San Francisco Giants hire 1st female coach in MLB history

first_img Written by Beau Lund January 17, 2020 /Sports News – National San Francisco Giants hire 1st female coach in MLB historycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco Giants announced that Alyssa Nakken will be an assistant on the coaching staff, officially making her the first female coach in Major League Baseball history.Nakken, a four-time Academic All American softball player for Sacramento State, joined the Giants in 2014 as an intern and worked on a variety of projects, according to a Giants press release.Last month, she was nominated by her peers and co-awarded the 2019 Sprinkles of Love Award, a Giants honor, for her ethics, professionalism and humanitarianism.Referring to Nakken and Mark Hallberg, who was also added to the coaching staff as an assistant, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said in a statement, “Alyssa and Mark are highly respected members of the organization and I’m delighted that they will now focus their talents on helping to build a winning culture in the clubhouse.”The team now has a total of 13 coaches.Before her promotion, Nakken was responsible for leading a number of the team’s health and wellness events, including the Giant Race Series. She currently chairs the Giants’ first Employee Resource Group, aimed at creating a company culture that encourages diversity and equity.“In every organization, environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different. That’s why in addition to assisting the rest of the coaching staff on the field, Mark and Alyssa will focus on fostering a clubhouse culture that promotes high performance through, among other attributes, a deep sense of collaboration and team,” said Kapler. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Letting agent’s extraordinary GMTV journey from Bridgwater to Britney’s mansion

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Letting agent’s extraordinary GMTV journey from Bridgwater to Britney’s mansion previous nextAgencies & PeopleLetting agent’s extraordinary GMTV journey from Bridgwater to Britney’s mansionSomerset agent Emily Evans yesterday presented a segment on the pop star’s former home in Los Angeles for Good Morning Britain.Nigel Lewis15th November 201901,239 Views It’s a long way from a small lettings agency next to a glass replacement business in Bridgwater, Somerset, to Britney Spears’ former home in California.But letting agent Emily Evans has made the journey after being given a slot to present a ‘through the keyhole’ segment of yesterday’s ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain.The 30-year-old started out as a letting agent when she was 20 years old and later started her own business, Emily Evans Lettings, in 2014, while also building up a local property portfolio.But since then she has re-cast herself as a property expert, media commentator and TV presenter appearing in The Sun and Metro newspapers and a Sky channel called Property TV.This exposure and a professional agent have helped her achieve the pinnacle of her media career so far; yesterday’s appearance on Good Morning Britain. Evans was flown to Los Angeles to visit the former Los Angeles home of ‘Baby One More Time’ pop star Britney Spears, a long way from her former offices in Bridgwater (pictured, below).During the three-and-a-half minute slot Evans marvels at the size of Britney’s old Los Angeles mansion complete with chandeliers including a look at her bedroom and swimming pool.The house, which is on the market for $7.5 million, is famed because it featured in a documentary which is credited with reviving Spears’ career after her much-documented mental health challenges.If you weren’t around at 11am yesterday then watch the show via her Youtube account.Britney Spears Emily Evans Bridgwater letting agent November 15, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

“Code Blue” in Effect for Cold Weather

first_imgA Code Blue advisory is issued when frigid weather poses a danger to the homeless population. The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management advises that all municipalities in Cape May County will be under a “Code Blue” severe weather advisory from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.Code Blue conditions are in effect when the temperature reaches 25 degrees with clear skies or 32 degrees with precipitation.A Code Blue emergency is intended to protect homeless people living outside, on the streets, in parks or poorly insulated settings and who are at risk for cold-related exposure and possible death.People seeking shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality. Additional resources are available by calling the county homeless hotline at 609-886-1325 or after hours at 1-877-886-1325.Additional information regarding Code Blue conditions can be found on the Cape May County Social Services website at http://www.cmcbss.com.last_img read more

Traditionals with a twist Chelsea Buns

first_imgChelsea Buns were originally made in London in the early 1700s. They are a sticky, sweet treat and are either finished with glacé icing or sugar syrup. They usually contain dried vine fruits, mixed peel and mixed spice. The method for Chelsea buns can be used with all sorts of other fillings, both sweet and savoury. This recipe uses almonds and apricots, but you could use chocolate and dried cherries, pecan nuts and dried peach or cranberries and orange. Try making a savoury version using some Parmesan cheese, basil and roasted strips of pepper marinated in garlic flavoured olive oil. The buns can be baked side by side on a baking sheet, so that they have to be pulled apart or baked in a round cake tin. The apricot glaze gives a lovely shine and a sweet, but tangy, finish.Almond and Apricot Chelsea BunsMakes 1215g/½ oz fresh yeast45g/1½ oz caster sugar450g/1lb plain flour, preferably strong5g/1 teaspoon salt45g/1½ oz butter1 egg225ml/7½ fl oz tepid milkGrated zest of 1 orangeFilling:55g/2oz sugar55g/2oz butter, softenedGrated zest of 1 orange1 teaspoon ground cinnamon85g/3oz almonds, chopped85g/3oz dried apricots, choppedApricot glaze1. Cream the yeast with 1 teaspoon of sugar.2. Sift the flour into a warm, dry bowl with the salt. Rub in the butter and stir in the sugar.3. Beat the egg and add to the yeast mixture with the tepid milk and orange zest.4. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the liquid and gradually draw the flour in from the sides of the bowl to make a ball of dough. It should be soft, but not too sticky. Knead for 10 minutes on a floured surface or until smooth and elastic. Put into a clean bowl. Cover and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk.5. Roll the dough into a square about 23cm/9 inches across.6. Mix the butter with the sugar, orange zest and cinnamon and spread over bun mixture.7. Sprinkle the chopped almonds and apricots over the butter and sugar mixture. Set the oven to 190C.8. Roll it up like a Swiss roll and cut into 3.5cm/½ inch slices.9. Arrange the buns, cut side up, on the baking sheet, side by side, and leave to prove for 15 minutes.10. Bake for 20-25 minutes and brush with apricot glaze while still warm.11. Leave the buns to cool on a wire rack before separating.last_img read more

String Cheese Shares Three New Studio Tracks, Details Plan For Future Instantaneous Releases

first_imgAfter months of anticipation, new music from The String Cheese Incident has finally been released! The band has shared a lengthy note detailing the process, which sees the group building their own studio called the SCI Sound Lab, and releasing three new tracks from the mix.The note talks about how the traditional album release process was a slowed down version of what they wanted to do; put new music in the hands of listeners. They had written something like 20 songs in May of 2015, and the Song In My Head album release only captured a small sampling from those new songs and road-tested originals.Instead of that process, the band has built their own studio, allowing them to record and share tracks at a much quicker pace. With that in mind, the group has shared SCI Sound Lab Vol. 1, featuring three new studio cuts: Michael Kang’s “Believe,” Bill Nershi’s “Down a River,” and the familiar song, “Sweet Spot” by Keith Moseley.You can find the new music here, and read the band’s full message below.last_img read more

Measuring electrons

first_imgThough it was hailed as a triumph for the “Standard Model” of physics, the reigning explanation of fundamental forces and particles, physicists were quick to emphasize that last year’s discovery of the Higgs boson still left gaps in understanding the universe.But in making the most precise measurements ever of the shape of electrons, a team of Harvard and Yale scientists, led by Harvard’s Gerald Gabrielse, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics, John Doyle, professor of physics, and their Yale colleague David DeMille, has raised serious doubts about several popular theories of what lies beyond the Higgs boson. Their study is described in a December paper published in Science Express.“We are trying to look for the effect of new particles beyond what is within the Standard Model, which we know is an incomplete theory of nature, similar to what is being attempted at the LHC,” the Large Hadron Collider, Doyle said.“It is unusual and satisfying that the exquisite precision achieved by our small team in its university lab probes the most fundamental building block of our universe at a sensitivity that complements what is being achieved by thousands at the world’s largest accelerator,” Gabrielse said. “Given that the Standard Model is not able to explain how a universe of matter could come from a big bang that created essentially equal amounts of matter and antimatter, the Standard Model cannot be the final word.”To hunt for particles that might fall outside the Standard Model, the research team precisely measures how such particles affect the shape of electrons.Under the Standard Model, scientists have thought electrons to be almost perfectly round, but most new theories of what lies beyond that model predict that electrons have much larger — though still extraordinarily tiny — departures from perfect roundness.Known as the ACME team, the Harvard and Yale researchers recorded the most sensitive measurements to date of electron deformation. Their results demonstrate that the particle’s departure from spherical perfection, if it exists at all, must be smaller than predicted in many theories that include new particles. This includes many variants of the theories known as supersymmetry.Supersymmetry posits new types of particles that augment those in the Standard Model. It may help to account, for example, for dark matter, a mysterious substance estimated to make up most of the universe. It may also help to explain why the Higgs particle’s mass turns out to have the value seen at the Large Hadron Collider. These and many other facts about the universe cannot be explained by the Standard Model.“It is amazing that some of these predicted supersymmetric particles would squeeze the electron into a kind of egg shape,” Doyle said. “Our experiment is telling us that this just doesn’t happen at our level of sensitivity.”To test for electron deformation, the ACME team looks for a particular deformation in the electron’s shape known as an electric dipole moment.“You can picture the dipole moment as what would happen if you took a perfect sphere, then shaved a thin layer off one hemisphere and laid it on top of the other side,” DeMille said. “The thicker the layer, the larger the dipole moment.”Team members measured an electric dipole moment using electrons inside the polar molecule thorium monoxide, which amplifies the deformation.  They also diminished the possibility of spurious effects that might hint at the deformation of an electron when none exists.Importantly, the tests were more than 10 times more sensitive than any previous search for the effect. This improvement was made possible by a new source of molecules invented at Harvard, by the selection of a special molecule, and by development of several experimental methods.To get a feel for the precision, DeMille said, “Imagine an electron blown up to the size of the earth.  Our experiment would have been able to see a layer 10,000 times thinner than a human hair, moved from the southern to the northern hemisphere.”Though the ACME researchers did not see evidence for new particles yet, the result greatly constrains the understanding of particle physics. And they will continue the search.“We are optimistic that we can probe 10 times more deeply in the next several years,” said Gabrielse.  “If so, the ACME experiment will remain a strong contender in the race to find the first particles that lie beyond the Higgs boson.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts autism intervention workshop

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted nearly 600 participants Friday in its Introduction to Pivotal Response Treatment workshop in O’Laughlin Auditorium. Courtesy of Michael Waddell Bob Koegel, a researcher who developed Pivotal Response Treatment, addresses attendees of Saint Mary’s workshops aimed at promoting awareness and fostering education about autism.Stanford University researchers Bob and Lynn Koegel, who developed Pivotal Response Treatment — an approach to autism intervention that targets certain aspects of development, rather than individual behaviors — provided level-one certification for participants upon completion of the workshop. “One of the things that’s really important in this community is that we have a lot of really talented people who are thirsting for knowledge about the most cutting-edge approaches to working with individuals with autism,” Master of Autism Studies faculty fellow Joshua John Diehl, said. “And so, by setting up something like this, it’s creating opportunities that this community wouldn’t otherwise have.” This event was made possible by collaboration among the Master of Autism Studies program, the department of communicative sciences and disorders, LOGAN Autism Services — a learning center that offers education and resources to individuals with developmental disabilities — Special Friends of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s and the Students Supporting Autism group. Pivotal Response Treatment provided the workshop free-of-cost and only required registration to partake in the training, Diehl said. “If any individual that came to this conference were to want to get this training, it would cost them about $3,000 apiece,” Diehl said. “So the fact that we can get so many people trained and enrich people from all different disciplines, it makes a huge impact on the community.”Diehl said the financial burden lifted by this workshop contributed to the incredible turnout. “As far as I know — and I have talked to people at LOGAN, and I have been here for a decade — there has never been disability-related training of this magnitude in this area ever,” Diehl said. “The number of people that attended and were affected at no cost is just phenomenal.”Director of the Master of Autism Studies program, Michael Waddell, said he was aware there would be community interest, but the turnout almost doubled what he had anticipated. “All of the reports that I received [Friday] talking to people during the event and after the event indicated that they had a really good experience, that they enjoyed being on campus at Saint Mary’s and that they thought this training would be very beneficial for them in their various schools and clinics and other organizations in the community,” Waddell said. In having a larger turnout than first anticipated, event planning needed to account for potential difficulties, Waddell said.  “There was an awful lot of thought and planning that went into the event, and we tried to anticipate every kind of problem that might arise,” he said. “Because there was so much thought put into the planning, I think we had measures in place to address just about every need that there was.” Waddell said while the particular benefit to the participants varies, he sees two major benefits that attendees received. “I think for some people, it was really beneficial to understand the sort of theory that underpins Pivotal Response Treatment, and then to be introduced to the scientific evidence base for the success of that theory in providing autism intervention,” Waddell said. “For other people in the audience, what was probably most beneficial was the fact that in addition to giving us the theoretical underpinnings and the scientific evidence for the efficacy of Pivotal Response Treatment, the Koegels also gave a lot of concrete, practical suggestions about ways that you could implement Pivotal Response Treatment in schools, in clinics, even in home and out in the community.”Pivotal Response Treatment in particular has a “broad applicability,” Diehl said, as it acknowledges both the needs of both young children and adults. “What’s great about this particular approach is that it comes across disciplines in a language that people can communicate across disciplines,” Diehl said. “Not only that, but it is a kind of approach that can be used by family and loved ones in their work with their loved one who has autism.”Waddell said this program fills a need created by the increasing diagnoses of autism in children. In the future, the Master of Autism Studies program intends to continue to host a couple workshops a year to address this growing need, he said. “In a situation where autism is becoming common in society, obviously there is tremendous need for understanding autism and providing the best services for autistic people and their families,” Waddell said. “The only way that that is possible is if we are providing the best training and the best education about autism and about autism interventions. So really, this is something which is an essential part of responding to the social phenomena of increasing need for understanding and serving autistic individuals and their families.”Tags: koegel, LOGAN, Logan autism services, logan center, master of science in autism, pivotal response treatmentlast_img read more

Jenkins appoints new dean to Notre Dame College of Engineering

first_imgPatricia “Trish” J. Culligan, currently the chair of the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics department at Columbia University, has been named the new dean of the College of Engineering by University President Fr. John Jenkins, Notre Dame announced in a press release Monday. Culligan will enter her new role Aug. 1.“Trish is a distinguished scholar, research engineer and respected academic leader,” Jenkins said in the release. “She brings to Notre Dame a creative cross-disciplinary approach, demonstrated success and a commitment to seek ways in which technological innovation will truly serve humanity. She will be a wonderful addition to our senior leadership team and University community.” Culligan received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. She also attended the University of Cambridge, where she earned a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in engineering, according to the release. While at Columbia, she has received over $20 million in research funding, and has authored seven books, seven book chapters and many more articles and publications, the release said.“During my visits to the campus, I sensed the strong enthusiasm and momentum in Notre Dame’s engineering programs,” Culligan said in the release. “The faculty has a distinguished reputation for engineering and scholarly excellence, and I am honored to be offered this opportunity to contribute to their continued success and growing stature.”Culligan, a civil engineer, is an expert in the fields of environmental engineering and water resources. Her work focuses on building sustainability within urban infrastructure and energy and water management within communities, according to the release. Currently, Culligan serves as the co-director of a $12 million research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation which concentrates on cultivating new models for city infrastructure to improve health and sustainability for urban communities, the release said.“Working within and beyond the academy, Trish has built a consistent record of excellence,” Thomas J. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at Notre Dame, said. “Her broad technical expertise, deep appreciation of the liberal arts, commitment to helping the underserved and educating the whole person and honed leadership ability make her an ideal candidate for the deanship. In addition, she is committed to further building programs and partnerships across the University and local community as well as with government and industry. We are thrilled that she accepted our offer to serve as dean.”Tags: civil engineering, Notre Dame College of Engineering, patricia culligan, sustainablitylast_img read more

Smartwool Long Run Short

first_imgSmartwool is jumping into the running short game in the Spring of 2013. They will be offering a run short which has a 5” inseam as well as a long run short that have a 7” inseam. Smartwool sent me a pair of their Long Run Shorts to test, and over the course of this fall and winter I put them through their paces.Let’s start with the positives about these shorts. First they are incredibly comfortable.  The internal brief is made of merino wool and not only provides excellent support; it is also comfortable and does not chafe or rub in any areas. You runners out there know that there is nothing worse than an uncomfortable pair of shorts. I was sent the Graphite colored shorts and they are quite attractive with a lime colored brief, which provides a great contrast to the gray.For Smartwool’s first offering they did a great job with a few of the more technical aspects of the shorts. First they managed to put a pocket on the shorts. A zippered back pocket that is just big enough for a set of keys or a gel. For a race day short sure you don’t need a pocket, but for all the runs out your door or those longer runs a little pocket is quite nice. I do most of my weekday runs in the evening. This is when my running partner is available, so I try to take precautions to be safe. Reflectors, lights, etc are a must and the Smartwool shorts have full 360-degree reflectivity plus a reflective logo on the right hem. I think this is great because even if you forget a blinkie you at least have a bit of flash to help make you visible.Now to move onto a few things that I think could be improved. First up is the drawstring. To get the short sufficiently snug I felt like I really had to crank down on the drawstring, which stretches a lot. I ended up with a lot of excess drawstring and think having a thicker less stretchy drawstring material could help. My next complaint, my last, is more of a preference than a complaint really. I ran cross-country and track in high school and am used to a shorter short. I had a tough time enjoying the length of the long run short. With a 7” inseam they came to my knees, and while I never had an issue with the material grabbing at my thigh, it just wasn’t what I am used to. I suggest going with the regular run short (5” inseam) and not the long version if you are used to shorter shorts. On the flip side of this I am sure there are an equal amount of people who are excited for the long option so they aren’t flashing their thighs to the general public.Overall I think these shorts are a great addition to Smartwool’s running gear quiver. A merino brief is amazing, and I think with a better drawstring and the regular model these would be a perfect pair of shorts. Get prepared for the Spring Running season and get yourself a pair.You can find these shorts here and they run $80.last_img read more