Giant Hershey flea market caters to the classics

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | See More Videos No car trailers are allowed on the field for the Saturday show, and so everything must drive in under its own power. It’s a chance to see and hear rarer vehicles, which might otherwise only be found in museums, actually running. That can include battery- or steam-powered cars from the 1910s, fire trucks and buses from the 1920s, or sixteen-cylinder Cadillacs from the 1930s. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Prolific car collector calls it quits, 130 classics up for saleBut there’s still plenty to see and pick through. Some items are too big or fragile to ship easily, and so there are booths filled with fenders or massive old headlights. There are oil cans, gas pumps, dealership banners and old road maps. Some vendors have everything meticulously labelled, while others put out piles of rusty parts, make and model often unknown.I hadn’t looked online yet because I wasn’t sure what my broken piece was actually called. Harry Scott, who brought numerous Cadillac parts from his home in Virginia, had a grille similar to mine — I have the rarer entry-level model for that year, making my search even tougher — but it was also missing its plastic pieces. And it didn’t help when he looked at the broken stub I’d brought and said, “You have more of yours left than most people.”I went home without a replacement part, but I didn’t leave empty-handed. When I drove a cab in Toronto many years ago, my friend gave me some taxi toys. That started my journey of collecting taxi plates, roof lights, toy cars and assorted memorabilia. And although I already have more taxi meters than I have room for, I couldn’t turn down one from India, probably from the late 1960s, that showed the fare in rupees.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Hershey Automotive Flea Market is believed to be the world’s largest antique car flea market COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2If you had a spare US$875,000, you could have gone home with this 1933 Duesenberg Model J. Built in Indiana, Duesenberg was among the fastest and priciest cars of its day.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Dan Hryhorcoff of Scranton, Pennsylvania spent two and a half years transforming a Ford Ranger pickup truck into a giant pedal car. It’s roadworthy and was driven about 60 kilometres to the event.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Don’t depend on this to save your burning house! The engine in this 1947 Crosley only makes about 27 horsepower. Outfitting mini-cars as emergency vehicles is popular with owners.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Gas globes, which went on top of gas pumps, are popular enough that they’re being reproduced. These reproductions were priced at US$95 to $110. Supertest, fourth from right, was a Canadian brand.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2All vehicles entering the show must come in under their own power, and spectators line the interior road to watch. It’s fascinating to see, especially with rare models that may only otherwise be in museums.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Early cars didn’t have a lot of instrumentation, and the “Moto Meter” attached directly to the radiator filler to indicate the coolant temperature.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2This 1940 sedan was made by Nash, based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Nash would later merge with Hudson to form American Motors (AMC). That company was purchased by Chrysler in 1987, primarily for its Jeep.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Early headlights were not integrated into the body, and in some cases, they were an option. These are for such long-defunct luxury marques as Auburn, Marmon, Stutz and the air-cooled Franklin.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The American Austin was a Pennsylvania-built version of the British Austin Seven. In the 1950s, someone turned this 1931 model into a circus clown car. It could be yours for US$4,500.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2There were a surprising number of Edsel station wagons for sale, including this 1959 six-passenger that was priced at US$25,000.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2While early station wagons had real wooden bodies, later ones paid homage to the tradition with trim pieces, as on this 1965 Ford Falcon Country Squire. It was priced at US$14,750.Jil McIntosh, Driving advertisement There are always interesting items at the event, both large and small, and in every price range. Someone was offering a tiny 1931 American Austin that had been turned into a circus clown car in the 1950s, with a sticker of US$4,500. Or for half a million dollars, I could have had a 1912 Fiat Tipo, large enough to dwarf a modern SUV and with a 75-horsepower engine.And while numerous vendors were selling children’s pedal cars, either vintage or reproduction, nothing could top the one Dan Hryhorcoff of Scranton, Pennsylvania, brought in — or, rather, drove in to display. The retired mechanical engineer spent two and a half years building a giant pedal car on a chassis from a 1997 Ford Ranger.“Why I’d do it?” Hryhorcoff said. “Well, can you print ‘for the hell of it’ in the newspaper? I needed a project to keep me busy, and I like big projects.” He built it in his garage, creating the fiberglass body panels in wood and Styrofoam moulds that he made himself. It has two sets of brake and gas pedals, and when he takes a passenger, he can sit on the left side and insert the Ford’s steering wheel into the dash. But when he’s alone, he can sit in the middle and actually steer it with the giant wheel. And naturally, that’s the way he drove it from his hotel to the event.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Hershey Automotive Flea Market is believed to be the world’s largest antique car flea market. Trending in Canadacenter_img HERSHEY, Pa. – It’s known for chocolate the rest of the year, but for one week each October, this town is all about old cars. It’s the site of what’s believed to be the world’s largest antique car flea market, and as I have each fall for the last 25 years or so, I headed down the highway to see what was there.I haven’t needed many old-car parts for a while, and it’s mostly a chance to browse, to check out the cars or to buy interesting auto memorabilia. But this time, I was on a mission. A plastic insert for the dash grille in my 1947 Cadillac had finally become brittle enough to break, and I wanted a replacement.The sheer size of the event meant I had my work cut out for me. It’s actually part of a car show put on by a local chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. At the 1955 show, seven people put out some spare parts for sale, and the swap meet was born. Today, the flea market area covers 34 hectares and contains some 9,000 vendor spots. The “car corral” can hold 1,000 cars for sale, while another 1,500 vehicles attend the car show on Saturday. RELATED TAGSVintage / ClassicClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksNew VehiclesVintage & CollectibleAntique Automobile Club of AmericaAsiaAutomotive ShowsCars and Car DesignClassic and Antique CarsCulture and LifestyleDan HryhorcoffDriving.caFiat TipoFord Motor CompanyFord RangerGeneral Motors CorporationHarry ScottHershey (Pennsylvania)IndiaScranton (Pennsylvania)South AsiaStyrofoamThe Hershey CompanyTorontoUnited StatesVirginia It’s likely many of them were restored over the years using parts found at the Hershey event. And more will be, judging by the number of people I saw walking out with parts. Who knows? Maybe next year, the gods of hard-to-find items will finally smile on me. Enthusiasts still come from around the world to attend, but the Internet has had its effect. It used to be that “if it exists at all, you’ll find it at Hershey,” but much of the rarer stuff is no longer here. It simply makes more sense that if you need something like a door hinge for a Pope-Hartford, you’ll search online, rather than wander the aisles hoping someone has it.RELATED We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Former CU Arts And Sciences Dean William E. Briggs Dies In Boulder

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail William E. Briggs, who taught mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder both before and after he served 16 years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, died Jan. 4 following a long illness. He was 73.Briggs became dean of arts and sciences on July 1, 1964, after serving one year as the acting dean, and held that position until he retired in 1980, at which time he received a medal for outstanding service.After stepping down as an administrator, he resumed teaching mathematics until May of 1988, when he retired formally and was awarded the rank of professor emeritus. He had been associated with the university as a student and teacher since 1948, except for a single year when he taught at Baseline High School in Boulder.He is survived by his wife, Muriel, and their children, William L., Roger P., Barbara Ellen Johnson and Lindsey Ann Hall; a sister, Mary Jo Weins; and eight grandchildren. A memorial service is planned on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Boulder. The family requested that memorial gifts be directed to the CU Cancer Research Foundation or the William E. Briggs Scholarship Fund at Morningside College in Iowa.Briggs, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, held a bachelor’s degree from Morningside College in that city, and master’s and doctoral degrees from CU-Boulder, receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1953. He was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree in 1968 from Morningside College.He also taught at the Consolidated High School in Elwood, Iowa, began his CU teaching career in 1955, and in 1961-62, studied at University College in London under a National Science Foundation Faculty FellowshipBriggs was director of CU’s Academic Year Institute for secondary school teachers of science and mathematics from 1957 to 1960, and directed an In-Service Institute for Secondary School Teachers of Mathematics from 1959 to 1961 and again during the 1963-64 academic year. He was acting chairman of the mathematics department in 1959-60.A member of the School Mathematics Study Group, Briggs was part of the analytic geometry textbook-writing team at Stanford University in 1963. He authored 15 research papers in the field of analytic number theory, and was published in leading mathematical journals. He was chairman of the Colorado State Department of Education mathematics advisory committee from 1964-66.From 1966-80, Briggs was a member of the board of directors of Educational Projects, Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pa., and during the fall semester of 1980, served as academic dean for Semester at Sea on an around-the-world voyage.A member of the American Mathematical Association, Briggs was a governor of the Rocky Mountain Region from 1963 to 1966. He was also a member of Sigma Xi, the London Mathematical Society, and served as president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. He was a member of the Commission on Arts and Sciences, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, and the American Association of University Professors. Briggs was listed in “American Men of Science,” “Who’s Who in the West,” “Who’s Who in Education,” and “Who’s Who in America.” Published: Jan. 4, 1999 last_img read more

Supporting students when teaching remotely

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Under these circumstances, it is important that we prioritize compassion, kindness and flexibility. Communicating that we care about our students and their success can make a big difference in student motivation, persistence and ultimate success in course completion. The Chronicle of Higher Education has produced a helpful guide on supporting students during disruptive periods, which, along with a number of other campus and external resources, is posted on the Center for Teaching & Learning’s resource page. Additionally, CTL is hosting an ongoing series of online events related to remote teaching, as well as sharing effective practices and resources.  CU’s faculty and staff have taken heroic steps during the transition to remote teaching. Below are resources and practices to help throughout the remaining portion of the semester:Communicate expectations: Clear communication regarding course expectations is fundamental to promoting student learning, but doubly important during periods of disruption. Some of our students have reported increased anxiety because they do not know their current course grades and are uncertain about grading criteria and standards for assignments and exams. During this time, students may need extra feedback, guidance and reassurance.Synchronous vs. asynchronous: Some faculty prefer to hold live class sessions (synchronous). Others choose to post recorded lectures and other content online (asynchronous), allowing students to access material on their own time.There are pros and cons to both models. If you choose the synchronous model, it is wise to record and post class sessions for students who are unable to attend (Zoom includes a recording feature). If you choose the asynchronous model, make sure to maintain regular contact with students, such as discussions during regularly scheduled class times and/or office hours.Actively solicit feedback: Because it is not always possible in a remote setting to “read” an audience, you may need to proactively assess students’ learning. Anonymous polls (Zoom includes this feature), soliciting feedback via email, Canvas chat, and Zoom chat afford you the opportunity to gauge student learning, as well as offer students the opportunity to tell you what is working—and what is not—in your remote teaching. This process also presents a teaching opportunity and a chance to model skills of adaptability and collaboration.  Establish clear classroom norms: Regardless of modality, establishing classroom or meeting norms is important to maintain a respectful learning environment. Displaying a slide at the beginning of any remote meeting that articulates behavioral norms can be helpful. When using Zoom, should students use the raise hand feature? The chat feature? Or, should they simply unmute? In general, provide explicit guidance to students regarding the use of technologies that you employ. Prevent Zoom disruptions: There are reports of disruptions during classes on Zoom. Class sessions have experienced intruders from outside the CU community being disruptive and inappropriate, including the posting of racist, sexist, and pornographic images. Adding a Domain Based Authentication can restrict meetings to individuals with a CU IdentiKey. OIT has provided a step-by-step guide, as well as additional Zoom security information. If you make this switch, you will need to inform your students.      Manage disruptive behaviors: The Student Classroom and Course-Related Behavior Policy is still in effect for remote teaching. However, even with controls in place to minimize disruption, students may still find ways to disrupt the teaching environment. Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution is your CU Boulder resource for enforcing the Student Classroom and Course-Related Behavior Policy, consulting on responding to disruptive behaviors, and setting course behavioral expectations. If you would like to consult about how to respond to any disruptions, please email them at [email protected] If a student disrupts Zoom sessions, the faculty member should take the following steps:Mute the student’s mic and turn off the student’s camera as needed to address the disruption. Information on how to do these actions in Zoom can be found here.Follow up with that student via email detailing how their behavior is disruptive and reaffirming your expectations for future behaviors.If the student’s disruptive behavior continues or if a single instance of disruption is egregious enough to warrant it, remove them from the Zoom meeting and file a report with Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (SCCR) here.Upon receipt of the report, SCCR will work with you in setting further behavioral expectations and holding the student accountable for the disruption. If the disruptive incident includes sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, exploitation and harassment), intimate partner abuse (including dating and domestic violence), stalking, discrimination, harassment, or related retaliation, you must report it to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance. Instructional faculty, including GPTIs and TAs, are required to report such incidents to OIEC.Report academic misconduct: While teaching remotely, maintaining the academic integrity of your courses is important. If you have concerns about academic misconduct in your courses or would like to consult on issues related to academic integrity, please file a report here or email [email protected] Create community: Students have been isolated from their peers and may be experiencing loneliness. As a teacher, it is a good idea to create an online community for your students, such as study groups or working groups, using the breakout room feature in Zoom, or discussion boards on Canvas. Feeling connected increases student motivation and also promotes persistence and retention.Encourage good study habits: Because our students’ lives are now filled with additional distractions, finding time for coursework will likely be challenging. It may prove helpful to give students tips, starting from what can make them more comfortable. You might suggest something like choosing the right location (not too noisy, not too bright, not too full of movement), having water and a snack handy, and to stretch from time to time. Their mind will focus more effectively if their body is comfortable enough. You can further suggest time management techniques, including creating schedules (including self-care time) or the pomodoro technique.  Testing: Canvas offers a good platform for quizzes and testing, and OIT offers trainings on this feature. For proctoring of exams, the campus now subscribes to Examity. Interested faculty can register online.Additional guides for online assessment include materials from Boise State University, George Washington University, New York University, and Rutgers University. Virtual simulations and labs: OIT provides links to a number of remote teaching resources, including labs. Additional lab resources include InSpark and a list maintained by the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. Student Wellness: For students having difficulties coping, CU offers robust services that can assist. Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) and Student Support and Case Management are continuing services remotely for local students and can help out-of-state students find support in their area. There is also an emergency fund for students with critical needs. Self-care: Finally, it’s likewise important for faculty to care for themselves and to realize that there are negative impacts on them with this new remote environment. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is currently offering TeleHealth videoconferencing. The Office of Faculty Affairs offers mentoring and support, and The Center for Humanities and the Arts provides support as well online.Kirk Ambrose, PhD, is the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at CU Boulder.Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Community Published: April 6, 2020 The past few weeks have been stressful and disruptive for everyone. Our students are especially vulnerable as they may be facing any number of challenges, such as financial stress, housing and food insecurity, and additional demands related to caring for family members and themselves. What is more, some students may be in a different time zone, need to miss regularly scheduled class meetings because of unforeseen demands, have to find alternate ways to submit assignments depending on their technology/internet access, or request an extension for an assignment or exam.last_img read more

Proposed City budget trims $17.3 million amid rising pension costs, eroding revenues

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilProposed City budget trims $17.3 million amid rising pension costs, eroding revenues May. 30, 2019 at 10:57 amCity CouncilFeaturedNewsProposed City budget trims $17.3 million amid rising pension costs, eroding revenuesMadeleine Pauker2 years ago2019-2021 budgetalisa ordunac3 teamcity councilhmst teampolice activities leaguerick coleunfunded pension liabilityvirginia avenue parkA breakdown of the 2019-2020 budget. (City of Santa Monica) The bulk of new spending in the City of Santa Monica’s proposed budget will go toward improving transportation and fighting climate change.The biennial budget City Manager Rick Cole released last Thursday proposes spending $38 million on various mobility projects and $29 million on water sustainability and electric vehicle charging next fiscal year. Under the proposed budget, the City would also spend $4 million on park safety enhancements, a criminal prosecution case management system and a staging facility for the Santa Monica Police Department.Financial assistance for rent-burdened seniors and expanding the waitlist for affordable housing would cost $2 million. City Council selected affordability as a top budget priority at a January community meeting, alongside climate change, an engaged and thriving community, neighborhood safety, mobility and access and reducing homelessness.The City would expand the Preserving Our Diversity (POD) program to reach 200 to 400 senior households and merge the waitlists for affordable housing maintained by the City and various nonprofits. A pilot program launched with the new consolidated waitlist would assist some households with poor or no credit history in obtaining housing. An additional $2 million would fund homeless outreach teams, social workers and the salary of Alisa Orduña, senior advisor to the city manager on homelessness. The C3 team of social workers that launched last June would continue to connect people experiencing homeless with services and the HMST team, which formed in 2017, would keep providing medical care. Two social workers would be hired to reach individuals in the city’s libraries. City spokesperson Constance Farrell said the outreach teams will save money in the long run by helping treat people who are often jailed or hospitalized.“Many people experiencing homelessness that are arrested or transported to medical facilities have underlying mental, physical or substance dependence conditions,” Farrell said. “Cities often bear this expense until they are able to offer connection to alternative settings such as psych-urgent care or sobering centers, and ultimately supportive housing.”Orduña would continue to be paid almost $11,000 a month to work on plans to replace downtown homeless shelter Samoshel, build a behavioral health center and develop a Homeless Innovation Fund, which would accept donations from fundraisers, businesses and individuals.New spending would also fund water infrastructure projects needed to wean Santa Monica off of imported water by 2023, which will keep the city’s water prices down ahead of predicted regional droughts, and new lights, emergency phones and cameras in downtown parks in response to safety and public health concerns. Improvements to city streets and the Big Blue Bus system would total $38 million next fiscal year.One of the largest new expenses in the budget would be payments to CalPERS, the state pension fund that cities across California are trying to rebuild after the recession and poor management severely depleted it. $14 million would be allocated between 2019 and 2021 to begin paying off the city’s $448 unfunded pension liability over the next 13 years.The liability, as well as flatlining sales tax and parking revenues, have driven the City to cut costs, eliminate almost 28 vacant full-time positions and seek new revenues. It would trim $17.3 million in expenses over two years with a $1.468 billion budget. The budget for the previous two fiscal years was $1.578 billion.“Our long-established ways of budgeting and making economic and operational projections will be challenged,” Cole wrote in a message accompanying the proposed budget. “Traditional revenue streams are growing at a slower rate due to changes in the modern economy; pension costs are projected to increase significantly to address statewide unfunded public pension liabilities; and … both the world and national economy face ‘increased risk.’” The new spending and eroding revenues would be offset by a 25 percent increase in parking meter rates, reduced hours for extracurricular programs and swim centers and cuts to supplies and maintenance costs across City departments. All departments would also forgo a 2.4 percent annual consumer price index increase and the City may put a measure on the ballot to bring in new revenue, such as a tax on vacant homes and storefronts or the sale of luxury properties.Beginning July 1, parking meter rates and rates for Main Street lots 9, 10 and 11 will increase 25 percent. The City has also proposed reducing free parking in downtown parking structures from 90 to 60 minutes.The City would eliminate CREST early morning and late afternoon care, as well as Saturday morning programs at the Police Activities League and Virginia Avenue Park. CREST provides sports and enrichment programs for Santa Monica elementary schools before and after the regular school day. Early morning care, which starts at 7 a.m., was phased out this school year at four elementary schools and replaced with Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District programs, Farrell said. This fall, the three remaining elementary schools would make the same transition and late afternoon CREST care would be phased out.“Patrons would be directed to other CREST programming, PAL, VAP, programming at local libraries or alternative services provided through SMMUSD,” Farrell said.The Saturday morning programs at PAL and VAP that would be eliminated began before the Pico Library opened and began providing its own Saturday programming, Farrell said. “In addition to the Pico Library, families can take advantage of other park amenities such as age-appropriate playgrounds, basketball courts, and, during the summer months, the Splash Pad,” she said.The City would close Santa Monica Swim Center for six weeks in the winter, rather than three weeks, cut lap swim at Lincoln Pool and run fewer summer camps due to low participation.It would scale back its communication efforts, publishing fewer issues of its magazine Seascape, taping fewer events and terminating its contract with KCRW to broadcast City Council meetings. Food and flyers would no longer be distributed at community meetings and Council would have less discretionary funding to grant to school activities, community events and local nonprofits.’Council will review the budget next Wednesday at 6 [email protected] :2019-2021 budgetalisa ordunac3 teamcity councilhmst teampolice activities leaguerick coleunfunded pension liabilityvirginia avenue parkshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSaMo PRIDE begins June 1A Memorial Day to Forget (The Court Trial)You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

HSE confirms extent of staffing crisis at LUH

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articlePolice investigate incidents in DerryNext articleRaymond Galligan on Cavan needing complete performance News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – November 19, 2020 Facebook HSE confirms extent of staffing crisis at LUH Twittercenter_img Pinterest Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ In a joint statement, Donegal’s two Sinn Féin TD’s have repeated calls for more urgent government support for Letterkenny University Hospital as the Covid crisis there deepens.Speaking in the Dáil this week, Deputy Mac Padraig Mac Lochlainn told the Taoiseach that there were 133 staff off work as of Friday last, with that number is likely to have increased to over 150 in recent days.He and Deputy Pearse Doherty have again said this is an “unprecedented crisis”, and every possible additional resource should be deployed to the hospital.Around 450 staff are off work due to a number of Covid 19 outbreaks at hospitals across the country.The HSE’s Chief Operations Officer, Anne O’Connor has confirmed Letterkenny is one of the worst affected………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Pay your debts, and play to your strengths

first_imgI mean no disrespect to the others. But it is a fact that most countries do one or two things brilliantly and other things less well. A Google search for ‘gourmet Hungarian cuisine’ gets 39 hits. That is more than similar search results for all the other countries in the region combined. ‘Polish gourmet cuisine’ gets nine hits (as does Czech) followed by Estonian (seven), Romanian (six), Latvian (four), and Albanian, Croatian and Bulgarian with a ‘Googlewhack’ (just one hit). For all their merits, Bosnian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Moldovan, Montenegrin, Slovak and Slovenian gourmet cuisine have yet to reach Google’s search spiders. One could also imagine other specialisations. Slovenes keep their country spotless: so put them in charge of the tourism industry everywhere. Estonians will run the public administration, Bulgarians the computers, Romanians the parties, Slovaks the think-tanks, Lithuanians the literary festivals (but featuring Czech authors). Poles will shoulder the military burden and make the films. Most people in the region have a rough idea of their own country’s strengths and weaknesses; they may even, grudgingly, concede such specialisms. But the more interesting point is outside perceptions of excellence. A good test of this is to Google a country’s adjective and (within the same quote marks) the term ‘world-class’. That gives a rough index of foreign estimation (and, to be fair, a country’s capacity for self-promotion). The results create a startling picture. Googling ‘world-class Polish’ (as a phrase) produces a stonking 65,000 results (ahead of ‘world-class Russian’, which gets 58,600). A few of those hits may be polish as in shoe polish, rather than Polish as in Pilsudski. But even so, Poland’s strengths, broadly spread across culture, science, sport and music, tower over the internet landscape. Romania is in next place with 28,000 hits, but thanks only to a fluke-ish strength in one single sport. Add the term ‘-gymnast’ to the Romanian search (to remove hits that mention that word) and the country plunges to 1,870, behind Czech (23,000), Hungarian (15,900), Bulgarian (6,800), Albanian (3,000) and Ukrainian (2,900). No other country seems to be so dependent on one claim to fame. The next echelon of countries is way behind. ‘World-class Slovak’ gets 219 hits, Lithuanian 189, Estonian 106, Latvian 14, Bosnian eight, of which three are the same blog post about excellent coffee in Travnik. ‘World-class Moldovan’ gets zero. Even for non-Moldovans, these quantitative metrics are crude and even unfair. But no more unfair than the idea of Greece being bailed out by hard-working (and poorer) ex-communist eurozone countries such as Estonia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The writer is central and eastern Europe correspondent of The Economist. England to Greece: “Pay your debts and you get your weather back.” As southern Britain sweltered in unseasonable October heat, this wisecrack set me thinking about other fanciful exchanges. If Britain could block all stag parties from despoiling the cities of central Europe and the Baltic states with vulgar songs and loutish antics, could the east European migrants in Britain please stop brewing illegal vodka and eating swans? Next, why not put the Hungarians in charge of all the cooking between the Baltic and the Black seas? After three decades in the region, I have had plenty of time to assess other national cuisines: potato-dough dumplings, greasy concoctions of pickles and pork, and chewy Balkan barbecues have left indelible traces on my tastebuds. Hungarian cooking trumps the lot, from cold sour-cherry soup to pancakes with chestnut puree, via beef tokány (too complicated to explain here, but it involves smoked bacon, garlic, black pepper, bay leaves, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar and lemon rind, with mace, ginger and saffron as optional extras). last_img read more

Groves man arrested after driving into home

first_imgA 53-year-old Groves woman is recovering from injuries she received when a neighbor drove his vehicle into her home Sunday night. The woman, whose name is not being released, was asleep when the vehicle barreled into her bedroom about 11:25 p.m., Sept. 12, in the 2600 block of Fourth Avenue. Groves Police Det. Kirk Rice said the victim received several lacerations requiring numerous stitches as well as several broken bones in her face. She was transported to Christus Hospital-St. Mary for treatment and was released Monday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle which struck the home fled the scene but was located several hours later. “An officer went by the suspect’s home and located the vehicle in the driveway and saw a male subject inside the vehicle,” Rice said. “As the officer passed by the male ducked down causing the officer to become suspicious, investigated the vehicle and determined the man inside the vehicle was the suspect.” The driver, Jose Ernesto Crus Urias, 42, was arrested and charged with fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in injury, a state jail felony. He was transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. Rice said the suspect lives on the same street as the victim.last_img read more

Octopus Obsession, Feeling Moxy and More Things We Learned from The Band’s Visit Star Katrina Lenk on Show People

first_img View Comments 2. SHE’S ALWAYS GAME TO FLY ONSTAGE“I am all in for flying. I loved the hugeness of Spider-Man and how carefully thought all of the flying rigs were on the set and everything. I felt very safe there. I’d be so game for flying in The Band’s Visit mid-‘Omar Sharif.’” Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 The Band’s Visit Related Shows Interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.Did you know Show People is available as a podcast? Listen to your favorite stars talk Broadway and beyond on your way to work, the gym, the theater and more on iTunes and Spotify. Other must-read highlights:ON THE BAND’S VISIT’S ACCLAIM“We were definitely all surprised when the audiences responded in the way that they did. Everyone loves the show that they’re in, and you want it to be good, so it’s a really wonderful thing to have the audience feel the way we do about the show.”ON CREATING BACKSTORIES FOR ALL OF HER CHARACTERS“It’s always really fun, and it can provide answers where there aren’t any, say, in the script. Making up your own reasons for things is always really fun. With Dina, her backstory will sometimes change, depending where I’m at. I like to keep making things up and creating things.”ON THE BAND’S VISIT FAMILY“From day one, everyone was just generous, welcoming and very funny. It was like a family from the very beginning, which was great. It’s not always that way. It’s not always instant family. I do think if you work on something with a bunch of people, you will be connected with them in some way. There’s always some kind of love among a cast, regardless.”ON FOLLOWING HER DREAMS TO LOS ANGELES“The timing was not the best when I moved to L.A. There was a writer’s strike. I moved there with all these big dreams and then was like, ‘Oh no! Everything’s wrong.’ If you don’t know anyone in L.A., it’s so hard to get people to meet you and represent you. There’s also so many people there that are trying to make it.”ON TOUGH TIMES IN NEW YORK“My first Broadway contract was for The Miracle Worker. I was the standby for Alison Pill and Jennifer Morrison. I never went on. That closed, and I hadn’t saved enough money to stay in New York. It went by so fast. I went back to L.A. like, ‘I am never going back to New York. Never!’”ON HER STAGE PERSONA MOXY PHINX“She’s kind of crazy. She came out of the frustration I was feeling in L.A. I think a lot of actors feel this like, ‘I can’t book work. No one wants to see me. Have I no worth?’ But you still have all of this stuff in your brain that you want to get out and create. She came from that feeling of, ‘I’m just going to do something because I’m losing my mind.’ This woman doesn’t care what anyone thinks. She’s kind of just hung around and gotten more ridiculous. Everything about her is sort of misfitty.”ON AWARDS SEASON“What I really love about the theater community is how supportive everyone is of each other. Thinking of the awards as more of a celebration as opposed to a competition really helps. I’m so thrilled for all of the shows that are coming out. So many of my friends are in these shows, and I want them to do well. Thinking about it like that takes the pressure off. We’re not actually competing. We’re all doing something that we love so much.”ON HER SUCCESS IN THE BAND’S VISIT“If I was younger, it might have freaked me out a lot more. There’s perspective that I have now that I wouldn’t have had in my twenties…hopefully!”ON HER OFFSTAGE DREAM“I’m obsessed with The Blue Planet right now. It’s on BBC America. They bring cameras so deep into the ocean, like the very bottom of the deepest parts of the ocean. It’s an alien planet down there, and I cannot stop thinking about it. I’m currently obsessed with meeting an octopus. It’s my goal right now.”Watch the full episode of Show People with Paul Wontorek below!center_img 3. SHE GETS STAGE DOOR JITTERS“I get really shy at the stage door. It’s something I’m not quite used to. To me, the stage door seems more for like, Bruce Springsteen. Of course people are going to wait for Bruce Springsteen! Come on! For me, it’s a little bit of like, ‘What? It’s just me.’” Star Files 1. SHE HAD A DELIGHTFULLY BATTY DANCE TEACHER GROWING UP“Betty Hill was amazing. She was my first dance teacher. I started dancing when I was three. I mean, how much dancing can you really do when you’re three? But I did it, and Betty Hill was amazing. She had this giant red beehive, like Lucille Ball red. She was very much into the performing, and she’d say, ‘Smile, smile, smile,’ all the time.” Katrina Lenk is no stranger to ensnaring audiences, be it as the seductive viola player in Once or as spider goddess Arachne in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Now her performance in Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s The Band’s Visit has had audiences and critics buzzing since it premiered off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2016. With awards season ramping up, The Band’s Visit (and Lenk herself) is being hailed as a favorite on the Great White Way. Here’s what we learned from Lenk about her hilarious dance teacher growing up, why she gets shy at the stage door, her octopus obsession, why awards season doesn’t scare her and more on this week’s Show People with Paul Wontorek. Katrina Lenklast_img read more

Community Bank NA celebrates Dragon Boat Festival with virtual eye dotting ceremony

first_imgCommunity Bank NA,Photo (left to right): Lifetime Member PJ Ciardelli, Regional Manager Anita Bourgeois, Branch Manager Jon Roddy, Chairperson for Dragonheart Vermont’s Board of Directors Patricia King.Vermont Business Magazine For the second year in a row, Community Bank N.A. will serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2020 Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, a charity event to raise money to support local cancer survivors this August. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s paddle boat race will be going virtual, however that did not stop Community Bank from participating in an eye dotting ceremony in honor of the upcoming race.Although sponsors and community members could not physically be together to awaken their dragon heads, participants showed their commitment to the tradition of bringing their spirit’s back to life, emerging from winter with a virtual eye dotting ceremony Community Bank was proud to join.“We’re thrilled to sponsor this year’s Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and support Dragonheart Vermont’s mission of raising funds for local cancer survivors,” Community Bank Regional Manager Anita Bourgeois said.“In celebration of the annual race, we were excited to join the community in virtually awakening the dragons and look forward to this year’s virtual paddle boat race.”“We are grateful for Community Bank’s continued partnership and participation honoring this rich tradition,” Festival Director Neal Hayes said. “Our organization strengthens and empowers breast cancer survivors and supporters through the challenging sport of dragon boating and we appreciate Community Bank’s support year after year.”One hundred percent of the donations made to the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival stay in the community and will benefit local cancer survivors through two organizations: Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapies. For more information on Dragonheart Vermont, or to donate, please visit is external).About Community Bank System, Inc.Community Bank System, Inc. operates more than 250 customer facilities (including branches and ATM locations) across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank N.A. and has been serving its communities for more than 150 years. With approximately $11.4 billion in assets, the DeWitt, New York-headquartered company is among the country’s 125 largest financial institutions. Community Bank N.A.  has consistently been ranked among the top 12 best banks(link is external) in America by Forbes Magazine since the list was first published in 2009, and was most recently ranked tenth in 2020. In addition to a full range of retail and business banking services, the Company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services through its subsidiaries/business units that include: OneGroup NY Inc(link is external)., which provides risk management and commercial insurance, employee benefits and personal lines insurance; Community Bank Wealth Management(link is external), which provides investment advisory, personal trust and financial planning services, as well as personal, business and nonprofit portfolio design; and Benefit Plans Administrative Services Inc.,(link is external) which provides actuarial, retirement and VEBA/HRA plan administration, and collective investment fund, employee benefit trust and transfer agency services on a national scale.Source: Burlington, VT. — Community Bank System, Inc is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the company’s stock trades under the symbol “CBU.” For more information about Community Bank, visit is external) or is external).last_img read more

Aqua Sphere UK expands marketing and reports 35% sales uplift

first_imgReporting an impressive 35% year on year increase in sales thus far in 2012, Aqua Sphere UK believes its ‘systematic growth pays testimony to the high regard awarded to its products within the swimming and triathlon markets.’Aqua Sphere is committed to retaining its strong growth curve and is expanding its marketing power with the appointment of Marketing Executive, Fiona Walker. A keen diver and fully qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, Fiona has over 14 years’ marketing experience with particular expertise in creative campaigns and brand building.She joins the team to push through a range of marketing initiatives for Aqua Sphere’s swim and tri products and to help drive new marketing programmes for group brands Apeks and Aqua Lung across the diving and snorkelling markets.A self-confessed outdoor activity addict, Fiona has dived professionally since 2002 and is a part time member of the dive team at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. She shares parent company Aqua Lung’s philosophy of helping to protect sharks through education and recently returned from a trip to South Africa to dive with sharks at Aliwal Shoal. Related Fiona also looks forward to participating in the Great Swim Series, which Aqua Sphere partners, and is a keen trail runner with Radcliffe AC.She said, “Aqua Sphere is the hottest go-to brand for aquatic eyewear and the team have lots of exciting plans to build awareness for its wide range of triathlon wetsuits, swimwear, accessories and aqua fitness equipment. I look forward to 2013 with huge professional and personal excitement.”Delivering key values of performance and long lasting comfort, Aqua Sphere claims to be the number one goggle brand for a growing number of retailers; and its continual innovation across eyewear, swimwear, accessories and triathlon wetsuits is assuring the brand’s healthy upward read more