Wounded Warriors visit campus over weekend

first_imgChad Watson walked into the Oak Room above South Dining Hall last Friday evening as anyone else would. One foot after the other, each step as steady as the last. No one would guess that Watson lost his leg in Fallujah, Iraq, a few years ago when an explosive detonated under a Humvee he was driving. “I got involved with Wounded Warriors by originally being a wounded warrior myself,” said Watson, now the area outreach coordinator for the Midwest for the Wounded Warrior Project. “I was a marine, and in 2006, I came back to a hospital and recovered there for 17 months. While I was there, I met the Wounded Warrior Project and they helped me out a lot.” Now, Watson works with the Wounded Warrior Project to help other soldiers transition to civilian life when they return home. “Not all service members have a lot of support. A lot of people help them in the hospital, but they seem to forget what happens after,” he said. “The Wounded Warrior Project is here to honor and empower the veterans once they get back home.” The Wounded Warriors hold events where the veterans can simply enjoy themselves, as they have done by visiting Notre Dame. Patrick Concannon, president of the New York Fire Department Fire Family Transport Foundation and member of the Notre Dame class of 1977, said Wounded Warriors began visiting Notre Dame shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Since then, they have made this trip annually for six years. These trips allow the veterans a break from the everyday, which often involves a difficult transition back into society. Many times the most difficult injuries aren’t physically noticeable. “A lot of these guys deal with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic head injury. What’s happened is that they’re so close to these explosions that the brain hits the skull and bounces back,” Concannon said. “It’s a long fight up to where they were before they went overseas.” Four months of work on this specific event culminated this weekend. Concannon said this event is particularly special because it is a giant venture between the Los Angeles Fire Department, the New York City Fire Department, the Chicago Fire Department, the South Bend Fire Department, the Elkhart Fire Department and the Notre Dame Fire Department. Working together, they brought, fed and housed every Wounded Warrior visiting campus over the weekend. On Friday, the Warriors cheered at the pep rally amidst a sea of green and enjoyed a banquet in the Oak Room above South Dining Hall. On Saturday they were escorted with lights and sirens to their tailgate party and then to the stadium for the game. The weekend closed with a party at Concannon’s home in South Bend. Touring campus, the Wounded Warriors Project facilitators and veterans said they have come to appreciate the students of Notre Dame. One specific case showed itself when freshman Lauren Katen and the a cappella group Halftime offered to perform for the warriors at their banquet. “I mean, it’s just unbelievable how the younger generations are gathering to show their respect,” Cocannon said. “We didn’t even have to ask. [Katen] and the choir offered to do it, which was really great.” Concannon said he views actions like these gratefully, especially since he predicts that next year, there will be more Wounded Warriors from Afghanistan and Iraq coming home. He said with the way things are going, people will need to show respect to these soldiers more than ever. “Even when you display the American flag, they see that,” he said. “It’s little things like this that add up to a big impact.” To be even more proactive, he suggested checking out the Wounded Warrior website. Nick Hintz of the Elkhart Fire Department agreed with him, and encouraged everyone to come to events. “See if there’s something in the area. Just come out and thank them, support them and find out who they are,” Hintz said. “Ask if there’s anything you can do, which could be as simple as handing out water bottles or serving food.” The Wounded Warrior Project tries to not only help rehabilitate the men and women who return, but to also give them opportunities to enjoy a bit more of life, since they protect our freedom to do so. “The freedoms and things that we enjoy in this country have to be protected by somebody, and they really selflessly put themselves on the line for those freedoms,” said Steve Grabowski, lieutenant of the Chicago Fire Department. Watson said the time to show respect may occur at any time, even on campus. “They passed the post-9/11 GI Bill, so a lot of service members are coming back and going to universities. Make them fell welcome,” Watson said. “And every time you see a veteran, thank them, no matter what war. They’re the ones that allow us to do what we do — like go to college.” With the gift of freedom, which allows United States citizens to attend universities and enter careers of their choosing, Concannon suggested Notre Dame students follow their hearts. Doing so, they can change the world for the better. “As a Notre Dame grad, I think that the Notre Dame students that go out into the world can all make the differences, whether it’s me being in the fire department or working with the Haiti Relief Fund or anything,” he said. “Your degree, and eventually your life, can work toward that.” He said that every trip to Notre Dame includes a journey to the Grotto, where the veterans and firemen light candles and pray, having a chance to reflect. “One of the things about soldiers is that they ask for nothing but that they appreciate everything,” Grabowski said.last_img read more

Head of hospital dies in coronavirus epicenter; global economic impact spreads

first_imgAsian shares fell and Wall Street was poised to retreat from record highs on Tuesday after the news.South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the economy was in an emergency situation and required stimulus as the epidemic had disrupted demand for South Korean goods.Singapore announced a US$4.5-billion financial package to help contain the outbreak in the city-state and weather its economic impact.In Hong Kong, leader Carrie Lam said the government would increase handouts to tackle the outbreak to HK$28 billion ($3.60 billion) from HK$25 billion, as it strives to ease the impact on the Chinese-ruled city’s protest-battered economy.Singapore Airlines Ltd said it would temporarily cut flights in the three months to May, as the epidemic hits demand for services touching and transiting the key travel hub.As global businesses sought to limit exposure to the virus, health authorities around the world searched for medical weapons.The president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Joerg Wuttke, said the world’s pharmacies may face a shortage of antibiotics and other drugs if the outbreak cannot be resolved soon, and accused Beijing of making supply-chain problems worse.Japan announced plans to use HIV drugs to combat the virus as a growing number of cases posed an increasing threat to the world’s third-largest economy, as well as public health. With 520, Japan has the most cases outside China.With Japan’s economy contracting, raising the risk of a recession, the spread of the virus has prompted Tokyo to put limits on public crowds while some companies are telling employees to work from home.The number of new daily infections in mainland China had not been below 2,000 since Jan. 30, while the daily death toll had not fallen below 100 since Feb. 11.Outside China, there are 827 cases in 26 countries and regions and five deaths, according to a Reuters count based on official statements.Chinese authorities say the stabilization in the number of new cases is a sign that measures they have taken to halt the spread of the disease are having an effect.Global health authorities had to keep on guard against a wider outbreak, said Jimmy Whitworth, a professor of international public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.”We can hope that the reports of falling numbers of new cases in China do show that the epidemic has peaked in Hubei province, but it is still too early to be sure,” he said, referring to the central province where the outbreak began.World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Chinese data “appear to show a decline in new cases” but any apparent trend “must be interpreted very cautiously”.Topics : The head of a leading hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, died of the disease on Tuesday as Apple Inc warned its sales would suffer because of the epidemic, casting a chill on global stock markets.Chinese state television said Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, died at 10:30 a.m, the seventh health worker to fall victim. The hospital was designated to solely treat virus-infected patients.The number of new coronavirus cases in mainland China fell below 2,000 for the first time since January but the virus remains far from contained. The total death toll in China has climbed to 1,868, the National Health Commission said. There were 1,886 new confirmed infections, for a total of 72,436.China’s lockdown of cities and tough curbs on travel and movement have limited the spread of the virus outside the epicenter, but at great cost to the economy and global business.More than two dozen trade fairs and industry conferences have been postponed because of travel curbs and concerns about the spread of the virus, potentially disrupting deals worth billions of dollars.Apple became the latest company to warn of trouble, saying it would not meet its guidance for March-quarter revenue because of slower iPhone production and weaker demand in China.last_img read more

Hero CPL tournament to bowl off in St Lucia on August 4

first_img… CEO Damien O’Donohoe says fifth instalment of Hero CPL will be ‘the year of the fans’THE stage is set for the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to be the biggest and best party tournament to date, after tournament organisers confirmed that the fifth instalment will start on Friday, August 4 with St Lucia Stars welcoming 2015 champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) to the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.The 34-game competition, which will be staged in seven countries over a six-week period, will conclude with the final on Saturday, September 9, with the name of the host country set to be announced in due course.The times for the Florida swing of matches have been confirmed, while the remaining start times will be confirmed in the coming weeks.There will be the usual blend of day and night games, with the starting times to be announced shortly, and the St Lucia opener will lead into two keenly-contested double-headers in Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida (on the weekend of August 5-6) where Guyana Amazon Warriors will face Chris Gayle’s St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Barbados Tridents will square off against reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs in back-to-back games.The action will then move to Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago which will run simultaneously with the St Lucia leg of matches (from the week of August 7 to 15), before Guyana and St Kitts & Nevis host the middle legs of the biggest party in sport (August 17-23).As the race for one of the coveted finals berths heats up, the final rounds of matches will be held in Jamaica (from August 25 – September 1) and Barbados (from August 29 – September 3).Finals week will begin with a play-off on Tuesday, September 5 before the two eliminators and the final, which will round off the 2017 tournament on Saturday, September 9.Looking ahead to the 2017 campaign, Hero CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe said; “We are delighted to announce the dates of the Hero CPL fixtures earlier than usual this year which we believe will enable fans, sponsors, media and all of our key stakeholders ample opportunity to plan their trips and holidays for the biggest party in sport.“Last year was the tournament’s biggest, with a global TV and online audience of almost 150 million and in the region of 250 000 fans attending our games. We are determined to enhance the fan participation across each venue, ensuring an even better experience for the many thousands of fans who will descend on each of our seven host countries.“Once more we have the best talent in world cricket across our six teams. There have been a lot of eye-catching transfers, with Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith moving sides in the close season and the likes of Afghanistan’s exciting leg-spinner Rashid Khan, Chris Morris and Kane Williamson set to make their tournament bows. We are excited to welcome such a high calibre of talented, local and international players to the Hero CPL in just a few months’ time.“It is our pledge to make the 2017 Hero CPL the ‘Year-of-the-Fan’ and there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes to showcase all that is great about Caribbean culture, society and sport around the world.”Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks online from www.cplt20.com.last_img read more

Ena Oruč and Iris Gudelj Won Gold Medals at the European Championship in Switzerland

first_imgB&H Representatives Ena Oruč and Iris Gudelj won gold medals and became European junior champions at the Open European Championship in taekwondo, which was held in Davos, Switzerland.The contestant of taekwondo club “Sarajevo” who performed for ITF taekwondo B&H representation in the competition for young juniors won two gold medals and one silver medals in the fight discipline.The current world champion from London 2013, Ena Oruč won the gold medal (black belts) in the discipline of full contact fighting and she won the silver medal in the discipline of “semi-contact”.Iris Gudelj won the gold medal in the discipline of “semi-contact” for blue belts, while in the discipline of full contact she did not win a placement.More than 1400 competitors participated at the European Championship in taekwondo.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

The Diamond League: Amel Tuka the best Athlete in 2015

first_imgThe Diamond League declared Amel Tuka the best Athlete in 2015. His race and victory were stated as the most spectacular in the season.The IAAF Diamond League stated the names of five best athletes in 2015 who competed in races at 800 meters.The BiH athlete Amel Tuka was declared the best, given that he had the best time of the season, 1:42.51. The BiH athlete is followed by Nijel Amos, Mohhammed Aman, David Rudisha and Ayanieh Souleiman.“The first place goes to one of the biggest surprises of the season in races at 800 meters. Unbelievable progress of Amel Tuka from the fourth to the first place marked the race in Monaco. With this victory, Tuka prevented Amos from celebrating in the Diamond League, prior to the finals in Brussels,” it was stated on the web page of the Diamond League.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more