Balliol alumnus Marc Pacitti was, however, critical of the statistics presented by the campaign. He claimed, “The contributions to land use and pollution won’t be linear in participants or length of participation — it would probably be exponential with a wide base (due to sticky price type forces like contracts). “There is no reason to think the programme will get anywhere off the bottom of the curve. The impact people will likely have is so marginal it equals zero. There is no way that they can give a figure that fits for each person who joins up in terms of how much good they do. “Anyway, the best way to decrease meat production is to stop subsidising it. Perhaps people would be better off writing to their MEPs and asking them to remove subsidies for livestock from the Common Agricultural Policy.” Cohen was quick to justify the campaign’s claims, informing Cherwell that the statistics are derived from academic papers. However, he added that “levelling criticism here wilfully misses the point of #VeggiePledge”. He explained, “We are trying to encourage shifts in popular habits and societal views on the matters at hand. We know for a fact that vegetarianism and veganism are not only better for our planet environmentally than meat-eating, but are becoming increasingly necessary in fighting climate change.“#VeggiePledge is a humble campaign aimed at increasing the rate of take-up of these lifestyles over time — just because it isn’t going to solve climate change alone, that’s no good reason not to support it.” OUSU’s #VeggiePledge campaign launched on Wednesday, aiming to encourage students to turn vegetarian or vegan for the month of November. Pledgers are invited to take on their own tailor-made ‘Veggie Pledge’, which involves eating vegetarian or vegan food for at least one day a week over the next month, with some pledgers planning on going vegan for the entire month. OUSU’s Environment and Ethics Officer Xavier Cohen told Cherwell, “We want to show that being veggie and vegan is not only doable, but enjoyable, whilst also highlighting the environmental benefits of consuming less meat and fewer animal products. “#VeggiePledge is also an intercollegiate competition. The pledgers from the college with the most pledges will win a trip to The Gardeners Arms — Oxford’s veggie and vegan friendly pub — with £100 behind the bar.” Prospective pledgers are required to post their name, college, and tailor-made pledge on the wall of the campaign’s Facebook group. Cohen added, “#VeggiePledge is also a collective endeavour, and as such, we’re encouraging people to post photos and recipes. #VeggiePledge finally makes it acceptable to post pictures of food on social media again!”After Cohen predicted that it would be “exploding on social media” on Wednesday, the total number of pledges made by the end of the day topped 150. Wadham, Balliol, and Worcester led the college charts early on.The Facebook page also shared statistics about how much land, water and CO2 could be saved by avoiding meat for varying numbers of days per week, claiming that “going veggie” for one day a week saves 29 square-metres of land, 1,611 litres of water, and 8kg of CO2.
Oriel has topped this year’s Norrington Table, moving up from 12th place. The top five colleges, in descending order, are Oriel, Merton, Magdalen, Univ and Trinity.In a year of substantial movement throughout the table, Merton rose significantly, from 27th back up to 2nd, while Pembroke, bottom three years in a row, rose to fourteenth. In bottom place were Queen’s, down from 25th.Oriel’s Provost, Moira Wallace, commented, “These results are a testament to the hard work of our students. We are very proud of their achievements, and of the excellent support provided by the College’s Tutors and staff”.In a statement on their website, Trinity College posted, “Our warmest congratulations to all our Finalists and their tutors on an excellent set of results this year, which sees Trinity placed fifth out of the thirty undergraduate colleges in the Norrington Table for 2016. Our thanks go also to all the college staff who have supported the students throughout their time at Trinity.“Highlights of the results included some subjects (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Economics and Management, History, Materials Science, Mathematics and Physics) seeing at least half the students graduating with Firsts, and outstanding performances by several students who received prestigious University Gibbs Prizes (in English and in History). We are proud to celebrate the achievements of all the eighty-five students in this cohort, and look forward to seeing them back in Trinity for their graduation ceremony.”Henry Shalders, an Oriel third year, told Cherwell, “Sorry, what? Oriel is top of the Norrington Table? This comes as quite a shock.”The Norrington Table, an unofficial academic ranking of colleges, is calculated using a points system for the degrees undergraduate students were awarded in that year. A First Class degree gains the college five points, with three points for an Upper Second, two for a Lower Second and none for a Third or a Pass. The total score is expressed as a percentage of the maximum possible score, which is all Finals candidates multiplied by five.The full table of results can be found here.
Consumer watchdog Which? said its recent consumer taste test of wholemeal bread showed it was possible to cut salt levels in bread and still deliver good flavour and texture. In research carried out by Which? Magazine, 187 testers tasted 561 slices of branded and supermarket own-label wholemeal bread. Hovis and Kingsmill came out on top, scoring top marks for taste and texture, followed by Warburtons and M&S Wise Buys loaf. Senior researcher Shefalee Loth said the M&S loaf, which had a salt content of 0.9g per 100g (lower than the FSA’s 2012 target of 1g per 100g), “proved that it was technically possible to develop bread that has reduced salt levels, which was acceptable to consumers”.Read the full story in the next issue of British Baker, out 23 October.
Premiere funk band Lettuce returns today with a brand new single, fresh from their forthcoming EP Mt. Crushmore. The band released the widely acclaimed LP Crush back in 2015, but they saved some tasty B-sides for a follow-up release. Due out on November 11th, Mt. Crushmore is the funky companion album we didn’t know that we needed!The first track, “The Love You Left Behind” played on the soulful side of Lettuce’s sound. Today, the band has released their second single from the new album. “Mt. Crushmore” is all funk, leading the listener on Lettuce’s prime psychedelic funk odyssey.You can listen to the new single, “Mt Crushmore,” below.Lettuce is currently on their fall tour, which closes out with a big two-night run at the PlayStation Theater in New York, NY from November 11-12. The shows will unofficially celebrate the release of Mt. Crushmore, with Red Baraat opening night one and The Floozies on night two. Tickets and more information here.
Colorado’s groove-centric funk act The Motet recently announced their new upcoming studio effort Death Or Devotion, due out on January 25th, 2019. The Denver, CO seven-piece consisting of Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Drew Sayers (sax) and Parris Fleming (trumpet) has shared a new single, “Whacha Gonna Bring”, ahead of their upcoming album’s release.Since The Motet’s inception in 1998, they’ve released eight full-length albums and toured the country relentlessly, playing hundreds and hundreds of shows from coast-to-coast. Death Or Devotion will mark the first Motet studio effort in which Lyle Divinsky, Drew Sayers, and Parris Fleming were all involved with all aspects of the upcoming record, from writing to recording, and finally mastering and preparing for release.As Divinsky explained in a statement:The essence is always going to be the groove, but we wanted to expand the idea of what a funk album could be. Of course, you want a driving backbeat. However, with the division that’s going on in this country and the world, I think it’s every artist’s responsibility to create a conversation. That conversation doesn’t have to be political either. It can be about love or an introspective journey. I think the commentary should be on what it’s like to be alive today. By drawing on funk, we create a fun, palatable musical vehicle for the message to go down. Our goal is for you to recognize we’re all dancing on the same dance floor-even though our steps may look a little different.The Motet released “Whacha Gonna Bring” in conjunction with voter registration non-profit HeadCount‘s Get Out The Vote Campaign. Divinsky adds, “The song is as much a deep pocket heavy groove as it is a reminder that each and every individual has the opportunity to make their voice heard, not only by voting but by bringing positivity and joy to the table.”HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein adds, “The Motet is a longtime HeadCount partner and has always been a band we consider to be ‘family’. We are touched that they thought of us when releasing ‘Whacha Gonna Bring,’ and the song’s message truly resonates.”Listen to The Motet’s new single, “Whacha Gonna Bring”, below:The Motet – “Whacha Gonna Bring”[Video: Various Artists – Topic]The Motet has also announced that Relix will be streaming a free webcast of their upcoming Halloween show featuring special guest Jennifer Hartswick, from the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Fans should tune in for the free webcast Wednesday, October 31st, at 11 p.m. (PST) below:The Motet w/ Jennifer Hartswick Free Halloween Webcast[Video: Relix][H/T Jambase]
For many seniors, the past four years have been a process of discovery and refinement that is anything but straightforward. For seniors entering religious life, the process of discernment and self-discovery is no less complex. Fr. John DeRiso, the Vocations Director for the U.S. province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, emphasized that entering the first couple of years of a religious order is not a final decision.“It’s a decision to continue one’s discernment in that intentional, intentional space because we need the men to enter into the spirit of intentional discernment in the right way, which means living a life and being open to where God might lead them while they’re living that life,” DeRiso said.Senior Andrew Copp, who will enter the Congregation of Holy Cross’s one-year postulant program in August, reiterated the importance of being open to God as part of his discernment and said his conversations with his Keough Hall rector, Fr. Brogan Ryan, have been particularly formative.“Something Fr. Brogan said that was really helpful was to pay attention to the little moments in your life and, you know, an offhand comment here could be God trying to point you in this direction,” Copp said.Though Copp has been considering religious life since his pastor and his boy scout leader both mentioned the possibility to him in high school, he said his major in environmental engineering offered another strong influence on his future plans.“Going through scouting, having many opportunities to go out and spend time outdoors and getting to understand just how amazing the earth is has made environmental engineering just a wonderful major for me,” Copp said. “The first two years of college, the whole discernment process for the priesthood waned a little bit. I still felt really in tune with my faith, but going through the courses for environmental engineering made me really want to be an environmental engineer and take the opportunity to give back of myself to the natural environment after graduation.”Because the Congregation of Holy Cross is focused on educating in the faith, Copp said, the order offers him the opportunity to live out both of his callings.“I’ve seen where God has taken me through college and how important environmental engineering is still to me, but also, I believe he’s calling me to this other life as well,” Copp said. “I think Holy Cross has a really unique blending of being able to become an educator while also living a life in Holy Cross.”Senior Brennan Dour, who is entering the Jesuit order’s two-year novitiate program in August, said the idea of “the call” as being a straightforward command masks the agency involved in the decision to enter religious life.“I think sometimes the ‘call’ narrative can kind of ease off the fact that it is … making a decision in response to something in your heart,” Dour said. “Oftentimes, what people describe as ‘the call’ isn’t something so immediately clear. It’s kind of an inclination towards something and then you try to investigate it or figure out how you can respond to it.”For Dour, his informal and sometimes unexpected encounters and conversations with Jesuits over the past few years have been helpful in showing him the Jesuit lifestyle and mission suits him. “I kind of see discernment as being like a process of a lot of baby steps and at a certain point, you can’t get any farther without either entering into seminary or a religious house,” Dour said. “But even just that step is itself just another small step, as you’re progressing toward that, like a larger real life commitment.”Whether those entering religious orders decide to remain or leave after the first couple of years, DeRiso said entering a postulant or novitiate program is a valuable opportunity to reflect deeply on oneself.“I’ve never met a man who has left formation who has said that it was the wrong decision,” DeRiso said. “Even for the men who leave, they feel like they grew from the experience, they are glad for it and it has given them some clarity about their vocational path.”Ultimately, DeRiso said discernment is discovering how to live life as a “gift to be given.”“It’s a real privilege for me, to accompany that discernment, to listen to vocational stories, to listen to how God’s at work in their lives, how grace is at work in their lives and to — in my small way — provide some guidance and help in that discernment,” DeRiso said.Tags: 2020 commencement, Congregation of the Holy Cross, discernment, Postulant Program
Image by Jacob Gutierrez / USAF JAMESTOWN — Survival for small businesses in New York State’s COVID-19 climate has not been easy and not all small businesses made it.With that in mind, Jason Skinner wants to give back to the community that has supported Skinner’s Kitchen and Convenience Store.While there are several plans to support the community, Skinner will start by giving to the children of Jamestown this Halloween.From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, parents can bring their children to Skinner’s Kitchen, 104 W. Second St. for free Halloween treats. Joining in on the treat giving will be Democratic County Executive candidate Rich Morrisroe, LaRumba Restaurant, Los Contrincantes Car Club and Chautauqua Removal.But any other interested business is more than welcome Skinner said.“We want to give to our community. We want to provide for our community, we support our community,” Skinner said. “If any other downtown businesses in Jamestown would like to jump on board and come on down and hand out candy, come on out.”If parents are nervous about their costumed children leaving the family car to get the candy, no worries, Skinner said.“They can come to any one of the people who are out here. If parents do not feel safe with their children exiting the vehicle, we will bring the candy to the vehicle,” he said.Skinner stressed his business wants to give back because he knows what it is to struggle.“I will tell you during this COVID shutdown we faced many, many challenges,” he said. “Me and my wife started this restaurant with our life savings,” he said. “We didn’t apply for a grant, we didn’t receive any money. We struggled through it and new we’re at a time we feel we need to give back.”Government estimates are that as much as 40 percent of all small businesses that closed during the pandemic will never reopen. Skinner said he understands that.“We’ve been close to the percentage,” Skinner said. “I refuse to give up. I keep doing something different.”Children are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.Skinner’s Kitchen is open 10 a.m. to 7p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and will soon be open Sundays and Mondays too now that they offera convenience store, Skinner said. Share: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)
Jordan Fisher(Photo: John Hong) Related Shows From striking “Greased Lightening” to outshining the morning sun! Grease: Live standout Jordan Fisher makes his Broadway debut in Hamilton beginning on November 22. He steps into the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton for Anthony Ramos, who played his last performance in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical on November 20.Fisher became the breakout star of Fox’s Grease: Live (like Hamilton, directed by Thomas Kail) for his performance as Doody. He has also appeared on screen in the Teen Beach Movie franchise, Liv and Maddie and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.Fisher will join a cast at the Richard Rodgers Theatre that includes Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Rory O’Malley as King George III, Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafeyette and Thomas Jefferson and Nicholas Christopher as George Washington. View Comments Hamilton Jordan Fisher Star Files from $149.00
The Honduran Defense Ministry has identified hundreds of clandestine airstrips which are used by drug traffickers. Among the international drug trafficking organizations which operate in Honduras are Los Cachiros, a Honduran organized crime group, and the Sinaloa Cartel, the world’s largest transnational criminal organization. The Sinaloa Cartel, based in Mexico, is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. In 2012, Honduran security forces launched a campaign to find and destroy clandestine landing strips. Authorities have destroyed more than 100 such airstrips as of December 2013. The illicit airstrips are typically between 800 and 1,600 meters long. They are scattered throughout the country, primarily in remote jungle regions in the northern and eastern parts of the country, close to the Caribbean. Authorities have found large numbers of illicit airstrips in the departments of Gracias a Dios, Colón and Olancho. Initially, the tough new air space law was only going to apply to those three departments. But after further analysis and discussions, members of Congress decided to expand the law to the entire country. Lawmakers realized that drug traffickers could simply begin operating in other departments if their traditional smuggling routes were cut off. By Dialogo February 21, 2014 Clandestine airstrips The new law allows authorities to take a series of steps to deal with unidentified aircraft. Unidentified aircraft will be shot down only as a final resort, after other options have been exhausted, and only with the final approval of the Minister of Defense, according to Gen. Díaz. The law establishes that when an unidentified plane is detected, authorities will attempt to contact the pilot. Pilots and crews wich refuse to answer when contacted by Honduran authorities will be considered suspicious. So will all planes which fly during non-authorized hours, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day. The law was authored and presented by Congressman Oscar Alvarez, who is a former security minister. The law is necessary to deal with the threats posed by international drug traffickers, Alvarez said. “Drug trafficking results in the high levels of violence we observe in the country,” Alvarez said. The new measure will be an “air shield’ which will force narco-traffickers to find other drug smuggling routes, the congressman said. “The protocol we will follow is the one observed in other countries that have air exclusion areas,” Alvarez said. “Traffic control will attempt to contact the flight crew, if they don’t respond an Air Force plane will take off to intercept the aircraft. If they don’t obey, they will be taken down.” The new law does not violate international flight agreements Honduras has previously agreed to, Vice President Samuel Reyes told La Prensa. Honduran lawmakers based their decision to pass the new law based on the International Civil Aviation Treaty, otherwise known as the Chicago Treaty. The treaty states that every country has complete exclusive sovereignty on the airspace over its land as well as on its adjacent seas, and that each country can, for military or public safety reasons, restrict or prohibit flights over certain zones of its territory. “This is a legal instrument that shows that we are serious in our mission,” Reyes said. “Fighting drug trafficking is a priority for this government.” Shooting down aircraft will be a ‘last resort’ Positive outcomes are expected: Analyst The Honduran Congress recently approved a law to protect the country’s air space, which is sometimes used by drug traffickers to transport cocaine and other illegal substances. Congress passed the law in January 2014. The law authorizes the Honduran Air Force to shoot down suspicious aircraft which do not comply with official orders. The airspace protection law is pending publication in the state’s official newspaper La Gaceta, to take effect. The new law will help security forces fight drug traffickers, who in recent years have been making incursions into Honduran airspace with increasing frequency, said Army Gen. Fredy Santiago Díaz. “Honduras needs this law to be in effect urgently,” Santiago Díaz said. “The importance of this law is that it serves a preventive instrument. Any country of the world makes planes respect their airspace. Permissions have to be granted to fly over them. Drug traffickers knew that we didn’t have that protection, so they’ve kept entering our territory.” Drug traffickers have used Honduras as an important bridge as they transport drugs from Mexico to the United States. Nearly 80 percent of all illicit flights to transport cocaine from South America to Mexico and the U.S. make stops in Honduras, according to a 2012 report by the U.S. State Department. Zero tolerance for drug trafficking Juan Orlando Hernández was inaugurated as the new president of Honduras in January 2014. Hernández vowed during his inauguration speech to do whatever is necessary to reduce narco-trafficking in Honduras and restore security and tranquility throughout the country. “Whichever policy Honduras establishes to fight insecurity must have at its fundamental axis the fight against drug trafficking, organized crime and money laundering,” Hernández said. “Consequently there will be zero tolerance. Just like you hear. Zero tolerance. Period.” Honduras recently purchased three radar devices from Israel, which will help security forces detect narco-flights. Authorities said they expect the devices to be operating by April 2014. The Honduran Air Force is also revamping its fleet of A-37 and F-5 airplanes, as well as Toucan aircraft. Honduras is going through one of its most difficult moments in history, with drug trafficking “leaving a trail of death, impunity and pain that is intolerable,” Hernández said In recent years, Honduras had a homicide rate of 85 per 100,000 residents. In 2013, the homicide rate declined, to 79 per 100,000 residents. Most of the killings – 70 percent – are connected to drug trafficking, authorities have said. The tough new law protecting the country’s air space, the renovation of its Air Force fleet, and the ongoing efforts to destroy illegal landing strips, should produce positive results, said Germán Leitzelar, Honduran security analyst. “It has been positive in other nations that have implemented similar measures. The Dominican Republic is the best example,” Leitzelar said. “When they purchased new planes and closed their airspace in 2010, narco flights decreased significantly. In fact, it was afterwards when they started to come here.” The airspace protection law is pending publication in the state’s official newspaper La Gaceta, to take effect. President warns gangs President Hernández recently warned gangs and other criminal groups that they have run out of friends and have three options. “Gang members, extortionists, people involved in organized crime have very few friends remaining. The dark party that has caused so much harm to this country is over,” Hernández said. “Either shape up your behavior, seek peace in your souls, dedicate yourselves to your families and work decently, or you have the option of leaving the country, and if not, you will end up in prison.” For criminals, “the party is over,” President Hernández said in his inauguration speech.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County is bracing for a powerful winter storm that may bring blizzard-like conditions to the region.Nassau County is bracing for the region’s first major winter storm to pound the area Friday and is organizing its fleet of plows and payload trucks in preparation, as the municipality still weathers infrastructure damages leftover from Superstorm Sandy.“We are at the ready to keep our roads clear,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said at a press conference in Hicksville Thursday. “We are preparing for a significant storm.”The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch for Suffolk County beginning Friday afternoon and lasting until Saturday afternoon. Nassau County remains under a winter storm watch.UPDATE: Blizzard warning issued for all of Long IslandMeteorologists are predicting that Suffolk will take the brunt of the storm with wind gusts topping 60 mph and heavy snow, with accumulation possible of eight to 12 inches. The weather service is calling for six to 10 inches of snow in Nassau.The weather service warned that the storm has the potential of bringing down tree limbs and causing scattered power outages, and can create whiteout conditions causing limited visibility on roadways.Nassau is set to deploy more than 175 personnel to clear roadways, 85 plows and 16 payload trucks, the county said.Mangano warned of a messy commute Friday morning as a mix of snow and rain hits the area overnight. The National Weather Service predicted snow accumulation of less than one inch Friday morning but noted there’s a possibility of heavy rain before 9 a.m. with wind gusts as high as 28 mph.Snow is expected to begin again 9 p.m. Friday and continuing through the night.The potential blizzard has also revived the discussion about Long Island Power Authority’s response to Superstorm Sandy and the tongue lashing the utility received from ratepayers and officials, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.When Mangano was asked Thursday if he’s concerned about LIPA’s storm response he said, “Absolutely.”“The concern is obviously there,” he added, “certainly the assets have not been hardened since Hurricane Sandy,” noting the strong winds last week that knocked out power to more than 30,000 LIPA customers throughout the island.LIPA did not return calls for comment about storm preparation.The county executive also shed light on infrastructure vulnerabilities and economic woes that face municipalities affected by Sandy because many local governments are still waiting on federal funding before repairs can be green-lighted.“We went through a terrible, terrible hurricane,” Mangano said. “There’s obviously significant work that needs to be done to harden our infrastructure, and quite frankly the dollars that are necessary to do that have not begun to flow so you can really get to work on these items and we’re trying to peddle fast and advocate hard.”As for the storm, the National Weather Service said heavy snow would make for dangerous driving conditions, noting that visibility may be limited to half a mile.A message left for a Suffolk County spokeswoman was not returned.