Lucas Oil Stadium prepares for NCAA basketball tournament

first_img By Jon Zimney – February 27, 2021 1 334 Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSports Google+ Lucas Oil Stadium prepares for NCAA basketball tournament Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleReady to pay? Student loan deferments end in OctoberNext articleSouth Bend man arrested on numerous charges after leading troopers on chase Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) The football field is covered up inside Lucas Oil Stadium as the venue gets everything in order for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which is set to be contested throughout central Indiana next month.Lucas Oil Stadium director Eric Neuburger said the stadium is essentially being split in two for first and second-round games.“We’re going to operate like two distinct venues,” he told WISH-TV. “You will see a current that separates the two courts at the 50-yard line, as well as other ways that we separate the concourses.”Neuburger said this will make it easier for Lucas Oil staff members to keep everything clean as they make sure to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.“The team at Lucas Oil Stadium is thrilled to be hosting this,” he added. Our staff has been waiting a long time to be putting on an event of this scale.”“We have the benefit of having a staff that came over from the Hoosier Dome and RCA Dome before this venue was built. There’s a lot of institutional knowledge of hosting Final Fours in those venues as early as 1991.”Lucas Oil will be allowing fans up to 25% capacity inside for tournament games. The stadium seats just north of 70,000 people.Selection Sunday is Mar. 14 and games will get going in the days that follow. First and second-round games will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, and Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, as well as Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, New Deal, Motet Members & More Tapped For 2019 “Dance Party Time Machine”

first_imgOn Friday, March 29th, J2G Live will host its 6th-annual Dance Party Time Machine at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado. As in past years, the fan-favorite super jam will feature three-fourths of The Disco Biscuits, including bassist Marc Brownstein, keyboardist Aron Magner, and drummer Allen Aucoin, in addition to Mike Greenfield from Lotus, Jeff Franca from Thievery Corporation, and Ryan Jalbert from The Motet. Notably, Jamie Shields from The New Deal will also make his Dance Party Time Machine debut during the upcoming show in March.Each year, Dance Party Time Machine brings over 25 musicians together for a one-of-a-kind collaboration. In addition to the show’s high-profile headliners, the event also taps a number of local artists from Colorado, including members of regional acts such as Analog Son, YAMN, Tiger Party, Fox Street, SuCH, Other Worlds, MLIMNA, and more. Together, these musicians come together to lead audiences through the dance party hits from the ’50s up through today, with covers of Elvis Presley just as likely as covers of Childish Gambino.The Dance Party Time Machine will return to Cervantes’ in Denver on Friday, March 29th, 2019, and VIP and GA tickets are currently on sale now here. VIP ticket holders will receive seating in a private balcony area along with free beers from Breckenridge Brewery.last_img read more

Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages

first_imgProfessor of Scandinavian and Folklore Stephen A. Mitchell examines witches, wizards, and seeresses in literature, lore, and law, as well as surviving charm magic directed toward love, prophecy, health, and weather.last_img

Law students address issue of wrongful convictions

first_imgSecond year Notre Dame law student Erika Gustin is more involved in what happens after a trial than during.“Before I started law school I started looking into wrongful conviction statistics and information on my own, which is absolutely horrifying,” Gustin said. “It came out off an interest in process improvement. Everything is a process and everything can be improved.” Photo courtesy of Erika Gustin The Notre Dame Exoneration Project will place vases of white roses on the tables in the law school commons to represent the 166 innocent people exonerated in 2016.Gustin is involved in the Notre Dame Exoneration Project, a group working with the Chicago Exoneration Project to represent inmates who were wrongfully convicted and get them out of jail. She said a lot of wrongful convictions usually result from eyewitness misidentifications, faulty human memory or leading questions from the police.“A lot of it tends to involve some kind of misconduct. It can either be official misconduct, police or prosecutors, or it might just be a bad process,” she said. “[In] 12 percent of exoneration cases with misidentification, they found the police pointed out or made clues about who they wanted to pick.”Gustin said wrongful convictions can also result from placing too much stock in eyewitness testimonies.“You also find instances where the suspect is shown to the witness multiple times,” she said. “The human brain is really good at copying and pasting faces onto other bodies. In many cases they’re not lying — they’re just unfortunately incorrect in what they remember.”The Notre Dame Exoneration Project will be placing vases of white roses on the tables in the law school commons. There will be 166 roses, which represent the 166 exonerated, innocent people in 2016. Each vase will also have a statistic about wrongful convictions.“White has that association with innocence. We wanted to have a good visual display,” Gustin said. “Every single year we’re seeing increasing numbers. Every year for the past five years has been a record-breaking number of exonerations.”Gustin said the average innocent, convicted person spends between 8-and-a-half to 14 years of their life in jail. She said the longest sentence an innocent person has served — according to current knowledge — is 35 years. Innocence Projects are inundated with mail and tasked with the responsibility of determining which cases have merit, Gustin said.“You’re looking for someone who has a good story,” she said. “Something that seems like a legitimate alibi and maybe they say in the letter that they have 10 people that can prove it. Once you get past that initial stage the attorneys will start reviewing your documentation and your record. They basically go back and do the police and prosecutor’s job all over again.”Gustin said about 40 percent of jurors will assume a defendant is guilty just because they are in court. This brings up the question of whether the presumption of innocence ever existed, Gustin said. A lot of the responsibility comes down to police officers and ensuring that they receive adequate training, in skills such as asking open-ended questions and using proper interrogation techniques, she said.Gustin also said Conviction Integrity Units (CIU) aim to do the work of Innocence Projects and correct prosecutorial mistakes. However, she said, there’s a bias that exists since they are run by the prosecutor’s office and therefore review their colleagues’ work. Some of them also do not have publicly available information, she said.“At least until recently, conviction integrity units have not done a good job,” she said. “So I think it’s just that a lot of the successful work comes from the private side. It comes from attorneys who are required to do pro-bono work and the attorneys that go above and beyond their requirements.”The Notre Dame Exoneration Project was started in fall of 2016 and Gustin said the long-term goal is a criminal conviction clinic at the law school. Currently, the students involved are working on two wrongful homicide convictions in Elkhart.“It fits right in line with the mission,” she said. “Our marketing slogan is a different kind of lawyer. Really what that means is an attorney who is really invested in giving back to the community.”Gustin said some people are content with saying that the current justice system works and they “put band-aids on as problems come up.”“Unfortunately our system is very quick to convict but it’s very hard to get you out,” she said.She said she hopes the white roses on the tables helps bring more awareness to exoneration efforts and the gravity of the justice problem.“We’re a year old, we’ve had fantastic progress and I really credit that to hard work from the executive board because their excitement makes other people excited and also the Notre Dame Law Students,” Gustin said. “We want people to sit and enjoy the flowers, but also be confronted with this very uncomfortable statistic.”Tags: court, exoneration, Law, law students, white roses, wrongful convictionlast_img read more

Max Crumm Will Join the Cast of Off-Broadway’s The Fantasticks

first_imgBroadway alum Max Crumm will join the cast of The Fantasticks in the lead role of The Boy (Matt). He will begin performances in the classic off-Broadway musical beginning July 8 at the Snapple Theater Center. He will take over from Jim Schubin. Crumm made his Broadway debut in the most recent revival of Grease, after winning the role on the TV show You’re the One That I Want!. Since then, he has been seen off-Broadway in Disaster! and F#%king Up Everything. He also appeared in the film Easy A. Directed by Tom Jones, The Fantasticks has a book and lyrics by Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. A modern twist on Romeo and Juliet, the musical tells the story of a boy and girl who fall in love and then quickly grow apart when they realize they want to experience the world. The Fantasticks features memorable songs “Try to Remember,” “Much More,” “They Were You” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” Show Closed This production ended its run on June 4, 2017 The Fantasticks center_img Related Shows View Comments The current cast of The Fantasticks also features Jeremiah James as El Gallo (The Narrator), Samantha Bruce as Luisa (The Girl), Dan Sharkey as Hucklebee (The Boy’s Father), Kevin Free as Bellomy (The Girl’s Father), MacIntyre Dixon as Henry (The Old Actor), Michael Nostrand as Mortimer (The Man Who Dies) and Pierce Cravens as The Mute, as well as Scott Willis, Rita Markova and Tom Flagg.last_img read more

Central America comes together to fight organized crime

first_img “With the measures the countries adopt in regard to security, we hope that the people can feel at peace and regain the development opportunities torn away from them by violence and crime,” said Honduran Vice Chancellor Salomé Castellanos. David Murguía Payés, the minister of Justice and Public Safety of El Salvador, said bolstering the region’s fight against narco-traffickers and gangs should be the initiative’s top priority. “We have concluded that the issue of drug trafficking, mostly small-scale drug dealing, and gangs are the factors that create the most violence,” he said. During the meeting in San Salvador, El Salvador on Jan. 17-18, the representatives of the Supreme Courts, National Judicial Councils, Public Ministries, and Ministries of Justice, Governance and Public Safety of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic asked each country’s legislature to pass the proposed laws quickly so all countries can be on the same page. “It is vital to the project to involve the legislative assemblies in the development of the actions to be carried out by the project and to keep an open communication between the focal points of each country and its legislative counterpart,” the meeting’s final resolution stated. SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Central America and the Dominican Republic are preparing a regional strategy to fight organized and transnational crime, specifically targeting narco-trafficking. The effort implies streamlining penal and procedural laws, as well as strengthening the areas of investigation, detention and reintegration of inmates into society. The initiative to make the laws uniform is managed by the Conference of Justice Ministers of Ibero-American Countries (COMJIB) and the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA), sponsored by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation. “With this initiative, we hope to make a leap in terms of the quality of the fight against organized crime,” said Guatemalan Juan Daniel Alemán, SICA’s secretary general. The mid-range goal is for the region – from Guatemala to Panama, including the Dominican Republic – to have common legislation to use in the fight against organized and transnational crime. Among the topics under discussion are changes to nine penal codes, including what defines and constitutes a crime pertaining to human trafficking, money laundering, gang-related infractions and narco-trafficking. Also being discussed are the following: Involving undercover agents in joint investigations; Simplifying the extradition process; Exchanging information and criminal records; Notifying countries regarding fugitives’ prison sentences, so officials in one country know the punishment levied against fugitives in the countries where they are convicted. center_img By Dialogo February 16, 2012last_img read more

Live match preview – Benfica vs Rangers 05.11.2020

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ibrox – Advertisement – Kilmarnock v Rangers Alex Grimaldo is set to miss out for Benfica after the defender sprained his ankle last week. Andre Almeida is also expected to miss the game with a knee injury, while Jean-Clair Todibo remains doubtful.Benfica at a glanceThe coach: Jorge Jesus, the club’s most decorated manager of the 21st century, returned for a second spell in charge this summer after a hugely successful stint in Brazil with Flamengo where he won five trophies. His first spell at Benfica, between 2009 and 2015, brought 10 trophies, including three Portuguese championship titles in six seasons, and two Europa League final appearances, before he stunned by leaving for city rivals Sporting Lisbon.European pedigree: Historically, the club from the Portuguese capital has a strong tradition in European football, winning back-to-back European Cups in 1961 and 1962 and losing in finals in 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988 and 1990. Benfica have also reached three UEFA Cup/Europa League finals, losing on each occasion in 1983, 2013 and 2014.Form: Second in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Benfica saw their seven-game winning run in all competitions ended at the weekend by a 3-0 defeat at Boavista.How to follow Team news and stats ahead of Benfica vs Rangers in the Europa League group stage on Thursday; kick-off 5.55pm.Team newsRangers have a fully-fit squad ahead of their Europa League clash with Benfica in Lisbon on Thursday night.- Advertisement – 2:36 Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he has reminded his squad of their responsibilities after Jordan Jones and George Edmundson breached coronavirus protocols, ahead of their Scottish FA disciplinary hearing on November 19 1:19 Follow Benfica vs Rangers with our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms from 4.30pm on Thursday; kick off 5.55pm.Opta statsBenfica and Rangers will face off for the very first time in European competition.Benfica have hosted Scottish opponents on five previous occasions, winning each game. Each of the last four matches have come against Rangers’ biggest rivals, Celtic.Rangers are currently unbeaten in 11 matches against Portuguese sides, winning each of the last three in a row – those three matches all came in last season’s UEFA Europa League.Including the qualification rounds for the UEFA Europa League, Rangers have won all three of their away matches in European competition this season, by an aggregate scoreline of 11-0.Benfica’s Pizzi has scored in each of Benfica’s four UEFA Europa League matches in 2020, netting five goals. Jordan Jones and George Edmundson have been suspended by the club after breaching Covid-19 rules but would not have faced the Eagles in any case having been left out of Steven Gerrard’s European squad alongside Jermain Defoe.Long-term knee-injury victim Nikola Katic is the only other absentee. Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Rangerslast_img read more

Google is entering hotels more strongly through Nest Hub and Assistant

first_imgAlso, guests can connect their mobile phone via Bluetooth and to play their own music. Use Google Now to turn up or down the volume or skip a song without using your hands. The hotel can also configure a new experience to allow you to control and manage devices in the room, such as blinds, TVs, lights and more. Or watch videos, set alarms, book a table at a restaurant…. like I said, the possibilities are wide. Namely, with the new Google hotel solutions, guests can now use the Nest Hub smart screen in their hotel room for direct communication with the hotel or hotel services, playing music, ordering fresh towels, checking out and much more. Give your guests a more rewarding in-room experience while freeing up your staff to support guests in other ways, Google’s message to hotels. With a Nest Hub smart screen set up in each hotel room, hotels can customize the guest experience with Google to tailor the usual guest service requirements to simple voice commands. So guests with keyword: Hey Google, can search for various information. From making an appointment at the hotel’s wellness, to ordering room cleaning or asking by when dinner or the pool is open – and get answers right away. Of course, technology is there as a medium, and the possibilities are virtually limitless. Privacy protection as one of the sales benefits Protecting privacy is becoming increasingly important to consumers. Therefore, to use the Google Nest Hub, a guest will not need to log in to the device and no activities will be associated with a personal account. There is no camera on the Nest Hub, (there is always a danger of finding a way to hack the camera), while the physical microphone switch can be turned off for added privacy. Sound is never stored and all activities will be immediately deleted from the device when it is reset for the next guest. It was only a matter of time before Google would start entering the tourism sector more actively, in order to use its power and global leadership position. The Nest Hub is also a great device for hands-free, indoor entertainment: guests can access YouTube to find news, music, and exercise videos, all via voice command. Stronger entry into hotels is, of course, a consequence of the corona virus, ie the need for epidemiological precautions. Find out more details HEREcenter_img Hotels can even promote current or upcoming special offers by giving a summary when you ask “Hey Google, tell me about promotions.”, While guests can also use the Google Assistant service to check out of the hotel. Lifestyle, business, and thus tourism will be measured before and after the corona virus. What is certain is that this crisis will affect a lot of things, especially tourism. How and when it is still difficult to say with certainty, but the outlines of new trends can be seen every day. So Google decided to enter the hotel sector more strongly and offered hotel solutions through its platform – Nest Hub. “We are thrilled to partner with Google to bring this powerful consumer hardware to hotelsSaid David Berger, CEO of Volara, with whom Google is partnering on the project, adding that together, Volara and Google are significantly raising the hospitality scale by allowing hoteliers to provide contactless experiences that support social distancing and enable more efficient business. “With Google and Volare, hoteliers can improve their guest experience while reducing costs. The solution for contactless engagement of guests and the possibility of control from the room replaces the need for a lot in the hotel, and thus gives new opportunities to the guest. I expect our solution to replace the phone and linear television soon. This popular and easy-to-use voice assistant will provide today’s travelers with the confidence needed to truly enjoy their stay because they know that their every request can only be met by speaking in their rooms. As guests travel constantly changing, hoteliers are increasingly relying on technology to guests were safe. Google provides a fun and memorable guest experience, while optimizing hotel operations, guiding customer satisfaction and loyalty, while reducing hotel costs and digitizing all processes. ” Berger concluded. Hotel media center integrated with the Google Assistant system In some hotels, you can also start a quick check-out using Google Now when your stay is over, so you don’t have to stand in line. Use your voice to access guest amenities Digitization in the hotel industry is currently the main focus, as well as contactless services, from check-in and check-out of hotels, to various services, which are mentioned above in the article. Thus, Hilton, Marriott, Virgin Hotels and many others accelerated the process and introduced contactless check-in to hotels, while Arena Hospitality Group (AHG) in July in Croatia introduced a new online check-in option – web check-in, which significantly shortens check-in time.last_img read more

Indonesia’s Pacific neighbors escalate coronavirus measures

first_img“All travelers originating from or [on] transit through Mainland China must spend at least 14 days in self-quarantine at the country of last port that is free of the 2019 novel coronavirus and must undergo medical clearance [for] at least three days as required above prior to final route to Samoa. This must be their final stop before traveling to Samoa,” the government announced in a statement on Monday.Travelers from all countries with confirmed cases of the virus must also undergo a medical examination with a medical practitioner at least three days before traveling to Samoa. The medical clearance is required for check-in prior to the issuance of a boarding pass.According to Samoa’s Press Secretariat, 13 people – most of them Chinese nationals – have already been denied entry since the travel restrictions came into force on Jan. 24.Four Chinese nationals were returned to Fiji on Tuesday after arriving in Samoa from China via Nadi. Topics : The Samoan Foreign Ministry has confirmed that it will not be repatriating the six Samoan students studying in Wuhan, saying that they are under the care of their universities alongside 70 other Pacific students.The Fijian government however has not issued travel restrictions, saying that travel bans were proven to be ineffective in stopping infectious diseases crossing borders and that it would focus on “detection and response” methods instead.“This is because international spread of the disease is best stopped by rapid containment efforts at the source, and early detection and response, not by implementing unnecessary restrictions to international travel,” the Fijian government said in a statement on Wednesday.“In response to the increased threat of 2019 – nCoV, the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services is working closely with relevant government ministries, the World Health Organization and partners to enhance its public health systems to rapidly detect, test and respond if a case is identified in Fiji,” it said.Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea has announced a travel ban for all visitors arriving from Asian ports. In a statement on Wednesday, the Immigration and Border Security Ministry said staff will be stationed at main points of entry into the country to ensure that anyone who has been to China in the last 14 days will not be permitted entry.The Wutung border post at Papua New Guinea’s land border with Indonesia’s Papua province has also been closed temporarily and Chinese fishing vessels are being restricted.The Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and Palau have also banned travelers from China with similar 14-day quarantine restrictions in place, AFP reported.The Northern Mariana Islands declared a “state of significant emergency” on Thursday with Governor Ralph Torres saying in a statement that the virus “poses a significant and imminent threat”.The Marshall Islands has already been battling a dengue epidemic with over 1,400 suspected cases reported out of a population of 53,127, according to a government report.While no cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in any Pacific Island state, the restrictions may come at a heavy price for their economies, which rely heavily on Chinese tourism and development through the Belt and Road initiative – China’s ambitious investment and infrastructure push across the region.Indonesia has also yet to report any confirmed cases of the virus.– The writer is an intern under the ACICIS program.center_img Indonesia’s Pacific neighbors are taking extreme measures to prevent the introduction of the novel coronavirus, which could wreak havoc on health systems already struggling to contain various epidemics.The virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has already killed 213 people and infected 9,600 people across 21 countries, according to the latest figures on Friday, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency.Samoa, which is still recovering from a measles epidemic in which 83 people were killed, has implemented travel restrictions on visitors arriving on flights from Mainland China to create a two-week quarantine buffer.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal board to speed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract talks

first_imgAubameyang is weighing up signing a new contract (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal to resolve the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quickly after drawn-out negotiations.Aubameyang’s contract expires next summer and the 31-year-old has been weighing up since December whether or not to sign a new deal at the Emirates.The striker has asked for a three-year contract worth £250,000 a week, but Arsenal were reluctant to commit to such a big salary even before the coronavirus pandemic worsened financial issues at the club.Arteta has made it clear he wants Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal and has publicly urged the board to come to an agreement with his leading goalscorer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When I was talking about the uncertain things that we have on the table, obviously he is one of them and there is another one of where we are going to finish and whether we are going to be playing in Europe or not which is going to have an impact,’ Arteta said.‘And then all this situation, the market and how it’s going to develop. With Auba, I think I’ve been very clear with what I want. ‘The quicker we do it for me personally the better because the player will be more focused, more determined and more calm.  Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal board to speed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract talks Coral BarryMonday 20 Jul 2020 2:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link479Shares Arteta wants Aubameyang to sign a new contract (Picture: Getty)‘But we have to respect the timings as well and the needs that the football club has.’Aubameyang has scored 25 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season and is still in the running to win back-to-back Golden Boots in the Premier League.While Aubameyang has had another excellent individual season, Arsenal have struggled for consistency and hired Arteta mid-way through the campaign following the sacking of Unai Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are showing signs of improvement under Arteta and won a place in the FA Cup final by beating Manchester City over the weekend.The victory came hot on the heels of a victory over Premier League champions Liverpool, but Arteta has repeatedly warned the club investment in the squad is desperately needed.Arsenal have limited transfer funds available this summer and it is unclear if any major signings will be made.MORE: Mikel Arteta sends message to Santi Cazorla over Arsenal returnMORE: Joe Willock admits Arsenal players were ‘a bit sceptical’ when Mikel Arteta first arrivedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more