Mount Snow to open on Thanksgiving Day

first_imgMount Snow Resort,Mount Snow has announced its plan to open for skiing and riding on Thanksgiving Day. It will have lift serviced terrain for all ability levels including a full terrain park at Carinthia. In all four lifts will run servicing seven trails and two mountain faces.As well Santa Claus is coming to town. . .more specifically he and Mrs. Claus will be at Mount Snow on November 27th to listen to the wishes of boys and girls. Part of the annual Mount Snow Thanksgiving weekend, Santa and the Mrs. make their way into the base area escorted by the West Dover Fire Department in their ladder truck.The festivities start at 5:30pm with the first of five fireworks shows at Mount Snow this winter. Guests gather in the base area between the Capehouse and Clocktower buildings to witness skiing splendor as instructors start the ceremony with a beautiful torchlight parade. Immediately following are fireworks with Santa and Mrs. Claus making their appearance and meet at the fireplace inside the base lodge to take photos and listen to every kid’s holiday wish list.Cuzzins Bar & Grill will be open with live music from Bruce Jacques Friday and Saturday for an après skiing party. As well the Snow Barn opens for the season with Blockhead performing Friday night and Parker House Theory on Saturday for those 21+.Mount Snow Sports at the Grand Summit Hotel is offering a raffle for everyone who visits the store between Wednesday and Saturday. A winner will be selected at 3pm on Saturday and receive a brand new pair of Nordica skis.Source: Mount Snow. 11.23.2010. mountsnow.comlast_img read more

Intimidation of government critics raises concerns about freedom of speech

first_imgScholars and activists have raised concern about the freedom of speech in Indonesia following alleged acts of intimidation against critics of the government’s policy to restrict mobility to stem the COVID-19 pandemic.Bivitri Susanti, a constitutional law expert from the Jakarta-based Jentera School of Law, said people opposed to any criticism of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration had been “wild” lately.The alleged intimidation took various forms, ranging from social media account hacks to death threats. She said that, based on her own experience, she had often been verbally attacked after she had criticized the government, whatever the issue was.“Who does this? Who threatens us? If I look closer, besides the buzzers, my own circle [scholars] are doing that, too. What’s going on?” she said in a virtual panel discussion on the freedom of speech with other experts on Monday.Read also: AJI condemns lawsuit against senior journalist for criticizing minister’s policy onlineSome of the recent threats followed online discussions about the constitutional mechanism for removing a president from office. Students and a professor of Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University (UGM) on Friday received threats in various forms including text messages, phone calls and the hacking of their accounts after a poster of the planned discussion and an opinion article denouncing it as an act of treason went viral.Constitutional law professor of the Indonesian Islamic University (UII) Nimatul Huda, who was a speaker at the discussion, also reportedly received threats.On Sunday, Tempo newspaper editor in chief Budi Setyarso also reported that his Instagram and Facebook accounts had been “hacked” while he was moderating an online discussion with the UGM discussion’s committee head, UGM’s Faculty of Law dean.The panel also included Ravio Patra, an independent researcher who was detained by Police following the hacking of his phone in April.Bivitri went on to say that the government should investigate and solve the cases.”This is terrible, especially for academic freedom. The government must investigate the actors. The government has all the power to do this, it has SIM-card holders’ data, and we also have the police. We need proof if the government says that those threats were not from them,” she said.Read also: Govt COVID-19 response poses risks to human rights: ExpertsIn Indonesia, threats against government critics started in April with Ravio Patra’s case. He was detained and accused of inciting riots through a WhatsApp message broadcast. A coalition of human rights groups has suggested that his arrest was a warning to critics, as he was innocent and a victim of identity theft.The coalition, which includes the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI), the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), Amnesty International Indonesia and the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (IJCR), demanded that police arrest the person who allegedly hacked Ravio’s phone to spread the fake news.Former Judicial Commission chairman Aidul Fitriciada Azhari said a pandemic should not be an excuse for the government to restrict free speech. He said that, no matter how bad the government was, a president could not be impeached just because of his policies.”The government should not be afraid of the critics. Our presidential system is very protective of the president. There is no need to limit people’s freedom. In this pandemic, all that we have is freedom of speech,” he said.“An idea should only be attacked with another idea, not with criminal sentences, intimidation or repression.”Islamic scholar Din Syamsuddin deplored the intimidation, saying the pandemic appeared to be a cover for the government’s authoritarian instinct. He cited the controversial Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 on the COVID-19 pandemic response, which protects officials who order spending for programs related to the pandemic management from any legal charges.“People have the right to criticize the government when it goes to the wrong direction. The current state of our democracy is worrying,” said the former chairman of Muhammadiyah, the second-largest Islamic group in the country.Topics :last_img read more

Tyson-Thomas’ 1st-half offense propels SU in laugher

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on December 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Delaware State took the full 40 minutes to score more points than Syracuse’s Carmen Tyson-Thomas did in 17. The sophomore guard scored. She rebounded. She played tight defense. She did everything in the first half for SU. Her maximum effort in the first half allowed for her and the rest of the Orange’s first team to have a breather in the second half. Syracuse turned the game into a laugher. ‘Personally, I was all over the place, yeah,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But our team, we were all really hustling.’ And until Delaware State hit a layup with 28 seconds to go, Tyson-Thomas was tied with the entire Hornets team at 15. Tyson-Thomas finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals as SU blew away Delaware State, 87-17.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Despite an abbreviated day of work for the sophomore, who came into Saturday averaging 24 minutes per game, Tyson-Thomas put up big numbers. ‘Carmen’s a good player, so nothing surprises me when she does this,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘She’s definitely one of our better players on the team, and she plays very hard. She’s very athletic on the boards, she can do everything on the floor.’ At times, it was easy. Tyson-Thomas caught an inbounds pass from Tasha Harris right under the hoop and for a quick layup early. But it was the other times, the hustle plays, when Tyson-Thomas made her mark. She slashed under the hoop to rebound a Troya Berry miss and got to the line after getting fouled on the putback. After a Phylesha Bullard miss, Tyson-Thomas was there to swarm the DSU rebounder, along with Bullard and Elashier Hall. Tyson-Thomas came out with the ball and took it in for another layup. The sophomore finished a rebound short of her fourth double-double of the season. ‘We were kind of all over the place and kind of rebounding, crashing,’ Tyson-Thomas said. Rebounding is the key to Tyson-Thomas’ success. Not a great shooter from 3-point range (22 percent on the season) or from anywhere on the floor (37 percent), Tyson-Thomas relies on getting offensive rebounds and putbacks to score her points. Despite being only 5-foot-9, Tyson-Thomas is SU’s leading rebounder, averaging two more rebounds per game than Kayla Alexander, the Orange’s 6-foot-4 center. The six inches in height difference mean nothing to Tyson-Thomas. She averages almost four rebounds per game on the offensive glass and had six Saturday. ‘It gets her going,’ SU guard Erica Morrow said of Tyson-Thomas’ rebounding. ‘Carmen’s a little weird, a little different, so different things get her going. Not necessarily scoring, but getting rebounds, getting hustle plays.’ Alexander and Tyson-Thomas work together on the glass. In the second half Saturday, when a rebound was just out of the center’s reach, Alexander used her height to tip the ball back in the air. Somehow, Tyson-Thomas leapt through and ripped the board down on its second time falling. On the ensuing SU possession, after a Hall miss, the ball was tipped around until it seemed to land in a Delaware State player’s possession. But Tyson-Thomas tipped the ball away from her and took it, making a one-handed layup from the baseline. ‘I can’t always get all the boards, and Carmen is a huge rebounder,’ Alexander said. ‘It’s good to have her in the game, get the easy buckets.’ Late in the first half, Tyson-Thomas held the ball at the top of the key. She fed it down low to Shakeya Leary, but the guard wasn’t done with the play. Tyson-Thomas swooped around her defender, and Leary gave it right back as Tyson-Thomas cut inside to receive the pass. She went up, made the basket despite a foul, and then sank the free throw to complete the 3-point play. Right after that, she was subbed out. Her right hand was bleeding from the contact on the foul. And less than two minutes later, she was back on the court, right hand bandaged but her motor still at full speed. ‘That was just a little cut, that was nothing,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But effort, we all had the same amount of effort. We’re all very fiery, all over the place, and we just kept it going.’ mcooperj@syr.edulast_img read more