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$65,000 grant will help Randolph create and save 33 jobs.

first_imgAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 145 recipients, including Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC), for more than $15.3 million in grants to start or expand businesses in rural communities. Through Recovery Act funding, businesses will be able to access to critical capital that will help with start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project planning and other business needs. These Recovery Act grants represent the Obama administration s ongoing efforts to ensure strategic investments and increase economic opportunities in rural America, said Vilsack. Small businesses play an important role in building strong communities while providing vital products and services to local residents. This funding will help spur important economic development and strengthen communities in dozens of states around the country.RACDC was created to rebuild downtown Randolph after a series of fires in the early 1990 s decimated the downtown. Today, it supports community development and affordable housing goals in the greater Randolph Area. RACDC plans to use their grant of $65,000 to provide marketing services and technical assistance to two area businesses, LED Dynamics and the Randolph Farm Stand. Energy efficiency and local agriculture are two extremely important and growing sectors in our economy. said Julie Iffland, RACDC s Executive Director. We could not be more pleased with this opportunity to put Recovery Act funds to work helping these local entrepreneurs to innovate and thrive in their respective specialties.LED is a national innovator in LED lighting technology and products, started by two VTC graduates in 2000. The Farm Stand has quickly established itself as an important community institution by connecting producers of high quality local produce with consumers who value local agriculture and high quality food. RACDC will assist the businesses in developing a marketing strategy, including logo development and ad placement. In the case of LED Dynamics, the technical assistance will focus on marketing that promotes the use of their new products by informing potential commercial and industrial users of product availability and the competitive benefits of this relatively new alternative lighting product. In the case of Randolph Farm Stand, the technical assistance will focus on marketing that promotes and sustains their recent business and product expansion.Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the grant agreement. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at is external).The funding announced today is being provided through USDA Rural Development s Rural Business Enterprise Program (RBEG), which helps finance new and existing businesses as well as employment-related adult education programs. RBEG funds can be used for start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project planning and other business needs. Additional information on Rural Development s Business Programs may be found at is external) or by calling (802)828-6031.President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation s economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.More information about USDA s Recovery Act efforts is available at is external). More information about the Federal government’s efforts on the Recovery Act is available at is external).Source: RACDC. Montpelier, VT, July 28, 2009last_img read more

Suspicions emerge over government’s plan to grant inmates early release

first_imgThe government is facing scrutiny over its plan to grant inmates early release as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in overcrowded correctional facilities, with some alleging a proposal to free graft convicts is motivated by ulterior political interests.A plan to release inmates, including graft convicts, was first brought up by Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly in a virtual meeting with the House of Representatives’ Commission III overseeing legal affairs last week. He said overcrowding in prisons could worsen the spread of COVID-19 and suggested that 50,000 inmates should be released to mitigate contagion.Yasonna, an Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician, said the 50,000 inmates eligible for early release included some 15,442 drug convicts who had served five to 10 years in prison, 300 graft inmates aged 60 years and above, 1,457 special crime convicts with chronic diseases and 53 foreign prisoners who had served two-thirds of their sentences.  To support the plan, Yasonna said the government had considered relaxing a 2012 government regulation that stipulates strict requirements be met when considering granting remissions and parole for those convicted of extraordinary crimes, including corruption.Yasonna’s plan was immediately met with criticism from analysts and antigraft activists, who suspected it would enable prominent figures from political parties now serving time in prison to return to the political stage.The executive director of the Indonesian Political Review (IPR) Ujang Komarudin said these figures were still valuable to their respective parties because of their influence, connections, financial resources and negotiating power.“As a simple example, they can exert their influence when controversial bills are set to be deliberated by the House,” Ujang told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “So, is the plan really focused on halting the spread of the disease? I think not. I sense there is a strong political agenda.” According to data from antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), many political figures stand to benefit from the early release plan, including former Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto and former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Suryadharma Ali.Other potential names include former Riau governor Rusli Zainal of Golkar and former Papua governor Barnabas Suebu, who was also a former NasDem Party member.Ujang also accused the government of misusing its power to accommodate the interests of other political parties allied with the PDI-P, noting that the ruling party was supported by six of the nine parties in the House.“Bear in mind that the law minister is a member of the ruling party. As a politician, he will likely follow the party line,” he said.Donal Fariz of the ICW said the plan was another sign that political powers within Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration had been looking to undermine the country’s anticorruption campaign ever since Jokowi’s began his second term in October.Last year, Jokowi’s administration was condemned for allowing a contentious amendment to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law to pass. It contains long-disputed articles that observers and antigraft activists said would defang the KPK, currently the most powerful corruption-fighting body in the country.“Looking at the government’s past moves, it’s evident that COVID-19 is merely a justification for the ruling powers to allow early release [of graft convicts],” Donal said.PDI-P lawmaker Heri Herman denied the accusations, saying that Yasonna’s plan was a manifestation of the government’s “humane” approach to the pandemic.“We believe the government should put humanity first in times of crisis; That’s why we support the idea [of releasing inmates],” Heri told the Post.“During his recent [virtual] meeting with the lawmakers, the minister made clear that inmates would be required to have fulfilled two-thirds of their sentences and be above 60 years of age. So, it’s not just about graft convicts,” he said.Taufik Basari, a NasDem lawmaker, concurred with Heri, saying that the government needed to step up its effort to contain the virus. “I believe the plan [of releasing convicts] is aimed only at saving lives, as we are now in a state of emergency.”The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), however, has voiced opposition to the plan, with party spokesperson Ahmad Fathul Bari arguing that corruption was an extraordinary crime, which often resulted in intolerable state losses.The PKS, he said, suspected there was an ulterior motive behind the plan. “In a nutshell, we oppose the idea of releasing graft convicts, even if it’s based on humanitarian considerations.”Jokowi, however, was quick to clarify the government’s stance on Monday, saying it had no intention to release graft convicts, who are categorized as special crime inmates. He said the government’s plan would only include inmates incarcerated for general criminal offenses.“I want to say that we have never talked about graft prisoners in our meetings,” the President said in a Cabinet meeting on Monday.– Marchio Irfan Gorbiano contributed to this storycenter_img Topics :last_img read more

Flashy home sells — minus the green Lambo and free wine

first_img MORE PROPERTY STORIES The home has a modern, open-plan kitchen and dining area. Photo: SuppliedUpon its completion, Zephyr Industries director Brayden Larkin said the original 1920s Queenslander home had being given a new life with no expense spared.Features include a 3000-bottle temperature controlled wine cellar with wine tasting room, anelevator, cinema, two pools, and a roof top terrace with private six-seater spa. The impressive 3000-bottle wine cellar. Photo: Supplied This house at 15 Towers St, Ascot, has sold without the free Lamborghini. Photo: Supplied.A luxury house that won a national “Best Renovation” award last year has sold for $5.2 million – minus the flashy green Lamborghini and free wine.Called Belvedere, the Zephyr Industries-built 900sq m residence at 15 Towers Street in Ascot is believed to have sold to a local buyer, with the price only recently revealed in land titles data. Grand renovation for 100-year-old Queenslander $2 billion development for the Bundaberg region Climber sells home, honours memory of ‘soulmate’ lost in tragedy This property at 15 Towers St, Ascot, has sold. Photo: SuppliedWhen it was first offered to the market, it was listed for a whopping $8.8 million and was being offered for sale with a new bright green Lamborghini Huracan LP 580 and free vino. The home was initially offered to the market for a whopping $8.8m. Photo: SuppliedBut property data shows the glitzy residence was on the market for 423 days, having being listed with three different agencies before finally being sold by Ray White New Farm agent Matt Lancashire in about four months. The view from the home at 15 Towers St, Ascot. Photo: SuppliedMr Lancashire refused to comment on the sale in any capacity.As for the four-storey masterpiece house, it comes with five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a seven-car garage.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIconic riverfront estate in Brisbane02:10last_img read more

The Latest: NHL’s Senators have 4 more positive virus tests

first_imgInternational players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NHL’s Ottawa Senators say four more members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima. The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis would not be held in 2020.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.That includes the Tokyo Olympics, the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and the European soccer championship.The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945. Associated Press It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak.___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup. The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___ Brooklyn’s most recent game was March 10 in Los Angeles. All Nets players were then tested, and the team said one player showed symptoms and the other three were asymptomatic.___France’s national institute of sport is helping with the needs of caregivers and homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic.The Paris-based INSEP will lodge nursing staff coming far from their homes to assist medical teams in the city.INSEP and other sporting establishments in France will also receive sick people who are no longer in serious condition but need their health monitored in an effort to free up hospital beds. The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund. Bordeaux says 18 nursing staff from its region will now be able to reach heavily-impacted Mulhouse and offer backup to tired medical teams who have been “strongly affected” in their efforts to cope.___Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the four players who tested positive for the new coronavirus have completed their two weeks of isolation and are now symptom-free.The Nets announced on March 17 that four players had tested positive, with Kevin Durant telling The Athletic he was among them.Marks said during a conference call Wednesday that all have now been cleared, along with the team’s entire traveling party. He said all are still practicing social distancing. April 1, 2020 It is the first top-flight team to announce such a measure by its coach.Bournemouth said Howe’s pay cut was “significant,” without disclosing exact figures. Key members of his backroom staff as well as club chief executive Neill Blake will also have their salaries reduced.Bournemouth says it has also advised a number of staff across all areas of the club that they will be furloughed “to safeguard the financial stability of the club during what is such an uncertain period.”___Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum send to MLB employees. MLB said on March 19 that it had scrapped series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.MLB played in Europe for the first time last June when the New York Yankees swept a pair of games from the Boston Red Sox in London. ___UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.The games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates.The playoffs will decide the last four places in the 24-nation lineup for the postponed European Championship.The decision was made in a conference call with officials from the 55 UEFA member federations. UEFA says “all other UEFA competition matches, including the centralized international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice.”___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game.Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans.Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.” The team announced the update Wednesday but did not specify if the people affected were players, coaches or staff. The Senators previously had two players test positive. The four additional people who tested positive were all on the team’s March road trip to California. The team said everyone on that trip self-isolated upon return March 13 and that all six members of the organization who got the novel coronavirus have recovered.___The Critérium du Dauphiné cycling race, one of the key warm-ups for the Tour de France, has been postponed.The race had been scheduled for May 31-June 7 in southeastern France. The Latest: NHL’s Senators have 4 more positive virus tests Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.”Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium. Those who have signed up for the Boston Athletic Association 5K the Saturday before the marathon can also get a refund.More than 30,000 runners had signed up for the world’s most prestigious 26.2-mile run, which had been scheduled for April 18. It costs $205 for Americans and $255 for international residents.___French soccer club Bordeaux is making its team bus available so voluntary caregivers can reach hospitals in another city.The eastern city of Mulhouse is eight hours from southwestern Bordeaux, which is near the Atlantic coast, but difficult to reach because of greatly restricted train travel. The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland.The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___ Race organizer Amaury Sport Organization said it still hopes to reschedule the event for later in the year.ASO also owns the Tour de France, which is scheduled to start on June 27 from Nice. No decision has been made on whether to postpone or reschedule the Tour.___The Boston Marathon is offering refunds for the first time because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Race organizers say anyone who was entered in the 124th edition of the race this month can still run on the rescheduled date, Sept. 14. But if they can’t make it, they can have their money back. INSEP will receive about 100 people from homeless shelters.Also, 69 rooms at INSEP are at the disposal of France Horizon, which helps families, homeless people, migrants, refugees and people who are isolated.French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says “the only way through this crisis is to stay united.”___Premier League club Bournemouth says manager Eddie Howe has taken a voluntary pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak. More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Badgers expect tough test from visiting Huskies

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoThe top-ranked and undefeated Wisconsin women’s hockey team will host St. Cloud State this weekend in WCHA action. The Badgers have been nearly perfect so far this season, and a pair of wins over a formidable Huskies squad would cap off a very successful first half of the season.St. Cloud comes to the Kohl Center as surprising owners of third place in the WCHA. This series provides the Huskies with an opportunity to prove they are as good as their record indicates.The Huskies come into the series with 9-5-2 record and are currently enjoying a five-game winning streak that includes convincing wins over Ohio State, Minnesota State-Mankato and Bemidji State. A sweep over defending national champion Minnesota- Duluth in October put St. Cloud on the map as contenders this year.UW head coach Mark Johnson expects the Huskies to come after Wisconsin with relentless intensity. Johnson noted because St. Cloud sees this series as an opportunity to legitimatize their program, and because the No.1 Badgers inevitably receive everyone’s best efforts because of their top-ranking, it will be a battle.“As with most teams that play against us these days, they are going to give us their best,” Johnson said. “So, I anticipate that they will come out and play with some energy and some excitement and try to knock us off. ”The pressures of being No. 1 are nothing new to the Badgers, as they have maintained the top spot since early October. As evidenced by the Badgers’ current 18-game winning streak, Johnson remains positive that his team can handle the spotlight.“I think the players know whoever we play is going to be all fired up,” he said. “They are going to play their best hockey against us. We just have to meet them as far as intensity goes.”The Huskies, who are notorious for their up-tempo style and suffocating forechecks, are just the type of team that can knock off his top-ranked Badgers if they are complacent, according to Johnson.“[Saint Cloud] tries to play a real high-tempo game, and create a lot of turnovers. They attack, and have a good power-play,” he said. “They are capable of knocking off anybody in the country. They beat [Minnesota]-Duluth earlier this year twice, so if you’re going to play against them and be successful, you’re going have to play good hockey. ”Senior captain Erica Lawler, who has played three years worth of close games against the Huskies, noted that whether St. Cloud is in first place in the WCHA or last place, they always compete.“St. Cloud is always strong. They always put up a good fight. They are always solid,” Lawler said. “It is definitely not a weekend to take lightly. It’s just a matter of going to the rink, and doing your best.”Unlike the extremely deep Badgers, the Huskies rely heavily on their top line for offensive production. That line, consisting of Megan McCarthy, Caitlin Hogan and Holly Roberts is one of the most productive groups in the WCHA. The trio has accounted for an astounding 40.7 percent of the Huskies’ offensive production.“They are a very offensive hockey team, they are much stronger offensively than defensively,” Lawler said. “They have a few very good forwards. Roberts is someone you always keep an eye on, as is as McCarthy and probably Hogan.”Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Badgers not only the lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing a miniscule 0.94 goals a game, but they also are tops in scoring offense with an average of 5.17 goals per contest.last_img read more

USC STEM discusses new studies

first_imgAs part of an initiation to increase research and development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to expand interdisciplinary opportunities across different schools, faculty and students have launched the USC STEM Consortium.Science · Michael Kassner, director of the Office of Naval Research (Discovery & Invention) spoke at the USC STEM Consortium kick-off. – Engie Salama | Daily TrojanThe consortium, an initiative headed by faculty at the USC Rossier School of Education and Viterbi School of Engineering to expand STEM research and education from pre-kindergarten through employment, kicked off Monday“Our goal is to improve the workforce in STEM in the [United States],” said Gisele Ragusa, co-organizer of the STEM Education Pipeline Consortium and USC professor of education and engineering. “The way to do that we have to start with K-12 and continue in U.S. education.”John Brooks Slaughter, professor of engineering and education, said the new consortium will directly affect USC students by providing them with more research opportunities.“It should provide more opportunities to benefit undergraduate and graduate research,” Slaughter said. “Our goal is to demonstrate to faculty members and researchers the benefits of emerging opportunities.”The consortium is comprised of USC faculty members involved with research in multiple disciplines, including history, cinematic arts and medicine.The kick-off event focused on interdisciplinary opportunities in STEM fields, and ways to improve education in STEM subjects and in critical thinking in those fields.Representatives from companies, such as Boeing and Toyota, discussed certain programs corporations fund at universities. Representatives from federally funded research programs presented on sources of federal funds.Peter Rivera, a program officer at the California Community Foundation, a Los Angeles-based advocacy group, discussed the process and evaluation of proposals.“It was a good opportunity to see what [reviewers] see,” Rivera said. “We’ll definitely keep up-to-date with what’s going on with the consortium.”The kick-off is intended as a starting point for many future projects, Ragusa said.“In the university, it will enable students across the college to work together,” Ragusa said. “And we will have our neighbors work with us to inform the future of science education.”Ximena Velazquez-Arenas, a junior majoring in international relations, said an increased emphasis on interdisciplinary studies is pertinent to the success of USC students.“When I first came to USC, I remember President [C. L. Max] Nikias saying that we were free to find the ‘Renaissance scholar,’ and interdisciplinary studies is necessary for any liberal arts school to make more well-rounded students,” Velazquez-Arenas said.The consortium has received funding from the USC Research Collaboration Fund, which provides funding for interdisciplinary research, and USC’s Provost Office. The funding is intended to last for three years.last_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary on Tuesday, April 17.Crimes against propertyAt 2:44  p.m., two students reported a phone and a pair of sunglasses missing outside of the USC area.At 12:50  p.m., retail unit officers monitoring surveillance cameras in the Pertusati University Bookstore observed a suspect remove a backpack from a rack and place it over his shoulder.  The officers detained the suspect when he exited the store without paying for the item and DPS officers were requested.  Officers responded and took custody of the suspect. He was arrested and transported to 77th station for booking.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 5:50 p.m., DPS officers responded to the Belle D. Vivian YWCA Building at the request of a counselor who reported that a student was in need of an escort to a medical center for psychiatric evaluation.  The officers transported the student to the facility and released her into the care of staff on the premises.At 4:00 p.m., DPS officers responded to a non-USC male who was reported to be suffering a stroke.  A Rapid Response team was at the scene examining the male when the officers arrived at Keck Hospital of USC and he was subsequently transported within the facility for medical treatment.At 2:34 p.m., a staff member reported that a roll-up gate at the Exposition Boulevard parking structure lowered and struck her vehicle as she was passing under it, damaging the front of her vehicle.At 12:00 a.m., DPS officers and LAFD Unit #15 responded to a first-floor fire alarm that was accidentally activated by a student leaning  against a pull station in the School of Cinematic Arts.  No smoke or fire was found.  LAFD reset the alarm and cleared the building for re-entryAt 12:00 a.m., DPS officers and LAFD Unit #15 responded to a first-floor fire alarm activation at La Sorbonne Apartments due to unknown cause.  No smoke or fire was found.  LAFD reset the alarm and cleared the building for re-entry.last_img read more

NFL is too weak on domestic violence

first_imgOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the NFL is flooded with a lot of pink, from cleats to towels to gloves to the cheerleaders’ pom poms. Even the breast cancer ribbon is painted on the field underneath the NFL logo. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, these are all things that I like to see. Breast cancer awareness is something that my family and I take seriously. It’s something that I advocate for and support whenever I can, whether it’s something small like the pink ribbon on the side of my high school class ring or something big like attending the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Costa Mesa every year since first grade when my mom was diagnosed. For the NFL, this is a great cause to support. One in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. In the United States, the death rate for breast cancer is higher than any other cancer except for lung cancer, and it’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women besides skin cancer. But, beneath the pink infusion and breast cancer awareness campaigns coming from the NFL, there’s another problem that lies beneath: domestic violence. October is also domestic violence awareness month. One in three women will have suffered some form of physical violence from their partner in their lifetime. Yet, there is no infusion of purple — the color of Domestic Violence Awareness month — anywhere for the NFL. Maybe they see it as a good thing; purple is an easy enough color to hide. It’s dark like the shadows where the NFL likes to brush off reports of domestic assault committed by their players. I’m sure no one has forgotten the blatant mishandling of the Ray Rice case by the NFL. Rice was originally suspended for two games and then he was indefinitely suspended following public outcry over his limited suspension. Commissioner Roger Goodell then changed the suspension to six games for players that committed assault on their spouse or partner. I was fortunate enough to get to read the court documents surrounding Rice’s case for my pre-law writing class. Even with a basic understanding of the law early on in the semester, it was easy to see the inconsistencies and lack of organization from Goodell and others from the NFL that allowed for Rice to overturn his suspension. The league’s failure to consistently discipline its players played a role in Rice’s decision being overturned. The issue was whether or not Rice misled Goodell in the original disciplinary hearings. The notes taken during the meetings served as primary evidence in the appeals process. Notes by Goodell and others from the NFL were not very detailed and they didn’t contain any direct quotes. On the other hand, the NFL Player’s Association’s attorney, there on behalf of Rice, had detailed notes with verbatim quotes from Rice. Because of the poor note-taking and lack of organization and control from the NFL, Rice’s suspension was overturned. So, Rice was allowed to return to play in the NFL — though no team has signed him — and Goodell was left with his new policy of a six-game suspension for players that committed domestic violence. Knowing that the rule has been changed, one would assume that any NFL player found of committed domestic violence would be suspended for six games, right? Wrong. Enter Josh Brown. The Giants kicker was suspended for one game in August for violating the NFL’s player conduct policy, a policy that can fluctuate. It can be adjusted according to what the NFL refers to as mitigating circumstances, which can shorten the suspension. Merely three out of 10 players who could’ve been handed the full six-game suspension since Goodell changed the policy have actually received the full suspension. Usually because of mitigating circumstances, the suspensions are reduced. Last week, Brown’s letters, emails and a journal — evidence from a May 2015 arrest — were released in which Brown admitted to assaulting his wife. After this information was made known, Brown was put on the commissioner’s “exempt list,” meaning he cannot attend Giants practices or games, but can attend Giants meetings and workouts. He’s also continuing to get paid by the Giants despite not being included on the 53-man roster. It’s not clear if New York was aware of the evidence that Brown admitted domestic violence, but the Giants said that they knew about abuse when he signed a two-year $4 million contract last April. Goodell’s defense for the NFL’s actions so far with Brown is nothing new. He first said that it’s “difficult for them to understand” the complexities, and that it’s all “a lot deeper and a lot more complicated than it appears.”As the mess with Brown continued to develop and more incriminating information was released, Goodell defended the NFL’s one-game suspension because when they asked law enforcement for more information, it wasn’t released to them and they “weren’t able to get access to it.” For a league with as much power as influence as the NFL, this seems like a faulty excuse. It sounds all too similar to the NFL claiming they weren’t able to get the elevator video footage of Rice, while TMZ was able to get its hands on it. Goodell’s inconsistency and weak stance on domestic violence and players’ punishment are part of the reason Greg Hardy, who was convicted for domestic violence against his former girlfriend, had his original suspension of 10 games reduced to four games. This isn’t just a Goodell or NFL front office problem; it runs league-wide. A number of teams have been criticized for drafting or resigning players who have been involved in disputes or misdemeanor charges of domestic violence. “We are looking forward to the start of the season and having Greg be a part of the team,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after Hardy’s suspension was reduced.In short, the NFL has a problem on its hands. It’s been a problem for a number of years now. The inconsistencies and lack of organization for a league that’s so powerful and well-known throughout the United States should really have better measures in place for dealing with their players. Instead, it seems Goodell is more worried about keeping video highlights and GIFs of plays off of social media (even official team accounts) because he’s worried that it’s affecting television ratings. Goodell’s policy change has yet to produce substantive results; therefore, it could be argued that the policy was just the result of public outcry against the league’s decisions. It can be said that the policy was never enacted to actually produce change, just created to appease the public and not actually change how the NFL approaches or handles domestic violence with its players. If the NFL doesn’t get its problems under control, leadership changes need to be made. It won’t matter if every October athletes don pink accessories promoting breast cancer awareness because the league, through its policies and actions of the commissioner, doesn’t actually care about or respect the well-being of women.Jodee Storm Sullivan is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. Her column, “The Storm Report,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Syracuse’s backline falls off late in games

first_imgShannon Aviza and Molly Nethercott watched the ball float over their heads, assuming either they or goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx would get to it.But as SU’s Aviza, Nethercott and Proulx slowed down to catch their breath, Kent State’s Isabelle Mihail sprinted from the midline to the Orange’s net with 13 minutes left. The crowd at SU Soccer Stadium started to yell, pleading for someone to turn around. Mihail beat SU to the ball, hesitated, and shot wide toward an empty net. The mistake didn’t hurt SU, yet. Aviza and Nethercott looked at each other, as Aviza put her hands on her knees.Three minutes later, Aviza couldn’t catch up to the ball again. This time, Mihail burst from midfield, caused Proulx to fall and tied the score. And in double overtime, the backline left Mihail open for a third time as she drilled the game-winner in the 102nd minute. SU’s three backline errors turned a one-score lead into a loss.In the Orange’s first 11 games, SU’s defense is allowing 2.09 goals per game while its offense has failed to score in six of those contests. Syracuse’s (3-8, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) defensive third shines early in games. But because of its worst scoring offense in the ACC, SU falters in the waning minutes of matches, allowing late errors and wide-open shots.“We need to take more pride in not conceding,” Aviza said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the loss of two senior defenders from 2017, Alana O’Neil and Jessica Vigna, SU’s backline has regrouped with underclassmen like Aviza, Nethercott, Clarke Brown and Abby Jonathan playing the bulk of its minutes this season.Running primarily a 4-4-2, SU started the season struggling with spacing, Brown said. With Nethercott and Aviza jumping into starting roles, upperclassmen like Taylor Bennett worked on building chemistry by stepping and dropping together in practice drills.When the Orange allowed two goals in their first three games, head coach Phil Wheddon said the line was working well together.But after a four game road trip in which SU was outscored 11-2, the Orange started to evaluate where those goals came from. When the backline was pressured early, it stayed put, but later in games, communication started to level off, Brown said.The Orange average 16.2 shots allowed per game, with half of them being on goal. Assistant coach Kelly Lawrence started implementing preventative defense, an attempt to reduce opponents’ shots, Brown said.“Really our 4-4-2 needed to be connected more,” Brown said. “We just didn’t want to get those shots off in the first place.”In Syracuse’s first home game off the road trip, KSU shot 26 times, with 14 on target. For the first 20 shots, SU kept its lead by holding off attackers and trapping them to take errant shots.But as the game went to double overtime, Brown, Aviza and Jonathan’s playing time reached more than 100 minutes. Their fatigue allowed Mihail to get into the box untouched, shooting the game-winner uncontested.“We made some poor decisions, and we got punished for them,” Wheddon said after the loss on Sept. 13. “Unfortunately, we had to learn that lesson.”In most games this season, SU has found itself down early, forcing the defensive line to play forward. If the Orange’s offense doesn’t pick up in those games, the backline becomes more prone for shot opportunities and counter attacks, Aviza said.On Sunday, the Orange were in a similar position. Against a one-loss Louisville team, SU played 89 minutes of scoreless soccer despite being outshot, 19-7. With nine seconds left, the exhaustion of the backline caught up with the Orange when the Cardinals’ Brooklynn Rivers dropped Bennett in the box to score.While the Orange’s backline was a strength for the team early, it can’t get out of shape and improvise as the game goes on, Brown said.“It can’t get to us,” Brown said, “They’re all off little mistakes where we’re not pressuring or communicating enough. We need to figure that out.” Comments Published on September 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Brooke Avery’s late goal lifts Syracuse over Mercyhurst, 6-5

first_img Published on February 8, 2019 at 8:22 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img After blowing a two goal lead to Mercyhurst in the third period, Friday night’s game eerily resembled SU’s 6-4 loss to RIT, when the Orange surrendered four unanswered in the final period. This contest was different, though, because senior captain Brooke Avery put the Orange back ahead, 6-5, with 43 seconds remaining. The Orange (7-18-2, 7-5-1 College Hockey America) held on and avoided a heartbreaker against the Lakers (12-11-3, 9-4). The win featured five lead changes and an action-packed, high-scoring second period that included four goals in the first five minutes and six total. Syracuse’s six goals came from six different skaters. Freshman Abby Moloughney opened the game with her fifth goal of the season to put SU up 1-0. Mercyhurst’s Emma Nuutinen evened it back up three minutes later with a score of her own. Though the first period finished in a draw, the Lakers outshot SU nine to five. Leading scorer Emma Polaski also picked up a 10-minute misconduct major in the period. Her penalty rolled over into the second period, and the Lakers capitalized with a Sam Isbell goal to go up 2-1. Polaski has previously struggled with discipline. On Jan. 19, she earned a 10-minute misconduct on Jan. 19 against RMU for yelling at the officials and leads the team in penalty minutes. Mercyhurst’s lead didn’t last long, as defenseman Allie Munroe knotted her fourth goal of the year — Munroe leads Syracuse in points (18). Once again, Mercyhurst broke the tie with a goal from Megan Korzack. To tie the game at 3-3, Shelby Calof assisted her fellow defenseman Jessica DiGirolamo. Then, defenseman Allie Olnowich gave the Orange a 4-3 lead three minutes later. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnonda Hoppner capped off the period with a goal to give the Orange a 5-3 lead. In total, there were three lead changes in the second period. Nuutinen scored again 12 minutes into the third period to cut Syracuse’s lead to one. Then, with less than five minutes to play, Korzack scored her second goal of the game to knot it at 5 and erase the Orange’s two-goal lead. Then, Syracuse’s two captains — Munroe and Avery — teamed up for the decisive goal with under a minute to play. Munroe had three assists in the game, and none more important than finding Avery as the game clocked ticked down.Syracuse is now three points behind second-place Mercyhurst in the CHA standings. The teams play again tomorrow at 1 p.m.last_img read more