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Utah State Football Pushing Start of Fall Camp Back Following Mountain West Announcement

first_img Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Following the Mountain West’s revised plan for fall sports that was announced Wednesday, Utah State football is pushing back the start of its fall camp to Monday, Aug. 24. Leading up to that, Aggie players will continue with strength and conditioning, meetings and walkthroughs.“With the start of the season being delayed, the best course of action for the well-being and protection of our student-athletes, is to push back the start of fall camp to August 24, which will allow us to continue to make up for lost time in our off-season training cycle,” said USU head football coach Gary Andersen. “With our first game now being on Oct. 2, this schedule will give us one traditional week of camp before school starts. Although it is unconventional to be in school during fall camp, this calendar will allow for sufficient time to get ready for a season that starts in late September.”The current plan is for Mountain West sponsored fall sports to begin competition no earlier than the week ending Sept. 26. The football season will be comprised of an eight-conference game schedule with an option for each member to play two non-conference opponents, if they choose to do so.“While we are disappointed for our student-athletes, coaches and Aggie fans that we won’t have a full regular season opportunity for our fall teams (cross country, football, soccer and volleyball), we are encouraged about playing a full Mountain West schedule in each of these sports,” said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell. “The health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is, and always will be, our No. 1 priority. We are appreciative of the continued dedication and perseverance of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and supporters through the challenges created by COVID-19.”With Wednesday’s announcement, Utah State will tentatively begin its 2020 season at BYU on Friday, Oct. 2, and begin Mountain West play the following weekend with its current schedule. USU will work with Southern Utah to try and find a new date for its game that was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12.Further decisions regarding safety standards related to Aggie football, tailgating and other game day activities, including social distancing, face covering and other health measures consistent with CDC, state and local guidelines, will be announced at a later date. August 6, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local Utah State Football Pushing Start of Fall Camp Back Following Mountain West Announcement Written by Tags: Mountain West/Utah State Aggies Footballlast_img read more

Quanta Services acquires gas utility contractor Hallen Construction

first_img Image: Quanta Services has acquired Hallen Construction and other contracting companies. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel/Pixabay. Quanta Services, a specialised contracting services company, has acquired gas utility contractor The Hallen Construction (Hallen) and two speciality utility foundation and pole-setting contractors for approximately $330m (£267.08m).The deal comprised nearly $328m (£265.46m) paid in cash, subject to working capital adjustments, and approximately $2m (£1.62m) in stock.Founded in 1927, Hallen serves key strategic markets in the northeast US.The US-based construction company has strong relationships with major utilities in the American market, primarily providing gas distribution and transmission services, as well as underground electric distribution and transmission services.Headquartered in Plainview, New York, Hallen also provides a utility services platform in the northeast, which Quanta can use to expand its electric infrastructure services offering.Quanta Services president and CEO Duke Austin said: “We are pleased to announce these acquisitions, as each company provides Quanta with an exceptional management team that enhances our ability to collaborate with our customers on their multi-year programmatic spending plans, and are additive to our more than $7.5 billion of estimated 2019 utility revenues. As a result, we believe these acquisitions provide a repeatable and sustainable earnings profile that is complementary to our business and consistent with our strategy.“Hallen represents a sizeable expansion into key northeast markets characterized by aged infrastructure and mandatory multi-decade modernization programs that are in their early stages, which we believe improves our long-term visibility and provides attractive multi-year growth opportunities and accretive returns for our stockholders. We welcome the employees of these companies to the Quanta family.”Quanta Services acquisitions are expected to be accretive to margins, cash flow and returnsThe acquisitions are expected to accelerate the progress of Quanta Services towards achieving medium-term target margins for the pipeline and industrial segment and be accretive to adjusted EPS of at least $0.20 in 2020 without synergies.Furthermore, the acquisitions are expected to be accretive to Quanta’s future cash flow generation and return on invested capital.Based in Houston, Texas, Quanta Services has operations throughout the US and in select international markets such as Canada, Latin America and Australia. US-based Quanta Services has announced strategic acquisitions in the American marketlast_img read more

Hoboken comedian Artie Lange arrested

first_imgHOBOKEN — According to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department led by Sheriff Armando Fontoura Hoboken resident and former Howard Stern regular Artie Lange was arrested on Tuesday Dec. 13 at 6:45 p.m. for failing to appear in Essex County Superior Court.The court date was related to a May 12 arrest in which Lange was charged with possession heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.This follows a Saturday, Dec. 9 house call by police after the Hoboken Police Department received a call that something might be wrong, although when police arrived they found he was fine.The call seemed to stem from the comedian’s early morning Twitter post in which Lange wrote, “Hey I got a quick message for u Ang. U ain’t the man. U run for the man. I fear nothing,” accompanied by a disheveled selfie.Lange apologized later that morning on Twitter, stating, “Everything isn’t funny as the Great Hoboken Police just explained to me,” he tweeted shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday. “I’m so sorry I made those guys deal with unimportant crap. I’m fine. In a related issue how do u delete a tweet?”He later tweeted “Hey guys I just got myself a shower & some quick cardio. Then I had to take another shower. But I’m back to bein Artie. That lucky kid from Jersey! As u can see I’m ok!”Lange was arrested in March in the parking garage at his Hoboken condo complex for alleged possession of cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia. Police said he allegedly had drugs both in his car and on his person.The comedian has written about drug use before and was hospitalized in 2010 after apparently attempting to commit suicide in his condo at the Shipyard complex in Hoboken.last_img read more

Ocean City High School Water Champs Teach Conservation

first_imgDEP representative Elizabeth Law, Zach Nickerson of the American Littoral Society, are with Ocean City High School Water Champions Grant Nuss, Lauren Farschon and Melissa Kampf, along with head of the program, AP Environmental Science teacher Michael Pomatto, minutes after the members received a proclamation at a school board meeting Wednesday for their work on water conservation. (Courtesy Michael Pomatto) By Maddy Vitale A group of students have taken their desire to help the environment to the next level; they are creating positive change in their schools and in the community.The Ocean City High School Water Champions with Michael Pomatto’s AP Environmental Science at the helm, spent the entire year working closely with their teacher, and the state Department of Environmental Protection. The students researched technological and behavioral water usage habits in their homes, their schools and local businesses. They audited their own homes to determine how much water was used and conducted audits at the schools and a couple of local businesses. Most importantly, they reported what could be done to conserve one of nature’s most precious resources by replacing fixtures with more energy efficient ones for sinks, showers and toilets.Ocean City Water Champion member Lauren Farschon explains some of the water usage of a local business.“Ocean City is on the frontlines of environmental issues, resulting from climate change. The Ocean City High School Water Champions are working hard to raise awareness about water conservation, not only in their school district, but also the entire island,” Pomatto said.The students presented the Ocean City Board of Education with their findings at a meeting Wednesday night. During their presentation, Water Champions Melissa Kampf, Grant Nuss and Lauren Farschon, took turns explaining the water conservation project.The students detailed how replacing all the fixtures in the Intermediate School with more energy efficient ones, could result in saving 435,780 gallons of water a year. The students also went to two businesses interested in participating in the study. One establishment was a hotel. The students found that the hotel could save nearly 394,212 gallons of water a year, with efficient fixtures.“There was amazing collaboration and support by the community and school administration that helped make this program very successful,” Pomatto said, adding that seeing the students go out into the community and work so hard was wonderful to see. Several School Board members remarked that they were very impressed by the presentation and asked questions about the fixtures and the water usage.The Water Champions program is funded by a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant. There are grants available to replace the less efficient fixtures with ones that are recommended for water conservation. School Board members remarked on how good the presentation was on water usage of the district schools and local businesses.Kampf, who just graduated from Ocean City High School, said being a member of the Water Champions was an “incredible experience.”“It allowed me to better understand local water usage and work with professionals from the DEP, EPA and Littoral Society, while having the opportunity to explore and improve local businesses’ water usage,” she said in a phone conversation Thursday.Five students participated in the Water Champions this year. Four of them graduated this year leaving Grant Nuss, a junior, to continue all of the hard work he and fellow champs worked on throughout the year. “Grant Nuss will carry the torch into next year to keep this program going,” Pomatto said Thursday.Nuss said there are many reasons why he believes in the Water Champions.“It shows the community how to save water, so it will protect the water supply for the future and it will increase awareness to local businesses about water usage and how to conserve,” Nuss said.The Water Champions Program has been in existence for about 10 years.In addition to Ocean City High School, Lower Cape May Regional High School has a Water Champions program. Next year, Wildwood High School will join them.Elizabeth Law, a representative from the DEP attended the board meeting and told the board that she was so proud of the members of the Ocean City High School Water Champs and said they are excellent stewards of the environment. On Thursday, Law said they worked so hard and did some really great things during their yearlong project.“They aren’t afraid to go out into the community,” Law said, adding that success was also based on the students’ relationships with the businesses and the community. “They are gaining a lot of the scientific skills at a young age.”Law said throughout the year, the DEP including herself, would visit the Water Champions during their lunch period, along with Pomatto. The students would be educated on water conservation and they would go over the intricacies of the water audits.The students would first conduct a water audit in their home. Then they would do water audits in their schools and go out to businesses.“It is a nice way for the students to work with the community,” Law said.Zach Nickerson, of the American Littoral Society, who also worked with the Water Champs, said, “We are very proud of our water champs this year and hope that the work they did at their school and in the community will inspire others in Ocean City to be wise stewards of our water resources.” For more information about water conservation visit Ocean City High School Water Champions program is just one of a few in the state. (Image by read more

Paul UK opens Earls Court branch

first_imgBakery chain Paul UK is set to take its total number of UK shops to 36 with the opening of a store at Earls Court, London.The 1,405 sq ft café will be located opposite the Underground station and will offer 48 covers all day.“We are very excited to bring Paul to Earls Court,” Paul UK chief executive Jean-Michel Orieux said. “We have a fantastic site located outside one of the best-connected tube stations in terms of tourist attractions, and believe we will be well received in this part of the town.“We look forward to welcoming locals and tourists alike to enjoy our exclusive range of traditional French hand-crafted bakery and fine patisserie products.”Orieux also revealed he has plans to keep expanding the company across the UK. In addition to Earls Court, the business has bakeries in Birmingham, Newbury and Oxford.Last month, the chain celebrated the first birthday of its Le Restaurant De Paul at Tower 42 in London with a French flag promotion.last_img

Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park meant to recreate a ‘natural space’

first_imgCourtesy of the Snite Museum of Art One of the sculptures featured in the park is called “Tale Teller VI,” and is by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.“The sculpture park was designed by a very famous landscape architect whose name is Michael Van Valkenburgh,” Becherer said. “The basic idea … for that site was to try to recreate a natural space that would be familiar to someone like Fr. Edward Sorin when they came and founded Notre Dame.”The evolution and creation of the site took time.“The project was really years in the making. But it was only dedicated a year ago this autumn. So it’s still pretty new,” Becherer said. Becherer also emphasized the unique “nature-centered” feature of the sculpture park. “The idea of the sculpture park in terms of horticulture is not to have something that’s very manic here with cut grasses and shaped bushes, but to have something that feels very natural in terms of tall grasses and tall shrubs and native trees,” he said. “We don’t have to use a lot of pesticides. We don’t have to do a lot of watering irrigation. We’re really letting nature do its thing.”One of the highlights among 12 sculptures in the sculpture park is a piece created by Fr. Austin Collins.“I really enjoy the fact that we’ve got one of Fr. Austin’s pieces — which is the large green tower in the park — because it makes the park very strongly connected to the University,” Becherer said. Costa believes the sculpture park can invoke “contemplative experiences” from the students. “The arts are such integral parts of students’ engagement and process at Notre Dame,” she said. “What would the educational experience at Notre Dame be without the arts? The students at Notre Dame are so fortunate to have this incredible museum, the sculpture park and a campus that is full of beautiful sculptures to really elevate and augment their educational experiences.”As an extension of the Snite, the sculpture park contains artworks by some of the finest contemporary sculptors around the globe. “I think that one of the things that we have a responsibility for is to celebrate that long relationship between the Church and the visual arts,” Becherer said. “So honoring the tradition, but also embracing the world, that’s what the museum is all about.”Tags: Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, Sculpture park, the snite museum of art The Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park is located on the Northwest corner of Angela Boulevard and Eddy Street, and was funded by Charles B. Hayes family which has deep ties with Notre Dame.  “Charles B. Hayes, Charles S. Hayes, his son and Charles B. Hayes’ grandchildren all came to Notre Dame,” the Snite Museum of Art’s director of marketing and communications Gina Costa, said. The site of the sculpture park was formerly a landfill but nationally-renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh appreciated the rolling topography of this neglected site, Joseph Becherer, director of the Snite, said.last_img read more

Lincoln Elementary School Begins Wrestling Program

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo Courtesy: Lincoln Elementary SchoolJAMESTOWN – With the assistance of Jamestown High School’s varsity football coach Tom Langworthy, Lincoln Elementary School now has a wrestling club.The wrestling club was started to give interested members knowledge about the sport and a way to get to socialize with others.So far, the wrestling club has around 35 members and ranges for kids from kindergarten to fourth grade.On the last night of the season for the club, all of the participants received a wrestling club t-shirt. Langworthy said, “I am proud of this program because school-based athletic programs at elementary schools are not common, but very effective for student engagement and empowerment.”“Hopefully, this can be the blueprint for other sports programs for elementary schools.”last_img

Outdoor Updates: Family that left 80-year-old hiker alone on trail may face charges

first_imgTVA will clean up an additional 12 million tons of coal ash Rescuers found Clark just after 1 a.m. that evening. In a statement, they described him as “in a fetal position, not moving and exhibiting what appeared to be signs of hypothermia to the point of not being able to speak any clear or discernable words.” Clark was transported to the hospital and is expected to recover. Officials say that, at the very least, Clark’s family will be billed for the rescue. They are also looking into whether the family can be charged for their negligent hiking practices. Arctic sea ice levels are the lowest on record for early June After rescuing an 80-year-old man off of Mount Washington, New Hampshire Fish and Game officials announced they might press charges against the family members who left him behind. James Clark, 80, was attempting to summit Mount Washington with two other family members last week. The two soon hiked ahead and, after reaching the summit, took a different trail back down, leaving the weaker hiker alone on the trail. When they reached the Visitor Center that evening they called for help, stating that Clark was overdue and unprepared. The lowest ever sea ice levels for this time of year were recorded on June 10. Scientists have been tracking levels by satellite for four decades and report that there are just 10.919 million square kilometers of ice remaining, a number that has fallen by half since 1979. center_img A lawsuit filed by the State of Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation and two conservation groups has reached a settlement. Under the settlement, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has agreed to clean up an additional 12 million tons of coal ash at the Gallatin Fossil Plant, located downriver from Nashville. TVA was sued for ongoing violations of the Clean Water Act when old, unlined coal ash pits leaked, polluting groundwater, the Cumberland River and Old Hickory Lake. TVA will remove the majority of the coal ash and recycle it or place it in a permitted landfill. A smaller storage facility at the Gallatin plant that holds 2 million tons of coal ash is also impacted. TVA has five years to develop a plan and demonstrate that it can correct the groundwater pollution caused by that facility. Family that left 80-year-old hiker alone on trail may face charges The melting sea ice may be responsible for a cascade of other problems. As the ice melts, the heat differential between the arctic and more temperate climates lessens, impacting the jet stream. This ultimately brings areas of flooding to parts of the world and long periods of drought to others. 2012 holds the record for the lowest annual ice extent record but scientists warn that, though arctic weather variations are too hard to predict, 2019 is on track to beat that record.last_img read more

Wharton; A week in review

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Confession: if you haven’t realized it by now, I’m a bit of a nerd. I thoroughly enjoyed school, enough to be considering pursuing a Master’s Degree, just for funsies. So imagine my delight when, through my NTCUE experience and success, I was able to travel to Philadelphia for one very intense week of school. And not just any school – the Wharton School at UPenn is one of the most prestigious business schools in the nation.I’ll admit that I was nervous – which you already know if you read my pre-trip blog post. I was worried that I wouldn’t understand the material, that the curriculum would be over my head, and that I would grossly out of place as the only non-management attendee (I am, at present time, a Coordinator). After all, this is training for the next edition of CEOs – top executives in our industry. I’m not experienced reading call reports, dealing with personnel issues, or forming the strategic plan for an entire organization.I was delighted to discover, as DeeDee Myers had encouraged, that not only was I not out of my element, I was firmly within my element. I understood, connected with, and excelled at the content of the sessions, finding many things relevant to my current position and to my plans for future growth and advancement. I was even successful at the math – yes, math! – portions of the week (fear not; if you are considering attending the CEO Institute and are mathematically challenged, the week is not very math-intensive). continue reading »last_img read more

East Patchogue Man Killed in SUV Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 49-year-old East Patchogue man was killed when he crashed his SUV in Bayport over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Michael Schuierer was driving his Jeep eastbound on the Sunrise Highway Service Road when he lost control of the truck, which overturned and caught fire west of Nicolls Road at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.Two good Samaritans tried to pull the victim from the vehicle, but were overwhelmed by the flames before they could get Schuierer out, police said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the Jeep, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8552.last_img