ND Day to feature first campus wide Global Development Challenge

first_imgThis Monday, as part of Notre Dame Day, the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) will host the first ever Global Development Challenge.“[The] Global Development Challenge is comprised of six stations centrally located on campus, each relating to a global development challenge that NDIGD and the Notre Dame Community are currently working to address. Each station has a hands-on, interactive challenge for students, faculty, staff and members of the South Bend community to participate in,” event planner Meagan McDermott said.McDermott said events will include a scavenger hunt, a geography challenge and a 3-point shooting contest.“Notre Dame Day is about celebrating the best aspects of the University, and so we’re excited to showcase the global development work NDIGD and the Notre Dame community is doing in such a fun and interactive way,” she said.Participants can take on the challenges individually or in teams of up to four people, McDermott said. The six challenges are slated to take no more than an hour and can be completed any time between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.“Some of the stations will make for great photo opportunities, and there’s no better way for students and their friends to spend some down time between classes. The challenges were planned in such a way that anyone can participate and have fun, whether you’re taking on the challenges by yourself or with a group of friends,” McDermott said.McDermott said winners will have the opportunity to either play basketball or have dinner with former Notre Dame basketball player, Ruth Riley.“Each task relates to a global development issue that Notre Dame is currently working to address in the developing world, such as clean water, education and one of my passions, fighting malaria,” Riley said in a video promoting the challenge.According to McDermott, the original idea for the events came from Riley and her commitment to helping those in the developing world.“[Riley] envisioned [the Global Development Challenge] as an opportunity to spread the word about the work that NDIGD is doing to the rest of campus. We were excited about the opportunity to involve students in our mission, and saw Notre Dame Day as a great day to hold the event as we try to spread the word about the work that our office is doing to different parts of campus,” McDermott said.A portion of the $10 registration fee will go to Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship in Uganda, one of NDIGD’s many projects, McDermott said.“This is a great opportunity to learn more about the aid and support Notre Dame is providing to those most in need. The global development work being highlighted through the Global Development Challenge is central to Fr. Sorin’s goal of being ‘a global force for good,’” she said.Tags: Global Development Challenge, NDIGD, Notre Dame Day, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Ruth Rileylast_img read more

Love & Igloos! The Diorama Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img In addition to O’Connor and Canning, the cast of The Diorama will include Alberto Bonilla, Bob Greenberg and Victoria Mack. The play will feature choreography by Wendy Seyb, set design by Jen Varbalow, costumes by Sidney Shannon, lighting design by Joe Doran and sound design by Nick Simone. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2014 The Diorama When her artist sister Cecily invades her NYC apartment, Wall Street lawyer Janey gets more than she bargained for when Cecily begins constructing a life size igloo. While the two sisters seek a sense of belonging—either in a relationship or a safe place to call home—they are haunted by the tragedies of the past. Along the way they teach each other about life, love and happiness. Susan Louise O’Connor (Blithe Spirit) and Hunter Canning (War Horse) will star in The Diorama, a new play by Jennifer Brown Stone and David S. Stone. Directed by David S. Stone, the romantic comedy will run from May 28 through June 14 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Opening night is set for May 30.last_img read more

Race Ahead: Trail Running

first_imgTRAIL RUNNINGRED TOP RUMBLEcartersville, georgiafebruary 3, 2013The race itself is on a figure eight trail system on a peninsula of Allatoona Lake. This 11.5-mile course is fast and flowy; hills are numerous but with only the occasional steep climb. Racers rave about the well-maintained trails and the views of the lake along the course. Vendors host raffles and giveaways and hand out hot cocoa and soup to finishers and spectators, crucial for this February event. getguts.comSMOKY MOUNTAIN RELAYbrevard, north carolinaapril 19-20, 2013Get off your asphalt and run the region’s toughest trail relay—a 212-mile traverse of the most dramatic landscapes in Southern Appalachia. Six- and 12-person teams trek through the night, traveling in vans to relay exchanges, en route to the finish at the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City, N.C. Along the way, runners splash through mountain streams and follow scenic singletrack and Forest Service fire roads with stunning vistas of Looking Glass Rock, Shining Rock Wilderness, Cold Mountain, and the Great Smokies. smokymountainrelay.comHIGHLANDS SKY 40 MILE TRAIL RUNdavis, west virginiajune 15, 2013The point-to-point course with 5,400 feet of elevation gain highlights the most beautiful scenery West Virginia has to offer, including Roaring Plains, the Dolly Sods Wilderness, and Canaan Valley State Park. “It’s very rocky the first half, a lot of climbing and really technical,” says Mark Lundblad, one of the region’s top ultra runners. “The second half opens up a little bit.” The signature section traces the Road Across the Sky, a long, exposed uphill section that is a psychological strain because it is open enough to see the seven miles of trail ahead of you. The Highlands Sky also has the distinction of being one of only a handful of races that are permitted to utilize designated wilderness, a distinction that race organizers take seriously. Every spring they head out into the Dolly Sods to perform trail maintenance using only hand tools like axes, saws, and shovels. wvmtr.orgSTUMPJUMP 50Kchattanooga, tennesseeoctober 5, 2013For the past 11 years, the Rock/Creek StumpJump 50K has been testing the mettle of trail runners on Chattanooga’s renowned Signal Mountain singletrack. One of the premier trail ultra runs in the Southeast, drawing the best runners from the region in its field of over 500. Over the 31-mile course, runners encounter everything from smooth, packed singletrack to swinging bridges and rock stairs—not to mention the mile-long, boulder-hopping rock garden. The varied terrain, fickle weather, and 4,500 feet of climbing prevent runners from getting into rhythm, making this race more taxing than it first appears. rockcreek.com/stumpjumpMOUNTAIN MASOCHIST 50-MILERmontebello, virginianovember 2, 2013It’s all right there in the name: masochist, mountain, miler, 50. Put them all together in the right order and you’re in for a world of hurt. For three decades, that world of hurt has been punishing runners in this race in the George Washington National Forest outside Lynchburg, Va. Runners begin their quest under the cover of darkness, but those strong enough to gain the ridge by daybreak are greeted with a sunrise that can stop you in your tracks – just don’t or you may be run over. Combining road, jeep trail, and single track, the race route is relatively tame for the first 25 miles; after that, the abuse really begins. The course has over 9,000 feet of climbing, and most of it comes in the second half of the race, including a sadistic loop to the top of Mount Pleasant and back. Luckily, the course traverses some of the most beautiful scenery in the Appalachians, and the final three-mile push for the finish line is a downhill cruise. eco-xsports.comSHUT-IN RIDGE TRAIL RUNasheville, north carolinanovember 2, 2013The Shut-In Trail climbs 5000 feet and descends 2000 feet, making for punishing climbs and hair-raising descents. Competitors are truly tested over the final two miles before the finish, when the Shut-In Ridge Trail seems to go straight up. The trail parallels and crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway several times during its ascent of Mount Pisgah, making this race very spectator friendly and a rare opportunity to cheer on runners at several points in the race. jusrunning.comBest of the RestUwharrie 40-Mile Mountain RunOphir, North CarolinaFebruary 2, 2013 • bullcityrunning.comBel Monte 50kBlue Ridge Mountains, VirginiaApril 20, 2013 • belmonteraces.comPromise Land 50kBedford, VirginiaApril 27, 2013 • extremeultrarunning.comScenic City Trail HalfChattanooga, TennesseeMay 18, 2013 • rockcreek.comMassanutten Mountain 100Massanutten, VirginiaMay 18-19, 2013 • vhtrc.comJames River Scramble 10k presented by Goal ZeroRichmond, VirginiaMay 18, 2013 • dominionriverrock.comEastern Divide Ultra 50KMountain Lake, VirginiaJune 22, 2013 • easterndivideultra.comSpringmaid Splash 10kSpruce Pine, North CarolinaAugust TBD, 2013 • mitchellraces.comNew River Trail ChallengeFoster Falls, VirginiaSeptember 21, 2013 • dcr.virginia.govFor more great Race Ahead information check out these sections:SnowsportsTrail RunningRoad RunningMountain BikingRoad CyclingClimbingPaddlingHikingMultisportSuperlativeslast_img read more

Take Advantage of Fall with a Fun-Filled Road Trip to Abingdon, VA

first_imgArrive in historic Abingdon, VA and explore the charming brick sidewalks of Main Street. Abingdon was founded in 1778, and the entire downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places. Self-guided walking tours are available from the Visitor Center. If you want a deeper dive into history, line up a tour with History Alive! Tours. Costumed, in-character tour guides will take you to the most significant sites in Abingdon history, including the Abingdon Muster Grounds, where patriots mustered to confront the British forces in 1780. Inside tip for wanderers: Always “know before you go” and check the official websites for parks and trails. Many visitor centers are closed currently; plan to bring plenty of water and snacks. Have a backup plan in mind if the parking lot is full. If you’d rather skip the hassle of doing your own research, consider a guided hike from White Blaze Outdoors – specialties include a Waterfall Tour or Salamander Hike for families. Day Four Day One Allow plenty of time for meals in Abingdon, as you eat your way through the “Best Small Town Food Scene in the Country” for TWO years running! With over 30 independently owned restaurants, Abingdon has more eateries per capita than New York City. Whether you want to sample hoecakes or haute cuisine, you’ll find it in Abingdon. Just off the trail in Alvarado you’ll find Abingdon Vineyards, a gorgeous farm winery along the banks of the South Holston River. Enjoy a flight of wines and live music on the lawn. Rent kayaks at the Vineyards or bring a picnic blanket and just relax! This winery combines the sophisticated palate of Napa Valley with the unique terroir of the Appalachian Mountains for a style of wine the owners call “Nappalachian.” With a beautiful covered patio and riverside picnic tables, it’s a perfect outdoor venue for socially distanced entertainment. The Virginia Creeper Trail is considered one of best rail-trails in the country, famous for its scenic vistas, tumbling creeks, and 47 original trestle bridges. The trail runs from Abingdon (mile marker zero), through the tiny town of Damascus, where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail, and on to Whitetop Station on the Virginia/North Carolina border. Hikers, bikers, and equestrians of all ages share the crushed-limestone and hard-packed dirt trail. Experience the nostalgic charm of a night at the drive-in. Barter Theatre, the state theatre of Virginia, offers live performances at the historic Moonlite Drive-In. Take in a live show from the comfort and safety of your car. Even better, the experience is completely touchless, featuring electronic tickets, and programs delivered to your smart phone. Before heading home, explore Abingdon’s public art trail, including 3 of Virginia’s famous LOVEworks. After all, Virginia is for Lovers! After a day of exploring, enjoy dining al fresco in Abingdon. Pick your favorite patio experience. For a luxurious step back in time, enjoy a glass of vino from the award-winning wine list at Sister’s American Grill at The Martha. The grande dame of Abingdon has now added intimate outdoor dining, as well as tables on the front porch overlooking Main Street. Plenty of Abingdon eateries also offer patio dining, from innovative fine dining, to family-friendly joints.  Pick up a picnic lunch at Bonefire Smoke House or JJ’s Restaurant, and head out for some sightseeing on the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway – aka “the road to the wild ponies.” The Abingdon area is home to Mount Rogers, the highest peak in Virginia. Stops along the way include the highly instagrammable ponies of Grayson Highlands State Park and the charming town of Damascus, VA, known as Trail Town USA. The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa in Abingdon, VA on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Copyright 2012 Jason Barnettecenter_img Day Two Numerous outfitters are ready to provide bikes and shuttle services to the trailhead, making it accessible to even novice riders. Start in Abingdon or take a shuttle Whitetop Station for an all downhill ride, or challenge yourself with the full 34-miles! Day Three Abingdon is your jumping off point to explore the curvy back roads and tiny towns of Southwest Virginia. Hikers can tackle the trail to the Mount Rogers peak, an approximately 8.5 mile out-and-back trail that starts in Grayson Highlands State Park. The park also has plenty to offer less ambitious hikers, with many of the shorter trails in Grayson Highlands loaded with iconic Appalachian vistas. The easily accessible Twin Pinnacles Trail begins at the park’s visitor center and takes hikers on a 1.6-mile loop with sweeping views of Wilbur Ridge and Mount Rogers. Wanderlust is defined as a strong desire to travel, but here in Virginia, we call that feeling WanderLove. And while travel doesn’t look quite the same this year, you can still indulge your love of travel with an epic road trip to Abingdon, VA. This small mountain town is located in the southwestern corner of Virginia, just a few hours from the metro areas of Charlotte, Asheville and Knoxville, TN. The 34.3-mile Virginia Creeper Trail was named after the steam engine that once creeped up the rails into the Iron Mountains. By the 1970s, many railroads were abandoned, so in 1986 the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy began converting old railroad beds into trail systems for hikers and bikers.Virginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 24

first_imgThe Gazette May 10 edition reported Rep. Paul Tonko saying Attorney General Robert Barr was “seriously misleading” the public about the contents of the Mueller report.Barr’s summary quoted the statement on page 173 Volume I of the Mueller report that “the investigation did not establish that the campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” How copying this statement into Barr’s summary becomes misleading escapes me.Perhaps Tonko was influenced by fellow Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who on April 21 stated there is “ample evidence of collusion in plain sight.” Tonko  should call on Schiff to release this evidence so that Mueller, Barr and the American people can see why Barr was completely misled by the Mueller report.Can obstruction of justice exist with no crime (collusion)? According to page 7 Volume II of the Mueller report it can. It states, “obstruction statues do not require proof of crime” and “evidence we obtained did not establish the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference.” Using this logic, anyone who is falsely accused could be charged with obstruction of justice if they fought the charges.Charging someone with obstruction when they did not commit a crime strikes me as sour grapes and not reflecting the true meaning of justice.A couple final thoughts: Does anyone seriously think the conclusion on page 173 Volume I will be changed if everything is released, and if Trump is guilty of obstruction, than so is Rep. Schiff, who is doing everything to prolong the investigation.Andy BeiniksCharltonIs Trump bucking for a war with Iran?An act of war? Above the objections of our allies, the United States pulled out of the Iran deal. This deal prevented Iran from making a  nuclear bomb. This act by President Trump was simply interpreted as a juvenile act to undo what President Obama had accomplished. Recently, Trump decided again,  above the objections of our allies, to impose harsh economic trade restrictions on Iran.These punishments dramatically cut oil and metal exports to other nations. This act by the United States is very much like a physical blockade in concept and could be interpreted as an act of war upon Iran by the United States. Will this apparent aggression by the United States goad Iran to respond with an aggressive action?And will a retaliatory aggressive action by Iran give reason for the United States to start a real war, with our best men dying in the Middle East again?A president would not be planning to send thousands of troops to the Middle East if he was not considering an invasionary war. The president is well aware that the popularity of a president goes up when the United States goes to war. Is the end game by Trump to start another Middle East war just to increase his popularity for his re-election? I pray not. The president should concentrate on our real enemies, which are China and Russia.John DworakRotterdamGood economy true measure of fitnessIn Arnold Seiken’s May 22 letter, he said he thinks the fact that President Trump lost $1.17 billion over 10 years should somehow be a reason to question his ability to lead our country.Under President Trump, our economy is stronger than it has been in 40 years. Jobs are coming back. Money from overseas is coming back. Unemployment is lower than it has been in 40 years. I guess you are right. President Trump doesn’t know what he is doing. By the way, under his highness Obama, the national debt nearly doubled in eight years, to $20 trillion. That is more than the first 43 presidents accumulated.I’ll take President Trump anyway.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonHome car-chargers  a boon for engineersThis must be the most optimistic time for an electrical engineer since Thomas Edison, for it offers the opportunity to invent gizmos to turn every house in the world into a “gas station” for the emerging electrical cars. Every car sleeps in its garage 10 hours a day, perfect for recharging.This could displace the new formal recharging stations being built and eliminate the middle man. Who knows, maybe GE could exploit this for its long awaited comeback.David ChildsJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWho are those really obstructing justice?last_img read more

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US designates Russian ultra-nationalist group as terrorists

first_imgThe Trump administration has designated an ultra-nationalist group in Russia as terrorists, the first time that the US has applied the label to a white supremacist group.“These designations are unprecedented,” Nathan Sales, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, said in a statement. “This is the first time the United States has ever designated white supremacist terrorists, illustrating how seriously this administration takes the threat. We are taking actions no previous administration has taken to counter this threat.”In addition to the group, the Russian Imperial Movement, the US designated Stanislav Anatolyevich Vorobyev, Denis Valliullovich Gariev and Nikolay Nikolayevich Trushchalov, according to Sales. The Russian Imperial Movement provides paramilitary-style training to neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and it plays a prominent role in trying to rally like-minded Europeans and Americans into a common front against their perceived enemies, according to Sales. The group has two training facilities in St. Petersburg, which the State Department said are probably being used for woodland and urban assault, tactical weapons, and hand-to-hand combat training.“These historic designations are just one part of the administration’s broader efforts to counter white supremacist terrorism abroad,” Sales said. “We’re bringing all of our counterterrorism tools to this fight – information sharing, counter-messaging, combating terrorist travel, engaging with tech companies, and building partner capacity to protect soft targets like synagogues and mosques.”Topics :last_img read more

American style living in Brisbane

first_img28 Berkeley Place, Ferny Grove. 28 Berkeley Place, Ferny Grove. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 201928 Berkeley Place, Ferny Grove. 28 Berkeley Place, Ferny Grove.TANYA Benson knows for a fact that she will sorely miss the Ferny Grove home where her family spent the past few years.It may well be the ultimate Queensland home with an indoor entertainment area that comes complete with solar heated pool, sandstone wet bar, poolside barbecue, a double jet spa and airconditioning.“I was attracted to the American style of the home, the sunken lounge, the fireplace, the open living space, it just felt homely,” she said.“But my favourite feature has to be the indoor swimming pool. That whole area is just amazing. You can invite friends and family over and it doesn’t matter if it’s raining or a hot day. You are in a heated pool with everything right there.”The home has six airconditioning units, three of which were in the large pool room. 28 Berkeley Place, Ferny Grove.Ms Benson, whose family was now downsizing said she did not know how she will replace such a family friendly property.The four bedroom, three bathroom, double garage property has over 500sq m of home under its roof, with multiple living zones where members of the family can unwind including an attic room, living room, family room, and upstairs family zone. “The kids have their own space. I work full time so I have my own space to set up office. And it’s nice to have those large living areas where everyone has so much room to play.”The entire downstairs area has underfloor heating and the family friendly laundry comes with a laundry chute.The home also has two craft rooms and an extra-large garage with storage and an adjacent workroom.The home is on a large 1,201sq m block, with 14 solar panels, a 5000litre rainwater tank and an orchard area and garden beds.last_img read more

Milling to start on I-74 at SR 101 this Friday

first_imgRipley and Dearborn Counties— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor John R. Jurgensen Company plans to begin milling operations tomorrow on I-74 EB between S.R. 101 and S.R. 1 in Ripley and Dearborn Counties. The work is part of a $20.3 million asphalt resurface contract. Crews finished patching work earlier this week and are scheduled to start paving on Monday, May 18. Lane closures and a 55 mph speed restriction will be in place while work is in progress. The entire contract includes resurfacing of I-74 between S.R. 101 and the Ohio state line. Motorists should watch for various lane closures along this stretch of I-74 through mid-October. All work is weather dependent.last_img read more

Ellsworth remains undefeated

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth boys’ soccer team scored four unanswered goals in the final 21 minutes of the game to rally from a 2-1 deficit against Foxcroft Academy on Thursday.Ellsworth won 5-2.Ellsworth improved its record to 7-0-1 and handed the Foxcroft Ponies their first loss (6-1).Alex Braley scored two of the four goals, and Colby Clarke started the surge off a Braley pass. A throw-in by Lukas Firestone set up Braley’s first goal at 16:35. Matt Curtis then blasted in the ball from 20 yards out about 11 minutes later. Braley capped the scoring for the Eagles with 2:01 left when he converted off a direct kick.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFirestone put the Eagles on the scoreboard first with 20:37 left in the first half when his kick from 30 yards out sliced just under the crossbar. Foxcroft’s Tobias Hogfeldt scored about 10 minutes later on an unassisted goal from 20 yards out.Hogfeldt set up Nate Church’s goal 9:11 into the second half before Ellsworth rallied.Ellsworth goalie Bruce St. Peter finished with five saves on nine shots for the Eagles while Logan Butera and Andrew Miles combined for seven saves on 18 shots for the Ponies.Ellsworth will host Old Town (4-4) on Friday.GSA 3, Bucksport 0George Stevens Academy beat Bucksport Monday.DI-S 3, Schenck 2Deer Isle-Stonington beat Scheck on Saturday.WA 8, Sumner 0Washington Academy beat Sumner on Thursday.Greenville 4, DI-S 1Greenville’s Jay Owens scored two goals in the second half to extend the Lakers’ lead en route to the victory over Deer Isle-Stonington on Thursday.Krisford Melanio scored the lone goal for Deer Isle-Stonington.Evan Bjork made eight saves on nine shots for Greenville while Ethan Shepard made 16 saves on 20 shots for DI-S.last_img read more