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Americans with Disabilities Act opens pools to disabled swimmers

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Some 23 years after Congress used federal muscle to open jobs, public transportation and public accommodations to disabled Americans, another venue is coming under the federal mandate -- swimming pools.

Beginning this week, most public swimming pools, wading pools and spas must be accessible to disabled people to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Facilities that don't meet the standard may face civil penalties of $55,000.

The move has been in the works for several years. The Justice Department published standards for accessibility in 2010 and announced a March 2012 deadline for compliance. But confusion over the standards became so contentious that pool operators threatened coast-to-coast pool closures last spring, a scare dubbed "Poolmagedden."

In response to the uproar, the Department of Justice moved the deadline to Jan. 31, sought to clarify the rule and grandfathered in some equipment that was purchased by pool operators during the debacle. The Justice Department also reiterated that pool operators need to provide access to existing pools only if it is "readily achievable," meaning it does not involve significant difficulty or expense.

 

Advocates for the disabled say there is "no excuse" for public pools not to be accessible.

"They've had plenty of time" to find a suitable way to accommodate disabled swimmers, said Patrick Wojahn, a public policy analyst with the National Disability Rights Network. "It's time to make this happen so that people with disabilities don't have to go through another summer without being able to go swimming with their families."

The new rule applies to all public swimming pools, hotels, motels, health clubs, recreation centers, public country clubs and businesses. It also applies to community pools associated with private residential communities if the pool is made available to the public for rental or use.

Hotel industry officials say they have not conducted surveys of hotel compliance but say all major hotel chains have made their pools accessible. They believe many smaller hotel and motels have also made the change or are exempted because the accessibility is not "readily achievable."

"We spent a year, really, educating our members on what the requirements are," said Marlene Colucci, executive vice president of public policy for the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

 

But Colucci believes that while the Justice Department rules solve one problem, they create another.

The chair lifts are an "attractive nuisance," Colucci said. "You have these very large machines, which are pool lifts, and children are naturally attracted to them," Colucci said. Many hotels have removed swimming pool diving boards because they were dangerous, she said, and now they are concerned about the safety of the chair lifts.

"If there's an injury that happens as a result, there's really no protection from liability, whether you're a hotel owner or the owner of a public pool," she said.

Wojahn dismisses those concerns.

"These lifts have been put in pools all across the country and never has there been any (documented) incident of any child injuring (himself) or herself in a swimming pool," he said. "These are no more dangerous than a diving board or the ladder that you already see that are fixtures in swimming pools."

According to the Justice Department, the ADA allows businesses to consider "legitimate safety requirements" in determining whether an action is readily achievable but cannot base a decision "on speculation or unsubstantiated generalizations about safety concerns or risks."

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NSA data center front and center in debate over liberty, security and privac

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Twenty-five miles due south of Salt Lake City, a massive construction project is nearing completion.  The heavily secured site belongs to the National Security Agency.

"The spy center" -- that's what some of the locals like Jasmine Widmer, who works at Bluffdale's sandwich shop, told our Fox News team as part of an eight month investigation into data collection and privacy rights that will be broadcast Sunday at 9 p.m. ET called "Fox News Reporting: Your Secrets Out.”

The NSA says the Utah Data Center is a facility for the intelligence community that will have a major focus on cyber security. The agency will neither confirm nor deny specifics. Some published reports suggest it could hold 5 zettabytes of data. (Just one zettabyte is the equivalent of about 62 billion stacked iPhones 5's-- that stretches past the moon.

One man we hoped would answer our questions, the current director of the NSA General Keith Alexander, declined Fox News's requests to sit down for an interview, so we stopped by the offices of a Washington think tank, where Alexander was speaking at a cyber security event last year.

Asked if the Utah Data Center would hold the data of American citizens,  Alexander said, "No...we don't hold data on U.S. citizens," adding that the NSA staff "take protecting your civil liberties and privacy as the most important thing that they do, and securing this nation."

But critics, including former NSA employees, say the data center is front and center in the debate over liberty, security and privacy.

"[It] raises the most serious questions about the vast amount of data that could be kept in one place for many, many different sources,"  Thomas Drake told Fox News.  

Drake -- who worked at the NSA from Aug. 2001 to Aug. 2008 and was unsuccessfully prosecuted on espionage charges -- says Americans should be concerned about letting the government go too far in the name of security.

"It's in secret so you don't really know," Drake explained. "It's benign, right. If I haven't -- and if I haven't done anything wrong it doesn't matter. The only way you can have perfect security is have a perfect surveillance state. That's George Orwell. That's 1984. That's what that would look like."

Fellow NSA whistleblower Bill Binney, who worked at the NSA for nearly four decades, says it's about the possibility that the government's stunning new capacity to collect, store and analyze data could be abused.

"It's really a-- turnkey situation, where it could be turned quickly and become a totalitarian state pretty quickly," he said. "The capacities to do that is being set up. Now it's a question of if we get the wrong person in office, or if certain people set up their network internally in government, they could make that happen quickly."

According to NSA's chief compliance officer John Delong, whose job is to make sure the laws and policies designed to protect the privacy of U.S. persons is being enforced, part of the frustration is that the rules are specific and secret.

"I think that's sort of the collision, is you have classified rules," DeLong explained during an hour long meeting with Fox News at the NSA. "You now have a somewhat more public data center,"  

"These aren't just, like, general policy pronouncements of 'You shall protect privacy.'" he said.  

DeLong added that another misconception is that there is only internal oversight, when he says there is "a tremendous amount of external oversight" from the Justice Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and others.

In an email, Vanee' Vines, a public information officer for the NSA, said that the Utah Data Center will be "a state-of-the-art facility designed to support the Intelligence Community’s efforts to further strengthen and protect the nation. NSA is the executive agent for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and will be the lead agency at the center.”

Because the Utah Data Center is a "secure facility" and you cannot go inside without the needed security clearances, Fox News rented a helicopter and took to the skies, where the depth and breadth of the Utah Center were stunning.

The aerial video footage is exclusive to the Fox News investigation and posted here.  Two weeks after our filming, the helicopter pilot reported to our Fox News team that he had been visited by the FBI on a "national security matter."

The pilot said, according to the FBI agents, that the NSA had taken photos of the helicopter once it made several flyovers.  These photos allowed the NSA to identify the make and manufacturer of the helicopter in California who, in turn, told the NSA who operates it in the Salt Lake City area.

The FBI wanted to know if we had the proper air space clearances to flyover the site, which the Fox News team did.   Satisfied that the pilot was not flying "terrorists" over the site, the questioning concluded.  While the pilot passed along the Fox News contact information, there was no further inquiries.

Binney said the helicopter incident "showed the capability of the U.S. government to use information to trace people, their relationship to others and to raise suspicions about their activities and intentions."

 
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Sports Asset Management Forum: NBA Entertainment's New Facility ...

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On Tuesday, the NBA opened its doors to over 150 industry professionals for a full tour of the facility as part of the Sports Video Group's Sports Asset Management Forum. Attendees made stops to see the league's new ...

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Crowd Management - Security Professional : Security Guidelines

Crowd Management - Security Professional : Security Guidelines | Sports Facility Managing: Williams R. | Scoop.it
Our Team offers and complies with the security guidelines to ensure the security and safety of every event.

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There is nothing better than recognizing the men and women who work countless hours in order to provide the attending sports fan a memorable experience. This article also highlights the importance of an Enterprise asset management (EAM) & Computerized Maintenance Management Software. It also gives a great example on a stadiums recommendation to improve their maintenance issues.

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Building green sport facilities

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Whether the issue is conserving energy or recycling building products, conservation has become a major concern for new facilities.

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Nadine Brooks's curator insight, May 16, 2013 12:53 PM

Managing a Green Facility ultimately decreases major risks in the long run for the facility and the environment.

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Throughout the article sport facility managers are informed of environment-friendly facility processes and LEED standards. 

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What Personality Traits are Needed to Be a Physical Therapist ...

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Exercise Science Guide | Degrees and Careers in Exercise & Sports · Home · Degree Guide · Contact · About ...

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Great for people who are interested in this career.

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Olympic Sports Medicine Course Kicks Off In Kampala | Red Pepper | Breaking News | Uganda News | Gossip | News | Technology | Museveni | Besigye | OPM | Cranes |

Olympic Sports Medicine Course Kicks Off In Kampala | Red Pepper | Breaking News | Uganda News | Gossip | News | Technology | Museveni | Besigye | OPM | Cranes | | Sports Facility Managing: Williams R. | Scoop.it
Sports medicine is an integral part in the career of sports women and men. The life span of any sports person involved in active sports will greatly be
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Sports medicine is an integral part in the career of sports women and men. The life span of any sports person involved in active sports will greatly be determined by the medical attention he or she receives.

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Survivor All-STARs on ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Survivor All-STARs on ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine | Sports Facility Managing: Williams R. | Scoop.it
Comprehensive cancer rehab links patients and their PTs.
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This article brings aweness to the eye and hearts of many people out there, that are not fully awared of the physical damages that cancer can cause.

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Has Bullying Been Normalized in Sports?

Has Bullying Been Normalized in Sports? | Sports Facility Managing: Williams R. | Scoop.it
We need to ask ourselves why the cries of Jonathon Martin took so long to hear. Where were his teammates, coaches, and the rest of people in the Dolphins organization?
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Bullying has not only been taking over grade level student, it has also become a problem in the sports industrie.

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Exercise may help pregnant women quit smoking - Reuters

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Exercise may help pregnant women quit smoking
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For pregnant women who want to quit smoking, a brisk walk can temporarily stave off tobacco cravings, says a Canadian study.

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Pregnant women who are addicted to smoking finally find a healthier distraction.

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Why Students And Taxpayers Are Subsidizing College Sports — And How We Might Fix It

Why Students And Taxpayers Are Subsidizing College Sports — And How We Might Fix It | Sports Facility Managing: Williams R. | Scoop.it

America’s colleges and universities used more than $2 billion in student fees — an average of more than $500 per student — to subsidize rapidly growing university athletic budgets, as Ohio University professor Richard Vedder wrote at BloombergView today. Those fees can top $1,000 a year at some schools, and as Vedder writes, reliance on them ends up making college more expensive for students and often places the burden on the poorest students. And most of the time, students don’t even know they’re paying the fees.

In addition to student fees, athletic programs are relying more on money from general university budgets, so taxpayers are also spending millions of dollars a year to cover shortfalls as athletic budgets continue to grow faster than academic budgets. But as Vedder noted, and as this chart from a study by the Delta Cost Project shows, that isn’t happening at the biggest, richest athletic programs, with a few notable exceptions. Rather, it becomes a problem in the bottom half of the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) and gets worse in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) and at non-football Division I schools:


That may make it seem like we’re dealing with two separate problems when we talk about college sports, then: one at the biggest schools, where amateurism and paying college players is the biggest issue, and another at the smaller schools, where rising budgets and increased student subsidies are the biggest problems. But those problems might actually be linked, because as Sports On Earth’s Patrick Hruby has reported, amateurism and tax-exempt statuses of athletic departments have increased costs and inflated budgets at the biggest schools. Small schools don’t have to keep up dollar-for-dollar, but the inflation still trickles down because they operate in the same market when it comes to recruiting, facilities, and coaches. Unlike the large schools, though, they don’t have TV networks and revenue streams to cover the growing costs.

Defenders of the NCAA status quo aren’t wrong when they assert that smaller schools probably can’t afford to operate in a system that compensates players. But is that really a bad thing? Ending the amateurism ruse would separate the athletic departments that can afford to participate in such a system (and despite their claims, most of the biggest schools can) from those that can’t compete in a system that includes schools like Texas, Kentucky, and Ohio State. That reality would let smaller schools exchange the big-budget recruiting trips, the expensive cross-country game travel, and the shiny new facilities of the current system for a model that treats intercollegiate sports like the extracurricular activities NCAA defenders say they are. Because while the big business of college sports is thriving at the top and would continue to do so even if athletes are compensated, treating sports as a business clearly doesn’t make sense in the middle or at the bottom of Division I. Right now, though, there’s more incentive to ask for subsidies than to accept a scaled-back athletic program.

Schools argue that they use sports to attract students, and thus subsidizing sports is a smart use of their resources. But that doesn’t really work. Data show that national championships boost enrollment, but most of these small schools aren’t competing for national titles, and Vedder notes that 72 percent of students in a recent poll said sports had an “extremely unimportant” or “unimportant” role in their school choice. So if Florida Gulf Coast is relying on a lightning-in-a-bottle Sweet 16 run every March to survive as a school, or if Appalachian State needs a once-in-a-lifetime upset to attract students, that’s an indication not that they need sports but that they’re running a misguided operation. And fleecing unwitting students and taxpayers to prop up a bad business model doesn’t make any sense at all.

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Five of The World's Most Sustainable Sports Stadiums - Green Building Elements

Five of The World's Most Sustainable Sports Stadiums - Green Building Elements | Sports Facility Managing: Williams R. | Scoop.it
Five of The World's Most Sustainable Sports StadiumsGreen Building ElementsSustainability is one of the most important aspects of any new architectural design and in recent years we've seen this spread into the world of sports stadiums.

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The Economic Impact of Sports Facilities | The Sport Digest


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This article truly resembles the amount of impact the economy and government has on the globalized sports and fitness world.

 

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Giving Thanks to Sport Facility Management

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How many fans realize what goes on behind the scenes at a sports stadium or arena. This article thanks sports maintenance teams for all their hard work.

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jabrego's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:28 PM

There is nothing better than recognizing the men and women who work countless hours in order to provide the attending sports fan a memorable experience. This article also highlights the importance of an Enterprise asset management (EAM) & Computerized Maintenance Management Software. It also gives a great example on a stadiums recommendation to improve their maintenance issues. This article also has links to get great information on several different aspects of sports management that can be very useful for our final project.

Joshua Evans's curator insight, January 21, 2014 11:14 PM

Good look at behind the scenese of facility management. 

Cam Farnham's curator insight, October 15, 2014 12:33 AM

1. I learned that without a good EAM CMMS solution, maintenance can quickly skyrocket in price. Yes the job will get done, but the operation skyrockets in price. Also i learned that if you plan your maintenance through spreadsheets, you will forget something.  The article compares it to when someone tried to plan there days using sticky notes. You will loose them , and will always miss something.

 

2. I found it interesting that there were 7 specific objectives they described. I thought there could be an endless amount of objectives to make the maintenance  of sport better. Also i found it interesting that the article stated the community would be much happier if they did not have get a new stadium, because of costs and memories.

 

3. I selected this article because one of my first jobs might be working for a sports team in the facility field. I always thought driving a zamboni would be such a cool and fun job. Another reason i chose this is because my father has told me many cool stories about facility management. My father worked for the Brown University facility management staff when he was in college, until he made the football team.

 

4.This information about facility management will help me out because i know how to stay organized and how to be the most successful. I know not to use spreadsheets, or sticky notes to plan maintenance. Also i know specific objectives to get done to be the most successful and to make everyone happy.

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Sports Facility Management

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This will help prepare you to move into workplace positions and upgrade proficiency of individuals who are currently employed in sports management positions.

 


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Ryane Williams's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:47 PM

Facilities management entails a broad array of disciplines including, but not limited to, planning, designing, leasing, space planning, product management, capital management, construction management, property management, and real estate acquisition, planning and disposal.

Jordan Anderson- www.havefunandprofit.com's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:58 PM

Location is very important to have more income!

Charles Henderson's comment, August 14, 2013 12:37 AM
Would have been nice for them to include cost of living comparisons. You might be in the top 20% of the country making $107,000 in NYC, but that's only $48,000 in Atlanta. Median income in Atlanta is $30,000 which would be $67,000 in NYC (about $21000 higher than NYC's current median salary). Where you live makes a difference, but HOW you live is just as important.
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Learning to walk again: a U.S. soldier’s journey to recovery

Learning to walk again: a U.S. soldier’s journey to recovery | Sports Facility Managing: Williams R. | Scoop.it
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U.S. Army soldier Sgt. Matt Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan in June of 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion tore away both his legs, damaged his left arm, and ripped open his abdominal cavity. The 22-year-old has since undergone around 40 surgeries and is learning to walk with prosthetic legs. He is keen to re-join the infantry as soon as his injuries allow.

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Physical Therapy Rehabilitation CenterS Baltimore MD are now open for immediate Pain Relief | Dr Wendy Westbrooks

Physical Therapy Rehabilitation CenterS Baltimore MD are now open for immediate Pain Relief | Dr Wendy Westbrooks | Sports Facility Managing: Williams R. | Scoop.it

New to Baltimore MD Area – the ARP Wave System is for EVERY BODY – Dispense With Pain, Get Back to Quality of Life – Achieve Better Range of Motion – Bypass Surgeries & Quicken the Healing from all Surgeries and Injuries

 

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The ARP Wave System is being taken advantage of by thousands of the most prevalent athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL & College & Olympic Sports athletes to swiftly bounce back from injury & eliminate pain

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Soldier Hurt in Accidental Shooting

Soldier Hurt in Accidental Shooting | Sports Facility Managing: Williams R. | Scoop.it
Soldier in moderate condition following shooting in apparent accident in Golan.
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If KFOR thinks it going to get easier now they are in for a huge surprise. This has only strengthened the Serbs resolve to continue this illegal mandate from Serbia to split Kosovo and spit in the face of Europe. These are the same Serbs who turn to Russia for approval and the same Serbs who's aspersions to create a grater Serbia in the ninety saw the murdering of thousands as an OK thing.

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The N.C.A.A.’s Ethics Problem

The N.C.A.A.’s Ethics Problem | Sports Facility Managing: Williams R. | Scoop.it
From a look at some investigations in college sports, it seems as if abusing the legal system is all in a day’s work.
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I'm with the other readers who doubt anybody is going to take on the N.C.A.A. I'd like to see more punishments for players who have been charged with domestic violence, rape, etc. I am not bothered by the silly scandal of Te'O.

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