Woman claims ex-NBA star raped her during her sophomore year at Duke

first_imgFebruary 12, 2019 /Sports News – National Woman claims ex-NBA star raped her during her sophomore year at Duke Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The same woman who has accused Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault says that former N.B.A player Corey Maggette raped her 20 years ago when the two were both students at Duke University.Meredith Watson, the second woman to come forward with claims of sexual assault against Fairfax, says that she reported the alleged incident involving Maggette to school officials, who she says did not act on the information.An attorney for Watson, Nancy Erika Smith, confirmed the claim to ABC News in a statement. The incident and claim were first reported by the New York Times.ABC News has reached out to representatives for Maggette, who attended Duke for one year and played in the N.B.A for 14 years, but have not yet received a response.In a statement given to the New York Times, Maggette denied Watson’s claim.“It has only been through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first learned or heard of anything about these sexual assault allegations,” Maggette wrote. “I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.”Fairfax has also denied the claims made against him by Watson.“I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation. It is demonstrably false. I have never forced myself on anyone ever,” Fairfax wrote in a statement released last week after Watson’s accusation became public.Whitney Burak, a spokesperson for Fox Sports, where Maggette is now a basketball commentator, issued a statement to ABC News responding to the claims against Maggette.“FOX Sports takes allegations of misconduct seriously, and we are looking into the matter. We have no further comment at this time,” Burak said.Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations at Duke University issued a statement on Monday saying, “We are in the process of gathering information to determine what policies and procedures were in place during the time period in which these events are alleged to have occurred and whether they were activated and followed. We are not able to provide further information or comment on any individual at this time.”In Facebook messages obtained by ABC News, Watson communicated with a friend, whose identity has been redacted, about the alleged incidents involving Fairfax and Maggette. The Facebook Messenger communications are dated March 19, 2017.Watson sent a link to an article about Fairfax’s 2017 campaign for lieutenant governor of Virginia to the friend, with an accompanying message that read: “This is absolutely disgusting! This dude raped me.”When the friend questioned why she didn’t report it, she responded: “You know I didn’t report it after how the university responded when I reported Corey Maggette…but he told me he [Fairfax] did it on purpose bcuz of what Corey did and bcuz he knew I’d be too scared to do anything about it.”ABC News also reached out to R. Stanton Jones, a childhood friend of Watson’s, who confirmed that Watson told him about the alleged rape involving Maggette in the summer of 2001 when the two were home for the summer from college.While this is the first accusation to surface against Maggette, Fairfax was also accused of sexual assault by another woman, Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor of politics at Scripps College in California.Tyson, who is scheduled to speak tonight at sexual violence symposium at Stanford University on Tuesday evening, says that Fairfax sexually assaulted her in 2004 when the two of them attended the Democratic National Convention in Boston.Fairfax says the encounter was consensual.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NUSHIP Canberra Briefed on Amphibious Operations

first_img Authorities On May 26, Colonel John Mayer of the United States Marine Corps and Colonel Jim Hutton of the Royal Marines delivered a presentation to NUSHIP Canberra on the capabilities and roles required of a modern amphibious ship.Both colonels are currently posted to the Australian Defence Force, where their knowledge has been drawn upon to increase the Royal Australia Navy’s understanding of amphibious operations.Colonel Hutton spoke about Operation PALLISER, the British intervention into Sierra Leone in May 2000. He explained the situation, mission and execution of the operation which highlighted the flexibility modern amphibious forces require.Significant challenges were faced; for example Royal Navy personnel were tasked to guard the headquarters in Freetown, requiring selected personnel to receive additional training from their Royal Marine Commandos during the ten day transit from Marseilles, France.Colonel Hutton said there was also the problem of the 100 year old charts which provided no detail on water depth or safety of critical waterways. The British troops were required to do some quick thinking and a landing craft surveyed these areas under the cover of darkness and provided command with options.NUSHIP Canberra sailor, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Dan Lee said Colonel Hutton’s examples highlighted the value of a flexible ship and crew.“It left me imagining myself in similar situations and I’m sure the rest of the crew were doing the same,” he said.Colonel Mayer discussed a United States regional engagement mission in Cambodia that enhanced relations with the locals, provided medical assistance and rebuilt infrastructure in hard to reach locations.This presentation was in contrast to the military nature of Operation PALLISER, demonstrating an amphibious ship may often be employed for diplomatic and humanitarian missions rather than combat.[mappress]Press Release, June 23, 2014; Image: Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today NUSHIP Canberra Briefed on Amphibious Operations View post tag: NUSHIP Canberra The ship’s company of NUSHIP Canberra recently had the opportunity to hear about amphibious operations from some international officers with first hand experience. View post tag: Amphibious June 23, 2014 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Operations View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas View post tag: Briefed NUSHIP Canberra Briefed on Amphibious Operations Share this articlelast_img read more

‘Stinking’ intruders force way into Lincoln

first_imgOn Sunday night two members of the public allegedly broke into Lincoln college and made their way into a Lincoln student’s room.Students have been expressing their concern at the college’s security following the incident.Zoe O’Shea, a Lincoln fresher, woke up at 1.30 am after she heard her door open. Initially expecting it to be friends, she was shocked when two strangers were standing feet from her bed.She described them as “stinking of alcohol and cigarettes.”O’Shea said that the man and woman claimed to be looking for ‘Susie.’ They then asked if there was a party going on where they could find some alcohol.When she asked them to leave, the pair headed for the JCR where the Superbowl was being aired. The two had been seen earlier in the evening looking into the JCR from Turl Street.When asked about the incident, Lincoln’s Junior Dean commented that this was the first he had heard about a break-in. He said that there had been no official report made regarding the incident and therefore no statement could be made.However, O’Shea claimed that she went to a porter to report the incident, and was told that “I should have locked my door”.“She [the porter on duty] was quite stern and unsympathetic,” she said. Richard De Vere, a Lincoln mathematician, was watching the Superbowl when they came in, once again asking for alcohol. The pair this time claimed that they were friends of ‘Sarah’ and asked where the free drinks were.He described the two as looking “poorly kempt” and being in their 40s. He also stated that they appeared very drunk.Finally a student went to find a porter and the two were forced to leave the college.James Meredith, JCR President, said, “I’m absolutely horrified by the incident, and intend to discuss it further with college authorities.”“It is worth noting though, that I brought the fact that the security system at the bottom of staircase one wasn’t working to the attention of college last term.”At present Lincoln uses a swipe card system at night. It is suspected that the intruders waited until someone else swiped their card, and then followed them in, otherwise known as ‘tail gating.’Lincoln Bursar was contacted for a comment, but has not yet responded.last_img read more

Forecast: Indiana’s workforce will need “human skills”

first_img Forecast: Indiana’s workforce will need “human skills” Previous articleIndiana farmers will be able to grow, process hempNext articleBenton Harbor man, 24, shot and killed early Saturday morning 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Google+ By 95.3 MNC – October 24, 2020 0 698 WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter Facebook Start-up team with face mask in a project meeting (Adobe Stock) (Mary Schuermann Kuhlman/Indiana News Service) – An Indianapolis-based expert said uniquely human traits and capabilities will be more important in the post-COVID work landscape.Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, is author of a new book on the future of the workforce.He said by some estimates, 40% of jobs that saw COVID-related layoffs aren’t coming back.He contends higher levels of education and the skills and attributes they help people develop, including empathy, the ability to communicate, and problem-solving, prepare workers to adapt to the changes in the workplace, now and in the future.“For workers who are looking at job loss right now, being able to get back into the learning environment, building your skillset and being able to develop those skills will better position you for this environment of change going forward,” Merisotis advised.Merisotis encouraged employers to embrace diversity and define the knowledge, skills and abilities their workers need. He added policymakers should better address racial inequity and provide incentives and funding for employers to help workers continually upgrade their skills.Jason Bearce, vice president for education and workforce development at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, said businesses emphasize workplace culture, and the human skills workers need to communicate as part of a team.“One of the best ways for individuals to develop and hone those employability skills is to learn on the job,” Bearce stated. “There are things that you can’t learn from a book, and you can’t learn in a classroom. They’re only going to learn by interacting and engaging with other professionals in a work environment.”A new survey from the chamber shows job shadowing, college internships, apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities in Indiana have increased significantly this year compared with 2019.Bearce said more than half of businesses indicate they changed recruitment practices to focus on worker skills and competency rather than strictly education level or credentials.“It’s going to be incumbent upon not just employers but individuals to think differently about how they market themselves, not in a necessarily industry-specific way,” Bearce noted. “But what are those foundational skills that cut across industries, like project management, critical thinking, effective communication.”The survey found 40% of Indiana businesses plan to increase their workforce over the next two years, down from 45% in 2019 and 56% in 2018. Twitter Facebook Google+last_img read more

Two New Pro-Shot Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Videos Have Surfaced [Watch]

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead‘s weekly RAD Tracks Thursday video series is the gift that keeps on giving! This week, for the series’ 68th installment, the band has released pro-shot footage of “Here Comes Sunshine”, complete with a trippy lead-in improv jam, from their July 2nd show at Belly Up in Aspen, CO. Watch the performance (and the crazy projection light show that accompanied it) in the video below:Jam Cruise also continued the steady release of professional videos from their 2016 voyage this week with a video of Russo and company performing “Viola Lee Blues” on the boat’s pool deck on January 6th. Check it out here:The band is currently firing on all cylinders coming off two of their largest shows ever at last weekend’s Lockn’ Festival and has a number of shows booked for the remainder of this year, including a three-night run on their home floor, Brooklyn Bowl, from Thursday, October 6th to Saturday, October 8th.last_img read more

Steve Kimock, Jason Hann, Zach Deputy, & Members of Railroad Earth Join Everyone Orchestra IN DC [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Matt Butler and his Everyone Orchestra hit Gypsy Sally’s in Washington DC on Friday night with a glorious lineup of musical companions. With Steve Kimock, Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Zach Deputy, along with Railroad Earth’s bassist Andrew Altman and violinist Tim Carbone, and Mike Quinn on deck, the jams were plenty.Photographer Mark Raker was on site to capture the fun, as seen in the gallery below:last_img

Tiny tweezers

first_img As quantum science and engineering come into their own, co-directors of new initiative say anything is possible Related Electrons, up really close Team makes most precise measure ever of their charge For most people, tweezers are a thing you’d find in a medicine cabinet or beauty salon, useful for getting rid of ingrown hairs or sculpting eyebrows.Those designed by John Doyle and Kang-Kuen Ni have more exotic applications.Using precisely focused lasers that act as “optical tweezers,” the pair have been able to capture and control individual, ultracold molecules — the eventual building-blocks of a quantum computer — and study the collisions between molecules in more detail than ever before. The work is described in a paper published in Science on Sept. 13.“We’re interested in doing two things,” said Doyle, the Henry B. Silsbee Professor of Physics and co-director of the Quantum Science and Engineering Initiative. “One is building up complex quantum systems, which are interesting because it turns out that if you can put together certain kinds of quantum systems they can solve problems that can’t be solved using a classical computer, including understanding advanced materials and perhaps designing new materials, or even looking at problems we haven’t thought of yet, because we haven’t had the tools.“The other is to actually hold these molecules so we can study the molecules themselves to get insight into their structure and the interactions between molecules,” he continued. “We can also use them to look for new particles beyond the Standard Model, perhaps explaining key cosmological questions.”Ni, the Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, explained that the work began with a cloud of molecules — in this case calcium monofluoride molecules — trapped in a small chamber. Using lasers, the team cooled the molecules to just above absolute zero, then used optical tweezers to capture them.,“Because the molecules are very cold, they have very low kinetic energy,” Ni said. “An optical tweezer is a very tightly focused laser beam, but the molecules see it as a well, and as they move into the tweezer, they continue to be cooled and lose energy to fall to the bottom of the tweezer trap.”Using five beams, Ni, Doyle, and colleagues were able to hold five separate molecules in the tweezers, and demonstrate exacting control over them.“The challenge for molecules, and the reason we haven’t done it before, is because they have a number of degrees of freedom — they have electronic and spin states, they have vibration, they have rotation, with each molecule having its own features,” she said. “In principle, one could choose the perfect molecule for a particular use — you can say I want to use this property for one thing, and another property for something else. But the molecules, whatever they are, have to be controlled in the first place. The novelty of this work is in being able to have that individual control.”While capturing individual molecules in optical tweezers is a key part of potentially building what Doyle called a “quantum simulator,” the work also allowed researchers to closely observe a process that has remained largely mysterious: the collision between molecules.“Simple physics questions deserve answers,” Doyle said. “And a simple physics question here is, what happens when two molecules hit each other? Do they form a reaction? Do they bounce off each other? In this ultracold, quantum region … we don’t know much.“There are a number of very good theorists who are working hard to understand if quantum mechanics can predict what we’re going to see,” he continued. “But, of course, nothing motivates new theory like new experiments, and now we have some very nice experimental data.”In subsequent experiments, Ni said the team is using the optical tweezers to “steer” molecules together and study the resulting collisions.In separate experiments, researchers from her lab explore reactions of ultracold molecules. “We are studying these reactions at ultracold temperatures, which haven’t been achieved previously,” she said. “And we’re seeing new things.” Harvard’s quantum leapcenter_img Two atoms combined in dipolar molecule Achievement could lead to more-efficient quantum computing Ni was also the author of a 2018 study that theorized how captured molecules, if brought close enough together, might interact, potentially enabling researchers to use them to perform quantum calculations.“The idea of Kang-Kuen’s paper is that we can bring these single molecules together and couple them, which is equivalent to a quantum gate, and do some processing,” Doyle said. “So that coupling could be used to perform quantum processing.”The current study is also noteworthy for its collaborative nature, Doyle said.“We talk a lot about collaboration in the Harvard Quantum Initiative and the Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA), and the bottom line is this collaboration was driven by scientific interest, and included Wolfgang Ketterle at MIT, one of our CUA colleagues” he said. “We all have strong scientific interest in molecules, and the fact that Kang-Kuen’s lab is in chemistry and my lab is here in physics has not been a significant barrier.“It has been absolutely fabulous working together to solve these problems. And one of the big reasons why is when you have two faculty members from two different departments, they’re not only bringing their personal scientific perspective, they’re bringing to some degree, all the knowledge from their groups together.”This research was supported with funding from the National Science Foundation. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s withdraws option to remain in residence halls during COVID-19 campus changes, excluding select students

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will no longer be provided the option to remain in their residence halls until at least April 13, interim President Nancy Nekvasil announced in email Friday. Junior and senior nursing students in clinicals, senior student teachers, international students and a select group of Residence Assistants, Ministry Assistants and IT student employees are excluded from this change. “In the past 24 hours, circumstances have changed dramatically regarding the coronavirus pandemic,” Nekvasil said. “Consensus among public health officials is that if organizations act decisively to minimize the risk of transmission, it can greatly reduce the severity of the outbreak. It is our responsibility to help slow the spread of the virus, both at Saint Mary’s and in our greater community.”This update follows the extension of spring break to March 20, and the implementation of online coursework starting March 23 through at least April 13. In the original announcement, students were offered the choice to return home during this time or remain in the dorms. This is no longer the case.Students “who believe they have a special circumstance” are instructed to contact interim vice president for student affairs Linda Timm.“Unless you have permission to be on campus, do not visit,” Nekvasil said.Those who have filled out online forms detailing plans to return to campus for various reasons may not be accommodated, she said, unless they meet the required criteria. In response to student concerns, the College has created a list of FAQs on their website. Additional questions should be directed to the office of student affairs.Students may return to retrieve their personal belongings, the webpage states, but will not be allowed to stay the night and must be out of the dorms by noon Tuesday.“The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority,” Nekvasil said. “We will continue to assess the situation and provide further updates as they are warranted. I am confident that, as we continue to work together, we will do what is necessary in these unprecedented times.”Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil, Linda Timm, Office of Student Affairs, residence hallslast_img read more

Joe Carroll & More Set for The Bandstand, Starring Laura Osnes

first_img Star Files View Comments Laura Osnescenter_img Next stop the Great White Way in spring 2016? Broadway alums Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis and more will join the previously reported Laura Osnes, Corey Cott and Beth Leavel in The Bandstand. Directed and choreographed by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler, the production features a book and lyrics by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor and music by Oberacker and will begin performances on October 8. Opening night is scheduled for October 18 at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.Joining Carroll (Cinderella) as Johnny Simpson and Ellis (Once) as Davy Zlatic will be James Nathan Hopkins as Jimmy Campbell, Geoff Packard as Wayne Wright and Joey Pero as Nick Radel. Rounding out the company will be Tanya Birl, Thomas Cannizzaro, Max Clayton, Daniel Cooney, Matt Cusack, Andrea Dotto, Stacia Fernandez, Marc A. Heitzman, Ryan Kasprzak, Andrew Leggieri, Lauren Mufson, Mike Nappi, Jessica Lea Patty, Jeff Pew, Keven Quillon, Corey John Snide, Emily Tate and Mindy Wallace.Set in 1945, The Bandstand tells the story of a mismatched band of military veterans who join together to compete in a national radio contest in New York City with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners. But with complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of war, going all the way for a win in the contest seems like a dream that may break these musicians.The production will run through November 8.last_img read more

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