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Coalition of Black clubs urges ND officials to take action against racism, hate

first_imgIn a statement released Friday the Notre Dame Black Student Association (BSA) called members of the University community to action in regards to racial injustice. The statement was signed by members of the BSA, Africana Studies Club, Black Business Association, Black Cultural Arts Council, Frontline, Multicultural Pre-Medicine Society, National Society of Black Engineers, Shades of Ebony and Wabruda.The statement identified six main areas for improved action, the first being amongst campus and local policing. In addition to annual extensive racial bias training, the statement requests the University inform the student body about instances of racial injustice that occur in the greater South Bend community.“We currently receive emails about thefts that happen in the area so there is a platform for which this action can occur,” the statement said. “Acknowledging a loss of life does not require a political stance and would further bridge the divide between Notre Dame and South Bend.”In regards to boundaries and challenges in student life, “Black students also face additional burdens as they interact with peers and faculty on campus,” the statement said.BSA implored the administration to recruit more students of color in an effort to make the student body more representative of the United States population.Additionally, the statement asked the administration to “reiterate the University’s intolerance to any act of discrimination and increase transparency when situations arise,” and for all students to strive to create an inclusive environment. In regards to mental health, the statement requests that the University pay better attention to the mental health of Black students as racial trauma prevails in daily life. The statement acknowledged virtual resources available from the University Counseling Center (UCC) regarding racial injustice, but stated that they were not adequate. “These responses are insufficient in terms of providing the correct form of help to its Black students who may experience an increase of anxiety and depression and overall uncertainty, during this time,” the statement said. The statement outlined three calls to action including the addition of more Black counselors to the UCC staff, the inclusion of mental health related questions to the Inclusive Campus Survey and for a more thorough plan of action for students to deal with situations, much like the current one. In regards to professors and staff, the statement asked the University to require professors to take diversity training and a cultural competency test prior to teaching in order to combat against professors who engage in problematic behavior that harms Black students.“Black students have made note of professors who allow other students to overstep boundaries, professors who force Black students to speak on subjects about Black struggles, or professors who make racist/prejudiced comments or allow other students to make them,” the statement said.The students urged the administration to commit to hiring more Black professors and administrators in every school and major in the University, as the lack of diversity makes it difficult for Black students to connect to their processors. In addition, the statement pointed out a retention issue for the few Black professors employed by the University, and asked the administration to provide more Black professors with an avenue for tenure. “Black professors have varied bodies of knowledge that are not only reflected in their research but the way that they structure their classes,” the statement said. “Even if they are not teaching subjects about race, Black students will still feel more comfortable contributing in class and going to office hours if their professors look like them.”While the Moreau First Year Experience includes units on privilege and cultural competency, the statement said these components “often fall short because of unfamiliarity from both students and instructors.”The statement urged all students to participate in these conversations rather than simply depending on students of color to contribute and offered structural changes to the course to make the units more effective. The statement suggested a cultural competency and privilege component to the end of semester capstone project for the fall and spring semesters, respectively, and proposed dedicating five classes to discussions regarding cultural competency, diversity and inclusion.Pointing to Notre Dame’s commitment to the principles of the Catholic Social Tradition (CST), the statement argued that the University “often fails to uphold these principles with respect to all aspects of human life and dignity.”While solidarity is one of the themes of CST, the statement said solidarity is “impossible when the largest stakeholder group of students in our community are not equipped with the ability and desire to fight against injustice.”As the majority of the University’s population is white and the median household income is among the highest for students around the country, a large portion of the student body is not equipped to understand the effects of socioeconomic inequality and racial injustice, the statement said. To combat this issue, the statement suggested professors in all schools incorporate discussions regarding racial justice into their curriculum and mandate students take at least two classes on race, social justice or multiculturalism.The statement also asked the University to support other pro-life events like Black Lives Matter marches in the same manner in which it supports the March for Life.To conclude the call to action, the writers thanked the University for the prayer service held in honor of George Floyd’s murder but asked Notre Dame to the continue to acknowledge social injustice and combat racism.“While we recognize and appreciate Fr. Hesburgh’s great contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, his legacy is so much more than a single picture,” the statement said. “It should inspire us to create new images of resistance and resilience instead of holding onto the past as proof of commitment.”Tags: Africana Studies Club, Black Business Association, Black Cultural Arts Council, Black Student Association, Frontline, Multicultural Pre-Medicine, National Society of Black Engineers, Racism, Shades of Ebony, Wabrudalast_img read more

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Disabled bus slows traffic on 201 Bridge

first_imgOther buses have been sent to help pick up the passengers on he disabled bus. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Dispatchers would like to alert motorists to traffic delays out of Johnson City Wednesday afternoon. For the most up to date information, go to 511NY’s website by clicking here. Johnson City Police are on the scene. Dispatchers have told 12 News that a Serafini bus became disabled on the 201 bridge.last_img

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Townsville urged to be confident

first_imgPropertyology managing director Simon PressleyNATIONAL property analyst Simon Pressley says Townsville is on the cusp of a more prosperous era but a lack of local confidence is holding the region back.Mr Pressley (pictured), who is the head of property investment service Propertyology, was in Townsville earlier this month to speak at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Hot Property event.He said that Townsville’s diverse economy, huge pipeline of infrastructure projects and history of strong property growth before 2008 were sure signs better times were ahead but more confidence was needed.“I think the outlook of your city has greatness in it but there is a very important missing ingredient and that is confidence,” he said.“I think you’re about to see some price growth and that will be in 2019 and I think at first it will be mild.“If you capitalise on all the infrastructure coming and start talking positively it becomes infectious and your economy can go from busted to really good, really quickly.”Despite Mr Pressley’s optimism Townsville’s property prices are yet to budge. Core Logic’s latest Regional Market Update for the September quarter shows that median house values have dropped by 1.3 per cent in the 12 months to September 2018 to $301,816 and unit values are down 3.9 per cent at $239,543.However houses are selling three days faster compared to August 2017 while units are selling 20 days faster.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Pressley said there was no doubt Townsville had experienced a tough decade but other regional centres had fared worse only to recover and become some of the hottest real estate markets in the country.He said Townsville needed to capitalise on its proximity to Asia to help boost the economy.“I can’t think of a single location in Australia that has a more impressive list of economic assets,” he said.“You’ve got gold, silver, copper, nickel and coal and you also have beef, mangoes and bananas.“You have that in your backyard and you’re close to someone living in China, India or Vietnam and you’ve also already got a world-class export port and an international airport.”Mr Pressley said Townsville could capitalise on the region’s tourism potential but city leaders would need to be bold and build something out of the box to attract visitors.He suggested a tropical zoo, a sporting museum or a boutique brewery with “The Big Beer Can” to rival Coffs Harbour’s big banana.“What can Townsville put on a postcard to take advantage of the tourism boom worldwide?” Mr Pressley said.“You could have a tropical zoo, a six-star hotel or a regional sporting museum to showcase the great athletes who have come out of regional Queensland. Be innovative and work with your strengths because it will create jobs and it will give people a reason to come here.”last_img read more

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Rose Marie Herring (nee Rolfes), of Sunman

first_imgRose Marie Herring (nee Rolfes), of Sunman, was born on September 5, 1958 in Cincinnati, the daughter of Robert J. and Dolores Ann (Tenoever) Rolfes.  After graduating Western Hills High School, she went on to get her degree from University of Cincinnati, and later did graduate work at Loyola University.  Rose married Grant Herring on July 14, 1984 and together they had six children.  She home schooled all of them. Rose was an active member at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.  She was also a member of the Confraternity of Penitents and Southeastern Indiana Right to Life.  On Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the age of 59, Rose passed away unexpectedly at her residence.     Rose is survived by her loving husband, Grant; sons, Grant Herring, Jr. of Lafayette,  Brother Ignatius Maria (Christian Herring) of Fort Wayne,  Brother Anthony Marie (Joseph Herring) of Mishawaka, and John Herring of Sunman; a daughter, Marie Herring of Sunman; father, Robert Rolfes of Amelia, OH; brothers, Robert Rolfes of Dover, DE, Richard Rolfes of Cincinnati, Joseph Rolfes of Lakeside Park, KY, Gregory Rolfes of Plano, TX, and Jerome Rolfes of Cincinnati; sisters, Jeanne Kroeger, and Barbara Rose, both of Cincinnati, and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Herring on April 30, 2014, and her mother, Dolores Rolfes on September 11, 2017. Memorial contributions can be directed to Cross Catholic Outreach at PO Box 273908, Boca Raton, FL 33427-3908 or to The Worldwide Seminarian Support (Please specify group: The Franciscan Friar Minor, Ft. Wayne Diocese) at 11954 N.E. Glisan Street, Ste. 141, Portland, OR 97220 ..  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Rose Herring.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman, with Rosary recited at 3:30.  Rev. Shaun Whittington will celebrate a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s freshmen aren’t playing like freshmen

first_img Comments Lined up in the slot to Eric Dungey’s left, freshman receiver Taj Harris burst out of his stance and down the field, streaking past Clemson safety Nolan Turner in coverage.Dungey saw the wideout dart open and flung the ball to Harris, who ran under it, making a bobbling catch for 51 yards on third down to set up Syracuse’s first touchdown against then-No. 3 Clemson.“I was running, running, running, running,” Harris said of the play postgame, “and I put my hands out and just waited for it to hit my hands.”Harris’ catch is just one highlight play from Syracuse’s (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) freshman class. Safety Andre Cisco, cornerback Trill Williams, running back Jarveon Howard, Harris and a handful of other freshmen have all made steady contributions, large and small, early in their SU careers, bolstering a roster that in years past lacked depth.“We’re trying to be a different class here,” Williams said. “Bring a different dynamic to the team.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut before the group stepped on campus, head coach Dino Babers acknowledged the difficulties of playing college football as a true freshman during his National Signing Day press conference. He referred to the 2018 recruiting class as a “break” class, meaning the players could take a break from playing football regularly to learn and develop.Harris remembered asking Babers about the opportunity to play early. Babers, as Harris recalls, said that if he was serious about contributing right away, he needed to study the playbook and refine his craft as much, and as soon, as possible.The gap started closing as soon as most of the freshmen stepped on campus at the beginning of summer. Before official conditioning workouts began, Williams, Harris and Howard, along with a handful of others — all freshman, sophomore or transfer skill position players and quarterbacks  — gathered on South Campus to practice.A common drill pitted wide receivers and defensive backs in one-on-ones. Harris particularly remembered lining up against Williams and experiencing the 6-foot-2, 202-pound defensive back’s jam at the line of scrimmage. Harris learned it’s part of Williams’ trademark physicality.“He’s gonna lay the boom on a lot of people,” Harris said. “He’s jamming cats up at the line, chest work.”The freshmen entered their first fall camp at SU, where they started making an impression. Williams, said junior cornerback Chris Fredrick, led all players in camp interceptions. Harris developed a connection with Dungey. Cisco, who enrolled early and practiced in the spring, was the starting free safety during fall camp.”This is the most ready I’ve seen freshmen come in,” senior wide receiver Jamal Custis said on Aug. 16.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorIn the season opener against Western Michigan 15 days later, Cisco recorded an interception — his first of a college football-leading four — less than five minutes into the game. He snagged two more against Wagner and another against UConn.While Cisco’s ballhawking has been a boost to a team striving for turnovers, other parts of his game, particularly deep ball coverage and run fits, have come along slower. The freshman got burned badly against the Broncos and is prone to taking bad angles against the run. Cisco has recognized the issue, though, due to the difference in speed from high school to college. In response he’s played deeper from the line of scrimmage to accommodate.Williams’ arc of progression has been longer, playing in spurts at cornerback or nickel throughout Syracuse’s first five games. Cisco benefitted in part from a thin safety depth chart. Williams hasn’t had that luxury, stuck behind Scoop Bradshaw, Chris Fredrick and Antwan Cordy at cornerback and nickel back, respectively. Published on October 3, 2018 at 10:46 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Even in limited reps, Williams has been consistent in coverage and sturdy against the run while making occasional splash plays.Against Clemson, Williams picked off Tigers quarterback Chase Brice for his first career interception. Before the drive, on the sideline, Williams remembered teammates saying he was due for an interception. When Brice badly overthrew an out route to his right, Williams pounced.“What a coincidence,” Williams said.Aside from the defensive back duo, Howard, a big-bodied running back from Mississippi has arrived as Syracuse’s power run option. Against Florida State, Howard took a shotgun handoff from Tommy DeVito and followed left tackle Cody Conway. With a defender closing the edge, Howard hit a cut inside and rumbled inside the five before getting chased down from behind.So far, the freshman has toted the football 24 times for 187 yards and hasn’t scored.And there’s Harris, who caught his first touchdown against Wagner on a 24-yard crossing route. But the freshman wide receiver from Beverly, New Jersey, had his best performance to date against the Tigers, notching career highs in catches (three) and yards (66).Harris, just like the other freshmen, is trying to use each rep to prove he deserves the next.“You’ve got to earn it,” Harris said. “And if you earn it, you get a shot.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Dodgers notes: Carl Crawford miffed by All-Star ballot snub

first_imgCrawford was not only an All-Star in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010, he was the All-Star game’s Most Valuable Player in 2009.The Dodgers on the All-Star ballot were chosen by general manager Ned Colletti along with representatives from Major League Baseball, a Dodgers official confirmed.The team will promote Crawford as a write-in candidate.Puig is technically on his first ballot, but was nearly voted in by the fans last season courtesy of the NL All-Star final vote. Puig received more votes than anybody in Final Vote history except Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who beat him out with 19.7 million.The rest of the Dodgers’ All-Star ballot representatives were predictable: Adrian Gonzalez (first base), Dee Gordon (second base), Hanley Ramirez (shortstop), Juan Uribe (third base) and A.J. Ellis (catcher). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The three outfielders on the ballot aren’t exactly attractive All-Star candidates at the moment. Neither is Crawford for that matter.Puig is hitting .254 with a .338 on-base percentage and a .437 slugging percentage. Kemp’s slash line is 211/.297/.456, Ethier’s is. 194/.247/.284, and Crawford’s is .222/.231/.317. New set-up for Wilson?The Dodgers are considering a removal of reliever Brian Wilson from his current set-up role, according to manager Don Mattingly.Wilson surrendered four runs in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 7-3 loss to the Phillies, giving him two losses in just six appearances this season.After spending 17 days on the disabled list with elbow irritation earlier this month — and not allowing a run in 24 outings last season — one can’t help but wonder if Wilson is healthy.“I think he’s healthy. If he’s not, he’s not telling us,” Mattingly said. “I feel like it’s just execution. He says possibly getting him regular work will get him back in a groove.”Wilson faced six batters Thursday, gave up three hits, hit one batter and intentionally walked another before he was relieved.He only hit 94 mph on the radar gun with two of the nine fastballs he threw Thursday. One was fouled off by Tony Gwynn Jr. and the other hit Ryan Howard. Last year, Wilson’s fastball was averaging between 93 and 94 with a high of 96 mph. Puig to the big screen?Just as the waters were calming after a Los Angeles Magazine story chronicling Puig’s defection from Cuba was published, it made another wave.The film rights to Jesse Katz’s story have been sold to “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner’s production company, RatPac Entertainment, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The magazine story details Puig’s attempts to escape Cuba and eventually his successful defection courtesy of smugglers working for a Mexican drug cartel. Puig was then held captive by the smugglers for three weeks when the man who sponsored his defection didn’t pay them before he eventually crossed the U.S. border and was signed by the Dodgers to a seven-year, $43 million deal. center_img The irony of being left off the All-Star ballot wasn’t lost on Carl Crawford.The Dodgers outfielder’s four All-Star selections are tied with Adrian Gonzalez for the most of the team, but he was passed over in favor of Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig when the ballot was released Friday.“To not even have a chance, I mean, I’ve got the most All-Stars of anybody on the team,” Crawford said. “Now there’s not even a chance. I don’t know how I’m supposed to take that.”Only three outfielders per team are allowed on the ballot. The Dodgers’ request to add a fourth was denied, according to a Dodgers official.last_img read more

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Lakers reportedly ‘re-engage’ Spurs on Kawhi Leonard trade talks, extend qualifying offer to Julius Randle

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLeonard and George are Southern California natives and have expressed interest in returning to play for the hometown Lakers, whose initial talks with the Spurs about Leonard didn’t go well, according to reports. George is said to be leaning toward re-signing with the Thunder.It’s also possible James remains with the Cavaliers and Leonard and/or George join him there.Randle, 23, played all 82 games at center this past season, starting 49. He averaged a career-high 16.1 points on 55.8 percent shooting while helping the Lakers to 35 victories, their highest win total since 2012-13. He also averaged 8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. As a starter, Randle averaged 18.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.Though Randle’s qualifying offer is $5,564,134, as a restricted free agent he’ll take up $12,447,726 of their cap space. They can free themselves of that cap hold by withdrawing their qualifying offer and renouncing their rights to Randle, something they would do only if they need the cap space because elite free agents have agreed to sign with them.Randle can accept the qualifying offer, but he is obviously looking for (and is sure to find) more. If Randle signs an offer sheet with another team, which he can do starting July 6 at 9 a.m. PT, the Lakers will have 48 hours to match the offer. Randle’s agent can begin negotiations as soon as the market opens. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Johnson also said he would quit if the Lakers whiff in free agency this season and next when the class is expected to be even better than this one. He pleaded for patience but placed an extraordinary burden on his own shoulders to deliver the goods and return the Lakers to elite status in the NBA.“If I can’t deliver, I’m going to step down myself,” he said. “She won’t have to fire me.”Johnson referred to Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ owner.He also stressed that the Lakers’ rebuilding effort would be a two-summer project.“We don’t know what people are going to decide to do and we can’t control that,” he said Tuesday. “So, if guys decide not to come here, it’s not a failure. We turn to next summer. Next summer, if nobody comes and I’m still sitting here like this, then it’s a failure.” VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” center_img Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie The Lakers extended a $5.56-million qualifying contract offer to forward/center Julius Randle on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent and possibly setting the stage for his departure after 238 career games over four seasons in Los Angeles.Randle’s name has been linked to a potential sign-and-trade deal that would net the Lakers disgruntled San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and kick-start their pursuit of four-time league MVP LeBron James. ESPN reported Wednesday that there’s pressure on the Lakers to acquire Leonard, adding that the teams “re-engaged” in trade talks Wednesday night.James isn’t likely to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for Los Angeles without one or two top-tier plays joining him to form a super team to battle the Golden State Warriors for NBA supremacy. James and Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder have until Friday night to exercise their contract options on 2018-19.San Antonio is likely to command a considerable package of young players and draft picks for Leonard, a two-time All-NBA first-teamer and a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. If the Lakers are also willing to absorb another big San Antonio contract (Pau Gasol? Patty Mills?) in the process, the deal could become more attractive to the Spurs, who could come away from the deal with young talent, draft picks and future cap space. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Free agency begins at Saturday at 9:01 p.m. PT.The Lakers have roughly $60 million in salary-cap space to work with this summer.Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, said Tuesday he felt no pressure to acquire James, George, Leonard or any other top-flight free agents this summer. Neither he nor Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka named names, but it was clear who they spoke of Tuesday.Related Articleslast_img read more

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DONEGAL SET TO SIZZLE AS FORECASTERS PREDICT HEATWAVE

first_imgDonegal basked in glorious summer sunshine today as the appalling weather of recent weeks gave way to glorious sunshine. Slather on the suncream and dust off those BBQ’s because the warm temperatures will be here for the next few days.Met Eireann has predicted that Donegal will still be basking in the sun well into next week as the mini-heatwave is set to continue.At Donegal Daily we forecast large patches of sunburn, a sprinkling of conversations about how it’d be a great day for the bog along with a heavy spell of people complaining it’s too hot.Tomorrow will be dry with a good deal of sunshine expected. It will be warmer than today, with highest temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 17 degrees.Although it’s expected to feel a little cooler along the coast.Here comes the summer! 🙂 DONEGAL SET TO SIZZLE AS FORECASTERS PREDICT HEATWAVE was last modified: June 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalheatwaveHome-page Newsnewssummersunshineweatherlast_img read more