first_imgAaron Tveit(Photo by Bruce Glikas) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Aaron Tveit’s MiscastGrease: Live’s (and your Broadway boyfriend) Aaron Tveit, along with The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo, The Wiz’s Shanice Williams, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess, Allegiance’s Lea Salonga, Our Mother’s Brief Affair’s Linda Lavin, Waitress’ Keala Settle, Noises Off’s Megan Hilty, On Your Feet!’s Ana Villafañe and more have been tapped for MCC Theater’s Miscast 2016. The previously announced gala event, where Broadway’s hottest stars perform songs from roles in which they would never be cast, will honor stage and screen star Marisa Tomei. Can someone get us tickets to the show on April 4 at the Hammerstein Ballroom, pretty please?Broadway Alums Enlisted for London’s MormonWe just want to take this opportunity to say “hello” to KJ Hippensteel and Asmeret Ghebremichael, who recently began performances as Elder Price and Nabulungi, respectively, in the West End’s The Book of Mormon. Hippensteel’s credits include Mormon on Broadway and the U.S. tour of Wicked; Ghebremichael’s Main Stem credits include Mormon, Legally Blonde and Wicked. The production is running at the Prince of Wales Theatre.Tune In Reminder: American Crime StoryDon’t forget, the first episode of the eagerly anticipated American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which stars a slew of stage faves, will air on February 2! The FX series is from mega producer Ryan Murphy and we have a sense that Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Steven Pasquale as Mark Fuhrman, Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin, Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey and more will prove compulsive viewing!Budweiser Taps Helen MirrenDame Helen Mirren has won both the Tony and the Oscar for playing the Queen and she recently put on her most magisterial tones for Budweiser’s 2016 Super Bowl Commercial, instructing all drivers to #GiveADamn. Check out Mirren in action below; the Super Bowl is on February 7 and we are not ashamed to admit that we absolutely had to look that one up!last_img read more

first_img “By bringing together regional experts we develop relationships, networks, and trust that enable us to form cooperative biosurveillance efforts that facilitate the vital sharing of information. The meetings also enable us to share ideas, tools, methodologies, and spark new ideas that help us all streamline our efforts to meet our biosurveillance obligations under the International Health Regulations,” said Dr. Marty. Steve Wetzel, director of SOUTHCOM’s Policy and Plans Directorate, was taken aback by seeing that the workshop brought together such a diverse group of “professionals that are so knowledgeable in their areas of expertise, that the question now is how to continue to promote and project the ideas that resulted from this [workshop] out to the public, in order to implement laws and processes for the future.” In total, more than 27 experts from Belize, Canada, Colombia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United States brought their experience and the unique perspectives of diverse agencies, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, the Pan-American Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Mexican Department of Health’s Diagnostic and Epidemiological Reference Institute, the U.S. Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, the Mexican Center for Disaster Prevention, the Pacific Disaster Center, the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, the New York State Department of Health and the Computer Sciences Corporation. But the common theme throughout the varied public health prevention and response-related discussions was that sharing information is vital for prevention, as well as involving policy and decision makers from the region as a whole into these discussions. Dawn Brown, Chief of the Building Partnerships Division at the DTRA, concluded, “The scientific reason we should all care about public health threats is the amazing speed at which things are changing. Effectively identifying those threats and managing [the information] collectively is very important.” Dr. Marty agreed: “Rapid recognition of a health threat followed by prompt sharing of reliable information about emerging or expanding health threats, facilitates rapid action to minimize, halt, and if possible, end a health threat. Reducing health threats strengthens all of our nations and helps bring prosperity and security to our region.” Very good. Cool The things that female journalists go through Very good Very good It seems good Of course it is important for society. We must support and contribute so that these projects achieve the highest positive and efficient outcome in favor of the large majorities which are the poor people. That’s great. Very good. Excellent. Awesome. Excellent. Unfortunately my country did not participate in that event, so important for my Venezuelan people. Thank you for spreading the word through this media, ayd. James Rodriguez scored the best goal of the World Cup. James deserves it. He scored the best goal of the World Cup. Excellent. Very good team. Very good Awesome. Very good. It’s a good service. Very good. They are very good Exelente, que el sr lo bendiga amen amen amen Especially during these times, because of Ebola in the African countries, we must join efforts to prevent world propagation. Our worse disease is indifference: it is generalized, contagious and shows no symptoms! Excellent, strength is in unity, and this initiative will make the efforts to protect the health of the American continent more efficiently. Synergy generates broader benefits at all levels. It’s good to exchange ideas on things. Interesting. It’s good to think about the future and prepare alternatives and strategies, especially when it comes to healthcare!!! The study and control of the microbial world is extremely important…otherwise it means the extinction of mankind and biodiversity. It should be done in parallel with other factors such as economics and POWER, it should be action after action. The Ebola is a living example of this. I like to comment. If you’re using it for that purpose, then it’s very good. I’m certain that the earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is to recover from it. And, on the other hand, if the threats against the health of a country or region are dealt with, there will be more development and progress. “From Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, there is a common vegetable and animal route that we share, so we have to organize a regional entity to establish common lines of communication efficiently,” said Dr. Elsa Villarino, from the CDC in Mexico, during her working group conclusion. Lecturers like Dr. Aileen Marty, professor of Infectious Diseases at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, who set the scene by talking about the disease risk environment in the Americas, brought to light the principal disease risks in the Western Hemisphere, including infectious diseases and zoonoses, those infectious diseases that are transmitted between species from animals other than humans to humans or vice-versa, such as Tuberculosis, Malaria, Dengue and Chagas disease. Dr. Marty said, “Biosurveillance efforts must be both domestic and international, as well as cooperative because health threats, especially communicable diseases, may cross borders quickly and threaten people throughout the region, and potentially worldwide.” In addition to simply identifying which are the diseases that can be communicated throughout our society, however, the workshop delved into topics like the operational challenges that arise from maintaining situational awareness among partners who notify the CDC; bio-safety and bio-security best practices from a U.S. public health laboratory perspective; an assessment of how risks and vulnerabilities become threats; meeting biosurveillance international health regulations; using biosurveillance to transform healthcare; crisis management and strategic communication; specific country cases and a coordinated and cooperative way ahead. From April 1-4, the U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Policy and Strategic Initiatives Division brought together senior public health, military and civilian experts from 12 nations in Central America, South America, the Caribbean and the United States to discuss the challenges of preparing effectively to address a biological event. The 2014 Biosurveillance Challenges in the Americas Workshop was co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), which serves as the DoD’s official Combat Support Agency for countering weapon of mass destruction; and the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, the National Defense University’s pre-eminent academic institution for teaching, research, and outreach on defense and security issues affecting the Americas, both of which had representatives participating at the four-day event. The objective behind such an event was to promote the idea that coordinating disease surveillance activities across the Central, South American and Caribbean region has long-term benefits that reach far. According to the event organizers, coordinating national plans and programs can yield benefits in the ability to leverage regional strengths and capabilities while gaining an understanding of limitations, therefore enhancing early recognition of emerging disease threats and improving response effectiveness. By Dialogo April 21, 2014last_img read more

first_imgIn today’s marketplace, one of your greatest competitive advantages is your company culture. It speaks volumes about you. Culture tells employees what it’s like to work with you, and culture tells members what it is like to do business with you.  And whether you know it or not, your credit union has a culture, a way of telling the world who you are, what you stand for and what they can expect.Let me give you an example. Last week I wanted to take dinner to a sick friend and his family. Notice I said take not cook!  You didn’t really think I was going to cook did you? So, I called a restaurant that I know has take-out and ordered ten dinners to go. Within an hour of placing the order, my sick friend called to say their kids would not be home for a few days, so please do not bring too much food.Not a problem, I simply called the restaurant back and asked to move my order from ten to five. Without taking a breath, the employee said no, she said our “policy” is that to-go orders had to be six or more. Frustrated I called another restaurant. This time, I chose one of those healthy grocery stores that had salads, meats and vegetables already prepared. Their response?  Their response was that they needed 24-hours’ notice to do to-go orders. Really? Twenty-four hours’ notice to put five pieces of chicken (that is already prepared) in a box?  Whatever, so I called restaurant number three. A small place my husband and I eat on occasion and I was not even sure they did take out. I explained the situation to the employee answering the phone, and she said absolutely we will have everything ready to go by 5 p.m.  At five I walked into the restaurant not only to find my to-go orders ready, but a get well soon card signed by all of the employees for my sick friend. Now as a customer, I can tell you what the culture is for all three of those restaurants. Having never been to a team meeting, never read their vision and mission, and never interviewed a single person on the team. The first two restaurants have a culture of policy, procedure and command and control. The last one, the one where I finally got my order, has a culture of customers first, experience focus, and employee engagement. Guess which one I will be returning to?How do I know? Because culture is displayed by how your employees actions, and what your member’s experience. This is a marketplace where culture matters, because the only thing differentiating you from your competition is the experience you provide. No matter how unique, spectacular or amazing you believe your products or services are, to the average member they are a commodity.  So it’s not what you offer, but how you offer it. And how you offer it is culture. Why Culture Matters1. What Attracts Great Employees – to provide an amazing customer experience, you need to have amazing employees? And what attracts great employees? A culture they believe in and one they want to be a part of. Great pay, strong benefits, those are all icing on the cake, culture has got to come first if you want to attract, engage and fully retain top-talent.2. What Attracts Members – like it or not the experience your members have is dependent upon how much your employees care. The stronger your culture, the better your member experience. The better your member experience, the better and more loyal your members will be.3. What Gets Strongest Return On Investment For Both – great employees are more productive and more efficient. They are as passionate as you are about the growth of your Credit Union.  And when your employees are engaged that drives the member experience. The better the member experience, the more your members buy, the more loyal they are and the more referrals you will receive.  All of which grows your credit union.Again, in a world where the products you sell have become a commodity, and the competitive landscape is increasing, the only differentiator you have left is to build a culture that engages top employees, and attracts top members. So how do your drive culture?4 Strategies To Drive Yours1. Define It – first things first, and that is that you need to define it. What do you want your culture to be? A great exercise to do is to have your team write down the five words that they think defines your culture now, and then you write down the five words that describe your perfect culture – what you want it to be. The difference can be powerful. Culture is not what you say, it’s how everyone on your team acts.2. Create The Why – with your culture defined you need to give your team a reason to engage in it –give them a why. Employees want to be a part of something, to a reason believe in your company, and reasons to choose you over working somewhere else. And that reason is your why – your purpose.  If you hire a loan officer to make loans – that is all they will do. Hire a loan officer to make a difference in the financial lives of your members and they will go above and beyond.3. Develop Ownership – when employees believe in your culture, when they have bought into the why they are ready to be a part of it. It’s time to develop ownership, give them skin in the game. When you lead  you get to define the “what” but the question of “how” you should give to your team. When you ask employees how you simultaneously give them voice and responsibility, and those are two strategies to create skin in the game.4. Offer Potential –last but not least you have to provide next steps. A strong culture is one that provides a future for employees, identifying and investing in their potential.  Programs like mentorship, performance planning and on-the-job training for career advancement, all tell employees they should invest in you because you are invested in them.Credit Unions have a powerful mission, and a strong purpose. Bringing that to the forefront of what drive employee engagement, and member experience is how to build a strong a culture. A culture that ensures growth and competitive advantage. This is an economy where culture is the only differentiator you have left, and it is a powerful strategy for success no matter what this economy does. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meridith Elliott Powell Named One Of The Top 15 Business Growth Experts To Watch, Meridith Elliott Powell, is a leadership and sales expert, who helps her clients learn the strategies they need to … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgHave you ever called out a colleague or team member for doing something wrong?  You expected an apology, or at least acknowledgement of their error.  But instead they tried to prove YOU were wrong and they were right?That’s what happened to Michelle.Michelle was not happy with her business partner.  While at an industry conference, he purchased an expensive training program.  She did not find out about the purchase until she was doing the monthly accounting and saw the credit card statement.  This was just another in a long line of purchases her partner Marco made without consulting her. Michelle called Marco into her office and let him have it.“How could you spend that much on a training program?  And without even consulting me?  How can you be so disrespectful? That’s my money too!  We’re super tight on money this month and you’re spending a fortune on training we don’t even need!”Did Marco apologize?  See the error in his ways?  You probably already guessed that’s not how he reacted.“What are you…my mother?  I have to check in with you for every penny I spend?  Guess what, it’s MY money, too!” Marco said while going red in the face. The meeting went downhill from there.Does this situation sound familiar?  All too often in conflicts each side is dug in, trying to prove they are right and the other person is wrong.  This creates a “push against” scenario where each side is focused on winning vs. actually solving the problem.What’s the magic word that can help de-escalate conflict?If you want to make conflicts less contentious and more productive, use the word perspective. The magic of the word perspective is it helps mitigate the “I’m right, you’re wrong” dynamic of confrontations.What would have happened if Michelle had used the word perspective?Michelle: “Marco.  I want to talk to you about this training program you bought.  You didn’t consult me.  It was a lot of money. From my perspective, that felt disrespectful.  We’re in this business together.  And money is tight this month.”Now, Marco still might have a bad reaction.Marco:  “What, I have to check in with you for every penny I spend?”Michelle:  “Not every penny, but from my perspective, this was a big chunk of money. Can you walk me through your thinking on why you bought the training?  I’d like to hear your perspective on our financial situation.  I’m not sure we’re on the same page.”Move to a framework that acknowledges personal experienceRarely is any situation black and white.  We all bring our own life experience and perspective to situations and decisions.  We see the world through our own lens. Conflict arises when we do not understand why someone said or did something. We assign them reasons and motivations that are often wrong.   That disconnect comes from the fact that we are looking at the same situation, but from our own perspective.Framing your position as your “perspective” vs. a stated fact makes it harder to argue against. So the next time you are in a confrontation or conflict, instead of going into an “I’m right, you’re wrong” framework, start with this phrase:“You and I may have different perspectives on this.”  Share your perspective and be open to hearing theirs.  It may make those conflicts easier to resolve. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Buchanan Holly Buchanan is the author of Selling Financial Services to Women – What Men Need to Know and Even Women Will Be Surprised to Learn. She is the co-author of The … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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first_imgAustralia: Westrail has been prosecuted by Worksafe Western Australia for failing to provide automatic train protection at Hines Hill crossing loop; two people died after a National Rail driver failed to stop at a red signal in January 1996.Formal approval has been given for National Rail to compete with V/Line for freight moving within Victoria, and V/Line to operate interstate services. NRC is due to start trials with driver-only operation this month on the Albury – Melbourne and Adelaide – Port Augusta lines. A second driver will be carried if required during the trial phase.China: CR has completed tracklaying on 135 km west from Kuerla on the South Xinjiang Railway (RG 8.96 p468); work should reach Kuqa by the end of the year, with opening throughout due for 2000.Double-tracking of the Houma – Yueshan railway in Shanxi and Henan provinces was completed in January, with commissioning of the second track from Liyuan to Yuanqu.Denmark: DSB is planning to spend DKr8m on construction of 80 large 1·5MW wind turbines alongside railway lines to supply electric traction power.Estonia: The government is canvassing freight customers for interest in taking over EVR’s Haapsalu – Riisipere line as a private operator.France: Jet Services has abandoned plans to introduce TGV freight services on the Marseille – Lyon – Paris – Lille route.Dijon has approved a routing for the proposed TGV Rhin – Rhlast_img read more

first_img18 Sixth St, South TownsvilleMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“One of the best things about living there is the street because we have great neighbours.“I also work at JCU and lot of people who live there work or study at the university.”The house has a self-contained separate area as well as many outdoor entertaining areas.The steel and Jarrah kitchen fits in perfectly with the house’s Queenslander heritage.Ray White Julie Mahoney owner Julie Mahoney is marketing the 647sq m property and said it would make a great family home.“It’s a beautiful house and I think it is really true to itself,” she said.“The current owners have lived in it since their children were babies so it’s grown with their family. 18 Sixth St, South Townsville“It’s beautiful without being old fashioned and it also has a sense of individuality.”Ms Mahoney said South Townsville was becoming increasingly popular with house hunters.“South Townsville has always had a lot of interest but the stadium is adding a bit of excitement to the suburb,” she said.“The suburb has been really tightly held by original owners who were working class and worked on the railway or at the port but now we’re seeing a wave of urban, young professionals moving in.” 18 Sixth St, South TownsvilleOwner Ryl Harrison said during the past two decades they had extensively renovated the house and raised it while still paying homage to its Queenslander roots. “We brought a lot of things back that had been changed to suit the 1970s style back to the original style and how it would have looked when it was first built,” she said.“The house works really well now because we lived in it before we did any changes to make sure the design would work.center_img 18 Sixth St, South TownsvilleA CLASSIC, double-storey Queenslander in the popular suburb of South Townsville is up for sale for the first time in more than 20 years.The home, at 18 Sixth St, has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, five-car parking and a pool.It will be sold under the hammer on March 12 at the Ville Resort & Casino, while offers are also invited prior to the auction.last_img read more

first_imgShip owners and operators are facing pressure and numerous challenges as the shipping industry sails further on its migration path to decarbonisation.Amid all of the uncertainty, one company has decided to go back to the roots of the shipbuilding industry in order to find the answers to carbon neutrality.Sailcargo, the emerging freight company, is moving toward achieving its mission through the construction of an emission-free cargo tall ship. To feature a length of 45 meters and a beam of 8 meters, Ceiba will have a 100% electric engine, which will be coupled with solar batteries, panels and wind turbines to make all auxiliary power 100% renewably sourced.“Shipping value-added products with a carbon-neutral vessel allows ethically-produced products to reach their destinations without causing harm to the environment along the way. Additionally, the idea is to ultimately raise awareness and show the world that there is an alternative to conventional shipping,” company representatives, Shani Meintjes and Danielle Doggett, said in an interview with World Maritime News.The ship’s entire propulsion system would run emission-free as its two variable-pitch propellers function both as a means of propulsion and a generator while sailing. Designed by Sigma Plus Associates, the engine would power the vessel during maneuvers or when there is no wind present.The engine would be charged by the actual employment of Ceiba under sail, meaning the wind itself, as well as through solar power from panels upon the deck, both powering the lithium ion battery, which stores the energy for when it is needed the most.“All auxiliary power is therefore renewably-sourced because the battery is powered when the ship is sailing and/or under sunlight, so never will it have to be charged at port or otherwise outside of the vessel itself,” Sailcargo explained.“This is the world’s largest drive system to do so, making it, not only completely self-sufficient, but also an effective cost-savings option, and furthermore, the ship will never have to wait in line or pay for bunker fuel.”Ceiba, which is expected to eliminate over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 every year, would be deployed on the Pacific Coast. The vessel is under construction in Costa Rica and aligns with the country’s efforts to become the world’s first carbon-neutral country by 2021.“Furthermore, through our ongoing tree-planting scheme that intends to plant thousands of trees over the build-phase and beyond, we are helping to reforest the country to rebalance harmful atmospheric gas levels and simultaneously improve soil quality. The goal is to plant 12,000 trees by the time Ceiba is ready to set sail, 10% of which will be available to provide material for more carbon-negative vessels further down the line.”Such a large-scale reforestation scheme would also provide self-sufficient lumber for future ships, for future generations, Sailcargo explained. The keel of the vessel has already been laid, scarfed and lying ready in dry-fit as it is being prepared to be bolted down, while framing is scheduled to start in January 2019. The estimated build time start to finish is 3.5-4 years, meaning that Ceiba would be complete in 2021, “as long as funding stays consistent and goals are met.”Sailcargo further said that the wooden shipbuilding technique without steel makes the vessel even more environmentally-friendly when considering the final phase of the life of a ship, the shipbreaking. With the so-called “old-world” shipbuilding, the wooden vessels are more often than not taken back to where they were built to be disassembled, and the wooden planking and frames are simply left to rot as organic waste.“This is a significant difference in views on shipbuilding: having to account for the entire lifespan of the vessel,” Sailcargo added.Even though Sailcargo representatives think it might be impractical for all companies to come back to basics, they believe utilizing renewable energy to power larger merchant vessels is clearly the way to go in order to reduce environmental impacts and pollution of big shipping.“Implementing the use of renewable energy, such as wind power through sails or electric energy through solar power onboard are definitely going to be beneficial to power the big container ships in the industry and ensure the survival of the rapid flow of trade we’ve become so accustomed to today.”Speaking on the financial details related to Ceiba, Sailcargo made a comparison between Ceiba and the new Triple E ships, owned by Danish shipping giant Maersk. One Triple E ship costs USD 185 million and is capable of transporting 18,340 TEU, this works out to cost USD 10,087 per TEU. Ceiba will cost around USD 3.2 million and will be capable of carrying up to 10 TEU – resulting in a cost of USD 320,000 per container.“Though our ship will cost more initially, we are also able to charge a significantly higher price for our services, as they are value-added (emission-free),” the company added.While the Triple E ship will charge some USD 0.01 per ton/mile, Sailcargo will have a base price of USD 0.20 per ton/mile, resulting in a much higher gross income per TEU.“Uniquely, this project is entirely funded by people investing in shares of stock in the company. Every stage of progress to date has been funded by a variety of generous people who will see a return on their investment,” Sailcargo explained.Once Ceiba is complete and begins its working life in 2021, the company intends to expand to include the construction of more carbon-negative, wooden tall ships, as well as the so-called Gold Lines, which are proposed extensions to the established Pacific Exchange (PAX) Line that would take Ceiba as far north as Alaska and as far south as Peru or Ecuador.Interview by Erna Penjic; Rendering and Image Courtesy: Pepijn van Schaik/DVS Marine Design (NZ); Sailcargolast_img read more

first_imgSr. Patricia Connor, formerly Sr. Cajetan, age 88 of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Monday, November 6, 2017 at the convent.  Born September 6, 1929 in Hays, Kansas, she is the daughter of Matilda (Nee: Thiel) and Charles Connor.  She entered the convent September 11, 1949 and made her final vows August 12, 1955.  She taught at schools in Ohio and Indiana from 1951 to 1965, then served as Principal of St. Paul’s School in New Alsace, Indiana from 1965 to 1974.  In 1974 she accepted the position of Assistant Librarian at Marian University in Indianapolis, retiring in 2009 after 35 years.She is survived by her sisters Gladys Connor, Lorrie Blackwill, Kay Religa and Karen Vail, all of Kansas; brothers James of Oklahoma and Larry of Kansas as well and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents.Visitation is Monday, November 13th, from 1 -3 p.m. at the convent.  Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Robert Weakley O.F.M. officiating.  Burial follows in the convent cemetery.  Weigel Funeral Home, Batesville, is in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences and complete notice go to  Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN, 47036 ( read more

first_img Published on April 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Alexandra: | @LexieHitzler Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img A State Supreme Court justice withheld decision to proceed with the ongoing defamation case filed against Syracuse University and men’s head basketball coach Jim Boeheim.Justice Brian DeJoseph announced the court will need at least two weeks before ruling on the slander suit at the hearing at the Onondaga County Supreme Court held on Friday at 2 p.m.Former ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang are suing Boeheim and the university for defamation after Boeheim accused the stepbrothers of lying and seeking money after they came forward with accusations of sexual abuse against Bernie Fine, former associate basketball coach for the men’s basketball team. Boeheim’s lawyers argue the coach’s statements were merely hyperbolic and sarcastic.Fine, who was fired from the university Nov. 27, has denied all sexual abuse allegations and has not been charged. He was recently hired as a consultant for the Maccabi Bazan Haifa basketball team in Israel.Attorneys from both sides appeared before DeJoseph. He said both lawyers had given him plenty to review, and he hoped to have a decision within the next two weeks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn Friday’s hearing, lawyers representing Boeheim stated their claim that Boeheim’s case should be dismissed, as he is not guilty of defamation because he made statements of opinion that are protected by the constitution.Lawyers said Boeheim wanted to ‘constitutionally protect himself by offering his opinion’ during a public debate that compared Boeheim to Joe Paterno in the recent Pennsylvania State University case.Attorneys argued that Boeheim had the right to offer his opinion and said reasonable readers would be able to distinguish Boeheim’s statements to the press as his own opinion.‘In his emotional state, he was supporting his long-time assistant,’ said attorney Helen Cantwell, who represents SU.Lawyers representing Davis and Lang said Boeheim made baseless statements to the press that could lead readers to believe their clients were guilty of crimes. Both Davis and Lang were present for the hearing, but Boeheim was not.Davis said after the hearing that he thought it was important to attend the hearing to show support for the lawyers and that he is still confident in the case.‘I am absolutely confident that this is the right thing to do,’ Davis said.Tom Evans, legal counsel for SU, declined to comment after the hearing and said anything that needed to be said had already been stated.High-profile attorney Gloria Allred, representing Davis and Lang, was present for the hearing and said she was confident that DeJoseph would give careful thought to the arguments presented by both sides of the case.‘I am very, very concerned about the way (my clients) have been treated by the university and coach,’ Allred said after the hearing. ‘We’re going to continue to be here to support them.’Allred said she couldn’t predict when a decision will be reached.Said Allred: ‘I don’t have a crystal ball; it could be two weeks, it could be more than that.’ in Chief Dara McBride contributed reporting to this article.  last_img read more