Air Force ROTC hosts Flyin’ Irish basketball tournament

first_imgThe Notre Dame Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) hosted more than 500 cadets from 28 schools this weekend for the 31st Flyin’ Irish Invitational Basketball Tournament.Sophomore David Carmack, the public affairs officer for the event, said the event has expanded since its inception in 1985 to include teams from ROTC programs throughout the country, but it has remained grounded in its roots at the University.“It started off as a couple of people from Air Force ROTC; [they] got together at Notre Dame, and they decided to create a basketball tournament, and it’s grown exponentially since this year,” he said. “We [had] 50 teams this year [and] a couple [were] local. We [had] the local Army, the local Navy and obviously the local Air Force making a couple of teams.”One reason for the tournament’s growth, Carmack said, is the bond created between ROTC cadets during group field training trips.“It has really grown a lot by word of mouth,” he said. “For instance, between sophomore and junior years of college, for Air Force ROTC cadets, everybody goes down to Alabama for that age group for field training. And through that, everyone gets to know each other, and so there [are] a lot of circles of friends, and through that the basketball tournament has spread.”While the tournament take plenty of time to organize, Carmack said, the cadets receive plenty of support from the members of the Notre Dame community.“Notre Dame’s been really friendly with letting us use the courts,” he said. “They know we’re scheduling it. And also, actually, [men’s basketball head coach] Mike Brey is a big fan of it [so] he often comes and watches. … They have their time off, and he likes to come by, sit down and watch some games. It’s not the highest level of play, but it’s very entertaining.”Carmack said the tournament was well-attended by Notre Dame students, as well as the visiting cadets.“Obviously, we have some friends of cadets here who [came] to watch, but one of the cool things is … there’s a cool connection because it’s kids from all over the country who [came],” he said. “So it’s a great connection.”Considering the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets team beat the Wisconsin Flyin’ Badgers in the men’s championship, and the Marquette Golden Eagles Army ROTC defeated the Ohio State Buckeye Battalion in the women’s championship, Carmack said it would be advantageous for the tournament to include a live stream in future years.“We’re looking to possibly set that up in the future, which would be a really cool thing because there are teams from Iowa or wherever they’re coming from,” he said. “Texas A&M [flew] in — they can’t all come and watch their detachment, so that’s something that we’re looking to set up in the future. So it has a lot of room for growth. As much as it’s grown, there’s always more we can do.”Because the Notre Dame Air Force ROTC cadets primarily organize the tournament, Carmack said it provided a great opportunity to develop professional skills.“It also is a great opportunity for local Notre Dame cadets to get involved in leadership positions in the wing,” he said. “So, for example, me or any other cadet — this is a good opportunity for us to have experience in organizing things and having responsibilities. … It helps professional development, also.”Carmack said the biggest advantage of the tournament, though, is the chance to get to know cadets from all around the country.“Getting cadets all together — it’s mostly Air Force that comes, but there’s Iowa State Army, Wisconsin Air Force, Purdue Navy,” he said. “Even though we all might not be going to the same branch of military when we graduate, we’re kind of creating a bond and meeting each other and making good connections for our future.”Tags: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Flyin’ Irish Basketball Tournament, Naval ROTClast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Jane Krakowski on Legs, Darren Criss is Back & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 Related Shows Darren Criss Darren Criss Will (Briefly) Return to BroadwayDarren Criss is just one of the special guests enlisted for Maize & Blue on Broadway on May 16. The one-night-only benefit concert at the August Wilson will celebrate the University of Michigan and its renowned musical theater department, as well as honor its longtime chair, Brent Wagner, who is retiring in May after 32 years. Many of the institution’s well-known alumni will also be making an appearance at the event including Tony nominees Gavin Creel, Hunter Foster, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Jennifer Laura Thompson.Mike Daisey Takes on TrumpDonald Trump is heading to Joe’s Pub this summer! Or rather Mike Daisey is bringing The Trump Card, a biography and a story about politics, to the venue. The famed monologist told the WSJ that the leading GOP candidate is a “frighteningly good speaker,” and that The Apprentice contains the clues to figuring out what makes him tick. Daisey is perhaps best known for his work The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.Cheyenne Jackson & More Set For Provincetown Multiple Broadway favorites are heading to Provincetown’s Town Hall concert series this summer! Cheyenne Jackson will perform at the Art House on July 3, followed by Megan Hilty from July 17 through July 19, Kristin Chenoweth on August 16 and Patti LuPone on September 4. We’re already dreaming of those summer nights in Cape Cod…P.S. This year’s Broadway Backwards raised a record $480,287 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Center. Hats off to all who took part! Jane Krakowski She Loves Mecenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. She Loves Me’s Jane Krakowski on Legs & LibrariesThe adorable Jane Krakowski is currently starring opposite Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi in She Loves Me, and she visited Live with Kelly and Michael on March 22 to chat about her return to Broadway. Along with a discussion about maneuvering her legs into one very impressive dance move eight times a week, the Tony winner explained why she’s getting a library card. (I think we all are!) Check out the video below; the revival is playing at Studio 54. Star Files View Comments Jane Krakowskilast_img read more

Rescue Workers, the Other Heroes of the Mine Rescue in Chile

first_img The six rescue workers who descended to 622 meters below ground in order to collaborate in the rescue of the thirty-three miners were the last to leave, contributing to the memory of the event the image of a banner displayed at the bottom of the excavation: “Mission accomplished Chile.” Once Luis Urzúa, the last of the miners to be rescued, had reached the surface, the rescue workers unfolded the banner as a victory announcement to the world that was following events through the camera installed at the bottom of the shaft. Manuel González was the first to descend to the depths of the mine on board the Phoenix II capsule and the last to leave the bowels of the earth behind, after having met the objective of helping the thirty-three miners. The final images of González were those of a solitary man in a mine gallery, speaking by telephone with technicians on the surface. “Manuel González Pavez, the hero of the thirty-three,” the technicians repeated as they recalled the most emotional moments of the rescue. “I’ve been here for a week, and I already miss my wife and children; imagine what it’s like for them after seventy days! It’s terrible!” González said, speaking by telephone from the depths. When he arrived, in a scene similar to the Apollo XI moon landing, both González and the miners became emotional. “They realized that it had finally happened and that they were all going to get out,” the rescue worker said. “I felt very emotional (when I arrived). I felt a lot of affection from them; it was very nice. Those first moments are something you’re going to remember for the rest of your life,” he affirmed. González was the last to abandon the mine. Once safe on the surface, González said to President Sebastián Piñera, “The job we were given is done.” Piñera answered, “Don Manolo, you were the last one. What was your final thought?” “That I hope that this never happens again. I hope that we learn from this experience, that things in Chilean mining will be different.” The camera allowed a final glimpse of the lighted, empty mine. By Dialogo October 15, 2010 The world rejoiced for the rescue and I think it excellent the manner in which it was executed, the human kindness and emotions was incredible; this made me stop and think that we are capable of uniting and showing love and solidarity in extreme cases, what couldn’t we accomplish if we had this attitude on a daily basis. The rescuers along with the participants in the operation deserve all of our gratitude and admiration, the drilling rig operators who were able to make an excellent path for the capsule. I was as equally moved as everyone that saw the rescue and felt great emotion as one by one they came out. Each having their own way of expressing their happiness, their anguish, their relief at finally being rescued and united with their families. As a Chilean abroad, I felt a great yearning for my country and great pride to be CHILEAN; I also felt great pride for the president, the ministers/secretaries and the authorities present at the site of the exiting capsule. last_img read more

Preference form deadline nears

first_imgPreference form deadline nears January 1, 2004 Regular News The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking appointments for the presidential term of President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson are now available on The Florida Bar’s Web site.The forms are posted at www.flabar.org.If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, and request a form be mailed or faxed to you.To apply to serve on a committee, members will have to fill out the committee preference form and submit it online, eliminating the need to mail or fax in the completed form. It will be presented in the same format as usual and should only take a minute or two to complete and submit.There are roughly 500 appointments to be made, and typically 5,000 Bar members apply. Johnson said since the number of requests for appointments always exceeds the number of positions available, she will work to appoint people who have not previously had an opportunity to serve on Bar committees and will consider several factors, including previous history of service to the Bar and voluntary bar organizations.If you are currently serving on a standing committee, check the September 2003 directory issue of The Florida Bar Journal at pages 640 – 656 to determine when your term expires. If your term expires in 2004, you must complete a new form to be considered for reappointment. If you are not currently on a standing committee and wish to be appointed, complete the form and return it prior to January 16, 2004. If you are serving on a substantive law committee and wish to continue to do so, you also must complete and return this form by January 16, 2004, to retain membership on that committee.center_img Preference form deadline nearslast_img read more

5 bold takeaways from THINK 20 Virtual for thriving beyond COVID-19

first_imgOn Thursday, May 7th, CO-OP hosted the first-ever THINK 20 Virtual – an all-digital conference that brought together over 2,000 credit union professionals for six hours of intelligence sharing and strategy building. With keynotes and discussions that covered a variety of topics – from the new consumer financial wellness landscape to effective pandemic response planning and digital transformation – THINK Virtual allowed credit unions to hit pause and ideate on ways to strengthen their business in the wake of COVID-19. As CO-OP Chief Experience Officer, Samantha Paxson, emphatically declared in the conference’s opening keynote: “This is a time for bold action.”In case you missed it, you can view the event on-demand with registration, here. If you need a shorter overview, we’ve summarized the five boldest takeaways that came out of THINK 20 Virtual:Credit Unions ARE the Compassionate Banking AlternativeCredit unions are truly rising to the challenge in this time of uncertainty. In an audience poll asking what credit unions are doing in response to COVID-19, the majority (42 percent) answered “Offering cardholder payment relief solutions to members.” In her financial wellness keynote, THINK Virtual host Jean Chatzky cataloged numerous examples of credit unions extending real help to their financial distressed members in the form of: low or 0% interest loans, emergency loans, fee waivers on online transfers, car loans that direct the first few payments toward savings and emails that directed members to useful resources. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

4 reasons your credit union needs the new CUAid app

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lacey Yasick Lacey is the Communications Manager for the National Credit Union Foundation. She works to develop and execute all communication efforts that support the Foundation’s national programs and engagement strategy.Lacey … Web: www.ncuf.coop Details Unfortunately, we are in the thick of natural disaster season. As if 2020 hasn’t thrown us enough curve balls, this is the time of year where mother nature doesn’t hold back. If we, as an industry, have learned anything this year, it’s that being prepared for the unexpected is critical for business resiliency.In collaboration with PSCU, the Foundation recently launched a free CUAid Disaster Recovery app, generously funded by CUNA Mutual Group and FIS and developed by CU-APPS. In the true spirit of cooperation among cooperatives, the CUAid app was a collaborative effort with the common goal of strengthening our industry in the face of disaster.The app is designed to help credit unions do four main things:Prepare for disasters – Credit unions should use the Prepare form within the app as a guide to evaluate and strengthen their own internal disaster recovery plans. The Prepare form is to be used as a checklist for individual credit unions and supplies the database information about possible resources that could be provided to other credit unions in need.Report a disaster – If your organization has been struck by a natural disaster, you can quickly report it through the app. This notifies the Foundation and we can quickly respond to your needs.Connect to receive and/or share resources during disasters – After reporting a disaster, credit unions can connect with other organizations who may have resources available to share such as generators, mobile branches, etc. The app serves as a “matching service” to quickly mobilize and share needed equipment and resources. Donate to CUAid – Quickly support other credit union employees financially in times of need.The success of the app lies within the users and the collaborative sharing of resources. We have seen CUAid quickly mobilize funds to get credit union employees back on their feet to serve members and hope the app changes the way we maintain continuous operations during times of emergency.The app can be downloaded on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or on your desktop.Download the app FAQ, attend an upcoming live webinar, or contact the Foundation at ncuf@ncuf.coop for all other questions.last_img read more

Spencer-Van Etten closes due to positive COVID case

first_imgThe district says while students may not have come into contact with the positive case, they have been directed by the Department of Health to close effective immediately until October 26th. The district said the employee works in multiple locations within the district, and after speaking with the health department, decided to close school. SPENCER/VAN ETTEN, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Spencer-Van Etten Central School District announced Thursday that it will close until October 26th after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The Tioga County Health Department said any person who was in direct contact with the confirmed case will be notified, asked to quarantine, and will be given further guidance. The district asks families, students, and staff to check their email for more information before calling the district to allow phone lines to remain open. The individual has started the process of quarantining and Spencer- Van Etten is working with the Tioga County Health Department to begin contact tracing. It is unclear if the district will move to remote learning.last_img read more

Pro-Trump mobs fueled by conspiracy theories try to disrupt voting counts in contested states

first_imgIn Detroit, a crowd of protesters pounded on the windows inside the city’s vote-counting center, demanding to be allowed in to the vote-counting area, which was at its capacity of 570 vote challengers already inside the room. The protesters, who chanted in support of a Trump lawsuit demanding the counting be stopped due to transparency claims, eventually were rebuffed—as was Trump’s lawsuit.In Philadelphia, protesters from both pro-Trump and pro-Biden camps gathered outside the city’s convention center, where ballot-counting operations are centered. The pro-Trump protesters, who included several Proud Boys, were organized by FreedomWorks For America, the right-wing “astroturf” group credited with co-creating the “Tea Party” phenomenon. “CALLING ALL PATRIOTS! We cannot let the radical Left steal this election!” the group posted on Facebook. In another post it urged protesters turn out to “make sure Joe Biden does not steal the election.”- Advertisement – In Nevada, competing protests outside the North Las Vegas ballot-counting center have so far remained peaceful. “President Trump has won,” one Trump supporter told the Las Vegas Sun. “He won Nevada. President Trump four more years.” She also voiced skepticism that the Nevada vote count was legitimate: “I would bet my life there’s no people in there,” she said, referring to the warehouse where votes were being counted.In Arizona, where Joe Biden has consistently led in the ballot count, several hundred protesters—some reportedly carrying weapons—gathered outside the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office on Wednesday to demand all votes be counted, and claiming that there had been ongoing fraud in which Republican ballots were being thrown out.The Arizona protesters were ginned up about a conspiracy theory—dubbed “SharpieGate”—that Republican voters who had used Sharpie pens given out at polling stations to mark their ballots were being widely disqualified, a claim that state officials emphatically denied.- Advertisement – “Poll workers are not going to give voters pens that are going to invalidate their ballot,” Arizona Sec. of State Katie Hobbs told KTAR News on Wednesday.That did not stop Republican and mainstream-conservative groups from spreading the claims. Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona, a fervid Trump supporter, asked for Arizona’s Republican attorney general, Mark Brnovich, to investigate the allegations on Twitter. Brnovich responded by sending a letter to Maricopa County election officials asking them for answers.The American Conservative Union’s Matt Schlapp pushed the conspiracy theory hard on Twitter as well. “Apparently the use of Sharpie pens in GOP precincts is causing ballots to be invalidated,” read one of Schlapp’s multiple tweets promoting the SharpieGate claims, all of which were labeled by Twitter as possibly misleading. “Could be huge numbers of mostly Trump supporters.”- Advertisement – Accordingly, Wednesday’s protest crowd was ripe with far-right figures and conspiracy theorists. One of the state’s most prominent “Patriot” movement leaders, Jennifer Harrison of Arizona Patriots, led a small delegation inside the building in the early moments of the protest, where video showed her demanding to be permitted to observe the count, and being denied.Arizona Patriots (also known as the Patriot Movement of Arizona) won notoriety in 2018 for a Facebook video posted by a leading member of the group showing her entering a Muslim mosque and removing articles, leading eventually to a felony conviction for the woman. Harrison, who was sued by several churches for harassing immigrant children by posting videos of them arriving by bus, herself currently faces a felony identity theft charge in Maricopa County.  Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies formed a barrier at the entrance that kept the protesters out, even as they began chanting “Let us in!” and “Stop the Steal!” Among the protesters was Gosar, who could be seen joining a chant: “Where are the votes!”All of these protests appear to have been organized largely on Facebook. The Facebook group devoted to the “#StopTheSteal” hashtag gained 320,000 members in less than 48 hours, having been created shortly after Trump had tweeted out his plea to “Stop the count!”A Facebook spokesperson told Rolling Stone it removed the group on the grounds that it was “creating real-world events. The group was organized around the delegitimization of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Dutch regulator: Schemes must increase control of data security

first_imgDutch pension funds aren’t sufficiently in control of data security and outsourcing risks, according to regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).In its newsletter it said that they must evaluate security more often, stop information leaks more quickly and be more alert regarding outsourcing risks, in particular the use of cloud storage.DNB checked an unspecified number of pension funds for 54 criteria.The supervisor noted that, compared to 2010, pension funds had improved on safety in programming software, increased the risk-awareness of their staff and improved co-operation on cybersecurity expertise. However, it emphasised that pension funds must increase their investments in the quality of IT risk management, the monitoring of outsourced tasks, the testing of adjustments and “patch management”.IT risk management needed more frequent evaluation and maintenance, DNB said, to prevent falling behind on “continuously changing cyber-risks”.DNB found that no more than 60% of software security patches were installed within two days of being issued, and that full cover was only reached in 60 days, which it deemed “too long”.The regulator announced an additional survey into data security, which would include an assessment of how quickly a pension fund was able to return to business as usual following a hack.Drawing on another survey, the watchdog noted that pension funds and insurers increasingly outsourced data storage to cloud-based providers without a sufficient view on data security, continuity or the quality of the outsourcing partner.It found that pension funds often weren’t aware that their data were stored in the cloud, which must be reported to DNB.The supervisor said its survey had been an eye-opener to the sector, quoting a participating institution as saying that it had changed from “subconsciously incapable to consciously incapable”.last_img read more

Thais warned against taking ‘Inappropriate selfies’

first_imgThai girls who may be pondering to join the new trend of “underboob selfies”, should have the second thought as the Culture Ministry warned that they could end up violating the Computer Crime Act.According to reuters, the warning came from Yupha Thaweewattanakijborworn, director of the Culture Watch Office of the Culture Ministry. Yupha also urged the Thai media not to play up the trend if the media has not seen underboob selfies by Thai women yet. She explained that such reports might backfire rather than doing good to the society.she warned women on Monday, posting ‘selfie’ photos of the lower half of their breasts – a social media trend that has gone viral – saying their actions could violate the country’s computer crime laws.She said if Thai women post underboob selfie photos, they may be deemed breaking the Computer Crime Act by putting pornographic pictures into computer system.She added that the Culture Ministry does not support Thai women to be scantily clad in public places, and it would become a serious problem for the society if many Thai girls follow the example.Thairath Online also interviewed Roongtawan Chaiha, an Internet idol who rose to her fame by posting her own sexy photos on her Munkaw Chaos Girl Facebook fan page, said she has no plan to catch the underboob seflies trend. So far, her page has received over 470,000 likes mostly from men.Munkaw, who has proudly announced that her breast is her selling point, said the Thai society would not accept such the underboob trend. Posting photos partially revealing the breast from the high angle of view is already causing serious trouble for her, she added.last_img read more