Arlington National Cemetery Chosen as Final Resting Place for USS Monitor Sailors

first_img View post tag: National View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: place View post tag: Monitor View post tag: usa Back to overview,Home naval-today Arlington National Cemetery Chosen as Final Resting Place for USS Monitor Sailors View post tag: sailors Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Feb. 12 that remains recovered from the USS Monitor will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery.A ceremony will be held March 8 to honor the two unknown Sailors.The specific date of the interment was chosen to honor Monitor’s role in the Battle of Hampton Roads 151 years ago. “These may very well be the last Navy personnel from the Civil War to be buried at Arlington,” said Mabus. “It’s important we honor these brave men and all they represent as we reflect upon the significant role Monitor and her crew had in setting the course for our modern Navy.”The Brooklyn-built Monitor, the nation’s first ironclad warship, made nautical history after being designed and assembled in 118 days. Commissioned Feb. 25, 1862, the Monitor fought in the first battle between two ironclads when it engaged CSS Virginia in the Battle of Hampton Roads March 9, 1862. The battle marked the first time iron-armored ships clashed in naval warfare and signaled the end of the era of wooden ships.Though the Monitor’s confrontation with the Virginia ended in a draw, the Monitor prevented the Virginia from gaining control of Hampton Roads and thus preserved the Federal blockade of the Norfolk-area.Months later, 16 Sailors were lost when the Monitor sank Dec. 31, 1862 in a storm off Cape Hatteras, N.C. Her wreck was discovered in 1974 was designated the nation’s first national marine sanctuary, managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Starting in 1998, the Navy, NOAA and the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Va., began working together to recover artifacts from Monitor.During the summer of 2002, while attempting to recover the ship’s 150-ton gun turret, Navy divers discovered human remains inside the turret. The remains were transported to Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Hawaii for possible identification.JPAC, with the assistance of the Navy Casualty Office and NOAA, conducted a comprehensive effort to identify the remains of the unknown Sailors, to include time-demanding and detailed genealogical research. Given the age of the remains, efforts to identify them were unsuccessful. However, JPAC was able to narrow down possible descendents of the unknown Sailors to 30 family members from 10 different families. “The decision to lay these heroes to rest in Arlington, honors not only these two men but all those who died the night Monitor sank and reminds us, that the sacrifices made a hundred and fifty years ago, will never be forgotten by this nation”, said David Alberg, Superintendent of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 13, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Arlington View post tag: Finalcenter_img Share this article View post tag: Navy Authorities Arlington National Cemetery Chosen as Final Resting Place for USS Monitor Sailors View post tag: Resting View post tag: Chosen February 13, 2013 View post tag: USS View post tag: Cemeterylast_img read more

Mama’s proves it knows best

first_imgIt was a gruelling day of judging, resulting in a near-heart-stopping overdose of buttercream for our panel of experts. But the votes have been cast and we are delighted to announce Herts-based Mama’s Cupcakes the supreme champion of National Cupcake Week’s first ever Cupcake-off.Our top panel of judges, including esteemed bakery writer and consultant Dan Lepard, cake specialist and author Mich Turner and British Baker columnist and co-author of Leith’s Baking Bible Fiona Burrell, awarded it to Mama’s, who came up with a timely retro-kitsch creation – a Black Forest Gateau cake.Twelve shortlisted finalists were invited to bring their cakes along to be judged on appearance, texture, topping, taste and overall balance at sponsor Puratos’ new Innovations Centre in Fringford. Puratos’ technical expert Philip Bainbridge said: “All the 12 finalists have done really well. My favourite was the Black Forest Gateau – when you ate it all the flavours and textures went well together.”Co-sponsor Chevler’s sales director Mike Wescomb added: “There has been a lot of work and innovative ideas put into the cakes. But the one I liked most was the Black Forest, because it’s a grown-up cupcake.”The cupcake champion wins two tickets to this year’s Baking Industry Awards and all winners will receive a year’s supply of cupcake cases from Chevler and a copy of Mich Turner’s book, Fantastic Party Cakes. A special thanks goes out for the great response and high-quality entries. Everyone who didn’t make the shortlist should not be disappointed and we urge you to try again next year.National Cupcake Week is now calling on all bakers in all sectors to bake a different cupcake for each day of the week, Monday to Saturday (bakers put their feet up on a Sunday – in theory!). Use the winning recipe ideas as inspiration, or go crazy with your own creations.l Note: quantities appear as submitted by entrants—-=== Moreish Monday ===Winner: ’Eat Your Greens’ by Country Cupcakes; www.countrycupcakes.comCake: 2kg caster sugar * 4kg soft brown sugar * 2.4kg salted butter * 2.5ltrs sunflower oil * 60 free-range eggs * 2.6ltrs full-fat milk * 750g cocoa powder * 7kg plain flour * 130g baking powder * 9kg finely grated courgettes, peeled * 120ml Madagascan vanilla extractTopping: 1.3ltrs fresh double cream * 1.4kg good quality dark chocolate, chopped finely * pretty fondant decorationsMakes 120: Beat butter, oil and sugars together for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. While mixture is still beating, slowly add eggs. Add milk, mix until smooth * Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa into the mixture and fold in. Fold in courgettes and vanilla. Once well-mixed, pipe into cases to 2/3 full * Bake on 190?C for 20 minutes * For ganache topping, heat double cream to just before boiling point; take off the heat; pour in the chocolate, but don’t stir yet; leave to cool, then stir until all chunks have gone. Leave to firm up to a pipeable consistency * Take the cooled buns, using a large star nib, pipe the ganache on to the cupcakes * Finish off with a fondant decoration.Fiona (left): I thought this looked spectacular and the courgette was a good idea.Dan: It’s a really, really bright, simple idea.Mich: Because there’s a high proportion of topping, you could introduce different flavours with the chocolate. They’ve gone with the green flower, so you could do a mint chocolate or other flavoured chocolate with that.—-=== Tantalising Tuesday ===Winner: ’Summertime Fizz Cupcake’ by The Cupcake Girl; www.thecupcakegirl.co.ukCake: 2 large free range eggs * 125g caster sugar * 125g soft butter * 125g self-raising flour * 1tsp vanilla essenceTopping/filling: 200g chopped strawberries * Squeeze of lemon * 2tsp caster sugar * 100ml ChampagneMakes 10For the cake: cream butter and sugar, gradually add beaten eggs and vanilla * Sieve self-raising flour and gently fold into mix * half-fill cup cases * Bake for 15 minutes at 180?C until golden * To make strawberry & Champagne compôte: heat strawberries, lemon juice and sugar in a frying pan, add Champagne and reduce by half then leave to cool * Inject some compôte into the middle of each cupcake, then pipe on top and decorate with half a fresh strawberry.Fiona: The compôte in the middle was something different and it looked beautiful, nicely finished. But I think it could be even better with slightly less topping.Dan (left): Once a cupcake is finished, sometimes you think all that’s left is to decorate. What they’ve done here is scooped a bit out and put a compote inside. This is something you could do with plums, apricots or whizz up some tinned fruits in a blender and make up a really good compôte.—-=== Whipped-up Wednesday ===Winner: ’The White Rabbit’ by Fantasy Cupcakes; www.fantasycupcakes.co.ukCakes: 560ml Vegetable oil * 8 medium eggs * 800g soft brown sugar * 1.2kg finely grated carrot * 400g raisins * 300g roughly chopped walnuts * 720g self-raising flour * 2tsp bicarbonate of soda * ¼tsp of salt * 4tsp cinnamon * 2tsp nutmeg * 2tsp mixed spiceTopping: 500g unsalted butter (room temp) * 1kg icing sugar * Approx 100ml milk * 1 generous tbsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla ExtractMakes 64: Beat together oil, eggs, sugar, carrot, raisins, and nuts * Sift in dry ingredients and fold setting until just combined * Fill muffin cases to ¾ * Bake for about 30 minutes at 170?C * For topping, beat butter until soft * Add half the icing sugar a bit at a time until well-mixed * Add half the milk and the vanilla extract and mix in rest of icing sugar * Add the remaining milk until the desired consistency of buttercream is achieved * Beat for a further three minutes * Pipe generously onto cakes with a plain nozzle * Decorate with hand-cut sugar hearts painted with edible gold lustre.Fiona: I like the carrot cake, which was quite moist, less so the appearance.Dan: They’ve taken a gorgeous carrot cake and turned it into a cupcake, which is great. Make ’favourite cake’ cupcakes. Find out what favourites your customers have and make that into a cupcake.Mich: It would be lovely to introduce some of the fresh zested flavours, like a fresh orange zest, into the buttercream so you’ve got a real blend, and counter that with a nice syrup underneath so you have a zesty flavour through it.—-=== Thrilling Thursday ===Winner: ’Crazy Lemon Drizzle Cupcake’ by Crazy Baker; www.crazybaker.co.ukCake: 125g unsalted butter * 175g caster sugar * Zest of 2 lemons * 2 eggs * 175g self-raising flour * 2 to 3tbsp milkTopping pt.1: Juice of 2 lemons * 3tbsp icing sugarTopping pt.2: 250g butter * Juice and zest of 2 lemons * 300g icing sugar * Gold decorationsMakes 12: Cream butter and sugar until white and fluffy, beat in eggs one at a time * Fold in flour with milk very gently * Fill cases ¾ full * Bake at 180?C for 8 to 10 minutes * Mix lemon juice and icing sugar together and drizzle over cakes; allow to cool * Mix the butter, icing sugar, zest and juice of lemons to make icing and pipe over cool cakes or spread using a knife * Apply decorationsFiona: The appearance was not so great, but the flavour of the lemon syrup on top gave a good flavour all through it. It was absolutely lovely. The only mistake is that they didn’t think hard enough about how they appeared and the wow factor – you need to get the balance between that and going over the top.Dan: Sometimes, bakers get scared about using fresh ingredients; using things like lemon zest can zip up a very simple cake. Also, using a syrup over the top of the cake is something that bakers can take from this.Mich: As Dan said, when working commercially, people tend to use ready-zested lemons, but if you zest them fresh, you can’t beat it. That’s what will encourage people to come back and buy this one again and again.—-=== Fulfilling Friday ===Winner: ’Very Vanilla’ by Pat-a-cupcake; www.patacupcake.co.ukCake: 440g self-raising flour, sifted * 440g caster sugar, sifted * 440g unsalted butter * 4tsp baking powder * 8 large free-range eggs * 4tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla extractTopping: 600g icing sugar sifted * 500g unsalted butter * 15ml Nielsen-Massey Vanilla extract * 100g melted Green & Black’s white organic chocolateMakes 40: Mix all cake ingredients until light and fluffy * Fill large cupcake cases with heaped tablespoons of the mixture and bake for 20 minutes at 160?C * For icing, place mix sifted icing sugar, butter and vanilla extract really well until light in colour; fully melt the chocolate and to the buttercream icing mixture and mix well.Fiona: This had really nice colours, with a very sophisticated look.Dan: It’s lovely when you pair the experience with the name – it’s called Very Vanilla and that’s exactly what it is. I also like the delicate, pale colours.Mich (left): What I loved about this was that it used really good, Fairtrade, organic Green & Black’s white chocolate. You can see the vanilla pods have been used and the flavours were very pure.—-=== Supreme Saturday ===Winner: ’Black Forest Cupcake’ by Mama’s Cupcakes; www.mamas-cupcakes.co.ukCake: 100g dark chocolate * 150g butter * 150g caster sugar * 3 eggs * 150g self-raising flour (mixed with 1 tbsp cocoa) * 2 tbsp ground almonds * 50g glacé cherriesTopping pt.1: 75g butter * 150g icing sugar * 2tbsp cocoa * 1tbsp kirsch * 50g dark chocolate (melted)Topping pt.2: 12tsp kirsch * Black cherry preserve * Half pint double cream * 12 liqueur cherries * Chocolate shavings * Optional edible glitterMakes 12: Melt chocolate * Beat sugar and butter until pale and fluffy * Add eggs one at a time, beating well * Beat in melted chocolate and stir in ground almonds * Sift flour and cocoa and fold in the glacé cherries * Spoon into large cases and bake for 20 mins at 180C * To decorate, spoon over a tsp of kirsch on each cupcake * Beat the butter, icing sugar, 1 tbsp kirsch and cocoa until well combined and soft * Fold in melted chocolate * Pipe an outer circle on each cupcake * Fill the centre of the circle with black cherry preserve * Whip double cream until stiff * Pipe a swirl on each cake, covering and sealing in the jam * Top with a liqueur cherry and chocolate shavings and edible glitterFiona: This was chosen because of the look of it. You cut it open and there is a surprise, with very moist cherries.Dan: One good thing about this is you can make it as expensively or cheaply as you like. You could fill it with Valrhona or use brandied cherries on top or use Cadbury’s and a budget cherry and still get a lot of fun out of it.Fiona: I agree. When you cut into it you’ve got that Morello cherry inside, which is a really lovely, lush, rich cherry. The only thing I would change would be to substitute the red glâcé cherry for a nice Morello cherry with a stalk.last_img read more

Finsbury poised for growth

first_imgFinsbury Food Group is gearing up for organic growth in cakes and speciality bread after a “transformational” year during which it sold its gluten-free arm and invested in its core business.Speaking in light of the group’s yearly results, published yesterday, CEO John Duffy explained that despite success with the company’s free-from venture, the decision to sell the business to Genius Foods for £21m earlier this year was the right one.“When it came to the point of sale, we found it hard to argue,” he said. “And I think it was the right thing for both businesses.“We’ve got lots to do with our speciality bread and cakes, so I think it is probably the right thing to do to invest in those areas, because there’s opportunity for organic growth.”The group’s preliminary results for the 52 weeks ended 29 June 2013 revealed profits before tax rose to £5.5m, up from £4.6m last year. Revenue fell to £176.6m from £178.9m in 2012, while debt levels were reduced from £33.9m last year to £7.4m.The positive results enabled the manufacturer to reinstate a dividend for shareholders, proposed at 75p per share.Commenting on the results, Duffy said: “It was quite a transformational year, arguably more so because of the structural work that we’ve done. The shareholders’ response has been very positive, we’re getting the balance sheet and the debt levels to a nice low level, which gives us more scope to do things, and it has gone down well.”At this year’s Baking Industry Awards, Finsbury was awarded Bakery Supplier of the Year. Duffy said that the achievement reflected the early investment made by the group in skills and its customers.last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf visita al hospital UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic, agradece al personal, analiza los beneficios de exigir el uso de máscaras

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf visita al hospital UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic, agradece al personal, analiza los beneficios de exigir el uso de máscaras Español,  Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health Al tiempo que los profesionales médicos trabajan en la primera línea de la pandemia de COVID-19 y el estado continúa enfatizando la importancia del uso de máscaras y del distanciamiento social para proteger a todos, el Gobernador Tom Wolf visitó hoy al hospital UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic en Harrisburg para agradecer al personal y enfatizar los motivos por los que el uso de máscaras es un requisito necesario para combatir la propagación de la COVID-19.“Los últimos cuatro meses no han sido fáciles, pero todos ustedes han hecho un gran trabajo en la primera línea para salvar vidas”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “En nombre de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania, les agradezco el trabajo que han realizado”.El enfoque medido de la Administración Wolf para la reapertura fue fundamental para evitar el aumento de casos a medida que el estado reabre, y el uso de máscaras sigue siendo vital para mantener a salvo a los residentes de Pennsylvania. La semana pasada, el Gobernador recordó a los residentes de Pennsylvania que es obligatorio usar máscaras dentro de los negocios. Todos deben usar una máscara, incluso los clientes, a menos que tengan un motivo médico para no hacerlo o que sean menores de 2 años.“En los últimos días, hemos visto a varios estados sufrir aumentos alarmantes de casos nuevos y algunos han tenido que implementar nuevas restricciones en los lugares donde las personas se reúnen”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “En este momento, en Pennsylvania, estamos observando algunos puntos críticos y estamos pidiendo a los residentes de Pennsylvania que sean extremadamente cautelosos cuando estén en público.“Todos los residentes de Pennsylvania deben usar una máscara cuando estén en público”. Deben usarlas cuando estén en áreas con muchas personas afuera. Deben usarlas durante todo el tiempo que estén dentro de una tienda y deben usarlas cuando pasen tiempo con familiares o amigos que no viven con ellos”.El Gobernador apoyó la decisión del condado de Allegheny de prohibir el consumo de alcohol en los locales a medida que continúa enfatizando el requisito de usar máscaras por respeto a todos, incluidos nuestros trabajadores de la salud.“Si comienza a sentir que es incómodo tener una máscara puesta durante aproximadamente una hora cuando está en una tienda, quiero que piense en estos hombres y mujeres en UPMC Pinnacle que usan máscaras mientras están de pie en turnos de 12 horas atendiendo pacientes”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Usar una máscara es signo de fuerza, coraje y amabilidad para proteger a los demás”.Al gobernador lo acompañó la Secretaria de Salud Dra. Rachel Levine; Doug Neidich, Presidente de la Junta Directiva de UPMC Pinnacle; Christian Caicedo, MD, Presidente de UPMC Pinnacle Dauphin Region; y John Goldman, MD, especialista en enfermedades infecciosas y Vicepresidente de UPMC Pinnacle.“Hemos aprendido que nuestras comunidades están llenas de héroes, incluidos quienes están aquí hoy con nosotros”, dijo la Dra. Levine. “Y hemos aprendido que este virus aún no se ha cansado de nosotros. En todo el país, los estados están viendo aumentos en los casos, incluso aquí en Pennsylvania. Ha sido maravilloso poder vernos y volver a hacer algunas de las actividades que nos encantan. Pero todavía debemos tener cuidado. La COVID-19 aún representa un peligro para nuestras comunidades y nuestra salud que no podemos tomar a la ligera”.“Agradecemos al Gobernador Wolf, a la Secretaria Levine y a todos los demás asistentes por visitarnos hoy para ofrecer su reconocimiento a los miembros de nuestro equipo que están trabajando arduamente para cuidar a los pacientes y las comunidades afectadas por la COVID-19”, dijo Philip Guarneschelli, Presidente de UPMC Pinnacle.“UPMC ha presentado medidas extensas en todo el sistema para proteger a nuestros pacientes, al personal y a las comunidades. Alentamos a todos los miembros de la comunidad a que reciban la atención que necesitan y no se demoren en una emergencia. Es crucial para no sufrir un agravamiento de los síntomas o complicaciones serias”, dijo Christian Caicedo, MD, Presidente de UPMC Pinnacle Dauphin Region.“Todos tenemos la responsabilidad de proteger a nuestros seres queridos más vulnerables, enfermos y comprometidos, incluso a medida que todos volvemos ansiosamente a una vida más normal. La evidencia que respalda la eficacia de las máscaras crece cada día. Los estudios apuntan a su capacidad para detener la propagación de la enfermedad y realmente reducir la cantidad de muertes causadas por COVID-19”, dijo John Goldman, MD, especialista en enfermedades infecciosas y Vicepresidente de UPMC Pinnacle.La guía para empresas de la Administración Wolf incluye Preguntas frecuentes sobre el uso de máscaras.Lea más sobre el proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador Wolf aquí.View this information in English.center_img June 29, 2020last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal physio worried about players mental, physical health

first_imgEx-Arsenal physio, Gary Lewin, is worried about Premier League players’ mental and physical health during the current lockdown. “From a sports perspective, the adrenaline rush that they get two or three times a week, the competitive urge they get on a regular basis is now being withdrawn. “That would come into some of the thinking of the support staff in clubs if they’re doing group fitness sessions with players from home – to make it competitive and give a competitive edge amongst the squad.” Lewin continued: “You’ve also got the mental wellbeing aspect that players are scared. This is a virus that can affect anybody in their day-to-day lives. “You’ve already seen instances of managers and players around the world that have been infected. “Although the experts are telling us that young, fit people may only get a mild dose of it, you are still hearing stories of other people that are relatively fit and healthy that have still been affected in a really bad way. Read Also:Arsenal make £100,000 donation to help combat coronavirus “So the players are scared. They’re scared for their families. They don’t want their families to become ill. “There’s a lot of pressure on everybody, but with regard to footballers, not only about the lack of football, but also what’s going on in everyone’s lives day to day.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Britain has been locked down for the next three weeks, as the nation tries to stop the spread of COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus. And Lewin says the suspension of football will impact the players mental and physical health. Speaking to the Football Ramble Daily Podcast, Lewin said: “I’ve heard the phrase institutionalised used and it’s not wrong. “Players, their whole lives are geared around performance and getting ready for the next game, and we’re now in the business end of the season, the last 10-12 games of the league, the final stages of all cup competitions and suddenly that’s stopped. “This will be unprecedented. Players sometimes stop through injury, players sometimes stop through illness, or they stop because they’ve been dropped from the team, but the matches still go on. “Turning the telly on at the weekend and there’s no Match Of The Day or live reporting of any sport anywhere – it’s a massive void. Promoted Content6 Product That Have Wild Origin StoriesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All Timelast_img read more

Isabela’s No. 10 most wanted person falls

first_imgThe 52-year-old Rodolfo Perez was arrested at his residence in Barangay Cabcab, Isabela for the crime of frustrated homicide around 8:50 a.m. on July 29, police said. BACOLOD City – He was listed as the No. 10 most wanted person in the municipal police station of Isabela, Negros Occidental. The court recommended a P72,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PN Perez’s apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Mila Yap-Camiso of the Regional Trial Court Branch 74 in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental dated July 3, 2020. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the municipal police station.last_img read more

Legislative update coming to Greensburg in February

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The Greensburg Decatur County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Legislative Update on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Decatur County REMC Community Room located at  1430 W. Main St., Greensburg. The doors will open at 7:30 am and the event will begin at 8 am.State Legislators serving Decatur County as well as the surrounding area are expected to be in attendance to discuss the 2020 Legislative session that began on Monday. Those Legislators are House Representatives Randall Frye (R-District 67, Greensburg) and Cindy Ziemke (R-District 55, Oldenburg) as well as State Senators Chip Perfect (R-District 43, Lawrenceburg) and Jean Leising, (R-District 42, Oldenburg).They will be allowed 10 minutes to discuss their views of the current session, and that will be followed by questions from constituents in attendance. The event will end by 9:30 am and is free for the public.last_img read more

McConnell: Senate Will Consider Gun Background Checks

first_imgRepublican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wants Congress to consider new legislation expanding federal background checks, as well as other gun violence measures, when lawmakers return this fall. He added, “Background checks and red flags will probably lead the discussion.”McConnell told a Kentucky radio station that he and President Trump discussed several ideas, and that the President is “anxious to get an outcome and so am I.” However, McConnell does not plan to call senators back to Washington early to work on the issue.Meanwhile, more than 200 mayors are asking the Senate to return early from its recess in order to act on gun safety legislation following last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead.A letter from the mayors to McConnell and the Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, reads, “Our nation can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary to prevent people who should not have access to firearms from being able to purchase them.” They are urging the Senate to vote on two House-passed bills that would expand background checks for gun sales. The letter was signed by El Paso, Texas, Mayor Dee Margo, Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley and the mayors of other cities and towns where mass shootings have occurred, including Orlando and Parkland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Annapolis, Maryland.GOP senators are also considering some changes to the existing federal background checks system that would be similar to the so-called “fix-NICS” law that was signed last year and improved the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. In addition, they are debating whether to strengthen penalties for hate crimes.However, Schumer told reporters this week, “We Democrats are not going to settle for half-measures so Republicans can feel better and try to push the issue of gun violence off to the side.”On the other hand, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who along with Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, is pushing a bill to expand background checks, says, “At this point in time leadership comes from President Trump.”last_img read more

Badgers head to Frozen Tundra

first_imgThe last time the Badgers played at the Resch Center in Green Bay, it turned into one of the most vivid contests in Wisconsin hockey history.A 1-0 triple-overtime victory over Cornell sent Wisconsin to the Frozen Four, en route to the program’s sixth national championship.UW net-minder Brian Elliott remembers it well, and not just due to what was happening on the ice.”That three-overtime game, that sticks in my memory just because the mental game in that was so strong for us to be able to pull it out,” Elliott said. “I saw some replays of some fans in the stands, they were holding their hearts because they couldn’t stand it when we actually won.”Those fans that survived the heart-wrenching thriller will get another glimpse of the Badgers, and they get to watch UW play for the first time as a defending national champion since 1990.Wisconsin, sharing the top spot in the rankings with 2005-06 runner-up Boston College to start the season, begins its title defense in a pair of non-conference match-ups with No. 19 Northern Michigan. The Badgers kick off their season with two 7 p.m. starts Friday and Saturday evening.Eaves said while the Badgers are trying to just look straight ahead, the team’s mentality is different than it was a year ago, now with the experience of winning an NCAA title.”It has changed, because at that time we were looking for affirmation that we were improving; the affirmation that we have now is we won a national championship,” Eaves said. “We know where we stand, we know what we have, so we don’t need as much now and that’s because of where we’re at.”With three consecutive weekends at the Kohl Center against big-name teams following Northern Michigan, the Badgers know they have to focus on their first two games in order to maintain the top spot in the rankings.”Our first two games are big games,” said senior assistant captain Jeff Likens. “Northern Michigan up in Green Bay, we have to take those two [games] first, and then we’ll worry about the rest of them.”Likens leads a defensive crew looking to continue strong play, after losing just one senior in Tom Gilbert — the scorer of UW’s game-winning goal in the championship game against Boston College.With a returning bevy of blue-liners that include Likens, preseason All-American Kyle Klubertanz, Matt Olinger and Joe Piskula among others, Eaves said he will do his best to take a look at all of his defensemen, which adds highly-touted freshmen Jamie McBain and Nigel Williams.”It’s like the goalie situation, we’re going to wait and see after Friday night,” Eaves said. “In a perfect world, yeah, we’ll see them [all].”Eaves said he will start Elliott, Wisconsin’s other preseason All-American — besides Klubertanz — on Friday night, and make a decision after that for Saturday night’s game. Eaves also has sophomore Shane Connelly, who earned a 2.69 GAA in nine games last year while Elliott nursed a left-leg injury, along with sophomores Jeff Henderson and Ryan Jeffery as options in net.On the offensive side, Eaves and his staff will take a closer look at what could be a stud line for the Badgers after losing five top scorers from last season. Captain Andrew Joudrey will center between bruising assistant captain Jake Dowell on the left side and Ross Carlson, the Badgers’ leading returning scorer from the 2005-06 season, on the right.But what sticks out about this line is that all three are in their final season as senior players.”I think that we’re hoping that they have good chemistry,” Eaves said. “Jake can bring a physical presence, Andrew in the middle has the ability to dish the puck, and Ross can be a goal scorer for you. So you’re hoping a situation comes that proves why we did that.”Carlson, who notched 23 points last season, hopes the Green Bay Gamblers’ crowd will be in full form to root for Wisconsin as the team returns to the scene of last year’s heroics.”It’s a great atmosphere there, everybody comes there and cheers,” Carlson said. “You’ve got the Green Bay Gamblers down there, where they’re all about hockey, so it will be interesting to see what kind of fan support we get.”Technically, the Badgers play the road team against Northern Michigan, and although Wisconsin began the past two seasons in the Kohl Center, Eaves dismissed any belief that the team enjoys starting at home.”The kids just want to start playing,” Eaves said. “Home or away doesn’t mean that much to us; the fact that the kids get to play is what it’s all about.”last_img read more

Shut down order costs conservation organization Huron Pines $900,000

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Non-profit organizations are also being hurt by the governor’s executive order. Huron Pines, a conservation group here in Northern Michigan, has lost $900,000 in grant funds. This group focuses on maintaining and improving natural resources in our area, such as the Emily Min Hunt Nature Preserve in Alpena.The grant money was coming from discretionary funds provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Complications from the COVID–19 pandemic caused those funds to be relocated. Executive Director Brad Jensen says these funds make up about one third of their on-the-ground budget. “We have a long-time, wonderful partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, but losing out on that funding for this year really impacts us in terms of both planning right now and implementation of those projects later in the year,” he said.While many people realize protecting our natural resources, Jensen added that not many think about how deep of an impact conservation has on the economy in our area. “There’s a lot of people who really care about natural resources in terms of the tourism benefit that it has, our own recreation, but we lose sight of all the jobs that are tied up in resource management in Northern Michigan,” he said.In order to help deal with the lost funds, Huron Pines is asking the public for donations. To contribute, you can visit Huronpines.org/donate.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Huron Pines, Michigan DNRContinue ReadingPrevious Daily COVID-19 update 4-20-20Next Guidelines for PPE on mental health workerslast_img read more