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ND campaign raises funds to fight Ebola

first_imgThe ND Unite to Fight Ebola campaign is raising funds to send medical supplies to West Africa, according to Dr. Katherine Taylor, director of operations of the Eck Institute for Global Health.Photo courtesy of Yassah Lavelah “First of all, our role is compassion,” Taylor said. “When we see this happening somewhere, and the devastating impact on the communities in West Africa, we feel compelled to do something. I think we were all here looking at each other, saying ‘What can we do? How can we help?’ This is the transformation of that concern into action.”The University-wide campaign, which continues on campus through Oct. 17, focuses on two main goals, Taylor said. After that date, the campaign will still accept donations online from the broader Notre Dame community.“The first goal is education and awareness, and the second one is to raise funds to purchase and ship supplies directly to West Africa,” she said. “… We decided that we wanted to do a short burst of activity because of the urgency, just because we’d like to get the supplies there as quickly as possible. We are intending to extend the campaign, particularly to alumni, following the close of the campaign here on campus.”The donations from the ND Unite to Fight Ebola campaign will support medical aid workers in Liberia and Sierra Leone, Taylor said.“There are several personal contacts that the University of Notre Dame has with organizations in both Liberia and Sierra Leone,” Taylor said. “In Liberia there is a young woman, Yassah Lavelah, a Liberian national, who participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Notre Dame in 2014.“She and her mother run a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. It’s the Ma V. Maternity Clinic, and she made a direct appeal to some of us here, who have kept in touch with her, to see if we can provide supplies. They haven’t received any supplies so far. We’ve gotten pictures from her, of them attending to patients essentially wearing rain jackets as their personal protective equipment. So obviously this is a very a dangerous situation for her and her mother.”The donations from the campaign will also support a hospital in Sierra Leone, Taylor said.“The second site is very well known by one of the Notre Dame professors, Catherine Bolten, at the Kroc Institute [for International Peace Studies],” Taylor said. “She’s worked in Sierra Leone for the better part of the last 12 years and has been connected with a hospital there. They’re also in desperate need of assistance.”Taylor said the campaign has teamed up with the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, a Springfield, Illinois-based “medical surplus recovery organization focused on meeting the healthcare needs of individuals in developing nations,” according to the agency’s website.Taylor said the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach will coordinate the shipment of supplies to Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Eck Institute, Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development have also supported the campaign, she said.“These are the two places we’re targeting, and we intend to work with one of our partners, Hospital Mission Sisters Outreach,” she said. “They get medical supplies to remote areas,” she said. “Through them we will make a donation, and they are already working with people at these two sites to see what should go in the containers and how we’re going to get them to them.”Taylor said the campaign has sponsored a number of events on campus for the past two weeks, including two talks — one of which featured Mark Ferdig, a Mercy Corps senior team leader and brother of biology professor Michael Ferdig, and biology professor Rob Stahelin, who researches Ebola.“We’ve had professors giving lectures; we’ve established a Facebook page and a blog page,” Taylor said. “Two gentlemen from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center and the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research gave a talk … all about Ebola and the response.”The campaign has partnered with undergraduate student groups including ND Fighting NTDs, ND8 and Timmy Global Health, Taylor said.“Students have played a role in the awareness campaign as well as the fundraising,” she said.Taylor said contributions can be brought to the Eck Institute in 120 Brownson Hall or made online at blogs.nd.edu/unite. Thursday, the campaign will host a prayer service at the Grotto at 8:30 p.m.“This week is going to be our final push, and we hope that anyone that hasn’t contributed will find ways to contribute,” she said. “We hope to be able to get these funds converted into supplies and get them headed to West Africa as soon as possible. I think everyone understands how urgent the situation is. We just want to act as quickly as we can.”Taylor said the success of the campaign will not only provide aid to Ebola patients in West Africa but will also have global implications and reflect Notre Dame’s commitment to being a force for good in the world.“I think we all do understand now that the epidemic needs to be stopped in West Africa, or it’s going to continue to be a concern for the rest of the world,” she said. “As the Global Health Institute, we understand the global nature of the problem, and that it’s going to require the whole world to come together to solve this problem.”“It will be good for Notre Dame to stand up and be counted as an institution, a Catholic institution, that works together to make a difference, so that we can be proud of what we’ve done,” Taylor said. “I’d like to challenge everyone to get involved.”Tags: Ebola, Eck Global Health Institute, eck institute, Global health, Kellogg Institue, Kroc Institutelast_img read more

Syracuse unable to capitalize off of 2-0 set lead, drops 3-2 heartbreaker to Florida State

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 14, 2018 at 6:40 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrewcenter_img In between the fourth and the fifth set, while the four SU coaches stood talking at one end of the bench, Christina Oyawale was busy.The redshirt senior, who missed Friday’s match because of her grandmother’s death and did not play on Sunday, tried pumping up the team, to restore their belief in an SU victory that had vanished after the Orange blew a two-set lead. Dana Valelly and Ella Saada pumped their fists to “Titanium” by David Guetta. The momentum Syracuse had earlier in the game was back on the sidelines.And then, in a matter of minutes, it was gone.Florida State (11-7, 8-1 Atlantic Coast) used a 7-3 run in the fifth set to pull away from the Orange (10-6, 6-2), completing a two-set comeback, and handed the Orange a 3-2 loss Sunday afternoon.“It’s always hard when you’re so close, you can smell it,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “(Florida State) just came up with two players and we couldn’t stop them on the block and we couldn’t stop them on the back row either.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPayton Caffrey and Taryn Knuth combined for 40 kills for the Seminoles and found ways to pound kill after kill past diving Syracuse back liners. Their performance overshadowed a career-high 30 kills from SU freshman Polina Shemanova.“As a team, it is hard sometimes to regain momentum,” Ebangwese said, “but we try to get people going.”For the first two sets, Syracuse finished off Florida State when they needed to. Tied at 23 in the first set, the Orange used kills from two of their seniors, Santita Ebangwese and Jalissa Trotter, to pull away from the Seminoles.In the second set, it was back-to-back kills from Shemanova and Ebangwese to break a 24-24 tie and propel the Orange to a 2-0 set lead.In the third set, Florida State began its comeback by jumping out to an 11-4 lead, highlighted by a kill from Christina Ambrose that Shemanova dug into the ground. Shemanova slammed her hands on the floor. The Orange couldn’t recover from the deficit and lost 25-16.After jumping out to a 7-2 lead in the fourth set on four kills from Ebangwese and Shemanova and an ace from Valelly, the Orange were in position to put away the Seminoles. The next point, however, was a kill by Knuth that went off of Valelly’s hands and into the ground. Then came a Caffrey kill, this time going off of Shemanova’s hands.Those points kickstarted a Seminole run that ended in a 10-10 tie, and, eventually, a 25-18 set win.“I’ve never seen … anyone get killed by a volleyball ball,” Yelin said. “So you’re digging these balls, and you’re not going to get the ball perfectly to the target, but you can get it somewhere on the court.”Many of Florida State’s kills, especially those by Caffrey and Knuth, were crosscourt kills, and SU’s back line was unable to defend many of them. Often, the Orange turned and look as the blue and white sphere whizzed by their heads.“What was really disappointing was that she was hitting to our libero, our best defensive player, who has to do her job,” Yelin said, “and she didn’t.”On the offensive end, Syracuse faced constant pressure at the net from the Seminoles, who had 11 total blocks. Hitters such as Ebangwese, who often use punishing force behind her kills, were forced to loft the ball over instead.The passiveness at the net, in the end, worked in the Seminoles favor. The extra time gave FSU an opportunity to set up its offense.“When it was a double block (Santita) didn’t make good decisions, and she was hitting right straight in the blocks straight down,” Yelin said. “A couple times she was tipping but tipping the ball is the libero’s thing.”The match saw Valelly, a junior, play the most she has all season. After playing in one set prior to Sunday, she appeared in all five sets and registered 16 digs for the Orange, including a handful of diving ones.She was subbed-in to serve 12 times for the Orange, and her performance was one of the bright spots for SU.“Even though she’s a setter, we know she’s a good defender,” Yelin said. “Especially on that side, and as you could see she was digging a lot of balls.”Trotter said it’s important to take bright sports out of these painful losses. Down the road, these positives, such as Valelly’s performance, will lead to wins.But as SU players grabbed their postgame meal and fruit from the cart outside the Women’s Building gym, there were no positive expressions. There was no cheering. And there was no consoling.After blowing a 2-0 set lead and losing, there was no belief left in the players after the match. The Orange and the Seminoles each had just one loss to an ACC opponent this season, both against Pittsburgh. And Yelin said SU was better. But after the game, there was little Yelin could say to change the outcome.“No, it’s not positive,” Yelin said. “It’s very disappointing.”last_img read more

ASABA 2018 CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Pinnick Heads Special Duties Sub-Committee

first_imgDetermined to bring all useful hands on the deck so as to ensure a successful hosting, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships, Solomon Ogba, has named the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, as the head of the Special Duties Sub-Committee.In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, head Media and Publicity Sub-Committee, Ogba said the Delta State government is determined to host a championship that will not only set a standard for future editions of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships but will also be as good as the IAAF World Championships.“Amaju’s experience in sports management, which spans many decades, at both local and international level, will obviously add a lot of value to the successful hosting of the championship”, he affirmed. Apart from special assignments that the four-man special duties sub-committee headed by Amaju will handle, Ogba said they will also provide services and assistance to other committees and in any areas where their services are needed to ensure the success of the championship.Amaju, who was in Asaba for a meeting of the LOC, thanked Ogba and other members of the LOC and especially the state government for the opportunity to contribute his quota to Nigeria, Delta and host city Asaba, hosting the best Africa Senior Athletics Championship ever,“Irrespective of assignments, commitments and engagements that I have elsewhere, I will be dedicated to this assignment 100%. I will work with all the members of the committees to ensure that we all make history by organising the best Africa Senior Athletics Championship ever,’’ Pinnick enthusedThe former Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission when the state hosted the inaugural edition of the Africa Junior Athletics Championship in Warri, which is still the best ever in the series till date, promised to bring his experience as member of CAF and FIFA World Cup Organising Committees to ensure the success of the Asaba 2018 Africa Championship.The Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championship will be held at the Asaba Township Stadium between August 1 and 5, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Red-hot Jordan Eberle leads Islanders to commanding series lead over Penguins

first_imgThe 28-year-old’s first-period marker represented the equalizer after the Penguins had taken an early lead. Just 28 seconds after Garrett Wilson put Pittsburgh up 1-0, Eberle received a pass from Ryan Pulock on the left wing and immediately shot a sharp-angle wrister above Penguins goaltender Matt Murray’s right shoulder. Another game, another opportunity for Jordan Eberle to write his name on the score sheet.The Islanders forward scored a goal for the third straight playoff contest as his team defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Sunday and took a 3-0 stranglehold on their first-round series. Brock Nelson proceeded to give the Islanders the lead just over a minute later, then Leo Komarov and Anders Lee neeted in the third period to cement the win, which put team up 3-0 in a playoff series for the first time in nearly 36 years.The @NYIslanders hold a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series for the 10th time in franchise history and first since 1983, when they swept the Wayne Gretzky-led Oilers in the #StanleyCup Final. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/wCGocZDbaH— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 14, 2019Sunday’s output means Eberle now has three goals and two assists thus far in the postseason. He can add to his tally when the Islanders go for the series sweep on Tuesday.last_img read more

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