Stanford Hall recognized as 2016-2017 Hall of the Year

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Janet Stengle Members of the three winning halls, Stanford, Farley and Carroll, pose with plaques honoring their dorms’ achievements. The Hall of the Year winners were announced in an event held at Legends.HPC co-chair Christina Fernandez said the halls were selected through an extensive evaluation process.“The halls throughout the year submit seven Rockne reports, which adds up to one a month, in which they detail events they have, who attended [and] what the purpose of the event was,” she said. “All [the halls’] presentations detail the work that they’ve done this year — what were their goals, did they achieve them how did they do so, how did they impact residents personal growth.”Fernandez said each dorm’s unique approach to residence life was crucial in selecting victors.“Each hall caters to its residents’ needs differently and that’s something very valuable for us,” she said.Andrew Foster, president of Hall of the Year recipient Stanford Hall, said the dorm made strides in growing an already strong community this year. “It was really just everyone getting out, everyone really forming that good group of people in Stanford Hall — people who are proud to be there,” he said.Stanford Hall vice president, Matt Geenen said a new mantra help to motivate the dorm to be its best.“We had the mantra of ‘record year’ and everyone just really got behind that and it went towards everything we did,” he said. “…  I think it was the whole mentality of the dorm, everyone just really rallied behind it.”This spirit, Geenen said, was shown in events put on by the dorm throughout the year.“I think our new signature event, the Irish Iron Classic, went super well,” he said. “We raised over $1,000 for the center for the homeless. Just having guys from across campus come and lift weights, something they don’t get to do or compete in often I think it was a really great event we did this year.” A similar sense of community helped motivate Carroll Hall, the Men’s Hall of the year, to stage new events and make its community tighter. This growing bond was easy to forge despite changes in the hall, Carroll vice president John McCormack said.“The fact that we had a new rector, two new [assistant rectors], a new cleaning lady … that was just by the wayside,” he said. “[The hall] was [about how] we’re a family, we’re a community and we’re going to take this place to heights it’s never been.” Carroll Hall president Andrew Rebholz said new events were key in helping with the changes.“It’s a lot about making sure the events that we have — we have a lot of events, maybe three a week — are good opportunities to bond,” he said. “[We want to make sure] people come to those and make those the best activities that they could be.”Rebholz said these events were more constructive than in years past.“I would say that if anything changed it was having events based not just on having fun but having discussion events,” he said. “We added a lot of dialogue in Carroll this year which was awesome to see because people could bond on a more spiritual and mental level which is pretty nice to have.”Carly Gray, vice president of Women’s Hall of the Year recipient Farley Hall, said successful execution of the dorm’s signature event was key to Farley’s success.“I think we really pulled off an incredible Be Fine Day,” Gray said. “We were really proud of how much progress we made in terms of that signature event.”A shared sense of community was also cited by Gray as a source of pride for the hall this year.“We work[ed] with hall staff to really create a bond between Farley sisters,” she said. “It’s  … people having strong relationships within the hall and caring about the hall so they come to events and participate in the community. You felt a really great presence on campus this year.”Tags: Carroll Hall, Farley Hall, Hall of the year, HPC, Stanford Hall Notre Dame’s Student Leadership Awards Banquet took place Monday evening at Legends where Hall Presidents Council (HPC) announced Stanford Hall as its Hall of the Year. Men’s Hall of the Year and Women’s Hall of the Year were also announced with Carroll Hall and Farley Hall taking home the awards respectively.last_img read more

UAE orders overnight curfew for deep clean, Gulf coronavirus cases rise

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates directed most of the public and private sectors to have the majority of staff work from home, and imposed overnight curfews as a temporary measure this weekend for a nationwide disinfection to combat the coronavirus.The regional business hub, which has confirmed 333 cases of the virus and two deaths, has not announced an official curfew or work suspension but has increasingly clamped down on movement.Authorities announced restrictions on movement of traffic and people overnight from Thursday until Sunday for the disinfection drive. The restrictions will last from 8 p.m. (1600 GMT) to 6 a.m. Topics : It exempted sectors providing essential services including health, finance, energy, telecoms, security, military, cargo and food.Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have taken the most drastic steps, including imposing partial nationwide curfews and suspending work at most public and private sector establishments.Kuwait on Thursday banned all taxis, directed the state supply company to cover any basic food shortages and said it would disburse a month’s salary to all Kuwaiti students abroad.Virus Spread The number of cases in Saudi Arabia passed 1,000 after authorities on Thursday announced 112 new infections, most of them in the capital Riyadh and the holy city of Mecca.They also reported a third death from the virus, a resident in Medina who had suffered from chronic diseases.Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar also saw more cases, taking the total in the six Gulf states to over 2,600, with nine deaths.Saudi Arabia has released 250 foreign detainees held on non-violent immigration and residency offences as part of efforts to contain the spread of the disease, the state-backed Human Rights Commission said on Thursday.Bahrain and Kuwait have also announced prisoner releases.Bahrain continued to evacuate several hundred Bahraini pilgrims stranded in Iran, which is an epicenter for the disease in the region.A second repatriation flight of around 60 Bahrainis arrived overnight from the holy Shi’ite Iranian city of Mashhad, operated by Iranian airline Kish, families and a Bahraini official told Reuters.Bahrain earlier this month repatriated 165 people, but a number of subsequent scheduled flights were cancelled. At least 85 of the first batch of evacuees tested positive for the virus.The island state, which has reported 419 coronavirus cases and four deaths, most of them linked to travel to Iran, has longstanding differences with Iran and has criticized the Islamic Republic for not stamping Bahraini citizens’ passports.In Qatar, the government’s crisis committee ordered the closure of all non-vital shops, and cafes and entertainment outlets, and restricted the working hours of all other shops to 6am to 7pm.Pharmacies, grocery stores and delivery services are excluded from these restrictions, the committee said in a press conference broadcast on Qatari channel Al Jazeera.Qatar recorded 12 new cases of the virus on Thursday, taking its total to 549. center_img Only essential service workers would be allowed out and violators will face fines, a security forces spokesman said in a press conference on Thursday.Public transport including trams and metro services will be suspended, while private cars, cabs and delivery vehicles can operate outside those hours.The UAE has slowly followed other Gulf states in suspending passenger flights and closing public venues such as restaurants and malls. Dubai emirate on Wednesday directed the private sector to implement remote working for most staff but exempted a broad spectrum of businesses.On Thursday, the UAE government ordered all federal ministries and establishments and the private sector to limit the number of staff in offices to 30%.last_img read more

Never let me go: Solskjaer wants to stay as Man United boss

first_imgNewcastle, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Matt Busby in the Manchester United record books in his team’s 2-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday and admitted he does not want to leave the club in the summer.The United interim manager, in charge until the end of the season when he is scheduled to return to his Norwegian club Molde, has now won his first four games in charge.In United’s history, only the legendary and iconic Busby has matched that achievement and Solskjaer celebrated enthusiastically with his club’s travelling supporters after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford secured the win.“I don’t want to (leave),” said Solskjaer when asked about his future beyond this season.“It is such a great bunch of players, a fantastic atmosphere. But it is the next game, the next game and I am doing my job for as long as I am here.”United will now move on to much tougher challenges, starting with the Premier League visit to Tottenham a week on Sunday.But, given the manner of Wednesday’s victory, Solskjaer has the look of a manager at the top of his game after his decision to throw on Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, two of the biggest under-achievers under former manager Jose Mourinho, after 63 minutes.Instantly, Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka fumbled a 25-yard Rashford free-kick and Lukaku, with his first touch of the game, tapped the rebound home from five yards.The game hung in the balance until the 79th minute when Newcastle, pushing upfield for an equaliser, were caught on the counter-attack.Lukaku found Sanchez whose astute pass reached Rashford in space and the England forward showed great poise to curl the ball past Dubravka. “It was a tough test,” said Solskjaer of Rashford’s performance.– ‘He will be top number 9’ –“He gets kicked, and he gets tackled, he goes for headers, he wins, he challenges, he runs“He is going to be a top, top number nine, definitely but then we’ve got Rom (Lukaku), so sometimes he’ll play on the right, sometimes on the left, sometimes through the middle. He’ll get enough games.“But I felt it was time to put Rom and Alexis on and, of course, it was a great shot by Marcus and Romelu does his job as a striker to be following in on the rebound. If you do that you’ll get five or six goals every season for free, really.”United’s victory could have been even more emphatic after Paul Pogba raced clear in injury-time and rounded the keeper only to roll the ball into the side-netting.But that hardly mattered on an evening when Solskjaer pulled to within one victory of the record five that Busby won in his first season in charge of the club in 1946-47.“That will be in the books but it’s nothing I’m thinking of,” said Solskjaer of his record-equalling fourth win.“I’m just thinking about the next game, because if you win four you can win another four with this club, that’s the challenge, that’s the standard we’re used to.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Teenager Billy Gilmour sizes up Chelsea chance

first_imgThe sight of Gilmour holding his own was no surprise to Lampard, who has been aware of the fresh-faced Scot since he swapped Glasgow Rangers for the Chelsea youth academy in 2017.“I’ve got absolute trust in Billy. I remember when he first came in against Sheffield United, we drew the game and people questioned this kid who looks like a 15-year-old. I remember someone individually saying that to me,” said Lampard.“But I’ve no problem with him because if he’s small in stature he’s huge in personality, and also huge in talent.“The reason he moved from the academy to the first team building recently, to train with us all the time, is because of the quality of player he is.”And former England midfielder Lampard recognises the potential in the down-to-earth Scotland Under-21 international, who modelled his game on Cesc Fabregas after watching footage of the Spanish playmaker at Chelsea.“For a midfield player I have lots of questions. Do you want to receive the ball in all positions, in all moments? Yes, he does,” Lampard said.“Do you want to make angles, can you pick the right pass? Yes, he generally does. Will you put your foot in? Yes, he does.“He does all the right things, and he’s humble. He performed like a top-class player going up against top-class players.”Ross Barkley, who shone alongside Gilmour against Liverpool, knows the perils of being a teen star after bursting onto the scene with Everton before struggling for much of his time at Chelsea.Asked if Gilmour can maintain his rapid rise, Barkley said: “It is about being ready in training, putting the extra yards in and being ready for your chance.“Billy was ready for his chance against Liverpool and he took it.” Billy Gilmour joined Chelsea from Rangers in 2017London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Billy Gilmour has set his sights on becoming a mainstay of the Chelsea midfield after the diminutive teenager proved he can stand up to the Premier League’s bully boys.Gilmour delivered a coming-of-age performance as his smooth passing and tenacious tackling inspired Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Liverpool on Tuesday.The 18-year-old was making only his third start for Chelsea, but he showed no signs of stage-fright against the runaway Premier League leaders.Gilmour crunched into a tackle on Curtis Jones and cheekily nutmegged Fabinho to the delight of the Stamford Bridge crowd, who should see the youngster again when Everton visit west London on Sunday.Mateo Kovacic is sidelined with an Achilles injury, while N’Golo Kante is still out with adductor trouble and Jorginho misses the match through suspension.Those midfield issues for Blues boss Frank Lampard are likely to pave the way for Gilmour’s full Premier League debut.Even if all three were available, Lampard might well have stuck with Gilmour after his virtuoso effort against Liverpool.Gilmour, who stands just 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) tall, had no doubts about his ability to mix it with the Premier League’s best after surviving a bruising encounter with Manchester United defender Harry Maguire.Recalling how the burly Maguire tried to intimidate him during a League Cup tie earlier this season, Gilmour said: “Basically he was saying I’m a wee guy. He was pushing me off, gripping me by the throat, and that’s something I have to deal with.“I won’t let that happen again, that’s for sure. That was a lesson.“He is going to try and bully young ones and that’s where I need to learn in the game — how to be stronger.“I’ve been working on that. That was a learning curve, when he gripped me up in the box. I remember that really well.”– ‘Huge talent’ – Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

County Commission to Consider Body Cameras for PBSO

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it has some catching up to do.The agency, which serves most of the county, lacks body cameras.However, that could soon change.County mayor Dave Kerner said last week that he plans to raise the idea of shifting sales-tax money, in an effort to find the nearly $19 million Sheriff Rick Bradshaw says he needs to buy the cameras.Kerner added that he plans to bring up the discussion this summer.The mayor went on to say that he had “positive” talks Tuesday with County Administrator Verdenia Baker, and had also spoken with Bradshaw.Twelve municipalities in Palm Beach County currently have body cameras, as does Florida Atlantic University’s police department.PBSO is responsible for 1,874 of the 2,227 square miles in the county.The agency is also contracted to 14 of the county’s 39 municipalities, or a combined population of 185,000 people.Its proposed 2020-2021 is about $740 million.Currently, PBSO has dashboard cameras in 960 of its 3,200 vehicles, which include patrol cars, unmarked units and support vehicles.last_img read more

Never seen a batsman concentrate like Pujara and that includes Tendulkar, Dravid: Langer

first_imgAustralia coach Justin Langer Thursday said he has never seen a batsman concentrate as hard as India’s Test star Cheteshwar Pujara, who beats even the great Sachin Tendulkar in that aspect.India won the four-match Test series 2-1 against Australia with Pujara fetching the man of the series award with a total of 521 runs, including three hundreds.Speaking for the first time since the visiting team’s maiden Test triumph on Australian soil, Langer said Pujara’s concentration was a challenge for his bowlers.”…I have never seen a batsman watch the ball as closely as he (Pujara) does, and that includes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. His concentration was a challenge. And we have to keep getting better just like him, all our batsmen and bowlers,” Langer said.Langer said his bowlers were stretched to the limit in the Test series, especially in Melbourne and Sydney.”The guys are working very hard and they are going okay. The first innings in Melbourne and Sydney, honestly, sucked the life out of us because when you are in the field for two days, with only one spin bowler, that takes energy out of the group,” he said ahead of ODI series starting Saturday here.”We have the best spinner and three outstanding pace bowlers, against the outstanding Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. So it takes some mental and physical energy out.”There are new players and new staff for these three games, so that brings new energy to the group…,” he added.Australia’s fast bowlers drew all-round criticism for failing to be as effective as India’s pace battery but Langer backed them. The home team will be missing Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in the ODI series, who have been rested to manage workloads.advertisement”…they copped some pretty strong criticism throughout the series. But on two very flat wickets they kept running in hard and having a go and in this instance they were beaten by some a brilliant Indian side. We were beaten by a better side,” he conceded.Langer said the challenge is ever present for his side despite a change in format as the Indian ODI team is just as strong as the Test team. Both sides get down to their respective World Cup preparations with the upcoming series.”After losing in 2001, in 2004 when we finally beat India in India at Nagpur, without doubt that was the Everest moment of my cricket career. So I am sure for most of the Indian players, especially Virat Kohli, it feels the same but when you are at the top, things are on the way down,” he warned the visitors.”They will be very buoyed and excited but we plan to fight for every thing. They have a good one-day team and we are up against it. Let’s hope we are better than we were in the Test series,” Langer said.The Australian coach felt his side has the talent but just needs to apply itself a bit more.”It’s the exciting thing, when you lose a series to India, its disappointing but it helps you get better and it’s the same where we are at the moment.”It is an unbelievable opportunity for us in Tests and ODI cricket to get better and we have to do that. We have the talent, now we have to look at the experience and ability, and aspire to do it,” he said.Australia have made an addition to their squad with batsman Ashton Turner coming in for Mitchell Marsh who is suffering from gastroenteritis and is not available for the first ODI.Australia have recalled off-spinner Nathan Lyon to their ODI squad, and Langer said that this is a move keeping the World Cup in mind, but didn’t commit if the hosts would play two spinners in the first match of the series itself.”Lyon’s record in white ball cricket is very good and he is the best spinner in the world. So it would be a waste of opportunity if we don’t play him in white ball cricket particularly with the World Cup coming up.”He is also a gun fieldsman. He is nice and fit, and a gun fielder. I cannot wait to see how he goes and he is also excited about it,” he said.In addition, he spoke about Australia’s World Cup preparations, and how they are close to finding the group of players in a bid to retain their 2015 title this summer.”No one ever feels locked in. We have a clear plan how we will play our one-day cricket between now and the World Cup.advertisement”It will be a great opportunity for Lyon and for our batsmen, as we have 10-15 games before the World Cup. So we will pick our (final) side after that. As always we will look to prepare well and win the World Cup,” he said.”In the next few months we will have a group of players together and build towards the World Cup, for which we have a clear idea of who we would like to have but we will have to wait,” he signed off.Also Read | MS Dhoni guiding light for India, says Rohit SharmaAlso Read | This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | India demoralised all of Australia with their historic Test series win: AzharuddinAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara proved you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to succeed: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Love watching Pujara bat, there’s a lot to learn from him: Shubman Gilllast_img read more