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Family donates $25 million for new music building

first_imgA $25 million gift was made to the University as part of the Campus Crossroads project making O’Neill Hall the newest member of the Crossroads collection, according to a press release from the University. The new building will join Corbett Family Hall and the Duncan Student Center as the three structures surrounding Notre Dame Stadium. The donation was made by Helen and Charles Schwab in honor of her brother, Notre Dame alumnus and trustee Joseph O’Neill III; the building will be called O’Neill Hall in his honor, the release said. According to the press release, O’Neill Hall will be a six-story, 100,000-square-foot building for the Department of Music, the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program and hospitality space; the completion for O’Neill Hall is scheduled for August. “We are deeply grateful to Helen and Charles for their many years of support and, in particular, for this remarkable gift and what it represents for the future of music and the arts at Notre Dame,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a statement.The new structure will include two 2,200-square-foot halls for rehearsals and concert performances, a library for both of the music departments, a music lab for studio production, a lecture hall, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, four organ practice rooms and faculty offices, the press release said.The O’Neill family has also provided gifts to underwrite a men’s residence hall — O’Neill Family Hall — and a longitudinal sundial on the south side of Jordan Hall of Science, according to the press release.Tags: Campus Crossroads, O’Neill Halllast_img read more

Why ‘Clean Coal’ Remains out of Reach

first_imgWhy ‘Clean Coal’ Remains out of Reach FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Robert Rapier for Forbes:Since the coal industry and utilities that use coal want to continue to exist, they have pushed the clean coal narrative for many years. After all, if there is some hope that this dream is achieved, perhaps the EPA could cut them some slack while they work out the kinks.It’s not so hard to imagine how it would be done. In fact, it’s already been demonstrated many times at a pilot scale. The exhaust from the power plant stack is captured, compressed, and stored underground — either in a cavern or an old oil or gas field.The key challenge has always been one of economics. The capital cost of capturing and compressing those emissions is very high, and the power consumed in compressing the carbon dioxide places a parasitic load on the power plant. Just to compress the emissions can require the electric power requirements of 10% of the plant output, and then it must still be transported to an appropriate site and pumped into the ground. All of these factors drive up the costs to the point that coal power with carbon capture is prohibitively expensive relative to competing ways of producing power.The prohibitive costs are amply demonstrated by the FutureGen project in Illinois. This project was a partnership between the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and an alliance of coal mining and electric utility companies. The project was to be located at the 275 MW Meredosia Power Station in Illinois.FutureGen won $1.1 billion in federal money in 2009, and the project cost was estimated to be $1.65 billion. The DOE spent $202 million on the project, but missed project deadlines and unresolved technology challenges ultimately caused the DOE to pull the plug on the project in 2015.While there are a number of other pilot projects underway around the world, they all suffer from the same basic problem. The costs of competing technologies are close enough to coal that when you try to capture the carbon dioxide emissions it pushes the cost of coal-fired power beyond the competition.Thus, in reality there aren’t any commercial clean coal technologies. It’s very likely there won’t be any. So for countries that have committed to reducing carbon emissions, the pressure to phase out coal will continue to be intense.Full item: The Elusive Search For Clean Coallast_img read more

South Ripley Youth Outreach program awards grants

first_imgBatesville, In.— The Ripley Youth Outreach program, a student based committee, has gone the distance in helping their communities. The students comprised of the five local school districts have made it their goal to improve Ripley County through various projects and selections of grants. The current RYO members are: Joel Tunny – President, Trent Linville – Vice President, Cady Garcia – Publicity Chair, Clarisse Zigan – Secretary, Vanessa Alvarez, Ava Geers, Haley Diaz, Hanna Hurm, Nathan Ortt, Toria Tucker and Damon Ward.The students favorite and very popular project consists of the Birthday Box. A Birthday Box holds the fundamentals for the celebration of a child’s birthday. Items within the boxes specifically include a cake mix, frosting, candles, and colorful balloons. The contents of the boxes are collected through drives or donations organized by the students at their school. After collection, the students take time during their meeting sessions to pack the boxes themselves, allowing the box to be more personal, knowing that box will brighten the day and celebration of a special child. Birthday boxes are dispersed out to local food pantries and given to those in need.RYO also gives the student leaders the ability to hand out grants to their own schools. Each school is allowed up to $1,000 in order to improve their school in various ways such as school supplies or projects. The students discuss each submitted grant very thoroughly and distribute the grant into portions that they strongly agree will better a students education or school lifestyle. Batesville High School will break their $1,000 in 5 ways with $200 to BIS to fund the 50 x 50 program (art program), $45 to BMS to purchase calculators for Academic Team, $250 to BHS to purchase equipment for Steel Drum band, $405 to BPS to purchase supplies to build compost bin and $100 to BIS to purchase 7 scientific calculators for the Resource Room.  Milan Elementary School – $550 for kindergarten stem kits.  JCD Elementary School –  $300 for kindergarten welcome packs and JCD Jr/Sr High School – $400 for video announcements supplies.  South Ripley High School – $400 for Champions Together and $500 for Bio-Med Program.  Oldenburg Academy – $750 for Student Lounge/Concession Stand remodel.New this year – RYO decided to award grants to support youth programs outside of school.  The group pooled their funds and proactively supported the following programs:  Batesville Memorial Public Library – $550 to update youth room and High Point Health (fka-Dearborn Co. Hospital) – $550 for WIC’s Bump to Buckle Car Seat Program.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgFord had been in charge of the Lions since 2014, when her husband, William Clay Ford, died. The 68-year-old Hamp has been one of the team’s vice chairmen during her mother’s ownership.ZANARDI INJUREDZanardi to remain in coma until at least next weekSIENA, Italy (AP) — Alex Zanardi will remain in a medically induced coma until at least next week. The Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist remains in “stable condition” following a fourth night in intensive care at Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital in Siena, Italy. The hospital says in a medical bulletin that “eventual reductions” of the coma will be “taken into consideration starting next week.” — Four players on French soccer team Toulouse have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says the testing was conducted Monday to ensure the safety of players and staff ahead of the resumption of training. NFL-LIONS-FORDFord stepping down as Lions owner, daughter taking overDETROIT (AP) — Martha Firestone Ford is stepping down as principal owner of the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced that Ford’s daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, is taking over as the team’s principal owner and chairman. The 94-year-old Ford says it’s been a great honor for her family to be associated with the Lions and the NFL, and that Hamp will provide superb leadership. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTENNIS-DJOKOVIC-VIRUSNovak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirusBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia. Associated Press The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive. Djokovic says “the moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive.” Djokovic has been criticized for organizing the tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the coronavirus pandemic. There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.Djokovic found himself defending the lax arrangements of the exhibitions, which were meant to raise money to help those affected by the pandemic. The stands were packed and players casually interacted with fans and each other off the court. Djokovic and other players were seen hugging each other and partying in night clubs and restaurants.In other virus-related sports developments:— This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year. The karate worlds are held every two years. center_img Update on the latest sports June 23, 2020 Zanardi has been on a ventilator since he crashed his handbike into a truck near the Tuscan town of Pienza on Friday during a relay event.last_img read more

Virgin founder Branson plays hard ball

first_img“Good governments would never have allowed this to happen and now, you have less than a handful of big carriers around the world and prices will go up as a result,” Mr Branson said. Mr Branson believes that a greater number of airline alliances will ensure that consumers are worse off as a result. Richard Branson, founder and chief executive officer of Virgin Group, has slammed Australian authorities for the increasing amount of airline alliances. Mr Branson’s comment is particularly timely because the Abbott Government is thinking of removing foreign ownership restrictions on Qantas by changing the Qantas Sales Act.   Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more