Notre Dame Football Gets Big Recruiting News

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly looks on during the game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Notre Dame’s football program has one of its biggest games of the season on Saturday, as the Fighting Irish are set to take on Syracuse at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx.Brian Kelly’s program has received some major recruiting news in anticipation of that contest.This week, Notre Dame received a major commitment that propelled the program up the recruiting rankings.Marist Liufau, a linebacker out of Hawaii, committed to the Fighting Irish.The commitment put Notre Dame ahead of Ohio State in the team recruiting rankings.From 247Sports:Notre Dame added a commitment from one of Hawaii’s top prospects earlier today in Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou high school three-star linebacker Marist Liufau. The 6-3, 210-pounder pledged to the Fighting Irish shortly after his Notre Dame official visit, which was also the weekend he landed the offer. His offer list also included USC, Arizona, Boise State, Utah, Hawaii, Oregon, San Diego State, Utah State and Washington State.Liufau becomes commitment No. 20 for Notre Dame from the class of 2019. His pledge also boosts the Fighting Irish up one spot according to the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. Notre Dame is now the No. 12 class nationally after moving ahead of Ohio State following Liufau’s public announcement.You can view Notre Dame’s full class here.The Fighting Irish and the Orange, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC on Saturday.last_img read more

Grenfell Tower 79 people now presumed dead in London fire police confirm

first_imgThe number of people dead and missing presumed dead after the Grenfell Tower disaster has risen to 79, police have revealed.Five of those people have so far been formally identified, said Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy.He told reporters the “awful reality” was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims. Some families have lost more than one member, he added.The announcement was followed by a minute’s silence at 11am across all Government buildings to remember the people who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire in north Kensington last week.His latest statement comes after police released new images from inside the burnt-out building. In a statement, residents criticised Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation for its reaction to the disaster.The group said: “In our meeting at Downing Street, we explained to the Prime Minister the anger of all residents towards the management of the estate over a long period of time, paving the way to this tragedy.”With the exception of very few junior officers, the estate managers have been invisible in the aftermath of the tragedy.”Mr Khan said the local community was “frustrated” and “angry” in the wake of the blaze after he attended a church service near the tower block in west London. His remarks came as Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, insisted officials were on the ground “very soon” after the fire broke out following criticism from Mrs May, who said the support given to residents was “not good enough”.He also sidestepped questions over whether he felt guilty about the tragedy, telling BBC Radio 4’s The World At One: “I feel terrible about the whole position we find ourselves in. All I’m keen to say is there is an effective, co-ordinated relief effort on the ground and I’m sorry if people haven’t seen that.” Video footage inside the flats showed the charred remains of a kitchen Speaking outside St Clement’s Church, Mr Khan said: “There is a feeling from the community that they have been treated badly because some of them are poor.”The tragedy we’re seeing is because of the consequences of mistakes and neglect from politicians, from the council and from the Government.” The pictures show the damage inside the buildingCredit:Metropolitan Police  He said it had been “incredibly emotional working in there”, adding: “On Saturday I went in myself and went to the top floor.”And it is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of that building.” The pictures show the extent of the fire Releasing a tranche of footage showing the aftermath of the blaze, Mr Cundy said: “Police teams continue their support to families, and make enquiries to cross check the number of those missing.”The news came as the Government announced those left homeless by the fire will be given at least £5,500 from an emergency fund.Residents will be given £500 in cash followed by a bank payment for the rest from Monday and will come from the £5 million fund announced by Theresa May on Friday. The pictures show the extent of the fireCredit:Metropolitan Police  The Prime Minister insisted the Government was doing everything possible to help those caught up in the tragedy.Residents who met Mrs May in Downing Street over the weekend said while they welcomed the funding they had not been consulted before the announcement was made.They said: “We naturally welcome funds for those in need, though this does show once more the tendency to sideline residents’ views. New pictures have been released from the buildingCredit:Metropolitan Police  The pictures were captured by a specialist police recovery teamCredit:Metropolitan Police Grenfell Tower Police have released new pictures from inside the tower Grenfell Tower Video footage inside the flats showed the charred remains of a kitchenCredit:PA / Metropolitan Police  The move came as the official response to the crisis drew fresh condemnation from residents and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Police have released new pictures from inside the towerCredit:Metropolitan Police grenfell tower Five people who had been reported missing after the disaster have been found safe and well, he added. Meanwhile, a company involved in the renovation of the tower was forced to deny cladding on the building was banned in the UK after comments made by Chancellor Philip Hammond.It was reported that the material used in the cladding covering Grenfell was Reynobond PE – a cheaper, more flammable version of two available options.Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Hammond said: “My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the US, is also banned here.”John Cowley, managing director of CEP Architectural Facades, which produced rainscreen panels and windows for Grenfell Tower’s cladding sub-contractor Harley Facades Ltd, said: “Reynobond PE is not banned in the UK.”Current building regulations allow its use in both low-rise and high-rise structures.”The key question now is whether the overall design of the building’s complete exterior was properly tested and subsequently signed off by the relevant authorities including the fire officer, building compliance officer and architect before commencement of the project.” Mr Cundy said the death toll may still change, but not as significantly as it has in recent days.He fought back tears as he told reporters about the scene inside the 24-storey tower in north Kensington.Footage from inside the gutted building has been released, showing the extent of the damage caused by the blaze. “At No 10 yesterday, the Prime Minister assured the group that from now on residents would be consulted on a coordinated relief effort. This has not happened with these funds.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more