Additional spots open in select study abroad programs

first_imgAfter receiving a record number of applications last November, Notre Dame International announced it will be accepting a second round of applications to select study abroad locations, according to a press release last week.Five programs will be accepting additional students — Peking University in Bejing, Jerusalem, Norwich, Tokyo Sophia and Puebla. Of the five programs, Puebla is the only one with a language requirement.Study abroad director David Younger said that there were numerous challenges with this year’s application pool.“A lot of students applied in high numbers to very specific programs, and we couldn’t accommodate that many in those specific programs,” Younger said. “And some of our other programs … didn’t fill and we want to make sure that we can fill as many programs as we can and send as many students abroad as we can.” Joe Andrews | The Observer Notre Dame International, whose department offices are housed in the Main Building, will accept additional applicants for five programs after students applied in high numbers to certain locations.In addition, Younger said the department puts particular emphasis on filling these locations, since some of them function as exchange programs with the respective international universities.“We want to be able to send them more [students] as well and increase not only our number of students going overseas, but also the internationalization of campus coming in,” Younger said. “It’s a symbiotic relationship in that way.”The department is encouraging all applicants who were waitlisted or who missed the deadline but are still interested in studying abroad next year to apply, citing the proven benefits of traveling internationally as a major reason to consider.“It’s a very transformational experience,” Younger said. “It’s an opportunity to not only have a different style of academic learning, but to move beyond academic learning and have more of the intercultural learning — the personal development experience that students will have while they’re abroad.”Younger did acknowledge the concern many students have about going abroad, in that it may interfere with the recruiting cycle. However, he emphasized the unique opportunity students who travel internationally have of using their experience as a crux to better market themselves to employers.“Really critically analyze what you’re doing while you’re abroad,” Younger said. “If you’re just going to go through the motions of essentially being in South Bend while you’re abroad, I would encourage those students to instead ask themselves, ‘How can I make this experience the most useful to me both academically, but also on an intercultural or interpersonal level?’ That’s going to be what interviewers look for when they ask about your experience abroad.”Applications to these programs are being accepted now. Initial review will begin on Feb. 9, and applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.Tags: Beijing, Jerusalem, new study abroad locations, Norwich, puebla, study abroad, Tokyo Sophialast_img read more

Chicken Sales Sizzle

first_img“We see demand for chicken jump about 10 percent every summer,” said Stan Savage,a poultry specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “Fortunately, wecan plan for the increase.” “The poultry companies have to sell dark meat for whatever they can get for it,”Savage said “and grocers sell it for 49 to 59 cents a pound.” Savage said poultry follows the law of supply and demand almost to the letter — “asdemand rises, prices quickly rise, too.” If Georgia poultry companies couldn’t planahead for summer demand increases and grow more chickens, prices would nearlydouble. Companies prepare 10 to 12 weeks in advance for the summer demand increase. Theykeep more hens, which lay more eggs. Then they cut the time between flocks infarmers’ broiler houses statewide. “By cutting the down time between flocks from 10 days to just a week, we can supplymore birds,” he said. Georgia farmers produce 530 million pounds of broilers everymonth. In the summer, production rises to more than 584 million pounds. But that leaves a lot of dark meat that’s not in demand. Today’s broiler chickens areabout 60 percent white meat (breasts and wings) and 40 percent dark (legs, thighs andbacks). Ah, summertime! Lazy weekends, family picnics and chicken sizzling on the grill.center_img And in an ironic economic twist, rising demand for white meat, especially the breast,can actually push down the price of dark meat. “You might see leg quarters on summer specials for as little as 29 or 39 cents apound,” he said. “All because U.S. consumers are willing to pay a little more for thewhite meat they prefer.” But processors’ loss on dark meat, he said, is offset by higher prices for white meat.Higher summer demand gently bumps up prices when the supply is tight. As farmers raise more chickens to meet the demand for white meat, there is also moredark meat to sell. That’s good news for leg-quarter lovers. In the United States, shoppers prefer white meat. It’s versatile, can be prepared veryquickly and is reasonably priced, Savage said.last_img read more

Hurricane Earl’s Effect

first_imgThe rain also helped refill many farm ponds and branches that supply water to Georgiacattle herds.Extension horticulturist Gerard Krewer said therain couldn’t have come at a better time for next year’s blueberry crop. The bushes aresetting fruit buds now, he said, and their water need was critical.Earl wasn’t as kind, though, to crops higher above the ground. Pecan trees werehard-hit.”We’ve seen orchards where as many as 200 trees were blown down,” said Tom Crocker, an extension pecan horticulturist.”Cyclonic winds that spun off Earl damaged trees and knocked off a lot ofpecans.”The worst effect on pecans was that the winds came after the rain. Up to 8 inches ofrain saturated and softened the soil in pecan orchards. That made the trees morevulnerable to the 60 mph winds that came after the skies had cleared.”A lot of us breathed a sigh of relief a bit too early,” Crocker said.”The wind really caught us off guard, although there was nothing we could have doneto prevent the wind damage.”Crocker said so far, pecan farmers from Lee, Houston, Sumter and Ben Hill countiesreport the most damage. “But we’re not certain yet how that damage will affect thecrop this year,” he said. Left-click to download the 5.71M .jpg image. Right-click to download the thumbnail .gif image HURRICANE EARL hit pecan trees after the rains swept across the state. Cyclonic winds damaged trees by breaking limbs and knocking off nuts. One farmer reported 200 trees down in his orchards. (Photo courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)center_img University of Georgia scientists said the rainHurricane Earl dropped across the state provided desperately needed water to Georgiacrops. But we could have done without the wind.The wind hit Georgia cotton hard, said Steve Brown,an Extension Service agronomist withthe UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.”We’ve seen fields with 40 to 50 pounds — maybe up to 75 pounds — of the lint onthe ground,” Brown said. Rain saturated the cotton and made it fall more easily whenthe wind hit it.Fortunately, most of the crop was not yet defoliated. “Since the leaves were stillon plants in so many fields,” Brown said, “they protected the lint from gettingblown off.”Brown said the ’98 crop is ahead of usual. Hot weather has made bolls mature faster,”so there’s a bit more ready than usual at this time. Earl provided rain we needed inlate-planted nonirrigated fields that were getting mighty dry.”UGA peanut scientist  John Baldwin said muchthe same thing: fields were getting dry. The rain was “a little late for a lot of thecrop,” Baldwin said. “But it’s almost always welcome.”Hot, dry weather made peanuts mature faster, too, he said. Some farmers had already dugsome fields in preparation for harvesting.”Now, with another system brewing (in the Gulf of Mexico), farmers are makingplans to make sure they can get their peanuts out of the field without quality loss,”he said.The rains, though, will help finish out a lot of Georgia’s peanuts. “The weatherfrom now through the beginning of October will make or break our peanuts this year,”Baldwin said. Many Georgia farmers still have 1997 fresh on their minds. It started raining last yearin mid-September and didn’t stop long enough to harvest until April.”They remember that clearly,” Baldwin said. “And they’re making harvestplans with that possibility in mind.”The experts say Earl was good for cattle farmers, too. “Our pastures were verydry,” said Robert Stewart, an Extension Serviceanimal scientist. “This rain will allow many of our farmers to make another cuttingof hay, which almost all of them are short on.”last_img read more

Canoeing and wildlife watching

first_imgRock Eagle 4-H Center will host Saturday at the Rock on May 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the camp in Eatonton, Ga.Presented by the Rock Eagle Environmental Education Program, this session of the Saturday program will include lessons on navigating a canoe and learning about the wildlife that live on and around Rock Eagle Lake.The two-hour program costs $5 per person and advanced registration is required by calling (706) 484-2862 or e-mailing mhammons@uga.edu.A complete list of Rock Eagle 4-H Center programs can be found online at www.rockeagle4h.org.last_img read more

Colombia Builds First Army Aviation Logistics Center

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo March 22, 2017 The Colombian government has made its Army Aviation Logistics Center (CLAVE, per its Spanish acronym) operational. The center will help the Colombian Army’s Air Assault Aviation Division respond quickly to any demand. CLAVE arose from the need to provide organizational support to the Colombian Army Aviation fleet of aircraft. The center’s support includes receipt, transport, storage, protection, and distribution of aeronautical equipment, according to a Colombian Army press release. The center’s opening ceremony was held on February 11th at Lieutenant General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Air Field in Tolemaida. It was presided over by General Alberto José Mejía Ferrero, commander of the Colombian Army; Major General Denis Thompson, commander of the Multinational Observers Force in the Sinai; and Major General Emiro José Barrios Jiménez, commander of the Air Assault Aviation Division of the Colombian Army. Measuring more than 9,000 square meters, CLAVE was designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Colombia provided more than $17 million for the project’s construction. With this center, Colombia will also be able to administer aeronautical replacement parts for 150 rotary-wing aircraft. Among the aircraft are 15 UH-60-LIMA Black Hawk helicopters, acquired in 2008. “The U.S. authorities will officially hand over the logistics center to the Air Assault Aviation Division, [which will] oversee the storage and strategic reserve of aeronautical components, making this facility the best in class in the region,” Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Álvarez Serrato told Diálogo. He commands the Supply and Service Battalion for Colombian Army Aviation. Lt. Col. Álvarez pointed out that CLAVE will not only centralize all of the logistics and aviation materials previously located at six different places but will also help cast air logistics as a key pillar for carrying out operations, as it will have direct control over all materials. “This will benefit aircraft and crew readiness so they can carry out their national security and defense missions, and it will be more efficient in providing support for disaster response, environmental problems, and participation in international missions,” Professor Alejo Vargas Velásquez, of the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, told Diálogo. In 2013, upon approval of the project, the U.S. Army directly contracted the Colombian company PROKSOL to perform studies and plan the work to be done in the 25th Brigade at Fort Tolemaida. CLAVE meets international standards for conducting air logistics activities. The center has a closed-circuit television system with 109 video cameras and two fire-control tanks that can hold 1 million liters of water, as well as an administration area, special warehouses with night vision lenses and avionics, and a fire extinguisher system that covers the entire logistics center. The center’s facilities are equipped with intruder alert and biometric access control systems. The area assigned to the out-of-service warehouse (FUSER, per its Spanish acronym), has a particulate suction system in the parts cutting area. This prevents volatile compounds from remaining in the atmosphere at the construction site. The warehouse where chemicals and flammables are stored has two-hour fire resistance. In the loading zone, there are two docks for simultaneous unloading. CLAVE is part of the Transformation Plan for the Army of the Future, set for the year 2030. The plan seeks to reinforce the Colombian Army’s technical and technological capacities so that it can respond effectively to the range of challenges and threats that the future will demand. “It’s important that we improve the logistics procedures and systems in our aviation fleet through a management structure that is also international, because once our conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and surely with the National Liberation Army, has ended, the challenges and missions in national defense and security are going to change,” Vargas noted. Colombia is continuing its fight against crime syndicates far and wide across the country. According to the Colombian Army, the Air Assault Aviation Division, together with CLAVE, will add to mobility and support in national and international operations. “We have a very close relationship with U.S. Southern Command. There is a dynamic and ongoing exchange of coordination and cooperation. With their support, we have improved various air logistics processes,” Lt. Col. Álvarez said. “Thanks to this cooperation, Colombia has a logistics unit that is agile, trained, equipped, safe, and reliable. We want to show CLAVE to the other army aviation forces of the world,” he concluded. The Colombian Army plans to show CLAVE to the army aviation forces of other nations attending the next International Army Aviation Conference, in order to work with partner nations on logistical aviation procedures.last_img read more

Colombia Neutralizes Alias Edwin

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo July 18, 2018 Colombia dealt a new blow to dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish), neutralizing 11 people and apprehending two. Alias Edwin, a key terrorist of the FARC’s Seventh Front, a Residual Organized Armed Group (GAOR, in Spanish), intending to settle in the department of Caquetá, was among the casualties. The Colombian Army’s Sixth Division, through its Third Joint Command and in cooperation with the Unified Action Group for Personal Freedom (GAULA, in Spanish) from Caquetá, and the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia, carried out the operation. “We were able to remove alias Edwin, a dangerous individual with a long criminal record—and a great talent for escaping and reappearing—who has been intimidating the population for several years through extortions,” General César Augusto Parra, commander of the Colombian Army’s Sixth Division, told Diálogo. “With the operation over, we checked the information obtained about alias Cadete, the head of the GAOR, Edwin’ boss. He will be neutralized in no time.” Authorities conducted the operation May 28, 2018 in Miramar de Montañita, department of Caquetá. Intelligence was able to locate the cell after detecting a video on social media. The footage showed alias Edwin, one of the leaders of Cadete’s group, threatening the authorities, regional company executives, and the local population. On May 6th, the group had also published a video announcing the beginning of a “pistol plan,” a tactic that consists of shooting in the back those who don’t give in to extortions. To counter this plan, the Colombian Air Force’s (FAC, in Spanish) Sixth Air Combat Command led a military operation to detect the location of criminals, pull up intelligence footage for infiltration, and escort land troops. The targets: Cadete and Edwin The military increased its response against the FARC GAOR in several parts of the country. Authorities want to prevent dissidents from taking over communities known to have been former guerrilla settlements. “The operation is crucial to dismantle remnant cells,” Colombian Minister of Defense Luis Carlos Villegas said. “These actions show the commitment of the military to protect civilians, and their renewed capacities to confront FARC dissidents.” The goal of the Army-led operation was to neutralize Osnar Ordely Méndez Galvis, a criminal also known as Edwin or Sabajón, among the main threats to the town of Cartagena del Chairá, Caquetá. The terrorist was a menace to shopkeepers, farmers, and public officials of Florencia, Caquetá’s capital, and other communities. He had publicly threatened the mayor of Florencia as well as the manager and workers of the local electric company. Control of illicit crops Narcotrafficking fuels remnant groups. “Alias Gentil Duarte, commander of dissidents operating in the department of Guaviare, sent Seventh Front dissidents toward Putumayo to control illicit crops in the area,” said Army General Alberto José Mejía Ferrero, commander of the Military Forces, explaining cells’ movements in the region. “GAOR’s structures in the eastern Andes are divided. The First Front operates from Guaviare to the north, toward Arauca. In the south, the Seventh Front moves toward Putumayo to control illicit crops. Disrupting groups is an important [task] that prevents a chain of events leading to the reorganization of all groups in this part of the country that want to control illicit crops.” The operation An air component kicked off the military operation that followed with more than 30 minutes of ground combat. Drones and Schwizer aircraft carried out FAC’s reconnaissance mission, allowing for the planning of the exercise, armed reconnaissance, air escort, illumination of the maneuver area with AC-47 aircraft known as Spooky, and transport of personnel with Bell Huey II helicopters. A 14-year-old minor, who received immediate medical attention from combat medics, was among the two apprehended. “It was important to bring some peace to the people of the region with the fall of alias Edwin, who extorted more than 90 people. We will recover the area. People believe more and more in the Military Forces, in GAULA, in the military component. They believe we work to control groups and prevent their growth,” Gen. Parra concluded.last_img read more

AVB: I’m not the gloating type

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas insists there will be no gloating on his part if he proves his doubters wrong by delivering Tottenham a top-four finish. The Portuguese is looking to end the season above former employers Chelsea, who are two points behind Tottenham having gone through a difficult year characterised by supporter revolt and yet another managerial sacking. He said: “At the end of the season I won’t be so egocentric to consider it a personal success. That is not my type, but hopefully at the end of the season we are able to achieve what the club expects from the team.” Tottenham’s impressive form continued on Thursday night when they swatted aside Inter Milan 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at White Hart Lane. Villas-Boas’ rampant team have another chance to deliver a big blow to one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Liverpool, who are 10 points below the top four. “I think it will probably end their hopes (of Champions League qualification) if we win, but you never know,” Villas-Boas said. Spurs have fallen away in the last third in the previous two campaigns to miss out on the Champions League, but Villas-Boas insists his squad is made of stronger stuff this time around. “The (unbeaten) run is still there and hopefully we can sustain it,” Villas-Boas said. “It was probably at this time last year that things shifted, but I think with this team’s willingness, we are able to bounce back because the players are really up for it because of what they suffered last season and they really want to be in the Champions League.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Prince aiming for Diamond rule

first_img Press Association After a break, he was fourth to the highly impressive Free Eagle in the Enterprise Stakes at Leopardstown. “He’s been there (Dundalk) a couple of times before, and I thought it was a very good run last time, considering it was his first run back,” said Deegan. “He’s very well, and he’s come on since then. “He’s a massive horse who is still filling his frame, so I wanted to get another run into him. “Maybe Dubai will end up being an option, but I’m viewing him as very much a horse for next year.” Jim Bolger’s Paene Magnus is another course specialist as all four of his career wins have been at Dundalk. The Ger Lyons-trained Magnolia Beach is also in the mix, while there are two visitors from Britain. Charlie Appleby’s Cat O’Mountain, third in the World Cup, showed some promise on his first run since Dubai in the September Stakes at Kempton. Paul Deegan is keen to fit a little more experience into Prince Of All back at an old haunt as the chestnut bids to defend his unbeaten record on the Dundalk Polytrack in Friday night’s Diamond Stakes. Bayrir is still on the comeback trail after moving from Australia to Marco Botti. Appleby said of Cat O’Mountain: “He has come out of the race well at Kempton, but I was a bit disappointed he was only fifth. “They went steady, and it didn’t suit him, so hopefully he’ll get an end-to-end gallop. “Hopefully there’s a good run in him at Dundalk.” Ireland’s first non-turf Group race boasts some very impressive previous winners, including Declaration Of War, Gitano Hernando and Mastercraftsman, with Aidan O’Brien this time fielding Indian Maharaja, Afonso De Sousa and Michaelmas. Prince Of All, who now carries the colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum, won at the County Louth track in March and April before finishing last of seven, beaten six lengths, by Kingman in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. last_img read more

Some businesses charge coronavirus surcharge on customer bills

first_imgFood prices, especially those related to meat products, have begun to rise due to several processing plants being forced to operate with minimal staff and resources as workers fall victim to the coronavirus. As businesses across South Florida and around the world begin to finally reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some  customers say they are seeing new coronavirus related fees on their bills.Reporters at CBS12 news spoke to a local woman who says her dentist charged her a “coronavirus fee” for her last appointment.The woman who was not named in the report, says she believes the extra cost she was forced to pay was to help the practice cover the rising cost of PPE for their workers.This particular dental office is not the only business who is charging and extra fee. Several people who have visited restaurants and some retail shops in the past week have also posted photos showing the additional service charge on their final bill.A customer of the treasure coast also spoke to CBS12 news saying that he noticed a 15% service fee on his bill and was still expected to tip.The owner of that particular restaurant says that the extra fee is because of the spike in food prices due to food shortages.While some people are not happy with the new surge charge, others say they understand and are even ok with it as long as they know about it upfront.Many restaurants have now started adding notices to their door, to inform customers about the new charges before they dine.last_img read more

F1 delays first of two deadlines for 2021

first_img(BBC) – Formula 1 has delayed the first of two deadlines for teams to sign up to be part of the championship from 2021.Teams were in line to receive a bonus if they committed to F1 by August 12, but that deadline has been moved back six days to allow time for more talks.F1 said: “We have received some final small legal comments that are being considered so the early sign-on deadline has been moved to August 18.”The final deadline for teams to commit remains the end of the month.Ferrari, McLaren and Williams said at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix last weekend that they were ready to commit to the next contractual period from 2021 to 25 on the terms currently on offer.However, Mercedes have made it clear there are still some outstanding issues it wants to resolve before it will sign up.F1 has restructured the sport so that there will be a more equitable split in prize money between the teams. That will reduce the huge disparity between the big teams and less successful ones – created by former chief executive Bernie Ecclestone in the current contracts, which were negotiated in 2011.Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said last Friday that the company had “legal, commercial and sporting issues” with the new contracts.He added that he had not seen any willingness to compromise from F1.F1 responded by saying it had “engaged with all the teams in a collaborative and constructive way” and that the agreement would “not be delayed any further”.On Sunday, Wolff said: “What F1 wants to achieve is that it’s not being dragged out any further.“They have set the deadline and made it clear that we have to get on and sign the Concorde Agreement. I don’t think that if anyone fails to meet the 12th or large corporations need more time, this is going to be an issue.“This is a partnership; they need the teams and we need a strong commercial rights holder.“I know why they put a line in the sand to get everyone acting, and they have been pretty successful with that.“I would not pin it down to a day or two or a few weeks. It is a matter of getting the assurances and the buy-in and commitment from the teams to move on and settle it quickly.”Mercedes is committed to F1 and wishes to stay involved but Wolff’s comments betray unhappiness with the terms on offer.Under the new agreement, the massive bonuses paid to the big teams have been removed.These saw Ferrari last year earn about an additional $110M (about £84M), Mercedes and Red Bull more than $70M (£53.7M), McLaren about $30M (£23M) and Williams $10M (£7.7M).The new system will see Ferrari earn $40M (£30.7M) for their long-term commitment to the sport as the only team that have been in the championship since its inception in 1950.The engine manufacturers will each receive payments of $10M (£7.7M) a year in recognition of their support for the sport.last_img read more