ND looking at 4 football players in academic probe

first_imgIn this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson throws against Wake Forest during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind. Golson has reclaimed the job as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback after being suspended last semester for academic impropriety. Coach Brian Kelly on Wednesday said Golson would start against Rice on Aug. 30 and said he hopes he will be the starter for the entire season. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, file)SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame is facing the possibility of losing three starters before the football season has even begun after another embarrassing hit for a university that prides itself on high academic standards.The university on Friday barred KeiVarae Russell, the team’s best cornerback, leading returning receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams, and backup linebacker Kendall Moore from practice and games while it investigates “suspected academic dishonesty.”The Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, said the school is looking into allegations the players had course work done for them.The news comes a season after quarterback Everett Golson was suspended for the 2013 season for academic impropriety and after Daniels was suspended for the spring semester.The Irish finished 9-4 behind Tommy Rees last season, but coming off an appearance in the BCS title game in 2012 it was a step back.Golson has returned, but now coach Brian Kelly could be scrambling to fill holes before opening his fifth season in South Bend at home against Rice on Aug. 30.Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Kelly was “devastated” by the news.Jenkins and Swarbrick expressed support for Kelly.“We have great confidence in Brian and his staff,” Jenkins said. “They have been nothing but supportive.”Jenkins said the investigation shows Notre Dame’s honor system works, saying it was started when someone on the university staff became suspicious of papers and homework turned in by the players.“At any university you’re dealing with young people. The vast majority of them make good decisions. But young people sometimes make bad decisions,” he said. “Our job is to hold them accountable and to use those incidents as ways to educate them. That’s what we’re doing.”Jenkins said Notre Dame has notified the NCAA about the inquiry. Because of potential violations, the four players can’t compete until the conclusion of the investigation and the university honor code process.Jenkins said during a news conference that no student has been judged responsible for “academic dishonesty.”“Nobody has been dismissed,” Jenkins said.Jenkins said there is no timetable regarding how long the investigation will take.“We will take as long as it takes to have a thorough and fair investigation and proceed through our academic honor code process,” Jenkins said.He added that such investigations at Notre Dame aren’t common “but it happens.”The university also is investigating if other students are involved. Jenkins said it was too early to say if the four players acted together.Jenkins said if it is found they violated the school’s honor code the penalties could range from an F on an assignment, to an F in the course, to dismissal from school. The penalty would be decided by an honor committee.Swarbrick said the players haven’t been suspended. He said they remain grant-in-aid students and have access to athletic facilities and resources.Jenkins said he didn’t want to speculate on possible NCAA punishment, while Swarbrick said the NCAA usually defers to a university when it comes to academic integrity.“There are a few narrow instances where that triggers an NCAA concern, but I must stress we have no evidence of most of those here. No involvement by a member of the coaching staff, no transcript impropriety, those sorts of things,” he said. “If it has NCAA consequences, we’ll let them know.”Jenkins said the school would vacate victories if it is determined players have been ineligible during past competition. All four were members of the 2012 team that played for the BCS national championship.The investigation is the latest in a series for the Irish in the past 15 months involving academics, starting with Golson.Jerian Grant, the leading scorer on the basketball team at the time, was suspended in December for the spring semester because of an academic violation. Daniels was suspended two weeks later for the spring semester and was recently reinstated.Swarbrick said the previous cases were different.“Let’s not confuse academic probation, where you don’t make grades in a semester, with academic dishonesty. They are very different things,” he said.Jenkins said he doesn’t believe it’s a sign Notre Dame has to make changes in the student-athletes it admits.“We’re confident that the students we admit have the capacity to be successful,” he said.last_img read more

ODDS ON FAVORITE HUNT CRUISES TO 1 ½ LENGTH WIN IN $75,000 SIREN LURE STAKES AS PRAT & D’AMATO TEAM FOR HILLSIDE SCORE IN 1:12.73

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2016)–Represented by the red-hot connections of Flavien Prat and Phil D’Amato, heavily favored Hunt pounced on pacesetter Act a furlong from home and motored to a convincing 1 ½ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes, which was run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course–which will undergo a complete surface renovation following today’s races.Santa Anita’s current Spring Meet leading trainer with 17 wins, D’Amato won yesterday’s Grade I Shoemaker Mile (turf) with Midnight Storm and he’s also the track’s leading stakes winning trainer with four added money wins. Prat, who’s one-up on Rafael Bejarano with 23 wins at the meet, has won 10 races on turf in the last eight racing days, with four of them coming in stakes.“I love this hill, but Hunt loves it too,” said Prat of his Irish-bred equine companion, with whom he’s now won three consecutive hillside races. “He’s a really nice horse and he’s getting better and better with every race. He did everything right today.”With the Siren Lure serving as his first stakes win, Hunt now has four wins from his last five races, all them down the hill. Dispatched as the 3-5 favorite in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, Hunt paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10. Owned by Michael House, the 4-year-old gelding is now 16-5-5-2. With the winner’s share of $47,400, he increased his earnings to $221,729.“He’s so effective around this one turn, sprinting on the turf, so I’d really like to focus on keeping him here and try to get him in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint,” said D’Amato. “I’ll need something before that, so maybe the Eddie D. (Grade III, 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf on Sept. 30) would give us a graded opportunity.”Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Toowindytohaulrox sat third in behind Act and the winner approaching the dirt crossing at the top of the lane and proved second best, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Act. Off at 9-2, “Toowindy” paid $3.60 and $2.10.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Act bounced out of his outside post position and showed the way to the top of the lane before tiring to finish third, 3 ¾ lengths in front of the lone filly in the lineup, Miss Double d’Oro. Off at 7-2, Act paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.58, 43.74 and 1:06.61.The Siren Lure was run as the first of nine races on Sunday. Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

Lee Johnson appointed new Barnsley manager

first_imgLeague One side Barnsley have announced the appointment of former Oldham boss Lee Johnson as the club’s new manager.Johnson, 33, currently the third youngest manager in the Football League, was unveiled at Oakwell on Wednesday afternoon after signing a contract until 2018.He becomes the Tykes’ sixth permanent manager in less than six years.Barnsley, who sacked former boss Danny Wilson 13 days ago, have agreed an undisclosed compensation package with Oldham as Johnson had signed an extended deal in January 2014 to keep him at SportsDirect.com Park until 2018.A club statement on Barnsley’s official website read: “From the outset the board determined that it was seeking young candidates with strong coaching credentials and astute tactical awareness. A clear and attractive football philosophy and a viable plan to implement that philosophy was also sought.“The board also gave some credit for a knowledge of our club’s current playing contingent, the teams in our division and proven ability to recruit players with development potential.“A small number of candidates were interviewed and Lee Johnson was selected as significantly the best of these. He met the selection criteria established and also produced a specific plan for Barnsley Football Club for his first 100 days in charge. This included a playing strategy, specific tactics, identified current weaknesses and credible recruitment targets to strengthen our team.”Johnson initially signed a two-year deal with Oldham in March 2013 and after steering them clear of relegation at the end of that campaign, he has lifted them to within two points of a play-off place on a modest budget this time around.Wilson, who led Barnsley to promotion to the Premier League in his first spell as boss in 1997, departed Oakwell on February 12 after a home defeat to Fleetwood had left the Reds in 17th place and staring at a relegation battle.Barnsley were thrashed 5-1 at Crawley in caretaker-manager Mark Burton’s first game in charge but have since secured back-to-back league wins to lift them eight points clear of the bottom four. 1 New Barnsley manager Lee Johnson last_img read more

Olympian YAC athletes perform well at All-Ireland Cross-Country Championships

first_imgOlympian YAC’s contested the All Ireland Cross Country Championships at the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin on Sunday past. With two athletes, Boyd Russell and Nuala Bose, representing their club and county, pitted themselves against the best runners in the country in their first ever Cross Country race at an All Ireland level.It was always going to be tough race for all involved but both athletes equipped themselves more than adequately and certainly relished the challenge. Boyd Russell, competing in an age group above himself, showed great guts and determination to finish in an extremely impressive 22nd place overall.What was even more impressive was that Boyd was also the 2nd counter for the Donegal county team that came 3rd overall, hence securing himself his first and a well deserved Bronze All-Ireland Cross Country Championships medal! A fantastic achievement to top off a wonderful cross country season for him so far.Nuala Bose, as always competed with great heart and determination. Nuala, also competed in an age group above herself and finished a very creditable 116 out of massive field of 166.Both athletes should be very proud of their achievements as all at the club certainly are ! Well done again guys! All that hard training is paying off so keep up the great work! PADDY’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY It is hard to believe that it has been a full year since the passing of our late and great club leader Paddy O’ Donnell.Paddy had been a stalwart of athletics within Derry for the past 35 years. He coached many many athletes to Ulster, N.Ireland, All Ireland and International honours and was in our eyes the most talented coach that Derry and Ireland has, and will ever likely see.We know this because Paddy devoted his life to volunteering in athletics, and not just coaching or officiating, but nurturing and truly and genuinely caring that every individual not only developed as athletes, but more importantly as people as well. We miss him as “Mr Athletics”, the best coach in the land. But we miss him even more as just Paddy. Always singing, always joking. He was a true gentleman who touched the hearts of many people, and we are all the more richer for it.Paddy’s Anniversary mass will be held in St Joseph’s church, Galliagh, Derry Monday 5th December at 7:30pm. All are very welcome. Olympian YAC athletes perform well at All-Ireland Cross-Country Championships was last modified: December 2nd, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)Tags:Boyd RussellglenswillyNuala BoseOlympian YAClast_img read more

Donegal Tourism sector on board as ‘Donegal Connect’ countdown begins

first_imgThe new Donegal Connect initiative has been given a huge boost with a fantastic special offer from Aer Lingus where customers flying from the US and concluding their journey at Donegal Airport can avail of special offers using the ‘Donegal19’ promo code.The 10 day celebration of all things Donegal is set to take place this Autumn from 27 September to 6 October and in addition to this special offer from Aer Lingus, a range of Donegal hotels are offering various discounts and special packages linked to the Donegal celebrations.A comprehensive list of all these offers will be available to view on http://www.donegalconnect.com from May 1st. Speaking this week Garry Martin, Director of Service with Donegal County Council, said he was delighted with the offer being put forward by Aer Lingus as this is another opportunity for people with a connection to Donegal to come home for the 10 day celebration.“We are delighted to have Aer Lingus on board with the Donegal Connect initiative and we are working with other providers to put in place special offers for accommodation, car hire and travel itineraries. We will be promoting these on www.donegalconnect.com as these become available”.This special offer will see US based customers being offered $100 off return economy or $200 off return business flights with half discount applying on one ways in both economy & business for travel dates from 9 September to 27 October 2019 but bookings must be made before the 30 June 2019 using the promo code ‘Donegal19’.A marketing drive to highlight the range of offers is to take place in the USA this May as a Donegal Trade Team will be embarking on a whistle stop tour of US cities with strong affiliations to the county. These will include two events in Philadelphia on the 15th & 16th May; one in Boston on 17th May; while the 18th & 19th May will see events in two separate locations in New York. The precise locations and times of these events will be announced in the coming weeks on http://www.donegalconnect.comThe 10 day celebration, which is about enticing those with an affinity for Donegal to come back to experience what the county has to offer, promises to have something for everyone including a strong focus on food, genealogy, culture, heritage, sport and music and in particular on employment and business development opportunities.Garry Martin explains “highlighting business development and career opportunities in Donegal is an important part of Donegal Connect which will include business networking events and seminars, a careers symposium and workshops on the practicalities of re-locating or returning to Donegal as well as a series of events showcasing the superb quality of life opportunities on offer”.The initiative is being delivered by Donegal County Council through the Donegal Diaspora Project working with a range of public and private sector organisations including IDA, LYIT, Údarás na Gaeltachta and some of the largest private sector employers in the county including Pramerica, Randox and Abbotts Diabetes Care.Donegal Tourism sector on board as ‘Donegal Connect’ countdown begins was last modified: April 25th, 2019 by StephenShare 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

Unicef to host fundraising gala in South Africa

first_imgUnicef is hosting a fundraising gala in South Africa for the first time, in May. The proceedings will benefit socioeconomically disadvantaged children.Unicef national ambassador for South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss will moderate the organisation’s gala event on 6 May 2017 in Johannesburg, its inaugural fundraiser in South Africa. (Image: Jo-Ann Strauss, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterThe United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) will hold its inaugural fundraising gala in South Africa on 6 May 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Rosebank, Johannesburg.At the gala, the international organisation will highlight its global campaign, Ending Violence against Children. The gala, Unicef said, was seen as an opportunity to “profile our mandate and values that guide our daily work, for every child, in South Africa”.In attendanceIt would be “a VIP event that will help catalyse further investments for children in need”, the organisation said. Actress Priyanka Chopra, a goodwill ambassador, will attend.South African Unicef national ambassadors, former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss and clothing designer Gavin Rajah, will play prominent roles. Strauss will moderate the event, and Rajah will feature a fashion show.Funds raised from the live auction will go towards Unicef South Africa child protection programmes.Thanks @AskMotswako for being part of our efforts with @UNICEF_SA @UNICEF and for helping us help the children of Africa. pic.twitter.com/CDyl5QkVK6— Jo-Ann Strauss (@jo_annstrauss) March 23, 2017Progress madeHerve Ludovic de Lys, Unicef representative in South Africa, said the Convention on the Rights of the Child was the first international treaty signed by a democratic government of South Africa. “Over 20 years later we have collectively learned how to create effective circles of care and protection for children.“The urgent matter today is twofold: to put this knowledge into use by enhancing effective child protection approaches; and to support the millions of children trapped in poverty by improving the quality of public expenditures.”Watch:Source: Unicef South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Google’s Mid-East Marketing Head Snatched Off Cairo Street (Updated)

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#international#politics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protesters, and by-standers, have been seized by police in Egypt in the past days. Perhaps the most high-profile arrest in the high-tech world is that of Wael Ghonim, head of marketing for Google in the Middle East and North Africa. Ghonim was apparently seized on Thursday. The last anyone heard from him was a tweet in which he explained how people were communicating, using “proxy servers.”(Update: Chris Albon tells us in the comments that a number of Ghonim’s friends “have confirmed for a day now that the man in the video and screenshot is definitely *not* him.” Because of Albon’s assertion that “at this point the rumor is hurting the search for him,” we have removed the screenshot and the video we had previously posted.)His penultimate tweet was unnerving. “Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25”Let’s hope he has not had to make that severe a sacrifice. Ghonim is only one among many, but he is a very prominent one, with connections to a powerful multinational tech company. Also, he’s one of ours. Not only is he important in his own right, but for how he symbolizes the chaos and impunity the protesters are dealing with on the streets of Egypt. Google published a UK phone number, asking anyone who’s seen him to call. +44 20 7031 3008. Although a native Cairene, Ghonim is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates and had only been in Cairo for a conference when the protests broke out. last_img read more

RESNET Ramblings

first_imgUpon returning home from five long days at the RESNET Building Performance Conference in Raleigh, N.C., I reviewed my notes to see what I had picked up while there. Now for those of you who don’t know this crowd, this is one roomful of serious geeks. Compared to the building industry and the average consumer, I am pretty geeky when it comes to building science, but most of this crowd (as well as many of my friends here at GBA) truly humble me with the extent of their knowledge. I recognize that I am way too ADD to gain and retain the level of expertise of this crowd. I am much more comfortable in my role as a generalist.So, taking RESNET from a generalist perspective, I thought I would share some observations from sessions I attended and amusing tidbits from casual conversation. I have not done any research to back up some of the things I am reporting, so if anyone has corrections or clarifications, please share them. In no particular order, here are things that I heard:• Energy Star is developing a certification program for existing homes above and beyond Home Performance, more in line with the new homes program.• Garage vent fans are required by the mechanical code.• According the Shelton Group, homeowners are willing to pay up to 70% more on their energy bills before they will spend money on home efficiency measures.• RESNET is way behind the curve on Web 2.0.• My friend Mike Barcik from Southface realized that after you size an HVAC system with Manual J, then you go to STD.• RESNET presenters in general had an astounding amount of information to share. However, most of the presenters I heard could improve their presentation skills and slides—look, a whole screen of tiny type is never visible past the first few rows.• The hotel was hot, crowded, and noisy. I never appreciated a good conference center so much before this.• The staff at LEED for Homes has a much better attitude and sense of humor about my criticism than others I torment.• Tyvek housewrap installation instructions require 1-inch cap nails, 6-inch overlap, and tape at all seams. Never seen that personally. I guess staples and big rips aren’t approved methods.• An NAHB Research Center wall air leakage study proved that caulking sheathing and between plates and subfloor makes a big difference.• If you slap spray foam installations, you can hear hollow spots.• Manual D requires adjustable dampers to be installed in each runout.• The garbage bag flow test works on both supply and return ducts and vent fans, and instructions are available on the CMHC website.• 1 cfm only goes out of the house if 1 cfm comes in to replace it. Example: If a 1200-cfm vent fan can only get 300 cfm of supply, the other 900 cfm is just noise.• The number of bathrooms is an excellent predictor of home energy use. More baths = more luxury = more stuff = more power use.• In cold climates, most ducts are in basements where the leakage tends to remain in the envelope, having a limited effect on efficiency.• Testing ducts at 25 Pa tends to overstate the actual duct leakage.• Ken Reaid of Hathmore Technologies had one of the best ideas of the day: when you are learning how to do something new on the computer, turn on your webcam video recorder and narrate what you are doing. You can replay it later when you forget.• My friend Steve Byers of Energy Logic keeps beer in the bathtub and uses awards for doorstops.• And finally, what could be my favorite PowerPoint typo of all time: “$1 Million General Inability Insurance Required.”These range from useful to amusing, but I definitely picked up a few good ideas, once again reinforcing my theory that if you leave a class or conference with one useful idea that you can implement in your business, then it is worth your investment of time and money—not to mention the great networking. On that subject, coming up on March 1–2 is Greenprints, in Atlanta, a great regional green building conference that will certainly be worthwhile for anyone who decides to attend. Hope to see you there.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has offered his opinion on Chelsea’s deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.Liverpool had been in competition with the Stamford Bridge club to land the American this January, but Klopp cooled his interest in the forward and the Blues swooped.Chelsea opted to loan the American back to Germany until the end of the season, at which point the 20-year-old will link up with his new team.And Klopp said: “[He’s] a really good player, another good player for Chelsea. “I’ve known him for a while and followed him [in his career]. Another really skilled boy playing in England.” last_img read more

Mukran Port to Get Fully Automated Bunker Station

first_imgzoomRuegen Island. Illustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s Mukran Port and energy supplier Hoyer have revealed plans to introduce a fully automated bunker station for service vessels at the port. As informed, a tank facility for marine gas oil (MGO) will be built by the end of 2019. The construction is scheduled to begin at berth 1, in the southern part of the Mukran Port, in September.The bunker station will be available around the clock for bunkering of vessels which operate in the Baltic Sea.Specifically, the refueling process at berth 1 will be automated and made possible by card.According to Mukran Port and Hoyer, the shipping industry in general, as well as offshore wind farm supply vessels and tugs would benefit from the new bunker station.It will be possible to refuel ships at night without additional waiting time. The new station will replace the existing land-side mobile refueling from 2020 and will be equipped with a storage chamber with a capacity of 100 cbm.“Thanks to the high shipping demand in Mukran, we will strengthen our refueling network in Germany and in the Baltic Sea Region with this investment,” Thomas Hoyer, managing partner of Wilhelm Hoyer, explained, adding that the port and the energy supplier will also deepen their long-term cooperation.Located on Germany’s island of Rügen, the deepwater port encompasses ferry, rail, multipurpose and offshore terminals on a total area of around 430 hectares. World Maritime News StaffRelated: First-Ever LNG Bunkering Carried Out at Mukran Port in Germanylast_img read more