Incoming Editor-in-Chief names supporting staff

first_imgTags: Assistant Managing Editor, Managing Editor, Observer staff Juniors Tobias Hoonhout, Elizabeth Greason, Lucas Masin-Moyer and Claire Radler will help oversee The Observer’s Editorial Board next year, incoming Editor-in-Chief Courtney Becker announced Thursday.Hoonhout will take on the Managing Editor position, while Greason, Masin-Moyer and Radler will all serve as Assistant Managing Editors.Hoonhout is a double major in the Program of Liberal Studies and economics with a minor in constitutional studies, and he has spent the past year serving as Associate Sports Editor. Originally from Smithtown, New York, Hoonhout lives in Knott Hall on campus and has spent his time with The Observer covering a number of Notre Dame sports, including football, hockey and women’s lacrosse.“It’s truly an honor to be named Managing Editor,” Hoonhout said. “I’m excited for the year ahead and hope to tackle new challenges head-on while maintaining the level of excellence we here at The Observer strive for.”Greason, a junior living in McGlinn Hall, is finishing her term as Sports Editor. The New York City native is pursuing a major in civil engineering. During her time with The Observer, Greason has covered a wide variety of Notre Dame sports teams, including football, women’s basketball and volleyball.“The Observer plays such an important role in serving the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities, so I am very grateful to have the opportunity to take on an increased leadership role,” Greason said. “I’m sure we will face challenges this year, but I am confident that this is a fantastic team and that we are equipped to handle everything thrown at us.”Masin-Moyer is a junior in Morrissey Manor who hails from Telford, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia, and is majoring in political science and American studies. He has most recently served as Associate News Editor, during which time he covered Vice President Mike Pence’s selection as the 2017 Commencement speaker and the subsequent response, political activism, speakers on campus and student government elections.“I’m really looking forward to getting to work with such great people to help inform the campus community,” Masin-Moyer said. “Working with The Observer has been one of the great privileges of my college experience, and I cannot wait to see what the next year has in store.”Radler, a junior from Winnetka, Illinois, lives in Flaherty Hall on campus. Majoring in political science and minoring in business economics as well as journalism, ethics and democracy, she previously served as Viewpoint Editor of The Observer during the 2016-2017 term. She just returned from a semester abroad in London.“I am super excited to be taking on such a huge leadership role with The Observer,” Radler said. “We have a great team for the upcoming year, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish.”last_img read more

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Wenger thrilled by Arsenal progress

first_img The Gunners romped to a 4-1 win over Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, which was a seventh successive Barclays Premier League victory and moved them up into second place. While Manchester City could reclaim second by beating Crystal Palace on Monday and the title looks out of reach as Chelsea remain seven points ahead with a match in hand, there is no doubt when Wenger has all of his squad available Arsenal are capable of giving anyone a run for their money. Press Association Although there was disappointment at failure to progress in Europe following elimination by Monaco, the prospect of an improved league finish and successful FA Cup defence remains very much on the agenda. Wenger, who was often criticised over the direction of his team following almost a decade without a trophy, feels finally things are starting to come together. “We have a good mentality and good cohesion in the team,” he said. “There is something happening, that shows you that they are ready to fight for each other. “You can see that, you can’t cheat on that, people smell that. “It of course is a good basis, and defensively we are getting better.” Following a poor start to the campaign, Arsenal were expected to struggle to sustain a place in the top four. Wenger, though, will not get complacent. “I am old enough to know that things are never as comfortable as they look, but what is true is that it’s in our hands. How well we deal with the situation now will be important,” he said. Wenger has his sights set on getting as close to Chelsea as possible, with the leaders set to come to the Emirates Stadium on April 26. “I am a competitor and what that means is you have to go as high and as far as you can. When you go home if somebody was better than us, then ‘well done’, but we have to have given our best until the end and that is what I would like to do,” he said. “Let’s give everything to do it and see what happens. “We are in a good position, with four games at home and only three away. “We are on a good run, so I would say that it will be down to how we can maintain that focus and level of urgency between now and the end of the season.” After failing to make the most of their positive start on Saturday, Arsenal had to soak up some pressure from Liverpool, with Raheem Sterling failing to capitalise when put in on goal. The Gunners finally broke the deadlock through the unlikely source of full-back Hector Bellerin, who slotted home a fine left-foot curling effort on 37 minutes. It proved the catalyst for an onslaught, with Mesut Ozil’s free-kick and a rocket by Alexis Sanchez on the stroke of half-time effectively ending the contest. After Arsenal’s tempo dropped, Liverpool reduced the arrears with a penalty from Jordan Henderson, but following the dismissal of Emre Can for a second yellow card, Olivier Giroud cracked home a late fourth to cap a memorable afternoon’s work. Wenger admits he has been impressed by the work-rate of both Bellerin and defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin, who were each drafted into the first-team as cover for injury, but are now an integral part of the side. Asked if either man was in his thoughts at the start of the season, Wenger said: “Honestly, no. But my job is to remain open-minded and make decisions when you have to. “(I picked Bellerin against Liverpool) because of his pace. “I thought (Daniel) Sturridge would play and then Sterling would have gone on the flank. “Because of his low centre of gravity, Sterling changes direction very quickly and Hector is short as well.” Wenger added: “I think you also have to give credit to players who get less, such as Coquelin. “In the first half he broke up many attacks in a convincing way. “But honestly I couldn’t say that in my head (at the start of the season) Coquelin was one of the first-choice players.” Manager Arsene Wenger is convinced something is finally happening at Arsenal again – and everyone can “smell” it. last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks

first_imgThe KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks are back in the winner’s circle as Western Pond Hockey champs after posting a 27-16 win in the 2011 final Sunday in Rossland as part of the Winter Carnival. The Bucks, winners of the inaugural tournament in 2008, put a licking on the Top Shelf Construction team to to claim the title.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute Ruttin Bucks with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include, back row, L-R, Balfour’s Derek Diener, Peter Sheets of Trail and Aaron Shrieves of Nelson.Front, Dion Resicini and Shane Glover  of Castlegar and Nelson’s Jarod Seminoff.last_img read more

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Leafs make a few tweaks as Junior teams set rosters for stretch run

first_imgNothing earth shattering generally happens at the BC Hockey January 10 roster deadline.Which came and went with the Nelson Leafs making a few tweaks to the roster as the team begins its run to the regular season finish line in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.last_img

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New Afrikaans film a hit

first_imgDuring its weekend debut Jakhalsdans was the best-performing title at 17 of the 35 cinemas to screen it. (Image: Jakhalsdans ) MEDIA CONTACTS Jana Erasmus Indigenous Film Distribution +27 11 719 4080 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • New film tackles race with humour • US project puts African film first • Top honours for SA movie • Rebate boost for SA filmBongani NkosiJakhalsdans, a new South African film, has become an almost instant box office hit, setting new standards for the Afrikaans-language movies.The feature film, which opened in South African cinemas on 23 April, earned R600 000 (US$80 123) in its opening weekend, making it the most popular Afrikaans motion picture since the release of Lipstiek Dipstiek in November 1994.“We are thrilled to see that South Africans are enjoying our film,” producer Anton Ernst said in a statement. “Saturday’s box office was practically double what we took on Friday, which is the first positive sign of consumer uptake for a film.”According to the newly established company Indigenous Film Distribution, Jakhalsdans made 7% more sales after its release than Bakgat – an Afrikaans teen comedy brought out in 2008.It had 34% more attendances than the 1998 film Paljas; 74% more than the 2007 hit comedy Poena is Koning; and 59% more than Die Storie van Klara Viljee, a drama released in 1988.Jakhalsdans is the 18th full-length Afrikaans feature film to make it to the big screen in South Africa between 1980 and 2010, said Indigenous Film Distribution.During its weekend debut Jakhalsdans was the best-performing title at 17 of the 35 cinemas to screen it, including the notable NuMetro North Park, Ster Kinekor Cape Gate, Ster Kinekor Brooklyn Nouveau and Ster Kinekor Kolonnade.It’s currently up against international hits such as Bounty Hunter, a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, and Tooth Fairy, also a comedy, featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ashley Judd.“The film is performing countrywide from Klerksdorp, to Worcester … and Johannesburg, which is very encouraging,” said Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution.“This level of opening weekend takings makes it the best performing local feature film released this year,” she said.Filmed in scenic LoxtonJakhalsdans was shot and set in Loxton, a tranquil town in the Northern Cape province’s Karoo region. It’s a story about teacher Mara Malan, played by Elizma Theron, who’s hell-bent on saving the local school, which her five-year-old daughter attends. Through various means Malan manages to raise R500 000 ($66 749).“I’ve always had a great love for the remote, brooding landscapes of the Karoo,” said film director Darrel Roodt.Theron, a popular local singer, joins fellow muso Theuns Jordaan in a lead role, while top South African model Christina Storm and accomplished actor Neil Sandilands complement the stellar line-up.Roodt is no stranger to success either: his previous title, Yesterday, was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award in the best foreign language film category. It starred Leleti Khumalo of the 1992 hit film Sarafina!” [Jakhalsdans] provided a wonderful opportunity for me to work with stars like Theuns Jordaan and Elizma Theron, and to create a love story that is quintessentially South African,” he said.“It’s something completely different from the comedies which have dominated the Afrikaans language local film industry over the past few years and it’s encouraging to see that audiences are responding to it.”last_img read more

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Madiba magic for Proteas’ campaign

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma and the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula wish the Proteas well as they set off to compete in the Cricket World Cup (Image: Bongani Nkosi) President Jacob Zuma met with the Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket squad, in Pretoria recently to wish them good luck for the World Cup taking place in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka later this month. “On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, we wish you all the success in this international campaign,” he said to the team.Led by captain Graeme Smith, the World Cup squad comprises Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne van Wyk.All members were present when Zuma wished them well.“We have assembled a fantastic team,” said Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, who was also there to encourage the team. “We want to wish you well as you get ready to begin the battle. We are a winning nation and believe you will do well.”Zuma said the sport was a national asset and he was happy to see an increased number of young people coming through the development structures of South African cricket.Special nation“May this nation’s traditional winning streak see you through the ferocious spin bowlers of the Asian sub-continent, and also make you bring the trophy home.”The president called on the team to use the country’s previous successes as their motivation for winning the World Cup. “We are certain you will win. You are part of a special nation. South Africans are special people – we can do things others can’t do.”To show support for the squad, Zuma urged all South Africans to wear their Proteas shirts on Fridays as part of the Magnificent Fridays campaign launched by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation.“We did this successfully for the Fifa Soccer World Cup, and we thank you for bringing back the excitement,” he said.Mandela will be watchingZuma delivered a message from former president Nelson Mandela, whom he visited before meeting the team. “When he talked about you his smile got broader and broader. He wants you to know he supports you all the way and said he will be watching you on the television.”“We will support you to the final until you bring the trophy back and hand it over to Nelson Mandela,” the president said.Captain Greame Smith said they were honored to receive a message from the former leader. “The message from Madiba will stand strong inside of us as we try to make our country proud. It is especially humbling to hear him pledge his support and praise for the squad.”Making the country proudSmith said as a team they were encouraged by the knowledge that the country was behind them. “It will be the support from the fans back home that will carry us on,” he said.He also thanked the president and the sports minister for their support. “It’s always an incredible honour to have the opportunity to meet with the president.”Smith gave both Zuma and Mbalula a number 15 Proteas jersey, representing the team’s supporters.Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola also thanked the president and sports minister for their backing. “Thank you for getting the nation behind us. It means a lot to us to have the nation’s support as we go.”Majola said this would help inspire the team to excel on the pitch. He then paid tribute to the players for being ambassadors for their country.“Enjoy yourselves and bring the trophy home,” he added.Before sending the team off with their final marching orders, Zuma sang for skipper Graeme Smith, who was celebrating his 30th birthday.The player said he was “incredibly humbled” by the gesture.last_img read more

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Seedcamp Goes Global, Announces Mini Seedcamp in South Africa

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Tags:#events#start center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The European startup incubator Seedcamp announced today the launch of Seedcamp Johannesburg, the organization’s first event in Africa. A Mini Seedcamp will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 11, and applications for the program are now open. Entrepreneurs from both Europe and Africa can apply to the Mini Seedcamp.In making the announcement, Seedcamp says, “We want to reach out to new locales and markets to meet the great entrepreneurs we are missing who are located beyond Europe – after all, we have seen that the underserved Eastern European markets develops great companies like Erply, Ubervu, and Brainient – some of the former Seedcamp winners. We are excited to take Seedcamp global and Africa is a great place to start.”The World Cup has certainly drawn our attention to South Africa, and the country is home to several tech companies including the website creator Yola, as well as part of the development team for the cloud computing startup Nimbula.As Inc recently wrote in an article on incubators, initiatives like Seedcamp, Y Combinator, and TechStars speed up the startup process by providing entrepreneurs with not just funding but with mentorship. Seedcamp’s venture into South Africa intends to help spread that opportunity south of the equator.last_img read more

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WATCH: PH’s David Carlos rules Chengdu 3×3 Dunk Contest

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comFilipino pro dunker David Carlos gave the crowd a dazzling show and emerged as the dunk king in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters Sunday at Global Center in Chengdu, China.A first timer in the 3×3 World Tour Dunk Contest, the 28-year-old showcased his 41-inch vertical leap as he jumped over a volunteer and nailed a reverse slam for his title-clinching jam to amass 73 points in the final round.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Carlos edged four-time World Tour Dunk champ Rafel Linpinski of Poland in the championship round after the latter missed the second of his three dunk attempts and could only muster 54 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was nervous because I was going up against one of the best in the planet in Lipek. But I just gave it my best,” he said in a report from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ website.Carlos took home the $2,000 cash prize for winning the competition. Hometown bet Jiang Wenjian of China was the other participant in the contest but was booted after the first round. San Sebastian drops 16 triples to scorch Letran View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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No limbs, no problem for Italy’s fencing firebrand

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: LeBron shouts out PH fans for sprawling mural in Taguig CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The world’s first competitive fencer with no arms or legs, Vio uses prosthetic arms but standard foils or epee weapons. While she can walk almost normally on her prosthetic legs, she competes in a wheelchair.“I found hospital to be a waste of time,” she said. In under four months she was back at school, and entered her first parafencing competition just a year after falling ill.She puts her return to “normality” down not just to tenacity but also two decisive encounters, with South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Italian paracyclist Alessandro Zanardi.“They both said the same thing: ‘You’re an amputee, don’t let it stop you. Get moving and do what you want to do’,” she said.“I met them thanks to my parents, and now I tell myself I’m the one that has to be an example to others”.Already a household name in Italy, Vio’s popularity soared after Rio, where she was the flag-bearer for the Italian delegation at the Paralympic Games’ closing ceremony.Invited on an official Italy-US visit to the White House last year, she snapped a cheeky selfie with Barack Obama.She puts her fame to good use, supporting the art4sport association — which helps young disabled people play sport — and campaigning in favour of vaccines, a hot-button issue in Italy.“I’m fighting for everyone, children and adults, to be vaccinated. It’s an easy thing to do and can avoid a lot of ball-ache,” she quips. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Italian Paralympic Champion Beatrice “Bebe” Vio attends a press conference to present the Fencing Worlds 2017, on October 31, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Rome will host the Wheelchair Fencing World Championship from November 6 to November 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABIParalympic fencer Beatrice Vio is a veritable sports icon in Italy, a model of courage whose battle against disease, infectious enthusiasm and prowess have won her legions of loyal fans.Now the 20-year old ace is in Rome, where on Wednesday she will defend her title as wheelchair fencing world champion after taking home gold in last year’s Paralympics in Rio.ADVERTISEMENT “My motto is, ‘life is too good’,” Beatrice Vio said with a laugh in an interview with AFP, her cheerfulness belying years of physical and psychological anguish, beginning in 2008.“I was 11 years old when I got sick. I was struck down suddenly with meningitis C,” said the blue-eyed blonde from northern Italy, who has been affectionately nicknamed “Bebe” (baby) by her compatriots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Two years earlier, my mother had asked a doctor if I should be vaccinated because a child who lived near us had meningitis, but he said I was too young and not to worry,” she said.The disease become necrotic, giving her doctors no choice but to amputate both legs and forearms. It also ravaged her face, leaving it deeply scarred. Several months of intensive rehabilitation in hospital followed, during which Vio learned to walk again using prosthetic limbs designed specifically for her.The youngster had first wielded a sabre and donned a mesh mask when she was five years old.“After a difficult time, it was my dream of fencing again that helped shorten my hospital stay,” she said.“I also had the support of my father, who worked with a specialised orthopaedic centre to develop the prostheses with which I was rebuilt — a bit like a lego,” she joked.‘Get moving’ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

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