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Fans pleased with Bowl win

first_imgStudents celebrated Notre Dame’s 33-17 victory over Miami in the Sun Bowl. “The game was awesome,” senior Fred Jung said. “I had a really great time both at the game and around the city of El Paso.” Most students agreed the best part of the trip was seeing the overflowing support for the football team. “Although my friends and I did not go to the planned Notre Dame festivities, it was incredible to see the amount of Notre Dame supporters just at the tailgating scene,” Jung said. For senior Silvana Martinez and sophomore Walter Myers, both of whom are El Paso residents, the Sun Bowl was a unique opportunity for them to experience a major Notre Dame event in their hometown. “The whole weekend was great,” Martinez said. “There was a huge turnout of not only Notre Dame students, but also locals who embraced our school and became supporters. “One of the best parts about the game was the fact that all of the cheers and traditions associated with the student section at Notre Dame Stadium were brought to Sun Bowl Stadium. It was awesome to see students doing push-ups after Notre Dame scores.” Myers agreed with his fellow El Pasoan. “I have never seen this much hype surrounding the Sun Bowl. It was amazing,” he said. As a member of the Notre Dame Club of El Paso, Myers helped in the preparation for the game itself and the activities surrounding it. “We organized a canned food drive for a local homeless shelter, and anyone who brought a can was given ‘The Shirt,’” he said. “We also organized the battle of the bands event inside the El Paso Convention Center and the pep rally, which was unfortunately cancelled due to inclement weather.” The irony of the title of “Sun Bowl” was evident, as the kickoff temperature was 34 degrees and snow was on the ground. For many students, the weather was the sole letdown of the weekend. “I was expecting warm weather, so the sweatshirt and jeans I wore on game day were definitely not enough,” Jung said. “It felt like South Bend,” Martinez said. “I do not think any of us were expecting as much snow as we got.” Despite the weather, the Irish victory and time spent with friends over the New Year’s weekend made the Sun Bowl experience one to remember. “I think the best part of my weekend was seeing all of my school friends and having them meet my home friends,” Martinez said. “When I found out Notre Dame would be playing in the Sun Bowl, I was ecstatic because I knew my last Notre Dame football game as a student would be in my hometown. It was a great last hurrah.” “El Paso did a great job of keeping the environment both hospitable and safe,” Myers said. “I’m really proud of both my city and school.”last_img read more

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Ramin Karimloo to Return to Broadway in Anastasia

first_img Related Shows Ramin Karimloo(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Anastasia Ramin Karimloo is journeying back to Broadway! The Tony nominee has boarded the company of Anastasia, which is scheduled to open at the Main Stem’s Broadhurst Theatre on April 24, 2017. Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak, the new musical, which recently made its world premiere at Hartford Stage in Connecticut, reunites the Tony-winning creative team behind Ragtime and features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.Karimloo will take on the role of Gleb, the antagonist, who he played in the show’s 2015 workshop. (Manoel Felciano appeared as Gleb at Hartford.) For those familiar with the 1997 movie version, the character replaces Rasputin and is a secret police officer. Karimloo received a 2014 Tony nomination his performance as Jean Valjean in the recent Les Miz revival, a role he also played in London. Other credits include appearing as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End, in the 25th anniversary concert filmed at Royal Albert Hall and in the long-running tuner’s sequel, Love Never Dies.From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, Anastasia, is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox movie, the tuner features songs from the film, including Ahrens and Flaherty’s Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as an entirely new score.The company will also include the previously announced Christy Altomare as Anya, Derek Klena as Dmitry, John Bolton as Vlad Popov and Caroline O’Connor as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch, in the roles they originated at Hartford Stage. Full casting will be announced later.The Broadhurst is currently playing host to the starry Nathan Lane-led limited engagement, The Front Page.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 View Commentslast_img read more

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Navy Research Confirms Need for Strict Coronavirus Testing Protocols

first_img– Advertisement – The new reports, both posted Wednesday by The New England Journal of Medicine, clarify much of what is known or suspected about Covid-19’s effect on young adults, while also exposing the limits of quarantine measures. One study, led by Dr. Letizia, detailed the rate of new infections detected among nearly 2,000 recruits under quarantine near Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot, in South Carolina, over the summer. It was conducted in collaboration with researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.The other described an outbreak on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier on which nearly a quarter of the crew — more than 1,200 seamen and women — tested positive in the spring. The researchers determined that about 1 percent of the recruits had arrived infected with the coronavirus, almost all of them without knowing it. An additional 2 percent became infected during the quarantine period. By the end of the study, the team had identified 77 recruits with positive tests, each of whom was moved to another dorm room, to be quarantined alone. Young, healthy people who contract the coronavirus are often asymptomatic, very rarely need hospital care and can transmit the virus to a roommate unwittingly even when following strict quarantine orders, according to two new studies from the U.S. Navy. The findings support the need for strong measures, like daily testing, that go beyond the temperature checks and symptom reporting now commonly deployed to prevent transmission in offices, dormitories and other group settings, the authors said.“These findings all point to the need for ongoing testing strategies,” said Dr. Andrew Letizia, a commander and infectious disease specialist at the Naval Medical Research Center, in Silver Spring, Md., and lead author of one of the studies. “We need to augment public health measures and reinforce them with regular testing” in such settings, he said.- Advertisement – The outbreak on the Theodore Roosevelt, which began in late March and spread through May, provides a clearer picture of exactly how the virus can spread invisibly among young people. Of 4,779 crew members, 1,271 ultimately tested positive, of whom 77 percent were asymptomatic at the time. Almost half of those who tested positive, 43 percent, never experienced Covid-19 symptoms; a total of 23 individuals were hospitalized, with four admitted to intensive care. One died.“It really speaks to the stealthy nature of the virus, and how it can move around asymptomatically in such a population,” said Cmdr. Matthew Kasper, the Navy microbiologist who led the study. “And I think the unique situation here — we had everyone get tested. This was not based on any subjective sense or memory recall. They’re hard numbers.”Outside experts said that the two studies, taken together, demonstrated not only how infectious the virus is but what measures must ideally be put in place to contain it, whether in military or civilian populations.“The approaches learned from the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and Parris Island can be applied, with varying degrees of relevance, to land-based shared living situations,” Dr. Nelson Michael, of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, wrote in an accompanying editorial, “such as college dormitories, prisons, and residential care facilities, as well as sports training environments, meat-processing facilities, and isolated energy plants.”[Like the Science Times page on Facebook. | Sign up for the Science Times newsletter.]center_img Numerous studies in the past year have documented that Covid-19 is often asymptomatic in young people, and that symptoms that do appear are usually mild. And reports of outbreaks on cruise ships, particularly the one on the Diamond Princess in January and February, had found that the virus moves readily through the air between people who are quarantined together in small rooms.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The two new studies are distinct, in that they describe situations in which officials had the resources and the authority to enact comprehensive measures and, in the case of the Marine command in South Carolina, were thoroughly prepared from the outset. The 1,848 recruits who volunteered for that study agreed to remain in quarantine for two weeks at home before reporting for duty; after arrival, they entered quarantine for two more weeks, at the Citadel, the military college in Charleston, which the Marine Corps took over for that purpose. They were tested for the virus on arrival, one week later, and again at two weeks.The containment measures were extensive on campus. Recruits were under orders to wear masks at all times, except when sleeping; to keep six feet of distance from others; and to sanitize toilets after using them. Most had a single roommate, and all training was outdoors.“Still, despite very strict procedures that were monitored 24 hours a day by Marine instructors, we identified six transmission clusters,” said Dr. Stuart Sealfon, a professor of neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine, the senior author of the study. Those clusters resulted from one recruit infecting a roommate, or multiple others in the same platoon, which have 50 to 60 members.last_img read more

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Germany also included Lika-Senj County in the list of risky areas

first_imgThere are currently 1.268 active cases in Croatia All passengers returning to Germany, who were in the mentioned Croatian counties, must go for mandatory testing, and until they receive the test results, they must be in home quarantine. After the Dubrovnik-Neretva, Požega-Slavonia, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Brod-Posavina, Virovitica-Podravina and Zadar counties, Njemacka has also included Lika-Senj County in the list of risk areas. In the past 24 hours, 204 new cases were recorded in Croatia, so the number of currently ill (active cases) in Croatia today is 1.268. Among them, 278 patients are in hospital, of which 27 are on a respirator. You can follow the official information on the number of new cases in Croatia HERE Photo: Robert Koch Institutelast_img

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Sainsbury’s puts plans for store extensions on ice

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G20 agrees to temporary debt standstill for poorest countries

first_imgThe International Monetary Fund and World Bank had been calling on the governments to provide six months of debt relief to the countries most in need, and finance ministers from the Group of Seven advanced economies agreed to do so on Tuesday providing the G20, including China and Russia, was in favor.”This is a powerful, fast-acting initiative that will do much to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of millions of the most vulnerable people,” the leaders of the IMF and World Bank said in a joint statement.The IMF on Monday approved a six month standstill on debt payments from 25 nations, mostly in Africa.The G20 officials also reiterated their commitment to deploy “available tools” to deal with the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.”Our efforts must continue and be amplified,” the communique said.Topics : The Group of 20 nations announced support Wednesday for a temporary halt to debt payments by the world’s poorest nations as they struggle to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.”We support a time-bound suspension of debt service payments for the poorest countries that request forbearance,” the G20 finance ministers and central bankers said in a communique following their virtual meeting. “All bilateral official creditors will participate in this initiative.” The group, which brings together the world’s largest economies, also called on private creditors, working through the Institute of International Finance, to participate in the initiative that extends to the world’s 76 poorest countries.last_img read more

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Lee Dixon slams Arsenal team who are ‘not good enough’ to succeed

first_imgLee Dixon slams Arsenal team who are ‘not good enough’ to succeed Arteta has struggled to maintain consistency as Arsenal boss (Picture: Getty Images)Lee Dixon says Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta can change the culture of the club, but doubts he will be given enough money to rebuild the squad.The Spaniard has endured a mixed start to his life as Gunners boss, with just six wins in his first 13 matches in charge. Arsenal secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Monday night, beating Portsmouth 2-0 at Fratton Park. But former England defender Lee Dixon admits fans may not see the results of Arteta’s work for a while. ADVERTISEMENTHe told the Handbrake Off podcast: ‘It’s about [implementing] a structure, a discipline, those traditions and values that playing for the Arsenal is all about.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think Arteta gets all of that, I believe in what he is doing since he’s been at the club, we’re seeing some of that come back in the team and in training. Arteta will be desperate to keep hold of Aubameyang (Picture: Getty Images)‘Over a period of the next 18 months or so I believe those values will be reinforced.’Dixon believes the 37-year-old’s success will mostly depend on the board backing him in the transfer market. He added: ‘The difficult bit next is the recruitment, the team is blatantly not good enough in lots of departments.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘That’s [on] Arteta putting his requests over to the executive committee and then the board, and getting the players that he wants.‘Is the money available to do that? I would suggest not.‘That’s why it’s such a big job for him because we’re all looking at him going ‘who are you going to sign?” Metro Sport ReporterFriday 6 Mar 2020 8:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link544Shares Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Comment Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke needs to back Arteta according to Dixon (Picture: Getty Images)Arteta will also be sweating on the future of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has just 18 months left on his contract.The Gunners manager admitted that the club will sit down and discuss if the Gabon international plans on staying in north London beyond the summer. MORE: Mikel Arteta drops Pablo Mari selection hint ahead of Arsenal vs West HamMORE: Arsenal issue worrying Lucas Torreira injury updateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

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African inspired design seals deal for buyers ahead of auction

first_img151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.African baskets, art and tropical plants fill the large spaces.“We needed a lot of wall space because we love showcasing art,” Mrs Planting said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters was built to showcase art.“That was one of the requirements we gave the architect, that when you opened the front door you would have a long, unobstructed view down the hallway to the water,” Mrs Planting said.While the house is big on space Mrs Planting said it is designed to feel like you’re living in two villas. African baskets feature across the foyer wall. Homeowners Helen and Johan Planting built the six-bedroom house with the help of architect Shane Denman.Commanding the street the house has an extensive use of raw materials including timber, marble and stone.The couple who built their stunning family home five years ago said they bought the block of land and started from scratch.“The design took about six months,” she said.“We didn’t have Pinterest or much online inspiration at the time, it was mostly ideas we pulled from magazines and our travels to South Africa and around the world.“My husband Johan’s family is South African and we used that as inspiration in the design.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“The water feature separates the back of the home so when you’re in the main bedroom you can look out and feel like you are completely detached from the next room,” she said.“We focused a lot on raw materials like marble and wicker and although I am a big fan of trends we wanted a family home that was modern and elegant but a place you could live in and enjoy comfortably.”center_img The house comes with a slice of South African style“We gave our architect photos from our travels and photos of angles on houses we liked and he was able to use that to design a house that matched our personality.”The mammoth sized front door opens to reveal an African-style and captures a striking riverfront view. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.A JAW-DROPPING South African-inspired mansion has sold before auction. The house at 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd which featured on the cover of the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Real Estate glossy magazine on August 19 sold to a Gold Coast couple last week. Ray White Surfers Paradise agent Sherry Smith negotiated the sale but has not yet revealed the price.last_img read more

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German investors warm to ESG, but barriers remain

first_imgStrategies not meeting risk/return targets was another reason identified by that sub-set of investors (56%), as was the investment universe being too limited or not appropriate (51%).Alexander Schindler, the board member responsible for institutional clients at Union Investment, said: “In future, providers will need to match investors’ requirements even more closely and offer more transparency.”He said the survey showed that sustainability had become a hard investment criterion “for portfolio management purposes”.“This change has promoted the professionalisation of the sustainable investment sector,” he added.In Union’s survey, 64% of respondents cited financial aspects as relevant to sustainability, up from 42% five years ago.However, only 37% of the investors’ assets are invested “sustainably”, according to the survey.Sustainable investment in equities gained ground, rising from 14% five years ago to 30% in the latest survey, on a par with the share of sustainable investments accounted for by bonds.  Bonds used to be the dominant asset class, accounting for 45% of sustainable investments in the 2013 survey.According to Union, the survey also showed that changing regulatory requirements have become by far the most important factor behind institutional investors’ engagement with the topic of sustainability.The asset manager referred to the new European Union pension fund directive – IORP II – saying that “company pension funds have to consider environmental, social, and governance criteria as well as climate risks in the investment funds they manage”.A majority (67%) of German institutional investors indicated they knew “little or nothing” about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and only 20% consider the goals when making decisions about sustainable investment, the survey found.The share of investors considering climate change in their investment policies more than doubled since last year’s survey, growing from 21% to 43%.Only 20% confirmed that they had information about the carbon footprint of their portfolios, however.The survey, which is carried out annually, covered 204 institutional investors with nearly €5trn in assets under management, including investment managers, insurance companies, pension providers, banks, and charities. German institutional investors have voiced concerns about the transparency and adequacy of sustainable investment strategies on offer, according to a survey by Union Investment.Sustainable investment has become more widespread among major investors in the country, the asset manager reported, with 64% of respondents using such strategies. Five years ago the figure was 48%.Despite the growth in interest, investors still have unmet needs when it comes to sustainable investing, the survey suggested.Of those investors that expressed some dissatisfaction with the strategies on offer, nearly two thirds (62%) cited lack of transparency as a reason. last_img read more

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Palm Beach pad a modern take on the classic beach shack

first_imgThe stylish kitchen. Mr Dowker said the location was a real highlight. “All the lifestyle options it provides — the beach, parkland, access to amenities by foot,” he said. “The corridor to the ocean can never be built out.“And it’s complimented by houses up around the $6 million mark, you’re in good company with a lot of prestige homes.” It has ocean views that will never be built out. Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker said the four-bedroom home had good vibrancy. “The vendors have done a very tasteful renovation with a coastal, modern, semi-Hamptons influence,” Mr Dowker said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“People are time poor these days so for the new owners it’s a turnkey home with all the hard work done.“It’s a good affordable option to live by the beach without beachside price tag.” MORE NEWS: Industrial-style home making waves in beachside suburb It’s a modern take on the classic beach shack. It will head under the hammer on April 6. Add a splash of colour to your life at 8 Fourth Ave, Palm Beach. Bright beachside living reminiscent of Brighton’s famous beach boxes will have you captivated in this Palm Beach house. The property at 8 Fourth Ave is a modern and luxurious take on the classic beach shack with vibrant coloured doors, whitewash timber-style floors and high ceilings with exposed timber beams. MORE NEWS: Beach home flip: before and after Welcome home. The ground floor features three bedrooms, a large games room and a covered deck. Upstairs are the main bedroom and main living areas that open out to a balcony with ocean views. The property it set to head under the hammer on April 6.last_img read more

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