Summer camps can reopen, but much remains unknown

first_img Full Name* long islandNew JerseyThe Hamptonswestchester county New York may look to Connecticut, where camps have had the greenlight to operate, as it implements its own Covid-19 safety protocols. In the Nutmeg State, only 14 kids may attend a camp, and facilities must have enhanced cleaning protocols in place. Face coverings must also be worn by staffers.In New Jersey, an announcement for the 2021 season has yet to be made. Last year, New Jersey day camps were allowed to operate, while sleepaway camps were not. The state also issued a set of guidelines in 2020 that included regular temperature checks, face coverings worn by campers and staff, and limiting attendance numbers for indoor and outdoor day camps.“We’re in a very different landscape than we were last summer, in terms of what we know about the virus,” Lupert said. “We are hopeful that day camps will look and feel pretty normal to a kid.”Contact Sasha Jones Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message*center_img Tags “We’re seeing a ton of studies coming out right now about the mental health of children and the results of the isolation that they’ve had this past year,” said Susie Lupert, executive director of the American Camp Association, NY and NJ. “Camp really is an antidote to that.”Some New York camps celebrated the news on social media: Email Address* (Getty) Children screaming in the woods will be back this summer — in a good way.Both day and sleepaway camps in New York will be allowed to reopen in June, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week, as long as they have proper Covid-19 testing protocols in place.It’s still unknown what those protocols will look like, although last summer they included smaller group sizes, health screenings and increased equipment sanitization. In his announcement last week, Cuomo said the state’s Department of Health would have further guidance on the situation for parents.ADVERTISEMENTLast summer, day camps were allowed to operate but overnight camps were banned.Read moreSchool’s back on. Will the NYC resi market follow suit?Suburban home inventory is depleted, but demand ragesIn Hamptons and elsewhere, season no longer ends on Labor Daylast_img read more

Oxford to Oxford in an Oxford

first_imgA couple have set out to travel from Oxford, England to Oxford New Zealand in a 1954 Morris Oxford. They expect their mammoth journey to take nearly a year and are hoping to raise money for the Red Cross. Joanne Bowlt, 34, and Tim Nicholson, 36, met while they were students in Oxford in the 1990s. Joanne, a former Queen’s JCR President, studied PPE and Tim was at Oxford Brookes. After seeing publicity for the Morris Oxford’s 50th birthday, the pair decided to journey from the city in which they first met, to its eponymous New Zealand counterpart, in the small old-fashioned car. They set off from Oxford on 5 May and hope to arrive in New Zealand early in 2005. Cherwell caught up with them in Marrakech, Morocco. They will now travel via Africa, India, Asia, Australia and finally onto New Zealand. They have 10,000 miles to cover and their small black car, which they call Florence, can reach a maximum of 65mph. And when they finally arrive at their destination? “After a good rest,” said Tim, “and a drive around New Zealand, we plan to drive home!”ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

JUST IN: STAN LEVCO ANNOUNCES THAT HE IS RUNNING FOR VANDERBURGH COUNTY PROSECUTOR

first_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Stan Levco Announces Bid for November 2018JUNE 7TH, 2018 MITCH ANGLE EVANSVILLE, INDIANAFormer Vanderburgh Prosecutor Stan Levco announced this morning that he intends to run for the position he used to hold come this November.While making the announcement, Levco called out current Republican Prosecutor Nick Hermann, claiming he has been ineffective in the courtroom.According to Levco, Herman’s last seven and a half years in office have been unacceptable.Levco boasted his own record in court, saying he has tried more than 20 murder cases and got guilty verdicts in each case.Nick Hernamm has yet to comment on the recent announcement.center_img TwitterFacebooklast_img read more

Makes it real’

first_imgFor freshman Blair Arbuckle, becoming a cast member of “Loyal Daughters and Sons” (LDS) helped her understand the reality of sexual assault at Notre Dame. LDS, an annual show written, directed and performed by students, is based on Notre Dame students’ true experiences with sexual assault. “The play makes it real,” Arbuckle said. “And especially because these stories are true stories from past Notre Dame students or current Notre Dame students, it’s just very personal.” This year’s show, made up of 36 skits, runs tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium at the Hesburgh Library. Kelsie Kiley, a junior and co-director of LDS, said the show gives a face to sexual assault and a voice to survivors. “These characters are a person at Notre Dame,” she said. “To put a face to all of these stories [shows] people that it does happen at Notre Dame, but that doesn’t mean it has to continue to happen. There are measures we can take to start preventing it.” Kiley said she and co-director Matt Mancini aimed for the performances to show solidarity with survivors of rape and sexual assault. “I think coming into the show we took an approach that was never taken before, and that was more a solidarity with survivors,” Kiley said. “Just to be there for the person. And I think that’s what we were kind of going with. We think that’s a more effective route.” Mancini, also a junior, said LDS is especially relevant this year due to recent criticism of the University’s handling of sexual assault cases. “The student organizers and actors of Loyal Daughters and Sons are demonstrating that, in fact, sexual assault is taken very seriously at all levels and is addressed not only by the administration and NDSP, but by the students themselves,” he said. “I think the main thing we want to do is educate people. This isn’t a propaganda piece. This isn’t a politically-driven piece that has a side.” When current cast member Elliot Pearce, a sophomore, saw LDS last year, he said its presentation of various perspectives caused him to feel angry during some skits, but also made him want to get involved with the show. “They’re good about presenting a lot of different opinions on things and some of them I vehemently disagreed with and just made me feel really sad and depressed that something like that could happen to somebody, especially at a wonderful place like this,” Pearce said. Pearce said acting in the show this year has caused him to think more about the issue of sexual assault. “And I think this year it sort of reminded me of all the feelings I had the first time I saw it,” he said. “And in a way it’s enabled me to think more deeply about it.” Kiley said the process of directing the show has been an emotional experience, but the range of emotions in the show is an important part of dealing with its subject matter. “Actually listening to the stories was really difficult,” she said. “It’s presenting the gray area in sexual assault. There is no black and white. Being able to present the emotions that go into this huge realm of gray area is important.” LDS began in 2006 when Emily Weisbecker, an undergraduate student at the time, received a grant to conduct interviews and write the show, according to Elizabeth Moriarty, assistant director of Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center. New writers conduct interviews and add material each year, and each year’s show has new directors and producers. Sophomore Jessie Bretl, a current cast member, said beyond showing the reality of sexual assault, the true stories in the show are important because audience members remember details and specific stories. “Once you hear a detailed story … it sticks in your mind and you remember it,” Bretl said. “People are always asking what they can do to help, and this is something you can do. Educate yourself. Be aware of what’s going on. Tell you friends to be aware. Literally one person saying something to one person could save someone.” Mancini said LDS is powerful because it mixes theatricality and social awareness while remaining true to the original stories. “I think the biggest thing is we don’t want to tarnish the integrity of these stories,” he said. “And Kelsie and I think the theatricality we’re bringing to this production is really going to flourish.” Sophomore cast member Jack Hough said he auditioned for the show at the recommendation of his sister, a Notre Dame graduate. But once he heard some of the script during auditions, he decided he wanted to help people understand the issue of sexual assault. “And if they go to this show, well, they have to sit around and say ‘well, who knows, it could have been one of my friends who had this story’ … and there’s a lot of mystery,” Hough said. “Everyone wants to believe that we live in a perfect little dome, but we don’t.”last_img read more

A National Park for Maine?

first_imgWilderness advocates have been wanting to create a Maine Woods National Park and Preserve for 20 years, but politicians have consistently caved in to opponents, even tabling an offer by Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, who offered to donate land to create a much smaller park alongside Baxter State Park, pictured here. Photo courtesy of Numbphoto, FlickrEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on the proposal to turn parts of the Northern Forest in Maine into a big national park?                                                                                    — Peter Griswold, Jaffrey, NH The idea of turning a large chunk of forest in central Maine into a national park dates back at least 150 years when Henry David Thoreau himself called for making the region “a national preserve” in essays about his travels through the area via foot and canoe in the 1850s. To this day most of the areas in central Maine that Thoreau visited are still primarily undeveloped save for intermittent timber extraction.But recent changes in land ownership there are worrying ecologists. The non-profit RESTORE: The North Woods has been carrying the torch for creating a Maine Woods National Park and Preserve for 20 years and reports that, between 1994 and 2005, the share of forest land in Maine’s 9.3 million acre Unorganized Territory owned by timber companies dropped from 59.2 to 15.5 percent while that owned by investors grew from 3.2 to 32.6 percent. RESTORE is concerned that this dramatic change positions the region for a real estate gold rush. A huge development already planned for the shores of Moosehead Lake in the region is just one example of the kinds of changes afoot that could decimate the region’s wilderness qualities.RESTORE’s proposal, first aired in 1994, calls for setting aside 3.2-million acres surrounding Baxter State Park (home of Maine’s tallest peak, Mt. Katahdin, and the northern tip of the Appalachian Trail) as a national park. Bigger than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined, the proposed park would safeguard thousands of miles of rivers and streams while providing unfragmented habitat for wildlife.According to RESTORE, there are no significant chunks of undeveloped wilderness anywhere in the Northeastern United States and that such a large park “is needed to protect wildlife habitat on a landscape scale to allow for adaptation in the face of unprecedented climate change.” Also, the proposed park would ensure permanent access for outdoor recreation and support a diversified and sustainable economy. Although RESTORE’s campaign has the backing of a majority of Maine residents, it has failed to gain enough traction to make it before Congress. Some blame local opposition, allied as the Maine Woods Coalition, for convincing the state’s Congressional delegation not to push for the proposal.A new proposal from Burt’s bees founder Roxanne Quimby later rekindled the issue: In May 2011 she offered to donate up to 70,000 acres she owns adjacent to Baxter State Park for a new national park, along with a $40 million endowment for park operations. And to appease those opposed to RESTORE’s proposal, she offered a similar amount of land for multiple-use, including hunting. Quimby’s proposal includes only lands she owns, and would create a much smaller park than what RESTORE envisioned.A few months after Quimby made her offer known U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis held a public listening session in Millinocket, Maine. But then in February 2012, Maine’s Congressional delegation convinced Secretary Salazar to table the new proposal for the time being. So for now, the fate of millions of trees—the veritable lungs of the Northeastern U.S.—and hundreds of wildlife species may just hang in the balance.CONTACTS: RESTORE’s Maine Woods National Park: A Vision of What Could Be, www.mainewoods.org; Maine Woods Coalition, www.mainewoodscoalition.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Internacional Is Libertadores Cup Champion

first_img Internacional of Brazil was crowned Wednesday as the champion of soccer’s Liberators of America Cup with a 3-2 victory at home over Chivas of Guadalajara, Mexico, in the second match of a home-and-away series, at which a brief fight broke out as the local fans were celebrating the title. Internacional, coached by Celso Roth, won with goals scored by the forwards Rafael Sobis, Leandro Damiao, and Giuliano at 61, 76, and 89 minutes of play, respectively. Chivas scored first with a goal by midfielder Marco Fabián de la Mora at 42 minutes and then lessened Internacional’s lead with a goal by forward Omar Bravo at 92 minutes of play. The duel was fought in front of around sixty thousand spectators in Beira-Rio Stadium in the city of Porto Alegre and was refereed by Colombian Oscar Ruiz. The Brazilian team, which obtained its second tournament title, having been crowned as champion in 2006, had won the first match of the series 2-1 as the visiting team, so that it won the Cup with an aggregate score of 5-3. In the concluding ceremony, world soccer star Pelé handed the trophy to the Porto Alegre team. By making it to the final round, Inter qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup, which will be held in December in the United Arab Emirates, representing the South American Soccer Confederation (Conmebol). Chivas was not eligible to qualify for this cup, since it is an invited guest in the South American tournament. Guadalajara was frustrated in the attempt to win its country’s first Liberators Cup title, following the 2001 defeat of Cruz Azul on the only other occasion a Mexican team has reached the final round. By Dialogo August 20, 2010last_img read more

Central Islip, North Patchogue Home Invasions Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a pair of home invasions in which victims were attacked about 25 hours and 10 miles apart in Central Islip and North Patchogue last week, authorities said.In the first case, two men—one of whom may have been armed—entered a house on Brightside Avenue in Central Islip, punched a victim, stole his wallet and fled the scene at 11:12 p.m. Wednesday, police said.Then at 12:48 a.m. Friday, two men—one of whom brandished a knife—entered a house on Jennings Avenue in North Patchogue, punched a victim and fled, possibly empty handed, police said.A description of the suspects was not available and no arrests have been made, police said. It was not immediately clear if the home invasions are linked.Thirds Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the Central Islip case and Fifth Squad detectives are handling the North Patchogue probe.last_img read more

Oshima to Build Another Ultramax Pair for Taiwan Navigation

first_imgIn an effort to expand its dry bulk fleet, Taiwan Navigation Company (TNC) has ordered two 62,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carriers from Japanese shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding. Under the terms of the contract signed between the two parties on September 19, TNC will pay USD 25.5 million per unit.As informed, the deal was inked on behalf of TNC’s wholly owned subsidiary, Tai Shing Maritime.The company has not disclosed the delivery date of the bulkers.This is the second order TNC placed this year. In May, the company also ordered two Ultramax bulk carriers at the same shipyard. The ships are scheduled for delivery in October and November 2018.Currently, TNC operates a fleet of 37 vessels totaling 1.6 million dwt tons, the company’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Unrealistic safeguards

first_imgMaxim Institute 13 June 2016Family First Comment: New York State and Canada already show evidence that the terms ‘safeguards’ and ‘euthanasia’ are oxymorons“Safeguards.” It’s an official-sounding and soothing term often used by those in favour of euthanasia, to ease concerns about the effect of physician-assisted suicide on vulnerable communities. The literature and overseas experience, however, seem to suggest that in this area, no safeguard has been safe enough.The End of Life Choice Bill (currently waiting to be pulled from the Member’s bill ballot in Parliament) contains this sentence: “Analysis of overseas jurisdictions where assisted dying is permitted demonstrates that concerns, including concerns about abuse of the vulnerable, have not materialised and that risks can be properly managed through appropriate legislative safeguards.”These words are presumably intended to provide comfort to many who are nervous about the unintended consequences of the Bill. However, given several expert opinions I’ve read over the past few weeks contradicting this assertion of safety, they are right to be nervous.For instance, the New York State Task Force on Life and Law—considering a medical perspective on assisted suicide and euthanasia—stated that; “one can posit ‘ideal’ cases in which all the recommended safeguards would be satisfied: patients would be screened for depression and offered treatment, effective pain medication would be available, and all patients would have a supportive, committed family and doctor. Yet the reality of existing medical practice in doctors’ offices and hospitals across the state generally cannot match these expectations, however any guidelines or safeguards might be framed.”Recent events in Canada are also instructive. Last year’s Supreme Court decision—making physician-assisted suicide legal for any competent adult suffering from “a grievous and irremediable” illness, disease, or disability—came into effect on Monday, 6th June. The 16 month delay between the ruling and when it came into effect, was meant to give Canada’s Parliament enough time to pass legislation that would control the practice of physician-assisted suicide, setting out guidelines for whom, how, and when such a procedure could be carried out safely.However, by the 6th, the Canadian Parliament had failed to pass any such legislation, largely due to significant backlash by advocates of euthanasia and assisted suicide. They say, “in its current form, it’s legislation that discriminates on age, mental status, and level of health.” In essence, they believe the safeguards proposed by the Liberal Government are too restricting to the new rights of Canadians to seek physician-assisted death.Instead of greater safeguards to protect those vulnerable to abuse—the elderly, depressed, disabled, or emotionally vulnerable—proponents of euthanasia are calling the Government to keep the category open to anyone with “grievous, irremediable” conditions. This terminology is dangerously vague and, as The Netherlands and Belgium have proven, loose definitions leave room for initially “tough” safeguards to similarly loosen in short order.As Canada struggles to turn promises of safeguards that will protect vulnerable people into acceptable legislation, New Zealanders should take note. Across the jurisdictions that have legalised assisted dying, promises to create these safeguards have largely failed to live up to the rhetoric.http://www.maxim.org.nz/Blog/Unrealistic_safeguardsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Top ten diet foods that can make you fat

first_img 37 Views   no discussions Share Share Granola bars. Photo credit: quakeroats.comTen hidden calorie traps that can pile on the poundsYou’ve cut back on cookies, chucked out the chocolate and raided your nearest health food store, so why aren’t you losing those pounds? Unfortunately, even with the best intentions, you could be sabotaging your weight loss with the wrong foods. They might look and seem healthy, but that’s not always the case. Check out the top ten diet foods that could pile on the pounds.Juices and smoothiesWhen totting up our daily intake of calories, many of us forget to take into account those that come in liquid form. However, the drinks you consume throughout the day can vastly contribute to weight gain. While smoothies and juices count towards your daily intake of fruit (and swapping fry-ups for a morning smoothie would certainly do wonders for your waistline!) supplementing meals with these sugary fruit drinks could add hundreds of extra calories on to your daily intake. Smoothies and juices contain more sugar but less fiber than whole fruit, making fresh fruit a much better snacking option.Cereal barsMany of us believe that cereal bars are the perfect healthy snack and breakfast-on-the-go. However, most breakfast bars are packed with cane sugar and corn syrup, not to mention high levels of fat. In fact, despite their healthy image, cereal bars can contain as much fat, sugar and calories as an average chocolate bar, and can cause crashes in blood sugar levels which will leave you craving more food.Dried fruitAs with smoothies and juices, dried fruit has many beneficial properties and counts towards your daily intake of fruit. However, due to the concentration of sugars that occurs when fruit is dehydrated, it is also very high in calories and sugar when compared to the same amount of fresh fruit, and is much lower in fiber and nutrients. On top of this, many brands add sugar to dried fruit to improve the flavor, which boosts the calorie content even further.Diet drinksMany of us turn to sugar-free versions of our favourite drinks to help stay trim, yet diet drinks may actually be causing you to pile on the pounds. Research by the Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that those who consumed diet drinks daily experienced a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference than those who drank none, while a previous study showed that obesity risk increased by 41 percent for each diet drink consumed. A suggested reason for this is that artificial sweeteners trigger appetite, and they may also inhibit the brain cells that make you feel full.SaladsWhen eating out or buying food on the go, salads are generally presented as the “healthy option”. However, often this is not the case. While salads contain vegetables and other healthy ingredients, these are often buried under a layer of oily, sugary dressings which can be high in both fat and calories. Many salads do contain good fats that can help with weight loss (such as in the case of avocados and olive oil), yet this is not always so. Avoid those sneaky calories by drizzling your salads with a light dressing such as balsamic vinegar, or skipping the dressing entirely.SoupWhile soup can be the perfect weight loss food when prepared correctly, not all soups fall into the diet food category. In fact, many soups can rack up a significant amount of fat and calories, particularly those containing dairy products such as cream or cheese. On top of that, many soups are very high in salt, which can lead to bloating. To help stay trim and cut calories, try purchasing (or better yet, making your own) vegetable-based and cream-free soups.DipsHummus is often perceived as the perfect diet-friendly dip. However, while the healthy snack is undoubtedly nutritious, it is also packed with calories and fat from its principle ingredients of oil and tahini. Another dip for dieters to watch out for is guacamole which, while traditionally packed with nutrients and good fats, often contains calorie-laden double cream. While most dips can be eaten in moderation, if you want to splurge guilt-free go for a homemade tomato salsa which is packed with nutritious ingredients and is almost fat-free.Vegetable chipsMany people view vegetable chips as the “healthy” alternative to the potato variety. However, while some vegetable chips contain slightly more fiber and vitamins than potato chips, this is not always the case and the difference is generally very slight, with most of the vitamins derived from fresh veggies being lost in the process of making them into chips. On top of this, vegetable chips are often just as high in fat and calories as potato ones and contain just as much salt.PopcornAir-popped popcorn is a great nutritious, high-fiber and diet-friendly snack. However, when butter is added into the equation, the tasty snack can quickly lose its healthy credentials. Store-bought and cinema popcorn can be extremely high in fat and calories due to its liberal coating of butter and/or sugar, and is often also served in large quantities. Furthermore, as the TV-friendly snack is often eaten in front of a screen, we can easily consume far more than we intend to due to mindless snacking.GranolaIt’s marketed as a health food, is sold in health food stores and even looks remarkably healthy, so it must be a diet food, right? In the case of granola, sadly the answer is no. While granola is undoubtedly nutritious and full of fiber, it also contains high quantities of sugar and oil, making it extremely high in fat and calories. To help save your waistline, try eating granola in small portions or, better yet, switch to a lower fat sugar-free muesli which will deliver the same health benefits without the calories.Real Buzz Sharecenter_img Tweet HealthLifestyle Top ten diet foods that can make you fat by: – November 1, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more