Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Lamar’s Brynn Baca, a first-team selection on the All-Southland Conference Softball team, was named to the 2016 USA Baseball Women’s National Team Trials roster on Wednesday, following the second annual Women’s National Open held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex from June 10-12 in Cary, N.C.Baca is one of 40 players headed to the national trials set for Aug. 22-25 in Fullerton, Calif. Twenty players will be selected to represent the United States at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s Baseball World Cup that will be held from Sept. 3-11 in Gijang City, South Korea.Baca, who just completed her junior year at LU, earned first-team accolades at catcher in 2016, as she powered the Cardinals to a record-setting season. The native of Round Rock, Texas, played in all 57 games, batting .321 with one home run and 24 RBIs. She led the Cardinals with a school-record .465 on-base percentage and drew a school-record 32 walks. She holds the LU career mark with a .446 on-base percentage, while her .316 career batting average is second all-time at LU.
Related Shows “Young, scrappy and hungry” are the adjectives Lin-Manuel Miranda memorably uses to describe Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton, but he could have just as well been talking about the teenage years of Carvens Lissaint, the Broadway newcomer who plays George Washington in the game-changing musical. When his Haitian parents came upon hard times and lost their apartment, young Lissaint took to the subways with his love of spoken word poetry, staying up all night riding the lines and making whatever he could showing off his newfound talents. Now, Lissaint has taken his skills to a larger stage, without losing his scrappiness or hunger—if anything, the Broadway experience has given him even more to say. On the latest episode of Front Row, Paul Wontorek sits with the ambitious newcomer to talk about his incredible journey and the release of Target Practice, the striking just-released album and book of his newest writings.Tell me about the first time you got up and performed a poem in front of people.Oh, we’re taking it all the way back. [Laughs.] I was 16. I went to an open mic at the Whitney Museum. I don’t even remember the poem—I think it was terrible—but what I remember was the overwhelming support by the other young people there. I thought, “Wow, this is a community that champion’s the youth’s voice. This is something I need to be a part of for the rest of my life.” Really, it was that simple. Carvens Lissaint What were you writing about? What did you want to get on the page and on the stage?At the time, I was just writing my teenage feelings—Man, the world sucks! School sucks! And I wrote a lot of love poems—I was very romantic. But I was also political real early. I had a mentor named Mahogany Brown. I remember I wrote this poem, and she said, “This is beautiful, but I’m going to tear this up, because I don’t think this poem cost you anything.” So I always knew I had to come to the page with high stakes, that anything that I wrote had to be a matter of life and death.There’s a lot of life or death in your new book, Target Practice. How did it come about?I started writing this in grad school, originally as a play. We were doing a production of Buried Child and I was playing Father Dewis, so I had a lot of offstage time! [Laughs.] Really the genesis of the book started with the death of Philando Castile, the man in Minnesota. He was in the car with his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s daughter in the back. He respected a lawful order, effectively communicated that he had a firearm in the car, that it was licensed. And still he was deemed as someone who was a threat, even with a child in the car. I saw the video.That video is hard to forget.I saw it live, while backstage doing the show. And I said, “I have to write.”The poem that the video of Philando Castile inspired is actually where the title comes from.Yeah. “Is the black body target practice?” It’s something that I’ve wrestled with all the time, because we’re targets in many ways. It can be violent or nonviolent. It can be micro-aggressions. And really, it just goes through my narrative of different stories of racist experiences that I’ve had. Walking into my apartment building, or on the train, or sitting at dinner with my wife. View Comments Carvens Lissaint and wife Leslie Lissaint(Photo by Caitlin McNaney) Interview was edited for clarity. Carvens Lissaint backstage at Hamilton (Photo by Cailtin McNaney)Tell me about the night he came to see Hamilton.He just broke down and weeped. I’ve seen him cry maybe three times. And I don’t think I ever hugged my dad, but he broke down in my arms and held me at the stage door for about two minutes. And that’s a long time! It was so moving for me. To see that I affected him in any type of way, and for him to feel there were things that he instilled in me that helped me get there…Yeah, it moved me. I still haven’t unpacked that moment. It was probably one of the most beautiful moments I’ve had with him.Finances got tough for your family when you were a teenager.Yeah, we hit a real financial rut. The company that my dad was working for as a computer technician went under, so he was out of work for a really long time. I don’t know if that increased our debt or it was mismanagement of money, but he didn’t have enough to afford where we were living. Gentrification hit our area really, really hard. People were buying up real estate, fixing things up and kicking the black and brown people out. Luckily, we had a lot of family in the city, so were able to couch hop for a bit. But we didn’t have a home. I never asked my parents for money; I went out and tried to get it myself. Performing on trains, always competing in poetry slams… Literally taking my last $7, going to Nuyorican Poetry Cafe and paying that $7 to get in and praying that I won the poetry slam. If I won, I would get like $10 or $15 and I knew I had enough money to get a slice of pizza and a MetroCard to go back home and do it all over again. That’s what I did for years. I didn’t sleep in a bed for like three years, from 2008 to maybe 2011.You’d sleep on the trains?Ride them all night—ride it all the way up, ride it all the way down. It was a rough time, but it instilled a lot of discipline and a lot of gratitude. Because I don’t need much. Basic amenities for me. Do I have some food in the fridge? A roof over my head? T-shirt on my back? If I have that, then I’m good. My wife has to force me to buy new clothes. She’s like, “You look crazy! That has a hole in it. Please don’t embarrass yourself. Buy some new clothes!” [Laughs.] Or, you’ve said before, at the stage door of Hamilton.Or at the stage door of Hamilton. Or fans who comment on my Instagram and say, “Oh my God, I loved you as George Washington, but I don’t really know about this racism stuff you’re talking about. Racism is like over.” [Laughs.] You know, there are people who love Hamilton and hate black people. It’s real; I’ve experienced it. So I had to speak out about it. I had to. And I love that Hamilton is giving me the platform to be able to speak about this.Are these scary thoughts for you to share? Are you nervous about being in the biggest hit in recent Broadway history and saying these things?At first, yeah. Because you start to think about your livelihood. If I start putting the mirror to the faces of the people who may be implicated in some of these actions, will I ever work again? But I never started this work for fame or for money. I always did it because I had something to say and the truth needed to be told. And I felt like I was called by God to speak to higher issues for the marginalized, oppressed and people who don’t have voices for themselves. That’s why I started this work, and that got me to Hamilton. Nothing else did. God brought me Hamilton. So there is no fear.Your life seems blessed in many ways right now—amazing Broadway job, loving home life with your wife, newfound attention for your talents. Yet you seem to have a great ability to not allow yourself to get comfortable.I think enjoying life is important, but I think enjoying life and comfort are two different things. Comfort can sometimes be complacency and it’s just not in my bones. I’m from a rich history of hardworking, Haitian immigrant people who didn’t have food to eat, water to drink, a place to live—basic amenities that I think ever human should have. So, how dare I sit in complacency when I know I have family out there that don’t have the mere blessings that I have here?What are you parents like? I know in the late ’70s, they came to New York from Haiti. What do you know about their early days in the city?I don’t know much. My father was the last of his brothers and sisters to come here. His older sister was here first and helped him get here. My dad said he came here on a Friday and was in school on Monday.Wow.He was like, “I need to make a better life of what I’ve had before. I need to do that for my family and myself and for the future kids.” I don’t know all the stories, but I know that man was in school. He was also working a night job and he just never stopped working since. Even to this day. I’m like, “You just need to retire.” And he’s like, “No, I have to work.”What does he do for work?He’s a desk attendant at Barnard College up at Columbia University. He works nights at the dorms, making sure everyone is safe. My wife said, “Hey man, you need a break.” And he looked at her and said, “Break? What is a break?” Like, he literally in his head, he was like, “I don’t know what a break is.” It’s an honorable virtue that I think was instilled in me in a lot of ways.You’re your father’s son.Very much so. You discovered In the Heights—and Lin-Manuel Miranda—around the same time.At high school, I was part of a salsa dance team for gym credit. They took us to this off-off-Broadway show called In the Heights, maybe like eight or 10 of us. I get to the theater and see the set and I’m like, “That looks like a bodega! That looks like my block. That’s dope. This looks like where I’m from!” I was immediately blown away by that. Then you hear the first beats and it’s salsa! And Lin comes out and starts rapping and we’re like, “Wait a minute!” We’ve just never seen anything like that. And then all these black and brown and Latino people came out dancing. I was just blown away. But the game changer was seeing Christopher Jackson, this smooth black brother singing this sultry, smooth R&B. I was like, “Y’all, there’s room for me!”And you eventually met him.I had the opportunity to meet him because my best friend, Joshua Bennett, performed at the White House with Lin when he debuted……What was called “The Hamilton Mixtape”.Yeah, the mixtape. And Lin gave him tickets to see In the Heights. I’d already seen it a couple of times, but I was up in the nosebleeds, not in the orchestra! We went backstage and I got to meet Chris. I’m like, “It’s an honor! You’re the reason I’m acting!” He was amazing, and we became friends on Facebook. And he helped me with undergrad auditions. I was like, “Yo, man. I need an upbeat song. Can I get ‘Benny’s Dispatch’?” He said, “Meet me at the stage door.” And he gave it to me. Always giving me advice. We rarely speak, but every time we do, it’s something beautiful and profound.And now you’re on Broadway.On it! Of it.But that’s not all. You’re on that same stage where you saw In the Heights, playing George Washington, the role that Christopher Jackson originated…What does it mean to walk into that theater? It’s your life now. The dazzle may have worn off a bit.Definitely, the dazzle is gone. Because it’s work, man. It’s work, and it’s hard work. Everyone is tired, everyone is injured. But I make sure I don’t lose that sense of the dazzle, if you will. I have a letter that Chris Jackson wrote to me when I joined the show. I have it posted right on my mirror. Sometimes you have to build a monument to remind you where God has brought you from and where God is bringing you to. For me, that’s important. But it’s so athletic, it’s such a sport. When I walk into the theater it’s like what LeBron James must feel like when he walks into the Staples Center. “I’m tired. My body hurts. But yo, it’s time to go.” There are thousands of people there. I walk by them before I walk into the stage door. And it gives me a sense of urgency and excitement. It makes me hype. I’m just trying to remind myself—I came from the bottom and I’m here now. And I’m just trying to do the work.Watch the full Front Row segment on Carvens Lissaint below. Carvens Lissaint (Photo by Caitlin McNaney) Hamilton from $149.00 Star Files Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:59Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -9:59 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org Republicans are protesting one of the smaller in the items in the Shumlin administration’s request for additional money in Fiscal Year 2014.Robin Lunge, director of health care reform, is asking for $230,000 to help lay the groundwork for the state’s publicly financed health care system, scheduled to be in place by 2017.The total of all budget adjustment requests is $12.5 million.House Republican leader Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton, issued a statement Wednesday saying that he and his fellow Republicans were ‘shocked’ by the request. Republicans have opposed the switch to single payer.There are several components to Lunge’s request. The $127,000 salary (including benefits) for Michael Costa, the designated point person for figuring out how to finance that system, is the biggest, but it isn’t a surprise. Costa left his post in the Tax Department in June to move to his new position in the Agency of Administration.Lunge has also asked for $100,000 to pay the University of Massachusetts to provide more detailed analyses of the financing options for publicly financed health care. UMass supplied the administration’s finance plan, which was unveiled in January, as required by statute.At the time, Republican lawmakers accused the administration of violating that statute by failing to point to a specific funding mechanism.The point of the UMass contract, according to Lunge, is to offer lawmakers more details about financing options. ‘We expect Legislature will want to refamiliarize themselves with what was passed in Act 48 and also may want to dig into the financing estimates in the UMass reports.’But those clamoring for answers last session say the administration shouldn’t need more money to comply with their request.‘We continue to believe that Vermonters deserve answers on how much Shumlincare is going to cost and who is going to pay,’ Turner said in the statement. ‘That being said, with the shortfall we are facing in meeting our budget needs for 2015’s budget we simple (sic) can’t afford to pay for the Governor’s additional studies and staff in the budget adjustment.’The final piece of Lunge’s request is $50,000 to hire a consultant to ‘move forward with high level operational planning.’
Photo via Prairie Village Police DepartmentArea kid gets to play Prairie Village Police Chief for a day. Corin Conard put his name in a raffle at the Special Olympics of Kansas Golf Tournament earlier this year, and got to spend a day finding out what it’s like to be chief of police as a result. Conard won the drawing for the Prairie Village Police Department’s Chief for a Day experience, which included a mock swearing in ceremony and the chance to try on officers’ technical gear.Activists frustrated with restricted access to Yoder town hall will demonstrate outside his office today. A group of activists affiliated with Indivisible KC will demonstrate outside the offices of U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder in downtown Overland Park at noon today, two days after the four-term Congressman held his first in-person town hall meeting in more than a year. That event, hosted by the Kansas City Star, had restricted access, with about 110 of the 2,000 people who applied for tickets allowed inside. “Why wasn’t a larger venue reserved for the foreseeable high demand? The constituents of the 3rd District want to hear and watch their representative up close and in person,” read a statement from Indivisible.
The researchers also had a hunch that biological impulses — like hunger — may influence our political opinions.So in a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science, they tested these ideas with an experiment involving 104 university students in Denmark.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media > But new research suggests that we may have another, innate response to hunger: a desire to encourage others to share what they have.Researchers Lene Aarøe and Michael Bang Petersen, both in the department of political science and government at Aarhus University in Denmark, wanted to explore the possibility that we are evolutionarily wired to want to share food. Their logic? Back in the days before we had a reliable food supply, people living in small communities often asked others to share food in situations of temporary hunger. NPR:Hunger can make people emotional, that’s for sure. Some people get “hangry” when their blood sugar levels drop and their irritability rises. Others get greedy.
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Egypt is still investigating Friday’s attack in Giza just south of Cairo. Gunmen targeted a police vehicle and killed five officers. While analysts say security forces are increasingly being targeted, they also say there’s been an improvement in security in the country.An ambush on a police car on a weekend Friday morning. No group has claimed responsibly yet, but the attack carries the hallmarks of “Hasm” a group affiliated to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Hasm and other terrorist groups have been targeting security forces since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood from power in a 2013 uprising. .“Always the enemy of terrorism is the security man who aims to protect civilians. Therefore his direct enemy is the terrorist who targets police forces. If they succeed in weakening security forces in all their forms, naturally extremism would prevail and control the people,” said Mohamed Al Behery of Al Masry Al Youm News.The timing is also a factor. This is the third attack on security forces in the last 10 days.“When the pressure has been mounting on terrorist groups such as ISIL and it’s affiliates in Syria and Iraq, the number of attacks increases in Sinai,” added Al Behery.“When we put pressure on them in Sinai, they had to increase operations to raise their moral and prove the group is not dead… this is only proof that the security crackdown in Sinai has been effective.”In spite of the latest surge, statistics show there has been a major improvement in the security situation in Egypt.The war on terrorism continues in Egypt. There might be losses along the way but the government says it is adamant on eradicating the terrorist groups from the country.
A UNHCR officer registers newly arrived refugees from the Central African Republic in Odoumian, Chad. [Photo Courtesy: UNHCR]More than 5,000 people have arrived in southern Chad since late December, fleeing clashes in the Central African Republic between the armed groups Mouvement national pour la libération de la Centrafrique (MNLC) and Révolution et Justice (RJ) in the town of Paoua, the United Nations says.The UN refugee agency also says more than 20,000 others have been displaced internally, most of whom are women and children.The UNHCR says it has partnered with the Chadian government to register the arriving refugees in Odoumian, located some 15 kilometers from the CAR border.Most of the refugees are reported to have trekked on foot across the war zones and into Chad.UNHCR says that over 1,000 new refugees have also arrived at existing camps for CAR refugees near the town of Goré.The agency says the influx is the largest movement of refugees from CAR, exceeding the total number for 2017, when about 2,000 fled into Chad.Many are reporting widespread human rights abuses committed by the members of these armed groups in villages alongside the CAR-Chad border.Chad hosts over 75,000 refugees from CAR – out of the total 545,000 hosted in all neighbouring countries.
Cameroon president vows to restore peace in Anglophone region 3 civilians killed in attacks in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region BUEA, SOUTH WEST CAMEROON. MAY 16 2019: The view from the city of Buea looking East toward the coast and Francophone region on May 16, 2019 in Buea,Cameroon . Buea is one of the largest English speaking cities in Cameroon and located in the shadow of the vast Mount Cameroon. In 2017, separatists in Cameroon’s Anglophone territories declared an independent state of Ambazonia, an area formerly known as Southern Cameroons, and took up arms against the Cameroonian government. The violence has forced hundreds of thousands from their homes and, according to the UN, left more than a million people in need of humanitarian assistance. (Photo by Giles Clarke/UNOCHA via Getty Images)A special investigative squad is on the case, according to the army that has blamed separatists for the kidnapping.Local sources told Xinhua the civilians were drinking in a bar early Monday in Mmouck Leteh, a locality in Lebialem division of the region, when heavily armed men held them at gunpoint and took them away to an unknown destination.Armed separatists are known to be operating in the locality that recently witnessed “fierce” clashes between separatist groups leading to the death of five fighters, according to security sources.Separatists have not claimed responsibility for the abduction.Fighting between government forces and armed separatist groups has been going on since 2017 after the separatists declared the independence of a nation called “Ambazonia” in the two English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest.According to the United Nations, more than 700,000 Cameroonians have been displaced internally and externally due to the fighting.Related Over 20 school children rescued in Cameroon’s Anglophone region
U.N. doubles aid appeal for northeastern Nigeria to $1 billion MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 30, 2019: A gavel at an auction of 34 old light box signs recently removed from Moscow Underground (Moscow Metro) stations; the auction took place at Vystavochnaya Station. Vladimir Gerdo/TASS (Photo by Vladimir GerdoTASS via Getty Images) A gavel. Nigeria has been granted more time to appeal against a penalty in relation to a botched gas project. (Photo by Vladimir GerdoTASS via Getty Images)Nigeria won a temporary reprieve after a court in London granted it more time to appeal against a multi-billion dollar penalty in a case lodged by a UK-based company, Process Industrial and Developments (P&ID).The court ruled that Nigeria can now lodge its appeal but it did not set any definite time frame.P&ID sued Nigeria in 2012 after a deal to develop a gas-processing plant, which it was awarded, collapsed.P&ID, which was set up solely for the project, argued it spent $40 million on design and feasibility but never built the plant as the government did not honour its obligation to supply the gas it was meant to process.Three years ago, P&ID was awarded $6.6 billion, plus interest, based on what it could have earned over the course of 20 years.The daily interest of $1.2 million was backdated from 2013 meaning the award now stands at nearly $10 billion.Last September, Nigeria was given permission by a British judge to seek to have that ruling dismissed. It, however, missed the original appeal deadline.The West African nation’s Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, told the BBC that the country will continue its pursuit of the case until the ruling against it is dismissed.Related Nigeria’s Court of Appeal jails foreign nationals for oil theft Nigeria announces $5.8 billion deal for record-breaking power project