UVU Baseball Earns ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award Tuesday

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGREENSBORO, N.C.-Tuesday, Utah Valley University’s baseball team became one of 51 NCAA Division I baseball programs to be honored with an ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award.The Wolverines’ baseball program is the only one in the Beehive State to obtain this honor.This commemorates the second time in the past three seasons that the Wolverines have earned this award as they also did so over the course of the 2016-17 season.This award is bestowed upon high school or collegiate teams that have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during any given academic year. Written by Tags: ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award/UVU Baseball July 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local UVU Baseball Earns ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award Tuesdaylast_img read more

Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in Steven Soderbergh-Directed World Premiere of The Library at Public Theater

first_imgUp-and-coming film star Chloë Grace Moretz will make her off-Broadway debut as the survivor of a school shooting in the world premiere of Scott Z. Burns’ The Library this spring. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, The Library will run in The Public’s Newman Theater March 25 through April 27. Opening night for the drama is scheduled for April 15. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Related Shows One of Hollywood’s most respected writers, directors, producers and editors, Soderbergh recently won an Emmy Award for his HBO film Behind the Candelabra. He earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his directorial debut, sex, lies, and videotape, and the Oscar in 2000 for directing Traffic, the same year he was nominated for Erin Brockovich. Soderbergh’s other films include Side Effects, Magic Mike, Haywire, Contagion, And Everything is Going Fine, The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant, Che, the Ocean’s trilogy, The Good German, Bubble, Solaris, Full Frontal, The Limey, Out of Sight, Gray’s Anatomy, Schizopolis, The Underneath, King of the Hill and Kafka. Acting in films since she was only five years old, Mortez’ credits include The Amityville Horror, Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, Dark Shadows, Carrie and Kick-Ass 2. She will soon be seen in The Equalizer, Dark Places, Laggies and If I Stay. The Library After Caitlin Gabriel (Moretz) survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. The Library asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 27, 2014 “I wanted to write a play about the stories we tell each other in the face of calamity—the pretty lies and the brutal truths. This is something Steven and I have discussed over the last decade while making movies—What is the value of the truth? What is the cost of a lie? How does a story drift as it moves through time?” said Burns, in a statement. “I am grateful for Steven and Chloë’s collaboration—and we are all grateful that The Public Theater has given us a home. I can think of no better frame for what we are attempting than The Public.”last_img read more

Workshops for landscapers

first_imgTo help landscapers better estimate the costs of their jobs and bid better, the University of Georgia is holding a workshop March 17-18 in Athens, Ga.Specialists with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will discuss landscape installation, maintenance, bidding and software programs they’ve developed to make running a landscape business easier.Participants will learn how to use Excel-based cost estimating and bidding spreadsheets. Day one will focus on estimating landscape installation costs using Hort Scape software. Day two will focus on estimating landscape maintenance costs and job bidding using Hort Management software. The daylong workshops will start at 8:30 a.m. each day in Conner Hall room 202 on the UGA Athens campus.The cost is $150 for both days or $100 for either day. The fee includes breaks, lunch, handouts and copies of the software. For more information, call (706) 542-0808 or visit www.hort.uga.edu/extension/programs/CEJBW/index.html. To receive registration information by mail or fax, call (706) 542-0808 or (706) 542-2861.last_img read more

Southern Cone Governments Join Forces to Fight Transnational Crime

first_imgBy Patrícia Comunello/Diálogo January 04, 2017 The governments of Southern Cone nations formalized in Brasília a set of actions to reinforce security measures in the fight against transnational crime in the region. The Brasília Declaration was signed on November 16 during the Southern Cone Ministerial Meeting on Border Security, by ministers and authorities from the ministries of foreign affairs, defense, justice, security, and drug enforcement of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The document consolidated their commitment to expanding regional cooperation in the security sector. The initiative was preceded by two other meetings where Brazil’s role in Southern Cone defense activities was discussed. The first meeting took place in Brasília, hours before the Brasília Declaration was launched. Brazilian government ministers were present at the meeting, where they addressed the domestic grounds for regional cooperation. “A continental country like Brazil, with global aspirations, constantly needs to articulate its policies in the areas of foreign affairs and national defense. No country in the world that wants to be respected can fail to have these two policies synchronized and coordinated,” said Raul Jungmann, Brazil’s Minister of Defense after the event. He said that there is “cohesion and unity” in government and military circles on the goals of cooperation. One month prior to the signing of the Brasília Declaration, the topic of security was already discussed. The First Conference of Southern Cone Army Commanders was held October 11-13, 2016 in Foz do Iguaçu, in Paraná state, between representatives of the armies of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Commanders from the five countries discussed ways of promoting joint exercises between the troops, stepping up land defense along their shared borders –with special emphasis on surveillance systems–, and exchanging knowledge and experience about peacekeeping operations. “Military cooperation and integration are important for maintaining regional stability,” stated General Eduardo Dias Costa Villas Bôas, commander of the Brazilian Army. The conference was considered a success and its second edition is scheduled for 2017 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The meetings The three meetings helped those involved to reach their ultimate, common goal of strengthening regional interagency cooperation on border security, control, and surveillance. They also encouraged efforts to hold frequent meetings with national authorities responsible for border security, so they can conduct coordinated operations and exchange experiences on fighting transnational crime. Integrated Border Monitoring System During the First Conference of Southern Cone Army Commanders, in addition to the meetings in Foz do Iguaçu, a simulated exercise was performed at the Regional Monitoring Center, which integrates the pilot project of the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON, per its Portuguese acronym), in Dourados, Matto Grosso do Sul state. SISFRON is one of the Brazilian Army’s strategic programs. “We are meeting to address issues that are becoming more common and that affect all countries, with varying degrees of responsibility. The major objective is to set the foundation for our own regional defense mindset,” explained Gen. Villas Bôas. The commanders learned about SISFRON architecture and functioning. Major General Guido Amin Naves, head of Project Development for the Brazilian Army, attached to the Chief of Staff of the Army in Brasília, presented the fundamentals, timeline, technologies, and capabilities of the system, confirming that, “border control is a must for any state,” adding that, “it has become clear that concern for this issue is common among all militaries, beyond the willingness to make exchanges with our Army.” Maj. Gen. Amin said that the effectiveness of the system would increase greatly if used on both sides of the border. “We are ready and able to exchange even the technology that we have here,” adding that to do so, agreements would be needed at the military and diplomatic levels. SISFRON’s pilot phase was implemented in 2012 and covers a 600-kilometer stretch of border between the municipality of Mundo Novo, in Matto Grosso do Sul, close to the Paraná state border, and Caracol, on the border with Paraguay. Land radars operating at a 20-kilometer range are already installed, in addition to mobile radars that can be manually deployed, and are able to detect human movement at a distance of up to 8 kilometers. “This system is designed to work in an interagency environment; that is, by those who are going to act against a threat that has been identified by radars or sensors, even if they are not military,” Maj. Gen. Amin concluded.last_img read more

Brazilian Army Receives Upgraded Helicopters for Reconnaissance and Attack Missions

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo November 13, 2017 Aqui no Rio de janeiro um desses passar por cima de favela vai ser derrubado. Só caveirão do ar pode . Aqui no Rio de Janeiro derrubam esse fácil e são Paulo também. Só caveirão do ar pode com o poderio AAe do narcoterrorismo nacional. In November 2017, the Brazilian Army’s (EB, per its Portuguese acronym) Aviation Training Center (CIAvEx, per its Portuguese acronym) and 1st Aviation Battalion (1º BAvEx, per its Portuguese acronym), will each receive an upgraded Esquilo helicopter. These versatile helicopters are very much in demand for different types of missions throughout the country. “The Esquilo is a small aircraft and very adaptable. We can land in the backyard of a house, which we actually did during a humanitarian operation that I took a part in,” said Brazilian Army Captain Leonardo Costa Castiglioni, a pilot with 1º BAvEx. The EB fleet counts 36 Esquilo helicopters, which the 3rd Aviation Battalion also uses. Upgrades of the aircraft—one at a time—started in 2011, under an agreement between EB and the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Helibras. The Esquilo helicopter upgrade program will bring the aircraft at the forefront of technological advances in aviation. Changes to the aircraft include the installation of autopilot technologies, digital navigation systems, new weapons pylons, and a new communications system. Since 2011, Helibras has delivered to EB 16 helicopters with these new capabilities, extending their lifespan by 20 years. Upgraded Esquilos have been assigned to most operations conducted in 2017 in addition to during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. “At the Olympics, the Esquilos were used for command and control duties to monitor certain areas of Rio [de Janeiro],”Capt. Castiglioni remembered. “For example, the operations commander would observe traffic situation from above to radio information to teams that were working on the ground and get athletes to their different events.” At the Olympics, the helicopters were also occasionally used to transport members of the delegations. The new Esquilo helicopters can carry three passengers, in addition to the basic crew of a pilot, copilot, and flight mechanic. Keeping up with technology As a pilot, Capt. Castiglioni says that the greatest benefit of the Esquilo upgrade was the installation of an autopilot system. The new option allows for a sequence of maneuvers to be programmed in advance, freeing up the pilot and copilot for other tasks during the flight. “Another important modification was the inclusion of an onboard GPS system. This is integrated with the autopilot system and it improves our ability to navigate and operate the aircraft,” said Capt. Castiglioni. “For example, now I can have the helicopter fly on autopilot to a desired destination, within a certain pre-set flight pattern, without constantly having to control it.” The autopilot technology didn’t exist on the older models of the Esquilo, nor did the digital screens that are the main features of the new glass cockpit system. “In the older helicopters, which are still being operated by 1º BAvEx, flight deck instruments are all analog. On the new models, they are all digital, in the form of LCD screens,” says EB Sergeant Willian Jonathan de Oliveira Cruz, flight mechanic for the Reconnaissance and Attack Squadron of the 1º BAvEx. The analog technology provides information on the position and angle of attack of the helicopter, as well as data pertaining to navigation and spatial awareness, and information on potential problems with weapons and lights systems, among others. “The advances of the instrument panel allows the crew to make quicker decisions and to be more agile in their actions during flight, specifically because information is more readily available and more precise,” said Sgt. Willian. One more Flight mechanics are now part of the crew on the new Esquilo helicopters. The location of the weapon pylons on these helicopters prevented them from joining the crew. With the upgrade, weapons pylons were shifted from the front section, next to the cockpit, to the rear of the aircraft. The change allowed for flight mechanics to fly aboard the aircraft and undertake basic maintenance duties — such as a general revision of the helicopter and fuel supply — and to operate weapons and surveillance cameras during flight, as well as assist in rappel and cargo drop operations. The pilot operates the pylons that carry the helicopter’s weapons. Esquilo helicopters are armed with .50 caliber machine guns and 70 mm rocket launchers. The flight mechanic uses lateral machine guns that can be installed based on the type of mission. Other advances Capt. Castiglioni told Diálogo that EB has an open bid for a new weapons system for its Esquilo helicopters that has to conform to the position of the weapons pylons on the updated aircraft. This addition will allow for the deployment of a wider range of weapons, such as different calibers of rockets, missiles, and other types of machine guns. Plans are also underway to upgrade the eagle-eye system of cameras, monitoring, and capturing and transmitting images from the aircraft. “The system currently in use is old and not compatible with HD cameras, and it’s also very heavy. Our current camera weighs about 70 kilograms. We need to upgrade these systems as well,” said Capt. Castiglioni.last_img read more

Glenn Beck’s ‘We Will Not Conform’: Flawed, But On-Target Against Common Core

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]G[/dropcap]lenn Beck never met a conspiracy he didn’t like. In his latest endeavor, the notorious ex-Fox News pundit-turned-figurehead of The Blaze libertarian/conservative subscription television network has turned his sights on Common Core. He is promoting his newest book Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education with We Will Not Conform, a live interactive event aired in more than 600 theaters nationwide July 22, with an encore presentation July 29, focusing on the Obama administration’s controversial education reform that has galvanized the public and created a strong grassroots protest movement.We Will Not Conform featured a panel of more than 20 “experts,” including Beck, conservative syndicated columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin and controversial evangelical conservative author David Barton. Theatergoers were encouraged to participate in the discussion via smartphones. An anti-Common Core plan of action was distributed afterward and made available on CommonCoreFails.com.Some of the main takeaways from the panel, which was divided into roundtable working groups labeled “Messaging,” “Alternatives,” “Research and Resources” and “Politics,” among others: It is imperative for students to refuse the state standardized tests that anchor the Common Core system. It is important to “follow the money” of “educrats” who are implementing this system. It is also critical to consider homeschooling as a means to take back control of the children’s education from “progressives,” speakers argued—who Barton insisted are “trying to take away the stories of our nation,” referring to the Common Core curriculum’s push to replace historically taught works of fiction with non-fiction reading assignments.That last part is what Beck calls a “hot-button issue” for him. If we lose those stories, Barton argues, we lose our nation. Beck believes that with the installation of Common Core across the country, this loss of story is “intentional.” As such, he brought Terrence Moore, author of The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core, to discuss how Common Core “educrats” are “using our money to forward their progressive ideals.” Moore contended that this is not what Thomas Jefferson had in mind. Barton, who Beck introduced as a noted historian, concurred.What’s not stated anywhere during We Will Not Conform is that Barton ‘s 2012 New York Times bestselling book The Jefferson Lies, was voted “the least credible history book in print” in a poll by readers of the History News Network, a web-based magazine published by George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media. The book’s publisher, the Thomas Nelson publishing company, ceased its publication and distribution shortly after its release because “there were some historical details included in the book that were not adequately supported,” according to World Magazine.Blatantly clear is that besides Obama and Common Core, the obvious villains in We Will Not Conform were the oft-cited “progressives,” who absorbed several blows throughout its two-hour running time. Beck made sure to note in the film that surely the Union Square movie theater where it aired was almost empty, even though “this affects them too.” This assumption seems to mean that unless parents pack out a theater playing Beck’s personal brand of conspiracy theory, they don’t care about their children. New Yorkers, and especially Long Islanders, know this to be false, as we have a robust and mobilized protest movement filled with activists that cross the political spectrum.Read: We Don’t Need No Education: Long Island Parents & Teachers Revolt Against Common Core & We’re Not Gonna Take It: Thousands of Long Island Students Opt Out of Common Core TestingIn the messaging portion of the program, Beck brought together a group led by public relations guru Brian Glicklich (Beck was not at liberty to divulge Glicklich’s clientele, but let’s just say when someone rich and famous gets into trouble, this is their guy, he explained) to discuss how best to win arguments against those who might support Common Core. One of the key points here was to stick to singular areas of expertise instead of trying to explain the entire behemoth of this educational system.Here’s where Beck’s message gets a little tangled up, even contradictory.To illustrate this point, a woman in the film stood up to read aloud portions of Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison’s first novel The Bluest Eye, a book that takes a sharp look at how racial alienation, fostered from childhood onward, could manifest as self-hatred.It is approved and on the Common Core reading list.The book describes sexual abuse in stark, clear terms that are certain to shock the eleventh graders to whom the book is assigned. The experts of Beck’s panel expressed disgust with the content, deeming it wholly inappropriate and “vulgar” for “the children.” The idea of banning this book was met with widespread and conforming agreement, by the same people who’d earlier counseled the audience on the importance of not losing the stories of our nation.And herein lies the overall problem with We Will Not Conform. By inserting his trademark right-wing political bent (which is pervasive throughout the film), Beck loses credibility from what is, indeed, an actual conspiracy that just might undermine the public education of children of this nation. I understand that something with the viral potential as much as Common Core, with mobilized parents ready to come to blows with a government that purports to know better how to educate children than educators, would be ripe fruit for the likes of Glenn Beck.Yet, if we take his advice and “follow the money,” we learn that We Will Not Conform was underwritten by Liberty University Online Academy—the Internet-based homeschooling curriculum of Liberty University, a private, nonprofit Christian university in Lynchburg, Va. described in its media kit as “the world’s largest Christian university.” His own network The Blaze reported that Beck could not praise homeschooling or Liberty University Online highly enough.Funny, isn’t it then, that Liberty University Online Academy home schooling curriculum was a main sponsor of the film?Perhaps that’s also why the movie, unfortunately, comes across as one long commercial for homeschooling, propaganda for his sponsor.As for the critique that the Common Core standards were written by “educrats” will little-to-no educator input, apparently so was We Will Not Conform. Beck included but one lone public school official in the film, a former assistant principal from Florida showcased as an example of someone who could be converted.“She hated me,” Beck said, and she laughingly agreed that she used to throw things at the television when he was on. But no longer.All this muddies, but doesn’t entirely diminish the aim of We Will Not Conform—stopping Common Core. Beck’s campaign culminates in an action plan that lays out the steps needed to combat the Common Core takeover. And make no mistake, that is what it is. This action plan is a good resource in this battle.To quote Joseph Heller in Catch-22 (another of those precious stories!), as the adage “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you” goes, so does this:Just because Glenn Beck says it’s a conspiracy doesn’t mean it isn’t.last_img read more

Hackers take bite out of Pizza Hut card customers

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Americans may soon need to change their eating habits or how they pay for meals following another restaurant chain breach, this time Pizza Hut, which took two weeks to alert customers.The Plano, Texas-based chain sent out notice last weekend to about 60,000 customers they advised should start canceling their credit cards due to a security intrusion, which lasted for about 28 hours, from the a.m. of October 1 to midday on October 2. Data stolen included names, delivery addresses, email addresses, and payment card information including the number, expiration date, and the CVV number.In its statement to consumers, Pizza Hut said: “Pizza Hut U.S. experienced a brief third-party security intrusion on our website and mobile app that compromised the information of a limited number of customers. Pizza Hut quickly detected the intrusion and immediately took steps to halt it and remediate the security issue. We estimate that less than one percent of the week’s traffic was affected. We take the information security of our customers very seriously and invest in resources to protect the customer information in our care. We value the trust our customers place in us, regret that this happened, and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.” continue reading »last_img read more

The Omega factor

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Bukayo Saka reflects on ‘dream come true’ first Arsenal goal after superb Europa League performance

first_imgArsenal’s young side dealt with the pressure impressively and Saka explained how the Premier League side prepared for the noise.‘We spoke about it before the game,’ said the youngster. ‘Their fans get behind them a lot and the fans on that end were just making noise the whole way, the whole game long.‘That’s big support for them, but we said that we just have to play with our confidence, play our game, stick to our game plan and everything will be fine. We don’t have to let it affect us.MORE: Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka looks better than £72m signing Nicolas Pepe, reckons Martin KeownMORE: Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka shine as Arsenal take control of Europa League group with 3-0 win against Frankfurt Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Sep 2019 11:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares About Connatix V67539 Read More 1 min. story Read More ‘I’m so happy to score for Arsenal, it’s a dream come true,’ Saka said after the win in Frankfurt.‘I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid and I’m just so happy that it’s finally happened.‘I just need to keep working hard to make sure I have this feeling again.’ Skip Ad Top articles by Metro Skip Video Settings Read More Advertisement Coming Nextcenter_img Read More Advertisement Bukayo Saka reflects on ‘dream come true’ first Arsenal goal after superb Europa League performance Full Screen SPONSORED Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE / PLAY Bukayo Saka scored his first Arsenal goal on Thursday night (Picture: Getty Images)Bukayo Saka was the star of the show as Arsenal picked up a fine 3-0 win away to Frankfurt in the Europa League, with the teenager describing the game as a ‘dream come true’.The 18-year-old scored and provided two assists in a brilliant performance on his first appearance of the season for the Gunners.His display led to Gunners great Martin Keown suggesting he is more impressive than £72m summer signing Nicolas Pepe, who came off the bench in the contest in Germany.Saka was thrilled to, not only get on the score sheet, but also to provide assists for Joe Willock and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang either side of his goal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT The forward tweeted after the game: ‘Dream come true to score for @arsenal and to get 2 assists tops of a special night.’It was an intense atmosphere at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, with the German fans making an awful lot of news, especially in the first half when the Bundesliga side carved out multiple chances. Read More 1/1 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire last_img read more