Sorry kids, Grandpa’s giving away the penthouse to fight coronavirus

first_imgThe two storey penthouse at Level 10/1001/51 Fifth Ave, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast.Sorry kids, grandpa is spending the inheritance, giving away a penthouse he bought for $2.75m a dozen years ago to help fight coronavirus.MORE: State’s ‘Kardashian Palace’ stripped for saleCoronavirus: Six ways to make social isolation betterHome workers dream of a better life in ByronIn fact, 82-year-old semi-retired builder Keith Drake is a great-grandfather — and originally a Kiwi whose business successes include Drake Homes and Pryde Timbers.Mr Drake said his family – which includes four children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren – was comfortable enough.Keith and Glenda Drake in their Maroochydore penthouse, which they’re auctioning off to raise funds for the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital coronavirus Action Fund.“I have always done a certain amount of giving when I have seen people in need. My own family are all well set up, though not in an extravagant way and I felt the RBWH Foundation needed the funding in this instance.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPenthouse sale funds COVID-19 research01:23Mr Drake has had the penthouse out on rent, after moving to an acreage property five years ago with wife Glenda and their 57-year-old son who needs around-the-clock care as a result of quadriplegia cerebral palsy.“The penthouse brings in a bit of rent, but we don’t need to have it. I know what is more important. I have enough and the family has enough, so I said to Glenda, ‘let’s do it’ and she said yes.”Several tradies put in work for free to ensure the penthouse was top notch before auction.He bought the two storey-luxury penthouse – listed as Level 10/1001/51 Fifth Ave, Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast for $2.75m in 2006. Given the rise of the property market in the past 12 years, expectations are high that it will fetch a significant sum at auction for the coronavirus research work.The proceeds from the auction will go to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation coronavirus Action Fund, which hopes to expand trials on two drugs to treat COVID-19.Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast, QLD.Real estate agents James Henley and Mark Lawler of Richardson & Wrench Coolum are running the auction campaign for Mr Drake, and both have offered to take no commission on it so that every cent goes into finding treatment for COVID-19.Inspired by the decision to donate proceeds, several local tradies had also helped add value to the penthouse, preparing it for auction.The property has three living rooms.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“I reckon that if Shane Warne’s baggy green can generate more than a million for bushfire relief there will be people willing to put their hand up to support efforts to find treatments for COVID-19,” said Mr Lawler in a statement.“Time is not on our side and we will be going out with a short, sharp marketing campaign, with an open negotiation auction that will allow bids to be made and viewed in real time ahead of the closing date of May 16.”The sky home has been rented out for the past few years.The beachside penthouse covers 670sq m across two whole floors, and is a four bedroom, three bathroom home, with a roof deck, private heated swimming pool, covered and open entertaining areas, three living rooms, a walk-in pantry with its own airconditioning, temperature-controlled wine cellar, media room, storeroom and secure parking for four cars. Miele appliances and marble benchtops were in the kitchen, while the master suite was set up in its own wing.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58Mr Drake was inspired to act after seeing Professor David Paterson, Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Director at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research in the news.“I thought they are going to need a bit of money to make this work,” Mr Drake said.The 82-year-old has not stopped working, and is currently looking at a new building consultancy service www.drakehomeconsultants.com.au.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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Foul play suspected in death of British AIDS expert

first_img Share 72 Views   no discussions Tweet NewsRegional Foul play suspected in death of British AIDS expert by: – May 17, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Hilary Hudges AugustinCASTRIES, St Lucia – Questions are being raised about the death of an Englishwoman who relocated to St Lucia with her Rastafarian husband.Hilary Hughes-Augustin, an expert on AIDS, died in a St Lucia hospital two weeks after she was admitted for the treatment of undisclosed injuries.The 50-year-old woman’s death was initially believed to be a “sudden accident”, but police told Britain’s Mail on Sunday that it was now the subject of a “possible murder” investigation after a post-mortem examination raised suspicions of foul play.According to the report, Hughes-Augustin’s devastated father Barry Hughes, a professor of civil engineering at Birmingham University, said he was waiting for news from the police following his daughter’s death earlier this month.“There’s not much we can say at the moment. We may know more in a few days,” he told the newspaper.Police initially said Hughes-Augustin, who styled her hair in dreadlocks after marrying a local Rastafarian understood to be Cleus Augustin, had been the victim of a tragic accident.But, according to the Mail report, Sergeant Emmanuel, acting inspector in charge of the criminal investigation division of the Royal St Lucia Police, said: “What was thought to be an accident could now turn into a murder investigation.”“The evidence warrants a full criminal investigation. We need to establish the merit of this case and have not ruled out this being a murder as opposed to an accident, as was originally thought,” the officer reportedly said.A doctor at the hospital where Hughes-Augustin was treated said a post-¬mortem examination concluded that her death “was not sudden” as police had said, the Mail report continued.The Mail also noted that Hughes-Augustin had petitioned for divorce against her husband in April last year. She was seeking to have the marriage dissolved on the grounds that it had lasted less than five years.Police were quoted as saying that Hughes-Augustin and her husband bought a small house in the rural north-west of the island.  Officers paid her a visit after she complained of being defrauded in a land transaction. “She wanted to press charges, but there was ¬insufficient evidence,” said police, according to the report.The late Hilary Hughes-Augustin was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and attended King’s High School for Girls, a £10,000-a-year day school in Warwick. She later graduated from the University of York.During her career as an expert on AIDS and sexual health, she worked around the world advising major non-profit organisations and served as director of an international development company.She previously worked in health care in Eastern Europe, the United States and Switzerland. In October 2009 she started her own company, Hughes Consulting, from the Caribbean, specialising in advising on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

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AREVALO BRGY ON LOCKDOWN: Treñas orders ‘extreme ECQ’ in Sto. Niño Sur

first_img* city government officials * 48-year-old female (Patient No. 80) Mayor Jerry Treñas. ARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO Within 72 hours or three days, the results of the tests on the close contacts of the five COVID-19 cases would have been released already, and these would be the bases for the city government’s next steps, said the mayor. There would also be mandatory COVID testing on all high-risk and medium-risk contacts of the COVID-19 positive cases to be conducted by the City Health Office. * offices and businesses are closed Barangay Sto. Niño Sur has 2,015 households. * 57-year-old female (Patient No. 79) The four other cases were confirmed just this May 5. Three of them were barangay health workers while the other one was the bookkeeper of the barangay council. He issued Executive Order (EO) No. 070 yesterday ordering an “extreme enhanced community quarantine” (EECQ) in Barangay Sto. Niño Sur. * transportation (private and public) is suspended * 55-year-old female (Patient No. 73) * 48-year-old male (region’s Patient No. 66) * officials of the IATF ILOILO City – With five confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Barangay Sto. Niño Sur in Arevalo district was placed on a 72-hour lockdown beginning 12:01 a.m. yesterday “unless a longer period is required to conduct mandatory random testing,” according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. * city health personnel * 43- year-old female (Patient No. 78) * residents must stay at home * quarantine passes are suspended * healthcare workers, sanitation personnel of city government * police, soldiers, PSTMO, force multipliers and volunteers maintaining peace and order According to Treñas, only a little over 500 test results have been released so far, so the public should not be surprised if the number of confirmed cases would soon increase. All the five Sto. Niño Sur cases were among the so far 1,507 city government frontliners subjected to COVID-19 testing. For the duration of the EECQ, the city government “shall provide the food and medical needs of the residents…Barangay officials shall secure the list of necessary medicines of the residents (and) submit (this) to the City Health Office immediately.” People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. During the three-day lockdown, the following must be observed within the barangay: Treñas tasked the barangay officials of Sto. Niño Sur to enforce his EO with the help of the Iloilo City Police Office, Philippine Army, Bureau of Fire Protection, Public Safety and Traffic Management Office (PSTMO), and force multipliers. * Philippine Red Cross personnel He also identified the following as the only authorized persons to enter and leave Barangay Sto. Niño Sur: * personnel distributing food and medicines to the barangay residents The Barangay Sto. Niño Sur cases – now all at the city government’s quarantine facility – were the following: These restrictions, however, do not apply to persons who need immediate hospital care and management and those persons allowed by the executive order. * Department of Health (DOH) personnel Patient No. 66, the barangay’s – and Arevalo’s – first COVID-19 patient, worked as driver of the Iloilo City Emergency Responders. Part of the EO read: “Whereas, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 11, Series of 2020 provides that a barangay-wide quarantine may be imposed where there are at least two COVID-19 positive cases belonging to different households in the same village.” These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. * Bureau of Fire Protection personnel/PNlast_img read more

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Real Madrid youngster completes loan switch to Villarreal

first_img Loading… Read Also: Chelsea join Man Utd interest in Leicester keeper Schmeichel“Kubo is a young midfielder who has excellent ball control and stands out for his extraordinary ability to beat opponents, as well as his excellent reading of the game.”He’ll be presented to the media at midday today.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Now, he is going to a club that will be playing in the Europa League.“Villarreal and Real Madrid have reached an agreement for the loan of the Japanese midfielder Takefusa Kubo, who will play for the Yellows for the 2020/21 season,” a Villarreal statement released on Monday afternoon started. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Unusual (And Stunning) Human Traits6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian Actresses10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Inventions That Make Our Lives Much Easier7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europecenter_img La Liga side Villarreal have completed the signing of Takefusa Kubo, who joins on loan from Real Madrid for the 2020/21 season.Advertisement The 19-year-old Japanese winger was on loan at Real Mallorca last campaign and scored four goals and provided five assists in 35 LaLiga Santander appearances.last_img read more

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Jonny Evans holding talks with West Brom after fee agreed with Manchester United

first_img Press Association Sport understands the deal will cost the Baggies an initial £6million rising to £8million with add ons. Tony Pulis confirmed his interest in the Northern Ireland international on Friday as he looks to bolster his defence. He said: “Jonny would be a great signing for the football club but it’s down to the money men and his side, it takes three parties, the player and the clubs. I’d love to sign Jonny Evans.” United boss Louis Van Gaal had planned to play Evans in a behind closed doors friendly against Ajax on Thursday but pulled him out of the line up when it became clear they were close to agreeing a deal for the 27-year-old. Evans has made 196 appearances for United, scoring seven goals, since making his debut in 2007 after coming through the ranks at Old Trafford. His move to The Hawthorns is likely to trigger Joleon Lescott’s exit after a year with the Baggies with Aston Villa interested in the defender. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill spoke earlier this week of his surprise at Evans’ lack of game-time for the Red Devils, feeling the six-match suspension incurred for spitting at Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse in early March was a key factor. “I am a bit surprised at how things have worked out for Jonny at United, because when I have seen him play under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal he has done well,” O’Neill, speaking on Wednesday at his latest squad announcement, told t he Belfast Telegraph. The 27-year-old Northern Ireland international will now hold talks with the Baggies ahead of ending his nine-year stay at Old Trafford. A move was made for Evans after Tottenham centre-back Federico Fazio failed to agree a contract to move to The Hawthorns following a day of talks last week. “Sometimes this situation happens when a new manager comes in because he is looking to bring in his own players. “In my view Jonny has been unfortunate with injuries and the suspension last season didn’t help him. I was at Newcastle that night and I thought he played really well and had the opportunity to get a run in the team. It didn’t happen because of a six-match suspension, which I think was unlucky. “For me, Jonny Evans is an excellent player who could play in a top-six team in the Premier League and do a good job for them. “Jonny has known he would be in this type of situation since the end of last season and it hasn’t changed since he went back to United in pre-season. “He has spent most of his career at Manchester United and at his age, 27, this is a very important move for him.” Press Association West Brom have agreed a fee with Manchester United for defender Jonny Evans, Press Association Sport understands.last_img read more

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President Trump to announce run for second term June 18th in Florida

first_imgPresident Trump wants another four years in the White House.Trump confirmed via Twitter Friday that he will be announcing his run for a second term as president on June 18th at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.I will be announcing my Second Term Presidential Run with First Lady Melania, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence on June 18th in Orlando, Florida, at the 20,000 seat Amway Center. Join us for this Historic Rally! Tickets: https://t.co/1krDP2oQvG— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019 The president also said he will be joined by First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.The next presidential election is scheduled for November,2020.last_img read more

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Camptown seeking 4th consecutive victory

first_imgTHE Campbellville-based unit, Camptown, will be seeking a fourth consecutive victory tomorrow when they take on Santos in a fourth round fixture of the Guyana Football Association (GFA)/Stag Premier League at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC), ground.After edging Pele 2-1 on the opening day of the League (Oct. 15), then winning by a similar margin against Northern Rangers five days later, the Campbellville side subsequently edged GFC 1-0 to move to nine points in the points table, with a plus-three goal difference and are second in the league behind Police who also has nine points but with a plus-nine goal difference.Police was down to play Beacons last evening, which means that the outcome of that game would determine who the points’ leader is, after tomorrow’s fixture between Camptown and Santos.Camptown will be hoping that Beacons stage an upset victory over the lawmen while at the same time, getting past Santos who is ranked third in the points’ table with six points and a plus- four goal difference.Santos defeated Northern Rangers 3-0 in their opening game and Pele 2-0 in their second fixture, but suffered a shocking 0-1 defeat at the hands of Flamingo.For tomorrow’s match, Camptown will be hoping that Richie Richards, Oriel Small and Shane Jones, the team’s marksmen, hold their form going into the game.To date, Richards and Small have two goals to their names while Jones inked his name on the scorers’ sheet once.For Santos, William Europe has three goals to his name, while Ryan October and Orin Yarde scored one goal each to date.The feature game from 20:00hrs will see the bottom of the points’ table, Pele, who is yet to register a single point after three outings, and with a minus-four goal difference, taking on host side, GFC, who has five points and a plus-one goal difference.GFC secured a walk over from Flamingo on the opening day of the tournament and this earned them three points and two goals.During the Second Round of matches, the Bourda based team played to a 1-1 draw against Black Pearl and for Round Three, they lost 0-1 to Camptown.Pele on the other hand, lost 1-2 to Camptown, 0-2 to Santos and 1-2 to Riddim Squad.The opening game tomorrow is scheduled for a 16:00hrs start and will see Northern Rangers, who has two points to their name from two losses, against Santos (0-3) and Camptown (1-2) and a 1-1 draw versus Santos taking on Flamingo who has three points with a minus-four goal difference.last_img read more

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‘Pose’ star Indya Moore discusses their entertainment career

first_imgAt a red carpet event last month, Moore wore earrings and held a frame depicting the faces of 17 black trans women who have been murdered in the United States this year. Moore often speaks about widespread injustice on their social media, as well.  QuASA co-director Steven Vargas, the event’s lead organizer, said he wanted to bring Moore to campus because they are a vocal advocate for trans people of color.  Since the premiere of “Pose,” Moore has been a vocal advocate for representation in the entertainment industry and for the liberation of marginalized people across the globe. They’ve been on the cover of multiple magazines and this year were included in TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential worldwide. “Their laugh brought me so much joy,” Lee said. “They’ve been through what seems like about everything in the world, but have still come to find this place of happiness. The event, attended by more than 100 students, was primarily organized by the Queer and Ally Student Assembly but received funding from multiple student organizations, including the Undergraduate Student Government Speakers Committee.  During a question and answer session at the end of the event, one student asked Moore what they do to cope with the trauma they experience while acting and how they stay sane. Pilar Lee, a freshman majoring in journalism, said she enjoyed how genuine and thoughtful Moore was in their responses throughout the evening.  “It means so much to me that they included me,” Moore said. “Mainstream media culture commands relevancy, so marginalized peoples’ absence from those spaces is further marginalizing and undervalues our membership to society.” While discussing their difficulties as a trans and nonbinary person of color, Moore also stressed the privileges they have been allowed, such as appearing cisgender and being relatively lightskinned. “The actors are overwhelmingly celebrated for performing trauma for the entertainment culture,” Moore said. “But still very little to nothing is done about the issues that the stories around our marginalization are about.” Laughter and applause echoed through Bovard Auditorium as actor and model Indya Moore and drag queen and senior Angel Dust conversed and answered questions in front of students Thursday evening.  “I don’t,” Moore responded. “It’s very hard, and I’ve underestimated how taxing performative art is greatly. You’re literally loaning your vessel to the spirit of a character that was created.” Actor Indya Moore (right) and senior and drag queen Angel Dust (left) discussed the difficulties Moore faced starting their career as a trans and nonbinary person of color in the entertainment industry when they signed as a model without pay.  (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) Moore, best known for their role as Angel on the award-winning FX television show “Pose,” began the event by discussing their career before acting when they faced significant difficulties when getting signed as a model, often working without pay and living on the street.  “The things that they put on social media, I’ve noticed its been not only entertaining but educating on their life and what it is to be a nonbinary actor in Hollywood,” Vargas said. “They don’t just speak about the trans community, they also speak about the intersectionality of being a trans person of color.” Moore also discussed the issues surrounding representation in entertainment, pointing to recent shows like “When They See Us,” a four-part miniseries about a group of Black boys, known as the Central Park Five, who were wrongfully convicted for the violent rape of a white woman in the 1980s.  “After I was casted in ‘Pose’ and the premiere was released, a lot of things changed,” Moore said. “I was scouted by someone at [modeling agency] IMG.”last_img read more

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Badgers eager to play in Hockey City Classic

first_imgSenior forward Derek Lee returned to the ice Saturday after missing three games with a concussion. Lee is second on the team in points with 20 on the season.[/media-credit]Seven years ago, 40,890 fans filled Lambeau Field to watch the Wisconsin men’s hockey team down Ohio State 4-2 in the Frozen Tundra Classic during the second-ever collegiate outdoor hockey game.Three years ago on Feb. 6, 2010, the Badgers used two third-period power play goals from Brendan Smith to beat Michigan 3-2 in the Camp Randall Classic in front of 55,031 fans.In just a few days, Feb. 17, 2013 to be exact, Wisconsin will face-off with arch-rival Minnesota at Soldier Field in the long-awaited Hockey City Classic. In a span of seven years, the Badgers will play their third outdoor game – but for the first time, they’ll play a WCHA opponent. And what better opponent to play than the rival Gophers?“This is a lifetime experience,” head coach Mike Eaves said during his Monday press conference. “Going to the place where the Olympics are held and where it sits in the city itself, it’s a life experience. It’s something that – and once again, the kids on our team now that haven’t played outside, they get to talk about this to their kids and grandkids. Being a life experience makes it all worth it.”For most of the skaters, it’s their first outdoor game in years – or ever. For the small handful of seniors on the team, or fifth-year skaters, only defenseman John Ramage saw time on the ice in the 2010 game.With the chance to play outside one more time, Ramage is fully embracing the unique opportunity.“It’s incredible,” Ramage said. “Usually playing outdoors is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I get to do it twice. I’m very lucky and I’m really looking forward to it.”With weather a factor when playing outside, Ramage admitted he hasn’t given his teammates any advice yet, but come Saturday, he’ll be ready with pointers.Fellow senior, forward Derek Lee, had the opportunity to practice at the Camp Randall outdoor rink in 2010. He didn’t get the chance to play in the game – he was only a freshman at the time – but Lee was still wrapped up in the experience. With the 2010 game on campus, it had that extra special feel to it, according to Lee.“It was something cool and I’m sure this weekend will be something similar,” Lee said.But as one of the senior leaders this season – and second on the team in points, with 20 – Lee will certainly get plenty of ice time come Sunday.“I’m glad we’ve got two outdoor games during my four years of being here,” Lee said. “I missed out on the first one a little bit. Now I get to finally do it. I’ve never done something like this so it’ll be exciting and it’s kind of cool that we’re going to a neutral location in Chicago – a place that everyone can familiarize themselves with in Soldier Field.”While Lee relishes his second opportunity to play outdoors, junior defenseman Frankie Simonelli was anticipating the eventual occasion ever since his recruiting visits.“When I came here on my visit – that was a long time ago – they had mentioned they were going to have the one in 2010 and then they said they had also imagined that in the time I was here, there would also be a game,” Simonelli said. “When I came on my visit and saw all the pictures of the previous game in ’06 at Lambeau, I just thought of how exciting that was for those guys. Coming to a big school like this, I knew I would have an opportunity like that.”While he only had to wait about two and a half years, the game is also being played right in his backyard – just 35 minutes up Interstate 290 from his hometown of Bensenville, Ill.“I know a lot of family and friends back home are all excited,” Simonelli said. “Everyone’s asking me a million different questions (about the game). I just tell them ‘I don’t have the answers right now.’ It’s definitely going to be an exciting event for me, my teammates and all the people back home.”While friends, family and fans have been waiting for this weekend, the players themselves are just ready to have some fun in a unique setting against one of their most hated opponents.Regardless of the hype around the event or whether it is someone’s first outdoor game on such a scale, one thing is certain: It’s the way hockey was meant to be played.“It adds that kind of mystique to it,” Lee said. “You’re playing outside where the game originated and people were just doing it for fun. We’re going to do the same thing. We’re going to have some fun out there.”last_img read more

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