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Armin Van Buuren To Join Miley Cyrus, Flo Rida, and Fall Out Boy at Jingle Ball

first_imgThe world’s #1 ranked DJ, Armin Van Buuren, has been announced as a performer on several of Clear Channel Radio’s Jingle Ball concerts. The events, which will hit eight major markets around the country, generally focus on Top 40 acts, so Van Buuren’s involvement is somewhat interesting. Last year, Calvin Harris performed at Jingle Ball, though that was understandable due to the radio success of ‘We Found Love’.Armin will be playing in both the Phillips Arena in Atlanta on December 11, and Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 13. Addition performers include Miley Cyrus, Flo Rida, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Fall Out Boy, Robin Thicke, and more.Armin Van Buuren fans may question this move considering he sold out Madison Square Garden on his own within minutes earlier this year (check out our review). However, the real question is whether or not Flo Rida is going to pitch Armin his new ‘Beamz’ product.last_img read more

Qualifying issues put Johnson in tough positions

first_imgRELATED: Kansas qualifying order | Full Kansas scheduleKANSAS CITY, Kan. – Jimmie Johnson knows he needs to do better at qualifying, but he’s not sure how to accomplish that goal.The numbers don’t lie. Johnson’s average starting position through 31 races this season is 17.0. His previous low mark was 14.3 in his 2002 rookie year.The mid-pack starting spots have had dire consequences. The seven-time champion’s lackluster efforts in time trials have translated to a career-worst average finish of 15.8. Though Johnson has won three times this season, he has finished in the top five only one other time.Only one previous time in his career has Johnson failed to crack double digits in top fives. That was 15 years ago, when he posted six top-five results in his rookie season.But the real negative of mediocrity in time trials manifests itself in stage racing. Starting from an average of 17th on the grid, Johnson has had difficulty accumulating stage points to any significant degree.WATCH: Johnson says, ‘We are a team that thrives on adversity’As a consequence, he’s eighth in the standings, fighting to retain a spot in the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff. It doesn’t help that the driver who is seven points behind him — Kyle Busch — has eight poles this season and an average starting position of 7.1.That’s an average advantage of 10 spots over Johnson, or 10 points, to start every race. That’s why qualifying is No. 1 on Johnson’s to-do list of areas to improve.He will start 12th at Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET) after another subpar effort.“It hasn’t been a strong suit of mine, and over the last couple of years, it has slipped even more,” Johnson told the NASCAR Wire Service on Friday at Kansas Speedway, site of Sunday’s Round of 12 elimination race. “This year, we knew before the season ever started that the importance of qualifying was going to ratchet up and be two to three times more important, essentially.“Even with all that awareness and the thought process and attempts to raise our qualifying performance, we haven’t yet. And we’re looking at every option possible. Again, here this weekend, I personally am trying to find the right rhythm that is needed out there on the track to put up that lap time. Through practice and the three rounds of qualifying, at some point I can sneak the speed out of the car and post a good lap, and for whatever reason trying to back that up or do it lap after lap, just haven’t been able to pull that off.”RELATED: ‘Father figure’ Jimmie Johnson guiding Byron, BowmanIt’s not that Johnson has neglected qualifying in preparing for each race.“We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on it, and we’re almost to a point now where we overthought it,” he said. “Are we slowing ourselves down from overthinking it in some regards?“We’re aware and trying hard and have been trying hard to get that right. Hopefully, we get it.”As an added incentive, Friday’s pole winner at Kansas Speedway earned the No. 1 pit stall next week at Martinsville, where the stall closest to the exit from pit road is a huge advantage.But Johnson can’t worry about that now. If he doesn’t survive Kansas in the top eight, Martinsville won’t matter, where a possible record eighth championship is concerned.RELATED: Blaney’s Kansas qualifying time disallowedlast_img read more

Belles study leadership, cultural inclusion

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Intercultural Leadership (IL) offers students with an interest in social responsibility the opportunity to develop their leadership abilities and learn more about cultural diversity. The IL Program is a two to three year co-curricular program that combines leadership development with study of diversity and intercultural inclusion. Intercultural Studies Program Director Mana Derakhshani said the program aims to teach students about leadership and acting for the common good.  “The main goal of the IL program is to provide … opportunities for students, whether they are involved in formal, traditional leadership roles or not, to recognize their leadership style and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be an agent of change for the good,” Derakhshani said. The program requires students to attend monthly meetings as well as a number of retreats, according to the program’s commitment form.  Senior Ambreen Ahmad said the retreats are important to the leadership development aspect of the program.  “The retreats are an opportunity to see who you are as a leader, to recognize your values and to know what you stand up for,” Ahmad said.  Senior Maeya Alexander said, for her, the retreats are the most enjoyable component of the IL program. “[My favorite part is] going on the retreats,” said Alexander. “Getting to hang out with people who are your peers … really [challenges] the way we collectively live as leaders. It’s really tough, but that’s what makes it fun. You really get to bond with a lot of the girls.” Participants must also complete 50 hours of community-based learning and nine credit hours in intercultural leadership topics, in addition to leading an inclusive leadership project, in order to complete the IL Program. Alexander said IL participants are instructed to design their projects so other students can continue their projects after they graduate. “One of the things that we’re supposed to accomplish by the end is to create a leadership project that can be replicated and continued at Saint Mary’s,” she said.  Alexander said past leadership projects have ranged from data comparisons of the status of women in South Bend to the nationwide status of women to comprehensive informative booklets and programs designed to prepare students for study abroad. Derakhshani said the components of the program help students develop six proficiencies: Recognize the leader within, articulate your ethical and spiritual center, engage and value diversity, dialogue on power and privilege, create inclusive and equitable communities and make your difference in the world. The choice of service placement, individual leadership project and where to study abroad are different ways that students can tailor the program to match their personal interests, Derakhshani said. She said all of the students benefit from the bonds formed through spending time with like-minded peers.  “I think different students appreciate different components of the program, but everyone agrees that an unexpected benefit is belonging to a cohort of like-minded individuals,” Derakhshani said. “That bond remains strong throughout their career at Saint Mary’s and hopefully beyond.” Derakhshani also said the program challenges students to be more effective in a diverse world and stands out on a resume to employers who understand the importance of intercultural awareness. Ahmad said she has learned a lot about collaboration and being a woman through the IL Program “One big thing that I’ve taken away is that there is immense value in being a woman, and being collaborative and inclusive,” said Ahmad. “It’s been a really great experience. I’ve learned a lot about myself through it.” Alexander said she would recommend all interested students apply to the program. “I would definitely recommend it for anyone, not only to meet people, but to talk about the issues in our world that people don’t always see,” Alexander said. “It’s given me a lot of confidence to do things that I wouldn’t have thought I could do.” Derakhshani said the program is open to rising sophomore and junior students from any discipline. Derakhshani said the application process opens each spring, and this year applications will be accepted through Monday. She said around 10 new students are accepted into the program each year.last_img read more

Inmates walkaway from Beaumont’s satellite prison camp

first_img The United States Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies were notified and an internal investigation was initiated.Anyone with information related to these individuals should contact the United States Marshals Service at: (713) 718-4800.Arredondo was sentenced in 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to 135 months for Conspiracy, Distribution, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.Gordillo was sentenced in 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to 262 months for Conspiracy with Intent to Distribute more than 5 Kilograms of Cocaine. Valencia-Carbajal was sentenced in 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to 170 months for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.Beaumont’s Satellite Prison Camp is a minimum security facility adjacent to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Beaumont and currently houses 522 male offenders in Beaumont.Additional information about the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at On Friday at approximately 8:30 a.m., inmates Ruban Arredondo Jr., Jose Gordillo and Baltazar Valencia-Carbajal were discovered missing from the Satellite Prison Camp in Beaumont.Arredondo is a 30-year-old White male with black hair, brown eyes, 5’9” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.Gordillo is a 47-year-old White male with black hair, brown eyes, 5’4” tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds.Valencia-Carbajal is a 25-year-old White male with black hair, brown eyes, 5’9” tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds.last_img read more

Mission launches new Adopt a Park program with Girl Scout Troop #942

first_imgGirl Scout Troop #942 are the first participants in Mission’s Adopt a Park program. The launch event took place at Waterworks Park on Oct. 15. Photo courtesy of Penn Almoney and Mission Parks & RecreationThe City of Mission recently launched a new program for volunteer groups to help keep the city’s parks clean and safe. Director of Parks and Recreation Penn Almoney said the goal of the program is to offer “exposure to one of Mission’s greatest resources: its outdoor parks.”“Anytime you see more people at a park, it kind of gives you that sense of safety and connection within the community,” Almoney said. “Our ultimate goal is to foster community through this program and try to connect people.”Volunteer groups, such as youth groups or local non-profits, can reach out to the parks and recreation department about which park the group would like to adopt and the process moves forward from there, Almoney said. Then beautification projects are discussed and outlined, and the groups commit to completing projects at least six times within one year.Girl scouts paint the retainer wall of Waterworks Park, the park the troop adopted. Photo courtesy of Penn Almoney and Mission Parks & RecreationGirl Scout Troop #942, the first participant in the program, adopted Waterworks Park, 5814 53rd Street. Troop Leader Suzie Legg said the troop chose to partner with Mission as a way for the scouts to earn their silver award, which looks for an issue to take action on within the community. When Legg heard about the Adopt a Park program, she said it was an opportunity for both community involvement and civic engagement.“It’s been a really good opportunity for our girls to see how there’s different parts in the city — different groups of adults — that do different things, and how to advocate,” she said. “It’s giving them an opportunity to see how they can be engaged in their community, even as adults, and do that in a positive way.”A launch event was held on Oct. 15 to honor the girl scouts and promote the program to passersby, Almoney said. Each girl scout and a lone cub scout signed a pledge that is posted at the Waterworks Park kiosk for public viewing, which offers a sense of civic engagement and pride for the cub and girl scouts, Almoney said.Additionally, the scouts went through basic training prior to the event. The main project for Waterworks is painting the playground retention wall, so the scouts were trained on how close to paint to the grass as well as how to properly use rakes and shovels. Legg said a couple of the projects the troop will undertake throughout the year include basic monitoring of the park and helping install tree identification plaques.While troop #942 lead the initiative, Legg said the adoption of the park is for the entire scout community at Rushton Elementary School. As the current sixth grade girls of troop #942 go on to middle school, the other troops at Rushton can continue to adopt Waterworks Park.“It’s a pretty great partnership,” Almoney said. “It increases the number of eyes that are on the park and the standards that we want to have, in terms of caring and keeping the park beautiful for the neighborhood.”last_img read more

Daubert — A Burdensome Solution in Search of a Problem

first_imgDaubert — A Burdensome Solution in Search of a Problem — A Burdensome Solution in Search of a Problem Terrell Hogan Yegelwel Although in Ch. 2013-107, Laws of Fla, the Legislature proposed federal “Daubert” procedures for expert testimony, they are not rules of evidence unless adopted by the Florida Supreme Court. The court made this explicit in Hadden v. State, 690 So. 2d 573, 577 -78 (Fla. 1997):  “Since the Frye standard is not mentioned in the evidence code, several district courts concluded that the evidence code did away with this standard and replaced it with a relevancy standard. . . . Our specific adoption of that test after the enactment of the evidence code manifests our intent to use the Frye test as the proper standard for admitting novel scientific evidence in Florida, even though the Frye test is not set forth in the evidence code.” The Code and Rules of Evidence Committee recommends against adoption. Comments were reviewed and discussed before the vote.  In December, the Board of Governors will vote whether to support the committee’s recommendation that will go to the court along with committee and board vote tallies. The court has declined to adopt several legislative evidence proposals. In re Amendments to the Florida Evidence Code, 782 So. 2d 339 (Fla. 2000); In re Amendments to Florida Evidence Code, 144 So. 3d 536 (Fla. 2014). So, even though the code and rules of evidence were cooperatively adopted, the Supreme Court has made it plain that, in line with its constitutional duties, the court sets procedure. Daubert/Frye is another instance where the Legislature can propose but the court decides. It is on the board’s agenda now because, after years of lobbying, the Legislature, particularly with an eye on civil litigation, attempted to overrule the Supreme Court. Multiple decisions rejecting Daubert procedures were quoted in Ramirez v. State, 810 So. 2d 836, 843, n.8 (Fla. 2001), which concluded, “The Florida Supreme Court rejected the Daubertrule in favor of continued use ofFrye.” And, the court later rejected “essentially a Daubert analysis” in Castillo v. E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., 854 So. 2d 1264, 1276 (Fla. 2003). The Daubert bill’s preamble embraced federal procedures but failed to identify any problem, much less a crisis. Nevertheless, the Legislature declared it was “requiring the courts of this state to interpret and apply the principles of expert testimony in conformity with specified United States Supreme Court [Daubert-lineage] decisions.” The Legislature also directed the courts “to no longer apply the standard in Frye v. United States, 293 F.2d 1013 (D.C. Cir 1923), in the courts of this state.” And, the Legislature purported to prohibit the courts from following Supreme Court precedent: “WHEREAS, by amending § 90.702, Fla. Stat., the Florida Legislature intends to prohibit in the courts of this state pure opinion testimony as provided in Marsh v. Valyou, 977 So.2d 543 (Fla. 2007).” In so doing, the Legislature disregarded this fact: Marsh was based on the constitutional right to trial by jury. “Trial courts must resist the temptation to usurp the jury’s role in evaluating the credibility of experts and choosing between legitimate but conflicting scientific views.” Marsh at 549.  This unfunded legislative mandate, destined to flood every court with “Daubert” motions, places excessive demands on the limited time and scarce resources of the courts. It also erects steep barriers to the exercise of the constitutional right of access to the courts. This issue comes to the Board of Governors at a time when the declared focus of The Florida Bar is “access to justice.” The dictates recited in the Daubert preamble reveal a wholly contrary purpose: to change the outcome of cases by changing the procedure for expert testimony in what the court has described as “the vast majority of cases.” Marsh at 547; U.S. Sugar Corp. at 109. The one-sidedness of Ch. 2013-107 is made even more obvious by the omission of a corresponding amendment to Florida’s hearsay rules to allow, as in Federal Rule of Evidence 803(18), the use of statements in learned treatises as substantive evidence. The change, if adopted as is, would likely apply in all “litigation contexts.” U.S. Sugar Corp. v. Henson, 823 So. 2d 104, 109 (Fla. 2003). The code and rules do, though, contain a number of differences depending on whether a case is civil or criminal. Given the life and liberty interests at stake in criminal cases and the consequent higher burden of proof, the Supreme Court could conclude expert testimony procedures should be different in criminal law. But, that too is an issue for the court, briefed and fully informed, to decide. November 15, 2015 Wayne Hogan Regular Newscenter_img Daubertlast_img read more

Gophers dominate New Mexico State in season opener

first_imgGophers dominate New Mexico State in season openerA 28-point second quarter helped Minnesota pull away early.Jack RodgersSeth Green celebrates earning a touchdown with quarterback Zack Annexstad during the game against New Mexico on Thursday, Aug. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 48-10. Max BiegertAugust 31, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA 10-7 deficit in the second quarter was no match for an offensive explosion from Minnesota in the second quarter to lead the Gophers to victory Thursday.The Gophers (1-0) beat the Aggies (0-2) 48-10 at TCF Bank Stadium to open their 2018 season. Minnesota got off to a slow start, but scored 28 points in the second quarter to take control of the game.Seth Green, a former East Ridge football and basketball standout, got the offense started by scoring two touchdowns out of the wildcat formation. Redshirt sophomore Antoine Winfield Jr., a defensive back, scored his first touchdown of his career on a 75-yard punt return in which he broke several tackles on his way to the end zone. Junior Tyler Johnson added his second touchdown of the half with 57 seconds left in the second quarter to cap the 28-point onslaught. “I thought we accomplished everything we wanted to accomplish,” Fleck said. “I went back in a chart at what I wanted to do and we almost checked off every box.”Minnesota’ busy second quarter began at the 11:35 mark. Green scored on a nine-yard touchdown run from the wildcat formation for the first touchdown of his college career. Then, out of the wildcat once again, Green punched in another touchdown. He scored his second touchdown of the night with a three-yard carry off of a direct snap to him and a fake hand-off to Rodney Smith. Green followed Smith up the hole and rumbled in for a touchdown with 3:21 left to play in the second quarter.  Later, after a quick three-and-out by the Aggies and a punt, Winfield Jr. broke tackles and weaved his way through the Aggies’ return team for a score. “I felt like I really wanted to help the team out so whatever I could do to get on the field and help the team is something I would be down for,” Green said. “I told coach, ‘tell me what to do and I’ll run it.’” There had been a lot of questions of how the Gophers were going to use Green. Coming into the season, the Gophers had him listed on the depth chart as a second-string wide receiver. However, his 6’4″, 240 pound build along with his athletic ability allows Minnesota to use him in a variety of ways, including the wildcat they used on Thursday.  “Telling Seth Green ‘you are not a quarterback anymore’ was a tough conversation,” Fleck said. “He’s a very selfless player, to be able to giving up playing third string quarterback and play tight end, wide receiver takes a special individual and I give him credit.”Johnson’s second touchdown came on a 33-yard connection from quarterback Zack Annexstad, who was making his collegiate debut. Johnson made one move and cruised past the safety for the touchdown and a Gophers 35-10 lead heading into the half. Minnesota enters the year as the sixth-youngest college football team in the nation with nearly 70 percent of the roster as underclassmen. Against the Aggies, the Gophers freshmen made an impact. Redshirt freshman Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 101 yards. Three freshman wide receivers played as well. Rashod Bateman highlighted the trio with five catches for 52 yards. “I’m so proud of those guys, Rashod and Chris they came out there and played hard and it looked good,” Johnson said.  “We will look tomorrow to get better but it looked good.”Annexstad had a passer rating of 124.5 and went 16-33 for 220 yards and two touchdown connections to Johnson. He turned the ball over once on a fumble. “[Annextad] played a great game today, especially for his first game, I saw a lot of confidence from him,” Johnson said. Smith said there was a lot of smiles in the locker room, but he knows there is more work to be done. “Tonight was a result that we liked and we know have to get back in the lab tomorrow and prepare for the week and have a short memory,” Smith said.last_img read more

Quelling the Quarter Life Crisis With Psychology and Economics

first_imgThe Huffington Post: Many young adults today find themselves facing a crisis of direction in their lives and identify this experience as a ‘quarter life crisis.’ Critics however suggest that this is nothing more than common life angst, heighted by the echo chambers of a hyper-connected culture. Regardless of the debate around the breadth and depth of the so-called “quarter life crisis,” there are clear indicators that point not only to a definitive phenomena of anxiety experienced by young adults over their personal and career life trajectories but also data that suggests that this experience is increasingly common.Psychologist Martin Seligman and his colleagues observe a paradoxical rise in depression in our country over the last 50 years despite the increasing per capita income, education, longevity and general ease of life. David Myers, also a psychologist, notes that between the 1960s and 1990s, measures of societal health decline (divorce rates, suicide rates, violent crime rates) have all increased by at least two times. And the sociologist Robert Putnam points out that for younger generations of Americans since the mid-20th century, a worsening trend is occurring in terms of “headaches, indigestion, sleeplessness, as well as general satisfaction with life.”Read the whole story: The Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Teenagers Are Wired for Peer Approval, Study Says

first_imgEducation Week: It’s true: Adolescents really do want to jump off a bridge just because their friends are doing it. But new research suggests changes in how teenagers view risks and rewards around their peers are not only a critical part of their development, but may also provide a key to motivating them.From the DARE anti-drug program to abstinence-only curricula, education has been full of high-profile attempts to curtail risky behavior that have met with mixed success at best. The emerging evidence suggests, however, that changing teenagers’ behavior demands accounting for their social circles, not just asking them to stand up to their peers.In an ongoing series of studies, Temple University researchers Laurence Steinberg and Jason M. Chein and their colleagues have found that teenagers take more risks and are more sensitive to potential rewards when they think peers are watching them—even if they consciously believe they aren’t affected by peer pressure.Read the whole story: Education Week More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more