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March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIt has been an ongoing issue for many years, with thousands upon thousands of potential ticket purchasers being stripped of the ability to purchase their way into various events due to scalpers and the use of automated ticket purchasing software, better known as ‘bots.’ The software allows scalpers to scoop up hundreds, and even thousands of tickets to any major event, to then be resold on a secondary site for double or triple the original price. It is a billion-dollar industry that has, unfortunately, had the ability to exist far too long.Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that makes the use of such systems a crime. While New York state currently has laws in place banning the use of ‘bots,’ the penalties were a minor deterrent, at best, to those that are cashing in on the reselling of tickets. This new law, however, may see those found guilty of using the software facing jail time and significant monetary fines of up to $1500 for one offense.According to The Buffalo News, “The law expands the definition of what are considered illegal ‘bots’ to also include software that bypasses a ticket site’s security measures intended to halt massive ticket purchases by one individual or company.”Sen. Andrew Lanza, a Staten Island Republican and Senate sponsor of the bill, said the measure will “help stop ticket price gouging and ensure that consumers have a fair chance to purchase tickets to their favorite sporting events, concerts and shows.” The new law will be put into effect 90 days from when it is signed in by Gov. Cuomo, who had until midnight tonight to sign the legislation into law. This is a major step in the right direction.[via The Buffalo News]last_img read more

January 26, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBeginning Saturday, Notre Dame’s dining halls will stay open during spring break for the first time in school history. In response to complaints from students who stay on campus during fall and spring breaks and are forced to rely on their own money to obtain food, Notre Dame Food Services has implemented a trial program from March 7 to 15 to determine if permanent changes should be made for the future.“The University recognizes that a number of students remain on campus for spring break,” Ann Hastings, senior communications specialist in the Office of Student Affairs, said, “Understanding the potential utilization of the dining hall over break can help Food Services and the University assess future plans as it relates to the dining hall schedule. Any student with a current meal plan is eligible to visit during this time.”According to Chris Abayasinghe, Director of Food Services, dining halls were previously closed during school breaks. The only campus meal options that remained open during breaks were fast food restaurants in LaFortune Student Center and various other establishments on campus, including Reckers and Au Bon Pain.“We listened to student feedback on meal needs,” Abayasinghe said, “The feedback that was shared centered around the number of students remaining on campus during the break and if their meal needs would be better served in a dining hall.”The open dining halls are especially convenient to those students who stay on campus during spring break to save money that would otherwise be spent on traveling. Meal swipes used during spring break will count towards students’ current meal plans at no additional cost to students.“Usage information will assist my department in evaluating the need, and number of students dining on campus during break periods,” Abayasinghe said. “Based on this data, we can then evaluate future operations during break periods.”North Dining Hall will be open Saturday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. From Sunday to March 15, South Dining Hall will be open for brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Both dining halls will reopen for dinner and resume normal hours March 15.Tags: Dining Halls, Open, Spring Breaklast_img read more

January 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via Buffalo Bills / — Brandon Beane dismisses the growing buzz suggesting the Buffalo Bills are suddenly the AFC East favorites after Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay.“The team to beat in the East is the Patriots,” the Bills general manager said, referring to a New England team that has essentially owned the division – including a 35-5 record against Buffalo – over the 20 seasons under coach Bill Belichick.“I think it’s funny and comical that people are writing them off,” Beane said. “So, until we beat them, we’ve done nothing. And we’ve got our work cut out for us.”There certainly is more work to do for a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game since Dec. 30, 1995, and only recently ended a 17-year postseason drought by qualifying in both 2017 and last year. To be fair, though, Beane has already done plenty of heavy lifting in putting the Bills in the conversation as realistic contenders after spending the past three years methodically rebuilding Buffalo’s roster from the ground up.It’s to the point where Buffalo entered the three-day NFL draft with very few holes to fill. Beane has addressed many of the team’s immediate needs with veteran free-agent additions, and dealt a first-round pick (22nd overall) to land receiver Stefon Diggs in a trade with Minnesota.The trade left Beane preparing to sit out the first round Thursday. Barring trades, Buffalo has seven selections, starting with a second-rounder (54th overall) on Friday night.With essentially all 22 starting spots filled, Beane has the freedom of shoring up depth needs in targeting the best player available.With LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire the only running back taken in the first round, Buffalo is in position to potentially select Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor or Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins to complement Devin Singletary, who took over the starting role as a rookie last year.Another possibility is cornerback — Diggs’ younger brother, Trevon, is available — to develop a youngster to eventually play opposite starter Tre’Davious White.And Buffalo can always use more pass-rushing help with returning starters Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy each going to be 30 or older before this year ends. Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa, Missouri’s Jordan Elliott and Notre Dame’s Julian Okwara are potential options.Beane was noncommittal when asked if he places an emphasis on selecting a more established prospect over one who might need time to develop.“It may be a tiebreaker, but I’m not going to pass up a good player. I’m still going to go best player available,” Beane said, before adding he might target positional depth needs in the later rounds. “Early on, second or third round, it will definitely be the best player, offense, defense, whatever.”The decision to acquire Diggs and fill Buffalo’s primary offseason need paid off given how the first round of the draft unfolded. By trading his first-round selection, Beane took into account the possibility he wouldn’t be in a position to select any of the top receiving prospects before it came time for the No. 22 pick.Beane proved correct, with Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb all gone by the 17th selection.The Vikings used Buffalo’s pick to select LSU’s Justin Jefferson, who became the fifth receiver selected.When it came time for the Vikings’ selection, the Bills posted a video on their Twitter account, and the message: “You already know.” The video began with the voice of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the 22nd pick, followed by highlights of Diggs’ catches.Buffalo entered the offseason also having the advantage of having continuity at many skill positions and with a Sean McDermott-led coaching staff that returns mostly intact for a third consecutive year. Many of the free agents the Bills added have ties to Beane and McDermott when the two were with the Carolina Panthers.Beane placed an emphasis on familiarity by taking into account the likelihood of the coronavirus pandemic cutting into how much practice time teams will have before the season.“I think it can help. It can’t hurt us,” Beane said of the added importance of having continuity entering this season.He referred to the lockout-shortened 2011 offseason, when he was the Panthers director of football operations and Carolina was introducing a new coaching staff under Ron Rivera.“We were signing free agents in August to go start training camp. It was something I’d never seen,” Beane said. “So, I like the continuity of where we’re at. But we still have a lot of work do to once we get back.”last_img read more

October 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

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October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgTopics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Linkedin It has been eight years since an Indonesian judoka last competed at the summer Olympics. At the London Games in 2012, Putu Wiradamungga was knocked out in the second round by Laszlo Csoknyai of Hungary.At that time, Putu was a breath of fresh air as he strived to continue the legacy left by his predecessor Krisna Bayu. Before Putu, Krisna was the last Indonesian judoka to compete at the Olympics where he managed to qualify in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 tournaments.With the Tokyo Olympics’ qualifying round nearing an end, the Indonesian Judo Federation (PJSI) can only hope for the miracle of a wild card given by the International Judo Federation (IJF) — looking at the fact that Indonesian judokas are without much hope in the current race to a Tokyo place.In order to qualify for the Olympics in July and August, the national judokas must make the top-18 in the ranking.As o… Facebook Google judo Kodokan-Judo-Insitute-Japan Indonesian-Judo-Federation Tokyo-Olympics 2020-Tokyo-Olympic-Games Wild-Cardslast_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAdvertisement Comment VAR in the Premier League could be temporarily suspended (Getty Images)The Premier League has been the option to scrap VAR while teams will be allowed to make five substitutions during games.The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has made a temporary amendments to the laws of the game in order for leagues to cope better once they restart.With players now set to play a high number games in a short period of time in order for the season to finish, teams will now be allowed to make five substitutions during matches in order to reduce fatigue and the risk of injury.To reduce the amount of stoppages in games, the new law stipulates that teams will only be able to make substitutions at three separate times during the match, as well as at half-time.ADVERTISEMENT The Premier League could introduce five substitutions when the season resumes (Getty Images)Every league in Europe can choose to adopt these new laws or keep the current rules in place.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe IFAB has also allowed leagues to temporarily stop using Video Assistant Referee technology, even if they started with the season with it in place.The use of VAR in the Premier League came under regular criticism before coronavirus halted the campaign.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking earlier this season, the IFAB even accused the Premier League of not using the technology correctly as too many decisions were not ‘clear and obvious’.‘Clear and obvious still remains – it’s an important principle. There should not be a lot of time spent to find something marginal,’ Lukas Brud, the general secretary of IFAB, told the Press Association.‘If something is not clear on the first sight, then it’s not obvious and it shouldn’t be considered. Looking at one camera angle is one thing but looking at 15, trying to find something that was potentially not even there, this was not the idea of the VAR principle. It should be clear and obvious.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 May 2020 2:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link902Shares Premier League given option to scrap VAR and use five subs in games Advertisementlast_img read more

September 29, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHelen Dean, CEO of NEST, said: “We’ve achieved a lot at NEST over the last decade and the creation of Nest Experience will help us continue to grow from good to great over the next decade.”Gavin Perera-Betts, now managing director of NEST Experience, said: “NEST has been at the forefront of revolutionising pension scheme service delivery during the first decade of our existence, achieving a level of operational efficiency never before seen in this industry.“The challenge for the next decade is to revolutionise that service again to take advantage of the opportunities that technology offers to bring our members closer to their savings. We have the drive and ambition to go further and I am thrilled to take on this challenge.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. UK defined contribution master trust NEST has named Gavin Perera-Betts, formerly its chief customer officer, to lead a new customer-centred service delivery business unit.Dubbed NEST Experience, the new unit aims to deliver “a best in class service to NEST’s customers as their expectations and the technology they use evolves over the coming years”.Perera-Betts has been with NEST since before it was formally established in 2010 and, according to the £12bn (€13bn) DC provider, played an instrumental role in the design of its digital-first service.NEST has grown to become the largest UK workplace pension scheme by number of members – more than 9.3 million – and one in three of the working population has been expected to have a retirement pot with the provider by the late 2020s.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img MORE NEWS: How furry friends can help sell a home A home once frequented by television and music stars at 186 Guanaba Creek Rd, Guanaba, has hit the market.A TELEVISION identity and singer from the 1980s and ’90s has listed her English-style manor for sale — a grand home that has been visited by some of the biggest names in the industry. Owner of the 8.19ha Guanaba residence Margaret Toms was a ballerina before taking up professional singing and opera. She was part of a backup group call The Review 20, appeared on shows like Sing Sing Sing, was a vocalist for big names like John Farnham and frequently appeared on Seven. TV identity from the ’80s Margaret Toms at her house in 2013.Her grand country estate at 186 Guanaba Creek Rd was built in 1989 and inspired by a house in Gone With The Wind named Twelve Oaks. Later in life Ms Toms focused her time on creating charity shows for The Smith Family and Life Education. “The Smith Family asked me would I put a show together for their 75th anniversary,” she said. “So I called my friend Tommy Tycho, who was the maestro of Australia at the time, and between us plotted our first show, which was a fundraiser.” MORE NEWS: Mansion snapped up in three days It is called Rembrae Downs.The first event was called An Evening of Stars and was held in February 1998. “I handled all the artists and Tommy handled all the musical arrangements,” Ms Toms said. “We used to hold the rehearsals for all the shows I did for the Smith Family here, there used to be 30 people or more rehearsing around my informal area.“The doors would be open, the music would flow out and echo over the valley and the roof lifting up here with the sound of music.“I came out here to retire but it was the busiest time of my life, the shows would take 12 months to produce.” It is on the market via an expressions of interest campaign.It is the first time the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom property will be offered to the market in its three decade history. The property is affectionately known as Rembrae Downs and backs onto the Coomera River. “It was a home that was planned for family so I hope a lovely family move in and don’t try to change the era this home was built for,” Ms Toms said. “I’ll be downsizing but I’m not going to anything too small because I think I will get claustrophobic.“I’ll probably be in tears for a week if it sells, I don’t really want to leave but I’m not a spring chicken anymore.” The estate is on the market under an expressions of interest campaign through Ray White Prestige Agents Robert Graham and Emma Gregory. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow do celebrities organise their pantry? 01:15 The house was inspired by the film Gone with the Wind.center_img Together they held rehearsals and events at the grand Guanaba house.Tommy Tycho is a famed pianist, conductor and composer who work on musical productions for Australian television and recorded the version of Advance Australia Fair that is played at all major events and football games.As a result of the shows, big names from the era all frequented Ms Toms’ lavish abode for rehearsals and gatherings. The people involved included the likes of Gold Logie award winner Barry Crocker, jazz musician James Morrison, TV personality Ita Buttrose, Barry Humphries also known as his alter ego Dame Edna, comedian Bob Hope, singer Shirley Bassey and talk show host Don Lane. The country surrounds are on show throughout the home. The English-style manor is being offered for the first time since it was built in 1989. Tommy Tycho was a close friend of Ms Toms.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agolast_img read more

September 25, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFire service official Amir Hossainsaid it was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. Rescue workers are seen at the site of a gas pipeline explosion in the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh on Nov. 17. REUTERS/STRINGER According to Mohammad Mohsin, oneperson suffered burns while others were wounded when the wall collapsed.   DHAKA – At least seven people werekilled and eight others were injured on Sunday after a gas pipeline exploded inthe Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong, the police said.center_img Last month, seven children died aftera gas cylinder used for inflating balloons exploded in this capital. Faulty gas pipelines and substandardcylinders often cause accidents in the south Asian country, blamed on laxmonitoring.(Reuters)last_img read more

September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMr. Thomas Eugene Richards, age 32, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on July 14, 1984, in Crane County, Texas, the loving son of, Ernest Eugene and the late Janet Arlene (Chambers) Richards. He was raised in Crane, Texas where he was a 2002 graduate of Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. Thomas had resided in the Vevay community for the past year. Thomas enjoyed music and spending time with his family. Thomas will be dearly missed by his loving family. Thomas died at 7:15 am Friday September 23, 2016, at his residence in Vevay, IN.Thomas will be missed by his wife: Emily Rene (Snyder) Richards of Vevay, IN; his father: Ernest Eugene Richards of Aurora, IN; his brothers: Jason Allen Richards of Cincinnati, OH; Ernest William Collins of North Port, FL; his sister: Kimberly Arlene Baize of Snyder, TX; his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his mother: Janet Arlene (Chambers) Richards.Services will be conducted at the convenience of the family.Memorial contributions may be made to Thomas Eugene Richards Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more