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St. Edward’s Hall residents sport mullets in support of malaria prevention

first_imgMullets are making a comeback, at least for the men of Saint Edward’s Hall.Mullets Against Malaria, an annual fundraiser for the dorm, officially launched on Thursday night when two barbers gave mullet haircuts to 33 residents of St. Edward’s.This year’s event director, sophomore Parker Mathes, said the fundraiser allows the St. Edward’s community to come together to support malaria prevention and include the entire campus in gaining donations and publicizing the damage malaria inflicts throughout the developing world.“We get mullets as a way to get people’s attention and raise awareness,” Mathes said.Rosie LoVoi | The Observer According to the website of the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 198 million cases of malaria world-wide in 2013, resulting in 584,000 deaths. Mathes said the money raised by Mullets Against Malaria goes directly to Nothing But Nets, United Nations Foundation initiative that focuses on malaria prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the organization’s website, Nothing But Nets works with partners like UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the WHO and others to buy mosquito bed nets and supply them to African countries.This is only the second year of the fundraiser, Mathes said, but it hopes to build on the success of last year’s campaign, which raised $3,493 through the funding site YouCaring. The goal for the current campaign is $5,500 and donations are being accepted through GoFundMe.In addition to the mullets, Mathes said St. Edward’s is raising awareness by selling shirts for $15, which after covering overhead costs, sends $3 per shirt to Nothing But Nets.“The shirts aren’t a huge money-maker, but they’re a great way of getting the word out there,” he said.Mullets Against Malaria may not be a long-standing tradition, Mathes said, but it has already generated a lot of enthusiasm in its first two years.“The off-campus seniors came up with this idea,” he said. “They didn’t really like the current fundraising project and they were growing mullets out at the time, and so they wanted to find a way to link it together.”Mathes said participation has grown from 15 students last year to 33 this year, reflecting an effort to establish Mullets Against Malaria as an event that St. Edward’s will host for many years to come.In order to cultivate the ideal mullet, Mathes said, students need to start preparing early, so over the summer St. Edward’s president junior Griffin Hilly and vice president junior Brandon Ruggles sent out a video to all hall residents explaining the mission of Mullets Against Malaria and encouraging freshmen in particular to start growing their hair out before the actual campaign.Tags: malaria, Mullets Against Malaria, St. Edwards Halllast_img read more

Piping Hot: 25 Pipelines Proposed for the East

first_imgCoal may be declining, but fracking is booming.Over two dozen natural gas pipelines are planned for the region, many of which cross our favorite outdoor playgrounds. Other pipelines will use eminent domain to traverse private property. All of them will affect the future of energy, health, and recreation in the East.Do We Need Natural Gas Pipelines?Dominion Power stands behind their Atlantic Coast Pipeline as a necessary means to meet energy needs throughout the region. “Demand is expected to increase by 165% over the next two decades,” Dominion spokesperson Aaron Ruby says. “Our existing infrastructure is simply not capable of meeting these needs.” As communities grow and businesses expand, energy demands also increase within those developments, Ruby says.Touting natural gas as a “bridge fuel,” Dominion and other energy companies are hoping to build a massive pipeline infrastructure that could extend fossil fuel dependence for another century or more. Currently 34 percent of our energy comes from natural gas.19 pipelines are proposed for Appalachia. If built, we would blow past our climate change commitments made in Paris, according to Oil Change International.  And a recent report by Synapse Economics shows that gas pipelines aren’t needed to feed electrical demand. They conclude: “Given existing pipeline capacity [and] existing natural gas storage…the supply capacity of the Virginia‐Carolinas region’s existing natural gas infrastructure is more than sufficient to meet expected future peak demand.”Each individual pipeline costs upwards of $50 million, with several reaching into the billion-dollar price range. The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline comes with an estimated price tag of $3 billion, while the Atlantic Coast and Northeast Energy Direct lines ring up at over $5 billion. Such high costs will force the region and the nation to commit to fossil fuels for many more decades. More pipeline infrastructure also means more drilling and fracking in order to supply the lines with enough gas.But the multibillion dollar investment in a natural gas infrastructure—including massive subsidies from the federal government—is taking away from investment in renewable energy. If the U.S. had given the same subsidies to solar and wind as it has to oil and gas, we could meet most of our energy needs today with renewables.Solar and wind power now make up over 75 percent of new electric capacity additions in the United States—representing over $70 billion in new capital investment in 2016 alone.So why aren’t we building a renewable energy infrastructure instead of a fossil-fueled pipeline network?No one is claiming that renewables can provide all of our electricity overnight. Massive hurdles in energy storage still need to be cleared, and the better battery grail remains elusive. But a smart grid of renewable technologies seems like a better long-term investment than thousands of miles of fracked-gas pipelines.gasline_map_fixIs Natural Gas Better Than Coal?Ruby argues that natural gas provides a vast improvement over the coal. “Natural gas produces half the carbon emissions as coal,” Ruby claims. “Our project will help the region reduce carbon emissions and meet the regulations of the new Federal Clean Power Plan.”Natural gas companies also claim that access to local shale gas supplies in Pennsylvania and West Virginia will prove more cost-effective than transporting the gas from the Gulf Coast. Pending their completion, pipelines like the Atlantic Coast project could save the consumer base hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs. “Cheap energy options lead an improved economic competitiveness of the region,” says Ruby.But is the environmental and public health cost worth it? “The pipelines in and of themselves are devastating for the communities that they pass through,” says Maya van Rossum, spokesperson for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. “They cut through wetlands, creeks, rivers, and inflict an immense amount of ecological harm that cannot be undone.”And according to Ramon Alvarez of the Environmental Defense Fund, natural gas is only better than coal if leakage in the gas pipelines and extraction is less than 3.2 percent. Leakages regularly soar above this limit. Methane—the leaked gas—is an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.Fracking, a drilling method that involves injecting high-pressure toxic fluids into the ground, has been linked to increased earthquakes and groundwater contamination. It uses mercury, lead, methanol, uranium, and formaldehyde to blast through the ground, and many of these chemicals end up in communities’ drinking water.Pipeline construction itself causes air pollution and acid rain that harms the surrounding soil and vegetation, invades natural wildlife habitats, and contaminates water supplies. Once completed, pipelines continue to cause disruption by maintaining rights-of-way that permanently splinter natural landscapes and block regular animal movement, while also emitting air pollution from compressor stations that jeopardize public and environmental health.Many local landowners and environmentalists believe that this money would be better spent investing in a renewable energy infrastructure that would set us on a path toward cleaner energy and healthier, more sustainable communities.Joanna Hanes-Lahr, a resident in Annapolis, Md., worries about pipeline safety amid increased rates of leakage and rupture. She is concerned about drinking water, gas explosions, and increased air and water pollution. She and others believe that a renewable energy infrastructure makes more sense ecologically and economically.“We don’t need the fracked gas,” she says. “Clean energy is here today.”What about jobs?The pipeline industry promises to create new jobs, but they neglect to mention the expenses that accompany them. Pipeline construction often threatens the status of community projects, tourism, and scenic viewsheds which attract many more jobs and visitors. Wintergreen and Nelson County may encounter a loss of $80 million and 250 jobs as a result of two large projects—a new resort hotel and marketplace—that would be postponed or canceled due to pipeline construction.Already, solar and wind industries employ more workers than oil and gas. The solar industry has hired more veterans than any other industry, retrained coal workers, and has created one out of 80 jobs in the U.S. since the Great Depression. And wind is not far behind. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind technician is the fastest growing job category.The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has also found that the clean energy sector provides more jobs and a better quality of employment than natural gas jobs. Natural gas employees “spend six months to build something and then [they’re] out,” says van Rossum. “For every million invested in clean, renewable energy versus fossil fuels, you get 3 to 5 times the number of direct jobs created. You also get a lot more long-term jobs.”Bottom shot of a pipeline at sunset. Pipeline transportation is most common way of transporting goods such as Oil, natural gas or water on long distances.Where are the pipelines proposed?Some of the outdoor community’s most treasured sites may be destroyed by pipeline implementation, including the beloved backbone of the Blue Ridge: the Appalachian Trail. The proposed PennEast, Atlantic Coast, and Mountain Valley pipelines cross the Appalachian Trail on several occasions, which will cause permanent disruptions to the trail and surrounding forest.“The natural gas companies have not done a good job articulating a plan that will not have an impact on hikers [because] they are looking at boring under the trail, which is not compatible with the trail experience,” says Director of Conservation Laura Belleville.Pipelines have also been proposed through Delaware State Forest in Pennsylvania and High Point State Park in New Jersey, the latter of which boasts the highest point in New Jersey. “Now, when you go to look from that high point, what you’ll see is just a swath of denuded forest with a pipeline cut through it,” says van Rossum.In West Virginia and Virginia, Monongahela and George Washington National Forests and the Blue Ridge Parkway will be permanently marred by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will require regular clearcutting along its entire length.The Mountain Valley Pipeline similarly endangers Virginia’s Jefferson National Forest, while the Leach Xpress Pipeline moves within 2 short miles of The Wilds Preservation Area and Wayne National Forest in Ohio. Farther south, the Dalton Expansion Project will cross the Etowah River and has already poisoned the waterway after an oil spill during the preparatory construction process. The Sabal Trail Pipeline that winds through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida crosses above the Falmouth Cathedral Cave System, parts of which lie only 30 feet below the earth’s surface and are liable to collapse as a result of the pipeline’s intended path.The Sierra Club has already opened cases against pipelines where “environmental effects have not been adequately addressed in public areas,” says Thomas Au, the Oil and Gas Chair of the Pennsylvania chapter. Right now, the Constitution Pipeline and Atlantic Sunrise Pipelines worry Au the most. These proposed pipelines pass through Ricketts Glen State Park and across the Lehigh, Susquehanna, and Conestoga Rivers.Private landowners are also in jeopardy. Pipeline companies are frequently given permission by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to use eminent domain to construct and maintain pipelines across private property. Even if property owners refuse to sell their land, the companies can seize the land anyway.That’s what happened to the North Harford Maple Farm in New Milford, Pennsylvania, where the Holleran family runs their maple syrup business. But the Constitution Pipeline will run straight through the Holleran’s property and take down the maple trees that they and their loyal customers depend on.Even worse: most people who will lose their land to pipelines will not receive any energy benefits in return. Eminent domain seizures mostly accommodate the interests of those on either end of the pipeline while taking resources from the communities in between.Many of the proposed pipelines will take new paths rather than follow existing rights-of-way, like highways and electric lines. Choosing to use pre-established pipeline routes reduces waste by conserving the amount of land in use—a perk that appeals to environmentalists and landowners alike.“When we saw what Dominion had crafted for its pipeline route, we were a little horrified,” says Jon Ansell, Chairman of the Friends of Wintergreen. “There are better choices using the principle of co-location.” The Nelson County, Va., organization hopes to protect Wintergreen Resort from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by examining alternative routes that use more existing rights-of-way.Pipelines ultimately inflict lasting wounds but provide only a short-term energy fix. Together, these pipelines will cut across 3,500 miles of Appalachia and beyond.last_img read more

Representatives of leading French tour operators, agencies and media in Croatia

first_imgCover photo: Pexels.com Danijela Mihalić Đurica, Director of the CNTB Representation in France, emphasized that this is an extremely important project for further raising the visibility of the Croatian tourist offer on the potent French emitting market. “During the trip, numerous activities are planned, which include getting to know the cultural, gastronomic and natural sights of the three regions that have significant potential for further development in the French market. This is also a great opportunity to consider further expanding the production and offerings of key French tourism stakeholders participating in this trip.”, concluded Mihalić Đurica.  RELATED NEWS: In the period from 22 to 24 May, as part of the journalists’ study trip, Rijeka and Zagreb will be visited by 12 influential French journalists from the media such as TV5 monde, Luxe magazine, Désirs de Voyages, Le JDD (Journal du dimanche), Grazia, Le Parisien, Notre Temps, Nous doux et al.  12 French journalists will visit Rijeka and Zagreb The trip to Croatia lasts until May 19, and the program includes a tour of the regions of Zagreb, Istria and Kvarner. DIRECTORS OF CNTB REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES ABROAD FORECAST THE STATE OF BOOKING FOR THIS SEASON It is a journey in which the latest edition of the popular French guide will be promoted Hatchet for Croatia, which has been out of print these days. It is the leader in the French guide market as Hachette editions participate with 40 percent in the sales of all guides in the French market.  “We are extremely glad that Croatia has the opportunity to host this trip, which, we are sure, will further sensitize key decision makers of the French tourism sector on the comparative advantages of Croatian tourism. The goal of the trip is to further position Croatia as an attractive year-round destination, but also to promote those destinations and regions that French travel lovers are just discovering.”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. The guide will also contain all the other most important cultural sights of Croatia, since according to research, the cultural offer is one of the main motives for French travel.   The travel program includes representatives of 23 French tourism entities, ie representatives of key tour operators and agencies, including Resaneo, Selectour, Bourse des Vols, Bleu Voyages, TUI, Galerie Lafayette Voyages, Top of Travel, Travel Europe, Cediv, Misterfly, Thalasso N ° 1, Phoenix Voyages & MICE, FCM Travel Solutions, Linea Voyages and others. The Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the French tourist portal TourMag, the most important and largest specialized B2B portal, is implementing the 15th traditional travel project of the owners and presidents of the largest French distribution networks, travel organizers and agencies.  The CNTB points out that in order to better organize the promotion of Croatia as a destination dedicated to a special edition of this popular French guide, the travel program is defined in accordance with the suggestions in the guide, so Zagreb and Rijeka will be presented as attractive destinations. rich offers of cultural tourism, especially Rijeka in the context of the ECOC 2020 project. last_img read more

Aquamarine to Upgrade Ocean Valiant

first_imgAquamarine Subsea Solutions has been awarded a contract to upgrade Diamond Offshore’s 18-¾” 15M subsea stack for the Ocean Valiant semi-submersible, currently operating in the North Sea.Aquamarine will supply engineering design, fabrication, and assembly and test to upgrade the stack to accommodate five cavities, including the choke and kill flex loop and capture spool.The work will be carried out at Aquamarines’ Houston, Texas facility.last_img

Negros bus firm seeks police’s help to enforce social distancing

first_imgSeballos also appeal to local officials of the respective LGUs, where the Ceres bus terminals. Seballos explained that they have rules and regulation being implemented and part of it is the wearing of face mask and social distancing aside from that they have manifesto, wherein each of the passengers will write their names before boarding the bus for contact tracing in case there will be Covid-19 case passenger. Photos showing the number of people who flocked to the terminals went viral online where social distancing and crowd control were not observed.Jade Seballos, media relations officer of VTI, said they will coordinate and ask the assistance of the police to help them enforce health protocols under the directive of by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, extending the duration of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in the province until May 31. The company also limits the number of passengers due to social distancing inside the bus. The national Inter-Agency Task Force on emerging and infectious diseases classified Negros Occidental as low risk and recommended GCQ, thereby allowing the gradual opening of offices, business establishments and transportation services./PNcenter_img This was following the influx of the passengers at the Ceres Terminals yesterday; the first day after the VTI resumed their operation in several areas in the province.  “The management made an appeal to the Philippine National Police and the LGUs because even they have security guards deployed in the respective terminal, most of the passengers did not observed,” she said. BACOLOD City – Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), operator of Ceres buses, is appealing to the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOCPPO) and all the local government units (LGUs) to help enforce of the social distancing at terminals situated in several areas of the province.last_img read more

Police Looking For Female Hit-And-Run Driver

first_imgPolice are seeking information that could lead to identifying the driver in a hit-and-run incident in Cross Plains.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accident resulting in property damage at the intersection of State Road 129 and Country Road 900 on Sunday afternoon.Police believe a female driver of a light tan older model Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows attempted to turn onto County Road 900 South when the vehicle left the roadway.The vehicle crashed into a 2006 Pontiac GT which was parked in the driveway.“Heavy damage to the parked vehicle occurred at that time,” said Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills.The driver of the Cherokee continued to flee the scene but not before striking a stop sign with the rear of the vehicle. Police say the driver went north on State Road 129 following the incident.Police believe there was a male passenger in the vehicle as well.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office at 812-689-5558, or any law enforcement agency. Tips can be left anonymously.last_img read more

Twisters Defeat Bulldogs In Boys Soccer

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Boys Soccer team beat Centerville last night 3-2.Last regular season game of the year for three seniors Luke Weisenbach, Tanner Alley and Aaron Huber at the grave yard. OA started out quick scoring the first 3 goals of the game. But give credit to Centerville as they scored the next 2 goals to make a tight game of it. Final score 3-2 in favor of OA.Luke Weisenbach got us on the board early on a favorable bounce as he launched a ball from 50 yards out that took a OA bounce over the keeper’s head into the net. Huber got the second score with some help from his teammates as he found himself one on one with the keeper. The third goal was the best of the night probably best of the season. Nate Folop took the ball up the right side getting a cross over to the middle where Huber was standing. Huber like most of the year was double teamed he flicked the ball behind him [no look pass] to a waiting Luke [Rooster] Ruter for a wide open shot from the 6 yard line. Folop had his best game of the year as he controlled the middle of the field and gave us ample shots on goal.We were outshot for only the fourth time this year but we had better looks. We left a few easy goals out there last night.Defense played great all but about 2 minutes of the game. Centerville scored with 1;36 left in the first half and scored their second 27 seconds into the second half. The first and last 5 minutes of games is usually where games are won.Final record 9-6-1Sectional’s start next Wednesday at Jac-Cen-Del game at 5pm OA against Jac-Cen-Del.Believe in a three peatCourtesy of Coach Ken Getz.last_img read more

Cricket News There is no one closer to Hardik’s talent in Indian team: Sehwag

first_imgDubai: All-rounder Hardik Pandya has talent unmatched by any other player in the Indian cricket team, says big-hitting former opener Virender Sehwag.According to Sehwag, Hardik is one that has become irreplaceable in recent times.Hardik has played a pivotal role in Mumbai Indians’ record fourth title triumph in the IPL recently, coming into the lucrative T20 league after enduring a tumultuous phase following his outrage-evoking remarks on women on a chat show.Having served the ensuing ban, the star all-rounder pummelled 402 runs in 15 innings in the IPL at a staggering strike rate of 191.42, and a highest score of 91.“There is no one even closer to Hardik Pandya’s talent with both bat and ball. If there was someone even closer to him, the three-dimensional players picked by BCCI, were even closer to him, Pandya would not have made it back into the team,” Sehwag told ‘cricbuzz.com’.Hardik is part of the 15-man Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup and is expected to leave his mark on the showpiece with his exploits.Along with India team-mate K L Rahul, Hardik was flown back from Australia after the duo made some controversial remarks on the chat show, ‘Koffee with Karan’ earlier this year. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

University of Michigan asks late doctor’s patients to report sex misconduct, says several incidents described to police

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan asks late doctor’s patients to report sex misconduct, says several incidents described to police. University of Michigan asks late doctor’s patients to report sex misconduct, says several incidents described to police February 19, 2020center_img Associated Press last_img

Is more domestic rugby is needed?

first_imgCAPTAIN of Guyana’s Sevens Rugby team Jamal Angus, head coach Claudius Butts and Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) president Peter Green agreed that Guyana’s rugby, more so the shorter format, needs a complete overhaul, and more domestic tournaments. Guyana finished sixth in the eight-team Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens Championship – a tournament they’ve won seven times, as recent as 2016, while playing in both the 2017 and 2018 finals, where they narrowly lost to Jamaica both times.“We have to go back to our domestic rugby; we have to get more domestic games and to prepare for a high-level tournament, we need high-level games,” said Butts, who is regarded as one of the best wingers to ever play the game in the Caribbean.Guyana conceded 79 points and just scored 26 of their own on the opening day of the 2019 Ran Championship, going down to Trinidad and Tobago 7-19, Cayman Islands 12-14 and 7-42 to Jamaica.By virtue of finishing at the bottom of the table in Pool B, Guyana went on to face the undefeated Canadians in the quarter-finals on the second day where they were beaten 47-5.The result against Canada meant that Guyana will later on day two, play Trinidad and Tobago again in the Plate semi-finals. Guyana picked up their lone win of the tournament with a 17-12 victory over the Twin Island Republic. In the Plate Final, Guyana were once against beaten by the Cayman Islands, this time going down 10-21.According to Butts, age played a major role in the team not doing well, with Richard Staglon, Peabo Hamilton, Dominic Lespierre, Vallon Adams, Ryan Gonsalves, Avery Corbin and Dwayne Schroeder being part of the programme for years. “One thing I know about Guyana and Guyana Rugby is that over the years, we always find a way to bounce back. All of the players recognised what happened, what were our mistakes and what we need to do to get back at that level,” Butts reasoned.Meanwhile, Angus told reporters that he understands that the team is going through a difficult phase, adding, “When you sign up for Rugby, we know what we signed up for. Everybody on the team has the same goal. We may go about it differently but our goal is to represent Guyana and do it proudly.”Guyana will turn their attention to the Pan Am Games, where they qualified, along with Jamaica, as RAN’s representatives.last_img read more