Notre Dame a cappella groups prepare to perform end-of-semester concerts

first_imgAs the semester comes to a close, a number of a cappella groups on campus — including Halftime, Harmonia, The Echoes, Unchained Melodies and The Undertones — are set to perform their seasonal concerts.Senior Anthony Caputo, Halftime co-president, said he is excited for people to attend their upcoming concert since it will truly showcase all of Halftime’s hard work throughout the semester.“This year we tried to arrange more based off of solo voice rather than just arranging songs and then putting a voice on it, and we have found this to be much more successful when making all of our songs,” he said. “We think people will see that in our concert, which we are really excited about.”Senior Rachel Warne, co-president of Harmonia, said she hopes Harmonia’s diverse mix of modern, alternative, pop and throwback tunes will provide songs everyone will enjoy.While all the a cappella groups on campus work toward their respective concerts, each group considers the relationships between members to be of great importance.“We’ve worked really hard to make sure the atmosphere in the club is one that’s tight knit and kind of familial,” Warne said. “It’s really nice to have group of people on campus that you have ties with automatically.”Senior Matt Williams, president of The Echoes, said the members of The Echoes don’t take themselves too seriously, and they look forward to Christmas caroling outside of DeBartolo Hall and O’Shaughnessy Hall to spread Christmas cheer in the upcoming weeks.“At the end of the day we’re not about competing,” Williams said.  “We’re not even about necessarily performing; we’re just a group of people who really enjoy each other and who like making music together.”Senior Laura Eckert, president of Christian a cappella group Unchained Melodies, said being a part of an a cappella group not only provides a break from academic studies, but also allows students to enjoy music communally. She said because Unchained Melodies is a Christian a cappella group, the group uses music not only as a medium to strengthen the bonds between members, but also as a way to praise God. “Being in Unchained Melodies has really helped me grow musically. I’ve learned how to listen to other people and how to mend my talents to theirs so we become a cohesive group,” Eckert said. “I’ve also grown in my faith. We really try to support each other and push each other to grow closer to God.”Senior Kevin Warten, music director of The Undertones, also said a cappella groups offer more than just an opportunity to create music.“Whether in an officer position or a new member, a person can learn so much about teamwork, responsibility and commitment, not to mention confidence, by rehearsing and performing with a group,” he said in an email.Senior Daniel Bland, a member of The Echoes, said audience members should look forward to hearing the unique ways in which each of the a cappella groups arrange their songs in the upcoming concerts.Halftime has its annual winter concert Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m on the Mainstage in Washington Hall. Tickets are available for $5 at LaFortune Box Office or from any Halftime member.Harmonia has its end-of-semester show Friday at 7 p.m. on the Mainstage in Washington Hall. Tickets are available for $5 at the door or from any Harmonia member.Unchained Melodies have a Christmas concert Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lafortune Ballroom. Admission is free. The Undertones has its winter concert Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. on the Mainstage in Washington Hall. Tickets are available for $5 in the LaFortune Box Office, at the door or from any group member.Tags: a cappella, fall concerts, Halftime, Harmonia, The Echoes, Unchained Melodieslast_img read more

Recap: Mother’s Day Hike at Turk Mountain

first_imgThe Mother’s Day hike was an event we had been looking forward to all spring. Our community meetups are one of the most enjoyable and connecting parts of being on the road. We get to meet all types of people from all over the country. The meetups bring a group of humans together that would otherwise never be in the same place at the same time, and allow them to greet, and enjoy nature together. The meetups always revolve around having fun in the outdoors. This past Sunday we hosted our second (now) annual Mother’s Day hike in Waynesboro, Virginia. Once again we teamed up with the wonderful Rock Fish Gap Outfitters to organize and lead a family-friendly Mother’s Day group hike to the top of Turk Mountain in Shenandoah National Park. This was the same trail we explored last year. We had such a positive response, we decided to do it all over again. A great crew of families looking to get out and stretch their legs showed up bright and early to caravan to Shenandoah National Park. There were plenty of familiar faces when we started that morning, and even more when we finished. We shared stories, had snacks at the summit, and got together for a drink and some food at Basic City Beer Co. in Waynesboro once we had finished. If you haven’t been, we highly recommend stopping in if you’re in the area. There’s even a game room for the kids. We hear it a lot, families want to get outside and hike, but they don’t know where to start. If that’s you, we highly recommend joining a group hike like ours or dropping into a friendly outfitter like Rock Fish Gap Outfitters and ask the locals for advice. The bonus of joining a group hike is that you’ll likely end up making a few new friends. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day– being outside on a warm Sunday morning in the mountains with some new friends is high on that list. Up next we’ve got Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia. We’re kicking off the annual celebration of the white blaze on Thursday with a little Trail Magic meetup. If you want to turn hikers into happy campers, or just want to come hang out, we’d love to see you there!There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors like Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to win our Grand Gear Giveaway!last_img read more

Panel supports EU approval of cell-based flu vaccine

first_imgApr 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A committee that reviews medical product applications for the European Union (EU) yesterday recommended approval of a cell-based seasonal influenza vaccine made by Novartis, improving the company’s chance of becoming the first to market a flu vaccine grown in cell culture instead of in eggs.The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), which reviews applications for 27 EU countries, found that Novartis’s Optaflu vaccine, given to more than 3,400 people during clinical studies, met the CHMP’s immunogenicity criteria, the Swiss-based company said in a press release today.In a statement released yesterday, the CHMP said it concluded there is “a favourable benefit to risk ratio” for Optaflu and therefore recommended its authorization. The vaccine is intended for adults.The European Commission is not bound by the committee’s recommendations but usually follows them, delivering a decision within 2 to 3 months, Novartis said.If the European Commission approves Optaflu, it may become the first seasonal flu vaccine made with cell-culture production techniques to go on the market. Flu vaccines have been grown in chicken eggs since the 1950s, but several companies are developing processes for growing them in laboratory cell cultures. The Optaflu vaccine is grown in canine kidney cells.In 2001, the European Commission approved a cell-culture version of Solvay Pharmaceuticals’ Influvac flu vaccine for sale in the Netherlands, but the company has not yet marketed it. The company Web site says that market introduction of the vaccine is expected “in the near future.””Optaflu contributes to meeting the growing demand for seasonal influenza vaccines, and this production technology offers the potential for quick scale-up of manufacturing in the event of an influenza pandemic,” said Jörg Reinhardt, chief executive officer of Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, in the press release.Cell-culture production is seen as slightly faster and considerably more flexible than traditional egg-based methods. In its press release, Novartis said products made with cell-culture methods are safe for people who are allergic to eggs because they are not created with egg proteins.The new technology also offers the possibility of developing vaccine seed strains that more closely match the original “wild” virus, according to Novartis. Cell-culture methods eliminate passage of the virus through eggs, where it may need to adapt before it can replicate. The antigen in a cell-based vaccine may more closely match the wild-type virus and possibly provide a better immune response, the company said.Novartis has said that Optaflu is a subunit vaccine, meaning it contains individual viral proteins rather than whole virus particles.In a phase 3 study, conducted in Poland during the 2004-05 flu season, 1,300 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60 and 1,354 volunteers older than 60 were randomly assigned to receive one dose of either the cell-based vaccine or an egg-based vaccine, according to a previous Novartis report.Investigators found no differences in the immunogenicity of the vaccines, both of which met CHMP criteria. Local and systemic side effects for the two vaccines were similar in both age-groups.Novartis said it anticipates applying for US licensing of its cell-based flu vaccine in 2008. The company has conducted phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of the vaccine in the United States and in July 2006 announced it would build a $600 million plant in Holly Springs, N.C., to make cell-culture flu vaccines. In May 2006 the US Department of Health and Human Services awarded Novartis a $220 million contract to develop cell-based flu vaccines, and Novartis has said the money would go toward the cost of the new facility.Depending on when its vaccine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the plant could begin production as early as 2011 and be ready for full production as early as 2012, with an annual output of 50 million doses of a trivalent vaccine, the company has said.In the event of a flu pandemic, the facility is designed to have the capacity to make up to 150 million monovalent (single strain) doses each year within 6 months of a pandemic declaration, Novartis said. Novartis’ other cell-based vaccine production facility is in Marburg, Germany.See also:Apr 27 Novartis press releaseOct 24, 2006 CIDRAP News article “Novartis claims success in trial of cell-based flu vaccine”Jul 18, 2006 CIDRAP News article “Novartis to build US cell-based flu vaccine plant”last_img read more

Republicans not in tune with our values

first_imgThe GOP added a last-minute perk to the $1.5 trillion tax reform bill which provides a multi-million-dollar windfall to real estate developers like President Trump, Trump family members, and others in his wealth class.These folks will be able to take advantage of a 20 percent “pass-through” deduction in their income taxes. One economist estimated that this provision will cost the rest of us over $400 billion over the next 10 years. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In the meanwhile, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch explained there is “no money” to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which officially expired Oct. 1. CHIP is a low-cost insurance program for 9 million children of low-income families who don’t qualify for Medicaid. The annual cost of CHIP, which was originally passed with strong bipartisan support, is reported to be $14.1 billion.Lest we forget, there remains approximately one-third of the residents of Puerto Rico without power and, for some, no repairs in sight for the foreseeable future. But the story is old news and off the front page. Out of sight, out of mind.If this is getting you down, remember you can always watch President Trump savor his only legislative win in his first year as he soaks up the sun and tees it up at Mar-a-Lago for the next few weeks.What happened to the values I thought we all shared?Robert K. CorlissSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Oct. 11

first_imgMadigan is the best qualified for financeI’m a life-long Republican who will vote to re-elect Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan.She’s been doing a great job keeping our taxes flat for eight years. Her opponent has no financial experience, which should frighten us all. Luckily for me, I can vote to elect Madigan on the Independence line.Mike O’BrienSaratoga SpringsMake appointment for mammographyNational Mammography Day is celebrated on Oct. 18. On this day, and throughout the month, women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment.This day serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense is early detection. A mammogram can often detect a problem before there is any outward physical sign.According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2019, an estimated 271,270 new cases of breast cancer (men and women combined) are expected to be diagnosed in the United States. The estimated new cases of female breast cancer in New York is 17,490. About 2,670 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2019.The good news is that deaths from breast cancer are decreasing and women are living longer after diagnosis.According to the ACS and several cancer organizations, it is recommended that all women 40 years of age and older receive yearly screening mammograms. Men can get breast cancer, too, and should be mindful of family history and/or symptoms.Reduced-cost or free mammograms are available throughout the United States. If you do not have health insurance, the Cancer Services Program offers free breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings to women age 40-64 and men age 50-64. Please contact the program at 518-841-3726 to see if you are eligible for these services. Remember to take the time to encourage the women in your life to get their mammogram. Their life is worth it.Wendy LucasAmsterdam Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNo reason for bars to be open at 4 a.m.There is a proposal before Albany lawmakers to close the bars earlier at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. I believe this is a very good idea.Currently, more violent alcohol-related instances occur with bars being open until 4 a.m.; for example fights, stabbings, muggings, shootings, auto accidents.For people who work late and enjoy socializing after their evening shifts, 2 a.m. allows plenty of time to meet with friends. There are no advantages to the local community to have bars open until 4 a.m.Mitch WalshNorth GreenbushParaprofessionals earn their wagesI am writing in response to the Sept. 25 article about the Schenectady paraprofessionals seeking a living wage. I am deeply repulsed by the words of school Superintendent Larry Spring. He stated they have “limited responsibilities” or “fewer daily responsibilities” than teachers. While yes, I will agree a teacher does work far beyond the hours of the school day, it is the paraprofessional who picks up where the teacher stops. Who watches the children before and after the bell rings? Not a teacher. Shall I even bring up the substitute-teacher  shortage in the area? No substitute? Who covers those classes? You guessed it, a paraprofessional. Because they aren’t teaching, they deserve less? Wait, aren’t the paraprofessionals helping re-enforce the lessons? What about the paraprofessionals who sit at the entrance scanning identification of those looking to enter. They keep those who should not have contact with the staff or children from the building. That is a limited responsibility? My sister is said paraprofessional. She has been yelled at, threatened, had to be alert to sex offenders and upheld orders of protection for both students and staff. I challenge you, Mr. Spring, to look her in the face and tell her she only has “limited responsibilities.”The paraprofessionals in Schenectady are being taken advantage of. They are the backbone of the schools. Mr. Spring, you do not deserve the loyalty they give your district. But they don’t do it for you. They do it for the children. I stand in solidarity. You deserve more.Ashley BakerSchenectadyPresident ignores GM strike in tweetsRegarding the General Motors strike: Isn’t it a little ironic that our president tweets that there is no truth in climate change, about a need for border walls, about a need for tariffs to improve the U.S. economy, about illegal immigration and about our exceptional relationship with North Korea, but no mention of what is currently taking place with GM?And don’t to forget to mention removing unions from the federal government.Joseph RownySaratoga Springs Trump’s message similar to Hitler’sI was interested in the comment of Hitler’s warning of the big lie. His intention was to make Germany great again.Calvin MooreArgyleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Welcome to your own piece of luxury on the southern Gold Coast

first_img194 Pacific Pde, Bilinga. “This substantial residence boasts an immediate vista of surf, sand and sunrises,” he said.“There is so much interest in Bilinga right now, it’s become quite the sought-after suburb by high end buyers who are interested in its relaxed lifestyle and village vibe.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe luxury trophy home is fitting to a high degree with imported marble floor tiles, German appliances, glass flooring, soaring ceilings and custom water features. 194 Pacific Pde, Bilinga. 194 Pacific Pde, Bilinga.WELCOME to your own luxury beachfront home.Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker said the residence 194 Pacific Pde was built in 2012 to take advantage of its prime stretch of southern coastline.center_img “From home automation to an extravagant parent’s retreat this home has it all, even a prayer room. “There’s a tiered home theatre with 4D sound and 10 leather recliners.“The residence comprises designated spaces and modern inclusions for every occasion. “An integrated sound system crowns the self-contained leisure and entertainment precinct on the fourth floor encompassing a rooftop terrace with panoramic coastline and hinterland views, outdoor spa, lounging area, full kitchen, sauna, bathroom and gymnasium.” 194 Pacific Pde, Bilinga.Central to the second floor lifestyle zone is the main kitchen equipped with a walk-in pantry and servery to the full butler’s pantry with a gas cooktop and twin sink.The large wet bar, with beverage fridges and granite surfaces, wilfully interacts with the dining room and living area fronting the picturesque foreshore and stunning sands of Bilinga beach.The property is going to auction on May 5.last_img read more

Civil Aviation scheme awards £4bn fiduciary mandate

first_imgThe Civil Aviation Authority Pension Scheme (CAAPS) has appointed BlackRock as fiduciary manager handling £4bn (€4.4bn) for both its CAA and NATS – formerly known as the National Air Traffic Services – sections.After a competitive tender process, facilitated by IC Select, CAAPS selected BlackRock to plan and execute both sections’ asset allocation and manager selection decisions across all asset classes.The CAAPS trustees will also be provided with training, guidance and transition management services, an announcement disclosed.Sarah Melvin, head of UK at BlackRock, said: “A vast number of schemes are currently navigating an uncertain global environment, and more and more making the decision to outsource.” At the beginning of the year BlackRock appointed Alex Pollak as head of clients for its UK fiduciary management business as it prepared for an expected increase in new business enquiries in 2020.Following rules that came into force last December, UK pension schemes must tender any fiduciary mandate that outsources more than 20% of assets. Existing mandates must also be tendered within a set timeframe, which has led several providers and consultants to hire new staff to cope with the increased workload.The announcement said that BlackRock responded to CAAPS’ requirements for a bespoke approach and the firm was selected due to its consistent focus on partnership, risk management, and a differentiated approach to asset allocation.Joanna Matthews, independent chair for CAAPS, said that BlackRock was selected because “they were a good cultural fit and they clearly demonstrated the strength of their investment offering and the scale and depth of their resources.”BlackRock will build a custom portfolio according to each sections’ needs while aiming to build in greater portfolio resilience, which may provide less volatile results in increasingly uncertain times.Additionally, the use of Aladdin, BlackRock’s risk platform, will play a central role helping to understand the risk and return characteristics driving funding levels.The platform’s thorough analysis will assist BlackRock in building the sections’ portfolios with more stable returns, with the goal of helping CAAPS members receive their pension benefits.Sion Cole, head of UK fiduciary business at BlackRock, added: “Providing a whole portfolio approach when making asset allocation decisions allows us to create and deliver a truly tailored and innovative portfolio for CAAPS, helping them to secure the retirement benefits of their members.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Terry Allen Jackson

first_imgTerry Allen Jackson, 73, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and formerly Aurora, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH.He was born October 14, 1943 in Aurora, IN and graduated from Aurora High School. Terry served his Country as a member of the United States Navy. He worked as a Boiler Operator for Henkel Chemical Company for over 30 years, and married his wife Jacqueline Sue HastingsHe was a member of Hebron Lutheran Church, Hebron KY, Lawrenceburg Masonic Lodge and Southeastern Indiana Shrine Club. He participated in fund raising, including serving at the steak dinners held by the Shrine club. Terry also drove the van to take children to Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington, and later organized the runs for the hospital. He loved to fish, tell jokes, was an IU Basketball fan and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was especially close to his grandson, Aaron. Terry was a kind and gentle man who served his fellow man not only through his military service and later through the work with the Shriners. He was a great example to all who knew him and he will be sadly missed.Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Jacqueline “Jackie” Jackson, Son, Michael (Cindy) Allen Jackson, grandchild, Aaron Michael Jackson.He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bonnie Oatman.Friends will be received Friday, November 4, 2016, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Church Saturday at 11:00 am.Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana 47025. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

McAuley: No egos in Baggies squad

first_img He went on: “You always hear how players miss the dressing room when they retire. We’ve a good dressing room at the moment. It works both ways, I said there was no egos when I came here. Everyone wants the same things, we play to win. “Do the headlines affect the dressing room? Once you’re on the pitch, you’re focused, things in the background don’t come into your mind. You’re too busy focusing on the game and what’s going on in front of you.” McAuley was not allowed to comment on Odemwingie’s behaviour but revealed that Macedonian international Popov had apologised for his actions. He said: “Goran has said sorry for his actions, we draw a line under it and he’ll serve his time on the sidelines. “Liam Ridgewell will come into the side now and make it hard for him to get back in “Was it cultural? I’m not sure. It was out of character. He’s actually a nice guy. “You can put it down to a head loss. It’s something he wishes he hadn’t done. It was one of things you can’t believe. I’d have reacted differently. But he knew he was in the wrong after the game. He held his hands up.” Press Association Defender Gareth McAuley insists the strong nature of the West Brom dressing room will ensure the club bounces back from the current series of unsavoury incidents surrounding key players.center_img Peter Odemwingie has been fined for his series of Twitter attacks on the club and turning up at Loftus Road without permission on transfer deadline day, only to see his proposed move to QPR collapse, while left-back Goran Popov was also disciplined for spitting in the direction of Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker. But McAuley is adamant the players will police themselves, and said: “Everyone keeps everyone in check. When players are low you pick them up. When they’re getting carried away you bring them back down to earth. That’s how dressing rooms always have been.” last_img read more