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John Krasinski, David Ortiz team up to surprise Boston-based COVID-19 team

first_imgApril 14, 2020 /Sports News – National John Krasinski, David Ortiz team up to surprise Boston-based COVID-19 team FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — In the latest installment of his homemade news show, “Some Good News,” John Krasinski showed some big-time appreciation for his hometown heroes, the members of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital’s COVID-19 unit.As usual, Krasinski started with a roundup of cheerful headlines in this challenging time, including fan art of his new endeavor.“This whole internet thing has continued to be a constant source of surprise and living nightmares,” he joked, showing one viewer’s offering, a four-panel drawing of Krasinski heroically swooping in with good news.“It’s the closest thing I’ll get to playing a comic book hero,” Krasinski said, before giving a sly nod, alluding to either losing out the Captain America role to pal Chris Evans, or rumors the Marvel Cinematic Universe has Fantastic plans for the star.Krasinski also showed encouraging footage of dancing nurses, recovering patients and people making the best of their time in quarantine — like a group of British nuns singing Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” and a guy who’s been projecting classic movies on a building next door.The actor also video chatted with the COVID-19 unit from his hometown hospital, introducing Red Sox legend David “Big Papi” Ortiz, who gave them free Red Sox tickets for life.But there were more surprises in store for them.Krasinski told them to go outside, where one of Boston’s famous Duck Boats was waiting to take them to Fenway Park.The health care workers got to throw out “the first pitch of the 2020 season,” to the applause of Red Sox players who were projected live on the stadium’s Jumbotron.Krasinski also let them know that AT&T Wireless was giving front-line nurses and physicians nationwide three months of free wireless service on the company’s FirstNet network.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Porter to stand down from NUS

first_imgNUS President Aaron Porter announced this week that he will not stand for re-election.He said he feels the Union needs a “fresh start” and “there needs to be a new President to lead the student movement into that next phase”.As leader of the NUS since July 2010, Porter played a central role in the student activism over the tuition fees increase. He said in his blog that he was proud of his achievements and claimed that the student response would “go down in the history books”.Porter has received increasingly personal attacks from those who desire a more radical student response.He said that “the challenge for the new President will be great”. His successor will have to lead the response to the cuts whilst negotiating calls for militant action from what Porter terms “factional groups”.The new President will be elected at the NUS National Conference in Newcastle in April.last_img read more

Ocean City Moves Ahead on Dredging Projects

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiSince starting work in September, Ocean City has already completed two of the three dredging projects scheduled this year as part of a multimillion-dollar program to clear out lagoons and channels choked with muddy sediment, a top city official said Thursday night.Bayfront dredging work at Snug Harbor between Eighth and Ninth streets has wrapped up. Another dredging project at Glen Cove between 10th and 11th streets is expected to be finished on Friday, Business Administrator Jim Mallon told City Council.With those two projects now done, the dredging contractor will begin work during the first week of October at the entrance of South Harbor, a bayfront community between Tennessee Avenue and Spruce Road, Mallon reported.“We’re moving,” Mallon said of the multifaceted work completed so far.Snug Harbor, Glen Cove and South Harbor are the three areas the city has targeted for $10 million worth of dredging this year. Mayor Jay Gillian has proposed spending an additional $5 million in 2017 and another $5 million in 2018 as part of a program to unclog the shallow lagoons and channels along the back bays from one end of the island to the other.“This is a whole multiyear, multimillion-dollar project that we’re undertaking,” Mallon told reporters after the City Council meeting Thursday.Mallon, in a report to Council, detailed progress on other projects that are crucial for the dredging program’s overall success.In order to undertake a long-term strategy for unclogging the lagoons, the city must empty out a disposal site where the dredge spoils are stored temporarily before they are hauled off by trucks to a Wildwood landfill.Known as Site 83, the disposal area near the 34th Street Bridge can hold about 300,000 cubic yards of dredge material. Mallon said construction has been completed on a new temporary roadway that will allow more trucks to serve the disposal site, speeding up the removal of dredge spoils to the Wildwood landfill.Completion of the road project had been delayed because part of the road was sinking in the soft soil of the marshlands. Mallon explained that the road was reconfigured around the sinking section to finish the work.Mallon estimated that trucks will begin hauling dredge spoils out of Site 83 in a few weeks. He and Gillian toured the disposal site on Wednesday and came away pleased with the progress of the work, Mallon said.The construction contractor has also done some cleanup work and repairs at Site 83 to satisfy the demands of the environmental regulatory agencies, Mallon stated.Site 83 will be the centerpiece of the city’s dredging projects in 2017. A much-smaller disposal site underneath the Ninth Street Bridge-Route 52 Causeway has been handling dredge spoils this year.ACT Engineering, a consulting firm that is overseeing the dredging program for the city, has said the state and federal environmental permits for the temporary road at Site 83 are scheduled to expire next June. The city plans to seek an extension of the permits to continue using the roadway throughout 2017 and beyond.The process for removing the soup-like sediment from the lagoons and channels is both tedious and expensive. The bayfront is being cleaned out because boaters often can’t navigate through the shallow waterways. They have repeatedly complained that their boats scrape bottom or are trapped at the docks, particularly during low tide.Residents will be able to piggyback on the city’s permit to dredge their own boat slips. The city is not requiring residents to dredge their slips, so it will be an individual choice by the property owners, according to ACT Engineering.Previously, the mayor estimated that about 1 million cubic yards of silt must be dredged from the bayfront, the equivalent of 15 football stadiums filled with muck and mire. ACT Engineering has said at least 700,000 to 800,000 cubic yards of sediment must be extracted.Gillian has warned that property values could decline, taxes could go up and the marinas and other bayfront businesses could disappear if the city did not embark on such an extensive dredging program.Deeper lagoons will also help the city in its efforts to improve drainage in flood-prone neighborhoods, Gillian has said. Dredging, drainage and roadway projects are among the big-ticket items in the city’s five-year, $98.5 million capital plan proposed by the mayor.In other business at Thursday’s Council meeting, Mallon said the city is preparing for a busy weekend that will include a series of special events expected to draws thousands of visitors.In the aftermath of the terrorist bombings in New York City and Seaside Park, the city is asking residents and tourists to be vigilant for any suspicious activity, Mallon said. He urged people to contact police if they see anything troublesome.“Nothing is too small to bring to their attention, if warranted,” Mallon said.Highlighting this weekend’s special events are the city’s annual air show and an organized walk that benefits wounded soldiers.An airport festival and aerobatic show, free to the public, will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s activities at the airport will include a display of historic planes and family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday, stunt pilots will take to the skies from 1-3 p.m. to perform aerobatic maneuvers above the ocean and the Boardwalk between Sixth and 14th streets.A Walk for the Wounded event on Saturday will raise money for Operation First Response, which helps wounded warriors make the transition from the military to civilian life.Members of City Council said they hope there will be a big turnout for the Walk for the Wounded event. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in front of the Music Pier“It’s a great, great time to show some respect for our veterans,” Councilman Tony Wilson said in comments echoed by other Council members.Also this weekend, Ocean City will host thousands of bicyclists who are riding in a two-day benefit event for multiple sclerosis. The cyclists will follow the back roads of South Jersey on Saturday and Sunday, ending their trek at the shore.Finally, the city will hold a half-marathon Sunday that winds through local neighborhoods, the downtown business district, the beaches and the Boardwalk. The race starts at 8:30 a.m.last_img read more

Bosch bagger’s versatile style

first_imgwww.boschpackaging.com Bosch packaging technology has launched a new SVI vertical bagger series, suitable for food and non-food applications. The machine’s low height and the numerous retrofitting options makes it capable of performing multiple standard bag styles for an unlimited range of products, such as bakery and confectionery items, powders and tea and coffee. The intermittent SVI machines can produce bags with corner seal and doy-style bags with optional zippers, and can be upgraded with an additional modular unit for corner sealing. Pillow bags, side-gusseted bags and stand-up block bottom bags, can be produced by changing the adjustable forming set.The SVI series consists of two machines for different bag sizes and lengths: the SVI 4020 packages bag sizes at a maximum 600mm in length, while the SVI 2620 performs bag sizes of up to 400mm in length. Both machines have an output ranging from 10 to 120 bags per minute.last_img read more

News story: Crime news: digital claims only for Proceeds of Crime Act work

first_img85% of bills digitalWe are already processing 85% of your bills on electronic versions of Proceeds of Crime Act claim forms. This follows the launch of PA1, PL1 and PL2 in the summer of 2017.If you are not already using electronic versions you can familiarise yourself with the process before 26 March 2018 by looking at the guidance on GOV.UK.Downloading formsCopies of the form should be downloaded from the GOV.UK website. Claim forms should always be downloaded from the website rather than saved to your own computer to ensure you are using the most up to date version of the claim form.Further informationClaims paid out of the legal aid fund – guidance and links to forms Starting on 26 March 2018 Proceeds of Crime Act claims will only be accepted on the correct electronic form: advocate’s PA1 claim form where pages exceed 50 submitted to [email protected] litigator’s PL2 claim form for costs over £2,000 submitted to [email protected] litigator’s PL1 Fastrak claim form for costs under £2,000 submitted to [email protected]last_img read more

Ultra Music Festival’s Future In Miami In Question Due To Stressed-Out Fish

first_imgUltra Music Festival first emerged out of south Florida’s decadent party scene two decades ago and has since grown into one of the biggest annual events within the electronic music community. The festival, which takes place every March during Miami Music Week, has called the city of Miami its home since 1999. Following a notable location change in 2019, however, the festival’s relationship with the city of Miami may be in doubt going forward, as a new scientific report details how the event not only affects the local infrastructure but the environment as well–most notably, the fish.According to a new report from local news outlet Key News, scientists in the south Florida region are claiming the fish that also call Miami their home have “suffered excess levels of stress” due to the loud music pumped through the air (and into the water) by artists at Ultra Music Festival last month.Apparently, the soundwaves caused the local fish to experience higher stress levels than what they experience when swimming for their lives while being chased by predators. Scientists quoted in the report even went so far as to collect blood samples from Gulf toadfish in hopes of assessing the stress levels by monitoring the stress hormone cortisol.Related: King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Announces New Album, ‘Fishing For Fishies’“Ultra was causing short-term, acute stress on our fish,” Danielle McDonald, a professor of marine biology at the University of Miami, said in a statement of their biological findings.While the report presented to the city’s Virginia Key Advisory Board earlier this week did acknowledge that higher noise levels from the event’s professional sound systems rarely exceeded 80 decibels (slightly below the dB level of a lawnmower), the noise levels in the University of Miami’s fish tanks were actually higher by an average of 10 dB, matching the same level of audio power as that of electronic tools or household blenders.Sound recordings were collected from the air at the University’s Experimental Hatchery, in water tanks that house Gulf toadfish, in the shallow waters near the shoreline, and in the water of Lamar Lake at Virginia Key Beach North Point close to where the event took place to be used as collective data for the study.“Despite being well within the permitted limits,” reads the preliminary report, “the noise pollution caused by the Ultra Music Festival led to significant elevations of noise in tanks at the UMEH (average increase of 10 dB) and toadfish housed in these tanks experienced a clear, and statistically significant, stress response.”The implications of this study on the future of the festival are unclear at the moment. It’s worth noting, however, that Ultra moved to a new location in 2019, relocating to Virginia Key after spending seven years at Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park. Now, the Advisory Board has adopted a resolution recommending the City of Miami revoke its agreement with Ultra promoters for next year’s event due to any traffic and noise issues that arose in its first year at the new location, although not everyone on the Board feels the need to cancel the event entirely. Miami City Commission has until May 9th to make a decision on the fishy situation.last_img read more

The Fearless Flyers Release New Single, “Daddy, He Got A Cessna”, Featuring Chris Thile [Watch]

first_imgThe Fearless Flyers are back with another new song, “Daddy, He Got a Cessna”, from their upcoming second record, The Fearless Flyers II. The track is the third to be released, following “Flyers Direct“ and “The Baal Shem Tov“, and features Chris Thile on mandolin.The new-ish Vulf Records project—which is produced and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck)—features bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri.As they did on their 2018 debut record, The Fearless Flyers II  includes spinoffs of original Vulfpeck compositions, including the latest release (a play on “Daddy, He Got A Tesla”) and “Hero Town” (a song that originally appeared on 2017’s Mr. Finish Line).The band has only performed together live once, at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL last fall during North Coast Music Festival. The set featured special guests including Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay and fellow Vulf collaborators Antwaun Stanley and Theo Katzman. The group has their second scheduled performance coming up at Madison Square Garden in New York City opening for Vulfpeck on Saturday, September 28th.Check out the band’s new “Daddy, He Got a Cessna” music video below:The Fearless Flyers – “Daddy, He Got a Cessna”[Video:Vulf]The Fearless Flyers II Tracklist:SIDE AFlyer DirectThe Baal Shem Tov (feat. Joey Dosik)Simon F15SIDE BDaddy, He Got a Cessna (feat. Chris Thile)Swampers (feat. Chris Thile)Hero TownView Tracklistlast_img read more

Notre Dame Hall Council to select Hall of the Year

first_imgTags: Hall of the year, residence halls, Residence Life Hall of the Year presentations, which give hall presidents and vice presidents the chance to summarize the activities and condition of their dorm, begin next week. These presentations make up more than half the criteria for the Hall of the Year selection.Senior Michael Wajda, co-chair of Hall Presidents Council, said 65 percent of Hall of the Year deliberations are based on next week’s presentations, in which hall presidents recap their dorm’s activities over the last year with respect to three categories: heart, mind and body.“Over the course of the next week, all of the dorms are going to be giving their presentations, and they’ll be graded on the mind, heart and body categories, but they will also be graded on how they have worked to grow as a community holistically,” he said. “We’ll judge how they’ve worked to include all members of the community, and what sort of sustained unique impact they’ve had this year.”Wajda said 5 percent of the deliberations is based on the dorm’s signature event, which is hosted by the dorm and open to all of campus. The remaining 30 percent is based on monthly Rockne presentations.“These presentations are snapshots that the presidents provide each month, just a listing of what they’ve done which includes events and a couple of pictures,” Wadja said.“We really look for four things in the Rockne presentations,” he said. “We look for how they’ve advanced the mental aspect of dorm life, which can be anything from cultural events, academic events and sustainability events. We also look at how they advance the body of the dorm, so that includes inter-hall athletics and social events.“Finally, we look at how they advance the heart of dorm community that include the service and liturgical aspects,” he said. “There’s a reflection and goals aspect of the presentation where we ask them to see where they want to go from here in the next month.”Kathleen Clark, Hall Presidents Council co-chair, said it is impossible to judge each dorm in a vacuum.“Each of the 29 halls is Hall of the Year in some way,” she said. “So really what we’re looking for is to see that each residence hall has been the best possible version of itself.”Michael Wajda said the Hall of the Year selection is made by a group of nine judges.“These nine judges are the two Hall Presidents Council co-chairs, the council finance chair, the two HPC social chairs, the athletic chair, one senior member of judicial council and two senators.“The judges represent a really diverse group of people,” he said. “We have a good mix of all the quads, all the grades and both genders. It’s a really fun mix of people and we’ve really enjoyed working together.”Wajda said the senators do not have to judge their own dorms.“One of the things we’ve changed is the institution of a recusal process,” Wajda said. “If I felt like I couldn’t be fair in judging Duncan, I could recuse myself without hurting their overall grade.”Clark said Notre Dame residential life holds a special place in her heart.“I showed up for freshman orientation at 2011 and I knew I wanted to be a part of hall council,” Clark said. “I had the good fortune of being on hall presidents council last year and, while I really love and cherish the Farley community, I relished the opportunity to work with each of the 29 communities on campus.”Clark said the most rewarding aspect of her position as Hall Presidents Council co-chair is seeing the hard work the presidents and vice presidents put in to improve student life for those who live in their dorm.“As co-chair you get a glimpse into each community, and that has been a tremendous gift,” she said. “It has made me cherish my Notre Dame education even more because the quality of residential life here is so special.”Wajda said there are several concrete prizes for winning Hall of the Year, including a plaque for the winning dorms, a dome dance and a monetary prize. Two dome dances are given out, one to the overall Hall of the Year and one to either the Women’s Hall of the Year or the Men’s Hall of the Year — whichever is the opposite sex of the overall winner.Clark said the biggest and most meaningful prize for winning Hall of the Year is the title and recognition.“It’s something special to be able to put Hall of the Year on the banner outside your dorm,” Clark said. “It’s all about the bragging rights.”Clark said the selection process is difficult because every dorm is worthy of Hall of the Year.“We recognize there are 29 outstanding communities on campus that are lead by 29 outstanding presidents, vice presidents, and communities,” Clark said.“I think what is valuable in having Hall of the Year awards is that it continues to affirm the importance of residence life here at Notre Dame,” she said. “It is worth celebrating a good, strong community. That’s one of the things that makes Notre Dame different. You hear constantly that people come here for the residential structure, and we have a role in perpetuating that importance and strengthening our communities into families.”Wajda said Notre Dame residential life is unique in that students of all years are living and learning together.“You’re a senior living next to freshman and across from sophomores, and you’re all called Highlanders or Vermin, or Lions, or The Finest,” he said. “It’s a system that most other colleges don’t have, and having Hall of the Year lets us say that Notre Dame residential life is something special, something unique and something meaningful.”last_img read more

Students attend Donald Trump rally

first_imgThe night before the pivotal Indiana primary, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump filled the Century Center in downtown South Bend to capacity. “And now the biggie is in Indiana. If we win in Indiana, it’s over,” Trump said in his speech Monday night.Rachel O’Grady | The Observer His prediction came true, as he won 53.3 percent of the Republican vote in Indiana the next day, leading Sen. Ted Cruz to drop out of the race. “We then focus on Hillary, and that’s going to be fun,” Trump said. “But remember, we started with 17 and one by one by one they went off. A governor, a senator, a senator, a governor. They didn’t know what the hell happened.”Wednesday afternoon, Ohio Gov. John Kasich also dropped out of the race, leaving Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee. Senior Steve Trottier was in attendance at Monday’s rally and said everything happened as he expected. “Ultimately, it was what I expected,” Trottier said. “Trump fulfills America’s thirst for the reality TV show style of politician.  He disdains any real substance and embraces the dramatic, often outrageous phrases one would expect behind a hashtag on Twitter.”Trump was 45 minutes late to the rally, which Trottier said built up the anticipation amongst the audience. “Trump was late and the anticipation was definitely mounting for him,” he said. “As I waited I spoke to a few supporters of Trump who said they couldn’t identify with ‘lyin’ Ted’ and wanted a president who would stick up for America.”Trottier said he saw the audience consisted mostly of white, working class individuals. “Unlike what I had seen in the media, I didn’t notice any protesters or agitators — most had been restricted to outside the convention center,” he said.Rachel O’Grady | The Observer Some of Trump’s major points included his endorsements from former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz and former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps, according to Trottier. “He did his usual song and dance about winning and mentioned ‘lyin’ Ted’ every chance he got, which was met with overwhelming boos from the audience,” Trottier said. “The only real substance Trump eventually offered came in the form of building a wall and stopping America’s abuse in international trade deals.”Trottier had also been in attendance for both the Bernie Sanders rally and the Ted Cruz rally on the two days prior. “I personally don’t support Trump.  I was able to attend the Cruz, Bernie and Trump rallies this past week,” he said. “I went to the rally to hear Trump unfiltered by the media and experience the rally for myself. The difference between the Cruz and Bernie rallies and Trumps rally was like night and day. Cruz and Bernie both presented substantive policy plans to address issues such as dwindling wages, while Trump’s was devoid of any.” As far as the political climate on campus, Trottier said there seems to be a clear divide. “I can’t speak for all Notre Dame students, but I do think people are very split on the candidate,” he said “I have not experienced any uncomfortable encounters talking or debating about the issues and candidates which is ultimately good. I think people at Notre Dame are willing to listen to each other and walk away disagreeing, but with a better understanding of where each person stands.”Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump, Donald Trump rally, Trumplast_img read more

2013 Bonnaroo Festival Lineup & Headliners Announced

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Mumford and SonsThe lineup for the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was announced Tuesday, including  headliners Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and Tom Petty (Scroll down for full lineup).In addition to the musical performances, Bonnaroo includes the Comedy Tent, which has hosted comedians from Chris Rock to Aziz Ansari in the past; the Cinema Tent, featuring screenings and Q&As with famous directors and actors; The Academy, offering workshops in art, theater, percussion, break dancing and more; Morning Yoga; Planet Roo, which hosts sustainability workshops, gardening lessons, and more; and the Broo’ers Festival, with more than 20 breweries represented and beer making workshops.More than half of festival goers travel more than 500 miles to attend the annual event, which runs 24/7 over four days and is also North America’s largest camping event. The 2013 Bonnaroo Festival kicks off June 13 in Manchester, Tennessee.2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Lineup (Headliners First)Paul McCartneyMumford & SonsTom Petty & The HeartbreakersBjorkWilcoPretty LightsR. KellyWu-Tang ClanDaniel ToshThe NationalThe LumineersDavid Byrne & St. VincentPassion PitThe XXKendrick LamarGrizzly BearAnimal CollectiveOf Monsters and MenSoul Superjam Feat. Jim James w/ John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste and Preservation Hall Jazz BandEd Helms Bluegrass Situation Superjam with Special GuestsNasZZ TopBeach House, Macklemore & Ryan LewisCat PowerEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZeroesA$AP RockyJim JamesWeird Al YankovicTame ImpalaBoys NoizeGlen HansardGov’t MuleGaslight AnthemPortugal the ManWolfgang GartnerBilly IdolSam Bush & Del McCouryDwight YoakamFoalsPorter RobinsonLocal NativesMatt & KimDirty ProjectorsTrombone ShortyJohn McLaughlin and the 4th DimensionNoam Pikelny & FriendsAmadou & MariamAlt-JFather John MistyBaronessThe Tallest Man on EarthWalk the MoonPreservation Hall Jazz BandA-TrakEarl SweatshirtThe VaccinesPaper DiamondHoly Ghost! Divine FitsMike BirbigliaPurity RingSwans Frank TurnerBig KRITAllen StoneCultsLee Fields & The ExpressionsFatoumata DiawaraTwo GallantsThe SheepdogsFour TetCalexicoJapandroidsDeath GripsConspiratorWild NothingAraabmuzikJohn FullbrightDjango DjangoHaimKiller MikeAriel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiAction BronsonClockworkTwenty|One|PilotsReptarDiivMilo GreeneLord HuronFuturebirdsJason Isbell & The 400 UnitCharli XCXJeff the BrotherhoodDrew Holcomb and the NeighborsSea WolfJD McPhersonTrixie WhitleyDeap VallyPatrick WatsonNicki Bluhm & The GramblersThe StepkidsAoife O’DonovanBombinoBernhoftMatthew E. WhiteStay tuned…more artists to be announced.last_img read more