Bureau of Prisons director cutting internet access, technology usage for staff to ‘limit distractions’

first_imgiStock(WASHINGTON) — The Bureau of Prisons will make hiring a main priority in the coming year and will also be cutting internet usage for its employees to “limit distractions,” Director Kathy Hawk Sawyer stressed in an internal email to prison staff that was obtained by ABC News.“Although technology serves us well in many of the security and communication features we utilize, we must not allow technology to be our enemy by taking our eyes and ears off the interactions around us or limit our face-to-face interaction with staff and inmates,” Hawk Sawyer wrote in the email.She added, “Also, internet access on government devices and computers should be used only to complete required daily work. Some internet access will soon be curtailed so that distractions will be eliminated.”While Hawk Sawyer didn’t make a direct reference to the Jeffrey Epstein case, recent court documents said the two officers in charge of watching over the Epstein’s cell were catching up on a sports news site and looking at motorcycle sales, the night the convicted sex offender and financier died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.One of the biggest issues surrounding the Bureau of Prisons is the lack of staffing required — in some cases, one source described MCC’s staffing to be operating at only half-capacity. Hawk Sawyer addressed the issue head on in her email.“In addition, we are taking a fresh look at what staffing level is correct for each institution,” she said.Hawk Sawyer said Attorney General William Barr made a “personal appeal to [the Office of Personnel Management ] to expedite our request” to hire at the local level.She referenced the need for more focus on the BOP’s Special Housing Units, an area of a prison that houses high profile and problem inmates. Epstein was housed at MCC’s Special Housing Unit when he was found dead in August.“Special Housing Units continue to be a major focus. I commend those of you who work in our SHU units for your renewed commitment to ensuring that we adhere to our policy requirements regarding rounds and counts in SHU. Individual inmates in these units may be particularly vulnerable to suicide and other mental health concerns due to the restrictive environment,” she said.A BOP spokesperson said Hawk Sawyer is focused on a “back to basics” approach, emphasizing sound correctional management.“Her message regarding limiting or removing unnecessary distractions inside Bureau facilities, such as internet access on government devices and computers, or cellular communication using smart watches and other technology, is one of a number of areas under review to enhance on the job safety and security in Bureau institutions,” a spokesperson told ABC News.The spokesperson added, “The need to use such technology, such as the internet to perform vital job functions for specific duties and positions will be reviewed, and access will be tailored accordingly to ensure a safe and professional environment.”A source familiar with the matter said the letter from the director was met with “anger” from rank and file officers. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

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Swenson takes a stab at Big Ten title

first_imgSwenson takes a stab at Big Ten titleJason Swenson just missed a javelin title last year, but he has a good start this time. Matt AndersonApril 5, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThis is Jason Swenson’s last chance.The Minnesota men’s track and field senior has one more season to capture the Big Ten outdoor title in javelin that narrowly eluded him last year, when he came in second.And despite more obstacles in his way this season, he’s started on the right foot.Swenson has already qualified for the NCAA Midwest Region Championships, throwing 204-6 at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., last month. That throw earned him Big Ten men’s track athlete of the week honors.Assistant coach Scott Bennett said Swenson is helped by reaching the NCAA regional qualifying mark early in the season.“Sometimes, when you’re trying to chase a qualifying performance, you back off at certain opportune meets, so that you can have a good performance and qualify,” he said. “Now that we have that done, we can work hard and maybe even still go to a meet a little tired.”Coming into the season, Swenson, a heptathlete in the indoor season, said he was able to stay in javelin shape during the winter season by throwing three times a week at the indoor football practice facility.Coach Phil Lundin said Swenson’s heptathlon training in the winter benefits him with the javelin in the spring.“For him, we do it primarily because we want to get him into shape,” Lundin said of Swenson’s winter work. “And so, it’s good overall training for overall fitness, and I think it definitely helps him in the javelin as the year goes on.”While Swenson has the benefit of winter training and an uninterrupted spring training cycle, there is still a lot standing between him and the conference championship.Although he finished second last year, Iowa’s javelin thrower Bill Neumann is back after taking an injury redshirt season last year. Neumann won the javelin at the Big Tens in 2002 and 2003 and placed third at the NCAA Championships both seasons. “Jason’s going to have to get big (personal records) this year if he wishes to beat that guy, assuming that (Neumann) is as good as he’s always been,” Lundin said. “It’s definitely a motivator.”Another challenge Swenson faces this year is academic.His class schedule as an electrical engineer graduating this spring might affect his performance with the javelin, he said.However, Lundin said Swenson’s background in physics, as a former aeronautical engineering student, is part of what helps him perform on the javelin field.“He’s a student of the sport,” Lundin said. “I think he does a pretty good job of analysis. But I do think his science background probably helps in that.”And that could help Swenson achieve the goals Lundin has set for him this season.“I look at the idea of trying to win a Big Ten championship and being a national qualifier,” Lundin said. “Those are not easy tasks given the quality of competition he’s up against. But I think he’s up to the task.”Roehrig athlete of weekWomen’s track and field freshman Liz Roehrig was named co-Big Ten athlete of the week after breaking the school high jump record at the Ole Miss Invitational on Saturday.Roehrig’s leap of 5-10 3/4 topped the old mark of 5-10 set by Tracee Wolf in 1988.Roehrig won the Big Ten pentathlon title and was named conference freshman of the year for the indoor season last month.last_img read more

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Top-ranked Men’s Golf Opens Spring Season at Matlock Collegiate Classic

first_imgLAKELAND, Fla. – The No. 1 ranked West Florida men’s golf team will open the spring portion of its 2015-16 season at the 35th annual Matlock Collegiate Classic Monday and Tuesday at Lone Palm Golf Club.The exceptionally-strong field features seven of the top eight teams in the country. Additionally, nine of the 15 participating teams are in the top-25 of Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll. Along with the Argonauts are defending national champion Nova Southeastern (ranked #3); last year’s national runner-up, Lynn (#8); 2015 national semifinalist Saint Leo (#2); and two other teams, Florida Southern (#5) and South Carolina-Aiken (#7), that also reached the match play portion of the National Finals. In addition to those five, the field includes 2013 and 2014 national champion Barry (#6), which placed 10th at last year’s National Finals.In fact, 23 of the last 27 national championship programs will be playing in this year’s Matlock Classic.Other top-25 teams competing in this year’s Matlock Classic are Florida Tech (#21) and Columbus State (#22), while Rollins, Georgia College and Valdosta State are all receiving votes in the national poll. Completing the field are Armstrong State, Eckerd, and St. Edward’s.The 75-player field will tour a par-72 course covering 7,065 yards. The tournament begins with a shotgun start Monday morning at 8 a.m. Eastern time. UWF will be paired with tournament-host Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern in the first two rounds, with those five groups teeing off holes one through four.Head coach Steve Fell’s lineup includes Jacob Huizinga, Henry Westmoreland IV, Chandler Blanchet, Christian Bosso and Talin Rajendranath.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Thumbs up to PNG Ports for backing Lae pools challenge

first_imgPool BY NATALIE CHOLOHEI The Lae Billiards Snooker Association president Arua Simoi has thanked PNG Ports Corporation for its continued support towards the pool matches in Lae. Simoi said PNG Ports Corporation stepped in when the association was lacking sponsorship. With K10,000 sponsorship the company has committed, it helped the association’s interim executives to run the competition that hosted 14 teams that took part in the pool competition. “We did not have much sponsors but with the support from PNG Ports, sponsoring us with K10,000 we decided to use K3000 to cater for the advert with the support from nomination fees and players’ registration fees,” Simoi said. He said the funds had helped to successfully complete the first lot of matches they aim to put up this year. “This is one of our few competitions that are going to be held this year. I have my six-month plan I will be presenting to the executives to look at on how we can work together to raise funds for our competitions,” Simoi said. Simoi said he was confident the new competition would improve as compared to last year’s competition. The players have improved in their games. “The competition has been more organised now and the standards of players have slightly improved but still need improvement,” Simoi said. He welcomed the new and old teams taking part in the competition. “Big thanks to the Aviat Club for providing the venue and the hard working committees for their support throughout the competition,” Simoi said. The association is expecting Trukai Industries Limited and Guard Dog Security Services to also jump on the bandwagon as sponsors of the competition.last_img read more

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