Scoreboard roundup — 11/5/20

first_imgNovember 6, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 11/5/20 Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEGreen Bay 34, San Francisco 17Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img

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Let-only agents must adapt or die after tenant fees ban

first_imgHome » News » Let-only agents must adapt or die after tenant fees ban previous nextRegulation & LawLet-only agents must adapt or die after tenant fees banPrediction is made by consultant Adam Walker while speaking at The Negotiator Conference.Nigel Lewis30th November 20180943 Views Letting agents who only rely largely on let-only services will be hit the hardest when the tenant fees ban comes in April next year, a senior industry figure has predicted.The shock of losing so much fees revenue will be so harsh that the let-only business model will no longer be profitable and could be wiped out entirely within the industry, says consultant Adam Walker.“After the credit crunch many sales-only agents turned to lettings when their sales pipeline fell off a cliff edge, and relied on offering let-only packages and low-price full management services,” he says.“Unable to prove any track record as letting agents in front of landlords, they competed on price.”Walker says these kinds of agencies will be highly vulnerable when the ban comes in and their fees income is reduced, in some cases by up to 50%.“Estate agents that have a healthier balance between let-only and full management will suffer a less severe reduction in income, probably by up to 15% following the ban,” he adds.Tenant fees ban“A healthy lettings business should be receiving two thirds of its rent from repeat business, which in turn will protect it from the ban’s effect as well.”Speaking during a presentation at today’s Negotiator Conference at the Grosvenor House hotel in central London, he also predicted that many large corporates will be forced to ditch their let-only services rather than lose money on the costs of offering it.“Let-only business owners must adapt or die, but I believe whatever happens it will leave a more professional and profitable industry in its wake.”Adam Walker tenant fees ban November 30, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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George Washington CSG Arrives in Hong Kong, China

first_img George Washington CSG Arrives in Hong Kong, China View post tag: Hong View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: CSG View post tag: Arrives View post tag: china View post tag: Kong View post tag: Navycenter_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today George Washington CSG Arrives in Hong Kong, China George Washington Carrier Strike Group, centered around the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, arrived in Hong Kong for a routine port visit, Nov. 9.While in port, the ship will host a reception for more than 600 local dignitaries and numerous public tours for another 1,000 more.“The diverse nature of Hong Kong offers each and every crew member a wide range of events, venues and options to pursue, as well as provides a well deserved mental and physical break from the day-to-day routine of operations at sea,” said Capt. David A. Lausman, George Washington’s commanding officer.Annually, the U.S. Navy makes an average of 40 port visits to Hong Kong.“This is George Washington’s second time in Hong Kong since being assigned as the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier,” said Lausman. “We have a great opportunity to provide the citizens a taste of what America really is all about. All of our Sailors are true ambassadors, representing the humanity and compassion of our country.”During this visit George Washington will be accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) and the guided-missile destroyers, USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54).Besides taking time to explore the rich cultural opportunities a port visit to Hong Kong offers, Sailors will be participating in 10 community service projects. These projects range from assembling and repairing shelters for the Hong Kong Dog Rescue to accompanying the handicapped during a visit to Disneyland.“I feel like I’m winning twice,” said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Airman Sierra Goldenwire from Savannah, Ga. “Not only do I get to experience Disneyland in a new and exciting way, I get to give back while I’m doing it.”“I like that I have a chance to help people do things they normally can’t do by themselves,” said Damage Controlman Fireman Michelle Lehman from St. Petersburg, Fla., who will spend a day of her liberty at the Fu Hong Society making arts and crafts with adults who are learning disabled.Since George Washington pulled out of her forward operating port of Yokosuka, Japan Sept. 19, Sailors from the aircraft carrier have volunteered a total of 1,730 hours towards community service projects across the western Pacific.Fourteen sightseeing opportunities have also been organized by George Washington’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team. These tours include trips to TaiMo Shan Lookout, Tsing Ma Bridge and Macau.“This is my twelfth time to Hong Kong and I’m excited for the crew because this port visit continues to remain one of the crown jewels of liberty ports offering great food, shopping and tourist attractions that I know they’ll always remember,” said Lausman.[mappress]Source: navy, November 10, 2011 November 10, 2011 View post tag: Washington View post tag: George View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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Aurora’s Gingerbread House Fundraiser on Nov. 23

first_imgAURORA GINGERBREAD HOUSE FUNDRAISER  THIS SATURDAY! November 23(EVANSVILLE, INDIANA) – Aurora, a non-profit organization in Evansville that works to prevent and end homelessness, is excited for its annual Aurora’s Gingerbread House Fundraiser, presented by First Bank, this Saturday, November 23 at Tropicana Evansville Executive Conference Center at 421 NW Riverside Dr. from 10:00 am-5 pm.  The public is invited to watch this FREE and exciting culinary challenge while getting in the holiday spirit! Competitor categories include Professionals, Amateurs and Children! The top three winners from each division will receive cash prizes, trophies or medals: Professional Amateur YouthUp to $1,000 Up to $500 Up to $100A People’s Choice award will also be chosen in each division, which will be given to the team who collects the most donations at their table during the event. Competitor registration will close on Friday, November 22 at 8pm, however, those interested can register today at www.auroraevansville.org.The competition is expected to draw in over 1,500 people!Guests will also enjoy the Orange Leaf Kid’s Korner, a holiday silent auction, pictures with Santa, a hot cocoa bar and live holiday entertainment! Admission is FREE.Our generous sponsors include First Bank, U-Vet, Deaconess, Orange Leaf, IBEW, Brentwood Springs, Riney Hancock, Park Terrace Village, Old National Bank, Sign Crafters, Inc, Berry Global, Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, Shoe Carnival, Tropicana Evansville, Escalade Sports, Morrow Mechanical Services, ABK Alarms, Inc, Tri-State Trophies, Kemper CPA Group LLP, Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn LLP, Bosse Title Company, Shephard Services, Team McClintock, Old Fashion Candy Co, Homes By Huffman, Schultheis Insurance Agency, Inc, Evansville Eyecare Associates, Slade Print, FC Tucker – Ken Haney, Fifth Third Bank, Ironworkers Local #103, Aurora Board of Directors, Signarama, Lamar Outdoor, 14WFIE, 25WEHT, 44WEVV, Madstache, Nick Basham, Townsquare Media, Midwest Communications, Evansville Living, Directions Promotions.  FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Foglio’s Flooring Center in Marmora Offers the Right Touch

first_imgLiz Foglio (on left), owner of Foglio’s Flooring Center with manager Pandora Mason, along with their team, provides many choices in floor and wall coverings and top customer service. By Maddy VitalePerseverance, a laid back management style and giving customers top quality choices at reasonable prices, are just some of the things Liz Foglio attributes to the success of her business Foglio’s Flooring Center in Marmora.Foglio, the store owner for 30 years, also credits a woman’s touch in a business dominated by men.“Whenever you go to a floor covering show, you don’t see a lot of women. It is mostly men,” Foglio, 52, of Ocean City explained in an interview Wednesday. “Most owners who show up to the shows are men.”Her store manager, Pandora Mason, 45, of Millville, who recently obtained her certificate in design, complements Foglio and the rest of the team, offering personalized service while helping customers select the best choices to complete the perfect looks in any home.That is what they say sets them apart from the big-box retailers. When it comes to selection in the 5,000-square-foot showroom at Foglio’s Flooring Center, 344 S. Shore Road in the Marmora section of Upper Township, both Foglio and Mason work hard.The store boasts many different types of carpeting. One of the top brands offered is Karastan. And like carpeting, there is an abundance of floor coverings to choose from.One of the store’s hottest sellers is COREtec, a type of vinyl plank flooring. “I think it is a great floor option because of where we live,” Mason said. “The elements make it a practical floor and aesthetically, like other vinyl flooring that looks like wood, it keeps getting better and better.”The showroom boasts 5,000 square feet of a vast selection from tiles and carpeting to wood and vinyl flooring.Foglio’s Flooring also offers a wide spectrum of tiles from porcelain, to natural stone to designer mosaics.But offering a wide selection of merchandise, only partially completes the job of what it takes to run a successful business, Foglio and Mason agreed.Creation, sacrifice and having superb product knowledge in an ever-evolving industry, are keys to being above the rest in home improvement.“Our team is always educating ourselves on the different products. We are always finding ways to create a better product for our customers,” Mason noted.Foglio’s employee Patrice Murray loves helping customers with selections.The women take every aspect of running a business very seriously, while still maintaining a fun working environment for the employees and providing a high quality showroom with friendly, knowledgeable service for the customers.“I think as women we are always trying to create a nice atmosphere for the home and the workplace,” Mason said. “The needs of everyone are always taken into consideration.”The team at Foglio’s is small with 11 employees, including sales representatives, installers and estimators. Foglio’s brother Bart Foglio works in the warehouse.Rick Marshall, a sales representative at Foglio’s for 19 years, knows what customers want.Rick Marshall has been a dedicated employee for 19 years. On Wednesday he was busy helping customers with orders. Paul Forand is a 15 year employee who called Foglio, “The greatest boss in the world.”Like many people on the Foglio’s Flooring team, Cindy Derecky does a bit of everything from purchasing, to scheduling to customer service. She has been at Foglio’s for 13 years.“I love it. Liz is awesome. We were friends first and foremost, and our friendship carried over into the business. I think that holds true with her and the other employees,” Derecky said. “When you have so few employees together you become family, because really our waking hours are spent together more than anywhere else.”From longtime customers, to new customers, people are treated to high quality service.“Customers will come in and say they want a basic subway design for a backsplash. There is nothing wrong with that but then when they come in they love the selection,” Mason said.Porcelain, stone and mossaic tiles are available.While she is not an interior designer, she does offer her opinion when asked. She will even go to a home to offer some ideas.“We give suggestions and there are no fees,” Mason said. “We go that extra step for our customers.”And, she said, anyone can buy something that looks good online, but the buyer doesn’t always know what he or she is getting.“We pride ourselves with having a good repertoire with customers and a good showroom,” she said. “We also have the price match guarantee.”Mark Caputi, a Karastan carpet representative, stops by to deliver new samples.The family-owned business has a lot of repeat customers. They serve a variety of customers including single family home owners, builders, contractors, assisted living communities and churches.From installation, to selection of items, to helping the do-it-yourselfer with some creative ideas, Foglio’s offers everything a person would want or need in a home improvement store.The loyal customer base is proof. There are more than 2,300 subscribers of the Foglio’s Flooring newsletter, which provides customers information on new merchandise, traditional favorites and sales.Liz Foglio’s parents Doris and Frank Foglio were her mentors when going into the business.Foglio, whose business is next door to the house she grew up in with her parents, Doris and Frank Foglio, said she loves continuing her father’s legacy of running a good business, where customers and dedicated staff come first.She described her father as a “man of few words.” But said, while wiping a tear, she could tell he was proud by the way he looked at her.“I hope he was,” Foglio said. “That is why I keep doing it.”Foglio’s Flooring Center is located at 344 S. Shore Road in the Marmora section of Upper Township. For more information visit www.fogliosflooring.com or call (609) 390-3876.Foglio’s Flooring Center is located at 344 S. Shore Road in the Marmora section of Upper Township.last_img read more

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Mill with a message

first_imgMatt Scott knew he faced a battle to make flour sexy when he bought Bacheldre Watermill seven years ago. After all, producing organic and traditional flours from a 16th century Welsh water-powered mill in Powys was, literally, miles away from his former life as a postman in Gosport.Yet he and his wife, Anne, are delivering a hugely successful business, selling flour to bread-makers around the world. Turnover from the watermill, located on the border with Shropshire, has doubled annually since 2001 and should top £500,000 this year.Fundamental to this success is, of course, the quality of the flour, made using conventional production methods and organically-grown grain. Local wheat is also cultivated on the Bacheldre Farm and used as it would have been hundreds of years ago.The range of 100% wholemeal, malted blend, rye and spelt flour was extended in January, when Scott collaborated with The Organic Smokehouse in Shropshire. Malted wheat flakes are cold-smoked over oak chippings in the smokehouse, then mixed with the mill’s Organic Stoneground Malted Blend Flour. Scott says the process infuses a wood-smoked aroma and taste, reminiscent of bread being baked in a wood-fired oven.An ability to create such exciting imagery around his products is helping Scott punch above his weight against the big millers, whose production systems are highly automated. It is just one part of a considered marketing strategy, which Scott believes is as crucial to any small business as having quality and innovative products.While Bacheldre still supplies craft bakers directly with speciality flours, 85% of its flour is now sold branded to consumers through retail. In its simplest form, marketing is about ensuring your business meets your customers’ needs and wants and making sure they can buy your products or services in the right place at the right time. It is also about shouting loudly about what you do.The Scotts took over Bacheldre Watermill when it was nothing more than a working museum, producing less than two tonnes of flour a month to sell to a local shop and brewery. “We were complete novices, so one of the first things we did was visit a grain merchant to find out what was the best grain in the country. To have a fighting chance, we needed to boast we used the best ingredients,” he says.He also realised it was vital the product looked good on the shelf and he instigated an important packaging change by switching to a traditional white bag with a Celtic print. “We had to show suppliers and bakers the mill had new owners and we were serious about making it work.”== Broader recognition ==With quality ingredients and packaging, Bacheldre Watermill began to get noticed – not just within the world of flour and baking, but within the wider Welsh food industry. In 2003, the mill received a commendation from the Soil Association for its Stoneground Strong 100% wholemeal flour and scooped gold in the Welsh TrueTaste/GwirFlas Awards (organic). It repeated the feat a year later. “Entering awards is crucial to winning new business. It means when you visit retail buyers, they sit up and listen, because you have third-party endorsement,” says Scott.With the award certificates on his office wall, he arranged meetings with influential buyers from the Fresh & Wild organic retail chain and Harrods. He was never going to retire on the orders secured from the top people’s store in Knightsbridge, but the flour’s presence on its shelves raised interest among other retailers. This included top-end supermarket Waitrose, which now stocks the mill’s spelt flour in all its stores and its 100% wholemeal, malted blend and rye flour in more than 30 branches. “We cannot compete on price with the big millers, so with a well thought-out marketing strategy, aimed at the niche organic end of the market, we can price our flour accordingly and retain our margins,” says Scott.The marketing activity included making the most of the public relations opportunity presented by the deal with Harrods. It was a great story that a tiny mill in Wales was supplying the big stores in London. Whatever your product – and let’s face it, flour is not the sexiest – you must work out your point of difference and shout it from the rooftops,” he says. “If you don’t have a PR company, look at the magazines you want to be in and email the journalists directly.”At the same time as talking to the press, Scott was busy finding new distributors by attending trade shows in the UK and Europe.== Keeping the look fresh ==As publicity and sales increased, Scott was determined not to rest on his laurels and he decided to repackage his flour again. He had ideas in his mind about what would work, such as children running through fields of corn, but he decided to ask the experts. He spent months talking to buyers about what would have an impact on their shelves. The original idea was considered too American and stockists suggested using images of the watermill instead.”It sounds obvious when someone else points out what would work. All the photos were taken around the mill, in our dining room and the bread oven. Being able to show where the flour is made is so important when marketing organic products.”The repackaging generated even more awards – and more publicity. The flour won Best New Packaging Design at the Organic and Natural Product Industry Awards in 2005 and the mill was named Supreme Champion and Category Winner in the Waitrose Small Producers awards. Another gong in the most recent True Taste Awards included the prize of a year’s free PR support from a specialist firm, which would usually cost a small business thousands of pounds. Bacheldre is benefiting from the expertise of London-based Focus PR.The rest of the mill’s marketing is undertaken by Scott himself, who estimates he spends about one day a week on promoting the business. Measuring the value of any marketing activity is tricky and companies must take a medium- to long-term view when analysing any return on investment and spend time researching which activity is right for them. “I cannot put a figure on how much money we spend on marketing; it is just such an integral part of the business. I just know we are growing and constantly attracting new buyers, so it must be working.”Effective marketing has also raised the mill’s profile internationally. It now sells flour to restaurants and bakers in Russia and Trinidad. And in March, it secured its first order from Greece. The marketing strategy for 2008 includes revamping the mill’s website, so that domestic and overseas customers can order online.As the price of grain roc-kets, clever marketing will be crucial for Bacheldre Mill, so that its margins are protected. It is a challenge this former postman is relishing.—-=== Making time for the media ===Matt Scott aims high when seeking publicity for his business and he is no stranger to television. Celebrity chefs, including Jamie Oliver, have used his flour and specialist channel UKTV Food has filmed at the mill. The channel’s most recent visit was at the end of the year for its Market Kitchen programme.Another TV crew visited in February to film footage for a news story about the rising cost of grain. “We don’t turn anything down. This is all about putting yourself forward and making time for the media, so more people notice you and your products,” says Scott.There have been occasions where expected television coverage has not materialised. The Channel Four series No Going Back, which follows the lives of families starting a new life, filmed the Scotts’ first few weeks at the mill. “But they dropped us in the end, probably because nothing went disastrously wrong or we didn’t end up getting divorced. Perhaps we were a bit more media-savvy than many of the people they interview.”—-=== The principles of DIY press releases ===One of the easiest ways for small businesses to get media coverage is to write press releases giving journalists the latest news on what is happening.This is not as scary as it might sound. The secret is to keep your announcement simple and interesting and ensure the information is sent to the right people at a local newspaper or trade magazine. What are you doing and where? When are you doing it and why? How are you doing it?Write a snappy headline and try and sum everything up in a punchy first sentence which, ideally, should not be more than 25 words long.Try and include a third-party quote from an existing customer or industry expert to endorse what you are saying. Make sure you include your contact details and you are available when the journalist calls.last_img read more

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John Medeski, Adam Deitch, & Skerik To Bring DRKWAV To Brooklyn Comes Alive

first_imgBrooklyn Comes Alive Artist Lineup:Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickShowcase Sets:RIPEOrgan FreemanArtists-At-Large:Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (School of Rock)Elise Testone (American Idol)Supergroups:The All Brothers Band: Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Neal Evans, Alan Evans[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits: Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Marc Brownstein, Aron MagnerReed Mathis and Electric BeethovenJoe Russo, Scott Metzger, Robert Walter, & Andy HessDRKWAV: John Medeski, Adam Deitch, & SkerikThe Nth Power Presents Earth, Wind & Power ft. Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, The Shady Horns, Farnell Newton, Danny SadownickJason Hann’s RhythmatronixA Tribute To J Dilla: Borahm Lee, Nate Edgar, Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Stu BrooksTim Palmieri & Friends: Dan Edinbugh, Jen Durkin, Rob Somerville, Alan EvansNatalie Cressman Presents: Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Chris Bullock, Benny Rietveld, Samora PinderhughesThe Coomes Brothers Ft. Jesus Coomes, Tyler Coomes, Adam Smirnoff & The Shady HornsRoosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down Ft. Eli Winderman, Rob Compa, Adrian TramontanoManic Focus & Friends The supergroup formations for Brooklyn Comes Alive are starting to take some serious shape. With over five announcement already in the pocket, today we announce another: DRKWAV, featuring keyboardist John Medeski (MMW, The Word), drummer Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), and saxophonist Skerik (Garage A Trois, Critters Buggin’).Bringing dark truths to light into the psychedelic corners of the human psyche, the trio revels in the pitch black, yet continuously discovers beauty and sheds light through sonic exploration. Expect a unique blend of space-shifting jazz, experimental rock, and psychedelic transformations. A rarity to see these three perform together live, DRKWAV released their debut record The Purge last year, which you can stream for free right here.Check out a snippet of what to expect, courtesy of LazyLightning55a:Also at Brooklyn Comes Alive, Deitch will be joining band-mate Borahm Lee (Break Science), and Marc Brownstein & Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits for a first-time-ever performance as [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits.Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to the event grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the event’s website.last_img read more

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Political polarization threatens health care reform

first_imgThe increasing polarization of healthcare politics poses a significant barrier to health care reform in the U.S., Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a Jan. 10, 2018 Harvard Political Review article. The article discussed left-wing health reform efforts since the 1940s, the adoption of Medicare in 1965, and current efforts to adopt a single-payer or ‘Medicare for all’ healthcare model.According to the article, five years ago few considered a single-payer model possible. “Today, half of all Americans, almost two-thirds of Democrats, 15 U.S. Senators, and the majority of Democratic representatives support the plan. Although the idea is young, it has taken a long and arduous political path to popularity—and it may have an even longer path ahead.”Read the Harvard Political Review article: Does Single-Payer Stand a Chance?Learn morePolitical polarization among voters likely to have significant effect on future health policy, including Affordable Care Act (Harvard Chan School press release)Health reform prospects uncertain in Senate (Harvard Chan School news) Read Full Storylast_img read more

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University celebrates MLK Day

first_imgThis year, the University is taking new steps to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. That effort began last night with the beginning of the first ever Walk the Walk Week, a series of events designed to promote diversity and inclusion at Notre Dame.The week kicked off Sunday night with a march and candlelit prayer service in the Main Building, followed by a late night breakfast in South Dining Hall.Michael Yu | The Observer “The march marks — quite literally — the University community’s first steps in coming together that day,” a University-wide email said. “The hope is that our collective reflection on the values that are so central both to King’s legacy and to Notre Dame’s mission will continue in various settings throughout the days, weeks and months to come.”The President’s Office, Diversity Council, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, the Department of Africana Studies and the Institute for Latino Studies, in addition to a number of other clubs and departments on campus, will sponsor a variety of events over the course of the week.“So many people worked together to make this happen,” senior Chizo Ekechukwu, chair of Diversity Council, said. “A lot of different groups throughout campus came together in collaboration to create conversations about this topic.”This year, for the first time, Notre Dame cancelled all classes and other campus activities from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students, faculty and staff with tickets may attend a luncheon and panel discussion in the Joyce Center during this time. All other members of the community may eat a special meal at the dining halls during this time by presenting a Notre Dame ID.Senior Rachel Wallace, a member of Diversity Council, said she thinks Walk the Walk Week will provide the Notre Dame community with more opportunities to reflect on the meaning of King’s legacy.“There’s been a lot of conversation about why we don’t have Martin Luther King Day off because we should be honoring him,” she said. “The whole week makes the celebration about something bigger than just the holiday. The best way to honor him is living out his ideas.”Senior Ray’Von Jones, Student Union representative to Diversity Council, said she is especially excited to listen to a presentation from Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, on Monday night in DeBartolo Hall.“What better way to understand an emerging movement, something that’s so widespread at this point, than hearing it from the people who cofounded it?” Jones said. “Hopefully the talk will help people better understand the significance of the week in general.”Throughout the rest of the week, the University will host various events and panels to highlight the themes of diversity and inclusion, both in the past and the present.“I think people tend to think that diversity and inclusion aren’t an issue that they need to be involved in,” Jones said. “It’s important not to look at the Civil Rights Movement as a static thing, because people are still fighting for civil rights, and there are still people who lack civil rights.“The week challenges us to live out what Dr. King was working for and what so many other civil rights leaders were and are working for.”Ekechukwu said the week is a chance for Notre Dame students to focus on little things they can do on a daily basis to make Notre Dame a better place.“Martin Luther King Jr. is someone that so many people really respect. He’s an iconic figure, but I feel like a lot of times his words and what he stands for can get lost,” she said. “ … I’m really hoping Walk the Walk Week will open people’s eyes about things and help them take a more active role to make Notre Dame a more inclusive place.”Wallace said she thinks Walk the Walk Week will continue in future years.“We’re stepping into new territory,” she said. “There’s a lot of visions that haven’t been incorporated yet and things that I’m sure we can do better every year. I think this is a great step in the right direction, but I would love to see this week continue to grow.”The hashtag #NDwalkthewalk will be used on social media throughout the week to engage students in the conversations about diversity and inclusion, Wallace said.“How are you going to walk the walk? What’s your next step?” she said. “That’s the theme of the week — challenging people to act or get involved.”Jones said she hopes Notre Dame students can send a message and inspire other schools to create conversations about civil rights in today’s age.“Hopefully people will come out and support and engage in the events,” she said. “I think people will walk away with more motivation to improve our community and get more involved, realizing what struggles were in the past and what we are still struggling with.”University President Fr. John Jenkins has been involved with the organization of Walk the Walk Week, Ekechukwu said, embodying the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.“Fr. Jenkins is going to be at all the events,” she said. “He’s really put this on his priority list when he’s a very busy man. It says a lot about his intentions and his goals for the University. … It shows that this is something Notre Dame believes in.”A full schedule of the week’s events can be found online at http://diversity.nd.edu/walk-the-walk/Tags: Martin Luther King Jr., MLK Week, Walk the Walk Weeklast_img read more

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Organic alternatives

first_imgThere is nothing quite like the taste and freshness of homegrown vegetables. While growing them in the South can be a challenge – thanks to weeds, disease and insects – many of us prefer a more simplistic, environmentally-friendly approach to growing our veggies.Not to say an organic approach is the only way to grow produce. Chemical alternatives used correctly can certainly aid some gardeners and are no doubt vital in the commercial side of feeding our nation. However, in my two decades of gardening, I have found chemical dependence can be greatly reduced or eliminated by following sound management practices in the garden.Soil careThe strongest characteristic of a successful organic gardener is soil care. This is perhaps one of the single most important factors to preventing pests and problems in the garden. A stressed plant that grows slowly because of soil problems will likely be a target of disease and insects. And it may not survive.Soil care starts with adding generous amounts of organic matter to your planting site. Buying one or two bags of top soil or manure and dusting you garden plot with a fraction of an inch of amendment will not get the job done. Think in terms of adding 4 to 6 inches of a good, weed-free amendment and then till this deeply into the native soil.I added a foot of good top soil to my garden a few years ago, and it has done wonders for my crop. Since then, I’ve seen increased and faster germination of seeds, increased yield per plant and better resistance in times of drought or too much rain.FertilizerOne of the greatest debates among gardeners comes in the area of fertilization. True organic growers rely totally on natural materials such as stable manures, fish meal, bone meal and others. Other semi-organic growers, such as myself, draw the line at using chemical pesticides but don’t mind throwing in a little synthetic fertilizer to supplement the organic.Many folks don’t realize our plants are unable to tell a difference in the original source of nutrients they absorb. Nitrogen is nitrogen to a plant.The only real benefit of using organic fertilizer sources is they amend the soil and make a better root environment. They also must be broken down by organisms before they can be used as nutrients by plants. This can be a benefit as they supply nutrients to plants for much longer periods of time without frequent applications. There is also less chance of burning roots with organic fertilizers since they are less soluble.If there is a drawback to using organic fertilizers, it is because the nutrient content of most organic fertilizers is very low. It can take a lot of manure and bone meal to equal a small quantity of synthetic fertilizer. Where a common commercial synthetic fertilizer may contain 10 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphorous and 10 percent potassium, the average organic fertilizer may be closer to a ratio of 2:1:1 for these same elements.It would be nice to have a horse or cattle farm lined up in advance if you plan to use organic forms of fertilizers only.last_img read more

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