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CRANGA, JAMES J. VICARIO

first_imgA mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 31 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carlisle Pa., for James J. Vicario Cranga, 89, of Jersey City. He passed away May 22. He was born in Jersey City and was a son of the late James and Theresa Cranga. Jim was a high school graduate and served in the US Army from 1950 To 1952. He retired as director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Corporation. He was of Roman Catholic faith. He is survived by niece, Andrea Switzer and her family of Gettysburg, nephew, Michael Cranga and his family of Carlisle, a sister-in-law, Kathryn Lombardo and her husband of Carlisle and many cousins. with Rev. Joshua Cavender officiating.Services arranged by the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle Pa.last_img

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England Golf names ten coaches for expanded regional roles

first_img22 Jun 2012 England Golf names ten coaches for expanded regional roles After an extensive recruitment process, England Golf has identified ten experienced golf coaches to spearhead its revamped Under 16s Boy’s Regional Coaching Programme from September 2012. Under the tenure of Nigel Edwards, England Golf’s Director of Coaching, investment in the existing Regional Coaching Programme will be increased, extending the number of contact days with the players selected to attend. The ten coaches recruited and the coaching regions they have been allocated to are as follows: – Kendal McWade – North Region Steven Robinson – Yorkshire Region Peter Barber – North West Region David Brooks – West Midlands Region Lysa Jones – East Midlands Region Chris Jenkins – East Region Rob Watts – Thames Valley Region John Jacobs – South West Region John Noble – South Region Steven Orr – South East Region On unveiling the new look line-up, Edwards commented, “I’m very pleased with the individuals selected, it was a tough recruitment process and the competition was very strong. We have the opportunity to increase our investment in regional coaching and it was imperative that we identified the right coaches to take the programme to the next level. Our national squads and England teams will prosper with more players progressing at a younger age.” The successful candidates will undergo an induction and training weekend in September at England Golf headquarters in Woodhall Spa before joining the regional management team to identify their squad for the winter training ahead. Boys demonstrating the required talent and promise will have the opportunity to apply to join the regional coaching programme over the coming weeks.last_img read more

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DeeeFence

first_imgThere were all sorts of fly by night Steelers fans sitting on the “fence” of support. They were the ultimate “stradlers” moaning and groaning after Jamaal Charles took it upon himself to make the Steelers realize the fact that there aren’t any teams that are invulnerable and any team can be beat. With 8:42 left in the first quarter Charles capped a 4 play, 70 yard drive with a 12 yard touchdown run. That opening touchdown scored by the K.C. Chiefs should have served as a wakeup call for the Steelers lackluster offense, but alas it did not. As of game time the Steelers only trailed the Houston Texans in T.O.P (time of possession) in the entire NFL but in the opening quarter Kansas City kept the ball for 9:42 compared to the Steelers 5:18 and most of the time their efforts were non productive. After an Issac Redman fumble, the Chiefs could only muster a field goal. The words of Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon began to echo in my ears. Colon told me last week that, “We are taking these guys very seriously. Defensively and on paper they have a lot of first round guys. They are very athletic. This is one of those games that if you fall asleep you may find yourself in a hot dog fight. As far as us needing motivation their [the Chiefs] record doesn’t really show what we see watching them on tape. They can really get after guys.”It seemed that the Steelers took a Rumpelstiltskin approach both offensively and defensively for the first twenty five minutes of the game.The Steelers never really awakened even though they won the game 16-13. The game went into overtime and it took an interception and a 23 yard run back by Lawrence Timmons to set up the winning field goal by Shaun Suisham before the Steelers could relax and seal the win. In my last installment I warned the Black and Gold to beware of the “ides of March,” oops I meant November. The Steelers won the battle against the Chiefs but ‘Big’ Ben suffered a separated shoulder that will prevent him from playing in the next few games. It’s anyone’s guess how long he will be out, but he left the field in the third quarter seeming to not want to move his right arm and was still favoring it when he was transported out of the stadium prior to being taken to the hospital. He will miss the upcoming game against the Ravens at Heinz Field on Sunday. The injury to Roethlisberger may have his replacements saying to Terrell Suggs and the remainder of the Ravens nasty and relentless D-line; no mas, “etu brutalizers.” Baltimore is going to be genuinely foaming at the mouth just thinking about facing the immobile, sloth footed Steelers second string QB, Byron Leftwich. Although Leftwich has a cannon for an arm; his time in the forty can be calculated in minutes as opposed to seconds. The Ravens will attempt to use brute strength to rattle Leftwich in order to keep the pressure on Pittsburgh’s shaky offensive line and to keep the pressure off of Baltimore’s thin and suspect secondary. The victory against the Chiefs appears to be a shallow conquest. Is it just me or does it seem as if Roethlisberger is “snake bit” when it comes to hard fought games just prior to the Steelers playing the Ravens.Pittsburgh cannot allow Roethlisberger’s injury to evolve into a weeks long soap opera-like saga. There can be no guessing game as to whether ‘Big’ Ben is going to play or practice or both. There is an AFC North title and a possible playoff berth on the line. They should not mess around for the sake of the media creating a guessing game and in the process nurture a Barnum & Bailey circus type atmosphere that will ultimately surround the mystery of when and where Roethlisberger might take his next snaps.Whoever is going to start the game for the Steelers against the Ravens should get all of the first string reps in order to be adequately prepared to face one of the most ferocious defenses in the NFL. The Ravens might be without their fearless leader, soon to be Hall-of-Famer, linebacker Ray Lewis but they still have some “horses” on defense and are dangerous every Sunday, Monday, Saturday heck any day that they take the field.There is simply no “defense” against the Steelers sitting on the fence or playing “footsie” in regards to who will take the snaps against Baltimore. If Pittsburgh wavers in any shape, form or fashion in reference to will he or won’t he start they just may be playing “musical chairs” with their playoff hopes. There can be no knight in shining armor riding in on a white horse to save the day type of “shenanigans” described as “heroics.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tuesdays from 10-11am during the NFL season. Listen to Aubrey’s archived “Odd Couple” segments on: www.worldspeakconnnection.com click on “Fair Catch.”)last_img read more

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Law Allows District Elections To Move To November

first_imgBy John BurtonLawmakers hope a recently enacted law will do for fire district elections what a similar one did for school board elections a few years ago.Assembly Bill A-1690, which Gov. Chris Christie signed into law on Aug. 7, allows for local fire districts to move their elections to the date of the general election in November, if the district choses.State Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11), who represents a portion of Monmouth County, was a co-sponsor of the bill. There are numerous reasons to allow districts to move their elections, including the probable increased participation by coordinating it with the higher attendance of a general election, Downey said.Fire district elections are traditionally held on the third Saturday in February and are often not particularly well advertised which means voter turnout can be particularly small.Downey said usually less than 2 percent of voters bother to go to the polls in February. “Sometimes it’s less than 1 percent,” she said.“This will promote transparency and awareness of district operations,” Downey said of the bill.This law will allow districts to move the election contingent on the approval of the county board of elections. Candidates for the fire district election would be nominated through the direct nomination by petition process set in state statute.The law would eliminate voter referenda for the district’s budget, as long as the budget is within the state 2 percent property tax levy cap; and would do away with voter approval on certain capital purchases, as long as it’s approved by at least a two-third majority vote of the district commissioners, according to the statute.Moving the election would save taxpayers money, as well, Downey said, pointing out it would do away with the cost of conducting a special election.Fire districts cover both paid and volunteer departments. And the elections tend not to be very competitive, observed Richard Kosmoski, president of the New Jersey Volunteer Fire Chiefs Association. In an email response, Kosmoski said, “A very minimum amount of voters turn out, so if you can muster enough support, you win the election.” Those who muster that support are usually members of that department.Despite the lack of attention on the part of voters, some fire districts oversee substantial budgets and award contracts and determine some salaries with little oversight, Downey said. “If fire districts can show they can work like other local governments,” she said, “they should be treated like other government units.”This would go into effect for the November 2019 elections, if the districts decide to move in that direction.Both the Asbury Park Press and the Star-Ledger of Newark have published editorials supporting the change, with the Ledger calling the off-time elections “the last bastion of balloting that escapes the eyes of higher authorities.”“I think it’ll be a good thing,” Downey maintained, “And hopefully people will take the time to see who the people are who are running.”In 2011, public school districts were permitted to move their board of education elections to November’s general election. “It was successful,” Downey said, noting by 2015 all but 17 boards around the state had moved their elections to the November general election.Kosmoski said for operation purposes, “I don’t see it having a major impact on the fire district.”The fire districts in Monmouth County are: Keansburg, Wall, Freehold Township, Tinton Falls, Ocean, Aberdeen, Neptune Township, Manalapan, Marlboro, Howell, Colts Neck, Hazlet Englishtown and Union Beach.last_img read more

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Whitewater looking forward to knee-deep three-peat

first_imgWho cares if the weather outside it Mexican-like and winter is months away.Following two spectacular winters of being blessed by Mother Nature, snowboarders and skiers at Whitewater Ski Resort are crossing everything but their tips in hopeful expectation of what might well be a knee-deep three-peat. One of dozens of storm cycles throughout the 2011/12 season, Lehman recalls a similarly deep stretch of nine days in February in which the mountain was thumped with 118 cms of powder, accompanied by temperatures no warmer than minus-4 degrees. Whitewater’s Snow Accumulator, located at www.skiwhitewater.com, provides a remarkable recollection of the 2011/2012 season.The Accumulator recorded 228 centimeters in October/November — enough snow to open almost all of the mountain for Whitewater’s first day — followed by 109 cms in December, 259 cms in January, 177 cms in February, 351cms in a monster March, and another 101 in April.Indeed, March is becoming a month of marvelous mayhem at this quietly legendary resort. The deep, late-season snowpack was a result of an equally deep winter that started strong and rarely let up all winter long. Whitewater’s new lift, the 2044 vertical foot Glory Chair, has opened up 749 acres of additional terrain. The Glory triple celebrated its first full season last year. “Some parts of the last winter we had system after system with temperatures on the cooler side,” the Kootenay meteorologist said.”Some months we had almost double the normal amount of precipitation.” While it’s a little early to say for sure, the extra-long range outlook is suggesting an average winter — and in the Kootenays, that’s a big winter compared to most other parts of North America — or perhaps a gentle El Nino season. An El Nino pattern could bring milder temperatures with heavy precipitation. Whitewater registered the biggest snowpack in ten years this past winter, capped off by a 40 centimeter bone-dry dump in early June . . . yup, June. For the first time in over a decade, backcountry skiers, ‘boarders and even snowmobilers were still making tracks in the Kootenay highcountry well past Canada Day, July 1. Outdoor Operations Assistant Colby Lehman was one of dozens of Whitewater staffers who were tasked with fending off Ullar’s freak show, armed with shovels, snowblowers and smiles. And now staff and shredders at Whitewater will have their eyes to the skies in only a few more months, in anticipation of a third consecutive super-deep season.center_img “After last month’s surprise snowfall and a record amount of rain in June, it’s honestly been hard to forget about winter,” smiles Whitewater Marketing and Operations General Manager Anne Pigeon, “even with summer in full swing.” The reason?Back-to-back El Ninas combined and the Kootenay region’s perfectly positioned mountain ranges and traditional weather patterns, according to local weatherman Ron Lakeman. The question now, with snow certain to start falling up high in only a dozen weeks or so, remains — what does the winter of 2012/13 have in store? “We had over six days with over 20 cms in 24 hours,” Lehman said. “All you could hear were whoops and hollers through the trees.” According to Lakeman, the forecast looks fine. A grand total of 1225 centimeters (cms) fell at the mountain between October 2011 and April 2012. The total snowfall for the previous season of 2011/12 was an almost equally whopping 1165 cms. “It was one of those weeks that people came up in hordes, all the lots were full and I was trying to stop people from parking on the road, but when you got on the hill you’d wonder ‘where the heck is everyone?’” “While that would be rain in the valleys it would mean huge snowfalls up high,” Lakeman said.”Whitewater always seems to do well.”last_img read more

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Darwin-Only Advisors Hunker Down to Re-Strategize

first_img1.  Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Eugenie Scott Toils in Defense of Evolution,” Science, 5 June 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5932, pp. 1250-1251, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1250b.2.  Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Authors Scramble to Make Textbooks Conform to Texas Science Standards,” Science, 12 June 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5933, p. 1385, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1385.3.  Douglas C. Woodhams, “Converting the Religious: Putting Amphibian Conservation in Context,” BioScience, June 2009, 59(6):463-464, doi: 10.1525/bio.2009.59.6.2.The hypocrisy of the DODO crowd (Darwin-only, Darwin-only) is so obvious one wonders how they can avoid noticing their own reflection.  They claim creationists have a political agenda but they are right in there at every school board meeting, court case and election, trying to push their people and oust the challengers.  They talk about creationist code-phrases but employ scads of their own: NOMA, punctuated equilibria, Dover (as a symbol for the collapse of ID), and “people of faith” as enemies of practitioners of the scientific method, who obviously are as pure in their motives as the new-fallen snow.    Look who was calling the creationists “enemies” – Eugenie Scott herself, and Yudhijit didn’t bat an eye.  They are at war.  Some tacticians want to shmooze the enemy (like Woodhams), and others want to do battle.  Never is there any shame for their own sins.  Never is there any realization that Darwinism has real weaknesses.  The fossil record?  The complexity of the cell?  The coded information in DNA?  The origin of life?  Those aren’t weaknesses.  Evolution is robust!  Those are just “unresolved questions.”  They even have a magic wand to explain them away.  It does real magic, too.  It produces sudden, unexplained, miraculous innovations of complete new structures and functions without leaving any trace in the fossil record.  It’s called Punctuated Equilibria.  Preach it, bro.    This people-of-faith vs science dichotomy is phony baloney.  What you see above is the People of Froth (10/13/2005, 09/26/2005) preaching to the People of Fluff (09/09/2008).  Don’t give them power because they will never share it.  It’s DODO all the way in their system of Darwin-Only Public Education (DOPE).(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Strict Darwinian materialists are a minority in the United States, yet they enjoy autocracy in educational policy, complete control of scientific institutions, and nearly complete unquestioned support from the mainstream media.  Nevertheless, they have to face living in a country that is predominantly religious.  Once in awhile they suffer setbacks, like the recent changes in textbook policy in Texas that will require more scrutiny of the claims of evolution.  What do they say amongst themselves when strategizing how to handle the public?NCSE strategic plan:  Eugenie Scott was interviewed as a Newsmaker in Science last week.1  Yudhijit Bhattacharjee lobbed friendly softballs to her, like How has this battle changed in the past 20 years?, Why has the ID movement survived the 2005 Dover trial?, and What should scientists do to help the cause?  Her answers were those of a general in the strategy room of a war.  Scott said that “The enemy has become more diverse.”  Enemies have spread from K-12 to “community colleges and even 4-year colleges.”  She mentioned “periodic assaults on science standards as we recently saw in Texas,” and the ongoing threats of antievolution legislation.    Scott used arguments from her standard arsenal, portraying opponents of evolution as those who don’t “understand the nature of a scientific experiment,” but then portrayed evolution as “the big picture.”  She dismissed the Discovery Institute’s “standard creationist arguments” without mentioning any one in particular.    As for what scientists should do to “help the cause,” Scott said, “Universities need to do a better job of teaching evolution because that’s where high school teachers get their training.  Evolution needs to be brought into every course of biology instead of getting tacked on as a unit to the intro class.”  She did, however, advise against presenting evolution in atheistic terms.  “If a professor were to say that evolution proves there is no God, that’s not just bad philosophy of science, it ensures that a significant number of students will stick their fingers in their ears.”    Why, then, did Science, in its Origins blog, parade the poetry of Emily Ballou, whose lines mock the Bible and describe how evolutionary thinking caused Charles Darwin to lose his faith?  In that entry, Claire Thomas quoted this line from Ballou’s book as the stinger at the end of the article: You can safely put God to bed now / the way you can’t your daughter anymore. / Tuck the sheets so tight he cannot move / and lock the bedroom door.  (Cf. 07/12/2006).Texas tech:  Meanwhile, how will evolutionists handle the new rules in Texas?  This week in Science,2 Bhattacharjee continued the discussion by describing how “Authors Scramble to Make Textbooks Conform to Texas Science Standards.”  Before, evolutionary writers like Ken Miller had to work around demands to teach the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolutionary theory (which Miller interpreted to be “unresolved questions” about evolution, not real weaknesses of the evolutionary edifice).  In fact, in the 2004 Dover trial, defense attorneys pointed out that Miller himself had used the phrase “strengths and weaknesses” in his textbook.  That moment in the trial was “more than a little embarrassing,” Bhattacharjee said.  He revealed an inside scuffle between the two anti-creationist generals:Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California sees Miller’s earlier revision as a failed “attempt to be clever.”  And she’s worried that history might repeat itself.    “When you put ‘weaknesses’ and ‘evolution’ in the same line, you reinforce doubts that creationists are trying to sow,” says Scott, whose organization monitors the issue as it plays out in state and local districts.  In fact, Scott was so incensed by the revelation at the Dover trial that she confronted Miller after he testified.  “What were you thinking?” she asked him.    Miller’s answer, then and now, is not to get too excited.  The new Texas standards leave plenty of room for authors to explain the robustness of evolutionary theory, he says, and that’s precisely what he and his publisher, Prentice Hall, plan to do.  “The advocates of these standards underestimate the strength of the scientific evidence for structures and phenomena that they mistakenly believe evolution cannot account for,” Miller says.  “The new wording is an opportunity to make biology texts even stronger.”Still, “many scientists view the new version [of the standards] as more insidious than the previous one.” Students must be able to “analyze and evaluate scientific explanations” concerning the complexity of the cell and other areas in which writers claim evolution offers the only explanation – including the “sudden appearance, stasis, and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record.”  How’s Miller going to abide by that requirement?  By introducing students to “punctuated equilibria.”  Steve Nowicki, another textbook author, is also planning to work within the new standards in his own way.  “I understand that there may be a political agenda behind the standards, but I am taking them at face value,” he said.  “If a state thinks students need more information to understand evolution, I am happy to provide that.”  What constitutes “more information” is probably the point of contention.Converting the religious:  In BioScience,3 Douglas Woodhams (U of Zurich) advised his fellow scientists to “frame” arguments for conservation in terms that will motivate “people of faith” to join in efforts to protect biodiversity.  Woodhams, who works with SaveTheFrogs.com, has had to find ways to get religious people in Panama to understand why protecting amphibians is important.  He presumed that their Biblical world view would cause them to believe that “God created nature for unlimited human domination and that nature is passing away and thus lacks any deep value.”  Confronting believers with strictly secular arguments, he feels, is counter-productive.  “Scientists may help convince the religious community of the mandate for biodiversity conservation by pointing the faithful toward their own environmental ethics,” he said.  “Indeed, if scientists appeal to people of faith, our critical information might gain more concerted attention.”  Framing the arguments this way results in a more constructive engagement.    Woodhams was quick to point out that he did not mean to imply any kind of compromise over epistemology:To be clear, I am not suggesting that creationism, intelligent design, or other faith-based theories be supported by scientists.  I am suggesting that science, at its interface with the public, be presented in accessible and socially relevant terms.  Science exists in a value-laden political and social context, and framing our results does not reduce the purity or rigor of the scientific method.  Rather, the frame is merely a decoration to draw attention to the picture.    Framing science applies to any audience; here I focus on the faith community because it is large and many in it are suspicious of scientific claims.  By emphasizing the moral excellence, the virtue, of biodiversity-conservation recognized by scientists and religious adherents alike, scientists may gain a foot in the door and begin to speak through the crack.  We might influence a large audience that was previously indoctrinated against conservation.So in other words, while (like Richard Lewontin said) scientists cannot allow a divine foot in the door, Woodhams is looking for a foot in the door of the “faith community” (as opposed to those who follow the creed of the scientific method) by appealing to their own Scriptures in support of his goals.  He quoted Psalm 104 and other Biblical passages that extol the value of created animals.    Woodhams expressed agreement with Gould’s strategy of NOMA (non-overlapping magisteria) – the idea that science and religion occupy separate spheres.  What was lacking in his essay, though, was any identification of the grounds of his own “scientific” doctrine of moral excellence, virtue, or environmental ethics.  Who gave the “mandate for biodiversity conservation” in his view?  If it didn’t come from the Bible, did he find it in the Origin of Species by Natural Selection?  Presumably Darwinism has brought more animals to extinction than conserved them.  Nevertheless, his article was framed in stark us-vs-them terms, as if evolutionary biologists are keepers of the heart and soul of conservation ethics.last_img read more

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Snooty Congress can’t hold its regional leaders

first_imgCongress president Sonia GandhiIs is arrogance or plain shortsightedness? Call it what you may but several Congress leaders are worried if the party does not let go of its “ham-handedness” in dealing with the regional satraps, it might just have to pay a heavy price in the next general elections.Concerned partymen are talking about the need for “course correction”, which includes grooming regional leaders and giving them a free hand.Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s dependence on “apolitical” personalities for political inputs and the tendency to remain inaccessible even to state leaders is another cause for concern among a section of party leaders. As a senior AICC leader puts it: “In the Congress, a regional party leader would never aspire to become the Prime Minister. At the most, he or she hopes to be a chief minister. What is wrong with it? Why not give them respect and a free hand in the interest of the party in that particular state?””Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and even Rajiv Gandhi could afford to slight regional leaders, when the Opposition was namesake and the BJP struggled to get a two-digit figure in the Lok Sabha. But the situation is no longer the same,” the leader adds. As a result of the Congress’s haughty approach to its regional leaders, the party has no leader of standing in crucial states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu – which together account for about 207 out of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha.advertisementThe situation is perhaps the most alarming in the election-bound UP. The party was unable to find a strong PCC chief, let alone a chief ministerial candidate to match the might of the wily Mayawati. Some leaders have suggested that the Congress project Kurmi leader and Union minister of state for steel Beni Prasad Verma as its CM candidate.”At least we could get the base votes in eastern UP,” a senior party leader said. Indeed, the Congress’s indifference to state leaders has cost the party dearly in the past. Numerous regional giants, after getting a raw deal, quit the Congress, formed their own factions and – more often than not – ate into their parent party’s vote base. The party lost its base in West Bengal to Mamata Banerjee, who after being shortchanged by the high command and statelevel leaders, quit to form the formidable Trinamool Congress.In Maharashtra, the Congress was forced to concede space to the Nationalist Congress Party – which was formed by disillusioned veterans Sharad Pawar and P.A. Sangma. In Kerala, former CM K. Karunakaran quit to form the Democratic Indira Congress (DIC) and later joined the NCP. He did, however, return to his parent party just before he died last year.In Tamil Nadu, an old hand like G.K. Moopanar was forced to quit and form the Tamil Manila Congress (TMC) after then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao joined hands with the AIADMK. The TMC went on to considerably erode the Congress’s vote base in Tamil Nadu.The Congress seems to have learnt little from its past mistakes. In Chhattisgarh, the party continues to sideline Ajit Jogi, the only mass leader it has, leaving the field wide open to the BJP.In many other states, the party has not allowed regional leaders to grow. In states such as Andhra Pradesh where it had tall leaders such as the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, it has failed to groom second-rung leaders.Another Congressman feels the party should let go of its ego and bring back Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy to its fold, so that Andhra Pradesh does not slip out of the party’s hands in 2014.The leader adds that only a drastic change in strategy can save the Congress from what he calls is an “impending political disaster”.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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4-Star Point Guard Charlie Moore Announces Commitment To Memphis

first_imgCharlie Moore, a Memphis commit, playing basketball for his high school.YouTube/ballislife midwestMemphis basketball had a down year by program standards in 2014-15, going 18-14, but the Tigers got a big lift today, with the commitment of four-star Chicago point guard Charlie Moore.Charlie Moore at his press conference: “Today is a great day to be part of the Memphis Tiger program. Tiger up!”— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 12, 2015Josh Pastner and Memphis badly wanted a point guard in the 2016 class — it got one today in Charlie Moore. Quick, tough, aggressive.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 12, 2015Charlie Moore is the first local player to choose Memphis since Derrick Rose.— Michael O’Brien (@michaelsobrien) November 12, 2015Moore is rated as a four star player by every major recruiting site, and is the No. 1 player in Illinois, per 247Sports. last_img read more

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Got Your 6 Unveils First Round Of 6 Certified Projects

first_imgGot Your 6 today unveiled the first round of “6 Certified” projects, part of a continuing effort to recognize content that accurately and responsibly portrays veterans in popular media.The feature films “American Sniper” and “Amira and Sam” and individual episodes or seasons of the television series “Dancing with the Stars,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Modern Family” and “The Night Shift” are now “6 Certified.”Earlier this year at an event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Got Your 6 launched the “6 Certified” initiative as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families.“Through ‘6 Certified’ we can battle the stereotypes and misconceptions about veterans that so often dominate popular culture, while drawing attention to projects that portray veterans reasonably and accurately,” said Chris Marvin, executive director of Got Your 6. “Each of the selected projects helps to craft a new cultural narrative with an asset-focused view of veterans.”Got Your 6 announced today the selection of the following projects – the first ever group to be awarded “6 Certified” status:“American Sniper” – A compelling look into the life of veteran Chris Kyle, “American Sniper” digs beyond Kyle’s record-breaking military career to present a fully realized and multidimensional veteran character, who is portrayed as both a family man and community volunteer. Warner Bros. Pictures“Amira and Sam” – A cross-cultural love story about an Army veteran whose unlikely romance with an Iraqi immigrant is put to the test when she is faced with deportation. “Amira and Sam” bridges a great divide to foster understanding between cultures – and features a lead character who translates his operational training into a positive civilian role back at home. Drafthouse Films“Dancing with the Stars” (Season 20) – The inclusion of contestant Noah Galloway, an Army veteran and double amputee who appeared on the recent 20th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” counters stereotypical portrayals of veterans as “charity cases.” Noah’s own motto, “No Excuses,” embodies the resilient qualities of many veterans who have been faced with loss. ABC“Hawaii Five-0” (Episode 18, Season 5) – This exciting police procedural portrays veterans as leaders and problem solvers. The lead character Steven “Steve” J. McGarrett was a Navy SEAL and uses his operational training to aid him in his work as a civilian. CBS“Modern Family” (Episode 22, Season 6) – This television program provides a balanced depiction of veterans through Ed O’Neill’s character Jay Pritchett, who served in the Navy. The character’s time in service does not define him but merely adds another level of depth and color to the characterization. ABC“The Night Shift” (Episode 12, Season 2) – Veteran characters on “The Night Shift” use skills they learned in the military to save lives on the show. “The Night Shift” creators collaborated with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden for a recent episode that explored post-traumatic growth and resilience among veterans. NBCThe “6 Certified” program was enacted to encourage film and television creators to challenge misconceptions about veterans in popular culture and to foster a better understanding between veterans and civilians by moving away from the negative and stereotypical depictions of veterans and military families.For a project to become “6 Certified” it must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORK 
Research or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERAN 
Hire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITER 
Employ a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTER 
Develop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORY 
Develop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMS 
Have veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processA project that meets “6 Certified” eligibility requirements may be submitted by a studio or production company for consideration by the “6 Certified” Review Committee once that project enters post-production. The Review Committee is a group of subject matter experts who meet to review submissions for certification and grant “6 Certified” status. Currently, the members of the “6 Certified” Review Committee are Rajiv Chandrasekaran, journalist and author; Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, president and CEO of The Company; Chris Marvin, executive director, Got Your 6; Laura Law-Millet, Army veteran and Chief Operations Officer at the GI Film Group; and Major General (Ret) Sharon K.G. Dunbar, vice president, human resources, General Dynamics Mission Systems. Additional information on certification is available here.The “6 Certified” program is operated by Got Your 6, a campaign to shift the public perception of America’s veterans and to empower returning service members to be leaders and civic assets. The campaign is named for the military term meaning “I’ve got your back” and was launched in 2012 in response to a call-to-action by First Lady Michelle Obama and her Joining Forces initiative.last_img read more

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