Submitted by Olympia Unitarian Universalist CongregationThe Reverend Arthur VaeniCommunity leader and advocate for the homeless, the Rev. Arthur Vaeni, will retire from settled ministry at the end of June after serving 13 years as the minister of Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC). He is the 2014 recipient of the Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award, established by the Dispute Resolution Center recognizing extraordinary leadership in promoting peaceful dispute resolution, civility, and service to community. He leaves a legacy of social justice work throughout his career.The Reverend Vaeni joined the OUUC as minister in August 2001. Within a week, the country was devastated by the events of 9/11. Rev. Vaeni provided a steady voice and calm refuge for a congregation deeply affected. For many, it was their first encounter with the new minister.“Arthur’s leadership at the time, his wisdom and poise brought comfort to many of us. These traits, plus his good humor have made him well loved within the congregation. He has become an important and respected voice for justice and compassion in the wider community as well. We will all miss him very much,” said Jack Jackson, OUUC Board President.In 2007, it was the Rev. Vaeni who urged his congregation to offer sanctuary to a group of homeless campers who were living in downtown Olympia. Over the course of six plus years and through the collaboration of many churches and volunteers, that first gesture ultimately resulted in Quixote Village, a 2.17-acre, $3.05 million real estate development housing previously homeless adults. It was recently featured in a New York Times article as a template for homeless housing projects across the country.The OUUC is in the midst of a three-phase building project. “The congregation has experienced tremendous growth, in large part, due to Rev. Vaeni’s ministry,” said Darlene Sarkela, Church Administrator. “The new church project is a result of that growth and our increased influence in the community overall,” she added.“Ministers are clearly important to the well-being of congregations,” said The Rev. Vaeni. “I hope they are, having dedicated my life to being a minister,” he added laughing. “Having said that, it is ultimately the congregation that’s important. The minister may bring gifts and understandings to a congregation that will hopefully benefit it and help it to grow and develop in many ways, but ultimately it’s the congregation that matters.”Rev. Vaeni came to Olympia from New Hampshire where he served as minister for fourteen years. He earned his MDiv at Harvard Divinity School in 1987. He has two adult children. His wife, Sally Gove, teaches writing at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. In July he and his wife will return to New England where he will serve two years as interim minister to a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Bangor, Maine. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
By John BurtonThe snowstorm that threatened to be a “historic blizzard” didn’t pack the kind of wallop that was initially feared but that was all right with many who were preparing for the worst.With forecasters calling for two or more feet of snow, Monday was a time for preparation and planning, ensuring that Monmouth County and local government, as well as private businesses were ready to respond and life would return to normal as quickly as possible.David Robinson, the state climatologist, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, said on Monday the storm certainly had the potential to be a full-blown blizzard with high winds and steady, heavy snowfall, and being the most severe winter storm since December 2010.But Mother Nature played a fast one on New Jersey, giving the coastal area a mere 8 to 10 inches instead of the original forecast.“It went great!” Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone maintained unequivocally about how workers addressed the storm warning and its aftermath.Arnone, who oversees the county public works and engineering, said on Wednesday, workers had pre-treated the approximately 1,000 miles of county roadway with a brine mixture to melt ice and snow. “And that was a really big benefit post storm,” Arnone said. “As you can see most of our roads are down to the payment” cleared of snow and ice.When the storm warning was first announced, it was all hands on deck for Public Works, with other employees from departments like Division of Shade Tree and elsewhere jumping to the ready, according to Arnone.The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department increased patrols Monday night to ensure public safety in inclement weather and to enforce the travel ban enacted by Gov. Chris Christie earlier that day, according to Cynthia Scott, the department’s public information officer.Having the roads largely vacant helped county snowplows to move more effectively, Arnone said.“In general, we’ve heard no complaints,” Arnone said, and operations ran “like a machine.”“I think everybody is very pleased,” he said.Certainly Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli seemed pleased with response, preparation and the thankfully less ferocious storm.“By and large we were ready,” Lucarelli said. “If the 3 feet had come, we were ready and the fact that it didn’t come meant the guys had less work and we spent less overtime.”Public Works employees, using some additional part-time licensed workers had been able to keep the plows running during the storm, keeping the roads clear. Like their county counterparts, Lucarelli said, borough workers had pre-treated the roadways with a brine solution to melt ice and snow.In addition, volunteer firefighters and First Aid Squad members were on call, staying at their River Road headquarters throughout the night, in case they were needed. But there were no emergency calls, he said.“We were pretty lucky,” he contended.Red Bank officials had taken a number of steps just in case, said Mayor Pasquale Menna. They included shutting down Broad Street to vehicle traffic as of 1 a.m. Tuesday; closing municipal parking lots by 10 p.m., Monday; and notifying residents who had previously signed up by text and email about moving vehicles off of roadways to allow for snowplowing; and had employees from Red Bank Recycling available to assist Public Works if the storm warranted, Menna said.“We had everything under control. Everybody seemed to cooperate,” he observed.Menna had asked restaurants and bars to voluntarily close by 10 p.m. in hopes of getting parked cars out of the way for plows. Some of those businesses balked about the prospect of losing the night’s business, which usually happens when this occurs, Menna said. “People were upset, thinking they were going to make hundreds of thousands of dollars on a storm night,” he countered.For Sea Bright, “From the perspective of having a storm it was excellent,” offered C. Read Murphy, Sea Bright’s Office of Emergency Management manager.There were fears of coastal flooding with this storm. But Murphy said there was the usual amount, what Murphy called “minor,” on side streets for such weather.The only major disruption was having to move fire and emergency equipment to Long Branch for Monday night, in case of flooding, Murphy said.Residents adhered to the no travel ban as well as moved their vehicles off of the narrow side streets allowing the plow trucks to access the road, he said.“The 10 inches of whatever we had, we got rid of it real quick,” Murphy said, calling the storm “another non-event for Sea Bright.”SeaSteak commuter ferry, which operates terminals out of Highlands and Atlantic Highlands, starting on Monday “took a cautious approach,” ending service on Monday earlier than usual, said Brett Chamberlain, director of marketing.Ridership was down on Monday, given that some probably stayed home at the prospect of their children’s early school dismissal, he said.Service was canceled on Tuesday. “We were immediately up and back to our regular schedule Wednesday morning with no problems,” he said.Also back on the job by Wednesday morning were Comcast cable television workers. One technician said linemen have the toughest of jobs. “They’re outside and climbing to the tops of poles in this kind of weather,” he noted. “If there are ice buildups or weight on the cables they’re the ones who have to get it done.”Speaking of the weather, “Hopefully, that’ll be the end of it,” for this winter, Menna wished.Muriel Smith, correspondent, contributed to this report.John Burton can be reached at [email protected]
RelatedColorado’s South Park GeoTour Goes LiveMay 21, 2013In “Geocaching Info”Spokane History GeoTourJanuary 8, 2016In “Community”KohlsFit GeoTourNovember 13, 2015In “Community” Explore hidden lakes surrounded by 14,000 ft peaks. (GC3PAXQ)Why South Park is a great place to visit:South Park offers world class recreation opportunities and a true wilderness experience. Activities include gold medal fishing, hiking some of the tallest peaks in the continental United States, and endless mountain bike and 4×4 trails.Best time of year to visit:Beat the heat and visit in the summer when highs are usually in the 70s. In July, there’s an annual Burro Days, music and arts festival, and the Park County Fair!Must-see attractions:Get lost in South Park City, a recreated 1880s mining town full of bits and pieces of Colorado’s pioneer heritage. Check out the Old Courthouse (GC3PCT7) across the street!Hidden gems only the locals know about:Don’t miss the Magnolia Mill (GC3PQ5Y) and its stunning views of mountain vistas and scenic waterfalls. In the winter, you can also spot ice climbers exploring the slopes above!Prizes:There are three unique trackable geocoins awarded to you for finding 30, 50, or 75 geocaches.GeoCoinsWhat geocachers are saying about South Park GeoTour:Discover ghost towns that still tell the stories of the miners and ranchers that once called South Park home. (GC3Q2F6)“Cannot thank SPNHA, and Ms. ED (you know who you are) for all that this series allowed us to experience. You have our sincere appreciation and admiration. THIS is what geocaching is all about, and the CSP GeoTour is truly an experience that we will never forget.”-3 Williams Kidz“THIS is why I geocache. Wow, beautiful! About half way up I wondered why I was doing this… Then I remembered there was a geocache at the top.”-Phyl & Mike“This was my first CSP cache, and I’m impressed, by the quality of the cache page, the historical site, and the work on the container – all very nice. Found the cache and took a minute or two to check out the cabin, SL TFTC!” -hiking_foolAdditional Information:You can also find the oldest geocache in Colorado while you are here (GC18)!Visit The South Park National Heritage Area website for more information.Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.Caches will bring you to unique locations that celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of South Park. (GC3PQ2Z) GeoTour: Colorado’s South ParkLocation: South Park, ColoradoNumber of Favorite Points: 385
“I’m feeling good, I’m already running, I think yesterday I’ve been running full speed and I’m just trying to work on my endurance right now,” said Pringle after the NorthPort’s 103-81 win over the Aces.“I got about two to three bone spurs removed about four weeks ago. I’m about 80 percent right now. You can expect me to play but if it’s still hurting, then I’m not going to play,” added Pringle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPringle was the third-best scorer in the league during the Philippine Cup averaging 20.5 points a game but the Batang Pier had plenty of options against the Aces.Sean Anthony, the league’s second-leading scorer in the previous conference at 20.7 points, put up with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals for NorthPort while big man Prince Ibeh had 19 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. PBA: Monster effort from Jones lifts TNT past NLEX for 1st win Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Rookie Robert Bolick also had 19 points for the Batang Pier while Jonathan Grey and Moala Tautuaa had 13 and 12 points, respectively.NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio said he expects Pringle to return as an even better player even likening his player to The Six Million Dollar Man, a bionic superhero from the series of the same name that aired during the 1970s.“There were bone spurs that were removed from is foot and were replaced by metal so he’s bionic now,” said Jarencio with a laugh. “He can jump higher than the ring now.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Stanley Pringle at the bench during NorthPort’s game against Alaska. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—NorthPort handled its business against Alaska, easily taking its first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup even without star point guard Stanley Pringle.Additional firepower is on its way as Pringle, recovering from surgery on his right foot to remove bone spurs, expects to play in the Batang Pier’s next game against NLEX on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Friday said that they have solved murder mystery of a Nepal national who was found dead in a vacant plot at Vasant Kunj in South West Delhi. To nab the culprit, the investigating agency said, dump data of more than 22,000 mobile numbers of different service providers were obtained and 240 numbers were zeroed down. Police identified the accused as Harbir Singh Pal (32) who lives in Kishangarh. He was arrested from Vasant Kunj area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (south-west) Devender Arya said that on June 7, a PCR call was received at Vasant Kunj South police station regarding a body at a farm in Vasant Kunj. “A body of a male person aged about 30-35 years was found lying dead. Some blood stained bricks/stones were also lying near the body. One empty quarter and one empty beer bottle were also found near the body, ” said DCP Arya. DCP further stated that the empty wine bottles found at the spot were minutely checked and with the help of its bar code it was established that the bottles were purchased from a wine and beer shop of DDA Market, Vasant Kunj. The CCTV footages of the wine shop with its adjacent shop’s footages were collected and analyzed, wherein the CCTV footages the deceased was spotted with one suspected person. Later after a detailed investigation, the accused was nabbed. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDCP Arya further added that Harbir Singh Pal disclosed that he is an alcoholic and on June 6, at around 8 pm, when he was consuming alcohol at the roadside in Vasant Kunj. One Nepali boy came to him and requested him to give him some wine. “On his continue requests, he agreed to give him wine and took him to a wine shop in Vasant Kunj from where he purchased wine and beer, with some snacks and took him on his bike to a lonely place behind the hospital in Vasant Kunj,” police said. Both of them consumed alcohol there and after that they had some hot arguments between them and both of them scuffled, on which the accused took nearby lying stones and thrashed it on the head of the deceased many times, resulting in his death. After that, he ran away from the spot with the belongings of the deceased and disposed of his blood-stained clothes with the belongings of the deceased. After that, he ran away to his native village in Uttar Pradesh.
WildAid, the global nonprofit organization leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade, announced its annual fundraising gala, “An Evening with WildAid,” will take place November 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.WildAid is the only group to focus exclusively on reducing demand for illegal wildlife products through public awareness campaigns. With the simple message “When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too,” WildAid works with government, business and media partners as well as celebrities and high profile individuals to advocate consumer change.With sponsors including the TOMS Animal Initiative, “An Evening with WildAid” will bring out Hollywood’s A-List, including film star Josh Duhamel who will be on hand to receive the 2017 Wildlife Champion Award.Duhamel has been an advocate for WildAid, filming several PSAs for the organization and using his celebrity status on social media to engage new audiences and to spread awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and its detrimental effects on endangered species worldwide.Past gala attendees include Yao Ming, Josh Duhamel, Fergie, Ian Somerhalder (2016 Wildlife Champion Award recipient), Nikki Reed, Chevy Chase, Jared Leto, Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Kathryn Bigelow, Amy Tan, Larry King, Hayden Panettiere, Bo Derek, Michael Cudlitz and John Corbett.The “Evening with WildAid” gala will feature a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception with silent auction and cultural performances. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner by James Beard award-winning chef Tracey Des Jardins, owner of San Francisco’s famed Jardinière, and Mary Sue Milliken, co-chef/owner of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants.A highlight of the Gala is WildAid CEO Peter Knights’ introduction of the organization’s new programs to protect endangered species and marine habitats, including recent work by WildAid’s portfolio of celebrity ambassadors including Josh Duhamel, Lupita Nyong’o, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, HRH Prince William, Leonardo DiCaprio, Maggie Q, the cast of The Walking Dead and many others.WildAid produces impactful, compelling public service announcements that are Hollywood quality for a fraction of the cost, and distributes them to millions of viewers a week through extensive pro bono and earned media placement. In recent years, shark fin imports to China have gone down by 80%, ivory and rhino horn prices have plummeted by more than 50% in China and Vietnam, and China has agreed to close its ivory market by the end of 2017.Find out more about the event here.
When the NCAA men’s basketball tournament picks up full speed Thursday, many fans will tune in with the hopes of seeing one thing: upsets. Some no doubt will come on last-minute buzzer beaters, but plenty will probably be long-simmering, the kinds of games that you can’t look away from. Those games will be all about tension: The underdog can’t possibly hold on to this lead, can it?We can figure out the answer to that question. Or at least what we should expect to happen when an upset is brewing — specifically, at what point in the game an underdog with a lead is more likely to win than lose.I analyzed play-by-play data from every NCAA tournament since 2004, which is the earliest that second-by-second scoring data is readily available. I considered all games played by teams with different seeds, leaving me with about 700 games to analyze. In the analysis, I estimated the probability that a lower-seeded team (i.e., the better team, according to the selection committee) wins the game, depending on the score and the time remaining.At the opening tipoff, the underdog has a 29 percent chance of winning the game. But if the game is tied or the underdog is ahead with five minutes remaining in the first half, the probability of an upset is higher than 50 percent.1The green line in the first chart does not fully reach 100 percent because games tied at the end of the second half are included in the analysis.It is, of course, not that simple. There’s a big difference between an “underdog” that’s a No. 2 seed and one that’s a No. 16 seed.To better distinguish between these two cases, I split the data based on “big” and “small” upsets. Any game in which there was more than a four-seed difference in the teams’ seedings was considered a potential big upset, and the games in which the difference was four or fewer were counted in the “small upset” category. (A No. 10 seed beating a No. 7 seed is a small upset, a No. 11 seed beating a No. 6 seed is a big one, etc.)2Ideally, I would break up the data more finely by looking at each possible seeding matchup, but with only 700 games and 120 possible matchups to work with, there was not enough data. The graph shows the difference between the average upset, the big upset and the small upset. As you might expect, the big underdogs begin the game with a slightly lower probability of winning (about 20 percent). Also unsurprisingly, a big underdog with the lead does not cross the 50 percent win probability threshold until around halftime.But the results are very different when you look at small upsets. In these matchups, when the underdog has a lead or the game is tied at any point more than five or six minutes into the game, it’s likely that we’re going to see an upset.We all know, however, that all leads are not created equal. Through the rest of the article, I’ll split the data a bit further, based on how big the underdog’s or favorite’s lead is: a three-possession game (a lead of 7 or more points), a two-possession game (a 4-to-6-point lead), or a one-possession game (0-to-3-point lead).The figure above shows the results from this analysis.3The jaggedness in the raw data has been smoothed with cubic regression. When a game is close, within 3 points in either direction (gray), the average favorite is still more likely than not to win. But, assuming the game stayed within 3 points all the way through, the chances of an upset increase throughout the game. By the last few minutes, if the game is within one possession, the average better-seeded team has only a slight advantage in win probability. The probability that an average underdog with a two-possession lead (light green) will win crosses the 50 percent threshold with about five minutes left in the first half. And an underdog who leads by more than 7 points (dark green) perhaps shouldn’t be considered an underdog at all.4Although there are almost zero games in which a team is ahead by seven points in the first minute or two, the cubic regression allows me to estimate these probabilities. There’s more uncertainty about the exact estimates early in the game because there is less data, but this problem disappears just a few minutes into the game. Its odds of completing the upset are more than 50 percent very early in the first half.Things are slightly different in big upset situations; the underdog must wait until the second half for a modest lead (4 to 6 points) to trump the seedings.5The tangling of the curves in the middle graph shouldn’t lead us to believe that a 4-point lead very early in the game is better than a 7-point lead. It is more the result of a very small number of games with huge score differentials early in the game. Those open up the possibility of outliers influencing the shape of the curves on the left side. If, however, you’re watching a game in which a big underdog has a three-possession lead in the first half, keep watching because there’s a good chance that it’ll pull off the upset.In smaller potential upsets, an underdog with at least a 4-point lead (light and dark green) at nearly any point in the game has a better chance of winning than losing. The underdog wins about 40 percent of one-possession games (gray), regardless of the time remaining.So, as you watch games, don’t get too excited about a big underdog with a small lead, at least until the second half. If there is not a big gap in the seedings between the two teams, then the scoreboard, not the seedings, is what matters. And remember, this whole analysis is the aggregation of hundreds of games. Any one particular game can certainly defy the odds. Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.
As the Ohio State men’s tennis team came together in a room at the indoor Varsity Tennis Center eagerly waiting to see where and who they play in the first round of the NCAA tournament, one person was missing. That person was coach Ty Tucker. He was nervously pacing back and forth in his office. “I’m not a fan of the whole selection thing,” Tucker said. But as soon as the NCAA was ready to announce the brackets for the tournament, Tucker gave in and stood outside the door to await his team’s fate.Once he heard the announcement that OSU would host Western Michigan, Tucker walked to his computer and began studying the Buckeyes’ first opponent in the NCAA tournament.No. 4 OSU will face Western Michigan (21-10) at 1 p.m. on May 15 at the Stickney Tennis Center. As a reward for the their 32-1 season, the Buckeyes will host the first- and second-round matches.“We’ve won a lot of matches at home so obviously we want to be at home,” Tucker said. “We’re looking forward to playing Western Michigan.”The Buckeyes, whose only defeat this year came to top-seeded Virginia, have a few notable schools in their bracket, including Michigan, Illinois and defending champion Southern California, who defeated OSU in the finals last year. “It’d be nice to get them back,” sophomore Chase Buchanan said. When asked if that was a match he wanted, Buchanan said, “definitely.”Like most coaches, Tucker is not looking ahead. His main focus is Western Michigan.“I know that they’ve won the MAC (Mid-American Conference) five years in a row,” Tucker said. “I know that teams that have won five championships in a row are used to winning.”The Buckeyes go into the tournament as one of the favorites. Tucker said his team’s experience and realizing the importance of the doubles’ point are major factors.“I’m sure Justin (Kronauge) will have these guys as a captain ready to play,” Tucker said. “They’ve got to come out understanding four, five, six minutes of great play can set up a win early on in the doubles’ point.”The Buckeyes have done that all year, including having another undefeated season at home. Now, they have a shot to make another run. “We have a lot of potential as well as many other teams in this tournament,” said Kronauge, OSU’s all-time wins leader. “Hopefully we fight harder and we prepare the next two weeks to get ready.”
Marcelo Brozovic has been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s side, Manchester United, but there are talks of a new contract at Inter Milan.Brozovic could be playing Croatia’s midfield in the World Cup final against France. He’s one of the most important players of the Croatia midfield, with 40 caps and six goals under his belt, his major role today could be stopping Paul Pogba.Even though the 25-year-old doesn’t start every time, Mourinho has seen his potential and what he could bring to Manchester United.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Marcelo is happy at Inter, so much that he could extend his contract on improved terms. Another club coming in is a possibility, as there is a release clause but we are in no rush”, insisted the midfielder’s agent, according to Daily Star.In the Croatian’s midfield, Brozovic is the one allowing Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric to get forward. Today, he may be crucial to the possible first World Cup victory of his country.
KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:14 PM Fire destroys classroom at Clover Flat Elementary School, no injuries reported Posted: April 30, 2018 BOULEVARD (KUSI) — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a classroom Monday at a primary school in the eastern San Diego County highlands, but nobody was hurt.The blaze at Clover Flat Elementary School in Boulevard erupted shortly before 3 p.m., according to Cal Fire.It took crews less than an hour to subdue the flames, which also damaged several outbuildings on the campus in the 39600 block of Old Highway 80, said Issac Sanchez, a fire captain with the state agency.The cause of the blaze was under investigation, he said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom April 30, 2018