first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir and the Saint Mary’s Collegiate Choirs will perform their fall concert with Bellacapella on Wednesday in O’Laughlin Auditorium.Conductor Nancy Menk said the Women’s Choir will be singing the same songs they plan to take to the American Choral Directors Association Conference in Chicago this coming February.“One of our pieces, a setting of Psalm 150, is composed by Carolyn Pirtle, assistant director for the Center for Liturgy at Notre Dame, so we have a local composer represented,” Menk said. “Another piece I’m proud of is ‘Heaven Full of Stars’ by Eric William Barnum. It’s a very challenging piece for advanced women’s choirs, and I feel we’re singing it very well.”Sophomore Alyssa Rogers said the challenging music has been exciting to learn.“The music we have been working on is very diverse,” she said. “Some pieces are slow and traditional, but we also have a few that are new and upbeat. Several of the pieces are sung a cappella, and others have very complex piano accompaniment. We are also singing a few pieces in different languages.”Rogers said the concert will showcase the progress and hard work of both choirs.Junior Jackie Schramm said the fall concert is particularly exciting because it is the first time the campus can hear both choirs together. Schramm said she enjoys being in a choir because she can express herself with like-minded people.“Choral music, in my opinion, is a rare opportunity to hear a larger group of people work together to make a uniform sound with just their voices. This skill is not as easy as it seems” Schramm said.Rogers said she has always enjoyed performing arts.“I really enjoy being able to go to choir after all my classes and do something totally different. It’s very relaxing and rewarding for me,” she said. “Most forms of entertainment today are experienced through various forms of media. I think that it is important to appreciate choral music in live performances as well because it is a totally different experience. It’s not always perfect, but it’s real, and that’s what makes it so enjoyable for me.”Menk said participation in choirs has positive effects on students.“There is study after study about how participating in choirs boosts students’ academic abilities and social interactions. It’s a great way to de-stress from homework and exams as well,” Menk said.Tags: bellacappella, chorale, collegiate choir, fall concert, SMC women’s choir, Women’s Choirlast_img read more

first_imgA new $18.5 million Animal and Dairy Science complex will make the University of Georgia an even better resource for Georgia farmers and consumers. “It’s a stepping stone for UGA to move into the elite,” said Sam Hodge, a senior majoring in meats science, to the crowd of more than 400 who dedicated the facility Feb. 6. Advantages for Georgia Larry Benyshek, animal and dairy science department head with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said, “We will be able to compete with anyone in the United States with these facilities.” Department Partnerships The new complex includes a large animal research unit. It will allow for intensive research studies in physiology, nutrition and genetics. It also has a meats science and technology center. There, scientists will conduct studies for product quality, consistency and safety. A 150-seat auditorium will eventually be equipped as a distance learning classroom. “The (ADS) department serves a livestock industry with $850 million in cash receipts. . .” ÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Larry Benyshek Center Facts and Figures Faculty Focuscenter_img The UGA department’s quantitative genetics program has gained national attention in beef cattle. The addition of a leading scientist working in the area of cloning has brought in new technology in reproductive biology and adds to the efforts developing mammalian transgenesis. The beef and pork industries have identified product quality and consistency as major research areas. “The new meat science center will provide the facility to carry on a flourishing program in this area,” Benyshek said. UGA ADS Programs Benyshek said his faculty focuses on comprehensive programs dealing with the livestock that have an economic impact on Georgia farmers and consumers. Scientists conduct research leading to new technology and transfer that technology and information statewide through on-campus classes and the adult education programs of the Extension Service. “The department serves a livestock industry with $850 million in cash receipts from beef, dairy, hogs, sheep, horses and aquaculture,” he said. “These farm cash receipts transfer into a multibillion-dollar agribusiness industry.” Karen Holbrook, UGA Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, said the complex offers a unique advantage in economic development on the UGA campus. By allowing for “leading-edge research,” she said, “this facility will serve as an incubator for companies. The community and the academy will now be able to work together within the same walls.” “The department is becoming more and more active in the Georgia Research Alliance effort to promote science leading to economic development,” he said. The fourth floor of the new complex houses four companies in leased space. The companies were founded by faculty members on the UGA campus. “This will become a model for the partnership between science and economic development,” Benyshek said.last_img read more

first_imgLS Power brings world’s largest battery storage project online in California FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Stealthy grid infrastructure developer LS Power now operates the largest grid battery in the world.The Gateway Energy Storage project launched earlier this summer, with an initial tranche of 62.5 megawatts/62.5 megawatt-hours. That was enough to make it the most powerful battery in the U.S. But LS Power had more up its sleeve, and now Gateway can charge or discharge 230 megawatts for one hour, expected to rise to 250 megawatts by the end of the month.That would be big news for the storage sector in any event, because it exceeds the previous largest battery, the Tesla-supplied Hornsdale plant (150 megawatts/193.5 megawatt-hours). But its arrival coincides with an energy crisis as California struggles to produce enough power to keep the grid running amid a historic heat wave.California shut down enough power plant capacity in recent years that it now has trouble supplying air-conditioning demand on hot days in the hours when the sun sets and solar generation drops off. Meanwhile, imports from neighboring states have been constrained because those states are facing the same heat wave.A wave of massive battery projects is under construction in California, many of which are designed to step in for the retiring gas and nuclear plants by shifting solar generation into the hours after sunset. Gateway is the first of this cohort to come online. It alone wields more power than all the other batteries connected to the grid managed by the California Independent System Operator.“By charging during solar production on off-peak hours and delivering energy to the grid during times of peak demand for power, our battery storage projects improve electric reliability, reduce costs and help our state meet its climate objectives,” LS Power Head of Renewables John King said in a statement.[Julian Spector]More: LS Power energizes world’s biggest battery, just in time for California’s heat wavelast_img read more

first_imgBooking.com has terminated its cooperation with an apartment renter from Zadar who refused to rent an apartment to a homosexual from Brazil.Naime, Brazilski liječnik Fabiano Vallim rezervirao je apartman, a onda primio poruku iznajmljivača da je odbijen jer ne primaju homoseksualce. Vallim je na Twitteru objavio presliku poruke i poručio da je šokiran te podigao lavinu negativnih komentara na račun iznajmljivača iz Zadra, piše Zadarski.hrThe owner’s son told Zadarski.hr that he “had negative experiences with homosexuals from Slovenia, who had orgies in the hotel and left a big mess, after which they decided not to accept homosexuals anymore”. He did not answer the question of whether he would have continued to receive heterosexuals if they had orgies and left a mess.Photo: Twitter”We are sorry to hear that renters discriminate against their guests for any reason. At Booking.com we do not tolerate any form of discrimination and if we learn that there is an owner of an accommodation unit on our site who is involved in discriminatory behavior we terminate our cooperation with that landlord and remove his accommodation unit from our site. Due to the procedure of the landlord, we have terminated our cooperation with it and we are working to help our guest find alternative accommodation.” reagirao je Booking.com kako prenosi Zadarski.hrPhoto / Source: Zadarski.hrlast_img read more

first_img In April last year, Zarate was supposed to be in Argentina receiving treatment for a skin condition after presenting the club with a doctor’s note, only to be spotted on holiday in the Maldives. At the time Zarate was not training with the first team due to persistent disciplinary issues. It was at the end of the 2012-13 season, after spending four years with Lazio that included a spell on loan with Inter Milan, that Zarate returned to his first club Velez. In his first spell, Zarate scored 28 goals in 99 appearances, and then last season he finished as leading scorer in the Clausura with 13 goals in 19 appearances, prompting Allardyce to bring the forward to Upton Park. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has made his first signing of the summer with the capture of Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield. The Hammers’ big-money buy last summer, Andy Carroll, spent half of the campaign on the sidelines through injury to leave Allardyce short of options up front and then, on his return, the England international only scored two goals. Allardyce, however, has wasted no time in finding support for Carroll with the deal for Zarate. It will be Zarate’s second taste of top-flight football in England having played on loan for Birmingham for four months in 2008, scoring four goals in 14 appearances, but he was unable to prevent the Blues from being relegated at the end of that season. “This is a new chance for me and I want to play,” added Zarate, who scored 20 goals in 35 matches in all competitions for Velez last season. “I think I played well for Velez this season and that was important for me. I had some good team-mates and they helped to make it a fantastic season for me. “I know English football from my time at Birmingham and I hope I will play well and reach the highest possible level.” Zarate is a controversial figure as in 2010 while with Lazio, and on suspension for two games for insulting a referee, he was photographed giving a fascist salute. Standing with Lazio’s infamous ‘Ultras’ section of fans in watching a loss to Bari, Zarate’s spokesperson claimed the player was unaware of the significance of his actions. Press Association The 27-year-old has signed a three-year contract, with the option of a further year, as Allardyce strengthens his forward options after a troubled 2013-14 campaign in that department for the Hammers. “My reaction is that I am very happy to be at West Ham,” said the forward in a press release. last_img read more

first_imgIndeed, a £40 million drop in Ashley’s asking price since talks began in January is believed to be linked to the falling value of football assets due to a shutdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.Manchester City’s run of 11 major trophies since an Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008 transformed their fortunes is an example of the difference wealthy Middle Eastern owners can make.Prior to 2011, City had not won a major honour since 1976. Newcastle’s barren run stretches back to 1969.“They are looking for someone to come in with fresh investment and to get them back where they should be, which is the top end of the Premier League and maybe the Champions League,” former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness told Sky Sports.However, selling out to Saudi investment will see Newcastle become the latest target of criticism over the state’s use of sport to distract from its human rights record.“In recent months, Saudi Arabia has worked hard at ‘sportswashing’ its reputation – trying to use the glamour of sport as a public relations tool to improve its international image,” said an Amnesty International report in February.A world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz in December and the Spanish Super Cup a month later received strong criticism for taking the millions offered to participate in Saudi Arabia.“It is something we need to be aware of,” added the NUST spokesman.“We need to see the specific details of who is involved once it is confirmed. It is only natural there are concerns.”Share on: WhatsApp Newcastle United fans have long campaigned for the departure of owner Mike AshleyLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Newcastle United fans have long dreamed of ridding the club from owner Mike Ashley, but a potential £300 million ($377 million) takeover backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund presents fans on Tyneside with a different dilemma.Retail tycoon Ashley has been deeply unpopular in his 13 years in charge of Newcastle, during which time the club have twice been relegated from the Premier League before bouncing back into English football’s lucrative top flight.British financier Amanda Staveley has held a long-running interest in brokering a deal for one of England’s most passionately supported clubs with attendances often above 50,000 despite years of limited success.Ashley labelled Staveley a “waste of time” when a previous bid to take control collapsed in 2017.However, documents filed last week to Companies House provide a framework for talks between Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and Ashley.According to reports, 80 percent of the deal would be funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund with Staveley providing 10 percent and the other 10 percent coming from British billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben.The Toon Army have long voiced their dissent as Ashley has tried to cash in on the riches of Premier League television rights deals, whilst investing little on improving the team on the pitch.“There was a famous banner a couple of years ago that read: ‘We don’t demand a team that wins, we demand a club that tries.’ For the last 13 years we haven’t had a club that has tried,” a spokesman for the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) told AFP.“Under this ownership there has been no ambition, effectively no investment and no hope for a sporting entity that hasn’t been a sporting entity. It’s been there to survive and nothing more.”The prospect of deep-pocketed owners, particularly at a time when most other clubs will be cutting back due to the economic crisis caused by coronavirus, is an alluring one for the Magpie faithful.last_img read more

first_img14 May 2020 Government clarification on coaching and retail provision Tags: Coronavirus Tuesday’s joint statement referred to some outstanding questions on Professional shops, driving ranges, and coaching. Today we are able to provide updates on two of these.Yesterday evening (13 May), the UK Government clarified the COVID-19 restrictions regarding golf coaching and retail in England.CoachingThe UK Government has confirmed that one-to-one coaching is permissible under strict infection control measures, observing social distancing and must take place outside. In order to comply with this regulation, you should enforce strict hygiene measures and it is recommended that PGA professionals complete a comprehensive risk assessment and refer to the coaching guidelines on the PGA COVID-19 resource hub.PGA Resource HubFull details of the guidance for coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation can be found on the government website:Coach guidance on return of sportRetailThe UK Government has released updated documentation, which includes a section titled ‘Businesses and Venues’. It stipulates that, “All retail, other than those exempt, must close their premises to members of the public. However, staff may be present to make deliveries or provide services in response to orders such as those through telephone, online, or mail”.As the list of exemptions does not currently include golf retail, these premises must remain closed, except for Click and Collect services.Essential access to a building such as a Professional shop for Clubs which operate a booking system to regulate tee times and take payment, is permissible provided appropriate social distancing precautionary measures are put in place.Full details of the guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation can be found here:Guidance for outdoor facilitiesFurther ClarificationWe continue to pursue clarification of the COVID-19 restrictions with regards to driving ranges and custom-fitting across the UK. We will update you as further clarifications become available. In the meantime, our advice remains unchanged: where there is any room for doubt the safest option should be pursued.The following organisations have come together to provide direction for golf in the UK during the COVID-19 crisis: The Belfry; the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association; the British Golf Industry Association; England Golf; the Golf Club Managers’ Association; Golf Ireland; the Golfing Union of Ireland; the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union; IMG; The Professional Golfers’ Association; PING; The R&A; Scottish Golf; Syngenta; the UK Golf Federation; Wales Golf.last_img read more

first_imgANDREW MCCUTCHEN is having a better year than in MVP season last year. He leads Pirates in just about every major offensive category. (AP photo)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Andrew McCutchen’s fractured rib is healed. The reigning National League MVP is hoping his return will have the same effect on the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates activated the star center fielder off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. McCutchen will bat third as Pittsburgh tries to end a season-high six-game losing streak against Atlanta.McCutchen went on the disabled list last week, retroactive to Aug. 4, with fractured rib cartilage. The Pirates went 5-9 in McCutchen’s absence to fall slightly off the pace in the playoff race.“It’s pretty frustrating,” McCutchen said. “It’s like having your best friend out there during a race and you want to go out there and help him and you can’t. It’s kind of the same thing. Your teammates are out there grinding and we’re getting the short end of the stick the last few games.”McCutchen was batting .307 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs at the time of the injury. He insists he isn’t experiencing any lingering pain from the injury, which came after a seemingly routine sacrifice fly against Arizona on Aug. 3. He will wear extra padding for the time being as a precaution but doesn’t believe he will be limited in any way.“I’m going to play the way I’ve been playing,” he said.To make room for McCutchen on the 25-man roster, the Pirates sent utility infielder Michael Martinez to Triple-A Indianapolis.Manager Clint Hurdle hopes the return of the franchise cornerstone will stabilize a lineup that’s been in flux for most of the month thanks to a string of injuries to regulars like McCutchen and second baseman Neil Walker.“I think the presence is valuable,” Hurdle said. “The player is valuable but the value the presence does bring is something we would miss whenever he’s not in.”The injury came a day after McCutchen was drilled in the back by a 95 mph fastball Arizona reliever Randall Delgado, which happened to be one game after Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt broke his hand after getting hit by Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri.While there was no direct correlation between getting plunked and the ensuing rib issue, McCutchen said he was “a little upset” Delgado was not disciplined.“There’s a chance that someone could get hurt with the same injury that I got because there was nothing that was handled,” McCutchen said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if something like that would happen again.”last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Con­struc­tion work for the most part will be completed by mid-August for a new facility to house the Center for Holo­caust, Human Rights and Genocide Education on the Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft campus.The new Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education.The center, which has been operating at the community college, 765 Newman Springs Road, for about 34 years, is gearing up for the completion of its new facility, which will be more than twice the size of its current 4,000 square feet location.The new space was built on the current site’s footprint where the center has been situated for the past 17 years, next to the college’s Bankier Library, Executive Director Dale Daniels said.The center was initially located in “a variety of tiny little spaces,” around the campus, Daniels said.Now, she said, “We’re going to have an opportunity to have a beautiful new space all our own.”Completion of the construction phase doesn’t mean the need for the money to pay for the building also has been completed. The center is conducting a capital campaign to raise the money to pay for the finished work.The campaign is working to raise $1.5 million. So far, Daniels said, the effort has raised approximately $900,000, which includes a generous donation from the college.The new facility will house the center’s programs and is expected to eventually include an expanded permanent exhibit focusing on local Holocaust and genocide survivors.The center houses the only Holocaust and genocide ar­chive in the state, according to Daniels.This space “will really allow that to expand and meet the necessary requirements for temperature and humidity control,” thus ensuring the display’s safety and continued availability for generations to come, she said.That is at the core of what the center has been doing and looks to continue.“Our focus is to educate, inspire and empower the children and the teachers, and of course, the general community members to learn and take action for social justice and make changes in our local community and beyond,” Daniels said.The center’s educational programs, which serve about 15,000 students and educators annually on the campus and around Monmouth County, have covered such topics as the history of the Holocaust, contemporary slave trade and human trafficking around the world, human rights abuses, and, closer to home, ways to address and prevent bullying for youngsters in schools and adults in the workplace, according to Daniels.The center has worked with the prosecutors’ offices in Monmouth and Ocean counties on programs with youths who committed bias crimes. So far, of the 82 offenders who have participated in the program, “not one has returned to the system for a bias crime,” she said.The center was one of 140 organizations that participated in a worldwide dramatic presentation of The Laramie Project, about the murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, a victim of a hate crime.The National Endowment of the Arts recently awarded a $15,000 for the center to participate in the Big Read project. “The focus is to reach lapsed and reluctant readers” by having participants all read the same work. The work, A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines will be read by middle- and high-school students from around the county and some 50 inmates, incarcerated in the Mon­mouth County Correct­ional Institution, Freehold.The themes of the novel “resonate with our mission of human dignity,” Daniels said. “That’s exactly what we’re about.”Sister Helen Prejean, the Roman Catholic nun made famous by the book and movie Dead Man Walking is scheduled to participate in the program and will appear at the college. Gaines is expected to be available at the center through videoconferencing.In honor of the new facility, the center is sponsoring a 5K run on Sunday, Aug. 26, to benefit the capital campaign. Local Holocaust survivors will be on hand for the event and take part in a ceremonial walk and awards ceremony.The event, like others the center conducts, will allow, “our children the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust and genocide from their neighbors, friends,” Daniels said, 
The center is continuing to accept donations to underwrite construction and programs. Contributions can be sent to the college in care of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide.last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonLONG BRANCH — A city man was arrested this week for the March robbery of a Sovereign Bank in his hometown.Police have charged Manuel Sotogonzalez, 39, with second-degree robbery, following a nearly six-month joint investigation conducted by city police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, according to Charles Webster, public information officer for the prosecutor’s office.Police responded to a report of the robbery on March 4 at the bank, 600 Broadway. Witnesses told police, the suspect allegedly entered the bank and approached a teller, demanding money. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, with the suspect fleeing the scene prior to the police arriving, according to Webster.Sotogonzalez’s bail was set at $125,000, without the option of posting a 10 percent bond. He was being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold.last_img read more