Ryan Hall to host Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

first_imgRyan Hall will host the fifth annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, one of the hall’s signature events, this SundayJunior Christina Fernandez said she hopes to see the bracket-style tournament continue to grow in terms of participation this year.“[Wheelchair basketball] started in 2012 with only 18 teams registered and last year, in its fourth year, we had over 70 teams registered,” Fernandez, the former Ryan Hall president, said in an email. “We’re hoping that in its fifth year, the tournament will be bigger and better than ever.”This tournament connects to the sentiment behind the Ryan family’s donation of Ryan Hall, Fernandez said.“The Ryan family chose to donate our hall because of a special connection to individuals with disabilities through their son, Corbett,” she said. “Despite his physical disabilities, Corbett Ryan graduated from Notre Dame and lived on campus during his time here. This led the Ryan family to donate funds for a fully handicap-accessible hall so that all students, regardless of ability, would have their needs met.”Fernandez said the event was started by Emily Voorde, a 2015 Notre Dame graduate who lived in Ryan Hall and had brittle bone disease. Fernandez said Voorde always said wheelchair basketball was not all that different from regular basketball — it’s just played on wheels.“[Voorde] knew this would be an amazing event that captured the spirit of Ryan Hall,” Fernandez said. “Wheelchair basketball brings athletes with and without physical disabilities together to level the playing field while creating an environment of inclusion.”Sophomore Grace Weissend said in an email the event’s accessibility makes it enjoyable for everyone who participates.“Wheelchair basketball is especially fun because it sort of levels the playing field for everybody out on the court,” Weissend said. “If you think you’ve got game, wait until you try and get that layup after rolling down the court in your wheelchair. Everyone comes out to have a great time, and we love watching everyone laugh and shoot hoops. … I hope that everyone who participates comes away from the experience feeling humbled by their — probable — lack of game on wheels, full from all of the free Chick-fil-a and fulfilled knowing that they contributed to an incredibly impactful organization.”Fernandez said all funds raised from the $25 signup cost for each team of five players would benefit Whirlwind Wheelchair International.“Whirlwind Wheelchair International is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides individually-catered wheelchairs to those who need them,” she said. “Given that Ryan Hall is the most handicap-accessible hall and was built to provide this residence hall experience to all who need it, Whirlwind Wheelchair International’s mission to make it possible for every person in the world who needs a high-quality wheelchair to obtain one really struck a cord with us.”Sophomore Emily Casey saidhosting this tournament to support Whirlwind Wheelchair International is a top priority for the hall.“Whirlwind Wheelchair is a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts,” Casey said in an email. “Whirlwind was able to provide 45,000 wheelchairs to those in need between 2008 and 2014 and continues to produce 15,000 a year. Their efforts are made possible through generous donations and we want to help as much as we can.”Freshman Grace Seibert said she values the chance to make a difference with her dorm.“It’s important for me to find a way to give back in any way I can, and this is a great way to give back, gain perspective and work with my fellow Wildcats,” Seibert said in an email. “I hope students leave with an understanding of how challenging it is to be in a wheelchair [and] become more aware of Whirlwind Wheelchair International. It’s an amazing organization and cause. The wheelchairs this organization provides change people’s lives.”Seibert said she is excited about the opportunity the tournament provides for a new experience.“Wheelchair basketball is super fun to play and not something you have the chance to do every day,” Seibert said. “Additionally, you get to put yourself in the shoes of someone who actually needs a wheelchair and know that the money you are helping raise goes towards durable, sustainable wheelchairs for people that couldn’t otherwise have them.”Weissend said she appreciates the charitable side of the event as well as the community-building aspects.“I chose to work on Wheelchair partly because it’s one of our Ryan Hall signature events, but more importantly because it supports such a fantastic and important cause,” Weissend said. “I love that Wheelchair Basketball brings together groups of friends on their respective teams and all the participants in the tournament bracket while allowing everyone involved to be connected to the global community through Whirlwind Wheelchair International. The event has a very communal feel to it, and that’s really special.”Sophomore Vanessa Acosta said there will be other activities and competitions in addition to the bracket tournament to entertain participants.“Wheelchair Basketball is my favorite Ryan Hall event because it’s for a good cause and it’s fun,” Acosta said in an email. “We’ll have a contest going for the most creative team name. Lots of teams coordinate outfits for it, so this is a great way to show some spirit with your friends. We’ll have lawn games set up so you can play while you wait for your turn on the court.”Casey said students can sign up their teams through a Google form on the event’s Facebook page or on the Student Shop website.Tags: Ryan Hall, Wheelchair Basketball Tournamentlast_img read more

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Rosanne Ma & More Set for Damon Chua’s Film Chinois Off-Broadway

first_imgRosanne Ma (The Joy Luck Club) has been tapped for Damon Chua’s atmospheric noir mystery Film Chinois. Directed by Kaipo Schwab, the off-Broadway production will begin previews on January 17, 2015 and run through February 8. Opening night is set for January 22 at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. The play will also feature Jean Brassard, James Henry Doan, Katie Lee Hill and Benjamin Jones. Related Shows Film Chinois takes us back to 1947 Peking, an uneasy time between WWII and the imminent Communist takeover two years later. The play follows Chinadoll (Ma), a Maoist femme fatale, Randolph (Jones), a fresh-faced American operative on a secret mission, and a mysterious man (Doan).  Further complicating things are the Ambassador (Brassard) and his current flame, Simone (Hill), a songstress with something up her sleeve. As Randolph plunges deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness, he finds his life imperiled, as he begins to unravel the mystery of a piece of old home-made film. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015center_img The production will feature sets by Sheryl Liu, lights by Marie Yokoyama, costumes by Carol Pelletier and sound by Ian Wherle. Film Chinois View Commentslast_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: The Audience Maintains Regal Presence Over Easter

first_imgWhile the Queen celebrated Easter in the traditional fashion this weekend, the Queen of Broadway celebrated in her own way. The Audience, starring Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, broke the million dollar mark in seven performances for the fourth week in a row. The play continues to play over capacity, as it has for six out of seven full weeks of performances. Meanwhile, the holiday weekend was once again a goldmine for family shows, with The Lion King, Aladdin and Wicked adding an extra performance and surpassing $2 million. Joining them in the top five were fellow family hit Matilda and the not-so-family-friendly The Book of Mormon. The Phantom of the Opera also celebrated a remarkable week, having hit seven figures in an eight-performance week for the first time this year.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 5:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,633,531)*2. Wicked ($2,358,372)*3. Aladdin ($2,024,667)*4. The Book of Mormon ($1,517,640)5. Matilda ($1,416,637)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Heidi Chronicles ($275,393)4. The Visit ($214,803)***3. Hand to God ($213,302)***2. Living on Love ($126,172)*****1. Airline Highway ($90,799)****FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.61%)2. Fish in the Dark (101.58%)3. Matilda (100.32%)4. The Audience (100.29%)**5. Aladdin (100.01%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. It Shoulda Been You (69.95%)***4. Airline Highway (69.62%)****3. On the Town (63.15%)2. Honeymoon in Vegas (58.38%)1. The Heidi Chronicles (49.88%)* Number based on nine regular performances** Number based on seven regular performances*** Number based on eight preview performances**** Number based on six preview performances***** Number based on five preview performancesSource: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

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Colombian President Promises to Continue Combating Armed Groups

first_img In Costa Rica on June 15, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos promised to continue combating armed groups in his country without respite, despite the fact that Congress has passed a constitutional reform that could enable future peace negotiations. “This legal framework for transitional justice (that’s the appropriate name) doesn’t change anything,” Santos responded to whether the initiative, passed by the Colombian Congress on the afternoon of June 14, is a step forward in the peace process. “The moment we see a true desire by the opposite side to end the armed conflict,” talks could begin, Santos indicated during a brief official visit to Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, Santos launched negotiations for a bilateral free-trade agreement, together with President Laura Chinchilla. “Meanwhile, we will continue with the same forcefulness with which we’ve been operating against those illegal armed groups that have turned to terrorism in order to achieve their objectives,” he promised. The initiative, which his administration promoted, introduces the possibility of granting benefits such as suspending [jail] sentences for guerrilla leaders in the event that they demobilize, and proposes measures for reparations and access to the truth for victims. President Chinchilla praised the initiative, and when she was asked whether her country would support a dialogue mechanism, Santos intervened and judged that “that’s a problem for Colombians, which we Colombians have to resolve.” By Dialogo June 20, 2012last_img read more

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Taiwan needs to invest more in smart tourism

first_imgHe added that Taiwan, given that it is located in the heart of the Asia-Pacific region, can attract tourists from Southeast Asia due to shorter flights, but also the beautiful landscapes of local cities. In this sense, a variety of smart city solutions can be developed to make city tours even more attractive to tourists. Business people and traders often visit Taiwan or attend annual trade shows, and many come to academic seminars or take short-term jobs. If more innovative travel packages can be offered that will allow family members of retailers or seasonal employees to experience touring local cities and culture, then a “blue ocean” or a whole new, innovative tourism market could develop in Taiwan, Fuchssteiner explains. Taiwan should invest more in its tourism sector by developing innovations and smart transportation solutions, said Christian Fuchsstenier, director of the Austrian Trade Office in Taipei. Travel web portal Taiwan / VZ Taiwan Austria will present its latest solutions for smart tourism, transport and autonomous driving at the Smart City Summit & Expo 2019 conference at the Nangang Exibition Center in Taipei in late March. It also reveals that Austrian tourism contributes a share of as much as 10 percent of national GDP, with Chinese, Russian, Swiss and Taiwanese tourists spending the most. Fuchssteiner said both Taiwan and Austria lack natural resources and it is therefore better to focus funds on developing industries with high added value and sustainable business, such as tourism and the environmental industry.last_img read more

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Ministers query southern house quota

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UK defends removing Spain from travel corridor as virus surges

first_imgBut Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government was required to take “swift” action.”The data we got was on the Friday, it showed a big jump right across mainland Spain. That was then assessed yesterday afternoon and we took the decision as swiftly as we could,” Raab told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday program.”We can’t make apologies for doing so,” he added.”I understand it is disruptive for those going through this …but we must though be able to take swift, decisive action.” The British government on Sunday defended its decision to impose an immediate requirement for passengers arriving from Spain to self-isolate amid a resurgence of coronavirus in the popular holiday destination.The new rules took hold at midnight Saturday, hours after being announced, causing uncertainty for holidaymakers and leading to criticism from travel industry leaders.”I think it’s quite poor that they did it so instantaneously,” Philip Bradby, 55, told the domestic Press Association after returning early to Britain from Barcelona. Passengers arriving in Britain will have to self-isolate for two weeks following the surge in cases.”The Joint Biosecurity Centre together with Public Health England have updated their coronavirus assessments of Spain based on the latest data,” said a British government spokesman.”As a result, Spain has been removed from the lists of countries from which passengers arriving in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are exempted from the need to self-isolate.”Britain is advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain, but that does not apply to the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands. Barely a month after Spain ended its months-long state of emergency, new infections have been rising.Transport minister Grant Shapps was caught in the ruling as he is currently in Spain for his summer break.Labor called the decision “frankly shambolic”, with shadow health minister Jonathan Ashworth saying holidaymakers had been left “confused and distressed”.Tui, Britain’s biggest tour operator, said the government should have given them “more notice of this announcement”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Unai Emery breaks Arsene Wenger’s unwanted record in Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal registered just 32.8% possession against Leicester – their lowest in Premier League history (Getty Images) Jamie Vardy’s late double completed Leicester’s 3-0 victory (AMA/Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt was another performance to forget for Arsenal, whose hopes of securing a top-four place in the Premier League are beginning to fade fast.And in their defeat to Leicester City they registered just 32.8 per cent possession – the lowest they’ve ever recorded in the Premier League.Arsenal’s previous worst came during Arsene Wenger’s reign when they had just 35% possession during the 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield in 2014.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 Arsenal Unai Emery breaks Arsene Wenger’s unwanted record in Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester Unai Emery hopes of finishing in the top four with Arsenal are fading fast (Getty Images)Arsenal have set an unwanted Premier League record under Unai Emery as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City on Sunday.The Gunners were reduced to 10 men in the first half as Ainsley Maitland-Niles received a second yellow card for a foul on James Maddison in the 36th minute.Leicester, who had started the game strongly, continued their push for the opening goal but were denied as Bernd Leno kept Arsenal in the game with another excellent performance in goal.But Brendan Rodgers’ side finally found a way past Leno after the break as Youri Tielemans opened the scoring just before the hour mark.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTJamie Vardy doubled Leicester’s lead with four minutes remaining before netting his second of the game in injury time to complete the 3-0 victory for the Foxes.center_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Apr 2019 2:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15Shareslast_img read more

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Amazing home with fireman’s pole fetches $4m

first_imgThe home at 24 Bailey St, New Farm.A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR renovation has paid off for the vendors of a property dubbed ‘New Farm’s greatest family home’.The house at 24 Bailey St is under offer for a whopping $4.02 million through Scott Darwon and Robert Freeman of Ray White New Farm. What was once a rundown, pre-war character house was transformed into a five-bedroom, three-bathroom masterpiece.The facade and roof pitch are all that remain of the original 1930 Queenslander after undergoing a major renovation estimated to be worth around $1.9 million.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The home at 24 Bailey St, New Farm.Records show the property last sold for $1.5 million in July 2015.Designed by Shane Marsh Architects, the house is based around integrated living areas on one level spanning 480 sqm.The property has a 20m frontage and is on a 607 sqm elevated block.Features include a no-mow lawn, built-in Weber barbecue, outdoor wood burning fire place, outdoor shower and heated pool.The kitchen has Vzug kitchen appliances, a Vintec wine fridge and a self-opening dishwasher.There are also in-ceiling speakers, a steam room shower, automated blinds, and even a fireman’s pole!last_img read more

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Demand for homes on the Gold Coast is outstripping supply

first_imgThere is barely any space left to build in some suburbs.Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton urged people to get their foot in the surging property market door to reap the benefits. “I think the pessimistic view of a Coast property slump has definitely not happened and anyone waiting for that to happen I would caution them that they might miss the market,” Mr Atherton said. It seems everyone wants to move to the Gold Coast.Referencing research by property analyst Michael Matusik, Mr Bell said there were 19,000 new dwellings registered for sale over the past five years but 24,000 were needed to handle population growth.He said there were about 9250 new dwellings or lots approved but not yet developed or registered for sale, which equated to less than two years’ supply.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 ago“However, if we were to assume that the 5000 undersupply of the past five years was to be absorbed, then the real new housing supply drops to just 10 months, which is an acute shortage,” Mr Bell said.He said the Games heralded a new chapter for the Coast as it evolved from a tourist town into a vibrant city with an expanding economy. The Gold Coast and its relaxed lifestyle was thrown into the spotlight during the Commonwealth Games.“The city’s property market is riding the irreversible momentum that has now come to the Gold Coast in terms of economic diversity and with more employment options we will need more housing options for people,” Mr Bell said.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the city was dominated by owner occupiers, which was making the market much more competitive.“There seems to be an overwhelming number of people wanting to live here on a permanent basis,” Mr Henderson said.“There’s jobs around now, the infrastructure that we’ve got available to us after the Commonwealth Games is a big improvement.“I think a lot of people are more than happy to stay in their homes a lot longer … which doesn’t create an abundance of supply.” center_img Demand for homes on the Gold Coast is outstripping supply.THE Commonwealth Games has pushed the Gold Coast property market to new heights, but now there are concerns the city won’t be able to keep up with housing demands.Industry experts believed the market had gained momentum since it was thrown into the worldwide spotlight in April.Ray White Surfers Paradise chief executive Andrew Bell said the bustling market since the Games had made it clear there was a shortage of stock.“We certainly saw some reduced activity during March as everyone got prepared for the Commonwealth Games, but now there is greater buyer demand than there are properties for sale,” he said.last_img read more

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