02Mar/21

Ryan Adams’ New Album “Put On Hold,” FBI Opens Inquiry Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

first_imgIn the wake of this week’s allegations, Ryan Adams‘ upcoming album, Big Colors, is being “put on hold,” sources close to the situation told Variety. In The New York Times exposé published on Wednesday, seven women accuse Adams of wielding his music industry clout to emotionally abuse and sexually manipulate them. The report cites seven different women, including Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore, rising artist Phoebe Bridgers, and more, and describes a pattern in which offers of career assistance repeatedly turned into sexual advances and romantic relationships became emotionally abusive. The report also details a domineering and sexually inappropriate correspondence Adams allegedly had with an underage girl over a 9-month span.Big Colors was set for release on April 19th, but retailers began to report on Thursday evening that the album was pulled from release schedules by Universal Music Group, the parent company of Adams’ own label, Pax-Am, which has a distribution deal with Blue Note Records. Pax-Am has also deleted the Big Colors pre-order pages on its own website. Big Colors was originally set to be Adams’ first of three albums in 2019, though the fate of that plan now appears to be uncertain.Beyond the album, three different companies with whom Ryan Adams was attached for endorsement deals have officially severed ties with the artist. Included in this list is Benson Amps, who announced a Ryan Adams signature model amp at last year’s NAMM convention. Christopher Benson, the company’s principal, said in a statement. “We are saddened and surprised by the recent allegations against Mr. Ryan Adams as documented in the New York Times. … We have decided to suspend our relationship with Mr. Adams at this moment, and will no longer move forward with the development of the Ryan Adams signature model. We have no further comment at this time.”The presidents of JHS Pedals and Walrus Audio, which both had Ryan Adams signature products on the market when the story broke, both issued similar statements pulling their Adams products. As JHS Pedals president Josh Scott noted, “Because of my deep concern over this situation, I am ceasing all collaboration with Ryan and have discontinued the VCR Ryan Adams Signature Pedal. We have a remaining stock of VCR pedals and are making future plans to fully rebrand and sell this inventory with a portion of the sale going towards the fight against sexual abuse and misconduct.”In addition to the business partnership fallout, The New York Times reported Thursday that the F.B.I. is now looking into “whether the singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, 44, committed a crime by engaging in sexually explicit communications with an underage fan.” Adams, through his lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, has denied that he “ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”last_img read more

01Mar/21

How young students think

first_imgEducator Karen Daniels was “Lost,” but she was not alone. “Scared” soon found her, as did “Helpless.” And “Alone” was nearby.Actually, Daniels, the executive director of StepUP, an initiative between the Boston Public Schools and five university partners including Harvard, knew exactly where she was on Wednesday (July 27) — at the DoubleTree Suites Hotel in Boston, participating in a hands-on exercise designed to provide educators with new tools and perspectives on how children think, perceive, and learn.It was part of a weeklong seminar called “Mind in the Making,” developed by the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI) as part of the University’s commitment to public service. The seminar exposed Daniels and about 25 fellow teachers, principals, and instructors from the Boston area to cutting-edge work in child development and brain research.“Teaching practice improves when educators have a working knowledge of the significant research in child development, and are able to translate this knowledge into their teaching practice,” explained Joan M. Matsalia, program instructor and assistant director of HASI, the University’s development and grant-making effort to increase learning opportunities for Boston’s young people.Putting a hands-on philosophy into action, the seminar de-emphasized the traditional lecture-and-note-taking format to engage participants through lively discussions, exercises, and activities. For example, participants were given signs, such as “Angry,” “Disappointed,” and “Frustrated,” and told to find others with a sign similar to theirs; it was a physical manifestation of emotions that can mask a child’s true feelings. An angry child may, in fact, be a frustrated child, who can only express his or her anger by acting out.Or as program instructor Rita Spinola asked the group: “How does ‘mad’ show itself? Does it always show as ‘mad’?”“No,” came the rousing chorus. In fact, “People who could feel the same way can look very different,” Spinola said.In another exercise, participants wore headbands labeled with a trait they couldn’t see, such as shy, exuberant, thoughtful, critical, or uninhibited. Participants were instructed to treat each person according to their headband, forcing all to consider the force of preconceived notions.Additionally, the course used short videos featuring about 70 researchers explaining their work, including Catherine Snow, Harvard’s Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education, speaking about language and literacy, and Jerome Kagan, the Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology Emeritus, on temperament. Participants watched behavioral experiments that, for example, revealed that a child’s ability to consider the perspective of others may begin in infancy, not, as often assumed, years later as concrete reasoning develops.“We can teach better when we understand how we learn ourselves,” Matsalia noted.Participants also hashed out classroom strategies with each other, such as how to handle a girl who cannot let go of her anger (perhaps offer some self-soothing exercises), or how to encourage parents of troubled kids to show up for conferences with teachers (perhaps offer babysitting or a meal).Certainly, schools must focus on subject areas or prepare students for the state MCAS tests, but an overriding issue for many educators today is the social and emotional development of young children that puts them in a mindset to learn. This is particularly crucial with the exposure of youngsters to violence, which can manifest itself years later.“We’re seeing kindergarteners and pre-schoolers with serious post-traumatic stress issues, all kinds of things,” Daniels said. The challenge for educators then becomes “how can you create an environment that is warm, nurturing, safe, where this child can then grow and become a learner.”If education is in part about socializing children as future employees, parents, and leaders, teachers in minority communities must be aware of “code switching,” or what is normal behavior in home communities versus what is an acceptable way to walk, talk, dress and act in job-seeking or at a work place, said Spinola. “Those of us who can do that successfully, we get to have this other world, and those who don’t remain where they are.”Teresa Harvey-Jackson, principal of the Marshall Elementary School in Boston, came to the seminar looking for ways to help her teachers reach out to students. “I really want to empower them to own these relationships with children,” she said. “Kids work with teachers they have relationships with. Our kids want to please the adults.”Centhelia Jones, a kindergarten and after-school teacher with the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston, said she wanted  “to learn new ways, new practices, on how to reach these children in a more positive way.”“Children come to school with a temperament. We have a temperament too. We’re not machines; we’re people,” she said. “We have to be role models for these kids, even at the point we’re ready to explode. So for me, coming here, it’s teaching me — even though I’m trying to learn for the kids — to see you’re the role model, you have to keep calm.”“Mind in the Making,” authored by Ellen Galinsky and her colleagues at Families and Work Institute in New York, was used as a framework in the development of the Northeastern University course “Mind in the Making: Social, Emotional and Intellectual Learning Are Inextricably Linked.” The course allowed seminar participants to earn four graduate or three undergraduate credits and was funded by Northeastern and HASI.In addition to Harvard, StepUP includes Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Tufts University.last_img read more

16Dec/20

‘Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens’: A New Reboot Strikes Fandom

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As of Thursday evening, few Darth Vaders, Princess Leias, Chewbaccas, or any new Star Wars characters’ costumes reveled with flashing lightsabers or blasters in the darkness of movie theaters nationwide. Many theater chains had restricted face coverings and simulated weapons for the public’s safety. But then Lucasfilm’s logo flashed, fans held their breath, and John Williams’ epic score ignited an explosive cheer not heard in a long time.Star Wars was back.Millions of wannabe Jedi, Sith, and scoundrels of all ages were immersed in real sets and practical effects – something notably absent in the Star Wars prequels (1999-2005) – in a galaxy far, far away, set thirty years after the events in Return of the Jedi (1983).For the saga’s seventh installment, The Force Awakens, the director J.J. Abrams passed the torch (lightsaber, actually) to a new generation of characters.Rey (Daisy Ridley) was a scavenger, hollow on the inside – unfulfilled – but wore a tough exterior, like the crashed starships she frequented. Finn (John Boyega) was a stormtrooper whose life literally came crashing down after he went AWOL. And Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) was an X-Wing pilot who totally got cocky.Abrams and his new lead trio didn’t change the way we look at movies, but instead helped legions of new youth take their first steps into a larger world, and restored Star Wars’ ineffable “force” that bound and penetrated generations past, making J.J. Abrams the fan base’s honorary lord and savior (with the looming threat of being unofficially and unfairly dubbed “Jar Jar” Abrams – a reference to the largely despised character Jar Jar Binks – should the film be a critical flop).Simple pleasures, like watching that “garbage” Millennium Falcon dogfight those screeching TIE Fighters and jump into light speed, made diehard fans – or maybe just me – want to hug this eventual DVD the same way old and gray Princess – sorry, General – Leia (Carrie Fisher) pressed against Han Solo’s (Harrison Ford) latest rakish jacket.Still, there’s something familiar about this plot: a “no one” youth who looked to the stars from a desert wasteland; a space pirate’s fortress of galactic riff raff, a wretched hive of scum and villainy; and neo-Empire First Order’s Starkiller Base, yet another battle station that’s the ultimate power in the universe.There was a lot of symmetry between A New Hope, the first/fourth Star Wars film, and The Force Awakens – subtitles that both suggest a rebirth. It’s a rehashed plot, maybe even homage, but sometimes our eyes deceive us.Star Wars’ mythology borrowed from themes rooted in literature, religion and history, but now that mythology looked inward at itself. Specifically its purists – extremist fans characterized by nitpicking every parsec of Star Wars material, or trolling Disney’s changes to the universe’s canon, or more recently, racist and sexist tweets toward the new black, female and Guatemalan American main characters. If it’s not from the original trilogy – as in, the 1977-1983 unaltered original trilogy – these fans don’t approve.Intentional or not, J.J. Abrams and returning The Empire Strikes Back co-writer Lawrence Kasdan seemed to find this lack of fan faith disturbing and so they fired a powerful message back at these nearsighted scrap piles. While Rey, Finn and Poe all proved themselves equally, if not more, identifiable and complex as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the message was best personified by the new villain.Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) was a living and walking commentary on extreme fandom. His radical obsession with deceased Darth Vader – an iconic symbol of the original trilogy – was weirdly comparable to the purists’ passionate relationship with those classic three films.But Kylo Ren was imperfect, like his crossguard lightsaber that spewed three unstable fiery red blades – a raw replica of an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. Even his voice – altered but not mechanized – reminded me of an amateur Vader impression (though his voice still sounded awesome). He can’t become the original baddie or create more Death Stars. You simply can’t keep recreating the original trilogy, like so many Star Wars purists suggest. You have to let go of the past.Kylo Ren didn’t surpass Vader – no villain probably ever will – but that seemed to be the point, communicating a deeper message that perhaps subtly resonated with hardcore Star Wars fans more than any Emperor could have foreseen, and that made him come damn near close.The overall message: it doesn’t matter which Star Wars era you were raised with or favor; all fans share one unifying Force. That acceptance, that unity, was the real “Force” awakened.“Find your place in the galaxy,” Disney wrote across their overwhelming and nostalgic marketing campaign. Moms, dads and younglings all sharing loving bonds for all things Star Wars were validated when The Force Awakens’ credits finally rolled. It was as if millions of voices across the universe suddenly cried out in bliss and were suddenly captivated.Han said it best: “We’re home.”last_img read more

29Sep/20

UK regulator urges long-term focus in trustee guidance

first_imgThe UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has urged DB pension fund trustees to take a long-term view of investment risks, governance, and strategy in fresh guidance published this week.The lengthy online document detailed the regulator’s expectations of trustees in charge of defined benefit (DB) pensions, and came as part of a wider push to improve scheme governance.Fred Berry, TPR’s head of investment consultancy, said: “The investment strategy is one of the most important drivers of a scheme’s ability to meet the objective of paying the promised benefits as they fall due, and we expect trustees to set this in the context of their integrated risk management approach.“It’s important to set clear investment objectives for your scheme and to identify how and when they should be achieved. Our guidance states that trustees should focus on areas that have the most impact for meeting their scheme’s objectives, and identify the necessary skills for the board of trustees of their scheme. It also provides some practical guidance on how to get the best from their advisers.” The guidance encouraged trustees to focus on “highest level strategic decisions” and delegating other tasks to third parties, including consultants and fiduciary managers.It also emphasised the importance of establishing policies for stewardship of assets – particularly when this responsibility is delegated to a third-party asset manager – and for long-term risks such as climate change.“Most investments in pension schemes are exposed to long-term financial risks, which may include risks around long-term sustainability,” the regulator stated. “These can relate to factors such as climate change, responsible business practices and corporate governance. We expect you to assess the financial materiality of these factors and to allow for them accordingly in the development and implementation of your investment strategy.”Stuart O’Brien, partner at Sackers, said: “TPR is right to draw out specific elements such as ESG, as trustees need to take an active decision as to whether these factors are financially material for their scheme – something which is not always straightforward in practice.”The regulator also emphasised the importance of cash flow matching and modelling.Calum Cooper, head of trustee consulting at Hymans Robertson, welcomed this, but warned that most cash flow modelling systems “typically don’t allow for the primary reason schemes hold assets: i.e. for income to pay the pensions promised”.He claimed this could put members’ benefits in danger, as trustees would not have a full grasp of the risks of not meeting obligations.Cooper added: “Model misbehaviour matters. Cash flows matter. The models used by schemes should reflect both asset and liability cash flows to improve the chances of paying members’ pensions in full.”TPR’s guidance is available here.last_img read more

27Sep/20

Linking welfare to preschool attendance a world first

first_imgNZ Herald 13 Sept 2012Experts believe the Government’s decision to tie welfare benefits to children’s preschool attendance may be unprecedented in the world. University of Auckland sociologist Maureen Baker and retired Massey University professor Mike O’Brien, who have both written books on international welfare reform, said they were not aware of any other country that had tried the idea. The new policy, which will halve parents’ benefits if their children don’t attend preschool for at least 15 hours a week from the age of 3, has come under attack across the spectrum from Labour on the left to the Christian-based Maxim Institute on the right. But in an unscientific survey of more than 11,000 Heraldonline readers, most supported the policy, with 32 per cent calling  “it could help the kids long-term”. Only 21 per cent felt it was “heavy-handed”, 7 per cent that “it will hurt the kids” and 13 per cent that it “needs testing”. Professor Baker said family allowances were tied to medical checks in France but she did not know of any country tying benefits to preschool attendance. Labour MP Jacinda Ardern said halving benefits for families that didn’t comply would “disadvantage the children who need that support the most”. Maxim Institute researcher Dr Jane Silloway Smith said beneficiaries should seek work in return for income support, but making them hand over their children to someone else would undermine http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10833682last_img read more

27Sep/20

Anglican Church says no to gay wedding at St Matthew’s in the City

first_imgNZ Herald 18 July 2013The Bishop of Auckland has rejected claims that instructions from ‘on high’ have caused a late halt to a proposed gay wedding taking place at St Matthew-in-the-City parish.The church’s vicar, Reverend Glynn Cardy, said the reason he was unable to host the ceremony as the culmination of a radio competition was because Anglican officials will not solemnise gay weddings.ZM, the broadcaster behind the promotion, blamed “higher powers in the Church”.But a statement from the Anglican Diocese of Auckland said Reverend Cardy had told the Bishop of Auckland, the Right Reverend Ross Bay, that there was no intention for the church to offer such an event, although a blessing would be possible following a legal civil marriage elsewhere.The bishop says no directive was given to St Matthew’s because there was never an intention for such a wedding to take place because the vicar was working within Anglican Church policy, which he understood.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10899719last_img read more

21Sep/20

I’m in charge of team – Solskjaer

first_imgCardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is adamant he decides on which players he wants at the club, with owner Vincent Tan simply controlling the purse strings. Controversial Malaysian billionaire Tan pulled no punches in a wide-ranging interview with the BBC which fans’ groups believe will only serve to further divide opinion on the 62-year-old. One aspect saw Tan criticise former boss Malky Mackay and one-time head of recruitment Iain Moody for a considerable overspend on new players last summer. Tan is now keen to have a more hands-on role, although Solskjaer maintains that he chooses the players he believes will strengthen his squad. “I do football matters, the football decisions are mine,” said Solskjaer. “But Vincent Tan has to be a part of the structure that agrees on transfers – ins and outs – and that it’s managed with a budget of x, not x plus y. “He needs to know how much that is, and he needs to know agent fees and everything. “He is very willing to invest and wants us to be successful and wants to know what we do, but it’s got to be transparent, structured, and he is involved in that. “But he doesn’t identify players. We have scouts and I decide on who we go for, and then it’s about whether we have the resources.” With a clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane looming on Sunday, Tan’s comments – as he criticised fans, the British media and Mackay – have undeniably overshadowed the build up. Despite that, Solskjaer said: “It doesn’t change the focus for the game. He is coming on Sunday to watch, and he will come to see us before it.” Tan believes he should be seen as the hero for saving Cardiff from bankruptcy, rather than being portrayed as “a villain” by the British media he claims have been “a little bit racist and unfair”. Despite the fury over his decision to change the club’s colours from blue to red, Tan is adamant he has no qualms, and instead it is the fans who should apologise to him for some of their criticisms. The Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust suggests such comments will “divide the fan base even more than it is already”. But Solskjaer can understand Tan’s point as he said: “I see that he’s really backing or praising 95 per cent of the supporters. “My glass is always half full, so that statement he made is very pleasing. “Of course there are always going to be people criticising what you do, but we wouldn’t be in the Premier League without his investments.” Solskjaer can, however, appreciate the fans’ outcry over the shirt colour change, but again refused to criticise Tan for his decision. “Yeah, of course I understand fans’ concerns about the shirt change because that’s the identity they’ve been a part of,” added the former Manchester United star. “But that was a decision made before my time. “Was the shirt change a mistake? You know what mistakes I look at… maybe picking this player or picking that game plan.” Press Associationlast_img read more

18Sep/20

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img May 12, 2020 Tailback is the sixth horse to die on the main track since Dec. 26. A required necropsy is pending. Four others died on the turf course and three on the training track.The track in Arcadia has been closed for racing since March 27 by order of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, horses are allowed to train.A string of horse deaths at Santa Anita last year led to sweeping changes involving medication and safety.OLY-TOKYO STORES CLOSINGTokyo Olympics closing 5 souvenir shops; downsizing another The Ravens announced Monday that Fluker signed a one-year contract. He has 88 career starts, the last 57 of them at guard. The 6-foot-5, 342-pound Fluker started in 14 regular-season games and had two playoff starts for Seattle at right guard last season.In other NFL news:—The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound Booker was a fourth-round pick by Denver in 2016 and played four seasons with the Broncos. Booker rushed for 1,103 yards in 61 games over his career. He wasn’t re-signed by Denver in the offseason. The Raiders also waived linebacker Derrick Moncrief.— Longtime NFL assistant coach John Teerlinck has died. He was 69. Colts owner Jim Irsay made the announcement in a Twitter post Sunday night. Team officials confirmed it was from Irsay’s account. Teerlinck spent 24 seasons coaching NFL defensive linemen, the last 12 with the Indianapolis Colts, and developed a reputation as one of the top pass-rushing coaches in league history. Hall of Famers Chris Doleman, John Randle and Kevin Greene were among Teerlinck’s top pupils.— Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung says he’s appealing a decision that denied a claim he brought against the National Football League Players Association alleging unfair labor practices. The National Labor Relations Board last week dismissed Okung’s claim against the NFLPA. Okung has been outspoken against the new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA that was ratified in March by players. He says union voting procedures were not handled correctly and that the union tried to silence his right to speak on the matter. Associated Press NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-DUGANNCAA leading scorer Dugan agrees to join Golden KnightsLAS VEGAS (AP) — NCAA leading scorer Jack Dugan agreed Monday to turn pro and join the Vegas Golden Knights.Dugan was a fifth-round pick of the Golden Knights during their first draft in 2017. Because of his age, his NHL entry-level contract beginning next season would be for two years.The 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward from Pittsburgh had 10 goals and 42 assists for 52 points during his sophomore season at Providence College. Dugan was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s top college player. Incoming president and CEO Scott Howson, who will take over for David Andrews this summer, said the AHL is still planning for a full 2020-21 regular season running from Oct. 9-April 18. But it also is working on schedules that start in November, December or January.PGA-RYDER CUP-ASSISTANTSStricker appoints Love, Zach Johnson as Ryder Cup assistantsPALM BEACH GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has asked two-time U.S. captain Davis Love III and Zach Johnson to be his assistants for the upcoming matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.Stricker previously appointed the last captain, Jim Furyk, to be one of his assistants. The Ryder Cup is still on schedule to be played Sept. 25-27 — one week after the rescheduled U.S. Open. — Major League Baseball may be weeks away from playing again, but the factory that supplies bats to many of its players resumed production Monday in Kentucky. The Hillerich & Bradsby plant that makes Louisville Slugger bats had been idled for nearly two months because of the coronavirus outbreak. Workers started filling orders for some big leaguers as parts of Kentucky’s economy reopened Monday after weeks of shutdowns.VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST—The coronavirus pandemic is impacting how college athletic programs make their travel plans as they budget for the upcoming year. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges looking for cost-saving measures. One simple step is to cut back on travel. Chattanooga took a creative approach by announcing that any 2020-21 away games that hadn’t already been scheduled must be played within 150 miles of its campus. Other schools also are trying to make their trips as short as possible without instituting any specific limits.— Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is using his love of coffee to help raise money for COVID-19 relief charities. The 25-year-old Happ is partnering with Connect Roasters for Quarantine Coffee. It costs $15 per bag, and $3 from every sale goes to virus-related causes.— The Big Sky Conference is leaving the decision of when to return to sports up to its member schools. The Big Sky’s President’s Council voted to allow schools in one of the nation’s largest geographical conferences to make decisions based on NCAA and state guidelines. The conference also adjusted the schedule of volleyball, track, women’s soccer, softball and tennis for the 2020-21 school year in an effort to limit travel as schools face mounting budget issues. Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in JulyNEW YORK (AP) — It’s the players’ union turn at the plate. Dugan, 21, led the NCAA this season with 1.53 points a game, 1.24 assists a game, 22 power-play points and 30 even-strength points.AHL-VIRUS OUTBREAK-AHL CANCELEDAmerican Hockey League cancels rest of season, playoffsThe American Hockey League canceled the rest of its season Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting its focus toward an uncertain future.While the Calder Cup will not be handed out for the first time since 1936, the 31-team AHL hopes to return next season. That remains uncertain; one possibility is that no fans would be allowed in arenas. — Canada’s National Bank is offering cash grants to each of 23 tennis players from the country who are facing financial issues because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tennis Canada announced the grants of $10,000 to $20,000 in Canadian dollars, or about $7,000 to $14,000 in U.S. dollars, from National Bank on Monday, saying the amounts will depend on a player’s ranking.NFL-RAVENS-FLUKERRavens sign Fluker, who will seek to replace Yanda at guardOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) —The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker, who is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda.Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard, the position Yanda manned for the majority of his 13 seasons before retiring in March. Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for games at home. Toronto might have to play home games in Dunedin, Florida.The All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, likely would be called off.In other MLB news:— Under 1% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. Results were based on 5,603 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. The total testing positive was 0.7%. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15. Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City led the study. Data for players was not broken out. The study was not representative of the overall population, given 95% of the participants were under 65 and few reported underlying medical conditions.— A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press that the World Baseball Classic will be postponed from 2021 to 2023 because of the new coronavirus. The decision must be approved by the WBC board of directors, which is expected. The fifth edition of the tournament was scheduled for next March in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami. The decision to postpone was first reported by ESPN Deportes (day-POHR’-tays). Love was captain at Medinah in Illinois in 2012 when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit on the final day, the largest comeback by a visiting team in Ryder Cup history. He was appointed captain again for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the first Ryder Cup since players were given more control over decisions. The Americans won for only the second time in eight matches.SANTA ANITA-FATALITIESHorse dies at Santa Anita after workout; 13th since DecemberARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 13th horse has died at Santa Anita since late December.Tailback, a 4-year-old gelding, broke down after a workout Sunday. Tailback (trained by Mike Puype) had no wins in two career starts and earnings of $4,340, according to Equibase. Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisions expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that spring training would start in early to mid-June.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four. TOKYO (AP) — Olympic organizers say five official merchandise shops in Tokyo will close by early June with business hindered by the coronavirus pandemic and the games being postponed until next year.It’s not clear if they will reopen.Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya says a sixth store in Osaka will also be downsized by early June. Organizers say 89 stores were operating in Japan at the end of April.Takaya could not rule out more closures. He says, “we don’t know what’s going to happen in the next three weeks.” Organizers hope for income of about $100 million from merchandise sales.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

17Sep/20

Professor advocates entrepreneurs

first_imgBy combining the elements of entrepreneurship, technology and education, Professor Kathleen Allen has launched herself as one of the leading faculty members at USC.Entrepreneur· Professor Kathleen Allen has been a leading proponent in cross-disciplinary education, combining the strengths of the Keck, Viterbi and Marshall schools. – Photo courtesy of USC MarshallAllen, who was recently awarded the 2014 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has been a USC professor for more than 20 years at the Marshall School of Business and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurship Studies.USC Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs Gareth M. James stressed how high an honor Allen’s award was.“In making its selection from among a large pool of deserving nominees, the awards committee specifically commended Dr. Allen’s extensive and exemplary record of publication that includes some of the best-selling entrepreneurship textbooks in the world,” James said.The veteran professor has helped propel the school’s entrepreneurial program to the top, and James G. Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, noted how beneficial her contributions have been.“Kathy Allen has been critical to helping our Lloyd Greif Center Entrepreneurial Studies program grow into the leading entrepreneurial studies program it is today,” Ellis said. “She has become the go-to person to help USC students, alumni and faculty commercialize complex technology ideas. We could not be more proud.”The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the first entrepreneurship program in the United States, was established in 1972. It aims to equip students with the comprehensive skills required to start and manage a successful new business venture.The program is currently ranked among the top undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurial programs in the nation. In 2013, Entrepreneur magazine ranked the program No. 3 on its list of Top 25 Undergraduate College and Business Schools. Businessweek with U.S. News and World Report describing The Greif Center as “one of the best” in the country.According to her article “The Value of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration,” Allen has dedicated her teaching and research to “the business of commercializing technological innovations developed by university scientists.”Professor Kathleen Allen, however, has quite the unconventional background. With degrees in business, foreign language and music, her role in the technological field at first can seem quite misplaced. Yet her background is exactly what gave her the edge she needed.“My experience in business and entrepreneurship enabled me to bring to the table a set of unique skills and a market perspective that scientists, physicians, and engineers didn’t have,” Allen said in her article.Though now well-established in the field of entrepreneurship, Allen revealed that her passion did not begin until later in her life when she entered the business industry for the first time. This newfound interest was fueled by the desire to be her own boss.“I have always been interested in technology because I grew up with a father who always brought home the latest technology gadgets,’’ Allen said. “However, entrepreneurship was a field that I did not get into until my 30s when I first started my business. I never wanted to work for someone else. Entrepreneurship provides me the ownership I always wanted.”Allen is also a leading proponent of cross-disciplinary education. She is a founding director of the Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization, an interdisciplinary partnership founded in the 1990s to support entrepreneurship education across USC’s business, medical and engineering schools.“My courses in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization bring together business, science, and engineering students to create diverse perspectives that produce new insights and a level of creative and critical thinking I have not seen in more discipline-focused classes,” Allen said in her article.Sandra J. Chrystal, vice dean for online education at Marshall, expressed the importance of Allen’s cross-disciplinary contributions.“Professor Allen’s vision, commitment and research have provided Marshall, Keck and Viterbi students and faculty with knowledge focused on commercialization of entrepreneurial technology,” Chrystal said. “She designed and directs the Center for Technology for Commercialization, one of Marshall’s Centers of Excellence. In addition to these unique contributions, she actively engages with the Marshall Faculty Technology committee and several other key Marshall and USC committees.”Allen is also the owner of four successful businesses and the author of 15 entrepreneurship books, including Launching New Ventures: An Entrepreneurial Approach, Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers.She hopes to keep expanding the entrepreneurial program in the years to come.“At USC, I wish to expand the program to the undergraduate level as well as the graduate level,” Allen said. “We also want to develop an online version of the program that could reach out to the people in the industry.”last_img read more

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Beat writers predict Syracuse to cruise in season opener

first_img Comments Syracuse opens its season with Lehigh on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Here’s how the beat writers think the Orange will fare to begin the new year.Sam Blum (0-0)Syracuse 72, Lehigh 65Top of the MountainSyracuse basketball is back, baby. And this season, there aren’t any postseason bans to nullify the good play that will come its way. The Orange starts the season off right, sneaking by a solid Lehigh team that is picked to win the Patriot League. The Orange establishes its 3-point-heavy offense from the start and rides it to Taco Time.Jesse Dougherty (0-0)Syracuse 69, Lehigh 58Ball hawkingIn the first look at the 2015-16 Orange, Syracuse shoots well enough to let its defense close out the game. Sharpshooter Austin Price and stretch forward Tim Kempton are typical zone busters, but they aren’t quite good enough to close the talent gap between the two teams. SU’s length atop the zone turns into easy points in crunch time, and that yields a relatively easy win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman (0-0)Syracuse 81, Lehigh 60Grand openingWe’re going to see a fast-paced Syracuse team put up more points this year and Friday will be the first look at that. Even if Dajuan Coleman is still shaking off rust, Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson do enough from behind the arc to send the Mountain Hawks back to Pennsylvania with a loss. Published on November 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm Related Stories 40 years of Jim Boeheim: The highlights of a storied coaching careerSyracuse basketball season preview podcastsPoll: How will Syracuse basketball’s season end? Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more