The Saint Mary’s Student Activites Board (SAB) will host a Twilight Tailgate on Library Green this Thursday at 9 p.m. “Twilight Tailgate has been a traditional event each year that has varied from outdoor movies to concerts,” SAB president Allie Courtney said. This year, SAB will be screening “Toy Story 3” and serving caramel apples, apple cider, hot cocoa and popcorn. “Toy Story 3” was chosen because it was most readily available through Swank Motion Pictures Incorporated, the company through which SAB purchases movies, Courtney said. “We also picked ‘Toy Story 3′ because of its popularity this summer and it seems like a movie that fits perfectly with the culture on campus,” she said. The event is free to all Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross students. The first 400 students to arrive will receive a free fleece blanket. SAB receives a certain allotment of money from the Student Government Association (SGA) a year in order to pay for student events, Courtney said. Courtney said the Board has been trying to create new events and enhance old ones, and that she wants SAB to establish a name on campus. “SAB’s goal is to increase participation, variety and volume at all of this year’s events,” Courtney said. SAB is currently planning an Oktoberfest on campus, a screening of the sixth Harry Potter film before the new Harry Potter movie release and arranging artists for Spring Tostal. “This is our second big event of the year,” Courtney said. “We are really excited and hope a lot of people come out.”
Trinidad and Tobago’s Taekwondo Fighter…Brandon Joseph, took Silver at the recent USAT 2017 Florida State Taekwondo Championships, held at the Orlando Hilton Convention Center on Saturday.Joseph was in with a shot at taking the gold medal but was pegged back in the last round of the finals, in the 68 kilogramme weight and category division.He recently moved up a weight class and this is Brandon’s second Florida State Championship Silver Medal, as he copped this award back in 2015 in the cadet division.Joseph also took silver, at the recent 2017 Daedo Truescore International Taekwondo Championships.
Mourinho pointedly said Pogba would have occupied his favoured role on the left of a midfield three for Saturday’s fifth-round FA Cup win at Huddersfield if he had not been ruled out hours before the game due to illness.The arrival of Alexis Sanchez on the left side of the United attack in January has exacerbated those differences as Pogba and the Chilean are yet to complete 90 minutes together.Mourinho described rumours of a breakdown in communication between he and Pogba as “big lies”, but has not hid his criticism of the 24-year-old’s form.“In this moment he is not playing well… and the team needs him at a good level.”No more so than in the next few weeks as in between their two legs against Sevilla, United also host Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League with all three sides locked in a battle to finish in the top four.“When he is not playing at a good level the team is not as good as the team can be,” added Mourinho.“I think it happens with every team when the best players, the most crucial players, for some reason are not performing.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s Champions League trip to Sevilla on Wednesday night is the type of occasion for which the English giants swallowed their pride to pay £89 million ($125 million) for Paul Pogba, four years after he left Old Trafford for Juventus as a free agent.Yet, it remains to be seen whether the French midfielder even starts at the Sanchez Pizjuan for the first leg of the last-16 tie as much due to his form as his fitness.Pogba hasn’t completed 90 minutes in a month as he has been hauled off by Jose Mourinho in defeats at Tottenham and Newcastle, and dropped by the Portuguese for victory over Huddersfield at Old Trafford in between. Reports in the French press emerged last week that Pogba is unhappy with the role given to him by Mourinho, in particular the defensive demands imposed by the Portuguese.
Ronaldo is one of several footballers to have fallen foul of Spain’s tax authorities in recent years.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, once Ronaldo’s big La Liga rival, paid a two-million-euro fine in 2016 in his own tax wrangle and received a 21-month jail term.The prison sentence was later reduced to a further fine of 252,000 euros, equivalent to 400 euros per day of the original term.His former Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso appeared at the same Madrid court on Tuesday on a separate tax evasion charge.Public prosecutors are seeking a five-year jail sentence and a fine of four million euros.The trial was suspended while the court considers whether it has jurisdiction to hear the case.– Accused of rape in US –The recent crackdown on high-profile footballers follows the removal of a tax exemption in 2010. Known as the “Beckham law” after former Madrid player David Beckham, it had allowed footballers to curb their taxes.Ronaldo is also facing accusations in the United States where a former American model accused him of raping her in Las Vegas in 2009.Police in the US city recently asked Italian authorities for a DNA sample from the footballer.Ronaldo has always denied the accusations.In a New Year’s Eve interview with Portuguese sports daily Record, he said he had a “calm conscience” and was “confident that everything will very soon be clarified”. Madrid, Spain | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo avoided jail on Tuesday but was ordered by a Spanish court to pay 3.57 million euros ($4.1 million) for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid.The court sentenced him to a two-year jail sentence that it immediately reduced to a fine of 365,000 euros, which adds on to another penalty of 3.2 million euros, the sentence read.A court spokesman said he did not know whether this would be added on to the 18.8 million euros that Ronaldo had agreed to pay Spain’s taxman under a deal reached in June with the player’s lawyers.Ronaldo, who last year joined Italian champions Juventus, returned to Madrid for a brief court appearance which lasted around 40 minutes as the deal was officially presented to the judge.“I am very well,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner told the crowd of reporters gathered outside of the court in northeastern Madrid as he left the hearing. He signed a few autographs before leaving in a black van.The presiding judge refused the player’s request to appear by video or to enter the building by car to avoid the spotlight.Ronaldo, 33, smiled broadly as he arrived at the court dressed in black trousers, a black turtleneck and dark sunglasses, holding hands with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.He had played for Juventus on Monday night, missing a penalty as the Italian league leaders eased past bottom club Chievo 3-0.– Offshore companies –Madrid prosecutors opened a probe into Ronaldo in June 2017 and he was questioned in July that same year.“I have never hidden anything, nor have I had the intention of evading taxes,” he told the court then, according to a statement from the sports agency which represents him, Gestifute.Prosecutors accuse him of having used companies in low-tax foreign jurisdictions — notably the British Virgin Islands and Ireland — to avoid paying the tax due in Spain on payments for his image rights between 2011 and 2014.His lawyers said there had been a difference in interpretation of what was and was not taxable in Spain, and deny any deliberate attempt to evade tax.The deal between Spain’s tax authorities and his lawyers allowed Ronaldo to avoid sitting through a long trial that could have damaged his image and seen him handed a heftier sentence. FILE PHOTO: Ronaldo and girlfriend arrive in Madrid for court hearing. PHOTO AFP. Share on: WhatsApp
By Gail WoodOn January 1, 1984, Dave Sederberg wanted to do something different to kick off a new year.So, he convinced his good buddy, Loren Smith, to hop into a car and drive up to Vancouver, B.C., to take part in an annual tradition there – the Polar Bear Plunge, a wade into the ocean.“It was fun,” Sederberg said. “Something different.”He enjoyed the plunge but not the drive. So, Sederberg figured he’d start his own chilly dip in Olympia. The next year, Sederberg, Smith, and Smith’s brother, Greg, jumped into a chilly Capitol Lake on New Year’s Day. Just the three of them.For most plungers, it’s an “in and out” swim.And a tradition – the Polar Bear Plunge – began locally.The second year, 17 friends took the plunge. The numbers, with Sederberg and the Smiths making their sales pitch to come, continued to grow, bumping to 43 the third year. Eventually, turnout peaked at about 200 brave souls, lining up on the shore of Capitol Lake to take a chilly dip.Now, 30 years after Sederberg and Smith made that drive and dip to Vancouver, the Polar Bear Plunge still lives. Except in 2008 it moved from Capitol Lake to Long Lake in Lacey. And, with the Lacey Parks and Recreation organizing and advertising the chilly plunge, it’s grown, peaking in 2010 with a crowd of 733 brave plungers and 633 last year.“I think most people do it because it’s an interesting and unique way to bring in the new year,” said Jenny Wilson, Lacey’s Parks and Recreation Supervisor. “Maybe it’s a freezing cold way for them to remember their resolutions and have it stick with them.”Costumes are encouraged at the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Long Lake.Almost from the start, there’s been a carnival atmosphere to the event. With Sederberg’s encouragement, fellow plungers came dressed in a variety of costumes. Most just came in swim suits. But there’s also been people dressed in a variety of costumes. There’s been the Smurfs, Dorthy and the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz, Superman, Super Mario Brothers, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and, of course, Santa Claus.For a couple of years Smith wore a dress shirt, tie and sports jacket with his swim trunks.“Yeah, we encouraged people to come in costumes,” Smith said. “It was kind of a party type atmosphere. For a lot of people, they felt more alive that day than the rest of the year. It really just kind of jump started them and gave them a good vibe for the rest of the year.”Over the years, there’s also been an emphasis on “plunge.” It’s a get in and get out event. With the water temperature ranging between 38 and 44 degrees, there’s the risk of hypothermia.“You wouldn’t want to encourage anyone to go too deep,” Sederberg said.A chilly Long Lake hosts a 30-year tradition of Polar Bear Plunges.For 23 straight years, Sederberg, Smith and Shaun Rhodes rarely missed a plunge. Sederberg, a 1977 graduate from Timberline High School, missed one because he felt he was coming down with a cold. Smith and Rhodes showed up every year. But when Lacey took over and moved the chilly event to Long Lake, Sederberg said adios to the event he started after doing it once in Lacey. That was enough for him.“After being tied to it for over 20 years and having no other options to do on that day, it was liberating to finally let it go,” Sederberg said.This New Year’s Day, Sederberg will be with his wife and daughter in upstate New York to visit relatives.While most everyone rushes in and out of the water and race to a warm car, Smith, a 1975 graduate from Olympia High School, had been known to stick it out and swim. One year, Smith got in a wait-it-out challenge from another swimmer.“After about 15 minutes, I said lets call it a truce because we were both numb,” Smith said. “Of course the ego in me wanted to keep on swimming.”Dave Sederberg (in center) partnered with Loren Smith (right) and Shan Rhodes (left) to start the Polar Bear Plunge. This photo, snapped in 1985, shows the trio after their New Year’s dip into Capitol Lake.Sederberg was accustomed to the cold. He used to water ski on Capitol Lake on New Year’s Day without a wet suit.Other than chills and being shivering cold, there’s been no serious injuries or problems over 30 years of chilly plunges on New Year’s Day. But just in case, there’s always a medic ambulance on site.Each year, there are repeat plungers, people who come back year after year. Wilson said the oldest New Year’s dipper has been an 85-year-old man. The youngest has been a 3-year-old boy. Much of the attraction is the chance to be part of a large crowd that is going to jump into the lake. Then there’s the saner 1,500 or so people on shore who cheer them on.“There’s definitely some camaraderie that forms on the shore as people are freezing, waiting for the countdown,” Wilson said. “It’s unique.”People will start showing up for the New Year’s dip and dash at noon. The plunge is at 1 p.m.“I’d say this is our fastest event ever,” Wilson said. “Seriously. The park is empty in about 30 seconds after the plunge. It’s a mass exodus. People are running up the hill to get to their warm cars.”It’s an invigorating way to start a new year.For more information on the New Year’s Polar Plunge, click here. Facebook77Tweet0Pin0
After spending most of the month of October at home, the Nelson Leafs take to the road, playing eight of the next 11 games away from the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.The first games happen this weekend when Nelson travels to the Okanagan for three Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games beginning Friday in Armstrong against the North Okanagan Knights.Nelson has feasted pretty well at home, winning five straight games to climb back into the Murdoch Division race.The Leafs, 10-5, trail front-running Beaver Valley Nitehawks by six points in the Murdoch Division — and second-place Castlegar Rebels by five points.Tonight in the Central Okanagan, Nelson meets a dangerous North Okanagan squad struggling in the standings with just eight points and last in the Okanagan Division, but a team that forced the Leafs to rally from a two-goal deficit to score a 3-2 victory earlier this season in the Heritage City.Of note, the winning goal came off the stick of Brendan Smith on the power play with 19 seconds remaining in the game.Saturday, Nelson faces Kelowna Chiefs. The teams met on opening night. Kelowna, second in the Okanagan Division with a record of 7-3-2-2, won on the score sheet but had the points stripped after the KIJHL found the Chiefs had an ineligible person on the score sheet.Sunday Nelson concludes the road trip in Summerland against the Steam.Nelson doubled the Steam 4-3 October 11 in Nelson.Smith top Leafs scoring paradeVeteran utility player Brendan Smith continues to lead the Leafs in scoring with 13 points with five goals and eight assists.Jordan Davie is tops in goal scoring with eight. Leafs captain Rayce Miller listed as day to dayNelson team captain Rayce Miller is still reeling from a puck to the face during the Sunday, October 18 game against North Okanagan.Miller practiced with the team but remains a game time decision.Defending KIJHL champs top team in leagueThe reigning KIJHL champs from Kimberley remain tops in the entire league with 28 points.The Nitros are two points in front of Beaver Valley Nitehawks and three ahead of Castlegar Rebels and Kamloops Storm heading into weekend play.
SAN FRANCISCO — Attendance is down across Major League Baseball, but few teams have felt the sting of a dip in ticket purchases quite like the San Francisco Giants.The Giants’ April attendance dropped 17 percent from 2018 as the club averaged just 32,700 fans in 15 home games. That’s down from an average April attendance of 39,278 fans a season ago and suggests the franchise may have long-term concerns about the club’s ability to fill the seats at Oracle Park.Related Articles G …
3 October 2014The Public Investment Corporation, a South African government-owned financial services provider, plans to invest R2.5 billion on the African continent during the 2014/15 financial year.“The commitment to invest in the rest of the continent is born out of a realisation that our collective success is premised on economic integration,’ says Nhlanhla Nene, chairman of PIC in the corporation’s annual report tabled in Parliament on 2 October 2014.Nene says the PIC has established two funds: the Africa Developmental Investments and Private Equity Africa, which will assist the corporation to discharge its mandate to invest on the rest of the continent. He says Africa’s economic outlook has been positively changing and over the last decade, the continent’s economic output has tripled with projections that Sub-Saharan Africa will grow at an average of 5% over the next 10 years.“This growth means that the continent will be the second fastest growing region in the world after Asia. For this reason, the PIC will, in the new financial year, also focus on developmental investments in Africa with a minimum commitment of US$500 million for developmental investments in Africa and a further US$500 million towards private equity in Africa,’ says Nene, adding that the African story presents the PIC with unique investment opportunities.Acting PIC CEO, Matshepo More, says in the next financial year the PIC plans to invest “at least a further R2.5 billion in the rest of the continent’. “PIC’s largest transaction during the 2013/14 financial year was securing a 1.5% stake in a Nigerian listed cement company, Dangote Cement for US$289 million,’ she says.The Dangote Cement deal also offers PIC other opportunities in the Dangote Group portfolio companies, which includes sugar, flour, oil refinery and port operations.PIC’s first investment in the rest of Africa after the change in the corporation’s investment mandate was the US$250 million investment made in Ecobank, which has exposure to more than 30 countries in central Africa.These investments are in line with the Government Employees Pension Fund’s investment mandate, which was changed in 2011 to require the PIC to commit 5% of assets under management for investment in the rest of Africa, and another 5% to global bonds and equities.Investments in the rest of Africa currently represent 0.5% of the PIC’s total R1.6- trillion assets under management, which grew from the previous year’s R1.4-trillion.More says the PIC is in good financial health “with its profitability at R209 million as at 31 March 2014, up from R130 million at the end of the 2013 financial year’, adding that the PIC has also set aside 1% of the profit after tax from the 2013 financial year for corporate social investment.Established in 1911, the PIC is one of the largest investment managers in Africa, managing assets of over R1.6 trillion and still growing. Of total assets under management, 49% is invested in local equities, 32.4% in local bonds, 7% in cash and money-market instruments, 4.39% in properties and 5.36% in offshore equity and bonds.During the 2013-14 financial year R11.4bn worth of unlisted investments were approved, of which R4.8bn has already been disbursed.The PIC is increasingly expected by the government to contribute towards socioeconomic development. In this regard, Nene says PIC investments had created in excess of 7 805 direct and indirect jobs, and sustained 78 636 jobs.“The PIC is emerging as a leader in the development of green industries by directly and indirectly funding renewable energy projects that will generate in excess of 1 558 megawatts of electricity,” he said.The PIC has entrusted R50 billion of its funds to black asset managers as a way of spurring change in the asset management industry. It approved R6.9 billion in unlisted developmental investments in 2013/14 financial year and plans to invest at least R2 billion in social and economic infrastructure the 2014/15 financial year.
Solar Decathlon Europe makes its debut on Friday with 17 academic teams from Europe, Asia, and the United States presenting their versions of compact, highly energy efficient homes.The host city is, appropriately enough, Madrid. In October 2007, officials representing Spain’s Ministry of Housing and the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy department of the U.S. Department of Energy signed an agreement that established the Solar Decathlon Europe, although the competition is open to teams of students and faculty from universities worldwide.The weather in Spain this time of year likely will be fairly solar-power friendly, but at least one decathlon team, notes a recent Inhabitat post, comes from Finland, where sunshine, even in the southern part of the country, is in relatively short supply during the winter. That, in fact, is a point of interest in Team Finland project, called Luukku. About 100 people from various departments at Aalto University, in Helsinki, have collaborated to adapt the team’s entry to not only perform to net zero energy in Finland but adapt comfortably to climate conditions in central Spain.Wood to the coreLuukku, the team explains on its website and Facebook pages, means hatch in Finnish, although its colloquial interpretation is “residence.” The building’s design is a take on Finnish summerhouses, and focuses heavily on the use of wood. The team used IDA Indoor Climate & Energy software to model the performance of the structure’s wooden and wood-based insulation, cladding, interior flooring, and wall and ceiling finishes.To enhance the adaptability of the house, the team opted to use windows that can be switched out relatively easily, with each window set featuring a glazing design and U-factor rating best suited to the regional climate. The team relied heavily on Finnish manufacturers for Luukku’s materials and mechanical systems, including a hot-and-cold-air system supplied by Enervent and phase-change materials in the interior walls to store heat.The site comes to lifeIn a blog posted on the DOE Solar Decathlon website Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, reported from Madrid that the decathlon installations were slowed by rain on Saturday, although sunny weather on Sunday accelerated construction activity. King writes that people are already talking about the quality of the woodworking in Luukku and a couple entries from Germany. He also says that the Spanish organizers changed U.S. Solar Decathlon rules slightly by adding a new contest called Innovation and Sustainability.“This rule has produced many green technologies for sustainability, which our event also does,” King explains. “But more notable here is the innovation. The universities are trying advanced technology and new ideas. I have just scratched the surface in my 24 hours of scouting, but this event is certainly pushing the envelope. For those who love R&D, following their progress and effectiveness throughout the contest should provide interesting and exciting results.”Solar Decathlon Europe will continue through June 27.
TagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your say Talking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazyby Alex Keble10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points thanks to a 5-1 victory against a weary, disorganised Arsenal outfit struggling with injuries. Unai Emery chose the wrong formation for his side’s trip to Anfield, which became something of a theme for the weekend.Ralph Hasenhuttl made the same error (selecting a back four rather than a back five) as his Southampon team lost to Manchester City, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur looked clueless in the second half of their game against Wolves. Any suggestion of a Spurs title challenge has been quickly shouted down.Here are three things we learnt from the weekend action:1) Emery’s 4-2-3-1 formation leaves Arsenal weak on the flanks and in the middleThere are numerous reasons why Arsenal’s defence was unable to prevent a Liverpool rout on Saturday evening, but the blame lies largely with manager Unai Emery; his move to a back four confused the centre-backs, isolated the full-backs, and left them looking light in midfield. Ainsley Maitland-Niles seemed unsure of his role throughout the first half, loitering high up the pitch to leave the struggling Stephan Lichtsteiner with too much to do. The Swiss was directly at fault for the first and third Liverpool goals, his performance characterised by an anxiety and hastiness caused by a lack of support down his side of the pitch. On the other flank, Alex Iwobi was equally poor at tracking back, which is why the two Liverpool full-backs so frequently received long diagonal passes into the attacking third. Jurgen Klopp’s strategy allowed the hosts to grind Arsenal down in the first half.But it wasn’t just out wide that Emery got it wrong. By instructing Aaron Ramsey to say high alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who doesn’t work hard enough for games as intense as these), Lucas Torreira was often left without a passing option in the middle of the park. Ordinarily he would have wing-backs in line with him as an outlet, and instead there was nobody – explaining why he was caught in possession moments before Liverpool’s crucial second goal.A return to 3-4-3 – more secure at centre-back and more balanced out wide – will almost certainly happen in midweek.2) Hasenhuttl’s initial tactical mistake proves costly for high-pressing SaintsSouthampton could have beaten Man City, and not just because they should have had a penalty moments before James Ward-Prowse’s own goal. Hasenhuttl’s unexpected shift to a 4-3-3 formation proved to be a costly mistake – even though it only lasted 15 minutes before he switched – with their subsequent performance offering encouragement for Saints fans and for those hoping to take points from Man City this season.Hasenhuttl’s 4-3-3 took narrowness to the extreme. Three forwards practically holding hands were unable to prevent City from passing out from the back, and their three midfield players were too preoccupied with David Silva to cover the width. City glided, unchallenged, down the flanks over and over in the first 15, eventually leading to the opener as Bernardo Silva repeated a familiar trick of joining Riyad Mahrez to make dual right wingers. It was a threat Southampton should have seen coming, and yet their narrow 4-3-3 suggested Hasenhuttl had not anticipated City’s strength out wide.He quickly changed back to the 3-4-2-1 to successfully shut down the flanks (in this system, wing-backs can get tight to the winger safe in the knowledge that a third centre-back and shuffle across to act as an auxiliary full-back). From this point on, Southampton’s high press unsettled the visitors, while Mario Lemina’s interesting position to the left of the front three (he kept dropping deeper to become a backup centre-mid) blunted both Silvas.If only Hasenhuttl had played 3-4-2-1 from the start, City’s dreadful run might have continued.3) Zaha’s failure to track Jorginho let Crystal Palace downIt was no surprise to see Crystal Palace sit in an ultra-deep defensive shell and invite Chelsea pressure; that’s the standard Roy Hodgson solution when playing the top six, and it almost worked perfectly at Selhurst Park. However, Wilfried Zaha badly let them down by failing to defend properly, explaining, in the process, why he isn’t trusted as a winger against the big clubs. Everyone knows that man-marking Jorginho is the best way to blunt Chelsea. It means they cannot funnel possession through their metronome and must instead dramatically reshuffle, often unsuccessfully. But as the other nine players dropped into a formation ten yards in front of Jorginho, Zaha let the Brazilian do whatever he wanted.In the end it was David Luiz’s killer ball over the top that led to N’Golo Kante’s winning goal, but the clipped pass came from exactly the defensive midfield position that Zaha should have been covering. Had Zaha tracked Jorginho throughout the match, he would also have been in the right place to stop Luiz – who instead was afforded all the time in the world to pick out his man. It’s pretty clear why Hodgson rarely gives Zaha a wide role in big matches; he cannot be trusted to do the dirty work.Best of the Week – Paul PogbaAnother masterclass from Paul Pogba on Sunday showed why the Frenchman needs a team to be built around him; he won’t perform well when tamed, and yet given the freedom to roam can dominate a match like few other players in the world. He was everywhere at Old Trafford, linking superbly with Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he hasn’t done much tactical training yet, suggesting that United are riding a wave of optimism through the Christmas period. The hard work will begin when the fixture list calms down in January – at which point we will see just how much effort Pogba is willing to make for the new Man Utd manager.Worst of the Week – Spurs’ second half performanceTottenham failed to record a single shot on goal in the second half of their 3-1 defeat to Wolves, highlighting the perils of Mauricio Pochettino’s refusal to rotate effectively during the winter schedule. However, the problem also lies in a lack of creativity and doggedness in central midfield (they need to sign a Moussa Dembele replacement) and the increasingly poor performances of Kieran Trippier. Kyle Walker-Peters deserved to start again on Saturday.