Saint Mary’s provides meals to students over break despite closed dining hall

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Saint Mary’s provides meals to students over break despite closed dining hall

first_imgIn years past, students who stayed at Saint Mary’s over fall break or the Thanksgiving holiday were left without on-campus dining options. Instead, they had to stock up on groceries and feed themselves with dorm-friendly foods. This year, however, Saint Mary’s offered several dinners for students, who could sign up if they were staying over the break. About 50 students signed up for these dinners, vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson said. Johnson said the Sisters of the Holy Cross hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for students Thursday night, as well as Christmas tree decorating with pizza Friday and another meal Saturday. “We truly appreciate the Sisters of the Holy Cross helping us out,” Johnson said in an email.The idea to provide dinners for students who stayed on campus for break came from the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board. During the transition from former College President Jan Cervelli to Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil in early October, Nekvasil met with both the student body as a whole and Student Diversity Board to discuss next steps and address student concerns. Junior and president of Student Diversity Board Bella Tillman said students came to the group to express the difficulty they faced in finding meals while on campus during breaks. This complaint inspired the group to work to provide for students that spend their break at the College. “We were made aware of the fact that a bunch of girls didn’t have anywhere to go during breaks, but also our dining hall is closed,” Tillman said. “So they aren’t getting anything to eat because they have nowhere else to go, so we decided to try and start serving meals over breaks.”Student Diversity Board raised the issue with Nekvasil at her town hall with the Board following her appointment as Interim President, Tillman said. The group met with Nekvasil and Johnson several more times to begin planning, after which Johnson took over most of the responsibility. “The first town hall meeting with Nekvasil we started, because that’s when the idea came up,” Tillman said. “And then we kept talking with her and Karen Johnson, and then everything started being planned.”Tillman said Student Diversity Board found this cause to be necessary due to the responsibility the College has to students. “The students are here, and it’s not their choice that they don’t have anywhere else to go,” Tillman said. “And also they are here for the housing and the dining, and so it’s kind of Saint Mary’s job to provide the food for them, too, if they’re paying for it.”Tags: Dining Halls, Saint Mary’s College, Thanksgiving Breaklast_img read more

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LeoVegas deepens support for sports integrity with IBIA

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 LeoVegas has strengthened its commitment to sports integrity by becoming the fifth sports betting company to join the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) since it rebranded in June. As part of the collaboration, LeoVegas.com will start feeding into IBIA’s unique global sports betting monitoring and alert system, while the company’s other betting platforms (Royal Panda, BetUK, Pixel.bet and 21.co.uk) will follow in due course.  Khalid Ali, IBIA CEO, commented: “LeoVegas is another growing internationally-focused and multi-licensed company to join the association over the last six months. I welcome the company’s investment in, and commitment to, betting integrity and encourage all responsible operators to join our collective effort. “IBIA occupies a unique and unrivalled position in the global integrity discussion, with a clear focus on protecting its members’ businesses, the integrity of sports events and regulated markets from betting fraud.”Hans Uhrus, Communications Director for LeoVegas, added: “We are proud of the rapid expansion of LeoVegas and of our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with a safe and entertaining experience across all of our products. “As regulatory developments in Holland, Germany and Brazil show, legislation is increasingly promoting membership of a betting integrity monitoring body to protect consumers and sports. IBIA is the gold standard in that field and our membership underlines our desire to provide our customers with a best-in-class service.”The IBIA is regarded by many as the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators for operators, protecting its members from corruption through collective action. The association has longstanding information sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption.last_img read more

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Rejuvenated Harrison thriving for Steelers

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) yells at an official from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The game ball sat innocently in the gold-painted locker, an oblong tribute to a career revival no one saw coming.Not even James Harrison.Two months ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker was retired, weary from more than a decade as one of the NFL’s most intimidating players.Now the 36-year-old’s unlikely renaissance has his suddenly streaking team poised to make a run.From the couch to a fixture in the Baltimore Ravens backfield in all of eight weeks. Hardly the play of a guy who’s lost a step, even if the five-time Pro Bowler is trying to downplay his re-emergence as the teeth of a pass rush that has rediscovered its inner snarling self.“As old and slow as I am, (God) is driving the bus,” Harrison said.Whoever is at the controls, the results feel awfully familiar. A half-decade removed from his prime in his first go-round in Pittsburgh, Harrison is back to “doing James Harrison-type things” as coach Mike Tomlin put it.Namely, creating havoc.A year after a quiet season in Cincinnati that seemed anticlimactic and sort of odd, Harrison is validating his decision to come back for a final go-round with the Steelers one foray across the line of scrimmage at a time.He has four sacks in his past two games, including a pair in a surprisingly easy 43-23 victory over the Ravens on Sunday night that pushed the Steelers to 6-3 heading into a trip to New York to face the struggling Jets.The player who served as a largely ineffective pass-rushing specialist with the Bengals in 2013 has multiple sacks in consecutive games for the first time since 2009, when he was one of the most dominant defensive presences in the league.That’s a lifetime ago by NFL standards, though Pittsburgh cornerback William Gay dismisses the notion that the expiration date on Harrison’s effectiveness has long since passed.“That’s crazy how we use the words ‘old man,’” Gay said. “(Harrison) is not old. He’s the strongest person in the league. I’ll put any type of money on that.”The proof is in Harrison’s busy Twitter and Instagram accounts. Hours after beating the Ravens, Harrison was posting video of himself lifting the equivalent of a small pickup truck.On Tuesday, he did push-ups with 303-pound Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey lounging on his back.It’s that diligent commitment to his body that has enabled Harrison to say yes when the Steelers called him in mid-September after linebackers Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier went down with injuries.Though Harrison had announced his retirement two weeks earlier during a brief ceremony at the team headquarters, he couldn’t resist when his phone started ringing with old friends asking if he wanted to get the gang back together for one last run.Harrison insists he did nothing “football specific” during the nine months he was away from the game.“I hadn’t really planned on playing again,” he said. “Everything I did was just working out and staying in shape because I like to work out, that’s about it.”The first few weeks were unkind. Though he won’t get specific, Harrison allows he’d put on weight during his extended offseason. He looked like a player whose best days were in the rearview mirror as the Steelers eased him back into the lineup.He was a nonfactor for a month, his No. 92 largely invisible as Pittsburgh’s defense struggled to generate any of the chaos that has long been its trademark.There was no panic. Instead Harrison quietly went about his business, working his way back into “football shape” and mentoring younger teammates such as Arthur Moats. Harrison remained confident if the Steelers could find a way to play from ahead, the menace would return.The first glimmer came against the Colts. Up 25 points in the second quarter, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau started to get exotic with his blitz packages. The results were two Harrison sacks of Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck.“I felt like we were meshing a little better,” Harrison said. “We got a lead and when you’ve got a lead you’ve got the opportunity to pin your ears back and take off.”At the moment, Harrison is soaring. He put together perhaps his finest game this decade against the Ravens. He sacked the Ravens’ Joe Flacco in the first quarter to cut short a Baltimore drive.He was chasing down Flacco in the second quarter, forcing Flacco into an inexplicable throw to nowhere that Jason Worilds picked off and returned 30 yards to set up the second of Ben Roethlisberger’s six touchdown passes.While he left briefly with a sprained MCL in his right knee, Harrison returned to another sack in the third quarter, grabbing Flacco by the ankle to force the Ravens to punt with the game still in doubt. Though Flacco said he “can’t tell who it is out there,” his coach certainly noticed.“I thought 92 looked really good,” John Harbaugh said.So did the rest of the Pittsburgh defense. It’s not a coincidence, even as Harrison stresses plenty of work remains. And no matter how the next seven games go, this is his final go-round.“Obviously everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I guess this is the road I was supposed to take.”___Online: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Work set to begin today on walkway in south Donegal

first_imgHighly anticipated work is set to begin today (Sat) on a walkway from Donegal Town to Killymard Church and school.The project is being carried out under the Community Improvement Scheme (CIS) in conjunction with Killymard Old Church Restoration Committee and Donegal County Council.It is understood that members from the committee will take charge of major clearance work on the site before Donegal Council’s road crew put the walkway in place over an eight-week period. A spokesperson for the Killymard Old Church Restoration Committee said: “We are delighted to announce that work will begin on the walkway from Donegal Town to Killymard Church and School on Saturday.”“Of course this will mean that there are some disruptions but I’m sure you will all agree that this is a much-needed walkway that will allow safer use of this very busy road for pedestrians.“We suggest that you allow extra time for your journeys if using this road, or consider alternative routes.“Thank you for your co-operation.” Work set to begin today on walkway in south Donegal was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man ‘stoned to death’ by monkeys, family wants FIR to be registered against them

first_imgA 70-year-old man was allegedly stoned to death by some monkeys in a village here, putting the police in a fix as the deceased’s family wants an FIR to be registered against them. The incident took place on October 17 in Tikri village of the district. Circle officer Ramala Rajiv Pratap Singh told PTI that the deceased was sleeping near a pile of bricks when some monkeys jumped on the bricks. The pile of bricks collapsed and fell on Dharampal, leaving him injured. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed. Giving a different narrative, Krishnapal Singh, the brother of the deceased, in his complaint has said that Dharampal was collecting woods for a havan when he was attacked by the monkeys. Bricks were thrown at his head and chest, and he succumbed to injuries at the hospital.“We have submitted a written complaint against the monkeys, but the police is terming it as an accident,” he said. He said they will now meet senior officials and request them to initiate action in this regard.last_img read more

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Asian Games: India men make it to hockey finals after 12 years

first_imgIndia’s Gurbaj Singh (right) battles for the ball with South Korea’s Lee Nam-yong during the semifinal match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Photo: APThe Indian men’s hockey team has made it to the finals of the Asian Games after 12 years by defeating South Korea at Incheon on Tuesday.The sole deciding goal of the match came from Akashdeep Singh in the third quarter, which will now see India fighting it out for the gold medal game at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium.South Korea tried its best for the equalising goal but the solid Indian defense led by Ramandeep Singh didn’t allow any plausible chances.Akashdeep’s goal, which gave India the slim margin of 1-0, came in the dying minutes of the 3rd quarter.The road to the semi-final, however, hasn’t been too easy for the Indian men. The Sardar Singh-led side came back well after losing a tense third Pool B game against Pakistan 1-2 to put it across China 2-0 in their fourth and last league match to qualify for the last-four at the Seonhak hockey stadium.India, who last won a gold in the 1998 Bangkok edition under Dhanraj Pillay’s captaincy, are once again looking for a top finish and gain a direct entry into the 2016 Rio Olympics.last_img read more

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Primordial beryllium could reveal insights into the Big Bang

first_imgScientists have proposed a method in which beryllium could have been produced in the first few minutes of the Universe. Beryllium is not generally thought to have been produced until much later. Image credit: Alchemist-hp. CC BY-SA, Wikimedia. (PhysOrg.com) — Some chemical elements appear much more abundantly in nature than others, which is partly due to how the elements originally formed. Scientists know that the light elements (hydrogen, deuterium, helium, and traces of lithium) were produced by fusion in the early Universe. Today, lithium, beryllium, and boron are constantly being produced in cosmic rays, while the heavier elements (up to iron) are formed by fusion in stars. Elements heavier than iron are formed by supernovae. “Looking at the abundance pattern of the light elements allows us to gain insight into the dynamics of the early Universe when it was a billion times hotter than it is today and only a few hundred seconds old,” Pradler told PhysOrg.com. “In our work we show that any process, such as the decay or annihilation of a relic particle species X, that dumps hadronic energy into this primordial mix sets off a chain of non-thermal nuclear reactions which culminates in the fusion of beryllium — an element otherwise out of reach by primordial standards.”Beryllium, along with lithium, can be observed in metal-deficient stars, which were formed from the nearly pristine interstellar gas. Scientists can identify the elements by using stellar spectroscopy to detect each element’s individual atomic resonance lines. Previous research has found that, in contrast to lithium, the beryllium in these stars is not of primordial origin. Whereas lithium’s value as a function of stellar metallicity plateaus at low metallicities, there is no plateau for beryllium. Instead, beryllium seems to be decreasing to smaller and smaller values as stellar metallicity decreases, and thus to more pristine mixtures of the interstellar gas from which the star formed.As the scientists explain, what makes beryllium so powerful in these stars is that, unlike lithium, it is not really affected by any stellar dynamics. Whereas lithium is fragile and may have been destroyed in the stars, beryllium is much stronger. For this reason, beryllium could be more useful for constraining nonstandard BBN models. “Many new particle physics models, including those which are currently searched for at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, predict long-lived massive states X,” Pradler said. “As the LHC is pushing the terrestrial energy frontier to search for new physics, these X particles could have copiously been produced in the Big Bang. The conversion of X’s rest mass into hadronic energy during its decay can be detected in an elevated beryllium abundance. The more energy is dumped, the higher the Be abundance will be. The isotope acts a calorimeter.”The scientists hope that future observations of metal-deficient stars may further tighten the limit on beryllium’s primordial abundance, and help to strengthen beryllium as a constraint on models of new physics.“One class of models our study targets are supersymmetric extensions of the Standard Model in which each ordinary particle gets assigned a ‘doppelgänger’ state,” Pradler said. “These states are typically heavy and it may well be that one of them has a lifetime such that it decays during or shortly after BBN. Indeed, it is even conceivable that the dark matter itself was produced in such decays. BBN can act as a powerful probe to test new physics beyond the Standard Model, and every model has to pass this cosmological consistency check.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Primordial beryllium could reveal insights into the Big Bang (2011, April 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-primordial-beryllium-reveal-insights-big.htmlcenter_img Physicists Maxim Pospelov of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, and the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, along with Josef Pradler, also of the Perimeter Institute, explain in a new study that investigating how chemical elements are produced can lead to a better understanding of what happened during the early Universe. The physicists have specifically investigated how beryllium could be used as a “Big Bang calorimeter” to probe the energy levels in the early Universe, and also to serve as a constraint on new physics models. Their study is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In their analysis, Pospelov and Pradler have investigated what may have happened during Big Bang nucleosynthesis (BBN), a period that started about 3 minutes after the Big Bang and lasted for about 20 minutes. It was during this time that the first elements were produced, with the lightest elements in the greatest abundance. For instance, at that time only one lithium nucleus existed for every 10 billion hydrogen atoms. After BBN ended, the Universe became too cool to allow any further nuclear fusion reactions to take place. Until now, researchers have thought that beryllium could not have been produced during rather generic circumstances in BBN. But here, Pospelov and Pradler have shown that, when an unknown particle X decays under the conditions during BBN, it can release a large amount of energy that can lead to the production of 9Be, which is the only stable isotope of beryllium. The formation of 9Be occurs at the end of a chain of transformations, going through a few light element isotopes including 6He, eventually leading to the beryllium isotope. When the physicists calculated the efficiency of this chain of transformations, they found that the process could produce a beryllium/hydrogen abundance ratio of 10-14 (or 1 gram of beryllium per 10 million tonnes of hydrogen). Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Physicists demonstrate conditions for laser-driven fusion More information: Maxim Pospelov and Josef Pradler. “Primordial Beryllium as a Big Bang Calorimeter.” Physical Review Letters 106, 121305 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.121305last_img read more

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