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Museum unveils Knute Rockne exhibit

first_imgFans of Notre Dame football may be surprised to learn legendary coach Knute Rockne’s professional life extended well beyond the game he helped define. The South Bend Studebaker Museum recently opened the exhibit “Knute Rockne: The Rest of the Story,” detailing Rockne’s involvement with the automobile manufacturer Studebaker from 1928 until his death in 1931. Museum archivist Andrew Beckman said the exhibit highlights Rockne’s role as a motivational speaker and celebrity spokesman for Studebaker, working during the football offseason so as not to interfere with his coaching duties. Beckman said the exhibit celebrates the 125th anniversary of Notre Dame football by acquainting people with an interesting, yet lesser-known aspect of the University’s past. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to reintroduce people to a part of Studebaker and Notre Dame history they may not have been aware of before,” he said.   Rockne was Studebaker’s prized spokesman, he said, using him in advertising campaigns and as a representative at sales and industry meetings across the country. The exhibit features old photographs from these sales meetings, as well as other advertising memorabilia. “Studebaker would use Rockne in their promotions, in [public relations] photos, so we have a number of those from the late ’20s, including ones showing Rockne with his players hunched around a Studebaker,” Beckman said. The exhibit also contains one of the “Rockne” line of automobiles Studebaker produced for two years after Rockne’s death in 1931. “Very few people are aware there was an automobile named after the coach, so we have an actual 1933 Rockne five-window coupe as part of the exhibit,” Beckman said. Based on past success with Rockne-themed exhibits, Beckman said he expects a tremendous response for the museum’s current offering.  He said most of this successncould be attributed to widespread curiosity about Knute Rockne’s life. “Every time we do something regarding Rockne, the response is usually surprise followed by fascination,” Beckman said. “That’s what we have traditionally observed.” Beckman said he hopes people visiting South Bend for Notre Dame football weekends will continue their support of the Studebaker Museum. “We try and get as many people down here before the football game starts as we can,” Beckman said. “We’ve traditionally been very busy on game Saturdays, so we anticipate that carrying through this year.” Contact Dan Brombach at dbrombac@nd.edulast_img read more

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Chilina Kennedy on Why Her Beautiful Debut Is Like Mountain Climbing

first_img Related Shows Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Chilina Kennedy Stepping into a headlining role in a hit musical is tough—just ask Canadian actress and Broadway alum Chilina Kennedy, who is succeeding Tony winner Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 7. But try doing it with a five-month-old baby. And 15 costume changes. And only one pee break (which we learned from Mueller is during “The Locomotion”). Broadway.com checked in with Kennedy right before her debut to find out if she’s ready to become the Great White Way’s new “Natural Woman.”Well?! Are you ready for Saturday night?I will be! I don’t think I could ever feel truly ready, but I’m ready to jump in with an open heart.Carole barely leaves the stage and has about 5 million costume changes—how are you navigating it all?When I first saw the show, I was overwhelmed. If she’s not onstage, she’s probably doing a quick-change. There’s one bathroom break in the entire show, and that’s it. So you really have to be focused. But when you’re looking at a mountain, you can’t think of it as a mountain. You climb a mountain one step at a time. You don’t take over the whole mountain at once, right?Who’s coming to cheer you on at your first show?My wonderful partner [actor Jacob James], who I’ve known for over 20 years. We’re getting a babysitter so that’ll be fun. And his godmother, who just turned 80 yesterday, is flying all the way in from Canada.You were pregnant during your Beautiful audition. Is it tougher to sing when you’re expecting?It was harder to sing earlier than it was later on, ironically. I worked all the way through my pregnancy—I was a pregnant Nellie Forbush in South Pacific [at the Huron Country Playhouse in Ontario] in a bathing suit! But Carole has a five-month-old in the show, and I have a five-month-old now. It’s funny how it works out that way.How’s your son doing?His name is Henry Benjamin Kennedy James. We thought he could be a writer…or whatever he wants to be. We had all these rock star names picked out, but then he was so quiet when he was born! He’s a contemplative little boy.So he’s a quiet kid…[Henry crying.] He’s hungry, but he’s usually quiet! I love being a mom. Truly, being a mom is the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s my favorite role.How else do you identify with Carole?I’m also a singer-songwriter and I have my very first album coming out next month, What You Find in a Bottle. Carole King is such a gifted songwriter and such a big influence on me. And I’ve been married and divorced, so I can relate to some of the troubles she’s been through.Carole King came to the opening night of Beautiful in the West End a few weeks ago—what if she comes on Saturday?I haven’t heard if she is and thank god, because I think I might fall down [laughs]. Oh gosh, if she does show up, meeting her would be at the top of my list. I just hope I don’t know about it until later!Let’s say you’re onstage and spot her in the audience, what’s your plan?Once when I was on tour with Mamma Mia!, Tom Cruise was in the front row with his two bodyguards—it was really obvious it was him, there was no one else in the whole row! I had a butterfly moment, but then I caught my breath and just continued. So if Carole came, I’d probably just have a little heart attack and then keep going.See Chilina Kennedy in Beautiful at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

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Vermont delegation opposes closing of 14 post offices

first_imgA US Postal Service proposal to close more than 3,600 post offices and branches, including 14 in Vermont, drew opposition today from the Vermont congressional delegation. ‘Post offices in a rural state like Vermont are not just post offices ‘ they are often the heart and soul of the town ‘ and they must not be closed down,’ Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said in a letter to Postal Service commissioners. ‘Many of these post offices have been in continuous operation for over 100 years and are an essential part of the fabric of Vermont’s rural landscape,’ the delegation letter added. The post offices targeted are: Beecher Falls; Cambridgeport (town of Rockingham); East Ryegate; Florence; Gilman; Granville; Highgate Springs; White River Junction, Lyman location; McIndoe Falls (town of Barnet); North Thetford; Rupert; Stockbridge; Websterville (Barre Town) and West Newbury.They also questioned the legality of this regulation citing a provision in federal law that says the Postal Service ‘shall provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to rural areas, communities, and small towns where post offices are not self-sustaining.’ The law also says, ‘No small post office shall be closed solely for operating at a deficit, it being the specific intent of the Congress that effective postal services be insured to residents of both urban and rural communities.’  Businesses and individuals from throughout Vermont have contacted members of the congressional delegation about the threatened closures. ‘We have heard from residents across our state concerned about the loss of their post office and the harm it will have on their community,’ the letter said. ‘Additionally, many small business owners have contacted us to express their serious concerns about the negative economic impact this regulation would have on their businesses if their local post office is closed.’   The letter acknowledged that the Postal Service faces serious budget challenges, but suggested other measures that would save more money than shuttering rural post offices. WASHINGTON, July 29, 2011 ‘last_img read more

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Leave the boy alone. It’s the Fed who cried wolf.

first_imgThe Federal Reserve 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for interest rates slightly higher than the infinitesimal chance I have of winning the Powerball! Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but the Fed has been beating their metaphorical drum about rate hikes being ‘just around the corner’ for what seems like an eternity. It reminds me of Aesop’s famous fable where the boy cries wolf so often that it starts to become meaningless. Sound familiar? Perhaps it’s time for a little less talk and a lot more action…on the part of community banks and credit unions.Here’s the deal. For the last few years, community banks and credit unions have been eagerly anticipating the smallest blip in interest rates that will bolster margins. We’ve been awaiting the return to acceptable levels of employment and inflation, while making sure the stars align so we could see a meager uptick in earnings. Furthermore, the Fed, with their frequent wolf cries, has been teasing the industry insinuating possible light at the end of the tunnel. The latest results of our September meeting indicates… that was a lie. Realistically, and to cut the Fed some slack, timing probably isn’t best for the economy to undergo a rate hike. So what should financial institutions do? Should we retreat back to our offices, complaining about the “darn Fed” and their status quo decision making policy while silently crying inside and wondering what the next meeting will bring? OR, do we forgo our crystal ball and predictions about what the Fed will do? Community banks and credit unions should make a commitment to step outside the box and look for alternatives to drive revenue, improve performance, and grow earnings in ways you can control. continue reading »last_img read more

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Culture: Lost and found

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? You’re back in elementary school and you misplaced your beloved neon orange windbreaker (I mean those were all the rage back in 2002). You backtrack through all the places you went that day. Asking yourself questions like, did I leave it on the playground during recess? What about the art cubby? Or maybe the lunch table in the cafeteria.  As a last resort, you check lost and found. Every lost and found that I have ever been to has absolutely no organization. Things are a piled mess; it’s a miracle if you find what you lost in the first place. Another thing I’ve noticed about lost and founds is that the majority of items remain unclaimed, whether someone didn’t notice it was gone or gave up looking for it.You are probably wondering how this could be connected in any way to credit unions and culture. Well, you might find that your culture has become the misplaced “beloved neon orange windbreaker” that has entered into its own lost and found box.  However, your staff doesn’t have the time to go to the “Culture Lost and Found” and reclaim those little things they’ve not yet realized are missing, settling instead for a culture that is less than great. BUT I recommend digging through your culture’s lost and found. You may find there are a lot of important items in there that remain unclaimed. Those things could include, but are not limited to: productive communication, staff meetings, accountability, making time for other staff members, positivity, fun, and outside work activities.You might ask, how could those things end up in a lost and found box and no one realized they were missing?! I think it’s fairly simple; we all get caught up in our day-to-day lists and projects, but tend to forget the small items and actions that allow growth and embrace change. It’s important to be aware when items and actions go missing in a culture. So, once you have embarked on culture rediscovery, make sure you don’t dump everything out of the box and yell “FOUND IT” to your staff. Things that have been missing in a culture need to be eased back in; otherwise it seems insincere, forced, or people look at you like you have ten heads. continue reading »last_img read more

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David Luiz reveals Arsenal players were ‘scared’ after Mikel Arteta contracted coronavirus

first_imgAdvertisement Arteta has been keeping his players busy during self-isolation (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal defender David Luiz has admitted his teammates were ‘sad’ and ‘scared’ upon hearing Mikel Arteta had tested positive for coronavirus.The Spaniard contracted COVID-19 on March 13, shortly after which Premier League football was suspended.When football resumes, matches are likely to be played behind closed doors, with the gathering of thousands of fans posing a potent threat of mass infection.Luiz told ESPN Brasil: ‘We were scared. The day he tested positive, we were sad, scared and stayed in our homes.ADVERTISEMENT‘We started our quarantine before anyone else here in England due to this. It was a huge warning for us to have someone [test positive] so close to us.’AdvertisementAdvertisement Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Advertisement David Luiz reveals Arsenal players were ‘scared’ after Mikel Arteta contracted coronavirus FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arteta has been putting the players through their paces physically and mentally from home, with personalised training routines sent to each member of the squad.Luiz added: ‘We have been given assignments just like in school and at university. I spent an hour and a half on a video call with Arteta, analysing games and training sessions from this season.”Tell me about this game without watching it, David,’ he would say. Afterwards we would watch and see we were trying to do something good, but couldn’t execute it – or we thought it was bad, but in this case good.‘This discussion is good and will help us a lot in the future.’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 ArsenalArteta has enjoyed moderate success since taking over from former boss Unai Emery in December, losing just twice in 13 matches in all competitions.Brazil international Luiz continued: ‘I am totally confident Arteta will go on to become one of the best coaches in the world.’MORE: Gary Neville reveals Man Utd would always try to ‘wind up’ Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert PiresMORE: Ray Parlour names Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his Premier League Team of The SeasonFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Apr 2020 5:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

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New figures reveal demand for buying has slowed, but rental demand is up

first_imgDemand for rental property is on the way up.DEMAND to buy property has slowed down with new figures revealing a drop in every state.The latest REA Group Property Demand Index showed a 2.2 per cent drop nationally in June, with all states and territories experiencing a downturn in buyer demand.Queensland was below the national average with demand down 1.4 per cent for the month.It was one of only two states or territories to record an increase in demand for rentals during the same period.The ACT also recorded an increase.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoREA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said Queensland had experienced some small declines in buyer demand in June.“What we suspect is that this is down to seasonality, you will often see a little drop off in buyer activity as we head into winter,’’ she said.Ms Conisbee said the good news for buyers who were actively looking was it might be an opportunity to grab a bargain with less competition.“What we are seeing on realestate.com.au is that buyer demand for property in Queensland for houses and units is still well up on the same time last year.’’Ms Conisbee said rental demand in Queensland during June was up slightly, 1.58 per cent.She said that was opposite to what other states were experiencing.“The strength of the rental market in Queensland is still really strong,’’ she said.last_img read more

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​Ex-ATP CIO Graven Larsen to launch all-weather strategy

first_imgFormer ATP investment chief Bjarne Graven Larsen is set to launch an all-weather, multi-strategy risk premia fund through his new firm Qblue Capital.The Copenhagen-based manager — founded in October last year — expects to launch the Qblue Luxembourg fund in the next few months.Qblue said the new fund was targeted at international professional investors. Its strategy spreads investment across equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies.Graven Larsen, chief executive of Qblue Capital, said: “Based on our collective experience, we want to help institutional investors achieve their objectives by developing and delivering robust and sustainable investment solutions with superior risk-adjusted returns at an attractive price.” Qblue said that, although the traditional portfolio model with 60% equities and 40% bonds had performed well in the past, current trends and decreasing interest rates suggested there was no guarantee that this was the best way forward. The timing of its new multi-strategy alternative risk premia product was no coincidence, the firm said. Qblue said its Luxembourg product had been constructed to offer investors “a new building block that truly diversifies the portfolio and at the same time performs independent of whether equity markets are up or down”.During his 11 years as CIO of ATP, Graven Larsen overhauled the now DKK785bn (€105bn) fund’s ‘bonus-reserves’ investment portfolio. While the portfolio’s investments had fallen into just two categories, low risk bonds and return-seeking equities, under Graven Larsen in 2006 it was revamped to focus on five types of risk: equity, credit, nominal interest rate, inflation and commodity.ATP’s investment portfolio construction was further overhauled in 2015-16 under chief executive Carsten Stendevad, creating a fund consisting of four risk factors, or “building blocks”, which was in part inspired by the All-Weather Portfolio devised by Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio.Graven Larsen was most recently CIO and executive vice president of one of Canada’s largest pension funds, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, from February 2016 to June 2018.As well as Graven Larsen, Qblue’s staff is largely made up of other former ATP staff, including co-founders Fredrik Martinsson (former CIO Investments at ATP), Martin Richter, Thomas Stryger Olsen, Lars Voss Toft and Lars Hougaard Nielsen, as well as Kevin Mitchell, former portfolio manager at Kiski Europe.last_img read more

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Too much screen time may harm children’s oral skills, research suggests

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 1 December 2014Picture this all-too-common scenario: a family sits in a cafe, with children as young as one interacting – not with their siblings and parents – but with a digital device. With digital technologies readily available and the advent of the “digital native”, the amount of time children spend looking at screens has increased while other interactions have decreased. Yet there is a paucity of research about the impact of digital technologies on children’s minds. Leading neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, in her book Mind Change, presents arguments for further research.Something we do know is that more screen time means fewer opportunities for children to listen to and engage in oral language. Engaging in oral language activities, structured or unstructured, provides children with rich opportunities to build their vocabularies, learn rules of social interaction, develop non-verbal language skills and learn to store and use new words.Between the ages of two and five, children learn at an extraordinary pace, understanding and remembering words with only one or two exposures. This phenomenon is known as fast mapping.Beyond this time, children need an average of 12 exposures to a new word before it is understood and remembered. It is a time when children’s vocabularies are rapidly expanding and they are also learning how to formulate questions and inquire about their world, follow instructions, articulate clearly and learn the rules of social engagement.Parents and caregivers need to engage children in word play, storytelling, imaginative play and conversation.http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/too-much-screen-time-may-harm-childrens-oral-skills-research-suggests-20141130-11mvo1.htmllast_img read more

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How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Your Spouse and Money

first_imgLifestyleRelationships How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Your Spouse and Money by: – April 7, 2011 Share Share 54 Views   no discussions Couples Who Do Bills Together, Stay TogetherMoney disagreements are a leading cause of divorce. When couples have different ideas about how to spend, save and prioritize their financial lives, or when they struggle to communicate about their stresses, hopes and fears about money, the relationship often suffers.How are you and your partner navigating your financial relationship, as well as your personal relationship? Here are a few ideas to consider as you work to create a happier home and a financially healthier life together.Who’s the spender, and who’s the saver?When it comes to money, it’s often true that “opposites attract.” In fact, “spendthrifts” tend to marry “tightwads” – that is to say, people who often spend more money than they would like tend to marry people who have a hard time allowing themselves to spend -according to research from the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University.If your relationship has a similar dynamic, it helps to recognize that maybe you’re just opposites in how you approach your finances. Try to play to your strengths – if one of you gets a lot of pleasure from saving, make sure “the saver” of the couple gets to save a fixed amount of each paycheck.If one of you is great at shopping for bargains on products and experiences that will improve your lives, give the “spender” a fixed allowance of “fun money” each month that he/she can spend without feeling guilty.Set expectationsOne of the hardest parts of managing a shared financial relationship is avoiding unpleasant surprises. Make sure that you both are communicating clearly with each other about purchases and savings goals.Make an agreement that you won’t spend any money over a certain amount without discussing it with your partner – for example, set a $200 limit, so that any purchases over $200 have to be discussed before swiping the credit card.Take time to plan.Every couple should take time at least once a year to sit down together and look at the overall picture of their financial lives. How much are you spending each month? What is your credit score? How much are you paying in credit card interest, car payments and mortgage payments?Does it make sense to refinance your mortgage? Are you saving enough for retirement? Just like a publicly traded company issues quarterly earnings reports to shareholders, you and your partner need to be able to sit down together and share regular information with each other about the overall financial health of your “company.”Don’t let emotions rule your financial lifeMoney is ultimately just a tool to help you reach your goals in life – money is not a substitute for the love and companionship of real people and it’s not a weapon to be used in arguments.If you and your partner are having an argument, resist the urge to use money to get back at them – either by going on a shopping spree using your joint checking account or by withholding money as a way of exerting control.While money-related stress is often a leading cause of relationship problems, that doesn’t mean you should allow money to control your relationship or be a way of validating your relationship. The best things in life are the things that money can’t buy.Learn to love managing your money with Quizzle.com, where you can find great tools and resources to help you manage your personal finances, start a budget planner, improve your credit, and make better financial decisions for a more secure future.By: Benjamin GranYahoo Shinecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more