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first_imgCW: Sexual assualt and rapeMore than 80 UK universities have been named on Everyone’s Invited ‘rape culture’ website where students have been reporting accounts of sexual harassment, abuse, misogyny and assault. The website has collated nearly 15,000 anonymous accounts thus far and claims are now being extended to testimonies from university students. The data was released both to highlight the problem on campuses and expose sexual abuse in further education.Receiving over 1000 new testimonies related to universities within a week, Everyone’s Invited has so far mentioned eighty-four institutions in total. Some universities are mentioned dozens of times, including around 50 mentions each for some elite universities. Oxford University (57 times) along with University of Exeter (65) and University College London (48) fall into this category. Seventeen UK universities have more than five mentions and 15 of these qualify as Russell Group universities – traditionally among the most prestigious in the country.When asked to explain the correlation between elite universities and the increased number of mentions, Soma Sara, founder of the Everyone’s Invited website, said: “There are logical reasons for this bias. The platform is still new, and it has grown through word of mouth, with friends sharing it with friends. I went to a private school and then a university in London. As a result, we received an abundance of testimonies from certain areas and groups.”A Russell Group spokesperson said “No student should feel unsafe or have to tolerate harassment or sexual misconduct in any circumstance. Our universities take this issue incredibly seriously and provide a range of support to help students feel supported and safe. Where a crime has been committed it should be reported to the police. The testimonies highlighted via the Everyone’s Invited website show the need for us all to take this issue seriously.”A University of Exeter spokesperson has said: “The safety, security and wellbeing of our students is, and always will be, our primary concern”, adding that it had a “zero tolerance for sexual harassment, abuse or assault”. Similarly, a Leeds University spokesperson also spoke of a zero-tolerance approach. A University of Edinburgh statement said all complaints would be treated seriously and with sensitivity. Oxford University are yet to provide a statement in response to the institution’s several mentions on the website.Image Credit: Janeb13/pixabay.comlast_img read more

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that todays “Readers Forum” will provoke “…honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?” Todays READERS POLL question is: Are you pleased with the Evansville City Council and Mayor Winnecke’s decision to increase the County Income Option Tax (COIT) starting in 2018? Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]center_img EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_img54, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, passed away on June 23, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. Mary was a kind and giving soul who was an avid board member of the Hudson County Animal League. Mary leaves behind her life partner of over 20 years, Bob Dobson; her siblings, Catherine Orsini; Joseph Orsini and his wife Janice; and Leo Orsini and his wife Caroline; her extended family of Lisa Coons, Carolyn Modeshefsky, Neelima Sapre and the rest of The Hudson County Animal League; and her feline children: Cappuccino, Piss, Munchie, Timex Marlin, Aloysius, Athena, Baby Boots, Zeus & Zod, as well as a host of family members, close friends and animals. In lieu of flowers please donate in Mary’s memory to The Hudson County Animal League with envelopes provided at the funeral home or with a link found at www.MigliaccioFuneralHome.com. Funeral arrangements by MIGLIACCIO Funeral Home, 851 Kennedy Blvd.last_img read more

first_imgA Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised? I’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to. Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Progress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point!center_img And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Everyone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera.last_img read more

first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 20, 2016 Smokefall Broadway alum Taylor Richardson will now enter the womb where it happens off-Broadway. The Annie alum has joined the cast of Smokefall, replacing Julia Garner, whose schedule has shifted on two projects to which she has been long-committed. Performances will still begin on February 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with opening night set for February 22. The MCC production stars Zachary Quinto, Robin Tunney, Brian Hutchison and Jon DeVries.Richardson made her Broadway debut as Duffy in the 2012 revival of Annie and later took on the title role. Her additional credits include A Christmas Memory off-Broadway and A Most Violent Year, Annie and the upcoming Easy Living and Jack of the Red Hearts on screen.Written by Noah Haidle, Smokefall combines magical realism and vaudeville while introducing audiences to two prenatal philosophy-swapping Twins, a dirt-eating Beauty (Richardson), a Father and Footnote (Quinto), who acts as the show’s guide.last_img read more

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGreen and purple ketchup, mayonnaise from a squeezable bottle,soup you can eat while driving your car. New food products likethese aren’t just flights of fancy.”Food product development is critical to the survival and growth of the companies within our vast and vigorously competitive, $800billion American food industry,” said Aaron Brody. “Probably aquarter of a million different food products are available, with15,000 to 20,000 or so new items introduced annually into thecrowded mix to try to satisfy consumer desires.”Brody is an adjunct food science and technology professor withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. He shared his knowledge of productdevelopment and packaging with food industry managers during aone-day short course June 24.The course was organized by the Food Product Innovation andCommercialization Program, formed by UGA researchers.New product development changing”In the past, and to a degree, even today, to develop new foodproducts, we went to the kitchen or laboratory or pilot plant andwhipped up a recipe, which was sent to marketing to sell,” Brodysaid. “Or we assembled a group of creative people to brainstormideas that were sent to the lab. Or we waited for farmers to growa new crop.”Today’s food industry leaders have to know the consumers’ wants,create the right packaging and generate a profit, he said.John Lord, a food product development and marketing researcherfrom St. Joseph’s University and member of the FOODPI&C program,said the high number of new products announced each year isactually much smaller than it seems.”There may be 20,000 new UPC codes … each year, but a very,very small number of these are really new to the world,” he said.”Many are just new adaptations of existing products or temporaryor seasonal products like Oreos with a different color icing.”Few new products really newOf each year’s new products, Lord said, only one-third will beconsidered successful in two years.”This is called ‘product churn,'” he said. “The industry puts alot of products out there and waits to see which ones stick.”Why do so many fail? What drives shoppers to buy new foods?”Consumers want products that taste good, are good for them andare convenient,” Lord said. “Thanks to the food industry, we nowhave cereal bars with milk in them so we can now eat theequivalent of a bowl of cereal while driving a car.”Successful new foods are being developed, too, to reduce the timewe spend cooking. “Look at bowl meals,” he said. “We can now heatit up, eat it and throw away the dishes. If you have a plasticspoon handy, there are no dishes to wash.”Indulgent products are another trend on the rise. “Ben andJerry’s ice cream and Hershey’s upscale chocolate products arebeing sold so we can reward ourselves for living stressfullives,” he said.Some products before their timeLord said some new products are introduced before their time.Cereal with freeze-dried fruit, for example.”In 1965, the technology wasn’t good enough,” he said. “By thetime the fruit was ready to eat, the cereal was too soggy.Thirty-seven years later these cereals taste great and the fruitattracts consumers because it adds a health notion.”Mark Thomas, a research chef with MDT, Ltd., and a FOODPI&Cmember, was a member of the team that made the hugely successfuldecision to add baby-back ribs to the Chili’s restaurant menu.”If you can’t get it to the consumer, it’s not a new product,”Thomas said. “To be successful, you have to be sure consumerneeds are met during the entire development process.”Thomas compared new foods to a human life.”You have to be willing to support the baby from birth toadolescence and on to maturity,” he said. “And if it dies, youperform an autopsy, evaluate what went right and what went wrongand what you could have done better. And you get ready for thenext baby.”More than 30 food industry representatives attended the UGA newfood products development seminar.last_img read more

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has affected much of daily life for Americans, but a few minutes spent completing the 2020 U.S. Census now will make a big impact in the coming decade.Georgia’s self-response rate is currently 53.6%, well below the national rate of 57.3%, putting it in 34th place ranked by state. The state’s 2010 response rate was 62.5%.“Georgia has a significant rural and farm population, so it is critical that every person is counted,” said Mike Martin, director of county operations for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “Extension is represented in every county of the state and is well positioned to help Georgians understand the importance of the U.S. Census to them and their community, and also make it easy for them to be counted.”Known as Census Day, April 1 was the census reference date used to determine who is counted and where they were located at that time. April Fool’s Day was not the deadline for self-response, which is now Oct. 31.There’s nothing eerie about the survey, though. The U.S. Census Bureau takes data protection and security very seriously, especially since this is the first widespread use of online responses, although paper and telephone responses are also still being taken. Personal information is not released for 72 years from the National Archives and Records Administration.All household members don’t need to respond to the census, but everyone who usually lives and sleeps in the home should be included. Responding with the census ID mailed to households helps ensure the best count of communities, according to the Bureau.If family members are temporarily displaced because of COVID-19 — due to closures at universities and colleges, for example — individuals should be counted where they normally would have resided on April 1. However, students living at on-campus facilities are already counted through large group responses.The census is used in an array of policy and legislative decisions including designating local school and congressional districts. More than $689 billion in federal funds are doled out to states based on the decennial data.Medicare and Medicaid account for more than half of this federal funding. About 15% of funds distributed are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), school lunch and breakfast programs, the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, and the Emergency Food Assistance Program.Programs at land-grant universities receiving federal allocations from the USDA include the education program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed), Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Stations.Two-thirds of federal funding for the Cooperative Extension System is formula-based: 20% is equally divided between states; 40% is based on rural population; and 40% is based on farm population.Late spring would normally be the peak operation time for Census Bureau field offices, which is now evaluating and beginning to reopen in some areas. Nonresponse follow-ups, which are conducted in person, will wrap up by Oct. 31.All interaction with the public will follow social distancing guidelines and field staff will use personal protective equipment as needed, according to a Census Bureau press release. In order to verify identity, all census workers have an ID badge with their photograph, expiration date and U.S. Department of Commerce watermark.For more information or to complete the census, visit 2020census.gov.Note: This story has been updated with the Oct. 31 self-response deadline to reflect the Census Bureau’s Oct. 2 press release.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo February 16, 2011 Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim arrived in Montevideo to meet with his Uruguayan counterpart, Luis Rosadilla, and President José Mujica, for the purpose of discussing issues related to cooperation and to UN peace-keeping missions, the ministry announced. Rosadilla receivedJobim as part of the cooperation protocols between the two countries, as well as in order to exchange experiences with regard to UN peace-keeping missions. Rosadilla returned this weekend from Haiti, where he visited local authorities and the more than 1,200 Uruguayan soldiers deployed there on peace-keeping duties as part of the UN Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH). On 14 February, together with Foreign Minister Luis Almagro, Uruguay proposed at the UN that there be a medium- and long-term review of the Uruguayan military personnel assigned to peace-keeping missions, especially in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where their presence is greatest. The Brazilian minister, who also met with President Mujica, arrived in the country from Argentina, where the two countries foresee the reaffirmation of their “strategic relationship” and their commitment to Haiti through MINUSTAH.last_img read more

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The $303 million, Alpena, Mich.-based Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union announced it closed $2 million in loans using Yak! Tracker, a social media lead generation application from the Oshkosh, Wis.-based CUSO Chatter Yak!AAACU adopted Yak! Tracker, which allows credit unions to use social media to generate leads and revenue, in March 2015. As a result, the credit union recently generated nearly 200 new loan leads and, in 2015, closed $2.2 million in loans from Yak! Tracker generated leads. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old bicyclist was killed when he was struck by an SUV in his hometown of Brentwood on Wednesday morning.Suffolk County police said Amilcar Mejia Alvarado was riding his bike southbound on Washington Avenue when he was hit by an eastbound Ford Escape at the corner of Express Drive South at 7:45 a.m.The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was not injured.Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img read more