UHSAA To Use Rating Percentage Index In State Tournament Seeding In New Alignment

first_imgSeveral western states are currently utilizing an RPI system to seed state tournaments, including neighboring states like Arizona, Colorado, Idaho and Washington. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThe Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) will be determining seeds into state tournaments differently in the coming years for the traditional team sports of baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. Tags: Baseball/Basketball/Football/Lacrosse/MaxPreps/Ratings Percentage Index/Soccer/Softball/UHSAA/Volleyball Contact: Jon Oglesby, UHSAA Assistant Director, [email protected]; Jeff Cluff, UHSAA Assistant Director, [email protected] “This new approach in qualifying and seeding will bring added excitement to state tournaments as teams earn seeding based on overall season performance and not just region competition,” he said. Cross Country, tennis, track-and-field and wrestling will use a traditional region-qualifying format, while golf, drill and swimming will use different methods to qualify teams for state tournaments. Every tournament will be conducted similarly, with the potential addition of a round to allow for the increase in team participants. January 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local UHSAA To Use Rating Percentage Index In State Tournament Seeding In New Alignment Written bycenter_img “It has become a growing issue in the realignment of member schools to have the alignment process directly connected to the qualifying and seeding of state tournaments,” he said. Cuff said the change in seeding teams into state tournaments will provide new opportunities to several programs around the state. The RPI score will be operated by MaxPreps and will be based on three distinct categories – forty percent of the score will be based off a team’s winning percentage, forty percent will be based off an opponent’s winning percentage, and twenty percent will be based off an opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage. The algorithm will then create an index score that can be ranked to determine a state tournament field. In a meeting on January 24, the UHSAA Board of Trustees ratified a unanimous UHSAA Executive Committee directive to move to a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) to seed state tournaments in the traditional team sports, while simultaneously inviting every program in team sports to the postseason. The new seeding tournament format will commence with the 2019-21 alignment, beginning in the Fall 2019 season for all six classifications. Rob Cuff, the Executive Director of the UHSAA, said the move to the RPI was decided upon after looking at options to more accurately seed state tournaments. Robert Lovelllast_img read more

AY20-21 Adjunct Faculty – Criminal Justice

first_imgClosing Date07/31/2021 Employee ID The ideal candidate will have experience teaching undergraduate,graduate, and/or online courses. Position Summary Position Start Date Posting NumberFA0341P Position End Date (if temporary) Quicklink for Postinghttps://employment.govst.edu/postings/5326 Special Instructions to Applicants Position TypeAdjunct Type of SearchExternal Open Until FilledYes Preferred Qualifications A Master’s degree in Criminal Justice or a relateddiscipline.center_img Position’s Functional TitleAY20-21 Adjunct Faculty – Criminal Justice Department Minimum Qualifications Classification TitleAdjunct Faculty Posting Date06/26/2020 Position Details Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Do you have experience teaching in graduate and/orundergraduate programs at an accredited college or university?YesNo * What is the highest level of education attained?GEDHigh School DiplomaAssociates DegreeBachelors DegreeMasters DegreeDoctorate DegreeABD * Experience teaching in online/hybrid delivery?YesNo Governors State University’s College of Arts and Sciences seeks tocreate an available pool of Adjunct Faculty candidates to teachcourses in our Criminal Justice program. Courses taught by adjunctfaculty in the above program are primarily for undergraduate.Depending on qualifications and experience, graduates teachingopportunities may be available. Please visithttp://www.govst.edu/cas for more information about the program andcourses offered.Interested individuals are invited to complete a faculty profile,attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and a list ofreferences for consideration.At Governors State University, adjunct faculty are hired astemporary faculty with teaching responsibilities for a specificcourse in a semester or summer session. Adjuncts are not part ofthe faculty bargaining unit and are not included in membership ofthe Faculty Senate. Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum VitaeCover LetterTranscriptsList of ReferencesOptional DocumentsLetter of RecommendationOtherOther2Other3Other4ResumeOther5last_img read more

Women dismiss heart disease warning signs more than men

first_imgWomen are more likely than men to dismiss chest pain that signals heart problems and to delay seeking medical help, even though heart disease is a leading cause of death for both women and men, according to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) expert.Studying patients with suspected coronary artery disease who were about to undergo their first coronary angiogram, Catherine Kreatsoulas, Heart and Stroke Foundation research fellow at HSPH, and colleagues found that women appear more likely than men to have “optimism bias”—thinking they’re less at risk for bad health outcomes than they really are. This bias may keep them from seeking timely medical attention and could worsen their condition, according to Kreatsoulas.“The main danger is that when someone comes to the hospital with a more severe or advanced stage of heart disease, there are simply fewer treatment options available,” Kreatsoulas said in an Oct. 30, 2014 Huffington Post article. She said it’s possible that women are focusing more on caring for others than their own well-being, or perhaps have a false perception that heart disease is a “man’s disease.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Activating a new space

first_imgThe activation of German artist Rebecca Horn’s installation “Flying Books Under Black Rain Painting” (2014) in the Harvard Art Museums began quietly, almost without the audience even realizing it.One minute, the wall alongside the museums’ Prescott Street entrance was just a plain white surface two stories high, from which a mechanical “painting machine” and three hardcover books protruded. The next minute, those elements were part of a kinetic sculpture: The painting machine’s thin metal arm began moving from side to side, gently spraying black ink across the wall and onto the books, which slowly opened and closed at random intervals.Approximately 50 observers — two dozen Harvard students among them — watched from the museums’ lower level. Above them, on the “bridge” connecting the entrance to the first-floor courtyard, Horn monitored the gestures of the machine during her Nov. 5 demonstration. Throughout the activation, she was in conversation with her technician, who made adjustments as necessary from his position on a lift next to the painting machine.The entire activation, which lasted about eight minutes, “was a very rare glimpse into Rebecca Horn’s artistic process,” said Lynette Roth, the Daimler-Benz Associate Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum. Horn does not often allow observation of her creative process, Roth said, but she made an exception for the installation of this site-specific work.An internationally recognized contemporary artist, Horn is best known for her multimedial approach to art-making. Her work has taken the forms of drawings, performances, readymade and kinetic objects, installations, artist books, and films.Rebecca Horn’s (pictured) “Scratching Both Walls at Once” is a still from her first film “Berlin Exercises: Dreaming Under Water of Things Afar,” (1974/75). This is one of two film groupings that will play in one continuous loop onto the gallery wall at the Harvard Art Museums. Courtesy of Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum; © Rebecca Horn/Artists Rights Society, New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Photo: Helmut WietzBeginning in the late 1960s, Horn created a series of performance art featuring “body extensions,” wearable pieces for her close colleagues and friends that elongated or restrained parts of the body, such as the head and fingers. Examples of some “multiples” of these pieces, along with a selection of Horn’s photographs and early films, will be on view in the University Research Gallery through April 2015, as part of an inaugural special exhibition titled “Rebecca Horn: ‘Work in Progress.’” In addition, a public program of Horn’s films will be shown in the museums’ Menschel Hall.“Flying Books Under Black Rain Painting” will likely draw the greatest number of new eyes to Horn’s work at Harvard. The kinetic sculpture — the latest addition to Horn’s “painting machine” series — is among the works in the museums’ Art in Public Spaces initiative, meaning it may be viewed without the purchase of gallery admission.Although Horn considered “Flying Books Under Black Rain Painting” complete upon concluding the activation, the work will continue to offer dynamic encounters with those who approach it; motion detectors will enable the installation to regain “consciousness,” or resume movement — sans ink. It will remain on long-term display across from Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s video installation “258 Fake” (2011), making an interesting juxtaposition with Ai’s digital images.Students who witnessed Horn’s activation said they left with a new appreciation for the creation of art. Robert Fitzpatrick ’16, who is concentrating in the history of art and architecture, said it was the first time he had witnessed an artist producing a work for exhibition. “It was such a cool experience,” he said, “especially since I usually study art that was made years ago by people who are no longer even alive.”Ege Yumusak ’16, a neurobiology concentrator, described the event as “profound.”“To be here when it was created and to witness the work’s movements was such a unique opportunity. Even though we’ll see the kinetic sculpture continue to move, we’ll never be in that inaugural instant again.”Horn was mindful of her student audience when planning the work. She said the three books in the installation — Fernando Pessoa’s “The Book of Disquiet,” Franz Kafka’s “Amerika,” and James Joyce’s “Ulysses” — were chosen for their resonance both in a university setting and in her experiences as a student in Europe.“Please read these three books,” Horn said to the audience immediately following the activation. “Even though they are baptized now in black ink, they are very important to me.”last_img read more

Governor Douglas to sign e-waste bill in Williston today

first_imgGovernor Douglas will the the recently passed e-waste bill into law at the Chittenden Solid Waste District’s Williston Drop-Off Center on Redmond Road. The signing is scheduled for 3 pm.Attendees at this event will include legislators who worked on the bill, Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Jonathon Wood, CSWD staff and board members, VPIRG, and other interested parties. This event coincides with Earth Day week.About 1.5 million tons of electronics are collected for recycling each year in Vermont. Currently, municipalities shoulder the burden of providing facilities and moving these mountains of electronics. The bill (S.77) would require manufacturers to take on that burden and provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to residents, charities, schools, and small businesses in the state. The bill received tri-partisan support in the House and Senate, now awaits a stroke of the pen by Governor Douglas to become law.Vermont is the 21st state to pass this type of legislation for electronic waste. Europe, Canada and Asia also have producer responsibility laws for electronics as well as other products.In addition to requiring that manufacturers play a role in dealing with their own products at disposal time, producer responsibility programs also provide powerful incentives for manufacturers to design their electronics to last longer and to exclude the toxic materials that make recycling so difficult and expensive. The popular LCD TV is perhaps the “poster child” for how electronics are not designed with recycling in mind, because of both material selection and physical design. Inside a typical 40-inch LCD flat panel TV, there are 22 thin, fragile lamps containing mercury, which light the TV screen. The entire TV must be disassembled to get access to these bulbs, making replacing and harvesting them for recycling difficult and expensive. (Source: Electronics Takeback Coalition)”In Vermont, municipalities, solid waste districts, and taxpayers bear the financial burden of grappling with e-waste”, said Jen Holliday, Environmental and Safety Compliance Manager for Chittenden Solid Waste District, and Chair of the Vermont Product Stewardship Council. “We have no control over how these products are designed, manufactured, marketed and sold, but ultimately it is local government that is left with trying to capture and recycle these products when they are being discarded. This legislation changes that model and provides the consumer with a convenient and consistent state-wide collection system that we lack today.”Source: CSWD. 4.19.2010###last_img read more

Enacted bill includes pandemic, food safety money

first_imgMar 12, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In passing a huge spending bill this week to cover the next 6 months, Congress approved pandemic preparedness funds that had been proposed by former President Bush and increased appropriations for food safety, according to a health advocacy group.The $410 billion bill was passed by the Senate Feb 10, following earlier House approval, and signed by President Barack Obama yesterday. It funds numerous government agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2009, which ends Sep 30.The measure includes more than $700 million in pandemic spending that Bush had sought for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but none of that is for state and local public health agencies, according to Richard Hamburg, government affairs director for the nonprofit group Trust for America’s Health.The bill also includes $648.7 million for food safety efforts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which represents a $141 million increase from the 2008 level, Hamburg reported. In addition, Congress approved $971.5 million for the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an increase of $41 million over the 2008 amount, he said.The HHS pandemic funding includes $425 million for vaccine production capacity, $42 million for production of egg-based vaccines, and $40 million for medical countermeasures for HHS staff members and contractors, according to Hamburg.Also included is $156 million for ongoing pandemic-related activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is $1.4 million more than the agency received in 2008, he said. In addition, the office of the HHS secretary is to receive $78 million for pandemic activities, up from $75 million in 2008, he said.Hamburg said he hadn’t seen the breakdown of amounts for other agencies, but he expects that the FDA and the National Institutes of Health will get about the same amounts of pandemic-related funding as in 2008—$38 million and $34 million, respectively.Also included in the legislation is $3 million for research by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on flu transmission and respiratory protection from flu viruses, Hamburg reported. The bill calls for NIOSH to evaluate filtering facepiece respirators and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and to work on designing the next generation of PPE, he said.He noted that the allocation follows an Institute of Medicine report in 2008 that cited a critical need for more information on airborne transmission of flu. He didn’t think the money was part of the Bush administration’s 2009 budget proposal.On the food safety front, the $141 million increase for the FDA goes mainly to the agency’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), according to Hamburg. Overall, the FDA is getting a $325 million budget increase from 2008, which raises its total funding for 2009 to nearly $2 billion, he said.A CFSAN spokesman said today he had no information yet on how the increased funding for food safety will be spent.As for the proposed 2010 budget, the Obama administration has released only a general outline so far; said Hamburg: “We expect to see more detailed information on pandemic [funding] in early April.”Pandemic preparedness advocates had hoped Congress would include pandemic funds for state and local health departments in the economic stimulus bill passed in February. The House approved $900 million for that purpose, but it was stripped from the final bill.See also:Feb 13 CIDRAP News story “Stimulus bill headed for passage minus pandemic funds”last_img read more

Bosch sees ‘remarkable’ potential in German pension-reform proposal

first_imgAt Bosch Group, the concept of zero-guarantee pensions for new entries into its €3.2bn Pensionsfonds was introduced last year and then expanded to cover people retiring from 1 January 2016.Müllerleile said Bosch founded its change of the pension plan on a solid agreement with worker representatives.The legal framework for the amendments were later to be known as “Lex Bosch”; it is, in fact, an amendment to the law governing Pensionsfonds from 2015, allowing these vehicles to offer non-insurance-based plans for retirees.  “We have used the same cooperation between employer and employee representatives in amending our pension promises, which is now under debate for industry-wide pension plans at the federal level,” Müllerleile said.He said the changes to the Bosch pension plan had been well received by workers and highlighted the importance of “proper communication”.In a statement on the legal changes in 2015, Bosch pointed out that, if guarantees for new retirees were not made more flexible, workers would face a 17% cut in their pensions due to lower guaranteed returns in the current market.Müllerleile said the government’s new proposal was “well-balanced”, as a pure defined contribution approach, combined with supervisory measures and a collective vehicle, would serve the needs of both companies and workers.He added one note of caution, however, on the new law’s implementation. “With regard to the exceptionally important implementation of IORP II for occupational pension vehicles, it has to be made sure that in the final law that no guarantees could trigger the application of Solvency II regulations to occupational pensions,” he said. The association for company pension plans (VFPK) voiced similar concerns when the government first presented its ideas last year.However, in its statement regarding the most recent draft for the new law, it said its initial fears had been allayed. Hansjörg Müllerleile, director at Bosch Group, has welcomed German government reform proposals calling for the introduction of pensions without guarantees into the country’s second-pillar system.“The draft,” he told IPE, “opens up remarkable ways for expanding occupational pensions without abandoning trusted principles.”Last week, the government put its reform proposal (Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz) out for consultation.The draft outlines plans for industry-wide pension funds without guarantees, either within existing schemes or new vehicles to be set up by social partners.last_img read more

If we can pick our gender, why not our age?

first_imgDisclaimer: Hat Tip (and a fair bit of cut and paste) from: http://thefederalist.com/2014/03/27/if-we-can-pick-our-gender-can-we-pick-our-age-our-race/Facebook offers a mass selection of more than 50 genders to choose from when you sign up.So why doesn’t Facebook let us select our date of birth as well? After all, both our sex and our age are “assigned” to us at birth. If you “identify” yourself as younger or older than the “official” calendar says you are, you face discrimination by the state, by employers, by schools, and the whole array of ageist organisations and clubs and restaurants, etc., that provide you only one option when it comes to age or date of birth.And they stick you with it for life.Your gender identity – apparently – is your perception of yourself as either “male, female, or something else.” All backed up by the American Psychological Association. In fact, some activists will say that gender identity means your perception of yourself as “male, female, both, or neither.”Yet there are no doubt millions of people who perceive themselves a different age than what was assigned to them at birth. Every single NZ’er must abide by the age assigned to them by their birth certificate. This perpetuates continued discrimination in the workplace, at schools, and in all areas of life where people might look at us funny or make unfair assumptions when we say we’re one age and they see us as another.And while we’re there, what about individuals who are discriminated against on the basis of their racial or ethnic identity. Should those who perceive themselves as Maori or South African be discriminated against just because the world perceives them as white or Pacific Islander?Over 99% of the population is born with distinctive physical characteristics that are either male or female. But 100% of the population is born at a distinct time that forces an identity of age on them, whether they like it or not. Worse, we are not permitted to change that date on our birth certificates. This puts us all at a definite disadvantage with transgendered individuals who are already given the privilege of determining their gender on their NZ passport or driver’s licence or which prison you serve your time in.Do you feel you need an example of age identity discrimination? I’m what some people would call “old.”That’s a slur.Hate speech.I identify as younger than the age I was assigned at birth. A couple of decades actually.So I’ll be sending out invitations for my 21st shortly.Again.last_img read more

DAPD to host national consultation on Monday

first_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews DAPD to host national consultation on Monday by: – April 28, 2012 Share Participants during the National Educational Campaign held in Roseau on March 14th, 2012.The Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD Inc.) in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs will on Monday host a national consultation on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This national consultation is part of the organization’s public education drive to inform citizens of the importance of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and to urge the Dominica government to ratify that convention.A press release from the organization indicates that the objectives of the national educational campaign which began in September of 2011 were to; • To enable persons with disabilities to understand the various articles and other components of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Optional Protocol.• To sensitize the general public on the need to promote and protect the human rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, as provided for in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.• To solicit support from the Dominican citizenry for government’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The organization has invited persons with disabilities, agencies working with persons with disabilities, civil society organizations, faith based organizations, the private and public sector and political parties to the consultation which is scheduled to commence from 9am at the Public Service Union Centre on Valley Road.The DAPD intends to me with the Cabinet to formally request that the Convention be ratified.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Inter ready to bring Nainggolan back

first_img “We were convinced that with him, we could recover the money spent by the improvement his presence would bring in the other players. “There’s no point talking about whether or not Radja will be with Cagliari next season, because he still has two years on his contract with Inter and it’s not up to us.” read also:Nou Camp clash: Roma suffer Nainggolan injury blow Meanwhile, there are numerous reports in Italy that Antonio Conte is ready to give Nainggolan another chance, having frozen him out of the squad with Mauro Icardi in pre-season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Multiple reports suggest Radja Nainggolan will be welcomed back to Inter next season, as Cagliari director Marcello Carli admits ‘it’s not up to us.’ Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually HappenedBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World Loading… The midfielder was purchased from Roma for €38m plus Nicolò Zaniolo in the summer of 2018, but sent out on loan to Sardinia only a year later. “Bringing in Nainggolan was outside of the usual plans because we considered him a show-stopping player who could help raise the overall level of the squad,” director of sport Carli told Sky Sport Italia.Advertisementlast_img read more