Gordon, Scales lead Crimson to victory over Cornell

first_imgFor the second straight week, the Crimson’s rushing attack, which leads the Ivy League, guided the Harvard football team to victory — and for the second straight week, Harvard picked up a decisive road victory, as the Crimson took down the Cornell Big Red on Saturday (Oct. 10) by a score of 28-10.Last week, running back Cheng Ho ’10 was unstoppable, rushing for 132 yards in Harvard’s 28-14 win over Lehigh. This week, it was the running back tandem of Gino Gordon ’11 and Treavor Scales ’13 — who combined for 251 yards and three touchdowns — that guided the Crimson (3-1; 2-0 Ivy League) to their third win of the season.It was a coming-out party of sorts for both running backs. Through the first three games of the season, Gordon entered the game with just 105 yards rushing on 30 carries. Yet on Saturday, the junior exploded for 137 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. Scales, who through three games ran for 56 yards, racked up 92 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. The freshman’s breakout performance earned him Ivy Rookie of the Week honors on Monday (Oct. 12).The defense, which gave up a season-low 10 points, was led by freshman cornerback Brian Owusu, who recorded two key interceptions, and junior safety Collin Zych, who had eight tackles and two passes broken up on the day.Harvard returns home on Saturday (Oct. 17) to host Lafayette. The Crimson have won the past eight matchups and hold an 11-2 record against the Leopards. Kickoff is set for noon.last_img read more

Waltrip wrestles with emotions as he preps for his last Daytona 500

first_imgBUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live!RELATED: Waltrip’s Daytona moments | Daytona schedule DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — He’s still just “Margaret and Leroy’s little boy,” but Michael Waltrip is pushing 54 and Sunday he’ll be making his final start in the Daytona 500. “I just thought it was a cool place to run my last race,” Waltrip said during Wednesday’s annual media day at Daytona International Speedway. It will be his 30th start in a race and at a place that still generates a wide range of emotions for the Owensboro, Kentucky, native. His record of futility was a solid 462 races heading into the 2001 Daytona 500 when he finally made it to Victory Lane in his first start for Dale Earnhardt Inc. Jubilation was short-lived. In a race that crowned a new Daytona 500 champion, the sport lost one of its biggest figures — team owner and seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt. Waltrip, the younger brother of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip, won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series biggest race again in 2003. He won the summer race at Daytona in ’02 and the fall stop at Talladega the following year. “I try not to get reflective or nostalgic because it’s too emotional,” he said of his Daytona memories. “Mostly I just think about getting to race the car. Obviously I have faced the range of emotions that humans probably aren’t designed to face and it all probably happened within 10 seconds, so that’s hard to think about. “But I love coming to Daytona, I’ve been coming here since I was a kid, so every time you talk about coming to Daytona I get a big smile on my face which is crazy but that’s racing I guess.” Outside the car, he works as a NASCAR analyst for FOX “and I’ve got great teammates there,” he said. </p> For 32 years he’s made at least one start in the series — the last time he ran a full schedule was ’09. He will suit up for a final time with help from long-time sponsor Aaron’s — they’ve been with him in some form or fashion for nearly two decades — and Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson in the team’s No. 15 Toyota. “When we ran last year’s Daytona 500 (with BK Racing) it didn’t go well,” he said. “We didn’t run good and I guess we got in a little bit of a fender-bender and messed up the car. I didn’t want to quit like that. So I went to Talladega (with Premium) and we got a 12th-place finish, ran up front a little bit. “Then I decided we would try to have one more competitive run down here. You’ve got to quit sometime.” For Waltrip, sometime comes Sunday. “When we close the books on this it will say 11 XFINITY Series wins and one Camping World Truck win and it will definitely say four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup wins, maybe it will say five,” he said. “But I qualified 35th so unless our strategy is we’ve got ’em right where we want ’em … we might be in a little bit of trouble on this one. “But I’m looking forward to trying.” last_img read more

With Fins Off the Menu, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor decades, the decline of sharks – sought for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators.Along with the economic boom in China and other Asian countries came the ability for millions to afford shark fin soup. As more sharks were harvested to feed that appetite, it became clear to scientists how vital these top-predators were for the entire ocean ecosystem – from algae to sea-grass, turtles to tuna.In the last year, there’s been some good news leading conservationists to believe that the tide for struggling sharks, at last, may be turning.Man Expertly Grabs Pelican to Save it From Almost Certain Death (WATCH)Global fin trade is declining. The U.S., European Union, and India, along with close to 100 other nations from the Mideast to the Caribbean, have banned finning — the practice of catching sharks solely to harvest fins. Some of those countries, like New Zealand, were huge exporters.China, Hong Kong and Malaysia have all banned the soup at government functions, five hotel chains have taken it off their menus and 26 airlines have refused to transport shark fins. On a recent survey in China 85% of respondents said they no longer ate shark fin soup. In fact, so many people have lost their appetite for shark, that the fins are as cheap as squid — essentially destroying the market for them in some parts of China.Transforming Lion Killers into ‘Lion Guardians’ in AfricaA preeminent marine biologist praised a turnaround in US fisheries management in the last decade, saying officials have basically altered their direction on shark management 180 degrees, calling new policies “among the best in the world.” Sharks are also bolstered by pledges from 205 marinas and 103 other businesses around the globe to forbid or discourage the offloading of dead sharks.Even as sharks recover in some waters they’re getting hammered when they migrate to countries that don’t manage them, so nations and conservationists need to continue pushing for tough regulations to make sure the tide keeps turning for these crucial top-level predators.(Source: Yale 360, March 2015, from a feature by Ted Williams) – Photo by Travel Bag Ltd (travelbag.co.uk), CC licenseAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Kristen Bell is Using Her Instagram Page to Help Send Thousands of Gifts to Teachers in Need

first_imgFor every one of the posts, Bell highlights the teacher’s need for school supplies and asks her followers to help out—and her call to action has proven to be extremely effective.One elementary school teacher from Belmont, North Carolina was inundated with packages after she was featured on Bell’s Instagram back in May.WATCH: Watching Kristen Bell Cheer Up Hurricane Irma Evacuees Will Melt Your Heart“I’ve received over a couple hundred items so far, and they are still trickling in every day,” Riggs told WCNC reporters the very same week. “I even got a gift from the UK and Zimbabwe!”More recently, Bell featured a first grade teacher from Flint, Michigan named Emily Mayberry.Within a week of appearing on Bell’s social media page, she experienced the same relief: she was flooded with gifts, packages, and supplies from her Amazon wishlist.LOOK: Barefoot Teacher Pictured Running Ahead of Tornado to Warn Families in Carpool Lane“The generosity of others is overwhelming,” wrote the school on Facebook. “Gratitude is the quality of feeling and experiencing thankfulness and appreciation. We are beyond thankful and appreciative to Kristen Bell and her #FeaturedTeacherFriday for their outpouring of love, support and dedication by enriching and changing the lives of our students through their generous donations.”If you want to nominate yourself or a teacher to be featured on Bell’s Instagram, you can send an email to [email protected] Or, you may be inspired to help a teacher who has not been featured, by going to Donors Choose and surprising an educator with a donation at the nonprofit’s website.Be Sure And Share This Inspiring Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWith more than 12 million followers on Instagram, actress Kristen Bell has been using her celebrity status to help teachers in need.Every week for the last six months, Bell has been sharing a teacher’s story on Instagram for a project she calls #FeatureTeacherFriday.last_img read more

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Showrunner Austin Winsberg Is Bringing a Weekly Dose of Broadway to NBC

first_imgBut on his NBC show Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Winsberg is able to feed his musical-theater brain. Winsberg considers the show a jukebox musical of sorts. The main character Zoey (played by Jane Levy) is given mysterious powers that allow her to hear the innermost thoughts of the people around her, in the form of a song (Zoey sums it up as, “I am X-Men meets The Voice”). The show may be on television but it’s all musical theater. “We have a rule for every song in Zoey: they always need to advance plot, reveal character or be funny, and that’s very much musical-theater rules,” says Winsberg. Zoey’s is in the middle of its first season and will finish on May 3 (Winsberg is “cautiously optimistic” that it will get renewed for season two).Whenever possible, Winsberg wants to fit in as many theater actors as he can. Tony-nominated stage-and-screen actor Peter Gallagher plays Zoey’s father, Spring Awakening original cast member Skylar Astin is Zoey’s best friend, Once on This Island’s Alex Newell plays Zoey’s next-door neighbor. And they all sing. “I’m such a big musical-theater lover that anytime we can bring theater people into the show, I’m all in favor of it,” says Winsberg.That statement applies to the guest stars, too. In upcoming episodes, Tony winners Renée Elise Goldsberry and Bernadette Peters will make an appearance and sing. And for episode nine of the show, airing on April 5 at 9:00pm, Winsberg brought in Deaf West Theatre, which was last on Broadway for the 2015 revival of Spring Awakening, to collaborate. Sandra Mae Frank, who played Wendla in that production, guest-stars as Abigail, a deaf college student with an overprotective father. And she gets her own musical number in the show, an instrumental of Rachel Platton’s “Fight Song,” in which she dances and performs the song using sign language, to show that she is not helpless and is capable of living on her own. When his writers room came up with the idea for a deaf storyline, one of the first calls Winsberg made was to David Kurs, artistic director of Deaf West. “Instantly I thought of Deaf West because I had seen Big River, Pippin and Spring Awakening in Los Angeles,” explains Winsberg. “I was blown away by the way they integrate deaf performers into the show, the way they use sign language and choreography together; it just always feels like these beautiful pieces of art.” Sandra Mae Frank, center, in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Andrew Leeds, Alex Newell, Peter Gallagher, John Clarence Stewart, Jane Levy, Skylar Astin and Lauren Graham in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (Photos: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC) Austin Winsberg may currently be working in television, but he will have you know that he is a big theater nerd. Winsberg, the showrunner for NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, also wrote the book for the 2013 Broadway musical First Date. “When I get really roped up in TV and movie stuff, it’s hard to find the right project and the time to devote to theater stuff,” he admits over the phone from his home in Los Angeles. “I went to Stagedoor Manor in the Catskills, I was a theater major in college. My dream is to go back to Broadway; it’s just about finding the right project and the time to do it.”  Kurs worked with Zoey’s choreographer Mandy Moore to create a musical number that uses both dance and sign language. Winsberg wanted all of the performers in the song to be deaf performers, and that there be no singing. There was an ASL interpreter on set to facilitate communication between Moore and the actors. “It was a tall order because I wanted the emotion and what they were conveying simply through the physicality of their movement and facial expressions,” says Winsberg. He then added, “It was probably one of the hardest numbers Mandy had to do all season.”He admits that it would have been easier if there were hearing performers in the number, “but I wanted to give voice and representation to deaf people,” Winsberg says. “It was important to what the number and episode was trying to say, to showcase these people and to be as authentic as possible in the process.”Winsberg was inspired to create Zoey’s because of his father’s death; Gallagher in the show suffers from the same neurological condition that afflicted Winsberg’s father. So to him, the show may be musical and fantastical, but its core is about communication and empathy, especially for people who society overlooks. “Zoey’s father is based on my dad who couldn’t communicate at all in the last six months of his life, and I so desperately wanted to know what was going on in his head,” explains Winsberg, “And deaf people, too, anybody who has a disability or challenge, understanding what they’re going through. So much of the show is about compassion and empathy and putting yourself into somebody else’s shoes.” But for a show that’s so musical-theater inspired, there seems to be a lack of musical-theater songs in it. When asked why he’s not featuring more show tunes in his TV show, Winsberg says it’s because musical songs don’t always work outside of their musical context. “So many songs in musicals are synonymous with that musical and already built into the narrative,” he explains. “It’s important to me that if we were to do our own spin on that song, we’d have to change the meaning of it, or turn it on its head in some way so we’re not just telling it in the story the same way it was told in the musical.”The other reason is purely financial: pop songs are cheaper to license than show tunes. “The most expensive song I went after all season was a song from Les Miz.” What song was it? “Castle on a cloud,” Winsberg laughs. “Cosette needs to be heard, everybody!” View Comments Austin Winsberglast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Alex Boniello Releases EP Hi & New Music Video

first_imgAlex Boniello(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Alex Boniello Releases EP Hi & New Music VideoBroadway favorite Alex Boniello, whose credits include Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Dear Evan Hansen, has released an EP called Hi. It is now available to stream on music platforms and includes the tracks “19 to 20,” “If I Died,” “Get Up” and “I’m So Tired.” He has also released a music video for “I’m So Tired,” which was directed by his former Dear Evan Hansen co-star Gabrielle Carrubba. Watch below. Alex Boniellocenter_img View Comments Jagged Little Pill, Slave Play Casting Directors Nominated for Artios AwardsNominations are here for the 36th Annual Artios Awards, honoring casting directors for their work on stage and screen. Among the Broadway nominees are casting directors of Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge! and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, all honored in the Broadway Musical category. Other nominees on the theater front include Grand Horizons, The Great Society, The Inheritance, Slave Play and The Sound Inside in the Play category, with A Soldier’s Play, Betrayal and The Rose Tattoo in the Play Revival category. Winners willbe announced on April 15 in a virtual ceremony. For a full list of nominees, click here.Keegan-Michael Key to Star in & Executive Produce August Snow DramaKeegan-Michael Key, who was last seen on Broadway in Meteor Shower and can be seen in Netflix’s The Prom movie, is set to executive produce and headline a new ABC drama. According to Deadline, August Snow, which is based on Stephen Mack Jones’ book series, hails from Godfather of Harlem co-creator/executive producer Paul Eckstein, who penned the forthcoming TV show. Key will play the title character a former detective, who becomes a private investigator in his hometown of Detroit.Broadway Alum & Police Academy Star Marion Ramsey Dies at 73Marion Ramsey, who played Officer Laverne Hooks in the film franchise Police Academy died in Los Angeles on January 7 at the age of 73. CNN reports that no cause of death was given. Born in Philadelphia on May 10, 1947, Ramsey made her Broadway debut as a replacement for Ermengarde in the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! Her other Broadway credits include Soon, Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It, Eubie!, Rock ‘N Roll! The First 5,000 Years, Grind and Uptown…It’s Hot! A guest role on The Jeffersons kicked off her career in television. She is survived by three brothers.The Prom’s Jo Ellen Pellman Catches Up with Co-Star James CordenJo Ellen Pellman, who stars in Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of The Prom on Netflix, reunited with one of her co-stars when she appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden on January 7. Corden played the role of Broadway star Barry Glickman in the film, while Pellman played Emma, who is banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. Though COVID-19 shutdowns prevented the stars from an in-person red carpet premiere, Pellman spoke about enjoying the movie at home with her family. “I have just felt an overwhelmingly positive reaction on social media,” she said. “I am getting messages from people sharing their stories or how The Prom made them feel accepted and loved.” She also talked about howt she and co-star Ariana DeBose have started the Unruly Hearts Initiative, which encourages viewers of The Prom to advicate for the LGBTQ+ community. Watch the interview below.last_img read more

Shumlin to promote electric vehicles at the State House Thursday

first_imgGovernor  Peter Shumlin, attending a Drive Electric Vermont celebration of electric vehicles in Vermont, today announced that the State Fleet program will launch a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle to further Vermont’ s goals to reduce reliance on gasoline and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The electric sedan — a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid — was plugged in today at a new charging station located near the State House on Governor Aiken Avenue.  ‘ Supporting electric-drive transportation in Vermont helps our environment by reducing greenhouse gases, increases our smart transportation choices, and provides an important boost to the state’ s economy by saving money on gas, keeping dollars that would have been spent on imported oil right here in Vermont,’ the Governor said. This newly installed electric charging station is capable of charging two electric plug-in vehicles simultaneously.  While one space will be reserved for the Fleet vehicle, the other space is available for public use.  By making public charging stations convenient for residents and using plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the State Fleet, Vermont continues to lead the way and expand its commitment to the environment while reducing the cost of operating state vehicles. Electric vehicles can charge at any conventional electric outlet, but public charging stations enable a quick and convenient way to recharge during the day. According to Drive Electric Vermont, there are already nearly 250 electric vehicles registered in the state, which represents an almost threefold increase since Vermont first started keeping track just nine months ago. There are also 18 public charging stations operational in Vermont, with seven more slated to come online in the next six months, and many more in the planning stages.  ‘ Vermonters can be really proud of the leadership Governor Shumlin and his partners in the Legislature are showing on electric vehicles,’ said Karen Glitman of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, lead partner in the Drive Electric Vermont effort. ‘ Homes and businesses in our state could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually through the reduced cost, and more efficient use, of energy for powering their travel.’  The new electric plug-in hybrid sedan will be available in Montpelier for State business travel through the Department of Buildings & General Services Fleet Management Services (FMS) motor pool program.  FMS will assign the vehicle to employees based on their travel destination in order to best utilize the vehicle’ s electric range capabilities while concurrently limiting its fuel consumption.  This pilot vehicle investment will allow the State Fleet to collect real-time data of vehicle life-cycle cost, fuel consumption, tailpipe emission reductions and overall vehicle performance.  This is the first step to incorporating electric vehicle and charging infrastructure into the State Fleet in an effort to create a sustainable transportation system by reducing Vermont’ s reliance on imported petroleum and by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.   Drive Electric Vermont is a project of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in partnership with the State of Vermont, Project Get Ready, and a broad array of stakeholders advancing electric vehicle technology. For more information, please visit driveelectricvt.com.last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgJoey Wentz earned two first-team All-Sunflower placements and now has been named a high school All-American.SM East’s Joey Wentz named first-team All American. Joey Wentz, a standout pitcher and first baseman for SM East has been named a first-team All-American as a multi-position player. The 2015 All-American pre-season selections are sponsored by Louisville Slugger and the selections are made by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper. The announcement of the first and second team selections says that most of the players have committed to college and have received national recognition already. Wentz, a junior at SM East, has already committed to play at the University of Virginia, a decision he made last September. As a sophomore, Wentz struck out 69 batters over 53 innings and had a 1.57 ERA.Spin! to expand throughout Kansas. Spin! Neapolitan Pizza is planning an expansion throughout Kansas over the next five years by adding locations in Topeka, Lawrence, Wichita and Manhattan. Spin! has a location in Corinth Square among its six Kansas City locations. [Spin! Pizza to open award-winning concept throughout Kansas – KMBZ]Fairway sets deadline for summer work applications. The Fairway Parks and Recreation Department will be hiring approximately 50 seasonal employees to help with the seasonal programming and the swimming pool. Pool managers, lifeguards, snack bar attendants, day camp staff, swim instructors and coaches are needed. First year lifeguards are paid $8.75 per hour.  The application deadline is Feb. 2.Mission Repair adds Colorado location. Mission Repair, with a location on Johnson Drive in downtown Mission, is opening a new store location in Lakewood, Colorado. Owner Ryan Arter opened the Mission location in 2014. The company specializes in electronic repairs.last_img read more

Unhappiness Is in the Eye of the Beholder

first_imgScience:A smile and a frown mean the same thing everywhere—or so say many anthropologists and evolutionary psychologists, who for more than a century have argued that all humans express basic emotions the same way. But a new study of people’s perceptions of computer-generated faces suggests that facial expressions may not be universal and that our culture strongly shapes the way we read and express emotions.The hypothesis that facial expressions convey the same meaning the world over goes all the way back to Charles Darwin. In his 1872 book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, the famed naturalist identified six basic emotional states: happiness, surprise, fear, disgust, anger, and sadness. If facial expressions are just cultural traits, passed down through the generations by imitation, their meanings would have diverged by now, he argued.Read the whole story: Science More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Silently suffering from hearing loss negatively affects quality of life

first_imgShare on Facebook Email Share LinkedIn Pinterestcenter_img Share on Twitter Hearing loss in adults is under treated despite evidence that hearing aid technology can significantly lessen depression and anxiety and improve cognitive functioning, according to a presentation at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.“Many hard of hearing people battle silently with their invisible hearing difficulties, straining to stay connected to the world around them, reluctant to seek help,” said David Myers, PhD, a psychology professor and textbook writer at Hope College in Michigan who lives with hearing loss.In a National Council on Aging study of 2,304 people with hearing loss, those who didn’t wear hearing aids were 50 percent more likely to suffer from sadness or depression than people who did wear them, he said. Additionally, hearing aid users were much more likely to participate in social activities regularly. Although a genetic condition caused him to start losing his hearing as a teenager, Myers did not get hearing aids until he was in his 40s. Like many hard of hearing people, he resisted hearing technology. People wait an average of six years from the first signs of hearing loss before getting treatment, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, and adults with hearing loss between the ages of 20 and 69 are half as likely as adults 70 or older to use hearing aids, Myers said. Besides denial, vanity and less awareness of how much they are missing are some reasons for the delay, he added.“Anger, frustration, depression and anxiety are all common among people who find themselves hard of hearing,” Myers said. “Getting people to use the latest in hearing aid technology can help them regain control of their life, and achieve emotional stability and even better cognitive functioning.”Myers cited another study published in the Archives of Neurology that found hearing loss could also be a risk factor for dementia. Scientists who conducted the study said years of sensory loss leaves people more susceptible to dementia. Additionally, the social isolation common among the hard of hearing is another known risk factor for dementia and other cognitive disorders, he said.A technology known as a hearing loop could also help those with hearing loss become more social and involved, said Myers. Like Wi-Fi for hearing aids, the technology uses an inductive loop to transmit sound signals directly into an in-ear hearing aid or cochlear implant, where it is received by an inductive device called a telecoil. Efforts over the last dozen years to have hearing loops installed in public places around the U.S. have gained momentum in recent years with new American manufacturers stepping up to design and market hearing loop amplifiers for a wide variety of installations, from home TV rooms and taxis to auditoriums and airports.The loop system, which enables hearing aids to serve as wireless speakers, is popular in Great Britain and Scandinavia but less widespread in the U.S. Proponents of the system say it works especially well in public spaces with background noise or reverberant sound, such as train stations and places of worship. Myers’ hearing loop advocacy has contributed to more than 500 hearing loop installations in Michigan. He has also supported Hearing Loss Association of America efforts to advocate for hundreds of installations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, Utah, Washington state and even in New York City taxicabs, as well as the chambers of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Supreme Court.“Making public spaces directly hearing aid accessible is psychologically important for people with hearing loss,” Myers said.last_img read more