Brown’s gamble

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Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Extend Stay-at-Home Orders to Seven Additional Counties, 33 Counties Now Ordered to Stay Home

first_imgGov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Extend Stay-at-Home Orders to Seven Additional Counties, 33 Counties Now Ordered to Stay Home Press Release,  Public Health Counties Added: Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon, SomersetGovernor Wolf’s Amended OrderSecretary of Health’s Amended OrderStay at Home GuidanceAs COVID-19 cases continue to grow and the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon and Somerset counties, bringing the state total to 33 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and will continue until April 30. Yesterday, all stay-at-home orders were extended through April 30. All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Non-life-sustaining business closures remain in effect.The order now includes these 33 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from homeGetting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residencesEngaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancingTo perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining businessTo care for a family member or pet in another householdAny travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activitiesTravel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable personsTravel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related servicesTravel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdictionTravel required by law enforcement or court orderTravel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealthAnyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.The following operations are exempt:Life-sustaining business activitiesHealth care or medical services providersAccess to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banksAccess to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure OrdersNews mediaLaw enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefightersThe federal governmentReligious institutionsIndividuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.Read Governor Wolf’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Governor Wolf’s amended order here or view on Scribd.Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s amended order here or view on Scribd.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: this information in Spanish here. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img March 31, 2020last_img read more

FRC reworks stewardship definition in more demanding Code

first_imgThe UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has unveiled the final version of the new Stewardship Code, confirming that investors would face “substantially higher” standards as its signatories.Expectations have changed since the Code was last revised in 2012 and there have been “significant developments in sustainable and responsible investment and stewardship”, which the 2020 Code reflected, it said.Simon Dingemans, chair of the watchdog, said the new framework was “a step-change”.“It is an ambitious revision that strengthens the UK’s standards of governance, transparency and clear reporting,” he said. “We are looking for widespread adoption by the investment community, reinforcing the attractiveness of the UK as a place to do business and delivering real benefits to the economy, the environment and society more broadly.” Key changes, according to the FRC, include an extended focus that takes in asset owners and service providers as well as asset managers, and a requirement to report annually on stewardship activity and its outcomes.“Signatories’ reports will show what has actually been done in the previous year, and what the outcome was, including their engagement with the assets they invest in, their voting records and how they have protected and enhanced the value of their investments,” said the FRC. “This greater transparency will allow clients to see how their interests are being served.”Signatories will also be expected to take environmental, social and governance factors, including climate change, into account. As trailed, they will also be expected to explain how they exercise across asset classes beyond listed equity, which has been the focus so far, and in relation to investments outside the UK.Those adopting the Code will also need to explain their organisation’s purpose, investment beliefs, strategy and culture.FRC commended for engagement effortFaith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at Brunel Pension Partnership, one of the UK’s eight local authority pension fund asset pools, said it welcomed the new Code, and that the FRC should be commended for having carried out a “phenomenal” amount of engagement with the investment industry. “Additional transparency is absolutely the right direction of travel.” Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at Brunel Pension PartnershipThe additional transparency called for by the new framework would help increase accountability on specific actions and outcomes from stewardship activities and whether these delivered real change, she said.“This will bring some short-term pain in terms of increasing the workload, but in the long-term this is absolutely the right direction of travel.” A slightly sceptical reaction came from Martin Webster, partner at Pinsent Masons, who said that despite encouraging elements, “it is questionable whether it does enough to remove the risk of boilerplate reporting”.“And, with at least half the value of the UK stock market held by overseas investors, it is unclear how much notice they will take of these new, more onerous, but still voluntary provisions.”Stewardship definition tensionArguably the most challenging item the FRC had to deal with in finalising the new version of the Code was the definition of stewardship, which it has revised from that proposed in its consultation earlier this year.The new code defines it as: “The responsible allocation, management and oversight of capital to create long-term value for clients and beneficiaries leading to sustainable benefits for the economy, the environment and society”.This adds an explicit reference to the environment, and specifies that the value to be delivered for clients and beneficiaries should be long-term.center_img “The FRC has landed in a good place”Ingrid Holmes, head of policy and advocacy at Hermes Investment ManagementIngrid Holmes, head of policy and advocacy at Hermes Investment Management, said the end result was positive.“We went back and forth on this debate for months and months,” she told IPE. “The FRC has landed in a good place.“What the FRC has done with the new definition is to basically create a sub-clause around the idea of economy and society affecting outcomes for clients, which helps people feel more comfortable around what might have been potential fiduciary conflict.”The draft 2020 Stewardship Code defined stewardship as “the responsible allocation and management of capital across the institutional investment community, to create sustainable value for beneficiaries, the economy and society”. The UK’s asset management association rejected this definition, saying it conflicted with managers and owners’ fiduciary duty.Nearly all of the 102 respondents to the consultation commented on the proposed definition, with half saying that the primary purpose of stewardship was to deliver financial returns for clients, and a third commenting that having regard to the economy and society in investment decision-making was necessary to properly fulfil their fiduciary duty.One asset owner expressed “a little” disappointment about the final definition, but said the FRC had tried to find a sensible compromise and had ended up with a pragmatic solution.Industry associations react Andrew Ninian, director for stewardship and corporate governance at the Investment Association:“The revised Stewardship Code […] places a new emphasis on the importance of stewardship in creating sustainable value for savers, not just in listed companies, but across bonds, private equity and infrastructure – a move which is welcomed by the IA and its members.“The most significant change will come from the new reporting requirements, enabling investment managers to demonstrate the tangible change their engagement with companies can bring and allowing savers and investors to judge the outcomes they deliver on their behalf.” Caroline Escott, investment and stewardship policy lead at the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA): “It is absolutely right […] that the Code is aligned to regulations elsewhere in explicitly referring to ESG factors – including climate change. We also support the shift in the Code to more explicitly cover asset classes beyond equity and its applicability to service providers, which play a key role in supporting schemes to make sound investment decisions.“We are also pleased that the FRC has recognised the importance of collective engagement to good stewardship, and that this has retained its prominence in the new Code – as called for by the PLSA and many of our members.”last_img read more

Bilinga beach house built to make the most of the ocean vistas

first_img307A Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.An old beach shack once stood on the 479sq m block but owners David Williams and Caroline Seymour decided to replace it with a modern home when they bought it in 2007.“It was probably a six month design process and six month build,” Mr Williams said.“It is a bit unique for that particular area, there’s not a lot of modern homes there.”They moved into the four-bedroom, three bathroom tri-storey house with their two children in 2008.It was later named a finalist in the 2009 REIQ House of the Year Awards. This Bilinga beach house is going to auction on July 21. What a kitchen.An open kitchen, living and dining area is at the heart of the home on the ground floor.The floor seamlessly flows onto multiple alfresco areas and patios where there is a saltwater pool and outdoor shower.Another house stands between the Golden Four Drive property and the beach.But, it still has direct beach access through a backyard gate and path on the left side of the other residence.Mr Williams said they loved the home and it would be sad to say goodbye but their children’s school and sporting commitments had forced them to make the tough decision to sell.They planned on moving further north. The outdoor entertaining area.While they don’t plan on building their next house, Mr Williams said it had been a great experience.“We really enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s a home we’re very proud of.”It also has ducted airconditioning, a back-to-base security system, video intercom entry, two 5000L underground water tanks, motorised storm shutters, and motorised internal blinds on the ground and top levelsTugun Village and the shopping, dining and entertaining precincts of Kirra and Coolangatta are close by.center_img 307A Golden Four Drive, Bilinga is going under the hammer on July 21.DREAMING of waking up to a breathtaking ocean view?This Bilinga beach house was built to make the most of the ocean vistas expanding before it. Relax outside by the pool.Mr Williams said the best part about their modern industrial style home was that the ocean could be seen from every level.“Every bedroom has ocean views,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“From the top level, we’ve got 270 degree views, from Mount Warning right down to Snapper Rocks.”The home’s top floor is dedicated to the master bedroom, which has an ensuite, study and two balconies.The remaining three bedrooms are on the second floor with an upstairs living area and bathroom.last_img read more

Moyes right man – Pallister

first_img Little wonder some observers have started to question Moyes’ suitability to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, even if most match-going fans are sticking with the Scot for now. Pallister is too, having been convinced Moyes was the right man to inherit one of the biggest jobs in the game, even if he had never won a major trophy. And, once Moyes gets in the men he wants to strengthen his squad, the former United defender is confident he will prove it. Speaking at the launch of the 2014 FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, Pallister said: “He will get it right. “I can understand why people are writing Manchester United off but I am not going to change my mind. “For me David Moyes was the right man to take over the job. I still think that. “You have to give him time to understand what the club is all about. “Sir Alex Ferguson said you have to give him time. Everybody understood that. Press Association Gary Pallister insists Manchester United got it right by appointing David Moyes as manager. “A big transition is taking place. It is not something that is going to happen overnight.” Indeed, Pallister has not given up on United’s clinching a top-four spot, especially since the club record £37.1million arrival of Juan Mata. “Mata is a great signing,” said Pallister. “He will have a terrific career at Manchester United. “I am sure once he gets used to the new players and they get used to him, they will create a lot more chances than they have done previously. “It hasn’t gone to plan so far but there are still enough games left to make it a good season. “We have every chance of getting a top-four slot and a good game coming up against Olympiacos in a few weeks with a great chance of getting through to the following rounds of the Champions League. “Then in the summer I think he will buy more players. “Manchester United will be back. I am certain of that, vying at the top of the league and looking for trophies.” However, Pallister does acknowledge this season’s problems are a new experience for an entire generation of United fans, who have known nothing but success. He does though. For when the 48-year-old signed for the club from Middlesbrough in 1989, they were in the middle of what would have been their worst season since they were relegated had it not been for that 1990 FA Cup win, after which Ferguson enjoyed so much success. “I remember my first year at Manchester United,” said Pallister. “At one stage we were a defeat away from going into the relegation zone. “We got so much stick for being the size of club we were and not winning the championship for 26 years. “The the senior professionals, Bryan Robson and Mal Donaghy, told the young lads to keep doing their jobs and it would come right. “Ryan Giggs was one of those young lads then. Now he will be imparting that same experience to people like Adnan Januzaj, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.” United are enduring a desperate campaign, crashing out of both domestic cup competitions in surprising circumstances and suffering their eighth Premier League defeat of the season at Stoke on Saturday. That result has left the Red Devils seven points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool, with their chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League fading fast. last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Amidst hostility, India and Pakistan square off in marquee clash

first_img New Delhi: There is tension. There is continuing hostility. The build-up was dominated by calls for a boycott due to the terror attack in Pulwama. Despite all this, the tickets for this match were sold out in minutes. In terms of numbers, the rivalry has been one-sided. However, when it comes to passion, emotion and nationalistic fervour or jingoism, nothing beats India vs Pakistan clash. Indian fans will keep on harking about the 6-0 scoreline against their arch-rivals. For Pakistan, what began as a process of removing the monkey off the back is now a gorilla off the back. With every passing World Cup, the desperation for Pakistan has been palpable. They have only one mission: Defeat India or face more agony.The momentum for both sides heading into this contest is stark. Pakistan squandered a golden chance to get the better of five-time champions Australia. India, on the other hand, is operating like a well-oiled machine in both the batting and bowling. The wash-out in Trent Bridge against New Zealand would not have affected India too much. KL Rahul is an ideal fit at the top in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan while either Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Karthik can add more depth to either the batting or the bowling.However, Pakistan is known to be mercurial and India cannot take them lightly. Mohammad Amir, who ripped out Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final showed that he is back in form with his first five-wicket haul in ODIs. In many ways, Amir is the key to the bowling along with Wahab Riaz, who has proven to be expensive against India in past encounters.For Pakistan to make a contest out of this, their batting needs to fire. Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq and Sarfaraz Ahmed have made contributions but all eyes would be on Fakhar Zaman, whose century helped Pakistan win their last ICC trophy. In past encounters, Pakistan’s batting has always let them down and they will be hoping for a better show.There is one slight problem heading into the clash in Manchester though. The weather has been inclement in Manchester for the last couple of days and showers are expected to play a part in this match. The billions of fans would be hoping that the rain gods stay away and the ICC will also be praying. If rain washes out this match, then it is certain that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be a certified disaster.Team combinationsWith Shikhar Dhawan missing this match, KL Rahul will open the batting. India already has depth in the bowling. Considering his previous record against Pakistan and provided the pitch offers seam movement, Mohammed Shami might replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar. If India needs depth in their batting, they might go in with Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar. For Pakistan, they might want to include Shadab Khan in place of Shaheen Afridi who was a tad expensive against AustraliaIndia (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra ChahalPakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad AmirWho will win?On all departments, India is better equipped and it is no longer a case of India’s batting versus Pakistan’s bowling. Barring a freakish performance from either the Pakistan batsmen or the bowlers, India should make the scoreline 7-0 on Sunday.Weather and pitchThis is the most dominant question of all. The weather in Southampton is not all that great. There are chances of rain and it could end up being another spoiler.Statistics6-0. This is not only a decorated scoreline in tennis but for Indian cricket fans. India has won all six encounters against Pakistan starting from 1992 in Sydney, 1996 in Bangalore, 1999 in Manchester, 2003 in Centurion, 2011 in Mohali and 2015 in Adelaide.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. highlights India holds a 6-0 advantage against Pakistan in World Cups.Pakistan last won an ICC event against India in 2017 Champions Trophy.India holds a 3-2 advantage in ICC events against Pakistan in England.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Pollitt excels with dietary adjustments, working with Gueye filling Eaton’s shoes

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 26, 2013 at 1:27 am Contact Bryan: Last year, Donald Pollitt lacked the right training habits off of the track.The junior had problems maintaining his diet, and it deterred his ability to participate in the 2012 Big East Indoor Championships.“We were honest with him and told him, ‘One of the main things that is keeping you from running fast is you let yourself get a little soft,’” assistant coach Dave Hegland said. Pollitt was less fit, and veered away from his commitment to both his training sessions and meets. But starting last summer, Pollitt changed his diet. He began eating more and built up his appetite to five or six meals a day. But most importantly, he watched what he ate. A year later, Pollitt’s one of the top runners on the team, and is putting himself in position to earn a spot at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut before being able to do that, Pollitt had to completely re-evaluate his eating habits. “It was just about putting the right things in my body,” Pollitt said. “When I come here, do a hard workout and then go eat something terrible, I don’t have the benefits of healing my body and getting ready for the next day.”After missing last year’s event, Pollitt proved his new commitment. The diet paid off after he won the gold medal in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal record time of 7.79 seconds at the Big East Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio, two weekends ago.“I am happy for myself, but I worked hard to get to this point,” Pollitt said. “Last year, my diet wasn’t the best, and I knew I had to put a better work ethic into my training.”During his three years at SU, Pollitt has also had the opportunity to train next to two of Syracuse’s most notable sprinters.One of them is former Orange athlete Jarret Eaton – Syracuse’s first national champion – who won the 60-meter hurdles in the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The other is senior Amadou Gueye, who finished .02 seconds behind Pollitt in this year’s Big East championships. Gueye has won two Big East silver medals – finishing in the race’s top five in each of his three seasons.But after Eaton graduated last year, Gueye embraced Pollitt as a teammate and new catalyst in the race.“Now that (Eaton) is gone, it kind of put a burden on us because it’s the first time we’ve been expected to uphold the tradition he and Ramon Sosa established (in the 60-meter hurdles),” Gueye said. “It feels really good to be able to do that at a high level now.”With this year’s victory, Pollitt joins Eaton (2012) and Sosa (2009) as one of three SU athletes in five years to win the 60-meter hurdles at the Big East championship.Going into the race, assistant coach Hegland thought it was possible for Pollitt and Gueye to place first and second, but said the event is tough to predict.But Pollitt knew Gueye would be right next to him.“I’m happy I beat (Amadou), but at the same time, whoever won the race, either way, it was coming back to Syracuse,” Pollitt said. “We compete against each other every single day and every chance we get, and I knew if I wasn’t on top of my game, he was going to beat me, or vice versa.”Hegland has noticed the two teammates take a lot of pride in the 60-meter hurdles as they train and push each other every day. This week, Pollitt and Gueye will practice together in preparation for the Columbia Last Chance at the Armory in New York City, where they hope to qualify for nationals. As the event’s name indicates, it is the last opportunity for athletes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 8.“I think they just have to keep doing what they’re doing,” Hegland said. “Those guys are prepared really well, and if they stay focused, things should go well this weekend.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse misses host of chances in 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh

first_imgWith 36 seconds left in the game, Jackie Firenze dribbled down the field until she got close enough to fire a desperation shot that sailed wide left of the goal. Pittsburgh goalie Taylor Francis secured the ball and with it, the win. The play echoed the recurring theme for the Orange – missed opportunities. With none of Syracuse’s seven shots finding the back of the net, Syracuse failed to capitalize when it couldn’t afford to. The team failed to score a goal and a Roosa Arvas penalty kick goal was all Pittsburgh (5-6, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) needed to top Syracuse (4-5-3, 1-2 ACC), 1-0, at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.“To have the amount of opportunities we had, good opportunities we had, and to not come away with a win is unacceptable,” said SU head coach Phil Wheddon.Just 10 minutes into the game, Emma Firenze dribbled a wide open shot right to Francis. In the 24th minute and again about three minutes later, Alex Lamontagne shot but didn’t score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first opportunity the freshman forward won a one-on-one battle and the second shot was wide open within the six-yard box, but Francis made another easy save. “I just think the problem is focus and the pressure,” Lamontagne said. “We just need to work on putting the ball in the corners and where the goalie isn’t.”The team also nearly scored off a corner kick with eight minutes left in the first half, but sophomore Maddie Damm’s shot from 25 yards out just missed the top-left corner of the goal. That made five first-half shots that didn’t find the back of the Pittsburgh net. While missed shots were a problem in the first frame, Syracuse was only able to generate two total shots — one of which was on goal — in the second. A shot by freshman forward Eva Gordon a little over 10 minutes into the half and Jackie Firenze’s desperate last try were Syracuse’s only real late chances. Wheddon was disappointed after the loss and noted that it wasn’t necessarily the Panthers playing well, but rather his team failing to score goals. He noted that SU was able to get in behind Pittsburgh’s defense often because of its slightly higher back line which led to opportunities.While the chances were there for the team, the head coach couldn’t give much of an explanation of why the team wasn’t able to convert.“How we’re not able to put these balls away I don’t know,” said Wheddon. “I don’t think it’s tactical, I don’t think it personnel, I think it’s just composure in front of goal. We have good players. We just have to be more composed.”In front of the goal is not the only place Syracuse could have used composure. The team totaled seven offside penalties throughout the game, some coming at critical times. Twice in the game, the team was able to advance the ball up the field to Alexis Koval, but the senior forward was unable to get a shot off once the referees blew their whistles. “Offsides penalties killed us today,” Damm said. “Pitt is good on set pieces, they’re good on corners and that’s how they scored their goals.”Wheddon and the team will need to work out the difficulties and do so quickly. With the toughest opponents on their schedule still to come, the team is going to need to be able to not just score, by score often.And moving forward, Damm has a more intangible solution for her coach.“I think it’s all about passion, wanting to get under the ball and wanting to put it into the back of the net,” said Damm. “Everyone on this team has the skill to do it. It honestly just comes down to passion and heart when wanting to finish the game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more

SAS updates USCards to include proximity chips

first_imgMarcelle Saulnier | Daily TrojanWith the end of construction at USC Village, the University’s next changes are taking place from the palms of students’ hands.USC is issuing updated USCards to new and returning students this fall as it looks to replace traditional magnetic strips, according to Student Account Services.“[This new technology] requires the cardholder to just wave or tap the ID card at the reader to gain entry to both the exterior doors of University buildings and the interior bedroom doors in apartments and dorms,” SAS Director Peter Tom said. Updated USCards will include both the magnetic strip and proximity chip. The built-in chip allows entry into remodeled buildings or rooms with new proximity card readers. Administrative staff can enter limited-access rooms or buildings after hours, such as the Engemann Student Health Center or Wallis Annenberg Hall. Students who require special access to designated rooms can be granted entry via the chip as well. There are over 50 buildings that have installed a full proximity card reader or a combination of both card readers, Tom said.Ahead of the 2017-2018 school year, USCard proactively notified returning students assigned to USC Village last spring that they would need to change their card. This process alleviated the burden ahead of move-in day. “If an individual needs a new ID card because the building or facility requires the use of a proximity card, they can change out the current ID card,” Tom said. “However, they must bring in their current ID card to initiate the exchange.”Students can find the official USCard app, which was launched in summer 2016, on the App Store and Google Play Store. After logging in their USCard account, they may use the app to add discretionary dollars, check their meal plan balance, present a digital copy of their ID or deactivate a lost or stolen card.USCard issued just under 20,000 ID cards to students, faculty, staff, guests and visiting scholars last year, and Tom said he anticipates issuing about 15 percent more [cards] this year due to the higher use of proximity card readers.last_img read more

Betway 12th Man training workshops continue with entrepreneurship and leadership class

first_imgEarlier this year, leading online sports firm Betway unveiled a groundbreaking initiative dubbed the Betway 12th Man.The Betway 12th Man, which was set up in partnership with Ghanaian football legend, Stephen Appiah, is a sports development initiative specifically targeted at ex-football professionals.Ten ex-footballers are embarking on a life changing journey which will see them graduate with a variety of skills and qualifications to increase their chances of employment.The ten participants are Yaw Amankwah Mireku, Adwoa Bayor, Abass Hamdiya, Ali Jarrah,Awudu Issaka,Dan Quaye, Isaac Amoako, Lydia Ankrah, Patrick Villars and Peter Ofori Quaye.The Betway 12th Man was put on hold due to the restrictions on public gatherings as a result of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.Prior to this, participants had an opportunity to go through their first workshop, where industry experts took them through sessions in Adult Education, Information Technology, Broadcasting and Crisis Communication Management. Among the resource persons were ace broadcaster, Kwabena Yeboah and former Ghana Football Association (GFA) Vice President, Fred Pappoe.The Betway 12th Man workshops continued this week with participants being taken through educational sessions on COVID-19, entrepreneurship, leadership and strategy.Speaking to the media, Kwabena Oppong Nkrumah was happy to see the Betway 12th Man workshops return. He reiterated the importance of this initiative towards sports development in Ghana.“The Betway 12th Man workshops return this week and we are happy to see our legends back in the training sessions. Betway takes pride in honoring and upskilling our football heroes who have done so much for our country. We will continue to ensure social distancing and personal hygiene protocols are adhered to during this period.”Other workshops scheduled for later this month will include training programs on Marketing, Project Management and Sports Management. An elated Ali Jarrah said the workshops on entrepreneurship, club administration, leadership and strategy have been very beneficial as it supports how he runs his goalkeeping academy.“The past two days have been very fruitful, we have gone through sessions on the day to day management of sports establishments, entrepreneurship and leadership. This will have a positive change on how I run my academy.”About the Betway GroupThe Betway Group is a leading provider of first-class entertainment across sports betting and casino. Launched in 2006, the company operates across a number of regulated online markets and holds licences in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique and Nigeria.Betway prides itself on providing its customers with a bespoke, fun and informed betting experience, supported by a safe and secure environment. Sports Betting Group Ghana Limited powered by Betway is licensed by the Gaming Commission of Ghana. Betway is also the official principal sponsor of Ashanti Gold SC, Aduana Stars FC and Liberty Professionals FC.For more information about Betway please visit: read more