Former chief legal officer to serve as college counsel for Saint Mary’s

first_imgCristal Brisco, former chief legal officer of South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg’s administration, will assume her new role as college counsel for Saint Mary’s on September 1, according to a College press release.“I’m delighted Cristal Brisco has agreed to join my leadership team,” Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli said in the release. “Her wealth of knowledge, her experience with the city and Barnes & Thornburg and her deep appreciation of Saint Mary’s mission make her superbly qualified.”According to the release, Buttigieg has confidence that Brisco will serve as a major asset to the College.“Cristal Brisco served the city of South Bend with great distinction,” he said in the release. “She will be difficult to replace, but as a colleague and friend I am pleased to see her take on a new leadership opportunity. I wish her and her new Saint Mary’s College family the best of luck as I know Cristal will continue her excellent record of service in this new position.”Brisco has been recognized as a Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers, an organization that commends the success of no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. She said in the release that she eagerly awaits the chance to take on this new position.“I look forward to working as a part of President Cervelli’s leadership team to help advance the mission of Saint Mary’s College,” Brisco said. “It’s been a privilege to serve Mayor Buttigieg and the residents of South Bend. Today, South Bend is stronger than it’s ever been. I am truly honored to have played a part in that.”Tags: Cristal Brisco, Indiana Super Lawyers, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, President Cervellilast_img read more

Fall Soil Testing

first_imgEven experienced gardeners often put off testing their soil, but a basic soil test from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension can provide a wealth of information and help to ensure better results from all those hours spent planting, weeding and harvesting. This year, UGA Extension and the Food Well Alliance, a non-profit, local food advocacy group, teamed up to help community gardens in metro Atlanta test their soil. As part of the partnership, UGA’s Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL), the state’s only non-profit soil and water laboratories, tested 45 soil samples from 35 different gardens in the Atlanta area. Soil tests are important because they show the soil’s nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium content and soil pH level, all of which are vital for healthy plants. They also tested for heavy metals, which can be present in urban soil. “In urban areas, we definitely see an elevated concentration of certain heavy metals, especially lead (Pb),” said UGA soil scientist Jason Lessl, also the program coordinator at the AESL’s Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Laboratory. “Not to worry though, health risks can be mitigated by taking a few precautions like thoroughly washing your hands and produce.” Most urban farmers take good care of their soil, incorporating compost and using cover crops to boost its structure and nutrient content, but many of the gardeners in the partnership were surprised to find out what their healthy-looking soil was missing, Lessl said. “People are usually most surprised to learn that soil is a living entity that requires a certain level of nurture in order for it to function properly,” he said. “Soil is a vital component of our ecosystem and should never be called ‘dirt.’” Calvin Sims, of the Chapmans Mill/Redan Park Community Development Corporation, had soil tested through the program. Sims has been organizing the Redan Nature Preserve Community Garden in Lithonia, Georgia, since 2009, and he’s had good results. This spring the garden’s participants paid to have some rich topsoil trucked into the garden, but this summer’s harvest was lackluster, Sims said. “We had new soil brought in, but we weren’t seeing the yields we thought we would this summer,” Sims said. “So we wanted to have the soil tested. It said that we were low in phosphorus.” After receiving his results, Sims incorporated some organic phosphorus amendments into the soil and plans to plant his fall vegetables this week. It may be hard to think past tending that final crop of fall vegetables or putting your gardening tools away for the winter, but fall and winter are the best time to test your garden soil, said Lessl. Some soil fixes, like adding phosphorus, are pretty quick, but others, like lowering or raising the pH of your soil, can take weeks or months. Testing in the fall allows gardeners to make adjustments and have them take effect before spring planting. UGA Extension offers soil testing and an array of other testing services through the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories. A basic soil test costs $6 and takes a few days. For more information about soil testing through UGA Extension, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visit or read more

Toffees held by Bluebirds

first_img The Toffees pair are transfer targets for former boss David Moyes at Manchester United, but the Scot’s Goodison Park successor Roberto Martinez had no hesitation in including them at Cardiff City Stadium. There was no lack of commitment from the pair in a full-blooded contest, although Cardiff will unquestionably be the happier with the point after being penned back for long periods. Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines played 90 minutes as Everton picked up a goalless draw against a gritty Cardiff. Kevin Mirallas wasted two great Everton chances and David Marshall brilliantly saved a deflected Nikica Jelavic header, while the visitors were left scratching their heads at how they were not awarded a first-half penalty for Gary Medel’s rash challenge on Baines. Cardiff created little; skipper Craig Bellamy took too strong a touch when rounding Tim Howard, with the Everton goalkeeper also beating out a Peter Whittingham corner. There had been a spring in the step and a bite in the Cardiff challenges in the early exchanges as they looked to unsettle their visitors as they had Manchester City six days earlier. It made for an uncompromising opening and the first moment of any true quality only arrived when Steven Pienaar’s exquisite drag-back took three defenders out of the game, but Ross Barkley could not make the most of the chance. Corners had played a key part in Cardiff’s victory over City and they almost repeated the trick when Whittingham’s inswinger almost caught Howard off guard, but the American recovered just in time to bat the ball away. But Everton also proved dangerous at free-kicks, and Mirallas and Phil Jagielka ought to have done better from headed opportunities. Mirallas also glanced wastefully wide when picked out by Jelavic’s pint-point cross as Everton took a hold on proceedings. Fraizer Campbell, the two-goal hero against City, was a peripheral figure and he inadvertently botched what would have been Cardiff’s best chance as he controlled a through ball destined for Whittingham. The hosts were having to cope manfully with sustained pressure, with Medel excelling in midfield, but the Chile international was extremely fortunate not to concede a penalty on 42 minutes. The Bluebirds’ record signing brought down Baines as he charged into the area, but referee Anthony Taylor somehow only awarded a goal-kick. To compound Everton frustrations Marshall then made an incredible save to palm away Jelavic’s header after it had deflected off Ben Turner to leave him wrongfooted. Having been penned back for much of the first half, Cardiff opened the second stanza with greater attacking intent and were unfortunate that Kim Bo-kyung’s outwitting of Jagielka ended with his pull-back going behind his onrushing team-mates. At the other end Jelavic could only scoop over from Barkley’s weighted pass before Fellaini clashed with Campbell. The midfielder bundled the striker over as he advanced towards the Everton box and then appeared to lean his elbow into him as he got up, but no action was taken. Cardiff thought they may sneak a winner when Bellamy raced onto a Kim pass, but his touch as he rounded the advancing Howard took him too wide of goal. Mirallas then had a chance to redeem himself for his earlier misses as the impressive Barkley found him in the box, but he checked inside and the chance was lost to leave Martinez still awaiting his first win in charge. Press Associationlast_img read more

Albert Pujols belts two homers to lead Angels to victory

first_imgPujols hit a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the fourth, the 59th multi-homer game of his career. Those accounted for all the runs as the Angels took a 3-2 lead, and his third hit of the day came in the middle of a three-run sixth-inning rally that gave the Angels a cushion.Pujols now has eight homers this season, the same total as Mike Trout, who has been in a rare extended slump lately.Trout was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts on Saturday, dropping to .225 in his last 16 games. Even after hitting homer and a double on Friday, Trout said he didn’t feel like he’d completely solved the issue.It was the 40th game since the start of the 2016 season in which Trout had batted at least four times without reaching base, and the Angels won for just the fifth time.The rest of the Angels picked up Trout. Besides Pujols, Shohei Ohtani, Kole Calhoun and Tommy La Stella each had two hits. They gave the bullpen enough cushion for them to hold the lead on a day that Matt Harvey could could only give them four innings. BALTIMORE — Albert Pujols would like you to look past his average, which he raised to .224 with three hits, including a pair of homers, on Saturday.“I have been feeling good all year long,” Pujols said after the Angels’ 7-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. “For me, obviously the scoreboard doesn’t look like it because of my batting average but I’ve been hitting the ball hard… I’ve been putting good swings for a month and a half. Some days they are going to fall and some days they aren’t. You hear some players say it evens out. It never evens out. You lose more hits than you get.”Pujols pointed out that in his final at-bat he hit the ball hard — 101.8 mph, to be exact — but it was right at the shortstop, for a double play.The way to avoid that, of course, is simply to hit it over the fence. Harvey labored over a 93-pitch outing, including 32 pitches in the first and 27 in the third. He gave up two in the first when Dwight Smith Jr. hit a curve ball over the right-field fence. In the third, he loaded the bases but escaped.Even after pitching a perfect fourth, including two strikeouts, Harvey did not get the chance to to pitch the fifth, against the heart of the Orioles order.“He just looked like he didn’t have command,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “He wasn’t able to put the ball where he wanted to. It was not that the stuff was off. The command was off. Ironically, his best inning was his last inning, but at that point he was almost at 95 pitches.”Harvey said he mildly campaigned to stay in the game for the fifth, but he didn’t realize his pitch-count had gotten so high.“It’s frustrating,” he said. “Obviously you don’t want to have the bullpen come in in the fifth inning. That’s not ideal as a starter. It’s taxing to the bullpen.”The bullpen nonetheless handled those final 15 outs. Luke Bard (five outs) and Cam Bedrosian (four) split three innings, and then Ty Buttrey and Hansel Robles finished with consecutive perfect innings.The Angels have won four out of five and improved to 19-20, within a game of .500 for the first time since they were 8-9.“Even when we had kind of a rough stretch, we’ve known we were right there and close,” Harvey said. “It was a matter of the pitching clicking and the hitting coming around. You’re going to have your ups and downs but we’re playing well right now.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more