first_imgWelcome to new mexico, the Land of Enchantment! In the middle of New Mexico you will find Bernalillo County stretching from just east of the Sandia Mountains to the Volcano Cliffs on the west mesa. Bernalillo County has a population of 676,773 and is home to the city of Albuquerque, the county seat, and Kirtland Air Force Base.The county offers many historical and cultural attractions, plus modern amenities. In addition to its wide-open landscapes, open skies and peaceful natural settings, there are archeological sites, museums and parks. Outdoor activities abound, including fishing, golfing, whitewater rafting and camping.There are also shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities for residents to explore: Annual events and festivals celebrate everything from Native Americans to the hot air balloon fiesta that showcases the vibrancy of New Mexico.last_img read more

Gophers using meets to settle back of pack before NCAAs

first_imgGophers using meets to settle back of pack before NCAAsMinnesota is still trying to settle on its last three runners for the meet. Chris LempesisSeptember 29, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s men’s cross country team’s seventh-place performance Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational bumped the Gophers up five spots in the current top 30 poll to No. 20.But it was the performance of another team in the Big Ten that had coach Steve Plasencia taking notice.“When I looked at Michigan at the Griak, their sixth, seventh, eighth were right on the tail of their fifth,” Plasencia said. “That gives you a pretty good indication of their depth.”While the Gophers have been strong at the top so far – with solid showings from senior Ryan Malmin, junior David VanOrsdel, sophomore Justin Grunewald and freshman Chris Rombough – Minnesota is still looking for that sort of depth at this early juncture in the season.This isn’t a problem at the moment, as the team is allowed to send a traveling roster of 12. However, that number drops to nine for the Big Tens and seven and an alternate for the NCAA Regionals.And even when you factor in the returns of injured senior Erik Grumstrup and junior Antonio Vega, that would still leave the Gophers two short of filling out a regional roster.Plasencia said the group competing to fill these slots is essentially wide open.“I think that’s a fair thing to say,” he said. “There’s some people within that group who have shown more than others.”A group of freshmen – Ben Puhl, Seijen Takamura and Luke Walker – all of whom redshirted last season, appears to be in the early lead for those spots. The three were the fifth, sixth and seventh place finishers for Minnesota at the Griak. Walker said it’s nice that the results have been coming after all the work put in last season.“We were in the trenches (last season), doing all the dirty work,” he said. “Just working all the time, training all the time, for really no results that would be written up in the paper.”The group said they weren’t surprised they have been experiencing the early success together.“That says something about us being close and trusting each other and having confidence in each other,” Walker said. “We’ve all scraped each other off the ground and picked each other up numerous times.”Plasencia mentioned Puhl and Takamura as two of the top candidates to fill those spots, which poses the question: What would happen in the event that one of the runners in that group gets left out?Puhl said there would be some disappointment but it wouldn’t be anything personal.As Takamura said, the team comes first. And helping it continue to move up the polls.“As much as running is an individual thing, it’s definitely a team thing for us,” he said. “It’s all about the team and all about progressing the program.”last_img read more

Activity in brain’s thinking and problem-solving center linked to avoiding anxiety

first_imgShare Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Boosting activity in brain areas related to thinking and problem-solving may also buffer against worsening anxiety, suggests a new study by Duke University researchers.Using non-invasive brain imaging, the researchers found that people at-risk for anxiety were less likely to develop the disorder if they had higher activity in a region of the brain responsible for complex mental operations. The results may be a step towards tailoring psychological therapies to the specific brain functioning of individual patients.“These findings help reinforce a strategy whereby individuals may be able to improve their emotional functioning — their mood, their anxiety, their experience of depression — not only by directly addressing those phenomena, but also by indirectly improving their general cognitive functioning,” said Ahmad Hariri, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke. The results are published Nov. 17 in the journal Cerebral Cortex.center_img Email LinkedIn Previous findings from Hariri’s group show that people whose brains exhibit a high response to threat and a low response to reward are more at risk of developing symptoms of anxiety and depression over time.In the current work, Hariri and Matthew Scult, a clinical psychology graduate student in the department of psychology and neuroscience at Duke, wanted to investigate whether higher activity in a region of the brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex could help shield these at-risk individuals from future mental illness.“We wanted to address an area of understanding mental illness that has been neglected, and that is the flip side of risk,” Hariri said. “We are looking for variables that actually confer resiliency and protect individuals from developing problems.”The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is our brain’s “executive control” center, helping us focus our attention and plan complex actions. It also plays a role in emotion regulation, and well-established types of psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, engage this region of the brain by equipping patients with strategies to reframe or re-evaluate their emotions.The team drew on data from 120 undergraduate students who participated in the Duke Neurogenetics Study. Each participant completed a series of mental health questionnaires and underwent a type of non-invasive brain scan called functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) while engaged in tasks meant to activate specific regions of the brain.The researchers asked each participant to answer simple memory-based math problems to stimulate the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Participants also viewed angry or scared faces to activate a region of the brain called the amygdala, and played a reward-based guessing game to stimulate activity in the brain’s ventral striatum.Scult was particularly interested in “at-risk” individuals with the combination of high threat-related activity in the amygdala and low reward-related activity in the ventral striatum. By comparing participants’ mental health assessments at the time of the brain scans, and in a follow-up occurring on average seven months later, he found that these at-risk individuals were less likely to develop anxiety if they also had high activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.“We found that if you have a higher functioning dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the imbalance in these deeper brain structures is not expressed as changes in mood or anxiety,” Hariri said.The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is especially skilled at adapting to new situations, the researchers say. Individuals whose brains exhibit the at-risk signatures may be more likely to benefit from strategies that boost the brain’s dorsolateral prefrontal activity, including cognitive behavioral therapy, working memory training, or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).But, the researchers warn, the jury is still out on whether many brain-training exercises improve the overall functioning of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, or only hone its ability to complete the specific task being trained. Additional studies on more diverse populations are also needed to confirm their findings.“We are hoping to help improve current mental health treatments by first predicting who is most at-risk so that we can intervene earlier, and second, by using these types of approaches to determine who might benefit from a given therapy,” Scult said.last_img read more

Aspen launches latest trailer

first_imgThe M5500-8 features a flush deck measuring 26 ft (8 m), swing-out outriggers and a rear frame suitable for a fourth flip axle.”The new Aspen M5500-8 commercial trailer offers a 116 inch (2.9 m) gooseneck swing, meaning you can get under the trailer with your four-axle tractor without being punished by the extra weight and hassle of flipping an extension” explained John Zork, Aspen’s vice president.Aspen says the hydraulic removable gooseneck lowbed, which has a payload of 55 tons (50 tonnes), can be customised, options include bolted load bearing wheel covers, a hydraulic third axle, a fourth flip axle module and a single axle booste. www.aspentrailer.comlast_img read more

Montague steps up and stuns Muskegon Catholic 34-10 in battle of unbeatens

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Photo/Tim ReillyMCC falls to 7-1 overall – their first loss since a 35-6 setback to Detroit Country Day on Oct. 16, 2015.Now Montague will head into the Division 6 playoffs full-steam, with aspirations of winning their first state title since 2009.“This feels great because it’s a big win for us, especially with the playoffs coming up,” Archer said. “Both teams came out with a lot of motivation. They had the momentum early on, but we settled down and came back like we should and we ended up having a great game.”The game didn’t start well for Montague.Archer was stripped of the ball by MCC defensive end Jacob Martinez deep in Montague territory on the Wildcats’ opening drive, allowing the Crusaders to score on a 6-yard run by Dawson Steigman.But Montague’s defense stole the show the rest of the way, limiting Martinez to a dismal 7-of-30 passing performance for 102 yards and two interceptions. The usually dominant MCC run game was also limited to just 155 yards on 36 carries.“Our secondary worked on covering their routes and we knew their game plan coming in,” Archer said. “With Cameron, the key was keeping him contained. We didn’t want him to get outside and have him scramble for big gains.”MCC’s Cameron Martinez looks for room up the middle on the run. Photo/Tim ReillyMartinez kept many plays alive with his feet, often scrambling for 6, 7 or 8 seconds a play while looking for a receiver to break open. But the Wildcats remained stuck on the MCC receivers like glue.“It was just amazing at how they could lock down those guys for that long,” said Montague coach Pat Collins. “It was kind of comical at times (how long Martinez scrambled). It didn’t look like the game of football at times. But it was very impressive, the job our DBs did.”Montague rolled back with its big offensive line and its run game. Junior running back Bryce Stark scored on a short touchdown run at 7:19 of the first quarter, and again just a minute into the second quarter to give the Wildcats a 14-7 lead.Stark finished with 107 yards on 23 carries.MCC trimmed its deficit to 14-10 on a 33-yard field goal by Caleb Muskovin nearly six minutes later, but Montague stole the momentum back just before halftime.On a fourth-and-3, a hard count by Archer drew the Crusader defense offside to give Montague a fresh set of downs at the 50-yard-line with under a minute left. Two plays later, Archer found senior Blake Jones wide open over the middle for a 19-yard touchdown, which proved to be a backbreaker for MCC.Montague’s Kenyan Johnston makes the catch and finds the end zone as MCC’s No. 9 Jackson Riegler can’t make the stop. Photo/Tim Reilly“It was just our two-minute drill,” Archer said. “We worked on that for like 30 minutes at practice on Thursday. I just looked off Cameron Martinez (at safety) and Blake slipped open over the middle.”The Crusaders’ offense continued to sink in the third quarter. Their four drives ended in two punts, an interception, and a fourth-and-short run that was stopped short by the inspired Wildcats defensive line.Archer made it 27-10 with 6:24 to play in the third when he appeared to be stopped short of the goal line, but rolled over the top of a Crusader defender and into the end zone for the score.Two minutes later, he connected with Jones on a perfectly-placed pump-and-go 50-yard touchdown pass to officially put the game out of reach.Collins said the showdown between two undefeated teams stood as a good measuring stick for the upcoming challenges his squad will face in the playoffs.“It was two good teams from Muskegon County and we want to represent,” Collins said. “That was the goal tonight, to test each other and we did. 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Jersey Coast Cheetahs win Kick-It title

first_imgThe Jersey Coast Cheetahs took first place in the Under 8 Female division this past weekend at the 2005 Kick-It 3v3 World Championships, the pinnacle of Team Championships International’s 2005 Kick-It 3v3 Soccer Tour, the largest 3v3 soccer tour in the world. Team members include Sydney Hicks and Samantha Wanzor, of Jackson, Amanda Visco, of Manalapan, Cassidy Poklemba, of Freehold, and Kristen Ramos, of Holmdel. As one of the most highly-attended events at Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex in Florida, the three-day tournament hosted 750 teams, including more than 4,500 of the best 3v3 soccer players across the globe, and drew more than 50,000 spectators. The Championship Title earned the Jersey Coast Cheetahs the coveted Kick-It Cup and No. 1 spot in the Kick-It 3v3 National Rankings, which will be revealed during GolTV’s 30-minute special airing Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The girls will have the opportunity to defend their title and ranking, as well as qualify for the 2006 World Championships, scheduled for Jan. 13-15, 2007, at local Kick-It events this season: June 24-25 in Buffalo (Clarence), N.Y., or Philadelphia (West Chester), Pa.; July 8-9 in Hartford (New Britain), Conn.; July 15-16 in Baltimore (Bel Air), Md., or Providence (South Kingstown), R.I.; July 22-23 in Albany, N.Y.; and July 29-30 in Boston (Lowell), Mass. The road to the 2005 Kick-It 3v3 World Championships began last spring when players of all ages and skill levels participated in one of the tour’s 55 local tournaments. Based on their performance, teams advanced to one of 10 Regional Championships, with only the top five teams in each division moving on to the World Championships.last_img read more