BYU Men’s Basketball Inks Mark Pope To Extension

first_img Brad James November 25, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Inks Mark Pope To Extension Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Mark Pope FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-In news that broke late Tuesday evening, BYU men’s basketball head coach Mark Pope has been signed to an extension by the Cougars’ athletics department.This extension lasts through the 2026-2027 season.Because the athletics department is wading through budget concerns caused by covid-19, Pope has opted to defer increased compensation in the new contract into future years.In his first season at the helm of the Cougars’ basketball program, he led the squad to a 24-8 (.750) record in 2019-20.The Cougars commence their season this evening against NCAA Division II Westminster of Salt Lake City.Thursday evening, BYU hosts their first fellow Division I opponent of the season in the New Orleans Privateers.Saturday evening, the Cougars will host Utah Valley at the Marriott Center. Written bylast_img read more

Counter Piracy Units Rendezvous in Gulf of Aden

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Counter Piracy Units Rendezvous in Gulf of Aden View post tag: africa Share this article View post tag: CMF View post tag: Counter-Piracy Counter Piracy Units Rendezvous in Gulf of Adencenter_img Authorities During a series of mutual cross-deck visits, staff members from Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 had a good opportunity to meet with their counterparts from Japan and CTF 465, the European Union Naval Task Force, in the Gulf of Aden.Commander CTF (CCTF) 151, Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay, said:We are operating in this part of the world in order to secure the maritime environment and contribute to stability and prosperity of the region. Solidarity between all the counter piracy forces, which function for the same purpose, is an integral part of our mission for ultimate success.Rear Admiral Bay visited the Commander of the Japanese Counter Piracy Division Captain Futoshi Toyozumi onboard his Flagship JS Akizuki. He then visited Italian Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri, Commander CTF 465 on his Flagship ITS Carabiniere. In return TCG Gemlik hosted her distinguished Japanese, Italian and Spanish guests.The Turkish-led CTF 151 will continue to conduct counter piracy patrols in the area of operation under command of CMF which is a multinational naval partnership of 30 nations. CMF exists to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.[mappress mapid=”17265″]Image: CMF View post tag: Gulf of Aden October 25, 2015last_img read more

Oxford colleges release gender pay gap data

first_imgThey state: “By taking into account the full earnings distribution, the mean takes into account the low and high earners in an organisation – this is particularly useful as women are often over-represented at the low earning extreme and men are over-represented at the high earning extreme.”Brasenose has the highest mean gender pay gap among Oxford colleges, at 28.7% in favour of men, whilst Mansfield is the only college to have a mean gender pay gap in favour of women, at 1.2%.The mean figure is seen as less accurate because it is unable to account for outliers.Additional reporting by Greg Ritchie and Matthew RollerThis article was amended on Wednesday 4th April, to reflect St John’s and Christ Church releasing their own gender pay gap reports. “The Gender Pay Gap shows the difference between the average rate of pay between men and women. This is different from Equal Pay.“Women are over-represented in the lowest paid roles, such as our Housekeeping staff, and under-represented in the highest paid roles, such as our teaching staff.”Are colleges doing enough to tackle pay disparity?Write for Cherwell and have your say – send a 150-word pitch to our comment editors.The new data also reveals the proportion of women in each pay quartile. Magdalen College have the lowest proportion of women with 29% in the upper quartile of pay, followed by Keble on 30%. At the other end of the scale, 58.3% of St. Hilda’s College’s top roles are filled by women.The release of bonus pay was also required under the new regulations. Many colleges do not pay bonuses to staff. Wadham College pay 58.1% of women bonuses, and 43.7% men, the highest recorded figures. Trinity pay 66% of male employees bonuses.The University of Oxford earlier recorded a 48.7% median difference in bonus pay in favour of men.Other universities have also released gender pay gap data. Cambridge University registered an 15%, higher than Oxford. The University of London has a median gender pay difference of 10.9%.Oxford University has the fifth lowest gender pay gap in the Russell Group, although every Russell Group university has a median gender pay gap of over 5%.The UK Government Equalities Office states that “by identifying the age of the middle earner, the median is the best representation of the ‘typical’ gender difference.” The releases follow a change in the law which requires every employer with over 250 employees to calculate the mean and median difference in hourly rate between genders, as well as figures on bonus pay and the proportion of women in each pay quartile.Last week, it was revealed Oxford University has a median gender pay gap of 13.7%. Meanwhile, several colleges, including Merton and Univ, are believed to employ fewer than 250 staff, meaning they have no legal obligation to report on their pay gap.New College had the largest gap between median pay for men and women. In its report, the college said: “We are confident that men and women are paid the same for doing the same job at New College. However, men and women are often employed in difference roles across our organisation creating a gender pay gap.“We are actively exploring steps to reduce the lack of female representation across roles of different seniority and encourage a diverse applicant mix for new job openings. Once we account for differences in the department that male and female employees are employed in, our mean gender wage gap falls to 5%” the report continued. “We interpret this as a relative lack of female representation amongst our senior roles.“A key area that we hope to make progress in is the recruitment of women into senior administrative roles and into traditionally “male” departments (e.g. IT). Members of appointment panels will be expected to undergo unconscious bias training and we will take active steps to ensure a diverse applicant pool.”Somerville, which registered the second highest median gender pay difference in hourly rates, said in its report: “Somerville College is confident that its pay policy complies with Equal Pay legislation and that its staff are paid equally for doing equivalent jobs.center_img All but three Oxford colleges pay men more than women, new data has revealed.New College recorded the greatest median gender pay gap, at 24.3%. This is followed by Somerville College, which registered a 22.9% median difference in hourly rate in favour of men.Lady Margaret Hall has an 8.7% difference in hourly rate in favour of women. Two colleges – Trinity College and St. Catherine’s College – have no median gender pay gap.The average median difference in hourly pay across all Oxford colleges is 11.2% in favour of men.last_img read more

Eagles, Foles Put Fans Through Nail-biter, Keep Super Bowl Dream Alive with 34-29 Win

first_imgIf it seemed as though the Eagles survived, that would be an accurate assessment.In emerging victorious in a 34-29 slugfest over the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium in North Jersey, the Birds did much more:Clinched a first round playoff byeImproved to a league-best 12-2 overall recordMoved to within one win and one Minnesota loss of clinching home field throughout the playoffsAll that was great, but the bigger accomplishment may have been getting a positive answer to the burning question all week: how would backup quarterback Nick Foles perform as Philadelphia made its playoff push without its dynamic MVP candidate, quarterback Carson Wentz.Wentz, the second year phenom and leading vote-getter in Pro Bowl voting, went out for the year last week with an ACL tear suffered against the Rams in Los Angeles.Foles came off the bench and performed admirably in relief of Foles, but it remained to be seen how the free agent acquisition would fare taking control of a team that at times seemed unstoppable with Wentz at the helm.All Foles did was complete 24 of 38 passes for 237 yards and four TDs, to four different receivers: Alshon Jeffrey, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz and Trey Burton.“We have a lot of leaders on this team,” Foles said afterward. “We will enjoy this one tonight but we have a lot of work to do to prepare for (a Christmas night prime time matchup at home against the Oakland Raiders).”The outcome of the game was in doubt to the very last play, and at times things looked really bleak. At one point of the second quarter, the Giants extended their lead to 20-7 on an Eli-Maning-to-Sterling Shepard 67-yard catch and run.Things went from bad to worse on the Eagles’ next possession when coach Doug Pedersen elected to go for it on fourth down from the New York 44, only to see LaGarrette Blount get stacked up short of the first down marker and surrender the ball on downs.But the game, which featured five lead changes, took a major turn when defensive back Ronald Darby intercepted Manning and ran the ball back to the Giants 20, and Foles capitalized on the turnover with a scoring pass to Ertz, making it 20-14 New York.The momentum shift continued when special teamer Kamu Grugler-Hill blocked a New York punt, giving Philadelphia the ball at the Giants 18, and setting up a Foles-to-Burton TD pass to give the Eagles a 21-20 lead with two minutes left in the half. Special teams also contributed a blocked field goal and a blocked extra point.It hardly seemed to matter when Manning drove New York down the field to regain the lead, 23-21 on a field goal just before halftime. At that point Philly was back in the game.Jake Elliott, whose 61-yard walk-off field goal gave the Eagles their margin of victory in the last meeting of the NFC rivals, drilled a 28-yarder to put the Birds back in front to stay, 24-23.After a much-needed defensive stop, Foles engineered a five-play, 59-yard touchdown drive capped by a 10-yard pass to Nelson Agholor, who made a spectacular catch for a 31-23 lead to close out the third quarter.But Manning and the Giants weren’t about to roll over. Eli hooked up with Tavarress King for a 57-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion attempt, which would have tied the game, failed, keeping the scoreboard frozen at 31-29 Eagles.Elliott closed out the scoring with a 20-yard field goal and a five point lead, meaning the Giants needed to score a TD to win. They failed to do so on their final two possessions of the game.“There are some things we have to clean up, but the important thing is we got out of here with a win,” Pederson said.The Eagles live to fight another day, and the Super Bowl dream remains intact, at least for another week. Photo Credit: PhiladelphiaEagles.comlast_img read more

Nearly 2,400 cases of COVID in Indiana schools

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Twitter By Tommie Lee – October 1, 2020 0 309 Facebook Nearly 2,400 cases of COVID in Indiana schools Pinterest Previous articleElkhart City Hall closes due to positive COVID testsNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, October 5-9 Tommie Lee Facebook Google+ (“old school” by alamosbasement, CC BY 2.0) Indiana’s new school dashboard for COVID-19 information says there are nearly 2400 cases in the state’s school systems.That total includes 250 new cases among students being reported Wednesday evening.State health official Dr. Kristina Box says the state is working with schools to ensure the accuracy of the data, and only about half of the schools submitted information this week.Participation is not mandatory, but that could change if schools are unwilling to work with the state government on tracking the virus. WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Speech: Preventing Hunger as a Weapon of War

first_imgThank you Madam President.Our briefers today have sounded the alarm and warned us of the surging levels of acute hunger, which are largely attributable to conflict. But this is not for the first time.Over a year ago, the Secretary General drew this Council’s attention to the change in the long-term trend in global hunger: it was now rising for the first time in a decade. The situation was critical, he said; the UN predicted four simultaneous famines, threatening the lives of 20 million people.Through the generosity of donors and the actions of humanitarian and development organisations, international financial institutions and regional governments, famine itself was prevented, or at least contained.But let’s be clear. Over the past year, suffering and hunger has increased. In the world today, one out of every nine people is undernourished. That is 815 million people, an increase of 38 million in the last year.Conflict is the main reason for this increase in hunger. 60 percent of hungry and malnourished people live in countries affected by conflict.Almost 75% of the world’s 155 million stunted children under the age of five live in countries affected by conflict. It is the most vulnerable – particularly women and children – who are most affected by hunger. These figures indicate that the actions we have taken in the past year to reduce hunger have not been enough. As so clearly put by our briefers, we must examine and address the root causes of this severe hunger crisis if we hope to put an end to it.Madam President,Last August, this Council adopted a Presidential Statement that, for the first time, acknowledged that hunger and conflict are linked. That was a step forward, but it only gives us half the picture. In the statement, the Security Council emphasized with deep concern (and I quote), “that ongoing conflicts and violence have devastating humanitarian consequences and hinder an effective humanitarian response ….and are therefore a major cause of famine.”This reads as if hunger is just an inevitable consequence of war, or a by-product of the changing nature of conflict. That is clearly not the case. Hunger does not need to be a product of war, and I hope we can make that clear in future Council products.We must understand and acknowledge the true nature of the problem to take the necessary collective actions to break the deadly links between conflict and hunger. In this regard, we see three key areas of responsibility for this Council:First, to redouble efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts, and build and sustain peace.Second, we must uphold international humanitarian and human rights law. We are fast approaching a new normal where warring parties think it is acceptable to destroy crops, interrupt markets, and attack water points, hospitals, and schools. Too often there is a lack of accountability for the state actors and other parties to conflict who are responsible for increasing hunger.Third, we must actively safeguard humanitarian access. In almost all of the crises before this Council, people are denied or unable to access essential aid, often with the most vulnerable people being the worst affected. The Security Council can and must play a key role to enable the safe, unhindered and rapid access of populations to humanitarian assistance. We must engage with national and regional authorities to apply diplomatic pressure and insist on the removal of access constraints, and we should pursue accountability for any violations.Madam President,We must think creatively when responding to this crisis. For example, to identify the most serious cases of obstructed access objectively, we could use a model that articulates access in terms of needs met by the delivery of health care, protection, and education, rather than simply by numbers of aid convoys. We could also factor in denial of access to the design of sanctions mandated by this Council more routinely.Madam President,We are extremely grateful to you and to the Kingdom of the Netherlands for calling this meeting because it is a subject about which the UK deeply cares and is deeply engaged as the third largest humanitarian donor.The scale of the challenge we are facing is clear. The threat of famine remains. In a world of abundance, 815 million people are still hungry. Their hunger is used as a weapon of war. We must act and use the tools at our disposal to show the world that this is not acceptable and that we do not accept it. We must seek accountability and we must make the consequences of these appalling actions clear.Thank you.last_img read more

Putting his money where his mouth is

first_imgIn 2006, Charles Thomas swore off animal products.For the philanthropist it wasn’t one “aha” moment that turned him vegan and into an outspoken supporter of farm animals, it was a series of moments: dinner with a passionate vegetarian; the realization that a beautiful pet is essentially “no different from a beautiful cow”; the book “Animal Liberation” by Princeton philosopher Peter Singer.Then there was the fundamental question about the human — and animal — condition.“There is a logical path from existentially wondering how we can do the most good to helping farm animals,” said Thomas, adding: “Young people who are contemplating how to mitigate the most suffering should consider helping farm animals, where an ordinary person can positively affect millions of lives.”Billions, in fact, when you count chickens.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 9 billion chickens, 115 million pigs, and 29 million cows were slaughtered in 2015 in the United States. Across the country, farmed animals are unprotected by any federal rules until shortly before slaughter and are exempt from the majority of state cruelty laws. Those facts stand in sharp contrast to a nationwide 2012 poll by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in which 94 percent of respondents said that animals raised for food should be free from abuse or cruelty.The confinement of factory-farmed animals has become a hot-button issue in recent years, with McDonald’s and Walmart among the more than 200 U.S. companies pledging transitions to cage-free egg supply chains. A current Massachusetts ballot initiative seeks to prohibit keeping egg-laying hens in battery cages, confining mother sows in gestation crates, and tethering veal calves so they cannot move. The proposal also calls for banning the sale of food items produced in other states using such types of confinement.“The Massachusetts ballot measure is poised to be the single most progressive piece of farmed animal protection legislation ever passed in the United States,” said Christopher Green, executive director of Harvard Law School’s Animal Law & Policy Program. “Having this happen in our backyard as our program gets off the ground has allowed us to analyze the process in the classroom and given our students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working directly on the campaign.”Thomas has found a welcome partner in the HLS program. With his recent gift of $1 million and a subsequent matching gift of $500,000 to support individual donations of up to $50,000 through December, he is hoping to make farm animals central to animal cruelty prevention. It’s a shared concern.“The Thomas Fund will support the critically important work of the Animal Law and Policy Program. I look forward to seeing how it will advance research and teaching to improve the welfare of animals,” said Harvard President Drew Faust.“How humans raise animals for food in this country and around the world affects animal welfare, human health, food safety, workers’ rights, as well as climate change and the environment,” said Dean Martha Minow. “With the leadership of the Animal Law & Policy Program, and the marvelous generosity of [Charles] Thomas, Harvard Law School pursues scholarship and work at the forefront of these critical concerns, and I am so grateful.”The gift is to be used as the program’s directors see fit, beyond a few important stipulations, said Green.“Charles wanted his resources to go toward items not already budgeted for, and he wanted the entire sum to be spent within seven years to ensure the gift would be implemented right away and help the program immediately expand upon its existing efforts.”The gift has supported a new fellow to work on animal welfare aspects of a larger U.S. farm bill policy analysis being run by the HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic. Given the substantial impact factory farming has on animal welfare, public health, and environmental degradation, said Green, the program plans to hire additional fellows to work on farmed-animal policy in the coming year.The program’s work reaches well beyond U.S. borders. Its faculty director, Kristen Stilt, is collaborating with Harvard’s South Asia Institute to examine animal agriculture from the Middle East to Asia.Christopher Green with Kristen Stilt, HLS professor of law and the program’s faculty director, Stilt’s daughter, Lark, and Belle, a 14-year-old Hafflinger horse who lives at Winslow Farm, an animal sanctuary in Norton, Mass. Photo by Penelope Yan“The goal is to produce a comprehensive report on such practices and their consequences to set a baseline for deeper policy analysis,” said Stilt, a professor of law who noted that the factory-farming model under fire in the United States “is on the rise in the rest of the world.”Stilt is also studying the emergence of animal-protection provisions in constitutions worldwide and conflicts between animal welfare and religious freedom in cases of ritual slaughter.Animal welfare has long been a concern for both Green and Stilt. An expert in Islamic legal studies, Stilt became involved with several animal-advocacy groups while in Egypt carrying out research for her Harvard Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern studies. In Cairo, she conducted undercover investigations at animal slaughterhouses and worked to help curb the stray animal population problem.Green, who owns and manages an Illinois farm that has remained in his family for nearly 180 years, dreamed of becoming a veterinarian before attending Harvard Law School. He has published his own scholarship on animal legal issues and worked for several years with animal-protection organizations before returning to Cambridge in 2015 to help lead the HLS program.Stilt and Green see the program’s mission as threefold: expanding educational opportunities in animal law and policy; increasing the quantity and quality of academic research and scholarship in the field; and helping inform broader communities about the legal aspects of animal welfare issues.In just the first year they made strides in all three, thanks in part to a gift in 2014 from the founder and president of the Animal Welfare Trust, Bradley L. Goldberg, whose support built on the 2001 Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights at HLS.Course offerings at the School have expanded from an animal-law class first taught in 2000 to a new course on wildlife law and an offering on farmed-animal law set for next fall. Last year the program welcomed its first academic fellow, Delcianna Winders. That fellowship is focused on research and scholarship and on preparing recipients for a tenured teaching position in the field. In December, the program’s first major conference will convene a variety of experts to reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act.Silt and Green agree that raising awareness is one way to help spark legislative reform around issues of animal welfare. For Thomas, a big step toward awareness is stronger support for research and scholarship in the field.“Farm animals are still mostly an afterthought in the academic and major donor communities,” said Thomas. “I hope this gift changes that by providing scholars the freedom to pursue careers in animal advocacy, and demonstrating to other universities and philanthropists that investing in animal care benefits humankind and all life on our planet.“History will render a harsh judgment on contemporary animal agriculture,” he added. “Gandhi wrote, ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,’ and Harvard will undoubtedly help shape a more humane vision for future society.”SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Orlando Patterson receives Order of Merit

first_img Read Full Story John Cowles Professor of Sociology Orlando Patterson was awarded the the honor of the Order of Merit (OM) this month. No more than two persons can be awarded the OM in any given year.According to its website, the OM “may be conferred upon any citizen of Jamaica or distinguished citizen of a country other than Jamaica … who has achieved eminent international distinction in the field of science, the arts, literature, or any other endeavor.”Patterson is the author of multiple academic papers and books, including “Slavery and Social Death” (1982), “The Ordeal of Integration” (1997), and “Understanding Black Youth” (2015).last_img

Banquet invites students to experience hunger

first_img‘Tis the season of celebrating together over food and drink. However, many Americans will be hungry and cold during this holiday season. To combat this issue, the Saint Mary’s College Student Diversity Board (SDB) will host a Hunger Banquet this Tuesday before winter break. Caroline Brown, chairwoman of the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB), said the event is well suited to the mission of the College.   “The Hunger Banquet is designed to raise awareness and understanding within the Saint Mary’s community,” Brown said. “It is a great opportunity to experience what it is like to be placed in poverty. As a Catholic institution, our social responsibility plays a large role in the mission statement of Saint Mary’s, as well as our diversity board.” Students, faculty and staff will take on new identities to give them a true sense of the struggle faced by the hungry, she said. Identity slips will be given upon entry to the Banquet, placing participants in either the lower, middle or upper economic class. The participant’s role will determine which and how much food is placed on his or her plate. The Banquet will simulate each economic class and participants will be asked to manifest this identity throughout the evening. Brown said SDB decided to go forward with the event because the members believe hunger and poverty are prevalent issues that are greatly overlooked at Saint Mary’s. “We hope that our participants will take a couple things away from this event,” Brown said.  “First, as Oxfam International and SDB believe, aid alone will not solve hunger, education will. We hope that our participants will come out of this event more educated and aware of the implications of hunger and poverty, and with the knowledge of how to take action. Second, we hope that our participants will take away a sense of passion for helping those in need around the world.” In addition to the roles given, SDB will give a short presentation about getting involved through organizations like The Center for the Homeless, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Salvation Army, Hope Ministries and others. Brown said that although the content of this event is serious, the event will also be an enjoyable and educational.  “Hunger is not an option, so where will you sit?” said Brown. The Hunger Banquet will be held on Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge.   Contact Chelsey Fattel at [email protected]last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Oprah’s B’way Visit, Andy Mientus’ Leather Fetish & More

first_img Oprah Eyes The Visit on B’way Oprah Winfrey wants to do The Visit on Broadway. No, not the Kander and Ebb version, which Chita Rivera will lead on the Main Stem this spring, but a new translation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s 1956 play by Tony Kushner. According to the New York Post, Oprah was hoping to headline the latest adaptation on the Great White Way in the 2015-16 season, but it depends on the success of Rivera’s show. Well, there’s always Night, Mother if this doesn’t work out…Plus whatever happens, Oprah will be in the Theater District later this year producing Jennifer Hudson in The Color Purple. Casting Set for Kander & Pierce’s Kid Victory Tony nominee Christiane Noll, along with Broadway alums Sarah Litzsinger and Jeffry Denman, have been tapped for John Kander and Greg Pierce’s previously announced Kid Victory. The ensemble piece’s cast will also include Christopher Bloch, Laura Darrell, Parker Drown, Valerie Leonard, Bobby Smith and Jake Winn. Directed by Liesl Tommy, the world premiere musical will play at Virginia’s Signature Theatre’s MAX Theatre February 17 through March 22. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Commentscenter_img Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer Reunite Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will reunite at the sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival, which will hold a 50th anniversary gala screening of The Sound of Music on March 26 in Hollywood. This gives us the perfect excuse to post one of our favourite things below—watch, sing along and happy hump day! Watch Andy Mientus Fantasize Over a Guy in Leather Andy Mientus’ fantasies are coming true in the latest teaser trailer for his appearance as Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper, an openly gay villain with hearing loss, in The Flash. Check out below as the Les Miserables star and Smash alum is scooped up by a guy in head to toe leather. Yes really. We’re counting down the days until we can watch the whole episode on the CW on January 27.last_img read more