Leinster v Racing 92 Champions Cup final preview

first_imgAll you need to know ahead of the Champions Cup final between Leinster and Racing 92 in Bilbao LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Leinster v Racing 92 Champions Cup final preview Leinster will be aiming to equal Toulouse’s record of four European Cup titles when they take to the field in Bilbao on Saturday night – and if they are triumphant they will emulate Saracens’ achievement of winning all nine games in a single campaign.Leinster’s previous triumphs came in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and their current head coach Leo Cullen started as captain in all three finals. Cian Healy, Johnny Sexton, Isa Nacewa and Devin Toner were also in the match-day line-ups for those victories and all four start in this year’s final.Sidelined: Maxime Machenaud has been ruled out of the final by injury (Getty Images)Standing in their way are Racing 92, who are playing in their second Champions Cup final having lost to Saracens in 2016. They are without talismanic scrum-half Maxime Machenaud, who is also their regular goalkicker, due to injury, but any side that can afford to keep All Blacks Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko on the bench is dangerous.They are also the only team in the Top 14 to concede fewer than 500 points in the regular season so Leinster will need to work hard to break down that defence.How did the two teams reach this stage?Leinster won all six of their pool games – impressive when the group included Exeter, Montpellier and Glasgow. They knocked out defending champions Saracens with a 30-19 win in the quarter-finals and overcame Scarlets 38-16 in the semis.In contrast, Racing lost two of their pool games – to Munster and Castres – but then won away at Clermont (28-17) in the last eight before beating Munster 27-22 in the semi-finals.What have the players said?Leinster back-row Dan Leavy: “Racing are a great team and are packed full of big names. The strength in depth is incredible and they have the best defence in the Top 14. If we are going to beat them, we will need to find that extra gear against them”Middle man: Dan Leavy in action in the semi-final win over Scarlets (Getty Images)Racing 92 back-row Yannick Nyanga: “We have the firepower to worry any team. But what we want to do is not only to worry them, but to beat them. I hope to return home with a big smile on my face, holding the trophy! Only victory will satisfy us.” Any interesting statistics?When these two clubs met in the pool stage in 2010-11, Leinster won both matches.Leinster have averaged more tries per Champions Cup game than any other side this season – 3.8.Both teams have tight defences, conceding on average 1.8 tries a game.Racing’s Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa has made eight more offloads than any other player in the Champions Cup this season with 20. He is also the only player from either side to have played every minute of their eight games to date.Pass master: Leone Nakarawa is known for his offloads (Getty Images)Luke McGrath’s six try assists are more than any other player in the Champions Cup.Johnny Sexton has a 100% goalkicking record in this season’s knockout stages, slotting 11 from 11 – seven conversions and four penalties.Related: Leone Nakarawa is third best player in the worldWhen does it kick off and is it on TV?Bilbao’s San Mamés Stadium is hosting this year’s Champions Cup final, which will kick off at 4.45pm in the UK and Ireland (5.45pm in Spain). It is being televised live on both BT Sport and Sky Sports.The officials are all English with Wayne Barnes the referee and JP Doyle and Tom Foley his assistants.Triumphant: Leo Cullen and Shane Jennings lift the trophy in 2012 (Getty Images)What are the line-ups?LEINSTER: Rob Kearney; Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Isa Nacewa; Johnny Sexton, Luke McGrath; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Scott Fardy, Dan Leavy, Jordi Murphy.Replacements: James Tracy, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, Jack Conan, Jamison Gibson-Park, Joey Carbery, Rory O’Loughlin.RACING 92: Louis Dupichot; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Henry Chavancy, Marc Andreu; Pat Lambie, Teddy Iribaren; Eddy Ben Arous, Camille Chat, Cedate Gomes Sa, Donnacha Ryan, Leone Nakarawa, Wenceslas Lauret, Bernard Le Roux, Yannick Nyanga.center_img On target: Johnny Sexton has kicked all his goals in the knockout stages this year (Getty Images) Replacements: Ole Avei, Vasil Kakovin, Census Johnston, Boris Palu, Baptiste Chouzenoux, Antoine Gibert, Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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Massachusetts: Together Now campaign surpasses $20 million

first_img Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel By Tracy SukrawPosted Sep 24, 2013 Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Massachusetts: Together Now campaign surpasses $20 million Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH center_img Rector Tampa, FL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK [Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts] A year and a half after its public launch, and with all congregations participating, the Diocese of Massachusetts’ Together Now fundraising campaign reached its $20-million goal over the summer months.“We’ve done it. We’re over the top. Large and small, individually and collectively, we’ve done it, and we’ve done it together,” Massachusetts Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE said in a campaign update to congregations and donors.When the pledge tally hit $20,049,826 as of June 30, it was a finish-line moment in what has been a marathon effort counted off in dozens of success stories along the way — up, down and across the diocese — as individuals and congregations found their way into the campaign and then made it their own.Trinity Church in Haverhill, a congregation with an average Sunday attendance of about 40 in an economically depressed city at the diocese’s northern edge, set a collaborative campaign goal of $80,000 and raised $99,460.  “That we could ever raise this kind of money, at this time, astounds me, and reminds me that when we live our lives from a place of abundance, God shows the way for miracles to happen,” the Rev. Jane Bearden, rector, said back in March.St. Bartholomew’s Church in Cambridge, one of the diocese’s historically black parishes, set out to collect $40,000 for the campaign on a designated Sunday, after several weeks of outreach last spring, and came away with $66,160 in pledges. “It was beyond my wildest expectation of what we could raise in these hard times,” the Rev. Leslie Sterling, Priest-in-Charge, reported at the time. “Meeting our Together Now goal gives us a stake in the continued vitality of the Diocese of Massachusetts, and a direct connection to local, national and international mission and ministry,” she said.Grace Church in Everett, made up of two small congregations, one English-speaking and one French and Creole-speaking, also conducted an in-pew collection for the campaign, setting a $10,000 goal and coming away with $32,160 raised. “I’m really grateful for how God moved through the participation of both of our congregations. In all things, we seek to be one community, and this was a huge statement about our oneness as a parish and our oneness in Christ,” the Rev. Barbara Smith-Moran, Rector, said.One of the distinguishing things about the Together Now campaign:  It wasn’t about just one thing.The money raised is for an array of initiatives — some still in the development phase — that are focused on building up congregational life and mission in the diocese through collaboration and by expanding the reach of already successful diocesan programs.The funding for those initiatives falls into five areas:  $2 million as a tithe for mission work outside the diocese; $2 million for environmental stewardship through “green” grants and loans to congregations; $4.5 million to create mission hubs (strategically located groups of congregations collaborating to meet local needs) and a Mission Institute (a collaboration with Episcopal City Mission and the Episcopal Divinity School to develop innovative learning opportunities for congregations and leaders); $7.5 million for ongoing and expanded ministry programs with children, youth and young adults, including the diocese’s Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H.; and $4 million for renovations to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in downtown Boston, to help make it more accessible, more energy efficient and better configured to both host and model innovative worship, ministry and public witness.The campaign’s many components initially made it difficult to make a case for, but in the end  proved to be a strength as the variety of its proposed projects spoke to the varied interests of different donors and congregations, bearing out Shaw’s mantra from the very beginning: This campaign had something to offer every single congregation of the diocese.The Rev. Pamela Werntz, rector of Emmanuel Church in Boston, said in a presentation at Diocesan Convention last November that as her congregation worked to figure out its participation in the campaign, “We began to look through photographs and realized we could find Emmanuelites participating in each of the Together Now priorities.”“We realized that we have met the diocese and the diocese is us,” Werntz said. Her parish’s collaborative campaign goal was $600,000, the parish portion to be used for repairing a back-alley wall, and raised $769,390.To help make it possible for every congregation to contribute, Shaw asked for a campaign designed around several participation options. Congregations could make a pledge to the campaign (raising $837,018, as of June 30), take up an in-pew collection ($1,759,430) or make a gift to the diocesan campaign from an independently run capital campaign ($1,055,400).A fourth option was to conduct a collaborative campaign, with the help of diocesan consultants, offering 30 percent of the amount raised to the diocesan campaign and keeping 70 percent for the parish.Thirty-nine congregations ran these collaborative campaigns, raising $4,733,162 for the diocesan campaign and an additional $11.8 million for their own local needs, which, when combined with the $11.6 million in major gifts from individual donors, brings the total amount raised by the Together Now campaign to $31.9 million.And yet, this kind of success did not seem a sure thing four years ago when campaign planning began.“No, this was never a sure thing,” Warren McFarlan, a professor emeritus of business administration at Harvard Business School, who chaired the campaign with his wife, Karen, said. “You never know which congregations and which past major donors are going to give support, or which new donors will come forth unexpectedly. And the diocese had only run one other campaign before” — at least in recent memory, raising $15 million to build the $18-million Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H., which opened in 2003 — “and that one was much easier to describe,” he said.Persistence and strategy were important components to the campaign’s success, McFarlan said. “Our consultants, CCS, were a strong force that helped us relentlessly move forward. Our diocesan development staff also rose to the occasion, and we now have a much more confident program for maintaining donor outreach going forward,” he said.McFarlan noted how very different congregations in very different settings were able to reach deep and surpass their campaign goals.“Holy Spirit, Mattapan comes to mind,” McFarlan said of an inner-city Boston parish that raised its goal of $680,000. “The parish is at the center of their lives and they really reached into their pockets. My own parish in Winchester also comes to mind, which is among the major donors and successful parishes that gave the campaign a great leap forward.” The Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, one of the diocese’s largest and in an affluent suburb north of Boston, surpassed its $1.85-million collaborative campaign goal, raising $1,991,125.McFarlan, as he explained why he and his wife signed on to the campaign, summed up what many others have said of the inspiration for their own involvement.“We did it because of a real belief in Tom Shaw and his energy and commitment to make it a success, and because the initiatives being put forward were eminently worthwhile and in the best interests of the long-term future of the diocese. It was a combination of his faith and willingness to ask. You have to have a tolerance for rejection in a project like this–not everyone shares your enthusiasm — and he never chickened out,” McFarlan said.Shaw has proved over his now 19-year tenure to be a bishop who is not only unafraid to talk about money but who also does not mind asking people for it when he believes it will do Gospel good in the world.“People might not believe this, but really, the numbers are the least important thing to me. It’s everything that surrounds the numbers that is the main thing,” Shaw said. “I knew this campaign would be hard work, but I also had real confidence in the people of the diocese and the power of the Holy Spirit. I have been astounded at the courage of some of our parishes to do this — some without a lot of financial resources but the desire to work together as a diocese to do the work of the Gospel. I have tremendous gratitude for the generosity at the parish level and of individual donors. It’s a testament to people’s faith.”The Rev. Silvestre Romero, priest-in-charge at St. Peter’s/San Pedro in Salem, a small congregation on the North Shore that is about half English-speaking and half Spanish-speaking, said that it took some time to get on board with the campaign.“Since we have such a wide range of economics within our congregation, and challenges of culture and language, we were stuck on the issue of how can we ask people for more money when they’re hardly making it,” he said. It took “realizing we are part of a diocese that has been supporting us over a period of years and that we don’t have a choice not to participate.”That and a dinosaur of a boiler, he said with a laugh, that was costing the parish $20,000 in heating oil a year. The parish, whose collaborative campaign is still in progress, is $45,210 on the way toward a $180,000 goal. The money will help with roof and window repair and boiler replacement while also supporting diocesan mission.“This campaign has been a good learning process for us. Now we have a different way of talking about money. Now it is a conversation about how do we contribute to the life of the parish.  That has been a positive reality,” Romero said.The Rev. Kate Malin, Rector of St. Anne’s-in-the-Fields Church in Lincoln, an affluent western suburb, said her congregation, too, took awhile to determine how to take part in the campaign, deciding in the end that the appetite and timing for a capital campaign wasn’t right.The parish decided, instead, to do an in-pew collection. Its goal was $150,000, and it raised $193,970.“We began the conversation with some anxiety,” she said. Even though the church’s buildings are in good shape, having undergone recent renovation, it has “no endowment at all,” she said, and faces budget uncertainties of its own.As a “destination church” drawing from 12 towns, she said, “there is a big challenge for us in building community but a real desire for that.”The timing of the in-pew collection at St. Anne’s, coming as it did soon after the Boston Marathon bombings, offered an opportunity for Malin to preach about belonging to one another and not being afraid, she said.The experience of collecting pledge cards and carrying them up to the altar in the context of liturgy was powerful, she said, and one the parish will repeat during its regular fall stewardship campaign.Beyond dollar amounts, Malin said, campaign success at St. Anne’s was also about “our demonstrated desire to be part of something larger and a sense of actually belonging to something bigger than ourselves.”The global mission component of the Together Now campaign resonated with many at St. Anne’s, Joan Perera, who co-chaired the St. Anne’s campaign with Tom Shively, said. “We did well and most were very happy to give and willing to stretch in order to give,” she said.Already the money is being spent.Since June, matching grants totaling $116,474 have been awarded to 14 congregations for their global mission projects, and diocesan staff are in conversation with 20 additional congregations who are developing mission partnerships. Grants have also been awarded to the Bishop Masereka Christian Foundation in Uganda for a new medical center ($250,000), to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem for a vocational training kitchen and for health care ministries ($150,000) and to Be the Change-Kenya, an organization devoted to ending child poverty ($25,000).A pilot mission hub of South Coast parishes is beginning its second year, with diocesan Life Together young adult interns serving in parishes and social service agencies, and initiation of a B-SAFE summer program for vulnerable city children. Six additional teams of congregations have submitted letters of intent to become mission hubs.The new Mission Institute is staffed, held its first pilot workshop last spring and is developing a catalog of new offerings for congregations, including online leadership training.Thirty-nine “green” grants totaling $257,552 went out this spring for creation care projects and energy efficiency improvements to church buildings.  Construction will soon begin at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center on a new retreat house, using “green” technologies to minimize carbon footprint; it will be named in honor of retired bishop suffragan Bud Cederholm.And in May, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul unveiled a new pediment sculpture, with plans for interior renovations to begin after Easter next year.Having worked hard together with the entire diocese to raise this money, Shaw says he doesn’t believe in squirreling it away.“I don’t think this is a time that is appropriate for raising endowment to preserve the institution. God is calling the church into change, and to have funding for experimentation and to further mission in ways that we know are capturing people’s attention is critical. From that we’ll discover what has lasting value,” he said.He says the success of the Diocese of Massachusetts’ campaign is good news for the entire Episcopal Church.“It’s a real indication that people are generous and want to give to the church. I think it’s the work of the Holy Spirit. It’s high time for our wider church to take on work like this, and I’ve been hoping over and over again that it will.”— Tracy J. Sukraw is director of communications of the Diocese of Massachusetts. Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NClast_img read more

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UF launches bold initiative to tackle society’s biggest problems

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The Anatomy of Fear TAGSUniversity of Florida Previous articleWhy has Halloween become so popular among adults?Next articleLeague of Women Voters opposes Amendment 7 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From UF NewsThe University of Florida is committing more than $17 million to an ambitious new initiative aimed at solving some of society’s most urgent problems while redefining the role of a land-grant university for the 21st century.From restoring trust in the media and technology to putting Americans back on track toward living longer and healthier lives, the overarching goal is to improve life today on multiple fronts, said Joe Glover, UF provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.“This project is really a collection of ‘moonshots’ — really hard problems and grand challenges that rely on collaboration among colleagues from all areas of the university,” Glover said. “It takes a comprehensive research university to do these things — where the voyage and the discoveries along the way are perhaps even more important than the final goal.”The initial timeframe for the initiative is four years. That doesn’t mean the problems will necessarily be solved in that time, Glover said, but the colleges working toward the goals these projects hope to achieve will be required to document their progress each semester.David Norton, UF’s vice president for research, said faculty are ready to take on the challenge.“We have some of the most talented researchers in the world right here at the University of Florida, and we’re harnessing those talents to tackle specific challenges that need answers now,” Norton said. “This initiative will enlist the UF faculty to pursue breakthroughs in areas important to the state, nation and the world.”The research projects are as follows:iCoast: a 21st Century Coastal Monitoring Network for Action– The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience will pilot a project that could serve as a model for collecting data on coastlines globally and Florida’s own 1,350 miles of coastline in particular. Using advanced sensors, including new technology in development at UF, a multidisciplinary team will collect data and develop a database never before available that provides a picture of the health of coastal infrastructure – bridges and piers – and biological systems, from mangroves to aquatic creatures. The sensors will detect early signs of infrastructure failure, contaminant release, and environmental and physiological change, and the data generated will allow real-time management of threats to the natural and built environments of the coasts. The pilot will take place at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, a UF research and teaching facility, situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway on Florida’s east coast in St. Augustine.Cancer Engineering – 3D Brain Tumors for Cancer Research – The mortality rate of glioblastomas, sarcomas and hematological malignancies has remained largely unchanged over the last 50 years. One major roadblock to cancer research is the ability to test multiple therapies and drugs quickly in the laboratory, without relying on time-consuming human clinical trials or mouse models. A UF team of engineers and doctors has made progress in the last three years in manufacturing 3D soft-tissue systems, aimed at producing cancer cells and tumors in bulk, to be used as a laboratory model for cancer treatments. Using this patented technology and new equipment to allow for microscopic studies of these tumors, the team hopes to identify the critical steps and mechanisms at work in tumor growth and treatment.Scientist in Every Florida School – About 2.6 million K-12 schoolchildren could benefit from the world-class science and research at UF with a program to put a scientist in every Florida school. Teachers and their students from three counties – Alachua, Lee and Palm Beach – will be part of a pilot study that will leverage digital and in-person access to UF researchers. The pilot will deliver content via virtual classroom visits and web-based learning, and foster scientist-teacher networking, creating an online community of practice. Scientists also will travel to schools that have limited digital access. The STEM content will focus on earth systems science – air, water, land and life. Strategic impacts will result in better-trained teachers, improved student achievement, and enhanced knowledge about STEM careers and 21st-century skills.Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology – At a time when many surveys are finding a crisis of trust, especially in the United States, UF is uniquely positioned to bring together scholars from journalism and communications, engineering and liberal arts and sciences, to address the potential positive and negative impact of emerging technologies and platforms; develop trust-building technologies and monitoring systems; and evaluate the abilities of humans and machines to tell stories that cultivate trust.Migration Redefined: Arts, Diaspora and Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century – Florida’s large, entrepreneurial immigrant population and economically important arts and culture sector offers a unique opportunity for UF to connect artists and creatives with experts in innovation, entrepreneurship, economics, policy, science and technology, social justice and more through a new Center for Diaspora Arts and Entrepreneurship. UF will draw on the resources and expertise of faculty in the College of the Arts, including the Digital Worlds Institute and the Center for Arts in Medicine, and affiliated scholars in the centers for Latin American Studies and African Studies, and in engineering and liberal arts and sciences.A to Z of Early Childhood: Communicating the Science of Early Childhood Development and Learning to Those Who Need It Most from a Trusted Source – The Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies will leverage strong partnerships with faculty and students across campus and networks of leaders, practitioners and policymakers at local, state, national and international levels to develop an innovative, multifaceted communications hub to help guide early childhood practice and policy. This initiative will strengthen UF’s visibility as the trusted source for expertise on early childhood studies and support the broader vision of UF as a leader in efforts to ensure every child enters kindergarten healthy, socially competent and ready to learn.Leading the Nation in Digital Literacy and Precision Learning – UF aspires to be the most digitally literate and responsible public university in the nation by developing and applying tools like virtual reality, the Internet of Things and big data to education and research endeavors. UF’s iClassroom will enable education and engineering faculty to collaborate on new instructional technologies that provide precision, optimized learning experiences for learners of all ages, from early childhood through older adulthood. Faculty in the social sciences, communications and law will address how society deals with issues like privacy, security, bias and accessibility.Creating the Healthiest Generation: For the first time in two centuries, today’s generation of American children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. To reverse this trend, UF Health will bridge basic discovery science with clinical and translational research to develop studies across the human lifespan in which Florida’s diverse communities can participate. The moonshot will focus on two themes: using precision health and data science to understand, treat and prevent disease and disparities; and advancing new therapies to enhance brain, neuromuscular and mental health for future generations. Initiatives span common and rare diseases and seek to develop novel approaches that target unmet medical needs related to brain cancer, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, addiction, drug-resistant organisms, and resilience in aging, as well as the arts’ effect on health, among other areas. Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

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Springboks name unchanged starting XV to face All Blacks in RWC semi-final

first_imgWednesday Oct 21, 2015 Springboks name unchanged starting XV to face All Blacks in RWC semi-final The Springboks have named an unchanged starting XV to take on the All Blacks in the crunch Rugby World Cup Semi final at Twickenham on Saturday. The only change in the 23 is the return of veteran Victor Matfield, who comes in on the bench, replacing Pieter-Steph du Toit.Matfield missed the quarter final victory over Wales with a hamstring injury, but returns, boosting the experience in the side as the 38-year-old World Cup winner takes up a position on the bench.“It’s great to be able to give another run to the team that got us through to the semi-finals in the biggest Test of the year,” said coach Heyneke Meyer.“Victor’s inclusion on the bench gives us even more experience there and, as we saw last weekend against Wales, when the replacements did very well towards the end of the match, this will be crucial. His influence will also be pivotal against a strong New Zealand line-out.”Meyer said his team is braced for a massive onslaught on Saturday.“We’re playing against the defending champions and the top-ranked side in the world, but the current New Zealand side can also be regarded as arguably one of the best Test teams ever. We have the utmost respect for their players and coaching staff and although there is an intense rivalry we actually get along very well away from the field. “But we have to believe we can beat them otherwise we’ll be wasting our time on Saturday. We will have to be at our ultimate best and although we played some excellent rugby against Wales, there are always things to improve on.“Tests against New Zealand are very intense and the margins over the last couple of years have been small. We’re not expecting anything different this weekend and the self-belief is there. Everyone in our group is massively excited about Saturday’s challenge. For many players this will be an once-in-a-lifetime occasion and we want to go out there and make it count in front of what will be a magnificent crowd at a superb stadium,” said Meyer.Lock Lood de Jager will undergo a late fitness assessment on Friday after which a call on his availability will be made. If he can’t play, Matfield will start with Pieter-Steph du Toit on the bench.Sprinbok Team:Willie le Roux, JP Pietersen, Jesse Kriel, Damian De Allende, Bryan Habana, Handré Pollard, Fourie du Preez (captain), Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger (vice-captain), Francois Louw, Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai MtawariraReplacements: Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Jannie du Plessis, Victor Matfield, Willem Alberts, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Jan SerfonteinStats and Facts:If he scores a try, Bryan Habana will extend his record of 64 Test tries for South Africa. Currently he is joint second on the list for most Test tries. David Campese of Australia is the other player. First on the list is Daisuke Ohata of Japan on 69 career tries.Bryan is the new world record holder for most Test tries as a wing. He surpassed the previous record of Daisuke Ohata of Japan (62) during the pool match against the USA.Bryan is the joint record holder for most career tries (15) in RWC tournaments. He can become sole record holder by scoring just one try. Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is the other player with 15 career tries. Close on Bryan’s heels is Drew Mitchell of Australia with 14 RWC career tries.Schalk Burger will play in his 78th Test as a flank, South Africa’s most capped Springbok flank. Saturday’s Test will be his 19th RWC Test, the most by a Springbok in RWC tournaments. He is also the Springbok record holder for most tries as a flank (14) as well as a forward (16).Should Victor Matfield be used as a substitute he will extend his record as most capped Springbok as well as most capped Springbok against New Zealand – he has played in 26 career Tests against the All Blacks.The referee is Jérôme Garcès of France. His debut as an international referee was in 2010 in a match between England and the Barbarians. He served as assistant referee in four Tests during the 2011 RWC.During this tournament he was referee in three Test matches, including the South Africa/Japan Test during the first week. It will be his seventh Test involving South Africa. 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Baker bomb leads TCU over Tech

first_imgTCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Facebook Facebook Grant McGalliard + posts ReddIt Baseball season recap: Rebuilding turns to reloading after surprise CWS trip Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ TCU students receive evacuation text by mistake Twitter Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Phi Kappa Sigma executive director, chapter president respond to dismissal TCU removes Phi Kappa Sigma for hazing and other misconduct ReddIt Linkedin Teammates celebrate with TCU’s Luken Baker (19) at the dugout after he hit a three-run home run against Texas Tech during the ninth inning of an NCAA men’s College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, June 19, 2016. TCU won 5-3. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Previous articleThe Power of Three: TCU and the CWSNext articlePreview: TCU to take on red-hot Chanticleers Grant McGalliard RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grant McGalliard is a senior journalism and political science major from Bay City, Texas. He’s worked in everything from sports to student organizations at TCU, and recently began blogging with the Dallas Morning News. In his spare time, Grant enjoys tweeting far too much, pretending he knows more than he does about Premier League soccer, and listening to the music of Kanye West. Linkedin Twitter printTCU had two outs left in the 9th inning in their opening game of the 2016 College World Series against Texas Tech, and the Frogs trailed 3-2 when freshman Luken Baker stepped up to the plate.They led 5-3 when he crossed home plate again.Baker launched an absolute missile over the left field seats of TD Ameritrade Park, his third home run of the postseason, to drive home 3 runs and lead the Frogs to the win. In the press box, writers and onlookers let out audible gasps at the sound the ball made off the bat; in the stands, TCU fans went wild.“He’s a hell of a college baseball player,” Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock said of Baker postgame.“Our dugout just goes completely silent, because all we hear is that ball hitting the barrel, and it sounds like a bomb going off,” TCU pitcher Brian Trieglaff said.Baker’s home run effectively put an end to what was a tense, back-and-forth matchup.The Red Raiders struck first in the bottom of the third inning, with a double to the left field wall scoring a lone run. TCU equalized in the top of the fourth, with a Ryan Merrill sacrifice fly scoring Elliott Barzilli.The Frogs would take the lead in the fifth, on Cam Warner’s third home run of the NCAA Tournament.The Red Raiders refused to let the lead go. Tanner Gardner’s double down the left field line escaped a diving Barzilli and tied the game at 2-2.TCU starter Jared Janczak was credited with just one earned run, and Horned Frog head coach Jim Schlossnagle said he was pleased with his redshirt freshman starter’s outing.“He made some good pitches when he had to,” Schlossnagle said. “I think both times they scored, he walked the leadoff hitter, and I wanted to shoot him from the dugout.”“He battled, and he gave us a chance. It wasn’t his best outing, but he kept a really good team at least somewhat in check.”After the 5th, the bullpen settled in for both teams, as Brian Trieglaff and Hayden Howard took over for TCU and Tech, respectively.Tech took the lead in the bottom of the 8th, when Hunter Hargrove doubled to right to chase Trieglaff and give the Red Raiders a 3-2 lead. Ryan Burnett came in and finished out the inning, and TCU exited the 8th in danger of dropping their CWS opener for the first time in school history.Then, of course, came the 9th. And while the Frogs certainly didn’t know exactly what Baker would do in his at bat, they had a feeling their big freshman would come through.“We know it’s not going to be a giveaway at bat — I mean, look at the size of him,” Trieglaff said.“He’s a grinder,” Cam Warner said. “He puts himself in good counts, and gets good pitches to hit.”Durbin Feltman, Baker’s high school teammate, came on to pitch the ninth inning for the Frogs, and got the Red Raiders to go down in order to end the game.Burnett was credited with the win, Feltman with the save, and Tech’s Robert Dugger, who gave up Baker’s home run, was given the loss.TCU will next take on the winner of Florida and Coastal Carolina at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The Florida-Coastal Carolina game is set to start at 7 p.m. tonight. TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

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codeSpark Unveils The Foos to Teach 10 Million Kids About Coding

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News codeSpark Unveils The Foos to Teach 10 Million Kids About Coding New Game Added to Code.org Curriculum and Named Finalist in LEGO’s Re-Imagine Learning Challenge From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, November 24, 2014 | 12:24 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday codeSpark, a new learning games company, today announced a free self-directed coding game called The Foos that teaches kids five and up the basics of computer science. It’s getting early notice from heavy hitters Code.org and LEGO, having been named a Code.org partner for its “Hour of Code” event December 8-14 when an expected 40 Million K-6 graders will hit computer labs worldwide to learn about coding for the first time. The Foos was also recently named a finalist in LEGO’s Re-imagine Learning Challenge competition which recognizes learning innovators around the globe. The game has been applauded for its gender inclusive and word-free approach.The Hour of Code (HoC) version of The Foos introduces kids to a whimsical virtual world that is brought to life by programming cute characters. Online and game industry veterans Grant Hosford and Joe Shochet, will follow the HoC release with an expanded version in 2015 that includes areas for video game creation, interactive art and more.“We’re excited and humbled by the early attention The Foos is receiving from prestigious organizations such as Code.org and LEGO,” said Grant Hosford, Co-Founder & CEO of codeSpark. “It’s strong validation that our vision and approach is hitting the mark. We’re providing kids with a colorful canvas for creative play and learning. We want kids to feel the joy of bringing their ideas to life and the pride of sharing their accomplishments with friends and family – all under the umbrella of teaching them about computer science.”The Foos is a multi-platform game available on iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android (phones and tablets), Kindle Fire and the web that accommodates many learning styles. It has twenty-four levels of structured play and three open play areas for story-telling that are character driven. The structured play challenges introduce basic computer science concepts, while open play allows kids to exercise their creativity with newly learned skills.The first release of the game includes a reward system and four amusing characters such as The Girl Ninja who throws bananas to knock down obstacles and the Boy Chef who can cook up literally anything, including hamburgers and barrels! Kids battle a force of chaos in The Foos known as The Glitch. The Glitch isn’t evil, but he causes a lot of trouble and must be contained!The Foos is now available on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore and the Web. The Foos Hour of Code version is free for all and includes a free curriculum for teachers that can be downloaded from www.thefoos.com/hourofcode.codeSpark, 130 W. Union Street Pasadena, [email protected] or visit codespark.org.About codeSparkcodeSpark is a Pasadena, CA based startup focused on learning games with a dash of silliness. Its mission is to ignite curiosity about computer science and turn programming into play. The company was founded with the belief that all kids are natural builders and programming is one of the most rewarding and powerful ways to build. The co-founders are Grant Hosford, a successful entrepreneur and online marketing expert, and Joe Shochet, a gaming and virtual reality expert who at Disney led design and development for several successful subscription games including Toontown Online. Joe was also part of the original University of Virginia team that created Alice 3D. Business News Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newslast_img read more

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Veritas Selects Trilio for New Product Offering

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Veritas Selects Trilio for New Product Offering WhatsApp TAGS  Facebook Pinterest Twitter Previous articleOIF Validates Maturity of Transport SDN APIs in 2020 Multi-VendorNext articleGlobal Supercomputer Market- Atos SE, Dawning Information Industry Co. Ltd., Dell Technologies Inc., Among Others to Contribute to the Market Growth | Technavio Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 2, 2021 Facebook Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

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Thirty refugee families to be homed in Donegal

first_img Twitter By News Highland – November 17, 2017 Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Thirty refugee families to be homed in Donegal Previous articleDonegal family forced out of home due to rat infestationNext articleFinn Harps face Athlone Town in U15 National League Semi-Final tomorrow News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Google+center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Families have begun to arrive in Donegal under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme and these first families are being housed in Carndonagh.The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration has been engaging with Donegal County Council with a view to facilitating the resettlement of families under this Programme and although progress had been delayed as a result of the flooding in August, the programme is now being progressed.The Irish Refugee Protection Programme is designed to offer protection to persons who have fled their country of origin and sought protection in another country, with services being provided post arrival by mainstream public service providers in cooperation with national and local Non-Government Organisations and the Community and Voluntary Sector.A local Resettlement Inter-Agency Steering Group, comprised of representatives from relevant public service providers has been working with the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI) to oversee the local resettlement and integration programme in Donegal and dedicated resources have been employed to facilitate the resettlement of these families.It is expected that about thirty families will be coming to Donegal.Donegal County Council would like to acknowledge the support provided by all organisations and agencies involved in this process and especially the positive community response received to date. The aim is now to support each of these families in their resettlement and we ask that these families are given the time and space to allow them to settle into their new life here in Donegal. WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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Women’s March organizers respond to controversy leading up to rally

first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A national board member with the Women’s March defended the organization’s co-president amid a growing controversy over the latter’s relationship with Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has drawn criticism for his alleged anti-Semitic remarks. Linda Sarsour, a Women’s March national board member, said that she believes in co-president Tamika Mallory’s leadership, calling her a “woman who stands up for all people.”Sarsour made the comments during an interview with on ABC News’ “The Debrief.” Mallory defended her relationship with Farrakhan on “The View” earlier this week.Sarsour said that tension leading up to the third annual march in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities across the country isn’t totally surprising because bringing together women of different backgrounds can be “messy.”“We understand that there will be schisms, there’s going to be hard conversations that need to be had,” she said. “So we will work through this as a women’s movement because we are focused on what the real threat to this country is, and it is this administration and white supremacy.”Watch the video below for the full segment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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US sets rain record for 3rd time this year as Gulf prepares for tropical system

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The Gulf Coast is bracing for heavy rainfall from a potential tropical storm system as officials revealed that the country has broken the record for the wettest 12-month period for the third time this year.The news comes as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that there have been six $1 billion weather and climate disasters so far this year. Since 1980, there have been 250 such events — an average of six a year.A tropical depression is expected to form in the Gulf by Thursday and will likely hit somewhere between the western Florida panhandle and the northern Texas coast, the National Weather Service announced Tuesday.The system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall in the affected areas, but it is too soon to determine the magnitude and location of any potential wind or storm surge impacts at this time.Rainfall in the U.S. has broken records a stunning three times this year, with above- to much-above average participation in the Deep South through the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys as well as the East Coast, according to the NOAA.The precipitation total for June was 3.3 inches in the contiguous U.S., about .37 inches above the average, according to NOAA. The contiguous U.S. saw 19.05 inches in total precipitation in the past year, 3.74 inches above the average and the wettest such period in the 125-year record.Flooding persisted along many of the major river systems and their tributaries across the central U.S., including the central and lower Mississippi River, the Missouri River and the Illinois River.The nation’s capital saw more than 3.4 inches of rain on Monday — a daily record — with most of it falling in a single hour as nearby regions saw half a foot and flash floods.More than 100 water rescues were required in and around Washington, D.C., on Monday, including 15 people saved from vehicles trapped by high water.Flash flooding also was reported Tuesday morning in south-central Nebraska, some parts of which just saw 9 inches of rain. Areas of North Dakota received up to 5 inches of rain overnight, also producing flash flooding.More flooding is possible later on Tuesday as a new system moves through the Plains and western Great Lakes. The most severe storms are likely to be in Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska, all of which could see damaging winds, hail or an isolated tornado.This system on Wednesday is expected to head east and produce severe storms in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado are again the most likely threats.NOAA also announced Tuesday that above average temperatures in June were observed across 11 states in the U.S.Alaska experienced its second-warmest June in state history. The average temperature in June was 54 degrees, 4.8 degrees above the long-term mean.Florida saw its third-warmest June on record.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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