Outfitters drawn to Eddy St.

first_imgUrban Outfitters will open a store in Eddy Street Commons in September after Notre Dame students promoted the location to the popular retailer, according to Gregory Hakanen, director of Asset Management at Notre Dame. “Urban Outfitters is a fantastic retailer,” he said. “It is really terrific for college-age and student audiences so we are thrilled to have them at Eddy Street.” Kite Realty Group, based in Indianapolis, talked with Urban Outfitters for about three years before closing the deal. Former student body president Grant Schmidt and vice president Cynthia Weber made a video pitch during the 2009-10 school year for Urban Outfitters with the help of other student leaders. Kite suggested the video as a “grassroots” effort to bring the retailer to South Bend, Schmidt said. “It was not just the development that wanted [the retailer] but Notre Dame students thought Urban Outfitters would be successful too,” Schmidt said. Schmidt and Weber asked the student body for suggestions on retailers at Eddy Street Commons in an e-mail last fall. “The student involvement was just extraordinary,” Hakanen said. “I have been doing this for a while, and I have never seen anything like it.” The video began with an introduction from Schmidt. “We have been working all year with Eddy Street Commons trying to evaluate what would be successful and what would be appealing to the Notre Dame student body,” he said. “And I can honestly say that an Urban Outfitters would be a huge success.” Schmidt wore a Polo sweater in the video. “The reason I am not wearing Urban Outfitters clothing is because we don’t have one,” he said. The video showed students from around campus explaining why they would shop at Urban Outfitters in Eddy Street Commons. The retailer received overwhelming support, Schmidt said. “Once we got those votes, we thought Urban Outfitters would be extremely successful,” he said. “There were really not that many retail stores that were close to Notre Dame’s campus.” Schmidt said the store will draw shoppers from campus as well as from the local community. “It is one of those trendy stores that I think will be popular with both Notre Dame students and with South Bend,” he said. “I think we saw, as well as Urban Outfitters and Kite saw, that [Eddy Street Commons] would be a location that would attract both of those markets.” The petition and the video were sent to Urban Outfitters along with a packet of information about the local area, Schmidt said. Hakanen said Urban Outfitters should be successful in this area. “Prior to Eddy Street Commons, there was extremely limited retail close to campus,” he said. “There are a number of college-age retailers at University Park Mall but Urban Outfitters was conspicuously absent.” The next phase for the development will expand Eddy Street Commons onto the next block south, but planning has not begun for the new space, Hakanen said. Hakanen said he hoped Urban Outfitters would draw similar retailers to the development. “We have a strong restaurant line-up, and it is important to balance that,” he said. “Urban Outfitters will be a wonderful, wonderful retailer for the area.”last_img read more

Moderna shares COVID-19 vaccine trial blueprints, will others follow?

first_imgTopics : The vaccine race has become deeply politicized in the US in the run-up to the presidential election in November, as President Donald Trump touts one against criticism of his handling of the pandemic.Trump repeated on Wednesday that the first vaccine would be approved by October, increasing concerns that the White House will place pressure on the approval body, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”I don’t trust Donald Trump,” his rival from the Democratic party Joe Biden said Wednesday.Experts and officials in the Republican president’s administration agree that it’s not possible to predict the results of the trials that are underway, and it’s highly unlikely to have strong data before the end of 2020. Wait for it The reality of an immunization trial is that it’s necessary to wait until a certain number of volunteers become naturally infected, in order to compare outcomes in the placebo group against the group given the vaccine.So the decline in the rate of infection in the US could theoretically delay the results — possibly until December, said Bancel.As of Thursday, Moderna had recruited 25,296 volunteers. Among them, 10,025 had received their second dose, 28 days after the first.It’ll take a few more weeks to recruit the full quotient of 30,000 participants and for them to receive their second doses.Only COVID-19 infections recorded two weeks or more after the second dose are counted, to give the vaccine sufficient time to take effect.Interim analyses by a committee of independent experts are planned over the course of the trial to verify whether a high statistical threshold of effectiveness has been reached, and to monitor for serious side effects.The FDA has stated its bar for approval is a vaccine that reduces the risk of falling sick with COVID-19 by 50 percent.”This has the key information [for] stopping rules, interim analyses and efficacy assumptions. Applaud their transparency,” Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Institute and one of the critics leading the charge against possible political interference, told AFP. Vaccine doses will be initially very limited, according to health authorities.Moderna’s CEO Stephane Bancel said on Thursday his company would know whether their vaccine works by November. October is possible but unlikely, he told CNBC.The trial protocol published Thursday, which runs to 135 pages and is marked “confidential,” fixes the parameters of the experiment.The most important of these is how it will judge whether results are conclusive. center_img Pressure on Moderna also said that 28 percent of its participants were from racial minority groups. Having sufficient participants among black and Hispanic people in particular is crucial in obtaining statistically representative results for these communities that have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic.The decision by Moderna, which has received $2.5 billion in US government money, now leaves the spotlight on Pfizer, the other company in the running for the first US authorization.Its CEO has repeatedly said the company will have its results by the end of October, which is in line with Trump’s wishes.The other frontrunner is AstraZeneca, which has co-developed a vaccine with the University of Oxford. The medicine’s global trials were suspended last week after a participant had an unexplained illness, but were later restarted in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. The US remains the exception for reasons that aren’t yet known.”Transparency is crucial to overcome vaccine hesitancy. Other vaccine makers should follow @moderna_tx lead,” tweeted Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University. US biotech firm Moderna, one of nine companies in the late stages of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, has become the first to publish the complete blueprints of its study following calls for greater transparency.The initiative puts pressure on other companies to follow suit, especially Pfizer, the other American company currently carrying out Phase 3 trials in the US.This is the final stage before approval, in which a vaccine and a placebo are tested on thousands of participants to verify the medicine is safe and effective.last_img read more

Syracuse football’s thin offensive line has a chance at redemption against Virginia Tech

first_imgAs Eric Dungey lay on the ground, center Colin Byrne and right guard Evan Adams stood still staring down at him. A costly error by the two redshirt freshmen manifested in Dungey taking the brunt of their mistake.Wake Forest defensive tackle Josh Banks busted through the core of Syracuse’s offensive line on the third play of Saturday’s contest. Byrne’s body shifted toward the left and Banks split in between him and Adams — right through the A gap.Dungey was sacked, the first of five times against WFU, on his first drop back of the contest. The Orange was forced to punt, and a game in which Syracuse’s offense scored just seven points was off to a start that foreshadowed its end.“The best thing that Wake Forest did was they attacked some of our young people inside,” Orange head coach Dino Babers said, “and we need to be able to do things to help them in that situation.”Without three of its five starters, SU’s offensive line has struggled, especially in the interior. All five linemen against Wake Forest were first-year starters. Byrne, Adams and redshirt sophomore left guard Aaron Roberts make up the group that could be the biggest key for Syracuse’s (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) offense to run smoothly against No. 17 Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarlier in the week, Babers said two of the three injured former starting offensive linemen are “pretty much done for the year.” He didn’t say whom, but redshirt senior right guard Omari Palmer and redshirt senior center Jason Emerich and sophomore left tackle Cody Conway haven’t played in the last three games. Emerich and Palmer are both listed as “out” on this week’s injury report, while Conway was not included.That means the inexperienced group SU is left with is likely the one Syracuse will go with for most of the remainder of the year.MORE COVERAGE:Time machine: Syracuse blows 14-point lead in 22-14 loss to Virginia TechRoundtable: SU’s secondary, second wide receiver and who needs to step upBeat writers predict Hokies to blow out the Orange “With not having a lot of experience on the offensive side, especially in the interior offensive line,” Babers said, “it can be very difficult for them to handle mentally some of the things that are going on.”The Demon Deacons repeatedly sent two players at the A gap — the space between the center and the guard. That meant Byrne had two players coming at him at once and he struggled picking them up, Dungey said.The Orange’s five sacks allowed last week were a season high. And even when Dungey didn’t get sacked, he often scrambled from pressure.“We’re not where we want to be,” Roberts said. “We’re going to get better. We know that.”Offensive line coach Mike Lynch hasn’t changed his approach, Adams said. He’s still consistent in what he preaches. He just needs his players to do their job.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorWhile Palmer and Emerich have been hurt, they’ve assisted Lynch and the rest of the offensive linemen. Adams said Palmer, the player he replaced, has discussed footwork technique and shown Adams drills to practice individually.As a result of Syracuse’s fast-paced style, Roberts said linemen need to understand blitz packages before the game even starts. Seconds before each snap is too late. And against a team like Virginia Tech, which ranks third in the nation in yards allowed per game (237.6), SU can’t afford more mishaps along the offensive line.Before the season started, Babers said games were won and lost in the trenches. He compared linemen to hippos and elephants. And with a matchup against the Hokies looming, SU’s depleted group is prepping to correct its mistakes.“They bring a lot,” Adams said. “They play any front you could think of so it’s going to be important that we stick to our A game.” Comments Published on October 13, 2016 at 11:48 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Essien assured of Chelsea future despite Manchester City interest

first_imgChelsea chairman Bruce Buck has told Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien he will not be part of summer fire sale despite rumours of interest in the 28-year-old in both England and Italy.Essien held talks with Chelsea last week and has been assured by the club that he will not be part of their summer fire sale.The Premier League holders are expected to overhaul their ageing squad this summer, and Essien is among the high profile names linked with a move in the next transfer window.Manchester City and Inter are believed to be eyeing a swoop for the 28-year-old midfielder, whose contract still has another four years to run.Yet Essien held talks with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck on Thursday and was told that he still figures in the club’s long-term plans.“He has spoken to the [Chelsea] chairman,” Essien’s agent Fabien Piveteau told Goal.com. “He will stay at Chelsea next season, the club want him to stay and he will be there for the next four seasons.“Lots of clubs are interested in Michael but the answer is the same – he is very happy at Chelsea. Everything is fine and everybody is happy about Michael’s situation. Now he is looking forward to the future.”Nevertheless, Essien is not regarded as untouchable by Stamford Bridge insiders as he was before a season in which his standards have dipped alarmingly at times.Two serious knee injuries sustained on international duty with Ghana in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons – the second of which kept him out of last summer’s World Cup – have hampered his ability to command the midfield, particularly the torn ligament in his left knee sustained in training while he was participating in the 2010 African Nations Cup.Essien has recovered to be a regular performer in Chelsea’s least successful season of the Roman Abramovich era and has started all the club’s marquee games, often as the anchorman in place of the struggling John Obi Mikel. However, the influence of the versatile midfielder, who signed from Lyon for £24.4 million in 2005, has waned and he will need a strong finish to the campaign to silence the doubters.last_img read more

Meijer Donates $50,000 to Thunder Bay River Center

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Thunder Bay River Center project received a large donation from Meijer today. The building will focus on a five county area and educate people about different aquatic life and other information about these watersheds.Chairman of the board for the Thunder Bay River Center, Roger Witherbee, accepted a check made out to the river center for $50,000. “Its going to be an interpretive center and an education center, and a destination for people to come see all the species,” he says.Warren Richter, Meijer store director, was there to hand the check over, and he said they are excited to contribute to this community. “I think this is by far one of the more exciting ones, because it will be a brand new building that will just be another great gathering place for the community that will also be a great piece of education as well,” he says.Roger Witherbee says the $4 million building is planned to begin construction in 2021.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Meijer Alpena, Thunder Bay RiverContinue ReadingPrevious United Way hands out $200 gift cards to students in needNext Alpena public library to host 29th annual used book salelast_img read more

Nikola Mirotic surprisingly leaves NBA for Euroleague team

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Celtics pursuing Kevon Looney, Enes Kanter Mirotic was expected to be one of the top NBA free agents on the market when it opened earlier this week. He likely would have received offers in the $45 million to $50 million range if he stayed in the NBA, The Athletic notes. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Star wants Magic Johnson in Lakers meeting NBA free agent Nikola Mirotic has decided to sign with Euroleague club Barcelona, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Mirotic was in the market for $45-50M total in contract in the NBA.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 29, 2019There was some speculation that Mirotic may have left the league because he wanted a bigger role in the NBA and he didn’t think he would be able to get it in free agency. But The New York Times reported the Jazz and Mavericks had shown interest in signing him this offseason. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard discuss playing together In a surprising move, Nikola Mirotic has left the NBA to sign with Euroleague club Barcelona, the team announced Saturday.The deal will keep Mirotic with Barcelona through 2020 with the option of a fourth season. Mirotic previously played for Real Madrid in the Euroleague where he was a two-time member of the All-Euroleague Second Team. He played with Real Madrid for five seasons before making the switch to the NBA, where he signed with the Bulls in 2014.He averaged 15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc last season, splitting his time between the Pelicans and Bucks as he was traded at the deadline.last_img read more