Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey says he plans to see out his contract

first_img Facebook Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey says he plans to see out his contract IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest By Carl Stutsman – March 26, 2020 1 542 Twitter Twitter (Photo supplied/ABC 57) After having a disappointing season cut short by the coronavirus we now know more about Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Brey’s plans for the future. The short of it is, he isn’t going anywhere. In an interview with BlueandGold.com Brey said that he has every intention on seeing out the end of his current contract with the university.Back in 2018 Brey signed a three year extension that has him under contract until 2025. By the time his contract is up that would make him the longest tenured coach in the history Notre Dame’s men’s basketball program. He is already the winningest coach in program history. In the interview Brey said “I want to lead this program to a Final Four before I’m outta here”.Read the full article from Blue and Gold here Previous articleNotre Dame researchers study spread, effects of COVID-19Next articleAs more tests come back Indiana’s number of confirmed COVID cases rises again Carl Stutsman WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Muhammadiyah calls for Muslims to hold Idul Adha prayers with family, small congregations

first_imgReading out the circular during a press conference at the Muhammadiyah headquarters in Yogyakarta, Agung said that Muslims should not hold Idul Adha mass prayers in public squares with large congregations.“Those who want to conduct the prayer can do so at home together with their own family members in the same way as it is conducted in squares,” Agung said during the event held Wednesday, which was also aired live on the organization’s media channels.Read also: Muhammadiyah allows mosques to hold mass Friday prayers with strict health protocolsThe circular states that only people living in “green zones” – referring to cities and regencies where the risk of infection is the lowest– may organize Idul Adha mass prayers in small open spaces in their respective neighborhoods while complying with strict health protocols. Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, has said that its members and Muslims in general may take part in mass prayers for Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), expected to fall on July 31, with their own families or in small congregations in their neighborhoods with strict COVID-19 health protocols in place.The group announced its stance in a circular jointly signed by Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir and deputy secretary Agung Danarto.The circular came alongside guidance on Idul Adha observance and worship amid the pandemic issued by the organization’s tarjih (law making) and tajdid (reform) council. “The spread of COVID-19 has yet to decrease significantly. Conducting Idul Adha prayers in squares is allowed, but only in small [open spaces] or with a small number of people,” said Syamsul Anwar of Muhammadiyah’s tarjih and tajdid council.Muhammadiyah previously announced that this year’s Idul Adha would fall on Friday, July 31. Observance of the Islamic holy day includes holding mass prayers in the morning followed by qurban (animal sacrifice), the meat from which is distributed to the poor.The group also encouraged Muslims in its circular to convert their qurban to sadaqah (alms) to help those who have been hit hard by the pandemic, or to do both if they could afford it, as Muhammadiyah acknowledged that the health crisis had caused social and economic problems that had forced many into poverty.“That is why it is very advisable that Muslims prioritize sadaqah over slaughtering sacrificial animals,” Agung said while reading out the circular.Topics :last_img read more

VIEWPOINT: WHY POLITICIANS NEED TO LISTEN TO DONEGAL BUSINESS PEOPLE

first_imgDonegal businessman James Arnold cares about the future of the county where he lives. He may be successful in his own right but the road ahead keeps him awake at night. In an article specially written for Donegal Daily, the recruitment specialist offers his thoughts on how Donegal and the north-west can emerge from the recession a much stronger and vibrant place.Donegal businessman James Arnold.Happiness is a North West called Hamlet!This year two important people in Ireland said two very important things which should wake up and resound a voice all over the North West of Ireland. Pearse Doherty the Sinn Fein TD said “Donegal has the highest rate of unemployment in Ireland at twice the state average, the lowest disposable income and youth unemployment is almost at 50%.”. This is true!SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood said concerning Derry and Strabane, that the latest claimant levels were bleak and needed addressing. “These figures illustrate once again that Derry and its surrounds are facing serious economic difficulties and the Executive, Invest NI seem ambivalent to this. They constantly tell us they are working very hard to deliver for Derry and the North West on the economic promise since the Peace Process, but every time these figures are released Derry and its proximity is at the wrong end of the league table.”Now! How do we fix this?Politicians need business people to fix it! An economic accord!A new initiative!An exciting new North West accord by collectivism!If Peter Robinson MP – the First Minister… Or if Martin McGuiness – the deputy First minister and co equal in the Northern Ireland Assembly care about the North West, let them listen to a businessman talking sense. If the President of America – President Obama considers what I have to say important enough about the politics of whole world and writes a personal letter to me within 30 days – won’t the elected representatives of my own beautiful country also extend a small invitation and reply to hear what I have to say too? Because what I have to say is important. So listen please!Elected politicians are not the only ones which care about the people in all of our society. Business people matter too! They care as well. They watch, they flinch, they move on. They seek for opportunities to grow – to invest – to employ, to make our country ( both regions of our country) – to make them great! If we make a profit – it is taxed – so we cannot be blamed for being successful. Our relationship with Great Britain has outgrown the gruesome past of 600 years. Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland some time ago lifted the entire island. These things matter.Ireland’s love for Queen Elizabeth ( expressed in the words of a child – ‘She is the real Queen – she is here’) and the relationship of Great Britain and Ireland has been restored by words, kind words. Her bow – at our memorial of our own dead shook the chairs of the hurted. I am convinced of that. We all live with the past, we remember the past, we have a legacy of the past, but Ireland and Britain’s love for each other in our very own generation has been restored. Many great and brave people wept and sacrificed so much for this achievement. It’s all over. And what teenager and what young adult does not love William and Kate and their kids? None!So what do I propose?Donegal, Derry and Strabane. I want to talk about us. All these regions have the highest unemployment rate in Europe – 50% .It is bigger than Spain or Greece!Donegal as an economic region has never worked successfully or economically within the E.U. Indeed the county voted twice to exit from the E.U. altogether because of its failure to address the economic issues concerning the region and its people within Ireland and its proximity to Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.It is the only region in all of Europe to say No to the E.U. and not without good reason. There are reasonable grounds for this. Its geography and its demographics and its failure to compete fairly. Donegal, Derry and Strabane are all bordered together beside two competing states and all feel the pinch – so too is Tyrone and Fermanagh.But there is a circle of discontent within Donegal, Derry and Strabane. This is the circle of discontent. Mass unemployment exists inside the circle. The problem has not been addressed. Its location is situated in the farthest extremities of Western Europe. It’s out there on its own with conflicting economics, tax rates and VAT – and due to the mistakes of the past is not connected. The is a perpetual source of economic discomfort due to its political demography.Proposal for happinessI propose an economic circle – a dedicated zone for Donegal, Derry and Strabane – A tri-fold development recovery zone – ‘A North West of Ireland accord’ if you will. There are many stake holders and the rewards are wonderful. It will involve the government of the Republic of Ireland, The Government of Northern Ireland, The two governments of Ireland and Great Britain and negotiations with all relevant parties with the European Union. In a nutshell, negotiations are needed to declare the North West region of Ireland and its U.K. border regions an ‘Economic development zone’ with the E.U.How many jobs for the region?25,000! and with the services sector plugging in – 15,000– total 40,000 new jobs!Corporation tax rate negotiated for the region for 25 years?A corporation tax rate for the region of 5%Who?Asia!Europe imports billions of products from Asia, billions upon billions every year.If the IDA and the NI development authority between them select about 75 – 100 good clean manufacturing – clean energy jobs – suitable companies – already and consistently supplying to the E.U. to locate within the dedicated zone – a small part of their operation then it can work. A paltry 5 -10% is all that is needed – and they will jump to take it. It will have no economic threat to the E.U’s existing manufacturers as they are already importing the goods and indeed the new zone will make it easier and less expensive. All the details can be worked out with both governments. We need to work together more than ever before.Gains!All parties will gain. It’s a win win win!All governments will see a substantial benefits saving, an income tax take up, a reduction in unemployment dole outs. The E.U. will see a fall in unemployment.Losers?None, because the zone is limited. The agreement reached between the parties is focused to achieve a goal and nothing beyond.I call on all parties to debate it and bring the region to full employment and social welll being and prosperity.James ArnoldProprietorProspects Recruitment in Ireland.VIEWPOINT: WHY POLITICIANS NEED TO LISTEN TO DONEGAL BUSINESS PEOPLE was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessdonegalJames Arnoldlast_img read more

German Reus Wins Spartathlon Race

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares One of the world’s toughest runs, the 245.3-kilometer (152.4 miles) from Athens to Sparta was won by German ultra-marathoner Florian Reus on Sept. 26 with a time of 23 hours, 17 minutes and 31 seconds.Reus, 31, was second the last two years, but finally tasted the win, for which he received an olive wreath and a cup of water from the Evrotas River for retracing the ancient path of Pheidippides.Finishing a surprise second was first-time competitor Dan Lawson of the United Kingdom, 42, who led most of the race but faded to a time of 23:53.32, some 36:01 behind over the lengthy course.Third in the 33rd annual Spartathlon was Denmark’s 40-year-old Kim Hansen, who was only 30 meters behind Lawson and came in 1:05 later at 23:54.37.The first woman across the line and fourth overall was 36-year-old American Katalyn Nagy in 25:07.12, the best time ever for a woman on the course.The race traces the classical route of the Athenian messenger Pheidippides who ran it in 409 B.C. in a bid seeking helping against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon, but didn’t get it.According to Greek historian Herodotus, Pheidippides arrived in Sparta “on the next day of his departure.”The Spartathlon was the brainchild of John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander who first ran the course in 1982 in 36 hours. The first Spartathlon was organized in 1983 with 45 runners from 12 countries.Besides its grueling length, the course goes over rough terrains, through vineyards and olive groves, steep hillsides and a 1200-meter (.75 miles)ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.This year, some 373 runners from 49 countries started the race but many gave up along the way.with many of the participants failing to reach the finish line.last_img read more