Back in 2015, we launched a petition urging our United States government to sign the BOTS Act (aka Better Online Ticket Sales Act) effectively criminalizing the use of ticket bot software to hack websites and purchase tickets before average consumers. At the time, the bill was being pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, and his influenced helped Governor Andrew Cuomo sign similar legislation into law for New York State.Shortly thereafter, Congress actually passed the BOTS Act through both houses, sending it off to President Obama for his approval. Today, we’ve learned that the BOTS Act has been officially enacted into federal law!The summary for the new act explains that it “prohibits the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events.” The new legislation even allows the federal government to file civil lawsuits for those who were affected by scalpers using ticket bots. Of course, the real challenge will be enforcing this new law, but putting this into the country’s legislation is a huge first step in the fight against ticket scalping. Let’s hope this means fairer ticket buying for all.
For alumni who remain connected to the University community even after their days on campus have faded into memory, the promise of Harvard lasts a lifetime.That’s the message Carl F. Muller ’73, J.D. ’76, M.B.A. ’76, leaves behind as he prepares to step down as president of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). During his year at the HAA helm, Muller called upon alumni to view Harvard as a powerful thread that connects their past, present, and future lives. “My hope is for alumni and students alike to understand that Harvard is not just an academic institution,” says Muller, an attorney in Greenville, S.C. “For those who choose to stay connected, it is a lifetime of limitless possibility. Everything I did during my time as HAA president was directed toward that objective.”That includes circling the globe. During the year, Muller and his wife, Allison, traveled for Harvard to San José, Costa Rica, Dublin, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Shanghai, and Vienna, as well as Houston and San Francisco. “The journey opened our eyes to the place of Harvard in the world,” Muller says. “Harvard is truly a force. Equally important, it is seen as a force, especially in faraway lands.” Indeed, one of Muller’s favorite moments of his HAA presidency came during his trip to Hong Kong, where he introduced President Drew Faust to 500 enthusiastic alumni. “She and they were in heaven,” he recalls.Another standout occasion, Muller says, was addressing graduating seniors at Class Day — an event he describes as “always totally hilarious.” Muller implored the Class of 2012 to stay connected and “never relinquish the feeling of your first day at Harvard.”Keeping that sentiment alive is incoming HAA President Catherine A. Gellert ’93, who intends to build on Muller’s vision as she works to inspire alumni to engage and connect. “Connection doesn’t mean just coming back for events,” Gellert says, “but also recognizing the many ways connection can happen and the role Harvard can play in facilitating it.” Gellert will also expand upon “the wonderful work the HAA has done to create strong communities through its clubs and Shared Interest Groups [SIGs].”Gellert has been actively involved with the HAA and the Harvard College Fund for many years, serving as an HAA elected director and vice president and committee chair of the association’s Engagement and Marketing Committee. As the HAA’s first vice president, she worked closely with staff to interpret data from a recent worldwide alumni survey. Those efforts, combined with Muller’s leadership, have helped the HAA achieve new levels of growth. The success is a result of strong alumni volunteer leadership and the work of the HAA team, led by Executive Director Jack Reardon ’60 and Deputy Executive Director Philip Lovejoy.“Kate and I come from very different backgrounds but share a common vision for Harvard,” Muller says. “It is essential, as Harvard moves into the future, that it preserve the institutional memory that has made it great. Kate is both a torchbearer and a guardian of the flame. She is the perfect successor.”Gellert says it has been wonderful working with Muller over the past year. “He is extremely eloquent and a terrific statesman for our alumni,” she says. “He cares deeply about this institution and has been able to bring its rich history to the present through his wit and wisdom.”
In order to help gain a better understanding of the needs of the disabled, fourth-year architecture students navigated campus hallways and sidewalks in wheelchairs, crutches and blindfolds Friday as part of the School of Architecture’s third annual Accessibility Awareness Day. “Our hope is that they would walk the walk with empathy and understanding of what people with various disabilities go through in their normal life,” architecture professor William Ponko said. Ponko said the School of Architecture worked with the Office of the University Architect and Notre Dame Disability Services in order to provide these students with a hands-on approach to learning about accessibility design. After spending their mornings using their wheelchairs and other equipment, the architecture students visited Notre Dame Stadium to see its accommodations for accessibility and then spent time discussing their observations from the entire day. “Close to 50 percent of all American citizens will experience a disability within their lifetime,” Ponko said. “Accessibility is not just an afterthought or a modification to a design.” Office for Students with Disabilities program coordinator Scott Howland said Accessibility Awareness Day gives students practical experience to better accommodate for disabled individuals in future designs. “The original thought behind this was to go right to the source of who would be designing buildings in the future,” Howland said. “This is a way to get them thinking about how a person in a wheelchair might interact with certain designs.” Howland said the idea of universal design is the base for Accessibility Awareness Day. “[Architecture students] can learn to design something from its beginning to be used by everybody,” he said. Senior Gina Paietta said her day in a wheelchair and on crutches was an “eye-opening experience” to the way she sees architecture and design. “Someone entering a building in a wheelchair is not experiencing the building in the same way as someone else,” Paietta said. Architects face the challenge of designing buildings so a disabled individual can engage in a design as similarly as possible to someone without a disability, she said. Paietta said students faced difficulties finding and navigating some of the campus ramps to enter classroom buildings and accessing the Grotto. Even with the minimum standards from the American Disability Association (ADA) in place in many buildings at Notre Dame, navigating an older campus designed before accessibility consciousness was an issue was difficult, Paietta said. Student feedback was presented to the offices of the University Architect and Disability Services, she said. “I think that as the students mature and go through their fourth and fifth-year projects, they design with awareness for people with disabilities,” Ponko said. Howland said the insight he heard from students after they returned their equipment spoke to the success of the day. “It was a way for us to see how we would change things,” Paietta said. “I think everyone really did get a lot out of the project.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old Freeport man was crushed to death under nearly a ton of rock while working at a stone distribution company in Farmingdale on Wednesday.Suffolk County police said Hector Vicenty was working at European Granite and Marble Group on Dubon Court, when he was crushed by two 800 pound slabs of quartzite at 2:12 p.m.The victim was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was notified and responded to the scene.The Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the victim’s cause of death.
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Caroline Storms (Image Courtesy: Margaret Mary Health Foundation)15-year-old Caroline Storms is gearing up for quite a swim. The Oldenburg Academy sophomore will be taking part in the 11th annual Alcatraz Classic on September 28.It is a 1.5 mile swim from the Alcatraz Island to San Francisco.Storms has been swimming since she was five years old, and has been part of the Batesville Stingrays, Cincinnati Marlins and the OA swim teams.With the event under two weeks away, she says she is excited and prepared for the challenge. “I swim every morning for an hour and I try to get in a mile and half,” she said.Storms is swimming the San Francisco Bay to promote recognition and raise money for the newly formed Margaret Mary Health Foundation. So far, she has raised $7,200 and her goal and is $10,000 for the non-profit.She chose to raise money for Margaret Mary Health Foundation because “Their just starting out and I figured they could use a little help.” Perhaps another reason she chose the foundation is due to her goals. After high school she wants to pursue a medical degree.Storms is appreciative of the donations she has received. She said, “I would just like to say thank you for helping me and the foundation because it means a lot to both of us.”Only 450 people from around the world will participate in the 60 degree, shark-infested waters swim on September 28.Good Luck Caroline!If interested in donating visit: http://mmhealth.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1077708Donations can also be sent via mail to:Mary Dickey, Executive DirectorMargaret Mary Health FoundationP.O. Box 226Batesville, IN 47006
The Batesville High School wrestling started the 2019-2020 season hosting the Jennings County Panthers. Despite giving up 5 forfeits and being down by 30 points without any of the matches wrestled the Bulldogs won 6 out of the 8 matches wrestled. Despite the effort, they fell 42-36. Senior Nick Nobbe started off with a pin at 170. Batesville would then drop 182 and 195 by pin before winning the rest of the matches. Sophomore Brandon Manning at 220 started the winning ways by earning his first varsity win by pin. After giving up two forfeits senior Caleb Bischoff-Niese would then get a pin with one second left in the first period at 120. Bulldogs would then give up 3 straight forfeits. Senior JT Linkel next got a pin at 145 to kick 3 straight pins. Sophomore Josh Mobley picked up a pin at 152. Senior Jonah Chase finished the meet with a pin at 160. Other bulldogs competing include Senior Axel Garcia at 182 and Freshman Aaron Norman at 195. Sophomore Jy’lil Chappel competed in a JV match. Batesville enters the season with 19 wrestlers, but have many wrestlers coming off injuries and will be able to possibly fill 13 weight classes by the end of the season. Batesville will next travel to Madison on December 2nd.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Miller.
RelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Rohr: Osimhen’ll join a big club Rohr holds virtual meeting with Super Eagles Assistants Super Eagles’ head coach Gernot Rohr on Wednesday said winning the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria would make him the most excited person.Rohr who spoke at a post-match conference in Uyo after his team came from behind to defeat the Squirrels of Benin Republic 2-1 said winning AFCON 2021 was a huge desire.“It will be exciting for me to win the 2021 AFCON title with Nigeria. That’s my desire, and I will be the most excited.“So, winning today (Wednesday) is just the beginning. I can’t be excited until we win the title in 2021,” he said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria versus Benin game was a 2021 AFCON Qualifier and it took place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.Rohr, who said Benin Republic have a good team, also noted that the Nigerian side had a good game in the second half.He said: “The Super Eagles had a lot of scoring opportunities, but they failed to convert all of them.”He however pointed out that the game’s opening goal, scored by the Squirrels’ captain, Stephane Sessegnon, in the match’s second minute, was a big shock.He said: “In the second half, we played a very good match, ‘one-touch two-touch’, and we have good wingers. We had a lot of opportunities, and with the changes we made, we did very well. It is good for us.”Rohr also said he could not use home-based players for now in the Nigerian team due to specific reasons“At the moment, the quality we have from abroad is higher than what we have in the home league (Nigeria Professional Football League).”Speaking also, the Super Eagles’ team captain, Ahmed Musa, said the match was “a tough game for our team, even though we won”.He added that the Nigerian side gave their best to prevail over the visitors.On his part, the Head Coach of Benin, Michelle Dussuyer, noted that his team played very well in the first half.He however pointed out that the 45th minute penalty kick his team conceded gave more confidence to the Super Eagles.Also, Sessegnon acknowledged that while the game was not a bad one for his team, the Nigerian side played better.NAN reports that in the game the Squirrels drew the first blood, while the Super Eagles, through Victor Osimhen, equalised from the penalty kick spot in the 45th minute.Although Nigeria had several scoring chances thwarted by the Benin goalkeeper in the second half, the winning goal came in the 62nd minute through a solo effort by Samuel Kalu.Alex Iwobi, Joe Aribo, Samuel Chukwueze and Ola Aina also shone for Nigeria in the match where the Super Eagles confined the Squirrels to their own half throughout the second half. Tags: Gernot Rohr
Senior Jon Phelps of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity baseball team at bat last Wednesday in a home game against the John Bapst Crusaders. In a Presque Isle double header Saturday, Phelps batted in 5 of the 8 MDI runs in the two games.Senior Steven Hanscom pitched a complete game last Wednesday when the Trojans hosted the John Bapst Crusaders. He allowed only two earned runs, but the Crusaders capitalized on five MDI infield errors to win the game 5-3.Bapst got on the board right away with one run in the top of the first. Hanscom hit a single in the second, and stole bases to turn it into a run for MDI, tying the game 1-1. Bapst had two more runs in the top of the third, and kept their 3-1 lead through the sixth inning.The first two Bapst batters in the seventh hit singles, and both were able to score runs for a 5-3 lead to win the game.The Trojans have a few days off between games, and are set to play in Hermon Tuesday, May 20 at 4 p.m.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all)
HOSTS Guyana Jaguars made a brilliant start to their title defence when they beat the Jamaica Scorpions by 181 runs in round one of the Regional Four-Day Championship which ended yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium.The contest was not a cake walk for the defending champions, after middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored a defiant half-century to ensure the game went into the final hour of play.However, the hosts’ left-arm spinners spun webs around the Jamaican batsmen for the second time in three days.Gudakesh Motie claims 4-35.Gudakesh Motie claimed 4-35, while Veerasammy Permaul took 3-63, as the visitors were bundled out for 147. Pacer Keon Joseph played his part, claiming 3-18.Blackwood and Chadwick Walton scripted a spectacular rescue act for the Jamaica Scorpions, with a brilliant 54-run sixth-wicket stand, after they were struggling at 38-5, at one stage.Blackwood led the resistance with a classy 96. He batted for 247 minutes and faced 212 balls, inclusive of 13 fours and two sixes.However, had Leon Johnson held the chance offered by Blackwood when he was on 41, the formalities could have been much earlier.Resuming on 9-2, Joseph along with the spinners made instant inroads. With 320 needed on the final day, Joseph, bowling with pace and accuracy, sent back opener Trevon Griffith in the day’s third over for 13.With the Providence pitch already providing some assistance to the spinners, captain Leon Johnson introduced spin within the first hour of play and Motie was rewarded with the wicket of overnight batsman Jason Dawes (3), while Permaul removed Andre McCarthy (2) leg-before-wicket.Blackwood and Chadwick Walton then joined forces together and took the score to 47 when the heavens opened up at 11:00hrs. No play was possible until 14:10hrs.When play finally resumed after excellent work from the ground staff, the visitors were facing an uphill task.They had to survive 42 overs to avoid the ignominy of a huge defeat and the duo did exceedingly well as they denied the hosts any further pleasure for 90 minutes. Blackwood was more fluent than his partner, and raised his half-century off 140 balls.However, Motie broke the stubborn stand when he trapped Walton leg-before-wicket for 13, with a faster delivery, leaving the fight up to Blackwood.The visitors were further jolted when Drval Green was trapped plumb in front to Permaul without scoring, and Damion Jacobs was taken at the wicket off Permaul for 10.Blackwood, in company with Nikita Miller, provided some defiant response before Motie trapped the latter lbw for 4.With eight overs remaining in the match, Marquino Mindley joined Blackwood, but Joseph was reintroduced into the attack and immediately had Blackwood taken at the wicket, with the second new ball.The Guyana Jaguars will now travel to St Kitts for their second round game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes from Friday at Warner Park. JAGUARS 1st innings 298SCORPIONS 1st innings 208JAGUARS 2nd innings 238-4 decl.SCORPIONS 2nd innings (target: 329 runs)(o/n nine for two)J. Campbell b Joseph 1T. Griffith b Joseph 13D. Thomas lbw b Permaul 3J. Dawes c Joseph b Motie 3J. Blackwood c wkp. Bramble b Motie 96A. McCarthy lbw b Permaul 2C. Walton lbw b Motie 13D. Green lbw b Permaul 0D. Jacobs c wkp. Bramble b Motie 10N. Miller lbw b Motie 4M. Mindley not out 0Extras: (nb-2) 2Total: (all out, 85.2 overs) 147Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-8, 3-19, 4-32, 5-38, 6-92, 7-93, 8-119, 9-133.Bowling: Hooper 10-3-18-0, Joseph 9.2-3-18-3, Permaul 29-10-63-3, Reifer 7-1-13-0, Motie 30-15-35-5.Points: Jaguars 17.8, Scorpions 4.5.Player-of-the-Match: Veerasammy Permaul.