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Snyder, Tycksen Earn NFCA All-America Honors

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTAYLORSVILLE, Utah-Late Wednesday, Salt Lake C.C.’s athletic department announced infielder Ashlee Snyder and outfielder Lauren Tycksen were both honored as National Fastpitch Coach Association first-team All-Americans.The Bruins are one of six teams nationwide in NJCAA to have two recipients of this award on the roster.Snyder, who has already committed to play for Division I Louisiana, amassed a national-best 115 RBI on the 2018 season and was third in national annals by batting .519.Tycksen is now the Bruins’ all-time leader in stolen bases, posting 50 on the season. This also led the Scenic West Athletic Conference. She finished the season by batting .440. Written by June 7, 2018 /Sports News – Local Snyder, Tycksen Earn NFCA All-America Honors Tags: Ashlee Snyder/Lauren Tycksen/NJCAA/Scenic West Athletic Conference/SLCC Softball Brad Jameslast_img read more

Scott Mills gives LGBT talk at St Anne’s

first_imgHe did, nonetheless, affirm that the experience left him feeling “very lucky” by comparison.As well as the film, Mills took questions regarding his career in radio. Talking about casual homophobia in the media, Mills defended BBC colleague Chris Moyles, who was criticised for using “gay” as a derogatory term live on air in 2006. “I know Chris very well, and I know it’s a cliché thing to say, but he loves the gays,” he remarked. “I remember the press calling me that day going: ‘Your friend’s a homophobe!’ and I was like, ‘He’s not.’ But he was right to apologise.”Audience members were very positive about Scott Mills’ appearance. Fourth year St Anne’s linguist George Hicks thought the presenter was “very well informed” and noted, “He was obviously committed to portraying the situation in Uganda accurately and sensitively.”Second year musician Toby Huelin found the talk “insightful”, commenting, “Scott is the jewel of Radio 1 and it’s fantastic that he is using his media power to highlight the horrendous treatment of gay people in Uganda. It is shocking to think that everything he describes is happening now – in 2013.”Hannah Smith, a second year linguist at St Anne’s, agreed. “It was very different to see him speaking in person on a very serious topic, but his passion and honesty were really inspiring,” she said. “It was great to see another side to him and hear his views on homosexuality – I’ll be listening to his innuendo bingo and other work in a different light after that.”Exeter’s LGBT rep Adam Ward, who organised the event, stated, “Scott is deservedly praised for his fantastic radio work and his brilliant contributions to Eurovision, but listening to his insights on the serious problems confronting LGBT individuals in Uganda was particularly rewarding. I’m sure his well-attended talk will make many reflect on the wider struggle for LGBT individuals in the world and appreciate that even though more can be done, we are fortunate to live in a much more welcoming society.” BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills delivered a talk on Thursday evening at St Anne’s on the dangers faced by gay men and women in Uganda.The 38-year-old radio personality was invited by Exeter LGBTQ Society to speak to students about his 2011 documentary The World’s Worst Place to Be Gay?, which won an award from Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGB rights organisation.The talk was held at St Anne’s after Exeter LGBTQ Society had to rearrange the venue at short notice.Mills, who is himself gay, insisted his sexuality was “not a big deal”, saying, “I don’t really ever want it to define me.” Nevertheless, he is no less passionate about his achievement. He continued, “I would do it all again tomorrow. I am really proud of what we did out there.”Filmed in a week in late 2010, the BBC Three documentary exposed the endemic nature of anti-gay attitudes in Uganda, where it is illegal to be homosexual.An ongoing anti-homosexuality bill in the small African state seeks to increase the level of punishment imposed on gay citizens. It has attracted widespread international condemnation, with US President Barack Obama describing it as “odious”.In the capital city of Kampala, Mills met gay campaigners such as Frank Mugisha, and described his futile search for pro-gay voices in the community – which are practically non-existent in Uganda’s deeply conservative social and religious culture.Mills also met highly vocal Ugandan figures, such as anti-gay preacher Solomon Male and the proposer of the latest bill, MP David Bahati. The politician attempted to arrest Mills after an interview for the documentary. “It did feel as though we were in some film. I’ve never been that scared,” he recalled. “He told our fixer that he was going to search every hotel in Kampala, seize the tapes, and arrest us.”On Uganda’s future, Mills was pessimistic. He was sceptical of any viewership of the documentary in the country, and noted how, shortly after filming, one gay contributor was beaten violently to death with a hammer. He commented, “It was really scary at times, and actually quite depressing, because it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon.”last_img read more

Investigation: The NUS Referendum

first_imgThis investigation also includes C+ examining the NUS Extra Card, what the alternatives to the NUS are, Tom Rutland and Eleanor Sharman on the pros and cons of NUS membership and James Elliott on how the NUS works. A referendum will be held between Monday and Wednesday of 4th Week on whether OUSU’s membership of the NUS should be renewed for the academic year 2014-2015. The official question put to students shall be: “OUSU is currently affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS). Should it continue to be affiliated: yes or no?”The decision to hold the referendum was made at 7th Week OUSU Council in Trinity Term 2013. The Education Act (1994) requires OUSU to decide annually whether it wishes to remain affiliated to external organisations such as the NUS. The decision to affiliate to the NUS was previously made by OUSU Council. However, due to changes in OUSU’s funding, a referendum is now to be held.OUSU’s membership of the NUS was previously paid for by earmarked funding from the University block grant. This meant that, if OUSU was not affiliated with the NUS, it would not otherwise get this funding. However, in its budget for the academic year 2013-2014, OUSU had its block grant from the University increased to approximately £500,000. As part of this, the earmarking of funds was removed.For the first time, OUSU now has full discretion on how its block grant from the University is spent. This means that OUSU now has the option of spending the part of its grant previously reserved for NUS membership elsewhere. In 2012-2013, NUS affiliation cost OUSU £25,308 and was projected to cost £27,987.80 for 2013-2014, at the time that the motion to hold the referendum was passed.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9599%%[/mm-hide-text] A C+ Investigation in the 5th Week of Hilary Term 2014 found Oxford’s cost of NUS affiliation to be £26,118 in 2013-2014 – 3.26% of OUSU’s £801,318 budget. However, the cost of NUS affiliation as a percentage of OUSU’s budget will be higher in future years, as part of the current block grant given by the University to OUSU is a one-off deal due to a loss of £58,000 which OUSU incurred in 2009. The leaders of the respective ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns for the referendum were chosen on Sunday of 1st week. Nominations to lead either of the campaigns were open from Sunday 27th April until Saturday 3rd May. However, both campaigns had only one nomination each.Current OUSU President Tom Rutland was elected leader of the ‘Yes’ campaign, while former Chair of OUSU Council, Jack Matthews, was elected to lead the ‘No’.Both candidates attended the NUS Conference this year, for which Oxford had seven delegates. The NUS National Conference took place in Liverpool between 8th and 10th April. Motions passed at the conference, included motions to oppose UKIP, oppose the privatisation of student loans and introduce gender balancing for all NUS committees and delegations. Current NUS President Toni Pearce was also re-elected.The ‘No’ campaign has already begun campaigning on social media, branding itself ‘Believe in Oxford’. The campaign has so far attempted to ask Oxford students whether they feel the NUS represents them. ‘Believe in Oxford’ have also attempted to emphasise how cost of affiliating to the NUS, roughly £25,000, could be spent elsewhere.Matthews has previously campaigned extensively for reform of the NUS, creating the website The website aims to ‘unlock’ the NUS by making the NUS’ governing documents more readily accessible, as well as providing information on how the NUS is run and the contact details of NUS officers. In a recent blog post, Matthews compared the idea of disaffiliation from the NUS to that of a “strike”, using OUSU’s payment to the NUS as an incentive for the organisation to change.‘Yes’ campaign leader Tom Rutland wrote a note on Facebook in April laying out what the NUS does for students. The piece emphasised the importance of rallying and organising students together on a national level. Rutland also listed some of the NUS’ achievements in the past year, including securing £45 million in postgraduate student support and the training that they provide to Students’ Union officers. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9602%%[/mm-hide-text] Cherwell has conducted a survey of 150 Oxford students to test students’ thoughts on the matter. The survey found that the majority of students currently favour re-affiliation, despite being unsure of what the NUS does. The survey shows that 66% of respondents either ‘disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’ with the statement that they understand what the NUS does for Oxford students, while a further 11% of students answered ‘neutral’.In contrast, only 10% of students said that they ‘strongly agree’ that they know what the NUS does. Even if this is combined with the percentage that ‘agree’ with the statement, that means that only 23% of respondents claim to understand what the NUS does.Most students surveyed currently wished to remain affiliated with the NUS, despite the majority of them not understanding what it does, with 47% of respondents answering that they ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ that OUSU should remain affiliated.Importantly, 33% of students are still undecided about which way they will vote, meaning a large body of students have not yet formed an opinion on the issue. Furthermore, while our survey suggests that the ‘Yes’ campaign are starting with an advantage, the majority of students still do not back actively re-affiliation.It appears voter turnout will have a major impact upon the outcome, with only 20.8% of the student population voting in the OUSU elections in Michaelmas.Given the extensive coverage this received and the more immediate relevance of those elections for Oxford students, the turnout for this referendum is likely to be lower.When Cherwell asked students whether they were going to vote in the NUS affiliation referendum only 38% said they planned on doing so. In addition, 34% of students claimed they did not plan on voting, while 28% responded that they had not yet decided.Therefore, even if most students are currently sympathetic to remaining in the NUS, whether they feel strongly enough to participate in the referendum will be a key determinant in its outcome.Voting will take place between Monday and Wednesday of 4th Week.last_img read more

Press release: Lettings management boss banned for abusing tenants’ deposits

first_img LinkedIn Email [email protected] Her conduct fell short of what is required of a director of a limited liability company and her disqualification will act as a deterrent to others from similar conduct in the future. Kari Jade Ridout (46), from Blandford Forum, Dorset, was the sole director of Woodhouse Residential Lettings Limited, a lettings management company that began trading in 2013 predominately in the Dorset area.As part of its services, Woodhouse Residential Lettings operated a government-backed custodial deposit scheme where in accordance with the Housing Act 2004 the company would safely hold onto tenants’ deposits on behalf of their landlords.But just four years after the company had started to trade, Woodhouse Residential Lettings entered into Creditors Voluntary Liquidation in May 2017.Independent insolvency practitioners were appointed to wind-up the business before submitting their report to the Insolvency Service. This triggered an investigation which found that Kari Ridout failed to safeguard more than £34,000 worth of deposits.Investigators established that over two years between May 2015 and the date the company went into liquidation, Woodhouse Residential Lettings collected thousands of pounds worth of deposits from tenants in relation to at least 24 properties but did not pay them into the custodial deposit scheme.Instead, the £34,000 was spent, along with general working capital, on the expenses of running the company.On 16 November 2018, the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Kari Ridout for 6 years, after she admitted failing to ensure that deposits taken from tenants by the company totalling at least £34,610 were safeguarded, as required by the Housing Act 2004.Effective from 7 December 2018, Kari Ridout is banned for 6 years from acting as a director or directly or indirectly becoming involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.Jane Knight, the Insolvency Service’s Deputy Head of Insolvent Investigations, said: act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. YouTube Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7637 6498 Notes to editorsKari Jade Ridout resides in Blandford Forum, Dorset and her date of birth is April 1972Woodhouse Residential Lettings Ltd (Company Reg. no. 08055636).A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: Media Manager 0303 003 1743 This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. Kari Ridout failed to safeguard the deposits she was entrusted to hold onto, resulting in losses to both landlords and tenants. Twitter Press Office You can also follow the Insolvency Service on:last_img read more

Garth Hudson and Taj Mahal To Join Warren Haynes, Dr. John And More For The Last Waltz Celebration In Chicago

first_imgIt is hard to believe that one of the most memorable performances ever, The Last Waltz, put on by The Band took place 40 years ago at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. It is arguably considered the best single night concert in history, as The Band was joined by a plethora of uber-talented special guests and friends.In honor of The Last Waltz’s 40th anniversary, Warren Haynes, Dr. John (who also played the original Last Waltz), Cyril Neville, Don Was, Dave Malone, and many more will come together to perform at The Chicago Theatre on Sunday, April 9th. Original The Band member Garth Hudson and blues legend Taj Mahal will also join the lineup to pay tribute to the special performance. To top it all off, Mark Mullins will lead an all-star horn section, which will feature the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint.Warren Haynes had the following to say about the show, “Whenever you’re doing someone else’s music, you’re paying respect and bringing the deepest parts of your own personality to bear. And you hope for surprises. . . . These songs – so deeply ingrained in the zeitgeist of who we are in this country – hearing them now is like finding a rare jewel.” Grammy Award-winning musician/producer Don Was also chimed in about The Band’s role in music history, “People love these songs and they’ve become a part of the emotional zeitgeist of country. And unlike the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys or Pink Floyd songs, there’s nobody that’s playing this stuff for folks. You can’t really go to a concert and hear anyone playing The Band’s songs.”Tickets for The Last Waltz 40 performance at The Chicago Theatre on April 9th are currently on sale and can be purchased here.[photos courtesy of Blackbird Presents]last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announces Three-Night Run At The Capitol Theatre

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has announced a three night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2018. These shows mark the Grateful Dead-inspired quintet’s only announced shows for 2018.The group recently announced a string of runs, including a six-date residency at Brooklyn Bowl in October, a three-night run across California in November, a two-night stand at Boston’s House of Blues in December, with their final two shows of the year at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania falling around the Thanksgiving holiday.Three-night passes will be available for the Capitol Theatre weekend. The band’s Facebook pre-sale, which will be password protected, opens Wednesday Sep 27, at 12:00PM Noon EST. The band will issue the password on their Facebook page at 12:00PM Noon EST on Wednesday, Sep 27th. The venue pre-sale opens Thursday Sep 28, at 12:00PM Noon EST, with a general on-sale on Friday Sep 29, at 12:00PM Noon EST.Friday, January 12, 2018 ~ The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY: tixSaturday, January 13, 2018 ~ The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY: tixSunday, January 14, 2018 ~ The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY: tixlast_img read more

Governors Ball Music Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

first_imgReturning to Randall’s Island Park in New York, NY from June 1st – 3rd, the annual Governors Ball Music Festival has revealed their 2018 lineup. Headlining the event will be Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but the talent doesn’t stop there. Halsey, N.E.R.D, Khalid, CHVRCHES, The Gaslight Anthem (performing the ’59 sound), Post Malone, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), and more are all featured on the festival’s lineup. There’s a missing headliner from this list of talent, expected to announce in the coming weeks.The full billing includes a diverse offering to please anyone’s tastes, including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Cut Copy, Sylvan Esso, Galantis, The Glitch Mob, Dirty Projectors, Margo Price, 2 Chainz, Third Eye Blind, and so much more. With dozens of genre-spanning acts on the lineup, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Governors Ball. This is also Jack White’s first scheduled music festival for 2018. You can see the full lineup posted below, and head to their website for tickets and more information.last_img read more

Erick ‘Jesus’ Coomes Shares Raw Emotion In First Episode Of Lettuce’s New Documentary Series [Watch]

first_imgThe members of Lettuce and their fans are excitingly preparing themselves for the start of a new album cycle here in the coming months. The popular funk band recently announced the details for their next studio album, Elevate, which is scheduled to arrive on June 14th via Regime Music Group. The band also previously hinted at the arrival of a new documentary series chronicling the making of their forthcoming album. On Wednesday, the band followed through on their tease by sharing the first episode for the new series titled, The Krewe, in coordination with the first single from Elevate.Related: Lettuce Welcomes Oteil Burbridge During Triumphant Weekend At Suwannee Rising According to the video’s premiere on Wednesday, each of the members of Lettuce will have their own episode as part of the documentary series. Each episode will treat fans to behind-the-scenes footage from inside the recording studio during the making of the album.The first episode focuses on bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, as he takes viewers into their studio space in Denver where one can apparently find an abundance mix of music, marijuana, and smile-inducing rose quartz crystals. Coomes takes time to explain the process of widdling down the list of unfinished songs to be focused on before deciding on a final tracklist for the album, in addition to sharing some raw emotion when discussing his musical upbringings. Fans can check out the video below to watch the entire first episode of The Krewe in full.The Krewe: A Lettuce Documentary Series – Trailer/Ep. 1 Jesus[Video: LettuceFunk]Lettuce will continue their run of spring performances into the summer with a batch of new tour dates now set to keep the funk outfit on the road until November. Fans can head to the band’s website for complete tour info and tickets. Fans can also click here to pre-order Elevate prior to its June arrival.[H/T Earmilk]last_img read more

Jane Mayer wins Nieman Foundation’s I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence

first_imgInvestigative journalist, author and New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer has been selected as winner of the 2013 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will present the award on Sept. 28, 2013, during the foundation’s 75th anniversary weekend.Former Nieman Foundation curator Bill Kovach, chair of the advisory committee that oversees the annual award, said, “Mayer is being recognized for her in-depth investigations of complex issues, the consistently high quality of her writing and her ability to maintain her reportorial independence at a large news organization.”In making their decision, the judges cited the exceptional caliber of her recent body of work, including her best-selling book “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals.” The book addresses the legal justifications for the use of questionable interrogation techniques – considered by many to be torture – on detainees by the CIA and Department of Defense.Mayer joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1995. Based in Washington, D.C., she writes about national security issues, the war on terror, money and influence peddling in politics, culture, ethics and law. Her diverse portfolio includes reporting on George W. Bush, the Koch brothers and the Obama administration’s war on whistle-blowers, among other topics.The I.F Stone Medal honors the life of investigative journalist I.F. Stone and is presented annually to a journalist whose work captures the spirit of journalistic independence, integrity and courage that characterized I.F. Stone’s Weekly. Read Full Storylast_img read more

August: Osage County, Ethan Hawke, Woody Allen & More Nab 2014 Writers Guild Award Nominations

first_img Ethan Hawke The film adaptation of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway drama August: Osage County picked up a nod for Adapted Screenplay alongside Hawke and co-writers Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy for Before Midnight. Allen’s film Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett and two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale, snagged a nomination for Original Screenplay. Tracy Letts Congrats to the 2014 nominees! Several TV series packed with Broadway stars also garnered nominations, including Mad Men, The Good Wife, Homeland, House of Cards and Mad Men for Drama Series, Modern Family and Orange is the New Black for Comedy Series, and Masters of Sex, Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards for New Series. Broadway could win big at the Writers Guild Awards! Tracy Letts’ screen adaptation of August: Osage County, Bullets Over Broadway writer Woody Allen, Macbeth star Ethan Hawke and more have been recognized with 2014 WGA nominations. The 65th annual awards ceremony will be held February 1 at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles, CA. Bobby Cannavale View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

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