Amid backlash, Maryland fires football coach a day after reinstatement

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) — The University of Maryland fired head football coach DJ Durkin on Wednesday amid backlash from students and parents over his reinstatement.The school announced Durkin’s departure late Wednesday, just a day after the board of regents concluded he should be reinstated despite the president’s recommendation against it. The board does not have the authority to remove the coach, though the president does.“The chair of the Board of Regents has publicly acknowledged that I had previously raised serious concerns about Coach Durkin’s return,” University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said in a statement. “This is not at all a reflection of my opinion of Coach Durkin as a person. However, a departure is in the best interest of the University, and this afternoon Coach Durkin was informed that the University will part ways.”Durkin had been placed on administrative leave in August amid an investigation into an alleged toxic culture at the school’s football program following the death of 19-year-old Jordan McNair, who suffered heatstroke during a May practice.The coach’s reinstatement sparked an uproar on Tuesday and McNair’s parents said they they were heartbroken by the decision.“I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach and somebody spit in my face,” his father, Martin McNair, said Tuesday. A community rally had been scheduled for Thursday night to call for Durkin’s firing.Loh, who announced Tuesday he would retire after the current academic year, added that he would devote the remaining months of his presidency to “advancing the needed reforms in our Athletic Department that prioritize the safety and well-being of our student-athletes.”Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also spoke out Wednesday against the oversight board’s decision, calling for a public hearing into the situation.“I share the concerns of many Marylanders and believe very strongly that more must be done to restore the public trust,” Hogan said. “I am calling on both the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and President Wallace Loh to reconsider their decisions and to schedule a public hearing to address these issues in an open and transparent manner.”“I can and will demand that the university is held accountable for making the reforms they have pledged to put in place with the full transparency that the students, parents, and faculty expect and deserve,” he added.Several players walked out of a team meeting on Tuesday when Durkin’s return was announced by the school’s athletic director, according to ESPN.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by November 1, 2018 /Sports News – National Amid backlash, Maryland fires football coach a day after reinstatementcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img

Former Baylor QB Charlie Brewer flourishing at Utah

first_img Associated Press Written by Tags: Charlie Brewer/Utah Utes Football April 15, 2021 /Sports News – Local Former Baylor QB Charlie Brewer flourishing at Utah FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Baylor transfer Charlie Brewer has emerged as the favorite to become Utah’s starting quarterback this year after joining the Utes in the offseason.Brewer brings a track record of success to Utah. He helped lead Baylor to a runner-up Big 12 finish and a Sugar Bowl berth during his junior season in 2019, two years after the Bears went 1-11. He threw for 9,700 yards and 65 touchdowns in 44 career games with the Bears.Utah fans will get their first live look at Brewer at the team’s annual spring game Saturday. The school is allowing 6,500 fans to attend.last_img

Proptech disruptor Mashroom cuts out the letting agent

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Proptech disruptor Mashroom cuts out the letting agent previous nextAgencies & PeopleProptech disruptor Mashroom cuts out the letting agentLandlords have a new way to get tenants – Mashroom – you pay the tenant to find their own replacement! But it cuts out the letting agent…Sheila Manchester19th March 201902,068 Views As if letting agents don’t have enough competition, there’s a new way for landlords to fill vacant properties: pay the outgoing tenants to find their replacement.Mashroom – the company that recently bought Emoov for the grand sum of £232,500 – rewards outgoing tenants with up to one week’s rent for liaising with prospective renters and carrying out viewings.If tenants are leaving, the landlord (or tenant) can upload property details and images to Mashroom. Mashroom then advertises the property on the major portals. The outgoing tenant can then manage enquiries and viewings with interested parties on the Mashroom platform, which will then make an offer to the landlord.Once the landlord accepts an offer, Mashroom will make the necessary checks before the landlord and new tenant sign a tenancy agreement.After the new tenant has moved in, the outgoing tenant will receive their financial reward and the landlord can enjoy a quicker turnaround of tenancies as well as lower ongoing management costs.“By redistributing platform income to tenants and saving landlords money, Mashroom creates an integrated community that will produce a behavioural shift in the way people find and let their properties in large cities,” says Stepan Dobrovolskiy, Mashroom’s founder.“The current system of tenancy changeovers can be expensive and slow with a lack of transparency and communication between landlords, tenants and intermediaries. By getting the outgoing tenant involved in the process, and rewarding them for doing so, we feel our lettings community provides a much-needed solution to a long-standing problem.”Mashroom’s goal is to create a product that allows landlords to retain more of their income. It charges landlords just a flat fixed upfront fee of £149 which covers advertising, offers, agreement, deposit registration, tenant referencing payment and first month’s rent collection.Mashroom student lets Emoov March 19, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img

Looming industry Code of Practice to tackle ‘dual fees’ problems

first_imgThe first indications of what the much anticipated industry-wide Code of Practice will include has emerged during a TPO Forum meeting of industry leaders.The group met via Zoom late last week to discuss several issues including the code, which when it goes live will dictate how thousands of estate agents and other property industry players do business.And this will include tackling the ongoing problem caused by dual fees and ‘consumer detriment’ issues caused by the Covid pandemic, The Negotiator has been told.The gathering included Baroness Hayter, the chair of the official steering group convened to write the code, plus outgoing property ombudsman Katrine Sporle, Gavin O’Leary from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Mark McLaren from TPO and a representative from the National Trading Standards Estate and Lettings Agency Team.The meeting was run by Mclaren and Belvoir chairman Michael Stoop.Other issuesOther topics discussed by the group included the leasehold scandal, compliance issues created by virtual viewings and the use of CCTV in HMO properties by landlords.The other big issues discussed included ‘No DSS’ clauses in rental contracts and the ongoing role of housing charity Shelter in persuading government to ban the practice.Mark McLaren, said: “The Forums have proved extremely successful in raising and addressing issues which have, or could, cause consumer detriment.“We work together to eliminate these through guidance, best practice and/or changes to TPO’s Codes of Practice.“This has never been more important as we support the Steering Group in preparing an overarching, workable set of Codes which will enable consumers to understand the service standard they should expect from agents.”code of conduct Katrine Sporle Michael Stoop Mark McLaren baroness hayter Belvoir Shelter TPO July 6, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Looming industry Code of Practice to tackle ‘dual fees’ problems previous nextRegulation & LawLooming industry Code of Practice to tackle ‘dual fees’ problemsLong-standing industry sticking point is one of several issues discussed by TPO-organised industry gathering last week about the code of practice, held on Zoom.Nigel Lewis6th July 202001,178 Viewslast_img

Gov. Holcomb on EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Visit to East Chicago

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Gov. Eric Holcomb joined federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, U.S. Senator Todd Young, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, state Senator Lonnie Randolph, state Rep. Earl Harris, Jr., East Chicago officials and community leaders at the East Chicago Superfund Site.Gov. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the day’s visit:The impacts of lead contamination in East Chicago have made clear some of the most pressing systemic challenges these families face. The situation demands an unprecedented level of cooperation among state, local and federal stakeholders. That is pretty easy to articulate, but it’s difficult to achieve. Today’s visit by EPA Administrator Pruitt is one more example. I think it speaks volumes that he chose East Chicago to be his first Superfund site visit since taking on this new role. From our very first meeting, Pruitt and his team have demonstrated their commitment to being a partner with us, and I am profusely grateful. This all means the collaboration is working. It means we are here, and we’re staying. We’re not going to leave until we get the job done, and then we’ll be here a little longer—because this is about the residents.last_img

Dominican Holidaze Attendees Explain What Keeps Them Returning To Holidaze Year After Year

first_imgAnyone who’s been to Dominican Holidaze knows that it’s the ultimate music destination getaway. With an ideal lineup drawing from the top tier of jam, funk, jamtronica and electronic performing on a stage situated literally on the beach and parallel to the ocean, this is just about as good as it gets. The event’s laid-back vibe is truly unique, with hotel rooms just steps away from the beach. Late nights under the stars, watching the sunrise on the beach with your best friends, and spontaneous hangs with your favorite artists…it doesn’t get much better.Ten years ago, Carribean Holidaze took over Runaway Bay, Jamaica, with its inaugural destination festival featuring fiery performances from host bands, The Disco Biscuits and Umphrey’s McGee. Since then, the festival has been in a constant state of evolution, with Holidaze becoming one of the longest-running and most cherished destination festivals in our scene. In 2011, the festival ramped things up a notch, adding a third host band, STS9, and moving to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico for its first-ever Mayan Holidaze. Now, we are just a few months out from the fourth installment of Dominican Holidaze —which will take place from December 1st through 5th at Now Onyx and Breathless Punta Cana Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This year is poised to be better than ever and we’re happy to let everyone know the stage is turning back to how it was in years past, parallel to the ocean, inviting guests to dance in the ocean while listening to their favorite bands.Like years past, the three main bands—STS9, Umphrey’s, and the Biscuits—will each perform five sets across three shows during the festival, with two two-set shows and one special “sunset show” featuring one extended set. The four-day festival will also see performances by GRiZ, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lotus, The Motet, TAUK, Spafford, and more, each of whom is scheduled to perform one show at the beachfront main stage. Making for the most enjoyable afternoons, guests will enjoy poolside sets in addition to artist-hosted activities and available excursions. All-inclusive packages for Dominican Holidaze are currently available and going fast. For more information, check out the event website, and for additional updates and event information, join the Facebook Event page.We decided to get some inside information about the festival straight from the horse’s mouth by asking a few past attendees about their experiences at Holidaze. Here’s what they had to say:L4LM: What is it about Holidaze that makes it so special and keeps you coming back year after year?Garrett (5 timer): People who really love the music are willing to make the experience as great as possible by traveling to paradise to enjoy their favorite bands. There aren’t bad attitudes nor anyone who doesn’t belong there—I mean that in the best way possible because everyone is welcome. Cloud 9 really values the atmosphere and wants to keep the right types of people coming back.Brett (6 timer): If you are into those bands, then it is close to perfect. You get a ton of music from your favorite bands—including sunset shows—on the beach in paradise. Wowser.Beef (8 timer): What keeps me coming back every year? Well, the Disco Biscuits honestly! I have seen this band over three hundred times, and I would travel to the end of the world to see them if I had to. If they weren’t a part of this event, I would still consider coming back to Holidaze because the event is amazing.Tyler (3 timer): For me, the bond you make with others is what’s so special. There is nothing like being in a different country, toes in the sand, drink in hand, and getting down with this group of fans. Such a class-act group every year.Steve (5 timer): It is a special place with special people. There is no festival like it. My favorite bands and my favorite people in an all-inclusive resort on a beautiful beach—you just cannot beat that!Holly (7 timer): What makes Holidaze special enough to keep me coming back is the community. Returning to an annual, intimate, tropical festival allows for a fun, relaxed, and meaningful setting to celebrate personal and communal growth from the past year. It’s been fascinating to observe and take part of this evolution. On the music side, I love to see what the bands bring to the beach each year! I’ve noticed that, much like this world we live in, Holidaze gets better each year! The more we realize we can leap over limits, tap into our true selves, and create at our best, the better it all gets. For me, Holidaze puts this perspective into action while leaving me with lasting memories. It’s inspirational memories like those that allow me to continue to excel creatively in life as my best true version of me.Shane/Grace (4 timer): The musicianship, the fun, the sun and the people.L4LM: What made you decide to go to your first Holidaze?Garrett: The possibility of the world ending. read more

Liverpool F.C. wins over local youth

first_imgLiverpool Football Club brought to the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium the requisite soccer balls, cones for drills, and practice jerseys — as well as lots of enthusiasm and good humor … and a bit of sunscreen.“We’re all going to head back home with a bit of color,” said Forbes Duff, community coach for Liverpool F.C., who ignited a passion for the game in local youth on Sunday. “We don’t get much of this kind of weather back home.”On a beautiful summer evening, coaches from the legendary soccer club conducted a clinic for approximately 50 children from the surrounding communities of Allston-Brighton, Boston, Cambridge, and Watertown. The two-hour event saw kids from the Gardner Pilot Summer Academy, Jackson Mann School, Boston Police Athletic League, and other community organizations take part in a series of drills, exercises, and games.“We are delighted that the Liverpool Foundation agreed to hold a clinic for children who live in our neighboring communities,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications. “Harvard has a strong partnership with Cambridge and Boston, and we are proud to host events like this, which allow our neighbors to learn from the exceptional people who often visit our campus.”Christine Heenan, (center) vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications, welcomed Liverpool Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers (left) and player Daniel Agger to Harvard Yard. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe children, many wearing jerseys of their favorite teams from around the world, were split into groups based on age and ability. In these groups, Liverpool coaches focused on shooting and dribbling, but also emphasized listening and working together. Meanwhile, participants’ parents and siblings watched from the grassy berm just off the field, some yelling out encouragement while others ferried bottles of water to the thirsty kids. At the end of the session the Liverpool coaches explained what the groups did at the clinic, handing out gifts to all participants, and posed for photos with anyone who asked.While the kids were clearly excited to take part, according to Joseph Sara, assistant principal for the Gardner Pilot Academy, the parents may have been more excited.“I think the parents’ understanding what [the clinic] meant made it exciting,” said Sara. “A lot of the parents know more about the game than the kids, but coming to Harvard is a great gift, that’s the way they see it. It’s a way that the community gets to come in and not only see Harvard, but also, in this case, to see soccer played at the highest level.”Founded in 1892 and based in the county of Merseyside, in England, Liverpool F.C. is among the most successful and well-supported soccer teams in the world. The team is in Boston and training at Harvard as part of its 2012 North American Summer Tour, which includes a high-profile exhibition against Italian power A.S. Roma on Wednesday at Fenway Park. Liverpool is owned by John W. Henry, who also serves as the primary owner of the Boston Red Sox.Events such as these especially resonate with Duff, who as a youth participated in similar clinics hosted by the Dundee United Football Club in his native Scotland. He said that the fun, enjoyment, and excitement of the game were key to his passion for soccer and are core components of Liverpool F.C.’s community engagement efforts, efforts that, according to Duff, might see Liverpool return to Boston and Harvard in the future.“If we can keep kids active and fit, keep them involved, having fun and enjoying it, then hopefully this will carry on to other parts of their lives as well as football.”Coaches from Liverpool F.C. conducted a clinic at Harvard for approximately 50 local children — many sporting jerseys of their favorite teams. Photo by Evan Whitney/Harvard Stafflast_img

Long Island Blizzard 2015: Winter Storm Emergency Preparedness Tips

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With the blustery winds of Blizzard 2015 bearing down on Long Island and the tri-state region and blanketing us in so much snow, there are important health and safety tips every family should know in order to successfully weather this historic storm. The American Red Cross provides these crucial tips on How to Prepare for a Winter Storm, including:• Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.• Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.• Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.• If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.The Red Cross advises you Put Together a Supply Kit, which includes:• Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day• Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food• Flashlight• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)• Extra batteries• First aid kit• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)• Multi-purpose tool• Sanitation and personal hygiene items• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)• Cell phone with chargers• Family and emergency contact information• Extra cash• Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)• Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)• Tools/supplies for securing your home• Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery• Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members• Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stovesDon’t forget your loveable family pets and critters! They need special care during winter storms, too! Read Blizzard Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe & Warm During The Storm HERE!The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) also offers some last-minute tips to help protect your family and home during this enormous storm: Keep Safe & Warm!• Gather together an emergency kit and include flashlights, batteries, blankets, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, non-perishable food, a can opener, cash, and an external battery pack for mobile devices.• Organize layers of loose fitting, lightweight; warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.• Use all heaters, fireplaces, generators and other appliances safely by remembering ventilation and avoiding use in wet areas. Never burn charcoal indoors.• Fill up your car fuel tank at least half full in case of a prolonged power outage as gas stations rely on electricity to operate pumps and may not have a generator.• Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345) if you cannot safely shelter at home.Protect Your Home!• Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts with insulating foam. For as little as $1 per 6’ of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing and save energy. If you cannot purchase insulating foam in time, consider wrapping towels around pipes and fastening them with duct tape.• Place an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor faucets and spigots to help prevent inside the pipes from freezing, expanding and causing costly leaks.• Drip faucets to reduce the build-up of pressure in the pipes. Even if the pipes freeze, you have released the pressure from the water system reducing the likelihood of a rupture. If you are going out of town, and suspect that temperatures will drop or a power outage will occur, turn off the water to your home and open all of the taps to drain the water system to avoid returning to wet and damaged flooring, walls and electrical.Other Important Information, Links & ContactsThe American Red Cross will be operating a shelter for those in need at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, which will be opening at 5 p.m.New York City Office of Emergency ManagementNassau County Office of Emergency ManagementSuffolk County Office of Emergency ManagementAmerican Red Cross Disaster Resource Guide for Nassau and Suffolk CountiesTo Report Power Outages PSEG Customers Are Advised To Call 1-800-490-0075 or text OUT to 773454last_img

Glen Cove Burglars Posed as Tree Trimmers, Targeted Elderly

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Burglars posing as tree trimmers Tuesday distracted an elderly couple with talk of cutting down their trees while the thieves stole more than $50,000 from their Glen Cove home, police said.An 85-year-old woman answered a knock at the door of her Wolfle Street home, where a man told her and her 79-year-old husband that he needed cut down some trees in their yard at about 1:30 p.m., Glen Cove city police said.While the three spoke inside the house, the husband noted that the couple doesn’t have any trees in their yard, police said. When the suspect used a walkie-talkie around his neck to call a second man into the house, both suspects and the husband walked into the backyard to talk, police said. Then, the second suspect walked back inside the house while the first suspect and the husband remained outside, police said.Moments later, the first suspect and the husband walked inside, when the husband noticed a gray four-door pickup truck with a cover on the back bed backing out of his driveway, police said.When the burglars left southbound on Wolfle Street, the husband checked his bedroom and noticed that his safe containing more than $50,000 in cash, their life savings, was missing, police said.Fifteen minutes later, a man fitting the description of the first suspect entered the First Street home of another elderly couple, police said. The suspect told a 93-year-old man and his wife that he was there to pick up a table when their home health aide confronted the burglar, who fled the scene, police said.Both suspects were described as white men wearing walkie-talkies around their necks. The first suspect was described as 5-feet, 11-inches tall with a mustache and wearing a baseball cap. The second suspect was described as 5-feet-, 7-inches tall, heavy set with short, dark hair and wearing dark clothing.Glen Cove police ask anyone with information on these cases to call detectives at 516-320-7929 or e-mail them at [email protected] . All calls will remain confidential.last_img

Be a preferred retirement adviser

first_imgCredit unions have a tremendous opportunity to offer their members guidance and support.Credit unions can become preferred financial advisers for preretirees, according to a Filene Research Institute report.The report, “Baby Boomers and Retirement Planning: Recent Trends and Future Implications for Credit Unions,” synthesizes the results of Filene’s survey of more than 700 preretirees to make the following recommendations:Provide asset-management services for high-income households to increase your footprint in the boomer market and to increase the share of their assets in credit union-related products;Offer financial advice to low-income households to help them start planning for retirement as early as possible;Discuss the wide range of options available to boomers. Start with stable fixed investments such as bonds and then build a diverse portfolio based on the individual’s risk profile; continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img