Hike & Bike mobile application of the island of Krk presented

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the island of Krk, in cooperation with all tourist boards on the island, has developed new, free mobile applications KRKhike i KRKbike.Hike & Bike is a new, free application for all lovers of the island of Krk who love walking and hiking, and allows you to search for hiking and mountaineering trails, and GPS navigation routes. Krkbike application allows you to search for bike routes by categories, road, MTB and trekking as well as allows GPS navigation of routes.You can download the KrkBike and KrkHike app for iOS and Android here .The most important thing in the whole story is to inform your guests about these applications, because it was made just for them, ie those guests who want an active vacation. Share this information through your newsletters and your social networks, and you can also print a notice and put it in your accommodation units.Don’t forget, guests do not come to the island of Krk because of your accommodation, but precisely because of the offer of a tourist destination, and that active vacation, ie content, is one of the solutions to extend the tourist season.last_img read more

Qld Labor Senator Anthony Chisholm has sold his home

first_imgSenator Anthony Chisholm has sold his Wavell Heights property. Picture: realestate.com.au.QUEENSLAND Labor Senator Anthony Chisholm has sold his Wavell Heights home for $870,000.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoThe four-bedroom, two-bathroom house was being sold without a price guide, but was last advertised for sale in November for offers over $890,000.The home was built in 2008 and overlooks a park and is close to schools, transport and shops including Westfield Chermside.It was marketed through Tristan Rowland and David Simmons of Place Aspley with property records revealing it was now sold.Senator Chisholm was elected to the Senate in 2016, grew up on Brisbane’s north side and attended Wavell State High School.He served as Queensland Labor State Secretary between 2008 and 2014 before taking on the role of campaign director for the 2015 state election, which saw the Palaszczuk government sweep to power.last_img read more

BIR urged to defer tax on online sellers

first_imgMANILA – Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to postpone its plan to impose taxes on small-time online sellers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.The proposed taxation at the height of the economic and health crisis is “ill-timed and insensitive,” Gatchalian stressed, saying this will only add unnecessary burden to ordinary Filipinos who are trying to make ends meet to feed their families during pandemic.“Taxation on online goods and services during the pandemic will also prompt digital entrepreneurs to pass on the additional expenses to their customers, mostly belonging to the middle-class brackets,” said the senator, who co-chairs the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs.Gatchalian added that premature taxation on online sellers at the height of economic turmoil will impede the growth of the country’s growing digital economy.“Importante ang tamang timing sa pagtatakda o pagtataas ng buwis. Hindi tama ang timing ng BIR na patawan ng tax ang mga online sellers na karamihan sa kanila ay nagsisimula pa lang makabangon muli dahil nawalan ng trabaho,” Gatchalian said.He urged the government to instead help create a vibrant digital economy by resolving some of the key concerns of the eCommerce industry such as lack of trust, improving internet and logistics infrastructures, and lack of governing entity at the regional level that can fight cybercrime and settle cross-border disputes.“Before we impose new taxes on the digital economy, we should first think of ways on how we are going to develop this industry in order to provide more jobs and opportunities to all Filipinos. I believe premature taxation will only do harm than good to our growing digital economy,” he said./PNlast_img read more

Lawrenceburg Tiger Standout Logan Lawrence Awarded Cato Memorial Scholarship

first_imgThe Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. is pleased to announce this year’s group of 13 senior student‐athletes who will be honored next month with the 2018 C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Awards.To reward the efforts of Indiana’s complete student‐athletes, Methodist Sports Medicine, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, Sport Graphics, Inc., and WTHR‐13 have partnered with the IHSAA to sponsor the program. These well‐rounded, positive role models have demonstrated excellence in academics, school and community involvement, character, sportsmanship and citizenship.Each individual will receive a $2,500 scholarship for their prep accomplishments and be recognized onThursday, April 19, 2018 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis as part of the Thomas A. Brady Sports Achievement Awards established by Methodist Sports Medicine.This year’s recipients are: 2018 IHSAA / C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award Recipients.Indira Brown – Yorktown; Braxton Cerqueira – Floyd Central; Aryn Eash – LaVille; Tori Harker – Lebanon; Andrew Kline – Covington; Karmen Koch – Huntington North; Kaitlin Kost – Tecumseh; Logan Lawrence – Lawrenceburg; Erin Ludwig – Penn; Eli Mock – Martinsville; Thomas Perez ; Griffith; Kyle Wade – Kokomo; and Alex Wolfe – White River Valley.last_img read more

La Liga: Cadiz secure promotion for the first time since 2005

first_img However, despite losing 1-0 at home to Fuenlabrada this weekend, results elsewhere have secured their move back into the top tier. Cadiz were last promoted to the Primera Division back in 2005, before being immediately relegated at the end of the 2005-06 season. Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney Princesses6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWorld’s Most Delicious Foods Read Also: Man City to learn fate of Champions League ban appeal today Huesca are in pole position to secure the second automatic promotion place, with the Aragonese side two points clear of the play-off places. The final promotion spot is still to be decided, with Real Zaragoza, Almeria, Girona and Fuenlabrada making up the top six as it stands. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Segunda Division side Cadiz have sealed a dramatic return to the top flight, for the first time since 2005. Alvaro Cervera’s side have looked nailed on to secure promotion following the restart of the 2019-20 season in June. Cervera’s side are favourites to go on and win the Segunda title, with a five point lead over second place Huesca, with two games to go.last_img read more

Liga Iberdrola: Oshoala celebrates as Barcelona Women’s team are declared champions

first_imgRelatedPosts FIFA bonus to provide immediate $8m boost for women’s football 2013/2014 NWPL to kick off on March 1 Asisat Oshoala took to her Twitter handle: @asisatoshoala, to celebrate her Barcelona’s Women team as they were declared champions of the 2019/2020 Spain’s Liga Iberdrola.“21 games played, 19 won, 2 draws, 0 defeat, 86 goals for, 6 goals against. Top of the league since game day 3,” the four time African Football Player of the Year wrote in Twitter. “I’m just gonna say we have the best team. Congratulations my queens, ever working technical crew, fans all around the world. WE MADE IT ! CHAMPIONS 19/20.”The team was declared champions on Friday after the national soccer federation’s executive committee agreed to end all non-professional competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The 25-year-old had won the Copa Catalunya last August and Super Women’s Cup in February.NAN.Tags: Asisat OhoalaBarcelona Women TeamLiga IberdolaWomen footballlast_img read more

Wenger welcomes Giroud return

first_img “Usually field work is three weeks away from full group training, then there is fitness. “It looks straightforward for Debuchy. It’s not inflammation, it’s just repairing surgery. “For Koscielny, it depends how well he responds to training. At the moment he looks good.” Wenger will be hoping Arsenal can rediscover their defensive cohesion against a United side themselves hit by injury. Jack Wilshere was deployed in a deeper midfield role for England over the international break and produced a man-of-the-match display against Slovenia at Wembley before again excelling during the friendly win in Scotland. While the 22-year-old accepts Wenger currently prefers to utilise his natural attacking qualities further up the pitch, Wilshere is determined to improve all aspects of the position. “The main thought behind analysing players [like Xabi Alonso] was to try and improve in the deeper role I play for England, so I am watching the best players in the world in that position and trying to pick up things from them,” Wilshere told Arsenal Player. “In the position I play at the moment everyone knows I want to pick up the ball and run with it, but if I do that in this new position and lose it, the whole team’s in trouble. “The best players in the world know that and they know when to dribble. “You can still dribble but you have to make sure. There is also the range of passing – in that position I have to start attacks so I can play short or long.” Wilshere added: “You also have to analyse your own performance. I always get the clips sent to my iPad after a game and I go through it and question myself so that I can try and demand a bit more from myself. “I would say I am adding to my game. I am one of the players who wants to pick up the ball in the final third and dribble with it, but now I have got this new role where I am deeper and if I do lose the ball there is big trouble for the team. So the main thing is to be a bit more intelligent.” The France international has recovered quicker than expected from a fractured leg suffered when challenging for the ball in the closing stages of the 2-2 draw against Everton on August 23. Wenger revealed Giroud could even be involved in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium, although the trip to West Brom on November 29 looks a more realistic target. The Gunners boss is confident when he and fellow forward Theo Walcott are fully match fit, the Arsenal squad will have even more firepower at their disposal to add to the impressive form of summer signing Alexis Sanchez and former United frontman Danny Welbeck. “Giroud and (Mikel) Arteta are both available. It is just a question of how ready they are, but they are available,” said Wenger on Arsenal Player. “He (Giroud) is three or four weeks ahead of schedule. Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year, so he is one month ahead.” Wenger added: “Yes (we relied on Welbeck), and on Sanchez as well, but we have Giroud back, we have Walcott back. “Slowly they will integrate into the team again and give us different options.” German playmaker Mesut Ozil, though, is not expected to be “ready before the start of 2015”, according to Wenger as he continues recover from a knee problem. The Gunners’ treatment room could soon be somewhat sparse with defenders Laurent Koscielny, who has been troubled by a niggling Achilles injury, and Mathieu Debuchy, out since August with ankle ligament damage, stepping up their rehabilitation. “Koscielny and Debuchy are doing well, they are out on the field [working] again. We have to see now,” said the Arsenal boss. Fit-again striker Olivier Giroud can help offer Arsenal “different options”, according to manager Arsene Wenger. Press Associationlast_img read more

GFF inks MOU with Chronicle

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the country’s oldest Daily newspapers, when the Guyana Chronicle was chosen as the official ‘Football Print Publication Partner’ in all promotional material and fora, controlled by the GFF.The simple signing ceremony of the MOU was done at the Federation’s Boardroom with the GFF’s President, Wayne Forde,and Editor in Chief of the Guyana Chronicle, Nigel Williams,affixing their signatures to the 2-year deal in the presence of other officials of the two entities.The partnership aims to establish an open editorial in the Sunday edition of the Chronicle for perspectives on the ‘Beautiful Game’ as well as a twice-weekly Infomercial Strips during the football season and once weekly during the out of season period.Forde,in highlighting the benefits of partnering with The Guyana Chronicle,gave an overview of the deal before the signing, ”Today marks a symbolic accomplishment for the GFF. Football over the past years has not enjoyed the opportunity to have its programmes and plans strategically located within the network of our Print Media and we saw it fit to engage the attention of the Guyana Chronicle, which is traditionally a strong newspaper, but I think with the presence of football,will get even stronger”.“Over the next couple of years we are going to be very active in the development of the Sport in laying a lasting and sustainable foundation.One of the key objectives is to bring the Guyanese Public along with us for the ride. The only way we could achieve this is by having our plans and works properly reported. We want to own the narrative, and the opportunity that Chronicle has extended to the GFF will help in that regard.”“ On behalf of the Executive, our 22 members, the fraternity and fans of the GFF, this is a ground-breaking opportunity for football and I am very encouraged that it is going to benefit both the GFF and Chronicle’s future.”In his remarks,Mr Williams thanked the GFF for the opportunity to work with the Federation in assisting to promote football, ”We are in a phase of rebranding and changing the face of the Chronicle,so we see this as a great opportunity where we can reach out to the young people who play the sport as well as the general public. Football as you know, we call it the ‘grassroots’ sport, and we recognize that as a state-owned newspaper we can play a big role in promoting the game and helping young people to find alternatives rather than getting involved in crime and other deviant behaviors.“We will do all that is required to honour this agreement and to ensure that whatever we signed on to,we meet it in both letter and spirit.Thanks for the opportunity to strategically promote football and the development of sport in general.On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, thanks and I hope this will be a fruitful and beneficial agreement.”last_img read more

Cricket News Ambati Rayudu’s omission should be debated more than Rishabh Pant: Gambhir

first_imgGautam Gambhir feels sorry for Ambati Rayudu after his exclusion from World Cup squad. Rishabh Pant has missed out from the World Cup squad. Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar are included in the World Cup squad.  “I think there should be no debate about Rishabh Pant’s exclusion but more about Ambati Rayudu,” Gambhir told PTI during an interview here Tuesday.”It is very, very unfortunate that someone averaging 48 in white-ball cricket and is only 33 has been left out. That for me is more heartbreaking than any other selection decision,” said the outspoken Gambhir.Rayudu was called India’s first-choice No.4 by captain Virat Kohli a few months ago but low scores in the home series against Australia last month led to a rethink by the selectors. Gambhir was not picked for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and for a brief period contemplated quitting.”I feel sorry for him as I was in a similar position in 2007 when they (erstwhile selectors) didn’t pick me and I know how difficult it is not being picked for the World Cup. Ultimately for any young kid, it is a childhood dream to be a part of the big event. So, I feel more sorry for Rayudu more than any other cricketer, who hasn’t been picked.”However, Gambhir, who has been Pant’s first first-class captain, felt that this omission can’t be termed a setback at all as he had not grabbed the opportunities presented before him.”This is not a setback at all. Why is it a setback? He has not consistently been part of white-ball cricket. He got his opportunity but unfortunately couldn’t grab it. So it cannot be termed a setback,” said Gambhir. Gambhir had captained a successful franchise side (Kolkata Knight Riders) for seven years. What does a captain tell a player in the midst of an IPL season when he takes such a hit. Can a player focus on the IPL?”He (Pant) is playing Test cricket. He should be happy about it. And one thing I have tried to maintain is that you have got to stay in the present.”For all that Rishabh knows, there may be someone sitting at home and thinking that he could have been in his position (playing for Delhi Capitals). Playing for Delhi Capitals, you are in a position to take your team to the playoffs.”You have age on your side, so just keep performing. He was never a part of white ball cricket consistently and it was the selectors’ call between him and DK. He shouldn’t think too much about it,” added Gambhir. The 38-year-old didn’t want to dwell too much on the pros and cons of having Karthik in the side now that he has been selected. But he feels Karthik being a consistent second-choice keeper in white ball cricket went in his favour apart from experience.”Dinesh was a backup keeper in white-ball cricket for a long time. Possibly he is being seen as a better keeper compared to Pant as (Chairman of selectors) MSK (Prasad) has said. He has also deemed a better finisher. Probably that’s how they think.”But if you ask me, I had said my second keeper was Sanju Samson as I feel he is one of the best going around. He has the quality to be No 4 for a very long time,” said Gambhir.”It’s up to the selectors…I mean whether to go with Rishabh Pant or experience of DK. Now we have to back whoever is going as it’s not important who has gone but the focus should be on bringing the World Cup home.”The Indian team looks devoid of a Plan B in the current set-up but Gambhir believes that it is the duty of the captain and the coach to ensure that they have one.”It’s up to the captain and coach to decide whether to have a Plan A, B or C or not. I am not in that situation so I don’t know what plans they have in store.” If they feel this is the best 15, then we must try and support them. Right now, it’s not about who’s going and not going, it’s about bringing back the World Cup,” he concluded. highlights New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Monday. The selection committee has gone with four specialist batsmen, two wicket-keepers, three all-rounders, two wrist spinners, and three speedsters. And even when the squad looks balanced, two renowned names missed out – Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant.The former’s omission from India’s World Cup squad after just three failures is “heartbreaking” but there should be no debate on Rishabh Pant’s exclusion as he didn’t grab his chances, feels former India opener Gautam Gambhir. Veteran Dinesh Karthik being favoured over Pant has been roundly criticised with Sunil Gavaskar calling it a surprising move. But the hero of the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup final said Rayudu not making the cut is the most unfortunate bit about the squad announced on Monday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Chief hearing officer of NCAA’s Committee on Infractions discusses Syracuse’s sanctions

first_img Published on March 6, 2015 at 5:51 pm Editor’s note: the following is a transcription of the teleconference held Friday by Britton Banowsky, the chief hearing officer on the case for the NCAA Committee on Infractions and Commissioner of Conference USA, and reporters to discuss the NCAA’s sanctions against Syracuse.Banowsky: “It’s important to know at the outset that there were few facts in dispute and most of the allegations were also not disputed with some exception obviously. This case is characterized as Level I, meaning it involves a severe breach of conduct, that is to say there were several violations that seriously undermined or threatened the integrity of the collegiate model of athletics. Because the case had some violations that occurred prior to the recent penalty reform, the institution was entitled to the application of the less severe penalty structure. The case spans a considerable length of time and primarily involves the sport of men’s basketball. Key findings in the case include impermissible payments to students athletes via (a) booster involved with AAU basketball from an AAU account, ongoing failure to adhere to the university’s drug testing policies, and multiple episodes of academic misconduct in most cases designed to ensure that the student-athletes remained eligible for the basketball team.In addition it is now concluded that the head men’s basketball coach failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and failed to monitor the activities of the individuals in his program. Under bylaw, the head coach is presumed to be aware of the violation and  responsible for the violations committed by those he supervises. Finally the committee found that over the course of a 10-year period, the institution failed to exercise control and monitor the conduct and administration of its athletics program.We were fortunate to have on the panel Dr. Michael Adams, president emeritus from the University of Georgia, as well as Dr. Thomas Hill, vice president of academic services from Iowa State and Joel Maturi. Each brought decades of experience on campus and a solid perspective on  issues in this case which really go to the core values of NCAA and higher education. As outlined in more detail in the report, the penalties include five years of probation from March 6, 2015 through March 5, 2020. Vacates of all wins in which ineligible men’s basketball student-athletes played in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11, 2011-12, and ineligible football students played in 2004-06 and 2007. The public decision contains additional details about the vacation of wins. There are fines, including a requirement that the university return to the NCAA all funds it received from it’s appearances in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The suspension of the head basketball coach from the first nine conference games of 2015-16, the reduction of men’s basketball scholarships by three in each of the following years: 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. Reduction in the number of permissible off-campus recruiters from four to two during June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017. The committee and the panel also noted and accepted school’s self-imposed postseason ban for the 2014-15 season. One more point to share, the investigations in this case went on for an extreme and excessive period of time. I think there’s a timeline available for those who want to see it, and the panel noted this fact and hopefully this case will trigger a process reform to require more timely resolution of cases in the future.”Could you speak to the Syracuse Athletic Director’s exertion that the hearing on the school’s unwritten drug policy was “too confusing” to follow and was that a reason Syracuse challenged some of the drug test allegations later on?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBanowsky: “Relative to drug testing, as you know there’s no requirement that institutions have a drug testing policy but if they do, they are required to follow it. In this case there was a policy that required actions if the student-athletes test positive, and numerous student-athletes tested positive on numerous occasions without being withheld from competition. So the written policy was simply not followed and I think the panel felt like if there is a written policy, the very purpose of a written policy is to create some level of clarity.”In the new (penalty) structure, would the head coach have been eligible for that one-year suspension that coaches are being held to in the new structure?Banowsky: “Yeah, the answer is I believe so. We’re 18 months into the new reforms processes and for the most part they seem to be working. The penalties in the new system are very severe and I think that was intended by the NCAA Board of Directors when they adopted it. But important consideration is when in fact a case predates the reform, the institution is not subject to the more severe penalties. But had that not been the case, this is a Level I case, a serious breach, aggravated circumstances, so you’d be looking at a minimum of six years probation, minimum two years postseason ban, minimum of 25 percent scholarship cuts which can go up to much more, and I think it’s a minimum of 50 percent of a season in terms of suspension. So I think everyone needs to be noting that we’re moving into a new place relative to the severity of penalties going forward.”The report says the drug testing policy was failing to be adhered to starting in 2001, there’s no games vacated until 2004-05, can you explain why games were not vacated earlier than that?Banowsky: “There wasn’t any allegation in the case at all that there was ineligibility prior to I think 2004. In fact I think there was a statue of limitations agreement between the staff and the university that triggered off of May 2003.”What is the committee’s reaction when they get word that there is a self-imposed ban prior to the announcement of any sanctions? As a followup to that, what is your personal reaction to how necessary that is to penalize mid-year, students that are not even involved in the case, rather than starting it out fresh the following fall as all these penalties are?Banowsky: “If an institution, through it’s responsibilities to investigate violations on its own campus wants to self-impose a penalty, there’s nothing to prevent that from happening. So as you know in previous cases, even in the Miami case, it was a long, protracted investigation and case. There were two postseason bans, self-imposed immediately on the football program. It becomes more problematic when it’s in the middle of football season or the middle of basketball season. It also obviously becomes more problematic post-hearing but ultimately it’s the university’s call if they want to do that.”The report says the institution identified 24 basketball victories, 11 football victories, but if I’m reading this correctly it sounds like the panel expected that there would be more, and has directed them to come back at the report in 45 days. Can you give any indication precisely how many victories for both sports you’re expecting to be vacated, or at least some indication on how much you expect those to increase?Banowsky: “I think we just want to make sure we get it right. I think it’s more or less a clerical matter that the university and the staff have to get together and make sure the math is done correctly, up or down.”You said that the coach would probably be facing at least a half-season ban under the new guidelines, was the nine-game ban the maximum ban he could get under the old standards?Banowsky: “The current system, there really aren’t brackets around it. And the new system going forward there’s more prescribed penalties that in cases that are Level I, severe and with aggravation, the panel will be required to impose. So going forward it’s going to be more prescribed than it is right now.The university has kind of come out and disputed Jim Boeheim’s responsibility for the violations, how do you factually support the contention that he’s personally responsible for any of them?Banowsky: “The rule’s pretty clear that the head coach has a duty to monitor the activities of those in the program and is also presumed to be accountable for their violations. And the presumption in the case was not effectively rebuttled at all, I mean in fact the coach hires the director of basketball operations to improve the legitimate performance of the players, he did it by logging into their email accounts and exchanging communication with professors with what the student needs to do. And then in concert with the basketball receptionist, (they) assisted in the preparation of coursework for the players. So in this case the panel felt the head coach should be responsible for the people who report directly to him, most certainly.You said most of the allegations were not disputed but in the report it says that Jim Boeheim did in fact dispute that he should be held accountable, correct?Banowsky: “You know that’s an exception. There were the controversy over that as well as whether the institution should be held accountable for a lack of institutional control.”What kind of effect did Syracuse’s postseason ban have on the penalties?Banowsky: “I mean, we noted it and accepted it. That’s it.”What were the chances had they not done that, that you would have imposed a postseason ban for next season?Banowsky: “I don’t want to speculate about that.”You said that a statute of limitations was reached between the staff and the university for May 2003. What constitutes staff? Is that NCAA enforcement staff or Committee on Infractions staff?Banowsky: “I asked that question this morning, because I thought it might be asked on this call. The enforcement staff in its reply indicated that the parties agreed the pertinent date in May 4, 2003.”Related to coach Boeheim, he is the one name that stretches throughout this investigation. Just how important should the NCAA treat the matter of coaches not making sure that the rules are being followed?Banowsky: “It’s very serious. The rule has been around for a while that holds head coaches responsible in all sports for the violations that take place in their program and it’s not enough to say I thought they knew the rules and thought they were following the rules. There’s a higher level of responsibility that attaches to the head coach, because ultimately he or she is responsible.”Can you speak more to how and what contributed to the “extreme and excessive” (time) period (of the investigation) and how you could see that being rectified going forward?Banowsky: “From my perspective having been on the membership side of the NCAA for quite a while, I think it’s really harmful for these processes to go on for too long. I think the reputation of the university gets unnecessarily put out there in the public, pre-hearing. So I’m a big advocate for figuring out a way to expedite these things and move them along and do it in a way that’s more thoughtful from a timing perspective. In this case I think the NCAA enforcement staff has to take some responsibility here. They ultimately were managing an investigation on their side. I think the processing of some of the academic misconduct issues on campus obviously added to the delay, certainly they weren’t expedited because it took some time. And even in the last couple of months, issues were being appealed to the NCAA’s governance groups on interpretive issues. The bottom line is that it’s unacceptable I think for our membership to have cases that drag on this long.”I was calling in regards to how many wins were being docked from coach Boeheim, do you guys have a number on that?Banowsky: “We’ve encouraged the staff of the NCAA and the staff of the university to get together and make sure they do the math well, so I really don’t have a number right now.”There’s been this broader effort to crack down on academic fraud. We keep hearing some numbers being thrown out regarding how many schools are being investigated, and you mentioned this case…So I’m wondering how do you and the NCAA kind of view the relation to this broader effort and is that going anywhere?Banowsky: “One of the elements of this case was a NCAA decision to defer to institutions because the academy is really a better place to have matters of academic fraud resolved. So that certainly took place in this case, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have violations in terms of providing academic extra benefits and support that go clearly beyond what the other students on campus get. So I think step one is to be deferential to the university’s systems and processes, but ultimately if you have a situation where the desire to achieve success on the basketball court overrides academic integrity, it really demonstrated clearly misplaced priorities. So that’s where the NCAA processes come in.”I know there’s been some efforts to sort of revamp what the NCAA can do in terms of academic fraud issues, have committee members talked about where you all stand on this moving forward?Banowsky: “The committee is one place for that conversation, but really it’s a conversation for the broader membership in all of higher education. Academic misconduct is something that isn’t isolated to student-athletes and sports, it’s across the board. I think you’ll see more so the next several months and even longer, a more focused dialogue about where the lines are drawn here and what expectations are placed on the NCAA enforcement program to pursue these matters.”Why did the committee settle on nine games and was there any thought of a longer suspension?Banowsky: “The committee discussed it, an appropriate penalty, and did some review of prior cases in terms of the discussion. But ultimately it just felt like nine games was the right place, it actually represents 50 percent of the conference season, I think the conference season is an 18-game season. The group just felt like that was the right place to be.”Compiled by Connor Grossman, asst. copy editor, cgrossma@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more