Written by Robert Lovell Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees May 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local Bees Outlast River Cats FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT) — The Bees’ offense piled up 17 hits in a 12-11 win over the River Cats at Smith’s Ball Park.Chris Carter finished 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBI for Salt Lake. Akeel Morris earned the relief win for the Bees.The series continues tonight. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m.
March 9, 2021 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Standouts Receive Honorable Mention Recognition From the WAC Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Tuesday morning, Dixie State men’s basketball junior forward Cameron Gooden and senior forward Hunter Schofield each received honorable mention recognition from the Western Athletic Conference.Gooden, a 5-11 guard out of Frisco, Texas, led the Trailblazers in scoring (13.1 points), assists (67) and steals (35) this season.Schofield, a 6-8 forward out of Spanish Fork, Utah, led Dixie State in rebounding with 5.9 boards per game while also posting 12.7 points per game for the 8-13 (4-10 in WAC play) Trailblazers.Dixie State’s season has drawn to a close as the Trailblazers, in their first season at the NCAA Division I level, are ineligible for the WAC Tournament this season. Brad James
Home » News » Agencies & People » UBS downgrades Purplebricks amid worries over Oz operation and mounting losses previous nextAgencies & PeopleUBS downgrades Purplebricks amid worries over Oz operation and mounting lossesInvestment bank also reckons the hybrid agency will have to ask investors for another £100m to cover losses at Oz and US businesses.Nigel Lewis2nd May 201902,288 Views Leading investment bank UBS has predicted that the hybrid estate agency’s shares will soon hit £1 each, the price at which it floated in December 2015, and that the company will have to borrow another £100m ‘soon’ to fund its mounting group losses.UBS has based its prediction largely on the worsening position for Purplebricks in Australia, which the investment bank claims will not break even until 2022, three years later than expected, while its US operation is not likely to break even until 2025.The investment bank says it expects Purplebricks’ Oz operation to generate revenues of £26 million next year on which it will make a loss of £12 million, while the company’s US operation could lose £53 million.LossesThe investment update released by UBS analysts says: “Operations in Australia and the US are characterised by having very limited visibility on the businesses’ development and break-even horizon – Australia keeps being postponed and losses in the US are expected to worsen”.Referring to Purplebricks’ recent decision to alter its up-front model to a more traditional post-sale fee one, the analysts say the move “raised concerns about the future of online agents and the upfront fee model”.UBS is also concerned that parts of both Australia’s and the UK’s housing market are experiencing tough conditions at the moment, claiming that Purplebricks’ operation has lost momentum and that its market share grab has slowed.Purplebricks share price has been tumbling over the past 12 months. In May last year its shares were trading at £3.54p but are now exchanging hands at £1.33p.Purplebricks Australia UBS May 2, 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 2021
More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* That’s a wrap for the HITS Ocala Masters! Week VI of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit was bustling with featured competition in the Grand Prix Stadium and the Main Hunter Ring, with the $150,000 Crum & Forster Grand Prix, $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix, Zone 4 Handy Hunter Challenges and more. Riders are hard at work earning points toward the Tack Shack of Ocala 2nd Half Circuit and Pyranha Overall Circuit Awards. With just four weeks left of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, the seventh Great American $1 Million Grand Prix is right around the corner – watch live on ShowHorse TV!Aaron Vale kicked his week off with a win in the $5,000 Open Welcome on Wednesday aboard Thinkslikeahorse’s M LEBRON, crossing the timers in 33.927.2nd Place: Molly Dinapoli & REASON DE GANAD [36.427]3rd Place: David Cameron & ASHTON DAKOTA [39.026]It was a one-two finish for David Jennings in Thursday’s $10,000 HITS Open Prix. Jennings posted a time of 29.956 on DALTON DE LA FRESNIERE for Amy Shafmaster.2nd Place: Jennings & CENDATUS PS [30.370]3rd Place: Sam Walker & EVITA [31.180]Continuing his success at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, Vale added another Grand Prix win to his record claiming the top spot in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. Vale and MR. INCREDIBLE, owned by Troy Glaus, were the last to return for the jump-off and marked a time of 34.461 with their slick track.2nd Place: Francois Lamontagne & CHANEL DU CALVAIRE [34.664]3rd Place: Andre Thieme & CONTHARGO [36.061]David Tromp was welcomed to the Winner’s Circle on Saturday for his ride aboard INCOGNITO, owned by David Tromp Show Stables, Inc., in the $15,000 HITS 1.40m Classic. Tromp had the only double clear ride in a time of 33.223, to secure the win.2nd Place: Harold Chopping & GERDERIEKA II VI [4-Faults, 32.926]3rd Place: Walker & HARISSA Z [4-Faults, 33.762]Jumper Classic Winners$1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic – Low: Aiva Gamelin & SANITA PJ$1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic – Medium: Caroline Earle & DIAMANT WP Z$2,000 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child Jumper Classic – High: Sophia Ayers & CASANOVA JUNIOR$2,000 M&S/NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic – High: Alyson Gurney & BLACK FRIDAY$2,500 Pyranha NAL Jr/A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic: Haley Barnes & OLEY$5,000 Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Jaime Auletto & DYNAMITE$7,500 U-Dump Jr/A-O/Am 1.45m Jumper Classic: Kady Abrahamson & BANCO DU MOULINSunday afternoon featured the $150,000 Crum & Forster Grand Prix at HITS Post Time Farm where Grand Prix veterans and new comers alike brought their A-game to the Grand Prix Stadium. The faults were spread throughout the course designed by Ms. Marina Azevedo, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, but the end of the course proved to be most challenging, with technical questions in the final line that foiled the hopes of many riders in their quest to make it to the jump-off. Six riders jumped a clean first round, setting up an exciting jump-off that rewarded efficiency and carefulness.Securing the blue ribbon with a clear jump-off in 38.011 was Thieme for his ride aboard CRAZY GIRL, an 11 year-old mare. “I always have the feeling that I’m just not quick enough and today I have to say I was quicker than usual and that’s why I’m really happy,” said Thieme about his ride in the jump-off. “It’s my wife’s favorite horse and I’m liking her more and more because this is now the fifth Grand Prix here that she’s gone clear. I slowly realized what kind of a horse I have with her so her name CRAZY GIRL is not really right because she’s not crazy. She’s fabulous!”Thieme went fifth in the jump-off, but says that his plan doesn’t change based on order of go or other factors, “My plan is really the same from week to week – try to be faster than the others and this time it worked and I stayed strong with myself to keep going.”Riders have begun preparations for the seventh Great American $1 Million Grand Prix that will close out the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit on March 28. While many riders, including Thieme, have already entered, there is still time to change the horse that they will show in the Million. “Now maybe I’ll change my plans with the horses,” said Thieme. “Normally that horse [CRAZY GIRL] was not going to do the Million, but she’s been the most consistent this circuit, so I may have to reconsider.” Thieme is no stranger to the Winner’s Circle at HITS Shows, and already has three HITS $1 Million Grand Prix wins under his belt. In fact, Thieme won the first ever Great American Million at HITS Ocala in 2014 with CONTANGA 3. Hit other HITS Million wins were at HITS Saugerties in 2011 and 2017.“I just love it [at HITS Ocala] – I have been coming here for 20 years and have known Tom just as long. He’s always happy to have me and I’m always happy to be here. I may even bring a bit of International flair since I am German,” Thieme added with excitement. “It’s such a good chance to have classes every week for a really good amount of money and give the horses a great experience. It’s like family here so I just like everything about it.”2nd Place: David Raposa & THE GENERAL [38.738]3rd Place: Vale & CHACCMAN [39.497]Week VI of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit featured the $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix, $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, and the Zone 4 Handy Hunter Challenge. Weekly Hunter Prix count toward the HITS Championship, which takes place annually at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.Taking the top spot in the $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix was Cassandra Kahle for her ride aboard Maryanne Low-Haviland’s HALDETTE. Kahle had the high score in each of the rounds, navigating the course to be awarded 88 and 86, respectively, for a total of 174.2nd Place: Jennifer Alfano & NOLAN 3rd Place: Kelley Buringa & FIVE STAR Rachel DeMuro claimed first place in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix aboard MTM JULY, for owner Kimberly McCaslin. DeMuro scored an 81 in the first round and followed that with an 83 for a cumulative score of 164.2nd Place: Mia Poppinga & MTM TESLA 3rd Place: Madison Ramsey & MAGURO HITS Ocala also hosted the Zone 4 Handy Hunter Challenges, part of a USHJA Competitive Program, during Week VI. This marks the 7th year that HITS has been host to these classes at HITS Post Time Farm.Taking home top honors in the $500 Zone 4 Child/Adult Handy Hunter Challenge was Madeline Jordan for her ride aboard CONGO MCF. Payton Blackwell and ANTHEM took top honors in the $500 Zone 4 Pony Handy Hunter Challenge. The judges of both Handy Hunter Challenges felt the courses were great and the winning riders rode beautifully.Hunter Classic Winners$1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive: Jennifer Alfano & TRUSTED$1,000 A-O Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Darby Toben & KILLIAN$1,000 Eastern Hay A-O Hunter Classic – 3’3″: Claire Parkinson & CHAZEAUX$1,000 Antares Large Junior Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Christopher Coberley & UNDERCOVER$1,000 CWD Small Junior Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Holly Boutcher & DAXTER$1,000 Junior Hunter Classic – 3’3″: Annabelle Brown & CAMERA READY$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Maddie Tosh & STORYTELLER$500 M&S NAL/WIHS SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Matthew Starr & SAPHIRA$500 M&S NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic – Horse: Piper Harris & RONALDO$500 M&S NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic – Pony: Adair Moses & SAWYERM&S Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic: Madison Ramsey & CLEVERClick here for the full listing of results from the HITS Ocala Masters. 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Gaitree Simpson (center, in jacket), and the staff of Brick Street Realty. Simpson, a realtor specializing in the Greenville section of Jersey City, has made available several properties to be used as pop-up galleries for Greenville Art Walk: Women’s History Month.. ×Gaitree Simpson (center, in jacket), and the staff of Brick Street Realty. Simpson, a realtor specializing in the Greenville section of Jersey City, has made available several properties to be used as pop-up galleries for Greenville Art Walk: Women’s History Month.. The Greenville Section of Jersey City will celebrate Women’s History Month with a March Greenville Art Walk that focuses on women-owned businesses and showcases mostly female artists.Held the first Sunday of each month, the Greenville Art Walk features art exhibitions and other events in venues throughout the Martin Luther King Drive corridor and surrounding vicinity. It is suitable for all ages and is an opportunity to experience art while exploring this historic and vibrant section of Jersey City. All Art Walk exhibitions and other events are free, family-friendly and open to the public. It takes place March 1 from 1 – 5 pm. This month’s neighborhood stroll – where artists, venues, businesses, residents and visitors come together in one of the oldest urban neighborhoods in New Jersey – highlights women empowerment in its March edition, Greenville Art Walk: Women’s History Month.Launched in January, Greenville Art Walk has grown to nine venues – primarily women-owned, small businesses along MLK Drive and Ocean Avenue – including Martha’s Boutique, Myrtle Maranatha’s Market, Rose Creations, Qua’s Art Center and Brick Street Realty.These entrepreneurial women of color – from African-American, African and Caribbean descent – not only serve the community through their businesses, but also are advocates of art and artists in that same community,One such woman is Gaitree Simpson, a Guyanese-born real estate broker and Greenville resident. A New Jersey-licensed realtor for more than seven years, she’s built a successful real estate career in Jersey City, earning a reputation for her wealth of knowledge of the real estate market, especially the Greenville section.For Greenville Art Walk: Women’s History Month, Simpson has been instrumental in expanding the arts in Greenville and personally made available pop-up gallery spaces at: 520 Ocean Avenue, 758 Ocean Avenue, 303 MLK Drive and 307 MLK Drive.“The Greenville Art Walk: Women’s History Month celebrates women’s businesses, how economic development contributes to the neighborhood and how female artists shape the dialogue that art creates,” said Atim Annette Oton, curator of the Greenville Art Walk and Art Curator at Jersey City Theater Center. “Through affirmations and empowerment, Women business owners and artists have a positive impact on society and community and we want to celebrate that impact with the March Greenville Art Walk.”Art Walk artist Theda Sandiford, a Jersey City-based mixed media artist, will be exhibiting her “Big Mouth” series as well as conducting a Yarn Wrapping Workshop at Brick Street Realty, 520 Ocean Avenue. She has shown extensively in Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Jersey City, including JCTC’s acclaimed Vanity show in 2016. Her work Selfie-Joy was licensed to BET’s Being Mary Jane in 2017.She’s best known for transforming found and meticulously collected materials into mixed media works, photographing her process and then digitally manipulating these images to extend the narrative as part of her personal mythology.Artist Hiyasmine Queen Gaskins (AKA ArtisticAfro), a Greenville resident, will be exhibiting work at Qua’s Creative Art Center, 758 Ocean Avenue. ArtisticAfro is an all-around multidisciplinary artist, muralist and fine artist. They have studied Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts, New Jersey City University, and Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy. Their work mainly focuses on self-awareness, the act of transcending one’s being, and the beauty of being in the present.Since 2016, they have created murals, assisted several prolific artists, such as Distort, BK Foxx, and Queen Andrea, and through the Jersey City Mural Program, mentored young, emerging muralists. ArtisticAfro also paints family portraits and other custom works and commissions in their studio in Jersey City.Other women artists who will be joining Greenville Art Walk include Adebummi Gbadebo, whose exhibition Uprooted is at NJCU Galleries, and Rachel Therres who will be part of a group exhibition at 307 MLK Drive. (The March Art walk also includes male artists in some exhibitions)“The Art Walk not only cuts across all demographics, but proves that Greenville is a vital part of the thriving arts and cultural scene in Jersey City,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “We are showcasing the extraordinary role women play in the arts and giving credit to the leadership roles they’ve embraced in the community.”The Greenville Art Walk is an ongoing project conducted under the auspices of Stories of Greenville a multidisciplinary arts project produced and presented by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC). Stories of Greenville is the first arts project made possible through the I Love Greenville Community Plan, a neighborhood improvement initiative created by the Greenville Community Partnership (GCP) and funded by the statewide Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) Program.
By Donald WittkowskiEven some of the trees on the 34th Street corridor entering Ocean City are ugly. Bent, gnarled and twisted, they look like sad victims of a hurricane.Planted in a grassy strip on the side of the road, the pine trees are part of the haphazard landscaping that was supposed to beautify this gateway into town. In truth, they are an eyesore.“They look bad,” City Councilman Bob Barr said bluntly.To Barr, the trees have come to symbolize the overall blight marring the 34th Street artery, the second-busiest entranceway into Ocean City.He wants to see the corridor given a facelift to transform it into a more inviting gateway for visitors in “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” as Ocean City touts itself in its tourism slogan.“This is not very welcoming,” Barr said. “When you go to Disney World, you enter a fantasyland. While we’re not a fantasyland, we are America’s Greatest Family Resort. We need something that is befitting of the great town that we are.”Councilman Bob Barr, who wants to beautify the gateway, looks out on traffic traveling on 34th Street.Adding to the unappealing scenery along the 34th Street corridor are the orange road signs, pipes and heavy construction equipment related to a utility project that has left part of the road dug up and under a detour. Barr said the utility work is expected to take a few more months before it is completed.Even after the construction equipment is long gone, the entryway will remain blemished. Barr objects to the deteriorated pine trees, as well as some of the “unseemly signs” that clutter the entryway. In their place, he wants attractive new landscaping, perhaps some evergreens.“I’m not looking for something that costs a lot of money,” he said. “But I think we need and deserve better, especially when you’re talking about the second major entryway into the city.”The bent and twisted trees lining a grassy strip along the roadway “look bad,” Barr says.Barr briefly mentioned his disappointment with the appearance of 34th Street during City Council’s meeting on Jan. 25. He spoke extensively about it during an hourlong interview Thursday with OCNJDAILY.com.The 34th Street corridor ties in with Roosevelt Boulevard to link Ocean City’s southern end with neighboring Upper Township. The roadway, including the 34th Street Bridge, spans about two miles from Route 9 in Upper Township’s Marmora section to Bay Avenue in Ocean City.The road is under Cape May County’s control, which prevents Ocean City from simply using its own money to spruce it up. Barr has been talking with county and Upper Township officials on a plan to team up with Ocean City to give the 34th Street-Roosevelt Boulevard corridor a makeover. He said everyone has been receptive so far, agreeing to discuss the issue in more detail this spring.“It’s complicated, because so many entities have to be involved,” Barr explained. “It’s government. The city wants its say. I imagine the county wants to have its say. I want the community to be involved as well.”Construction crews are digging up parts of the road to install new utility pipes.Barr is the Fourth Ward councilman representing the southern part of Ocean City. His house on Roosevelt Boulevard directly overlooks the 34th Street entryway. He stressed that he does not want to see the corridor improved for personal reasons. He said he has no plans to sell the house where he has lived for the past 26 years.“This is where I live. I hear this from my constituents. People are asking me to do something. They say how poorly it looks. I couldn’t agree more,” Barr said of the deteriorated condition of the 34th Street entryway.Barr pointed to Ocean City’s Ninth Street artery, the primary route into town, as something that might serve as a model to give 34th Street some pizazz. Mayor Jay Gillian has plans to transform three former gas station sites along Ninth Street into quaint, landscaped parks.“It’s a good plan, and something becoming of Ocean City. We should have something just as nice and well thought out as Ninth Street,” Barr said of 34th Street.Impressive views of the bays, marshlands and other scenery unfold from the top of the Route 52 Causeway Bridge heading into town on Ninth Street. Barr said the inviting Ninth Street entryway elicits “wows” from visitors.But there is no such reaction from motorists arriving now on the 34th Street causeway, he noted.“At the apex of the (34th Street) bridge, you can see this causeway. If you’re a first-time visitor coming into Ocean City, it’s not going to make you say, ‘Wow!’’’ he said.A modest sign welcomes motorists at the foot of the 34th Street artery. Motorists arriving on the 34th Street corridor are currently confronted with an array of signs and construction equipment for a utility project.
Welsh bakery chain Ferraris had its headquarters in Hirwaun, south Wales “severely damaged” after a fire broke out on 19 April.The first floor of the two-storey building at the Bryngelli industrial estate was badly burned by fire. Ten firefighters in breathing apparatus tackled the blaze with two hose reels, one main jet, a thermal imaging camera and two ventilation fans.There were no injuries and, despite the fire, all staff were said to be in work and production is continuing. Ferraris, which has 60 shops across south Wales, went into administration one week before Christmas.However, in February, the company was bought by Best Bakeries, saving 600 jobs. No-one at the company was available for comment.
Our family is rather private, so it’s been challenging for us to navigate our father’s passing because he lost his life in such a tragic, public way. He was a very humble man, so in keeping with his wishes, our family plans to mourn him privately. This is what our hearts are guiding us to do.Capt. Michael Bell (Photo from the Town of Farmington’s website)He was not only our father, but also a public servant, a member of the close knit community of Farmington and part of a larger brotherhood of firefighters and first responders. While we’ve chosen to mourn privately, we also recognize the need for others to honor him, and the other victims, to begin healing from the tragedy that has occurred. With our full support, the Farmington Fire Department in coordination with the Maine State Police Honor Guard and I.M.A.C teams, the Fire Chiefs L.A.S.T response team will be organizing a public tribute event at some point in the future, once all of the injured have returned home and are able to participate.The fire service has been a huge part of our father’s life for the past 35 years. He loved being a firefighter and it provides a bit of solace knowing that he died doing something that was so important to him. He was our hero, not because of how he died, but because of the way he lived his life every day.We would like to express our gratitude for what we witnessed on Tuesday during our long drive to bring our dad back to Farmington from the State Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta. We were amazed at the public outpouring of support and were comforted by what we saw, from the Honor Guard that watched over him day and night, the Maine State Police, in particular Trooper Bob Burke who handled our father’s transfer with such dignity and sensitivity, the many firefighters and police officers who escorted us back home, the K9 officers perched on a cliff overlooking the motorcade, the solo bagpiper in Belgrade Lakes, and the woman mounted on her horse carrying an American flag as we passed the Farmington fairgrounds.He was welcomed home by aerial ladders with a hanging American flag and countless emergency services personnel who saluted him upon his return and offered their heartfelt condolences. We were so moved by the people lining the streets in salute, with hands held over hearts, holding flags and handmade signs thanking our dad for his service. To all of you who participated in Tuesday’s procession, please know that we SAW you as we passed by and we FELT your honor for him and your love.A special thank you to our cousin TJ Bell. His own father, Chief Terry Bell, was critically injured in Monday’s tragic event, yet TJ selflessly left his parents to escort our father’s body back home on Tuesday. TJ, we hope you know that we are so proud of the way you represented the Bell family.We would also like to thank the many individuals who helped coordinate the procession, including Police Chief Jack Peck, Sheriff Scott Nichols, Farmington Town Manager Richard Davis, Deputy EMA Manager Amanda Simoneau, NorthStar EMS Director Mike Senecal, County Communications Director CL Folsom, Firefighter Stephan Bunker, acting Fire Chief Timothy Hardy, and Chaplain Stan Wheeler. We are especially touched that given how incredibly busy Tim, Steve and Stan have been in the wake of this incident, they’ve made themselves available to us and have taken time to look after our needs. Their protection, counsel and dedication to us have been unwavering.Thank you to Rhonda Wiles-Rosell at the Wiles Remembrance Center for guiding us through this difficult time. We also thank JP Fortier for capturing such wonderful images of our dad and producing such a touching video tribute to him, and the State Police I.M.A.C. for creating the Farmington Fire Department website. We also thank the many employees at the Town of Farmington offices, and the highway crew who have supported the community throughout this ordeal.Thank you to the Farmington Fire Dept., Farmington Police Dept., Franklin County 911 Dispatchers and to first responders everywhere for putting the needs of others before your own each and every day. Fire departments from across Maine have stepped in to assist the Farmington Fire Dept. and families of victims in their time of need. We are also grateful for the heroic civilians who assisted at the scene. Thank you ALL for working tirelessly during your time of pain to make sure the needs of others are being met.We are very grateful for the greater Farmington community. Many local businesses and individuals have provided endless donations of food & water and money to lend their support. We may not always know who is behind the scenes, but please know your acts of kindness to our family, the fire department and to those effected are so truly appreciated.Lastly we want to thank family, friends and acquaintances who were not with us this week, but will be with us in the days ahead as we try to move on. We appreciate the kind phone calls, messages and heartfelt gestures of support. We are in awe of his brotherhood of firefighters from afar and many others who did not know him personally, yet are paying tribute to him by sharing touching photos with us, changing your profile pictures to a shrouded badge or honoring his memory at your events. Please know that these sentiments are not unnoticed, they are wrapping us with a virtual hug that is very much appreciated.On behalf of our mother Diana Bell, and our entire family, we want to offer our love and support to the Firefighters, L.E.A.P. maintenance supervisor and families of all those who were injured or displaced on Monday. Many of these people are our family and friends. Please pray for them all. Their road to physical and emotional recovery will be long and they need our support.If anyone wishes to lend financial support, please consider making a donation to:Farmington Fireman’s Benevolent FundIn Memory of Captain Michael Bell153 Farmington Falls RdFarmington, ME 04938https://www.franklinsavings.bank/special.htmlor scan the QR code below with your smartphone camera or QR scannerMichelle Fish, Danielle Flannery & Sara Bell(daughters of fallen firefighter Capt. Michael Bell)
Yesterday, former president Barack Obama held a press conference in his hometown of Chicago, where he outlined his plans for the presidential library constructed in his honor. The presidential library has been an institution since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, proposed that following a president’s tenure, a space be created to archive papers and other historical documents for the future. Well, Barack has certainly outdone himself, going above and beyond with plans to make his presidential library a giant, state-of-the-art community center in Jackson Park within Chicago’s South Side—a project that will create over 1,500 jobs and bring millions of dollars of revenue into the area.The Barack Obama Presidential Center is meant to be “the world’s premiere institution for training young people and leadership to make a difference in their countries and in the world—that’s our goal,” said Obama during the press conference. Based on the building plans, it seems like the multi-building campus will be poised to do just that. With an abundance of classrooms, performance spaces, film and recording studios, a recreation and athletic center, a restaurant, and more, once completed in 2021, the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be a huge asset to the city of Chicago and beyond.Obama noted that his center will provide visitors “experiences that inspire and tools to make things happen in their own communities.” Appropriately, Obama already has begun thinking about inspiring experiences in addition to the bounty of tools within the space. During his conference, the former president mentioned the space could offer seminars by big names in the music and film industry, specifically namedropping Chance the Rapper, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Spielberg, and Spike Lee as potential teachers to offer classes there.You can check out this video from the Obama Foundation to get a first-hand look at the designs for The Barack Obama Presidential Center below. You can also check out this Spotify playlist that the foundation released yesterday ahead of Obama’s Presidential Center announcement below as well, for which the former president tapped guest contributors like Chance the Rapper, Mavis Staples, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Offerman, Dan Aykroyd, and former White House staff to choose songs for the compilation dubbed Hometown. [H/T Consequence of Sound]
Chris Yura, a 2003 Notre Dame graduate, is revolutionizing clothing production through his company SustainU, which is dedicated to changing the way clothing is made to improve the environment, reinvigorating America’s manufacturing sector and educating the world about how clothing can positively impact people’s lives. A native of Morganstown, West Virginia, Yura said he came to Notre Dame to play football as a fullback, and that experience changed the way he looked at clothing. “The thing that struck me most at Notre Dame was The Shirt,” he said. “When I ran out of the tunnel and the whole student body was wearing the same shirt, it was such a powerful symbol of unity.” After graduation, Yura said he went to Miami for his first job and was soon scouted by Ford Models to be a fashion model in New York City. “I listened to people talk about where they were getting the clothes and how they were made,” he said. “The clothes were coming from third world countries where they did not have enough water to properly make a product, for example. It did not help anything economically or socially … This got me thinking about making a product that really was better, as opposed to just seeming better.” To learn more about how to make clothing, Yura said he began to write down terms relating to clothing that he heard and then went to the library and did research on those terms. As a sociology major at Notre Dame, Yura said he learned about the devastating job losses that occurred in North Carolina after the North American Free Trade Agreement outsourced manufacturing jobs outside of the United States. “When I was in NYC, I wanted to find factories in this area that were still manufacturing,” Yura said. “What I found was that not only were there factories that had the infrastructure and trained workforce to produce products but they had also pioneered recycled fiber technology.” Yura asked if he could intern with such factories and learned how to sew, cut and manufacture clothing, which led him to forming SustainU three-and-a-half years ago. “My parents took out a third mortgage on their house to get collateral to help me start the business,” Yura said. “We have factories centered in Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia.” The company’s mission is to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability, Yura said. The company makes clothing solely made in the United States and from 100 percent recycled materials. For example, the company recently made T-shirts in Bristol, Tenn. for Bonaroo, an outdoor music festival in Tenn., all from recycled materials. Yura has spoken about SustainU three times at the White House, and even earned a meeting with President Barack Obama, he said. “I’m going to talk with the president about different issues that are facing us about green technology,” he said. “We will talk about trying to stimulate different parts of the countries that used to make clothing by investing in these areas. It makes so much sense for our country.” Yura said the most rewarding part of his job is the opportunity to advance progressive goals. “We invest in young ideas that are progressive and that can help turn our country around,” he said. “We present a different way of doing business.” Contact Katie McCarty at [email protected]