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ND launches food drive

first_imgToday marks the beginning of the third annual “Fighting Irish, Fighting Hunger” food drive kicks off this week, which will last through Sept. 29. Anne Kolaczyk, chairperson of “Fighting Irish, Fighting Hunger,” said the drive began in 2010 under the name of “Holy Cross Harvest.” “It combined all the small food drives held by departments into one,” she said. “We collected about 600 pounds of food and about $2,500 in cash donations.” The drive was originally envisioned as a joint effort between the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross, but has since been converted to a Notre Dame drive, Kolaczyk said. She said the drive was re-named “Fighting Irish, Fighting Hunger” this year to reflect that. “The name reflects Notre Dame’s unique effort, but we are still part of the ‘Holy Cross Harvest’ food drive,” she said. “We also moved the date of the drive to September to coordinate with Hunger Action month.” Kolaczyk said the drive’s new time has allowed for the committee to use different fundraising techniques to target visitors on campus, as well as faculty and staff. “There will be a special collection in the Basilica the weekend of the Michigan State game,” she said. “Also, there will be donation jars at Food Service locations, and students attending the Blackhawks scrimmage on campus will be asked to bring a food item.” Kolaczyk said all the food donations will go to United Way, which has a coalition of local food pantries. “The money will be divided between the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and People Gotta Eat, a United Way organization,” she said. “United Way has a donor who is willing to match our monetary donation.” Kolaczyk said that the last food drive was in Feb. 2013. “People were very generous eight and nine months ago, and we felt it was important to have another drive now,” she said. “We didn’t want people to forget about us.” The demand for donations is very high, especially in Northern Indiana, Kolaczyk said. “A lot of kids depend on free breakfast and lunch at school because there’s not enough food at home,” she said. “Everything we get is needed.” According to a 2010 state report prepared for Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc., 80 percent of Indiana food pantries have experienced an increase in the number of clients since 2006. “Many emergency food providers turn people away because they do not have enough food,” the report said. “29 percent of pantries, 11 percent of kitchens and 42 percent of shelters reported turning away clients during the previous year.” Donation barrels are located around campus. Check for more information.last_img read more

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D.W. Brooks Lecture 2015

first_imgThe key to feeding the world’s growing population this century will be to empower the 2.5 billion people, worldwide, who depend on small farms for their food and livelihood. That answer comes from Sanjaya Rajaram, winner of the 2014 World Food Prize, who spoke to University of Georgia community members gathered at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ annual D.W. Brooks Lecture on Nov. 10. Rajaram, who spent his career breeding more sustainable and productive wheat varieties at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, told the 375 students, faculty and staff gathered at this year’s lecture that it was imperative that crop scientists continue to use all of the tools available to them to develop more productive and more sustainable crop varieties. Since many food insecurity issues are born from food distribution issues, small-scale farmers needed to be empowered with the same tools available to industrial farmers in order to solve food scarcity. About 2.5 billion people depend on small farms for their sustenance and livelihoods. Better seed and more education about soil and environmental stewardship are essential, he said. “If we do this right, this will make a tremendous difference in the world and help these 2.5 billion people,” Rajaram said. “It’s not enough to increase the pile of food (available). We believe that if we can produce a tremendous mountain of food, it will reach them, but that won’t happen.” He pointed to the legacy of D.W. Brooks, who empowered Georgia’s small farmers during the first half of the 20th century, as an example of what can happen when poor farmers are given the training and resources they need to succeed. The college has been celebrating the legacy of Brooks since 1981. Brooks holds the honor of being both the youngest and the oldest professor to teach at UGA. He started teaching agronomy at CAES when he was 19 years old, and after a impactful career in agribusiness, he returned to lecture at the college when he was in his 90s. As the founder of the Georgia Cotton Producers Association, the cotton growers’ cooperative that became Gold Kist Inc. in the 1970s, Brooks transformed the economic reality of farmers in Georgia during the 20th century. Even today, his work in Georgia holds lessons for agricultural development projects around the globe, said his daughter, Nancy Brooks. “He saw the need in Georgia in the 1920s,” Brooks told the crowd at the awards banquet following the lecture. “When he started Cotton Producers in Georgia in 1930, the average amount of money that crossed a farmer’s hand (annually) was $72. What he said was that these people do not have to starve, their children do not have to starve … “He set to work to change the whole economic structure of the farmers in Georgia through good seed, through fertilizer, through marketing that put money into the farmer’s hand and not in the middleman’s hand. Those same procedures could be used in any country in the world. The wonderful lecture that we heard tonight showed that the same ideas are absolutely transferable.” She congratulated the winners of this year’s D.W. Brooks Awards for Excellence and CAES Faculty and Staff Awards for training students, developing technology and providing the educational outreach that will help to feed the world. The winners are as follows.Peggy Ozias-Akins, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and director of the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, won the D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Award. Ronald Pegg, an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, won the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Teaching. George Vellidis, a professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, won the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research. Phil Brannen, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, won the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension. Jennifer Grogan, Mitchell County Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, won the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension. Robert Beckstead, an associate professor in the Department of Poultry Science, won the CAES Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Advisor. Mary Jane Scarborough, administrative specialist in the Department of Horticulture, won the CAES Staff Award for Administrative or Professional Support. Carl Hall, farm supervisor at UGA Durham Horticulture Research Farm, won the CAES Staff Award for Skilled Trades Support. Jennifer Berry, research professional and lab manager for the UGA Honey Bee Program, won the CAES Staff Award for Technical Support. For more information about all of the award winners and about the legacy of D.W. Brooks, visit read more

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Help! How Do I Find Paddling Partners?

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I just took a week-long whitewater kayaking course and I’m addicted! During the course I learned so many skills that I want to practice. As much as I’d like to, I can’t afford to keep taking lessons.How do I find paddling partners?Yours,Just Learning——————————————————Dear Just Learning,Welcome to the amazing community of river folks. Fortunately for you, Just Learning, kayakers are generous with their time and happy to help beginners.Some of the best ways to meet paddling partners at your level is from the courses you take. Swap contact information and make paddling plans. Also, ask your local kayak shop for the name of kayaking clubs in your area. Start attending club meetings. Often more experienced paddlers host clinics for beginners. Intermediate boaters sometimes offer to safety boat on trips intended for paddlers who are just getting started. If kayaking clubs aren’t an option in your area, kayaking forums on websites like are a good way to connect with other boaters.Another good option is to go to the take out of a popular run. Your chances of finding someone else to kayak with are higher on weekend days. Go early in the morning, bring a good book in case you have to wait a while, and drive a useful shuttle vehicle. If you’re car is loaded with camping gear or can’t shuttle other boats, you’re not helping your chances that others will want to boat with you.Just Learning, do your part to create good kayaking karma. That means practicing your roll so others don’t have to constantly chase down you and your gear. Be gracious for any help and tips that other boaters give to you. Buying the bear, ice cream, or gas will go a long way to make a good impression in the boating community.Here’s to a summer of paddling and new friends!Yours,Mountain Mamalast_img read more

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United States Issues Sanctions on Guatemalan Drug Lord’s Children and Companies

first_imgBy Dialogo November 19, 2012 It’s obvious that it’s okay they do that to them. Children shouldn’t be mistreated On November 14, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on alleged drug lord Waldemar Lorenzada Lima’s two children and eight companies because he is considered the link between Colombian mafias and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. Ovaldino Lorenzana, 44, and Marta Julia Lorenzana, 36, were officially charged as drug dealers, for which all their assets in the United States may be seized. American nationals cannot do business with them or their enterprises without facing criminal charges. Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, age 72, aka “El Patriarca,” is under arrest in Guatemala with his son Eliu Elixander, both awaiting extradition to the United States, confirmed the Guatemalan justice last August. The Lorenzana family comes from Zacapa, east of Guatemala, where they have established a wide network of companies and personnel to manage Colombian cocaine before sending it to the United States. last_img read more

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Man Utd defeat against Arsenal ‘hurt’

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Man Utd defeat against Arsenal ‘hurt’ Arsenal strengthened their grip on a top four place with a win over Manchester United last weekend (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is still ‘hurt’ by Manchester United’s defeat by Arsenal last weekend.After the high of completing an unprecedented Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, United were brought crashing back down to earth by Unai Emery’s side at the Emirates.Arsenal strengthened their position in the increasingly competitive race for Champions League qualification with a 2-0 victory which came courtesy of goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Bernd Leno was in outstanding form against Manchester United last weekend (Picture: Getty)United missed several gilt-edged chances and hit the woodwork twice, while Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Bernd Leno for keeping a rare clean sheet.ADVERTISEMENT‘You’re always measured on results,’ said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday FA Cup quarter-final at Wolves.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But we played a good game against Arsenal, played so much worse and won games and that’s the strange thing when you’re a manager you can look behind the result and say that was a good performance didn’t get what we deserved.‘It’s so strange, the Arsenal one, very disappointed in the result it hurts more than anything.‘But we can’t look at the performance and say we were s**t because we weren’t, to be honest and blunt, we weren’t, we played well.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Mar 2019 10:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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CARICOM health ministers to tackle mental health

first_img Sharing is caring! Share GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Health ministers at the 21st meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), which ended on Saturday in Georgetown, Guyana, have agreed that mental health would be a high priority on the region’s health agenda.The decision came in the wake of calls on Friday morning at the opening ceremony by Guyana’s Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, for concerted efforts to tackle mental health in a similar manner as other risk factors to chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs)Ramsammy, who spoke passionately about the matter, reminded the meeting of health ministers, chief medical officers and other stakeholders in health that neuro- psychiatric illnesses represented a particularly disabling problem within the region.“No one can deny that neuro-psychiatric illnesses represent a major burden of disease area, but our collective response has been low profiled and inadequate,” he said.The report of the Caribbean Commission on Health and Development in 2005 that emanated from the Nassau Declaration 2001 — the Health of the Region is the Wealth of the Region — did address the issue of mental health; and CARICOM heads of government had subsequently mandated the development of a regional plan for mental health.Unfortunately, it has been difficult to obtain reliable data on the epidemiology of mental illness in the Caribbean. However, when isolated studies were done for individual populations the prevalence rates of the major mental illnesses were not very different from those reported regionally. Analysis of direct and indirect costs of the two major mental illnesses – depression and schizophrenia – in one member state for example revealed the astonishing figure of JA$3.8 billion (US$44.8 million) for one year.It was against this background that the COHSOD viewed mental health as one of the primary contributing risk factors to chronic non-communicable diseases and resolved that this matter – whether or not it was placed on the global agenda — would definitely be on the health agenda of CARICOM countries.Ramsammy, who led the closing press conference of the COHSOD on Saturday, announced that mental health would be included in the priority concerns of the region going to the United Nations high level meeting on chronic disease prevention in New York in September.He was of the opinion that mental health was not getting the attention it deserved and avowed that CARICOM would again take the lead in launching an offensive against this health problem, thus ensuring that it was not only “talked about,” but would receive the attention it should be given in the Caribbean.Caribbean News Now Share Tweetcenter_img 24 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle CARICOM health ministers to tackle mental health by: – April 20, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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‘Infamous Few’ set to ride for MVFD

first_imgMetamora, In. — The Infamous Few will rumble down the roads of Franklin County to support the Metamora Volunteer Fire Department Saturday, July 7.The ride starts at the Pioneer Restaurant & Grill and ends at the fire department with a meal at 5 p.m. Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $20-per-rider and $5 for passengers.At the fire department, there will be a dunk tank, bounce house, a parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks. There will also be shirts, patches and other cool swag available for purchase.last_img

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AG Curtis Hill announces changes to leadership team

first_imgIndianapolis, In. – Attorney General Curtis Hill today announced changes to his executive leadership team.Joan Blackwell, who has served as Chief of Staff since 2017, has been named General Counsel for the Office of the Attorney General.Previously, Blackwell worked as an attorney at Barnes & Thornburg, where she focused her practice on bankruptcy, commercial law and litigation matters; as a section chief in the Office of the Attorney General under a previous administration; and as a staff attorney to the Hon. Frank J. Otte of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana. Currently, Blackwell also teaches courses at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.“Joan is an excellent lawyer and a truly outstanding member of the legal profession,” Attorney General Hill said.Mary Beth Bonaventura, who has worked as Special Counsel for the past year, has been named Chief of Staff for the Office of the Attorney General. Before joining the office, Bonaventura worked as Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services. Prior to heading that agency, Bonaventura served 31 years as a judge in Northwest Indiana. At the conclusion of her judicial service, she was Senior Judge for the Lake County Superior Court, Juvenile Division – one of the state’s toughest juvenile court systems.“Mary Beth has an impressive breadth of leadership experience,” Attorney General Hill said. “She is uniquely qualified to oversee the multiple functions of our office as we continue to work hard every day serving the people of Indiana.”last_img read more

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Yellow card: I deserve it, but I was rude to ‘an idiot’ — Mourinho

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Jose Mourinho branded Southampton’s goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes “an idiot” after they clashed in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at St Mary’s. Mourinho received a yellow card from referee Mike Dean after the altercation in the second half, where the Portuguese was understood to be annoyed at time-wasting tactics from the Saints. The Tottenham boss’ frustration boiled over after watching his side labour to a poor defeat, as well as losing striker Harry Kane to injury on the south coast, where Danny Ings’ first-half goal gave the hosts the points. Asked about the incident after the game, Mourinho said: “I think the yellow card is fair because I was rude, but I was rude to an idiot. “And for some reason, I was rude, but I was and because I was I deserve the yellow card.” Southampton counterpart Ralph Hassenhuttl played dumb on the incident. “I cannot tell anything, I’m so concentrated on my game, I can only look at what I can teach my players,” he said. “I don’t want to say anything. I have a very high opinion about this manager – he did so much for football. “To win against his team is one thing that is interesting me today. It is not easy to play such a strong side.” Mourinho was perhaps deflecting from what was a disappointing showing against the Saints as Spurs’ top-four hopes suffered another blow. He also heavily criticised VAR after a possible penalty for a foul on Dele Alli in the first half was not reviewed, while Kane had a goal chalked off for offside in the action where the striker injured himself. “For me the referees are not the referees,” he said. “I think the VAR should change their name because Video Assistant Referee is not true. “It should be VR – Video Referee – because they are the referees. It is strange. You see the refs on pitch and they not the refs, they are the assistants. “The other guys in the office are the ones who make the big decisions of the game. In relation to the offsides, we had Harry Kane’s goal against Brighton disallowed for offside by I don’t know what margin.”Tags: Andrew SparkesJose MourinhoMike DeanSouthamptonTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

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Sturridge: Team can plug Suarez gap

first_imgDaniel Sturridge is ready to step up and fill the sizeable gap left by Luis Suarez in the Liverpool attack – but says his team-mates need to do likewise as they begin life without the prolific Uruguayan. Suarez finished as Liverpool’s leading scorer in each of his three seasons at Anfield, including netting 31 goals in the Barclays Premier League last term as the Reds claimed a top-two spot. However, Brendan Rodgers’ men will not be able to rely on Suarez next term after the 27-year-old was sold to Barcelona for a club-record £75million this summer. It will not be easy to replace Suarez’s goals or his all-round contribution to the team, but England striker Sturridge insists there is more than enough talent at Liverpool to ensure the Reds continue moving forward. The 24-year-old, who was second to Suarez in the Premier League scoring charts last term with 21 goals, said in several national newspapers: ” It was a unique partnership, and I wish Luis all the best. We shared some good times together. We created history with our goals and became the most successful Liverpool partnership in one season. “But in terms of next season for the goals, I’ll step up myself and everyone has to. It’s everyone’s job to do that, the new boys who have come in as well as the players who have been there all season. “We will move forward as a team.” Although Suarez has gone, Rodgers has been busy adding to his squad this summer, with England internationals Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana being brought in along with Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren. Sturridge believes the future looks bright for the 18-time English champions, adding: ” This is a huge club, with a lot of players who can step up. Luis has left. That’s football, he’s moved on. “For me, with the signings the manager has made – exciting players, young players, up-and-comers as they call them – we are going to have that winning mentality. “We will still have the mentality to move forward, be an exciting squad, playing attacking football and that’s the Liverpool way. “Whether we are underdogs or favourites (next season), it will not change our mentality. We are a young, hungry squad looking to put our stamp down, not just in the Premier League but Europe as well.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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