What is causing Florida’s algae crisis? 5 questions answered

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Karl Havens, Professor, Director of Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida and first published on theconversation.com.Editor’s note: Two large-scale algae outbreaks in Florida are killing fish and threatening public health. Along the southwest coast, one of the longest-lasting red tide outbreaks in the state’s history is affecting more than 100 miles of beaches. Meanwhile, discharges of polluted fresh water from Lake Okeechobee and polluted local runoff water from the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee watersheds have caused blooms of blue-green algae in downstream estuaries on both coasts. Karl Havens, a professor at the University of Florida and director of the Florida Sea Grant Program, explains what’s driving this two-pronged disaster.What’s the difference between red tide and blue-green algae?Both are photosynthetic microscopic organisms that live in water. Blue-green algae are properly called cyanobacteria. Some species of cyanobacteria occur in the ocean, but blooms – extremely high levels that create green surface scums of algae – happen mainly in lakes and rivers, where salinity is low.Red tides are caused by a type of algae called a dinoflagellate, which also is ubiquitous in lakes, rivers, estuaries and the oceans. But the particular species that causes red tide blooms, which can literally make the water look blood red, occur only in saltwater.Florida’s red tide outbreak as of Aug. 8, 2018. Florida FWCWhat causes these blooms?Blooms occur where lakes, rivers or near-shore waters have high concentrations of nutrients– in particular, nitrogen and phosphorus. Some lakes and rivers have naturally high nutrient concentrations. However, in Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, man-made nutrient pollution from their watersheds is causing the blooms. Very high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus are washing into the water from agricultural lands, leaky septic systems and fertilizer runoff.Red tides form offshore, and it is not clear whether or to what extent they have become more frequent. When ocean currents carry a red tide to the shore it can intensify, especially where there are abundant nutrients to fuel algae growth. This year, after heavy spring rains and because of discharges of water from Lake Okeechobee, river runoff in southwest Florida brought a large amount of nutrients into near-shore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, which fueled the large red tide.Algae is clearly visible in this satellite image of southwestern Lake Okeechobee, taken July 15, 2018. NASA Earth ObservatoryThe red tide has killed thousands of fish and other aquatic life, and state agencies have issued public health advisories in connection with both blooms. How dangerous are they for humans and the environment?The public health advisories about red tide are related to respiratory irritation, which is a particular concern for people with asthma or other respiratory issues. But almost anyone, including me, who has walked a beach where there is a red tide will quickly experience watering eyes, a runny nose, and a scratchy throat. The algae that cause the red tide release a toxic chemical into the water that is easily transported into the air where waves break on the shore.Some people are allergic to cyanobacteria blooms and can have contact dermatitis (skin rash) on exposure. Several of my colleagues have developed rashes after submerging their hands to collect water samples. It is not advisable to purposely contact water with a cyanobacteria bloom. And if farm animals or pets drink water with an intense bloom, they can become seriously ill or die.The blooms are causing widespread fish kills and threatening Florida’s tourism industry.How can states prepare for these events?The onset of algae blooms is unpredictable. We know high levels of nutrients allow a lake or shoreline to have blooms. We even can predict with some certainty that a bloom is likely in a particular summer – for example, if in the preceding spring heavy rainfall and runoff from the land delivered large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus into the water.But we can’t predict exactly when a bloom will begin and end, because that depends on things we can’t project. Why did the cyanobacteria bloom start in Lake Okeechobee this summer? Perhaps because there were several successive hot sunny days with little cloud cover and little wind. For some lakes in Florida and many others across the nation, we have loaded the surrounding land with so much phosphorus and nitrogen from agricultural and urban runoff that all it takes is the right weather to trigger a bloom: A rainy spring and then a few perfect sunny days in summer.We cannot control the weather, but we can control nutrient pollution, both by reducing it at its sources and by capturing and treating water running off of large land areas. Florida has many such projects underway as part of the greater Everglades restoration efforts, but they will take decades to complete.Nutrient pollution sources include decaying organic material; fertilizers applied to crops, lawns and golf courses; manure from fields or feedlots; atmospheric deposition; groundwater discharge; and municipal wastewater discharge. USGSOne key aspect of rehabilitating polluted lakes, rivers and estuaries is knowing whether actions are having a positive effect. This requires long-term environmental monitoring programs, which unfortunately have been scaled back in Florida and many other states due to budget cuts.Carefully designed monitoring could help us understand the factors affecting the kind of blooms that occur and what triggers them to start and stop at particular times and provide guidance on nutrient control strategies. We are not monitoring at that level now in Florida.Is climate change influencing the size or frequency of these outbreaks?Scientists have clearly shown that there is a positive and synergistic relationship between water temperature, nutrients, and algal blooms. In a warmer future, with the same level of nutrient pollution, blooms will become harder if not impossible to control. This means that it is urgent to control nutrient inputs to lakes, rivers, and estuaries now.Unfortunately, today the federal government is relaxing environmental regulations in the name of fostering increased development and job creation. But conservation and economic growth are not incompatible. In Florida, a healthy economy depends strongly on a healthy environment, including clean surface waters without these harmful blooms. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSAlgaeRed Tidetheconversation.com Previous articleEducation isn’t a commodity for laborNext articleBack to school safety tips from the Apopka Police Department Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Event insurance: what is the worst that could happen?

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Event insurance: what is the worst that could happen? Tagged with: Events Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  47 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Brian Kirsch, Managing Director of insurance and financial protection service Event Assured, looks at the risks charity event organisers face and how to handle them.Organising charity events can be a nerve racking business. What if something goes wrong and wrecks your plans? Who pays if someone gets injured? What do you do if the AV equipment goes missing? Who defends you if you get sued? Whilst these challenges are faced by all event organisers in all industries they are particularly worrying for charity events, where one miss-step could ruin an entire year’s funding and your ability to meet the needs of those relying on you.The risks mentioned above can be split into four risk categories, which all event organisers face: legal, physical, people and event. The risks are present whether the event is a small conference or a music festival, sponsored by a corporate company or based on the takings at the gate. The differences are largely a matter of scale and exposure and this is where risk management and insurance come in.Legal riskConsidered by many organisers to be the most onerous and complex area of risk, your legal exposure arises under Common Law, contract, and statute where an ever increasing body of legislation defines legal responsibilities. This can range from health & safety, construction and manual handling regulations to the most recent, high profile law on corporate manslaughter. Whilst there are many areas to consider and expert advice should be sought to ensure you are fully covered, the following key points must be checked and thought through.Be on alert for clauses which transfer or increase your legal responsibilities from other parties, for example venues making you responsible for anything and everything that happens on the site – a situation which is not always reasonable, particularly if the cause of an accident is down to the state of the premises or the ground, areas over which you have no control. You must also resist accepting responsibility for the actions of any other party, unless you are in control of what they do. As part of this, ensure back to back indemnities from your sub contractors to match your responsibilities to your principals. For those events where you have exhibitors or sponsors check their insurances, both limits of liability and wordings, making sure they contain an Indemnity to Principals Clause, which indemnifies you for their negligence.The legalities of staffing events must be thought through in some depth, particularly as many charity events involve volunteers and part time workers. Start with the simple question: Who are my employees? To which the answer is: “any person in an employee/employer relationship”. This can include labour only sub contractors (e.g. freelancers), temporary employees and volunteers, so you need to check your insurance to make sure they are included and that your insurers are aware of who they are, what they are doing, and what you are paying them. The employees of bone fide sub contractors are generally their responsibility, but you should check that they have the required Employers Liability insurance in place – if in doubt, ask to see a copy of their certificate. Many charities run overseas fundraising events, which carry a whole host of additional requirements, particularly in respect to staff. Care is required when employing direct labour overseas. Check your UK event or liability insurance to confirm that it includes cover for these locally employed persons, and check to see what obligations you have to arrange local Workmen’s Compensation insurance.The phrase risk assessment is becoming more used in all areas of the event’s industry and for many it creates a sense of dread. It is however particularly important in the charity sector where so many events are unusual and involve the public. You must either carry out your own or commission risk assessments. They are vital where hazardous activities are taking place, but remember that something as mundane as a trailing cable presents a risk, and most liability claims arise from people falling over, off or into something.Physical RiskEvents pose a substantial risk to the equipment and property used on site. From AV equipment to the very fabric of the venue everything needs to be covered or considered whilst finalising the details of the insurance. If it is your own property you are taking onsite, be careful not to insure items twice, you may already have insurance for items normally based at your premises.If it is externally hired equipment question who is responsible for it and when their responsibility expires and (possibly) transfers to you. The details should be listed in the contracts for hire. If the responsibility falls to you, establish the real value of the property at risk and insure the full replacement cost. Also check whether you are responsible for breakdown risks and the loss of hire charges under hire agreements. If you are using a carrier to move equipment around, be aware of limitations on their liabilities under conditions of carriageAlso, consider the venue, it will often be the single most “expensive” piece of property you are using for your event so check the contract to see what your responsibilities are for damage to their property – it may be more than just legal liability exposure.There are of course several ways you can control your exposure to physical risk claims. In my opinion one of the best is to act as if you are uninsured, by doing so you will generally take greater care of the property. Site security is also important, if you don’t feel comfortable leaving valuable equipment unattended at a certain location, don’t expect an insurer to feel differently.Finally, don’t forget money, avoid large accumulations of cash! Insurers view this separately, and will need to be satisfied that adequate procedures exist for transporting money to safes and banks. The security of personnel transporting the money must also be planned.Is it Worth Putting People at Risk?If the event includes hazardous activities, can you justify the extra risk to the participants ? For some events, the hazardous element is the reason it is taking place in the first place – sponsored bungee jumps, parachute dives or racing of some sort. In all these instances (and many more) the risk should be measured and undertaken consciously, and frankly in some cases, it may best to decide not to take the risk. There are plenty of ways to have fun and stimulate interest without putting people at risk.If your own staff are taking part, ask what would be the financial consequences of an injury to a member of staff? What would it cost to replace them? How much fundraising income do they produce? What is their role in helping the beneficiaries of the charity? Are you prepared to take the risk? It is possible to insure personal accident risks for most activities (for a price) but if the insurers think it is a high risk – so should you.Event RiskThis element of risk is often overlooked, because “nothing has ever gone wrong with one of our events”, yet it is potentially one of the most damaging. Event risk insurance is about cancellation, abandonment, curtailment or other disruption to a planned event. Look at the components of what you are planning and ask – what can go wrong? Whilst not wishing to appear a doomsayer, here are a few thoughts to get you started…• Venue: damage rendering the venue unavailable; breach of contract by the venue; terrorism damaging the venue or preventing access; outbreaks of infectious diseases, leading to quarantine or restricted access.• Transport: adverse weather disrupting air, sea and rail transport; strikes; outbreaks of civil disorder, revolution or war, which can have indirect effects such as flight diversions etc.• People: speakers or entertainers who fail to turn up due to illness, delays or other problems• Content: adverse weather curtails the outdoor elements; the failure of key services such as power supplies, water or drainage; reduced attendance – loss of revenue arising from a common cause preventing people from getting to the event• Or how about… death of Head of State or a member of her family causing periods of national mourning, and closure of venues?I could go on, but what do you stand to lose if it all goes wrong? In a worst case scenario, the whole event operating budget could be lost, and/or you could incur additional costs such as rebooking at another time or another venue, extra accommodation and subsistence costs, venue penalties for not vacating on time, plus the profit you might otherwise have generated from the event. Because all this is at risk, event risk insurance needs to be on the agenda early in the event planning process.Fortunately, a well developed insurance market exists to protect against all the perils listed above (and more). Event insurance is a specialist field so don’t assume your existing insurance covers all this – it almost certainly doesn’t. Your current insurances may need amending or extending, although when asked to insure these special risks, the average insurer will quickly be out of its depth, so it is always best to consult a specialist.Treat your insurer as a partner – they are there to help so give them all the information they need to underwrite the risk. Explain the event, and discuss what risks concern you. Ask for competitive premiums, but cheapest isn’t necessarily best, because it’s the cover that counts. Insurers’ business is not about collecting premiums – it’s about paying claims.Brian Kirsch is Managing Director of Event Assured, the leading innovator for insurance and financial protection services for the events and business travel sectors. Event Assured has developed a range of specialist insurance products to meet the demanding needs of events, people at events, and people who organise events – including the charity sector. Their expertise is combined with leading edge technology, whilst still offering a unique personal service.www.event-assured.com Howard Lake | 11 April 2008 | Newslast_img read more

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Nominations open for DSC’s Social Change Awards

first_imgThe Directory of Social Change is inviting nominations for its fifth annual Social Change Awards, which are designed to “celebrate the passionate individuals and effective organisations committed to making a positive impact on society”.Individuals, groups, organisations and companies can all be nominated. There are five categories, including Influencer Award, The Great Giving Funders Award and the Everyday Impact Award for new enterprises.DSC will produce a shortlist of three from each category (apart from the Everday Impact Award category where there will be six), and there will be an online public vote to help pick the winners.The winners will be announced on 1 December 2011 in London.DSC established these awards to be different from the many other charity sector awards. Regarding the awards ceremony, they say: “forget linen table cloths and hefty ticket prices – this will be an inclusive, fun and informal event with inspiring speakers and some great stories from entrants”.The closing date for nominating others is 19 August 2011, and 26 August if you nominate yourself.www.socialchangeawards.org.uk/nominate.html Nominations open for DSC’s Social Change Awards Tagged with: Awards Howard Lake | 30 June 2011 | News  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Is mobile technology the fundraisers’ answer?

first_imgIs mobile technology the fundraisers’ answer? About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 January 2012 | News Paul de Gregorio, Head of Mobile Open Fundraising, presented this at the Lasa European Not For Profit Technology Conference 2011.  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digitallast_img read more

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Moonpig’s eCards aim to raise £200,000 for The Big Night In

first_imgMoonpig’s eCards aim to raise £200,000 for The Big Night In About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  559 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Tagged with: BBC BBC Children in Need Big Night In Charity Cards Comic Relief coronavirus COVID-19 telethon Comic cards●    Lou Sanders: “If I don’t come out of this pandemic being able to do a backflip, I’ll have to wonder if ‘just having the time’ was the issue”●    Micky Flanagan: “When all this being in in is over, we’re not just going out or out out, we are going out out out!!!”●    Sarah Millican: “We’re all just wearing our gravy spattered tops another day, yes?“●    Tim Vine: “So I went down the local supermarket… I said: “This vinegar’s got lumps in!” He said: “Those are pickled onions”.  Staying In is the new Going Out Greetings card retailer Moonpig has published 13 eCard designs to help raise funds for tonight’s The Big Night In, the joint event presented by Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need. The company has pledged to donate at least £200,000 to the appeal.The 13 designs feature quotes from comedians such as Micky Flanagan and Tim Vine, and one of the designs was created by author, artist and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, featuring the characters from his book, ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’. They all feature a lighthearted take on the lockdown that has transformed most peoples’ lives so that the NHS can be protected from being overwhelmed.The designs are part of Moonpig’s new eCard service, launched at the end of March. In fact all of the eCard range are part of Moonpig’s support for the Big Night In. The company has decided to donate all proceeds (net of VAT) of eCard sales between 15-30th April, committing to donating at least £200,000.center_img  560 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 The money raised by Moonpig for ‘The Big Night In Appeal’ will be split equally between Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need to support vital local charities and projects in the UK, which are providing urgent and essential help to people most in need. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems.Nickyl Raithatha, Moonpig Group CEO, said: “At Moonpig, we believe that cards can create a sense of togetherness, even when we’re apart. In such a complicated time, we are honoured to know that we can lend a helping hand in fostering important relationships. With this partnership, we hope that our eCards will help you pass on the spirit of hope and resilience. We want to do everything we can to provide essential support to local charities, projects and programmes across the UK to help those most in need during the current COVID-19 crisis.”You can order The Big Night In Cards or explored the standard Moonpig eCards. Tim Vine Moonpig eCard for The Big Night In AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Howard Lake | 23 April 2020 | Newslast_img read more

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Panhellenic to have community house this fall

first_imgLinkedin Linkedin Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts Alexa is the Audience Engagement Editor for TCU360. She is a journalism major and Spanish minor from Orange County, California. In her free time, Alexa loves reading about and watching sports. Facebook Tunnel of Oppression highlights different groups, encourages change Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ printTCU Panhellenic will have a community house starting this fall for women from all 13 Panhellenic chapters.After working through the conduct case which ultimately resulted in the suspension of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) needed to occupy the new Greek Village facility for fall 2018.Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life Brooke Scogin said they proposed the idea of a Panhellenic house to the Dean of Campus Life Mike Russel and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull. Once this option was accepted, FSL moved forward with plans to fill the house.The Panhellenic house will operate just like the other Panhellenic chapter houses. It will be staffed with a chapter resident assistant and an FSL hall director.“Our rationale for it is we will operate it under our current model,” Scogin said. “It made sense to offer it to women who would be used to that model rather than unaffiliated women who may prefer or do better in a more traditional residence hall setting.”With the Panhellenic house, FSL is able to provide an additional 25 beds for female students.“The Panhellenic house helps provide sorority women from all chapters with another great option,” Craig Allen, director of Housing & Residence Life, said. “It only helps all the other TCU Housing.”For Jordan Joyce, a sophomore accounting and finance with real estate double major, the Panhellenic house was a great option for on-campus housing since it provides her with a unique setup.“I am excited to get to know more people that I likely would have never met otherwise,” Joyce said. “Living in the Panhellenic house is a great opportunity for me because I prefer to live in a community setting, but I still get to have my own space.”编辑触摸共享全屏制作你自己的了解更多此交互式图像使用ThingLink创建。在thinglink.com上查看此图像。接触图片分享图像…全屏Since this facility was originally planned for a fraternity, it is connected to the Kappa Sigma fraternity chapter house and will have a shared elevator and stairwell in between the houses. However Scogin said this was considered during the planning stages.“Although the space will share an elevator and a stairwell with Kappa Sigma the only way to access the bedroom corridors or the first-floor living area is with a card swipe,” Scogin said,Scogin continued to say that each side of the building will have its own stairwell that provides access to that side of the space and these areas are only accessible by swiping in, through either front door and proceeding to the internal stairwell via the first-floor chapter.Joyce said she finds neither the common elevator and stairwell nor being connected with Kappa Sigma a problem next year.“I lived in Milton my freshman year which was much more mixed gender,” Joyce said. “Living in my sorority house now, I really have no interaction with the other organization in the stairwell.”The Panhellenic house will be in operation for the entire 2018-2019 academic year with Delta Tau Delta suspended until further notice.“We will continue to work closely with Delta Tau Delta Headquarters staff and alumni volunteers with regard to their conduct process,” Scogin said. “For now, they remain suspended and unhoused.” Facebookcenter_img Twitter ReddIt Construction of the Panhellenic house and all fraternity houses will be complete in August. 25 girls will move in with a chapter resident assistant and hall director.Photo by Alexa Hines Seniors react to postponing May Commencement Previous articleHoroscope: April 18, 2018Next articleBaseball falls to Abilene Christian in 11 innings, 4-2 Alexa Hines RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Alexa Hines TAGSFraternityHousingpanhellenicsorority Breaking barriers: Trailblazing women in sports media Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Alumnus to reopen local bar Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Star pitcher to make return against Dallas Baptist

first_imgLinkedin Poor control on the mound leads to blowout loss for No. 20 baseball TCU360’s guide to filling out your bracket Previous articleA guide to designing your graduation capNext articleRybakov’s clutch win clinches 4-3 victory over No. 8 Texas A&M Conner McBride RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts printPhoto by Jack WallaceThe TCU Horned Frogs will get some much needed starting rotation depth in the form of former All-American Jared Janczak.Janczak will make his long awaited return Tuesday when TCU visits Dallas Baptist on Tuesday night, according to a press release.Janczak was projected to combine with Junior Nick Lodolo to form one of the best one-two punches in the Big XII but an injury early in the season has limited him to only 11.1 innings pitched this season. Janczak has an ERA of 7.94 in those innings but the hope is that he can find the form that earned him first team all Big XII honors in 2017. Jared Janczak earned first team all Big XII honors in 2017Photo by TCU AthleticsJanczak also missed most of the 2018 season after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery, a procedure that relieves compression of veins in the shoulder. He made eight starts with a 3.00 ERA and was a preseason All-American.Depending on how he looks in his return he could move into the Saturday spot in the rotation that has been a source of inconsistency for the Horned Frogs in recent weeks.Dallas Baptist comes into the game with a record of 22-9 and TCU will be looking for a little bit of revenge after falling to the Patriots last year by a score of 3-2. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. central time at Horner ballpark in Dallas. Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/ TCU celebrates First Generation Students Day Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award center_img TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/ Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/ ReddIt Conner McBride Photo by Jack Wallace Linkedin ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/ Baseball continues strong hitting in win over Abilene Christianlast_img read more

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Role Call: A TCU student uses his talents to curate change

first_imgImage magazineRole Call: A TCU student uses his talents to curate changeBy Haeven Gibbons – February 1, 2021 834 ReddIt Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting Twitter Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Facebook Cowgirl: A look at the most glamorous women in rodeo printWritten by: Haeven Gibbons Photography by: Mckenna WeilModel: D’Mariel JonesA cramped New York City apartment houses two actors who share a bunkbed and live the starving-artist lifestyle day in and day out. It is the classic story of an artist trying to make it in New York City – the immense city full of dreamers with dreams no less immense. It is a lifestyle and a dream that has been played up by Hollywood films. But behind the facade on stage, another story plays out, behind the curtain.When D’Mariel Jones, a junior musical theater major at TCU, moved to New York when he was 19, he fantasized of booking a national tour or making it on Broadway. He was auditioning for roles, working at Urban Outfitters, doing some modeling and living in an apartment with his best friend.After landing a role in ‘Dream Girls’ at a theater in Florida, he injured himself and returned home to Austin, Texas. He decided to leave the New York lifestyle behind, for the time being, and go to school for musical theater. He wanted to focus on his craft and receive more training.Since returning to Texas, Jones has done more than train. He has used his theatrical and modeling talents to address social issues and stand up for change. “There are so many plays, musicals and divisive works that challenge what we know with theater,” Jones said. “That’s kind of your job as an actor – to evoke emotion and change the perspective or opinion that the audience members have about something.”Jones said his favorite thing about working in the theater and modeling industries is the aspect of storytelling and the opportunity to change lives.At TCU, Jones is the vice president of Theatre TCU Black Excellence, an organization for Black theater TCU students to connect with Black theater TCU alumni. This year, TTBE put on a cabaret honoring Black lives. Jones creative-directed the production. The premiere was virtually produced and includes singing, dancing and testaments from TTBE members.For Jones, modeling began as a happy accident. Jones would model for his photographer friends as a way of helping them build up their portfolios. Other photographers in Austin started to see the photo shoots he was doing and would ask if he wanted to model for them.“People were starting to see me as this, so I kept doing it,” Jones said.Modeling is where he began to explore creative directing and where he started using his work to foster change.Video Editors: Nijel Smith, Ethan Massengale“The first time I sat down and decided to direct something, I did a three-part series called ‘The Deconstruction of Masculinity,’” Jones said. The series addressed the issue of toxic masculinity.Part one, “Teatime,” challenged the social constructs of “masculinity” and “femininity.”“I hate the word masculine and feminine because anyone can be any of those,” Jones said. “I had me and four of my other friends get together, all guys, and we just did this big tea part with the makeup and everything.” He chose a tea party because it is usually associated with femininity. Part two, “Fluidity,” explored the concept of genderless apparel.“Fashion to me is very fluid,” Jones said. “I just wanted to do something that was going to make people stop and think and realize that fashion does not have a gender,” Jones said. “I feel like men are oftentimes tied down to specific things, and they’re not allowed to express themselves. I personally – I wear whatever I want.”Jones wore makeup and posed in a dress to illustrate this part of his series.The final part, “My Brother’s Keeper,” was intended to show that Black children, boys specifically, can be affectionate with one another.Jones said he feels like society has placed the stereotype of “aggressive” and “hard” on Black men. So, he posed with two of his other Black, queer friends to make a statement:“I wanted to do something that shows us [Black men] as being soft and okay to love on each other because, at times, we’re just told to ‘man up’ and not be sensitive because sensitivity is considered a bad thing to men in general but especially Black men,” Jones said.A shot from “Teatime,” part one of Jones’s “The Deconstruction of Masculinity.” Photography: Caitlin RoundsA shot from “Teatime,” part one of Jones’s “The Deconstruction of Masculinity.” Photography: Caitlin RoundsA shot from “Fluidity,” part two of Jones’s “The Deconstruction of Masculinity.” Photography: Caitlin RoundsA shot from “Fluidity,” part two of Jones’s “The Deconstruction of Masculinity.” Photography: Caitlin RoundsA shot from “My Brother’s Keeper,” part three of Jones’s “The Deconstruction of Masculinity.” Photography: Caitlin RoundsA shot from “My Brother’s Keeper,” part three of Jones’s “The Deconstruction of Masculinity.” Photography: Caitlin Rounds‘The Deconstruction of Masculinity’ was a political statement, Jones said.“Whenever I do shoots, there’s some type of message behind it because I love for my work to show what’s happening in the world,” he said. “I like to make my art speak out rather than just be a pretty picture.”Jones said his involvement in the industries allows “other little Black, brown and queer children to see someone like them doing something positive and shows them that they can do it, even if the system in society is against them,” he said.“It shows them that there are people out there like them who are making a change,” Jones said.Theater is the business of storytelling, said the Chair of the Department of Theater at TCU, Dr. Harry Parker. Audiences need to see more diversity on stage, and there needs to be more diversity in the people who are doing the designing, the directing, the producing and the writing. It’s critical, he said.While some change has started to occur in the theater industry, it has not always opened its doors as it should have, Parker said.The theater industry has a tendency for boxing people into their predetermined social roles: the jock, the blonde or the geek, Jones said.“I’m not going to allow you to really box me in because I can fit this mold and that mold,”Jones said. “I’m very malleable, and I can do whatever. So I try to be me, and if you don’t like that, then it wasn’t meant for me to be in that role.”Having a large enough pool of the right people in the right place in order to have representation in whatever the role is, is the dream, the goal, said Parker. The goal is to break down barriers, not put up more, he said.“What I would like to dream about is a theater community where we’re able to have appropriate representation, and we’re also able to give people new challenges,” Parker said. “The factors that level the playing field the fastest are talent, skill and ability.”While this is the goal, equal representation is not always seen in the theater industry. The use of stereotypes goes back to traditional musicals.“Traditional musicals don’t equate to White, but that’s what we’ve been taught and spoon fed,” said Jones. “I want to see it where people of color are able to play these roles that aren’t centered around them being a person of color.”It’s always this groundbreaking thing for White directors when they cast a person of color in a big role, said Jones. It shouldn’t be something that the director is celebrated for; it should just be the norm to cast the best person for the role, he said.“There’s a lot of work to do, and like all other components of systemic racism in our country, part of the toughest thing to change is who’s in power and how they are responding to the real world,” Parker said. “The right thing should be the norm. The right thing should be what happens every day, all the time, in all situations,” he said.The theater industry needs to include more people from the LGBTQ+ community, said Parker. There also needs to be more women and more people of color in positions of power within the industry, he said.“I think in the last six months a lot of people have had their eyes opened in new ways, and it’s sad that it takes tragedy to get us there, but it’s a process,” Parker said.When people get praised for doing the right thing, it makes it feel exceptional, and doing the right thing shouldn’t be seen as exceptional, Parker said.Haeven Gibbons is the Editor-in-Chief of Image Magazine. She is also a reporter and line editor for TCU360. Haeven is currently working toward a BA in journalism with a minor in Spanish at Texas Christian University. She loves learning about other people, issues and cultures. TopBuilt with Shorthand + posts Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Twitter Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Linkedin Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Haeven Gibbons Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting ReddIt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Previous articleThe ritz: A look at the glitz and glam in the ‘20sNext articleLooks that defined the decade Haeven Gibbons Facebook Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Libel charges dropped against four journalists

first_img News News RSF_en Zambia : Outspoken Zambian TV channel suspended for 30 days November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa ZambiaAfrica Help by sharing this information 31.07.2002 – Libel charges dropped against four journalistsCharges were finally dropped on 30 July against four journalists accused ofdefaming President Levy Mwanawasa after they apologised to the President foran article suggesting he had Parkinson’s disease. When withdrawing thecharges, the judge advised the journalists to henceforth avoid publishingfalse information. One of the journalists, Emmanuel Chilewka, stated at thehearing that he had been forced to report the President’s rumoured illnessby friends of former President Frederick Chiluba, currently involved in alegal battle with President Mwanawasa.______________________________________________________________28.06.2002 – Four journalists of The People freed on bailFour journalists of the weekly newspaper The People accused of libelling President Levy Mwanawasa were released on 27 June on bail of a total six million kwachas (1 388,5 euros). Their trial is set for 9 July, when they risk being jailed for two years._________________________________________________________________ Receive email alerts to go further News Organisation ZambiaAfrica 26.06.2002 – Judge refuses to release four journalists held for three weeksA judge in Lusaka has refused to release on bail four journalists of the weekly newspaper The People, who have been in prison since 5 June accused of defaming President Levy Mwanawasa.”Zambian law says they should have been freed on bail, so we fear the authorities are determined to crack down on the press,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to the president. “We remind you that these journalists were simply exercising their right to inform the public, a right guaranteed by various international treaties ratified by Zambia.”The four journalists – editor Emmanuel Chilekwa, his deputy Shaderick Banda, reporter Kinsley Lwendo and trainee journalist Jean Chirwa – were arrested on 5 June after writing that the president had Parkinson’s disease. The next day, a Lusaka court refused to grant bail and Judge Frank Tembo confirmed this on 25 June, saying they would have to stay in prison at least until the next hearing on 9 July.They face three years in prison for “defaming the president,” who has ordered the arrest of anyone who says he is ill.Chilekwa was first arrested on 31 May and interrogated about the article for several hours. “They handcuffed me, beat me up and demanded to know who gave me the information about the president and then released me,” he said. “I refused to tell them because it is against my ethics.”_________________________________________________________________07.06.2002 – Four journalists face three years imprisonmentReporters Without Borders called today on Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa to drop his legal action against four journalists from the privately-owned weekly The People who were arrested on 5 June after writing that he had Parkinson’s disease.The Magistrate Court refused on 6 June to grant bail to the four – editor Emmanuel Chilekwa, his deputy Shaderick Banda, reporter Kinsley Lwendo and trainee journalist Jean Chirwa – until the next ruling on 25 June. They face three years in prison for “defaming the president,” who has ordered the arrest of anyone who says he is ill.”We remind you that a jail sentence for defamation is considered by international human rights bodies as excessive,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Mwanawasa. He also pointed out that the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Abid Hussain, had ruled that punishing the peaceful expression of an opinion was a serious violation of human rights. Ménard repeated an earlier call for defaming the president to be no longer treated as a criminal offence.Chilekwa was first arrested on 31 May and interrogated about the article for several hours. “They handcuffed me, beat me up and demanded to know who gave me the information about the president and then released me,” he said. “I refused to tell them because it is against my ethics.” July 31, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Libel charges dropped against four journalists March 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Zambia The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa March 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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SimplyBook.me Ltd. – L’art de transformer un défi planétaire en opportunité

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Twitter LONDRES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–févr. 9, 2021– Créé à l’origine comme solution destinée à un populaire atelier de pneumatiques islandais, le système de planification de rendez-vous SimplyBook.me traite désormais des millions de réservations dans le monde entier dans le cadre des tests de dépistage et de la vaccination contre la COVID. Ce communiqué de presse contient des éléments multimédias. Voir le communiqué complet ici : https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005957/fr/ NHS & SimplyBook.me collaboration @ SimplyBook.me Lorsque la pandémie commença à se propager début 2020, la direction et le personnel de SimplyBook.me s’inquiétèrent des effets de celle-ci sur la société et sur son avenir, étant donné que ses principaux clients étaient de petites entreprises de service. L’équipe dirigeante décida d’utiliser les fonds de réserve de la société pour garder tout son personnel qualifié, même si la situation risquait de durer des mois. Parallèlement, on entreprit de déterminer si SimplyBook.me était susceptible de se faire une place dans la lutte contre la propagation du virus. À ce moment-là, le dépistage massif du coronavirus n’avait pas encore débuté, seuls les masques et la distanciation physique étaient à l’ordre du jour. L’équipe identifia immédiatement les possibilités d’aide à mettre en œuvre tant en matière d’organisation de la distanciation physique que de dépistage de la maladie. Malgré les innombrables demandes d’annulation de petites entreprises de service utilisatrices du logiciel pour cause de confinement et d’incapacité à fonctionner, les services liés à la COVID continuèrent à prendre de l’ampleur. Au Royaume-Uni, le système national de soins de santé (NHS) approcha SimplyBook.me au cours de l’été 2020, à la recherche d’une solution de réservation capable de les aider à organiser le dépistage de la maladie dans l’une de leurs régions. Nous avons sauté sur l’occasion et optimisé notre logiciel pour qu’il réponde parfaitement à leurs besoins. Les résultats furent éloquents et un nombre croissant d’unités du NHS commencèrent à opter pour notre logiciel. Lorsqu’il devint évident que le Royaume-Uni serait le premier pays à se lancer dans la vaccination, SimplyBook.me mobilisa toutes ses équipes de développement et d’assistance afin que le logiciel soit configuré pour traiter les vaccinations de manière optimale. « Le travail et les capacités organisationnelles du responsable et de l’équipe de projet avec lesquels nous avons collaboré au NHS sont exceptionnels. J’espère sincèrement que l’administration britannique a conscience des mérites de l’ensemble des personnes qui s’activent en arrière-plan afin que tout fonctionne comme prévu. Ils sont d’un professionnalisme exemplaire et n’exigent rien de moins que la perfection », a déclaré Ingvar Gudmundsson, fondateur et vice-président des ventes de SimplyBook.me. « C’est un privilège de collaborer avec des personnes si dévouées et mettant tout en œuvre pour obtenir le meilleur des résultats. » « Nous sommes maintenant début 2021 et nous sommes fiers d’avoir directement pris part à la lutte contre le virus durant ces dix derniers mois. La cerise sur le gâteau est de savoir que nous intervenons désormais dans la planification de la vaccination. Nous avons traité des millions de réservations depuis le lancement de la campagne il y a quelques semaines seulement. Nous avons toujours été convaincus d’avoir conçu un logiciel d’une extraordinaire flexibilité, modulable en fonction d’une multitude de situations. Cette vision originale nous a permis de connaître une croissance inédite, de conserver tout notre personnel à temps plein, et enfin, d’être en première ligne dans la lutte contre le plus grand fléau de ce siècle. » ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— SimplyBook.me est l’un des meilleurs systèmes de réservation au monde. Il s’agit d’un service logiciel à 360 degrés, véritable outil de croissance pour les PME et les établissements de soins de santé et d’enseignement. La mission de SimplyBook.me est de rapprocher les gens des entreprises de service en permettant aux premiers de réserver aisément n’importe quel service en ligne, où et quand ils le désirent. Le texte du communiqué issu d’une traduction ne doit d’aucune manière être considéré comme officiel. La seule version du communiqué qui fasse foi est celle du communiqué dans sa langue d’origine. La traduction devra toujours être confrontée au texte source, qui fera jurisprudence. Consultez la version source sur businesswire.com :https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005957/fr/ Personne de contact :Ingvar Gudmundsson, vice-président des ventes [email protected]+33603989428 KEYWORD: UNITED KINGDOM EUROPE INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HEALTH GENERAL HEALTH SMALL BUSINESS MEDICAL DEVICES SOFTWARE MOBILE/WIRELESS OTHER EDUCATION SOURCE: SimplyBook.me Ltd. Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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