Students volunteer at Ted Cruz rally

first_imgJust five days before the Indiana presidential primaries, Ted Cruz paid a visit to South Bend to rally voters in pursuit of a crucial win in the race for the Republican nomination.Junior Dylan Stevenson, who attended the rally for the Texas senator at the Century Center on Thursday, said the place was “buzzing” with excitement and enthusiasm.“You had elderly people there, people with families,” Stevenson, vice president of College Republicans, said. “You had men and women, people of all shapes and sizes. It was a really diverse group. I’m guessing there were several principles that united the crowd, but if you were to see these people wandering around the store, you wouldn’t think they necessarily were to share political beliefs.”Fresh off a series of losses on the East Coast, Cruz seeks to defeat frontrunner Donald Trump in what has been deemed a deciding state primary by analysts. If Trump wins Indiana, he will likely secure the 1,237 votes needed the win the Republican delegate majority.Freshman Isabel Teixeira said Cruz discussed the unusual amount of power and responsibility held by Hoosier voters, as the Indiana primaries are often held too late to have a significant effect on national level.“The fact that Indiana is such a big deal this year shows what a weird election this is and what a divided election it is,” she said.Teixeira and freshman Lizzie Cameron said their biggest reason for attending the rally was to see Carly Fiorina in one of her first public appearances since being named Cruz’s running mate this past Wednesday.“There’s no one I really feel strongly about voting for, so we decided to go check out Cruz to see what he’s like,” Cameron said. “I like Carly a lot, and she talked about how close [she and Cruz] have grown and how he’s a really good, hardworking guy.”Cruz’s speech was catered for an Indiana audience and focused on three main points — jobs and wages, freedom and security, sophomore John Kill said.“At the moment, he was speaking to people in South Bend, but I think his audience at large was the people of Indiana,” he said. “The points he spoke to are the things Indiana conservatives, generally really care about and want to protect.”Junior Pat Crane, president of College Republicans, said Cruz put an emphasis Indiana jobs, particularly manufacturing jobs, which are being outsourced to other countries.“Touching on what really has been Trump’s line this whole time, we really want to bring these jobs back,” he said. “He was laying out an effective strategy for that.”In terms of freedom, Crane said Cruz promoted a return to a “Constitutional outlook” on life. Cruz also touched on religious liberty, a relevant topic in light of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in 2015, Kill said.Stevenson said the senator looks to increase and strengthen national security in line with typical Republican platforms.“He’s going to rebuild the military so it’s not depleted, so it can take on radical Islam,” he said. “It’s a peace through strength sort of strategy.”Kill said Cruz made a point to differentiate himself as the “true conservative” candidate.“Not only did he say Donald Trump wasn’t a conservative, but he said he was just the masculine version of Hilary Clinton,” Kill said.“I think that was his point — not just to the people in South Bend that were there, but to his general audience in Indiana — that look, you know, the election is coming down to here,” he said. “You’re either going to vote for me, or you’re going to vote for Donald Trump. And a vote for Donald Trump is basically a vote for Hilary Clinton.”Kill plans to intern for the Texas senator this summer in his Houston office. Although he will not be involved in the campaign process, Kill said he will support Cruz in the presidential race.“I resonate with a lot of the things he said. … He’s a good family man, comes from a background that shows the importance of hard work and dedication to your family, to your country, to values and principles that I support,” he said.Stevenson said roughly 25 College Republicans members volunteered at the rally.“The energy was great. People started chanting ‘Ted’ part-way through,” he said. “There was really good energy, just overall a really good event. I don’t know what the Trump event will be like, but it’ll be tough to top that.”Cruz is not the only candidate targeting South Bend — Bernie Sanders will host a rally at Century Center on Sunday, while Trump is set to visit the same location Monday.Crane said he hopes to get a similar Notre Dame crowd for the Trump campaign.“That volunteer work is something we want to keep up, whether or not the nominee is Cruz,” he said. “You know, either way, we really want to support the nominee.”Kill said the University’s political atmosphere is sure to provide a stimulating forum for students as the 2016 election draws nearer.“Being here at Notre Dame, the combination of being Catholic and being millennials, that whole mix of things makes it a very interesting political climate. We’re not a left-leaning school, we’re not a right-leaning school — we’re somewhere in the middle,” he said.Associate News Editor Rachel O’Grady contributed to this story.Tags: 2016 Election, Indiana primary, Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz rallylast_img read more

Walk Georgia Holidays

first_imgYou better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why: 5 extra pounds is coming to town — only if you allow it! No one wants to be a Scrooge, and part of the joy of the holidays revolves around food. So how are we supposed to stay extra jolly and not gain extra jiggle? The secret to having your cake and eating it too is simple — get moving! A single indulgence won’t add pounds, but they tend to become the normal fare for months around the holidays. If you don’t counteract those extra treats with extra movement, you’ll see extra pounds. University of Georgia Extension’s Walk Georgia program has created a 12-day list that will help you enjoy the season to its fullest while staying active! 12 Days of Holiday HealthGive the gift of fitness. Do some research on spring races in your community and purchase registration for yourself and your best friend. Merry Fitness!Make a big red and green salad for dinner. Share it with friends on social media (and don’t forget to tag Walk Georgia). We love a spinach salad with pomegranate, pears, walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese.Take a long walk to forage pinecones, evergreen boughs, eucalyptus and holly berries. You can make a wreath, a festive centerpiece or fresh potpourri — simply simmer evergreen, orange peels and cloves in a pot of water; your house will smell lovely. Use holiday shopping as a way to burn some calories. Wear a pedometer and commit to taking 10,000 steps. You can do it! Treat yourself. Buy boxes of your favorite flavored teas. It’s an inexpensive indulgent treat that will keep you warm all month long, without adding an extra “layer.” Turn up the holiday music and get dancing. You can burn up to 610 calories after an hour of dancing.What’s one of the best seasonal workouts? Ice-skating, of course! Find a rink and lace up those skates. Ice-skating can burn over 500 calories per hour.It’s not too early to make a new year’s commitment. Reflect on the upcoming New Year today. How will you move in 2015? Simply write these down, and place then on the refrigerator to get a head start.Did you know that regular supermarkets sell roasted chestnuts? Buy a pack to share and enjoy the health benefits, including fiber, vitamins and minerals. Plus, they are lower in fat than most nuts. Bundle Up! Take a WALK, instead of a drive to see the Christmas lights this year. None in your neighborhood? Scout out the best ones then drive, park and walk. Cookies for Santa is so passé; leave Santa some real fuel. Whole-wheat banana bread is a great substitution. Find the recipe on Walk Georgia’s blog — and don’t forget carrots for the reindeer!Have some fun. Play active games with your family as a part of the Christmas fun. Or plant a permanent tree. Buy a small cyprus or pine tree and help someone in the future enjoy the beauty of the holidays.Want more fitness inspiration? Sign up for Walk Georgia’s newsletter by visiting blog.extension.uga.edu/walkgeorgia and receive healthy recipes and fitness tips. Walk Georgia is a free, online program that enables you to track and get points for moving. The website will be re-launching February 1. Walk Georgia’s mission is to inspire Georgians to move more, so that they can live more.last_img read more

Usain Bolt and Longtime Girlfriend, Kasi Bennett Expecting First Child Together

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Retired Jamaican Sprinter, Usain Bolt this morning announced that he and his longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett are expecting their first child.The eight-time Olympic gold medallist shared the happy news with his 9.3 million followers on Instagram, sharing a picture of his partner, Kasi Bennett, cradling her baby bump. The couple has been together for over five years, but it wasn’t until 2016, when Bolt confirmed their relationship, saying they had just “gotten really serious.”In 2018, the 33-year-old opened up about their relationship in an interview with Australia’s STELLAR Magazine. Bolt revealed that he was ready to start a family “in the near future”.“It’s never a good time to have kids. It took me a while to figure that out. You just have to buckle down and do it. It’s in the near future, so, hopefully. We’ll see”, he said.The athletics star, who retired from running in 2017, is the only male sprinter to win Olympic 100m and 200m titles at three consecutive Games.Following his retirement from Tracks, he went on to pursue his dream to become a professional footballer, training with Norwegian club Stromsgodset and turning down a deal with Maltese club Valletta before joining Australian club Central Coast Mariners.However, his A-League career lasted just eight weeks and in January 2019 he announced he was taking a step back from sport to focus on a business career.Since then, Bolt has dabbled in various endeavours including producing dancehall and now Soca music. He also has s string of partnerships with G.H. Mumm Champagne, Hubolt, Alpro, Xoom, among others.last_img read more

Lakers’ Brandon Ingram misses Clippers game due to shoulder soreness

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers, already using a tighter rotation as they battle depth issues, moved JaVale McGee back into the starting lineup in Ingram’s place. McGee came off the bench in the previous three games.Ingram’s absence creates a considerable hole for the Lakers in the midst of the most brilliant segment of his career. Since the All-Star break, Ingram has averaged 27.8 points (to LeBron James’ 28.5 ppg) while shooting 57 percent from the field. He also averaged the second-most minutes behind James during the previous six games.Stephenson had missed the previous two games after suffering the toe injury last week in a home win over New Orleans. Chandler’s minutes have been limited for the last month with various ailments.WALTON SAYS HE’S IGNORING JOB SECURITY SPECULATIONWith the Lakers’ stumbles out of the All-Star break and their fading playoff hopes, there has been increasing speculation that Walton won’t be back to coach the team next season.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Walton said he handles such reports by ignoring them.“I focus on what’s gonna help our team, what I can do better, where I can put our team in a better place to try to succeed,” he said. “I ask my players to do that, so if I’m asking them to do it, I gotta do the same thing. So I don’t pay attention to that or waste time thinking about it.” LOS ANGELES — The Lakers’ sinking playoff prospects suffered another setback on Monday afternoon, when the team learned Brandon Ingram is struggling with right shoulder soreness.The third-year forward missed Monday’s start against the Clippers – joining teammates Lance Stephenson (toe sprain) and Tyson Chandler (neck stiffness) on the sidelines – after the medical staff became aware of the issue following morning shootaround.Coach Luke Walton said he got a call from team trainer Marco Nunez on his way home from the practice facility. Ingram took the court two hours ahead of tip-off Monday night in an effort to try to warm up, but the Lakers ultimately decided to play it safe.“This is a game that we really could use him,” Walton said. “Knowing Brandon, if he can play, he’ll play. But at the same time, if he can’t do certain things and he’s putting himself in jeopardy of something getting much worse, we gotta have somebody else step up as opposed to him only being out there playing 50 percent.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The latest report comes from The New York Times, which reported that “prevailing assumption in league coaching circles remains that Walton will almost certainly be dismissed after the season.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more