first_img whatsapp Wednesday 6 April 2011 7:25 pm KCS-content Share whatsapp Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap CITY MOVES | WHO’S SWITCHING JOBS Show Comments ▼ SWIPWilliam Low has been appointed as head of global equities at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership’s (SWIP) International Equities team. Low, who joins from a 15-year tenure as director and portfolio manager at Blackrock, will be based in SWIP’s Edinburgh office and will be responsible for driving the firm’s global equity strategy across a range of portfolios. He brings more than 24 years of global equity asset management experience to the position.ThreadneedleThe international asset manager has hired Daniel Isidori as fund manager for Latin America, where he will be responsible for a £1.2bn fund. Isidori joins Threadneedle’s Asia and Global Emerging Markets equities team from Baring Asset Management.Ernst & YoungThe investment management company has appointed Howard Mannion and Valerie Nott to its UK Asset Management division, as partner and director respectively.Barclays WealthThe wealth manager has appointed Peter Arkell and Fred Lane to its High Net Worth business within the UK & Ireland Private Bank. Arkell has been appointed as a director from Credit Suisse, where he sourced and managed clients for four years. Lane, also from Credit Suisse, has been appointed as a vice president.Schroder PropertyNick Scott has been appointed as head of UK retail property at Schroder Property. Scott joins from NewRiver Retail and will oversee retail transactions and asset management for the Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust.Sacker & PartnersIan Pittaway has been re-elected as senior partner at the pensions law firm, marking his third consecutive term in the role. Pittaway was recently named the best pensions lawyer in London by the Legal 500.Alexander ForbesAlexander Forbes Financial Services has promoted Gemma Goodman to head of the Annuity Bureau and DC operations. Renaissance CapitalThe emerging markets investment bank has appointed Igor Bilous as head of investment banking and finance, Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the firm’s co-chief executive in the region. Bilous joins from UBS Investment Bank. last_img read more

East Carolina diocese elects Robert Skirving as bishop

first_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Rector Bath, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME June 5, 2014 at 4:09 pm Congratulations to you!And to your family also! Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC fR. lESLIE hARDING says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bill Murphy says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Bishop Elections, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem People Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit an Event Listing May 20, 2014 at 9:16 am ROB: CONGRATULATIONS ! I WISH YOU AND SANDY EVERY GOOD WISH IN THE NEW WORK YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED TO DO! GOD BLESS! 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel center_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Lorraine Saviano says: Rector Shreveport, LA May 19, 2014 at 11:23 pm I give thanks to God for our Bishop elect. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR [Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina] The Rev. Robert Skirving, rector of St. John’s Church in Midland, Michigan, was elected as the 8th bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina on May 17, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church.Skirving was elected on the third ballot, receiving 48 of the 70 clergy votes and 97 of the 165 lay votes. Thirty-six clergy votes and 84 lay votes were needed for an election. The first ballot was invalidated due to a procedural error.The election was held during a reconvened session of the 131st Convention held at Christ Church, New Bern, North Carolina.Pending consents, the consecration and ordination of the bishop-elect is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Rock Springs Center in Greenville, North Carolina, with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori presiding. Under the canons (III.11.4) of the Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan standing committees must consent to the bishop-elect’s ordination as bishop within 120 days of receiving notice of the election.“Sandy and I are excited that God has called us to East Carolina to journey forward with you,” Skirving said in a phone call broadcast through the nave shortly after his election was announced. “I am grateful for the trust you have placed in me, and I am confident God will give us everything we need to do the work of the church.”Skirving has been rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church since 2005. He currently serves on the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee and represents the Diocese of Eastern Michigan on the Province V Executive Board. He was a deputy to General Convention in 2012 and has served his diocese as dean and chair of its Commission on Ministry.Previously, Skirving served as rector of Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario, Canada. His work in Canada provided him experience working in churches of varying sizes, from small rural to large, program-sized congregations in suburban and urban areas.He was awarded a BA in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada in 1982. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Huron University College in London, Ontario in 1986. He has completed additional course work towards advanced degrees in religious studies and congregational development at the University of Windsor, University of Notre Dame and Seabury Institute.He and his wife Sandy have two grown children. He has begun to learn Latin-American Spanish to help in his congregation’s ongoing mission partnership with the Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic.The other nominees were:The Rev. Mary Cecilia (Mimi) Lacy, rector, St. Timothy’s Church, Greenville, North Carolina;The Rev. Canon David Pfaff, canon to the ordinary, Diocese of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; andThe Rev. Stephen Smith, rector, St. Patrick’s Church, Dublin, Ohio.The Diocese of East Carolina is composed of nearly 70 parishes in 32 counties and covers the area from I-95 to the coast and from Southport up to Gatesville. The diocese is home to several major military bases, a large Hispanic community, and small congregations. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC By diocesan staffPosted May 19, 2014 September 9, 2014 at 9:56 am Rob, Congratulations on your election as Bishop of the East Carolina Diocese. I wish both you and Sandy all the best in your new role. I am enjoying being fully retired from church music now but am grateful for the years we worked together at St. Marks which drew me back to a very fulfilling closing chapter in my church music career.Kindest regards,Bill Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TNlast_img read more

No to repression against journalists in Ukraine!

first_imgRuslan Kotsaba and Artyom Buzila.Workers World is publishing this appeal from the Ukrainian Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle). It was translated by WW contributing editor Greg Butterfield.Appeal to journalists and writers of the worldFollowing the right-wing coup d’état in Kiev in February 2014, thousands of Ukrainians took to the streets to protest against it. In Ukraine, what started as civil strife led to civil war.The new government has done everything to intimidate opposition-minded citizens. In Odessa, a peaceful protest was drowned in blood and burned in fire at the House of Trade Unions on May 2, 2014. In Kharkov and Zaporozhye, oppositionists were severely beaten by right-wing paramilitary groups, arrested and put on trial. The cities of Donbass were subjected to constant shelling from artillery and air raids.In Ukraine, expressing an opinion became dangerous. Protest organizers were accused of aiding terrorism, thrown into prison, beaten, kidnapped. …  Hundreds of civic activists were forced into exile, fearing for their lives and freedom. Among them were renowned Ukrainian journalists and writers, public and political figures.But many were not fully aware of the threat and, relying on their formal innocence, remained in Ukraine, continuing to speak the truth about the events in the country, openly expressing their views, which did not always coincide with those of the new government.Power based on terror and repression cannot tolerate criticism. Therefore, independent journalists and writers became the main enemy of the regime in Kiev.Last autumn, Yevgeny Anokhin, editor-in-chief of “Infocentre,” was arrested.We were all shocked to learn of the murder of well-known writer and journalist Oles Buzina in April of this year, killed by neo-Nazis just like Yaroslav Galan [a Ukrainian writer murdered in 1949]. The arrest of Ukrainian blogger Ruslan Kotsaba, who was prosecuted for anti-war propaganda, also caused a wide outcry.But the junta does not stop. In late April, well-known Odessa journalist Artyom Buzila was arrested. This young and talented man was tortured and beaten by the Security Service of Ukraine and charged with aiding and abetting terrorism. A few days later, the home of Yuri Tkachev, chief editor of the online publication “Timer,” was searched. “Preventive talks” were held with many other journalists, including well-known Odessa writer Vsevolod Nepogodin.We see that the Ukrainian government has chosen a specific target: thoughtful, critically minded journalists. The junta uses the most shameful methods: repression, beatings and even murder.We call on all progressive forces to pay attention to the lawless, arbitrary outrages perpetrated in Ukraine.No to political repression!Freedom for political prisoners and journalists!Long live freedom of speech!Union BorotbaFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The Week Ahead: Examining Home Prices and Affordability

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Examining Home Prices and Affordability Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Previous: Housing Market Health Indicators Next: Angel Oak Appoints New Accounts Executives Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Affordability Home Prices Metropolitan Median Area Prices and Affordability report NAR National Association of Realtors 2018-05-13 David Wharton Related Articles Share Save About Author: David Wharton  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img May 13, 2018 1,568 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordability Home Prices Metropolitan Median Area Prices and Affordability report NAR National Association of Realtors Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago On Monday, May 14, at 10 a.m. ET, the National Association of REALTORS will release the latest installment of their Metropolitan Median Area Prices and Affordability Index. This release of the Index will cover Q1 2018.The previous edition of NAR’s Metropolitan Median Area Prices and Affordability Index found that the national median existing single-family home price in Q4 2017 was $247,800. That was up 5.3 percent over Q4 2016’s national median existing single-family home price of $235,400. NAR found single-family home price increases in 162 out of 177 MSAs, or 92 percent of measured markets.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead.Redbook Release, Tuesday, 8.55 a.m. ESTNAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, Tuesday, 10 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications Survey, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTCensus Bureau New Residential Construction Survey, WednesdayFederal Housing Administration HUD Delinquency Activities and Loss Mitigation Programs webinar, Wednesday, 2 p.m. ESTFreddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, ThursdayPhiladelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. ESTFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4:30 p.m. EST Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Examining Home Prices and Affordabilitylast_img read more

Road to recovery

first_imgRoad to recoveryOn 28 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Recent developments in fleet vehicles are serving to ensure the company car lives on If the current state of Britain’s company car market could be summed up in song, you would probably imagine it in the miserabalist mode of Leonard Cohen.Uncertainties over taxation changes, linked to exhaust emissions, are causing fleet managers to shudder at the idea of ordering new vehicles (what happens if you get lumbered with 500 of the wrong ones?). Droopy residual values, and the ongoing cash-for-cars debate are adding to long faces in the world of fleet vehicles.Yet should company car proponents really be looking sad? According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, company cars took 54.6 per cent of Britain’s total new car market last year.Given that total British new car registrations are currently hovering at about 2 million annually, this represents a lot of metal, and a lot of employees for whom the convenience and status of a work-provided set of wheels remains undiminished. Yes, change is coming to the company car park, and with this in mind Personnel Today has drawn up a list of five positive fleet developments.1. Choice The choice of cars deemed suitable for fleet use has never been wider, with once-unlikely marques ranging from Skoda to Mercedes all keen to secure business sales. This slots in well with the onward march of user/chooser policies, and it is now rare to find cars with specifications which do not give a nod to business driver requirements – everything from airbags to air conditioning. Gone are the days of matt brown paint and plastic seats – today’s fleet offerings are generally fitted with the right options and painted in colours that will attract private buyers when the time comes to sell them on.Paul Simpson, South of England national leasing manager for Mercedes Benz, says specification levels of quality marques such as his have been improved by fleet industry requirements – drivers are less prepared to tolerate stripped-out specifications from prestige German brands. Air conditioning is also considered essential in today’s fleet vehicles. “The standard specification is rising and we are adding value to our cars as a result,” he says.2. MotivationJames Langley, client development manager for fleet management business PH* Vehicle Management, thinks the remuneration value of the company car is as strong as ever. “Choice is seen as one of the ultimate ways of retaining staff,” he says.This has led to a whole range of formerly out-of-bounds brands, such as Mercedes, Audi and BMW finding their way into company car parks. To compete, so-called bread and butter marques such as Ford and Vauxhall have added equipment, improved build quality and less easily defined dynamic elements of their cars.Many staff are surprisingly knowledgeable about such minutiae and view having the right car as something of a workplace badge of honour. Tales of good employees leaving jobs because they didn’t like their cars are sometimes true.3. ConvenienceIn 1999 a Europe-wide poll of company car drivers by fleet management company Lease Plan found that almost 63 per cent of UK respondents put convenience at the top of the list for sticking with a firm’s car. This was despite fewer of them believing it was cheaper to have a company car than owning one themselves – 41 per cent in 1999, compared to 50 per cent the year before.“For most companies outside the major metropolitan areas, the company car is still the most hassle-free way of getting people to work,” says Andrew Cope, managing director of contract hire company Zenith. He describes fleet vehicles as very people-friendly, and when staff take a “cash for cars” option, they tend to operate on different budget levels, choosing cheaper, older, less appropriate vehicles.In terms of providing a straight staff benefit, Cope says many employees used to a company car found related paperwork and duties onerous, and the costs involved an unwelcome surprise. Often, the convenience of letting their employer take care of these things is something they feel is worth paying for.4. TechnologyOne of the current vehicle industry buzzwords is “telematics” – a broad term that can be applied to satellite navigation systems, which are becoming faster, easier to use and more accurate. They are filtering into cars like the Toyota Yaris supermini and are part of a batch of equipment that can let you know where a car is located and the route it is taking, when it is due for a service, and send and receive messages to and from its driver.This so-called black box technology has a civil liberties element which has yet to be resolved (when does overseeing become spying?), but provides a degree of staff accountability and logistical advantages for an employer. Indeed, PHH Vehicle Management is fitting driver monitoring units – branded Fleet Command – to all its vehicles, and three car makers are thinking of offering this as an option.A more immediate technological aid for the modern company car driver is the fuel card. Keith Greenhead, PHH fuel division director, reckons some 66 per cent of them use fuel cards – up from under 50 per cent in the early/mid-1990s. “With the increased cost of fuel they focus on the expense and make people look at how to get a better grip on this,” says Greenhead, who believes the cards make administration easier, allow control over where fuel is bought and encourage economical driving.5. The futureThe trend towards downsizing company cars, in particular from Vectra- to Astra-sized models, has largely been ameliorated by the fact that the smaller cars give little away in terms of performance, refinement and creature comforts. They are also more tax efficient. Models like the Astra, Focus and Golf are all highly regarded, and new credible alternatives, such as the second generation Nissan Almera, will soon be with us.The car makers are also proving adept at producing vehicles that meet prevailing legislative trends, such as the likely arrival of excise duty based on CO2 exhaust emissions. Makes such as Vauxhall, Volvo and Ford have all moved to offer dual fuel gas/petrol powered models, which spew out far less CO2, and already sell in real numbers – Vauxhall will find buyers for 3,000 duel fuel cars a year. At least five petrol companies are working towards offering 200 filling stations apiece with liquid petroleum gas pumps, making this fuel – which is also much less heavily taxed – easier to obtain.Diesel is also much more CO2 emission-friendly, although mutterings about the potentially carcinogenic nature of the “particulates” it emits could see it hit by a special levy. Even so, the latest engines are making big strides in economy cleanliness and refinement – BMW scores well here. VW has just launched a very economical three-cylinder Polo 1.4 diesel – an average 64.2mpg is claimed. And Peugeot has an exhaust “dirt” trap for diesel versions of its upcoming 607 saloon.All this means the company car is changing, but given its undiminished practical and motivational advantages, reports of its demise are premature. By Martin Gurdonlast_img read more

Holocene deglacial history of the northeast Antarctic Peninsula – A review and new chronological constraints

first_imgThe northeast Antarctic Peninsula (NEAP) region is currently showing signs of significant environmentalchange, evidenced by acceleration of glacial retreat and collapse of both Larsen-A and -B ice shelves withinthe past 15 years. However, data on the past extent of the eastern margin of the Antarctic Peninsula IceSheet (APIS) and its Holocene retreat history are sparse, and hence we cannot yet put the recent changesinto a long-term context. In order to investigate the timing of deglaciation, we present 16 new cosmogenic10Be surface exposure ages from sites on northern James Ross Island (Cape Lachman, Johnson Mesa andTerrapin Hill) and Seymour Island. The majority of the ages cluster around 6e10 ka, with three significantlyolder (25e31 ka). We combine these ages with existing terrestrial and marine radiocarbon deglaciationages, and a compilation of existing swath bathymetry data, to quantify the temporal and spatial characterof the regional glacial history. Ice had begun to retreat from the outer shelf by 18.3 ka, reaching SeymourIsland by w8 ka. Northern James Ross Island began to deglaciate around the time of the Early HoloceneClimatic Optimum (c. 11e9.5 ka). Deglaciation continued, and a transition from grounded to floating ice inPrince Gustav Channel occurred around 8 ka, separating the James Ross Island ice cap from the APIS. Thisoccurred shortly before Prince Gustav Channel ice shelf began to disintegrate at 6.2 ka. Our results suggestthere may be a bathymetric control on the spatial pattern of deglaciation in the NEAP.last_img read more

Professor wins IR award

first_imgOxford University economist Professor Paul Collier has won the 2008 Lionel Gelber Prize for his book: ‘The Bottom Billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it’. In The Bottom Billion, published by Oxford University Press, discusses how 980 million people around the globe are living in ‘trapped countries clearly heading towards a black hole.’ Poverty populations are found much in Africa, but the book also identifies other large pockets of severe poverty in such places as Bolivia, Cambodia, East Timor, Haiti, Laos, North Korea, Myanmar, Yemen, and elsewhere. Professor Collier uses reconstruction of Europe after the Second World War as an analogy for the challenge of lifting populations out of poverty. In his book, he calls for not only immediate aid, but also cooperation from multilateral institutions as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which will effectively promote trade and security. Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. He is a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. His past appointment include having served as Director of Research at the World Bank and as an advisor to the British Government’s commission on Africa.center_img The Lionel Gelber Prize, called by The Economist as ‘the world’s most important award for non-fiction’ is awarded to the author of the world’s best book on international affairs. Professor Collier will be awarded at the ceremony to be held in Toronto on 1 April. He will also accept the $15,000 prize at the Munk Centre, where he will also deliver the Lionel Gelber Lecture. The Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) has been undertaking research on Africa for more than a decade, and has become one of the largest concentrations of academic economists and social scientists working on Africa outside the continent itself.last_img read more

ND participates in alcohol awareness week

first_imgThe Office of Alcohol and Drug Education will celebrate National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) on campus, health counselor Bridget Hoffmann said. Hoffmann said the office will sponsor a poster campaign and a tailgate with mocktails, games and snacks on South Quad on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.   “Really, we’re promoting the fact that you can go to tailgates and not have to drink, or that you can have other things at tailgates and still have fun,” Hoffmann said. “We’re giving students options.” Hoffmann said the week does not necessarily focus on telling students not to drink at all, but rather to make smart decisions if and when they do choose to drink. “What this week is promoting [is] making those smart choices, whether it’s drinking but not drinking to get drunk, or drinking to be social,” she said. Because Halloween falls during NCAAW, the office is encourages students to be mindful of their alcohol consumption and safety, Hoffmann said. “We’re giving students the idea that if they are going out to a costume party or a hall party, they are considering things like having just one drink, or making sure everyone gets back safely,” she said.      Hoffmann said it is important for colleges to learn how to distinguish themselves from campus drinking culture. “In regards to Notre Dame, we have a culture that’s really surrounded by sports,” she said. “So with our mock tailgate, we’re giving students the opportunity to think that, come football Saturdays, when they may go to a family’s or friend’s tailgate, maybe they can step back and not have as much or not have any at all.” Hoffmann said NCAAW is part of a national campaign by the BACCHUS Network, an organization that promotes students’ health and safety on campuses. “They want to get students to use the [hashtag] ‘#makeSMARTchoices,’ so we’re really trying to get that out around campus,” she said. “It’s just about making students aware of the fact that you can still go out to be parties, but be smart about decisions that you are making when you are going out.” According to the BACCHUS Network, the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness week began in 2008. “NCAAW has grown to become the largest single event in alcohol prevention at colleges and universities because students take ownership in designing and implementing this observance for their campus communities,” the BACCHUS Network’s 2012 press release for the event stated. “This week gives campuses the opportunity to showcase healthy lifestyles free from the abuse or illegal use of alcohol, and to combat the negative and inaccurate stereotypes of college drinking behavior.” Contact Catherine Owers at [email protected]last_img read more

No green acorns

first_imgSquirrels, birds and small wildlife are known to dine on acorns. Cows, on the other hand, can eat a few acorns, but too many green ones can cause deadly acorn—or “Quercus”—poisoning.The word “quercus” comes from the scientific, or botanical, name for oak. Quercus poisoning occurs when cattle consume too many oak buds or acorns. Most animals are susceptible, but cattle and sheep are most often affected by this malady. Armyworms didn’t leave muchIn pastures where grass is short, cattle producers should be acutely aware of the potential for Quercus poisoning. Even though Georgia has received ample rain recently, armyworms mowed down the grass in many pastures. When the forage supply is limited, as is the case with grass due to the armyworms, cows may be tempted to eat green acorns. A little forethought could prevent a tragedy later. When cows consume large quantities of young oak leaves in the spring or green acorns in the fall, clinical signs appear several days later. These signs include lack of appetite, depression, emaciation, serious nasal discharge and constipation followed by diarrhea, ranging from mucoid to hemorrhagic. The toxins can cause kidney damage that could lead to serious future health problems. Kidney damage caused by Quercus poisoning is irreversible. Since kidney damage is not easily noticeable, cattlemen should take preventative measures, including fencing cattle out of areas where they have been observed eating acorns. In fact, cost of fencing or lack of other grazing areas may force producers to risk exposure to Quercus poisoning.Take preventative measuresCalcium hydroxide comprising 10 percent of the ration may be used as a preventive measure if exposure to acorns cannot be avoided. This may be a feasible alternative for dairymen who have cattle on a controlled diet, but is impossible for beef cattle producers who have no control over their animals’ diets in a pasture situation.Calves and yearlings seem to be affected more often than mature cattle, as the effect is most likely a function of body size. An adult cow would have to consume more acorns or leaves than a younger, smaller animal to receive the same level of toxicity.Producers should make sure forage is available. If there is not adequate grazing, provide hay. Cattle who don’t have adequate forage or hay will be tempted to eat the acorns, especially after the frost kills the grass. Don’t eat the green ones!Green acorns and leaves are the most toxic. As acorns cure after falling, they will become less toxic as a function of time, requiring animals to eat more to get the same level of toxicity. Cured acorns should also be less desirable to animals than green ones. This problem will diminish with time, but it’s not going to go away overnight. Depending on which other foods are available, it could take as long as two months for the danger to pass.For more information about caring for cattle, contact your local University of Georgia Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or Or visit the UGA Animal and Dairy Extension website.last_img read more

Set Sail with Georgia 4-H

first_imgCooking classes, scavenger hunts and science experiments are all popular summer camp activities that Georgia 4-H youth will still be able to do this year — just at a bit of a distance.After much thought and concern for the health and safety of 4-H staff, volunteers and youth participants, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Georgia 4-H made the difficult decision to cancel residential camps for the 2020 summer season. In a typical year, more than 9,000 youth would have participated in these programs and will now be looking for other activities this summer.As an alternative to residential camps, Georgia 4-H has created a virtual summer series called “Set Sail with Georgia 4-H” to provide youth with entertaining and educational lessons and adventures.The activities cover a variety of topics including agriculture, STEM, leadership and healthy living. These virtual programs are offered in a variety of formats, such as livestreaming sessions, video series, solo activities and more. The series is updated weekly with new programs and will continue until school resumes in August.“Some of my favorite 4-H experiences as a kid include the incredible summer day trips and workshops offered by my local 4-H program,” said Jason Estep, Extension 4-H Specialist. “Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, our 4-H professionals have continued to create and offer innovative programs that are every bit as engaging and unforgettable as the ones I experienced as a kid — they’ve just been moved to a virtual format. We are proud to showcase and open some of these virtual programs to a statewide audience.”The series is a cruise-themed collection of statewide activities for youth of all ages. Participants can select a track, or “cruise,” based on grade level. The U.S.S. Cloverbud Cruise is designed for youth in kindergarten through grade three. These activities, or “excursions,” are interactive and entertaining. The Cloverleaf Connections Cruise, for youth in fourth through sixth grades, includes fun and hands-on excursions. The Junior Jamboree Cruise includes a variety of experiences for youth in grades seven and eight. Youth in grades nine through 12 will enjoy the Senior Summer Spectacular Cruise, filled with exciting, practical and even tasty excursions.“Georgia 4-H teaches youth to adapt to change and find opportunity in challenges,” Estep said. “While the pandemic has restricted our ability to interact in person with the youth we serve, virtual programming allows us to maintain the youth-adult partnerships that are vital to positive youth development. It’s also helping us reach some entirely new audiences.”Registration free and open to the public for the programs. To start cruising through summer, visit 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit read more