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Community comes together to remember 9/11 attacks

first_imgCiara Hopkinson | The Observer Community members gather at the Grotto Wednesday night to mark the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Former University President Monk Malloy—who was the President at the time of the attacks—spoke at the service.On Wednesday evening, the Notre Dame community gathered at the Grotto at 8:46 p.m. — the time marking exactly 12 hours after the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Students held lit candles as Army ROTC members presented the flag and the Echoes acapella group sang The Star Spangled Banner.Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy, the University’s president at the time of the attack, recalled both the fear and the immediate urge to come together as a community 18 years ago, when a Mass was held on South Quad with 10,000 people in attendance.“You could see that people were glad to be in each other’s company; there was a sense of consolation and mutual support,” Malloy said. “When we got to the time of the Lord’s Prayer, everybody yoked arms like we do in the Alma Mater.”Malloy told how, at a loss for what to say, he sought inspiration from the campus fixtures students walk past each day.“I was walking around the lakes and I thought about this image right in front of the Main Building, the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the ‘venite ad me omnes’ on it in Latin suggesting the biblical text, ‘Come to me all you who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light,’” he said.Malloy spoke about his experiences in Washington, D.C., and in New York City in the weeks following the attacks and the sense of uncertainty that gripped the nation. Ultimately, however, he called on the community to remember the outpouring of love within the country.“Now all these years later, we remember the dead,” he said. “We remember those who lost their lives seeking to save people in New York and in the Pentagon and we pray for the peace and mutual reconciliation that might lead these events not to happen again. So we pray, with fondness and care and mutual devotion and we hope, with God’s good time, that the Prince of Peace might indeed give us lasting peace.”Malloy pointed to New York’s 9/11 Memorial and Museum as tangible evidence of the country’s strength in the face of uncertainty and loss.“They are very powerful ways, especially for your generation who is too young to remember all this, what it was like and how the country came together, and how people from all over the world supported us,” he said.Students recited the Mourner’s Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for the dead, as well as a verse from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita, that speaks to the invincibility of the soul. Students then placed their lighted candles in the Grotto in silence, reflecting the actions of students 18 years ago.“Afterwards, somebody said, ‘Well I’m going to the Grotto to light a candle if anybody wants to come along.’ I thought maybe 20 or 30 people would come,” Malloy said. “It took an hour and 45 minutes for everybody to come through. It was a very powerful moment.”Tags: 9/11, Fr. Monk Malloy, Grotto Though most Notre Dame students are too young to have concrete memories of Sept. 11, 2001, that day remains etched in America’s collective memory as the day that tested and changed, but did not break, the country.last_img read more

CFU to consider split from CONCACAF

first_imgSEVERAL Caribbean nations have supported a bid to break away from regional football representative CONCACAF in favour of forming an independent confederation as disputes over funding grow.According to multiple reports, the issue was raised at a recent meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) executive and 26 of 31 nations were in support of the proposal that would see the region depart from its 41-member parent association.President of the CFU, Gordon Derrick, was the one to raise the motion, which is firmly rooted in extreme displeasure with the attitude of the new Victor Montagliani-led CONCACAF towards the Caribbean region.Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) president Montagliani was elected as head of the body in May of last year. Since then the CFU has reportedly seen the majority of funding and grants heavily cut and been allowed no major input in CONCACAF’s decision-making process.Many believe the measures in part serve as punishment of sorts for the region, who supplied the last two CONCACAF presidents Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb. Both former FIFA officials are now facing corruption charges and have been banned for life from the sport.“We were promised development for our youth, we were promised a treatment as equals but we received nothing but crumbs if that,” Inside World Football quoted Gordon as saying.“True to the tradition that sadly governed our region for far too long, we were the water carriers of countries much larger than ours, we were expected to deliver when they called and we were to succumb to the interests that were not and are not ours to this day.”(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

South Sound Channels Oprah at Annual Women’s Day Event

first_imgFacebook44Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by South Sound Women’s EventsSouth Sound Women’s Day is a shining example of women empowering women. Photo by Dinea de PhotoHere in our own community, women who attend South Sound Women’s Day on Saturday, October 10, 2015 on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College will experience a stimulating, unstoppable energy. Oprah Winfrey became known for it, from the moment she first dabbed at her eyes, shared a tragic personal story and embraced a tearful guest, when the books she recommended were read in every book club everywhere, as her probing, intimate questions revealed countless, unexpected commonalities among women.What was that powerful thing that made The Oprah Winfrey Show stand apart from the sensationalism of other daytime talk shows and catapulted Oprah herself to become the legend-in-her-own-time, iconic woman that she is today?That thing was the electric, inexorable energy that happens when women come together, when they suddenly feel safe enough to let their guard down, supported enough to share their feelings and fears, and committed enough to want to help each other get where they’re going. At South Sound Women’s Day, that same energy will be present for all attendees to relish in.Once the Oprah show started speaking essentially to women, in real terms, about real women’s issues – health, wealth, spiritual fulfillment, influence, potential, life goals – The Oprah Winfrey Show became the highest rated talk show in American television history.Speakers, workshops and booths to browse are all part of the South Sound Women’s Day. Photo by Dinea de PhotoOprah and her producers saw, and then built on, an incredibly powerful energy source. What they understood was the strength of women in numbers, the potential impact of women cheering each other on, the amazing combustion that happens to women, among women, when it’s just women. They share a mutually nurturing and supportive mindset, a safety net woven from their vast range of life lessons, a forum to share what they know, learn what they need to, applaud each other’s strengths, and discover new paths to success and fulfillment.With a dynamic group of women at South Sound Women’s Day teaching, sharing, learning, encouraging, celebrating, and empowering one another, attendees will enjoy an exciting, powerful and busy day packed with activity, inspiration, creativity and laughter. And, when you head home at the close of the event, you’re sure to take with you a renewed sense of who you are, what you aspire to do, and how you can achieve your goals.The day-long program gets underway at 8:00 am, when the SPSCC Student Union Center opens its doors for registration and networking.  Introductions and acknowledgments follow, with opening remarks from the YWCA of Olympia, priming participants and setting the tone for a full day of inspiration, sisterhood and fun.Breakout sessions take place throughout the day, with a dozen workshops to choose from. Whether you want to increase your business and self-confidence, make your money go further, negotiate the salary you deserve, learn time-saving cooking tips or become more savvy at social media marketing for your business, there’s a workshop for you.Marilyn McKenna is the keynote speaker for the event.Following a healthful and filling lunch from Elyse’s Catering, keynote presenter Marilyn McKenna, an online nutrition coach and health, happiness and fitness blogger, will speak on being Happy and Healthy, From the Inside Out! Her story is one of realizing her own potential, but it’s also very much about how to find your own. She will help all of the South Sound Women’s Day attendees unleash our own hidden potential so that we can become a fierce agent for change within our own life and redirect the trajectory of our family’s health and wellness. With her trademark determination, honesty, and “take no prisoners” online persona, Marilyn was recognized in 2013 as the Best Local Twitter Personality by KING 5’s Best of Western Washington.Throughout the day, stroll the exhibitor area and enjoy a variety of local business showcasing their goods and services. Be sure to stop by the wellness area for a chair massage.  A hosted Happy Hour including networking will cap off the fulfilling day.South Sound Women’s Events Inc. invites local women of all ages, stages, and walks of life to attend South Sound Women’s Day!Learn more or register now at www.southsoundwomensevents.org .Tickets are $75 when purchased by October 3 or $80 thereafter and include all workshops, speakers, meals, snacks, and more.The beneficiary of South Sound Women’s Day, YWCA of Olympia will gladly be accepting donations of hygiene products (feminine hygiene pads, toilet paper, dish soap, diapers) – for the YWCA’s Other Bank. The Other Bank supports health and human dignity through hygiene, while offering a gender-responsive job training opportunity for participants in the agency’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Program. Each purchase of a Table Host package for South Sound Women’s Day will give the gift to several YWCA Women’s Economic Empowerment graduates to attend this inspirational event. Please visit www.southsoundwomensevents.org about serving as a Table Host.last_img read more

Raiders stop Lions at the 1-yard line, win 31-24

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — The Raiders celebrated their homecoming with a yard to spare Sunday, with Karl Joseph breaking up a Matt Stafford pass in the end zone to preserve a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions at the Coliseum.With the game tied 24-24 after Derek Carr’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow, Stafford drive the Lions from their own 23 to the 1-yard line, as Nick Morrow and Lamarcus Joyner stopped a 13-yard …last_img

Hulu sued for not offering audio service for blind customers

first_imgBOSTON – Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies.The federal lawsuit filed in Boston on Monday asks the court to declare that Hulu’s failure to provide services for the blind violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The groups say Hulu has refused to do so despite repeated requests from advocates and blind customers.“They want to enjoy Hulu like everyone else in the country,” said Meredith Weaver, an attorney with Disability Rights Advocates, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the American Council of the Blind, Bay State Council of the Blind and a blind Massachusetts couple.A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles-based Hulu didn’t immediately respond to an email Tuesday.The groups want Hulu to provide audio tracks that describe a scene, facial expressions or actions during a pause in dialogue. The audio track “describes what a sighted person might take for granted and blind or visually impaired person can otherwise only experience through whispers from a sighted companion,” the lawsuit says.The lawsuit also seeks to ensure people who use screen readers can use Hulu’s website and applications. Screen readers convey what’s seen on a website or apps using audio or braille.“Movies and television are pillars of American culture,” said Kim Charlson, president of the American Council of the Blind. “As delivery of such media transitions to video streaming services, it is critical that these platforms be accessible in order to ensure the inclusion of blind and visually impaired individuals in contemporary society.”Most major movie companies already provide audio description tracks, and audio exists for many TV shows and movies that are available on Hulu, the lawsuit says.Netflix in 2015 started offering an audio track for the show “Daredevil” that features a blind superhero after fans complained. In a settlement reached last year with the American Council of the Blind and others, Netflix agreed to expand its audio description offering and make its website and mobile apps accessible for people who rely on screen reading software.The Hulu competitor says it now provides audio description for most its original titles and some other TV shows and movies.___This story has been corrected to show that the president of the American Council of the Blind is named Kim Charlson, not Kim Charleson.____Follow Alanna Durkin Richer at @aedurkinricher . Read more of her work here .last_img read more

Ohio State womens hockey enjoys undefeated weekend at Minnesota State

OSU freshman forward Maddy Field (22) fights for the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-3.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team recorded a tie and win this weekend at Minnesota State, providing some temporary joy in its disappointing 2015-16 campaign.On Friday, the Buckeyes and Mavericks ended regular time in a 3-3 tie and then the Buckeyes won a shootout 2-1. The next, the OSU offense exploded for eight goals, while only giving up three.In the first game, the Buckeyes jumped out to a two-goal lead after the first period off of goals from senior forward Kendall Curtis and freshman forward Erin Langermeier, with Langermeier’s being the first of her collegiate career. Minnesota State was able to cut the deficit in half in the second period with a goal from forward Emily Antony.At 13:45 in the third period, Mavericks freshman Jordan McLaughlin knocked in a goal to tie the game. The Buckeyes answered with a goal from captain Melani Moylan to recapture the lead shortly after, but the Mavericks scored on a power play with 1:15 left to send it to overtime, where neither team was able to score.In the shootout, Curtis found the net first for the Buckeyes. Mavericks defenseman Anna Keys scored on Buckeye goalkeeper Alex LaMere to notch the shootout at one goal apiece. Then, sophomore forward Julianna Iafallo scored to win the shootout for the Scarlet and Gray and grab an extra point.On Saturday, the Buckeyes jumped out to a two-goal lead for the second day in a row. The goals for the Buckeyes were scored by junior forwards Claudia Kepler and Katie Matheny. Minnesota State followed that up with two goals of their own to tie the game. Antony and Katie Johnson were the first-period goal scorers for the Mavericks.Matheny scored in the second period to once again give the Buckeyes the lead but the Mavericks’ Antony scored her second goal of the game and third in two days to tie the game at 3-3. Unlike Friday, however, the Buckeyes did not let the score remain that way.OSU added two more goals in the second period. One came on a power play by Kepler and the other was a short-handed goal by senior forward Julia McKinnon.In third period, the floodgates opened, as the Buckeyes scored three more times. McKinnon scored her second goal of the game off an assist from Iafallo 5:13 into the period. Curtis was able to add another goal for the Buckeyes three minutes later. Then Moylan scored the final goal with less than two minutes left in the game.The eight goals scored on Saturday are the most by the team this season. Kepler and McKinnon each tallied four points.The Buckeyes have another road series on the agenda next weekend when head back to Minnesota to play Minnesota Duluth. The games are scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday. read more

OSU Michigan headed in opposite directions

Following Saturday’s 21-10 victory, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel dodged questions and comments from reporters about his 8-1 mark against Michigan, the best win percentage of any Buckeye coach against the Wolverines.“I was looking for 1-0. That’s as far as I look,” he said.When asked if his sparkling record in the rivalry amazed him, he modestly said, “Yeah, I guess so.”Tressel has always cautiously erred on the side of humility, but OSU’s domination over Michigan in the past decade has completely shifted the landscape of the rivalry.Neutral field?The atmosphere Saturday at The Big House epitomized the notion that the programs have been headed in opposite directions the last few years.A sea of scarlet was scattered throughout the Michigan Stadium crowd of 110,922, and by the fourth quarter, easily audible chants of “O-H-I-O” circled the stands.The fans in blue and gold had drowned out the Buckeye cheers for three quarters, but as the Wolverines folded on the field, the Michigan fans appeared defeated, as well.For a program rich with excellence and proud tradition, Michigan’s restless fans are finding it difficult to  adjust to a rebuilding project.RichRod on the hot seatAfter the loss to OSU, Michigan athletic director Bill Martin awarded coach Rich Rodriguez a vote of confidence, declaring that the second-year coach will return next season.Lloyd Carr received heat at the end of his tenure for struggling to beat OSU. But Rodriguez and the Wolverines need to focus on fending off the likes of Toledo, Purdue and Illinois before worrying about the Buckeyes.Michigan never expected to hit rock bottom with a 3-9 showing in 2008. But that should have given Ann Arbor a clear indication that the Wolverines were transitioning and in a rebuilding phase. Rodriguez was trying to fit Carr’s leftovers into his spread offense, and the results were deplorable. The Wolverines improved a bit this season, even though they relied heavily on freshmen and sophomores to run the spread attack.It goes without saying that another bowl-less season doesn’t live up to Michigan standards, and for that, Rodriguez deserves to be under fire. But he should get one more year to develop the players he recruited and see how his system fares when featuring the necessary components.Losing to a much more talented, in sync OSU squad shouldn’t be the final nail in Rodriguez’s coffin. But a proper burial must be planned in case Michigan falters for a third straight year in 2010.Bucks need DucksThe Civil War will determine Ohio State’s Rose Bowl opponent. Oregon State will travel to Eugene to face its in-state rival, Oregon, with the winner earning a ticket to Pasadena, Calif.The Ducks would give OSU a better punch (with or without running back LeGarrette Blount), and the Buckeyes need a defining victory in their bowl game. Beating Oregon could provide a stepping stone to next season.With victories over USC, California, Arizona and Utah, Oregon is more highly regarded than Oregon State. The Ducks have been ranked in the Top 15 for much of the season.The Beavers, on the other hand, wouldn’t offer as much of a marquee matchup. Although Oregon State kept it close in each game, the Beavers lost to Cincinnati, USC and Arizona in its three challenging contests. A win over a talented Oregon squad would seal a successful season for OSU and boost the Buckeyes’ big-game confidence heading into 2010. read more

Baseball Ohio State defeats Hawaii 64 in bizarre finish

Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterIt is rare that a team’s quality control coordinator would receive the game ball after a big win, but that is exactly what happened in Ohio State’s 6-4 win against Hawaii Thursday.Junior pitcher Andrew Magno was on the mound for the save, but it was a save that came in the most bizarre way. Trailing 6-3 in the ninth, a two-out single brought home two runners for the Rainbow Warriors. It appeared the Ohio State lead would be reduced to one run with a runner on first, but the game was called after the runner from second missed the bag rounding third. Magno credited Kirby Pellant, the quality control coordinator, for pointing out the error. “Kirby had the call on that, so I gave him the game ball after the game,” Magno said. “Good eyes on Pellant.” Ohio State (11-10) defeated Hawaii (9-12) 6-4 Thursday. Powered by big-time pitching from freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn and Magno, Ohio State was able to keep Hawaii at bay long enough to produce insurance runs late in the game. Burhenn allowed two runs in an inefficient first inning, but settled down to pitch seven innings to move to 4-1 on the season. “He was definitely able to settle down a little bit and pitch to the bottom of the zone and get his pitches working,” sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler said. Magno was asked to come in the eighth inning, as Ohio State clung to a one-run lead. With two runners on and no outs the lefty was able to produce three-straight outs to maintain the lead.The pressure is not something that Magno shies away from. “I love it. It’s really fun,” Magno said. “I think the first one I had against Florida Gulf Coast just set the precedent for the rest of them.”Magno earned a one-inning save in a 2-0 victory over Florida Gulf Coast back on Feb. 18. Dingler made his first start since injuring his hamate bone on Feb. 20. Dingler produced two hits, an RBI and a steal in the win. “[His] presence and production were huge for us,” head coach Greg Beals said. “It’s awfully nice to write Dingler’s name in the lineup.” Down 2-0 after one inning, Ohio State redshirt junior second baseman Matt Carpenter drove in the first run of the game with a triple.On the next at bat, senior left fielder Brady Cherry recorded his team-high 18th RBI of the season with a double off the wall to tie the game 2-2. With runners on the corners and one out, Dingler poked a sacrifice fly ball out to right field to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead after one inning. Ohio State freshman third baseman Nick Erwin was able to record the first hit of his career with a two-out RBI single to make the score 4-3 in favor of Ohio State in the fourth inning. Hawaii sophomore pitcher Jeremy Wu-Yelland would finish the game with four runs allowed in four innings.Ohio State’s pitching continued its success in the sixth inning, but with the help of the defense.. A diving play by junior first baseman Conner Pohl to record the first out was topped the very next play by a spectacular backhanded play and throw from Erwin at third. The offense backed up Ohio State’s pitching, as redshirt sophomore designated hitter Brent Todys was able to drive insurance run, with a triple that landed on the third-base line in right field. The Buckeyes continued to do damage with two outs, as freshman center fielder Nolan Clegg made the score 6-3 after a single to right field. “You can’t put a value on two-out hits,” Beals said. “They either mark the scoreboard, or you go out to play defense without any runs.”Ohio State will return to the field at 5:05 p.m. Friday for the second game against Hawaii. read more

Betting Who will win La Liga

first_imgThe 2018/2019 La Liga campaign is now just two weeks away from starting and the question everyone will be asking is if a Real Madrid side without Cristiano Ronaldo be able to take the fight to Barcelona this season?  Or will it be city rivals Atletico Madrid doing the honours instead?It was Barcelona who dethroned reigning champions Real last season in dominant fashion with the Catalan club, under the newly-appointed Ernesto Valverde, going on to clinch their 25th title with an incredible 93 points and 99 goals.Valverde’s men will be gunning for a repeat of the last term with Lionel Messi leading the charge but, even with Ronaldo no longer at Real, the defending champions will have to contend with threats of Los Blancos’ signing of the summer in Vinícius Júnior and Ballon d’Or contender Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid with new €70m teammate Thomas Lemar.One thing that is certain is that this season promises to be just as exciting as ever with three major contenders fighting it out to be Spain’s best.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But WHO will win?Easyodds have gathered the best odds from leading online bookmakers and betting exchanges to help us better understand how things are shaping up for the new season:The predicted 2018/19 La Liga tableBarcelonaReal MadridAtletico MadridValenciaSevillaVillarrealReal SociedadCelta VigoAthletic BilbaoReal BetisRayo VallecanoEibarEspanyolGetafeGironaLevanteLeganesAlavesHuescaReal ValladolidLa Liga will begin on Friday August 17 with Girona set to take on the newly-promoted Real Valladolid at Estadio Jose Zorrilla.last_img read more

Immobile is worried about goal drought

first_imgThe Italian striker missed two opportunities to score in the match against Portugal; he hasn’t scored for the Azzurri in eight gamesLazio and Italy national team forward Ciro Immobile is getting worried about his lack of scoring.The striker has not been able to score a goal for the Azzurri in eight consecutive matches.“It was a good team performance and the lack of goals is starting to weigh on me, but I am trying to look forward,” he told Sky Sports Italia as quoted by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We have to take the criticism along with the praise. The team is playing good football and to be honest I was more worried when we struggled to create chances. If we keep going like this, next time will be better.”“The last few games have been played at a high quality and the scoring opportunities are being created, it’s now an issue of converting them into goals,” he added.“I know what I can do, I prove it with Lazio and I have to prove it with Italy too. I am fired up, next time will be better.”“The team is there, the performances are strong, we now need the results and to fine-tune some of these elements,” he concluded.last_img read more