Runners race for charity at Holy Half and 10K

first_imgOn Saturday, 1,500 runners endured freezing temperatures and a short period of snowfall during the 10th-annual Notre Dame Holy Half Marathon and 10K.Runners contributed to the efforts of local charities and achieved personal goals, in addition to participating in either the 13.1-mile or the 10-kilometer run, returning runner and sophomore Teri Dye said.“Running the Holy Half is always an amazing experience because its a very unique opportunity to be able to run 13.1 miles on Notre Dame’s campus with friends who run with you and cheer you on through the finish line,” Dye said. “Every time it feels like such an awesome accomplishment.”Junior Katie Wood, a member of the Holy Half Program Committee, said this year’s Holy Half saw a much higher level of interest than last year’s. The original capacity was 1,300 runners, but the student programmers made the decision to increase the capacity twice, to the final maximum of 1,500 runners.According to the Holy Half Facebook page, funds raised by the marathon will go toward the Kelly Cares Foundation and Girls on the Run Michiana. Although the official numbers have not yet been calculated, Wood said the programmers anticipated raising about $30,000, which was last year’s result.Since all of the proceeds go toward charities, finding and contacting potential sponsors to help underwrite costs was a crucial part of the planning process, Wood said.Wood said planning for this year’s Holy Half began immediately after last year’s race. When scheduling the date, the committee met with University officials from the Student Activities Office (SAO), Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) and RecSports to ensure that the Holy Half would not conflict with many other major campus events, she said.Wood said one major obstacle for the committee was designing the course. Due to two NCAA women’s basketball tournament games, which were held Saturday at the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center, the course had to avoid potential conflicts with large crowds of people near the arena. Snow and ice on the ground also delayed the certification process, she said.“Because the course changed due to the women’s basketball tournament, it was awkward at the beginning, running in the area around Douglas road,” Dye said.This was also the first year runners received finisher’s medals. Wood said the committee’s decision to distribute medals was in response to numerous requests from runners over the past year.“[The medal] was a nice surprise,” junior Amanda Leung said. “I got pretty excited about it when I saw the finished runners walking around with them.”“The finisher’s medal is beyond a good idea,” Dye said. “Who doesn’t feel awesome by receiving a medal at the end?”Wood said next year the committee hopes to finalize the course earlier.“[That way we can] begin planning signage and volunteer placement to avoid any confusion for the runners,” Wood said.Senior Carolyn Green, a member of the programming committee, said there’s a possibility of raising the registration fee for next year’s Holy Half.“Our event is very inexpensive compared to other races offering a comparable experience,” Green said. “By just raising the entrance fee by $15, we will generate about $22,000 more and be able to make it an even greater event.”Wood said it is not feasible to increase the capacity of participants for next year’s race.“In communications with SAO, NDSP, NDFD and medical, 1,500 runners will be the absolute capacity,” Wood said. “Since this is a completely student-organized event, and the course is contained entirely on the Notre Dame campus, we do not have the capacity nor the resources to host a race for more than 1,500 runners.”Registration might be limited, but running the Holy Half is a memorable experience that every Notre Dame student should consider, Leung said.“I definitely think that this is something that everyone should have on their Notre Dame bucket list,” Leung said. “You never know what you’re capable of unless you try it.”Tags: Holy Halflast_img read more

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CUNA, partners keep heat on for stronger merchant standards in data breach law

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Federal data breach legislation must contain strong national data protections and consumer notification standards, combined with effective enforcement provisions, the Credit Union National Association emphasized in a letter submitted for the record of an upcoming hearing.The necessary standards were specified in a letter to members of the U.S. Senate subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety, insurance and data security, which will conduct a hearing on data breach legislation Thursday.CUNA, with several other financial trade organizations, sent the letter to give its perspective on key elements that should be included in any legislative approach to data breaches.The five principles are: Strong national data protection and consumer notification standards with effective enforcement provisions applicable to any party with access to important consumer financial information; continue reading »last_img read more

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Danny McGuire appointed assistant coach at Hull KR | Rugby League News

first_imgThe former Leeds and England half-back spent two seasons as a player with Rovers after ending his 17-year career with the Rhinos in 2017, and was appointed as Hull KR’s first head of recruitment after retiring at the end of last season Last Updated: 04/11/20 8:59pm – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Danny McGuire is to become assistant to Hull KR head coach Tony Smith.McGuire, Super League’s all-time leading try-scorer, spent two seasons as a player with Rovers after ending his 17-year career with the Rhinos in 2017 and was appointed as the club’s first head of recruitment on his retirement 12 months ago.Now 37, McGuire will combine his recruitment role with a position on the coaching staff, filling the vacancy created by the move of Willie Poching to Wakefield.- Advertisement – Danny McGuire became Hull KR’s head of recruitment when he retired in 2019 Danny McGuire became Hull KR's head of recruitment when he retired in 2019
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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Dec. 7

first_imgBrian Kriese’s teacher-bashing letter on Dec. 2 (“Entitled teachers should stick to jobs”) contains a multitude of falsehoods, using exactly the kind of rhetoric that helps to demoralize hard-working teachers, contributing to our current teacher shortage.His attacks on tenure create a toxic work environment; this is exactly the reason why tenure exists. Tenure, simply put, is job protection. Can an incompetent teacher be fired? Of course, but not without due process. This means the administrators need to do their jobs, documenting and proving the teacher’s transgressions.As a business administrator, he should know the claim that it costs a district $300,000 to fire a teacher has been quoted incorrectly for years.Additionally, the teacher’s union helped craft the new streamlined tenure law (dating back to 2008), providing for a fairer, faster, and less-expensive process while still protecting due-process rights.While the term “tenure” is unique to the teaching profession, this type of due process right is afforded to state, county and municipal workers (including police officers and firefighters). This, however, rarely comes up in teacher union discussions.I would expect more from a school administrator than what Mr. Kriese presented in his diatribe full of the same old false arguments in what appears to be an attempt to settle a score. I wonder what job protections are afforded to school business administrators who stoke the flames of distrust with needless attacks on a profession filled with smart, dedicated teachers who rise above the fray so they can provide the best possible education to their students.Natalie McKayBallston SpaThe writer is president of the Schoharie Teachers Association.Thanks to dedicated snowplow driversI would like to say thank you to all the snowplow drivers who worked in very severe situations to get the roads clear in Schenectady. We are also grateful for all those who fought the elements to deliver needed goods and services. It is easy to criticize, but much more difficult to drive a snowplow.James LechowiczSchenectadyDems hypocrites on campaign fundingWhen Michael Bloomberg threw his name into the ring, he was loudly criticized by both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. They were upset that someone would try to buy the election by using his own money.After the first Democratic debate, it was determined that any candidate could enter the next debate, provided they raised a predetermined amount of money. Kamala Harris dropped out on Dec. 3 because she didn’t have enough money. Apparently, they consider that money means votes.It’s not important your platform; it’s the money. So since Bloomberg isn’t using someone else’s money, they don’t know how viable he’d be. Apparently, the Democratic platform is  “Using my money is bad but using your money is good.” They’re still using millions to campaign, it’s just not theirs. Let’s remember that come election time.  Pete PidgeonScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWriter used false rhetoric on teachers Paper should remove spammer commentsEver since The Gazette has been linked to Facebook, we see multiple people post spam about income-producing jobs.Why doesn’t The Gazette block these spammers? They are the same people over and over again and it is almost as annoying as robocalls and liberals.William MarincicSchenectadyEditor’s note: We have taken steps on a few levels to remove these, including blocking them manually when we spot them.We are also looking into software to ensure they’re being posted by real people.center_img Editorial offensive to strong public servantThe Gazette’s Nov. 19 editorial eagerly attacking a long time public servant and dedicated volunteer was unnecessary and offensive.Rosemarie Perez Jaquith has been giving of her time and talents for the 20 years that she has been a Niskayuna resident.She has served as an attorney for the state Legislature and in her spare time has been inextricably involved in some fashion or another in our schools. Is this the kind of person we want to attack, especially without any basis?Recently, The Gazette wrote an editorial titled “Say thanks to all the candidates.” The editorial noted that citizens and journalists spend a lot of time criticizing local officials.It went on to note that most people who serve do the job “because serving in elected office is their way of serving their community, of using their skills and expertise and ideas and passion to give something back.”The piece also correctly noted that local elected officials give up time with their families and friends, spend nights and weekends attending meetings and events, and take calls from constituents at all hours. That describes Rosemarie to a tee.Candidates like Rosemarie are hard to come by. We are lucky that not only is she able to serve us at both the school board and the town board, but that she is willing to do so.Nicki FoleyNiskayunaHeed the experts on climate change fightClimate Change Science is very complicated, and people who deny it seem to favor simple explanations that they can understand.A good example is the Nov. 28 letter by James Homan (“Don’t believe all you read about climate”).He references the “European Climate Declaration” as a “simple and understandable statement.”Unfortunately, the European Climate Declaration is extremely poor science. In fact, it is nothing, but cherry-picked data and non-science based claims. It is offered by people who have little climate science expertise, but rather a firm bias against solid science.Perhaps Mr. Homan might check some excellent and reliable sources such as: https://climatefeedback.org/evaluation/letter-signed-by-500-scientists-relies-on-inaccurate-claims-about-climate-science/Our climate crisis is very real, and education is one of the few avenues to encourage our fellow citizens to actively work to mitigate it. With our current administration doing all it can to deny climate change and promote fossil fuel consumption, we need bottom-up initiatives by our citizens to tackle a looming world crisis. Check a National Geographic documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh” to see and be encouraged by positive steps being taken at a local and state level.Don CooperAmsterdamIgnore conspiracies over climate changeMr. Homan, in his Nov. 28 letter to the Daily Gazette (“Don’t believe all you read about climate”), described a document, signed by “500 scientists and professionals,” that claimed global warming is not a problem.I looked it up, and it turns out almost all of the signatories work in fields such as engineering and medicine, not climate science.Five hundred mostly non-climate scientists are supposed to refute the work and conclusions of a global network of thousands of actual climate scientists? I think that is unlikely.One of Mr. Homan’s conclusions was that the globe is now warming at “less than half the originally predicted rate.” Well, considering that the original calculations were done by hand, well over 100 years ago, I think that’s pretty good.Modern computer climate models are much more sophisticated, and their results happen to match recent global temperature records quite well.Mr. Homan suggested that global warming concern is actually a national domination plot by the U.S. Democratic Party. However, governments of almost every other country in the world agree that global warming is a problem, yet none of those governments include any branch of the U.S. Democratic Party.Global warming and its causes are not conspiracies. It’s just the way things are.Kurt HollocherSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Depok, Bogor move rapid tests from sports stadiums to prevent COVID-19 transmission

first_imgThe Depok and Bogor regency administrations are planning to move the location for massive rapid COVID-19 testing to avoid large crowds that would be fertile ground for the coronavirus to spread.The rapid testing in Depok, West Java, set to take place on Wednesday and Thursday, was initially planned to take place in the town square in Cilodong district.However, Depok Mayor Mohamad Idris refused on Monday to use the town square and was planning to relocate it to public health centers (Puskesmas) for people being monitored and people exhibiting symptoms, and hospitals for supervised patients and health workers at increased risk of contracting the virus. However, the Bogor regency administration has also refused to use Pakansari Stadium for the rapid tests, applying the same reasoning as the Depok mayor.Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said holding the massive rapid testing at the stadium might expose residents to both monitored people and supervised patients, facilitating further spread of the coronavirus.The Bogor regency administration suggested that monitored people and those who have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients be tested at their homes.”We are not necessarily refusing. But after we make the assessment, I am not giving permission for Pakansari Stadium to be used for people passing by, because it puts our residents at higher risk [of contracting the disease],” Ade said.The provincial administration is preparing up to 10,000 rapid test kits for the massive testing, which will involve a blood test, according to the governor. It is also planning to provide a drive-through service for the test. (dfr)Topics : “The tests will be at all Puskesmas in Depok,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.The West Java administration announced on Sunday it would perform massive rapid testing, set to involve several cities and regencies, following the President’s instruction to step up the country’s COVID-19 testing efforts as the pandemic worsened.Indonesia reported on Tuesday 107 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 686, according to the government’s tracker covid19.go.id. West Java, the third-hardest-hit province, has reported 60 confirmed cases with 10 deaths as of Tuesday.The rapid tests were also initially planned to be held at the Patriot Candrabaga Stadium in Bekasi, Pakansari Stadium in Bogor and Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung.last_img read more

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Indonesian teen star harassed, family bullied over video

first_imgThe star’s family also received hate messages. The actress’ older sister tweeted on Thursday that many people were criticizing the star’s parents for the video. People had sent her and the actress’ brother direct messages that included, “Tell your sister it was her fault.”Read also: Half of all netizens in Indonesia victims of cyberbullying: StudyThe star’s mother asked people to stop bullying her daughter in an Instagram video on Thursday. “Nothing is more important than my daughter’s mental health and safety. Please stop judging her. I’m with her no matter what,” she said.Some internet users highlighted the apparent gender-based double standard in the scandal.“You guys are judging [the actress] but not [her boyfriend] who’s the one that touched her breast while she was making [an Instagram] Story. [This] is proof that Indonesians really do have a double standard for women, and I’m so [expletive] tired of that,” one Twitter user wrote on Thursday.Others claimed the act could not be considered consensual because the actress was a minor according to Law No. 23/2002 on child protection. (aly)Topics : A 17-year-old actress and singer has been harassed by internet users after a video allegedly showing her and her boyfriend engaging in a private activity circulated on social media. The video appears to have been originally posted on the actress’ Instagram account.After the video was removed from Instagram, it continued to circulate on Twitter and TikTok on Wednesday. In response to a slew of derogatory messages, the actress turned off the comments section on her Instagram account.last_img read more

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Luis Suarez endorses Lucas Torreira’s transfer from Arsenal to Atletico Madrid

first_img Comment Luis Suarez is keen for Lucas Torreira to join him at Atletico Madrid (Getty)Luis Suarez is supporting Atletico Madrid’s push to sign Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira but the two clubs have not yet agreed a deal, according to reports in Spain.The Gunners are open to offloading the Uruguay international this summer and he has attracted interest from Torino and Fiorentina.But Atletico are currently leading the race and remain in talks with Arsenal over a possible deal.According to AS, Atletico want to sign Torreira on loan with a non-mandatory option to buy at the end of the season.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Arsenal’s preference is to permanently sell Torreira and are demanding a €24 million (£21.8m) transfer fee.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe report also claims that Suarez, who is on the verge of joining Atletico after an agreement was reached with Barcelona on Wednesday evening, has endorsed Torreira’s move to Diego Simeone’s side. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Sep 2020 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link597Shares Arsenal are demanding a £22m transfer fee for Lucas Torreira (Getty)Suarez had initially played a key role in Torreira’s move to Arsenal in 2018 as he recommended the signing to Raul Sanllehi, who was the Gunners’ head of football at the time of the transfer.‘Luis Suarez was very helpful,’ Torreira said shortly after making his Arsenal debut. ‘He spoke to Raul, who brought many players to Barcelona. I was really grateful to Luis and only a short time ago I sent him a message of thanks.’And now Suarez, who plays alongside Torreira with Uruguay’s national team, is keen for the midfielder to join him at Atletico.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMeanwhile, Torreira was left out of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.The 24-year-old has not yet made an appearance for Arsenal this season.‘I am not making decisions because players might leave or stay, it is just for the players we see every day who are in the best possible condition to compete and get us closer to winning football matches,’ Arteta said when asked why Torreira did not even make the bench against Leicester.Asked if Torreira could be leaving Arsenal before the end of the window, Arteta said: ‘Again, I cannot discuss any internal things.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Luis Suarez endorses Lucas Torreira’s transfer from Arsenal to Atletico Madrid Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Thomas Partey’s father backs new signing to help secure Champions League qualification

first_imgAdvertisement Partey has arrived at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Thomas Partey’s father is confident his son will play a vital role in helping Arsenal return to the Champions League next season.Partey arrived at the Emirates in a £45.3million deal from Atletico Madrid and is expected to walk straight into Mikel Arteta’s starting XI. Competition for Champions League places is set to be even stiffer this year, with Everton and Leicester expected to mount a challenge to the established “big-six” of Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal. But Partey’s father, Jacob, thinks that Arsenal’s new signing will be a driving force for the Gunners to return to Europe’s premier competition for the first time since 2016/17 – something they can achieve by finishing in the top-four of the Premier League or winning the Europa League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Champions League has been one of the arguments with regards to Partey’s move to Arsenal but then having helped Atletico Madrid to book qualification in the competition over the years, I’m sure he can help Arsenal to do same,’ Partey Snr. told Bryt FM.‘I wasn’t keen about Partey playing in the Champions League because he must work hard and make history with his new club. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 11:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.1kShares Arteta is hoping to secure Champions League football for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I’m looking forward to seeing him and his club qualifying to the 2021-22 Champions League competition.’Partey’s dad is not expecting the Ghana international to have any problems adapting to the pace of the Premier League.‘In fact, my son’s move to Arsenal is the best,’ added Partey senior. ‘Players at some point in time move to different clubs. At this point, my son will play with his heart for the club to succeed,” he continued.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I have heard the debate that the aggressiveness in the Premier League is much higher than that of the Spanish league but I believe Partey has what it takes to participate in England. Partey has the strength to play in the Premier League and excel.‘Partey moving to Arsenal comes with great joy. I’m sure he is going to deliver for the club. He will be an integral member of the team and command the midfield as well for the team.‘I cannot wait to see him in the Gunners jersey because I’m optimistic he will surely shine. His best is even yet to come. I will plead with Ghanaians to pray behind him and other Black Stars players.’Will Arsenal qualify for the Champions League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Thomas Partey’s father backs new signing to help secure Champions League qualificationlast_img read more

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Pogba: We want to win FA Cup,  Europa League

first_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better Manchester United star, Paul Pogba, has clear goals for the team’s near future. The Frenchman is happy with their recent form after the team’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa. And Pogba spoke about how the team must convert wins into trophies. “I have been injured for a very long time, I focused on myself to get back,” Pogba told Sky Sports post-game.Advertisement Loading… center_img “This year we have two goals, to win the Europa League and the FA Cup, so we focus on that. read also:Solskjaer realistic on transfers but keen to keep Pogba “We are really pleased with ourselves because we know we have to carry on. We talk before the game, in training, Manchester is a big club and we want to keep the level up always. The performances of the past few weeks are Manchester United. “We have to keep working, there is a lot to do.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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