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Peace conference to kick off

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgThe student-run conference kicks off Friday evening with keynote speaker John Prendergast, founder of the Enough Project, which is a project to end genocide and crimes against humanity.   “When you go to Notre Dame, it isn’t just about the classes you take or the books you have to read, it’s also about what you choose to do with your education,” Scribner said. “And I believe this conference really gets students to think about that.”  The conference will also feature several panels, including one on careers in peace building and an information fair to show how students can get involved with various peace efforts around the world. “It’s really about putting a tangible grasp on what it means to be a peacebuilder and promote peace worldwide,” Alex Hellmuth, senior and conference co-chair, said. “We want to show how it’s possible to work for peace in all different areas.” Nearly 300 students from across the world will meet on campus this weekend to discuss practical methods of peace building at the 18th annual Student Peace Conference, sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.  This year’s conference — to be held in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies — is entitled “Invest in Peace: Uncovering the Practicality of Peacebuilding.” “He is a very engaging and interactive speaker, so it will definitely be interesting,” she said.   Scribner said Prendergast will discuss his experience in Africa and the role of conflict minerals in the Congo in his address. “We’re really excited that he was able to come,” said Kelsey Scribner, co-chair along with Hellmuth. “He has a lot of experience with peacebuilding in Africa and was even an advisor for the Clinton administration.”  She said “Invest in Peace” focuses on making practical solutions and demonstrating what works in policy implementation and development.   “Our goal was to develop a theme that was more inclusive,” Hellmuth said.  “Ultimately, we are trying to reach out to more people and make the conference more interdisciplinary.”  Both Peace Studies majors, Hellmuth and Scribner said the conference is an important thing for the University to host because it encourages students to engage in social justice and highlights elements of Catholic Social Teaching. Although meal registration closed on March 23, anyone interested in attending any of the other conference events is still able to do so.last_img read more

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Bills Sign McDermott To Multiyear Extension

By on January 18, 2021

first_imgImage via Bill Wippert / BuffaloBills.com.ORCHARD PARK – The Buffalo Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension.A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not released that information. McDermott had two years remaining on his original deal.ESPN.com first reported the length of the extension.McDermott, 46, has been the key figure in changing the direction of the franchise since his arrival in 2017. “His process-driven approach has brought great stability to our organization,” owners Terry and Kim Pegula said in a statement. “We are happy to extend his contract and keep him in Western New York for many years to come.”McDermott has effectively changed the culture of the Bills franchise both on and off the field. Prior to his arrival, the Bills had the longest playoff drought in the NFL and just two winning seasons since 1999. The Bills have made the playoffs in two of McDermott’s three seasons in charge and are hoping to win the AFC East this season following Tom Brady’s departure from New England.“Sean’s leadership on and off the field has been nothing but genuine and transparent, qualities we appreciate as owners,” Terry and Kim Pegula said. “He is the same great person to us, the players and everyone across all our organizations. We will never forget how impressed we were during his first interview. Sean’s attention to detail was apparent back then.”A former defensive coordinator in Philadelphia and Carolina, McDermott has led the way in Buffalo with an aggressive and consistent defense. The Bills have finished near the top of the league in most defensive categories in recent seasons; from 2018-19, the Bills allowed the fewest yards in the NFL (296.2 per game). In 2019, Buffalo finished second in points allowed (16.2), third in yards allowed (4,772) and fourth in passing yards allowed (3,123).The Bills went 10-6 last season, reaching double-digit wins for the first time since 1999.McDermott is fifth on the Bills’ all-time coaching wins list with 25. He is the first Bills coach to receive a contract extension since Dick Jauron in 2008 — though Jauron was fired the following year. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chilled Hours.

By on January 17, 2021

first_imgMild fall weather gave way to sharp drops in temperatures over the past few weeks in much of Georgia. This wintry weather comes none too early for two major sweet crops in the state, say University of Georgia experts.Georgia peach farmers welcomed the cold. Their peaches need a certain number of chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, between Oct. 1 and Feb. 15.Need a ChillDepending on the variety, peaches need from 400 to about 1,000 chill hours to perform well during the growing season, said Kathryn Taylor, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.About 95 percent of Georgia’s peaches are grown in the middle of the state. To get by, peaches there need at least 900 chill hours by Feb. 15.”The past couple of weeks of cold weather has helped a lot,” Taylor said.So Far, So GoodSo far, the region has about 480 chill hours. That’s good. But to get all the chill hours needed by Feb. 15, the area must get 12 chill hours a day.”If we can get that, we’ll be in good shape,” she said.South Georgia peaches need about 650 chill hours before Feb. 15. But they can live with 600 hours, Taylor said.So far, south Georgia has about 402 chill hours. That’s also good. To get the rest of their chill hours, peaches here need about 6.5 chill hours a day before Feb. 15.Peaches require a certain number of chill hours to break winter dormancy, Taylor said. If they don’t get the hours, it can cause the fruit to be poorly shaped or aborted.After Feb. 15, peach trees begin putting on buds. They then start requiring heat units, or temperatures above 55 degrees.Onions Welcome ColdGeorgia Vidalia onion growers welcomed the cold, too.”We’re going to lose some foliage from frost injury and sleet damage. But overall, we’re looking pretty good,” said Reid Torrance, county extension agent in Tattnall County, where about 60 percent of the Vidalia onions grow.He said the onions needed the cold weather.Slower Growth”We’ve had such a warm fall that until about three weeks ago, the onions were actually growing too fast,” he said. “We needed some cooler weather to slow down the growth. We’re pretty happy with the growth of the onions right now.”Vidalia onions are harvested from late April through June.The number of planted acres won’t be reported until March.”I don’t see any big change in acreage, however, from last year,” Torrance said. Farmers planted around 15,000 acres of Vidalia onions in 2000.last_img read more

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Adrian Gonzalez lifts Dodgers by Rockies into sole possession of first place

By on August 26, 2020

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error At some point, Adrian Gonzalez will cool down from his current .523 batting clip.Until then, the Dodgers are going to enjoy the ride and relish every part of their first baseman’s historical hitting performance.Gonzalez drove in three more runs Saturday night to back another quality pitching performance from Zack Greinke in the Dodgers’ 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies that extended their winning streak to six games and moved them into sole possession of first place in the National League West.Gonzalez went 1 for 4, dropping his early-season batting average from .540 to a mere .523. Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 13 games and holds the Major League lead for RBIs with 14. He also matched the franchise record for most hits through the team’s first 11 games of 23 set by Eric Karros in 1995.“We pretty much expect him to drive in a run if he has guys on base,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Last year was the same. This year he picked up right where he left off. It seems like every time we have a guy out there, he’s getting a hit for us.“Him and Howie (Kendrick) both are a real dynamic duo, producing and getting hits in situations we need.”The announced Dodger Stadium crowd of 45,912 came alive when Gonzalez came to the plate twice with the bases loaded.Both plate appearances resulted in runs.center_img It seems like the Dodgers’ expectation level was right in line with the fans.“When there’s guys on base, yes,” Greinke said. “For some reason, he does even better when he has guys on base.“He’s pretty amazing. He went through a little slump last year, and that was the first time I had seen him in a slump. And teams are starting to pitch around him and he’s still doing all this.”The first time – in the third inning – was somewhat of a letdown as Gonzalez hit a grounder to second base that should have been an inning-ending double play. But Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki bounced the throw to first, allowing Greinke — who had laced a one-out single — to score the go-ahead run. Gonzalez was credited with an RBI on the play.The second time — in the fifth inning — was vintage Gonzalez. This time, he lofted a drive to the left-center field wall that elluded center fielder Charlie Blackmon, bringing home Joc Pederson and Jimmy Rollins for a 4-1 lead.So what goes through Gonzalez’s mind in those scoring opportunities?“I really just look for a pitch up in the zone,” Gonzalez said. “Usually in those situations, like you saw with the groundball, they want you to chase something down and hit it into the ground. I did a poor job swinging at the right pitches there.“The next at-bat, I focused on getting him up a little more, and that’s when I hit the ball in the gap. You have to make sure the pitches are up, that you are hitting mistakes and not the quality pitches they try to execute.”However Gonzalez’s gapper was just your run-of-the-mill 375-foot single off the left-field wall because Yasiel Puig did not get a good read on the play and the slow-footed Gonzalez nearly passed him.“I could have if I wanted to,” Gonzalez said, laughing. “We talked to him about it. He understood. At first he thought he was farther over, but we showed him the video.”It was seemingly more than enough for Greinke, who had been slowed by a flu bug this week after two lights-out performances to start the season.Greinke allowed three runs and five hits over 6 ⅔ innings with three strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.Greinke ran into trouble in the first and seventh innings. Otherwise, he was typical Greinke, mowing through a dangerous Colorado lineup.Greinke seemed to have trouble getting established in the first inning. His location was off and his balls were being blistered and the Rockies got a run when Tulowitzki singled home Charlie Blackmon.But an inning-ending double play by third baseman Juan Uribe seemed to settle down Greinke.Greinke had strings of seven straight retired batters and nine straight retired batters, retiring 17 of 19 at one point.However Nolan Arenado ripped a double to left field to open the inning. After seemingly convincing Mattingly to let him finish the inning, a two-run homer by D.J. LeMahieu ended Greinke’s night.“Kind of typical Zack: locating and changing speeds,” Mattingly said. Both times Greinke ran into trouble, the Dodgers picked him up with some timely runs.The Dodgers pushed across a tying run in the second inning when Howie Kendrick doubled and scored on Yasmani Grandal’s RBI single.Seventh-inning doubles by Jimmy Rollins, Puig and Kendrick scored two more runs to answer LeMahieu’s two-run homer.Kendrick went 2 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. He has hit safely in nine of 11 games and has six multi-hit games.Chris Hatcher got the final out in the seventh. J.P. Howell pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, even sliding into first base to make sure he got to the bag when he went to cover on a grounder to Gonzalez.Joel Peralta nailed down his third save in three chances. Peralta has four strikeouts in 5.3 scoreless innings as a Dodger.The bullpen – a much ballyhooed subject in the offseason – is establishing itself as a fixture. In its last five games, recording an ERA of 0.52 (one earned run in 17 1/3 innings) with 25 strikeouts and a .105 opponents’ batting average (6 for 57).last_img read more

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