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Students enjoy versatility of new Library Lawn

first_imgLibrary Lawn is the newest renovation to Notre Dame’s campus, as the grassy area between Hesburgh Library and Notre Dame Stadium— also known as Library Quad — has been transformed into a hangout space for all students to enjoy.The quad is dotted with Adirondack chairs, fire pits and umbrellas, allowing students to utilize the lawn, no matter the weather.“I love the vibe here,” senior Alessandro Preda said about the lawn. “It’s very relaxing and mellow which makes it a great place to hang out,” John Salem | The Observer Located between Notre Dame Stadium and Hesburgh Library sits the new Library Lawn. The area includes chairs, umbrellas and a performance stage for students to use.Another highlight of the setup is the large black stage, which serves a number of purposes from concerts to live contests. The final section of Library Lawn — the area between the stage and the hangout area — is called ‘The Green’ and is meant to be a place for students to play recreational games such as cornhole and spikeball.The Library Lawn made its debut last weekend and the Student Activities Office (SAO) put together a number of events to draw in students to the renovated quad. These events ranged from sunset yoga to free frozen yogurt and culminated in a fireworks display Saturday night.The motivation behind the creation of the lawn are rather simple.“Everyone at the University was interested in the students having more opportunities for safe, outdoor fun on campus,” Nick Johnson, executive director of ND Innovates, said.Johnson also said the lawn was a collaborative effort between SAO and University Enterprises and Events, a division of the Office of the Executive Vice president, which is in charge of organizing and executing events on campus year-round. The two groups were inspired by similar renovations done in major metropolitan areas around the country in order to draw more people downtown.“The Library Lawn project not only makes better use of a beautiful green space framed by iconic buildings, but it’s a perfect location for students to relax,” Jennifer McGuire, athletic director at the University Enterprises and Events division, said.McGuire said student feedback has been “overwhelmingly positive” as the Notre Dame residents seem to enjoy the new hangout area quite a bit.“My favorite part of the lawn has gotta be the fire pits, because s’mores!” sophomore Karina Duffy said.Perhaps the most widely appreciated aspect of the Library Lawn is how many different purposes it serves.“I really enjoy the fact that, with the comfortable chairs and open spaces, the lawn is a great place to relax with friends and get some work done,” sophomore Hannah Wahle said.In addition, students enjoy having the room to spread out and enjoy the nice weather.“I love the lawn,” sophomore Katie Nolan said. “I live in Flaherty and don’t really have access to many open spaces like this.”Library Lawn isn’t the only renovation that SAO and University Enterprises and Events have planned.“Plans are afoot to similarly outfit additional space adjacent to the Hesburgh Library,” McGuire said.The aforementioned space will serve a similar purpose as the current lawn ,but more so will be a quiet area geared towards studying and work space. Both this new space and the current lawn are expected to stay open until the end of October, depending on the weather.Although Library Lawn has been met with much praise, it seems like there are still some aspects to be worked out down the line.“I wish the Wi-Fi was better out here,” Preda said.The lawn is currently open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m on Fridays and Saturdays.Tags: cornhole, Hesburgh Library, Library Lawn, SAO, spikeballlast_img read more

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Tainted pepper found in home of Salmonella patient

first_imgJul 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – After more than 1,300 cases of Salmonella infection in 43 states over 3 months, investigators have finally found a smoking gun: a contaminated jalapeno pepper from the home of a Colorado resident who was sickened in the outbreak.The jalapeno tainted with the outbreak strain, Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul, was provided by a patient from Montezuma County, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced yesterday. The county is in the state’s southwestern corner.”The pepper was purchased at a local Wal-Mart, likely on June 24, and the individual became ill on July 4,” the agency said in a news release. “This is the first pepper linked directly to an ill person in this outbreak.”Previously investigators had found the outbreak pathogen in a jalapeno at a Texas produce distributor but had not found it in any produce from the homes of patients.The Colorado announcement came yesterday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the outbreak had increased to 1,304 cases in 43 states, plus Washington, DC, and Canada. Thirty-seven people became ill this month, and the latest reported illness onset date was Jul 12, the CDC said. The epidemic peaked in May.Tomatoes were long suspected as the cause of the outbreak, which was first publicized in early June, and investigators still have not excluded them as the possible cause of some early cases. But on the basis of investigations of several restaurant-related case clusters, suspicion fell on jalapeno and Serrano peppers early in July.On Jul 9 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that vulnerable groups, including the elderly, infants, and people with weakened immunity, should not eat raw jalapeno or Serrano peppers. Eight days later, the agency dropped its weeks-old warning against eating certain types of tomatoes. On Jul 21 the FDA announced that a jalapeno contaminated with the outbreak strain had been found at a distributor in McAllen, Tex.On Jul 25 the agency cleared US-grown peppers of blame for the outbreak but said consumers should continue to avoid eating raw jalapeno peppers from Mexico. The FDA also said people in high-risk groups should continue to avoid raw Serrano peppers grown in Mexico.See also: Jul 28 Colorado Department of Health news releasehttp://www.cdphe.state.co.us/release/2008/072808.htmlCDC update on the outbreakhttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/saintpaul/FDA Salmonella outbreak pagehttp://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/tomatoes.html#newslast_img read more

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4 Yanson siblings claim police harassment

first_imgHe also pointed out that the judge did not inform the defense counsel during Friday’s hearing of any warrant of arrest that it may have previously issued or will cause to implement over the weekend. Members of the Yanson family – owners of Vallacar Transit, Inc. (VTI), the largest bus company in the Philippines – have been feuding since last year over the control of their multibillion-peso buses that operate in the Visayas and Mindanao.During the hearing of the Yanson 4’s motion to suspend the proceedings and hold in abeyance the issuance of the warrant of arrest Friday last week, Narvasa said not even the court judge mentioned about the implementation of any warrant; it was put on hold in March. Courts were closed on weekends and as such, immediate release orders were unavailing, he explained. The motion was timely filed by the lawyers of the Yanson 4 and had yet to be resolved with finality, Narvasa added. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA What was mystifying, it added, were the circumstances upon which the unissued warrant found its way for “service” to the CIDG on a Sunday morning. In a statement, Atty. Carlo Joaquin Narvasa said his clients were harassed so that they could not post bail. BACOLOS City – The legal counsel of Roy Yanson, Ricardo Yanson Jr., Emily Yanson, and Celina Yanson-Lopez claimed his clients were harassed by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) over the weekend, after the reported release of arrest warrants against them on a grave coercion charge. “The Yanson 4 know their rights under the Constitution and law as accused in a sham criminal suit filed against them as members of the Board of Directors of VTI. They stand firm in their belief that the charges are trumped-up, and they still have remedies for the revocation of the warrant, or even posting bail,” added Narvasa.The Yanson 4’s legal team also found the move “strange” as to how news and copies of the purported warrants of arrest that was not released by the court nor had been brought to the attention of their counsel, had been circulated among members of the media in this city as early as Friday, May 29. To date, neither the accused nor their lawyers have received any notice from the court that a warrant of arrest had already been issued, according to Narvasa.The Yanson 4’s legal team expressed concern that certain quarters could be attempting to misuse the court system through the misrepresentation of the warrant’s “unofficial” release and implementation. “The Yanson 4 wait for more dirty tactics… This assumes they and their crew will not be embarrassed, no different from the CIDG’s empty service of the warrant this [Sunday morning],” Narvasa added./PNlast_img read more

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National U-15 footballers leave for French Guiana today … Parent-Player meeting to be held

first_imgTHE Guyana U-15 football squad depart the country, today, for French Guiana where they will participate in the Claude Elise Under-15 football tournament scheduled for December 17 to 22.On the eve of departure, the technical staff hosted a parent-player meeting to brief parents about the activities of the recently held camp and the upcoming tournament.Among the other activities conducted during the ten-day camp were two sessions facilitated by two GFF staffers. The topic, Laws of the Game, was done by Stanley Lancaster, head of Refereeing Department and Media Training by Debra Francis, Public Relations and Communications Officer.The full contingent who left via Moleson Creek this morning reads: Goalkeepers – Shawn Adonis and Oswin Fredericks (East Coast); Defenders Joshua Braithwaite and Jermaine Padmore (Georgetown), Wayne Da Silva (Rupununi), Cyrus Nicholson (Berbice) and Rickford Emmanuel (East Coast). Midfielders Shannon Samnauth and Tyrel Khan (East Bank), Orville Daniels (Rupununi), Derron Niles (Georgetown) and Okifi Patoir (Berbice). Forwards Omari Glasgow and Troni Semple (East Coast), Ken Salvador (Rupununi) and Jermaine Garrett (Georgetown). Technical staff: technical director Ian Greenwood; head coach Brian Joseph; assistant coach Challus McKinnon; goalkeeper coach Eon De Vieira and team manager Keith O’Jeer.The tournament will feature participation from French territories in the region and neighbouring countries including Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Suriname and Olympique de Marseille.last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua’s Opponent, Miller Fails Second Drug Test

first_imgAnthony Joshua Jarrell Miller, who was denied a license by New York boxing officials over a failed test on Wednesday, has failed a second drugs test, the US media reported yesterday.Miller recently tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH) which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list.Miller’s planned June 1 fight against world heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua had already been scuppered by the first failed drug test which came to light on Tuesday. “Salita Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions are very disappointed in these findings and feel awful fight fans will be deprived of what would have been a great fight,” Dmitriy Salita and Greg Cohen, Miller’s co-promoters, told American sports broadcaster ESPN.“It’s a terrible outcome and unfortunate situation for all parties involved.”Miller, who is undefeated in his 24 professional fights, was due to take on the Briton at Madison Square Garden for the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.Miller previously served a nine-month ban from the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for methylhexaneamine when kickboxing in 2014.Joshua still plans to make his US debut as planned in June for what will be his seventh title defense.Promoter Eddie Hearn said he was scrambling to find an alternative opponent.“To be honest I can’t believe it. You always want to give an athlete the benefit of the doubt, but this leaves no doubt,” Hearn told ESPN.Meanwhile, his promoter, Sarah Fina of Greg Cohen Promotions, as said that his fighter is a victim of African-American status.The promoter said treatment of Miller differed to that suffered by other fighters.Miller has apologised after an “adverse finding” saw his June fight against Britain’s Anthony Joshua called off.Then after a second adverse finding was reported on Friday, the 30-year-old American admitted he had “messed up”.Some critics have since responded by saying Miller should now be banned for life.“Firstly, I do not condone cheating whatsoever,” Fina posted on social media.“Am I upset and disappointed with Jarrell? Absolutely. What Jarrell has done is wrong 100%. But what I won’t do is turn my back on him. People make bad choices in life.“With all of that being said, it is hard for me not to think that he is being nailed to the cross because he is an African-American fighter.”She pointed out Mexican fighter Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez recently signed a $365m (£280m) multi-fight deal with streaming broadcaster DAZN, despite a six-month ban for failing two drug tests. He claimed to have eaten tainted meat.“Even the very fighter that was asked to replace Miller, Luis Ortiz, tested for banned substances,” Fina added.Cuban Ortiz has been linked with taking Miller’s place, though a replacement will not be named until next week.The 40-year-old tested positive for banned substances in 2017 but avoided a ban because boxing chiefs found he took the drugs for high blood pressure.Fina said she she had also suffered abuse over the issue for being Miller’s promoter.“I can’t help but to think that a lot of that has to do with the fact that I am a woman in a male-dominated industry. This is not me playing the victim, but stating facts,” she added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more