It’s Navy’s badger statue, but Wisconsin has grown attached

first_img Twitter Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 30, 2021 It’s Navy’s badger statue, but Wisconsin has grown attached Local NewsUS News Pinterest Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Previous articleCOVID-19 Impact and Recovery Analysis | Die Casting Equipment Market Procurement Intelligence Report Forecasts Spend Growth of over USD 0.78 billionNext articleAs California virus cases fall, more people than ever dying Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin badger statue that has served as a literal touchstone for so many Capitol building visitors that they’ve rubbed the finish off his nose could be headed to another den soon. Navy officials want the statue they loaned to the state more than 30 years ago back. But state historians aren’t letting it go without a fight. The badger is synonymous with Wisconsin. It was selected as the state’s official animal because lead miners in the state’s early days were said to burrow into the ground like badgers. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s athletic teams are known as the Badgers, the school’s mascot is a sassy badger named Bucky and an image of a badger adorns the state flag (although he looks more like a short-tailed beaver than a badger to the untrained eye). Replicas of badgers can be found throughout the state Capitol. But the Badger and Shield statue holds a special place of honor outside the governor’s office. The statue was crafted around 1899 from melted-down cannons taken from Cuba during the Spanish-American War, according to online travel guide Atlas Obscura. It was affixed to the USS Wisconsin battleship before World War I. It spent more than 60 years in a U.S. Naval Academy garden before the academy museum loaned it to Wisconsin in 1988 for a state historical society exhibition that coincided with the recommissioning of the second USS Wisconsin, which was built in Philadelphia. After the exhibition ended, the statue was put outside the governor’s Capitol office in 1989. It has stood there ever since. The building has been closed to the public for nearly a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the statue has been a highlight of tours in recent years, with throngs of adults and children rubbing its nose for good luck. So many people have touched the nose that its bright brassy gleam stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the statue. State Department of Administration officials said the naval academy’s museum contacted them last March about returning the statue so that it could be displayed at the Nauticus Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, where the second USS Wisconsin is now an exhibit. The Nauticus Museum is run by a nonprofit, not the Navy. Messages left at the museum weren’t returned. The naval academy museum extended the loan through mid-September due to COVID-19-related closures. Christian Overland, the head of the Wisconsin Historical Society, wrote a letter to Claude Berube, the naval academy museum’s director, in October asking for a two-year extension on the loan. Overland said the pandemic has driven up shipping costs and that the society uses the statue to help tell Wisconsin children about the state’s ship-making history and its role in Great Lakes commerce. “The children on the tours become very engaged and excited to learn more about the history of the ship industry in our state and in their communities,” Overland wrote. “It would be wonderful to continue telling and sharing stories of the U.S.S. Wisconsin and waterway history of our great state as we keep moving forward.” State Department of Administration spokeswoman Molly Vidal said that as of Monday, the state hadn’t heard back from the museum about extending the loan. Berube said in a phone interview Thursday that he never received the letter, but that the museum has to take back the statue. He noted that the original loan was for five years and has been repeatedly extended to more than 30 years. Berube said permanent loans no longer exist in the museum industry, and though he understands how Wisconsin feels, it’s now another organization’s turn to benefit from displaying the badger. He also noted that the academy museum had to return former President Jimmy Carter’s plebe uniform to his museum in 2019. “Loans are done in good faith,” he said. “I think it’s great that children have been able to see this badger while it was on loan. Now we’re trying to accommodate another facility that has also requested it. There will be a lot of children in the Norfolk area who will be able to enjoy it as well.” ——— Follow Todd Richmond on Twitter: Facebook TAGS  last_img read more

Tix Now Available Now for Laura Benanti & Derek Hough-Led Spring Spectacular

first_img Star Files Related Shows View Comments Seeing this will no doubt put a spring in your step! Tickets are now on sale for the Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular, starring Tony winner Laura Benanti and five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough. Performances will begin on March 12 at Radio City Music Hall, where it will run through May 3. Opening night is set for March 26. The production will be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner as co-creative directors.Penned by Joshua Harmon, the new show featuring the iconic dance troupe is a whirlwind adventure across the Big Apple that tells an inspiring and hopeful story about three New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. The Spring Spectacular will contain 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and a soundtrack of original songs, classics and pop hits.The cast will also include Lenny Wolpe and Jared Grimes. Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne have been tapped to voice the Statue of Liberty and the Alice in Wonderland statue, respectively, while So You Think You Can Dance’s Mia Michaels is set to choreograph the first number. The production will also feature Rockette dance routines reworked from Heart and Lights, which canceled its premiere last year.New York Spring Spectacular is produced by MSG Entertainment and The Weinstein Company (which is working with Paulus on Finding Neverland). Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 New York Spring Spectacular Laura Benantilast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Rank Your Top 10 Favorite Jukebox Musicals

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. As we say a tearful farewell to Broadway’s Mamma Mia! and gear up for Jersey Boys’ upcoming celebrations of 10 years on the Great White Way, we definitely have jukebox musicals on the brain. Defined as a show that uses that uses previously released popular songs for its score, there are many, many musicals to choose. So we want to know: What are your top 10 jukebox musicals? Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip kicked off this new challenge with her list of top 10 picks here. Now it’s your turn…STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more

Heisler: Happily, they’re still the Clippers

first_imgCan Metta World Peace make it back?Are the Clippers still here?Actually, the Clippers play tonight in Vancouver, en route to China with no local newspapers on the trip, meaning it will be almost as if they’ve vanished from the face of the Earth.This is fitting for one of the NBA’s most exciting teams and, recently, one of its most successful, which nevertheless may as well be on the dark side of the moon.No, it’s true. The Clippers’ average of 56 wins the last three seasons is second in the NBA only to San Antonio’s 58, and ahead of No. 3 Golden State’s 55. Questions ringing throughout Southern California at the start of the NBA exhibition season:Can D’Angelo Russell make it big, or medium sized?Can Julius Randle make it back?Can Kobe Bryant make it back? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Clippers are always about to break out of their lowly niche, but for the bad things that kept happening in the playoffs, capped last spring when they were one win from the Western Conference Finals before blowing that 19-point lead in Houston.DeAndre Jordan then agreed to terms with Dallas, seeming to herald the end of the Clippers’ heyday, but a funny thing happened on the way back to the depths whence they came.Jordan did a 180 and re-signed, showing that whatever the Clippers’ issues, there’s still more holding them together than breaking them apart.Coach Doc River insisted last season that their issues were those of a Dream Team, noting teams with real problems don’t do what they have.Whatever you call it, insiders said there was the old one with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, even if they had worked it through, before last season when Jordan decided he wasn’t getting the ball enough either.That Mavs, of course, promised to let DJ be all he could be … and would have until opponents started fouling him, as they would have.As Jordan noted, free agency didn’t turn out to be as much fun as he thought. Re-upping for three seasons means accepting the role that made him a $20 million-a-year player.Rivers, shaken from his reverie, told Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, “It might have been my front-office wake-up call. I was not a pleasant guy to me or my staff after I thought we lost him — and even after we got him back. We had a lot of ‘come-to-Jesus’ meetings.”If Rivers made bad calls as fledgling basketball boss, his cachet is the reason that players like Paul Pierce and Josh Smith are still coming for less than other teams would pay.Of course, if they had Dream Team issues before …Rivers’ cachet derives from his time in Boston, where his 2008 champions had fabulous chemistry from the day that Kevin Garnett arrived.Rivers notes that it wasn’t as effortless in 2010 when all seemed to fall down around them before they astonished everyone by making the NBA Finals and led the Lakers by 13 in the third quarter of Game 7 before Metta, of all people, led the Lakers’ comeback.Whatever chemistry is, the Clippers are no longer taking theirs for granted.“Chemistry can grow,” said Rivers. “I go to 2010 when we (Celtics) had no chemistry. People were giving up on us. And all of a sudden the second half of the year, things started clicking, guys started getting together. Next thing you know, we’re in the Finals.“It can happen, I think, a lot of ways. Golden State last year started with it. When we played them in preseason, I could write, ‘Oh, oh.’“You could just see it. They got it, they made up their mind to play a certain way, they bought into it.“And that’s part of chemistry, too, Chemistry isn’t just getting along, it’s buying into whatever you’re doing, even if you don’t all love it.”So their heyday continues. Here’s a new notion in their long, colorfully woebegone tradition:Happily for the Clippers, they’re still the Clippers.last_img read more

Russell puts practice into play with swift KO

first_imgWray and Nephew Middleweight Contender 2015 champion, Kemahl Russell, ended a three-month overseas training stint in fine style last Saturday night, when he knocked out his Mexican opponent Hector Nava at one minute and 35 seconds of the first round. The fight, which was scheduled for six rounds, took place in Mexico. Russell has been training in Brooklyn, New York, for the past three months at the world famous Gleason’s Gym, under the guidance of renowned trainer Hector Roca, who has several world champions in his camp. Among them is Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley, who recently regained her World Boxing Council super bantamweight title, with a points victory over Christina McMahon. Russell, who now has an 8-0 record, told The Gleaner that he went into the fight very confident and set about putting into action some of what he had learnt from Roca. He said: “I started throwing punches to the body the way that Hector taught me and I was pleasantly surprised how effective I was. I really learnt a lot from him.” Nava, who had three fights going into Saturday’s contest, tried to be aggressive at the start, but was quickly put on the defensive and as the round neared the end, two hooks to the body, a right then a left, put him down. He managed to get up, but was hurt and grimacing in pain. He took the full count bent over. Russell said he would have liked the fight to have gone on a bit longer, so that he could try out some of the other things he had learnt, but was happy to get the victory. “Next year is going to be a very important one for me and this is just the start of what I hope will be great things,” he added. He returns to Jamaica next week.last_img read more


first_imgA Ramelton woman is launching a unique appeal to help people less well-off than herself.Myrtle Doherty is launching her annual appeal for nappies, clothes, toiletries and medication for the Vesnova orphanage in Belarus.This collection is done on behalf of the Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group who do fantastic work in the Belarus. There are more than 170 children in this orphanage and conditions are not ideal by any means but have improved considerably with the help of lots of volunteers and groups.Some of the goods gathered by Myrtle during last year’s collection.Last year the group sent 20,000 nappies and a large consignment of clothes, shoes, toiletries, toys, play equipment and vital medications from Donegal.If anyone would like to donate to this appeal, please call Myrtle on 0876825387 or 0749151671.  RAMELTON WOMAN LAUNCHES APPEAL TO HELP ORPHANAGE was last modified: March 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:aidcollectiondonegalMyrtle DohertyRameltonlast_img read more

Jake Amo: Ghanaian toddler breaks the internet

first_img3 November 2016During October, various internet photo memes popped up featuring a Ghanaian toddler absorbed in his art work. The boy became a viral sensation across social networks in South Africa, and now the full, inspirational story behind the photo has been revealed. According to This is Africa, the original 2015 photo of the boy, Jake Amo, was taken by American photographer Carlos Cortes. Cortes was in the country, following renowned Ghanaian artist Solomon Adufah, who was returning to his home country after growing up in the US.The two visited a pre-school in the village of Asempanaye, in the Koforidua region, as part of Adufah’s project to promote art classes in Ghanaian schools, where the image of Jake was taken.Adufah shared one of Cortes’s photos on Instagram in January 2016, to help to promote his project. But it was only in September and October that South African internet users took to remixing the photo into comic memes.But it’s not all about the laughs. Thanks to the popularity of the meme and the story behind it, people have started to contribute to Adufah’s art initiative, Homeland Ghana, raising more than $4 000 within 48 hours for art education in and art supplies for Ghanaian schools.Dear Internet, let’s donate to Jake. The kid we have had fun with. Let’s be as enthusiastic about donating.— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) October 27, 2016While initially surprised and somewhat apprehensive by the popularity of the Jake meme, Adufah told the BBC he was happy that it had inspired the world to find out more about his home country and to contribute to the Homeland Ghana project. He said: “This money could make a huge difference to the kids – this could be something really positive going forward.”You: But I was here just 30 minutes ago, do you really have to sign me in again?New Security Guard:— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) October 24, 2016The memes range from tongue-in-cheek observations on local politics and social absurdities to references to other popular culture. Most are light-hearted and respectful of the image of the young Ghanaian boy.When the teacher asks you to write a list of noisemakers and someone you hate coughs……— Night King (@Omarvelli) October 23, 2016Speaking fondly of the time he spent with the children at the school, Adufah recently addressed the online popularity of the photo on his Instagram profile, along with new photo of Jake.In the post, he writes “everyone say hi to my buddy Jake. These were moments in Ghana during my art workshop with the kids. Each kid received brand new set of crayons, pencil colours, pencils, toys and other wonderful goodies. The expressions on their faces were heartfelt.”Adufah will be returning to Ghana in 2017 with his Homeland Ghana project, where he will continue to work with the children, while providing resources for their art classes. His ultimate goal, he says, is an art school and community centre that will inspire children to follow their artistic dreams.Meanwhile, Jake, who has just turned four, is apparently still unaware of his online fame and is much more interested in continuing with his drawing.Source: This is reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using materiallast_img read more

3 Reasons Why Digital Detox Is So Enticing

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit But, most of all, I did nothing – and it was great. I could physically feel my head rising above the water again as the stream of information subsided. My wife told me I was more fun to be around, probably because I wasn’t tutting at my phone every 10 seconds.Can digital detoxing help you relax, unclutter your mind and make you happier?It’s no use asking me. There’s only one way to find out. Are you brave enough to try it?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Guest author Sam Hailes is a freelance journalist from the UK.“What does this button do?”  That was the cryptic yet clever final tweet from John Mayer in 2010 when he abandoned his 3.7 million followers.5% off your food bill. That was the offer that LA restaurant Eva gave to customers who surrendered access to their mobile phone for the duration of their meal.“Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage.” That is the error message that frustrates, angers and infuriates millions of people across the world.What has happened to us?15 years ago nobody banked online, updated their status or Instagrammed their food. Now, we’re all doing it. Even that last one (admit it). Plugging in to the Web has many benefits. But for some the whole experience has become overwhelming. Could interest in the Internet really be waning?Perhaps.A growing chorus is rising up from people glued to their computer screens. They complain of distracting noise and nonsense dominating their Twitter feeds and Facebook timelines.Quit The Web Or Quit Smoking?If switching off sounds tough, though, you’re not alone. A 2011 survey found participants complaining that digital detoxing was about as difficult as quitting smoking.Still, plenty of people are giving it a try. During the Christmas 2012 period, some 600,000 UK users deleted their Facebook accounts. Being online, especially when viewed through the lens of making and building friendships, may not be as cool as it used to be.Web users are discovering three big problems:1. Too Big To Keep UpThe Web allows almost anyone to become a publisher, and various guestimates put the number of active blogs at a whopping 450 million. And that’s just the ones written in English!The sheer quantity of information has become overwhelming, and it continues to grow exponentially. That’s great for Wikipedia, but not so great for our brains.2. Clogged BrainsThe average American consumes 100,500 words a day. Three quarters of our waking day is spent consuming information. The effects can be stupifying as well as enlightening.Have you ever had a day when you’ve done nothing but stare at a screen yet feel as if you’ve just run a marathon? Do you have more than 10 tabs open in your browser most of the time? Do you have social media apps on your phone, always running in the background?While our brains may need to stop and switch off, occasionally, the Internet never takes a break.3. Driving Us To DistractionWhether you spend hours looking at pictures of cats or The Huffington Post, the problem is the same. You’re distracting yourself with information. The knowledge that there’s so much information out there just waiting to be consumed makes us jumpy. We barely digest one cute cat picture before moving on to a top 10 list. (Heck, I’m be surprised you’re still reading this!)Switching OffIs it any wonder that more people are switching off – even if only for a limited time? The feedback from those who’ve tried it is nearly unanimously positive.Talking about the two week period when he denied himself Internet access, Mark Hooper wrote in the Observer:I read more, I cooked more, I wrote a few postcards (and managed to forget to leave enough space for the stamp). I drew. I went on long walks. I drove to Hastings and ate chips on the beach. I watched more curling in the Winter Olympics than I would have thought humanly possible. I rediscovered the rare thrill of staying up until midnight on a Saturday night to see if my football team had won (we’re in the Championship) or – better yet – only finding out when I opened the Sunday papers. Tags:#Pause Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sam hailes Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Lampard endorses Chelsea move for Dzeko

first_imgTransfers Lampard endorses Chelsea move for Dzeko Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 18:15 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edin Dzeko Getty/Goal Transfers Chelsea Edin Džeko Roma Serie A Premier League The Blues are still to get an agreement for the Roma striker over the line, but the former England midfielder believes he would be a decent addition Frank Lampard has backed Chelsea’s move for Edin Dzeko and believes that he offers the “something different” that the Blues need.Antonio Conte has regularly bemoaned an inability to get top targets through the door at Stamford Bridge.Further reinforcements are still required, having lost the title-winning experience of Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, with the London club currently in talks with Dzeko. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Eden Dzeko lAMPARD eLampard feels the former Manchester City star would be a shrewd addition, with the Bosnia international a better fit for a club of Chelsea’s stature than other mooted targets such as West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Stoke City’s Peter Crouch.The Blues legend told the Evening Standard: “Carroll and Crouch are not the kind of names Chelsea have gone for in the past.“But January is a tough one and [Alexis] Sanchez is a one-off. The majority of the time you’re looking at making minor adjustments.“If it’s a Crouch or Carroll, it’s just a back-up but Dzeko is something different. He is a very good player, an all-round striker with all the attributes.“In terms of investing heavily, that will come in the summer. It’s very easy to say that Crouch and Carroll are not Chelsea signings but it’s not an indication of where Chelsea are going.“It is more a sign that the manager doesn’t think they strengthened enough last summer.”Chelsea  are currently third in the Premier League standings while also readying themselves for an FA Cup fourth round clash with Newcastle and a heavyweight last-16 encounter with Barcelona in the Champions League.There is, therefore, still all to play for, with Lampard convinced that a testing season can end on a high.He said: “This is when the experienced players are vital – there is nothing wrong with getting everyone together and reminding everyone to push.“Chelsea do need to get their act together. They have the spirit there. They have the players.“When Chelsea get it right, as we saw last season, they can take on anybody. It is certainly not the time to give up.”last_img read more

10 months ago’Sick for football’ – Arsenal boss Emery given bizarre nickname by ex-players

first_img‘Sick for football’ – Arsenal boss Emery given bizarre nickname by ex-playersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery earned himself a bizarre nickname while managing at Almeria.The Spaniard helped Almeria to promotion to La Liga in 2007 before earning his first big move by joining Valencia a year later.According to Romaine Molina, the author of Unai Emery: El Maestro, the 47-year-old was known as a football nut by his players.”He is mad for football, he loves it,” Molina revealed.”His nickname when he was younger was ‘infermo de futbol,’ which means ‘sick for football’.”That is what one of his former players Laurent de Palmas used to say.”He told me that the players thought he breathed football, he sleeps football, maybe he even f***s football.”And he wasn’t laughing, he was serious while he was telling me.”Emery has had an instant impact since replacing Arsene Wenger in the summer. The Gunners are currently three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more