USS Essex Arrives in Manila, Philippines Share this article View post tag: Navy December 1, 2011 Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines Nov. 30 for a port visit.The port visit will allow Essex Sailors and embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit the opportunity to enjoy some rest and relaxation and allow them to experience the Philippine culture.“The Sailors and Marines aboard Essex have worked hard during PHIBLEX (Amphibious Landing Exercise) and the 31st MEU’s certification exercise earlier in the fall,” said Capt. David Fluker, Essex commanding officer. “This visit to Manila is a good opportunity for us to continue to build relationships and for the crew to get some well deserved time off in port.”Essex departed its forward-deployed port of Sasebo, Japan Sept. 23 and has participated in a certification exercise with the 31st MEU and in PHIBLEX with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which ran from Oct. 20-30. PHIBLEX is a bilateral training exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and continue to build professional and personal relationships with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. “It’s great that the Sailors and Marines of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group are getting to visit Manila and enjoy the strong ties that our two nations share,” said Capt. Bradley Lee, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11. “Ship visits and subject matter expert training are only two of a number of ongoing activities that we want to share with our Philippine partners under the framework of U.S.-Philippine navy cooperation.”While in port, Essex Sailors and Marines will also have the opportunity to participate in tours offered by the ship’s morale, welfare and recreation division, which include local cultural and historic locations, exploring regional attractions, and sampling the local cuisine. “This is my first time pulling into Manila,” said Intelligence Specialist Seaman Destini Harris. “I’ve heard good things, so it will be nice to experience a different part of the Philippines. I am looking forward to checking out Manila’s historic side, and I’ve even signed up for an MWR tour.”Many Sailors will also be able to spend time with their families and friends who are residents of the Philippines.“I haven’t seen my family in four years,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Minard Nicolas, enlisted galley supervisor and native of the Philippines. “I’m so excited that Essex came to Manila. It’s a privilege for me to see the country I was born in. If I wasn’t in the Navy, I don’t think I would see Manila often. It’s a free trip to see my family.”Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, which reports to Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. J. Scott Jones, who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 01, 2011; Image: navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Essex Arrives in Manila, Philippines View post tag: Essex View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: USS View post tag: Manila View post tag: Arrives
December 23, 2016 View post tag: ROK Navy US, ROK Navy start junior officer exchange program Authorities View post tag: Combined Edge Back to overview,Home naval-today US, ROK Navy start junior officer exchange program View post tag: US Navy A junior U.S. Navy officer embarked on a Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy ship as part of the newly created Combined Edge junior officer exchange program, December 21-23.Combined Edge was formed to improve combined warfighting integration between the U.S. and ROK navies by allowing U.S. Navy officers to train with ROK sailors on a ROK ship at sea.“I was very excited to be the first officer to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Lt. j.g. David Dinkins, the navigator for the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52). “I am honored to have the chance to work alongside my counterparts on their ship; it was an awesome and eye-opening experience.”Prior to embarking on the ROK ship Bucheon (PCC 773), a Pohang-class corvette, Dinkins received guided tours at the West Sea Protection Hall and Cheonan Memorial and witnessed first-hand the defensive capabilities available to the ROK Navy and Marine Corps at the North West Island of YP-do.“Creating better interoperability starts from the bottom up,” said ROK Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kim, Sangkuk, Bucheon’s executive officer. “This program allows both U.S. and ROK sailors to get a better understanding of each other, learn how we both work at sea, and strengthen our relationship.”While on board Bucheon, Dinkins had the opportunity to observe watch procedures, learn about Bucheon’s mission capabilities, and he worked side-by-side with his navigation counterparts on the bridge.“I would recommend the experience to anyone willing to learn and improve,” said Dinkins. “The ability to see and experience the ROK perspective is critical, and this has been an experience I will not soon forget.” Share this article
By Brandon BargerTheStatehouseFiles.comINDIANAPOLIS—Dennis DeMoss remembers the phone call he received after the accident happened.“It’s five o’clock in the morning. Just a normal day going to work,” said DeMoss, a superintendent with Rieth-Riley Construction Co. and the founder of the Road Construction Awareness Corp.His son, a highway construction worker like himself, was killed by a truck on May 9, 2014 while tearing down a work zone on I-69. The accident killed another man as well.DeMoss spoke Tuesday in front of the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation and urged lawmakers to take action to protect workers in highway construction zones. The committee was discussing legislation that would place automated cameras in work zones to record and ticket speeders to prevent crashes.There have been 28,747 crashes in INDOT work zones between October 2009 to the present, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation. Of those, 4,485 resulted in injuries and 124 were fatal. Most of those accidents are caused by speeding in the work zones.Sen. Blake Doriot, R-Goshen, worked in construction and has experienced the near-misses caused by speeding cars.“I was almost involved in an accident, being a surveyor out there. Someone lost control, distracted somehow. We stepped over the barrier wall and the car struck 50 feet from where we were standing,” Doriot said.The cameras are supposed to be placed at different work zones to track the speed of the people driving. If a driver goes more than a certain number of miles over the speed limit the cameras will take a picture that will be sent to the police. A ticket will be issued through the mail.There are currently five states that use the photo system that is being proposed in Indiana—Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Maryland, and more recently, Pennsylvania. In Maryland, 7% of drivers drove 12 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit in a work zone. After the automated photo system was implemented, that percentage dropped to 1%.Lawmakers discussed the Pennsylvania model to explain how the system would work. In that state, the cameras are only allowed on projects funded by the federal government and they take pictures of the license plates of the speeding cars if they are 11 miles per hour or more over the posted speed.Some who oppose the use of cameras in construction work zones believe that it would be an issue of privacy, but Doriot disagrees.“If you think about it, a state trooper, he sees them, he’s going to get their license plate and it’s going to be recorded,” Doriot said. “So, what’s the difference?”Doriot also said that the cameras should be put on both federal funded projects as well as the state-funded projects in Indiana.DeMoss told the committee that he would give his retirement to have the camera technology 10 years ago to prevent the accident that took his son’s life.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
WEST WILDWOOD01 WEST CAPE MAY11 WILDWOOD CREST18 NORTH WILDWOOD34 617 72 As cases continue to rise, prevention remains the best protection against COVID-19. Protect yourself and your families, even your family pets, according to a county press release.“At this time, it is rare for animals to contract COVID-19, but there have been a few cases in the United States. There is no recommendation currently for routine testing in animals,” Cape May County Health Officer Kevin Thomas said.He continued, “Public health officials are still learning about the virus, but there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it is always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.”In rare situations, animals can become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, and they may experience mild signs of illness, according to the release.Call your veterinarian with any concerns about your pet’s health. The veterinarian will determine if they need to see your pet. Let them know if anyone in the household has signs of COVID-19 before visiting the animal hospital.Until more is known about COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.Keep cats indoors, when possible, to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.People who are sick should restrict contact with pets and other animals.Limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask.Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves. Some reliable sources are the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 211 or 1-800-962-1253, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int and the New Jersey Department of Health at COVID19.nj.gov.For additional information, visit the Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net and on Facebook. WILDWOOD1712 155 TOTAL ACTIVE111 TOTAL DECEASED STONE HARBOR0 UPPER TOWNSHIP27122 The first phase of vaccinations is getting underway in the county. Cape May County health officials on Sunday reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 361 countywide.Currently, 155 cases in the county have recovered from the virus.Following is a breakdown of the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths in each municipality of Cape May County: MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESREPORTED TODAYOFF QUARANTINEDEATHSLONG TERM CARE ACTIVE CASESLONG TERM CARE CENTER DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERED SEA ISLE CITY02 CAPE MAY POINT0 LOWER TOWNSHIP1584722615 TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY361 AVALON16 WOODBINE41121 CAPE MAY CITY03 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP24374 DENNIS TOWNSHIP7181202 OCEAN CITY112131
Thank you. I’m delighted to be here. Last Wednesday was World Homelessness Day and this Thursday we’ll mark Anti-Slavery Day.Two challenges that all too often go hand in hand. Two challenges I wish I didn’t have to speak about in 2018.Yes, it’s a moment to think about those people without a home, those who are sleeping rough on our streets, and the tragic victims of modern slavery.But it’s also a chance to share real solutions.Tackling modern slavery and supporting people who find themselves homeless or sleeping rough are top priorities for this government – just as I know they are top priorities for you.So it’s encouraging to see so many supporting partners from across the homelessness and anti-slavery sectors here today, including our Police Crime Commissioners – whose efforts are vital to this agenda.Because working together is the only way we can hope to address these complex challenges.Reducing homelessnessWhile we’re not at the levels of statutory homelessness we saw 15 years ago, there’s no denying the numbers have risen in recent years.And we live in a one of the most advanced, inclusive and successful countries in the world. The fact we still have people without a home and people sleeping rough on our streets in 2018 should continue to shame us.These are complex challenges. But in another respect, it’s simple. It begins with housing.A steady home is that essential starting point for the virtuous circle which sees fewer people sleeping rough and vulnerable to trafficking.And this government is determined to deliver the homes our country needs. We’re boosting housing supply, and as the Prime Minister has recently announced, we’re ushering in a new generation of council houses – councils can now borrow more to build more.We’re also working with the private rented sector to explore how we can deliver longer and more secure tenancies – tipping the scales back towards the tenant.And steady housing is at the heart of the Homelessness Reduction Act, which came into force in April this year. The Act transforms homelessness delivery, with local authorities giving extra support for more people. And crucially, at an earlier stage.It has placed prevention at the heart of this government’s strategy to tackle homelessness.And we are providing over £1.2 billion in funding to 2020 to address all forms of homelessness.Rough sleepingBut we recognise there is work to do that goes beyond fixing these systemic challenges.We also need to meet the complex needs of people who find themselves sleeping on streets in our cities, like here in Birmingham.It needs bold and urgent action. It’s why this government has pledged to half rough sleeping in this parliament and end it for good by 2027.And this year we’ve taken important steps. Our new Rough Sleeping Initiative brings experts from across the sector together and focuses on authorities with high levels of rough sleeping.Funding is not only used for new bed spaces, but also for hiring dedicated staff such as outreach workers, mental health specialists and substance misuse workers.Birmingham has received almost £1 million of Rough Sleeping Initiative funding to help people sleeping rough access the support and accommodation they need.And the West Midlands was one of our first pilots of Housing First, with funding allocations announced by the Secretary of State at the excellent Sifa Fireside day centre in Bordesley.Our Rough Sleeping Strategy builds on the Rough Sleeping Initiative, taking a comprehensive approach that looks at prevention, intervention and recovery.To work, it needs us to join up across government. So we have a government-wide ministerial taskforce that works with experts from the sector on our Advisory Panel.And I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jean Templeton and Andy Street for their support and valuable contribution to the Advisory Panel.The strategy is providing a £100 million package to help those on the streets now, but also to begin placing the structures that will help us end rough sleeping once and for all.It sets out 3 core pillars: preventing rough sleeping before it happens, intervening at crisis points, and helping people to recover with flexible support that meets their needs.And fundamental to our vision of a country where no one needs to sleep rough again is promoting a rapid rehousing approach.So people who find themselves at crisis point are swiftly helped into homes with appropriate support provided alongside. This will ensure that people can not only access the right accommodation, but sustain it.We’ve been clear that this is just the first step. Ending rough sleeping requires concerted effort across all government departments and beyond.Just recently, at party conference, the Prime Minister announced that there will be an increase in stamp duty paid on homes owned by those who do not pay tax in the UK.Crucially, in recognition of the importance of the issue, the money raised will go to support rough sleeping schemes.To show that we are committed to working on this issue in the long-term, we’ve committed to publishing annual public updates to the strategy.We want to highlight progress we’ve made and identify new interventions needed to achieve our commitment.Modern slaveryBut we recognise there is still more to do. Our strategy highlights the clear risk of being trafficked faced by vulnerable people who are sleeping rough.Modern slavery is a barbaric crime which destroys lives.It’s why in government, we’re working at pace to get a comprehensive understanding of the links between modern slavery and rough sleeping.For example, people exiting government support through the National Referral Mechanism – especially where they have no formalised immigration status – could end up being re-trafficked.In that instance, we have extending the period for move-on support from 14 to 45 days and we will ensure drop-in hubs are accessible for victims for up to 6 months after leaving they leave support from 2020.But that work should rightly start when they enter the National Referral Mechanism – which is why we now collect information on their housing status at the start, so we know their needs in advance.And we’re supporting 6 pilot local authorities, including Birmingham, through our Controlling Migration Fund, to test pathways for victims moving out of support into local communities and identifying best practice.This autumn we’ll host a roundtable with experts from homelessness and anti-slavery organisations, to build on the excellent work taking place at a regional level, such as the regional anti-slavery network here in the West Midlands.And we’ll be providing new training packages for frontline staff, so they have the skills to support people who find themselves sleeping rough or are at risk, including how to identify and support victims of modern slavery.And we’re working with the police, looking at evidence from the Police Transformation Fund on cases related to trafficking or exploitation of people who are homeless.Through all this we want to build our understanding so we can best support some of the most vulnerable people in our society.ConclusionBecause ultimately, we’re best when we’re joined up. Joined up across government, yes. But also joined up with you.We’ll be holding ourselves to account, publishing annual refreshes of the Rough Sleeping Strategy to monitor our progress and ensure interventions remain effective and targeted.But I have no doubt you will be holding us to account as well. And that’s only right.Because we can all agree – no matter where you sit politically – modern slavery and homelessness have no place in our society.As we work together on this most complex and challenging of issues, your support and expertise will continue to be invaluable, and I look forward to working with you in the years to come.Thank you.
The GroceryAid Summer Ball this month in London raised £188k for the food industry charity, the most it has ever made at the event. The £188k raised represents a 14% increase on the total raised at last year’s event. The charity said the money would enable them to look after at least 125 beneficiaries who have worked in the grocery sector in the coming 12 months, with both financial and welfare support.Attended by around 600 guests, the Summer Ball included funfair attractions, a casino, and entertainment from Mariachi El Mexicano and the AJK Dance Company.A draw on the night raised £8,200 with the lucky winner receiving a fantastic four-day trip to Disneyland Paris for four people. The raffle raised over £5,300 and included four tickets to see England v Australia in the Rugby League Four Nations.Last month GroceryAid appointed a new director general in Steve Barnes.
The annual Notre Dame Day broadcast, rescheduled after its postponement last April due to COVID-19, will take place tonight and Tuesday from 6:42 p.m. to midnight. During the event, known around campus as ND Day, student groups and organizations compete to raise money through gifts and challenges. Students, professors, alumni and friends of the Notre Dame community may tune into the live broadcast to donate to their favorite groups, and student performances and stories will be featured throughout the event. Ellen Roof, director of alumni and parent giving, said she enjoys ND Day because the event allows every student group on campus an opportunity to better reach alumni. “Really our role is to point alumni parents and friends to this platform and really let your student stories shine,” Roof said. “[ND Day] helps students increase the funds available to them, so they can do more each and every semester.”Katie Kerby, assistant director of alumni and parent giving, said the department of development helps amplify donations with special challenges. One such opportunity, called the Notre Dame Family Challenge, provides donors with a unique link to share with family and friends, and at the end of ND Day, those who have shared their link with five or more people are entered to win two tickets to a Notre Dame home football game in 2021. Giving has been available on an ongoing basis on the ND Day website.Roof said one of the community stories which will be featured during the day is about a Notre Dame parent who was the first woman to play in the NHL. “It’s a fun way for us to dig up some of those creative and cool stories, just to highlight all the unique aspects of the Notre Dame family,” Roof said. This year, ND Day takes place over two nights. In years past, there was one broadcast that lasted 29 hours. In light of the pandemic, donors will be sent a limited-edition Notre Dame face mask when they gift $5.00 of more.The ND Day team still plans on holding ND Day 2021 this spring, though a specific date has not been chosen, Roof said. Junior Isabelle Tonetti, co-Leader of the Notre Dame Day Student Engagement Committee, said she has been working to engage students and make them aware of ND Day. On Thursday, the committee held a trivia night with a live performer to raise awareness for the event. The committee also planned on delivering Rise’n Roll doughnuts to each dorm on Monday morning. Kerby said the ND Day team hopes to show the broadcast on Library Lawn, but if it rains, it will be shown in Duncan Student Center. She encourages students to tune into the broadcast to celebrate ND Day. The broadcast schedule and leaderboard can be found on the ND Day website. “I hope students think it’s really cool how much the ND family cares about all of these current student groups and all of the stories being shared in the broadcast because I think it is a sign of the unique nature of the ND family,” Roof said.Tags: Alumni, ND Day, student groups
Associate News Editor Isabella Volmert talked to Notre Dame political science experts over the course of Tuesday night as the primary votes came in across the country.6:44 p.m. — Joshua Kaplan, political science department’s director of undergraduate studiesIsabella Volmert: Looking to the rest of the night, this presidential election is very different than the ones that we’ve had the past decade. With the strong chance that we do not know the winner by the end of the night, how do you foresee the candidates and the country moving forward in the next couple of days?Kaplan: We have to prepare ourselves for not knowing and not having a clear winner tonight. Now, the results are never complete on election night. Ballots always take longer and they’re generally not officially certified till later. But it’s not hard to imagine what President Trump will say, [and] it’s not hard to imagine what Vice President Biden might say. But this is an unusual election, but it’s not unheard of that we might not have a winner tonight by midnight, one or two o’clock.7:45 p.m. — Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of political science and Africana studiesIV: President Trump won Pennsylvania 2016 by a margin of less than one percentage vote. If the state were to flip back to the Democrats, what in your opinion would be the cause of that shift?Pinderhughes: Biden has campaigned very carefully there, as of course has Trump. You do have a strong Black vote in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. And I think the difference this time is the combination of “get out the vote” efforts and voter mobilization. And my understanding is turnout has been pretty high. And what the white turnout for Trump is going to be in the central part of the state. But I think that people have worked very hard in terms of a variety of different types of organizations and work quite hard to get the Black vote, but also the various labor vote categories. IV: Georgia and Texas have unconventionally been called battleground states this election. What has caused this tension for these traditionally red states? Pinderhughes: Georgia’s changing dramatically in migration from all over the Caribbean. They have more Latinos in Georgia than used to be the case, there’s a lot of Black voters migrating from the Caribbean, as I mentioned, but also people who, whose families had migrated to the north. In the early 20th century, returning to Georgia, Atlanta is a very large, very complicated metropolitan area, it’s attractive to lots of people of whatever race your ethnicity and young adults find it a great place to think about moving and living. I think the complexity of the state in general has changed a tremendous amount. Texas has many big cities. Lots of people migrating there from around the country, good numbers of people who move there to work with. So a state like Texas is where it might have been cattle and oil at some point, now it’s high tech, healthcare, education, and you have the long term, Latino population, which has been there, just before the country was founded, literally, and that population has also been being mobilized in. 8:55 p.m. — Darren Davis, Professor of American PoliticsIV: Donald Trump said on Twitter yesterday that the Supreme Court ruling on the extension of accepting absentee ballots in Pennsylvania will “induce violence.” The tweet was later flagged by Twitter as misleading information about the election. Could you explain what maybe is the political strategy around comments such as these? Davis: The current president is trying to cast doubt on the election results any way he can. He has been doing this for the past several weeks. And so this is just a continuation of Trump wanting to excuse and to perhaps challenge to election results if he loses.IV: Early reports are indicating Biden is failing to garner needed support among Latino voters in southern Florida. Where in your opinion has Biden potentially fail to campaign to these voters?Davis: I don’t think of it much as a failure. He needed to perhaps do better among Hispanics and Latinos. But, those groups in Florida are notorious for voting Republican anyway. So I don’t think [he] gained anything. I don’t think he failed either.IV: This year we’ve seen a massive voter turnout already before election night. What in your opinion has been behind this flood of early voters but then potentially a flood of voters in person as well for this election? Davis: I think a couple things have happened. I think the talk about voter intimidation or harassment has actually has had an impact on mail-in voting and absentee voting. First of all, I don’t think we’ve seen the numbers on that yet, but just all of the discussion around voter intimidation targeted toward democrats and targeted toward minority voters, I think has increasedabsentee voting and early voting and. And Trump was perhaps encouraging voter intimidation and harassment.IV: How do you think the increased voter turnout this year will affect the end results of this election?Davis: Well, you know, mobilization is everything. So, I think it is going to be incredible and have an incredible effect. Mobilization, trying to try to get your people registered and turn out, turn out to vote, that is always really really powerful and significant so I would say that is going to have a tremendous effect.IV: What are your overall impressions at this time? Davis: We haven’t really seen anything out of the ordinary yet. We are waiting on Florida, we’re waiting on Ohio, North Carolina. Those two seem to be really important right now: Ohio and North Carolina, I think. I think if those were to trend toward blue, I think it’s over.10:56 p.m. — David Campbell, Packey J. Dee professor of American democracy, and chairperson in the department of political scienceIV: Where do you think each of the candidates stands right now? Campbell: Well, one way is to look at the map. On one hand, Trump is doing, thus far, a little better than many of the polls that suggested. However, that should be tempered by the fact that we also see Joe Biden over-performing from Hillary Clinton in 2016. So, it’s a cliche, but we truly are at a point where it is too close to call and too many very important states are just, you know, too far away from announcing their results.IV: Joe Biden is counting on the “blue wall” which would be Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and such. Within those states, where do you think that support would come from?Campbell: In all of those states, Biden will be looking for the suburban women that we’ve heard so much about in this election. And from what I understand the exit polls suggest that nationally Biden is doing very well with suburban women. He also needs to ensure that there is a very large turnout in the African American vote and you know that’s a sizable share of the vote in both Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania as well. You know, that was a critical part of Clinton’s loss in those states that she didn’t get the turnout among the African-American vote that Obama had.IV: It looks like Democrats will maintain the house. Where do you think the Senate will end up?Campbell: I actually do think that the Senate will end up in Democratic hands. We’ve already seen a couple of Senate seats flipped so we know Colorado will go Democratic it looks almost certain that Arizona will. It’s still too early to say anything, but the polling suggests that Susan Collins was in a lot of trouble in Maine and if Susan Collins goes down, I think that’s a pretty bad sign for Republicans across the country, but again a little too early.12:30 a.m. — KaplanIV: What are your final impressions of the night? Kaplan: For a while, it looked like we might get an early resolution for the election, but now it’s clear what we suspected all along. We’re not going to have a clear and early outcome for the election. Doesn’t look like a landslide. It looks like President Trump is doing fine. It looks like Joe Biden is looking fine. And the trouble is we just don’t know how many of the early votes and absentee votes remain to be counted. We know there are a lot of them but we don’t know how many are counted at this point. So, we’re not going to have a final result tonight. On Wednesday, maybe we’ll have something on Thursday. That would be my guess.IV: Where does President Trump’s path to victory lie? Kaplan: It looks like he’s gonna lose a couple of states that he won in 2016, which is trouble for him. And I don’t think it looks like Biden has lost any state Hillary Clinton won. So he can’t really afford to lose any of the swing states now. I’ve been watching and the earliest estimates, in North Carolina, for example [are] just going back and forth. Even Ohio and Texas, they’re going back and forth, back and forth. We don’t even know if it’s going to be close but we know we’ll get there, [we’re] just not done counting.It’s closer than a lot of people expected, and it means that President Trump’s support hasn’t eroded dramatically. Now again, we don’t know the outcome in a lot of states. But, you know, people might have expected that Trump isn’t going to get anywhere near the support that he got four years ago with the test, it doesn’t look like a landslide at this point. So, I find that that that really interesting, just how much support President Trump still has recovered, despite all the things that have gone wrong.IV: Why do you think these President Trump supporters have stayed with him throughout this year? Kaplan: The simple answer is polarization. There are some people who just this kind of shows are going to vote Republican, no matter what. There are some senators, Republican senators, who are doing better than he’s doing. There are still some people who just can’t bring themselves to vote for a Democrat. And there’s no question that Donald Trump has the ability to tap into people’s psychology, in my opinion. And people will say well despite this, despite that, I still support him.And I guess the other thing that I’ll be looking for will be the percentage of the popular vote that President Trump in particular gets. Will we have a situation where the winner of the popular vote doesn’t win the Electoral College? But, it’s too early to be talking about that.1:01 a.m. — PinderhughesIV: What are your final impressions? Where do you think voters should be looking to in the next couple of days?Pinderhughes: Results from North Carolina, Arizona, the Omaha district in Nebraska, Arizona, Texas hasn’t been called yet, but it looks like it’s gonna go for Trump. I don’t think Maine has been called yet either. So there are a number of, you know, there’s relatively small, but some important states, still left. Well, yes, of course, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, are the big ones that are left.I was impressed with the way in which Biden, you know, conducted himself tonight — he was in a mellow mood, perfectly willing to speak to the public, but not seeming to be disappointed at all with where things are tonight. Lots of people are very upset, but he’s not one of them. So, you know, he served in office for so long, he served as a member of the Senate for so long. He has judgment, he has gravitas [that] you want a political leader to have.Claire Rafford | The Observer Tags: 2020 election, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Notre Dame professors, political science
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Pennsylvania Wine Land Statewide Marketing & Promotions: Continuation of the Pennsylvania Wine Land consumer marketing campaign, further expansion of Pennsylvania Wine Month promotion in October 2019 with a “PA Wines 2020 video and new regional marketing partnerships, specifically in the Lehigh Valley and the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan area.Pennsylvania Winery Association$544,350 Economy, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has awarded grants totaling $1 million to nine projects intended to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines.“Research is vital to the continued, successful growth of the state’s rapidly expanding wine industry,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These grants are an important investment in the future of a vibrant, dynamic part of Pennsylvania’s agricultural portfolio.”Act 39 of 2016 expanded the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board and authorized the PLCB to approve up to $1 million annually for wine promotion. The first round of grants – a total of $999,394 for 13 projects – were issued by the PLCB in May 2017, and the second rounds of grants awarded $999,989 to seven projects in May 2018.“The third fiscal year under Act 39 begins July 1, and the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board has streamlined its grant application and review process such that we’re now in a position to award grants to align better with our fiscal year” said Board Chairman Tim Holden. “Approving grants in advance of or at the beginning of a fiscal year also allows grantees to plan their projects and funding with greater predictability.”“These investments in Pennsylvania’s wine industry come at a critical time,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “The state’s $4.8 billion wine industry is threatened by a destructive and rapidly spreading invasive insect, the Spotted Lanternfly. Some of these research dollars will complement the work of our department and federal and private sector partners to support and protect the industry, and build on the $3 million in the 2018-19 budget dedicated to controlling the pest.”The following grant projects were recommended for approval by the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board for fiscal year 2018-19. Continued Investigation of Novel Maceration Techniques to Improve Pennsylvania Wine Quality and Yield: Continuation of research illustrating potential for cryogenic maceration to produce wines with increased resistance to in-bottle oxidation. A more in-depth investigation of this technique will explore and evaluate cost-effective and scalable cryogenic production methods.The Pennsylvania State University:Dr. Ryan Elias, Dr. Greg Ziegler, and Conor McCaney, Department of Food ScienceDr. Molly Kelly, Penn State Cooperative Extension$112,037 Residual Decline and Efficacy of Commonly Used Insecticides Against Spotted Wing Drosophilia in Pennsylvania Wine Grapes: Continuing research into common insecticides used to combat this invasive vinegar fly, one of the most serious pest threats to thin-skinned fruits like grapes.Jody H. Timer, Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center, The Pennsylvania State University$11,105 Grant ProjectGranteeGrant Amount Act 39 also created the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board and authorized the PLCB to approve and fund up to $1 million annually for development and marketing of the Pennsylvania beer industry. The PLCB awarded the inaugural round of grants supporting Pennsylvania’s beer industry in February 2018, with grants for 13 projects totaling nearly $705,000.The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit http://www.lcb.pa.gov/. Governor Wolf Announces $1 Million in PLCB Grants for Developing, Promoting Pennsylvania Wines Do Pennsylvania Riesling and Vidal Blanc Wines Differ in their Sensory Properties Across Different Regions? Extension of initial research into regional differences in Riesling and Vidal Blanc wines across Pennsylvania that will include more wines from different wineries and validate first year results.Dr. Helene Hopfer and Tiffany Murray, Department of Food Science, The Pennsylvania State University$89,520 Exploring the Impact of Native or “Wild” Yeast Biodiversity on Wine Quality of a Red Hybrid Variety, Chambourcin: As wine makers’ interest in historic winemaking practices like noninoculated fermentation grows, this pilot study will explore differences in fermentation kinetics and flavor profiles of inoculated and noninoculated fermentations of Chambourcin and isolate native yeast populations on Chambourcin grapes.Department of Food Science, The Pennsylvania State University: Dr. Josephine Wee, Dr. Jasna Kovac, and Dr. Helene Hopfer$65,169 June 27, 2018 Does Delaying Bud Burst Reduce the Risk of Frost Damage While Maintaining Grape and Wine Quality? Continuing research into comparing the effectiveness of pruning time and amigo oil application to avoid crop losses and delays in fruit ripening caused by post-budburst freeze damage.The Pennsylvania State University:Dr. Michela Centinari, Department of Plant ScienceDr. Ryan Elias and Dr. Helene Hopfer, Department of Food ScienceDr. Molly Kelly, Penn State Cooperative Extension$82,065 Survey for Grapevine Leafroll Viruses in Pennsylvania: Continued research into viruses infecting grapevines and negatively impacting fruit and wine quality. This study will explore how the viruses spread, what impact the viruses have on grapevines and fruit quality, and how best to manage the viruses to minimize their impact.Bryan Hed, Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center, The Pennsylvania State University$38,402 Impact of Spotted Lanternfly on Quality of PA Wines: Study of this invasive pest to determine its impacts on wine toxicity, quality and palatability. Research will result in recommendations to winegrowers regarding production of wine impacted by the Spotted Lanternfly.The Pennsylvania State University:Dr. Molly Kelly, Penn State Cooperative ExtensionDr. Michela Centinari, Department of Plant ScienceDr. Julie Urban and Dr. Jared Gregory, Department of Entomology$49,999 Analysis of Invasive Insect Pests in the Lake Erie Region to Characterize Abundance and Seasonal Emergence Patterns: Continued study of invasive insects that threaten the grape growing industry to allow growers to make more informed pest-management decisions.Jody H. Timer, Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center, The Pennsylvania State University$7,353 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter