While many residents in South Bend layer themselves in thick sweaters and warm jackets to stay cozy in the cold weather, not everyone is so fortunate as to have the clothing necessary to stay safe as temperatures drop below freezing.It was with these people in mind that Melissa Bialko, the head of the Costume Shop at Saint Mary’s and a professor of theatre at the College, came up with the idea for the Winter Wear Drive. Bialko said the drive collects used winter clothing to give out to those in need this winter.“The idea came to me during the Polar Vortex,” Bialko said. “We can make a real impact on the lives of people who really need help, especially now when it’s so cold out.” Every year the Costume Shop does a different service project along with all the shows they work on. Bialko said in the past the shop has visited schools to demonstrate proper stage makeup, made scarves and even made dog beds for local shelters. Because of South Bend’s long, harsh winters, the Costume Shop will be collecting winter clothing as far in the future as spring break.“The weather can be pretty crazy here,” Bialko said. “Even in March when you think it should be warmer, there is still a lot of need.” After clothing is collected, student workers will repair and clean the pieces before donating them to local organizations such as Saint Margaret’s House and the South Bend Center for the Homeless.Sophomore Grace Grueninger said she is enthusiastic about working on the Winter Wear Drive.“I think it will be beneficial considering all the weather fluctuations that have been going on lately,” Grueninger said. “A lot of times damaged clothing just ends up thrown out or made into scraps. Sometimes it gets donated, but if there’s a lot of damage the old clothes just end up sitting on a shelf.” The Costume Shop is in a unique position to help people escape the cold, Bialko said. “A lot of people just don’t have the necessary skills anymore to make cheap clothes last longer,” she said. “We want to do this drive as a way to make life easier for the people who need it most and help lessen throwaway.”Bialko said students are encouraged to donate to the Winter Wear Drive as well. “I’ve had a number of emails about donating new goods or old items that don’t need repair,” she said. “Those will actually be helpful to us, because some items — especially those with zippers — are harder to repair.”Freshman Jane Braverman said she was just glad to help.“It always feels nice to help someone,” Braverman said. “We’re not doing it for the recognition, we’re just taking an opportunity to do some good in the world.” Grueninger said she agreed with Braverman in that helping those in need is what matters most in the project. “When you work backstage, a lot of people think that you go unnoticed,” Grueninger said. “But people really do notice good costumes and all the work that went into them. It’s a similar situation here. We’re not actively searching for recognition or praise, we just want to use the skills we have to help where we can.”Tags: Cold Weather, Costume Shop, WInter, Winter Clothing, Winter Wear Drive
Tony winner Matthew Warchus will succeed Tony winner Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director of London’s Old Vic. He will take up the role in the fall of 2015 when Spacey, currently in his 10th year as Artistic Director, steps down. The Old Vic is one of London’s oldest theaters. View Comments Warchus has mounted over 70 productions in London and on Broadway, from new plays to classics, modern revivals, musicals and operas. His Great White Way directing credits include Matilda, Ghost the Musical, The Norman Conquests, God of Carnage (for which he received the Tony) and Follies. He is currently an Artistic Associate at The Old Vic having helmed a number of productions there, most recently in 2008 when he directed Spacey and Jeff Goldblum in Speed-the-Plow and also for the revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy, The Norman Conquests. Spacey said in a statement: “I couldn’t be happier that my friend Matthew Warchus has agreed to take the reins at The Old Vic next year…Matthew is a thoughtful, intuitive and highly creative director and he has rightly been applauded for his work, in particular the quality and diversity of his portfolio.” Warchus added: “I am excited and honored to be following Kevin’s galvanizing tenure at this wonderful building. He has re-established The Old Vic as a globally important theatre and I look forward to continuing to develop it as a hub of invigorating creativity.” The Old Vic is currently presenting Other Desert Cities, before Spacey returns to the stage in a one man show, Clarence Darrow, opening 28 May.
Florida has no state income tax.However, New York does not tax Social Security or state retiree pensions at all — and the first $20,000 of individual retirement accounts and private pensions is also exempted from state income tax. So economics didn’t really force them out.The promise and ease of more temperate winter weather did.Furthermore, while changing their legal residence to Florida to take advantage of homestead tax exemptions and credits, many still come back to New York in summer when the heat and humidity in Florida becomes just as inhospitable as the winter cold and ice does here.Florida has plenty of nice homes comparably priced to those in the Capital Region.The beaches and sunsets are beautiful, the lifestyle relaxing (for retirees, at least), food and fuel prices are attractive, jobs (in construction and tourism, at least) plentiful and the weather is much, much better in winter. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThere are times when, as a matter of routine, New Yorkers begin to vicariously plot their “escape” from the Empire State.One is when they perceive that the temperature has plunged too far for too long or the snow is flying too frequently and in too great a quantity — like now.Others – especially for conservatives — include when the state’s income and property taxes are coming due.There’s a liberal version of this too — a “promising” life as a political exile in Canada when control of the government shifts too far to the right for their liking.Some follow through, but for most it’s either a passing fancy or a physical or financial impossibility. That’s good because, more often than not, those that leave for supposed greener pastures end up with mixed feelings again. All places— including New York — are a mixture of positives and negatives. Travel and economic development brochures or brief stays on vacation in unusually pleasant surroundings accentuate the former. The latter only come to light with time and deeper experience. Nonetheless, first term Halfmoon Republican state Sen. Daphne Jordan put it the way most Republicans do.“Taxpayers are hurting and continue leaving New York in record numbers. It’s not because of the weather, but due to our high taxes, crushing high cost of living and lack of good-paying jobs, especially upstate.”High taxes, costs of living — especially downstate with soaring housing prices including annual property taxes well into five figures — and the lack of good paying jobs upstate certainly are factors. All do require better and more effective attention from the Legislature and governor.But, sorry Daphne, weather is a chief — and maybe the principal — factor at work here.According to the U.S. Census, 180,306 people left New York between 2017 and 2018, with a net loss in population of only around 48,510. Most were retirees who went to Florida. On the other hand, theft and violent crime is noticeably higher (hence, lots of gated communities), homelessness and panhandling is prevalent and ever visible, instances of flooding and toxic algae in the state’s inland and coastal waters are increasing due to rising ocean levels and a lack of environmental regulation.And then there’s the ridiculous stand-your-ground law and constant legislative attempts to push guns into new places everywhere. Next in order of preference behind Florida as the states where New Yorkers go when they leave are New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.The only other relatively low-tax state on that list is North Carolina.Tax burdens and jobs are certainly important considerations to families, but so is education.According to Forbes, New York’s public school system ranks in the middle of the pack, 24th, overall. There’s plenty of room for improvement there, but the five states cited above all rank lower. New York also ranks 12th in school security, demonstrably better than any of those other states.Who is best on both scores? The answer might surprise you. It’s Massachusetts, our neighbor to the east. And job prospects there in well paying fields are good and growing. Apparently, you can get what you pay for. Sen. Jordan is on the right track in one important respect.If neighboring Massachusetts — an older Northeastern state, with cold winter weather, high taxes, high housing costs and living expenses – can be No. 1 in these categories, what is New York not doing that Massachusetts is?To be sure, things are not all rosy in New York, but neither is everything anywhere.You’ll be happy some times and unhappy at others.John Figliozzi is a regular contributor to the Sunday Opinion section.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
Bay of Plenty Times 28 January 2012Family First NZ is calling on the Tauranga City Council to pass a bylaw outlawing public nudity on the coastline. The call comes in response to Papamoa residents’ concerns over a Bay of Plenty Naturists’ event set to attract about 40 nude people to Papamoa Beach today. National director of Family First NZ Bob McCoskrie said families were concerned they may be confronted by nudity in a public place. “Freedom of expression must never be at the expense of the right to protect children and families from offensive and inappropriate behaviour,” Mr McCoskrie said. “We would not allow nudists to expose themselves in shopping centres or outside schools. Doing it on the beach where there are families is no different.” The Kapiti Coast District Council had passed a bylaw in 2009 containing a clause that stated “no person shall remain upon any part of the beach in deliberate view of others in such a state of undress as to cause offence”. He urged the Tauranga City Council to do the same. “Families don’t want their children being confronted by naked men and women. The rights of nudists to ‘hang loose’ should not be at the expense of families feeling embarrassed or offended. It is completely inappropriate for children to be confronted with naked adults wandering past them or sunbathing. It is not for families to ‘get out of the way’. The nudists should simply cover up.”Sunbrae Grove resident Shaun Gallagher said he was forced to check the stretch of beach near his home before allowing his young granddaughters to play on the sand, and elderly women in the street refused to walk along the beach. “This is no longer a desert. It’s a big, big family community. I think if they were genuine they would go and find somewhere that was as remote as it used to be,” Mr Gallagher said. He felt the nudists were holding residents to ransom. “These are dirty exhibitionists and I can’t think of a kinder way of explaining what I think they are.”http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/dirty-nudists-beach-ban-urged/1253365/Nudist events held at a handful of beachesRadio New Zealand News 28 January 2012Nudist events are being held at a handful of beaches throughout the country on Saturday, which has outraged the lobby group, Family First. Organised by the group, Free Beaches, the day without bathing suits is held annually on the last Saturday of January.Family First has singled out Tauranga, saying many locals at Papamoa beach oppose the event. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie is calling on the Tauranga District Council to follow the lead of the Kapiti Coast District Council and introduce a bylaw outlawing public nudity on the coastline. He says freedom of expression must never be at the expense of the right to protect children and families from offensive and inappropriate behaviour. But spokesperson for the Papamoa event, Andrew Pointon, says the beach is well known for nudity and when people see nudists they simply go to a different section of the beach.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/96991/nudist-events-held-at-a-handful-of-beaches
Stuart Broad took his seventh five-wicket haul against Australia.Stuart Broad’s best figures of 8/15 came against Australia.Stuart Broad is the 13th bowler overall to take 100 wickets vs Australia. New Delhi: Stuart Broad has been one of the best Test bowlers in the England set-up for the last decade. His ability to run through oppositions on a regular basis in the Test arena has made him a force to be reckoned with. His new-ball pairing with James Anderson has been the most prolific in the history of Test cricket. Currently, Broad has the second-most Test wickets for England while Anderson is the leading pacer in the longest format of the game. On the first day of the Ashes contest against Australia in Edgbaston, Broad entered a special list as he took his seventh five-wicket haul.Broad took the wickets of Cameron Bancroft and David Warner cheaply and he was well supported by Chris Woakes who took three wickets. Broad returned and took the wicket of Australia skipper Tim Paine and James Pattinson before ending the Australian innings with 5/86 by dismissing Steve Smith for a brilliant 144. When Broad got the wicket of Smith, the right-arm pacer became the ninth England player and 13th overall to take 100 wickets against Australia in Tests.Broad joins Sir Ian Botham, Bob Willis, Wilfred Rhodes, Sydney Barnes, Derek Underwood, James Anderson, Alec Bedser and Bobby Peel as the other England bowlers to take 100 wickets. Apart from England, Lance Gibbs and Courtney Walsh of West Indies, Sir Richard Hadlee of New Zealand and India’s Anil Kumble are the other bowlers to have achieved this feat against Australia. Botham is the leading wicket-taker with 148 wickets from 36 Tests with nine five-wicket hauls and two ten-wicket hauls. Hadlee has the most five and ten-wicket hauls against Australia, with 14 and three hauls respectively.Also Read | Ireland bowled out for 38, England win one-off Test at Lord’sBroad has the fifth-best individual haul in a Test innings against Australia, having taken 8/15 in the Trent Bridge Test in 2015 which saw Australia being bowled out for 60 in just 18.2 overs. Jim Laker holds the record for the best individual haul when he took 10/53 and 9/37 in Manchester in 1956. Hadlee, India’s Jasu Patel and Pakistan’s Sarfraz Nawaz picked up 9/52, 9/69 and 9/86 respectively.Also Read | Stuart Broad joins 400 Test wickets club after dismissing Tom LathamBroad took his first five-wicket haul when he took 6/91 in Leeds in 2009 and he followed it up with a match-winning spell of 5/37 in the Ashes decider at The Oval. In the 2013 Test in Durham, Broad took 11 wickets as England retained the Ashes and in 2013, he followed it up with his first five-wicket haul Down Under when he took 6/81 in the opening Test in Brisbane. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights
LONDON, England (Reuters) – Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has urged Tottenham Hotspur to find and punish the individuals who allegedly directed racist abuse at him during Sunday’s Premier League match.The German was involved in an incident in which Tottenham’s Son Heung-min was red-carded in the 62nd minute and indicated shortly afterwards that he had been the victim of a monkey gesture from the home section of the crowd.The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) called for a government inquiry into racism in the English game following the match between the London rivals, which Chelsea won 2-0.“I really hope that the offenders will be found and punished soon, and in such a modern football ground like the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with dozens of TV and security cameras, it must be possible to find and punish them,” Rudiger wrote on Twitter. “If not, then there must have been witnesses in the stadium who saw and heard the incident. It’s just such a shame that racism still exists in 2019. When will this nonsense stop?”Tottenham are reviewing CCTV footage and vowed to take the “strongest possible action” if any supporter is identified as having made racist gestures but said in a statement their investigations so far have been inconclusive.“We are able to track every fan via the cameras and have spent many hours reviewing CCTV footage,” the club said. “We have engaged lip readers to study the footage and contacted Chelsea for further information from their players. “We have also taken statements from other parties present at the time. The police will be reviewing our evidence alongside us. Please be assured we shall be exhaustively investigating this matter.“Any fan found to be guilty will receive a lifetime ban. At this time, however, we should point out that our findings are inconclusive and would ask that comment is reserved until the facts are established.”APPROPRIATE STEPSThe FA, the country’s soccer governing body, is working with all parties to establish facts before taking action.“Following the incident in the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea … we’re working with the match officials, the clubs and the relevant authorities to fully establish the facts and take the appropriate steps,” the FA said in a statement on Twitter.The British Prime Minister’s office issued a statement expressing support for the efforts to stamp out racism. “Clearly there remains more work to be done by the football authorities in tackling this issue and we are committed to working with them on this to stamp it out,” a spokesman said.“The FA, Premier League and English Football League have significantly stepped up their efforts, but we expect them to continue to prioritise this issue and to consult with both players and supporter groups,” the spokesman added.“We will be monitoring how the football authorities implement their plans through the season. We will continue working with the authorities on this, including the PFA, and we don’t rule out taking further steps if required.” Sports Minister Nigel Adams welcomed the investigations and is in discussions with the Premier League, PFA and Spurs.“Racism or any form of discrimination has no place in football or society and we must confront this vile behaviour,” he said a in a statement.STADIUM ANNOUNCEMENTSAnti-racism organisation Kick It Out applauded referee Anthony Taylor for following the protocol which led to repeated stadium announcements warning the fans.Rudiger is the latest Premier League player to suffer alleged racist abuse during a match, with Manchester United’s Fred targeted by a Manchester City fan this month. Racist incidents have tainted European soccer recently, with Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and Brescia’s Mario Balotelli subjected to racist insults from rival fans during Serie A matches in Italy this season.“It’s really sad to see racism again at a football match, but I think it’s important to talk about it in public. If not, it’ll be forgotten again in a couple of days (as always),” Rudiger added.“I don’t want to involve Tottenham as an entire club into this situation as I know that just a couple of idiots were the offenders. I got a lot of supportive messages on social media from Spurs fans as well … thank you a lot for this.”
In the Match Day 18 of the Southern Conference of the Nigerian National League, former premier league sides, Crown of Ogbomosho and Heartland FC played a goalless draw in their Wednesday encounter.In other encounters of the conference, First Bank of Lagos won their home match, 3-1 against Gateway United of Abeokuta, while Warri Wolves playing at home beat Nnewi United 2-0. Other results are: The Northern Conference is still in Match Day 14. On Wednesday, FC Abuja played a 1-1 draw with former premier league side, Kwara United. In another encounter, FC Zamfara beat Kaduna United, 2-1 while Sokoto United lost 2-0 away to Adamawa United.The Jalingo tie with homers FC Taraba and Kogi United could not hold because of heavy rainfall.The match is rescheduled for this morning. Also, FRSC FC of Abuja will engage visiting Jigawa Golden Stars.RESULTSCrown 0-0 Heartland1st Bank 3-1 GatewayWâ€™Wolves 2-0 Nnewi UtdDelta Force 1 â€“ 0 Go â€“ RoundBendel Insurance 2- 0 Ikorodu UtdBayelsa Utd 2 â€“ 0 My People.AS Racines 1 â€“ 1 Osun UtdAkwa Starlets 2 -0 Papillo FCAbia Comets 3 â€“ 0 UNICEM RoversFC Abuja 1-1 Kwara UtdFC Zamfara 2-1 Kaduna UtdSokoto Utd 0-2 Adamawa UtdFC Taraba v Kogi United (postponed)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
EL SEGUNDO — The Los Angeles D-Fenders are scheduled to open training camp today at the Toyota Sports Center, with 16 players competing for 12 roster spots on the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Development League team.The roster includes two players assigned to them by the Lakers — center Robert Upshaw and guard Michael Frazier, who were both cut by the Lakers during the preseason.An NBA team can assign up to four players to its NBA Development League affiliate after they’ve been cut from the NBA’s team roster and cleared NBA waivers.The D-Fenders Monday will play a preseason game in Bakersfield against the Phoenix Suns’ NBA Development League affiliate and open the season in Reno against the Sacramento Kings affiliate on Nov. 13. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The D-Fenders will play their home opener Nov. 14 against the defending champion Santa Cruz Warriors, the Golden State Warriors affiliate, at the Toyota Sports Center.The D-Fenders have a new coach, Casey Owens, who was an assistant coach with the D-Fenders during the 2013-14 season when they won the West Division championship with a 31-19 record, but were swept in the best-of-three first round of the playoffs by Santa Cruz.The D-Fenders declined to exercise the team option on coach Phil Hubbard’s contract for a second season after he coached the team to a 17-33 record last season.Fort Wayne Mad Ants coach Conner Henry had been hired to replace Hubbard, but was hired by the NBA’s Orlando Magic as an assistant coach.
“Jamie is a dynamic offensive player who brings a high skill level and a competitive attitude to our program,” Dubois said hopeful the prolific scoring machine can replace graduating players Scott Swiston and Matt Luongo. Nelson Leafs head coach Frank Maida probably felt he had been struck by lightning when he heard top goal scorer Jamie Vlanich was leaving the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club for the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program.Maida can breathe a sigh of relief knowing Vlanich is going to the Saints, but not until the start of the 2014-15 season.Saints head coach Jeff Dubois made the announcement Monday that the Trail native is committing to Saints beginning in the 2014/15 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season. “He’s proven himself as a top player in the KIJHL and last season he was a big piece of a championship team with the Rebels.”The 5-foot-9, 160-pound center with the Cyclone Taylor Cup-host Nelson Leafs has 32 goals and added 58 assists in 41 games to lead all KIJHL scorers with 90 points.Vlanich, who registered his 200th point Saturday during a win over Fernie Ghostriders, has played five seasons in the KIJHL as well as Junior A stops in B.C. and Saskatchewan.”I’m really looking forward to joining a much-improved program that’s now a consistent, winning team in the BCIHL,” said Vlanich.”I’ve been a part of many winning teams and I do whatever it takes to win.””Hopefully I can add to the great job the players and coaching staff has been doing and help Selkirk win another championship while I continuing my education and working towards a career,” he added.The 20-year old played a key role for the Castlegar Rebels during their 2012/13 KIJHL Championship campaign, picking up 51 points in 37 regular season games while adding another 21 points in playoffs. Vlanich spent the 2011/12 season playing Junior A hockey with the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers, where he scored nine goals and 26 points in 44 games. He has also played with the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters and Langley Rivermen. The Saints next game is on Saturday (February 8)when they host the University of Victoria at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
North Hollywood wasn’t expected to make much of an impact on the City Section boys’ basketball landscape this year. In fact, it would have been difficult locating the Huskies on the map when the season began more than two months ago. Finishing somewhere in the middle of the pack in the Sunset Six League standings was within reason. Making a run towards a postseason appearance would have sufficed, but qualifying for the Invitational playoffs wasn’t necessarily the final destination. He’s been effective down the stretch, averaging 21.5 points while guiding the Huskies to six consecutive league wins. “Jesse’s game has taken off,” Bloom said. “When the ball is in his hands, he makes good decisions. He’s our go-to-guy.” Forwards Tim Horn (6-6) and Ritzie Williams (6-5) have provided a steady presence inside and combine to average 13.8 points and 15.4 rebounds. Williams has 57 blocks, tops among City players in the area. Jordin Carroll has developed into a reliable No.2 scoring option, averaging 10.8 points, and Milton Henriquez and Ricky Avila have done well with sharing time running the team from the point guard position. “Our goal was to come out and basically play hard this season and see what we could do,” Zarate said. “We didn’t expect things to end up like this.” “We’ve kept our heads up all year and have come together as a team, as a unit. Everyone knows their role and we’re proving to the people who thought we were underdogs that they were wrong.” Poly and Grant of Van Nuys came in to the season as the front runners to win the league league. North Hollywood was nearly an afterthought. The perception will begin to change with a victory over the Parrots. But the Huskies also are looking forward to the playoffs. North Hollywood figures to be one of the top four seeded teams when the Invitational tournament pairings are announced Saturday. University of Los Angeles is just one of the teams looming as a possible challenger in the championship game March 1. “We’re in control our destiny now, which is something I didn’t think I’d be able to say at the beginning of the season,” Bloom said. “The kids have bought into what were doing and we’ve been able to turn the corner because of it.” “Our approach to the game has changed. We’re confident. We feel like we can compete with anyone. Winning a league title and an Invitational title would be the best of both worlds.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We came into this year just thinking about having some fun and not really worrying about fitting in,” Huskies coach Rob Bloom said. “But hey, here we are, with a chance of doing something big.” Defeating Poly (19-5, 8-1) won’t be easy, considering the Parrots will have revenge on their minds after losing to the Huskies (17-10, 7-2) by five points in the teams’ first encounter in late January. “We respect North Hollywood and won’t be underestimating them because we know how good they are and what they can do,” Poly coach Brad Katz said. “Give them credit, they’ve beat some good teams and are playing well at the right time.” “Honestly, though, there’s nothing better than playing the last game of the season, at home, on a Friday night, for first place and a league championship. We’re ready. We’re focused.” Jesse Zarate has emerged as the leader for the Huskies. The 5-foot-11 junior guard leads the team in scoring with 14.8points per game and averages 3.1rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1steals. Their goals were modest. Moreover, the team was realistic about what it hoped to accomplish. Very few could have imagined North Hollywood heading into tonight’s regular season finale against host Poly of Sun Valley at 7 p.m. with a chance to secure a share of the league title. And most within the program readily admit as much.