ROTC begins 24-hour vigil at Clarke Fountain on behalf of Veterans Day

first_imgNavy, Army and Air Force ROTC cadets and midshipmen began their 24-hour vigil at the Clarke Memorial Fountain on North Quad yesterday, honoring the legacy of American veterans of war on Veterans Day.Senior and Midshipman First Class Lizzie Terino said the vigil began Monday at 4:30 p.m. and will last until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.“To honor the legacy of all those who have served in those wars, especially the Notre Dame grads, we stand a vigil shift for 24 hours,” she said. “After the conclusion of our vigil, we’ll have a ceremony with all three ROTC units and a guest speaker — just to talk about what people have done before us and the honor and privilege of serving.” Emily McConville | The Observer Members of the Navy ROTC participate in the Pass and Review on South Quad on April 9. ROTC members will participate in a 24-hour vigil at the Clarke Memorial Fountain for Veterans Day.Senior and battalion commander for Army ROTC Michael Loftus said the cadets and midshipmen take shifts throughout the 24-hour vigil. Each shift has four slots, one to be filled by a member from each of the three services and one that can be filled by a member from any of the services, he said.“We organize by half-hours,” Loftus said. “Sometimes people will take two shifts in a row or even longer, but each shift is 30 minutes long.”Terino said the vigil takes place at the Clarke Memorial Fountain because the fountain is dedicated to veterans.“The Clarke Memorial Fountain is a war memorial fountain; it’s not just something we run through on game weekends,” she said. “Each of the four sides is dedicated to veterans, of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and those who have served in peace times.”As a senior, Terino said her experience participating in the vigil for the past three years varied depending on what shift she took.“When you’re doing it in the afternoon or during the day, a lot of people come by and take pictures,” she said. “So you are thinking about what it means for other people that you’re serving. … When you do it at night and it’s dark and peaceful and there’s really no one around, you are sort of reflecting on why you’re doing it. You start thinking about all the stories you’ve heard about the people who have done it before you.“So the time of day really dictates your mood.”Loftus said he has always taken shifts in the middle of the night.“There’s definitely a lot of time of reflection, if you are prone to do that,” Loftus said. “Most people like it and think it’s a cool experience, even when it’s snowing or raining.”Terino said participating in the vigil on Veterans Day enables her to commend her family members’ military service, as well as others who have made sacrifices for freedom.“My father, grandfather and uncle were in the Air Force; my grandfather did two tours in Vietnam,” she said. “Every year it’s an incredible opportunity, especially studying history here at Notre Dame and taking history classes. I went to the World War II museum over fall break, and [heard] the stories of people and what they’ve gone through, and situations that I can’t even fathom.“It’s an incredible opportunity to take the time out of our busy schedules, and to really think about why we have the freedom to be this busy, to remember what others have gone through for that. …We are here at school, and I feel like we always get wrapped up in our schedules, so it’s always nice to take the time to honor the people who have served and allowed us this freedom to do what we do.”Terino said the vigil previews the support she looks forward to gaining when she joins the Navy.“Any time you put the uniform on, you are representing everybody in Navy and what they are doing,” she said. “A lot of people will start thanking you for your service, which as ROTC students is hard to wrap our heads around because we haven’t felt like we’ve done a whole lot yet, but it’s inspiring to get that kind of support and to know that two or three years down the road, when we are giving that service, when we are on ships or deployed, that there are people back at home who recognize that we are sacrificing time with our family or other things to have that opportunity to serve our country.”Loftus said his participation in the vigil commemorates the service of his grandfathers as well as the service of his friends from the University program and from his home.“One of my grandfathers, I never met,” Loftus said. “He died before I was born, so it’s nice to be honoring him and there are guys who were fellow cadets a couple years ago, who are now deployed or overseas.”Meadow Jackson, sophomore and ROTC midshipman, said the vigil is a unique opportunity to honor those who have served.“Standing vigil in front of the war memorial reminds me why I came to Notre Dame,” she said. “To serve my God, my country and my family and friends. My father is a veteran, so today is a special day for me.”Jackson said although Veteran’s Day commemorates soldiers past, it transcends American generations.“I’m carrying on a tradition way more important than one individual,” Jackson said. “We do this for generations past present and future — so no one will forget the sacrifices made by so many so that we could be free.” Tags: 24-hour vigil, Clarke Memorial Fountain, commemoration, Country, God, Korea, Midshipmen, Notre Dame, ROTC, tradition, Veterans Day, Vietnam, World War IIlast_img read more

Australia’s Origin says early retirement of 2,880MW Eraring coal plant is possible

first_imgAustralia’s Origin says early retirement of 2,880MW Eraring coal plant is possible FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:The closure of Australia’s largest coal-fired power plant could be brought forward as Origin Energy assesses a “range of scenarios”, including the impact of climate change and the influx of renewable energy, which could influence the timing.After pushing back against a move by shareholder activists last year to bring forward the 2032 shutdown of the Eraring black coal-fired generator in New South Wales by two years, Origin Energy on Thursday indicated it remained open to retiring the facility or winding it down in a staged approach sooner than 2032.Origin Energy chief executive Frank Calabria, when asked about the future of the 2880-megawatt plant, said the energy market was “moving rapidly” and the facility was subject to continual review.The company was considering “various scenarios” in assessing the plant’s future, he said, which factored in the economics of running the plant and the impact of global warming in the wake of this summer’s devastating bushfire season.“We look at lots of scenarios in the way we think about how Eraring should run over time, how we think about its trajectory between now and 2032,” Mr. Calabria said. “Bushfires are another reason why we just continue to assess those scenarios … we are certainly assessing a range of scenarios as to how Eraring runs and operates over the coming years.”Nationwide, there have been growing doubts about whether coal-fired generators will see out the length of their licenses as the transition to cleaner energy sources, including gas and renewable energy, gathers pace, despite the federal government’s insistence that coal is critical to ensuring reliable and cheap electricity.[Nick Toscano]More: Origin Energy says coal plant closure date open to reviewlast_img read more

Best celebrates late Lions call-up

first_img On April 30 Best was devastated to have been omitted from the 37-man squad selected for the tour to Australia, experiencing the darkest moment of his career. But just as Best was coming to terms with another hammer blow in Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 final defeat by Leinster, news filtered through that Dylan Hartley had been sent off for abusing referee Wayne Barnes in the Aviva Premiership’s equivalent earlier that afternoon. An 11-week suspension was issued to Hartley and Best was immediately summoned by the Lions. He said: “When the initial squad was announced that was as low as I’ve felt. We were training at Ulster at the time and more and more people on our management were avoiding eye contact with me,” Press Association He added: “Nobody avoids you when it’s good news, so I had an idea from that. It was bitterly disappointing and on that Tuesday afternoon I allowed myself to dwell on it and think deeply about the whole thing. But we had a few very important games coming up so it’s a case of picking yourself up and dusting yourself down. “It was obviously disappointing to lose the RaboDirect PRO12 final to Leinster on Saturday but yesterday I got the call to come along and join the boys. You don’t like to dwell on other people’s misfortune, but I definitely feel for Dylan and it’s bitterly disappointing for him to miss out. That’s sport.” Best, who has been capped 67 times, had been appointed captain of Ireland’s tour to North America and was due to meet up with the squad at their Carton House training camp on Monday morning. But now that he is ready to embark on his debut Lions tour, only the Test number two jersey will do. “The Lions are something you dream of, an absolute honour to be here. I had to pull over on to the hard shoulder to make sure I didn’t veer off the road at that stage,” he said. “When you don’t make the initial squad you try to stay fit and always keep your phone by your side. When the call came through it was a number I didn’t recognise. I don’t normally answer those but for this I made an exception. It was great news. “Everyone’s here to play in the Test team and I’m no different. It will take a lot of hard work but it’s something I’m looking forward to.” center_img Rory Best reflected on the fluctuating fortunes of professional sport as he prepared to join the British and Irish Lions’ flight to Hong Kong on Monday nightlast_img read more

Jamaicans to Begin Returning From the United States This Week

first_imgJamaicans who have been stuck in the United States for over a month due to COVID-19 will begin returning home this week under the island’s controlled re-entry program. Marks said that as Jamaica begins to slow the spread of the virus, she is looking forward to an increased number of flight from the U.S. to Jamaica in the coming weeks. Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks confirmed that persons with the most urgent cases “based on information received by the Embassy and Consulates” will be on the first two flights leaving this week. As previously announced, the returnees will have to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and quarantined in a state facility for 14 days. Unlike the batch of Jamaican cruise ships workers that recently returned to the island from the United Kingdom, the government will not be absorbing the quarantine fees of the returnees to come. Thus, they will have to contribute USD $20 to meals and other quarantine needs. As of May 10, Jamaica records 502 cases including nine deaths. Over the last three deaths, less than 30 new cases have been reported representing a massive decline in the daily increase in cases when compared to April. The Ministry of Health and Wellness did, however, disclose that three people from the group of recent returnees have tested positive for the virus. “We are grateful to see that the curve of the spread is once again flattening. This trend will allow us to have a more regular inflow of Jamaicans returning home”, Marks said in an Instagram post. Jamaican nationals, stuck overseas and want to urgently come home, are being advised to apply on the website.last_img read more

VIDEO: Ashantigold unveil Ricardo Da Rocha as head coach

first_imgGhana Premier League giants, Ashantigold SC, have unveiled Brazilian trainer Ricardo Da Rocha as the club’s head coach.Da Rocha arrived in the country on Monday to hold talks with the Miners and has now signed a 4 year deal to take charge of the club.Da Rocha replaces Kjetil Zachariassen, who left the Obuasi-based side to join rivals Asante Kotoko after leading them to victory in the NC Special Tier 2 competition.WELCOME, Coach Ricardo Da Rocha 💛— Ashantigold SC (@AshantiGoldSC_) July 24, 2019Da Rocha, who has previous coaching experience in Ghana with Ebusua Dwarfs in the 2017 season, is charged with leading the club to success in the CAF Confederation Cup.The 4 time Ghana Premier League winners have been drawn against Akonangui FC of Equatorial Guinea in the preliminary qualifying round of the competition which kicks off in August.last_img read more

Motorcade for Trade

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers generally support the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan coalition supported by commodity groups from across the agricultural industry, is on the Motorcade for Trade tour — an 11-state, 3,500 mile RV tour across the country in support of the USMCA. The initial two-week leg of the tour takes place over the April Congressional recess and includes stops across the Midwest at farms, coffee shops, ag equipment dealers, and small businesses.The tour included a stop in Canton/Massillon, Ohio on April 15 at Klick’s Cattle Company. The tour kicked off at Kreider Farms in Harrisburg, Pa. on April 12 and concludes on April 26 at Gooseneck Farm, Broadview, Mont. Events along the tour will highlight American farmer’s reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico, which supports millions of jobs and nearly $40 billion in American exports each year. Several stops will include meetings with member of Congress who will be considering the USMCA agreement.“This tour will provide an on-the-ground, up-close look at how American agriculture needs trade with Canada and Mexico to survive,” said Angela Hofmann, co-founder of Farmers for Free Trade. “Especially right now, American farmers are looking for a win that provides them certainty and predictability that their exports will find open markets across North America.”The Motorcade for Trade is being led by a 25-foot RV that prominently displays key facts and messages on the importance of agricultural trade with Mexico and Canada. Each stop on the tour will feature the RV. Local statistics on the importance of trade with Canada and Mexico will also be distributed at all stops along the tour.To follow the tour on social media follow @farmersfortrade on twitter or Farmers for Trade on Facebook. Tour stops and other information can be found at read more

Google Gets Set To Babble — Maybe — In A Bid To Eclipse iMessage

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google reportedly plans to roll up all of its texting/calling/video services — that would include Talk, Chat, Voice, and Hangout — into one platform called Babble, multiple unnamed sources are telling The same sources also claim Google will unveil the service at Google I/O this May, but didn’t provide a concrete launch date. When I asked Google to babble about Babble, a PR representative primly responded that the company doesn’t comment on rumor or speculation.Should Babble actually bubble to the surface at Google, it could consolidate many of the company’s disparate communication technologies, most of which have long had trouble playing nicely with one another. For instance, Google Chat is currently the only messaging option that works across various Google services — for instance, allowing users to text their friends via Gmail and then migrate those chats over to Google+ when the social network is opened. Babble holds the promise of making such chat work anywhere and everywhere within the Google universe and across all Android devices.And in an ideal world, the Google+ Hangout video chatting service would integrate directly within chats alongside Google Voice accounts, and file sharing in those chats would work through Google Drive. It sounds both neat and kind of awesome, but this sort of communication integration is something the search giant has never really managed to pull off.What This May Mean For iMessageIf it delivers on that promise, Babble could position Google to take on Apple’s successful messaging ecosystem, iMessage. Apple’s anywhere, any time messaging service, which lets users pick up ongoing chat sessions while moving from, say, an iPhone to an iPad or a Mac,  originally won fans because it let users text each other without running up carrier texting charges. Then Apple began expanding iMessage, first opening it to Macs as a standalone Messages app that let laptops and desktops communicate with any iOS device for free via Wi-Fi. Combined with FaceTime for iOS and yet another standalone app for Mac computers of the same name, Apple had locked down the inherent features of Google Chat and Hangouts without the need of a social network. So by bringing messaging full circle — delivering it to iPod Touches, iPads and all Mac computers with the OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 5 upgrades — Apple neatly looped in nearly all of its devices in a way Google has never been able to match. But Babble could change all that.Babble could, theoretically, make it a lot easier for users to stay in touch with their friends and contacts across Google’s many different services — and that could be damaging to Apple. After all, the tightly managed yet smooth accessibility of moving between iOS and OS X is one of the many lock-in strategies that Apple employs in its “walled garden” philosophy.Google, however, doesn’t need hardware to ensure its services get into the hands of as many users as possible. An iPhone user could use Chrome as a browser, Gmail as a primary email client, and communicate to all their friends using Chat, G+, and Hangouts. Assuming Babble could pull that all under one umbrella, it gets easier to see how, at a certain point, an Android device would make more sense for users who primarily communicates via a slew of free Google services.Hardware is Apple’s strong selling point, but Google has shown time and again that an amazing suite of Web services will keep users locked in where it truly matters. As for the name, Babble certainly fits in the cheeky canon with the likes of Twitter and Jabber. Whether or not that’s simply a project codename or the real deal won’t likely come to light until May.  nick statt Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google last_img read more

BaliPure pulls off comeback win vs Creamline, books semis seat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sato put the Water Defenders on the hill before Grethcel Soltones capped off the victory with a killer spike to seal the deal.Kuttika Kaewpin fired 26 points in the sorry defeat for Creamline (3-6), while fellow guest player Laura Schaudt got 16.Alyssa Valdez played limited minutes as she nursed a sprained ankle, but was hardly a factor in the match, finishing with only two points in the losing effort.Still, the Cool Smashers are locked at the fifth seed with their 3-6 card regardless of the result of their match against Perlas on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View comments 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam BaliPure’s Risa Sato.BaliPure had to sweat it out but was still able to pull off the come-from-behind five-set win over Creamline, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, to clinch a seat in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Guest player Jennifer Keddy topped the Water Defenders with 18 points, powered by 14 kills, two blocks, and two service aces, while Risa Sato provided the much needed support with her 16 markers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Jeng Bualee chimed in 15 points for BaliPure, which stayed on top with its 7-2 slate.“We’re thankful,” said coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino. “The way the game was played earlier, the girls were really tired from our game on Sunday. It was evident on the way Jeng hit the ball. But we’re just thankful to get the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Water Defenders had to play catchup for the first time this conference, losing two of the first three sets as they stared at a 2-1 set deficit.But a better showing from Sato and Bualee anchored BaliPure in the fourth set, which continued in the clincher as it broke off of a 3-all deadlock and took a 13-6 lead. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United gamelast_img read more

Manchester United set to seal loan move for Radamel Falcao

first_imgRadamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United on loan after the Premier League club agreed to a loan deal with Monaco, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday.The Colombia striker’s season-long loan deal will cost United about $9 million and is subject to a medical examination and personal terms being agreed to, the person told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed.Premier League clubs have until 2200 GMT Monday to sign players before the transfer window closes.United’s need for reinforcements has been highlighted by the failure to win any of its opening four matches under manager Louis van Gaal, who had been hired to halt the decline under David Moyes last season. United’s latest setback was a 0-0 draw at Burnley on Saturday, following a humiliating League Cup loss to third-tier club MK Dons.Falcao, who signed with Monaco a year ago, would be joining a United side out of the Champions League after last season’s seventh-place finish.last_img read more

Immigration Officers appointed to guard 43 Dominican Fisherman

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#43DominicanfishermanGTprison, #DominicanpoachersjailedTCI, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 3, 2017 – Grand Turk – Border Control Minister and Deputy Premier, Sean Astwood said the eight Immigration officers who were assigned as Prison Service staff were called on to do so due to the unique situation created when 43 Dominican Fisherman arrested for allegedly poaching entered not guilty pleas.All of the fishermen were remanded to prison when they appeared in court a week ago, but are being held at the Detention Center.  In order to assist with overseeing and guarding the Dominicans on remand, the Immigration officers had to be made Prison guards according to law.The men and women from Immigration will continue to function as immigration officers there but are now also appointed by the Governor to the additional role.  The Dominican fishermen were due to reappear in court today.#MagneticMediaNews#43DominicanfishermanGTprison#DominicanpoachersjailedTCIlast_img read more