Women’s Cross Country Wins “Dual” At Santiago Canyon Meet

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Make a comment Community News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Lancers Franceska Millanponce (second from left) and Ramina Padashi Fard (far right) picked up top 5 medals at the Santiago Canyon Invitational meet held Friday, image by Richard Quinton.With two of the four colleges not having enough scoring runners, the Santiago Canyon Invitational meet held September 30 became a dual between the Pasadena City College and College of the Desert women’s cross country teams. PCC prevailed with 47 points to Desert’s 49 to win the first women’s title for first-year head coach Innocent Egbunike.Only 26 runners took part in the 5-kilometer race held at Irvine Regional Park as Lancer sophomore Franceska Millanponce took second individually with a time of 21 minutes, 45 seconds. Santiago Canyon’s Gabrielle De La Rosa won the race at 20:58.Freshman Ramina Padashi Fard scored fourth (22:25) and she was followed by PCC runners Kandice Kwan in 12th (28:05), Andrea Sigala in 14th (29:21.5), Alyssa Villagracia in 15th (29:30), Noemi Diaz in 17th (30:06), and Faviola Aguirre in 26th (39:25). HerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Sports Women’s Cross Country Wins “Dual” At Santiago Canyon Meet By ROBERT LEWIS Published on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 11:05 amcenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Business News Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Dear HUD; Love, Senators

first_img Previous: The Hope of High Tech Next: NCUA: Different Roles, Different Oversight About Author: Brianna Gilpin Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Ben Carson HUD LGBTQ 2017-07-06 Brianna Gilpin  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Dear HUD; Love, Senators Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Ben Carson HUD LGBTQ Home / Daily Dose / Dear HUD; Love, Senatorscenter_img Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago July 6, 2017 1,290 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News In a letter to Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) along with 28 U.S. senators advocated that the resources protecting LGBTQ people from housing discrimination need to be reinstated after their recent removal from HUD’s website.“It is concerning that HUD apparently removed these tools from its website, which are meant to assist grantees in meeting their underlying obligations under the law,” the senators wrote in the letter. “Without these training resources, housing service providers will face additional challenges in trying to understand how best to meet the needs of their clients. The guidance resources that were withdrawn or removed are critical to ensuring nondiscrimination rules are fully and faithfully implemented.”According to the letter, to percent of all youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ and one in three transgender people report having experienced homelessness at some point in their lives. A study also found that only 30 percent of shelters were willing to properly accommodate transgender women. This is concerning to the senators because HUD has withdrawn a proposed policy that would require emergency shelters funded by HUD to hang a poster alerting residents of their right to be free from anti-LGBTQ discrimination and a proposed survey evaluating the impact of the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative.Additionally, the senators explained that HUD has removed four items from their website. A guide instructing HUD grantees on how to ensure equal access for transgender people, a self-assessment tool that allows shelters to evaluate how well they are doing in ensuring compliance with anti-discrimination regulations and best practices, a “decision tree” guiding shelters on how well their engagement, assessment, referral, enrollment, bed assignment, and ongoing service provision practices were providing equal access to LGBTQ people, and training scenarios that help instruct providers on how to best deal with real-life situations that may arise in a manner that ensures equal protection.The letter cited a quote from Carson at a House and Senate hearing when he said, “the only reason that [HUD] would remove anything is to look at it and determine whether it is effective” and that HUD “want[s] to make decisions based on real evidence and facts.” Based on that quote, the senators are asking Carson to, “review the actions and describe precisely what evidence and facts justify these actions, and act promptly to restore resources to HUD’s website guiding providers on how to fulfill their nondiscrimination requirements under law.” Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

All About Policy and Prices in Housing

first_img Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago There’s a lot happening in the housing market and a recent American Enterprise Institute (AEI) podcast touched upon all those aspects that are currently impacting homebuyers as well as the larger market. Lynn Fisher, Resident Scholar and Co-director of AEI’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance discussed affordable housing and the current state of the markets spoke with AEI’s Spencer Moore and Cecilia Gallogly about the market risks and the affordability crisis plaguing potential homebuyers.”Home prices are exceeding the rate of wage growth,” Fisher said while comparing the current market to the first five years of the last housing boom.Touching upon the supply constraints and why more homes weren’t being built, Fisher said that there was an excess of supply right after the bust, but that was absorbed by 2012 and while the reasons aren’t exactly clear, while there was enough supply at the higher end and the lowest end of housing, it was middle-income housing where supply constraints were most acute. “The missing middle is the new interesting story,” Fisher said.Click here or the image below to hear the full podcast. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save October 26, 2018 1,223 Views AEI Affordablity Homes HOUSING Supply 2018-10-26 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post All About Policy and Prices in Housing Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: AEI Affordablity Homes HOUSING Supply Home / Daily Dose / All About Policy and Prices in Housing Previous: US Bank: The Legal Challenges of Default Servicing Next: Economic Ironies The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Troy mourns death of friend

first_img You Might Like Police Memorial Day today Service for police officers is not about the salary, said Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport. Life as a deputy is… read more Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Published 8:40 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2009 “Nolan was the kindest, most caring person I have ever known,” Long said. “He spent his entire life doing nice things for other people. He was always doing for others. Always. Nolan did more for people than anyone knows. He was so thoughtful of others and he really did spend his life doing for others. He was one of my very best friends and all of us who knew him will miss him.”Long said Hatcher was instrumental in the establishment of an international student program at Troy University.Curtis Porter, associate vice-chancellor for International Affairs at Troy University, said Hatcher was really the person who got the international program started at Troy University. Nolan Hatcher’s death on Tuesday caused many people in Troy to reflect on the life of a man, for whom there are only good things to say.“Nolan Hatcher was the kind of human being of whom Mark Twain said ‘You should lead your life in such a way that, when you come to die, even the undertaker will be sad.’ That was Nolan Hatcher,” said Milton McPherson. “ He was an upbeat, wonderful man and an absolutely solid citizen.”Hatcher and Johnny Long have been friends since he and his wife, Willetta, came to Troy more than 20 years ago. By Jaine Treadwell “In Sunday school, we could sit down and talk about things other than professional things,” Post said. “Nolan was not a moody person. You never encountered him when he was down or sad. He was always optimistic, cheerful and friendly. He always had a smile and was always the same. If anything was bothering him, you never knew it. He was a happy and outgoing person.”The Rev. David McVay, pastor of First Methodist, said Hatcher was a pillar figure in the Men’s Sunday School Class in participation and leadership.“When Nolan Hatcher said good morning or welcomed you, he was truly resilient in doing so,” McVay said. “He had a lot of energy and a wonderful spirit about him. He was very committed to his beliefs. But, I’ll never forget his welcome. It was so compelling and so filled with good feelings for those around him. Nolan Hatcher is one who will be greatly missed.”Originally from Oklahoma, Hatcher was retired from the Air Force and joined the Troy University faculty in 1974. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Abeline Christian University, a master’s of education from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate of education from Auburn University. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip Troy mourns death of friend Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “Nolan and Willetta – you can’t say one without the other – opened their hearts and their purses to the international students,” Porter said. “He and his family are, in so many ways, responsible for the great success that we’ve had with the international program. His door has always been open to the international students. Even after his retirement in the late 1980s, he continued to be involved. Just a few years ago, he and his wife gave money toward the renovation of the International Center and he was always involved in the annual luncheon for the international students and worked in every way possible to bring the community and the international students together.”Rhea Swisher, retired Troy University history professor, met Hatcher when the two of them were teaching in the Troy University master of science programs in Europe.“He was very interested in bringing foreign students to Troy University,” Swisher said. “Nolan was an intellectual individual and one of finest people you could ever know.”Grady Post knew Hatcher as a colleague at Troy University but got to know him as a friend through the Men’s Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church of Troy. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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United Way plays vital role in community

first_img United Way plays vital role in community Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Troy University recognized as ‘military friendly’ by review group A website owned by U.S. military veterans has named Troy University among the top 15 percent of all U.S. universities… read more Book Nook to reopen “We make certain that local people are cared for,” Gibson said. “None of the funds raised here go to corporate offices or for salaries. These funds stay in Pike County for the people of Pike County.”Gibson said there is no way to put a dollar mark on the services that are provided by the 17 agencies that are supported by the Pike County United Way.“Each agency plays a vital role in our community,” she said. “For example, the Troy Charity League conducts eye and hearing screenings for all first, third and fifth-grade students in the public and private schools in the county and all home schooled students who request the services.” Agencies to which the Pike County United Way allocates funds are the Pike County 4-H Clubs, the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Colley Senior Complex, Salvation Army, Red Cross, East Central Mental Health, House of Ruth, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Troy Charity League, Humane Society of Pike County, Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Organized Community Action Program (OCAP), Easter Seals, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Sav-a-Life.Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to the Pike County United Way, P.O. Box 204, Troy, AL 36081. If a problem is detected and assistance is needed with the medical expenses or the purchase of glasses or hearing aids, Easter Seals will step in and help.“Many of the agencies work together to provide needed services, for instance, the American Red Cross, Easter Seals, the Salvation Army – usually what one can’t do, the other can,” Gibson said.The Pike County United Way raised $45,000 in 2012 through fund-raisers, corporate sponsorships, payroll dedications and private donations. This year’s goal is to equal and, hopefully, surpass that amount.“The money that is raised is allocated to the different agencies based on their requests,” Gibson said. “Of course, the amount of support depends on the amount of money that has been raised. After the requests have been submitted and the needs assessed, the money is allocated by percentages. But no agency gets above 11 percent. Each agency that is funded gets a check from the United Way four times a year. The more money we raise the more these agencies can do for our friends and neighbors.” Published 11:00 pm Monday, September 17, 2012 By Secrets Revealed Latest Stories Email the author This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… By Jaine Treadwell Skip Sponsored Content Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Seventeen local human service organizations and programs that directly support Pike County residents will benefit from the Pike County United Way annual fund-raising efforts.“Right now, it is crucial that we raise funds to support these very worthwhile agencies,” Pike County United Way Tonya Gibson said. “If the trust fund referendum doesn’t pass, these agencies will lose tons of money and their services will be drastically cut. If it passes, these agencies will still need the support of the United Way to help keep their heads above the water.”Funds raised by and donated to the Pike County United Way are allocated to local human service organizations and programs. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Florida becomes 5th state with over 10,000 deaths

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 781,000 people worldwide.Over 22 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 5.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 171,823 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.1:00 p.m.: New York positivity rate below 1% for 12 straight daysNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state’s rate of positive tests had been below 1% for 12 straight days as officials cracked down on businesses and residents who failed to comply with strict health guidelines.Of the 80,425 test results reported to New York State on Tuesday, only 0.78% were positive, the governor said. Overall, the state saw 631 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 427,202.“The reason we’re doing well is because we’re being smart. If people’s behavior doesn’t remain disciplined, we’re going to have a problem and you’ll see the numbers change,” Cuomo said. “COVID is not over by any stretch of the imagination. We must protect our progress, both from the growing cases across the nation and lack of compliance within our state.” 11:28 a.m.: Florida’s coronavirus death toll crosses 10,000The Florida Department of Health recorded an additional 174 coronavirus-related fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 10,067.Florida had surpassed 9,000 total deaths just last Friday.The Sunshine State has become one of the worst-hit areas in the United States in recent weeks as COVID-19 infections there rise. Florida’s Miami-Dade County has one of the highest tallies of confirmed cases in the nation, second only to California’s Los Angeles County, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. 10:37 a.m.: US will allow pharmacists to administer vaccines for kidsThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will now allow state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children ages 3 to 18.Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the move Wednesday, an amendment to the declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act.“Today’s action means easier access to lifesaving vaccines for our children, as we seek to ensure immunization rates remain high during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Azar said in a statement. “The Trump administration has worked to allow pharmacists — alongside all of America’s heroic healthcare workers — to practice at the top of their license, empowering the public with more options to protect their health and well-being.”There are several requirements in the small print. For example, the vaccine must be approved or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the licensed pharmacist must complete a special training program.The Department of Health and Human Services said it decided to expand access to childhood vaccines to avoid preventable diseases in children, additional strains on the health care system and any further increase in avoidable adverse health consequences — particularly if such complications coincide with an additional resurgence of COVID-19.“As a pediatric critical care physician who has treated critically ill children suffering from vaccine preventable diseases, I know first-hand the devastation to the child — and to the family and community — of a death or severe brain damage that could have been avoided by a safe and effective vaccine,” Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health, said in a statement. “The cornerstone of public health, vaccines, makes these dreaded diseases preventable. As we expand options during the COVID-19 response, we are also reminding parents, grandparents and caretakers that there is no substitute for a critically important well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary care provider when available.”9:19 a.m.: Iran’s coronavirus death toll tops 20,000There were 168 additional coronavirus-related fatalities in Iran on Wednesday, bringing the country’s death toll past 20,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. It’s another grim milestone for the nation of 80 million people, which has the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East with more than 350,000 diagnosed cases.Nevertheless, Iran still plans to hold university entrance exams for over one million students. The Islamic Republic is also preparing for mass commemorations at the end of the month for the ninth and tenth days of Muharram, which marks the start of the Islamic New Year.7:15 a.m.: Pope warns against vaccine priority for the richPope Francis said Wednesday that a COVID-19 vaccine should be “for everyone” and not made a priority for the rich.“How sad it would be if for the COVID-19 vaccine priority is given to the richest,” Francis said during his weekly general audience at the Vatican, which was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.“It would be sad,” he added, “if the vaccine became property of such and such nation and not universal for everyone.”The pope noted how COVID-19 “has uncovered the plight of the poor and the great inequality that reigns in the world.”“The pandemic is a crisis. You don’t come out of it the same — either better or worse,” he said. “We must come out better.”6:34 a.m.: India records 1,092 more deathsIndia’s health ministry recorded 1,092 additional coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide toll to 52,889.The latest single-day rise in fatalities is lower than India’s record of 2,003 deaths reported on June 16.The country of 1.3 billion people has the world’s fourth-highest death toll from COVID-19, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico, according to a real-time tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.More than 2.7 million people in India have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began — the third-highest count in the world.5:39 a.m.: ‘We are not seeing a surge in community cases,’ says New Zealand PMNew Zealand reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, five of which were locally transmitted and are linked to a cluster of cases in the country’s most populous city.The national total now stands at 1,299 cases, 96 of which are active, according to data published on the health ministry’s website.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the latest figures were “encouraging.”“At this stage, we are not seeing a surge in community cases,” Ardern said at a press conference Wednesday. “We have not seen any new cases outside of that identified Auckland cluster.”Health officials are still investigating how the outbreak in Auckland started after the country went 102 days without any local transmission. The new cluster of cases was discovered there last week, prompting authorities to impose a two-week lockdown in the region and to reschedule national elections.4:45 a.m.: France will require face masks in offices starting next monthFrance’s labor ministry announced Tuesday that face masks will be required in enclosed shared office spaces starting Sept. 1, citing an “upsurge” in COVID-19 cases.Mask will not be mandatory in individual offices so long as only one person is present, the ministry said.The wearing of face masks is already compulsory in public indoor spaces across France. Several cities, including Paris and Marseille, have imposed mask requirements in some outdoor areas, such as popular beaches.There were 2,238 new cases of COVID-19 identified in France on Tuesday, according to the health ministry, which is requiring on-the-spot tests for travelers coming from over a dozen nations with active virus circulation, including the United States. 3:50 a.m.: US reports more than 1,300 new deaths in a single dayThere were 44,813 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Tuesday’s tally is well below the country’s record set on July 16, when 77,255 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.An additional 1,324 coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded Tuesday — a nearly threefold increase from the previous day but still under the record 2,666 new deaths that were reported on April 17.A total of 5,482,602 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 171,823 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.While week-over-week comparisons show that the nationwide number of new cases has continued to decrease in recent weeks, the number of new deaths has increased, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, obtained by ABC News on Tuesday night. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fatty acid signature analysis from the milk of Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals from South Georgia:implications for diet determination

first_imgFatty acid signature analysis (FASA) makes use of specific fatty acids, as well as entire profiles, to study dietary relationships at different trophic levels. Previously, FASA has been used in marine ecosystems in which diet determination by more direct methods is difficult and sometimes misleading. This study examined fatty acid profiles in milk from 2 species of pinniped from the Southern Ocean that were expected to have highly contrasting diets. Milk samples were collected from Antarctic fur seals Arctocephalus gazella in 3 consecutive years, from 1991 to 1993 (n = 72), and from Southern elephant seals Mirounga leonina in 1988 (n = 53) at South Georgia. Lipids were extracted and fatty acid profiles determined by temperature-programmed gas chromatography. Possible prey species collected from waters around South Georgia were also analysed. Cluster analysis as well as classification and regression trees (CART) indicated that profiles from fur seals and elephant seals were significantly different. Southern elephant seal data could be distinguished from Antarctic fur seals by lower levels of the fatty acids 16:4 n1, 18:2 n6, 18:4 n3, 18:4 n1 and 20:5 n3 and by higher levels of 18:0, 18:1 n9/ n11 (i.e. 18:1 n9 co-eluting with 18:1 n11) and 20:1 n9. Fatty acid signatures from the milk of Antarctic fur seals were closest to krill and fish species that were also known to feed on krill. Southern elephant seal fatty acid profiles were closest to species that are not known as krill predators such as larger notothenids and myctophids. The fatty acid profiles of Antarctic fur seals showed considerable inter- and intra-annual variability, which was congruent with diet variability detected using scat analyses. Southern elephant seals showed little variation in profile through lactation. In contrast to previous diet analyses based on examination of stomach contents, the results from FASA were consistent with a fish-based diet for Southern elephant seals.last_img read more

A flair for festivals

first_imgHoneybuns’ cafe at Glastonbury has always been a good spot to shelter from the howling wind and rain, and dry out your boots before trench foot sets in, so bad has the weather been at Britain’s largest music festival for the past few years. This year, however, the Dorset-based cake company provided sanctuary for festival-goers in search of some shade from the glorious sunshine that bathed the campsite over the weekend, not to mention a civilised cup of tea and cake.”We put table cloths and vases of fresh flowers on the tables, and serve our tea in proper tea cups,” says Honeybuns’ owner Emma Goss-Custard. “It’s a little oasis of calm opposite the jazz tent, when everywhere else is chaotic. People can sit down on a deck chair, read The Guardian and have our cakes with a proper cup of tea.”Honeybuns is one of a growing band of bakery businesses taking advantage of Britain’s love affair with music festivals to make a quick profit, promote their brand and have some fun in the process. Bakeries keen to jump on the rock bandwagon, egged on by the thought of tens of thousands of festival-goers hungry for pies, sandwiches and cakes, should be warned, however, that selling at festivals is not all sunshine and flowers.”Two years ago, there was a really bad lightning storm at Glastonbury and most of the site lost electricity. It was fine for us because our products don’t need refrigeration, but it was heartbreaking to see people with meat products having to bin everything,” says Goss-Custard. “A lot of people invest masses in product and kit, but if the weather is bad or the product is not right, you stand to lose a lot. We are delighted if we cover costs and make a small profit.”The company started at Glastonbury six years ago with just a basic stall selling its gluten-free cakes, biscuits and flapjacks and has since grown to a full-blown tearoom, which has a 3m frontage and can sit 14 – although lots more squeeze in and sit on the floor.”The pitch costs a couple of thousand, then there’s hiring catering equipment and our time, and we have to pay full price for tickets, so we’re lucky if we make a £1,000 profit,” says Goss-Custard. “We think of Glastonbury as more of a holiday and a chance to get people’s email addresses and find out who’s buying the product. We use it to tweak and polish the brand and trial new products. In many ways, it’s a luxurious brand-building exercise, which is great for face-to-face customer feedback.”Stuart Oetzmann at Norfolk-based artisan Metfield Bakery has exhibited at many music festivals, including Bestival, Secret Garden and Download, but has cut back this year because of an influx of wholesale orders.”You can make a decent profit, but you have to be careful that your core business doesn’t suffer because all your best staff are off at a festival,” he says. “Margins are good, but it’s staff costs and wastage that are the overheads to watch. You have to watch out for young members of staff in particular. You don’t want to take staff who are just going to get ’bollocksed’. The last thing you want is to be setting up at 6am with someone who is still nutted from the night before. Even worse is when they just disappear into the festival and you don’t see them again.” Pitch charges depend on the festival, he adds, ranging from £1,000-£2,500, while some festivals take a percentage of your turnover – usually 10%.”The biggest lesson I’ve learned is not to have a big product range. We’ve done hog roasts, bacon butties, pies, sausage rolls, cakes and bread, but what you really want is one product that you can just knock out quickly. By far and away the best seller is our handmade sausage in focaccia with apple chutney. We do a few cakes and loaves of bread but people just want something they can eat while they walk,” he says.One bakery company that is held up by many to be the expert in the festival field is Bristol’s Pieminister. It attends around 30 events a year and has got the pie-selling process down to a fine art, thanks to two dedicated festival teams that tour the country in specially designed trailers.”We’ve become famous for our huge queues that can get up to 100m long, but on average, customers don’t wait longer than 10 minutes,” says director Tristan Hogg. “We train all our staff to be as quick as possible in serving up and it helps to have bespoke trailers, which were made to our specifications so that they have the best lay-out for making and serving pies. They don’t come cheap though. A brand new trailer will cost around £30,000 and that will take three to five years of festivals to pay off.”Pieminister charges £6 for pie, mash and peas and this year is launching three new flavours: Henny Penny (British free-range chicken with mushrooms, white wine, cream and herbs); Beefy Shamrock (steak and Guinness); and Moo & Blue (steak, red wine gravy and Stilton).”We look at festivals as a good platform for marketing and trying out new products. The trick is not to be too greedy – don’t go with loads of stock thinking you’re going to make millions. That said, as a pie manufacturer it’s good for our cashflow as the season drops off after winter.”You might think a pie-maker like Hogg would be cursing the weather at this year’s Glastonbury – after all a hot pie is not an obvious choice on a summer’s day. But sales remain fairly constant regardless of the weather, he says. “If it rains we obviously tend to do quite well, but equally, when it’s sunny we get longer trading hours. People get up earlier and get hungrier quicker, so we’re not really affected by the weather.”The same cannot be said of the festival-goers, many of whom are only just getting over their sunburn now. At least it’s better than trench foot.—-=== Top tips for festival trading ===l Don’t go expecting a huge profit. Taking a stall at a festival is a valuable marketing opportunity and a great way of trialling new productsl Keep your stall simple and easy to set up and take down. Likewise, hone your product range so that you can serve customers quickly and efficientlyl Be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you. If it’s hot, soft drinks, sausage rolls and salads will sell well; if it’s cold, pies, pasties and hot drinks will be in demandl Choose staff carefully. Your core business should not suffer, because your best staff are off running a festival stall. Equally, young staff can catch festival-fever and be tempted to party too hardl Check what kind of napkins, bags and cutlery you are allowed to use. Glastonbury, for example, has a strict policy on traders only using recyclable materialsl If you’re hiring catering equipment, ask your supplier whether they would be able to deliver directly to the festival site. Some may even be willing to set it up for youlast_img read more

Sirius XM Will Livestream Pearl Jam’s Set At Lollapalooza Brasil

first_imgPearl Jam’s set at Lollapalooza Brasil in São Paolo will be broadcast live tonight (Saturday, March 24th) via Sirius XM’s channel 22, aka Pearl Jam Radio. The performance will kick off at 8pm ET at Autódromo de Interlagos.In related news, Pearl Jam invited Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer to join them on stage for a cover of Neil Young‘s 1989 classic “Rockin In The Free World” on Wednesday (watch a vide of their collaboration here). Red Hot Chili Peppers will also perform Lollapalooza Brasil this weekend, along with acts like The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, Mac Demarco, Chance The Rapper, Lana Del Ray, The National, and many more.[H/T – JamBase]last_img

Making a sustained impact

Climate change and environmental sustainability are widely recognized as two of the most pressing problems facing the world. How has Harvard responded to these global challenges?A sustainability impact report released today provides for the first time a University-wide snapshot of the progress that has been made by students, staff, and faculty to reduce the environmental footprint and increase the operational efficiency of Harvard’s campus.“Every member of the Harvard community has contributed to our progress, and, as always, I am proud of the creativity and commitment I see on our campus every day,” said President Drew Faust in an email message announcing the report’s release. “We must continue to work together as a university to develop new approaches and solutions that will make a positive difference at Harvard and in the wider world.”The online report includes interactive graphs and infographics displaying a variety of data, including information on greenhouse gas emissions, transportation, water, and waste covering all of Harvard’s Schools and administrative units. The report was also designed as a learning tool to provide visitors with solutions, case studies, and lessons that can be applied to change habits and practices. A timeline allows visitors to explore videos and pictures of the milestones reached and the creative ideas that have been developed by teams throughout the University. Messages from prominent faculty and student leaders, along with the motto “Don’t Just Learn It, Live It,” challenge the community to continue making progress.“We are focused on pushing ourselves to dig deeper and broader to develop replicable models for change that are cost-effective and provide environmental benefit,” said Heather Henriksen, director of the Office for Sustainability. “Sustainability at Harvard is about shifting the culture of an institution and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders.”Sustainability initiatives across campus seek to align individuals and policies at every University level with a clear and aggressive sustainability vision and goals. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced 16 percent in fiscal 2012 from the fiscal 2006 baseline, including 3 million square feet of growth, through an aggressive energy-reduction strategy focused on improving the efficiency of on-campus utilities, energy audits, life-cycle costing, green building standards, and implementation of more than 1,000 energy-efficiency measures that will save an estimated $9 million annually. Energy reduction and greenhouse gas reduction projects have also been integrated into the University’s five-year capital planning process so that future energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and costs are factored into long-term planning.Students have been at the heart of Harvard’s sustainability efforts, often acting as the catalysts for continued change and progress.“The opportunity to participate in University-wide sustainability initiatives provides students with an active voice and a role in decision-making, and allows them to put into practice what they have studied,” said Danny Wilson ’14, co-chair of the Environmental Action Committee and co-chair of the Council of Student Sustainability Leaders. “As an institution, we have a commitment to local and global communities. But we must also be a role model for others.”The report shows that the University’s commitment to sustainability goes well beyond climate change. From certified green cleaning in more than 10 million square feet of building space, and organic landscaping on more than 90 acres (that resulted in a 30 percent reduction in water use during the first year of operation in Harvard Yard), to three on-campus community gardens, and a drive-alone rate for commuters that has dropped by half since 1999, efforts to reduce the environmental impact of campus operations have become the norm.“When you take a step back and review the progress we have made, it’s clear sustainability has supported Harvard’s research and teaching mission by improving health, reducing operational costs, increasing efficiency, and conserving resources,” said Henriksen. read more