Among The Mainstays Of 2020 Claimed By The Pandemic: Spring

first_imgPhoto: USAF / Chad C. StrohmeyerNEW YORK – By the time spring arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, the pandemic had the world firmly in its grip.The vernal equinox arrived March 19, the day California handed down the first statewide stay-at-home order in the United States. Most of the country would soon follow suit. In the coming weeks, vast swaths of humanity would be largely confined to their homes.Now, midway through spring, people are already fretting about summer. The spring of 2020 — for human beings, at least — has become the season that isn’t.Long considered a time of renewal and rebirth, spring is ever more precious in a world beset by climate change. After dark winters, spring arrives and the earth turns green again. The word itself is shorthand for revolutionary movements — the Springtime of Nations (1848), the Prague Spring (1968), the Arab Spring (2010-2012). Igor Stravinsky chose “The Rite of Spring” in 1913 to chart new musical frontiers. April lies at the heart of the poetic spring. Shakespeare takes a jaunty view of it in his “Sonnet 98,” personifying it as a month that “hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” In “The Waste Land,” when T.S. Eliot famously castigates “the cruellest month” of April as a time of “mixing memory and desire,” he might as well have described the entire season in the strange days of 2020.“Right now, when we’re cooped up in our apartments … we kind of get a glimpse of how we experienced spring last year, when we experienced all the people coming out into the streets and the rebirth of life,” says Matthew Mersky, who teaches a course on modern literature and the environment at Boston College.“And we experience it now negatively,” he says, “through memory or its absence.”May isn’t looking that great, either. As the weather warms, sort of, many public pools and beaches are still inaccessible. Baseball stadiums remain empty; schoolchildren remain home. College students still shuffling from class to class in parkas were sent home before spring semesters could really live up to their name.Spring’s gifts aren’t completely out of reach, particularly as stay-at-home orders expire. But in hard-hit New York City, densely populated with millions who often have no backyards, residents are left to catch spring’s sunshine by awkwardly angling from fire escapes and small balconies — or risk walks.Samali Nangalama, 23, has lived in New York for six years and recently moved within walking distance of Harlem Hospital, where she awakens and falls asleep to the sound of sirens. As the virus ravages vulnerable black and brown communities, she describes a “paralyzing fear” that has kept her in her apartment this spring, a stark adjustment for a season she usually views as “a time ripe with opportunity and optimism.”“I know it is assumed that Generation Z spends their life glued to screens, but there is no replacement for face-to-face contact,” says Nangalama, a junior studying global public health at New York University. “I miss this precious contact and this spring, I will feel more alone than ever.”Beyond sunshine and milestones missed, spring is intertwined with culture and religion. Easter is quite literally about renewal. Sikhs commemorate the formalization of the faith on Vaisakhi, a holiday that shares its name with Punjab’s spring harvest festival. May 1 marked Beltane, a fire festival of Celtic origin and a mid-spring sabbath celebrated by witches and pagans.Haley Murphy, 32, the owner and operator of ATL Craft in Atlanta, has been working in occult practices for 14 years. For her, Beltane is a significant rite in which communing with the Earth through planting is a centerpiece. She says it’s about “what needs to be planted, but also looking at each other and seeing us come out of our hermit shells of winter, watching each other bloom and get the sun on our faces and the freckles on our faces.”But with social distancing mandates, her coven couldn’t come together for Beltane, which she conducted in solitude this year. Amid the pandemic, she’s taken to sending members packages for other rituals, which are then conducted over FaceTime.“We have to change with the times,” she says, “and we have to adapt.”Spring is also a time to sow what can’t be reaped for months. But uncertainty is all that’s taken root for others whose future livelihoods depend on the metaphorical seeds typically planted during this time.Katie Lloyd doesn’t even like spring. She thrives in winter, growing up in Buffalo, New York, and spending years partaking in mountain sports in Colorado. She now lives in Alaska, where she and her husband co-own the Alaska Dogstead Mushing Company with Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit.Fresh off her own rookie season as a dogsledding musher, Lloyd says Alaskans call spring “breakup season” — not for relationships, but for the melting ice that creates “one big sloppy mess for a month or so” as snow becomes rain. It’s an important time, an opportunity to prepare for the summer tourist season that’s vital to Alaska’s economy.“It’s normally the excitement for the summer adventures and the excitement for the tourists coming here,” she says. “Now everything is either paused indefinitely or a giant question mark.”That sense of uncertainty is pervasive, with so much unclear. Some countries and U.S. states have loosened restrictions, but experts fear that might cause a resurgence of infections that could, as the season progresses, produce months even crueler than April.Absence is inherently intangible. That can make losses harder to measure. But many people will be delivered straight into the furnace of summer, emerging from the coronavirus months with losses that fundamentally alter their lives. Those voids are there to ponder while running down the clock on the spring that never was. 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2005 Ziemer Lecture

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin will outline thestate agricultural industry’s position in the internationalmarketplace in the 2005 Rod Ziemer Lecture April 12 in Athens.Irvin’s address will be at 3:30 p.m. in Rooms K/L of the GeorgiaCenter for Continuing Education.The annual lecture series began in 1986 in memory of former UGAgraduate student Rod Ziemer, who died in a car accident in Texasin 1984.Ziemer wrote more articles than any other agricultural economicsgraduate student. Selected as the College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences outstanding graduate student, he alsoreceived the American Agricultural Economics AssociationOutstanding Dissertation Award.The lecture is designed to kindle a spirit of excellence infuture generations of agricultural economics graduate students.last_img read more

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Son Heung-min: Tottenham forward named Premier League player of the month for October | Football News

first_img Tottenham forward Heung-min Son is at the same level as Raheem Sterling, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, says Gary Neville Jose Mourinho’s side are only a point behind leaders Leicester City after eight games. Mourinho described Son, who has eight goals and two assists in all competitions so far this season, as world class “season after season”.Son joined Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and has built a formidable partnership with club captain Harry Kane. Mourinho credited his character as a reason why his performances occasionally go unnoticed.The 28-year-old has three years left on his current contract at Tottenham and Mourinho is confident the club can reach an agreement in time for a new deal to be done as he wants the player to become “part of the furniture”. 0:32 Heung-Min Son celebrates after putting Tottenham ahead at Burnley – Advertisement – Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has been named the Premier League player of the month for October.The South Korean attacker scored four goals across October, including an impressive double in the 6-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford and a late winner at Turf Moor against Burnley, as Tottenham climbed up the Premier League table.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Salmonella outbreak increases to 329 cases

first_imgFeb 22, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A prolonged Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter has expanded to 329 cases in 41 states, an increase of 41 cases since the outbreak was announced on Feb 14, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised consumers not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter produced since May 2006 or any Great Value brand peanut butter with a product code on the lid that begins with 2111. Both products are made at the same ConAgra plant in Sylvester, Ga., and epidemiologic studies have linked both with Salmonella enterica infections, according to the CDC and FDA.S enterica typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves in a week. Of 249 patients for whom clinical information is available, 51 (21%) have been hospitalized in the outbreak, but no deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates, known for 224 patients, ranged from Aug. 1, 2006, to Feb. 2, 2007, according to the CDC. Sixty percent of the illnesses began after Dec 1.Two closely related DNA fingerprints of S enterica serovar Tennessee have been associated with the outbreak, the CDC has said.The current outbreak is the second known instance of Salmonella infections traced to peanut butter. In 1996, 15 people were sickened after eating peanut butter that was contaminated with S enterica serovar Mbandaka, according to a 1998 report published in the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Investigators traced the contamination to roasted peanuts.One earlier salmonellosis outbreak was linked to a snack that contained peanut butter. The outbreak, which involved more than 2,200 children in Israel, England, and Wales in 1994 and 1995, was traced to contamination of a peanut butter–coated snack popular with children in Israel.In an investigation of peanut butter contamination, Sima Yaron, PhD, a senior lecturer at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and her colleagues studied heat tolerance of three S enterica serovars. In the November 2006 issue of the Journal of Food Protection, they reported that the Salmonella strains could survive peanut butter pasteurization processes. They suggested that the pathogen may have increased heat resistance in foods that have low water and high lipid content, such as peanut butter and chocolate.Yaron said that because Salmonella contamination is less common in peanut butter than in animal products, food companies and consumers don’t approach peanut butter with the same level of caution. “However, the very low infection dose related to this product might cause extensive outbreaks in the few cases in which the peanuts are contaminated, as indeed happened this time or in many other countries in the past, including Israel,” she told CIDRAP News in an e-mail message.The findings about Salmonella’s survivability in peanut butter have prompted recent interest from food companies, Yaron said. She added that her group is studying alternative pasteurization methods and the mechanisms Salmonella organisms use to survive in foods with low water and high lipid content.See also:Feb 21 CDC press releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/salmonellosis_2007/outbreak_notice.htmCIDRAP overview of salmonellosishttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/causes/salmoview.htmlScheil W, Cameron S, Dalton C, et al. A South Australian Mdbandaka outbreak investigation using a database to select controls. Aust NZ J Public Health 1998 Aug;22(5):536-9Shachar D, Yaron S. Heat tolerance of Salmonella enterica serovars agona, enteritidis, and typhimurimum in peanut butter. J Food Protec 2006 Nov;69(11):2687-91 [Abstract]last_img read more

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Paris Saint-Germain open talks to sign Arsenal target Houssem Aouar

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Oct 2020 8:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.4kShares Aouar has plenty of options (Picture: Getty)Thomas Tuchel has been angry at his side’s lack of investment following their run to the Champions League final and they’ve already lost the likes of Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva.The German feels the Ligue 1 giants are now weaker than last season and his board are clearly now trying to rectify that in the final days of the window. It’s claimed PSG president President Al Khelaifi held a meeting with Lyon on Tuesday to discuss a deal for the midfielder but the Parisians are struggling to meet Lyon’s asking price.PSG have made a £90m loss due to the pandemic and they must stick to strict Financial Fair Play guidelines, meaning they cannot splash out this summer.The Ligue 1 champions have therefore suggested a deal now that would see Aouar arrived in the French capital next summer, allowing Lyon to keep the midfielder for another season. Arsenal will rightly be worried by PSG’s interest but they want the player this summer, meaning they could capitalise on Lyon’s need for instant financial gain.MORE: Edouard Mendy speaks out after making Chelsea debut in Tottenham penalty defeat Houssem Aouar is a target for Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s hopes of signing Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar have been dealt a blow after Paris Saint-Germain entered into negotiations over a deal for the Frenchman.The Gunners have had two bids turned down for the Frenchman, the last of which was believed to be around £32million.Lyon are seeking closer to £46m for the midfielder but Arsenal cannot stretch that far and must raise funds in order to significantly improve their current bid.Though Arsenal are working hard to offload the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac, the deals are not yet done with just four days left in the window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLyon had set a deadline of October 2nd to resolve Aouar’s future and Arsenal’s dithering has opened the door to Paris Saint-Germain, who are now in talks to sign the midfielder, according to L’Equipe. Paris Saint-Germain open talks to sign Arsenal target Houssem Aouarlast_img read more

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BLOG: We Still Have a Long Way to Go (VIDEO)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf April 13, 2016 By: Governor Tom Wolf BLOG: We Still Have a Long Way to Go (VIDEO) Since day one, I have been fighting for historic investments in education at all levels, including K through 12 basic education, to restore the devastating cuts that forced educator layoffs, increased class sizes, program cuts, and soaring property taxes. I have also been pushing for a fair funding formula to end Pennsylvania’s inequitable distribution of education dollars, one of the most inequitable in the country.We still have a long way to go to restore the damaging cuts and to implement a fair funding formula that takes into account each district’s unique needs. The new fair funding formula, which I support, cannot truly be fair unless the cuts are fully restored. Currently, only 4 percent of districts have seen their funding restored to 2010-11 levels and we are currently over $370 million short from fully restoring the cuts.That is why in January my administration began distributing money to schools through a restoration formula and why we will be using a similar restoration formula now. Through this formula, every school district in the commonwealth will receive more money than they received in 2014-15.And if Republicans in the legislature had supported my 2015-16 budget proposal — instead of continuing the status quo of underfunding schools and passing tax burdens onto local homeowners – there would have been $200 million more for education than in the Republican budget.Republicans are conveniently ignoring the reality of the devastation they were complicit in causing five years ago when $1 billion was cut from education disproportionately affecting the poorest school districts. Many of the poorest districts have not had their funding restored. In fact, the Republican plan would have taken money back that has already been allocated from some of the poorest districts.I remain hopeful Republican leaders will put politics aside and work with me to pass the 2016-17 budget in order to ensure we are adequately investing in education and finally implementing a fair funding formula. Budget News,  Education,  The Blog,  Videos SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Reports: 34 Dead After Boat Catches Fire Near CA

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: The Coast Guard has launched multiple rescue assets along with assets from local agencies to assist more than 30 people in distress on a 75ft boat near Santa Cruz Island. More details will be available later as this operation continues.— USCG Los Angeles (@USCGLosAngeles) September 2, 2019 Officials in California say at least 34 people were killed when a boat caught fire off Santa Cruz Island early Monday morning. Another five people were reportedly rescued.The U.S. Coast Guard responded by both air and water. Coast Guard L.A. tweeted:The vessel was reported as being on fire. The a group of crew members has been rescued (one with minor injuries) and efforts continue to evacuate the remaining passengers. https://t.co/ojaSdUTHXd— USCG Los Angeles (@USCGLosAngeles) September 2, 2019 This is a developing story.last_img read more

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WICB meets WIPA, Players

first_img(WICB) – With two years left in the current Memorandum of Understanding/Collective Bargaining Agreement (MOU/CBA) with the West Indies Cricket Board, West Indies Players Association and players; the WICB took a proactive move to host a players’ symposium in Florida last Wednesday (August 24) to address some of the pressing issues.Among the issues discussed openly were: MOU/CBA – WICB, WIPA and players, Future tours, ICC events, Finances of WICB and World Cricket and Life during and after cricket.WICB president Dave Cameron says “the ongoing dialogue aimed at finding amicable solutions is the main aim for us as an organisation and we are keen on confronting the issues facing us as we seek to enhance the overall cricket product. We will continue the dialogue. We will encourage players to voice their concerns through an appropriate medium. We will work together for a solution. We know the players are the most important features of our Brand and we wish to engage them as is necessary and require them to be more competitive on and off the field.”The meeting which at points became contentious, “was solution-oriented and the WICB continues to make efforts to facilitate the best environment for players,” the president noted.Action items coming out of the meeting included – the players who fall in the ‘free agency’ status have been asked to make recommendations through WIPA on:Eligibility for selection for all formats of the game and how they can qualify highlighting percentages or number of regional matches to participate in.Player selection/availability at international levelThe players present at the four-hour session in Florida included the Twenty20 squad for the two matches versus India and the retained players; while first class players in all six regions were able to access the discussion via tele-conference.There was a keynote presentation from Daren Ganga who is now a Sport Administrator with the University of Trinidad and Tobago and is an international radio and television broadcaster.His presentation focused on Responsibilities of a Professional Athlete. Ganga stressed the need for excellent performances on the field of play, but made a great case for work off the field as a role model as they prepare for life after cricket.The other officials who shared information were CEO Michael Muirhead, WIPA president Wavell Hinds and Chairman of Selectors Courtney Browne.The CEO emphasised the “need for the dialogue and more solutions as the sport industry continues to evolve”.last_img read more

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Ohio looks to end streak vs Miami

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMiami (9-13, 2-7) vs. Ohio (10-12, 2-7)Convocation Center, Athens, Ohio; Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Miami looks to extend Ohio’s conference losing streak to five games. Ohio’s last MAC win came against the Eastern Michigan Eagles 60-58 on Jan. 18. Miami came up short in a 64-60 game at home to Western Michigan on Tuesday. LEADING THE WAY: Ohio’s Jason Preston has averaged 15.8 points, six rebounds and 7.4 assists while Ben Vander Plas has put up 15.3 points and seven rebounds. For the RedHawks, Nike Sibande has averaged 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds while Dalonte Brown has put up 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Preston has made or assisted on 54 percent of all Ohio field goals over the last five games. Preston has accounted for 32 field goals and 36 assists in those games.STEALING VICTORIES: Miami is 5-0 when it records seven or more steals and 4-13 when falling short of that mark. Ohio is 6-0 when it logs at least eight steals and 4-12 this year, otherwise.COLD SPELLS: Miami has dropped its last six road games, scoring 68 points and allowing 80.5 points during those contests. Ohio has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 78 points while giving up 84.7.LAST FIVE: Miami has scored 62 points while allowing 70.8 points over its last five games. Ohio has averaged 66.6 points while giving up 71 over its last five. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Ohio looks to end streak vs Miami February 6, 2020last_img read more

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Packers in early turmoil

first_imgI am just going to come out and say it: I hate the Green Bay Packers. Every Sunday, I strut my excessive amount of Tennessee Titans jerseys around campus and receive nothing but evil stares in my direction. People look confused that a loyal fan would dare attempt to wear another NFL team’s jersey in public.The only way to be accepted on campus come game day is to be wearing green and gold (my two least favorite colors).I’ll even cheer for the Bears or Lions if they have a chance to beat the Packers.And why should I like the Pack? Brett Favre? Please, the only good quarterback to come out of Mississippi is Steve McNair.I have complained about the Packers for years and it has brought me nowhere. All it has brought me is a firm reminder of the Titans’ losing record.Like the Green Bay faithful that surround me, I have become accustomed to watching Green Bay triumph over its competition. And having been a student living in Madison for almost five years, I have learned to respect the loyalty and enthusiasm expressed by the Packer believers.With that said, I am appalled with the 0-3 start. My time in Wisconsin has brought higher expectations for the Packers. Since 1990, only three of 75 teams who have lost their first three games have made the playoffs.So what’s up Green Bay? Even Tennessee has won a game.The Badgers broke an 11-year losing streak against Michigan this Saturday and the Buccaneers managed to break a 16-year losing streak against the Packers. I’m glad at least one Wisconsin team was able to march victoriously off the field this past weekend.To make matters worse for the Packers, their signal-caller has told the Associated Press that his team will not be in a rebuilding mode.When the AP asked Favre if this year was considered a rebuilding year, Favre responded, “It’s not up to me. I don’t know when that time comes. I don’t know if I ever really believed in rebuilding. The game’s too precious to waste a season or waste a game because you’re rebuilding … I think we are doing our best to try to win ballgames … When I start thinking about rebuilding that means it’s time for Brett Favre to go home. And, I’m not ready to do that just yet.”Though Favre may not be ready to hang up the towel, words of retirement have loomed in his presence for the past three seasons. After all, he is set to celebrate his 36th birthday before the start of game five.In a recent interview conducted by the NFL, Favre expressed his feelings on the subject of retirement.”I find each year more and more difficult to commit totally to my job. Because as you get older, you have kids and priorities change and your whole life is not devoted to football,” Favre said. “I think in every veteran’s career, there’s a time when you think [football] is all there is. [And] when you add in the off-field adversity that I’ve had to go through, my wife has had to go through, it makes it much more difficult.”During times like this, I think about it,” Favre continued. “But it seems like every time something happens, people want to jump on the retirement bandwagon. And the more people ask me, the more I want to stick around just to stick it to ’em. But it will not.”To make matters worse for Favre, he will be without his leading receiver, Javon Walker, for the remainder of the season.Walker made the Pro Bowl last season after catching 89 passes for 1, 382 yards and 12 touchdowns. The talented wideout also made Green Bay headlines during the preseason when he threatened to not to play this season if the remaining two years of his contract were not negotiated.Though three games have passed, the Packers still have a chance to make it to the playoffs. After all, both the Titans and the Packers have made the playoffs after a 1-4 start.The Packers will next play the inconsistent Carolina Panthers in Carolina Monday night, and though I will not be wearing green and gold, I will be secretly watching the game on ESPN’s Game Cast. After all, a Packer win will make the playoff race that much more exciting.last_img read more

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