first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rubie’s Costume Company’s tag line is “the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of costumes,” but it might as well be “Halloween starts here.”The company’s costumes fill the shelves of stores ranging from Walmart to temporary  Halloween shops, in addition to Rubie’s megastores in Melville, Westbury, and Richmond Hill, Queens. It’s a costume king — a global giant that virtually owns the holiday the way the NFL owns Sundays.“This year is a superhero year for Halloween,” the company’s blog says.It all started with Rubie’s Candy Store, founded in 1951 by Rubin, aka Rubie, and Tillie Beige in Queens, selling comic books, candy, and novelties. A decade later, they renamed the shop Rubie’s Fun House and began selling hats, costumes, accessories, wigs, and masks.In the 1970s, their son Marc Beige changed the name to Rubie’s Costume Company, became president, and grew it into a licensing and costume giant. His brothers Howard and Joel and sister Maxine help him run the family business, which is now headquartered in Melville.A family owned and operated business for nearly 70 years, its costume catalogue — yes, it includes outfits for pets — is the size of the telephone book for a large city. The founding family’s third generation is now involved in the company that, if it doesn’t own Halloween, owns a lot of the licenses that fuel the holiday, from classic to current properties.The company is now a superhero when it comes to costumes, with new 2019 licenses including Aquaman, Men in Black, and Captain Marvel characters. Those are the latest in a long list of licenses. Popular lines and licenses include Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Where’s Waldo?, and Star Wars characters as well as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and more.Girls are going for Jojo Siwa costumes with a nod to Nickelodeon and DC Super Girls costumes including Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Batgirl.For the family behind Rubie’s, the trick to their success is obtaining the rights to characters in demand and making the right costumes at the right price. After that, the business is a treat — for the company and its customers around the world.last_img read more


first_imgJan 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Canada today reported its third confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), just 9 days after confirming its second case.The case was in an Alberta beef cow just under 7 years old, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said. “No part of the animal has entered the human food or animal feed systems,” the agency said.The cow was tested in Canada’s normal BSE surveillance program, which targets high-risk cattle, officials said.The CFIA said the definitive diagnosis of BSE, or mad cow disease, was made today at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health in Winnipeg. An initial test by Alberta authorities was inconclusive, prompting confirmatory testing at the Winnipeg lab.Investigators have identified the cow’s birthplace and determined that it was born in March 1998—after Canada imposed its 1997 ban on the feeding of ruminant animal protein to ruminants. “Based on preliminary information, feed produced prior to the introduction of the 1997 feed ban in Canada remains the most likely source of infection in this animal,” the CFIA said.Cattle are believed to contract BSE by eating protein from infected cattle. Until 1997, both Canada and the United States allowed the use of cattle parts in cattle feed. Humans who eat meat products from BSE-infected cattle are thought to be at risk for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the fatal human equivalent of BSE.”Public health remains protected through the removal of specified risk material (SRM) from all animals slaughtered for human food,” the CFIA said. SRMs are tissues that are likely to contain the BSE agent if the cow is infected.The CFIA said Canada’s BSE safeguards “have been designed with the understanding that BSE is potentially present in a small and declining number of animals. This includes animals born before and shortly after the 1997 feed ban. The Government of Canada continues to believe that the ruminant to ruminant feed ban introduced in 1997 has limited the spread of BSE and remains effective.”The initial announcement of Canada’s second BSE case came Dec 30, the same day the US government announced plans to lift its BSE-related ban on the importation of live Canadian cattle. Starting Mar 7, the US Department of Agriculture plans to allow the importation of Canadian cattle less than 30 months old and destined for slaughter before they reach that age. The move was based on a determination that Canada is a “minimal risk” country for BSE.The head of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Dr. Ron DeHaven, said today that the USDA is still confident that Canadian and US BSE safeguards provide “utmost protections” to US consumers and cattle. However, he said the agency will send a technical team to Canada to look into the latest cases.”Since this animal was born shortly after the implementation of Canada’s feed ban and to determine if there are any potential links among the positive animals, we will expedite sending a technical team to Canada to evaluate the circumstances surrounding these recent finds,” DeHaven said.”We appreciate Canada’s willingness to cooperate and assist us in these efforts,” he added. “We will continue our ongoing work with Canadian officials in their epidemiological investigations to determine the facts of these cases. . . . The result of our investigation and analysis will be used to evaluate appropriate next steps in regard to the minimal risk rule published last week.”All three of Canada’s BSE cases have occurred in Alberta. The first was discovered in May 2003, and the second was confirmed on Jan 2 of this year. The latter involved an 8-year-old dairy cow from a farm northwest of Edmonton. The CFIA said the investigation of the latest case is independent of the probe into the second case.The United States’ only known BSE case, discovered in Washington state in December 2003, involved a cow that came from an Alberta herd.USDA officials have said that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) classifies a country as “minimal risk” if fewer than two cows for each million cattle older than 24 months are found to have BSE during the previous 4 years. Canada has about 5.5 million cattle in that age range, which would allow for up to 11 BSE cases without jeopardizing its minimal-risk status.See also:Statement by Dr. Ron DeHaven of USDA APHISlast_img read more


first_imgKilburn’s Ashley Theophane will defend his British light-welterweight crown against English champion Nigel Wright in Sunderland on 10 December.Theophane (30-4-1) will take on the Durham fighter (24-6-1) at the Peterlee Leisure Centre in the second defence of the belt he won by beating Lenny Daws at Wembley Arena in February.The 31-year-old Theophane, who is currently training in New York, wants to challenge for a world title next year.AdChoices广告He recently signed with promoter Ricky Hatton – himself a former world light-welterweight champion – and is keen to take on WBO title-holder Timothy Bradley or Mexican legend Erik Morales, who has the WBC belt.last_img read more


first_img Published on April 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Comments In less than nine minutes, Alyssa Costantino already had three saves. But she also already allowed a pair of goals.After clearing the ball following a point-blank save against Dartmouth’s Liz Calby, Costantino, the Syracuse goaltender, jogged over to the sideline to talk to her position coach, Brett Queener.‘(He said to) just make an adjustment with the defense on how to handle the players around the crease,’ Costantino said. ‘And that’s one good thing about our defense, they’re really good at adjusting to any situation, so they took that advice and used it for the rest of the game, which helped us.’From there, Costantino was nearly unbeatable. The goaltender allowed just a breakaway goal over the next 21 minutes of the half to help No. 2 Syracuse to a 22-4 blowout victory over No. 6 Dartmouth on Monday. The sophomore stopped seven of the Big Green’s 10 shots on goal to give the Orange (9-2, 4-0 Big East) a commanding 13-3 halftime lead over Dartmouth (8-2, 4-0 Ivy League) and roll to the easy victory.Costantino handed the reins to Kelsey Richardson at halftime, but the goaltender’s excellent first half made the rest of the game easy for the freshman and the rest of the SU defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We just worked on like our fundamentals today,’ SU defender Becca Block said. ‘… And our goalies really stepped up when we needed them. They made some good saves.’Entering Monday’s game, it was the Dartmouth’s goaltending that was expected to control the game. Kristen Giovanniello entered the game with the third-highest save percentage in the nation, saving 51.6 percent of her shots faced, but she didn’t make her first save until the 7:26 mark of the first half and allowed 13 goals in the opening frame.On the other end, Costantino was putting on a clinic.‘Dartmouth’s not a high-scoring team. They’re more of a defensive-oriented team,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘They’re supposed to be the defensive squad. … (Us) just getting turnovers and pressuring shots and you get the saves, they’ve continued and they’ve worked hard this year.’Costantino didn’t allow a goal for nearly the final 15 minutes of the first half while the Syracuse attack unit was busy scoring nine of its own. The SU goalie also held Dartmouth scoreless on three free-position opportunities in the first half.Late in the first half, Costantino made an excellent point-blank save on Lindsey Allard, but the midfielder was fouled and drew a free-position shot. That was no issue for Costantino, as the goaltender made yet another excellent stick save to deny the sophomore’s shot headed for the bottom right corner of the net.Plays like these were made easier by the physical play of the Syracuse defense. It forced a weak first attempt and a swarming mentality that forced Allard to shoot earlier than she may have liked on her free-position attempt.‘With the help of the defense giving me those pressured shots, they’re easy saves to make,’ Costantino said, ‘so that helped me get in my rhythm and to further play for the rest of the half.’Although Costantino heaps much of the credit onto the once again phenomenal play of the defense in front of her, the goaltender’s teammates and coach weren’t as shy to give the sophomore credit.Despite Dartmouth’s tendency to lean on its defense, it is still one of the nation’s elite squads, and a fast-paced game like Monday’s, which saw 26 combined goals, would expect to yield more than four scores for the loser.It takes more than just a good defense to do that.‘She played great, she really did,’ Gait said. ‘She was focused and I think her defense supported her, got pressure on some of those shots, allowed her to get into the flow of it and just played solid.’dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more