Actualización de las órdenes sobre la fase amarilla para incluir a 12 condados adicionales que pasan a la fase amarilla el 22 de mayo

first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, se enmendaron las órdenes sobre la fase amarilla para incluir a los 12 condados que pasarán a la fase amarilla a las 12:01 a.m. de la mañana, 22 de mayo. Esos condados incluyen a Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne y York.Los 12 condados se unen a los 37 condados que previamente pasaron a la fase amarilla:Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington y Westmoreland.La orden enmendada del Gobernador se puede encontrar aquí.La orden enmendada de la Secretaria de Salud se puede encontrar aquí.View this information in English. May 21, 2020 Actualización de las órdenes sobre la fase amarilla para incluir a 12 condados adicionales que pasan a la fase amarilla el 22 de mayocenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Freedom to Change Your Life: Why the Government Shouldn’t Ban “Reparative Therapy”

first_imgPublic Discourse 5 April 2016The freedom of people with same-sex attractions to exercise their civil rights is under siege by legal bullies who hate redeemed and restored lives. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and two other groups are out to crush the civil rights of those who desperately desire therapy.On February 24, the SPLC and other LGBT organizations filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission designed to silence People Can Change (PCC), an organization whose clients seek help in dealing with their same-sex attractions. Four liberal lawmakers added their names to the complaint in an all-out effort to penalize anyone who would offer therapies called “reparative therapy” or “conversion therapy” to anyone who freely asks for it.The legal filing demonstrates a visceral hatred not only toward these therapies but also toward people who don’t want to act on their same-sex attractions, and want to minimize or perhaps even change them. The legal filing aims to take away the freedom, civil rights, and human rights of people who desire to engage in therapies rather than in same-sex relationships. The SPLC tactic is to harass organizations that offer therapy with which they do not agree. Having achieved success in a case filed in New Jersey state court against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), they are emboldened to go after People Can Change by filing with the United States Federal Trade Commission.The complaint asks that PCC be barred from displaying the firsthand testimonies of courageous and compassionate people who want to share their experience of freedom and peace.Why they’re doing it: to destroy any evidence that change is possibleIf people want to resist acting on, minimize, or perhaps even change their same-sex attractions, why would anyone want to stop them from trying? This stubborn blocking of free choice seems to indicate another agenda at work.Why do these groups so despise the notion that people can make choices about the actions they engage in and even change their attractions? Why do they want to silence any evidence that it has happened? The answer seems obvious: These advocates have the goal of stopping any therapy that proves people can change when it comes to sexual attractions.The agenda is abundantly clear. Because the linchpin of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender civil rights deception rests squarely on the misleading narrative that people “are born that way,” anything that threatens their storyline must be discredited and destroyed:Anyone who wants not to act on same-sex attractions, or seeks to minimize and even eliminate them, will be blocked from finding help.Anyone who has successfully lived out chastity will be ostracized and marginalized.Any organization that dares to point to objective results from people who have made progress with their sexual attractions will be silenced and financially destroyed.Any evidence that shows that a person is not born homosexual, or that a person is not born transgender, will be banished and outlawed.Clearly, the testimonies of numerous same-sex attracted and transgender people like myself who live out our new, changed lives are the evidence that invalidates the LGBT narrative of “born that way.” Restored lives are living proof that change is possible.The targeting of PCC is only the beginning. For activist groups like the SPLC, each small victory builds on the previous win and is used as “evidence” in the next case filed against the next pro-counseling group. For example, the SPLC pulls in gender-identity counseling in its complaint, even though PCC focuses on same-sex attraction. The SPLC is conflating sexual attraction counseling with gender-identity counseling, saying that transgender people can’t change back to their birth gender, in order to set up the target for their next complaint.What’s the danger in the therapy?If conversion therapy didn’t work, it would die away naturally. There would be no demand. There would be no need for the Southern Poverty Law Center to seek to prevent such therapies from being offered to those who wish to try it. Their complaint is all the proof any court needs to understand that today’s “reparative therapy” is actually effective.Techniques done in the name of “reparative therapy” in the past, such as using aversion methods based on Pavlov’s theory of rewards and punishments, or imposing involuntary and coercive intervention, were found to be harmful and are not being used today. Today, the same cognitive therapy traditionally used by psychotherapists for every other psychological issue is used for unwanted same-sex attraction. It is no different from traditional talk therapy, not coercive, not aversion-driven, not known to be harmful. Yet the SPLC is targeting organizations like PCC that offer traditional psychotherapy to people who are homosexual or transgender.The truth is that some homosexual and transgender people change. The complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission is hateful toward us who live new lives.Apparently the SPLC does not want the nation to know that recovery from the transgender and homosexual lifestyles is actually possible. We who tour the nation speaking about our transformed lives are living, breathing proof that recovery is possible. By exercising the freedom to choose which therapies we wanted to try, we found a new life apart from homosexuality and transgenderism.We who have come out of the lesbian, gay, or transgender lifestyle found the serenity and satisfaction we had desired all our lives. Our lives should be celebrated, not condemned or dismissed. Our lives are proof of the effectiveness of therapy for some individuals, regardless of what the detractors do to disparage or ban it.The People Can Change website contains numerous testimonies of men who affirm that, under PCC’s program, they have “experienced profound change in our sexual identity, behavior, interests and desires—change that has brought us great peace and satisfaction.” The founder himself is “a man who had personally experienced enormous transformation from unwanted homosexual attractions.” The organization only seeks to help those men who freely choose to try the therapy that has worked for others. For stating these things publicly, PCC is the subject of a consumer complaint from LGBT advocacy groups and supporters.Our stories show the success of reparative therapyI was diagnosed with gender dysphoria by a homosexual gender therapist. He advised me to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Because I trusted his expertise, I followed his advice, and it was a big mistake. Even though I lived the transgender life for eight years as Laura Jensen, a female, my gender issues were not resolved. The surgery was so therapeutically disastrous in my case that I attempted suicide as a way out. I was one of the 41 percent of transgender people reported in the National Transgender Discrimination survey that suffer from significant depression and attempt suicide. The lifesaving solution for me was therapy and restoration of my birth gender.Now I share the story of “coming out” of that life. Along the way I have met others who were gay, lesbian, or transgender who share the same changed life experience I have come to love. Years of pain had turned many of our lives upside down. By turning to therapies, we healed the shame and deep hurt so that the pain no longer drives us to unwanted behaviors.The actions of groups like the SPLC are an attempt to disparage our changed lives, to insist that we don’t exist—but that doesn’t change the reality that we do exist and we did change. Who is to say whether a specific person can change or not? If some persons have a deep desire to rid themselves of same-sex attractions, shouldn’t they be allowed to try?Of course, not all therapy is always effective for every person. No one in the psychology field would ever claim that counseling will help every person, every time. Counseling doesn’t work that way.The claims in the complaint are false and misleadingThe SPLC complaint against People Can Change is a jumble of misinformation. It charges that conversion therapy methods “constitute deceptive, false, and misleading practices,” yet the charge itself is misleading. The American Psychological Association (APA) task force couldn’t say definitively whether the therapy helped or harmed: “There are no scientifically rigorous studies of recent SOCE [Sexual Orientation Change Efforts] that would enable us to make a definitive statement about whether recent SOCE is safe or harmful and for whom.”The SPLC states that the therapies are “abusive and harmful to children” but the programs at PCC do not allow participation by children under the age of 18 and the average age of the men seen by PCC is 36 years of age, according to Rich Wyler, founder of PCC.Ironically, the treatment that was recommended for me, gender change, caused substantial harm in my life and many other people’s lives, yet the Southern Poverty Law Center has not filed to eliminate all gender-change surgeries—quite the opposite, in fact. Their efforts are directed at silencing anyone who holds the opinion that encouraging four-year-old trans-kids to cross-dress at school, at home, and in public, and to use the bathroom of their preferred gender, is harmful.New Jersey has enacted a ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors. The law signed by Governor Chris Christie prevents any licensed therapist, psychologist, social worker, or counselor from using sexual orientation change efforts with a child under age 18. In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed a similar bill that makes any therapy that doesn’t affirm same-sex attraction or gender transition illegal for children.In these states, therapists can help children go through gender transition by affirming them in the other gender and recommending puberty blockers or cross-gender hormones or even surgery to transition, but talk therapy to avoid such invasive and permanent body-damaging measures is deemed “harmful” and outlawed.According to a PhD counselor friend of mine in California, the law puts a chill on offering any therapy, even when requested, for children under the age of 18 who struggle with unwanted gender confusion or same-sex attraction.I was personally offended and appalled when the Southern Poverty Law Center interjected kids into their complaint against PCC. I was a four-year-old trans-kid, and I can tell you there is nothing normal about it. Gender transition is being pushed today as the only treatment for gender issues, and that is a flat-out lie. Studies show that the majority of transgender people have co-existing mental disorders that go untreated.Those of us who have willingly sought talk therapy and found it to work know we were not born that way and that the effects of traumatic childhood events can be overcome. It was only after engaging with skilled therapists to deal with the emotional trauma that we no longer needed to live in an unwanted lifestyle.Outlawing effective treatments is unjustOutlawing the therapies that help some people with same-sex attractions or gender-identity conflicts is, at its very heart, unjust. The civil liberty of individuals to choose therapies should be protected and preserved, not crushed by lawyers.We need to make sure that LGBT organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center do not crush human and civil rights under the weight of their hatred for those who defect from the LGBT lifestyle. Even as many people are celebrating the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage, other people who want to get rid of their same-sex attraction are being stripped of their lawful, rightful access to effective therapies.People who choose to not embrace their same-sex attractions should be afforded the same equal rights as those who embrace them. Laws should not take away their dignity and their free right to rid themselves of same-sex attractions. I have lived free of transgenderism for over twenty years, and I am just one of many examples showing that change is possible. The law should not prevent access to therapy that may save lives just because LGBT supporters want to silence the individuals who chose an alternative path.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/04/16625/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=2b555365d5-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-2b555365d5-84094405last_img read more

Secondhand marijuana smoke more dangerous than tobacco – study

first_imgRT America 29 July 2016Family First Comment: The more we learn about marijuana, the more we realise why it’s a public health risk! “There is widespread belief that, unlike tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke is benign,” Springer said. “We in public health have been telling the public to avoid secondhand tobacco smoke for years. But we don’t tell them to avoid secondhand marijuana smoke, because until now we haven’t had evidence that it can be harmful.”With an increasing number of states legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana, a new study has found that exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke is more damaging to blood vessels than breathing secondhand tobacco smoke.The study revealed that the blood flow in the arteries of rats that had inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute was less efficient for at least 90 minutes. Under a similar test for secondhand tobacco smoke, blood vessel impairment lasted only 30 minutes.“While the effect is temporary for both cigarette and marijuana smoke, these temporary problems can turn into long-term problems if exposures occur often enough and may increase the chances of developing hardened and clogged arteries,” said Matthew Springer, PhD, the study’s senior author and a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco’s Division of Cardiology, in a released statement.Researchers also found that merely burning the plant material appears to cause impaired blood vessels, unlike chemicals like nicotine and tetrahydrocannabinol.Researchers say the arteries of rats and humans are similar in how they respond to secondhand tobacco smoke.The study on the health consequences of exposure to secondhand smoke from cannabis comes as three more states – California, Maine and Nevada – are due to vote on ballot initiatives on whether to legalize recreational marijuana this November.READ MORE: https://www.rt.com/usa/353818-secondhand-marijuana-smoke-tobacco-study/last_img read more

Xavier: Nigeria has no replacement for Okocha

first_imgFormer AFC Leopards midfielder, Francis Xavier, has said that he was surprised that Nigeria is yet to produce another great star, Austin Jay Jay Okocha. The creative midfielder helped Nigeria to win the 1994 Afcon and played a huge role as the team finished second in 2000 and third in 2002, 2004 and 2006. He was also in the team that won the 1996 Olympic Games as well as the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995. “He won many individual and collective awards but he remained humble and disciplined until his retirement,” Xavier added. read also:‘Mikel is great but Okocha is Eagles’ all-time best’ “Nigeria are still struggling to find his replacement who can consistently deliver for the team and help them hit greater heights.” Okocha made 75 appearances for the Super Eagles, scoring 14 goals in the process. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 46-year-old former Nigeria international was a joy to watch during his playing days both at the club and national level. The former AFC Leopards midfielder has explained why he will go for the former Super Eagles star. “Okocha is one player who was very influential on the pitch and could create chances, as well as scoring goals,” Xavier told Goal on Tuesday. “He was very skilled and could dribble his way out of trouble at any given time. Another impressive characteristic was his ability to adapt to any given game and have a positive effect on his team. “On most occasions, he was physically fit and his technical ability was on another level.”Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Most Expensive Mistakes In History17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa DavisWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy Aboutlast_img read more

Dier delight at debut goal

first_img Kyle Naughton was dismissed for handball, with Mark Noble spurning the chance to score from the resulting penalty, before the Hammers had James Collins sent off in the second half. Dier was delighted with his start at Spurs and was happy to be involved on the opening day of the new Barclays Premier League season. “I was just really happy to play to be honest and to score on top of that, well, I never imagined it,” he said. “I saw the keeper coming out in the corner of my eye and I wanted to touch the ball around him and put it in. It all happened really quickly. I didn’t get any time to think about it and that was probably a good thing. “I really enjoyed it and it’s why I wanted to come here, to play in games like this. I’m really happy to be here.” Many would have been surprised to see Dier appear on the edge of the West Ham box in stoppage time but Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes it shows how his side want to play this season. “This is a picture of what is our philoshopy, our style,” he told Tottenham’s official website. “It is important as it shows our ambition and our philosophy to try and win. Press Association The England Under-21 international moved to White Hart Lane from Sporting Lisbon over the summer and made an instant impact as he grabbed the only goal of the game against their local rivals. Dier appeared on the edge of the West Ham box in added time to secure three points for the visitors after both sides had been reduced to 10 men. “He was brilliant, but not only him, the whole team. It was an unbelievable win because last season we came here and left with zero points.” West Ham handed two of their own summer signings their debuts as Cheikhou Kouyate and Aaron Cresswell were named in Sam Allardyce’s starting line-up. Enner Valencia also made his bow with a late substitute appearance but it was former Ipswich full-back Cresswell who particularly caught the eye. The 24-year-old was named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Championship Team of the Year last season but was left deflated following his impressive debut. “I had all my family here and it was a proud moment for me personally,” he said. “But it’s not about me, it’s about the team and getting the three points. It’s not personal, it’s not about individual performances. The first thing you look at is the result and we didn’t get that on Saturday, so I’m very disappointed.” The Hammers face another London derby when they travel to Crystal Palace next weekend and Cresswell is keen to get the season up and running. “We’ll sit down, go over it, see what we can take out of the game and where we could have gone on to win it,” he added. “It’s just about taking the positives into the next game and looking forward to it.” Eric Dier joined Tottenham to play in matches like Saturday’s London derby victory over West Ham, but did not expect to be the man scoring the last-gasp winner. last_img read more

Monk keeps his feet on the ground

first_img “It’s a fantastic start and great to have six points, I’m not going to lie about that,” Monk said after the game. “The way I am, the players know we have a (Capital One Cup) game on Tuesday and that is what we focus on. “It’s the best start we could have had, but we know we are only two games from being on your back and getting dragged down. “We have to build on what we’ve done and improve on mistakes.” Monk was delighted with how Swansea withstood Burnley’s second-half assault, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski only really stretched once when David Jones burst onto Danny Ings’ pass and forced a fine save from the Polish international. “It was very hard. The first half we controlled the game and if we could have got a second that would have made it easier,” Monk said. “We spoke at half-time that they would throw everything at us and we weren’t at our fluent best, but we dug in and defended well. “Burnley were in a no-lose situation but we limited them to one shot on target and defended very well the whole game. Press Association Swansea boss Garry Monk insists he is not getting carried away with the club’s 100 per cent start to the Barclays Premier League season. Monk’s men followed up their shock opening-day win at Manchester United by beating battling Burnley at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea withstanding pressure for most of the second half after Nathan Dyer had given them a 23rd-minute lead. But Monk is fully aware of the pitfalls of management, even though he has only been in the Swansea hot-seat for eight months. “We know we have to show the other side of the game and there are times when you have to dig in. “The boys were magnificent in that respect and that comes from the work we have done in pre-season. “We would have liked it to be more comfortable but six points in two games is all you can ask for.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche admits his newly-promoted Clarets are on a fast learning curve after losing their opening two games to Chelsea and Swansea, but he remains positive with what he sees as signs of progress. “We showed them too much respect in the first half and that can happen for a team that’s just been promoted,” said Dyche. “The early part of the season it’s about believing that they belong and the first half we didn’t do that and they were the better side. “The second half we played with that freedom and I thought we were terrific – the quality and energy of play and the framework of the team to make sure we didn’t give chances away. “I’m not naive enough to think the growth period doesn’t have to be quick because it does. “But there were good signs against Chelsea because they’re a different animal at the moment. “Swansea are not Chelsea yet and, though they’ve done fantastic and they’re a very good side, this was probably a more realistic challenge which we applied ourselves to.” And Dyche insists that Burnley will be able to compete in the Premier League as the season unfolds. “I want them to play with freedom, quality and energy and I thought we did that in the second half,” he added. “That’s the challenge you’ve got and there’s times you’ll take an ugly 1-0 as any manager would, but the belief is there that we can compete at this level. “I want us to be brave, but not in a naive way, We want to play on the front foot, create chances and win games. “There were times when we might have to change slightly but I didn’t feel that was necessary today, even against a very good team like Swansea.” last_img read more

Pleascach foils Covert mission

first_img Given that was her fifth run in quick succession, the Teofilo filly could be excused that and Jim Bolger gave her a 53-day break. Manning, though, felt she had been beaten the last twice because he was trying to hold her up in her races, breaking her stride in the process, and told connections pre-race that he would be letting her stride on. That she did not have to make the running was down to Hugo Palmer’s Irish Oaks winner Covert Love, who benefited from a strong gallop in winning her Classic and when she kicked two lengths clear with two furlongs to run she looked certain to add another notch to her burgeoning C.V. But the wily Manning, who has as much big-race experience as anybody thanks to the champions his father-in-law keeps on producing year on year, got Pleascach rolling and the 8-1 chance got home by a neck with the same back to Francois Doumen’s Sea Calisi. It was not all good news for Manning as he was hit with a two-day ban (September 3 and 4) for using his whip above the permitted level, but that was only a minor blemish on another Group One success. Bolger was winning the race for the first time since Lush Lashes in 2008. “Previously we tried to settle her a little bit and it meant breaking her stride, so Kevin decided whatever happened today he wasn’t going to break her stride. He gave her a beautiful ride,” said Bolger. “Whether it meant making the running or not, Kevin said he was determined he was going to let her roll. Having won at the Curragh over a mile back in May, she looked guaranteed to be even better over further. However, she was beaten by Curvy in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot and could finish only fifth in the Pretty Poly Stakes over 10 furlongs. A change of tactics instigated by Kevin Manning enabled Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach to return to her best in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on the Knavesmire. “She may have been feeling the effects of a busy spell on her last two runs, but the fact we were trying to settle her, breaking her stride, was equally important. “Two down I wasn’t that confident, but Kevin said he always was “We knew she was at the top of her game coming here, the last two weeks she’s really come good. “We’ll have to see how she comes out of this, but maybe something at Longchamp like the Prix de l’Opera could be next, the French deserve to have a look at her now.” Manning said: “She battled all the way to the line and she’s done it very well. “I thought she ran a little bit flat the last day and didn’t run up to scratch, but I thought she was back to her best when I rode her work last week. “She goes on various types of ground and is a very talented filly.” Having been bought by Godolphin after her Guineas win, Sheikh Mohammed (who also sponsored the race) might have been thinking her best days had passed, but bloodstock advisor John Ferguson said: “Kevin said a furlong and a half out he knew he was going to win. “Quite simply, Jim Bolger is a master trainer. He told me beforehand that he felt he had her back to her best. “She disappointed at Royal Ascot and in the Pretty Polly, so it’s great she’s come back and shown her form. “We’ll be guided by Jim as to where to go. It’s possible she could stay in training next year. She looks the type to carry on improving.” Covert Love had the option of the St Leger and was prominent in the betting for the final Classic, but that now appears to have been ruled out. Palmer said: “She’s run absolutely brilliantly. The two Group One winners in the field have dominated and it’s a huge boost to the Irish Classic form. “A massive operation may have run a pacemaker today. That’s the advantage they have, but I’m so proud of her. “She still needs to fill her frame and can only get better. “If she had bolted up we’d have considered the Leger, but she didn’t. She’s in at Ascot on Champions Day and she could go there, but she doesn’t need to run again this season.” Press Associationlast_img read more

MLAX : Buhr finds consistency at faceoff X; Walters steps up in Syracuse’s man-up opportunties

first_img Published on May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img VILLANOVA, Pa. – After Brian Megill lost the first two faceoffs of the game, head coach John Desko turned back to his faceoff specialists.Chris Daddio and Ricky Buhr have struggled all season at the faceoff X, a facet of the game that has haunted Syracuse in its seven losses this season.But on Thursday, Buhr rose to the occasion to key an explosive performance on offense for Syracuse. The sophomore won 11-of-20 draws largely matching up with Villanova’s Thomas Croonquist, who entered the game ranked ninth in the nation in faceoff win percentage at 60.5 percent.Croonquist finished 10-of-17 at the X, and Buhr’s standout play set the table for the Orange’s 15-6 victory over the Wildcats in the Big East tournament semifinals.‘I just felt really comfortable at the X all day,’ Buhr said. ‘Everything was going my way and I felt real comfortable and I felt like I could get the ball out and once I got in that groove, I just kept rolling.’Buhr hasn’t found his comfort zone for the Orange all season, winning just 51-of-115 (44.3 percent) faceoffs in his first 14 games. On the season SU has won just 42.7 percent of its faceoffs, a number well below the 50-percent mark head coach John Desko has said his team needs to reach in games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDesko feels if the Orange can win at least half of the faceoffs, it will have a chance to win. If it can’t, SU is already at a huge disadvantage.Trying to find a spark, Desko turned to Megill, the team’s top close defender and a physical presence, to shake things up at the X. The junior captain was impressive against Rutgers, going 8-of-12, but he’s had trouble in the team’s last four games.After the team went 13-of-25 overall and controlled possession in the second half, the head coach reiterated how crucial the faceoff X has been to the team’s ability to win games.‘All year long, I think we get the ball after a goal and we’ve been able to produce,’ Desko said.Walters shines on extra-man opportunities for SUMatt Walters was never on anyone’s radar screen.Walters entered Thursday’s game with two goals and two assists to his name. But he made his presence felt.The freshman midfielder from Villanova, Pa. had a memorable homecoming in Syracuse’s 15-6 victory over Villanova on Thursday. He scored two goals on three shots to provide a valuable lift off the bench for SU. But more importantly, each of those goals came in man-up situations, bolstering the attack that entered the game connecting on just 20-of-60 (33.3 percent) of those opportunities.With Walters surprisingly leading the charge, the Orange connected on 50 percent of its chances, going 2-of-4 on the man-up. It was a stark contrast from the way SU performed all season and provided the Orange with an added efficiency on offense.‘He has one of the hardest shots on the team as a freshman and I think the first part of the year was part of the learning experience for him being here for his first year,’ Desko said. ‘We had some problems with our man-up as far as the looks we were getting and really the output, the percentages that we were shooting.’Desko shuffled the deck with a new look on extra-man opportunities. That included adding Walters’ potent shot, and he proved his worth.After Villanova midfielder Mark Jackson cut down SU attack Tommy Palasek as he attempted to surge to the net, Syracuse earned its second man-up chance of the game.Palasek dished a crisp pass to Walters on the right wing, where he beat Wildcats goaltender Dan Gutierrez on a low shot with 10 seconds left in the halfto give SU a 6-4 lead going into halftime.Walters added his second goal on another feed from Palasek midway through the third quarter to give SU a four-goal lead and the Orange never looked back. And the new man-up lineup provided additional damage.‘We just changed some things up,’ Desko said. ‘We put Bob (Eilers) and Matt (Pratt) and Tim (Desko) on the perimeter and we’ve got Derek (Maltz) obviously, a very good inside player and Tommy, a good feeder and can finish, and Collin Donahue understands it, so keeping it very simple and Matt’s reaping the rewards of that.’rjgery@syr.eduadtredin@syr.edulast_img read more

Ron Lee brings passion to USC

first_imgEvery morning, Ron Lee wakes up before the sunrise, hits the gym and drives the two hours it takes to get to campus from his home in Lake Elsinore, California. Coffee in hand, he walks around USC’s numerous food venues — from Nekter to Panda Express — greeting the workers before making his way through the flood of emails that arrive in his inbox every day.Since July 27, when he began work as the new associate director of retail operations for Hospitality, Lee has made it a habit of getting to know everyone who works under him, a philosophy he developed in an area far removed from the academic environment of the university — the fast-paced world of professional sports. Managing hospitality operations for teams all over Southern California, Lee said, got him started in the hospitality industry — and kindled his passion for innovation and progress.“What I love about professional sports is the fact that the fans’ experiences and expectations change every single year,” Lee said. “The fun part is being able to challenge yourself and your team every year to bring out the innovations to see what kind of fun and crazy things you can do.”Lee spent 11 years working at sports arenas, from Angel Stadium, home of the Empire 66ers, to Qualcomm Stadium, where he spent four years with the San Diego Chargers. Even earlier, before he was introduced to the world of sports hospitality, Lee spent four years managing various locations of the popular Claim Jumper restaurant chain in San Bernardino. However, before the management positions, at restaurants, sports stadiums and now at Hospitality, Lee started out exactly like the people he now oversees: as a service worker.“I started flipping omelets the day I turned 16,” Lee said.It’s this humble start that drives Lee’s employee-centered approach, where his focus is on drawing his team together, supporting each person’s growth and encouraging innovative ideas.“I’ve always known that my passion was within the hospitality industry,” Lee said. “That’s what I like to do — work with people, develop people and have fun doing it.”As associate director, Lee works directly with nine managers who manage the 22 different retail venues throughout both of the University’s campuses — the University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus. Though daily operations involve keeping each venue running smoothly, Lee’s main focus is on expansion: He’s always looking forward, planning what can be done and working to put it into action.“A lot of the job is future planning because of the constant expansion of the campus,” Lee said. “Brainstorming, really trying to find ways to take the student and faculty experience with Hospitality to the next level.”According to Lee, this idea of expansion and innovation is what drew him to USC in the first place.“[I was drawn to] the passion that the hospitality team here has for innovating and trying to lead the way for the next generation,” Lee said. “The sky’s the limit with this type of environment and having the freedom to make conceptual ideas and turn them into reality is one of the most exciting things [about working here].”Kris Klinger, Lee’s supervisor and vice president of retail operations at USC, believes that Lee’s vision makes him more than just a competent manager.“He’s doing what a great leader does,” Klinger said. “He’s assessing and spending a lot of time with his team members, understanding why they do what they do and how they’re doing it.”Aside from his work with USC, Lee also sits on the Board of Directors of Juma Ventures, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps kids in urban areas overcome poverty and work toward a college education. Lee’s involvement is, according to him, a product of his belief in helping his community.“It’s very rewarding to be able to be part of [the process] and see some of the youth who, without the support of a company like Juma, would go down the wrong path,” Lee said. “Making a positive impact on students is what [I’m passionate] about.”Just as he sees a future for the students he helps through Juma Ventures, Lee clearly envisions a future for USC — and works to implement it every day through his work with USC Hospitality.“The goal is to be able to create the ultimate experience for the students,” Lee said.last_img read more

USC restructures Norman Topping Fund

first_imgProvost Michael Quick announced Friday that USC will be restructuring the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund to “more closely align it to the mission and core values of the University.” Christina Yokoyama, who has been working at the Topping Fund for 11 years, has been removed from her position. Photo courtesy of USC Faculty WebsiteTopping Fund changes.One of the changes to the Topping Fund was the elimination of the Topping director position, which has been held by Christina Yokoyama for 11 years. With the changes, Yokoyama will no longer be employed as director starting Feb. 1.Since 1972, the Topping Fund has served as a student-funded and student-led scholarship program for underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students. Through mentoring services, special programming and open-door advising, the Topping Fund has provided scholars with several resources on campus.“This is the only student-funded, student-led scholarship program of its kind in the country,” said senior Sabrina Enriquez, a Topping scholar who helped pen a letter to Provost Quick. The letter was signed by the Topping scholars as a plea for Quick to reverse the decision.“This decision is indicative of a shift of values and shows us that first-generation students and Topping scholars are no longer valued or supported by administration as we once were,” the letter stated.Quick, however, said in a memorandum addressed to the USC community that he made this decision in an effort to expand on the program while maintaining its history. “The core of the program is fantastic, and we have helped many students who are currently here and in the past,” said Andrea Hodge, vice provost of Undergraduate Programs. “They become a family of scholars, [and] we want to keep this family of scholars.”According to the Provost’s memorandum on Friday, the program has traditionally been offered to “a small number” of students.   “When you look at the history of [the Topping Fund], it was established to diversify the student population and be more than a scholarship program, and we can definitely increase the cohort size,” Hodge said.Hodge said she consulted with the USC Office of Admission, the USC Financial Aid Office and the USC Graduate and Undergraduate Student Governments to make changes in expanding the program to more students. However, many of the Topping Scholars expressed frustration with the decision to remove the position and Yokoyama, and also with being excluded from the decision process.“To bring in more students, in theory, is a really great idea,” Enriquez said. “To take one of our dedicated staffers who has really given her entire life to the program… it wouldn’t make sense that more students can be served with less [staff].”Yokoyama explained that there was a lack of communication between Quick, the Topping Scholars and the Topping Governing Board, a group of students who are responsible for shaping the program by reviewing student applications and selecting scholars. Although Hodge notified scholars that changes would be put into effect in the near future, Yokoyama said the elimination of her position was never discussed with her. “I was called [into a meeting] to be informed that the Topping Director position had been eliminated, which meant my termination,” Yokoyama said. “It wasn’t even a conversation. [Hodge] spoke to me for five minutes. When I asked questions like ‘Is my staff safe?’ or ‘What other changes have been proposed?’… They refused to answer any questions.”Many Topping Scholars and faculty members have stated their disapproval of Yokoyama’s firing, some penning letters to Provost Quick.Some letters described Yokoyama’s dedication and support to the Topping Family as invaluable. Letters from scholars, the Topping Fund Governing Board Chairs from the past decade and former Associate Topping Fund Director Felipe Martinez have been sent to the USC Provost. Former Associate Vice Provost Gene Bickers and former Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiative for Dornsife George Sanchez, who have worked with Topping scholars in the past, also expressed disagreement with the changes to the program.In a letter addressed to Quick and Vice Provost Elizabeth Graddy, Bickers and Sanchez asked for the Topping Governing Board to be involved with the decision-making process. “We believe this lack of consultation violates the unique governance model that has been in place for NTSAF since its creation nearly five decades ago,” the letter stated. “We believe it also contravenes assurances that were made to the board less than five years ago by Dr. Michael Quick in his role of Executive Vice Provost.”Topping Governing Board members will be meeting with Hodge Tuesday morning to further discuss the changes that are being made to the program, as well as concerns regarding the removal of Yokoyama’s position.“Many of our scholars have difficult situations that require more support than the average USC student,” Enriquez said. “What Christina does is not only get us in touch with all of these resources available to us that we may not know about, but she advocates on behalf of us. What we are essentially pleading is that they reverse the decision and reinstate not only the position of the director but that that director remains Christina.”Yokoyama said she will be meeting with Provost Quick on Friday.“This is a very significant, historical program, and it has been, because it is student-led,” Yokoyama said. “I’m dreading the changes to come and I’m very frustrated that these changes could not be shared with me or this division could not be worked on together, but instead it’s being taken over.”last_img read more