Man charged with slapping, choking wife

first_img Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp An Odessa Police Department probable cause affidavit detailed that for the second time in less than six months a 50-year-old man assaulted his wife. Fermin Gomez Jr. was charged with continuous violence against the family, a third-degree felony. The second reported assault happened around 12:28 a.m. Dec. 19 in the 1400 block of S. Allegheny Avenue, the affidavit stated. The first reported assault happened Aug. 16. The complainant, identified as Marily Ortiz Hernandez, reportedly told officers that her husband, who she verbally identified as Gomez, had arrived home intoxicated and asked her for his wallet. Hernandez stated that when she told him she didn’t know Gomez became verbally aggressive toward her, the affidavit detailed. Hernandez stated the argument led to the backyard where he pushed her against the fence, repeatedly slapped her with an open hand in her face and used both of his hands to grab her neck as he stated he was going to kill her. Officers reportedly saw Hernandez have visible redness and swelling on her mouth and cheeks as well as light bleeding on her right cheek and on her upper back. Gomez was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. Bond hasn’t been set as of Tuesday morning, jail records show. Twitter Man charged with slapping, choking wife CrimeFelony ArrestsLocal News TAGS  center_img By Digital AIM Web Support – December 22, 2020 Previous articleHumberto Polanco Jr.Next articleMan charged with running over woman Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more


first_img:10 Hey, here’s to one of the best guys you’ll ever want to meet…and one of the fastest! We don’t have enough paper to list all his awards but trust me when I tell you Buddy Alli is still one of the fastest men on the planet. Running in the Senior Division for the past 10 years or so, Buddy has set records all over the world and has set them against some of the world’s all time greatest ­athletes like Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, former NFL Legend. “Buddy”…here’s to you, you’re well deserved just due! And guess what else? You’re now in “The Locker Room”!!!:09 Speaking of “Good Guys” and I was. Al Smith…no matter what they say bad about you and your coaching—and trust me they do say bad things—You’re still my main man… well not my main man, but you’re like my 3rd…8th.…well, you’re in my top 50 all time main man list.:08 I want to send out one last “Bench Press Salute” to one of Pittsburgh’s greatest ever pioneer body builders and weight lifters Steve Nesbit. Steve passed away a few weeks ago at a far too young age much like many other legends from the Pittsburgh community; Maurice Lucas, Sonny Lewis, Kenny Durrett, Jeep Kelly, Dwight White, Willie Stargell, and Roberto Clemente just to name a few.:07 Carmello Anthony I ain’t mad at ya but there’s a reason there’s an old saying that goes…“What goes around comes around”. I’m not saying you had no right to go to “The Knicks” but as you’re about to get swept by “The Heat” I bet you wish you were in Denver trying to upset “The Lakers” with the beard Ed “Harden” and the boys? Yes you do…yes you do!!!:06 Never mind “Are you ready for some football.” Do you want to have a good time right now? #1 Go see The Pittsburgh Power Pro Football arena team, a great time. Lynn Swann… great job man! #2 Go see The Pirates …Now, I know I diss them all the time. But if you want to have a good time you cannot beat PNC Park. Oh just shut up and go, will ya!:05 Tired of being broke! Want a job? Call my man Bruce Schifino. He’s got a job for you mmmaaannn! No I am serious, call him and tell him I told you to call 412-670-3505—don’t thank me, it’s what I do.:04 Ok, ok, the Miami Heat might win the NBA East, are you happy now? But I’ll tell you what the NBA front office is hoping for; a Miami Heat, L.A. Lakers championship. That would blow the roof off the sucker!!!:03 For you new New Penn Hills residents, here are three things from me to you, with respect and love. #1 It’s called a lawn mower. #2 Don’t over think it, just paint. #3 You and I both know that car will never run again. Get rid of it! I am just saying!!:02 The NFL’s latest fines won’t stop “Headhunters” in the league but it will stop headhunters in the league from talking so damn much. C’mon man!:01 HHHHHeeeeeerrrrreeee we go!!! At the Buzzer:For you Marvel fans, “The Avengers” is a 5 Basketball Awardee and I only give out 4. Nuff said! Phaze I of The Fantastic Voyage is in. Now on to Phaze II. Coming up on Friday June 1 the First Friday Oldies Par-Tay moves to the Holiday Inn in Monroeville, across from the new UPMC, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Free parking, Eatin’, Drinkin’ & Dancin’ and the Corvette Club is bringing 5 birthday parties to the Par-Tay!!~ Double Overtime ~The New Connie Hawkins Summer Youth Basketball Development League is taking entries for the summer season. Middle School Boys 7th, 8th & 9th Graders. Call The Champions right now to get in, only 4 roster spots left. “37 Years” and still going strong!!! Come “Fly With The Hawk”~ This Game Is Over ~last_img read more


first_imgBILL NEALSPECIAL EDITION: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE STEELER/RAVENS GAME AND, OF COURSE, IN TOP 10 STYLE.:10—No, I wasn’t in “my spot”, but I was in a great spot with my main man Kevin Cameron, aka “The Aliquippa Agent” (Always representing “The Quipps”. Also aka…“The Baseball Purest” (so he says), but I’ll tell you what was pure…pure gold that is and that was Section 520 where we were sitting.  Fantastic seats from the left corner of the end zone facing the river.  And you know that “Rowdy Crowd” that Hank Williams had at his place on “Monday Nights?” Well, they’re all in Kevin’s corner and they—are— lively!  It is important to note however, like every section, they do have their resident idiot/drunk.…yeah, you know who you are.  Grow up mmmaaannn!last_img read more

Western Fastest Outlaws Spring Series to Host Inaugural Season in 2015

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Ben Deatherage for Grays Harbor RacewayPhoto Courtesy of Malcolm White Photography2015 will see the dawn of an exciting new era in 360 Sprint Car racing in the Pacific Northwest as a new touring Sprint Car series will be born. That new series will be named the Western Fastest Outlaws Sprint Series and will continue to bring to Sprint Car fans the best drivers the Western United States has to offer at some of the top tier facilities in the entire country. Be prepared to feel the earth shake as these 700+ horsepower fire-breathing monsters do battle at a track near you. This is something you do not want to miss.  Be sure and don’t miss out on any of the latest news or information by visiting the new site at .Below this release is the complete 2015 WFO Sprint Series tentative schedule as well as links to the rules, payout, and race format.  A printable copy of the schedule can be found here . Currently as of right now there are fifteen exciting action-packed events scheduled at six different and exciting race tracks in the great states of Oregon, California, and Washington. Each action-packed thrilling main event is $2,000.00 to win and $300.00 to start unless stated otherwise.Brian Crockett will be appointed for duties of Series Director after several seasons successfully running various 360 Sprint touring organizations in the Pacific Northwest. He brings a wealth of racing knowledge to his position as he is one of the most decorated drivers ever to come out of California.This exciting and new season will get started in late April at the Cottage Grove Speedway for two nights of action. In May there will be another two nights of action packed racing at two Oregon tracks over Memorial Day weekend which will held at Cottage Grove Speedway and Southern Oregon Speedway.Don’t miss out on the always thrilling Speedweek Northwest featuring six awesome races in seven nights that attracts some of the nation’s best drivers. Speedweek Northwest for the second consecutive year will start at Yreka, California’s bullring known as Siskiyou Motor Speedway and will trek north eventually concluding at the Cottage Grove Speedway on Independence Day weekend. The Saturday July 4th Speedweek finale at Cottage Grove Speedway $5,000.00 will go to the main event winner and is sure to bring some big names to the table looking to take home the prize money as it is one of the biggest paying 360 Sprint Car races in the West.A wonderful doubleheader in August will take place between Siskiyou Motor Speedway in California and Southern Oregon Speedway in White City. And the whole season will come down to two exciting nights in late September at the Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Washington to crown the first ever WFO Sprint Series champion.Be sure and stay tuned for more press releases and stories in regards to this new and exciting Sprint Car series. 2015 is definitely going to be a fantastic inaugural season for the WFO Sprint Series. For drivers have any questions regarding the series are more than welcomed to contact Series Director Brian Crockett at (541)-510-0757 [email protected] Information:2015 Tentative Western Fastest Outlaw Sprint Series ScheduleApril 24th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, ORApril 25th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, ORMay 23rd Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, ORMay 24th Southern Oregon Speedway White City, ORJune 28th Siskiyou Motor Speedway Yreka, CA (Speedweek Northwest)June 29th Southern Oregon Speedway White City, OR (Speedweek Northwest)June 30th Coos Bay Speedway Coos Bay, OR (Speedweek Northwest)July 1st Travel DayJuly 2nd Willamette Speedway Lebanon, OR (Speedweek Northwest)July 3rd Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR (Speedweek Northwest)July 4th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR (Speedweek Northwest)August 14th Siskiyou Motor Speedway Yreka, CAAugust 15th Southern Oregon Speedway White City, ORSeptember 25th State Fair Raceway Yakima, WASeptember 26th State Fair Raceway Yakima, WAPrintable Schedule- Rules- Race Format- Payout- read more

Restaurant Owner Concerned About Noise Nuisance Ordinance

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Under a noise nuisance ordinance approved by the Borough Council at its Tuesday meeting, Tommy Bonfiglio, the owner of Tommy’s Tavern & Tap said he could wind up in prison.“Four tickets and Tommy is going to go to jail,” Bonfiglio said, referring to the portion of the revised code that states the fourth noise offense could result in imprisonment for as many as 90 days.The first three offenses would result in monetary fines.“I am an asset to the town,” said Bonfiglio, referring to the popularity of his restaurant. “They are a residential community in a business district,” he said, referring to the Nautilus a condominium adjacent to Tommy’s, whose residents have complained about the noise from his restaurant.The town’s Master Plan encouraged the establishment of a vibrant business district in the borough, and Bonfiglio invested $5 million in the restaurant, he said.“The issue is everything that happens after 10 p.m.,” Mayor Dina Long said.Bonfiglio questioned the 10 p.m. time after which noises were regulated. “Who goes to bed at 10 p.m.?” he asked.He said, “I’m getting tickets day and night,” referring to his fear that there will be many complaints about noise from his restaurant.He suggested the Nautilus residents could place fans or air conditioners in their windows and lessen the noise at night, but they told him they wanted to sleep with their windows open. It will now be up to the police to determine what constitutes a noise violation in some cases. Under the revision of the town’s noise nuisance code, if the noise cannot be measured by a decibel meter, the police will make the decision if it’s a violation.But residents can still make a civil complaint and bring the matter to court even if the police do not consider the noise a violation. The new code establishes the permissible decibel levels for different noises in the borough, but said proof of a violation in some instances will be determined by “plainly audible means.” That determination would be made 50 feet from the property line of the noise source or within the property if the complainant and noise nuisance share common property.Although many of the noises designated by the code can be measured on a meter, human voices cannot, according to the borough police, Councilman Marc Leckstein said at the meeting.After questions from some attending the meeting asking if the borough could use different decibel meters that could register human voices, Police Chief John Sorrentino said the police department used the meter required by the state, which they are trained to use and which are calibrated yearly.Janice Pattison is a resident of the Nautilus condominiums, adjacent to Tommy’s Tavern + Tap. The condominiums occupants have frequently complained about noise from the restaurant’s outdoor area, which is on the other side of the fence separating the two properties. Pattison said Tommy’s property line is 16 feet away from her residence. She questioned how that would be handled under the ordinance’s 50-feet minimum. Pattison said if the police officer went in the back of her building to determine the noise level, the building would block the noise.“The officer is not going to put a building between him and the sound source,” Councilman Kevin Birdsall said, but would be able to use other places 50 feet from Tommy’s property lines to assess the noise.Borough Attorney Roger McLaughlin said the revision of the code was “a borough-wide ordinance,” and not designed for a specific location.Birdsall said he wanted to maintain the town’s atmosphere as a lively summer place to come to, but not on the level of Belmar. He said the ordinance gave the residents the chance to complain and also gave the owners of establishments the ability to “self-police” the noise. He conceded the fines were not going to stop noise problems, but possible jail time could.Council members Leckstein, Birdsall, and Jack Keeler voted for the ordinance, but Charlie Rooney voted “no.”“I think it will be very difficult for our police department to make the decisions on their own,” he said, referring to not being able to use decibel meters to measure voice complaints. Leckstein said Wednesday if the police declined to file a complaint about a noise if called to the scene by a resident, the resident could file a civil complaint and use any methods to prove to a judge that a violation had occurred, including but not limited to a cellphone, tape recorder, or witnesses.After the meeting, Thomas Pattison, Jennifer’s husband, said about the new ordinance “I hope it works out. The proof is in the pudding.”last_img read more


first_imgRichard MandellaWayne HughesGary StevensPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff is of course the Breeders’ Cup legend and one of the all-time greats, Beholder. We’re fortunate to be joined here by trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Gary Stevens. Congratulations to you both. Incredible performance. Gary, to start, I would just love for you to take us through the race, if you wouldn’t mind.GARY STEVENS: She warmed up just unbelievable today. She was very, very focused. Very relaxed, and her start was probably the sharpest start of her career, believe it or not. She wasn’t standing perfectly in there. She was kind of up in the front of the gate, and I like her back a little bit. But when you load last, you take what they give you, and, man, she left there. She charged for about 50 yards, and breaking from the outside looking in. I said, well, I guess we’re going again. I peeked over, and Mikey had gotten Songbird in full flight. Before the race I was hoping that I’m a Chatterbox would break decently and put some pressure, and I had broke her about a length. As we were crossing under the finish line the first time around, I’m a Chatterbox poked her head up in front of us, and I knew we were going a legitimate pace. My mare came off the bridle and just got into the rhythm that she gets into when I work her out in the morning. It was basically that kind of mode for her and myself until about the 5/16 pole. I just let her do what she wanted. Stayed comfortable. I picked her up a little bit a little earlier than I normally would just to apply pressure to Songbird, and got on even terms with her coming into the stretch. I squeezed Beholder. She gave it to me. Poked my head in front, and Songbird came back again. She actually put Songbird away three different times through the stretch, and she kept coming back like she wouldn’t go away. Even in Beholder’s previous three defeats, it was almost like she knew she was beaten midway through stretch and looked after herself. Today she didn’t look after anything. She laid her heart out there on the racetrack and gave me absolutely everything that was running through her veins, and it was fun to be a part of.I had some good feelings in racing, but this is tops right here.THE MODERATOR: We’re also joined now by winning owner B. Wayne Hughes. Richard, could we get your impressions of that epic stretch battle?RICHARD MANDELLA: Well, pretty exciting from the top of the stretch. I thought she had the other mares’ number, and like Gary says, she kept coming back, coming back. What a great filly to do that. But I like the way it turned out.THE MODERATOR: Mr. Hughes, your emotions after this race and her final start?B. WAYNE HUGHES: Well, I was very anxious for Gary to do exactly what I told him, and he followed my directions perfectly (laughter).Q. Gary, just the fractions as they popped up, what was it, 23 and change, and 47, what were your thoughts about those fractions and coming in? Would you have wanted those fractions?GARY STEVENS: Going the distance of the mile and a eighth, had I been on the lead and it was a five-horse field, which it wasn’t, I would have been very comfortable with those fractions setting them. For these kind of horses, they were solid but they weren’t too fast and they weren’t too slow. They were very comfortable for the caliber of horses that were in this race, the best of the best.Q. Richard, you said you were worried about having maybe used up all your luck in these races. Apparently not. You talk about your great success here in the Breeders’ Cup through your career?RICHARD MANDELLA: I don’t know. I don’t know what to say. It’s been something I wouldn’t have even been able to have imagined. I won four races on Breeders’ Cup Day in ’93, two Breeders’ Cup Races and two Stakes along with it, and I thought, boy, this will never happen again. Then in 2003 we won four Breeders’ Cup Races, and this mare just keeps running.I don’t know what I did to deserve it.Q. Gary, the stretch battle there, have you ever been a part of something that was that exhilarating? And what does that say about Beholder at 6 to fight like the way she did?GARY STEVENS: I’ve been in battles before, but never the length of the stretch. I mean, it was a full almost 5/16ths, definitely a quarter of a mile of just a street fight. For six years old, I would just say the way that she’s been managed throughout her career allowed her to do what she did on her final day of racing, and she laid it all on the line. The best of the best was training her, and he’d had this mapped out for a long time. The guy doesn’t just get lucky. Things happen for a reason in that barn.My hat’s off to Songbird. She’s a three-year-old that laid it all on the line today too. It will say a lot about her in the future because I’ve been in battles on really good horses and come out on the wrong end before, and it takes its toll on them. She galloped out strong after the race, Songbird did. So hopefully we’ll see some more of her, but she was gallant in defeat. But Beholder’s a champ, and I’m just honored to have been on her back. It was fun to be a part of a battle. The show that those two just put on by day just now is worth the price of admission for everybody that showed up today. This was horseracing at its best.THE MODERATOR: Mr. Hughes, could you expand on what the mare has meant to you over the past five years?B. WAYNE HUGHES: Well, I mean, I guess I don’t bet on horses, but today I did make a bet. That was because of Richard and Gary, who were more confident than I was. So today she made a couple bucks. I don’t think I’ll ever have another horse like this, and so I’m very grateful to have been a part of it. I mean, I really compliment Richard. I don’t know of any trainer that could have taken a horse for six years and done what he’s done. But Gary has been a big part of it. Maybe that’s why he was able to be so successful.Q. Richard, you were confident coming into the race. What have you seen the last couple of weeks? Had you sensed that even though this had been a great horse for a long time, that some people might have gotten off the bandwagon after the last couple?RICHARD MANDELLA: Yeah, well, you see, I thought the game needed some suspense, so I got her beat a couple times, figuring it would make it look like I did something really special at the end. You know, it’s all in the planning.Q. (Indiscernible)?RICHARD MANDELLA: Anybody that saw her train would have had the same confidence. People would come out of the stands and tell me what they saw on the TV. So it wasn’t hard to see. She was really at her best.Q. First of all, thank you so much for the joy that you’ve brought to so many race fans by keeping the horse around for so long. Thank you for the wonderful job you did riding this horse today. My question is for you, Mr. Mandella. This training job has to be one of the most incredible training jobs in modern racing history. Anybody who sees that Kentucky Oaks, can you talk about that? Because I want to congratulate you on the wonderful job you did, and could you say anything about the training of this horse?RICHARD MANDELLA: Well, I’ve always said that really good horses appreciate my training better than others.GARY STEVENS: And that’s it (laughter).RICHARD MANDELLA: She’s always been a little bit difficult, but we get that. Usually you get that and you don’t get performance with it. She would give her heart no matter what.B. WAYNE HUGHES: Show them your hand.RICHARD MANDELLA: She kicked me on the way up. But she’s 90% of the time the sweetest thing that you could find. But the other 10% is dynamite. You better watch out.Q. Gary, you said earlier this week you had countless scenarios of how the race was going to run, but they all ended with a happy ending. Was this one of the scenarios you had; that it was going to be that close down the stretch?GARY STEVENS: It was plan one. I mean, very early in these big races you have different scenarios, plan A, B, and C. And that was plan A. With the trip that we got, and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and I could hear somebody coming up on the outside, and I still haven’t watched the replay. I just assumed that it was Stellar Wind. I said, Here we go again. And all of a sudden that noise on the outside left me, and it was just the two. It was just myself and Songbird. It ended the way that all of the scenarios had gone. It wasn’t supposed to be that close, but I’ll take it, for sure.Q. Mr. Hughes, do you have any thoughts, any second thoughts about retiring her now?B. WAYNE HUGHES: Do I?Q. Yeah.B. WAYNE HUGHES: Well, I mean, I think it’s time for her to go the normal route of going back to Kentucky and not having to have Richard and Gary to deal with.Q. Gary, did you know you had won photo?RICHARD MANDELLA: Yeah, I mean, I let out with a pretty loud holler three or four strides past the finish line, and both Mike and I both rode past the finish line a bit, because there’s purple Breeders’ Cup colors underneath the rail. So we were coming down, I had my head down, just riding for all I was worth. I’m thinking, man, that finish line’s got to be coming. And all of a sudden I could see purple out my peripheral vision, and I said: We’re getting there. I’m in front.When we stood up, I let out with a yell, and Mike looked over at me and congratulated me. When I saw the photo after the trophy presentation, it was closer than I thought it was. But they always are.Q. Richard, with how emotional this victory is and what this mare has meant to all of you, does this surpass the other Breeders’ Cups accomplishments you’ve had?RICHARD MANDELLA: How do you separate them? You know, I’ve had some very special moments in the Breeders’ Cup and special horses. So I couldn’t — I don’t even want to compare it. It couldn’t get any better than this, I’ll tell you that.THE MODERATOR: Maybe to follow up on that, if you would, Richard, or all three of you, you’re all three men that appreciate racing history. Could you just attempt to help us put this into context in terms of Beholder’s accomplishments and where she now stands in the history of racing?RICHARD MANDELLA: I don’t think you can find one any better. I mean, she got beat a few times, but you can just lay that on me. But she’s always been a great horse. Most of her wins had some kind of a story behind them, an ulcer in the throat, a cut to the bone in New York, falling down behind the gate in the Kentucky Oaks.So we don’t need to make any excuses. She couldn’t be — how great could you be?THE MODERATOR: Mr. Hughes?B. WAYNE HUGHES: Well, I don’t have as much experience as Richard, but I can say that she’s by far the best horse I’ve ever had or ever expect to have.THE MODERATOR: And, Gary, you’ve ridden a lot of fillies and seen a lot of great fillies and mares, so just your thoughts on Beholder’s place in racing history now?GARY STEVENS: I think she had cemented her place in history prior to 2016, and she just added another star to it today. I’ve just never seen a racehorse stay at this peak form, especially a filly, and one that can be temperamental a little bit. But she thrives on racing. She thrives in her environment. For her to hold her form since her two-year-old season, and nowadays that’s throwback, I mean, they don’t usually get a chance to do it, and thank you to Mr. Hughes for keeping her around and being a sportsman. But she was able to do it and sustain it and thrive on it.RICHARD MANDELLA: I’d like to say, I think racing owes Mr. Hughes a hand of gratitude. Most people would have sold her or gone on and bred her and took the easy route.B. WAYNE HUGHES: You know, I don’t deserve that because I was afraid if I take her out, Richard would be dangerous (laughter).Q. Mr. Hughes, speaking of breeding her, have you picked out a partner for her yet?B. WAYNE HUGHES: Well, actually we don’t know for sure. We’re debating between a couple of different stallions. So I’m in a little bit of a spot here.RICHARD MANDELLA: Say I don’t know.B. WAYNE HUGHES: Richard’s advice is say “I don’t know.” But that would be a lie, but I guess I’ll do it anyway. Thank you (laughter).Q. Going back to the duel there at the end, is that the ultimate rush for a guy in your profession to have something like that?GARY STEVENS: Yeah, people ask me why I came out of retirement. People ask me on a daily basis, Why are you still riding, you old fart? And I can’t replace that; what I just experienced. I mean, my adrenaline, I took off, I’m on the last race, and I apologize to the connections, but I’m not only drained physically, but emotionally. That was a very special moment for all of us, and it was bittersweet for me. I know that I’ll never sit on another one like that and to go through the battle that I just went through. Like I said before, I’ve been in great battles and, believe it or not, at the 1/16th pole I thought back to 1988 and Winning Colors and Personal Ensign, and Personal Ensign came down the outside middle of the racetrack and nailed us, and I just kept thinking don’t let this one get away. Don’t let this one get away. And it is the ultimate. It’s the ultimate.RICHARD MANDELLA: Could I tell a story?THE MODERATOR: Please, always.RICHARD MANDELLA: I’d like to run this by one more time. I used it at a function to honor him once, and Mike Smith and somebody asked me how did I choose between him and Mike Smith after he retired and the filly was laid up and Mike had ridden her once, and I said, well, I gave it a lot of thought and Mike’s great and Gary’s great and I’ve had luck with both of them, but Gary Stevens went to the Wizard of Oz and got a new knee. How could I refuse him?B. WAYNE HUGHES: I thought you asked me who to ride?RICHARD MANDELLA: Oh, I forgot that.GARY STEVENS: That’s not as good a story (laughter).FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more

Eureka High’s Christensen fired mid-season

first_imgBefore former Eureka High head baseball coach Jackie Christensen met with principal Jennifer Johnson and athletic director Kristina Christiansen at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, and before he received an ominous text message Friday afternoon requesting the meeting, the school’s administration was already treating the first-year head coach — a graduate of the school and bona fide member of the Eureka High family — as if he was already gone.Rewind to Thursday and — unbeknownst to Christensen — his …last_img read more

A Muddled Look at Today’s Cloud Computing Landscape [Infographic]

first_imgalex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today’s cloud computing landscape is as complex as it is to decipher what the term actually means.Last week, an animated Steve Mills made it clear in an interview with me that for him the cloud is nothing new. Mills leads the software group at IBM and spoke critically of the all-inclusive nature of what the cloud means. The cloud is more an evolution than an innovation. It’s an extension of the computer as a metaphor for the transition from the mechanical age to the information age. The computer gives us a space and the cloud is an extension of that space.Mills’s remarks provide a point of context to an infographic from Wikibon that demonstrates how definitions about cloud computing continue to be muddled. “Today’s Cloud Computing Landscape,” breaks the cloud into three categories: private/Enterprise Cloud; public cloud and hybrid cloud. Breaking the cloud landscape into categories gives only a partial context for what the cloud encompasses. For example, VMware is also considered a hybrid cloud provider. IBM could fit into both categories, too. Both are listed only as private cloud providers.Via: Cloud Computing LandscapeThe infographic does give a view of the companies playing in this new space but its organization takes away from the broader context of what the cloud encompasses. It also minimizes the influence of companies such as, which is widely considered the most innovative provider in the cloud landscape. It also includes Twitter, which is a bit of a stretch.As a landscape representation, I’d prefer to see these companies represented as mountains more than clouds. Instead the infographic layers clouds into classifications that take away from what the cloud is really about.Mills perspectives ring true to some extent. Views about cloud computing are not taking into account the transformations that come with cloud computing. The market is evolving to meet business demands. The drive to create more applications comes from a demand for more ways to use programmatic tools for managing information.It’s not as much about categorizing the cloud as it is about understanding how the extensions we create help us better understand the new spaces that are generated as businesses evolve to adopt information infrastructures. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis: Your questions answered from the webinar!

first_imgLet’s keep up the conversation!  Please share your thoughts on this topic or any other questions or resources you have found valuable in your practice!This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. Licensed by R. Allen/ShutterstockOver 280 participants attended the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness free webinar Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis, presented by Dr. Hannah Holscher. This topic is so timely and in the news, the questions kept flowing to the extent we ran out of time to answer them. As promised, Dr. Holscher has answered them in this blog post.Dietitians can still earn 1 CEU by listening to the recording posted on the event page.Questions and Answers from Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis Webinar from July 27, 2017:How viable are the probiotic supplements that are in liquid form, in glass bottles, and refrigerated? Food scientists and manufacturers work very hard to test and create optimal storage conditions so that the consumer receives a food product with viable probiotics. My recommendation is to store the items as recommended and toss it when it expires to ensure the viability of the probiotics. Supplements are not always as stringently tested, so look for USP certifications and only buy supplements from reputable sources and stores.Are fibrous foods the best sources of butyrate? Butryate is primarily a by-product of microbial fermentation of fiber. So, yes, consuming foods that contain fermentable fibers will provide the greatest boost in colonic microbiota production of butyrate. However, butter and milk fat also contains butyrate. The small bolus of butyrate released from butter digestion will also provide a source of butyrate directly from the diet and independent of microbial fermentation.How do you measure short chain fatty acids (SCFA)? SCFA are analyzed using gas chromatography.When did the importance of the gut-microbiota-brain become known? Are current dietetic students being taught this? a: Some of the early research, although it’s likely that the importance was noted early, occurred in the early 1900s. Dr. Illya Mechnikov noted that the Bulgarians were living significantly longer than those in many other countries. He proposed that the fermented milk they were drinking was contributing to their longevity. Over the last 5 years, this research area has exploded because of the funding and results of the Human Microbiome Project. The advances in sequencing technologies have revolutionized our understanding of the microbiome.  The use of germ-free animals is also helping us to better understand these complex relationships between the gut-microbiota-brain axis. b: Dietetic students do learn some of these topics through courses at the University of Illinois. I incorporate lectures on the microbiota in my Nutritional Aspects of Disease course, which is required for dietetics students. I also teach a Diet and the GI Microbiota graduate level course that undergraduate students in Dietetics (and other majors) can enroll in as well.Is this the definition of fiber used for food labels? Not currently, but it will be very soon. The original change to the new food label was set for this summer, however, because FDA is currently reviewing some fibers for inclusion, the updated food labeling and use of the new fiber definition to categorize fiber in the foods has been delayed.  I anticipate that we should have more clarity on this topic before the end of this year.I would love to see that plant-based/ animal-based study redone without so much processing of the animal-based foods.  For instance, serve grass-fed steak, or goats milk, or cage-free eggs etc. I agree that a study utilizing less processed meats would provide additional valuable information about the impact of a meat-based diet on the microbiota as we can appreciate that the levels of sodium and nitrates would have also been very high in those processed meats as compared to steak. In my opinion, the most important take home message from this study is that what we eat can very rapidly (within a couple of days) change the composition of the microbiota. This means that we should continue to encourage consumption of foods rich in fiber, like vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and fruits to support a diverse gut microbiota.What would a source of agave inulin be? Agave is a plant that primarily grows in Mexico and the inulin from the agave plant is a byproduct that is collected while the plant is being used to make tequila. Some parts of the agave plant may be safe to eat and thus would provide a source of agave inulin. In the US and in the US food market, chicory inulin is the most commonly supplemented inulin. Chicory inulin also supports a bloom in Bifidobacterium. Inulin-type fructans are naturally found in a number of foods including, artichokes, asparagus, bananas, garlic, onions, leeks, and wheat.What about the cellulose that is added to white bread? Cellulose added to bread will help contribute to a laxative effect and/or help with regularity. In general, cellulose is not fermented by microbes in the human gut.Does the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) certify these supplements? Some supplements will have USP certifications.Do you recommend food sources or supplements for prebiotics? In general, consuming whole foods is superior because you get the benefits of the fibers and the other phytonutrients in the food. My recommendation is to consume a diet that is rich in different types and amounts of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and whole grains, which will provide a variety of different types and amounts of fiber, which can, in turn, help support a more diverse and health gut microbiota. However, some prebiotics, like polydextrose and soluble corn fiber, are synthesized.  So, if you are trying to consume those specific fibers you would need to find foods that have those fibers supplemented, like muffin or pancake mixes or specific supplements. Again, I encourage you to only consider purchasing supplements if they are from a reputable source.Do the probiotics in yogurt survive pasteurization? No, they generally do not survive pasteurization. However, food manufacturers will add back in the live and active cultures after pasteurization. Look for the “live and active” phrase on the side of the container to confirm.Is there a recommended amount of yogurt or kefir per day to achieve a measurable amount of probiotic benefits? This will depend on the yogurt or kefir and the desired health outcome. In the studies presented today, 250 g/day or ~8 oz. per day for 4 weeks helped reduced stress in women. This probiotic guide provides some great information about the efficacy of different probiotics for different diseases/conditions.Do you recommend Kombucha as a probiotic drink? I recommend caution when making your own fermented beverages because pathogenic bacteria can get into these homebrewed beverages. However, if you’d like to make your own, you can pasteurize it at home prior to consumption by heating it to at least 161F for > 15 seconds. With regard to products available in the grocery store, I’m not familiar with any research indicating that they are beneficial (or detrimental) to human health.  Those that are immunocompromised, the very young, and elderly individuals should also be cautious about consuming these beverages.Can you provide feedback about why probiotics tend to be contraindicated in critical care settings? This probiotic guide provides some great information about the efficacy of different probiotics for different diseases/conditions.Do you recommend taking probiotics and prebiotics when taking antibiotics?  Yes, some probiotics have been shown to help reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea. See this guide for more information.When would it be indicated that a probiotic supplement would be more beneficial than eating yogurt? The beneficial effect of consuming a probiotic will be related to the specific strain that is consumed. For example, some strains have been shown to be effective for constipation while others help boost your immune response. So, you should match the probiotic to the desired outcome.  Unfortunately, not all probiotics will be found in yogurt.  So, if you are just trying to support overall general health, consumption of a yogurt may be better than consuming a supplement because the yogurt will also provide other nutrients like calcium, which helps support bone health.  This probiotic guide provides some great information about the efficacy of different probiotics for different diseases/conditions.Do you know of any studies that measured impact of fermented vegetables (kimchee, natto, sauerkraut, etc.) on gut microbiota? No, I’m not familiar with any.Can too much probiotic food sources/supplements have harmful effects? Yes, too much of anything can be harmful. Probiotics may be contraindicated for those that are immunocompromised or in critical care.Do you have any thoughts on the FODMAP (Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides, and Polyols) diet? This diet eliminates many short chain carbohydrates for a period of time for those with IBS. The FODMAP diet can be a useful dietary approach for those with IBS that are sensitive to gas and bloating. I recommend working with a Registered Dietitian to try to titrate back in as many foods as possible so that the diet is not lacking in the phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are also present in some of the foods that are excluded when the FODMAP diet is implemented.last_img read more