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Robert Kraft ‘truly sorry’ for not meeting ‘higher standard’ in wake of sex scandal

first_img Written by March 23, 2019 /Sports News – National Robert Kraft ‘truly sorry’ for not meeting ‘higher standard’ in wake of sex scandal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMaddie Meyer/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, said in a statement on Saturday that he is “truly sorry” for getting caught up in an investigation into sex trafficking arising from his visits to a Florida spa, where authorities charge he twice solicited sexual favors for money earlier this year.“I am truly sorry,” Kraft wrote in the statement. “I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.”Kraft also described his “extraordinary respect for women” and cited the spirit of his late wife, Myra Kraft, who died in 2011 of ovarian cancer after 48 years of marriage.“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years.”“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”Kraft has been charged by Palm Beach prosecutors with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution for allegedly visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on two occasions earlier this year and paying for sexual favors from the massage parlor’s staff. Two dozen other men caught up in the probe were similarly charged.Authorities set up hidden cameras at the spa as part of a larger investigation into sex trafficking and, according to Jupiter police detectives, obtained video evidence of all of the suspects participating in the alleged sexual acts.Kraft chose to reject a deferred prosecution agreement offered this week to all of the men charged, which would not have required him to plead guilty to any charges, a source close to Kraft told ABC News on Wednesday.Kraft’s attorneys have been engaged in negotiations with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office for much of this week, sources told ABC News, though it does not appear that any deal has been reached to date.Defense attorneys for the National Football League (NFL) team owner reportedly believe that a search warrant that allowed investigators to install hidden cameras inside the spa’s massage rooms was improperly obtained, and note among other things that an investigation premised on probing alleged human trafficking at the Orchids spa has yet to lead to any trafficking charges.“We have looked into it, we’ve looked at the charges brought, looked at the evidence, and there is zero evidence of human trafficking,” defense attorney William Burck told the New York Times.The billionaire team owner has reportedly been deeply distressed by the charges and the subsequent publicity.Several unidentified friends of Kraft told the New York Times this weekend that even a month after being charged, he still “breaks down in tears when discussing the situation.”Triple threatSince his name first surfaced last month in connection with the lengthy investigation into sex trafficking at Florida massage parlors, the veteran Patriots owner is facing a trio of threats — drawing scrutiny from the courts, the NFL and the public at large.If he is cleared of the criminal charges, he could still face censure from the NFL, and if he survives that, he still faces the possibility of potentially embarrassing video of himself at the massage parlor being leaked, or even publicly released under some potential outcomes.The investigation involved dozens of law enforcement officials from numerous agencies as well their counterparts in criminal courts system. Access to such evidence is naturally more vulnerable to misuse the more hands it passes through, defense attorneys and law enforcement officials told ABC News this week.Kraft’s made his statement the day before the NFL team owners’ annual gathering on Sunday in Phoenix — a collection of peers whose judgment on Kraft’s misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution charges could prove equally if not more impactful than any criminal court.NFL Commissioner Roger Godell has punished Kraft’s Patriots more severely than any other franchise during his tenure, according to ESPN. He fined them $250,000, and coach Bill Belichick $500,000, for spying on an opponent’s defensive signals in 2007. He fined the Patriots $1 million, stripped them of two draft choices and suspended quarterback Tom Brady as part of the 2015 “Deflategate” investigation.Even without pleading guilty, league policy states that Kraft could still subject to league penalties, according to ESPN.“It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful.”Earlier this week, a coalition of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking survivor networks wrote a letter calling on Goodell to investigate criminal charges against Kraft and if found to be true to strip him of ownership of the Super Bowl champions franchise, according to a letter released by the coalition on Tuesday.No dealThe proposed pre-trial diversion offer would have required Kraft to either acknowledge guilt or admit that he would have been proven guilty at trial, according to the spokesperson for the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, Mike Edmondson.The Patriots team owner has pleaded not guilty and opted for a non-jury trial before a judge, while assembling a powerhouse team of high-profile Florida criminal defense attorneys.While Kraft is currently facing a statutory maximum of one year in jail, if he were to have accepted the plea agreement, the misdemeanor charges would have been dropped.As part of the statute, Kraft would have had to perform 100 hours of community service, attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and pay a $5,000 fine per count, according to Edmondson.The deal was offered to Kraft and 24 other men charged in the case, though it remained unclear by Saturday if any of the men had accepted the deal.Public records?Depending on the outcome of the case, a key law enforcement figure in the investigation said he believes the alleged video evidence could eventually be publicized.Earlier this week, lawyers for Kraft and 14 of the 24 other men charged in the investigation filed a joint motion seeking a protective order to keep evidence in the case from being released – including hidden camera video of the men in the massage parlor rooms.But prosecutors “declined to agree to the protective order,” Kraft attorney William Burck told the New York Post.“We’ve been surprised and disappointed that the state attorney did not sign on to the protective order, because it is a standard procedure in a criminal case.”The Florida sheriff whose department is overseeing the multi-county investigation told CNBC this week that he expects the video evidence could eventually be released publicly.“I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said on Thursday, one day after Kraft’s attorneys filed the motion for the protective order over the evidence.“Once a case is over, it’s not an ongoing investigation,” Snyder said. “There has to be a specific reason not to release a public record. And the fact that there is sexual activity is not an exemption.”With the case ongoing, the video will remain under seal, Snyder told the financial news channel.“The question is if they plead guilty and the case goes away, will it be subject to public record?” Snyder said. “I think the answer is yes.”The allegations against Kraft came three weeks after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams to win the team’s sixth Super Bowl title.This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kraft’s then-NFL record $172 million purchase of the Patriots in 1994.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Nested wins £37m more funding to expand out of London

first_imgHome » News » Nested wins £37m more funding to expand out of London previous nextNested wins £37m more funding to expand out of LondonAgent that pays vendors up to 97% of asking price to help break chains gets record funding.Nigel Lewis23rd October 201701,888 Views Nested, the estate agent that advances up to 97% of a vendor’s asking price before they sell, has raised £36m in funding from venture capitalists.This is the largest funding round in Europe to date this year for a proptech firm and, added to the £11 million it has already raised during the past 18 months, Nested has so far raised £47 million to fund its unusual mix of bridging-loan style finance and estate agency sales.Billed as the agency that ‘helps you buy your new home before you’ve sold your old one’, Nested received it latest round of cash from a German VC called Global Founders Capital and now claims to have guaranteed “tens of millions of pounds” for vendors.It also says it will be selling between five and ten percent of all London’s property for sale “in the next year”.Launched in January this year, the extra funding is down to the firm’s “aggressive growth” in London, although it is planning to use the new cash to move out into the rest of the UK soon.On Rightmove the company has 84 listings of which six are listed as sold STC and 19 as under offer.Nested works by offering vendors between 95% and 97% of their property’s value up front in cash, enabling them to get on with buying their next home, and then sells their home after which, minus its fees, the rest of the money is then passed on.The company, which bills itself as a ‘property chain breaker’, was founded by Go Cardless founder Matt Robinson (pictured, above), Phil Cowans of music fan site Songkick and architect James Turford.Matt Robinson says 90% of its customers are vendors who have been unable to sell their homes through conventional sales agents.“Anyone who has ever sold a home in the U.K. knows that the system is broken,” says Matt.“We fully anticipate being people’s preferred way to sell their home in the coming years. “Based on current demand, we expect to be doing 1% of London home sales in the next few months and 5-10% in the next year.”Phil Cowans James Turford Nested Matt Robinson October 23, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Musical Theatre, Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track, Instructor,

first_imgCollege InformationThe College of Fine Arts and Design is a center of excellence forthe arts and design, as well as a center of innovation forimproving and promoting arts education. Founded in 2001, thecollege combines the experience of Oklahoma’s oldest publiceducational institution with groundbreaking thinking about the roleof the arts on the 21st century. The College of Fine Arts andDesign nurtures leadership qualities in students, thus expandingthe scope and qualities of their career opportunities. Theinstitution’s emphasis is on student-centered education. thiscommitment to excellence provides students the opportunity tointeract and work closely with our more than 100 outstanding fulland part-time faculty members who are dedicated to developing theartist, scholar, creative professional, educator, citizen andleader as a whole. With more than 200 performing and visual artsevents every year, the college provides students from a variety ofacademic disciplines and programs to come together to viewexhibits, attend special events, experience performances, takeclasses and discuss their work, and ultimately learn to bothspecialize and think from a global perspective. The College of FineArts and Design currently has six academic units, the Department ofArt, Department of Dance, School of Design, Department of TheatreArts, School of Music and the Academy of Contemporary Music andspecialized accreditations from National Association of Schools ofMusic (NASM), National Association of Schools of Art and Design(NASAD) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).For further information see our website ttp://www.uco.edu/cfad .Position SummaryInstructor provides a quality learning experience for students.Instructor faculty perform instruction-related duties andresponsibilities in a timely manner and in accordance with themission, policies and procedures of the college. The relationshipof the Instructor faculty member to the student is one of teacherand facilitator of learning.Department Specific Essential Job FunctionsTeach Musical Theatre I (introductory course), Musical Theatre II,Musical Theatre V (scene study); other musical theatrecourses—Acting for Musical Theatre; Interview and Audition; MusicalTheatre Directing I & II, History of Musical Theatre, Musictheatre Performance Workshop—as assigned. Direct and/or choreographMainStage musicals and revues. Recruit and advise musical theatremajors.Scope/SupervisionReport to the School of Music Director and Dean of the College ofFine Arts and Design.QualificationsQualifications/Experience RequiredAn earned Master’s degree awarded by a regionally accredited orinternationally recognized institution in the field specified inthe position announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairsapproval). Possesses excellent communication, problem-solving, andorganizational skills.Qualifications/Experience PreferredTerminal degree and/or professional equivalency.Knowledge/Skills/Abilities RequiredProfessional experience in directing and teaching. Candidates mustbe committed to the highest ethical standards and demonstrateeffective leadership and teamwork skills. Willingness to teach in avariety of instructional formats (in-person, hybrid, online) asnecessary and appropriate.Physical DemandsReasonable accommodations may be made, upon request, to enableindividuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.last_img read more

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Ocean City Board of Education Introduces New Cohesive Record-Keeping System

first_imgThe Ocean City Board of Education has good news to share with the community involving the record keeping of the High School’s athletic teams.It was recently brought to the Board’s attention that there were some gaps in terms of athletic team records, specifically the former girls’ basketball team. Once the Board became aware of this situation, the Athletic Office, which is currently under the direction of Mr. Jack Pfizenmayer, began meeting with coaches who are working on generating lists of individual and career milestones for this program. They are working as quickly as possible to restore any absent data.Moving forward, Mr. Pfizenmayer, along with the head coaches, will be working to create a cohesive record-keeping system of the individual athletes and team performances to further solidify the legacy of what it is to be an Ocean City Red Raider. The process of gathering the records will involve using statistics, based on standards for each sport. These standards will reflect sport-specific individual and team accomplishments, in addition to the recorded wins and losses. Furthermore, this system will be maintained in an online database for student-athlete and coach access. The athletic programs produce many fine collegiate-ready athletes and offering them access appears the appropriate form of action.Upon completion of this process, the Board of Education will purchase new record boards for each individual sport. These record boards will be unveiled in next school year.As much of the focus has been placed on the athletic teams, the school would also like to celebrate and recognize the visual and performing arts students. Therefore, the Board of Education will be investing in record boards for these programs as well. By doing so, the tradition of long-standing excellence and inspirational success stories that exemplify persistence, hard work, and determination -in essence, an Ocean City Red Raider- will continue to be honored.Ocean City Schools strive to preserve their outstanding accomplishments throughout the years with the help of the students, staff, and community. They want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while the record-keeping system is completed to date.last_img read more

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News story: Your chance to question Ministry of Defence medals and records experts at Family History Shows

first_imgThe MOD Medals and Records Offices, part of DBS, are to attend the following family history shows during 2020The Family History Show South West, UWE Bristol, 8 FebFamily Tree Live, Alexandra Palace, London, 17-18 AprThe Family History Show York, York Racecourse, 20 JunThe Genealogy Show, NEC Birmingham, 26 – 27 JunThe Family History Show London, Kempton Park, 26 SeptThe show will be attended by family historians, societies and genealogical organisations. The MOD stand, will be staffed by a DBS team, with colleagues from the Air Historical Branch and Restore plc.They will offer:Live post 1921 service record search facilityThe MOD continues to hold all service records where the individual had a discharge date of post 1921, these total around 10 million records, with about 500,000 having seen service in World War 1. An assisted search facility will be offered that will in many cases enable confirmation of whether the MOD holds a record for an individual. This information can then be used to apply for the record at the event, or by using the forms on Gov.uk. To assist the search, some or all the following information is required: surname, initials, date of birth and service number.Requesting a Service RecordThe MOD are planning to offer an online service where requests for the military service record of deceased service personnel can be placed. An online payment of £30 will be taken when the order is placed. The MOD will need sight of the individual’s death certificate if the date of birth is not over 116 years ago ie 1904 or before. For those killed in action, reference to the CWGC database will be accepted as proof of death. So remember to bring your relatives name, date of birth and death certificate! Records will be posted to the requester after the event.World War 2 RAF casualty packs search facilityRAF casualty packs from World War 2 are being transferred from the MOD to The National Archives. Using the MOD’s archive and cataloguing database, an assisted search facility will enable identification of the pack that may relate to an individual. This information can then be used to either access the pack at The National Archives, or, for those yet to be transferred, apply for details from the pack using the forms on Gov.uk. To assist the search, the following information is required: the name of the individual(s), date of incident and type of aircraft.Interpretation of service recordsIf you already have a service record but are unsure what it says or how to interpret it, then DBS experts will be on hand to assist you.Veterans BadgeIf you have previously served in the armed forces and don’t yet have a veterans badge, then you can apply for and, after the required validation has been carried out, be issued with a veterans badge.The DBS team look forward to seeing you.last_img read more

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Getting To Know The Belly Up Aspen, The Premier Intimate Ski-Town Venue

first_imgAspen, Colorado is recognized around the world as being a mecca for skiers, snowboarders, and all types of outdoor enthusiasts. However, after the opening of the town’s 450-person venue Belly Up Aspen, the 7,000 person ski town also started to forge an identity as one of the most lauded tour destinations for some of the biggest musical acts globally. Since 2005, the Belly Up Aspen has become a must-play venue for both national and international acts across the musical spectrum, with both fans and artists alike giving serious love to the tiny performance space tucked right at the base of Aspen Mountain.Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing”, Belly Up Aspen, New Year’s Eve 2014[via milehighhouse]For fans, Belly Up Aspen offers the unique opportunity to witness arena-selling acts in the most intimate of settings, while artists revel in the opportunity to give back to their most dedicated fans while also enjoying the best of what Aspen has to offer. While plenty of major headliners play the venue, the Belly Up is widely known for simply bringing in the best of the best—from international headliners and up-and-coming acts in genres ranging across electronic, jam, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, hip-hop, and beyond. Over the years, the 450-room has seen rare, informal performances from the likes of huge heavy hitters such as Widespread Panic, The Killers, The String Cheese Incident, and more Tiesto, plus comedians such as Dave Chappelle and Adam Sandler, rounding up an enviable list of the biggest and brightest talent out there today.Umphrey’s McGee, “Pay The Snucka”, Belly Up Aspen, 3/12/15 [via TourGigs]Upcoming shows at the Belly Up include prodigious talents such as Jane’s Addiction (2 nights), Umphrey’s McGee (3 nights), Railroad Earth, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Atmosphere, Emancipator, The New Mastersounds, Black Pistol Fire, The Revivalists, The Floozies, Big Wild, Galactic, and so many more. Throw in the fact that Aspen will host the Winter X Games in 2018 (January 25th through 28th) for the 16th year running, and the Belly Up will yet again host beyond-rare and deeply intimate performances from X Games headliners LCD Soundsystem (2 nights), Method Man & Redman, Martin Garrix, and Marshmello within it walls. For a full schedule of upcoming events and to purchase tickets to any show on the Belly Up Aspen calendar, check out the venue website.LCD Soundsystem, “Dance Yrself Clean”[via Trocast]Upcoming Shows at Belly Up Aspen:Nov. 30       Matisyahu w/ Common Kings and OrphanDec. 1          Black Pistol Fire w/ CobiDec. 2-3      The Revivalists w/ Muddy Magnolias [SOLD OUT]Dec. 6          Trout Steak RevivalDec. 15        Atmosphere [SOLD OUT]Dec. 28       Diplo [SOLD OUT]Dec. 30-31 Jane’s Addiction [DEC. 30 – SOLD OUT]Jan. 1          EmancipatorJan. 2-4      Railroad EarthJan. 10        The New MastersoundsJan. 14        The MotetJan. 19        The Floozies w/ Daily BreadJan. 21        The WailersJan. 23       Tribal SeedsJan. 24       Method Man & RedmanJan. 25-26 LCD Soundsystem [JAN. 26 – SOLD OUT]Jan. 27       Martin Garrix [SOLD OUT]Jan. 28       MarshmelloFeb. 8         Big WildFeb. 13       Chris Robinson BrotherhoodMar. 7-9    Umphrey’s McGee [SOLD OUT]Mar. 18      Galactic[Cover photo: Belly Up Aspen – ontheDL Photography]last_img read more

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Local Health Officials Report Trouble In Properly Tracking COVID-19 Testing

first_imgPhoto: CDCMAYVILLE – Health officials in Chautauqua County say they are having trouble properly keeping track of novel Coronavirus testing.“We recommend that all county physicians and hospitals notify the Chautauqua County Health Department when a COVID-19 test is performed, but we cannot assure that we have record of every test that has been performed in the county,” said officials. “Thus, we are not able to give an accurate report of the number of tests that have been done.”However, as of Saturday afternoon, officials say there remains no confirmed cases of COVID-19. Thirty-four people remain in precautionary quarantine status and are being monitored daily by public health nurses.Health experts continue to stress the importance of following the precautionary guidelines and social gathering regulations. Complying with these guidelines will help decrease the spread of the novel coronavirus: Wash your hands (for 20 seconds) often throughout the day;Cover your cough and sneezes;Avoid close contact with others (leave at least 6 feet between people); andStay home.Officials say testing supplies and personal protective equipment used when doing a test, continue to be in very low supply, not only in Chautauqua County, but around New York State and the nation.“Please communicate with your healthcare provider’s office if you feel you have COVID-19 symptoms,” said officials. “They will assess your condition over the phone and direct your care. Just having symptoms does not mean you need tested; testing does not change the way your symptoms are treated.”Currently there is no vaccine or medication that will fight the virus.Officials are also asking residents to support local food establishments that are offering takeout, although they ask to continue to practice precautionary hygiene:Keep the suggested 6 foot physical distance between you and other people;Wash or sanitize your hands as soon as you get home and before you eat or prepare food;Wash your hands again after you unpack your groceries/food;Avoid touching your face;Only go to the store if you are feeling well; andThe CDC does not recommend wearing gloves or masks when shopping or going out to pick up food.“Stay well – make the most of your time at home; get out, move and enjoy some fresh air,” said officials. “And always, wash your hands and frequently touched surfaces.  You can wash that virus off with just soap and water.”Officials say the Chautauqua County COVID-19 Response team continues to meet daily to evaluate and respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. This team is made up of local public health and emergency response professionals. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ohio, Five Other States Dropped From New York COVID-19 Travel Advisory

first_imgMGN Stock Image.ALBANY – Six states have been removed from the tri-state Coronavirus travel advisory, which requires incoming travelers from areas of high infection rates to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced the update Tuesday; New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey formed the tri-state advisory back in late June.California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio were removed from the list in this week’s update; Puerto Rico was put back on the list after being taken off last week.There are currently 30 U.S. states and territories impacted by the advisory. The full updated list of states on the travel advisory:AlabamaAlaskaArkansasDelawareFloridaGeorgiaGuamIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOklahomaPuerto RicoSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaWest VirginaWisconsinThe travel advisory quarantine applies to any person that arrives from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.People caught violating the advisory risk civil penalties ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, Gov. Cuomo said earlier this summer.There are exceptions to the quarantine travel advisory rules: Essential workers are exempt and stays of less than 24 hours in an area wouldn’t constitute enforcement. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Wayne Brady Sets Departure Date From Kinky Boots

first_img Kinky Boots View Comments Related Shows Wayne Brady has set an exit date from the land of Lola. The Emmy winner will depart Broadway’s Kinky Boots on March 27 after beginning performances at at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on November 21. No word yet on who will replace him in Lola’s big red boots.Brady received Emmys in 2003 for Whose Line Is It Anyway and The Wayne Brady Show. He made his Broadway debut in 2004 as Billy Flynn in Chicago and also appeared in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. He is currently the host of the CBS reboot of Let’s Make a Deal.The musical, featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, won six Tonys in 2013 including Best Musical.Kinky Boots also currently stars Andy Kelso as Charlie and Jeanna de Waal as Lauren. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019last_img read more

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UVM Dean Domenico Grasso Featured in EPA Report of Science Advisory Committee Accomplishments

first_imgUVM Dean DomenicoGrasso Featured in EPA Report of Science AdvisoryCommitteeAccomplishmentsA soon-to-bepublished report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ScienceAdvice for EPA – Current and Future Challenges, recognizes the service andaccomplishments of EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) members, including formerSAB Chair and University of Vermont Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences,Domenico Grasso.Dr. Grasso, an environmentalengineer, served as Vice Chair of the overall EPA Science Advisory Board andChair of the EPA Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the Protection ofEcological Systems and Services from 1998 through 2007.  He isalso Chair Emeritus of the SAB Committee on EnvironmentalEngineering.  Grasso is featured in the report along with EPAScience Advisory Board colleagues from Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and the WorldBank.EPA’s strategy to reorient the Agency’s ecologicalresearch program around the concept of ecosystem services was evaluated by Dr.Grasso’s committee featured in the report.”Strengthening EPA’s ability to assess the value ofecological protection is a priority for the Agency because life depends onecosystems and the services they provide” says Grasso.  TheCommittee’s goal was to help EPA improve its ability to identify, quantify, andassess the value of the ecological effects of its activities, thereby helpingdecision makers to make more informed choices among environmental policyoptions.  This novel and important approach has”the potential to be transformative for environmental decision making as well asecological science,” according to the report. “I considered my EPAadvisory role a unique chance to serve and strengthen our nation’s scientificabilities and decision-making around environmental and economic issues,” saidGrasso, “It was an honor to work with so many distinguished colleagues fromacross the U.S. and hope our efforts continue to inform and advance the nation’s21st century environmental policies.”On-line of the EPA report are available on thewebsite:http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/WebSABSO/AccomplishmentsRepor…(link is external)Dawn Densmore, Director Outreach & PublicRelationsUVM, College of Engineering and MathematicalSciencesPhone: 802-656-8748last_img read more

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