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Valamar Riviera won the World Luxury Hotel Awards for the third time in a row

first_imgFor the third year in a row, Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel 5 * and Valamar Collection Isabella Island Resort 4 * / 5 * deservedly entered the company of the most luxurious hotels, chosen by the World Luxury Hotel Awards, which confirms the quality of luxury hotels around the world.Hotel Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President 5 * was awarded as the best European luxury resort on the beach (Luxury Beach Resort), while Valamar Collection Isabella Island Resort 4 * / 5 * won the award as the world’s best luxury island resort (Luxury Island Resort). “We are honored to be in the company of the best this year as well, and not only that  according to the profession, but also the guests themselves. This recognition belongs to the entire Valamar Riviera and all employees who tirelessly but passionately approach their basic mission: providing unforgettable moments to our guests. In the year when we presented our Valamar brand promise to the world  All You Can Holiday, this award means a lot more to us”, Said on that occasion the director of Valamar Collection Isabella Island Resort Denis Prevolšek.”Luxury is not something that is taken for granted so easily. We need a strong and harmonious team of efficient, hardworking, dedicated and motivated employees who will take that step further every day to give every guest the feeling that they are here, with them, the most important in the world and that there is no wish that will not be fulfilled. This is exactly what is done at Valamar, and it is an exceptional honor when guests and the profession recognize it. “, Ivan Sabljić, director of the Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel, added. The prestigious international award is considered by the best luxury hotels around the world to be the pinnacle of achievement; It is a recognition of the profession that they have managed as a luxury hotel to put their personal stamp in the hotel industry and thus stand out and differentiate themselves from other high category hotels. This award is perceived in tourism as a kind of Oscar that is presented to the winners at a gala ceremony at the end of the year. This year the ceremony was held in exotic Bali.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Dec. 4

first_imgDemocrats continue to dig themselves inHistory repeats itself.Upon the completion of the Erie Canal (Clinton’s ditch) in 1825, a memorial plaque was erected at its western end that states “Let prosperity be excited to perpetuate our free institutions and to make still greater efforts than our ancestors. To promote public prosperity by the recollection that these works of internal improvements were achieved by the spirit and perseverance of Republican men.”That seems fitting today, as the Democrats of today have also themselves dug a hole, but one straight down. And they seem unable to stop digging.DeWitt Clinton, then governor, suffered greatly from attacks by the Tammany Hall Democrats who tried desperately to stop his efforts to improve mankind. That’s not unlike the Democrats of today, efforts to derail President Trump’s efforts to make and keep our nation great.Interestingly, the Democrats of that era called themselves “the buck tails.“One must wonder what they were trying to cover up. Seems like some things never change.Jack OsterlitzGlenvilleStudent dancers act as great role modelsDuring the preparation at the Nov. 23 Schenectady Holiday Parade, our small group of eight girls in the Al Tabari Court No. 28 Youth Group lined up just ahead of the Schenectady schools Dance Department.This large group of students from SHS displayed contagious enthusiasm and kindness.They reached out and encouraged our girls, dancing and singing with them from the youngest up.A better display of high school behavior could not have been planned.We are grateful for their kindness and their unintentional (and therefore more genuine) role modeling for the younger girls in our group.  Thank you to the students first and foremost. And thank you to the teachers and advisers and parents. It’s obvious your guidance and support allow this great group of students be the best they can be.Desiree ChairesDirectressNatasha AllenParent Group pesidentMarie Greiner-Borowski  Ann JacksonChaperonesSchenectady and Niskayuna Credibility of climate change document questionedJames Homan’s Nov. 28 letter (“Don’t believe all you read about climate”) touts the “European Climate Declaration” claiming “No Climate Crisis,” claiming credibility because it was “signed by 500 scientists and professionals.” This analysis: https://climatefeedback.org/evaluation/letter-signed-by-500-scientists-relies-on-inaccurate-claims-about-climate-science/ points out the almost total lack of credibility of this document. The 506 “Scientists and Professional” include exactly 10 who self-identify as climate scientists. Many of the professionals identify themselves as employees of fossil fuel companies. The document is a sham lobbying effort.Don PorterSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrateful for help walking in the snowI am a 94-year-old man who moved to Schenectady in August.On Dec. 1, I had a ticket to hear the Boston Pops at Proctors, and in spite of the snow was determined to get there on the bus.After the show, as I exited onto State Street, I was trudging with my walking stick through the heavy snow toward the bus stop when a man came up and asked if I needed help. I said yes and this 50ish man took my arm and led me safely to the bus stop under the railroad tracks.That was a sincere act of kindness and I thanked him for his help. It also confirmed that Schenectady is a good and friendly place to live.Thanks again my friend, wherever you may be.Burk KetchamSchenectadycenter_img Research climate change information for yourselfIn his Nov. 28 letter, “Don’t Believe All You Read About Climate,” Mr. James Homan makes the basic mistake of failing to research the source of his information. The letter signed by “over 500 professionals” represents almost exclusively people who have no background to speak on the subject or who are in fact employed by or research for the fossil fuel industry. Anyone who wishes to read a reasoned analysis of the letter Mr. Homan cites may do so at https://climatefeedback.org/evaluation/letter-signed-by-500-scientists-relies-on-inaccurate-claims-about-climate-science/Wilma JozwiakClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

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Thierry Henry impressed by Matteo Guendouzi at Arsenal

first_img Comment Guendouzi’s stock has risen quickly at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘When I was young, I came third in a karate competition in France, which was great, but it was difficult to combine football and karate,’ he continued.‘I certainly have very fond memories from doing karate. In terms of flexibility. I’d say I’m more flexible on the pitch which is a great help.‘As for my fitness, karate is very intense, so I think that’s why I’m able to make such a big effort and have that warrior-like mentality.’MORE: Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger lands new job as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football DevelopmentMORE: Thierry Henry explains why Nicolas Pepe is struggling at Arsenal Henry is a Arsenal and France legend (Picture: Getty)‘He’s been doing well with Arsenal. Is he going to make the Euros or not? I don’t know.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The competition is massive in midfield. But it’s a great experience for him to be able to go and play some games, just being in and around the team.‘That’s the type of problem that Didier Deschamps is going to have. But in all fairness they are nice problems to have.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhile Charlie Nicholas insists Guendouzi deserves to be dropped from Arsenal’s starting eleven, the 20-year-old is a favourite among fans.Guendouzi’s attitude has won over the Emirates faithful and the Frenchman explained how karate helped him improve on the pitch.‘Karate has helped me massively,’ he told the Arsenal Player. ‘I think it really helped me in terms of my mentality, being a fighter on the pitch, and always wanting to win and get stuck into duels in a bid to really help the team.’ Guendouzi is hopeful of a place in France’s Euro 2020 squad (Picture: Reuters)Thierry Henry has been impressed by Matteo Guendouzi at Arsenal and thinks the midfielder has a chance to make it into France’s Euro 2020 squad.Guendouzi was called up to the senior team for the first time this season off the back of his performances for Arsenal and is currently on international duty with Didier Deschamps’ squad.Henry, a France and Arsenal legend, revealed he is a fan of Guendouzi and expects the youngster to challenge for a spot in Deschamps’ team even when the likes of Paul Pogba is fit again.‘I saw him (Guendouzi) also at the Under-21 European Championship where he played on and off,’ Henry said.ADVERTISEMENT Coral BarryWednesday 13 Nov 2019 7:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kSharescenter_img Thierry Henry impressed by Matteo Guendouzi at Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Think tank recommends public-private route for CMU index family

first_imgA public-private partnership (PPP) would be best placed to realise the potential of a family of CMU equity market indices, CEPS, a think tank, has told the European Commission.The EU’s executive arm is interested in the idea of creating such a suite of indices as a means of improving access to finance for smaller and medium-sized companies in the EU, especially those in the Baltics, and central and eastern Europe (CEE). Overall the goal is fostering market integration across the EU.Willem Pieter de Groen, the project manager behind a feasibility study carried out by CEPS, said the think tank’s conclusion captured both the business and policy perspectives.“We didn’t find there is a huge business potential and we say that,” he told IPE. “There is a reason why the CMU Index Family does not exist yet, but that does not mean there wouldn’t be any investor demand and reason to create the index family from a policy perspective.” In its report for the Commission, CEPS said the overall impact of a CMU index family on the development and integration of the EU equity markets was likely to be limited. “But as most of the smaller EU markets are relatively small in size, diverting a limited amount of equity investments from large to smaller markets might already make a big difference for these markets.“Moreover, the launch of the CMU Index Family could also contribute to the enhancement of the equity investment culture among households in the EU,” the report said.Based on extrapolations of survey responses from institutional investors, CEPS determined that a CMU index family could attract a maximum of €725bn, for benchmarking and tracking. This was equivalent to about 13% of the total free-float adjusted market capitalisation of a potential CMU All Share index.However, realising this potential would depend largely on the quality of the index provider, pricing of the use of the indices and implementation strategy, according to the report.With insufficient demand among global investors seemingly the main reason why the indices being considered by the Commission did not yet exist, a PPP appeared “the most reasonable” way forward, the report said.It recommended that a task force be created to explore “the most viable alliance” of public and private partners for a launch of the envisaged indices.One or more national governments, or an EU body, could for example support an independent index provider, a stock exchange or a consortium to launch the indices, said the report.The Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development could offer logistical and secretariat assistance to such a task force.“In order to formally test the appetite of issuers for such an index and model, the task force should conduct an open public consultation process,” the report said. “In a positive outcome, the task force would provide guidance on the shape of the PPP model.”CEPS’ report can be found here.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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New Hayman Island home comes with chef, butler, and two buggies

first_img The view of the Coral Sea from the new Hayman Island home which has hit the market. GRAND DESIGN ON WATERFRONT BLOCK NEW PROJECTS RETAIN CITY’S HISTORY Internationally acclaimed architect Kerry Hill has designed this new $12 million home on Hayman Island which comes with a furniture package and two buggies.Internationally acclaimed architect Kerry Hill has designed a new multimillion-dollar home on Hayman Island and it comes with a furniture package and two buggies.Located in the exclusive Hayman Estates, the $12 million dollar four-bedroom, four-bathroom property has already attracted interest from local, interstate and international buyers keen to live in paradise. MORE THAN $10M PAID FOR BEACHFRONT PACKAGE What’s not to love about this Hayman Island home? Check out the pool and outside area.Features within the home include natural solid timber floors in the bedrooms and living areas, natural stone tiling to all bathrooms, cyclone-grade full height glass sliding doors to all bedrooms and living spaces, and ducted air conditioning and integrated home automationthroughout.There is also a lock-up garage to house two golf buggies, a large storage area, laundry and powder room.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER:center_img A luxury home is for sale in one of Queensland’s most exclusive residential enclaves on Hayman Island.Mulpha international sales general manager John Hughes said the work of Hill was unmatched in the resort design space.“His name is synonymous with impeccable design,” Mr Hughes said.“Every detail has been considered, and beautifully executed, and the property is a fitting homage to his outstanding work.” MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: The $12 million home on Hayman Island comes with a furniture package and two buggies.Perched on a 3301sq m block, the buyer will have access to private chefs and domestic staff from the nearby Intercontinental Hayman Island resort.Hill, who died last year, designed the home with a large kitchen that can be concealed, leading onto an open plan living and dining space, which flows onto an expansive outdoor terrace and heat regulated infinity pool.Queensland Sotheby’s International selling agent Carol Carter said the property was one of only six private homes on the tropical island jewel of Hayman Island, developed by Malaysian-backed group Mulpha. Ms Carter said two homes were purpose-built in 2009.“Those owners chose to buy the land and engage Kerry Hill to custom design and oversee the build,” Ms Carter said. “They took three years to build and were in the range of $20 million. These are very substantial luxurious residences”.Ms Carter is no stranger to selling multimillion-dollar mansions in The Whitsundays.She has sold properties with $13 million and $14 million price tags.“There has been a real market for luxury homes and it’s increasing,” Ms Carter said.“A lot of people are retiring now and they want to buy something their families can benefit by. One of the spacious bedrooms. Enjoy water sports, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling, sailing or diving tours to the neighbouring reefsMarina Berth is available for vessels up to 34 metresIf you desire the services of a butler or chef for entertaining in the privacy of your own environment, a phone call to the hotel concierge will provide this luxury service and hospitalityAccess to Hayman Estates can be by your own boat or transfer from Hamilton Island Airport by Hayman ferry at no cost. Helicopter from Hamilton Island or Proserpine is at owner’s expenseMaintenance and service of your residence and grounds will be undertaken by the Hotel Follow Reshni Ratnam on Instagramlast_img read more

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Sineku Primary School wins $5000 cash from LIME

first_img Share EducationLocalNewsPrimary Sineku Primary School wins $5000 cash from LIME by: – June 6, 2011 Sharing is caring! Multi-purpose basketball court at the Sineku Primary School donated by LIME, DominicaA multi-purpose basketball court at the Sineku Primary School will soon receive a facelift thanks to a five thousand dollar cash contribution from Dominica’s leading telecommunications provider, LIME.As part of the company’s regional sponsorship of the Carifta games hosted in Montego Bay, Jamaica over the Easter weekend, a local text promotion was held in each territory where LIME operates. Customers were invited to text the word ‘GOLD’ to short code ‘5463’ for a chance to win a Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab top notch mobile phone, but more importantly, an opportunity to win five thousand ($5000.00) cash towards the development of a sporting program at the winners’ school of choice.Eighteen year-old Rachael Laurent of Sineku in Kalinago Territory emerged as the lucky winner, giving her the once in a lifetime opportunity to give back in a significant way to her former school.  An elated Rachael was quick to reply “Sineku Primary School” when asked which educational institution she would be donating the prize money to.At a presentation ceremony held at the school, Principal Mrs. Lorna Lewis expressed sincere gratitude first to LIME for providing the forum through the text promotion to allow someone to win a cash prize towards sports development in a local school. In addition she applauded Ms. Laurent for texting a record sixty-two times to win the grand prize. Mrs. Lewis confirmed that the funds will go towards the refurbishment of a basketball court at the school which is used for a variety of sporting activities ranging from exercising, duck walk, netball, rounders, cricket to name a few.Kalinago Chief Garnette Joseph also commended LIME for the five thousand dollar donation to the school and bestowed similar praise on Ms. Laurent for selecting her former school as the recipient of the funds. He also committed the help of the Carib Council to the school in completing the basketball court project.Of notable mention is the support from the parents of the community who turned out in large numbers to the small presentation ceremony held at the school. Compliments are also in order for the teachers and students of Grades 5 & 6 who thanked LIME through two lovely performances highlighting the company’s contribution to the school and the Dominican community by extension.Last year’s winner of the Carifta text-to-win promotion was the Convent High School which used their five thousand dollar cash prize to commence an inter-schools netball competition which ended with an awards ceremony signifying a successful completion of the league.Press Release Sharecenter_img Share Tweet 49 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Clasie signs for Saints

first_img “It feels good to be joining Southampton,” Clasie said. “It’s a nice club and I’m happy to be here. “It’s a big club playing in what I think is the biggest and most important league. “Ronald (Koeman) being here is a big thing for me and that was important in me coming here, but even if he wasn’t here I’d have come to this club. “I played every game for him. He’s a good trainer and a good man so I like him, but I came here not only for him, I came here for the club. “I’ve watched many games of Southampton and it’s felt good when I’ve watched the games. I hope that I have many good moments and good years here.” Clasie knows Southampton manager Koeman well from his time coaching Feyenoord, where the midfielder made 129 appearances after coming through the youth set-up. The midfielder has 11 international caps and one of his first matches for his new club could be against his former team in next Thursday’s friendly in Rotterdam. Southampton’s executive director of football Les Reed said: “Jordy is one of the most highly sought-after midfielders in Europe. Southampton have signed Holland international Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord, helping to fill the void left by Morgan Schneiderlin’s departure. The France international ended his seven-year stay at St Mary’s earlier this week by making a £25million move to free-spending Manchester United. Saints have quickly reinvested that money by bringing in Feyenoord captain Clasie on a five-year deal, with the fee understood to be worth up to 12million euros (£8.4million). “His qualities are plain to see for anybody who has watched his development over the past few years as closely as we have and we are delighted that he will continue his growth at Southampton. “Like Cedric Soares and Juanmi, he has emerged from an academy with a set of values closely aligned to our own and has spent the entirety of his prior professional career contracted to one club. “With Jordy having played for Ronald Koeman for three years at Feyenoord, this is the perfect move for both the player and Southampton Football Club.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Former Sunderland defender Anthony Reveillere announces retirement

first_imgFormer Sunderland and France defender Anthony Reveillere has retired from football. He told Canal+ Sport: “I stopped for lack of offers and also to stay with my children. I had gone to Sunderland alone, so it made me think.” Reveillere, who represented France 20 times and was part of the squads for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, also played for Rennes, Valencia, Lyon and Napoli during his career. Press Associationcenter_img The 35-year-old has been without a club since leaving Wearside at the end of last season. He made 17 appearances for Sunderland after joining on a free transfer in October 2014. last_img read more

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SU freshman class provides depth sooner than anticipated

first_img Comments Four years ago, Ange Bradley began building a winning field hockey program from the ground up. Her first recruiting class consisted of current team anchors Maggie Befort, Lindsey Conrad and Shelby Schraden. The trio now serves as leaders of a Top 10 program at Syracuse. But with the impending graduation of a number of starters and her first core group of players, Bradley was facing an overhaul. She had to hope her younger, inexperienced players would be able to make the transition and eventually step into more prominent roles. She didn’t expect it to happen so soon. To SU’s benefit, Bradley’s latest recruiting class has already begun to make a major presence felt on the field. Bradley recently emphasized her newcomers have played a big part in the team’s improvement. That group has been a key factor in salvaging the season for No. 9 Syracuse (7-4, 3-0 Big East) as the Orange looks to get back to the NCAA tournament. On a squad that relies so heavily on experienced seniors and returning starters, the freshmen have become an unexpected driving force behind the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Our freshman group has a lot of character together, and they work really, really hard,’ Conrad said. ‘They’re stepping up and they’re pushing the upperclassmen, and they understand that without them, this team would be nothing.’ The main role of SU’s freshman class is to work hard in practice and help make the team better, and many of the newcomers excel in that facet of the game. And despite the steep learning curve that comes with playing for a Top 10 program, there are a few players who have stepped up immediately. Forward Ashtin Klingler has appeared in every game this season, while midfielder Leonie Geyer and back Laura Hahnefeldt have both already cemented their spots in the lineup. Geyer’s influence has been the biggest of any of Bradley’s freshmen to this point in the season, as she is currently second on the team in points (13) and leads the team in assists (seven). Bradley has used terms like ‘world class athlete’ and ‘dominating player’ to describe her, but Geyer said her contribution to the team is a result of an increased opportunity after coming over from Germany. ‘I have quite a different role here on the team,’ Geyer said. ‘In Germany, I’m not the person who changes the game, and my role there is not as important as it is here. I have many more chances to take, and I can score more goals.’ While Geyer isn’t quick to acknowledge the rare talent Bradley attributes to her, Hahnefeldt hasn’t received much acknowledgement at all as she has emerged as one of SU’s defensive anchors. But since the tall defender shut down three of the country’s leading scorers in Virginia’s Paige Selenski, Princeton’s Kathleen Sharkey and Louisville’s Nicole Youman, Bradley knows she has something special. ‘Laura is incredibly smart,’ Bradley said. ‘She’s very quiet, and I don’t think people realize how good she is. I think she’s one of the most underrated players that we have on our team.’ Though Geyer, Hahnefeldt and the rest of the freshman class unquestionably have the skill to play well at this level, the question is whether they have the confidence and adaptability to endure the challenge of the Big East and the rest of SU’s tough schedule. The Orange still has three conference games remaining, including a home matchup with No. 5 Connecticut, and then has to prepare for the important Big East tournament. Bradley said there is still work to be done to get her freshmen physically and mentally ready, and there is no one better to help than her seniors. As her first recruiting class is playing out the final games of their collegiate careers, Bradley needs them to play a part in ushering in a new era of Syracuse field hockey that could make its mark in the final stretch of the season. And in the process, the younger players will have to bridge the gap between Bradley’s first recruiting class and the future for Syracuse. ‘You can’t expect freshmen to be able to handle everything right away, so we need our older kids to help school them,’ Bradley said. ‘The freshmen are still trying to figure themselves out and figure things out, even though they’re very good players.’ jakrakow@syr.edu Published on October 5, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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USC administrators were aware of fired professor’s student status

first_imgSeveral University administrators were aware of former state legislator Sebastian Ridley-Thomas’ status as a student when he was hired to teach at USC, a conflict that later led to his termination as a professor, according to documents acquired by the Daily Trojan.Ridley-Thomas, who stepped down from his position as a member of the state Assembly in December 2017, was accepted to an on online social work program in January 2018 and awarded a full-tuition scholarship. A month later, he received a non-tenure track faculty position as a “professor of practice” in the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the Price School of Public Policy.In July, a month after a donation his father made to the University was disclosed to federal investigators, USC fired Ridley-Thomas. The details of his hiring and admission were made public in a Los Angeles Times report in August. In an email to Ridley-Thomas on July 18, Vice Provost Martin Levine told the former state legislator that due to Faculty Handbook policies “that faculty members shall not be candidates for degrees in the same program in which they have an appointment,” the administration had “determined that appropriate corrective action … is immediate termination of [his] faculty appointment.”However, email correspondences among Ridley-Thomas, former School of Social Work Dean Marilyn Flynn and other administrators from the Dworak-Peck and Price schools suggest that University leaders were aware of Ridley-Thomas’ status as a student when they hired him.Communication between Flynn and Ridley-Thomas dates back to May 2017 — over seven months before he enrolled at USC as a student. In an email on May 26, 2017, Flynn wrote that she had “a chance to talk with Dean [Jack] Knott at the Price School,” stating that the two schools would support his tuition. The School of Social Work would later fully cover the legislator’s tuition.In January the following year, he was formally notified of a full-tuition scholarship and started an online social work program that semester.One month after becoming a student, Ridley-Thomas received a letter signed by both Knott and Flynn informing him of his appointment as Professor of Practice of Policy and Social Work where his “service to both schools” would include “classroom presentations related to the political process, and assisting in organizing events involving both local and state governments.”“Like all other new students and people who are offered employment, Mr. Ridley-Thomas relied on the deans and academic administrators at USC to know and follow the university’s rules,” wrote Lance Olson, Ridley-Thomas’ attorney, in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Naturally, he believed that everything was in order.”Approval for Ridley-Thomas’ position even went through the Provost’s Office. On Feb. 13, a Price School official wrote to Ridley-Thomas, saying that the school had “received Provost approval of our request to waive our usual hiring process.” Ridley-Thomas accepted the appointment on March 10.According to a source in the University administration, this procedure is normal for professors of professional practice. Typically, those hired under this process are individuals who are practicing or retired and may not have the same academic credentials that other professors hold, so waiving the usual process means they don’t have to be reviewed by faculty committees, the source said.The latest revelation came after a string of stories from the Los Angeles Times regarding Ridley-Thomas’ resignation from the state Assembly and his role at the University. The Times reported that his father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, made a $100,000 donation from his campaign fund to the School of Social Work, which was later funneled to a think tank unaffiliated with USC and led by Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.“[Ridley-Thomas’] enrollment and employment at USC began months before the donation was even made,” Olson said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Any suggestion that there is a connection between the two is patently false.”Last month, Ridley-Thomas accused the University of violating student privacy laws by disclosing information regarding his scholarship and status at the University.“Of particular concern is the fact the Times was clearly told of the Compliance Office interview of my client,” Olson wrote in a letter to USC’s attorney in August. “That information could only have come from one of the three persons from USC who participated in the interview.”USC and several administrators from the School of Social Work declined to comment on Ridley-Thomas’ hiring, citing privacy protection laws for students and faculty and the pending nature of the federal investigation.last_img read more