Four years in review: 2015-2019

first_imgMajor headlines in the last four yearsDonald Trump elected President of the United States (Nov. 9, 2016)In the early hours of Nov. 9, 2016, Donald Trump officially defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th U.S. President. The reactions of students ranged from excitement to shock to fear. In the aftermath of the election, students formed a new student group at the University, We Stand For. Vice President Mike Pence as 2017 Commencement Speaker prompts walkout (May 21, 2017)Vice President Mike Pence gave the Notre Dame commencement speech on May 21, 2017, prompting approximately 100 graduates to walk out of the ceremony in protest. The walkout was organized by We Stand For, a social-justice oriented student group. Reactions to the walkout were mixed and the event attracted national news coverage. University announces changes to contraceptive coverage policy (Oct. 27, 2017)The University announced on Oct. 27, 2017 it would no longer cover contraceptives through its third party, government-funded insurer. On Nov. 7, 2017, it reversed these changes and said its third party insurers would continue to cover contraception. On Feb. 7, 2018, Notre Dame announced it would abandon its third-party coverage and pay for coverage of “simple contraceptives” through its own health plan. Campus crossroads project completed (Jan. 15, 2018)After four years of construction, the $400 million Campus Crossroads project was completed with the opening of the Duncan Student Center, O’Neill Hall and Corbett Family Hall. The purpose of the project was to centralize every element of campus life in one location and included new classrooms, recreational facilities, meeting rooms and a student center.Columbus murals to no longer be on full display (Jan. 20, 2019)On Jan. 20, Fr. Jenkins announced Notre Dame would cover the Columbus murals, a series of 19th-century paintings by Italian artist Luigi Gregori on display in the Main Building. The murals, which depict the life and work of Christopher Columbus, were criticized for years for their depiction of Columbus as a savior figure to Native Americans. In a statement to the student body, Jenkins said the murals would soon be covered with a ”woven material,” but that high-resolution photographs of the paintings would eventually be displayed in an environment more conducive to consideration elsewhere on campus.Polar Vortex: Tri-campus community closes as temperatures near record lows (Jan. 29-31, 2019)The tri-campus community canceled classes when sub-zero temperatures swept the Midwest the week of Jan. 28. Notre Dame closed from 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and reopened 1 p.m. Jan. 31. Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross closed from Jan. 29-31, reopening on Feb. 1. During the Vortex, Holy Cross lost power from approximately 6:25 a.m. to noon Jan. 30. Notre Dame experienced a number of pipe bursts and other leaks following the vortex. The last time the tri-campus community closed due to winter weather was Jan. 27-28, 2014.Tags: 2019 Commencement, Commencement 2019, Four Years in Review Diane Park | The Observer Jan Cervelli resigns as President of Saint Mary’s, files civil suit against CollegeOn Oct. 5, Jan Cervelli resigned from her position as president of Saint Mary’s — just under two years after her official inauguration on Nov. 12, 2016. In an Observer article from Oct. 8, Board of Trustees chair Mary Burke said it was “[Cervelli’s] decision alone to resign.”Cervelli filed a civil suit against Saint Mary‘s on March 12 stating members of the College’s Board of Trustees pressured her to resign and did not honor a settlement agreement that would allow Cervelli to stay at Saint Mary’s as a tenured professor.On March 22, the College filed a counterclaim response to Cervelli’s lawsuit. Cervelli filed a response to their counterclaim on April 4.The lawsuit has not been resolved. The two parties will present their cases May 31 in the St. Joseph Superior Court.10 ND students lost in four yearsFive Notre Dame students died in 2015. Sophomore Daniel Kim was found dead Feb. 6 in his off-campus residence. A former fencer, Kim was a business student from New Jersey.Senior finance major Lisa Yang died March 3; her death was ruled a suicide by the St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office. She was a resident of McGlinn Hall, and friends said she was naturally good at everything she tried. Senior Billy Meckling died in the early hours of May 16 after falling from the roof of the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center; he was set to graduate the following day. Meckling was a four-year member of the Irish varsity fencing team, winning two monograms.Rebecca Townsend, a member of the incoming class of 2019, died July 2 after she and a friend were struck by a car during a Fourth of July celebration. Her friend recalls Townsend saving his life by pushing him out of the way of the car. Junior Jake Scanlan, a mechanical engineering major from North Potomac, Maryland, died in his bed in Siegfried Hall on Nov. 11. His friends said he treated everyone like an old friend and loved to make people smile. In 2016, Notre Dame lost two students.Third-year law student Karabo Moleah, 26, died March 31 in Philadelphia while studying in the Law School’s Washington D.C. program. His friends remember his questioning nature and intelligence. On March 9, junior Theresa Sagartz was found dead in her off-campus residence from natural causes related to a chronic medical condition. A third-generation member of the Notre Dame community, her friends and family remember her as adventurous, self-assured and generous with her time.In 2017, Notre Dame lost two students. First-year law student Travis McElmurry, who was dual-enrolled at the business school, died in his off-campus residence on March 12. His friends said he had an easygoing nature and loved his dog. On March 31, former undergraduate student Edward Lim died at his home in Cincinnati. His friends said Lim had made a significant impact during his time at the University, and remembered his love for music, philosophy and the Notre Dame Chorale.Notre Dame lost one rector in 2018. On Feb. 7, Sister Mary McNamara, the rector of Breen-Phillips (BP) Hall, died from complications related to a stroke. Sister McNamara’s loved ones said she found her dream job as the rector of BP. She was remembered for her sense of humor and her commitment to her ministry.last_img read more

Greek utility PPC to invest $4.1 billion in renewable energy, grid modernization through 2023

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Greece’s biggest power utility Public Power Corp. (PPC) will spend 3.4 billion euros ($4.11 billion) to expand its footprint in renewables and modernise the country’s distribution grid, it said on Wednesday.The coal-reliant utility, which is 51% owned by the state, has pledged to shut down all but one of its coal-fired plants by 2023 to help Greece reduce carbon emissions in line with climate targets set by the European Union.In a presentation to investors released on Wednesday, PPC said that about 42% of the 3.4 billion euro spending will be siphoned into upgrading power distribution via its 242-kilometre-long grid, which it fully owns now but plans to partially privatise next year.PPC will also use a big chunk of that sum to build solar and wind plants and boost its capacity from green energy to 1.5 gigawatt by 2023 from just 0.17 gigawatt now, it said.PPC said that coal-fired plants with a 3.4 gigawatt capacity will be decommissioned and repurposed to include co-generation, energy storage, biomass and hydrogen.[Angeliki Koutantou]More: Greece’s PPC to spend 3.4 bln euro on power grid, renewables by 2023 Greek utility PPC to invest $4.1 billion in renewable energy, grid modernization through 2023last_img read more

Tim Tebow should be viewed by Mets as just another failed minor leaguer

first_imgBy the most basic statistical measures, Tebow should have gotten the boot as early as last offseason. He put up a .163/.240/.255 slash line in 264 plate appearances at Triple-A Syracuse last year, in his Age 31 season. Those numbers are disqualifying for almost everyone but pitchers — almost, because they haven’t gotten Tebow released.The Mets’ patience with Tebow has gone from frustrating to maddening. The “publicity stunt” stage should be over. He needs to be judged as a player, and his regression at the highest level of the minor leagues makes the call on him an easy one.FLASHBACK: Vlad Jr. gives Tebow a look at big-league powerThe organization’s commitment to him is why now-former pros like Andrew Church took veiled shots at the guy. Church used his release Thursday to vent on Instagram about how the Mets wronged him during his career — and how they wronged others by keeping Tebow around.”They made a mockery of our team by putting a celebrity on it to sell more tickets,” Church wrote, likely referring to Tebow’s promotion to high Single-A St. Lucie in June 2017. “I saw players lose their jobs because of it. We weren’t playing to win, we were playing to make everyone else money. Not the players. We never saw a cut. Well, allegedly that one player did.”I think people are starting to understand that more now but they didn’t in 2018 when it was happening again.” That likely was a reference to Tebow’s preseason promotion to Double-A Binghamton.Church, a second-round pick of the Mets in 2013, was a teammate of Tebow’s at every rung on the ladder from St. Lucie to Binghamton to Syracuse. He no doubt saw how stiff and unsure Tebow was when he started out, how slow his bat was (and still is, as evidenced by his 37.1 percent strikeout rate at Triple-A). He had to see that Tebow wasn’t a big leaguer.He certainly noticed how fans fell over themselves to ogle Tebow in his football number, 15. But they were there to watch a football legend and all-around good guy, not an MLB prospect, despite their hopes he’d save the Show once he got there.Church’s numbers weren’t too hot, either, especially after he suffered an elbow injury he blamed on the Mets jerking him among different levels. The right-hander retired in 2018 and then unretired before last season. He’s the type of player who gets released in spring training; most of the players cut this week fall into that category.He was saved from a likely March dismissal this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. He stayed for two additional months and was paid $400 a week by the Mets to work out. That money wasn’t nearly enough for him to forget his history with the organization. I watched Tebow play in person once, just after he had gotten the call-up to St. Lucie that Church referenced in his rant. St. Lucie plays at the Mets’ spring training stadium, and thousands of good seats are available every night during the Florida State League season. The night I went to the park, I was joined by 2,000 of Tebow’s closest friends. They wanted to relive the Gators memories; I wanted to see what kind of player he was. After watching him for 11 innings, it was dang near impossible to project he’d become good enough after having not played the sport for close to a decade.What’s that? Video or it didn’t happen? Here ya go. I was six rows up but it looks I shot this in Miami. pic.twitter.com/hlqoQjjRGb— Tom Gatto (@tgatt_tsn) June 30, 2017Modest success as a part-timer at Binghamton — and, of course, his drawing power — got him a bump up to Triple-A and a second consecutive invitation to major league spring training. He failed his most recent on-field audition. Tebow was in big-league camp again this season and went 2 for 13.There’s word a second wave of organizational cuts is coming soon. The Mets can right their many wrongs and finally tell Tebow he needs to go. Let him go be great at life. Free him from having to work tirelessly to be below-average at baseball. If the Mets ever get around to announcing the list of minor leaguers they’ve cut this month, they should include Tim Tebow’s name on it. The fact Tebow didn’t announce anything Thursday when a large wave of cuts by MLB organizations was reported indicates he still has a job in the game.He shouldn’t be employed, though, for one obvious reason: He isn’t good at baseball. Good at life? Sure. Not good at baseball.last_img read more