Members reflect on past year, look forward

first_imgThe Campus Life Council wrapped up discussions for the year Monday with closing comments on the academic environment on campus and the Council’s effectiveness as a part of student government.Former student body president Grant Schmidt presented an executive summary of the previous weeks’ talks on intellectual engagement. “The point of this document is really a transition piece so the ideas that we have worked on do not get lost in conversation between this year and next year,” former chief of staff Ryan Brellenthin said. The summary included setting up an online debate forum for students to share their ideas in a blog format, keeping lecture topics general and more appealing, encouraging more dorm events and connections between the academic commissioners and televising lecture and events through NDtv. “One of the great blessings of this University that I have experienced over a period of time is that people are not cutthroat with each other,” Sorin College rector Fr. Jim King said.The suggestions that the Council members will pass on to the incoming student government focus on extracurricular competition that is fun for students and unique toNotre Dame, said former senator Chase Riddle. The Council also reflected on other discussions from the span of the year and provided feedback for future Council members. “The great part of this Council is that it is not just students,” Schmidt said. Rectors and administrators on the council are able to check some student opinions, but also provide affirmation for others, he said. King said he hoped to see the Council hold future discussions on the role, importance and quality of hall government. “What attraction do I have to join hall government if I am made to feel like a gopher?” he said.The government inside residence halls needs to be more autonomous and less directed by outside groups, King said.Over-programming on campus has led to hall government taking the role of liaison for different agencies, and dorm events fall from the precedent, former director of external affairs Gus Gari said. “Hall government should be student-based and student-run rather than agency-based,” he said.Former Hall Presidents Council co-chair Brendan McQueeney emphasized the need for tangible goals to bring action to student government rather than turning meetings into lists of announcements. “By having these simple conversations we are really making a difference and improving the University,” Schmidt said.last_img read more

Here’s To the Ladies Who Tony! Watch Nikki M. James Pay Tribute to Every Best Featured Actress Tony Winner Ever

first_img Audra McDonald Laura Benanti Nikki M. James Les Miserables Andrea Martin Star Files Beth Leavel Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Shows Kristin Chenoweth View Comments View All (6) Broadway’s newest Eponine and Tony winner Nikki M. James is certainly not on her own when it comes to being one of the many talented ladies of Broadway. At a performance at Joe’s Pub, James paid tribute to the fellow winners of the Tony’s Best Featured Actress category by singing all of their names. That’s right, every single one, including Betty Buckley, Beth Leavel, Lilias White, Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti, Sara Ramirez, Audra McDonald and Andrea Martin for Pippin. Click below to watch James try to find another word that rhymes with Tony (that isn’t pony) then head to the Imperial Theatre in March to see her in Broadway’s revival of Les Misérables.last_img read more

Ocean to Table

first_imgBarbara Worley grew up on the coast of North Carolina and considers herself an oyster connoisseur. La Keshia Levi, on the other hand, shudders at the thought of eating an oyster. But after attending a two-day Ocean to Table workshop, both University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agents are prepared to encourage residents in their counties to eat more Georgia seafood.The brainchild of Chatham County Extension FACS Agent Jackie Ogden, the workshop series is designed to increase consumers’ and UGA Extension agents’ knowledge and awareness of Georgia seafood.“Living here on the coast, I eat Georgia seafood, but I see that not everyone in Georgia does,” Ogden said. “With the current growth of Georgia’s oyster and clam industry, I saw the need to encourage Georgians to see the health benefits of eating seafood.”The seafood most commonly harvested from the Georgia coast are shrimp, clams, oysters, blue crabs and fish. Georgia fishers catch favorites like sea bass, snapper and mahi-mahi as well as lesser-known species like triggerfish and sheepshead.Funded by a UGA Extension Innovation Grant, the workshops are presented through a partnership between UGA Extension and Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant.“With these grants, I wanted to foster innovation, partnership and collaboration in Extension programming. This particular project brings the expertise of UGA Extension and Marine Extension together to create a better program,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for Extension. “That exemplifies the true spirit of the land-grant mission.”Three workshops were presented to educate the public, then two train-the-trainer workshops prepared county agents to teach seafood programs.The most recent workshop was held May 23 and 24 at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island, Georgia. This Ocean to Table workshop included an overview of the nation’s seafood industry and taught the county agents who are piloting the program how to handle and cook seafood, read product labels, and use proper portion sizes.The county agents also cracked and ate Georgia blue crab, dined on deviled crab, roasted oysters and had a low country boil, took a boat trip on the waterways near Skidaway Island, tried crab fishing, and toured Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s oyster hatchery at the Shellfish Research Lab on Skidaway Island, the only such hatchery in the state. To better understand the deep history of Georgia’s seafood industry, the group also toured the Pin Point Heritage Museum, the former home of A.S. Varn & Son Oyster & Crab Factory located in the heart of a Gullah/Geechee community.“I’ve lived in Georgia since 2000, and I didn’t know that we produced so much seafood,” said Levi, who is based in middle Georgia’s Houston County. “I knew I was going to learn a lot in this program, but I had no idea that I was going to get to try all the different types of seafood and get so much hands-on experience, and I went on my first boat ride.”Levi even ate roasted oysters.She plans to incorporate the health benefits of eating seafood into the trainings she offers, especially those for pregnant women. She will also encourage Houston County restaurants to serve more Georgia seafood.Worley was amazed by how much she learned in the workshop.“I’m a scuba diver. I’ve picked up lots of oysters, but I never knew they were transgender until we toured the hatchery,” she said.Her goal was to return to Forsyth County with information about the type of Georgia seafood available to her clients and how they can access it. She now plans to brainstorm with other metro area FACS agents to develop a seafood education program that can be used in multiple counties.Ogden says she knew the key to reaching Georgians was to train her fellow FACS agents, who share health and wellness information year-round and are constantly on a mission to improve the health of Georgians.Americans consume 4.8 million pounds of seafood each year, but the average American eats less than 15 pounds of seafood a year, according to Bryan Fluech, associate Marine Extension director at Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant.“Living in Brunswick, my family probably ate 15 pounds of seafood last night,” said Fluech, who helped to organize and teach many of the Ocean to Table sessions. “But when I was a child, I thought of shrimp as a special-occasion food, something that was served on holidays.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends eating two to three servings of seafood per week, but only 1 in 5 Americans meets that dietary recommendation. Fatty fish are one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease. Fluech believes Georgians would increase their consumption of seafood if they knew seafood contains essential vitamins and minerals like zinc, iodine, iron, calcium and selenium.“People may think they don’t like fish, but there are hundreds of species, and they don’t all taste the same,” Fluech said. “Fish is very affordable, too, if you just learn to diversify your palate.”It’s rare, but eating too much seafood can increase a person’s mercury levels. Fluech said the key to keeping mercury levels low is to eat a variety of seafood, such as shrimp, salmon, pollock, cod, catfish, crab, scallops, clams and oysters, which are low in mercury.Workshop participants also took advantage of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s mercury hair-testing program and submitted a few strands of hair to be tested. This test is available to the public for $20. Call 912-262-3338 for details.“The agents are now prepared to answer questions about seafood consumption, like knowing the mercury levels in fish, and are ready with suggestions and specific seafood recipes to help clients prepare seafood for their families,” Ogden said.To learn more about incorporating seafood into your diet, go to read more

Peach Trees

first_imgPeach tree buds are naturally protected from freezing temperatures, but unseasonably warm temperatures in early February have some Georgia trees already beginning to bloom.Trees that begin to flower this early in the growing season are much more susceptible to a late freeze in March, according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Peach and Taylor counties.“As long as temperatures stay cool, that will keep the peach orchards protected from running into a mid-March freeze, which is what we encountered last year. February was so warm last year, it got us blooming early. The flowers started to pop out the first of March and then we had two freezes, on March 9 and 15,” Cook said. “That really hurt the crop’s potential.”While a late freeze is cause for concern for Georgia peach farmers, most trees appear to have received enough chilling hours to produce a crop. Peaches need chill hours with temperatures between 32 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit to mature and break dormancy. Cook said growers prefer to get around 1,000 hours to satisfy all peach varieties. Chill hours are recorded from Oct. 1 to Feb. 15.“Farmers are optimistic about this year’s peach crop because they feel like we’ve gotten enough chill hours to make a good crop. It’s just when you start seeing these warm temperatures and peaches start to advance the first week of February, it gets the farmers a little bit on edge,” Cook said.Georgia growers endured a disastrous crop in 2017. A mild winter contributed to an 80 percent loss of the state’s peach crop. Cook estimates that approximately 70 percent of those losses can be attributed to a lack of chilling hours.For more information about growing peaches in Georgia, visit read more

Russia to overtake Indonesia as top exporter of thermal coal by 2040

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Hellenic Shipping News:Russia is expected to overtake Indonesia as the biggest exporter of coal by 2040, as the Southeast Asian country’s thermal coal production stagnates, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.In the report, IEA Southeast Asia Energy Outlook, released at the Singapore International Energy Week 2019, the agency said that with stagnating investment in coal mines in the 2020s, Indonesia will likely see its output decrease through 2030.Indonesia is the world’s largest thermal coal exporter and accounts for almost 90% of Southeast Asia’s coal production, IEA said in its report.The IEA stated that in its outlook scenario, Indonesia’s exports are likely to decline from 350 million mt of coal equivalent presently to 210 million mt of coal equivalent in 2040.“A growing share of production is destined to serve increasing domestic demand, while output declines by 14%,” it said.However, the report highlighted that Indonesian suppliers might also respond rapidly to price signals from international markets and ramp up production and exports when seaborne prices become more attractive.The report noted that with the volume of coal traded in the world projected to stay broadly flat up to 2040, Australia and Russia are well-positioned to increase exports to offset the reduced role of Indonesia, which serves Asian markets predominantly.“By 2040, Indonesia is overtaken by Russia in terms of export volumes,” the report said.More: Russia to overtake Indonesia as top exporter of thermal coal by 2040: IEA Russia to overtake Indonesia as top exporter of thermal coal by 2040last_img read more

Chinese man had H5N1; WHO hones pandemic plans

first_imgMar 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – As the H5N1 avian influenza virus continued to claim human victims, World Health Organization (WHO) and other experts met in Geneva today for a 3-day conference to hone the agency’s pandemic response plan.Human death toll reaches 95The WHO has updated its avian flu case count to add the Mar 2 death in China of a 32-year-old man from Guangdong province. His case, suspected last week, was confirmed yesterday by Chinese authorities and noted today in a WHO announcement. It boosted the WHO’s count of human cases to 175, with 95 deaths.The case is the first identified from Guangdong, which is near Hong Kong, WHO said.The news prompted Hong Kong authorities to suspend shipments of live poultry from Guangdong into Hong Kong for 3 weeks, according to Xinhua, China’s government news agency. The story noted that Hong Kong usually imports 30,000 live birds a day from the neighboring province.A senior WHO official in Beijing told a Canadian Press (CP) reporter yesterday there may be more human cases in China than the central ministry is reporting.”It’s very conceivable that there are more cases,” said Dr. Henk Bekedam, the WHO representative in China. “But we do not have the impression, at least from the central ministry, that they are hiding information from the outside world.”If underreporting is occurring, it’s likely due to central authorities lacking the full picture of the problem, he told CP. Bekedam added that he believes China has a capacity problem in trying to identify infected poultry and people.”There are some big problems in a country like China,” he said. “But our sense is when the central Ministry of Health knows about it and when they have done their confirmation test, that we are being informed.”In other avian flu news from China today, Health Minister Gao Qiang announced, “There is no human-to-human transmission of bird flu in China,” according to the Filipino news service Indonesia, a pregnant woman who was being treated for avian flu-like symptoms died today in Jakarta, Bloomberg News reported. The story did not say when she was due to deliver but added that her child didn’t survive.In addition, a 10-year-old boy from Surakarta in Central Java, who was suspected of having avian flu, died Mar 4, the Jakarta Post noted today.Meanwhile, Interfax news and other outlets reported yesterday that H5N1 is considered a possible culprit in the deaths of two people in Azerbaijan. Six members of the same family were being treated at a hospital there for suspected avian flu, Interfax reported. Two of them, both girls, died in the past few days, Azerbaijan’s deputy health minister, Abbas Velibekov, told journalists.”Those hospitalized have been diagnosed with acute pneumonia, but the cases arouse a great deal of suspicion,” he told Interfax and other media on Sunday. The story did not cite other signs pointing to avian flu or say whether the family lived near previously noted bird outbreaks, but merely that laboratory testing was under way. Samples have also been sent to the WHO lab in England, the story noted.In Iraq, U.S. military officials were cautioning American troops to take steps to prevent exposure to the avian flu virus, according to a Mar 3 story in the US military’s Stars and Stripes Mideast edition.Troops in Iraq—as well as military family members and civilians who work in areas known to have had avian flu—are being urged to avoid eating local poultry products and to seek medical care for suspicious signs and symptoms, the news service reported. (Two Iraqis are known to have died from H5N1.)WHO works on rapid-response planMeanwhile in Geneva, a group of 30 WHO officials and other experts convened today for a 3-day technical meeting aimed at developing protocols for rapid containment and response to an emerging pandemic, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). They’ll build their efforts from a draft plan released late in January. Proceedings from the closed meeting will not be released until Mar 15, said Dick Thompson, a WHO spokesman.The H5N1 virus is unprecedented in its spread among animals, said Dr. Margaret Chan, who is leading WHO’s avian flu response.”Concern has mounted progressively and events in recent weeks justify that concern,” Chan said in an Associated Press (AP) story today. The top priority is to prevent the virus from mutating into the effective human-to-human pathogen considered the harbinger of a pandemic.”Should this effort fail, we want to ensure that measures are in place to mitigate the high levels of morbidity, mortality, and social and economic disruption that a pandemic can bring,” the AP quoted Chan as saying.The urgency of the situation was reflected in comments from other experts. Joseph Domenech, head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) animal health service, told the AP that experts warned in 2004 that an international crisis was looming in Asia.”We were asking for emergency funds and they never came,” Domenech said. “We are constantly late.”Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s director of epidemiologic and pandemic alert and response, described concerns over the global capacity to respond to the H5N1 threat.”We truly feel that this present threat, and any other threat like it, is likely to stretch our global systems to the point of collapse,” Ryan told the AP.See alsoMar 6 WHO situation update on China read more

South Africa virus cases surge past 100,000

first_imgSouth Africa on Monday said it had over 100,000 coronavirus cases, the highest in the continent, while the number of deaths inched towards 2,000. “As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has breached the 100 000 mark at 101,590,” the health ministry said.Sixty-one deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 1,991. Topics : South Africa has struggled to set a strategy for dealing with the pandemic.Officials instituted a strict lockdown when the virus first hit in March but they backtracked as the rate of infections increased and opted to reopen most sectors of the economy.Despite an unprecedented $26 billion virus relief package and food parcels, many South Africans have struggled to get by.Under-fire President Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted difficulties in balancing public health with saving the nation’s economy, which was already in tatters before the virus.”For a country such as ours, which was already facing an unemployment crisis and weak economic growth, difficult decisions and difficult days lie ahead,” he said in his weekly letter to the public on Monday.”We would urge that the difficult decisions to be taken are taken with care and with due regard to balancing the sustainability of companies and the livelihoods of workers.” The main opposition Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen has threatened legal action if the government refuses to completely end the nationwide lockdown.However, leader of the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema said the president had “completely divorced himself from logic” by even partially reopening the economy.Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has warned that the gradual reopening does not mean the threat of COVID-19 has disappeared.”My fear is that by the time these pockets of society come to realize the severity of the virus, it will be far too late,” he wrote in an opinion piece in Sunday’s papers.The government is due to propose a supplementary budget on Wednesday in the face of the crisis. center_img Despite the grim death toll, data shows that the mortality rate in South Africa is at two percent, while 52.6 percent of virus patients have recovered.The worst-hit area is Western Cape, the coastal province accounting for 1,458 of the country’s deaths and more than half of its infections.According to the World Health Organization, more than half of the continents infections are in South Africa. Nigeria and Ghana are next on the list, having recorded over 20,000 and 14,000 cases respectively.last_img read more

Bureaucratic power hinders civil servants from staying neutral in elections: Bawaslu

first_imgCivil servants (ASN) are often put in unfavorable situations that may cost them while staying neutral during elections, reveals Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) head Abhan. “Civil servants are sometimes forced to take sides by intimidation or threats from powerful bureaucrats who are not neutral within the electoral political dynamics,” Abhan said as quoted by on Thursday.He added that civil servants who insisted on preserving their neutral stance would be seen as committing insubordination, which could endanger their position.Read also: Vote buying threatens to undermine year-end elections: KPKHowever, there were also civil servants who engaged in practical politics, such as joining rallies by certain candidates in hopes they will receive a promotion or other benefits in exchange, he conceded.Therefore, Abhan hoped that civil servants could preserve their neutrality through a joint regulation (SKB) on the 2020 simultaneous regional elections. “Hopefully, this won’t be an issue in this year’s election,” Abhan said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Weekly Update: Announcing Aid for Hurricane Irma Recovery, Fighting to Keep Pennsylvanians Insured, Working to Protect the Delaware River Basin

first_img September 15, 2017 PA Medicaid expansion & market stabilizing efforts are working. We’ll continue to work to ensure PA’ians have quality, affordable coverage.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) September 13, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Weekly Update: Announcing Aid for Hurricane Irma Recovery, Fighting to Keep Pennsylvanians Insured, Working to Protect the Delaware River Basin The Blog,  Weekly Update On Monday, Governor Wolf announced that members of Pennsylvania’s Incident Management Team left for Florida to help with storm cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Irma. “The men and women who left Harrisburg today represent the spirit that unites all Americans, one that motivates us to help one another,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania stands ready to provide whatever aid we can to people impacted by this storm.”On Wednesday, the governor announced that the number of uninsured Pennsylvania has decreased to 5.6 percent, the lowest percent on record. Before the Affordable Care Act and Governor Wolf’s expansion of Medicaid, the uninsured rate in Pennsylvania was more than 10 percent.On Thursday, Governor Wolf released a statement on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s proposed extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The governor applauded the committee’s decision to expand the program for another five years, but reiterated the need for Congress to stabilize insurance markets.This week, Governor Wolf worked with Governor Carney of Delaware and Governor Cuomo of New York to announce a resolution to draft regulations that would ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin.“We are acting to protect a watershed that supplies drinking water to more than 15 million people in one of the most densely populated areas of the country,” said Governor Wolf. “I believe this resolution preserves water quality and water supply for the residents of the watershed, and will protect this precious resource for generations to come.”Governor Wolf’s Week, September 10, 2017 – September 16, 2017Monday, 9/11/17Governor Tom Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Patriot DayPA Incident Management Team Receives Federal Mobilization Orders; 23 Members Depart for FloridaWednesday, 9/13/17Governor Wolf Announces Decrease in State’s Uninsured RateGovernor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Representative Dan McNeillPennsylvania, Delaware, and New York Approve Resolution to Permanently Ban Fracking in the Delaware River BasinThursday, 9/14/17Governor Wolf Offers a Statement on U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s Proposed Extension of Children’s Health Insurance ProgramWolf Administration Helpline for Addiction Assistance Continues Path of Substantial GrowthHighlights from TwitterThe safety & well-being of students & school personnel is our first priority — this is not the answer to ensuring it. I will veto this bill.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) September 13, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more