Performance sparks diversity dialogue

first_imgThis year’s performances of “Show Some Skin: It’s Complicated” aims to spark campus dialogue on normally taboo topics by dramatizing monologues submitted anonymously by members of the Notre Dame community. These provocative, deeply emotional and often humorous monologues focus on issues of sexuality, race and image, the show’s directors said. “Show Some Skin: It’s Complicated”  will be performed in the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday. While “Show Some Skin” is meant to entertain, sophomore Lucas Garcia, an assistant director for the show, said the performances try to impart deeper meeting.   “‘Show Some Skin’ is a way for students to tell each other their stories,” Garcia said. “Sometimes students don’t feel strong or courageous enough to share all of themselves face to face with other students.” Director Edithstein Cho, a junior, said this year’s performances show the intersection of individual identities with a special focus on feelings of exclusion. Last year’s show, “The Race Monologues,” centered primarily on racial or ethnic diversity. “Our production is about community-building,” Cho said. “The underlying framework is to have a place where we can talk about these issues of diversity.” Aside from issues of race, Garcia said gender, social status, sexuality, mental illness, multi-culturalism and many other categories will be addressed. “We are focusing on different facets of people’s identities that make them complicated,” Garcia said. “No one is simple. No one is just white, fat, black, gay. We’re complicated. It’s complicated … and that deserves recognition.” Senior actor Suzann Petrongolo said she sees the importance in recognizing these complexities. “We can fall into the trap of creating a generalized background. It’s good to bring to light that we all have our individual stories,” she said. “We can look at each other differently with these individual stories brought to light,” she said. Garcia said the actors themselves, charged with giving a voice to these stories, carefully work to construct their monologues with the author’s feelings in mind. “The actors must live with their pieces and work very hard to be faithful to the voice inherent in the text,” Garcia said.  Sophomore acting coach Nicole Sganga said the show transcends the ordinary limits of the stage, beyond a typical dramatic performance. “‘Show Some Skin’ is not just a performance, it is a real human experience,” she said. “By coming to the performance, students will see a side of the Fighting Irish they have never seen before and gain new perspectives.” Freshman actor Clarissa Schwab said the opportunity to perform in the show provides a chance to share personal experiences publicly. “Acting in ‘Show Some Skin’ created a safe place for me to discuss the issues brought up in the monologues, and even our own personal experiences, within a community that is founded upon love and understanding,” she said. Cho said ‘Show Some Skin’ aims to create a forum for sharing experiences for the entire campus community, opening a dialogue to discuss presumed differences that can actually unite a community. “Students come because they know this topic doesn’t have a real venue yet,” Cho said. “We want to create this space ourselves.”last_img read more

Rebels Defeat Titans 5-2, Inch Closer To Playoff Spot

first_imgImage by Norm Rodriguez?WNY News NowJAMESTOWN – Behind a strong all-around performance, the Jamestown Rebels defeated the first place in the East New Jersey Titans 5-2 on Friday night, cutting their playoff point deficit to two points. In the first period, Jamestown took a 2-0 lead over the Titans thanks to two goals from defenseman Liam Hansson, which included a power-play goal.Less than four minutes into the second period, New Jersey was able to cut their deficit to 2-1 after a goal scored by Titans forward Josef Glamos.The Rebels answered back later in the period with their second power-play goal of the night, which was scored by Rebels forward Noah Finstrom, and would cap the second period scoring with Jamestown up 3-1. Jamestown extended their lead to three goals in period three after a goal by Rebels forward Carter Korpi, extending the Rebel lead to 4-1.Michael Outzen of the Titans did tack on another goal for the team to cap their scoring of the night, which made the score 4-2.Finstrom scored his second goal on an empty net with three seconds left in regulation to end the game.Between the pipes for the Rebels, Noah West finished the game saving 47 out of 49 shots faced.With their victory, Jamestown jumped up to fifth place in the east with 41 points, two points behind the Maryland Black Bears for one of the four Eastern Divisional playoff spots.The Rebels will be back in action Saturday night at 7:05, for their final game of the series vs. the Titans, and will be the Rebels “Pink the Rink” special.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

L-tryptophan myth

first_img• Eat balanced meals and include fresh vegetables with a balance of protein and carbohydrates. • Limit portions and eat dessert in moderation. • Eat slowly. It gives the stomach time to tell the brain that it’s full. • After the meal, take a walk or do some type of activity with your family and friends. But if you are unable to stick to these suggestions, Bryant says give in and just take a holiday nap. (Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaTrue or false? The L-tryptophan contained in turkey is what makes a person sleepy after a holiday dinner. False. L-tryptophan can make a person feel sleepy, but it is not from eating turkey. University of Georgia extension specialists say that intense desire to nap after a holiday meal comes from all the calories people stuff in their stomachs during holiday dinners. “You could even have the meal without the turkey and still have that drowsy effect,” said Kelly Bryant, a UGA Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist. The turkey gets a lot dumped on it this time of year. From gravy to cranberry sauce to mayonnaise on sandwiches, the bird has several toppings and one issue to deal with. “It’s a common myth that the turkey is to blame for making you sleepy,” Bryant said. The myth starts out with a strong base, because L-tryptophan, an essential amino acid, has a documented sleep-inducing effect. L-tryptophan is used in the body to produce the B-vitamin, niacin. The body uses niacin to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that exerts a calming effect and regulates sleep. But L-tryptophan needs to be taken on an empty stomach and without any other amino acids or protein in order to make a person drowsy. Also, L-tryptophan is found in almost any food that contains protein, like chicken and cheese, Bryant said. It’s not just the holiday protein that’s causing the desire for post-dinner shuteye. That sleepy feeling can be blamed on several things. “Potatoes, sweet potatoes, breads. The large quantity of starches is what causes you to feel sleepy,” Bryant said. “It’s a combination of several things, the type of food, the amount and the alcohol served.” It takes a lot of energy to digest a large meal. Blood is pulled to the stomach from other parts of the body. This causes drowsiness, she said. “On holidays, we tend to overeat,” Bryant said. “The average number of calories in a Thanksgiving meal can range depending on the meal.” The average holiday meal, she said, contains between 2,000 to 3,000 calories, equal to or more than the amount of calories that most people need for a whole day. Bryant offers several suggestions for balancing holiday meals: • Have lower-calorie foods for breakfast and dinner. It’s about what you eat throughout the day. last_img read more

Twitter Fleets stories released to all, will compete with Snapchat, Instagram

first_imgThe company on Tuesday also announced Spaces, a feature that will allow users to join virtual rooms where they can engage in real-time, audio conversations with others.Spaces brings to mind Clubhouse, a startup that quickly gained popularity earlier this year among venture capitalists. Clubhouse allows its users to join rooms where they can engage in real-time, audio conversations with others.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “People feel more comfortable joining conversations on Twitter with this ephemeral format because what they’re saying lives just for a moment instead of feeling like it’s around forever,” said Joshua Harris, Twitter design director. Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour said Spaces will allow Twitter users to have more thoughtful debate and exchanges.“It’s not a ‘Here’s an interesting startup doing something interesting. Let’s try and replicate it,’” Beykpour said. “It’s very fundamental for us. If we want Twitter to be a place where we can have thoughtful conversations, we need to support a wide spectrum of those conversations.”Spaces will roll out to select test users before the end of 2020. At the start of that testing, Spaces will only be available to users who are women or of marginalized backgrounds, the company said. Those are users who face a disproportionate amount of harassment on Twitter, said Maya Gold Patterson, Twitter staff product designer.“The team is interested and the company is interested in hearing first from this group of people on their feedback,” Patterson said. Twitter on Tuesday launched Fleets, its competitor to the stories features available in Snapchat and Instagram. It also announced that it will soon start testing a new audio feature similar to that of popular startup Clubhouse.Fleets lets Twitter users post full-screen photos, videos, reactions to tweets or plain text that disappears after 24 hours.Twitter began testing Fleets in March in select markets like Brazil, but it starts rolling out globally to iOS and Android Twitter users on Tuesday. The feature will show up at the top of users’ apps, above their feed. The company said it expects this feature to encourage more users to post content.- Advertisement – Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey gestures while interacting with students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on November 12, 2018.Prakash Singh | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

FDA requests backup in hunt for Salmonella source

first_img “We’re getting as many resources online as possible,” he said. Tauxe emphasized that case-control studies continue to strongly suggest tomatoes, as more than 80% of those who were sick say they ate fresh tomatoes, about twice the rate among healthy controls. However, he said expanded case-control studies that the CDC conducted over the weekend clearly pointed to a need to look beyond tomatoes. He said the FDA is exploring the idea of forming an interagency task force to help coordinate the work of federal agencies and state health departments. The outbreak involves the relatively rare Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul. In early June the FDA warned consumers not to eat raw red plum, red Roma, or red round tomatoes, or products that contain any of those varieties, unless the growing areas are on a list posted on the agency’s Web site. Jul 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that it was activating an emergency network of laboratories to help out in the quest to determine if other food items commonly served with fresh tomatoes could be the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has now grown to 869 confirmed cases. Also, he said Congress still has not required food companies to build in food safety controls that the FDA requested last November when it released its food safety plan. David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, said at a news briefing today that the FDA has activated the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), a voluntary system that was established after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks to temporarily increase laboratory capacity. Acheson said 10 of about 100 labs in the system have already offered to help with additional food-product testing. FERN was previously activated during the spinach-related Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak and during the investigation of melamine contamination in pet food, he said. Jun 27 CIDRAP News story “Salmonella source still a mystery as cases top 800” Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, said the most recent illness onset among the confirmed cases was Jun 20, which he said suggests the outbreak is ongoing. Cases have occurred in 36 states and the District of Columbia, though large percentages are from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Several case clusters—groups of sick people who had the same exposure—have emerged in the outbreak investigation and could provide valuable trace-back clues, he said. The slow pace of the investigation and the FDA’s uncertainty about tomatoes as the source of the outbreak have upset some growers. On Jun 28, Tom Nassif, president and chief executive officer of the Western Growers Association, released a statement calling on the US House Committee on Agriculture to hold hearings on the Salmonella outbreak.center_img Outbreak stirs talk of changeAcheson acknowledged the difficulties in investigating the outbreak and said federal officials are already pondering ways to avoid similar problems the next time the nation faces a large outbreak linked to fresh produce. In past updates, federal officials have said fresh tomatoes are frequently consumed with other produce items in dishes such as salsa, pico de gallo sauce, and guacamole. Those recipes often include other fresh components such as finely chopped jalapeno peppers, onions, cilantro, and garlic. “The collateral damage inflicted on thousands of innocent producers in this country by FDA ‘blanket’ advisories such as with spinach and tomatoes cannot go unchallenged,” Nassif said. Advice to consumers unchangedThough the FDA is broadening the scope of the outbreak investigation, Acheson said the agency is not changing its advice to consumers or naming the other products it is now investigating. “We’ll update the message as needed, based on the science. It would be irresponsible to say where we’re expanding,” he told reporters. Some infectious disease experts have faulted federal investigators for not tracing the tomatoes consumed by controls to help clarify which products are contaminated and confirm that tomatoes are the source. However, Tauxe said today that officials have not yet requested that type of trace-back study. The produce industry has a role to play in avoiding a repeat of this difficult outbreak investigation by ensuring that its products are safe, Acheson said. One reason for the frustrating slowness of the trace-back studies is that most growers, packers, and distributors still maintain paper records. “Electronic record-keeping would enhance traceability,” he said. See also: CDC Salmonella updatelast_img read more

Residents of Kvarner and Istria sent a public appeal to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia

first_imgAfter Istrian counties and cities, and residents of Kvarner and Istria with their Slovenian friends sent a public appeal to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to change the approach to measures related to the entry into Slovenia of Slovenian and other citizens coming from Croatia. We socialize and cooperate in a way that preserves our health, but also our good relations. Please consider the possibility of monitoring and classifying the Kvarner and Istria regions separately, regardless of the situation in the whole of Croatia. Stay in Kvarner and in Istria can be checked in the e visitor registration system and via the mobile application “Stop Covid -19”. Finally, they conclude that omitting Istria and Kvarner from mandatory measures related to high-risk areas will help its citizens, our friends connected with Kvarner and Istria, and add a new “wind in the back” to better relations between Slovenia and Croatia now and in the future. “In these regions, the prescribed anti-epidemiological measures are conscientiously implemented, people are responsible and disciplined. That’s why we all feel safe here. Kvarner and Istria border directly with the Republic of Slovenia, the people who live here are firmly connected on both sides of the border. Families live in our two countries, people travel to work across the border every day. The traffic to Slovenia of the inhabitants of Kvarner and Istria is intensive due to the purchase of various goods, due to the use of various services as well as the traffic of the inhabitants of Slovenia to Kvarner and Istria for the same reasons. Joint EU projects from various spheres of interest are also being implemented in this area. Slovenians have their own houses and boats in Kvarner and Istria, together with friends from Croatia they go fishing, sailing, arranging the maintenance of real estate and movables. Finally, we are aware of the dangers and conscientious and responsible people who adhere to mandatory anti-epidemiological measures. All this is confirmed by the results of positive for Covid 19 virus in Kvarner and Istria and disease transmission on both sides of the border. We hold that there is no valid reason for Kvarner and Istria to be included in the red zone of danger of infection with the Covid 19 virus.”State in their public appeal the residents of Kvarner and Istria, which is spreading on social networks. In their appeal, they believe that the classification of the whole of Croatia in the red zone is not correct or justified, especially the Kvarner and Istria regions, since the entire duration of the Covid 19 virus pandemic recorded low numbers of infected people and added: Photo: Kvarner.hrlast_img read more

Axxis Geo Solutions Inks Middle East OBN Survey Contract

first_imgAxxis Geo Solutions (AGS) has signed the contract for the 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) seismic acquisition survey in the Middle East, following a Letter of Intent issued earlier this year.“This contract will secure activity for the company and contribute with revenues through most of the winter season. “In addition, this contract is a sign of seismic activity re-emerging in the region through advanced OBN seismic and imaging technology with potential demand for OBN seismic in years to come.“With AGS’ track record of safe and efficient operations and a scalable business model, we believe we are well positioned for future contracts in the region,” said CEO Lee Parker.The work is expected to start in early January 2020 and will continue through most of the first quarter 2020.As a consequence of the delayed contract award and the start of the work, the company is considering various options to strengthen its working capital position.last_img read more

Emmagene L. “Em” Sellers

first_imgEmmagene L. “Em” Sellers, 94 of Dillsboro passed away January 1, 2017 at the Waters of Dillsboro.  Em was born May 5, 1922 at home in Dillsboro the daughter of Louis and Clara (Brandt) Knigga.  She married Robert Sellers June 8, 1964 and he preceded her in death August 16, 1984.  She was a former employee of Carter’s 5 &10, David Jewitt’s General Store, and had been a caterer for Romana Lanvermeyer.  Em was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro.  She enjoyed working on the family farm, dropping out of school to help.  She also took care of her mother and wouldn’t marry until after her mother’s death.  In later years, she enjoyed going to Reds games and loved working outside.  Although she had no children of her own, she enjoyed them very much.Em is survived by Niece, Vicki (Doug) Rassi of Jeffersonville, In; great niece Lauren (Matthew) Evanczyk, great nephew Matt (Samara) Rassi, great great nieces and nephews Emma, Jack, Lilly, and Everett, several cousins, and very special friends Daryl and Sherri Cutter and their children Greta, Bryston, and Maggie. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, mother-in-law Thelma Sellers and brother Warren Knigga.Funeral services will be at 2PM Wednesday January 4, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro with Pastor Richard Kolaskey officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro.  Visitation wlll also be Wednesday 12-2PM at the church.  Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, Dillsboro Rescue, Dillsboro Fire Dept. or to the Donor’s Choice.  Arrangements have been entrusted to DeVries Funeral Home of Dillsboro.last_img read more

Lukaku marks comeback with winner

first_img The on-loan Chelsea forward will also be looking for it to give his form a lift as it was his first goal since the end of December which gave his side a 1-0 win. He was on target for the Toffees on his debut at Upton Park back in September, prompting a run of eight in nine games. Substitute Romelu Lukaku marked his return from a month on the sidelines through injury with a late winner against West Ham to breathe much-needed life into Everton. With the hosts coming up against a barrier – both physical and mental – in the final third, it seemed both sides were happier counter-attacking. But when Carlton Cole flicked on a ball to Nolan, exploiting a space between the centre-back pair of Sylvain Distin and John Stones, deputising for the injured Phil Jagielka, Barry appeared to have both arms around the Hammers captain’s midriff before he went to ground on the edge of the area, although Moss waved play on. The introduction of Andy Carroll, on for an injured Carlton Cole, saw West Ham raise their game as they started to dominate the physical battle. Steven Pienaar came closest to scoring less than two minutes into the second half when Leighton Baines teed him up for a low shot from the left of the penalty area, but Adrian did enough to tip it on to the post and then recover to claim Deulofeu’s rebounded effort. Pienaar did not do so well with Baines’ next pass, looping a shot over the crossbar, while Carroll forced Howard to tip over a rasping left-footed effort from distance after Stone’s poor touch and drilled over another powerful half-volley. Lukaku finally made his return on the hour and Aiden McGeady arrived 10 minutes later, but they struggled to add any life to Everton up front. That was until eight minutes from time, when Baines’ cut-back picked out Lukaku on the penalty spot and he rammed home left-footed. Energised, the Belgian was narrowly over with a volley on the turn but he had already done enough. Since then the well has run dry with just that single goal four days after Christmas, but manager Roberto Martinez insisted this week the player’s enforced break with an ankle injury sustained in the Merseyside derby had given the Belgium international chance to rejuvenate himself. Surprisingly he did not start the match and was held back for an hour by Martinez, but he proved his manager’s pre-match assessment was not just empty words with a first-time strike in the 81st minute. It was perhaps fitting a striker should decide what was, in the majority, a rather turgid affair on the 34th anniversary of the death of Goodison’s greatest goalscorer Dixie Dean. With his loan spell due to end in three months, and no prospect of a permanent stay so far, Lukaku will never match Dean’s record of 383 goals in 433 appearances, but this strike was an important one as the Toffees had failed to score in three of their last four league matches and had won just twice since the turn of the year. That run has seen them drop well off the pace for Champions League contention but this result will give them a much-needed lift. Up to the goal being scored, the major talking point was referee Jon Moss’ assessment that Gareth Barry had not fouled Kevin Nolan just as the West Ham captain looked to be clean through on goal in the first half. A red card at that point may have changed the outcome, especially with West Ham having won their last four and with four clean sheets in their last five games, and manager Sam Allardyce was visibly aggrieved at the decision. Everton, who have lost once in 21 league games at home, struggled to trouble goalkeeper Adrian, with only Steven Naismith’s angled strike and Gerard Deulofeu’s weaving run through the Hammers’ massed ranks to shoot narrowly wide genuinely threatening. Press Associationlast_img read more