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Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada Opens Unique Beverage Learning Center

first_imgTwitter AdvertisementAcademy of Beverage and Fine Services Learning Center “Raises the Bar” on EducationImage credit to Southern Wine and Spirits of NevadaLAS VEGAS, Sept. 2, 2015- Las Vegas will reinforce its place as the center of innovation and education in the beverage world when Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada announces the launch of the Academy of Beverages and Fine Service’s new Learning Center.Housed in a custom-built space worthy of any of the Strip’s finest bars and lounges, the world’s most advanced beverage training facility was created by the world renowned design firm Tal Design. The look, style and cutting edge technology all complement each other, capturing the vision of Mr. Larry Ruvo, Senior Managing Director of Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada.“The beverage industry is constantly evolving to be at the forefront of style and tastes, and we are constantly stepping up the ways we educate and inform those who will be the face of our industry,” said Mr. Ruvo. “Just as Las Vegas is a world-class destination, this facility ensures that Las Vegas will continue be the world standard for the beverage industry.”The Learning Center was designed with the input of Francesco Lafranconi, creator of the Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada’s Spirits and Mixology Program. One of the few of its kind in the world, the Program has boasted over 1000 graduates since 2000 who have been taught their craft by some of the world’s leading beverage authorities. Actively teaching at the Learning Center with Lafranconi will be Cicerone Beer expert Sam Merritt, Master Sommelier Joseph Phillips, and Level Three Sake Sommelier and Master Sommelier Luis De Santos. Also on offer will be a rare Certified Barista Program. The Center also benefits from the expertise of Southern Wine and Spirits experts like Livio Lauro, Senior Director of Sales for Spirits, Master Sommelier Ira Harmon and Master Mixologists and Spirits Educators James Starkus, Max Solano and Jair Bustillos.Francesco’s input and experience are seen in the beautiful stainless steel work stations, built in a unique, completely ergonomic “racetrack” design for speed, efficiency and ease of movement, currently being patented. All tasting surfaces are LED-equipped to help students capture the true color of the beverage. Over a dozen mood light settings replicate for learners various hospitality environments. The entire space is fully integrated with a host of impressive audio and visual tools that also enable remote learning and streaming of a variety of classes and events.The Academy Learning Center is bound to quickly become a leading draw for beverage and hospitality professionals from around the world. As part of Southern Wine and Spirits commitment to education, the Academy of Beverages and Fine Service’s Learning Center will be available to host supplier, trade and consumer events that create unique value for suppliers and partners to further incentivize their brands with Southern Wine and Spirits.Advertisement Pinterest Email Share Facebook TAGSfeaturedNevadaSouthern Wine & Spirits Previous articleWine on Tap Innovator Free Flow Wines to Host the 2015 KEGGY Awards on October 22, Honoring Exceptional and Sustainable Wine On Tap Programs NationwideNext articleSunset SAVOR the Central Coast Announces Topics for Educational Wine Seminars Featured at Winemaker Central, September 26-27 2015 Press Release ReddIt Home Industry News Releases Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada Opens Unique Beverage Learning CenterIndustry News ReleasesSouthern Wine and Spirits of Nevada Opens Unique Beverage Learning CenterBy Press Release – September 2, 2015 29 0 Linkedinlast_img read more


Reasons to Celebrate

first_imgPINEHURST, N.C. – Michelle Wie stepping up to win Sunday was Hollywood scripting for this historic staging of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. The USGA billed this grand experiment as a celebration of women’s golf and the unprecedented chance to compare the men and women playing the same venue for the first time in back-to-back weeks. Wie, for better or worse, made her name and mark boldly daring to believe she could compete against the men with a dream of someday playing in the Masters. Whether you loved or loathed her ambition you can’t deny the irony in her playing such a giant role with the men and women sharing of one of golf’s largest stages at Pinehurst No. 2. Wie laughed Sunday night when asked if she would have liked to have played in both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open these past two weeks. “Oh, my God, that would be horrible, like two U.S. Opens in a row,” Wie said. “Oh, boy, I don’t think I could do it.” Devoted followers of the women’s game saw this twinning of championships holding some possible danger of making the women look bad, but with a load of potential upside in the possibility it might be the most watched women’s golf event ever. Wie’s winning was the best possible result for women’s fans thinking that way, because her crossing over to play PGA Tour events as a young teen was a marketing bonanza, vaulting her profile beyond what most women in golf have ever enjoyed. The curious were waiting to see how Wie’s victory compared to the lackluster TV ratings the U.S. Open received with Martin Kaymer running away in an eight-shot rout. The final round of the men’s version pulled a 3.3 overnight rating; the women’s got a 1.7 rating. But while the men’s Open was down 46 percent from a year ago (when Justin Rose won over Phil Mickelson and Co., and Tiger Woods competed), the women’s Open was up 92 percent and the best since 2007. Wie’s victory also bettered final-round coverage of the Travelers Championship, which got a 1.2 rating, and it was the top non-World Cup sporting event on network TV, according to Sports Media Watch. “Michelle Wie winning the golf tournament, I don’t think you can script it any better,” runner-up Stacy Lewis said. “I think it’s great for the game of golf. I think it’s even better for women’s golf.” Lewis knows what kind of jolt Wie can give the tour hitting leaderboards on a regular basis. “You couldn’t ask for anything better for this tour,” Lewis said. Wie has vaulted from No. 100 in the Rolex world rankings a little more than a year ago to No. 7 in this week’s rankings. This is already a magical year for the women’s game. In the year’s first major, Lexi Thompson beat Wie in a head-to-head final-round duel at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. With Wie battling Rolex No. 1 Lewis at the end of her victory at Pinehurst No. 2, the women delivered high drama the men couldn’t provide in their final round. Wie’s title gives Americans claim to the first two women’s majors of the year for the first time this century, since Dottie Pepper and Juli Inkster opened 1999 winning the Kraft Nabisco and LPGA Championship. Lewis, Inbee Park and 17-year-old Lydia Ko are battling weekly for the No. 1 ranking. Ko, Park, Paula Creamer and Hall of Famer Karrie Webb have all hoisted trophies this year. “With the help of [commissioner] Mike Whan, under his command, the tour has really started to flourish,” Wie said. “I think this week, playing on the same stage as the men, I think it opens the door for us to get better, to get bigger.” The USGA couldn’t have drawn up better synergy linking the U.S. Open to the U.S. Women’s Open. It started with the women’s arrival in the final round of the U.S. Open, with Wie, Thompson, Ko, Cristie Kerr and other LPGA stars inside the ropes watching Kaymer win. In the end, with Wie crediting the help she got from Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley giving her their yardage books, the men were made part of this dramatic finish. “Just an absolutely wonderful two weeks, great golf,” said Dan Burton, chairman of the USGA’s championship committee. “I think we achieved every objective we could have possibly set out to enumerate. We presented the golf course, I think, both weeks in almost perfect fashion.” It begs the question when the USGA might do this again, but the answer’s uncertain. With future U.S. Women’s Opens being moved to a new permanent date at the start of June, USGA executive director Mike Davis was asked when it makes sense to do this again. “We’ve been asking ourselves that same question,” Davis said. “It won’t be a regular thing if we do this.” Pinehurst No. 2, with its rough-hewn agronomy, proved the perfect venue to stage back-to-back championships. The earliest the U.S. Open could return there is 2022. The dates are booked out until then. Bob Dedman, Pinehurst’s owner, told he wants the U.S. Open back as soon as he can get it. Davis told a return is highly likely. “I don’t think it’s a question of if we are going to return to Pinehurst No. 2, but a question of when,” Davis said. Davis said the USGA won’t look at future venues until the fall, but Pinehurst No. 2 has formally invited the USGA to return. Dedman’s invite is among 20 the USGA will consider. “You would be hard pressed to find a better place,” Davis said of Pinehurst No. 2s suitability for staging the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in back-to-back weeks. The grand experiment by all accounts was a hit, and now women’s golf waits to see if they’ve earned an encore.last_img read more


Activision Blizzard shares drop a further 11 per cent

first_imgActivision Blizzard shares drop a further 11 per centWeaker-than-expected results and dips in engagement worry shareholders James BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefFriday 9th November 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleActivision BlizzardShares of Activision Blizzard took another hit last night in the wake of the firm’s latest financial results.While the publisher’s net income is on the rise, its revenues, bookings and monthly active users all dipped. Bloomberg reports this caused an 11 per cent drop in its share price.It follows another blow to Activision’s shares earlier this week, as the backlash around the announcement of mobile outing Diablo Immortal prompted a 6.74% decline. This led to Activision’s lowest close of trading since January. The financial results brought the firm’s share price down to as low as $55.80 in extended trading. Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Matthew Kanterman suggests there is pressure for its current titles to perform better than they are, particularly with a lighter release slate predicted for 2019.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games While there will inevitably be a Call of Duty next Q4, the only other title Activision has announced for 2019 is From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. If Bungie follows the same schedule is has with Destiny so far, next year will see the launch of another expansion, rather than Destiny 3.This year’s results suffered somewhat from comparison to the launch of last year’s Destiny 2. Not only was this an expansion year, but Activision admitted the game as a whole has not taken off in the way it hopes. Also, last year saw Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy dominate retail over the summer.Activision also faces comparisons to the ongoing phenomenon that is Fortnite and the stunning success of Red Dead Redemption 2, which took $725 million in three days and matched its predecessor’s eight years of sales in eight days.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesActivision Blizzard wins patent lawsuit after nine yearsThe judge ruled that the patents were “not inventions” of Worlds Incorporated, which was suing for infringementBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoCall of Duty, King push Activision Blizzard to record Q1 revenuesPublisher’s revenues jump 27% to $2.28 billion as Call of Duty Mobile’s Chinese debut helps drive Activision division sales up 72% year-over-yearBy Brendan Sinclair 7 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more


Control and Dreams win big at Develop:Star Awards 2020

first_imgControl and Dreams win big at Develop:Star Awards 2020Dreams wins Game of the Year while Fall Guys developer Mediatonic wins Best StudioJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 4th November 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe results of this year’s Develop:Star Awards are in, with Remedy’s Control and Media Molecule’s Dreams emerging as the big winners.Each title took home three accolades. The PlayStation-exclusive Dreams won Game of the Year, Best Innovation and Best Game Design in the industry-voted awards ceremony, which runs alongside the Develop:Brighton conference.Meanwhile, Remedy’s sci-fi action game won Best Visual Art, Best Narrative and Best Original IP.Mediatonic, the UK studio behind the hit multiplayer game Fall Guys, was named Best Studio, with 80 Days and Pendragon developer Inkle awarded Best Micro Studio.As previously announced, the most prestigious award of the night — the Develop Star Award — was given to Bethesda director, designer, and producer Todd Howard.We spoke to Howard last week, when he told us the next generation will be all about access, and hosted the Develop:Brighton keynote exploring his career, as well as a few hints on the future of Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6. You can read the highlights here.Below is a full list of the Develop:Brighton 2020 winners:Best Visual Art: Control (Remedy Entertainment, 505 Games)Best Game Design: Dreams (Media Molecule, Sony Interactive Entertainment)Best Audio: Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo, Annapurna Interactive)Best Narrative: Control (Remedy Entertainment, 505 Games)Best QA & Localisation Provider: TestronicBest Creative Provider: SIDE UKBest Innovation: Dreams (Media Molecule, Sony Interactive Entertainment)Recruitment Star: Amiqus RecruitmentDiversity Star: Shay Thompson (Level Up Link Up)Best Technology Provider: Unreal EngineBest Original IP: Control (Remedy Entertainment, 505 Games)Publishing Star: Team17Best Mobile Game: What The Golf? (Triband)Game of the Year: Dreams (Media Molecule, Sony Interactive Entertainment)Best Micro Studio: InkleBest Studio: MediatonicThe Develop Star Award: Todd HowardThis year’s awards were hosted online, but organiser Tandem Events is confident they will return to the Hilton Brighton Metropole for Develop:Brighton 2021 on from Tuesday, July 12 to Thursday, July is a media partner of Develop:BrightonCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 3 hours agoFirst-party Ubisoft titles will now be branded as ”Ubisoft Originals”Change was made alongside the announcement of new Tom Clancy titleBy Danielle Partis YesterdayLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more


Uganda: Umeme loses billions to power theft

first_imgFeatured image: Stock The top service centres where energy theft is prominent in the greater Kampala Region are Nateete, Banda, Najjanankumbi, Wandegeya, Nakulabye and Jinja while outside or Greater Kampala includes Bombo, Mbale, Masaka and Mityana. Uganda’s main electricity distribution utility, Umeme, has reported a Shs98 billion (roughly $27 million) loss through power theft. John Baptist Nuwamanya, the metering sales manager at Umeme, said during the same period, the country lost 191 million units or about 18% of all the energy Umeme procures from Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL), which translates into a loss of Shs97.7 billion. He added: “Umeme cannot fight this vice of power theft on its own but requires the entire citizenry. Power theft is closely linked to illegal connections that are not executed to standard and pose a risk of electrocution to the general public.” “Jinja Sub-region, between January and March, lost 15.4 million units to power theft which translates into Shs8,” stated Nuwamanya. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Have you read?Over 1 million prepaid meters for Umeme Have you read?Umeme raising the stakes, unveils $83.3m energy policy delivery plan In Bugembe Town Council, Jinja City, where the operation has already begun, more than 100 people were arrested. “Power thieves affect and cause frustration to our legitimate customers through prolonged power outages,” said Stephen Ilungole, the Umeme public and media relations manager. TAGSelectricity theftUgandaUmeme Previous articleTanzania: supercharging last mile access through battery rentalNext articleJob opening at CoCT Sustainable Energy Markets’ department Nomvuyo Tena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter BRICS Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA For that reason, Umeme recently rolled out an operation dubbed Komboa (Swahili for redeem), which in Umeme’s case is to redeem its network from illegal users and operators. Komboa project Umeme says it has lost Shs98b in Jinja Sub-region, between January and March 2021. According to the demarcation of Umeme service centres, Jinja Sub-region, which also includes Lugazi and Kayunga, is under the Kampala East region. The operation, which will go on until December 2021, will identify illegal connections, disconnect them, arrest and investigate suspects and present them in the courts of law.last_img read more


Eli and Edythe Broad make unprecedented gift

first_imgLos Angeles-based philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Sept. 4 declared the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT an unprecedented success as an experiment in science and philanthropy and announced that they have increased their total gift to the Broad by $400 million to $600 million. The $400 million will be an endowment to convert the institute — which was originally launched as a 10-year “venture” experiment — into a permanent biomedical research organization aimed at transforming medicine.The total $600 million commitment is the largest to support biomedical research activity at universities anywhere in the world. The gift also reflects a new model for venture philanthropy, for collaboration among universities, and for doing biomedical science.The Broad Institute was launched in 2004 — just after the completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP) — with the mission of fulfilling the promise of genomics for medicine and the goal of sustaining the collaborative spirit that propelled the HGP. The institute aimed to bring scientists together to tackle major interdisciplinary problems related to cancer, metabolic diseases, infectious diseases, psychiatric diseases, and other conditions.Rather than calling a single university home, the Broad Institute was launched as a new kind of research organization spanning the entire Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard communities, including the 17 Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals. As a result, scientists from the various institutions — and from diverse disciplines, including biology, medicine, chemistry, and computer science — created collaborative teams to tackle problems beyond what any of them could do alone. The Broad Institute was also committed to scientific openness, including rapid and free sharing of data and research tools. Today, more than 1,200 scientists and professional staff from across Harvard and MIT are affiliated with the institute.Rather than initially endow the new organization, Eli and Edythe Broad decided to take a “venture” approach in 2004. They made a commitment of $100 million to be spent over 10 years — investing in an “experiment” to test whether the new model would dramatically accelerate scientific progress. In late 2005, they doubled their gift to $200 million over 10 years in recognition of the Broad Institute’s early progress.Acknowledgment of the power of this model of science has also come from the Stanley Medical Research Institute, which gave $100 million in 2007 to create the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute. The Starr Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, among others, have also provided significant funds to support the institute’s collaborative work and groundbreaking advances in a variety of human diseases.Now, after just four years, Harvard, MIT, and the Broads have declared the experiment a rousing success that should be sustained as a permanent institution. As a result of the Broads’ endowment, the Broad Institute will transition to a permanent nonprofit organization, with both universities continuing to help govern it. The mission and collaborative research by scientists from across Harvard and MIT will continue to be at the heart of the Broad Institute.“Of all of our philanthropy, the Broad Institute has been the investment that has yielded the greatest returns,” said Eli Broad, founder of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. “This truly is a new way of doing science, and the institute’s unique collaborative model for scientific research has resulted in remarkable accomplishments in a very short period of time. Although this is a large gift — the largest we have ever made — it is only a fraction of what will be needed to unlock the enormous promise of biomedical research at MIT and Harvard. We hope to see this endowment grow to $1 billion through investment and additional gifts, and we are counting on others to step forward as partners in the next phase of this grand experiment. We are convinced that the genomics and biomedical work being conducted here at the world’s leading genomics center by the world’s best and brightest scientists will ultimately lead to the cure and even the prevention of diseases.”“Eli and Edythe Broad are true visionaries,” said Eric Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute. “They made an enormous bet in 2004. Their bet has paid off more handsomely than any of us imagined. It has unleashed the creative potential of a remarkable community of scientists. And, it has defined a new model for how scientists and institutions can work together.”“There is no place in the world with as great a concentration of life sciences talent, resources, and vision as Massachusetts,” said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. “With this significant endowment of the Broad Institute by Eli and Edythe Broad — and the collaboration and support of the industry, academia, business, and government through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative — we are on our way to helping find new cures for diseases, creating new jobs, and positioning ourselves for long-term economic growth.”In the Broad Institute’s short history, its researchers have already made major contributions to biomedicine. The progress made in the past four years includes the following:• Cataloging the genetic variation among individuals and populations, which is the critical groundwork for identifying the genetic contribution to common human diseases;• Identifying scores of new genetic risk factors for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, cardiovascular disease, and a variety of cancers;• Classifying human cancers by their genomic alterations, rather than by their location in the body;•Combining the power of genomics and the power of chemical biology to uncover potential new therapeutics for cancer, malaria, and other diseases, as well as novel uses for existing drugs, including a well-known immunosuppressive drug that may treat leukemia;• Identifying the genomic regulatory controls of stem cell differentiation — research that will accelerate progress in regenerative medicine;• Harnessing the power of proteomics and genomics to understand how cells generate and use energy and how the process runs amok in a host of diseases;• Applying genomic tools to key human pathogens, such as malaria and tuberculosis, aimed at transforming how these killers are tracked, diagnosed, and treated;• Leading efforts, such as The Cancer Genome Atlas, to comprehensively identify the molecular abnormalities that underlie all human cancers; and• Sequencing the genomes of more than 20 mammals, providing stunning depth to our knowledge of evolution and unlocking the mysteries of the human genome.“To fully realize the benefits of the genomic sciences, scientific research must transcend the boundaries of disciplines, departments, and even institutions,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust. “Through their continued philanthropy, the Broads have made that transcendence possible. I am grateful for their support of this important work and look forward to continuing our partnership with the Broad Institute.”“Cambridge and Boston are world-renowned for their creative, scientific minds and unrivaled biomedical community, and the Broad Institute is uniquely positioned to realize the full potential of these intellectual resources,” said Susan Hockfield, president of MIT. “We are profoundly grateful to Eli and Edythe Broad for their generosity and vision, and look forward to continuing our many collaborative research efforts through the Broad Institute and defining the future of the field.”last_img read more


Medic is a Minister

first_imgNaquin said his callings to the church and to being a paramedic are both born in a desire to help people in need. He said dispatchers often use him to help bridge the language gap on emergency calls from Spanish-speaking people. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.; and Joseph Savoie, the state commissioner of higher education and soon-to-be president of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, were part of the ceremony to honor Naquin, as was LSU football coach Les Miles, the keynote speaker. He said he began to work as a pastor there after his friend left, working through an interpreter. He said that group’s mission is to help Acadian’s own emergency responders when the job they do really gets to them. He particularly noted Acadian’s role in helping people during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The catch there is that he did not speak a word of Spanish before 2004. Miles took the hat, but did not wear it and quickly tucked it out of sight. Naquin said different circumstances trigger strong reactions in some paramedics. Naquin said that he is also often called upon to demonstrate another facet of his skill set, his relatively recently acquired fluency in Spanish. “You notice no biscuits are flying across the table,” she said. “I didn’t know much more (Spanish) than ‘Where’s the bathroom?’ when I started,” Naquin said. “For some people, it’s a really bad call with a child. Some people might have lost a family member, and a call might remind them of that,” he said. Naquin said that he became involved with a Spanish-speaking church a few years back, helping a friend who was the pastor there. Savoie, however could not resist challenging Miles, offering the coach known for his preference for ball caps a UL-Lafayette ball cap marked “Cajuns.”center_img “We respond to medics that worked a really bad call,” Naquin said. “We are normal people subjected to an abnormal job.” He said that visits to Spanish-immersion schools in Guatemala in 2004 and 2005 raised him from conversational to fluent in the language. Naquin serves not only as a flight paramedic in his hometown, but also as a pastor with Acadian’s Critical Incident Stress Committee. Miles, in his comments, noted that the calling to serve was something that impressed him not only about Naquin’s winning of the award, but about the entire company. Miles said keeping guns off campus and out of the stadiums was common sense for a coach who tries to convert fourth down plays as often as he does. The Lafayette-based ambulance service company on Friday recognized 14-year veteran and Houma resident Glenn Naquin for his work with the company. Savoie said Miles showed courage to publicly oppose the bill and that Miles’ opposition was important in stopping the measure. “That may be good for your business, Richard (Zuchslag, president of Acadian Ambulance), but it’s not good for our business,” Savoie said. LAFAYETTE, La.– Acadian Ambulance’s choice among its own for Paramedic of the Year ministers to both people in need of ambulance service, and to fellow paramedics. “I think I can relate to both realms. It would be easy for a pastor to give spiritual advice, but they could say you don’t do this job, you don’t know,” he said. Naquin, an ordained Pentecostal minister, said that he is able to speak to his colleagues in need both from his studies in the faith, but also from his experience doing the same job they do. Savoie, on a more serious note, also thanked Miles for his joining the opposition many representatives of high education had to a recently defeated state legislative proposal allowing students to carry guns on college campuses. Landrieu lauded Acadian both for the work it does every day, but also for bringing representatives from LSU and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Miles and Savoie respectively – onto the same stage peacefully.last_img read more


Indians take pair at home

first_img Against Hamshire-Fannett, Josh Hranicky threw three hitless innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out seven. Girouard smacked a two-run homer and finished with three RBI.Carter Henry and Trey Selman each had two hits for PN-G. Hayden Guerra scored two runs, as did Girouard, Morse and Selman. It was the second game of a doubleheader for the Indians, who also defeated Hamshire-Fannett 9-1. PN-G was to play in the Pete Runnels Tournament in the Lufkin area while Memorial was to play in the SETX Baseball Classic in Vidor and Beaumont, but both tournaments were washed out.That cannot be said about the Indians’ offense.PN-G scored on a sacrifice grounder by Adam Morse, a steal of home plate by Cole Girouard, a passed ball and a Nathan Vidrine three-run double. Girouard tripled and doubled and scored three runs in the win. Morse drove in two runs. The News staff reportPORT NECHES — With tournaments cancelled thanks to the weather, Port Neches-Groves and Port Arthur Memorial didn’t hesitate to try to get in a game before district play begins. PN-G got the better end of the deal, scoring six runs in the fifth inning to take a 10-0 win over the Titans in six innings Friday night.center_img Ryan Leckich struck out eight and allowed two hits in five innings for the win. Kevin Cruz Lugo struck out three and allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.PN-G scored a run in the first, two in the third and a run in the sixth to close the game. Memorial committed five errors.last_img read more


For Ed O’Malley, gubernatorial campaign is an opportunity to bridge Johnson County/western Kansas divide

first_imgEd O’Malley at the Overland Park Sheraton this week.Ed O’Malley is getting to know the drive between Wichita and Johnson County very, very well these days.The former Republican member of the state legislature, who represented Roeland Park and surrounding areas in the House from 2003 to 2006, has been making the trip frequently as he pushes forward on his campaign to become the state’s next governor.The path won’t be easy. O’Malley is one of seven adults officially seeking the Republican party’s nomination (you can count four high school students among the Republican field as well). And he’s a devout moderate operating in a primary system that has historically favored red-to-the-core conservatives.O’Malley and his son listening to opening remarks from Joanna O’Malley at his campaign kick off in Overland Park last month.But ask O’Malley how a mild-mannered, no-drama persona like his can compete in the primary against a conservative firebrand like Kris Kobach, and he fairly shrugs off the question.“Kansans are craving a candidate who can bring people together. They know Kris Kobach is not that candidate.” he said. “I want this job because of what this job is — I want nothing else. I don’t want to go on to Washington. Kris Kobach clearly has ambitions for other things.”He also points to moderates’ ouster of several conservatives in last year’s primaries as evidence that voters are looking for lawmakers focused on getting the state back on track, and that his experience makes his the best positioned to do so.“The last primary election, August 2016, I think what we saw was that every time there was a choice between a pragmatic, problem- solving Republican against somebody who was maybe further to the right, Kansas chose the pragmatic, problem-solving Republican,” he said. “Here’s how I win: No one knows the state like I do.”Among the candidates in the Republican field, that may very well be true. Raised in Johnson County (he and his wife Joanna graduated from Shawnee Mission South), he started his career working in the office of Gov. Bill Graves before starting his own political career. He resigned his seat in the House a month after being elected to a third term to take a position as the first-ever president and chief executive officer of the Wichita-based Kansas Leadership Center.In that role over the past decade, O’Malley says he’s gained a unique understanding of the forces that shape the diverse communities across the state, as well as a skill for helping disparate parties understand where others are coming from. In his work with people from across the state through the KLC and during his listening tour prior to making his bid for governor official, O’Malley said he heard time and again from people in western Kansas that low agriculture and oil prices have decimated the economies of places like Pratt.“The divide between Johnson County and the rest of the state is significant. And not healthy,” he said. “There really is a different economy going on that needs help. In Johnson County, and elsewhere in the state, we need the whole economy to thrive.”He said that while no one expects state government to solve all their problems, Kansas could be taking steps to support industry in both its rural and more urban parts. Agricultural areas need a “great network of roads to help the crops get to market. They’re worried about roads right now because of the cutbacks.”He also said rural areas need to have great public schools. While he wouldn’t take some consolidation of rural districts off the table, he stressed that keeping K-12 schools out west strong would be key to the sustainability of those communities.“Maybe some consolidation is inevitable. But if the schools start to suffer from a quality standpoint, it makes it even harder to retain the young professional families who might choose to live in Hill City or in Ashland,” he said.O’Malley has set an ambitious goal for Kansas’s K-12 system, saying that the state should look to distinguish itself by having the best public education system “in the world.” He acknowledges that such a goal will require more money — and he’s hesitant to offer details on where the legislature should be looking to find the funds required by the latest Supreme Court ruling — but he says the key to that initiative’s success would be in reframing what schools are doing to prepare students for the modern working world.“I think it will take more resources, as the court has said, but I also don’t think that creating the best schools in the world necessarily means we have to double our funding on schools,” he said. “It will also mean we have to rethink the way we contemplate education.”You can hear our full 12 minute interview with O’Malley below:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more