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first_imgCasino & games Tags: Video Gaming 18th June 2020 | By contenteditor Ian Smith, commissioner of the Esports Integrity Comission, looks at the current esports betting landscape, and the effects of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the sector. While lockdown may have been the perfect storm for the sector’s growth, he warns that this does not come without potential pitfalls.As commissioner of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), I have the privilege of an holistic overview of the relationship between esports and betting on esports.My view has altered dramatically these last few months as a result of coronavirus pandemic. What was relatively stable and predictable is now unstable and constantly surprising. It is wonderful and it is challenging. I’m pleased to have an opportunity to provide my “State of the Nation” thoughts…As late as February this year, anyone involved in the intersection of esports and betting on esports would have looked at a pleasing landscape of healthy growth and increasing engagement. The stakeholders lined up quite predictably: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Dota2 and League of Legends (LOL) provided over 80% of the betting markets and revenues between them.This meant that the tournament organisers (TOs) could do “official data” deals with data companies or directly with betting operators for access to real time data for packaging to the betting sector (easier with the Valve titles – CS:GO and Dota2 – and less easily and certainly on a less granular level with LOL). All the other esports titles, including the “big” publisher run leagues – Overwatch League and Call of Duty League – barely moved the needle.Then came Covid-19.For all the tragedy of the pandemic, it has been a perfect storm for esports and esports betting. No traditional sports to watch but a hunger for competition? Esports is here. No sports, bars,  restaurants, movies, clubs to go to in lockdown? Video games and esports are here. No in-person contact? In-game chat is here. No traditional sports to bet on? Esports betting is here. Missing football? FIFA and PES are here. Missing FormulaE? eFormulaE is here. Missing basketball? NBA2K is here.Every day I receive a new survey result telling me there’s been a massive percentage increase in players, viewers, bettors, handle in esports, but I don’t need the surveys because, in my role, I see the evidence directly, albeit from the darker side…Games that have never come to my attention before are now the subject of wagering markets, suspicious betting alerts and Twitch streams. Tournaments are proliferating, and prize monies increasing. Sports simulator games suddenly mean something in the esports world where, until recently, the purists scoffed at them. Large non-endemic sports books are coming to ESIC seeking engagement with us and participation in our global esports suspicious betting alert network.Suspicious betting alerts are far more numerous and relate to games, TOs and markets I’ve never encountered before. Approaches and threats to players coercing them into match-fixing are increasingly reported to me. Webinar speaking invitations rain down like confetti… “Please tell us how to get into esports, esports betting, esports sponsorship, esports investment…” I could spend 20 hours a week right now teaching people what I have known for years – esports is the future.So, what is real, what is illusion? What is going to last beyond the pandemic and what is going to evaporate? My speculation below is personal based on my observations after five years in the industry and 20 years in traditional sports governance and regulation before that, rather than ESIC’s official view on any of these things. What is the State of the esports Nation? Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Ian Smith, commissioner of the Esports Integrity Comission, looks at the current esports betting landscape, and the effects of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the sector. While lockdown may have been the perfect storm for the sector’s growth, he warns that this does not come without potential pitfalls. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Esports betting: The commissioner’s overview Topics: Casino & games Esports Sports betting Video gaming TOs, particularly at the higher end, have become considerably more professional and have upskilled spectacularly quickly since their worlds moved 100% online. Momentum will continue and the advantage of the lightening adaptability that the esports industry has always had, will continue to serve it well. Traditional sports organisations have, at last, grasped the necessity of a good esports strategy supported from the top rather than tossed to an enthusiastic young techie to run on a shoestring budget. Big international sports governing bodies have scrambled into the esports space with such abandon that they have completely neglected some fundamentals, like integrity. No player education, no anti-corruption regulations and no bet monitoring on their own competitions. Forget the reputational risk, let’s get busy! This is going to come back around to their detriment – many of these events are simply not safe from an integrity point of view, which is all the more surprising given how some of these governing bodies are still recovering from major corruption and match-fixing scandals themselves. Post pandemic general interest in sports simulator games will go off a cliff when the real thing returns, but, even if they retain just 10% of their new fans, that will be a big win for the players, TOs, publishers and betting operators who have become involved in those games. My warning is that the viewer and customer numbers and handle you’re seeing now will be much diminished soon and I’d be planning for that. The big three (CS:GO, Dota2, LOL) are and will continue to be the big three. There is no indication of that changing anytime soon. The new viewers and bettors are, mostly, going to stick around because the product is compelling and the competitive scene relatively stable. Sports betting in the USA post PASPA repeal is going to take years to mature due to the chaotic regulatory system and the continued existence of the Wire Act, which hampers everything. Esports betting, which is even more poorly understood by legislators and regulators, is going to lag behind even further, but (and it’s a big but) esports betting, in the long run, is going to be huge in the US. There’s a lot of work and education to be done, but the long term future is bright because there are already a very high number of esports bettors (albeit felonious) in the country and a huge number of potential bettors amongst the massive esports fan base. Outside the big three esports titles, I would be looking to the solid growth of Rainbow6 Siege and the awesome in-game wagering potential of PUBG for my growth, rather than the seemingly stagnant OWL scene or the almost completely unknown new CDL scene. Starcraft2 looks to be resurgent too, which is interesting given its checkered history with betting, but it does have a large and established fanbase, particularly in Asia. It’s far too early to comment regarding Valorant, but I’ll be keeping a sharp eye on it – it’s a cool game.Guessing what’s going to be the next big thing in esports is a bit of a mug’s game – ultimately, it’s the game community that decides and that’s as it should be. There are good reasons why certain games succeed and have longevity, but those reasons are hard to replicate in a new game without it looking like a knockoff, but even that worked historically for LOL, so who knows?What I am certain of is that integrity in esports still needs a lot more understanding, focus and resource. Making the competitive scene safe from cheating, corruption and betting fraud requires a far more joined up approach than the publishers in particular are currently displaying.The good news is that that is changing. The eyes of the world are on esports and, along with the riches, that brings pressure. I look forward to witnessing who rises to that challenge. In the meantime, ESIC is here for those stakeholders that want to take these challenges seriously. Email Addresslast_img read more

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first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Finance Lottery Tech & innovation AGTech cuts losses despite H1 revenue decline Finance Alibaba Group-owned lottery equipment supplier AGTech’s revenue for the first six months of 2020 came to HKD$43.9m (£4.3m/€4.8m/USD$5.7m), down 8.0% year-on-year, though the business reduced its losses for the period by 12.1%.Revenue from lottery hardware fell 34.6% to $12.5m, while revenue from its games and entertainment division was cut in half to $1.0m.Lottery game and system revenue increased, however, by 24.5% to $24.3m, thanks mostly to an increase in sales of virtual sports lottery games after the Chinese lottery market reopened following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the second quarter of 2020. In the first half of 2020, China’s overall lottery revenue came to CNY123.90bn, down 41.7%.The supplier made an operating loss for the period of $105.6m, down 12.1% from H1 2019’s loss.During the first half of 2020, AGTech won five tenders to supply lottery hardware in the provinces of Anhui, Shanxi, Jilin, Hubei and Guizhou.“The group will continue to pursue tenders to supply to the lottery and other hardware market and bid for new contracts after resumption of tenders post Covid-19 delays,” AGTech said.AGTech added that it believes the transformation of the retail industry that may occur due to the impact of Covid-19 offers a new opportunity rather than a risk to its business.“[The] transition to new retail models presents a great opportunity for the further development of the Group’s hardware business,” the supplier explained.“Many of the hardware supplies required under these new retail concepts share similar technology and components that underlie the lottery hardware products supplied by the group throughout the years.“We believe our hardware division continues to be well positioned to take advantage of such opportunities in the foreseeable future.” 11th August 2020 | By Daniel O’Boylecenter_img Alibaba Group-owned lottery equipment supplier AGTech’s revenue for the first six months of 2020 came to HKD$43.9m (£4.3m/€4.8m/USD$5.7m), down 8.0% year-on-year, though the business reduced its losses for the period by 12.1%. Regions: China AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

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first_img Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC [Episcopal News Service] Los 80 millones de anglicanos del mundo están mucho más conscientes hoy de lo que estaban hace 10 años de que pertenecen a una comunión mundial, una convicción que ha dado lugar a un florecimiento de las relaciones internacionales entre la Iglesia Episcopal y otras provincias, diócesis e individuos.El Rdo. Canónigo Kenneth Kearon, secretario general de la Comunión Anglicana, dijo que aunque él no asistió a la 77ª. Convención General en Indianápolis, se siente “más que animado” por la aprobación de la Resolución D008 que reafirma el compromiso de la Iglesia Episcopal de crear alianzas [o relaciones de compañerismo] en la Comunión Anglicana.“Existe obviamente un enorme caudal de buena voluntad y compromiso”, dijo él a ENS en una entrevista reciente en su oficina de Londres. “La Iglesia Episcopal ha trabajado arduamente en sus relaciones y aun más en los últimos años. Esas relaciones han valido la pena y se aprecian a través de la Comunión Anglicana. La cuestión es cómo vamos a ampliar ese compromiso”.Kearon dijo que también se quedó “muy impresionado” con lo seriamente que la Iglesia Episcopal ha tomado el Pacto Anglicano, un documento que al principio se concibió como un medio de vincular mundialmente a los anglicanos más allá de sus diferencias culturales y teológicas.Mediante la Resolución B005, la Iglesia Episcopal rehusó adoptar una posición sobre el Pacto Anglicano en esta ocasión, pero se comprometió a seguir siendo parte del proceso y a continuar supervisando su constante evolución.“Lo que resulta sorprendente y muy alentador es la medida en que incluso aquellos que se oponen  [al Pacto] se refieren ahora a la Comunión de una manera diferente”, dijo Kearon. “Esta ha sido una enorme experiencia de aprendizaje. En el proceso, la gente ha aprendido mucho acerca de su identidad y de lo que es la Comunión Anglicana. Independientemente del resultado, el reflexionar al respecto ha sido muy provechosa experiencia de aprendizaje para la mayoría de los anglicanos y ha profundizado su valoración de lo que significa ser anglicano”.El Pacto Anglicano se propuso por primera vez en el Informe Windsor 2004 como una forma en que la Comunión y sus 38 provincias autónomas podrían conservar la unidad pese a las diferencias, especialmente en lo tocante a la interpretación bíblica y a la sexualidad humana. El informe se produjo a raíz de la elección en 2003 de Gene Robinson, un sacerdote abiertamente homosexual, como obispo de Nuevo Hampshire, suceso que dio lugar a que algunas provincias declararan interrumpida o afectada su comunión con la Iglesia Episcopal. El Pacto también fue una respuesta a algunos líderes de la Iglesia que cruzaban las fronteras de otras provincias para ministrar a anglicanos desafectos.“Una de las cosas mejores que le ha ocurrido a la Iglesia Episcopal, con respecto a nuestra participación en la Comunión Anglicana,  ha sido la elección y consagración de Gene Robinson”, dijo Ian Douglas, obispo de la Diócesis de Connecticut, en una reciente entrevista a ENS.Douglas afirmó que durante décadas antes de 2003, bastaba que dos personas se presentaran en una audiencia de una resolución de la Convención General relacionada con la Comunión Anglicana para que “nosotros en el comité de Misión Mundial nos creyéramos que estábamos haciéndolo bien… Después de 2003 y del Informe Windsor… el plato fuerte en Columbus [en la 75ª. Convención General en 2006] fue la audiencia abierta sobre la Comunión Anglicana, a la que asistieron más de 3.000 personas y participaron 92 testigos. Esa es una diferencia enorme”.Douglas agregó que él también ve este cambio a nivel local, en su propia diócesis, donde cada año una consulta sobre misión anglicana atrae a 200 o 300 personas de hasta 50 parroquias, “todas las cuales sostienen relaciones directas de compañerismo en misión con diócesis, parroquias e individuos de la Comunión Anglicana. Eso lo hace posible la mayor conciencia a nivel local, que no teníamos hace una década, y el mundo más favorable de la comunicación digital… Todo eso es parte de la gran Comunión que Dios está produciendo y es el distintivo de la respuesta de la Iglesia Episcopal a la Comunión”.En la 77ª. Convención General, que sesionó del 5 al 12 de julio en Indianápolis, la Iglesia Episcopal se comprometió, en la Resolución D008, a mantener y reforzar los vínculos a través de la Comunión Anglicana en todo el mundo y a la continua participación en sus varios consejos, ministerios e interconexiones.El presupuesto afincado en la misión y adoptado por la Convención para el trienio 2013-2015, mantiene los niveles de financiación y subvenciones para la mayoría de las alianzas internacionales anglicanas de la Iglesia, pero reduce en un 35 por ciento, o en $460.000, su apoyo económico al presupuesto interanglicano para la Oficina de la Comunión Anglicana con sede en Londres.“Nos hemos esforzado en mantener nuestro nivel de contribución al presupuesto de la Oficina de la Comunión Anglicana, e incluso aunque éste disminuirá de algún modo en el próximo trienio, intentamos hacer todo lo que podamos para mantener la financiación de las alianzas individuales”, dijo a ENS la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori. “Estoy consciente de que se están explorando otras avenidas para la financiación”.Jefferts Schori, que es miembro del Comité Permanente de la Comunión Anglicana y del Comité de Finanzas, dijo que los grandes éxitos de los últimos años han sido “el aumento de las [relaciones de] compañerismo en misión diocesanas y congregacionales a través de la Comunión Anglicana” y el programa Indaba Continuo que le ha permitido a los anglicanos discutir y aprender acerca de experiencias provenientes de contextos muy diferentes del suyo y a enfrentarse a las diferencias tocante a problemas tales como la sexualidad humana y la interpretación teológica.Los compañerismos en misión e Indaba Continuo “han proporcionado notables oportunidades a episcopales y anglicanos de aprender acerca de las realidades de la vida en diferentes partes del mundo y de este modo se transforman los corazones”, apuntó.Las alianzas internacionales también se crean y se nutren a través de los programas internacionales de Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales y de las subvenciones de la Ofrenda Unida de Gracias.En el presupuesto 2013-2015, la Iglesia Episcopal mantiene sus compromisos de financiación para sus compañeros del pacto global en las provincias anglicanas de América Central y México, y también para la Diócesis de Liberia en la provincia de África Occidental. Aunque habrá algunas reducciones en la financiación de esos compromisos durante el próximo trienio, tales reducciones son parte de un proceso, aprobado por una anterior Convención General, conducente a la autonomía de esos compañeros [en misión] que solían formar parte de la Iglesia Episcopal.“El respaldo a los acuerdos sobre el pacto le proporciona a todos los episcopales un medio de participar en la labor del desarrollo y la misión” de esas iglesias, según el comentario del presupuesto.A través de otras subvenciones, la Iglesia Episcopal sigue apoyando las actuales relaciones con las provincias anglicanas de Burundi, África Central, Congo, Sudán, las Filipinas, así como para el Consejo de las Provincias Anglicanas de África, que le brinda apoyo a las 12 provincias anglicanas del continente.Un aumento en la financiación de más de $21.000, hasta un total de $106.000, para la Diócesis de Cuba representa una “importante prioridad de la relación para el trienio”, según el comentario del presupuesto.Cualquier cambio en los fondos de una subvención para la Comunión Anglicana tiene por objeto concentrar los esfuerzos en los aliados fundamentales de la Iglesia Episcopal durante el próximo trienio, apuntan los comentarios.La porción del presupuesto que se concentra en la financiación de los compañerismos anglicanos se ajustó y concluyó en la Convención General por cuenta del sub-comité de programa del Comité Permanente Conjunto sobre Programa, Presupuesto y Finanzas (PB&F).El PB&F había decidido usar como plantilla la propuesta presupuestaria que presentara en junio la Obispa Primada, en lugar de que la que había presentado el Consejo Ejecutivo a principios de año. El presupuesto de la Obispa Primada fue rebautizado para el tiempo que duró la Convención como el presupuesto de las Cinco Marcas de las Misión, porque fue estructurado en torno a esas marcas que la Convención General había adoptado como prioridades de la misión en 2009.Las Cinco Marcas son:Proclamar las Buenas Nuevas del Reino de Dios.Enseñar, bautizar y formar a nuevos creyentes.Responder a las necesidades humanas con amoroso servicio.Procurar la transformación de las estructuras sociales injustas.Luchar por salvaguardar la integridad de la creación y por el sostenimiento y la renovación de la vida en la tierra.El Rdo. David Ota, diputado a la Convención General por la Diócesis de California, dijo a ENS que en el subcomité de programa, que él presidía, hubo un acuerdo general de que el presupuesto debía apoyar las recomendaciones de financiación a las relaciones pactadas y de compañerismo internacional de la Iglesia Episcopal.Cuando se llegó al presupuesto interanglicano para la Oficina de la Comunión Anglicana, Ota dijo que el subcomité utilizó la partida de $500.000 propuesta en el presupuesto de las Cinco Marcas de la Misión como un punto de partida, en lugar de la de $850.000 que recomendaba el Comité Ejecutivo. Según Ota, el subcomité convino en que $500.000 “sería una contribución significativa” para el presupuesto interanglicano. Pero muchas personas que testificaron en una audiencia pública durante la Convención General expresaron la inquietud de que tal reducción “era demasiado profunda, y no reflejaba una buena mayordomía cuando durante el trienio anterior se había contribuido con $1.160.000. Esa [inquietud] llevó a aumentar la cantidad de $500.000 a $700.000 para reflejar las preocupaciones que se expresaron”.En general, dijo Ota, el PB&F y el subcomité de programa “apoyaron las propuestas que cumplían con nuestros compromisos con las relaciones de compañerismo de la Comunión Anglicana y la misión mundial [y]… apoyaron las Cinco Marcas de la Misión a través de las relaciones anglicanas”.Pero Douglas, que es miembro del Comité Permanente de la Comunión Anglicana, dijo que las reducciones al presupuesto interanglicano “no reflejan una buena mayordomía”.“Entiendo que un montón de personas que participaron en el proceso del presupuesto estén intentando equilibrar un montón de realidades difíciles, y siempre resulta más fácil cortar aquellas cosas que nos quedan más lejos”, dijo él a ENS. “Pero me siento bastante molesto respecto a dónde fuimos a dar. Las contribuciones al presupuesto interanglicano ayudan a vincularnos como cristianos”.Douglas añadió que él espera que pronto se inicie una campaña de capital a nivel mundial para apoyar la Oficina de la Comunión Anglicana.La oficina con sede en Londres facilita el trabajo de los diálogos ecuménicos de la Comunión Anglicana y los instrumentos de ésta: la Conferencia de Lambeth, la Reunión de los Primados y el Consejo Consultivo Anglicano, el principal organismo de la Comunión en lo que a diseño de políticas respecta.Kearon, el Secretario General de la Comunión Anglicana, dijo que la oficina también funge “como un lugar de conexión,  un lugar de compromiso… Buscamos posibilitar las relaciones que tienen lugar [a través de la Comunión]”.Entre otros ministerios que se manejan a través de la oficina se incluyen el programa de Indaba Continuo y la Alianza Anglicana que coordina la labor de desarrollo, ayuda y promoción a través de la Comunión.“Las contribuciones provinciales son un signo tangible del compromiso con la Comunión Anglicana”, dijo Kearon a ENS. “El presupuesto se utiliza para posibilitar que prosiga el trabajo de esta oficina, para posibilitar el encuentro de los instrumentos de la Comunión y garantizar que sus decisiones y deseos se lleven a cabo. Configuramos nuestro quehacer en torno a las cinco marcas. Cualquier reducción en nuestro presupuesto significa que el testimonio de la Comunión que se expresa a partir de esta oficina será mucho menor”.El monto anual que se solicita de cada una de las 38 provincias de la Comunión Anglicana se basa en una combinación de factores, agregó Kearon, entre ellos “lo que la provincia ha dado en el pasado”, el número de anglicanos en la provincia, y el Producto Interno Bruto del país o los países de la provincia.En el último trienio, la Iglesia Episcopal contribuyó con $1.160.000 al presupuesto interanglicano, el 50 por ciento de las cantidad solicitada. La Iglesia Episcopal es el segundo contribuyente al presupuesto interanglicano después de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, que tampoco paga la totalidad de lo que le solicitan. Durante los últimos tres años, algunas otras provincias no han pagado a ese presupuesto la totalidad de las contribuciones que les sugieren.El presupuesto interanglicano asciende al 58 por ciento del ingreso total de la Oficina de la Comunión Anglicana. El restante 42 por ciento proviene de donaciones restringidas y otras contribuciones.A través de las contribuciones provinciales, dijo Kearon, “hay un elemento del fuerte en apoyo del débil. Las pequeñas provincias necesitan pertenecer a la Comunión Anglicana, pero no pueden contribuir. Las iglesias fuertes de la Comunión siempre han apoyado a las débiles”.Kearon señaló que las implicaciones de la reducción de fondos de parte de la Iglesia Episcopal no se han determinado aún, y que su oficina lo sabría mejor más avanzado el año luego de que el Consejo Consultivo Anglicano se reúna en Auckland, Nueva Zelanda.Pese a la reducción de fondos, Kearon dijo sentirse “muy impresionado” por la manera en que la Convención General llevó a cabo su labor, y sigue siendo optimista respecto al futuro de la Comunión Anglicana.Douglas estuvo de acuerdo. “Sigo siendo increíblemente optimista acerca de la Iglesia Episcopal y la Comunión Anglicana”, afirmó. “Sí creo que somos en gran medida una Comunión en proceso de formación y creo que en el CCA probablemente la primera conversación será acerca de poder y dinero y no principalmente acerca de la sexualidad humana, porque, creo yo, estaremos en un lugar para tener conversaciones profundas e importantes acerca de nuestro legado colonialista y sobre cuán informados estamos como anglicanos. Se trata de un nuevo mundo. ¿Será una nueva Comunión?”.—Matthew Davies es redactor y reportero del Servicio de Prensa Episcopal. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Meg Hemmerlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/meg-hemmerle/ ReddIt Movember 5K brings awareness to men’s health Linkedin LEAPS, Reading Frogs volunteer at Paschal High School Previous articleTeenage Global Innovator visits TCU for work on gender equalityNext articleSwing dancing makes a comeback Meg Hemmerle RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGStext only printFor some TCU fraternity men, summer can be an opportunity to do more than just intern or work.Blake McGovern and John Edmond are junior members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity who decided to spend their summer cycling across the country in Journey of Hope.For nearly 40 years, the Ability Experience, Pi Kap’s national philanthropy, has been raising money and awareness for people with disabilities. One of those opportunities includes Journey of Hope, a cross-country bicycle fundraiser.For those who participate in it, the Journey of Hope provides a “once in a lifetime opportunity to go on an adventure, see the nation and help people all at the same time.”The three routes of Journey of Hope start in San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; and Los Angeles, California, and end in Washington, D.C. The men bike over 12,000 miles through 32 different states.To partake in the Journey of Hope as a cyclist, the rider needs to raise $5,500. McGovern found the fundraising to be easy, saying that “when people hear what you’re doing they want to give money to it.”McGovern and Edmond were on the same team, along with Pi Kap alumni and students from Virginia Tech and the University of Colorado, Boulder.Journey of Hope is a challenging experience for participants, McGovern and Edmond said.“You have to come up with the realization of giving up an entire summer, you have the challenge of biking across the country, the challenge of raising $5,500 in around a month and you also have to have the money to buy yourself a bike so it’s just like a lot of things you have to do so just signing up and committing is the hardest,” said McGovern.Long miles and hot weather contributed to some of the harder aspects of the process, McGovern said.“We were biking through Lamar, Colorado, it was a 120-mile day, it was super hot and just terrible. We got to where we were staying and it was in a high school wrestling room which was hotter in the room than it was outside and we couldn’t sleep at all,” said McGovern.Lodging during the Journey of Hope is provided by volunteers. Often times teams spend the night on gym floors, church community rooms or hotels. Because participants are not always guaranteed a bed, Edmond’s advice is to “get a comfortable air mattress.”Biking in the pouring rain into Union, Missouri and riding over two Mount Rainier passes were some of Edmond and McGovern’s favorite biking memories, but the friendship visits are what stuck out the most to the men.Friendship visits are visits the teams make with people who have disabilities. During these visits, they get to talk to and do different activities with the people for whom they are fundraising.“We were talking to this girl who was in a car accident and was mentally disabled and couldn’t walk anymore. With the grant that [the Ability Experience] gave [the organization] they bought a harness that she could sit in and it made it so she could walk again,” said McGovern. “She was able to walk out and say bye to us at the end and that was the most moving and coolest thing I saw. I saw the direct impact on what I was biking for.”For Edmond, friendship visits were what gave him the energy he needed to make it through the day.“The most challenging part was having to go to a visit an organization for people with disabilities after biking over 100 miles and having to be full of energy, but then once you get there everybody is so nice it is easy to do it. It helps you get through it,” Edmond said.In 2016 the Ability Experience raised $625,901, said Ryan Foerstel, director of team services at the Ability Experience.The TCU chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, Eta Chi, has consistently been one of the top fundraising chapters in the nation.This week is TCU Pi Kap’s philanthropy week. The fraternity raised money for the Ability Experience during “Pi Kap Push Week” through T-shirt sales and a fundraiser at Potbelly Sandwich Works on Wednesday. For more information on the Journey of Hope, visit the Ability Experience’s website. Meg Hemmerle Twitter Facebook + posts Facebook ReddIt Linkedin Meg Hemmerlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/meg-hemmerle/ Zeta hosts Bright Pink workshop Meg Hemmerlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/meg-hemmerle/ Meg Hemmerlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/meg-hemmerle/ John Edmond (left) and Blake McGovern (right) in Washington D.C. after finishing The Journey of Hope. Twitter LEAPS makes sites more relational Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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first_img Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Business News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 60 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Education Dual Enrollment Legislation Passes Assembly Higher Education Committee STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 3:23 pmcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to extend dual enrollment opportunities for California students passed the Assembly Committee on Higher Education this week.The legislation, Assembly Bill 102, eliminates the sunset date for the College and Career Access Pathways, making the dual enrollment program that was first established by Holden in 2015, AB 288, permanent.“Dual enrollment increases the number of college graduates, reduces time and money spent for college, and helps close the achievement gap,” said Holden, a Democrat representing Pasadena, in a prepared statement.“Making dual enrollment permanent means more school districts will be able to invest in creating these partnership agreements that benefit their students and prepare them for college,” he said.Dual and concurrent enrollment provides high school students access to college-level coursework. In some cases, students earn both high school and college credit for the same course depending on approval from local school and community college governing boards.Pasadena City College currently offers dual enrollment classes in several school districts, including the Pasadena Unified School District.According to an October 2018 Career Ladders study, students who participated in dual enrollment at a community college during high school were more likely to graduate and enter college and more likely to complete a certificate, degree, or transfer. A key finding was that students most underrepresented in community colleges often benefit the most. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stufflast_img read more

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first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live 9/3/2021 Story David Raleigh. A silver car lies covered in tarpaulin at a roundabout, adjacent to the Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick. The scene of a road traffic collision which occurred last night, along with approach roads, remained sealed off this Tuesday, following last night’s road collision in which a male in his 20s was struck by a car which was being pursued by gardai along the Ballinacurra Road, Limerick. Photograph Press 22GARDAÍ have arrested a man in connection with a road traffic collision in which a young man was critically injured when he was struck by a car that had been pursued by gardai in Limerick city last Monday night.A man, who gardai suspect was driving the car at the time, has been arrested.A second male has been “spoken to” by investigating gardai, but they have not been arrested, an informed source said.The silver BMW initially came to the attention of gardai at the Roxboro Roundabout on the south of the city, and was then pursued by gardai along Childers Road, towards the Crescent Shopping Centre, shortly before the collision, which occurred at Ballinacurra Road.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Two males who were travelling in the car fled from the car on foot, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Office Commission said.GSOC investigators were brought in to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision, as is part of normal procedure whenever members of An Garda Siochana are involved in an incident in which serious injury is suffered by a person or persons.On Tuesday, a GSOC spokeswoman said: “GSOC received a referral (under section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005) following an incident in Limerick in which a person was seriously injured when he was struck by a car at around 11.30pm(Monday) night.”“The two occupants of the car immediately fled the scene,” they said.“A Garda Superintendent referred the matter to GSOC as there had been engagement between gardaí and the car a short time before the person was struck. The incident happened close to a roundabout at the Crescent Shopping Centre, approximately 5km from the city centre,” they added.According to GSOC, the injured man “was on a scooter“ when he “was struck by the car at a pedestrian crossing”.“GSOC investigators attended at the scene and the matter remains under examination.“Today, a Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí have arrested a man in relation to a serious road traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a car that occurred on the Ballinacurra Road, Co.Limerick on March 8, 2021.”“The collision occurred at approximately 11.20pm. The pedestrian, a man aged in his 20s, still remains in a critical condition at University Hospital Limerick.”“The driver of the car failed to remain at scene.”“A man, aged in his 20s, was arrested this morning and is currently detained at Roxboro Road Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.”“Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the Childers Road/Ballinacurra Road or in the vicinity of the Ballykeeffe roundabout near the Crescent Shopping Centre between 11.15pm and 11.30pm on Monday night, March 8 to contact them.”“Gardaí are particularly appealing to any road users who may have camera footage to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061-214340.“ Advertisement WhatsApp Print LimerickNewsGardai make arrest after man struck by car is left in critical conditionBy David Raleigh – March 10, 2021 962 TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleHundreds of toys collected at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park for Crumlin Children’s HospitalNext articleMIC Lecturer Elected to Board of International Society for Music Education David Raleigh Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

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first_img By News Highland – October 11, 2014 Twitter Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Previous articleListen Back to the latest episode of Weekend EditionNext articleOllie Horgan speaks ahead of Finn Harps last game of the season News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterestcenter_img Public detain man during attempted armed robbery of Derry shop Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Detectives in Derry have arrested two men following the report of an attempted robbery at a shop in the Northland Avenue area last evening (Friday).One of the men was detained by members of the public during the incident.Police received a report that just before 9pm a man armed with a knife had entered the shop and demanded money.No money was handed over and the suspect was restrained by members of the public and arrested on the arrival of police at the scene.A second man believed to have been involved in the incident was arrested a short time later. The men, both aged 19, remain in custody and are helping with police enquiries.Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact police in Strand Road (from the North) on 101. Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebooklast_img read more

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first_img Published 11:00 pm Monday, December 31, 2012 Email the author Barnes said an EF-1 tornado with 110-mph winds cut a four-mile, 300-yard wide path through the Tennille community and an EF-2 tornado packed 129 mph winds that destroyed homes and property along a 15.7-mile, 600-yard path from Goshen to Troy.“The Red Cross figures are 66 total structures damaged,” Barnes said. “Twelve were totally destroyed, 24 received major damage, 18 minor damage and 10 minimal damage.”Lawrence Bowden, VOAD chair, said that the county will be working with limited resources and efforts must be made to make sure the immediate needs of the families are met but not duplicated.“We want to make sure that we provide assistance to all of those who are in need,” Bowden said. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Man arrested after car chase, damaging university property A drunk driver led Troy Police on a chase that ended on the quad of the Troy University campus early… read more Book Nook to reopen VOAD gears up to coordinate assistance for tornado victims Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Jane Thrash, director of the South Central Alabama (Pike County) Branch of the American Red Cross, said 27 of the structures damaged were uninsured and others are possibly underinsured.“Some people have lost everything,” Thrash said. “They have no insurance and have no way to replace what they lost. The situation is very serious for these tornado victims.”The Unmet Needs Committee, a local committee of volunteers, is also available to provide assistance to the tornado victims.However, Bowden said that the best and most efficient way for individuals to volunteer is through an organization.“Organized and coordinated efforts are the best way to help these people in need,” he said.“But what is needed most is money. Money does the most good because the tornado victims can go and buy what they need. That helps them and it also puts money into the local economy.”Bowden gave the example of more items being donated to Florida disaster victims than were needed or could be used. The state had to spend a million dollars to dispose of the items.“Money can be used where it’s needed and you don’t end up having items that are of no use,” Bowden said.The Salvation Army Service Center and Christian Mission in Troy are providing clothing and home furnishings to tornado victims who have vouchers from the Red Cross.Thrash said the Red Cross had already spent $14,775 in victims’ assistance and the Emergency Response Vehicles have delivered cleanup kits that contain rakes, shovels and indoor cleaning supplies and comfort kits that contain hygiene products to the tornado victims.As far as debris collection, the City of Troy will pick up debris that is placed on city streets, but no word has come from the Pike County Commission as to debris pickup in the county. “There is also the possibility of available funds through Serve Alabama and the Governor’s Relief Fund,” Barnes said.The tornado victims can learn more about the assistance programs through the local Red Cross and EMA offices.The purpose of the VOAD meeting on Monday was to coordinate access and assistance for the families that were affected by the tornadoes. Annette Brundidge stands in front of her family’s home. The roof of the mobile home off of County Road 2214 was ripped away by an EF-2 tornado on Christmas night while the family was inside. Brundidge said neighbors, family and friends have helped the Brundidges begin to recover.Pike County does not meet the financial threshold to receive a FEMA declaration so the county will have to seek funding from other sources.Jeanna Barnes, Pike County EMA director, informed those who gathered for the Pike County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) meeting on Monday that there would be no FEMA funds to assist the families that received minimal to total losses in the two tornadoes that hit Pike County on Christmas Day.Barnes said those affected could receive funding from a SBA declaration, which provides low interest loans with long-term payments. These funds must be applied for individually by the victims of the tornadoes. 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first_imgbmcent1/iStock(ROCKFORD, Ill.) — Police in Rockford, Ill., say they are responding to an active shooter report at a hotel.In a message posted on Twitter just after 11 a.m. Eastern time, police said officers were responding to the active-shooter report at an Extended Stay hotel.ABC station WLS-TV, citing unnamed sources, reported that an officer assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force was shot in the incident. His condition was not immediately known.The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also tweeted that officers from agency’s Chicago Field Division were on the scene of the incident.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

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first_imgBarium cycling in the ocean is associated with a number of processes, including the production and recycling of organic matter, freshwater fluxes, and phenomena that affect alkalinity. As a result, the biogeochemical cycle of barium offers insights into past and present oceanic conditions, with barium currently used in various forms as a palaeoproxy for components of organic and inorganic carbon storage, and as a quasi-conservative water mass tracer. However, the nature of the oceanic barium cycle is not fully understood, particularly in cases where multiple processes may be interacting simultaneously with the dissolved and particulate barium pools. This is particularly the case in coastal polar regions such as the West Antarctic Peninsula, where biological drawdown and remineralisation occur in tandem with sea ice formation and melting, glacial meltwater input, and potential fluxes from shelf sediments. Here, we use a high-precision dataset of dissolved barium (Bad) from a grid of stations adjacent to the West Antarctic Peninsula in conjunction with silicic acid (Si(OH)4), the oxygen isotope composition of water, and salinity measurements, to determine the relative control of various coastal processes on the barium cycle throughout the water column. There is a strong correlation between Bad and Si(OH)4 present in deeper samples, but nevertheless persists significantly in surface waters. This indicates that the link between biogenic opal and barium is not solely due to barite precipitation and dissolution at depth, but is supplemented by an association between Bad and diatom tests in surface waters, possibly due to barite formation within diatom-dominated phytodetritus present in the photic zone. Sea-ice meltwater appears to exert a significant secondary control on barium concentrations, likely due to non-conservative biotic or abiotic processes acting as a sink for Bad within the sea ice itself, or sea-ice meltwater stimulating non-siliceous productivity that acts as a Bad sink. Meteoric water input, conversely, exerts little or no control on local barium levels, indicating that glacial meltwater is not a significant coastal source of barium to the West Antarctic Peninsula shelf waters.last_img read more

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