Panel contemplates culture of violence in sports

first_imgThree panelists, Connie Adams, director of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) at Saint Mary’s, Jordan Allison, a doctoral psychology intern at Notre Dame and Duke Preston, director of Football Player Development and Engagement at Notre Dame hosted a discussion Wednesday titled “Beyond the NFL: Unpacking a Culture of Violence.”The dinner and discussion, held in Remick Commons of Carole Sandner Hall, aimed to create a dialogue and address the issues of domestic abuse in today’s society. The panel covered several topics ranging from abuse seen in the media and sports, such as the Ray Rice incident, and also the cyclical pattern and causes of abusive relationships.“A lot of times athletics mandates power physically … there’s a great pressure on athletes to give the impression that they’re powerful and always in control,” Preston said.Preston was a former NFL player for the Buffalo Bills, the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. During the discussion, he provided personal insight on his experience as a professional athlete and the power and influence that came with the career.“In that environment [of the NFL] you have people at every turn trying to exhibit their dominance, worth and value,” Preston said. “I always thought I was pretty humble in my playing career, but I can remember walking around my house after a five-year NFL career … and I remember thinking I wonder if my wife still thinks I’m as important as I was.”Adams, who has a background specifically in social work and violence, talked about the complexities behind an abusive relationship.“When we’re talking about any kind of relationship that’s abusive, we’re really looking at the imbalance of power and control in that relationship,” Adams said.Adams said the development of abuse in a relationship is gradual, and many times, it begins with a subtle exertion of power in the beginning.Allison used his professional experience to talk about the diagnostic treatment of abusers, as well as the psychological factors that come into play in an abusive relationship.“With each escalation, there’s a transitional honeymoon phase where [the couple] is going back into that cycle where they try to make amends and go back to normal,” Allison said.Allison dismissed assertions that since more abuse cases are made public, these statistics are indicative of men becoming more abusive. Allison said more cases are made public simply because more women have the courage to come forward.“As we become more literate and well-versed we’ll have more women coming forward,” Allison said. “This doesn’t mean it didn’t happen beforehand, but there weren’t as many [resources] back then.”Preston said a ripple effect occurs as more people come forward and inspire other people to share their stories.“Up until 1990 or so … there was almost a courtesy that public figures didn’t air their dirty laundry in the media,” Preston said. “The exposure to issues like this is a helpful thing, and I think it gives people the courage to come forward.”Tags: BAVO, Beyond the NFL: Unpacking a Culture of Violence, Connie Adams, domestic abuse, Duke Preston, Jordan Allison, NFL Emmet Farnan Duke Preston, a former NFL player, speaks on the culture of violence that is perpetuated in the NFL.last_img read more

Topiary Herbs.

first_imgThink ‘Height’ First To start, you need a young potted plant with an unpinched leader (main stem), scissors, stakes, ties and patience. You also want to encourage width and branching at the base of the “head.” Top growth will naturally develop faster, so keep upward growing shoots trimmed back. Turn your plant regularly so each side gets ample light and grows evenly. Feed your topiary every four or five waterings during active growth with a liquid fertilizer for houseplants. The next stage is forming the top of the plant to the desired shape. Before you pinch the growing shoot tip for the first time, think of the finished look you want your plant to have. Consider leaf size and rate of growth. Where do you plan to display your topiary and what kind of container will it live in? You may want to allow the plant to grow even higher. When you’ve determined these, pinch out the tip of the plant to make it bushier. Allow three pairs of branches to develop. Photo: Wayne McLaurin Now comes the real art of topiary. You have to keep in mind the shape you want the plant to take and train the plant through careful tip pinching. Pinch or cut at nodes so new shoots will grow in the direction you want. If the bud is facing outward, the growth will be outward. An inward-facing bud will grow inward. Be Creative, and Have Fun Many herbs can be used for topiary, such as rosemary, lavender and scented geranium, along with bay and sweet myrtle. The herbs you choose will depend on the topiary shapes you want to create. So be creative. And have fun.center_img Pinch With Care But before you start, remember that the growing point or tip of the plant is critical. The plant is going to grow at the tip of each stem. If you pinch it back, the plant will produce side shoots and be bushier. You can “design” what the plant will look like by pinching or not pinching the tips. In the first stage, you want the plant to grow straight up to the desired height. A slow-growing or small-leaf plant should be 8 to 14 inches tall, and a fast-growing or large-leaf plant should be 16 inches to 5 feet tall. Place a stake beside the plant, and tie the plant along it for support. Allow only the tip shoot of the plant to develop by cutting off any side shoots that start to grow. Allow leaves to stay on the trunk of the main stem. Check the ties often to make certain they don’t girdle or injure the growing stem. Check, too, for bugs that like to hide around the ties. The Real Art of Topiary The trunk will elongate a bit as it matures and thickens. Again, be sure to place your plant in adequate light and turn your topiary so it grows evenly. As you become aware of growth habits and observe the results of careful pruning, you’ll be better able to train the topiary to the finished shape you want. We’ve all seen those great plants that have been cut, shaped, trimmed and “babied.” It’s not really hard to get that topiary effect. But it does take time and care. Start now by getting a healthy herb plant with a strong stem. Topiary is the art of trimming and training plants into ornamental shapes. For example, you can grow and train a rosemary plant into a formal standard (the top is a perfect globe held on a single stem).last_img read more

State will supplement heating assistance with $6.1 million for low-income Vermonters

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders have announced that the state would add $6.1 million to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, to help ensure Vermonters can afford to heat their homes and stay warm this winter.Despite the heavy lifting of Vermont’s Congressional delegation, the federal contribution to LIHEAP will be about $8 million less than last year. Vermont received $27.6 million in fuel assistance from the federal government for heating assistance last year, providing an average benefit of $866. This year Vermont expects to receive $19.5 million, providing an average benefit amount of $750, the Governor said.‘We should not let vulnerable Vermonters freeze in their homes this winter season,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘The state will provide the additional funding to help ensure every Vermonter stays warm. In addition, we will review the program to find ways of ensuring that heating assistance is sustainable in future years.’The Governor, Lieutenant Governor and legislative leaders made decision to provide a projected 8 percent increase in the average fuel assistance benefit after Congress finalized this winter’s LIHEAP numbers. That 8 percent figure was selected following a government report that projects home heating expenditures will increase by that amount this heating season.‘We are disappointed that despite the good efforts of our Congressional delegation, Congress failed to take appropriate action to fully fund this program in a time when fuel costs are rising rapidly,’ said Speaker Shap Smith. ‘The Legislature will step up to ensure that Vermont families and the elderly are not left out in the cold this winter.’‘It’s unfortunate that certain members of Congress believe that tax breaks for the wealthiest are more important than keeping Americans warm this year,’ said President Pro Tem John Campbell.‘The actions announced by the Governor today will ensure that needy older Vermonters will receive the help they need to remain warm this winter,’ said Ken Gordon, with AARP Vermont / VT Association of Area Agencies on Aging. ‘Many Vermont seniors faced having to choose between paying for medicine, food and heat this winter. These additional funds will make a critical difference to those individuals and families who rely upon this program to survive our long and cold winter months.’The state’s $6.1 million will be added to the federal $19.5 million and other available funds, increasing the average annual benefit per household to about $935. Of the state’s share, $5.1 million will come from funds the Legislature set aside in anticipation of federal cuts, and $1 million from a projected year-end carry-forward in the non-ARRA funded weatherization program.Gov. Shumlin said Vermont taxpayers cannot be expected to cover all of the federal cutbacks passed by Congress, ‘So we must take a hard look at what can be done to make sure our fuel assistance program is sustainable.’He directed the Commissioner of Department of Children and Families and the fuel assistance office to do a rapid and thorough study of steps Vermont can take to enhance the sustainability of a fuel assistance program (including eligibility, how the state pays dealers, other possible sources of revenue, etc.) and report the possibilities to the Administration and the Legislature by the end of the 2012 legislative session.12.27.2011last_img read more

Toddler in Serious Condition After Falling into Sayville Family Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A toddler found unresponsive in a family pool in Sayville Tuesday morning is in serious condition, Suffolk County police said. Police were called to Chester Road after a 911 caller reported that the 18-month-old was found unresponsive in the inground pool at 10:30 a.m., police said. Responding officers and members of the Sayville Community Ambulance Company performed CPR on the girl at the the scene. She was then transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue and then to Stony Brook University Hospital where she is in serious condition, police said. This incident comes one day after a 67-year-old Dix Hills man drowned in the backyard pool, and one week after a woman’s body was found in the deep end of a swimming pool in Dix Hills. Authorities said the investigation into the latest incident is continuing.last_img read more

The average daily consumption of tourists increased by 20 percent

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic generated in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in 2019 there were 20,7 million arrivals (+5 percent) and 108,6 million overnight stays in Croatia. how much).  The average daily consumption of tourists increased by 20 percent compared to 2017 and amounts to 97 euros per day. At the national level, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (21,2 million), Slovenia (10,9 million), Austria (7,8 million), Poland (6,1 million) and Italy (5,5 million), and Looking at the accommodation segment, most overnight stays were realized in household facilities (39,3 million) and in hotels (25,8 million) and camps (18,8 million). Top destinations in 2019 according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin. Source: MINT With the aim of promoting Croatian tourism during 2020, the CNTB will conduct four major promotional campaigns aimed at further strengthening the national tourist brand, but also the promotion of the tourist offer in the pre- and post-season periods.  According to preliminary research results TOMAS Croatia 2019 the average daily consumption of tourists increased by 20 percent compared to 2017 (79 euros) and now stands at 97 euros per day. Source: MINT During 2019, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (28,7 million), in the Split-Dalmatia County 20,5 million overnight stays were realized, while in Kvarner 19,3 million overnight stays were realized. They are followed by Zadar County with 15,1 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 9,2 million overnight stays and Šibenik-Knin County with 7,3 million overnight stays. 3,4 million overnight stays were realized in Lika-Senj County, and 2,7 million overnight stays in Zagreb. Cover photo: Martin Winkler from P / Illustration Hrturizam.hr Of that, foreign tourists realized 18,3 million arrivals (+4 percent) and 94,8 million overnight stays (+2 percent), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 9 percent and in overnight stays by 8 percent.   This is a reflection of the continuous increase in the quality of the tourist offer, investments in accommodation capacities and new motives for the arrival of tourists, Cappelli emphasized and added: “This year is a kind of turning point in terms of the beginning of the implementation of new tourism laws and the end of the current Tourism Development Strategy and the beginning of a new Strategy that will be based on sustainable and responsible tourism based on quality and greater added value. selective forms of tourism. We will also advocate for sustainability and responsibility in the management of the tourism sector within the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and in order to better be recognized in distant markets, we will propose the establishment of a European tourism brand for joint promotion of member states.” Source: MINT Source: MINT CNTB: In 2020, four major promotional campaigns are planned, focusing on the promotion of special products As CNTB director Kristjan Staničić points out, the focus will be on the promotion of special products such as nautical or business tourism, and a special campaign is being prepared to promote tourism on the domestic market, which will aim to encourage domestic tourist traffic. “During this year, we will present Croatian tourism in cooperation with our representative offices at more than 40 world fairs, as well as at more than 100 special presentations and workshops that we will organize in key markets.”, said Staničić, adding that numerous international events, such as the European Football Championship, the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Rijeka EPK or EXPO Dubai, will be used for additional promotion of Croatia.      Behind us is another record tourist year in terms of the number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays, but more importantly, we are recording an increase in tourist revenues and increased consumption of tourists, said Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli.  In addition to fair appearances and special presentations and the implementation of promotional campaigns and activities related to major international events, Croatian tourism will be promoted in 2020, among other things, through cooperation of the Croatian National Tourist Board with Google, as well as through well-known global travel platforms such as Expedia, Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor and media such as National Geographic, eDreams, Skyscanner and others.  As pointed out by MINT, among the key projects and activities that will also mark 2020 are the Croatian Digital Tourism project, the development of a new Strategic Marketing Plan for Croatian tourism, and the key will be the processes of adapting the tourism sector to the new legal framework. strength beginning this year.  On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 1,2 million arrivals (+7 percent) and 2,4 million overnight stays (+7 percent), and looking at the counties, most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (638.000), Krapina-Zagorje (373.000) ), Osijek-Baranja (234.000), Zagreb (230.000) and Međimurje counties (201.000).last_img read more

Master trusts set for further adoption as companies’ main DC vehicle

first_imgOne in four FTSE 350 companies have turned to multi-employer defined contribution (DC) scheme providers, with this likely to rise to 35% among the FTSE 250 over the next two years, according to a survey.Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) latest FTSE 350 DC pension survey also found that the share of FTSE 100 companies to have adopted master trusts would probably rise to 27% by the end of that same period.The increased use of master trusts has been at the expense of own-trust-based DC schemes. In the FTSE 100, in the last two years there has been a seven percentage point increase in the number of companies using a master trust, while use of DC trust-based schemes fell from 45% to 39%, and contract-based schemes from 40% to 39%.Gemma Burrows, director in Willis Towers Watson’s retirement business, said: “As the COVID-19 crisis prompts employers to look more closely at efficiency savings, we are likely to see increased streamlining of trust-based processes as well as the continuing trend towards outsourcing of DC pension provision.”Master trusts first entered the mainstream DC pensions market some seven years ago, and there are now 38 approved under the regulator’s relatively recent authorisation regime.Hymans Robertson recently said enquiries into making the move to master trusts had doubled during the coronavirus, and that it expected a surge in adoption of the vehicles as lockdown eases.WTW’s survey also found that 33% of FTSE 100 schemes and 20% of FTSE 250 pension schemes were very likely or extremely likely to enhance their at-retirement support.More than half (57%) of DC schemes now offer access to drawdown options. The consultancy said that while most offered drawdown access ‘in-plan’ (28%), there was an increasing movement towards offering this via a third party (17%), with some schemes (12%) offering access via both via a third party provider and in-plan.The consultancy said a notable change in this year’s survey was the growth in the number of own-trust schemes offering facilitated access to a nominated third-party drawdown provider, “perhaps in recognition of the continued popularity of this option for retirees”.“We are seeing an increase in DC schemes offering drawdown access through master trusts, either as the existing pension provider or through a third-party partnership,” Burrows said.Phoenix Group yesterday announced the introduction of in-scheme drawdown for its Standard Life DC master trust pension clients, and Michael Ambery, head of DC provider relations at Hymans Robertson, said more master trusts would be getting to the same position over the next few months.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

AEM Highlights Importance of Harbor Maintenance Projects

first_imgThe Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has submitted a statement about the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s April 10, 2019 subcommittee hearing on “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance and Investment in our Nation’s Waterways Matter.”In the statement, AEM outlined the importance of the health of the U.S. agricultural economy to the equipment manufacturing sector, and the many factors that influence it, including the functionality of the infrastructure it relies upon to move product from farm to market.Specifically, the statement urged lawmakers to utilize funds meant for harbor maintenance for their designated purpose, instead of being diverted to offset budget deficits, as has been done. When these funds are not properly utilized, critical projects like dredging are put aside, slowing down infrastructure modernization, said AEM.AEM also highlighted the need to prioritize funding for the backlog of critical inland waterways projects, including the outdated network of U.S. locks and dams.According to the statement, “Our nation’s harbors and inland waterways are vital to the success of the equipment manufacturing industry, the agricultural sector, and all sectors of the U.S. economy. We urge Congress to provide the funds necessary to maintain and upgrade crucial infrastructure projects and prevent future efforts to divert those funds to other government spending areas. Practical and pragmatic efforts will help ensure that we reclaim the infrastructure advantage we once had.”last_img read more

Boys High School Basketball Scores (12-13)

first_imgWRBI Area Boys High School Basketball Scores.Friday  (12-13)Batesville  68     Lawrenceburg  42South Ripley  80     Shawe Memorial  36Greensburg  67     East Central  28Rushville  88     Franklin County  70Jac-Cen-Del  76     North Decatur  65Milan  67     South Decatur  61Madison  68     South Dearborn  44Richmond  51     Connersville  37Switzerland County  61     Rising Sun  49New Washington  72     Southwestern Hanover  45Morristown  60     Waldron  58Triton Central  72     Southwestern Shelby  56Northeastern  51     Eastern Hancock  45Knightstown  73     Cambridge City Lincoln  49Jennings County  71     Shelbyville  57last_img

Munster edge derby win

first_img Press Association Ian Keatley steered Munster to a hard-earned RaboDirect PRO12 victory at Thomond Park as they broke Leinster’s two-year stranglehold on this fiercely-contested interprovincial derby. Man-of-the-match Keatley produced his most authoritative display in the Munster number 10 jersey to date, creating the game’s only try for Keith Earls and reeling off five successful kicks from seven attempts for a 14-point tally. The result saw Munster deservedly end a four-match losing streak against Leinster, who were without Brian O’Driscoll due to a calf strain. Munster swiftly made their numerical advantage count, mauling up close from a lineout before Keatley booted the ball wide to the lurking Earls who gathered on the right wing and deftly dodged past Rob Kearney to score. The hosts wanted to build on that try but Leinster’s pack carved out a late penalty for McFadden to slot from inside the 22, making it a one-point game at the break. Munster had to replace their captain Peter O’Mahony, who took a knee to the head, but they kept on course thanks to a well-struck Keatley penalty early in the second half. The play remained scrappy for the most part with Keatley missing with a long-range drop goal effort. Jamie Heaslip and Healy combined to get Leinster back into scoring range, their hard work helping to earn a penalty which Madigan stuck between the posts from close range to make it 13-12 and two minutes later Madigan put his side back in front from further out. That 15-13 advantage was quickly erased by Keatley nearing the hour mark though, and he made it 19-15 soon aft er with another successful kick. Leinster suffered a blow when they lost Lote Tuqiri, who deputised for the injured O’Driscoll at outside centre, to a hamstring injury and there were no late heroics from the defending RaboDirect PRO12 champions as Munster, with a fit-again Paul O’Connell driving them forward, closed out a morale-boosting win. After a stop-start opening quarter, Munster edged their way to a 10-9 interval lead with Keatley creating – and converting – a classy 33rd-minute try for Earls. Keatley’s opposite number Ian Madigan, who had been sin-binned in the previous play, landed two first-half penalties which were added to by a Fergus McFadden kick on the stroke of half-time. There was little between the provinces in the second period, but Munster’s forwards exerted greater control, especially in the scrum, and Keatley’s right boot did the rest, landing three more penalties to two from Madigan. Leinster had taken a third-minute lead, with a brave catch from Rob Kearney setting them up for some strong early phases – the product of which was a successful Madigan penalty from the 10-metre line. Both Madigan and Keatley then missed penalties before the former made it 6-0 with a kick from close to the Munster uprights. The hosts quickly responded and marched downfield to win a penalty which allowed Keatley to get them off the mark. The Munster fly-half took centre-stage approaching the interval, sparking the long-range break that led to Madigan’s sin-binning and Earls’ subsequent try owed much to the accuracy of Keatley’s booming cross-field kick. Earls had gone close to scoring just moments earlier, David Kearney scrambling back to deny him but at the ensuing ruck Madigan needlessly came in at the side to play the ball and French referee Romain Poite reached for his yellow card. last_img read more

Women of Troy look for revenge against Golden Bears

first_imgThe USC women’s tennis team returns to action today with a highly anticipated match against the visiting Cal Golden Bears.The Women of Troy enter the match ranked No. 6 in the nation with a 15-2 overall record. The team returns home following a successful road trip that saw two Pac-12 victories over Washington and Washington State, respectively. The conference victories put USC at 4-0 in Pac-12 play.USC is looking for redemption against the Bears. Since losing to Cal last month, the Women of Troy have won seven straight games. Moreover, the game will serve as the rubber match for bragging rights between the two, as USC was victorious over the Bears at the ITA national team indoor championships in Virginia earlier this year. While USC head coach Richard Gallien understands the importance of treating every match the same, he knows that certain matches hold more weight on a team’s psyche than others.“Inherently, [the team knows] there are important matches,” Gallien said. “We don’t have that many matches, so we try to play as hard as we can regardless of who it is.”Following the Cal match, the Women of Troy will square off against Stanford. With only a handful of matches left before Pac-12 tournament play begins near the end of next month, the team is attempting to round into form for a potential NCAA championship tournament run. Winning against the Bears and the Cardinal, both ranked in the top 10,  would go a long way in doing just that.“I felt like we were sort of struggling at the beginning of the year,” Gallien said. “We were doing real well but didn’t have much to show for it … and then we beat UCLA at UCLA. Winning … matches rewards ourselves for our hard work. At the very least it shows ourselves that we are very hard to beat.”While the team as a whole attempts to continue its success, many of the individuals have already proven that 2013 has been a great campaign for them. Sophomore Zoë Scandalis was recently awarded Pac-12 player of the week for her performance during the week of March 11-17, which included dominating solo victories against Texas, Colorado and Utah. With her award, she became the sixth member of the team to be given the award.The Women of Troy also continue to do well in the individual rankings released by the ITA. Sophomore Sabrina Santamaria ranks second in the nation in singles play while senior Danielle Lao, a model of consistency, is ranked No. 7. In terms of doubles play, USC continues to boast the top-ranked doubles duo in the nation in Santamaria and junior Kaitlyn Christian.Gallien has been most impressed by his girls’ individual success in spite of a laser focus on achieving team goals.“They want so desperately to win this team title in an individual sport,” Gallien said. “I give them credit for blending in and trying to put individual goals aside. They’ve just been really great.”The match against the Bears is set to start at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.last_img read more