If/Then, Starring Idina Menzel, Announces Cast Album Release

first_img Related Shows Idina Menzel Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Star Files Tony award winner Idina Menzel has two paths to take in If/Then, but we’re taking just one: directly to iTunes (or wherever CDs are sold). The cast album for the new musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey will be recorded by Masterworks Broadway on April 7 prior to a June 3 release. LaChanze If/Then tells the story of Elizabeth, a woman who wants to make a brand new start as she returns to New York City. In addition to Menzel, the cast includes Tony winner LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, Jenn Colella, Jerry Dixon, James Snyder, Jason Tam and Tamika Lawrence. Directed by Michael Greif, If/Then began preview performances on March 5 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and will officially open on March 30. If/Then Menzel is on the heels of her chart-topping Frozen hit “Let It Go,” and this is one more album with her powerhouse voice that we can’t miss! Anthony Rapplast_img read more

USDA to help farms cover costs of avian flu

first_imgSep 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said last week it would, under certain conditions, reimburse commercial poultry farms for the cost of stopping low-pathogenic H5 and H7 avian influenza outbreaks.Under a new rule, the USDA promised to provide “100 percent indemnity for specified costs” involved in eradicating H5 and H7 viruses at commercial poultry operations that participate in the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP), a voluntary federal, state, and industry program to prevent the spread of poultry diseases.Until now, the states usually handled reimbursement for the costs of fighting avian flu, and the provisions varied, the USDA said.”This program expansion strengthens U.S. protections against poultry diseases such as avian influenza,” said Dr. Ron DeHaven, head of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). He said the change also helps ensure US compliance with international animal health guidelines that require countries to report all H5 and H7 virus detections.The program expansion will encourage testing and provide incentives to report outbreaks. It also demonstrates the USDA’s commitment to openness about H5 and H7 viruses in the country’s bird populations, officials said.Low-pathogenic avian flu poses no risk to human health, but the USDA’s policy is to eradicate H5 and H7 viruses because they can mutate into highly pathogenic forms, the agency said.The NPIP, dating back to the 1930s, is a coordinated effort to certify poultry flocks as free of diseases. Until now, only breeder flocks could be included in NPIP avian flu programs. The new rule expands the program to include commercial production flocks, including “table-egg layers, meat-type chickens, and meat-type turkeys.”To be eligible for full indemnification, commercial poultry facilities and states must meet certain requirements. The main requirements are that:States must have a surveillance program for all poultry.States must have APHIS-approved plans spelling out response and containment efforts in case of an H5 or H7 outbreak.Industry must maintain active surveillance that includes testing of birds and eggs.The new rule takes effect Sep 26, when it will be published in the Federal Register, the USDA said.In other developments, the USDA confirmed Sep 23 that the avian flu virus found in mallard ducks in Pennsylvania last month was the low-pathogenic North American strain of H5N1.Screening results announced Sep 2 pointed to a mild form of H5N1 virus in samples from mallards in Crawford County, Pa., but further testing was necessary, the agency said. Genetic testing excluded the possibility of the lethal Asian strain of H5N1 in the ducks.Mild forms of H5N1 have also been found recently in mallard ducks in Maryland and in two swans in Michigan.See also:Sep 23 USDA news release on the NPIP changesSep 23 USDA news release on mild H5N1 in Pennsylvania duckslast_img read more

CNTB: Excellent results of the promotional campaign “Epic Week in Croatia 2”

first_imgReaching almost 40 million people and more than 50 thousand new fans on social networks, is the result of the second part of the promotional campaign “Epic Week in Croatia”, launched by the Croatian National Tourist Board on social networks Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.This is a campaign launched with the aim of encouraging fans and potential tourists to create their dream vacation, which they can spend in Croatia. As part of the campaign, a prize game was created through which Croatia was additionally positioned as a destination with a rich and wide offer in which everyone can find something for themselves.In addition to the announcements of the Croatian National Tourist Board on social networks, the visibility of the campaign was also contributed by the posts of Croatian Olympians and foreign bloggers, who also supported this creative campaign. “This is a very successful continuation of the promotional campaign, which in its first version reached almost 13 million people and thus attracted more than 10 thousand new fans on the social networks of the Croatian National Tourist Board. The second sequel yielded even better results and we are especially pleased about that. Social networks and new media today represent one of the most important channels of all forms of communication, and in accordance with this fact we will design, create and implement a significant part of our future promotional activities.. “Pointed out the director of the CNTB Main Office Kristjan Staničić.Thus, as part of the second part of the “Epic Week” campaign, all participants were able to create their ideal vacation through a specially designed website of the campaign, which offered 200 activities in Croatia. The concept of the campaign and the prize game included choosing the top seven activities that make up a dream vacation, and participants could also choose locations, sights, cities, but also the flavors they want to experience and taste during their visit to Croatia. The prize game was attended by all those who shared the selected top seven activities on their profiles on social networks, and the grand final was entered by those participants whose posts collected the largest number of likes.The main prize was won by the person who had the best reasoned description of why she deserves the prize, and this time it was a contestant from Italy, who made a creative and original presentation about Croatia as a tourist destination and the reasons why she deserves a trip for two. , in which she will experience exactly those seven activities that she chose for her dream vacation.See more about the Epic Week campaign herelast_img read more

The Latest: AP source: Dolphins agree to deal with Van Noy

first_imgGreen has said he’ll skip voluntary offseason workouts if he’s tagged. The Bengals are expected to take Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow or another quarterback with the first overall pick in the draft, and having Green in offseason workouts would accelerate a rookie’s development.The Bengals are free to negotiate with Green on a long-term deal through July 15.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced. The agreement was first reported by NFL Network.The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Onyemata started all 15 regular-season games in which he played and the Saints’ lone playoff game last season, his first as a full-time starter.He had three sacks, giving him 7½ during the past two seasons.The 27-year-old Onyemata is a Nigeria native who never played American-style football until he went to college in Canada.The Saints selected him in the fourth round of the 2016 draft and by 2017 he was a regular reserve, who also started six games that season and had two sacks. Foster turned 34 in January and the Steelers have several placements ready. Though he had a year left on the two-year, $8.25 million extension he signed in 2019, Foster figured to become a salary cap casualty if he didn’t decide to step away from the game. The Steelers are in the process of clearing cap space after placing a franchise tag on outside linebacker Bud Dupree earlier Monday. —- Will Graves reporting from Pittsburgh___2:40 p.m.A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Cowboys and tight end Blake Jarwin have agreed on a $24 million, three-year contract. ___4:35 p.m.The Panthers have released longtime special teams player Colin Jones.The 32-year-old Jones played eight seasons with the Panthers, also serving as a reserve safety. He led the team in special teams tackles with nine in 2019 and finished his career in Carolina with 61 special teams tackles, second-most in franchise history.— Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte, N.C. A person familiar with the negotiations says linebacker Kyle Van Noy has agreed to a $51 million, four-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.The person confirmed the deal on the condition of anonymity because the NFL signing period hasn’t begun. Van Noy tweeted “MiamiDolphins” with emojis wearing sunglasses.Van Noy started the past three seasons for New England and totaled 15½ sacks, including a career-high 6½ last year. He’ll upgrade a Miami pass rush that finished last in the NFL in 2019 with 23 sacks.— Steven Wine reporting from Miami.___ The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the designation. NFL Network first reported the designation.Hollister is coming off the best season of his young career, and will earn $3.259 million for the upcoming season if he stays with Seattle. Hollister can still negotiate with other teams, but the Seahawks would receive a second-round pick if they choose not to match.Hollister entered last season with eight career receptions, but due to injuries took on a big role in Seattle’s offense. Hollister had 41 catches for 349 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games. He’s expected to continue having a role as a pass catcher for Seattle even with the signing of Greg Olson and the expected return of Will Dissly from injury.— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle.___ ___8:15 p.m.A person familiar with the negotiations says Byron Jones has agreed to a five-year contract worth more than $76.5 million with the Miami Dolphins, which will make him the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback.The person confirmed the deal on condition of anonymity because the NFL free agent signing period hasn’t begun.Last May, the Dolphins made Xavien Howard the league’s highest-paid cornerback. It’s uncertain whether Jones will replace or be paired with Howard, who has had at least one operation on each knee, most recently in December. He appeared in 10 games for the Patriots in 2019, catching 17 passes for 173 yards.___3:55 p.m.The Dallas Cowboys are moving forward with their plan to replace record-setting tight end Jason Witten.The Cowboys have re-signed Blake Jarwin, giving their fourth-year player a $24 million, three-year contract with $9 million guaranteed. The move came a few weeks after Witten said he wanted to keep playing, even if it wasn’t in Dallas. ___3:35 p.m.Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster is retiring.The 11-year veteran made the announcement on Instagram, saying “when the time comes, you just know and now is a time for me to take a bow.”Foster made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Tennessee in 2009. He became a steadying force on a unit that evolved into one of the league’s best, helping pave the way for a high-powered offense that led Pittsburgh to four straight playoff appearances from 2014-17. — Josh Dubow in Santa Clara, California___4:20 p.m.The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Arik Armstead to a five-year contract worth up to $85 million before he hit the market as a free agent.The defending NFC champion Niners locked up one of the key pieces of their defense with a long-term deal instead of using the franchise tag. The Atlanta Falcons have acquired tight end Hayden Hurst from the Baltimore Ravens, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade won’t be officially announced before the NFL’s business year begins Wednesday.The Falcons also acquired a 2020 fourth-round pick from the Ravens. Baltimore acquired second and fifth-round picks in this year’s draft from the Falcons.The Falcons needed help at tight end after losing two-time Pro Bowler Austin Hooper to free agency. The Falcons cut backup tight end Luke Stocker on Monday, one of several moves to clear cap space. The Falcons also cut offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo and are releasing running back Devonta Freeman and cornerback Desmond Trufant. The agreement essentially means the Cowboys believe Jarwin can replace Jason Witten as the starter.Witten has said he wants to return for a 17th season, but the Cowboys haven’t indicated it will be with them. Witten set the club record by spending 16 seasons with Dallas, the most recent after taking a year off to try broadcasting.The person said the deal includes $9 million guaranteed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because deals can’t become official until the league year begins. That’s supposed to be Wednesday.Jarwin had 365 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season. The fourth-year pro tied the Dallas club record for touchdowns receiving in a game for a tight end in 2018, when he had three in the regular-season finale at the New York Giants. Those were the first three TDs of his career.— Schuyler Dixon in Dallas New coach Ron Rivera and his regime liked Bostic enough to bring the veteran back. The soon-to-be 29-year-old will play in a different system under new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.Bostic is entering his seventh pro season after previously spending time with the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers. He has 419 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks in 86 regular-season games.Washington is expected to be a major player in free agency after releasing tight end Jordan Reed, cornerback Josh Norman and wide receiver Paul Richardson to clear salary-cap space. The team already put the nonexclusive franchise tag on starting right guard Brandon Scherff for $14.781 million.The Redskins are stocked along the defensive line with 2017 and 2018 first-round picks Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne and could select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young with the second overall pick. They also have Ryan Kerrigan and Ryan Anderson as outside linebackers and impressive 2019 pick Cole Holcomb inside to pair with Bostic.— Stephen Whyno reporting from Washington — AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Englewood, Colorado.___6:40 p.m.The Tennessee Titans are keeping veteran Dennis Kelly around with a new multi-year contract after losing right tackle Jack Conklin to the Cleveland Browns.The Titans announced they had agreed to terms. Kelly has started 16 of his 58 games since the Titans acquired him in a trade in 2016 that sent Philadelphia wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Kelly has been versatile, starting at right tackle, left tackle, left guard and tight end in his career.The 6-foot-8, 321-pound Kelly caught two touchdown passes last season, including one in Tennessee’s loss to Kansas City in the AFC championship game.Originally drafted in the fifth round in 2012 out of Purdue by Philadelphia, Kelly has started 31 of his 88 games.— Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee___ The Latest: AP source: Dolphins agree to deal with Van Noy ___6:55 p.m.A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos have agreed to a four-year, $44 million free agent contract with offensive guard Graham Glasgow.The deal includes $26 million in guarantees.Although the versatile Glasgow can also play center and incumbent Connor McGovern is set to hit free agency, Glasgow will get his first look at guard following the Broncos’ decision to cut ties with oft-injured right guard Ronald Leary. — Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.___1 p.m.The Bengals used their franchise tag on A.J. Green, giving them time to try to work out a long-term deal with the star who is one of the most accomplished receivers in franchise history and would be a vital part of breaking in a new quarterback.Green, 31, wants to finish his career in Cincinnati, where he has put down roots. Although he’s open to a multi-year extension that would pay him as an elite receiver, he has objected to staying for only one more season on a franchise designation. His presence along the interior has helped the Saints rank among the NFL’s leaders in run defense, holding opponents to just less than 86 yards rushing per game during the past two seasons combined.— Brett Martel reporting from New Orleans___7:20 p.m.The Seattle Seahawks have given a second-round tender to restricted free agent tight end Jacob Hollister, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Atlanta had two second-round picks in this year’s draft, No. 47 and No. 55 overall. The Ravens acquired the No. 55 pick.Hurst played in 16 games with Baltimore in 2019, including four starts. Early on, it became evident that another tight end, Mark Andrews, would be quarterback Lamar Jackson’s favorite option.Hurst finished with 30 catches — third among Ravens tight ends — for 349 yards and two touchdowns. Andrews had a team-high 64 receptions for 852 yards and 10 TDs, and 270-pound tight end Nick Boyle had 31 catches for 321 yards.Hurst, the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 draft from South Carolina, started only four games for Baltimore over two seasons. He missed the first four games of the 2018 season with a foot injury.— Charles Odum in Atlanta and David Ginsburg in Owings Mills, Md. ___2:30 p.m.A person familiar with the deal says free agent linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Kwiatkoski can’t officially sign the deal until the new league year starts on Wednesday.The Raiders are in dire need of upgrades at linebacker after a revolving door at the position the past few years. The only linebacker who started a game last season that is still under contract with the Raiders is Marquel Lee. — Michael Marot reporting from Indianapolis.__1:15 p.m.The Browns are working toward a deal with two-time Pro Bowl free agent tight end Austin Hooper, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.Hooper was one of the main free agency targets for Cleveland, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because teams can’t officially announce deals until Wednesday. 8:45 p.m.The Panthers have agreed to terms with two free agents — Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly and Browns cornerback Juston Burris.Weatherly agreed to a two-year, $12.5 million deal, his agent Blake Baratz announced on Twitter. Weatherly has played in 32 games and started seven in the past two seasons with the Vikings, with 59 tackles and six sacks. He could be a potential replacement for Mario Addison, who is an unrestricted free agent.Burris announced on Instagram that he is coming home to play for the Panthers. No immediate terms were available on his contract.—Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte, N.C. ___4:25 p.m.The San Francisco 49ers have traded star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft.A person familiar with the deal said Buckner will receive a new contract worth $21 million a year from the Colts. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal and contract can’t be finalized until the start of the league year Wednesday.The trade of Buckner came almost immediately after the 49ers announced a deal to keep defensive lineman Arik Armstead with a five-year contract worth up to $85 million before he hit the open market. Conklin will give added protection for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who didn’t trust his line enough last season and bailed on plays. He can also open holes for running back Nick Chubb.__ Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.___5:30 p.m.The Minnesota Vikings have reached an agreement with punter Britton Colquitt on a three-year, $9 million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Armstead was a first-round pick for San Francisco in 2015 but didn’t make a big impact in his first four seasons in the league as he dealt with injuries that limited his playing time in 2016-17 and finding the right fit for his skills.___4:15 p.m.Ben Watson is hanging up his cleats for the second time. The 39-year-old tight end announced his retirement in a message on Twitter on Monday, marking the end of a 15-year NFL career that included two stints in New England, as well as stops in Cleveland, New Orleans and Baltimore. Watson retires with 547 catches for 6,058 yards and 44 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Patriots in 2004, winning a Super Bowl ring as a rookie. He spent his first six seasons in New England. “I entered this league with a duffel bag and a dream,” Watson wrote in his Twitter post. “I exit holding the loving hand of my best friend, my wife of 14 years, and the (seven) tender gifts God has graciously given us to lead and love.”His best season was in 2015 with New Orleans when he caught 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns — all career highs.He initially planned to retire following the 2018 season but was courted by several teams. The Patriots eventually signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal as they looked to fill the hole created by the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.He began his last NFL season by serving a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance following his final season in New Orleans in 2018. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on NFL’s free agency. Teams were required to use franchise tags on players by noon EDT Monday. Teams can negotiate with representatives of free agents for the next two days but cannot finalize any agreements. (all times EDT):___9:05 p.m. Witten set a club record by spending 16 seasons with the Cowboys, the most recent last season after retiring and spending one year in broadcasting. The 37-year-old is also the Dallas leader in catches and yards receiving. Witten is one receiving touchdown behind Dez Bryant’s career franchise record of 73.Jarwin had 365 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season. The fourth-year pro tied the Dallas club record for touchdowns receiving in a game for a tight end in 2018 with three in the regular-season finale at the New York Giants. Those were the first three TDs of his career.The 25-year-old Jarwin joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and spent most of that season on the practice squad.— Schuyler Dixon in Dallas___ March 16, 2020 7 p.m.The New Orleans Saints and long snapper Zach Wood have agreed to terms of a four-year contract worth nearly $4.8 millionWood’s agent, Mike Abadir, confirmed the agreement on Monday.The 27-year-old Wood has played for New Orleans since 2017, when the Saints’ current run of three straight playoff seasons began.The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Wood is a Texas native who played in college for SMU before spending training camp of his rookie season with the Dallas Cowboys. Associated Press The 26-year-old Kwiatkoski was a fourth-round pick by Chicago in 2016. He had his most extensive playing time last year when he had career bests with 76 tackles, three sacks, one interception and four passes defensed.— Josh Dubow reporting from Alameda, California___1:55 p.m.Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers has agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Jones has only two career interceptions and none since 2017, but he has missed just one game in his five NFL seasons, all with Dallas. He was a first-round pick by the Cowboys in 2015 and made the Pro Bowl in 2018.— Steven Wine reporting from Miami___7:45 p.m.A person familiar with the situation says Saints starting defensive tackle David Onyemata will re-sign with New Orleans instead of entering free agency. 3:45 p.m.A person familiar with the negotiations says defensive end Shaq Lawson has agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL free-agent signing period hasn’t started. The contract could be worth up to $36 million, and $21 million will be guaranteed.Lawson spent his first four NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills and last year had a career-high 6 1/2 sacks, which would have led the Dolphins. He was a first-round draft pick by the Bills in 2016.__ Steven Wine in Miami, with John Wawrow in Buffalo contributing. The deal was confirmed by Flowers’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who said $19.95 million is guaranteed.Flowers played for the Miami Hurricanes, was a first-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 2015 and started 46 games at tackle for them in his first three NFL seasons.He started all 16 games last year for Washington, splitting his time between guard and tackle.The Dolphins are in the market for four starting offensive linemen in free agency and the draft.___ 1:45 p.m.The Indianapolis Colts have released defensive tackle Margus Hunt and will re-sign receiver Daurice Fountain.Releasing Hunt will save the Colts roughly $4 million against the cap.He signed a two-year deal worth $9.1 million last year after having his best season in the NFL. But he lost the starting job in 2019 and wound up with 17 tackles, no sacks and no tackles for loss.Fountain spent all of last season on injured reserve after suffering a dislocated and fractured left ankle in training camp. The Colts offered the exclusive free agent a one-year tender, which his agent, Andy Simms, says he will sign. Fountain was Indy’s fifth-round pick in 2018. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not yet been finalized. Colquitt will get $5 million in guaranteed money, the person said.Colquitt was eighth in the NFL last season with a net average per punt of 42.6 yards. He was the only punter in the league with 12 or more attempts, according to SportRadar, who did not have any touchbacks. The 11th-year veteran joined the Vikings in 2019, after three seasons with Cleveland and six seasons with Denver.— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis___5:10 p.m. Hooper has spent the past four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He’s had more than 70 catches the past two seasons.NFL Network reported the sides have agreed to terms on a package that will make Hooper the NFL’s highest-paid tight end.By adding the 25-year-old Hooper, the Browns will have another offensive playmaker for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who struggled in his second NFL season. Hooper will be a dependable option to go along with star wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry and running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski preferred to run two-tight end formations during his one season as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator. Hooper could be paired with 2017 first-round pick David Njoku, who missed most of last season with a broken wrist suffered in Week 2.Hooper had 75 catches for 787 yards and six touchdowns last season. ___4:55 p.m.A person with knowledge of the move said the Redskins on Monday agreed to re-sign inside linebacker Jon Bostic to a $6.6 million, two-year deal.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be official until the start of the new league year Wednesday. The NFL negotiating period began Monday.Bostic is staying with Washington after just one season there. He was tied for second on the team with 105 tackles in 2019. 5:40 p.m.Free agent tackle Jack Conklin has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with the Browns, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated PressConklin, perhaps the best tackle available on this year’s market, will get $30 million guaranteed and earn $20 million in his first year, Rosenhaus said. Conklin will only be 28 when the deal expires.The No. 8 overall pick in 2016, Conklin spent the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He started all 16 games last season and helped block for NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry.The Browns were looking for an upgrade at both tackle spots, and will slot Conklin in on the right side while perhaps drafting one next month. There are some top prospects available in this year’s class.last_img read more

USG unanimously passes course evaluation resolution

first_imgFollowing the passage of the resolution, Sen. Hailey Robertson spoke about her work on a new initiative with the mobile therapy company Talkspace. She developed an anonymous survey with USG Director of Accessibility Affairs Gwen Howard to gather data about how students perceive the University’s mental health services and the potential willingness of students to use Talkspace services. Stone said he hopes USG can work to improve professor evaluations. “We are working on what is called the student services initiative and they’re doing a whole overhaul of web registration, of the financial aid portal and many other platforms,” Stone said. “When you’re registering for a course, you can look at the syllabus, you can look at the professor’s evaluation, you can look at so much more information than just the 25-word sentence that gives you the course description.” USG President Trenton Stone emphasized the importance of a well-informed, student-accessible platform for course evaluation. Stone expressed concern about students’ current reliance on peer feedback site RateMyProfessor and supported the resolution’s focus on a more reliable platform. During the meeting, senators passed amendments to the resolution, adding incoming Provost Charles Zukoski, Information Technology Services Senior Project Manager Nishu Emde and Director of the Office of Institutional Research Ray Gonzalez to the list of administrators who will receive the resolution.  Robertson said she is currently speaking with representatives from Talkspace, who have partnered with other universities like Williams College to provide mental health care services to employees and students. “If we can [hope to] get more student perspectives on what their needs are before just hopping in and saying this is the solution to mental health care,” Robertson said. “We figured that a survey would help us reach as many students as possible.” center_img The resolution, co-authored by former Senators Jacquelyne Tan and Matthew Crane and former Senate Aide Divya Gupta, calls for a more comprehensive review of classes and professors to be available to students. “As of now, students are making their class decisions and who to take a class from based on things like RateMyProfessor and old PowerPoints or syllabi that they find,” Stone said. “It’s a pretty basic thing to be able to allow students to make the most informed decision about what classes they are signing up for and making course evaluations more accessible to students.”  USG Senators voted Tuesday to pass last week’s resolution that would make course evaluations more accessible to students. (Karla Leung | Daily Trojan) Senators unanimously passed a resolution to publish course evaluations on a student-accessible platform at an Undergraduate Student Government meeting Tuesday.  “I think RateMyProfessor is kind of almost like using Wikipedia for a research project … People use RateMyProfessors because there is just not a better solution to get accurate, detailed information about classes and professors,” he said.  “Our goal for the initiative is to, ultimately partner with Talk Space to have a subscription paid for all students who wish to use Talk Space,” she said. “Currently, it’s a pretty expensive service … We hope to have it free for all students.”last_img read more

BetConstruct Live Casino suite secures UKGC accreditation

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Industry technology supplier BetConstruct has secured a major operating mandate, confirming that it has been granted a UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) licence for its live casino suite.The BetConstruct Live Casino offering now features Baccarat, Speed Baccarat, Super Six Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack, Bet On Poker, Russian Poker and Dragon Tiger games, all broadcasted in many languages featuring the exciting multi-camera view.The company’s in-house studio holds six unique thematic halls where all the games can be found, including the new FashionTV branded hall.In its corporate update, BetConstruct development details that its live casino suite has passed all standards and provisions set by the UKGC, allowing BetConstruct to offer the product to its UK licensed partners.Karine Kocharyan, Head of Licensing and Certification at BetConstruct, said: “We believe that our offering is truly unique and exciting for our British customers.“Adding live casino vertical to our existing UK remote operating licence allows us to deliver outstanding content not only for our White Label partners but also provide turnkey solutions.“And this is just the beginning, as our current offer of such popular games as Blackjack, Baccarat, Bet on Poker, and Roulette, will be further supplemented with new branded games.” Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more

Red Wolves Win Prairie View A&M Invitational

first_imgPrairie View A&M invitational Overall Standings 1. Arkansas State ^2. Vanderbilt ^3. Mckendree4. Stephen F. Austin ^5. Sam Houston State University ^6. North Carolina A&T 7. Maryland Eastern Shore8. Nebraska9.  Fairleigh Dickinson 10. Tulane ^11. Prairie View A&M 12. Texas Southern^ Southland Bowling League member Story by Arkansas State Media RelationsARLINGTON, Texas — The Arkansas State women’s bowling team took first-place honors at the Prairie View A&M Invitational Sunday.“This tournament is one of the hardest to win,” said A-State head bowling coach Justin Kostick. “It is an invitational tournament and all of the best teams are here to compete in it. We have been putting ourselves in position to win the last three events and finished second. Eventually, when you keep putting yourself in position to win, good things will happen.”A-State started the day off with a traditional match against Fairleigh Dickinson University claiming a 1,029-940 victory over the Knights. This win sent the Red Wolves to play second-seed McKendree where they took a 4-1 (266-219, 178-176, 185-183, 209-200, 269-224) win to advance to the championship match.The Scarlet and Black defeated fellow Southland Bowling League member Vanderbilt 4-2 (171-130, 213-176, 194-189, 182-161, 181-167, 223-216) to claim 2019 Prairie View A&M Invitational honors.last_img read more

Klopp expects Ole to be named permanent United boss

first_imgAhead of Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford, Klopp said he had been impressed with the job the Norwegian is doing at Old Trafford.“He has the quality and he had the luck in the right moment,” said the German. “Now he’s in charge and there is no doubt that he will be the manager next year as well, that’s clear.“Can you imagine one situation when they say ‘we are bringing in another manager’? Then a new manager will lose one game and that’s not possible.“He deserves (the job) 100 percent, he did everything that you have to do to be successful with them.”Klopp, whose team are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, said all managers needed an element of luck.“When I went from Mainz to (Borussia) Dortmund, people said I have no international experience. It was true but it’s not something you can buy. You have to make it.“And if Ole’s not a former player of Manchester United then he will not have made a move from Norway to Manchester United. That’s clear. But if you get the chance you have to use it. Of course he’s showed everything you need together with his coaches. They made a few smart decisions.”The Liverpool boss said United, who have battled their way into the top four, would be a different proposition from the side his team beat 3-1 at Anfield in Mourinho’s last match in charge.“It’s a big one and we know that it’s a difficult one as well,” Klopp said, adding that United’s attacking players were full of confidence, with Paul Pogba outstanding in recent weeks.“They are in a really good moment, really good moment,” he said. “They are physically strong, they defend well, they attack well.”“They have all different ways in their toolbox to get results,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 22 – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the next permanent manager of Manchester United. The clubs meet on Sunday in a showdown of Premier League giants.Solskjaer has won 11 of his 13 matches since taking interim charge following Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December, with the only loss a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.last_img read more