“READERS FORUM” SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: If the 2019 City Council At-Large election was held today, what three (3) potential candidates would you vote for?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Three cups of milk a day? That may be too many

first_imgFederal dietary guidelines recommending that Americans of all ages consume three cups per day of reduced fat milk or other dairy products may be influenced more by lobbying from the dairy industry than by scientific evidence, according to a new commentary co-authored by Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He and co-author David Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital argue that a broader range of recommendations for milk consumption may be more appropriate.The commentary was published online July 1 in JAMA Pediatrics.Adults who eat a healthy diet may already be getting sufficient vitamin D and bone-building calcium from other sources such as kale or fortified orange juice, according to the researchers. Children may need the recommended daily glasses of milk if they have poor diets; however whether they should be drinking whole or skim milk is up for debate.While federal guidelines call for fat-free or reduced fat milk to protect against obesity, the researchers counter that it may have the opposite effect. Fats are digested slowly, leaving people fuller for longer. Reducing dietary fat may prompt some to eat more in order to feel satiated, they write. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Author reads flash-fiction on apocalypses

first_imgEmily McConville The Creative Writing Program hosted author Lucy Corin Wednesday evening in the Hammes bookstore to read from her latest book, “One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses.”The Creative Writing Program hosted a reading by Lucy Corin Wednesday night in Hammes Notre Dame bookstore. After a brief introduction from Steve Tomasula, professor of English, Corin read excerpts from her latest book “One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses,” a collection of short pieces centering around an apocalypse.“The idea came from a personal challenge,” Corin said. “I’d take any idea or bit of writing I had and turn it into an apocalypse. I had put together a book, but I didn’t know how to make it a good book.”The book consists of 100 apocalypses: there are three longer stories followed by a set of flash fictions, or short short-stories sometimes lasting just a few lines long, Corin said. At the event, the author read more than a dozen of her flash fictions.While all of Corin’s pieces are centered around an apocalypse, the crisis itself is not always styled in the typical manner, she said. The topics, instead, are widely varied: a new mother on maternity leave kills her child because it’s too much work; an unknown narrator describes how to tell if a girl has lost her virginity; a daughter comes home to see that her father has been cut in half by a garage door. According to Corin, some are more experimental in style than others.Following her reading of one of her flash fiction pieces, titled “Hangings,” she said the story is “supposed to get all messed up with your perceptions.”After the reading, Corin answered questions from the audience. Many of the questions were centered around the dark themes in her book, as well as in her other books, including “Everyday Psycho Killers — A History For Girls.” She explained that as a child, her sister had always been far more interested in the macabre than she had been.“I just fell into the tunnel. I had a relationship [with dark material], but it was a wary one,” Corin said.In the 1990s, Corin said she noticed the cyclic relationship people had with terrible events, such as brutal killings and kidnappings, especially during many prevalent cases that were shown on television at the time.“You’d watch yourself move from pleasure to self-aware pleasure to disgust at yourself for enjoying it,” she said. “I used to kind of sneer at people who didn’t want to see that sort of thing in movies. I was like, ‘Come on, it’s about murder, we love that!’ But I get it now.”Corin said is currently working on a novel, “The Swank Hotel.”“I have my psychopath book, I have my apocalypse book, but I’m trying to remove myself from that sort of thinking when I’m not working on it,” she said.Tags: author reading, author reading in hammes, creative writing program, lucy corin, one hundred apocalypses and other apocalypseslast_img read more

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The Faculty of Interdisciplinary, Italian and Cultural Studies offers excellent professional practices for its students

first_imgOn September 13, 2018, a Cooperation Agreement was signed between the Brijuni National Park Public Institution and the Faculty of Interdisciplinary, Italian and Cultural Studies (FITIKS). This cooperation between two important entities in the Istrian County is an opportunity for many. Primarily for students of Culture and Tourism and the new two-subject study Culture and Tourism and Italian Language and Culture to do their mandatory professional practice in the National Park. In addition to professional practice, ie to create practical tasks in cooperation with mentors from the National Park and subject teachers, this is an opportunity to cooperate on the activities of EU projects such as the project “New clothes of Brijuni“Which aims to improve the management of the Brijuni National Park on the principles of sustainable use of natural heritage with the aim of socio-economic development of the local environment. “Tthe name of the student acquires new knowledge, and there is no lack of a direct opportunity to show their creativity and innovation in the community. Connecting a higher education institution and a national park marks a new step forward in promoting socially responsible business in the community. Today, probably more than ever before, fostering cooperation between science and the economy is a condition for ensuring flexibility, a high quality education system and competitiveness.”, Said Assoc. Prof. dr. sc. Tea Golja, Dean of the Faculty. “The management of protected natural and cultural heritage is challenging and conditioned by the continuous search for valuable management instruments that will adequately reconcile economic, socio-cultural and environmental standards.”, Explained Dr. sc. Marno Milotić, director of the Public Institution Brijuni National Park. On the other hand, we must not forget the development of a hotel product in the field of protected heritage that requires different business models, which was pointed out by the head of the hotel service JU NP Brijuni Natasa Stojkovski and expressed satisfaction that students will have the opportunity to suggest some solutions to improve existing products within the given possibilities and numerous challenges in the immediate environment. Students will deal with the management of natural and  cultural heritage and the development of models for the improvement of the hotel product and will design new tourist experiences. “By solving practical tasks we will get the opportunity to connect theory and practice,  meet the business challenges specific to such spaces and actively participate in work processes, which will allow us to quickly and easily adapt to the workplace after graduation, which I consider extremely important”, Said the representative of the students of the Faculty, Klara Tuličić.  Collaboration with a small family camp PolidorCamp PolidorFrom now on, students of Culture and Tourism will have the opportunity to do professional practice in the Polidor camp and thus, in addition to the necessary theoretical knowledge and competencies they gain by actively participating in classes in accordance with the curricula, they will acquire practical skills and knowledge they need and easier. will prepare for what awaits them in the workplace in the future.”The education system needs to be linked to the economy and education programs need to be flexible and tailored to the needs of the labor market. Therefore, our Faculty encourages this type of cooperation, encourages activities such as fieldwork, practicum and professional practice because in this way the representatives of the real sector, ie all employers are directly involved in formulating learning outcomes, and students gain the necessary practical experience. Through our studies, we want to combine theory and practice and thus respond to the needs of the labor market. ” pointed out Dean Goliath. Cooperation with bodies Istria CountyStudents of the Faculty do professional practice and practical classes in the bodies of the Istrian County, cooperate on projects in implementation, such as the project EcoDomus, Istra Inspirit, Istra Bike & Bed and other projects in which the Istrian County is a partner or holder, and their topics are related to culture and / or tourism. “Encouraging the development of sustainable tourism is a priority of our region and we will try to get involved in all projects and encourage all valuable initiatives that will contribute to the sustainability of Istria, but we build such development systematically and gradually, through education, cooperation of stakeholders, networking. long term.”Emphasized the head Prodan Mraković”Responsible business today is a necessity and a priority. It’s the human face of business! Corporate social responsibility means creating added value for shareholders and owners, but through innovative strategies and with the creation of a positive social impact while respecting high standards of environmental and spatial protection. This is especially important in tourism where we must emphasize the importance of space and climate, resources without which it is impossible to build a quality tourist experience, and above all in the tourist experience should implement local features, tradition, culture, customs, language or in one word – your own identity. Responsible tourists always and everywhere feel the difference of experience.”  concluded Assoc. Prof. dr. sc. Tea Golja. Also, the cooperation with the city of Poreč should be emphasized, where students will get to know the work of city institutions such as the library and the Public Open University, as well as the Tourist Board. One is theory and the other is market, and it is precisely the best way of education that is to combine theory with quality practice.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces New State Investments in Rail Projects, Supporting 375 Jobs

first_img Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Results,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new project approvals through the State Transportation Commission totaling more than $40 million in funding that will support an estimated 375 jobs in rail freight projects statewide.“Keeping our extensive rail freight system in good shape is a common-sense way to ensure a sound foundation for the state’s economy,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania is ranked first when it comes to operating railroads, and we are committed to working with this vital industry to serve the state’s business community and keep our job picture bright.”The State Transportation Commission voted today to approve $40 million for nine projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 25 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP).Following is a county-by-county list of approved rail freight projects:RTAP Projects:Allegheny CountyAllegheny Valley Railroad Co., $1,032,168 to rehabilitate the 36th Street Trestle bridge to increase capacity by eliminating weight restrictions.Norfolk Southern Corp., $20 million to alter 14 bridges by raising overhead clearances or lowering track to accommodate doublestack train cars.U.S. Steel Corp., $279,830 to rehabilitate approximately one mile of track, install two switches, and improve drainage.Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clearfield, Elk, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, and Warren countiesBuffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Co., $1,861,142 to rehabilitate about 220 miles of track by rail grinding and replacing more than 2,700 ties and 35,000 feet of rail.Cambria, Centre, and Clearfield countiesR.J. Corman Railroad Co., Pennsylvania lines, $1,071,485 to rehabilitate 65 miles of track including ties and ballast.Dauphin CountyMiddletown & Hummelstown Railroad, $220,500 to rehabilitate about five miles of track, a wye and a turnout.Susquehanna CountyCentral New York Railroad, $3 million to rehabilitate the Starrucca Viaduct and Bridge.Washington and Westmoreland countiesWheeling & Lake Erie Railway, LLC, $1,799,000 to install 14 miles of continuous welded rail.York CountyYork Railway Co., $735,875 to repair three bridges and rehabilitate about 14 miles of track.RFAP Projects:Allegheny County Tube City IMS, LLC, $700,000 to rehabilitate over one mile of track including ties, ballast, turnout reconfiguration, and surfacing.Union Railroad Co., $700,000 to rehabilitate over four miles of track including about 4,750 new ties and ballast.Allegheny and Washington countiesWheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co., $700,000 to replace the deck timbers on four bridges.Blair CountyD Holdings, $700,000 to rehabilitate about 3,200 feet of track and five turnouts and pave an existing loading dock at a transload facility.Bradford CountyLehigh Railway LLC, $244,125 to install a turnout on an existing siding at the Rock Station fracking sand facility.Bucks CountyTyburn Railroad LLC, $420,000 to construct more than 1,000 feet of new track and install a crossover.Bucks, Chester and Montgomery countiesEast Penn Railroad LLC, $594,912 to install 2,500 new ties and complete five miles of surfacing on the Wilmington Northern line and install 4,000 new ties on the Quakertown line.Chester CountyArcelor Mittal Plate LLC, $274,179 to replace seven turnouts and reconstruct 327 feet of track throughout the company’s Coatesville steel plant.Mittal Steel USA Railways, $308,315 to reconstruct 790 feet of track and replace six turnouts throughout the company’s Coatesville property.Clearfield CountyAmerican Rock Salt, $700,000 to rehabilitate 4,500 feet of existing track, construct 1,000 feet of new track and install a new conveyor at an existing Clearfield County transload facility.Cumberland CountyGettysburg & Northern Railroad Co., $107,250 to rehabilitate and install a new turnout to an existing dead-end stub track siding to create a 2,400-foot turnaround track.Lackawanna and Luzerne counties Redevelopment Authority of Luzerne County, $175,000 for repairs to seven bridges including tie alignment and replacement, tree removal and walkway replacement.Lackawanna and Monroe countiesDelaware-Lackawanna Railroad Co., $639,249 to replace bridge timbers and back wall ties on the two Carbondale Main bridges and repair spalling and cracking on a bridge on the Pocono Mainline.Lancaster CountyLandisville Railroad LLC, $700,000 to rehabilitate nearly two miles of track, including surfacing, installation of eight turnouts, tie replacement and resurfacing of a public road crossing.Lawrence CountyThe Hill Railroad Car Co., $243,177 to relocate a turnout and install new ties and rail on the 1,350-foot South Sample spur.Kasgro Rail Corp., $344,347 to replace and strengthen yard track at the company’s manufacturing and repair facility.New Castle Industrial Railroad, $266,952 to realign and rehabilitate less than one mile of track including new ties, plates and two switches.McKean CountyWestern New York & Pennsylvania Railroad, $700,000 to rehabilitate more than 17 miles of track, including 7,500 new crossties, re-timbering of two mainline turnouts, reconstruction of a two-track highway crossing and ballasting and surfacing.Mifflin CountySEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, $145,021 to rehabilitate less than one mile of the West Park track including ditching and drainage.Standard Steel LLC, $303,450 to replace three turnouts and 1,500 feet of track at the steel plant.PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Regional Port Authority, $609,161 to rehabilitate the rail approaching and alongside the Tioga III warehouse at the Tioga Marine Terminal.Pike CountyCentral New York Railroad, $210,000 to repair and strengthen various components of a four-span steel deck truss bridge over the Delaware River to New York.Somerset CountyJIDC, $176,656 to repair spalling on bridge abutments and piers and replace 300 ties on a siding.Venango CountyOil Creek Titusville Lines, $69,825 to repair a two-span, through-truss bridge at Petroleum Centre.Wyoming County Proctor & Gamble Paper Products, $249,900 to improve the company’s rail yard, including new rail and ties, stone ballast and resurfacing. 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‘Attractive entry point’ for cryptocurrencies following price crash

first_img“Investing in cryptoassets remains controversial, and we are extremely selective and cautious in this space,” he said. “However, the attitude of many institutional investors in this space is not dissimilar to that of venture capital investors in early internet companies in the 1990s. Early-stage venture investing implies that the vast majority of companies and projects in this space could, and probably will, fail.“Institutions know they are investing in cryptoassets on the basis that they may see many of their portfolio companies produce no returns, but with outsized returns from one or two of them.“Though cryptoasset investments entail a high degree of risk, some may upend the digital world. Venture-style due diligence and technical expertise may provide a better understanding of cryptoasset investments and their long-term return potential.”Cryptocurrency one-year returnsChart MakerCambridge emphasised that investors in cryptocurrencies would have to “spend a considerable amount of time learning about the space” before allocating.The company added that its research suggested a maximum allocation within a portfolio of 1%. Investors already in the cryptoassets space held an average 0.2-0.3%, Cambridge said.In 2017, French asset manager TOBAM launched the first European open-ended Bitcoin fund for institutional investors. At the time, Yves Choueifaty, president of TOBAM, described Bitcoin as a “highly diversifying asset”, and said the company had conducted research into the digital currency “from a technical, financial, economic and regulatory point of view” for a year prior to the launch of the fund.Since its launch to 22 March, the fund is down 50.5%, according to data from Bloomberg.Further readingGetting to grips with cryptocurrenciesFor institutional investors and asset managers, cryptocurrencies pose a triple dilemmaInvestment in Cryptocurrency: Disruption or disappointment?Understanding the architecture supporting digital currencies like Bitcoin is increasingly important Institutional investors should consider an allocation to cryptocurrencies following recent collapses in the prices of various digital ‘coins’, according to Cambridge Associates.The investment consultancy group said investments in blockchain technology – which backs cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin – could also be worth allocating to following price falls.According to cryptocurrency trading website eToro, the price of Bitcoin fell by 43.6% in the 12 months to 26 March, while other popular currencies declined by even more: Litecoin lost 46.6% and Ethereum was down 64.3% in the same timeframe.Marcos Veremis, managing director at Cambridge Associates, argued that the price falls made for an attractive entry point for the emerging asset class.last_img read more

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Man United ready to introduce safe standing at Old Trafford

first_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Things You Didn’t Know About Channing Tatum’s Ex-Wife7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet Manchester United hope to introduce safe standing at Old Trafford. Sportsmail can reveal that the club have requested permission to install rail seating which could be in place later this season. United have approached their local authority to ask for the green light to bring in 1,500 rail seats in Old Trafford’s North East Quadrant. Manchester United have requested permission to bring in safe standing to Old Trafford They believe the seats, which allow people to stand against a barrier, will ‘enhance spectator safety’ in areas where there is persistent standing. Rail seating could be in place in the stadium later this season if permission is granted The club are waiting to hear back from the Safety Advisory Group — a partnership between the local authority and other bodies including the police and fire service — on whether they will get the go-ahead. Sources have suggested a trial could take place before the end of the current campaign, depending on the speed of response.Advertisement Read Also: Arsenal stars head out on desert safari during winter break in Dubai Aware of fan support for safe standing, the club carried out a ‘detailed and comprehensive study’ into the feasibility of installing rail seats at the ground. United lodged the request in December and it is currently under review. A recent change to the stadium safety guide means clubs can now install seats incorporating safety barriers in their grounds. Standing was outlawed in the top two divisions following the Taylor Report into the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The move comes after Sportsmail revealed in September that United had launched a consultation on the matter.# Loading… last_img read more

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Messer proposal to help vets impacted by ITT Tech closure moves forward

first_imgMesserWashington D.C. — A proposal to help veterans impacted by the closure of ITT Tech made by Indiana 6th District congressman Luke Messer is one step closer to law. The proposal allows veteran-students to recover their GI Bill educational benefits if the institution closes in mid-semester. The closure of ITT Tech is estimated to have impacted at least 7,000 veterans.“When ITT Tech closed its doors, thousands of veterans were left high and dry… with no degree or path forward,” Messer said. “Our service men and women count on these benefits to help them start a career and build a life after serving our country. The least we can do is insure they get that chance.”In addition to Messer’s GI Bill school closure proposal, the bill removes the 15-year time restriction to receive GI Bill benefits and increases funding for Reservists and Guardsmen, dependents, surviving spouses and surviving dependents.The school closure provision included in today’s bill would apply to all veterans impacted by school closures dating back to Jan. 1, 2015.last_img read more

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Robson: Rooney bid an insult

first_imgFormer Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has branded Chelsea’s £25million bid for Wayne Rooney “an insult”. The relationship between Rooney and Ferguson broke down completely, to the extent the Scot went public with a claim his forward wanted to leave. As it transpired, Rooney merely aired the possibility as part of what he thought was a private chat. What Rooney views as conduct beyond acceptable boundaries from Ferguson has not been checked publicly and is highly unlikely to be so given the status of the former United boss. However, Robson insists the situation is not irretrievable. “I don’t know what’s in the head of Wayne and his agent – why he wants to leave,” he said. “I know he had loggerheads with Sir Alex but David Moyes is the manager now. To me it is so important for him to concentrate on his football this season. “I don’t know what he sees – the grass is greener on the other side – the fans love him, the players love him so I don’t see what the unsettlement is. Everyone would like to see Wayne Rooney settle down and be part of the team to try to retain the title.” It all provides an uncomfortable backdrop to Sunday’s Community Shield encounter with Championship outfit Wigan, which is followed six days later by the start of United’s Premier League title defence at Swansea. Press Association And, in a summer where Real Madrid are apparently willing to offer mega-money to secure the services of Gareth Bale and Arsenal have bid in excess of £40million for Luis Suarez, Robson feels Chelsea’s valuation of Rooney – who still has two years remaining on his contract – is ludicrously low. “The thing that makes me laugh is I’ve been told it [the latest bid] is £25million to £30million. For Wayne Rooney? A 27-year-old who is probably in the top six strikers in the world?” Robson told talkSPORT. “What are United going to have to pay to replace him? I’m amazed at that. I think it is an insult to Wayne Rooney.” With Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and, most obviously, Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie in his squad, Moyes clearly has attacking alternatives to Rooney. Yet there is no doubt though that, having so far failed to secure the services of Cesc Fabregas, losing Rooney would increase the pressure on new manager David Moyes and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has endured a difficult first summer since replacing David Gill as the man responsible for completing transfer deals. Yet it does seem the England forward is happy to call time on his stay at Old Trafford. His relationship with United may not have deteriorated to the point where he is forced to train with the reserves, as has been the case with Suarez. However, the 27-year-old has clearly decided he has no future at Old Trafford. Rooney’s major concern appears to centre around Sir Alex Ferguson’s continued presence in the United hierarchy and the influence he will be able to exert given he selected Moyes as his successor. As a global ambassador for the Old Trafford outfit, Robson remains close to United affairs and travelled with David Moyes’ squad throughout their recent tour of the Far East and Australia. Robson is acutely aware of the club’s ‘not for sale’ stance on Rooney and Chelsea’s keen interest in the 27-year-old given Jose Mourinho has already had two offers turned down. last_img read more

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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at age 43 after 4-year-battle with cancer

first_imgActor Chadwich Boseman has passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer.Chadwick Boseman, played Black icons such as Jackie Robinson and James Brown, before starring as the Black Panther in the Marvel movies.Boseman was just 43 years old when he died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.pic.twitter.com/aZ2JzDf5ai— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020last_img

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