EPA administrator speaks at ND

first_imgMargaret Hynds | The Observer Just days after Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S. and address to the nation’s leaders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy spoke on campus Friday afternoon to both students and the press, discussing climate change and Notre Dame’s recently announced efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and integrate a variety of sustainable energy sources.In the next five years, the University will cease burning coal in its campus power plant, and by 2030 it plans to halve its carbon emissions, University president Fr. John Jenkins said last week.At Friday’s press conference, McCarthy quoted Francis’s words earlier in the week and stressed the importance of the nation getting behind efforts to prevent further climate change.“On Wednesday, during remarks at the White House, the Holy Father Pope Francis said, ‘When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment in history,’” she said. “Indeed the Pope, President Obama and countless other world leaders have made it clear that the time to action climate change is now, and that all of us — whether in the public, private, academic or faith-based communities — have a role to play in addressing this global challenge for the sake of our kids and especially for those most vulnerable. That’s why we must act today.“And I have to say, the pope’s time in Washington was indeed personal for me, not just as a Catholic but as someone who has been in the fight against climate change for many years.“His trip reaffirmed the tide really has turned … that we’re past the old days of debating the science and making incremental progress, and right now we do have solutions available to us so that we can take actions now that are not just good at addressing climate but that are also good for our economy and those most vulnerable,” she said.McCarthy described Notre Dame’s plans for the integration of sustainable energy and reduction of carbon emissions as “an opportunity to demonstrate what the pope’s moral responsibility actually looks like.”“The steps we are taking here today at ND are something that I want to make sure everybody knows and is celebrating, because they are a tremendous example of bringing life to the pope’s challenge; of recognizing that we have a moral responsibility and we do have actions that we can and must take today,” she said. “I want to explain to everybody just how excited I am to be on this campus, under this president’s leadership and actually tackling this issue in a way that’s going to add value to the campus, but perhaps more importantly bring life to the intersect of faith and values that the challenge of climate change demands.“That is really so well aligned with the message of this pope. And I commend the University of ND for setting ambitious goals and efforts in taking action already to reduce their carbon footprint, which they expect to halve by 2030. That is what leadership and that is what stewardship actually looks like,” she said.Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves also spoke, detailing further what the University hopes and plans to do in the coming years in regards to renewable energy.As the University works through its coal cessation plan, he said, it has explored and is currently working on a number of other energy strategies.“At the moment, we’re using a lot of natural gas, we’re looking at creating our first geothermal field set to go in after next June as we complete the research building on the east side of campus,” he said. “We’re going to have a geothermal field under the parking area there, and we’re looking at other geothermal fields in several places on campus.”In addition to geothermal energy, Affleck-Graves said Notre Dame is investigating other avenues to create a more “diversified strategy.”“[We’re] moving more and more towards renewable energy, so we arrive at a situation where most of our energy will come from renewable sources,” he said. “ … We’re looking at a hydroelectric plant on the river. We’re working with the city of South Bend, and that’s in the planning and approval stages. There’s a lot of regulation that goes around that.“We’re also looking at solar, particularly in some of the parking fields that we have, where we have large open areas that we can maybe put solar on top of parking structures, and maybe a little bit of solar on top of roofs.”When asked about the cost of moving from traditional sources of energy to renewable sources, Affleck-Graves said he did not foresee that being a large issue for the University. The cost of investing in things like a geothermal field would be high, he said, but after the field goes in there would no longer be installation costs associated with it.“I wouldn’t say it’s new money, it’s an element of new money but also the redirection of money. … Instead of a new coal fire burner, we’ll invest in another alternative source,” he said.McCarthy said because climate change is a reality now, action needs to be taken immediately to protect the disadvantaged and future generations.“It’s not just about the challenge of keeping our children safe in the future, but it is all about protecting them today, protecting the most vulnerable and making sure we meet the president’s call for us to take action and meet that moral responsibility,” she said.Tags: EPA, Notre Dame, Pope Francis, renewable energylast_img read more

Precious Shipping settles dispute with Sainty Marine

first_imgThe duo launched arbitration proceedings back in 2016 in London to decide upon whether the owner had the right to cancel the contract and whether the shipyard should return the advance payment it had received under the contract. Under the terms of the settlement, $40.5 million will be paid by Sainty Marine and/or the Export-Import Bank of China Jiangsu Branch, which is the refund guarantor, to the Precious Shipping on or before July 31, 2020. Thailand-listed dry cargo ship owner Precious Shipping has reached a settlement with Chinese Jiangsu Guoxin Corporation, formerly known as shipbuilder Sainty Marine Corporation, in relation to the shipbuilding contracts for eleven 64,000 dwt bulkers. The arbitration followed Precious Shipping’s cancellation of the contract in the same year. Following financial problems, Sainty Marine went bankrupt in 2016 and underwent restructuring in 2017, after which it changed its name to Jiangsu Guoxin Corporation and quit shipbuilding. Jiangsu Guoxin provides thermal power and fiduciary services in China.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — College basketball players continue to switch teams through transfer rules.Gonzaga says Southern Illinois point guard Aaron Cook will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs next season. The 6-foot-2 Cook played in just six games last season before breaking his shooting hand against Murray State. Cook was leading the Salukis with 15 points and 3.3 assists a game when his season was cut short.Virginia coach Tony Bennett says Trey Murphy III has joined the Cavaliers as a transfer from Rice. The 6-foot-8 Murphy averaged 13.7 points as a sophomore and made 75 3-pointers for the Owls.Wake Forest has announced that Ian DuBose would play next year as a graduate transfer from Houston Baptist. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 19 points to lead the Southland Conference last season while also becoming that league’s men’s basketball student-athlete of the year with a 3.84 GPA.UConn has added guard Tyrese Martin, a transfer from Rhode Island. The 6-foot-6 rising junior started all 30 games for the Rams last season, averaging 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Update on the latest sports — Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar says his three players that tested positive for the novel coronavirus are feeling better. Bednar said in a teleconference call the players followed the recommended guidelines and self-isolated.— Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen says he tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago. Allen is the first active NFL player to acknowledge testing positive during the coronavirus pandemic. He’s not hospitalized and is “feeling good,” according to a statement issued by the team.— UEFA (yoo-AY’-fuh) is hoping the Champions League final can be played at the end of August in Istanbul, three months after the competition’s showpiece was due to be staged. A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press the aim is to play the final on Saturday, Aug. 29. However, the person said that date is only feasible if European leagues are able to resume playing around July or August.— Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee will try to cut many of the extras out of next year’s postponed games. IOC member John Coates says the IOC priority was to direct “several hundreds of millions of dollars” to help struggling international sports federations and national Olympic committees stay afloat.— An Oakland Athletics minor league manager has resumed breathing completely on his own for the first time in more than three weeks, according to his fiancee. Nikki Trudeaux says Webster Garrison no longer requires a ventilator but remains weak and unable to speak after having a tube down his throat. Garrison skippered the Class A Stockton Ports last season and is scheduled to manage in the rookie level Arizona League this year. April 16, 2020 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California quarterback J.T. Daniels has entered the transfer portal, although head coach Clay Helton says he’d welcome him back if he decides to stay at USC.Daniels immediately became the Trojans’ starter as a freshman in 2018, passing for 2,672 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during an inconsistent season. He won the starting job again out of camp last summer but lost it to Kedon Slovis when Daniels injured a knee.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFTMahoney leaving Creighton for NBAUNDATED (AP) — Denzel Mahoney has joined Creighton teammate Ty-Shon Alexander in declaring for the NBA draft. Beckham was injured during his first season with the Browns after arriving from the New York Giants in a blockbuster trade 13 months ago.Also in the NFL:— The Saints have re-signed reserve running back and special teams regular Dwayne Washington. The four-year NFL veteran out of Washington has spent the past two seasons with New Orleans, carrying 35 times for 214 yards in that span. He also has had five special teams stops, a deflected punt and a blocked punt recovery in 29 games with the Saints.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-DANIELSDaniels looking to transfer The deal is worth $13.1 million and has an annual salary-cap hit of $3.275 million through the 2023-24 season. Scandella played 11 games with St. Louis and recorded one assist after coming over from Montreal in February before the trade deadline.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img — The PGA Tour has hopes of a restart to the season at Colonial on June 11-14 and keeping fans away for at least the first month. Tour officials said Thursday that if government and health authorities give golf the green light, the tour will have an official event every week through Dec. 6 except for the week of Thanksgiving.— The start of the horse racing season at Belmont Park has been postponed indefinitely from the original April 24 date because of the coronavirus. However, the New York Racing Association says it’s committed to holding the Belmont Stakes this year.— The new CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association says he expects a decision on the status of the 2020 U.S. Open to be made by June. Mike Dowse said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that “time is on our side at this point” because the U.S. Open is not scheduled to begin until late August.— The International Skating Union has formally canceled its figure skating and short track world championships because of the pandemic. Both events were originally scheduled for last month but had already been postponed in the early days of the worldwide lockdown.— The NCAA is permitting coaches in all Division I sports to hold up to eight hours per week of virtual meetings and instruction with their players, beginning Monday and lasting through the end of May. Athletes will be required to have at least one day off per week and required physical activities continue to be prohibited. Mahoney played 21 games for the Bluejays after transferring from Southeast Missouri, averaging 12 points and 3.1 rebounds as a reserve wing.He can return to Creighton after going through the evaluation process by league executives as long as he doesn’t sign with an agent and withdraws from the draft by June 3.Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu also announced he is leaving Illinois to enter the draft. Dosunmu was named a first team All-Big Ten selection last year and was fifth in the conference in scoring at 16.6 points, shooting 48.4 percent in the process.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TRANSFERSAaron Cook, Trey Murphy among latest hoops transfers Jamarius Burton has signed with Texas Tech after starting 52 games the past two seasons at Wichita State. Burton averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore for the Shockers last season.East Tennessee has added guard Jalen Johnson as a graduate transfer from Tennessee. Johnson started two of 31 games he played for the Vols last season, averaging 3.5 points and two rebounds.NHL-BLUES-SCANDELLABlues extend ScandellaST. LOUIS (AP) — The defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have worked out a four-year extension with newly-acquired defenseman Marco Scandella. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPGA Tour hopes to resume in June at Colonial with no fansUNDATED (AP) — One of the NFL’s top players is being treated for the coronavirus. Von Miller’s agent says the Denver Broncos linebacker has tested positive for the coronavirus and wanted to come forward with his diagnosis to show doubters how serious the disease is. Joby Branion told The Associated Press that Miller is in good spirits while resting at his home in Denver and that Miller plans to speak publicly about his diagnosis on Friday.Miller told KUSA-TV in Denver that he developed a cough a couple of days ago. When his nebulizer for his asthma didn’t clear things up, he decided to get tested for the coronavirus.Miller said last week he trained in San Francisco before returning home to Colorado when the stay-at-home measures went into effect to contain the virus.Miller was recently a unanimous pick to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 2010s.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — Family members say a former amateur boxer who in 1984 became the sport’s first black boxing referee and judge at the Olympic games has died. Carmen Williamson died from COVID-19 complications on April 8 at a hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He was 94.NFL-NEWSBrowns GM refutes Beckham trade reportUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta has dismissed a report the team is trying to trade star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Minnesota Vikings, saying it’s “completely false.”DePodesta says he knows Beckham is excited about the possibilities of what this offensive system could bring for him, adding that he’s excited to have Beckham.last_img read more

Two familiar faces collide

first_imgFor seven seasons Steve Sarkisian stood alongside Pete Carroll on the USC sidelines, coaching the Trojans during one of the most dominant periods in the school’s history.This Saturday, however, Sarkisian, now the head coach at Washington, will be looking across the field at the man who gave him his first big-time college coaching job when the Trojans take on the Huskies in Seattle.Shared wisdom · Steve Sarkisian (left), the play-caller for the Trojan offense for the past two seasons, brought many of the lessons he learned from Pete Carroll to his new head coaching job at Washington. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information“From a personal standpoint, it’s exciting,” Sarkisian said. “You think about seven years of my really young coaching career I’ve spent with Pete. I’ve learned so much not just from an X’s and O’s standpoint, but from just an overall standpoint of how to handle situations not just with yourself, but with the football team, with your peers as coaches.”Carroll hired Sarkisian as an offensive assistant in 2001, Carroll’s first season at USC. Sarkisian became the quarterbacks coach in 2002 before leaving for a year for the same job with the Oakland Raiders in 2004. He returned to USC in 2005 and was named offensive coordinator in 2007.Washington hired Sarkisian in December along with former Trojans defensive coordinator Nick Holt to turn around a team that went 0-12 last year. The Huskies already look improved, playing No. 11 LSU close in their opener and defeating Idaho last week to snap a 15-game losing streak.“It’s exciting to watch Sark and Nick and all the fellows up there get this program underway, to get their first win, and get the monkey off on the back of the program,” Carroll said. “It’s a major accomplishment.”Sarkisian has taken Carroll’s emphasis on competition, as well as large parts of his offensive and defensive schemes, and has tried to implement them with the Huskies.“We brought quite a bit. I think I’d be a fool to come up here and try to reinvent the wheel,” Sarkisian said. “The preparation process that Pete has assembled there is one that has withstood the test of time. Obviously we have our own wrinkles to things, we have things that we have to do differently to fit our personality and my own personality, but ultimately, they’re very similar.”With Sarkisian and Holt less than a year removed from the Trojan program, both teams will enter Saturday’s game with inside information on how the opposing coaches game plan.“They know a lot about us. We know a lot about them. I don’t think anybody has an advantage,” Carroll said. “But it’s really fun, it’s fun from our vantage point because it has to be very detailed and intricate subtleties of the adjustments that we’ll do and they’ll do.”Sarkisian, though, offered a word of caution about trying too hard to predict what their opponent would do.“You know, we’re trying our best here not to get caught up in overanalyzing this thing too much and getting into a situation where we could get some paralysis by analysis,” he said. “If we start looking too far into this thing and trying to mind read and looking three, four steps down the road, we can get ourselves in trouble.”Despite all the game planning and scheming, both coaches are looking forward to the chance to go up against one another.“There’s nothing I’ve liked more than playing against people that I really love, and friends and people that I’ve worked with,” Carroll said.“It’s exciting,” Sarkisian added. “Hopefully as we get moving forward here and as we continue to improve as a program, it will kind of shape itself up to become kind of a fun, friendly rivalry.”last_img read more


first_imgThe funeral takes place today of Patrick ‘Packie’ Gildea, the Glenties man killed in a road traffic accident on New Year’s day.The well-known and fondly-remembered 39 year old died after his jeep struck a wall between Ballybofey and Fintown.The esteem in which Packie was held in the local community was evident by the hundreds of people who have called to his home at Straboy in recent days. Packie, a single man, was a farmer who worked on his father Gerry’s farm.Many recalled Packie’s gentle nature and how he always had time to chat to old and young alike.A fine underage footballer with Naomh Conail, there was no prouder Donegal man than Packie when Michael Murphy held aloft the Sam Maguire Cup at Croke Park in September.Packie is survived by his father Gerry, brothers John, Gerard and Joseph and his sister Ann, sister-in-law Sharon, brother-in-law Declan and nephews Fionn, Tadhg and Oisin. He was predeceased by his loving and fondly-remembered mother Sarah who passed away six years ago.The last time Donegal Daily met Packie was in March when he threw himself into the world record attempt for most leprechauns in one place.He was in great form and delighted to be part of a community effort and in the middle of the craic.A picture of Packie in full leprechaun attire with nephew Oisin sat proudly beside his coffin last night at his home.Our deepest sympathy is extended to dad Gerry and Packie’s brothers and sister. But we now that, although he’s gone, he’ll be shouting on McGuinness and the boys along with Sarah with all the true spirit of a Glenties and Donegal supporter.His funeral mass takes place at St Connell’s Church in Glenties at 11am.May you rest in peace Packie.HUNDREDS PAY THEIR FINAL RESPECTS TO WELL-KNOWN ACCIDENT VICTIM was last modified: January 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:funeralGlentiesPatrick Packie Gildearoad crashlast_img read more

A’s Frankie Montas makes pitch for a spot in starting rotation

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Exactly a week from the A’s departure to Japan for their season-opening series, there’s plenty manager Bob Melvin still has to decide.His starting rotation might be at the top of the list.When asked before Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants where in the rotation veteran pitchers Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada, the A’s presumed top two starters, might start the year, the Oakland skipper answered: “We’re still debating that one.”Melvin also wasn’t sure of …last_img read more

Spur, Relate partner to help mothers

first_imgBy purchasing a Relate Bracelet at R34 you contribute to women and child development in the country. (Image: Spur Foundation)The pride of many African families is securing their children a future through education, and the Spur Foundation and Relate Bracelets is helping people to achieve this.Research conducted by The Clothing Bank, a Spur Foundation partner, asking 100 women in South African townships how their lives had changed since they had a steady income, resoundingly showed that their quality of living was vastly improved. And while their lives had improved generally, the one aspect that made all of them proud was that they could provide a better education for their children.With this in mind, the Spur Foundation is working with Relate Bracelets on an endeavour to raise R750 000. The cash will be used to set up micro franchises that will empower single mothers to earn a living and so afford a better education for their children.The aim of the campaign is to reiterate the values of the late Nelson Mandela by getting 67 000 people to help change the lives of South African families. People are encouraged to buy a Relate Bracelet for R30 from the Spur family of brands – Spur Steak Ranches, Panarottis and John Dory’s.“It’s already proven to be a remarkably successful campaign in a short space of time, as more than 30 000 bracelets have sold,” said Neil Robinson, the chief executive of Relate Bracelets. “The fact that so many bracelets have sold in a matter of weeks is an incredible success story for Relate, and it shows that there is a huge consumer appetite for helping others.”TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECTThe women who do the beadwork for the bracelets, are mostly pensioners, and many of them care for children orphaned by Aids. The young packers and closers, however, benefit the most as they are prepped for life outside the Spur Foundation initiatives.“But they also help the cause they are sold in aid of, in our case the Spur Foundation and the beneficiaries we support. So a small spend goes a long way,” said Ronel van Dijk, the chairperson of the Spur Foundation.Once 67 000 bracelets have been sold, the Spur Foundation will use the money to focus on early childhood development and empowering South African families.“We want to use funds raised for early childhood development, but we recognise that there are many single mothers out there in the townships who cannot afford quality education for their children. What we would like to do is utilise funds to develop a franchising model for townships for a food offering that will enable single mothers to earn a living and to pay for quality education for their children,” she added.GIVING TO SINGLE MOTHERSWorking with organisations like the Asha Trust and The Clothing Bank’s Micro Franchise Accelerator, the Spur Foundation has learned that about 70% of children in townships are being brought up by single mothers or grandmothers, with little or no help from the fathers.“The franchisees will predominantly be young mothers and the income they earn from the micro franchises we help them empower themselves to set their children up for a better education, and life, by being able to send them to early childhood development centres – also franchised by The Clothing Bank’s Micro Franchise Accelerator,” Van Dijk said.The Spur Foundation believes this will be a long-term partnership, with the micro franchises first rolled out carefully in selected areas and later countrywide once the model proves itself.“What if,” Robinson asked, “every employed South African spent just R35 on one bracelet each year? That would mean close to a quarter of a billion rand towards these causes annually, with this easy to do, small spend impacting on our country in a big way. It could result in a big dent in our country’s problems.”last_img read more