first_imgAs students returned to Saint Mary’s campus for the new school year, many noticed new arrangements at Cyber Cafe.According to general manager of Dining Services Barry Bowles, the cafe went through a remodeling over the summer to help improve efficiency, to meet better the needs of students and to further sustainability goals held by Sodexo, the dining services provider of Saint Mary’s.Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Bowles said the new configuration of the cafe is actually the same setup it had a number of years ago. He said the College had a need for more seating in the Student Center, especially since Rice Commons holds more and more events each year and thus cannot always be utilized by students.“We need seats,” Bowles said. “We need a comfortable space for students. … I’ve seen professors doing small groups in [Cyber] this year. Professors meeting with students in there, that type of thing. I think it’s serving its purpose to what we wanted it to do. I still am excited about what we’re doing.”Another change is the absence of the iMacs that used to line a wall of the cafe. Bowles said those computers were the most underutilized computers on campus, so IT moved them to other buildings on campus.However, the IT department increased the strength of the wi-fi in the cafe, and they are working on including charging stations so students can still use their personal devices, Bowles said.Not only did the cafe switch its market and seating area, but Bowles said other changes have also been made. Two programs the cafe is focusing on this year are options from Starbucks and sustainability.“Our biggest concern coming back was sustainability issues,” Bowles said. “All those little creamers and sugar packets and everything else. You’ll notice everything now is self-contained. We’re trying to reduce the amount of waste we have in that area. … It may not seem like much to have the bulk liquid creamer and the bulk sugar, but every little bit is helping.”Starbucks options will also increase in the cafe, Bowles said, and those changes are expected to happen in the near future.The new look of the cafe also helps decrease wait times for food and motivates employees to work better, Bowles said. People no longer have to crowd the cash registers because there is more open space to wait for orders.“We are busier, but students don’t wait as long, and now the wait is actually tolerable because not everyone is standing right there,” he said. “There’s places to go and sit down and wait for you to be called. It’s a lot more comfortable, and there’s not that big congestion.“What that did was ease the stress on the staff. It has this mental effect for employees that they are doing a good job and they are moving fast. Before, they couldn’t really tell.”As for the market, Bowles said the switch helped make everything look more organized. The new area made shelves a more viable option, and the products are better spaced out.The market also increased its selection, he said.“We’re carrying more products that students were looking for,” Bowles said. “What’s nice about how it’s laid out now is that it looks more organized and it looks a lot better kept than what we’ve done in the past.”He said some products were discontinued, such as two-liter bottles of soda, because those were not selling at the prices Sodexo was required to have. The chip section has been reduced, but the overall aesthetic of the market makes this less noticeable.Students and employees have welcomed the changes within Cyber Cafe, Bowles said. He has received positive feedback, and the cafe made $1,000 more in the first week of school than it had the same week previous years.Tags: cyber cafe, Food Serviceslast_img read more

first_imgOn a recent visit to the Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming, Ga., I was shocked to find many dead bees in the preserve’s observation hive.The fallen insects were piled up at the bottom of the display and at the entrance and exit to the hive. Bill Dunn, who manages the hive for the center, believed the bees collected nectar from flowers that had been sprayed or dusted with an insecticide and had inadvertently contaminated themselves with it. He expected most of the bees in the hive would die as a result.Contaminated pollen?Nectar, the sweet liquid produced by many flowers, is the major food source for bees and the raw material used to make honey. Pollen collected by the bees may also have been contaminated with insecticide. Worker bees returned to the hive carrying loads of nectar and pollen from insecticide-treated flowers and shared it with other workers, larvae and even the queen.Bees are insects and exposure to insecticidal products can kill them. Early spring is a critical time in the life of a beehive. Warm temperatures increase activity within the hive and stimulate workers to begin foraging for food. Usually, there are few flowers to choose from in the first weeks of spring. Flowering trees such as pear, plum, peach, quince and apple do tend to produce the largest sources of nectar in the early spring. Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem. They provide pollination to many fruit and vegetable plants. Without bees, our food choices would become severely restricted. Insecticides applied as sprays or dusts represent the biggest threats to bee populations. Many commonly used insecticides like Sevin, Malathion, Permethrin and Orthene are hazardous to bees and can remain toxic for several days after application. There are relatively non-hazardous insecticides available. They include Pyrethrum, Azadirachtin (Neem oil) and insecticidal soaps that rapidly break down by exposure to sunlight and microbes. Use low toxic chemicals, late in the dayBy following a few simple steps, you reduce the threat to bees when applying pesticides. Apply chemicals late in the day when bees are not foraging. Use chemicals with low toxicity or those that are less persistent. Spray only the target organ and avoid open flowers. Apply insecticides when there is no wind. Spray only when the target insects are active. Beekeepers can reduce the risk of poisoning by locating hives at least 3 miles away from crops that are routinely treated with insecticides. Sometimes, particularly where fruit production is the goal, peach, plum, pear and apple trees are treated with insecticide to protect them.Takes it back to the hiveBees visiting these flowers may be killed instantly if exposed to a dose of insecticide, or as in the case of the display hive at mountain preserve, bees pick up sub-lethal doses of insecticide in nectar and return to the hive. When water is removed from the nectar and then served to the inhabitants of the hive, the doses of insecticide are increased to lethal concentrations. last_img read more

first_img…Arsenal’s Wenger to soon reveal his future after lossBy Ian ChadbandLONDON,(Reuters)-Chelsea continued their seemingly irresistible surge towards regaining the Premier League title as a late Gary Cahill goal saw them snatch a 2-1 win at Stoke City on Saturday to move a provisional 13 points clear at the top.The latest triumph for Antonio Conte’s unstoppable charges came after London rivals Arsenal’s season continued to unravel with a third straight 3-1 away league defeat, this time at West Bromwich Albion.The Gunners’ fourth loss in five league games raised further questions about the future of under-pressure manager Arsene Wenger, who announced intriguingly afterwards: “I know what I will do. You will soon know”.Conte had been without the in-form Eden Hazard through injury for what always promised to be an awkward fixture for Chelsea at Stoke and, just as they had recently held Manchester City at home, the Potters again made life difficult.Willian put the leaders ahead after 13 minutes thanks to a blunder by Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant but Jon Walters equalised with a penalty before halftime after being fouled by Cahill.The England defender made amends in the 87th minute with a deserved winner and, after Phil Bardsley had been sent off for Stoke in added time, Conte celebrated with his staff on the touchline as Chelsea moved on to 69 points, leaving all the pressure on their nearest pursuers who play on Sunday.Second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who host Southampton, and third-placed Manchester City, who welcome fourth-placed Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium, now both have to win just to get back within 10 points of the leaders.WENGER PROTESTSArsenal’s defeat came amid more protests from some of the more vociferous of the Gunners’ faithful about Wenger as the manager acknowledged that his side were in the middle of “a unique bad patch” in his two-decade managerial reign.After dismal defending saw West Brom’s Craig Dawson head home twice from corners in a convincing win for Tony Pulis’s men, Wenger told reporters: “We lose game after game at the moment and that for me is much more important than my future.”Yet as the debates about his prospects became ever louder — one airplane trailed a banner over the ground that declared “Wenger Out” while another trumpeted “In Arsene We Trust” — the Frenchman said he would clarify his future soon.His team, though, now look in serious jeopardy of not enjoying a 20th successive season of Champions League football in 2017-18 — and if Manchester United win at Middlesbrough on Sunday, Arsenal, currently fifth on 50 points, will drop to sixth, two points behind Jose Mourinho’s men.Basement club Sunderland were held 0-0 at home to poor travellers Burnley, while third-bottom Hull City were trounced 4-0 by Everton, for whom league-leading scorer Romelu Lukaku scored twice in added time, taking his season’s tally to 21.The Belgian became the first Toffees’ striker to hit 20 league goals in a season, since Gary Lineker 31 years ago, though his goals were bitter-sweet for Everton fans who know he could leave after this week rejecting a new contract offer.Leicester City’s remarkable resurgence under new manager Craig Shakespeare continued with a fourth successive win under his stewardship since Claudio Ranieri’s sacking.The champions won 3-2 at West Ham United with first-half goals from Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy for their first league success away from home all season.Shakespeare, the first Premier League manager to oversee a side scoring three goals in his first three matches in charge, was “intensely proud” of the results his players had gleaned.Like Leicester, Crystal Palace eased their worries with a third straight win, 1-0 at home to Watford through Troy Deeney’s own goal, suggesting master escapologist Sam Allardyce can maintain his record of never suffering a Premier League relegation.After Swansea City’s recent revival under Paul Clement was checked with a 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth in the late game, the bottom five teams are now Sunderland on 20 points, Middlesbrough 22, Hull 24, Swansea 27 and Crystal Palace 28.last_img read more

first_imgThis year’s US Open will see men’s and women’s singles champions earn a record $3.7m each, making the tournament the first tennis competition to top $50m in prize money.The record breaking purse for the 2017 US Open will be $50.4m, an increase of about 9% from the previous year, the U.S. Tennis Association announced.USTA President, Katrina Adams said: “Five years ago, we committed to the players that total player compensation for players would reach $50 million at the US Open, and we are honoring that commitment.” Runners-up will also receive $1.825m each, while men’s and women’s doubles champions will earn $675,000, with players who crash out in the singles 1st round pocketing $50,000.“Our goal is to make every experience at the US Open, whether for the players, our fans, or our partners, the best, world-class experience possible.” she concluded.The US Open starts on August 28 to September 10, 2017, at Flushing Meadows in New York.At A Glance – 2017 US Open Prize Money                         Singles:                               Winner: $3,700,000Runner-Up: $1,825,000Semifinalist: $920,000Quarterfinalist: $470,000Round of 16: $253,625Round of 32: $144,000Round of 64: $86,000Round of 128:    $50,000Doubles:Winner: $675,000Runner-Up: $340,000Semifinalist: $160,000Quarterfinalist: $82,000Round of 16: $44,000Round of 32: $26,500Round of 64: $16,500Related2019 Lagos Open: Nigeria Not Hosting To Win – Tournament Director (AUDIO)October 6, 2019In “Tennis”NTTF National Women Singles Open Championship Debuts in Lagos.June 24, 2019In “Table Tennis”2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open: Tikon Promises Fireworks As Competition Serves Off Today (AUDIO)August 7, 2019In “Table Tennis”last_img read more

first_imgESForce has announced that it will be partnering with KFC for an upcoming season of an international youth project called KFC Battle, a ‘large-scale sports, cultural, and educational project aimed at young people’.The last season brought together 250,000 participants and visitors, who will be joined this year by thousands more young people from Russia and the CIS region, in cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saratov, Surgut, Tver, Tyumen, Ufa, Volgograd, Astana, and many, many more.Support for the participants will be provided by genuine professionals in their respective fields, people who have already made the journey now lying ahead of the young sports players, performing artists, and bloggers. This year, KFC Battle will for the first time include a KFC Esports Championship in Dota 2, with famous player and RuHub analyst Yaroslav “NS” Kuznetsov as mentor. Analysis studio RuHub will also take charge of livestreaming the KFC Esports Championship.The championship is open to any team from Russia and the CIS consisting of players aged 14 or over, and participation in the championship is free. The qualifying stage will consist of two online qualifiers to determine the 4 strongest teams that will be invited to compete in the concluding round, the Superfinal in Moscow on July 21–22. The winning team of the KFC Esports Championship will earn a quota in the Dota 2 finals of the 2018 Russian Esports Cup, held by the Russian Esports Federation, as well as a trip to Europe.Darya Martynova, Project Leader of KFC Battle, said: “Our project works with trends among the young. These days, esports is a full-fledged sport with a great number of young enthusiasts around the world. Branching into esports is an important step in KFC BATTLE’s development as a project. We are faced with an interesting task: to organize an international Dota 2 Championship with a spectacular final in Moscow. We are confident that, with a major holding like ESforce as our partner, we will be able to hold a truly large-scale, professionally organized tournament”.All details of KFC BATTLE’s new season are available on their official website, Insider says: ESForce and KFC have hatched a great plan here to provide this eggcelent opportunity for younger players in Russia and the CIS region. KFC are a huge, globally-recognised brand that can help further legitimise the opportunities for careers in esports to a younger audience.last_img read more


first_imgTraders and shoppers were left shocked today when Letterkenny Town Council put up their Christmas lights – even before Halloween!Three workmen using a cherry-picker began erecting the lights this morning on the town’s Main Street.Shocked passers-by remarked about the move which comes more than two months before Christmas. Although the lights are being erected, they will not be officially turned on until late November.Traders in Letterkenny and across Donegal are hoping the festive season will spark a spending splurge for struggling businesses.Well-known newsagent Paddy Delap of Clarke’s Newsagent on the town’s Main Street said he wasn’t surprised to see the lights going up.“They’re probably putting them up now while they get a chance. “The forecast for December is horrific so they probably won’t get a chance to get them up again.“It is very early but I suppose we can always call them Halloween lights for now,” he laughed.DONEGALDAILY.COM – ALMOST AS QUICK WITH THE NEWS AS LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL IS WITH THEIR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!NO, IT’S NOT APRIL 1ST – IT’S HALLOWEEN AND THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS HAVE GONE UP! was last modified: October 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas lightsHalloweenletterkennylast_img read more

first_imgBrendon McCullum’s dismissal in the final over of the day put Australia firmly in control of the first Test in Wellington on Sunday as New Zealand were reduced to 178-4, still 201 runs behind the tourists’ mammoth first innings of 562. (Scorecard) Trapped lbw by Mitchell Marsh for 10, the captain’s wicket all but ended New Zealand’s hopes of saving the Test at the end of the third day’s play.Debutant Henry Nicholls was on 31 and will be joined by Corey Anderson when play resumes.McCullum scored 302 and batted for almost 13 hours to save his team against India on the same ground two years ago, but was unable to mount any sort of a rescue against the Australians. (Also read: Shane Watson doubtful for World T20 in India)The 34-year-old appeared anxious and was almost caught behind the wicket twice before all-rounder Marsh removed him with three balls left before stumps.Adam Voges earlier scored his second test double-century to drive Australia to a 379-run first innings lead.The late-blooming Voges, who was 35 when he made his debut in the Caribbean last June, has scored 1,267 runs in a bountiful test career to date, boasting an average of 97.46.New Zealand’s second innings had begun promisingly enough with Tom Latham and Martin Guptill putting on 81 for the first wicket.Guptill’s fall for 45, however, appeared a wasted chance as he had looked well set before slogging off-spinner Nathan Lyon to Marsh at extra cover.Kane Williamson and Latham took their side through to tea but Williamson fell shortly afterwards for 22 when he feathered a Josh Hazlewood delivery through to wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.advertisementLatham also wasted a golden opportunity to push on when he fell to a poor shot off Lyon for 63 after notching his seventh half-century.The second and final match of the series is in Christchurch from February 20.last_img read more