Middletown North Lions Fall Just Short of Storybook Season

first_imgA North Jersey Section Group 4 state title looked to be in the cards for Bush’s team in 2016, as they entered the championship game with the record of 9-2, going up against Sayreville War Memorial High School.Middletown North quarterback Donald Glenn eludes the rush and throws the final touchdown pass of his high school career at Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium. Photo courtesy of Rich ChrampanisAfter yet another touchdown pass between Glenn and wide receiver Brendan Kube – surely a sight that North fans across Middletown will miss – and a touchdown run by Connor Welsh, the Lions looked like they were going to cruise on to a state title.After some tough running by Sayreville and a Glenn pick-six in the third quarter, the game slipped away from Middletown North, who fell 41-14 at Rutgers University last Saturday morning.“I think we just kind of let that game get away from us a little bit,” Bush said. “We’ve been pretty good about taking care of the ball this year and we just had some crucial turnovers that sort of turned the tide. We got behind and played into the wind in the fourth quarter and then it was just a little difficult to try to come back from that; it just snowballed a little bit from there.”Despite the tough loss, there were many highs for the Lions to be proud of in 2016.Donald Glenn emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in Shore Conference history. The Wagner College-commit was masterful in his senior season, lighting up scoreboards across the Shore Conference to the tune of 23 touchdowns and only six interceptions. According to Bush, Glenn ended his Middletown North tenure as the high school career leader in passing yards in the Shore.Middletown North’s Connor Welsh shakes off a defender on the way to the Lions second touchdown in the North 2 Group 4 state championship game. Photo courtesy of Rich ChrampanisDefensive stalwarts like Dwight Wilkerson, Austin DeWise and Nick Kish helped anchor a defense that shut out top-tier offenses week in and week out. The Lions held Eddie Morales and the explosive Howell High School offense to a single touchdown in their Week 3 meeting, and stymied Ocean Township quarterback and University of Pittsburgh commit Kenny Pickett to only eight points in Week 8.Easily the most notable win in 2016, which featured both a great game from Glenn and the defense, was the 24-6 upset where Middletown North captured their first Turkey Day win over Middletown South since 2000. Glenn had a completion rate just a hair under 70% while throwing for 326 yards and 3 TD’s, and South only mustered up six points with a touchdown pass in garbage time.Bush could not say enough about this quarterback, who has been his man under center since taking over the Middletown North football program four years ago.“He’s done a great job for us,” Bush said. “Even when he was a freshman, he got thrown into the starting huddle with seniors and really handled that whole thing well. Each year he just got a little more mature and a little more confident, a little more understanding of what we’re trying to get done offensively.”With the foundation that Bush has laid in Middletown, there is room for the Lions to grow in future seasons, something the fourth-year coach looks to at the start of each new year.“I’ve always talked about trying to take it one step further than we did the year before, and we’ve kind of done that each year here,” Bush said. By Jay CookIt was so close to being a year for the history books for Middletown North football.In a season where the Lions again progressed leaps and bounds, yet just missed out on capturing a state title under the tutelage of head coach Steve Bush, there is much to be excited about for the future of football over on Tindall Road.“The kids have worked really hard, I think we kind of gained more and more confi- dence each year, and just got that understanding of what we’re tr ying to accomplish schematically. They did a good job and star ted to win some more games each year, and knowing what they were capable of doing,” Bush said in a conversation Monday.last_img read more

New Concept in Urgent Care: Treating Both Medical and Behavioral Health

first_img“What’s extraordinary about it is that it’s ordinary,” said Donald Parker, CEO of Carrier Clinic and president of Care Transformation for Behavioral Health for HMH. “It’s in a neighborhood, it’s in a community, it’s across the street from the hospital. It’s got a parking lot. It’s not someplace that you can’t see. It’s not hiding away in the back of the emergency room.” NEPTUNE CITY – Whether you have the flu or feelings of depression or anxiety, a new urgent care center with behavioral health services can help. The center’s opening is a collaborative effort between Hackensack Meridian Health, with corporate offices in Edison, and Carrier Clinic, based in Belle Mead, meant to bring integrated health care to the community. Their three main goals are to get rid of the stigma surrounding behavioral health issues, provide people experiencing mental health issues with the latest treatments through new technologies, and rapidly expand access to care. Parker said they expect this to be the first behavioral health urgent care center integrated with a medical urgent care center in the country. It will give patients the ability to walk in and receive help immediately. Previously, people seeking immediate help with nonemergent issues might have had to go to the emergency room, which he described as “expensive” and “crowded.” “We saw the rates of depression across the United States and in New Jersey significantly rise. We saw suicide rates continually going up. Just last year alone in New Jersey, over 3,000 of our citizens passed away due to opioid overdoses,” said Garrett. Parker said he thinks the future of behavioral health is “all about being commonplace, being ordinary, being in the places that we need it.” The center is located on Route 33 in Neptune City. After looking at statistics years ago, Garrett said the board of Hackensack Meridian Health knew it had to do something to combat the problems facing the health care system at large. He said studies show that 1 in 5 Americans have some type of mental illness. The pursuit to open such a center started seven years ago when Parker wrote a grant for a center for Medicare and Medicaid services that was ultimately denied. “I’ve been pounding on it,” he said. Bob Garrett, Hackensack Meridian Health CEO, said patients with mental illnesses or addictions had to navigate busy emergency departments at hospitals, competing with patients who are having strokes, heart attacks or have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. “Many of those patients don’t need emergent care, but they need urgent care. They need quality urgent care. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do here,” said Garrett. The center has a physician on site at all times, access to specialists, a lab with X-ray and EKG machines, as well as follow-up communication with primary care providers. It is not a clinic nor does it replace a patient’s psychiatrist, therapist or psychologist. Patients with more serious symptoms such as thoughts of suicide should go to a Behavioral Health Clinic, professional or local emergency room equipped to handle that higher level of care, according to the center. Noting a lack of addiction treatment centers in New Jersey, Garrett said one is now underway in northern New Jersey that will open later this year into next year. It will include 80 in-patient beds and out-patient services and programs. “Too many people in New Jersey, particularly our young people, are still traveling out of state for addiction treatment services. They’re going to states like Florida and Arizona and California,” he said. At a ribbon cutting Friday, the people behind Hackensack Meridian Urgent Care with Behavioral Health, located across from Jersey Shore University Medical Center, said this could be the first center of its kind in the country. “What I love about what Bob and Don and all of you have done here is you’re setting an example of what the future should look like,” Kennedy said. “We want chronic disease management of these illnesses. We want them integrated into the rest of physical health care.” An estimated 140 attendees visited Neptune City’s urgent care center for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 20. Speakers included Garrett; Parker; former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy; deputy commissioner of Integrated Health for New Jersey Deborah Hartel; and Neptune Mayor Carol Rizzo. In a passionate delivery, Kennedy said the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic and suicide crisis is “pitiful.” Backers and supporters of the new Hackensack Meridian Urgent Care with Behavioral Health center gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 20 in Neptune City.Photo by Allison Perrine Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger said the center fills “a huge niche” and also gets patients out of the emergency room. “I think it’s great. It’s really something I’d like to see expanded.”last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: St Thomas Eastern identified as hotspot

first_imgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has revealed that eastern St Thomas is one of the areas singled out for special attention. The Gleaner team came up on a contingent of JDF  personnel at the Airy Castle Post Office in the Port Morant division of eastern St Thomas, but they were quick to point out that it was just a roving patrol. “Any area that holds more than one polling station; the larger ones we felt that those needed some attention and also tips from the police on areas that they deem as hot spots or concerns raised by their own intelligence. We factored that in too as to where we put soldiers,” Major Everton Morgan said. “St Thomas eastern is one such area and we have chosen around six polling stations where we have had static soldiers from start to finish.” Morgan said he and his team has been visiting the polling stations in the constituency that are not being manned by soldiers. “We are making sure that everything is OK as it relates to security and citizens can feel free to come out and vote and things are orderly and the rule is maintained and there is no congregation at the entrance of the polling station,” Morgan said.  “We are pretty satisfied with what we have seen so far.”last_img read more

Who Explains Whom?

first_imgPicture an evolutionary anthropologist and a Biblical theologian sitting on a park bench having a lively discussion.  The theologian claims the scientist believes in evolution because of pride that came through sin at the Fall.  “Your conscience and innate knowledge of God has been corrupted,” he asserts, “therefore you choose belief systems that rationalize your desire to live autonomously from your Creator.”  The scientist counters that the theologian only believes in God because religion was naturally selected in a primitive ape-like ancestor.  “Deep in prehistory, early hominin populations reinforced beliefs in supernatural beings that provided comfort against natural mysteries,” he claims.  “But now science is shedding light on those mysteries and undermining those primitive beliefs.”  Whose position should have privileged status in a society?  Should the scientist’s explanation automatically be granted epistemic privilege by a culture simply because he is a scientist?  Perhaps some recent examples of evolutionists at work trying to explain human behavior can inform the discussion.Altruism:  PhysOrg printed a press release from UC Davis debating which kind of evolution – cultural or genetic – explains the human propensity for altruism (sacrificial charity).  “Why do people willingly to [sic] go to war, give blood, contribute to food banks and make other sacrifices often at considerable risk to themselves and their descendents?  Evolutionary explanations based on both genes and culture have been proposed for this human behavior, which is unique among vertebrates.”  The article went on to argue for social vs. genetic causes, but the statement makes it clear that non-evolutionary explanations were completely off the table for consideration.  The report in Science Daily spoke of an “equation… that describes the conditions for altruism to evolve.”  Sometimes the explanation mixes causes and results in a “gene-culture coevolution of human prosocial propensities.”  Similarly, National Geographic News tried to show chimpanzees expressing a form of altruism, saying “this adds to evidence that chimps are more similar to humans than previously thought.”  Altruism even applies to amoebas, wrote Science Daily: “In Amoeba World, Cheating Doesn’t Pay.”  It becomes clear looking at their explanation that altruism has no external essence, but is a mere manifestation of selection pressures – a “characteristic” that can be observed from ameba to man.  They did not consider the converse hypothesis.  Is it possible that the scientists are imputing human moral characteristics on non-sentient beings and interpreting animal actions in terms of internally-assumed abilities?  If altruism is a physical trait, why is not the act of explanation?  Why aren’t chimpanzees and amoebas writing papers on human behavior?Leadership:  Science Daily reported on a paper from Current Biology called “The Origins and Evolution of Leadership” that puts Darwin in the lead.  The authors “argue that due to ‘a hangover from our evolutionary past’ factors like age, sex, height and weight play a major part in the determining [sic] our choice of leaders.”  Here’s what Dr. Andrew King (Zoological Society of London) had to say:Evolution has fashioned principles governing leadership and followership over many millions of years.  We need to ground the complex, even mystical, social phenomenon of leadership in science.  Through empirical observation, theoretical models, neuroscience, experimental psychology, and genetics, we can explore the development and adaptive functions of leadership and followership.  This analysis of data, combined with an evolutionary perspective on leadership, might highlight potential mismatches so we can see how evolved mechanisms of leadership are possibly out of kilter with our relatively novel social environment.Dr. King failed to explain how science escapes being an evolved mechanism or gains any power over evolutionary “principles.”  His co-author Dr. Dominic Johnson (University of Edinburgh) thinks it’s about time evolutionary biology tackles this overlooked question, “arguably one of the most important themes in the social sciences.”  He sees overlap between human and animal leadership behaviors that point to evolutionary origins.  He said, “By identifying such origins and examining which aspects are shared with other animals offers us [sic] better ways of understanding, predicting and improving leadership today.”  His evolutionary approach goes beyond explanation, therefore, and advocates social action.1 Sex and war:  In Science this month,2 Hillard Kaplan, an anthropologist at University of New Mexico, reviewed Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World by Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden (BenBella, Dallas, 2008).  The book explores the “phylogenetic origins of human warfare” and describes armed conflict, no matter the players or their causes, in strictly evolutionary terms.  The scope of their explanatory project must be considered when evaluating every conflict from withstanding playground bullies to decisions to liberate Nazi Germany.  Kaplan opened, “They argue that group aggression by males is a fundamental feature of human evolutionary history, whose roots are well developed in our closest living relative, the chimpanzee.”  This would seem to eliminate any rationality for the concept of a “just war,” e.g., an altruistic rescue of an oppressed people (since altruism also falls within the domain of evolutionary explanation).  One can sense the tension between morality and determinism in their explanation:The book begins with Potts’s own experiences in 1972, attending to (and providing abortions for) women who had been raped and abused during the war in Bangladesh.  He recounts the cruelty enacted by groups of men, united in an armed struggle for power, on thousands of women.  He then presents the book’s main thesis: such acts of violence are far from isolated incidents and modern aberrations due to extreme conditions—rather they are the norm for our species.  What Potts calls “behavioral propensities to engage in male coalitional violence” are products of a long evolutionary history, in which males who engaged in such behavior produced more genetic descendants than males without such propensities.  He further argues that coalitional violence by groups of males evolved at least as far back as the common ancestor before the chimpanzee-human divergence and is a direct manifestation of sexual selection on male-male competition.  Such behavioral propensities did not evolve in females of either species.    The term “behavioral propensity” is used throughout the book to highlight the idea that a propensity can be controlled by cultural and social means.  Propensities to form coalitions among males against other males are in some sense genetically programmed into chimpanzee and human psychology, but there are also norms for culturally appropriate behavior as well as social institutions that can serve to counteract those propensities.  In fact, the solution to decreasing violence and warfare in modern times comes from the recognition that our biological heritage has produced very different behavioral propensities in human males and females.The book makes the point that the males’ evolutionary propensities to be violent can be restrained by “empowering women to be leaders in cultural, social, and political spheres.”  This seems to beg the question of the origin of morality.  Why would the products of an evolutionary process restrain what the process produced?  The reviewer and the authors differed only on the methods likely to be most effective.  Kaplan said, “We still lack a definitive understanding of group-level violence and its variation in different societies and during different historical periods.  But I agree with Potts that such an understanding will likely require a joint theory of our biology and social history.”  In evolution, though, is there a difference?PhysOrg also reported on “When Being a Cuckold Makes Evolutionary Sense.”  We’ll leave it as an exercise whether or not “evolutionary sense” is an oxymoron.1.  Science can say, “The earth appears to be warming.”  Explanation says, “The earth is warming because of human industry.”  Activism says, “Because humans are warming the earth, we need to redistribute the wealth and start a depression.”2.  Hillard Kaplan, “Anthropology: Sex and War (and Ecology),” Science, 9 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5950, pp. 232-233, DOI: 10.1126/science.1176071.These three examples (plus one) can be considered representative of a long history of evolutionary speculation about why we act the way we do.  A strong underlying assumption is that these evolutionary explanations are somehow better than the old Biblical ones because they fall within the domain of “science,” and only “science” leads to “understanding.”  The gaps don’t matter; though we “still lack a definitive understanding” of this or that aspect of a phenomenon, someday we will, because “science” is in the business of explaining.  Science explains everything.  When you hear about the evolution of war, the evolution of leadership, or the evolution of altruism, you “understand” it.  Now, using your rationality, you can “control” it.    The inherent tension and contradiction in that mindset should be evident in the above examples.  As we have pointed out numerous times, these scientists are plagiarizing Judeo-Christian presuppositions to engage in the act of explanation.  Rationality refers to concepts that lie outside of naturalism.  Naturalism is impossible.  To explain something, you have to believe that your sensations correspond to external reality.  You have to assume that your explanation contains the possibility it may be true.  How can anyone believe anything, including one’s own brain, that is the product of an unguided process like evolution?  To believe in truth, furthermore, you have to exercise morality – the assumption that truth is good.  None of these things come with the evolutionists’ explanatory toolkit.  If they are there, they were stolen.  In fact, the whole toolkit was stolen.  Using stolen implements, they construct impossible arts and humanities: tales of millions of years of monkey screeching and pounding morphing into Bach (10/17/2009), opera extolling a world without violent males, with moral leaders, with charity for all.  (They forget that Milton wrote the libretto to Paradise Lost, not Darwin.)    Here again we find that explanation is the domain of theology.  The bigotry of modern science is to exclude the contractors who own the tools.  Theologians have answers to why males tend to be violent, why we share traits with chimpanzees, why we are attracted to strong leaders, and why we care about the suffering of our fellow human beings.  None of these phenomena have escaped the notice of great theistic scholars.  None of them lie outside the domain of Scripture.  In our day, imposters have usurped the role of theology.  Evolutionary scientists presume to engage in explanation using tools they did not and could not manufacture.    It’s not clear from any philosophy of science if scientists can, or should, try to explain anything, or how they would do so.  Bas van Fraasen rejected explanation as a function of science.  It should be noted that “folk psychology,” the common-sense version we all practice that attributes reasonings and feelings to our fellow human beings as causes of their actions, works just as well, if not better, than any advanced scientific explanation – thus the popularity of Dr. Laura Schlesinger (who, by the way, advises from an Old Testament presuppositional foundation).  We all assume explanation is what scientists do because we were taught simplistic positivism in middle school.  It’s time to graduate to the real world.  Science does best trying to cure cancer, imitate design in nature, predict earthquakes and the weather, explore space, measure, observe, study, classify, organize, falsify, predict, learn, find relationships, derive equations, and inform technology.  Anyone presuming to explain nature without a theological premise is engaging in self-refuting nonsense.  Go re-read those three entries above in that light.  Now it all makes sense.  They engage in counterfeit explanations because they are prideful, irrational sinners, in rebellion against their Creator.    If scientists really want to understand human nature, if they want to do something about war and brutality, and increase levels of charity, nothing can beat the record of transforming lives by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ: Example 1: from gang banger to soulwinner; example 2: from proud evolutionary biologist to joyful Christian; example 3 from terrorist to liberator of souls; example 4: from genocide torturer to repentant follower of Christ.  Don’t look to science for results like this.  Open the Operations Manual and get people back on track, one life at a time.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New nuclear power plants ‘by 2020’

first_imgThe challenge was to make sure the country was able to develop the necessary technology, Peters said, adding, however, that the local industry would be given ample time to develop such technology before construction started on the nuclear power station. “In February next year or early next year we will be submitting to Cabinet our plan,” said Peters. 23 November 2009 “If, for instance, we build the next generation nuclear fleet of 20 000 megawatts, we estimate that we will create around 70 000 direct jobs in the South African economy,” she said. “This figure will be much higher if we include approximately 300 000 indirect jobs that will be created throughout the entire nuclear value chain.” Peters said that a nuclear power plant would enhance the country’s energy mix, as traditionally South Africa has relied on coal-generated electricity. For South Africa to be able to produce nuclear power, specialised skills would be needed, and the minister said these skills would first be sourced in the country before looking abroad. South Africa could have the first of its new nuclear power plants by 2020 if the Cabinet approves a proposal expected to be put forward by the Department of Energy.center_img The introduction of nuclear technology would also see the creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs, she said Energy Minister Dipuo Peters announced in Pretoria last week that her ministry was to submit a proposal on the construction of a nuclear power plant to the Cabinet early next year. The department is currently engaging role-players such as the Department of Science and Technology on the plan. Energy security, job creation Source: BuaNews Technology developmentlast_img read more

You Want a Conversation

first_imgIn order of preference and effectiveness, face-to-face is the very best way to sell, followed by video face to video face, followed by the telephone. Email doesn’t appear on this list because it isn’t a method you should use to do any actual selling.Yet, some people write massive missives in hopes of convincing their prospective to buy, or at least to take the next step. They send proof providers to show their dream clients that they are a good company, full of good people, with a really good product. Those emails don’t get read, nor do they evoke a response. They also send proposals with pricing, anticipating the return email with a signed contract and an order. Instead, they get a prospective client who avoids their calls and their email.Selling is not about the exchange of information, even though information is surely exchanged. Selling is about conversations. Face-to-face meetings are always conversations. This is also true of face to face video meetings over Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts. The telephone is still an excellent tool for conversing with a prospective client about change, even if inferior to the prior two choices.Poor, small email is no match for other more powerful mediums when it comes to sales. Email doesn’t allow for a conversation. The communication medium is asynchronous, meaning one person can speak, and they have to wait for a period of time to receive a reply. Letters were a wonderful form of communication when there were not better methods available, but no one needs a digital pen pal.What you want most of all in sales is a conversation. You want to listen to and speak with your prospective client and the people on their teams. You want to be able to riff on ideas, get to know each other, and work on problems together. In all cases, you want the best medium for the outcome you are trying to achieve.If you want a real sales conversation, you aren’t going to do much worse than email. Move yourself up to a medium that better serves your outcomes. That medium is, in all likelihood, the phone. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

SHI Gets ABS Cyber Approval for Smart Ship Solution

first_imgzoom Classification society ABS has granted a Certificate of CyberSafety Compliance for Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) Smart Ship Solution.As explained, the goal of SHI’s Smart Ship Solution is improving vessel efficiencies using real time data from hull and equipment sensors in collaboration with land-based technical and fleet managers.Real-time data transfer between ship and shore facilities — to enable automated operations — presents a growing cybersecurity challenge for the marine and offshore industries, ABS said.According to the classification society, the shipbuilder’s solution adheres to ABS Guide for Cybersecurity Implementation for the Marine and Offshore Industries and ISO 27000 series, IT Security Control Code of Practice.“SHI Smart Ship Solution was successfully tested and evaluated for compliance with the ABS Cybersecurity Guide,” Paul R. Walters, Director of the Global ABS CyberSafety® program, said.“ABS is pleased to be working with SHI to ensure the next generation of vessels is better equipped to address the increased level of cyber risk they will certainly face,” Walters added.“Gaining the ABS Certificate of CyberSafety Compliance is an important first step to apply the Smart Ship Solution in the marine and offshore industries. Through the ABS/SHI Joint Development Project, SHI is proud to acquire the world’s first ship system ABS Certificate of CyberSafety Compliance,” Dong-Yeon Lee, SHI Ship and Offshore Performance Research Center Vice President, commented.ABS said it will work with SHI on next-generation cybersecurity technology for smart ships focused on both the ship’s onboard architecture and its onshore fleet management cybersecurity architecture going forward.last_img read more

California wineries assess wildfires longterm effects

first_imgNAPA, Calif. – A month after deadly wildfires swept through California’s famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colours. On the heels of the disaster, a new winery is opening, keeping the name it chose some time ago: Ashes and Diamonds.The fires had only a minimal effect on the area’s wineries, according to the Wine Institute, an advocacy and policy group. Of the 1,200 wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino, about 10 were destroyed or heavily damaged, and 90 per cent of this year’s harvest already was complete, the institute said.Most vineyards were spared due to their high moisture content, and some even helped save surrounding structures by acting as fire breaks.But many operators are now grappling with other long-term effects from the fires that killed 43 people and wiped out 8,900 buildings: making up for losses from being closed at the busiest time of year, assessing the impact of smoke and other environmental damage on this year’s vintage, and persuading tourists to return after weeks of news coverage of the fires’ devastation.One of the most graphic scenes of destruction to emerge was that of the Signorello Estate winery engulfed in flames. Lost in the fire was the Napa winery’s signature stone hospitality building. A kitchen, corporate offices, a wine lab and owner Ray Signorello Jr.’s home also were destroyed.“We lost all our servers, systems, computers, the things we used to do business,” Signorello said. But he plans to rebuild and says he’s “trying to get people back to work.”At Cardinale Winery in Oakville, where just one Cabernet Sauvignon vintage is made from prized mountain appellations each year, winemaker Chris Carpenter is eyeing the grapes cautiously. He was a rare winemaker willing to say the fires’ effects would be felt for years, noting there also will be environmental issues to contend with.Only 50 per cent of Cardinale’s harvest was finished when the fires erupted, and he’s worried about smoke tainting what remains.“All the questions are unknown right now, and we hope to have a handle on that after fermentation,” Carpenter said.Carpenter said he had a chance to try some smoke-tainted wines in 2008, and they were not very pleasant – like a bacon-flavoured wine.“If we sense any of that, we won’t bottle,” he said.Things already appeared to be returning to normal for guests at Sonoma’s Gundlach Bundschu winery, where dozens of tourists soaked up the sun outside the tasting room a few weeks after the fires. Nearby blackened hills were the only visible reminder of what recently occurred.The winery celebrated its reopening with a community party that raised $16,000 for a fund to help fire victims, said sixth-generation vintner Katie Bundschu, who oversees marketing and sales.“It was a place to come and give each other hugs,” said Bundschu, whose own family has been dealing with the loss of her parents’ home.Now the push is on to lure visitors back to the three counties, which together saw more than $3.7 billion in tourism spending in 2016.Wineries are filling the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle with ads. “We are open and welcome you back to Napa!” read one. Some are donating their tasting room fees to wildfire relief charities.The state’s tourism commission, Visit California, is spending $2 million on an advertising campaign to encourage visitors to return.“Tourism is the wine country’s lifeblood,” said president and CEO Caroline Beteta. If the groups hosting fundraisers spread their goodwill across the region, she said, “I think they will be back and running and be able to host the world as they were before.”Once people understand everything is not burned down, tourism will return within a few months, said Eric Luse, the winemaker and owner of Eric Ross Winery in Glen Ellen.Standing outside his empty tasting room and looking at passing cars, he mused, “If you’re not optimistic, you are in the wrong business.”last_img read more

Only BCCI can answer why I didnt play IPL last year

first_imgJaipur: The BCCI had acted voluntarily while banning Steve Smith and David Warner from last edition of IPL on ball tampering charges and the former Australian captain said that only the Indian board can answer why it panned out that way. Cricket Australia’s one year ban was from international cricket and the duo were well within their rights to a play domestic T20 league like IPL but the richest cricket board in the world decided to impose their own sanctions. Smith, whose one-year ban ends on March 29 will be available for Rajasthan Royals’ first game on March 25 but it will depend on the condition of his elbow. “I am available for all the matches and BCCI has to answer that why I was not allowed to play earlier,” Smith took a dig at the BCCI during a promotional event on Friday. Speaking after the jersey launch ceremony, Smith said that he was looking forward for the tournament. “It is exciting to be back on field and I am looking forward to the tournament,” he said during an announcement. With his international ban set to end on March 29, Smith will be eyeing good IPL in order to make it to the World Cup squad.last_img read more

11 killed in bar shooting in Brazil

first_imgRio de Janeiro: At least 11 people have been killed in a shooting at a bar in Brazil’s Para state, police said. The shooting took place on Sunday in the city of Belem when seven gunmen arrived at the bar and began shooting, Xinhua news agency reported. They killed six women, among them the bar’s owner, and five men, according to the Military Police. One person was injured and taken to the hospital. An investigation into the shooting was opened by the Civil Police’s Homicide Division, but the motive behind the shooting is still unknown.last_img read more