Nearly 2,400 cases of COVID in Indiana schools

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Twitter By Tommie Lee – October 1, 2020 0 309 Facebook Nearly 2,400 cases of COVID in Indiana schools Pinterest Previous articleElkhart City Hall closes due to positive COVID testsNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, October 5-9 Tommie Lee Facebook Google+ (“old school” by alamosbasement, CC BY 2.0) Indiana’s new school dashboard for COVID-19 information says there are nearly 2400 cases in the state’s school systems.That total includes 250 new cases among students being reported Wednesday evening.State health official Dr. Kristina Box says the state is working with schools to ensure the accuracy of the data, and only about half of the schools submitted information this week.Participation is not mandatory, but that could change if schools are unwilling to work with the state government on tracking the virus. WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Speech: Preventing Hunger as a Weapon of War

first_imgThank you Madam President.Our briefers today have sounded the alarm and warned us of the surging levels of acute hunger, which are largely attributable to conflict. But this is not for the first time.Over a year ago, the Secretary General drew this Council’s attention to the change in the long-term trend in global hunger: it was now rising for the first time in a decade. The situation was critical, he said; the UN predicted four simultaneous famines, threatening the lives of 20 million people.Through the generosity of donors and the actions of humanitarian and development organisations, international financial institutions and regional governments, famine itself was prevented, or at least contained.But let’s be clear. Over the past year, suffering and hunger has increased. In the world today, one out of every nine people is undernourished. That is 815 million people, an increase of 38 million in the last year.Conflict is the main reason for this increase in hunger. 60 percent of hungry and malnourished people live in countries affected by conflict.Almost 75% of the world’s 155 million stunted children under the age of five live in countries affected by conflict. It is the most vulnerable – particularly women and children – who are most affected by hunger. These figures indicate that the actions we have taken in the past year to reduce hunger have not been enough. As so clearly put by our briefers, we must examine and address the root causes of this severe hunger crisis if we hope to put an end to it.Madam President,Last August, this Council adopted a Presidential Statement that, for the first time, acknowledged that hunger and conflict are linked. That was a step forward, but it only gives us half the picture. In the statement, the Security Council emphasized with deep concern (and I quote), “that ongoing conflicts and violence have devastating humanitarian consequences and hinder an effective humanitarian response ….and are therefore a major cause of famine.”This reads as if hunger is just an inevitable consequence of war, or a by-product of the changing nature of conflict. That is clearly not the case. Hunger does not need to be a product of war, and I hope we can make that clear in future Council products.We must understand and acknowledge the true nature of the problem to take the necessary collective actions to break the deadly links between conflict and hunger. In this regard, we see three key areas of responsibility for this Council:First, to redouble efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts, and build and sustain peace.Second, we must uphold international humanitarian and human rights law. We are fast approaching a new normal where warring parties think it is acceptable to destroy crops, interrupt markets, and attack water points, hospitals, and schools. Too often there is a lack of accountability for the state actors and other parties to conflict who are responsible for increasing hunger.Third, we must actively safeguard humanitarian access. In almost all of the crises before this Council, people are denied or unable to access essential aid, often with the most vulnerable people being the worst affected. The Security Council can and must play a key role to enable the safe, unhindered and rapid access of populations to humanitarian assistance. We must engage with national and regional authorities to apply diplomatic pressure and insist on the removal of access constraints, and we should pursue accountability for any violations.Madam President,We must think creatively when responding to this crisis. For example, to identify the most serious cases of obstructed access objectively, we could use a model that articulates access in terms of needs met by the delivery of health care, protection, and education, rather than simply by numbers of aid convoys. We could also factor in denial of access to the design of sanctions mandated by this Council more routinely.Madam President,We are extremely grateful to you and to the Kingdom of the Netherlands for calling this meeting because it is a subject about which the UK deeply cares and is deeply engaged as the third largest humanitarian donor.The scale of the challenge we are facing is clear. The threat of famine remains. In a world of abundance, 815 million people are still hungry. Their hunger is used as a weapon of war. We must act and use the tools at our disposal to show the world that this is not acceptable and that we do not accept it. We must seek accountability and we must make the consequences of these appalling actions clear.Thank you.last_img read more

Putting his money where his mouth is

first_imgIn 2006, Charles Thomas swore off animal products.For the philanthropist it wasn’t one “aha” moment that turned him vegan and into an outspoken supporter of farm animals, it was a series of moments: dinner with a passionate vegetarian; the realization that a beautiful pet is essentially “no different from a beautiful cow”; the book “Animal Liberation” by Princeton philosopher Peter Singer.Then there was the fundamental question about the human — and animal — condition.“There is a logical path from existentially wondering how we can do the most good to helping farm animals,” said Thomas, adding: “Young people who are contemplating how to mitigate the most suffering should consider helping farm animals, where an ordinary person can positively affect millions of lives.”Billions, in fact, when you count chickens.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 9 billion chickens, 115 million pigs, and 29 million cows were slaughtered in 2015 in the United States. Across the country, farmed animals are unprotected by any federal rules until shortly before slaughter and are exempt from the majority of state cruelty laws. Those facts stand in sharp contrast to a nationwide 2012 poll by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in which 94 percent of respondents said that animals raised for food should be free from abuse or cruelty.The confinement of factory-farmed animals has become a hot-button issue in recent years, with McDonald’s and Walmart among the more than 200 U.S. companies pledging transitions to cage-free egg supply chains. A current Massachusetts ballot initiative seeks to prohibit keeping egg-laying hens in battery cages, confining mother sows in gestation crates, and tethering veal calves so they cannot move. The proposal also calls for banning the sale of food items produced in other states using such types of confinement.“The Massachusetts ballot measure is poised to be the single most progressive piece of farmed animal protection legislation ever passed in the United States,” said Christopher Green, executive director of Harvard Law School’s Animal Law & Policy Program. “Having this happen in our backyard as our program gets off the ground has allowed us to analyze the process in the classroom and given our students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working directly on the campaign.”Thomas has found a welcome partner in the HLS program. With his recent gift of $1 million and a subsequent matching gift of $500,000 to support individual donations of up to $50,000 through December, he is hoping to make farm animals central to animal cruelty prevention. It’s a shared concern.“The Thomas Fund will support the critically important work of the Animal Law and Policy Program. I look forward to seeing how it will advance research and teaching to improve the welfare of animals,” said Harvard President Drew Faust.“How humans raise animals for food in this country and around the world affects animal welfare, human health, food safety, workers’ rights, as well as climate change and the environment,” said Dean Martha Minow. “With the leadership of the Animal Law & Policy Program, and the marvelous generosity of [Charles] Thomas, Harvard Law School pursues scholarship and work at the forefront of these critical concerns, and I am so grateful.”The gift is to be used as the program’s directors see fit, beyond a few important stipulations, said Green.“Charles wanted his resources to go toward items not already budgeted for, and he wanted the entire sum to be spent within seven years to ensure the gift would be implemented right away and help the program immediately expand upon its existing efforts.”The gift has supported a new fellow to work on animal welfare aspects of a larger U.S. farm bill policy analysis being run by the HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic. Given the substantial impact factory farming has on animal welfare, public health, and environmental degradation, said Green, the program plans to hire additional fellows to work on farmed-animal policy in the coming year.The program’s work reaches well beyond U.S. borders. Its faculty director, Kristen Stilt, is collaborating with Harvard’s South Asia Institute to examine animal agriculture from the Middle East to Asia.Christopher Green with Kristen Stilt, HLS professor of law and the program’s faculty director, Stilt’s daughter, Lark, and Belle, a 14-year-old Hafflinger horse who lives at Winslow Farm, an animal sanctuary in Norton, Mass. Photo by Penelope Yan“The goal is to produce a comprehensive report on such practices and their consequences to set a baseline for deeper policy analysis,” said Stilt, a professor of law who noted that the factory-farming model under fire in the United States “is on the rise in the rest of the world.”Stilt is also studying the emergence of animal-protection provisions in constitutions worldwide and conflicts between animal welfare and religious freedom in cases of ritual slaughter.Animal welfare has long been a concern for both Green and Stilt. An expert in Islamic legal studies, Stilt became involved with several animal-advocacy groups while in Egypt carrying out research for her Harvard Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern studies. In Cairo, she conducted undercover investigations at animal slaughterhouses and worked to help curb the stray animal population problem.Green, who owns and manages an Illinois farm that has remained in his family for nearly 180 years, dreamed of becoming a veterinarian before attending Harvard Law School. He has published his own scholarship on animal legal issues and worked for several years with animal-protection organizations before returning to Cambridge in 2015 to help lead the HLS program.Stilt and Green see the program’s mission as threefold: expanding educational opportunities in animal law and policy; increasing the quantity and quality of academic research and scholarship in the field; and helping inform broader communities about the legal aspects of animal welfare issues.In just the first year they made strides in all three, thanks in part to a gift in 2014 from the founder and president of the Animal Welfare Trust, Bradley L. Goldberg, whose support built on the 2001 Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights at HLS.Course offerings at the School have expanded from an animal-law class first taught in 2000 to a new course on wildlife law and an offering on farmed-animal law set for next fall. Last year the program welcomed its first academic fellow, Delcianna Winders. That fellowship is focused on research and scholarship and on preparing recipients for a tenured teaching position in the field. In December, the program’s first major conference will convene a variety of experts to reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act.Silt and Green agree that raising awareness is one way to help spark legislative reform around issues of animal welfare. For Thomas, a big step toward awareness is stronger support for research and scholarship in the field.“Farm animals are still mostly an afterthought in the academic and major donor communities,” said Thomas. “I hope this gift changes that by providing scholars the freedom to pursue careers in animal advocacy, and demonstrating to other universities and philanthropists that investing in animal care benefits humankind and all life on our planet.“History will render a harsh judgment on contemporary animal agriculture,” he added. “Gandhi wrote, ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,’ and Harvard will undoubtedly help shape a more humane vision for future society.”SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Orlando Patterson receives Order of Merit

first_img Read Full Story John Cowles Professor of Sociology Orlando Patterson was awarded the the honor of the Order of Merit (OM) this month. No more than two persons can be awarded the OM in any given year.According to its website, the OM “may be conferred upon any citizen of Jamaica or distinguished citizen of a country other than Jamaica … who has achieved eminent international distinction in the field of science, the arts, literature, or any other endeavor.”Patterson is the author of multiple academic papers and books, including “Slavery and Social Death” (1982), “The Ordeal of Integration” (1997), and “Understanding Black Youth” (2015).last_img

Banquet invites students to experience hunger

first_img‘Tis the season of celebrating together over food and drink. However, many Americans will be hungry and cold during this holiday season. To combat this issue, the Saint Mary’s College Student Diversity Board (SDB) will host a Hunger Banquet this Tuesday before winter break. Caroline Brown, chairwoman of the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB), said the event is well suited to the mission of the College.   “The Hunger Banquet is designed to raise awareness and understanding within the Saint Mary’s community,” Brown said. “It is a great opportunity to experience what it is like to be placed in poverty. As a Catholic institution, our social responsibility plays a large role in the mission statement of Saint Mary’s, as well as our diversity board.” Students, faculty and staff will take on new identities to give them a true sense of the struggle faced by the hungry, she said. Identity slips will be given upon entry to the Banquet, placing participants in either the lower, middle or upper economic class. The participant’s role will determine which and how much food is placed on his or her plate. The Banquet will simulate each economic class and participants will be asked to manifest this identity throughout the evening. Brown said SDB decided to go forward with the event because the members believe hunger and poverty are prevalent issues that are greatly overlooked at Saint Mary’s. “We hope that our participants will take a couple things away from this event,” Brown said.  “First, as Oxfam International and SDB believe, aid alone will not solve hunger, education will. We hope that our participants will come out of this event more educated and aware of the implications of hunger and poverty, and with the knowledge of how to take action. Second, we hope that our participants will take away a sense of passion for helping those in need around the world.” In addition to the roles given, SDB will give a short presentation about getting involved through organizations like The Center for the Homeless, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Salvation Army, Hope Ministries and others. Brown said that although the content of this event is serious, the event will also be an enjoyable and educational.  “Hunger is not an option, so where will you sit?” said Brown. The Hunger Banquet will be held on Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge.   Contact Chelsey Fattel at [email protected]last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Oprah’s B’way Visit, Andy Mientus’ Leather Fetish & More

first_img Oprah Eyes The Visit on B’way Oprah Winfrey wants to do The Visit on Broadway. No, not the Kander and Ebb version, which Chita Rivera will lead on the Main Stem this spring, but a new translation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s 1956 play by Tony Kushner. According to the New York Post, Oprah was hoping to headline the latest adaptation on the Great White Way in the 2015-16 season, but it depends on the success of Rivera’s show. Well, there’s always Night, Mother if this doesn’t work out…Plus whatever happens, Oprah will be in the Theater District later this year producing Jennifer Hudson in The Color Purple. Casting Set for Kander & Pierce’s Kid Victory Tony nominee Christiane Noll, along with Broadway alums Sarah Litzsinger and Jeffry Denman, have been tapped for John Kander and Greg Pierce’s previously announced Kid Victory. The ensemble piece’s cast will also include Christopher Bloch, Laura Darrell, Parker Drown, Valerie Leonard, Bobby Smith and Jake Winn. Directed by Liesl Tommy, the world premiere musical will play at Virginia’s Signature Theatre’s MAX Theatre February 17 through March 22. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Commentscenter_img Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer Reunite Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will reunite at the sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival, which will hold a 50th anniversary gala screening of The Sound of Music on March 26 in Hollywood. This gives us the perfect excuse to post one of our favourite things below—watch, sing along and happy hump day! Watch Andy Mientus Fantasize Over a Guy in Leather Andy Mientus’ fantasies are coming true in the latest teaser trailer for his appearance as Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper, an openly gay villain with hearing loss, in The Flash. Check out below as the Les Miserables star and Smash alum is scooped up by a guy in head to toe leather. Yes really. We’re counting down the days until we can watch the whole episode on the CW on January 27.last_img read more

Merchants Bancshares declares 28 cents per share dividend

first_imgMerchants Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, announced that its Board of Directors declared today, April 21, 2011, a dividend of 28 cents per share, payable May 19, 2011, to shareholders of record as of May 5, 2011. Merchants plans to release earnings on or about April 28, 2011.Michael R. Tuttle, Merchants’ President and Chief Executive Officer, and Janet P. Spitler, Merchants’ Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss these earnings results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 29, 2011. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing U.S. number (800) 230-1074; the title of the call is Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Earnings Call. Participants are asked to call a few minutes prior to register. A replay will be available until noon on Friday, May 6, 2011. The U.S. replay dial-in telephone number is (800) 475-6701. The international replay telephone number is (320) 365-3844. The replay access code for both replay telephone numbers is 200982.Vermont Matters. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities.Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington, Vermont. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 43 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing. Merchants Ba nk offers a strong set of commercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state; these teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns, and school districts. Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, provides investment management, financial planning and trustee services. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs, and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Some of the statements contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements reflect Merchants’ current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause Merchants’ actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements should not be relied on since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond Merchants’ control and which could materially affect actual results. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include changes in general economic conditions in Vermont, changes in interest rat es, changes in competitive product and pricing pressures among financial institutions within Merchants’ markets, and changes in the financial condition of Merchants’ borrowers. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Merchants’ judgment as of the date of this release, and Merchants cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such statements. For further information, please refer to Merchants’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwire – April 21, 2011) –last_img read more

Shell Expands Investment in U.S. Green Energy Sector

first_imgShell Expands Investment in U.S. Green Energy Sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Shell Oil Co. plans to plow around $200 million into a Tennessee solar company, the latest deal that finds a major oil company investing in renewable energy as the industry prepares for a day when crude demand plateaus.A unit of Houston’s Shell Oil will purchase almost half of Silicon Ranch Corp., a Nashville company that operates solar projects around the United States, for up to $217 million, the company’s biggest investment in utility-scale solar energy yet, the company said on Monday. Shell Oil is the U.S. subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil major.The transaction is Shell’s answer to growing demand it sees for renewable energy options in the United States, said Marc van Gerven, vice president of solar for Shell New Energies, a business unit that focuses on alternative energy. Like its big oil rivals in Europe and the U.S., Shell is angling for a position in a rapidly growing sector that analysts say could provide a steady stream of profits in coming years as renewable energy technologies advance and oil demand falters.In recent years, as the fossil fuel industry has faced increasing regulations and public pressure aimed at slowing climate change, major European oil companies such as Shell have made investments in Texas and around the world to prepare for a low carbon future. For instance, the British oil giant BP operates four wind farms in Texas. Late last year, Total signed an agreement with the French merchant power company Engie to acquire its portfolio of liquefied natural gas – the cleanest burning fossil fuel – for $1.49 billion.For Shell, which already has interest in six wind farms and trades renewable energy, the Silicon Ranch transaction adds to a growing renewable business. If regulators determine that the deal does not violate anti-trust laws, Shell will acquire a 43.83 share in Silicon Ranch, with an option to expand its shares by 2021, the company said. Shell’s stake in the company will include around 800 megawatts of solar projects currently operating or under contract. More: Shell invests in solar, but still plowing money into oillast_img read more

Marilyn Manson Concert at The Paramount Cancelled

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rocker Marilyn Manson’s much-anticipated concert at The Paramount in Huntington has officially been cancelled due to inclement weather and a scheduling conflict. The show, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27, was initially postponed prior to the arrival of a blizzard, which eventually dumped up to 30 inches of snow on Long Island. “Despite being tentatively postponed, no make-up date for a rescheduled show was available,” The Paramount said in a statement released Wednesday. The venue said refunds on all tickets are available through Ticketmater or The Paramount Box Office.last_img