SMC engineers aspire to impress at Industry Day

first_imgThe Career Center’s Engineering Industry Day drew more than just corporate representatives to campus Tuesday, namely, engineering students from Saint Mary’s. The Engineering Industry Day (EID) event brings engineering companies and students together through a variety of events at the Joyce Athletic and Convention Center. Azunne Anigbo, a chemistry major at Saint Mary’s and chemical engineer at Notre Dame, said last year’s EID Fair helped her advance her career goals. “I went to the Industry Fair last year, and it was really good,” Anigbo said. “I met with a lot of people [and] got an interview out of it.” Saint Mary’s chemistry professor and engineering program administrator Dr. Toni Barstis said like the Notre Dame Career Expo, the EID Fair hosts companies looking to hire students in specific fields. The Fair gives students the opportunity to network with recruiters while researching and applying for positions. Jenna Troppman, a Saint Mary’s math and Notre Dame civil engineering major, said she was pleased by the variety of businesses at the Fair and found some firms with which she would like to intern. “It was very enlightening, seeing all the companies and all the different [things] that they do and all the different locations,” Troppman said.  Barstis said the Saint Mary’s engineers met with career exploration specialist Laura Flynn from the Career Center on Thursday in order to prepare for the EID Fair. Flynn worked with the students to improve their resumes and interview skills. Saint Mary’s junior Mary Kate Hussey, a chemistry and chemical engineering double major, said working with Flynn prepared her for her future job search. “I think that it really helps make you aware of what you need to do in the future at interviews and other career fairs,” she said. In addition to the Fair, Engineering Industry Day included a dinner for minority engineers, a breakfast for chemical engineers, a civil engineering lunch and other, major-specific events. These activities enable students to meet engineering companies in a more intimate environment that provides ample opportunities for networking and learning more about a specific industry, Barstis said. Haley Gordon, a chemistry and chemical engineering major, said most of the EID events were during class times, which made it difficult for Saint Mary’s engineers to participate.  Neverthless, Chanler Rosenbaum, a math and mechanical engineering major, and some other Saint Mary’s engineers managed to attend. Rosenbaum said after attending a event specific to her major Monday, she was excited about the EID Fair. “I went to the Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering Night [on Monday],” Rosenbaum said.  “I thought it was a great experience. I learned about the different departments that were most interesting to me in each company. I talked to a few companies … and will talk to them [at the Fair] to show that I am very interested in interning at their company.” Saint Mary’s alumna Megan Gin, a chemist and cellular biologist representing British Petroleum (BP) at the Fair, said the dual-degree engineering program made her an asset to her employer. “It’s a very challenging program, to say the least, but it is something that’s very rewarding in the end,” Gin said. Gin said when she was a student, the dual-degree engineering program was in its early years. “I think the program was still growing,” Gin said. “I think as more and more people become aware of the program and understand it, each year it gets a little bit bigger and it gets a little bit better.” Chemist and cellular biologist Madeline Powell, another Saint Mary’s alumna, represented the SPX corporation at the Fair. She said the dual-degree program gave her an analytical understanding of what it takes to work in a lab as an engineer and a scientist. The senior composition experience at Saint Mary’s also gave her confidence and an advantage when presenting in professional and technical environments, she said. “I was able to experience a technical degree in a small setting like Saint Mary’s but also able to experience the large lectures at Notre Dame,” Powell said. “That was invaluable.”last_img read more

Qatar World Cup stadium workers unpaid: Amnesty

first_imgSome received partial payments on June 7.”The problems faced by QMC workers were well-known to Qatar’s Ministry of Labor and the country’s World Cup organizing body for nearly a year, but compensation only began after Amnesty International shared the findings of its investigation with these bodies,” Amnesty wrote.It spoke to numerous workers from South East Asia and Africa employed by QMC who said they had also faced other abuses that included being charged banned recruitment fees.Those interviewed told researchers that all of the QMC workforce at the 60,000-capacity Al-Bayt venue were affected — around 100 workers. “Every day we are asking but they are telling us ‘we are having a shortage of money’. They tell us they are trying their best,” one of the unpaid workers told Amnesty.In a letter to Amnesty, the tournament’s Qatari organizers said they were made aware of the unpaid salaries in July 2019 after the issue was flagged in worker welfare interviews.”Since that time, we have been working to find a solution,” it wrote.QMC had been banned from 2022 projects and the financially distressed company was recently sold to new owners, the correspondence added.Qatari authorities have taken numerous steps to protect workers including the creation of an electronic Wage Protection System meant to detect unpaid salaries.However the effectiveness of the WPS has been mixed with numerous high profile cases of major contractors failing to pay.Workers went on strike — illegal under Qatari law — in August 2019 over unpaid wages at one now defunct contractor, while last month rare street protests erupted over outstanding salaries.In both cases officials stepped in quickly following the direct action and media attention, ensuring payments and taking legal action against the defaulters. While wealthy Qatar is one of the few countries forecast to run a budget surplus in 2020, coronavirus has hit many sectors of the economy.Energy production, hospitality and aviation have been particularly hard hit with major employers like Qatar Airways and Qatar Petroleum warning of major redundancies.  Migrant laborers at a stadium under construction for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar went unpaid for several months, rights group Amnesty revealed Thursday, raising questions about worker protection efforts.Around a hundred workers at the flagship Al-Bayt stadium have yet to be paid outstanding wages in full, the organization said following a months-long investigation.Workers at Qatar Meta Coats (QMC), sub-contracted to help build the distinctive tent-like ground 50 kilometers north of Doha, went unpaid for up to seven months according to Amnesty.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Car count nears record at Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – Modifieds and Stock Cars fill the card for the first of two Thursday IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s programs at Boone Speedway.Two hundred and fifty-nine Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and 191 IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars see heat race action. Those numbers bring the total car count to 872, just four shy of the Super Nationals record set last year.This is the ninth straight year that car counts have exceeded 800 at Super Nationals.Twenty Stock Car and 30 Modified heats set the stage for two qualifying features in both division.Each feature sends four drivers to the inside row of respective main events on Saturday.*Rookie Clay Money of Penokee, Kan., has had the Money Man nickname since his days in a go-kart but he’d trade that moniker for Main Event Qualifier.“With so many good drivers here, it would mean everything for me to make the show in my first year,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed Super Nationals so far. It’s something everyone needs to experience.”The RPM Speedway regular has five feature wins to his credit thus far in 2016.“What I want to do here is run up front as much as I can,” he said. “As long as we’re going forward in our heat, ‘B’ or feature, that’s the main thing.”*Hoosier Kurt Nahre raced at Super Nationals when Wayne Larson won the Modified championship in 1990.He’s back in Boone this year with son Schuyler, who will make his Super Nationals debut from the pole of the second Modified heat.“There’s a lot going on here,” understated Schuyler. “There are a lot of cars from a lot of different places.”The younger Nahre, from Indianapolis, has raced at Marshalltown and Boone earlier this season and was complimentary of both IMCA rules and affordability.“I want to learn as much as I can this week,” he said. “I want to come back here and be better.”“We love Super Nationals,” his dad added. “We wish it was closer to home.”Team Nahre towed 550 miles to return to Boone.*It’s a long-time Super Nationals spectator and first-time competitor who drew the pole for the first Modified heat.Michael Maggard of Springfield, Mo., has come to Boone as a fan for the last nine years. His view will be very different when he takes the green flag from inside the front row in Modified heat number one early this afternoon.“I drew the pole for Super Nationals on my birthday,” he noted. “That was the best gift you could ask for.”“What I like about IMCA is the competition and they make everything equal,” Maggard added. “Super Nationals is a race everyone wants to win.*Last-chance qualifiers on Wednesday sent the final six to Saturday main events for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods.Chanse Hollatz of Clear Lake won the Hobby Stock last-chance race, ahead of  Zac Smith of Mason City, Dustin Lynch of Boone, Jason Kohl of Missouri Valley, Myles Michehl of Fort Dodge and Matt Olson of Morton, Minn.Algona’s Benjamin Schultze was the Northern SportMod winner, ahead of Austin Howes of Memphis, Mo., Sam Wieben of Dysart, Josh Pfeifer of St. Paul, Neb., James Kleinheskel of Columbus, Neb., and Danny Myrvold of Westbrook, Minn.*Imperial, Calif.’s Lance Mari was elected to start his first Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. He’s hoping to have a starting spot in Saturday’s big show nailed down before the Friday invite.“Hopefully I can make it into the main event here in about four hours,” said Mari, who will start outside row two in the 16th heat, with drivers from seven different states. “Then we can focus on representing ourselves well in the All-Star race.”A five-time feature winner this season, Mari logged most of his starts at Cocopah, Canyon, Arizona Speedway and Central Arizona and had a pair of All-Star ballot qualifying victories to his credit.“I was glad, really glad, to get the phone call from IMCA telling me I’d been elected to the All-Star Invitational,” said Mari, looking to park his MRT in victory lane at the conclusion of the 13th annual event.He’ll compete at his third Super Nationals. Mari is among the long tow contenders, having traveled 1,741 miles to get to Boone.*When he took the right turn out of the pit area last September, Will Ward promised himself that he’d return to Boone Speedway and Super Nationals.The Cobbleskill, N.Y., clipper will put what he learned in 2015 to the test from the front of the outside row of this afternoon’s 21st heat.“We were way off last year, but we learned a lot about carrying speed and rounding corners,” he said. “It’s fun to race a track with banking like this.”Ward has won a career-best 12 features this season and clinched the track title at Skyline Raceway Park.“We had eight wins last year,” he said. “Once we got to this year we thought we were doing good. Then we added a couple more.”*last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgCurrently, NCAA rules require football, baseball, men’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball players to sit out a season after transferring. Athletes in all other sports are allowed by rule a one-time exception so they can play right away after switching schools.A change to the waiver was recommended by a working group in February that would mirror the one-time exception and go into effect this year. That was before college sports were shut down and thrown into disarray by the coronavirus pandemic.SOCCER-FIFA SCANDALTwo financial institutions settle in FIFA scandalNEW YORK (AP) — An Israeli bank and its Swiss subsidiary have agreed to pay over $30 million for their role in conspiring to launder more than $20 million in kickbacks to soccer officials. Mahomes has completed almost 66% of his passes for 9,412 yards, 76 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions since being taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft.If the Chiefs are unable to sign Mahomes to a long-term deal, he would be due a base salary of $25 million for the 2021 season.In other NFL news:— The Bengals have released quarterback Andy Dalton, clearing the way for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to lead a team that remade itself in the draft. Dalton set several Bengals passing records in his nine seasons and led the team to a club-record five straight playoff berths without winning a postseason game. Coach Zac Taylor benched Dalton for three games last season, an indication his time in Cincinnati was finished. Burrow was taken first overall in the draft last week.— The Giants have picked up the fifth-year options for tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers, thus extending their rookie contracts through the 2021 season. Engram has made 25 starts and 34 appearances overall in three seasons, catching 153 passes for 1,766 yards and 12 touchdowns. Peppers was acquired in March of last year in the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. They are the first financial institutions implicated in the FIFA scandal to reach a resolution with U.S. prosecutors. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, the institutions will forfeit $20.73 million and pay a fine of $9.33 as part of a non-prosecution agreement.The scheme took place through the banks’ Miami branch from 2010-15, with many of the payments tied to marketing rights for the Copa America.,Update on the latest sports — NFL Players Association President JC Tretter is calling for a re-examination of a portion of the labor agreement with the league affecting disability coverage for former players. Tretter, a center with the Cleveland Browns, succeeded Eric Winston as union president earlier this year. Tretter wants the NFLPA’s executive board and the leadership of former players to come together to discuss some offsets in the collective bargaining agreement narrowly approved by the players in March. The language the overall union membership voted on is not the same as what wound up in the deal that runs through the 2030 season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST-FORBESWake Forest turns to ETSU’s Forbes as men’s basketball coachWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has hired East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes as its men’s basketball coach.The hiring comes less than a week after the school fired Danny Manning. April 30, 2020 — This year’s Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled. Little League President Stephen Keener said it would be “impossible” to hold the events amid ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and travel. The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947 and has never been canceled. The annual major league game in Williamsport, which this year was to feature the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 23, has also been canceled.— The Dodgers will soon give fans an account credit for home games scheduled in March and April. The team hasn’t announced any plans for fans who have tickets to games later in the season. Dodger Stadium is set to host the All-Star Game in July. Officially, it has not been canceled, which the team noted in its information for fans.— Paris St. Germain has been officially crowned Ligue 1 champion of French soccer, two days after the government ruled that the league had to be canceled because of the pandemic. Handing PSG its seventh title in eight years was basically a formality, with the team 12 points ahead of second-place Marseille with 10 rounds of matches left to play. Other teams objected to the decision to finalize the league standings based on a points-per-game formula, with Lyon threatening to take legal action after missing a chance to qualify for the lucrative Champions League.— German chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume has been pushed back to next Wednesday. Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9. Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon.— The New York Racing Association is seeking to resume live racing at Belmont Park without fans, and it wants to do the same thing this summer at Saratoga. NYRA says returning to racing would “provide a small sense of normalcy for fans across the country who can watch on television and online.” There has been no live racing in New York since March 15, although training has continued at Belmont Park. NYRA says thoroughbred racing provides $3 billion in annual economic impact and over 19,000 jobs in the state. The circuit has announced it will resume its season without fans present starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The premier Cup Series will then race three more times in a 10-day span, beginning with one more at Darlington before two outside Charlotte, North Carolina.NASCAR’s revised schedule goes only through May and has a pair of Wednesday Cup races, fulfilling fans’ longtime plea for midweek events.The first race is scheduled for Darlington, NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway, followed by a second race at the 70-year-old, egg-shaped oval track three days later. Charlotte Motor Speedway will then host the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 to mark 60 consecutive years the longest race on the NASCAR schedule will be held on Memorial Day weekend. The track in Concord, outside NASCAR’s home base of Charlotte, will then host a Wednesday race three days later. There will also be lower-tier Xfinity and Trucks series races at the two tracks.The North Carolina governor has said the Charlotte races can be held as long as health conditions in the area do not deteriorate.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Mahomes has completed almost 66% of his passes for 9,412 yards, 76 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions since being taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft.If the Chiefs are unable to sign Mahomes to a long-term deal, he would be due a base salary of $25 million for the 2021 season.In other NFL news:— The Bengals have released quarterback Andy Dalton, clearing the way for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to lead a team that remade itself in the draft. Dalton set several Bengals passing records in his nine seasons and led the team to a club-record five straight playoff berths without winning a postseason game. Coach Zac Taylor benched Dalton for three games last season, an indication his time in Cincinnati was finished. Burrow was taken first overall in the draft last week.— The Giants have picked up the fifth-year options for tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers, thus extending their rookie contracts through the 2021 season. Engram has made 25 starts and 34 appearances overall in three seasons, catching 153 passes for 1,766 yards and 12 touchdowns. Peppers was acquired in March of last year in the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. April 30, 2020 Currently, NCAA rules require football, baseball, men’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball players to sit out a season after transferring. Athletes in all other sports are allowed by rule a one-time exception so they can play right away after switching schools.A change to the waiver was recommended by a working group in February that would mirror the one-time exception and go into effect this year. That was before college sports were shut down and thrown into disarray by the coronavirus pandemic.SOCCER-FIFA SCANDALTwo financial institutions settle in FIFA scandalNEW YORK (AP) — An Israeli bank and its Swiss subsidiary have agreed to pay over $30 million for their role in conspiring to launder more than $20 million in kickbacks to soccer officials. — British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July. The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel. Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.NFL-NEWSChiefs pick up Mahomes option, work on long-term dealUNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’), ensuring their star quarterback will be under contract for at least two more seasons.But general manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid are hoping to reach a long-term deal with the reigning Super Bowl MVP by the start of training camp. The contract could last four or five years and make Mahomes the first player in NFL history to make at least $40 million per season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR to resume season May 17 without spectatorsUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has set a date to green flag its Cup season. The circuit has announced it will resume its season without fans present starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The premier Cup Series will then race three more times in a 10-day span, beginning with one more at Darlington before two outside Charlotte, North Carolina.NASCAR’s revised schedule goes only through May and has a pair of Wednesday Cup races, fulfilling fans’ longtime plea for midweek events.The first race is scheduled for Darlington, NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway, followed by a second race at the 70-year-old, egg-shaped oval track three days later. Charlotte Motor Speedway will then host the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 to mark 60 consecutive years the longest race on the NASCAR schedule will be held on Memorial Day weekend. The track in Concord, outside NASCAR’s home base of Charlotte, will then host a Wednesday race three days later. There will also be lower-tier Xfinity and Trucks series races at the two tracks.The North Carolina governor has said the Charlotte races can be held as long as health conditions in the area do not deteriorate.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Forbes is coming off a five-year run at ETSU that ended with a 30-win season and the Southern Conference Tournament championship before the NCAA Tournament was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. He went 130-43 in his time with the Buccaneers, winning at least 24 games each year while also winning the league tournament in 2017 to reach the NCAA Tournament.NCAA-TRANSFER WAIVERNCAA board recommends delaying change to transfer waiverUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Board of Governors has recommended delaying a change to the transfer waiver process that would permit all athletes to switch schools once without sitting out a season.The NCAA announced the board’s recommendation Thursday after several days of meetings but added the Division I council could still a vote on making the waiver change in May and having it take effect immediately. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR to resume season May 17 without spectatorsUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has set a date to green flag its Cup season. — This year’s Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled. Little League President Stephen Keener said it would be “impossible” to hold the events amid ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and travel. The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947 and has never been canceled. The annual major league game in Williamsport, which this year was to feature the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 23, has also been canceled.— The Dodgers will soon give fans an account credit for home games scheduled in March and April. The team hasn’t announced any plans for fans who have tickets to games later in the season. Dodger Stadium is set to host the All-Star Game in July. Officially, it has not been canceled, which the team noted in its information for fans.— Paris St. Germain has been officially crowned Ligue 1 champion of French soccer, two days after the government ruled that the league had to be canceled because of the pandemic. Handing PSG its seventh title in eight years was basically a formality, with the team 12 points ahead of second-place Marseille with 10 rounds of matches left to play. Other teams objected to the decision to finalize the league standings based on a points-per-game formula, with Lyon threatening to take legal action after missing a chance to qualify for the lucrative Champions League.— German chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume has been pushed back to next Wednesday. Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9. Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon.— The New York Racing Association is seeking to resume live racing at Belmont Park without fans, and it wants to do the same thing this summer at Saratoga. NYRA says returning to racing would “provide a small sense of normalcy for fans across the country who can watch on television and online.” There has been no live racing in New York since March 15, although training has continued at Belmont Park. NYRA says thoroughbred racing provides $3 billion in annual economic impact and over 19,000 jobs in the state. — British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July. The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel. Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.NFL-NEWSChiefs pick up Mahomes option, work on long-term dealUNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’), ensuring their star quarterback will be under contract for at least two more seasons.But general manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid are hoping to reach a long-term deal with the reigning Super Bowl MVP by the start of training camp. The contract could last four or five years and make Mahomes the first player in NFL history to make at least $40 million per season. Associated Press They are the first financial institutions implicated in the FIFA scandal to reach a resolution with U.S. prosecutors. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, the institutions will forfeit $20.73 million and pay a fine of $9.33 as part of a non-prosecution agreement.The scheme took place through the banks’ Miami branch from 2010-15, with many of the payments tied to marketing rights for the Copa America.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Forbes is coming off a five-year run at ETSU that ended with a 30-win season and the Southern Conference Tournament championship before the NCAA Tournament was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. He went 130-43 in his time with the Buccaneers, winning at least 24 games each year while also winning the league tournament in 2017 to reach the NCAA Tournament.NCAA-TRANSFER WAIVERNCAA board recommends delaying change to transfer waiverUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Board of Governors has recommended delaying a change to the transfer waiver process that would permit all athletes to switch schools once without sitting out a season.The NCAA announced the board’s recommendation Thursday after several days of meetings but added the Division I council could still a vote on making the waiver change in May and having it take effect immediately. — NFL Players Association President JC Tretter is calling for a re-examination of a portion of the labor agreement with the league affecting disability coverage for former players. Tretter, a center with the Cleveland Browns, succeeded Eric Winston as union president earlier this year. Tretter wants the NFLPA’s executive board and the leadership of former players to come together to discuss some offsets in the collective bargaining agreement narrowly approved by the players in March. The language the overall union membership voted on is not the same as what wound up in the deal that runs through the 2030 season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST-FORBESWake Forest turns to ETSU’s Forbes as men’s basketball coachWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has hired East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes as its men’s basketball coach.The hiring comes less than a week after the school fired Danny Manning.last_img read more