Irish bread week proves to be a hit

April 20, 2021

first_imgNational Bread Week took off in Ireland this year, baking up 62,000 tweets on Twitter about the event.The campaign, which encouraged customers to ‘love your loaf’, was organised by the Flour Confectioners and Bakers Association (FCBA), and kicked off at Bord Bía in Dublin by Senator Fergal Quinn, TV chef Rachel Allen and dietician Dr Mary McCreery.Retailers waved the flag for Irish bread by using campaign POS, putting stickers on packs of products and running events, promotions and competitions around the event.As part of the event McCloskey’s Bakery made and unveiled the world’s largest soda bread on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.FCBA president Patrick McCloskey said: “We are delighted on how the campaign was received by businesses, consumers and the media alike. Ireland has such a strong bread heritage which we felt needed to be celebrated.“We would like to thank every business and everyone who got involved in the week to make it such a great success.”National Bread Week was supported by AB Mauri, Andrew Ingredients, Andrew’s Flour, Bakels, Cloverhill Food Ingredients, Daly Foods Ireland, DCL Yeast, Flogas, Gempack Foods, Ireks, Irish Flexible Packaging, J C Brow Packaging, James A Finlay Foods, JDS Foods, Kells Wholemeal, Macphie, Neill’s Flour Mills, O’Brien Ingredients, Puratos, Pure Ingredients, Rank Hovis, Valeo Foods (Ireland), Shackleton’s Milling and Zeelandia.last_img read more

Jacob’s unveils Mini Cheddars Sticks range

April 20, 2021

first_imgSource: PladisPladis-owned Jacob’s has launched ‘baton-shaped’ versions of its Mini Cheddars to tap into evening consumption occasions.Described as “light, nibbly, baton shapes”, the new Jacob’s Mini Cheddars Sticks are golden-baked with real cheese.Available in 150g packs (rsp of £1.99), the treats come in two flavours: Rich & Tangy Cheddar and Grilled Cheddar & Sizzling Steak.Jacob’s Mini Cheddars Stick will be available exclusively in Tesco this January. Further rollouts will take place across multiple grocery and convenience stores in February.Packaging will be recyclable through Pladis’ partnership with Terracycle.The latest launch follows the unveiling of Jacob’s Mexican-inspired Mini Cheddars earlier this year, which has added £3.5m-worth of incremental sales to the brand.“We’re very excited to introduce shoppers to a fresh new format for our bestselling Jacob’s Mini Cheddars brand, taking it beyond its traditional round shape for the first time in its history and building beyond its multipack heartland with larger, sharing bags,” said Christopher Owen, marketing controller at Pladis UK&I.The launch will be supported by a “high-profile” marketing campaign, going live across TV, digital and social from 8 March 2021. Pladis hopes to unlock sales among younger adults, it added.“We know that over a third of UK households (37.5%) already buy Jacob’s Mini Cheddars, but we’ve spotted an opportunity to welcome even more people into the brand with a totally new and innovative concept,” said Owen.“With our latest launch, we’re giving shoppers a bold, cheesy taste sensation which they can enjoy across even more eating occasions – particularly those increasingly popular evening sharing moments,” he added.last_img read more

Guarding the forests

March 1, 2021

first_imgThe regeneration of the region’s forests over the last 150 years is an environmental gift that New Englanders shouldn’t squander with thoughtless development, the director of the Harvard Forest said Wednesday in a talk at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.David Foster, director since 1990, said that New England forests are somewhat unusual in a world of increasing deforestation, in that they regenerated on their own during the last 150 years. The regrowth happened across the region as New Englanders quit their farms for cities and industrial jobs. Today, Foster said, New England is the nation’s most heavily forested, at 82 percent coverage.“It is very difficult to keep trees out of the New England landscape and they marched right back and reclaimed the land,” Foster said. “History has provided New England with a remarkable gift.”People wrongly assume that the forests are safe and that the landscape will remain the same into the future. In fact, Foster said, the 150-year period of forest growth and expansion has come to an end in recent years. Development is beginning to fragment the forest, and for the first time since the mid-1800s, the amount of forest cover in New England is declining.“People assume the pressure is off New England forests, but it’s not,” Foster said. “There’s a tremendous amount of expectation … that things will stay the way they are.”Foster’s talk, “Challenges and Choices: The History and Future of New England Forests,” was sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Natural History and co-sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association. It was the first in a yearlong series focusing on New England forests, which is also the subject of a new exhibition at the museum’s Zofnass Family Gallery.The history of the New England’s forests has been one of slow change over long periods of time. Going back thousands of years, Foster said, there have been shifts from forests dominated by spruce to pine forests and then to oak forests. Because this is a moist region, fire has not been a major disturbance for the landscape, though hurricanes are sometimes an issue.“The bulk of the story is about very long, ongoing change,” Foster said. “Even a relatively recent arrival like chestnut has been here 3,000 years.”The impact of native peoples on the forest was probably light, Foster said. They were largely hunter-gatherers and relied heavily on white-tailed deer. They did have some agriculture, including maize cultivation that they taught to early settlers, but that tended to be supplemental to their hunting and gathering lifestyle and didn’t affect the nature of the forest with large-scale clearing, he said.Since Europeans arrived, the story has been of constant and rapid change. Clearing the forests for agriculture affected all of New England except northern Maine, Foster said, and the changes had far-reaching effects on wildlife, eradicating or greatly reducing deer, moose, bear, and wolves. With the forest regrowth, many species have come back, with deer so successful that hunts have been held around the Quabbin Reservoir to limit their damage to the forest. Moose are also now returning to Massachusetts by the hundreds.Not all species have repopulated, notably wolves, and some that weren’t here before, such as coyotes, have come with the trees. Even as the trees have grown back, some open-field birds that thrived during the farming era, such as the bobolink and meadowlark, are in decline today.A recent report by Foster and other experts calls for a major conservation effort aimed at saving 70 percent of New England’s forest cover. The report recommends a variety of strategies that are heavily dependent on private ownership, including establishing working forests, conserving land through conservation easements, and reserving some land for agriculture.Such conservation is important, Foster said, because forests provide a variety of products and benefits that are under-valued by society. Aside from their use by extractive industries, such as logging, and as recreation sites, they are also important for environmental services they provide. One such service, Foster said, is illustrated by the Quabbin Reservoir. A large part of the Quabbin’s watershed has been purchased and conserved, and because that forest acts as a natural filter, the water that goes to faraway Boston does not need expensive filtration.In addition, in an age when many are concerned about human-caused climate change, forests in New England and along the eastern seaboard are potentially important sinks for carbon, taking it from the air as the trees grow and locking it up in woody tissues. Studies at Harvard Forest show that the region’s young forests are absorbing carbon at an accelerating rate, mitigating, to some degree, human-induced climate change.The same change, however, poses threats to the forests. Studies show that different tree species have been virtually wiped out in the past, with climate change a likely contributor.  While it is encouraging that the forests have recovered, Foster said, the bad news is that it has taken 1,000 years.last_img read more

Let the challenges begin

March 1, 2021

first_imgPresident Drew Faust and Provost Alan M. Garber today announced the third President’s Challenge for entrepreneurship, renewing an invitation to all Harvard students and postdoctoral fellows to develop innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.The President’s Challenge was established in 2012 to encourage students from across Harvard’s Schools to create entrepreneurial solutions to broad global issues and to support student teams by leveraging University-wide expertise and offerings at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab).“Harvard has been and continues to be a seedbed for innovation,” Faust said in announcing this year’s challenge. “Here, it is possible to meet talented individuals who are tackling the world’s greatest problems and to contribute to the important work of improving the world. The challenge is a great way of encouraging and supporting students as they explore how to make a difference.”The President’s Challenge includes two new categories: efficient governing, and economic development and sustainable employment. It also has three broad categories featured in previous challenges: education innovation, energy and the environment, and affordable health.The announcement was coupled with the renewal of the Deans’ Challenges in Cultural Entrepreneurship and in Health and Life Sciences, which offer students from across the University additional avenues to tackle pressing issues in specific disciplines. All challenge topics were selected by the president, the provost, and the deans of the Schools.“In our third year of the President’s Challenge and in the Deans’ Challenges, we have seen many ideas developed by the student teams grow and thrive as viable ventures,” said Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria. “The impact is real, both for the people these ventures touch and for the emerging student-entrepreneurs themselves, which is why we find it so important to continue to support the development of tomorrow’s change makers.”In response to declining public and private funding for the arts, the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge was launched last year, offering students the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial ideas to support and sustain the arts, a discipline that has traditionally depended heavily on philanthropy.The Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge looks to students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical fellows to apply their ingenuity and breadth of knowledge to develop ideas on how to improve the delivery of health care and patients’ quality of life. This year’s challenge will focus on innovative devices, materials, tools, and tests. The topics include stem cell and regenerative medicine, medical devices and biomedical materials, early detection and diagnostic tests, and addressing the world’s aging population.Both Deans’ Challenges draw on University and external experts.“We’ve seen students from across the University embrace these challenges in large numbers, but most impressive are the quality of the ideas and impact of their efforts,” said Garber, who co-chairs the judging committee on the President’s Challenge. “These challenges have proven to be successful launching pads for students interested in testing entrepreneurial waters while in school, and for growing their skills while developing solutions for problems of global significance.”The challenges have spun off several new business ventures over the past three years. First-year President’s Challenge winner Vaxess is now a Cambridge-based company that is backed by almost $4 million in venture capital. Last spring, three Harvard undergraduates were awarded the President’s Challenge grand prize for Nucleik, a business based on the software management information system for law enforcement officers that team members developed while at Harvard. The new company, now known as Mark43, has secured a pilot in Los Angeles County and has raised almost $2 million in funding. Eleven more past challenge winners and runners-up continue to pursue their ideas in the marketplace, among them School Yourself, a current MassChallenge finalist.“With the important support and validation from the President’s Challenge, we set out determined to grow Mark43 and create a platform that truly impacts every city in America,” said Scott Crouch ’13, co-founder of Mark43. “We’re about to deploy our platform with thousands of officers in the field this fall to help them fight crime.”The i-lab is hosting this year’s President’s Challenge and the Deans’ Challenges. Each challenge will kick off this month, followed by content-focused workshops and networking events for all participants and other resources leading up to the Feb. 9 submission deadline. In the spring, the judging panels will name their selections of finalist teams, 10 in the President’s Challenge and six in each of the Deans’ Challenges.The finalist teams will be awarded space at the i-lab, tailored programming, and expert mentorship, as well as $5,000 in seed money to advance their ideas. The challenge prizes will be awarded at year-end Demo Day events. The President’s Challenge winner and runners-up will share in $100,000; the Deans’ Challenges prize purses are $50,000 each. Winners will also be awarded workspace in the i-lab and will have access to expert resources there through August.Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab, said: “The i-lab is designed to support Harvard’s students at every stage of their entrepreneurial journeys. These challenges spur exploration, learning, and solutions that produce tangible results, and [they] are an important opportunity for student entrepreneurs to grow skills and have impact. We’re excited to be hosting the challenges and providing resources to support innovation-minded students in their education while at Harvard.”last_img read more

Professor reviews Global Commons

January 26, 2021

first_imgQuestions of property and ownership are central to human history, and Leo Burke, director of Integral Leadership at the Mendoza College of Business and the Global Commons Initiative, said he believes the concept of common ownership will be increasingly important in the future. Burke gave a lecture entitled “Global Commons” as part of the “10 Years Hence” lecture series Friday in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business. Burke said it was important to understand the idea of commons, goods and resources shared by communities for common benefit, in order to make informed decisions regarding global issues with major consequences. “The world 10 years from now is going to be dramatically different, you’ll barely recognize it,” Burke said. “One of the questions as a business school, as a university, as citizens that we have to face is: What kind of world do we want to unfold? Do we want a world that works for everyone? Do we want a world that is restricted?” Burke said the role of the commons in shaping this future lies in finding ways for the commons and the current capitalist, free-market system to work in concert. “Things that we share together are commons, things with historical laws and traditions of private ownership can be owned privately,” Burke said. “Some stuff we need to own, some stuff we can’t own and some stuff we need to talk about. The commons have characteristics that you might say complement the market. That will be important going forward. We have to be able to have commons structures that coexist with private property.” In explaining the concept of commons, Burke structured his presentation around five key words: ancient, diverse, commoning, stewardship and enclosure. He said the first two are attributes of commons – commons are ancient and diverse. He offered water as one example of an ancient commons, citing the Roman law of water usage under the Code of Justinian. As examples of the diversity among commons, he mentioned languages, family recipes, MIT’s open courseware, Linux and community gardens. Burke said the next word, commoning, is the action of sharing together in commons. He said the modern examples of commons demonstrate that commoning is found in collaborative efforts for common benefit. “People are finding common grounds to serve the common good,” Burke said. Stewardship relates to using commons and resources generally in a sustainable manner, he said. Burke said mankind uses 50 percent more of the world’s resources than it naturally produces each year. He said if humans continue on this trajectory of increasing resource consumption, the yearly usage will reach three worlds’ worth by the year 2050. Burke said humanity is more aware of this need for stewardship than ever before because technological advancement has increased mankind’s ability to monitor consumption. “This is the first time in human history when humanity can see itself in totality,” he said. The final word Burke discussed was enclosure. Burke said the term comes from the enclosure acts passed by Parliament during the Tudor period in England. Burke said, for his purposes, enclosure means privatizing commons. “Enclosure is the expropriation and commercialization of shared resources for personal gain,” he said. Burke said two current examples of enclosure are the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, as well as other efforts to extend copyright protections, and the 1981 patent on a microorganism awarded to General Electric. Burke said in the future it may be the case that water goes through the same process of being made a commodity rather than a commons. He said our modern way of thinking about property reflects this idea of enclosure. “We tend to think of enclosure as the only way to manage things,” he said. “Right now, if you can’t put a price on it, it doesn’t have value.” Contact Christian Myers [email protected]last_img read more

Saint Mary’s to host first ever on-campus career fair

January 26, 2021

first_imgTags: Saint Mary’s Career Crossings Office, saint mary’s career fair Wednesday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saint Mary’s will host its first ever on-campus career fair in Rice Commons. Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings Office said Wednesday’s fair would host the largest group of employers the Career Crossings Office had ever brought together on the College’s campus.“We have employers from all different industries looking for full time, internship and summer opportunities,” she said. “The employers are nonprofit, for profit and from all different industries.”Jeffirs said the fair is open to all Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and Notre Dame students and is intended for all majors and all class years. First-years are strongly encouraged to come to experience a professional setting, she said. Jeffirs stressed that students who had attended Notre Dame’s career fair earlier in the year should still consider attending this Wednesday.“You should take advantage of all opportunities to meet with different employers, regardless of what time of year it is,” she said. “We wanted to have ours a little bit later in the semester to give students who didn’t go to Notre Dame’s fair another opportunity. We wanted to do one that was a little bit smaller a little bit more focused on the employers who we have more relationships with. It is a smaller more intimate career fair. “I’m hoping that by hosting it at Saint Mary’s, it will feel a little less intimidating,” she said. “We also didn’t want to front load everything at the beginning of the year.”Jeffirs said that the Saint Mary’s career fair is meant to supplement — not replace — Notre Dame’s Fall Career Expo.“We still have a really good relationship with the Notre Dame [Fall Career Expo], and we will continue to promote those opportunities,” she said. “We’ve been getting the requests from students to have our own career and internship fair, so this year we just said let’s make this happen. We decided to take a leap and do it and see what we can add on to it this year.”James Stano, assistant director of the Careers Crossings Office, stressed that students should come to the career fair prepared and should research the organizations and companies extensively.He said one of the benefits of the College’s career fair is that it will provide a smaller forum for students to talk with potential employers.“You’ll be able to spent more time talking with employers,” he said. “Part of Saint Mary’s institution is much more intimate in the work that we do. They won’t have as many people to remember.”last_img read more

Occupy Wall Street Marks 3rd Anniversary, Warms Up For Epic Climate March

December 18, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Occupy Wall Street protest organizers commemorated the third anniversary of the global anti-Wall Street corruption, et al movement September 17 not by overrunning the streets of Lower Manhattan alongside tens of thousands of supporters or by staging mass acts of civil disobedience as they’ve done since the movement’s birth in 2011, but by quietly strategizing for this year’s primary action events: September 21’s People’s Climate March and September 22’s “Flood Wall Street.” A handful of OWS organizers led by Sumumba Sobukwe of OWS working group Occu Evolve rallied several dozen protestors and ran workshops throughout the day in a sparsely populated Zuccotti Park, the movement’s historic home base in the shadow of One World Trade Center just blocks from Wall Street itself. Holding signs, chanting “We are the 99 Percent!” and distributing fliers about several upcoming marches, they spoke out about issues ranging from police brutality and income inequality to Native American rights and corporate corruption under the watchful eye of the New York City Police Department, who operated a mobile command post nearby and set up barricades throughout the financial district. Officials in both white and blue uniforms patrolled the park, guarded intersections throughout Lower Manhattan and also stood ground outside many of the financial institutions OWS has criticized. “Not all of us are anarchists,” Sobukwe told the Press while handing out “Occupy The Media: Public Press” lanyards to dozens of news outlets and journalists who’d converged on Zuccotti that morning (outnumbering the activists) to cover the anniversary. “Not all of us are these quote-unquote crazy people. We really just wanted Occupy Wall Street to be a movement like the anti-Vietnam movement, like the Civil Rights movement, or more. We felt like the movement needed to evolve.“Mic check!” he boomed from the south steps of the park a few moments later—signaling supporters to activate the “People’s Microphone,” whereby all those within earshot loudly echo whatever the main speaker says. “We’re still here!” Sobukwe declared, amid a chorus of the same. “We may not be thousands, but we’re still strong. And we’re still here. Because Wall Street is still here. Committing the same crimes. Against the same people. Which are us.”Programs included independent media workshops, meet and greets, networking sessions, discussions and teach-ins including: “Occupy The Environment: Saving Our Climate;” “Stop Mass Incarceration: From Eric Garner to Michael Brown and Beyond;” “End the Militarization of Police” and a “People’s and Workers Assembly for the 99%.” These were warm-up preparations for “Flood Wall Street,” a massive collective act of nonviolent civil disobedience slated for Monday, September 22, beginning at 9 a.m. at Battery Park to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23. From there, protestors will march and “flood” the steps of the New York Stock Exchange at noon in a massive sit-in, according to floodwallstreet.net. “Stop Capitalism. End the Climate Crisis,” declares a message on the site. “Flood, blockade, sit-in, and shut down the institutions that are profiting from the climate crisis. Wear blue.”The mass OWS action comes on the heels of what is slated to be the largest march against climate change in history—the People’s Climate March—on Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Steve Yip, an organizer associated with the nonprofit Stop Mass Incarceration Network, stressed on Wednesday the impact OWS had on “changing the discourse” about a spectrum of injustices, vowing that October would be the “Month of Resistance” replete with “nationwide walkouts” and the 19th Annual Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation on October 22. “It is mass genocide!” shouted Yip, also from the south steps of Zuccotti. “No school. No work. Walk out!”Occupy Wall Street protestor Bill Johnson lashes out about income inequality, homelessness and sub-par Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts outside Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan Sept. 17, 2014 during the global protest movement’s third anniversary. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)Self-described radical journalist, political analyst and OWS organizer Caleb Maupin told supporters that when some of his friends and colleagues heard it was OWS’ third anniversary, they responded with something along the lines of “That’s so three years ago.” Yet, he stressed, the very same injustices which helped spark the movement still persist today. “There are still a group of businesses that are making profits from destroying our lives!” he howled. “They can’t make profits by exploiting us! So now they make profits by locking us up!”In addition to corporate greed and mass incarceration, Maupin railed against the World Business Forum—a mass gathering of business elite to be held October 7 and 8 at Radio City Music Hall that will feature speakers including former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke—and urged all to “March against capitalism!”“We may not be in Zuccotti Park anymore,” he declared. “But we’re everywhere!”“We’re still here!” he continued. “We are the 99 percent!”That message was echoed by Robert Hernandez, also of OWS’ Occu Evolve. “Even though our numbers have dropped dramatically, we’re still here,” he told the Press prior to his turn on the People’s Mic. “We’re not giving up.”“We’ve been here three years now and we’re going to be here another three years and longer,” he vowed. “Don’t give up! Never give up!”“I’m a refugee in my own country,” lamented Willy Underbaggage of the Lakota Nation, who took the People’s Mic next. “The Earth is being ravaged. Stolen. Used. To control you. “Wall Street has done so much damage here across this land,” he continued. “Wall Street was created to thrive, to steal from indigenous people!”Occupy Wall Street protestor/figure skater/performance artist/attorney Marni Halasa threatens to give bad bankers a spanking in commemoration of the global protest movement’s third anniversary Sept. 17, 2014 in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)Double-gold US Figure Skating champion, performance artist, unofficial OWS Freedom Fairy, OWS Alternative Banking working group member and attorney Marni Halasa, dressed in a skintight police costume and pretending to club jailed bad bankers with a baton (one was a handcuffed blowup doll) equated Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout as living proof that OWS was still alive and well, citing her David-Vs-Goliath Democratic gubernatorial primary challenge against Gov. Andrew Cuomo—which was unsuccessful, but garnered the highest percentage of the vote against an incumbent since the primary’s were introduced in 1970.“[Her campaign is] one way Occupy is still very, very relevant,” she explained to the crowd. “So if anybody said that Occupy is not relevant, we are.”“Zephyr Teachout’s campaign was one of the most exciting things that has happened in politics in years,” Halasa told the Press afterward. “And what I love about her is she takes an examination of sort of the existing power structures—like who has power in society? Why do we allow Citibank and Chase Manhattan to allocate credit? You need credit in order to have a small business and actually succeed.“You don’t hear Cuomo talk about that, you don’t really hear mainstream politicians talk about examining the power relationships in society,” she continued.“The system is fkd up!” slammed a speaker introduced as “Brother Bill.” “It needs to be changed.”Sporting a scruffy salt-and-pepper beard, he directed people to greenscissors.com, a campaign to identify and eliminate environmentally wasteful and harmful projects. The group’s 2012 report found that ending environmentally destructive federal programs would save nearly $700 billion, according to the site.“We’re marching against Wall Street and for Main Street,” he added, an accordion player taking the mic shortly after and belting out a song “about the estate tax.”“The Occupy movement is a spiritual movement,” OWS protestor Hermes Levi told the crowd through a think West African accent. “The Occupy movement wanted to make a better world.“Occupy cannot die because it’s the idea whose time has come,” he explained to the Press afterward. “The time is now. Whether it’s three people, five people, 100 people, but I say it’s about understanding…people will get it sooner or later, and once they get it, it will start…the same tactics used to win the battle will not work, so Occupy cannot die, it can only rise up again.”“The three-year anniversary and things that are happening everywhere shows that Occupy is still here,” continued Levi. “It’s not the same strength because of what happened [police and government crackdowns and its eviction from Zuccotti], but this is how history works: It’s two step forwards, one step back.“We want a better world,” he added. “The journalists come and ask us ‘What are your demands?’ We say we don’t have no demand, we want to change the world. We want to change ourselves. We ask nothing from you. So changing ourselves and changing the world is not easy, but it’s feasible, it’s plausible.”“Occupy Wall Street: From Zuccotti Park to Times Square, The Revolution Spreads” [Press Multimedia Cover Story Package Oct. 20. 2011]last_img read more

Long Island Snow Storm Forecast to Snarl Monday Commute

December 16, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm is forecast to dump up to five inches of snow and ice across much of Long Island, likely snarling the Monday morning rush hour commute, experts say.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for northern Nassau and northwestern Suffolk counties, where two to five inches is expected, and a winter storm advisory for southern Nassau, southern Suffolk and the Twin Forks, where one one to four inches of snow is predicted. Both the warning and the advisory are in effect from 7 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday.“I am urging all New Yorkers to exercise caution when traveling,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “I encourage all New Yorkers to plan ahead for delays and remain safe throughout the storm.”The flakes are forecast to start falling early Monday morning before the storm is expected to change into mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain before noon. The storm is likely to cause travel delays across the tri-state area.Temperatures are forecast to be in the high 20s and low 30s with wind chills as low as the teens when the storm hits, which is expected to cause icy road conditions through the Monday evening rush hour commute.Once the storm passes, Tuesday is forecast to be sunny in the 20s before a slight chance of snow showers moves in Wednesday into Thursday. Next weekend is so far forecast as partly cloudy in the 20s with another slight chance of snow next Sunday.last_img read more

Authorities assure safety as locals protest burial of people with coronavirus

October 19, 2020

first_imgBanyumas Regent Achmad Husein even went as far as to help in the digging to show residents that as long as the corpse had been handled properly, the dead body of a COVID-19 patient was not dangerous.”In the near future, we’ll educate residents so they understand that the virus dies underground and it won’t spread everywhere and infect people,” Husein said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Wednesday.Similar tensions have been reported in Depok and Tasikmlaya in West Java, Bandar Lampung in Lampung and Gowa regency in South Sulawesi.Ganjar said he himself had asked experts about the protocol for handling the dead bodies of people with COVID-19.The safety protocols include that hospital authorities treating the patient spray disinfectant on the corpse, wash the body, cover it in plastic and put it inside a coffin for the burial.”If the bodies are handled according to the guidelines […] they will not spread the disease. It’s safe, the virus will be dead, too,” Ganjar said, “The most important thing is that residents should not attend the funeral.”Following the protests, the Banyumas administration prepared three plots of land as a graveyard specifically designated for COVID-19 patients and suspects.Read also: Viral video shows Southeast Sulawesi family unwrapping body of suspected COVID-19 fatalitySouth Sulawesi also took a similar action after locals rejected the idea of burying three COVID-19 suspects in the provincial capital of Makassar on Sunday and Tuesday.”The South Sulawesi administration has prepared a special graveyard for COVID-19 patients and suspects so such incidents won’t occur again in the future. The graveyard can be used starting on Wednesday,” medical department head of Hasanuddin Military Command Col. Ckm. Dr. Soni Endro Cahyo Wicaksono said on Tuesday.Husni Thamrin, public health department head of the South Sulawesi Health Agency, said his side would continue to educate people so the latter understood that all COVID-19 patients and suspects were buried in accordance with WHO guidelines.As of Wednesday afternoon, Indonesia has recorded 1,677 confirmed coronavirus cases with 157 fatalities, making the country’s mortality rate of 9.3 percent among the highest in the world. (nal)Topics : Authorities across some regions are trying hard to assure the public that the burial of people with COVID-19 is not something to be wary of, as reports emerged that some locals have rejected the idea of having the bodies of deceased persons infected by the novel coronavirus buried in cemeteries near their homes.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said he was “deeply saddened by the reports”, emphasizing that all burials of those with or suspected to have contracted COVID-19 in the country had followed the safety standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).”I don’t want such a thing to happen again. Let’s respect the feelings of the family members of the deceased,” he said on Wednesday, “They are already in so much grief as they were not able to see the faces of the deceased one last time.” “So, please don’t hurt them [the family members] more. Let’s support them together.”Read also: Alone on their deathbed, how COVID-19 keeps families away from loved onesOn Tuesday, the dead body of a COVID-19 patient that had been buried in Tumiyeng village in the province’s Banyumas regency was dug up to be removed to another cemetery following protests.Four villages previously rejected the idea having the dead body buried in a local cemetery, as they were reportedly concerned about possible coronavirus transmission.last_img read more

Wanyama leaves Tottenham for Montreal Impact

September 22, 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Liverpool sign Portugal winger Jota from Wolves EPL: Liverpool open title defence against underdogs Matuidi quits Juventus Victor Wanyama’s Tottenham career has come to an end, with the midfielder opting to join Thierry Henry at Montreal Impact. The 28-year-old came close to leaving during the summer transfer window and again in January, having struggled to regain his place in the starting line-up after a string of injury troubles. Wanyama has now called time on his spell in north London, just shy of four years after arriving from Southampton, with a move to Major League Soccer. Tottenham wrote on Twitter: “We have reached agreement with Montreal Impact for the transfer of VictorWanyama. “We wish Victor all the best for the future.” The club added a video of some of Wanyama’s most memorable goals for the club, including his memorable pile driver in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool in 2018. The accompanying message read: “From the goal in our last game at White Hart Lane to THAT strike at Anfield, thank you for providing us with some incredible memories Victor Wanyama.”— Tags: AnfieldMajor League SoccerMontreal ImpactVictor Wanyamalast_img read more