Pass-In-Review honors ROTC members

first_imgFourteen exemplary members of Notre Dame’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program received awards for integrity, leadership and community involvement at the 2013 Presidential Pass-In-Review ceremony yesterday. The formal military ceremony, held in the Stepan Center, gathered all cadets and midshipmen on campus. Midshipman Jason Koncsol spoke about the importance of Notre Dame’s ROTC program. University President Fr. John Jenkins opened the Pass-In-Review with an address. “The military has a long and historic involvement at Notre Dame, with members of the military attending the University as far back as 1858,” he said. “Notre Dame is one of only 56 universities with a ROTC program representing all four branches of the United States military.” Jenkins said he respects the dedication of the ROTC students and the work they do. “People will look to you for leadership. They will look to you for purpose,” he said. “I know that what you do as a ROTC participant is not easy. On top of the same responsibilities that every student faces, you have ROTC duties and activities.” Jenkins’ invocation emphasized the service aspect within the ROTC program. “I know you do this out of a great sense of commitment that resonates to your service in various branches of the military,” he said. Cadets Abigail Nichols and Edward Spinelli were awarded the prestigious Army Officer’s Saber. Spinelli was also honored with the Hendry Memorial Award and the Patrick Dixon Award, an honor he shared with Army Cadet Michael Dompierre. Other leadership awards given to ROTC members included the Dr. Michael McKee Award, earned by Cadet Sabina Fischer and the Edward Easby-Smith Award, awarded to Midshipman Katherine Griffin. Cadet Benjamin Coffey received the Captain Paul Roberge Memorial Award, which acknowledges the specific accomplishments of a pilot candidate. Naval ROTC Midshipmen Michael McCormick, Blake Weller, Kevin Hickey, Madeleine Anderson, Devon Graham and Elizabeth Schroff and Cadets Eric Wilde and Patrick Bowlds were honored with decorations recognizing their integrity, diligence and service. In memory of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Jenkins commended the actions of Fr. Corby, a Holy Cross priest who accompanied the Union Army and whose statue stands outside of Notre Dame’s Corby Hall. “Fr. Corby stood on a rock and gave absolution to the troops, not simply for the Union soldiers, nor only for the Catholic soldiers, but for all soldiers,” he said. “[He] embodied this message of serving a just peace. I challenge all of you as participants of the ROTC program to pursue this cause of a just peace as well.” Contact Charlie Ducey at cducey@nd.edulast_img read more

Ramson Jnr is new Sport Minister!

first_img– Culture and Youth mergedBy Stephan Sookram Charles Ramson Jnr. will take up his tenure as the Minister with responsibility for Culture Youth and Sport following the swearing in of new government ministers yesterday.Ramson Jnr, a former presidential adviser to the Donald Ramotar administration, has now been handed the keys to a sector many feel should have its own subject minister.This was not the case in the previous government as the sport sector was absorbed and ultimately overshadowed by the education sector.After his swearing in at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre (ACCC), Ramson gave a quick comment saying, “As far as sport is concerned, right now sport is very disorganised, so I want to be able to start to get sport organised in this country.”While he did not outline his plans for the sector, Ramson Jnr is no stranger to the sporting world, being an active participant in cricket; he now has the job of reforming the sport sector.One of the many things the new minister has to look at is the refurbishment and ultimate development of the South Dakota Race track into an international venue.In its manifesto, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) campaigned heavily on the refurbishing and further development of the Timehri-based motorsport circuit, the home of racing locally.President Irfan Ali had spoken to this on numerous rallies and it is also outlined in the party’s manifesto, indicating that there are plans to revamp the venue.Other plans outlined for the sector in the Manifesto are to ensure that each region has a premium, multi-purpose sporting facility that could be used for multiple events.This ties into the PPP/C’s plan to also build sport academies to serve all regions, another plan outlined in the manifesto.The Manifesto also outlined plans for the provision of incentive packages for the businesses that provide sponsorship or employment opportunities for sports persons and athletes.Outside of the Manifesto, the new minister is also expected to look at the reform of the sector, including the long promised sport policy.last_img read more

Turkey 2013: Young guns scrap for Golden Boot

first_imgThe 50 games so far at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 in Turkey have produced exactly 149 goals, some of them breathtakingly good. They have been scored by a total of 96 different players, yet only an elite handful remain in the running for a very special individual award, the traditional adidas Golden Boot for the top scorer at the tournament. But who will succeed Henrique, winner of the prestigious award in Colombia two years ago with five goals in seven games for Brazil, the absent holders of the U-20 crown?In the current contest, which ends this Saturday when France meet Uruguay in the Istanbul final, three players are level at the top of the goalscoring chart on five goals. Portugal’s new attacking jewel Bruma is currently in first place because he only required 360 minutes on the field for his five goals. He is followed by Spain’s Jese (429 minutes) and Ghana’s Ebenezer Assifuah (496 minutes).However, the west African has a clear edge in the betting, because in contrast to the other two, his team are still in the tournament, with the Black Satellites primed to take on Iraq in the match for third place.Sporting Lisbon prodigy Bruma is still only 18, but even before the tournament great things were predicted for the ruthless finisher. Nevertheless, the route to Turkey, where the Portuguese ultimately fell to Ghana in the last sixteen, was not particularly easy for him, as he recently revealed to FIFA.com: “The last few years have been important for my development. I didn’t have the right attitude to begin with, but I think I’ve improved in that respect. All I wanted to do was dribble with the ball, do nutmegs and flick the ball over people’s heads. Then I began to realise I had to take things more seriously.” There is still a strong possibility of him coming away with a very big honour indeed, potential testimony to his perceptiveness and personal progress. Assifuah could yet pip Bruma to the post. The 20-year-old, on the books with Liberty Professionals, is disappointed not to have reached the final with the 2009 champions, but is now hoping to make a winning contribution as the Ghanaians go for the consolation prize of third place. “My fellow countryman Dominic Adiyiah won the Golden Boot four years ago. I never expected to emulate that, but now I actually have the chance,” he exclusively told FIFA.com, “I’m praying I can score again and win the award. Hopefully my team-mates will remember to think of me when we get near the opposing goal.”Assifuah is certainly a fair bet in the race for the accolade, but there are promising contenders outside the top three. Nicolas Lopez has four goals to his name and is hoping to build on that total, sealing team glory for Uruguay and the personal honour for himself. The same goes for France hitman Yaya Sanogo, who is level with Lopez on four goals. And further down the list, Iraq’s Farhan Shakor and Sanogo’s team-mate Florian Thauvin have both scored three times.“If I won the Golden Boot, it would give me real joy and immense satisfaction. But it’s not what I’m focusing on,” the 20-year-old Sanogo told FIFA.com. “Scoring four goals at a World Cup already means a lot,” the Auxerre man continued, “but it would be the icing on the cake if goals scored by me in the final meant France won the trophy.”Thauvin can afford to be far more relaxed about the race for the adidas Golden Boot, as the Bastia winger is not an out-and-out goalscorer. For all that, it was his brace that saw Les Bleuets past Ghana in the semi-finals and opened the door to possible glory. “But I’m not aiming for the individual award,” he said, “the target is to win the World Cup. If I did happen to end as top scorer it would just be a bonus.” It remains to be seen who will go home with the prestigious adidas Golden Boot, following in the footsteps of the likes of Sergio Aguero (2007), Lionel Messi (2005) and Javier Saviola (2001). Tell us what you think and share your views with fans from all over the world. Simply add your comment at the bottom of the page.And we’d also like you to take part in the FIFA.com poll for the best goal of the tournament. After the final, we’ll present a shortlist of ten goals, and you can pick your favourite from that. So don’t forget to come back to the official FIFA website and review the most spectacular goals from Turkey 2013.To whet your appetite, why not take a look at our video of the all-time best goals in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup? Just follow the link in the right navigation and enjoy!last_img read more

Lakers pounce on remaining free agents, including DeMarcus Cousins

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe most high-ceiling signing might just be Cousins, the 28-year-old, 6-foot-11 four-time All-Star who is still striving to recapture his heights before his 2018 Achilles injury. Signing for a one-year, $3.5 million deal, Cousins is a former teammate of Davis’ with the New Orleans Pelicans, and prior to his stint last year with the Golden State Warriors (16.3 ppg, 8.2 ppg), Cousins averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds through five consecutive seasons.Strong shooting was a theme for signing Green and Cook, who played in the NBA Finals on opposing sidelines. Green (two years, $30 million), a teammate of Leonard’s with the Spurs and Raptors, is joining the team coming off one of his best 3-point shooting seasons (45.5 percent) at 32. Cook has shot 41.8 percent from 3-point range for his career, which saw stability off the bench with the Warriors. While neither had a large scoring role last season (averaging a combined 17.2 ppg), both are expected to factor prominently in the playing rotation in a relatively undermanned backcourt.Many of the most controversial signings from last season are also returning to the roster: The Lakers agreed to deals with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (two years, $16 million) and JaVale McGee (two years, $8 million). Both oscillated in and out of starting roles as their production varied last year, but assistant coach Miles Simon (the lone returning coach from last season) said he saw ways each could help.“I think those two guys are essential pieces for us going forward,” he said. “JaVale with his shot-blocking ability and the way he can rim-run, and being able to catch lobs, finish around the basket for us. And KCP, the way that he ended the year carrying us in some games, shooting the 3-ball so well, he’s gonna space the floor for obviously Anthony Davis and Kuz and LeBron.”Two other additions were reported by ESPN but not officially announced by the team: Point guards Rajon Rondo (two years, $5.2 million) and Alex Caruso (two years, $5.5 million). The swiftly executed backup plan rings bells for the 2017-18 version of the New Orleans Pelicans, the same franchise Davis just left and where the Lakers sent the bulk of their own young core. Davis, Cousins and Rondo all played on that roster before Cousins was hurt midseason – Davis and Cousins were both voted All-Star starters. Davis and Rondo went on to be key pieces in a first-round playoff sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers later that spring.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years LAS VEGAS — The back-up plan swung into full effect over the weekend.The Lakers had no more stars to chase, but they quickly assembled pieces to fill out the roster: center DeMarcus Cousins, swingman Danny Green and guard Quinn Cook while returning other players from last season. And perhaps most importantly, the team spent enough of its salary cap to officially finalize the trade for big man Anthony Davis, one of the key pieces of the team they’re expecting to vault them back into contention.It’s not Kawhi Leonard — who stunned the NBA by choosing the Clippers and recruiting Paul George to join him. Furthermore, some of the Lakers’ signings represent the kinds of gambles the Lakers took last season when they scooped up the league’s most colorful personalities.This deep into free agency, few options remained. Still, some of them hold intrigue as the Lakers look to build around returners LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma.center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers took time to celebrate their acquisition of Davis on Saturday, though the trade was officially agreed to three weeks ago. It was the first time the franchise could officially comment on the deal, which also sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart to New Orleans along with considerable draft considerations.General Manager Rob Pelinka called him “arguably the most dominant all-around young player in today’s NBA.“Anthony represents everything we stand for, with his unwavering commitment to excellence as both a person and athlete. This is a historic moment for the Lakers franchise, and we couldn’t be more proud to have him.”The Lakers are also expecting to sign minimum contract players Troy Daniels and Jared Dudley in the coming days, and also should feature second-round draft pick Talen Horton-Tucker. That would leave the Lakers with two remaining roster spots. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more