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Glee club responds to Fox’s hit TV show

first_imgIf fans of the hit TV series “Glee” are looking for the show’s signature combination of song, dance and drama at Notre Dame, they will only find one of those features in Notre Dame’s own Glee Club. “Usually when I tell people I’m in Glee Club, they ask me if it’s like the show and I tell them it’s not,” Kyle Nieman, co-vice president of the club, said. “We definitely don’t dance.” Although distinct differences exist between the fictional New Directions of “Glee” and the 70-member, all-male Glee Club at Notre Dame, the latter has not changed their group identity to match the choir stereotype created by the show. “A lot of the guys in the club love ‘Glee,’ and others think it’s the most ridiculous thing in the world,” Michael Eardley, co-vice president of the Glee Club, said. “We haven’t changed our identity because the group has been successful long before Fox created ‘Glee,’ and the show reinforces what we are and were already doing.” A major factor in the Glee Club’s traditional formula for success has been its characteristically hectic Christmas season, which included two performances at the Snite Museum of Art in the past two weeks and Christmas caroling in women’s residence halls at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. “Caroling in the girls’ dorms at Notre Dame went from 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday,” Nieman said. “It’s a huge time commitment, but it’s a lot of fun.” The club’s busiest time of year coincides with the busiest time of the semester in terms of schoolwork, but both Nieman and Eardley agreed that being busy with Glee Club provides an escape from the stress of papers and tests. “Even though this is the time when we all have the most homework, everyone wants Glee to sing for their events,” Eardley said. “I think it’s doable because we’re basically 70 best friends, so knowing you’re all in it together makes it less of a personal sacrifice from your studies and more an opportunity to be with people you want to spend your time with.” The Glee Club’s Christmas season will culminate with three concerts in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Saturday, and all proceeds will go to the Center for the Homeless and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Eardley said. “The concerts take up a lot of time on Saturday, but we don’t see it as giving up our Saturdays because the concert proceeds go to a good cause,” Eardley said. “It takes prioritizing and time management skills, but it’s worth it.” Nieman said the concerts will feature a wide variety of Christmas songs, including traditional tunes like “Sleigh Ride” and “Jingle Bells.” However, the highlight of the concert program for many Glee Club members is singing a number of nontraditional carols. “We are singing calypso and Latin American carols, but one of our favorites is an African song that includes minimal choreography,” Nieman said. In addition to participating in all of Glee Club’s performances during the year, the 12 members of The Undertones, Notre Dame’s all-male a cappella group, will perform their biggest concert of the year Friday night. Nieman, a member of both groups, said The Undertones have been giving small concerts in female dorms to promote the main concert, which will feature mostly pop music arranged by members of the group. These concerts also prepare the group for its winter break trip to Vail and Denver, Colo., for a week of singing and skiing. Despite the Glee Club’s packed schedule, both Nieman and Eardley said they believe the members of the group enjoy the spirit of the Christmas season more than any other time of year, especially because they spend so much time with each other. “Christmas is definitely the best season, and I think most of the guys would agree,” Nieman said. “We work hard to learn all the music, but it’s a blast because we have a good time as ‘brothers in song,’ as we like to call ourselves. The Glee Club’s Christmas concerts will take place at 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and tickets are available the Center or at performingarts.nd.edu.last_img read more

Booze-Infused Ice Cream, Other Frozen Desserts OK’d In New York State

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) PxHere Stock Photo.ALBANY — Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing liquor-infused ice cream and frozen desserts.According to the Governor’s Office, the legislation will help New York’s dairy farmers, liquor and craft beverage producers, dairy processors and manufacturers, food retailers and restaurants meet the increasing consumer demand for these new products.The measure would limit the percentage of alcohol in ice cream to not more than 5% of alcohol by volume and would require the same product labeling and warning statements similar to confectionary that contain wine, beer or cider.New York now ranks in the top five in the U.S. for its number of craft beverage producers in every category. The state ranks first in the U.S. for the number of hard cider producers, second in craft breweries and distilleries, and fourth in the country for the total number of wineries.last_img read more

Soapy Deer Solution

first_imgSpraying soapy water on your landscape plants can keep deer from munching them, say University of Georgia experts. Just don’t expect it to be aperfect solution.”When deer destroy my newly planted camellias or munch my day lilies and hostas tothe ground, I get angry,” saidÿ Gary Wade, aUGA Extension Service horticulturist.But Wade shares a neighborhood with a high number of deer. So he’s usually willing totry a deer-repellent remedy, especially if others have found it useful. He likes a newsoap trick he learned from a fellow Athens, Ga., gardener and deer hater.”She places a bar of Irish Spring soap in a bucket and fills it with water,”Wade said. “Once a week, she fills a sprinkling can half-full with the soap solutionand dilutes it with an equal amount of clean water. She sprinkles this on all hersensitive plants.”So far, so good, say the Athens gardeners.”I’ve tried it for the past month with great success,” Wade said. “I nowhave beautiful leaves on my hostas instead of bare stems. And my day lilies have bloomedfor the first time in five years.”One bar of soap, he said, will last about a week. “It’s only been a month since Iimplemented my soapy warfare,” Wade said. “But I’ve seen a noticeable decreasein damage. I apply the soap solution to sensitive plants once a week and again immediatelyafter rain.”Jeff Jackson, a UGA wildlifespecialist with the D.B. Warnell School of ForestResources, said the remedy will work best if you realize its effect isn’t likely tolast.”Deer repellents are all temporary at best,” Jackson said. “No matterwhat it is, sooner or later, for one reason or another, the deer will eat your plantsanyway.”If you want a repellent to work 365 days a year, it’s likely to fail now and then.”If it fails even for one day,” he said, “the plants will get anothergrazing.”Repellents work, he said, where plants need to be protected for a few weeks or so,until they have passed their vulnerable time or until the harvest is in.”In the case of flower blooms,” he said, “a repellent might be youranswer, especially if the blooming period is short.”Another choice, Jackson said, is to use plants the deer don’t like.”When most people get a wooded lot, they clean out all the adaptedvegetation,” he said. “Then they bring in store-bought deer ‘dessert.'”But not every plant is good deer food. “It’s possible to go into landscapes wheredeer are abundant and see green plants all around,” he said. “The deer decidewhat plants will live.”For a list of deer-resistant plants, contact the county Extension Service office. Orcheck the World Wide Web at www.ces.uga.edu/Agriculture/horticulture/deer.html.Another option is to fence the deer out. For a large area, he said, try an electricfence with a single wire 30 inches off the ground.”Smear the entire wire with peanut butter,” he said. “Mark the fencewith rags eight to 10 feet apart so deer see it. They’ll check out the new fence and smellthe peanut butter. They touch their noses to it and give it a lick. It’s sort of aneducation fence. It’s a cost-effective, but not deer-proof, fence.”Deer will likely run right through or jump over an unbaited wire, he said.A final choice, and the one most likely to work, is to remove the deer. “Thatmostly means having licensed wildlife experts shoot them after dark with spotlights andprecision rifles,” he said.But first a community has to agree to remove the deer. “Finding consensus is thekey,” Jackson said. “That’s harder than removing the deer.”last_img read more

UGA plant sale

first_imgThe UGA Horticulture Club will have a wide range of garden and landscape plants near the intersection of Riverbend Road and College Station Road. They will also be selling rain barrels. Profits from all sales will fund projects for students in the UGA horticulture program. For more information, directions, parking details or overnight accommodations, visit www.ugatrialgardens.com. Spring has sprung! And it’s time for Plantapalooza. On April 9, the Trial Gardens at UGA, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the UGA Horticulture Club will hold spring plant sales at three different locations in Athens, Ga., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each location will offer an array of plants – some rare – and gardening experts to answer questions.The Trial Gardens at UGA are located on the UGA campus between Snelling Dining Hall and the R. C. Wilson Pharmacy Building. The gardens are where hundreds of annuals and perennials from plant breeders around the world are tested and displayed each year. Allan Armitage will lead tours through the garden. A well-known writer, speaker, researcher and teacher, Armitage spearheaded the garden’s creation in 1982. The gardens are always open to visitors free of charge. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is located at 2450 S. Milledge Ave. It will have Georgia Gold Medal plants Georgia Gold Medal plants for sale among its broad selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables. The selection includes many native plants. last_img read more

Man Found Slain at Work in Port Jefferson Station

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 37-year-old man who appeared to be a victim of violence was found dead by his coworker at their job in Port Jefferson Station on Thursday morning, Suffolk County police said.The coworker called 911 after finding the victim, Daniel Dombrowski, who was an employee of Melting and Filling Equipment, inside the building on North Bicycle Path shortly before 11 a.m., police said.The victim’s body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be performed.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the incident is to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Three misconceptions about digital reputation management

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Having recently announced our efforts to help banks and credit unions better manage their brand reputation online, I was surprised by some of the questions and comments made regarding this increasingly important part of brand management.Planning. Not Controlling.Digital Reputation Management (DRM) is not about controlling everything said about your brand online. In branch management you control what happens inside your branch as much as you can, but a good deal of your time is spent in risk management. You can’t prevent traffic jams from making your employees late or your customers testy. However, you can put in place safeguards to minimize the risk and to protect customers and employees in the event either event occurs. The same is true of your digital reputation. Great customer service and, more importantly, impeccable problem resolution will prevent many angry one-star reviews from popping up online, but you can not eliminate them completely. DRM is a process by which you plan for and manage your response to such events.Balanced. Not Unrealistic.Digital Reputation Management is not about hiding bad reviews with a bunch of fake or superficial good reviews. If you look at brands that manage their digital reputation well, you will find that they do in fact have bad reviews – you can’t keep those from happening. However, these brands have a solid body of authentic, positive reviews to allow consumers to make an informed opinion of the brand on their own. DRM is a process by which your customers help create a balanced picture of your brand in the digital channel. Think about it, do the reviews and the overall picture of your organization on Google and Facebook reflect what your customers tell you in your surveys? If not, a DRM process can help, over time, the online platforms present a more balanced view of your brand. continue reading »last_img read more

New York Supreme Court upholds conviction from 2017 burglary

first_imgKorchak said this was for Gerald Porter’s conviction for second-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He said Porter was a second violent felony offender and was sentenced to prison for eight years. The following are Korchak’s tweets: The conviction was unsuccessfully appealed and upheld at the New York State Supreme Court. (WBNG) — District Attorney Mike Korchak said in a tweet that the State of New York Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a Broome County man from 2017. As a second violent felony offender, he was sentenced to a prison term of eight years. Excellent work by the Broome County District Attorney’s Office.— DA Mike Korchak (@damikekorchak) June 29, 2020last_img read more

The swine flu news gets worse — and what you should do about it

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – In yesterday’s Special Edition, we reported on two potentially alarming developments: a novel swine flu outbreak in California and Texas that had infected seven people, who all recovered; and a much more severe respiratory disease outbreak in Mexico, with 120 reported cases, including 13 deaths.We said yesterday that it would be very bad news if the mysterious-but-deadly Mexican disease turned out to be the same never-before-seen swine flu virus identified in California and Texas. That would mean that we had (a) a novel flu virus against which people have no natural resistance, (b) spreading across a wide geographical area through human-to-human transmission, and (c) causing serious health effects and even death. Those are the three criteria that are prerequisites for a pandemic.Here’s what we know today:1. It’s settled. Swine flu is killing people in Mexico.All day today rumors circulated that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had established that the bad news had come true: that the deadly Mexican disease was indeed the same novel swine flu virus discovered in the US. At 2:30 pm the CDC held a press briefing and confirmed the rumors. Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the CDC, was candid that this was alarming news, that the CDC was “more worried” about a possible pandemic than it had been the day before.The numbers got more alarming today as well. Now the Mexican government says the new strain has killed at least 59 people and infected at least 854. The quantitative news on the US side of the border is better: Only one newly discovered case emerged today, and this person, like the earlier seven, has already recovered.Nobody knows why the new flu strain is deadly in Mexico and mild (so far) in the US. That will obviously be a topic of intense scrutiny in the days to come. The search for additional cases will also be a top priority. It would be a great relief to learn that the new swine flu is spreading only with difficulty, if that turns out to be true. But we simply don’t know yet the effectiveness of human-to-human transmission.Dr. Besser was clear today that he believed the new virus has probably spread too widely already to contain in its current locations. The World Health Organization (WHO) has hoped that if a new influenza strain were caught quickly enough, its spread might be stopped with an intensive “fire blanket” of antivirals given to people in the area surrounding the outbreak. That’s basically the “remote Indonesian village” best-case scenario—not the “two big cities in Mexico plus some other places” reality we face today. If the virus stops spreading, it won’t be because human effort contained it; it will spread or stop spreading pretty much on its own, depending on how transmissible it is.That doesn’t mean there is no point in trying to slow the spread—by wearing masks, staying home when you’re sick, canceling public events, etc. If it comes to that, so-called “social distancing” strategies should slow the spread of the virus. But “slow” isn’t “stop.”Bottom line: There isn’t much we can do right now to prevent a pandemic. We’re just waiting to see if we’ve got one.2. We are now at WHO pandemic phase 4—but the WHO hasn’t said so yet.The WHO has a six-phase index of pandemic risk. Since 1997, when H5N1 infected both birds and humans in Hong Kong, we have been in phase 3, characterized by “no or very limited human-to-human transmission” of a novel and dangerous virus. Phases 4, 5, and 6 are defined, respectively, by “increased,” “significant” and “efficient and sustained” human-to-human transmission.Basically, phase 6 means a pandemic is in progress. Phase 5 probably means a pandemic is inevitable. Phase 4 is the key: It means the pandemic risk is high enough to merit urgent, intensive, international public health interventions, although the pandemic might still not happen.All day today rumors have circulated about battles within the WHO over whether to ratchet up to phase 4. The specs are certainly met. The evidence of increased human-to-human transmission (compared with the H5N1 “bird flu” record) is clear. But so far the WHO hasn’t acted. It’s not clear what WHO officials and cooperating experts are considering as they debate this question, and it’s certainly not clear what or when the WHO will decide. In fairness, the WHO may simply have been waiting for more solid Mexican data.But we believe the world is now in pandemic phase 4. If you have a pandemic plan that is keyed to the WHO phases, we urge you to consider yourself in phase 4 as of today.Once again, that doesn’t mean a pandemic is either imminent or inevitable. It means the risk looks high and your precautions should be urgent and more than routine. Now is the time to prepare, emotionally as well as logistically, for the influenza pandemic that may (or may not) be on its way.We suspect that the WHO is worried that people will (wrongly) think that declaring phase 4 is tantamount to predicting a pandemic within days. Such a declaration would presumably hurt financial markets, influence business decisions, and raise anxiety levels in what is already a difficult economic climate. If all that happened and a pandemic didn’t, the WHO’s reputation could suffer mightily.These are serious concerns. But failing to declare phase 4 could also damage the WHO’s reputation. And it could arouse even more anxiety and more public and market overreaction. In fact, people are likeliest to panic and act unwisely when they know a situation looks bad and those in authority are pretending otherwise. That’s what happened during the SARS outbreak in Beijing. The Chinese government denied the crisis largely in order to allay panic; people became more and more panicky largely because the government was denying the crisis.We hope the WHO won’t make the same mistake. As we write this, there are new rumors that the WHO is about to declare phase 4. We hope it does. Whether it does or not, we urge you to act as if it had.3. Whether you call it phase 3 or phase 4, now is the time to implement the preliminary parts of your pandemic plan.Don’t get caught up in the phase-3-versus-phase-4 debate. What matters is that a pandemic looks likelier to materialize in the next few days, weeks, or months than it has looked for a long time.That’s not a guarantee. The last time a pandemic looked pretty likely was the early days of the H5N1 spread through Asia—and the pandemic didn’t happen. The time before that was the first sighting of H5N1 in Hong Kong in 1997—and it didn’t happen then, either. The time before that, ironically, was the US swine flu scare of 1976. President Gerald Ford was alarmed enough about that one to launch a massive vaccination program to protect Americans from the pandemic—and that one didn’t happen either.Flu experts are like hurricane forecasters. The weather map looks bad right now—but it’s far from rare for hurricanes to fizzle out or change course. Still, it would be exceedingly foolish not to take serious precautions when hurricane forecasters tell you a big one looks like it might be headed your way.The current economic crisis makes it difficult to argue for putting resources into pandemic planning when your company is just hanging on the ropes. But that is exactly why you need to plan, because not having a plan all but ensures that your company will go under during a pandemic.If you’ve got a pandemic plan, you have thought this through already. You have a list of things to do when a pandemic looks imminent but still iffy—actions that meet three key criteria that they:Will help everybody get ready for stronger measures if the news keeps getting worseHelp your company and your people survive if the pandemic comesWill be reversible without too much damage or cost if the threat recedes.You wrote the plan, hoping you’d never need to implement it—but figuring that sooner or later you might. Now you do implement it, but not the whole plan, at least not yet—just the easier bits.4. What should you do if you don’t have a pandemic plan?Well, for one thing, get your senior management to resolve right here and now that if the threat recedes this time, you’ll do what it takes to have a plan in place—and tested—the next time a serious pandemic possibility looms.In the meantime, put together a short list of things you can do now, even without a formal plan, to help your company brace for what may be just around the corner. Some things are probably too late to do—like stockpiling enough antivirals for your workforce and developing a protocol for getting them into their hands when they need it.But there’s plenty you can do right now, this weekend, or early next week, that will help. Then if the pandemic threat fizzles (or even if it stabilizes, hanging in abeyance for a few months), you can use the time to work on some longer-term preparedness measures.For now—for right now—here’s our shortlist of short-term suggestions.Alert everybody in your organization, from your senior management to your workforce. Make sure what you say is both scary enough and tentative enough: The threat could go away, or it could get very, very bad. Tell them where to get reliable generic information now, and tell them where they’ll be able to get reliable company-specific information if the pandemic materializes.Do a quick-and-dirty triage plan. In a pandemic, your company simply won’t be able to keep doing everything it does now. Business discontinuity, not business continuity, will be the order of the day. Which activities will you jettison fairly quickly? Which ones will you sacrifice greatly to keep operating if you possibly can?Assign everybody an emergency duty station. Now that you know what activities you’re probably going to discontinue, figure out how you will reassign the personnel who aren’t needed for those activities anymore. And tell them their new pandemic assignments now. Research suggests that employees are a lot likelier to come to work in a pandemic to do important emergency jobs than to do their routine jobs.Cross-train. Yes, time is tight for this one—but it’s too crucial to leave off your shortlist. Figure roughly a third of your workforce and roughly a third of your management isn’t going to be coming to work: They’ll be sick, dead, taking care of sick family members, mourning dead ones, or too frightened to come to work. Compile a list of everybody’s skills: Who can substitute for whom if needed. Figure out who you can’t function without—and then have those essential personnel get somebody else ready to step into their shoes if necessary. (You could also consider sequestering them in a safe environment or putting them on prophylactic [preventive] antivirals.)Stock up. You can’t possibly stock up on everything—especially not on such short notice and given how difficult it is to get loans these days. But make your best guess about which supplies, parts, and equipment you will run out of first when supply lines get stressed by the pandemic (or by fear of the pandemic). Winnow your list, bearing in mind that your budget is limited and some products won’t sell in a pandemic anyway. The sooner you do this, the likelier you are to find a seller who still has something to sell. Then go out and buy what you can’t manage without. No doubt this action is made harder by current economic realities. But not taking this step can ensure that your company won’t survive a pandemic.Tell your employees to stock up, too, on food, water, regular medications, batteries, and such. They’ll be grateful for the advice. It’ll show them you’re serious. And if the pandemic materializes, people are a lot likelier to come to work if they feel their family is properly prepared.Put together a set of upgraded workplace hygiene practices, such as routinely wiping down doorknobs, elevator buttons, computer keyboards, and the like. We don’t know if these practices will really reduce the risk of transmission, as the data supporting them are quite weak. But it can’t hurt and will give individuals a sense of empowerment that they are fighting back against the virus. (That’ll mean stocking up on the appropriate supplies.) And figure out how much social distancing you can realistically implement by moving people around, replacing actual meetings with virtual meetings, etc.Do these seven add up to a pandemic plan? No! And if you’ve got seven better ideas, implement yours instead. The main thing is this: A pandemic may be right around the corner, and you don’t have a formal plan for how to cope. So be it. Now do what you can, as quickly as you can. And then if the pandemic hasn’t come yet, do some more.—Peter M. Sandman, PhD, is a risk communication consultant based in Princeton, NJ, and Deputy Editor of CIDRAP Business Source. His writing on risk communication can be found at www.psandman.com; his pandemic communication writing is indexed at www.psandman.com/index-infec.htm.last_img read more

Dominica To Host Windward Island Basketball Tournament.

first_img 164 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! The association is also willing to accept any assistance from the corporate community and persons willing to volunteer to organize the tournament. NewsSports Dominica To Host Windward Island Basketball Tournament. by: – August 13, 2011 As part of the association’s preparations for the tournament the following 15 players have been asked to continue training for the final selection of the Dominica National Team;Garth Joseph – CenterPeter Ricketts  – CenterJunior Aisles  – CenterJohnny Alfred  – ForwardJoseph Hypolite  -ForwardRamal Carbon  – ForwardSimon Joseph  – ForwardRicky Toussaint  – ForwardJeffrey Joseph – Guard/ForwardEarl Mathew – Guard/ForwardBernard Mills – GuardDavidson Toulon – GuardSteve Hypolite – GuardYamada Parker – GuardJoni Riviere – GuardMickey JosephDominica Amateur Basketball Association However the association will be intensifying its drive to seek further sponsorship as the association is still far short of the 50 thousand estimate to successfully run this tournament.In addition to taking care of accommodation, meals and transportation major improvement has to be done to Massacre Hard court. We are hoping that the government will respond to our request to resurface the court.The association will be contacting the Massacre committee on improvements required before hosting this tournament. Tweet Share In photo: Garth Joseph (far left) with representatives of the St. Lucia, Barbados and Grenada Basketball Teams. Photo credit: Mickey JosephThe Dominica Amateur Basketball Association continues to prepare for the hosting of the Windward Island Basketball Tournament schedule for September 7 to 11 , 2011.At the time of writing this release the following teams have confirmed their participation Grenada, St Vincent, Martinique and Dominica, we are still trying to convince St Lucia to participate, but interestingly Antigua has heard about this tournament and have inquired about participating.The association will be informing Antigua of our no objection but unfortunately sponsorship constrains would mean having to meet all expenses except internal transportation. Share Sharelast_img read more

May 24, 2019 Police Blotter

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