First LNG Ship Arrives at Soma LNG Terminal

first_imgThe first liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship has arrived at the new Soma LNG Terminal located in Shinchi Town in Fukushima prefecture, Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX) informed.Puteri Intan Satu came from Malaysia and entered Soma Port on December 6.About 60,000 tons of LNG will be unloaded from the ship, representing the first cargo the terminal will receive.The Soma LNG Terminal, located at the No.4 wharf of Soma Port, started commissioning on December 1 and commercial operations are scheduled to start in March 2018, according to the company. The terminal comprises a ground-type LNG storage tank with a capacity of 230,000 kiloliters, two berths for a large ocean-going ship, a domestic vessel for receiving and shipping, LNG vaporization equipment, and LNG shipping facility.The LNG terminal will receive cargo and supply LNG vaporized gas to the Niigata-Sendai Gas Pipeline via the Soma-Iwanuma Gas Pipeline which commenced operation on November 1, 2017. Furthermore, this terminal will supply LNG as a liquid based on LNG satellite system using tank trucks and a domestic vessel.During the commissioning period, test operations for commercial operation commencement are being conducted, in addition to legal procedures and preparation works.JAPEX has been entrusted by Fukushima Gas Power (FGP) with the management and operation of the second phase in which an additional LNG storage tank with a capacity of 230,000 kiloliters is to be constructed. The construction of the tank started in April 2017, and additional LNG vaporization equipment will commence construction in spring 2018. The facilities are expected to commence commercial operation in spring 2020. At the same time, Fukushima Natural Gas Power Plant will become operational.last_img read more

St. Nicholas Battles St. Mary’s

first_imgSt. Nicholas 7th grade defeats St Mary’s of Greensburg.St. Mary’s Greensburg began its volleyball program this year. They have 7 7th graders and a few 5th and 6th graders part of their newly formed team.St. Nicholas played at St. Mary’s on Sept. 22 and won in 2 sets with scores of 25-2 and 25-12. Ella Fledderman served up the 1st set for the team by going 22/22 with numerous Ace serves.For the 2nd game, St. Nicholas played their 5 6th graders most of the set. The girls played well as a team.They play again tomorrow at home (Milan Elementary) against Greensburg.last_img

Januzaj gives United welcome win

first_img Press Association Teenager Adnan Januzaj blasted Manchester United to a face-saving 2-1 victory at Sunderland with a superb double on his first start for the club. The 18-year-old Belgian winger, who had earlier been booked for diving, dragged a misfiring United back into the game with a calmly-taken 55th-minute equaliser and then smashed a dipping volley past keeper Keiren Westwood to win the game just six minutes later. On an afternoon when United were far from their best, they were all but taken apart by the bottom-of-the-table Black Cats before the break with Craig Gardner’s fifth-minute opener setting the stage for a concerted assault by the home side. But David Moyes’ men, who were facing a third successive Barclays Premier League defeat for the first time since December 2001, responded in the second half and eventually earned their reward. Defeat left Sunderland with just a single point from the 21 they have now contested, and watching owner Ellis Short knowing he needs to find a replacement for Paolo Di Canio sooner rather than later. Interim head coach Kevin Ball could have been forgiven for sending his team out simply to batten down the hatches and attempt to deny United anything in a bad to halt a run of three home defeats in the league. However, the 48-year-old, who guided the Black Cats to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford during his last spell in temporary charge, decided attack was the best form of defence and went for it from the off. It took the hosts just five minutes to get their noses in front, although the goal arrived courtesy of some calamitous defending which rather set the tone for United’s first-half display. Emanuele Giaccherini tricked his way past Patrice Evra on the Sunderland right all too easily and fired in a cross which Phil Jones thumped straight at team-mate Nemanja Vidic. The Serbia international could do little more than present the ball to the fast-arriving Gardner, who drilled a low shot across keeper David de Gea and into the bottom corner. Few inside the Stadium of Light expected anything other than a ruthless fightback from the visitors, but United’s efforts to get themselves back into the game were subdued at best. Januzaj fired in a series of shots from distance, most of which were blocked by a defence in which the recalled Valentin Roberge in particular proved impressively stubborn, while Wayne Rooney, back in the starting line-up after recovering from a shin injury, carelessly ran into an offside position as he attempted to get on the end of Evra’s 14th-minute cross to the near post. But Moyes’ men were astonishingly fragile at the back, where Jones in particular was found wanting on more than one occasion, and the Black Cats could have gone in at the break with a significantly bigger lead to defend after it. Gardner made the most of the defender’s indecision to run in on goal once again with nine minutes gone, but with the unmarked Jozy Altidore pleading for a cross, he delayed and Jones managed to recover. However, it was De Gea who came to the rescue 11 minutes before the break when he somehow managed to claw away Giaccherini’s goal-bound header with a save of genuine quality. Keiren Westwood was called upon to beat away Nani’s 41st-minute shot, but Giaccherini might have doubled Sunderland’s lead in the final minute of the first half when he was presented with another golden opportunity by Adam Johnson’s run through a porous United defence, only to sky his effort high over the bar. United’s desperation was summed up within three minutes of the restart when Januzaj collapsed in a heap as he went past John O’Shea inside the penalty area and was promptly booked for diving. But the Belgian was not to be denied and his industry paid off seven minutes later when he played the ball out to Evra on the left and then worked his way into the penalty area to meet the Frenchman’s cross with an assured finish. Westwood had to get down well to keep out a 58th-minute Robin van Persie snapshot, but he was powerless to prevent United taking the lead three minutes later. O’Shea got his head to Nani’s right-wing cross and the ball dropped nicely for Januzaj, who gleefully dispatched it into the bottom corner with a sweet left-foot volley. Van Persie should have made sure at the death after being played in by substitute Antonio Valencia, put prodded his effort wide of the upright. last_img read more

Van Persie: I’m back to my best

first_imgRobin van Persie insists he is back to his best and has denied suggestions he is over the hill. “It was a hard start to this season,” Van Persie said. “It’s hard to maybe pick things up straight away after the World Cup. “It can be tough to really get back to your best form. “But over the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling very well physically. “I feel like I can make more runs and keep things going up until the last bit of the game. I feel good and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the goals are flowing in much better now.” Van Persie was part of the United team that was hammered 3-0 by Liverpool in March. It was one of the most embarrassing results of last season and was one of the reasons why David Moyes was sacked two months later. Moyes, unforgivably in the eyes of some United fans, said Liverpool were the favourites to win the match before kick-off, but this time it is the hosts who are being tipped for victory. After a run of five straight wins, United have shaken off their early-season disappointment and are now just eight points below Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea. But Van Gaal, never happy with anything but the best, is still not satisfied with the fact that his team are third in the standings behind Chelsea and Manchester City. “I dream for Manchester City’s place or Chelsea’s place,” the Dutchman admitted, frankly. “(But) now we have to live match for match and that is the most important thing.” Van Gaal got a little taste of the rivalry between United and Liverpool in pre-season when the two teams met in Miami for the final of the International Champions Cup. United cook Mike Donnelly made it clear to United’s new manager just how important it was to get one over on their rivals that day even though the match was a friendly. “Even on the tour of the United States, all the members of my staff were (talking about the rivalry with Liverpool),” Van Gaal said. “We have a cook and his name is Mike and when I don’t know about anything to do with United and rival clubs he shall say it. “He is a big Manchester United fan and I hear immediately from him.” Gary Neville claimed on Monday United and Liverpool resembled two pub teams this year while ex assistant manager Mike Phelan also weighed in with criticism of the club’s physio department. Van Gaal could not care less, though. When asked if he or his squad had been affected by the criticism, he replied: ”No, because I don’t think somebody who is living outside the community of Manchester United can judge how we are doing. It is based on no facts. I analyse everything and it is based on no facts.” Van Persie will look to continue his recent good form on Sunday when Manchester United host bitter rivals Liverpool. The arrival of Radamel Falcao, and Wayne Rooney’s appointment as captain had led some to question the 31-year-old’s place in the starting XI. Press Association The striker looked a shadow of the man who scored 29 goals in his debut year at Old Trafford at the start of this campaign. But after scoring three goals in his last three games – including a match-winning brace against Southampton – Van Persie believes he has reached peak form again, which is handy for United ahead of their biggest home fixture of the season. “When you hit 30 and you’re having a bad spell everyone say it’s because you’re 30 or 31 and things might be over for you,” the United striker told MUTV. “I live a quiet life for my football and I’m almost convinced now that I will play for many years to come at the highest level, at least that’s what I want and what I’m aiming for. “The age thing is not an issue for me at all.” Van Persie’s poor showing at the start of the season was something of a mystery given his excellent displays under Louis van Gaal at the World Cup. Van Persie scored one of the goals of the tournament during the group stages when he fired a superb diving header over Iker Casillas during Holland’s 5-1 shock win over Spain. Van Persie says playing every game for the Dutch in the World Cup took its toll on him and he suffered as a result when the domestic season began. last_img read more

UW taking care of ball, miscues

first_imgJordan Taylor and the Badgers have taken good care of the ball, posting the nation\’s best turnover figures.[/media-credit]In 14 of its 20 games this season, Wisconsin has turned the ball over 10 times or fewer.Since taking care of the ball has been a staple of head coach Bo Ryan’s teams in the past, it comes as no surprise UW’s wins typically feature 10 turnovers or less.“We’ve got a chance,” Ryan said, referencing his favorite “Dumb and Dumber” quote. “That’s what taking care of the ball does for you. Does it mean it’s automatic? No, but it gives you a chance.”Yet, to say the Wisconsin men’s basketball team takes care of the ball would be, at the very least, a major understatement.Through 20 games this season, the Badgers have turned the ball over just 189 times, or 9.5 times per game. That mark ranks No. 1 in the nation in terms of fewest turnovers per game and is 0.5 turnovers per game lower than the school record for turnovers in a season.“Not turning the ball over and being able to get a shot off almost every time down the court is a big advantage to a team,” junior guard/forward Tim Jarmusz said. “It’s huge, and hopefully we can continue to do that.”In each of its last three wins, Wisconsin has displayed impressive ball security as Ryan’s squad turned the ball over just five times in each contest.Another thread between the Badgers’ three most recent victories has been comeback wins, as UW has erased deficits in the final 11 minutes to escape on the left hand side against Northwestern, Michigan and Penn State.Though Wisconsin’s ability to come from behind to win may not be directly correlated to the lack of turnovers, it certainly has played a role. Something else that may have played a significant part is just the unpredictable nature of the sport itself.“We’ve been very lucky to get these last two wins for the way we’ve played,” senior guard Jason Bohannon said. “Most of the time when you’re down that much, you’re not able to get back out of that deficit.”In discussing the Badgers’ ability to make such second-half comebacks, it is worth looking back at the six-game losing streak Wisconsin suffered through in the middle of conference play a year ago.During those games, UW was on the other side of things, as the team squandered the lead late in games rather than coming back for the win.In four of the six losses, Ryan’s squad led in the second half at least once. Perhaps the worst of the losses was Wisconsin’s devastating home collapse against Minnesota, in which the Badgers led by 14 points in the second half before falling 78-74 to the Gophers.“Those six games right there, we have been in all of them, and we haven’t pulled them out,” Bohannon said last year after the sixth straight loss at Northwestern. “That’s on us. That’s not on coach or on anyone else. That’s our fault. He’s the one telling us the right things to do and we are just not getting it done. We have to get it done to win.”During that six-game streak, the Badgers turned the ball over more than 10 times just once, but UW opponents scored an average of 13 points off turnovers.The cost of such turnovers at critical points in the game was something that directly contributed to the losing skid.According to Bohannon, it’s something from which the team has learned quite a bit, especially in terms of the value of every possession of every game.“We all went through that and we all know what it was like having possessions that were empty possessions offensively and defensively giving them easy baskets,” he said. “We learned that each and every possession counts, and when you’re doing things the right way on consecutive possessions like that, you’re able to overcome those deficits.”Sophomore guard Jordan Taylor, who joined the Wisconsin starting lineup two weeks ago when junior forward Jon Leuer went down with a left wrist injury, is one of the driving factors behind the Badgers’ low numbers of turnovers in 2009-10.With an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.83, the native of Bloomington, Minn., leads the Big Ten and is second in the nation behind Notre Dame’s Tory Jackson, who has a 3.97 ratio.While Taylor’s current numbers are impressive, he actually was better near the end of his freshman season. Over the final 10 games of the season, Taylor posted a 16:1 mark.In looking at the team’s performance last year, though, Taylor actually took things one-step further than Bohannon, suggesting the entire 2008-09 season was a disappointment for the Wisconsin Badgers and their fans.“That was kind of a wake up call last season, going 18-12,” Taylor said. “We knew that was way below expectations here. We’re still, this year, trying to get better every day.“I think going into the summer we got into the gym knowing that,” he continued. “We’d have eight-minute workouts where we just focused on the last eight minutes going as hard as we can just closing out games and just working hard.”That commitment to improving on both a personal and team level is something that has impressed Ryan — whose teams are 157-37 when winning the turnover battle. He believes it is reflected in the team’s low turnover totals.“Our guys care,” he said. “That’s a statistic where you’re really making a statement to your fans, to your teammates… and to your peers, that ‘hey, I care about this game, the ball’s valuable, we need to get as many good looks at the basket as we can and we’re going to take care of the ball.’“That’s what taking care of the ball means… and when it gets away from you, you’ve got to get it back.”last_img read more

Women’s soccer earns 1st ACC win; ice hockey splits opening weekend

first_imgFreshman Stephanie Skilton scored three goals and led Syracuse (5-7-1, 1-5-1 Atlantic Coast) to a 4-0 win against Pittsburgh (4-8-1, 0-7) on Sunday before 323 fans at Ambrose Urbanic Field in Pittsburgh. The result gave SU its first win in the ACC.SU controlled the tempo from the early stages and broke through on a corner kick in the 21st minute. Sophomore Jackie Firenze served the ball into the box, and junior Megan Hunsberger headed home her first goal of the season.The Orange increased its lead to 2-0 when Skilton scored on a shot that slid past Panthers goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino in the 43rd minute.Skilton continued to shine in the second half, scoring her second goal in the 76th minute on a through ball from senior Rachel Blum. Skilton completed the hat trick less than 10 minutes later to push SU’s lead to 4-0.Syracuse outshot Pittsburgh 17-to-6 and senior goalkeeper Brittany Anghel made three saves to record her third shutout of the season. Anghel passed Eliza Bennett-Hattan as the Orange’s all-time leader in career shutouts with 21.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will continue play against quality ACC opponents when it returns home to face No. 5 Florida State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Miami on Sunday at noon. Both games will be played at SU Soccer Stadium.Ice hockeySyracuse split its first two games of the 2013 season, winning its opener at No. 10 Northeastern, 4-1, before dropping a Saturday contest to New Hampshire 3-2.The Orange erupted for three goals in the third period on Friday to break a 1-1 tie with the Huskies.Sadie St. Germain scored with 14:35 remaining to give Syracuse the lead for good. Jessica Silbey scored her first collegiate goal to provide SU with insurance and Allie LaCombe provided the dagger to put Syracuse up 4-1.Northeastern got on the board first with 4:29 left in the second period on a Maggie Brennoit goal. Nicole Fererra capitalized on a power play a minute later, and the Orange didn’t look back.Kallie Billadeau stopped 27 shots in the season opener.The weekend’s second game didn’t go as well for Syracuse, which was outshot 36-to-26 by New Hampshire. After scoring the last four goals on Friday, it was UNH that came back from a late 2-0 deficit to overtake the Orange.Silbey picked up where she left off on Friday night, scoring her second goal on a power play a little more than 15 minutes into the game. The score remained 1-0 until a Brittney Krebs tally 27 minutes later.Alexis Crossley scored on a power play two minutes later for UNH, and Jessica Hitchcock tied the score with 16:57 left in the game.Crossley proved to be hero once again, netting the game winner with 5:33 remaining.Even with the loss, Billadeau managed to knock away 33 Wildcat attempts.Syracuse opens its home schedule on Friday against Clarkson at 7 p.m.— Compiled by staff writers Austin Mirmina,, and Sam Blum, Comments Published on October 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC clinic provides free legal help for immigrants

first_imgAt three years old, Ana Mercado immigrated with her family to the United States from Mexico.Now a sophomore majoring in contemporary Latino and Latin American studies and sociology, Mercado has been unable to return to her home country because of her undocumented, or DREAMer, status.As the first in her family to attend a university, she is hoping to pave the way for her four younger siblings. This year’s executive orders affecting deportations and ICE raids, however, left Mercado feeling anxious. “We’re not only battling with the day-to-day college life, but we’re also dealing with other stressors like how our status affects us,” Mercado said. “It’s extremely stressful. You have deadlines to meet for school, but then you’re also trying to figure out the application process. It’s crazy.” One organization on campus has helped ease some of those tensions and make Mercado feel as though she isn’t alone. The Legal Advice Project, a new initiative by the USC Gould School of Law Immigration Clinic, is a provost-funded project which provides free legal consultations and referrals to members of the student body, faculty and staff who are seeking naturalization, want to know their rights or are either at risk of deportation or have family members at risk.The Legal Advice Project has given Mercado free assistance  in renewing her visa. She explained how drastically the project has helped her through her first time undergoing the documentation process. “The process was super fast, the staff is just so helpful,” Mercado said. “Throughout the whole process, they were there, they were helping me out. There was just a lot of uncertainty, so I didn’t know who to go to and who actually to trust, but knowing that they were walking with me through that process was extremely helpful.” Jean Reisz, an Audrey Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellow and member of the Legal Advice Project team, said that this guidance and presentation of credible information is a principal goal of the organization. “In these kind of scary and very anxious times, it’s really important that people feel supported and that they can get information that’s reliable … because there’s also a lot of bad information out there that increases the anxiety,” Reisz said. Since the project began days after the 2016 presidential election, the team of four has worked with over 50 faculty members, staff and students like Mercado.Through informational sessions, media, leaflets, collaboration with cultural and religious centers and tables at events, the Immigration Clinic hopes to further engage with the student body.Niels Frenzen, director of the USC Gould Immigration Clinic and head of the Legal Advice Project, hopes that through this engagement, the project will make students feel further supported on campus. “Our international students, our immigrant students, documented and undocumented, are all very much being threatened right now with hate, with increased immigration enforcement policies, and it’s very important for USC to use its position in the country and the world to respond to that,” Frenzen said. “Part of that is in taking care of our own in some way and that is something that this particular project is going to be able to do at least in terms of legal issues.”last_img read more

Syracuse forces 32 turnovers in blowout win over No. 12 Duke

first_img Published on January 3, 2016 at 5:45 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Crystal Primm was trapped along the sideline just beyond half court. She tried pivoting to create space and move the ball. But surrounded by Syracuse defenders, there was nowhere to go.Primm was called for a five-second, closely-guarded violation and Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman pumped his fist as he took steps onto the court.Duke’s next two possessions ended on turnovers by freshman Kyra Lambert. While waiting for the inbounds pass after the second, SU point guard Alexis Peterson slammed her foot into the ground and screamed, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.”Syracuse began the game on a 17-3 run — the Blue Devils committed seven turnovers in that span — and played with the urgency it discussed at a team meeting earlier on Sunday morning.“We knew that if we could get into our pressure, we could cause some problems,” Hillsman said. “And we did.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange (11-3, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) obliterated the No. 12 Blue Devils (11-4, 0-1) by forcing 32 turnovers and scoring 27 points off them en route to an 86-50 win in the Carrier Dome. With the win, Hillsman picked up his 200th as SU’s head coach and Syracuse beat a ranked opponent for the first time in four tries this season.“We were all locked in,” Peterson said. “Once we got locked in from the beginning, we stayed there and we never let up.”With less than three minutes left in the second quarter, Duke pulled within nine, the closest it would be the rest of the game.But then Maggie Morrison recorded a steal, hit a 3 and got another steal. A minute later, Morrison stepped in front of the Blue Devils’ Azurá Stevens, who travelled near half court while being smothered by defenders.“You can really exploit (the press) if you move the ball and find your teammates,” Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “If you hang onto the ball and dribble two or three times, suddenly two people are upon you.”Another turnover and another made 3 off it gave Syracuse a 16-point lead, ending the half on a 9-2 run.The Orange jogged off the court to a standing ovation having already forced 17 turnovers, just two fewer than Duke’s season average.Following the win, Hillsman recognized his team was running out of chances to beat a ranked opponent after losing to then-No. 4 Tennessee, then-No. 5 Maryland and then-No. 24 Arizona State.Two days ago, the head coach said his goal is to get to 20 wins to make the NCAA tournament, but added that his team could use a couple resumé boosters. By beating Duke, the Orange got the one it was looking for.With six minutes left in the third quarter, Duke’s Oderah Chidom drove toward the basket but Brianna Butler stepped in front of her and drew a charge. About 30 seconds later, Cornelia Fondren caused Stevens to turn the ball over, forcing the Blue Devils to call timeout down by 20.As Syracuse’s bench flooded onto the court, Briana Day yelled, “That’s how you fricken play, y’all!”And that’s how the Orange has been playing all season. SU nearly always presses and McCallie said she knew it was coming.Syracuse had averaged about 19 steals per game in its last four games, but all of those were against much weaker nonconference teams. With the 36-point win on Sunday, the Orange handed Duke its biggest conference loss since 1993.“You can’t ask for a better win, in a better fashion, than that,” Peterson said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Washington State Department of Transportation to be the First Statewide Agency…

first_imgFacebook191Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationAn artist-in-residence will spend a year working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to help develop new ways to achieve agency goals through a first-of-its-kind program created by ArtPlace America and Transportation for America, a program of Smart Growth America. WSDOT will be the first stage agency in the country to pilot an artist-in-residence program.Applications are now open for artists interested in the year-long position, which will be located within WSDOT. The call for artists and application can be found here: as a tool for pioneering innovative and creative solutions, artist-in-residence programs have been piloted across the nation in municipal governmental agencies, including the Los Angeles and Seattle DOTs, but never before at a statewide agency.Several organizations collaborated on the artist-in-residence program. ArtPlace America is providing a $125,000 grant for the program, including a $40,000 stipend for the selected artist and $25,000 for a final project(s) the artist and staff develop. Transportation for America (T4A) will administer both the funds and the overall program, including providing staff and consulting assistance. The State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) will also provide staff support. Both T4A and SSTI are programs of Smart Growth America. WSDOT will supply in-kind contributions consisting of work space for the selected artist and staff time for agency workers to collaborate on the groundbreaking new program.“Artists can provide fresh approaches and new ways of doing things, interpret complex processes, and provide unique perspectives for existing programs,” said Ben Stone, Smart Growth America’s director of arts & culture. “While a handful of cities have embedded artists in various departments over the years, WSDOT will be the first statewide agency to embark on such a program. We’re excited to be a part of helping Washington state harness arts and creativity to create better supported and more beloved transportation projects that help accomplish the state’s goals.”Why employ an artist-in-residence?“This type of program has a proven track record at the municipal level by bringing creativity to design challenges, increasing community buy-in, fostering deeper community engagement, building relationships with underrepresented communities and helping improve processes for day-to-day work,” said Roger Millar, WSDOT’s secretary of transportation. “Our goal is to find innovative ways to better engage the communities we serve and deliver the best possible transportation projects.”What will an artist-in-residence do?The residency will run for one year with rotations through WSDOT’s core divisions to gain knowledge on the agency’s operations, priorities and challenges. The artist will then propose projects to address WSDOT’s overarching goals while improving community engagement, supporting alternatives to single occupancy vehicle transport and enhancing safety and equity. After four months of rotations, eight months will be devoted to the artist’s project(s) development and production.Cities across the country have engaged artists-in-residence to support their efforts. The Seattle Housing Authority has engaged artists-in-residence to collaboratively produce art with residents of Yesler Terrace that celebrates the community’s culture and history, builds connections to the adjacent neighborhoods, and connects residents to the arts. The Seattle Department of Transportation has embedded artists-in-residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge to produce art and performances that explore the historic bridge’s role and meaning in Seattle.The Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s artists-in-residence have installed interactive artistic elements to bus shelters, taught storytelling skills to the DOT staff to help them better communicate their projects to the public, and served as a bridge between transportation advocates and DOT staff. In Minneapolis, artists-in-residence have used theatre to help the city’s Regulatory Services Department staff develop more empathetic policies and better relate to their constituents, while St Paul’s artists-in-residence have worked to make community meetings more creative, fun, and productive.“We are thrilled to invest in the first artist-in-residence program within state government, and to share the results with state departments of transportation across the country,” said Jamie Bennett, ArtPlace America’s executive director.  “WSDOT will establish a valuable model for how artists can contribute toward the planning, creation and utilization of safe, sustainable and integrated multimodal transportation system.”The artist will be based in WSDOT’s headquarters in Olympia, but may also work from one of WSDOT’s regional offices in Spokane, Wenatchee, Shoreline, Tumwater, Union Gap, or Vancouver for part of the residency.Interested artists can learn more about the position and apply for consideration here: Opportunity EmploymentEqual opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Transportation for America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.Featured photo credit: jennlvs2smilelast_img read more

Kortney Rose Foundation Hits $1M Mark

first_imgWork inspired by 9-year-old Oceanport girlBy Carol Gorga Williams / Photos by Jaclyn ShugardOCEANPORT – As 540 walkers and runner took their mark at a fun run at Kortney’s Challenge Sunday at Monmouth Park, the charity that bears her name, the Kortney Rose Foundation, celebrated 10 years of fundraising for what some supporters believe is the oft-neglected cause of research into pediatric brain tumors.The charity was begun just five months after Kortney Rose Gillette of Oceanport died from an inoperable brain tumor by her mother, Kristen. She and her husband Rich and their daughter Kasey, and those may have been reasons enough but she wanted to accomplish more.“At the time I started, I had no idea where it was going to go,” said Gillette whose foundation grew out of the Kortney Rose Care Foundation, a group of neighbors who helped the family as Kortney battled the tumor. But as Kristen Gillette’s knowledge of pediatric brain tumors grew, so did her determination to do something to help the research “especially after I heard the facts that so little is donated to brain cancer, especially brain tumors.”Little by little, the foundation’s impact grew until this April it passed the $1 million mark, with all the money going to pediatric brain tumor research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where Kortney was treated.“I’m still a little shocked,” confessed Gillette of the million-dollar-mark.Sunday’s event raised some $64,000, substantially higher than last year’s total of $42,000.“This year has been phenomenal in all aspects.”Robin Hurd, 50, of Long Branch invited her good friend Sandra Williams, 48 of Long Branch to do the 2-mile Challenge. Hurd is a brain tumor survivor of 16 years, and talking about her experience as she waited to join the race brought tears to her eyes. “I’ve been wanting to do the walk for years, but I always had some excuse. But finally yesterday, I just felt like I needed to come.”Elisabeth Maguire, 12, said she and her friend Elizabeth Norton, also 12, and both of Little Silver, wanted to be at Kortney’s Challenge because “You can get trophies. You feel so accomplished, and you feel like you did a good thing.”Opal Lachcik, 8, of Shrewsbury said the race gave her a warm feeling. “We’re doing it for someone, and it feels special,” she said.Participating in the Challenge is also a way for folks to honor someone who touched them. Hannah Duffy of Long Branch and Jeff Madonna of Red Bank ran to remember a Monmouth Regional student who died too soon. “It’s a great way to remember someone, and also bring attention to the need to raise money for brain tumor research,” said Madonna.The money goes directly to CHOP, into two projects including the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium in Neurosurgery, according to the foundation.“She is just such an amazing inspiration and a powerhouse in her dedication,” said Jena V. Lilly, consortium project manager, said of Gillette. “It is her vision and being a true partner for the advancement of science. She is great friend and I am so grateful she is part of the program.”The feeling is so mutual. So mutual in fact that Gillette is devoted to the cause.“Sometimes because I work full-time and I do this, I don’t have a lot of time to myself,” she admitted although daughter Kasey is away at Montclair State, studying costume design so her mom’s guilt about home time is less.“When it started, I needed to direct my upset into something positive,” she said. “It kind of saved my life having the foundation in the beginning. Now I cannot imagine not doing it.”Others say Gillette’s work has made a difference beyond the dollars she has collected. Just last year, she was named a New Jersey Monthly “Seed of Hope” for her work in the community. She was instrumental as well in convincing the state Legislature to set aside May as Brain Tumor Awareness Month” in the state.“She has been doing the work of bringing other people to the same space she is in,” said Adam Resnick, director of the consortium. “She and her foundation have been fantastic supporters. As a result of her support over the longterm, she has been a conduit….for (attracting) a network of like-minded people who provide a support system for each other but form a larger network…Her contribution far extends beyond the million dollars.”It starts, he said, when patients’ families find the foundation on the web and begin the process of educating themselves about CHOP research efforts.“Her authentic contribution far exceeds the million dollar number,” said Resnick who also serves as director of Neurosurgical Translational Research. “The million dollars is amazing but her value to our organization and what we are doing helps form collaborative efforts. That vision is what she is advocating for educating other families about what we are about.”Getting the message out can help convince people of the importance of the issue and the work of the consortium, which is one of the country’s largest repositories for brain tumor tissue samples where any scientist with a research proposal is welcome as the experts work to unlock the mysteries of cancer.“We are finally gaining momentum, they are coming to us,” Gillette said of sponsors and others. The foundation has a number of corporate sponsors and she is grateful for support, large and small. The foundation reached $1 million over time and with the help of nickels from school children, a program called Kortney’s Coins.“I think initially it started as an Oceanport thing,” Gillette said of the small Monmouth County community the family calls home. “My intention was to expand out of Oceanport” and sponsors like Monmouth Park and the Turning Point help do that because they have a wider reach.Turning Point Restaurants earlier this year raised more than $51,000 for the foundation. But more than that, said Gillette, it enhanced the foundation’s visibility,” Gillette said. “That is my No. 1 thing. There are plenty of other people saying that. It is not just me being that good,” she said.last_img read more