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first_imgPurple WeekThis week, Notre Dame’s Relay for Life will host “Purple Week,” a series of events to raise awareness about the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser.“Purple Week gives the campus community an opportunity to join in the fight against cancer,” Relay for Life student co-chair Amanda Romeros said.The week includes $5 boot camp classes at Rolfs, a “Why Do You Relay?” event on South Quad on Wednesday and a blood drive Friday. On Thursday, the dining halls will serve purple desserts, and students can register for the Relay for Life, which takes place in the Compton Family Ice Arena on April 17.For more information, visit relay.nd.eduCavanaugh Coin Wars Cavanaugh Hall’s new signature event, Cavanaugh Coin Wars, will take place this week. The fundraiser will benefit St. Margaret’s House, a South Bend day center for women and children.Through Friday, each dorm will have a jar in the dining halls and LaFortune Student Center. Coins put in the jar count for positive points, whereas dollar bills are negative. The dorm with the most points at the end receives a doughnut party.“All you have to do is go to the dining hall or go to [LaFortune Student Center], and most people are already there, so it’s a great way to make an impact without really having to do anything,” Cavanaugh signature event commissioner Gracie Linus said.Black Cultural Arts Council Fashion ShowThe Black Cultural Arts Council at Notre Dame will host its annual fashion show Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Century Center in South Bend. The show, “Risque,” will feature 30 students modeling in name-brand clothes as well as clothes from a variety of South Bend boutiques.“It is far from what people would deem a ‘normal’ fashion show,” fashion show coordinator Olivia Mitchell said. “Included in our show are choreographed scenes where our models portray characters, perform routines and generally just have a lot of fun while on stage.”Tickets are available for $10 at the LaFortune Box Office, and buses to the Century Center will be provided.WWI and Graphic NovelsThe Nanovic Institute of European Studies will sponsor a performance and live-drawing of several texts related to World War I on Wednesday.The event, titled “WWI in the Graphic Novels: A Drawing Cabaret,” will feature graphic novel artists Chloe Cruchaudet Ivan Petrus and Kris & Maël. Nanovic fellow and event moderator Olivier Morel said artists play an important role in understanding the Great War.“As creators, their art involves a lot of writing and storytelling, a strong relationship to the artistic and literary traditions, but also to photography, sociology and, of course, cinema,” Morel said.Morel said each of the artists chose a WWI-related text that inspired their work, which Film, Television and Theatre students Dylan Parent, Austin Hagwood, Anthony Murphy and Guillermo Alonso will act out. During their performances, the artists will draw the scene, and cameras will project the drawings for the audience to see. There will then be a discussion between the artists and the audience.“Everyone should be aware that this first world war of the 20th century has profoundly changed our world in so many ways: its geography, its society and of course, its culture, its art history,” Morel said.The event is free but ticketed. Tickets are available by contacting [email protected]dulast_img read more

Hays Travel founder, John Hays, dies aged 71 | News

Hays Travel founder, John Hays, dies aged 71 | News

first_imgHays Travel specialises in providing good value, quality holidays alongside excellent customer service.Commenting on the passing of John Hays, Andy Cohen, head of ATOL, said: “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing John for over 30 years. “He was a man of integrity and a very successful businessman who loved the travel industry. “I spent many hours over the years talking sport, travel and many other subjects with John, who would often offer me advice. “He was always a pleasure to be around, and I know he will be missed by many.” Before it took on hundreds of Thomas Cook shops last year, Hays Travel had 190 shops, 1,900 staff, and sales of £379 million, reporting profits of £10 million.Mark Tanzer, chief executive of travel trade organisation ABTA, said: “We were shocked and saddened to hear this afternoon’s news that John Hays has passed away. “John was a major figure in the travel industry over many years, and created one of the industry’s most successful companies.” John, who with his wife and co-owner Irene Hays bought the Thomas Cook retail estate a year ago, was at Sunderland head office of the company when he collapsed.The couple built Hays Travel into the largest independent travel agent in the UK, providing jobs and careers for thousands of young people over 40 years.Throughout the past year they did everything possible power to save jobs and protect the travel industry for the impact of Covid-19. – Advertisement – OlderLeone takes up leadership of Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort A statement from the company said: “He was held in immense respect by his staff, colleagues, family and friends and was recognised throughout his life for his many achievements.“He was equally proud of his loyal staff who, under the direction of the board and senior management team, will ensure that the business continues to serve the customers of the largest independent travel agent as he would have wanted.”Hays Travel took over parts of Thomas Cook last year- Advertisement –center_img The travel industry is mourning the passing of John Hays, the founder and managing director of Hays Travel, who died today at the age of 71.A statement from the company said he died at work, doing “the job he loved”.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Stoudemire Leaves Knicks For Mavs

Stoudemire Leaves Knicks For Mavs

first_imgDALLAS — Amare Stoudemire asked out of his contract with the New York Knicks because he wants to make a run at a championship.The veteran forward has apparently decided Dallas is the place to spend the rest of this season chasing his first title.A person with direct knowledge of the talks said night that Stoudemire has agreed to sign with the Mavericks after taking a buyout from the Knicks. He can’t make his verbal commitment official until he clears waivers Feb. 18.The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn’t official, told The Associated Press that Stoudemire could be available when Dallas returns from the All-Star break Thursday at Oklahoma City.The 32-year-old Stoudemire was waived Feb. 16 after requesting the Knicks buy out the remainder of his contract that was set to expire after this season. He’s likely to clear waivers.“I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community,” Stoudemire said. “Although I leave the Knicks with a heavy heart, I wish the organization the best of luck. Once a Knick always a Knick.”Dallas has needed frontcourt help since trading Brandan Wright in a deal that brought point guard Rajon Rondo from Boston.Stoudemire averaged 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 255 games over five seasons with the Knicks, making the playoffs three times. He was a starter in the 2011 All-Star Game, the Knicks’ first in 14 years.“His time here should be marked by recognizing his effort. It was 100 percent,” Phil Jackson, the Knicks’ President of basketball operations, said in a statement. “As we move forward in structuring this team, we will look for players that exhibit his desire to win.”Carmelo Anthony, who wanted to play for the Knicks in part because Stoudemire had signed there in 2010, learned the news Feb. 15 after playing in the All-Star Game.“Amare brought something back to New York that New York was kind of missing and needing for a long time,” Anthony said. “When he came, he brought back some of the excitement here for the game of basketball in New York. There was hope when he came back. People started believing in the New York Knicks once again. He was the main reason for that belief and for that hope when he first got here in New York.”Stoudemire was an All-Star in Phoenix before signing a five-year contract worth about $100 million in 2010.He helped the Knicks end a seven-year playoff drought his first season, but he missed significant time over the past few years because of assorted injuries. The Knicks had to monitor his minutes since his two knee operations during the 2012-13 season.He can still score when able to play, averaging 12 points in 24 minutes this season.“To see him leave, to see the situation where it’s at right now, I know what he wants and you have to respect that,” Anthony said.“As an athlete, as a competitor, you only want the best for your friends, your close ones. He wants to play for a championship is what I’m hearing. He wants to play for a contender. I don’t think nobody should hold that away from him.”(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kacie McDonnell And Aaron Murray Have Reportedly Ended Their Engagement

Kacie McDonnell And Aaron Murray Have Reportedly Ended Their Engagement

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Sad news, Georgia fans. Former Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray, who is now a backup signal-caller for the Kansas City Chiefs, is no longer engaged to television anchor Kacie McDonnell. McDonnell, who moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City to be closer to Murray, told Philly.com that the engagement is off. Their love affair had been highly publicized over the past few years. Via Philly.com:“I’m loving my career in Kansas City. I’m really committed to being a part of this community for the time being. The engagement is off. I wish him the best, it’s best to part ways. I’m moving on my with life.”Oddly enough, McDonnell posted an Instagram video of the two kissing at a concert just last week. Murray has not yet addressed the news publicly.last_img read more

Utah, UCLA Make Huge Leaps In Latest ESPN Power Rankings

Utah, UCLA Make Huge Leaps In Latest ESPN Power Rankings

first_imgLatest ESPN Power Rankings.ESPN Power RankingsESPN’s weekly college football power rankings are out this afternoon and much of the action in the poll featured Pac-12 teams.  Utah and UCLA made sizable jumps after blowing out Oregon and Arizona respectively Saturday night. The 4-0 Utes climbed 10 spots to No. 9 while the 4-0 Bruins vaulted from No. 9 to No. 3, where they are now tied with Michigan State. For the record, I have Utah at No. 1 in ESPN power rankings, followed by UCLA, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State, LSU, TCU, MSU. Fire away— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 27, 2015Meanwhile, another Pac-12 team, Stanford, made a four-spot leap to No. 16, while Cal debuted at No. 22. Oregon, one of the Pac-12 favorites in the pre-season, took a precipitous fall from No. 10 last week to No. 32 after being clobbered by Utah.Michigan also cracked the ranks for the first time at No. 23 after shutting out BYU. Here’s the full list: 1. Ohio State2. Ole Miss3 (tie). Michigan State    UCLA5. Notre Dame6. LSU7. TCU8. Georgia9. Utah10. Baylor11. Alabama12. Texas A&M13. Clemson14. Florida State15. Oklahoma16 (tie) Stanford       Northwestern18. USC19. West Virginia20. Oklahoma State21. Wisconsin22. Cal23. Michigan 24. Florida25. Boise StateDid they get it right?[ ESPN ]last_img read more

Union representing Air Georgian pilots file unfair labour complaint

Union representing Air Georgian pilots file unfair labour complaint

first_imgTORONTO – The union representing Air Georgian pilots says it has filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the Canada Industrial Relations Board against the Ontario-based airline.The Air Line Pilots Association accuses the airline of bargaining in bad faith and acting inappropriately with pilots.The legal action comes 13 days after pilots filed for conciliation in seeking their first collective agreement.The union says Air Georgian management threatened Beech 1900 pilots with layoffs, with being prohibited from advancing to Air Canada and with targeting a union negotiator with potential discipline or termination.An Air Georgian representative says the company has no comment.The union says the two sides have reached agreement on three of 30 contract sections since it served notice to bargain for a new pilot contract more than 20 months ago.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)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

GoFundMe Fundraiser for Nicole Reid

GoFundMe Fundraiser for Nicole Reid

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local resident Nicole Reid was found unresponsive in her home, due to heart failure and since has been transferred to Vancouver ICU.On the morning of January 13th, Nicole’s husband Bruce found her unresponsive in their home. Her heart had failed and a team of paramedics had to revive her.With both Bruce and Nicole away, their two young sons are staying with an older sister in FSJ. Bruce is with Nicole in Vancouver and neither are able to work. A GoFundMe account was set up to help alleviate the pressure of bills, mortgage, and the costs associated with Bruce being out of town.The campaign has reached $6,105 of its $10,000 goal.To view the GoFundMe Account CLICK HERElast_img

Winning 10 Straight Put the Royals Playoff Chances at Even Money

Winning 10 Straight Put the Royals Playoff Chances at Even Money

These playoff percentages mean that about 58 percent of all win streaks that passed through 10 games came from teams that eventually made the playoffs, a slight increase from before.The Royals are right at the previous season average (they went 86-76, which gets you a regressed winning percentage around .522), but their pre-streak record was slightly below the standard for other 10-win-streak teams; their “at the time” regressed winning percentage was .488. How much does that matter?To determine whether these Royals could be a playoff team, we set up a logistic regression predicting make-the-playoffs odds from streak length, at-the-time regression winning percentage, and prior-season regressed winning percentage. This also helped us figure out how much of the chance of making the playoffs comes from the streak itself, and how much is just that good teams are more prone to run up these kinds of streaks. Causation versus correlation, basically.After running the regression, it told us that the Royals are 23.2 percent less likely to make the playoffs than a normal 10-game-win-streak team because their record before the streak was 29-32, whereas the typical 10-gamer would have been 32-29. That looks like a very strong effect for just a three-game swing; we might be seeing a big inflection point here. At any rate, as you would expect, pre-streak record certainly matters.Once we take their 10-win streak into account, the Royals have a little better than even odds of making the playoffs. Baseball Prospectus’s Playoff Odds Report gives KC a 42.3 percent chance of getting there. So if you want to peg the Royals somewhere around 50-50, that’s a decent place to start. And if you think about Kansas City’s roster — one with strengths but also significant weaknesses — that makes even more sense.On the plus side, the Royals are an elite defensive team. According to Baseball Info Solutions’ Defensive Runs Saved stat, KC has fielded the second-best defense in the American League. By Ultimate Zone Rating, the Royals actually lead all of baseball, and by a wide margin. The outfield is particularly impressive: The combination of Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain has been extremely effective in chasing down fly balls in the gaps. Meanwhile, Alex Gordon has been a force of nature in left field, the best in all of baseball by pretty much any advanced metric. He’s pretty good by Fancy Plays Over Replacement too.Your browser does not support iframes.That airtight defense has made an already strong pitching staff look even better. Closer Greg Holland and righty setup men Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera have combined to allow just one home run in 89 innings pitched this season.Davis in particular has been a revelation. Acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in the controversial December 2012 blockbuster, Davis was viewed as a throw-in, with James Shields and Wil Myers being the keys to the deal. After messing around with Davis as a starter last year, the Royals plopped him back into the role in which he excelled with Tampa Bay two years ago. So far this year, he has been right there with Sean Doolittle, Koji Uehara, Dellin Betances and one or two others for the title of best reliever in the American League. His season line: 31.1 innings pitched, 1.15 ERA, 52 strikeouts, and zero extra-base hits allowed.The starting rotation has flourished lately, too. Shields has been steady as expected, though his numbers are actually down slightly from recent years. But he’s received ample support, from 23-year-old fireballer Yordano Ventura (who leads all KC starters in fielding independent pitching), free-agent pickup Jason Vargas (tops in innings pitched), and Danny Duffy (tops in beating long odds, having come back from Tommy John surgery, and at one point nearly quitting baseball entirely).The big question revolves around the team’s offense. Just 13 days ago, the Royals sat in last place in the AL Central, and also last in the AL in slugging percentage, home runs and runs scored. Some of the team’s biggest slumpers came alive during the streak, especially Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas. Still, those players, along with talented but disappointing first baseman Eric Hosmer, have fallen well short of expectations in 2014, and KC still owns the third-lowest-scoring offense in the American League even after its recent explosion. The Royals almost certainly won’t be sellers any more at the trade deadline, not after this streak. Whether they’ll be buyers — to the point of possibly benching or jettisoning current players once viewed as future franchise cornerstones — remains an open question.Still, it’s a great question to get to ask. After nearly three decades in the wilderness, the Royals now have a legitimate shot to see October’s spotlight. It’s about damn time. The Detroit Tigers nipped the Kansas City Royals 2-1 in the final game of a four-game series Thursday. That win snapped a 10-game winning streak for KC, but even with that setback the Royals lead the American League Central Division by half a game. In late June. This is not a drill.If the baseball world seems shocked by the Royals’ sudden success, the franchise’s recent history may explain why. When the Royals beat the Tigers on Tuesday in the second game of their showdown for AL Central supremacy, the victory marked the first time the Royals had owned sole possession of first place since May 1, 2013.Of course, downtrodden teams always have a better chance to claim bragging rights early in the season, when hot starts and small sample sizes can skew what we’re seeing. So consider this: The last time the Royals were in first place after June 1 was all the way back in 2003. That year, Kansas City preyed on a weak AL Central — one dragged down by a 119-loss Tigers squad and no elite teams — to own a share of first as late as Aug. 20. They ended the season seven games off the pace at 83-79, a lukewarm showing for most franchises. For the Royals, the finish was almost something to celebrate. Kansas City hasn’t made the playoffs since 1985, the longest postseason drought for any major league team by a span of eight years.Now here’s the good news for Royals fans: Teams that win 10 straight games in a single season stand a good chance of making the playoffs. Which means that for the first time since “Careless Whisper” wasn’t at all ironic, the Royals could crack the postseason.Going back to 1995, the first year of the wild card,1The wild card was supposed to debut in 1994. But … well, you know. we looked at all teams that had a streak lasting at least one game (you gotta start somewhere), to see how often those streaks portended October baseball. Here are the results:As you can see, every team passed through streaks of one, two and three wins, and all but four teams passed through a streak of four wins. By this measure, with a 10-win streak the Royals have about a 55 percent chance of making the playoffs.2You’ll notice that it appears that a team is more likely to make the playoffs if it’s had an 11-game win streak than if it’s had a 12-game win streak. That’s just one of those weird quirks that can happen due to randomness in a small sample.It’s not quite that simple, though. Before their streak began, the Royals’ record only stood at 29-32, so they may not be totally representative of the type of team that tends to have 10-game win streaks. To examine that further, we looked at historical winning streaks of a given length since 1995 and tracked what each team’s regressed winning percentage was before the streak started (that is, we added 67 games of .500 baseball — 33.5 wins and 33.5 losses — to each team’s record at the time).3Regressed winning percentages add 67 games of .500 ball because that’s the number of games necessary for a team’s observed record to be half skill and half luck. (We know this by comparing the distribution of actual baseball teams’ records to the spread we’d see if every team was equal and each game was decided by a coin flip.) We used regressed winning percentages here so that every pre-streak winning percentage would be on the same footing, no matter when in the season the streak began. Otherwise, if one team started its streak early in the season, and another started it late, a straight average would weigh the two winning percentages equally even though the latter is much more indicative of what we’re trying to measure than the former. By regressing the records, we can make an apples-to-apples comparison between the streaks, no matter when in the season they occurred. We also recorded each team’s regressed winning percentage from the previous season. The results: read more

Football Ohio State quarterbacks flash potential but lack consistency in Spring Game

Football Ohio State quarterbacks flash potential but lack consistency in Spring Game

Sophomore quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs down the field in the first half of the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorSophomore Justin Fields and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin traded their final blows of the spring in the quarterback battle Saturday, although the “blows” were few and far between.Fields completed less than half his throws but flashed great running ability, while the Baldwin fared better through the air in terms of yardage and completion percentage, but threw two interceptions and recorded a fumble.“They both flashed at times, still a work in progress,” head coach Ryan Day said. “I thought that they gave some of the receivers a chance at times.”Both athletes provided inklings of their full potential.Fields connected with senior wide receiver Binjimen Victor for a 98-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The pass traveled 38 yards downfield, thrown up the right sideline directly into Victor’s arms overtop diving sophomore cornerback Lloyd McFarquhar.This came a few drives after Fields showcased his running potential by outracing Team Scarlet’s defense for a five-yard read option touchdown run. “I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface,” Fields said. “I know I can be better, I’ve done better at practice, of course there’s always room to improve so I’m just gonna continue to work.”Baldwin threw a solid downfield pass of his own in the back of the endzone to freshman wide receiver Garrett Wilson, and finished the more accurate passer, connecting on 20 of his 36 pass attempts.Inconsistencies persisted in a number of Baldwin’s throws, however. A 40-yard pass to redshirt senior wide receiver K.J. Hill was underthrown, even though it was caught. Another ball intended for Wilson went sailing out-of-bounds a few plays later.That’s without bringing up the two interceptions, one thrown behind freshman H-back Jaelen Gill and another ill-advised toss into double coverage.“I thought Matthew made a couple really nice throws down the field,” Day said. “We turned the ball over, threw it to them, which is good for the defense.”While Fields threw likely the best pass of the day on the Victor touchdown, a 4-of-13 finish through the air leaves much to be desired. The “thud” tackling design of the Spring Game also limited what he could do on the ground, but Fields finished with 38 yards rushing, 30 of which came on one play, and the score.“Sometimes it’s hard when you’re not in the tackle situation, is it a sack, is it not,” Day said. “Justin, he can kinda create on the edge a little bit, didn’t get a chance to see that as much.”Baldwin’s never taken a snap in a collegiate game, and Fields hasn’t started in any. Consistency takes refinement, and Day recognizes both quarterbacks are still new to the collegiate game.That greenness likely contributed to many of Saturday’s struggles in the passing game.“It’s one thing to say it, it’s one thing to see it on film, it’s another thing to do it in the 7-on-7 when there’s no rush, and then when the rush is going,” Day said. “There’s nothing that replaces experience. The more these guys get a chance to play and run the offense, the better they’ll be.”Both quarterbacks will try and continue improving heading into the fall. Day says the competition is still open.“I don’t really know right now [who the leader is],” Day said. “I don’t think, right now, that we’re gonna make a decision on that. I think it’ll continue through the preseason.” read more