Weather fails to put a damper on Irish victory

first_imgNotre Dame’s victory in its second home night game in 20 years capped a “hugely successful weekend” of festivities celebrating the 125th year of Notre Dame football, according to director of game day operations Mike Seamon. “Being the second year in a row with a night game, we saw noticeable improvements this year versus even last year’s game against USC,” Seamon said. “As a campus, we’re getting used to having night games every season, and I think that showed between year one and year two.” The team’s undefeated record and the prime rivalry matchup against regional opponent Michigan drew an estimated 140,000 people to campus on game day, Seamon said, and fans descended on campus in high numbers throughout the weekend. “We had record crowds at the band concert, and there were a lot of people tailgating in parking lots and taking in all the pageantry,” he said. “We knew the Stadium was completely sold out, but a lot of people not attending the game were still leaving campus when the game started after spending the day there.” Seamon said the game’s crowd was one of the largest in Notre Dame history. Total numbers were unavailable at press time, though attendance was tallied at Notre Dame Stadium’s official capacity of 80,795. Despite the challenges a mid-afternoon storm front presented, Seamon said the game went off nearly without a hitch. “We were luckily able to dodge the lake-effect rain showers that popped up all around us Saturday night during the game,” he said. “They never made it to campus, which was a huge blessing.” As for challenges specific to a night game, Seamon said post-game traffic was more difficult to manage than at a normal afternoon game. “After typical home games with 3:30 kickoffs, people go to Mass, eat dinner, tailgate or go back to see their kids in their dorms. But getting done at 11:30 after a great game meant everyone was incentivized to stay until the end and wanted to leave at the same time,” he said. “It took a long time to clear the traffic, but we knew it would and we did it to the best of our ability.” Aside from being a night game, this particular game held special meaning in the context of the ongoing celebration of the 125th anniversary of Notre Dame football, Seamon said. Friday evening’s pep rally, featuring former Irish coach Ara Parseghian, the 1977 national championship team and ESPN commentator Dick Vitale, was a highlight of the weekend’s festivities. “The pep rally was incredible and had a great positive emotion. To be on such a historic site where Knute Rockne and his team used to practice way back in the day and for the team to come back there was really great,” Seamon said. “Having Ara Parseghian back and honoring him was very special, and people loved seeing him.” Thousands of fans in attendance at the game also honored current Notre Dame linebacker and Hawaii native Manti Te’o by wearing leis as a show of support in the wake of the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend. “Everyone was surprised at the number of non-students wearing leis at the game to pay tribute to Manti,” Seamon said. “That was one of those special Notre Dame moments, so to witness that and be there to support one of our own is what being part of the Notre Dame family is all about.” In spite of the extended game day, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) Chief Phil Johnson said his department did not arrest significantly more people than a traditional game day. NDSP arrested seven people outside the Stadium on Saturday, including three for liquor law violations, two for criminal trespass and two for public intoxication. Inside the Stadium, police arrested one person for public intoxication. Though night games require more collaboration on the part of everyone involved, Seamon said the payoff in showcasing the best of the University makes the hard work worth it. “[Night games] make longer days for everyone, but it’s a labor of love,” he said. “Whether you are a police officer, concession stand worker or usher, people enjoy the game and take pride and ownership of their jobs on game day.”last_img read more

Manure Tea?

first_imgThursdays, Saturdays on GPTV Manure tea? No, it probably doesn’t appeal to you. But your garden plants wouldn’t be so quick to turn up their leafy noses. On the next “Gardening in Georgia” May 4 and 6, host Walter Reeves will show a sampling of manure teas for use in your yard and garden. Reeves will explain how to prepare those heavy clay soils, too, to make a better home for your plants. He’ll show how to make up the best potting mixtures. And he’ll reveal the secrets to pruning the evergreens in your landscape. Don’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. or on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Georgia Public Television. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.last_img read more

Cops Release Sketch of Elmont Home Invasion Suspect

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police released Thursday a sketch of a suspect wanted for an armed Elmont home invasion earlier this month—a case in which a victim ripped the mask off the suspect.The suspect in the sketch and a gunman confronted a 26-year-old man as the victim walked out of the front door of his Froehlich Place home, when the victim grabbed the gun and ripped the mask from the suspect’s face shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, police have said.When the victim then ran to Elmont High School to call for help, the duo entered the house and ordered a second victim into a back room while the assailants ransacked a bedroom before they fled the scene on foot, authorities have said.It is unclear what the pair stole. The victims were not injured.The suspects were described as black men. The suspect in the sketch was described as 5-feet, 7-inches to 5-feet, 8-inches tall with a thin build and freckles or acne on both cheeks. He was wearing gray sweatpants. The gunman was described as 5-feet, 5-inches tall with a stocky build and braided hair, wearing dark clothing with a mask covering his mouth and nose.Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous. A $5,000 reward is being offered for tips that lead to an arrest in the case.last_img read more

Glen Cove, Massapequa Home Invasion Suspect Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hempstead man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly committing two home invasions, including one in Massapequa last year and another two weeks ago in Glen Cove during which a man was shot, Nassau County and Glen Cove city police said.Darrin Sims was charged with burglary and robbery for the Massapequa case and attempted second-degree murder in the Glen Cove case, authorities said.“The Glen Cove detective division and the Nassau County homicide detectives diligently worked the case together to arrest the alleged shooter in this violent home invasion,” Glen Cove police Det.Lt. John Nagle said.The 28-year-old suspect and a 20-year-old former Glen Cove resident, David Shuler, were arrested for their role in the Sept. 29 Glen Cove home invasion. A 22-year-old victim was shot and critically wounded in that case, police have said.In the Massapequa case, Sims knocked on the door of a Jackson Avenue home and when a 29-year-old man opened the door, Sims allegedly grabbed the victim’s hand and forced his way inside on Dec. 23, 2014, police said.The victim and a relative complied with Sims’ demands for cash, police said. Sims fled with money, two cell phones and a set of headphones, police added.Sims was ordered held on $2 million bail following his arraignment Wednesday.last_img read more

Binghamton celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On Monday evening there will be a celebration to remember the life of Martin Luther King Jr. in downtown Binghamton. The marchers will gather at the statue in downtown Binghamton around 6 p.m. The memorial celebration and service at the Salvation Temple is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. “Maybe we’re not under attack as much as back in the 60s, but even today we still need to be vocal, we need to be on the front line and say we’re here. We’re not just going to just stop marching, we’re going to continue to march. We’re going to continue to talk about the things that Dr. Martin Luther King did,” he said. The march will start at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue downtown and end at the Salvation Temple for a memorial service in honor of King. “It’s very important that we march today as they marched yesterday,” said Arthur W. Jones Jr. of the Broome County Martin Luther King Commission. last_img read more

Police: Missing person’s body found along Susquehanna River

first_imgBinghamton police say Wayman’s death is non-criminal in nature. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department has confirmed with 12 News that the body found along the Susquehanna River over the weekend was 72-year-old Susan Wayman. Wayman was reported missing in late January.center_img RELATED HEADLINE: Police: Body found near Susquehanna River, no foul play suspectedlast_img

The moment a ballerina with Alzheimer’s returned to Swan Lake

first_imgA Spanish charity which uses music to improve the lives of dementia patients has released a video of Alzheimer’s patient Marta Gonzalez, a former prima ballerina, who is transformed as she listens to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Ms Gonzalez, who spent her final days in a care home in Valencia, passed away in 2019, shortly after this video was filmed.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Credit: Spanish charity, Asociacion Musica para Despertar (Music Association for Awakening).last_img read more

Tranquil in heart of the action

first_img2/88 Mitchell St, North Ward.ONLY a  stone’s throw from The Strand, 2/88 Mitchell St offers the ultimate Townsville lifestyle.The spacious three-bedroom, two bathroom, ground-floor apartment fronts on to Strand Park and offers views of the water.It’s park front position means the unit is quiet and peaceful while still being conveniently close to The Strand’s restaurants, bars, playgrounds and walking tracks.The front patio spreads the width of the apartment and stairs lead down to a large courtyard, which is perfect for those wanting the ease of apartment life while still being able to have a garden.RE/MAX Townsville selling agent Michele Hyde said the home would suit someone who wanted to downsize from a house to a low maintenance option without comprising on space.“I think it would suit someone who had a substantial home up at Yarrawonga and is looking to downsize,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The apartment is as big as a house. The courtyard is very private and it means you could have a little dog and you don’t feel like you’re living in a unit.”The well-appointed apartment features a chef’s kitchen with premium appliances, ample bench space and stainless steel bench tops.The kitchen flows through to the living area with gleaming polished timber floors which leads out to the patio and courtyard.The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite and has access to the patio.Owner Jennifer Curtain said she had loved living in the home for the past eight years but was now looking for something smaller.“We had a house on Cleveland Terrace so I was attracted to the fact that this apartment was on the ground and you could walk to everything without having to walk back up a hill,” she said.“It was a great place to live and I loved being so close to The Strand.”The home is in a premium apartment complex with a gym and swimming pool, while there is also a double car space in a remote-controlled garage with a lockable storage unit.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Where will future megacaps come from?

first_imgWhat that also means is that certain sectors and types of companies are pretty limited – utilities are a case in point. But, as Coca Cola and Apple have shown, there are few restrictions for consumer companies and tech companies, and that holds true for drug companies as well. But ageing countries can also face challenges in developing the next generation of mega companies – few would expect to see new ones coming out of ageing Japan.The limits to growth for companies with a long runway depend on the business strategy a company chooses to follow. What does appear to be the case is that the limits to growth are further away for companies with three key characteristics.The first – as famously outlined by Warren Buffet as the characteristic of a company he favours – is one with an economic moat that protects against competitors, with a well-known brand name, pricing power and a large portion of market demand. This provides the opportunity to expand, but disruptive technologies can sometimes overwhelm even the widest moat. Kodak is a classic example where its domination of photography could not withstand the impact of digital technology.A second economic driver requires high-quality companies to be able to improve as they grow. There is a tendency for large caps to emerge when you get network effects in areas such as technology or consumers. Apple is the clear example of this, combining technology and consumers. Apple is not a one-trick pony, having built an ecosystem around a seamless integration of innovative products and applications way beyond the production of commodity hardware. It has become the ultimate consumer brand, with the ability to create interest in any new product or variation of an existing product by just adding the prefix ‘i’.Bigger does not always mean better, however, and the banking industry is the prime example of this. Even for those banks such as Citibank with a global footprint, their value lies in having a few particularly strong local franchises in countries such as Mexico. Chinese banks may have a high position in the Forbes list because of the size of their domestic markets, but their domestic focus precludes their being global companies. But others could certainly become so, Alibaba being an example.The third key characteristic virtually all mega companies have is the ability to seek customers in the emerging markets that are driving global growth. China and India are huge markets still experiencing phenomenal growth rates compared with the developed world.Investors, however, need to be aware that becoming a megacap does not necessarily go hand in hand with being a good investment. Just because a company needs a lot of capex, such as the energy industry, does not make it a great investment if the returns on the investment are poor. Tech companies may not have an issue with capex, but issuing a tremendous amount of stock options reduces earnings-per-share growth, reducing returns to investors.Where will the megacaps come from in a decade’s time? While Asia may supplant Europe, it is difficult to see the US losing its position as the undisputed champion of megacap generation.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE Joseph Mariathasan explores where the megacap companies of tomorrow might originateIn February, Google beat Apple in market capitalisation. But does size really matter? The Top 4 companies in the 2015 Forbes Global 2000 list of the world’s largest, most powerful public companies – as measured by revenues, profits, assets and market value – are all Chinese. Apple does not make even the Top 10 on this basis since it fails on the metric of assets.But Apple, measured on market cap alone, of course led the list, followed by Google, Exxon Mobil, Berkshire Hathaway and Microsoft, with eight of the Top 10 being US companies, alongside China’s Petrochina and ICBC. On the Forbes criteria, the US leads the list with 579 companies, while China (mainland and Hong Kong) has 232, adding more companies than any other country and surpassing Japan for the first time. The UK is in fourth place, while France ceded fifth to South Korea. Europe overall, with 486 companies, was beaten by Asia with 691.One manager told me the key attribute for companies to be able to grow to megasize is “a long runway”. Nestlé would never have been a global megacap if its market was just Switzerland. The dominance of the US and Chinese companies is unsurprising in this respect, given the size of their markets. As the manager explained, one reason the US has so many megacaps that have grown since the 1980s is because of the runway the US market offers domestically for retail companies. Companies such as WalMart or Home Depot can start off in Maine and roll out their stores to Los Angeles with no changes required at all for local conditions. In Europe, that would be inconceivable, with at least five languages required for an analogous rollout. Whilst the US retailers may not have succeeded outside, the US is big enough.last_img read more

“Cruise to Run” conducts activity along the Waitukubuli National Trail

first_imgPhoto credit: cruisetorun.comRoseau, Dominica – (January 23, 2012) – The Discover Dominica Authority has been working with the group “Cruise to Run” on their first ever forest run. Cruise to Run founder Jerry Freiser was very interested in conducting such an activity on the island since he believed that the experience would be different from any which they have done in the past. It was decided that a forest run and possibly the new Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) would be the best option after reading so much about it online and through the press.The Waitukubuli National Trail Project Officers and Marketing Executives of the Discover Dominica Authority first welcomed the group in 2011 while they were on their test visits to each island on which they would hold activities. After a day out visiting various trail options, Segment 10 (Colihaut to Syndicate) of the WNT was selected for this activity. The passengers will arrive via the Caribbean Princess Cruise ship on January 26, 2012 and depart to the heights of Colihaut where they will begin their run. It is expected that a total of 284 participants will be disembarking the cruise ship on this day. The group leaders have expressed great excitement about the day’s adventure and are looking forward to an excellent experience. The Colihaut Village Council have been every active in the preparation of this event as they have realized that this is an exciting and rewarding activity for the community. They have organized for their local vendors to provide the roast plantain, fruits and cane which the community is known for. They have assisted in the resurfacing of the access road to the trail and the clearing of the trail for the event. The activity is anticipated to last 2 hours with the group being mainly runners with a few walkers. The group will be driven to the heights of Colihaut where they will begin the run to Syndicate. Accompanying the group will be villagers from Colihaut and the cadet corps. A press conference will be held at the end of the run at the Syndicate Reception building where the “Cruise to Run” leaders will make a presentation to the Colihaut Community in the form of a Give Back program to donate sporting equipment to groups in the community. Colin Piper. Mr Colin Piper, CEO/Director of Tourism of the Discover Dominica Authority commented that “this activity will open the possibilities for the Waitukubuli National Trail and expand the offerings of the destination to potential visitors. This event is also an added benefit since the village of Colihaut will benefit from this activity and future activities since segment 10 of the WNT is the only one thus far identified suitable for non competitive running. From this activity we would like to encourage the participants to continue to inform and educate about the island and to bring along their friends next year as we hope to make this an annual activity.” The DDA is pleased to continue to market the Waitukubuli National Trail and hope that local tour operators can now put packages together to include the Waitukubuli National Trail ensuring that we continue to improve and develop new activities and interests to keep the potential visitor captivated.Cruise to Run is dubbed the Ultimate Runners Vacation which allows persons to set sail on a seven-day cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico and visit St. Thomas, Tortola, Antigua, Dominica and Barbados. It is meant for everyone to enjoy, from the recreational to serious runner with runs in a variety of distances and terrains.The Discover Dominica Authority continues to work towards increasing the numbers of visitors calling to our shores – one of its two mandates- and the Authority is always eager to work with groups such as these in an effort to augment Dominica’s tourism product offering. With the increase of visitors it is expected that visitor expenditure will also increase through services rendered and taxes paid.For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority LocalNews “Cruise to Run” conducts activity along the Waitukubuli National Trail by: – January 23, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more