Sam Coughlin With the promise of fall break, College GameDay and a much-hyped football game to look forward to, it is safe to say many Notre Dame students are excited about the upcoming weekend.The Notre Dame Club of Tallahassee, in collaboration with other organizations, is busy working to make the weekend a success for visiting students, alumni and fans alike.“Downtown Tallahassee is a great area, and we’re excited to share it with the ND crowd,” Joe Hurd, a member of the class of 1982 and chairperson for the Notre Dame Club of Tallahassee, said. “We’re collaborating with the Notre Dame clubs in Miami and Jacksonville, as well as the local St. Thomas More Catholic Church to make the weekend a great experience for everyone.”The club will begin its celebration Friday evening with a social gathering and pep rally near Tallahassee’s Adams Street Commons. Early online registration is encouraged to secure tickets.The Commons also will be the site of Tallahassee’s Downtown Get Down, featuring a performance from a local band, food vendors and a block party atmosphere, according to the event website.“There will be students and visitors not just from all over Florida, but from all over the country,” Hurd said. “There will be plenty of opportunities for networking and fun.”The College GameDay broadcast will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. on the Langford Green, located just outside Doak Campbell Stadium.“The rivalry will be fierce, and I am excited to be there to help cheer the Irish on to victory,” sophomore Maura Boston, who will be traveling to the game with the Notre Dame marching band, said.On game day, the Notre Dame Clubs of Tallahassee and Miami will sponsor an all-day tailgating event at the Tallahassee Civic Center. The event will include a cash bar, games, raffles, a putting green event and more. At 4 p.m., a pre-game mass will be held at the local St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee will preside.“It was very important for us to include a liturgical aspect in the day,” Hurd said. “And the mass counts for your Sunday obligation.”Hurd said there will be many viewing options available for those who do not have tickets.“Nearly every tavern and restaurant around will have the game on, and we’re hosting an official watch party in the bar at the local Four Points Hotel,” he said.Some students attending the game are planning to extend the trip into fall break, renting houses and staying in Florida for the week.“On Sunday after the game, my friends and I are driving to a little quaint beachside town a few hours away,” senior Alison Leddy said. “We’ll be there for the rest of the break, relaxing and eating and soaking up the sun before the South Bend winter hits.”Hurd recommended a number of visitor’s sites including the Tallahassee capitol buildings, the beaches at St. George Island located two hours to the south and Tallahassee’s Midtown and College Town areas.Tags: college gameday, fall break, florida state, florida state game, notre dame alumni club, tallahassee, tallahassee notre dame club
Thuy’s Arrival! Korean Star Kwang-Ho Hong Completes the Cast of the New Revival of Miss Saigon in London
A popular solo music artist in Korea, Kwang-Ho Hong’s stage credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll & Hyde and Man of La Mancha. The ensemble for Miss Saigon includes Julia Abueva, Natalie Chua, Jon-Scott Clark, Jenny Ding, Dale Evans, Callum Francis, Ashley Gilmour, Maria Graciano, Simon Hardwick, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Matthew Jeans, Kurt Kansley, David Kar-Hing Lee, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, Mitch Leow, Ela Lisondra, Carolyn Maitland, Tanya Manalang, Christian Rey Marbella, Kanako Nakano, Thao Therese Nguyen, Saori Oda, Ariel Reonal, Jon Reynolds, Romeo Salazar, Jordan Shaw, Marsha Songcome, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Christian Tanamal, Thao Vilayvong, Amadeus Williams and Gerald Zarcilla. Casting is complete for the new West End revival of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Miss Saigon. Korean star Kwang-Ho Hong will join the previously announced cast as Thuy, Kim’s cousin who becomes an officer in the Communist Vietnamese government. Directed by Laurence Connor, Miss Saigon will begin previews on May 3 at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. In addition to Kwang-Ho Hong, the cast of Miss Saigon features Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen, Hugh Maynard as John and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever. View Comments
Every Sunday morning, a group of metro Atlanta residents who call themselves Crop Mob drives to a different small farm in North Georgia to lend a hand. These people finish the day tired, covered in dirt and sometimes sunburned, but with smiles on their faces.Farming experience is not needed, but a desire to work hard is. In a single morning, a group of mobbers can accomplish several weeks’ worth of work. The only thing Crop Mob asks for in return is that the volunteers be fed lunch.“They want to get closer to the most important thing you can do — eat,” says Mike Lorey, a 28-year-old graphic designer and one of the founders of Crop Mob Atlanta.Mobbers have planted and harvested everything from squash and sweet potatoes to garlic and greens. Because most sustainable farms avoid herbicides, volunteers also do a lot of weeding. Hoophouses, a modified greenhouse that allows for year-round growing, are also built. Mobbers tackle each task with surprising enthusiasm.The original Crop Mob began a few years ago in the Raleigh/Durham area as a way for local farmers to strengthen their community and pool their labor. Last February, The New York Times ran a story that brought the idea to a national audience. Kimmy Coburn, a 27-year-old copywriter from Atlanta, happened to read this story.Coburn teamed up with Lorey to launch an Atlanta chapter, and they planned their first mob. Last spring, about 50 people of various ages and backgrounds descended on the Glover Farm in north Georgia. By the middle of summer, the mobs, which are usually capped at 50 volunteers, were filling up in a matter of days. By fall, they were running out of space in hours. The chapter sends an e-mail to 383 addresses monthly announcing the next mob, and approximately 900 people follow the group’s Facebook page.“There is this pent-up demand for people wanting to be able to help their farmers a little more,” Lorey says. “A lot of volunteers spend long hours at a desk and are looking for an escape.”Crop Mob has spread as quick as kudzu in the South. In North Carolina alone there are now six chapters including two in the Research Triangle area. Virginia has four, including one in the Washington, D.C. area. South Carolina and Florida have two each, and Tennessee and Alabama can each claim their own chapter. In all, there are now 48 Crop Mob chapters in 27 states including one as far away as Hawaii. Some chapters only work on community gardens. Others, such as Crop Mob Atlanta, travel as far as people are willing to drive. Their dedicated action demonstrates the growing interest in sustainably produced food.“I want to say it’s because I’m helping people, and it is, but that’s not what gets me up at six in the morning to go weeding,” Coburn said. “It’s because I have a good time.”
Could the bobcat, North America’s most common wildcat, become the country’s next big urban pest? With the ability to adapt to new environments, bobcats can thrive almost anywhere, maybe even in your own backyard.According to a report by the Associated Press, these wildcats have been spotted making their homes in suburban areas, small towns, swamps, and corn fields. Apparently less elusive around humans, bobcats seem to understand that there is no shortage of food in cities. Their growing population is now triple what it was in the 1980’s; there are an estimated 3.6 million nationwide according to a study published in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management.Photo by Amanda KleinBobcats have been the focus of research by wildlife ecologist, John Litvaitis, for almost 40 years. Litvaitis created a website dedicated to the resurgence of the bobcat, specifically in New Hampshire. The website features hundreds of amateur photographs of the sly cats being found sprawled out on lawns, stalking small animals such as squirrels, and seeking after their next meal.“Complaints about bobcats preying on domestic chickens have increased, requests from the public to trap and relocate bobcats have risen, and instances of road-killed bobcats have become common throughout the state,” said Patrick Tate, a wildlife biologist with New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in AP’s report.Tate added, ”Many people enjoy seeing them, but for others they are a nuisance.”With that, the major conflict arises: is their increase in population a success story to celebrate or a threat that must be dealt with?While their appearances have been rare, there was a bobcat attack on a Blue Ridge hiker at Virginia’s Humpback Rock just last July. According to an article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the bobcat pounced on a man in his early 30s who was able to fight back as his hiking companion sprayed the bobcat with their bear spray, forcing it to flee.Very few of the roaming bobcats are showing intention to harm humans though, as seen in the video below showcasing a family of bobcats in Plano, TX.Whether it be an outrage or a solution, many states have bobcat trapping and hunting seasons made legal through the granting of a permit to regulate their growing population size. For more information on what the laws and regulations there are in your area, look to your state’s Wildlife Resources Commission.
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU Chief Economist and Director of Research Curt Long was featured in several news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, with his take on October’s positive job numbers Friday.In October, employment increased by 271,000 and the unemployment rate fell to 5 percent despite 313,000 workers joining the labor force.In Long’s comments on this month’s job numbers, which are summarized in a NAFCU Macro Data Flash, he emphasized that observers are now expecting the Federal Open Market Committee to raise interest rates in December.HousingWire quoted Long saying: “As disappointing as last month’s jobs report was, this one more than makes up for it. Job gains surged past analysts’ expectations … Barring catastrophe, everything looks set for the Fed to raise rates in December.” continue reading »
This week, VLM Airlines started flights on two new airlines between its Slovenian base in Maribor and two popular Croatian destinations – Split and Dubrovnik.Regular flights between Maribor to Split and Dubrovnik will be operated during August, every Tuesday, with a turboprop Fokker 50. Tickets for these flights are on sale at a price of 39 euros one way on the line from Maribor to Split and 49 euros on the route from Maribor to Dubrovnik. According to VLM Airlines, in the coming period they will publish more details about the planned flight schedule during the winter season, which begins on October 29, 2017.The Belgian company SHS Antwerp Aviation NV and the Slovenian airline VLM Airlines dd have started air traffic under the brand “VLM Airlines”. Both companies are owned by the Dutch investment company SHS Aviation BV The owners of SHS Aviation BV are Dutch investors with 60% and Canadian investors with 40%. VLM Airlines has a fleet of 6 Fokker 50 aircraft. Each aircraft can carry 50 passengers. This summer, VLM Airlines will maintain 15 routes, connecting 11 destinations in five countries. At the moment, VLM Airlines employs 55 aviation professionals.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths has hovered between zero and four per day in the last three weeks, after a peak of 22 deaths on March 31. The number of hospitalizations has fallen to fewer than 100 since the beginning of June.”There is no sign yet of noticeable changes in the extent of contagion despite the gradual opening of society in April and early May,” the report said.On Monday the Danish government raised the maximum limit on public gatherings to 50 from 10 and allowed fitness centers and public swimming pools to reopen. It plans a further easing of restrictions on public gatherings in July and August.In total, Denmark has reported 593 deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. Denmark, the first country outside Asia to ease its coronavirus lockdown, said on Wednesday the spread of COVID-19 has not accelerated since it entered its second phase of reopening society last month.The Nordic country allowed restaurants, cafes and malls to resume business during May in the second phase of easing lockdown restrictions. In April it had allowed day care centers, schools, hair dressers and some small businesses to reopen.”The level of contagion in society is still very low,” the Danish health authority said in a report on Wednesday, adding that the number of confirmed new infections had continued to fall despite more tests being carried out. Topics :
Canada and the United States make up the second hardest-hit region overall, having recorded 5,195,417 cases and 172,300 deaths, ahead of Asia (3,493,026 cases, 72,486 deaths), Europe (3,374,166 cases, 213,484 deaths) and the Middle East (1,257,417 cases, 30,363 deaths). Africa (1,057,730 infections, 23,582 deaths), which is the least-affected continent after Oceania (23,351, 346), has recorded more than half of its cases in South Africa. India is the country with the most new infections over the last week (402,287), ahead of the United States (376,471), which on Sunday passed the five million mark of officially reported cases. Brazil (301,745), Colombia (69,830) and Peru (49,174) are the next most affected nations. The figure for the number of infections reflects only a fraction of the actual number of cases, as many countries use the tests only for tracing or do not have sufficient resources to carry out widespread testing. The pace of the pandemic appears to be stabilizing across the world with an additional one million cases detected roughly every four days since mid-July.It took 94 days for one million infections to be registered, after the announcement of the first official case in China. Eighty-six days later, on 28 June, the 10 million barrier was broken. The number of known infections has since doubled in a month and a half. Latin America and the Caribbean, the hardest-hit region with 5,601,470 cases and 221,281 deaths, continues to experience rapid spread with 576,583 new infections reported in the last seven days. It is followed by Asia (495,663), Canada and the US (379,017), Europe (153,879), Africa (89,644), Middle East (74,588) and Oceania (3,372). Topics : More than 20 million coronavirus cases have been now been registered across the world, over half in the Americas, according to an AFP tally of official sources at 2215 GMT on Monday.At least 20,002,577 cases and 733,842 deaths have now been reported. More than four out of 10 coronavirus cases have been in the United States and Brazil, the two most affected countries in the world. While the US has logged 5,075,678 cases and 163,282 deaths, Brazil has recorded 3,057,470 infections and 101,752 deaths.
Sales of new houses in Queensland dropped sharply in July, according to HIA. Picture: Brendan Radke.It comes despite ABS data showing new house approvals in the state have actually risen in recent months, but the HIA believes the slowdown in sales suggests approvals will also cool over coming months. Richlister tries again to sell mansion ‘One of the best renovations I’ve seen’ More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago How to buy at auction like a boss Nationally, new home sales fell 3.7 per cent in July to their lowest level since 2013, driven by a 15.7 per cent slide in multi-unit sales. A drop in new apartment sales contributed to new home sales slump. Picture: Mark Calleja.HIA principal economist Tim Reardon said a drop in new apartment sales had contributed to the continuing decline in new home sales nationally since they peaked in mid 2015.“The large drop in multi-unit sales this month is in contrast to strong sales volumes late in 2016 and early 2017,” he said.Sales of new detached houses in July fell by 0.4 per cent nationally to their lowest level since October 2014.Queensland saw the biggest fall in detached house sales during the month after South Australia.Victoria was the only state where new detached house sales grew.CommSec chief economist Craig James said the drop in new home sales was consistent with a slip, rather than a slump, in housing construction activity. “We continue to expect a ‘soft landing’ in new construction, sales and home prices.”Mr James said the Reserve Bank would be closely watching housing indicators in the coming months in the hope a soft landing was achieved. New home sales dropped nearly 4 per cent nationally in July, according to the HIA.SALES of new houses in Queensland fell off a cliff in July, contributing to an overall decline in new home sales nationally during the month. The Housing Industry Association’s (HIA) latest survey reveals the number of private detached house sales in the state plummeted 16.1 per cent in July and was more than 30 per cent lower than a year earlier.The HIA says the drop-off in new home sales in Queensland started nine months ago and is consistent with an overall housing slowdown across the country.