Sutton Foster on Younger: ‘It’s Like Tootsie But with Age’

first_img Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Though two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster is spending her summer finding inner beauty in Broadway’s Violet, she’ll spend the fall getting Younger. As previously reported, Foster’s new TV series has been picked up by TV Land for a fall premiere. We recently caught up with the busy triple threat to ask her about starring opposite Hilary Duff in the new sitcom from Sex and the City mastermind Darren Star.“We start filming in August. I just saw the pilot; it’s really cool,” Foster told “I play a 40-year-old mom who gives up her career to raise her daughter, and then her husband leaves her. She has trouble getting back into work and getting hired, so she decides to reinvent herself as a 26-year-old. It’s like Tootsie but with age.”Based on the novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran, the single-camera comedy has been picked up for 12 episodes. Former Bunheads headliner Foster stars opposite Duff, Miriam Shor and Debi Mazar.“It’s super cute and I get to relive my twenties,” Foster said. “Hilary Duff is awesome, and Darren Star? Not bad! It’s really fun.”Catch a sneak peek of the show below. Violet View Comments Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

Cycling Newfound Gap Road

first_img“This isn’t a race,” I say as we pedal slowly out of the Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center, swerving onto the blacktop of Newfound Gap Road. Then I pedal a little faster, pulling ahead of the group. “I mean I’m winning, but it’s not a race.”Newfound Gap Road (aka US 441) runs for 33 miles across Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cherokee, N.C., and Gatlinburg, Tenn., bookend the road. In between, the road climbs steadily to Newfound Gap, forming a beautiful crossroads with the Appalachian Trail, roughly a mile above sea level. It’s one of the most scenic stretches of asphalt in the South, the only paved route through the middle of the park’s 500,000-acre wilderness. Drive it, and you’ll cruise by elk herds in the Oconaluftee Valley, old growth forests near the Sugarlands Valley, and remote peaks and dramatic overlooks in between. It’s one of those roads everyone with a driver’s license feels obligated to cruise, which is exactly why you don’t hear much chatter about bicyclists bothering with it. Newfound Gap Road is crazy busy with traffic.“It’s a phenomenal ride,” says David Worth, a road cyclist at the NOC’s Gatlinburg store. “Newfound Gap offers the longest uphill you’ll find around here, and a downhill that’s an absolute blast. But the road is full of drivers with divided attention. We’re talking about a high volume of cars.”Worth says most local riders eschew cycling Newfound Gap road for lower-traffic options outside of the park. It’s a safe, responsible choice. But if Newfound Gap Road is such a phenomenal ride, why should motorists have all the fun? I convinced two roadie friends, Jeremiah LeRoy and Tim Grotenhaus, to put their lives on the line with me on an exploratory journey to see if riding Newfound Gap Road is worth fighting throngs of minivans and RVs.We get a late morning start, so the elk, which have been known to gather in the meadow next to the Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center in the early morning, are long gone as we pedal west. The road cruises gently along the Oconaluftee River for the first few miles, rising only slightly as we move deeper into the park. It gives us a chance to loosen up and discuss the plan. We’re going to ride the entire Newfound Gap Road to Gatlinburg and back. Sixty five miles, a minimum of 6,000 feet of climbing. It’ll probably rain, because the park is essentially a rain forest, and there’s a good chance we’ll get hit by a car.It’s a relentless 10-mile climb to the gap. We settle into a manageable pace and each get sucked into the mental grind that takes over when you’re on a long climb. Tim sings Miley Cyrus songs to himself. Jeremiah thinks about what his spirit animal might be. The ferns and moss that line the forest floor around the road are slick from a recent rain, and small seasonal creeks crash through small gullies in the ridges that rise from the road.We decide the safest approach is to ride as a single-file, close-knit unit. We’re like a snake moving slowly, carefully up the edge of the road. I think about the local cyclists wisely making the choice to eschew the traffic of Newfound Gap Road after a Lexus passes, giving me roughly four inches of space between my handlebars and his side mirror.It takes two hours to pedal from the visitor’s center to the crest. We top out at lunch time and Newfound Gap is a zoo. Throngs of Japanese tourists and families from Georgia in overstuffed minivans jockey for the best spaces in the oversized parking lot—the spots closest to the Appalachian Trail trailhead. We pedal our bikes to the farthest end of the parking lot and eat energy bars and psych ourselves up for the next stretch, a bomber descent from the gap to Sugarlands Valley. It’s a 13-mile downhill that I figure will take us 20 minutes. And it doesn’t disappoint. The word epic is thrown around a lot in the biking world, but this descent honestly deserves the title. The road curves constantly, passes through a few short tunnels, and even forms a full 360-degree corkscrew at one point on its drop from the gap. We hit 40 miles per hour, only occasionally tapping the brakes, easily keeping up with traffic. The reprieve from getting passed by cars is a relief, and somehow, the balls-to-the-wall descent feels safer than the climb.Soon we’re pedaling into downtown Gatlinburg, which feels like a cartoon compared to the forest we just rode through. The town is full of Dippin’ Dots and video game parlors. Super Fun Zone! Ripleys! Moonshine! Everything in town has an exclamation point beside it. I’m not ashamed to say I love it.We drink ice-cold Pacificos on the porch of a Mexican restaurant that overlooks the river, and discuss how incredible a legitimate race up and down Newfound Gap Road would be. The sun is shining, we’re fresh off two beers, and feeling good as we pedal back out of town and into the park. Then the climbing starts again, steeper on this side of the mountain, or maybe we’re just fatigued from already having ridden 30 miles.My legs feel heavy as we begin the 13-mile slog back up to Newfound Gap, but my main concern is the traffic. It’s a non-stop litany of jeeps and RV’s from Florida, all playing a game to see how close they can get to us without knocking us over.The good news about the climb from Gatlinburg to the state line is that you have the time to enjoy the scenery. In the Sugarlands Valley, you ride between towering, massive old-growth trees that line the sides of the road. Rain starts and stops and we spend most of our time riding through a thick fog. Occasionally, the fog thins, giving us big views from roadside overlooks, revealing dank, dark green peaks, practically shining from the constant precipitation.We speed through Newfound Gap as we top out for the second time, in a hurry for the next downhill through the park’s thick forest that leads back to our car. I dream about warm, dry clothes as we drop fast off the mountain. Mostly, though, I dream about a car-free day inside the park. One day out of the year when Newfound Gap Road becomes a haven for cyclists to enjoy, an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the park on two wheels without fighting the barrage of cars.IF YOU GOTraffic on Newfound Gap Road is no joke. It’s a beautiful ride, but you’re definitely subject to the whims of passing cars on a massive scale. Like everything in life, this ride is about timing.“If you hit it at the right time, it can be a lot of fun,” says David Worth. “Early morning or in the evening are lower traffic. And weekdays after school starts are good.”Your best bet for a low-traffic Newfound Gap Road experience is to aim for a brief window in November. Show up to ride after the leaf peepers are gone but before the snow falls lead to road closures in the dead of winter, and you’ll find the road is more biker friendly.Logistics: You can park a car at either Sugarlands Valley Visitor’s Center or Oconoluftee Visitor’s Center. Expect 60+ miles (depending on how much you cruise around Gatlinburg) and 7,100 feet of elevation gain with gradients that hit 12 percent.Plan BOther bike options in Great Smoky Mountains National Park include:Cades Cove Loop: This 11-mile paved road through popular Cades Cove on the Tennessee side of the park is closed to cars on Wednesday and Saturday mornings (from May through September). But you’ve got to get there early. Cars are allowed back on the road at 10am.Foothills Parkway West: The Foothills Parkway climbs and traverses the ridge of Chilhowee Mountain for 18 miles, offering decent climbs and more than decent views (and far less traffic than Newfound Gap).Balsam Mountain Road: If you have a mountain bike or cross bike, Balsam Mountain Road is your best bet. The gravel road starts where the Blue Ridge Parkway ends, then travels one way through a quiet corner of the park for 28 miles.last_img read more

Floridians rally to defend the court system

first_imgFloridians rally to defend the court system Their voices were a chorus of opposition to proposed legislation that would dismantle The Florida Bar and dramatically change the way judges are chosen and the courts operate. Here are highlights of their testimony before the House Committee on Judicial Oversight March 14: Barry Richard: (The Tallahassee lawyer who represented George W. Bush in the presidential election litigation, stressed he was respresenting himself before the committee.) “When I graduated from law school 33 years ago, the judiciary in this state was in a very sorry state of affairs. Most judges were political patronage. Lawyers were hired to appear in cases, not because they were qualified, but because of the fact they knew the judge involved. Ex parte communications with judges were commonplace. We went through a period of terrible scandals which resulted in, finally, the resignation of two Supreme Court justices under threat of impeachment. That finally brought the issue to a head. And then we went through years of reform efforts, some of which were brought about by conservative Republicans. As a matter of fact, the whole concept of the judicial nominating commissions was based upon voluntary procedures adopted initially by Gov. Claude Kirk. “We’ve come a long, long way since those days.. . . What concerns me is that we not take some giant steps backward to return to days in which judges are placed once again in the political arena. Just as an example, the judicial nominating commission was designed for two reasons: One of them was to attempt to remove the process of appointing judges from political patronage of the governor. Recognizing, of course, that human beings are human beings and there’s no way to remove politics altogether. At least it created some insulation. But it had another purpose, as well. And that was to protect the governor from political pressure to appoint his or her friends or supporters. And it’s worked extraordinarily well.” Vivian Hobbs, professor of English at Florida A&M University, newest public member of The Florida Bar, chair of the Citizens Forum: “I have a degree in medieval literature. I was reminded about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.. . because of all the corruption that I see could resurface were you to take away this noble institution of The Florida Bar. “I am a member of that judicial nominating screening committee. And it’s obvious to you that I am female and African-American, and I think that the judicial nominating commission is probably the best thing that ever happened to Florida since Martin Luther King and C.K. Steele walked through. At this time we have 47 percent minorities representation [on the state’s JNCs]. And if you take it back, President Russomanno said 100 years, I’m going to say 1,500 years, all the way back to the fall of the Roman Empire.. . . “I have the pulse of my university students who feel that all the grownups are acting like children, especially after this political fallout. They say, `You all are big babies. You need to let it go. It’s over.’ That’s the way I feel about it. If we are to move forward, we have to stop this partisan fighting. This is what I see this as.. . . I think The Florida Bar is the best run, most honorable organizaiton I’ve had a chance to work with.. . . “As far as electing justices, you are inviting corruption in the worst form. Don’t you know if I give you some money for your campaign that I’m going to expect some favors in return for me and mine?” Alan Sundberg, former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court: “Judges are different. They talk about the Bar occupying some privileged position. They are different than the other professions. Lawyers exercise part of the sovereignty of this state. They are the only profession I know that can get a piece of paper from the clerk of court telling you to bring your body to a courthouse. They do occupy a special position, and therefore, as in Biblical terms, even greater is expected of them. And I submit to you that The Florida Bar and the Florida Supreme Court do expect great of them.. . . “I am a product of The Florida Bar, and I say that proudly. I served on the Disciplinary Procedures Committee when I was on the Board of Governors. I will tell you this: I believe the court never lost a moment’s sleep over the fact that it is ultimately reponsible for the conduct of the members of The Florida Bar. It never lost a moment’s sleep over the fact that The Florida Bar was doing its job quite properly, and lawyers were being held to those strict ethical standards which were imposed upon them when they became officers of the court. Yes, I think they’ve done an excellent job.” Stephen Grimes, former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court: (re: proposed legislation creating “Super District Court of Appeals”) “Now, the jurisdiction of the court is spelled out in our constitution. This would allow the legislature to change the jurisdiction by the use of this so-called Super DCA. If it didn’t like the rulings of the Florida Supreme Court, it could simply take away most of the jurisdiction of the Florida Supreme Court and put it in one of these Super DCAs. That would totally have a political effect, based on the decisions of the court. If this was passed, the legislature could just move the jurisdiction around and take it away from other courts and do what it wanted. I think that ought to be something that is fixed in the constitution as to which courts can do what.. . . “If you have a two-thirds requirement (to retain appellate judges), a single interest group could just about be assured of being able to get rid of any judge they wanted to. There were two instances where there were serious oppositions to Supreme Court justices in the past, by essentially single-interest groups. Judges in both of those instances ended up with about 60 percent of the vote. Historically, it is true that in Florida no judges have been voted out of office on merit retention. But in other states, they have. Three were voted out in California, and North Carolina and Tennessee voted some judges out with a majority. At least from my view, it should be extraordinary when a judge is voted out of office. Just because they may make a decision that people don’t like, as long as it is consistent and reasoned, even if you disagree with it, that’s not a basis for voting judges out of office.” (re: allowing justices and judges to take positions) “I think that would be really bad. Legislators, you all, you all run on platforms: `If you elect me, I’m gonna vote for this.’ And that’s the way it should be. If I like what you just said, I’ll vote for you. Judges can’t have platforms. To be able to say, ` Every time I have this particular issue, I’ll vote this way’ — why, you have abdicated your job of being a judge, which is to look at the law and decide what the law requires. That would be a terrible commentary on what judges are about.. . . “I understand that some people on the legislature are unhappy with the Florida Supreme Court, with some recent decisions of the court. That’s no surprise. But what goes around comes around. Let me point out, back in the ’30s, President Roosevelt, when he wanted to add members to the U.S. Supreme Court, he thought the court was too conservative in holding some of his proposed legislation unconstitutional. Yet, by 1955, 1960, the U.S. Supreme Court was deemed to be too liberal, letting all the criminals out, all this Miranda and other stuff that came in, and some people wanted to impeach Justice Warren. Now, it’s viewed by many people, at 5-4, to be too conservative. So you shouldn’t take a given position because you may be unhappy with a particular decision, as long as those decisions are in the ballpark. I have read the decisions that are so controversial, and I didn’t necessarily agree with all of it. But they are legitimate decisions, they’re well-reasoned decisions. They are close cases. Those are the kinds of cases the Florida Supreme Court gets: They’re close cases. Reasonable people can disagree on how they ought to come out. And to dismantle a system, based on a couple of decisions at a given time that people don’t like, would do a great disservice to this state.” Thom Rumberger: “I’ve never been active in the Bar, but I’ve always been proud to be a member of the Bar, and I continue to be proud to be a member of the Bar. The Bar is well-served by various officers and members of the board and have done a good job. I would be very hurt if that were somehow tinkered with in any significant way, based on a political agenda or something of that sort.. . . “I would hope each of you would seriously consider what you’re about.. . . This is something that cannot be taken lightly and cannot be taken solely on politics or political whim or mood.” Stan Morris, Eighth Judicial Circuit judge, (re: proposal to assess costs against nonprevailing party in a civil case): “One of the things I noted, the costs are determined by the clerk, not the judge. I’ve got a lot of problems with that. A clerk handing me an assessment of costs and then telling me I have to order a litigant to pay it, I don’t understand the basis for that. Secondly, I think it’s totally unworkable. I ask you to consider that individuals coming to the court system are not doing something wrong and shouldn’t be punished for coming to the court system, especially for civil litigation.. . . One of the questions I would have is what are we going to do about the state of Florida when they are a party and they lose? Is there going to be a legislative appropriation to pay the full cost to the counties? “.. . Who prevails in a family law case? In an adoption case, I look at that where everyone is a winner.” (re: proposal to change the way the need for judges is currently certified by the Florida Supreme Court) “The danger I see if you remove that certification is you may reintroduce politicization back into the process where the most powerful circuit gets the resources. A litigant in Palatka should have the same access, whether they walk into the Union County Courthouse or the Alachua County Courthouse.” Ben Hill III, former president of The Florida Bar (1991): “What is proposed before you is indeed radical.. . . What you have before you is a real threat to the independence of the judiciary, and beyond that it is a threat to the independence of our legal profession. “Lawyers are different. They’re not different, Rep. Melvin, in an elitist sense, but they’re different because they subscribe to a code of conduct and a way of life, a professional life, that holds them accountable in a way that no other profession and no other group of people in Florida are held accountable.. . . “I can say this with a great deal of authority, being the representative to the national bar, our record is envied by bars throughout this entire country. They come to us all of the time asking us, `What did you do to deal with this particular situation?’.. . They follow our lead. That’s not to say that we’re the best. Clearly, we can all improve what we do. But it is to say that for 50 years, there have been a large number of lawyers who have been proud to stand up and abide by the oath that they take at the beginning of their practice, and they serve people with distinction, and they do not compromise their core values. And if at any time that should occur, there is a system in place where that can be addressed.” Dr. Alvin Smith, past president of the Florida Medical Association and former citizen member of the Bar Board of Governors: “I went to The Florida Bar as a skeptic, and I came away greatly impressed. I saw people who carried out vigorous and honest debate.. . . “I was especially impressed with the disciplinary review that they have.. . It’s an efficient system carried out by people who care,” and one that he wishes would be emulated by the medical profession. “One of the problems the DPR (Department of Business and Professional Regulation) has is they have investigators that are not professionals. I propose to you that I could hide an elephant with words in my chart, and you wouldn’t be able to find it. I propose to you that lawyers could certainly do the same thing. And without the appropriate kinds of investigators, you are going to miss an enormous amount of mischief that occurs against the public.” Michael Diaz, president of the Cuban American Bar Association: “The Cuban American Bar Association has resolved that we do not want to abolish The Florida Bar. We have a lot of issues with The Florida Bar. There are a lot of things that we believe need to be improved. But neither the abolition of the JNC or The Florida Bar, do we believe, at this juncture, would benefit the community or the state of Florida.” Diaz requested the committee hold public hearings to air the following issues of concern: the lack of diversity on the Board of Governors, the “dismal record” of minority appointments to JNCs, the Bar’s hiring practices and record of minority recruitment, the Bar’s role in the November 2000 merit retention and election amendment, the Bar’s refusal to allow CABA and other voluntary bar associations to have a vote on the BoG. “I point out these criticisms. But do not get me wrong. The Florida Bar does a lot of good things. I’m a former chairperson of the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, I’ve been on rules committees, and I think The Florida Bar does an excellent job in protecting the public from the unlicensed practice of law, as well as discipline regulation and pro bono legal services. But The Florida Bar does deserve some scrutiny, and these public hearings will bring that accountability to bear.. . . Perhaps we can eventually reform The Florida Bar, short of abolishing it, and make it a better system.. . . “Instead of abolishing the JNCs, we can make them better. We would like the JNCs to adopt a code of ethics to affirmatively disclose any conflicts of interest.. . . “I’d like to point to a person I personally admire, Herman Russomanno, a fine family man, a fine trial lawyer. I think he is sincere when he says he wants to correct the wrongs and ills and problems of The Florida Bar. But he alone is not The Florida Bar. And that is why I believe we need these public hearings.” Kelly O’Keefe, Florida Association for Women Lawyers: “We are against HJR 627. It does not facilitate the administration of justice, and it does not serve the public. It has been alluded to as an attempt to attack the judiciary. The reason for that, we’re aware, stems from current events that just happened.” FAWL, she said, is opposed to the proposed legislation because it unconstitutionally removes powers from the judiciary; politicizes the judiciary; punishes the Bar because the Bar believes in the concept of an independent judiciary; limits the authority to regulate the Bar; allows the legislature to create District Courts of Appeal for death penalty cases, election controversies and other issues; takes away the court’s authority to make rules and violates the separation of powers; eliminates the JNCs; and eliminates The Florida Bar. Craig Gibbs, president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association: “Rep. Brummer’s bill, bereft of a coherent and plausible foundation vis-a-vis our ordered, constitutional form of government, seeks to eliminate our harmonious union that we enjoy, by removing our political tradition of balanced restraints on one branch, and thereby disordering our coincidence of interest of the governed.. . . Once you shift power to the executive branch, you have tilted the scales.” Floridians rally to defend the court system April 1, 2001 Regular Newslast_img

Autodialer debate moves to Supreme Court with new case

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday joined the debate over what qualifies as an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), agreeing to hear Facebook Inc. v. Duguid. According to the order issued today, the court will decide “whether the definition of ATDS in the TCPA encompasses any device that can ‘store’ and ‘automatically dial’ telephone numbers, even if the device does not ‘us[e] a random or sequential number generator.’”CUNA and leagues have continued to call for clarity from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since its 2015 TCPA ruling, which has led to uncertainty over credit unions being able to contact members with important account information without being exposed to legal action.When credit unions are discouraged from contacting their members, consumers may not be receiving important information about their accounts. The FCC needs to act on the TCPA issues and clarify that informational communications from credit unions should not be subject to TCPA requirements. Overly burdensome restrictions on wireless calls and text messages prohibit credit unions from contacting their member owners – even though that’s what members want and expect.last_img read more

Corruption trial of ex-IAAF boss begins in Paris

first_imgDisgraced former International  Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack could spend the remainder of his life in prison if convicted at a trial  beginning in Paris tomorrow, where he stands accused of corruption, influence-trafficking and money laundering. Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt Loading… The 86-year-old, under house arrest in Paris since being arrested in November 2015, will be accused ofcovering up Russian doping cases in exchange for cash. The case could have far-reaching consequences for sport and the International Olympic Committee(IOC), but will initially only focus on the claims relating to positive drugs test from Russian athletes. Allegations about payments made to companies connected to Diack and his son Papa Massata – who will not appear at the trial because he refuses to be extradited from Senegal but could be convicted in absentia – to allegedly help Tokyo win the right to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games do not form part of this trial at the French Criminal Court. They could yet be aired later this year, although IOC members and other senior sports figures are likely to be watching the trial in the French capital closely. Diack’s former advisor Habib Cisse and Gabriel Dolle – the former anti- doping chief at the IAAF, since been rebranded World Athletics – will also stand trial, which will be overseen by judge Rose-Marie Hunault. The trial is scheduled to run for three days a week until January 23 and the charges carry a maximumsentence of 10 years’ prison. Former Russian Athletics Federation President Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov, the former head Russian athletics distance coach, are also due to stand trial but have refused to cooperate with the long- running French investigation. It began in November 2015 when Lamine Diack, IAAF President from 1999 to 2015, was placed under formal investigation on suspicion of corruption and money laundering. Investigations by the French Financial Prosecutor’s Office in 2018 also include allegations that Diackobtained Russian funds for political campaigns in Senegal, in exchange for the IAAF anti-doping arm covering up Russian offences. The deal also facilitated negotiations with Russian sponsors and broadcasters before the WorldAthletics Championships in Moscow in 2013. Papa Massata Diack was banned for life by the IAAF in January 2016, alongside Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov. It came after he was charged in relation to payments totalling around £435,000 ($554,000/€496,000) made by Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova, the 2010 London Marathon winner and a three-time Chicago Marathon champion, in order to cover up doping violations. According to Jeune Afrique, Lamine Diack is set to argue that he delayed, rather than covered-up, thedoping tests to avoid negative publicity in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics and the 2013World Athletics Championships in Moscow – an event heavily bankrolledby Russian money. “We never covered up their cases,” Diack told Jeune Afrique. “We just asked for time to check their tests and make sure that, if there were sanctions, they takeeffect after these competitions.” Other allegations levelled at Lamine Diack and Papa Massata Diack include that they were involved in corrupting the Olympic bid process by accepting cash to help influence the decisionsto award the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro and 2020 to Tokyo. Diack was a member of the IOC between 1999 and 2013 but stood down as an honorary member in 2015 following his arrest in France. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

UWF Cross Country teams finish in the top 10 at the Commodore Classic

first_img Sept. 15, 2007NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed in a highly competitive meet at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee for the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University. With predominately Division I schools, the Argos finished 8th in the men’s 8k run, and 10th in the women’s 5k run. Belmont was the team champion in the men’s competition, followed by Georgia Tech. Meanwhile, the University of Missouri was the women’s champion, as Georgia Tech finished second, and Vanderbilt third.The Argos were the top Division II school to finish in both the men’s and women’s race. Diana Sitar (Sr. / Las Vegas) finished 26th in 5k (3.1 miles) run in a time of 19:21, while Justin Gates (Jr. / Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) was 29th overall in the 8k (5 miles) run in a time of 27:15. The overall winner in the women’s 5k run was Rita Jorgensen of Vanderbilt in a time of 18:07, while the overall men’s champion was Henry Rop of Union University with a 25:15 for the 8k course.Four out of the seven men ran their personal bests, while two of the women recorded personal bests. Coach Matt Dobson was proud of his team, “We are right on track, and that puts us in the hunt for a National Championship berth.” The other UWF finishers in the Men’s 8k run included:Nicholas Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) 37th in 27:40,Jared Black (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) 42nd in 27:59,Andrew Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) 52nd in 28:53,Josh McEachin (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) 54th in 29:06,Scott Lydick (Fr. / Fort Myers, Fla.) 59th in 29:42,and Tyler Stowell (Fr. / North Ft. Myers, Fla.) 69th in 30:59.The other UWF finishers in the Women’s 5k run included:Margaret Harter (Jr. / Milton, Fla.) 46th in 20:18,Katherine Ragia (Jr. / Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.) 49th in 20:23,Erika Anderson (Fr. / Mobile, Ala.) 65th in 21:43,Marisa DeFeo (Fr. / Orange Park, Fla.) 71st in 22:28,and Lindsey Failing (Sr. / Pace, Fla.) 75th in 22:48. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Cross Country teams finish in the top 10 at the Commodore Classiclast_img read more

Cricket News Yeh aankh band karke rokega: MS Dhoni’s premonition helps Kuldeep Yadav get a wicket

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: MS Dhoni is a World Cup winning captain and also winner of all ICC tournaments. He is a brilliant wicketkeeper. He is one of the best finishers in ODI cricket. He is as quick as lightning when it comes to a stumping. Dhoni, along with his tactical acumen and cool captaincy, also knows how to read the mind of the batsmen accurately. He can also predict the future. All these factors were out in full display as India steamrolled New Zealand in the first ODI in Napier. Mohammed Shami had wrecked the New Zealand top order and Kuldeep Yadav had run through the lower order. With New Zealand on the verge of getting bowled out for a low total, it was time for Dhoni to show he could predict the future.In the previous over bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult was struggling to read the wrong-un and when Kuldeep came to bowl and with Boult on strike for the final ball, Dhoni correctly predicted the mindset of the batsmen and had a hilarious conversation with the bowler which was caught on stump mic. The conversation was, “Yeh aankh band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko (He will defend with his eyes closed. You can bowl the wrong un)”. As per the script, Kuldeep bowled a wrong un and Boult edged to Rohit Sharma at slip as New Zealand were bowled out for 157. Kuldeep’s reaction summed up the disbelief in how Dhoni got it so correctly. Shikhar Dhawan’s 75* helped India win the match by eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.This is not the first time that Dhoni has predicted the outcome accurately. His cryptic messages in Hindi have often resulted in the bowler getting the wicket as per the plan. During the Mohali Test against Australia in 2013, India were going for the kill and Michael Clarke held the key on a pitch assisting the spinners. Ravindra Jadeja had gotten the better of Clarke in four out of the previous five innings and Dhoni correctly predicted Clarke’s mindset. “Pehli ball thoda tez daalna, ye pehle hi ball aage badhega (Bowl the first ball fast, he (Clarke) will step out of the crease,” Dhoni said. It proved to be correct as Clarke danced down the track first ball but was stumped for a first ball duck as Jadeja continued to work his magic. MS Dhoni continued his consistent run behind the wickets.India bowled New Zealand out for 157.India won a match in New Zealand for the first time in 10 years. During another Test match between India and Australia, Jadeja was bowling and Dhoni was heard on the stump mic saying, “Taarak Mehta daalta reh.” Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah is one of the most popular comedy shows on Indian Television and the meaning of Ooltah Chashmah means upside-down glasses. Perhaps Dhoni was telling Jadeja to bowl the delivery that spins away as compared to the normal arm ball that comes back in.Dhoni’s ability to predict what the batsmen could do, combined with his brilliance in taking the Decision Review System makes him a class act. When it comes to predicting futures, it may not be long before people ask Dhoni what must they do as he can predict the future brilliantly.last_img read more

When students walk alone, Department of Public Safety watches

first_imgStudents who think they’re being watched as they walk home late at night are probably right — but that’s a good thing.When Department of Public Safety officers notice students walking alone, they will often focus their security cameras on the student to make sure they stay safe.Eagle eye · In addition to vehicle patrols, Department of Public Safety officers also work to keep people safe through the video escort program, which relies on 15 security cameras. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanThese “video escorts,” which have been in place for a while, are initiated by DPS when a student seems to be in a potentially harmful situation, according to DPS Capt. David Carlisle.“We have security officers monitoring the cameras around the clock,” Carlisle said. “If it’s late at night, and if a student is walking alone, we tell officers to video escort them.”The video escorts are limited to the 15 security cameras placed on poles on street corners and on USC property, Carlisle said. Carlisle noted that these cameras can only be placed on university property, but he could not give the exact location of the cameras for security reasons.The cameras are on 24 hours per day, and they each have a line of sight of about a block in two different directions.But because the security cameras are only in certain locations, video escorts are limited to particular areas. Carlisle said DPS is currently budgeting to implement significantly more cameras around campus in hopes of expanding the eye of surveillance.“If someone was at, say, Hoover and 27th [streets], and they were to walk back to campus, we wouldn’t have cameras for all those areas they’d have to traverse to get back here,” Carlisle said.Carlisle could not disclose how much it would cost to expand surveillance efforts, but some students think the effort may not be worth it at any cost.“I don’t know if it would make it any safer,” said Michael Jacobs, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. “It could be a waste of money.”Currently, these video escorts are initiated and conducted by DPS, but Carlisle said much of the burden of safety falls on the shoulders of the students themselves.“If a student was feeling unsafe on campus, we hope that they’d call an escort, take a cab, take Campus Cruiser or call DPS to see if an officer is available for a free ride,” Carlisle said.Although Carlisle said the video patrols are solely for the safety and benefit of students, some students weren’t comfortable knowing that DPS may be watching them.Krystal Rodriguez, a freshman majoring in communication, had similar feelings.“I understand that they do all this for security and protection,” Rodriguez said. “But just the idea of having a camera follow you around is sort of creepy.”Other students, however, said the video escorts are a good precaution to take.“I don’t really mind,” said Chloe Cotoulas, a freshman majoring in political science. “They’re doing it for our own well-being, and I don’t mind being monitored or temporarily followed on a security camera if it means I’m going to be safer.”Karn Chopra, a freshman majoring in economics, agreed, saying that sacrificing some privacy was worth it for the safety of the student.“DPS is doing the right thing,” Chopra said. “I really don’t see the problem with this. It’s all for the benefit of the student.”Annie Yuan, a junior majoring in communication and psychology, said video escorts were a good attempt at making the area safer, but said there seemed to be a few flaws in the system.“Obviously we need more security around campus,” she said. “I know it’s not necessary everywhere, but I feel like they can’t watch everyone and I feel like some people want to be left alone.”last_img read more

City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert to host voter registration…

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS – Mayor Oliver Gilbert in partnership with a coalition of all the black Bar Associations in Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Elections Department will be hosting a Voter Registration Drive and Family Fun Day on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 12PM- 4PM, at Miami Carol City Park, 3201 NW 185th St, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.Effective January 8th, Amendment 4 restores the eligibility to vote for Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence, including parole, probation and restitution.“All of our voices are required, all of our efforts are needed and our attention must focus beyond Election Day and through election cycles. This event is intended to allow those previously disenfranchised to become active participants in the representative republic. Being an active participant means knowing your rights, registering to vote and educating yourselves on the issues,” said Mayor Gilbert.“We want our Residents to be educated, ready and excited about the most powerful position in any democracy. The power of our aggregated vote.”Prior to the passing of Amendment 4, Florida law excluded over one million Floridians who completed the terms of their sentence from voting for life, the largest number of any state.Florida was one of four states with a lifetime ban on voting. More than 5 million Florida voters, 64.55 percent of the votes cast in the November 2018 election, voted to amend section 4 of Article VI of the Florida Constitution (Referred to as Amendment 4).A 60 percent vote by Florida citizens would be required in order to change it. Amendment 4 is the largest extension of the right to vote in the United States since the 19th Amendment which granted voting rights for all women (1920) and the 26th Amendment to citizens who are 18 years of age (1971).Co-sponsors of this event include the Caribbean Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer’s Association, Haitian Bar Association, Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.last_img read more

Enlarged digital capacity sees GVC publish strong H1 2018 guidance

first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit The governance of FTSE100 GVC Holdings has today published an ‘H1 2018 Post Close Trading Update’ outlining the firm’s enlarged capacity/performance, having completed the acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral last March.The pro-forma guidance reports ‘positive growth trends’ across its core metrics and KPIs, as the enlarged operator reports a +8% increase in Group NGR during H1 2018.The enlarged FTSE group details ‘accelerated growth’ across its digital verticals which recorded a 22% NGR increase prior to the commencement of World Cup Russia 2018.GVC details that its digital brands have been supported by an ‘improved pipeline of new products and high coverage marketing campaigns’.Digital growth has offset retail declines for the betting group, which reports a -3% NGR across its UK estates, which had been impacted by adverse weather conditions during Q1 2018.Completing Russia 2018 trading, GVC governance details that the ‘tournament as a whole has been a good one for the group, helped by a better than expected gross win margin but also importantly volumes and value of new customer deposits.Updating investors, Kenneth Alexander GVC Holdings Group CEO stated:“I am pleased to report this positive trading update whilst at the same time undertaking the integration of the Ladbrokes Coral business. The strong momentum across the online business has continued and means we are well placed to deliver against our full year expectations.”At present, the FTSE enterprise expects to publish its audited H1 2018 results in this September (date TBC).last_img read more