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“Every guy has an individual battle”: ND fencing leaders, former NFL coach discuss team success before Stanford game

first_imgNotre Dame fencing head coach Gia Kvaratskhelia, fencing team captain senior Sabrina Massialas and former NFL coach and Notre Dame football player Tom Clements spoke at the Eck Center Friday as part of the “Catching Up With…” Football Friday lecture series.Kvaratskhelia and Massialas began the conversation by discussing how they became involved in fencing. Kvaratskhelia grew up in the Soviet Republic of Georgia and was a member of the Georgian National Foil Team in fencing before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. He immigrated to America years later and continued his fencing career by competing and eventually coaching.Massialas — who won gold at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in China — said she began fencing at the age of seven under the instruction of her three-time Olympian father, Greg Massialas.“It was such an honor to compete for my country,” she said. “It’s such a prestigious competition and a great lead-up to the real Olympics.”Led by Kvaratskhelia, Notre Dame fencing won a national title in 2017 and again in 2018. Kvaratskhelia, who was named national Coach of the Year by the United States Fencing Coaches Association in July, spoke about the sport of fencing itself.“Fencing is called physical chess, an intellectual conversation with sabers,” Kvaratskhelia said. “It is incredibly emotionally charged. You have to calculate three to four moves ahead and it’s physically daunting.”Fencing competitions consist of both individual and team competitions. Massialas said the tight-knit nature of the team allows for support rather than competition.Kvaratskhelia said he approaches the preparation of the team differently every year to continue improving and refining the students’ skills.“[The goal is] evolution in every single year I coach … we don’t do the expectation about the NCAA,” he said. “We don’t think about tomorrow, our goal is to win today, to beat today and to do our best every single moment.”Last year the team practiced and competed by the slogan ‘humble and hungry,’ Kvaratskhelia said.Massialas said ‘humble and hungry’ refers to the teammates “getting better every day” by bettering themselves and being the best they can be.Following Kvaratskhelia and Massialas, Tom Clements — who played football for Notre Dame in the 1973 national championship and later coached for Notre Dame and the NFL — spoke about his career.Clements recalled the atmosphere at Notre Dame in 1973 when the Irish took on USC, a defending national champion.“The campus was electric,” Clements said. “ … It had started the week before when we played Army at West Point, where we beat them 62-3. Everyone was jumping around, excited and enthusiastic, not because we had beaten Army, but because we knew Southern California was the next game.”After beating USC, the Irish finished the regular season undefeated and played the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. After defeating the Crimson Tide 24-23, the Irish won its 1973 national championship with Clements as quarterback.Clements went on to play professionally in the Canadian Football League. He returned to Notre Dame as a quarterbacks coach in 1992 before proceeding to coach for the NFL. Clements said he was always able to maintain his composure as a player and as a coach thanks to his preparation.“If you gave a 100 percent during the game, everything was going to work out, and if it didn’t it just wasn’t your day,” he said. “If you don’t win the play, figure out why you didn’t win and try to adjust for the next play. … Every guy has an individual battle.”Tags: Catching Up With…, football friday, Gia Kvaratskhelia, Sabrina Massialas, Tom Clementslast_img read more

Indonesia, Despite Coal-Industry Collapse, Continues to Develop More Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nithin Coca for Equal Times Indonesia:What do you do when your top export – coal – is down, production is falling and a new global climate accord calls for sharp cuts in CO2 emissions? Convert to greener energy? Contrary to some of its neighbours, Indonesia is going headlong in the other direction: burning more coal to boost demand.With production more than 30 million tonnes below projections last year, the government is nearly quadrupling the number of coal-fired power plants, building 117 new plants throughout the country, which will provide 10,000 megawatts of power generation capacity, on top of the existing 42.According to Arif Fiyanto, a coal campaigner with Greenpeace Indonesia, going forward with this plan would be devastating, in both environment and economic terms. “If the government continues down this path of kowtowing to coal interests, our beautiful country will be turned into a poisoned wasteland, producing a resource that fewer and fewer want to buy,” Fiyanto tells Equal Times.One key reason for the drop in Indonesia’s coal export figures is that shipments to China fell by half last year, due to both an economic slowdown, but also a push to reduce horrific smog levels throughout the country. In addition, recent developments show that Vietnam and India will not be able to fill that China-sized hole as expected.Earlier this month, Vietnam announced that it was abandoning its previously ambitious coal power plant plans in favour of “accelerated investment in renewable energy.” This was followed by news that India’s coal imports dropped by a much-higher-than expected 35 per cent last year due to massive oversupply and a quicker-than-expected expansion in renewables.“The structural decline of the seaborne thermal coal market is increasingly evident from the trends in China and India,” said Tim Buckley, a director of energy finance studies at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis in a press statement.“That one of the leading coal developers in Southeast Asia, [Vietnam], is going to retreat from new coal plants further signals the terminal decline of the global coal industry,” he continued.This doesn’t bode well for Indonesia. In 2014 it was the world’s top exporter of the fossil fuel, sending 410 megatons of mostly thermal coal – most commonly used in power plants – to its power-hungry Asian neighbours. That’s because it produced the cheapest coal, in comparison to its competitors in Australia, Russia and the United States.However, cheap coal had a huge external cost. Producers relied on low-paid, mostly non-union labour, used environmentally degrading strip-mining techniques, and shipped via uncovered cargo ships which polluted waterways.If the Indonesian government’s plans go forward, it will only cement the control this destructive industry has over the country’s economy.Full article: Indonesia Swims Against the Global Green Tide With Its New Coal Commitments Indonesia, Despite Coal-Industry Collapse, Continues to Develop More Coallast_img read more

Fire on the Mountain

first_imgHenri Grissino-Mayer sounded the warning for years that a catastrophic wildfire was liable to hit Gatlinburg, Tennessee.The University of Tennessee professor gave a talk in Gatlinburg a few years ago in which he noted the city sat at a wildland-urban interface, surrounded by steep slopes covered in overgrown, fire-prone vegetation.“I walked through Gatlinburg and looked at all the businesses and homes, and they’re all made of wood. I pointed to them and went, ‘Fuel fuel fuel fuel fuel,’” Grissino-Mayer says.A couple of years later, at the end of November, he returned to Gatlinburg—this time after a human-started wildfire escaped Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and slammed into the nearby tourist town, killing at least 14 people and destroying more than 700 houses and businesses.The fire was started within the park by two juveniles. It burned about 10,000 acres, along with another 6,000 acres outside the park. Strong winds blew embers from the wildfire onto the nearby town of Gatlinburg.The wildfire’s destruction of parts of Gatlinburg drew national attention, but the incident was only a crescendo to a wave of wildfire that’s burned more than 120,000 acres across the Southeast. Firefighters say that persistent drought conditions will likely lead to more wildfires in the region.The fall 2016 fire season well outpaced any in modern memory. Extreme drought and decades of fire suppression cocked the gun and arsonists pulled the trigger, unleashing wildfires that were propelled by gusty winds to consume a parched landscape.The fires around Gatlinburg, which launched smoke and ash that covered much of eastern Tennessee, “show the true extreme conditions we’re under and how bad it can get very quickly,” says Riva Duncan, the fire management officer for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in western North Carolina. “They had 70-mile-per-hour gusts ahead of the rain. In those conditions you can’t put aircraft in the air, you can’t put people in front of it. It’s an unfortunate situation.”The Smokies-Gatlinburg fire was one of 40 fires across Appalachia this fall. Arson accounted for 33 of the 40 fires. At least 14 people have been arrested and charged for intentionally setting fires.fire3_fixTennessee banned burning across the entire mountain region, and the state is offering a $2,500 reward for tips leading to arson arrests and convictions. Last year, Tennessee recorded twice the yearly average of wildfires, and arson accounted for 79 percent of the 43,000 acres burned.State law enforcement officials held a press conference in mid-November to announce the arrests of nine arsonists.“We take it personal when we watch the land burn in our counties,” said Tennessee Homeland Security Commissioner David Purkey. “And, to those who are doing this, let me be clear that we are coming for you and we are working on information that is going to lead to your arrest.”Of the nine Tennessee arrests, seven were men who mostly set fires along roads. The other two were juvenile females whose charges included vandalism over $1,000. Arson is a felony offense punishable by up to six years imprisonment and a $3,000 fine.“There is no ‘typical’ arsonist,” says Corinne Gould, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s assistant commissioner for public affairs. “Their reasons are greatly varied but can include boredom, anger at an individual or agency, or desire for the excitement one may derive from seeing first responders arrive and go to work.”In Kentucky, police in Letcher County arrested Johnny Mullins, a 21-year-old known for self-shot Facebook videos he called “Weather Outlook” that showed him speaking in front of multiple fires. Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens told the Associated Press that Mullins said he started at least one fire to gain attention for his Facebook videos.In North Carolina, one arrested arsonist, Keith Mann, explained that he was “bored” and “wanted to see something burn.”“I’d say 95 percent of fires here are human-caused,” says Duncan, the Forest Service official in western North Carolina. “That includes campfires left unattended and debris burning that gets away. This year I’d say 75 percent have been arson. There have been incendiary devices found. It’s not just one or two people running around, it’s several, and who knows the reasons why.”In October and November, North Carolina saw 35 fires burning nearly 57,000 acres on national forest and nearby lands. Duncan said the drought developed over the summer, setting the Forest Service up for an above-average fire season.“We started having small fires in September, which is early for us,” Duncan said. “We usually don’t go into our fall season until late October, with a peak in November when leaves come down. The leaves held on long this year, which makes things difficult.”The combination of high winds and dry conditions have created rapidly spreading fires that have occasionally leapt into the crowns of trees—a relatively rare phenomenon in eastern fires.“We’ve had dry fronts coming through with winds behind,” Duncan said. “That’s when we’ve had fires get up and run. We’ve actually had crown fires. If the slopes and fuel line up, it can happen. It’s caught a lot of people by surprise.”It didn’t catch Grissino-Mayer by surprise. He’s been warning against this kind of catastrophic fire for years, pointing to a build-up of fire-prone vegetation that’s resulted from many decades of fire-suppression.“You’ve got 80 years of fuel built up, especially on these slopes,” Grissino-Mayer says. “The fire races up these steep slopes, and by the time it gets to the top, there are crown fires.”In Gatlinburg, Grissino-Mayer saw potential for a similar phenomenon with buildings constructed too closely together in a pattern he calls “fire dominoes.”“All these houses are packed one against the other, trying to maximize dollars,” he says. “They build in a confined space going up the hill slope. Fire starts at one end and goes building to building.”Alarmingly, climatologists like Grissino-Mayer and Jennifer Marlon of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies warn that wildfire seasons will become less predictable as the climate continues to change.“We’re going into a new normal: more intense drought, more severe heat waves,” Marlon says. “It’s really happening. In the West, we know the length of the fire season is 70 days longer now. If you have this longer window when fires start and spread, you’re going to get more fires and more acreage burned.”Grissino-Mayer outlines a raft of possible solutions, beginning with loosening laws and policies to make it easier for agencies to carry out controlled burns. That’s easier said than done, not just because of local opposition but because of potential impacts on tourism in places like Gatlinburg.“If you light a fire and it stays controlled, it burns, what happens? Smoke,” Grissino-Mayer says. “You can’t have thousands of people at Dollywood on a smoky day. That’s where cities and federal agencies need to come together and develop a plan. Burning the area around Gatlinburg to remove understory vegetation will prevent catastrophic wildfires from happening. Prevention is the key here, not firefighting.”Grissino-Mayer also recommends that cities and counties change their land ordinances to discourage tightly built rows of houses built along steep, narrow roads that offer only one way out.The developers who build those communities “are trying to maximize profit,” he says. “But you can’t be money-driven anymore. You’ve got to be safety-driven. There need to be buffer zones with less fire potential.”Grissino-Mayer is skeptical that this will actually happen. The numbers of visitors and new residents that come with tightly built homes translates to money, and many communities will be loath to give up that tax revenue. That leaves it to the homeowners to be fire-smart when evaluating properties.“Fire has a long history in these forests,” he says. “Fire can occur today, and it will occur again in the future.”last_img read more

Learning plans help boards build confidence

first_imgWhen newly minted board chair Russ Siemens realized how much information was available on CUES’ website, he knew he would need an organized approach to sift through the offerings.Siemens, who was appointed chair at SaskCentral, Regina, Saskatchewan, in March 2015, has also been on the board at $1.9 billion Innovation CU, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, since its inception 10 years ago. He felt further education was required to fulfill his new duties, but where to start?“I began by reaching out to our CUES Canada support person, [VP/sales and member relations] Leiha Fiddler, and she guided me to the appropriate resources  and the CUES Learning Tracker,” recalls Siemens. SaskCentral and Innovation CU are both members of CUES’ Center for Credit Union Board Excellence, giving Siemens access to resources tailored for directors.Once pointed to CCUBE, Siemens discovered learning plans, tools that group content under topics important to directors and chairs, such as CEO relations, risk management and strategy. CUES Learning Tracker automatically tracked his learning activities and allowed him to report on his progress. If he attends CUES learning events, such as the Board Chair Development Seminar, they’ll show up in the tracker, too. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Announces 13 Counties will Move to Yellow Phase of Reopening on May 15

first_imgGov. Wolf Announces 13 Counties will Move to Yellow Phase of Reopening on May 15 May 08, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Today Governor Tom Wolf announced 13 Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15. Those counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.On May 1, the governor announced the 24 counties moving into the yellow phase of reopening beginning today. And, last evening, he and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed new orders – one for yellow phase reopening and one to extend the red phase counties’ stay-at-home order, which was set to expire last night, to June 4. The red phase stay-at-home order extension does not mean that other counties won’t move to the yellow phase in advance of June 4.“The reopening plan prioritizes the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians by using a combination of factors to gauge how much movement a location can tolerate before the 2019 novel coronavirus becomes a threat,” Gov. Wolf said. “I’d like to emphasize that this plan is not a one-way route. We are closely monitoring the 24 counties in the yellow phase and will re-impose restrictions if danger arises.”Gov. Wolf reminded residents and business owners that yellow means caution and that everyone needs to continue to be mindful of their actions and how they affect not only themselves, but their families, friends and community.“Every contact between two people is a new link in the chain of potential transmission,” Wolf said. “And if the new case count begins to climb in one area, restrictions will need to be imposed to prevent local medical facilities from becoming overwhelmed. So, Pennsylvanians should continue to make good choices.”Law enforcement remains focused on achieving voluntary compliance through education, but citations are possible for violators depending on the specific circumstances of an investigation.In addition to the possible criminal penalties levied by law enforcement, there may be additional licensing consequences for violators, in part, through complaints filed by employees on the Department of Health portal that allows any employee who feels their employer is not providing a safe work environment to fill out an online form.The Department of Health vets the complaints and investigates internally or sends the complaint to the appropriate state agency for investigation. For example, restaurant complaints are handled by the Department of Agriculture, which inspects those facilities; complaints about nursing homes are handled by the Department of Health, which inspects and licenses those facilities. Other involved agencies are the departments of State and Labor & Industry.Concerns about a business reopening that may be in violation of stay-at-home or yellow phase orders should be made to local law enforcement non-emergency numbers or a local elected official.Read Gov. Wolf’s Plan for PA here.Read business guidance here.Read CDC guidance for child care centers here.Read FAQs here.View the Carnegie Mellon University Risk-Based Decision Support Tool here.View this information in Spanish.last_img read more

Coastal entertainer close to the seaside and shops

first_img Shock numbers point to new property boom Buyers push to be in by Christmas The home at 17 Fraser St, Kippa-Ring, has a new kitchen and bathrooms. Picture: supplied.SITTING on a 759sq m block, this beautifully renovated home is set up for family living and entertaining with a timber deck and swimming pool in the backyard.Owner Jason Harvey said the home at 17 Fraser St, Kippa-Ring was “light, bright and airy”.“It just has such a lovely feel to it. It feels like a lovely family home,” he said. “You could really call it an entertainer’s delight and it’s very private too. And because it’s elevated, it gets a lovely breeze.” The home is light and bright. Picture: supplied. MORE NEWS: Rogue tenants force renovationcenter_img Mr Harvey said the four bedroom house had undergone a complete renovation and had new plumbing, new electrics and a 6kw solar system.The home has timber floors, a fresh colour scheme and plenty of natural light. The hub of the home is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with stainless steel appliances and ample storage in the kitchen. There is an inground pool and outdoor entertaining area in the backyard. Picture: supplied.There are built-in wardrobes to three of the bedrooms and the two bathrooms are brand new with quality fixtures and fittings. Outside, the covered deck overlooks the backyard and inground swimming pool, which has a new chlorinator and filter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoMr Harvey said the property would suit everyone from first homeowners to extended families.“It’s also a good investment. It has great tenants, it’s getting good returns and there is nothing left to do,” he said. Timber floors feature throughout the home. Picture: supplied.Mr Harvey said there was still potential for the new owner to put their stamp on the property with room on the big block for a second driveway, a shed, a carport for the caravan or boat, or a Bali hut by the swimming pool. The property is fully fenced and has low maintenance gardens. The home is close to local schools, shops and train station. It is also a short drive to the Redcliffe waterfront as well as Westfield North Lakes. The property is on the market through Danny Mailer and Lauren Weld of LJ Hooker Redcliffe.last_img read more

Married couples who view adult material double the risk of divorce

first_imgDaily Mail 22 August 2016Family First Comment: “Assistant professor Dr Samuel Perry said: ‘Beginning pornography use between survey waves nearly doubled one’s likelihood of being divorced by the next survey period, from 6 per cent to 11 per cent, and nearly tripled it for women, from 6 per cent to 16 per cent. Our results suggest that viewing pornography, under certain social conditions, may have negative effects on marital stability.’”          Married couples who watch pornography almost double their risk of divorce, researchers said yesterday.While it was once seen as the preserve of husbands, it now seems that wives are almost as keen on watching it as men.But viewing adult films or images comes at a price, with the researchers saying that women who start looking at porn while married are almost three times more likely to want a divorce.Their report comes after statistics last year showed that as many as one in three women watches adult content at least once a week, with the majority viewing it on their mobile phones.In the latest research, sociologists from the University of Oklahoma interviewed thousands of married adults regularly over several years.They found that porn negatively affects those in a happy marriage, the newly married or those from a non-religious home.But there was no increase in the probability of divorce among weekly church-goers because the social stigma of divorce was greater, showing ‘religion has a protective effect on marriage, even in the face of pornography use’.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3752169/Why-porn-death-knell-happy-marriage-Married-couples-view-adult-material-double-risk-divorce.htmllast_img read more

Manchester City’s appeal to CAS over FFP rejected

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Man City top players test positive for coronavirus Manchester City have lost their attempt to block a UEFA investigation into financial fair play violations.City had asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] to throw out the financial fair play case that had been brought against the club by UEFA. Tags: Manchester CityManchester City have lost their attempt to block a UEFA investigation into financial fair play violations.last_img read more

Vijay Hazare Cricket: Assam suffer huge defeat against Haryana

first_imgGUWAHATI: Assam suffered humiliating defeat against Haryana in the Vijay Hare Cricket Tournament in Chennai today. Haryana won the tie by 8 wickets.It was the pathetic batting which is responsible for the poor show of Assam in the match. Entire team were bowled out paltry 81 runs and eight of the batsmen failed to score double-figure runs.Elected to bat, Assam made good start as both the openers Riyan Parag and Parvez Aziz added 39 runs in 8.2 overs. Thereafter the collapse started and the entire team were bowled out adding only 42 runs on the board. Riyan (24) was the top scorer and his opening partner Parvez scored 13. The other batsman who reached double-figure was Arup Das (10).Entire middle and lower order today failed to come out as per expectation as Gokul Sarma (0), Sibsankar Roy (3), Amit Sinha (2), Romario Sharma (4), Wasiqur Rahman (4), Jitumoni Kalita (9), Abu Nechim Ahmed (2) were not able to stay on the wickets for a long period. Mrinmoy Dutta remained not out on 3. Former Team India member Amit Sinha picked up 6-13.In reply, Haryana reached the target in 11.2 overs losing two wickets. SG Rohila remained not out on 31 while his opening partner H Patel scored 37 runs before got out. Riyan Parag and Amit Sinha picked up one wicket each.last_img read more