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first_img“Their nutrition is different,” said Cotto-Rivera, who grew up in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish. “The spices they use, even when they eat their meals is different.”Mexican family members come home for lunch for a three- to four-hour siesta before returning to work. In the U.S., Mexican families may not be able to do this.“They may not have that family meal at lunch anymore, and they lose that family connection,” Cotto-Rivera said. “It is hard for them to make that transition. When we teach programs, I can stress that they used to have that time together and that it is something of value they need to go back to.” The group visited Palmas de Abajo, a community where 25 percent of the residents have immigrated to the U.S., mainly to Georgia.“More than 100 people were waiting to meet us, they came to listen and talk to us,” she said. “Some of them had family members living here in Georgia and they were able to connect to us. To talk to them at that level, to share that connection, it meant a lot.” A similar group visited Honduras last year. One will go to Guatemala next year. The program is partly funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.(April Sorrows is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaTo learn firsthand about Hispanic culture, Kate Whiting traveled to rural Mexico to live with the people there. The experience, she said, made her better able to serve the growing Hispanic population in Georgia. Whiting is a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Peach County. She joined 16 other UGA Extension agents and specialists for a two-week study trip to Veracruz, Mexico in May. The group included agents from Bartow, Clarke, Clayton, DeKalb, Elbert, Houston, Liberty, Laurens, McDuffie, Peach, Pierce and Thomas counties and UGA faculty from Athens, Ga., and Statesboro, Ga.“The opportunity to interact with families and see them in their day-to-day lives helped me understand the cultural aspects of their lives and some ways we are different,” Whiting said. “(The trip) gave me a better overall understanding of the culture and having this knowledge will make it easier to communicate with my Hispanic population.”Georgia’s population is an estimated 7 percent Hispanic, but it can be two or three times larger than that in some counties. The cross-cultural studies program gives UGA Extension workers new skills to serve this growing segment of Georgia’s population, said Jorge Atiles, associate dean for outreach and extension of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.“The state demographics demand that they (extension agents) need some cross-cultural training,” he said. “Whatever their area of expertise, sooner or later they will work with Latin Americans.” Living with host families, the group immersed themselves in Mexican culture, taking language classes, visiting local schools, social service centers, farms and rural outreach centers connected with the Universidad Veracruzana.“They are exposed to the culture beginning with breakfast in the morning. They are immersed in the family. They learn what life is really like in a Mexican home,” said Glenn Ames, director of UGA international public service and outreach.“Their hospitality and attention to leisure time really impressed me,” said Edda Cotto-Rivera, a UGA Extension radon and diabetes educator in Dekalb County. “They take time to be with their family, walk their kids to school and have family meals.” Cotto-Rivera noted the differences in Mexican meals. This information, she said, will help her plan and deliver effective nutrition programs in Dekalb. last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Queens Museum looked like CBGB’s as thousands of people in leather and denim packed the main floor on Sunday to celebrate the Ramones, the legendary punk band from Forest Hills whose original, hard-hitting music remains as vibrant today as it was 40 years ago when their legendary first album was released on April 10, 1976.The occasion was the opening of “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” an exhibit of signed guitars, battered Marshall amps, original albums, rare photos and an array of memorabilia lovingly organized by the Queens Museum and the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, in collaboration with Ramones Productions, Inc., JAM Inc. and Silent Partner Management, with production support by Pace Gallery. It’s co-curated by Queens Museum guest curator Marc H. Miller and Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum.The project has been years in the making, explained Miller, whose last show at the museum was dedicated to Louis Armstrong, who also resided in Queens.“In the end it all came together,” Miller told the Press as he gazed at the crowd waiting to get into the special galleries, culminating in a 60-minute film of the band’s ’77 London concert. “I got the opportunity to do the show I wanted here.”He selected the objects and picked their spots.“Curating is about rejecting stuff as much as it is about what you’re putting in,” Miller said. “With the Ramones, there were a gazillion photographers, and everybody has their favorite photograph so the trick is not to get seduced by a photograph that only stands by itself. I always like having little stories within the exhibition.”This exhibit runs at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens until July 31, when everything is packed up and moved to L.A., where it will be on display from Sept. 16, 2016 through March 2017. Visitors to the Queens show can take away a great map of the Ramones’ New York City, drawn by John Holstrom, that shows their roots as well as important landmarks in their life. On the flip side is an illustrated account of their career and lasting influence.Over the years the band’s mantra “Hey Ho, Let’s Go!” could be heard blaring over the sound system in nearby Shea Stadium and later at Citi Field when the Mets—or their fans—needed a lift. But the refrain wouldn’t last long, depending on the action on the field. Here at the Queens Museum, the cultural contribution of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy get their full due with a tribute that honors them for their legacy and influence. Talk about New York values, what other band embodies it better than the Ramones?Their self-titled debut album, recorded at Plaza Sound Studios on the 7th floor of Radio City Music Hall, introduced the world to the uncompromising music known as punk. Recorded in three days for a total cost of $6,400, the first album raced through 14 songs in 29 minutes. Despite its seminal influence, it actually took years until it went gold, in part because at the time of its release rock radio stations did not know how to handle its ground-breaking, genre-defying style.But the Ramones found a receptive audience—and they never looked back.As the exhibit’s brochure relates, the Ramones’ “minimalist tunes, slapstick lyrics, buzzsaw guitars, and blitzkrieg tempo became the wellspring for a new music and culture.” Their music “lifted listeners out of the bleak world described in its lyrics, providing anthems for a worldwide fellowship of the disaffected.”It was the time of New York City’s bankruptcy, high crime and graffiti-covered subway cars, when tenement buildings were crumbling and people were scrambling in the shadows just to get by.None of the original band survives: Joey died from lymphoma in 2001, Dee Dee overdosed in 2002, Johnny succumbed to prostate cancer in 2004 and Tommy fell to bile duct cancer in 2014. But their presence was on full display Sunday in Queens. How they’d react to all the attention is hard to say. No doubt they’d smirk.“I don’t even know who the Ramones are!” admitted a woman who was standing near the stage where a live band was performing “The KKK Took My Baby Away” in the main hall. She’d come to the museum because WNYC had said on its broadcast that “it was the top thing to do in Queens!”On hand for the opening was Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who was very pleased with the turnout. Outside the museum the parking lots were full and more cars were parked over the curb and on the grass. Asked what her favorite Ramones song was, Katz thought for a moment and picked two: “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “Pinhead,” which is memorable for its refrain, “Gabba gabba hey!”Nearby in the lobby entrance stood Monte A. Melnick, the band’s tour manager, who also helped compile the show’s collection. He was pumped up by the size of the crowd, which vindicated all the time and effort the organizers had devoted to making the show possible.As Tommy Ramone, the drummer, put it in the band’s first press release, “The Ramones all originate from Forest Hills, and kids who grew up there either became musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each.”“Hey! Ho! Lets’ Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk” runs until July 31 at the Queens Museum, at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park [exit 9P heading west off the Grand Central], 718-592-9700.Queens Museum guest-curator Marc Miller holds the Ramones map at the opening of the exhibit on the legendary punk band.last_img read more

first_imgIn an ongoing effort to make shopping safer during the coronavirus pandemic, Publix has announced another new feature.The Lakeland-based supermarket chain is now offering what it calls “touch-free checkout.”Publix’s app now allows customers to add their payment information and hold up the phone to pay.Check out touch-free. Pay with the Publix app for touch-free checkout and to opt in to e-receipts. We also welcome contactless cards and most mobile pay apps. Want other ideas for your next checkout? Get tips here: https://t.co/EYZHbMhMTT pic.twitter.com/ozO1jeWWnq— Publix (@Publix) April 4, 2020 The app, which is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, also provides an option for e-receipts.Additionally, Publix accommodates contactless cards and most mobile pay apps.In recent weeks, the company has allowed workers to wear gloves and masks, and has installed plexiglas barriers between customers and cashiers.last_img read more

first_img(REUTERS)-India opener Lokesh Rahul fell agonisingly short of his maiden Test double century as he helped his team to 391 for four in a robust reply to England’s first innings total of 477 in the fifth and final Test in Chennai yesterday.The elegant right-hander made 199 before throwing his wicket away and squatting at the crease, head-in-hands, after the anti-climactic end to a stellar 311-ball knock.India, who have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, finished day three at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, on course for a first-innings lead.Karun Nair was batting on 71, his maiden Test fifty, at stumps with Murali Vijay, who dropped down the order following a shoulder injury, on 17 at the other end.Rahul featured in century-plus stands with stop-gap opener Parthiv Patel and number five Nair to provide the bedrock of India’s reply.Resuming on 60 for no loss, the hosts got off to a solid start with their make-shift opening pair of Rahul and Patel adding 152 runs.Rahul was particularly harsh on debutant Liam Dawson, twice stepping out against the left-arm spinner to hit him for sixes in the morning session.Patel made a career-best 71 before falling to Moeen Ali, having impressed as he and Rahul combined to forge India’s first century-plus opening stand in 32 innings.Drafted into the side after the second test to replace the injured Wriddhiman Saha, Patel kept wicket for over 157 overs and then returned to partner Rahul after regular opener Vijay sustained the injury.England claimed two big wickets after lunch with Cheteshwar Pujara edging Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad dismissing the in-form Virat Kohli with a slow leg-cutter which the India captain drove straight to short cover.Kohli made 15 and it was the first time in the series that the Indian run-machine was dismissed for a sub-40 score.Rashid followed it with a tossed up innocuous delivery way outside the off-stump and Rahul offered a reckless shot, lobbing the ball to Jos Buttler at cover point.“I will always have to live with it,” Rahul said of the shot.“I didn’t get a double hundred, I played a horrible shot. It will take some time to sink in. I thought I would get a double hundred with ease. I just have to come back stronger,” he added.ENGLAND 1st innings 477 (M. Ali 146, J. Root 88, L. Dawson 66no, A. Rashid 60)India 1st innings (Overnight: 60-0)L. Rahul c Buttler b Rashid 199P. Patel c Buttler b Ali 71C. Pujara c Cook b Stokes 16V. Kohli c Jennings b Broad 15K. Nair not out 71M. Vijay not out 17Extras (lb-2) 2Total (for 4 wickets, 108 overs) 391Fall of wickets: 1-152 P. Patel,2-181 C. Pujara,3-211 V. Kohli,4-372 L. RahulTo bat: R. Ashwin, R. Jadeja, A. Mishra, I. Sharma, U. YadavBowling: S. Broad 18 – 4 – 46 – 1,J. Ball 15 – 1 – 50 – 0, M. Al 24 – 1 – 96 – 1,B. Stokes 9 – 1 – 37 – 1, A. Rashid 17 – 0 – 76 – 1,L. Dawson 23 – 3 – 72 – 0, J. Root 2 – 0 – 12 – 0.last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council member John “B.J.” Tracy made a stunning announcement at the end of Monday’s work session meeting.Tracy has resigned from the city council. He was just starting his third year of a four-year term.John TracyAt the end of the council work session meeting, Tracy read the following letter.“In August of last year, my immediate supervisor passed away unexpectedly from a medical illness. I was offered, and accepted his position of 911 Director — a position with far greater responsibilities that requires a large amount of attention and energy to fulfill. When I ran for city council in 2013, I did not hold these responsibilities, nor did I anticipate the events that would lead to my appointment as 911 director.The City Council position under normal situations, one that I had held previously, was one I could easily hold. However, we not face numerous surmounting challenges: the challenge of keeping the hospital open and viable, finding a solution to the dilemma at Wheat Capital Manor, and balancing the budget to prevent revenue losses in the utility fund while at the same time maintaining service and repairing our aging infrastructure.All of these are requiring a large amount of attention and energy to find solutions for. This does not mention the increasing strife among governing body members themselves, as we must find a way to disagree constructively without damaging each other and the community as a whole.As a result, I do not have the energy to fulfill both positions. I am concerned that if I continue, I will be doing a great disservice to the citizens of Wellington. Therefore, I am submitting my resignation as city council member.I am proud to have been a brief moment in history when Wellington elected its first woman mayor, and regret that I will not be able to serve with her and other newly elected council members. I am confident however that you will find a replacement with both the dedication, and time and energy needed to solve our immediate and future problems.”Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +36 Vote up Vote down nobody · 274 weeks ago Thanks BJ for your service Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago +29 Vote up Vote down Roger Stallbaumer · 274 weeks ago Dedication, common sense and integrity only begin to define this man. Thanks for the many hours of service to C of W. Best of luck BJ. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 274 weeks ago This saddens me to hear, Wellington citizens are losing a great representative. I also understand it – Good Luck with your new position BJ. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down gardencat1 0p · 274 weeks ago An appreciative thank you for your service to the citizens of the city of Wellington. You will be missed. Caroline & Darrel Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down Guest · 274 weeks ago I am sorry to see Mr. Tracy resign. These next few years will be difficult for our City Council, Mayor and residents due to budget issues. At this time we are anticipating an increase in the cost of utilities and an increase in property taxes. Our water costs recently increased. A proposal I would like to see the council consider in light of the budget issues is discontinuing the practice of making low interest loans to a select few businesses. I support being “business friendly” and wish to see all Wellington businesses thrive. I am pro-Wellington and pro-small business. However, I, along with others, firmly believe the City of Wellington should in no way be involved in making low interest loans to a business. In the past few years I know of at least two existing businesses who were provided low interest loans for a period of 10 years. Those monies are currently tied up in loans when we could be using it to replace money transferred from the Utility Fund. The money is also unavailable to us for use in promoting and enticing new business to Wellington. As far as I can tell, only a “letter of credit” was supplied at the time the loans were granted; the loans were made without the benefit of the City of Wellington receiving anything in the way of collateral. Providing loans to a business is in direct competition with local banks who are also trying to survive in this economy and are experts in the field of banking (loans). In the future I would propose that any money or incentives available for economic development and growth NOT be provided in the form of low interest loans. Perhaps other incentives, such as tax deferment or tax reductions could be given for a limited period of time. I am not an expert on incentives to lure or keep business in Wellington, so I am unsure of what could be made available. There should be formal, published guidelines and criteria documenting the City of Wellington’s return on the taxpayer’s investment via any type of incentives provided to a new or existing business. That documented criteria should include that new jobs will be created as a result of the City of Wellington’s participation/investment via whatever incentives (NOT LOANS) are provided. I submit this comment respectfully, not critically, as a suggestion to our current City Council and Administration who have a tough job ahead of them. I hope we can watch them work together, without the benefit of name-calling and pettiness, to lead a growing Wellington to success for our families and future generations. Report Reply 1 reply · active 274 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down aegeaea · 274 weeks ago I don’t know that any bank really truly struggles though I do agree with all of your comments. Banks are a gold mine of a business as they take your money and make tons of money on it not to mention loans, overdraft fees, ATM fees and “service charges.” I do think small businesses get enough breaks and should pay their fair share of taxes even if it is fairly low any income generated through taxation at this point would be beneficial to the community at large. I think the structure should change from time of service to the community. For example if you open a business your taxes should be fairly low as most new businesses have more short term debts while establishing credit worthiness with a vendor. I think that if after 2 years a businesses taxes are increased slightly for the next 3 years and then reduced to a level rate (Call it tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3) with 3 being the set rate then you can really leverage more tax revenue. If something happened that you needed additional tax money for some reason you could select a particular tier to increase or increase all 3. The benefit of this is not creating a massive burden for everybody. Your tax level could still be below a tier 2 if you are a 3 and 1 can be lower than 2 still. Kind of like earning your taxation rate through performance. Crazy idea but it could work ! Report Reply +17 Vote up Vote down M.L.Cody · 274 weeks ago You’ve done a great job.Thanks.Best of luck. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 274 weeks ago This feed should be about thanking a man that has dedicated his time to better this town, those above that wish to spill their soap box should run for his position since they seem to have all the answers, or go post on the feed about the open position. Some people have no common sense or tact in recognizing this is not the place or time to moan about the city financial status. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 274 weeks ago BJ has been one of the best representatives we have ever had, he has done supper job on the council. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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