Notre Dame women react to new Pangborn transfer policies

January 26, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgGuarded by concrete lions, filled with the Manorites of Morrissey and crammed between Fisher Hall and the Rockne Memorial Gymnasium, Pangborn Hall seems to some to offer little in the way of attraction. But as Pangborn prepares to house the community for the new women’s residence hall being built on East Quad — scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 — the Office of Residential Life is trying to sweeten the deal.The Office of Residential Life announced Monday that students who elect to transfer halls into Pangborn will receive special housing benefits, among them guaranteed singles, extra community spaces and select singles as doubles. The policy has generated buzz in female dorm communities as students ponder the future of their residence life.Sophomore Elisabeth Lasecki said she was not in favor of making the move due to her commitment to her own dorm: Farley. “I’ve created a good sense of community in my own hall and I wouldn’t want to give that up, especially being off campus for my freshman year,” Lasecki said. “So I would just love to continue building up the community I’ve already built rather than all of a sudden changing it up.”Echoing Lasecki’s words, senior Brookelyn Bacchus said it would be difficult to be a founder for an entire new dorm.“I think it’s really hard to create a new community in a situation like that, but I also think it’s a great opportunity to expand a network of people and meet new people,” Bracchus said.Director of Residential Life Breyan Tornifolio said in an interview with The Observer on Feb. 7, there will be plenty of hall spirit for the women making the move to Pangborn, as they will have the chance to build a community from the ground up.“There will be welcome weekend, there will be hall council — it will function as a hall,” Tornifolio said. “So, women who might be looking for a fresh start, who want to take some leadership roles, this is their opportunity.”The idea of being a trailblazer for Pangborn didn’t seem to impress sophomore Allysa Dunnigan much either. Dunnigan said Pangborn would be a “terrible living situation for a year.”Although not personally excited by the idea, Dunnigan said she thought it was a great opportunity for other Notre Dame women.  “It’s a cool opportunity if you want to do leadership and be an RA because the chances are higher,” Dunnigan said. Sophomore Marielle Corbett agreed that moving to Pangborn could be rewarding.  “Pangborn is a good dorm and it seems like a good deal,” Corbett. “Especially with the $500 waiver for the fees — that makes a big difference and so I would definitely consider it if I didn’t already love Lewis.” Other women explained although the plan interested them initially, the overall transition would be inconvenient. “If I could get a single I would consider it, but I’m a science major and my main thing would be if I could get closer to Jordan [Hall of Science],” sophomore Caroline Langley said. “Pangborn is not any closer than where I already live so I wouldn’t consider [moving], probably not.“Or perhaps it’s simply a stubbornness to give up the dorm life so many Notre Dame women cherish.  Lasecki said she feels moving out of the dorm she was placed in would be in opposition to how she understands Notre Dame dorm culture.“I understand the purpose of it, it seems to be transitional … but it seems to be antithetical to this Notre Dame structure which is your freshman year you’re placed into a community,” she said. “Then all of a sudden, to just uproot that seems kind of against what the Notre Dame dorm is meant to be.”Tags: new women’s hall, Office of Residential Life, Pangborn Halllast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss Wants to Play Norma Desmond & More

January 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss Wants to Play Norma Desmond Although we will hopefully soon see Elisabeth Moss in a revival of The Heidi Chronicles on the Great White Way, there’s another theatrical role the Mad Men star has her eye on: Norma Desmond. Moss revealed to Gotham Magazine that after seeing Sunset Boulevard on stage “I basically lived out my life waiting to get old enough to play that part.” Has she got the vocal chops for the role? “I can hold a note. I can sing on key, but I feel I need to get a bigger voice,” admitted Moss. Not a problem—since she’s got until about 2044 before she’s the right age to play Norma, Moss has plenty of time to get that vocal training in! Stephen Sondheim’s Dancing App We’re not entirely sure what this is, but it sounds like it could be musical theater geek heaven, so it definitely perked our interest. On September 1 a free app, Dancing Sondheim, will be made available. Apparently it will consist of seven short dance movies set to the music of Stephen Sondheim, including classics from Sunday in the Park With George, A Little Night Music and Into the Woods. We’re sure your roomate won’t mind if you spend next month belting out the numbers and trying to copy the dance moves. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Comments London Cast Set for U.K. Premiere of Off-Broadway Hit Our Town We now know who will be treading the Almedia Theatre’s boards for the previously reported London transfer of the hit off-Broadway show Our Town. David Cromer will direct and perform in this intimate version of Thornton Wilder’s classic play. Michael Ajao, Paul Bigley, Arthur Byrne, Sidney Cole, Kate Dickie, Laura Elsworthy, Anna Francolini, Matthew Jacobs-Morgan, Daniel Kendrick, Simon Lennon, Jessica Lester, Richard Lumsden, Annette McLaughlin, Christopher Staines, Rhashan Stone and David Walmsley will also appear in the production. The show will play a limited engagement October 10 through November 29, with opening night set for October 17.last_img read more

Give plants

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgFlowers are University of Georgia horticulturist Paul Thomas’sspecialty. And, for holiday plant suggestions, they’re his toppick. But when asked, “What was the best plant you’ve ever gottenfor Christmas?” his answer is: “A ming aralia that I got from mymother-in-law. It’s strictly a foliage plant, and it looks like abonsai. It’s really awesome.”Ming aralias, specifically polyscias fruticosa ‘elegans’, havecarrot-like foliage and woody stems as they get older. A mingaralia was “the plant for kings and queens to have,” he said. “Itgrows slowly and beautifully.”While they are beautiful and do make good gifts, they’re also achallenge, he said. The biggest danger is overwatering andover-fertilizing. They only need a tiny bit of diluted fertilizerevery few months.When it comes to buying gift plants, the best place to purchasethem is at a local florist’s shop. “They have the best quality,and they’re grown by specialists for the highest quality,” he said.Thomas likes to give flowering plants as gifts. A deep basketfilled with a few pots of colored calla lilies or a basket with acluster of cyclamen topped with white or silver grass “makes astunning gift,” he said.For gift giving, Thomas suggests:• Calceolaria. The flowers look like a pocketbook, which gives itits common name of ‘pocketbook plant.’ “It’s just cool andunusual,” he said. Flower colors range from yellow to bright redwith polka dots. The flowers are delicate, so handle it carefully.The plants must be kept moist but not flooded with water. Theylike sunny windowsills that are cool but not freezing. There,they’ll last about a month. They can’t be saved and plantedoutside in Georgia, because they will die of plant diseases.• Cinerarias. These plants look like daisies, but their colorsare more intense, or, as Thomas puts it, they have “five timesthe impact” of daisy flowers. The blossom colors range frompurple to yellow.Like calceolaria, they need sunlight and water. “Don’t let eitherof these plants dry out ever,” he said. “I put them on my coffeetable during the day and on the windowsill at night.” They willlive about six weeks.• Cyclamen. These plants bloom white, pink or bright red. Theycan be found in grocery stores, aren’t expensive and are a greatsubstitute for poinsettias if someone is allergic to latex, whichis found in poinsettia plants. Kept cool and moist, cyclamenblooms will last three to four months. “Buy five or six plantsand put them in a big basket with white or silver grass, like thekind they sell at Easter,” Thomas said. “It makes a really niceChristmas gift.”They’re also a good gift plant if the holiday you celebrate isn’tChristmas. Because they are native in Israel, they are a goodchoice as a Hanukkah plant, he said.• Miniature roses. These tiny blooming beauties can do doubleduty as both a holiday plant and a garden attraction come spring.They prefer cool spots inside until all chance of frost haspassed. Then plant them near the foundation or in anotherprotected area of the yard.• Calla lilies. “Normally, people would buy bouquets of callalilies, but sometimes florists will sell calla lily bulbs inpots,” Thomas said. When growing calla lilies, their bulbs shouldbe kept moist and their flowers dry. The stems also need to bestaked so they won’t fall over and break.“Three to four pots in a deep basket are a really nice gift,” hesaid. “They’ll last a long time.”Before visiting a local florist, give them a call, Thomas said,especially if you have one type of plant you might want to giveto several different people. “Get your orders in now to get thebest quality for the Christmas season,” he said.last_img read more

Help stop the $23 million road to nowhere in Rocky Fork

December 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Rocky Fork State Park is Tennessee’s wildest state park—and one of the wildest spots in all of Southern Appalachia. Located near the Tennessee-North Carolina border just south of Erwin, the park was created to provide a primitive, minimally developed experience. It is accessed via a narrow one-lane paved road, tightly wedged between the gorgeous Rocky Fork Creek on one side and steep-sloping embankments on the other. The $23 million road to nowhere in Rocky Fork If this isn’t what you want to see in Rocky Fork, local activists John Beaudet and Frances Figart suggest a letter to the new Commissioner of TDEC, David Slayers (David.Salyers@tn.gov) and/or the interim Deputy Commissioner of State Parks, Anne Marshall (Anne.Marshall@tn.gov), asking that these plans, developed by the previous administration, be re-visited and public input sought to arrive at a better plan that the public supports. Last November, after three years of relative silence, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation finally presented to the public their plans for the first stage of “improvements” in what was to be a “minimally developed” state park. The centerpiece of the plan is a steep 24-foot-wide, two-lane, paved road that would begin with a bridge over Rocky Fork Creek and extend ¾ mile to a campground and scenic overlook on Flint Mountain. center_img The accompanying photo shows the approximate route of the proposed road, now estimated by TDOT to be a $23 million dollar project, designed so as to be able to accommodate RVs and 4,000 to 8,000 vehicles per day. Due to the rugged and steep terrain, extensive use of retaining walls, massive road cuts, and metal reinforcement bolted into rock would be required, leaving an ugly scar on Rocky Fork and permanently damaging one of the most pristine watersheds remaining in Appalachia. Stay in the loop about the development issue and learn more about this special place by following RockyForkJournal.com and the Rocky Fork Watershed Almanac on Facebook. The 2,076-acre park provides the best point of entry for everyone who enjoys the entire 10,000-acre Fork Rocky Watershed tract, which adjoins Cherokee National Forest, the Bald Mountain Roadless Area, the Appalachian Trail corridor, and the recently enlarged Sampson Mountain Wilderness, Rocky Fork is part of the largest swath of undeveloped land between Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah. last_img read more

American Rape Culture

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rape culture killed Lizzy Seeberg. It’s why the media chose to focus not on the horrific crime she endured but instead to defend her alleged perpetrator, a precedent set in Steubenville when they decided to lament the loss of two young men’s futures after they raped a girl and posted pictures of themselves on Instagram holding her limp body by the wrist and ankles. Rape culture is the reason why, according to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported and 97 percent of rapists never see a day in jail.Rape culture is a harsh, ugly term appropriate for the harsh, ugly phenomenon that pervades the darkest corners of our society, bleeds into the minds of our children, and spews forth from the mouths of ignorant congressmen, pious college deans, and deified football coaches. In our “first world country” rape is excused, brushed aside or even expected due to the ideologies of our society—the same ideologies that brush women aside, put them in binders, blame them for our eviction from Eden and marginalize their thoughts, actions, and bodies.Take the Steubenville rape case, where two 16-year-old boys were accused, tried, and found guilty of sexually assaulting and digitally raping a 16-year-old girl while she was intoxicated and unconscious. CNN, in all its veritable news source glory, chose the perplexing stance of universal sympathy for both the perpetrators and the victims. While the newscasters were criticized for their concern over the wellbeing of the aggressors, one can’t help but want to put their fist through a wall when reading the backwards quotes that spewed from Candy Crowley and Poppy Harlow’s mouths, which included lamentations on how “difficult” it was “for anyone in [the courtroom] to watch those boys break down” (Huffington Post). Here is where the baffling rape culture phenomena prevailed yet again—two female news anchors pitied the boys who raped an incapacitated girl, worried about their futures, and continuously aired footage of their families begging for forgiveness.Rape culture is why Lizzy Seeberg (the religious college freshman from a family of Notre Dame supporters) was deemed the aggressor in a sexually-charged encounter with an ND football player that left her reeling and seeking support. And the barrage of threatening text messages she received afterwards warning her not to “mess with Notre Dame football” was solely because she was the girl who cried rape after feeling shameful of her sexual promiscuity, right? And of course Lizzy killed herself because of her temptress tendencies, not because a man with a history of violent behavior put his hands on her in a way that made her uncomfortable, right? And certainly not because he got away with it, right? The accused (who later publicly revealed himself as Prince Shembo, noted Notre Dame football star and a “complete gentleman” according to his lawyer), was not interviewed by campus police until five days after Lizzy Seeberg’s body was found cold (thedailybeast.com). His stance on the entire affair: “I didn’t do anything. I’m, pretty much, I’m the one who ended it and pretty much told the girl that we should stop, that we shouldn’t be doing this and that’s what happened. So, I don’t know” (ESPN.com).But why is an issue that pervades every corner of our society rarely spoken of?Some, to whom I refer as narrow-minded idiots, will say it’s because rape culture doesn’t exist—that it’s just a bunch of sluts who got hopped up on frat-boy punch and are embarrassed that they let someone stick it in their butt, that they need to throw around the rape card to save their dignity, that it’s not a proven set of statistics; it’s women being irresponsible, it’s short skirts, it’s an unclear “no,” it’s “boys being boys.” This widespread ideology is why, in 2005, only 40 percent of colleges surveyed by the National Institute of Justice offered sexual assault training. It’s why only one-third of schools are fully compliant, according to the Clery Act, which requires on-campus crimes to be reported to federal education officials (rainn.org). According to a CDC-issued pamphlet, one in five women experience rape at some point in their lives, and 37.4 percent of women are first raped in their college years, between the ages of 18 and 24. And yet we as a political society preoccupy ourselves with presidential birth certificates and sexual orientation.Rape culture isn’t being discussed at presidential debates or in the pages of your local newspapers because it has become normalized. It has seeped into our culture and rests in a clandestine, rotting portion of the nation’s subconscious and gushes forth like acidic vomit from the mouths of idiots. Of course those Steubenville boys (Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond) should be pitied for raping an intoxicated 16-year-old, because it’s a classic case of boys being boys, right? And if she really didn’t want to get raped, perhaps she shouldn’t have gotten so drunk, right?The pictures below include screenshots of the Tweets posted by one of the young men who was present during Mays’ and Richmond’s assault, as well as a picture that was posted on Instagram by another witness depicting the accused holding the obviously incapacitated victim by her wrists and ankles:(Photo courtesy of: xojane.com)This ambivalence towards the assault of a young woman, the glorification of sexual assault and the jocular tone adopted by young men in reference to what should be considered a heinous, despicable act are the main contributors to the horrific reality that is the American rape culture. But wait—maybe those little anecdotes have yet to convince you. Maybe the oversexualization of the female body across all forms of media (television, rap music, video games, gossip rags, college blogs, etc.) hasn’t already proven to you that women have been reduced to objects that are up for grabs and subject to the seemingly never-ending male gaze.Let’s look at how the word “rape” has evolved in today’s society—plug in your Xbox 360 headset and put in the latest incarnation of Call of Duty and you’ll hear a chorus of “We’re gonna rape” and “I got raped” and “You just got raped” raining down in a torrent of ignorance. But rape is not a word used to describe your dominance over someone in a popular video game. It has a dark, evil meaning and should never be used capriciously—and yet it is. Sitcoms drop rape jokes that are met with laugh tracks instead of cringing—in the rape-joke filled and criminally unfunny CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, Kat Denning’s character Max mocks an annoying girl with this gem: “Somebody date-raped me and I didn’t think I’d live through it, but I did, but now I am stronger, and I’m still needy.” HILARIOUS. Comedians throw around the word “rape” like ignorant hand grenades, and the genuine laughter of a live audience cradles them in their arms. Two years ago at The Laugh Factory, infamously crude comedian Daniel Tosh was heckled by a female audience member who didn’t find his rape jokes funny and responded with “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by, like, five guys right now? Like right now?” Yes, Daniel, that would be the funniest thing ever, and I bet you would air it on Tosh.0, too, and provide us all with your biting wit during a video breakdown of it, as well.Thumbs up for creativity, Tosh. We have managed to take a direct assault on the human body, an invasion of a foreign object, an ignorance of a human being’s free will and the complete marginalization of women as equal members of society and turned it into a joke thrown around at frat parties and shouted over headsets during video games.Rape culture is not a joke. The only way to combat such stupidity is by changing the way our society looks at women and changing how we handle violent masculinity. No more victim blaming, no more shrugging of shoulders and chalking it up to testosterone. Zero tolerance for harassment. Boycott sexually explicit jokes.The tragedy of Lizzy Seeberg and the assault of the young woman from Steubenville are not unrelated, isolated incidents. They are connected by a thread that represents the very fabric of the gigantic, messed up quilt that is American rape culture.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy A50, Galaxy S9 Series Start Receiving November 2020 Patch Update: Reports

November 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Samsung Galaxy A50, and Samsung Galaxy S9 series are now receiving the November 2020 security update, as per reports. Both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ phones are receiving the new firmware update with the November 2020 security patch. Users in Germany are reportedly receiving it currently, and other markets in Europe should get it soon. Similarly, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite users with model SM-N770F in Spain are reportedly receiving the latest security patch as well. The company details that the November 2020 patch fixes five critical vulnerabilities, along with a host of other high and moderate threats.SamMobile reports that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is receiving the November 2020 Android security update. The rollout is a gradual one, and it has reached users in Spain. Samsung reportedly has commenced the rollout for the model number SM-N770F across Europe and users should get a notification in the coming weeks. The same publication reports the commencement of November 2020 patch rollout for the Samsung Galaxy A50 as well. The update is rolling out to select variants for now, and the firmware version is reported to be A505FNXXS5BTJ4. It is a gradual rollout and users should keep checking for the update in Settings.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Both Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ are also receiving the November 2020 update, SamMobile reports. The update is rolling out for uses in Germany, and other European markets should get the update soon. For all the eligible phones mentioned above, head to Settings > Software Update > Download and Install.The November 2020 security patch update from Samsung fixes five critical bugs, 29 high threats, and 31 moderate threats as well. It also fixes five Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) that allowed for Factory Reset Protection bypass through Secure Folder. The update also fixes a bug that allowed exploitation of S Secure app and get access to Gallery. The S Secure app is available for users in China and India only. This update also fixes a vulnerability plagued on handsets running on Exynos 990 SoC and running on Android 10. This bug allowed for threat actors to execute arbitrary code leading to possible exposure of sensitive data.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Supetar has been asking for the introduction of an additional ferry line for years due to traffic jams, Jadrolinija has not responded

November 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe island of Brac is an island and the only connection between the island and the mainland is the ferry line. Accordingly, in order for tourists to be able to come to the island of Brac, they must use the ferry from Split to Supetar.I know a stupid statement, but unfortunately it’s important to point that out once again, no matter how funny it may be. However, as the number of tourist arrivals on the island of Brač grew, so did the infrastructure, so the capacity of the ferry that regularly transports guests from the mainland to the island of Brač did not increase.In the combination of poorer infrastructure and too small regular lines that connect Split and the island of Brač, big crowds have been created towards the island and Split for years. Sometimes even tourists in cars have to wait for more than three ferry arrivals to board a ferry to Split, which is frustrating to say the least and has a bad effect on tourism. However, the city of Supetar is aware of the problem, and through the Municipal Company GRAD doo, which is owned by the city of Supetar, they have been increasing the number of employees in the port and traffic wardens for years, and investing in traffic infrastructure as much as possible.However, as they care about solving the problem and the nervousness and frustration of the guests, since 2016 they have been writing to Jadrolinija to try to solve the problem together, but without the right answer and obvious will to try to alleviate the problem. So recently, they again sent a request to Jadrolinija to try to solve the problem together. “I don’t know how many times we want to inform you about the growing problem of traffic jams in the port of Supetar, caused by the impossibility of all vehicles to board the ferry to Split in adequate time. Namely, as you should know best, in recent years there has been a constant increase in the number of vehicles and passengers in the ferry port Supetar and they are “former” exclusively weekend crowds and for the whole week in the period from July 15 to August 31 and even and by mid-September.”Points out Marijana Šemanović in a statement and request to Jadrolinija, director of the Utility Company GRAD doo and adds that congestion leads to total traffic collapse, resentment and nervousness of tourists as well as negative images for the island of Brac, Supetar and the entire Croatian tourism.As their proposal, they propose the introduction of an additional sailing date for the ferry line 631 Split – Supetar in the period from 15.07 to 31.08. As well as the introduction of emergency lines as needed when crowds are created, and in the whole story due to crowds the regular line is delayed by half an hour or more which further complicates the whole situation because people are late for work and tourists on flights. Also, in Supetar, they have been appealing for years to extend the summer timetable, so that they can extend the tourist season. However, as they point out in the Jadrolinija press release, they do not listen to problems or answer inquiries, except for oral ones.How to develop tourism or extend the season if there are not enough regular ferry lines? Who would want to go back to the island of Brač more crazy and lose half a day waiting on the road just to get to the mainland (where a new crowd is waiting for him again)?All this is another proof of our spontaneous development of tourism, and Jadrolinija, as a state-owned company and a monopolist, must react. Ultimately, the introduction of an additional ferry or emergency line is cost-effective because at least one more ferry would be full. There is management and organization, just for things like this, and on the other hand I wonder how it was invested and invested in Jadrolinija when today after many years of tourism and ferry transport we are not able to optimally connect the islands to avoid such situations.On the other hand, if Jadrolinija does not want, does not know, cannot… then a concession should be announced for another carrier. This is a banal problem, and the solution is the introduction of new lines, which are, among other things, cost-effective. Put this problem on the table of any private entrepreneur and he will immediately find a solution, but obviously not the Jadrolinija Management.Again, we fall on the first and basic step, how can we develop tourism or extend the tourist season, if we can not ensure the basic – traffic accessibility. We can’t move forward like this, especially if we don’t communicate, especially Jadrolinija, which is owned by the state and so important for connecting the islands. Crazy, funny, tragic….This has nothing or at least should not have to do with politics, but exclusively with market and market development. We have to provide transportation from the island to the mainland if we want to engage in tourism. Without strategic and sustainable development there is no success.Read the full press release here: The problem of traffic jams at the entrance to the port of Supetarlast_img read more

As COVID-19 resurges, Johnson pleads with UK: Obey the rules

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_img#usesoap Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the British people on Wednesday to obey rules imposed to tackle a rapidly accelerating second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, cautioning that otherwise a tougher lockdown could follow.New cases of COVID-19 are rising by more than 7,000 per day in the United Kingdom though Johnson is facing growing opposition to lockdown measures which have wrought some of the worst economic damage in at least a century.After a reprimand from the speaker of the House of Commons, Johnson defused a rebellion in parliament over the way such onerous rules were imposed by promising angry lawmakers more say over any new national measures. Topics : But at a briefing in Downing Street flanked by his chief medical and scientific advisers, Johnson acknowledged the opposition to his curbs on freedom but said the British people should follow lockdown rules.”I know that some people will think we should give up and let the virus take its course despite the huge loss of life that would potentially entail,” Johnson said.”I have to say I profoundly disagree and I don’t think it’s what the British people want. I don’t think they want to throw in the sponge, they want to fight and defeat the virus,” he said.Britain, which has the worst official COVID-19 death toll in Europe, is facing a rapid acceleration of outbreaks across the country, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said. Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said the outbreak was not yet under control.Swathes of the United Kingdom and millions of citizens are subject to local restrictions brought in to try to slow the second wave of COVID-19 infections. Britain has reported more than 42,143 deaths from the virus – the world’s fifth highest total.”If the evidence requires it, we will not hesitate to take further measures that would, I’m afraid, be more costly than the ones we put into effect now,” Johnson said.Lockdown backlashJohnson, who has had to apologize after getting muddled over local lockdown rules on Tuesday, is facing growing anger within his own Conservative Party over the most severe restrictions in peacetime history that are destroying swathes of the economy.In a rare intervention by the chief officer of the House of Commons, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle scolded Johnson for making rules in a “totally unsatisfactory” way.”The way in which the government has exercised its powers to make secondary legislation during this crisis has been totally unsatisfactory,” Hoyle told parliament.After Johnson’s government offered concessions, lawmakers passed the extension of the Coronavirus Act, which hands the government emergency powers to introduce restrictions, voting 330 to 24 in favor.As Johnson grapples with both COVID-19 and dissent in party ranks, the economic damage was laid bare. The United Kingdom’s economy shrank by a record 19.8% in the second quarter of 2020 – meaning it contracted more than any other Group of Seven economy in the first half of 2020. last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $1 Million in PLCB Grants for Developing, Promoting Pennsylvania Wines

October 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgImproving Tannin Extraction in Wines Made from Red lnterspecific Hybrid (Vitis ssp.) Grapes: Proof of concept trials and winemaking exploring enzyme concentrations and combinations, as well as pre-fermentation maceration conditions, in order to enhance the tannin structure of wines made from red hybrid grapes, thereby improving the quality and stability of such wines.The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$89,782 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Act 39 also created the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board and authorized the PLCB to approve and fund up to $1 million annually for development and marketing of the Pennsylvania beer industry. The PLCB awarded the inaugural round of grants supporting Pennsylvania’s beer industry in February 2018, with grants for 13 projects totaling nearly $705,000. The second rounds of grants – a total of $791,412 for 12 projects – were issued in December 2018.The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $16.5 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit lcb.pa.gov. Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has approved grants totaling $1 million to nine projects intended to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines.“Agriculture and tourism are key to the commonwealth’s economic success and job creation,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “More than 1 million people visit Pennsylvania wineries each year, boosting our economy and introducing visitors to the unique beauty and experiences Pennsylvania has to offer. That’s why supporting our winemakers and the researchers who enhance the winemaking process is so important.”Act 39 of 2016 expanded the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board and authorized the PLCB to approve up to $1 million annually for wine promotion. Since the first wine grants were approved in 2017, the PLCB has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to support the Pennsylvania wine industry.“The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is pleased to provide $1 million in grants to assist in-state winemakers,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden. “These grants will support industry research, help wine producers to grow superior grapes, and allow for additional resources to promote their products. Winemaking is a thriving business in the commonwealth and continues to expand.”The following grant projects were recommended for approval by the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board for fiscal year 2019-20. July 17, 2019 Does Delaying Bud Burst Reduce the Risk of Frost Damage While Maintaining Grape and Wine Quality? Year three of this research comparing the effectiveness of two frost avoidance strategies (application of Amigo oil, a food grade vegetable oil-based adjuvant, versus delayed winter pruning) on delaying the onset of budburst in order to avoid crop losses and delays in fruit ripening caused by post-budburstThe Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$42,152 Boosting Polyfunctional Thiols and Other Aroma Compounds in White Hybrid Wines Through Foliar Nitrogen and Sulfur Application: Continuation of a multi-year study evaluating the impact of foliar nitrogen and sulfur spraying as potentially low-cost viticultural practices to improve quality and profitability of white hybrid cultivar Traminette.The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$80,828 Governor Wolf Announces $1 Million in PLCB Grants for Developing, Promoting Pennsylvania Winescenter_img Defining Regional Typicity of Gruner Veltliner Wines: Continuation of a multi-year project aiming to characterize the environmental, viticultural, and sensory factors that define signature characteristics of Grüner Veltliner wines and develop marketing strategies to appeal to current and potential Grüner Veltliner drinkers, extending field and wine evaluations to the 2019 vintage.The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$124,849 Grant ProjectGranteeGrant Amount Evaluating the Impact of Under-Trellis Groundcover Practices on Winegrape Production Profitability and Sustainability: Continuation of research into a sustainable weed suppression alternative to herbicides exploring if the alternative practices are sustainable, which strategies lead to the highest-quality grapes, and whether consumers are receptive to higher prices for wine produced using environmentally friendly practices.The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$41,110 What do Consumers Look for in PA Wines? A Mixed-Methods Approach to Study the Importance of Regionality and Hybrid Grapes: A study of consumer perception of Pennsylvania-grown wines, with a focus on the importance of regionality and attitudes toward hybrid wines, utilizing consumer focus groups and a product categorization exercise among Pennsylvania wine consumers.The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$63,286 Consumer Attitudes and Purchasing Behaviors Toward PA Wines, Wineries, and Retail Wine Marketing Programs: Comprehensive, four-step consumer market research study blending a review of secondary data, focus groups, graduate study taste comparisons between Pennsylvania wines and wines from elsewhere, and an online survey of hundreds of Pennsylvania residents to analyze and understand the characteristics and motivations of Pennsylvania wine consumers.Saint Joseph’s University$89,110 Pennsylvania Wine Land Statewide Marketing & Promotions: Continuation and new investments in the Pennsylvania Wine Land consumer marketing campaign, development of a new PA Wines Guide and sustaining investment in Pennsylvania Wine Trails grantsPA Winery Association$422,082last_img read more

Leicester boss hands Ndidi new ‘nickname’ after miraculous recovery from surgery

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Loading… The Nigerian international had been scheduled to sit on the sidelines for four to six weeks after an operation to remove a floating bone from his meniscus. Super Eagles and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been branded a “machine” after making a miraculous recovery from knee surgery ahead of Wednesday night’s match against West Ham.Advertisement But just 13 days on from the surgery, he has a “great chance” of featuring at the King Power Stadium against the Hammers.Club boss Brendan Rodgers said the club’s long-serving head physio Dave Rennie had only seen one similarly speedy return to fitness from such an injury, by ex- midfielder Robbie Savage.“He’s made an incredible recovery,” Rodgers said of Ndidi.Rodgers“I spoke to Dave [Rennie] and I think the other one he had was Robbie Savage when he was here. He had a similar sort of injury and came back and played within a very short period of time.“The only other one I can remember was Luis Suarez who had a similar one during the 2014 World Cup. He came back for the group games after virtually a week when he’d gone away with Uruguay and thought he was out.“It’s all about the individual. Genetics more than anything.“Wilf is just a machine. The day after the operation he was on the move. Then he’s starting to jog.“If we were playing in an FA Cup final a few days ago he could probably have been playing in it. But we wanted to make sure the knee was clean. He’s been running, he’s been tackling, he’s been aggressive, he’s had the tests.“If there had been any effects then it would have taken place over the last few days, but he’s come through it really well.“It’s a testament to him and our medical team, the work that’s gone in to get him fit, that’s he’s available.“There will have been other players who unfortunately, genetically, won’t have got through it and had other issues.”At the last count, Leceister have failed to win any of three games since Ndidi’s absence after Premier League defeats to Burnley and Southampton alongside the draw with Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.Wilfred Ndidi is all smiles at Leicester City’s Belvoir Drive baseAnd Rodgers admitted that the Eagles star has been missed.“He’s so valuable to us,” Rodgers said. “That type of player, especially at this time of the season, is vital for you.“He gives a lot of the talent in the team that chance to express himself because of the ground that he covers. He’s like having two players.“He allows the team to defend and defend forward, he covers a lot of space for our attacking players, and there are not too many better him than do that job.“He’s a phenomenal player. So to have him back, and early, is a huge boost for us. He has been a miss, no doubt.’Machine’ – How Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi is following the paths of Robbie Savage and Luis Suarez – Leicestershire Live#LCFC #Premier_League https://t.co/vlLDHd5FkP— 90 Minutes Football News (@footy90com) January 21, 2020Read Also: Iwobi, Ndidi listed among most expensive players in the world“He’s improved. If you look at how he plays, it’s not just his aggression and his defensive side – he’s always available for the ball. He’s constantly on it and gets us playing forward.“His biggest strength is that he’s a learner. He has such an appetite to learn the game. He wants to know everything. For him as a young player, you can see the developments because he wants to. He looks after his life. That’s what’s going to give him a great career.“It’s great, great news for us, a big boost,” Rodgers was quoted as saying on leicestermercury.co.uk.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more