Notre Dame tri-military ROTC holds Veterans Day ceremony

first_imgFaculty, staff, cadets and midshipmen of Notre Dame’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) held the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Clarke Memorial Fountain on Wednesday. Members of the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC participated in the ceremony to honor veterans.  Andrew Brannon, a first-year master’s student and second lieutenant in the Air Force, said the Veterans Day Ceremony is a big part of what they do in ROTC. “It’s thanking the veterans, making sure we’re aware of the sacrifices they’ve [made] and showing our appropriate respectfulness towards that,” Brannon said. For 24 hours prior to the ceremony, ROTC members held a vigil, taking shifts standing guard at Clarke Memorial Fountain to pay respects to veterans. The fountain was guarded despite the rain Tuesday night. “It’s similar to the theme that we have of being respectful, being professional [and] making sure that we have the proper respect for the veterans during the vigil, regardless of weather and conditions,” said sophomore Pat Campbell, a cadet third class. The ceremony began with remarks on the history of Veterans Day, the national anthem and a prayer.  Joe Donnelly, former U.S. Senator of Indiana, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Donnelly earned both his B.A. and J.D. from Notre Dame. He is now a professor at the University in the department of political science.Donnelly’s speech emphasized the heroism of our servicemen and women and of Notre Dame veterans’ contributions to the armed forces. He described the importance of the words, “God, Country, Notre Dame,” which is inscribed on the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. “It’s so much more than a slogan,” Donnelly said. “It is the code by which we try to live our lives.”Donnelly spoke of Fr. William Corby, a former president of Notre Dame, who served as a Union Army chaplain in the Civil War. Corby was attached to the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg. Donnelly then addressed current Notre Dame ROTC members, affirming the importance of the lessons they learn at Notre Dame in regards to their future deployments with the military. “We believe in service [at Notre Dame], … and all of you who are in ROTC epitomize that completely,” Donnelly said. Notre Dame ROTC gifted Donnelly with a plaque in appreciation of his speech. “I thought [Donnelly’s speech] was really important,” Brannon said. “Especially at a time when our country is so divided. … It was a speech about unity and what brings us together and celebrating the sacrifices that everyone’s made so that we can get to where we are today.”Freshman Annmarie Hackworthy, a cadet fourth class, believes guarding the fountain is a good time for ROTC members to reflect on what veterans have sacrificed for our country and to remember they are falling in that line of duty. “It’s really cool to be able to honor the veterans by doing this,” Hackworthy said. “It’s a little thing that we can do for them when they gave it all.”Tags: Clarke Memorial Fountain, ROTC, Senator Joe Donnelly, Veterans Day Megan Fahrney | The Observer Members of the Notre Dame ROTC gathered in front of the Clarke Memorial Fountain to commemorate Veterans Day Wednesday evening.last_img read more

WATCH: Mountain Bike Goes Airborne After High-Speed Pass

first_imgThis short video, originally shared on the Cycling Today Twitter account, shows dash cam footage of every mountain biker and cyclists worst nightmare. In the video, an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed and hauling what appear to be two high end mountain bikes, loses one of the bikes to gravity after hitting a bump in the road. The driver continues on, seemingly oblivious to the carnage unfolding in his rear view, while the full suspension rig bounces off the pavement like some child’s play thing before narrowly missing another vehicle and careening off into a nearby field. Talk about a bad day.This is the nightmare for any bike owner— Cycling Today (@CyclingTodayEn) May 15, 2017last_img read more

Antarctic Brazilian Station Enters Final Phase of Reconstruction

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 21, 2018 The new Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station (EACF, in Portuguese) is rising at a fast pace. The construction company is taking advantage of the summer months in the region to continue with the fourth and final phase. A fire on February 25, 2012, destroyed the entire Brazilian station. Officers from the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) and from other Brazilian government agencies have been monitoring the reconstruction since it began in 2016. According to MB Captain (R) Geraldo Gondim Juaçaba Filho, a special advisor on EACF reconstruction, the assembly of the western block and of isolated telecommunications, weather, and Very Low Frequency units, will be completed by March 31, 2018, the end of the Antarctic summer. “The eastern technical blocks, as well as the other isolated units, won’t be assembled until next summer, in the October 2018 to March 2019 period, when everything has to be finished,” he said. The structure being assembled in Antarctica was manufactured at the headquarters of the construction company. It corresponded to the third phase of reconstruction, completed from March to November 2017. “The pillars, structures, and containers that make up the blocks, as well as the isolated modules, the hazardous materials warehouse, and the diving, salvage and sediment washing modules, were all assembled and tested beforehand for their later disassembly, cataloging, and shipment to Antarctica on the Magnólia, a ship chartered by the company to transport them to the installation site,” Capt. Geraldo explained. MB keeps four engineering officers on site as supervisors, together with 15 other service members who make up the military personnel of the Antarctic Base Group. The Brazilian Ministry of the Environment also provided two inspectors from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, and the contractor has 212 employees plus the Magnólia crew. “Naval officers oversee the construction at corporate headquarters, as well as in Antarctica, but inspectors of the Ministry of the Environment reinforce the inspection in Antarctica,” Capt. Geraldo said. According to Capt. Geraldo, the construction project must meet unique specifications. Some issues, he said, were handled at the start of reconstruction. “Antarctica is very isolated—sometimes it takes 45 days of travel by ship for a load of prefabricated materials to reach the assembly site,” he said. Reconstruction done in stages The $99.6 million construction project was planned for four distinct and consecutive phases: two manufacturing and pre-assembly phases at company headquarters and two assembly phases in Antarctica. In the first phase of pre-assembly, from March to November 2016, all the foundations for the main building were pre-assembled and a realistic scale model was built. Over the summer, from December 2016 to March of 2017, the second phase, the start of the work in Antarctica, was completed. Foundations were laid and a job site with accommodations for 72 people was set up, with a platform and a crane to facilitate the unloading of materials from the ship chartered by the company. “Up to now, these phases have been unfolding as planned,” Capt. Geraldo said, adding that the fourth phase is expected to be completed in March 2019. “But in Antarctica, it’s not always possible to ensure deadlines. What dictates the pace of work there is the weather and the distance from warehouses. Even during the Antarctic summer, strong winds and snowstorms can interrupt work for days and parts or equipment damaged in transit can take weeks to be replaced,” he explained. MB supports researchers during reconstruction In a press release to Diálogo, Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communications (MCTIC, in Portuguese) reported that Brazilian research in Antarctica continued after the fire and was carried out in the laboratory of the Antarctic Emergency Modules, and in a container with controlled temperature for biological experiments. “In the latest operations [2016, 2017, and 2018], it was only for security reasons during reconstruction that research activities in the area of the station were suspended or relocated to oceanographic polar vessels and polar camps, or even to foreign military bases,” MCTIC stated. The MCTIC press release also indicated that the research carried out is part of the 36th Antarctic Operation (XXXVI OPERANTAR), which began in October 2017.“This operation has approximately 250 researchers involved in Antarctic field activities spanning diverse disciplines. Brazilian universities and research institutes run important Antarctic projects in the fields of biology, climate, glaciology, geology, archeology and medicine, among others.” MB assists a large number of researchers during the construction project with the oceanographic support vessel Ary Rongel and the polar vessel Almirante Maximiano, as well as two aircraft. According to Capt. Geraldo, the ships support about 160 researchers spread out among 22 projects in 13 camps. “Research is carried out aboard the ships using laboratory equipment and organic materials,” he explained. According to MCTIC, research from the Brazilian Antarctic Program has a direct impact on basic and applied sciences in Brazil. “The new station was designed to house a larger number of laboratories with more modern equipment and greater specificity of use per area, and it will provide the scientific community the opportunity to carry out activities across a broad scientific field,” the MCTIC press release indicated.last_img read more

Judge OKs optional anthrax shots for troops

first_img DoD subsequently asked Sullivan to modify his injunction to allow for anthrax vaccinations under the emergency authority. Sullivan granted that motion yesterday, stipulating that the shots have to be voluntary. Sullivan’s ruling came in a suit filed by six military members and DoD civilian contractor employees. In an initial ruling in December 2003, the judge ordered DoD to stop requiring the shots on the ground that the FDA had never specifically approved the vaccine for inhalational anthrax. (The vaccine was originally licensed in 1970.) The FDA responded a week later with a declaration that the vaccine was safe and effective for all forms of anthrax. Sullivan then lifted his injunction in January 2004, little more than 2 weeks after he had issued it. Feb 2 CIDRAP News story “FDA issues emergency order on military anthrax shots” Then-HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson granted the Department of Defense (DoD) request on Jan 14. But the “Emergency Use Authorization” (EUA) said DoD had to make the vaccinations optional. Sullivan had ruled last October that the mandatory vaccination program was illegal because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in his opinion, did not follow proper procedures in approving the vaccine for inhalational anthrax, as opposed to cutaneous anthrax. He said troops could not be required to take the vaccine, called Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA), without their informed consent or a special presidential waiver. Apr 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A federal judge who stopped the US military’s compulsory anthrax vaccination program last October has ruled that the Pentagon can resume giving anthrax shots, but only on a voluntary basis. In his ruling, Sullivan left the door open to challenges to the legality of the emergency authorization granted by HHS. He said his ruling signaled no “prejudice to a future challenge to the validity of any such EUA,” adding, “The court expressly makes no finding as to the lawfulness of any specific EUA that has been or may be approved by the Department of Health and Human Services.” The Department of Defense (DoD) said it was pleased with the ruling but did not predict when vaccinations will resume. In a brief statement provided by e-mail, DoD officials said, “No vaccinations will be offered until the Defense Department issues detailed implementing instructions in the near future.” District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, DC, said yesterday the Pentagon can administer the shots to volunteers under the terms of an emergency authorization granted in January by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Military officials had asked for the emergency authority on grounds that troops in some regions face a risk of anthrax attack. AVA requires six shots over a period of 18 months, followed by annual boosters. Last November HHS awarded an $877 million contract for a new anthrax vaccine that officials hope will require fewer doses and have fewer side effects. The contract went to VaxGen Inc., Brisbane, Calif., for 75 million doses, which are destined for the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs and medical supplies to protect the public. AVA is derived from whole anthrax microbes, whereas the new vaccine contains a purified form of just one anthrax component, called protective antigen. See also: More than 1.3 million people have received anthrax shots in the DoD program since 1998, according to the Pentagon. Hundreds of troops have refused the shots out of concern about side effects, and some have been punished or forced out of the military as a result. Last December, the FDA quietly published a Federal Register notice inviting the public to comment on a proposal to confirm the vaccine’s approval for all forms of anthrax. The deadline for comments was Mar 29. But in his subsequent ruling in October 2004, Sullivan said the FDA had failed to follow its own rules in declaring the vaccine safe for all forms of the disease. Those rules, set up after the FDA took over drug licensing from another federal agency in 1972, included gathering public comments. Sullivan said that the FDA’s declaration relied partly on evidence on which the public never had a chance to comment. In December, military officials responded to the ruling by asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for emergency authority to resume the vaccination program. Under the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, the FDA, in a declared emergency, can authorize the use of a medical product that has not gained ordinary FDA approval. Nov 4, 2004, CIDRAP News story “HHS to spend $877 million on new anthrax vaccine”last_img read more

Anti-racism protests turn spotlight on icons of US history

first_imgThe statue, whose pedestal has already been covered with anti-racist graffiti, has held pride of place for a century in Richmond, the Confederate capital during the Civil War.In Washington, a statue of Confederate general Albert Pike was torn down last week.Increasingly, other figures who hold large places in American history are also not safe, and on Monday evening a crowd tried to topple the statue of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, in Lafayette Park, close to the White House. As the wave of anti-racism protests rocking the United States brings down monuments to figures linked to the country’s history of slavery, the spotlight is shifting to historic characters long considered untouchable.Although protesters initially focused on removing statues of Confederate generals, the movement has begun to turn its focus to icons of US history, including the nation’s founders Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, and President Theodore Roosevelt.The death of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25 has sparked debate around statues and monuments honoring people central to the US’ slave system, some of which have been pulled down or vandalized. ‘Hurt beyond repair’ Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, has been the target of some protesters, with many statues of the leader vandalized.Even though he was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, he also owned more than 600 slaves and viewed black men as inferior to white, according to the website of his Virginia plantation-turned-museum, Monticello.”There are many statues of him that should come down,” wrote television host Shannon LaNier last week in an essay for Newsweek. LaNier is a descendant of Sally Hemings, one of Jefferson’s slaves with whom he fathered several children.Seeing statues “of their ancestors’ slave master, a murderer, or a white supremacist” causes “hurt beyond repair” for many African Americans, LaNier wrote.Even the nation’s father and first president, George Washington, is no longer beyond reproach: he owned 100 slaves at his Mount Vernon plantation, south of the federal capital bearing his name.”Putting a statue in a public place, it’s a form of veneration, and many people now ask why are we venerating people who owned slaves,” said Gallaher.In her opinion, even if the differences between Lee and the Founding Fathers are clear, “they all have slaves, and that’s what bothers people so much.”She noted that other members of the Founding Fathers had “questioned the morality of slavery.” History in museums For Daniel Domingues, an associate professor of history at Rice University in Houston, any monument to Jefferson “should be contextualized with a plaque or added inscriptions.”The city of New York opted for another route, deciding to remove a statue of the 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, from the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History.The move, decried by President Donald Trump, was due to the judgment that the statue represented colonialist and racist views.The bronze statue depicted “Teddy” Roosevelt on horseback, while a black man and a Native American walked beside him.The museum explained Sunday that the statue “explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior.”The website noted that Roosevelt was considered a progressive environmental defender at the start of the 20th century, but he also maintained racist opinions.”Where do you draw the line, from Gandhi all the way to George Washington?” White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany asked Monday.Trump has defended the Confederate monuments and said that removing them would destroy US history and culture.But “erasing the statues is not erasing the past, it should be read as being a part of the history,” Domingues told AFP, noting that American history “is preserved in history books or museums.”Gallaher, who grew up in Virginia, agreed: “People don’t learn their history from statues. You will learn about George Washington even if a statue is not there,” she said.center_img The ongoing protests are “a battle over the narrative of American history in the realm of statues,” Carolyn Gallaher, a professor at American University in Washington, told AFP.”In the South, people decided to venerate confederates. Protesters are saying, ‘No more.'”Slavery served as the economic backbone of the American South until the end of the American Civil War (1861-1865), and has left a lasting mark on both daily culture and stereotypes and perceptions of the region.In Virginia, where some of the first English colonies were established before becoming the heart of American slave country, protesters have called for the removal of a statue of General Robert E Lee, the leader of the Confederate army. Topics :last_img read more

​Webb says single pensions regulator not ‘in my in-tray’

first_imgSteve Webb has defended the UK government’s decision to leave the current regulatory environment – whereby pension matters are jointly overseen by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Pensions Regulator (TPR) – unchanged, insisting the idea of reforming the system was “not in my in-tray”.The pensions minister’s comments come shortly after outgoing National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) chairman Mark Hyde Harrison said the split was “increasingly unsustainable” in light of auto-enrolment.Webb reasoned, while addressing the NAPF annual conference in Manchester, that in light of the number of changes already underway within the UK pension system, it was not the right time for a wholesale reorganisation.“Let me ask a rhetorical question,” the Liberal Democrat MP said. “In the midst of automatic enrolment, the end of contracting out, worries about pensions liberation fraud, tackling small pots and a big upheaval generally and all of that, is now the time to restructure the regulatory regime?” He said that, “on balance”, his view was it was not the right time for change, but admitted there were “certainly” issues within the current arrangement that saw areas of the pensions market overseen by his own Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), the Treasury, the FCA and TPR that needed improving.But he added: “At the moment, the idea of writing a new regulatory regime is not in my in-tray, I have to say.”His comments come after Hyde Harrison, now succeeded by Rushton Smith as the group’s chairman, insisted that reform was needed, despite the difficulties it could entail.The former chief executive of the Barclays UK Retirement Fund said that, due to auto-enrolment – which allows both FCA-regulated, contract-based arrangements and trust-based schemes overseen by TPR to be used – the split would “become increasingly apparent – and increasingly unsustainable”.“Any shift won’t be easy – I recognise that,” he said during the conference’s opening address. “But it doesn’t mean we should dodge the issue.“The priority has to be ensuring better and fairer pensions for people. We need the right regulatory environment to help us achieve that.”Calls for a single pensions regulator have come from a number of sources, most notably from the National Audit Office and the parliamentary committee on work & pensions.However, a single regulator has been rejected both by the DWP and a junior Treasury minister, while the chairman of TPR, Michael O’Higgins, said reform to the regulatory system would be unwise.last_img read more

PGNiG snaps more US LNG with Cheniere supply deal

first_imgImage courtesy of Polskie LNGPolish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) has signed a supply deal with Houston-based Cheniere for the delivery of more US LNG to the President Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal in Świnoujście.LNG cargoes will be supplied on a delivered ex-ship basis over a 24-year period starting in 2019, PGNiG said in its statement.In 2019-2022 the volume of supplies will total approximately 0.52 million tonnes of LNG, or approx. 0.7 bcm of natural gas after regasification, while in the period of 2023-2042, the total import volume will reach 29 million tonnes of LNG, which equals approx. 39 bcm of natural gas following regasification.It means that starting from 2023 every year PGNiG will purchase about 1.45 million tonnes of LNG, which equals approx. 1.95 bcm of natural gas after regasification, the company said.LNG cargoes from Cheniere heading for Poland will depart from liquefaction facilities in Sabine Pass, Louisiana and Corpus Christi, Texas.The deal extends PGNiG’s US LNG supply portfolio and follows 20-year agreements with Venture Global for the delivery of approximately 1 mtpa from its Calcasieu Pass and Plaquemines projects to be located on the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River, respectively. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Beta Sigma Phi ‘Holiday Bazaar’ this weekend

first_imgBatesville, In. — Beta Sigma Phi Theta Nu will hold their Annual Holiday Bazaar Sunday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Batesville Primary School.The show includes many handmade items from more than 100 regional crafters. There will also be a Cookie Walk, raffle and hotdogs for lunch.All proceeds benefit local charities.last_img

EPL: Chelsea, Man U secure top-four places

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea and Manchester United secured their places in the UEFA Champions League next season after both earned victories that kept them in the top four on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign.First-half goals from Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea the win they needed, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. In a direct battle for a UEFA Champions League spot at King Power Stadium, Bruno Fernandes’s penalty and Jesse Lingard’s stoppage-time strike were enough for a 2-0 victory for Man U over Leicester City, meaning the Red Devils finish above Chelsea in third on goal difference.Leicester finished fifth after their defeat and will compete in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League.Wolves’ loss meant they missed out on sixth position and a place in the UEFA Europa League, after Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace to edge ahead of Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on goal difference.Wolves must hope Chelsea beat Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final so they can claim the final UEL spot, in the second qualifying round.Tags: ChelseaManchester UnitedMason MountOlivier GiroudUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Naughton completes Swans move

first_img The 26-year-old full-back, who can operate on either the right or the left-side of defence, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract in a deal understood to be worth £5million and could make his debut in Swansea’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Blackburn on Saturday. Naughton made 74 appearances for Tottenham after switching from Sheffield United in 2009 but he made only five Barclays Premier League starts under Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino and has not played since the end of November. Swansea have confirmed the signing of Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton. The Sheffield-born England Under-21 international is Swansea’s third signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira on loan and midfielder Matt Grimes from Exeter. Naughton began his career with Sheffield United, having joined the club’s academy at the age of seven, and made 40 appearances for the Blades before joining Tottenham. He had loan spells at Middlesbrough, Leicester and Norwich during his time in north London and Swansea manager Garry Monk said he had been trailing the defender for some time. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more