Roughly fifty students, led by Fossil Free ND, marched from McKenna Hall to the Main Building early Monday evening to protest the University’s current investment in fossil fuels. Freshman Adam Wiechman said the goal of Fossil Free ND is to push the University to fully divest from fossil fuels within the next five years. “We want the University to become an active voice in climate change and really take a look at those funds,” Wiechman said. The protest followed a talk by environmentalist Bill McKibben as part of the Hesburgh Lecture Series. “Bill McKibben, the inspiration for our movement, is the founder of the global divestment movement,” Wiechman said. “We decided to jump on the opportunity of him being here. We met with Bill beforehand; He gave us a shout-out during the speech. It was great.”Wiechman said they received bigger numbers than they initially anticipated. “We actually picked up a lot of people. We marched from McKenna to the Main Building, placing signs down along the way that were orange footprints that represented climate change impacts,” Wiechman said. Freshman Brittany Benninger said she was excited about the turnout and impressed by McKibben’s talk.“Bill McKibben is super influential right now, and we love that he was able to come out on campus,” Benninger said. “He gave a great lecture on climate change and the need to divest from fossil fuels, and that’s why we’re out here today.”Benninger said it is imperative the administration focuses on divestment in the next five years. “It’s really important that [the administration] understands that they need to take their money out of such practices and reinvest in some better, more sustainable and renewable income,” Benninger said. Freshman Abby Ferguson said she was also excited about the protest and the talk itself. “We had a lot of people join us from the talk, and I know we had a few people join us on the way,” Ferguson said. “We stopped seven times along the way to put down seven footprints for things that are the result of climate change, such as drought, sea level rise, ocean acidification and crop reduction.”Protestors were invited to sign a banner that had shamrocks in the outline of a globe. “We wanted people to sign to show individual support for the cause,” Ferguson said. According to Ferguson, the administration has been less than cooperative or responsive to any of the group’s protests. “I don’t know if Jenkins has had an official response to any of this, but if he has, I know it’s been basically to say, ‘Stop,” Ferguson said. “The administration has thus far, based on what I understand and know, has been really unresponsive, just kind of trying to ignore it and hope it’ll go away. But the goal is to not let that happen because this is important.”Tags: divest, Fossil Free ND, fossil fuels, protest
The Northern Irishman began the day two off the pace in a share of fifth but after a frustrating front nine in which he missed a number of chances he went backwards quickly after the turn. He went out in level par at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course near Cheonan after his only birdie of the day – at the par-five fifth – was cancelled out by a bogey at the next. “It’s tough to get yourself to commit to a certain line because you’ll hit a few and they’ll go through the break, and some turn more than others. “It’s just tough to commit to the line you choose. “I wanted to come here and play; it’s nothing about trying to build confidence or anything like that. “I guess more than anything else I wanted to shake the rust off this week and try and get into contention – and obviously try to win.” Press Association World number six Rory McIlroy blew his chances of breaking his 2013 drought after a four-over third-round 75 left him 10 shots behind at the Kolon Korea Open. A double-bogey six at the 10th were the first of four dropped shots in five hole as McIlroy, who has not won since changing his clubs at the start of the year, fell further behind as he finished the day one-over for the tournament. Although overnight leader Hong Soon-sang could manage only a level par 71, dropping him into second on five under, Kim Hyung-tae shot a 66, the joint-best round of the week, to take a four-shot cushion into the final day. McIlroy has not given up hope of staging a miraculous recovery but was left to rue missed opportunities to strengthen his position on day three. “Last time here (in 2011) I shot 64 in the last round so it would need something probably similar or a little better to have a chance,” he told oneasia.asia. “A frustrating day because I was in contention after two days and if you shoot a solid score today you’re right in there. “I’ve just got to go out there tomorrow and shoot the best score that I can. “I just think the story of the day is that I missed a lot of putts, missed a lot of chances for birdies at the start of the round and then missed a few short ones for pars in the middle and end of the round. That’s really what it was. “It’s a struggle, especially where they’ve put some of the pin positions.
The much heralded golf tournament between the Old Boys of Mfantsipim School(MOBA) and Adisadel College (SANTA) came off at the Tema Country Golf Club last Saturday, 19th April 2014, with Adisco Boys suffering an embarrassing defeat from their Kwabotwe counterparts, 9 points to 7 points.The epic encounter which was ably sponsored by Metropolitan Insurance, MOBUS Properties, Inter-Health Consultancy, Formal Décor, Coca Cola and GGBL was set in the serene surroundings of Tema Golf and Country Club. Formal Décor the renowned interior decorator set the tone for the game by adorning the Club House with the colors of the two schools. Perhaps in sync with the Easter theme, The Black and Red for Mfantsipim signified the crucifixion whiles the Black and White of Adisadel indicated the resurrection.The two sides were represented by captains of industry and stalwarts in Golf in a Match Play format. Whiles the MOBA Team was led by CDS Vice Admiral M. Quashie, the Adisco side was captained by Charles Stanley-Pierre.On the field of play, Sir Sam Jonah(Adisco) disposed of Vice Admiral M Quashie(Moba) 2 and 1, whiles Mike Aggrey(Moba) dismissed Albert Brock(Adisco) 4 and 2. Kofi Amoabeng(Adisco) sorted out Frank Tackie(Moba) and Prof. George Intsiful(Adisco) immediate past GGA President shocked Charles Sekyere(Moba), Vice-Captain of Celebrity Golf Club. Other notable upsets were Martin Osei(Moba) overcoming David Atuwo(Adisco). and Maj. (RTD) John Nyen(Adisco) dealing with Chief John Asafu-Adjei(Moba) on the 18th hole. Perhaps the highlight of the day was Adisco’s new found sensation Dr. Alifo who silenced fire brand John Fiam-Coblavie of MOBA and stable mates Michael Parker(Moba) sending Robby Tandoh(Adisco) to the dog house.Noel Hammond the host captain of Tema and a member of the MOBA team beat A. Benson of Adisco 2 and 1, and the battle of the oldies went in favour of Safo-Debrah of MOBA against Peter Ocran of Adisco, who was rioted 9 and 8. Competing for the “Jonah Cup.” The games dubbed the SANTAMOBA event, was awash with excitement, thrills and threats. The pre match promises went virile on air and the day proved as eventful as planned. In the end, The Kwabotwe boys carried the day with an emphatic 9 – 7 scoveliveIn the auxiliary segment, Kofi Amoabeng President of Tafo Golf Club and CEO of the UT Group won the Longest Drive on hole 18. His prize of a case of Canned Tuna was donated by Benjy Cudjoe. The nearest to the Pin prize of a Box of Golf balls, which was donated by Mike Aggrey, Vice President of the GGA and CEO of Tricorn Auto Trading , went to Mordecai Quarshie of Celebrity and Team MOBA.In handing over the trophy to the MOBA Captain, Vice Admiral M. Quashie, The President of GGA Dr. Felix Frimpong who was special Guest of Honour, commented that what the two schools had initiated was at the heart of the GGA’s own plans of bringing the Golf Game to the grassroots and to the schools. He said “Everyone’s school Field is a driving range, so if we assist the schools with equipment they can easily start Golf Lessons by themselves.”Sir Sam Jonah who donated the “Jonah Cup” also lamented the loss of our core values in the society and suggested that imbibing golf will instill the tenets of integrity honesty and uprightness in our country.Also present to lend support for the tournament were former School Prefect of Mfantsipim Dr. J. A. M. Cobbah of GIMPA, Mr. Philip Addison of Pink Sheets fame, and Mr. Ram Bhavnani an Agricultral Consultant. The Tournament ended with a lot of fanfare and merry making portraying that in spite of the century old rivalry, a good cause was achieved by staging the tournament. Another plus to the event was the close friendship between the two sides indeed it was not all hostilities, as the sponsors of the score cards – InterHealth Consultancy Ltd, is a collaboration between a Santaclausian and a MOBA.In the meantime, other schools have started looking at emulating the lead that the two Cape-Coast Schools have taken. Accra Academy and Presbyterian Boys are looking at raising a formidable team for the Accra side; Whiles Achimota is looking at a mixed school twist to the event. Also in the Ashanti Region, Prempeh Old Boys are looking to lock horns with Opoku Ware Old Students.A spokesperson for the tournament indicated that the stage has been set for an inter colleges type of Golf Tournament in future. .