Notre Dame plans 174th commencement ceremony

first_imgNotre Dame’s graduating class of 2019 will receive their degrees Sunday at the University of Notre Dame’s 174th commencement ceremony. The weekend includes graduation ceremonies from different schools and programs, events recognizing the work of students in dozens of departments and four student and guest speakers.“We have 2,045 undergraduate degrees and 1,122 graduate degrees being awarded this weekend,” University registrar Chuck Hurley said.Hurley said this will be the 10th year where commencement will be held in Notre Dame Stadium. The stadium has a higher capacity than the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center, the venue that hosted the commencement ceremony until 2009.“We’ve been at this format for many years now,” Hurley said. “Saturday night Mass, Sunday morning University ceremony in the stadium and about 19 diploma ceremonies. We have close to 100 events between Wednesday and Sunday here on campus.”Hurley also said some newer facilities will host the smaller graduation ceremonies, which has made the weekend run more smoothly.“The Dahnke Ballroom, the Smith Gymnasium in Duncan Student Center — these facilities have helped us out because they have higher capacity than the locations we were utilizing in the past,” he said. “This will be the third year that the University has used the Campus Crossroads buildings for commencement weekend.”The keynote speaker for Sunday’s graduation ceremony is Peggy Noonan, New York Times best-selling author and a former speechwriter for President Ronald Regan. Hurley said event preparation can be different for different speakers.“The only time it really changes for the ceremony is if we have secret service for years where we have presidents or vice presidents come to speak,” he said.Guest speakers requiring additional security in past years have included Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama as well as bishops and cardinals from the Catholic Church.Hosting the families of all the graduates poses its own unique challenges each year, Hurley said. Though the campus often experiences heavy traffic for football games, Hurley said the University undergoes special preparations for this weekend.“We typically have about 30,000 people in the stadium for commencement,” he said. “Game day operations go through many of the same protocols that they would go through for a home football game where they’re checking bags and tickets — things like that. One challenge that’s a little bit different is the crowd that we actually have in attendance. Those visiting for commencement tend to be a little bit older. Many people bring grandparents and other relatives to the ceremony. We accommodate people will mobility impairments, which we have at football games but definitely in higher numbers at commencement.”Hurley said the University has received over 2,700 RSVPs for Sunday’s graduation ceremony. The procession into stadium begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event is expected to begin at 10 a.m.Tags: Class of 2019, Commencement 2019, commencement schedule, Graduationlast_img read more

WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 matches, date, start time, location, rumors

first_imgWWE Elimination Chamber 2019 rumored matches— Bobby Roode and Chad Gable vs. The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) for the “RAW” tag team championship Brian Fritz can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @BrianFritz and listen to his Between The Ropes podcast on iTunes. WWE is now officially on the Road to WrestleMania. Before then, there are a few stops along the way with the first being Elimination Chamber on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Toyota Center in Houston. Several championship matches have already been announced including two inside the Elimination Chamber, a steel structure that surrounds the entire ring with six pods inside with participants entering the match in intervals until only one person or team is left standing.  The card is quickly coming together and here is how it’s looking so far. Keep checking for updates here as more matches are announced and make sure to follow along here on Sporting News for live coverage of WWE Elimination Chamber 2019.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWWE Elimination Chamber 2019 date, start timeWWE Elimination Chamber 2019 will air live on Sunday, February 17, 2019. The pre-show will start at 6:00 p.m. ET with the main card beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. How to watch WWE Elimination Chamber 2019WWE Elimination Chamber will be available on pay-per-view or via the WWE Network. WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 matches— Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship in an Elimination Chamber match— Ronda Rousey vs. Ruby Riott for the “RAW” women’s championship— Nia Jax and Tamina vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) vs. The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Carmella and Naomi in an Elimination Chamber match for the inaugural WWE women’s tag team championship— Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor in a handicap match for the Intercontinental championship— The Miz and Shane McMahon vs. The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) for the “SmackDown” tag team championship— Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin in a No Disqualification match— Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa for the Cruiserweight championship (kickoff show) last_img read more

Farah’s double hopes endangered after 10,000m battering

first_imgThe Mo Moment. PHOTO, United Kingdom | AFP |  Mo Farah’s hopes of winning his third successive world championship distance double could be in jeopardy after requiring medical treatment following Friday’s epic victory in the 10,000m.The 34-year-old British legend won despite being spiked twice in the final lap — the first saw him almost come to grief and fall into the infield — and which resulted in blood pouring from his left calf.Farah, who prior to Friday’s victory had racked up two Olympic and world doubles as well as the 2011 5,000m world crown, tried to shrug off the battering he had taken but still curtailed media committments so he could be attended to by medical staff.“I am hurt, I just have to be strong now and see the doctors,” said Farah. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Tax Expert: You Will Get Stimulus Check Even if you Owe Taxes

first_img(Washington, DC) — The Treasury secretary says financial relief for the coronavirus fallout is arriving this month. During a White House briefing, Steven Mnuchin announced the economic impact payments would be hitting direct deposit accounts within two weeks. He also reminded Social Security recipients they don’t need to file tax returns to get their share. The payments were part of the economic stimulus package signed by President Trump last month. The money should help Americans pay rent and put food on the table.A paper envelope written with the words “Rent Money $ ” is left tucked in a lighting pole in the Boyle Heights east district of the city of Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. It’s the first of the month, and rent is due for millions of Americans for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak turned the economy upside down. Most states and local governments have stopped evictions to give time for unemployment benefits and federal stimulus checks to arrive. But there is still plenty of worry that even if April’s payment is delayed, the rent will still come due before many industries are up and running again. Nearly 3.3 million people in the U.S. filed unemployment claims for the week of March 16, as the shutdown from the virus started. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Tax expert, Lawrence Levy of Levy and Associates, explained to Jen and Bill on the South Florida Morning Show that even if you owe taxes, you will still get a stimulus check. But, if you owe child support back payments, you will not.Listen to the full interview with Lawrence Levy hear. He explains all you tax needs. read more

Marte, Pirates finalize $31 million, 6-year deal

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is seen during during a news conference where his contract extension was discussed before a spring exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Starling Marte wants to be part of what he hopes will be a long run of success for the Pittsburgh Pirates.Less than two years after his major league debut, the 25-year-old outfielder finalized a $31 million, six-year contract with the Pirates on Thursday.“There are a lot of reasons,” Marte said through interpreter Peter Greenberg, his agent. “I didn’t feel I needed to wait because I like where I am. I have confidence in the organization and I feel comfortable.”Marte receives a $2 million signing bonus from the Pirates, who are coming off their first postseason appearance since 1991. He gets salaries of $500,000 this season, $1 million next year, $3 million in 2016, $5 million in 2017, $7.5 million in 2018 and $10 million in 2019.Pittsburgh has an $11.5 million option for 2020 with a $2 million buyout. If that option is exercised, the Pirates have a $12.5 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.If Marte finishes among the top five in MVP in any of the next six seasons, the option prices would increase by $500,000 each. If he finishes among the top five in 2020, the option for the next year would go up by $500,000. The option prices can increase by a maximum of $1 million each.The deal replaces a one-year contract agreed to earlier this month that would have paid him $516,000 while in the major leagues and $300,000 while in the minors. He would have been eligible for arbitration after the 2015 season and for free agency after the 2018 World Series.Marte hit .280 with 12 homers, 35 RBIs and a team-high 41 steals last year, his first full season in the majors. When he made his big league debut at Houston on July 26, 2012, he led off the game with a first-pitch home run against Dallas Keuchel.Marte has a .275 career batting average with 53 stolen bases and a .773 on-base plus slugging percentage.“This is something that’s part of our plan to sign young men who are going to be great players,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “We feel very fortunate Starling was willing to commit to us as we were willing to commit to him.”Marte becomes Pittsburgh’s fourth player with a deal beyond 2014: right-hander Charlie Morton and outfielder Jose Tabata have contracts through 2016 and outfielder Andrew McCutchen through 2017.“It’s an exciting time,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’re not trying to build a house. We’re trying to create a home. This is tangible evidence that we’re creating a place where players want to be, a place where they want to thrive, a place where players want to settle.”Notes: Pittsburgh acquired OF Keon Broxton from Arizona for a player to be named and assigned him to Altoona of the Double-A Eastern League. … The Pirates optioned RHP Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis of the Triple-A International League.last_img read more