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first_imgCOLORING CONTEST, SECOND PLACE — American Legion F.A. Mackenzie Post 165 has awarded 2nd place in this year’s coloring contest to Aliya Iskra, a student at Mary J. Donohoe School. Aliya won a $50 Gift certificate. From the left are Post Commander, John Zmyslowski, and Aliya. The post is very pleased to have the school children participate in our Americanism contest. ×last_img

University professors opt to teach virtually in light of COVID-19

first_imgNotre Dame professors will teach in three formats this semester: fully-virtual, hybrid or in-person with a virtual component for students in quarantine or choosing to take class online this semester. The majority of professors teaching in a full-virtual format have underlying medical conditions or they have a family member who does.Professor David Hutchison in the Mendoza College of Business opted to teach fully-virtually this semester due to family health concerns.“My wife suffers from lupus rheumatoid arthritis, chronic lung issues with pneumonia,” he said. “She’s an asthmatic, and she’s got probably a half a dozen or so other autoimmune conditions. So, all of that leaves her at very high risk, should she contract the virus.”Hutchison said he also has a daughter who does not currently live at home, but is likely to for a meaningful period of time during the term, has a condition called POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) and another condition called mast cell disorder and mast cell disorder, which puts her in a very high-risk position relative to the coronavirus.Hutchison primarily teaches real estate classes in the finance department of Mendoza. His classes will take place synchronously as opposed to asynchronously. “Part of what makes Notre Dame the unusual and special place that it is is that it emphasizes community,” he said. “My job has historically been to be a part of your students’ community, as an instructor and as an advisor and, basically, mentor; I’ve worked my duration here at Notre Dame with that in mind. … I bet you would hear from them — the vast majority of [professors] — that we have no real interest in doing things this way.”Typically, Hutchison offers his help to students undergoing career discernment and interview preparation for internships and full-time positions. He emphasized the importance of adding extra time throughout his day to communicate with students via phone, text message, email and Zoom.“It makes a whole lot of sense for me to try to accommodate what you folks are comfortable with because there’s one of me and a whole lot of you,” he said. Professor Tatiana Botero in the College of Arts and Letters is also teaching virtually this semester.Botero said she has underlying conditions that make her susceptible to the coronavirus. She also said this allows her to stay home with her 13-year-old son during the day, who would have otherwise been home alone. “It would have been very challenging to oversee his school day at home — e-learning — while I was at the University,” she said. Botero is teaching two Spanish language classes this semester both with two sections of students. She plans to teach synchronously most weeks with an occasional Friday asynchronously for project-work. She said she preferred to teach her language classes virtually because it allows for facial expressions and better enunciation than when wearing masks and social distancing in-person. This, in turn, helps foster community among her students, she said.“In class discussion, it’s just not feasible to have pair-work, collaborative work, when you have to be 6 feet apart in the classroom. And then also wearing masks, myself included, the students can’t really see how I’m speaking,” Botero said.She said pair-sharing — when each student has the opportunity to think and share their thoughts in the language — is a core component of her classes. “I’m really happy we are [using] Zoom because we can still have the pair-work in breakout rooms, then we can come back to the class in gallery view to see all the students and they can see me,” Botero said.Using Zoom allows her to check-in on the pairs working together in breakout rooms as the host. Both Hutchison and Botero emphasized the importance of fostering community and collaboration in and out of class through the use of technology during this semester. Tags: 2020 fall semester, Arts and Letters, Mendoza, virtual learning, zoomlast_img read more

Leafs expect injured vets back in lineup for weekend

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorIf the Nelson Leafs didn’t have bad luck the team would have no luck at all.Already icing one of the youngest rosters in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the Leafs played most of last weekend without the services of three veteran players — forwards Gavin Currie and Cody Abbey and defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk.The result had the Leafs losing two of three, including a 6-2 pasting at the hands of the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.On the positive side, the 2010 KIJHL finalists did manage to get its first win of the season, a 3-2 win against an ever-improving Penticton Lakers squad, to right the ship, a little.“We haven’t been healthy since the beginning of the season,” Leaf coach and GM, Chris Shaw told The Nelson Daily Tuesday.“We have such a young club that the impact of losing three veterans is huge and changes the dynamics of the team.”Currie did manage to get in a few shifts during the loss to Beaver Valley and Sunday’s win over the Lakers, but did not look at full strength fighting a nagging upper body injury.Abbey spent Sunday’s encounter sitting in the stands. The Leafs definitely missed the 6’2”, 200-pound winger huge body in front of the net.As for Parfeniuk, the rugged Kelowna defenceman has played in just one game this season thanks to a shoulder injury.Shaw expects Abbey and Currie back in the lineup in the return match Saturday against the Bruins in Grand Forks.However, Parfeniuk will remain on the disabled list. “The game last week was a weird one,” Shaw explained when asked about the loss to the Bruins. “Grand Forks scored six power play goals, which is almost unheard of in junior hockey.”“Still there are no excuses the way we played in Grand Forks,” he added.Shaw did add a fresh face to the Leaf lineup Sunday in the form of Marcus Dhal, a speedy, but small, 17-year-old forward from the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.At 5’8”, 165-pounds, Dahl adds some speed to the Leafs front line.“He’s a skilled forward who played last season for the Okanagan Hockey Association Major Midget team,” Shaw said.The road doesn’t get any easier for the Leafs. After playing Grand Forks Friday, Nelson plays host to the always-tough Fernie Ghostriders Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.STAT LINE: Nelson, 1-4, is not only last in the Murdoch Division, but the Green and White hold down the bottom spot in the league in goals scored this season at 1.80 per game. Fernie Ghostriders are tops with 4.70 goals per game. Nelson has also allowed 4.40 goals per game, second worst in the KIJHL behind Princeton Posse. . . . Connor McLaughlin leads the team in scoring with four points, including three goals. In contrast, Thierry Martine of Osoyoos Coyotes and Duncan Schulz of Kamloops Storm lead the league, each with nine points. Martine has six goals in four [email protected]last_img read more

Prep Football: League play takes center stage in the Big 5, Little 4 this weekend

first_imgThe last time the Del Norte football team made its way to Fortuna, there was an undefeated regular season at stake for the hometown Huskies.The stakes may not be as high as last November, but there’s still plenty to play for.Both of the Big 5’s 1-0 teams clash in the Friendly City tonight, as Fortuna and Del Norte look to set the early pace in league play when the two teams meet at Husky Field tonight.Both Fortuna (2-3 overall, 1-0 Big 5) and Del Norte (3-2, 1-0) claimed wins over …last_img read more

South Africa to host Commonwealth Games in 2022

first_img2 September 2015South Africa’s coastal city of Durban has been named as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The announcement took place Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday after a unanimous vote by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).It will be the first time the event is held on the African continent.“Over more than eight decades, many great Commonwealth cities, nations and territories have hosted the games in order to build peaceful, prosperous and sustainable communities, inspired by the actions and achievements of our Commonwealth athletes, and underpinned by our values of humanity, equality and destiny,” said outgoing CGF President HRH Tunku Imran.“Our friends from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa are now primed to make the most of that responsibility and opportunity, and it gives me very great pleasure to welcome the South African City of Durban as proud host of the XXII Commonwealth Games. As a movement, we stand together to welcome and support the very first Commonwealth Games on African soil.”South Africa ended up being the sole bidder after the Canadian city of Edmonton withdrew its bid because of financial concerns related to the oil price.Bid Committee Chairman, Mark Alexander expressed his thanks to the CGF for awarding the games to Durban. “It will accelerate the progress the city is making in construction and development, and in building a more inclusive citizenry,” he said.See the delegates break out in song in New Zealand:Already inspiring @thecgf delegates at the 2022 Host City announcement @Durban2022pic.twitter.com/7b5zbtNMxo— Helen Phillips(@HelenPhillips05)September 2, 2015“Through the Games we aim to build greater social cohesion, create opportunities for empowerment, boost prosperity and ensure equality, while also fast-tracking economic growth in our country. The Commonwealth Games in Durban will be a game changer for the city,” added Alexander.Durban’s mayor James Nxumalo said it was a huge step. “Today marks a gigantic leap in the affirmation and positive trajectory for the continent of Africa,” he said. “It is a moment to seize and firmly anchor our position as a decisive force in sports worldwide.”We’re ready“Durban’s vision supports and contributes to South Africa’s 2030 National Development Plan and is rooted in the desire to engage citizens (especially young people), athletes and the Commonwealth,” reads the Durban 2022 website.“The Games concept features a compact venue plan centred on the sporting super-precinct of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and adjacent coastline, providing excellent opportunities for innovative sport presentation and enhanced athlete experience. The Opening Ceremony would take place on Mandela Day, 18 July 2022.”Trending on TwitterThe hashtags #ReadyToInspire and #Durban2022 quickly became the top trending topics on Twitter on Wednesday morning.It was celebrations all around for South Africans and many took to Twitter to show their pride and excitement.We are proud to announce that we are the official Host City for @[email protected] #ReadyToInspire – GO #Durban!pic.twitter.com/20T7KOz4JY— Durban Tourism (@durbanxperience) September 2, 2015#Durban the very first city to host the Commonwealth Games on African soil @Durban2022#ReadyToInspire pic.twitter.com/8Rwl0Vh7Qe— Durban Chamber (@DurbanChamber)September 2, 2015About the gamesThe Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport, international event for athletes from many territories that were part of the British Empire.They were first held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada, where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in six sports and 59 events. The Games take place every four years; the only years they skipped were 1942 and 1946 because of World War II.From 1930 to 1950, the Games were known as the British Empire Games; from 1954 until 1966, they were called the British Empire and Commonwealth Games; and from 1970 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games. At the 1978 Games in Edmonton, the name was changed to the Commonwealth Games.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

First online fed cattle auction a success

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the end of May, something groundbreaking occurred for the livestock industry as Superior Livestock Auction conducted the first online fed cattle sale.“I would say it was a very successful day,” said Ed Greiman, chairman of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Cattle Marketing and International Trade Committee. “There were 1,600 head of cattle sold, which is where many sellers thought the market was going to be.”The bigger news is that a lot of people were watching, so much so that the website hosting the sale went down as a result of too many people logging on.“This is all about price discovery — showing people that there is a cash market out there and adding to the fundamentals,” Greiman said. “We’re not worried about how much volume is on the sale, it’s really all about moving some cattle.”The glitches, that can be expected any time something new like this is attempted, will be worked out and Greiman said with each week that goes by, the online sales will go more smoothly.“I talked to some farmers, like myself, that had cattle in this initial sale,” Greiman said. “We all plan to put more in the sale next week and watch this effort slowly build.”The main goal for starting to sell fed cattle online is to provide transparency.“Three of the major packers looked at the cattle and were active on bidding,” Greiman said. “We also saw many regional packers taking part in the sale and the best part is we saw a lot of participation. Not one packer bought all of the cattle and we also had packers selling their cattle, which is good news too.”These new, innovative tools will lead the cattle industry in a new direction in the future and will give producers another avenue to sell cattle, rather than just putting them on a formula and handing them over to the packer. Greiman is hoping that lawmakers will take notice of the success of these new ideas for marketing cattle.“We need to be clear to Congress that cattlemen are trying to fix their own problem,” Greiman said. “So, if we need more price discovery and the industry needs to see what fat cattle are bringing, this is one of the solutions. The best part is that this is a solution that was thought up by cattlemen who are selling the cattle.”last_img read more

10 days ago​Murphy questions Man Utd winger James for ‘weird’ acting

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Murphy questions Man Utd winger James for ‘weird’ actingby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy was not impressed with Wales’ concussion protocol in their game against Croatia.The Welsh were involved in a Euro 2020 qualifier, which finished 1-1.An incident involving Manchester United winger Daniel James took fans by surprise.The player appeared knocked out after a rough challenge, but eventually got up and carried on for the rest of the game.Wales manager Ryan Giggs later said that James was not concussed, but merely play acting to waste time.Murphy said on talkSPORT about the situation: “He wasn’t trying to stop them on the counter, it was Wales on a break, I don’t think he was tired. “So what was his reasoning?”If he is telling the truth, let’s believe the lad, if he is saying he made the most of it – why?”I’ve not seen that before, I think that’s a bit weird.” last_img read more

Former tennis star Boris Becker drops immunity claim

first_imgLONDON — Retired German tennis star Boris Becker has dropped his claim to have diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.The three-time Wimbledon champion had been claiming that his unpaid role as a sports attache for Central African Republic gave him immunity from bankruptcy rulings.His lawyers argued in June that his work on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs meant he was covered by a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations. That assertion was abandoned Monday.Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017. He is selling some of his memorabilia including Wimbledon trophies to try to lower his debts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Gurugram doctor beaten up by mob

first_imgGurugram: A paediatrician was thrashed by unidentified men near Ardee City on Friday night. An FIR has been filed and police said they are conducting raids to nab the accused. Dr Nurul, originally from Uttarakhand and living near Wazirabad village in Sector 52, filed the complaint and mentioned he came to Ardee City to buy milk in the evening for iftar.”I work as a paediatrician with a private hospital and at present preparing for DM-Cardiology exam. I was returning after buying milk for Iftar in my Baleno car. Suddenly, two men came in a white Fortuner and started abusing me without any reason. When I told them that they are on the wrong side of the road, they called 8-9 more men who brutally thrashed me with sticks. I tried calling police but due to injuries, I fell unconscious on the roadside. Later, the police reached on spot and rushed me to the Civil Hospital,” Nurul told the police. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe 30-year-old doctor has received multiple injuries on his head, eyes, face and legs. “They thrashed me brutally and I could not understand the reason. I heard two of them saying that I am a Muslim and they should leave otherwise riots will take place. They fled after leaving me on the roadside. I don’t know any of them. I want strict action against the accused,” Nurul said. As per the complaint, an FIR has been registered against unknown accused under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC at Sector 53 police station. No arrests have been made in the case so far. “We have registered the case and begun the investigation. Soon those people who were involved in the act will be arrested,” said an official from Gurugram police.last_img read more

In The Spread Offense Era Can Wisconsin Rush Its Way To The

The football game played Saturday in Madison could have taken place 20 years ago. Wisconsin performed a complete takedown of Michigan, outclassing the Wolverines on both lines. The Badgers were unstoppable in the running game, piling up 359 yards on 57 carries. They pressured Michigan on 39.6 percent of dropbacks, negating the Wolverines’ speed at the skill positions. They led 28-0 at halftime and had the ball for more than 41 out of 60 minutes.In short, they played the game that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has always wanted his team to play. After he accepted his first head coaching job, at San Diego in 2004, Harbaugh told legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler that he would always have a fullback on his roster. As they shift toward spread concepts — Harbaugh brought in coordinator Josh Gattis last offseason to overhaul his ground-and-pound offense and replace it with a no-huddle attack as a last-ditch effort to break Michigan’s Ohio State curse — this year’s Wolverines don’t have a fullback. But Wisconsin has three, and one of them, John Chenal, scored a touchdown against Michigan. After Saturday’s rout and shutouts of South Florida and Central Michigan by a combined score of 110-0, Paul Chryst’s team is 3-0, No. 9 in the coaches’ poll and No. 8 in the AP poll. The Badgers appear to be the best version of their traditional hard-nosed, smashmouth selves. The question this year is: Is that good enough to make the College Football Playoff?In the spread-offense era, Wisconsin would be quite the party-crasher. The Badgers this season have averaged one snap every 31 seconds, playing at a slower tempo than any of the 20 playoff teams to date. Just 41.4 percent of their play calls are passes, fewer than any playoff finalist except Georgia in 2017. Chryst’s team has run more than half of its plays (118 of 224) from under center and huddled before 99.1 percent of its snaps. On its fourth play from scrimmage Saturday, Wisconsin faced fourth-and-inches from its own 34-yard line and came out in a jumbo formation it calls “14-Hippo” featuring seven offensive linemen, two tight ends, quarterback Jack Coan and running back Jonathan Taylor. “We slowly got to where we wanted to be, right?” Chryst told reporters afterward. “It worked.”Wisconsin has been playing this way for years; since 2005, the style has produced nine double-digit-win seasons and three Rose Bowl berths. But the Badgers have not played for a national championship in that time. They came closest in 2017, when they marched undefeated through the regular season but fell just short to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. That team, perhaps more than any other, illustrated the perils of playing a plodding style in this era. When it counted, Ohio State raced past Wisconsin for 57-yard and 84-yard touchdown passes in the first quarter, and the Badgers managed only one offensive touchdown in a 27-21 loss. When their defense gave them two final chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter, their offense finished those drives with a punt and an interception.This year’s team may already be different in one area: quarterback. From 2016 to 2018, Wisconsin started the inconsistent Alex Hornibrook, whose touchdown-to-interception ratio was just 1.42 and whose highest completion percentage in a season was 62.3 percent, good for 33rd among the top 100 quarterbacks. (The other two years he didn’t make the top 100 in completion percentage.) He threw crucial late interceptions in games such as that 2017 Big Ten championship and a 2016 trip to Michigan. Coan faced no such problems Saturday, when he rushed for two touchdowns. In Coan, Wisconsin might now have a capable quarterback to pair with its defense and Taylor, its Heisman candidate running back.This year’s Badgers have one opportunity that the 2017 version didn’t: a regular-season trip to Ohio State. Two seasons ago, Wisconsin did not play a top-15 team until the conference championship, and losing that game knocked the team out of playoff contention. This year, the Badgers can make a huge statement by beating the Buckeyes for the first time since 2010. Their schedule may even afford them two cracks at it: If they win all their other games, they could lose to the Buckeyes in their regular-season matchup next month, avenge that loss in the Big Ten title game and still make the playoff.If they can’t beat Ohio State, the Badgers will likely become another good team with a stout defense and an offense that’s serviceable but not flashy, potentially ending up in a New Year’s Six bowl but missing the playoff. And if Wisconsin can beat its old rival, Alabama and Clemson will likely be lying in wait, setting up the ultimate test of speed versus power.1So far this season, Alabama and Clemson are huddling before 40.4 percent and 34.4 percent of snaps, respectively. This decade has overwhelmingly favored speed. Old-school Wisconsin is hoping it can turn back the clock. read more

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