Kelly addresses Sullivan’s death

first_imgNotre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in Saturday’s post-game press conference that he made the decision to practice outdoors Wednesday when junior videographer Declan Sullivan died after the scissor lift he was filming practice from collapsed. The press conference was Kelly’s first public appearance since the accident. “On Wednesday, I made the decision that we could have a productive and safe practice outdoors — productive because the conditions were such, although windy, were not unlike many days that I had practiced at other universities, including here at the University of Notre Dame,” Kelly said. Winds reportedly reached 50 miles per hour while Sullivan was filming practice from the tower. “We have systems in place to make certain and that deal with issues of safety. Clearly in this instance, they failed,” Kelly said. “We are in the process of examining all of those systems that are in place and looking for those answers.” Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said Thursday that the Notre Dame Security Police and an independent accident reconstruction team are investigating the accident. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) is also conducting its own investigation. The scissor lifts will not be used until the University has more information about the accident, Kelly said. He said he does not know if there is a maximum wind speed prescribed for use of the equipment. Kelly said Wednesday’s practice was productive up until the moment of the accident. He said he instructed players to continue practicing when he heard the tower came down in order to keep them busy and away from the accident scene. He then went to the scene where paramedics where administering to Sullivan. “Once I felt comfortable in that situation, where we had professionals on site dealing with it, I went back inside to the practice field and subsequently called our football team together at midfield. We prayed for Declan. I told and informed our football team of the injury, the seriousness of it, and I then dismissed our football team,” Kelly said. Sullivan’s family released a statement Saturday night, signed by his parents, Barry and Alison, which thanked the Notre Dame community. “We are grateful for the consideration shown to us by the Notre Dame administration and everyone associated with the University. The love for Declan from the Notre Dame community evident at the Mass of Remembrance has helped us cope with our grief,” the statement says. Sullivan loved his job as a videographer, his parents said in the statement. “The grief we feel is tempered by the knowledge that Dec was doing what he loved in the place he most wanted to be.” Fr. Tim Scully, a priest in residence at Fisher Hall, will say a rosary in remembrance of Sullivan at the Grotto every night at 11 p.m. as long as there is interest. Sullivan’s Wake was Sunday in Lake Zurich, Ill. His Funeral is today at St. Mary’s Parish in Buffalo Grove, Ill. at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

Greenfields undergoes renovation

first_imgWhen customers return to Greenfields Café in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies this semester, they will find renovations have made the campus eatery hard to recognize. Many aspects of the café — from the décor to the menu — have been modified with the goal of improving convenience and healthy eating options while lessening negative impact on the environment. Greenfields has not been given a full renovation since the Hesburgh Center opened in 1991. In addition to giving the café a more modern feel, the changes are aimed at making the ordering process more user-friendly, executive chef of the University Donald Miller said. “If someone is busy and wants to work at their desk, they can avoid standing in a long line, which we’ve been known to have,” Miller said. “Or, they can sit down at their leisure, so it’s adding a new dimension of service.” In order to cut down on long lines and increase meal options, Greenfields now offers a hot cereal bar for breakfast and a soup bar during lunch hours, as well as various pre-packaged a la carte items. The new décor is made almost exclusively of recycled or sustainable materials. The sides of the counters, for example, are made of pressed sorghum, while each chair is made of 111 recycled Coke bottles. The effort to increase sustainability extends to the menu itself. The containers that package the to-go products are recyclable, and almost all the ingredients for menu items are locally produced, which cuts down on environmental impact caused by transportation. Greenfields executive chef Karen Reynolds described the changes at Greenfields Café as part of a University-wide trend. “As a campus, the initiative is to go for more locally grown products and to become more sustainable altogether,” Reynolds said. The increased emphasis on healthy meal options on the new menu is likewise a response to initiatives on the part of the University. “This is an extension of the University’s overall initiative for wellness. This is something they envisioned,” Miller said. “The University is definitely interested in having people live healthier lifestyles, for a lot of reasons.” The menu options are mostly comprised of low-fat and organic foods, and taste was an important factor in designing the menu, Miller said. “Our goal is to give great flavor profiles, so that people come not because it’s healthy but because it tastes good,” he said. Reynolds was optimistic about customer reception of the changes at Greenfields. “I hope that we get more [customers], Reynolds said. “I hope people are interested in eating better and trying some healthy food.”last_img read more

St. Albans Landmark Renovation Begins

first_imgDATE: August 9, 2004CONTACT: Kenn Sassorossi Housing Vermont, 863-8424 John Powell Lake Champlain Housing Development Corporation, 863-5248Waugh Opera House Rehabilitation Construction Begins- Senator Leahy Visits Site -[St. Albans, VT] A historic, four-story building located in the heart of downtown St. Albans is undergoing a complete rehabilitation. When completed, twenty affordable apartments will be constructed on the top three floors of the former Waugh Opera House on Main Street, also known as the Doolin Building. Co-partners Housing Vermont and the Lake Champlain Housing Development Corporation are leading the $3.7 million renovation.US Senator Patrick Leahy joined developers and funders today in a tour of the Waugh Opera House property. Leahy was instrumental in obtaining federal HUD funding for the project. Senator Leahy was joined by City of St. Albans Mayor Peter Delauriers and City Manager Brian Searles.The building boasts a beautiful façade and is listed on the National Register for Historic Buildings. Built circa 1892, the top two floors of the building were formerly used as an opera house until a building fire in the 1940s destroyed much of that community cultural resource. The upper stories of the building are now vacant.The recently renovated first floor and basement contain Chow Bella Restaurant, Maple City Cards & Candy, and office space. The current owner, H & K Irish, Inc., will retain ownership of the first floor and basement. Housing Vermont and Lake Champlain Housing Development Corporation will purchase the upper three floors and restore interior and exterior historic building features. The 20 affordable apartments will include eighteen 1-bedroom and two 2-bedroom options.The Waugh Opera House is expected to open for residents next summer. The apartments will be managed by Lake Champlain Housing Ventures, a subsidiary of the Lake ChamplainHousing Development Corporation, which manages over 1,000 affordable apartments in northwest Vermont.In addition to the HUD Special Purpose grant, funding for the Waugh Opera House rehabilitation is provided through a variety of public and private sources including the Vermont Community Development Program (through the City of St. Albans), Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Efficiency Vermont, federal HOME funds, historic tax credits, and housing tax credits allocated by Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA).For more information about the Waugh Opera House, please contact Kenn Sassorossi (Housing Vermont) at 863-8424 or John Powell (Lake Champlain Housing Development Corporation) at 863-5248.###last_img read more

New England governors set goals for renewable energy

first_imgMeeting in Saint John, New Brunswick, today, the New England Governors’ Conference, Inc. (NEGC) adopted bold regional visions for supporting development of renewable energy resources in and around New England and for preserving its natural environment. The meeting took place during the 33rd Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP).The NEGC adopted the New England Governors’ Renewable Energy Blueprint, which addresses mechanisms to help advance the development of New England’s vast renewable resource potential. The Blueprint provides the Governors options for accessing New England’s regional resources as well as opportunities for additional supplies of cost-effective, low-carbon renewable energy from Eastern Canada. This includes the potential for the states to synchronize their power procurement and long-term power contract activities and to coordinate reviews of proposed interstate transmission facilities needed to reach renewable resources that are distant from population centers.The Blueprint also emphasizes the importance of a partnership between the federal government and the New England states to help promote the shared goals of the New England Governors and federal government. Both have strong interests in increasing the availability of renewable power, reducing carbon emissions and reducing reliance on foreign fossil fuel.Gov. John Baldacci, Chair of the NEGC, noted, “New England has what it takes to help bring cost-effective, low-carbon resources to the market. We have abundant natural resources, technical analysis to inform decisions, and specific ways we can work cooperatively to assist development of resources that emerge in competitive processes as the best way forward for our customers.”The Governors also received and adopted the report of their Blue Ribbon Commission on Land Conservation (CLC), chaired by Richard Barringer of Maine. The Commission’s report indicates that New England today faces profound challenges to its land and natural resource base; climate change and its impacts, fragmentation of the landscape from sprawling development, and the demand for coastal property threaten the viability of the plants, animals, and the resource-based industries that depend on these lands. The Commission calls for a high-priority, New England-wide land conservation effort with measurable benefits for the region’s farms and forests, climate change mitigation, alternative energies, bio-diversity, outdoor recreation and education, and sustainable economic development.”This is the most ambitious land conservation effort that has ever been put forward for all New England,” said Gov. John Baldacci. “For more than a century New England has been a national leader in maintaining and renewing the human benefits of land conservation. These carefully coordinated initiatives are timely and necessary if we are to pass these benefits along to future generations of New England citizens.”Copies of the New England Governors’ Renewable Energy Blueprint and the report of the NEGC’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Land Conservation are available at the NEGC’s website ( is external)).Source: New England Governors’ Conference. Sept. 15, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Books: Called Again by Jennifer Pharr Davis

first_imgUpon first glance, Jennifer Pharr Davis’s new book, Called Again, is an adventure tale. As anyone who follows long-distance hiking in the Southeast knows, in 2011 Davis set the overall speed record for hiking the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail, surpassing the efforts of some of the top male endurance athletes in the country. Called Again is the story of this remarkable feat, but it is also much more.When I initially picked up this book, I expected lots of details of daily mileage (an astonishing average of forty-seven miles per day for the entire forty-six day trek), trail conditions, and physical discomfort. I wasn’t disappointed. Davis takes her readers on an unforgettable journey through fog, rain, and hypothermia in New Hampshire; oppressive heat and nausea in Virginia; a wicked case of shin splints; and numerous encounters with bears, venomous snakes and even a stalker-like photojournalist. For readers who harbor a romantic dream of speed-hiking the A.T., envisioning a peaceful journey through some of the most gorgeous scenery in the East, reading Davis’s account provides a serious dose of reality. She doesn’t sugarcoat the experience – it is hard…and not especially fun.In fact, what makes this account so powerful is Davis’s lack of sugarcoating. She makes no effort to present the experience as pleasant or enjoyable. When a hiking companion asks her if she is having fun in her record attempt, she replies with a concise but emphatic, “No. I am not having fun.” She goes on, however, to explain the difference between fun and purpose, noting that although she might not be enjoying the experience, she is finding purpose and fulfillment, which “in the end…is better than fun”.Similarly, Davis makes no effort to portray herself as anything other than human. Many in her position would use this story as an opportunity to represent themselves as larger than life, to focus on their ability to meet challenge with strength and grace. Davis, on the other hand, holds nothing back as she describes moments of weakness and self-doubt, conflicts with her husband and other crew members (often brought on by her own demanding behavior), and plenty of vivid descriptions of the physical challenges of consuming (and keeping down) the 6,000 daily calories necessary to fuel her quest. Again, for those readers who are still holding onto fantasies about the joys of a speed-hike, including the ability to eat as much as one wants and still lose weight, the image of Davis scarfing down spaghetti by burying her face in the noodles “like a hog in a trough” will surely ruin their appetite.For all of the decidedly unglamorous details of her story, Davis’s ultimate message is not about the miles or the mountains. It is about love – not the romantic, wine-and-roses Hollywood version, but the gritty, not-always-easy-and-not-always-fun type. As Davis’s story attests, most who begin the adventure of a thru-hike – or a marriage – do so out of love, for the trail or for one’s spouse. It is through the challenge of her journey, the struggles as well as the triumph, that Davis ultimately discovers the true meaning of love – the commitment to a goal or to a person that allows an individual to persevere even when the going gets tough. Her book encourages us to make the same discovery in our own lives, on or off the trail.last_img read more

New Admiral Takes Helm of US Southern Command

first_imgBy Carla Babb, Voice of America November 27, 2018 U.S. Navy Admiral Craig Faller has taken charge of U.S. Southern Command, which overseas military operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Speaking at the change of command ceremony November 26 near Miami, Florida, Faller said that “like good neighbors,” all nations in the Americas “benefit from a strong neighborhood watch.” He said the threats in the region were both “real and imminent,” from great-power competition to violent extremism. Faller took command from Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, who led U.S. Southern Command since January 2016. Tidd said U.S. Southern Command must continue to combat threats arising from “failed socialist parties,” “incompetent leaders” and illegal criminal groups serving as “drivers for migration.” He warned that Iranian terror networks were trying to grow in the region, while Russia was also attempting to spread its influence in the Americas. “We must not act as bystanders to a destiny that other forces are happy to dictate,” he said. U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who led the ceremony, charged Faller with strengthening ties with allies in the region. He praised the “mutual respect, teamwork and stable military relationships” the U.S. shares with allies from the region, while slamming the “irresponsible leadership of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.” “There is more in this hemisphere that binds us together than drives us apart,” Mattis said. Prior to this post, Faller was the senior military aid for Mattis at the Pentagon.last_img read more

Nassau Pols OK $463M for Bay Park Sewage Plant

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bay Park Sewage Treatment PlantNassau County lawmakers have approved nearly a half billion dollars in borrowing to fund extensive repairs to the troubled Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, which failed during Sandy last year.The county legislature approved at their Monday meeting $463 million in bonding that, combined with $262 million that was approved in July, adds up to the $722 million that County Executive Ed Mangano requested to fix the plant in East Rockaway.“We are thrilled that the work can begin immediately,” said Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow).“This is a win-win for all involved,” said Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), stressing the importance of ensuring the plant withstanding future storms.Legislators described the bonding as a three-year interest free loan from New York State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation, which will likely then be reimbursed up to 90-percent by the federal government.The passage of the borrowing follows months of intense bickering across party lines in the oft-dysfunctional body. Republicans, who currently have a 10-9 majority, needed at least Democrats to vote with them because borrowing requires a supermajority. But, Democrats resisted giving what they termed a “blank check” for the full amount to Mangano without legislative oversight.The acrimony reared its head again last week when an argument that broke out between Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) and Legis. Francis X. Becker (R-Lynbrook) forced a committee meeting on the topic to go into recess.As a part of the deal, the legislature will hold quarterly hearings and will get monthly updates on the project, which is expected to take years to complete. That’s in addition to an ad-hoc environmental committee tasked with overseeing progress at the plant.Work on the plant, which had been running on generators even before Sandy struck, includes $326 million to repair the electrical systems as well as funding dedicated to hardening the physical structure to prevent against future storm surges.The Bay park plant, which serves a half million county residents, was offline for more than a month after the superstorm, sending raw and partially treated sewage into streets, homes and local waterways. Some of the funding also is earmarked for its sister plant at Cedar Creek in Seaford.“This funding is a critical step in achieving the long-term health of the plant and protecting our local neighborhoods, waterways and environment,” Mangano said.last_img read more

6 ways to help teachers

first_imgIt’s back to school for most of the country.As grateful parents happily drop off their kids, teachers have been busy creating classroom environments designed to keep students engaged.According to a report prepared by the National Center for Education Statistics for the United States Department of Education, 94% of teachers are paying for school supplies out of their own pockets. On average, teachers spend anywhere from $479 to $800 a year on their classrooms. And they aren’t reimbursed.Perhaps you’ve considered helping out a few teachers this year. After all, one of the ways to increase your happiness is to give back.Here are six ways you can donate to keep classrooms stocked.Tissues: Flu season, allergy season and just general germs take their toll, so a box of tissues is always needed. You can never have too many.Disinfecting wipes: Speaking of germs, cleaning wipes for surfaces can go a long way in stemming potential outbreaks in the classroom.Paper: Both construction paper and printer paper are welcome.General school supplies: We’re talking glue sticks, No. 2 pencils, erasers, post-its, pens, markers, crayons, dry erase markers (both thick and thin), folders, graph paper and anything else teachers place on their school wish lists.Books: Teachers are always looking for ways to stock their class bookshelves. If they haven’t already provided a book wish list, simply ask teachers what books students will be reading this year. You may find you have some at home. Or you can head to to buy grade appropriate books.Check out Schools and teachers across the country have posted their “larger” classroom wishes on this nonprofit crowdfunding site. It’s searchable by state, school and even specific classrooms. Teachers enter their requests, which range from books, musical instruments, art supplies and tech devices, to wiggle chairs, bean bags and outside-the-classroom learning experiences/projects. Each request includes the total dollar amount they’re looking to raise. Those who donate are recognized and thanked by the students and teachers alike. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Blackhawk Community CU to donate building

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Blackhawk Community Credit Union announced its intent to gift its administrative building, zoned as a medical facility, to HealthNet of Rock County, the state’s largest of 99 charitable clinics.HealthNet gives away $1.5 million in prescriptions each year, and is staffed with volunteer physicians, nurses, and dentists, as well as 21 employees serving 6,400 patients.The gift will coincide with the planned opening in 2021 of the credit union’s Legacy Centerand new headquarters.“We are incredibly appreciative of this gift from Blackhawk Community Credit Union,” says HealthNet CEO Ian Hedges. “HealthNet’s mission to provide access to healthcare to those most vulnerable in our community pairs well with Blackhawk Community Credit Union’s vision of giving back to its members and the community.”last_img read more

Public call for co-financing projects of professional associations operating in tourism and catering has been published

first_imgWith the aim of raising the competitiveness of Croatian tourism, the Ministry of Tourism has published a public call for co-financing projects of professional associations operating in tourism and hospitality. In total one million seven hundred thousand kunas from the program will be available for projects that contribute to raising the quality of human resources in tourism and hospitality.Grants will be awarded for projects of professional training and development of professional associations in tourism and / or catering that give added value to employees and members of the associations and thus affect the strengthening of human resources competitiveness and, ultimately, increase competitiveness. tourist product of Croatia.Projects can be submitted by professional associations that have statutory activities in the field of tourism and / or catering, and associations can also apply for projects in partnership with associations whose field of activity is thematically related to the project or the objectives of the public tender. The amount of requested funds can be from fifty thousand kuna to one hundred and fifty thousand kuna per project, and the applicant can ask for a maximum of 70 percent of the project value, while the applicant can apply for a public tender for a maximum of one program / project.”Human resources are the basis of long-term development of tourism in Croatia and therefore it is extremely important to develop them continuously, with professional associations in tourism and hospitality playing a significant role. I believe that this year, too, a large number of applications will be received for co-financing projects of professional associations, and in the selection we will especially evaluate projects that are based on excellence and sustainability and that contribute to quality destination management. “, said Minister Cappelli and added that when selecting projects, compliance with the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020 will be taken into account.Priority in co-financing will be given to applicants who employ at least one young unemployed person of appropriate profession and / or volunteer experience in a certain field (up to 30 years) and clearly define the work plan of the newly employed person during project implementation. at least one unemployed person with a disability of appropriate profession and / or volunteer experience in a particular field and clearly define the work plan of the newly employed person with a disability during the project implementation and have one or more partners in the project implementation.The public call is open from February 15 to March 19, 2018, and more information about the program and the necessary documentation for project applications can be found in the attachment.Side dish: Public call for co-financing projects of professional associations operating in tourism and cateringlast_img read more