Bengal Bouts to kick off 90th-annual tournament

first_imgThursday marks the beginning of the 90th Bengal Bouts competition, a series of boxing tournaments put on by Notre Dame’s boxing club to raise money for a number of Holy Cross-run institutions in Bangladesh.These institutions, which include hospitals and primary schools, are mostly located in the rural areas of the nation, where poverty is most severe. Bengal Bouts has been raising money for these institutions for a number of years and have donated a total of over $2.5 million throughout the course of the tournament’s existence. Nola Wallace | The Observer Bengal Bouts captains Tim Leisenring, Parker Revers and Taylor Vucinich are among several boxers who will participate in the annual tournament, which begins Thursday evening.“There are a lot of reasons why we do the Bouts, whether it to stay in shape, for competition or for the camaraderie of the team,” junior and boxing club captain Kyle Mettler said. “However, the most important aspect of Bengal Bouts is, without a doubt, the mission we are working towards: raising money for those less fortunate in Bangladesh.”According to senior and club president Parker Revers, the tournaments have raised at least $100,000 every single year since 2009. This year, the club is setting its goal at $200,000.“We work directly with the Development Office all year to help reach donors, alumni and previous boxers to try and get them back on campus,” Revers said.This year’s Bengal Bouts are split into 10 distinct weight classes, each of which has its own tournament ranging from eight to 16 boxers. Revers emphasized the club did not want any of their participants resorting to dangerous behavior to cut weight.“We’re students first, we want to make sure people are eating healthy and not attempting to shed weight for a fight,” he said.Each of the boxers is ranked according to skill and then seeded accordingly.“Every one of the boxers participating [is] required to do at least three spars,” Revers said. “After these spars, we come together as coaches and captains to rank the fighters in the different weight classes.”Though the tournaments are mostly organized by the Notre Dame boxing club, there are several other organizations that contribute to Bengal Bouts’ success.“We work with RecSports because we fall under them, as well as Halftime. [And] for the national anthem, Notre Dame’s marketing department to broadcast the Bouts,” Revers said. “And also the Office of Information Technologies, who help us stream the fights live on Youtube.”The participating boxers have come to Bengal Bouts for a variety of reasons.“I got into boxing mostly to supplement a university sport that I was planning on playing here at Notre Dame,” Mettler said. “I tried it out freshman year and ended up getting hooked.”Each of the boxing club captains will be participating in the Bouts, including Mettler and Revers. The rest of the captains are seniors Taylor Vucinich, Tim Leisenring, Johnny Link, Chris Lembo and Eric Requet and juniors Lenny Calvo, Bo Heatherman, Dan O’Brien and Ryan Smith.Preliminaries for the Bouts begin Thursday at 7 p.m. in Purcell Pavillion. The finals will take place Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. in Purcell Pavilion. Tickets are $30 for access to all four rounds of fighting or $10 for access to individual rounds.Tags: Bengal Bouts, Notre Dame Boxing Clublast_img read more

Dryland Peanuts

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort advises Georgia’s peanut growers to take action to protect their dryland crop.Weather conditions worsened during the latter part of the summer for dryland peanuts as little, if any, rainfall was recorded at critical stages of the growing season. Monfort estimates that as much as one-third of Georgia’s dryland crop has produced very little, and the crop is being severely affected by the drought conditions.“We’re really wanting growers to look at these dryland crops, even though some may be only 115 or 120 days old, and see whether or not they should dig them or just leave them in the field,” Monfort said. “Some of our crop is in bad enough shape that there’s almost no point in digging them. There’s not a crop to dig in some places.”In addition to the weather, this year dryland farmers are facing challenges including the lesser cornstalk borer, an insect that thrives in drought-like conditions. Treatments are ineffective without rainfall, so the pest has become a major problem. The damage inflicted by the lesser cornstalk borer can lead to Aspergillus flavus fungus, which often results in the growth of carcinogen aflatoxin. Underground white mold has also been more problematic this year. This is largely attributed to poor peanut field rotations, which farmers are resorting to in response to low commodity prices. Farmers are more inclined to produce additional peanuts because of the decline of cotton prices.Due to these challenging factors, dryland farmers have to consider a plan B to compensate for not having a viable crop.“Some of the questions we need to be asking are, ‘Do I really have a crop? Can I even make a crop?’ It’s probably a good thing that these growers start looking so they can prepare their insurance adjusters for what’s coming down the road,” Monfort said.According to Monfort, almost half of Georgia’s peanut crop, which was more than 340,000 acres last year, is grown on dry land, or farmed without irrigation. Georgia’s peanut acreage this year is around 720,000 acres, with an estimated 324,000 acres being dryland peanuts.Monfort classifies one-third of Georgia’s dryland crop as suffering through severe drought conditions, one-third as intermediate — those fields that might have a crop but are being impacted heavily by the drought — and one-third that looks “pretty good.” One-third in severe drought means that a little more than 100,000 acres are in precarious conditions at this stage of the growing season.“We’ve got a lot that may be in a too-little-too-late kind of a situation,” Monfort said. “I have pulled up a bunch of plants so far that just don’t look that good.”Georgia’s best chance for rainfall came on Friday, Sept. 2, when Hurricane Hermine moved through south Georgia and up the Atlantic Coast. While Hermine dumped as much as 5 inches in some fields, its impact was just as negative as it was positive.“It helped a good portion of those (plants) that have peanuts on them that hadn’t matured out. As long as they didn’t come loose in the hull, they should continue to mature,” Monfort said. “Those intermediate and good sections may do all right, but the hurricane just caused more issues for the one-third of the crop that is ridden with disease and insect damage.”last_img read more

Trail Mix December 2013: Free Music Playlist

first_imgTemperatures are dropping, the turkey carcass has been picked over, and you might have even seen some snow by now.  Welcome back, December!!We are ready to go with another great month of free music for you here at Trail Mix. Consider it our gift to you – nineteen tracks to toss on your iPod as you look to get outside and shed that last serving of pumpkin pie you gobbled down last weekend.  Please don’t get us wrong . . . we don’t blame you for that fourth piece of pie.  We did it, too.  We just highly encourage you to hit a trail near you with Trail Mix buzzing in your ears.  We know we will be!Trail Mix kicks off with a new track from Quiet Life, a great band from the Pacific Northwest.  These guys were hand picked by The Head & The Heart to open a bunch of shows during the band’s recent run through the Southeast.  Quiet Life’s new disc, Wild Pack, is top notch.  Be on the lookout for a blog post about them soon.This is the first time, in recent memory, that Trail Mix features an entire month of first-timers!  No returning artists this month, but don’t let that keep you from listening.  Along with Quiet Life, there are seventeen more brand new artists begging for your attention.  Featured this month are great songwriters like Jeremy Squires, Pierce Edens, and Jonathan Wilson, the contemporary folkgrass sounds of The Danberrys and The Stray Birds, a bit of French-Canadian folk with De Temps Antan, and the rustic sounds of Jus Post Bellum.Also be sure to check out The Henry Girls, Tommy & The Ohs, Midlake, and Poor Old Shine, along with the rest of the great artists that round out the December Trail Mix.As always, stream or download until you just can’t stand it anymore.  Then stream or download it again.  And spread the word about these fantastic artists – take to the Twitter or the Facebook and share the link to Trail Mix.  Lastly, considering it is the season of giving, head out to your local record store and grab some of these great albums for the music lover in your life.Happy Holidays!last_img read more

Jill Biden’s Acceptance Speech Oscar de la Renta Dress Sold Out

first_imgDr. Jill Biden's Oscar de la Renta Dress Sold Out in Record TimeDoug Emhoff, Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on November 7, 2020. JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockIt looks like we have another inspirational, trendsetting woman on her way to the White House — and we aren’t event talking about Kamala Harris, who also happens to have killer style.Dr. Jill Biden stunned in a midnight blue Oscar de la Renta dress as she joined President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on stage in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday, November 7. Just a few hours following the appearance, the $5,690 frock sold out.- Advertisement – The former second lady of the United States wasn’t the only one to bring her style A-game. Harris also made a splash in an all-white pantsuit reportedly created by American fashion designer Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera. According to CNN, this was a “very deliberate choice of outfit was a gesture of solidarity with the long line of women who have defied expectations in American politics.” After all, this monochrome coloring has long been linked to the suffragette movement and was notably also worn by Hillary Clinton when accepting the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!)- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img The 69-year-old educator paired the asymmetrical, floral print dress with pink heels and a black protective face mask. Though the piece was a pricey pick, The Outnet sold the design for a reduced price of $1,707 before selling out.The design house shared a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the number in a tweet on Monday, November 9. “Hope springs eternal. A look at incoming First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s dress, which features house-signature asymmetric drapery and spirited floral vine embroidery.” In the image, co-creative director Fernando J Garcia and “in-house modiste” Luis are seen prepping the fit on a mannequin.This choice in designer has a long history in the White House. Not only did de la Renta dress first ladies like Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, but according to Vanity Fair, he was also the designer of choice for Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Indonesia wants legal pact on sharing H5N1 samples

first_imgMar 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) –Indonesia vowed today not to share H5N1 avian influenza virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) until it has a “legally binding” guarantee that the samples won’t be used to develop vaccines that the country can’t afford, according to news services.Indonesian Health Minister Siti Failah Supari told reporters in Jakarta today,”We will not share our virus sample, without a change in the rules,” the Associated press (AP) reported. The statement signaled the continuation of a standoff that has lasted several weeks.Indonesia has not supplied any H5N1 samples to the WHO since the end of 2006, the WHO has said. Steps toward resolution of the problem have been reported twice in the past month, but no final agreement has been reached.Researchers need current H5N1 samples to trace changes in the virus, map its spread, and develop vaccines in preparation for the threat of a human flu pandemic.Supari complained that WHO regulations give countries no control over how their viral samples are used, according to a Bloomberg News report. “Vaccine makers will try to produce and sell them [vaccines] to us at high price,” she said. “Poorer countries shouldn’t become a commercial target.”The WHO announced early in February that Indonesia had stopped sharing H5N1 isolates. After a Feb 16 meeting, officials said they had agreed in principle that Indonesia would resume sharing samples while the WHO would work to ensure that developing countries have access to vaccines based on their samples.In a Feb 28 letter, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan promised Indonesia that its viral specimens would be used “for public health risk assessment purposes only,” the AP reported. She also promised that, pending a formal agreement, the WHO would obtain Indonesia’s permission before sending any samples to a vaccine producer.But Supari said the letter was not enough, according to the AP. “That’s just an agreement in principle,” she said. “We need one that is legally binding.”Supari said Asia-Pacific health ministers will meet in Jakarta Mar 27 and 28 to propose changes in the WHO’s virus-sharing system, the story said.According to a Reuters report today, Supari said the proposed changes also would need to be discussed at a WHO advisory board meeting in May. She suggested that would be the earliest that the country would resume providing samples.The WHO’s Southeast Asia director, Samlee Plianbangchang, voiced confidence that the meeting later this month in Jakarta would do much to resolve the problem, the AP reported.See also:Feb 16 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with WHO”last_img read more

IPE Conference: Beware ‘knee-jerk’ reactions to fee levels

first_imgSier, who has been looking into the cost and fee structures of investments in the UK for several years now, called on the asset management industry to become more transparent.“Asset management is a force for good, and it can help the demographic challenge of long-term savings, but asset managers need to do better,” he said.“They need to invest in tools to inform consumers – to explain to them what asset allocation means, for example.“The asset management industry is highly productive and wealthy, but it has abrogated its responsibility towards the consumer.”Ueli Mettler, a partner at Swiss consultancy c-alm, pointed out that regulators such as the Swiss OAK should not set cost limits: “If you act as a prudent investor, you should be free to choose any products you like and negotiate fees as you like – but, for this, you need all the information.“So regulators have to create an environment where information asymmetry is not a problem any more, and, if that is achieved, market forces will decide the fee levels.”Frits Meerdink, manager at PGGM in the Netherlands, pointed out that, from this year, transparency on cost reporting was widened in his country to include transaction costs in commingled funds.“There should be an alignment of interest with the pension funds we serve,” he said.“And we are checking whether there is true outperformance, an ambition the asset manager aspires to – above that, we are willing to pay performance fees.” In a straw poll at this year’s IPE Conference in Berlin, around one-third of delegates said there was no need to cut asset management fees further, while another one-third said fees should be cut by more than 30%.In response to this, Jan Straatman, global CIO at Lombard Odier IM in Switzerland, said: “This is understandable, but it is a knee-jerk reaction because there is no one-size-fits-all solution. A lot of products are way too expensive, and a lot of low-cost products could be more expensive.”Christopher Sier, Prof of Practice at Newcastle University Business School, said: “Although we are on different sides of the fence, I violently agree with Jan – people either want to change nothing or a lot, but what we actually have to do is to understand and explain the problem to them.”He added: “Trust is the main issue, and people do not trust or understand the establishment, and the financial service industry is considered a part of that.”last_img read more

SeaBird to Deploy Voyager Explorer for Asia Pacific Project

first_imgSeaBird Exploration has received a letter of award to provide a source vessel for an upcoming seismic project in the Asia Pacific region.  The project is anticipated to start during Q3 2018.According to SeaBird, the project will have a duration of approximately three months.The company did not disclose the value of the contract nor the name of the client.SeaBird will be using the Voyager Explorer for the project.Voyager Explorer, with a length of 67.81 meters and a beam of 16 meters, joined the SeaBird fleet in August 2011.The vessel is designed for shallow water operation worldwide.last_img read more

Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t Good for Kids

first_imgPublic Discourse 14 April 2015Dear Justice Kennedy,Earlier this year I wrote you a letter, “Dear Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent.” My letter has now been quoted (and criticized) by the Family Equality Coalition (FEC) and COLAGE (Children of Lesbian and Gays) in the amicus brief they have filed in support of same-sex marriage. The brief is filled with quotations from children with gay or lesbian parents asking the court to redefine marriage for the entire country so that their two moms or two dads could get married.The authors argue that the only struggle these children face is the lack of “marriage equality.” Perhaps for some children of LGBT couples that is the case. But something stood out to me when I read this brief. It wasn’t what the brief said—on the contrary, it was a glaring omission that caught my attention.Despite the fact that every child who is quoted in that brief has at least one parent who is not present in their home, none of them talk about the process of separation that led to their being raised in a same-sex household. When you are talking about same-sex parenting, there is always more to the story. Heather Barwick, who was raised by two moms, and I have filed our own amicus brief telling the rest of that story.The Inherent Problem with Same-Sex ParentingThe FEC Brief states: “The major challenge most same-sex-parented families must surmount is nothing inherent in their family structure, but rather the societal and governmental disapproval that the challenged state laws represent and perpetuate.” It speaks of how children of same-sex parents are “psychologically burden[ed]” because “their parents aren’t able to get married.”While I recognize that these children really are feeling burdened, I have a hard time believing that a lack of “marriage equality” is the primary struggle that most of these children face. If a parent conceives a child with a member of the opposite sex—or enters into a contract to purchase sperm or eggs from the child’s biological parent—and then chooses to raise that child with an unrelated adult of the same sex, that child’s life is going to be complicated in ways we are just beginning to realize.FEC quoted children in situations similar to that of twelve-year-old Annalise, my daughter’s friend, whose father abandoned their family for his lover when she was four. A few years later, Annalise was photographed in the wedding of her “two dads,” who were effusively congratulated on the “family that they had made together.” Though Annalise is careful to say that she loves her father and his partner, she recently wrote an essay on the pain and confusion that has filled her life since her father left the family and married her other dad.I understand and deeply identify with the desire to defend one’s parents. Nonetheless, it is not the state’s fault these children are suffering a “psychological burden,” nor can the state ever relieve such a burden. Many children find themselves in same-sex-headed households because their parents have made decisions to separate them from one of their natural parents. Some may feel burdened because they long for a parent who they are told is unnecessary. Some may have adults in their lives who may not acknowledge their loss at all, which imposes a burden of confusion, anger, and pain.My amicus brief co-author, Heather Barwick, describes her experience this way:I grew up surrounded by women who said they didn’t need or want a man. Yet, as a little girl, I so desperately wanted a daddy. It is a strange and confusing thing to walk around with this deep-down unquenchable ache for a father, for a man, in a community that says that men are unnecessary. There were times I felt so angry with my dad for not being there for me, and then times I felt angry with myself for even wanting a father to begin with.Despite the popular cultural marketing that all kids need are “two loving, stable adults,” not every child is buying it. It’s alien to their real-life experience. This is how one adolescent, with the safety of anonymity, expressed it:Am I a bad daughter because I wish I had a Dad? Is there anyone else who has 2 Moms or 2 Dads who wonders what it would be like if they were born into a normal family? Is there anyone else who wants to be able to use the word normal without getting a lecture on what is normal??? read more


first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers’ sale has been finalized.  It is hard to imagine that a professional team is worth 2 billion dollars.  This was the asking price by Donald Sterling’s wife, and it was agreed to by Steve Ballmer.  The former CEO of Microsoft had the money and was willing to pay that price to own a professional team.  Everyone in sports agrees that it was the best possible scenario for the Clippers’ fans, their city, and their players.For us ordinary folks it is hard to believe that an individual has that much money and is willing to spend it in this fashion.  However, it was reported that on the day the sale was finalized, the owners’ share of Microsoft stock raised enough that he made over 50 million on that day alone.  This, too, is hard to imagine when the average person worries about $500 – $1000 loss in the stock market decline.According to media reports, the former owner, Donald Sterling, will appeal the sale of the Clippers.  In his mind, he still thinks he owns the Clippers.  The NBA and the courts both unanimously degreed that he has been stripped of any control of the team.  Since this is the USA, this may be in court for several years if Sterling has enough money to keep hiring lawyers.last_img read more

AquaTrojans Outswim Golden Bears To Remain Undefeated

first_imgEC remains undefeated hosting the Shelbyville Golden Bears on Thursday in St. Leon.  EC girls won 122-63 and the boy won 111-75.Individual winners include:   Mackenzie Schantz-200 Free; Jackson Ketcham-200 Free, 100 Fly; Hannah Weber-200 IM; Chandler Witte-200 IM; Alexis deLong-50 Free, 100 Back; Alex Ketcham-50 Free, 500 Free; Noah Arnold-1 meter diving; Grace Crane-100 Free; Jacob Weber-100 Free, 100 Back; Klay Shipman-100 Breast.EC won all 6 relays.East Central travels to the Connersville Invitational on Friday and Saturday.Go AquaTrojans!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more