As the Fighting Irish started their home football season on the right foot with a win over Purdue Saturday, the fan experience went smoothly to begin the 125th season of Notre Dame football, director of Game Day Operations Mike Seamon said. “We thought the weekend was a huge success,” he said. “Compared to the South Florida game a year ago, it was night and day. It was remarkably better.” Saturday’s unseasonably cool weather was a major factor in the success of the 2012 home opener, Seamon said. Saturday’s unseasonably cool weather was a major factor in the success of the 2012 home opener, Seamon said. “Last year was a really uncomfortable weekend,” he said. “We had excessive heat leading up to the storms. This year was the exact opposite. The weather cooperated. It wasn’t too hot and it wasn’t raining, so that was a pleasant surprise.” Seamon said the 125th anniversary pep rally, held Friday evening in front of the Knute Rockne Memorial Gymnasium, started the weekend’s festivities on a high note, with an estimated 15,000 attendees. “Everyone we spoke with, including students, fans, the team and football administrators, liked having it in front of the Rock,” he said. “There was a great energy, and we got it in just before the rain started. It was also good because we got to kick off our 125th year in front of the building named after the man responsible for the birth of the Notre Dame football tradition.” In addition to the nearly 3,000 visitors to the stadium tunnel on Friday afternoon, more than 1,500 people visited the LaBar Practice Fields on game day, and the Glee Club performed on Library Quad before the football team walked to the stadium, Seamon said. “That was the first time they performed on game day, and they performed for several thousand people,” he said. “It was a really nice change. The fans loved it.” In response to the high volume of cell phone usage on game day, Seamon said the University made “significant investments” in improving cell phone coverage during the offseason. Cell phone chargers were also placed in several campus locations and moved to the Guest Services booth inside the stadium Saturday. “Early reports tell us that cell phone coverage was better this year,” Seamon said. “People kept using the cell phone chargers around campus as well.” Seamon said medical calls were down from last year due to the cooler weather. Considering the large scale of the day’s operations, Seamon said the game “couldn’t have gone better.” “For the first game, we couldn’t be more pleased,” he said. “We had wonderful weather and good, positive energy. People were excited to kick off the home season coming off the win in Dublin, and we’re looking forward to the Michigan night game in two weeks.” Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) director Phil Johnson said police arrested eight people on campus outside the stadium on game day and issued two citations or tickets for underage drinking. Johnson said three were arrested for false informing and liquor law violations, one arrest was made for public intoxication, one for resisting law enforcement and public intoxication and one for disorderly conduct. Additionally, police arrested one person for criminal trespass and one man for outstanding warrants and apprehended a juvenile for shoplifting. Inside the stadium, Johnson said police made one arrest for public intoxication. After announcing the implementation of its Intensified College Enforcement program at Notre Dame, Indiana State Excise Police officers cited two and arrested three minors on nine total charges in Legends and the C1 parking lot in front of the stadium during the game, Cpl. Travis Thickstun said. One female was cited for minor possession, and another was cited for minor consumption and false informing, Thickstun said. He said excise officers arrested two females and one male for minor consumption and false informing after providing repeated false names and birthdates to officers. They were then turned over to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office for transportation to jail. Contact Kristen Durbin at [email protected]
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4FAMILY TIESSince winning several top playwriting prizes, Cambodian Rock Band has become a hot commodity at the country’s regional theaters for its ingenious combination of comedy, drama, history and music. Lauren Yee’s time-shifting “rock epic” centers on a Khmer Rouge survivor who returns to Cambodia as his daughter is preparing the long-delayed prosecution of a war criminal. As the title suggests, a live band performs songs by Dengue Fever and 1970s-era Cambodian oldies, underscoring the importance of music in a nation struggling to survive. Yee kicks off a residency at off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre with Chay Yew’s production of her breakthrough play, featuring Aladdin alum Courtney Reed, Joe Ngo and Francis Jue. INFO: Limited run through March 15 at the Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). Tickets start at $41.50. For more info, click here. Montego Glover Courtney Reed View Comments Star Files Mare Winningham Todd Almond SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…Now that this year’s Academy Award-winning actors are pretty much set in stone (congrats, Joaquin and Renée!), we’ll be concentrating on the Best Original Song category during the host-less Oscar telecast on February 9. With Tony winners Elton John, Robert Lopez and Cynthia Erivo among the nominated songwriters, Broadway will be well represented—not to mention Adele Dazeem (um, Idina Menzel) belting “Into the Unknown” from Frozen II. John and Lopez already have a golden man on their mantels, making Erivo’s bid for the O in her EGOT the big cliffhanger of the night. Win or lose, her rendition of the stirring anthem “Stand Up” from Harriet is sure to be a highlight.INFO: 8:00 PM ET on ABC-TV.Illustrations by Tug Rice for Broadway.com. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6AMERICAN IDOLRemember this name: Kara Young. The lively #LiveAtFive guest and VMA voiceover announcer began a streak of powerful off-Broadway performances last fall in The New Englanders, followed by Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven. Her busy season continues with the starring role of starstruck teen Keyonna in C.A. Johnson’s off-Broadway coming-of-age comedy All the Natalie Portmans. Raised in poverty and considered too smart and “too gay” by her peers, Keyonna fantasizes about her favorite actress, Natalie Portman (Elise Kibler), who eventually starts talking back. Tony nominee Montego Glover plays the mom in this world premiere from an up-and-coming young playwright, directed by Kate Whoriskey.INFO: Limited run through March 15 at MCC Theater (511 West 52nd Street). Tickets start at $30. For more info, click here. Jay O. Sanders FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7THE SOUL OF BOB DYLANWhen Bob Dylan entrusted his Nobel Prize-winning song catalog to Conor McPherson, the Irish playwright and director conjured a stageful of dreamers, losers, lovers, and crooks in a Minnesota boarding house during the Great Depression. Girl from the North Country quickly sold out at the Public Theater in the fall of 2018, and now this acclaimed show is transferring to Broadway with an ensemble cast led by Mare Winningham, Todd Almond, Marc Kudisch and Jay O. Sanders. “Each song takes the audience into the soul of a character,” Winningham told Broadway.com of the 20 Dylan tunes in the show—none more so than her fiery performance of “Like a Rolling Stone.” INFO: Opens on March 5 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 43rd Street). Tickets start at $49. For more info, click here. Cynthia Erivo Marc Kudisch Idina Menzel Music is the tie that binds this week’s must-do events, spotlighting the folk rock of Bob Dylan, the Cambodian pop of Dengue Fever and contemporary songs by Young Jean Lee. Check out these exciting events happening February 3 through 9, culminating with the Oscar night musical face-off between three super-talented Tony winners. And Natalie Portman is here too. What a week! David Byrne TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4LIFE AND DEATHYoung Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die began in 2011 as a rock-flavored cabaret evening in which the playwright told breezy tales about our inevitable march toward the grave. From the beginning, audiences appreciated a show that finds humor in the quest to live a joyful life while we’re still breathing. David Byrne loved it so much, he recorded the songs and appeared with Lee in a 2015 London staging. On February 4, We’re Gonna Die begins a seven-week off-Broadway run at Second Stage with a cast of six led by Janelle McDermoth (A Bronx Tale). Director/choreographer Raja Feather Kelly (Fairview) continues the evolution of this below-the-radar hit. INFO: Limited run through March 22 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). Tickets start at $69. For more info, click here. View All (9)
Northstar Vermont Yankee,Vermont Business Magazine Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Kristine L Svinicki and Vermont Governor Philip B Scott have signed(link is external) an agreement to give Vermont regulatory authority over certain radioactive materials in the state. Vermont is the 39th state to sign such an agreement with the NRC.Under the agreement, effective September 30, 2019, Vermont assumes responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, inspection and enforcement activities related to the industrial, medical and academic uses of radioactive material.The NRC is transferring 36 academic, commercial and medical licenses for radioactive material to Vermont’s jurisdiction. NRC retains jurisdiction over the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, which is currently decommissioning, as well as federal agencies using certain nuclear material in the state.Before entering into the agreement, the NRC determined that Vermont’s radiation control program is adequate to protect public health and safety and is compatible with the NRC’s regulations. The proposed agreement was published in the Federal Register for four consecutive weeks for public comment.More information about the Agreement State program, including a list of Agreement States, is available on the NRC’s website(link is external).Source: NRC 9.30.2019
The organising team at Eurobike – billed as ‘the world’s leading exhibition of the bicycle industry’ and taking place from 30 August to 2 September 2017, in Friedrichshafen, Germany – note that this year’s show is ‘on course for success’. For the 26th edition of Eurobike… ‘some 1350 exhibitors from all over the world are again expected at Lake Constance.’“Eurobike is the world’s most important presentation platform in the bicycle industry and is setting another milestone in the now 200-year history of the bicycle with numerous highlights in 2017,” explained Klaus Wellmann, CEO of Messe Friedrichshafen.Many market leaders of the industry will again be represented with their product innovations in Friedrichshafen. Show Director Stefan Reisinger announced, “The bicycle industry is transforming itself, and Eurobike is changing with it. E-bikes and the associated parts, components, and applications are advancing the bicycle as a mobility product as well as fuelling rapid development of performance e-MTBs. Eurobike 2017 will again fill the entire exhibition grounds with trends, topics, and innovations for the 2018 season.”During the Eurobike Business Days from Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1 September, the expo will be putting its exclusive focus on the specialized needs of the global industry. Here exhibitors will be in dialog with more than 40,000 expected trade visitors and 1700 media representatives from around the world.With a mix of ‘entertainment, action and exhibition’, the Eurobike Festival Day on Saturday 2 September is geared toward all bike enthusiasts. In addition to ‘numerous innovations available to visitors for testing, the professionals will give their best in stunt performances on the fairgrounds.’Eurobike 2017 is open from 30 August to 2 September from 09:00 to 18:00 each day. On the Business Days from Wednesday to Friday, the fair will only be open to trade visitors and accredited journalists.www.eurobike- show.com Related
Gophers head into new season with confidence David NelsonOctober 2, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintBased on how the athletes spoke Wednesday afternoon at the University Aquatic Center, the Minnesota swimming and diving teams are ready for a big year.The men’s and women’s teams will kick off their 2014-15 season this weekend when they hit the road to take on Arizona State.Despite the loss of talent on both teams after last year’s seniors graduated, the Gophers don’t seem to have lost their swagger.“This team, since I got here, has been going through some rebuilding and some transition phases,” senior distance freestyler C.J. Smith said. “We’ve been doing a great job of holding it together. Now’s finally the time where … it’s all together.”It all came together for the women’s team last February as the Gophers won their third consecutive Big Ten title. However, senior Tori Simenec said the team needs to stay focused to ensure it stays on top.“Other teams have their eye on the same prize that we do,” Simenec said. “And we’re trying to make sure that we want it just as much if not more than the other teams.”The men’s team fell short of its goals after the 2013-14 regular season concluded.Following a fourth place finish at Big Ten championships, the men’s team took 22nd among teams at the NCAA championships.“We certainly left a lot on the table at NCAAs,” Smith said. Though Smith said everyone’s goal is to improve his or her standing at NCAAs, the senior acknowledged that the goal for this season remains to further the program.“We just want to leave this team on a better note than when we came in,” Smith said. “If that means placing higher at NCAAs, so be it. If that means setting this team up so the year after they kill it, that’s what it takes.”The men’s and women’s teams often talked about the closeness of the groups last season, and senior associate head coach Terry Ganley said she’s already seen that closeness come out this fall.“The team has said that themselves … that it’s been the easiest transition for our freshmen coming in,” Ganley said. “It’s a great team chemistry right now.”Simenec and Smith were both quick to rave about the talent within the team’s freshman class.“We got so many good people, so that’s something to be confident about,” Simenec said. “The freshmen are just doing a great job of stepping up and filling the shoes of the people who did leave.”The Gophers appear to be in high spirits as they get ready to face off against the Sun Devils.But no one sounded more excited to start this season than one of the coaches.“I don’t think we’ve ever been in a better place, and I’ve coached here 30 plus years,” Ganley said.
CBS News: The shape of a CEO’s face can predict his company’s financial performance, according to a new study in which researchers analyzed photos of 55 male chief executive officers of Fortune 500 businesses.The crucial feature: Facial width. Corporate leaders with faces that were wide relative to their length — such as Herb Kelleher, the former CEO of Southwest Airlines — tended to lead better-performing companies than CEOs with narrower faces, such as Dick Fuld, the long-faced final CEO of Lehman Brothers, the study found.This finding follows research that has shown that the ratio of facial width to height is correlated with aggression in men. This relationship between face shape and behavior, which is thought to be related to testosterone levels, has not been shown to hold for women.Other research has shown men with wider faces are more likely than those with narrow faces to behave unethically. In a previous study using a computer game, researchers found broad-faced men were less trustworthy than other men.In the new study, Elaine Wong at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her colleagues looked at the batch of CEO photos, along with information about the companies’ financial performances and letters to shareholders.Read the whole story: CBS News More of our Members in the Media >
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Gazprom informed that, as of today, geophysical surveys have been completed for the subsea section of Nord Stream 2 and geotechnical investigations are underway.Reportedly, detailed surveying is planned to be conducted along the pipeline route in the near future.The design of the subsea section and the pipeline landfall in Russia is being developed. The national reports and the consolidated report on environmental impact assessment are under preparation.In March 2016, the pipe supply tendering for the Nord Stream 2 project was completed. The contracts were awarded to Europipe (40 per cent), OMK (33 per cent), and ChelPipe (27 per cent). Gazprom signed pipe supply contracts with the above companies in April 2016.In addition, the Company called for tenders to lay the deep-water section of the pipeline, with the exception of coastal areas.Gazprom said it expects the gas pipeline to be commissioned before late 2019.
Athlone musician, Nur Felix, is releasing his latest music video on YouTube today. An Athlone artist says he is using his platform as a musician to spread love, joy and truth, because there are too much darkness and sadness in the world.Nur Felix is releasing his latest music video, called All the men, on YouTube today, and he is also launching his weekly series, Songs from my kitchen, on Instagram, where he’ll sing a new song, unplugged, every week. Roy Zetisky directed the music video for All the men.Mr Felix is celebrating 10 years in the music industry and describes his genre as inspirational, conscious music. Most of the songs he writes are inspired by life events and things he observes.All the men was among those songs birthed from life’s observations, he said.“It is sad that the society we live in today, is not what it was. Relationships are not what it used to be years ago. We live in an era of swipe left (on dating sites) and easy hook-ups. People don’t want to engage in authentic relationships, instead they want instant gratification and one-night stands – and then some dip into depression,” Mr Felix said.Growing up, Mr Felix was shy and quiet. He was encouraged to take up drama to get out of his shell, and he has never looked back since.“I got out of my shell by doing the extreme – getting into the entertainment industry,” he laughed.He is not just passionate about music, but also about making positive changes in society. Last year he collaborated with a Canadian singer and songwriter, Nancy Beaudette, to produce a song about peace. The pair’s song, called Peace Date, took fifth place at the International Peace Song Awards, which happened in Los Angeles, America, beating thousands of other entries from across the world. Children from Manenberg Primary School feature in the music video.“I believe one has a responsibility as an artist. People must be able to take away something from your concert and implement whatever they take away to enrich their lives. There are a lot of darkness and sadness in the world, and a lot in the entertainment industry that perpetuates that darkness. I just want to spread the light,” Mr Felix said.Catch Mr Felix with his weekly uploads of Songs from my kitchen,@felix.nur on Instagram.
Pupils from De La Bat School for the deaf and hearing impaired, the Lalela Project and Vista Nova took part in an interactive Shakespeare Schools Festival SA drama workshop ahead of the upcoming festival at the Fugard Theatre. The 10th Shakespeare School’s Festival South Africa (SSFSA) kicks off on Tuesday March 3 at The Fugard Theatre.The 35 Cape Town schools taking part this year will each have to prepare and perform 30-minute abridged versions of the Shakespeare play of their choice. In the months leading up to the festival, the SSFSA hosts several interactive workshops for pupils and teachers, making resources available to equip participants and ensure the successful staging of their plays.The SSFSA is an educational programme aimed at improving language and social skills through the performing arts.SSFSA prides itself on being a fully inclusive event that welcomes all pupils, including those with different abilities and challenges. In previous festivals the De La Bat School for the deaf (using South African Sign Language) and the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired delivered renditions of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth respectively. Both schools will again be part of the festival this year.The festival, pioneered by founder Kseniya Filinova-Bruton from Educape, has grown from an event with 20 participants to one that attracts more than 2 000 youth each year across the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.SSFSA helps explore pupils’ acting potential in a fun, developmental way, while making their theatre debut on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment. The festival will also be presented in Johannesburg, Durban, George and Makhanda.The Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Fugard Theatre runs from Tuesday March 3 to Saturday March 14. Performances start at 7pm and tickets are available through 021 461 4554 and www.thefugard.com