BRO’s Summer Bucket List

first_imgIn celebration the 2017 summer, we’re challenging you, the reader, to tick a few of the following adventures off your official summer bucket list. Share your adventures with us on social media using the hashtag #BROsummergoals. On Monday, July 17, we’ll pick our favorite and hook the winner up with a free BRO T-shirt.Take a seat underneath your favorite waterfall.There are countless waterfalls throughout the Blue Ridge region. Whether it’s in a non-disclosed portion of wild and wonderful West Virginia or deep in the heart of Dupont, go find your favorite, pick a comfy and safe spot to post up beneath or behind the rushing waters, and don’t forget to tag us in the amazing Instagram post that will inevitably ensue.Western North Carolina’s SoCo Falls.Mountain bike to a swimming hole.Summer has a way of leaving mountain bikers in pursuit of one common goal: a little relief from the scorching heat. Check out this list of four rides that will land you in some cold, refreshing mountain water.Hike a peak above 5,000 feet.Believe it or not, the Appalachians, and the Blue Ridge Mountains in particular, are chock full of summits that sore to heights beyond 5,000 feet above sea level. Just take your pick and get to climbing, but don’t forget to post a #summitselfie.Stop and smell the rhodo.You’ll need to act quick on this one because the rhododendron are already in full bloom at high elevations. For a quick peak of this coveted summertime phenomenon, head for the Blue Ridge Parkway.Photo by Dusty Allison.Find a boat-in campsite.Unless you own a lake, live near a river near a National Forest, or reside on the coast where you can paddle out to some unnamed barrier island for a weekend of camping, you have to do a little work to find a campsite that combines two great things: boats and tents. Here’s a good place to start.A Lake James campsite at dusk.Land a wild trout on the fly.When the summer heat is on, many fly fishers head deeper and higher into the hills in search of colder water and wilder fish. Find a blue line on your favorite map and head to a remote stream you’ve never fished before.Catch a Blue Ridge Parkway sunset.This is a great activity for any season, but now that we’ve finally reached the longest days of the year, the opportunities for catching a sunset on the parkway are even more numerous. Depending on where you live, you might even be able to sneak out of the office early and witness a week night sunset sans crowds.A Blue Ridge Parkway sunset.Get lost in your favorite wilderness area.If it’s a remote and rugged experience you seek this summer, the Blue Ridge Mountains will not disappoint. Inhabitants of this region are blessed to be surrounded by large swaths of permanently protected wild lands like the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area of Western North Carolina, the Cranberry Wilderness of West Virginia, and the Ellicott Rock Wilderness (which spans portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) just to name a few.The Linville Gorge.Take up a new outdoor pursuit.Is there something new you’ve been wanting to try? Looking to get your feet wet in the Southeast’s bustling whitewater scene or cut your teeth on bouldering or rappelling. What about packrafting or bikepacking? You know what they say: there’s no time like the Summer Solstice. Ok, maybe they don’t say that at all, but we’re all about starting new trends here at Blue Ridge Outdoors. Get out there and try something new, and send us pics of the new you in action.BRO Travel Editor Jess Daddio in the midst of her first-ever packrafting excursion.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events January 28-February 3

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New Life CrisisThis highly original four-piece group constantly evolves with the technology of the time to present the most polished live sound on the circuit to date! Their captivating set list consists of an endless stream of material that is never the same twice. They rise to any occasion. The Space At Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. January 28.  Ice Nine KillsThis Boston-based experimental metalcore quartet is touring to promote their fourth album Every Trick in The Book, which was released just last month. Warming up the crowd will be Affiance, More To Monroe, Come & Rest and As Days Fade. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd, Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $15. 6 p.m. January 29.  Marianas TrenchThis Canadian pop-punk band’s The Hey You Guys!! Tour is coming to Long Island in support of the band’s fourth studio effort, Astoria, which dropped last fall. Opening the show will be Mainland. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$45. 8 p.m. January 29.  Robyn HitchcockA surrealist poet, a talented guitarist, a cult artist and a musician’s musician. Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and the closest thing the genre has to an English Bob Dylan. Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as “paintings you can listen to.” Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $29-$44. 8 p.m. January 29.TAO: Seventeen SamuraiThe new show will bring you athletic bodies and contemporary costumes combined with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography. TAO: Seventeen Samurai has critics raving about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy and stamina. They’ve got the rhythms that go pounding into the pleasure center of the brain. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $20-$75. 8 p.m. January 29.Tony & Tina’s WeddingIn this live theatrical smash, the audience members become part of the action as they partake in a wedding gone awry. The New York Times has called this outrageous comedy “audaciously imaginative.” Price-fixed dinner included. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $69.50. 7 p.m. January 30.Ron WhiteRon “Tater Salad” White is best known as the “Blue Collar Comedy” funnyman whose TV special They Call Me Tater Salad earned Comedy Central’s highest-rated Sunday in its history. His vices are his virtues. He is a cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking comedian with a witty charm that his fans absolutely love. Don’t miss this gig. NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.75. 8 p.m. January 30.  Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle RocketsBorn in Detroit, Marshall Crenshaw grew up when the Motor City was hot and happening. He’s drawn upon his roots to carve out a unique career that evokes echoes of Buddy Holly—especially when he hits those high notes and his fingers are flinging out chords faster than a Ford Thunderbolt. He’s also a great songwriter with an ironic twist that he’s deployed to full effect as he chronicles the human condition of our time. And as fans of his WFUV-FM show “The Bottomless Pit” know well, Crenshaw’s record library rivals the Smithsonian. This uncompromising musician is the real deal. “Someday, Someway” simply has to be heard live. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. January 30.   Roaring ’20s PartyThe Aaron Johnson Quintet jazz band leads the party, featuring Prohibition Era cocktail specials. Free select cocktails for those who dress the part. And you don’t even have to hide your booze when The Man comes knocking. Just raise a toast to the good times you’re having and ask the barkeep for another round! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. January 30.  Kyle DunniganThis standup comedian and actor is best known for his role as Craig, aka The Truckee River Killer, in the hit Comedy Central series Reno 911! among his many other TV appearances. If you don’t enjoy Kyle live, there might be something wrong with you. No, seriously, you should get that checked out. Maybe your insurance will cover it. Heck, you never know, and the cure may be worth it! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $22. 7, 9:30 p.m. January 30.Junie B. Jones, The MusicalIt’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Junie also has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. This is family fun at its best! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $15. Times vary. January 30 through March 6.Long Island Bacon BashYou like bacon? Then this is the event for you. You can revel in bacon tastings and bacon buying so you can really bring home the bacon. There’s all kinds of bacon—cured, uncured, smoked, you name it—plus bacon bits, bacon desserts, chocolate-covered bacon, various foods and more. Vendors include Bespoke Bacon, Willie B’s, Bulls BBQ, Bacon Hot Sauce, Catskill Food Company and Madhouse Creations. Come pig out! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $6-$18. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. January 31.Cesar MillanThe Dog Whisperer is back and just in time, because our pups stopped listening to us a long time ago. Harris! Davis! Get over here! Oh, Millan is gonna have a field day with you two! NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50-$49.50. 3 p.m. January 31.  Reel Big FishThis California-based ska-punk band that survived many line-up changes is coming back to play their catchy upbeat hits, including “Sell Out,” “Beer” and “Everyone Else is an Asshole.” Get ready to skank! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. February 1.Groundhog DayWhat better way to celebrate Groundhog Day than by watching Bill Murray’s 1993 movie of the same name on the big screen? When it’s over, you may want to see it again. And then see it again. To quote Yogi Berra, it’s deja vu all over again. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $8. 7:30 p.m. February 2.Mulholland DriveAuthor Dennis Lim will sign copies of his book David Lynch: The Man From Another Place, during a rare big-screen showing and exploration of the filmmaker’s modern masterpiece released in 2001. After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in Lynch’s dazzling venture that goes beyond dreams and reality. Cinema Arts Centre. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 2.Oscar-Nominated Short Film ScreeningsThe Gold Coast International Film Festival will screen the five nominees for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2016 Acedemy Awards. They will also host a Q&A with Mara Kassin, an Oscar-winning short film producer, and Joe Bakhash, a short filmmaker. The shorts to be screened include: Ave Maria, about five nuns living in the West Bank who need to break their vow of silence to help a family of stranded Israeli settlers; Shok, about two boys living in war-torn Kosovo who find their choices threaten their lives; Everything Will be OK, chronicling the fateful journey of an 8-year-old girl visiting her divorced father; Stutterer, following a the struggle of a lonely typographer looking for love online; and Day One, about an Afghan-American woman who joins the U.S. military and is deployed to her homeland to serve as an interpreter. Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastfilmfestival.org $10, $15. 7:30 p.m. February 3.-Compiled by Timothy Bolger & Spencer Rumsey.last_img read more

6 reasons you should change core systems and 3 reasons you shouldn’t

first_imgAre you a coin tosser?  Horoscope reader? Eenie-meenie-miney-moe’r? Whatever your preferred method of making a decision between equal contenders, there are certain matters that require more in-depth research during the decision making process.  When it comes to a credit union core conversion, most will agree this is one of the most crucial decisions within a CU. And while it is doubtful any would leave this decision to chance, there are many around the country who stick with their existing credit union core processor because they do not recognize the signs that they should leave. So, should you stay or should you go? Here are some reasons to consider before embarking down the path of indecision:Reasons you should change your core:Costs – If the terms keep changing and fees keep increasing unjustifiably, you may want to consider a core system review. Avoid contract entrapment and check your agreements. In recent years, many core providers have not only employed but embraced a staggered contract strategy in a deliberate effort to entrap clients.Unsatisfactory technical support – If you’ve experienced a breach, constant outages or configuration mishaps after an update and rather than solving the issue you spend hours on hold, you should research alternatives.Distrust – Do you find yourself wondering if your account manager is feeding you mistruths to cover up mistakes, or perhaps you aren’t convinced they fully understand your issues? Find your peace of mind and begin the steps to conversion.Development Halt – If your core is stuck in the stone ages and does not have development plans to keep you on pace with the market and competition, consider a change.Non-Compliant – Your core is to blame for compliance on exams and audits?  Seek a core conversion. This is too important to risk losing a charter and paying fees.Inefficient – If your core’s outdated system keeps your staff from being productive, you should change your core. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chesterfield sale in balance

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Second COVID wave ‘highly likely’ to hit France this year, scientists say

first_img“It is highly likely that we will experience a second epidemic wave this autumn or winter,” it said, adding that if people failed to respect social distancing rules, it could not rule out a return of the epidemic as soon as this summer.The warning comes after the head of the German doctors’ union said Germany was already contending with a second wave and risked squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules.French authorities have already started to tighten public hygiene rules, with cities such as Lille and Nice ordering people to wear masks in busy pedestrian streets.France has reported 3,376 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the last three days and the number of people being treated in ICUs for the disease has started to creep higher.President Emmanuel Macron, on holiday at in his summer residence of Bregançon on the Mediterranean coast, is expected to travel to the port city of Toulon later in the day to meet social workers looking after older people. Topics : A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is “highly likely” to hit France in the autumn or winter, the government’s top scientific body warned on Tuesday, as authorities seek to contain an increase in new cases over the past two weeks.After strict lockdown measures pushed down infection rates, many European countries are now watching numbers creep back up, a consequence of easing curbs to try to limit economic damage and greater social mixing in the holiday season.”The situation is precarious and we could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control, like in Spain,” the French scientific committee said in a statement published by the health ministry.last_img read more

MORE Power releases 1st month performance report

first_imgMORE Power president Roel Castrothanked local leaders and consumers for supporting the company’s actions toimprove the power distribution service in Iloilo City./PN Right now, MORE Power has a total workforce of 138. Following an order from Congress andthe court, MORE Power also hired 62 former employees of the previous powerdistribution utility in the city. Meanwhile, 33 new posts replaceddilapidated ones. Fourteen transformers, too, were supplanted as part ofpreventive maintenance activities. MORE Electric and Power Corp. has quick response teams like this one ready to respond to any electricity-related incidents or problems. MORE Power was also able to respondand fix 724 consumer concerns such as requests for power restoration, powerquality and meters. Average response time is one hour and 40 minutes. Based on its first month performancereport (Feb. 29 to March 29), MORE Power delivered to consumers here a total of49,473,447 kilowatt hour of power from Panay EnergyDevelopment Corp., Panay Power Corp., WholesaleElectricity Spot Market,  andKEPCO. MORE Power also reported having receivedand acted upon 5,552 concerns via hotlines, social media and from walk-inclients. ILOILO City – Nearly 50 millionkilowatt hour of power have been procured by MORE Electric and Power Corp.(MORE Power) from power suppliers in one month.last_img read more

Whitwell wires Corona Kicker foes at Southern Oklahoma

first_imgFeature Results Kyle Robinson started 14th and finished second. Butler, Chase Vineyard and 21st starting Tyler Bragg rounded out the top five. “I got a good draw and got out to a good lead early,” he said. “Dean showed me his now with five or six to go. I moved down and held him off.” Dean Abbey regained the lead following a late restart and went on to win the Saturday Corona Kicker feature for Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Modifieds – 1. R.C. Whitwell; 2. Ethan Braaksma; 3. Matt Guillaume; 4. Josh McGaha; 5. Chris Elliott; 6. Jeff Taylor; 7. Ken Schrader; 8. Chris Bragg; 9. Mike Hansen; 10. Glen Hibbard; 11. Jon White Jr.; 12. Kelsie Foley; 13. Ashton Wilkey; 14. Jeffrey Abbey; 15. Wesley Veal; 16. Travis Mosley; 17.  Larry Adams; 18. Josh Cain; 19. Tyler Stevens; 20. P.J. Egbert; 21. Justin White­head; 22. Mark Adams; 23. Curtis Allen; 24. Tanner Blac  And after leading start to finish of the main event at Southern Oklahoma Speedway, the Tucson, Ariz., driver collected a $1,250 check for his latest Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying vic­tory.  More than 140 IMCA drivers ran at Ardmore with Saturday wins going to Jeffrey Abbey in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Dean Abbey in the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. R.C. Whitwell led every lap in winning Friday’s Corona Kicker feature for IMCA Modifieds at South­ern Oklahoma Speedway. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Jeffrey Abbey, a former Modified track champion at Ardmore, was back on the track for the first time in most of two months and held off his older brother in getting the Stock Car win. William Gould, the 19th starting Guillaume and Ryan Powers were next across the stripe.  ARDMORE, Okla. (May 1-2) – After winning his heat race, R.C. Whitwell knew he’d be going into Friday’s Corona Kicker IMCA Modified feature with a fast car. center_img “The car was pretty decent in the heat race handling-wise. We didn’t make any changes for the feature,” said Whitwell, who’d made just two previous starts at Southern Oklahoma, in 2017 and last year. “Our setup was good, we had a fast car and it ended up working pretty good for us.”  And Dean Abbey got the lead back from Tate Butler after a restart after running second most of the 20-lap feature for the Southern SportMods, which also saw 50-plus entries. “It was a good feeling to get back to racing,” said Abbey, who plans to be a regular at Ardmore this season. “It was good to get back to a little normalcy.”  Matt Guillaume, Josh McGaha and Chris Elliott completed the top five. Hard charger Jeff Taylor started 16th and ended in sixth. Fifty-six Modifieds contested at the opening night show in Ardmore and nine states were repre­sented in the evening’s headline event. Pole starter Whitwell ran the bottom most of the 20-lapper, go­ing to the top in the second set of turns to work through lapped traffic and outrunning Ethan Braaksma to the checkers.  Stock Cars – 1. Jeffrey Abbey; 2. Dean Abbey; 3. William Gould; 4. Matt Guillaume; 5. Ryan Pow­ers; 6. Tommy Fain; 7. Dennis Bissonnette; 8. Cary White; 9. A.J. Dancer; 10. Aaron bene­dict; 11. Dustin White; 12. Todd Decker; 13. Rob Moseley; 14. Jeramey Bradley; 15. Kenny Mer­ritt; 16. Sam Spadaro Jr.; 17. John Hobbs; 18. Troy Burkhart; 19. Marcus Hahn; 20. Shelby Wil­liams; 21. Erik Miles; 22. Bobby Miller; 23. Jason Batt; 24. Landon Mattox. Saturday Corona Kicker checkers flew for IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner Jeffrey Abbey. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Kyle Robinson; 3. Tate Butler; 4. Chase Vineyard; 5. Tyler Bragg; 6. Matthew Day; 7. Kaden Honeycutt; 8. Blaine Shives; 9. Tommy Dove; 10. Trevor Foley; 11. Casey Brunson; 12. Ryan Thomas; 13. Matt Beasley; 14. Cullen Hill; 15. Shawn Gra­ham; 16. Zack Oliva; 17. Trey Willoughby; 18. Austin Bonner; 19. Justin Cox; 20. Brandon Wat­son; 21. Jared Baird; 22. Shelby Williams; 23. Tyler Honeywell; 24. Chase Raymond.last_img read more

Cahill: New strength to Chelsea this season

first_img However, Cahill was pleased with another clean sheet and a point from what proved to be just as tough an assignment as he had expected before kick-off. He said: “It was a game in which we needed to defend well. They defended well as well. It was exactly what we expected, it was a scrap of a game. “They made it tough by, when we had possession, sitting back very deep, but they worked very hard, so credit to them, and they looked dangerous when they tried to hit us on the break, so we had to be on our toes and defend well. “Unfortunately for us, we didn’t manage to break through. If we had broken through, it’s all of a sudden a different game because like we have seen before, they have to come out then and try to get the equaliser and it allows us to play a bit more. “But credit to them, they did well and defended as a unit.” Gary Cahill is confident Chelsea have found a new mental strength to go with their rich array of football talent as they set the pace in the Barclays Premier League title race. The Blues emerged from their trip to Sunderland on Saturday evening with just a point from a hard-fought 0-0 draw, but remain clear at the top of the table. Manager Jose Mourinho fielded the same starting XI for the third successive game after a 2-0 league win over West Brom and Tuesday night’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of Schalke in Germany, but saw them struggle to break down a committed Black Cats outfit. Nevertheless, they emerged with a third successive clean sheet and a point, and that, in Cahill’s opinion, demonstrated a new attribute. The 28-year-old England international told Chelsea TV: “I think we are a different side to last year, not just personnel, but mentally I think we are different. “They made it a scrap, but we matched that and managed to play our football as well. When teams sit back and get back in that shape, it’s very tough. We saw that last year and this was no different. “But in these sorts of games, if you don’t get the breakthrough, it’s important we don’t lose the game, and it’s a point away from home.” Chelsea have now put together an unbeaten run of 20 games since the start of the season, but this was the first in which they had been prevented from scoring. They enjoyed the greater share of the possession at the Stadium of Light, particularly in the first half, but apart from Willian’s 17th-minute shot, which was tipped on to the post by keeper Costel Pantilimon, and another from Branislav Ivanovic which the Romanian blocked with a foot, they created few clear-cut chances. At the other end, defender Santiago Vergini clipped the crossbar and midfielder Adam Johnson went close twice in a late flurry as Gus Poyet threatened to guide his side to a third successive victory over the club for which he played with such distinction inside 12 months. It proved a frustrating evening for striker Diego Costa, who escaped punishment after appearing to kick out at defender John O’Shea, but then collected his fifth booking of the campaign for catching Wes Brown with an arm as they jumped for a high ball, and he will miss Wednesday’s home clash with Tottenham. Press Associationlast_img read more

WLAX : Second-half scoring outburst propels Syracuse to 1st-round win over Dartmouth

first_img Comments Published on May 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 This time around, Dartmouth was hanging with Syracuse.After being crushed by 18 goals in their regular-season matchup on April 9, the Big Green played the Orange to a halftime tie in the first round of the NCAA tournament.But SU midfielder Sarah Holden knew she could spark another blowout.‘After the second half we all came out with a little more of a fire, I guess,’ Holden said. ‘And it just happened to work out. … As a senior it means a lot because it’s playoff time, so it’s just whatever it takes to go on to the next game.’Rolling right along the eight-meter arc six minutes into the second half, Holden found an opening. She charged down the right alleyway before cutting back to the middle and firing over the shoulder of goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe score opened the floodgates for the SU offense, starting a second-half rally in which No. 4 Syracuse scored eight of the first nine goals. The Orange (17-3) cruised to a 15-5 victory over Dartmouth (12-5) behind that run in front of 437 in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. Holden scored three goals during the 8-1 run and four overall as the Orange staved off elimination with a big second half.Syracuse advances to take on No. 5 North Carolina next weekend in the quarterfinals with a berth to the final four on the line. The Tar Heels defeated Navy 14-7 in their first-round game Saturday.‘It’s nice to see that courage and that ability to want to make the play,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘That’s the type of leadership we have on this team.’While Holden’s second half hat trick paced the Orange’s rally, her lone first half goal was perhaps the most important for SU. The midfielder charged down the left side toward the Dartmouth goal, but was met by a double-team from Courtney Bennett and Bailey Johnson.Holden appeared to be trapped, but somehow forced her way out of the clutches of the DU players to score a diving goal and give Syracuse a 3-2 lead with 6:11 remaining in the first half.The goal was one of the few bright spots for a stagnant SU offense that had scored just 18 goals over the 165 minutes preceding the second half. The Orange nearly matched that total with 12 goals in just 30 minutes of action after the break.‘It’s a playoff game so the refs are letting more things go, but we knew that they were an aggressive team from the last game that we played them,’ Syracuse attack Michelle Tumolo said. ‘They’re really aggressive, but I think we adjusted to that in the second half.’That physical aggression, shown by the 27 total fouls called in the game, perhaps frustrated the Orange more than anything else. In the first half, SU found itself battered as even the Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Tumolo was knocked to the ground several times on shot attempts.But the Orange matched the Big Green’s intensity in the second half. The right alleyway that Holden and SU attacked throughout the second half wasn’t necessarily any weaker than the other side of the DU defense. The Orange players were just able to stay on their feet through the physicality to get their shots off.‘They’re a great defensive team,’ Holden said. ‘I think we just had to tell ourselves go hard every time and those cross checks or whatever it was, we just had to persevere through.’Holden was a shining example of that intensity that rubbed off on some of the younger players. Freshmen Kailah Kempney, Gabby Jaquith and Devon Collins each scored as part of a balanced SU offense.Even if Holden wasn’t necessarily trying to motivate them directly, Gait felt the young players were affected by the senior’s inspired play.But for Holden, she’s just happy to live to play another day.‘As a senior it’s awesome,’ Holden said. ‘Just coming into all the games thinking that it could potentially be your last it’s just a great feeling knowing that there’s one more game, one more week with your teammates.’dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC lab links genetic mutation to Alzheimer’s

first_imgA team of USC researchers led by Paul Thompson, director of the USC Imaging Genetics Center, published  findings that Alzheimer’s patients are affected by the disease three years earlier than expected.Their work, which was published in last week’s edition of The New England Journal of Medicine, goes into depth about carriers of the TREM2 gene variant, a genetic mutation that was linked to Alzheimer’s earlier this year. This edition of the journal, also included five other studies focusing on the TREM2 gene variant.“You can study all kinds of factors like exercise, diet, medication and even stress. This study is a little different, where you search through your DNA and find spelling errors or mutations that increase your risk of Alzheimer’s,” Thompson said. Besides his role as director, Thompson is also a professor of neurology, psychiatry, radiology, engineering and ophthalmology, as well as an associate director of the Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics.The study’s co-authors include postdoctoral researcher Priya Rajagopalan and assistant professor Derrek Hibar of the USC Imaging Genetics Center, where a team of more than 30 researchers worked on the project. Thompson and his colleague Arthur Toga moved from UCLA to USC this fall, bringing the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging and their work on brain mapping and neuroimaging diseases such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and depression, with them.“We’ve been tracking the disease for some time and one question that we studied is what it is that slows Alzheimer’s, and what is it that speeds it up and if there’s anything we can do to resist the illness,” Thompson said.The Imaging Genetics Center was specifically working on researching Alzheimer’s disease for 20 years before this breakthrough, Thompson said.The TREM2 gene variant is a gene mutation carried by 1 percent of the population. By mapping the effects of genetic mutation with brain magnetic resonance imaging scans, the lab became the first to show how this Alzheimer’s risk factor affects a living human brain.Through the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, the study recruited 478 adults from North America, 100 of whom had Alzheimer’s disease, 221 who had mild cognitive impairment and 157 healthy elderly adults. The study showed a dramatic loss in brain tissue. In comparison to the less than 1 percent per year rate of healthy people, which is also offset by normal tissue generation from mental stimulation, the carriers of TREM2 lose about 3 percent of their brain tissue per year. Alzheimer’s occurs when approximately 10 percent of brain tissue has eroded.Thompson clarified the benefits of the study. The discovery can significantly speed up drug trials. According to Thompson, if there is a new successful Alzheimer’s medication that needs drug trials, people won’t have to wait three to four years for the brain to degenerate, and the results will be more apparent.“Also, it gives us a lot of understanding about what Alzheimer’s disease is,” Thompson said. “We used think that Alzheimer’s comes from senile plaques, building up in your brain, and basically clogging up your brain. That is certainly true, but the people carrying this risk gene have a problem with inflammation in their brain.”This connection could aid in the development different kinds of anti-inflammatory treatments that might ameliorate the condition of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, even though there still isn’t a cure.Some students said they weren’t sure how the study could positively impact current Alzheimer’s patients.“I understand that finding this gene mutation that causes the brain to degrade the brain faster is a breakthrough, but I don’t feel as though it is that helpful because there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s,” said Tiffany Tse, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences.Other students were optimistic about the results of the study.“Even though there’s no way to eradicate it yet, I definitely think this is an optimistic step in the right direction that might eventually lead to greater onset prevention,” said Helen Chou, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience.Many were impressed that USC was the first to make these discoveries.“I think they discovered something important that could be used in innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s, and it’s that much more important because of how it’s one of the first research projects that has shown these results,” said Sandy Lin, a sophomore majoring in human biology.Currently, Thompson’s team is working on ways of bettering the lives of Alzheimer’s patients.“Things like staying fit and rigorous cardiovascular activity can protect the brain as we age, but what we want to know is, how much exercise?” he said. “Or can you achieve the results … through other forms of stimulation like education?”last_img read more