Incoming Editor-in-Chief names new supporting staff

first_imgJack Rooney, Lesley Stevenson, Mary Green and Wei Lin will help oversee The Observer’s Editorial Board operations in 2015-2016, incoming Editor-in-Chief Greg Hadley announced Sunday night.Rooney will take on the Managing Editor position, the paper’s No. 2 spot, while Stevenson, Green and Lin will all serve as Assistant Managing Editors. They officially begin their new roles March 15.Rooney, a junior political science and American studies double major and journalism, ethics and democracy minor, has worked in The Observer’s news and viewpoint departments, most recently serving as Associate News Editor.The Chicago native is currently studying abroad in Dublin and lives in Alumni Hall on campus. During his time at The Observer, Rooney has reported on Ann Coulter’s visit to campus, changes to the Student International Business Council (SIBC) and various student government issues. This summer, he will intern at The Concord Monitor in Concord, New Hampshire.“I consider The Observer an indispensable part of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community, and I will work to make sure it continues to provide relevant, impactful stories about issues that matter to my fellow students,” Rooney said.Stevenson, The Observer’s current News Editor, is pursuing a double major in film, television and theatre and American studies. She hails from Memphis, Tennessee, and lives in Breen-Phillips Hall. With Rooney, she spearheaded coverage of the 2014 Mental Illness Awareness Week and expanded the News department’s corps of writers in addition to writing on Notre Dame admissions and the Irish Guard.“The Observer exists to serve Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s in a way no other group can,” Stevenson said. “With this team in place, I know we will maintain top-quality coverage and find innovative ways to increase our readership in the coming term.”Green currently serves as The Observer’s Sports Editor and is majoring in English and film, television and theatre with a minor in journalism, ethics and democracy. The Tampa, Florida, native and Pangborn Hall resident has covered Notre Dame football, baseball, women’s soccer and men’s swimming and was part of the paper’s coverage of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team’s tournament run in 2014.“While we have always offered strong reporting and coverage in recent years, I’m excited to see the new lengths we can go to with more multimedia and social media incorporation,” Green said.Born and raised in New York City, Lin is a junior majoring in accountancy, economics and Chinese. A resident of Knott Hall, Lin currently serves the 2014-2015 Editorial Board as the Photo Editor. He has worked on the Irish Insider covers during the past football season. Lin occasionally travels to provide photo coverage for away games and also writes for the news department.“When I first joined The Observer, I never imagined I’d be where I am today,” Lin said. “I’m thankful to have such great mentors and really excited to continue working with such a talented group of friends to provide the best experience for our readers.”Tags: Editorial Board, new positions, Observer stafflast_img read more

2008 crop outlook

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia farmers can expect good prices next year for many of the crops they grow. Unfortunately, it will cost more to grow them, say University of Georgia agricultural economists.“Commodity prices across the board will be favorable next year,” said Nathan Smith, an economist with UGA Cooperative Extension. Smith and other economists with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recently compiled an annual report to help Georgia farmers pick the most profitable crops to grow next year.“We’re looking at a rare situation this coming year that will bring some good opportunities for farmers,” Smith said.Corn prices skyrocketed this year to $4.50 or more per bushel, as much as double the price from a few years ago. The price increase came from a surge in U.S. demand for ethanol, an alternative fuel for gasoline. Corn is used to make ethanol. Corn prices this year will lower to $4 or less per bushel, Smith said. That’s still a good deal.The demand for corn has forced the buyers of peanuts, wheat, soybeans and cotton to offer farmers more money to make sure they grow their crops, too, Smith said.Peanuts are expected to sell for $500 per ton. That’s the highest price since 2001, the last year of the federal government’s peanut quota system, which guaranteed farmers $610 per ton. Soybean and wheat prices next year will be the highest in a decade, he said. Soybeans that sold for $9 a bushel this year will likely sell for $10.50 a bushel in 2008. Wheat that sold for $5 a bushel will likely sell for $6 or more a bushel.Cotton prices should be higher, too, said UGA Extension economist Don Shurley. Steady demand coupled with fewer planted acres this year will increase prices to around 70 cents per pound, or 10 cents higher than the same time last year.Fuel and fertilizer will cost 30 percent more in 2008, Smith said. This will increase the cost of production for many farmers. Diesel, which farmers use to fuel tractors and irrigation systems, will cost $3 or more per gallon. This time last year, a gallon was closer to $2.25.Due to the added cost, peanuts and wheat each will cost 10 percent more per acre to grow next year. Soybeans and corn each will cost 20 percent more per acre. It will cost 10 percent more per acre to grow cotton under irrigation.Though things look good economically, Smith said, Georgia’s extended drought could put a damper on the party. The Southeast suffered under drought this summer, but many crops did surprisingly well. They may not do as well next summer if the drought continues.“Next spring, we’ll likely be planting into a drought,” Smith said. “You can’t say whether we’ll get the rain needed to ensure good crops.”The United States should have a new farm bill by springtime. Congress is in the process of passing one now. It will guide the country’s agricultural and environmental policies for the next five years, particularly those related to farm subsidies, conservation, rural development and nutrition. The current farm bill was passed in 2002.When commodity prices are high, Shurley said, little thought is given to the farm economic safety net. But prices will not always be high like they are now. Things change and can often change quickly. “It is important that the farm bill provide a safety net that is adequate to meet the needs of diversified agriculture like that found in Georgia,” Shurley said.The proposed farm bill has some changes, but is very similar to the current bill, he said, which has been a good one for Southeastern farmers.last_img read more

I Gave Up Social Media For 30 Days… This Is What Happened

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Danielle EspositoSo I decided to give up social media for 30 days.I arrived at this decision after coming across a series of photos from photographer Eric Pickersgill titled “Removed.” In it, Pickersgill showcases photos of people—families, couples, friends and children—in everyday scenarios, with one minor adjustment: All electronic devices have been removed.The images hit me right in the feels. As I scrolled through and saw black-and-white snapshots of families at a dinner table all staring down at their claw-like hands, or gazed at three children on a couch focused on their laps, or a couple in bed, back-to-back, looking to their hands for engaging conversation, I couldn’t help but feel sad and guilty about my own actions.I started to see the real world differently. I began to watch people and how they lived their everyday lives. How we are all so glued to our phones that we don’t have time to look up and see a sunset.And then I was out one day before a New York Ranger’s game with my boyfriend. We stopped by a local bar to grab a bite to eat when I noticed something disturbing.Now, the two of us are pretty good with keeping our phones at bay when we’re out, but there was a young couple sitting next to us, meals in front of them, who were both so individually lost in their phones that I wondered if they even knew the color of their date’s eyes.It was really, really sad to see.I started doing some more research into the effects of our phones, and mainly social media, to see what the world was saying. I stumbled across a bunch of articles on the negative mental effects that it can have on us and our relationships, so I decided the next step would be to witness these effects for myself.Below are my findings of 30 consecutive days sans my personal Facebook or Instagram. I SLEPT BETTER.This is probably one of my favorite findings, because who doesn’t love a more consistent, balanced sleep? What I noticed was that because I wasn’t lying in my bed scrolling through my phone each night letting all of this nonsense build up in my brain, I not only fell asleep faster, but I wasn’t tossing and turning all night.Before this experiment, I would stay up scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, put my phone down to try to fall asleep, and then when I didn’t, I would grab my phone again “for just a few minutes” and find myself wasting another half hour letting unimportant images and fluffy articles like “5 Signs You Went to a Catholic High School” seep into my brain. Before I knew it, it would be 2 a.m., and I’d only be further away from letting my brain shut down properly. I HUNG OUT WITH MY DOG MORE.I have a super lovey, mushy, sweet pitbull named Nala. She’s such a good dog. In the warmer months it’s easier to dedicate time to hanging out with her because I take her along on my runs, or to explore a nearby park, but in the winter I will admit that we spend a lot more time lying around and a lot less time playing. She’s really good at being down to do whatever I feel like doing.“Oh, mom wants to lie around on her phone all day? DOWN!”“Mom wants to go for a random midnight run? DOWN!”She’s the coolest, but I realized how much I was taking advantage of her well-tempered, “Please, Mom” nature. I noticed that without social media to distract me and cause me to lay around for long bouts of time, I engaged with Nala more. Whether it was throwing a ball around the house (not recommended), snugglin’ up with her to a movie (she thinks she’s a lap dog), or teaching her some fun tricks (playing dead is our favorite), we spent more quality time together, and I could tell how happy it made her.I READ MORE.I used to read constantly. Any chance I could get. When social media emerged, I found myself leaning less toward stories and more toward status updates.When I really think about it, it makes me crazy to realize that that happened. Where any extra time was once spent lost in love stories or murder mysteries, I was somehow sucked into reading Facebook debates on every topic imaginable (because something I’ve been realizing lately is that Facebook really is just a place for egos and people screaming to have their opinions heard). Without all of that extra clutter taking up my time and my mind, I was able to pick up a book again.And it felt really nice.I SPENT MORE QUALITY TIME WITH MY BOYFRIEND.Though we are good at keeping our phones away when we’re out, I will admit that I was very guilty of editing, composing and posting my Instagram posts while he would try to talk to me during a car ride, or while lying in bed while he waited patiently for me to finish so that we could start a movie.I have a fitness account in the Instagram community where I’ve begun to feel obligated to post a certain amount of inspirational and motivational posts per day for my followers—and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love doing it and connecting with the people there—but I do realize how it cut into time with my most important person, especially when we both have crazy schedules and our time together should be more precious. Without the daily pressure of finding good quotes, writing inspirational messages or perfectly editing my images, we were able to get our time together started immediately, and without me constantly monitoring my phone.I FELT A LOT LESS ANXIOUS.I have a hard time dealing with negativity. I’ll admit that my heart is easily crushed by too many pessimistic outlooks or angry words. Seriously—I feel like negative people, words and opinions, weigh very heavily on me. Even if it has nothing to do with me, it shakes me to my core.Facebook, I’ve noticed, has increasingly become a place for everything negative. Just a few minutes scrolling through my Facebook feed and I’ll feel like I just emerged from a war, constantly getting bashed over the head with negative opinions, snarky comments, rude images and just plain ole mean people. It’s as if humans use Facebook as a platform where the loudest and most obnoxious person is the most respected. It’s a place where anybody who disagrees with you will jump down your throat and spit venom in some of the most malicious ways I’ve ever seen, slapping labels on anybody who has a different viewpoint. It can get very toxic, very quickly.Getting all of that shoved in my face on a consistent basis was beginning to give me anxiety, and without it, I just felt lighter, happier and more like myself. It felt really, really nice to be away from all of that.I TOOK LESS PICTURES…Interesting one, right? But I did notice that I didn’t take nearly as many pictures over the past 30 days as I typically would.BUT I BUILT STRONGER FRIENDSHIPS.It’s really exciting how much you have to talk about with your friends when you aren’t constantly plugged into their lives. The human connection of friendships is one of my favorite parts about them, and being able to go back to basics and genuinely mean it when I asked “What did you do today?” made for a more engaging conversation.I LOVED THE WORLD AGAIN.You see the world differently when your nose isn’t down in a phone the entire day. Without the need to constantly check in and announce my every move to the world, to stop a meal to snap a picture of my food, or to halt a “Cheers” in order to record it, I was able to actually live in those moments and soak them in through their organic, real beauty.MOVING FORWARD…So I’m back on social media now, but I just don’t feel the same way about it as I once did. Those 30 days without it were some of the most productive, happy and all-encompassing that I’ve had since social media exploded onto the scene and digitally connected us 24/7.I can resoundingly say that I refuse to go back to my old routine. That first morning check-in, that final scroll at night, and all those wasted moments in between—I can use all of that time for creativity, for true human connection, for playing with my dog and reading a book.I will say, however, that Facebook is taking most of the heat from me in regards to the social platform that has historically dragged me down the most. Where Instagram, for me, is an inspiring epicenter where I go to converse, motivate and be motivated by other like-minded fitness-centered individuals, Facebook is more of a kindergarten sandbox with a bunch of bullies running around kicking sand and pulling pigtails looking for attention.My plan is to keep the Facebook app deleted so as to not: 1) Get bombarded with notifications, or 2) Mindlessly click it and scroll through when I’m bored. I can instead log in consciously and on my own terms, rather than letting it dictate my every move.But I have a feeling that I won’t be logging in very often.last_img read more

S. Korea says daily coronavirus cases may top 100, driven by imported infections

first_imgMeanwhile, two South Korean military aircraft arrived from Iraq on Friday, carrying 293 workers who were evacuated as cases swelled in that country. At least 89 of the workers were showing symptoms, Kwon said.”We might see more than 100 total daily cases announced at tomorrow’s briefing,” he said. “There is a high possibility we will see a three-digit figure.”As of midnight Thursday, South Korea reported 41 new cases, for a total of 13,979. One more person died, the KCDC reported, putting total virus-related deaths at 298.Widespread testing, intensive contact tracing and tracking apps have enabled South Korea to limit the impact of the coronavirus and it has been held up as a mitigation success story.But health authorities have battled a small but steady number of flare-ups.As the coronavirus spread around the world, a significant number of South Korea’s infections have been found in people arriving from overseas, with nearly 70% of the imported cases South Korean nationals.After a large number of crewmembers of Russian ships tested positive in June, South Korea began an extensive testing program on crews from at least 13 ships. Topics : South Korean health authorities said novel coronavirus infections among people arriving from abroad could drive the number of new cases on Friday to more than 100, the first time since the beginning of April that daily cases hit triple digits.The numbers for Friday will not be announced until Saturday, but Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) deputy director Kwon Jun-wook told a briefing a large number of crewmembers on a Russian ship had tested positive, as had a number of South Korean workers brought home on military flights from Iraq.So far, 32 members of the ship’s crew, along with five people who had been in contact with them, had tested positive, Kwon said.last_img read more

Principles for Responsible Investment hires first head of China

first_imgThe Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have appointed the investor organisation’s first head of China, Nan Luo.According to the PRI, Luo will work closely with Chinese institutional investors on responsible investment initiatives, including green finance, and continuing to raise awareness of the PRI and its activities.She will also work with a number of external bodies, such as the Asset Management Association of China and the Green Finance Committee, which is chaired by Ma Jun, formerly chief economist of the People’s Bank of China.Luo will be part of the PRI’s global networks and outreach team, and report to that team’s head and co-director, Lorenzo Saa. Luo’s most recent role recent role was with the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy in Beijing, where she was head of institutional infrastructure investment, leading on attracting Chinese capital investment into UK energy and infrastructure activities, with particular focus on renewable energy.Before that she spent five years working in the climate change and energy section of the British Embassy in Beijing, focusing on green finance strategies and policy-oriented projects to address global climate change and support China’s low carbon transition.The PRI’s Saa said: “Obviously, China is of huge strategic importance with considerable institutional investor clout. But in order to maximise our existing relationships in China and to continue building awareness of the importance of ESG issues, we have realised that we need a presence on the ground.“This appointment also aligns to our three-year strategic plan of having a greater presence in Asia.”South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore are priority countries in Asia for the PRI in addition to China.Commenting on her new role, Luo said: “Working with a large global organisation like the PRI will provide a unique opportunity to engage with Chinese asset owners and investment managers on ESG issues and for expanding PRI’s signatory base across China.”Nan Luo will start at the PRI on 9 October and will be based in Beijing.last_img read more

Supporters Club launches awareness campaign against COVID-19

first_img Read Also:COVID-19: NFSC commends FG’s intervention“COVID-19 is real. Please watch carefully. Wash and sanitize your hands. Stay and rest in your home so that you don’t rest in the coffin. Stay healthy,’ he said in the message. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon PrimeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThe New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise You10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging In a message to all sports-loving Nigerians, President-General of the supporters club, Dr Rafiu Ladipo, appealed to sports fans to stay indoors and stay safe in a bid to keep themselves in good health throughout the lockdown exercise.Advertisement Worried about the way the dreaded killer diseases called coronavirus has been spreading very fast across the globe, Nigeria Football Supporters Club has kicked off a campaign to tackle it in Nigeria.last_img read more

Zubiri: 2021 start of building Iloilo-Guimaras bridge

first_img“I believe ang Iloilo-Guimaras bridge project may budget na and I think ready na for first phase by 2021,” says Sen. Miguel Zubiri. ILOILO – Traveling from Iloilo to Guimaraswill no longer entail a perilous boat ride that can even lead to tragedy onceinter-island bridge connecting the islands of Panay and Guimaras is completed, Sen.Miguel Zubiri said. Zubiri said this project will pave a way for saferand faster sea transportation in the Visayas region./PN Zubiri was in Iloilo City on Friday for meeting with the mayors in the province. “I believe ang Iloilo-Guimaras may budget na andI think ready na for first phase. So, daw ang silingni Mark (Villar) groundbreaking will be 2021 basta ma-groundbreaker naokey na na. That is on-going project,” dugang ni Zubiri. “Ginhambalan ko nga padayunon na siadidto sa Negros because it makes more sensebecause gamay man lang Guimaras. So, the enterprises and goodsfrom Iloilo and Guimaras ma-deliver na didto,” saidZubiri. Zubiri together with Ilonggo Sen. FranklinDrilon is one of the senators to press for the bridge’s prompt constructionfollowing the tragedy “Ang mga lansa nga ginasakyan sang mga tawofrom Iloilo City to Guimaras province damo-damo gid nagakalamataytungod nga wala sang klaro nga transports system but when there’s abridge those people who died, those people who lost their lives this year willnot loss anymore lives in the future,” said Zubiri. The lawmaker hopes the inter-island bridge that would pass through Panay, Guimaras, and Negroswill materialize as it will provide a road network from one island to anotherin the region. He told reporters that this major (bridge) project can be started by 2021 after Departmentof Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar vowed his assurance. This bridge will link Iloilo to Guimaras toBacolod to Dumaguete to Cebu and Bohol. Zubiri also disclosed his dream project, theone Visayas bridge program, that according to him he started campaigning from 2007to 2013. The Negrense lawmaker described the successivecapsizing of three motorboats on Aug. 3 as enough reason to push the project. Zubiri added that the lack of a bridge connecting theisland of Guimaras has endangered the lives of residents since boat trips areat the mercy of the weather. last_img read more

Kaboul nearing return

first_img Villas-Boas added: “He is going to rest on Friday and next week he is going to come back and train again with the team. “If he doesn’t feel any pain, it can mean he will be match fit in 10 days if it all goes without interruption – 10-15 days. But we have to be careful because it is a very sensitive situation for him.” Kaboul’s return would be a welcome boost for Villas-Boas as he looks to hold on to fourth place during a tricky run-in which also includes games against Manchester City, Chelsea, and Saturday’s trip to Swansea. Villas-Boas’ mission to restore his reputation in England will be complete should he take Spurs back in to the Champions League, but he may end up having to share the limelight in London should another Portuguese manager return to the capital this summer. This week Jose Mourinho hinted that he would love to return to Chelsea, where he won the title twice during a turbulent three-year spell. Although Villas-Boas and Mourinho worked together at Chelsea, Porto and Inter Milan, the two are no longer on speaking terms. That does not mean the Spurs manager would not welcome the return of the ‘Special One’ to England, however. “He is a top coach in the world,” Villas-Boas said. “This league continues to attract the best players in the world, if Jose Mourinho makes it clear he wants to come back it would be excellent for everyone.” Younes Kaboul could make his long-awaited return from injury in Tottenham’s game against Everton next month, manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed. Press Associationcenter_img Kaboul was often criticised for his inconsistency when he rejoined Spurs in 2010, but he was the club’s best centre-back last term. The Frenchman missed out on Euro 2012 after suffering a knee injury towards the end of the campaign and the problem flared up again during Villas-Boas’ first match in charge last August. He was expected to be out for four months after undergoing surgery on the knee, but his comeback date has been put back several times as he has struggled to recover. There now appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for the 27-year-old, however, with Villas-Boas saying: “He has trained the last two days 100 per cent with the team.” last_img read more

GSA softball team wins three straight

first_imgBLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy softball team pulled its record even with three wins this week.GSA (7-7) defeated Sumner (2-10), Dexter (8-5) and even avenged an early-season loss to Ellsworth (9-4).GSA rolled past Sumner on Tuesday with a 35-15 win.On Saturday, GSA edged Dexter 7-6. Mallory Charette hit the winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to score Hannah Peasley for the win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlso for GSA, Olivia Stevenson contributed a triple and an RBI while Sophia Steinbarger added a single with two RBIs. Allyson Snow pitched a six-hitter while striking out 11.On Thursday, GSA upset Ellsworth 6-3. Allyson Snow pitched a six-hitter while striking out four to lead GSA.Olivia Stevenson had two singles and drove in four runs to pace GSA. Katrina Limeburner added two doubles and an RBI, and Lily Vox contributed two singles.For Ellsworth, Callie Hammer homered and had two RBIs. Catlin Beal chipped in a double while Leah Stevens and Breanna Cummins each singled.John Bapst 4, Ellsworth 3Callie Hammer had two singles and an RBI, and Shelby Cote doubled for Ellsworth in its loss to John Bapst (6-7) on Tuesday.Also for Ellsworth, Leah Stevens and Katelynn Bagley each had a single, an RBI and scored a run.Bucksport 10, MDI 3Bucksport (12-1) defeated Mount Desert Island (2-12) on Tuesday.Narraguagus 20, Sumner 2Lanie Perry pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead Narraguagus (14-0) past Sumner on Monday.MDI 5, Caribou 2Lindsey McEachern and Maddie Thornton combined to strike out eight batters to lead MDI past Caribou (3-10) in the second game of Saturday’s double-header. Thornton, Aubrey Boyce and Cassidy Parady each contributed an RBI-double.MDI 13, Caribou 3Mount Desert Island picked up its first win of the season in the first game of a double-header against Caribou on Saturday.MDI scored a season-high 13 runs. Cassidy Parady collected three hits, including two doubles and five RBIs, while Lindsey McEachern struck out 11.Greenville 18, DI-S 2Greenville (11-1) beat Deer Isle-Stonington (1-9) in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.Greenville 12, DI-S 2Greenville beat DI-S in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.Bucksport 14, Searsport 0Katelin Saunders pitched a no-hitter while striking out 13 of 15 batters for Bucksport en route to the win over Searsport (1-11) on Friday.Also for Bucksport, Tyler Dupont led the offensive attack with a homer and a single while driving in three runs. Julia Zavalza and Eliza Hosford each added a double, a single and two RBIs. Makenzie Smith tripled and singled.Ellsworth 26, WA 1Abby Lynch turned in a 4-for-4 performance that included two doubles and six RBIs to lead Ellsworth past Washington Academy (6-6) on Friday.Callie Hammer chipped in with a double, single and five RBIs for Ellsworth to back Kate Whitney, who pitched four perfect innings with eight strikeouts.Old Town 10, MDI 0Avalon Kerley had two singles for MDI en route to the team’s loss to Old Town (9-3) on Thursday.Bangor Christian 13, DI-S 7Natalie Knowlton singled twice for Deer Isle-Stonington while Jessalyn Gove and Lillian Gray each singled and scored a run en route to Wednesday’s loss to Bangor Christian (4-9).Orono 7, Bucksport 6Bucksport built a five-run lead before Orono (9-4) rallied in the fourth inning to hand the Golden Bucks their first loss of the season on Wednesday.last_img read more