USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy protection as fallout from Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal continues

first_imgDecember 5, 2018 /Sports News – National USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy protection as fallout from Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal continues FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailsportpoint/iStock(NEW YORK) — Reeling from lawsuits over the serial sexual abuse perpetrated on athletes by former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday.The organization filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis, Indiana, according to court records.“The filing enables us to expedite an equitable resolution of the claims made by the survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by Larry Nassar,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement released Wednesday.The USAG officials emphasized that claims made against the organization by Nassar’s victims are covered by insurance and will not be affected by the bankruptcy action.“We owe it to the survivors to resolve, fully and finally, claims based on the horrific acts of the past and, through this process, seek to expedite resolution and help them move forward,” said Kathryn Carson, the recently-elected chair of the USAG’s board of directors. “Our sport is safer and stronger thanks to the bravery of these women. The Chapter 11 filing and the expedited resolution of these claims are critical first steps in rebuilding the community’s trust.”The move comes as the organization continues to search for a new chief executive officer.“We hope to have this position filled in early 2019,” the USAG statement says. “We’re looking for someone with experience and leadership skills to build a leadership team that will help all of us to continue to restore faith and confidence in USA Gymnastics, and to set and execute a clear vision for a successful future.”Nassar, who also worked for decades as a sports physician at Michigan State University, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting numerous athletes under the guise of medical treatment. In January, a Michigan judge sentenced him to more than 175 years in prison, calling Nassar’s choice to assault scores of girls and women, under the pretense that he was treating them, “precise, calculated, manipulative, devious and despicable.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Midshipmen Train aboard USS Antietam

first_img Midshipmen Train aboard USS Antietam Back to overview,Home naval-today Midshipmen Train aboard USS Antietam During June, five midshipmen – four from the U.S. Naval Academy and one from Georgia Tech – got a taste of what life is like as a part of FDNF. The midshipmen boarded USS Antietam (CG 54) in Yokosuka, Japan and sailed with the ship for two weeks while on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations. Authorities View post tag: americas View post tag: train June 25, 2014 View post tag: Midshipmencenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval The visit was part of the midshipmen’s summer cruise training program, which is designed to enhance their professional development.“The purpose of these visits is to introduce midshipmen to the tasks at hand and the daily routine of life at sea,” said Ensign Oheneba Duodu, Antietam’s midshipmen training officer. “This summer cruise serves a larger purpose of enabling midshipmen to make informed career decisions about their future naval careers.”Antietam is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.[mappress]Press Release, June 25, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: USS Antietam Share this articlelast_img read more

Coup stag-ed against Hertford motion

first_imgA Hertford JCR motion to mandate the JCR President Hugh Baker to get a stag, the animal featured on the college crest, tattooed on his body was proposed and defeated at a Hertford JCR meeting.The motion was proposed and discussed at Hertford JCR meeting last week by Omer Sheikh Mohamed and Tom Adams. It cited claims made in Hugh’s election manifesto about the possibility of being emblazoned with a stag tattoo. Had it passed, the motion would have had the JCR note “that a tattoo is a form of self-expression and that Hugh acts as the living embodiment of the JCR”.It observed that “the current political climate is one built on broken promises and that the JCR should act as an example to parliament on how to hold its elected officials accountable.”The JCR would have voted on a selection of tattoos, and seen a recording of the process but the body part to be tattooed was left up to Hugh’s discretion.After various amendments that included mandating the proposer to get a Henna tattoo every week for the duration of his degree, the motion was eventually vetoed on welfare grounds.Hugh was relieved with the outcome. He told Cherwell, “I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed that the motion didn’t pass, although had it not been vetoed I would of course, without a doubt, have upheld the utterly complete binding mandate that would have been placed upon me in order to maintain the honour of the JCR.”Tom Harrison, from Hertford, said that if the motion were to apply to every new president, it would be a good way of identifying “those who aren’t truly committed to the Hertford cause.”Imogen Beecroft, an English finalist at Hertford expressed her dismay at the result. She stated, “Oh deer. What a doe-lful ending to a staggering motion. I can’t believe Hertford chose to pass the buck on this one, it makes us look quite be-hind as a JCR really. It would have been a great way of rein-ing in the President, who really is a deer.”last_img read more

Free ‘Fridays With Friends’ for Teens Tonight at Community Center

first_imgA “Fridays With Friends” event for local teenagers will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Ocean City Community Center.The “Fridays With Friends” program invites teenagers to hang out at the Community Center to listen to play racquetball, swim or enjoy Xbox. The event is for Ocean City and  Upper Township students 14 to 18 years old. Teens must show their school identification, but there is no cost to participate.The Municipal Alliance Committee, Ocean City Police Department and Community Policing Unit, Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, and Ocean City Recreation Department co-sponsor the seasonal series of events.See the PDF below for a full schedule of “Fridays With Friends” events for this year. For more information, call Lisa Rumer at 609-525-9317 or e-mail [email protected]__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on FacebookDownload (PDF, 230KB)last_img read more

Green Day To Sell Career-Spanning Instrument Collection, Including Live Gear Used At Woodstock ’94

first_imgMembers of Green Day must have spent a lot of time recently binge-watching Netflix’s new hit show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, because they’re about to unload a lot of their old, no-longer-used music equipment out of their storage unit starting next month. The music-based e-commerce site, Reverb, announced the famous punk band’s everything-must-go initiative on Thursday, which will see the Green Day sell more than 100 guitars, amps, drums, and other used music equipment amassed throughout their decades-long career via The Official Green Day Online Reverb Shop.The online shop will launch early next month on February 7th. When it does, fans and collectors will have the opportunity to purchase instruments and recording equipment owned and used by the members of Green Day over the years. Some of the notable pieces of equipment mentioned in Thursday’s announcement include a guitar used by Billie Joe Armstrong during the recording sessions for their breakout DOOKIE LP, Marshall 4×12 speaker cabinets (still covered in mud remnants) used during the band’s set at the now infamous Woodstock ‘94, vintage bass amps, and recording gear. One notable piece of equipment to be involved in the massive sale is a Harmony Stella Parlor acoustic guitar, which is the first guitar Armstrong ever owned and was played on the recording of “F.O.D.” on DOOKIE.Related: Aqueous’ Mike Gantzer To Revive DOOKIE Green Day Tribute With Ryan Stasik And Kris Myers For UM AfterpartyThis is not the first time members of Green Day have used Reverb to sell some of the band’s old gear. Armstrong teamed up with the website in 2017 to sell some of his personal equipment. The band’s drummer, Tre Cool, also filmed his own short video explaining why he’s selling “just a wee bit” of his massive drum collection. Fans can tune into the video below to hear from Cool himself.Green Day Reverb Shop Preview[Video: Reverb]Fans can head over to Reverb to read further into some of the specific pieces of equipment to be included in the shop when it launches next month.last_img read more

Poetry in the Yard

first_imgHomi K. Bhabha, the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities and the Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, discusses his remembrance of September 11. Professor Bhabha’s project reflects on the decade since the tragedy through a series of poems installed within Harvard Yard.last_img

Harvard College announces new dean of students

first_imgDanoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana announced today the appointment of Katherine O’Dair as dean of students. O’Dair will begin working in this role in August.O’Dair will report to the Danoff Dean of Harvard College, and will oversee all initiatives that support Harvard’s distinctive residential House system and student involvement outside the classroom. In addition, she will oversee the College’s efforts to integrate the academic, residential, and co-curricular spheres of students’ lives, linking out-of-classroom experiences to the mission of the College.“I am delighted that Katie has agreed to take on this exciting and critical role at Harvard College,” Khurana said. “With years of student life experience, managing an array of programs at Boston College and MIT, she is ideally suited for this position. I look forward to working with Katie to make our Office of Student Life programs and resources more robust and accessible for every member of the College community.”Prior to accepting this position, O’Dair served as the associate vice president for student affairs at Boston College. In that role, she was responsible for supervising the engagement area, which included counseling services, Offices of Graduate Student Life, Health Services, the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center, and the Women’s Center. O’Dair also oversaw assessment efforts within the division of student affairs, the creation of collaborative programs with academic affairs, and diversity initiatives within the division. In addition, she served as the student affairs Title IX coordinator.O’Dair was the associate dean for graduate student life at Boston College and an assistant dean in the division of student life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a master’s degree in student personnel and counseling from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She is actively involved in the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and has served in leadership positions both regionally and nationally. She is a competitive Masters swimmer, avid trail runner and cyclist, and serves on the volunteer leadership team in Sturbridge for the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC).last_img read more

Navy pauses plan to move Wisconsin badger to Virginia museum

first_imgMADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Navy has paused plans to move a beloved badger statue from Wisconsin to the East Coast for at least two years. The U.S. Naval Academy Museum loaned the statue to the state more than 30 years ago. It has sat outside the governor’s state Capitol office, delighting thousands of tourists who rub its nose for luck. Last year the museum asked for the statue back so it could be moved to the Nauticus Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Wisconsin historians asked the Navy to extend the loan for another two years and leave the badger in the statehouse. Naval academy officials said Monday they have agreed to the extension. They did not immediately respond to a follow-up message.last_img

What’s the Greatest Stephen Sondheim Musical?

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Every day is a great day to celebrate the work of Stephen Sondheim! The Broadway legend’s Sunday in the Park with George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, officially opened at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre on February 23, and audiences are currently devouring Sweeney Todd whole at off-Broadway’s Barrow Street Theatre. In honor of this major Sondheim moment, we’re asking fans which of his beloved works (not including his lyrics-only projects) is truly the greatest of all. We know—it’s about as daunting as a shave from Sweeney himself. But you are not alone. No one is alone. Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan started this journey off with her top 10. You decide what’s right you decide what’s good. It’s your time, breathe it in. All right, you get the idea. Your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more

Kudzu bug control

first_imgKudzu bugs have awakened from their winter slumber and can be found alighting on just about anything white or light-colored, from small cars to large trucks and homes to commercial buildings. University of Georgia experts say controlling this new pest isn’t as easy as spraying a pesticide.“These are flying bugs that move from one site to another,” said UGA entomologist Dan Suiter. “You spray the ones you see today and more will come tomorrow.”Loves kudzu, soybeansKudzu bugs, technically called Megacopta cribraria, have green to brown bodies, stipples on their wing covers and wide back ends. A member of the stinkbug family, they can be confused with brown-marmorated stinkbugs or lady beetles, Suiter said. They have a distinct odor that is often mistaken for a natural gas leak. Kudzu bugs feed on Georgia’s most famous weed, kudzu, and other legumes, and they become active in the spring.If your home is overrun by kudzu bugs, and you want instant gratification, Suiter says you can spray the pests with an over-the-counter, pyrethroid insecticide. “With pyrethroids, you could put all products in a bag, pull one out, and it’d be just as effective as the 10 products left in the bag. There’s little, if any difference, in pyrethroid effectiveness in over-the-counter products,” he said. “If you apply any of these products directly to the bugs, they’ll die quickly.”Look for products that end in ‘-thrin’Pyrethroid insecticides can be recognized easily because the name of the active ingredient ends in “-thrin,” Suiter said. Examples of commonly used pyrethroids are bifenthrin, cypermethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, cyfluthrin and permethrin. Pyrethroid products (sprays, aerosols and granulars) dominate the over-the-counter market and are also common in the professional market.In January 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began severely restricting the use of pyrethroid sprays around structures. “The bottom line is the EPA wants to keep these insecticides out of water by putting some sensible use restrictions on them (mainly no treatment of flat, hard surfaces where the insecticide can be washed into water),” Suiter said. “These changes will impact use labels for professional pest control operators and homeowners.” These changes were prompted by emerging data showing that pyrethroid insecticides applied to hard surfaces end up in water where they can be toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates, he said. Remove kudzu to remove kudzu bugsThe problem with spot treating kudzu bugs with any pesticide is that unless their food source is removed, more kudzu bugs will arrive soon after to replace the recently deceased. If you can’t or don’t want to remove the pest’s food source — kudzu or soybeans — then the pest is likely to return.Researchers with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have been searching for the best control methods since the bug was discovered in Georgia in 2009. In Griffin, Ga., Suiter and his colleagues focus on homeowner control, while in Tifton, Ga., UGA entomologist Phillip Roberts focuses on controlling the pest in Georgia soybean fields. The researchers have found professional grade pyrethroids last longer and are formulated better to control the pest in soybean fields.“It’s not an issue of one product being better than another as much as it is the source of the bugs and what can and cannot be done about the source,” Suiter said. To help keep kudzu bug numbers down inside your home, UGA experts recommend sealing all cracks an eighth of an inch or wider and spot spraying around all potential entry points with an appropriately labeled residual spray. “These steps are best taken in the fall before the onset of kudzu bug movement,” Suiter said. Seal windows, doors and ventsIn the summer, remove kudzu if possible and make sure all windows are screened, doors remain closed and door sweeps are installed on all exterior doors. Soffit, ridge and gable vents should also be properly screened. In locations where screening cannot be used, such as around pipe penetrations, stuff steel wool into the openings.To gain relief from insects covering the outside of homes, an exterior wall application of an insecticide spray labeled for outdoor nuisance insect control may be needed, Suiter said. UGA experts discourage the use of insecticides to control kudzu bugs indoors. Vacuum up the bugs and place the bagged insects in hot, soapy water. “They shouldn’t be crushed because they can stain indoor surfaces, and the resulting odors are difficult to eliminate,” he said.For more information, search “kudzu bugs” on the UGA CAES publication site at or visit read more