Special to The News:Scott Street believes so much in teaching young people to help other people he wrote a textbook about it.His “Life Skills for Student-Athletes,” published by McGraw-Hill in 2006, is used as a teaching resource in colleges around the country. “I’ve always been involved personally in giving back to communities,” said Street, Director of Athletics at Lamar State College Port Arthur since 2010. “Certainly, at colleges and universities, giving back has always been an important thing.“I believe that student-athletes should learn about volunteering and mentoring. If we can instill it now at their age, hopefully it lasts a lifetime going forward.”Street’s stressing good works, exemplified by the more than 1,500 hours of volunteer community service by LSCPA student-athletes in the last school year, was recognized Thursday when he received the Julie and Ben Community Service Award in a short ceremony at Lamar University in Beaumont. Street was athletic director at the University of Texas-Pan American for 2005-08 and interim AD for a year at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before coming to Port Arthur. He has more than 25 years’ experience in intercollegiate athletics.An athletic trainer for Wake Forest University for nine years before moving into administration, Street has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, a master’s of science degree from Mankato State University and an MBA from Wake Forest.Street is a board member of the YMCA of Southeast Texas and Junior Achievement. He was chair of the United Way of Mid and South Jefferson County’s Appropriations Committee in 2015; he has been a board member for the National Athletic Trainers Association.He is active in the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, the Port Arthur Rotary Club and is on the Advisory Council for the Port Arthur Independent School District.LSCPA Athletic Department student-athletes and staffers have participated in raising $35,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, collected eyeglasses for the Lions Club, boxed canned goods for the Rotary Club holiday drive, served Thanksgiving dinner at a nursing home, made sandwiches twice a month at the Port Arthur Hospitality Center, assisted with the Alzheimer’s Walk and several fundraising 5K and 10K running events. They have helped with elementary school reading programs and presented sports clinics at the YMCA.Street said it’s always fun to see how the teenagers and young adults representing LSCPA Athletics mature in their outlook toward helping others.“The first time they go out with us for a service project, they say, ‘Aw, do we really have to go?’” Street said. “The second time, they say, ‘That wasn’t so bad,’ and the third time, they’re asking ‘When can we go back?’”Street joins 21 other LSCPA winners of the Rogers Community Service Award. In chronological order of recognition, they are:Marie Snider, Tom Neal, Dr. Charles Gongre, Bill Worsham, Dr. Beverly Parker, Peter Katrude, Jimmet Lawrence, Dr. Jeffrey L. Haven, Mavis Triebel, Dr. Janis Hutchins and Terry Jackson.Also, Linda Tait, Conrad Cooper, Dr. Barbara Huval, Dr. Laura Stafford, Janet R. Hamilton, Mary Wickland, Andrea Rodriguez, Cindy Guidry, Amanda Smith and Adriane Champagne. The Rogers Family set up an endowment in 1979 to annually provide a $1,000 cash award to a member of the Lamar University faculty or staff who made a significant contribution to public service in Southeast Texas. The award was expanded a decade later to recognize four annual winners, one representing each of the four regional campuses carrying the Lamar name.Dr. Freddie Titus was this year’s award recipient from Lamar University, Sherry Kilgore the winner for Lamar Institute of Technology and Charlotte Chiasson won for Lamar State College-Orange.“As long as I’ve known Scott he has been busy volunteering in the community and, most importantly, developing the next generation of community volunteers,” Lamar State College Port Arthur President Dr. Betty Reynard said as she presented Street to a group of about 100 past winners and family members at the University Reception Center atop the John and Mary Gray Library.“Scott takes volunteerism to the core of his being,” Dr. Reynard, a past winner of the award, said of Street. “He expects the students he helps manage on our sports teams to be involved in the community, and he’s been very successful at it.”
Email LinkedIn Share on Twitter Pinterest When you’re a teenager, what your friends say and do really matter. Even for the most nonconformist adolescents, the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, whether or not you drink or take drugs, and even your attitudes and opinions about the world are often hugely influenced by your peers.But does this effect extend to your mental health? Social factors such as living alone or experiencing abuse in childhood play a large role in whether someone becomes depressed. On the other side, social support (having people to talk to) is important for recovery from depression. So can the social impact of being friends with people who are depressed drag you down as well? And does having a positive mood keep those around you in high spirits?To answer these questions, my colleagues and I studied data on more than 2,000 adolescents in a network of US high school students to see how their mood influenced each other. This involved modelling the spread of mood using similar methods to those used to track the spread of infectious diseases. Share Share on Facebook The difficulty with this method was the existence of examples that indicate something has spread when in reality it hasn’t (a false positive). In this case, a possible cause of false positives is the tendency for people to have friends who are like themselves. For example, if a group of friends all drink large amounts of alcohol and several become depressed it may be the alcohol rather than the friendships that cause the depression.To deal with this issue, our analysis used longitudinal data (information recorded repeatedly over time). This allowed us to directly model changes in mood by noting each individual’s depression at one time point and whether or not this has changed at a second time point. This meant it did not matter what the other characteristics of the people were.We found that depression does not “spread” between friends. But, on the other hand, having five or more friends with a healthy mood can halve the probability of developing depression over a six-to-12 month period. And having ten healthy-mood friends doubles the probability of recovering from depression compared to those who have just three such friends.“Spreading” moodsIt’s important to note that we don’t believe a healthy mood literally “spreads” like a disease but rather that it emerges from the behaviour of a complex social system. This behaviour is possible through a number of mechanisms. Research has shown people who are, or tend to be, depressed are less able to maintain a positive outlook from moment to moment. For these individuals, having sufficient exposure and interaction with healthy friends could address this issue. This can keep their own mood healthy or aid their recovery.Additionally, depression has been associated with social withdrawal, meaning that depressed individuals would be expected to exert less social influence than adolescents exhibiting a healthy mood. This offers a possible explanation for why we found that depression didn’t spread.These findings show that when it comes to mental health, parents shouldn’t be worried about who their teenagers are friends with. Having depressed friends does not put them at risk, but having healthy friends is both protective and curative. What’s more, the research supports the idea that depression should be a public health issue rather than an individual one and should be used to help counter the stigma attached to the condition.It also suggests that one cheap, low-risk way to tackle depression among young people would be to simply encourage friendships, for example by providing youth clubs. If every teenager had more friends it could go some way to providing them with a protective effect against mental health problems.By Edward Hill, University of WarwickEdward Hill is PhD candidate in mathematical epidemiology & complexity science at University of WarwickThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
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Parkmead, the UK and Netherlands focused independent oil and gas group, has been provisionally awarded three new licences covering three offshore blocks in the UK 28th Licensing Round. These newly awarded licences are part of the second tranche of 28th Round awards. This latest award follows Parkmead’s award of six licences covering nine offshore blocks in the first tranche of awards. Two of the new licences are located in the West of Shetland area, and will both be operated by Parkmead. The third licence is located in the Southern North Sea, and will be operated by Atlantic Petroleum.In the 28th Round, the company won a total of nine new oil and gas licences covering 12 offshore blocks. The company said that these licences complement its strong existing asset base of oil and gas production, exploration prospects, and the major Perth-Dolphin-Lowlander (PDL) oil hub development.Tom Cross, Executive Chairman, commented: “We are delighted with these significant new licence awards, which further increase the scale of Parkmead’s oil and gas operations in the UK. Both the West of Shetland region and the Southern Gas Basin are areas we understand well, and both have the potential to add major value to Parkmead.“These new licences complete an excellent suite of 28th Round awards for Parkmead, increasing our UK portfolio by a total of 12 offshore blocks.“In addition to this growth through licencing, the Parkmead team is looking hard at further acquisition opportunities which take advantage of the low oil price environment.”The following awards have been made to Parkmead and its joint bidding groups:West of ShetlandParkmead has been awarded two new licences adjacent to existing blocks that are already operated by the Group in the West of Shetland area.Block 205/13 (Parkmead 56% and operator) is located immediately to the east of the Parkmead operated Block 205/12, which contains the important Davaar prospect. The primary play fairway developed on this acreage is the Paleocene Vaila Formation which forms the reservoir in the adjacent Foinaven, Schiehallion and Loyal oil fields, and also in the Laggan and Tormore gas discoveries. Two prospects, Sanda North and Sanda South, have been identified in Block 205/13. Parkmead’s partners on this new licence are Atlantic Petroleum and Dyas.Block 205/19b (Parkmead 43% and operator) is situated to the north of Parkmead’s existing West of Shetland blocks containing the large Cretaceous Eddystone prospect. The Cretaceous fairway provides the reservoir in a number of nearby gas discoveries such as Victory and Edradour. Biostratigraphic analysis and seismic interpretation indicate an extension of the Eddystone prospect into this block. Parkmead’s co-venturers on this new licence are Atlantic Petroleum and Dyas.Southern North SeaParkmead has been awarded another new licence in the Southern Gas Basin.According to Parkmead, it has already has success in the Southern Gas Basin with the gas discoveries at Platypus and Pharos.Block 48/8b (Parkmead 50%) is located approximately 20km south east of the Babbage gas field in the Southern North Sea. The Rotliegend Lower Leman Sandstone is the primary play in this region, as seen in the offset fields at Ensign, Seven Seas, West Sole and Babbage. Seven prospects and leads have been identified with Lower Leman targets, the most significant of which is a prospect called Selene. Detailed petrophysics, depth conversion and reservoir studies will be conducted as part of the work programme. Parkmead’s partner on this licence is Atlantic Petroleum, who will act as the operator.
USA: Amtrak has selected Nomad Digital technology for the expansion of its AmtrakConnect passenger wi-fi service. Nomad supported the initial launch on Acela Express last year, and on Cascades trains in the Pacific Northwest during January.Amtrak’s Ivy City and Penn Coach Yard workshops will install wi-fi equipment in more than 450 Amfleet coaches with the aim of offering AmtrakConnect on Northeast Corridor services and additional West Coast trains by the end of the year. Access is free of charge. Nomad Digital’s technology aggregates multiple wide-area networks including 3G cellular and 4G technologies into a single train-to-shore link to maximise bandwidth. Amtrak plans to utilise emerging 4G technologies such as LTE and WiMAX to increase performance, with future plans including entertainment services and real-time train position information. ‘In this digital age, it is more vital than ever that our customers have internet connectivity while travelling’, said Emmett Fremaux, Amtrak’s Vice-President of Marketing & Product Development. OCLMedia has installed Firetide wi-fi equipment to eliminate blindspots in tunnels under the East and Hudson rivers in New York and within Penn Station.
In a recent Q&A video interview with Drivetribe, Jeremy Clarkson sits outside a pub in Notting Hill and discusses his relationship with Richard Hammond and James May and how filming for The Grand Tour is going. Jeremy is also questioned about cars that have surprised him, his favourite car and the most annoying things Hammond and May have said to him. He appears to be in a relaxed mood and appears to be genuinely enjoying the interview.Regarding The Grand Tour, he doesn’t give lots of detail away but mentions that they have just finished filming their first film for the new series and how things didn’t go quite as planned. They had planned an ending for the film in question, spending months carrying out research and hundreds of thousands of pounds in the process.Despite this preparation, things don’t go as planned as sadly four people were killed close to where they were filming due to local conditions. He doesn’t mention where they were or what the conditions are but promises that they will lead to a truly amazing, albeit unplanned, ending to the episode in question.For fans of Jeremy Clarkson, it’s quite an interesting interview and will only take up five minutes of your day to check it out.View the Drivetribe Q&A with Jeremy Clarkson below:
Share Share Sharing is caring! (file photo)Two fishermen from the Kalinago Territory, who were reported missing at sea for over a week, have been found.Ian Joseph and Walters Joseph of Gaulette River were found and rescued by a cruise ship off the coast of Aruba.During an interview with Dominica Vibes on Thursday 17 March, Ian’s mother Roselyn Fontaine said that she received the news on Wednesday March 16th at about 8pm.Fontaine praises God for the rescue of her son. “I am extremely happy about it. I give God all the praises for everything he has done for me. From the time I got the message that he was lost at sea I started praying to God, because he alone that could do it for us.”Fontainr said she prayed for strength every day and ask God to strengthen herself and her son. “I was very worried about him because he is my first son,” she added.Fontaine said when she sees her son she will hug and kiss him.“I will talk to him and ask him to give his life to God, because its God who had him in his hands that’s why today he is alive.”She advised women who have sons that are fishermen, to speak with their sons and ensure that they are well-equipped. “Before they leave, ask God for protection and guidance because out there is not land, there are no trees and no branches”.The men are said to be in good health and should return to Dominica in the next two to three days, according to Ms. Fontaine.Ian Joseph and Walters Joseph of Gaulette River left Guadeloupe en route to Dominica on Tuesday 8 March 2016 when they encountered engine trouble while out at sea. Tweet Share LocalNews Missing fishermen found; mother praises God by: Dominica Vibes News – March 17, 2016 817 Views no discussions