March 8, 2021 /Sports News – Local Pepperdine faces BYU in WCC finals Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP)-Pepperdine (12-11, 8-6) vs. No. 2 seed Brigham Young (19-5, 10-3)West Coast Conference Tourney Championship, Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada; Monday, 10 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: Pepperdine is set to face off against Brigham Young in the Championship of the WCC tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played on Jan. 27, when the Waves shot 42.4 percent from the field en route to a 76-73 victory.PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Each team has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Alex Barcello, Brandon Averette and Matt Haarms have combined to account for 47 percent of Brigham Young’s scoring this season and 50 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Pepperdine, Colbey Ross, Kessler Edwards and Jade’ Smith have combined to score 56 percent of the team’s points this season, including 59 percent of all Waves points over their last five.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Ross has accounted for 63 percent of all Pepperdine field goals over the last three games. Ross has 21 field goals and 28 assists in those games.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Cougars have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Waves. Brigham Young has an assist on 52 of 84 field goals (61.9 percent) over its past three games while Pepperdine has assists on 42 of 78 field goals (53.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Brigham Young is rated second among WCC teams with an average of 78.6 points per game. Brad James
Fire broke out at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre on Saturday 14th, with plumes of smoke reportedly visible. A inmate told independent news site Indymedia that the incident began around lunchtime, with detainees protesting over detention times. Detainees were held in an exercise yard during the incident. Violent disturbances were reported, with a number of inmates reportedly smashing furniture and climbing onto the roof. This is not the first time the controversial detention centre has seen such an incident. In July last year 26 people escaped after a fire, with 8 still on the run, and there have been two further incidents in the last 16 months. A Home Office spokesman said: “Police were asked by the UK BorderAgency for assistance and police have secured the perimeter, which hasnot been breached. Campsfield House is run by the UK branch of private American firm GEO Group Inc. “Specially trained prison officers have been sent to the site in riot gear in case they are needed to go inside.” It is believed small fires were started, but were limited to one block of the facility. There was a heavy police presence and 10 fire engines are understood to have attended, as well as a police helicopter and paramedics. One detainee was apparently seen being put into an ambulance. In a video investigation for Cherwell last term, Nejra Cehic uncovered allegations of violence within Campsfield House and examined the plight of failed asylum seekers.
This comes as Oxford University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr. David Prout calls for preparations to facilitate the transportation needs of employees returning to work. The University stated that they anticipate around 5,000 of 14,500 employees will begin commuting to work during the summer. However, as around 60% of employees live outside of a reasonable cycling range the release expressed the needs of Oxford employees for safe transportation. The Council is also placing an emphasis on ensuring that disabled people have access to shopping areas in the city centre. The Council has already hosted a workshop with disabled people to discuss this issue and are in talks with disability groups in Oxford. “Local businesses have sent a very clear signal,”said Councillor Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Memberfor Green Transport and Zero Carbon. “We’re seeing very high levels of supportfor more secure cycle, road closures and safety measures outside schools, newseparate and safe cycle ways, and new zones for outdoor tables and chairs. Ourclear aim is to make changes in the areas where we exercise control and tocontinue influencing our partners to use their powers in the interest of publicsafety.” “When shops reopen on 15 June, the city centre willbecome busier,” said Councillor Hayes. ”Social distancing protects publichealth, so we have to move quickly to ensure people minimise contact withothers. We’re moving quickly because there isn’t a lot of time left before thecity centre reopens, but we’re moving forward in cooperation, listening to andworking with local businesses to get things right.” Oxford City Council has recently begun to prepare the city for employees returning to work. Last week, the Council announced that it would commit £234,000 to kick start businesses for when shops can reopen in Oxford. The Council’s new changes will focus on makingspaces for cyclists and pedestrians more secure as citizens are being encouragedto avoid public transportation whenever possible. The focus of the Council’sefforts will be to ensure that cyclists and pedestrians can maintain socialdistancing while traveling. Efforts to maintain social distancing includethings such as increasing the number of bicycle parking spaces and in the citycentre and temporarily reallocating road space for pedestrians to have moreroom. In response to Oxford University’s statement on the transport needs of employees returning to work, Councillor Hayes expressed the urgency to implement social distancing measures in the city: “We have a tight deadline of 15 June, when the shops will be reopening, to prepare the city centre for an easing of the lockdown,” Hayes said. A letter from the University to the council stated that employees will need to use Park and Pedal – they will drive to the park and then cycle or walk the last few miles of their commute. This practice will become essential until the pandemic ends. For this plan to work, the Pro-Vice Chancellor expressed that more secure areas for employees to leave bikes overnight need to be established and safer, traffic regulated cycling routes from Park and Pedal sites to employment sites need to be increased. Image credit to Tejvan Pettinger “The return of a minimum of 5,000 University and Oxford college employees to work during the summer creates an additional pressure to put in place social distancing measures. We’ll continue to do all we can, committing significant funding to cycling and walking to prepare for 15 June. In line with Government guidance, heeding the calls of the University, and exercising influence over the local transport authority, Oxfordshire County Council, we are determined to ensure that the city centre and the people using it aren’t left unprepared for 15 June.” The Council has surveyed businesses in order to gain a better perspective on the measures needed for employees to safely return to work. In the City Council’s survey, to which 191 organisations responded, they found high levels of support for more secure cycling and road closures. Additionally, survey respondents highly favoured road closures and new zones for outdoor tables and chairs. Respondents of the survey include small and large retailers, NHS institutions, and University colleges.
IntroductionThank you, Jo.It is such a pleasure to be here today, supporting Spark21’s Levelling the Playing Field event. As we lead into the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 – which took the first steps in breaking down the barriers to the involvement of women in civic life, including in practising the law – I think it is important that we consider what ‘celebrating the past to the shape the future for women in law’ really means.It is an opportunity for each of us to re-examine and renew our commitment to a strong, equal and diverse legal profession.Gender inequality is an issue that affects all people and is not just “a struggle for women by women”, men need to be agents for change too.The trailblazers on this have of course been representatives of diverse groups themselves. From Eliza Orme – the first woman in England to gain a law degree, to Baroness Hale – the first woman Law Lord and later first woman President of the Supreme Court, the people who have led the way on this have done so by demonstrating the breadth of their talent.I think perhaps ‘champion’ is too grand a word but if I as the Lord Chancellor and a former solicitor myself can play a part in championing diversity in the legal profession then I will do so. And I don’t say that for its sake. I don’t say it because it’s trendy or because it is ‘the done thing’. I say it because I think it would be foolish not to do so.In fact, I would go so far as to say that maintaining the status quo could damage our potential as a nation. In that sense, this isn’t just an issue for the 47% of the UK workforce who are women – it’s one that 100% of us are invested in.In terms of the huge pool of female talent that exists in this country, McKinsey estimate that bridging the gender gap in work could add £150 billion to the UK economy by 2025 – £150 billion! That is a figure that we simply cannot afford to ignore.What’s more, companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15% more likely to have profits above their industry average. Those are astonishing figures and should serve as a call to arms to all of us that committing to gender equality – becoming champions for change – is the smart thing to do.A diverse justice system is a healthy oneI’m pleased to say that there is much for us to celebrate in terms of diversity in the legal profession. It is important we remember that for the first time in the UK’s history the Presidents of the three Law Societies are all women. It is encouraging to see our Law Societies not only lead in this area, but practice what they preach!More than 50% of all practising solicitors are women; while BAME lawyers now account for 21% of lawyers working in law firms. These figures surpass the UK generally where women make up 47% of the workforce; and BAME people make up 11% of the workforce.And this isn’t just encouraging because of the financial benefits it no doubt brings, it’s also crucial to maintaining healthy outcomes in justice – because a well-functioning justice system should accurately reflect the society it serves.Despite some encouraging progress in the legal profession, we can aim for more.The figures show us that the diversity of entrants to the profession is not where the problem is – it’s in the senior roles and leadership that gaps appear.When we look at the senior leadership in law firms, while women make up 59% of non-partner solicitors, they account for just a third of partners.In the biggest firms that figure falls to just 29%. And while figures at the Bar have been moving in the right direction over the last few years – with a greater proportion of female pupils than males – just 37% of barristers currently practising are women. And just under 15% of Queen’s Counsel are women.Judicial diversityThat means fewer women in the pipeline of candidates to join the judiciary. Appointing by merit is, of course, the most important criterion for retaining the quality, independence and impartiality of our judges. But we should remove the barriers to talented women and other under-represented groups applying to join the judiciary. That’s why government, alongside the legal professional bodies, judicial representatives and the Judicial Appointments Commission, supports the work of the Judicial Diversity Forum. At its heart, the forum aims to remove the barriers to talented women and other under-represented groups applying to join the judiciary.I am particularly pleased that we’ve gone from having just one female justice in the Supreme Court to now having three. However there is more to do.I know the Lord Chief Justice shares this view. That’s why the Judicial Diversity Committee, chaired by Lady Justice Hallett, run a number of schemes to encourage and support under-represented groups. As well as pre-application seminars, the Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme provides insight into the work of judges and the Judicial Mentoring Scheme ensures there are role models for lawyers intending to apply for their first judicial appointment. They also run an annual support programme for women and other under-represented groups interested specifically in applying to the Deputy High Court Judge selection exercise.In April this year I announced Ministry of Justice funding for the Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme. The programme is the first joint initiative of the Judicial Diversity Forum, designed to support and encourage lawyers from under-represented groups to apply for judicial roles.We are working with the senior judiciary, Judicial College, Judicial Appointments Commission and the legal professional bodies to develop an online learning platform and judge facilitated discussion groups which will launch in the Spring.And I do think it is absolutely right that we encourage people from across the legal professions – including solicitors and other non-barristers – to apply for judicial roles. The government will therefore be doing everything it can to promote people from all legal backgrounds bringing their talent and skills to strengthen the judiciary. To this end we are working with the Law Society, who have kindly agreed to chair and host a joint roundtable for senior partners and law firms to explore what support is needed to encourage more solicitors to apply for judicial office.Broad leadership will bring lasting changeUltimately, turning the dial on diversity in the legal profession requires a joined up and wide-ranging response from us in government and the profession itself.Some of the figures highlighting the disparities in the profession are stark but I think the legal profession has a real opportunity to blaze a trail on this. And I’m pleased to say that it is already doing some amazing work to address the issue head on.The Law Society’s recently published ‘Women in Leadership in Law: Toolkit’ is one example of that work and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t seen it to contact the Law Society for a copy. It not only brings together research and key statistics on female diversity in the law, it also gives practical advice on the challenges – in unconscious bias, the gender pay gap, flexible working, and best practice – that the profession faces in tackling the diversity question.I want to pay tribute to Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society, not just for getting the Toolkit published, but in her wider leadership on this issue, where she is making women in leadership in law a key theme of her tenure. That drive for change should inspire others to follow suit.As one of the oldest and most recognised professions in the world, it would be fitting for the legal sector to lead the way on this more generally in our country – in making progress on diversity not just for its sake but in the interests of excellence.We must all promote diversity throughout the law. I really want to see things change so that it’s the norm to see women at the very top of their professions, rather than a rarity.ConclusionAs we head into 2019 and mark the centenary of women being able to practise law in this country, I think it is absolutely right that we renew our commitment to diversity within the legal profession. My message is clear – this isn’t a ‘nice to have’ and we should not be paying lip service to it. A truly diverse legal profession is absolutely crucial to maintaining and improving the performance of our sector.When we consider that legal services is currently worth £24 billion every year to our economy, it would be remiss of us to ignore how that figure could grow if we encouraged a more diverse workforce. The potential for adding billions to the economy by 2025 is too big a prize to pass up – certainly not for the sake of maintaining a tired and outdated status quo.By making sure that the profession mirrors the make-up of our society as it exists today, we can build trust in a system that works for all people – no matter their gender, ethnicity, sexuality or any other factor.Together we can show real leadership on this issue, demonstrating its practical benefits to become one of the leading lights on diversity in our country as a whole. I know that’s what our legal profession is capable of and I am committing myself anew to doing everything I can to support it in that endeavour.
More than a billion people are now living with high blood pressure worldwide—most in low and middle-income countries, according to a new study led by Majid Ezzati, adjunct professor of global health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Published Nov. 15, 2016 in The Lancet, the study found that the number of people with high blood pressure has nearly doubled in the past 40 years, with the burden shifting to poorer countries—particularly in Asia, which was home to half of the world’s adults with high blood pressure in 2015. The United States, Canada, and South Korea had the lowest rates in the world.“When you look at this globally, blood pressure is a condition of poverty, not affluence,” Ezzati, who also is a professor of global environmental health at Imperial College London, said in an interview with CNN. He attributed this trend to differences in healthy food options and access to health services.Other Harvard Chan School researchers who contributed to the study include: Goodarz Danaei, Kaveh Hajifathalian, Yanping Li, the late Dimitrios Trichopoulos, Peter Ueda, and Damaskini Valvi. Read Full Story
Gartner Recognizes Dell EMC as a Leader in the First Ever Distributed File Systems and Object Storage Magic Quadrant
Source: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File System and Object Storage, October 2016. http://www.gartner.com/reprints/v16?id=1-3HYASF6&ct=160919&st=sbIt is no secret that the shift to digital transformation is taking businesses to new levels…and IT is the enabler. Here at Dell EMC, we have dedicated ourselves to helping our customers reach their goals with the technology and services to transform their businesses not only for today, but also well into the future.Isilon is a well-established, market-leading product, with more than 10 years of market growth. With over 7,000 customers, Isilon continues to rapidly evolve and innovate to meet customers’ growing demands for storing and analyzing file-based workloads. Isilon provides multi-protocol support, combined with enterprise-grade data management, protection and security that helps customers eliminate silos and consolidate their NAS infrastructure.ECS is designed specifically for next-generation apps that demand massive unstructured data storage capacity, global access and cloud scale economics. In addition to object protocols, ECS supports file and Hadoop (HDFS) which enable customers to consolidate data from multiple sources into one, single, global cloud. With ECS as one object storage platform for all data, customers can free up primary storage, modernize existing applications, and accelerate cloud native application development using a consumption model of their choice, as an appliance, software running on Dell servers or as a service.Dell EMC holds leadership position in a total of 20 Gartner Magic Quadrants and we can now add this new report to our list of industry recognition. This standout position in Gartner’s latest report lets the world know what our customers are experiencing every day—that Dell EMC delivers world-class products to meet business needs today, tomorrow and beyond. This recognition supports our belief that no other vendor is better equipped to enable digital transformation than Dell EMC.Read the complete report here: http://www.gartner.com/reprints/v16?id=1-3HYASF6&ct=160919&st=sbThis graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Dell EMC.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Worldwide Scale-Out NAS Vendor Revenue (US$M), IDC Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, June 2016 Dell EMC has earned a leader position in the first ever Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. We concur with the Gartner assessment that growing data absolutely necessitates storage solutions that address the needs of many use cases with low acquisition and operational costs. We believe Dell EMC is positioned in the upper right corner of the Leaders Quadrant today because of our ability to meet this need.This report evaluates Distributed File and Object Storage vendors that help customers deal with the rapid growth in unstructured data. Isilon, the industry leader in scale-out NAS storage, and Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), were both recognized as leaders in this Gartner report. We believe this recognition demonstrates our industry-leading capabilities to help prepare our customers for their digital future. Isilon and ECS help customers drive their IT and business transformation by providing storage efficiency, performance, global access and reliability at scale and economics that businesses demand. Underpinning the Dell EMC Data Lake, Isilon is the foundation for building out a consolidated single pool of storage for file-based data, while ECS combines public cloud storage features and economics with private cloud benefits.
As a member of the LGBTQ community and a proud 19-year tenure at Dell, I am excited to take a few moments to reflect on what this year’s Dell Pride month theme, “Pride Beyond Borders,” means.Personally, I have had the honor of being on the leadership team of Dell Pride Employee Resource Group (ERGs) for the last six years and being a Global Lead for the ERG for last four years. Over that time, I have seen the growth of the Pride ERG chapters globally across Europe, Latin America, and most recently into our Asia Pacific region with the addition of Sydney, Australia. The energy and dedication from locations like Nashville, Tennessee; Panama City, Panama; Montpelier, France and Sydney, Australia takes the Dell Pride experience to a higher level and greater visibility for the work Dell is doing to support the LGBTQ community around the world.To me, “Pride Beyond Borders” means sharing the inclusive spirit I have experienced at Dell across the world and seeing how our global team members share their pride both internally at Dell and externally in their communities. Dell is a place where differences are understood and celebrated and contribute to it being a great place to work.With this in mind, as the global Pride leader, I thought it was important to ask Dell Pride members across the globe what “Pride Beyond Borders” means to them. Here is what a few of them had to say:Kusko – Round Rock, Texas, USA:Processed with MOLDIVHaving Pride Beyond Borders means having the ability to be an Adventuring Humanitarian, dressed as a whimsical tiger going around the world spreading love and acceptance and “tiger nabbing” landmarks by snapping an epic selfie. Happy Tiger Tales is about joyfully “tiger nabbing famous places around the world, with a single goal of connecting humanity through happiness. People see a tiger, and want to interact, say hi, give you a hug, or high five, but they don’t see a race, religion, sex, they just see a happy tiger. Beyond tiger nabbing and adventure racing, the tiger has created virtual reality experiences for a local children’s hospital, volunteered in a village in Nepal and speaks about “Impact Beyond Purpose.” To date, for Happy Tiger Tales, traveled over 200,000 miles, tiger nabbed hundreds of places and given a gazillion hugs to thousands of strangers. Dell encourages me to be the best version of myself, every day! Everyone, anywhere can join the journey, and it’s easy to do on both Instagram and Facebook, just follow “HAPPY TIGER TALES.” Our intention is simply to connect humanity through happiness and inspire curiosity and kindness everywhere.Hugues Chabannes, Montpellier, France:At Dell, I can be who I am and talk about my personal life without fear. Our organization pays a lot of attention to LGBTQ people so that they feel recognized for who they are and so that they are not discriminated against.The Pride ERG is very well structured locally but also at a global level and its representatives play a key role as ambassadors of the LGBTQ community internally and externally. Personally, I think it’s a real chance to have such a community available at Dell as a gay person.Isabel KennerTechnical Training Advisor | Pride APJC Regional Program Manager:Ever since I told my manager and my supervisor via email that I was transgender, that I would like to be called Isabel ongoing and that I’d like to have she/her pronouns used when referring to me, I’ve had no concern that being myself at work was an issue. Both of my managers acknowledged my email and have not ONCE used my old name or old pronouns since. I know for certain how hard this is to do and I appreciate it IMMENSELY.Since my transition I have traveled to China, Japan and Bangalore and had not only no issues in any Dell office, but I have made so many friends through Pride in those countries and closer to home. We even had a team from the USA in our offices on a project during IDAHOBIT and they were so impressed with the rainbow level in the Sydney office that we went out on their last free night to have a look at Oxford Street (Sydney’s QUILTBAG+ heartland & the main Mardi Gras parade route). So to my managers and to the people I have become friends with or just better friends with because of Pride. I want to say a HUGE thank you for being you and thank you for letting me be me.As you all take a minute to recognize and celebrate Pride month, we’d love to hear from all of you—what does Pride Beyond Borders mean to you? #BeYourself #PrideatDell
A new movement to secure and protect scientific information some fear will be lost throughout the Trump Administration is gaining traction across the United States.Guerrilla archiving, the effort to copy government website data onto independent servers, hopes to safeguard irreplaceable scientific information from political interference.Some environmentalists think the notoriously climate-hostile Trump Administration will intentionally delete public data on climate change, pollution, renewable energy, and more. Yet most do not see the malicious deleting of data as a threat due to the high risk of political backlash.Instead, environmentalists are scared that valuable information will be lost through the chaos of transition, downsizing of the Environmental Protection Agency, and environmental deregulation. Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and journalist who helped launch the guerrilla archiving movement explains, “the biggest concern is that, either through budget cuts or neglect or tough changing priorities, some data is lost or at least access to it is lost.”Surprisingly enough, there is no federal system in place to protect and archive government website material. Indeed in 2008, the National Archives and Records Administration controversially decided to not record snapshots of government webpages.In December, the University of Toronto formally kicked off the movement with a conference entitled “Guerrilla Archiving: Saving Environmental Data from the Trump Administration.” The event was co-hosted by Internet Archive, a San Francisco based nonprofit that aims to archive United States Government websites that are at risk during political transitions.The event brought together a wide range of participants: scientists, coders, librarians, archivers, and many other tech savvy types. Decentralized in nature, the conference allowed different groups to focus on varying infrastructure priorities or policy areas.Librarians made sure data was correctly archived so it could still be used in professional research. Coders worked to streamline the data harvesting process. Scientists pinpointed certain research areas and datasets that could be at risk. Everyone had a place at the table.Since the Toronto event, similar action days have sprung up across the country, primarily in cities with burgeoning tech industries. In March, there will be guerrilla archiving events in New Haven, Ct., Madison, Wi., and Houston, Tx.Guerrilla archiving workflow has also been formalized for the masses through a custom built “Archivers” app. The mobile app allows individuals to check what government websites are yet to be archived and to then feed pages into Internet Archive’s End of Term database. If the specific page is too complex to download, the page can be flagged for further technical attention.Through action events and the Archive app, guerrilla archiving aims to empower citizens to secure and protect federal digital records–records that are not only important to our Earth, but our collective history.
THE Australian government has unveiled its plan to force tech giants such as Google and Facebook to pay news outlets for their content. Facebook and Google strongly oppose the proposal, even suggesting they could walk away from Australia’s news market. Frydenberg said the code of conduct – drafted by Australia’s competition regulator – would be debated by parliament. The code will initially focus on Google and Facebook but could be expanded to other tech companies, the treasurer said. (BBC) It could impose “substantial penalties” worth hundreds of millions of dollars on tech companies which fail to comply, he said. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the “world-leading” draft code of conduct aimed to give publishers “a level playing field to ensure a fair go.” Many news outlets have shut or shed jobs this year amid falling profits.
RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Members of law enforcement have worked continuously since late Friday after the police action shooting near Holton.According to Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney, Ric Hertel, the initial call came as a result of a domestic altercation that had taken place at the residence.Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the residence which led to the homeowner, Timothy Bowman, firing at the officers.Bowman was struck by return fire from law enforcement and then remained in his home until later that night when he ultimately surrendered to the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team.Two search warrants were authorized that night by Judge Sharp to search for and seize any evidence of a crime including firearms and ammunition along with Bowman.Those were served that night into the next day.Hertel noted that he will meet with detectives from the Indiana State Police as their investigation continues to determine appropriate charges.That decision may come as early as this week.