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Bookstore offers ‘Race to New York’

first_imgHow can you get free Hacienda chips and salsa, a free T-shirt and backpack, and the chance to win roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the Notre Dame vs. Army game at Yankee Stadium?    By participating in the Race To New York, an “Amazing Race” style contest run by the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Teams of two will travel around Notre Dame’s campus, competing to perform various tasks and solve clues.  The race will take place on Oct. 2 at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $50 per team, or $25 per person. All money benefits the United Way Agency Partners, said Kristin Blitch, marketing manager at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Blitch said if your team gets stumped during competition, all is not lost.  Teams are permitted to carry up to $50, Blitch said, which can be used to buy $5, $10, and $20 clues. These clues will make where a team is headed more obvious. For example, a $20 clue might plainly state where the team is going, Blitch said. This extra money is also donated to the United Way.  This year, Blitch said the race has added a new rule that should make the game even more exciting. “By paying $50, one team can hold another team back for a half hour,” she said. “The only way that team can get out of the hold is to find someone with a cell phone, and make calls to get [an outside source] to donate $20.” The Race To New York event, in partnership with Anthony Travel and the United Way, was created in 2009. Last year, the Bookstore held the Race to San Antonio, which raised $2,200 for the United Way, Blitch said. The course last year took students to the far reaches of campus, including the Aquatic Center, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and various parking lots.  “Last year’s race was very successful,” Blitch said. “Those who participated had a fun time.” Blitch said the Bookstore hopes to raise even more money for the United Way at the Race for New York. “It may not happen this year, but we’d like to see this event eventually raise $5,000 for United Way,” she said. This year, the course will bring participants to different parts of the Notre Dame campus, including some areas they may have never visited before.  “There is nothing people won’t be able to do physically,” Blitch said. “We have our staff run it, so we know it’s all possible.”  Blitch said it has been difficult keeping specific details of the race in complete secrecy. The planning team has been cautious not to reveal the names of the various campus partners.  “We started mapping out the route on a campus map, but you have to be careful not to leave that map out anywhere or someone could have a cakewalk,” she said.   Blitch encouraged students to participate, because for just a small fee you can have a great time, donate to a good cause, and get a shot at winning a $2,000 prize package. “[Students] are at an advantage,” Blitch said. “This is their campus. For 25 bucks a person you get to see if you can win a chance to go to New York.” For those concerned about Notre Dame’s football game against Boston College, Blitch said, “there’s no need to worry. The race will be over well in time for the BC game.” Students interested in participating can contact Blitch at (574) 631-6469 by Sept. 24. or visit HammesRaceTo.com for more information.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Adam Driver Eyes Broadway & More

first_imgP.S. Here’s a 30 second teaser for the Hamilton documentary, which will premiere on PBS on October 21. Adam Driver(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) View Commentscenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Adam Driver Eyes BroadwayStar Wars villain (if you don’t know that by now, where have you been?) Adam Driver could be heading back to Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire. Last seen on the Main Stem in the 2011 revival of Man and Boy, the New York Post accredits the “mumble” to Sam Gold, who won a Tony for Fun Home and will helm Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie revival in the spring. Streetcar was last seen on Broadway in 2012, starring Blair Underwood.Hand to God Most-Produced Play of 2016-17 SeasonAmerican Theatre has published its annual list of the most-produced plays. Robert Haskins’ Hand to God came out on top, followed by Nick Payne’s Constellations, Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, Floyd Mutrux’s Million Dollar Quartet and Lucas Hnath’s The Christians. Full for the full 2016-17 list, click here.Watch First Trailer of Merrily We Roll Along DocThis documentary looks like a theater buff’s dream! Check out below the trailer for Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened—a behind-the-scenes look into the “then” and “now” of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, which wasn’t quite the hit everyone was expecting when it opened on Broadway in 1981…The film has been acquired for theatrical distribution by Abramorama and will make its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 9, followed by a limited release to movie theaters from November 18.last_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Harrisonburg, Virginia

first_imgOften hailed as one of the region’s top outdoors towns, Harrisonburg is smack dab in the heart of Virginia’s famed Shenandoah Valley.This college town — home to James Madison University — is also home to 51,000 residents and is a stone’s throw from George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.Mountain bikers flock to these forests for some of the best mountain biking in the Blue Ridge mountains. Not suprsinigly, JMU has a world-class mountain biking team, and some of the region’s top riders hail from Harrisonburg. The south fork of the Shenandoah River is a popular destination for tubing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. When the mercury drops tourists and locals tend to head for the ski slopes of the Massanutten Resort. Year round, the biggest draw is nearby Shenandoah National Park, where hikers can explore the Appalachian Trail and hundreds of miles of additional singletrack leading to famous overlooks and vistas.Cudas_IB_0814_2DID YOU KNOW? Reddish Knob, located about one hour from Harrisonburg in the George Washington National Forest, is one of the highest points in Virginia. At 4,397 ft, the peak is a well-known destination for hikers and mountain bikers.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

Tool Thieves Hit Rocky Knob Bike Park

first_imgThere’s a special kind of asshole roaming around the mountains of North Carolina’s High Country right now. The Boone Area Cyclists reported earlier this week that a bunch of tools were stolen from their tool trailer at Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park. The thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment—all stuff that was purchased through grants or donations. Essentially, they took everything but a handful of shovels. This is a volunteer organization that builds bike parks and trails. Bike parks and trails that a lot of kids like to ride. Because, as most of you know, riding bikes on trails makes kids happy. So essentially, this thief (or thieves) just stole happiness from children.volunteersI’m trying not to be too judgmental here. We’ve all done things that we’re not proud of. I can think of several years during my late teens/early 20s that would probably make my mother weep with shame. But stealing trail building tools? That’s a new kind of low. A rock bottom kind of low. I put this guy in the same category as a bike thief. There’s a special ring of hell reserved for people who steal bikes. And now that ring of hell needs to make room for this tool-stealing douchebag. I mean really, stealing tools? How much meth can you buy with a mattock anyway? The Boone Area Cyclists are carrying on with business as usual, and have work days planned for the near future. They’ve set up a donation page so the public can help them replace the tools that were lost. Check it out and consider helping these volunteers out. The singletrack that they’re building and maintaining in and around Boone literally makes the world a better place. Don’t let some asshole with sticky fingers ruin that.last_img read more

Group of men allegedly burn transgender woman to death, escape murder charges

first_imgThe violence purportedly took place in Cilincing after the suspects accused Mira of stealing a truck driver’s phone and wallet. The truck driver had parked his vehicle near Mira’s rented room.North Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Budhi Herdi Susianto said the suspects hit her with a wooden log before dousing gasoline all over her so that she would confess to the alleged theft. They then proceeded to pull out a lighter with the intention of threatening her, he said.“After AP poured gasoline all over her, PD threatened the victim by pulling out a lighter while saying, ‘Watch out, I’m going to burn you, I’m going to burn you,” Budhi said as quoted on Thursday as quoted by tempo.co.Read also: Scared but desperate, Thai sex workers forced to the street He said fire from the lighter inadvertently set off the gasoline, burning the victim alive.Amnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid conveyed his disappointment in the authorities’ “lackluster” investigation of the murder, which he said only resulted in a relatively light assault charge.“We still maintain that what the suspects did was carry out a despicable murder. The police should have conducted a more robust investigation, instead of taking the suspects at their word,” Usman told the Post on Thursday.He said the suspects obviously intended to “do more than just threaten” Mira, as they had gone out of their way to procure gasoline beforehand.Usman called on the police to step up their investigation before proceeding with the “premature” assault charge.Read also: ‘Yes, I am transgender’: Indonesian singer braves hostility in emotional videoMira, who previously lived in Bekasi, West Java, before moving to North Jakarta, died at 12 p.m. on Sunday after she was admitted to Koja General Regional Hospital in Koja district, North Jakarta, on Saturday morning.The legal advocacy team for Mira’s case – which comprises members of several rights groups – condemned the violence that resulted in her death, calling it “a form of transphobia”.In a statement issued on Wednesday, the team called on the government to uphold the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals to prevent similar incidents from taking place in the future.The team also expressed support for the North Jakarta Police’s ongoing efforts to apprehend the remaining suspects who are currently still at large.Topics : The North Jakarta Police have charged a group of men who allegedly burned a 42-year-old transgender woman to death with aggravated assault.A total of six suspects face charges under Article 170 of the Criminal Code, which stipulates that individuals who are found to have collectively used lethal violence against a person face 12 years in prison.The police had apprehended three of the six suspects, identified only as AP, RT and AH, as of Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

Collateralised loan obligations gain traction with German institutions

first_imgBarbara Pohlmann, portfolio manager at Union Investment, said securitisations were “largely immune” to interest rate movements.Analysts at investment bank Wells Fargo have forecast a new record high of for CLO issuance this year of roughly $150bn (€129bn), beating the previous high of $123.6bn in 2014.Growing interest in structured credit from institutional investors – including typically more conservative German allocators – reflected a maturing market, but Swiss consultancy Siglo also noted a psychological effect in the wake of the 2008-09 financial crisis.“The promised high liquidity of a lot of funds and [exchange-traded funds] containing illiquid instruments drives cold sweat down our backs,” the analysts said in a newsletter.They added that investors had learned that “illiquid investments are more consequent in their illiquidity and therefore hold less potential for negative surprises”.The Siglo research team warned about asset-liability mismatch in times of crisis if all investors and managers wanted to get rid of assets at the same time.With truly illiquid strategies and products, the investors should be aware from the start that these investments cannot be sold easily on short notice, Siglo said.“In a time of low interest rates it would be a shame not to look into illiquidity premiums as they can significantly raise the expected return,” Siglo added. Two major asset managers have launched collateralised loan obligations (CLO) funds in Germany in recent weeks as appetite grows for the asset class.US-based Neuberger Berman and Germany’s Union Investment have both launched their first CLO products.Neuberger Berman’s fund – registered in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – focuses on CLO mezzanine investments, while Union’s structured credit product invests “mainly” in CLOs.Dik van Lomwel, head of EMEA and Latin America at Neuberger Berman, said: “We have seen significant interest from clients who are comfortable with non-investment grade credit and are looking to capture the additional yield and fundamental credit enhancement offered by CLO debt.”last_img read more

Gold Coast home sells for more than double the price it fetched five years ago

first_img MORE NEWS: Is this the next Hedges Ave? The vendors made a huge profit on the home, which they almost rebuilt. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 “The vendors pretty much knocked it down and left the slab and one wall then rebuilt everything else,” he said.“They did plan on living there.”He said the renovation took about 18 months but the vendors never got a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labour because they decided to move interstate.A Brisbane family looking to relocate to the Gold Coast for its enviable lifestyle snapped up the four-bedroom home, but not without a fight.Mr Rollington said another interested party — locals looking to upgrade — who had inspected the property on the same day as the Brisbane family also put in an offer. “The buyers ended up fighting to get their hands on it,” he said.“During the whole campaign, we probably had about 200 groups through.“We had a lot of interest in it because it’s very neutral.”A white palette, floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings, travertine tiles and Italian natural stone finishes characterise the home.Its outdoor entertainment area overlooks the skyline while a pool and pontoon are added luxuries.center_img MORE NEWS: Would you buy a half-built house? An extensive renovation has breathed new life into the home.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The Paradise Waters property at 17 Seafarer Court sold for more than $3 million.A GOLD Coast family has pocketed an extra $1.775 million following the sale of their Paradise Waters home — a hefty profit that eclipses the amount they paid for it five years ago.The waterfront house at 17 Seafarer Court officially changed hands for $3.1 million last week. Property records show that is more than double the $1.325 million the vendors paid for it in 2014.Surfers Paradise First National Real Estate agent Russell Rollington, who marketed the property with Bob Rollington, said an extensive renovation was responsible for its increased value.last_img read more

New Zealand launches criminal probe into deadly volcanic eruption

first_imgPolice said 47 people were on the islandat the time of the eruption – 24 from Australia, nine from the United States,five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two each from China and the UnitedKingdom and one from Malaysia. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses the media following an eruption of the White Island volcano in Whakatane, New Zealand on Dec. 10. REUTERS/CHARLOTTE GREENFIELD WHAKATANE – New Zealand police onTuesday said they were launching a criminal investigation after a volcanicisland erupted with ash and steam on Monday, killing five people, wounding over30 and leaving eight people missing, presumed dead. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saidreconnaissance flights showed no signs of life on White Island, as eyewitnessesdetailed the burns suffered by survivors, most of them tourists. “I would strongly suggest that thereis no one that has survived on the island,” police Deputy Commissioner JohnTims said of the eight people still missing.(Reuters)last_img read more

UPDATE: Sentenced to 12 years – Hanover man convicted on multiple counts including Dealing Methamphetamine

first_imgMadison, IN –UPDATE:According to the Jefferson County Prosecutor Office, Monday, Michael D. Crawley was sentenced to twelve years fully executed at the Indiana Department of Correction at a sentencing hearing held in the Jefferson Circuit Court. Crawley was convicted of multiple felonies, including Dealing Methamphetamine, a Level 4 Felony, following a jury trial. Twelve (12) years is the maximum sentence for a Level 4 Felony. Original Story: Thursday, Michael D. Crawley, 56, of Hanover was convicted of multiple felonies, including two counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.Prosecutor David Sutter thanked the jury following the hearing, “A jury of Mr. Crawley’s peers found him guilty on all counts. I thank them for their service and their diligence in listening to hours of testimony and thoughtfully considering the evidence in this case.”The police investigation leading to the conviction began in February and was the result of a tip brought to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department by a confidential informant. The informant notified Deputy Linton Spry they had arranged to purchase a half “game” of methamphetamine, approximately 1.5-2 grams, for $85.00. Upon receiving the tip, Detectives made arrangements to meet the informant and prepare the controlled buy.The controlled buys were made on February 21 and 23, 2019 and resulted in two $85.00 purchases at the 281 E Main Street residence of Michael D. Crawley. On February 21, 2019, Crawley sold approximately 1.68 grams of a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine to the informant. Two days later, on February 23, 2019, Crawley again sold the informant a crystal-like substance, in an amount weighing approximately 1.69 grams. The second controlled purchase also field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Both substances were sent to the Indiana State Police Lab for testing and confirmed to be methamphetamine.“I want to give special thanks to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, particularly the excellent work of Detective Yancy Denning, Special Deputy Tim Armstrong, Deputy Ben Flint, and Deputy Linton Spry. It is because of their ongoing excellent work, we were able to secure this conviction and we continue to track down and prosecute drug dealers in Jefferson County,” said Sutter.The case was prosecuted by Prosecutor Sutter and Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Blaine Goode. Mr. Crawley will be sentenced in the Jefferson County Circuit Court on November 19.last_img read more

Holtby: Give Sherwood time

first_imgLewis Holtby has told Tim Sherwood’s critics they must give the new Tottenham manager time. Spurs’ build-up play was often laboured under Villas-Boas and he failed to get the best out of his strikeforce this year. But while results, and not style will determine whether Sherwood is a success, Holtby is a big fan of the former Tottenham midfielder’s philosophy, and he also thinks his history with the club will help him. “He knows the club inside out,” Holtby said. “He has been here as a player and manager for the (development) team. “He knows the club, his style of play is a very good idea, he likes to play attacking football. “We have the team capable of doing this, its just a matter of time adapting to that now. “The things he has tried to bring to us, they are really working.” Sherwood is also committed to bringing through some of the young players he managed in the club’s successful development team. The new manager gave 19-year-old Nabil Bentaleb his debut against Southampton, putting the midfielder on to replace Mousa Dembele with 40 minutes left. Holtby, a full Germany international, remained on the bench and did not feature at St Mary’s. Holtby returned to the starting XI for the West Brom game, though, and he sees no reason to complain. “I am a footballer, I love to play football and I am always a bit shocked if I don’t play because I love this game, but you have to give credit to Nabil because he is a fantastic young player,” Holtby said. “The gaffer knows him so there is no need for me to get angry in situations like now because we are trying to chase European football. “The gaffer is new in and he is trying to put his thinking into the team and we have to stick behind that. “(Tim and I) spoke after the (Southampton) game, but I am not going to tell you all the details. He played me against West Brom.” Sherwood’s predecessor, meanwhile, lamented his failure to repeat the success he enjoyed at Porto, where he won three trophies during his first and only season in charge. “I wish I could have responded to the confidence shown by the fans with a trophy”, Villas-Boas told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo. “I had great ambitions to win a trophy this season.” With his reputation in England having taken a big hit, Villas-Boas looks set to be planning a return to the management on the continent. The 36-year-old was not short of offers last summer. He rejected overtures from Paris Saint-Germain while Real Madrid were also said to be interested in his services. He has recently been linked with AC Milan. In the interview he refers to his time in England in the past tense, and talks of “re-positioning” his career, suggesting that he will not be looking for a new post in the Barclays Premier League any time soon. “This is a time of reflection for me and my staff, and for repositioning of our careers,” he said. “Nevertheless, England was a great experience.” Spurs were far more attacking than they were under Villas-Boas, but they could not find a way through the West Brom defence and they also looked vulnerable at the back. A smattering of boos rang out following the final whistle, but Holtby thinks it would be wrong to expect too much too soon from Sherwood. “We need to give him some time,” the Tottenham midfielder said. “It’s not easy coming into a club when you have a hectic Christmas period. “You don’t have much time to train, but credit to him – he has calmed things down.” Sherwood looked anything but calm on Boxing Day. He spent the majority of the 1-1 draw on his feet shouting and gesticulating towards his players in an animated fashion from the touchline. Sherwood’s enthusiasm for the game and for Tottenham are commendable, though, as is his commitment to attacking football. Press Association Tottenham took a gamble on Monday when they handed Sherwood an 18-month contract to succeed Andre Villas-Boas as head coach. The former Blackburn captain could not deliver a win in his first game in charge, though, as Tottenham had to settle for an underwhelming point against relegation-threatened West Brom. last_img read more