The new 24-hour study space in the lower level of Cushwa-Leighton Library will officially open Friday, library director Joe Thomas announced in a campus-wide email Wednesday. The space was completed over winter break, Thomas said in the email.“This space was designed with current students’ needs in mind and is aimed to promote collaborative work, whiteboarding, and the use of technology — both shared and personal devices,” he said. “Outlets and charging stations abound.”Other improvements made to the library over winter break include two new hydration stations, a new free coffee machine on the main floor and Keurig vending options provided on the lower level. Additionally, classroom furniture samples are available for student testing, “specifically intended as replacements to older tablet desks found in classrooms across campus.”Later this semester, the ResNet and IT Helpdesk will relocate to the lower level of the library, near the 24-hour study space, Thomas said, in an attempt to make their services more accessible to students.Additionally, plans are in place to re-open the tunnels linking Le Mans Hall and the library, Thomas said.“Work has begun to make the Le Mans-Library tunnel accessible, including the installation of a lift and a ramp,” he said. “While it won’t be in time to spare [students] from this year’s snow, the work will be complete within the next three months. As soon as it’s signed off for use, we will open it for you all.”In the same email, Thomas announced that munch money may now be used to make purchases from all campus vending machines.“We hope that this improves your experience on campus,” Thomas said.Tags: 24-hour study space, Cushwa-Leighton Library, free coffee, Le Mans Hall, library renovations, tunnels
A new year always brings with it promise in abundance, especially for the London theater scene, which Is already kicking into gear. From the latest British reworking of a Broadway musical to an eagerly awaited new play from arguably the greatest living British playwright, January offers a mouth-watering feast of possibilities. ALSO: Nina Raine’s play Tribes was a long-running success off-Broadway, but the English author this month turns director to steer her brother Moses Raine’s play Donkey Heart to the Trafalgar Studios downstairs space for a three-week run opening January 8. The same night sees the first preview at the Young Vic for the London premiere of Bull, Mike Bartlett’s short, sharp piece about gender and power politics in the workplace that has played Sheffield and New York but never London—until now. JANUARY 12-18 Revisiting the Verge: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown got a sniffy response in some quarters in 2010 when the Pedro Almodovar film was conceived as a Broadway musical. So the director Bartlett Sher is using its West End premiere, opening January 12 at the Playhouse Theatre, as a chance to reconsider the material from scratch, which means some new songs from composer David Yazbek and a cast featuring Olivier winner Tamsin Greig Tony nominee Haydn Gwynne and Wicked alum Willemijn Verkaik. ALSO: James McAvoy reteams with director Jamie Lloyd for a rare revival of The Ruling Class, Peter Barnes’s play about a paranoid schizophrenic that is best-known to many from the 1972 Peter O’Toole film. Opening night is January 27 on the Trafalgar Studios mainstage. The night before sees a gala concert performance at the Palace Theatre of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s ever-glorious A Little Night Music, with an all-star cast headed by Anne Reid, Janie Dee, Jamie Parker and Joanna Riding. JANUARY 5-11 A Batty Revival: The cult off-Broadway musical Bat Boy got a big-deal West End outing in 2004 and here it is in a new off-West End production opening January 14 at the Southwark Playhouse. Rob Compton takes the title role amid a notably high-powered creative team that includes Tony nominee Lauren Ward as the title character’s adoptive mother and Tony nominee Joey McKneely on hand as choreographer. ALSO: Robert Hastie’s revival of the late Kevin Elyot’s beautiful and heartbreaking play My Night with Reg was one of the top productions of 2014, and now it gets a West End upgrade, opening January 23 at the Apollo Theatre, with its starry Donmar cast intact. Final pre-opening week of previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket of the West End transfer from Chichester of Taken at Midnight, Mark Hayhurst’s play about the mother of the German lawyer who famously put Hitler on the witness stand; Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton stars. JANUARY 19-25 Crossing the Pond: The director Michael Longhurst is currently bringing a London hit to renewed life on Broadway with Constellations, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. And scarcely does that production open in New York before he is back in London directing the West End premiere of an off-Broadway hit—Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, opening January 21 at the St. James Theatre. Ilan Goodman (son of the protean actor Henry Goodman) and Jenna Augen head the cast. View Comments ALSO: First preview January 15 of Dominic Dromgoole’s production at Shakespeare’s Globe of the classic play The Changeling, which returns the blissful Hattie Morahan to the London stage following her acclaimed New York run as Nora in the Young Vic production of A Doll’s House. A familiar New York name in his own right, author Will Eno brings his solo play Title and Deed to west London’s Print Room, opening January 16; Conor Lovett once again makes up the cast of one. JANUARY 26 –FEBRUARY 1 Sir Tom’s Time: It’s been more than eight years since Tom Stoppard’s last new play, Rock ‘n’ Roll, which stormed Broadway and the West End, so interest is doubly keen in the acclaimed scribe’s latest venture, The Hard Problem, opening January 28 in the National’s new Dorfman auditorium. Telling of a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, the play is directed by Nicholas Hytner in his last production before exiting the helm of the National this spring. His former Desdemona in Othello, Olivia Vinall, takes the central role.
Don Rendall of Green Mountain Power Corporation and the President of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Chittenden County announced today that Martha Maksym of Grand Isle has been named the new Executive Director to succeed Gretchen Morse who announced her retirement effective June 30th. A wide range of applicants was considered by a search committee of the Board during a process that took several months. Rendall said, ‘We reviewed over sixty applications and interviewed a pool of candidates that were impressive and capable. Martha has the ideal combination of skills, experience and commitment to the health and well being of the people of Chittenden County. We are thrilled with the choice and feel confident that her proven success at convening multiple stakeholders to solve community problems, along with her over twenty years of health and human service nonprofit management and administration experience, makes her the ideal person to assume United Way’s top leadership position.’ A graduate of the University of Vermont with a Masters Degree in Public Administration, Maksym has held a number of senior management positions at United Way over the last 17 years and is currently the Director of Community Investments. In that position she provides direction and management of the organization’s volunteer funds distribution process and community investment strategies that align with United Way’s impact focus on education, income and health. She also serves as Diversity Officer for United Way, overseeing the implementation of a Diversity Strategic Plan. Maksym currently chairs the Board of Leadership Champlain and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Leadership Champlain Program and the Vermont Leadership Institute of the Snelling Center for Government. She is also a member of the Boards of both the Vermont Health Foundation and Hunger Free Vermont.When she accepted the position, Maksym said, ‘I am deeply honored to have been chosen to serve our community in this capacity. We all are well served by a committed network of human services providers. The relationship between United Way and our community partners is long standing and strong, and I look forward to continuing our work together to improve lives in Chittenden County.’ Maksym will assume her new position on July 1.
And still, honey bees continue to give. Honey bees make their own kind of gold called propolis, which can be extracted from the hive to combat allergies and soothe aching joints. And, of course, raw local honey has tremendous antimicrobial properties that can boost the immune system and support the gut. Tarpy reminds all who are able, “support local beekeeping communities, beekeepers are on the front lines of this issue”. If you want to jump in on the action, round up your fellow honey bee enthusiasts to keep our state insect thriving. The emergence of the Varroa mite has become a formidable assassin that wreaks havoc on the microbiome of honey bees. But there is hope for a counterattack against this parasite as scientists are developing a bacterial treatment for the bees. Various states from coast to coast have already implemented laws, many establishing habitat protection, outlawing certain pesticides, or raising awareness for beekeeping. On the federal level, there are few regulations that safeguard honey bees, but as of January 2020, the EPA is working to move legislation forward that outlaws a number of pesticides and neonicotinoids that harm bee populations. Photo of bee collecting pollen courtesy of Getty Images “Understand what is a honey bee and what is not a honey bee and what is a wasp or beneficial bee.” says Tarpy, “provide habitat for all bees, plant pollen and nectar-bearing plants-things that bloom throughout the year, especially through the height of the summer. Honey bees love zinnias!” Neonicotinoids directly impact the nervous system, resulting in nerve synapse damage and paralysis to unsuspecting insects and pollinators who come in contact with treated plant parts. In one respect, researchers argue that simply following bottle labels of neonicotinoid products is “safe” and will not likely result in any environmental threat, yet thirteen countries as of 2018 have banned neonicotinoids. As to the bill addressing this dangerous compound, the effort was short-lived as the bill failed to be heard in the Senate and House committees. Any further legislation must be done at the 2021 session. Luckily, honey bees do have human cheerleaders. In 2019, Senators Mike Woodard (D), Valerie Foushee (D), Natasha Marcus (D), and Mujtaba Mohammed (D) of North Carolina’s Senate, sponsored a bill called The Pollinator Protection Act (S496). The bill demanded more restrictions on insecticides, called neonicotinoids. Yet, honey bee populations are taking a sharp decline that’s raising concern from environmentalists, bee lovers, farmers, and economists alike. There are an estimated 2.9 million honey bee colonies across America. North Carolina is home to up to 120,000 of those colonies. Since 2018, the national honey bee population has been reduced by 40 percent and will remain under fire without addressing the culprits of these bee deaths. Yet, the more pressing matters originate from man-made threats to the honey bees. There are major factors that are contributing to the decline, the first of which being the ever-popular use of pesticides. Farmers who spray pesticides on their crops are exposing all bees, not just honey bees, to harmful chemicals that are toxic to their bodies. Just one incident of pesticide exposure: decimation. Entire colonies are gone in as little as 24 hours, bee skeletons hitting the ground like raindrops. Near constant habitat destruction continues to decrease access to food sites and fragment honey bee colonies, forcing a search for new sources of nectar, thus leading to migration elsewhere. Dr. David Tarpy, professor of entomology and plant pathology at NC State University and extension apiculturist, explains that although the honey bee population, or any bee species for that matter, falls in the winter, the colonies will “regenerate” in the spring as new bees are born into the hive. If you want to get involved and help protect the honey bees, you can do so in whatever means that you are capable of. Writing your local lawmakers, growing bee-friendly plants in your garden, or simply raising awareness for honey bee importance, protection, and celebration can spark change. We could all benefit from Dr. Tarpy’s suggestion of remaining “api-curious”, which is a friendly invitation to learn how to differentiate between bee species and understand how to support the honey bee. Honey bees are a keystone species, playing a significant role in the survival of a wide range of Earth’s flora and fauna. These bees are blessings and play a significant role in the survival of so many of Earth’s creatures. When you want to know if your local area is thriving, look for the honey bee. Our little busy neighbors do more than just pollinate your backyard gardens, they can indicate the health of an entire ecosystem. There’s a distant buzz, then a whizz overhead. Finally, it comes into view as it lands on a blossoming flower. It’s a honey bee hard at work, collecting pollen from the plants and wildflowers that line the trail. You watch as it meticulously gathers the precious yellow dust, tucks it behind its knees, and bustles over to the next source. These little workers can increase the nutritional density of foods as they transfer pollen from one plant species to another. This also leads to providing food for farm animals and other critters that thrive on foraging for plant life. In order to allow for new growth, plants depend on honey bee pollination to produce seeds, which sprout forth in the ovule of the plant once pollen comes in contact with the stigma. Forest regeneration is also supported through this process and is one of the most honorable services a honey bee performs for our planet. Unfortunately, this does not take away from the looming attacks from human and environmental sources. For those who take a special interest in honey bees and preserving their existence, Tarpy suggests starting with the basics. Honey bees, like most other bees, take responsibility for pollinating our farmland and other vegetation. Pollinator dependent crops rely on bees to gather pollen from flowering infant plants in order to reproduce. Many of these plants, such as cotton, apples, and blueberries, are major cash crops in North Carolina’s economy and most commonly fall under honey bee jurisdiction since these plants are native to the bee’s habitat.
The nation’s first credit union (CU) was founded in 1908 to serve mill workers in the Manchester, New Hampshire area. Today, more than a century later, that credit union is still operational and is now focused on serving a new type of member: millennials.The latest PYMNTS Credit Union Tracker™, powered by CO-OP Financial Services, features news on the latest regulation changes facing the credit union market, along with recent partnerships and innovations that are changing how credit unions conduct their lending practices.News from the credit union marketRecent rule changes and product innovations are promising to help the CU market better serve its members.Some big-name credit union service organizations (CUSOs) applauded the Trump administration’s recent move to roll back the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s arbitration rule that the groups said was unfair to credit unions. Both the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) said the now-repealed rule, which prevented FIs from using mandatory arbitration agreements in financial services contracts, put an unfair burden on the industry. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Aug 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia has confirmed its 60th human case of H5N1 avian influenza, this one in a 6-year-old girl who is recovering, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.The girl is from Bekasi, a city southeast of Jakarta in West Java, not part of the Cikelet subdistrict, where several recent cases and suspected cases sparked concern about possible human-to-human transmission.The girl became ill Aug 6 and was hospitalized Aug 11 but is improving, the WHO said. Bloomberg News reported today that she was in Sulianti Saroso Hospital in Jakarta.The Bloomberg story said dead chickens had been seen in the girl’s neighborhood, but the WHO said only that the source of her infection is under investigation.Forty-six of the 60 H5N1 cases in Indonesia have been fatal, for a 77% case-fatality rate. The WHO’s global H5N1 case count is 241 cases with 141 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 59%.Test results are awaited in another suspected H5N1 case in Indonesia, involving a 35-year-old woman from Simalungun regency in North Sumatra province, according to Bloomberg. The health minister said the woman fell ill Aug 21.In other news, a World Bank official said Indonesia needs an estimated $120 million a year to vaccinate chickens and compensate farmers for culling, but its vaccine budget covers only 10% of that amount, according to the Bloomberg report. The official, Louise F. Scura, made the statements at a meeting between the Indonesian government and donor countries.See also:Aug 23 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_08_23/en/index.html
With its action, the Scotia-Glenville School District joins with Niskayuna and Mohonasen school districts in providing this recognition and benefit to its veterans.We believe that all communities throughout Schenectady County value and desire to help their veterans. We look forward to the Schalmont school district, Schenectady City School District and Duanesburg Central school district adopting the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption.Robert J. SerottaPatricia MontoneSchenectadyThe writers are, respectively, commander and Auxiliary commander. The letter was signed by Greg Melita, Adjutant; Walter Schlegel, Sgt.-at-Arms; James Bleser, treasurer and Kurt von Maucher, chaplain.More from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady police reform sessions pivot to online Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The members of Lt. Vibert O. Fryer, Chapter 88 of the Disabled American Veterans and our Auxiliary, wish to thank the Scotia-Glenville school board for its recent actions and the adoption of the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption.We are also grateful for the veterans and community members who showed up for school board meetings and public hearings to express their overwhelming support for veterans. The Scotia-Glenville community clearly showed that it supports and respects its veterans and men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.
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Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenQuestions for Millennial home buyers01:41 50 Archer Street, Toowong, sold before it could go to auction, and came with permission to move the existing house on the 1,222sq m riverfront land.Overall SQM found the number of Brisbane properties listed for sale fell by 4.8 per cent in September over August, down 4.6 per cent year-on-year — pushed down by older stock selling, he said.“In terms of new listings it was actually a very stable month compared to August. New listings pretty much stayed the same,” he said. “Stock that was over 180 days fell away fairly significantly … Stock 90 to 100 days that was biggest fall of all, 6737 to 5696. That’s quite a fall.” 25 Hanover Drive, Alexandra Hills, sold for $892,000 before auction in the leadup to Spring.CoreLogic figures show the 12-month change in new listings was down 17 per cent in Brisbane, while total listings shrank -2.7 per cent to 19,602 in the River City.“Both new and total listings are tracking lower year on year across both Brisbane and Queensland state.”Mr Christopher said the apartment stock oversupply 2014 to 2017 had “put brakes on the housing market and on top of that we had this period from 2010 to 2017 when the Brisbane economy was patchy as a result of the mining downturn”. “We did record 1.2 per cent rise in asking prices for houses and 0.3 per cent rise in unit prices, which shows a little bit more confidence by vendors. But it’s still early days. I don’t think we’re at that almost frenzied point that Sydney and Melbourne are getting to.”He said the last time Brisbane had a housing boom was 2004 to 2008.“There hasn’t been a boom effectively for 11 years now. Brisbane has since then had a pick-up in economy, the rental market has tightened, a number of the issues that were keeping the market down have eased off. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Christal and Chris Fysentzou who have made a living out of flipping properties via their Zou Build company have snapped up a house in Mansfield which had been sitting on the market for about two months. Picture: Annette Dew.There are signs of a swing in the Brisbane real estate market as older listings find their mark and new properties fly off the books faster than they can be set up for sale.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said it was “early days”, but there were signs of a lift. Insane $45m mega-mansion hits market Curved beach house lands seven-figure deal 150 Beelarong Street, Morningside, sold for $1.025m before it could go to auction and came with a large landholding.“All these things have eased, the economy is picking up, more and more people are moving to Brisbane as well based on occupancy data. We’ve become increasingly optimistic about the market. It should start seeing vendors a little more confident, the signs are all there.”Certain types of property including homes with big blocks and those where approvals had already been sought for development or which were ripe for renovation were doing well.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoAmong those sold before auction was 150 Beelarong Street, Morningside, a three bedder that sold for $1.025m this year — almost double what the owner paid in 2003.Even vacant blocks of land were doing well, including 50 Archer St, Toowong, a riverfront property that had been set to go to auction but which agents John and Josephine Johnston now have under contract.“This property is a vacant piece of land with very clear development potential,” Mr Johnston said. “The aspect, the fact that it’s in a quiet street, looks out at two reaches of the river, it’s private, all those things combined, and the owner having succeeded in removing the existing house made it very desirable.” MORE: Housing set for fresh record highs He said new listings were tight at the start of Spring but now seeing “a very welcome resurgence in number”.“On the high end of the market there’s been a marked resurgence of quality listings that have come on,” he said.The swing is good news for Brisbane couple Christal and Chris Fysentzou of Zou Build who have made a living out of flipping properties after renovation.They’ve just bought a Mansfield house that was on the market for about two months.“For us, it’s not about trying to buy in areas that are already developed, we want to get into areas that are less established and have more room for improvement. It’s an upcoming suburb that is experiencing a lot of growth and house prices are on the rise,” Mrs Fysentzou said.“The intention is to renovate in 14 to 16 weeks… and put it on the market in the new year when everyone’s back from holidays.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK
Dutch offshore logistics service provider DHSS has completed the first CTV cargo run from its base in Eemshaven to the service operations vessel VOS Start at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.Ørsted is developing the 450MW wind farm some 57 kilometres off the north-west coast of Germany. The wind farm will comprise 56 MHI Vestas 8.3MW wind turbines.The jack-up installation vessel Bold Tern installed the first four turbines at the site earlier this week and has now returned to the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark to pick up another set of four turbines.MHI Vestas chartered VOS Start to assist during the commissioning of the wind turbines. The wind farm is scheduled to be fully commissioned in 2019.