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Rams are 3.5-point underdogs in ‘road’ preseason game vs. Chargers

The NFL preseason isn’t a time to watch your favorite players throw for 300 yards or rack up 150 yards on the ground. In the first week of the preseason, most teams will limit their starters to a series or two – if they play at all.

In Saturday’s Rams-Chargers matchup, you shouldn’t expect to see any of their top players on the field. That makes betting on the game and predicting the outcome pretty difficult.

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But if you’re still interested in throwing down a few bucks on this “Fight for Los Angeles,” we’ve got everything you need to know. Here are the latest betting lines from Tipico Sportsbook.

Moneyline:

  • Rams +130 (bet $100 to win $130)
  • Chargers -160 (bet $160 to win $100)

Spread:

  • Rams +3.5 (-110)
  • Chargers -3.5 (-110)

Over/Under: 30.5 points

This is technically a road game for the Rams, but since they share SoFi Stadium with the Chargers, they’ll be right at home on Saturday night.

Last preseason, the Rams went 0-3, while the Chargers went 1-2 in Brandon Staley’s first run through these exhibition contests. The Chargers scored the second-fewest points of any team, however, with just 23 points in three games.


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Using nature and data to weather coastal storms

Using nature and data to weather coastal storms
As extreme weather events become more common, seaside regions are particularly vulnerable. Credit: James Peacock via Unsplash

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense, sometimes with tragic consequences. Europe’s coastal cities are preparing to meet the challenges with help from nature and data from outer space.

As the people of La Faute-Sur-Mer—a small French coastal town in the Vendée north of La Rochelle—tucked into bed on the night of 27 February 2010, a was raging out at sea.

Swirling, cyclonic winds, high waves and heavy rain blown up across the Bay of Biscay combined with a high spring tide to wreak havoc as it battered the coastline of western France. Residents awoke to a scene of utter devastation.

Perched perilously between the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the river Lay on the other, the town was completely inundated by flooding from the storm surge. Homes, property and businesses were ruined.

Of the 53 people in France who died as a result of Storm Xynthia, 29 were from La Faute.

In a town with a population of just 1,000 people, it was a devastating tragedy.

Extreme weather

Such are becoming more common and seaside regions are particularly vulnerable, says Dr. Clara Armaroli, a coastal geomorphologist who specializes in coastal dynamics (how coastlines evolve).

In response, the University School for Advanced Studies (IUSS) in Pavia, Italy, is leading a pan-European project to develop an early-warning system to increase coastal resilience. Armaroli coordinates the project, called the European Copernicus Coastal Flood Awareness System (ECFAS).

“Given climate change and , we know there will be an increase in the tendency and the magnitude of coastal storms,” Dr. Armaroli said.

“What’s needed is an awareness system at a European level to inform decisions.”

ECFAS has been set up to develop a proof-of-concept for an early-warning system for . It will develop a functional and operational design.

It draws on data and uses tools from the EU’s Copernicus Earth observation satellites and from the Copernicus Services.

Central to this is how data about storm surges, magnitude of flooding and potential impact could be incorporated into the EU’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service (Copernicus EMS).

Copernicus EMS is a space-based monitoring service for Europe and the globe that uses satellite data to spot signs of impending disaster, whether from forest fires, droughts or river flooding.

Coastal flooding is not yet part of the Copernicus emergency management mix so ECFAS wants to “plug the gap” says Armaroli.

This will ensure that coastal flooding is monitored in future and that such vulnerabilities become part of its watching brief.

In addition to charting the progression of storms that break on Europe’s coastlines, the ECFAS team is integrating data about the changes to shorelines caused by coastal erosion. It’s a growing concern as sea-levels rise across the globe.

Boundary erosion

“The vulnerability and exposure of our coastal areas are also increasing due to erosion, which is narrowing the boundary between the land and the sea,” said Dr. Armaroli.

The early-warning system will gather data from an array of sources, all of which impact flood risk. This includes geographic factors such as and cover, soil type, tidal changes, wave components and sea levels.

It is being designed to provide forecasts for coastal storm hazards up to five days out. Potentially, it could work in tandem with pre-existing regional and national systems to improve local defenses.

Looking beyond the proof-of-concept stage, Armaroli hopes ECFAS-Warning for coastal awareness can play a critical role in helping areas better prepare for when disaster strikes.

“Our work has started a process, but in the future, we hope this can really help increase the resilience of our coastal areas to the coming extreme weather events,” she said.

On the west coast of Ireland, in the Atlantic seaport town of Sligo, an environmental engineer named Dr. Salem Gharbia is taking the challenges faced by to the next level.

With the project—SCORE—Smart Control of the Climate Resilience in European Cities—Dr. Gharbia’s team is building a network of “living labs” to rapidly and sustainably enhance local resilience to coastal damage.

“Coastal cities face major challenges currently because they are so densely populated and because their location makes them vulnerable to sea-level rise and climate change,” he said.

With SCORE’s network of 10 coastal cities—from Sligo to Benidorm, Dublin to Gdańsk—Dr. Gharbia intends to create an integrated solution that should help coastal centers to mitigate the risks.

“The main idea behind the concept is that we have coastal cities learning from each other,” he said.

Co-created solutions

“Each living lab faces different local challenges,” he said, “But each has been established to include citizens, local stakeholders, engineers, and scientists to co-create solutions that can increase local resilience.”

Through the network, SCORE wants to pioneer nature-based solutions such as the restoration of floodplains or wetlands that reduce the risk of flooding in coastal regions. It’s a model that is already proving effective.

One example, a project to bio-engineer sand dunes in Sligo for stronger natural defenses, is also being tested in Portugal.

The team is developing smart technologies to monitor and evaluate emerging coastal risks. In addition to using existing Earth observation data, this means the community can become involved through new citizen science projects aimed at expanding local data collection.

In Sligo, locals are already getting involved in the monitoring of coastal erosion using what Dr. Gharbia terms “DIY sensors”—drone kites—equipped with cameras, to survey local topography.

Elsewhere, citizens are helping to monitor and record water levels and quality, as well as wind speed and direction with a variety of other sensors.

Sustaining local citizen involvement in this way is crucial to SCORE’s success, said Gharbia.

“It’s essential that this is two-way for citizens,” he said. “Without engaging them fully in the process of co-design and co-creation of ideas to mitigate risks, you will never get them committed to the types of solution proposed.”

Data sources

All of this, of course, is creating a wealth of new data from a multitude of sources. But Dr. Gharbia is adamant that an integrated approach is critical.

“The main reason we’re developing this system is,” he said, “We’ve realized that to increase climate resilience we have to utilize all the information coming in from different sources.”

Ultimately, the goal behind the work is for a real-time, early warning system that could be used by local and regional policy makers to test a range of “what if” scenarios.

Currently, the team are categorizing the data and optimizing the systems and models. In time, they hope other regions can learn from the approach and develop similar living labs.

Dr. Gharbia said the impact of his research project should be “to create an integrated solution that can be used in multiple different locations and can make a big impact in increasing local coastal resilience.”

Resilience like it should spread far and wide. “The main purpose is a solution that can be replicated and scaled up,” said Dr. Gharbia. The tragic consequences of more frequent and more intense coastal storms must be averted.


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GOP spends big in state-level effort to change Constitution

DENVER (AP) — The fliers piled up in mailboxes in central South Dakota like snow during a high-plains blizzard: “Transgender Sex Education in Schools?” one asked. “Vote Against Sex Ed Radical Mary Duvall for State Senate.”

The mailers were part of a $58,000 campaign against the five-term Republican lawmaker, an enormous sum of money in a place where the cost of running for a statehouse seat is typically in the low five figures. Despite the subject of the attack ads, Duvall was targeted not for her stance on sex education but for her opposition to a longshot bid by some conservatives to force a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

“I knew they were angry at me, but I had no idea this was going to be coming during my primary campaign,” said Duvall, who ended up losing her race by 176 votes.

Duvall opposed legislation that would have added South Dakota to 19 other states calling for a gathering known as a convention of states, following a plan mapped out by a conservative group that wants to change parts of the United States’ foundational document. When that number hits two-thirds of the states — or 34 — under the procedure laid out in the Constitution, a convention would meet with the power to amend the 235-year-old document.

The campaign against Duvall was part of a more than $600,000 push in at least five states earlier this year by the group, Convention of States Action, and its affiliates in Republican primaries to elect sympathetic lawmakers who could add more states to its column. Much of the money comes from groups that do not have to disclose their donors, masking the identity of who is funding the push to change the Constitution.

Mark Meckler, the group’s president and former head of Tea Party Patriots, issued a brief statement saying the group was committed to being active in the midterms “in a big way.”

For years, Convention of States Action has been a staple of the conservative political scene. But its engagement in primary campaigns marks an escalation at a time when parts of the conservative movement are testing the limits of the nation’s political rulebook, pushing aggressive tactics from gerrymandering to voting restrictions.

The track record of the convention group’s spending is spotty. In South Dakota, where the group and its affiliates spent more than $200,000 targeting four state Senate seats, Duvall was the only one of its targets to lose. And the challenger who beat her, Jim Mehlhaff, said in an interview that he thinks the group’s intervention hurt him.

“I didn’t appreciate the negative tone of their mailers. It probably cost me some votes,” said Mehlhaff, a former member of Pierre’s city commission who had his own base of support in the district before the intervention of Convention of States. “This is South Dakota. People don’t like negative campaigns.”

Mehlhaff was baffled at the notion that a possible constitutional convention factored so heavily in his race: “Convention of states is not my issue at all,” he said.

Supporters of a convention argue it’s the best way to amend the Constitution — especially to take power from Congress, which has to approve by a two-thirds vote any proposed amendments that don’t come from a convention. Still, no amendments have been implemented through a convention since the Constitution was ratified in 1788.

Backers argue that any amendments that emerge from the convention would have to be approved by even more states than required to call it — three-quarters, or 38 of them — ensuring that the only changes would be measures with broad support. The GOP would have the upper hand in that venue, though, as it controls the legislatures in 30 states.

One liberal group is pushing for a convention to change campaign finance laws that has won backing in four states, while another effort by conservatives seeks one to impose a balanced budget amendment. The Convention of States group is more vague on its goals, stating that it seeks a gathering that could pass amendments only to “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.”

That alarms many Democrats, who see the push as a partisan effort to write conservative goals into the Constitution. But several conservatives have also balked, fearing that a convention could open the document to changes they wouldn’t favor, such as on gun control or campaign spending.

“Lots of things can happen that we can’t predict” if there’s a constitutional convention, said Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the conservative Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. “A lot of Republicans are temperamentally conservative and don’t like taking large leaps into the unknown, and they are going to be seen as dragging their heels.”

The convention group has won some successes lately. Earlier this year, it persuaded South Carolina’s GOP-controlled Legislature to approve a motion for a convention, making it the 19th state, all Republican-run, to sign on. But it has been stymied in some solidly conservative states such as South Dakota, whose state Senate has repeatedly voted down resolutions for a convention.

Duvall said that’s because Republican voters there don’t want a constitutional rewrite.

“The majority of my constituents I’ve talked to say ‘No, this is a bad idea and dangerous,’” Duvall said.

Robert Natelson, a retired law professor who formerly served as an advisor to Convention of States Action, said that’s a result of fear-mongering. He has researched historical conventions of states and said they have clear procedures and limitations. They have occurred throughout the country’s history with varied records of accomplishment, on subjects ranging from the war of 1812 to how certain Western states would share water from the Colorado River.

“This was a process designed for the people to use,” Natelson said. “If you think everything’s going well, if you’re part of the 15% of the population that has a favorable view of Congress, then you don’t want a convention.”

The movement is using money to combat skepticism. Convention of States Action and its affiliated foundation reported raising more than $10 million in 2020, according to IRS documents. As nonprofits, the organizations do not need to disclose most of their donors.

The Convention of States’ recent spending came through multiple newly created political groups that steered campaign money around the country, largely shielding donors from disclosure.

“They have gone out of their way to set up a web of dark money groups to obscure where the money is coming from and evade reporting requirements,” said Arn Pearson, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which filed complaints with authorities in Arizona and Montana against the network’s campaign apparatus.

In Montana, the network spent $126,000 on radio ads and mailers to support two state legislators and a candidate for a state House seat after failing multiple times to get a resolution through the Legislature. The state Commissioner of Political Practices found the group failed to register as a political organization and report its campaign spending.

According to a disclosure report it filed in Michigan, the group also spent more than $40,000 supporting statehouse candidates there. It spent $10,000 on statehouse races in North Carolina. A group it formed in Idaho reported spending more than $100,000 before the state’s May 17 primary, including more than $75,000 against state Rep. Judy Boyle, a conservative who co-wrote a newspaper column with a liberal lawmaker about why a convention of states was a bad idea.

A seven-term lawmaker, Boyle said she’d been warned the group would target her and said their radio ads falsely claimed the local right-to-life group endorsed her opponent.

“I knew then that the group believes the ends justify the means and they would go to any length to smear me, which they did,” Boyle said via text message.

She eventually won her election — by six votes.

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Athens Community Arts and Music Festival returns after two year hiatus with a diverse line up of music, theater, and more

Athens Community Arts and Music Festival returns after two year hiatus with a diverse line up of music, theater, and more

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens Community Arts and Music Festival (ACAMF) returns tomorrow after a two year pause due to Covid. Attending the festival is free. Festivities kick off at noon and will fill the stretch of West Union Street bookended by Congress and Court Streets.

This year’s event spotlights several regional arts organizations, including the Athens Photographic Project, Ohio Valley Summer Theater (OVST), Arts West, Factory Street Dance Studio, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Stuart’s Opera House, and more.

Participating organizations and vendors will line the perimeter of the festival area with booths, each one of them bringing something unique to the event. These booths are in addition to a stage which will host live music and a whole lot more throughout the day.

“I don’t know of any other festivals in the area that would have a set from an amazing singer-songwriter like Adam Remnant and then pieces from a musical right after it,” said longtime festival organizer Scott Winland. “In the middle of the lineup you may have a band followed by a flash mob from the Factory Street Dance Studio – which is just really cool. I like that we can mix it up, and it’s not just like going to a concert – or at least not a typical concert.”

A poster for the Athens Community Arts and Music Festival. The image is done in a cartoon style, featuring a person with a tuba wrapped around them and a painting depicting a clown face behind them. Further behind them is a rendering of Union Street in Athens.
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This will be the first year ACAMF is a DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) event, meaning that attendees will have the opportunity to take alcoholic drinks from either of the DORA bars on Union Street (Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery or The Union) and enjoy them out in the street area of the festival. Winland said Jackie O’s will even have a takeout window for this purpose.

Winland said ACAMF has roots in the Athens Community Music Festival he first organized in 1999 with the help of local business person Jim Fuller. Initially the Athens Community Music Festival took place on the top of the City’s parking garage, but within a few years it migrated to local music venues.

When Winland became a member of the Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC), he posed the idea of shutting down a section of Union Street to host the festival. He found support for the idea from AMAC, the Athens City Council, and Mayor Steve Patterson.

A picture of text noting the lineup for the 2022 Athens Community Arts and Music Festival. The line up is: 12 p.m. - Another Language All Together, 12:30 p.m. - Laughing Chimes, 1 p.m. - Arts West Selections from Fun Home, 1:30 p.m. Laura Nadeau, 1:45 p.m. - Brad Swavarinski, 2 p.m. OVST Selections from various musicals, 2:30 p.m. Adam Remnant, 3 p.m. Alicja Pop, 4 p.m. Lincoln and Heather, 5 p.m. Darrin Hacquard, 6 p.m. Hill Spirits, 7 p.m. The D-Rays, 8 p.m. DANA, 9 p.m. Ernie Johnson From Detriot
The lineup for the 2022 Athens Community Arts and Music Festival. [facebook.com/Athens-Community-Arts-and-Music-Festival I WOUB]

Winland said the pandemic still impacted the organizing of this year’s festival, even if it didn’t lead to its cancellation.

“We’ve all been in this strange sort of adjustment period. I think it’s beyond ‘are things gonna be open?’ or ‘How long is this pandemic going to be impactful?’” he said. “I think also philosophically everybody had a weird shift in deciding how much they go out, how much they plan in advance for things.”

Although planning this year’s event has been different than in past years, Winland said the abundance of help he’s received in planning ACAMF 2022 has made organizing much less strenuous. Winland said one of the people who have been key in organizing the festival is Talcon Quinn, who happens to be the daughter of Jim Fuller, who helped Winland catalyze the Athens Community Music Festival over 20 years ago.

“I’m really proud of the fact that we get to do this sort of thing in our town,” Winland said. “We live in the kind of place where you can go to the mayor of the city with an idea like this, and not only do you get support, that idea flowers into something this cool.”

The Athens Community Arts and Music Festival takes place Saturday, August 13 on Union Street between College and Court Street. The festival is free and kicks off at noon.


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New Jersey university faces scrutiny amid financial emergency

New Jersey City University is facing scrutiny from the state government following a financial collapse that saw a dramatic reversal of fortune with the institution reportedly going from a surplus of $108 million in 2013 to a deficit of $67 million amid plans to expand NJCU’s campus.

Last week Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, called for an investigation into the university’s finances.

“These figures, if true, are deeply troubling, and require an immediate, independent investigation to understand how the financial situation deteriorated so rapidly over an eight-year period,” Murphy wrote in a letter to the state’s comptroller formally requesting an investigation.

Now it appears that state authorities are poised to open such an investigation.

“We’ll look into what has happened at NJCU and follow the facts where they lead us,” the acting state comptroller, Kevin Walsh, wrote in part of an email to Inside Higher Ed. “If anyone has information related to this matter, please reach out to us through our website.”

The NJCU Board of Trustees acknowledged the request in a statement by Board Chair Joseph F. Scott, who said “we welcome any additional review of the university’s financial situation as we work collaboratively with our partners in government, labor and our student, faculty and staff community to move our institution onto solid ground and set it on a path to future sustainability.”

The Board of Trustees did not reply to a request for comment. But NJCU officials have pushed back on the criticism — and reporting — arguing that critics misunderstand the financial position of the university, that journalists have overstated the reported surplus, and that enrollment issues and changes to national accounting standards are the real cause of NJCU’s financial woes.

Now NJCU, a minority-serving institution which enrolls around 6,000 students, many low income and first-generation, is in the crosshairs of state investigators as the fall semester nears.

The Financial Collapse

According to faculty members and local media, NJCU went from a surplus to a major deficit within the span of less than a decade under the leadership of former president Sue Henderson, who resigned last month, earning a potential payout of $1 million amid a financial emergency, which has the Board of Trustees seeking a $10 million lifeline to keep the university afloat.

Faculty members have pointed to a number of alleged financial missteps by Henderson, largely related to ambitious expansion projects that have drained university coffers and failed to pay off.

Under her leadership, NJCU built a new business school, extended its campus to nearby Fort Monmouth — which one state official is now urging NJCU to surrender to another college — and aimed to expand the campus by building a new performing arts center and luxury apartments.

Prior to Henderson’s departure, employees noted — in a University Senate resolution critical of her leadership — numerous other factors, such as “changes in state contribution to the university budget; changes in student enrollment and retention; adjustments to guarantee pensions, and other reasons.”

Enrollment and retention challenges have weakened NJCU finances, Francis Moran, a political science professor and president of NJCU’s University Senate told Inside Higher Ed via email. According to university figures, NJCU fell from enrollment of 7,951 total students in fall 2019 to 5,841 students this fall, though officials note those numbers will likely increase before the semester begins.

“I think the main problem was that we’re a tuition driven institution, and we hit a bad cycle of declining enrollment just when we embarked on some ambitious expansion plans,” Moran wrote. “COVID didn’t help any (aside from the lifeline that federal funding provided in the short term; it killed the enrollment from our feeder community colleges). Our retention rates have also not been that solid and we were on this treadmill of constantly finding new students to fill the seats.”

University leaders argue that a number of factors, not poor leadership, have drained its finances. An NJCU spokesperson points to declining state contributions — falling from $26.1 million in 2015 to $21.5 million in 2020, with fluctuations along the way — and an enrollment drop of more than 2,000 students during the COVID-19 pandemic, which it still has not recovered from. But the main cause of NJCU’s financial woes, officials claim, is a change in accounting standards.

A statement provided by NJCU from First Tyron Advisors, a financial services firm retained by NJCU, argues that the university never had a surplus but rather that its net position was $108 million positive and that recent reporting has conflated the concepts of surplus and net position.

One key issue, First Tryon Advisors said, is the 2015 adoption of changes issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, an organization that establishes accounting and financial reporting guidelines for state and local governments and entities like public colleges.

“The reference to decline in Net Position is also being discussed without appropriate context, as the [NJ.com] article does not provide commentary on the implementation of GASB 68 a new, pension-related accounting standard that was required, beginning in 2015,” part of the NJCU statement reads. “NJCU’s Net Position is currently negative ($61M), but only because of GASB 68. NJCU’s Net Position would be $84M without the 2015 change in accounting standards.”

The statement added that attributing that decline to leadership “is completely inaccurate.”

Ben Durant, the recently hired chief financial officer at NJCU, added:” In the year it was implemented, GASB 68 had a $115 million negative impact on NJCU’s Net Position. This was a change in reporting requirements not an actual decline in Net Position. In all practical respects, nothing had changed. The accounting rules simply required NJCU to show a liability that they previously were not required to. In the most recent fiscal year, the GASB 68 adjustment had a $145M negative impact on Net Position.”

When the GASB guidelines were first issued in 2012, to go into effect for the 2015 fiscal year, then GASB Chairman Robert H. Attmore said the new accounting standards would “provide a more faithful representation” of obligations such as pensions liabilities and expenses. At the time Attmore, now retired, said: “Among other improvements, net pension liabilities will be reported on the balance sheet, providing citizens and other users of these financial reports with a clearer picture of the size and nature of the financial obligations to current and former employees.”

What’s Next

Caught in a financial emergency, NJCU has adopted a 90-day interim budget from July 1 to September 30. That budget, according to university spokesperson Ira Thor, “provides funding only for those fixed, mandatory or other costs that are necessary to operate the campus, allowing campus leadership time to develop a full, annual budget (to replace the interim budget) that will incorporate a comprehensive rightsizing plan for long-term sustainability.”

NJCU is focused on five key areas to reach long-term financial sustainability: enrollment and revenue generation; cost cutting in the short-term, intermediary and long-term; selling large assets; reviewing its academic offerings; and administrative efficiency, Thor said by email.

“Specific strategies in each area are currently being developed by cross-collaborative, critical priority teams,” he wrote. “A detailed rightsizing plan will be presented with the annual budget, which will replace the current interim budget and is scheduled for adoption in late September.”

Durant said the university has identified $12 million in cuts.

“Some of those reductions (including furloughs, pay cuts, and vacant position freezes), however, are short-term budget reduction measures, enacted to contain costs while we develop a more comprehensive rightsizing plan to align the size of our institution with the current level of our enrollment,” Durant said in an NJCU statement. “But rightsizing takes time. It can’t be done haphazardly or in a way that visibly erodes the quality of services expected from students. As such, we are requesting an infusion of stabilization funds from the state to give us the runway we need to develop and implement a thorough and comprehensive plan for long-term sustainability.”

In the meanwhile, the university will await a decision on its request for a $10 million lifeline.

According to Moran, details on financial viability efforts “have been scant, but the general view is that we’re going to get leaner and come back to our core mission of serving our community here. There’s also talk of unloading some of the real estate we took on and stopping projects that had been planned. But the bottom line is we need to recruit students and keep them in the seats.”

Moran added that the new administration has been more forthcoming with details in recent days.

Where’s the Oversight?

Faculty members at NJCU have been sounding the alarm for months. In September they voted no confidence in Henderson, who resigned in June, for poor financial stewardship and a lack of shared governance. At the time they noted that NJCU’s financial position has plunged under her leadership. NJCU’s Board of Trustees responded to the no confidence vote by affirming its support for Henderson.

While NJCU’s Board of Trustees noted in a statement that it “believe[s] deeply in transparency and openness” members have avoided discussing NJCU’s financial issues with the press.

But what exactly is the role of trustees in safeguarding a college from financial collapse?

Larry Ladd, a senior consultant at AGB Consulting, noted that while fiscal management isn’t the board’s responsibility, they are tasked with making sure institutions are financially sustainable.

“They’re not responsible for financial management, but they’re responsible for making sure that the assets are used appropriately and there’s a sustainable financial model in place,” Ladd said. “They’re responsible for protecting the assets of the institution over time. That doesn’t mean that they manage day-to-day — they hire a president to do that. But they have to ask the questions to give themselves comfort that the institution is being financially responsible in decision making.”

Ladd said boards must be willing to understand the risks that go into bold expansion plans, as well as ask about deficits and how those will be brought under control by university officials.


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Magic City to the White House? Francis Suarez Presidential Rumors Swirl – NBC 6 South Florida

Could Miami Mayor Francis Suarez have his eyes set on the White House? Recent media reports seem to think so.

The headline on political website Axios Wednesday was an attention grabber, especially for Miamians: “Scoop: Miami Mayor eyes White House.”

According to the article, Suarez recently signed a disclosure form indicating his intention raise money for a political group called Agenda for America.

Agenda for America’s website states the group’s goals include “…to expand our national agenda of empowering and funding police officers, keeping taxes and regulation low, and leveraging technology to empower individuals and address many of our greatest challenges.”

The site is organized by Suarez’s political consultants, with his picture featured prominently on their digital platforms.

According to the Axios article, the group is running digital ads for Suarez in early primary election states, like New Hampshire and Iowa.

“What Suarez is doing is really good for Miami,” said Barry University Political Science Professor Sean Foreman. “He has raised the profile, he has raised interest in investments, he has kept us on the map.”

Conservative columnist George Will recently penned an article touting the mayor as an option for voters looking for a more traditional brand of Republicanism, especially compared to former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Foreman said Suarez faces a heavy lift, especially in his home state.

“In Florida there is a waiting list – Trump, DeSantis, Senators Scott and Rubio – before we get to Suarez on the Republican Party bench in Florida,” he said.

Suarez has elevated his profile in recent years. He’s currently serving as the President of the US Conference of Mayors. He touts the city’s low crime rate and his recent historic property tax rate cut.

Foreman’s advice for Miami’s mayor: smaller steps.

“People thought that maybe Francis Suarez would be better suited to run for county mayor at some point, maybe he’d run for congress or for governor as the next step, and then think about president,” Foreman said.


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‘The Sandman’ Proves Its Worth With A Perfect Week On Netflix

Lots of shows have dominated Netflix
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over the past several weeks. From Stranger Things to The Umbrella Academy to Virgin River—these proven programs have captured the premiere positions on Netflix’s Top 10 charts for virtually the entire summer.

But…that was also expected. Stranger Things proved this week that it might just be the most popular show to ever hit Netflix; with its third season, The Umbrella Academy was the first show to disrupt Stranger Thing’s legendary streak; and between its last three seasons, Virgin River has spent 35 days in the #1 position on Netflix’s daily popularity charts (that’s the second-most ever of any TV show).

What wasn’t expected? For The Sandman to join the ranks of all those other elite shows by completing a perfect week on Netflix.

What’s a perfect week? When a show spends seven consecutive days in the first-place position on the Top 10 charts. It’s pretty rare for a brand new show to do it in the first season. And it’s even rarer for that show to complete a perfect week in its first seven days available.

In fact, only three other shows have accomplished this feat in 2022: Inventing Anna (the latest viral hit from Shonda Rhimes), The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On (which might be Netflix’s most popular reality show ever), and The Lincoln Lawyer (yet another winning series from one of the most successful television show creators of all time, David. E. Kelley). Each of those shows earned themselves the distinction of becoming elite Netflix shows with their runs.

And now is it The Sandman’s turn to join those ranks? The show already has one leg up on The Ultimatum, which couldn’t eclipse Bridgerton to reach the #1 position until its second day of availability. The Sandman, on the other hand, beat out both Stranger Things and Virgin River—the two shows that have spent more time at the top of the Top 10 charts than any other shows ever on Netflix.

But The Sandman will need to extend its streak well past seven days to truly join the elite. All three of the aforementioned shows had first-place streaks that went significantly further. The Ultimatum’s run lasted for ten days, and both The Lincoln Lawyer and Inventing Anna complete a double perfect week with 14-day streaks.

The other shows that have in the past completed perfect weeks with their first season is stacked with undeniable hits: Bridgerton, Ginny & Georgia, The Queen’s Gambit, Tiger King, Squid Game, Space Force, Who Killed Sara?, Ratched, etc.

Plus, plenty of other hits shows weren’t able to achieve perfect weeks in their first season: Emily in Paris, Cursed, Outer Banks, Jupiter’s Legacy. So The Sandman has already gotten off to a better start than other proven Netflix programs.

How far can The Sandman take this streak? The biggest threat this weekend is Never Have I Ever, a show that came just one day short of achieving a perfect week in its first season back in April/May of 2020. And last year, the show only reached the #1 position once. So The Sandman’s streak could very well extend into next week.


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Joe Biden humiliated over Iran policy as US President helping ‘Tehran’s nuclear advance’ | World | News

Iran’s leadership is weighing up its options after efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, which aimed to stop it making a nuclear bomb, reached a crucial point this week. On Monday, the EU gave Iran and the US the “final text” to rescue the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was abandoned in 2018 by then President Donald Trump, who instead opted for a “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign against the Middle Eastern nation. The landmark agreement was signed by the US, Iran, Germany, France, the UK, Russia and China.

Under the accord, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear programme – which it insists is only for civilian use – in exchange for sanctions relief.

Iran’s leadership is now mulling over whether to accept the “final text” after its negotiators returned to Tehran from the crunch talks with Washington in Vienna last week.

But hopes for a speedy conclusion are limited, given that Tehran has been notoriously slow to act since President Biden’s administration relaunched efforts to save the nuclear deal 16 months ago.

Critics of the US leader’s Iran strategy point out that he has given the country relief from sanctions and, through the talks, has allowed Tehran time to further develop its nuclear programme.

Andrea Stricker of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, who is a leading authority on Iran and nuclear weapons, has since torn apart Mr Biden’s Iran approach.

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The expert, who is deputy director of the FDD’s nonproliferation and biodefense programme, accused the President of letting Tehran off the hook.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, she said: “I think Biden has presided over these advances.

“Whereas, under the Trump administration, Iran was more restrained with its nuclear advances.”

Mr Trump took a hardline stance on Iran, which included killing senior Iranian military commander General Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike in Iraq in 2020.

The military chief, who led Iran’s elite Quds Force, was assassinated alongside other Iran-backed militia figures as they were hit by missiles at Baghdad airport.

“Because he was willing to take out General Soleimani and was just less conciliatory towards them.”

Amid Mr Biden’s approach to the nuclear talks, there are fears that Iran could delay the negotiations to further advance its nuclear talks.

Ms Stricker warned of this outcome, saying that Tehran might try to play for time in a bid to secure “more concessions”.

Giving her prediction for the talks, she said: “I think it sounded like Tehran was still weighing this offer.

“And from my sense, they don’t have any buy-in from the Supreme Leader.

“So, they’re probably going to have to wait to see what his ultimate say is on this.

“They may try to drag things out like they have been for the last 16 months and try to make the other side give more concessions.”




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Friction Laminated Materials Market 2022 Business Insights, Drivers, High Developments and Forecast to 2031 – Business News Today


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Who Are the ‘Below Deck’ Female Deckhands Who Used to Be Stews?

Not all Below Deck female deckhands started out on deck. A few Below Deck crew members started in the interior and moved out on deck – and really shined.

To date, no deckhands have moved into the interior. And only one crew member, Anastasia Surmava temporarily moved from third stew to chef on Below Deck Mediterranean Season 4. But thus far, two female Below Deck stews moved to the deck. And one Below Deck Sailing Yacht female deckhand previously worked as a stew.


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