Football team votes to sing Alma Mater, regardless of outcome

first_imgNotre Dame football players will join their peers in singing the Alma Mater after every home game, win or lose, in the 2014 season.Student leaders, who make up the Unity Council of the Notre Dame football team, met Monday with members of student government to finalize their decision, which had been in discussion within the team for several weeks, according to Irish sophomore receiver Corey Robinson. Robinson also serves as athletics representative to student government.Robinson said elected representatives from every class year make up the Unity Council, which voices player opinions to the coaching staff. The Council voted unanimously to sing the Alma Mater after every home game, and the team voted “nearly unanimously” in favor, he said.“I brought this to the Unity Council two weeks ago and we discussed it amongst the team with the students’ [and] alumni’s perspective in mind,” Robinson said. “The team nearly unanimously voted that we sing the Alma Mater win, lose or draw out of respect for what it means to the University and to its students, alumni and supporters worldwide.“It’s bigger than us and it’s bigger than football. We, as a team, see the Alma Mater as an instrument of unity; we are Notre Dame regardless of what happens on the field. We know how our students fiercely support us rain, shine, sleet or snow and we want to show them our sincere appreciation by standing and singing as a unified student body celebrating our wonderful University.”Robinson and Irish senior cornerback Matthias Farley met with student body president Lauren Vidal, vice president Matt Devine and Campus Ministry representative to student government Grace Carroll, all seniors.Although last season’s captains and team decided to sing the Alma Mater only after wins, this season’s Unity Council reopened discussion of the policy because both players and students expressed dissatisfaction with the decision, Vidal said. She said she did not know if the decision would be revisited every year.Student government researched the policy along with student opinions and presented Farley and Robinson with five copies of a bound book containing direct quotes from students about the Alma Mater, Vidal said.“The books contain about 100 quotes from the students — each quote represents that student’s interpretation of the alma mater and what it means to them and our University,” she said.Robinson said the meetings with student government aimed at creating a relationship of mutual respect between the players and the student body.“We know how our students fiercely support us rain, shine, sleet or snow and we want to show them our sincere appreciation by standing and singing as a unified student body celebrating our wonderful University.”Members of the football team had expressed concern with past incidents of students disrespecting the football team, Vidal said.“We students have to stand with [the football players] and part of standing with them is being with them through wins and losses, standing together as a family… and understanding that they are vulnerable,” she said.Robinson said the team and the Unity Council weighed those concerns as well as student and alumni opinions through “open discussion” as they reconsidered the previous decision to sing the Alma Mater only after wins.“The respect factor was a big factor for us,” he said. “Of course we don’t want to let you guys down. When we lose it’s embarrassing for us too. We want to support you guys and we want to appreciate you guys.”Former Irish quarterback Tommy Rees faced boos from the student section during his time with the football team, Robinson said. He said moments like that show how the players are “in a vulnerable position,” even though the majority of fans do not behave disrespectfully.“There have been times in the past when items have been thrown at us and we have been booed,” Robinson said. “We understand that this is a intense game, but we hope to be treated with respect when we sing the Alma Mater with the student body and fans.”Robinson said the fans’ commitment to the team through wins, losses and weather — such as the freezing temperatures during the Nov. 23 game against BYU — encouraged the team to decide to continue singing the Alma Mater.“It’s not about us,” he said. “It’s about the school. It’s about unifying.”last_img read more

Indictment: Father, 90, sustains pelvic fracture after push; son indicted

first_img The victim told first responders he felt pain and “remembers his body feeling cold” after waking up and seeing paramedics surround him while he was still on the floor.The father was taken by Acadian EMS to CHRISTUS Southeast Texas-St. Elizabethin Beaumont, where it was discovered he sustained a pelvic fracture. A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a 41-year-old Port Arthur man for pushing his 90-year-old father backward, leading to a pelvic fracture.According to the probable cause affidavit, Farnzo Martin III and his father were at their home in the 800 block of Dewalt Avenue at approximately 1 a.m. Oct. 18, 2019, when the father asked his son if he knew where the vinegar was so he could rub it on his leg.The accused reportedly became angry and ran toward his father and pushed him, causing him to fall backward on the floor, authorities said. Farnzo Martin III was arrested March 3 on a charge of injury to an elderly individual.He remains jailed on a $100,000 bond.last_img read more

Watch a Whole New World Unfold in New Trailer for Live-Action Aladdin

first_img View Comments We’re just 10 weeks away from the release of the highly anticipated new Aladdin film. Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith star in the live-action remake of the 1992 Disney classic of the same name. An exciting new trailer has just been released featuring the trio of stars inhabiting roles that are now even more iconic with the success of the Tony-nominated hit Broadway musical version. Watch the story of Aladdin unfold below and mark your calendar: the new movie arrives in cinemas on May 24. (Provided by Disney)last_img

WTOP: Crowds begin to gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza amid Election Day

first_img AP/John Minchillo WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 3, 2020: Local residents gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza, a section of 16th Street, on Election Day. On November 3, 2020, the United States elects its president and vice president, 35 Senators, all 435 members of the House of Representatives, 13 governors of 11 states and two US territories, as well as state and local government officials. Incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden are running for president. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images) AP/J. Scott Applewhite WTOP/Kyle Cooper Activists opposed to the Trump presidency are dressed as characters from the dystopian “Handmaid’s Tale,” as they demonstrate at the Capitol on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. WTOP/Scott Gelman (1/25) This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP for more details. WTOP/Kyle Cooper Previous AP/Jacquelyn Martin AFP via Getty Images/ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS AP/Alex Brandon WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez A man holds an anti-President Donald Trump flag on Election Day. District of Columbia Metropolitan Police attempt to arrest a demonstrator who was blocking their efforts to remove an illegally parked truck at Black Lives Matter Plaza, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Protesters gather near the fencing that surrounds the White House on Black Lives Matter Plaza on Election Day. People watch a big screen displaying the live election results in Florida at Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House on election day in Washington, DC on November 3, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) Previous WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 3, 2020: Supporters of Joe Biden, a candidate in the 2020 US presidential election, gather in a street near the White House on Election Day. On November 3, 2020, the United States elects its president and vice president, 35 Senators, all 435 members of the House of Representatives, 13 governors of 11 states and two US territories, as well as state and local government officials. Incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden are running for president. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images) Yegor Aleyev/TASS/Yegor Aleyev Yegor Aleyev/TASS/Yegor Aleyev At the White House, Alvarez reported that parts of the newly enforced fencing had posters on it warning against ticket scalping and underage drinking. WTOP/Scott Gelman Next Stations have been set up to hand out water and snacks to protesters in Black Lives Matter Plaza on Election Day. Crowds continued to grow around 5 p.m. near Black Lives Matter Plaza. Murals have been hand painted on pieces of plywood boarding that cover the glass on storefronts. Some businesses are worried about possible unrest similar to what the city experienced over the summer. Next Share via email. An anti-Trump protester kneels in front of a broken plaster Make America Great Again hat in Washington, DC, on November 3, 2020 as demonstrators rally near the White House. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) A man walks past messages on a fence around Lafayette Square near the White House on Election Day in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 3, 2020center_img Yegor Aleyev/TASS/Yegor Aleyev AP/Jacquelyn Martin AFP via Getty Images/OLIVIER DOULIERY A man waves an anti-Trump banner during the 2020 general elections. A demonstrator going by the name Azul Azul sits on a sidewalk outside the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. AFP via Getty Images/NICHOLAS KAMM AP/John Minchillo D.C. police stand watch as demonstrators gather outside the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. AP/John Minchillo A mural dedicated to late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorns a layer of plywood covering the windows of a business in downtown D.C. WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez Around 3 p.m., a crowd of around at least a few hundred had gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza. Share on Twitter. Share on Facebook. EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY – Black Lives Matter Plaza, near the White House, is quiet early on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Crowds gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. Amid boarded-up downtown businesses and increased “anti-scale” fencing around the White House, hundreds gathered at Black Lives Matter Plaza to rally and await the results of the 2020 presidential election Tuesday.The rally unfolded relatively peacefully throughout the afternoon and evening except for a few scuffles, but as crowds were dispersing shortly before midnight, a group of several hundred protesters began marching elsewhere throughout the city.WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez reported that this group consisted of “black bloc” protesters, who tend to be more radical and often conceal their identities. He said the protesters launched flares as they wound their way through the streets, many carrying black umbrellas to shield their faces from the cameras.Earlier in the afternoon, it was a very different scene as hundreds of people, including members of Shutdown DC And Black Lives Matter DC, gathered around the White House. Alvarez said the event was not a coordinated rally. Rather, people were mostly waiting for the election results and watching coverage of the races on projection screens that had been set up at Black Lives Matter Plaza and McPherson Square.Alvarez noted that many organizers said they would wait until the results were in before deciding what to do next.At times the mood was festive, with people dancing and singing, but frustrations were also on display.Gabriel Pietrorazio — one of the University of Maryland student journalists covering the elections for WTOP — spoke to Don Folden, founder of Capital Buddy Tours, who said he hopes the political divisiveness ends after the 2020 election.“What I’m trying to do is get people to stop hating each other because they disagree,” he said. “It’s interesting because some of the people who hate each other like the same music. They have a lot of things in common, but they only focus on what they don’t have in common.“This division, this hatred – it’s got to stop.”By the time Alvarez returned to the BLM Plaza around 1:30 a.m., he said about 100 people were still milling around, including members of the media. But with the presidential race essentially in a dead heat and inconclusive, the mood was far more somber than it was earlier in the day. AP/Jacquelyn Martin WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez Vladimir Kostyrev/TASS/Vladimir Kostyrev Dmitry Kirsanov/TASS/Dmitry Kirsanov A police car parked by Lafayette Square near the White House ahead of the 2020 general elections. Share This Gallery: WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez A demonstrator holds up a sign while waiting for election results at Black Lives Matter Plaza, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) A La Colombe boarded up its windows ahead of the results of the 2020 general election. Print. A protester wears a costume and holds a sign denouncing President Donald Trump. Demonstrators stop to pray outside the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. Demonstrators gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza outside the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington.last_img read more

Legislature compensates Crotzer

first_imgBoth the House and Senate have passed a bill providing $1.25 million for Alan Crotzer, who spent more than 24 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.The bill passed the House by a vote of 116-0 and the Senate 33-5.Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, said the money can never fully compensate Crotzer for the years the state took away from him, noting that while imprisoned Crotzer’s mother died, his ankles became disfigured due to ill-fitting prison-issued boots, he was stabbed by another inmate, suffered from dehydration and infections, and his shoulder still troubles him because of a lack of proper medical care.“But at long last his wait for justice has come to an end,” said Aronberg, adding that “this is one of the most important pieces of legislation we will have this session.”“Mr. Crotzer, I can’t even imagine what you have been through and whatever little bit we can do here in the Florida House, hopefully will make your life a little bit better,” said Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Ft. Lauderdale, the majority whip.“This is your day,” said Rep. Luis R. Garcia, Jr., D-Miami, looking up at Crotzer in the House gallery. “I cannot fathom what you went through in 24 years of wrongful incarceration. God bless you, Alan.”In brief remarks earlier in the session, Crotzer said: “The whole world was upside down when I got out. Without some strong support, including from the Innocence Project [which helped secure his freedom]. . . I wouldn’t have made it.. . . Compensation would give me an education as well as the tools to rebuild my life.”Crotzer was freed from prison in 2006 after postconviction DNA testing proved his innocence of a 1981 rape, kidnapping, and robbery.Crotzer had spent 24 years, six months, 13 days, and four hours in prison — more than half his life.Following Wilton Dedge in 2005, Crotzer becomes the second person compensated via a legislative claims bill for being wrongfully incarcerated in Florida prisons. Seven other inmates have been cleared in recent years, typically because DNA evidence showed they could not have committed the crime for which they were convicted. April 15, 2008 Regular News Legislature compensates Crotzercenter_img Legislature compensates Crotzerlast_img read more

Unranked Michigan sweeps No. 9 Minnesota

first_imgLucia said many of the Gophers problems would be solved if the usual offensive talent provided the scoring. It was forward Darian Romanko who scored the lone goal Saturday, just his third of the season.Minnesota’s offense is tied for 41st in college hockey. The team has not scored goals to send games into overtime or comeback.“Guys aren’t having the years that they want,” Sheehy said. “It’s a team effort every night, we’ve just got to come together these next 10 games and then [in the] postseason we’ve got to be great.”The team couldn’t find enough offense to come within reach, and by the time four minutes had passed in the first period, Michigan had scored the eventual game-winning goal.The Wolverines offense got scoring from the top-two lines, with a goal each coming from forwards Brendan Warren, Josh Norris and Cooper Marody.The message after Friday’s loss was that players, especially veterans on the team, needed a better start from the first drop of the puck, but the message Saturday was to get the team on the same page for the last 10 games of the season.“What we’re doing right now isn’t working and we know that,” Romanko said. “We’ve got to get everyone on the same page and just buy into the system.” Unranked Michigan sweeps No. 9 MinnesotaThe Gophers found the net once, after an early barrage of goals gave the Wolverines the lead.Max OstensoFreshman forward Brannon McManus celebrates after scoring his goal late in the third period against Michigan on Friday. Drew CoveJanuary 15, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers players said after Friday’s loss that they would need a jolt of energy to turn the weekend around and beat the Wolverines Saturday.The team held a players-only meeting to ensure they saw a change before the next game.But No. 9 Minnesota (13-12-1, 4-9-1-1 Big Ten) didn’t have the jump on Saturday, and the Gophers finished winless in four tries against Michigan (10-10-2, 5-7-2-1 Big Ten) this season, losing the final game 3-1 and dropping the season series 0-3-1.“Tonight they got two quick ones,” captain Tyler Sheehy said. “We put ourselves in a hole like that, and it’s hard to come back.”Like Friday, Saturday began with the Gophers going down early. The first goal for Michigan came on its first shot of the game. The Wolverines padded their lead with another goal 3:06 into the game. Before the Gophers settled in, they found themselves down 2-0.“As the game progressed, sometimes we got in our own way,” head coach Don Lucia said. “The harder you try, the worse it gets. Then you start to become individualistic, and you don’t share the puck and make the right play because you’re trying too hard.”last_img read more

The Sun Will Rise Again

first_imgIt is rare when Easter and Passover coincide as neatly as they do this year, with the Jewish holiday week beginning Wednesday, April 8, and the Christian holidays of Good Friday and Easter falling on April 10 and 12, respectively. That they dovetail so neatly together in this, of all years, is truly a blessing. It serves to remind us that we are all brothers and sisters, no matter what our faith might be. This year, of all years, death moves among us. COVID-19 is not interested in how much money you have, or what race you are, or if you have been good or bad. It claims its victims indiscriminately: you, and you, and you. Suddenly, we are afraid of each other, and for good reason. Does she have it? Is he a carrier? We have no way of knowing, so we force ourselves apart, and lock ourselves in our homes, if we are fortunate enough to have one. Passover and Easter remind us that pain and suffering are not unique to our time. If you start to cry, do not feel ashamed. Even in your solitude, you are not alone.Easter and Passover promise us deliverance. No matter how dark it is, the sun will rise again, and the tears of pain we shed today shall be tears of joy tomorrow. Sharelast_img read more

Reliance of India to Buy Spot LNG Cargo

first_imgReliance Industries of India is planning to buy a spot cargo of LNG for delivery between September 1-4 at the Hazira import terminal, Bloomberg reported, citing an unidentified official at the company.The company’s price target for the LNG cargo is $14.50 per million British thermal units and the LNG will be used use as feedstock at the company’s Jamnagar refinery and power generators.The 5 mil mt/year terminal in Hazira includes a liquefied natural gas storage and re-gasification terminal within a fully functional port and it is situated in the State of Gujarat on the West Coast of India, about 25 km from Surat city and about 120 nautical miles north of Mumbai.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, July 22, 2013; Image: Shelllast_img

Tough year for Milwaukee

first_imgVolumes of steel were also down year-on-year, although the US port said that the amount of steel handled was still one of the highest totals recorded in the past decade.”Cargo at the Port of Milwaukee is affected by world markets and local demand, and we certainly saw that last year,” said Milwaukee port director Paul Vornholt. “2016 begins with some uncertainty, but there is reason for optimism.”  www.milwaukee.govlast_img

Can anyone stop the Mighty Reds?

first_imgThere is also the possibility that the tournament might make an international bid to see other African regions brought into the fold, which could see it grow exponentially. For now though, each team has their eye on bringing home the silverware this weekend as the first step on that journey. KARL BERGEMANNThe air was thick with anticipation as some of Cape Town’s finest under-17 footballing talents sat waiting to hear who they would be facing off against in the group stages of this year’s Engen under-17 Knockout Challenge, to be held at Vasco Da Gama, in Parow, this weekend.For defending champions, Ajax Cape Town, and hosts, Vasco Da Gama, it was a case of sitting back and watching the selection unfold, their positions in the pool stages determined before the draw, held at the River Club, last week. Sitting in Pool B and A, respectively, Ajax and Vasco will be hoping to make the most of their pool games to secure a spot in the knockout stages.It won’t, however, be as easy for the defending champs as they may have anticipated, being drawn in what turned out, arguably, to be the group of death, with top contenders Hellenic FC, Fish Hoek AFC and Grassy Park United being drawn alongside the Urban Warriors. Hellenic and Fish Hoek have been particularly impressive leading up to the tournament and will be throwing their names in the hat for one of the teams that could cause some trouble for the champions.As it stands, the group stages will look as follows. In Pool A, hosts Vasco Da Gama will face off against Jordan Callies, Atlantic Nacional and Milano United. Pool B features Ajax, Hellenic, Fish Hoek and Grassy Park United. Pool C sees Greenwood Athletic, Maties, Ikapa Sporting and Greenlovers FC vying for honours and Pool D includes Southampton FC, YSD Macassar, Avendale Athletico and Old Mutual.The competition runs from Friday July 15 and will culminate in the finals on Sunday July 17. Tournament director Phillip Ribeiro hopes the local organising committee will have ironed out any kinks they experienced last year when they host these young talents this weekend.“Vasco Da Gama is very happy and excited to be hosting the tournament for a second year. Tournaments such as these are key to improving the standard of junior football across the board ,and we feel that we have learnt a lot from last year’s event and hope that clubs will enjoy themselves this weekend. “We wish the teams well and encourage the players to take this opportunity to get out there and be seen by scouts, and hopefully this will be the start of many professional careers,” he said.As a 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge ambassador, former Bafana Bafana defender, Nasief Morris, who started his career with Cape-based side Santos FC and now plies his trade at Milano United, was on hand to further the case of players getting a shot at the so-called big time.“It’s really at this stage where players step into the professional set-ups and where they are able to set their standards and the goals they hope to achieve for themselves. “If I look at my own situation, I was playing professional football from the age of 16, when Santos were in the PSL.“I always tell the young kids that dreams do come true. I remember telling my mom that I was going to make a lot of money and give her everything her heart desires. I believe setting these goals for yourself is an important part of achieving a sense of satisfaction and pride. “Having done these things myself, I feel it is important to give back to the younger generation of footballers coming through the ranks, and I believe they can achieve even more than what I have done if they set their minds to it,” said Morris.With over 200 teams and more than 4 000 players competing in the Knockout Challenge regional tournaments, there is no doubt that future stars will emerge from these teams. last_img read more