UVU Athletics Reaches New Heights With Revenue, Awards

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Last Friday, the Utah Valley University Athletics’ external operations department celebrated a year with unprecedented success.These achievements included earning record-breaking revenue and obtaining a record-number of national awards in 2017-18.For the fourth consecutive year, the department recorded new revenue records of overall financial contributions .This also includes record numbers in annual fundraising and corporate partnerships.This is primarily because of the athletic department’s relationship with Utah Community Credit Union for the naming rights to UCCU Ballpark, the home stadium for the Wolverines’ baseball program.The department also saw improvement in earnings from VIP packages for the men’s basketball program.This entailed courtside seating and the “Toughest 24” trip featuring games at powerhouses Kentucky and Duke on successive nights last November.Furthermore, the department reached new heights in ticket sales, finishing with a revenue increase of 101 percent from the total amount in 2017-18.This also topped the previous year’s increase of 69 percent.Additionally, the UVU Athletics Sports Information and marketing offices each received national recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America and the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrations for their publications in 2017-18.Finally, the UVU Athletic marketing crew earned the fan engagement award for its men’s basketball final media timeout promotions at the squad’s home game during the 2017-18 season. Brad James Tags: Marketing/Sports Information/Utah Community Credit Union/UVU Athletics July 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local UVU Athletics Reaches New Heights With Revenue, Awardslast_img read more

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USS Hawaii Holds Change of Command Ceremony

first_imgThe warrior spear was passed to a new commanding officer at a change of command ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 1.Cmdr. Stephen G. Mack, commanding officer of Hawaii, was relieved by Cmdr. William A. Patterson.The ceremony’s guest speaker, former governor of Hawaii and ship’s sponsor, Linda Lingle, praised Mack for his exceptional performance while in command of Hawaii.“Congratulations Cmdr. Mack. You will always have a special place in my heart and in the heart of the people of Hawaii,” said Lingle.Mack said he is proud of having the opportunity to command Hawaii and working with some fantastic Sailors.“These are the shipmates who sailed safely well over 120,000 nautical miles while I was in command. These are the warriors who deployed our ship to the Western Pacific executing all assigned tasking as we completed the first WESTPAC for the Virginia class and the second six-month deployment for the war canoe,” said Mack. “They are the reason Hawaii has done so well while I was fortunate enough to be a part of this team.”Mack took the time to praise and thank many members of his crew, from the most senior officer to the newest seaman. He made various comments about how Hawaii is a special boat with an equally gifted crew. He said he was fortunate to serve on this fine ship named after the beautiful island home so rich in cultural and military history.Following Mack’s speech, he passed on the ceremonial Hawaiian warrior spear to Patterson.As Patterson assumed command of Hawaii, he thanked Mack for turning over a great ship and an even greater crew.“This warship represents the confluence of two of history’s strongest warfighting mariner traditions: the Hawaiian warrior and the United States submarine force. Steve has done a great job bringing the two traditions together to improve the ship. Steve, thank you for a great ship,” said Patterson.Hawaii is the first commissioned vessel of its name. The submarine was named to recognize the tremendous support the Navy has enjoyed from the people and state of Hawaii, and in honor of the rich heritage of submarines in the Pacific.“The war canoe is a like an Ihe Koa – a warrior spear – pointing west, ready to throw us into the fight with our island chain trailing off behind the ship,” said Mack.During the ceremony, Mack received the Legion of Merit award for his performance as the commanding officer of Hawaii from January 2010 to March 2013.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 5, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic View post tag: holds USS Hawaii Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: Hawaii View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Naval March 5, 2013 View post tag: change Authorities View post tag: Defense View post tag: Command Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Hawaii Holds Change of Command Ceremony Share this articlelast_img read more

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Dave Schools & Holly Bowling Join Tom Hamilton’s American Babies At Sweetwater [Full Show Video]

first_imgLast night, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies took the stage at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA as part of their “Masquerade of Light + Dark” fall tour, where the band pay tribute to a different artist or group each night. Previous performances have seen has seen Hamilton and co. pay tribute to artists including David Bowie and The Beatles. This weekend’s double-nighter in the Bay Area included music of the Grateful Dead, with Bob Weir joining for an extended sit-in the previous night.The Saturday night performance included Dave Schools of Widespread Panic and the inimitable Holly Bowling, with incredible covers of “Shakedown Street,” “Tangled Up In Blue”, and more. Thanks to Chris from Jam Buzz, you can watch the full performance below:Hamilton, Weir, and Schools will join forces with Bill Kreutzmann and Jeff Chimenti this February to headline the Los Muertos Con Queso event in Mexico, and they have been rehearsing in California all week. This weekend served as a very special preview of this unique lineup!last_img read more

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Gene therapy for sickle cell disease passes key preclinical test

first_img ‘Achilles’ heel’ of sickle cell disease? The new gene therapy is the culmination of research going back to the 1980s that found that sickle cell disease is milder in people whose red blood cells carry a fetal form of hemoglobin. Fetal hemoglobin normally tails off after birth, but in 2008, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s researchers Stuart Orkin and Vijay Sankaran showed that suppressing a gene called BCL11A — which acts as an “off” switch — could restart fetal hemoglobin production. In 2011, using this approach, they corrected sickle cell disease in mice, replacing much of the defective beta (“adult”) hemoglobin that causes sickling with healthy fetal hemoglobin.To turn this insight into a therapy, a team led by Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s researchers David A. Williams, Christian Brendel, and Swaroopa Guda faced a major problem: BCL11A, they discovered, has an important role in blood stem cells. When it is silenced in mice with the sickle cell mutation, blood stem cells cannot engraft long-term in the animals’ bone marrow and eventually become depleted. This failure to engraft could render gene therapy ineffective and also cause serious problems with blood development in general.To circumvent this, the team performed some intricate engineering, creating a gene therapy virus that silences BCL11A selectively — only in precursors of red blood cells. Blood stem cells treated with this gene therapy, transplanted into the mice, engrafted successfully and reduced signs of sickle cell disease (hemolytic anemia and increased numbers of reticulocytes).Moreover, in red blood cells from the mice and from four patients with sickle cell disease, fetal hemoglobin crowded out the sickling beta hemoglobin, making up at least 80 percent of the total hemoglobin in the cell. This exceeded the researchers’ original goal of 50 percent fetal hemoglobin — likely more than enough to avoid clinical sickle cell disease.“The tendency for a red blood cell to sickle is proportional to how much nonsickling versus sickling hemoglobin it has,” explained Williams, the study’s senior author and president of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s. “BCL11A represses fetal hemoglobin, which does not lead to sickling, and also activates beta hemoglobin, which is affected by the sickle-cell mutation. So when you knock BCL11A down, you simultaneously increase fetal hemoglobin and repress sickling hemoglobin, which is why we think this is the best approach to gene therapy in sickle cell disease.”Precision engineeringSelectively knocking down BCL11A involved several layers of engineering. As the core of their gene therapy vector, the researchers used a snippet of genetic code called a short hairpin RNA (shRNA) that inactivates the BCL11A gene. To get it into cells, they embedded the shRNA in another bit of code, a microRNA, that cells generally recognize and process. To make this assembly work in the right place at the right time, they hooked it to a promoter of beta hemoglobin expression, together with regulatory elements active only in precursors of red blood cells. Finally, they inserted the whole package into a lentivirus engineered for safe use in humans.Blood stem cells from mice and the sickle cell patients were then exposed to the manipulated virus, taking up the new genetic material. The genetically engineered red-blood-cell precursors began producing fetal hemoglobin rather than the mutated beta hemoglobin, just as intended.A double benefitOther gene therapy trials for sickle cell disease are underway or being developed. Rather than interfering with BCL11A, these approaches are introducing genes that encode fetal hemoglobin itself or a corrected beta hemoglobin that doesn’t sickle.Williams believes the BCL11A-based approach to gene therapy for sickle cell disease will substantially increase the ratio of nonsickling versus sickling hemoglobin. He notes that this approach may also be beneficial in beta-thalassemia, another blood disorder involving defective beta hemoglobin.Williams has launched multiple other gene-therapy trials at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s, which has become a world-leading hub of gene therapy for pediatric genetic diseases. His team is now taking the final steps toward FDA clearance for a clinical gene-therapy trial in sickle cell disease that is expected to begin in early 2017.Brendel and Guda are co-first authors on the paper. The work was supported by the Clinical and Translational Investigation Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and sponsored research support from Bluebird Bio. A precision-engineered gene therapy virus, inserted into blood stem cells that are then transplanted, markedly reduced sickle-induced red-cell damage in mice with sickle cell disease, researchers from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center report today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.The work sets the stage for bringing a decades-old discovery about sickle cell disease to the bedside. A clinical gene therapy trial, using a virus rendered harmless in the laboratory, is expected to launch in the coming year.Sickle cell disease is caused by a mutation in hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells, which causes the usually pliant cells to stiffen and assume a curved or “sickle” shape. These sickle cells live for less time than those with healthy hemoglobin, leading to anemia. They also bind together, leading to blood-flow blockage that can cause severe pain and organ damage throughout the body. Related Gene-editing study reveals pathway that could help short circuit blood disorder last_img read more

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ENO Hammocks- The Gift That Gives Back

first_imgThe holiday season is upon us and our inboxes are full of gift options for all the friends and family on our list. So how do you narrow it down and find the perfect present for the outdoor enthusiast in your life? This season ENO is focusing on gifts that give back to protect the wild places we like to play.ENO has been making industry-leading hammocks and hammocking accessories for almost 20 years and inspiring a community of adventure seekers to get outside, while protecting and preserving the environment along the way. At the very core of the ENO brand is the belief in the conservation and preservation of our wild places.Give a Hammock, Plant Two TreesAs a hammock company ENO knows the importance of trees. Partnering with Trees for the Future, ENO plants two trees for every hammock sold, allowing Trees for the Future to positively impact communities in poverty through education and mentoring, while also helping to cool the planet by working towards offsetting our carbon footprint.Hammocks for ConservationENO believes that, when given the chance, individuals will use their purchasing power to protect the beautiful planet we live on. So, they created a line of special edition hammocks that give their customers the opportunity to make an impact. These special edition DoubleNest Hammocks allow them to support the vital work of national conservation organizations. For each special edition hammock sold, they donate a percentage of the proceeds to the respective organization. By doing so, ENO is encouraging each organization’s efforts to preserve, protect, and manage the trails, and teach people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. The conservation organizations included in this program are the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Waterkeeper Alliance, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the National Park Foundation.As ENO continues to grow on an international level, they have also extended this program to include the European Outdoor Conservation Association, which brings together businesses in the European outdoor industry to raise funds that go directly into conservation projects worldwide – to give back to the great outdoors. 1% For the PlanetAs members of 1% for the Planet, ENO is proud to contribute one percent of their annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on helping leave the environment in an even better place for future generations. Every product ENO sells gives back to the environment.This season, give the gift that gives back and ensures that we will always have places to adventure and hang our hammocks!last_img read more

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Mount Sinai Crash Leaves Driver Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 43-year-old man was killed when he crashed his car in his hometown of Mount Sinai on Sunday evening.Suffolk County police said Edward Drumgole was driving a Honda Accord southbound on Chestnut Street when he lost control of the vehicle, struck a tree, spun around and hit a pole at 5 p.m.The victim was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, where he was pronounced dead.Sixth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

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7 high school teams declared ‘joint state champions’

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Seven Broome County high school sports teams were declared joint state champions today, after their seasons were cut short in March in the midst of competing in state tournaments. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said he wanted to recognize each team’s hard work. Seton Catholic’s Marcus Dyes reiterated that, saying ” it was very nice to have the community come together and have an event like this. It was very needed and very uplifting for all of our spirits.” All seven teams were competing in the New York state tournaments when the pandemic put an end to the winter sports season. The Johnson City, Seton Catholic and Binghamton high school boys basketball teams were honored in the first ceremony. The Maine-Endwell girls basketball team, girls and boys bowling teams and Union-Endicott girls bowling teams were honored in the following ceremony. Union-Endicott bowler Ashley Cicciarelli said “I really appreciate them doing this they have honestly no idea how much it means to all of us.” She added, “bowling has been my life constantly for the last 18 years so it was a really nice way to end the chapter.” “For these guys it’s tough, they had their last game they won, and then it was just like taken away from them,” said Garnar. “So to be able to be recognized as the state champion like they were, obviously a lot of them are excited about it but it also gives them some closure to the season, which they didn’t get any.”last_img read more

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“Velebit House” Visitor Center opened

first_imgThe public institution “Northern Velebit National Park” has successfully completed the project of building a Visitor Center Krasno, which built and equipped a visitor center called House of Velebit.The newly built visitor center, the project is worth 30,9 million kuna and it is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013. The aim of the project is to improve the conditions for the development of tourism in Lika-Senj County by establishing Krasno and Northern Velebit National Park as a unique destination that naturally connects the continental and coastal tourist offer of the County.Kuća Velebit, is located in Krasno, one of our largest mountain resorts, where visitors can get information about what to visit and experience in the Park, Krasno and the surrounding area, and buy tickets and souvenirs, but also learn more about climate, species and habitats, cultural heritage, geology, underground…. The main goal of the project was to build a Visitor Center NP Northern Velebit as a recognizable, modern and attractive content that attracts tourists to Krasno and the surrounding area, enables the presentation of natural and cultural values ​​of the Park throughout the year and quality promotion of tourist facilities in the Park and Lika-Senj County. .A significant feature of this project is the sustainability of the building of the House of Velebit and the whole concept of its layout. The building was built in accordance with the highest standards of energy efficiency (energy class A +) and is integrated into the environment and the landscape.Exhibition of the House of Velebit The exhibition of the House of Velebit spreads over four floors and includes several thematic units that are intertwined and intertwined in order to better show visitors the richness of Velebit, its diversity and cultural and natural value. At the heart of the story is man and his direct and indirect influence on nature and natural values. In the past, the inhabitants of Velebit lived a nomadic way of life, clearing forests, grazing cattle, building stone dwellings – shepherd’s dwellings and dry stone walls, thus creating new habitats – lawns, ponds and more, and influencing the number of species of flora and fauna. IN The house of Velebit visitors will have the opportunity to get acquainted with a large part of this diversity – various insects and birds, large carnivores, endemic plant species adapted to extreme living conditions… But the value of this mountain is not only in the number of plant, animal and fungal species but also in its landscape diversity. The reason for this is the numerous surface karst forms – sinkholes, beams, hips, cracks… are just some of them. But the story of how they were created can be read by visitors in ours The house of Velebit!! But what is most valuable is actually located underground and is inaccessible to most visitors. These are our deep pits inhabited by a whole special world of specific fauna that had to adapt to life in constant darkness. And again, it is man who has been constantly intrigued by this underworld, so he has begun to explore in more detail the dark world that still fascinates and surprises us with some newly discovered animal species. For a moment, every visitor will be able to become a speleologist and explore the “Lukini pit” in The house of Velebit.Working hours of Velebit House:INFO CENTER: Sunday-Thursday 8-17h, Friday-Saturday 8-18hSETTING: Tuesday-Sunday 9 am-16pm, Monday closed/ item]last_img read more

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Norwegian Cruise Line canceled all cruises to Asia, part of the passengers transferred to the eastern Mediterranean

first_img“In addition, we have proactively implemented several preventive measures to reduce the potential exposure and transmission of COVID-19 and to protect the health, safety, well-being and well-being of our guests and crew. These measures include improved pre-boarding and embarkation health protocols that are above normal operating procedures. We refuse to board any guest and crew who have traveled, visited or passed through airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macao, within 30 days of boarding, regardless of nationality. The standard incubation period recognized by the WHO and US CDC for this virus is 14 days. Guests who are denied boarding will be refunded when they provide proof of travel. For all guests, we will continue standard health reporting and assessment before boarding. All guests who become symptomatic undergo medical assessments prior to boarding, including, but not limited to, temperature checks if deemed necessary. Any guest who shows symptoms of any respiratory illness while on board will undergo an additional examination at our ship’s medical center and may be subject to potential quarantine and disembarkation. We implemented additional cleaning and disinfection protocols on all trips. These protocols will be implemented in accordance with the existing strict sanitary standarde ”point out in the statement and add that at the moment there are no significant restrictions on travel outside Asia and that they will continue to closely monitor the situation and consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). actions as needed. CEO Frank Del Rio said the company decided to take this radical step by canceling its cruises to Asia because it did not want to repeat what happened to the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship that had multiple coronavirus cases and quarantined more than 3.700 passengers and crew. . “The safety and well-being of our guests and crew is our number one priority. We are aware of new travel advice recently issued by the US State Department. We are closely monitoring the situation and out of caution, and as a result of uncertainty about entering the port and the availability of connections to various destinations in Asia, we have previously made the decision to cancel all trips to Asia through our three brands. A total of 40 voyages were canceled, modified or diverted, including 24 voyages on the Norwegian Cruise, 10 on Oceania cruises and 6 on Regent Seven Seas cruises. Following these changes, we do not have any vessels deployed in Asia until the end of the third quarter of 2020. ” a Norwegian Cruise Line spokesman said in a statement. Also the virus forced them to cancel, modify or redirect 40 trips to all three of their brands and provide compensation to customers. Twenty-one canceled trips to Asia on his cruise ship, the Norwegian Spirit, have diverted him to the eastern Mediterranean for the summer of 2020. It is expected that part of these arrangements will end up on our coast as well.center_img Source and photo: Norwegian Cruise Line Any guest or crew who has traveled to China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 30 days, regardless of nationality, is not allowed to board Norwegian vessels. They also point out that it is too early to fully take into account the effects of coronaviruses on their business.last_img read more

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Unfinished business

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