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British newspaper features doctoral candidate’s poem

first_imgEnglish doctoral candidate Ailbhe Darcy joined some esteemed company when The Guardian, a prominent U.K. newspaper, featured one of her poems as Poem of the Week the week of Sept. 24. Darcy’s selection is no small honor. The previous week, the paper showcased William Shakespeare’s “The Phoenix and the Turtle.” Darcy, a Dublin native who earned her Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Notre Dame’s creative writing program, wrote her featured poem, “Silt Whisper,” nearly a decade ago. The piece was published in 2011 as part of her first full collection of works, “Imaginary Menagerie.” Darcy said she thought “Silt Whisper” was an unexpected selection for discussion by Guardian columnist Carol Rumens. Rumens’ column showcases one poem each week in both the print newspaper and the online publication. “I had thought of ‘Silt Whisper’ as a quieter poem, like punctuation within the collection to add a bit of a pause among the noisier poems,” Darcy said. “I wouldn’t have thought of it as a poem that stuck out in terms of its content, so I was surprised she picked that one.” Darcy said “Imaginary Menagerie” contains many reflections on traveling and leaving home, including her transatlantic move from Dublin to South Bend. “I never planned to come to America, and it was a bit of an adventure because I’d never been here before we moved,” Darcy said. “But I’m studying Irish poetry at [Notre Dame’s] Keough-Naughton Institute [for Irish Studies], and my husband is studying geometry here, so we think of it as a home away from home.” Though she considers herself more of a poet than an academic, Darcy said her studies in Notre Dame’s doctoral program in English influence her creative endeavors. “My academic work definitely feeds into my writing, because I write in response to the things I’ve read,” Darcy said. “But poetry is kind of a mysterious process even to the writer. [Poems] happen so slowly, percolating away in your mind for a long time, so that it feels like working on a problem. How that happens is a bit of a mystery to the writer, I think.” Seeing her poem in print in The Guardian was a surreal experience, Darcy said, especially since she composed the poem a decade ago. “It’s a little bizarre to me that it’s gotten so much attention already,” she said. “Actually, it’s quite strange to watch people commenting about the meaning on the online page. It’s almost like sitting in the classroom, and of course I didn’t want to join in with a comment, but it was quite difficult to refrain sometimes.” Darcy said the experience, while unexpected, is “really exciting” for her and her work. Though poetry is her passion, other dimensions of her life have taken center stage lately, with the birth of her eight-week old son complicating the life of a doctoral student. “I’m definitely still getting used to the motherhood part, and I haven’t done a lot of writing in the past eight weeks,” Darcy said. “Hopefully the ideas are all percolating in there though.”last_img read more

Fair showcases full-time volunteer programs

first_imgThe Postgraduate Service Fair, sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), took the first steps toward achieving the University’s mission statement of “sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression” Wednesday evening in the Joyce Center, showcasing service organizations where seniors can work next year. According to the CSC website, the service fair included booths representing the Alliance for Catholic Education, the Peace Corps, Dominican Volunteers and Jesuit Volunteer Corps, among others. Some of organizations represented operate in South Bend, and send volunteers as far away as South Africa or China, according to the CSC website. Davis Sandefur, a senior studying physics and Irish, said he attended the Service Fair because he has volunteered at his church during the summer in various roles. He said he was particularly interested in the Christian Appalachian Project because he is from Kentucky. “[Service] really teaches you to be thankful for what you have … it reminds you how lucky you are to be in an opportunity to help others,” Sandefur said. According to the CSC website, about 10-percent of graduates commit to some sort of service project within a year after their graduation. Michael Hebbeler, director of student leadership and senior transitions at the CSC, said the service fair is just one of many events the CSC will host this year to inspire more students to pursue postgraduate service, including many other visits from service organizations. Hebbeler said the CSC will run a discernment seminar with direct ties to the Gospel. “[The seminar] challenges students to think critically about vocation and cultivate a way of living that responds to the Gospel demands of right relationship … in short, the path of justice,” he said.last_img read more

Utilities’ Embrace of Renewables a Big Worry for GE

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Vistra Energy Corp and Dominion Energy Inc–which serve about 5.5 million electricity customers in more than a dozen U.S. states–both say they are done building combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plants. Instead, they are building large solar plants, which offer plentiful and inexpensive electricity.This bearish view of fossil-fuel energy, reflective of a growing acceptance by utilities of renewable power sources, poses a hurdle to John Flannery’s plan to turn around General Electric Co’s $35 billion-a-year power unit.GE’s chief executive spelled out the difficulty on Wednesday. Power profits will be flat this year after falling 53 percent in 2017, he said, and GE is planning that demand for heavy-duty natural gas power plants will be less than half what it forecast just over a year ago, and will stay at that level through 2020.GE’s performance reflects the broader trend of utilities shifting to renewables from fossil fuels. Global sales of large natural gas power plants have fallen by half since 2013, according to McCoy Power Reports. Coal and gas-fired plants accounted for just 38 percent of new electricity capacity financed globally last year, down from 71 percent a decade ago, according to Thomson Reuters data. Solar and wind now draw 53 percent of such investment, up from 22 percent, a Reuters analysis shows.Many utilities share the view that the shift is permanent because it is driven by economics rather than government policy and climate-change concerns. While conventional power plants will continue to be built, sales may never reach the levels seen just two years ago, industry experts said.Wind and solar can cost as little as $18 a megawatt hour, compared with $40 for a large gas plant, said Mikael Backman, North America regional director at Wartsila Energy Solutions, part of the Finnish company that makes quick-start natural gas-fired generators.  Across much of the United States, some utilities now buy all the cheap renewable power they can on electricity markets and use quick-start gas engines to fill in when wind and sun falter.More: General Electric’s Power Unit Fights for Growth as Wind, Solar Gain Utilities’ Embrace of Renewables a Big Worry for GElast_img read more

Strong quake strikes off Indonesia’s Sumatra, no tsunami risk

first_imgA magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, with strong tremors felt in the area though seismology agencies said there was no risk of a tsunami and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.The quake was at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology and geophysical agency said the quake was felt in cities in the area including Bengkulu, which was the nearest to the epicenter, and Padang. “Up to now, there have been no reports of damage yet following the earthquake,” the agency said in a statement “Our modeling showed no tsunami potential from this quake,” it said. Twitter user @pjv_dreamer said in a post there had been an initial quake and then a larger more powerful tremor that felt like “riding a swing” in an amusement park, shaking your body from side to side.Indonesia sits on the Pacific’s seismically active “Ring of Fire” and has suffered deadly earthquakes and tsunamis in the past. The most devastating in recent Indonesian history was on Dec. 26 in 2004, when a magnitude 9.5 quake off Sumatra triggered a massive tsunami that killed around 226,000 people along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia. In September 2018, Palu, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, was devastated by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and a powerful tsunami it unleashed, killing more than 4,000 people. Topics :last_img read more

AFTER 18 YEARS OF HIDING: Arson suspect arrested

first_imgPolice officers served the warrant issued by Judge Renato Muñez of the Regional Trial Court Branch 60 in Cadiz City dated Sept. 26, 2002. The 54-year-old Dione Cañal was arrested in Barangay Poblacion 1, Sagay City, Negros Occidental for the crime of arson, a police report showed. The court recommended no bail bond for his temporary liberty./PN BACOLOD City – He had been hiding from the police for about 18 years.center_img Cañal – resident of the village – was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 10:05 a.m. on June 23, it added. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Sagay City police station.last_img read more

‘Text’ to register to vote deadline in Indiana April 9

first_imgIndianapolis, In.— Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says Hoosiers can now text “Indiana” to 2VOTE (28683) to register to vote. Standard messaging and data rates may apply.“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to help Hoosiers register and vote,” said Secretary Lawson. “This is just another step in that direction. Millennials and young voters expect the flexibility to register from their phone and we are giving them one more way to do this.”Once a voter texts “Indiana” to 2VOTE (28683), they will receive a link to the Indianavoters.com website. The voter will need to click the link and will then be given the opportunity to register directly from their smartphone. To register to vote online, a voter must have a valid driver’s license or state identification card, be a citizen of the United States, be at least 18 years old on or before the next general election, have lived in their precinct for at least 30 days before the election and not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.Once an individual is registered to vote, Indianavoters.com can help the voter prepare to cast their ballot by previewing who is on their ballot. The site lists all candidates, the office they are running for and their political party. It also list public questions if they will appear on the voter’s ballot. In addition, voters can use the site to find their polling place, driving directions and voting hours.Voters who are not familiar with their current elected officials can use the Who Are My Elected Officials link on Indianavoters.com to view their current representation from president to school board.last_img read more

Rubinho urges Juventus keeper Buffon to continue playing

first_img Buffon, now 42, will play next season. “I expect everything from him,” Rubinho told Domenica Sport. “As long as he has the desire and determination to play, he must do it. “I was really happy when he decided to go to PSG, because he once again showed his great talent from another place.”Advertisement Rubinho also discussed Giorgio Chiellini and his new autobiography. read also:Gianluigi Buffon agrees new Juventus deal – Report “His book has not yet arrived in Brazil. I admire him, he’s a very correct person, who I would like to have by my side all my life. “If you manage to have the respect of Giorgio Chiellini, that’s a big thing. We are talking about a Man with a capital M.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Juventus goalkeeper, Rubinho, has urged Gigi Buffon to continue playing.center_img Loading…last_img read more

GSA boys take first place at Bucksport Invitational

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts {gallery}bcksinvite{/gallery} Teams from a dozen schools participated in the event, though several of them fielded only enough runners to compete individually.In the boys’ varsity race, Tristan Butterfield of Orono finished first in 16 minutes and 39 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA’s John Hassett was runner-up in 16:52, with teammates Devlin Valle third in 17:27, Oliver Broughton fifth in 17:50 and Aylen Wolf eighth in 18:07.Rounding it out for GSA were Tate Yoder, 14th in 18:36; Frank Schweizer, 26th in 19:59; and Dylan Desfosses, 30th in 20:28.For the host Bucksport Golden Bucks, Skylar Fraga led the way, placing seventh in 18:06.He was followed by Adam Bohlen, 16th in 18:51; Ramon Perez, 25th in 19:59; and Taylor Sotores, 34th in 21:25.In the team competition, GSA finished with 30 points, followed by Orono 35, Lee Academy 79, Central 80 and Searsport 142.In the girls’ varsity competition, Tia Tardy of the Mattanawcook Academy Lynx was first in 19:01, nipping Orono’s Hannah Steelman by two seconds.But the Red Riots placed four runners among the top 10 to score 34 points and finish seven points ahead of the GSA girls.Mattanawcook Academy was third with 81, followed by Lee Academy 84 and Narraguagus 138.For GSA, Eliza Broughton finished fourth in 20:19. She was followed by Hanna Gutow, fifth in 20:23; Bella Cimeno, 10th in 21:26; Cedar Slagle, 12th in 21:38; Rachel Desfosses, 13th in 21:42; and Emma Larson-Whittaker, 14th in 21:50.For Bucksport, Natalie Coleman placed sixth in 20:42 and Natasha Clement was 18th in 22:49.In the girls’ junior varsity race, the GSA girls scored a perfect 15 points, sweeping the first five places.Placing in order for GSA were Zeya Lorio in 21:54, Madison Cole in 24:01, Hanna Jordam im 24:07, Lanie Billings in 24:25 and Maddie Desfosses in 24:37.In the boys’ JV race, Michael Salois of GSA was the winner in 19:55. BUCKSPORT — With four cross-country runners placing among the top 10, the George Stevens Academy Eagle varsity boys captured top honors in Friday’s Bucksport Invitational. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)last_img read more

Tucker’s 20 points lift UW over Northwestern

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoBack in 1962 was the last time Wisconsin started off the Big Ten season 4-0, but on Saturday, the Badgers resembled a team from that year. There was no Bob Cousy, Bill Russell or Red Auerbach and the only victory cigars were in the form of late substitutions, but the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was able to employ fast breaks to perfection in taking care of the Northwestern Wildcats 68-52.The win was convincing enough that Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody was left shaking his head — with only one concrete explanation.”I think they are just better than we are,” Carmody said.Wisconsin (14-2, 4-0 Big Ten) streaked to score 10 fast-break points and drew numerous fouls in transition to offset the spirited attempts of the Wildcats (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten) to force turnovers.”We talked about [the fast break] before the game. We wanted to challenge Northwestern and them getting back [on defense],” said junior Alando Tucker, who scored a game-high 20 points. “The best way to break a zone is to get the ball up as quickly as possible, before guys can set up and match up with you.”Along with Tucker, junior Kammron Taylor and senior Ray Nixon led the way for UW, scoring 14 points and 13 points, respectively. Taylor also snared eight rebounds and dished out four assists, both game highs.Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan often makes a point of saying how difficult it is to accumulate fast-break baskets in the Big Ten, citing the tough fundamental defense evident throughout the league. Northwestern was unable to keep the Badgers from accumulating transition lay-ups against their attacking zone defense.”When all five people are aggressive, the zone is easy to break,” Taylor said, attributing the easy baskets to an attacking attitude the Badgers displayed throughout the game.Northwestern was able to keep the score close throughout much of the first half, playing an aggressive trapping zone and using a variety of presses to try to disrupt the Badger offense, which had a season-high 22 turnovers against Minnesota and their press Tuesday night.”I think in the beginning we got a little too anxious, and that got us into some bad turnovers that we didn’t like,” Taylor said.”I thought there were some [opportunities] there in the first half,” Carmody said, “but we really didn’t capitalize.”With 3:11 left in the first half, Wisconsin broke the game open with a 16-5 run, pushing a tenuous 21-18 lead into a 14-point advantage. A trio of 3-pointers — two from Nixon and one by freshman Marcus Landry — and a pair of coast-to-coast fast-break baskets fueled the run. After the trifeca by Landry, junior Kammron Taylor was able to pick the pocket of Northwestern’s Bernard Cote and take it the distance for an uncontested lay-up, prompting a timeout from Carmody.The teams then traded baskets and misses before Nixon hit a deep 3-pointer to push the Badgers’ lead to 32-20.”They just made plays, and that’s what basketball is — you have to make plays,” Carmody said.Following a block of sophomore Greg Stiemsma’s shot, Tucker supplied the play of the game, intercepting the Northwestern inbound pass and flying down the court for two more points. After Craig Moore hit a jumper from beyond the arc to stem the Badger momentum, Nixon hit his second 3-pointer to give Wisconsin a 14-point lead, its biggest of the game at that point.From that point on, Northwestern never drew closer than seven points in large part due to a defense that forced 19 turnovers.”I like the way our defense got some turnovers today, some deflections, good rotations, took some charges. With a game like today, when bodies are flying are there are hands in the lane, you are going to have turnovers.”The Wisconsin defense also kept the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Vedran Vukusic (21.8 ppg), under wraps for most of the game. Vukusic went 6-15 from the field and was held to 15 points, his second-lowest output of the season — remarkable considering that two freshmen, Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft, were responsible for guarding him most of the game.”I thought they did an excellent job. They made him work. You have to make him work because he is such a good player,” Ryan said.The win kept Wisconsin the lone undefeated team in the conference. Next, Wisconsin will head into a pivotal matchup against No. 18 Ohio State Tuesday.last_img read more

Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about Connecticut

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories STATEMENT GAME: Syracuse rushing attack sets tone in blowout win over Connecticut Published on September 23, 2016 at 7:21 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langercenter_img After losing 45-20 to South Florida last game, Syracuse (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to play its first road game of the season against Connecticut (2-1, 0-1 American Athletic) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.Here’s everything you need to know about UConn.All-time series: Connecticut leads 6-1. Two wins by Syracuse (in 2004 and 2006) were vacated by the NCAA.Last time they played: Syracuse rolled past UConn, 40-10. The 30-point difference is the largest margin of victory in the series history. It was a 20-10 game at the half, but the Orange pitched a 20-0 second half to win the game easily. Quarterback Ryan Nassib threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns, running back Jerome Smith ran for 133 yards and wide receiver Alec Lemon had 166 receiving yards and a score. The game started a string in which SU won six of seven games, including a 38-14 victory over West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl.The Connecticut Report: The Huskies attack runs through starting quarterback Bryant Shirreffs. He’s completed 71.2 percent of his passes for 555 yards, one touchdown and one interception through three games. He also leads the team in rushing attempts and yards, with 53 carries for 160 yards. Wide receiver Noel Thomas is tied for seventh in the country, averaging 8.7 catches per game for 26 total. He’s the only player on the team to have more than seven catches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Huskies stronger unit is on defense and it’s what Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said he was concerned about. Connecticut falls just outside the top 50 in yards allowed per game but ranks 41st in total points allowed (19.7). Most impressive, UConn is sixth in the nation in red zone defense. (UConn finished seventh last season.) Opponents have gotten the ball to the Huskies’ 20-yard line 11 times this season, but have come away with just five touchdowns and one field goal.How Syracuse beats Connecticut: Contain UConn as much as possible on offense. The last two opponents SU faced were offensive juggernauts, which meant that the only way SU would find a way to win was in a shootout. Syracuse is averaging 27 points per game. Against a team in Connecticut, with a tough defense and a mediocre offense, somewhere around that number of points should be enough for SU to win, as long as a battered defense can hold up.Stat to know: 105Syracuse tied the ACC single-game record (and set a school record) for most plays run with 105 last week against USF. Those 105 plays turned into only 20 points.Player to watch: Bryant Shirreffs, quarterback, No. 4Whenever one player leads a team in both rushing and passing, odds are that he’s the player to watch. Shirreffs is accurate, but throws for just 185 yards per game. If the Orange can keep him in the pocket and take away his favorite in the target in Thomas, it should find success on Saturday. Commentslast_img read more