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Child falls from Sugarloaf Mountain chairlift

first_imgCARRABASSETT VALLEY – A child fell approximately 20 feet from a chairlift at Sugarloaf Wednesday afternoon; the 8-year-old girl was transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital where she was then LifeFlighted to Eastern Maine Medical Center. The event occurred around 1 p.m.Sugarloaf Communications Manager Noelle Tuttle said the girl was loading at the mid-station lift with her mother and apparently didn’t get completely on the chair before heading up the mountain.“We’re not sure exactly what happened, but the chairlift operator noticed they were struggling and was able to turn off the lift,” Tuttle said.The employee was then able to place a “catch net” beneath the girl. Tuttle said the girl reported some back pain, but was otherwise apparently uninjured. When paramedics arrived on the scene, however, they realized the girl had a pre-existing medical condition that raised concern and made the decision to call Life Flight.The girl, who lives in Maine, was reportedly wearing a helmet.An investigation into the incident by the Sugarloaf Ski Patrol is ongoing.last_img read more

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Dell EMC and Microsoft Deliver for the Data Center with Windows Server 2019

first_img[i] Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Serve more online customers with new Dell EMC servers and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Software”, May 2018, comparing Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft Server 2016 with SQL 2017 standard edition to a R720xd running Microsoft Server 2012 R2 with SQL 2008 R2. Full Report facts.pt/ctNcYN.[ii] https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search/1163[iii] Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Serve more online customers with new Dell EMC servers and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Software”, May 2018, comparing Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft Server 2016 with SQL 2017 standard edition to a R720xd running Microsoft Server 2012 R2 with SQL 2008 R2. Full Report facts.pt/ctNcYN.iv Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Get flexible, feature-rich datacenter management at a lower cost”, June 2018 Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 processed 6.7 times as many orders per minute and lowered average application latencies by 88 percent.[i] Promising seamless integration on-premise, in the cloud and everywhere in between, the new Windows Server 2019 is designed to support you at every stage in your transformation journey. Dell EMC is excited to partner with Microsoft on the announcement of Windows Server 2019, with a full-range of proven solutions.Enhanced agility and performance for on-premise solutionsDell EMC and Microsoft have partnered to deliver Windows Server 2019 as a factory installed option on PowerEdge servers. In support of Microsoft’s announcement, Dell EMC is announcing certification on six PowerEdge server platforms. Over the next few months, Dell EMC will complete certification for all currently shipping PowerEdge servers (both 13th and 14th generation).If you’ve been waiting to modernize your IT infrastructure, now is the time. With Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end-of-life on the horizon[ii], modernizing your infrastructure will not only save costs but it will enhance security and increase performance. In recent testing by Principled Technologies, a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 processed 6.7 times as many orders per minute and lowered average application latencies by 88 percent.[iii]Enhanced performance is only one benefit of infrastructure modernization. Flexibility is also important. With Dell EMC, you have options. When you purchase Windows Server 2019 as a factory installed option on PowerEdge servers, you can be assured that the OS and drivers have been pre-tested and optimized for current workloads and will be ready when you move to the cloud. Factory installed software can also enable faster, easier deployment. Learn more about the benefits of factory installed software from this report: Spend less time, effort and money by choosing a Dell EMC server with pre-installed Microsoft software.When you purchase a PowerEdge server that has been certified for Windows Server 2019, you can be assured that it is eligible for end-to-end Dell EMC service. Start with ProDeploy or ProDeploy Plus services, which provide expert setup of server, operating system, virtualization and storage. After deployment, your ProSupport or ProSupport Plus server contract provides full support for server and server OS, when Windows Server 2019 is purchased as a factory installed option. When Windows Server 2019 is installed on certified Dell EMC PowerEdge platforms through a Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement, server OS support is provided through your ProSupport for Software agreement.Previewing the next level of performanceDell EMC, Microsoft and Intel are also partnering to improve overall system performance and lower latencies by putting more data closer to the processor on nonvolatile media. If you’re joining us this week at Microsoft Ignite, visit the Dell EMC booth (#1100) to experience a Technology Preview of SQL VNext, based on Intel persistent memory. Learn how Intel persistent memory can enable greater operational ability and business continuity by remembering data after a power outage or planned IT maintenance.Optimally designed and validated, WSSD based hyper-converged infrastructure solutionsThis week, we are announcing Ready Solutions for Microsoft Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD), a portfolio of hyper-converged infrastructure solutions to help customers build or expand their Microsoft Windows Server software-defined data centers. This portfolio is comprised of Microsoft WSSD certified designs built on S2D Ready Nodes, certified PowerEdge servers, Dell EMC Networking and Dell EMC Services. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Microsoft WSSD provide the confidence of known good configurations that are tested and validated by Dell EMC and Microsoft, convenient deployment and lifecycle management, delivered with the ease of solution-level support.In addition to our existing PowerEdge R640 and R740xd S2D Ready Nodes, we are adding PowerEdge R440 as a WSSD certified server that is ideal for remote and branch offices (ROBO) and edge use cases.Microsoft Windows Server 2019 based hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions are coming in early 2019! For customers who have Dell EMC Windows Server 2016 based S2D Ready Nodes and want to upgrade, Dell EMC is excited to share that we’ll have an upgrade service available to make it easier than ever to transition to Microsoft Windows Server 2019.Visit the Microsoft HCI booth at Microsoft Ignite 2018 to see a demo of our new QuickStart for WSSD – a 4 node, 2 switch highly available, fully packaged HCI solution that simplifies design, ordering, deployment and support.Also, stop by the Dell EMC booth #1100 at Microsoft Ignite 2018 to learn more about the full portfolio of WSSD solutions.Simplified, centralized management for hyper-converged infrastructure solutionsWith Dell EMC OpenManage Integrations and Microsoft System Center, you can deploy Windows servers in 97% less time and update firmware 89% faster, with Intelligent Automation management features.iv Dell EMC OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center gives you the tools to perform your critical server management tasks all within Microsoft System Center. The latest release adds integrated management for Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Microsoft Windows Server Software-defined, enabling identification, custom deployment, health status and logical switch creation from the System Center console.Visit the Dell EMC booth (#1100) at Microsoft Ignite 2018 and request a demo of our latest release of Dell EMC OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center.For more information on the full portfolio of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, visit http://www.dellemc.com/Serverslast_img read more

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Saint Mary’s appoints new general counsel

first_imgNancy Nekvasil, the Interim President of Saint Mary’s College, has appointed attorney Martha “Marty” McCampbell to serve as the College’s general counsel effective Dec. 4, according to a press release. “[McCampbell] has a strong record of success throughout her diverse legal career,” Nekvasil said in the release. “With significant higher-education experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge about the industry that will make her a valuable addition to our leadership team.”Since June 7, the College has been searching for a new general counsel. Former College general counsel Cristal Brisco was appointed as magistrate for the St. Joseph Circuit Court and began serving in that role since July 16, according to a June press release. McCampbell most recently worked as deputy Title IX coordinator and director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Indiana University South Bend, according to the release. She also served as general counsel to Lincoln Memorial University, a private, liberal arts university in Tennessee from 2011 to 2015. McCampbell attended the University of Tennessee for both undergraduate and law school. McCampbell also served as trial counsel for the Knox County, Tenn. Law Director’s office. This role enabled her to serve as in-house counsel to Knox County Schools, “a district with 88 schools and nearly 60,000 students,” the release said.“I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Saint Mary’s tradition of educating women with a sense of purpose and social responsibility,” McCampbell said in the release. “The values of community, faith and justice that infuse the College will be a continual source of inspiration.”Tags: general counsel, Nancy Nekvasil, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

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Online and mobile account opening process adds ease and convenience

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As more financial services activities shift to digital, account opening remains – for now – a branch-centric activity. Only 22 percent of people who opened a checking account in the last 12 months did so online, compared to 72 percent in the branch, according Expectations & Experiences, the Fiserv quarterly consumer trends survey. Contrast this with almost half of consumers who opened their credit card account online, and it seems inevitable that consumers’ desire for speed, ease and convenience will accelerate demand for digital account opening.As institutions look for growth – especially among digital-native millennials – an exceptional online and mobile account-opening experience should be at the top of their agenda.The ideal digital account opening experience does away with lengthy forms and unnecessary steps, and provides clear instructions and access to help. It also takes into account the fact that consumers may leverage multiple digital channels during the account opening process starting on a mobile phone, moving to a desktop and finishing at the branch on a tablet, for example.A properly designed experience reduces frustration and increases the likelihood consumers will complete the account opening process. Gamification techniques, such as status indicators, keep the consumer on track and engaged. continue reading »last_img read more

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Walking the walk

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Did Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp mean pirouette goal against Newcastle? Ian Wright weighs in

first_img Phil HaighThursday 16 Apr 2020 12:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment ‘So when he went back for it, the touch went where it went and he just improvised. Just said, “well why go that way? I’m not going to get around Dabizas, just turn that way”.‘I think what people should really appreciate is the quickness of thought to realise, ‘oh, that’s happened’ then bam, bam, bam. And then it was the calmness of the finish that showed the real class.‘And that’s what it comes down to, whether he meant it… of course he meant it. He done it.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBergkamp has himself spoken of the goal in the past, but not fully cleared up what was in his mind when making that first touch.‘At first I got the ball from Robert, he gave it to me from the side,’ he said. ‘I thought the ball was a little bit too much behind me, so I had to turn to control it, [to] touch the ball past the defender.‘The quickest way to go towards the ball was turning that way… so it looked a bit special or strange or nice, but that was for me the only option and the quickest way towards the ball and towards the goal.‘The finish was just to try and get it past the goalkeeper in such a way that he can’t reach it. The whole move was probably inch-perfect. It could have gone completely wrong but that time it worked.’MORE: Arsenal legend Martin Keown tells Tottenham striker Harry Kane to snub Manchester United transferMORE: Ian Wright didn’t think Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira was tough enough for the Premier LeagueFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Dennis Bergkamp’s goal for Arsenal against Newcastle in 2002 has caused plenty of debate (Picture: Getty Images)Debate has been raging for 18 years over whether Dennis Bergkamp meant his beautiful pirouette goal for Arsenal against Newcastle or not, and Ian Wright has attempted to clear up the situation.On 2 March 2002, the Dutchman appeared to produce a fabulous piece of skill to flick the ball round Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas then spin the other way round the defender before stroking the ball into the back of the net.Fans have always questioned whether Bergkamp meant that miraculous first touch which bamboozled the Greek defender, and it appears that he didn’t.Wright says his former Arsenal team-mate admitted that he simply improvised after that unusual first touch. However, Wright also claims that Bergkamp definitely meant it, so the case cannot be closed just yet…AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The thing with that about people saying about [if he] meant it,’ Wright told the BBC.‘I spoke to him not so long ago and he was explaining the goal and he said the ball from Robert Pires was actually behind him, so he had to go and wait for it.center_img Did Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp mean pirouette goal against Newcastle? Ian Wright weighs in 🗓 #OnThisDay in 2002…🐐 Dennis Bergkamp. Say no more. pic.twitter.com/ldD2ewtJiz— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 2, 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more

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A rural retreat owned by Australian music royalty is seeking a new owner

first_img82 Upper Rambert Rd, Eudlo.A Sunshine Coast hinterland property part owned by a founding member of the Australian band, The Seekers is set for an upcoming auction.Bruce Woodley is one of the owners of the home 82 Upper Rambert Rd, Eudlo, on the Sunshine Coast.While Woodley lives in Melbourne, his son Dan who is also an owner, lives on the property.Woodley was the main songwriter for The Seekers and was also the co-writer of the well known classic, I Am Australian.He said he usually stayed in the property four or five times a year and it was the perfect relaxing environment for is creativity.There are four bungalows on the property, three are bedrooms with ensuites and the fourth is a living area with kitchen and other facilities.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe view from the Eudlo property.All are connected by covered walkways.While it has been used as a private residence Woodley said the layout would also lend itself to use as a retreat or B and B.It is listed for auction on June 9 through Justin Boyanton, of Harcourts – Buderim.It is described as a “Bali-themed paradise.” Woodley said before buying the Eudlo property the family had lived in and run a boutique hotel in Bali.“We decided to come back to Australia and fell in love with the area up around Eudlo,’’ he said.Woodley said he said had done a lot of work on the gardens and landscaping to make the most of the natural surrounds.The property has unobstructed views to the Pacific Ocean – from Mount Coolum to Caloundra.last_img read more

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Breaking: Ex-Golden Eaglets coach, Kabiru Baleria dead

first_img The late Baleria had served the country in various capacity as a competent strategist from Golden Eaglets to the national Under-20 teams as Assistant coach. Former youth international who was in the Super Eagles’ 1990 ECOWAS Cup winning team. He was also an outstanding striker in his heyday playing for Golden Stars of Kano ; El-Kanemi FC; Al-Arabi FC of Saudi Arabia; Julius Berger; Kano Pillars and Canon Yaoundé of Cameroon. Read Also:I’m ready for Kano Pillars challenge, Baleria boasts He had been on the coaching staff of Kano Pillars since 2000 helping the team to win four domestic Premier League titles. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The sad news of his demise frittered in from Kano on Tuesday after a brief illness. The former Kano Pillars coach remains will be  buried the same day according to the Islamic rites.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie WilliamsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone Movies20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBear Cubs ‘Dancing’ In Forest Delight The InternetLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO Former Golden Eaglets Assistant coach, Kabiru Baleria is dead.last_img read more

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Brown County State Park launches auto tour

first_imgNashville, IN — If you are looking for a fun, family day trip, Brown County State Park has created a way for guests to experience Brown County State Park’s unique cultural and natural history from the comfort of their own vehicle.The park’s Auto Tour guides guests to five stops along the park’s south loop. Signs will be posted at each location. Guests will start at the Nature Center and journey along the main park road to learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp area, the two nature preserves in Brown County State Park, the state-endangered yellowwood tree, and Kelp village. There are several vista overlooks along the drive.To access this tour, go to the Brown County State Park website and click on Photos, Video & Audio at the bottom of the page. The link includes audio for the tour as well as a map to help you navigate.In total, the tour should take about an hour, longer if you decide to get out and look around at each stop. Please adhere to park speed limits and other park signage throughout the tour. This tour can also be completed on a bicycle if you’re looking for more exercise.last_img read more

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Distin not giving up on fourth spot

first_img “At the moment we need to change things from set-pieces because we keep conceding from them. “We will work on that but the late goal will not affect us mentally or our next performance.” Swansea have worries near the foot of the table as they have not won since Garry Monk’s first match in interim charge in early February after the dismissal of Michael Laudrup, and have picked up just five points from six games to leave them just four points above the relegation zone. Defender Ben Davies accepts they have a hugely significant few days ahead days ahead as they head to Arsenal in midweek before hosting fellow strugglers Norwich on Saturday. “It is a massive week for us and we definitely need something out of the next two games,” he said. “We cannot afford to let our confidence slip and get into negative ways with everyone feeling sorry for themselves because then we don’t have any chance of winning games. “It is important we keep that confidence up and play the way we know we can. We’ve got to take it into our own hands.” Monk has failed to have any impact since being placed in temporary charge and he knows with no previous managerial experience he is likely to come under more scrutiny as the season comes to a conclusion. “I’ll be judged on results – that’s the way it is and until I’m told any different I’ll continue to work as hard as possible,” he said. “I am happy to be judged – that is the way it is.” A 3-2 win over Swansea moved the Toffees to within eight points of fourth-placed Arsenal with a match in hand, and the Gunners still to come to Goodison Park. While the Europa League remains the most likely outcome, Distin said they will continue to push for fourth place until it is taken out of their reach. Press Association “The dream is always alive as long as it is mathematically possible,” he told Press Association Sport. “We are not in a position where we have to focus on the team above us. We cannot depend on them (dropping points) so there is no point looking at it now. “Every single game is important. This one is no more important than the previous one. We just want to win games. “You have to win. If you want to be successful, you can’t start a game thinking it will be okay to draw this one.” Everton head to Newcastle on Tuesday looking to maintain their European challenge, but Distin admits they have to tighten up in certain areas if they are to finish the season strongly. Having got themselves into a comfortable 3-1 lead thanks to Leighton Baines’ penalty – cancelled out by Wilfried Bony’s close-range strike in the first half – and goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley early in the second half, they conceded a late Ashley Williams header. In truth they never looked entirely comfortable closing out the game in the last 20 minutes of the game. “We don’t score many goals and we made it difficult for ourselves,” the Frenchman added. Everton defender Sylvain Distin insists their European dream will remain alive until the numbers no longer add up. last_img read more

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Carver: Selection due to injuries

first_img Carver came in for criticism from Newcastle fans after making seven changes from his side’s previous game against Burnley, with the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini and Jack Colback all absent. All those players are set to return for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game at Chelsea and, with rumours continuing over his selection, Carver felt the need to put the record straight. Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver has repeated his insistence that he named his strongest possible team for last week’s FA Cup third-round defeat at Leicester. Carver said: “There were a lot of rumours going round about me putting out a weakened side, but I made quite a bit of noise about the fact I wanted to put out a strong side and win the FA Cup. “Before the game the doctor told me we had four or five players unavailable and we had played four games in eight days and I had to listen to him. “This was nothing to do with (owner) Mike (Ashley) or (chief executive) Lee Charnley. I couldn’t even have thought about playing them. They had genuine injuries and genuine issues. I put the strongest team possible on the pitch.” Meanwhile, Carver has received a welcome boost with the news Tim Krul could be in contention for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Krul has been out with ligament damage since November but was due to take part in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Celtic at the club’s training ground on Thursday. Carver added: “We’re going to give him 45 minutes and if he comes through the game then hopefully he’ll be available for the weekend. “Tim has been fantastic for this football club. His return will give everyone a boost. He is a leader and we are going to need leaders at Chelsea.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Saints snap up Soares

first_img Press Association Soares is confident the move will help develop his game. “I joined this club because I believe we can do better and better every year,” he told the club’s official website. “Everyone knows that the Premier League is a very, very good league – and maybe the best one in the world – so for me it’s a pleasure to be here, but even more of a pleasure to be in Southampton. “Southampton is a big, big club in England and is very respected. It’s a club with a lot of history and, for me, it’s very important to play for a big club. I think this is a very good move.” The arrival of another right-back will increase speculation regarding the future of Nathaniel Clyne, with the Saints yet to comment on the England defender’s situation as he enters the final year of his contract with both Liverpool and Manchester United understood to be interested. Southampton will start the new campaign early with qualifying matches for the Europa League. Executive director of football Les Reed believes the signing of Soares can only help bolster the squad for the challenges ahead. “We have been following Cedric’s progress for some time and felt now was the time to make our move. While there was competition from other Premier League clubs we were confident we would prove to be an attractive option for such an ambitious player,” Reed said. “We have now signed two exciting talents early in the window and will continue in our pursuit of Premier League success and our European journey.” Southampton have announced the signing of Portugal defender Cedric Soares from Sporting Lisbon. center_img The right-back, 23, becomes the Saints’ second summer transfer following the arrival of Spanish forward Juanmi from Malaga. The Saints did not reveal the fee paid, but Soares has reportedly cost the club in the region of £3.6million. last_img read more

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Sports development meeting held in Sivasagar

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: A meeting between the officials of the Sivasagar District Sports Association and the AOA officials was held at Sivasagar today. Arjuna Awardee Bhogeswar Baruah was also present in the meeting where the discussion was held on infrastructure development and improvement of different sports associations affiliated to the Sivasagar District Sports Association. The AOA team was represented by its General Secretary Lakhya Konwar and Vice President Bishnu Ram Nunisa.Also Read: COVID-19: Sports events in Italy to be held closed doorsAlso Watch: Watch | Exceptional Step to counter Human-Elephant Conflict in Digboilast_img read more

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PL clubs vote unanimously to resume contact training

first_img(BBC) – PREMIER League (PL) clubs have unanimously voted to resume contact training as four more individuals from three sides have tested positive for coronavirus.A total of 1 008 players and staff were tested in the third round of testing.Phase two of ‘Project Restart’ will see players “train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising unnecessary close contact”, the league said.Discussions continue on plans to resume the season when “conditions allow”, it added.So far 12 people have tested positive after 2 752 tests across the league.PL players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week for coronavirus, with the capacity increased from 50 to 60 tests available per club for the fourth round of testing.Any players or staff to test positive must self-isolate for a period of seven days.The decision to return to contact training was agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), the League Managers’ Association (LMA) and the government.Plans for the third phase of Project Restart include a step towards normal training and build-up to competitive games.Speaking on Friday, PL chief executive Richard Masters told BBC Sport the league was “as confident as we can be” about resuming the season in June, with 92 fixtures still to play.Squads started non-contact training last week for the first time since the Premier League was suspended on March 13 because of the pandemic.Clubs will discuss further issues today including the use of neutral stadiums, how to decide the season in the event of curtailment and voting on rebates to broadcasters.A SIGNIFICANT STEP IN PROJECT RESTARTThis is a significant step on the timeline towards the resumption of the season, but brings with it a heightened risk of transmission.This next stage would enable clubs to do 11 v 11 close-contact training, and clearly they will need to do that to get to a point where they are ready to play competitive matches again.But it is yet to be explained who else would need to isolate if a player tests positive and had been training with several of their team-mates. It is likely to come down to the type of contact and length of contact with that person, using GPS trackers to determine this.Social distancing will still need to be maintained off the field, and players and staff will have to actively opt-in to agree to the strict requirements – but also the added risks – that come with entering this next phase.last_img read more

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SJACS gives students a shot at making amends for university violations

first_imgWith operations centered in a small Figueroa Building set against the eastern edge of campus, the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards does not appear threatening on first glance.But that may prove to be far from the case for some USC students, depending on their particular college experience.SJACS, created in the early 1980s, was given the task of conducting student reviews in cases where students violated the university’s rules and regulations.“The university decided to start up a department that would review everything and so it would be as one centralized unit that would adjudicate and keep all the [disciplinary] records for the university,” said Dr. Raquel Torres-Retana, assistant dean and director of SJACS.A student’s experience with SJACS begins with the submission of a report detailing the alleged violation.Incident reports prepared by DPS officers initiate the bulk of the cases SJACS pursues, according to Torres-Retana, though no case is pursued until the report is determined to have sufficient evidence to warrant proceeding with the student conduct process. SJACS usually will not follow up on reports based on anonymous calls or those with insufficient details.A prevalent misconception about SJACS is that it deals with situations where a student is “written up” in university-owned housing.“If it’s at the [Resident Advisor] level, and it’s a minor incident and it just really has to do with the residential community … it doesn’t come to judicial affairs,” Torres-Retana said.For more serious issues, students are expected to arrange a meeting with an SJACS hearing officer by a date specified in a letter from the department. Themeeting, a one-on-one review with a hearing officer, is designed to minimize anxiety and intimidation for students.“I think the media for the most part has portrayed college judicial boards … to be a panel of their peers with 15 people around the table, and that’s not how we do it here at USC,” Torres-Retana said. “It’s an administrative review, so it’s a one-on-one ­— the student who is being written up, or the accused student and the hearing officer.”After the review, if the hearing officer finds the student is guilty, he or she can choose to either accept or not accept responsibility. If they choose to accept responsibility, the item goes on their disciplinary record but not necessarily on their academic one.Students have 10 days to appeal the decision before SJACS issues a sanction, which may range from a warning to outright expulsion. According to Torres-Retana, the department aims to teach rather than to punish outright with its sanctions.“Some of the misconceptions out there are that students are going to go through some type of punitive process and, for the most part, our process and our approach with working with students is developmental,” Torres-Retana said.Students on the other end of the exchange sometimes feel differently about the efficiency of the process and the applicability of their prescribed sanctions.According to one sophomore who was written up in December of last year for marijuana and alcohol use, the time between the letter and the scheduled review can often be agonizing.“The incident happened in December, but we didn’t even get our hearings until, like,mid-February,” said the student who would only speak under anonymity. “So it took them forever, which was really stressful because you want to know what yourpunishment’s going to be.”As a part of its efforts to educate instead of to simply penalize, SJACS has forged partnerships with the various resource departments throughout the university, such as Health Promotion and Prevention Services and the University Park Health Center. For common alcohol ordrug-related offenses, students have the opportunity to participate in Alcohol and Drug Education Consultation programs, which can include confidential evaluations of their personal substance use and conferences with health professionals.According to the student, his punishment — when he received it — did not accurately reflect his contestation of the marijuana aspect of his write-up.“They said, ‘Basically, we’re going to have to keep you on disciplinary probation for the rest of the semester. And, on top of that, we’re going to make you enroll in a two-day drug awareness program … and third you have to write a five-page paper about the positives and negatives of smoking marijuana.’ Even though it said in my report that marijuana wasn’t even in the topic … they still made me write the essay about weed,” the student said.Ultimately, even if students are unhappy with the process, it is built to help students learn from their mistakes, as well as learn how to avoid disciplinary problems in the future, Torres-Retana said.“We’re much more about educating students about what they could possibly do, tapping them into resources so they could possibly change their behaviors so they don’t come visit us again,” she said.last_img read more

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STAFF : Syracuse falls to powerful Mercyhurst offense in 1st of 2-game series

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm The Syracuse (8-13-1, 0-2-1 College Hockey America) women’s ice hockey team lost to conference rival Mercyhurst 8-4 on Friday at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Kelly Steadman scored a hat trick for the fifth-ranked Lakers (15-4-0, 1-0-0 CHA), which held a 43-23 shot advantage over the Orange on the night.Mercyhurst flexed an efficient power-play attack early in the first period to get the scoring started. With a five-on-three skating advantage, Lakers forward Christine Bestland buried a shot from in tight past SU goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater on an assist from Jess Jones.The Orange responded when Shiann Darkangelo took a feed from Jessica Sorensen and fired a shot into the net for her second goal of the season.Syracuse battled back and forth with the Lakers for most of the opening period. After Mercyhurst took a 2-1 lead, Margot Scharfe let a wrist shot go from the left side, narrowly beating Mercyhurst goaltender Hillary Pattenden to even the score.But the Lakers offense, led by Steadman, continued its dominance from that point forward. Steadman’s late first period goal gave the Lakers a two-goal lead, and her rocket from the top right corner in the second period – which gave Mercyhurst a 6-3 advantage — would prove to be the dagger.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSteadman completed the hat trick on an empty net with 1:51 left in the game to seal the win for the Lakers.The two teams will meet again Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tennity Ice Pavilion.—Compiled by Austin Mirmina, staff writer, [email protected] center_img Commentslast_img read more

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