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first_imgIn his years as president, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh always kept his office door open to students who wanted to visit him, even in the middle of the night.And all through Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, students took him up on the offer one last time, visiting the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in a steady stream through the night to pay their final respects.“It says a lot that even though we didn’t get to experience everything he did, or we weren’t there during his most active times, we’re still here tonight,” McGlinn sophomore Priscilla Quaye said at 2 a.m.Courtesy of Matt Cashore Residence halls were assigned priority hours through the night to organize the flow of people. Even at 1 a.m., the wait time to enter the Basilica and proceed through the lines inside was about an hour and a half.“So many people want to pay their last respects to Fr. Ted, and [everyone here] is just a fraction of the people he’s affected,” McGlinn sophomore Cindy Do said. “It was well worth the wait.”For some students, this was the first time they were able to see Hesburgh in person, and they didn’t want to miss the chance to say both hello and goodbye.“I never met Fr. Hesburgh, but I know he shaped a place that’s been pretty integral to my development,” Quinn O’Heeney, a senior in Siegfried Hall, said. “I just had a hard time fathoming someone could have that type of influence over this many people and just have that type of effect on so many lives.”For others who had met Hesburgh before, the night was equally powerful.“I met Fr. Hesbrugh during my freshman year, and he was just such an amazing person who had contributed so much to Notre Dame and to civil rights and to a lot of different things,” Keenan Hall senior Samuel Leung said. “So for me, it was very important to be able to give respect to this man.“Inside there, you could feel that there was a lot of respect for this man, and everyone was there to honor him. It was a very special moment.”A tent set up outside the Basilica kept visitors out of the 20-degree night as they waited their turn to go in. Once inside, students were ushered into lines and made their way through the Basilica to stand before the casket, two by two.“I think it’s extremely impressive, first of all, because I never anticipated this many people would be here, especially this late into the night,” Mike Fernandes, a Siegfried Hall senior, said. “Standing in line all this time just reinforced the fact that Notre Dame is a pretty special place. You see the solidarity in people especially in times like this.”“I never got to meet him, so I really wanted to just come and see him in person and pay my respects and thank him for making Notre Dame the place that I love today,” McGlinn Hall senior Elena Brindley said. “It was a really cool testament to see how many people he touched, to see that it’s 2 a.m., and there’s a tent full of people waiting through the night.” Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Hesburgh, memorial, visitationlast_img read more


first_imgBurlington Telecom,By Kevin Kelley, Vermont Business Magazine. Burlington Telecom appears to have little chance of surviving its debt crisis as a city-owned utility. But some financial experts say it’s possible BT could work a deal leaving the city with at least a minority stake in a reconfigured, non-profit ownership arrangement.Such a set-up would keep the advanced fiber-optic network in place as a local alternative to Comcast and other private, for-profit telecom businesses. And that’s an outcome many Burlington politicians ‘ not just Progressives ‘ say they favor.The administration of Mayor Bob Kiss, which has remained relentlessly optimistic throughout the crisis, suggests that salvation for BT could be forthcoming from private-equity firms and/or in-state telecom operations with which it is holding talks. Springfield-based VTel, the recipient of $116 million in federal stimulus funds, has already offered to lend BT equipment to replace what must be returned to BT’s private creditor, CitiCapital. Following last month’s breakdown of negotiations on the $33.5 million BT owes CitiCapital, the lender indicated it intends to repossess the telecom infrastructure it had financed.But that may not be the last word from CitiCapital, suggests Burlington Chief Administrative Officer Jonathan Leopold. He says talks between the city and the lender have not ceased. Leopold suggests some sort of financial agreement with CitiCapital might yet emerge.BT owes an additional $17 million that it also cannot repay. That’s the amount it borrowed from a city cash pool, allegedly beginning six years ago, in violation of an agreement BT had signed with state regulators. Burlington Telecom, city government and Chief Administrative Officer Jonathan Leopold are all targeted in a civil suit seeking payback of the $17 million to taxpayers.Given the track record of BT’s management, it’s not clear how the utility can hope to raise the $50 million needed to clear its debts. Burlington Telecom also needs additional millions to complete the buildout of its system and to conduct a marketing campaign that might enable it to corral more than its current total of 4700 customers. BT has, in essence, spent more than $10,000 to reach and service each of the homes and businesses using its network.The utility has also incurred $625,000 in expenses for the services of lawyers and consultants during the past 18 months. According to a memo to two city councilors from Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Scott Schrader’first reported by SevenDays columnist Shay Totten in a December 22 blog posting’the costs included $227,795 paid from the city’s general fund to the consulting firm Dorman & Fawcett for its representation of BT in the apparently unsuccessful negotiations with CitiCapital. Dorman & Fawcett have been paid another $76,000 for overseeing BT’s operations.Even if financial stability were somehow achieved, BT could still face penalties from the state for violating at least three conditions of its operating license, known as a certificate of public good. In addition to failing to repay borrowed city funds within 60 days, BT is out of compliance with a condition stipulating that the entire city be given access to its network. And an auditing firm retained by the state Public Service Department suggested last month that BT violated another condition by providing discounted telecom services to city departments.BT and city officials are looking to incoming Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, as a potential source of help. BT’s mess is probably not something Shumlin wants to get involved in, however. At the same time, he has expressed concern about the utility’s contamination of the credit rating of Vermont’s largest city. BT’s problems have also helped drag down the scores for Burlington International Airport and the municipally owned Burlington Electric Department. ‘I would anticipate that’s the beginning of a trend and not the end of a trend,’ Shumlin told Vermont Public Radio in regard to Moody’s Investors Service’s downgrading of the city’s rating.The governor-elect’s choice as his public service commissioner also does not appear eager to press for a bail out of BT. Liz Miller, a Burlington attorney with no experience in telecom regulation, called the audit’s critical findings ‘troubling.’ Miller added that Burlington taxpayers and ratepayers should be protected financially.Even though she may not be sympathetic to BT’s plight, Miller is still viewed by the Kiss administration and its allies as a potential improvement over Gov. James Douglas’ public service commissioner, David O’Brien. Progressives argue that BT’s troubles were worsened due to what amounted to a political vendetta carried out by O’Brien, a Republican.Then-City Councilor Marissa Caldwell, a Progressive, denounced O’Brien a few months ago as ‘a political hack.’ She charged the he and Douglas ‘only want private telecom in the state. He is out to get rid of the competition for private companies. That’s very clear.’As BT slid into financial disarray, some Progressives contended that the public utility’s options had been deliberately circumscribed by state regulators in an effort to ‘protect Comcast.’ It is argued, for example, that BT was being set up to fail because of the state’s refusal to give it access to public funds. One figure knowledgeable about BT’s history, who does not want his name used because of ties to city and state officials, sees irony in BT’s being fenced-off from taxpayer financing while VTel has gotten more than $100 million in taxpayer funds to build a telecom network for parts of Vermont lacking broadband connections.Those making such points do acknowledge, however, that BT agreed to abide by all the state’s conditions and then failed to do so.Kiss himself has not gone as far as some Progressives in blaming the Douglas administration for BT’s troubles, but he did take an indirect swipe at O’Brien in a response last month to the state-commissioned audit of BT. Carried out by the Michigan firm of Larkin and Associates, the audit ‘lacks credibility,’ Kiss said. ‘It is dated, incomplete and contains numerous omissions. This report has been characterized as independent, which is not true,’ Kiss added. ‘In reality, it was prepared for the Department of Public Service and David O’Brien in the context of an adversarial proceeding.’O’Brien incensed BT’s defenders by stating that the utility is ‘not viable’ ‘ a comment they took as an attempt to sabotage BT’s efforts to obtain new financing. The commissioner has also singled out the Kiss administration for strong criticism, charging that its officials ‘put their interests before the interests of the taxpayers.’For his part, Kiss specifically criticized the Larkin report on the grounds that the firm’s investigators had not bothered to talk with city officials or with a consulting firm retained by the city to manage BT.Some Progressives have also accused Burlington Democrats of wanting to wreck BT. They point to the City Council’s refusal a year ago to allow BT to move ahead in negotiating a $61.6 million loan on offer from Piper Jaffray, a Minneapolis investment firm. Council Democrats argued at the time that caution was the right response to any BT borrowing request, given the emerging dimensions of its financial problems.A commentary written in March 2010 by longtime Progressive activist and attorney John Franco accused the Democrats of ‘bloodlust.’ They were determined, Franco said, ‘to settle old scores with the Progressives that date back to Bernie Sanders’ upset victory in 1981.’ Franco’s broadside, published in SevenDays, said Democrats on the City Council ‘led a withering campaign against BT that went on for months, seemingly unmindful that BT is their own startup business.’Everything might still have turned out OK for Burlington Telecom, some of it defenders add, had it not been for the global financial crisis. The meltdown struck just as BT found itself in need of new borrowing. But the needed funds could not be found due to the freeze-up of equity markets, Leopold has said.The Larkin audit report implies, however, that BT has never been in sound financial shape.The utility was hobbled from the outset by delays in building its network and launching its services, which did not formally become available until May 2006 ‘ six years after Burlington voters had reaffirmed their approval of a city-owned telecom operation.BT began dipping into city accounts in 2005 during the mayoralty of Peter Clavelle, a Progressive ally. By September of that year the utility was out of compliance with the state condition requiring it to repay borrowed municipal funds within two months, the audit found.BT’s original manager, Tim Nulty, wrote in an online commentary on December 21 that there was nothing unusual about a capital-intensive investment, such as a telecom network, failing to break even in its first couple of years of operation. Nulty argued, however, that BT was fixed on a course toward profitability by the time he resigned in October 2007. ‘BT’s failure to reach profitability in early 2009 as originally projected had nothing to do with flaws in its business plan and everything to do with flaws in management after I left,’ Nulty maintained.His commentary did not address the allegation in the auditors’ report that Burlington Telecom had violated a condition of its licensing agreement during his tenure as its manager.A declaration of bankruptcy is a recourse often followed by entities with financial troubles as acute as those hounding BT. That option too is apparently unavailable to the beleaguered utility, however. Because it is city-owned, Burlington itself would have to declare bankruptcy in order for BT to gain relief from its creditors. And Shumlin and the State Legislature would surely block any move by the Queen City to declare itself unable to pay its debts.last_img read more


first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Roy UrricoThe $8.3 billion Security Service Federal Credit Union in San Antonio is living up to its name by adding a new mobile layer of protection for member card accounts.Security Service FCU said it launched real-time credit and debit card text fraud alerts as a free service (except where phone charges apply) to help prevent fraudulent transactions from occurring on members’ credit or debit cards. Members must sign up online to trigger credit card fraud alerts, but debit cards receive automatic enrollment in the program.“With text fraud alerts, the minute we detect any suspicious debit or credit card activity on the account, we send a text message asking for verification of the transaction,” Howard Baker, executive vice president and chief risk officer for the credit union, said. “Members can rest assured that card fraud monitoring and account security are top priorities at Security Service.” continue reading »last_img read more


first_imgSPANKY’S FAMILY LIGHT SHOWThis traditional Christmas lights show is synchronized with music when you tune in to 89.7 FM, and an 18-year-old from Hicksville created it himself. The family will be taking donations for Make A Wish Foundation – Metro New York. 62 Crescent St., Hicksville, site.wish.org/goto/spankyslightshow. Free. 5-10 p.m. Dec. 1- Jan. 1.  HOLIDAY CHEER BUS ELF RIDEKids Need More hosts a drive-by, gift-giving extravaganza. Dress up as an elf and put a smile on the faces of hundreds of children coping with a serious illness. To nominate a child who has experienced serious illness or trauma, call 631-608-3135 or email info@kidsneedmore.org. 600 Albany Ave., Suite 14, Amityville, kidsneedmore.org. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 20.  PRESS PLAY SIP & PAINTSupport Q.B. Generational Change Inc.’s programs and events for youth in the community at this sip and paint fundraiser at Press Play in Freeport. Food and drinks are included. There will be raffles, giveaways, music and more. 824 Merrick Rd., Freeport, facebook.com/qbgenerationalchange. $75. 8 p.m. Dec. 5.  Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York There are several ways to give back to those in need this holiday season, and many of them involve having a little fun along the way. Here are six Long Island charity events benefitting nonprofit organizations and local families to attend this December. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYSSend a loving animal to its forever home this holiday season by attending this fundraiser at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Smithtown. Enjoy dinner, a cash bar and raffles while supporting rescue dogs and cats. All proceeds will be donated to Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue. 730 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, saveapetusa.org. $25. 6 p.m. Dec. 10.center_img TOY DRIVE AND FUNDRAISERLegends Bar & Grill in Kings Park will host its 3rd annual holiday toy drive and fundraiser. Attendees can bring unwrapped gifts, which will be donated to Smithtown’s Children’s Foundation and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. All proceeds collected will go to local families in need. Event will feature live music, raffle prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 34 Indian Head Rd., Kings Park, facebook.com/legendsbarandgrillofkingspark. 5 p.m. Dec. 7.  Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here. JINGLE ALL THE WAY 5KJoin in the family fun at the Jingle all the Way 5K and Run Run Rudolph Run 1K at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. The event will benefit the John Theissen Foundation’s annual toy drive. 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford, runsignup.com/Race/NY/Seaford/JingleAllTheWay5km. $38-$43. 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13. last_img read more


first_img Share Share Share Directions:For crust, in a medium mixing bowl combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in margarine or butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press firmly into an 11- to 13-inch pizza pan. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely.Just before serving, in a medium mixing bowl beat whipping cream with an electric mixer on low speed just until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon peel; beat until fluffy (mixture will thicken as it is beaten).Spread cheese mixture atop cooled crust. Top with strawberries. Garnish with chocolate curls or grated chocolate, if desired. Serve immediately. Makes 12 servings. 29 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza.This fresh strawberry dessert will surely impress your guests at your next dinner party. This is a beautiful and delicious dessert with a creamy mascarpone cheese layer that is a perfect companion to the brown sugar crust and the fresh strawberries. The chocolate curls are the finishing touch to this dessert.Ingredients:1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour1/3 cup packed brown sugar2/3 cup margarine or butter, softened2/3 cup whipping cream8 ounces mascarpone cheese or one 8-ounce tub cream cheese3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel4 cups sliced strawberriesChocolate curls or grated chocolate (optional) Food & DiningLifestyle Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza. by: – July 15, 2011 Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardenslast_img read more


first_imgRead Also: Victor Osimhen wins Lille’s player of the year award“Plus, with the whole coronavirus lockdown situation, I didn’t really feel comfortable with the idea of moving abroad and uprooting my family.“I think a lot about our quality of life and we have a great setup here. I think a lot about my family now.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud admits the coronavirus played a key part in his decision to stay with the Blues in January. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Incredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By MysteryYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth90s Stunners Who Still Look GorgeousTop 10 Disney Male Role ModelsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Loading… center_img “I simply seized my opportunity and I repaid the faith that the coach [Frank Lampard] had shown in me,” he told the club’s website. “That’s why the club ultimately offered me the chance to continue my time at Chelsea and I accepted immediately because I like it here. “I want to keep winning trophies and I want to continue to show the manager that he can count on me. The French World Cup winner was the subject of plenty of interest around Europe, but the complicated situation thrown up by the virus caused him to stay put and turn his fortunes around.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Anthony Foley’s men stormed out of the blocks but had nothing to show for some terrific build-up play until young flanker Jack O’Donoghue crossed in the 28th minute. Hooker Eusebio Guinazu added a second before the break for a 12-0 lead. Glasgow looked a shell of the side that had surged to the league’s summit, missing 23 players due to a combination of Scotland commitments, injuries and suspensions. They launched a stirring second half fight-back, though, setting up prop Rossouw de Klerk for a fine 59th minute try. Munster responded immediately with a superb Keith Earls score and CJ Stander’s maul try registered the bonus point. Early turnover ball sent Munster’s influential captain Denis Hurley breaking into the Glasgow 22 but John Ryan’s subsequent offload to Duncan Williams went to ground. Peter Murchie and Niko Matawalu then did well to close down the options for man-of-the-match Earls as the Munster centre surged up the left wing. Earls glided through on the right soon after, but Connor Braid crucially got back to intercept a pass from Andrew Conway. Despite their first quarter dominance, Munster remained scoreless with Ian Keatley drifting a 39-metre penalty wide. Matawalu showed brilliant pace and footwork as Glasgow sliced open the home defence on the right, however Munster finally opened the scoring from a clever attack near the half hour mark. JJ Hanrahan took the ball on from a quickly-taken lineout, Keatley swept out to the left where he dummied his way into the 22 and his pass back inside released O’Donoghue on a well-timed run to the line. O’Donoghue’s third successive PRO12 try went unconverted but Keatley added the extras to Guinazu’s 37th-minute effort, as the Argentina international scored off a lineout maul near the left corner. Glasgow found their rhythm on the restart, Braid landing the second of two penalty attempts and from a better return in the scrum and lineout, Ali Kellock and Josh Strauss became more prominent. The gap was suddenly down to just two points after tighthead de Klerk took a great line onto a Braid pass. He barged past Williams and crashed over under the posts with Braid converting. That concession seemed to refocus Munster and Earls, chasing down a pinpoint Keatley kick, delighted the home crowd by using his right instep to flick the ball up into his arms and dive over in the right corner. Keatley was having an off-night from the kicking tee, missing the conversion and also failing to add the extras to Stander’s touchdown. Glasgow rallied in search of a losing bonus point but their luck was out when Lee Jones had a foot in touch before grounding the ball in the 75th minute. Munster moved above Glasgow to the top of the Guinness PRO12 after defeating the under-strength Scots in Cork in a 22-10 bonus point win. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgDeceased pets have been recovered from a chartered jet that ran into a river at a Florida military base.Officials of the Jacksonville Naval Air Station Jacksonville  confirmed late Sunday that a dog and two cats were recovered in their carriers from the Boeing 737 that crashed into the St. Johns River.None of the 143 human passengers and crew members had serious injuries from the incident which occurred, Friday evening.Despite two failed attempts, rescuers were unable to remove the pets from the cargo area immediately after the landing because that section of the plane was underwater.Instead, divers were sent in Sunday to retrieve the animals.Base officials said another cat that flew in the plane’s cabin was safely removed by the cat’s owner.On Monday, the operator of the plane offered $2,500 to each passenger as a “goodwill gesture.”Miami Air International made the offer to the 136 passengers in an open letter from the airline’s CEO expressing regret for what happened.“We understand and appreciate the difficult experience you endured,” wrote CEO Kurt Kamrad.The Boeing 737 was traveling from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba when it landed at the Florida base, skidding into the river.Related content:Plane crashes into Jacksonville river, 21 hospitalizedlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has filed a federal complaint against Governor Ron DeSantis, after the Florida Senate voted last month not to reinstate him as sheriff.The lawsuit seeks Israel’s reinstatement on the grounds that the state Senate’s removal decision was purely a partisan action.According to the lawsuit, the Senate “changed the rules” to allow a “trial by ambush.” In addition, the lawsuit claims that DeSantis failed to prove any allegations of neglect of duty or incompetence to justify Israel’s removal. Ben Kuehne, one of Israel’s lawyers, “The Senate charade was nothing more than a carefully scripted scheme to subvert Due Process by creating new allegations and presenting false facts to remove this Democrat from Sheriff of Broward County as preparations for the 2020 election are underway. The harm done to the Constitution by taking away the power of the people to elect their officials is frightening.” Earlier this year, Governor DeSantis issued an order to have Israel removed as Broward’s sheriff.In April, a Broward Circuit judge ruled that DeSantis had acted within his authority. However, Florida Senate special master Dudley Goodlette recommended in September that Israel be reinstated.Israel also filed paperwork last July to run for re-election as sheriff in next year’s Democratic primary.last_img read more


first_imgFrom 1959-2006, the USC men’s basketball team played its home games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Exposition Park, adjacent to the University Park Campus.Rivals collide · At the Galen Center in January, UCLA defeated the Trojans by 19 points. The Trojans have won six games on the season and stands last in the conference, while UCLA is 14-11 and stands in seventh. The Trojans have just five regular season games left this year. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanBut this season the Trojans’ crosstown rival, UCLA, has called the 52-year-old venue home, while its on-campus arena, Pauley Pavilion, undergoes renovations scheduled to be completed fall.On Wednesday, USC (6-20, 1-12) will return to the Sports Arena for the first time in six years to face the Bruins.“It’s an old building,” freshman guard Byron Wesley said. “I know it has a lot of history so I’m excited to play there.”But that doesn’t mean it won’t be a little strange, either.“It’s going to be a little weird with it being down the street,” Wesley said. “But we still have to go out there and play hard.”Through 11 games this season at the Sports Arena, which is roughly 15 miles east of UCLA’s campus, the Bruins (14-11, 7-6) have gone 11-4. UCLA’s most recent game was a 73-63 home loss to first-place California.But whatever struggles the Bruins have had this season pale in comparison to those of USC. Currently, the Trojans have lost 13 of their last 14 games and have won just once in the months of January and February.Following Sunday’s 59-47 loss to Stanford, they have lost 20 games for the first time since the 1988-1989 season.“There is no fun in losing — for anybody,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said following the 12-point loss to the Cardinal. “And there’s really no fun in losing ugly. I’m aware of all that. But what we need to do as a group is keep doing our job every single day.”What has given the Trojans the most trouble this season is scoring. Currently, they average 53.3 points per game, which puts them 342nd out of 344 Division I teams.Such scoring difficulties, as O’Neill is often quick to point, stem largely from the injuries of several starters, redshirt sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon, senior guard Jio Fontan and redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller, that have left the Trojans with just six scholarship players healthy enough to play.As a result, most starters are playing at least 30 minutes per game.“All these guys are getting a great opportunity to prove what they can do,” O’Neill said. “The more they can prove what they can do, the bigger their role will be going forward.”One of those players is Wesley, who ranks seventh among all Pac-12 freshmen in scoring with 8.1 points per game and fourth in rebounds at 4.8 per game.“I love the way Byron Wesley has played,” O’Neill said. “I really do. He fights hard. Whatever these guys do will decide their role in the future.”USC lost to UCLA earlier this season, 66-47, its sixth loss in a row at the time, at the Galen Center, where the Trojans made 18 of 50 field goal attempts.Tip-off  will be at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports Prime Ticket.last_img read more