Southland Conference Cancels Remaining Spring Sports Competitions and Championships

first_imgUPDATE: In a March 25 teleconference with Southland Conference athletics directors, it was determined that the March 30 date to prohibit all team activities, organized or voluntary, has been extended until further notice. The Southland’s spring sports offerings include baseball, softball, beach volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.  The Southland Bowling League Championship, scheduled for March 19-22, has also been cancelled. The Southland had previously announced the cancellation of all competitions through March 30, including its Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments this week.  Now, in addition to the new competition and championship changes, athletic departments have also agreed to prohibit all team activities, organized or voluntary, through March 30.  Beyond that date, campus leaders will make determinations on other immediate and longer-term issues, such as team practice opportunities and other activities.  Athletic departments and Conference office staff will address future NCAA eligibility issues for current spring sports student-athletes, and other matters of importance to the membership.   Further, as with any legislative action, the Conference’s Board of Directors reserves the right to reconsider previous decisions. — Southland Strong — FRISCO, TX – The Southland Conference announced Saturday that the league will cancel all remaining spring sports competitions and championship events, effective immediately.  The decision was reached by the Conference’s presidential Board of Directors, in consultation with campus athletic directors, in full consideration of the health, safety and well-being of the league’s student-athletes, coaches, administrators, support personnel and fans on the league’s 13 campuses.  Southland members have been monitoring national, regional and local developments related to the worldwide COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and its impact on U.S. professional and collegiate sports, including Thursday’s announcement that NCAA Championship events will be cancelled through the spring.   last_img read more

White-Collar Unionism

first_imgAs well as being a member of the Freelancers Union, I am also on the mailing list of the Newspaper Guild/ Communications Workers of America (CWA), a union affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Their newsletter this month featured a point-counterpoint on a question close to the Freelancers Union’s heart: “Do white-collar workers need a different kind of unionism?” The “yes” writer, Jim Grossfeld, compared old-school unionism’s message to an old-time religion out of date for today’s younger, career-oriented, educated workers. He argues, based on focus group interviews, “In truth, white-collar workers do see the value in having some kind of workplace organization, just not the kind they think the labor movement is offering.” What kind of labor organization do we want? Grossfeld’s focus groups pricked up their ears at examples of new unions that take a nonadversarial approach by working with management to solve tough workplace problems and make workers happier, and that give nontraditional workers access to portable healthcare and pension benefits (ahem). He urges both the Democratic Party and the labor movement to promote these new groups to white-collar workers rather than sitting around “hoping they become class conscious”. I thought the counterpoint response was just as thought-provoking. Andy Zipser of the Newspaper Guild insists that labor and management are and must be adversarial. We should be rebuilding class consciousness, he says, not ignoring it: “Classâ€? is an integral component of a capitalist economy and entirely the reason why unions were created in the first place.” Personally, I feel the strength of his message not in the ideology, but in the solidarity of it. Those of us who work for ourselves have a hard time fomenting rebellion against the boss. On the other hand, I don’t know how organizations like the Freelancers Union will achieve our long-term vision of a new social safety net and a new New Deal without fostering a strong sense of unity among all the “little guys.”last_img read more

Sommeil Le nombre de ronfleurs a doublé en 20 ans et le

first_imgSommeil : Le nombre de ronfleurs a doublé en 20 ans et le smartphone serait responsableUne étude britannique vient de révéler que le nombre de ronfleurs avait été multiplié par deux au cours de ces deux dernières décennies. La hausse de l’obésité et l’utilisation de smartphones pourraient expliquer ce fléau qui gâche les nuits de 7 Français sur 10 On a tous en tête la scène mythique des ronflements et des sifflements du film La Grande Vadrouille. Et si cela nous fait rire devant notre écran, avouons qu’on sourit nettement moins dans la réalité. 15 millions de Français sont des ronfleurs et ce trouble du sommeil impacte évidemment et également leurs compagnons de chambrée. Selon un sondage mené en 2011, 1 personne sur 10 envisage de se séparer ou de vivre ailleurs à cause de ce désagrément. C’est dire si le sujet est sérieux. Sans oublier les conséquences sur la santé comme le risque de développer à terme des maladies cardiovasculaires et de l’hypertension. C’est pourquoi les expertsduRoyal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, un hôpital spécialisé en oto-rhino-laryngologie et situé à Londres (Angleterre) ont choisi de se pencher sur la question. Décryptage des résultats de leur étudeDeux fois plus de ronfleurs en 20 ans Dans leur rapport, publié dans la revue Sleep Medicine et relayé par le Daily Telegraph, les chercheurs ont constaté que 7% de la population souffrait, aujourd’hui, d’apnée du sommeil, qui est la forme la plus sévère de troubles respiratoires obstructifs du sommeil contre moins de 4% il y a 20 ans. L’étude qui a suivi 1.239 adultes volontaires a ainsi montré que 4 personnes sur 10 ronflaient au moins 3 nuits par semaine. Les hommes étant les plus touchés.Si les causes habituelles du ronflement sont déjà connues(surpoids, consommation d’alcool, congestions nasales ponctuelles, déviation de la cloison nasale, âge et perte de tonus des tissus…), cela n’explique pas pour autant cette forte augmentation de cas. Obésité et lumière bleue À lire aussiTroubles du sommeil : comment bien dormir et éviter l’insomnie ?Selon les auteurs de cette étude, il faudrait d’abord chercher du côté de l’obésité dont le nombre de cas a presque triplé depuis 1975, selon l’OMS. L’Organisation rappelle que 13% des adultes âgés de 18 ans étaient obèses en 2016 à travers le monde. Et on estime que 20 à 30 % des personnes obèses font (ou ont fait) des apnées du sommeil.  Mais si elle est la principale cause, elle n’est pas la seule. D’après les scientifiques notre mode de vie et notamment l’usage récent, voire la surconsommation, d’appareils connectés pourrait aussi être à l’origine de ce trouble du sommeil. Maurice Ohayon, un des chercheurs ayant participé à l’étude explique que : « la lumière bleue émise par les LEDs, les smartphones, les ordinateurs et les éclairages de rue sont aussi responsables du manque de sommeil, augmentant ainsi le risque d’obésité, de somnolence et de déficience cognitive qui accroissent les probabilités de faire de l’apnée du sommeil ».Le 7 janvier 2019 à 17:36 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

Starting July 1 2019 the company will stop distr

first_imgStarting July 1, 2019, the company will stop distributing Windows Phone 8.x and earlier app updates, but developers will still be able to publish their own updates. “However, these updates will only be made available to Windows 10 devices,” the team noted.On July 1, 2023, Microsoft will stop distributing updates for WIndows 8/8.1 devices.“We encourage you to explore how you can port your existing app to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) where you can create a single Windows 10 app package that your customers can install onto all device families,” the company wrote. If you are still creating Windows 8 applications, you might want to turn your focus to Windows 10. In an effort to get more developers to start building for Windows 10, Microsoft has announced plans to stop accepting apps developed for Windows 8.“As a part of our Windows device life cycle, Microsoft Store will soon stop accepting new apps with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier or Windows 8/8.1 packages (XAP and APPX). Soon after that date, we will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier and Windows 8/8.1 devices; at that time, updates will only be made available to customers using Windows 10 devices,” the Microsoft Store team revealed in a blog post.As of October 31, 2018, Microsoft will stop accepting new applications for Windows Phone 8.x or earlier and Windows 8/8.1 packages. According to the company, this will not affecting existing apps.last_img read more