Minnesota Bishop, Bishop-elect issue letter on the death of George…

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 George Floyd Statements, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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This horrific act of violence reveals deep racial injustices that continue to be present in our common life. Many of you saw the Bishop-elect’s initial statement on Tuesday, which can be found here.We are grateful for and fully supportive of the lay and ordained leaders who are joining those protesting this injustice, and keeping vigil in its aftermath. This afternoon, we had a conversation with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who shared the following:“This crisis reflects deep sores and deep wounds that have been here all along. In the midst of COVID-19 and the pressure cooker of a society in turmoil, a man was brutally killed. The basic human right to life was taken away. His basic human dignity was stripped by someone charged to protect our common humanity. And perhaps the deeper pain of this is the fact that it’s not an isolated incident. The pain of this is that it’s a deep part of our life. It’s not just our history. It is American society today.We are not, however, slaves to our fate … unless we choose to do nothing.”We hope that, as the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, we will choose to do something, and commit again to the work of racial reconciliation and justice. We are writing to ask all Minnesota Episcopalians to join us, as a start, in taking the following actions:Call elected officials to demand justice.If you can, donate to organizations working on the front line of these issues: Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, Minnesota Freedom Fund, CTUL, COPAL, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, NAACP Minneapolis, Voices for Racial JusticeDonate to the family of George Floyd.If you are a white person, we invite you to find ways to amplify the voices of those who are not being heard. We invite you to continue to learn, to engage in dialogue and to move beyond your comfort zone to understand your privilege. We’ve curated many resources over the years that you can find here.Donate to the Lake Street Council.Finally, we recognize that this work needs to be ongoing for a long time to come. The systemic racism revealed in the killing of George Floyd is not limited to police precincts, it is also present in our own church. The work of repentance and reconciliation is work we hope that we can all hold one another accountable to in the years to come.While there are no easy answers to everything unfolding around us, as followers of Jesus, we always have a clear question: what does love look like?We pray that we might walk the way of love, witness to the way of love, and join with the Holy Spirit in turning the nightmare our world can be into the dream that God longs to bring about.Bishop Brian N. PriorBishop-elect Craig LoyaThe Episcopal Church in MinnesotaYou can read an initial statement from Bishop-elect Loya here.A Litany ResourceClick here to find a litany written by Emilia Allen and your team of missioners that all faith communities can feel free to use and alter as they see fit. (you can also download a word file) Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY Press Release Servicelast_img read more

Sam Warburton opens up on fascinating aspects of premature retirement

first_imgThursday Aug 30, 2018 Sam Warburton opens up on fascinating aspects of premature retirement Recently retired Sam Warburton has spoken about the huge shift in his life, after having had to give up playing the game aged just 29-years-old due to injury. He now joins the BT Sport Rugby Tonight crew, and last night in the season opener, spoke about hanging up his boots.He touches on how much weight he’s lost since stopping, where his priorities now lie and how many matches per year is optimal to ensure player welfare.He also opened up about the void in his WhatsApp notifications.MUST WATCH: So How Good Was Sam Warburton? Analysis reveals allcredit: bt sportADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Player Features Related Articles 28 WEEKS AGO New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell… 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary… 30 WEEKS AGO The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Latest Internet fundraising results

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Latest Internet fundraising results Some charities are now generating some very impressive income from their Internet presence. The US Red Cross, for example, has raised over $1 million in one month via its Web site, as supporters donate to its Kosovo Crisis appeal. Some charities are now generating some very impressive income from their Internet presence. The US Red Cross, for example, has raised over $1 million in one month via its Web site, as supporters donate to its Kosovo Crisis appeal. The appeal has raised $13.9 million during the same period across all media, so the Web-based income represents a significant proportion of total income.Read UK Fundraising’s report. Advertisement 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.  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 May 1999 | News read more

Professional Fundraising Awards 2007 now open for entries

first_img Tagged with: Awards AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Professional Fundraising magazine is calling for entries to the 16th annual PF awards, designed to acknowledge and celebrate exceptional fundraising performance.The awards have been relaunched this year in line with the recent redesign of Professional Fundraising magazine. There are now four award categories: Advertisement Howard Lake | 30 January 2007 | News Professional Fundraising Awards 2007 now open for entriescenter_img 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.  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis * Fundraising Charity of the Year * Fundraising Campaign of the Year* Rising Star* Outstanding Contribution. The awards are open to individuals and organisations from within the fundraising community in the UK.Nominations will need to meet the magazine’s “Hallmarks of Excellence” which include effectiveness, staff and volunteer development and retention, and measuring achievement.The deadline for entries is 28 February 2007.last_img read more

Sunderland AFC’s charity to benefit from Manchester United match

first_img Howard Lake | 2 October 2013 | News Sunderland AFC’s charity to benefit from Manchester United match AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis This weekend’s Premier League match between Sunderland AFC (SAFC) and League champions Manchester United will benefit SAFC’s official charity, Foundation of Light.The game, which takes place at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 5 October, has been designated Foundation Day to celebrate the work of the charity, based in the North East. The match is expected to attract a worldwide audience.How the charity will benefitThe charity will benefit from the match in a number of ways:During the game Sunderland’s players will wear shirts bearing the Foundation’s logo. These will then be signed and auctioned via Ebay.Some of the Foundation’s beneficiaries will take part in a special parade around the Stadium of Light pitch before the game gets underway.At half time activities on the pitch will showcase the charity’s work.At the match the charity will launch its new Friends of the Foundation scheme. This costs £10 to join and offers supporters automatic entry into regular prize draws to win signed SAFC items and match tickets, as well as discounts to selected Foundation of Light events and sports coaching courses.Margaret Byrne, Sunderland AFC CEO, said: “Everyone at the football club is extremely proud of the work undertaken by the Foundation of Light and we are delighted to be able to give them the opportunity to showcase this valuable work to a worldwide audience at Saturday’s game.”The Foundation of Light, which launched in 2001, is financially independent of the football club. Advertisement  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Events football 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.last_img read more

Pakistani reporter gunned down by drug traffickers

first_img Follow the news on Pakistan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s murder of a young Pakistani newspaper reporter who dared to violate the code of silence surrounding drug trafficking, and calls on the country’s authorities to create a mechanism for protecting journalists. PakistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Armed conflictsOrganized crimeViolence Khan is the second Kay2 journalist to be killed in just over a year in Haripur, a district where drug trafficking in rife. He was preceded by Bakshish Elahi, who was gunned down in broad daylight on 11 June 2017. April 21, 2021 Find out more “Gunmen killed Sohail with a burst of Kalashnikov fire and the police have already identified suspects,” Raja Tahir, Kay2’s bureau chief in Haripur, told RSF. The two gunmen are reportedly associates of the drug baron named in Khan’s story. January 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News Khan’s death brings the total number of journalists murdered this year in Pakistan to four, of whom three were clearly targeted in connection with their work. The most recent previous victim was Abid Hussain, a young reporter who covered drug trafficking in the eastern province of Punjab. He was badly beaten on 22 August and died of his injuries the next day. October 17, 2018 Pakistani reporter gunned down by drug traffickers Local newspaper subeditor Anjum Muneer Raja was shot six times by men on a motorcycle in a supposedly safe part of the Islamabad suburb of Rawalpindi on 1 March. His killers have yet to be identified. Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.center_img Receive email alerts The young newspaper reporter Sohail Khan (left) was gunned down on 16 October for covering the drug trafficking endemic in his home district of Haripur. Narcotics police were meanwhile destroying seized drugs the same day in Peshawar, 150 from there (photos: Archives – Abdul Majeed / AFP). “Sohail Khan’s shocking murder is indicative of an increase in violence that is very worrying for journalists in Pakistan,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The circumstances of his death are all the more unacceptable because he knew he was threatened. We therefore call on the Pakistani authorities to lose no time in creating a mechanism for protecting journalists that can operate at federal, provincial and district levels. All possible resources must be deployed to reverse this deadly trend.” Four journalists killed this year in Pakistan Zeeshan Ashraf Butt, a 29-year-old newspaper reporter, was shot by a municipal council leader in the north of Punjab province when he tried to interview him on 27 March. News to go further Sohail Khan was gunned down by two men in Haripur district, 60 km north of Islamabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, shortly after filing a request for protection at the Haripur district police station because of the death threats he had received. An investigative report by Khan about a drug baron in Haripur had been published earlier yesterday in the Kay2 newspaper. News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News PakistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Armed conflictsOrganized crimeViolence RSF_en last_img read more

Deputy Padraig MacLochlain says latest opinion poll encouraging for Sinn Fein

first_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articleMartina Anderson confirmed as MEP to replace Bairbre de BrunNext article21-year-old Castlederg woman dies in Fermanagh car crash News Highland Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp News Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterestcenter_img Two-thirds of voters aren’t happy with the Government’s performance according to a new opinion poll.The survey for today’s Irish Independent is also the latest to show a significant increase in support for Sinn Féin.Fine Gael’s down two points to 34 percent, while Labour drops four to 15 percent.Fianna Fáil’s unchanged on 17 percent, but Sinn Féin’s also on 17 – up 7 points – another poll showing the party gaining significant ground with voters.Independents and others are also up 1 to 18 percent.Donegal North-East Deputy, Padraig MacLochlain says while this latest poll is encouraging, his party won’t be getting carried away……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/pad1pm.mp3[/podcast] Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – May 18, 2012 Deputy Padraig MacLochlain says latest opinion poll encouraging for Sinn Fein Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Delhi Riots: Police Files Charge Sheet Against Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam in UAPA case

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Riots: Police Files Charge Sheet Against Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam in UAPA case Press Trust of India22 Nov 2020 9:39 AMShare This – xThe Delhi police on Sunday filed a supplementary charge sheet in a court here against former JNU student leader Umar Khalid and JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a case related to the alleged larger conspiracy in the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February.The charge sheet was filed before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat against Khalid, Imam and one Faizan Khan under the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi police on Sunday filed a supplementary charge sheet in a court here against former JNU student leader Umar Khalid and JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a case related to the alleged larger conspiracy in the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February.The charge sheet was filed before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat against Khalid, Imam and one Faizan Khan under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and sections related to criminal conspiracy, murder, rioting, sedition, unlawful assembly and promoting enmity on the grounds of religion, language, caste, etc of the Indian Penal Code, according to sources.The offences entail a maximum punishment of death penalty.The 930-page supplementary charge sheet was filed under sections 13 (unlawful activities), 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for terrorist act) and 18 (conspiracy) of the UAPA.The accused have been charged under IPC sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) read with sections 109 (abetment), 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) 124A (sedition), 147 and 148 (rioting).The three have also been charged under sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 353 (assault to deter public servant), 395 (dacoity), 419 (cheating), 420 (cheating), 427 (mischief), 435 (mischief by fire), 436 (mischief by fire), 452 (house trespass), 454 (house breaking), 468 (forgery), 471 (using forged document as genuine) and 34 (common intention) of IPC and under relevant sections of the Arms Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act, the sources said.While Khalid and Imam are currently in judicial custody in the case, Khan had been granted bail by the Delhi High Court.The main charge sheet was filed in September against Pinjra Tod members and JNU students Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha and student activist Gulfisha Fatima.Others who were charge-sheeted included former Congress Councillor Ishrat Jahan, Jamia Coordination Committee members Safoora Zargar, Meeran Haider and Shifa-Ur-Rehman, suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain, activist Khalid Saifi, Shadab Ahmed, Tasleem Ahmed, Salim Malik, Mohd Salim Khan and Athar Khan.Communal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Are you getting enough

first_imgProfessor Jim Horne of Loughborough University recently addressed the Oxford University Scientific Society with the question: “Why Sleep?” A room full of bright, talented Oxford students suddenly looked remarkably blank. It may have been the fact that the lecture was held at 8:30pm and so, somewhat ironically, many of those present were already droopy-eyed before the talk even began. Still, probe the minds of Oxford students, or anyone in the general public, and the overall perception of sleep appears extremely limited. Preconceptions are replete with inaccuracies, assumptions and mythology. Sleep is a phenomenon that pervades our everyday lives, altering the way we act, the way we speak and the way we feel. Yet even science is at a loss to explain its intricacies. So how does sleep work? Why do we do it? How much are Oxford students getting? And, more importantly, are we getting enough?In order to get some answers rofessor Jim Horne of Loughborough University recently addressed the Oxford University Scientific Society with the question: “Why Sleep?” A room full of bright, talented Oxford students suddenly looked remarkably blank. It may have been the fact that the lecture was held at 8:30pm and so, somewhat ironically, many of those present were already droopy-eyed before the talk even began. Still, probe the minds of Oxford students, or anyone in the general public, and the overall perception of sleep appears extremely limited. Preconceptions are replete with inaccuracies, assumptions and mythology. Sleep is a phenomenon that pervades our everyday lives, altering the way we act, the way we speak and the way we feel. Yet even science is at a loss to explain its intricacies. So how does sleep work? Why do we do it? How much are Oxford students getting? And, more importantly, are we getting enough?PIn order to get some answers I performed some basic field research on undergraduates. The survey was a simple set of questions designed to see how much sleep students get during term time. The first and most striking discovery from the data was the response to the question about how much sleep students would ideally have. Of the 78 people that took part in the survey, almost 27% stated they would prefer to have ten or more hours in bed if they had the time, with 4% saying they would like to sleep for 12 hours or more on a regular basis! Most people say that sleeping longer means you are more rested and mentally sharp when you wake. But is this really the case?Sleeping is split into two defined phases that cycle throughout the night. First there is the deeper sleep known as non-ReM. This is divided into three stages, the first of which involves a very light sleep that only lasts about ten minutes. The body then enters true sleep, a deeper unconsciousness where the heart rate drops and the breathing pattern slows. This stage makes up the majority of our time sleeping. Twenty minutes later the body enters deep sleep, when breathing and heart rates reach their lowest level of the night. Critically, brain functions are also affected. When we are awake the delta waves which signal brain activity typically have very high frequency and a low amplitude. The high frequency of the signals means that the ‘refresh rate’ of our consciousness is greater during the day. during deep sleep these turn into slow, large-crested waves. Within 90 minutes of falling asleep, the second phase is initiated: ReM, or Rapid eye Movement sleep. The delta waves are extremely similar to those of someone who is awake; in fact their frequency can even exceed that of a fully conscious individual. Blood pressure rises, the breathing rate increases and as the name suggests our eyes dart wildly from side to side. Hence, ReM is characterised by very shallow sleep and it is during this period that most dreams occur. despite the intensity of brain activity at this stage, the body is effectively paralysed and so the individual is prevented from acting out their dreams. This cycle replays itself throughout the night, until we wake.It is also worth considering the difference between sleep and resting. Very little energy is conserved by sleeping. In fact, the amount saved each day by sleeping for eight hours is a mere 50kCal, about the equivalent of a piece of toast. Resting is a chance for the body to recuperate resources, repair tissues and redistribute supplies around the body. This can be done by simply reducing the level of activity for a period of time, rather than by sleeping. Sleep has a much larger effect on the brain than on the rest of the body.Individuals suffering from sleep deprivation typically suffer from grogginess, irritation and forgetfulness. Their ability to hold articulate conversations also suffers, as does their attention span and levels of concentration. The decrease in mental agility observed in a person going 17 hours without sleep is equivalent to that after two glasses of wine, the legal drink driving limit in the UK. However studies show that if subjects are kept awake for a few days without sleep, though they exhibit many of the neurological symptoms described above, there is no effect on the body at all. Contrary to popular belief even the immune system functions normally. Only the stress of not sleeping, rather than the lack of sleep itself, causes immune suppression. Hence, whilst rest aids the replenishment of the body, sleep aids the recovery of the mind, and the two concepts are entirely separate.According to the findings of the survey, students in Oxford tend to go to bed late and get up relatively early. The former (with 93.6% of those sampled still up and about after midnight) comes as no surprise, and only reflects the late-night culture of students. More surprisingly though was the finding that only 20.5% were still in bed after 9am. However, though there is a tendency to give ourselves a pat on the back for not conforming to the typical student stereotype, the survey does reveal that we are getting, on average, only around 7.5 hours sleep per night – over an hour less than we would like. Though the survey’s sample size is relatively small, it still shows that there is a discrepancy between how much sleep we want and how much we are getting.Furthermore just over 55% of students asked reported suffering from insomnia at least once a month. eating late at night, drinking alcohol, caffeine and smoking all have a detrimental effect on our sleep, as do noisy neighbours or housemates. However, the most significant causes of insomnia are psychological: grief and stress can lead to an over-stimulated mind and an inability to fall asleep. These cerebral factors are likely to be most influential in a university environment such as ours. Sleeping difficulties affect around 25% of the overall population, so such an incidence of insomnia here in Oxford should probably be expected. Still, it is worrying to see a large difference between students and the wider public, especially when the longer term physiological impacts of sleep loss are not fully understood.A less severe, but certainly more common occurrence is the effect of alcohol on sleeping patterns. Alcohol disrupts the intricate cycling of the sleeping stages. Going to sleep drunk means you are less likely to enter the deep sleep stage, instead flitting around in ReM sleep for most of the night. during the second half of the night you will sleep fitfully, awaking abruptly and struggling to regain deeper sleep. Though this may not manifest itself in actual consciousness, the depth of sleeping is invariably shallower as a result.So why do we sleep? Why does the body and mind shut down if the energy savings by doing so are only equivalent to tomorrow’s breakfast? due to the imprecise nature of the science there are many theories being thrown around. The famous suggestion by Francis Crick was that the purpose of sleep is to allow the brain to “take out the trash,” for the brain to deprogramme the events it does not wish to store in the long term memory. Though this may not be physiologically accurate, the purpose of sleep does appear to be entirely based on the recalibration of the cerebral cortex. The sheer quantity of information absorbed after 16 or so hours of consciousness is staggering, the brain has been rewired extensively. Sleep may be a simple way for the brain to calm its activity and to decipher its position in the context of the world; in essence, to reaffirm its identity. It is the reordering of the brain’s synaptic superstructure thatthat seems to be the most pivotal aspect of sleeping.Finally: how much sleep do we need? Napoleon, who was not a good sleeper, once declared: “six hours sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool.” Given that the cycling of the deep sleep stage ends after around four hours, then the need for twelve or more hours of sleep per day comes across as questionable. Professor Jim Horne himself concluded that six hours of quality sleep should be enough for most of us. A surprising response perhaps, and one which according to our survey is only shared by 20% of students. Perhaps though our desire for a long lie-in has more to do with avoiding that impending essay than recovering from yesterday’s exploits.ARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005last_img read more

Braving the Cold, a Few Diehards Take the Plunge for New Year’s Day in…

first_imgWearing Donald Trump-inspired outfits, Ocean City’s Carl Wanek, left, and Joe Schneider emerge from the brisk ocean after taking their traditional New Year’s Day plunge. By Donald WittkowskiIt’s not something that the average, well-dressed man would normally need to know, but Joe Schneider says that you can still go swimming in the frigid ocean without having to worry about ruining your navy blue suit.Schneider and his friend, Carl Wanek, emerged from the 38-degree water soaking wet Monday after taking their wacky, traditional New Year’s Day plunge off the Ocean City beach.“It wasn’t that bad,” Schneider exclaimed, somehow maintaining a straight face.Amused onlookers could hardly believe it when the two Ocean City men raced into the water wearing Donald Trump caricatures as part of their comical costumes that, yes, included Schneider clad in a blue suit.“Do they have a paramedic?” Kristin Coryell asked of Wanek and Schneider.“I hope they have a psychologist, too,” quipped her husband, Mark Coryell.The Coryells, of Warrington, Pa., were in Ocean City for a holiday getaway. Their New Year’s Day plans had included participating in the madcap holiday plunge in the ocean that normally attracts thousands of self-styled polar bears to Ocean City.Bundled up for the cold weather, Mark and Kristin Coryell, of Warrington, Pa., stand underneath a sign announcing the cancellation of the New Year’s Day ocean plunge.Ocean City officials decided to cancel the annual event, known as the “First Dip,” fearing that the brutally cold temperatures and gusting winds could lead to frostbite or hypothermia for the bathers.“I was both disappointed and grateful at the same time,” Mark Coryell joked of the city’s cancellation of the plunge, which relieved him of having to jump in chilly water.The Coryells settled on a sedate stroll on the snow-encrusted Boardwalk and some shopping to celebrate their New Year’s Day.Even though the official event was scrubbed, Wanek and Schneider were determined to take the plunge anyway. The air temperature was a bitter 20 degrees when they hit the water at 2 p.m. They even dressed up for the occasion in President Trump-inspired costumes. The positioning of the Trump caricatures between their legs was not meant to demean the president, but to show their support for him.“We’re riding on his shoulders,” Schneider explained. “I’m proud that I voted for him.”Without missing a beat, Wanek replied, “So am I.”Joe Schneider, in sunglasses, and Carl Wanek, in white sweatshirt, share some laughs with their friends and family members at a pre-plunge party.The blue suit that Schneider wore for the plunge was complemented by a Trump-esque red tie, white shirt and a baseball cap embossed with the president’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.“I wore the same suit last year when I took the plunge,” Schneider said. “I got it dry-cleaned and it was undamaged. You can certainly go swimming in the ocean in a suit without ruining it.”Wanek, meanwhile, used his costume to poke fun at the sometimes friendly, sometimes testy relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pretending to be Putin, Wanek wore a sweatshirt emblazoned with a hammer and sickle, a symbol of the Russian Revolution and the former Soviet Union flag.“I’m Putin riding on Trump’s shoulders,” Wanek said, laughing.Wanek noted that he got the hammer-and-sickle sweatshirt out of a collection of odds and ends that had been owned by his late father-in-law, Les Oliphant.The 43-year-old Wanek is a carpenter. Schneider, 45, is an insurance broker. Friends since 2009, the two have made the New Year’s Day dip an annual tradition.Before taking the plunge Monday, they relaxed with some friends and family members at Wanek’s “Beer Garden,” a combination garage and pseudo sports hangout behind his Wesley Road home.Twins Jamie and Sydney Apple, of Newtown, Pa., and Christina Strobel, of Boyertown, Pa., prepare to jump in the water.Accompanied by their entourage, Wanek and Schneider marched down to the beach next to the Ocean City Music Pier. It was the same beach for what was supposed to be the official, city-sanctioned plunge before it was called off.As Wanek and Schneider prepared to jump in the water, they were joined on the beach by three other veteran plungers, twin sisters Sydney and Jamie Apple, 18, of Newtown, Pa., and their friend, Christina Strobel, 18, of Boyertown, Pa.Dressed in bikinis, the Apples and Strobel screamed as they headed for the water and then dove in, completely submerged. Almost immediately, they raced back out and wrapped their shivering bodies in towels.“It feels like I’m standing on pins and needles,” Jamie Apple said of the stinging cold.All of the plungers insisted that the water temperature didn’t really bother them. The bone-chilling air, once they emerged from the ocean, was what proved painful, they said.“It wasn’t so bad in the water,” Wanek said. “It was the coming out that was so bad.”Jamie and Sydney Apple race back to the beach after diving into the chilly ocean.last_img read more