The US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina has temporarily closed its whitewater rafting and kayaking attractions in the wake of a freak incident that left an 18 year-old Ohio girl dead after she came in contact with a rare, water-born amoeba while rafting at the facility.“The US National Whitewater Center has temporarily suspended whitewater rafting and whitewater kayaking,” reads a post on the USNWC’s official website. “All CoolSport activities (land and flatwater) are currently open for operation. Furthermore, all programming, including River Jam and this weekend’s 4th of July Celebration, will proceed as scheduled. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you this week at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.”For more info about the incident and to find out what all will remain open at the whitewater center this weekend click here.
CUNA appreciates the announcement from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week that it will make changes to its disclosure requirements to its current ex parte policy on rulemakings. The new policy gives commenters 10 business days to submit a documentation of a presentation, via written copy or summary, up from 3 days in the original policy.Under the current policy, an “ex parte presentation” means “any written or oral communication” by “any person outside the CFPB that imparts information or argument directed to the merits or outcomes of a rulemaking proceeding.”CUNA believes in the importance of the bureau’s ex parte policy to create a record of communications between credit unions and CFPB staff, and as an avenue to highlight credit union concerns and suggestions to improve CFPB rules. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
More Election CoverageMeet the Senate candidates.How Greek organizations dominate USGApathy stalls student engagementKeck students struggle to connect to Graduate Student GovernmentShould USG have political parties? UCLA does. Meet the campaign managers that are working behind the scenes of the election.Julia Erickson | Daily Trojan Running the show · Paul Breslin, a junior majoring in health and human sciences, serves as the campaign manager for the Austin-Morgan ticket. Breslin met Morgan Monahan through Society 53.Julia Erickson | Daily Trojan A seasoned veteran · Rachel Krusenoski, a sopohmore majoring in policy, planning and development, serves as the campaign manager for the Rachel-Rebecca ticket. She previously ran a senatorial campaign.Julia Erickson | Daily Trojan Friendship promises · Hashim Osman, a junior majoring in business administration, assumed the role of campaign manager in the Million-Vorhoff campaign in late fall 2016. Prior to the election, Osman was Daniel Million’s freshman year roommate. Looking BackSteven Kramer | Daily TrojanArchanaa Lingan | Daily Trojan Voting begins this week for USC’s next student leaders. Check out all of our election coverage and get to know the candidates below.Letter from the EditorUSC’s Undergraduate Student Government oversees a budget of approximately $2.3 million each year. The official governing body for 19,000 students, comprised of six branches and more than 120 members, holds tremendous influence over numerous aspects of campus life. During the past two academic years, USG has negotiated legislation to ban smoking on campus, extend the add/drop deadline for classes and partner with Uber to provide students with free rides.In last year’s USG elections, only 3,162 students cast ballots — a measly 19 percent of the eligible voting population. Why do so few students seem to care about a governing system with such sway over their undergraduate experience? Our staff at the Daily Trojan sought to examine this and other pressing questions about civic engagement, political persuasion and diversity in student government at USC.Read More…Catherine Yang | Daily TrojanGetting Out the VoteAny undergraduate student, part-time or full-time, can vote in the election.Voters will cast their ballot for USG President, Vice President, and Senators. There are 12 elected senators that represent Commuter, Greek, and Residential constituencies.Voting takes place Feb. 7-9. Students can either vote online or in person.Students who vote in person at the polls at Tommy Trojan will get free food and chances to win prizes like Air + Style tickets and ZipCar memberships. Find out more on the Facebook event. DT endorses Rachel and Rebecca.Find out why.
SAN JOSE – Thursday night, home ice, a Stanley Cup Final berth at stake.That is the Sharks’ desperate, adjusted goal now.And that over-optimistically assumes San Jose will rebound from Sunday’s 5-0 embarrassment, win Tuesday in St. Louis and summon more Game 7 magic. The Sharks have made it this far this year by staving off elimination four times. Do we hear a fifth? A sixth?“You’re never comfortable … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.
Arrival of athletes from competing countries may have been disrupted amid concerns about security and organisational problems, but Indian triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary feels glitches are a part and parcel of multi- discipline events like Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympics. Having represented India at the 2006 Asian Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Maheshwary believes no major sporting event can be 100 per cent organised and according to plan.”I do agree that we shouldn’t have waited till the eleventh hour to complete the preparations, but minor hiccups are synonymous with mega sporting events.Although media reported the dilemma among competing countries regarding the safety and preparedness of our country, I was always confident that the Games would take place,” he told Mail Today .”The whole process of preparing the city for the mega event might have been slow, but trust me, the facilities are of international standards and the Games will be completed successfully.”Maheshwary said the athletes in the national camp in Patiala are focussed on the target. “We were never under the delusion that the Games would be cancelled. So we sweated it out at the camp.Being a part of the host country, we have to ensure that we put up a commendable performance. As a result, we concentrated on making use of the training facilities at Patiala rather than losing focus and concentrating on the turmoil in Delhi,” he said.”Also, the fact that we had a feel of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – which is world- class to say the least – during the Asian All- Star Athletics Meet in July, further strengthened our belief that the Games would take place.” Many feel that the facilities at the National Institute of Sports ( NIS) are the best in the country.advertisementMaheshwary also feels that as sportspersons from different disciplines got to spend quality time together augurs well for India.”The authorities also ensured that we got to train according to our competition timings and never complained. For example, I have my event in the evening at the Games, so I used to train once in the morning and once at 7 pm in the evening. Although the tracks are generally closed at that time, they used to happily accommodate me,” he said.”But above everything else, the fact that we got to spend quality time with athletes from different disciplines like boxing, wrestling and women’s hockey team, among others, also proved to be fruitful. We got to know each other really well.” Maheshwary said interacting with the likes of boxer Vijender Kumar inspired him.”I personally interacted with Vijender and he shared his experience of competing at the various ‘A’ class competitions like the Beijing Olympics and World Championships last year.Just hearing those episodes was inspirational.” Maheshwary last represented India in the VTB Bank Continental Cup in Split, Croatia, as part of preparations. Although he finished seventh, he isn’t disheartened.”My major intention behind participating in this event was to compete with the likes of Britain’s Phillips Idowu and not (necessarily) to win the gold,” he stressed.”Although he is not participating in the Games, initially I had considered him to be my toughest competitor.But Idowu’s withdrawal doesn’t mean that it will be an easy walk in the park for me. I expect tough competition from the African and remaining British jumpers.” Maheshwary is aiming for the gold. “I hope to win nothing but the gold medal,” he said.Although people feel that the pullout of the foreign athletes has come as a dampener, he feels they have lost an opportunity to get a taste of the Indian culture.”Even though it is their personal decision to pull out, it won’t affect the credibility of the Games. Every mega event has a few stars pulling out if not for security reasons then due to injury. So this isn’t something new,” he felt.”I think they missed out on an opportunity to come and get a feel of our culture, warmth and hospitality.”
Relationship status can affect who and what we find attractive. A new study has found that if we are in a relationship, we are more likely to be attracted to faces resembling our own, but for single people opposites attract.“For the first time, we have observed how our partnership status affects who we find attractive,” says Jitka Lindova from Charles University in the Czech Republic. The team showed a series of photographs of faces to university students and asked them to rate their attractiveness. The photographs were digitally manipulated so that the resemblance to the student was modified. Images were of an individual of the opposite sex, whose face had been manipulated to look either more or less similar to the student. They were also presented with images of a same-sex individual manipulated in the same way. “We found that single participants, those not in relationships, rate dissimilar faces as more attractive and sexy than self-resembling faces,” Lindova said. This was observed when participants rated both same-sex and opposite-sex faces. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Our interpretation is that attractiveness perception mechanisms that give us a preference for a genetically suitable partner may be suppressed during romantic relationships,” she explained. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. “This might be a relationship maintenance strategy to prevent us from finding alternatives to our own partner, or perhaps self-resemblance becomes more important in terms of the social support we expect receive from relatives, which are known as kinship cues,” Lindova explained.