Take-Aways from the First 440

first_imgClick here to subscribe to the Pharr Out BlogSo we did it! We made it through Maine and New Hampshire to the Vermont border. It feels so great to be done with a fifth of the trail, and the hardest fifth at that! It has been a wild ride so far with a lot of literal and metaphoric up and downs. We have a long, LONG, way to go… but here’s a few lessons learned from the first two states.a) Maybe not the best transition to go straight from Honeymoon to thru-hiking?! Somehow a one-man bug filled tent shared with your husband is different than a 4-star B&B and Mountain House dehydrated dinners are not quite as alluring as chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Not that any of the forementioned are completely unpleasant, but perhaps the transitions would have been a bit easier with a night or two in a Days Inn before the beginning of the hike.b) My husband hates bugs, hates them! At first his distaste was for mosquitoes, but now he has decided that he loathes black flies the most. We spend a good ten minutes every night before bed scouring the tent for any insects that might have flown in and then smooshing them against the ceiling should we discover their presence. In the middle of the night when I am forced to pee then I either have a time-limit of getting in and out of the tent to prevent more buggies from coming inside, or better yet I am encouraged to go in a wide-mouth jar inside the tent. Brew was convinced that I could incorporate a girl-pee bottle into my nighttime hiking routine as he has enjoyed the ability into soda bottles for quite a while now.c) Maine is harder than New Hampshire. Everyone talks about the Whites and how hard they are and how New Hampshire is the most trying part of the Appalachian Trail, but I strongly disagree. Maine has kicked my booty twice now, once coming North and this time headed South. New Hampshire was tough, no doubt, but I swear my body feels better and the days become easier the further away from Maine I travel.d) Mothers are far more supportive of Appalachian Trail hiking when a husband is in tow. The past few summers thru-hiking has been the bain of my mother’s existence. This summer she hardly rolls her eyes at the mention of my endeavors. She is excited to receive my phone calls and is even more endeared to her favorite son-in-law when he calls her with updates. So far detached is she from this hike, that she has thrown herself entirely into the care of a newly acquired golden retriever puppy. I can’t wait to hike back down South to meet a happy Momma and a new puppy.e) I have decided that if New Englanders are stereotypically “cold” then it is in direct correlation to their frigid temps. Even in the midst of summer I have started several mornings with four layers up top, it is hard to be happy – let alone hike – when you are cold.f) I am forever impressed with the older ladies and gents on the trail. This path really takes it out of you and some of the climbs and descents are treacherous on the best of days. It really encourages me to see so many folks in the second “prime of their lives” tackling these challenges.g) Huts. In the White Mountains there are these huts where people pay $90 a night to stay on a hard bunk bed with other strangers. I love the thought of being out in nature, but paying $90 for next to nothing? You can tent for free and probably sleep better without strangers snoring nearby. I’m just saying, if I am dishing out close to a Benjamin then I want some amenities, ya know?h) Finally, it is good to have closer. Brew and I have found closure by eating food in effigy of the states we leave behind. Upon departing Maine, we together took out an entire blueberry pie. Now that we are saying goodbye to New Hampshire we are also finishing our friend Miles’ famous White Chocolate Chunk Cookies (for the White Mountains, of Course). It will be very hard to find closure in Vermont seeing as how we have Ben and Jerry’s, Maple Syrup, Long Trail Ale, and Cabot Cheese all on the list. I sure am glad that Brew and I are hiking so much everyday!Alright, on to the next 1,732.last_img read more

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Top Six Ways to Prevent Bike Theft

first_imgNow that spring is finally here with summer looming, it’s time to get the bikes out of the garage and, in some cases, leave them out. But don’t become one of the nearly 190,000 people who fall victim to bike theft each year. I’ve had two bikes I loved stolen over the last half dozen years, and nothing feels more hurtful, more personal, than having one of your trusty steeds stolen.According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, from 2007 to 2011, bicycle theft in the United States rose on average 14 percent each year, and more than 188,500 bicycle thefts are reported stolen each year in the United States, a statistic even more staggering when one considers the number of bicycle thefts that go unreported.bike stolen wheelIn San Francisco, the city issued its first-ever official look at bike theft in 2013 and created a goal to reduce bicycle theft in the city by half over the next five years. The city also created a bike registry to help combat the 70 percent rise in bicycle thefts since 2006.In both Los Angeles and San Diego, law enforcement is placing bait bikes with hidden GPS devices around the city and beach in hopes of catching bike thieves. In Boston, MBTA Transit Police created two life-sized cardboard cutouts of police offers and placed them in busy bike rack cages at Alewife Station.”It’s amazing how easily a bike can be stolen,” says Audrey Hanken, president of Markel Personal Lines Insurance. “We hear stories about bicycles being stolen from locked bike racks, cars, or even directly outside of their homes. We have also heard about thieves targeting hotels during bicycle road races, looking for opportunities to grab expensive bikes and run.”Here are six recommended tips to help keep your bike from walking off: 1. Purchase a good lock. No lock can guarantee that a bike won’t get stolen, but the more money that is invested in a good, sturdy lock; the harder it will be for a would-be thief to steal a bike. Bicycle thieves look for the easiest lock to cut when they are look to steal a bike, which makes thin, cheap locks a thief magnet. Two of the more trusted and widely used lock options are a D or U Lock, or a thick cable lock. It is also recommend that cyclists lock both the bike frame and the wheels to the immovable object, so investing in 2 sturdy locks may be another good idea to deter would-be thieves.2. Always lock the bike. Whether running in for a quick stop or parked outside of a friend’s house, make sure the bicycle is securely locked. This seems simple enough, but many cyclists feel comfortable with their surroundings and, even if only momentarily, let their guard down.3. Secure the Frame. Ever see a single bicycle wheel locked to a bike rack? When locking the bike up, cyclists should be sure to lock it “steel to steel,” meaning the lock should be around the bicycle frame and the sturdy metal object it is being secured to (like a bicycle rack). In a more secluded area, try to lock the bike around a large sturdy object, like a tree.4. Lock it in a high-traffic area. Cyclists shouldn’t just look for a well-lit area to secure their bike. Ideally, a bike should be locked in an area with a constant flow of people walking by so a person attempting to steal a bike would be noticed quickly.5. Register the bike. A bike registry is a great way to record a bicycle’s serial number and/or photo. Many local cycling communities offer a bicycle registration service. Often when bicycles are recovered, local police have a hard time matching it with its owner. Typically, one of the first places they will look to find the bicycle owner is the community’s local registries to try to find a match. There are also national websites where bicycle registrations are gathered – check out the National Bike Registry and BikeRegistry.com.bike stolen frame6. Get insurance for the bike. Bicycles usually have some protection under a homeowner’s or renter’s policy, but typically a homeowner’s policy will not cover a bike if it is stolen from anywhere but insured’s home. Cyclists should look for a stand-alone bicycle insurance policy from a provider such as Markel Bicycle Insurance in which the bicycle would be protected no matter where it was stolen – whether it is from their house or at a bike shop. Markel’s bicycle insurance policy can also be customized to fit any rider and riding style, with coverage options for the rider, the bike and accessories and spare parts. Markel even provides protection during races.If your bike is does happen to get stolen, call the police immediately. Also check the area where you locked your bike to see if any area business had a security camera to help police identify the thief. And call your bicycle insurance carrier to file a claim for the stolen bike.last_img read more

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TCBC expresses concerns over court funding

first_img April 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News TCBC expresses concerns over court funding Associate Editor“The third branch of government is truly at stake,” said a frustrated Susan Schaeffer, chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission and Sixth Judicial Circuit judge, standing in the hallway of the Capitol where she has been spending a lot of time lately.Once again, the TCBC, which has been working on the shift in court funding with Article V, Revision 7 for two years, has stressed in a March 13 interim report that case management, court administration, and masters and hearing officers are indeed essential elements of the court that should be funded by the state. Those items have been challenged in legislative committee meetings in the House, while Judge Schaeffer said she was relieved to find them included in the Senate plan.“We have the unanimous agreement of all 20 chief judges, unanimous agreement of the Trial Court Budget Commission. We have the circuit judges conference and the county judges conference behind us. And yet, we come up here and we run into opposition like we don’t think this is essential,” Judge Shaeffer said, of the House version.After 21 years on the bench and six of those as chief judge, Judge Shaeffer said she knows the trial court system. She and other judges want to share their expertise and hope legislators are listening.“I think they are concerned about a budget. They are concerned about money. And we’re not here for money this year. But we will be, and I know that is pressing on their minds,” Judge Shaeffer said.Some of the ideas being proposed – such as a proposal to shift the administrative functions of the Office of State Courts Administrator to the Justice Administrative Commission in the executive branch that rose out of the House Select Committee on Article V – “frankly seems to have come out of nowhere,” she said.“There was nobody that I could find who recommended it. No state attorney recommended it, no public defender recommended it, certainly not the Trial Court Budget Commission, the Supreme Court, the trial court, no judge that I know of recommended it,” Judge Shaeffer said.When colleagues ask her how it’s going on Article V funding issues in the legislature, Judge Shaeffer said, “I tell them it’s very frustrating. Now, we are very hopeful. Since this was not a bill in the House, and we have been able to sit down with (Chair) Rep. (Holly) Benson since and tell her our problems, I have some assurance they are making some adjustments.. . . All we can do is keep giving information and keep answering all of their questions and hope that it pays off.”The following are highlights from the TCBC March 13 interim report:• There are nine essential elements of the trial courts: judges and judicial assistants, legal support, masters and hearing officers, case management, alternative dispute resolution/mediation, court interpreting, court reporting, court appointed expert witnesses, and court administration. Commentary : “The essential elements are activities of the trial courts that are essential, or reasonably necessary, to carry out the mission of the courts. The first five elements directly support the adjudicative functions of the trial court system. The next three are required to ensure due process rights. Court administration is required to assist the chief judges in carrying out their constitutionally mandated administrative responsibilities. The state of Florida should pay for the essential elements of the court system.”• Due process costs should be budgeted and administered by the entity ordering the costs. Commentary: “Control of due process costs (court reporting services, expert witnesses, and interpreter services) is best achieved when the ordering party is responsible for managing its own budget. The TCBC, state attorneys, and public defenders have agreed that due process costs should be separately allocated to the budgets of the public defenders, state attorneys, and trial courts. Each entity will then be accountable for their respective due process expenditures.”• Conflict counsel and other court appointed counsel costs should be budgeted and managed by the public defender or by an independent commission.• Other elements of the trial courts should be defined as integrated elements and should either be funded by the state or specified as local requirements or local options. Commentary: “Integrated functions are defined as those reasonably necessary to effectuate public policy or responded to legitimate public expectations. Examples of integrated functions include custody evaluations, guardians ad litem, attorneys ad litem, guardianship monitoring, truancy alternatives, the Children’s Advocacy Center, and drug court treatment. Many of these elements have been directed by the legislature or established by county government to meet local needs related to the courts.”1) Statutory language should be established whereby the chief judge certifies local requirements to the county commissioners in accordance with local budgetary procedures.2) Integrated elements that are not funded by the state and are not local requirements should remain local options.• Each separate constitutional entity requires its own administrative staff to effectively carry out its constitutional and statutory obligations.• The chief judge, through the trial court administrator, performs separate and distinct functions from the clerk of court. For example, staff of the clerk of court performs case maintenance functions, while the chief judge, through court staff, performs case management functions. These functions do not represent duplication or overlap of responsibilities.• The Office of the State Courts Administrator assists the chief justice in carrying out his or her constitutional authority as the chief administrative officer of the judicial system. The chief justice’s administrative authority cannot be redirected to another entity.• Certain branch-wide functions of the OCSA, such as education, statewide planning, statewide legislative budget request preparation, branch technology policy and planning, statewide statistical analysis and reporting, etc., cannot be efficiently delegated to the 20 circuits and five district courts of appeal.• The chief judge is responsible for the administrative supervision of the circuit including personnel, budget, accounting and procurement procedures consistent with broad guidelines, standards, and policies promulgated by the judicial branch.• Administrative support that the OSCA now provides to the trial courts should be examined to determine if it can be more efficiently decentralized to the trial court administrators. Conversely, certain administration functions now performed by trial court administrators should be examined to determine if they could be more efficiently centralized in the OSCA.• Appropriations for the trial courts should be provided in a lump sum to the TCBC for allocation to the 20 circuits.• The chief judge is responsible for managing the circuit budget within the broad guidelines established by the TCBC.• The TCBC, with the assistance of the OSCA, will monitor the expenditures of funds in each of the circuits and make branch-wide budget adjustments as necessary.• A time-limited contingency fund should be established during the transition to state funding to accommodate any unanticipated funding deficiencies.• Additional flexibility should be provided to the courts to enable the transfer of funds between categories of appropriations and between budget entities.• The Commission on Trial Court Performance and Accountability should continue to develop performance and accountability measures and systems for the trial courts.• The TCPAC should continue to conduct “best practices” workshops and provide the results from these workshops to the TCBC for budgetary purposes and to chief judges for consideration.• Statewide contracting services should be developed, including the establishment of model contract provisions, statewide bidding procedures, statewide contract providers lists, qualification standards for service providers, and fee standards for services.• Technology expenditures should be consistent with the statewide technology strategic plan adopted by the state courts system.• Digital court reporting technologies should be implemented in all appropriate courtrooms.• Judges are responsible for assessment and enforcement of fines, fees, or costs authorized by the legislature. The clerk of court, an executive branch agency, or collections agent as authorized by the legislature is responsible for the collections of fines, fees, and court costs. TCBC expresses concerns over court fundinglast_img read more

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Noble Energy shareholders get the date for Chevron merger vote

first_imgUnder the terms of the agreement, the company’s shareholders will receive 0.1191 shares of Chevron for each share of Noble Energy. Will Chevron’s Noble Energy swoop trigger a wave of M&A deals in oil & gas sector? The U.S. Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 on Thursday, 20 August 2020. Noble Energy expects to file its definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and begin mailing the definitive proxy statement to the company’s shareholders later this week. long read The record date for Noble Energy shareholders entitled to vote at the special meeting was the close of business on Friday, 21 August 2020. Noble Energy informed on Monday that the special meeting of shareholders to approve the pending combination with Chevron is scheduled to take place on Friday, 2 October 2020 at 10:00 am Central time. Premium Posted: 2 months agocenter_img As announced on 20 July 2020, Noble Energy entered into a definitive agreement with Chevron, under which Chevron will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Noble Energy in an all-stock transaction at an enterprise value of $13 billion. Categories: Posted: 2 months ago Noble Energy has scheduled a special meeting of shareholders for the approval of its merger with Chevron following the clearance of one of the regulatory hurdles. The board of directors of Noble Energy unanimously recommended that shareholders vote “FOR” the merger proposal. Market outlooks Noble Energy and Chevron expect to close the transaction early in the fourth quarter following Noble Energy shareholder approval.last_img read more

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Prostate cancer ‘linked to sex bug’

first_img 51 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Prostate cancer ‘linked to sex bug’ by: – May 21, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Prostate cancer may be a sexually transmitted disease caused by a common yet often silent infection passed on during intercourse, scientists say – but experts say proof is still lacking.Although several cancers are caused by infections, Cancer Research UK says it is too early to add prostate cancer to this list.The University of California scientists tested human prostate cells in the lab.They found a sex infection called trichomoniasis aided cancer growth.More research is now needed to confirm the link, they say in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).Sex infectionTrichomoniasis is believed to infect some 275 million people worldwide and is the most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection.Often, a person will have no symptoms and be unaware that they have it.Men may feel itching or irritation inside the penis, burning after urination or ejaculation, or a white discharge from the penis.Women may notice itching or soreness of the genitals, discomfort with urination, or a discharge with an unpleasant fishy smell.This latest research is not the first to suggest a link between trichomoniasis and prostate cancer. A study in 2009 found a quarter of men with prostate cancer showed signs of trichomoniasis, and these men were more likely to have advanced tumours.The PNAS study suggests how the sexually transmitted infection might make men more vulnerable to prostate cancer, although it is not definitive proof of such a link.Prof Patricia Johnson and colleagues found the parasite that causes trichomoniasis – Trichomonas vaginalis – secretes a protein that causes inflammation and increased growth and invasion of benign and cancerous prostate cells.They say more studies should now follow to further explore this finding – particularly since we still do not know what causes prostate cancer.Nicola Smith, health information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: “This study suggests a possible way the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis could encourage prostate cancer cells to grow and develop more quickly.“But the research was only done in the lab, and previous evidence in patients failed to show a clear link between prostate cancer and this common sexually transmitted infection.“There’s been a lot of research into prostate cancer risk and we’re working hard to piece together the puzzle.“But there are still no known lifestyle factors that seem to affect the risk of developing the disease – and no convincing evidence for a link with infection.“The risk of prostate cancer is known to increase with age.”Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer in men in the UK – about one in nine men will get it at some point in their lives.It is more common in men over 70, and there appears to be some genetic risk since the disease can run in families.BBC Newslast_img read more

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US-bound migrants cross river to reach Mexico

first_imgThose crossing the river are part of a2,000 to 3,500-strong group dubbed “2020 Caravan,” evoking previous attempts tocross Mexico en masse to reach the US border.(BBC) Police officers restrain a migrant who is trying to enter Mexico. The country has cut off its migration routes to the United States (US) under pressure from US President Donald Trump. AFP The migrants, mainly from Honduras,took to the water after being refused permission to cross a bridge. WASHINGTON – Hundreds of migrantswaded into a river on the southern Mexico border as they tried to reach theUnited States (US).center_img Hundreds appeared to have breachedpolice lines and entered Mexico. Mexico has cut off migration routes tothe US under pressure from President Donald Trump.last_img read more

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Rare Male Calico Kitten Born in West Palm Beach

first_imgAn extremely rare male calico kitten was born in West Palm Beach on Friday.Calico cats are almost always female due to the makeup of genetics in the cat. A rare genetic condition can produce a male.That is what happened at a foster care home here. Photo courtesy: WPEC via Kelly Real“Only 1 in 3000 calicos that are born are male. These cats are so rare that they have often been referred to as the “unicorn” of cats,” says Kelly Real, the cat’s caregiver. “Those who have worked in veterinary practice or in shelters can work for years or even decades without ever seeing one in person.”She adds that what makes the cats so rare is that they typically have a genetic abnormality which gives them three sex chromosomes, XXY, also known as Klinefelter Syndrome in humans.last_img read more

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UW freshman guard feeling right at home

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoHaving lost four seniors from last year’s squad, including Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer Jolene Anderson, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s motto has been to spread the ball around and get contributions from everyone, including the four freshmen on the team.Though all four have already played this season, Jamie Russell has seen a significant amount. Russell, who scored 15 points in an exhibition game against UW-River Falls, has already worked her way into consistent playing time coming off the bench, playing 27 and 25 minutes, respectively, in the Badgers’ first two games against River Falls and at South Dakota State.Russell, a 5-foot-7 guard out Rock Falls, Ill., averaged 22.3 points and 6.9 rebounds as a senior last year at Rock Hill High School, becoming her school’s career scoring leader in the process. She played on the Illinois Class 3A first team and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee before coming to Madison. The college game is much different than the high school game however, and Russell has adapted well, despite having played only two games.“When I first came here I knew I would have to work so much harder to get myself prepared for this,” Russell said. “The coaches are working with us anytime they can to get us prepared, so that’s helped. When I got here, I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, what did I get myself into?’ But I’ve just been taking it step-by-step and day-by-day.”Junior point guard Rae Lin D’Alie also sees the improvement in her teammate’s game.“She’s improved so much since she got here,” D’Alie said of Russell. “She’s put on so much muscle, but she’s been so fast right from the get-go. She’s used her speed very well and has realized when to use it and when to slow down. Her shot has also really come along, and you can see she’s more confident in it.”But according to the freshman, it’s not her shot or her confidence that gives her the biggest edge on the Kohl Center floor. “Quickness is by far my best strength,” Russell said.No argument from her captain.“Quickness is definitely one of her main strengths, on offense and defense,” D’Alie said. “She can beat anybody off the dribble or stick with any ball handler out there. She’s also really smart. She moves really well off the ball, and she’s one of our best slashers and makes really good cuts and knows how to move within the offense.”Along with her own personal assets, Russell has also had the advantage of being able to learn from experienced guards like D’Alie, junior Teah Gant and sophomore Alyssa Karel.“Everybody, players and coaches, have been so helpful on and off the court,” Russell said.“I talk to her before every game,” D’Alie added. “She told me [Monday] night [against South Dakota State] that she had never played in front of that big of a crowd before. I just try to calm her down and help her out on offense and defense.”Though confident in her current abilities, Russell knows different aspects of her game need work and hopes to keep improving as the season progresses.“I want to improve on different styles of play that my coaches have been stressing,” Russell said. “I want to learn our defense a lot better and get it down pat by the end of the season.”last_img read more

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Rachel Gowers – Staffordshire University – The Esports BA

first_imgIf you’re into esports in some form and considering higher education then Staffordshire University has just announced a new course which may be of interest. Rachel Gowers, Staffordshire UniversityAn Esports BA, essentially an ‘esports business degree’, is now a viable option at the university in the midlands in the UK. It’s a three year programme at the Stoke-on-Trent campus and the inaugural haul of students will get started in September 2018. There are still details to be ironed out, and with a yearly fee of over £9,000 per year any applicants should give it serious consideration before embarking on the programme. It demands 112 UCAS points from would-be entrants.  Having read the course outline we had some questions and so reached out to Rachel Gowers, Associate Dean at Staffordshire University Business School who was kind enough to provide us with the answers. Esports Insider: Who has been involved with the formation of this Esports BA business degree? How long has it been in the works…Rachel Gowers: This course originates from the vision of Staffordshire University to provide innovative and applied learning in response to employment opportunities in growth areas in the economy. We will be bringing together two areas of the university, and using the expertise of both to create a unique experience.The UKIE White Paper on esports states that it presents a huge opportunity to the UK. Whilst the market will continue to grow and develop naturally, combined commitment from government and industry to actively promote the sector, integrate it into policy thinking around growth and infrastructure plans (particularly regionally) and boost the talent flow into the sector will give the UK the inertia it needs to become a world leader in esports and play its part in growing the sector globally.  The two areas of events management and games studies will work together to produce a new dynamic area of study for the university as proposed in the UKIE White Paper that states the desire to make the UK an esports hub. UKIE CEO Dr Jo Twist OBE said: ‘Like the video games that fuel it, the esports sector is now one of the fastest growing, most popular and vibrant categories of entertainment in the digitally driven economy.’ “We’ll be employing another lecturer prior to the course starting who is a specific esports expert”The White Paper calls for universities to innovate and undertake a skills review of current esports jobs and apply it to course content, thereby making it relevant to the esports market.Esports Insider: Who will the tutors be? Rachel: The university is considered to be one of the largest and best games universities in the UK, seeing a 130% growth in applications to its games courses.  “It’ll be a mixture of proven business academics alongside individuals who have proven themselves in the wide world of esports”The courses are noted for the quality and in 2016 were considered the best place in the UK to study games design and development, ALPHR – the online branch of PC Pro. They offer a complete suite of nine awards covering games design, programming, animation, games development and visual effects. They work with industry partners to keep courses up to date and have a sponsorship arrangement with EPIC Games.  We’re working hard on selecting the right candidates to be the tutors on the inaugural programme. It’ll be a mixture of proven business academics alongside individuals who have proven themselves in the wide world of esports. Combined, we feel these will offer students the best experience and make for a more enriching course. There will be a number of one off guest lectures too, in addition to on-site visits to companies in the space.We’ll be announcing the tutors in due course, but we shan’t be rushing this as we want to make absolutely sure we’ve got the right people on board.“We seek to raise the aspirations of young people by providing valid and demanded work skills in an up and coming industry”The esports business course will be led by two academic schools: The Business School and The School of Computing and Digital Technologies. Dr Bobbie Fletcher leads the games programmes and has built the department into the number one place to study games in the UK.  She works with a team of dedicated games professionals to provide cutting edge modules.  From the Business School we have Carol Southall who has worked all over the world as an event manager and will bring loads of great experiences to the course.We’ll be employing another lecturer prior to the course starting who is a specific esports expert and we’ll also be bringing in visiting fellows, professors and industry experts throughout to build a really up to date and lively experience.“Over 73% of those employed within esports are under the age of 35. A focus on employability will be intrinsic throughout the esports award”Recent feedback via NSS and SVS on the tourism and event management courses indicates a high level of student satisfaction with a range of key areas, including course organisation and management and teaching, with above sector benchmarks in a number of key metrics. NSS statistics for personal skills development indicates satisfaction levels above university average, which is likely to be a result of greater engagement with industry and volunteer opportunities. It is this expertise in the development of a high level of industry engagement that will enhance and support the proposed BA (Hons) Esports.  Esports Insider: Can you tell us more about the ‘international residential’ element of the course?Rachel: It’s early days for this but all students on our events programmes have this opportunity and this year went to Iceland.  The university has partners all over the world and we will be using these links to develop International varsities.  We will identify the countries we want to visit each year according to where we think there is the most value to our students.Esports Insider: The third year will see students on the program putting together a ‘large scale, commercial venue event with teams and a prize pool’? Can you elaborate on this; how large scale will it be, will there be a number of them and which companies are you working with to achieve this end? Rachel: These partners are being developed over the next six months but already we have been approached by a wide variety of stakeholders from esports recruiters, games companies, online betting companies, tech suppliers and we are keeping this close to our chests at the moment while we are discussing sponsorship deals.“Summer placements and internships will be heavily promoted so that students are encouraged to maximise opportunities to gain work experience”The events will progress during the course from single player events in the first year to multi player in the second year and then in the third year we will be utilising our links with national arenas to really make it a special experience for all involved.Esports Insider: Is the main purpose of this course to develop the UK scene as a whole by creating a number of leaders in terms of putting on events and running teams?Rachel: We seek to raise the aspirations of young people by providing valid and demanded work skills in an up and coming industry. Over 73% of those employed within esports are under the age of 35. A focus on employability will be intrinsic throughout the esports award.The 60 credit module at level 4 covers careers talks, visits and guest speakers from industry along with the opportunity to take up a role within the team on live events at each level, therefore allowing for live experience of three roles over the duration of the course.At Level 5 students will develop their reflective practise when they are required to assess their employability skills reflecting on the business skills that they have developed. At Level 6 students will incorporate their skills assessment and research a topic of their own choice that reflects their interests and demonstrates their ability to apply skills they have developed throughout their course.Module assessments are built into Global Entrepreneurship Week, creating opportunities for students to present their work to invited business partners, guest lecturers and university staff. Furthermore, throughout the course assessments are linked as often as possible to real-life business challenges, developed through close interactions with a developing network of businesses that engage with the Business School.“Esports is driving the creation of new categories of jobs including esports commentators and analysts and is also creating synergies with existing jobs such as sports psychologists and broadcasters”Summer placements and internships will be heavily promoted so that students are encouraged to maximise opportunities to gain work experience to add to their CV, thereby improving employability prospects. Students will also be encouraged to apply for a full placement year between their second and third year of studies, to further experience working in a business environment. Their skills are in demand.  Companies in the esports sector require people with entrepreneurialism and technological savvy. Esports is driving the creation of new categories of jobs including esports commentators and analysts and is also creating synergies with existing jobs such as sports psychologists and broadcasters. Just as importantly, the popularity of esports is driving the market for video games, including games developed in the UK, and the growth of jobs in the game development, retail and events sector.last_img read more

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Real Madrid’s ‘Japanese Messi’ shows why he could be Barcelona star’s successor [VIDEO]

first_img One of Mallorca’s few signing lights this season has been on loan midfielder, Takefusa Kubo.Could he do his parent club, Real Madrid a favour against their title rivals!? pic.twitter.com/a5qCCt5Tiz— FotMob (@FotMob) June 13, 2020Kubo, who made his Japan debut against El Salvador impressed for table-topping J League side FC Tokyo.Kubo might have turned out for the Blaugrana instead had Barcelona not been found guilty of youth transfer breaches and handed a 14-month transfer ban by FIFA.So what has made Kubo such a sought after property in world football? While he may not be ready for the first division just yet, here’s a taste of what Spanish fans could expect from the teenager. ⭐ ¡Takefusa Kubo, nuevo jugador del @realmadrid! Reforzará al Castilla la próxima temporada. レアル・マドリードへようこそ!#RealMadrid | #LaFabrica pic.twitter.com/SGRPgz6zvU— Cantera Real Madrid (@lafabricacrm) June 14, 2019 Japanese youngster, Takefusa Kubo, is quietly building a reputation for himself in Spain.While Eden Hazard was La Liga’s big signing last summer, Real Madrid’s capture of Kubo also set tongues wagging in the Spanish capitalThe 18-year-old  was, at the time, hailed by the club as “one of the most promising youngsters in world football.”While on loan at Real Mallorca, Kubo has been impressive and appears to be taking that into the league restart.Despite losing 4-0 to Barcelona, Kubo received rave reviews for his performance.Kubo, 18, signed a five-year contract with Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee.“A technically gifted and hugely talented attacking midfielder, he possesses wonderful vision, quick feet and has an eye for goal,” the club said.Kubo’s got more than the expectations of signing for one of the world’s biggest clubs hanging over his head, however, as his particular set of gifts has seen him compared to one of the game’s all-time greats as wellHis style of play has earned him the enviable tag of the ‘Japanese Messi’, ironically after the captain of Real’s arch-rivals and current Spanish champions, Barcelona having featured at the Catalan club’s academy as well.And in training, Kubo seems to be showing why those comparisons might not be out of place.Take a look at the videos below:Takefusa Kubo has a real Lionel Messi vibe to him. We like it. pic.twitter.com/wgkHXYAyiX— Ball Street (at 🏠) (@BallStreet) June 15, 2020last_img read more

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