Notre Dame wins Shamrock Series game

first_imgNotre Dame students and fans traveled to Indianapolis Saturday for the 2014 Shamrock Series game versus Purdue.The game, which was held at Lucas Oil Stadium, ended well for the Irish, who beat the Boilermakers of Purdue, 30-14.Michael Yu | The Observer Junior Colleen Pinkelman said the atmosphere in Lucas Oil Stadium was electric.“The stadium is a big pro stadium, which makes the atmosphere different from Notre Dame Stadium,” she said. “It was a really cool venue for the Shamrock Series.”Junior Julia Zanotelli said the proximity to South Bend made the game more accessible to students.“We drove, and it only took about 2 and a half hours,” Zanotelli said. “The game being so close contributed to a lot of students being able to attend, which made for a great student section.”Junior Andrew Cusator said the tailgating was was a highlight of the day.“The pregame atmosphere was second only to the main lot outside Notre Dame Stadium,” he said. “It was a great time with family and friends.”Pinkelman said the night game added to the excitement.“Night games have a whole different atmosphere than day games, and this game was no exception,” she said. “Just like the Michigan game, the night adds an extra amount of hype. It made the stadium more charged with energy.”Junior gold squad Notre Dame cheerleader Lizz Weir, said the trip to Indianapolis was fulfilling for the whole team.“Notre Dame did a great job planning the Shamrock series this year,” she said. “The weekend was so much fun and Indy was a really great atmosphere.“There was so much to do and the energy from all the fans before the game was something I cannot imagine happening at any other school. From fan festivals to parades to pep rallies, the cheerleaders were all over the place this weekend, but we enjoyed every second of it.”Zanotelli said there were definitely more Irish fans in the stands, but there was a good presence from Purdue as well.“I think it really helped being that both schools are in Indiana that there was a large showing from both teams at the game,” she said.Sophomore Noelle Gooding said the game itself was entertaining to watch.“Beating Purdue and moving up to 3-0 for the season made for a good time on Saturday,” she said.Tags: football, Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium, Purdue, Shamrock Serieslast_img read more

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Trail Mix | Althea Grace

first_imgOh, to be young and precocious.Althea Grace, raised by a music loving family within the shadows of the vibrant Chicago music scene, first took the stage at age eight. Ten years later, she has taken her soulful, bluesy voice on tour with Doyle Bramhall II and Los Lobos and has shared the stage with, among others, The Shins, Sylvan Esso, and X Ambassadors.Now eighteen, Grace has just released a new solo EP, Dreamers, her first solo recording since 2015. Featured this month on Trail Mix is the track “Blow Them All Away.”A new musical focus for Grace is Future Stuff, a duo that features her talents on vocals, bass, and guitar along with Gabe Burdulis on guitar, kick drum, trumpet looping, and vocals. Future Stuff released their first EP in 2016, and it is my hope that this combination of outstanding young musicians has plans for a recording project and extensive touring in 2018.Althea was kind enough to take some questions from me on the new recording project, her already long performing career, and how to keep from flaming out too young.BRO – On stage and performing before the age of ten? Were you too young to be nervous?AG – Absolutely. People ask me all the time if I get nervous, and I always respond with, “I don’t know how to be nervous.” It’s a huge blessing.BRO – What’s the secret behind making Future Stuff click?AG – Lots of caffeine? I think we’ve gotten to a point where we just know what we’re doing, and so we practice and write separately and then throw it all together when it’s time to play and record.BRO – Plans for a long player soon?AG – I hope so. I can’t wait to get more music out there.BRO – We are featuring “Blow Them All Away” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?AG – That’s my long song. It’s about finding that great love, the one that you know defies all odds and is the love that blows all those other loves out of the water.BRO – Got any plans to prevent burnout? I mean, your twentieth birthday will be here before you know it!AG – Hah! I talk about this all the time. It boils down to my ultimate goal – being happy. And, for now, and definitely for the near future, music makes me happy. But I definitely worry about burning out, because I am eighteen and have the back and shoulders of an eighty year old.Althea Grace will be celebrating the release of her new EP with a run of shows in Wisconsin and Chicago later this month. For more information on the new EP or where you can see Althea live, please check out her website.And be sure to take a listen to “Blow Them All Away,” along with other great tracks from Youth In A Roman Field, The Captain of Sorrow, Jesse Marchant, Big Star, and more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

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Trail Mix – Steep Canyon Rangers Chat & Ticket Giveaway!

first_imgMany years ago, while still living in Charlottesville, a buddy of mine buzzed me and made a simple query . . . . Want to go see this bluegrass band at the Prism Coffeehouse tonight?I did, we went, and I have been a fan of that band that neither of us had ever heard of before – Steep Canyon Rangers – for nearly twenty years now.Two decades later, the Rangers have established themselves as a bluegrass force, playing to appreciative crowds across the country, touring and recording with legendary comedian Steve Martin, and garnering multiple awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and a Grammy for their 2012 release Nobody Knows You.This week, the band celebrates the release of its brand new record, Out In The Open, with a special hometown show in Asheville.Trail Mix caught up with banjo player Graham Sharp to chat about the new record, band changes, and their record release show this weekend.BRO – You guys are well into your second decade as a band. Is there any way to explain how what began as a hobby, and now includes a Grammy, turned into a career?GS – When you really enjoy something, putting in the hours, the months, the years doesn’t feel like work. This career is a blessing, and has its own challenges, but being there with this group of guys, I can’t help but remember how far we’ve come and still have to go.BRO – With Charlie leaving, the band experienced its first significant personnel shake up in a long time. What does your new bassist, Barrett Smith, bring to the group?GS – Barrett has been part of the Steep Canyon Ranger extended family since the band was founded, so it’s kind of like our favorite uncle just moved in with us and brought a suitcase full of musical brilliance and personal warmth.BRO – You will feature members of the Asheville Symphony at your release show. How big is the jump from bluegrass to symphonic arrangements?GS – We’ve been working with an arrange named Jonathan Sacks, who has worked on the Toy Story movies and with Metallica, to really integrate the symphony sound with ours. It basically feels like normal, except with a freight train of sound at your back.BRO – We are featuring “Going Midwest” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?GS – I wrote “Going Midwest” a year or two ago, and it is loosely based on Nick from The Great Gatsby. We had been playing it all sorts of ways, but one day Mike Ashworth and Woody were playing it, just the two of them in this large, tiled locker room backstage somewhere. The sound was big and beautiful and it’s how we’ve done it ever since.BRO – Got anything special in store for the hometown crowd this weekend?GS – We’re going to put on a high energy show, and we’ve got a couple new tricks up our sleeves. We’ll get everybody dancing and warmed up this weekend. River Whyless, an amazing young band from Western North Carolina, is opening the show, so get there early!Steep Canyon Rangers take to this stage of the Explore Asheville.com Arena this Saturday, January 27th, and you can snag a pair of tickets right here! Take a shot at the trivia question down below. Send your answer to [email protected] A winner of two tickets to the show will be chosen from all correct answers received by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 25th!Trivia Question . . . . I dug way back for this one. From the song “Call The Captain,” off the band’s 2008 release Lovin’ Pretty Women, where does the narrator say he won’t be going?For more information on Steep Canyon Rangers, the new record, and where near you their tour might be bringing them, surf on over to the band’s website.Be sure to check out “Going Midwest,” along with tracks from Luthi, Ben Miller Band, David Myles, and Heather Maloney on this month’s Trail Mix.Photo by Jimmy Warshamlast_img read more

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Nunavut politicians brush off activists concerns over people living in shacks

first_imgKathleen MartensKent Driscoll APTN News An Inuit-rights advocate says he’s banging into walls when it comes to getting help for the homeless from Nunavut politicians.Qaumariaq Inuqtaqau runs the Facebook page Shame on Canada.It’s where he posts candid interviews about social problems in the northern territory, with a special focus on dozens of people that live in unheated shacks despite the freezing cold temperatures.In a video posted to the site last week, Inuqtaqau questioned Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa in an ambush-style video.“…Could we go to the shacks? Could I show you?” Inuqtaqau says of the plywood homes just down the road.But Quassa says, “I’m very busy right now,” before getting into a car and driving away.Last week he filmed former premier Paul Okalik leaving a grocery store.“Can we go to the shacks? I want to show you the shacks,” Inuqtaqau is heard asking on this video:“You guys are Inuk leaders.”But Okalik declined.“No, I’m not a leader,” he said, while holding a bunch of bananas and a bottle of Perrier water.Okalik was with his partner, Aluki Kotierk, who is president of the land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), which promotes Inuit rights and job training.They both know Inuqtaqau and signed a petition he distributed in 2016 calling for more Inuit to be hired by local employers.But on the video Kotierk appears to ignore him and get into a vehicle without saying anything.“Ok, thanks. It’s going online,” Inuqtaqau says of the video.Okalik, who could not be reached for comment, is no longer a public official. He was twice premier of the territory and twice elected a member of the legislative assembly. He ran again last fall but was defeated.A spokesperson for Kotierk declined to make her available for an interview Tuesday.APTN has reported on Inuqtaqau’s petition and lack of affordable housing in depth. Most recently in a documentary that can be viewed here.“If you Google my name you see I’ve been working on this for two years,” Inuqtaqau said in a telephone interview.“People in the shacks are suicidal, depressed. Meantime, our Inuk leaders choose to ignore them.”APTN tried to interview Quassa last week in Ottawa at the annual Northern Lights Conference. But his spokesperson said he was too busy.She said he was travelling Tuesday and unavailable for a telephone interview.“They treat their own people like second-class citizens. We’re ghosts to them,” said Inuqtaqau. “If they’re not going to talk about it I might as well confront them on camera.”Meanwhile, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told APTN in January she is interested in visiting the shacks.Inuqtaqau said he would like to introduce her to some of the people living there. Some of whom, he said, have been waiting for housing for 10 years.Others, he said, are working but can’t afford to buy a house or rent a two-bedroom apartment for $2,600 a month in one of the most expensive cities to live in [email protected]@aptn.calast_img read more

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Foreign producers oilsands sales boost Calgary companies Q3 results

first_imgCALGARY – Two Calgary-based oilsands producers reported huge production gains in their most recent quarters after spending billions of dollars last spring to buy assets from foreign companies anxious to exit the northern Alberta heavy oil resource.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) said Thursday that for the first time, its output averaged more than one million barrels of oil equivalent per day during its third quarter ended Sept. 30. Production was up 41 per cent from the year-earlier period, thanks mainly to its deal to buy most of the Canadian oilsands mining assets of Royal Dutch Shell for about $11.1 billion.Meanwhile, Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) reported more than doubling its output to 590,851 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 273,405 a year ago, as it absorbed Canadian assets of Houston-based ConocoPhillips, including its half interest in jointly owned oilsands assets, purchased for $17.7 billion.The third quarter was the first full quarter since the two deals were completed.The similarities didn’t extend to the strategic level, however, as Cenovus continued to focus on divesting assets to pay down debt and Canadian Natural announced it had achieved “the final step” in its transition to a sustainable business model with plenty of free cash to boost returns to shareholders and power potential acquisitions.Thursday’s report was the last for Cenovus president and CEO Brian Ferguson, who is to be replaced by former TransCanada Corp. executive Alex Pourbaix next week, although he will remain an adviser until next March.On a conference call, Ferguson said it had been a “great honour and privilege” to lead the company since it was launched in December 2009.Ferguson said the company is well advanced in identifying “non-core” conventional oil and gas assets in the ConocoPhillips’ portfolio to be sold before year-end to reach its goal of between $4 billion and $5 billion in asset sales.It has already raised $2.8 billion through sales of three asset packages — including the $975-million sale of its Pelican Lake heavy oil assets in northern Alberta to Canadian Natural, which closed at the end of September.It expects to sell its stake in a Weyburn, Sask., oilfield in the current quarter, a deal analysts have estimated will bring in about $1 billion.On its conference call, Canadian Natural CEO Steve Laut said the company is in a “strong and enviable position” after completing the construction of an 80,000-barrel-per-day expansion of its Horizon oilsands mine in October.Horizon is expected to gradually ramp up to about 240,000 bpd of synthetic crude output by mid-December on the way to its rated capacity of 250,000 bpd.Both oilsands companies reported stronger financial operating results on higher commodity prices and lower costs in the third quarter.Cenovus had a net loss of $69 million or six cents per share, due mainly to a writedown of $440 million on the Pelican Lake asset sale, compared with a loss of $251 million or 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Canadian Natural had a net profit of $684 million or 56 cents per share, versus a net loss of $326 million or 29 cents in the third quarter of last year. It said it had paid down $350 million in debt during the quarter.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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Staples Canada transforms business model with coworking spaces cafes and more

first_imgTORONTO — Regular customers of certain Staples Canada Inc. locations may not recognize their local stores the next time they visit.The company is transforming its business model at two locations in Kirkland, Que. and Toronto to include a range of features including co-working spaces, a technology discovery zone and a “stadium-style” area that can be used for community events.It’s also dabbling in opening journal, pen and audio bars, offering new digital-based services including website design, rolling out a weekly speaker series and serving up coffee at an in-store cafe run by local coffee company Mos Mos.Staples chief executive officer David Boone said the concept stores are a product of the changing marketplace the retailer has faced as competitors Amazon, Walmart, Muji and Miniso have invaded Staples’ territory, driving down prices and increasing competition.Boone said Staples is dealing with the reality that its online business is growing faster than its retail footprint.“If you think about where our customers are going, they are embracing technology, they are embracing different ways of working and education is changing in Canada, so we are…adapting it to where our customers are going,” he said, noting that the company is also eyeing a new e-commerce experience.To shape the concept stores and features Staples is testing, the retailer consulted with thousands of businesses, educators, parents and students. They told Staples they wanted more inspiration and help, a community feel and a sense that things were “becoming easier” by shopping there, Boone said.The company settled on a range of features dedicated to the digital-savvy workforce and providing for entrepreneurs and those working in the gig economy.The journal, pen and audio bars will likely pop up at other Staples across the country, but the company will be more selective about the locations that receive its gathering and co-working spaces, Boone said.In recent years, co-working space business WeWork has aggressively expanded in Canada alongside similar companies targeted at women or millennials.Retail expert Brynn Winegard said how Staples’ co-working space will fare is hard to predict because those prone to using co-working spaces are just outside of the company’s core demographic.“A lot of the millennials, we call them ‘digital natives,’ never really wrote with pen and paper. They are more technology driven,” she said. “Some of the stationary components and non-digital products Staples has would attract a different demographic than the people using these working spaces.”She suspected this is why Staples is testing the offering at a few locations and not rolling it out on a wide scale just yet.She said the changes Staples is making are in-line with plenty of other big-box retailers that own many large stores and recognize that they can repurpose their spaces for other things to drive more traffic.“Those big centres have to be very profitable so you can justify keeping them,” she said. “There is the imperative and need for organizations to create a reason beyond shopping to go in the store.”Starbucks, she said, was among the first to clue into benefits of offering shoppers more than an opportunity to scoop up products. After it launched free WiFi, she said others followed suit. Then Holt Renfrew added a cafeteria, cafe and restaurant. Walmart, she said, has gotten into the action too, dabbling with optical, photo and dry-cleaning services.“People will say I am here to pick up my glasses prescriptions, I might as well pick up some stuff at the Walmart,” she said.“Very similarly at Staples, you can see this would be a very intelligent move if people say I am here for a meeting or to collaborate with my peers at this co-working space, so I might as well go pick up some dry erase markers.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canada needs a digital ID system bankers association says

first_imgTORONTO — The Canadian Bankers Association says Canada must create a digital identification system, potentially utilizing technology such as blockchain, biometrics and document review over a live video connection.The association’s chief executive says moving away from a paper-based, face to face process towards a modern identification system of this kind is needed to “unlock the full potential” of the digital revolution that is underway.Neil Parmenter added in his speech in Toronto today that the need for digital identification “will only grow more urgent” as Ottawa explores the possibilities of open banking, the payments system is modernized and blockchain and artificial intelligence move into “new frontiers.”The Department of Finance last week officially launched its public consultation on the merits of open banking, a framework that would allow consumers and businesses to permit third parties such as fintechs to access their financial data to provide innovative services.Parmenter says the CBA is calling for a “federated” model of digital identification which would create linkages between federal and provincial systems, which hold information such as social insurance and drivers’ licences, respectively.He says this digital identification system, which the CBA previously outlined in a white paper, could make it possible to authenticate an individual’s identity electronically using multiple digital reference points from different systems.“Instantly verifying who someone is using multiple digital reference points is more secure than relying on a photocopy of a drivers’ licence,” Parmenter told the Economic Club of Canada. “Because this digital network is connected, yet decentralized, the risk of compromising the system is reduced by eliminating ‘honeypots’ of data that hackers tend to target.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BJP trying to create hypernationalistic environment

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accused the BJP of trying to create a ‘hyper-nationalistic environment’ ahead of the Lok Sabha polls only to distract people from the issues of unemployment, agrarian crisis and what he called ‘massive failures’ of the Modi government.The comments by Gandhi come against the backdrop of indications that the BJP may use the Indian Air Force(IAF) strikes on terror group JeM’s largest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan on February 26 after the Pulwama attack as a central plank of its election campaign. A JeM suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 killing 40 jawans. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayDescribing the upcoming elections as all about making a choice between India of Mahatma Gandhi and that of his assassin Nathuram Godse, Rahul Gandhi also alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi generates ‘hate’ and that his brand of politics was ‘hateful’ with consequent costs. In Gandhi’s view, a majority for the Congress-led UPA coalition is a certainty and that his party will do much better than expected. Congress’ tally of 44 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls was an all-time low for the party.last_img read more

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OSU snaps losing skid beats Big Tenleading Michigan State

Down a starting player and facing a top-10 nationally ranked opponent, the No. 24 Ohio State women’s basketball team (11-6, 2-3) snapped a two-game losing streak when it knocked off No. 9 Michigan State (16-2, 4-1), 67-53, Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes took a 33-29 lead into halftime after playing a closely contested half with the Spartans in which neither team extended a lead past six points. Five minutes into the half, OSU found itself without starting forward Sarah Schulze, who left the game, suffering what appeared to be a knee injury. OSU coach Jim Foster said he was not sure of her diagnosis. “Doctors will have to talk to you about that,” he said. “I’m not very optimistic.” The Buckeyes ratcheted up their defense in the second half, holding the Spartans to 25 percent shooting as they stretched their lead to double digits on a Brittany Johnson 3-pointer with 17 minutes remaining. The Spartans struggled to fight back, as the Buckeyes led by as many as 17 points in the second half. For the game, MSU connected on 20 of its 69 shot attempts, good for a 29 percent shooting percentage. “We played really hard on defense,” OSU center Jantel Lavender said. “It just created a better offense. We could transition a little bit better to get in our sets, and we got them a little frustrated.” Lavender led all scorers with 24 points and Tayler Hill added 17 for a Buckeye team that was in much need of a win. Prior to Sunday’s game, OSU had lost six of its last nine games. “We were desperate for a win, by any means necessary,” Lavender said. “We know how we have to play from now on.” Sunday’s victory gave the Buckeyes their second conference win of the season and handed the Big Ten-leading Spartans their first conference loss of the year. The Buckeyes play at 8 p.m. Thursday at Illinois, where they’ll attempt to pick up their first road win of the Big Ten season. “I just really want us to get after it on the road and not let other people’s crowds get into the game,” Lavender said. “We just got to come out and play hard every game, like we did tonight. It can’t just be at home.” read more

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Ohio State mens hockey coach losing sleep over not starting Brady Hjelle

You know you’re doing something right as an athlete when your coach loses sleep over not starting you in a game. Ohio State senior goalie Brady Hjelle is doing things right as his coach has done the late night pacing to prove it. Hjelle has been honored as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s goaltender of the week for the second time this season after a two game series against Lake Superior State. “Brady (Hjelle) deserves it,” sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel said. “He is a hard worker that has produced at every level he has been at.” Hjelle said he is trying to staying focused despite the accolades. “I’m proud of it,” he said, “but it has nothing to do with our standing in the league. Right now points are more important than individual awards.” Hjelle has been superior in league play games, leading the CCHA in both goals-against average and save percentage. His GAA is .62 and his save percentage is .977. To put that in perspective, Hjelle is third in the NCAA in those two categories with an overall GAA of 1.14 and a save percentage of .961. If his overall numbers were the same as his league play statistics he would be leading nation in both categories. Hjelle started the first game against the Lake Superior State last weekend and gave up only one goal on 32 shots in an OSU win. However, coach Mark Osiecki elected not to start Hjelle in the second game of the series. He was attempting to get freshman goalie Collin Olson some experience and put some pressure on Hjelle to keep playing his best hockey. Rotating goaltenders is a philosophy the coaching staff has been using all season. In the second game against the Lakers, it backfired. Lake Superior State scored two goals against Olson in the first 15 minutes of the game, and then Osiecki put Hjelle in. OSU eventually lost 3-2. The decision to start Olson may or may not have cost the Buckeyes the game, but it definitely cost Osiecki some sleep. “I woke up at 4:55 in the morning, walking around the house going, ‘I should have played Brady (Hjelle),’” Osiecki said. While the team’s philosophy of alternating goalies currently has OSU in second place in the CCHA, a win in their last game would have put them in first. The Buckeyes trail the first place Miami Redhawks by a single point in the standings. Osiecki said that if Hjelle plays well in the first game against Michigan State, he may get to start the second as well. When Osiecki was asked if he had any experience with a goalie as hot as Hjelle is right now, his answer was simple. “Only in Xbox,” he said. read more

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