IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign accelerates, governors, public health directors and committees advising them are holding key discussions behind closed doors, including debates about who should be eligible for the shots and how best to distribute them. A review by The Associated Press finds that advisory committees created to help determine how to prioritize vaccine doses have been holding private meetings in at least 13 states that are home to more than 70 million people. In at least 15 other states, such meetings are open to the public. But even in those states, governors and health officials can modify or override committee recommendations with little or no public explanation.
Peter St. John | The Observer Junior Adam Kulam, a resident of O’Neill Hall, beat 12 other contestants to win the title of Mr. ND.Junior Elizabeth Cameron, who organized the pageant with sophomore Holly Harris this year, said it serves as an opportunity for each male dorm to display an aspect of the dorm personality.“[Mr. ND] is very representative of all the dorm communities,” Cameron said. “It’s a super fun, eclectic event.”Walsh awards three different titles to contestants: “Mr. ND,” the top honor chosen by Walsh Hall’s rector and two Assistant Rectors as well as the reigning Mr. ND champion; “Mr. Walsh,” chosen by the women of Walsh Hall; and “Fan Favorite,” chosen by the crowd through a text-poll.Cameron said winners are judged on “personality, technical skill and overall talent.”During the pageant, each contestant had time to perform a talent in front of the crowd. This year’s talents included a reenactment of the “Jingle Bell Rock” scene from the movie “Mean Girls” by freshman Michael Newcome of Duncan Hall, a PowerPoint presentation about parietals by junior Patrick Messina of Siegfried Hall and a ribbon dance to the George Michael song “Careless Whisper” by freshman Ryan Burns of Sorin College.At the end of the night, Walsh crowned junior Adam Kulam of O’Neill Hall — who performed “Defying Gravity” from the musical “Wicked” for his talent — as Mr. ND. Kulam won favor with the judges through his use of props including a fidget spinner, a broom and a padfolio. Kulam delivered a six-minute performance where he danced and sang lines for multiple characters.When asked about how he felt about winning the pageant’s top prize, Kulam said, “I feel weightless … as though I were defying gravity.”This year’s “Mr. Walsh” was junior Davis Gonsalves of Dunne Hall. Gonsalves, who wrote a letter to the editor in The Observer earlier this semester ranking Notre Dame’s resident halls, re-ranked the male residence halls to the tune of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” for his talent.Gonsalves noted before he began that in his earlier rankings he chose Walsh Hall as the best women’s dorm on campus and stood by the claim. Gonsalves’s rewritten lyrics to “Piano Man” claimed Dunne Hall was the best men’s hall, eliciting several jeers from the crowd.Sophmore Jay Herrans of Stanford Hall was rewarded for his acoustic performance of Maroon 5’s “She Will be Loved” with the title of “Fan Favorite.”Following the announcement of the winners, Kulam, Gonsalves and Herrans each received a sash with their respective titles emblazoned across the front. Balancing out the Mr. ND Pageant, O’Neill Hall will be holding its annual Ms. ND Pageant in the spring of 2018.Tags: dunne hall, Mr. ND, O’Neill Hall, signature event, Stanford Hall, Walsh Hall Walsh Hall hosted its 17th annual Mr. ND Pageant, which invites men from each of Notre Dame’s male dorms to compete for the ultimate title of “Mr. ND,” on Thursday.The Mr. ND Pageant is Walsh Hall’s signature event, with all proceeds from ticket sales benefitting Joseph Academy — founded 34 years ago by Notre Dame alumni to assist young students with learning disabilities — in Chicago.
Whole roasted turkey is the centerpiece for many holiday meals and gatherings. There are a variety of ways to prepare and present it, but food safety is always the most important part of any turkey recipe. Harmful bacteria grow rapidly between the temperatures of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoiding time-temperature abuse needs to be key in your meal preparation.When you remove the turkey from the refrigerator, it should be trimmed, seasoned and cooked without delay. Leaving it out at room temperature or anywhere in the temperature “danger zone” for too long could make it unsafe, even after it is cooked.While preparing your turkey, and while thawing it as described below, be careful to prevent cross-contamination. The harmful bacteria on raw turkey can contaminate hands, countertops, cutting boards, dishes and utensils that come in contact with other foods during meal prep and make those foods unsafe.There are three ways to safely thaw a frozen turkey: in the refrigerator, in cold water and in the microwave. The best and safest way is in the refrigerator where the turkey will not reach an internal temperature above 40 F and harmful bacteria will not grow. Thawing a turkey in the refrigerator requires planning. If the refrigerator temperature is set at 40 F, it will take about 24 hours for every 5 pounds of turkey to thaw.A frozen turkey can also be thawed in cold water. Make sure the turkey is wrapped well in leak-proof packaging, as the flesh can absorb water. Submerge the turkey in cold tap water in a clean container. Change the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is completely thawed. It should take about 30 minutes per pound of turkey to thaw. Since temperature conditions are not controlled using this method, the turkey should be cooked immediately after thawing.The third method of thawing is in the microwave, which may only work well for small turkeys or turkey parts. Follow the microwave manufacturer’s instructions for thawing a turkey. Always cook the turkey immediately after thawing in the microwave, as some parts of the turkey may have reached temperatures where harmful bacteria can grow.To roast a turkey, set the oven at a temperature of 325 F or higher. Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan in the center of the oven. Whole poultry is safe when all parts are cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 F as measured with a food thermometer. A thermometer is the only sure way to know the turkey is safely cooked. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. It’s best to check more than one place in each location. It is still best to cook a turkey to higher temperatures, such as 170 to 180 F, to remove pink appearance and rubbery texture. Even if the turkey comes equipped with a “pop-up” temperature indicator, it is important to use a food thermometer as described here to ensure its safety. For food safety reasons, cook stuffing or dressing separately and not inside the turkey. The stuffing needs to reach an internal temperature of 165 F in order to be safe. When the stuffing is inside of the turkey it takes much longer for it to reach a safe temperature. Often, by the time the stuffing reaches 165 F, the turkey has overcooked and may be dry. By cooking the stuffing and the turkey separately you can better control the temperature of each.If you do stuff the turkey, do so just before cooking. Make sure the stuffing is moist and placed loosely in the turkey. Take the internal temperature of the stuffing during cooking using a calibrated food thermometer. Check several places to know all spots are at the minimum temperature of 165 F. Keep in mind that a stuffed turkey takes longer to cook than one that hasn’t been stuffed.After taking the turkey out of the oven, let it stand 20 minutes before carving for best quality. Move the turkey to a clean serving platter so it is not contaminated with bacteria from dirty food preparation surfaces, utensils or your hands. Now you can be proud not only of the flavorful entrée you have created, but also in knowing the food was handled safely.
Ameren backs 2050 net zero carbon goal, but plans long coal phaseout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Ameren has joined the ranks of U.S. utilities pledging to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with a long-range plan that invests nearly $8 billion in renewable energy and accelerates some coal plant closures — although it will retain much of its coal fleet through 2040.Like other net-zero carbon goals, Ameren’s will rely on “further advancements in innovative, carbon-free technologies and constructive federal and state energy and economic policies” to reach its final goal, CEO Warner Baxter said in a Monday statement.In its 15-year integrated resource plan (IRP) released Monday for review by Missouri regulators, the utility serving about 2.4 million customers in Missouri and Illinois plans to invest nearly $8 billion to add 3.1 gigawatts of renewables to its generation mix by 2030, hitting a total of 5.4 GW by 2040. That will allow it to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 and by 85 percent by 2040, accelerating by a decade its previous plan to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.Ameren Missouri’s 10.1 GW of generating capacity, measured in terms of 2020 peak summer demand, incudes 5.3 GW of coal, 2.8 GW of natural gas, 1.2 GW of nuclear, 820 megawatts of hydroelectric and 13 MW of solar. Ameren Illinois doesn’t own generation; it acquires generation resources through a procurement process managed by the Illinois Power Agency or through retail electric suppliers.The new IRP and zero-carbon goals accelerate the growth of renewables called for in a Smart Energy Plan the utility filed with Missouri regulators in February. That includes spending about $1.2 billion to acquire two Missouri wind projects with 700 MW of generation capacity expected to be complete by this year and in service in early 2021. Ameren Missouri has also initiated a request for proposals to solicit bids for wind and solar projects; it plans to create a renewable subscription program to expand on existing subscriber and community solar programs. With these avenues for renewables growth, Ameren expects to add about 1.2 GW of solar, 300 megawatts of wind and 900 megawatts of a combination of those two resources by 2030.The timeline for coal plant retirements has also been accelerated for its Sioux Energy Center coal plant, now expected to close by 2028, and its Rush Island Energy Center, which will shutter by 2039. Ameren already planned to close its Meramec Energy Center coal plant by 2022 and two units of its four-unit Labadie Energy Center plant by 2036, removing three-quarters of its coal-fired energy generating capacity by 2040. All remaining coal-fired plants are scheduled to retire by 2042.[Jeff St. John]More: Ameren sets goal of net-zero by 2050, plots major wind and solar expansion in Midwest
Diversity symposium set for April The program will explore the benefits of a diverse legal staff Educating lawyers and firms about the benefits of employing diverse attorneys to serve Florida’s diverse population — including panel discussions on recruitment, retention, and marketing efforts — will be the goal of The Florida Bar second annual Diversity in the Legal Profession Symposium.The event is set for April 21-22 at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa.“We need to communicate the benefits of having a more diverse work force in the legal profession and identify ways to help law firms recruit and retain associates,” Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson said. “Many employers already desire a more diverse work force, so we want to give them ideas to achieve their goals.”An evening reception is planned for Thursday, April 21, and an all-day program will begin at 8:30 a.m. on April 22.The first diversity symposium — held last year at St. Thomas University School of Law — focused on identifying barriers and solutions to achieving diversity in the profession. Increasing diversity in legal education, employment, The Florida Bar, and the judiciary were identified as priorities for the Bar.The 2005 symposium also will provide an arena for highlighting diversity efforts that have been made since the first symposium. During the event, the Young Lawyers Division will present an award to the Florida law firm that has demonstrated “exceptional strides in diversity.” February 15, 2005 Regular News Diversity symposium set for April
The teenager went on to post Instagram Story videos with her big sister Gia, 19, walking through Rome. “We’re back,” she wrote.Joe’s daughters last came to Italy in December 2019. “They are so cute so happy,” he captioned an Instagram video at the time. The Italy native said in the footage: “Welcome to Italy again. I love you. You’re so cute.”That was Joe’s second visit with his kids since he moved to Italy in October following his deportation order. He was taken into ICE custody seven months prior after completing a 41-month prison sentence.- Advertisement – Reunited and it feels so good! Two of Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice’s four daughters visited their dad in Italy for the first time in 2020.“Happy to be back,” Milania, 15, captioned a Friday, November 6, Instagram photo of herself smiling with the former reality star, 48.- Advertisement – The former couple finalized their divorce in September, and Joe has been dating “a lawyer.”He told Wendy Williams the following month: “She’s helping out a lot out here, it’s good because I have a lot of things going on out here and she’s putting together a lot of deals for me. We’ve been seeing each other, you know what I mean? I wouldn’t say that we’re boyfriend, girlfriend, but we’re kind of like hanging out a lot.”Joe went on to say that he talks to his daughters “every day,” saying, “Melania was just gonna call me now. I was watching them play soccer yesterday through the phone. So, good thing for the phones. It’s better to be there in person, but what are you gonna do? Right now, I wouldn’t be able to come there anyway.”Scroll down to see pics from their reunion in Italy. – Advertisement – He and Teresa, 48, called it quits in December 2019 after 20 years of marriage.“Teresa and Joe have separated, but have no plans to divorce yet,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “Teresa and Joe talked about their future when she and the girls were in Italy and decided it was best for them to separate. Neither of them wanted to be in a long-distance relationship. Joe has been dating in Italy, Teresa is busy taking care of their girls right now. They harbor no ill will towards each other and will continue to coparent their kids.”- Advertisement –
Ridiculous offer: Free car with house Meet the couple that bought an entire town Beach party shot from the 2012 Schoolies at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast — considered a rite of passage by many Aussie Year 12s.Thousands of teens face fines of up to $1,300 with property owners adopting “zero tolerance” for misbehaviour during 2018 Schoolies celebrations which kick off this Saturday. Owners and property managers across the country have been bracing for two weeks of Year 12 partying, which begins with Queensland Schoolies this Saturday for a week and in Western Australia from Sunday.New South Wales and Victorian Schoolies begin the following Saturday on November 24 for week two, and there is also another weeklong set of bookings being taken for week three, according to Schoolies.com.Grant Mifsud, partner with property management experts Archers the Strata Professionals, expects holiday rental managers to adopt new house rules across the country to deal with the onslaught of rowdy teenagers. Late night balcony party at Schoolies. Picture: Marc Robertson.“People setting off fire alarms can be a big problem, particularly as fire safety is such a major concern at all times and something we take very seriously.”He said a hefty $1,298 fine issued for false call-outs by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crew would be passed on to Schoolies in the wrong, thanks to “technology enabling identification of which room and building level an alarm has been activated”.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:39Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:39 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenPreparing your home for schoolies week00:39“Schoolies who set off fire alarms are not only risking lives, they could find themselves facing a fine of almost $1300. Building management are able to recover the QFES charge once they identify the perpetrator. These charges are a big cost for a strata scheme and they have to be recovered from those responsible.”Among the fears of property managers were that false alarms could lead occupants to be complacent when a real alarm goes off, and also business interruption.“School leavers wouldn’t want to face the double whammy of also paying a fine for setting off a fire alarm,” he said. Property managers and owners want to prevent balcony hopping and misbehaviour in high rises this Schoolies season. Schoolies Dates for 2018: MORE: Good news for first home buyers Fines, bond loss and even prosecution are in the arsenal of property managers “trying to ensure school leavers behave responsibly during their apartment stays and to avoid incidents”.According to Archers, these are the rules that property managers and owners have been advised to apply:1. Bag checks can be carried out by onsite security.2. No glass bottles in the room or pool area.3. A maximum of two external guests permitted to a room at any time to restrict the potential for parties.4. Secure rooftops to prohibit skylarking and dangerous stunts.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago5. Zero tolerance policy for misbehaviour on apartment balconies.6. Noise must be kept to a minimum.7. Dangerous behaviour will be dealt with by police.“Any damage to the room or contents during Schoolies Week will come out of the bond,” Mr Mifsud said, with the biggest issue every year being false fire alarms. Week 1 (17 Nov — 24 Nov) — QLD SchooliesWeek 1 (18 Nov — 24 Nov) — WA LeaversWeek 2 (24 Nov — 2 Dec) — NSW & VIC SchooliesWeek 3 (1 Dec — 9 Dec) — NSW & VIC Schoolies (Source: Schoolies.com)
I recently read an article in the Indy Star about 1A schools and their problem of fielding a football team. I am not talking about Pioneer High School which has won several state titles in the last few years. They are doing quite well for themselves. However, several schools had to cancel their schedule this year after getting down to so few players that they couldn’t put 11 on the field any more.No one wants to give up those Friday night football games, but practicality has to reign. If you have to play the same 11 players both ways for the entire game, injuries and body damage have to occur. There is also a practical aspect to football in a 1A school–Can you draw enough fans to help pay for the program costs? If the football program is robbing the other programs of proper equipment, this is not fair to your other sports.Another reason 1A schools want football is because they believe it keeps kids from transferring to neighboring schools if they do not offer football. Every student you lose robs your budget of needed dollars. You have to admire the 1A programs who are putting winning teams on the field year after year. Most 1A schools are not growing, but losing, students each year.
BOYD, Texas (April 3) – The last lap and a half alone were worth the price of admission when the Sprint Series of Texas opened at Boyd Raceway.Jason Howell passed David Garland coming to the white flag lap, then caught Kenny Venable in the first set of turns to win the Friday tour feature for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars.The 20-lapper ran caution free; the defending series champion had made his way to the front after starting 12th in the SWAT Firearms sponsored ride.“The track was real slick from top to bottom. My crew put together a good handling car for me,” said Howell. “It was a really good race. Fans definitely got their money’s worth.”A two-time series winner last season, Howell will follow the SST as much as possible this year while racing part-time at weekly venues. The win at Boyd came in his second 2015 start.Venable, Garland, Mark Klis Jr. and Kenny Elwood completed the top five.Feature results – 1. Jason Howell; 2. Kenny Venable; 3. David Garland; 4. Mark Klis Jr.; 5. Kenny Elwood; 6. Tucker Doughty; 7. Rodney Henderson; 8. Mike Herring; 9. Dustin Woods; 10. Danny Merrell; 11. Jerry Hammock; 12. Drew Wright; 13. Gary Kelley; 14. Trevor Reed; 15. Cody Whitworth; 16. Josh Hanna; 17. Reagan Reed; 18. Adam Barr; 19. Ronnie Henderson; 20. Corey Minor.
Brookville, In. — Junior Parent Information Night at Franklin County High School will be Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm. The event is parents or guardians of juniors who would like to be prepared for the upcoming school year and learn about post-secondary options.