Jeremy Jordan Filmed in New York City, Elementary stars Broadway alum Jonny Lee Miller as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Liu as his loyal assistant. The series features theater vets Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill as police officers. Star Files The second season of Elementary will premiere on September 26. Elementary, my dear Jeremy Jordan! The Broadway and Smash vet is set to guest star on a pivotal season two episode of CBS’s mystery drama Elementary, according to TV Line.com. Jordan has been cast as Joey Castoro, the son of the surgical patient who died in the care of Dr. Joan Watson (Broadway alum Lucy Liu), which prompted her to give up her practice. Dr. Watson’s affection for Joey is reportedly tested when he comes to her with an unexpected request, prompting an exploration of her feelings of guilt. View Comments
The State has given the City of St Albans approval for a Tax Increment Financing District within the city’s designated Growth Center, a move that will allow the City to keep some of the incremental property taxes generated by new development within the Growth Center to fund public infrastructure required for that development to occur.On August 30, the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC) gave final approval to the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District and Finance Plans after many hours of deliberation that included a meeting in St Albans, public comment, and a tour of the city and the proposed TIF District. ‘This authorization will help the City of St Albans undertake and pay for the necessary public infrastructure improvements that will foster responsible economic and community development,’said Stephan Morse, Chairman of VEPC.The TIF District was created by the St Albans City Council on April 30, 2012, following a series of public hearings.‘We are looking to build a stronger and healthier community through economic development. The TIF is essential for us to enable and stimulate development and redevelopment within the district,’said Liz Gamache, St Albans Mayor. It will provide employment opportunities, improve and broaden the tax base, and enhance the general economic vitality of the city, while also benefitting the region and the state.’The authorization allows the City of St Albans to use a portion of the incremental property tax revenues generated by new development within the TIF District to finance certain public infrastructure projects such as the Federal Street multi-modal connector, construction of a parking structure, improvements to Taylor Park, and streetscape improvements, all groundwork that will encourage private sector development projects planned for the Growth Center to move forward. That development, in turn, will generate incremental property tax revenues, that otherwise would not have been generated, to pay for the infrastructure debt.The St Albans TIF plan calls for the sale of the current State Office Building and the relocation of state offices to a new office building downtown. The Administration and City officials are preparing plans for the new building and presentation of a complete development package to the Legislature. If approved, the new building would serve as the catalyst for the City’s downtown revitalization efforts. According to Governor Shumlin, “The Administration is excited to be working in partnership with the City on this important economic development project.”Before the City can incur any TIF District infrastructure debt, the voters of St Albans City must approve an overall debt level, and then vote on any subsequent bonds to be issued by the city for TIF District infrastructure projects.‘Redevelopment and revitalization is priority number one for the City,’ stated City Manager Dominic Cloud, ‘We are delighted with this approval because the TIF will help us accomplish projects that the public has been waiting for, as well as grow jobs and the City’s Grand List.’With a TIF District the value of the properties within the district are frozen at the time the District is created by the municipality. All property taxes generated by that original base value continue to go to the municipal general fund and the education fund.For 20 years, and municipal and education property taxes generated by any new development are shared, with 75 percent going to finance the TIF District infrastructure debt and 25 percent going to the municipal general fund and state education fund.VEPCThe Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor and two members appointed by the General Assembly that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.VEPC is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.For more information, visit: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/opportunities/funding/tif/sta…(link is external)Soruce: VEPC. 9.4.2012
Following the success of the Zipp 808 NSW, which wheel and accessories specialist Zipp Speed Weaponry notes was ridden to victory at the pro men’s IRONMAN World Championships and the Elite Women’s UCI Team Time Trial World Championships, Zipp is launching its second component in the NSW series – the Zipp 404 NSW Carbon Clincher.Zipp’s advanced development engineers in the company’s top-secret lab, known as The Nest, have delivered a wheelset with ‘improved braking performance, exceptional aerodynamic efficiency, and unparalleled crosswind stability for [the brand’s] most popular and best-selling rim depth.’Like the 808 NSW, the 404 NSW also makes use of Zipp’s Cognition hubset for increased durability and low freehub drag.“Zipp NSW is basically the most advanced development technology that Zipp has at the time,” said Michael Hall, Zipp Director of Advanced DevelopmentThe Zipp 404 NSW is engineered to make every ride faster. With a rim depth of 58mm, the 404 NSW is designed as a do-everything wheelset that is adept at climbing and maintaining speed on the flats; ‘a wheel strong enough to handle the Spring Classics, but light enough to inspire sprints out of corners.’With its advanced aerodynamics, developed using 42 different CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) concept studies and weeks in the wind tunnel; the 404 NSW’s up to 34% reduction in crosswind side force provides stability for a rim of this depth and saves watts that would have been spent keeping the bike straight.The same stability that makes the 404 NSW fast on the flats also provides confidence for high speed descents. When it comes time to slow for a corner, Zipp’s NSW exclusive Showstopper brake track ‘stands ready to deliver the best modulation and shortest stopping distances available, regardless of weather conditions or the length of the descent.’Cognition hubsetZipp adds that every time a conventional hubset starts to coast, friction within the freehub ratchet mechanism works like a drum brake to slow the rider down. With the Cognition hubset’s Axial Clutch technology, Zipp has reduced this drag by disengaging the ratchet mechanism when coasting.With less internal hub drag a rider can pedal less when drafting in a headwind, achieve higher speeds when coasting in an aero tuck, or opt to stop pedalling a moment sooner before entering a corner and bank that wattage for use exiting the corner.According to Zipp, Axial Clutch technology allows riders also to maintain speed through corners that don’t require braking input, thereby increasing corner exit speeds.Inside the Axial Clutch mechanism Zipp use magnets, rather than steel springs, to move and engage the light weight Metal injection Molded (MIM) ratchet rings for reliability and consistent operation. With 36 points of engagement that all interlock simultaneously, Zipp adds that there isn’t a more secure freehub mechanism on the market.Zipp’s Axial Clutch freehub mechanism is also compatible with XD drivers. This gives riders the option to select a 10-42 cassette to assemble a 1×11 drivetrain with an equivalent range to either a compact or standard road double drivetrain.A star-flanged straight-pull hubshell design on the rear hub distributes the load placed on the hub flange away from the bearings. Zipp has also developed a unique scalloped edge hubshell design for the front hub. This scalloped design maintains the bearing bore diameter when high radial spoke tension is applied.According to the company, both of these hubshell design elements ensure that bearings quietly stay in place, roll faster, last longer, and provide a laterally stiffer hub… ‘About those bearings, we’ve chosen Swiss stainless steel bearings specially made to our specs to provide the longest lasting, lowest friction performance available.’Zipp aims to ImPressThe company has employed its ImPress graphics technology, which prints graphics directly on the rim, to help allow the dimples to do what they were designed to do – control vortex shedding, the rate at which air sheds off the wheel.Managing this is crucial to stability. As the company points out, like the 808 NSW, ImPress graphics also give the 404 NSW a distinctive stealthy look while keeping the rim as light as possible.Zipp 404 NSW rims are laid up, moulded, drilled, and built in Indianapolis by Zipp technicians. The company’s wheel builders then hand lace the rims to the European-made Cognition hubset using Belgian Sapim CX-Ray spokes and Secure-Lock nipples to ensure precision alignment and even spoke tension. ‘The end result is a handcrafted wheelset that stays fast and true for years to come.’Zipp 404 NSW Carbon Clincher• 1555g wheelset total• 705g front weight• 850g rear weight• 58mm wheel depth• 27.8mm max width• 26.44mm brake track width• 18 front spoke count• 24 rear spoke count• Sapim secure-lock nipples• Sapim CX-Ray spokes• Cognition hubset• ImPress graphicsMSRP:Front: US$1,350, €1,200, £950Rear: US$1,750, €1,600, £1200Retail availability: February 2016Each wheel includes:• Zipp Tangente titanium black skewer• Zipp valve extender by Silca• Zipp individual wheel bag• Zipp Tangente Platinum Pro Evo brake pads• Zipp Tangente tube 700c x 20-28mm• Zipp rim tape 700c x 20mmwww.zipp.com Related
Exterity announced its participation Friday in InfoComm 2020 Connected, the now virtual version of North America’s largest professional audiovisual (AV) event. This online event, packed with products, education and networking, will take place over the same days that InfoComm, Las Vegas, would have been held (June 16-18), had it not been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.The show follows a news-packed 12 months for Exterity in North America, when the company announced the opening of a new office in New Jersey, as well as the appointment of Emily Parker as sales manager for Americas and the promotion of Steven Forrest to sales director for Americas. This year Exterity has announced several new clients around the world, including The Crowne Plaza Muscat Oman Exhibition and Convention Hotel and the Parliament of Victoria in Australia. The company also received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2020.Some of Exterity’s new product highlights at InfoComm 2020 Connected include:New 4K Media Player with 4K@60fps graphics and animations capability: Scheduled to ship in the second half of 2020, the AvediaPlayer m9605 Media Player can integrate not just 4K video, but also 4K 60fps graphics and animations into digital signage. This new platform fully integrates into Exterity’s IP video ecosystem and features the latest Intel Core CPU, high capacity on-device storage, and a fanless design.New Meeting Room Element for ArtioSign Digital Signage + IPTV in One: Building on ArtioSign’s existing Meeting Room functionality, this new feature enables organizations to let people see more at a glance, including meeting room availability, daily meeting room schedule, and wayfinding information — all on a single signage display. The functionality integrates with Microsoft Exchange, Amadeus Delphi and Hyatt Envision Events Management System. There is now support for Samsung SSSP6 QB13R small displays, making it a solution to display the day’s schedule outside a meeting room.New ArtioFlow workflow app: Users drag a series of actions across the IPTV system — such as power on, set volume or channel change — to create sequences. For instance, a corporate organization could create an ArtioFlow workflow that turns on a group of devices at the start of the business day, sets the main news channel, and then mutes the screens located in public areas. Users can also create and prioritize workflow triggers, so screens will be automatically and instantly updated when specific events occur.High Availability app: This new application has been designed for organizations that require highly robust, reliable and performant solutions, ensuring that there is no service interruption. Implementing high availability offers numerous advantages by minimizing downtime as platforms can operate continuously, even in case of network failure. Exterity AvediaServer, AvediaStream Transcoders and Origin Server platforms, and ArtioSign and ArtioGuest applications, can be configured in clusters using the High Availability application. If the primary platform becomes unavailable, a secondary platform will automatically take over, using a failover mechanism.Next-generation Encoders ship with Intel E3900 series technology inside: Exterity’s 38-series AvediaStream HDMI Encoders, powered by Intel’s Atom E3900 processor, provide a more flexible solution, capable of supporting a wider range of codecs versus traditional, single codec ASIC solutions.New AvediaStream g4401 IP-IP Gateway: The recent introduction of the g4401 IP-IP Gateway means that two paired Exterity gateways can send and receive secure and reliable video streams over the internet using the SRT protocol. This enables organizations to deliver live video, such as training sessions, between remote sites, without the need for costly dedicated delivery networks. Also, the g4401 supports the input of Transport Streams delivered by IPTV providers, enabling the selection of required channels for redistribution over LAN.Integration with Oracle Simphony Point of Sale: Display eye-catching, dynamic menu boards in digital signage, now with integration with Oracle Simphony Point of Sale. Screens get updated automatically when prices or availability change, ensuring the information displayed is always up to date and targeted by the audience for optimized customer experience.
Earlier this year, Almo Professional A/V pioneered something amazing on behalf of the AV and IT distributor markets: a top-rate, digital version of its award-winning regional experience, E4. Yes, as was the case with pretty much all shows this year — with the exception of the last great live event of 2020, ISE Show — Almo was forced to pivot to move its regional roadshows to an online format. But after viewing Tuesday’s fall E4v, I can tell you the distributor did it with grace, putting together a delightful experience with content that wasn’t designed to put you to sleep.This is the second of two articles encompassing sessions from day one of the October E4v. The first article, all about UCC, can be found here.Almo’s E4v attendees logged in from around the world Tuesday to hear some pretty incredible AV and IT educational content in a live, not-canned format. Led by an entertaining-as-ever Joel Rollins, event emcee, day one of E4v proved to be particularly great.Our roundup of the Digital Signage part of the show — part two of five in an E4v recap series — is below. Let’s discuss.Digital Signage During a Pandemic: Trends, Technology and OpportunityJonathan Brawn is the principal at Brawn Consulting and, valuable bit of information, AVIXA’s 2020 Educator of the Year. So, naturally, we knew Brawn’s knowledge sharing on E4v Tuesday would be brilliant.“There truly is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Brawn led.Yes, he’s talking about COVID-19, but that’s because you really can’t have a conversation around changing technology today without the pandemic part of the convo — it’s still top-of-mind for most. That’s for good reason: We shouldn’t be specifying technology today that isn’t suited for what (we now know) could happen tomorrow. During this pandemic, we’ve had to find new and safe ways to do everyday tasks, Brawn continued. Otherwise, we’d all be in a convention center face-to-face right now.Brawn’s session Tuesday explored changes in communication, monitoring and security that COVID-19 has produced. By the end of the livestream, he circled us back to how we can start navigating it now, not later. Digital signage in particular, he continued, is going to shape the future of life in a pandemic and beyond.Some callouts on the impact that COVID-19 has had:We have been shocked by, and are now suffering through lockdowns, quarantine and enforced changes to daily routines.Operations have increasingly been driven outside — with dining, shopping and even salons operating in rapidly constructed outdoor spaces.The majority continue to work from home at least part-time, and 4 in 10 of all working-age Americans currently work from home exclusively.77% of Americans are not currently comfortable dining out.42% of Americans are not currently comfortable going to the store.We continue to live our lives via Zoom calls and cloud tools, adapting to constantly changing situations while trying to stay sane.Yup. That last one I can definitely relate to.Among these changes, who even has a morning routine anymore? Brawn joked. If you do, we commend you.Next, we learned of some insights from AVIXA’s Impact Surveys and its IOTA report. Contrasting the dip we’re all seeing and feeling now, Brawn continued, we’re still forecasting a ton of pent-up demand. The opportunities are there — while different from what was considered normal before — if, of course, we’re willing to adapt to them. (Take Brawn’s personal example: He considers himself more of a projector guy, though he’s doing a ton more with flat panels these days.) That growth will explode in Q2 of 2021, and we all need to be prepared for it.Trends that Brawn explained are emerging under the pandemic: a new global focus on healthcare facilities; a strict requirement for increased cleaning and maintenance of all public-facing technology; a desire for touchless interaction whenever possible; the further integration of mobile devices into our daily lives (e.g., tracking of mobile device users via Wi-Fi); and a greater focus on cloud-based implementations. All this leads to a definite merging of digital signage, surveillance, security and IoT technologies into a new set of unified solutions, Brawn explained.As we see these rapidly growing trends in digital signage, we should note that many of these solutions ultimately leverage our technologies (that’s the AV industry’s technologies) to meet the needs, Brawn pointed out.The session continued on with the addition of Chris Mertens of Samsung joining the livestream to discuss more specific technology that could help today.HAPPENING NOW: @BrawnConsulting just brought on Chris Mertens of @SamsungBizUSA during his session on Day 1 of @AlmoProAV’s #E4v ⬇️“We’re coming up with unique ways to place #DigitalSignage in unique locations where you previously might not have.” #AVtweeps #AVisLIFE pic.twitter.com/BMyApJJLhs— rAVe [PUBS] (@rAVePubs) October 27, 2020Technologies discussed next were digital signage with hand sanitizer (yes, we went there; but with the callout that we’re now seeing higher-quality displays for these types of executions); traffic management kiosks (driving people to act a certain way, like getting thousands into a manufacturing plant on time but safely); temperature detection and access control (like temperature scanners); touchless interactive signage (this is old technology made new, Brawn added); smart lockers (where you can go up and use your phone — scanning a QR Code, for instance — to unlock it); workplace distancing solutions (self explanatory); and QSR signage (if you can figure out the zoning permits).Brawn hopes the industry approaches this topic with optimism — perhaps cautious optimism? — with a belief that there’s just a ton of potential for what could happen here.See related The Importance of Investing in the FutureNSCA Roundtable — Digital SignageRounding out the day Tuesday, we were excited for a roundtable led by Tom LeBlanc of the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) and two industry guests: Robert Parsons of Taurus Technologies and Michael Ferrer of NEC. These sessions in particular are exciting in that they can take a number of directions as the conversation plays out.As public health has become top of mind, people want to see that the businesses in which they work and stores in which they shop are clean and are being properly maintained.Thus, many verticals that were doing signage before are only expanding upon it, Parsons said. Alternatively, companies that did not embrace the signage approach before are changing their perspectives; they’re now seeing just how impactful digital signage can be.On COVIDFerrer added that, pre-COVID, a typical digital signage deployment included large interactive touch screens, kiosks, large video walls, portrait-style screens, etc. It was often about one-upping the other guys, whether that was making a display with smaller bezels or what have you. Today, while, of course, we’ll keep innovating in this sense, we need to serve the customer first — and keep looking for opportunities to better user experience through signage, despite it being a crowded market with many going after the same sales. One suggestion, Ferrer added, is to guide customers to look at the technology investment long-term, not just choosing what’s lower-cost or a quick win now.Partners like Taurus Technology, where Parsons serves as VP of sales at the AV integration firm based out of Dallas, can help customers look at it holistically. Today, some of the demands lie around a renewed sense of customer challenges in-stores, Parsons added. Integrators and system designers in digital signage need to pay attention to new trends — Parsons says he’s not necessarily seeing us take advantage of new ways to create signage (enticing people outside of just QR Codes, for instance).Ferrer joked that he’s still seeing static signs — in other words, poles stuck in orange cones with tape all over them. We can help our peers and customers feel safe through digital signage (perhaps getting rid of the tape?).On Not COVIDThe panel transitioned next to topics such as analytics, Digital-Signage-as-a-Service (DSaaS) and selling digital signage.On the latter, LeBlanc started that many end users think first about signage impacting customers, students, employees — and a lot of time, the customer thinks more about the outcome and less about the technology. Do integrators think the opposite way though?Parsons agreed and added that he attempts to talk, first, about what customers want to accomplish. Who are we trying to reach? How are we trying to reach them? How often? He urges his clients to figure out the style of content and what the future goals are with the signage — not just for today. Then, the hardware is a complement to that. Integrators can spend a little more time talking about the overall design of the concept to the customer, Parsons argued, focusing heavily on the content.In agreement, Ferrer added that integrators selling digital signage can better align with customers on the purpose of the signage before selling it, making sure the system is easy to use and maintain. In other words, don’t sell customers a solution that will need rewiring a few years down the road when they demand changes or add-ons.It’s both a content and a hardware game. But if the success of a digital-signage solution hinges on content, we could be doing a better job, as integrators, in the discovery phase to set that stage for success early on — does that customer have the resources to create and deploy good content along with good hardware? Making standout content for the displays is critical, Ferrer argued. If customers don’t understand that, we need to guide them.E4v Day One: Very Much Worth Your TimeAlmo’s second E4v, a totally online version of the show, began Tuesday, Oct. 27. It will continue to take place over the next two days, Oct. 28 and 29. The show is broken down into six verticals — what Almo is calling “Solution Centers” — that offer the industry a wide array of insights and forward-thinking education. Oh, also offering 14 AVIXA CTS Renewal Units (RUs) over the course of the three days is a very real draw too.The Solution Centers: UCC, digital signage, next-generation workspaces, pro audio, the future of events and meetings, and direct-view LED.A screen shot of Almo E4v’s Digital Signage Solution Center interfaceEach day’s live webinar-style sessions (offering the opportunity for audience participation and an interactive chat feature, so the audience can talk to and challenge the speakers directly in real time) are followed by prompts to explore any of the six E4v Solution Centers. One of Tuesday’s featured Solution Centers was Digital Signage (as per this wrap-up article), and some of the featured content covered topics like:Create Stunning, Immersive Digital Signage with ProjectionDigital Signage Solutions for Any Business NeedWhat’s at the Core of Your Digital Signage Installations?Why Use a Commercial Quality Mount for Your Digital Signage?Also interesting was the breakdown of Digital Signage “Product Solutions” in this Solution Center: including displays, video walls, media players/software, mounts specialty displays and more.If you missed day one of the fall E4v, catch day two on Wednesday, Oct. 28. If you’re not registered, sign up for day three (Oct. 29) here: https://e4evolution.com/.
Minnesota rests most of lineup, still brings home seven titlesThe Gophers also won a title at the Ted Nelson Classic at Minnesota State. Jack SatzingerFebruary 10, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota finished last at the UW-River Falls Invitational over the weekend, but a bulk of the team wasn’t competing.Those who did compete made it a learning experience.“We used it as a practice situation,” senior Cassy Opitz said.Opitz won the 1-mile run with a season-best time of 4:59.14.Minnesota mobbed the mile, finishing in the top 10 slots.Devin Stanford won the weight throw at 17.87 meters, and Nicole Murphey took home the team’s other field title in the long jump with a distance of 5.61 meters.Akuoma Omeoga won the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.33, and Kate Shelerud took home the 600-meter run title in 1:39.40.Melissa Cabak won the 3,000-meter run in 10:20.34, barely edging out teammate Hannah Trasser, who finished in 10:20.58.Minnesota’s final title at the UW-River Falls Invitational came in the 4×400-meter relay. A quartet of Shelerud, Frances Conlin, Andie Zeman and Lisa Bailey finished in 4:06.55.While the team finished last at the UW-River Falls Invitational, the pole vaulters who competed in the Ted Nelson Classic at Minnesota State-Mankato didn’t disappoint.Cami Gilson and Katie Murgic both cleared 3.97 meters to take first and second place, respectively.A majority of the team’s top athletes rested this weekend in preparation for the Big Ten indoor championships at the end of the month.Gophers head coach Matt Bingle has consistently stressed the need for his team to peak in the coming weeks.“We’ve got to be ready for the Big Ten, and all their training should be geared toward that right now,” he said.That training will continue next weekend as some athletes will compete at the Iowa State Classic while others will stay in Minnesota for the St. Thomas Showcase.“A lot of the girls came into this one hoping to get a qualifying time for Iowa State next week,” Opitz said. “We used this situation to prepare us for a bigger meet.”
This forced the defense to make adjustments, including moving senior linebacker Jack Lynn from the outside to the inside.“There was no thinking at that point, it was more reacting,” Lynn said. “I’ve played inside so I wasn’t panicking.” Ryan Nall was the standout player for Oregon State. The sophomore running back finished 151 yards; 71 on the ground and 80 through the air. Oregon State scored a majority of their points through the air. Junior quarterback Darell Garretson finished with 228 yards on 40 attempts and three touchdowns. “He really manages the game well … I was impressed with the quarterback,” Claeys said. “They’re a lot better offensively than they were a year ago.”Minnesota’s leading rusher from last year, sophomore Shannon Brooks, was ruled out before the game due to a foot injury.That didn’t affect the ground game too much, as Minnesota finished with 150 yards and four touchdowns — including new career highs for Smith in yards and touchdowns in a game.“It was definitely a bang,” Smith said. “A good way to start the season.”Leidner missed spring practices earlier this year with surgery on his left foot, but said he didn’t have issues last night.“My foot [felt] really good. My body feels good right now as well,” Leidner said.Leidner only had 130 passing yards on 26 attempts. This was his first game without a touchdown through the air since Oct. 3, last season.Leidner was without one of his reliable targets, as junior tight end Brandon Lingen missed the game with a shoulder injury. It was also the offense’s first game with new offensive coordinator Jay Johnson and offensive line coach Bart Miller.“There definitely were some rusty parts,” Leidner said. “It’s good to come out with a W, overall. Those aren’t easy to come by, by any means, so you know, that’s the most important part right there.” For more live football coverage, follow Mike Hendrickson on Twitter at @MHendrickson18 “They had a guy come off each edge. I just had to make a move so I didn’t get killed,” Smith said. “Ended up with a touchdown.”Smith wasn’t the only one with a good game on the ground for the Gophers. Redshirt senior Leidner finished with 76 yards and two touchdowns.Leidner’s final touchdown put the Gophers up 30-23 with 1:27 left in the game.The first Gophers touchdown was made via a six-yard run by Leidner — tying the game 7-7 while the second touchdown, a four-yard run by Smith, put the Gophers up 14-7 in the second quarter. The Beavers tied it up four minutes later on a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Victor Bolden Jr.Minnesota sophomore Emmit Carpenter hit his first career field goal, putting the Gophers ahead 17-14 as time expired in the first half.Minnesota had three different players ejected from the game for targeting penalties. Linebackers Cody Poock and Jonathan Celestin were removed from the game in the first and third quarter, respectively, and Devers was sent out midway through the fourth quarter after a late quarterback hit.After the game, Claeys said he thought he only had one targeting call in the last four years when he was the defensive coordinator.“[Defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel] must’ve had them a little bit fired up,” Claeys said. “I’m all for the rule and we’ll work on lowering the target on people.”The ejection ended Devers’ remarkable first game on a sour note, but the freshman still finished the night with two forced fumbles on two sacks. Both fumble recoveries later led to offensive touchdowns for the Gophers. The Beavers were forced to punt after three plays, but Gophers senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky fumbled the return and the Beavers reclaimed the lead four plays later.The Gophers later jumped ahead on a two-yard run by Smith with a nifty spin move off a defender’s back early in the fourth quarter to set the score at 24-23. After rocky start, Gophers defeat Oregon State Beavers in season openerMitch Leidner and Rodney Smith totaled four rushing touchdowns in the game Thursday evening.Chelsea GortmakerGophers quarterback Mitch Leidner throws the ball to tight end Nate Wozniak at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium. Mike HendricksonSeptember 2, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers traversed through three ejections, a muffed punt return, and bad snaps that had footballs flying over quarterback Mitch Leidner’s head Thursday night.But Minnesota was able to make it through against Oregon State in its first game of the season and staged a fourth-quarter comeback that ended in a 30-23 win to avoid an upset at home.Redshirt sophomore running back Rodney Smith’s 125 yards and two touchdowns led the way for the Gophers offense while freshman defensive end Tai’yon Devers forced two fumbles in his first collegiate game. “We shot ourselves in the foot a few times but we preach a next play mentality,” head coach Tracy Claeys said. “We can’t have the snaps over the quarterback’s head. We dropped a punt … the targeting penalties and the injuries. It had our depth chart all messed up.”Sophomore center Tyler Moore sent the football above Leidner’s head midway through the third quarter, which sailed into the end zone for an Oregon State safety to bring them within one. Rodney Smith last year: Two touchdowns on 157 carriesRodney Smith tonight: Two touchdowns on 21 carries— Mike Hendrickson (@MHendrickson18) September 2, 2016 Besides the targeting penalties that got three defensive players ejected, Poock’s replacement — linebacker Nick Rallis — left the game after an injury that was suffered in the second quarter.“It was kind of heartbreaking to see all our starting guys go out like that,” senior safety Damarius Travis said. “I guess it’s just part of the game.”One hour until kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium. #Gophers take on Oregon State for the first game of the season pic.twitter.com/EW6Z735Icg— Mike Hendrickson (@MHendrickson18) September 2, 2016
The Washington Post:A new study finds that countries with more income inequality tend to have more people who believe that they are better than average — a psychological phenomenon known as “self-enhancement.” The study, published in Psychological Science, hypothesizes that societies with high levels of inequality are more likely to encourage competition over scarce rewards, and outsized perceptions of the self is simply an outgrowth of that environment. Income inequality may foster greater self-enhancement through increased competition. Takata (2003) found that when Japanese participants were asked to compete over a limited resource under zero-sum conditions (i.e., the winner receives everything, the loser nothing), they displayed levels of self-enhancement similar to the levels displayed by Americans. That is, when people compete over concentrated rewards, they have a tendency to self-enhance…Read the whole story: The Washington Post
Share Lower social cohesion among neighbors and higher crime rates contribute to higher rates of psychotic symptoms among urban children, a new study from researchers at Duke University and King’s College London finds.Previous research has also identified higher rates of psychotic symptoms among children in cities. The new study, available online this week in Schizophrenia Bulletin, is the first to examine why.Psychotic symptoms include paranoid thoughts, hearing or seeing things that others do not, and believing others can read one’s mind. Psychotic experiences in childhood are associated with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders in adulthood. Share on Twitter LinkedIn “We wanted to understand how the communities children live in are affecting them,” said Candice Odgers, an associate professor of psychology and public policy at Duke and senior associate director at the university’s Center for Child and Family Policy. “This study helps us identify specific features of neighborhoods that may be especially toxic for children’s mental health.”While a small minority of children overall experience persistent psychotic symptoms and eventual clinical diagnosis, those numbers are higher in cities. In fact, many studies have found a two-fold increase for psychosis in adults and children raised in urban areas, which is concerning given that more than two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050, according to United Nations reports.Researchers wanted to determine if certain conditions in urban areas cultivated psychotic symptoms in children. To that end, the study followed 2,232 British twins from birth to age 12. Children’s psychotic symptoms at age 12 were assessed through in-home interviews.Neighborhood features were captured by surveying local residents and constructing high-resolution geospatial profiles from administrative records and Google Street View images. The long-term study controls for family history of mental illness and for the mother’s history of psychotic symptoms.“We brought together our best measures of children’s mental health with innovations in geospatial assessments to test why children growing up in urban environments are at heightened risk for psychotic experiences,” Odgers said.The researchers found that 12-year-olds in urban neighborhoods were almost twice as likely to experience a psychotic symptom than those in non-urban areas. This held true when controlling for residential mobility, social economic status and family psychiatric history. Around 7.4 percent of children living in urban areas had experienced at least one psychotic symptom by age 12, compared to 4.4 percent living in non-urban areas.“Just because a child experiences a psychotic symptom does not mean he or she will develop full-blown mental health disorders,” said Helen Fisher, senior lecturer and MQ Fellow at King’s College London. “Many children grow out of them, but these unusual early experiences can lead to a range of problems later.”Researchers looked at four experiences at the neighborhood level to help determine the cause: supportiveness and cohesiveness between neighbors; the likelihood that neighbors would intervene if problems occurred in the neighborhood; disorder in the neighborhood, such as graffiti, vandalism, noisy neighbors and loud arguments; and crime victimization.Psychotic symptoms were more common in children who lived in areas with low social cohesion, low social control and high neighborhood disorder and whose family had been the victim of a crime.But low social cohesion and crime victimization seemed to have the largest impact. That combination of factors explained a quarter of the association between urban living and psychotic symptoms in children.The study could be used in developing social and clinical interventions for early psychotic symptoms to reduce costly mental health problems later down the line, the researchers said.“One of the encouraging findings is that social cohesion is changeable at the community level and not entirely dependent on economic resources,” Odgers said. “Many of the most cohesive neighborhoods in our study were also the most economically deprived.”Since childhood psychotic symptoms are relatively rare, with less than 6 percent of children in the study reporting them, the researchers recommend the study be replicated. Further research is also needed to better understand psychotic symptoms in later adolescence.The exact nature of the effect of urban neighborhoods on childhood psychotic symptoms is now important to uncover, said Joanne Newbury, a Ph.D. student at King’s College London and lead author of the study.“Do crime and threat increase children’s vigilance and paranoia?” Newbury asked. “Does prolonged exposure to neighborhood stressors undermine some children’s ability to cope with stressful experiences? Further research is needed to identify the social and biological mechanisms underlying our findings.” Share on Facebook Email Pinterest
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