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  • Notre Dame, Navy students to contest universal basic income in inaugural debate

    first_imgNotre Dame and Navy will meet for the 93rd annual year on the football field Saturday. Friday afternoon, an entirely new rivalry between the two schools will begin in Hesburgh Library.Sponsored by the department of Film, Television and Theatre, the inaugural Notre Dame-Navy debate will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium, and will be free and open to the public.Susan Ohmer, Notre Dame director of debate and the William T. and Helen Kuhn Carey Associate Professor of Modern Communication, said she was approached by Navy students in August to set up the debate. Ohmer said the debate will serve as a way to extend the relationship between Notre Dame and the Naval Academy. “We see this as another way for our schools to engage with each other off the field and really show the different talents of our schools,” Ohmer said. “The Midshipmen are smart and well educated as well, and they’re really preparing for this … and we really like the idea of extending the tradition of engaging with Navy in a new way.”Junior Conrad Palor and sophomore Patrick Aimone will represent Notre Dame in the debate, while junior Will Lewis and senior Nick Gutierrez will debate on behalf of the Naval Academy. The debate topic — chosen as a joint effort between the four participants — will be: “The United States should implement a universal basic income.”Lewis, a junior midshipman, said he views the universal basic income question as a useful topic in today’s society. “It’s not only a hot topic when it comes to the presidential election cycle, but also it’s a topic that a lot of economists are debating,” Lewis said. “Both [Gutierrez] and I are economics majors here at Navy, so it’s something that we’re interested in, and we’re glad that it’s something [the] Notre Dame debaters were also interested in.”To allow both debate teams to prepare adequate research for the debate, a coin flip determined the positions of the debaters, Aimone said. Notre Dame will represent the affirmative argument for the implementation of universal basic income, and Navy will rebut with the negative argument. To determine the winner, the audience will be polled before and after the debate. Whichever team sways more votes from the audience for their side, wins. Aimone said the structure of the debate allows the audience to leave the debate with a different mindset regarding public policies.  “I think it’s a really good practice for members of the American body to be listening to and participating in active debates over public policy because debate allows you to be exposed to a variety of different arguments, and also to start to refine your own,” Aimone said. “It’s the opposite of being an echo chamber. It’s a structured environment where you can guarantee that you will be exposed to both sides of an argument in a scenario that is hopefully going to lend itself toward the truth of the argument, as opposed to a shouting match.”Palor, a junior and president of the Notre Dame debate team, said the debate complements the historic football game by also demonstrating the rigor of Notre Dame and Navy students in the academic world.“I mean, it’s being held in the Hesburgh Library, and I think metaphorically that Hesburgh Library is known for ‘Touchdown Jesus,’ which is emblematic of football here on campus, but it’s also a home for a litany of academic resources,” Palor said. “Having conversations on the basis of public policy … really highlights some of the academic questions that both the Naval Academy and Notre Dame wrestle with on a daily basis.”Lewis shared his hopes of Notre Dame traveling to Navy next year and for the debate to continue in the following years.“I think it’s going to be a really great tradition between our two schools and something that I think everybody can really enjoy regardless of the outcome on Friday afternoon,” Lewis said.Tags: Debate, Navy, Universal Basic Incomelast_img read more

  • Inter ‘close to Vidic deal’

    first_img “I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the coming years. “I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years. “I’ve got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family.” The player has been one of the most popular members of the Red Devils’ squad since he arrived from Spartak Moscow for £7million – a transfer bizarrely announced on Christmas Day in 2005. He has played a central role in virtually all United’s significant triumphs since then – Vidic did recently reveal he handed his first winners’ medal from the 2006 League Cup to Giuseppe Rossi as the Italian had played in all the previous matches up to the final. Last May, Vidic skippered United to their historic 20th championship – his fifth and the last under Sir Alex Ferguson. However, the tough defender made only 19 league appearances as he battled to overcome a serious knee injury, suffered in a Champions League defeat to Basle in December 2011 that required two major operations, ruling Vidic out for extended periods on both occasions. It was argued by some that Vidic has never been the same player since, although for experience alone he would still be an invaluable presence, especially as long-time defensive partner Rio Ferdinand seems certain to be leaving as well in the summer. Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has remained tight-lipped over suggestions the Serie A side are very close to completing a deal to sign Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic. The Serbian defender becomes a free agent at the end of the season and is expected to be Inter’s first summer signing. Thohir told inter.it: “Vidic? I can’t say anything even if the deal is 90 per cent done. Press Association “It’s better to announce it once everything is completed. “I don’t want to declare something that has not taken place.” The 32-year-old Vidic confirmed earlier this month he would be playing abroad once his contract with United expired this summer. Inter are fifth in Serie A and likely to miss out on playing in next season’s Champions League. The Nerazzurri trail 11 points behind Napoli, who are third and hold the last qualifying spot for Europe’s elite club competition. Inter are keen to strengthen their defensive line as they have the weakest back line of the top six teams in Serie A, with 28 goals given away in 24 games. It was confirmed on February 7 that Vidic would leave United at the end of the season. He said at the time, in a statement released by United: ”I have decided that I will move on at the end of this season. last_img read more

  • Irvine calls for Baggies unity

    first_img Press Association “It was astonishing, we had so much of the play and spent the whole of the half in their half. We had countless attempts and didn’t score. “It (four straight defeats) is really difficult to take and it is probably not a true reflection on the way the team has performed.” In contrast, West Ham are fifth after back-to-back wins and boss Allardyce hailed their form. “We’re going to win the league now,” he joked. “Our summer of hard work and recruitment is paying off now. Our strength in depth is standing us in good stead now because we’re having to use our squad to the maximum. “It wasn’t a brilliant second half but it was resilient, coming from going behind and taking complete control of the game for the rest of the first half. “I’m disappointed we didn’t create more clear chances in the second half because I thought we were going to really push on. But to have seven efforts on target and five off by half time showed we were in dominant mood. “Twenty four points at this stage of the season – that’s one hell of a turnaround from this time last year when we were almost in the bottom three.” Irvine replaced Pepe Mel in the summer but is already having to defend his position and insisted they must stick together. “It’s not going to help, it doesn’t make it any easier,” he said. “The fans have come in and they support the team and have every right to behave in whichever way they choose. “But we are a lot better and stronger if everyone is pulling in the same direction. “I spent three years out of senior football and I certainly don’t feel as if I don’t want to put myself through it. “It wasn’t that long ago Sam (Allardyce) was going through all sorts. Name a manager and they have been through it at some point, it comes with the territory.” Craig Dawson had given the Baggies the perfect start but Kevin Nolan and James Tomkins – his first goal in over two years – struck before the break to win it for the Hammers. Dawson, Victor Anichebe and Graham Dorrans went close for Albion in the second half but they are now two points above the drop zone in 16th. Irvine said: “I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in such a one-sided half when you don’t get something out of it. The Baggies slipped to their fourth straight defeat after they went down 2-1 at home to West Ham on Tuesday. Fans chanted ‘Taxi for Irvine’ as their frustrations grew with the Baggies having won just three times at home in the Barclays Premier League in 2014. Head coach Alan Irvine called for unity at West Brom after fans turned on him at The Hawthorns.last_img read more

  • College Football Playoff selection show 2019: Date, time, how to watch final CFP rankings release

    first_imgWith championship week in college football finally here, it’s almost time to learn of the pairings for the College Football Playoff and entire upcoming bowl season.The regular season has provided plenty of drama, culminating with 10 conference championship games before Sunday’s bowl selection show. A win by the Bulldogs would guarantee safe passage to the Playoff. The question then is whether the committee prefers one-loss LSU over the Big 12 or Pac-12 champion.Who are the top four CFP teams after Week 14?RankingTeamRecord1.Ohio State12-02.LSU12-03.Clemson12-04.Georgia11-1Who are the first two teams out of the CFP after Week 14?RankingTeamRecord5.Utah11-16.Oklahoma11-1When is the College Football Playoff?The College Football Playoff semifinals will be on Saturday, Dec. 28 with the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl and the championship game will be on Monday, Jan. 13. DateBowlMatchupTime (TV channel)Dec. 28Peach BowlTBD vs. TBD4 p.m. ET (ABC)Dec. 28Fiesta BowlTBD vs. TBD8 p.m. ET (ABC)Jan. 13National championshipTBD vs. TBD8 p.m. ET (ABC)College Football Playoff committee membersHere is a look at the members of the CFP committee in 2019:  MEMBERSTITLERob Mullens, ChairOregon athletic directorGary BartaIowa athletic directorFrank BeamerFormer Virginia Tech coachPaola BolvinArizona State professorJoe CastiglioneOklahoma athletic directorKen HatfieldFormer Clemson, Rice, Arkansas coachChris HowardRobert Morris University presidentRonnie LottFormer USC All-AmericanTerry MohajirArkansas State athletic directorRay OdiernoFormer U.S. Army Chief of StaffR.C. SlocumFormer Texas A&M coachTodd StansburyGeorgia Tech athletic directorScott StricklinFlorida athletic director The matchups that everyone will be talking about, of course, are the College Football Playoff games. This year’s Playoff games are the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl in the semifinals and the championship game, which will be hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.MORE: Who should be No. 1: LSU or Ohio State?Sunday’s College Football Playoff bowl selection show will reveal the details about the upcoming games and schedule for bowl season.Here’s a guide to everything to need to follow along with the College Football Playoff selection show, including start time, TV channel and more for the final CFP ranking reveal and complete 2019-20 bowl schedule. When is the College Football Playoff selection show?Date: Sunday, Dec. 8Time: Noon ETThe College Football Playoff selection show will begin at noon ET on Sunday and will run for four hours. The show will announce the unveiling of the four Playoff teams at 12:15 p.m. ET. Each of the New Year’s Six bowl game pairings will be revealed at 3 p.m. ET, followed by the remainder of the entire bowl slate.CFP selection show channel, how to watchTV channel: ESPNLive stream: WatchESPNThe final unveiling of the Playoff rankings will take place on ESPN and can be live-streamed on WatchESPN.The “College GameDay” crew of Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Jesse Palmer and Joey Galloway will reveal the committee’s decision. CFP committee chairman Rob Mullens will then join the show to discuss the rankings.MORE: Complete 2019-20 bowl projectionsCollege Football Playoff rankings 2019No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Clemson are in win-and-in situations entering conference championship weekend. No. 5 Utah and No. 6 Oklahoma also need to take care of business in their respective title games in the hope of leap-frogging No. 4 Georgia should it lose to LSU in the SEC championship game.last_img read more