Students experienced a blast from the past when Third Eye Blind took the stage Saturday night for the annual Student Union Board (SUB) spring concert at Stepan Center. The band, in its third performance at Notre Dame, played several of its early hits to a sold-out crowd of nearly 2,000 students, SUB concert programmer Lauren Keating said. “We sold all of the tickets the day they went on sale, which was great,” Keating said. “If you were going to see a band like Third Eye Blind anywhere else, tickets would usually cost somewhere between $40 and $50. When you would usually pay that kind of money for a show like this, I think $15 is an incredibly reasonable price.” Keating said rapper Hoodie Allen’s opening performance energized the crowd before Third Eye Blind took the stage. “Hoodie Allen … did a great job of engaging with the crowd. He performed a freestyle rap about Notre Dame, and incorporated everything from [men’s basketball coach Mike] Brey to [Club] Fever, which was a definite crowd-pleaser,” Keating said. “I’ve talked to several people who had never heard his music before the concert but left as new fans.” Keating said students were enthused by the selection of Third Eye Blind for the annual spring concert. “I thought we we had a really positive response from students once we announced the band selection, and that definitely showed at the concert,” she said. “A lot of people came to the show dressed in 90s clothes, and … students seemed to really embrace the idea of making it an all-day event leading up to the concert.” Junior Kat Wilson said the band’s performance of songs like “Jumper” and “Semi-Charmed Life” evoked nostalgic feelings. “It brought me back to the good old days of Pokemon and ‘All That,’” she said. Junior Brynne Miller said she enjoyed hearing Third Eye Blind play its most popular songs, but she also appreciated its tributes to current popular artists. “I really enjoyed it when [Third Eye Blind] did the Calvin Harris cover,” Miller said. Sophomore Bill Leigh said he thought the band gave a crowd-pleasing performance and he said he appreciated its extension of gratitude to the audience. “I thought it was really good, and I especially like when bands thank their fan base,” Leigh said. “They definitely did that and did a good job playing. My favorite song they performed was ‘Never Let You Go.’” Junior Betsy McGovern said she and her friends woke up at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday to make the trek to LaFortune to purchase tickets. “It was definitely worth waking up early for the tickets,” she said. “The whole concert was really fun, but it was especially awesome when they played ‘Jumper’ and ‘Semi-Charmed Life’ because everyone went crazy.” Junior Eric Stumpf said Third Eye Blind’s performance demonstrated the band’s eagerness to perform for Notre Dame students. “They did an exceptionally great job getting the crowd involved and creating a fun concert atmosphere,” he said. Stumpf, a longtime Third Eye Blind fan, said the band provided a broad sampling of their repertoire during the concert. “I’ve wanted to see Third Eye Blind for a very long time and was so glad I got to before they stopped touring,” he said. “I think they did a good job integrating their newer, less well-known songs with their bigger hits.” Though the concert was an enjoyable experience overall, Stumpf said he had one complaint about its venue. “The only thing I can complain about is how ungodly awful the acoustics of Stepan are,” he said. “If you didn’t know the lyrics to the songs before the concert, you would have thought the singer was speaking gibberish.” Keating said SUB has worked with the same concert production company for roughly 15 years, but the company’s owner told Keating this year’s concert was the biggest production it has put on at Notre Dame. “Everything, including the lights, speakers and even the stage, were bigger and more elaborate than in previous years, and all of that played into making the show such a success,” Keating said.
The student senate met Wednesday night to discuss the new Expectation of Responsibility Policy, sexual assault awareness and prevention programs It’s On Us and Green Dot and the sustainability changes in the dining halls. Ryan Willerton, director of the office of community standards, outlined the Expectation of Responsibility Policy, which protects underage students who help intoxicated peers who need medical attention, and explained why the promise of no disciplinary action is necessary. “We’ve had time to really articulate what that expectation is,” Willerton said. “The expectation is that if somebody needs help, that a Notre Dame student would act and get that individual help. We also recognize that students are worried about disciplinary action, for the person who needs help and the person who is calling for help, and this fear that their life will be over — they won’t be able to get into med school, they won’t be able to go to law school.” Students may still be subject to “educational action,” Willerton said.Willerton also addressed which sort of reports would go to the schools on students’ potential future applications.He said only disciplinary status outcomes would be included in University records reported to medical schools, law schools, bar associations, graduate schools, the federal government and other jobs that conduct records checks.After Willerton’s presentation, student body president Bryan Ricketts gave a short presentation on sexual assault. “We are looking at It’s On Us and its role here on campus, and we’re talking about a model for culture change,” Ricketts said. “What we start with is awareness, followed by education and action. Two years ago, we started with One is Too Many. Then we had It’s On Us part one last year, and this year we have It’s On Us part two and Green Dot.”Green Dot is an organization that, according to their website, is “built on the premise that we can measurably and systematically reduce violence within any given community.”The student senators discussed the removal of all paper bags and styrofoam cups from the dining halls. A number of senators mentioned hearing complaints, and Dan Sehlhorst, chief of staff and member of the sustainability council, explained the reasoning behind the removals. “Over the course of last year, there was a big push for eliminating all styrofoam from the dining halls and paper bags in the grab and go stations,” Sehlhorst said. “They [the Office of Sustainability] did this survey of over 2,000 people, I think, and they got about 80 percent support for removing both entirely. They felt very confident in doing that because it was so widely supported.”(Editor’s note: Sehlhorst later contacted The Observer to clarify his statement. The Office of Sustainability survey had 348 responses, 82 percent of which were in favor of removing bags and 92 percent in favor of removing styrofoam cups.) Additionally, the senate approved the selection of seven students to serve on the election committee for the 2015-2016 academic year: senior James Brokaw, sophomore Katie Hergenrother, sophomore Amit Paul, freshman Kathleen Ryan, junior Mary Schubert, freshman Zoe Walker and sophomore Ryan Will. The student senate meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center. All meetings are open to the public.Tags: expectation of responsibility, office of community standards, Office of Sustainability, sexual assault, Student government, student senate
It was my third strike. Whiffing my oversized, bulky aluminum bat, I was already walking away from the plate. But my Little League coach, acting as full time pitcher, kept the ball coming. Parents initially roared with extra encouragement, but 7 or 8 misses later, one overly rowdy dad yelled, “Bring him the tee!” Self esteem? Who needs it?So they brought out the tee. And this time my bat made contact…with the rubber neck. The catcher shuffled, kicked the ball, and looked the other way. I didn’t bother running to first base. My spot on the bench looked rather comforting.And that’s how I found cycling.I enjoyed riding my mini six-speed Giant so much that I would take an hour riding all over town before the game, and I would pedal with friends until dark. It wasn’t until I was 13 that my hobby riding would turn into racing.My dad had competed in the beginner categories in college. He followed the pro racing scene and convinced me to give it a shot. I thought spandex, helmets, and skinny tires were downright silly. But he would occasionally check VeloNews and comment on the day’s stage of the Tour (apparently it was this big race in France, where some American was smashing it.) It worked.Before I knew it, I was lining up for my first ever race. Sporting a baggy James Dean jersey and loose cycling shorts (and underwear, which I discovered was not only uncomfortable but unacceptable), I expected to get crushed. Instead, I quickly gained an early lead. But about a mile from the finish line, my left pedal broke off. I couldn’t figure out how to put the pedal back into the crank (all left pedals are reverse threaded, I learned after the race). Fed up and frustrated, I decided to pedal with one leg the rest of the way. I was hooked.Like me, most cyclists fall into the sport by accident. Some find the sport through other endurance events. Runners and rowers suffering from injuries turn to cycling for rehab, find freedom on two wheels, and apply their already competitive drive.I have yet to meet a bike racer who inherently knew the sport through popular culture and decided to give it a shot. With cycling’s popularity growing exponentially, however, the number of recreational cyclists continues to soar. There are 57 million cyclists in the U.S. Over 95,000 are bike racers. Those who make the transition to racing still have a hard time figuring out the actual steps to become a full-fledged racer.The 2014 road racing and mountain bike seasons open all across the nation around this time every year. Every state or region has its own district where racers often compete for not just race wins but series titles and championships. The best part is that there are categories for everyone. Men, women, teenagers, masters, aspiring pros and elite riders all compete in different events on the same day.To get started, there are various avenues to enter the sport. But there are three major hurdles to overcome: finding a race, getting registered, and joining a club or team.RegistrationThere are two ways to register for an event: in person or in advance. Pre-registration is preferred by promoters and assures you a spot in your category. Beginner categories often fill up, so registering for the race in advance is key. You can sign up and participate in only the categories which you are eligible. For example, if you are a first-time male racer, you will sign up for the Men’s Cat. 5 (the lowest category.) Likewise, first-time women are eligible for the Women’s Cat. 4 events.The most popular websites used for registration are BikeReg (bikereg.com) and USACycling (usacycling.org). Both options also allow for event search in all regions.Registration fees generally run 20 to 35 dollars per event. There will be an additional 10 dollar one-day license fee for unlicensed athletes. After you have entered a couple of races and decided that you are hooked, you can purchase a yearly license through USA Cycling. With this license, registering is streamlined and you are now eligible to chase an upgrade.Joining A ClubThough you are not required to join a club, the benefits are immense. Clubs are made up of every level of athlete, from 13-year-old girls to 55-year-old men, all racing in various categories. By joining a club, riders learn from their peers, train together, help promote the team’s events, receive discounts from sponsors, and have travel buddies and teammates on race day.Finding An Event Near YouBike racing in the U.S. is governed by USA Cycling. Each region has its own state or area organization. Event dates and times can be found on both the national and local level websites (usacycling.org/events).Local OrganizationsMABRAVACyclingABRACarolinas
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Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in late December 2019, 127,070 cases have been recorded in 115 countries and territories, killing 4,687 people, according to an AFP tally compiled at 1200 GMT on Thursday based on official sources. Canada has so far reported nearly 150 cases in six provinces, and one death. Most of the cases have been traced to China, Iran, Italy or Egypt. But seven people who recently returned from the United States also tested positive, public health authorities said.A preschooler and a baby, meanwhile, were identified as the first two minors in Canada to have contracted the virus.Avoid churches: health minister In parliament, Health Minister Patty Hajdu urged Canadians to “reconsider going to areas where there are a large number of people, which might include places like churches, community centres, concerts and various sporting events.”In Quebec province, Premier Francois Legault unveiled the strongest emergency measures yet in this country to combat the spread of the virus.This included asking all travellers returning from overseas trips or persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms to self-isolate at home for 14 days, and a ban on all indoor gatherings of more than 250 people — leading to the cancellation of the city’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade held since 1824.Alberta and British Columbia announced bans on large gatherings too.Quebec, which has 13 confirmed cases of the virus, is also considering placing the entire island of Montreal, with a population of nearly 2 million, under quarantine.In neighboring Ontario, public health officials announced the closure of public schools until April 5, while the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television cancelled this year’s Canadian Screen Awards, scheduled to air on March 29.The television series “Schitt’s Creek” led with 26 nominations for this year’s awards.Canada’s Juno music awards also scrapped its upcoming gala show, planned for Sunday evening in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It would have brought together Canada’s top musical talent.”We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decisions that impact our communities,” organizers said in a statement.Topics : Trudeau also cancelled a meeting with Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders in Ottawa, but still planned to speak with them and world leaders by phone about measures being taken to curb the spread of the virus in Canada.Gregoire-Trudeau’s symptoms had included “a low fever late last night.” She immediately sought medical advice and testing.Trudeau has exhibited no symptoms, and was advised by doctors “to continue daily activities while self-monitoring.””However, out of an abundance of caution, the prime minister is opting to self-isolate and work from home until receiving Sophie’s results,” said his office. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife announced they were self-isolating Thursday as she undergoes tests for the new coronavirus after returning from a speaking engagement with “mild flu-like symptoms.”At the same time, several provinces unveiled stricter measures to combat the spread of the virus while sporting events and entertainment galas were cancelled.Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau’s symptoms have subsided since she recently got back from Britain, but as a precaution the prime minister “will spend the day in briefings, phone calls and virtual meetings from home,” according to a statement.
International offshore vessel owner Siem Offshore has named its head of chartering as the new chief executive.Siem said on Monday that its CEO Idar Hillersøy tendered his resignation as the chief executive officer of Siem Offshore Inc. for personal reasons.Hillersøy was appointed CEO of Siem Offshore Inc. in August 2015. His offshore supply vessel management and project management experience comes from prior work for Simon Møkster Shipping, Seabrokers, Norwegian Contractors, and Stolt Offshore.Hillersøy will be replaced by Bernt Omdal, the current head of chartering. Omdal was appointed as head of chartering on July 1, 2011. Omdal has more than 20 years of experience within the maritime industry, including chartering, operations, and shipbroking.The company also named Tore Lillestø as Siem Offshore Inc.’s chief operating officer.“The board of Siem Offshore Inc. thanks Idar Hillersøy for his contribution to the company during his employment and look forward to working with Bernt Omdal and Tore Lillestø in their new positions,” said the company in the statement. ‘Market to remain challenging’ The vessel owner said in its 1Q 2017 report last week that the North Sea spot market for AHTS and PSVs remained soft during the first quarter.The company further stated: “More rigs are being re-activated in preparation for the upcoming spring and summer drilling campaigns; however, we believe there will still be an oversupply of AHTS vessels and PSVs and expect the market to remain challenging for several years. The charter rates and margins still remain below what is sustainable.”For the first quarter 2017 the company’s net loss increased to $13.3 million from $9 million in the same period of 2016.Siem’s operating revenues for 1Q 2017 were $107.4 million compared to $70.8 million in the corresponding period of 2016.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Dominion Post 23 Jan 2013MPs considering gay marriage legislation have been presented with a 72,000-strong petition opposing the move.Parliament’s government administration select committee is considering Labour MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill and will report back to Parliament on February 28. If passed, the bill could see gay marriage legal in New Zealand by May next year.At a hearing in Auckland yesterday, Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie presented the committee with a 72,000-signature petition against the bill.The lobby group last year presented Parliament with the same petition, at that stage with 48,000 signatures.Mr McCoskrie told the committee marriage was a sacred union between man and woman.“Nature is exclusive and discriminatory,” he said. “Only a man and woman can create a baby.”He also said it was not up to the state to “re-engineer” a pre- political tradition.Mr McCoskrie’s argument was backed by the New Zealand Christian Network’s Glyn Carpenter. He said there should be a public referendum.“The main risk is the future generation will grow up knowing that marriage is a social construct determined by the Parliament of the day, rather something to aspire to,” he said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/8210872/72-000-sign-against-gay-marriage
The FA confirmed that the incident was seen by at least one of the match officials – even though referee Mark Halsey was unsighted – and under current rules that means retrospective action cannot be taken. Haidara suffered what could prove to be a serious knee injury after the challenge by McManaman, but no action was taken against the Wigan player during the match, and Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias said in a statement: “It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose.” Newcastle reacted with outrage after the Football Association announced that Wigan’s 21-year-old forward Callum McManaman will not face retrospective action for his studs-up challenge on Magpies defender Massadio Haidara. The statement went on: “Newcastle United, along with other clubs, have had players suspended for incidents reviewed after the game. Whilst not trivialising these incidents, they were not, in our opinion, of the seriousness of Callum McManaman’s tackle on Haidara. “Whilst we understand that the current procedures give the FA limited options, it cannot be correct that the most serious offences – those which have the potential to cause another player serious harm – can go unpunished, even if the original incident was seen by match officials. “We will now be making a strong representation to the FA and the Premier League to see how a more appropriate, fair and even-handed disciplinary process can be introduced at the earliest opportunity to prevent incidents of this nature going unpunished in the future.” The FA’s rules follow a decision taken last summer – after consulting with the leagues, Professional Footballers’ Association and referees – limiting retrospective action to off-the-ball incidents unseen by match officials. The rules apply unless there are exceptional circumstances, which would need to be more unusual than a late tackle, however nasty. Llambias also responded to claims by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan that it was a fair challenge, saying the comments had “disappointed and surprised” him as they came from someone he respected. Llambias added: “It is our strongly held opinion that the tackle on Massadio was extremely dangerous and is the type of challenge that has the potential to cause serious harm and such was the force, and reckless and dangerous nature of the challenge, even end a player’s career. “It was not a fair challenge. This view is shared by countless former players, referees and well-respected media commentators. Indeed it appears to be only Dave Whelan who takes a contrary view.” Press Association
Alechi Inois safely negotiated the remaining two fences and coasted home for a facile six-length victory over August Hill. Grade One winner Trafford Lad and legendary chaser Sizing Europe are among the previous winners of this race, but Walsh was keen to dampen the hype. “He’s quite ground dependant. He does like that good ground,” said Walsh. “He’s done it well, but when Benemeade and Blacklough came out, it made it a lot easier. “I’m not knocking anyone’s horse, but what they were over hurdles, they’re basically going to be the same over fences. “You can get carried away with horses at this time of year.” Mullins said: “He enjoys this ground and we’ll campaign him as long as we have it. He’s versatile trip-wise and jumps well. “I’ll probably give him a mid-season break and bring him back for the spring. “I don’t know how good he is and whether he’s good enough to move up another grade or two.” Alechi Inois barely came off the bridle in making it five from five over fences in the Buck House Novice Chase. Following the withdrawals of Benemeade and Blacklough, the Willie Mullins-trained Alechi Inois was a 3-10 favourite for his latest Grade Three assignment and jumped accurately at the head of affairs throughout. Ruby Walsh took a leisurely look behind as he rounded the home turn and it was clear his opponents were struggling to bridge the gap. Press Association
The 67-year-old, who recalled Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez and put Connor Wickham on the left side of a front three, intends to do whatever it takes to guide Sunderland to safety. “I said the only important thing in the final eight games is winning, the way that we do is not important, so if we win games very ugly I like that, (we can) play very negative if the need is there,” Advocaat said. “I have seen a team who likes to work, so I am pleased. “It showed that if you work as a team and not an individual, I am sure that you get the luck you need. “Now I have time to see my best line up.” Advocaat knows the importance of local bragging rights from his time at Ibrox, where he won the 1998/1999 Scottish domestic Treble in his first season “In the home game in derbies, that gives a big advantage,” he said. “Tactically we withstood well (against West Ham), though we didn’t create a lot of chances, but in a home game with our fans behind us we can do even better.” The vastly-experienced former Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, South Korea and Russia coach presided over his first match in charge of the Black Cats at West Ham on Saturday, when his luck was out as Diafra Sakho netted a winner for the Hammers with just two minutes left. Sunderland head into the international break just a point above the drop zone, but Advocaat will put the extra-time with his squad to good use in preparing for the small matter of a showdown with local rivals Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on Easter Sunday. Press Association Advocaat added: “Now for us every game is important as we need points and the next game, Newcastle, is the most important thing.” Sunderland will be hoping for positive news on the knee injury suffered by defender Wes Brown when he hobbled off in the first half following an awkward fall. Midfielder Adam Johnson will again be in contention having come off the bench on Saturday following his club suspension being lifted after a Police investigation. Dutchman Dick Advocaat is ready to abandon his Total Football philosophy if winning ugly helps keep Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.