ND listed as a top Peace Corps university

first_imgPlacing on the Peace Corps’ list of top universities nationwide for the 12th straight year, Notre Dame has established a tradition of expanding learning beyond the classroom. Notre Dame ranked 10th on the Peace Corps’ list of Medium Colleges and Universities to produce the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2011. According to a recent Notre Dame press release, 35 alumni currently serve in the Peace Corps around the world. Among that list is 2010 Notre Dame alumna Meghan Costello, who has spent the past 16 months in Rwanda.  Costello said her primary role in Rwanda is teaching English, yet her mission goes far beyond teaching itself. “Peace Corps is different from other organizations because it is so much more than the primary assignment,” she said. “It’s about integration into a community, learning about another culture and spreading American culture. Through these steps, you can find other ways to be useful in the community.” The prospect of joining the Peace Corps was something that Costello said she had always considered, and after joining, it became the perfect fit for her. “I think Peace Corps was always in my head, a little thing inside that I always wanted, but didn’t think I would ever actually experience,” she said. “When it became a part of my reality, I had the support of all my family and friends. It felt so right.” The atmosphere and the people of Notre Dame are what motivated Costello to join the Peace Corps, she said. In addition, a study abroad trip to Rome helped her realize a passion for applying her education outside of the classroom. “Studying abroad in Rome certainly helped in my desire to experience other cultures,” she said. “I wanted to understand what I was reading in class and to experience the reality of these situations, whatever the reality was.” Although Costello said life in Rwanda can be difficult and lonely at times, she finds comfort in her tasks and responsibilities. “The highlights always come with good work,” she said. “I have recently been plunging into projects in my community, and they bring me joy the kind of joy that comes after finishing a tough paper or a long run.” However, Costello said it is difficult for her to express in words how her time in Rwanda has been because she has yet to fully understand it herself. “My experience in Rwanda is impossible to describe,” she said. “It’s everything that you’d picture it would be ¾enlightening, challenging, life-changing, difficult, rewarding … it’s all those things, but different than you could ever imagine.” Looking toward the future, Costello said she is unsure of what her plans are, but her experience in the Peace Corps has broadened her perception of what careers are available in the business world.            “I am meeting fascinating people all the time here, and so many are doing great work,” she said. “There are so many cool jobs out there, and I want them all. We will have to see what life has in store for me.”last_img read more

Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger cancelled over pandemic concerns

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement follows the Association of Tennis Professional’s decision to suspend all tennis events globally until July 13. “With the uncertainty surrounding this pandemic and its effect on both our community and the broader sports world, organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel the Binghamton TennisChallenger for this summer,” says Howard Rittberg, of title sponsor LG&T. Organizers say professional tennis will return to Binghamton in 2021 as part of the USTA Pro Circuit. Rittburg says, “The Challenger has brought top-ranked tennis players from around the world to Binghamton, providing an annual jolt to the local economy and raising thousands of dollars for charity” since its debut in 1994. In February, Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced the city would build news tennis courts named in honor of Harper Stantz. Stantz died after being struck by a car walking home from playing tennis at Rec Park. The new courts will be used for professional tennis in 2021.last_img read more

Survey doesn’t show doctors’ views – NZMA

first_imgRadio NZ News 14 July 2015Nearly 12 percent of general practitioners surveyed by the magazine New Zealand Doctor say they have helped a terminally ill person die.But the New Zealand Medical Association says the survey does not reflect doctors’ views.Thirteen of the 110 GPs who responded to the survey by New Zealand Doctor and IMS FaxHealth said they had intervened to help a terminally ill and suffering patient to die.Nearly 41 percent of survey respondents said they had been asked to help end a patient’s life by relatives.There was a fairly even split on questions about whether doctors should help terminally ill people to die, and on whether a law change was needed.New Zealand Medical Association chair Stephen Child told Nine to Noon the survey did not represent the views of doctors on euthanasia.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/278712/survey-doesn’t-show-doctors’-views-nzmalast_img read more

POGOs given three days to settle tax liabilities

first_img Domiguez said then that POGOs operating in the country have unpaid taxes that already amounted to P21.62 billion. The Chief Executive initially ordered POGOs to settle their liabilities in 24 hours but changed it to three days during his television interview on Friday night. “They are now ordered to register with the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) and kumuha ng tag number,” Duterte said in an interview with the CNN Philippines. Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators was conceptualized to enable the government to capture a greater share of the growing, yet previously unregulated, online gaming pie. ABS-CBN NEWS “You better settle that utang or else gawin ko kayong pugo,” he added. “Huwag ninyong lokohin ang Pilipino kasi ang Pilipino hindi loko-loko.”center_img Upon the order of Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez to shut down POGOs with tax liabilities, the BIR started its crackdown on POGOs last September. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has given the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) a three-day ultimatum to settle their tax liabilities. Latest BIR data showed that a total of P1.63 billion in witholding taxes was collected from POGOs and service providers from January to August this year. The bureau collected around P579 million in 2018 and P175 million in 2017./PNlast_img read more

Okwahu United begin Division One campaign with new bus

first_imgDivision One side Okwahu United with the able assistance of their club President Brian Acheampong have acquired a new bus ahead of the upcoming Division One season.The Kwahu side under their club President have embarked on a journey to restructuring the club in line with modrern standards.Parts of the restructuring includes improved player salaries, professional and attrctive branding and renovation works at the Nkawkaw Stadium which is ongoing.The latest addition is the acquisition of a new bus to aid their transportation to and from match venues.The Kwahu side have gone 10 seasons without Premier League soccer after being relegated in the 2005/2006 finishing 14th on 32 points.Okwahu begin their search for promotion with a game against Accra Great Olympics at the Aquinas Park View pictures of the newly acquired bus below  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Issues with MLB coronavirus testing process disrupt Angels workouts

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels ended up turning a morning workout into an optional afternoon workout, with only about a dozen players actually working out on the field at Angel Stadium.Manager Joe Maddon said it was prudent to simply allow most of the players to stay home because of the uncertainty, but he did not sound concerned that there was a larger issue with the testing.“I believe this will be a short lived situation,” Maddon said Monday. “I think it has a lot to do with the Fourth of July. That’s my opinion. I want to believe that everything will get straightened out relatively soon. I have not lost any confidence.”As MLB attempts to forge ahead with a season amid the coronavirus pandemic, all players are supposed to be tested at least every 48 hours. The tests are administered by an outside company, which runs them through a lab in Salt Lake City.On Sunday, the testers did not arrive at either Angel Stadium or Long Beach State’s Blair Field, the alternate site the Angels are using for many of their players. The Angels instead collected the saliva samples with their own staff. Their workout on Monday had been scheduled to start at 9 a.m., but on Sunday night it was pushed back to noon and then on Monday morning it was pushed back to 1 p.m and changed to optional. As of Monday morning, they were expecting testers to be present on Monday. They will continue to work out later in the day to allow more time for the test results to be logged.Teams began reporting for summer camp last Wednesday, a process that involved extensive testing of all players and staffers who work closely with players. In order to participate, a person must receive a negative test for coronavirus.Many players throughout the majors have been absent from camps so far, and only a fraction of those have actually been reported to have positive tests. Many others are presumably still awaiting results, or awaiting results of tests from family members.So far different teams appear to be having different issues with the logistics of the testing.The A’s had a batch of their samples still awaiting transportation to Salt Lake City, apparently delayed because of the holiday. The Nationals, Astros and Cardinals canceled their workout on Monday because they hadn’t received the results of tests taken on Friday. The Diamondbacks delayed the start of their workout on Monday.The New York Yankees also apparently took the saliva samples themselves on Sunday when no tester showed up, but they did not alter their workout schedule.“The process has not been without some unforeseen difficulties, which are being addressed with the service providers that are essential to the execution of the protocols,” the MLB statement said. “It is important to be mindful that nearly all of the individuals have been tested as planned.  The health and safety of our players and employees will remain our highest priorities.”Maddon said he had not heard any complaints from Angels players, despite the issue on Sunday.“I didn’t have one guy come up to me yesterday complaining about anything,” Maddon said. “So I didn’t look for it. Today so far, nobody has contacted me.”GAME TIME … SORT OFThe Angels are scheduled for their first intrasquad game on Tuesday. Andrew Heaney and Shohei Ohtani will be the two starting pitchers, with Heaney throwing about four innings and Ohtani working two or three, Manager Joe Maddon said.Maddon said the game will also include most of the everyday players, although there won’t necessarily be two lineups or traditional innings. For example, Maddon said they may have coaches playing the outfield. Hitters will get as many at-bats as they need.“You want to make sure the varsity feels good about themselves by the time they leave,” Maddo said. “They will get plenty of opportunity on the field. Right now that we’re unable to bring other teams in and play normal competitive baseball, this is the best way to get things done.”The Angels are scheduled to have some sort of intrasquad game just about every day for the next couple weeks.ALSOMaddon said he had no updates on any of the players who have not yet begun workouts, the most prominent of which is Julio Teheran. Teams are prohibited from giving information about coronavirus-related absences without the player’s consent. Players also could be missing simply because they haven’t yet received results.center_img A day after officials contracted by Major League Baseball failed to show up to administer the Angels’ coronavirus tests, the team twice delayed its workouts to accommodate the tests.At least five other teams — the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland A’s, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals  — have had workouts delayed or canceled because of logistical issues with testing in the past 24 hours.MLB released a statement on Monday afternoon acknowledging issues with the testing.“We have addressed the delays caused by the holiday weekend and do not expect a recurrence,” the statement said. “We commend the affected Clubs that responded properly by cancelling workouts.”last_img read more

Damir Džumhur Ensured Performance at Roland Garros

first_imgDamir Džumhur ensured the performance at Roland Garros after Spaniard Marcel Granollers handed the match to the best B&H tennis player today, in the second round of the ATP tournament.On several occasions during the match against Džumhur, Granollers complained about injury and did not manage to play until the end of the first set. He decided to give up the match in which Džumhur led with a result of 3:0.With this victory Damir secured performance at Roland Garros, which is to be held from May 24th until June 7th.In the next round of the ATP tournament in Morocco, Damir will play against Andreas Haider Mauer, who won against the Spanish tennis player Pablo Andujar today.(Source: klix.ba/ photo abc)last_img read more

No specific Mahrez plan, says Senegal coach

first_img0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez helped Algeria to an opening 2-0 victory over Kenya © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 26 – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse insisted there is no particular plan to counter Algeria star Riyad Mahrez in Thursday’s blockbuster Africa Cup of Nations group clash.Algeria, like highly-fancied Senegal, won their opening game in Group C with captain Mahrez on target in a 2-0 victory over Kenya in Cairo. “There’s no anti-Mahrez plan or similar for (Sofiane) Feghouli or (Yacine) Brahimi, they’re all good players,” said Cisse at Wednesday’s pre-match news conference.“We’re approaching this match trying to care of what we need to do. There’s nothing definitive riding on this match because there’s still another one after that against Kenya.”He added: “It’s an important match, we have three points but we’re not qualified yet. To go far in this competition you need to win as many matches as possible.”Senegal will welcome back Sadio Mane after the Liverpool forward missed the 2-0 defeat of Tanzania due to suspension.Inter Milan’s Keita Balde, who scored the opening goal against the east Africans, could be the player to make way for Mane, demonstrating the wealth of attacking options in the squad.“The return of Sadio Mane can give us a boost. He’s one of our leaders and he’s ready,” said Cisse, who is looking to lead the Teranga Lions to a first continental title.“What does a team need to be African champions? If I had the recipe I think I’d keep it to myself,” said Cisse, captain of the team that finished runners-up in 2002.“You need to be tough mentally and ready to suffer. It’s not easy to play in Africa, you can do well in Europe but not find your bearings here.”“Being favourites in this competition doesn’t mean much, if you look recently at Zambia or Cameroon two years ago for example, they weren’t among the favourites.”Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi rejected any notion his team are overly reliant on Manchester City winger Mahrez, the 2016 African footballer of the year, ahead of a match he views as “important but not decisive”.“This comes from the journalists, even the players they don’t have this feeling. Riyad Mahrez, we know he is very a good player in the team, he’s one of them,” said Belmadi.“I’m sure Mohamed Salah and Mane have the same feeling. This way of thinking comes from the journalists and maybe fans, but not us at all.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more