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Video highlights diverse community

Video highlights diverse community

first_imgThe newest viral video on the Notre Dame campus is a product of the University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Joyce Lantz, director of communications for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, said the “Any Given Day” video, which has been viewed nearly 27,000 times, features students with diverse academic tracks and extracurricular activities to show prospective students the range of opportunities available to them at Notre Dame. “Students at Notre Dame go above and beyond the ordinary college student, making our students and our days extraordinary,” Lantz said. “Students enjoy the challenge of academic rigor, and there is always something happening on campus to attract their intellectual curiosity.” The video also emphasizes Notre Dame’s sense of community and Catholic identity, she said, making students “truly a part of something larger than themselves.” “Notre Dame offers a distinctive Catholic experience within an environment of universal moral values,” Lantz said. “This open and accepting community of faith urges one to examine issues from all angles; it also fills one with a sense of purpose, passion and meaning. Regardless of one’s individual faith tradition, he or she will feel affirmed at Notre Dame.” Senior Martha Dee, who appears in the video, said it highlights parts of the Notre Dame experience that most prospective students don’t get the chance to see. “I think it shows a lot of different facets of Notre Dame life, which is a good thing,” Dee said. “We tend to get a one-sided view of Notre Dame, the tradition and the Catholicism and the straight-edged student population, but I think this video gives a really cool and dynamic perspective.” Dee said the video not only depicts how students spend their time while attending Notre Dame but also the different paths they will take after graduation. “Not only is it giving a rock-star view of Notre Dame … but showing how these experiences here will ultimately lead to the rest of your life,” she said. “This is a jumpstart from where you then go into your career or into your future social life.”   Lantz said the Office of Undergraduate Admissions held a casting call to recruit students to appear in the video. “We were seeking students that could tell their Notre Dame story with authenticity,” she said. “We did not want to work from a script, nor present a ‘talking heads’ format.  Instead, we thought of the process in terms of conversations, conversations one could have with any Notre Dame student on ‘any given day.’” Dee said she was unsure of how the video would turn out while filming but is thrilled with the final product. “When we were shooting the footage, it was just a bunch of walking down the hall and doing the same things over again, and you’re like, ‘How are they going to put this together? What is putting on makeup in a room going to show a prospective student?’” she said. “But when all those little clips were put together, you got every single different view of Notre Dame you possibly could get. I loved the way it turned out.” The student reaction to the video over social media was impressive as well, she said. “It was on everybody’s Facebook page within 45 minutes of it being posted,” Dee said. “Everybody was like, ‘This is awesome! This is why I go to this school! I love Notre Dame.’” Dee said she got goosebumps and started crying the first time she watched the video, and she hopes prospective students get the same feeling. “I think for perspective students who are on the edge – they probably were accepted to a bunch of top-tier schools – looking at his video could give them a really cool look into Notre Dame that you may not otherwise see,” she said. Junior Caroline Ramsey said the video encapsulates the Notre Dame “work hard, play hard” mentality. “It shows that [Notre Dame students are] really involved in studies and involved in engaging in a lot of different activities and exercising their curiosity in so many ways, more than just academic,” Ramsey said. “It tried to show a picture of a whole life, a whole person. That’s what college is all about, educating the whole person. That’s what Notre Dame is about.”last_img read more

Researchers detect invasive species efficiently

Researchers detect invasive species efficiently

first_imgA team of Notre Dame researchers has developed a transportable, two-part system for detecting the presence of invasive species in aquatic environments. The paper, published in the journal ‘Conservation Letters’ and titled ‘Rapid invasive species detection by combining environmental DNA with Light Transmission Spectroscopy,’ details the team’s recent efforts to test its new invasive species detection process. Scott Egan, a biology research assistant professor, said the team’s recent efforts have been bringing the processes of testing for environmental DNA (eDNA) and Light Transmission Spectroscopy (LTS) together as a way to detect the presence of invasive species in an aquatic environment. “eDNA and LTS are separate processes that each work on their own,” Egan said. “The paper is about bringing the two processes together in the field. There are many problems of species detection where we can apply this environmental field diagnostic system.” According to the paper, this new, rapid, inexpensive and accurate on-site method of detecting harmful aquatic species will help ongoing efforts to prevent their introduction and spread. Egan said although the paper only focuses on the tests the team performed to ensure the process works, the end goal is for the system to address the growing problem of invasive species. “In the end, this is intended to solve real problems,” Egan said. “Invasive species threaten biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems and economies worldwide.”  A specific example of where the new system could be used is testing ballast water of ships used for buoyancy in the Great Lakes region, Egan said. “We hope to get this [equipment] on ships coming into our country, into the Great Lakes, and stop the invasions before they start or while the invasive species are in small enough numbers to eliminate,” he said. “This approach lowers the cost to society of protecting our great lakes ecosystems.  It’s much harder to remove species after they’ve begun to spread, and some species are so prevalent now that we can’t get rid of them.” Egan said the system can be applied to any situation that requires identifying particular organisms in an environment. Egan said the team has talked about using the system to detect disease-causing organisms and other pests, and the process could even be used for terrestrial environments by testing streams or other bodies of water that contain the runoff from the target area. The testing involved two steps, Egan said. First, the team took water samples from the lakes on campus and seeded them with tissue samples from five high-risk invasive species, and then successfully used their system to detect the invasive species. Second, they took samples from Eagle Lake, which is just across the border in Michigan, and successfully tested for an invasive species of zebra mussels, known to be in Eagle Lake.  Egan said the process involves filtering all biomaterial from the water sample, extracting any DNA, exposing the DNA to nanoparticles that only attach to particular DNA sequences unique to a certain species, and then using LTS to observe whether or not the nanoparticles have attached to any DNA from the sample. Egan said the team had to design the nanoparticles, called oligonucleotides, so they would only attach to particular sequences unique to several common invasive species. “Our procedure was to look for diagnostic species specific DNA variation, which is basically just finding a unique sequence of the A’s, C’s, G’s and T’s of DNA for each species we wanted to detect and then functionalize the nanoparticles that only bond to that particular sequence,” he said. Egan said so far the team has only performed the DNA extraction and LTS in the lab, but they hope to perform the whole process in the field this spring. “Each one of the components works and can work in the field, but we haven’t yet done everything in the field. We hope to do that at Eagle Lake this spring,” he said. The research system was comprised of Egan, Matthew Barnes, Ching-Ting Hwang, Andrew Mahon, Jeffery Feder, Steven Ruggiero, Carol Tanner and David Lodge. Egan said he is from the biology department and works with the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative (AD&T), but there were other team members affiliated with the physics department faculty and the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI).  Egan said the interdisciplinary nature of the project and the collaboration of researchers from different disciplines were the best aspects of working on the detection system. “One of the coolest parts of this project is that it exemplifies the purpose of these initiatives to promote interdisciplinary work,” Egan said. “We have a great mix of scientists coming together to have a real impact on a significant real world problem.”last_img read more

One person wounded in shooting on Eddy Street Commons

One person wounded in shooting on Eddy Street Commons

first_imgA shooting occurred near the Five Guys on Eddy Street Commons early Sunday morning according to a report from the South Bend Tribune. One person was wounded and walked to the hospital with a potential gunshot wound. The injury was “non-life-threatening,” according to the report.A large crowd was present nearby when the shooting occurred, according to the report, and a suspect has not been identified at this time. Those who may have information pertaining to the incident are encouraged to contact the South Bend Police Department, which can be reached at 574-235-9201. Witnesses may also call Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.Tags: Eddy Street, Eddy Street Commons, Five Guy’s, Shootinglast_img

Covering the Drought

Covering the Drought

first_imgAfter months of abnormally dry and warm conditions, 52 north Georgia counties are now facing water use restrictions in accordance with Gov. Nathan Deal’s Level 2 drought response designation. Fifty-eight other counties are being required to implement Level 1 drought responses.Homeowners and businesses in the affected counties must limit their landscape irrigation to two days a week. Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursdays and Sundays, also between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.The Level 2 drought response also calls for homeowners and business owners to refrain from washing hard surfaces, such as streets and sidewalks; washing cars at home or for fundraisers; noncommercial pressure washing; using fountains or water features; and using fire hydrants for any reason except for firefighting and public safety.Irrigation of newly installed turf or landscape plants or vegetable gardens; irrigation at commercial nurseries, parks, sports fields and golf courses; hand-watering; and irrigation with drip or soaker hoses are exempt from these regulations, as these are considered agricultural water uses.Counties that are part of the Level 2 drought response area include: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Athens-Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, White and Whitfield.Fifty-eight counties have been designated as Level 1 drought areas, which requires water authorities to launch water conservation campaigns and restricts outdoor water use to between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.The counties included in the Level 1 drought response are: Baker, Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Columbia, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Elbert, Franklin, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Hart, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, Laurens, Lee, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Marion, McDuffie, Miller, Mitchell, Muscogee, Oglethorpe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Quitman, Rabun, Randolph, Richmond, Schley, Seminole, Stephens, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Taylor, Terrell, Towns, Twiggs, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wilkes and Wilkinson.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has a long list of resources for homeowners and farmers coping with the drought, and for members of the media covering the drought.Experts for covering the drought:Local UGA Extension Agents Every county in Georgia has access to a local expert on local drought conditions and water conservation measures. Visit extension.uga.edu to find your local agent.Climate SciencePam Knox, agricultural climatologist for UGA Extensionpknox@uga.edu (Email is best)706-310-3467Knox is a good source for historical context for this drought as well as explanations of the climatological patterns that have kept Georgia warmer and drier than normal.blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/gaclimate.com/Home LandscapesSheri Dorn, coordinator for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer programsdorn@uga.edu770-228-7243Dorn has a wide-ranging horticultural background and has led the Georgia Master Gardener program as the group has focused on water conservation education.She can offer a multitude of tips for helping your landscape survive dry times.She coordinates a team of hundreds of volunteers working in gardens and communities across Georgia and is a great source for perspective for what the drought looks like in different parts of the state.Agriculture Gary Hawkins, agricultural water resources specialist for UGA Extension706-310-3526ghawkins@uga.eduHawkins is a source for information on agricultural water use and the drought’s impact on agriculture.Green Industry Ben Campbell, UGA applied economist who focuses on the impact of the green industry706-542-0852bencamp@uga.eduCampbell is an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who studies the impact of the green industry.Clint Waltz, UGA Extension turfgrass specialist770-228-7300cwaltz@uga.eduWaltz is a source for information on the science behind your lawn during a drought.Matt Chappell, UGA Extension nursery plant production specialist706-542-9044 hortprod@uga.eduChappell can help explain how the drought is impacting the nursery industry and landscape shrubs.last_img read more

Paratroopers Train to Launch onto Body of Water

Paratroopers Train to Launch onto Body of Water

first_img I served in the glorious Brazilian Army during five years of my life. Those where wonderful years, I had a great aspiration to serve at the Paratroopers Brigade, but, as I served at the Amazon Rainforest area this was very difficult to happen. Nevertheless, I served at an unit which was the Army’s elite at that region, the 5th Company of Guards. Excellent The Airborne Infantry Brigade, part of the Brazilian Army’s Rapid Action Force, performed one of the largest operations ever recorded at an aquatic launching zone, during the first week of March 2013. A C-105 Amazonas airplane from the 1st/9th Aviation Group (GAv), Arara Squadron of the Brazilian Air Force, launched 154 military Soldiers at a launch zone in Sahy, in Rio de Janeiro’s Costa Verde region. The goal of the exercise was to familiarize the troops from the Biguá Task Force with a maneuver element based on the 27th Paratrooper Infantry Battalion, which includes characteristics and challenges of an operation with aquatic landings. The training is part of an extensive brigade course for jungle operations in the Amazon, where ground drop zones are few and the rivers and lakes become a valuable option for military paratroopers. Jumping onto bodies of water has only been done by special troops, such as the Pioneer Company and the Special Forces units, and it requires a series of adjusted guidelines and material. At the Paratroopers Infantry Brigade the pioneers performed a series of tests and equipment adjustments, resulting in established guidelines for this type of operation. Prior to the mission at the General Penha Brasil Paratroopers Instruction Center, the troops trained on how to transport individual equipment, the launching zone operation, and the reorganization of the beachhead. The pioneers have many resources to facilitate the airplane launcher’s job during the operation at a conventional launch zone, but it is more complex when launching on bodies of water. Support boats positioned along the limit of the launching zone use smoke signals assisted by floating equipment developed by the company itself. The lack of signaling in this type of operation forces the individual responsible for the procedure to seek geographic references on land to direct the troops to a precise safety location. During the launch in Sahy, the Delta team, specializing in sub-aquatic and aquatic infiltration, was responsible for the operation’s safety. Major General Roberto Escoto, commander of the Paratrooper Infantry Brigade, was responsible for the first airplane’s launch. He monitored the entire operation with the participation of Soldiers from all paratrooper units, especially the Paratrooper Engineer Battalion that managed and operated all vessels, and the Folding and Maintenance of Parachutes Battalion that ensured proper recovery of equipment with no recorded incidents. By Dialogo March 18, 2013last_img read more

English translation instructions

English translation instructions

first_imgEnglish translation instructions December 15, 2005 Regular News English translation instructionscenter_img At the request of the Florida Supreme Court, the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases has submitted to the court a report proposing Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases for use in cases where testimony is provided through a translator. The committee proposes the following new instructions: Instruction 2.8 – Preliminary Instructions; Instruction 2.9 – Instructions During Trial; Instruction 2.10 – Transcript of Recording in Foreign Language (Accuracy Not in Dispute); Instruction 2.11 – Transcript of Recording in Foreign Language (Accuracy in Dispute); and Instruction 2.12 – Closing Instructions. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposals, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before January 17, 2006, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on Judge Dedee S. Costello, committee chair, C/O Les Garringer, Office of the General Counsel, 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399-1925, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Document s, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDAIN RE: STANDARD JURY INSTRUCTIONS IN CRIMINAL CASES (NO. 2005-7), CASE NO. SC05-1961 2.8 JURY TO BE GUIDED BY OFFICIAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION/INTERPRETATION PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS [Language used] may be used during this trial. The evidence you are to consider is only that provided through the official court [interpreters] [translators]. Although some of you may know the [ language used ], it is important that all jurors consider the same evidence. Therefore, you must accept the English [interpretation] [translation]. You must disregard any different meaning. To be given if jurors are to be allowed to question the accuracy of the English interpretation. If, however, during the testimony there is a question as to the accuracy of the English interpretation, you may bring this matter to my attention by raising your hand. You should not ask your question or make any comment about the interpretation in the presence of the other jurors, or otherwise share your question or concern with any of them. I will take steps to see if your question can be answered and any discrepancy resolved. If, however, after such efforts a discrepancy remains, I emphasize that you must rely only upon the official English interpretation as provided by the court interpreter and disregard any other contrary interpretation. Comment This instruction should be given as part of the preliminary instructions to the jury. See United States v. Franco, 136 F.3d 622, 626 (9th Cir. 1998); United States v. Fuentes-Montijo, 68 F.3d 352, 355-56 (9th Cir. 1995). 2.9 JURY TO BE GUIDED BY OFFICIAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION/INTERPRETATION INSTRUCTIONS DURING TRIAL Introduction and Oath to Interpreter The law requires that the court appoint a qualified interpreter to assist a witness who does not readily speak or understand the English language in testifying. The interpreter does not work for either side in this case. [He] [She] is completely neutral in the matter and is here solely to assist us in communicating with the witness. [He] [She] will repeat only what is said and will not add, omit, or summarize anything. The interpreter in this case is (insert name of interpreter). The oath will now be administered to the interpreter. Oath to Interpreter Do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will make a true interpretation to the witness of all questions or statements made to [him] [her] in a language which that person understands, and interpret the witness’s statements into the English language, to the best of your abilities, So Help You God. Foreign Language Testimony You are about to hear testimony of a witness who will be testifying in [language used] . This witness will testify through the official court interpreter. Although some of you may know the [language used], it is important that all jurors consider the same evidence. Therefore, you must accept the English translation of the witness’s testimony. You must disregard any different meaning. To be given if jurors are to be allowed to question the accuracy of the English interpretation. If, however, during the testimony there is a question as to the accuracy of the English interpretation, you may bring this matter to my attention by raising your hand. You should not ask your question or make any comment about the interpretation in the presence of the other jurors, or otherwise share your question or concern with any of them. I will take steps to see if your question can be answered and any discrepancy resolved. If, however, after such efforts a discrepancy remains, I emphasize that you must rely only upon the official English interpretation as provided by the court interpreter and disregard any other contrary interpretation. Comment This instruction should be given to the jury immediately before the testimony of a witness who will be testifying through the services of an official court interpreter. C.f. United States v. Franco, 136 F.3d 622, 626 (9th Cir. 1998) (jury properly instructed that it must accept translation of foreign language tape-recording where the accuracy of the translation is not in issue); United States v. Fuentes-Montijo, 68 F.3d 352, 355-56 (9th Cir. 1995). 2.10 JURY TO BE GUIDED BY OFFICIAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION/INTERPRETATION TRANSCRIPT OF RECORDING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE (ACCURACY NOT IN DISPUTE) You are about to listen to a tape recording in [language used ]. Each of you has been given a transcript of the recording which has been admitted into evidence. The transcript is a translation of the foreign language tape recording. Although some of you may know the [language used ], it is important that all jurors consider the same evidence. Therefore, you must accept the English translation contained in the transcript and disregard any different meaning. Comment This instruction is appropriate immediately prior to the jury hearing a tape-recorded conversation in a foreign language if the accuracy of the translation is not an issue. See, e.g., United States v. Franco, 136 F.3d 622, 626 (9th Cir. 1998); United States v. Fuentes-Montijo, 68 F.3d 352, 355-56 (9th Cir. 1995). 2.11 JURY TO BE GUIDED BY OFFICIAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION/INTERPRETATION TRANSCRIPT OF RECORDING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE (ACCURACY IN DISPUTE) You are about to listen to a tape recording in [language used]. Each of you has been given a transcript of the recording. The transcripts were provided to you [by the State] [the defendant] so that you could consider the content of the recordings. The transcript is an English translation of the foreign language tape recording. Whether a transcript is an accurate translation, in whole or in part, is for you to decide. In considering whether a transcript accurately describes the meaning of a conversation, you should consider the testimony presented to you regarding how, and by whom, the transcript was made. You may consider the knowledge, training, and experience of the translator, as well as the nature of the conversation and the reasonableness of the translation in light of all the evidence in the case. You should not rely in any way on any knowledge you may have of the language spoken on the recording; your consideration of the transcripts should be based on the evidence introduced in the trial. Comment This instruction is appropriate immediately prior to the jury hearing a tape-recorded conversation in a foreign language if the accuracy of the translation is an issue. See, e.g., United States v. Jordan, 223 F.3d 676, 689 (7th Cir. 2000). See also Seventh Circuit Federal Criminal Jury Instructions, § 3.18. 2.12 JURY TO BE GUIDED BY OFFICIAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION/INTERPRETATION CLOSING INSTRUCTIONS [Language used] has been used during this trial. The evidence you are to consider is only that provided through the official court [interpreters] [translators]. Although some of you may know [language used ], it is important that all jurors consider the same evidence. Therefore, you must base your decision on the evidence presented in the English [interpretation] [translation]. You must disregard any different meaning. To be given if jurors have been allowed to question the accuracy of the English interpretation. If, during the testimony there was a question as to the accuracy of the English interpretation and steps were taken to resolve any discrepancies and despite these efforts a discrepancy remains, I emphasize that you must rely only upon the official English interpretation as provided by the court interpreter and disregard any other contrary interpretation. Comment See United States v. Franco, 136 F.3d 622, 626 (9th Cir. 1998); United States v. Rrapi, 175 F.3d 742, 748 (9th Cir. 1999); United States v. Fuentes-Montijo, 68 F.3d 352, 355-56 (9th Cir. 1995).last_img read more

Lagging contenders: How credit unions can catch up in data and analytics – Part 2

Lagging contenders: How credit unions can catch up in data and analytics – Part 2

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is Part 2 of 2 in a blog series on how credit unions can catch up in data and analytics. In Part 1, we discussed which questions credit unions need to be asking to get off the bench, the issue with data silos, and what it will take to move forward with data analytics. In Part 2, we will further discuss the concept of big data, staffing for data analytics, and creating value from the data.“A recent McKinsey & Company report emphasizes the fact that many industries are achieving only a fraction of their “digital potential”. However, the report observes, “In the United States, the information and communications technology sector, media, financial services, and professional services are surging ahead…”. This means other players in the marketplace served by credit unions have a big head start.Credit unions that have been sitting on the sidelines can wait no longer. To get off the bench, these organizations need to ask:What are the basic questions about the organization’s strategic direction that cannot be answered today?How can existing data be better “generated, collected, and organized”?What data outside the organization would be useful?What skillsets are missing internally and to what degree can they (or should they) be outsourced?Once “insights” are uncovered from analytics, what are the practical steps to leveraging them to create value?” continue reading »last_img read more

Bergamo Airport announced new flights to Croatia

Bergamo Airport announced new flights to Croatia

first_imgOrganized by Bergamo Airport, a business workshop was held for representatives of airlines, tour operators and travel agencies, as well as foreign travel agencies operating in Italy.The aim of the business workshop was to present the potential of tourist destinations and their offer, new flights of airlines and additional connection of partners in the market, with emphasis on the region of Lombardy, which is one of the most developed regions in Italy. It is on that occasion Giacomo Cattaneo, commercial director of ZL Bergamo, presented the news and business of this airport, and also pointed out that this is the third airport in terms of the number of passengers in Italy with more than 12 million a year.He also announced new direct flights of Volotea on the route ZL Bergamo-Zl Split (from May 25 to October, Tuesdays and Fridays) and ZL Bergamo-ZL Dubrovnik (from May 28 to October, Mondays and Wednesdays). Valeria Rebasti, commercial director of the airline Volotea, pointed out that the new flights will increase the presence in Croatian airspace.Director of the Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Italy Viviana Vukelic stressed that these are Croatian destinations that are in demand in the northern part of Italy, so the new routes will allow Italian guests easier and faster arrival in Croatia, Vukelic announced a presentation of the Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties, which will be held in Milan for travel agencies, tour operators and associations (CRAL) from the Lombardy region and the Swiss canton of Ticino.last_img read more

AZRRI launches sale of meat and cured meat products of Istrian autochthonous breeds for citizens of Istria and Kvarner

AZRRI launches sale of meat and cured meat products of Istrian autochthonous breeds for citizens of Istria and Kvarner

first_imgPromotional offer for citizens in order to further preserve the indigenous breeds of Istria The mission of the Agency is to valorize and promote Istrian agri-food products through their connection with the tourism, catering and hotel sector and at the same time protect Istrian indigenous breeds such as boškarin, freight, sheep, goat and field, fruit and other agricultural products through development programs. at the same time returning life to the rural area of ​​Istria. Boškarin as the primary reason for founding the agency Given the recommended measures to restrict the movement of people, services and goods and in order to acquaint citizens with the specifics of the meat of Istrian cattle – boškarin, AZRRI has enabled the sale and delivery of fresh meat and cured meat products on the doorstep of citizens. In its own plant, it produces fresh meat and cured meat products from meat of indigenous breeds that exude Istrian identity. “The meat contained in the family packages is packed without bones, and it is boškarin meat for goulash (neck or shoulder lid), for stewing or cooking (ribs or shoulder), for fetins (thigh) and the large package also contains stew meat in pieces (muscle or shoulder). The large package also includes a gift, a boškarin meat burger”Point out from AZRRI. Due to great interest, the promotional offer includes cured meat products based on meat of Istrian indigenous breeds and includes boškarin meat sausages with Malvasia, Teran and truffles, Istrian sheep sausages with Malvasia and Teran and Istrian donkey meat sausages. The Agency for Rural Development of Istria (AZRRI) is the only agency in Croatia, which has the task of implementing projects in the sector of agriculture and livestock, all with the aim of developing the rural area of ​​Istria.  The protection and valorization of Istrian cattle – boškarina was the reason for the establishment of the Agency, and after thirty years of a hundred head in Istria, today there are more than 2000. Fresh meat of Istrian beef – boškarina can be ordered in two family packages, small and large at a promotional price. Due to the new epidemiological situation regarding the coronavirus COVID-19, AZRRI has made a decision on the placement and distribution of fresh meat and cured meat products based on meat of Istrian indigenous breeds for the citizens of Istria and Kvarner. More about the promotional offer and additional information can be found on the official website of the Agency for  Photo: AZRRIlast_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: El Congreso y el USDA deben tomar medidas para ayudar a la seguridad alimentaria durante la pandemia de COVID-19

Gobernador Wolf: El Congreso y el USDA deben tomar medidas para ayudar a la seguridad alimentaria durante la pandemia de COVID-19

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf envió hoy una carta a los miembros de la delegación del Congreso de Pennsylvania que solicita que el Congreso tome medidas legislativas urgentes con el fin de garantizar el acceso al Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP, por sus siglas en inglés) a quienes lo necesiten ahora y durante los meses de recuperación que vendrán.El Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés) recibió una carta similar solicitando reconsiderar las interpretaciones de SNAP hechas por el Servicio de Alimentos y Nutrición (FNS, por sus siglas en inglés) del USDA, que rechazó la solicitud de Pennsylvania de permitir que los estudiantes universitarios se incluyan para el beneficio de su hogar y determinó que la compensación por desempleo pandémico por tiempo limitado se contaría como ingreso, descalificando potencialmente a los hogares que de otro modo habrían calificado para recibir el beneficio.“Muchos residentes de Pennsylvania ahora enfrentan situaciones económicas extremadamente desafiantes debido a la pandemia”, escribió el Gobernador Wolf. “Pennsylvania necesita tener todas las herramientas posibles para apoyar a nuestros ciudadanos más vulnerables. Es por eso que exhortamos al Congreso a tomar medidas rápidas para garantizar el acceso al Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) para que los residentes de Pennsylvania tengan suficientes alimentos durante toda la crisis de COVID-19. Apreciamos que el Congreso y el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA) hayan brindado cierta flexibilidad para el SNAP, pero es necesario hacer más para ayudar a los residentes de Pennsylvania a hacer frente las difíciles semanas que vendrán”.La Administración Wolf ha presentado numerosas exenciones relacionadas con el Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) para Pennsylvania al Servicio de Alimentos y Nutrición (FNS). A Pennsylvania se le ha permitido suspender ciertos requisitos reglamentarios para brindar flexibilidad a la administración del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) del estado y proporcionar asignaciones de emergencia a algunos hogares que actualmente pertenecen al programa.Estas exenciones permiten el acceso más simple al programa y mayores beneficios para las familias que dependen de él. Sin embargo, es necesario hacer más. El Servicio de Alimentos y Nutrición (FNS) ha negado las exenciones que habrían permitido a Pennsylvania:Permitir que los hogares de bajos ingresos con un alumno que asiste a una institución de educación superior reciban beneficios adicionales del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP). Las normas actuales del SNAP no permiten que los alumnos universitarios se incluyan al momento de determinar el beneficio mensual de SNAP de un grupo familiar. Ahora que los alumnos están en casa, es posible que estas familias no tengan los recursos económicos o de alimentos para apoyar a otros integrantes de la familia que ahora están en casa.Hacer pagos adicionales del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) a todos los hogares inscritos. Anteriormente, Pennsylvania solicitó autorización para efectuar un pago adicional que sea igual al beneficio de un mes para todos los hogares que cuentan con el SNAP. El Servicio de Alimentos y Nutrición (FNS) interpretó que la Ley Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus significaba un pago adicional que llevaría a los hogares el máximo beneficio mensual. Sin embargo, esta interpretación significa que los hogares que actualmente reciben el beneficio mensual máximo (40 % de los hogares que pertenecen al Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria de Pennsylvania) no recibieran asistencia adicional. La ampliación de los pagos de emergencia ayudaría a trasladar en mayor medida la demanda del sistema alimentario de emergencia a las tiendas de alimentos, lo que resultaría en un apoyo directo a la economía minorista y agrícola de Pennsylvania que enfrenta dificultades.El Departamento de Servicios Humanos (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés) también ha solicitado aclaraciones respecto de los ajustes operativos necesarios para administrar el Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) durante la pandemia. El gobierno federal no ha dado instrucciones a los estados sobre cómo verificar las reducciones de ingresos, en oposición a la pérdida total de empleos, debido a la emergencia de salud a causa de la COVID-19. Esta guía es necesaria para que las solicitudes puedan procesarse como corresponde.La Administración Wolf también solicitó que se permita a Pennsylvania excluir la Compensación por desempleo pandémico del cálculo del beneficio de las subvenciones del SNAP. Esto no se cuenta como ingreso para Medicaid o los programas de Asistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas (TANF, por sus siglas en inglés), sino para el Programa de Asistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas (SNAP). Contar este pago a corto plazo como un pago regular crearía una carga administrativa que podría provocar que se retire a los hogares del SNAP por un período corto y que puedan volver a ser elegibles cuando finalicen los pagos. Esto crearía una confusión innecesaria y la pérdida de beneficios para los hogares que eran elegibles para el SNAP antes de perder su empleo.“El SNAP es el programa de seguridad alimentaria más importante de la nación: proporciona nueve comidas por cada comida que proporciona un banco de alimentos”, dijo la Secretaria del Departamento de Servicios Humanos, Teresa Miller. “Mientras atravesamos este momento difícil, debemos estar seguros de que podemos aprovechar el programa SNAP plenamente para ayudar a los residentes de Pennsylvania a alimentarse a sí mismos y a sus familias. Es crucial que el Congreso y el USDA reconozcan el potencial de SNAP para ayudar a estabilizar tanto a los hogares necesitados como a las tiendas de alimentos y minoristas y apoyar el acceso a SNAP para quienes más lo necesitan”.El DHS continúa procesando solicitudes para el SNAP y alienta a las personas solas y familias que necesitan asistencia a realizar la solicitud en Internet en www.compass.state.pa.us. Las solicitudes de emergencia para el SNAP pueden ser expedidas en cinco días, y todos los residentes de Pennsylvania que se encuentren en una situación financiera difícil debido a los retos económicos de esta pandemia deben presentar una solicitud para saber si son elegibles para recibir asistencia.Los residentes de Pennsylvania que necesitan ayuda para alimentarse a sí mismos o a su familia también pueden encontrar y comunicarse con su banco de alimentos o despensa local a través de Feeding Pennsylvania (Alimentando a Pennsylvania) y de Hunger-Free Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania sin hambre) para acceder a los recursos de alimentos en su comunidad.Visite pa.gov para obtener la guía “Responding to COVID-19” (Respuesta a la COVID-19) o la página de Internet dedicada al coronavirus del Departamento de Salud de Pennsylvania para obtener la información más actualizada sobre la COVID-19.La guía para los proveedores de DHS relacionada con la COVID-19 está disponible aquí.Vea la carta del Gobernador a la delegación del Congreso en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Vea la carta del Gobernador al Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Ver esta página en inglés. Gobernador Wolf: El Congreso y el USDA deben tomar medidas para ayudar a la seguridad alimentaria durante la pandemia de COVID-19center_img April 28, 2020last_img read more