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‘Environment is fine’ claims eco-sceptic

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A Unique Performer: Emily Tutnick’s road to becoming the USC Marching Band’s twirler

first_imgBeing the USC twirler Gameday “[ASU] was a stepping stone for me to come to USC,” Tutnick said. “That’s probably one of my favorite parts, seeing everybody getting hyped up and tailgating and having a really good time before the game starts,” she said. Tutnick spends upwards of 20 hours per week on perfecting her craft. At practice, she typically focuses on set routines that she will use in competition, rather than on the field. In competitions, twirlers are deducted points for mistakes, so she must stick to a set routine. During her senior year of high school, Tutnick applied to USC with dreams of twirling for the Trojan Marching Band. When she didn’t get in, she attended Arizona State to focus on academics with her sights still set on being a Trojan. Becoming the USC twirler Tutnick and the band perform for the majority of the day and don’t get to relax until after the postgame concert — which, as Tutnick attests, is much more enjoyable when USC wins. The band gathers around the student section and triumphantly plays songs that the crowd wants to hear. Without fail, the band plays the alma mater and “Fight Song,” but this time allows for the band to incorporate popular songs like “Heartbreaker.” But Tutnick still needed to try out. She showed up to Brittingham Field one day over the summer and performed in front of the marching band. Keeping in line with its culture, the decision was up to the student members. “[The band] is really student-oriented, which is cool,” Tutnick said. “But it was really nerve-wracking being judged by [my] peers.” The band members erupted into cheers as Tutnick bowed to close her tryout performance. Eight years of twirling experience had led to this moment. Before fans even consider rolling out of bed and sporting their USC attire on gameday, Tutnick is already hard at work with the Trojan Marching Band. Practice starts at 6:30 a.m. before getting into the various festivities of the day. As many professional baseball players do by hitting off a tee to start practice, Tutnick begins practices by rehearsing the most fundamental skills of twirling before getting to the flashy, “big” tricks. “When you play basketball and you dribble the ball, you dribble every single day,” Tutnick said. “It’s a basic level skill. I do that too, but just with twirling.” Achieving her goal of twirling for USC hasn’t slowed down Tutnick’s mental and physical preparation. Two batons float down from 20 feet in the air and hit the grass after flying in and out of USC twirler Emily Tutnick’s hands for a solid minute while the Trojan Marching Band plays “Tribute to Troy” in the background. She grabs the last baton before it hits the ground and wraps up her routine with a spin and a bow, as if the drops were all planned. Although many aspects are similar between the two settings in which she performs, Tutnick engages in a different mindset during a performance at a USC football game in front of the roaring crowd of the Coliseum. Tutnick walks to her coach, Liane Aramaki, breathing heavily with the same natural smile she keeps on her face while performing. Aramaki hands her a water bottle and a towel, which Tutnick accepts with the fierce intensity of a fighter between rounds. It’s a typical Tuesday evening band practice at Cromwell Field, and Tutnick, now a sophomore, is preparing for USC’s homecoming football game, where she will entertain tens of thousands of fans before kickoff and during halftime. After eight years of field and competitive twirling, she sees the Coliseum stage as the peak of her twirling career. “[Tutnick is] an athlete who loves to perform [and] works diligently to perfect the skills of her sport,” Aramaki said. “Emily started twirling at a much older age than a lot of her competitors, and she was very adamant in being able to compete at the elite level in a very short time,” Aramaki said. “She had also once said that she would be the featured twirler for the USC Trojan Marching Band, and she would do whatever it took to get there.” “I really want younger girls that see us as college university twirlers to be able to say ‘I wanna go there’ or ‘I wanna be like [her],” Tutnick said. Though she strives for perfection in every aspect of her routine, mistakes happen. To Tutnick, it doesn’t matter how she falls, but rather how she gets up.   “If I drop [the baton] on the field, I will attempt to make it look like I did it on purpose rather than just looking at it and picking it up and moving on,” Tutnick said. Twirler mentality Fans and alumni come up to Tutnick at rallies and voice their satisfaction in finally having a twirler back in the marching band. Up until 2013, the Trojan Marching Band had one to  four twirlers each year. However, the last five years saw a blank space on the field where Tutnick now stands with her gold attire reflecting the Coliseum lights amidst a sea of red when the band formation spells out “Trojans.” “Coming to USC was not only because I wanted to,” she said. “It’s because it’s good for the community, and it creates this image that another twirler can come in after me.” “Field twirling is different because I have creative freedom, so I get to have fun,” Tutnick said. It has taken some time, but Emily Tutnick has taken the role she always wanted. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan) USC has a reputation in the twirling community for being extremely hard to get into and the band has no way of pulling applications through. USC is seen as a far reach and many twirlers are discouraged from applying. Tutnick didn’t want it to stay that way. “The night games can be like 17 hours,” Tutnick said. “It’s really long, but I have so much fun, so it’s all worth it.” All of this makes for a long Saturday, but Tutnick wouldn’t have it any other way. While Tutnick is proud to twirl for her school, she sees a greater need to represent other twirlers. Tutnick started as a gymnast when she was just two-years-old, but she stuck with the sport for 10 years. She always thought her tumbling skills would carry her into high school cheerleading until her mother didn’t want her to. They decided to find another way for her to represent her school, and Tutnick fell in love with twirling while in a small baton class in Phoenix. Having built a relationship with the marching band during recruitment, she reached out when she received her acceptance to transfer to USC as an international relations global business major, after one year at ASU. Tutnick wants the little 10-year old girls who slick their hair back in tight buns and spend hours juggling batons to set their goals and accomplish them — just like she did. While the Spirit of Troy has a packed day with many performances, Tutnick’s favorite aspect of the bands pregame rituals is the march to the Coliseum. The band walks through campus on its way to the game blaring popular Trojan classics including “Tribute to Troy” and “Fight On.” last_img read more

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)…Change is on the way

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 The online gambling sector recorded 60,500 complaints in 2016 across 791 licensed activities or 76.5 complaints per activity over the year. The Commission suggests that this larger figure may indicate that it is easier to recognise and record complaints made online than in retail premises where some complaints may be dealt with in the course of general customer service. However, it maintains that the figure is still lower than it would expect. Related Articles UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020center_img David CliftonLast month the Gambling Commission announced the results of its review of complaints processes in the gambling industry, carried out one year after the introduction of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme.As matters stand, ADR providers can look only at disputes about the outcome of a gambling transaction, rather than the way a gambling business is being run, which is instead a matter for the Commission as a regulator of the gambling industry. However, a downside for the consumer is that:the Commission does not provide a complaints service and will not investigate individual complaints andwhere a ruling on the outcome of a transactional dispute may depend on the outcome of an investigation into an operator by the Commission or by another body, it is difficult for ADR providers to adjudicate.None of this prevents the consumer from taking their complaint to court whether they are dissatisfied with the outcome of an ADR provider’s decision, or for any other reason, but that will usually be a costly exercise, something that the ADR process is supposed to prevent.The Commission says that its review has:shown that currently, “the complaints system in the gambling industry is not working for consumers, who have found it difficult to access, time-consuming to use, and they question whether it is independent and transparent” andidentified “a clear need for both gambling businesses and ADR providers to improve the way they handle consumer disputes”.The Commission certainly has the power to bring about such improvements because it is not only able to impose more rigorous requirements on operators pursuant to the LCCP but it is also responsible for approving ADR providers pursuant to a process that requires providers to meet, and to continue to meet, requirements of impartiality, fairness and independence.Currently, there are eleven such approvals, although the Commission reports that in the year to 30 September 2016:IBAS dealt with 93.6% of all disputes in the British gambling sector,eCOGRA dealt with second largest number of disputes with 5.2% of the total,the remaining 1.2% of disputes were split over a further six ADR providers andthree providers did not receive any disputes between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.This review has been conducted against a backdrop of concerns on the part of the Commission about what it perceives to be an increasing lack of public trust in gambling operators. It cites recent survey data showing that 61% of respondents who gambled during 2007 thought that gambling was fair and could be trusted, whereas by 2016, only 38% of respondents thought this to be the case.In addition, the Commission says that last year it received nearly 77,000 contacts from members of the public, representing an increase of over 300% on the last two years, as a result of which it has concluded that existing complaints arrangements in the sector are not meeting consumer needs. In addition, it has concerns that the number of disputes recorded:by non-remote operators has increased from 4,548 in 2014 to 11,398 in 2016 andby remote operators has increased from 10,635 in 2015 to 12,100 in 2016.The Commission wants gambling operators to take complaints more seriously by operating complaints procedures that are “genuinely accessible and give consumers trust that their concerns have been listened to and acted upon in a timely way”. It wants ADR providers to consider whether they are doing enough to help raise standards in this industry and to ask themselves whether (a) they could do more to drive change by sharing learning from complaints and (b) their processes and contractual arrangements with operators allow them to consider complaints fully, independently and transparently.For its own part, the Commission intends to put in place rules and standards that support and, where necessary, require more comprehensive approaches to complaints handling by both operators and ADR providers.We can expect that this will include the following:in order to make it easier for consumers to make complaints, introduction during the middle of this year of “Resolver”, an online tool that supports consumers to raise complaints and is independent from gambling businesses; already in use in a number of sectors, including energy suppliers (for example, British Gas, EDF Energy), public services (for example, HM Passport Office, DVLA) and others, it explains the consumer’s rights in simple terms, helps the consumer to prepare an email using a template, allows the consumer to record all communications in the same place, creates a case file for the consumer and tells the consumer when to escalate their case to the next stage,subject to consultation, improved instructions to operators how and when to send correct data to the Commission and, possibly, a new requirement for operators to provide more information in their complaints policies and to make them more visible,a possible reduction or limit in the number of approved ADR providers, coupled with a framework of requirements including standards around customer service, decision making, and supporting the gambling industry, anda review of governance arrangements intended to (a) make the role of an ADR provider clearer, (b) improve consistency, and (c) help to reassure consumers that a provider is independent of the gambling business.The Commission’s review document (that can be read in its entirety on our website via the link at http://cliftondavies.com/review-complaints-) also reveals the following information that is directly relevant for betting operators.The largest number of complaints made in retail gambling are in the betting sector, which the Commission says is not surprising because there are more betting shops than other licensed gambling premises – for example, there are 8,709 betting shops compared with 575 bingo premises and 148 casinos in Great Britain. However, the Commission has concerns about the accuracy of the complaints data that operators are reporting. It states that data provided by betting shops indicates that on average only 3.3 complaints per shop went unresolved at the first stage of their complaints resolution process in the whole of 2016 – a figure that it considers to be “unrealistically low”. It says that figures are similarly low for the number of disputes recorded, and the number of disputes referred to ADR providers, which it believes may indicate that operators are not reporting or recording the information properly rather than that there are few unresolved complaints. terms of bonus or promotional offerdisputed bet instructions, or criteria to settle bets/gambling transactionsdisputed prices of betscustomer identity checks andlate bets.The Commission intends to work closely with gambling operators, ADR providers, trade associations and consumers and their representatives to make improvements to the existing ADR system and, come what may, change is clearly on the way._________________________David Clifton – Director – Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share The Commission also points out the most prolific issues identified by IBAS were:last_img read more

Grupo Nación serves up a cooking school

first_imgWhat Sabores calls its classroom is actually a spacious kitchen with stainless steel and cutting-edge stoves, ovens and tools that make it seem more like a five-star restaurant than a school. It’s surrounded on three sides by large glass windows that allow visitors to watch gastronomy in progress. Still, the learning environment is intimate. Each class has a maximum of 12 students along with two instructors. “We don’t want big classes. Why? To facilitate better understanding, personalize the experience, and allow people to feel comfortable cooking,” Castiñeira said.Sabores offers classes for a wide range of people, from lifelong foodies to complete amateurs. For those who want the full experience, the school gives classes at three different levels: basic, intermediate and advanced. Three-hour classes are held once a week for eight weeks, and are available in morning, afternoon or night sessions at $480 for the whole shebang. Chefs from around the world with years of experience teach lessons on presentation, technique, flavor and the execution of a meal. The school also offers more intensive courses on specific international cuisines, which last only a couple of sessions and run between $120 and $220. Want to learn how to cook Lebanese food? Gluten-free treats? Want to understand the difference between Malbec and Cabernet? Whatever excites your palate, Sabores likely has a class to satisfy it. In addition to high-quality utensils, cooking technology and instruction, the school also provides students with the highest quality ingredients to make their meals. The cost includes the cleanup process as well: Students aren’t even required to do their own dishes.Despite all the frills, the school is currently unrecognized by the Education Ministry and lacks accreditation from the government. In fact, Coronado’s Culinary Trainer School is the only school in the country certified to produce professional chefs.For Sabores to become an accredited institution, it would need the support of the Education Ministry and certification from the Pan-American Forum of Gastronomic Professional Associations. This involves rigorous evaluation of the curriculum and the entire program, and requires all instructors to be certified.Sabores administrators acknowledge the school is geared toward those with a passion for gastronomy, not toward aspiring professional chefs. Still, the school seems to bode well for Costa Rica’s culinary competence.Whether its students go on to become certified chefs or not, Coronado sees it as a good thing. “Costa Rica is missing a lot, and Sabores is a necessary platform to increase gastronomic interests in the country,” she said. Facebook Comments Crab simmers with spices and vegetables. Lindsay Fendt From the print editionComing down the San José-Santa Ana highway toward Escazú, the bright, modern building is unmistakable. It’s giant letters spell out “Sabores,” announcing the entrance of a new gastronomy center and cooking school and perhaps a new chapter in culinary education in Costa Rica – a country not often associated with achievement in the kitchen. “We’re pretty bad and we need to raise the bar,” said Carolina Coronado, founder of the Culinary Trainer School, referring to the quality of the country’s restaurants. “Sabores has helped the people do this by awakening desires for the people who want to learn and be better in the kitchen.”Opened in early August, the Sabores Center of Gastronomy is also a final piece in the Sabores cooking empire, owned by Grupo Nación. Already behind a regular TV show, website and the most popular cooking magazine in the country (170,000 readers pick it up weekly), Sabores now has its own training ground. “We were missing the experience part,” Carlos Castiñeira, manager of the gastronomy center, said. “You can read about it and you can watch the show, but now you have the opportunity to live it.”The modern, two-story building contains one classroom and one auditorium that seats 36 students. Although it has no podium, it does feature a European-style kitchen, complete with top-of-the-line culinary technology. The kitchen also doubles as set for the occasional TV shoot.  No related posts.last_img read more