NBC announced Aug. 24 that there will be a historic three-hour Law & Order crossover event on Sept. 22 that will see characters from across the franchise working together on a case. The night will kick off with Law & Order: Organized Crime, which will lead into Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, before coming to an end with Law & Order.
The crossover will see Mariska Hargitay‘s Capt. Olivia Benson, Christopher Meloni‘s Det. Elliot Stabler, Jeffrey Donovan‘s Det. Frank Cosgrove, Mehcad Brooks‘ Det. Jalen Shaw, Sam Waterston‘s Jack McCoy and Hugh Dancy‘s ADA Nolan Price team up to figure out what happened after a mysterious young girl who is shot in cold blood.
Benson and Stabler are called to work on the case after Cosgrove and Shaw “realize they have more than a typical homicide case on their hands,” according to NBC. “After uncovering key evidence, Jack McCoy (Waterston) and ADA Nolan Price (Dancy) seek justice against an international crime ring,” the teaser continues, “but complications threaten the outcome of their case.”
We read, with interest, Nolan Higdon and Allison Butler’s recent Inside Higher Ed piece, “Conferencing Critically in a COVID-19 World,” in which they discuss various drawbacks to remote and hybrid conferences. While we agree with some of the key points in their article, we feel that others underestimate the potential of virtual and hybrid professional development.
One statement in Higdon and Butler’s article stood out for us: “One additional risk of a remote conference—and, by extension, remote education—is that it keeps us isolated from each other.” People who have been teaching and connecting online since before the pandemic would disagree with this notion, especially those who centered humanizing approaches to online learning and pedagogies of care; many others learned during the pandemic how to build community and create affective ties with learners and peers globally, without gathering in a shared physical locale. Moreover, being “in person” does not necessarily result in less isolation. In-person events can be isolating for anyone who is not already part of the in crowd.
We recently worked with others to organize Equity Unbound’s #MYFest22, a virtual event that sought to center community and support, and rethink the many pitfalls of online, in-person and hybrid events that we’ve seen in the past two years, and even before the pandemic. We kept MYFest virtual because we agree with Higdon and Butler that virtual conferences can promote better access for those without funds or freedom to travel, and because virtual conferences are certainly better for climate justice.
The inaugural Mid-Year Festival 2022, aka #MYFest22, from Equity Unbound—an equity-focused, connected intercultural learning network that co-creates diverse, open learning experiences—was not a conference per se, nor was it similar to anyone’s local professional development. It was not a series of one-off, high-cost, multisession workshops offered by a large contracted organization. MYFest was designed to be a three-month-long “recharge and renewal experience” with a “choose-your-own-learning journey” approach, exploring a variety of themes, including critical pedagogy and open education and digital literacies. In addition, two themes intentionally addressed isolation: “well-being and joy” and “community building and community reflection.” More than 300 participants from five continents joined us.
We offer here ideas for what organizers of online events can learn from MYFest. Inspired by a “call for promoting ownership, equity, and agency in faculty development via connected learning,” we aimed to deepen adult learning by leveraging human connection, respecting agency and self-determination (heutagogy), designing for equity, and recognizing the need to make time for critical self-reflection—both individually and in community—in order to support cumulative transformative learning.
1. Have a diverse community of organizers.
To capture a diverse audience, design with diverse organizers. Many academic events are organized by people who are mostly from one institution, one country or one professional organization, yet claim to offer professional development for diverse participants from all over the world. Instead, #MYFest22 built on relationships among 14 organizers from four different countries (Canada, Egypt, South Africa and the United States), many of whom have built trust and collegial friendship online as part of a thriving, intersecting long-term personal learning network with community values of mutual support. We have supported each other through illness and wellness, grief and joy, frustrations and solutions. Our ongoing conversations have helped us realize just how significant a gap there is in traditional professional development worldwide.
2. Aspire toward participant agency and reflection.
Educator and author Sherri Spelic has observed that badly designed professional development for educators tends to be “undifferentiated.” In contrast, MYFest was a “build-your-own-learning journey” experience over three months, a “buffet approach” (participants chose sessions of interest, could change selections at any time and could attend as much or as little as suited them). In addition, MYFest was declared a No FOMO (fear of missing out) experience. If a participant’s life and schedule did not permit attendance for certain gatherings and activities, this did not result in being left behind.
Three months (not two to three days!) gave participants time to build community and relationships synchronously and asynchronously, and opened up room for reflection and cumulative transformative learning. The significance of both individual and collective reflection was the glue of the MYFest experience, including some sessions focused on group reflection, exercises with individual written reflections and a call for curation of participant-created multimodal artifacts and writings.
3. Foster global connections and community with intentionally equitable hospitality.
We sought to foster global online conversations through skillful facilitation and by embracing “intentionally equitable hospitality,” designing sessions in ways that strive toward ensuring everyone participates as fully as possible in the ways they feel most comfortable, and inviting the most marginalized voices. We sought to host with the “generous authority” Priya Parker promotes (in Parker’s words, a gathering run with generous authority is one “run with a strong confident hand, but … run selflessly, for the sake of others”). Participants had various modes of participation, synchronous or asynchronous, and there were options to go to a “quiet room” during breakout room activities if someone did not want to chat that day. There was never an expectation of cameras on, or of oral participation if someone preferred typing in the chat. Slides were provided ahead of time where possible, with alternative text for images. Automated live transcription was enabled in live sessions. Chats were lively in most sessions, and opportunities to participate anonymously via Google docs, Google Jamboard or polling tools came up throughout. Sessions were recorded, unless the conversations were very personal and the more equitable choice was not to record them in order to provide a safe space. Participants were often invited to write privately and share only what they felt comfortable sharing.
4. Co-create and experience community and joy throughout.
The MYFest participants did not meet to talk about community and well-being. Rather, we met to experience and co-create community and well-being. MYFest facilitators have expertise in participatory approaches to online facilitation, including the use of community-building approaches and “liberating structures” (these are “easy-to-learn microstructures that enhance relational coordination and trust” meant to “quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size”).
Community (and the trust that is the foundation of healthy community) cannot be established with one or two speed networking sessions at an event. We laid the foundation for MYFest with at least one weekly community building engagement, making time for people to get to know one another in small groups with creative prompts like the Fast Friends protocol, and to reflect together creatively, through prompts like ice cream/broccoli and spiral journal. We welcomed and engaged with participants as they wove in and out of each other’s lives, building and strengthening connections over time.
5. Schedule wisely. Resist Zoom fatigue and decision fatigue.
MYFest exemplified what Spelic suggests: “professional development that is wisely scheduled.” We spread our offerings out over three months, avoided overlapping sessions and had no more than three events per day. We therefore avoided the familiar Zoom fatigue as well as decision fatigue. Some MYFest events were threaded as “tracks,” where one may attend multiple sessions and do some asynchronous work around the same topic, an approach that opens up the potential of “cohort” congeniality. In our Slack channel, MYFest participants could discover, connect and share with new colleagues at any time across multiple themes and tracks.
6. Embrace emergence: welcome and leverage participant expertise.
MYFest sought to be “emergent” by actively building on participant expertise. Every session in MYFest encouraged participants to bring and share their expertise. Additionally, there were special sessions within MYFest inviting participants to contribute their own expertise in building community—contributing those ideas to the OneHE/Equity Unbound community-building resource site—so these sessions built on participant expertise while also contributing to an open resource that is available to all on the open web.
7. Make it family-friendly.
Another unique aspect of the MYFest experience was the intuitive involvement of family and friends. By focusing on well-being and joy, as well as critical discussions, we intentionally designed programming for the entire family. MYFest participants brought both (grand)parents and children to certain threads, embracing the power of intergenerational learning and connection. The Reader’s Theater invited children and adults to co-read plays together online, and MineFest invited children from all over the world to play Minecraft together safely. MYFest therefore addressed Spelic’s call for professional development that “acknowledges [educators’] full humanity in the learning process.”
8. Go beyond access and focus on accessibility.
Compared to in-person events, there’s more flexibility to make online conferences affordable, as adding participants in a virtual event does not have an incremental cost. It is therefore easier to create a system for scholarships or waivers for folks who are marginalized or do not have institutional funding. In the case of MYFest, we were awarded a Hewlett Foundation grant that allowed for the foundational overhead cost, and it covered the labor of the main facilitators and some of the invited guest facilitators, as well as the technology needed to run the event. And while MYFest was not advertised as a free event, there were multiple discounts available, and also the possibility to attend for free via a waiver.
By keeping the conference virtual, we avoided the costs of accommodation and travel associated with in-person events, as well as the logistical and social barriers to travel for parents of young children, people with disabilities and people who lack visa privilege. And, in the case of COVID-19 (and now monkeypox), people with compromised immunity.
Despite these efforts, we recognize, as Higdon and Butler do, that while “digital may be more accessible, it is not entirely accessible” all the time and for everyone. Differences in time zones meant that some sessions would often fall at an inconvenient time for people (particularly those located in East Asia and Oceania). We intentionally offered some sessions in “time zone sweet spots” that might work on all continents. But these attempts can never be perfect. And of course, some people may have no internet access, expensive internet access, intermittent electricity or low bandwidth.
However, accessibility goes beyond internet access. An accessible event should mean that when people join, they feel included, they feel they can access learning and belong to groups and learn in ways that reach them where they are. It means that people with different abilities can learn comfortably without constantly needing to ask for special accommodations, people from across the globe can find relevance in the work and organizers are always open to feedback and suggestions.
As our colleague Kate Bowles said to us, “The pandemic has also taught us that all sorts of fixed fittings turned out to be moveable: scheduling, assessment modes, grades, logistics of scale. We’re now somewhat free not to put them back as they were.” (Twitter DM shared with permission.)
Let’s not put exclusionary professional development practices back to what they were before March 2020. A more worthy goal is to aspire toward equitable, accessible professional learning environments that can bring us joy in community and promote the transformative learning we hunger for.
The authors would like to acknowledge the entire MYFest organizing team (all bios here). We would also like to acknowledge our guest facilitators and participants, who have all enriched the MYFest experience.
We remember it all too well from the first lockdown. The obligatory weekly Zoom quizzes and the stream of cultural events held online.
While most of us can head down to the local pub again and delight in the return of good old Sunday quizzes, some people are still stuck at home. And research suggests online cultural activities such as museum tours can significantly improve the mental and physical health of elderly people who are homebound.
“Our study showed that art-based activity may be an effective intervention,” said Dr Olivier Beauchet, a professor at McGill University in Montreal and lead author of a study published in Frontiers in Medicine.
Researchers suggest that just one virtual trip to the museum a week could foster social inclusion and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of seniors.
The team recruited 106 community-dwelling adults aged 65 and older to investigate the potential health benefits of art-based activities. Half of the participants attended weekly online museum tours followed by an informal discussion, while the other half did not participate in any cultural activities before or during the three-month study period.
The people who joined the visits recorded improved feelings of social inclusion, wellbeing and quality of life, as well as reduced physical frailty, compared with those who did not attend the guided tours.
More than 2 million people aged over 75 live alone in England, and more than a million say they sometimes go for more than a month without any social contact, according to the charity Age UK.
“This study shows that with adequate infrastructure, age-friendly access and technical support, digital technology can benefit the mental health and wellbeing of older people,” said Prof Yang Hu, of Lancaster University.
“Unfortunately, older people are often left to their own devices to navigate technology use,” Hu said. Unprepared and lengthened digital exposure could lead to stress and burnout in people who are not familiar with technology, he added.
Dr Snorri Rafnsson, of the University of West London, said:“With adequate support, the potential of scaling this kind of intervention up is great.”
Not everyone has access to online resources and activities, however. “There are huge barriers for older people living in the community – lack of internet, knowledge and support, financial issues and so on,” Rafnsson said. “Studies show that those who have family around them, and a supportive social network, are more likely to take up and use online technology.”
FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 Live Streaming Updates: Chess Olympiad fever peaks in Chennai with Indian teams appearing primed for glory in the 44th edition of the prestigious event that starts on Thursday. With powerhouses Russia and China missing, India will field three teams each in the Open and women’s sections respectively. Though the five-time world champion and legendary Viswanathan Anand has chosen not to play and donned the mentor’s hat this time, the Indian teams, nonetheless, wear a formidable look.
Chess Olympiad 2022 live streaming details:
Where will the 44th Chess Olympiad match be played?
The 44th Chess Olympiad will be played at the Four Points by Sheraton Mahabalipuram Resort and Convention Centre, located on the East Coast Road in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
How do I watch the live telecast of the Chess Olympiad 2022 opening ceremony?
The live telecast of the Chess Olympiad 2022 opening ceremony will be done by Doordarshan.
How do I watch the live streaming of the 44th Chess Olympiad opening ceremony?
You can watch the live streaming of the 44th Chess Olympiad on the YouTube channels of Chessbase India and FIDE.
When will the opening ceremony for the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 begin?
The matches of the Chess Olympiad 2022 start at 3 PM IST on Friday and the opening ceremony for the tournament is scheduled to begin at 6 PM IST on Thursday.
Prize money of 145,000 on offer during expanded Women’s Series in 2023; Women’s World Matchplay will be staged again next year; inaugural Women’s World Matchplay live on Sky Sports Action from 1pm on Sunday, with Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton among the players involved
Last Updated: 23/07/22 9:12am
The Professional Darts Corporation has announced that its Women’s Series will expand to 24 events for the 2023 season with £145,000 in prize money to be offered in total.
The eight-player Women’s World Matchplay – which is being staged for the first time this Sunday in Blackpool, live on Sky Sports from 1pm – will return in 2023.
Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton are among the players competing at the first Women’s World Matchplay.
Qualification for that event next year will come from a 12-month Order of Merit commencing from the Women’s Series events in August 2022.
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Laura Turner has the lowdown on the players who will be battling it out at the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay on Sunday, live on Sky Sports
Laura Turner has the lowdown on the players who will be battling it out at the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay on Sunday, live on Sky Sports
Live Women’s World Matchplay Darts
July 24, 2022, 1:00pm
The Order of Merit will include eight tournaments across the remaining two Women’s Series weekends of 2022 as well as an expected 12 events in the first half of 2023.
Twenty-four Women’s Series events will be held across six weekends next year. Each tournament is worth £5,000 in prize money.
PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter said: “We’ve been hugely encouraged by the increased interest in the PDC Women’s Series this year, with entries up by 50 percent to 100 on average, and there’s a lot of excitement ahead of the Betfred Women’s World Matchplay on Sunday.
“The Women’s World Matchplay will feature a great mix of experienced players and emerging faces, and it’s going to be fascinating to see them on stage at the Winter Gardens challenging for that title.
“With players also competing in the Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts and Cazoo World Championship, the opportunities for women within the PDC have never been greater and it’s a boost that we can continue to grow this aspect of the sport in 2023.”
The Women’s Series will continue with events 13-16 in Hildesheim, Germany on August 27-28 ahead of the year’s final weekend in Wigan on October 29-30 with events 17-20.
2022 Women’s World Matchplay Sunday July 24 Draw Bracket (1) Lisa Ashton v (8) Chloe O’Brien (4) Aileen de Graaf v (5) Laura Turner (2) Fallon Sherrock v (7) Katie Sheldon (3) Lorraine Winstanley v (6) Rhian Griffiths
Format Quarter-Finals – Best of seven legs Semi-Finals – Best of nine legs Final – Best of 11 legs
Check out daily Darts news on skysports.com/darts, our app for mobile devices and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts. Watch the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay live on Sky Sports Action from 1pm on Sunday.
This summer, the TD Bank is sponsoring the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Nuits d’Afrique Festival, Pride Montreal and more, through their TD Ready Commitment program. Global’s Kim Sullivan has more.
The following interview, with Úna Dillon, VP of Global Expansion & Member Advocacy for the MRC, provides a sneak peek at the content, ambitions, and insights attendees can expect from MRC Virtual 2022.
MRC Virtual 2022, the highly anticipated online payments and fraud prevention event is coming 12 July.
This full day virtual experience promises a wealth of content from the MRC’s Vegas and Berlin in-person conferences, reproduced in partnership with the original presenters for an engaging virtual experience accessible from anywhere.
What is the overall goal of MRC Virtual, and why did you choose this online format?
The primary motivation for this event is to increase accessibility to our MRC members globally and to reach out to those with an interest in our payments and fraud prevention agenda. We want to bring this exceptional content from our in-person conferences to industry professionals all over the world, whether they can travel or not. It’s no secret travel has become more complex for people and our goal is to make sure everyone, regardless of their location, can learn from our industry-leading speakers.
We’re also conscious of those who may have attended the Berlin or Vegas conferences, but due to the high volume of sessions, may not have been able to see all the talks they wanted to see, or engage with the speakers whose sessions had the highest attendance. This is the perfect opportunity to easily access those missed presentations and speaker interaction opportunities.
The event is free to attend for MRC members. We wanted to make the repeated content available to as many people as possible and we expect this virtual format will help facilitate that reach.
Is education the primary focus of the event?
Our events have always focused on networking and education and this one is no different. We have robust networking options built into our online viewing platform; attendees will have the opportunity to interact with each other as well as with the speakers. Such contact is important, even in a virtual format.
Education is a huge priority for the MRC. We want to bring these valuable teachings to as many people as we can, and we want that access to education to expand beyond just the conferences. The event is free for MRC members, but to help bolster our education outreach, a free RAPID Edu e-learning course is included when non-MRC members pay the registration fee to attend.
We also recently launched our certification program, and we’re very excited about it. Our goal is to be the go-to place for payment industry education and delivering unique educational content at our conferences and events is an integral part of that strategy.
Talk a little about the selection process. How did you choose the presentations to reproduce for MRC Virtual?
It wasn’t easy! We’re proud of all our speakers and their sessions; the volume of remarkable presentations in both our Vegas and Berlin conferences was inspiring. It made the decision difficult, but I recognise that’s a good problem to have.
In the end, we decided on diversity of topics as the primary driver for our selection process. We wanted to touch on as many meaningful and different payment and fraud concepts as we could, so did our best to select presentations that properly exemplified that wide spectrum.
Can you tell us more about those topics? What are some of the underlying themes of the conference?
With this virtual conference, we wanted to showcase the wealth of expertise and informed perspectives that make up our membership and our industry. We’re proud of the final lineup and the multitude of topics represented.
On the payments side, there are several sessions focused on cryptocurrency, alternative payment methods, and BNPL, as well as payment cost analysis, international expansion strategies, and much more.
As always, we have a robust offering of fraud prevention content alongside our payment offerings, including new insights into bot mitigation, the ever-elusive balance of security versus the customer experience, ATO prevention, reputation management, and other insights from some of the brightest minds from the fraud mitigation and cybersecurity industry.
One goal we pushed for when designing the event agenda was ensuring there was something for everyone. We believe we were successful in achieving that.
Can you talk about the industries and verticals that will be represented?
Our audience, like our members, comes from a wide spectrum of verticals, and it’s important to us that people feel their industry is adequately represented at our events, whether in person or virtual.
We have retailers from the subscriptions space, travel, ticketing, software, gaming, as well as payment and fraud solution providers, payment card issuers, payment gateways, law enforcement agents, consultants, and many more. One of the strengths of the MRC community is the wealth of different perspectives, not only from different parts of the payments chain, but from different localities. Ours is a truly global membership, and we want our sessions and speakers to reflect that.
A variety of perspectives has always been a priority at our events, and this one is no different in that regard.
Úna is VP of Global Expansion and Merchant Advocacy at the MRC. Having worked in the payments industry for more than 25 years, she has chaired industry working groups at the European level, ran Laser Card (the Irish national debit card scheme) for 12 years, and was responsible for driving the development of policy on major initiatives such as SEPA. She was appointed to the European Commission Payment Systems Market Expert Group (PSMEG) to advise on regulatory policies on payments and payment fraud prevention. Here she brings the Voice of the Merchant to the European Payments Regulator’s table.
About the Merchant Risk Council
The MRC is a global community connecting ecommerce fraud prevention and payments professionals through educational programs, online community groups, conferences, and networking events. As a non-profit organisation, the MRC is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, but embraces members from across the globe.
COLCHESTER, CT (WFSB) – Concerts, fun runs, and beer crawls might be on the docket this summer, but the Better Business Bureau is warning of scams they’ve been seeing recently.
Not everything you see online is true, and that also goes for tickets being sold online.
“Well, it’s really frustrating because you know, $85 is not a lot of money, until someone just takes it from you,” said Alicia Chambers, scam victim.
You likely see the ads popping up in your social media feeds.
Nationwide people are buying tickets to what they think are real events that end up being fake.
“People are finally ready to get out. The pandemic is getting better, people want to interact, they want to socialize. There are all of these events, people are waiting to participate in,” said Kristen Johnson, Director of Communications for the Better Business Bureau.
Johnson said these scams happen so easily, but people don’t realize when things don’t quite match up.
“They’re seeing these advertisements, they’re going to the websites, they seem professional, they buy the tickets and then shortly before the event, it gets canceled and there’s no way to get in contact with the people they bought the tickets from. That’s when they realize this is a scam,” Johnson said.
That exact thing happened to Alicia Chambers.
She was planning on going to the Bubble Run in Memphis with her daughter, and after spending $82, it never ended up happening.
“The Facebook page that they had looks really cool. You’re running through bubbles, it sounds like such a fun event and it’s not happening, and it sounds like it never was going to happen,” said Chambers.
She said the website looked so real.
Johnson said scammers will copy real websites and make them their own.
“So what you want to do is not only look at the website, but look for contact information, contact the people behind these events and make sure there’s a real person there. A lot of time, these scammers are halfway across the globe,” said Johnson.
“I wish that I would have done a little more research on this event so that i would have known that it probably was not a good idea,” said Chambers.
One thing to lookout for is this: “https”.
The “s” means it’s a secure website, and you’re more likely to have protections if you pay on a secure website.
BBB Connecticut has not received any specific reports of people in Connecticut being victimized, but they know if it’s happening nationwide, it’s most likely happening here.
One day after the FIFA chose to sideline Edmonton, those who spearheaded the World Cup bid are reflecting on the loss while also looking to the future. As Chris Chacon reports, we may not have scored this one, but that won’t stop our city from trying to host big events.