first_imgDistance, steep ticket prices and a potentially hostile environment were not enough to keep some devoted fans from planning a trip to Norman this Saturday to witness a top-10 football clash between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Junior Peter Roemholdt said he is willing to endure the 30-hour roundtrip drive from South Bend in order to experience the renowned atmosphere at Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. “The atmosphere is going to be electric,” Roehmholdt said. “I bet it’s going to be extremely loud, and especially if it’s a close game, it should be quite the experience.” Junior John Garry, who is traveling as part of the Notre Dame Marching Band, said he also is excited to support the team and be there for one of the most important games since the 2005 Notre Dame-USC showdown. Despite having to leave on Thursday and drive through the night, Garry said being a part of this game is still more than worth it. “It’s going to be rowdy, it’s going to be crazy,” Garry said. “[ESPN’s] ‘College Gameday’ will be there, so take what happened on our campus and multiply it. It should be a good day to be a college football fan.” Roehmholdt said he is also looking forward to getting a taste of the Oklahoma tailgating culture before the game. “The tailgating will be great,” Roehmholdt said. “A lot of these big schools pride themselves on their tailgates and pregame parties almost more than being at the game itself.” Garry said band members won’t have much time for activities before the game, occupied by a pep rally and with preparation for their halftime performance. “Basically we’re just there to be at the game,” Garry said. “Performing will be fun. Oklahoma fans are some of the rowdiest in the nation, so it will be great to get out there and be on the field for that.” Despite being behind enemy lines as a Notre Dame supporter, Roehmholdt said he is not concerned about having to deal with potentially abusive or belligerent Oklahoma fans. “It’s an 8:00 [p.m.] game, people will have been tailgating for a while so I’m sure there will be some rowdy individuals, but it will be fine,” Roehmholdt said. “I can handle a few ‘Notre Dame sucks.’” Garry said he expects the crowd environment to be intense due to the implications of the game, yet not as hostile as the atmosphere of Michigan. “The Notre Dame-Oklahoma rivalry isn’t quite as heated as other rivalries, and Sooner fans are known for being incredibly courteous outside the stadium,” Garry said. “Once you get inside the stadium, it will be a different story. Overall, Roehmholdt said he anticipates the trip will be one of the highlights of his time at Notre Dame. “At the end of the day you’re not going to remember the homework and the tests, you’re going to remember the experiences you had at Oklahoma for the biggest game in Notre Dame history for a long time,” Roehmholdt said. Contact Dan Brombach at dbrombac@nd.edulast_img read more

first_imgBy NICOLE McALEE News Writer Students can join the women’s rowing team in the fight against pancreatic cancer at the team’s third annual Erg-a-Thon fundraiser today.  The Erg-a-Thon takes place between the Fieldhouse Mall and the LaFortune Student Center from noon to 8 p.m. “An erg [short for ergometer] is a rowing machine that the rowers use to train,” senior Kelsey Sekanick, co-chair of the Erg-a-Thon, said. “We will have several of them at the event and participants will be able to race both rowers and friends.” The team will sell T-shirts and bracelets at the event and will host a raffle, Sekanick said.  According to the event’s Facebook page, raffle prizes include pre-game field passes for Saturday’s football game against Oklahoma, men’s and women’s basketball tickets, basketballs signed by coaches Mike Brey and Muffet McGraw, football tickets, a football signed by Irish coach Brian Kelly and the right to name one of the rowing team’s racing boats.  Sekanick said the Erg-a-Thon was born three years ago when tragedy struck the Notre Dame rowing community.  “This event began three years ago after two women close to the heart of the rowing team were directly affected by pancreatic cancer,” Sekanick said. “The mothers of Sarah McShane, who is a former rower, and Kassen Delano, who was our academic advisor, both passed away of pancreatic cancer. In 2011, coach Marnie Stahl, hoping to encourage increased participation in service work, proposed the idea of an Erg-a-Thon for pancreatic cancer.” Senior Anna VanEgmond, co-chair for the event with Sekanick, said proceeds from the Erg-a-Thon will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) and the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), a Notre Dame entity that supports undergraduate research on campus.  “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to impact the work being done by our peers in the Notre Dame College of Science this year, [and] we hope that this relationship with Harper Cancer Institute will continue to grow as the event continues in the following years,” VanEgmond said. Junior team member Victoria Ryan said 80 percent of funds raised will go to the PCAN and 20 percent will support undergraduate research at the HCRI.  The College of Science and HCRI both will match the donation the rowing team makes to HCRI.  In its first year in 2011, the Erg-a-Thon raised almost $3,00s, and last year, it raised more than $6,00s, according to Ryad.  VanEgmond said the women’s rowing teamebelievesyit can raise even more money this year for pancreatic cancer research.  “This year we started an o-line giving site through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and due to the generosity of our Notre Dame family, we have already raised over $3,000 before the event has even begun,” VanEgmond said. “This is really a true testament to the spirit of Notre Dame.” Contact Nicole McAlee at nmcalee@nd.edu,Students can join the women’s rowing team in the fight against pancreatic cancer at the team’s third annual Erg-a-Thon fundraiser today.  The Erg-a-Thon takes place between the Fieldhouse Mall and the LaFortune Student Center from noon to 8 p.m. “An erg [short for ergometer] is a rowing machine that the rowers use to train,” senior Kelsey Sekanick, co-chair of the Erg-a-Thon, said. “We will have several of them at the event and participants will be able to race both rowers and friends.” The team will sell T-shirts and bracelets at the event and will host a raffle, Sekanick said.  According to the event’s Facebook page, raffle prizes include pre-game field passes for Saturday’s football game against Oklahoma, men’s and women’s basketball tickets, basketballs signed by coaches Mike Brey and Muffet McGraw, football tickets, a football signed by Irish coach Brian Kelly and the right to name one of the rowing team’s racing boats.  Sekanick said the Erg-a-Thon was born three years ago when tragedy struck the Notre Dame rowing community.  “This event began three years ago after two women close to the heart of the rowing team were directly affected by pancreatic cancer,” Sekanick said. “The mothers of Sarah McShane, who is a former rower, and Kassen Delano, who was our academic advisor, both passed away of pancreatic cancer. In 2011, coach Marnie Stahl, hoping to encourage increased participation in service work, proposed the idea of an Erg-a-Thon for pancreatic cancer.” Senior Anna VanEgmond, co-chair for the event with Sekanick, said proceeds from the Erg-a-Thon will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) and the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), a Notre Dame entity that supports undergraduate research on campus.  “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to impact the work being done by our peers in the Notre Dame College of Science this year, [and] we hope that this relationship with Harper Cancer Institute will continue to grow as the event continues in the following years,” VanEgmond said.  Junior team member Victoria Ryan said 80 percent of funds raised will go to the PCAN and 20 percent will support undergraduate research at the HCRI. The College of Science and HCRI both will match the donation the rowing team makes to HCRI.  In its first year in 2011, the Erg-a-Thon raised almost $3,000, and last year, it raised more than $6,000, according to Ryan.  VanEgmond said the women’s rowing team believes it can raise even more money this year for pancreatic cancer research.  “This year we started an online giving site through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and due to the generosity of our Notre Dame family, we have already raised over $3,000 before the event has even begun,” VanEgmond said. “This is really a true testament to the spirit of Notre Dame.” Contact Nicole McAlee at nmcalee@nd.edulast_img read more

first_imgThe announcement was part of government’s measure to deal with the spread of the Coronavirus.The disinfection, which is being done by fumigation, has happened in markets all over the country and now, sporting facilities have been added to the list of places that need to be cleaned.Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Ghana Premier League has been put on hold and the offices of the Ghana FA have been closed until further notice. The Sports Ministry and the National Sports Authority have joined forces to disinfect all the sporting facilities in the country in a bid to fight the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.The exercise was announced by the Sports Ministry on Monday via its Twitter handle.The facilities have not been in use since March 15 when President Akufo Addo announced a month-long ban on all gatherings including those of a sporting nature.last_img read more

first_imgThe Brazilian authorities are poised to send the army into the slums of Rio de Janeiro less than three months before the World Cup. The move follows attacks on police that have resulted in the most tense standoff for years in the favelas.The Rio state governor, Sérgio Cabral, has requested the reinforcements after assaults on police bases, apparently co-ordinated by the city’s biggest gang, Comando Vermelho.An escalation of murders, revenge killings and fire-bombings have prompted talk of a war between the police and gangsters. Favela residents and NGOs say the situation is now more tense than at any time since 2010, when the authorities began a “pacification” programme to regain control of communities from armed traffickers.The government is expected to announce details of the military deployment in the coming days, before the expected arrival in June of hundreds of thousands of football fans, players and support staff for the seven World Cup matches that will be held in Rio.The pacification campaign is a crucial element in the city’s preparations for the tournament. Since it started, 38 police pacification units (UPP) have been established in favela communities, which are now occupied by more than 9,000 police.Until last year, the gains in public security were evident. But confidence in the programme has been sapped by a series of human rights abuses by police officers. Sensing a swing in public opinion, imprisoned Comando Vermelho leaders are said to have ordered their members to go on the attack.Five police officers have been killed since February. The most recent of them was an officer shot in the throat during an altercation with two youths in a favela at the weekend.Last Thursday, police posts in three favelas were set ablaze. The Mandela UPP – located in the Manguinhos complex, which was visited by Pope Francis last year – was gutted, two police cars were set ablaze and several other units attacked. Rio’s political leaders say the attacks are co-ordinated.Police guard the crime scene where an officer shot by criminals on 14 March. Photograph: Fabio Teixeira/Pacific Press/BI”It is clear that criminals want to weaken our policy of pacification and take back territories that were in criminal hands for decades,” said Cabral, who will meet Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, on Friday. “The state will not back down. The public may be sure we shall act.” Residents say revenge killings by police death squads are on the rise. The most recent occupation resulted in two deaths as police moved into the favela communities in Manguinhos, Lins and Alemão on Friday night. Military police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Claudio Costa said the killings occurred when police confronted drug traffickers. Those trapped in the middle fear a return to the bad old days.”It’s definitely more tense than at any time since the UPP began,” said Hercules Ferreira Mendes, president of the Caracol residents association, which represents 8,000 inhabitants in Penha. “The traffickers are trying to take back the territory they held for so long. People are afraid to stay out at night. The later it gets, the more shootings and confrontations you hear. Nobody knows what will happen next.”Although the biggest impact is felt by residents, the increased tension is likely to worry World Cup organisers. Many of the million or so fans expected for the tournament along with many national teams will pass by the Penha and Maré favelas on their way to and from Rio’s international airport. The Nossa Senhora da Penha church, perched high on a nearby hill, is one of the most visible sights on the road.The reasons for the surge in violence are disputed. Police blame drug traffickers for the new offensive. Others say the main problem is that pacification has not been followed by improvements in social services and infrastructure despite promises from politicians.Adding to the tension are human rights violations by police, which add to the widely held impression in the favelas that they are no better – and often a lot worse – than the gangsters they replaced. Last week, passersby recorded video of a police car dragging an injured woman along a street after the officers had thrown her in the boot. Mother-of-four Claudia da Silva Ferreira died soon afterwards in hospital.Many trace the start of the current increase in violence to the torture and apparent murder of Amarildo de Souza, who disappeared after being given electric shocks and asphyxiated during questioning by UPP officers in the Rocinha favela last July. Despite the arrest of the local police chief and more than a dozen officers, the case severely eroded public trust in the pacification mission.”I knew at that moment that the UPP was finished. If I were a bandit, I would think ‘great’. It was like a bomb that blew up everything,” said Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, of the Uere Project, which educates children in the Maré favela community.”The gangs have been very quick to reorganise. They’re very good at training their troops. Now our city is completely out of control.”However, official statistics suggest the city has seen worse. Murder rates and gun crimes remain well below the peak of the mid-2000s. But armed robberies are back on the rise and with both sides in the drug war preparing for an escalation, long-time observers warn that the risks of even deadlier clashes are on the rise. “It’s on course to be the worst it’s ever been,” said Nanko van Buuren, a Dutchman who has worked in Rio’s favelas for 25 years and whose Ibiss foundation runs programmes in 68 communities.”I think when the federal troops arrive, there’ll be a war in some areas. If it doesn’t go well, we’ll also see protests during the World Cup.”Although the spotlight is on Rio, this is by no means the most dangerous of Brazil’s cities. According to a recent study by the Mexico-based NGO, Citizen’s Council for Public Security and Penal Justice, Brazil has 16 of the world’s 50 most murderous cities – more than any other country. Six of those cities will host World Cup games – Fortaleza, Natal, Salvador, Manaus, Recife and Belo Horizonte. Rio does not even make the list.last_img read more