International Olympic Committee plans to hold upcoming session remotely on July 17

first_imgLAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee has revealed that it plans to hold its next session — initially scheduled for Tokyo before the opening of the 2020 Games — by video link to be streamed live on July 17. In a statement, IOC on Wednesday said that in light of the postponement of the Olympic Games to next year and the current measures being implemented in Switzerland and around the world to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the IOC Executive Board (EB) will discuss holding the 136th IOC Session remotely through a secure electronic system.The agenda and organistion of the IOC session will be worked out by IOC Executive Board at their next meeting to be held remotely on May 14. The 2020 edition of the multi-national event was pushed back to 2021 in wake of COVID-19 crisis that has hit the entire world. Tokyo Olympics was supposed to be held in July-August this year but had to to postponed due to coronavirus pandemic which has so far claimed more than 2.5 lakh lives across the world. The IOC has set the new dates as July 23 till August 8 next year. IANSlast_img read more

Debate looms over unpaid internships

first_imgThough getting coffee for bosses might be an outdated stereotype of college internships, debate and controversy continue to surround the practice.According to an investigation released by ProPublica on Tuesday, Northwestern University began asking companies where students intern to begin paying the interns. NU’s Medill School of Journalism requires students to complete a semester long internship.Internships  can play an influential role in students’ career choices and open the door to professional opportunities. Many believe that unpaid internships, however, create a blurred line between a company creating a hands-on experience for students and taking advantage of students.The debate about paid internships versus unpaid internships is a serious concern to many USC students. The USC Career Center works with students through programs, workshops and one-on-one meetings to help them obtain internships.“It’s really hands-on experience that allows a student to test drive an industry or organization,” said Lauren Opgenorth, assistant director of internships and special programs at the USC Career Center. “They can take what they’ve learned from the classroom and apply it.”Internships can also be the path to a job. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey, employers made full-time offers to 56.5 percent of their interns.Internships can vary significantly. They range from just a few hours per week to a full-time commitment, paid to unpaid, with a stipend or for class credit. Responsibilities also vary for different positions.The United States Department of Labor outlines a test with six criteria that determines whether interns must be paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act.The criteria states that interns cannot take the place of regular employees, both the employer and the intern understands that the intern is not entitled to pay, that the intern must get hands-on experience and that the intern’s time in the position must primarily benefit him or her.Some students, however, say they are frustrated by the prevalence of unpaid internships because they believe their work at such internships often mirrors the work of a paid, full-time employee.“I am super appreciative of the experience, but at the same time I’m doing exactly the same thing that [paid employees] are doing,” said Mary Vu, a junior majoring in philosophy, politics and law.Vu interned for JusticeCorps, who trained her in small claims court processes, from 2012 to the summer of 2013 for 10 hours each week. The internship was unpaid, but Vu was granted a small stipend after completing the program.Many students are willing to complete unpaid internships even though they believe them to be unfair.“I know [companies] take advantage of [unpaid interns], but that’s just how it is in this society,” said Harold Min, a junior majoring in business administration.Min completed an unpaid summer internship with Aflac, an insurance agency, in the human resources department, working a minimum of 20 hours per week.Other college students complete  internships simply to make their resumes shine.“Human resources is not something that I want to pursue,” Min said of his internship. “I just did it for my resume…It’s an attention grabber when potential employers see it on my resume.”Andrea Lawler, a senior majoring in electrical engineering and writing for screen and television who works as a paid intern for Walt Disney Imagineering disagreed with the resume-boosting philosophy.“If somebody just wants to put something on their resume, I feel like they’re not getting the most out of an internship as they can,” Lawler said.Cristina Mello, a junior majoring in music industry who interned at SUPERGOODMUSIC in April, agreed.“This internship has taught me that at the end of the day, it’s about how much you put yourself out there and how much you’re willing to branch out and network in your field,” Mello said.Networking is just one of many benefits an internship can provide.“As long as you’re having some sort of practical experience, working on your transferrable skills and learning a little bit more about an industry, it’s a win-win,” Opgenorth said. “People underestimate the value of an internship. It really is a catalyst for student’s careers.”last_img read more

Stracar battles injury, inexperience

first_imgFreshman Nicky Stracar doesn’t want to get off the court.As one of the standout freshman on the Wisconsin women’s tennis team, Stracar would rather stay out on the court as long as possible than take a nice break after a hard day’s workout.“She’s a really hard worker,” redshirt junior Alaina Trgovich said. “She probably spends the most time on the court than anybody else. She always comes early, always stays later, is always doing extra.”Battling through injury and getting used to college life, Stracar has already started to make her mark on the tennis team.Despite her 9-10 overall singles record, Stracar has made a solid showing in the top of the lineup for the Badgers. With the fourth best record on the team – behind upperclassmen and fellow freshman standout Jenny Hois – and a 7-4 record at the No. 1 spot and a 2-4 record at the No. 3 spot, Stracar hasn’t shown her youth.“She’s a kid that wants to be the star. She’s going to strive to be the star, and eventually it’s going to happen because she has that desire and determination,” head coach Brian Fleishman said. “She hasn’t played like a freshman yet. She’s been playing the last two months hurt. She’s taking it for the team, and she wants to get out there; she does not want to sit on the sideline and watch.”In light of Fleishman’s praise, Stracar felt her match last Sunday finally showed her age.Up 3-0 in the first set Stracar couldn’t hold onto the lead, losing the first set, forcing her to fight for a third set to win the match. Forcing the third set Stracar was one of the last Badgers still playing. The only other match still in play was junior Aleksandra Markovic, who won, sealing the win for the Badgers.Being concerned about her teammate, Stracar felt she lost focus initially in the third set and couldn’t hold on for the win.“I knew the match was coming down to me and [Markovich] and I kept constantly looking over and by the time I knew it I was down four-love on my court in the third set,” Stracar said. “I came back to five all but I think that was a big freshman moment, just looking over and seeing her score and getting a little tight and nervous if it was to come down to me.”Already making an impression on her coaches in the top half of the lineup, Stracar has made it clear she plans to continue playing there.“She doesn’t want to play anywhere but high in the lineup,” Fleishman said. “She’s already made that statement known…I think she proved herself in the fall that she was worthy of playing at the top of the lineup, in the top one, two or three position. Now it’s just a daily thing, going out there and proving yourself on a daily basis.”Continuing to prove herself, Stracar’s style of play sets her apart from the rest of the boys. In fact based on her style, she should be playing with the guys.Stracar can hit the ball just as hard as the next guy with just as much velocity and strength behind it. If that wasn’t enough, she has one of the best serves on the team.“She is that type of player that plays similar to a guy – an aggressive style,” Fleishman said. “She’s got a big serve. She’s got the ability to hit a heavy spin ball, she can come to the net – which a lot of the girls don’t do – that’s why she plays similar to a guy, which is a good thing. It’s going to pay off in dividends, maybe not this year, but in the next three years it’s going to really come along.”Freshman year hasn’t gone exactly as Stracar had hoped, especially in light of the tendonitis she’s been fighting for several months now.For awhile Stracar felt she was just holding a spot for her team, fighting to give her team a chance to win. Now that it’s a little better she’s more confident she can compete at a high level and win.“A few weeks ago I was just holding my spot, slicing forehands out there so the girls can get a win at their spot,” Stracar said. “Now I can actually hit forehand; it’s not that painful. I’m not going out there to play, to hold a spot, I’m going out there to win.”Facing some adversity Stracar hasn’t been able to reach her ultimate goal this year: All-American status. With three more years left, Stracar isn’t ready to give up just yet.“She’s never going to quit out there,” Fleishman said. “She’s not going to settle for anything else but to be an All-American. That was her goal this year, it’s going to be the same thing next year and the year after. She wants this team to do well, and she knows if she can become an All-American, this team is going to become that much better too.”last_img read more