Belles celebrate freedom

first_imgIn honor of the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s ratification yesterday, the Center for Academic Innovation at Saint Mary’s College hosted “Constitution Day 2012: Reflections on the Letter and the Spirit of the U.S. Constitution.” Associate professor of communication studies Michael Kramer coordinated the day, including a panel in the Haggar College Center that featured veteran reporter and communication studies professor Susan Baxter, history professor Edith Miguda and political science professor Sean Savage. Baxter reflected on the importance of the Constitution in terms of her experiences as a reporter. Baxter said it was the right of the public to be present at city council meetings unless certain requirements and processes are followed to close the session. Baxter said at one meeting she refused to leave, and the mayor told her the next time she refused she would be arrested. “I told [the mayor] to prepare the sheriff because I’m not leaving,” Baxter said. “I thought ‘Wow, I’m going to jail for the Constitution.’” Baxter said the right to be present at public meetings is important to the freedom of speech. “Many times these public meetings are not important, but when they are, people need to know,” said Baxter. Miguda also emphasized the importance of protecting the Constitution. “The spirit of the Constitution is the spirit that lets us defend it,” Miguda stated. “The U.S. Constitution is exemplary in how we [Americans] defend it.” Savage spoke about how Americans have different ways of interpreting the document. “No matter how Americans differ [the constitution] is supposed to be the one thing that we have in common,” Savagedsaid. “It unites the U.S. in a basic document but it sustains an ongoing debate.” Savage said the Constitution is strong and that unlike the United States, other countries will often go through and review the wording of their respective constitutions. “We, [the United States], don’t do that,” Savage said. “We only added about 17 amendments since [the Bill of Rights]. …Maybe [the Constitution] unites us because we are always disagreeing about what it means.” Contact Sarah Swiderski at [email protected]last_img read more

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British racecourses appoint i-neda for forthcoming pool betting operation

first_img Related Articles Irish racing cancelled as Varadkar increases COVID-19 measures March 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Paris tracks face second shutdown as government changes coronavirus policy May 20, 2020 Share Share BHA extends racing suspension beyond end of April April 16, 2020 Submit British racecourses have appointed i-neda to provide technology support for the sport’s forthcoming pool betting operation. This means that the company will provide the technology platform for the new pool betting operation which is set to go live across the bulk of British racecourses in July 2018. UK based i-neda was founded in 2002 and has extensive experience of delivering pool betting solutions in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. Since 2009 i-neda has provided Tote Ireland with its online wagering solution for online users across platforms in addition to account management, call centre and payment management systems. The i-neda systems have managed over 30 million transactions and it’s now the largest provider of international pool bets for British Racing, with customers including the likes of OPAP in Greece and MaltCo in Malta. In addition, i-neda provides the total wagering solution for British Racing’s largest international customer, the Israel Sports Betting Board.Nigel Roddis, Managing Director of the Project Steering Board which is overseeing British Racing’s future pool betting operation, said: “After an extensive tender process we are delighted to have appointed i-neda. The company has the experience and innovative approach that will help ensure we develop a technology infrastructure that will provide a first -class customer betting experience. “We are aiming for this to enhance the appeal and experience of betting on racing for existing and new fans of the sport. We look forward to providing further details about our plans in due course.” Martin Pickering, i-neda CEO, commented: “We are pleased to be have been selected as the technology provider for this exciting project.  Our development team and support staff, based in Farnborough, have a proven track record of delivering successful, innovative wagering solutions and we look forward to playing our part in this landmark project for British Racing.”As of the time of writing, a total of 54 racecourses have signed commitments to launch this new service. These include those under the banners of Jockey Club Racecourses, such as Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and both Newmarket racecourses; and Arena Racing Company, including Chepstow, Doncaster and Lingfield Park; large independent tracks including the likes of Goodwood, Newbury and York; smaller independent courses Cartmel, Ludlow, Plumpton and Salisbury; and all of Scottish Racing: Ayr, Hamilton Park, Kelso, Perth and Musselburgh.last_img read more

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Fading Clippers can’t slow Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins in loss to Timberwolves

first_img Danilo Gallinari says he hopes to return to Clippers’ lineup by month’s end Neither team led by more than six points until the Wolves awoke early in the third quarter and used a 13-0 run to build a 72-59 advantage.Just as they did on Sunday night to make a non-competitive matchup with Houston close in the waning minutes after the Rockets agitated them with some rough stuff, the Wolves snapped back when the Clippers engaged them in some extra-physical play. Towns took his share of hard contact underneath from the much burlier Jordan and Montrezl Harrell. Gibson and Teague each had blood drawn by inadvertent elbows or forearms to the face.“They noticed that it was a physical game, and they went out and got more physical,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We went the other way.”WINNING WITH WIGGINSThe Wolves are 5-5 without Butler, who’s out following knee surgery. Wiggins made all three of his 3-point attempts in the third, and he matched his career high with three blocked shots while displaying energy and hustle on both ends of the floor. At one point in that quarter, he harassed Austin Rivers from end to end and nearly stole the ball from the coach’s son, an effort that brought the crowd and the team to life.Related Articles PreviousTimberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) is fouled by Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives on Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves Derrick Rose (25) is called for a charge on Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns dunks in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns dunks in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (0) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) loses the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Sean Kilpatrick (2) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots under pressure from Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks against against Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns drives on Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the second quarter of Tuesday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) is fouled by Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)NextShow Caption1 of 14Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) is fouled by Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — The Clippers’ push for a playoff berth is running into trouble, and if they’re now having trouble mustering the intensity to match an equally desperate opponent, they have bigger issues.The intensity for Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves that has been inconsistently present with All-Star Jimmy Butler out was on full display, and a critical matchup with the Clippers brought out their best.Karl-Anthony Towns racked up 30 points and 10 rebounds for his NBA-best 60th double-double and Wiggins scored 27 points in an all-around performance, leading the Timberwolves to a 123-109 victory on Tuesday night that stretched their lead over the Clippers to three games.“It’s just desperation,” Wiggins said. “We know that we needed this game. They’re right behind us.” Jeff Teague pitched in 20 points and 12 assists for the Timberwolves, who swept the four-game season series and sent the weary Clippers to their fourth consecutive loss on the commencement of a four-game, six-night trip.“Everybody had to be in. You can’t have half the group playing with urgency, half the group not playing with it,” said Clippers sixth man Lou Williams, who had 15 points.Former Clipper Jamal Crawford scored 20 points on his 38th birthday and Taj Gibson had 15 points as the Timberwolves (41-31) crept into seventh place in the Western Conference, one-half game behind New Orleans and San Antonio and one-half game ahead of Utah. Denver (38-33) is ninth. The Clippers (37-33) dropped to 10th place.DeAndre Jordan led the way for the Clippers with 18 points and 12 rebounds, but Tobias Harris played with flu-like symptoms and finished with only 10 points on 5-for-16 shooting, missing all five of his 3-point tries.“I just felt like I’ve got to be there for my teammates, and whatever I could bring, just bring it,” Harris said. “That’s it. It was a rough night.”center_img “He’s one of those guys who doesn’t show a lot of emotion, but when you see him make a play like that, you get excited,” Teague said.Wiggins has scored 20 or more points in nine of his last 11 games, going 21 for 45 from 3-point range in that span.“I believe in him. I think our whole team believes he can knock down (3-pointers),” Teague said.Said Gibson: “If you want to go to the playoffs, you’ve got to grow up. Plain and simple. He’s been doing a good job.”CLIPPED OFFThe Clippers have recovered deftly from their 8-15 start, their record after a 113-107 loss at home to the Timberwolves on Dec. 6, and withstood the departure via trade of former franchise cornerstone Blake Griffin, but they’ve left themselves with no room in this postseason race for even a mini-slump.After praising his team’s competitiveness amid the slew of injuries before the game, Rivers called this defeat the most disappointing of the season. He removed his starters with 7:24 remaining.“There was going to be no magic wand. I figured, take them out,” he said.POSTSEASON POSITIONINGThe Timberwolves have the schedule in their favor in their quest to make the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, with eight of their final 10 games against teams below the cut for the postseason. They play Denver, one of their closest competitors, twice. But there are six other matchups against opponents whose next drama will be the draft lottery.The Clippers have 12 games left, with nine against teams on a postseason track plus one against the Nuggets. This matchup in Minnesota began a stretch of six out of seven games on the road.Denver also has a difficult 11-game slate remaining, with only two matchups, Wednesday at Chicago and April 7 at the Clippers, coming against opponents currently outside the top eight in either conference. The Nuggets, too, have five stops left on a seven-game trip to finish the month.TIP-INSClippers: Jordan’s streak of 15 or more rebounds ended at 10 straight games, which matched the longest run of his career and the most by any active NBA player. … Harrell, who had 24 points against Portland on Sunday and was in double digits in 24 of his last 30 games, had nine points on 3-for-9 shooting.Timberwolves: Derrick Rose, who had nine points in six minutes, sprained his right ankle in the second quarter and didn’t return. Rose, who joined the team less than two weeks ago, had 14 points in 19 minutes against the Rockets. … The Wolves are 9-3 when Teague has 20 or more points. … The Wolves improved to 30-15 against the Western Conference this season. They’ve swept the Clippers two other times in franchise history, in 1997-98 and 2003-04.UP NEXTClippers: At Milwaukee on Wednesday night.Timberwolves: At New York on Friday night. 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