City of Lacey’s Jeannette Sieler Honored with Inaugural USATF Milton Hershey…

first_imgFacebook154Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of LaceyJeannette Sieler, Recreation Supervisor for Lacey Parks & Recreation, has been named as the first honoree of the USATF Milton Hershey Award. From left – Rafer Johnson, Jeannette Sieler, Jordanne Beasley and Carl LewisJeannette Sieler of Tacoma, Washington, has been named as the first honoree of the USATF Milton Hershey Award, USA Track & Field and The Hershey Company announced Thursday. Sieler will receive her award on Friday, July 3, at the USATF Hershey National Youth Outdoor Championships in Lisle, Illinois.Created by the partnership between USATF and Hershey, the Milton Hershey Award annually will honor an individual whose volunteer contributions to youth track & field and fitness has positively affected the lives of young people.“Our founder, Milton Hershey, started our company with a social purpose to support the development and well-being of young people,” said Bernie Banas, Vice President, Customer Innovation at The Hershey Company. “Jeannette Sieler embodies that same dedication, and it is an honor to present her with the first Milton Hershey Award.”Sieler first became involved with Hershey’s Track & Field Games (HTFG) 30 years ago as a local meet organizer while working for the Pierce County Parks & Recreation Department. In 1992, she was selected to be a chaperone for the HTFG North American Final and had a key role in at least a dozen state meets before serving as the Washington State Chairperson for the program. Over the years, she has worked with tens of thousands of children through Hershey track programs and chaperoned children at the North American Final 17 times.Sieler currently is Recreation Supervisor with Lacey Parks & Recreation, where she organizes the city’s special events and cultural classes. She continues to work each summer coordinating the Pierce County Park All Comers Track meets.“I am so honored to be the first recipient of the Milton Hershey Award,” Sieler said. “I have such a great respect for Milton Hershey and all he stood for, and I admire the Hershey Company’s efforts to provide an opportunity for kids to be active and make healthy choices for the past 38 years. Partnering with USATF, I look forward to having the opportunity to provide kids a chance to Run, Jump, and Throw, discovering their potential and having fun.”In 2014, Hershey ‘s Track & Field Games (HTFG) celebrated its final year as Hershey and USATF created RunJumpThrow (RJT), a youth activity program designed to get kids excited about physical movement. In the transition from a competition-based model to youth activity model, Sieler was a leader among HTFG volunteers in evolving the program, serving on an advisory committee that helped develop and hone RJT.Sieler herself has become a RunJumpThrow event organizer and also is the meet director for one of USATF’s 2015 Future Stars Elite Meets. The Future Stars Meets program helps support community-based track meets, sharing the philosophy that had driven Hershey’s competitive program.“Jeannette has been a tremendous resource to USATF and Hershey in developing RunJumpThrow,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “Her knowledge regarding the needs of children and the organizations serving them have helped lay the foundation for the program. Her enthusiastic adoption of USATF’s Future Stars Meets program further speaks to her dedication to this mission.”Visit RunJumpThrow online for more information.Visit Future Stars Meets online for more information.Visit USATF Hershey Youth National Outdoor Championships online for more information.last_img read more

Living with autism

first_imgWorse, two of Pilar’s three nephews also share variations of the neurological disease. With one in 150 Americans now thought to have the disorder, there is increasing evidence that heredity may play an important role in determining who develops autism. The world’s largest collection of DNA samples taken from families affected by autism now points to two new genetic links. Results of the five-year groundbreaking study, led by the Autism Genome Project, were published Sunday in Nature Genetics. For the first time, scientists from 50 research institutions in 19 countries combined DNA analyses of 1,200 families, including the Dowells, to search for genetic commonality. WINNETKA – There were tantrums at the mall. Hissy fits during haircuts. And bouts of biting other kids in day care or striking children at birthday parties. For Robert and Pilar Dowell, it was hard enough to bear twin sons with autism. Then a third son was diagnosed with the difficult brain disorder. “I had a nervous breakdown at work. … I could not stop crying,” said Pilar Dowell, 43, of Winnetka. “We were both crying. We had gotten to the point where we didn’t know what to do with the boys. “We were both devastated.” They found that a newly identified region of chromosome 11, as well as the gene neurexin 1, may play critical roles in autism spectrum disorders. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, who participated in the study said the findings suggest that autism has numerous genetic origins, rather than a single or just a few major causes. “I am excited,” said Dr. Stanley Nelson, a professor of human genetics in UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. “This is the most powerful study of autism to date. “(But) even though this study is huge, we need to increase in order of magnitude – from 1,200 to 12,000 to 120,000 – in order to find all the genetic causes of autism.” Such studies, however, are expensive. Blood samples, DNA analysis and psychological testing of each autism family costs $6,000, Nelson said. The entire study cost an estimated $12 million. Nelson is casting an even wider – and cheaper – net by inviting families with autism to register on the Internet and send samples of saliva for further DNA research. In a revolutionary approach to autism research, the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange will then be posted online for scientists to study. “I believe there will likely end up being hundreds of genes that lead to an increased risk of developing autism,” Nelson said. Autism is a complex disorder usually diagnosed in children by age 3. Characterized by a difficulty to express needs and an inability to socialize, it is often accompanied by acute behavioral challenges. This month, U.S. health officials, saying about one in 150 American children shared the disease, called the troubling disorder an urgent public health concern. A recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that 560,000 children and young adults have the condition. For parents, such children can be especially challenging. “It was difficult in the beginning,” said Pilar’s sister Gloria Martin, 45, of Santa Rosa, whose eldest son has autism and whose youngest son was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, a variation of the disease. “My (eldest) son would sit on the floor, his eyes would go completely white, and he’d start spinning. It was scary.” The Dowells also found it harder at first. When Kevin and Christopher were born nine years ago, the Dowells struggled to find the right baby formulas. “Sometimes I think that God must have a lot of faith in me in order to handle this – that he doesn’t give us more than we can handle,” added Pilar Dowell, while watching over her 5-year-old son, Alex. “And it helps to have Robert – divide and conquer. But it’s not easy.” When Kevin and Christopher began to talk gibberish, the parents thought it was “twin talk.” Then they thought the boys might be deaf because they didn’t respond to their names. Soon, the twins began walking on tiptoes, refusing to take medicine and failing to heed social cues from other kids. But the parents were not aware these were all signs of autism. By the age of 3, the twins were booted out of a day-care center after they bit and drew blood from other children. A Gymboree center kicked them out for being unsociable. A party ended in a battle over birthday gifts. At first Robert Dowell thought he might not have been strict enough with his boys, that he’d lacked consistency in “time outs.” Ultimately, all three sons were diagnosed with high-functioning autism. Much more sociable today, they get help from Los Angeles schools and California State University, Northridge. “We’re seeing progress,” Pilar Dowell said. Nelson said that the Dowells had a 1-in-20,000 chance of having autism in all three boys. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” the mother said. “Oh, God. Is it me that caused this for my boys? But it’s a relief to know that it’s not because we’re bad parents, but the result of some neurological disorder.” (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Music industry victorious in file-share case

first_imgDULUTH, Minn. – The recording industry won a key fight Thursday against illegal music downloading when a federal jury found that a Minnesota woman shared copyrighted music online and levied $222,000 in damages against her. The jury ordered Jammie Thomas, 30, to pay the six record companies that sued her $9,250 for each of 24 songs they focused on in the case. They had alleged she shared 1,702 songs online in violation of their copyrights. Thomas and her attorney, Brian Toder, declined comment as they left the courthouse. Jurors also left without commenting. “This does send a message, I hope, that downloading and distributing our recordings is not OK,” said Richard Gabriel, the lead attorney for the music companies. “We don’t know what happened,” Toder told jurors. “All we know is that Jammie Thomas didn’t do this.” Gabriel called that defense “misdirection, red herrings, smoke and mirrors.” He told jurors a verdict against Thomas would send a message to other illegal downloaders. “I only ask that you consider that the need for deterrence here is great,” he said. Copyright law sets a damage range of $750 to $30,000 per infringement, or up to $150,000 if the violation was “willful.” Jurors ruled that Thomas’s infringement was willful but awarded damages of $9,250 per song; Gabriel said they did not explain to attorneys afterward how they reached that amount. Thomas, of Brainerd, works for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Department of Natural Resources. Before the verdict, an official with an industry trade group said he was surprised it had taken so long for one of the industry’s lawsuits against individual downloaders to come to trial. Illegal downloads have “become business as usual, nobody really thinks about it,” said Cary Sherman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America, which coordinates the lawsuits. “This case has put it back in the news. Win or lose, people will understand that we are out there trying to protect our rights.” Thomas’ testimony was complicated by the fact that she had replaced her computer’s hard drive after the sharing was alleged to have taken place – and later than she said in a deposition before trial. The hard drive in question was not presented at trial by either party, though Thomas used her new one to show the jury how fast it copies songs from CDs. That was an effort to counter an industry witness’s assertion that the songs on the old drive got there too fast to have come from CDs she owned – and therefore must have been downloaded illegally.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, the record companies accused Thomas of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through a Kazaa file-sharing account. Thomas denied wrongdoing and testified that she didn’t have a Kazaa account. Record companies have filed some 26,000 lawsuits since 2003 over file-sharing, which has hurt sales because it allows people to get music for free instead of paying for recordings in stores. Many other defendants have settled by paying the companies a few thousand dollars. The RIAA says the lawsuits have mitigated illegal sharing, even though music file-sharing is rising overall. The group says the number of households that have used file-sharing programs to download music has risen from 6.9 million monthly in April 2003, before the lawsuits began, to 7.8 million in March 2007. During the three-day trial, the record companies presented evidence they said showed the copyrighted songs were offered by a Kazaa user under the name “tereastarr.” Their witnesses, including officials from an Internet provider and a security firm, testified that the Internet address used by “tereastarr” belonged to Thomas. Toder said in his closing that the companies never proved “Jammie Thomas, a human being, got on her keyboard and sent out these things.” last_img read more

1 of SP teen’s 2 killers gets life sentence

first_imgWhen he walked outside the store, Garcia, Cortes and possibly others shot at him and a group he was standing with, including Tommy Iles, Lonergan said. Tommy, who was grazed, and Vincent knew each other, Lonergan said, but there was no evidence regarding motive or who was the target. “There is no evidence of Vincent being a gang member,” Lonergan said. “The evidence suggested he was just up there to get candy and happened to be standing at the wrong place at the wrong time.” Christan Ayers, Garcia’s defense attorney, said he argued to the jury that the identifications of his client were insufficient. He said DNA found on some items at the scene, including a bandana and sunglasses, did not match his client. However, it was linked to another individual Garcia was seen with the next day. Ayers said Garcia will likely appeal his conviction. “However, whatever position you take on my client’s guilt or innocence, he holds no grudge against the person that was killed and sympathizes with the family.” denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: The other man convicted of murdering a 15-year-old, who had gone to a store to buy candy in 2005, will be sentenced next month. By Denise Nix Staff Writer One of two men who killed a 15-year-old boy in San Pedro in a gang-related shooting was sentenced Monday to 90 years to life in prison. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Louis Garcia, 28, and Benito Cortes, 22, both of San Pedro, were convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder for the Feb. 9, 2005, shooting. They were also convicted of using a gun and committing the crime for the benefit of a gang. Garcia was sentenced by Long Beach Superior Court Judge Jesse Rodriguez. Cortes returns to court Nov. 7 for sentencing. The men were convicted in the slaying of Vincent Villa, who was shot three times outside a market where he went to buy candy. Deputy District Attorney John Lonergan said Vincent had ridden his scooter after school from his home near 11th Street and Palos Verdes Boulevard to the nearby market. last_img read more

Man United to offer Depay in bid to land Premier League star? – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United are willing to use Memphis Depay as part of a sensational swap deal for Southampton star. (Daily Express)Alexis Sanchez could leave Arsenal this summer, with Bayern Munich thought to be interested in the Chilean winger. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have been put on red alert in their pursuit of Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. The Italy centre-back, wanted by former Juve coach and incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte, has refused to commit his future to the Serie A champions. (The Mirror)Manchester City are prepared to pay £18million for in-form Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 25. (The Times)Chelsea and Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann could be the subject of a summer bidding war, with the Atletico Madrid forward reportedly ready to listen to offers. (The Sun)Liverpool have reportedly been given the go-ahead to sign 25-year-old Germany international defender Jonas Hector from Cologne. (Metro)Celtic could be about to hijack Aston Villa’s appointment of Nigel Pearson. Pearson is a frontrunner for the Villa Park job, but he has reportedly been in talks with the Scottish side about heading north of the border. (Daily Express)And here are the latest headlines…??‘Dele Alli has a little bit of devilment in him. I like it!’ – Harry Redknapp on Tottenham starlet’s ‘punch’ ?Rio Ferdinand hails Louis van Gaal’s faith in youth and says he could yet convince Manchester United to keep him onFormer England captain Rio Ferdinand defends John Stones and backs Everton star to silence criticsNewcastle United: Keith Gillespie tells talkSPORT he was KO’d by Alan Shearer and put in hospital!Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny confirms he wants to remain at Roma beyond this seasonMarouane Fellaini wanted by Roma in £15million dealBorussia Dortmund chief suggests club ready to rival Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool for Mario GotzeI love England! Leicester star Riyad Mahrez insists he has no interest in Paris Saint-Germain move‘Croatian Messi’ set to snub West Ham interest to remain in La Liga Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

Chelsea target reveals Swansea ‘would not let me leave’ in January

first_img Fernando Llorente scored 14 goals in his debut Premier League season Swansea hitman Fernando Llorente has opened up on Chelsea’s attempt to land him in January.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was heavily linked with a move for the Spaniard during the transfer window as he looked to reinforce his forward line in time for the run in.Llorente had worked under Conte at Juventus and it looked like a Stamford Bridge reunion was on the cards.But, with Swansea fighting for their lives to avoid relegation, they stood firm and held onto the striker, who helped them beat the drop.When asked on Radio Marca about the situation, Llorente said: “At that time we were in a delicate situation.“I was the one who was making the goals at Swansea and they would not let me leave.” 1last_img


first_imgHe has been one of Donegal’s biggest critics.But there’s no doubting that former Kerry great and RTE pundit Pat Spillane is chairman of the Michael Murphy fan club.Spillane changed his mind on Jim McGuinness’ brand of football last season after slating them the previous year for their defensive style of play. Now Spillane has more or less said that few teams have a chance of beating Donegal again this year – or have they?The Kerryman described Glenswilly man Murphy as “an absolutely superb footballer” but warned that he could be too big for his boots.He warned that any injury to the big forward could be devastating to Donegal’s All-Ireland chances.The small statistic of Murphy scoring more than 60% of all Donegal’s scores so far this season is a reminder of his form. “If anything happens to Michael Murphy over the year then every other county will have a chance,” summed up Spillane. LOSING MURPHY MIGHT GIVE OTHERS A CHANCE AGAINST DONEGAL – SPILLANE was last modified: February 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Michael MurphyPat Spillanelast_img read more


first_imgClub players and management are this week up in arms following the decision by the Donegal Competitions Control Committee (CCC) to move the championship fixtures from the provisional date of September 15th to next weekend. It is believed several clubs have both players and management that have organised their holidays around these dates and will now either have to cancel these holidays or risk not being involved in championship action for their clubs.County player Rory Kavanagh booked a holiday on the back of the belief that the games wouldn’t be brought forward and that the quarter finals would still take place on September the 15th, however that is now not the case. Glenswilly and Kilcar have also expressed their anger that they have to play each other in an U21 clash just five days before they clash in their crunch Senior championship quarter final.It is believed that the management of the clubs were keen to get the championship played as soon as possible and that is what influenced the CCC to bring the games forward.But it seems the confusion and lack of communication between both parties has caused fury among club players and management.The Donegal SFC Quarter-finals schedule is as follows, Saturday August 17th , 6.30pmSt. Eunan’s V Malin – Venue – The Scarvey BuncranaMacCumhaills v Killybegs – Venue – Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal TownSunday August 18th, 3.00pmKilcar v Glenswilly – Venue – MacCumhaill Park Ardara v Gaoth Dobhair – Venue – O’Donnell Park (6.30pm)CLUB PLAYERS FURIOUS AT RESCHEDULING OF CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES was last modified: August 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AugustClubsGAAProvisional DatesQuarter finalsSenior championshipSeptemberSFClast_img read more

EPWP to focus on early childhood

first_img19 February 2007South Africa’s Expanded Public Works Programme will be enlarged to include elements such as early childhood development, in an effort to combat unemployment.President Thabo Mbeki earlier highlighted the importance of the programme, with promotes labour-intensive methods of construction and maintenance, during his State of the Nation address in Cape Town on 9 February.Speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday, Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya confirmed that government had allocated some R4.2-billion to provinces, to fund early childhood development and home-based care programmes. He said such programmes provided both work and training opportunities for volunteers in the sector.“The ECD programme is also a child protection mechanism as it is easy to detect abuse amongst children attending ECD centres,” he said.In order to increase the impact of these programmes, Skweyiya said they had to be lengthened, enabling longer periods of training for EPWP beneficiaries.“This methodology is being tested in eThekwini on some of the large scale projects being undertaken there,” he said.Provincial public works departments will also employ 5000 young people to maintain the province’s public buildings, as well as identify projects that can be made part of the country’s National Youth Service from April onwards.Skweyiya also said that the government had allocated R3-billion to provincial transport departments to intensify labour-intensive construction and maintenance projects.The programme would especially focus on provincial access roads, which are currently under-funded. He added that all provinces had developed business plans for the next three years that cater for an increase in expanded public works programmes, which will commence in April.Skweyiya said that the Department of Public Works would partner the Business Trust EPWP Support Programme in rolling out a technical support strategy to assist 45 of the identified municipalities.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Indian pharma opens new plant in SA

first_img3 September 2010 Future expansion possible The company also offers high-quality, affordable, generic anti-retroviral medicines to needy patients in Africa, supporting African governments in their efforts to control the HIV/Aids epidemic. The design of the new facility is determined by the current tablet and capsule production requirements, and the plant is capable of producing approximately 1.75-billion units and packaging of two-billion units, annually. Possible expansion could bring about the addition of new products. The facility was opened this week by Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, Indian High Commissioner to SA Virendra Gupta and representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry. “The opening of this new manufacturing facility further emphasises our commitment towards the African continent and South Africa in particular.” Ranbaxy Laboratories is India’s largest pharmaceutical company, and is majority-owned by Japanese global pharmaceutical major Daiichi Sankyo Group. The facility, Ranbaxy’s second in SA and third in Africa, will manufacture analgesics, cold, cough and flu preparations, as well as a comprehensive range of over-the-counter medication. Ranbaxy South Africa, headquartered in Centurion, is engaged in the sale and distribution of generic prescription products in the South African healthcare system. “The capacity to manufacture locally will meet the South African government’s intention to strengthen the local pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and is expected to further the company’s aim of becoming a more significant provider of pharmaceuticals to the state,” said Ranbaxy South Africa CEO Saxen van Coller. Affordable generic medicines Indian pharmaceutical firm Ranbaxy Laboratories has opened a US$30-million (about R215-million) state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, the Be-Tabs Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Plant, in Roodeport to the west of Johannesburg. “Ranbaxy has a long-standing relationship with Africa. We were the first Indian pharmaceutical company to set up a manufacturing facility in Nigeria, in the late 1970s,” Ranbaxy MD Arun Sawhney said at the launch. “Over the years, we have established a strong presence in 43 of the 54 African countries with the aim of providing quality medicines and improving access. The new facility is equipped with the latest technology and meets international specifications. It is designed to meet local regulatory requirements and also World Health Organisation standards. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more