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Saint Mary’s bans ‘hoverboards’ and drones

Saint Mary’s bans ‘hoverboards’ and drones

first_imgFollowing many college and universities across America, the Saint Mary’s administration made the decision to add drones and electronic self-balancing skateboards known as “hoverboards” to the list of prohibited items on campus. A drone is a remote-controlled, pilotless aircraft that has become commercialized in recent years which can be used for many purposes ranging from photography to Amazon deliveries. Karen Johnson, the vice president of student affairs, said she led a group of people on campus who made the decision in order to protect student safety. “The drone issue is that we are right on the take-off and landing pattern of the [South Bend] airport,” Johnson said. “The fire issue [with ‘hoverboards’] is a big concern. We did not want an item in the residence hall or in a building that could catch on fire when nobody was around to see it happen.”Assistant vice president for student affairs Janielle Tchakerian said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates the rules regarding the drones. “FAA prohibits drone operators to stay out of airport flight paths and restricted airspace areas, and obey any FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs),” Tchakerian said. “Since Saint Mary’s College is in the flight path to the South Bend airport, we wanted to inform our students that for the safety of the manned aircrafts flying above our campus that drones are prohibited.”Though the fire concerns with “hoverboards” and the airport regulations regarding drones have not been an issue on campus, Johnson said the administration is acting proactively on the matter. Saint Mary’s students received an email outlining the new prohibitions before leaving campus for winter break.“When ‘hoverboards’ become more safe or they solve the problems with the batteries, we may permit them,” Johnson said. “We have skateboards all over campus now, bicycles, skates, all that.”Johnson said there is no set procedure for cases in which students are found with these items, but she would ask the student to take the item home as soon as possible or the College would confiscate the item and put it in a safe place until the student can take it home. Tchakerian said the decision to prohibit the items ultimately ensures the safety of everyone on campus.“[The rules] benefit the entire Saint Mary’s community because, by implementing these two policies, we are putting the safety of our community members — both on campus and those who fly above us — safer.”A comprehensive list of items prohibited on campus can be found on the College’s website. Tags: drones, electronic skateboards, hoverboardslast_img read more

AquaTrojans Win Against Lions

AquaTrojans Win Against Lions

first_imgEC AquaTrojans take two wins over the Rushville Lions on Thursday night in St. Leon.  Scores were girls 107-41, boys 112-35.Individual winners include:  Olivia Nixon-200 Freestyle; Jackson Ketcham-200 Freestyle; Alexis deLong-2oo IM; Jacob Weber-200 IM; Elise Doan-50 Freestyle; Ethen Witte-50 Freestyle; Ethan Ayers-Edds-1 meter diving; Mackenzie Schantz-100 Butterfly; Alex Pruitt-100 Butterfly; Ashley Bortlein-100 Freestyle; Alex Ketcham-100 Freestyle; Felicity Wray-500 Freestyle; Cai Fox-500 Freestyle; Dara Nash-100 Backstroke; Lydia Weber-100 Breaststroke; Klay Shipman-100 Breaststroke.EC won all 6 relays tonight.East Central hosts their annual Relay Invitational on Saturday.  Come out and support the AquaTrojans!!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img

Get your ticket! Countdown is on for St Eunans’ College big Silver Circle Draw

Get your ticket! Countdown is on for St Eunans’ College big Silver Circle Draw

first_imgThe start of St Eunan’s College big fundraising drive is now getting very close and tickets are being snapped up.The well-known Letterkenny secondary school has issued an appeal for funding to continue their close relationship with the Parents’ Association.The Parents’ Association work with St Eunan’s to promote the Letterkenny school in every way possible which allows them to provide the best possible facilities for their students. The Silver Circle Draw will see those who buy a ticket receive a chance to win one of 83 prizes.And with the number of tickets limited to just 500, your chance of winning is almost one in five for those of you who did well in maths at St Eunans!Every month participants have the chance to win prizes between €50 and €500. In month 12 there are 10 prizes ranging from €100 to €1000.All profits from the draw will be used for the benefit of our students, present and future. In the past cash raised from such draws has contributed to the renovation of computer rooms, new furniture and technology in classrooms, restoration of the football pitch and support in the science labs.The school would like to continue to provide their many extra-curricular activities including all sports, computing, science and maths activities etc.However, without extra financial support this will prove difficult if not impossible.The first draw takes place on 14th May and monthly thereafter. If you would like to support the draw your contribution would be very welcome.Tickets are available from Donegal Stationery Co. in Letterkenny or from any parents association member. A statement from the college read: “The level of extra-curricular activities and student supports put in place by the College is staggering but also costly.“We constantly strive to upgrade our facilities to provide our students with the best possible opportunities to learn in the classroom and to avail of sporting and other extra-curricular activities.“Students compete and succeed at the highest level in sports, computing, BT Young Scientist, Scifest and National Science and Mathematics quizzes.“Our boys have received recognition for excellent results at Junior and Senior Level including participation in Science Olympiads and Scholarships. This year we have a finalist in the Pramerica “Spirit of Community Awards. “In recent years, your help has contributed to a complete restoration of the front pitch including a training area constructed of fibre-sand, renovation of the computer rooms, new furniture and technology in classrooms and additional support in our Science Laboratories.“We also offer the widest range of subjects at Leaving Certificate level in the country enabling our students to prepare for life after school.“These include Politics and Society, Leaving Certificate Physical Education and Leaving Certificate Computer Studies.“European languages, Art, Music, Science, Business and Technical subjects. These are all supported and enhanced by contributions to our school.“We appeal to the families of current students and to past pupils and all residents in the community to support this fundraiser.“By signing up to this draw you will allow us to continue our good work and ensure that the College remains one of the leading schools in the country providing excellence in education for the young men of Letterkenny and surrounding areas.”Tickets for the draw which offers 83 chances to win prizes can be bought at Donegal Stationery at Lower Main Street or from any member of the Parents Association.Principal of St. Eunans pictured with Students Parent Committee and former students and teachers at the launch of the St Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw. Photo Brian McDaid.Principal of St. Eunans pictured with Students Parent Committee and former students and teachers at the launch of the St Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw. Photo Brian McDaid.Former student and teacher Michael Murphy and Eddie Harvey at the St’ Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw.Former St. Eunan’s student Michael Murphy at the launch of the St Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw pictured with students, Oisin Randles Conor Walker, Jack Winters, Liam Keane and Kai Mc Hugh Photo Brian McDaid.Former St. Eunan’s student Michael Murphy at the launch of the St Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw pictured with students, Oisin Randles Conor Walker, Jack Winters, Liam Keane and Kai Mc Hugh Photo Brian McDaid.Principal of St. Eunans pictured with Students Parent Committee and former students and teachers at the launch of the St Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw. Photo Brian McDaid.Get your ticket! Countdown is on for St Eunans’ College big Silver Circle Draw was last modified: April 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:letterkennyparents assoicationSt Eunan’s Letterkennylast_img read more

Minibus therapy takes life skills counselling on the road

Minibus therapy takes life skills counselling on the road

first_imgInnovative psychologist Banetsi Mphunga campaigns to break the stigma around mental health issues and take the anxiety out of therapy using a minibus taxi as a mobile treatment clinic in Cape Town townships.The people’s psychologist Banetsi Mphunga and his Volkswagen Caravelle minibus from which he offers free therapy sessions to people in Khayelitsha and further afield. (Image: Twitter)CD AndersonWhile Mphunga still maintains an office-bound practice at the Township Parents and Children Counselling Centre in Khayelitsha, the majority of his time is spent on the road, driving a minibus mobile clinic that offers free counselling sessions and life skills guidance to young people in the area.He started the idea in 2015, inspired by his work in youth development programmes. He had noticed that a lot of the youth he spoke to were too afraid to discuss their problems in a formal counselling session, in an unfamiliar environment.In the informal, more relaxed interior of the minibus, patients didn’t need to feel intimidated or claustrophobic, Mphunga told the Daily Vox website.He calls his facility an “emotional ambulance”, and while most cases he deals with are relaxed and constructive, there are times when he is called into action quickly and aggressively: more often than not when drugs and physical abuse are involved.He sees his ultimate aim as a people’s therapist to end the drug and alcohol cycle that is the starting-point of many mental health issues in young people.And he will go anywhere, at any time of the day, to fulfil that promise. “What I hope for them, is to show them despite whatever situation they have been going through, they can still make it,” Mphunga told the Daily Vox.While his work is focused primarily in Khayelitsha, the mobile clinic – a second-hand Volkswagen Caravelle with tinted windows to secure confidentiality – enables him to spread his work to surrounding areas, particularly in the rural farming areas in towns as far as Robertson and Malmesbury.It also allows him to meet teachers, priests and community leaders on their home turf, and offer advice on how to identify and best resolve issues such as depression, anxiety and anti-social behaviour in children.Mphunga also offers trauma counselling for the elderly, a section of the community often forgotten when it comes to mental health. Most of the time, old people just want someone to talk to and listen to their problems, Mphunga says, but sometimes there are more serious unresolved issues that can be addressed in sessions.Community response to Mphunga’s minibus therapy has been positive. While he understands he may not be able to cover all the bases for effective long-term therapy, he is confident that making people comfortable with the idea of talking about their problems in a spacious, non-threatening environment will help them seek out more regular, more effective counselling.He is currently crowdfunding for ongoing maintenance improvements for his minibus, as well as raising funds for youth-oriented development programmes in his community, through a GoFundMe page, which you can visit here. Source: News24, Daily Vox, The Good Things GuyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Sweet and unsweet 16 for James Harden on a wild night in Orlando

Sweet and unsweet 16 for James Harden on a wild night in Orlando

first_imgHouston Rockets’ James Harden (13) passes the ball away from Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — James Harden had a game for the history books.That’s good and bad.ADVERTISEMENT Harden scored 38 points Sunday night in Houston’s 116-109 loss in Orlando, marking the 16th consecutive time that he’s scored at least 30 or more points — matching Kobe Bryant for the league’s longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77.But Harden also was 1 for 17 from 3-point range, tying the league’s single-game record for most misses from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“They just didn’t go in,” Harden shrugged afterward.Damon Stoudamire was 5 for 21 from 3-point range for Portland against Golden State on April 15, 2005. Until Sunday, that was the only time a player had missed 16 3s in a game. Even on a night where he got almost nothing from deep to fall, Harden’s scoring average rose.Harden is now averaging 34.2 points per game this season, which puts him on a very exclusive pace. In the last 40 seasons, only Michael Jordan (37.1 points in 1986-87 and 35.0 points in 1987-88) and Bryant (35.4 points in 2005-06) have finished with a higher average than Harden has now.Harden was 15 for 16 from the foul line Sunday. He also finished with 12 assists and nine rebounds.“I thought we did a pretty good job on him,” said Orlando’s Evan Fournier, who shouldered much of the defensive load against Harden on Sunday night. “And then I looked at the scoreboard and he had 38. He’s just unbelievable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On bad hip, Andy Murray out in 1st round of Australian Open MOST READ View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The NBA’s greatest shooters have had awful nights from 3-point range — Dennis Scott once went 2 for 17, Ray Allen once went 1 for 14, Stephen Curry has an 0 for 11 game on his resume. Harden went 0 for 11 from deep in Game 5 of last year’s Western Conference finals against Golden State, and has been 0 for 10 on three other occasions.Houston coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t pin the loss on Harden’s shooting. He blamed the Rockets’ defense, and Harden concurred.“The problem is, you can’t rely on him being superhuman every night,” D’Antoni said. “We’ve got to have some contributions from other guys. I just thought they came in with a lack of focus, particularly on the defensive end.”Bryant scored 30 or more in 16 straight games from Jan. 29 through Feb. 28, 2003. If Harden scores at least 30 in his next game — that should be Monday against Memphis, assuming he’s in the Rockets’ lineup — he would top that mark. The last time an NBA player had a longer streak than that was in the 1963-64 season, when Wilt Chamberlain had 20 straight games scoring 30 or more.“He’s such a good scorer,” Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic said of Harden. “You have to stay aggressive but you can’t foul him. He’s going to score. You’re not going to stop him. He has the ball so much and they run everything for him.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp sympathises with Benitez

10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp sympathises with Benitez

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp sympathises with Benitezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a lot of sympathy for his opposite number Rafa Benitez.The former Liverpool boss has faced a tough situation at Newcastle, where he is unable to sign many players to improve his side.But he still has them punching above their weight, out of the relegation zone for now.”I heard that nobody was really happy with the amount of money they had to sign players,” said Klopp of the Newcastle situation in his press conference.”Rafa [Benitez] is too experienced to carry that for a full season, those emotions. Meanwhile, they are really settled and in a good moment results wise. It is always difficult to play against them.”We know it will be a tough job.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool had scout posted to see RB Leipzig ace Werner hit brace

a month agoLiverpool had scout posted to see RB Leipzig ace Werner hit brace

first_imgLiverpool had scout posted to see RB Leipzig ace Werner hit braceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool had a scout posted to watch Benfica’s clash with RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.The two sides were in action for the Champions League Group G opener.Record says the Reds, who were playing in Naples, had an official at the game which ended in 2-1 defeat for the Portuguese outfit.Rumoured Liverpool target Timo Werner was the star of the show as he scored a brace which clinched victory for the Bundesliga side. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Michigan Stuffs Minnesota At The 1-Yard Line, Wins The Little Brown Jug

Video: Michigan Stuffs Minnesota At The 1-Yard Line, Wins The Little Brown Jug

first_imgMichigan defensive line stuffs Minnesota at the goal line.Twitter/@ByAZunigaThe end to the Michigan-Minnesota game was not exactly a ringing endorsement of interim Gophers coach Tracy Claeys. The Gophers appeared to take the lead on a beautiful touchdown throw by Mitch Leidner to Drew Wolitarsky, but a review showed that he was down at the one yard line. Down 29-26, with a timeout left, Minnesota wasted most of its time before a Leidner incompletion on first down. The Gophers only had time for one more play, and Leidner was stuffed at the goal line by the Michigan defense.Michigan wins. https://t.co/MPy8zslh7i— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) November 1, 2015Michigan had a huge win stolen a few weeks back, and today the Wolverines came out and stole a win from a very emotionally-charged Minnesota squad.last_img

Michigan Fan Gets Bicep Signed By Jim Harbaugh, Heads To Tattoo Parlor To Make It Permanent

Michigan Fan Gets Bicep Signed By Jim Harbaugh, Heads To Tattoo Parlor To Make It Permanent

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Most fans – even crazy college football fans – get autographs from their favorite players and coaches on jerseys, footballs, pennants, or even just plain paper. But one Michigan supporter went a different route this week at Big Ten Media Days.A Michigan fan named Gerald got his bicep signed by Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh – and he’s looking to make it a permanent fixture. According to Michigan, the fan headed to the tattoo parlor to get the autograph inked on. Check it out:Our man Gerald with the bicep autograph from @CoachJim4UM… Next stop, the tattoo parlor!#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/FSR3oVc1oA— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) July 26, 2016 Considering he already has the school’s ‘M’ logo on his bicep, this isn’t a huge deal – just a nice addition. It looks like he’s ready for the 2016 season to start.last_img read more

Enbridge restores smaller natural gas pipeline in BC after main line blast

Enbridge restores smaller natural gas pipeline in BC after main line blast

first_imgIt damaged the company’s primary natural gas pipeline linking the Fort Nelson area to Vancouver and south to another 750,000 customers in the northwest United States.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The company that shut down its main natural gas pipeline through British Columbia following an explosion and fire Tuesday night says it has restarted a smaller line running beside the damaged pipe.Enbridge says it has received National Energy Board approval Wednesday night to restart its 76-centimetre line, which was shut down as a precaution because it is in the same path as the 91-centimetre line that ruptured and exploded near Prince George.The Calgary-based energy supplier says the line was carefully checked before permission was received to restart it at about 80 percent of normal capacity. Fortis BC, the company that depends on the Enbridge line for about 85 percent of the gas it delivers to its one million customers, says in an online notice that gas is now flowing, but customers are still asked to cut back.It says restoring flow in the smaller line is a positive step, but until the damaged larger line is repaired, a shortage of natural gas continues.In response to the call for conservation, the B.C. Institute of Technology has tweeted that heat is off on the north side of its Burnaby campus until further notice, while the University of B.C. has told researchers and other non-essential users to immediately stop using natural gas.The UBC bulletin says although gas use should still be restricted, “UBC buildings that use natural gas for heating, hot water and cooking are no longer expected to be impacted.”In an earlier news release, Enbridge said it is working with other companies to find alternate supplies of gas to meet demand.Investigators are still searching for a cause of the blast just outside Prince George.last_img read more