Good neighbor guide’ distributed off campus

first_imgEchoing the community relations and educational aspects of the student government’s beND campaign, Senior Class Council has concentrated on informing off-campus seniors how to throw smart and safe parties and avoid conflict with neighbors and police.  In addition to a recent presentation by C.L. Lindsay, a panel with ResLife and NDSP and emails sent out by student government, senior class council has distributed “Good Neighbor Guides.” Senior Class Council president Kate Clitheroe said the pamphlets were another step in the ongoing process of helping seniors minimize the risks of socializing off-campus and improving community relations. “Most of the information we already tried to synthesize in emails we sent to seniors,” Clitheroe said. “Things like keeping the noise down, putting the ‘no drinking under 21′ signs … we thought those things were pertinent.” While the guides contained a wide range of information about off-campus living in general, Clitheroe said she thinks the tips on keeping friendly relations with neighbors were especially important. “The info that was most important to seniors were the tips for having good relationships with your neighbors,” she said. “We’ve talked to the police about this. The number one reason they come to a party is not because they’re driving by, but because they’ve gotten a call from a neighbor.” Clitheroe said she thinks the guides contributed to the recent drop in citations and arrests for underage drinking. “I would say it’s definitely a combination of the guides with emails and most importantly word of mouth,” she said. “[Seniors] have actually been doing those things. … We’ve been to parties where people have told us they’ve talked to their neighbors.” One such student is Kent Liederbach, a junior living off campus. While Liederbach did not reach out to his neighbors until after he ran into problems, he said doing so made all the difference in his relationship with them. “We had a party that got way too loud, so I had to go over and apologize, I gave them a name and number. … They’re okay with giving me a second chance,” Liederbach said. “A lot of it is just taking responsibility for what happened and for what students are doing at our parties. … We have a great relationship with them now.” Liederbach contacted other neighbors as well, whom he believes were initially hesitant due to the reputation left by students of years past. “They’ve been very receptive since then,” he said. “I think students in the past were really crazy.” “I think they had judged us based on previous students,” Liederbach’s housemate, James Uricheck, said. Liederbach said he would encourage other students living off campus to contact their neighbors if they haven’t done so already. “Be proactive, tell them ahead of time if there’s going to be a party. … Make sure they have your number, say ‘If there is a problem I’d appreciate you calling me before you call the cops,’” Liderbach said. “I’ve actually gone over to my neighbors and had long conversations with them. Try to get to know them, find common ground. …They’ll be more willing to work with you.”last_img read more

Parker Riehle: Federal stimulus funds for tourism promotion can boost Vermont’s economy

first_imgThe Vermont legislature is currently considering a proposal by Governor Douglas, which he announced along with members of the Senate Economic Development Committee, to dedicate $8.67 million in available federal stimulus funds for economic development.  Part of that proposal would appropriate up to an additional $500,000 to the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) for the promotion of Vermont as a winter destination.  At less than 6 percent of the available federal stimulus package, $500,000 is a small portion of those funds but can help tremendously with this winter s tourism economy.The appropriation is critical to the Vermont economy.  At a time when the tourism economy has continued to hold up well despite incredibly challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to ensure we are making an adequate investment to promote winter tourism.  Vermont enjoys the tremendous advantage of being within a day s drive of 80 million people in the metropolitan markets to the north and south, but it is not an advantage that we have exclusively.  We share this advantage with Maine, New Hampshire and New York, and, with more and more winter visitors opting to stay closer to home and forego the trip to an airline-dependent destination, it is critically important that we be competitive with our northeastern neighbors when getting the word out to our core markets.  Vermont s ski areas spend upwards of $20 million on marketing winter in Vermont, and these funds are an opportunity to bolster VDTM s existing budget for promoting the collective brand of our unique state.The return on investment for Vermont s economy is proven.  The state s economist has confirmed for VDTM that there is a positive return for the state s tax revenues from the Department s marketing and promotional efforts.  And it s a quick return, with VDTM s expenditures generating revenue returns within 3-6 months.  That certainly makes for a worthwhile investment when the state is faced with budget shortfalls in the near and long term.The economic impacts of winter travel go far beyond the ski areas.  Skiers and snowboarders annually spend upwards of $700 million when they visit Vermont, and it is important to note that 2/3 s of those expenditures occur off-mountain at the numerous businesses throughout Vermont communities that are integral to the ski economy.  In addition, the seven ski areas that lease land from the state provide over $2.5 million in lease payments annually to the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation on a performance-based formula the better the ski business, the more revenue for the Department.  Not only do those ski area payments provide nearly half of the Department s state parks budget, but those dollars translate into capital improvements and employment throughout the summertime park season.  In addition, the funds would bolster VDTM s marketing campaign which prominently features the Cabot brand and the farmers of the Cabot cooperative which are so integral to Vermont s agricultural heritage. The timing for this appropriation is perfect.  Our mountains are coming off of strong business over the Christmas/New Years and MLK holiday periods, snowmaking conditions have been ideal and our ski areas have been able to offer excellent trail coverage.  This, along with frequent snowfall in the backyards of our metropolitan markets this season, sets up Vermont s ski industry with tremendous momentum for the critical Presidents Week holiday period and for the remainder of the ski season which goes through the entire month of March and typically extends well into April depending on conditions.  Therefore, it is vital that this appropriation be approved quickly so that VDTM can get the additional ad dollars in motion for maximum return.Parker Riehle of South Burlington is President of the Vermont Ski Areas Association and member of the Travel Recreation Council.Parker M. Riehle, PresidentVermont Ski Areas AssociationP.O. Box 368, 26 State StreetMontpelier, VT  05601P: 802.223.2439  F: 802.229.6917www.skivermont.com(link is external)last_img read more

China’s pork prices drop for the first time in more than a year

first_imgBruce Pang, head of macro and strategy research at China Renaissance, said Tuesday that the decline in prices was due to an increase in the supply of live pigs, and that he expects further year-on-year declines in pork prices in the current quarter.Overall inflation in China as measured by the consumer price index is likely to decline, Pang said.The consumer price index rose 0.5% in October from a year ago, the statistics bureau said. Overall food prices climbed 2.2%, with fresh vegetable prices rising 16.7%. Beef and lamb prices also rose, up 7% and 3.6%, respectively. Breeders feed piglets at a pig farm on May 12, 2020 in Bijie, Guizhou Province of China.Deng Gang | Visual China Group | Getty Images Looking ahead, China’s pork supply is set to recover further from the recent shortage.Zhao Guangyu, agriculture goods analyst at Nanhua Futures, said the stock of reproductive sows has entered a period of “accelerated recovery,” according to CNBC’s translation of a Chinese-language statement.Zhao expects imports of pork and central government auctions of meat from its frozen reserves to continue their increase through the end of this year, adding to supply while consumption demand remains steady.For the first three quarters of the year, China’s imports of pork more than doubled from a year ago, the national customs agency said last month.However, that growth is set to fade.In China’s plans for the next five years, the central Chinese government has specifically stated that ensuring national food security will be a priority. That would reduce China’s reliance on agriculture imports from countries such as the U.S. and Australia, with whom Beijing’s relations have become tense“After a torrid pace in 2020, China pork imports are forecast down 6 percent (in 2021) due to the rebound in domestic production,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service said in a quarterly report dated Oct. 9. The agency predicts a 9% increase in Chinese pork production, but notes it will still be nearly 25% lower than prior to the disease outbreak.Imports will account for only about 11% of Chinese pork consumption this year, according to data from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.The report said U.S. pork exports next year will likely remain about the same, at 3.3 million tons as growth in Mexico, Japan and other markets offset weaker demand from China. – Advertisement – BEIJING — Prices of pork in China fell for the first time in more than a year, after months of surging prices for the country’s most popular meat.Pork prices fell 2.8% in October from a year ago, China’s National Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday. The drop was the first since February 2019, or more than a year-and-a-half ago.Prices doubled last fall and continued their rapid rise into this spring as African swine fever killed swaths of pig herds in China. The pace of increase began to slow in the last few months.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Stuart Bingham books semi-final place in the Shanghai Open

first_img Bingham told worldsnooker.com: “I’m over the moon to get through because Martin outplayed me. I just hung in there and got the result. “I’ll have to improve to stand a chance to beat Judd. I’m not playing 100 per cent but I’ve got the grit and determination to get through matches.” Trump compiled a break of 79 to establish a 3-0 lead against double world champion Williams before going on to seal victory but admitted he too had more to give. Trump, who had scraped a final black win over Matthew Selt on Thursday night, said: “I didn’t get much sleep after a late finish last night so maybe that’s why I didn’t play well. “It’s always exciting to get down to one table and hopefully I can kick on.” Kyren Wilson edged Ding Junhui 5-4 and will play Mark Allen, a 5-1 winner over Mark Davis, in the second semi-final on Saturday. Defending champion Stuart Bingham held his nerve to book his place in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Open in China on Friday. Bingham trailed opponent Martin Gould 4-2 in their best-of-nine frame clash but hit back to win the last three frames and set up a last four clash with Judd Trump. World champion Bingham, who has been in sluggish form so far this season, admitted he will have to up his game to beat Trump, who thrashed Mark Williams 5-1. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

If Cardinals draft Kyler Murray, ripple effects will reach multiple leagues, sports

first_img Murray also will not be the last athlete to play both sports at the professional level. Tim Tebow, also a former Heisman Trophy winner, did not have sustained success in the NFL despite a memorable rookie season. Tebow, however, has made the trek through he minor leagues and is trying to crack the Mets’ major-league roster. Tebow would be a great story in majors, one MLB should be rooting for considering Tebow is one of the good guys in sports. It also is wise to leave that door open for Murray in case he flops in football — a long game, of sorts.Speaking of good guys, Larry Fitzgerald turns 36 in August. Would Murray prompt the future Hall of Fame wide receiver to play a little longer? Fitzgerald, who has 1,302 career catches, needs 22 more to reach 1,325, which will tie Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez for the second most catches behind Jerry Rice (1,549), a 49ers legend. Speaking of the 49ers, if the Cardinals were to draft Murray, then San Francisco would be in line to draft the player who previously had been considered the No. 1 pick.That was Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, who for this reason would have his NFL career linked to that of Murray if he were to go No. 2 in the draft. Bosa, however, would not be the only former Buckeye impacted by the Cardinals drafting Murray.Dwayne Haskins set Big Ten records last season and finished third in the Heisman voting. At 6-3, 231 pounds, he is considered the prototype when it comes to QB size. If Murray were to be selected over him, and if Murray were to succeed in Arizona, it would be interesting to see how that development affects QB evaluations in the future — even as early as next year.MOCK DRAFT: Four QBs picked in first roundWhat does that mean for Jalen Hurts? The QB who backed up Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama last season transferred and will follow Mayfield and Murray at Oklahoma. Some believe Hurts has no chance to play QB in the NFL. Some were saying the same thing about Murray before last season. If Murray were to be drafted by the Cardinals and have success as a rookie, among QBs in the 2020 NFL Draft class — which could include Tagovailoa, Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Oregon’s Justin Herbert — Hurts would have the most to gain. And he would at least get a chance in the NFL.That all spins back to Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, who was a walk-on QB behind Kingsbury at Texas Tech. Should the Cardinals draft Murray, Riley, 35, will have sent back-to-back Heisman Trophy-winning QBs to the NFL as the No. 1 overall pick. That’s unprecedented, and it makes the fact that Kingsbury might try Murray that much more interesting. The impact could be seen in the NFL right away.We are talking as soon this season, when the Cardinals will play the Browns in Arizona. Imagine the NFL schedule release giving us Mayfield vs. Murray as part of the annual “Monday Night Football” doubleheader in Week 1 — this one to kick off the NFL’s 100th season.MORE: What could Cards get in Rosen deal? Sporting News’ latest mock draft indeed has Arizona taking taking Murray. If that were to happen, then there would be a chain reaction that impacts multiple professional sports leagues and levels of football, not to mention several players and coaches in those sports.IYER: Murray, Cardinals just can’t hide the loveNew Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury would back up his own foreshadowing. On Oct. 28, 2018, Kingsbury, then the coach at Texas Tech, said he would draft Murray with the No. 1 pick if given the chance. His doing so now would confirm that he will get to design his own offense in Arizona. Kingsbury was a risky hire, but he also is recognized as one of the best offensive minds through all levels of football. The coach’s success or failure would be directly tied to Murray.If Murray were to be drafted No. 1, then Josh Rosen likely would be traded. There are a handful of teams that should investigate a potential deal. Rosen makes equal sense in Washington as the starter and in New England as the heir apparent to Tom Brady — that shows how much wiggle room the Cardinals have, and the wide range of franchises that could be impacted by Murray going No. 1.Cardinals general manager Steve Keim’s job hinges on this decision, too. Keim last made headlines when he was arrested on a DUI charge in July and suspended by the team. Drafting Murray No. 1 would be a move that goes against the grain.The Cardinals would be sending a message to their own players in dumping one franchise QB for another after just one season. Rosen was taken with the No. 10 pick last year and made 13 starts on a team that was doomed from the beginning. Is that where the level of patience stands in today’s NFL? Or does it lend credence to an evolving trend with a certain Power 5 conference?MORE: Why your team should trade for RosenThe Big 12 was the breeding ground for a couple of the best young current NFL QBs. Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield both played for Kingsbury at Texas Tech. Mayfield, of course, transferred to Oklahoma and preceded Murray. Mahomes led the NFL with 50 TD passes last season in his first year as starter. Mayfield broke the single-season rookie record with 27 TDs passes. If Murray were to have success in Arizona early, then the Big 12 could become an even more trendy medium for QB development.Of the QBs who finished between Mahomes and Mayfield in TD passes last season, former No. 1 pick Jared Goff is the only one who will not be older than 30 in 2019. Goff and the Rams reached the Super Bowl from the NFC West, where the Cardinals would be competing in the division with the league’s most interesting QB/coach combinations. Goff and Sean McVay are the standard. Russell Wilson, paired with Pete Carroll, has answered the questions about QBs 6-0 or shorter ahead of Murray. The 49ers were the “it” team last offseason with Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan. That all translates to a hyper-interesting division. It would be much more interesting than, say, the American League West.The Murray decision remains a hit to MLB considering he chose football over baseball after it was assumed the Athletics’ first-round pick would play in their minor-league system. Murray even bristled at Bryce Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract. MLB now might need to reform its minor-league setup to entice prospects to stick with baseball. Murray will not be the last athlete to have to choose between football and baseball. Kyler Murray talk dominated the 2019 NFL Combine, and the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma didn’t even throw a football.Murray created headlines with his measurements and his answers to media questions. On top of that, rumors that the Cardinals are considering drafting him with the No. 1 overall pick are swirling. What if that becomes reality?center_img It all makes too much sense.That is the Kyler Murray Effect, and it would start the second NFL commissioner Roger Goodell belts out the phrase. “With the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft … “Don’t say we didn’t prepare you for what comes next.last_img read more