Students celebrate sweet victory

first_imgSeniors left Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday feeling content after the football team defeated Boston College 16-14. Though the Irish won by less than he expected, senior Matt Sushinsky said he was still happy with the outcome. “It is always nice to win, but I think we should have won by a lot more seeing as how we were playing Boston College. But a win is a win,” Sushinsky said. Participating in the traditional Senior Day marshmallow fight was especially enjoyable for Sushinsky. “The marshmallow fight was a lot of fun. It is nice that the seniors have a great tradition for their final home game,” Sushinsky said. “It did get a little messy, but I think we all had a blast.” Seniors rushed the field after the Irish victory, a tradition Sushinsky said meant a lot to him. “For all Notre Dame students, the field is a sacred place,” Sushinsky said. “Being able to go out there after the game and walk on the field where some of the greatest football players have played was a great finale to my four years here.  “It also was nice to touch the grass before they decide to get turf or something.” Senior Meghan Donoghue said a lackluster effort by the Irish did not hinder the football environment.  “[Saturday] definitely was not the best performance I have seen in my four years here,” Donoghue said. “However, I was caught up in the moment of this being my final time inside Notre Dame Stadium as a student, so I was not affected by the play on the field.” Donoghue said the atmosphere in the senior student section was amazing. “Being around fellow classmates made us all feel lucky to attend a school where there is so much camaraderie,” Donoghue said. “Needless to say, it was a great ending to our four-year football careers.” Senior Christina Carson echoed Donoghue’s feelings regarding the environment at the last home game. “All of the seniors rallied around the fact that it was the last home game,” Carson said. “There was tons of spirit which was cool.” Carson said going onto the field after the game was the highlight of the bittersweet weekend. “It was fun to get on the field after the game, although it was not as climactic as previous years,” Carson said.  Both Donoghue and Carson agreed that the Irish offense must show up in Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday if the team is to have a chance of knocking off the Cardinal. “Stanford is a really good team,” Donoghue said. “Hopefully we can put on a good showing, but no matter the outcome, we have had a great run at it this year.” Carson reflected on the loss of senior running back Jonas Gray to injury. “The absence of [Jonas] Gray will significantly hurt our running game, but hopefully we will be able to put some points up on the board,” Carson said. Douglas Farmer contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Summer Field Day.

first_imgA supper will be served at 6 p.m., followed by visits to the research plots. Scientists will be on hand to discuss their studies on blackberries, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, sweet corn and tomatoes.For more information or directions, contact George Boyhan at (912) 681-5639 ([email protected]). Or call Randy Hill at (912) 565-7822.last_img

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Wuhan lab denies any link to first coronavirus outbreak

first_imgUS President Donald Trump again fanned speculation about the origins of the virus at a Saturday news conference, in which he said China should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the outbreak. The US president has at times referred to the disease as a “Chinese virus,” a term he said he embraced after a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman tweeted an unsubstantiated theory about US Army athletes introducing the pathogen to Wuhan.“What we know is that the ground zero for this virus was within a few miles of that lab,” Peter Navarro, a Trump trade adviser, said Sunday on Fox News. “If you simply do an Occam’s razor approach that the simplest explanation is probably the most likely, I think it’s incumbent on China to prove that it wasn’t that lab.”The US-China blame game has helped fuel scrutiny of the Wuhan lab, which was studying bat-borne coronaviruses like the one that causes Covid-19. US diplomats sent back warnings about safety procedures in the lab after visits two years ago, the Washington Post reported in an April 14 commentary, citing diplomatic cables.“They don’t have any evidence on this, what they rely on is only their guess,” Yuan told CGTN on Saturday. “I hope such a conspiracy theory will not affect cooperation among scientists around the world.” Earlier accidentsThe P4 lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology began operations in January 2018 and was the first of its kind built in mainland China.It was designed with help from France as part of a joint research initiative focused on infectious diseases and equipped for the highest level of bio-containment, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The first project undertaken at the lab was to research Xinjiang hemorrhagic fever, a tick-borne virus with a fatality rate of as much as 50% in humans, the report said.The facility has been the center of multiple conspiracy theories, including one that’s circulated on Chinese social media since late January that the new coronavirus escaped from the lab. Multiple posts have cited previous blunders by Chinese scientists as evidence that similar research projects haven’t been executed properly.Among them was a 2017 report by the Wuhan Evening News that said Tian Junhua, a researcher at the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, had to quarantine himself for 14 days after accidentally coming into direct contact with bat urine during a 2012 research trip.Social-media users also cited a 2004 accident at a national lab in Beijing during experiments with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-related coronavirus that led to infections — and one death. Five top officials at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention were punished at the time, according to China Daily.Some countries including Australia have urged an independent review of how the pandemic came to infect more than 2.4 million people and kill more than 166,000. “The issues around the coronavirus are issues for independent review and I think that is important that we do that, in fact Australia will absolutely insist,” Foreign Minister Marise Payne told ABC Australia’s “Insiders” program Sunday.While many Republicans have emphasized the Chinese origins of a virus that has killed more than 40,000 Americans, Cotton has been among the most vocal urging an investigation into the lab’s role. On Friday, he told Fox News that “circumstantial evidence” was “stacking up pretty quickly that this virus may have originated in those labs in Wuhan.”Although the first known cluster centered on a wet market in Wuhan, the ultimate origins of the virus remain a mystery and Chinese officials have raised the possibility that the virus didn’t begin in the country at all. Meanwhile, General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has endorsed studies that have shown the virus evolved naturally, as opposed to being genetically engineered.Shi Zhengli — a researcher at the institute known as “Bat Woman” for her expeditions in bat caves — said in a February social media post that she would “swear on my life” that the virus had nothing to do with the lab.On Feb. 19, the Wuhan Institute of Virology issued a letter to staff, saying it received its first sample of the virus from Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital on Dec. 30, a day before Chinese authorities first disclosed the outbreak to the world. Researchers finished gene-sequencing in 72 hours and submitted its findings to the national virus database by Jan. 9, the institute said, adding “we have a clear conscience looking back on what we’ve gone through.” A top Wuhan laboratory official has denied any role in spreading the new coronavirus, in the most high profile response from a facility at the center of months of speculation about how the previously unknown animal disease made the leap to humans.Yuan Zhiming, director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, hit back at those promoting theories that the virus had escaped from the facility and caused the outbreak in the central Chinese city. “There is absolutely no way that the virus originated from our institute,” Yuan said in an interview Saturday with the state-run China Global Television Network.Yuan rejected theories that the yet-to-be identified “Patient Zero” for Covid-19 had contact with the institute, saying none of its employees, retirees or student researchers were known to be infected. He said US Senator Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, and Washington Post journalists were among those “deliberately leading people” to mistrust the facility and its “P4” top-level-security pathogen lab.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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