Finding Nemo at the Great Barrier Reef

first_imgPERTH, Australia – What happens after the Notre Dame students in Perth have slammed shut their underused textbooks, ripped apart all paper evidence of the past semester and tossed away half their clothes to make room for cliché stuffed koalas and Australian bro tanks? The answer for most of us is travel. When classes ended Nov. 2, we had a week of studying before exams Nov. 10 through 24. Some of us finished our exams the first week of the period, but a few unfortunate souls had an exam the day before we flew out of Perth. I finished in the middle of the second week, which left me with three days to finish exploring and say goodbye to the wonderful Australians and other international students who lived at St. Thomas More College with us. Regardless of when we were able to officially swear away all forms of study, we all departed Perth on Nov. 25, free at last and looking forward to a few weeks of travel. Earlier in the semester, we broke into travel groups of six to 10 people. We then called the Australian airline Qantas to change our tickets using the amazingly generous deal Notre Dame had set up for us, which basically allowed us to add stopovers for approximately $100 each. My group arranged our itinerary to include three days in Sydney, four in Cairns and two weeks in New Zealand. My roommate and I also managed to snag five days in Fiji. Cairns is a well-known tourist destination and the main outlet for expeditions in the Great Barrier Reef. From the home base of our hostel, we were able to venture onto the reef one amazingly sunny, tropical and probably typical day for North Queensland. We went with a company called Reef Experience, which took us to two different locations to snorkel, scuba dive and (the one unfortunate side effect of the day) get painfully sunburnt despite several layers of coconut-scented SPF 30. Sunburns aside, the reef was phenomenal. It’s located in the Coral Sea off the northeast coast of Australia on the continental shelf. We did, in fact, find Nemo (or at least, clownfish), and he looked quite happy in his little anemone. We also saw two massive sea turtles, stingrays and the most remarkable array of fish imaginable. The reef is home to more than 2,000 species of fish, which is almost double the number found in the Caribbean. There are over 30 species of marine mammals, including dolphins and whales, and six species of sea turtles alone. It was like swimming through a rainbow. The only thing that could have made the day more fulfilling was if Thomas Newman’s “Finding Nemo” score were playing underwater. This amazing day reinforced for me the significance of Australians’ ties to the ocean. There are many ways to see the reef, including glass-bottom boats, overnight sailing trips, helicopter tours, snorkeling and scuba adventures and jet boat rides. In Western Australia, the main attraction may have been the huge swells on the ocean’s surface, but in tropical North Queensland, the underwater dwellers stole the show. When I wrote this, we were about to leave Cairns for Auckland, New Zealand, where we were going to pick up a campervan and explore for two weeks. I’m beyond thrilled to continue traveling and can only hope that even more epic adventures await me. Contact Lauren Fritz at lfritz1@nd.edulast_img read more

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Wegmans Upping Prices Of Some Products

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – In a note from the grocery chain’s leadership, Wegmans says it is increasing the prices of some products.“In addition to an increase in operating costs, we are seeing an increase in product costs in supply-challenged areas, such as meat. For these reasons, retail prices on certain items in our stores will fluctuate in response,” the letter read.In the same letter, Wegmans says it has donated $4 million to its partner food banks.Here is the full letter: Dear Friends,We continue to think about all of you as we work through the effects of the coronavirus. We understand the vital role our stores play in the communities we serve and are doing everything we can to continue to serve you with the highest standards and utmost care.One thing we can all say for certain is that this pandemic has changed the world as we once knew it. All aspects of our lives—school, work, home—have been affected. The same holds true for businesses, whether large or small, private or public, across all industries. From supply chain and workforce to communication and operating procedures, the way companies do business is completely different in a COVID world.As grocers, we have experienced more change in the past two months than we have in the last 50 years. Not just the changes you see in our stores, but those that go unseen, as well. There is not a part of the food supply chain that has gone unaffected. Everything works differently; new partnerships are being forged, and we continue to keep our shelves full and our stores a safe place to work and shop.Whether it be social distancing, supplying masks or limiting the number of people in a store at a given time, the store experience during and after COVID is, and will continue to be, very different.We pride ourselves on our stores being an open, happy community for our customers. The relationships formed in our stores are special to us and our people—they are what keep us going. In the matter of a few short weeks, our stores had to transform into a place where people keep their distance from one another and wear masks to keep those around them safe.The transition was challenging, but once the new normal started to set in, we saw the sense of community in our stores strengthen. The spirit alive in our stores has never been stronger. We are social beings and, when confronted by change, we find ways to adapt, which is exactly what is happening in our stores. While we can no longer offer a typical smile, we have learned to smile with our eyes, use hand gestures, and just be there for each other.Grocers are on the front line of this pandemic, not only in the true sense of being an essential business, but in figuring out how to operate a business safely and successfully. Our priority has always been the safety of our employees and customers and keeping our stores open. All the decisions we have made came from this perspective, not the impact to our bottom line. We have always believed, if we do what is right and take a long-term view of the business, everything will work out. These decisions have been no different.In addition to an increase in operating costs, we are seeing an increase in product costs in supply-challenged areas, such as meat. For these reasons, retail prices on certain items in our stores will fluctuate in response.We know these are hard times and many are feeling the effects. We feel it is our responsibility to continue to support those in need. One way to do this is by supporting local food banks that can provide food directly to those who need it most. Given the unknown duration and overall impact of this crisis, Wegmans has donated $4 million across all our partner food banks and continues to support our community partners directly, as needed.We are doing our very best to work though these challenging times and want to remain transparent about what is happening in the world around us. As more businesses begin to open, they too will see that the cost of doing business has changed from a short time ago. We will do our part and share our processes and procedures with other businesses, so they can save time and get their businesses open quicker.The only way to overcome COVID-19 is to all work together.Be Well,Danny, Colleen, Nicolelast_img read more

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Flavor of Georgia

first_imgCategory winners received an award and membership in the state Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program, statewide notoriety and bragging rights. All winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2018 Flavor of Georgia logo. They also gain exposure to grocery buyers and food industry professionals who judge the final round of the contest. For more information about Goodson Pecans, visit goodsonpecans.com. The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with Gourmet Foods International, Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. The winners are listed below by prize name, product name, company name and town.Grand Prize Winner and Miscellaneous Category: Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter, Goodson Pecans, LeesburgFinalists’ Choice Award and Honey Category: H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey Creamed Healthy, H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey, StatesboroBarbecue Sauces: Lane’s BBQ Sorta White BBQ Sauce, Lane’s BBQ, BethlehemBeverages: Olympus Greek Mountain Blueberry Citrus Tea, Olympus Greek Mountain Teas, LawrencevilleConfections: Brown Butter Crunch Gelato, Honeysuckle Gelato, AtlantaDairy Products: New World Chocolate Milk, Rock House Creamery, NewbornJams and Jellies: Wild Elderberry Pepper Jelly, Fairywood Thicket Farm, FairburnMeat and Seafood: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pine Street Market, Avondale Estates Condiments and Salsas: Sourwood Balsamic Vinegar, Built by Bees, AtlantaSauces and Seasonings: Cajeta, Bootleg Farm, LLC, SpringfieldSnack Foods: Sugar and Spice Cashews, High Cotton Company, Sandy SpringsShowcase events like the 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest help entrepreneurs spread the word about their products. Many participants have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains like Whole Foods, Ingles, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Kroger and Harvey’s. David and Melody Goodson, co-owners of Goodson Pecans of Leesburg, Georgia, have taken the grand prize at University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest with the Goodson Pecans Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter.The annual contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.A team of food industry experts and grocery buyers chose Goodson Pecans Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter as the best of 33 finalists. They rated the products on qualities including innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor.In addition to the grand prize, Goodson Pecans also won first place in the miscellaneous category.Governor Nathan Deal, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Sam Pardue congratulated the category and grand prize winners during Flavor of Georgia Day, part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta.“We had over 125 products submitted this year and some of the toughest competition we’ve seen in the contest’s 12-year history,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “The 33 products represented are truly the best of the best.” The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is organized by the UGA CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development with support from the Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Nadine’s Wardenga Enterprises Inc., the Office of the Governor, Walton EMC, Gourmet Foods International, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. For more information about the contest, visit www.flavorofga.com or follow @FlavorofGA on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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CCV receives $50,000 grant from McClure Foundation

first_imgThe J Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Community College of Vermont to expand access to CCV’s Introduction to College Studies (ICS) course. Last year the Foundation supported course delivery and transportation to ICS classes for students in rural parts of the state. This fall, the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation awarded additional funding to expand delivery of the program in regions where access to college is a significant barrier for students.CCV’s Introduction to College Studies course helps many Vermont students make the transition from high school to college, serving over 1,200 students each year. This free, non-credit class offers a fun and effective environment for helping students build skills and confidence for college. Students who successfully complete the ICS course are eligible to apply for a voucher for a free course at any of the Vermont State Colleges or a partnering college.In a recent survey, 81% of students who completed ICS said the class gave them the experience and confidence they need for college, and in a three-year follow-up, 76% of students who successfully completed Introduction to College Studies were enrolled in college. The ongoing and charitable support from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation improves college access for many young Vermonters, while helping them further their education and become active members of Vermont’s workforce and communities.The Community College of Vermont is an open admissions college, serving over 12,000 students each year through 12 statewide learning sites and comprehensive online course offerings. For more information visit www.ccv.edu(link is external) or www.vermontcf.org(link is external).Source: CCV. 11.3.2010last_img read more

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Dogs Rescued from Overcrowding up for Adoption on LI

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thirty puppies and dogs from an animal shelter in Florida recently arrived at a Long Island animal rescue that is rehabilitating the cuddly canines before putting them up for adoption.The pups arrived Sunday at Precious Pups Rescue in Calverton a day after they left Miami-Dade Animal Services shelter following a “Bon Voyage” party in a move was funded by the Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, which partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to provide medical care and relocating for dogs in overcrowded shelters.“Mrs. Petrie had a strong connection to the ASPCA for many years,” said Jay Goldberg, president of the Carroll Petrie Foundation, which has helped 16,600 dogs over the past year.Precious Pups Rescue was chosen because they already have a relationship with the Miami-Dade shelter and receive dogs from them about once a month, according to ASPCA Animal Relocation Director Austin Gates.The foundation helped with this transport by funding a $50-per-dog subsidy, providing gas for the rental van and giving the dogs vaccines.For people that want to adopt the new dogs, Precious Pups Rescue has an adoption application on their website, preciouspupsrescue.org.last_img read more

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Governor Cuomo awards Environmental Funding for New York State

first_img“When we support grassroots efforts to build a greener, healthier, and more sustainable New York, everyone benefits,” Governor Cuomo said. “This newest round of Community Impact Grants will make a positive difference in the lives of all New Yorkers through innovative and successful initiatives that promote environmental justice and a better quality of life.” Some of the programs that will be receiving funding in the Southern Tier include: The grant funding is provided by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) as part of New York’s Environmental Justice agenda. The Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition will be receiving $97,017.94, which is a project through Binghamton Community Power: promoting environmental protection, fiscal stability, and public health in environmental justice neighborhoods, which will measure the rate of energy poverty, its impact on residents, and the barriers to adopting energy conservation practices. Another program receiving the grant will be Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc. for its project, the Community and Home Gardens: Growing Safely in the Greater Binghamton Area. This project will help build five new community gardens on vacant properties, in three different Southern Tier places including Binghamton, Johnson City and the town of Union. This will help people be able to safely grow food for themselves and their families. The projects will address environmental and public health concerns. The funding supports initiatives in low-income communities that have historically been burdened by pollution and other environmental challenges. (WBNG)- On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will be awarding $1.9 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants for 21 community based projects. Governor Cuomo stated, New York State has awarded an estimated $11 million in grants to environmental justice groups across the state since 2011.last_img read more

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Faster to get a newborn to school than save for a unit

first_imgRateCity says new buyers need to consider initiatives that can speed up the process such as FHB grants by state governments for new construction. Picture: Penny Stephens 1 in 4 homeowners would fail new mortgage tests Affordability to spark Brisbane rise More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago Twin-floor penthouse to rule them all The savings have to cover a 10 per cent deposit as well as lenders mortgage insurance for FHBs and stamp duty. Sally Tindall, RateCity’s research director, drew hope from the figures saying it proved that getting a foot in the door was tough but not impossible.“As the property market declines and investors dip out, there’s now a real opportunity for first home buyers to get into the market,” she said. How long it takes to save a home loan deposit in Australia. Source: RateCity.“There are a couple of things they can do to maximise their chances of getting a home. They include saving a big enough deposit to avoid paying lenders mortgage insurance and taking advantage of the first homebuyer grants and stamp duty exemptions in your state.”She said two ways first home buyers could reduce the cost of their home loan was to save a 20 per cent deposit to avoid lenders mortgage insurance and to stay under the stamp duty cap to capitalise on any state FHB exemptions.State first homebuyer grants were also a key thing to watch out for, as well as parking savings in a high interest account. The other option was to “look into the federal government’s First Home Super Saver Scheme where you can use your superannuation account as a way to help saving your deposit, taking advantage of tax concessions”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25 It can be quicker to get a newborn to their first day of school than save a home loan deposit in some Australian cities, new research has found. Picture: AAP Image / Angelo Velardo.IT’S faster to get a newborn to their first day of school than save for a home loan deposit in parts of Australia, new research has found.New research by RateCity.com.au on how long it takes to save a home loan deposit in Australia found first home buyers looking for a median-priced unit in Brisbane ($382,601) could take just over two years if they put away $400 a week or four years if they made that $200 a week. Only Darwin had a better savings timeline out of all the capital cities — with FHBs there taking one year and seven months to save enough to afford a $303,889 unit which is the median price there.But the shock find was Sydney, where it takes nine and a half years for buyers to putting away $200 a week to afford a median unit ($740,093), and if they doubled their savings — putting in $400 a week — they could have a deposit together in the time it takes to get a newborn to their first day of school: Five years.last_img read more

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Callie Hoegeman

first_imgCallie Hoegeman, age 79 of Batesville, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at her home.  Born October 19, 1937, in Burning Springs, Kentucky, she is the daughter of Amanda (Nee: Lunsford) and Samuel Jewell.  She married Albert Hoegeman Sr. July 20, 1956 in Brookville, Indiana and he preceded her in death December 25, 2010.  She was a homemaker and a member of Batesville Eagles Aerie #1130 and the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 Ladies Auxiliary.Callie enjoyed trying her luck at the casino, playing bingo or in a poker game.  She and Albert liked walking in the woods, fishing and taking drives, looking for new fishing holes to try.  For years she bowled in leagues, got a kick out of playing video games and according to her family, was an excellent cook whose chicken and dumplings and banana pudding will be sorely missed.  Callie was a Colts fan or a Peyton Manning fan depending on who you asked and her family laughed that while she’s never held a golf club in her life, she followed it on T.V. and was a diehard Tiger Woods fan and more recently rooted for Rickie Fowler.  What she loved best was having the family together and spending time with her grandkids.Callie is survived by her daughters Margaret Barry of Greensburg, Indiana, Brenda Allen of Batesville; sons Don Hoegeman of Batesville, Willie Hoegeman of Milan, Indiana, Dave Hoegeman of Sunman, Indiana; brother James Jewell of North Vernon, Indiana; 20 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her son Albert Hoegeman Jr., brothers Carlos, Samuel, Ted and Homer Jewell and sisters Maggie Gilbreath and Lucy Cranfill.Visitation is Thursday, April 20th, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Steve Yeaton officiating and burial will be in St. John’s Huntersville Cemetery.  The family requests memorials to American Lung Association.last_img read more

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Man Utd make surprise decision over Ighalo’s permanent deal

first_imgManchester United have reportedly cooled plans to sign Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo permanently or extend his loan spell beyond the end of May, as they want to see what happens with the continuation of the Premier League campaign.Advertisement According to a report in the Daily Mail, Man United have also decided against recalling Dean Henderson from Sheffield United.Ighalo looks set to return to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua at the end of May.The Nigerian striker signed a short-term loan deal with United after the CSL was suspended earlier this year.His current loan contract – which sees United pay him £130,000-per-week, will expire on May 31, and United will have to make an offer to Shanghai Shenhua in order to extend it.Though according to the Mail, United are not planning to do so, and want to wait and see what happens with the rest of the Premier League season.Reports last month suggested the Red Devils were planning to make an offer to sign Ighalo permanently, and had been told to fork over just £17million to do so.Though now, Shanghai Shenhua have made plans to offer the 30-year-old a new contract in China earning a sky-high £400,000-per-week.Ighalo has impressed at Old TraffordRead Also: Eberechi Eze reveals desire of playing football at highest levelIghalo has been impressive while on loan at United, and has been used as an impact sub.He has scored four goals in eight appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, but his future has been clouded by the coronavirus pandemic.Ahead of a meeting between Premier League clubs on Monday, there is still no date for the league to return, and United don’t want to get drawn into paying Ighalo’s wages if he isn’t likely to feature again.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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Bakayoko returning back to Milan

first_imgMilan are reportedly on the verge of bringing Tiemoue Bakayoko back to San Siro, on loan from Chelsea with the option to buy. According to Sky Sport Italia, the Premier League side is now ready to accept the terms of the deal. This would be a paid loan for one season, with the option to buy in June 2021, for a total of circa €30-32m. It’s a return to Milan for Bakayoko, who already had a successful loan spell here in 2018-19, racking up 31 competitive games in Gennaro Gattuso’s squad. Both the player and club wanted to make the move permanent, but not at the €40m that Chelsea were asking for.Advertisement Bakayoko has since gone on another loan at AS Monaco, but again failed to make it stick. The 26-year-old’s contract with Chelsea only runs to June 2022, so this is their last real chance to allow a loan with option to buy and not risk losing him on a free transfer. read also:Bakayoko accepts pay cut for Milan return Bakayoko made the €40m move from Monaco in 2017, but only made 43 appearances for Chelsea, contributing three goals and three assists. The midfielder is so eager to secure the return to Milan that Sportitalia claim he has accepted a pay cut from his €6m per year salary. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?She Managed To Change The Lives Of Pakistan WomenRobert Pattinson Showed The GQ Magazine What Quarantining MeansBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature Look7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show Youlast_img read more

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