Show Some Skin’ hits big

first_img“Show Some Skin: It’s Complicated,” a performance of 27 anonymously submitted dialogues by 18 actors, opened Thursday night at the Carey Auditorium of Hesburgh Library with consecutive performances the following two nights. While last year’s show “The Race Monologues” centered on race and ethnicity, “Show Some Skin” broadened its focus to include all forms of identity at Notre Dame. Sophomore Monica McEvoy, an actor in the show, said she joined after stage manager Sarah Yunjung Jung told her she would be a good fit for this year’s changed focus. “I’ve always wanted to be involved in something like this on campus,” McEvoy said. “Sarah really encouraged me to actually do it.” The dialogues McEvoy and her fellow actors performed ranged from topics of depression to race, which she said made the show more comprehensive and relatable for all audience members. Those who participate in the show are able to see how brave these anonymous writers really are, McEvoy said. While the writers use their talent to create these dialogues, the actors use their passion to perform on the authors’ behalf. “It’s one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever been involved in,” she said. “These voices, the anonymous writers that have submitted these pieces, it’s nice that actors are sharing their story for them.” Besides acting her two dialogues titled “The Story of Bread” and “Average ND,” McEvoy also participated in several of the other skits. “They had people in the background in some of them so I was a kindergartener coloring with crayons in one of them, I was a person in a lineup in the back in another,” she said. “I also played a pale person in one of the pieces.” Once students participate in the show as actors, they are not allowed to act again. McEvoy said the creators of the show want to have different people involved each year. “I can’t be an actor again, but I’m definitely considering being part of the production in some form,” she said. She said she may join the storyboard team or even submit an anonymous piece. McEvoy enjoyed the experience not only because of the content but also because of the friends she made as well. “I met a lot of really cool people that I wouldn’t have known at all otherwise,” she said. “We’re just not from the same circles.” Sophomore Katelyn Virga attended the show after seeing how hard one of her friends was working on her pieces for the show. After hearing her perform her dialogues in the dorm, Virga said she became interested in the idea and decided to see the whole production. “I really enjoyed it,” she said. “I like how they incorporated not just racial issues but also stories of people dealing with body image issues, self-confidence and finding themselves.” Stories on students dealing with bulimia and anorexia also were voiced during the show. Virga said those stories provided a new perspective on how these issues can affect anyone at Notre Dame. “That could be anyone down the hall,” she said. “We just don’t know.” Virga said students need to be careful not to judge, and they should watch what they say. “Even comments we say to our friends that we consider harmless could affect someone, could hurt them without us even knowing it,” she said. The dialogues often contained comic relief portions scattered throughout, she said. The stories varied in length, some lasting several minutes while the shortest was one line. Virga said the lines were powerful regardless of the length. As a follow-up to the show, McEvoy said the production team and faculty advisors will host a conversation open to any audience members who attended one of the performances. The discussion will take place on April 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center. As stated in the Show Some Skin pamphlet, students are welcomed to share their thoughts on the dialogues or their own stories and learn more about getting involved in the show next year.last_img read more

Sucker control

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSome countries say they don’t want Georgia tobacco because farmers here use too much of a certain chemical on their crop. But the farmers say they use it to produce high yields and good quality. University of Georgia scientists have worked out a system to make both sides happy.Farmers cut off the flowers that grow from the tops of maturing tobacco plants. This helps plants concentrate nutrients into becoming larger and heavier, increasing yields and quality.The suckersAfter the flower is removed, however, plants begin to grow little shoots called suckers where the leaves branch off from the stalks. There can be many suckers on one plant. And each can suck nutrients away from the large leaves farmers want to sell.”If the grower’s not able to control suckers, the yield and quality of the tobacco will be severely reduced,” says J. Michael Moore, a UGA Extension Service tobacco agronomist in Tifton, Ga.Moore and other UGA scientists and Extension Service agents in tobacco counties have developed a sucker control system that enables growers to depend less on maleic hydrazide (MH), the systemic growth-regulating chemical international buyers shun.Another wayThey do it by using contact fatty alcohols with a noncontroversial chemical called Prime+.With this treatment, growers can control sucker growth, Moore said, and produce cured leaf with acceptable MH residue levels. The Georgia growers who use the system will be able to sell their tobacco in world markets.To control suckers, farmers use contact or systemic chemicals. Contact chemicals run down the stalk, burn newly formed suckers and cause them to dehydrate. The plant doesn’t absorb them, and foreign buyers have no problem with them.Systemic chemicals, however, are absorbed by the plants. They restrain cell division around the suckers to stop their growth. MH is the most common growth-regulating chemical used to do this.No studies have shown for sure that MH is bad for humans, Moore said. But some countries like Germany don’t want to buy some U.S. tobacco because of its high MH levels.The international target for MH residues on tobacco is 80 parts per million. Most buyers don’t want anything higher than this. Georgia tobacco samples have averaged MH levels between 125 ppm to 210 ppm over the past 15 years, he said.Georgia’s warm, humid environment makes suckers more likely to grow. Without the alternative treatment with Prime+, the state’s farmers have to use more MH to control them, he said.As much as 50 percent of Georgia’s tobacco ends up overseas, Moore said. It’s important for the state’s farmers to have access to international markets, especially since they can grow only half as much tobacco as they did in 1998 because of quota reductions by the U.S. government.Georgia growers will grow about 54 million pounds of flue-cured tobacco in 2004, about 16 percent less than in 2003. They’ll start planting it around March 15.last_img read more

‘Turf terrorists’

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaWhite grubs don’t look so tough. But the pudgy little C-shapedlarvae can be like tiny terrorists, attacking your lawn whilestaying downright hard to get to.”It’s very hard to deliver an insecticide to the target area,”said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on theGriffin, Ga., campus.”Turf is a good filtration system,” Braman said. “The same aspectthat helps turf protect the groundwater makes it harder toprotect the grass itself. For a product to be effective, you haveto get it down through that turf 3 to 4 inches into the soil.”White grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles, green Junebeetles, May and June beetles and chafers. With creamy whiteabdomens and brown heads, they look harmless. But they’re not.Wilting or brown grass patches may be a sign that they’re eatingyour lawn.The right stuffBraman said many older pesticides are no longer available forwhite grubs. “Trichlorfon (Bayer Advanced) and carbaryl (SevinSL) are among the only products that will provide curativecontrol of large grubs that are registered for use on lawns,” shesaid.Newer products can be effective, too, and may be safer for theenvironment.”One product, imidacloprid, has been on the market for severalyears now,” Braman said. “It’s a broad-spectrum, systemic productthat’s effective at very low use rates. And it’s less harmful tonontarget species.”Imidacoprid is also sold under the Bayer Advanced label, shesaid. Be sure and check the label for the appropriate product.Say ‘when'”The challenge is to apply the product at the correct time,because it only works on small grubs,” she said. In Georgia, thegrubs are usually still small during July and early August.Another product, halofenozide, is a growth regulator. “Itinterferes with the insects’ ability to molt and grow,” Bramansaid. “It’s relatively less harmful to white grubs’ naturalenemies and beneficial insects. It also needs to be applied totarget the young grubs.”So, whatever pesticide you use, don’t wait to do it. To get thebest control, apply imidacloprid while the adult beetles and eggsare present. “It’s best to apply imidacloprid two to four weeksafter the peak flight of the parent beetles,” she said.The peak flight of Japanese beetles is easy enough to note. Lookfor less obvious beetles, such as May beetles or chafers, to beflying around lights at night.”Halofenozide needs to go out earlier, too,” Braman said. “But weseem to have a little more flexibility with it. It’s generallymost effective in July and early August.”Whatever the product, the key is to get it 3 to 4 inches into thesoil. “To do that, you have to use a half-inch of irrigation,”Braman said.Which ones?If you’ve had a problem with white grubs in the past, she said,check your lawn for them in August and September. Cut three sidesof a square foot of turf with a shovel. Then fold the sod flapback and look for grubs in the top 2 or 3 inches of soil androots.”If you find more than four, contact the county UGA CooperativeExtension office,” she said. “The county agent can help youidentify the species you have.”Some species, she said, can damage turf with just four grubs persquare foot. Others can have 10 to 20 per square foot and stillnot damage turf.Braman said new biological products, including some soilnematodes and Bacillus thuringiensis products, may soonhelp control white grubs.”These new products provide different modes of action,” she said.”And they help us avoid resistance problems in white grubs.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Governor’s Summit on the Employment of People with Disabilities

first_imgMike Wallace, co-editor and correspondent of CBS’s 60 Minutes will be the keynote speaker at the Governor’s Summit for the Employment of People with Disabilities.This year’s summit will focus on the employment of people with mental health issues. Wallace will speak about his struggles with depression, a mental health disorder that affects 18 million Americans.Governor James Douglas will be presenting awards to Vermont businesses that have made a difference in employing people with disabilities. Senator James Jeffords will also be speaking at the luncheon.The Luncheon will be held April 7 at 1:00 pm at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. For more information please contact Chris McCarthy, VABIR, 802-655-7215last_img read more

Green Mountain Power offers iPhone app

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,As one of the first utility mobile phone apps in the country, Green Mountain Power has made it possible for anyone with an iPhone to check in on the most recent environmental information or read about green business news.”We’re excited to use the latest technology to bring useful information to our customers,” said Mary Powell, president and chief executive officer at Green Mountain Power. “We are driven to use technology to improve service, and this offers customers — and others — an easy way to follow the latest in green news.”The GMP iPhone app includes a Green Biz section and a Green Life section, which offers suggestions for getting more out of your computer, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions and other practical information for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.”Part of our goal is to make it easier for customers to connect with us,” said Ms. Powell. “Now it is simple to contact Green Mountain Power directly through the app.”Green Mountain Power plans to add additional features to the mobile app that will give customers the ability to manage their account from their iPhone. The app will continue to be modified, and eventually customers will also be able to receive up-to-date outage information and alerts, locate a charging station for an electric vehicle, and display home energy use.The Green Mountain Power iPhone app can be downloaded at no charge at Apple’s iTunes App store. Green Mountain Power is working to modify the app to be compatible with other mobile devices as well.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont. It serves more than 175,000 people and businesses.Source: GMPlast_img read more

BRO-TV: On PFDs and Marine Biology

first_imgSpringtime on the Upper Yough from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.I didn’t sleep much Thursday night. All last week was a blur of non-stop action: photo shoots, kayaking, yoga, trail running, more kayaking. I took the day off Thursday to let my body recover and catch up on some writing. My mind, however, doesn’t handle inertia very well, especially when I’m set to check off a PFD (personal first descent) the following day down the hardest river I’ve ever paddled. Fleeing, fitful minutes of sleep were interrupted by the sound of aerated water from beneath the surface, the feeling that my lungs might explode, borderline panic coupled with fierce determination, and all those other dark things you experience when you’re in low-oxygen environments. I woke up so many times that night, sweating, heart racing. Why was I so nervous?I’ll tell you why I was nervous. I haven’t paddled anything comparable to the Upper Yough in…ever. As a raft guide on the New River Gorge, I’d paddled some really big water, but the lines were the size of highways. What’s more, by the time my senior year in college rolled around, I was so absorbed in writing my honors thesis, graduating from college, and finding a job that I let my kayaking slide to the back burner. Every time I’ve paddled this year (which, I think I can count on two hands), I’d say, “this is the first time I’ve paddled in months,” but in reality, I haven’t done much paddling in the past year. Except for the occasional lap down the South Fork of the Holston (class II-III) or a quick jaunt down the Gorge (class III+), I didn’t rack up many hours in a boat in 2013. And with the exception of paddling Meadow Run last Wednesday and my first time down the Lower Yough in April, I can’t even tell you the last time I had a PFD.So yeah, I was a little nervous to take on the Upper Yough.Friday morning, I was already setting myself up for disaster. A restless night didn’t do much in the way of helping my appetite. I skipped breakfast but knew I had to eat, force-feeding myself half of a 6-inch sub from Subway en route to the river. I arrived at the take out in Friendsville, Md., about 45 minutes early, probably one of the only times in my life I’ve ever been that early for anything (job interviews included). Once I donned my paddling layers and hideous plaid board shorts, my sleepless night finally caught up with me. I tried desperately to nap in the passenger seat of my too-crammed car, focusing on my inhales and exhales like I was in the midst of a yoga practice. I tried channeling my father’s uncanny ability to sleep anywhere at any time, a trait I thought I had acquired, but the call went unanswered. I sat there, slumped over in the Jeep, staring at the clock and counting down the minutes until my buddy Jess arrived.Around 2pm I heard a familiar voice shout out “Daddio!” as Jess’ truck rolled by. We hustled to get our gear loaded into the bed and took off, knowing we would be chasing the release if we dilly-dallied too much.“2.1 feet. Perfect,” Jess said as we cruised by the gauge on the Upper Yough. The first couple miles on the river are relatively flat with about a mile of class III “warm up” rapids. From there, it’s a mile of full-on class IV-V. This “Miracle Mile,” as it is referred to, is the gem of the run. Continuous, technical, boulder-choked rapids are the standard and the gradient stiffens from a mere 115′ per mile to over 200′ per mile.Jess giving beta on the next rapid.Jess giving beta on the next rapid.“Eddy out on the right,” Jess shouted over his shoulder as we cruised through the tail end of Bastard, the second rapid of the Miracle Mile. I could barely hear him over the roar of the whitewater crashing around me, but I saw where he was heading and cut quickly to river right. When I landed in the eddy, the current caught my edge and I flipped, right above the Slots line on Charlie’s Choice (see 1:06 in video). I rolled up quickly, but I was out of the eddy already, floating downstream with no idea of where to go.“WHAT?!” I yelled in response to Jess’ apparent attempts at directing me. My ears were full of water now, making even the raging rapid seem deafly silent.“Follow me!” Out of nowhere, an attorney named Bob (whom I met last weekend at Cheat Fest with his friend Chris) peeled out in front of me and showed me the line, easily maneuvering past giant boulders and threading the needle between holes I surely would have been worked in had I ran the drop blindly.Bob leading the way.Bob leading the way.“Woooo!” I yelled once I was safely in the eddy below. “THANK YOU MAN,” I said, pointing over to Bob in the middle of the run and giving him a thumbs-up.“Nice to see a fellow marine biologist on the river!” A middle-aged paddler named Jim saddled up beside me in the eddy and I laughed. “The brook trout are indigenous,” he said.“Oh they are?” I said, the cheesiness in our exchange dripping from every word. “You know, I was wondering that while I was down there.”Jim and Bob in the eddy after Charlie’s Choice.And just like that, despite the near-carnage, despite the fact that we still had over 7 miles to paddle, despite the fact that my shoulders and back were still aching from the past week of paddling, my nerves melted away. Suddenly, I remembered why it was that I loved kayaking so much. It was because kayaking pushed me to be who I knew I could be. Strong. Calm. Calculated. It was for this reason alone, and for the river’s ability to be powerfully humbling while also gentle, forgiving, beautiful, that I remembered why I started kayaking in the first place.“We’ll keep an eye on ya till National,” Jim said before peeling out into the current, but I didn’t need the reassurance. Jess and I cruised down the rest of the run, stomping Cheeseburger Falls right as a pounding thunderstorm settled in overhead. Sure, I flipped a number of times after Charlie’s Choice and sure, I probably looked like the biggest goob out there with my old school Werner paddle and my eyes-wide-as-saucers, but even the stoutest of paddlers have had their fair share of lessons in “marine biology.”Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 11.44.48 AMBy the time we were back at the Jeep and had shed our paddling clothes, my appetite was finally restored. $12 later, I sat on the porch of The Riverside Hotel with Jess and Bob, two glasses of lemonade, an overflowing bowl of potato soup, three hunks of homemade bread, a fresh salad, a slice of apple pie, and a cup of coffee in my system, feeling much like the world’s greatest marine biologist, ever.last_img read more

Berger seeks details from NCUA on risk initiatives

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger yesterday asked NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz for more details about the agency’s future plans and initiatives addressing perceived risks in the credit union system.He noted that these greater details are vital to credit unions being able to analyze the impact of current and future rulemakings.“While NAFCU and our members acknowledge the importance of safety and soundness in the credit union system, we firmly believe that NCUA needs to more fully outline its long-term strategy and goals, as credit unions are currently unable to fully analyze the impact of the agency’s initiatives without knowing NCUA’s ultimate goals for mitigating perceived risk,” Berger said in a letter to Matz. “We strongly believe that credit unions are entitled to know NCUA’s overall design for addressing perceived risk within the credit union system.”Berger requested the agency’s overall design for how its second proposal on risk-based capital, its recent final rule on emergency liquidity and its supervisory attention to interest-rate risk “fit into NCUA’s long-term risk mitigation plan.”“Taken all together, these initiatives have imposed, and will continue to impose, undue regulatory burden on credit unions all in an effort to address the same perceived risk,” Berger wrote. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Matz clarifies credit union remarks to CUNA’s Nussle

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr National Credit Union Administration Chair Debbie Matz sent clarification Friday on comments made during a subcommittee hearing that seemed to indicate a lack of faith in credit union leadership.Matz said she did not intend her comments to come across that way, and apologized.“I appreciate that NCUA Chair Debbie Matz reached out to me…and I wanted to share her statement,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO. He said the NCUA chairman stated that her comments have been construed by some as a lack of faith in credit union leadership, which “is not at all what I intended, nor what I believe, and for that I apologize.’”In a statement Friday, Matz said that she has a “deep belief in the importance of member-owned credit unions offering affordable services to 100 million Americans.”Matz made her original remarks during her testimony before the U.S. House Financial Services subcommittee on financial services and consumer credit Thursday. She pointed out her remarks were meant to address the NCUA budget process and calls for reductions in expenditures. continue reading »last_img read more

Home Office lands at Manchester airport

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COVID-19: Indonesian students overseas urge govt to do more to flatten the curve

first_imgThe alliance also suggested that the government, local administrations, state-owned enterprises and academics mobilize various industries to produce personal protective equipment. Many medical workers across the country are still reporting a scarcity of such equipment, which prevents them from properly treating all COVID-19 patients.The students also urged all relevant parties to give support to local researchers as they cooperate with their international counterparts in developing a vaccine for the coronavirus disease.Read also: Indonesian students overseas call for moral support amid COVID-19 crisis“The biggest challenge [now] is to make the policy a reality. Therefore, good coordination [is required] among government institutions, stakeholders and other relevant parties,” said Muhammad Iksan Kiat, the PPI-Dunia head of research and action who is now pursuing his master’s degree in oil and gas economics at Gubkin Russian State University in Russia. The Overseas Indonesian Students Association Alliance (PPI-Dunia) has urged the government to ramp up its measures against COVID-19 as it has seen no significant improvements being made in handling the crisis.The student association wrote an open letter to the government containing 17 points of actions it recommended the government pursue in various sectors, ranging from the economy and health to citizen protection. Fifty-seven PPI-Dunia branches spread across three regions – Asia-Oceania, America-Europe and the Middle East-Africa – reached a consensus over the letter.Among the recommendations the PPI-Dunia calls for is for the Health Ministry to improve the treatment of persons under surveillance (ODP) and patients under observation (PDP), increase incentives for medical workers and launch wide-scale polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Topics :center_img “The government should be able to perform continuous and comprehensive monitoring from the highest level to the lowest.”PPI-Dunia chairman Fadlan Muzaki, a doctoral student in international politics at Fudan University in China, said the student association issued the open letter due to its moral obligation to contribute to the development of Indonesia.Indonesian health authorities had recorded at least 5,136 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, with a daily jump ranging between 200 and 300 cases. The country has also seen at least 469 deaths because of the disease – the highest among Southeast Asian countries.PPI-Dunia called on the government to, among other measures, reallocate funds from the state budget for crisis-handling, protect the Indonesian diaspora in countries affected by the pandemic and monitor public information to prevent the spread of false information.last_img read more