BY DANIEL HOWLEY Staff Writer F our baseball teams took the field at West Long Branch’s Valenzano Park on April 18 to remember one young man who touched the lives of many. Frankie Caltabilota Jr. Frankie Caltabilota Jr. was only 18 years old when on Jan. 19, 2000, his life was cut tragically short in a fire that was set inside his dormitory at Seton Hall University in South Orange. Since that fateful day, Frankie’s parents, Frank Sr. and Joanne Caltabilota, have never stopped thinking of their son, and neither have Frankie’s friends. A gifted young man and native of West Long Branch, Frankie lettered in three different sports during his time as a student at Shore Regional High School —baseball, football and basketball. But it was baseball that was Frankie’s true passion. “That’s why he went to Seton Hall,” Frank Sr. explained. “Because he wanted to be a baseball player, and that is a Division 1 [university].” To celebrate Frankie’s memory and his love for baseball, friends and former teammates gathered on the very field that was named in his honor to kick off the 2009 baseball season with a two-day round-robinstyle tournament. CHRIS KELLY staff Frank Caltabilota throws out the first pitch during the opening ceremonies of the Frankie and Friends Spring Invitational Baseball Tournament at Valenzano Park in West Long Branch on April 18. “It surprises us, because you know we think of Frankie all the time, but it’s amazing to know that other people do, too,” Joanne said, prior to the start of game one of the tournament. “They haven’t forgotten him and they wanted to do a wonderful thing like this,” Frank Sr. said. “It’s a lot of hard work, and they are all willing to do it. “We are just so happy and proud that he left this memory with all of his friends,” he added. Organized by friend and former teammate Andrew Meisner, the Frankie and Friends Invitational Baseball Tournament saw teams from across Monmouth County, including the West Long Branch Blue Devils, Long Branch Thunder, Jackson Red, and Middletown Brewers, come together to play the game that Frankie adored. “For years everybody’s been trying to get on the field and make something and do something,” Meisner said. “It just occurred to me that I knew everybody that was needed to be involved to create something like this, and I was fortunate enough to have everybody’s email addresses and shot everybody an email last fall,” Meisner explained. “It just seemed right. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.” Meisner and Frankie met during freshman year at Shore Regional. As members of both the school’s baseball and football teams, the two became fast friends. When not playing sports during the school year, the two young men would spend their summer days playing as teammates on a summer baseball league. “Every game that I was at, Frankie was at second base and was smiling,” Meisner said. “He always wanted to be on the field. “I played a good amount of games with him in high school, and I can’t remember a game where he walked off the field disappointed,” Meisner said, adding that even if their team lost, Frankie was still happy to have simply played the game. “He was a fantastic person,” Shore Regional High School baseball coach Fred Kampf said. “He listened, he was very coachable, liked to succeed and worked extremely hard at doing so,” Kampf said. “He was a hardworking young man; he tried to do the best he could every time he did something.” A coach at Shore Regional for 30 years, Kampf said he had worked with Frankie when he was trying out for Seton Hall’s baseball team. “Every young person when they play baseball, they want to go on to the next level, and not many of them do,” Kampf said. “[Frankie] tried, he wanted to,” Kampf said. “I tried to help him out when he went to Seton Hall, and you know all you can do is try as a coach, but everybody has that same feeling about wanting to go on to the next level. “This is nice to sit here and watch a few ex-ballplayers out here play ball,” Kampf said while watching the first few innings of the first game of the two-day tournament. “It’s a great thing to remember Frankie Caltabilota.” Although the tournament had been in the planning stages for some time, Meisner said he had little trouble getting the volunteers he needed to help him get the teams together to play. “To be honest, it was pretty easy,” Meisner said. “I mean, I knew all the teams, I knew the people who were in charge of the field, and the Caltabilotas, and along the way people were so willing to give and help out that it was so easy. “Everybody loves to come out and everybody knows the Caltabilotas, and it’s an easy thing to get behind,” Meisner said. “Nobody even had to think about it.” The overwhelming support Meisner saw from people willing to help with the tournament is a testament to the kind of person Frankie was, his father said. “Andy Meisner came over to us last year and told us that he wanted to have this and wanted to have it at this field that was named in Frankie’s memory in 2001,” Frank Sr. explained. “We don’t realize that everybody thinks about him,” Frank Sr. said. “We can say over and over again that we wish [Frankie] was here, but I’d say I think he’s here today,” Joanne added. The fact that the tournament was held at Valenzano Park, on the field that was named in Frankie’s honor, was especially touching for his parents. “I used to bring Frankie and his brother here and practice on this field, and they decided to name it after [Frankie], which we were honored to have,” Frank Sr. said. While baseball was a large part of his life, Frankie was also a dedicated student, Joanne said, adding that her son had always dreamed of someday being a pediatrician. “He knew when he was 5 or 6 years old that’s what he wanted,” Joanne said. Because he was both an excellent athlete and student, the Caltabilotas established the Frank Caltabilota Jr. Scholarship Fund in Frankie’s honor. Available to students at both Shore Regional and St. Jerome’s grade school, which Frankie attended as a child, the scholarship is awarded to students who exemplify Frankie’s drive and determination. To help raise money for the scholarship, Meisner ensured that any proceeds and donations that were collected during the tournament would be donated to benefit the scholarship. Prior to the start of the tournament, Frank Sr., standing at second base and surrounded by a crowd of players and spectators, thanked those who were involved in organizing and who donated supplies for the tournament. “This past Thursday, April 16, was Frankie’s 28th birthday, and from the time when he was 5 years old, he loved to play baseball,” Frank Sr. said. “He’d grab a bucket of baseballs and a bat and say, ‘Come on, Dad, let’s go hit some’ in this very field named after him. “Frankie loved playing baseball with and against some of you guys here today,” Frank Sr. said. “I want to thank you all for remembering him, and let’s play baseball today and tomorrow the way he loved to play this game.” After thanking the crowd, Frank Sr. walked to the mound and threw out the first pitch of the day in honor of his son. Contact Daniel Howley at email@example.com.
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.She met Harry Snyder, who was in the catering business, in Seattle while she was attending Seattle Pacific University majoring in zoology. The pair married in 1948 and moved to Baldwin Park to open In-N-Out that same year. “They’re a part of Baldwin Park,” Mayor Manuel Lozano said. “They’re a part of the history of this city.” Snyder often walked at night to the In-N-Out store, which still stands on Francisquito Avenue at the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, to help her husband clean and close up. She also cooked, sliced tomatoes and onions, peeled potatoes and made meat patties by hand. As the business grew, Snyder also started keeping books and handling paperwork. “She was very, very quiet and unassuming,” said former Councilwoman Linda Gair, who frequented In-N-Out No. 1 while in high school. “She had an inner strength that was really impressive.” The Snyders had two children, Guy and Rich. After Harry Snyder’s death in 1976, Rich Snyder took over the company as president and Guy Snyder as vice president. During this time, Esther Snyder became a philanthropist in Baldwin Park and throughout the San Gabriel Valley. She and Rich Snyder founded the Child Abuse Foundation in 1984, which eventually grew into the In-N-Out Burger Foundation. Esther Snyder and the foundation raised and donated $120,000 for the city’s first community center at 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd., which bears her name. The Esther Snyder Community Center was built in 1990, and continues to be a hub for community events and recreation. Snyder was a supporter of schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, medical organizations, police and fire departments and numerous missions and homeless shelters throughout the state. “I think she was a role model to our community,” Councilman Ricardo Pacheco said. “She ran a very successful business and never forgot where she came from.” After Rich Snyder died in an airplane crash in 1993, Esther and Guy Snyder ran the In-N-Out company until Guy’s death from an overdose of a narcotic painkiller in 1999. Esther Snyder had remained president ever since. There are now more than 200 In-N-Out Burger restaurants throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. Mark Taylor, vice president of operations, will succeed Esther Snyder as president. “Esther Snyder represents the best of Baldwin Park,” Councilman David Olivas said. “She represents the pioneering beginning and the determination and drive to be a success, and more importantly, give back to her community.” Esther Snyder is survived by her granddaughter, Lynsi Martinez, her brother and sisters, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members. “She was a great lady and a wonderful, warm, loving grandmother,” Martinez said in a statement. “She was always there for me to inspire me to be the best person I can be. … She was an inspiration for all the associates at In-N-Out and for all the people in the community, whose lives she touched over the years. I will miss her very much. We will all miss her very much.” Officials did not release details as to the cause of Snyder’s death or where she was when she died. Funeral arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, family members ask contributions be made to the In-N-Out Burger Foundation at 13502 Hamburger Lane in Baldwin Park, CA 91706. Staff Writer Sang Lee contributed to this story. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – Esther Snyder, matriarch of the In-N-Out Burger chain and Baldwin Park community philanthropist, died Friday, family members said. She was 86. Born Esther Lavelle Johnson in 1920, Snyder’s husband, Harry, founded In-N-Out Burger in Baldwin Park in 1948. In-N-Out was the first hamburger stand in California to utilize the drive-through window. “She was so supportive of her husband when he opened In-N-Out,” said Bob Benbow, president of the Baldwin Park Historical Society and a friend of Snyder’s. “Baldwin Park was blessed in having her and In-N-Out as part of the community.” Snyder, raised in Illinois, was one of eight children and served as a Woman Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service as a surgical nurse from 1942 to 1945.
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New drug delivery solutions can improvetreatment absorption rates and provideprotection of pharmaceuticals againstbiochemical degradation within the body.(Image: stock.xchng) Prof Viness Pillay and his team aredeveloping advanced drug deliverytechnologies that will change the waypeople take medication, improve theefficacy of drugs and reduce thecost of medicine.(Image: Viness Pillay) MEDIA CONTACTS • Shirona PatelHead: CommunicationsWits University+27 11 717 1019Wilma den HartighWits University researchers are developing advanced drug delivery technologies that will change the way people take medication, improve the efficacy of drugs and reduce the cost of medicine.For many years pharmaceuticals have consisted of simple, fast-acting formulations that are dispensed orally as solid tablets, capsules or liquids. But this is no longer the case.A team of researchers from the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Wits University have developed new biocompatible and biodegradable drug delivery technologies, which can improve the efficacy of drugs used to treat diseases and conditions such as cancer, tuberculosis, HIV, epilepsy and other neurodegenerative disorders.“Gone are the days where a tablet was just a white solid round structure,” says Prof Viness Pillay, head of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Research at Wits University.A drug delivery system controls or regulates the way in which a drug is released, absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated by the body. If scientists find ways to control these parameters, drugs can function more effectively in the body.Necessary for South AfricaPillay says that research into new drug delivery systems has major benefits for South Africa, which already has a high burden of diseases that affect its economically-active population.“If effective modes of treatment are not sought, this will lead to far reaching and detrimental socio-economic consequences,” he says.He adds that most local companies are not actively designing new drug delivery formulations or reformulating current products. Instead, their focus has shifted to generic formulations.“Our innovative research in this field will assist the local pharmaceutical industry in acquiring and commercialising newer drug delivery technologies that will benefit them and the country,” he says.Having such pharmaceuticals developed locally and commercialised will also reduce South Africa’s dependency on imported medicines.Improved drug deliveryThe goal of sophisticated drug delivery technology is to administer medicines to specifically targeted parts of the body, through a medium that can control the therapy’s administration.This can be done by means of either a physiological or chemical trigger.“Our research has enabled us to understand how to control the rate of drug delivery, sustain the duration of therapy and manoeuvre the drug to target a specific organ or tissue while maintaining specific blood concentrations,” he says.The research team has also determined how they can utilise drug delivery routes such as the eye, nose, mouth, skin, gastrointestinal tract or vaginal mucosa, to deliver drugs to specific areas of the body.Nano-neuropharmaceutics, wafers, chronotherapeutics and gastroretention are some of the technologies that the research team has been working on.Nano-neuropharmaceuticsNano-neuropharmaceutics are small brain implants to treat patients with neuro-degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Motor Neuron Disease.The implant can be stimulated electronically or through the use of ultrasound to release the drug.WafersWafers that dissolve on contact with the mucosa in the cheek, allow patients to absorb a drug almost instantly.He says that wafer technology is particularly useful for children and older patients who cannot ingest liquids, tablets and capsules.For instance, there are currently no HIV drugs available to treat infected babies and young children. The current practice is to crush an adult tablet and mix it with milk.However, he says that antiretroviral drugs are highly unstable in liquids and if babies don’t finish their milk, they don’t receive the prescribed dose.“By making use of our wafer technology, the drugs are absorbed within eight seconds,” he says.ChronotherapeuticsChronotherapeutics can treat diseases or conditions that only show signs and symptoms at certain times of the day. These include hypertension, rheumatic arthritis and heart attacks.Chronotherapeutics release a specific amount of a drug at certain times throughout the day. The drug is released over a period of two hours after which it stops temporarily. The cycle is repeated later in the day or evening.Gastroretentive deliveryThe benefit of gastroretentive delivery is that the drug is retained within the stomach and then slowly released and filtered through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum.The pyloric sphincter is a strong ring of smooth muscle at the end of the pyloric canal which lets food pass from the stomach to the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine.“Because the drug is filtered in such small quantities, it passes through the region at a very slow pace, which means the drug can be absorbed much more efficiently,” says Pillay.These technologies can improve treatment absorption rates and provide protection of pharmaceuticals against biochemical degradation within the body.The majority of the new delivery methods have already undergone significant testing and those in the more advanced stages of research have entered the commercialisation process.Reducing costsThe new drug delivery systems on offer will also result in a considerable overall reduction in the cost of medicine for patients, companies and the country.“Cost in this instance does not mean only the physical rands and cents that companies or patients will be saving,” he says. “Not providing effective treatment for a multitude of diseases can also be costly in terms of the socio-economic impact it will have if large numbers of the population are debilitated because of their disease, or are dying.”Developing new ways to administer medication that use less of the active pharmaceutical ingredient will also reduce the overall costs of medicine.
27 November 2012 Two South African sparkling wines, Pongracz Rose Brut and Boschendal Le Grand Pavillon Brut Rose, made it onto the top 10 “Best Sparkling Wines in the World” list at the 2012 Effervescents du Monde competition held in Dijon, France earlier this month. Effervescents du Monde is a competition where over 100 judges select the best sparkling wines from 660 entries coming from 25 countries around the world. The Top 10 2012 actually includes 19 wines as “some wines are rigorously equal” and could not be excluded from the list, Effervescents du Monde said in a statement. The winners were announced at the event hosted from 14 to 16 November. The competition’s ambition is to “award reliable and representative medals each year, reflecting the founding motto of Effervescents du Monde: diversity, quality and high standards”. “In 2012, Spain, Italy and Switzerland obtained many medals. These three countries [were] very closely followed by Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Portugal,” competition organisers said. The competition is in its 10th year, and aims to highlight the efforts made by sparkling wine producers and encourage scientific research and knowledge about these wines. It was certified by the French consumer protection agency and the European Union in 2003. “To be amongst this illustrious line-up of the best sparkling wines in the world in the land of Champagne, is a wonderful recognition for our Pongracz team and we are particularly proud of the recognition for our Rose,” said winemaker Elunda Basson. “The 2012 edition has been a success, with growth in participation showing that there is increasing interest in international, quality-based competitions,” Effervescents du Monde said. SAinfo reporter
[View the story “#NEXTCHAT RECAP: Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century: What’s Next?” on Storify] On June 20 as #Nextchat invited special guest Joe Gerstandt to join us for an informative discussion on “what’s next” for Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st century. In case you missed it, here are all the tweets from the chat:
Earlier this month, EMC released their findings regarding the digital universe in a publication entitled “The Diverse and Exploding Digital Universe.” Some of the research focused on mind-blowing figures – like the 281 billion GB size of the digital universe or the predicted size of the digital universe by 2011, nearly 1.8 zettabytes (1,800 exabytes). However, what really peaked our interest was information provided on your “Digital Shadow,” that is, all the digital information generated about an average person on a daily basis.You may already be familiar with the term “digital footprint,” which you probably take to mean your online data trail. If asked to describe what would comprise this “footprint,” likely responses would include things like your social network profiles, your web site or blog, your photos shared on an online service, videos you uploaded to YouTube, perhaps even mentions of you in the local paper or your school’s web site. You may even go so far as to include information about you or your businesses that are public record. Certainly those things are contributing factors to your digitally encoded self, however, this recent EMC-sponsored study discovered that your digital footprint includes far more than just the data related to individual actions.Out of the 281,000,000,000 GB digital universe, each person’s contribution is about 45 GB, and out of that 45 GB, only about half of the digital footprint would be related to these “active” individual actions – taking pictures, making VoIP calls, uploading videos, downloading content, etc. Awareness of those sorts of self-created data trails has been steadily increasing according to a recent PEW Internet report (Dec. 2007), with nearly half of all internet users (47%) having searched for information about themselves, up 22% from 2002. But this new research shows that we need to be aware of much more than just online mentions. What we need to concern ourselves with now, is the other half of our digital footprint. This “ambient content,” the research team concluded, comprises of passive contributions, something termed as your “digital shadow.”Your shadow includes things like images of you on a surveillance camera, your bank records, your retail and airline purchase records, your telephone records, your medical database entries, copies of hospital scans, information about your web searches, general backup data, information about credit card purchases, etc.John Gantz, Chief Research Officer and Senior Vice President of IDC explains the digital shadow as simply “information about you,” but what’s surprising about this shadow, he explains, is that “for the first time your digital shadow is larger than the digital information you actively create about yourself.” While for you this means being aware of the numerous places your information is stored to protect yourself from identity theft, for businesses, especially enterprise IT organizations that gather this information, it means a tremendous responsibility for the security, privacy protection, reliability and legal compliance of this information. “Society is already feeling the early effects of the worlds digital information explosion. Organizations need to plan for the limitless opportunities to use information in new ways and for the challenges of information governance,” said Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and CEO. “As peoples digital footprints continue growing, so too will the responsibility of organizations for the privacy, protection, availability and reliability of that information. The burden is on IT departments within organizations to address the risks and compliance rules around information misuse, data leakage and safeguarding against security breaches.”If you’re interested in the current size of your own digital footprint, you can download a copy of the Personal Digital Footprint Calculator. This tool walks you through a questionnaire that calculates your impact based on the responses to questions about your computer usage, email usage, digital camera/camcorder usage, web downloading habits, potential surveillance areas, and geographical information, among other things. The questions do make you think about your online activities, but they may be hard to answer if you’re not really aware of your online activities or good at coming up with averages for things like “number of emails sent per week,” for example. Digital Footprint CalculatorHowever, if you take the time to fill out the Digital Footprint Calculator correctly, you’ll be presented with your current “daily digital footprint,” in megabytes. You can then click “Start Ticker” to launch your own personal ticker that increments over time according to your digital information creation. You can even upload this, along with the .swf file, to your own web site and share your results with others.Example Ticker (taking wizard defaults)Having a digital shadow is not necessarily a bad thing, the study points out, as it’s what allows Amazon to make recommendations for you or display your “trustworthiness” as a seller on eBay, the downside is that, in many cases, erasing that shadow is still difficult or impossible: think about the Facebook user rebellion that took place when it was discovered how difficult/impossible it was to remove your profile from the service. But there are other examples of where people have even less choice in the matter, like government-mandated traffic light cameras or citywide surveillance. And of course, your safety is at the mercy of credit card companies and the like – if they aren’t taking security seriously, your digital shadow can be snatched away from you while an identity thief goes on a a rampage with your good name.In the long run, it will be up to businesses to adapt to these changes and protect their customer’s data. Those that don’t will pay as their clients take their business to safer, more protective businesses elsewhere. And for us, just being aware of our impact on the digital universe is a good place to start. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Features#Trends#web sarah perez Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
(REOPENS DEL 23) (REOPENS DEL 23) Nearly 2000 athletes competed in Dhaka in 23 disciplines and 157 events while the Games at Guwahati and Shillong will have 23 disciplines and 228 events, thus making this edition the biggest ever. There will be 228 gold, 228 silver and 308 bronze medals on offer this time. The two North Eastern cities will play host to 3,333 athletes and officials, according to the latest figures. Significantly, there will be an equal number of disciplines for men and women, the first time in the Games history, thereby giving the event the epithet of Gender Equal Games. India, who had topped the medals tally in all the previous editions, will understandably have the largest number of participants with 521 athletes (245 women), while Nepal and Bangladesh have sent 381 and 370 respectively. Pakistan, who initially had some reservations in taking part in the Games citing security concerns, have sent 346 athletes. With a host of dignitaries set to take part during the opening ceremony and some of the participating countries sending central ministers as their contingent heads, security has been beefed up in Guwahati and Shillong. The central government has given Assam and Meghalaya government Rs 60 crore and Rs seven crore respectively for just the security arrangements. The total budget of the Games, according to estimates, has shot up to over Rs 150 crore, excluding the security allocation. The Organising Committee, headed by Union Sports Minister and Member of Lok Sabha from Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, will have to take extra care of the participating athletes as they are not staying at an Athletes Village together but at various hotels in the city. Guwahati will host 16 disciplines — Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Football, Handball, Hockey, Kabaddi, Kho -Kho, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling — and mens football across 10 venues. Shillong, on the other hand, will see competition in six disciplines — Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Wushu — and womens football at seven venues. India are fielding some of their top athletes, including the likes of Olympic medallists boxer M C Mary Kom and shooter Gagan Narang. Another Olympic medallist, shuttler Saina Nehwals participation is though uncertain. India are expected to dominate more than a dozen disciplines with most of their medals likely to come from archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. The hosts country is also expected to dominate in cycling, judo and wushu. MORE PTI PDS PM PMadvertisement