Students observe game days abroad

first_img “After our two game watches, I think the French culture isn’t particularly fond of American football, or at least its fans,” she said. “We always get really odd looks when we show up to the pubs with our jerseys and other game day gear on.” Junior Liz Ledden, who is studying abroad in Toledo, Spain, said she and her fellow Domers found a venue they thought would be more conducive to watching a Notre Dame football game.  “The entire Toledo program went to an Irish pub we found in Madrid,” she said. “It felt a little weird though, because we were in Spain but we had a little bit of Notre Dame there with us.” Junior Shannon McNaught, who is studying abroad in Angers, France, said she and the other students in her program faced multiple difficulties in trying to find a location to cheer the Irish on against Michigan.  For those students who have been able to watch the games, they said they have had interesting experiences with locals who haven’t been able to totally understand the culture of Notre Dame football. “Watching football games in China is really difficult,” said junior Jia Hua Juszczak, who is studying in Bejing. “The TV and internet censorship definitely limits the media outlets we can use.” Hundreds of Notre Dame sophomores and juniors are scattered across the globe in various study abroad programs, but the majority of students are still finding ways to stay connected to the school through football.   This is sometimes easier said than done.  McNaught said the game watches in France have made her miss the excitement of being in the stadium, but there are other aspects of watching the game in another country that spoil the atmosphere.  “Just watching the game, even from a bar in Madrid, made all of us feel the whole football Saturday feeling again and made us miss campus,” Ledden said. Other students haven’t had as much luck finding a means of watching the game due to the political climate of the country they are studying in. Unfortunately for McNaught and her classmates, there were more difficulties to face during the game than quarterback Dayne Crist’s blurry vision.  “We went to a pub where we planned to watch the game on the French international sports channel but they were showing Formula 1 highlights,” she said. “After some finagling with the bartender, we downloaded a VPN system onto his computer and hooked it up to the big screen to watch.” Students generally spend the morning of a Notre Dame football game planning a tailgate, checking to make sure they have their tickets and listening to the marching band play the Victory March on the way to Notre Dame Stadium. For most students, a typical game day rarely consists of arguing with a bartender in French about finding a local Internet connection so the game can be broadcast on a laptop. “There are some alumni here in Bejing who have a sling box so they can watch the games directly from the U.S., but there is still the time difference,” he said. “Bejing is 12 hours ahead of Eastern time so most football games are played at 3 a.m. on Sundays. So either way, it’s not ideal.” “The Spaniards who were in the bar with us thought we were pretty entertaining, to say the least,” Ledden said. “They were trying to watch their fútbol game on the TV next to us, but we were so much louder so I think they got a bit annoyed.” Juszczak wasn’t able to watch either of the first two football games due to censorship issues as well as other factors that come with living in a country thousands of miles from home.  So go the trials and tribulations of organizing a game watch while abroad.   “You can’t help but feel like something is wrong when the British announcer on Eurosport2 keeps referring to the Notre Dame quarterback as ‘Jake Montana’ throughout the entire broadcast,” she said. While the Spanish might have found the Irish fans a mild annoyance, McNaught said the French were a bit more open with their hostility. While students are thrilled to be in a different country and immersed in a different culture, they said they never miss Notre Dame more than on Saturdays. “The resolution on the screen was extremely poor and at the end of the third quarter, the bartender got confused and quit the Internet,” she said. “After that, we just went to Plan B and watched the rest of the game on ESPN.com on our friend’s Blackberry.”last_img read more

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Colombians Protest FARC Executions, Call for Peace

first_imgBy Dialogo December 08, 2011 Outraged by the execution of four captives by FARC rebels, thousands of Colombians protested across the country, demanding an end to 50 years of guerrilla violence and kidnapping. As helicopters hovered over Bogota and car horns sounded on December 6, Colombians dressed in white marched toward the capital’s main square, holding images of the murdered men and chanting “No more war! Yes to life, yes to peace.” The victims – members of the armed forces held in jungle camps for more than a decade – were shot at point blank range by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as troops attacked the rebels’ hideout. Their bodies were found alongside the metal chains used to tie their necks to trees. “We have tolerated the FARC enough,” said Ruben Castaño, an engineer, who took the day off work to participate. “Santos, it’s time to end this.” President Juan Manuel Santos, who backed the march, is facing increased pressure from Colombians to seek an end to the conflict that has killed tens of thousands over the decades. Responsible for some of the harshest blows against the FARC, including killing the group’s leader Alfonso Cano in November, Santos has expressed willingness to hold peace talks if the Marxist rebels stop kidnapping, lay down their weapons and cease attacks on civilians and the military. While the FARC has refused, Cano had hinted before his death that dialogue was the only way forward. “It’s not just the government calling for peace, it’s all of Colombia,” Santos said at the start of the demonstration. “The people are sick of violence.” More than a decade of U.S.-backed strikes against the FARC has severely weakened the rebels and limited their ability to launch attacks on the nation’s economic infrastructure, attracting billions of dollars in foreign investment. But the group remains a big part of the conflict, which strips as much as 1 percent from the economy each year. Once considered almost invincible – none of its seven-member secretariat was killed or captured in more than four decades – five have died since 2008.last_img read more

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4 Alligators Found in Peconic River

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Four baby alligators were pulled from the Peconic River on Friday, April 19, 2013 (DEC)Four baby alligators were pulled from the Peconic River on the East End on Friday morning, six months after 9 more baby gators were found in a 6-week span on Long Island.A Manorville man reported spotting one of the gators during his routine morning visit to the Connecticut Avenue canoe launch at 8 a.m., according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC officers responded, caught the two-foot long gator with a catch pole, then spotted three more gators nearby, authorities said.“Alligators released into Long Island waters have become an all too common occurrence in recent years,” DEC Regional Director Peter Scully said. “Individuals who attain these animals often find themselves incapable of caring for them as they grow, and they ultimately release them into the waters of Long Island where they are unable to survive and may pose a risk.”The incident comes a week before the DEC, Suffolk County SPCA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are scheduled to hold an illegal reptile and amphibian amnesty day on LI in which people can turn in the animals without fear of arrest.Alligators are illegal to own as pets in the state of New York. Those who use them for exhibition, research or educational purposes require a DEC permit.The DEC officers captured and secured the four latest gators and taped their jaws shut. They were taken to DEC’s Regional Headquarters in Stony Brook and will later be sent to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.The alligators, whose sizes range from two to three feet—about the same size as the last batch found—and were lethargic because they were in cold water.The amnesty day will held 12-4 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown.“The purpose of this effort is to get these reptiles and amphibians into a controlled environment where they can be cared for properly,” Suffolk County SPCA Cheif Roy Gross said.  “People who are in possession of these animals unlawfully can turn them in to us without fear of prosecution. No one will be asked to give their name.”Species that do not require permits, or are not threatened or endanger will not be accepted.For more information about the amnesty program, call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722, the DEC at 631-444-0250 or USFWS at 516-825-3950.To report any environmental crime, please contact DEC’s toll free 24-hour TIPP hotline at: 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332) or Dispatch number at 631-444-0250. DEC keeps the identity of all TIPP callers confidential.last_img read more

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Facebook dips toes in P2P payments

first_imgby: Brian DayWorldwide more than 500 million people use Facebook Messenger, an instant messaging service and software app. Facebook recently announced Messenger users now have the option of using the app to make person-to-person (P2P) payments. Messenger Pay will allow individuals to connect a debit card (only MasterCard or Visa debit cards issued from a U.S. financial institution) to the app and tap a “$” button to send friends money via iOS, Android and desktop. Credit cards, prepaid debit cards and PayPal aren’t supported at this time.The social media giant has experience in payments, as it processes more than 1 million payments daily through ads and games platforms. The network has experimented with e-commerce in the past, through the use of a “buy” button for purchasing items directly on its site. Regarding Messenger Pay security questions, Facebook reports payment information and transactions will be encrypted, and Messenger Pay will receive additional anti-fraud monitoring and control. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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ADA litigation update: One down, more to go

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last Friday, a federal judge in Virginia granted a credit union’s motion to dismiss in a lawsuit alleging the credit union’s website was not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The ruling represents a big initial victory for credit unions facing growing litigation threats over unclear website accessibility requirements under the ADA.The ShakedownCredit unions nationwide have faced a tide of lawsuits and demand letters over the past year relative to the ADA.  Currently, the ADA and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) implementing regulations are silent on website accessibility standards, and the DOJ recently removed an earlier initiative from its rulemaking agenda and withdrew two advanced notices of proposed rulemaking on the subject.  See, 82 Fed. Reg. 60932 (Dec. 26, 2017).  Ambiguities in the law have spawned a new cottage industry for opportunistic plaintiffs’ attorneys looking to make a quick dollar off the backs of credit unions and other well-intentioned entities.  Generally the shakedown goes something like this:  lawyers send multiple, identical demand letters alleging ADA website violations to credit unions, banks, and other entities throughout a targeted state on behalf of one unnamed, repeat complainant, then settle for several thousand dollars per case. If the case doesn’t settle, the lawyers file suit.Some credit unions are making the business decision to settle, but others have decided to fight the charges in federal court. continue reading »last_img read more

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Effective communication in troubled times

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light how critical internal and external communications are in troubled times. Many companies naturally direct their focus outward during conditions like these, attending to customers and suppliers. Yet, communicating quickly, often, and well with your employees is at least as critical, and probably even more so. Your employee members are spokespeople for your brand.  In any crisis, leadership must arm all employees with the information they need to confidently, accurately, and effectively communicate externally. They must also be well informed to keep internal communications aligned with the organization’s most candid and time sensitive messaging.  Failing to keep workers up-to-date during uncertain times comes at a high cost in terms of trust, engagement, and motivation. How leaders handle today’s difficult situations will determine the level of trust employees and other stakeholders will have in both leadership and the organization going forward. Crisis-related communication in general, and COVID-19 information specifically, must originate from senior levels of the organization. The CEO and C-suite members need to crystalize the substance of the messaging, especially around employee safety as a number one priority. Senior leadership must also determine the best means of delivery.Communication with employees face-to-face in a crisis is ideal. However, the pandemic makes this difficult, if not impossible. Videoconference, video and audio messaging, emails, social media, the company’s intranet, and even texts from the CEO and other senior leaders can be effective delivery alternatives for consistent messaging that arrives through multiple channels. HR generally is on the front lines of daily interface with employees and can manage the needed two-way employee communication required during such difficult times. Any communication processes should involve a dialogue that facilitates leaders hearing employee status and concerns, as well as disseminating information from the top.Timing is important. To manage consistency of the message, it should be available to everyone at the same time. Although speed is of the essence, the need for accurate information is more important. Don’t share anything that is not verified. It is best to communicate what you do know, as well as what you don’t know when complete information is not available. You want to avoid an information vacuum. Viral rumors or complaints can spread more quickly than actual viruses when organizational information is unavailable. Granted, different internal audiences may need different types of information, depending on how the situation affects them and their work. Even so, employers should keep messages consistent, so it becomes unlikely that employees will have different understandings of the organization’s response and everyone knows they are being treated equally.Accurate, timely, relevant information generates trust in the company over the short-term. It also builds engagement among your credit union’s employees over time, when they know the information received is consistently reliable and that their voices are being heard by leadership. Moreover, your employees provide a direct, trusted source of information to the outside. Your members and the community will put great faith in what your employees are saying in addition to what is disseminating from official spokespeople. Your employees are your ambassadors, and with any ambassadorial situation, they must be equipped with the right information. Your employees will influence your organizational culture and your brand to the outside world.last_img read more

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Logan Ryan: Safety credits New York Giants trainer, Justin Maher, with saving wife’s life | NFL News

first_imgLogan Ryan’s wife, Ashley, is recovering well, he says The 25-year-old was released by the 49ers on Tuesday, two days after he fumbled his first kick-off return for the side during their loss to the Seattle Seahawks.Pettis will not be able to play for the Giants in their NFC East match-up with the Washington Football Team on Sunday due to coronavirus protocols.He was drafted in the second round of the 2018 Draft and recorded 38 catches for 576 yards and seven touchdowns in 28 games in San Francisco.However, Pettis fell out of favour and played in just five games for the 49ers this season without making a catch. Live NFL Redzone November 8, 2020, 6:00pm- Advertisement – – Advertisement – New York Giants safety Logan Ryan has credited one of the team’s trainers with potentially saving his wife’s life following a medical emergency on Monday.Ryan revealed that he was speaking to his wife, Ashley – who had flown to their family home in Florida – following the Giants’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when she said she was suffering from “extreme” stomach pain.Ryan advised Ashley to “sleep it off” before speaking to a Giants trainer, Justin Maher, about her symptoms. He insisted she went to hospital immediately, with tests showing Ashley had an ectopic pregnancy (when a fertilised egg grows around the uterus).- Advertisement – Dante Pettis was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday Dante Pettis was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday

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Salmonella sources in tomato-linked outbreaks still unclear

first_img Investigators who traced Roma tomatoes from restaurants back through the supply chain identified one field-packing operation and three packing houses as possible sources of contamination in the largest outbreak, the report says. One of these, a packing house in Florida, was also seen as a possible source for the other two outbreaks. It concludes that research is needed to shed more light on how Salmonella contaminates tomatoes and how the problem can be controlled. Three separate outbreaks involving a total of 561 cases were linked with eating Roma tomatoes in June and July of 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The outbreaks made 2004 the worst year so far for tomato-associated salmonellosis cases. The article says Salmonella can enter tomato plants through the roots or flowers and can enter the fruit through small cracks in the skin or through the plant itself. But it is not clear whether the pathogen can move from the roots to the fruit. Killing Salmonella inside a tomato “is difficult without cooking, even if treated with highly concentrated chlorine solution,” the article says. In a second outbreak, investigators found 125 salmonellosis cases in 16 eastern and midwestern states, all featuring the same serotype, S Braenderup, and occurring between Jun 18 and July 21. A case-control study showed that Roma tomatoes were the only item significantly associated with illness, having been eaten by 41% of case patients but only 14% of controls. The largest outbreak involved 429 laboratory-confirmed salmonellosis cases that occurred in nine eastern and midwestern states in July, the CDC says. None of the patients died, but 30% were hospitalized. All had eaten at a chain of delicatessens, identified at the time as Sheetz Gas Station stores. Finally, seven people in Ontario fell ill in early July after eating at the same restaurant, the report says. No case-control study was done, but Roma tomatoes were the only food eaten by all seven people. The same serotype, S Javiana, was identified in all seven cases. S Javiana was also seen in the largest outbreak, but the pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns differed. A case-control study indicated Roma tomatoes as the source of infection. The deli chain had bought sliced Roma tomatoes from a single processor for all of its stores in five states. The cases involved six different Salmonella serotypes.center_img However, environmental investigation of four packers and five associated farms in Florida and South Carolina in the late summer and fall “did not reveal a clear source of contamination, and the packing houses appeared to be following food-safety guidance,” the article says. But only one packer and one farm were actually operating when they were inspected, and investigation will continue this year, it says. Circumstances pointed to four tomato-packing sites as possible sources of contamination in one or more of the outbreaks, but investigators couldn’t find clear sources of contamination at the facilities, the report says. Investigators also checked quality-control measures at the tomato-slicing facility linked with the largest outbreak and found no contamination. Apr 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Follow-up investigation has failed to pinpoint how Roma tomatoes were contaminated with Salmonella last summer, sickening more than 500 people in the United States and Canada, according to federal health officials. Salmonella infections have been linked to tomatoes since 1990, the CDC reports. Nine outbreaks totaling 1,616 cases have been reported since then. Given how many foodborne illness cases typically go unreported, the agency estimates that 60,000 tomato-related cases have occurred since 1990. CDC. Outbreaks of Salmonella infections associated with eating Roma tomatoes—United States and Canada, 2004. MMWR 2005 Apr 8;54(13):325-8 [Full text]last_img read more

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Enron’s end game

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Granit Xhaka reveals how Mikel Arteta turned his Arsenal career around

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 22 Feb 2020 4:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.2kShares Granit Xhaka reveals how Mikel Arteta turned his Arsenal career around Advertisement Arteta is keen on instilling an identity into the club (Picture: Getty Images)Arteta has impressed in his first 10 games in charge of his former side, winning four and keeping five clean sheets.Gunners players have been united in their praise of the 37-year-old head coach, with defender David Luiz saying he has brought the fun back to playing for ArsenalXhaka echoes the Brazilian defender’s commendation, he added: ‘It’s always good when the coach can protect you and he speaks openly with me and the players.‘Each training we learn a lot from him. He speaks a lot to me where to stay where to be and I want to give back every match every training.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He knows exactly how he wants to play and the mentality of him is exactly what I want as well.‘He wants discipline, he wants character and he wants spirit.’MORE: Martin Keown sends message to Arsenal over Bukayo Saka contract talksMORE: Shkodran Mustafi gives update on Arsenal future after impressive Olympiacos display Xhaka has been reborn under Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits boss Mikel Arteta convinced him to stay at the club and he is now ‘very happy’ to be back in the team.The Swiss international was stripped of the captaincy after an altercation with the Arsenal fans during their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October.Xhaka’s agent Jose Noguera revealed that his client had agreed a deal with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin for a January transfer, but the move failed to materialise.Having been frozen out by Unai Emery, Xhaka was initially reintegrated by interim boss Freddie Ljungberg before Arteta made a point of highlighting his importance.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 27-year-old told Arsenal.com: ‘I have to smile a little bit because I am very, very happy to be back and to enjoy what I love the most: playing for this club and playing football.‘I had a very, very good meeting with him [Arteta] three days after he came into this club. He told me a lot of things and I was very open with him and he was very open with me.‘And now we are here, we are both very happy to bring this club to where they have to be.’last_img read more

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