With the Harvard women’s hockey team protecting a 5-1 advantage in the closing minutes of its NCAA regional showdown versus Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon (March 15), a small contingent of Crimson fans suddenly filled Bright Hockey Center with a battle cry. “Min-ah-so-ta” they sang, followed by a rhythmic succession of hand claps (two slow, three fast). Ever the educated sports fans, those Harvard hockey nuts – making up a good majority of the 1,497 on hand – weren’t just whistling Dixie.In dispensing the eight-seeded Big Green, 5-1, the No. 1 Crimson squad (31-1-0; 27-0-0, ECAC) punched its ticket to the big dance in Duluth, scheduled for March 20 and 22 at the city’s Entertainment and Convention Center. With the victory, the Harvard program is set to make its fifth Frozen Four appearance (the team competed in the tourney in 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005). And though the Crimson captured the American Women’s College Hockey Alliance national championship in 1999, the women’s NCAA title – established in 2001 – has remained elusive for the Cambridge team.The semifinals, scheduled for this evening (March 20), will pit Harvard against the fourth-seeded (and reigning national champion) University of Wisconsin Badgers. Opening face-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. The No. 2 and 3 seeds, meanwhile, the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and the University of New Hampshire, respectively, will play in the other semifinal matchup at 9 p.m. The prevailing squads will then vie for the championship two days later (March 22) at 1:30 p.m.Against Dartmouth, Harvard avoided a scoreless first period (and a wasted 17-shot effort) when Jenny Brine ’09 knocked a close-range blast by Carli Clemis with 33 ticks remaining. It marked the junior’s 18th goal of the season.The Crimson found its groove in the middle stanza when the team rattled off two straight goals (courtesy of Kate Buesser ’11 and Sarah Vaillancourt ’09) within a four-minute period to take a 3-0 advantage. And though the Big Green made it a two-goal game at the 16:36 mark of the second period following Sarah Parsons’ unassisted tally past Harvard’s Christina Kessler (30 saves on the day), the Crimson later recorded a pair of power-play goals in the final period to thwart the visitor’s momentum.Such capitalization on player-up opportunities has served Harvard well all season long. (In the midst of a 21-game win streak, the women’s last setback was Dec. 14.) For head coach Katey Stone – who incidentally earned her 300th career victory with the win – the Crimson’s aptitude in that department speaks to many of the team’s strengths. “I think we have a lot of weapons; we have a lot of versatility. Our players are really good at figuring out where the holes are,” she explained following the game. “I think we have some pretty dynamic kids and so we’re able to do a lot of things that help us be successful.”The No. 1 Harvard women icers will take on the University of Wisconsin at 6 p.m. (EST) today (March 20) for the right to play either the University of New Hampshire or the University of Minnesota, Duluth, on Saturday (March 22) at 1:30 p.m. (EST) for the national title. For scores and updates, visit http://www.harvard.edu or http://www.gocrimson.com.
MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (AP) – A Metra commuter train heading into Chicago collided with a semitrailer, killing the truck’s driver and causing a minor derailment.Metra spokeswoman Judy Pardonett says the train’s passengers were evacuated after the collision in Mount Prospect on Friday. The collision also started a fire under one of the cars, but all of the train’s cars remained upright. Pardonett confirms that the truck’s driver was killed. She says none of the passengers were seriously injured.WFLD-TV reports that motorist Susan Bass witnessed the accident. Bass says the truck turned suddenly into the train’s path, despite no-crossing signs being down.The collision ended with the cab of the truck separated from the rest of the vehicle.[bc_video account_id=”” player_id=”” video_id=””]
“Unhoused individuals were brought into the church to get them out of the cold,” the department tweeted. It was unclear exactly how many people were wounded, but some of the injuries were life-threatening, police said. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo initially tweeted that a suspect had been arrested, but police later said no arrest could be confirmed. KTVU-TV reported that a 22-year-old man was apprehended in the stabbing. The stabbing happened at Grace Baptist Church in San Jose, where police said on Twitter that no services were taking place. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Two people died and multiple others were injured in a stabbing Sunday night at a church in California where homeless people had been brought to shelter from the cold weather, police said. Video shown by news outlets near the church showed several ambulances and police cars, and police tape and traffic cones cordoning off the road.
Related Shows View Comments Peter and the Starcatcher will close on January 12, 2014. The show began off-Broadway, transferred to Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it played from April 2012-January 2013, and then transferred back off-Broadway to New World Stages in March 2013. At the time of its closing, the production will have played a combined 645 performances on and off-Broadway. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 12, 2014 Peter and the Starcatcher, which won the 2012 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite New Play and five Tony Awards, is an imaginative prequel to the story of Peter Pan. Directed by Alex Timbers and Roger Reese and written by Rick Elice, the play with music features a company of 12 actors playing more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? Peter and the Starcatcher The current cast of Peter and the Starcatcher features Rick Holmes (Black Stache), Nicole Lowrance (Molly), Jordan Geiger (Boy), Edward Baker-Duly (Lord Aster), Matt D’Amico (Slank), Kevin Del Aguila (Smee), Jimmy Keiffer (Alf), Josh Grisetti (Fighting Prawn), Alex Hernandez (Captain Scott), Nate Miller (Ted), Andrew Mueller (Prentiss), Jon Patrick Walker (Mrs. Bumbrake), Joanna Howard, Evan Johnson, José Restrepo and Graham Stevens. “In the current Broadway landscape, a nearly two year run of a new American play is rare,” lead producers Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price and Tom Smedes said in a statement, “so we’re grateful to the show’s many fans for embracing us like they have.”
FROM THE TEAM: Team Saxo Bank rejects all insinuations and accusations that have been made in the media regarding Fabian Cancellara’s alleged use of an electric motor in his bike. Team Saxo Bank is strongly opposed to any form of cheating and there is absolutely no truth to this story. There was not and never has been a motor in any Team Saxo Bank rider’s bike.In principle, Team Saxo Bank does not comment on rumors. However, with the irresponsible distribution of this story and related video, a myth has been developed that needs to be addressed. We will not participate in the furthering of this story and find the marketing platform now created for the engine manufacturer completely out of place and unwarranted. We are confident that the majority of those people who have come across this video see if for exactly what it is, A creative, amateur artist’s attempt to express a purely hypothetical idea that has not basis of fact or truth. It is a work of fiction, disguised as documentary.We regret if this has led anyone to view Team Saxo Bank in a negative way and we are deeply offended by the questioning of Fabian Cancellara’s integrity, character and abilities. Fabian possesses incredible ability and talent and is a true professional. Fabian has provided Team Saxo Bank and cycling fans the world over with countless memorable victories and tremendous performances. Fabian’s victories in Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix embody everything that is beautiful about our sport, strength, endurance, suffering, passion, drama and teamwork. Fabian’s victories are the result of dedication, hard work and sacrifice as well as his unique ability to rise to the occasion when striving to reach his goals. We are confident that the public can see through the nonsense this myth has presented and respect Fabian for what he is. A true Champion.There will be no further Team comment on this situation as we feel the insinuations do not warrant further time or energy.Editor’s note: Yes, we covered this by showing the video, so we’re as guilty as anyone else for lending any credibility to this nonsense, but seriously, does anyone really believe he (or any other pro for that matter) put a freakin’ motor in their bicycle? If you’ve happened to download the Sufferfest: Fight Club trainer video, you’ll be witness again and again to Cancellara’s motoring (oops, poor word choice, I suppose) cadence of 120+ at insane efforts. It’s easy to dismiss such wondrous things as having a man behind the curtain, but sometimes it’s nice to just believe that hard work, commitment and some fortunate genetics can give people the ability to do what few others can.
Related Wattbike has announced its support of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with the supply of a suite of Wattbikes for use by elite athletes and coaches across a range of sports.As a premier indoor training bike for the elite sports community, Wattbike provides USOC with ‘a wealth of scientifically accurate training data to ensure athletes are in peak condition for top-level competition.’ The Wattbike will be used for training, testing and rehabilitation across the full range of Olympic sports.USOC, the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States provides support for elite athletes in their pursuit of excellence. The Wattbikes will be located at USOC’s Olympic Training Center, a state-of-the-art sports medicine and sport science facility catering to over 500 athletes and coaches.Alex Skelton, Marketing Director at Wattbike, said “This announcement of a new fleet of bikes to support the United States Olympic Committee reinforces the Wattbike’s reputation as the premier indoor training bike for elite coaches and athletes. The versatility of the Wattbike across a range of sports and training scenarios will really add value to USOC’s ambitions for success on the international sporting stage.”Alan Ashley, Chief of Sport for the US Olympic Committee, said “Wattbike has been an essential training and testing tool for the athletes at the US Olympic Training Centers. Through the generosity of partners like Wattbike, the USOC can continue to support the elite US Olympic and Paralympic athletes’ performance objectives.”Wattbike is distributed in the United States by WOODWAY USA.www.wattbike.comwww.woodway.com
The First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Escambia County bench, created by the appointment of Judge John Simon to the circuit court.Applicants must have been members of the Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and reside in Escambia County.Applications are available at www.floridabar.org. An original and 14 copies of the completed application must be received by Sally Fox, JNC chair, 30 South Spring Street, Pensacola 32502, no later than noon on November 21. Per the Governor’s instructions, applications should be printed on three-ring-hole-punched paper and should not be bound. Potential applicants who have questions may contact the chair at (850) 433-6581.Interviews are tentatively scheduled for December 19-20 at the court administration conference room on the fifth floor of the Escambia County Judicial Center in Pensacola. November 1, 2011 Regular News Escambia County needs a judge Escambia County needs a judge
Ensemble Real Estate Solutions closed out 2Q 2013 with 59 medical office transactions totaling more than $18.9M in total lease value, representing a 38% increase in total leasing activity when compared to Ensemble’s 2012 second quarter.With a little more than 200,000 SF in closed deals, some of the notable transactions include:>> An 11,000 SF renewal for Obstetrix Medical Group of North America, PLLC at Rosenberg Children’s Medical Plaza on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.>> A new 7,400 SF lease for Orthopedic Specialists of North America at Deer Valley Medical Office Building II on the campus of John C. Lincoln Deer Valley“Despite the economic challenges of the past few years, we are seeing signs of an uptick in activity, both in terms of new space inquiries and existing tenants asking to renew their leases,” said Bill Molloy, Managing Director and CEO of Ensemble Real Estate Solutions. “The entire team is feeling positive about the outlook for 2013 and 2014.”Moving into the second half of 2013, the company plans to begin construction on Surprise Medical Plaza Phase II. This project follows Ensemble’s first development, Surprise Medical Plaza I, on THE CITY master planned campus in the heart of Surprise, Arizona. The first phase of the project was completed in 2012 and is currently 80% leased.
U.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) helped secure extensive workers relief provisions in the emergency coronavirus response bill, including direct payments to New Mexico families and an emergency four-month expansion of unemployment insurance (UI) worth an additional $600 per week. The third congressional COVID-19 funding package that passed the Senate Wednesday, and the House passed today, also includes protections for furloughed workers that safeguard employer-provided health insurance.The direct payments will provide the vast majority of New Mexicans with a one-time $1,200 payment, with married couples receiving $2,400, with an additional $500 for each child. The payment amounts start to phase down above income levels of $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for joint filers, and completely phase out above $100,000 and $200,000 respectively. One independent estimate of an earlier but similar version of the proposal estimated the average New Mexico family would receive over $1,800 and the state’s population as a whole would receive over $1.8 billion combined. The payments are based on 2019 or 2018 tax returns, and include those without income tax liability. If no return is available, the payments will be made through information in 2019 Social Security Benefit Statements. They are expected to be made as early as three weeks after final passage, according to the Department of the Treasury.The expansion of unemployment assistance means more workers’ will see assistance that covers more of their lost wages, with many workers receiving 100% of their previous pay. The expansion also opens up the unemployment insurance program for the self-employed and part-time gig workers for the next four months, who would not otherwise have been eligible to apply for unemployment insurance. The bipartisan funding bill expands the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week to meet the unprecedented need from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensures that laid-off workers have more means to make ends meet during a time of public health closures. The agreement ensures that all workers are protected whether they work for businesses small, medium or large, along with those who are self-employed or work in the gig economy. The provisions also allow workers to get unemployment insurance more quickly and allow furloughed workers to stay on as employees and receive health benefits while receiving UI so they are ready to quickly resume work with their employer and restart the American economy when the COVID-19 pandemic draws to a close. “Across the country and throughout New Mexico, workers have lost their jobs and are facing unprecedented economic hardship – almost overnight and through no fault of their own. The American people deserve our full support during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, and help is on the way to New Mexico families and workers,” Udall said. “The bill passed this week puts workers and working families first—over corporate executive bonuses and no-strings-attached corporate bailouts. It puts money into the hands of all New Mexico families that need it and every worker losing a job. This funding is vital to our economic future because it will help families today with their bills while helping to alleviate some of the stresses of tomorrow—money in the bank today and a better chance at a job to return to in the future. I will continue to fight for all New Mexicans to ensure that working people have what they need to stay healthy while providing for themselves and their families.” “Workers who have lost their jobs—even if only temporarily—are deeply worried about how they can support their families who depend on their paychecks,” Heinrich said. “Unemployment insurance will serve as an essential lifeline for them during this crisis. I’m proud that our negotiations secured a massive expansion of benefits and eligibility for the unemployment insurance program so that all workers in New Mexico impacted by this economic upheaval can receive the support they need. Democrats also fought to double the direct cash payments to working Americans. I will hold the administration accountable for delivering this much needed relief to New Mexico families as soon as possible so they can have the peace of mind they need to ride out this storm.”The New Mexico senators also advocated for a provision that was included in the bill to enable paid leave for New Mexicans who work at the national labs or as federal contractors at other federal facilities in the state, if they cannot perform telework due to the nature of their duties. Without this provision, potentially thousands of New Mexicans working at the labs and other federal sites would be forced to drain their leave and eventually lose pay if they are unable to telework because their job cannot be performed remotely. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third ‘phase’ of coronavirus response passed by Congress. That bill is expected to be passed by the House of Representatives on Friday and President Trump has committed to signing it into law as soon as possible thereafter. The bill also includes unprecedented direct support to small businesses to enable them to keep paying employees during this public health emergency [link to small biz release] and a major investment in the needs of hospitals and frontline health care workers who are faced with rapidly increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients.Udall and Heinrich also voted for the second ‘phase,’ the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, to provide free nation-wide testing for COVID-19 and initial economic relief for the impacts of the pandemic and the associated public health response. In addition, Udall and Heinrich voted for the first measure – an $8.3 billion supplemental appropriations bill, to provide the first wave of support for the country’s public health infrastructure and social safety net programs.
RCLC News:The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) Board will meet online at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 15. The agenda for this meeting can be viewed HERE.Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and upon consultation with legal counsel, RCLC Chairman Henry Roybal has directed that the May 15, 2020 RCLC board meeting be conducted via the electronic media application Zoom.In accordance with Open Meetings Act guidelines published by the New Mexico Attorney General, RCLC members of the public wishing to attend may view the meeting via Zoom, by linking to the following URL address, or listen by calling the conference call line listed below:Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/7487396057, Meeting ID: 748 739 6057Zoom dial in: (748) 739 6057, Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ab9QKihTg5Conference Call dial in: (605) 313-5545, Access Code: 606547#