New university basketball rule undergoes reform

first_imgA recently introduced basketball rule, which ensured all basketball teams contain at least one female player, has been altered Phil Jin, the new college league coordinator, has made compromises to the recently introduced measure which softens the penalties on all male basketball teams.This news comes following the recent measure introduced which mandated all college basketball teams to include at least one female. This new rule, which went into effect last week, stipulates that the presence of female players is no longer required throughout an entire match. Moreover, the new system awards one bonus point to mixed teams regardless of the outcome of the match, as opposed to the previous system that awarded three points for a mixed team win whereas all male team wins were only awarded one point.Phil Jin commented that the concept of increased female participation was “great,” but added that the old rules, “weren’t the best way to do it. He continued, “There are times when there aren’t five people to play college basketball, let alone two female players for one team, and if she has anything like my fitness then a whole game is unfair on one girl.”Amar Hodzic, the basketball captain at St Edmund Hall, agreed that the new measure is an improvement. He said, “Teams shouldn’t be [excessively] penalized for failing to find female players. There just isn’t enough interest from female students to play basketball in Oxford and teams would be unable to find enough players. This would result in a number of forfeits, no shows, etc. and I don’t think that’s in anyone’s interest.”The rule change, however, remains far from a solution to the absence of female players. Alexander Edwards, the basketball captain at both Mansfield and Merton College, commented, “The so-called new system only works under the premise that every college team has girls that wish to play but are being held back. This is not the case, girls have always been encouraged to play. The real issue is girls will always feel intimidated by the number of boys playing.”Sue Altman, the alumni officer of Oxford’s Basketball Club, further stressed, “At Oxford, female athletes are sort of a niche identity.” To encourage more women to play basketball, then, it is necessary to jump through a plethora of structural hoops.Furthermore, she noted that the university must, “engage in the community by off ring more court space and coaching to youth groups in the area. One of the reasons you don’t have more women (and men) playing hoops is because they haven’t been exposed to it on a regular basis at the younger levels.”The revised rules are, nonetheless, seen as a step in the right direction. Zoe Fannon, the former league coordinator, said that she was fully supportive of the measures. She said, “Phil Jin thinks this will best achieve increased female representation and I hope that by doing this we’ll get enough women playing at a college level to run a full women’s league in the future in addition to the women’s cuppers we run in Trinity term.”The road towards complete gender parity in college basketball, however, continues to necessitate perpetual experimentation and engagement with the university. “This is a work in progress,” stresses Fannon. “Feedback from the captains based on the games played throughout this term is being used to refine the system.”Altman added that, “This beast needs more hands on deck. The University and the colleges could do much more to encourage greater participation in sport, for students as well as community members.last_img read more

Judge Les Shively Selected Chief Judge Of The Vanderburgh Superior Court For 2020

first_imgJudge Les Shively was selected by his colleagues to serve another term as chief Judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court. Judge Shively has been on the bench for 7 years and previously served as chief Judge in 2018 and 2019. Judge Shively currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Indiana Judges Association; the EBA Board of Director of the Indiana Judicial Conference; and is a member of the Domestic Relations Committee of the Indiana Judicial conference. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img


first_img86, passed away on January 31, 2017 at Coral Harbor Rehabilitation Center in Neptune City, NJ. Thomas was born in Jersey City and has resided in Bayonne all his life. He worked for many years as the Fleet Manager for APA Truck Leasing Company in North Bergen. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bayonne, including their Bowling League. Husband of the late Joan P. (nee: Collins). Brother-in-Law of Alfred Hurley and his late Wife Maureen, and the late Former Mayor Dennis P. Collins. Uncle of Mary Jane Stanul and the late John J. Ivory and his living Wife Josephine. Great Uncle of Christopher, Justin and Glenn Stanul, Michael and Gina Ivory. Cousin of John and Laura Otterstrom, Richard and Cathleen O’Donnell, John and Cathleen O’Donnell. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Saint Vincent’s Food Pantry (envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.) Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

Turkey Trot Surf Contest Postponed Again

first_imgOcean City’s annual TURKEY TROT SURF CONTEST has been postponed again due to no waves in the forecast and will be rescheduled to a date still to be determined.The contest had been originally been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26, then postponed to Dec. 4.The contest includes divisions for: 13-and-unders, Junior Men (ages 14-18), Men (ages 19-30), Masters (age 31 and over), Longboard Open and Women’s Open.Awards will be given for the top three in each category, in addition to a Wave of the Day trophy. Fee is $10 per person. Day of event registration begins 8:30 a.m. on the beachlast_img

Press release: UK host Australia-UK ministerial talks

first_img I look forward to our continued work together on global challenges and opportunities – based on our shared respect for the rules-based international system. The fight against extremism and terror, eliminating modern slavery and encouraging global co-operation will be top of the agenda during this tenth AUKMIN. Talks with businesses and government on boosting trade between us when we leave the EU will also be a top priority. The UK Government will host Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne in the UK for the 10th Australia-United Kingdom Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN) on Friday 20 July 2018.Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson will join their counterparts for discussions of high level foreign policy, defence and security issues between the United Kingdom and Australia. This AUKMIN marks over a decade since the talks began and is a chance for both nations to reflect on the enormous progress made over that time.Speaking ahead of the talks Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: The £20 billion Global Combat Ship deal between BAE Systems and the Australian Government demonstrates how defence and our Armed Forces are not just vital to keeping us safe but also crucial to delivering prosperity, jobs, and keeping our two countries at the height of innovation and advanced manufacturing. I look forward to strengthening our historic defence relationship further this week. For journalists Australia is one of the UK’s closest allies and I am delighted to be co-hosting Foreign Minister Bishop and Defence Minister Payne so soon after being appointed as Foreign Secretary. Our relationship with Australia is based on shared history, interests and values, and we have a dynamic modern friendship including a significant exchange of people and goods. The recent commissioning of nine warships from BAE, to be manufactured in Australia, is a sterling example of this relationship in action. We are entering an exciting new era for Britain and Australia with our two nations having one of the strongest relationships in the world. With both our world class Armed Forces respected and present all over the globe, defence is one of the pillars of our deep and enduring relationship. Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiries Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook The United Kingdom has a strong and dynamic relationship with Australia underpinned by common values, shared heritage and a closely aligned strategic outlook. Military ties between the 2 nations are deep and long-standing, including a range of operational and intelligence activities such as joint-operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The recent awarding of a £20 billion contract from the Australian Government to BAE Systems to build nine British Type 26 Global Combat Ships is a demonstration of the relationship between the 2 countries creating a safer world. Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook Further information Following the talks, a joint statement was published: The UK and Australia: a dynamic partnership for the 21st century.last_img read more

Marsden appointed new dean of social science

first_imgPeter Marsden, the Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology and a Harvard College Professor, has been appointed the new dean of social science by Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Dean Michael D. Smith. He begins his new role on Jan.1, 2011.Marsden came to Harvard in 1987, and twice served as chair of the Sociology Department and of the Program and Admissions Committee for the Ph.D. Program in Organizational Behavior. His research interests center on social organization, especially formal organizations and social networks. He has ongoing research and teaching interests in social science methodology, especially survey research techniques and methods for the collection and analysis of social network data.Marsden replaces Stephen Kosslyn, John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, who was recently named director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Kosslyn, who first arrived at Harvard in 1977, has served as dean of social science since July 2008. Smith celebrated Kosslyn’s service to Harvard at a University Hall reception on Wednesday (Nov. 17).Stephen Kosslyn, who first arrived at Harvard in 1977, has served as dean of social science since July 2008. He was honored for his service to the University at a Nov. 17 reception.last_img read more

Experts address candidates’ health care plans

first_imgAlthough the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this summer, the debate over the future of American health care continues to be a major issue, especially as the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election could potentially change the trajectory set by the ACA. If President Barack Obama wins reelection, he will focus on the implementation of fundamental elements of the ACA beginning in 2014, including affordable insurance exchanges and a significant expansion of Medicaid, according to Dr. Aaron Carroll, the director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. But Jim Capretta, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of “Why Obamacare is Wrong for America,” said the ACA will lead the country down the road to ineffective, expensive health care reform due to a large-scale centralization of power by the federal government, a move Republican candidate Gov. Mitt Romney opposes. “It’s indisputable that the main aim of the ACA is to use the federal government’s regulatory, taxing and spending authority to reshape the health care system and move massive amounts of political power out of the hands of employers and private citizens and states to the federal government,” he said. “The government is now in the driver’s seat of the health care system … where it can direct what people do in terms of health care.” Capretta said he thinks that shift in power could prove treacherous in its future consequences. “Anyone who’s worked around the political process knows that things like this have a certain inevitable trajectory. First of all, bureaucracies never cede power,” he said. “Once power is moved to the federal government, it will only expand over time. “The federal government is a one-size-fits-all structure that doesn’t have the authority to be nimble in managing a big enterprise like the health care system, and it will dictate terms … that don’t recognize the diverse nature of the country and very different views on quality health care.” Rather than dictating every health care decision Americans make, Carroll said the ACA sets a standard of universal coverage and gives people options to expand that coverage if desired. “The idea that the federal government is taking over everything is a bit overblown in the sense that they’re just setting baselines. They’re absolutely not saying, ‘You can’t get this or that coverage.’ They’re just saying, ‘You can’t have less coverage than this,’” Carroll said. “Individual states can do as much as they like above that baseline.” In terms of state power in health care reform, Capretta said decentralizing power from the federal government to state governments, as Romney has proposed, would promote freedom of choice among consumers and help strengthen the market for private health care. “Romney wants to push the health care system towards a market-driven approach instead of centralizing power at the federal level and do so in a way where the federal and state governments oversee the marketplace, ensure that it operates fairly on behalf of consumers and then try to empower people to make choices for themselves,” he said. More specifically, the issue of entitlement reform has come into heavy questioning in the context of increased government influence on the health care system. “Throughout the campaign, Romney has signaled that he will take entitlement reform very seriously as president,” Capretta said. “Obama has signaled that he doesn’t want to make structural changes to either of the major health entitlement programs, so there’s a big difference between the two candidates in this regard.” But Carroll said Obama actually prioritized Medicare and Medicaid reform in the ACA. Although Medicare often takes the national spotlight in presidential and other political debates, Carroll said the differences in the two candidates’ policies on Medicaid are actually “much sharper,” with Obama and the ACA stipulating a “massive expansion” of Medicaid to include 16 million additional people beginning in 2014 and Romney proposing to change Medicaid into a block grant program that provides funds to states to pay for care. “[The block grant program] saves money by severely restricting how quickly the size of the block grant goes up. A low cap will be set, so the amount of money spent on Medicaid under Romney will be much lower than otherwise predicted,” Carroll said. “Unless there’s some magic, that means there will have to be fewer people covered or the benefits will be far less.” Critics of the ACA often point to the Medicaid expansion as a huge drain on government and taxpayer resources, but Carroll said the program’s insurance plans cost less per person than providing subsidies to people to buy private insurance. “If it was cheaper to give people subsidies, that’s what the ACA would have done because no one wants to spend more than they need to on care,” he said. “The reason we have Medicaid is because certain groups of people can’t afford private insurance.” Contrary to the common perception of Medicaid beneficiaries as people who choose not to work, Carroll said the program mostly covers the most vulnerable Americans who are generally unable to work: children, pregnant women, the elderly, the blind and the disabled. “It’s not as if they’re people who should be working and are not. They’re people who can’t work for some reason, so insurance is incredibly expensive for them,” he said. “The amount of Medicaid funds spent on the blind and the disabled is huge, much higher than what’s spent on kids, and private insurance would cost a fortune because anyone rating them would see that their care is vastly more expensive than the average person.” Thus, considering Medicaid funding cuts or a repeal of the program’s expansion under the ACA brings up a fundamental ethical question, Carroll said. “If you’re thinking about cutting Medicaid severely, you have to ask yourself which of those groups you think should be working harder,” he said. “Which should be getting off their butts and earning more money and pulling themselves up by their bootstraps?” Although critics may view Obamacare and its call for expanded coverage as a violation of individual decision-making in health care, Carroll said the problems in the American health care system are not individualized. “It’s logically consistent to take the libertarian view and say everybody makes individual choices about health care,” Carroll said. “But the problem arises when people get sick, go to the emergency room and are charged for care they can’t afford. When people can’t pay, the rest of society has to pick up the bill. It’s not individualized, and eventually we’re all responsible for the millions of dollars in uncompensated care that gets spread out among people.” More than shared responsibility, Capretta said the American health care system needs an injection of free-market sensibility to operate more efficiently. “What’s needed most in health care is the discipline that comes from a functioning marketplace, a point Romney made in the first debate,” Capretta said. “That doesn’t mean the discipline from market forces can’t also be coupled with a proposal that provides relatively stable and relatively universal insurance.” Based on the example of uncompensated care being paid for by taxpayers, Carroll said he is not convinced of the power of free-market economics to solve the country’s health care reform issues. “You can let the free market try to take care of [health care reform], but it doesn’t work, and the same argument can be made for states,” Carroll said. “States have been free to act on health care reform – Massachusetts did several years ago – but the vast majority of states are not controlling this problem, so when the problem isn’t controlled, the public has to pick up the bill, and that’s when government often steps in.” On both sides of the political spectrum, Carroll said, the power of the free market and the private insurance system has certain limitations. “Because [Americans] will eventually take care of [uncompensated care], the next-best solution is to get people into the government health system because it’s not being controlled by market forces,” he said. “Even the right will acknowledge that the government should step in when the free market and private insurance can’t or won’t get the job done.” Romney has come under fire for not specifying what he would do after threatening to repeal the entire ACA if elected, but Capretta said the lack of a detailed plan creates flexibility. “Obviously, Romney’s plan is more of a vision than a detailed legislative proposal at this point, and I don’t discount the notion that a lot of details are being left out. But I think his broad vision is relatively clear,” he said. “His framework leaves lots of room for some details to be filled in later.” But Carroll said the alternative to the ACA might not be as perfect as Romney may consider his theory to be. “It’s not as if you have the choice between the ACA and some awesome free market utopia,” he said. “It’s the ACA or what we had before, which wasn’t working and hasn’t been working for a long time.”last_img read more

Wounded Warrior Project

first_imgParticipating in our Democracy is more than about just voting nationally and locally on Tuesday, although that is a very good start. Take your patriotism to the next level by participating in a race that benefits our wounded troops. Soldiers coming home from war with physical and mental scars need all the help we can give them, and supporting races like the Wounded Warrior Project 8-K goes a long way. Not only do these events raise funds to bring wounded veterans back into society, but they boost morale across the board.Despite the current climatic unstableness in the Atlantic, fall is the perfect season for running. The cool climate, dry air, and gorgeous scenery make getting out on the road or trail that much more enjoyable. When you are also helping a great cause, running through the pain never hurt so good. The Wounded Warrior Project is one of the largest veterans support networks, and this weekend they are staging their 8K run in Franklin, Tenn. Race day registration is open, so feel free to sign up for the 8K or 1K fun run. If you don’t want to run, but are in the area, get out to the finish line and support runners and Wounded Warriors alike.View Larger Maplast_img read more

127 people linked to Bandung church event test positive for COVID-19

first_img On March 21, a pastor who attended the seminar died after testing positive for COVID-19. His wife also contracted the disease and died about a week later.Ryan B. Ristandi, the person-in-charge of West Java’s Health Laboratory said that of Tuesday, 17 patients linked to the church event were under surveillance for COVID-19 and had been hospitalized.Oded urged his residents to keep practicing social distancing and stay at home as the number of COVID-19 cases in Bandung and West Java rose.”The spread [of COVID-19] is getting wider. I ask all residents to be disciplined and stay at home. Don’t go out as much unless you need to buy essentials,” he said. One hundred and twenty-seven people have tested positive after rapid tests were carried out on hundreds of people who attended a Lembang Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI) event in Bandung, West Java.”We will follow up the rapid tests with swab tests because the results from the rapid tests are less accurate compared to swab tests,” Bandung Mayor Oded Daniel said on Wednesday.About 2,000 people had attended a religious seminar held by GBI Lembang between March 2 and 6. Meanwhile, the Sukabumi Health Agency is planning to conduct rapid tests on people who live around the Police Officer Candidate School (Setukpa) in Sukabumi.”We’ll carry out the tests around the police academy after the health agency receives 2,000 rapid test kits,” Sukabumi COVID-19 spokesperson Wahyu Handriana said.Previously, 300 of 1,550 students of the academy tested positive for COVID-19 after rapid tests.According to the central government’s official count, there were 223 confirmed COVID-19 cases in West Java as of Thursday. (nal)Topics :last_img read more