The Observer receives ICPA awards

first_imgThe Observer won 18 awards at the 2016 Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards this weekend in Indianapolis, including third place in the Division I Newspaper of the Year category and first place in the special issue category for the March 2, 2015 edition commemorating University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.The News department, led by current Editor-in-Chief and former News Editor Margaret Hynds, won second place for Best In-Depth Story for Hynds and former Saint Mary’s Editor Haleigh Ehmsen’s coverage of the response to screenings of “The Hunting Ground” at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Hynds also won second place for Best Breaking News Reporting for her coverage of the death of Notre Dame student Lisa Yang. Additionally, the department won third place for its sexual assault series in the Best News or Feature Series category. The Sports department, led by former Sports Editor and current Assistant Managing Editor Zach Klonsinski, took home four awards, including second place in Best Sports Column for former Senior Sports Writer Mike Monaco’s column after the Irish men’s basketball team’s loss to Kentucky in the Elite Eight. Monaco also won third place in the Best Sports News Story category for his wrap of the same game. Additionally, former Editor-in-Chief Greg Hadley won third place for Best Sports Feature for his piece “Huffman seized the moment, pushes Notre Dame to title game.” The department also won second place for Best Sports Page for a page in an Irish Insider titled “Cruise Control.”The Sports department teamed up with the Graphics department to take home second place for Best Pull Out Section for the Irish Insider “Quiet Noise: Will Fuller.”The Graphics department, led by former Graphics Editor Erin Rice, also won first place for Best Special Section or Front Cover for Rice and Kat Robinson’s “Super Human: Jaylon Smith” cover. Additionally, former Photo Editor Zach Llorens and former Graphics Editor Keri O’Mara won third place for Best Special Section Cover for their Bengal Bouts Irish Insider cover. The Scene section, led by Scene Editor Erin McAuliffe, won first place for Best Podcast for their “Scenecast: Deathcast,” created by McAuliffe, former Scene Editor Miko Malabute, Matt McMahon, Matt Munhall and Adam Ramos. McMahon also won third place in the Best Entertainment Column category for his piece “Is it time to give The Shaggs another listen?”The Viewpoint section won third place for Best Opinion Column for Billy McMahon’s piece “Practically Pro-Life.”Former Online Editor Michael Yu, former Assistant Managing Editor Kevin Song and Llorens won second place for Best Special Presentation Online for the Hesburgh memorial website. The 2015-2016 Editorial Board won first place for Best Editorial for its piece on sexual assault, “We’re mad as hell.”The Observer also took home first place for Best Blog for the study abroad blog, and third place for Best Themed Issue for the 2015 Commencement issue. Tags: ICPAlast_img read more

Global Trends Indicate a Coal Comeback Is Unlikely

first_imgGlobal Trends Indicate a Coal Comeback Is Unlikely FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:President Donald Trump has pledged to “put our miners back to work” in the US, promising to return high-paying jobs to rundown rural areas of states such as Pennsylvania that brought him victory in last year’s election. Trends in coal markets, both in the US and internationally, suggest that will be an uphill battle.In 2013, the US Energy Information Administration projected that world coal demand would rise 39 per cent by 2040. Now it is expecting growth of just 1 per cent. If not quite “Peak Coal”, it certainly looks like an extended plateau. Projections of energy demand even a few years into the future can never be relied on: there are too many uncertainties in how markets and technology will evolve, and the EIA itself makes clear that this scenario is just one among many possible outcomes. Even so, the latest projection, from the EIA International Energy Outlook 2017, published last week, shows that the promise of eternally rising world demand for coal, which was the consensus expectation just a few years ago, can no longer be taken for granted.China dominates world coal markets, accounting for more than half of total global demand. The EIA believes that Chinese coal consumption may now be on a declining trend, with industrial use for steam and steelmaking already having peaked, and demand for power generation likely to peak around 2023. With demand also in long-term decline in the US and in Europe, growth in some emerging economies, led by India, is not enough to raise total coal use overall.More: ($) The future of coal in seven chartslast_img read more

BSO Deputies to Hold “No-confidence” Vote on Sheriff Gregory Tony

first_imgThe Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association will hold a no-confidence vote on Sheriff Gregory Tony from Tuesday to next Monday, according to reporting by WPLG Local 10.BSO Deputies Association President Jeff Bell was suspended with pay last week for “violations of BSO policies and procedures.” Bell’s attorney, Eric Schwartzreich, says Bell was suspended for calling out Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony regarding complaints from deputies about a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE’s) amid the coronavirus pandemic.“What the sheriff did was to stifle free speech, violate federal whistleblowing laws, state whistleblowing laws, unfair labor practices and stop a union president from being able to communicate, because he is getting complaints from other first responders, other members of our community that are keeping us safe,” Schwartzreich said.BSO’s statement last week said that Bell would “be afforded all protections and due process rights afforded under the law and consistent with BSO policies.”“Otherwise, the agency will not comment on pending internal affairs investigation,” the statement read.Schwartzreich, however, blasted Sheriff Gregory Tony for suspending the union president, who he said was simply “trying to make sure our deputies have personal protection equipment.”“It’s about nothing more, nothing less. This is wrong,” Schwartzreich said. “Jeff Bell needs to be re-instated and we’re taking action.”Sheriff Tony seems to suggest there was more to it.“Well, I think the presumption that you’re making is the nature of this internal affairs is exclusively driven by one comment that he made or some type of article that he has written, and there is so much more substance to the nature of this investigation,” Tony told Local 10.Schwartzreich said the action taken against his client for looking out for first responders was “against the law, reprehensible and actionable.”The International Union of Police Associations also called out the sheriff in an open letter Sunday.“This brazen display of power abuse is unbecoming of any law enforcement leader,” the letter stated. “Deputy Bell has been trying to meet with you privately over mutual concerns for more than a year, without success. Your actions clearly illustrate your complete disregard for any input from the representatives of the men you are supposed to lead. You have not, at any time, offered to sit down with the elected leader of these men and women to seek their input or their concerns.”Tony lashed out at Bell at a news conference last Tuesday, saying his department has personal protective equipment for all employees.“From the time-frame of Feb. 1 to April 6, we have dispersed over 25,263 N95 masks to our first responders,” he said.According to the sheriff, 44,773 surgical masks were also dispersed, as well as more than 4,100 bottles of hand sanitizer.The sheriff said his department has spent more than $1.3 million to get the equipment needed to face this crisis.Bell’s attorneys say they are willing to sit down with Tony, without moving forward with legal action, to discuss the situation and the possible reinstation of Bell. But the union is officially moving forward with the no-confidence vote.Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel who was elected twice and in 2019 was suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis for his mishandling of two mass shootings in the County, (Parkland and FLL airport) also received a no-confidence vote from the union. Israel tells 850WFTL that he is looking forward to the 2020 election. He will be running against Sheriff Gregory Tony to get his old job back. Israel said Monday night, “I fell we will WIN.”last_img read more

Badminton News Rankireddy-Shetty become first Indian pair to win BWF Super 500 tourney at Thailand Open

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Bangkok: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Sunday became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 badminton tournament with a hard-fought victory over Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the summit clash of Thailand Open here.The unseeded Indian duo prevailed 21-19 18-21 21-18 over the third seeded Chinese pair after battling hard for an hour and two minutes.It was the first final of the 2019 season for Rankireddy and Shetty, the men’s doubles silver medallist at 2018 Commonwealth Games.Rankireddy and Shetty got off to a good start as they broke away from 3-3 early on and moved ahead to open up a 10-6 lead, but their Chinese opponents kept breathing down their necks and made it 14-14.It was a closely fought affair after that and the world No. 16 Indian pair could take a slight edge only at 20-18.Although the Chinese duo narrowed down the gap further to 19-20, the Indians managed to win the crucial point to wrap up the first game.In the second game, the Indians managed to take an upper hand as they moved to a 6-2 lead but the Chinese soon bridged the gap to 5-6 before catching up with them at 11-11.After the interval, the Chinese duo surged ahead to 13-11 but the Indians lifted their game and drew parity at 13 apiece.The Indians then overtook their opponents to 16-14 and then climbed up to 18-16 before the Chinese pair won five consecutive points to stun the Indians and take the match to the decider.Rankireddy and Shetty were slow off the blocks in the third game but managed to make it 6-6. From there on, the Indians never looked back and kept their composure to maintain the edge over their rivals till the end.Even though the Chinese pair fought back and at one stage reduced the gap to 18-19, the Indians looked in no mood to climb down and went on to pocket two consecutive points to seal the match in their favour. last_img read more

Stephanie Skilton’s one goal is to lead Syracuse to its first NCAA tournament since 2001

first_imgIt was 7 a.m. and 4-year-old Stephanie Skilton was fast asleep. But downstairs in her Auckland, New Zealand home, Adrienne Skilton, Stephanie’s mom, had been up for hours. Her oldest daughter, Erica, was getting ready to play a match for her local club team, Clendon United. It was a typical morning at the Skilton household. Another day, another game.All of a sudden, a thought stopped Adrienne in her tracks as she was getting ready.Stephanie’s never seen a soccer game, she realized.Soon after, Stephanie was in the back of the car heading to the Clendon United Football Grounds. Saturday soccer was a ritual for the Skilton family, yet she had no clue what all the fuss was about.As the game began, Stephanie gazed across the field. She was taken aback. The game captivated her. The crisp passes and powerful volleys. The huge roars from the crowd around her. Love at first sight.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe little girl wanted to get on the field; she felt like she belonged there. She wanted to put on a pair of cleats and kick the ball too.Stephanie couldn’t get enough. Soon after, she begged her mom to let her attend her sister’s practices. She craved cheering her big sister on from the sidelines. She later called herself “Erica’s little mascot.”Ever since, soccer has been Skilton’s life. Every decision she’s made has been in pursuit of becoming the best. That’s how she went from local club reserve to an upper-league star. From U-17 New Zealand to its senior national team. From foreign freshman to senior captain, who is the Orange’s (6-1-1) leading scorer the past three seasons.Skilton isn’t focusing on being the best now. She wants only one thing in her last year with the Orange: To lead SU to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2001.“It’s been my goal ever since I’ve been here,” Skilton said. “… This is our time.”…A month had passed since Stephanie first saw Erica play. She loved watching, but wished she could fast-forward to being a grown-up so she could finally play.One of Erica’s coaches walked over to Skilton’s parents. He, like many on the team, had noticed Stephanie’s constant appearances at practices and games. Adrienne Skilton told him that she adores soccer. The coach smiled.“Well, a young boys’ team is starting up for children her age,” the coach said. “She’s more than welcome to join.”Skilton cared little that she was the only girl playing. She just wanted to put on her first pair of cleats.Ten minutes into her first game at the Clendon United Football Fairgrounds, Skilton started complaining. She wanted to get off the field.Maybe Skilton didn’t like soccer after all, her parents thought.Liam Kennedy | Contributing Photographer Published on September 13, 2016 at 11:30 pm Contact Byron: They couldn’t have been more wrong.“Stephanie felt that the boys weren’t playing the game properly,” Adrienne recalled. “She didn’t think they took the game seriously.”Adrienne and Briv encouraged Stephanie to stick with it. She reluctantly agreed and dashed back onto the field.It became evident that Skilton was the most talented player on the team. She possessed an acute sense of the game and a powerful shot. Naturally, her teammates were impressed — she quickly became the most popular player among her teammates.From then on, there were two girls to transport to the Clendon United Football grounds for the Skiltons.…The seeds of Skilton’s move to the United States were planted at the U-17 World Cup in 2010. Although New Zealand lost all three games and was eliminated, the experience proved essential.She developed a close friendship with Katie Bowen, a defender who played for the Glenfield Rovers. Bowen pleaded with Skilton to transfer to Glenfield and Skilton agreed.“Playing with your best friend is not something everyone can say, but I was able to do that with Steph,” Bowen said. “It wasn’t a stressful environment because we had so much fun playing together. I didn’t want it to end.”Bowen then told Skilton how she wanted to play college soccer in America, and she thought Skilton should do the same — specifically, in the Atlantic Coast Conference.“I explained to her that in the ACC you have tough games week in and week out,” Bowen said. “This environment is what you need to get yourself into to improve your game. … I knew it was for Steph and that she would have so much fun.”Bowen eventually committed to North Carolina and won the national championship as a freshman.The benefits, from a soccer perspective, were clear to Skilton. But she was still conflicted. Night after night, she grappled with the decision. Skilton lived in New Zealand, 18 hours away by plane, her entire life. No one in Skilton’s family had ever been to the U.S. before. And most of all, Skilton’s parents were uneasy with the idea.But everything changed when her parents came around.“We were apprehensive at first about losing our youngest daughter whom we love dearly to the other side of the world for four years,” Adrienne Skilton said. “But it was obvious that it was a fantastic opportunity.”Now the only question was where Skilton would play. Bowen acted as a mentor for Skilton, who asked for Bowen’s opinion when a school approached.Syracuse head coach Wheddon was the man who brought Skilton across the earth. He recalled receiving video on Stephanie from a friend in New Zealand. He watched it several times and decided he needed to get Skilton in orange.He immediately contacted her family. Her national team coaches. Her club coaches. Everyone who had seen Stephanie play.Wheddon typically flies to check out international players. He didn’t need to with Skilton.“It was never a question,” Wheddon said. “Any time you can get a girl like her, as well as someone from the national team, it’s special for a coach. It was a no-brainer.”…Syracuse’s forwards were out of gas during the tail end of a Sept. 4 game against Cornell on a scorching hot day. The Orange was coming off a loss to Bucknell three days earlier to halt its undefeated start to the season.One week before, Wheddon said every game the rest of the way matters in the playoff push. In extra time, Skilton, Syracuse’s most prolific scorer, emerged once again.Alex Lamontagne hooked a cross into the box toward Sydney Brackett, whose shot was saved. The ball bounced to Skilton who fired it in, winning the game.Skilton’s come a long way since that morning in Auckland. She’s morphed from a curious child solely focused on being the best to the one trying to carry the Orange. She dreams of playing professionally someday. But that’s the last thing on her mind. She has one last season to finish what she came here to do. To make the tournament.“I wake up and I just want to live and breathe soccer,” Skilton said. “If I could just play soccer forever that would be amazing… ending my collegiate career making the tournament would just be a dream come true.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more