri Konsa and VAR didn’t reverse the decision. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Story Of The Small Italy Windows In The Walls Is Rather GrimCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TV7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made
Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, and forward Jamie Vardy have showered encomium on Wilfred Ndidi following his impressive performance in their 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. The midfielder was drafted into the center-back role in their opening Premier League game against the newly-promoted side, the Baggies. The Nigeria international paired Caglar Soyuncu at the heart of the Foxes’ defence following the unavailability of Jonny Evans, Wes Morgan and Filip Benkovic. Ndidi gave a good account of himself in the encounter, making 105 touches and had an 88% successful pass rate to help his side keep a clean sheet. Timothy Castagne’s strike and Vardy’s brace handed the King Power Stadium outfit all three points at the Hawthorns. Rodgers is not surprised by the performance of the Super Eagles star, explaining the midfielder has previously starred at centre-back for his side during one of their pre-season games. “Ndidi playing at centre-back was outstanding. He played 60 minutes there in a pre-season friendly,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.Advertisement “He did play there earlier in his career. He’s got the profile to play there – he’s big with a good leap. “Even if he’d played there all his life it would be tough coming back from everyone playing different systems with national teams. It would always be difficult to be cohesive after a couple of days training.” Vardy also praised the Nigeria international for excelling in the unfamiliar role while also hoping his side can build on the victory at the Hawthorns. “We need to keep going, we need to continue working hard in training, taking it into the games,” he told Sky Sports. “Wilf [Ndidi] has played centre-back today, I think he’s done really well, it is not his natural position”. Ndidi has been a consistent performer for Leicester City since he joined the side in January 2017 from Genk. The Nigeria international has made 121 Premier League appearances for the King Power Stadium outfit and last season he also featured prominently as they finished fifth. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Most Beautiful Indian Top Models EverBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo
Brentford defender Leon Legge has signed a new three-year contract at Griffin Park.Legge, 26, has been watched by Championship clubs Watford and Millwall after a series of impressive performances.He had made 76 appearances since arriving from non-League Tonbridge Angels in 2009, and his goal against Leyton Orient on Saturday was his seventh for the club.AdChoices广告“We are sure he will play an important role in Brentford’s future,” said Bees sporting director Mark Warburton.
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Jon Leuer stood outside the visitor’s locker room with two red scratches down his neck, Tim Jarmusz was dripping in perspiration and Jordan Taylor walked in a daze toward the team bus. It was the perfect snapshot of a bewildered group of individuals who were instrumental in executing Wisconsin’s biggest grand larceny of the season.“You have to be able to grind out,” Leuer said, “and that’s exactly what we did.” Sometimes, stealing one in crunch time is better than blowing one team out of the water, a bit of relief the Badgers experienced against a young, yet scrappy Iowa squad that UW scraped past with a 62-59 overtime victory Wednesday night. It was a gut check for all 45 minutes for Wisconsin (18-5, 8-3 Big Ten), which experienced the whole spectrum of emotions. UW went from being unable to throw a basketball into the ocean to taking control to seeing a game-winning shot from Iowa touch three-quarters of the rim before trickling to the court at the end of regulation.In terms of beauty on a scale of 1 to 10, this one was not for the faint of heart.“Probably a negative one,” Leuer said, who finished with a game-high 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. “It was ugly, definitely.” While it wasn’t as pretty as their dominant 30-point performance Sunday, the Badgers would be in a different place without Taylor’s grinding effort. The junior guard’s 6-for-18 shooting wasn’t aesthetically pleasing, but the timeliness in his 16-point production warranted a long nap on the beige pillow he clung to as he sauntered to the bus. “He’s not Superman, he can’t do everything, but sometimes you think he is,” Leuer saidWith Wisconsin down 53-51 late in regulation, Taylor hit a pull-up jumper at the top of the key with 29 seconds left, and then contesting Bryce Cartwright’s step-back jump shot, having enough of an impact to see it teeter off the rim with one second remaining in regulation. “He makes that shot … it was right in and out,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “We got the shot we wanted there.”The last time Taylor stepped foot in Iowa City, the then-freshman hit a three from near midcourt that sent the game to overtime, only to see his team run out of steam in the extra session. This time, Taylor had enough in the tank to help UW commit only two turnovers in the final 25 minutes while he dished out eight assists.“Taking care of the ball saves us again,” UW coach Bo Ryan said. “Who’s responsible for taking care of the ball? Jordan Taylor.” One could tell how hard Taylor battled, as his media session lasted less than 90 seconds, his answers were short and his eyes glazed over … a product of playing 44 of 45 minutes and being on the receiving end of a hard foul by Cartwright with seven seconds remaining in overtime.“It was a struggle, but we got a win,” Taylor said. “That’s all that matters.” Considering its first half, Wisconsin was fortunate to never be down double digits. The Badgers started 3-for-23 shooting en route to shoot 18.4 percent (6-for-33) in the first half, including 2-for-16 from 3-points range (12.5 percent), and were dominated 16-6 in points in the paint.Iowa shot the ball better (42.3 percent) but saw eight turnovers go for eight Wisconsin points. Even when Wisconsin made a bucket, it didn’t count, as the officials waved off and didn’t review a half court heave from Josh Gasser, despite replays showing the shot narrowly beating the shot clock.It was so bad that Ryan joked he heard a bunch of Iowa students taking up a collection to play horse against the Badgers. “They probably would have gotten us,” Jarmusz laughed. The statistics did improve dramatically, with Wisconsin making 15 of 29 shots (51.7 percent) in the second half, not surprising because of Leuer and Taylor shooting and passing the Badgers into the lead. After Iowa (10-14, 3-9) took a seven-point lead, Wisconsin went on a 19-10 run to take its biggest lead and saw 17 of those points come from either the senior or junior.“You can sulk or pout,” Ryan said, “and our guys didn’t.” Overtime seemed to give a false sense of hope with Taylor hitting a3-pointer from the right elbow and Iowa immediately going on a 4-0 run to take a 57-56 lead with 2:05 in overtime. But a back-and-forth affair finally swung in UW’s way after Jarmusz hit a 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining to give UW the lead for good.“Jordan and Jon are looking for the open shot, but Jordan penetrates and finds me open,” Jarmusz said. “I just had to knock it down.” Bigger than any one bucket in overtime, however, was the grittiness of Gasser, who scrambled on the floor to corral Taylor’s miss with 12 seconds left in overtime and called a timeout, allowing UW to build a three-point lead it wouldn’t relinquish.It was one of 16 offensive rebounds Wisconsin grabbed on the night, a huge benefit to the Badgers despite being outscored 8-7 on second-chance points.“That was huge to get those second chances,” Leuer said. “It could have even been more beneficial for us, but we let some opportunities slip away.”Three days after the Badgers shot 59 percent in a 26-point dismantling of Michigan State, the road used to be a safe haven for Wisconsin, which had gone 24-17 in true road tests away from the Kohl Center over the past four years, but had gone 2-4 this season entering Wednesday night, succumbing to late turnovers, blown double-digit leads and bad shooting performances.The Badgers had all that wrapped into one against Iowa, but managed to thwart Iowa’s first three-game conference winning streak in four seasons. Consider this the physical undercard before Saturday’s heavyweight tilt against No.1 Ohio State.“That’s what this team has been all about, just hard work and being a blue-collared team,” Jarmusz said. “We were able to find a way and win in the end.”
The front running Dazzling Suzie will bid to burn off her seven rivals in the Carrick on Suir Mares Handicap Hurdle .Among her rivals in the 3.35 are the Pat Fahy-trained Good As Gold and Curragh No Gold from the Harry Kelly stable.While in the 4.35, Paul Nolan’s Horse No Name will be bidding for victory in the Slievenamon Beginners chance after a string of solid efforts in defeat. Today’s 7 race card at Powerstown Park gets underway at 2.30 with the going described as soft to heavy.