Scoreboard roundup — 1/23/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONWashington 124, Cleveland 112L.A. Lakers 128, Brooklyn 113Dallas 133, Portland 125TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLIndiana 67, Michigan St. 63Houston 63, UConn 59Colorado 78, Washington St. 56Oregon 79, Southern Cal 70 — Double OTCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. January 24, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/23/20 Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img

Union Treasurer-Elect resigns

first_imgAsh Sangha has resigned from the post of Treasurer-Elect at the Oxford Union after missing three Standing and three Consultative Committee meetings.Although the Treasurer-Elect was at first allowed to retain his position within the society due to a technicality over what were believed to be incorrectly called meetings, it has since emerged that the meetings were properly called. Sangha therefore has no choice but to resign.During the Emergency Standing Committee held earlier this week it also emerged that Sangha was unsure why he missed the meetings. Although at first he claimed that his absence was due to illness, Stuart Cullen, President-Elect, produced an apologetic text message from Ash from that day claiming that he was busy dealing with JCR business.Sangha then claimed that he had another defence, namely that while the Secretary had sent out details for all three of the committees in the appropriate manner, on one occasion there was no time given for the meeting he subsequently missed. James Dray, the President of the Oxford Union, was then asked to decide whether the absence of this detail was enough to render the committee meeting invalid.Dray confirmed, “It is indeed unfortunate that Mr Sangha has had to resign, and he has done an enormous amount for the society, but in line with the rules I had no choice but to act in the way as I did.”Ash was disappointed about his dismissal. He said, “I suppose it’s inevitable that people will look for political motivations behind the accusations. To be honest, I think it’s more important for officers to concentrate on running the Union then to speculate on their political futures.“Faced with the choice between delivering the best deal for members or fulfilling some of the more arbitrary requirements of being an officer I think it makes sense to prioritise members.If that means missing the odd meeting because you’re helping to look after speakers or getting in a van to help deliver publicity materials for the membership drive then you’ve got to ask what’s the best for members. I’m convinced that I made the right choice.”A member of Standing Committee commented, “Turning up to Union committees is the basic requirement of a Union officer. Failing to turn up is a violation of one’s duty and is simply wrong. He was obviously very, very incompetent.”Charlie Holt, the society’s ex-President, has defended Ash. He said, “I am deeply uncomfortable with the way Ash was dismissed on Monday for failing to attend the requisite number of committee meetings. ‘The rules are the rules’ is a favourite retort of the returning officers, but this trivial rule – a rule which carries a grossly disproportionate penalty – seems to be applied in an increasingly selective and arbitrary way.”David Thomas, currently on Standing Committee, will be assuming the role of Treasurer-Elect next term. It was offered to him after current Secretary Lou Stoppard and Standing Committee’s Dharmesh Nayee both rejected the position.David Thomas will also feature on the ballot for the Librarian, despite requests to be removed from the ballot. He has spoken at length about the situation during yesterday’s hustings.last_img read more

Press release: Russian Ambassador called to Foreign Office to discuss Syria

first_img Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan met Russian Ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office today (27 February) to stress UK concern at the current situation in Syria, particularly the crisis in Eastern Ghouta and the need for a ceasefire as stipulated in Resolution 2401 passed by the UN Security Council last weekend.Minister Duncan welcomed the fact that all UN Security Council members, including Russia, had voted in favour of a ceasefire and underlined Russia’s obligations to adhere to its commitments to ensure that UNSCR 2401 was implemented in full. Minister Duncan reiterated the UK government’s deep concern about reports of continued attacks by pro-regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, where an estimated 400,000 people have been under siege since 2013, including reports of chemical weapons use.Minister Duncan urged Russia to use its influence to ensure the Syrian regime adhered to the ceasefire in order to allow rapid, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access and non-conditional medical evacuations which are urgently needed across Syria, but particularly Eastern Ghouta. Only 1 inter-agency convoy has accessed Eastern Ghouta since November, reaching just 2.6% of people in need. Humanitarian pauses of limited duration are no substitute for a sustained ceasefire.Minister Duncan underlined that the violence in Syria reinforces the urgency of achieving a political solution, as called for by the UN Security Council, and urged Russia to work with the international community to achieve this.Further information Follow Sir Alan Duncan on Twitter @AlanDuncanMP Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Email [email protected]last_img read more

Benevento/Russo Duo Play The Paradise On This Day In 2005 [Full Show Audio]

first_imgThere really is never a bad time to listen to a Benevento/Russo Duo show, is there? Especially given the fact that Marco Benevento and Joe Russo haven’t played as “The Duo” very oftern over the last ten years. As the two began to team up with guitarist Scott Metzger and Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz to form Bustle in Your Hedgerow, which then turned into the juggernaut that is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, with the addition of long-time collaborator and friend Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past / American Babies), Duo performances simply became a thing of lore.Benevento Russo Duo Returns! A Look Into The Group’s Exciting StoryThe two did perform a surprise set at 2015’s Mountain Jam, which had old-school fans foaming at the mouth in obvious excitement at this extremely rare occurrence. More recently, The Duo returned to perform at last year’s edition of Jam Cruise, in addition to playing at Florida’s Suwannee Hulaween. So, we decided to take a look at a show that the group played back on this day (December 2nd) in 2005 at Boston’s The Paradise.It is an incredible show that features all of the elements that made The Duo a major player in the early 2000’s jam scene. The mad scientist skills of Benevento on keys, along with the technical proficiency that is Russo on drums, to create an amalgamation of sound that combined elements of acid jazz, rock, experimental, and last, but not least….jam.This show features a great “Sunny’s Song” with the help of The Slip‘s Marc Friedman on guitar, a majestic “Soba” from 2006’s Play Pause Stop, a really far-out version of “Three Question Marks” (Best Reason to Buy the Sun – 2005), and a straight filthy version of Radiohead‘s “Myxomatosis” that features a tasty little nugget of Faith No More‘s “Epic” in the middle section. This is definitely a show worth a listen, so stream the full audio below:Benevento/Russo Duo – 12/2/2005 – Full Audio[Audio: B.H. Toque]last_img read more

Alumnae panelists discuss being women of color in college and beyond

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Department of Psychological Studies, the Black Student Union, Providing Options and the Career Crossings Office teamed up to present an alumnae panel to students Wednesday evening to address questions about how alumna of color use their Saint Mary’s education and make an impact on their communities after graduation.The panel included Romona Bethany ’04, JAG specialist at Washington High School, Leila Ellis ’15, a program manager at Notre Dame, Ashley Harrison ’07, director of finance at the Logan Center, Kimmi Troy ’00, co-owner of TSB Fitness Studio and Deanna Ward ’01, school counselor at Discovery Middle School. The panel was hosted by senior psychology major Acacia Malone.The panel began with each person describing their own experience at the College. Ellis said Saint Mary’s wasn’t initially where she most wanted to attend college.“My first choice was actually the University of Michigan,” Ellis said. “I actually didn’t find out that I was accepted there until after I had started [at Saint Mary’s], but I don’t regret anything. I got the best of both worlds here, with Notre Dame right across the street.” Ellis said it took some time for her to grow into her role on campus.“Use your resources and don’t be afraid to make connections,” Ellis said. “I was an extremely shy student and it was a little challenging starting off. I only managed to branch out once I went to Notre Dame. I found a home there and in making those connections I was able to bring those skills back to Saint Mary’s. It was my junior year where I felt I really prospered.”Much of Ellis’ success can be credited to the relationships she formed with employees of the College, she said.“Meeting the faculty and administrators really helped me to figure out what my niche was,” she said. “I’m finally on the right track and I owe that to Saint Mary’s.”Harrison said Saint Mary’s helps instill a confidence vital to professional success. “Saint Mary’s gave me confidence to tackle the things that I wouldn’t want to do,” Harrison said. “The school does a great job of instilling the values and virtues that I needed to succeed. My professors had a lot of confidence in me that I didn’t even have in myself. It’s not the classes or the subjects that help you succeed, it’s that feeling of empowerment.”Troy also said students should be open to new experiences and go to events. “You never know what’s going to come out of that event that you went to, but maybe didn’t want to,” she said. Of course, college is difficult, but Troy said she came to appreciate her time at Saint Mary’s after her graduation.“The love grows once you’re out,” she said. “I’m originally from Detroit and it was a difficult transition to make. I was suddenly in a small community with people who had never interacted with African-American women before or only knew what they had learned on TV. … Once you graduate that lack of knowledge or racial bias does not change. It morphs into something different. Those experiences helped shape me.” Troy also said there are many ways for African-American students to feel more welcome in the Saint Mary’s community. “For me it was the extremely present history of the college,” Troys said. “There are historical images, buildings and the stories of the founders and Sister Madeleva that are everywhere. Once I believed that I was a part of that, that this is my school too it sort of became an instant sisterhood.” Women of color should feel empowered to become more involved in the Saint Mary’s community, Harrison said. “It’s all about the mindset,” she said. “You really need to believe that this is where I am, I’m not going to leave. Get involved — recognize that it might be intimidating, but embrace what you have. You only have four years, make the most of it.”Offering some of her own advice, Ellis said students should be bold in building relationships.“Use your resources,” she said. “They could be anything, not just professors or faculty members, they could be your friends or upperclasswomen. Don’t be afraid to jump in, don’t be afraid to reach out or to keep in touch.” Ellis also said she encourages students to work to overcome the mental setbacks they may face. “If you let that voice in your head that says you can’t do it stop you, you’re always going to be stuck at point A. Don’t let it,” she said. Harrison said it is important for students of color to move past their feelings of fear in order to embrace the Saint Mary’s community. “Once you get over that feeling, know that it is a family,” she said. “Regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, we are a sisterhood.” The panel went on to discuss the importance of an education in breaking down prejudices.“There are a lot of stereotypes about me,” Harrison said. “But I have an awesome education and once I open my mouth I knock those stereotypes down and that’s what will help you succeed.”The panel then received questions from the audience. In response to a question about how Saint Mary’s could become more inclusive to women of color and attract more African-American students, Troy said the alumnae of the College need to stay in touch.“I think there needs to be more of a commitment to alumnae staying connected,” Troy said. “We need the school to facilitate the connection. … I don’t think you need outside firms, have women of color go to high schools around the country, even if just for an hour.” Ellis said her own experiences with Saint Mary’s recruiting reveal some of the problems of their current recruitment strategy.“When I was in high school and the Saint Mary’s representative came, it was honestly kind of off putting to have a Caucasian woman talking about diversity,” she said. “It made me wonder if she really knew what it was like to deal with issues of diversity and inclusion.”Faculty members at the College should emphasize being open to working with minority students, Ellis said.“Professors need to put that foot forward,” she said. “You don’t always get the warm and fuzzy feeling from teachers. In a lot of cases students will not share their stories unless they really feel comfortable.” Tags: alumnae panel, College Recruitment, Diversity, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

4-H grant

first_imgRock Eagle 4-H Center has received a $3,443 grant from the Milledgeville Chapter of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustee for the addition of two new outbuildings at the Scott Site, Rock Eagle’s pioneer home site. The site is used for teaching living history classes and is visited by thousands of students each year.The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program began at Rock Eagle in 1979 and was later expanded to include four other 4-H centers. The five centers currently serve more than 40,000 students annually, making it the largest residential program of its kind in the nation. The program has been designated a state and national learning model, drawing students and teachers from more than 500 schools representing six southeastern states.Over the past decade, the center and the foundation board of trustees have partnered on multiple projects at the Scott Site. Past projects include the restoration of a pioneer house and the installation of a well and hand pump. The new project will include the construction of a privy and a fully functioning smokehouse, two structures that were essential to life on the farm during Georgia’s pioneer days. “We appreciate the Watson- – Brown Foundation’s continued support in helping Rock Eagle 4-H Center provide a historic perspective of early American farm life. This funding allows students the chance to gain a better understanding of life in the rural South” said State 4-H leader Arch Smith.The Watson-Brown Foundation supports historic preservation in part through its junior board of trustees, a talented group of local high school students whose exclusive mission is to preserve local history. Part historic preservation, part youth philanthropy, this educational initiative fosters civic responsibility, heightens an appreciation for local history, and introduces students to disciplined and thoughtful giving.last_img read more

Family Law Section to promote free representation for children

first_imgFamily Law Section to promote free representation for children Family Law Section to promote free representation for children August 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Encouraging pro bono for children by both section and nonsection members will be a priority for the Family Law Section in the coming year.New section Chair Jorge Cestero said his main goal is to encourage every section member to take a pro bono case for a child in need. And immediate past section Chair Evan Marks said the section will also be expanding its mentoring program for nonfamily law attorneys who want to take pro bono family law cases.“We’re going to encourage every member of the Family Law Section to represent a child in crisis on a pro bono basis,” Cestero said, as the section executive council prepared to meet during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June.“It’s part of Florida’s Children First,” he added. “We have a structure set up and we’re going to be able to track how it works. Our goal is to motivate people.”Marks said the section already has a program in Miami-Dade and Broward counties that has section members mentoring nonfamily lawyers who want to handle family pro bono cases. Now the section wants to expand that to four cities — Tampa, West Palm Beach, Orlando, and Tallahassee — in the coming year.The idea, Marks said, is to leverage section members’ expertise, as each one can mentor several nonfamily lawyers, greatly increasing the pool for pro bono cases.Coordinator for the mentoring project is executive council member Kim Rommel-Enright. For those interested in more information about the project, she can be reached at (561) 655-8944, ext. 265.Besides the pro bono efforts, Cestero said the section is continuing its examination of child custody issues.“We have a task force that’s exploring a presumption of a 50-50 time-sharing for children in a dissolution of marriage,” he said.The section will also be working on a glitch bill for the new alimony legislation approved by the legislature and signed by the governor this year, Cestero said. That provides that alimony can be reduced or terminated for a spouse who acquires a roommate of the opposite sex, who is not a family member.The section, he said, is also supporting The Florida Bar Foundation’s Challenge for Children, where Bar members can make contributions on their Bar annual membership fee statements to support the Foundation’s legal programs that help children.last_img read more

Court sets out procedures for adding DCAs

first_img Court sets out procedures for adding DCAs April 1, 2006 Regular News Plan relies less on raw case numbers and more on performance Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Supreme Court has adopted a new rule of judicial administration to be used in helping to determine the need to increase, decrease, or redefine appellate districts.The new Rule of Judicial Administration 2.036 relies less on raw caseload numbers for making changes to the DCAs in favor of an approach that concentrates on outcomes measured through performance.“It specifically is intended to ensure that our district courts of appeal, as the courts of last resort in the vast majority of appeals, continue to dispense justice in a timely and efficient manner that meets the needs of our people,” Chief Justice Barbara Pariente wrote for the unanimous court in accepting a recommendation from its Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload and Jurisdiction.The rule also contains cautionary language noting the realignment of appellate districts is “inherently disruptive” and that the addition of a sixth or seventh DCA also could have consequences, including increasing the number of conflicts in the law, likely resulting in an increase in the number of petitions for discretionary review in both certified conflict and express and direct conflict cases. The court also said the decision to create another appellate district should only be undertaken as a last resort “when it is clear that the current appellate courts are not functioning effectively and efficiently, and no other options are reasonably available, including the addition of judges or the creation of branch courthouses.”The court also directed its District Court of Appeal Workload and Jurisdiction Assessment Committee to begin immediately a review of the DCAs based on the new criteria and report back to the court by November 15.Florida’s five district courts of appeal, in raw numbers, have annually received a total of approximately 24,000 cases in recent years, according to the opinion, while the Supreme Court has received approximately 2,500 cases per year.Analysis of the caseloads and trend data led the workload and jurisdiction panel to conclude that many commonly held beliefs about factors that contribute to appellate caseloads — such as correlations to populations, numbers of attorneys, and trial court caseloads — are “overstated,” and that caseloads are also affected by changes in the law, such as those contributing to post-conviction appeals, and changes in trial court practice, such as increased reliance on mediation and other private forums.“Caseload trends in the district courts indicate that, when examined by type, the volume of appeals in family, probate, and administrative cases (except in the First District) has remained relatively constant and civil appeals have declined, likely due to increased use of mediation and greater stability in the law,” the committee found. “On the other hand, criminal case appeals have increased steadily during the same period, fueled by an almost tenfold increase in postconviction appeals.”Those findings led the committee to conclude that “future caseloads cannot be reliably projected based on linear calculations of populations and other data, but are dependent on uncertain contingencies regarding the legal and social structure.”The committee also found that judicial workload — the efforts required of judges as distinct from overall court workload that can be carried in part by staff — is less closely related to caseloads than is widely believed.“Judicial workload can be substantial for some case types and much less for others,” the report said. “Furthermore, workload continues to be highly influenced by changes in court processes and internal operations, such as the use of staff attorneys and deployment of information technologies that increase judicial efficiency. Thus, assessments and projections of a court’s workload cannot be reliably based on caseloads alone, but must be based on a number of interrelated factors.”In examining the relationship of the number of judges on a court and overall performance, the workload and jurisdiction committee looked to the 2004 report by the Performance and Accountability Commission, that found the widely held “assumption that a court would become less effective when the number of judges on the court approached 20 no longer holds true” due to “developments in court management practices, the deployment of resources such as central staffs, and the increased sophistication of information-sharing technologies, including video conferencing, e-mail, and document management.”The commission reported that “larger appellate courts with strong leadership, adequate staff support, well-considered case management strategies, and appropriate technology can operate with a collegial environment and efficiency similar to or even greater than that of a smaller court.”“In light of these conclusions, the Workload and Jurisdiction Committee does not support the use of arbitrary numerical thresholds to determine when caseload or court size are too great,” the opinion said, adding instead that the workload panel advocates an approach that concentrates on outcomes measured through indicia of performance.“The essential question to be asked. . . is not whether a court has too many judges, its caseload is too high, or it publishes too few opinions. The relevant question is simply whether, given the totality of the circumstances, Florida’s district courts are able to effectively and efficiently perform their primary functions in service to the people,” the committee reported to the court. “If the data indicate that the district courts are ‘struggling to fulfill their mission,’ then a redefinition of the appellate districts should be considered.”The court approved the committee’s recommended “outcomes-based” approach to assessment of the district courts because it “represents the best practices supported by current court management research. . . and is currently followed in both our circuit and district courts.”The rule provides for a review of the DCAs to be conducted every eight years by an assessment committee appointed by the chief justice, with the first review under the new rule to be done this year. I n Re: Report of the Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload and Jurisdiction—Rule of Judicial Administration 2.036., Case No. SC06-01.center_img Court sets out procedures for adding DCAslast_img read more

FBI revives cold credit union murder case

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The FBI provided enhanced photos from a 13-year-old robbery-murder case Monday and reiterated its $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person sought.In 2003, the wanted individual robbed a branch of Xerox Federal Credit Union – now Xceed Financial Credit Union – in Webster, N.Y., killing one member and injuring another. continue reading »last_img

Downward trend in share prices will not last long: Analysts

first_imgMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.7 percent, Japan’s Nikkei and Korea’s KOSPI were in the red, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.6 percent and the Shanghai Composite was 0.1 percent weaker.Fears of the coronavirus outbreak, which has severely hurt the world’s second largest economy, also further undermined Indonesia’s economic growth, which has been stuck at about 5 percent for the past three years.Investors began to sideline the market as fears mounted. The volume of stocks traded in the last week of January was recorded at only 40.82 billion shares, with a total value of Rp 32.23 trillion, far lower than the 75.99 billion shares valued at Rp 80.98 trillion recorded during the same period last year, according to the IDX data. (ydp)Topics : Most securities analysts believe share prices on the local market have bottomed out, with many countries now committed to halting the spread of the virus. As of Saturday, the deadly virus has killed more than 813 people worldwide, mostly in China, and infected more than 37,549 people in over 25 countries, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).“The drop in prices this month was mainly caused by panic selling amid fears over the spread of the coronavirus,” Artha Sekuritas Indonesia vice president Frederik Rasali told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday via text.Read also: BI injects $1.8b to stabilize Indonesian markets as investors flee over coronavirus fears Indonesian stock prices appear to have bottomed out following a nearly 6 percent drop in January as investors feared the spread of the coronavirus, which started in China in late December 2019, would further drag down global economic growth.The JCI, the main index at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), only gained a modest 1.7 percent in 2019 to close the year at 6,299 in the backdrop of sluggish economic growth. The index was under selling pressure through most of January due to fears over the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.Declining by 5.7 percent in January to close the month at 5,940, the index showed signs of recovery at the start of February following growing optimism that the outbreak could be kept under control. The JCI gained ground in the last two weeks to close at 5,999 on Friday. The JCI’s fall contrasts with the upward trend typically recorded in January, known as the “January effect” — a phenomenon wherein investors go on a shopping spree during the first month of the year.As documented by Bloomberg, between 2010 and 2020, the index’s performance fell only three times in the month of January. The index fell 7.95 percent in January 2011, 0.05 in January 2017 and 5.7 in January 2020. In other years, the index grew considerably, with the highest growth recorded in January 2019 at 5.46 percent.“[The downward trend] will not last for the long term, of course, because governments of each country have responded swiftly [to the outbreak],” said Frederik, adding that he predicted the index would return to the 6,000 level following the release of full year financial reports for 2019, which typically occurs before the end of February.Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) Sekuritas’s head of research Kim Kwie Sjamsudin wrote in a report that during previous viral outbreaks, the market tended to bottom out several months after the first reported case.“As investors tend to overreact during the onset of a virus outbreak, the subsequent rebounds have been quite swift as well,” Kim wrote, adding that the JCI’s current valuation level offered “an attractive risk to risk to reward proposition”.Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) movement from March 2019 to Feb. 7, 2020. (JP/Bloomberg).Usage: 0 (JP/Bloomberg)The prices of big caps — those with market capitalization above Rp 20 trillion — have depreciated recently. On Friday, blue chip BNI shares dropped 4.85 percent month-to-month (mtm), while other big caps Astra International and Charoen Pokphand Indonesia fell 6.23 percent and 12.07 percent, respectively.However, Trimegah Securities head of research and foreign institutional equity Sebastian Tobing said a number of stocks had not been affected by the coronavirus fears, such as Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD), which booked a 7.17 percent week-on-week increase.Indonesia’s stock market decline conforms to the global stock market movement, with stock markets around the world also seeing downturns.Most share markets in Asia slipped on Friday, as the growing death toll and economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak put a lid on the week’s sharp rally, Bloomberg reported.Read also: Coronavirus to affect stock market until contained: Analysts Between Jan. 27 and Jan. 31, foreign investors recorded net sales of Rp 2.35 trillion (US$171 million), a sharp contrast to the transactions recorded during the same period last year, when foreign investors made net purchases of Rp 3.7 trillion.last_img read more