Engaged couple sets their sights on gold at Special Olympics World Games

first_imgMarch 14, 2019 /Sports News – National Engaged couple sets their sights on gold at Special Olympics World Games Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — Mixed doubles tennis pair Brittany Tagliareni and Ryan Smith are ready for the competition.The dynamic duo from Florida will be competing at the Special Olympics World Games being held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Tagliareni and Smith are also a couple off the court — and are now engaged after meeting through the Special Olympics in 2013.Together, they are ready to bring home the gold. The two spoke with “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts to discuss their road to the games just days before the big event.For the couple, it’s all about the support from their families, coaches and especially each other — a unique experience as they represent Special Olympics USA.“I support him on the court by telling him ‘good job’ and ‘you can do this,’” Tagliareni told “GMA.”Diagnosed with autism, Tagliareni was nonverbal as a child and deals with sensory and visual issues and has since found her voice as a Special Olympics athlete.“It has helped me make new friends [and] compete all over the world,” she said. “My coach and teammates are very nice. I just have fun doing it.”Smith, who was also diagnosed with autism, has been involved with the Special Olympics for several years, winning two tennis gold medals during the Special Olympics’ 2018 USA National Summer Games.In preparation for the World Games, Tagliareni practiced up to five hours six days a week.Together, Tagliareni and Smith hope to step onto the winners’ podium before their walk down the aisle.“I would like to accomplish being the best that I can be,” Tagliareni said. And her dream in Abu Dhabi? She told Roberts, “To win the world title.”The historic Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi officially kicked today in the United Arab Emirates. It’s the first time in the organization’s 50-plus-year history that the games are being hosted in the Middle East.The Special Olympics USA athletes come from 45 states across the country and will compete against teams from about 190 others around world, with more than 7,500 athletes expected to compete over the next week in 24 different sports.“It’s overwhelming, the energy, the countries are wonderful, the positivity — we are so very blessed to be part of this,” said Tagliareni’s mother Catherine.“Special Olympics has not only changed Brittany’s life but has given Brittany a life,” she added. “Brittany was nonverbal and now because of Special Olympics, she’s not only confident, she’s becoming independent and she’s loving life, and we are forever grateful. And oh, by the way, can talk a lot now.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Santa’s “helper” has meltdown at mall in Merrillville, flips out at mom, children

first_img (Darrin Wright/95.3 MNC) An employee working at Santa’s booth in the Southlake Mall wasn’t so jolly when interacting with a customer and had to be escorted out of the mall.The employee had a “meltdown” said witnesses and was screaming and trying to grab a customer.The customer posted a video of the incident Sunday night, saying a manager “flipped out” after a lady brought her children to get their picture with Santa and asked the manager why the online price was $50 but they were charged $60 when they got to the mall.In the video a mall security guard is interviewing the employee and the customer, and the person filming then circles around to get a better view, saying “I just want to see your face because you’re a disgusting…”Then the employee gets angry and charges at the person taking the video, shoving through the fencing that marks off area where people can get photos with Santa and screams for the person to, “get the hell away,” from them, said the Times of Northwest Indiana.Witnesses say the employee also lost her temper and screamed and cursed at the mom and two young children who tried to see Santa.On Monday, the mall said that what happened was unacceptable, and that the employee was removed from the property. Facebook By Network Indiana – December 25, 2020 0 884 Google+ Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Santa’s “helper” has meltdown at mall in Merrillville, flips out at mom, children WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Previous articleIndiana National Guard to assist with COVID-19 relief through FebruaryNext articleSnow to taper off by late on Christmas Day, warmer for the weekend Network Indianalast_img read more

Indoor track Northstars sweep to titles at Morse Kickoff Meet

first_imgIsaiah Wright, in 8.10 seconds, led a top-three sweep with Carlton Garnes (8.47) and Keenan Cannon (8.64) in the 55-meter hurdles. Then Garnes and Josh Adams, in 14.05 seconds, edged J-D (14.09) to win the 55-meter dash.Cannon beat everyone in the triple jump with a best attempt of 39 feet 5 inches, and got the team title with Garnes as they combined for 76’11 1/4”. Cannon and Jack Tschopp topped 11’8” between them to win the high jump.Wright, Adams, Colin Hopkins and Sam Nessel took the 4×200 relay in 1:39.27, and then Wright had a long jump of 20’3”, pairing with Brandon Ladd to win that event as they went 37’10 ½’ together. So often through the decades in Central New York, whenever anything happened in high school sports, Jack Morse was there to chronicle it, on television and radio.Morse passed away last month at age 84, but years earlier Section III indoor track and field offered its own tribute by inaugurating the Jack Morse Kickoff Meet, which continues to serve as the season opener.So it was again this week at SRC Arena, where Cicero-North Syracuse swept the Wednesday portion of the Morse meets, earning 95 points on the boys side and 94 points on the girls side to pull away as Jamesville-DeWitt was second in both events. Another top-three sweep came in the 1,600-meter run as Matt LeClair, in 4:46.16, held off R.J. Davis (4:48.09) and Evan Romano (4:50.66), the trio joining Josh Koeppe to win the team event in 19:19.55.C-NS also was second in the sprint medley relay in 4:07.96 and fourth in the 4×800 relay in 9:21.05. Matt Wentling-Raymie and Kyle Toms were second in the weight throw with combined tosses of 70’11” as they also were fifth in the shot put.Moving to the girls side, Brooke Blaisdell won the 55 hurdles in 8.97 seconds as she and Lexi Gaetz took team honors in 18.37 seconds. Blaisdell then had a triple jump of 34’10 1/2” to go 1-2 with Sierra Davis, who went 34’4 1/2”.McKenna Johnston, Shannon Brown, Ivy Dong and Hannah Boyle were victorious in the 4×400 in 4:25.78. Allison Newton beat the field in the 1,500-meter run in 5:08.73, pairing with Marissa Doty, Hannah Reichard and Morgan Kingdeski to go 20:58.26 for the team title.Newton went on to help Brown, Savannah Kuhr and Leabella McCarthy win the sprint medley in 4:39.86, edging South Jefferson (4:40.37) for the top spot.Gaetz, paired with Lilly Capria, won the high jump, the pair clearing 9’8” together. Stephanie Webb and Faith Keville were third in the shot put with throws of 55’1 1/2”, also getting third in the weight throw with 49’10”.Julianna Hutt and Sierra Davis got to third place in the 55 sprint in 15.87 seconds. The Northstars were third in the 4×200 in 1:55.39 and seventh in the 4×800.A day later, Liverpool’s indoor track teams opened their season at the Mohawk Valley Team Relays at Utica College, finishing a close second (57 points) to Clinton (58.33) on the girls side and third in the boys event with 49 points.Imahni Sincilar swept the girls individual throwing events for the Warriors, heaving the shot put 38’4 1/2″ as she and Kourtney Toxey were third on team side, then recording a top weight throw of 42’3 1/4″, on the way to second place with Toxey in the team portion.Amina Sinclair got her own title in the high jump, the lone athlete in the field to clear 5 feet. Combined with Alexa Ostrander topping 4’10”, the Warriors’ 9’10” was a full foot ahead of the field.Elsewhere, Kali Hayes won the 55 hurdles in 9.23 seconds, while Riley Norris and Sophia Jarosz paired up to win the team 55 sprint in 16.06 seconds, just ahead of Canastota’s 16.10. Liverpool was third in the 4×200 in 2:01.55. Rebecca Davie and Amelia Loop were fourth in the pole vault, clearing 13’6″ between them.Liverpool’s lone boys victory came in the high jump, where Bennett Robb cleared 6 feet to take individual honors and Owen Jarosz topped 5’2″, their 11’2″ two inches ahead of runner-up Clinton.Amaru Lewis and Dominic Scro were third in the boys 55 sprint in 14.06 seconds, that pair helping Ryan Dewan and Solomon Livingston-Frank get second in the 4×200 in 1:41.61.Dewan and Michael Nigro got second place in the long jump with total leaps of 36’10 1/2″. Jamie Vong and Austin Huntress-Kennedy were third in the shot put with total throws of 76’9″ as Vong also cleared 11 feet in the pole vault.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: C-NSindoor tracklast_img read more

The QPR v MK Dons quiz

first_imgGet your thinking cap on ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-85] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How Floppy Feet Produced Marathoners

first_imgA picture of a muscle-bound furry gibbon adorns a story on Science Daily that claims, “Floppy-footed Gibbons Help Us Understand How Early Humans May Have Walked.”  The story describes how two European researchers photographed the footwork of wild gibbons to find connections to human evolution.  It turned out that gibbon footfalls are very different from ours, but evolution came in for the explanation anyway.The first thing that [Evie] Vereecke noticed was that the animals don’t hit the ground with their heels at the start of a stride.  They move more like ballerinas, landing on their toes before the heel touches the ground.  Analysing the gibbon foot computer model, Vereecke realised that by landing on the toes first they were stretching the toes’ tendons and storing energy in them.  According to Vereecke, this is quite different from the way that energy is stored in the human foot.  She explains that our feet are built like sprung arches spanned by an elastic tendon (aponeurosis) along the sole of the foot.  When we put weight on our feet, the arch stretches the aponeurosis, storing elastic energy to power the push off at the end of a stride.    And there were more differences between the gibbon and human walking patterns at the end of a stride.  Instead of lifting the foot as one long lever, the gibbon lifted its heel first, effectively bending the foot in two to form an upward-turned arch, stretching the toes’ tendons even further and storing more elastic energy ready for release as the foot eventually pushes off.So what does these differences imply for theories of human evolution?  Vereecke was “quick to point out” that there are marked differences between the feet of gibbons and the earliest humans in the fossil record.  She alleged, though, that both walk on “two flexible feet” and this was close enough to generate an evolutionary connection: “it is possible to walk quite efficiently with a relatively bendy foot and that our ancestors may have used energy storage mechanisms that are similar to ours, despite their dramatically different foot shapes.”    Science Daily added an opening synopsis to the evolution-drenched title that earned Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: The human foot is a miracle of evolution.  We can keep striding for miles on our well-sprung feet.  There is nothing else like them, not even amongst our closest living relatives.  According to Evie Vereecke, from the University of Liverpool, the modern human foot first appeared about 1.8 million years ago, but our ape-like ancestors probably took to walking several million years earlier, even though their feet were more ‘floppy’ and ape like than ours.The research was published in Journal of Experimental Biology, 2008; 211 (23): 3661 DOI: 10.1242/jeb.018754.  For more on human superiority in distance running in mammals, and the physiological specializations involved, see the 11/18/2004 entry.A miracle of evolution.  It’s a miracle an evolutionist could say something that stupid.  (On second thought,…)  Darwinists stumble all over their own feet because their foundation is floppy.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

You’ve Got Fresh Milk! Facebook Apps Can Now Email You

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Thanks to Facebook moving in the direction of sharing things by default, this move is surely going to prompt accusations that Facebook is invading people’s privacy. However, we think that as long as no information is shared by default, emailing application notifications should be okay.What we really hope, though, is that some of our friends don’t permanently disappear into the Farmville abyss as they are constantly reminded that the cows are coming home. Just in case you were thinking Mafia Wars or Farmville weren’t a big enough part of your daily life, Facebook has followed up on its promise and will now offer email notifications from applications. As we foretold in October, Facebook’s roadmap for developers contained several key points that would restructure the ways in which applications would be allowed to contact users. But before you go diving off the deep end worrying about an inbox full of even more Facebook notifications, take a deep breath and remember that 1980s anti-drug campaign slogan and let it become your mantra – “Just Say No.”In its blog post announcing the feature, Facebook is careful to note that its users will retain control over who can contact them by email. According to Inside Facebook, our favorite social network will offer users the ability to use a proxy email address so they don’t have to divulge their email address to external entities but can still receive the notifications by email. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web mike melanson Related Posts last_img read more

‘Football can transform the world’: Jürgen Klopp on joining Common Goal

first_imgJürgen Klopp has become the latest high-profile person to join Common Goal, the organisation that is encouraging players, managers and football clubs to give 1% of their income to change the lives of disadvantaged young people all over the world.Megan Rapinoe, Mats Hummels, Juan Mata, Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Morgan are members of Common Goal while the Danish Superliga side Nordsjælland recently became the first club to join. Share on Twitter news Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Soccer Share on WhatsApp Jürgen Klopp Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Megan Rapinoe: the world’s best player in every sense of the word Topics Read more Liverpool Share on Messenger Klopp, speaking as he was collecting the Best Fifa men’s coach award in Milan, said: “The past was great, the present is really good and the future hopefully will be good for us as well. But there are people out there that are not exactly in the same situation. I am really proud and happy to announce that from today on I am member of the Common Goal family.”He added: “Liverpool’s Champions League win was achieved on the back of exceptional team spirit among the staff and players and it is only by working together that we can accomplish truly meaningful things in football and in life.”The RB Leipzig head coach, Julian Nagelsmann, 32, who became the first manager to join Common Goal in October 2017, said: “Klopp, with his incredible achievements in the Bundesliga and the Premier League, as well as the way fans beyond his own club hold him in such high esteem, will have a tremendous impact on raising awareness of the movement and inspiring other football managers and top-level players to follow suit.”Common Goal’s long-term vision is to unlock 1% of the football industry’s revenues – estimated at €50bn per year – for grassroots football NGOs that use the game to empower disadvantaged young people and their communities.Klopp said: “As a team, even with a minimum pledge of just 1%, together the football industry is capable of transforming the world. Now is the time for those interested to take a step forward.”Click here to join Common Goal, which is open for everyone. last_img read more

Greece–China Year of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation

first_imgGreece’s Central Archaeological Council approved on Wednesday the temporary loan of a line of exhibits within the framework of a five-year memorandum of cooperation between the Acropolis Museum and the Shanghai Museum and the 2017 Greece – China Year of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation.Two masterpieces from its collection at the Acropolis Museum will be travelling to China for temporary exhibition at the Shanghai Museum while China will also send two of its most precious artefacts from the Shanghai Museum.Greece will be loaning a marble statue of a Kore (520-510 BCE) one of the most beautiful and well-preserved sculptures of the Acropolis, and a red-figure lekanida lid with a Dionysian scene (350-325 BCE).Both artefacts still retain traces of their original colouring, offering valuable information regarding their period.Shanghai MuseumThe first exhibit Greece is receiving from China is a composition painting on paper entitled Traveling along the Clear Water created by Wu Hong, painter of the Qing Dynasty.The second exhibit Acropolis will host is a Zi Zhong Jiang pan, or bronze wash basin, inside of which there are figures of aquatic birds, frogs, turtles and fish, again dating back to the 7th century BCE (Early Chunqiu Shidai Period or Spring and Autumn Period) which was made for Princess Zi Zhong Jiang. The exhibition of the ancient Greek objects in China will take place from 11 January to 8 April 2018 and the Chinese objects will be in Athens from 28 October to 30 April 2018. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

TCI delegation attends Gaming Summit in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, June 22, 2017 – Montego Bay – The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Culture & Gaming, senior official, Michelle Fulford Gardiner along with Wayne Higgs and Damion Seymour, staff members from the Gaming Inspectorate Department, returned to the TCI last weekend after attending the 7th Caribbean Annual Gaming Show & Summit, 14th – 15th June, 2017,   and held in Montego Bay, Jamaica at the Convention Centre.The event was hosted by the Betting Gaming & Lotteries Commission of Jamaica, with international sponsors such as Aristocrat, Spin Inc., Golden Race and Signature Gaming.  Participants hailed from 12 countries representing regulatory agencies, gaming operations, and technologies laboratories.  The Summit comprised of formal presentations, plenary sessions dealing with trending issues within the region.  Topics included:De-RiskingAnti- Money LaunderingSecurity & FraudEsports/IGamingResponsible GamingCasino Protection and SurveillanceThe highlight of the summit was a break-out session – “The Caribbean Regulators Forum”, which brought together regulators from the region in a common forum, focusing on core issues, related to constraints and challenges experienced by regulatory agencies.The timeliness of this Summit cannot be understated as it is a precursor to the Turks & Caicos Islands Government plans to implement legislation and policy for the establishments of a Gaming Commission.Minister of Gaming, Hon. Ralph Higgs stated; “The ministry in its preparatory phase to usher in a new Gaming Commission with increased compliance and monitoring of the sector, ensuring that the Commission is well resourced to deal with issues of non-compliance and illegal gaming. The sector, no doubt, has emerged into an area providing business investment and employment opportunities for locals, however, equally important is our efforts to incorporate “responsible gaming” as a critical aspect of the industry.”The event also provided an elaborate exhibit space, where participants got first hand exposure to new games & technology, whilst networking with supplier and distributors.  The TCI delegates agreed that the summit underscores the research, growth and development in this industry and such exposure will go a long way in efforts being made to provide the TCI Gaming industry.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more