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“If nurses are infected and become sick, all of us are at greater risk,” National Nurses United, a union with 150,000 members, said in a March 24 statement. “If we are sick, who will take care of patients in the face of this terrifying pandemic?”Staff OverwhelmedSome of the hardest hit states are rushing to find reinforcements as their hospital staffs rapidly become overwhelmed. California Governor Gavin Newsom is considering a rule change to speed up licensing of nursing students and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is appealing for retired nurses to return to the workforce.One staffing company has received a request for 5,000 nurses in New York, according to Shari Dingle Costantini, president of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment. Members of her association have as many as 12,000 nurses from the Philippines and other countries who could fill those jobs, if only they could enter the US, she said.Workers set up a field hospital in front of Mount Sinai West Hospital inside Central Park on March 29, 2020 in New York City. – A senior US scientist issued a cautious prediction March 29, 2020 that the novel coronavirus could claim 100,000 to 200,000 lives in the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who leads research into infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told CNN that models predicting a million or more deaths were (AFP/Kena Betancur)“We have the nurses with all the credentials and ready to come into the country but they can’t because there are no visas,” she said.Even before the coronavirus outbreak, many hospitals across the US didn’t have enough nurses to care for patients.America’s not-for-profit hospitals were “experiencing an extreme nursing shortage,” Moody’s Investors Service said in a 2018 report, “and the added expense pressure and personnel issues will negatively affect hospital margins for at least the next three to four years.”Southern and western states, including Florida, Georgia, Texas and California, had the most severe problems. Several of those states — including California — have worsening shortages amid the virus.Applications DeniedThe US had about 3 million registered nurses in 2018 and the total will grow by more than 12 percent by 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which cited an older population and the increasing rates of chronic conditions like diabetes and obesity as factors contributing to rising demand.The Philippines could significantly ease the shortage, said Leo-Felix M. Jurado, chair of the Nursing Department at William Paterson University in New Jersey and a board member of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. There are about 150,000 nurses from the Philippines working in the US, he said, up from approximately 120,000 in 2013.In 2019, about 5,100 people from the Philippines received the EB-3 visas commonly used for nurses, down by a third from 2015.“It’s absolutely been harder in the Trump administration to get people in,” said Costantini, who is also CEO of Avant Healthcare Professionals, a recruiting company in Florida. US Citizenship and Immigration Services “has been delaying and denying visa applications that were once easily approved.”A USCIS spokesman said visa wait times vary and that employers have the option to request an expedited application yet that overall processing times are lower compared to 2016.The State Department appears to be opening the door a little. In a statement dated March 26, it encouraged medical professionals with approved visa petitions or certificates of eligibility in exchange visitor programs, “particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of Covid-19,” to seek a visa appointment at their nearest US embassy.One surgical nurse in Manila has waited for two years. The 32-year-old, who asked not to be identified because of concern about her visa status, earns about 30,000 pesos ($590) a month in the Philippines, not enough to support her family. She has had an offer to work at a US hospital since 2018. Since submitting her paperwork, she has received multiple requests for more documentation.As a nurse in a major public hospital, she spends her days caring for Covid-19 patients, sometimes with limited protective equipment. She fears the pandemic will tighten health screening requirements and make the visa process even more complicated.The US isn’t the only country where government policies are making it tough to fill nursing gaps. In the UK, the Brexit vote in 2016 contributed to the loss of thousands of nurses from European Union countries.“The number of EU nurses coming into the UK suddenly went off a cliff,” said Michael Hodges, a managing director and health care specialist at London-based Christie.Worldwide IssueNow the pandemic is hurting British recruiters’ ability to tap countries such as the Philippines. Monica Felix, 32, who arrived in the UK on March 24, received her visa a day before the Philippine government announced a lockdown of Manila. Her trip to Britain included a layover in Dubai, two days before the United Arab Emirates halted flights through the city. Her colleagues at home are worried their moves abroad will be delayed, she said.“We’re all anxious about what’s happening around us,” Felix said. “All of us know the possible consequences if we get this kind of dreaded disease.”The Covid-19 crisis is also highlighting a nurses shortage in Australia, estimated to reach 85,000 by 2025 and 123,000 nurses by 2030.Amid the pandemic, the Australian health regulator is easing licensing rules to get more health workers into the system quickly, including internationally qualified practitioners awaiting bridging visas. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also said the government will relax work restrictions for 20,000 international nursing students.Shortage at HomeBack in the Philippines, the government wants to keep nurses in the country to help stem the virus outbreak there. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello has issued an order to strictly regulate the overseas deployment of Filipino health care workers until the pandemic is declared to be under control.The Philippines lacks about 23,000 nurses, according to Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc., which has about 900 members. While local hospitals can’t compete with salaries abroad, they will seek to compensate with such perks as free lodging and training programs, he said.Still, nurses in the countryside make as little as 6,000 pesos a month, according to Leah Paquiz, founder of nursing advocacy group Ang Nars Inc., and many nurses at top hospitals make only 26,000 pesos.“Despite our problems here, I don’t ever tell nurses not to leave,” she said. “How can we force them stay when we cannot afford to give them better living conditions?”Topics : “They could come tomorrow,” Beckham said. “The demand is overwhelming right now.”Since President Donald Trump took office on a promise to crack down on immigration, nurses from the Philippines have faced more red tape. Officials return about 50 percent of Vintage’s applications and demand additional paperwork, up from just 5 percent of applications during the Obama administration, Beckham said.CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins attempts to ask a question as U.S. President Donald Trump leads the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 26, 2020. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)The issue is becoming more urgent by the day because of the spread of Covid-19 cases throughout the US. At more than 104,000 infections, the country now has a higher tally than China and Italy. As the coronavirus pandemic threatens to strain nursing staffs at hospitals across the US, Melanie N. Beckham knows where to find reinforcements. But first, the Trump administration needs to give its approval.Beckham, president of Vintage Health Resources in Germantown, Tennessee, specializes in helping hospitals throughout the southeastern US hire nurses from the Philippines, a country with a large population of English speakers and a long history of sending health-care workers abroad.Of the several hundred Philippine recruits now in Vintage’s application process, more than 100 nurses have passed the licensing and language exams. They’ve completed background checks and are ready to head to the US Yet they are stuck because they can’t get their visas processed.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Banks move to stem mortgage fallout The second pool is under cover and has a glass wall at one end that makes up the home’s front lobby.Set up like a luxurious private resort, it is currently the most expensive house listed for sale in Cairns. The amount that the current owners have spent purchasing, upgrading and remodelling the home is enough to rival the Gold Coast’s 2020 $11m record sale price.Agent Shira David Stern of Elite Real Estate Services said the property would suit “anyone who would like to own a home that has anything they have ever dreamed and wanted all under one roof”. The first thing visitors see as they walk in – but that also means you can see them at the door while you’re in the pool. Poker machine dynasty heir Christian Ainsworth built the home, but the current owners have taken it to another level. Picture: Marc McCormack“It was built originally by Christian Ainsworth as a private residence and retreat that has all the luxuries that anyone would want and expect from a palatial beachfront home in a prestigious location.”This is high end living at its best, with two wings in the home – one could be a guest or staff wing, if you like putting staff in five-star like facilities.“The guest/staff wing is equivalent to a five-star hotel,” Mrs David Stern said. “The property won a State Housing and Construction Award for Home Renovation/Remodelling Project.” The second pool wraps around the two wings of the home connecting them. The perfect spot to unwind with bubbles.It cost the current owners around $4.5m to purchase and then they have since taken it to another level, investing more than $6.5m in upgrading and remodelling the amazing home.They put in even higher end features than Ainsworth did, including redoing the entire airconditioning system this year, adding home automation, top of the range appliances, a new internal lift, an indoor water fountain, outdoor fountain/pond features, heated pools, sauna, and a cinema room.It even has a commercial quality gym that’s bigger than many two-bedroom apartments at 120sq m – and the garage “can hold a large boat as well as two Rolls Royce cars” The home is more like a luxury private resort. One of the recreation rooms.“Homes like this property are very rare and this property is singular in the Cairns region. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a home like this. This is one of, if not the most impressive house in Queensland,” Mrs David Stern said.Those pools were geared specifically for the Sunshine State.“The outside pool was built to enjoy the tropical sun and the internal one is covered for all year enjoyment and has a jacuzzi. On top of the pool there are two garden feature ponds, the back garden pond can double up as a kids pool with lion water features. Both main pools are heated and were converted from Gas to electric heating a few years ago. The internal pool mosaics were upgraded to include the same star feature as the entrance foyer of the home.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago The commercial quality gym is as big as a two-bedroom apartment.Asked what the best feature of the home was, Mrs David Stern mentioned the “vast indoor and outdoor entertainment areas as well as the external resort style swimming pool” and the internal pool.“The internal pool is a unique feature with its immaculate mosaic work. The mosaic is also reflected in the bespoke flooring of the formal dining room.” The ultimate in tropical luxury lifestyle. The princess bedroom.“The children’s bedroom has come out straight from a princess fairy tale.”“The garden is vast and tropical with a variety of coloured palms all on a 3600sq m block. There are so many features it is so hard to choose (the best).” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Occupying an unparalleled position, this spectacular property boasts over 2,500sq m of living on a 3,298sq m block of irreplaceable full beachfront flat land.One of the Tropical North’s most expensive homes, built by the heir to a billion-dollar pokies fortune, is so ‘extra’, one of its two pools has a glass wall so you can see who’s at the door while doing laps.The Kewarra Beach home, built by the heir to the Aristocrat fortune Christian Ainsworth, has since had a massive renovation by its current owners who took on the property’s twin wings, twin pools, twin kitchens, twins of just about everything six years ago.
Bosco Ntaganda at the ICCFormer Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed “The Terminator”, goes on trial before the International Criminal Court Wednesday, accused of war crimes including the rape of child soldiers by his own rebel army.The once-feared rebel commander with a flair for pencil moustaches, cowboy hats and fine dining, faces 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity. He has pleaded not guilty.Presiding Judge Robert Fremr will open proceedings against Rwandan-born Ntaganda at 0730 GMT at the court’s Hague-based headquarters.ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will speak first, followed by Ntaganda’s lawyers and those representing some 2,149 victims in the case.Prosecutors say Ntaganda played a central role in ethnic attacks on civilians in the mineral-rich but restive northeastern Congolese province of Ituri in 2002-3, in a conflict rights groups believe has left some 60,000 dead since 1999.At a hearing a year ago to confirm charges against Ntaganda, chief prosecutor Bensouda accused the former warlord of allowing his fighters to rape child and woman soldiers in his own rebel army, or keep them as sex slaves.One female child soldier received 150 lashes and was raped as punishment, with her wounds taking a month to heal, Bensouda said.“This case is highly significant because for the first time in international criminal law, the ICC has charged a commander with acts of rape and sexual slavery committed against children within his own militia group and under his command,” Brigid Inder of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice said in a statement.Feared warlord Ntaganda, 41, was once one of the most-wanted fugitives in Africa’s Great Lakes region until he unexpectedly walked into the US embassy in the Rwandan capital Kigali in March 2013 and asked to be sent to The Hague.He was the founder of the M23 rebel group that was defeated by the Congolese government in late 2013 after an 18-month insurgency in the vast Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region.
House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 HAMPDEN — At Hampden Academy on Friday, Anthony Cultrera of the Sumner Tigers collected a pair of wins as the Tiger boys finished fourth in an eight-team meet.Trisha Bakeman of the George Stevens Academy Eagles races to victory in the 400-meter run at Hampden.Cultrera won the 100-meter dash in 11.82 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 23.58 seconds.In team scoring, the host Broncos were easy winners with 280 points, followed by Old Town 116, Calais 56, Sumner 43, Penquis 30, George Stevens Academy 20, Piscataquis 16 and Narraguagus 6.In the girls’ meet, Trisha Bakeman of the GSA Eagles was the lone local winner, placing first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:09.23.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn team scoring, Hampden led the way with 239 points, followed by Old Town 178, Piscataquis 41, GSA 31, Calais 23, Narraguagus 14, Sumner 8 and Penquis 6. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts
Holder says preparation games cricitical to tour successLONDON, (CMC) – West Indies captain Jason Holder has urged his inexperienced side to make the most of the three tour games in the build-up to the opening Test of the three-match series against England later next month.The tourists face Essex in a three-day contest starting Tuesday and will follow up with matches against Kent from August 6-8 in Canterbury and against Derbyshire from August 11-13.The opening Test will be a day/night affair beginning August 17 at Edgbaston.“I think it is extremely good that we have three games leading into the first Test match, all of them being three-day games and one being a day-nighter, so that’s more than enough preparation time to go into the first Test and into the Test series,” the all-rounder said.“The guys need to use these games importantly and make sure we make use of them to the best of our ability and get what we need out of them. It’s important that batsmen spend some time at the crease, get accustomed to the conditions and the quicker we get acclimatised to the conditions, I think the better off we would be.“We need to get comfortable and make sure that we give ourselves the best chance to perform.”The series is expected to be a difficult one for West Indies, especially with the majority of the squad making their maiden Test tour of England.In fact, of the 15-man squad only opener Kieran Powell and pacers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel have ever played a Test here.Further, two players – Kyle Hope and Raymond Reifer – are uncapped while six others have played less than 15 Tests.Holder, who has led the Windies in 15 of his 23 Tests, said critical to the success of the tour would be the squad’s ability to play as a unit and build on recent encouraging performances against Pakistan.“The biggest thing is for us to gel as a side. We’ve preached family in the dressing room and we have planned a lot of activities to try and bring the group together,” he explained.“I have been seeing some wonderful progress. The last two Test series we played against Pakistan have been a great success for us, although we didn’t get the perfect results in terms of the overall picture.“We saw many of the guys improve – they are a lot more assertive at the crease as batters and the bowlers being a lot more consistent in their lines and lengths.“We can only ask the guys to continue in that vein and once we do the small things well … we will get the end results we’re looking for.”The Windies arrived here Saturday from the Caribbean and had their first training session at Lord’s yesterday.
Associated Press The Packers also have provided $1.5 million in grants through the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.___Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus.Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests. Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.___The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas.The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers. RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils.The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils.___Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest. ___Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is eager to get back on the baseball diamond, though not until he can be sure it’s in a safe environment.Speaking Wednesday on a teleconference call from his home in Peachtree City, Georgia, Smith said he doesn’t want to return until there’s no threat of contracting the new coronavirus.“There’s a definitely a concern about that,” Smith said. “We want to make sure it’s 100 percent safe. When they give us the go — if they do — to start back up again, we don’t want to contract that virus and then pass it around to others amongst ourselves and get other people sick and just continue that pandemic.“Whenever they give us the go, when it’s like a really safe time to go back, I think that would be the best opportunity.” ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The International Olympic Committee will hold an annual meeting through video conferencing on July 17.The meeting of around 100 members, known as the IOC Session, had originally been scheduled to be held in Tokyo before the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics.The one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games because of the new coronavirus, and global restrictions on travel and large gatherings of people, have left video conferencing as the best option.The IOC says its executive board will discuss the Session agenda and a secure voting protocol. The board is due to meet remotely next week, on May 14.___ ___Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped.Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June. Smith has been passing the time during the quarantine with his family, but he made time to participate in a video game challenge with other big leaguers. Playing MLB The Show 19, Smith went 19-10, finished fifth and was named Players League Best Manager.— Reporting by David Ginsburg in Baltimore___Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the NBA team is going ahead with plans to open its training facility on Friday so players can individually work out.Bickerstaff said the team has been in contact with local and Ohio health officials to make sure it is following safety guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team’s year-round facility in Independence, Ohio has been closed since mid-March. Bickerstaff, who took over the Cavs when John Beilein stepped down in February midway through his first season, said the league has advised that any player and coach remain 12 feet apart while on the floor together.He said coaches will be required to wear masks and gloves. Bickerstaff said the workouts are voluntary and “no one is being pressured to do anything.”___Torino has announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 after the first run of medical tests were carried out on the team as it begins the return to training.The club has not named the player but says he is asymptomatic and has been placed in quarantine. North Carolina says it’s launching a crowdfunding campaign to allow fans to help provide financial assistance to school athletes facing “extreme hardships” amid the coronavirus pandemic.The school announced the creation of the Helping Heels Fund on Wednesday. It is designed to receive gifts to directly aid athletes and their families with expenses as permitted by NCAA rules. Those expenses could include groceries, medical bills and technology needs for online classes or remote learning.The fund is designed to supplement the school’s existing Student-Athlete Assistance Fund for the same issues. UNC has more than 800 student-athletes in 28 varsity sports.Athletics director Bubba Cunningham says many people have reached out seeking to help school athletes amid the pandemic that has shut down college sports while displacing athletes from campuses and team facilities. He says the new fund “is an opportunity to offer resources beyond what our department is currently able to provide.”The school’s compliance office will vet any funds provided and no money will go directly from a donor to an athlete. May 6, 2020 The Latest: Indiana prep sports on track to resume in July All school-sponsored athletic activities were put on hold in March and later canceled because of school closures due to the new coronavirus. Those policies will remain in place through June.The resumption of prep sports remains contingent on the state’s ability to gradually reopen for business under the plan outlined last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb.If the the guidelines are met, athletes would be able to work out with teammates and coaches through at least Aug. 1.The decision comes after Jennifer McCormick, Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction, clarified that June 30 will be the end of the traditionally defined school year. ___ Most Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.The teams have been allowed to do so under a strict set of guidelines, including testing players and staff.___The Green Bay Packers are teaming with American Family Insurance to provide $20,000 worth of ready-made meals to northeast Wisconsin’s front-line workers in the fight against the new coronavirus. Packers officials said the meals will be delivered to hospitals May 6-12 for Nurse Appreciation Week and will go to police and fire stations May 10-16 as part of Police Appreciation Week. Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion.No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted.There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country. The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022.Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021.___The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday. Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke and the school’s five highest-paid coaches will take voluntary 20% pay cuts as the athletic department deals with a projected $7.5 million revenue shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.Football coach Kevin Sumlin, men’s basketball coach Sean Miller, and baseball coach Jay Johnson will all take cuts for the 2020-21 school year. Women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes and softball coach Mike Candrea also agreed to salary reductions.Other Arizona coaches will take smaller salary cuts as part of a university plan to reduce projected losses of $250 million through the 2020-21 fiscal year.Heeke last month said the athletic department faces a roughly $7.5 million revenue shortfall in 2019-20 after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and all spring sports were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced the resumption of prep sports around the state can tentatively begin July 1. Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year.Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years.A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___
Published on February 14, 2013 at 1:42 am Contact Sam: email@example.com | @SamBlum3 Syracuse has dominated Binghamton for more than a decade. The Bearcats, who SU head coach Luke Jensen considers one of the Orange’s “New York rivals,” have faced SU for five straight seasons. Syracuse has won every contest.Jensen said he knows Syracuse’s self-acclaimed title as “New York’s College Team” annoys some of the other programs in the state, and he’s well-prepared for a very motivated Binghamton team.“I know they want to come in and knock us off,” Jensen said. “We’ve played them many times and it’s been very close since I’ve been here. I expect the exact same type of battle.”Binghamton (2-3) will make the short trek up Interstate 81 to Syracuse (2-5, 0-1 Big East) this Friday to take on the Orange in a battle of Upstate New York foes.The proximity and history isn’t all these two programs have in common. Both teams have a majority of underclassmen that have seen their early-season struggles quickly turn into quality wins in recent matchups.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBinghamton started out the season in a rut. In its first three matches, they won only two head-to-head matchups while dropping 19. In their last two matches, the Bearcats have seen a turnaround, getting two wins over Sacred Heart and Seton Hall.Syracuse has had a similar fate to get its season going. The Orange dropped its first five matches on the road before winnings its past two.“I think we’ve really underachieved the first part of the season,” Jensen said. “I think we’ve really used that 0-5 start to really get more of a togetherness on this team.”Youth will be a prominent factor in Friday’s matchup. Between the two teams, there is only one senior, Binghamton’s Jessie Rubin. Aside from her, Binghamton’s six other athletes are all either freshmen or sophomores.The Orange also relies heavily on its younger athletes. Syracuse features only two juniors among its nine-women roster.One of those juniors, Maddie Kobelt, has been around long enough to have already defeated Binghamton twice in her career. Even with those memories, Kobelt said the Bearcats will be ready for a tough match.“They’ve always been a really feisty team,” Kobelt said. “I know my freshman year, we had a really tight match with them. We were down 3-2 and came back for the win. They’re definitely a tough team. They’re not a walk-over.”After its match against Binghamton, Syracuse will stay at home to wrap up its four-game home stand with a conference tilt against Pittsburgh on Sunday morning. Though the crucial Big East contest looms large, Jensen said Syracuse can’t afford to overlook Binghamton.“We’ve got to win, 2-5 is ugly,” Jensen said. “And I’ve got to answer to my boss and the fan base and everything. We’re playing well. We’ve got two wins in a row and we want to continue that roll.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The Syracuse men’s soccer 2015 schedule includes five teams that joined the Orange in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Louisville and Clemson, both of which advanced to the round of 16 in last year’s NCAA tournament, will travel to Syracuse in 2015. SU looks to prove last year – when it achieved a No. 1 national ranking for the first time in school history – was not a fluke.“Our 2015 schedule will once again be an exciting challenge and this year we will have a lot of new players to integrate into our young team,” head coach Ian McIntyre said in a SU Athletics press release. “We wanted to ensure that we face some very strong early competition in preparation for our ACC opener against Louisville. I know that our wonderful Syracuse supporters will enjoy coming out again this fall to the SU Soccer Stadium to watch some wonderful soccer and be an integral part of our soccer experience.”Syracuse hosts Georgetown (Aug. 15) and Buffalo (Aug. 19) and will travel to Connecticut on Aug. 22 for its three exhibition matches before the season.The Orange travels to Hofstra on August 28 and Bucknell on August 30 for the opening matches of its season. Bucknell won the Patriot League Tournament for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange opens the season at home on Friday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. against UC Riverside. Rutgers comes to Syracuse shortly after on Sept. 6 and then Louisville opens ACC play on Sept. 11. Syracuse travels to Wake Forest to play another 2014 NCAA tournament team before returning home to host Binghamton on Sept. 22 and Pittsburgh on Sept. 25. The Orange takes to the road for three of four, including at Colgate Sept. 29, Duke on Oct. 2 and North Carolina on Oct. 10. In the midst of those games, Syracuse plays in-state competition Albany on Oct. 6 at SU Soccer Stadium.SU gets four of its last five regular-season matches at home when Bowling Green (Oct. 13), Clemson (Oct. 17), Hartford (Oct. 20) and North Carolina State (Oct. 23) come to town. Syracuse will finish the season by traveling to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts for the season finale at Boston College on Oct. 30. Last season, Syracuse finished 16-4-1, one win from the school record. The team advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Georgetown. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Sam4TR
It is not uncommon for USC students to spend more time surfing social media sites like Facebook and Twitter than paying attention to lectures, professors are finding, ways to use those sites as teaching tools with the classroom.A recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson found more than 80 percent of college faculty are incorporating some form of social media in their teaching.Twitter in particular has found its way into USC classrooms because it allows for a constant, ongoing conversation between students, teachers and the rest of the world.Social media tools like Twitter can enhance learning because they provide the ability to interact with anyone with an account, according to Robert Hernandez, assistant professor of professional practice in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.“It’s a perfect place for a learning environment because people are constantly sharing knowledge,” Hernandez said. “It’s a different way of thinking that everyone in the room has different experiences and we can all learn from each other.”According to the study, more than 40 percent of college faculty have students view or read information on social media as part of the classroom assignments, and 20 percent of teachers require students to interact on social media sites.Ken Sereno, a professor of communication at USC, said he tried using Twitter as a way for students to respond to certain assignments, and a way to monitor feedback from students during his lectures, but said the trial wasn’t very successful.Sereno said he is not opposed to the idea of adopting social media in the future, but he first wants to see significant research demonstrating the usefulness of such tools in the classroom.Even Facebook can be a learning tool, especially during those moments when students have trouble finding information for a class.YouTube is also often used in the classroom to show videos, but the terms of fair use associated with Viacom, the leading global entertainment content company, have made it more difficult, said Virginia Kuhn, associate director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy and a cinematic practice professor.According to Kuhn, YouTube has disabled videos and issued takedown notices on behalf of media conglomerates like Viacom who, for instance, owns The Daily Show and the Colbert Report.If a student was to do a project for a class using clips from those shows and then post it on YouTube, it likely would be taken down, because companies like Viacom don’t see YouTube as a learning environment, Kuhn said.Spanish professor Charles Paus, however, said YouTube has nonetheless been a great tool for his classes.“I use YouTube as a resource for movies in Spanish,” Paus said. “It’s a great resource for material for teaching foreign language because I can find clips from TV shows in Spanish.”Though some classes and students have found a way to take advantage of social media, it is not necessarily useful in every classroom.“I’m only in science classes, so there never is a purpose to use social media,” said Chase Turner, a sophomore majoring in biology.Elinor Accampo, a USC history professor, said she isn’t looking for a way to incorporate social media into her classroom because students seem resistant to interacting with teachers on such a personal level.“I don’t think there’s a need for bringing Facebook into teaching because students use it for personal reasons,” Accampo said. “Recently the subject of Twitter came up in class and students were appalled at the fact that I could be communicating with them through Twitter.”Other members of the USC faculty agree with Accampo and believe privacy issues are a concern when using social media sites in classrooms.“When students have Facebook as kind of their social space and then you try and sort of intrude with the classroom onto that space, it can get a little creepy, it’s like watching your mother try out for cheerleading,” Kuhn said.Though it might be difficult to implement social media in the classroom, some students said they enjoy when teachers do.“Social media in the classroom is a phenomenal thing and it’s under-utilized,” said Christen Lazarcheck, a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. “It creates so many windows of opportunities, and it’s a huge compilation of knowledge.”Lazarcheck said social media can be used as a teaching tool to stay current with the news and provide an easy opportunity for students and teachers to connect with others about timely topics.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2017 at 1:38 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21 The start time for Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) at No. 11 Miami (4-0, 2-0) on Saturday, Oct. 21 will be 3:30 p.m., the ACC announced Monday. The game will air on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.SU will play the five-time national champion Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami is coming off of a 24-20 victory over Florida State, while Syracuse edged Pittsburgh, 27-24. This season, Miami ranks 27th in total offense (470.8 yards per game) and 17th in scoring defense (17.3 points allowed per game).The Hurricanes lead the all-time series, 15-7, which dates back to SU-Miami Big East matchups. In 1992, Syracuse nearly beat No. 1 Miami in the Carrier Dome.Syracuse has not played Miami since 2003, a 17-10 SU loss. In 1998, on senior day, Donovan McNabb helped SU cruise to a 66-13 win in front of 49,521 fans. The Orange has lost its last five meetings since.Last year, first-year head coach Mark Richt led Miami to a 9-4 record and a 31-14 win over then-No. 14 West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Hurricanes were ranked for six of the season’s 14 weeks and finished the year ranked No. 20 in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments