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Manny Machado jerseys briefly appear at Padres’ team store

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke / ESPN Images(SAN DIEGO) — Manny Machado’s contract with the San Diego Padres isn’t yet a done deal but on Wednesday, jerseys bearing his last name and No. 13 made an appearance at Petco Park.The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the replica jerseys were seen for sale at the team store at Petco Park. However, once the Padres were notified, they were pulled off the sales floor.The newspaper said it is not known if any of the jerseys were sold before they were taken off the racks.Machado, 26, reached an agreement with the Padres on a 10-year, $300 million contract. The deal is pending the results of two physicals.The shortstop was in San Diego Wednesday to take his physical for the team. He is scheduled to take his second physical on Thursday, this time for the company that will insure the Padres on the 10-year deal, ESPN reports.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. February 21, 2019 /Sports News – National Manny Machado jerseys briefly appear at Padres’ team store Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Estate agency told to remove ‘rent guarantee’ claims from website

first_imgA sales and lettings agency that advertised a rent guarantee service to landlords on its website has had a complaint about its claims upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).The ruling means agents who advertise ‘rent guarantees’ must be much clearer about the service they offer if they want to avoid being referred to the ASA.London two-branch sales and lettings agency www.victoriaknight.co.uk, which is owned by Smartinvest Capital Ltd, published an advert on its website offering “the assurance of a fixed monthly rental income without all the hassles involve in being a landlord”.“Find out more about our Rent Guarantee service and the terms and conditions” the ad went on to say.Someone complained to the ASA, challenging whether the claims within the ad were misleading because they suggested rent would be guaranteed in all circumstances, and did not make clear the limitations that applied to the service.Sub-lettingIn its response to the ASA, SmartinInvest explained that it in effect became the tenant of the property and sub-let it and that landlords saw the full terms and conditions of the deal before signing up. It also said that landlords were covered by insurance that guaranteed rent and paid the legal costs of eviction.The ASA said landlords would understand ‘rent guarantee’ to mean a specific guarantee of payments and would not understand from the advert that SmartInvest/Victoria Knight would become the tenant.It was also found by the ASA that the agreement between landlords and SmartInvest had exclusions including non-payment of rent if the property became uninhabitable, which the advert did not make clear nor make the terms and conditions available on the Victoria Knight website. The ASA therefore considered that the ad and its ‘rent guarantee’ and ‘rent guarantee service’ claims were misleading.advertising standards authority ASA Smartinvest Capital Ltd victoria knight November 21, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Estate agency told to remove ‘rent guarantee’ claims from website previous nextRegulation & LawEstate agency told to remove ‘rent guarantee’ claims from websiteThe Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against London agency Victoria Knight over an advert promoting a guaranteed rent scheme.Nigel Lewis21st November 201801,604 Viewslast_img read more

Lettings agency confusion still reigns about viewings, secret shopper reveals

first_imgA ‘secret shopper’ survey of half a dozen estate agencies in London by an anonymous industry blogger has discovered the half of them offered to do property viewings when requested to do so.The agent, who writes under the nom-de-plume ‘Dodgy London Agents’, emailed and phoned the six agents requesting to see properties available to rent in the N1 postcode of North London.Of the six, local branches of Chesterton, KFH and Storey all said they couldn’t do viewings but, in some cases, would be able to offer ‘virtual viewings’ or video walk-throughs.The other three – Anthony Pepe, James Edward Letting and Fyfe McDade all confirmed that normal property viewings of the homes requested would be possible. The latter two initially offered video tours but also booked in for ‘real’ viewing; copies of correspondence between the six agents and the blogger are available online.But Fyfe McDade has contacted The Negotiator to say that a video walk through, taken before the lock down, was offered to the applicant, ‘in line with our current policy and the viewing booked was over three weeks away and outside of the current lock-down period’.“The current lock-down period is due to end on Monday the 13th of April and although it may very well be extended, at the time of enquiry made by your mystery blogger, there was ample opportunity for the viewing to be cancelled or moved should the lock-down continue,” says Carl Schmid, its MD.A letter from one of the other agents says: “We are delighted to confirm your viewing on the 8th April at 3.00pm. If you have an questions prior to the appointment please do not hesitate to contact me.”The Negotiator was also sent details of a luxury rental property marketed by Harrods Estates which, although unconnected to the blogger’s investigations outlined above, made it clear the property would be an ideal home ‘for this tumultuous time’.Luxury propertyAfter we asked the agency’s PR representative whether Harrods was suggesting someone should take up the £8,000 a month tenancy, it wants to make clear that Harrods has closed all its branches and is not conducting face-to-face viewing or encouraging anyone to move home, and is adhering closely to government guidance.The government guidance says that: “Home buyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus”.“The Harrods Estates offices closed on Friday 20th March –  as per Government guidance –  we are an agile team and we are now working remotely; having adapted to the current situation,” a company spokesperson said.“We can offer video calls to make appointments, register new listings and we are providing an update to our clients on their property searches and we are discussing investment opportunities. Futhermore, we are working with several applicants interested in buying off-plan or in new developments where they’re already familiar with the range of apartments available. The online marketing collateral provided by many of our developer clients offers fly-throughs and video tours to help buyers make a confident decision. In line with Government advice, we are not encouraging anyone to move at this time.”More: Can virtual viewings save the day?Storey Coronavirus property market lockdown KFH property viewings Savills April 9, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentPhilip Michael Priest, 4Corners Property Ltd 4Corners Property Ltd 9th April 2020 at 11:08 amI would like to say I am shocked to hear that we are still able to undertake physical ‘in person’ viewings when the government guidelines are obvious around social distancing, but the financial damage hasn’t been fully addressed.The sales negotiators are on such poor basic wages that they rely fully on their commissions knowing that they will be unable to afford rent/mortgage payments on the 80% furlough scheme as this only applies to salary and not commission.The other elephant in the room is that any sales agreed today cannot exchange until August / September. This due to the bank valuations needing to be carried out, which are currently on hold. This on the solicitors who are mostly working from home and work has slowed down and the mortgage offers will be dependent on the previous points.Based on all the fact, an agent might not see any sales revenue until October at the earliest, but then their will be a backlog of removals companies and surveyors.Oh what a mess and in short, people will become desperate and have little regard for their own health and safety, as shown in the above article.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Lettings agency confusion still reigns about viewings, secret shopper reveals previous nextAgencies & PeopleLettings agency confusion still reigns about viewings, secret shopper revealsResearch by an anonymous blogger among half a dozen agents finds half are still willing to offer face-to-face property viewings despite crisis.Nigel Lewis9th April 20201 Comment4,664 Viewslast_img read more

High Speed Vessel Swift 2 Visits Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Load Operation Handclasp Supplies

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: High View post tag: Cuba High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV) 2 arrived at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to receive supplies in support of Operation Handclasp, Feb. 14.NS Guantanamo Bay served as the consolidation point for receiving, storing, and staging more than 160 pallets of donated humanitarian aid products and materials. Before being loaded on the Swift, the goods were prepared for manifest and customs declarations for entry into foreign countries where the cargo will be delivered.“This operation takes a year of preparation to logistically support these donations,” said NS Guantanamo Bay Transportation Officer Candace Keller. “Receiving, storing and coordinating movement to a hub such as GTMO requires a plan involving organizations and American citizens coming together with the U.S. Navy.”Operation Handclasp is a joint Department of Defense (DoD) and private sector humanitarian mission to receive, collect, consolidate and store humanitarian, educational and goodwill material for transport by naval vessels. The humanitarian goods are distributed by U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel to foreign nation recipients. “I have been working with this program since 2002 to support the Caribbean deliveries to the southern countries needing humanitarian support,” said Keller. “It’s about what America represents as a people loving, caring nation that works together with our military, civilians and government contractors to bring aid and assistance to less fortunate people.” The humanitarian materials will be distributed to the still recovering nation of Haiti later this month.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 15, 2012 View post tag: Handclasp View post tag: GTMO View post tag: load View post tag: supplies Share this article View post tag: operation View post tag: News by topic View post tag: vessel February 15, 2012 View post tag: Swift View post tag: Navy View post tag: visits Back to overview,Home naval-today High Speed Vessel Swift 2 Visits Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Load Operation Handclasp Supplies View post tag: speed High Speed Vessel Swift 2 Visits Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Load Operation Handclasp Supplieslast_img read more

U.S. President Signs USD 633 Billion Defense Authorization Act

first_img View post tag: Naval Share this article U.S. President Signs USD 633 Billion Defense Authorization Act View post tag: 633 View post tag: Navy January 7, 2013 View post tag: President Industry news View post tag: billion View post tag: Authorization View post tag: Defense View post tag: US View post tag: Signs View post tag: USD View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. President Signs USD 633 Billion Defense Authorization Act President Barack Obama signed the $633 billion fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act into law yesterday.The legislation, which cleared Congress last month, authorizes the department to act in any number of instances. “There are certain things that cannot be done without [the authorization act],” said a senior defense official speaking on background.The act allows the department to institute pay raises, bonuses and incentive pay for personnel. “All military construction has to be authorized under this act,” the official said.It includes a 1.7 percent pay raise for military personnel, and contains $527.5 billion for DOD’s base budget, $88.5 billion for overseas contingency operations and $17.8 billion for national security programs in the Energy Department and Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.It also extends the Commanders’ Emergency Response Program that has been used in Afghanistan and Iraq. It authorizes a one-year extension of the Afghan Infrastructure Fund and extends the Coalition Support Fund and the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Fund. In Iraq, the law authorizes U.S. training activities, the official said.The law also authorizes changes needed to deter sexual assault in the military.In addition, it establishes the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, which will examine all aspects of military compensation. Officials stress that any possible changes to military retirement benefits that the group recommends will not affect current service members.Air Force structure was of some concern to the department going into the process, but officials say they were pleased with the outcome. The Air Force also received 32 more C-130 aircraft than requested.“But the Air Force is allowed to do everything else. They are allowed to do their divestures and moves,” the official said. “The only thing kept out of service’s force structure plan was we had to keep the Global Hawk Block 30 [unmanned aircraft].”The act raises the co-pay for medications under TRICARE through 2022. The legislation also limits any annual increases in pharmacy co-payments to increases in retiree cost of living adjustments.“It is a little bit toward what we need to start paying for how much health care is costing,” the official said.The authorization also provides DOD funds for servicewomen who need abortions in case of rape or incest. “So they don’t have to take leave and come home or go out on the economy,” the official said. “This is the first time this has been approved.”Among other programs, the act authorizes the defense biofuel initiative as well as counternarcotic authorities. “We use this a little bit in Afghanistan, but it’s mostly in the southern border and Colombia,” she said. “It has to get done.”Passage of the legislation is particularly important this year because the department is operating on a continuing resolution through March, which may be continued again through the rest of the fiscal year. The resolution maintains funding at 2012 budget levels. Without this authority, “Things really do shut down,” the official said.“It actually is things that keep the war going and things that … keep the economy going because it is pay, recruiting, military construction,” the official said.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 7, 2013; Image: White House View post tag: Act View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

Students protest at Oxford Sustainability Awards

first_img“Profiting from the burning of carbon should be viewed as more urgently unsustainable than anything else.” The students rose from their seats to display a sign that read “Still investing in fossil fuels??” as Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson opened the event at the Sheldonian Theatre. The University’s endowment is managed by Oxford University Endowment Management (OUem) in a fund that stood at £3.4 billion as of December 2018. This fund includes investments by twenty-five colleges and six charitable trusts associated with the University. About £74.8 million of it was invested in the energy sector. The protest was broadcast live on Facebook. Source: OCJC In 2015, Oxford University Council voted to disallow the buying of direct shares in coal and tar sands industries. However, campaigners say that this did not meet their demands of disinvestment of all direct and indirect shares in coal, oil and gas. Gourdeau told Cherwell: “If you believe the science and you believe the local communities — many of them indigenous — who have been resisting extractive projects for decades, you believe that burning fossil fuels is unsustainable for the planet and its peoples. “However, sustainability has a broader sense: it also concerns the systemic, normalized, and institutionalized forces which are rapidly contributing to the deterioration of life, with the most vulnerable among us affected the most.” Five members of the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign (OCJC) staged a protest at the University of Oxford’s Sustainability Showcase last night, standing for the duration of the ceremony with signs that questioned the University’s continued investments in fossil fuels. In her remarks, the Vice-Chancellor acknowledged the protest, saying: “We have representatives from a large number of entities across the University… even some people who are protesting our investments in fossil fuels.” According to the pro-divestment organisation People & Planet, 76 UK Universities have already committed to full divestment from fossil fuels. Last month, the governing body of the University of Cambridge commissioned an inquiry into the matter. The report will “set out fully the advantages and disadvantages, including the social and political ones, of a policy of divestment from fossil fuels”. The Sustainability Showcase is an annual awards ceremony in which the University celebrates sustainability initiatives across colleges and the university at large. Efforts concerning investments and finance were not listed among the categories of awards. The protesters said that their intention is not to detract from the achievements actually being made. Pascale Gourdeau, a DPhil student and spokeswoman for OCJC, said: “Students, staff and faculty at the University of Oxford have done tremendous work to lessen the carbon footprint of its own premises, and these are efforts that should absolutely be maintained and rewarded. Two years later, OUem’s offshore investments were revealed in the Paradise Papers, which documented  indirectly invested in fossil fuel companies such as Royal Dutch Shell through offshore funds.last_img read more

Wiley Griffin Talks Teddy Midnight, Multibeast Phish Tribute, And Influences

first_imgWe sat down with Teddy Midnight guitarist Wiley Griffin to discuss what is up next for the group in 2017, along with his new Phish tribute Multibeast. The new group features Griffin with Kung Fu bassist Chris DeAngelis, Consider the Source drummer Jeff Mann, and Uncle Ebenezer keyboardist Shoheen Owhady. The group plays NYC’s American Beauty this Thursday, March 2nd (with support from Grateful Dead tribute Reckoning – tix here), followed by a performance at Woodstock, NY’s Bearsville Theater on Saturday, March 4th (SkyDaddy will support that night – tix here). We also had a chance to discuss how Phish and other jam scene artists have influenced his own musical stylings.Read on for this exclusive interview, below.L4LM: You officially joined Teddy Midnight in late 2015, and released a great full-length album in Blue Velvet this past September. Are you feeling completely locked in with the group at this point?Wiley Griffin: Totally, The band in a short time has accomplished a good bit. The album Velvet Blue (came out in September 2016), joining Omni Arts Booking Agency playing a ton of NE shows- it’s been a solid year plus. We all put in a lot effort into that project. And we’re pushing even harder leading into festival season.L4LM: What’s in store with Teddy Midnight in 2017? New music? Festival dates (saw that Resonance lineup with Amon Tobin and STS9!)?WG: The Resonance announcement is pretty huge for us. We are at Brooklyn Bowl in April opening for Pink Talking Fish doing a Jamtronic Juke Box (segueing tunes from the top live electronic in our scene).And we have something pretty big next month. We are 98% finished so it’s okay to tell y’all… We are dropping the first ‘tape’ in our mixtape series called Tedward Midi Vol 1. Coming out very soon, date tbaTBA Other than that be on the look out for some more new music and fun festival announcements!L4LM: You guys have some upcoming shows with The Magic Beans in April. That’s a great combination of bands, and should make for a couple of amazing shows.WG: Oh man, I’m really excited to the road with those guys! Seeing them at the Phish After-Parties was really great. They are amazing musicians, and super nice people! There will def be sit-ins and epic jams on this run!L4LM: You are currently doing a mini-run with a great core of musicians, taking on the music of Phish. Tell us a little about Multibeast, how you got the name, and what to expect…WG: I think I speak for all the members when I say this is one of the funnest side gigs we’ve done. These guys are great musicians and we are all stoked on the concept of playing full Phish sets. Multibeast is a reference in the lyrics to “Tela,” which is part of Trey’s college thesis The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday (aka Gamehendge):And she comes to me in this lonely land And looks down from the multi-beast On which she rides like the wind The wind from beyond the mountain The wind from beyond the mountainPhans can expect a lot of what they love about Phish, the vibe, the deep improv, diversity in the set list, high energy and of course the songs they love!L4LM: How did the idea for Multibeast come about? Who is in the band?WG: Jeff Mann (Consider the Source) reached out to me to do a Phish night for his Tuesday night residency shows at the Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven CT. I was happy to oblige, and so was Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu).From there we reached out to the keyboardists of the popular Phish tribute acts of Uncle Ebenezer and The Lawn Boys to see if they could help us out. They were both happy to help, and we added a couple shows because we had some down time from touring.We all bring own expertise to the table and our love for Phish. Chris and Jeff are absolute beast musicians, so tackling some of the tricky stuff was painless. David [Kaufman] and Shoheen [Owhady] are both amazing keyboard player’s that have in-depth knowledge of Phish’s music.For me, it seems like I’m always engaged in learning something from the Phish catalogue on some level, just for my own pleasure. Going into this it was great to have tunes like “YEM” under fingers for a while now, but it’s now even better to be able to get on stage and play “YEM” with a full band.L4LM: What do you think a Multibeast looks like?WG: Probably like Falkor (the luck dragon from 80’s movie The Neverending Story), but smaller like the animals the rebel army rides in Star Wars,except they walk on all fours and have the mass of a hippo.L4LM: Which Phish performances are your personal favorites?WG: I’m huge 1.0 phan. In the past month I’ve been constantly watching videos and listening to shows from 90-99 era in prep for these shows.6.23.95 Waterloo, NJ my mom took a crew of middle schoolers to and epic Phish show. John Popper sat-in during the “Harpua” segment. 8.14.96, I went to this show with my dad and my best friend; It was just one of those experiences that you’ll never forget. Plus, there is some really epic jams that night, they also played “Mango Song”… just to name a few.L4LM: How has Phish, the jam scene and other jam artists influenced your own musical stylings?WG: For a while it was just Jerry, Trey, & Jimi. Then shortly after I started studying Jazz and going to music camps etc. I found about Soulive, STS9, Lotus, Particle, the Biscuits, Umphrey’s, Keller… the list goes on.They’ve all been influential in so many ways that it feels like it almost goes beyond the music. This music has been the soundtrack to my life. In creating my own music, I keep that in mind. I feel a responsibility to make something that connects with people. Something that makes you feel.L4LM: What other genres/artists do you listen to, or have inspired you?WG: I’ve been getting into the blues lately. T-Bone Walker and Albert Collins are two recent finds that I’ve just fallen in love with.L4LM: One of the most exciting parts of seeing Teddy Midnight live is picking out all the subtle Phish teases you throw into your jams, such as “Bathtub Gin,” “Tweezer,” and “It’s Ice.” It’s clear you’re no novice when it comes to knowing and appreciating their music. Tell us about your personal relationship to Phish as a fan? How were you introduced to them? How long have you been listening to Phish?WG: Phish has been a big part of my life. My brother and his friends were really into them in high school. They went to a lot of shows from 93-96. I was in elementary school and I remember being ‘baby sat’ by him and his friends. We’d listen to the Phish albums like Lawn Boy and Rift. I used to sneak into his room and read Doniac Schives (the Phish newsletter) and take his tapes.By middle school I was playing guitar, trading tapes, and booking shows for my band the Wiley Griffin Tree-O at the local coffee shop (“Wilson” and “Suzy Greenberg” were played a lot).L4LM: In what ways has Trey’s guitar playing influenced your own? Are there any specific examples of your work that were directly inspired by Phish?WG: If you listen to the second guitar solo on the Teddy Midnight Velvet Blue track “Velvet Mist” (6:00min mark), I would say that was a Trey inspired solo. The way he can create melody on the spot, while leaving space to building up to an inevitable peak is something I really enjoy.But I think more than that, Trey is just a great influence as composer and musical innovator. When Junta came out Phish’s style was very different from anything people heard. That’s something that also inspires me, pushing the envelope and finding new ways of doing things.L4LM: Are you hitting any of Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run at MSG this summer?WG: YES!!! Who’s got my 13 night miracle? (waves finger in the air)L4LM: Great chatting with you, Wiley. We appreciate your time. Good luck with the Multibeast shows this week in New York City and up in Woodstock!Multibeast plays NYC’s American Beauty this Thursday, March 2nd (with support from Grateful Dead tribute Reckoning – tix here), followed by a performance at Woodstock, NY’s Bearsville Theater on Saturday, March 4th (SkyDaddy will support that night – tix here). [cover photo courtesy of Sobokeh Photography]last_img read more

Group awards pro-lifer

first_imgThe Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life will award its first Evangelium Vitae Medal to Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), according to a University press release issued earlier this week. “We are looking for an American who has contributed over a long period of time significantly to the pro-life movement, especially at the beginning of life,” said David Solomon, chair of the Fund’s governing committee. “It was the active role he’s played, specifically in political life … that made us choose [Doerflinger].” Doerflinger has been a leader in the pro-life movement for over 30 years, according to the University’s press release. Solomon said Doerflinger works with the USCCB in Washington D.C. on pro-life issues and was especially active in presenting the USCCB’s stance on abortion in the federal government’s recent healthcare debates. The University’s Center for Ethics and Culture established the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life earlier this year. It relies on private donors, not University money, to dedicate itself to pro-life issues, specifically at the beginning of human life, Solomon said. A five-person committee, which includes Solomon, Notre Dame Professors Fr. Wilson Miscamble, Carter Snead and Daniel Philpott and Associate Director of the Center of Ethics and Culture Elizabeth Kirk, controls the fund. The Fund will announce the Evangelium Vitae Medal recipient each year on Respect Life Sunday, Solomon said, and award it on the Feast of the Annunciation, which falls on March 25, 2011. The award includes a $10,000 prize and a specially commissioned medal, according to the press release. This medal is part of a larger initiative by the Fund to Protect Human Life, which will be formally announced within the next six weeks. “We’re starting a big new pro-life initiative in general, and we’re going to call it the Project Guadeloupe,” Solomon said. “It’s a project that will both involve education efforts here at Notre Dame and research efforts.” The initiative will encourage programs such as an annual life seminar on Notre Dame’s campus, a number of courses about life in the Notre Dame curriculum and a two-year master’s degree and service program based on pro-life work, Solomon said.last_img read more

ND students cheer Irish on to victory

first_imgJunior Pat Vinett, who transferred to Notre Dame from Wake Forest, returned to Winston-Salem, N.C. for Saturday’s game hoping for an Irish victory. Vinett said he was cautiously optimistic about Notre Dame’s chances, even more so than many of the Wake Forest fans he spoke to. “I know talking to kids down there, they were expecting to lose by like 40. I thought it was going to be pretty close, that we were going to underestimate the ACC,” Vinett said. “I knew we’d win, but I thought it’d be difficult.” Despite the Demon Deacons’ stadium being less than half the size of Notre Dame’s, Vinett said the level of excitement was impressive. “I ended up in the student section, so I don’t know about general admission, but compared to whenever I’ve been there before, it was really loud,” he said. “They had fireworks going when they scored, it was pretty good considering the size of the stadium. It was packed.” While it was a farther trip from South Bend than Purdue or Michigan, Vinett said the Notre Dame turnout was surprisingly large. “There were a ton of ND people,” he said. “I’m not going to say there were more ND people [than Wake Forest fans], but I’d say it was pretty even cheering.” Despite having a friend on the Wake Forest team, Vinett cheered for the Irish throughout. “I was cheering for ND the whole time,” he said. “My buddy’s one of the wide receivers [for Wake Forest] … I was happy when he was doing well, but I was happy ND won.” Vinett said the highlight of the game was senior receiver Michael Floyd’s third quarter touchdown. “It completely sucked the life out of the Wake student section,” he said. Sophomore Ashley Barraza turned down the long drive in favor of on-campus game watch and said she was expecting the Irish to quickly lock in a victory. “I thought the game was going to be a blowout,” she said. “I thought we were going to go in there and dominate, that they’d put it away in the first half like the Navy and Air Force games.” She said the decidedly less impressive victory was due to a series of minor errors. “I thought the two interceptions were pretty bad, especially the one where they were in Cover 3 [zone defense] and Tommy [Rees] threw it anyway,” she said. “Just a bunch of fundamental mistakes we could have avoided … Wake’s not that great a team so we could recover, but if it were a better team it could have cost us.” Junior Andy Boes was also confident in Notre Dame’s odds at the beginning of the game. “We’re athletically superior to them,” he said. “It was just a matter of how much we would win by.” After struggling in the first half, Boes said the defense coming together later in the game was crucial for the victory. “The defense came up with some plays that were pretty important,” he said. Boes said he was happy with the win, despite the close score. “I would have liked to see a bigger point differential, but a win’s a win,” he said. “I’m hoping next week it’s not as close as it was this weekend, but I’m glad we can continue with some momentum.”last_img read more

Wicked’s Michael Wartella on Life in Oz & His Drag Alter Ego

first_img “I went to Circle in the Square Theatre School for the first two years out of high school, which is right next door to Wicked. It took a lot of work and determination to get here. It took me 10 years to go 10 feet.” “I have a drag character, a punk rocker named Freddie Couture. I started blowing people’s minds in the sense that I’m straight. Even some of my close friends said, ‘Oh, you’re doing drag now, so you must be gay.’ For me it’s become politically important to say, ‘This is OK, too.’” Stage Cred: Before touring the country with Wicked, Wartella appeared off-Broadway in Rent at New World Stages and in regional productions of Seussical, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. View Comments “When I was seven, I saw Rocky Horror for the first time. I asked my mother if I could dress up like Frank-N-Furter for a party, and there I was in my fishnets and high heels and pearls, having a great time. My parents knew from a young age that I was going to be an actor.” “There are a lot of crush fans on Twitter, people making their names ‘ILoveMikeWartella’ and stuff like that. It really blows my mind. It’s not me they love necessarily, it’s Boq and Wicked. This show has touched so many lives and I’m so glad to be a part of that.” Current Role: A Broadway debut as Boq, the Munchkin torn between Glinda and Nessarose in Broadway’s Wicked. Related Showscenter_img from $95.00 “My job is to come to work every day and perform, and I’m so grateful. Even on the days when I can’t muster the energy and I’m really tired, I think to myself, hey, at least I’m not working brunch!” Hometown: The Berkshires, MA Age: 28 Wicked “My five-year-old son Hunter is my world. He’s everything to me. If he told me he wanted to be an actor I think I’d cry a little on the inside—probably on the outside, too. But I’ll encourage it if that’s what he wants to do, and really be there for him.”last_img read more