Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter,…

first_img Episcopal Office of Public Affairs Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted May 9, 2019 Back to Press Releases AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter, to retire June 30 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter, has announced to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and other colleagues her intention to retire July 1. She joined the Presiding Bishop’s staff in September 2005.“It has been a privilege to be one of The Episcopal Church’s storytellers for the past nearly 14 years,” Schjonberg wrote in her letter to the Presiding Bishop. “This job has been my ministry and I hope my work has helped Episcopalians deepen their knowledge of the church we love and find inspiration in the mission and ministry of their siblings in Christ. Now, though, it is time for the next chapter in my own story.”Schjonberg first wrote for Episcopal News Service as a freelancer in 2003. “I have been blessed to have what all journalists hope for: the chance to witness history and be able to write about it,” she said.Those historic events included the election and episcopates of 26th Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (the first woman elected to that post) and 27th Presiding Bishop Michael Curry (the first African American presiding bishop). She helped cover the on- going story of Bishop Gene Robinson (the Christian Church’s first openly gay bishop) as well as the ever-expanding efforts towards full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of The Episcopal Church.“It’s been amazing to work with Mary Frances over the last decade. Her in-depth knowledge of The Episcopal Church, its history and governance, is something ENS has benefited from enormously,” said Lynette Wilson, the news service’s managing editor. “I’m sure ENS readers will miss her and I’ll miss having her as a colleague.”Schjonberg specialized in reporting on The Episcopal Church’s governance and polity, issues affecting clergy and breaking news, especially the impact of natural disasters on the church around the world. That latter reportage began in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has included numerous other storms, floods, wildfires and earthquakes in Haiti, New Zealand and the East Coast of the United States. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Shreveport, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA “Mary Frances brought us the gift of being both an ordained priest and a professional journalist,” said the Rev. Deacon Geoffrey T. Smith, chief operating officer. “Her passion for both has been evident in her ability to not only report on the who, what and where of a story, but also to dive into the why with a discerning eye and heart. She will be sorely missed.”She has covered 40 of the last 41 Executive Council meetings, six consecutive General Conventions, four consecutive meetings of the Anglican Consultative Council (including the just-concluded ACC-17 meeting in Hong Kong) and the 2008 Lambeth Conference. She has won numerous Polly Bond Awards from Episcopal Communicators for her news and feature writing, as well as for her photography and videography.Schjonberg remains in her present position through June 30. 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Student practice squad helps women’s basketball prepare for games

first_imgIt’s been a little over a week since junior Arike Ogunbowale sunk not one, but two game-winning buzzer beaters to lead Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team to a national championship. But, to those who play against her every day, this shot is nothing new.The Notre Dame Women’s Basketball team’s practice squad, comprised of 17 male students, serves as the scout team for the Irish, senior captain Reed Hunnicutt said. The practice players attend practice each day and fill the roles of specific players the team will encounter in the next game. They also see the ins and outs and extra hours spent in the gym.“When Arike hit that last shot, I’d probably seen her make that like 50 times in practice,” Hunnicutt said.Senior assistant captain Conor Triplett said that Ogunbowale practiced her game winning shot often.“She’s not lying when she says that’s what she practiced,” he said. “She wanted the ball in her hands, and we all wanted the ball in her hands.”Practice squad members have a unique perspective into each women’s basketball player. Hunnicutt explained that prior to each practice, the coaches will show film of the team’s next opponent to the practice squad, assigning each member an opposing player to imitate and teaching the plays the team runs. From there, it’s just basketball. “The biggest thing is trying to be smart basketball players, because at the end of the day they want us to run certain things and do certain things, so guys need to be able to listen and run plays,” Triplett said.  “We try to be the brains behind it because we have a lot of guys that aren’t used to that: learn a play and then 15 minutes later, run it live.”Triplett and Hunnicutt were both recruited for the team after playing games of pickup basketball. Hunnicutt, the recruiting coordinator for the past three years, said that the team looks for a mix of post and guard players. Players must also measure physicality based on what the team needs. Notre Dame assistant coach Niele Ivey said that the ability to adapt style of play to fit the role is something she looks for in potential practice players, but that players must still be competitive.“The practice squad provides more strength and athleticism.  It gives our young women the opportunity to play against bigger, stronger players which helps us when we play against the likes of UConn, Louisville and Texas A&M,” Ivey said in an email. “As coaches, we like our practices to be harder than the games and with our fantastic squad, it usually is.”Playing against the practice squad gives the team a competitive edge in real games, Hunnicutt explained.“I think it just gives them a more competitive look, because if they can beat us, they can probably compete with the teams they’re playing, and we have a little more size and athleticism than the teams they play, so I think it helps them to have us there,” Hunnicutt said.Off the court, the practice squad supports the team at games and online, especially through their Twitter account, @NDPracticeSquad. Last week, Hunnicutt and Triplett, along with other members of the practice squad, traveled to Columbus for the Final Four and watched the team claw its way back to a national championship. After the game, they joined fans and families back in the team hotel to welcome back the Irish, and head coach Muffet McGraw stopped the receiving line to seek them out.  “[She] saw us and walked over and gave each of us a hug and said, ‘We wouldn’t be here without you guys,’ and from somebody like her to take time out of what was probably one of the greatest half hours of her life was really cool, and it really meant a lot to me and to the other guys that she went out of her way to thank us.” Triplett said.The women’s basketball players followed McGraw‘s lead in seeking out the practice team after the game.“We can joke about how much we actually help or what our real purpose is, but when all of them stopped by and said, ‘We hate you guys when we’re there, but we really do appreciate what you guys do,’ that was very rewarding,” Hunnicutt said.Hunnicutt and Triplett noted that having a front row seat allowed them to see the growth of individual players and the team as a whole, especially in a year where the team dealt with a plethora of injuries.“Day in, day out, we see how hard they work and how good they actually are, and when I hear people on campus talk about, ‘Oh, we could beat them, they’re not that good,’ it’s like, you guys have no idea, no concept of the skill level these girls have.” Triplett said.“There might not be ten people on campus that can guard Arike one on one,” Hunnicutt said.Triplett, for his part, thinks there are three people on-campus who can guard Ogunbowale one-on-one: himself, Hunnicutt and Rex Pflueger, Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.For Hunnicutt, playing on the practice team is an important way to help the team improve.“The whole reason I signed up is that I wanted to help them get better every day and really put all the effort and time I had into getting them better and to the point where they could win a national championship,” he said. “I think people need to appreciate not even us but how good the girls are, because they embarrass us some days, and we’ve got a pretty solid group of guys.” Triplett encouraged the student body to turn out for more women’s basketball games.“Anybody who‘s been to a girl’s game knows those gyms get loud and those games are fast, because we play as fast as anybody else in the country, and it’s so fun to watch and it’s such good basketball,” he said. “You’re doing yourself such a disservice as a basketball fan if you’re not going to these games when you’re here.”Tags: Arike Ogunbowale, classroom practices, ND Women’s Basketballlast_img read more

Betfred boosts KYC muscle with HooYu ID provisions

first_img Share Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Related Articles Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Seeking to bolster its all-round customer on-boarding provisions, meeting new UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) online gambling regulatory requirements, Betfred has partnered with digital ID verification solutions provider HooYu.Betfred has been utilising HooYu’s platform ID provisions since April, helping the bookmaker to improve its KYC procedures as all UK licensed incumbents are required to undertake stringent ID checks on customer verification enforced by the UKGC.David de la Yesa, Director of Payments & Fraud at Betfred, underlined that the HooYu has delivered a best-fit solution for its business, allowing the betting firm to optimise its KYC procedures whilst providing a seamless customer journey.“HooYu has not only complied with all the requirements from the UK Gambling Commission they have created the best possible KYC process when customer documentation verification is required,” de la Yesa said.Operating since 2015, London-based HooYu has become a leading player within the fast-growth Regtech scene, developing tailored KYC solutions for highly-regulated market incumbents.David Pope – HooYuBeyond KYC functions, HooYu strengthens its client operating frameworks against providing services for fraud prevention, peer-to-peer identity checks and customer due diligence.David Pope, Marketing Director at HooYu, added: “HooYu Identify enables Betfred to comply with the new Gambling Commission age verification requirements whilst minimising the impact to customer acquisition and maximising customer sign-up.” Share Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more