In an effort to promote intercollegiate Special Olympics, Notre Dame hosted a soccer tournament last Sunday in collaboration with Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan. Senior Ted Glasnow, co-president of Special Olympics Notre Dame, said Special Olympics Unified Sports combines an approximately equal number of athletes with intellectual disabilities and athletes without intellectual disabilities on teams for training and competition. “Unified soccer avoids what can sometimes be the patronizing relationship between volunteers without intellectual disability and athletes with intellectual disabilities,” Glasnow said. “This event shows that the former is not the only party that can bring something to the table and highlights the equality that should exist in society in general.” Glasnow said the tournament took place Apr. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Alumni Field. There were three games, and each team played the other two teams. The team from Western Michigan won the tournament, Michigan’s team came in second and Notre Dame placed third. The players dedicated eight weeks to training after the teams took shape in January, Glasnow said. He said the participation of the athletes was more important than the outcome of the games themselves. Glasnow said the soccer tournament, while perhaps only a small start, attests to the rising involvement in Special Olympics activities at the college level and the passion students bring to these activities. “A few years back, Special Olympics International did not think it was worthwhile to promote the type of volunteerism they do for younger demographics,” he said. “So, we felt the need to prove that college students can bring the same, if not more, passion to their service through Special Olympics.” Glasnow said his passion comes from serving as a coach of Special Olympics track and field since high school. He said events like the unified soccer tournament will galvanize colleges around the country to consider adding and expanding Special Olympics programs for their students, incorporating teams like the ones that participated in Sunday’s tournament into their full athletic lineups. “We are already working with schools across the country, in accordance with the Special Olympics nationa-l office, to spread the event even further,” Glasnow said. “Eventually, we hope to have state, regional and national collegiate Unified sports seasons.” Glasnow said he felt the event ought to have received more support from the Notre Dame student body. “Many friends and family members of the athletes showed up from the community,” he said. “But we had a disappointing number of students.” Glasnow said Special Olympics Notre Dame intends to continue and hopefully expand the united soccer event next year. “We are definitely going to have the event again next year,” Glasnow said. “We are hoping for at least four teams next year, but we are certainly shooting for as many as we can get.” Glasnow said Adidas and Special Olympics Indiana sponsored the tournament.
Generational shift is emerging on U.S. energy policy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:Younger Americans are willing to pay twice as much as their parents for clean energyResearchers at Yale University and George Mason University asked 2,000 registered US voters, and their results show generational and political divides. While 47% of respondents said they would be willing to pay more, according to the survey, support was concentrated among those under the age of 44, urban dwellers, college degree-holders, and moderate and liberal Democrats. Those unwilling to pay more were generally older, more conservative, and less educated voters, who tended not to see fossil fuel pollution as harmful, or renewables as a boost for the economy.Surveys were conducted between November 2018 and April 2019 by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication.Age proved to be among the biggest divides. Millennials and GenXers were willing to dig into their wallet for the extra $22 while Baby Boomers would only pony up an average of $11. Overall, the average respondent was willing to pay $16.25 more per month for clean energy. The average monthly electricity bill in the U.S. is $117.More: Younger Americans are willing to pay twice as much as their parents for clean energy
Offshore classification organization ABS has been selected by Seacor Marine to class the first offshore support vessel (OSV) in the Gulf of Mexico to operate using hybrid power.Seacor requested the Battery-Li notation for its Seacor Maya OSV currently operated by Mantenimiento Express Maritimo (Mexmar), Seacor Marine’s joint venture in Mexico.ABS said on Monday that the OSV was being upgraded to use lithium battery power, with modifications expected to be completed in May 2018.ABS’ director for offshore support vessels, Wei Huang, said: “ABS recognizes the economic and environmental benefits of hybrid-powered vessels to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the marine and offshore industries. This milestone reinforces our safety mission and promotes the development of alternative power applications and energy storage systems that optimize efficiencies.”Seacor’s manager of engineering, Tim Clerc, added: “The hybrid power solution on the Seacor Maya has the potential to significantly reduce fuel consumption—by as much as 20 percent. To help Seacor realize the benefit of using cutting-edge hybrid power, we partnered with ABS, to class the lithium battery system, to help validate its reliability. The operational savings gained from a hybrid power solution will also reduce emissions and facilitate our compliance with strict environmental regulations.”Seacor also engaged ABS to provide the optional Battery-Li notation, on three additional OSVs operated by Mexmar, planned to upgrade to a similar battery system.The conversion to hybrid power for the Seacor Azteca, Seacor Warrior, and Seacor Viking is expected to be completed in July 2018.The lithium-ion-based energy storage systems (ESS) for all four vessels was agreed to be supplied by Corvus Energy while Kongsberg was contracted to deliver technology upgrades for the Azteca, Warrior, and Viking OSVs in late January. Under the contract, Kongsberg will deliver and install a hybrid power and DP upgrade on the vessels.Kongsberg was also contracted for the same work on the Seacor Maya in September 2017.
MORE: 10 best Packers-Cowboys games of all timeThis season, Green Bay (3-1) and Dallas (3-1) meet Sunday in a key NFC showdown between teams trying to get an early leg up on the playoff race. Both suffered their first loss of the season in Week 4.Will Rodgers deal the Cowboys another losing hand? Here is a look at the stats, the moments and the significance of Rodgers’ success against Dallas.Aaron Rodgers vs. Cowboys stats— Rodgers is 6-2 as a starter against the Cowboys. His first start doubled as Dallas’ first victory at Lambeau Field on Sept. 21, 2008. Rodgers has won six of seven starts since.— Rodgers has led two game-winning drives in the playoffs in his career, and both came at the expense of Dallas in the divisional playoffs. The first came in a 26-21 victory against the Cowboys in the 2015-16 postseason. The second came two years later in a 34-31 victory in the 2016-17 playoffs.— In nine career games against Dallas (including postseason), Rodgers has 2,371 yards with 16 TDs and just 2 interceptions. He has added 2 rushing TDs, as well. Rodgers has a 101.7 passer rating against the Cowboys in the regular season and a 109.5 rating against them in the playoffs.— In three games at Dallas, Rodgers is 65-of-95 passing for 876 passing yard, 6 TDs and 1 interception. Sunday will mark his third start at AT&T Stadium.PACKERS vs. COWBOYS PICKS:Pick against the spread | Straight-up predictionAaron Rodgers vs. Cowboys momentsNov. 29, 2007: Rodgers replaces FavreA “Thursday Night Football” matchup between 10-1 teams took a turn when Favre was injured, but Rodgers impressed with 201 yards and a TD in a 37-27 loss that influenced the franchise’s quarterback decision the next season.Green Bay knew Rodgers could play.Jan. 11, 2015: Rodgers wins on one legThe 2014-15 NFC divisional playoff matchup is remembered for the Dez Bryant catch ruling. It overshadowed Rodgers, who despite a leg injury led two TD drives in the second half of the Packers’ 26-21 victory.Jan. 15, 2017: Rodgers delivers on third-and-20 Rodgers led Green Bay to a quick 21-3 lead in the NFC divisional playoffs, but the Cowboys tied the game at 28. The teams traded field goals, and Dallas tied it again with a 52-yarder by Dan Bailey with 35 seconds left.That was too much time for Rodgers, who hit Jared Cook for 35 yards on third-and-20 to set up a game-winning, 51-yard field goal by Mason Crosby.Rodgers passed for 355 yards, 2 TDs and an interception in the 34-31 victory.Oct. 28, 2017: Rodgers leads a comebackGreen Bay trailed 21-12 at one point, but Rodgers heated up in the second half with 20 fourth-quarter points in a 35-31 regular-season victory at AT&T Stadium.Rodgers threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 11 seconds left and finished with 221 yards and 3 TDs.Why Aaron Rodgers’ success vs. Cowboys mattersRodgers’ success against the Cowboys has flipped the script on the rivalry after the days of Favre, who was 2-9 as a starter against the Cowboys. That includes an 0-8 record in Dallas and 0-3 against the Cowboys in the postseason. While Favre was struggling, Troy Aikman led Dallas to three Super Bowl appearances during the 1990s. Will Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers be the star of the rivalry with the Cowboys again Sunday?Perhaps “star” is a poor word choice given how Rodgers has tormented Dallas since 2007. Of the 10 greatest games between the Cowboys and Packers, Rodgers has been the headliner in three. That includes the 2007 matchup when he nearly led Green Bay to a victory after replacing an injured Brett Favre. With Rodgers, Green Bay’s two playoff victories over Dallas knocked out Cowboys teams that finished with 12-4 and 13-3 records, respectively. It can be argued that Rodgers has been the biggest hurdle for the Cowboys to clear in this decade.Rodgers’ success has tilted the all-time series back in the favor of Green Bay, too. The Packers now lead the all-time series 19-17, and the 38th meeting should add another interesting chapter.Rodgers will play a huge role in that outcome. The only question is whether he will be the “star” again.