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Protesters supporting Indian farmers demonstrate in NYC

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Demonstrators showing solidarity with protesting farmers in India rallied outside the Indian consulate in New York. The crowd gathered Tuesday on India’s Republic Day holiday. Drivers sounded their horns as they went by the blocked-off street where the consulate is located. Those who stood on the street chanted against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Farmers in India have been protesting for nearly two months over new laws that they say will benefit big corporations and wreak havoc on the earnings of smaller scale farmers. In India on Republic Day, tens of thousands of farmers stormed the historic Red Fort in New Delhi.last_img read more

ND Shakespeare Festival promotes student involvement

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Shakespeare at Notre Dame Students actors from the NDSF’s Young Company perform a scene from Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” for the festival’s 2014 season. Student and professional actors participate in the NDSF each year.Mudge said in addition to undergraduate and graduate students, the Company hires professional actors from surrounding communities to participate in the festival.“We have a young company … that’s undergraduates, grad students and recent grads who tour a Shakespeare play or a classical play all throughout Michiana,” he said. “They … form a part of the professional company, which are [Actor’s Equity Association] actors from the union of professional actors and local pros, designers and coaches that come from all over the country and work at Notre Dame in the summer. … [Students] would be working right alongside Tony award nominees and Chicago’s version of that, Jeff awards.”Aside from the hired actors, Mudge said he is particularly excited to work with Hyler and Yousefzadeh, who will be directing “The Tempest” and “Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” the festival’s two featured shows this season.“[Tempest director Hyler] has a bunch of great experience that has led him to another gig he has next year. He’s directing the first ever Broadway production by Cirque Du Soleil, which is the largest theater company in the world,” Mudge said. “This is the first time they’ve ever been on Broadway and he’s the staging director. … So what’s nice is because we’re Notre Dame, and because, also, it’s a really lovely kind of family atmosphere and a lovely place to come to work, he returns and works with us on multiple years even though he could be off doing anything.”Because of Hyler’s outside experience, NDSF is able to experiment more than they have in the past, Mudge said.“If anybody has tumbling, gymnastics or musical skills, we want to see them, or at least know it,” Mudge said. “West is going to be adding elements of modern circus arts into The Tempest.”Mudge said Yousefzadeh, who is directing Pericles, brings a slightly different perspective than Hyler.“She just has that kind of terrific perspective you want in someone who works with undergrads,” he said. “She treats them seriously, makes sure that they have a chance to be as creative as professionals, recognizes that sometimes at that early career phase you don’t quite know where you’re really going. So she knows when to step in and guide a little bit more. [She has a] really great sensibility for that.”Mudge said NDSF also gives Notre Dame faculty a chance to showcase their skills, too.“Right here [at Notre Dame], too, are resident artists,” Mudge said. “Marcus Stephens teaches scenic design and other theater courses, and he is a brilliant designer who always brings a different lens through which to see the play and through which to be onstage and inhabit the play. He has a tremendous creative brain that I very much value and enjoy working with.”The first priority of NDSF, however, is to ensure that the basic foundation of Shakespeare plays — the text — shines through, Mudge said.“Our focus, always, is on great storytelling and compelling narrative,” Mudge said. “If there were a core to [NDSF], it’s ensuring that the phenomenal language with which Shakespeare crafted the plays rings through very clearly. If you’ve got all the effects in the world but you can’t hear ‘to be or not to be,’ something’s missing.”Students who audition and aren’t cast in the Company or would prefer not to act also have an opportunity to work on the festival. Junior Mary Patano worked as an assistant stage manager during last summer’s festival.“I had never really done a lot of stage management before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it made me appreciate all of the work that goes into the shows,” Patano said. “I helped with some of the set building, I helped with costume changes, I was there for teching the lights, the sounds and all of these wonderful things that people put so much work into just kind of made the show. It’s a lot of work.”Patano also said she enjoyed interacting with students outside of the festival.“You all live together in the houses, so you have these dinners, and everyone comes together and it’s a lot of fun,” she said. “I really liked living in the house. We had a super-fan house where everything was covered in Notre Dame stuff.”Because of the valuable experience and the bonds created, Patano said she recommends students get involved.“I’ve never regretted auditioning for something, because if you don’t audition or don’t try it, it’s an automatic no,” she said. “So giving it that shot, I think, is worth it, especially for NDSF, especially because Shakespeare’s so relatable to everyone. … I learned how to take initiative and work with people who aren’t just students. You’re working with professionals… You can’t beat their experience.”Mudge said students like Patano who participate in the festival use the experience they learn for years to come.“Many of the folks who’ve been through the young company report that it is an absolutely profound, life-changing experience,” he said. “Their awareness of how people behave and why people behave that way is enhanced immeasurably by working with these plays. … I keep coming back to them because I change. My perspective change and suddenly I see new things in the plays all the time.”To schedule an audition performance email, and to inquire about a position working backstage email NDSF, Shakespeare, shakespeare festival The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) is offering students the opportunity to work with world-class theater professionals this summer.This Saturday, Ryan Producing Artistic Director of the NDSF Grant Mudge and the two directors for this summer’s main shows, Pirronne Yousefzadeh and West Hyler, will hold auditions for students and other members of the Notre Dame community for the festival.“We have a mission that primarily is to explore the plays of William Shakespeare but focus on our surrounding communities,” Mudge said. “One of our key components is providing opportunities for students with the pros. That’s how Shakespeare’s Company did it. … So it’s an unusual program in that regard and I think it’s a very special program because of that.”last_img read more

Bomb threat reported to NDPD

first_imgThis report was updated June 22 at 6:42 p.m.A bomb threat on Main Campus was reported to Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) on Friday, according to NDPD’s Tuesday crime log. The tri-campus community was not made aware of the threat.The University declined to comment.Tags: bomb, bomb threat, crime log, Notre Dame Police Departmentlast_img

Vermont homes sales down for month, up over last year

first_imgIn August 2011, New England posted an 8.9 percent increase in sales compared to August 2010, indicating that the housing market continues to recover. Vermont helped fuel the surge, with year-over-year home sales up 18.8 percent. However, it was also the only state in the region to post month-to-month declines in both units sold, -6.7 percent, and median price, -3.3 percent.Connecticut was also the only state to experience month-to-month gains in both units sold, up 6.6%, and median price, up 1.7 percent. Maine also experienced New England’s largest increase in units sold, with month-to-month sales up 8.4 percent. However, the median price took a hit, dropping -6.6 percent. Month-to-month home sales in Massachusetts actually dropped -3.0 percent. However, when comparing August 2011 to August 2010, home sales were actually up 2.6 percent. New Hampshire’s 8.0 percent surge in month-to-month home sales was second only to Maine. Rhode Island helped fuel the surge, with year-over-year home sales up over 31% in the Ocean State. Month-to-month home sales were also up 7.6 percent.‘We’re pleased to see an increase in transactions in August without any artificial stimulus,’ said Jay Hummer, Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of New England.’ Although the housing recovery will continue to hit bumps along the way, it is slowly returning despite tighter lending because of continued low interest rates.’He said low interest rates continue to help the market rebound.last_img read more

‘I don’t know how you can ignore that call.’ Neighbors join together to protect their water

first_imgYou know the stream you can just make out rippling through the treeline  at the edge of your property? The one that the neighborhood kids make small rock dams in, sometimes racing leaves and sticks through miniature whitewater rapids.Or that creak that crosses the trail at the perfect resting point on your favorite hike with the wooden footbridge over it that looks old enough to be built by John Muir himself.Or the narrow river where you navigate the banks with fly-rod in hand looking for that pool you know provided you with two nice-sized rainbows that you brought home for Sunday dinner around this time last year.Now imagine looking down on these streams on the perfect summer sunny day, and what was once water so clear you might not notice it was there were if not for the babbling sounds and shimmering reflections, was the color of chocolate milk, the brown color of floodwater though it hadn’t rained for days.In the tight-knit communities of Appalachia, you would ask your neighbor about it.  And once you deduced the muddiness may be coming from the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline upstream, the one that promised minimal effects on the mountain streams it traverses,  you would ask what can we do about this?That is how the Mountain Valley Watch began.  One neighbor asking another what can be done about this?In 2017, Jason Shelton was asked that question by his neighbors, and as an engineer with expertise in mapping technologies who sometimes uses drones to measure the vegetative health of specialty crops such as wineries and hop-yards, he heeded the call and took action.“I don’t know how you  can ignore that call as a professional in your community”, said Shelton.He began by reaching out to Kirk Bowers of the Virginia Sierra Club, and Rick Shingles and Russell Chisolm of Preserve Giles County, one of several local groups fighting pipelines under the larger Protect Our Water Heritage Rights group that has battled MVP for the four years since its inception.  POWHR has challenged MVP every step of the way through the regulatory process, and now that construction has began, through civil disobedience using methods with activists tree-sitting and a chaining themselves to construction equipment.They also are monitoring potential water violations and this is where Shelton could help.He offered to build a mapping tool that would show detailed and accurate information about the route and its impacts on communities.They joined forces and became the Mountain Valley Watch, enlisting and training a multiple county-wide neighborhood watch of landowners and volunteers, documenting and reporting any possible malfeasance on the part of the  pipeline.Their main focus being the stormwater mitigation measures.   With the pipeline’s swath being 50 feet when completed and up to 150 feet during construction, runoff during storms can unnaturally muddy the surrounding creeks and streams, eroding soil, destroying ecosystems and causing property damage.  The pipeline argues their measures can help to counterattack runoff, the Mountain Valley Watch has found otherwise.They document their findings using a smartphone survey app that collects descriptions, photographs, all with a gps tag that allows Shelton and Chisolm to corroborate and gather on their website  Shelton and Chisolm also monitor the reports using drones that can show the bigger picture using hi-resolution video imaging from above. Alleged violations are then sent to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for possible investigation.Mountain Valley Watch  is but one the newest brigades in the activist army battling the pipeline.An unprecedented 13,000 written comments were sent to the VDEQ prior to the public hearing by the State Water Board on August 21 to decide if they would reconsider the permit that allows the pipeline to run on the bottoms of roughly 500 streams and wetlands of Virginia.Shelton was on hand representing MVW, which contributed a 34 page report documenting their findings to dateThe State Water Board ruled 4-3 against reconsidering after a raucous four-hour meeting was nearly adjourned due to heckling by the 200 or so in attendance aimed at the board members and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.If the board had ruled to reconsider the permit, it would have led to a more a comprehensive study of the impacts, slowing construction of the pipeline even further than the August 3 ruling by the Federal Energy Regulation Committee that ordered construction halted until further review on the 3.6 miles running through Jefferson National Forest due to similar concerns.A little over a week after the water board ruling, and a month after they stopped construction on the pipeline, federal regulators ruled to allow construction to resume on the pipeline.“I’m encouraged by the efforts of three of the seven Water Control Board members to revoke these pipeline permits and the work of all of these volunteers led to the board to push for stricter enforcement from DEQ,” Chisolm wrote in an email.“Those of us who rely on private wells and springs will continue to fight to protect the watershed for everyone downstream and I’m proud to serve my community in this way.”The Mountain Valley Watch, which began with one neighbor asking another what can be done, has brought a sophisticated vigilance in the monitoring of malfeasance by the pipeline. And will continue their efforts filing well-documented suspected violations to those streams that run through our backyards and trails and fishing holes as long they are being muddied by unnatural runoff.last_img read more

Empathy starts with me

first_img“Empathy is a hard skill to learn because mastery requires practice and practice means you’ll screw it up big time more than once. But that’s how practice works.” – Brené BrownEmpathy has become a topic for conversation now more than ever as credit unions strive to find ways to help their members get through this pandemic. And while the concept of empathy is simple, it’s not easy. Truly serving through empathy requires lots of practice and intentional effort to improve.Just like strengthening any sort of muscle, building empathy can be draining both emotionally and mentally. There’s also not an “easy” button, or a “one way solves all” to practice empathy. However, here are five reminders to help as you practice:Be present. For this, you don’t have to  say  anything, it is actually better if you don’t. Just do a better job of  being there  by tuning out distractions and tuning into non-verbal cues. Take a deep breath and truly listen – don’t just wait to give your response, jump ahead, or envision the end of the conversation.Find your voice. Listen first to make sure you’re using your voice to support the other person. An easy way to do this is by relaying back what you’ve heard. This mirrors their vulnerability while also letting them know they’ve been heard.When responding, recognize and validate others’ feelings. This can feel tricky, but empathy isn’t about endorsing or agreeing with the other person. It’s simply temporarily suspending your point of view and seeing from their vantage point. Feelings are always valid, but you do not need to validate actions.Challenge your narrative. We can’t completely remove our judgments, but we can recognize them and challenge the stories we may be telling ourselves. Instead of making assumptions, ask questions to better understand the situation. Recognize also if your own mood is playing into your perceptions or interactions.In-the-moment judgments, narratives, and assumptions can be tough to keep in check. Strengthen this skill by reflecting on your interactions. Recognize and celebrate your wins, learn from times where you could have improved. Empathy takes practice!Ask curious questions. Cultivate your sense of curiosity. Curious people ask lots of questions, leading them to develop a stronger understanding of the people around them. Ask questions like: “Why?” “Tell me more…” or “That is interesting, how did you develop that idea?” The ability to imagine what someone else is feeling, even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves, is critical to empathy.Not comfortable yet digging into conversations with these questions? Start by reading a book, listening to a podcast, or watch a documentary from/about a different perspective. Be mindful of pausing and reflecting on the ideas shared.Follow up. Recognize and show appreciation for those who practice empathy around you. Celebrating these moments, no matter how simple, creates momentum and encouragement that push us forward.Actions speak volumes but don’t feel the need to only take action for solutions. Instead, how can you demonstrate that someone was heard? Can you follow up with them after to check-in or say thank you?Reminders are always helpful as we practice, so we’ve turned these five tips into a poster you can hang in your office or by your desk. If you’re reading this, know that you CAN make a difference by practicing empathy. Know that it will take some time to strengthen that muscle, but by doing these small things you will make a large impact. This post is currently collecting data… 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kalli Shelton Kalli is the Education Program Manager at the National Credit Union Foundation. In her role, she works to expand the Foundation’s ability to deliver education and engagement opportunities to … Web: Detailscenter_img This is placeholder text last_img read more

Quaint Lakefront Massapequa Colonial Asks $1M

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This fully updated, stylish, and elegant solid brick Colonial brimming with charm and offering views of Massapequa Lake is listed for sale at 310 Ocean Ave. in Massapequa.Built in 1900 on a more than a half an acre lot, this five-bedroom, two-bathroom home boasts soaring ceilings, spacious bedrooms, radiant heated baths, and hardwood floors. The well-manicured backyard has a heated in-ground gunite saltwater pool and gazebo.The house features an new custom eat-in kitchen with a center island and high-end appliances, a formal dining room with a fireplace, den with a fireplace, family room, and mud room. The laundry room is on the second floor. The third floor has a playroom, gym, and movie room.The house comes equipped with central air conditioning. Outside it has a brick three-car detached garage, front porch, and a backyard patio.The home is located within walking distance of the downtown Massapequa shops and restaurants, local parks, and is in the Massapequa School District.The asking price is $1,050,000, not including the $21,449 in annual property taxes, which come to $20,157 after a Star Exemption.The real estate agent listed for the property is Laura Panetta of Signature Premier Properties, who can be reached at 516-546-6300.last_img read more

Indonesian government mum as AP reports H5N1 case

first_imgJun 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An Indonesian woman died of H5N1 avian influenza 10 days ago, but her case has not yet been publicly confirmed by the government, which is continuing to withhold information about avian flu cases, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.The news came on the heels of the word from a World Health Organization (WHO) official that Indonesia has promised to keep the agency informed of human cases and deaths, as it is obligated to do under the International Health Regulations (IHR). The WHO official’s comments appeared to contradict statements last week from Indonesia’s health minister.On Jun 5, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the government would no longer report human H5N1 cases and deaths promptly to the WHO. Different news accounts said she planned to report cases after they were reported in the news media or only at 6-month intervals. Supari said she wanted to focus attention on the country’s successes in fighting avian flu.Today’s AP story says that a 34-year-old woman named Susi Lisnawati died of avian flu Jun 3. Speaking anonymously, a senior health ministry official and four other health workers confirmed the case to the AP. But the government had not yet notified Lisnawati’s husband, Ali Usman, that she had the virus, according to the story, which came from Bitung, a city near the northeastern tip of Sulawesi island.The case has not been reported in the local news media, and it took the AP a week to track down and confirm it, the report said.The case apparently raises Indonesia’s H5N1 death toll to 110, out of a total of 135 cases. The WHO’s tally for Indonesia stands at 133 cases with 108 deaths; the agency has not yet included Lisnawati and a 15-year-old girl whose case was announced by Supari just last week, though she had died May 14.Dr. David Heymann, the WHO’s assistant director general for health security and environment, said yesterday that Indonesia had assured the agency it would continue reporting avian flu cases, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report published yesterday.”We’ve received official notice at our WHO office in Jakarta that the minister will continue—as she has been—notifying WHO on confirmed infections under the International Health Regulations,” Heymann told CP.”She’s been clear . . . that she has no intention of not conforming to the International Health Regulations,” he said. “She knows what they are. She’s been told what those regulations require.”Today’s AP story carried similar comments from Heymann. But according to the AP account, Heymann said it doesn’t matter if it takes several weeks for the government to report cases, “as long as the virus is known about and handled properly.” He also said it did not appear that Indonesia was flouting the IHR.Under the IHR—agreed to by all WHO member countries—governments are required to quickly report cases of diseases labeled as global health threats. Novel influenza strains are among the diseases that countries are specifically obligated to report.Indonesia has been at odds with the WHO since early 2007, when Supari announced the government would no longer send H5N1 virus samples to the agency. The country wants guarantees that it will receive a supply of any vaccine derived from the isolates it supplies. The WHO has relied for decades on free sharing of flu viruses in its effort to identify new strains, develop vaccines, and monitor drug resistance.See also: Jun 5 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia quits offering prompt notice of H5N1 cases”Jun 15, 2007, CIDRAP News story “New global disease-control rules take effect”last_img read more

This home comes with its very own cyclone bunker that also cools wine

first_img132 Mt Kelly Drive Ayr Qld 4807OVER 1,000 homes may be listed for sale in this coastal Queensland town, but only one can boast about having its very own cyclone bunker.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:32Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:32 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenLuxury Bunkers00:32The owners of a four bedroom home at 132 Mt Kelly Drive in Ayr created the special shelter in the belly of their home to retreat from monstrous weather.These stairs lead down to the cyclone bunker at 132 Mt Kelly Drive Ayr Qld 4807Their real estate agent, David Reguson, who was born and bred in the area, said it was probably the best spot in town during a cyclone.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThe entrance to the bunker is just off the home’s large kitchen.“They’re good friends of ours,” he said of the owners. “It’s like a bunker deep inside this two storey property and it’s got this downstairs cellar which is all solid concrete. It’s a bit of a wine cellar come bunker and you can hide in there from the elements.”The property also comes with a pool and large shed and 2 hectares of land.The two bathroom, six car space home which is on 2 hectares of land is on the market at $689,000.132 Mt Kelly Drive Ayr Qld 4807With the area no stranger to cyclonic weather, Mr Reguson said homes had to be built to a different standard to places like Brisbane,“Some of those summer storms in Brisbane can last five minutes, but these cyclones can linger for 12 hours with same force, so buildings up here have to be built differently and stronger.”25 Lando Street Ayr Qld 4807Among other homes that had special storm features was 25 Lando Street, also in Ayr, which had “remote controlled cyclone shutters” for all windows in bedrooms and living areas.The three bedroom, one bathroom, one car space home was on the market for $335,000 negotiable.25 Lando Street Ayr Qld 4807last_img read more

EA1 Leads to One of Europe’s Largest Archaeological Digs in 2017

first_imgThe onshore works for East Anglia ONE underground cable have unearthed a historical treasure for the Suffolk area. So far evidence from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman period, Anglo-Saxons and into the medieval period has been found, making this one of Europe’s largest archaeological digs this year, according to ScottishPower Renewables.Image: ScottishPower RenewablesThe archaeological excavations have been funded by ScottishPower Renewables, prior to the construction of a 37km underground cable, which will connect the 102 turbines from the East Anglia ONE Offshore wind farm to a new electricity converter station at Bramford.Wardell Armstrong was commissioned to oversee archaeological works across 60 hectares of Suffolk countryside, working closely with Suffolk County Council. Up to 400 archaeologists have been involved in the work since February, with a peak on-site workforce of around 250 at any given time, as well as 20 members of the Ipswich and District Metal Detector club.Joanna Young, Stakeholder Manager at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Hundreds of archaeologists and metal detectorists combing over fields in Suffolk is not the first thing you think of when you imagine an offshore windfarm – but it highlights the wide range of efforts needed to build a major energy project like ours.“We decided early on to invest in underground cables to take power from the offshore windfarm to the National Grid, rather than building pylons. This means laying cables under the ground and roads and rivers and railways across a 37km stretch. We need to make sure that we do this work in a sensitive manner, and it is important to record all items of archaeological significance.”The cable laying project for East Anglia ONE will begin in the next few months, ScottishPower Renewables said, and construction work is already underway at the onshore substation site in Bramford.Offshore work begins in 2018, with the 102 Siemens 7MW turbines due to be installed in 2019, before the project is fully operational during 2020.last_img read more