Parents learn their house was used as a meth lab after unborn baby tests positive for meth

first_imgA family in Missouri is reporting that they were made aware that the house they purchased was once used as a meth lab after their unborn child tested positive for methamphetamines.According to the report, the couple, Tyler and Elisha Hessel, went to the doctor for normal prenatal check-up when the doctor informed them of the find in Elisha’s blood work. Elisha says she had not been taking any methamphetamines which began an investigation of how the drug got into her system. Eventually the couple had their house tested for the drug and found a positive match for extreme levels of the substance within its foundation.When the couple inquired further about their home, they were informed that their house was once used as a meth lab.The Hessel’s have since moved out of their house for their safety and the safety of their unborn child, and say that when they contacted their bank, the county, and insurance company, none of the agencies could give them a clear answer as to why the house was sold to them without that information being disclosed originally.In addition to that, the couple says in order to get the house back to a livable state, they would have to strip the house down and rebuild it but their insurance company will not pay the $100,000 they were quoted from the rebuild. The couple says they have since resorted to creating a Gofundme page to help them get their lives back.If you would like to donate to this family click here.last_img read more

Pakistan Batsman Mohammad Hafeez Considers Retirement in Protest of his Demotion

first_imgLahore: Pakistan’s senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez is reportedly considering retirement in protest against his recent demotion in the players’ categories by the Pakistan Cricket Board, local media reported on Tuesday. Local media quoting sources close to the right-hand all-rounder said that Hafeez considered the demotion an insult to him because he had been performing up to the mark to win several honours for the country. Hafeez, 37, had been a regular recipient of the PCB’s top category contract, but the board on Monday replaced him with a young rising star, Babar Azam. The PCB dropped Hafeez from category A to category B in the annual central contact given to players for a period of one year. IANSlast_img read more

Batting under the spotlight, as unchanged Jaguars squad face T&T Red Force

first_imgHOSTS Guyana Jaguars will face Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the fifth round of the Digicel Regional Four-Day Tournament from today at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, with the spotlight falling squarely on the hosts’ chronically weak batting. It has not been a standout season for the Jaguars so far, with their top batsmen unsteady in their contributions – a fact that is a concern to the team management.Speaking to Chronicle Sport yesterday during the team’s net session at Providence, manager/assistant coach Rayon Griffith said a definite improvement is needed in the Guyana Jaguars’ batting.“Definitely we are not getting the scores that we like to, but having said that it’s cricket, and you get scores like that at times. We are yet to play to our best, to the potential that the team has,” Griffith said.Two Jaguars batsmen feature in the top ten of the batting aggregates after the four completed rounds of the tournament.Veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul has scored 304 runs, while 19-year-old Shimron Hetmyer has gathered 244 runs. Chanderpaul is the only batsman to have reached the three-digit mark.Griffith also said the batting was not the only worry, as the catching seemed to be also letting the side down.The Jaguars will be looking to take advantage of a Red Force side low on confidence and finish the first half of the season in pole position.This could well be another absorbing contest, considering the results of matches between the two sides at this venue.Neither team has a major advantage over the other. Of the five matches, they have each won once, and it would be interesting to note that the Red Force have held the aces in the other three which were all drawn.It’s true the Red Force perhaps may have fielded stronger units for those previous five matches, but it may be something they could draw upon to find the inspiration they may require to defy the Jaguars.Meanwhile, the Jaguars will enter the final round before the long break for the Christmas/New Year holidays, and also the Regional Super50 Tournament, with an unchanged unit from the previous game against the Barbados Pride.Despite their struggles this season, the two-time defending champions Jaguars have 44 points, 2.6 points behind leaders Jamaica Scorpions. The Barbados Pride are next with 43.2 points, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes have 36.6 points. The Windward Islands Volcanoes lie fifth with 35.2 points with the Red Force at the bottom of the table with 32.4 points.The Guyana Jaguars squad: Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Rajendra Chandrika, Shimron Hetmyer, Eon Hooper, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul, Raymon Reifer and Vishaul Singh.Red Force squad:: Yannick Ottley (captain), Yannic Cariah, Sheldon Cottrell, Jyd Goolie, Kyle Hope, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Khary Pierre, Roshon Primus, Isaiah Rajah and Marlon Richards.last_img read more

The Latest: Big Ten extends suspension of team activities

first_imgFIFPro says it’s “extremely concerned” that clubs in several countries “have begun to immediately lay off players or unilaterally reduce their salaries” because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The Netherlands-based union says many players worldwide earn at or below average domestic income “and would be severely affected by salary decreases.”One club in Switzerland, Sion, terminated the contracts of nine players including former Arsenal pair Johan Djourou and Alexandre Song, who declined to accept reduced wages in a federal unemployment insurance program.FIFPro, which represents 65,000 men’s and women’s players, urges “clubs with short-term financial difficulties to meet with national player unions to negotiate fair and proportionate arrangements.”___ March 27, 2020 Officials of the city, German federation and cycling governing body UCI will talk next week to try and set new dates.The UCI reiterated world championships have priority in a revised calendar.The worlds follow the postponement or cancellation of nine World Cups in the cross-country, downhill and eliminator disciplines.___Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week. The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club.Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit.The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says “this adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events.”The women’s British Open is scheduled to be held two weeks after Evian. Jae Crowder of the Miami Heat has donated $15,000 to Boston-based custom slide sandal company ISlide. That money will go entirely to the company’s affected workers. Crowder is an ISlide investor and says he felt compelled to give because he knows workers there are in need. Crowder says “to see the potential negative business impact from this outbreak compelled me to help in any way I could.”___ It’s the fourth race in triathlon’s premier series to be postponed. The leg in Yokohama, Japan, in May is still scheduled to go ahead. ___Full-time Minnesota Wild employees will continue to receive full pay and benefits through April.Owner Craig Leipold informed staff of the decision via e-mail on Friday. That includes employees of the Wild, the Xcel Energy Center arena, and their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. Those with salaries above $150,000 are taking a 20% pay cut. The guideline does not pertain to Wild players.Like most teams around the NHL, the Wild also committed to paying game-day arena workers for the six home games that remained on the schedule when the season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ___Atlético Madrid has followed Barcelona’s lead and announced it will reduce its players’ and coaches’ salaries during the stoppage of competition due to the coronavirus crisis. A day after Barcelona had done the same, Atlético said Friday that it will reduce its payroll temporarily “to ensure the future” of the club. Neither Barcelona nor Atlético are saying how much they would slash salaries. The moves will not impact their players’ contracts.___ ___The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus.The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pahnotskaya tells The Associated Press the testing suspension covers a longer period because of the risk of staff being stranded away from home. Tests stopped Friday and will resume on April 6.Pakhnotskaya says the World Anti-Doping Agency has been notified. The International Ski Federation (FIS) has postponed its presidential election at a biennial congress for at least three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Hosts for some world championships, including Alpine skiing in 2025, were also due to be voted on at May 17-23 meetings in Thailand.FIS says it hopes to reschedule “in the autumn (fall) of this year,” possibly at a different location.Candidates to succeed 22-year incumbent Gian Franco Kasper as president, and for seats on the FIS ruling council, must be declared 30 days before the rescheduled elections.The three candidates for Alpine worlds in 2025 are: Saalbach, Austria; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Associated Press Still to be determined is how the Isports that make up the Olympics will allocate all the spots at the rescheduled games. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures for Olympic events.World Athletics president Seb Coe confirmed that all sports have agreed to the IOC’s proposal that all athletes currently qualified for the Olympics will remain qualified for next year. In track, he said that accounts for about half the places. He said the important next step is to develop a fair process for the rest of the athletes, most of whom have seen their qualifying events postponed.___The National Professional Soccer League has canceled its 2020 summer season because of the new coronavirus outbreak. ___ The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm are funding support for a new project to provide 4,000 meals each week to approximately 1,000 healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients at Atlanta hospitals. The project also will allow two Atlanta restaurants to rehire employees who had been laid off due to the pandemic.The project will deliver meals to six Emory Healthcare hospitals five times each week.The meals are being prepared by restaurants Forza Storico and Miller Union. Each restaurant, like many in Atlanta, had temporarily closed and laid off employees due to the coronavirus. Davis says he is teaming up with Lineage Logistics to match up to $250,000 in donations to an organization providing free meals to health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is a partnership with the World Food Kitchen, led by famed chef José Andrés.Davis and Lineage also announced an initiative to offer jobs with Lineage to Staples Center employees in the upcoming weeks and months while no sports are being played in the Lakers’ home arena, which they share with the Los Angeles Clippers and the NHL’s Kings. Lineage operates refrigerated warehouses in the Los Angeles area and around the world.Davis is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer after his first season with the Lakers, but the Anthony Davis Family Foundation is already involved in numerous charitable ventures in the Los Angeles area. The seven-time NBA All-Star is widely expected to re-sign with the Lakers.___The mountain bike world championships in Albstadt, Germany, from June 25-28 have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date for ESPN and fought through her symptoms to work that night.She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday — eight days after being swabbed.By then, she was feeling better and said on the podcast that she was appreciative of the health-care workers who saw her. “I’m so incredibly thankful to be feeling well,” Burke said.___Lakers superstar Anthony Davis is getting involved with a pair of community initiatives to help Los Angeles-area hospital employees and Staples Center workers. ___The LPGA Tour now has two majors that have been rescheduled because of the new coronavirus.With the Olympics postponed until 2021, the Evian Championship in France will be two weeks later on Aug. 6-9. That was supposed to be the week of women’s golf in the Olympics.Moving back the Evian will create a little room on the LPGA schedule when golf resumes. It also makes travel more practical for the players. The new date for the Evian Championship is one week before the Ladies Scottish Open east of Edinburgh, and two weeks before the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon.The LPGA previously rescheduled the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, from April 2-5 until Sept. 10-13. With the season on hold, players have been told to self-isolate until at least April 4. To date, three NHL players have tested positive for the virus: two with Ottawa and the third with Colorado.___Good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You’re in for 2021. Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled games next year. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe. center_img Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6.Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.Stevens said he and team officials have been checking in with Smart and the rest of the team regularly via conference calls.“I’m proud of how he kind of took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online, just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now,” Stevens said. “It’s just, you know, it’s a really unique, unsettling time for everyone.”— Kyle Hightower reporting from Boston Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big Ten has extended the suspension of all organized team activities through May 4. The Diamond League says “the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020.”___Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic.Barcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension. At Augusta National, kids who qualified for this year’s Drive, Chip and Putt will get to compete on the Sunday before next year’s Masters. They will compete in the same age division for which they qualified. That means there won’t be any qualifying for new participants until next year.___Oilers captain Connor McDavid says he elected to stay put in Edmonton rather than risk traveling home to suburban Toronto.McDavid says he didn’t want to take the chance of going through crowded airports and contract the new coronavirus in fear of potentially spreading it to his parents and grandparents. He says the NHL being on hiatus also allows him to break in the new home he built, which also includes a gym.McDavid spoke on a league-hosted video conference call featuring Pacific Division players on Friday. Considered a fourth-tier circuit in the U.S., the NPSL is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association. The NPSL started play in 2003 and had planned to expand from 91 to 94 teams this season.The league was to have entered 14 teams in the U.S. Open Cup, which was suspended because of the pandemic.The NPSL summer season had been set to start in May and end in early August. The league said Friday that many of its venues would be unavailable after that because they are on college and school campuses.___Global players’ union FIFPro has called on soccer clubs to stop firing players or cutting their salaries before talks. The Latest: Big Ten extends suspension of team activities Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, his wife and their foundation are donating 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia.Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.His wife, Jelena, is the global director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation. She says ventilators needed to help COVID-19 patients range in price from 10,000 to 50,000 euros ($11,000 to $55,000).The 32-year-old Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam title. Among men, only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have won more.___ Big Ten officials say this is an additional measure to the previously announced cancellation of all conference and non-league competitions through the end of the 2019-20 academic year, including spring sports that extend beyond the academic year.Big Ten officials said they would continue to work with medical experts and institutional leaders to determine their next steps in regard to the pandemic.___The world series triathlon in Montreal in June was postponed on Friday, a day after Canada closed its borders to June 30 to all foreigners except Americans.The Montreal elite races were scheduled for June 28. “Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”Clubs are already feeling the pinch: Second-tier Championship club Birmingham was the first to ask some players to defer 50% of their salaries, while at Championship leader Leeds, the players, coaching staff and senior management volunteered to defer their salaries to try and put off redundancies at their club.___ ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke, a Curt Gowdy Award recipient by the Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in her field, has revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus.Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast hosted by NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski. Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve.The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered.___A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.” She says “we studied all the consequences and agreed we should follow the order. And it was agreed with WADA. I wrote them a letter yesterday.”___The Diamond League has postponed three more track meets because of the coronavirus outbreak.The events in Stockholm on May 24, Naples and Rome on May 28, and Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have all been postponed with no new dates set.The first six events of the year have been called off and only the Shanghai meet has been given a new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 is now the first scheduled event on the calendar. Turkish basketball team Fenerbahce says one of its players and three members of the technical and administrative personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus.Fenerbahce says none of the four have been hospitalized. They were being isolated and monitored at home.The player and three staff members were not named.___The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Hawks say the meal program, which began Friday, will continue four weeks and is expected to be expanded to possibly involve more restaurants.___English soccer should be braced for “difficult decisions” to try and ease the financial effects from the season suspended because of the coronavirus crisis.The Premier League released a statement after talks with the English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association, saying they also “agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.”Last week, restarting the season was pushed back to April 30, and will resume “only when it is safe and conditions allow.” Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season.Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

FIFA says no word from Maradona over threat to quit

first_img(REUTERS) – Football’s governing body FIFA said yesterday it had heard nothing official from Diego Maradona since the Argentine World Cup winner threatened last week to quit his ambassadorial role.FIFA said its last official contact with former Argentina captain Maradona had been when he took part in a draw for the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea on March 15.“There have been no updates from him since then,” said a spokesman, adding that Maradona’s relationship with FIFA during that event had been “very positive”.Maradona told Argentine newspaper Clarin last Wednesday he was angry over the Argentina FA’s (AFA) decision to appoint television presenter Marcelo Tinelli as head of its national teams committee, which oversees teams from Under-17 upwards.Maradona told FIFA president Gianni Infantino in a telephone call that he would step down if the decision was not reversed within two days, the interview said.The AFA is currently under FIFA intervention which, Maradona said, gave football’s governing body the power to reverse the appointment.Last June, FIFA responded to a financial and governance crisis in the AFA by stepping in and putting it under the administration of a ‘normalisation committee’.The committee’s main role is to prepare the AFA for a presidential election which is due to be held tomorrow.Maradona took up his new role in February, saying: “Finally I can fulfil one of the lifelong dreams; to work alongside people who really love football.”FIFA, meanwhile, said it wanted Maradona to have “a major role in the organisation’s activities to promote the game across the globe.”In January, Maradona publicly backed Infantino’s plans to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams, a proposal which was approved by the FIFA Council one day later.last_img read more

Rashid torments Bangladesh again as Afghanistan close in on victory

first_imgRASHID Khan tormented Bangladesh once again as Afghanistan closed in on victory on a rain-affected day four of the one-off Test in Chattogram.Captain Rashid claimed a first-innings five-for and took another three wickets on Sunday before stumps was called with Bangladesh on 136-6, still requiring another 262 runs.However, with inclement weather limiting the action and more forecast, Afghanistan will hope to get things wrapped up as quickly as possible on the final day.Afghanistan opted against an overnight declaration and, after a start delayed by rain, were finally bowled out for 260, Afsar Zazai left stranded two shy of a maiden Test half-century.An early lunch was taken due to another downpour with Bangladesh on 30 without loss, and in the second over after the resumption Liton Das (9) was pinned by debutant Zahir Khan (2-36).Zahir accounted for Mosaddek Hossain (12) before Rashid (3-46) trapped Mushfiqur Rahim (23) and Mominul Haque (3) as the hosts were reduced to 102-4 by tea.Shadman Islam (41) fell to Mohammad Nabi (1-38) before Mahmudullah (7) was taken by Ibrahim Zadran at forward short leg off Rashid, though rain denied Afghanistan the chance to make further in-roads.AFGHANISTAN  1st innings 342Bangladesh 1st innings 205Afghanistan  2nd innings Ihsanullah            lbw Shakib Al Hasan                         4 Ibrahim Zadran        c Mominul Haque b Nayeem Hasan             87 Rahmat Shah           c&b Shakib Al Hasan                         0 Hashmatullah Shahidi  c Soumya Sarkar b Nayeem Hasan             12 Asghar Afghan         c Shakib Al Hasan b Taijul Islam           50 Afsar Zazai           Not Out                                    48 Mohammad Nabi         c Mominul Haque b Mehedi Hasan              8 Rashid Khan           b Taijul Islam                             24 Qais Ahmad            lbw Shakib Al Hasan                        14 Yamin Ahmadzai        Run Out Liton Das                           9 Zahir Khan            c Mominul Haque b Mehedi Hasan              0 Extras                4b 0lb 0nb 0pen 0w                          4 Total                 (90.1 overs)                      260 all outFall of Wickets : 1-4 Janat, 2-4 Zurmatai, 3-28 Shahidi, 4-136 Afghan, 5-171 Zadran, 6-180 Nabi, 7-210 Khan, 8-235 Kamawal, 9-260 Ahmadzai, 10-260 Khan Bowling  :    Shakib Al Hasan    19 –  3 – 58 –  3, Mehedi Hasan  12.1 –  3 – 35 –  2, Taijul Islam     28 –  6 – 86 –  2, Nayeem Hasan   17 –  2 – 61 –  2, Mominul Haque    10 –  6  -13 –  0, Mosaddek Hossain  4 –  1 –  3 –  0. BANGLADESH  2nd innings Liton Das         lbw Zahir Khan                      9 Shadman Islam     lbw Mohammad Nabi                  41 Mosaddek Hossain  c Asghar Afghan b Zahir Khan       12 Mushfiqur Rahim   lbw Rashid Khan                    23 Mominul Haque     lbw Rashid Khan                     3 Shakib Al Hasan   Not Out                            39 Mahmudullah       c Ibrahim Zadran b Rashid Khan      7 Soumya Sarkar     Not Out                             0 Extras            0b 2lb 0nb 0pen 0w                  2 Total             (44.2 overs)                    136-6Fall of Wickets : 1-30 Das, 2-52 Saikat, 3-78 Rahim, 4-82 Haque, 5-106 Anik, 6-125 MahmudullahTo Bat : Miraz, Islam, Hasan Bowling :   Yamin Ahmadzai     4 –  1- 0- 14 –  0, Mohammad Nabi   17.2  – 4 – 38 –  1, Rashid Khan   13 –  0 – 46 –  3,  Zahir Khan   10 –  0 – 36 –  2.last_img read more

Final senior gift options announced, voting starts Tuesday

first_imgSeniors will soon have a chance to decide what their legacy will be.The options for the senior class gift were announced this week and include a tribute to President Steven B. Sample, a solar thermal energy system for the Lyon Center pool, a class of 2010 internship award and a class of 2010 Volunteer Center van.“As a board, we looked into the preferences of the senior class and underfunded initiatives on campus and proposed a diverse list of gift options,” said Katherine Prendergast, the chair of the Senior Gift Advisory Board and a senior majoring in international relations and fine arts. “After we collected all our ideas, we had a meeting where we discussed our findings and ranked our favorite options that had been vetted through the university.”The final gift ideas run the gamut, from environmental initiatives to a plaque in Sample’s honor.If chosen as the senior gift, the plaque would be placed on Alumni Walk next to the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center.Seniors hoping to leave an environmentally friendly impact can vote for a solar thermal energy system for the Lyon Center pool. Currently, the pool is heated with boilers that burn natural gas. If this gift is chosen, the senior class will donate money to the USC sustainability office to help accelerate the implementation of a solar energy system to heat the pool. USC will provide the rest of the money, and the project would likely start in summer 2010.The class of 2010 internship award, if chosen, will create a fund to help students afford to take unpaid internships or volunteer opportunities. The fund would help students entering their senior year. The Office of Financial Aid has offered to match the senior class’s donation to the fund.The final option for this year’s senior gift will provide the USC Volunteer Center with a van to shuttle students to volunteer opportunities around the city.“It was important for us to select a variety of gifts but also ones that were both feasible, accessible to a bunch of students and most importantly approved by the university,” Prendergast said.Seniors will have the chance to vote for their favorite option beginning Feb. 23.Caitlyn Crisp, a senior majoring in communication and gender studies, said she thinks the gifts offer a good variety of choices.“I’m going to vote for the solar panel because I think it’s the most beneficial for our university because it’s actually making progress,” Crisp said. “The tribute to President Sample was appealing, but as nice as that is he would even probably prefer we do something that’s more eco-friendly and making our campus more green.”Crisp said she plans to donate regardless of which gift is chosen in the end.Jamie Wolf, a senior majoring in occupational therapy, said she too will definitely donate because her program requires it.She said she was pleased with the options.“I like the tribute to President Sample because it’s nice to acknowledge all of the hard work he’s done for the school,” Wolf said.Susie Phadke, a senior majoring in kinesiology, said she is leaning toward options that help the community.“It’s important to give back to the school because it’s given so much to us, but it’s more important to give back to the community. I’ll eventually end up donating money to the school, but I would like for the senior gift to benefit the community,” Phadke said.Regardless of which gift is voted the winner, Prendergast said she hopes everyone will donate.“It’s a way for the class of 2010 to participate in this tradition collectively as a class, and it’s a way to give back to the university that has done so much for us,” she said.The Senior Gift Advisory Board is hoping to reach at least 86 percent participation, slightly higher than last year’s 85.2 percent, the highest ever.Some said the gift chosen might affect their decision to give money.“I do think it’s important to participate, but I think I would only donate depending on what the gift is,” said Kelly Williams, a senior majoring in business and accounting.Organizers are expecting the economy to have some effect on the total amount of donations, which is typically around $20,000.But the focus is not as much the amount of money as the participation rate, according to Kim Newstadt, the assistant director at the USC Office of Annual Giving.“The real objective is participation rather than dollar amount,” Newstadt said.“As seniors are prepared to take the next step in their lives, we’re hoping that they want to make a lasting donation to USC. Even just a few dollars makes a difference.”Previous senior gifts have ranged from a bench on campus to a history station or funding for specific initiatives or programs.Last year’s class donated an endowment to restore the Von KleinSmid Center bell tower, and the class of 2008 donated a study alcove for the future Ronald Tutor Campus Center.The advisory board hopes seniors recognize the importance of making a lasting connection to their alma mater.“USC has given us so much: memories, a great education, friends for a lifetime,” said Prendergast.last_img read more

Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn draws inspiration from roots, mother with Michigan State

first_imgLourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. wasn’t supposed to make it to Division I basketball — he’s 5 feet, 10 inches.He wasn’t supposed to make it to the United States — he’s from Nassau, Bahamas.He wasn’t supposed to have been born — his mother has sickle cell disease and doctors said she would never have kids.But he made it. And every time his mother, Monalisa McKinney, watches him play, she cries.“It taught me a lot about myself,” Nairn said. “I don’t think I would be the person I am today without going through the trials and tribulations that I went through as a child.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday at 10:07 p.m., when seventh-seeded Michigan State (25-11, 12-6 Big Ten) takes on No. 3 seed Oklahoma (24-10, 12-6 Big 12) in the Carrier Dome in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the point guard’s unexpected path to prominence on college basketball’s biggest stage will continue. The freshman entered MSU’s starting lineup for good in early February, which might be one of the lesser surprising things that have happened in his life.Nairn was born on Oct. 8, 1994. But afterward, because of McKinney’s disease, she had to stay in the hospital for an extra three and a half months. When she saw her son for the first time outside of the hospital, she cried.“I knew from the time I was carrying him that he would be someone that would make my life worth living,” McKinney said.In Nassau, poverty was rampant and no one was expected to become successful. There was no air conditioning. Basketball was played exclusively on outdoor concrete. Crates were nailed to wooden backboards, which hung from trees.McKinney was a bartender and Nairn’s father, Lourawls Nairn Sr., was a construction worker.“We made the necessary sacrifices to make sure our (two) boys had clothes on their back and shoes on their feet,” McKinney said. “And they had a hot meal every night before they went to bed, even if it meant me sacrificing my dinner.”When Nairn was 13 — two years after his mom said he began playing basketball — he left his family and home to play at South Florida Christian Prep Academy.Twenty-one people — mostly other students — were living in one house in Florida with three bedrooms and one bathroom, and Nairn said he wasn’t treated well.When he came home for Winter Break in the middle of his freshman year, Nairn didn’t want to go back. He stayed in the Bahamas and eventually was offered a spot by Sunrise Christian (Bel Air, Kansas) Academy’s Kyle Lindsted in March 2010 after the coach saw him play in a showcase.“Going to Sunrise changed my life,” Nairn said. “It was a place where people loved me as a person outside of basketball. It was all about making me a better man and making me a better person.”In the championship game of a national prep showcase, Buddy Hield, SCA’s best player and now Oklahoma’s top threat, sprained his ankle. Nairn took it upon himself to take the game over as the team’s second-best guard.But then came what he called the turning point of his career.Nairn missed every shot the rest of the game and he said Sunrise lost by about four or five points. After the game, Nairn cried as he got onto the team bus.“‘Tum, don’t worry about it,’” Nairn recalled Lindsted telling him. “‘One thing I learned about you is that you’re a fighter and you’re a winner.’ …“What meant to him more was the way I wanted to win for my team and that he loved me.”Now, Nairn will have another chance to match what Hield can do when they face off on Friday night.And the desire to make a better life for himself and his family — just like it pushed McKinney to let her son come to the United States — continues to push Nairn.Said MSU forward Marvin Clark Jr.: “If there’s somebody that you want to go to war with … he’s somebody that you want to go to war with.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 26, 2015 at 11:59 pm Contact Paul: | @pschwedslast_img read more

Thornton professor wins research award

first_img“Her research is all about healthy singing,” Cutietta said. “It is really easy for a singer who isn’t trained properly to ruin her voice, to overuse it or use it incorrectly.”  “I had my own laboratory because I teach studio,” Helding said. “So, I started putting together my own experience as a teacher and coach and connecting the dots between what the research is saying about how people learn.”  Helding said her study of pedagogy requires an understanding of how students learn. Helding is also the author of “The Musician’s Mind: Teaching, Learning, and Performance in the Age of Brain Science” that released earlier this month. She started writing the book 10 years ago when she created a column called “Mindful Voice” in the Journal of Singing, where she introduced the mind as an important part of vocal science. Helding, who studies the intersection between cognitive neuroscience and vocology, has used her research findings in cognitive psychology to protect the vocal health of singers and enhance their learning and performance. She has also applied the mechanisms from her studies to ensure the physical well-being of her students.  Lynn Helding knew she wanted to be a singer when she was 8 years old. Now, years later, Helding is a professor of voice and coordinator of vocology and voice pedagogy at the Thornton School of Music and was named the 2020 Contemporary Commercial Music Institute Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by Shenandoah University for her research in cognitive neuroscience and the teaching of voice.  “A paradigm shift in how we teach … should be on how well students learn,” Helding said. “You have to think about how people actually learn and how they learn best … Those are all questions that cognitive science is looking at.” “It was a total surprise,” Helding said. “It is an honor to be there with the other past awardees … They just started [the award] in 2017, and I feel honored to be only the fourth awardee.” Helding will receive the award in July when she gives the keynote address at the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at the University.  Lisa Sylvester, chair of the vocal arts and opera department at Thornton, said that the work done in the wellness program was critically important to the music industry and the way music was processed and performed.  Lynn Helding, a professor at the Thorton School of Music, won the 2020 Contemporary Commercial Music Institute Lifetime Achievement Award for her research in cognitive neuroscience and vocology. (Ally Wei | Daily Trojan) “I wanted to have graduate students,” Helding said. “As we near the end of our careers, we want to be able to pass on our intellectual property.” “The doctors look at their voice and make sure they have at least a baseline of good vocal health,” Helding said. “If they don’t, they get flagged and [are] advised to get services.”  Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta said that Helding’s research was well-developed even before she came to USC but joined due to its medical school where she could further her research.   “She’s had a whole career developing this research,” Cutietta said. “It’s not as if there was just one study [where] she discovered something. This has been her whole career.” “We had a search several years back, and we needed someone … who could teach the classes and who could advise our teaching assistants,” Sylvester said. “We needed someone for whom that was a focus and she was clearly the most qualified.”  The Musician’s Wellness Initiative program is a partnership between Thornton and Keck School of Medicine in which Thornton student singers get screened at the start of each new academic year at the USC Voice Center.    As part of her emphasis on vocal health, Helding brought in the vocal health component to the Musician’s Wellness Initiative program that Thornton professors William Kanengiser and Stephen Pierce started four years ago, right as Helding started her job at USC. Helding said that she hopes to publish the second edition of “The Musician’s Mind.” Meanwhile, she wishes to pass on her legacy to her students, which is why she decided to work at USC after 22 years of teaching at Dickinson College.  “[Her research] really represents a very high level and high standard of academic work,” Sylvester said. The highlight of Helding’s research is the new focus of pedagogy that she has proposed. Cutietta said her specialization in the field complemented Thornton’s program that incorporates workshops on wellness components such as posture while practicing.    “The more we can understand how our body functions, the better we can sing but also the better we can teach, so when you start teaching, you really learn,” Helding said. “I would say that in performing arts, our singers are closest to dancers in terms of how we use our bodies.” Helding said that as part of her research, she has read and analyzed hundreds of published academic articles on cognitive psychology and its application to classroom environments. last_img read more

Spring Game: What is it good for?

first_imgSpring Game not good indication of team’s progress in offseasonSpring games for a college football program typicallygenerate a lot of hype from fan bases as loyal football gurus get their firstlook at their team since the bowl season or even earlier. The same goes for theWisconsin Spring Game which is set to be played Saturday at Camp Randall. While the game will give the Grateful Red a chance to see their beloved Badgersfor the first time since Gary Andersen has taken the reins, take what you seewith a grain of salt.First off, several key players on both sides of the ball, like Chris Borland, Dezmen Southward, Jared Abbrederis, James White and manymore, will not be playing Saturday in order to get more rest. So, while the gamewill give valuable experience to players competing for a job in Andersen’s newoffensive and defensive systems, fans and coaches will not be able to accuratelydetermine a player’s ability to play against the best a team has to offer. If Isee Joel Stave or Curt Phillips complete a 50-yard bomb for a touchdown, I’llbe impressed,  but I’ll still know the pass was completed withoutWisconsin’s best secondary player, Southward, on the field.Another reason the Spring gameperformances should not be over-heralded is the new format Andersen has put inplace for this weekend’s game. Andersen has decided to deviate from the usual Spring game approach and has come up with a unique scoring system that givesboth the offense and defense opportunities to score on several nontraditionalscoring plays like getting a first down or turnover. I think this format is agood way for Andersen to be able to rest his star players and stillkeep the fans intrigued, but I want to see the No. 1 offense take on the No. 1defense in a traditional game of football before I am ready to make judgmentson any player’s merit. You have to believe if the teams are trying to get pointsin ways other than scoring a touchdown or field goal, it will affect the waythe players approach the game.Spring Game offers more than meets the eyeSo what? The Badgers may be missing some of their most critical contributors in order to avoid injury, but there is still plenty to see at Saturday’s Spring Game. For one, every single one of the quarterbacks will be participating, and with the plans at quarterback still largely hidden up head coach Gary Anderson’s sleeve, the chance to see all of them in action will be a great opportunity to see what each has to offer in the position come next fall. Furthermore, while the game is being carried out in scrimmage format, each of the scenarios are designed to replicate real game situations. In fact, the first 30 minutes of the Spring Game will be played with all of the same clock and time constraints as a regular game. At the very least, the time constraints and pressure put on the coaches and players will show how well they are able to handle tough situations – an important, sometimes even critical, aspect of the game, especially in a competitive conference like the Big Ten. The pressure of these simulated scenarios may cast an even more important shadow as to the talents, or lack thereof, of the coaching staff, which up until this point has had little opportunity to prove itself to Wisconsin fans.And while the number of fans in attendance may only total close to 10,000 this Saturday, the game provides a valuable first step toward the regular season and the chaos that can be Camp Randall during football season. So if you’re curious about Wisconsin’s chances at a fourth-straight Rose Bowl appearance, meandering over to the stadium to watch the Spring Game might just give you more insight than you think.last_img read more