The Kingsmill owner’s Belfast bakery is to produce pancakes, muffins and loaves of bread for the SOS NI charity.Allied Bakeries (AB) has pledged to provide 9,360 pancakes, 3,120 muffins and 1,820 loaves of bread each year to the charity, which provides for vulnerable people across Northern Ireland.The partnership with SOS NI means AB will provide them with their weekly bread supply completely free of charge.In addition, AB donated 3,000 pancakes to support the Pancakes for Medics fundraising initiative across Belfast, where large companies were challenged to hold Pancake Day events to raise funds for the charity.Elva O’Connor, senior brand manager at AB, said: “As a Belfast-based bakery we believe we have a responsibility to support activities that engage with the local communities in which our business operates, so we are delighted to support such a fantastic charity as SOS NI. We applaud their fantastic work.”Joe Hyland, chief executive of SOS NI, said: “We are so grateful to Allied Bakeries, the bread they donate each week enables us to help those who need it most.“With Allied Bakeries’ help we are now able to reach out to more vulnerable people than ever before. We couldn’t do it without their continued support.”
Empty seats at lectures and a lack of academic conversation in residence halls spurred discussion in Campus Life Council (CLC) Monday.The Council discussed possibilities for greater engagement outside the classroom and the intellectual environment on campus. “We are an extremely intelligent campus,” former student body president Grant Schmidt said. “We are very passionate about our studies. How do we expand on that?”Members of CLC debated how to bring a more intellectual environment to campus life outside of the classroom that would still preserve Notre Dame’s distinct identity. “We are getting a sense from juniors and seniors that they are just now realizing that they should be having friendships with their professors,” former student body vice president Cynthia Weber said. Creating more peer academic involvement during freshmen orientation would be a method to introduce this intellectual environment to students immediately, she said.Weber suggested that these conversations should could build an “opportunity to pursue service through scholarship” for students at Notre Dame who are looking towards graduate education. Council members steered away from specifically incorporating academic life in the residence halls around campus by holding more classes in dorm settings. “Looking at the residential system as a major piece of the puzzle in stimulating the intellectual life on campus is like trying to put out a fire with a water gun,” Sorin Hall rector Fr. Jim King said. The challenge is making the connection between the residence life and the culture of academia on campus, he said. Making academic events appealing to students is critical to developing an intellectual environment, members said. The Council identified a lack of interest as a problem rather than a lack of opportunities.“The value of a forum or of an event like the God Debate is that those stimulate discussion and are not just lectures,” Judicial Council president Ian Secviar said. Broadcasting important events through television and scheduling programs at more convenient times for students were proposed to engage more of the campus community. Council members targeted a combination of over-programming and a lack of advertising as the source of low attendance for lectures on campus. “It is a shame that we have so much at hand and so little being taken advantage of,” student representative John DeLacio said. “It’s frustrating.”
You can tell spring has sprung in the Blue Ridge by the telltale signs. The wildflowers begin their epic journey from sprout to bloom. The rivers run swollen and dirty with snow runoff from high in the mountains. The songbirds trumpet the changing season with songs of love, blah, blah, blah. What really marks the transition from cold dreary winter to warm vibrant spring in this part of the country is all the enthusiastic thru-hikers beginning their 2,000 mile trek on the Appalachian Trail. Most won’t make it of course, but these first few weeks of the hiking season will set the tone for what could be a three to four month endeavor.Whether you admire A.T. thru-hikers or think them foolhardy, you have to respect the desire to accomplish something so vast that takes such a commitment. Thru-hiking the A.T. remains one of the more attainable ‘extreme’ accomplishments of the common man; even if you are not strong enough to climb Denali or Everest, you can still hike the A.T. This is part of the reason there are so many festivals and events in trail towns celebrating the hikers. Virtually all thru-hikers are not pro athletes, but regular Joes who want to test their mettle against the most famous trail in the U.S., if not the world. The bottom line is, they need a little boost from time to time and the trail towns are more than happy to oblige, and you should be too.Given the religious significance of this Sunday (Easter) giving a little back would probably help your Karma – not to mix East and West, but America is a melting pot right? Head for historic Franklin, N.C. this weekend for their annual April Fool’s Trail Days. Franklin will be hopping with entertainment, workshops, exhibits and more. Take some time to hang with some hikers, hear some stories, and lend a hand if you can. Also, swing by the Blue Ridge Outdoors tent, pick up the new issue and say hi to Dusty. He’ll sign you up to win some cool stuff in our raffle.View Larger Map
Apr 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – In a major effort to track influenza viruses in nature and learn more about how they interact with the human body, the federal government this week announced a $23-million-a-year program to fund research centers at six institutions around the country.The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) unveiled the 7-year plan to fund six “Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance” at universities and other institutions from New York City to Los Angeles.”The goal of the newly created centers is to provide the federal government with important information to inform public health strategies for controlling and lessening the impact of seasonal influenza as well as an influenza pandemic,” the NIAID said in an Apr 2 news release.Research under the NIAID contracts will range from monitoring of Americans’ responses to flu vaccination to identification of possible targets for new antiviral drugs and testing of pigs and wild birds. Each center will collaborate with a number of other agencies and institutions.The new initiative builds on a program launched by the NIAID after the original human outbreak of H5N1 avian flu in Hong Kong in 1997, the agency said. In that program, led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, researchers studied flu viruses in waterfowl and live bird markets in Hong Kong, shedding light on the natural history of the viruses. St. Jude is one of the six centers named this week.The six centers, with their principal investigators and main areas of research as described by the NIAID, are as follows:St. Jude, Dr. Robert Webster. Research areas include antiviral drug regimens, factors in flu virus resistance to antivirals, virus transmissibility, and human defenses against the H5N1 virus. The center will also maintain surveillance for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in Southeast Asia.University of California, Los Angeles; Dr. Scott Layne. Researchers will monitor animal influenza internationally and in the Pacific Northwest and will maintain a high-throughput laboratory network for studying circulating flu viruses and antiviral resistance.University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou. Scientists will monitor flu viruses in migratory birds, conduct human flu surveillance in Thailand, and monitor US farm workers who work with swine. (See further information below.)Emory University, Atlanta; Dr. Richard Compans. Researchers will study how flu viruses adapt to new hosts and are transmitted between different hosts and will examine human immune responses to flu vaccination and infection.Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Sastre. Researchers will conduct molecular studies to identify viral genes associated with pathogenicity and the adaptability of flu viruses in birds and mammals.University of Rochester, New York; Dr. John Treanor. Investigators will monitor communities in New York for seasonal flu infections and study the effectiveness of annual immunization programs, among other efforts. (See further information below.)At the University of Minnesota, Pappaioanou said the center will collaborate with a number of other groups to test wild birds for flu viruses throughout the Central Flyway, with studies weighted toward the Upper Midwest. Partners in the effort include the University of Georgia in Athens, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the US National Wildlife Health Center in Madison (Wis.), the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and Cargill Corp., she said.Depending on results, the bird surveillance may lead to testing of pigs and possibly testing of people who work with pigs, Pappaioanou, an epidemiologist and veterinarian in the School of Public Health, told CIDRAP News. “If we find birds that are positive, we’ll look at swine that are nearby. We’ll be interviewing people who own those operations and their employees. If there are reports of human illness that could be flu, we’ll be testing specimens from [the patients].”In addition, the center will team up with Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, which has battled H5N1 outbreaks in recent years, for a human flu surveillance project in rural Thailand, Pappaioanou said. Researchers will be looking at risk factors for H5N1 exposure and also test people for antibodies indicating past exposure to the virus.Pappaioanou said the center will receive NIAID funding of about $3 million a year under a contract that requires various “deliverables” along the way. The latter include things like detailed information on the viruses collected plus laboratory reagents and protocols developed. The data generated will be deposited in GenBank and other public databases.”My role is largely going to be coordinating this, making sure things happen, providing scientific oversight, and making sure we deliver our deliverables to the NIH [National Institutes of Health],” she said.At the University of Rochester, scientists are planning research to help in the development of a single vaccine that can work against many different flu strains, Treanor commented in a news release.The Rochester center will study five topics in particular: (1) how white blood cells recognize qualities shared by many different flu strains, (2) the identity of viral proteins that turn on “helper” T cells, causing them to attack infected cells, (3) communication between immune cells, (4) the nature of changes in the viral protein hemagglutinin when flu viruses jump from birds to mammals, and (5) the qualities of viral polymerase, the enzyme the virus uses to copy its genetic material.As part of the effort, “Researchers will follow college students, healthy adults, and 150 families with young children in the Rochester area for seven years, monitoring them for exposure to flu and responses to vaccination,” the release states.The Rochester contract is worth a total of $26 million, officials said. The university will collaborate with Cornell University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and community partners.See also:Apr 2 NIAID news releaseUniversity of Rochester news releaseSt Jude Children’s Research Hospital news release
The kitchen at 2a Armstrong St, Clontarf.Outside there is a garden shed in the backyard and side access on both sides of the house. “This is pretty much what you’d call a low-maintenance block and house for a busy family,” Mr Judson said. “There’s nothing left to do. You can just move in and unpack. “Everyone comments on the high-quality finish and how well (the renovations) have been done.” The floorplan of 2a Armstrong St, Clontarf. The front balcony at 2a Armstrong St, Clontarf.Mr Judson said his favourite part of the home was the front balcony. “I love sitting out there, having a beer and looking at the view to the Glasshouse Mountains,” he said. Mr Judson said the home was also in a sought-after street.“It sits high on a hill there and gets a good breeze in summertime,” he said. The property is being marketed by Brendan Philp of Abode Properties for offers over $579,000. The home at 2a Armstrong St, Clontarf.THIS two-storey property has been completely overhauled and feels like a brand new home. Chris and Louise Judson bought the three-bedroom, two-storey home at 2a Armstrong St, Clontarf, in November 2015 and spent 12 months giving it a total makeover. “It went from a 1970s original to a brand new house,” Mr Judson said. “Everything has been replaced. We did the kitchen, bathrooms, polished floors, and repainted inside and out.“We put in airconditioning, solar, new wiring and new plumbing.” The lounge room at 2a Armstrong St, Clontarf.Upstairs there is a living room that opens to the front balcony and an open-plan kitchen and dining area that opens to the back deck. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and plenty of bench and cupboard space. The three bedrooms have built-in robes and the toilet is separate from the family bathroom. Downstairs there is a double lockup garage, storage space, rumpus room, bathroom and laundry. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019
Stuff.co.nz 26 January 2014Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school.Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don’t cause bedlam, the principal says.The school is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing.Principal Bruce McLachlan rid the school of playtime rules as part of a successful university experiment.“We want kids to be safe and to look after them, but we end up wrapping them in cotton wool when in fact they should be able to fall over.”Letting children test themselves on a scooter during playtime could make them more aware of the dangers when getting behind the wheel of a car in high school, he said.“When you look at our playground it looks chaotic. From an adult’s perspective, it looks like kids might get hurt, but they don’t.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/9650581/School-ditches-rules-and-loses-bullies
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Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Ajah Criner, Central Arkansas – So. – Stephens, Ark.Criner took three first-place finishes at the UCA Spring Opener, winning the 100m (12.23), 200m (25.06) and 4x100m (47.76). Honorable Mention: Alex Eykelbosch, McNeese; Sprint Medley, Northwestern State; Sophie Daigle, Southeastern Louisiana. Honorable Mention: Alanna Arive, McNeese; Jakiriya Hunter, Northwestern State; Hannah Noble, Central Arkansas. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas sophomore Ajah Criner and Southeastern Louisiana junior Alexia Stein are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. UCA next heads to Memphis, Tenn., this weekend for the Rhodes College Invitational while Southeastern travels to UL Lafayette’s Louisiana Classics. Both competitions take place Friday and Saturday. Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Alexia Stein, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Baldwin City, Kan.Stein captured gold in the discus with a school-record throw of 160-02.00 inches at McNeese’s Cowboy Relays. That mark leads the Southland by 11 feet this season. She was also 11th in the hammer throw with a distance of 141-00.0.