Mass honors life of graduate student

first_imgWhile they may not have known him personally, many students might remember Akash Sharma from the sight of him playing cricket in front of Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering.Sharma, a graduate student from Delhi, India, died Jan. 1. A memorial Mass for him took place Friday morning at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.[Fr. Brad Metz, rector of Fisher Hall, presided at the ceremony. In his homily, he urged attendees to join in celebration of Sharma’s life.“[He was] our brother at Notre Dame, a student teacher, a bright student, a zealous friend to many of you,” Metz said. “I never got the chance to meet Akash, but when I learned he played cricket on the quad … I knew I must have seen him once or twice.”Metz said Sharma’s advisors and friends described him as a “very friendly person,” always smiling, and a good listener and support source for his friends.A resident of Fischer Graduate Residences, Sharma was a third-year Ph.D. student in the chemical and biomolecular engineering program. The University did not comment on the cause of his death, but friends said he died of health-related causes.Sharma served as co-president of the Indian Association of Notre Dame during the 2012-2013 academic year and was a teaching assistant for several classes. Sharma was also a member of the Notre Dame Men’s Boxing Club.His work as a teaching assistant intersected with boxing when two undergraduate Bengal Bouts captains enrolled in his chemical engineering lab section and ignited his interest in the clue.“He loved the sport,” senior Alex Oloriz said. “We kind of got him into it. he was always asking us for advice.”Senior Jeff Ulrich, another captain, said Sharma filled the teaching role well in the la, but readily accepted the role reversal when his students were teaching him boxing.“One thing I liked about him was that he definitely loved to learn in boxing and was very helpful as a teacher [in the lab], but I thought he also did a great job of trying to connect on a personal level too with his students,” Ulrich said. “He always wanted to connect on a personal level and not just learn the skill, or just teach the subject. That was a great thing about him.”Grief counseling is available to students through the University Counseling Center, Campus Ministry, and International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA).last_img read more

French Open to allow 11,500 fans per day between the three showcourts

first_imgTopics : Rafa Nadal and Ash Barty, who both skipped the U.S. Open in New York due to COVID-19 concerns, are expected to defend their titles at Roland Garros.Tournament officials said that all players must stay in one of two designated hotels “in order to respect the health and safety measures.”Serena Williams, who opted to stay in private housing as she hunts for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, said players should have the option to stay elsewhere if fans are attending matches.”I’m super conservative because I do have some serious health issues, so I try to stay away from public places, because I have been in a really bad position in the hospital a few times,” Williams, who suffered blood clots and life-threatening pulmonary embolisms while giving birth to her daughter Olympia in 2017, told reporters at Flushing Meadows after reaching the quarter-finals.”So I don’t want to end up in that position again,” she added. “For me, I try to keep a 12-foot distance instead of six.” The French Open will allow a maximum of 11,500 spectators per day to adhere to strict health protocols and curb the spread of COVID-19 when the Grand Slam begins later this month, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said on Monday.The French Open, traditionally held in May-June, was postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be held at Roland Garros from Sept. 27-Oct. 11.France has recorded nearly 31,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.center_img The FFT said a maximum of 5,000 spectators per day would be allowed to watch matches at both the Philippe-Chatrier and Suzanne-Lenglen showcourts while only 1,500 fans would be allowed at the smaller Simonne-Mathieu court.Seating arrangements would have a gap of one seat on each row and no more than four people can sit side-by-side while wearing masks would be mandatory for anyone over the age of 11.The qualifying rounds, which begin on Sept. 21, will be held behind closed doors.The FFT had said in July it planned to allow up to 60% of the usual number of fans. A record 520,000 spectators attended last year’s event, according to organizers.last_img read more

Gronk Bunt Dents Lombardi Trophy

first_imgOnly retired Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski could get away with denting the Lombardi Trophy.The dimple happened during the Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox. Gronkowski used the trophy the Patriots won for defeating the Rams in Super Bowl 53 as a baseball bat to bunt the ball. The impact of the ball ended up denting the shiney metal football atop the trophy. The Patriots might opt to fix the dent in the future but for now are leaving it forever marked by Gronk.last_img

Deputy Police Commissioner Flogs Junior Officer for ‘Loving to his Fiancée’

first_imgJohn Saah, Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Public Safety-Charged and forwarded to court for prosecutionJohn Saah, the deputy commissioner and chief of public safety of the Liberia National Police (LNP), accused of authorizing the flogging of a Police Inspector Mark Kardamie for having  extra-marital affairs with the commissioner’s fiancée, has been charged and forwarded to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution.Saah, together with Superintendent Kais Sampson, Chris Doe and Rodney Macauley of the Major Crimes Unit, are currently standing trial for the commission of the crime of aggravated assault. Earlier, Associate Magistrate Eric Cooper had written Police Inspector General (IG) Patrick Sudue to have  the defendants attend the court’s hearing into the matter.A document, addressed to IG Sudue, and obtained from the court by the Daily Observer, supported Magistrate Cooper’s claim about the refusal of the accused to appear before the court, despite numerous communications from the court for them to do so.Officer Mark Kardamie, while treating wounds he sustained from the flogging.The communication, dated June 28 and signed by Associate Magistrate Cooper, requested IG Sudue to disrobe and turn the officers over to the court on July 2, but that request Sudue allegedly failed to honor.“These officers are currently before the court for trial for the crime of aggravated assault, but have appeared in court in their official police uniforms contrary to our laws regarding appearance of offices before court for trial,” the letter claimed.Cooper’s letter complained that Saah and his men, though they were released after posting US$5,000 bond, failed, refused and neglected to appear before the court to commence their case.The case against Saah and his colleagues stemmed from a letter written to Police Inspector-General Sudue by Senator Thomas Grupee of Nimba County, also chairman on the Senate Committee on National Defense, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs , in which the lawmaker informed Sudue to conduct an immediate probe of Inspector Kardamie’s complaint against Saah and the other officers.“I mandate that you launch an immediate investigation into the matter and furnish the committee with your findings within a week, upon  receipt of this communication as the nature of the case involves the image of the LNP, which is one of the prominent concerns of the committee,” Grupee’s letter, dated May 21, 2018, said.It was based on that communication that Sudue  launched an immediate investigation that led to the imposition of aggravated assault charges against Saah and the other officers.Before Grupee’s letter demanding an immediate investigation, on March 27, Kardamie complained to Sudue against Saah and Sampson, accusing them of committing unethical breaches of his rights.That communication was ignored by Sudue, which led Kardamie to write a letter of complaint to Sen. Grupee. The action led to the subsequent charges against the accused that includes Saah.In that complaint, Kardamie explained that his ordeal started in 2016, when he and Sampson transacted the sale of a Black Camry vehicle, which Sampson refused to pay. Therefore, Kardamie decided to lodge a complaint against Sampson to then IG Gregory Coleman and the LNP’s Professional Standards Division.In his complaint Kardamie claimed that Saah had also accused him of being in ‘extra-marital affair’ with his fiancée (not named).Kardamie also claimed that he does not know the lady in question.“Because of that, I have been humiliated and subjected to torture by the two senior officers,” Kardamie’s letter to Sen. Grupee alleged.Kardamie explained further that in 2016, while on his way home from the United Methodist University (UMU), where he attends, before reaching the Ashmum Street’s Metro 2 Police Depot, Superintendent Sampson approached him and inquired whether he had received his money from the LNP’s Professional Standard Division, where Kardamie had lodged a complaint him about his refusal to pay for his vehicle.While he and Sampson were conversing about the transaction, Kardamie claimed that Sampson swore to not pay him a penny.Afterwards, Kardamie alleged that Sampson gave orders to the other officers to get him out of his sight “because I was disturbing him, so they beat me unmercifully.”At that moment, Kardamie claimed that one of Sampson’s bodyguards, identified as Mack Kollie, held him from the back and they started beating him right in front of Sampson, who stood there without saying a word.In the process of breaking loose from Sampson’s men, Kardamie claimed that Saah arrived on the scene and began to hit him on his head with the handset radio that caused him to bleed profusely from the head.Scar on Mark Kardamie’s head after he was reportedly flogged“When I lay on the ground bleeding, Saah ordered that I be dragged from in front of the police depot which the officers did,” Kardamie claimed in the letter.Kardamie also said that Saah and Sampson told him that they know IG Sudue personally and, as such, whatsoever they would do, nothing will come out of it.After the incident, Kardamie claimed that he wrote IG Sudue on March 27 and made several follows-ups, but to no avail. It was when Kardamie claimed that Sudue set an April 13 date for them to meet him at his conference room.Unfortunately, Kardamie alleged, Sudue through one of his female officers, told him about the cancellation of the Sudue’s called meeting.Since then, Kardamie claimed Sudue, through aware of his complaint, was yet to reschedule the meeting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more