They’ve met before: Leinster and Saints, Heineken final 2011With this in mind, it would be worth preparing to watch the return showdown between Perpignan and Gloucester, in the south of France, Leinster versus Ospreys and Cardiff Blues versus Exeter Chiefs. There will be a few groups that are closer than a laser shave, and even then Saracens and Toulouse may just form one team and come up into the next stage, so hard is it to predict how the giants are going to far once they have dealt with Connacht and Zebre and faced each other…There will be Heineken Cup fixtures that the neutral looks out for. You can roughly predict which groups will be tight nearing the end of the pool stages and there are clashes that cannot fail but erupt into beautifully savage rugby. Picking a winner out of all this, though? Well, whoever survives pool one or pool four will be hardened and confident about facing anyone come the knockout rounds. Luck of the draw: ERC chairman Jean-Pierre Lux draws for the 2013/14 Heineken Cup in the shadow of the trophyBy Alan DymockTHE DRAW may not have been the most glamorous of affairs, resembling something between an IT lecture and an awards ceremony for engravers, but we now know the Heineken Cup fixtures for the pool stages.The trophy had been fished out of the marina in Toulon and plonked on stage alongside ERC chairman Jean-Pierre Lux who pulled out a precession of baubles to tell us how the tournament is to be shaped in the early rounds. Come October it all starts again.Party on the dock of the bay: Toulon fans cheer their heroesFriday 11 of that month sees the first terrifying arm-wrestle as Ulster host Leicester Tigers. The next day French champions Castres welcome the newly beefed-up backline of Northampton Saints and then Sunday bares witness to last year’s winners Toulon beginning their campaign at home to Glasgow Warriors, mere hours before the all-French clash between big-spending Racing Metro and Clermont Auvergne. CARDIFF, WALES – MAY 21: Leinster players celebrate victory in the Heineken Cup Final match between Leinster and Northampton Saints at the Millennium Stadium on May 21, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) It is also worth noting that over rounds three and four there will be double headers as pool rivals play each other home and away, back to back. In that period the fate of a group could be decided and there are match-ups to look out for. Tigers play Montpellier twice, Saints play Leinster home and away and there will be two big games between Racing and Harlequins. Throw in the unpredictable bouts between Gloucester and Edinburgh and there is plenty to savour.By the time opponents from round one play again it could be all over. However, there is always the mathematician’s nightmare of tallying bonus points, compiling coefficients and contrasting scores to figure out who creeps into the knockout rounds and who falls out the trapdoor and into the Amlin Challenge Cup. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The saintsIrish take pride of placeWhere to start? Fifty tries and 374 points were the bare, record-breaking statistics on the opening weekend of the 2017-18 Aviva Premiership season, but that fails to do justice to the drama within.Gloucester ended Exeter’s 17-match unbeaten league run with Jason Woodward’s last-gasp try, Saracens put seven tries past Northampton within 30 first-half minutes, and Bath achieved only their second Premiership win at Welford Road despite losing three men to the bin in the closing stages.Above all this, however, was London Irish’s 39-29 win over Harlequins, a performance that included some super long-range tries – despite hints that the newly promoted Exiles would be playing percentage rugby. Amazing what a bit of sun on your back can do.There will be tougher days ahead for Irish – this Saturday at Exeter, for one – but already the bookies have made Worcester favourites for the drop, courtesy of the Warriors’ 35-8 tanking at Newcastle.Irish’s 39 points surpassed all of their 22 match totals when they were last in the top flight two years ago and the calmness with which their coaching team greeted the result suggests that the thought of relegation is not remotely on their radar.Unwanted tag: Gary Gold’s Worcester are favourites for the drop after their Falcons drubbing (Getty)Marcus makes his markHarlequins captain James Horwill has highlighted Marcus Smith’s “level headedness” as a key attribute and the young Quin will need that in spades given the adulation gushing his way.Smith became the seventh youngest starter in a Premiership match, at 18 years 200 days, but none of the other six played in the pivotal fly-half position.A couple of passes went slightly awry but overall he gave a terrific performance in a losing cause, running or passing the ball on nearly every possession. For now, his kicking game remains a mystery, though we did see a drop-goal conversion when he decided not to risk Joe Marchant’s try being ruled out by a potential TMO review.He went off reluctantly after taking a huge hit from Aseli Tikoirotuma and within a minute of his Quins debut, his replacement, Demetri Catrakilis, was carded for not rolling away. Things will get better, Demetri…Promising start: teenager Marcus Smith showed no nerves on his league debut for Harlequins (Getty)Sam is the manRugby World picked Sam Simmonds as one to watch in last month’s issue and he duly scored the first try of the Premiership season – one of two for him at Kingsholm on Friday night.His power is unmissable and one brilliant rescue act, when he dashed back to field a Willi Heinz kick that looked set to produce a Gloucester try, showed that he has the pace needed to play international rugby.There’s a lot of back-rows in the queue but Simmonds – who made 20 carries and 14 tackles against Gloucester – is certainly in that queue.Over again: Exeter’s Sam Simmonds bags his second try on a night when he impressed hugely (Getty)A joy to watchThe term ‘smiling assassin’ could have been for Schalk Brits. Six years after his Man of the Match display in the 2011 Premiership final, when he set up the decisive try for James Short, the 36-year-old Saracens hooker was up to his old tricks at Twickenham.Brits tormented Northampton with his outrageous offloading skills and running lines, and in what he insists will be his final season he is showing no sign whatsoever of diminishing powers. He’s a delightful character and a joy to watch.Master of arts: Saracens hooker Schalk Brits offloads against Northampton at Twickenham (Getty)Crooked feeds live on!How were the new laws for you? On initial evidence, the scrums are going to be quicker and cleaner but we’re still going to see crooked feeds! Scrum-halves are also taking time to get used to the idea that they can now align their left shoulder with the tunnel. Good to be back: Topsy Ojo (left) celebrates scoring London Irish’s first try back in the Premiership (Getty) Most tackles: Lewis Ludlow (Leicester), 26Most carries: Courtney Lawes (Northampton) and Sione Kalamafoni (Leicester), 21Most metres: Telusa Veainu (Leicester), 133Most lineout wins: GJ van Velze (Worcester), 8Most defenders beaten: George Ford (Leicester), 12Most offloads: Will Addison (Sale), 5Most breaks: Dan Robson (Wasps), 6Ringmaster: Tigers No 10 George Ford caused Bath no end of problems at Welford Road (Getty) Nobody should pretend that the new scrum laws are anything other than the lesser of two evils. We’re moving ever further from the concept of a scrum as a contest for possession. But given the choice between collapses and resets versus getting the ball in and out rapidly, I know which I prefer.As for the breakdown changes, the jury is out. There’s a danger that defending teams will decide the odds are too heavily stacked against them, now that you can’t kick the ball at a ruck and the tackler has lost the right to steal from the ‘wrong’ side.If defenders don’t bother competing for breakdown ball and instead fan out in the defensive line, there could be less space than ever for the attacking side to work with. But the try-fest in round one has helped allay those fears. For now.In and out: Glasgow feed a scrum during their 18-12 win v Connacht in wet and windy Galway (Inpho)A Wasp in a hurryDan Robson has made the early running in the try-scoring stakes, his four tries in Wasps’ 50-35 defeat of Sale matching the feat of Gloucester scrum-half Elton Moncrieff against Bedford 17 years ago.Nine of the 13 men to score four tries or more in a Premiership match are wingers, with Robson and Moncrieff joining centre Jeremy Guscott and full-back Geordan Murphy in being exceptions to the rule.Robson’s sevens-style inside support lines, often running ahead of the ball, should bring him a heap more tries this season but forcing his way into Eddie Jones’s England squad is proving far more difficult.The sting: Dan Robson became the third Wasp to score four tries in a Premiership game (Getty)The sinnersBlotchesWhat does Ulster’s pitch and Harlequins’ shirt have in common? They both have ugly dark blotches.Apparently someone used the wrong paint when applying branding to the Kingspan Stadium turf during the Women’s World Cup. So Ulster’s historic Guinness Pro14 meeting with Cheetahs was played on a pitch with large dark green patches.Quins’ shirt for their clash with London Irish looked like a dog’s breakfast – in fact, you can almost make out paw prints.Mucky look: Jamie Roberts sports Quins’ shirt (Getty)TV twits Why is that so many people turn into idiots when they have a TV camera pointing in their direction? Take the post-match analysis of the Leicester-Bath match on BT Sport. Fans behind the pundits pulled stupid faces or stuck their tongue out or sank towards the floor. How about trying this for a change: look normal and listen.“Quick, a television camera! Let’s stand behind the pundits and look as stupid as possible!” (Getty)Chiefs hard done byJeremy Thrush’s second try during Gloucester’s 28-21 win over Exeter was the first poor decision of the season. The Kiwi lock was undoubtedly guilty of a double movement when planting the ball over the line and when even Rob Baxter is moved to (sugar-coated) criticism you know the officials have got it wrong.Typically, Baxter was quick to point out the failings of his side that led to the incident in the first place. He always sees the bigger picture and that’s one reason why the Chiefs never dwell on injustices and win far more games than they lose.Kind decision: Gloucester’s Jeremy ThrushPremiership stats of the week TAGS: London Irish London Irish surprise the pundits as the tries flow, a promising start for the new laws, Sam Simmonds and Schalk Brits impress mightily, and the shirt that doesn’t wash
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 November 2006 | News MacQuillin said: There are, of course, communications issues that relate to all charity communications, but the areas of charity communications that cause the most controversy are related to fundraising. There’s negative press around face-to-face and how charities should respond to that; whether it should be proactive or reactive; offensive or defensive.There’s how you communicate how much of a donation goes on admin and fundraising and how charities play off against each other by playing down how much they actually do spend no admin, as the recent media interest in the Intelligent Giving allegations about Children in Need’s admin costs shows.Compared to the occasional furore over a piece of awareness raising advertising that has gone wide of the mark and alienated supporters, I can’t think of any form of charity communications that has the potential to generate such controversial issues as fundraising communications does.MacQuillin said it is essential that these issues are discussed by a group of people who work in fundraising and it makes a lot of sense to have fundraisers and those who communicate fundraising to have their own special interest group.Anyone interested in joining should contact [email protected] About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Sector PR executive proposes new PR in fundraising SIG for Institute 13 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis PR director Ian MacQuillin is seeking support for a special interest group for those who work in PR in fundraising.He says the group will be open to PR officers especially, but really anyone who has a stake in how fundraisers and fundraising present themselves and itself to the public through the media. Fundraisers themselves are often seen as PR ambassadors for their organisations after all and need to be aware of the issues surrounding fundraising PR.He told Third Sector: As a member of the IoF, I want there to be a group within my own institute, discussing communications issues. I don’t want to be a member of two institutes. Last year chair of the Institute Joe Saxton announced plans to create an Institute of Charity Communicators, which is still to be launched. Advertisement
Durham University fashion show raises £75,000 for International Rescue Committee Durham University’s Charity Fashion Show beat its £50,000 target last month to raise £75,000 for International Rescue Committee’s Syrian projects.The two-night event took place in early February to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee and sold 1,600 tickets in three seconds according to the charity, thanks to a social media campaign that encouraged people to like, share, and comment on content, and branding and marketing support from Shine Creative.The Charity Fashion Show has now been running for 30 years, and this year featured professional model Milana Traun, who took to the stage in front of an audience of over 1.500 students and alumni. Both evenings also saw an auction and raffle take place offering exclusive prizes, including Cosmopolitan magazine beauty bundles, and a Vogue Centenary Diary signed by Alexandra Shulman.Event president Rowena Soons said:“We came to Shine with a very complex brief and an ambitious business objective of communicating with multiple target audiences. As a direct effect of Shine’s design work we gained £20,000 in sponsorship (three times more than any other year) and support from national press as well as designers featured in a Vogue ‘ones to watch’ feature and GQ magazine.“Shine’s creative approach to branding has been the lynch pin in raising £75,000 for the International Rescue Committee. This is the most amount of money ever raised by a student group in the UK.”Main image by Mike Dennison Media Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Melanie May | 24 February 2017 | News Tagged with: fundraising events Fundraising ideas About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 130 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 129 total views, 1 views today
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the scale of inequality under capitalism has come sharply into focus. Long before the pandemic began, inequality, racism and imperialism had threaded their way through all aspects of society, ensuring that the worst effects of disasters fall onto the most oppressed. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Maria in 2017 showed that when disasters strike in places with majority Black and Latinx populations, the federal government offers little to no relief. Early on, Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities showed much higher rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths, outpacing whiter and wealthier communities. Centuries of racism and colonialism have left oppressed communities with fewer, less well-equipped hospitals, more uninsured people and more people with underlying health conditions. Black and Brown workers make up a disproportionate share of low-wage essential workers, exposed to the virus much more than those able to work from home.This inequality played out when former President Donald Trump, after becoming infected with the virus due to his own careless disregard for social distancing and other basic public health measures, received drugs that only a president could acquire. Pumped full of experimental drugs and cared for by the government’s top doctors, Trump’s recovery only strengthened the right’s assertion that the pandemic was not to be taken seriously.With the mass vaccination rollout, inequality has again been laid bare. Along the lines of Trump’s “America First,” President Biden has worked to ensure that the U.S. takes priority over other countries. Earlier this year he invoked the Defense Priorities and Allocations System under the Defense Production Act. DPAS requires manufacturers of certain items to meet domestic orders first before fulfilling international orders. So although domestic manufacturers are technically allowed to sell to the international market, in effect they have been blocked from doing so. There are nearly 30 affected items, including reagents, nanofilters, tubing materials and other equipment needed for mass vaccination. (tinyurl.com/2u2n9ybf) Biden claims to listen to scientists and even said “science is back” April 22. Yet modeling by Northeastern University found that if the first 2 billion vaccine doses were distributed evenly worldwide, based on population size, global deaths could be reduced by 61%. But if the world’s richest 47 countries hoard vaccines, deaths would fall by only 33%. (tinyurl.com/3rpekk2j)At a press briefing April 9, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that 87% of vaccines have gone to the wealthiest countries, while low-income countries received just 0.2%. Canada alone secured enough doses to vaccinate its entire population five times. At the end of March, none of the 180 million doses produced by the U.S. and Britain were exported. By April 15 they had exported under 4 million doses out of 257 million produced, while China exported 166 million doses and kept 196 million for domestic use, according to Axios.Dire need for vaccines in Global SouthIndia desperately needs critical supplies to produce and administer vaccines. On April 25, it recorded 349,691 new cases, setting a world record for daily COVID infections. It surpassed the previous record holder, the U.S., on April 22 and has recorded new records every consecutive day since. India is one of the world’s top pharmaceutical producers, yet without key imports from the U.S., it cannot produce what is needed to vaccinate its 1.3 billion people. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, tweeted April 16: “I humbly request you [Biden] to lift the embargo of raw material exports out of the U.S., so that vaccine production can ramp up.” Yet the SII, a privately owned conglomerate, has itself contributed to global vaccine inequality. Because it has a noncommercial license to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine, it can market its own version to poorer countries. In Uganda, SII charged $7 per dose, whereas the European Union negotiated with AstraZeneca and secured vaccines for just $2 per dose. (tinyurl.com/wm99wj7z)India, along with the U.S., Australia and Japan, is part of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or “Quad,” a diplomatic and military arrangement to counter China. Yet India’s imperialist “allies” are not offering aid and solidarity in this time of crisis, instead pursuing their own self-interest. But according to the April 24 South China Morning Post, China has offered to help India with its current outbreak, despite the two countries still facing a border dispute that turned deadly just last year.Vaccine inequality is perhaps most stark in occupied Palestine. Israel has fully vaccinated almost 60% of its population, giving it the world’s highest vaccination rate, yet the Palestinian Health Authority reported that less than 3% of Palestinians are immunized due to vaccine shortages. Even before the pandemic, around one-third of essential medicines were unavailable in Gaza. (tinyurl.com/c6z9as5k) With a population of 2 million, there are around 1,000 new COVID cases every day; in the West Bank, over a fifth of COVID-19 tests come back positive. (tinyurl.com/27r68fmj) In the U.S., many states have had stricter lockdowns with a positivity rate of just 5%. Virtually the only Palestinians who have been vaccinated are those who work in Israel and come into contact with Israeli citizens. International law holds that Israel is responsible for vaccinations in the areas it occupies, yet Israel claims that a 1993 treaty absolves it of this responsibility. While some human rights organizations have spoken out against Israel’s vaccine apartheid, there has been very little international outcry, and Israel faces zero consequences. The U.S. Congress has not sanctioned Israeli officials, and diplomatic relations remain warm under the Biden administration.Imperialists block easier access; China shows way forwardDirector of the Office of the People’s Republic of China to the State of Palestine Guo Wei (left) and Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila attend a hand over ceremony of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on March 29.In October 2020, India and South Africa jointly petitioned the World Trade Organization to waive patent protections on vaccines, which would allow anyone to produce the existing COVID-19 vaccines — not just Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and AstraZeneca. Despite the support of over 100 countries including China, the WTO decided not to waive patent enforcements after stiff opposition from the U.S., EU, Australia and Japan. Brazil, led by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, also opposed waiving vaccine patents, despite having one of the world’s highest infection and fatality rates.Pfizer used strong-arm tactics with several South American countries seeking to ink vaccine deals. In one unnamed country, which has a confidentiality agreement with Pfizer, a vaccine deal was delayed for months due to the company’s hard-line negotiations. The pharmaceutical giant demanded Brazil and other countries put up sovereign assets, such as embassy buildings and military bases, as collateral against potential lawsuits. On April 20, Pfizer finally dropped its demand for the South African government to collateralize its sovereign assets. (tinyurl.com/3r96d4s4)In contrast to the deliberate system of vaccine apartheid of imperialist countries, China, along with Russia and Cuba, has a different approach. China, which contained the spread of the virus within its borders a year ago without the use of vaccines, is now in a prime position to produce and export billions of vaccine doses globally. By the end of this year, it will be producing its own mRNA vaccine. China has developed its own lipid nanoparticles for the vaccine, a critical component that is only made by a handful of Western companies such as Merck.Reuters reported April 10 that China will be able to produce 3 billion doses of its Sinovac vaccine by the end of this year and 5 billion by next year. As of April 5, the foreign ministry reported China had donated its vaccines to 80 countries and sold them to another 40. Almost half the vaccines it produced have been sent abroad — China donated 1.2 million doses to Pakistan and 200,000 doses to both Zimbabwe and the Republic of Guinea. A week after Biden denied a request to share vaccines with Mexico, China signed a deal with the country for 22 million vaccines. China donated 100,000 doses to Palestine and 500,000 to Venezuela, two countries under heavy sanctions and embargoes from imperialist powers. (tinyurl.com/vyafn8s4) “Palestine highly appreciates China’s commitment to provide coronavirus vaccines as a global public good and its selfless assistance to Palestine and other developing countries with a responsible attitude and concrete measures,” said Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila March 29.It’s too early to see what long-term impacts on geopolitics the vaccine rollout may have, but it’s certainly plausible that countries in the developing world will reevaluate their relationships with Western corporations and governments. They may seek alternatives, and China is certainly the largest one. And China is eager to work with other countries to build modern infrastructure — from health care to transportation to energy — without the attached strings and internal interference that accompanies relationships with imperialist countries. 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Twitter Twitter ReddIt Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ Facebook Review: ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ has a striking visual style but fails to excite or enthrall TV Review: Netflix’s new show doesn’t lecture viewers about sex Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 14 Richard Edgemon Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Parting Shots Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ Review: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ tells a meandering story with stunning visuals, anime action Linkedin Review: ‘First Reformed’ beautifully wrestles with faith and sacrifice Linkedin Previous articleTV Review: “The First” never lifts offNext articleUPDATE: Student affairs wants to ‘encourage good judgement’ following hazing arrests Richard Edgemon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printThe newest addition to the “Predator” franchise, “The Predator”, seems to return to the B-movie roots of the original.(Trailer courtesy of Youtube.)When his entire team is killed after a predator on the run crash lands on Earth, Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) discovers powerful alien technology in the wreckage. The highly decorated Army Ranger sniper is apprehended along with the injured alien by a secret government agency, but not before McKenna mails the alien technology to his ex-wife’s address for leverage.The leader of this shadowy organization, Traeger, played by Sterling K. Brown, brings in biologist Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) to inspect and analyze the predator after some troubling preliminary scans from Traeger’s men.While Bracket inspects the alien, McKenna’s fears are realized as he is forced onto a bus destined for a mental institution along with a group of psychologically damaged soldiers: Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen and Augusto Aguilera.McKenna quickly convinces his fellow patients to escape and back with Bracket and Traeger the predator begins to wake up. In the time it takes McKenna and his new team to overtake three guards, the predator dispatches 20 or more – all but Bracket.Bracket gives chase and becomes intertwined with McKenna when they realized that the predator is tracking down its lost tech, which is in the hands of McKenna’s son Roy (Jacob Tremblay) all while Traeger is on their trail.Shane Black, who starred in the 1987 original film, returns to the Predator franchise as both the writer and the director of the fourth film in the series. Like Black’s other films, the fast-paced and clever dialogue is one of the best aspects of the film, although sometimes there are lines that just don’t feel natural for those characters.The plot is very simple and frequently puts a new spin on some of the same set pieces from the original film, but nuance doesn’t seem to be what Black was going for.For Black, the story is really just a framework or skeleton to hang action shoot-outs and set-pieces with humorous dialogue in between. Most of the character arcs fall flat and are difficult to fully empathize with, and yet it was still entertaining.VerdictOverall, the film kept a quick enough pace that I never got bored and kept me engaged for the majority of the runtime. Tonally, “The Predator” seeks to entertain audiences in a similar manner to the ’80s actions films like “Predator” and other Arnold Schwarzenegger films of that era, but on occasion, Black leans closer to duplicating those films rather than just being inspired by them. It’ll be fine as long as you go into the film knowing that this will not be a deeply thought-provoking film, and will instead be a straightforward action flick that would fit perfectly into the weekend line up of SyFy network or Spike TV if it was still around. It’s the type of film that you can half watch while doing chores or some other activity and not really miss anything.6/10 + posts Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ ReddIt poster of the Shane Black film, “the predator” courtesy of imdb.com Editorial: Students returned to campus. Cases surged Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ Facebook
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barbaraaaa/iStock(NEW YORK) — As the American death toll from the novel coronavirus continues to rise, pressure to impose a nationwide stay-at-home order mounts.President Trump has resisted calls to issue a nationwide stay-at-home directive, despite task force projections that predicted between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could lose their lives from the coronavirus, even if social distancing measures are strictly followed.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the federal government should enact a nationwide stay-at-home order to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.“I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” Fauci said, “If you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that. We really should be.”“Whether there should be a federally mandated directive for that or not, I guess that’s more of a political question, but just scientifically, doesn’t everybody have to be on the same page with this stuff?” Fauci added.Although most states have enacted stay-at-home orders, 9 states have yet to take statewide action.ArkansasArkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has repeatedly defended his decision not to issue a stay-at-home order, suggesting that such a measure would cause loss of jobs.“We’re trying to make good judgement based upon good public health data that is scientifically based and makes sense for Arkansas,” Hutchinson said in a press conference on Thursday.He argued that Arkansas residents are already taking precautionary measures by practicing proper social distancing and independently deciding to stay home.“I understand there is a certain amount of political pressure to do what everyone else is doing,” Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Nathan Smith added at the press conference. “What we’re trying to accomplish here is not to be like every other state or tick off a box. What we’re trying to do is flatten that curve.”The two officials stated that although they believe a stay-at-home order is not sustainable, the state will take additional measures to prevent the spread of the virus.Hutchinson has issued a limit on gatherings of over 10 people and shut down dining in at restaurants. Arkansas schools have been closed until April 17.IowaIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds insists that a statewide stay-at-home order is unnecessary.Reynolds has previously suggested that the measures already implemented by the state are “equivalent” to an informal stay-at home-order.“What else are we doing by doing a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order except for potentially disrupting the supply chain, putting additional pressure on the essential workforce, and making sure that we are considering how we bring that back up?,” Reynolds said in a recent press conference.Democratic leaders in the Hawkeye state have called for Reynolds to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order.“A statewide shelter-in-place sends a clearer message about the serious nature of this pandemic. The current patchwork of recommendations is confusing, raising more questions than answers about what Iowans should be doing to help save lives,” Iowa Senate and House Democratic leaders, Janet Petersen and Todd Prichard wrote in a letter to the governor.Reynolds ordered all non-essential businesses closed until April 7. Schools will be closed until April 15.NebraskaNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts reiterated on Thursday that he does not believe a statewide stay-at-home order is necessary yet.“We’re a different state than states like New York that are doing that. We are much earlier in the epidemic curve than New York,” Ricketts said.He assured the public that the state is taking appropriate steps and suggested that many of the measures taken by the state are stricter than in some cities and states with stay-at-home orders.The state has also imposed a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, and Nebraska schools will be closed until May 31North DakotaDespite lower numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has repeatedly called for residents to take social distancing seriously, in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.The state has closed all athletic facilities, theaters, bars and restaurants except for takeout, delivery and curbside service, and has recommended limiting access to nursing homes. North Dakota schools are also all closed until further.Burgum has asked the state’s citizens to “acknowledge and understand” the orders that have already been put in place.OklahomaOklahoma Gov. Kevin Sitt has implemented several precautionary measures, including the closure of all non-essential businesses, and a “safer-at-home” order, which was extended to all 77 counties on Wednesday.“I have agonized over all these decisions, but this is the right time to take these steps,” said Stitt.The “safer-at-home” order closes all non-essential businesses and directs senior citizens and at-risk residents to self quarantine. Such an order is different from a stay-at-home directive, which would require all residents to substantially limit their movements outside the home.Further, the governor has called a statewide stay-at-home order “unrealistic,” reiterating individual personal responsibility, and the need for social distancing.Oklahoma schools will also be closed until April 6.South CarolinaThree of South Carolina’s largest cities, Charleston, Columbia and Mount Pleasant have issued stay-at-home orders. However, Gov. Henry McMaster has stopped short of enacting a statewide measure.On Monday, McMaster ordered the closure of all state beaches, and subsequently, all non-essential businesses“We are not ordering people to stay at home, but from the very beginning we’ve been telling people to stay home … and a lot of people are staying home,” McMaster said in a press conference.Democratic Representatives have criticized McMaster for not taking further widespread enforcement actions to curtail the spread of the virus in South Carolina.“I don’t understand why he hasn’t taken that step and told the citizens under the force of law you must stay at home,” Rep. Seth Rose said.All South Carolina schools will also be closed until April 30.South DakotaSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has repeatedly resisted calls to close the state, arguing that “South Dakota is not New York City.”“The calls to apply for a one-size-fits-all approach to this problem is herd mentality,” Noem said in a press conference on Wednesday.The governor has left the decision surrounding whether to close businesses to local governments, saying that this decision was not within her powers.However, local leaders have disagreed, saying that such measures are within her powers during an emergency situation.Noem has also stressed the importance of social distancing and personal responsibility.“That people think if we put everybody in their house and lock them there for two weeks, then let ’em out, that the virus will be gone and nobody would get sick, and everything would be perfect.”The state has closed all South Dakota schools until May 1.UtahSalt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson has called on state officials to implement a statewide stay-at-home order, asserting in a press conference that the coronavirus “does not recognize county lines.” There are currently stay-at-home orders in five of Utah’s 29 counties.However, Gov. Gary Herbet has maintained his reluctance to issue a statewide order, arguing that the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” directive is a “more positive route,” while a stay-at-home order would elicit fear.The “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” order encourages residents to stay home as much as possible.Navajo Nation, which spans parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, Summit County and Salt Lake City have announced their own stay-at-home orders, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has also closed its temples, and its missionaries around the world were asked to return home and quarantine upon arrival.There are also statewide closings of bars and restaurants, ski areas, gyms, theaters and campgrounds. Utah schools will be closed until May 1.WyomingOn Monday, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon said in a press conference that the state has no plans for a stay-at-home order.“If we’re going to issue a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order, it will not have multiple exemptions. It will be a true stay-at-home order,” Gordon said.The governor has asked all residents to stay home as much as possible and urged the need for public cooperation in order for Wyoming to make strides in slowing the spread of the virus.The state closed all non-essential businesses last Friday, and all Wyoming schools will be closed until April 17. The state has also forbidden gatherings of 10 people.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The present geographical position of the Ellsworth Mountains is geologically anomalous on account of their stratigraphy, which does not relate to western Antarctica, their structural trend, approximately perpendicular to the trend in adjacent regions, and their relief, the greatest, and possibly the youngest, in Antarctica. These factors suggest that the Ellsworth Mountains are not in their original position but have moved, probably during the Cainozoic.