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Audubon Community Nature Center Building New Wildlife Habitat

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Audubon Breaks Ground for New Wildlife Habitat. Submitted image.JAMESTOWN – A local nature center has broke ground on a new wildlife habitat.The Audubon Community Nature Center this month held an informal groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pamela A. Westrom Wildlife Habitat.For almost two decades, Audubon has been home to Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle that was rescued in Washington state. Every year thousands of visitors enjoy viewing Liberty in her outdoor enclosure and several dedicated volunteers, guided by Thom Armella, provide care for her.With the support of generous donors, this new building will have an animal care room that is large enough for behind-the-scenes tours and three to four animal enclosures. The new habitats will be adjacent to Liberty’s enclosure, creating a corridor of wildlife that will significantly expand the visitor experience.Kim Turner, the staff lead for animal care, is currently training with raptors such as hawks and owls and researching care for these animals in preparation to obtain additional birds.As well as being on display regularly, these birds of prey will be in-hand, educational ambassadors, which requires a different level of training and permitting than Liberty requires.“We are so excited about this project and its potential for enriching the connection between people and nature,” said Turner in a statement. “Our planning for this project began in 2019 and it could be spring of next year before our new residents arrive, but we know it will be worth all the time and effort we’re putting into it.”Once actual construction has begun, Liberty’s enclosure will be blocked off to minimize the stress on her. To accommodate her fans, she has a Facebook page where she will keep everyone up-to-date on her daily routines, what’s new, and how she is feeling about getting some new neighbors.last_img read more

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Crop update

first_imgWeather played a significant role in the types of diseases that have been found on Georgia crops this season. Rainfall delayed harvest in some cotton and soybean fields and brought diseases to peanuts, cotton and corn fields. Cooler temperatures, however, kept at least one peanut mold at bay. Pythium pod rot of peanut has been identified in a number of fields where it was not known before. Fusarium wilt of cotton has also appeared in an unusual number of fields, again likely due to the abundance of rainfall early in the season. Many corn diseases, including rusts, blights, leaf spots and especially ear rots, were tremendously important in 2013. Other diseases, like white mold (southern stem rot) and Cylindrocladium black rot (CBR) of peanut were less common than expected, at least early in the season. Cooler-than-normal temperatures may have slowed the development of white mold.University of Georgia plant pathologists are still scratching their heads to explain the very low severity of CBR this season. There is still much to learn about plant diseases.Take away lessonsFive important points to be taken away from the 2013 field season are:1. Climate, including warmer winter, cooler spring, or wetter and cooler summer, can have a tremendous impact on the types and severity of diseases important to our farmers during a season. Weather patterns associated with climate may be more or less favorable for the development and spread of diseases. These same weather patterns may keep growers out of the field and from making timely fungicide applications.2. Climate (and hurricanes) can be difficult to predict. It seems that the prediction for “named storms” in 2013 continues to get less accurate as we move to the heart of hurricane season. This does not in any way diminish the importance of attention to climate predictive models for planning prior to a field season. It does however clearly show that Mother Nature is very complicated.3. Use of fungicides continues to become more of the norm on corn and soybeans rather than the exception. Farmers have respect for preventative fungicide applications and an appreciation for the damage that diseases like southern corn rust, northern corn leaf blight and Asian soybean rust cause. Best management practices for diseases like northern corn leaf blight remain uncertain.4. Target spot, caused by Corynespora cassiicola, remains very common where cotton is grown in Georgia and can cause significant premature defoliation. Effective management of this disease, including if and when to spray, still requires much additional study.5. Management of nematodes will become an ever-increasingly important consideration for row-crop growers. Not only are farmers becoming more aware of the impact of nematodes, like the stubbyroot nematode on corn, but they will also have access to new tools. Whether the promise of new nematicides, new nematode-resistant varieties, or site-specific applications of Telone II, growers should learn all they can about the impact of nematodes and tactics that can be deployed to protect their crop.Growers should prepare for next yearThe five most important steps growers can take to prepare for the 2014 season are:1. Assess the performance of varieties planted this year with regards to disease, and begin to consider ways to improve disease control for next year.2. Consider steps to take to improve crop rotation in the new season.3. Take nematode samples from fields to identify problem areas.4. Assess diseases that were of particular importance in 2013, and consider options for improving management in 2014.5. Learn about new, resistant varieties, fungicides and nematicides that are available, and determine how to use them effectively in the new season.For more information about diseases on Georgia crops, visit the UGA Plant Disease Library website at plantpath.caes.uga.edu/extension/DiseaseLibrary.html.last_img read more


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13 questions to increase your self-awareness

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Often, when I’m giving a talk at a conference or working with a team, the issue of self-awareness comes up. It’s something that’s central to servant leadership and foundational to so many other critical leadership competencies. But it can also seem a bit elusive, and so sometimes, someone will say something like this to me: “I’m on board and want to get better at self-awareness, but how do I do it?”The answer to this question will vary from person to person, and so I’d always encourage you to kind of think about what might work best for you; but as many of you know by now, I’m a big fan of using questions to promote thinking, learning, and growth. That extends to my own thinking, learning, and growth too.With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to provide the sorts of questions I chew through during my times of mindfulness and reflection. Depending on the day I’ve had and the things I’ve struggled with, I might spend more time really doing a deep dive on one or two of these; while other days I’ll go through all of them. Feel free, of course, to take or leave any of these. My suggestion would be to just use these as a jumping off point for your own self-awareness exercise. Then you can figure out what works for you and go from there. continue reading »last_img read more


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Michael Ricigliano, Jr.’s ‘A Queen For A Day’ Keeps It In ‘The Family’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Set in an abandoned warehouse in New Jersey bathed in deep grays and dark shadows, iconic figures recognizable to anyone well-versed in mob filmography command the stage.David Proval—the ruthless, violent capo Richie Aprile of Sopranos infamy, also known for his portrayal of mobster Tony DeVienazo in the Martin Scorsese cult favorite Mean Streets—plays the intense and cunning Giovanni “Nino” Cinquimani, a heavily Italian-lilted Mafioso, speaking of backdoor deals with union presidents and an ill-timed mob hit on a longshoreman before removing the mask of mob-persona and becoming heartbreakingly human.Vincent Pastore—aka The Sopranos’ “Big Pussy”—is Nino’s brother Pasquale, dubbed “The Prince” by the media in very much the same way “The Teflon Don” had graced so many covers of New York Daily News. Reminiscent of The Godfather’s Michael Corleone, Pastore plays a giant of violent intimidation. Audiences learn how one who was once an innocent youngster on the road to legitimacy was pulled into “family life” he was never meant for, but took to with prodigal aplomb.Theater maven Portia, whose resume includes Mama Nadi in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of “Ruined,” among a long list of acclaimed television and stage productions, transforms the role of US Attorney Patricia Cole into a well-practiced persona. Smart, tough, and acid-tongued, she holds her own with the likes of the Cinquimani brothers in the constantly changing shifts of power.David Deblinger, who played Sopranos mobster Dr. Rene Katz and who portrays attorney Sanford Weiss, Esq., rounds out the all-star cast.“A Queen for a Day,” written by playwright and producer Michael Ricigliano, Jr. and directed by John Gould Rubin, counts on audiences’ recognition of these characters: the thick-necked mob boss with a steely glare and hot temper; the mafia captain—an older brother who somehow ended up as the subordinate; the cautionary Jewish lawyer; and the no-bullshit US Attorney, who is an expert on the inner-workings of the “family” because she can never be part of it. You know these guys. You’ve met them in films directed by Scorsese and Coppola, in the banquet booths of certain Long Island restaurants, and in the stories of our oldest generation, whose childhoods in Brooklyn sound as exotic to our suburban ears as the Old Country had been to theirs.The beauty—and the genius—of this screenplay is that once audiences settle into this well-traveled world, it turns that familiarity on its head and shakes it to its core.“A Queen for a Day” is the term for a one-day immunity proffer session between an informant and a prosecutor. Nothing revealed in this session can be used against the witness. This is the tool that has been instrumental in tearing down the time-worn infrastructure of the modern-day mob, where one by one, defendants cop plea deals with the government, turning in “family members” in exchange for their own freedom. Or, in the case of “A Queen for a Day,” actual blood relatives.David Proval (L) and Vincent Pastore are just two of the all-star cast members in local playwright and producer Michael Ricigliano, Jr.’s “A Queen For A Day,” running through July 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in Manhattan. (Photo by Russ Rowland)When Ricigliano, a Long Island attorney by trade, overheard a friend, a former enforcement supervisor for the US Securities and Exchange Commission, mention the term, he immediately had the idea for the screenplay mapped out in his mind.“I said, ‘Wow! What a great idea for a play!’” Ricigliano tells the Press in a phone interview en route to one of the show’s final rehearsals. “From there I just started writing and writing and writing.”Ricigliano, 44, grew up in Garden City, Long Island. He maintains a successful career as an attorney, and is raising his family in Locust Valley. He formed Jackson Leonard Productions, LLC with his partner Jeffrey Schneider, with whom he develops and produces feature films, as well as stage and television projects, including scripts for Brooklyn Law, The Scorpion Tale, The Devil’s Banker, and Created Equal based on the book by R.A. Brown. The intersection between a creative mind and an encyclopedic knowledge of the law gives Ricigliano an unlimited well of ideas for stage and screen. Growing up enveloped in Italian-American culture doesn’t hurt either when he’s trying to develop characters.“Practicing law helps me understand the legal nuances,” he tells the Press. “My father and my whole family are from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A lot of my bedtime stories were either when my father played for the Brooklyn Dodgers or when he was growing up in Brooklyn. You know, growing up, you spend a lot of time with Italians. So a lot of the nuances in the way Italians speak and act, they have a certain cadence—it’s a fact. Italians carry themselves a certain way—especially the ones from Brooklyn. And so all of that is what goes into making a character.”Although Ricigliano is fairly new to writing, his 2010 film debut, Lily of the Feast, a short, earned multiple accolades, including “Best Short Film” at the 2011 Long Island International Film Festival; its director, Federico Castelluccio (you know him as Carmellas’s man-tease Furio in The Sopranos), won “Best Director of a Short Film” in that competition, and last year, directed its feature-length adaptation. The latter also stars Proval, along with Troy Garity (Jane Fonda’s son) and Paul Sorvino.“It’s really just getting good people around you. That’s all it is,” he confides to the Press. “Talented people who have been through this before and they guided me in the right way.”One of those people is director John Gould Rubin, who had run the Greenwich Village-based LAByrinth Theater Company with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rubin recognizes talent when he sees it.“I really think that the playwright is a prodigy,” Rubin tells the Press. “This is his first play and it’s just better written than it should have been. It’s more skilled than it should have been. He’s a special guy.”(L-R) David Deblinger, Portia and David Proval deliver passionate, memorable performances in local playwright and producer Michael Ricigliano, Jr.’s stellar “A Queen For A Day,” running through July 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in Manhattan. (Photo by Russ Rowland)“A Queen for a Day” is based on the largest coordinated organized crime takedown in history—a January 2011 sweep in which the FBI and US Attorney’s Office rounded up and indicted 127 mafia associates. Nino Cinquimani (Proval) is a captain in an unnamed crime family who is pressured to give up his brother, the “Capo de tutti Capo” (Pastore). Deblinger and Portia, the two prosecutors in the play, also hail from LAByrinth, where they’d worked with Rubin before. This ensemble came together in perfect symmetry of well-heeled mob actors and theater natives, balancing the cadences of the dialogue with practiced nuance and emotion.The depth of acting talent took Ricigliano by surprise, he admits. “A Queen for a Day” is his first theatrical experience, and watching the actors take ownership of characters he’d written, by creating detailed backstories, thrilled him.“The reason you are who you are is because of a million factors that happened in your life,” Ricigliano says. “How you grew up, who you grew up with, your parents, your friends, your schooling—all of that is what makes you, you. When these actors read a script, they attach themselves to it and then they start making up what their life would have been like before these three hours on Sunday in the winter of 2011. It is really so gratifying that they care so much about that character to really become invested.”The play explores blood ties, where loyalty comes at a price with profound repercussions that won’t come to light until intense pressure provides a relief valve. Director Rubin keeps the action at a riveting pace, building intensity until an explosive finale unravels shocking revelations that delve into issues of family, sexuality, identity and loyalty.In one of the most dramatic scenes of the 90-minute performance, Pastore takes the stage, filling the theater with an almost unbearable tension. Known among his fellow mobsters onstage as “Pat,” the younger brother and mafia kingpin has just discovered a stinging betrayal that both shook and frightened the entire house, evident by several minutes of complete and utter silence. He didn’t play a mob boss—he became one, right there, on the stark stage. When his voice, soft-spoken and measured at first, broke into a roar of unrestrained rage, the audience jumped in their seats.“What can I do to make this right?” is an oft-repeated refrain in the last scene of the play. “Right,” of course, is a debatable term.As the US Attorney, Patricia convinces Nino that confessions help purge the soul of sin, these religious themes pervade the theater, aptly housed in an off-Broadway space within St. Clement’s Episcopal Church on West 46th Street.As with most mob-themed productions, the answers to many of “A Queen For A Day’s” recurring questions are inevitably soaked in blood. Righteousness has many avenues, each evocatively explored in this captivating story.Bravo.“A Queen for a Day” is running through July 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th St., New York, NY 10036. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting AQueenForADayPlay.com and calling 866-811-4111.last_img read more


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South Sumatra resident put in quarantine for showing symptoms of pneumonia

first_imgThe patient traveled to Malaysia, which had 22 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, from Feb. 11 to 15.Two days after returning from Malaysia, he was admitted to RK Charitas hospital before being transferred to RSMH.Doctors at RSMH found the patient’s body temperature was below average. However, his medical record showed he had experienced a high fever.The hospital’s head of the emerging infectious diseases team, Zen Ahmad, said the hospital had experience in treating lung infections, including pneumonia. Unlike COVID-19, the common form of pneumonia is caused by bacterial infection. Patients with acute respiratory infection are normally treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit. A resident of Banyuasin regency, South Sumatra, has been put in the quarantine room of Mohammad Hosein General Hospital (RSMH) in the provincial capital of Palembang for showing symptoms of pneumonia.The hospital gave an assurance that the patient in question did not contract the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. However, it stopped short of making an official diagnosis, as it was waiting for a test result.“Our initial diagnosis [of the patient] is still common pneumonia. We cannot determine whether the patient is COVID-19-positive yet, as we are still waiting for the laboratory result, which is predicted to come in two days,” RSMH acting president director Zubaedah said on Tuesday. “The patient had shown symptoms of shortness of breath before he was admitted. As of now, we can definitively say that the patient doesn’t fulfill the criteria of [being infected with] the coronavirus,” Zen said.Read also: Suspected COVID-19 patient in Maluku tests negative“Once the result comes out as negative, he will undergo the usual treatment,” Zen said. South Sumatra Health Agency surveillance department head Yusri said his office had been observing 31 people who came in through Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport, Palembang, since Jan. 31.They were placed in quarantine for showing symptoms of the virus. After 14 days, they were all declared at least relatively stable.“As of today, none of them tested positive for COVID-19, although some of them had suffered from the common cold. Eleven of the 31 people put under our observation have been declared safe, while the remaining 20 are still being observed,” Yusri said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more


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New coronavirus cases fall in China but fears grow over global spread

first_imgChina reported a sharp fall in new deaths and cases of the coronavirus on Saturday but world health officials warned it was too early to make predictions about the outbreak as new infections continued to rise in other countries.Chinese authorities said the mainland had 397 new confirmed cases on Friday, down from 889 a day earlier. The numbers surged elsewhere, though, with outbreaks worsening in South Korea, Iran, Italy and Lebanon.In South Korea, authorities said on Saturday the number of new infections had doubled to 433, and suggested the tally could rise significantly as more than 1,000 people who attended a church at the centre of the outbreak reported flu-like symptoms. The World Health Organization welcomed the reported decline in new Chinese cases, but said it was concerned about the number of new infections elsewhere with no clear link to China such as travel history or contact with a confirmed case.”Our biggest concern continues to be the potential for COVID-19 (the new virus) to spread in countries with weaker health systems,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.The U.N. agency is calling for $675 million to support most vulnerable countries, he said, adding 13 countries in Africa are seen as a priority because of their links to China.In total, China has reported 75,569 cases to the WHO, and 2,239 deaths, Tedros said. According to available data, the disease remains mild in 80% of patients, and severe or critical in 20%. The virus has been fatal in 2% of reported cases. The disease has spread to some 26 countries and territories outside mainland China, killing 13 people, according to a Reuters tally.’BLUE WHALE’ ARRIVESThe latest Chinese figures showed only 31 of the new cases on Friday were outside of the virus epicentre of Hubei province, the lowest number since the National Health Commission started compiling nationwide data a month ago.But new, albeit isolated findings about the coronavirus could complicate efforts to thwart it, including the Hubei government’s announcement on Saturday that an elderly man took 27 days to show symptoms after infection, almost twice the presumed 14-day incubation period.That follows Chinese scientists reporting that a woman from Wuhan had travelled 400 miles (675 km) and infected five relatives without showing signs of infection.State television showed the arrival in Wuhan of the “blue whale” on Saturday, the first of seven river cruise ships it is bringing in to house medical workers, tens of thousands of which have been sent to Hubei to contain the virus.Social media users posted footage and images of some malls reopening, including in the cities of Wuxi, Hangzhou and in Gansu province. Shoppers queued in near-empty streets outside for mandatory temperature checks as trickles of customers in masks perused luxury goods shops and makeup counters.Iran, which had no reported cases earlier this week, has now detected 10 new cases of coronavirus, taking the number to 28 infections and five deaths.Japan, which confirmed 14 new cases on Saturday, faces growing questions about whether it is doing enough to contain its outbreak and whether the virus could disrupt this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Organisers postponed the start of training for volunteers as a precaution.FINANCIAL FEARSFinancial leaders sought to soothe investors’ fears over the outbreak, which has roiled global markets, with equities sliding on Friday.Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Saturday the yen’s recent declines were largely driven by a strong dollar, shrugging off some market views that the virus epidemic is triggering an outflow of funds from Asia.Senior Chinese central bank officials, meanwhile, played down worries about the potential damage to the world’s second-largest economy, saying the country’s financial system and currency were resilient.Chen Yulu, a deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, said policymakers had plenty of tools to support the economy, and were confident of winning the war against the epidemic.”We believe that after this epidemic is over, pent-up demand for consumption and investment will be fully released, and China’s economy will rebound swiftly,” Chen told state TV.China has recently cut several key lending rates and has urged banks to extend cheap loans to the companies that are struggling to resume production and are running out of cash.The transport ministry said businesses would resume operations on a larger scale later this month and said more roads, waterways and ports were returning to normal.However, transport restrictions remain in many areas and while more firms are reopening, the limited data available suggests manufacturing is still at weak levels, with disruptions starting to spillover into global supply chains.Some analysts believe China’s economy could contract in the first quarter from the previous three months due to the combined supply and demand shocks caused by the epidemic and government containment measures.Topics :last_img read more


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Caribbean Airlines to introduce free wireless in-flight entertainment

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 96 Views   no discussions PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Regional carrier Caribbean Airlines has announced plans to introduce free wireless in-flight entertainment on its Boeing 737-800 fleetThe new service — Caribbean View, will allow passengers to stream movies, television programmes, games, magazines and more Caribbean content to their personal devices via a browser using Bluebox Aviation Systems’ Bluebox Wow platform.“Caribbean Airlines is focused on enhancing the customer experience, and we are excited to introduce “Caribbean View” as part of our in-flight entertainment package. The wireless service will be free to all Caribbean Airlines passengers and the Bluebox Wow platform gives us the quality we want to deliver, in a flexible solution that fits our service upgrade plans,” said Chief Executive Officer, Garvin Medera.“We’re extremely pleased that Caribbean Airlines has selected Bluebox Wow for engaging its passengers,” said Kevin Clark, Bluebox chief executive officer.“Bluebox Wow offers a powerful and flexible proposition that will ensure Caribbean Airlines can deliver a fresh and vibrant service that is extremely easy for passengers to access, two things we know are important to an engaging IFE service.”Bluebox Wow will be deployed across Caribbean Airlines fleet of 12 Boeing B737-800 aircraft, on flights over two hours and above 10,000 feet. Tweetcenter_img Share BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Caribbean Airlines to introduce free wireless in-flight entertainment by: – June 29, 2018 Sharelast_img read more


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Employment ministry pledges support for workplace safety policy

first_img Tweet 26 Views   no discussions LocalNews Employment ministry pledges support for workplace safety policy by: – June 27, 2012 Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Employment, Ruth Allport. The ministry with responsibility for employment through its permanent secretary has pledged support to the development of a national policy on occupational health and safety.On Tuesday, the Environmental Health Department within the Ministry of Health held a one day symposium on occupational health and safety, in an effort to develop a national strategy for the implementation of activities which promote workplace safety and health.Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Employment, Ruth Allport, told that symposium, such policy has the full support of her ministry so as to create a culture of health and safety within workplaces on the island.“In the Ministry of Employment, we pledge our support to the development and implementation of the strategic plan for occupational health and safety, which is expected to exert a strong influence on changing the culture of health and safety in the workplace”. Allport further noted that the ministry will support the policy based on their obligations stipulated in the Employment Safety Act, as well as the belief that health and safety within the workplace is of paramount importance.“With the global trend of increasing hours spent at the workplace, the importance of protecting and promoting health at the workplace, is becoming pivotal to a fully, functional national economy. As such, the legal mandate of the Employment Safety Act is brought shapely into focus and employers need to be fully responsive, not only to the legal requirement to protect the health and safety and welfare of their employees, and the other people who might be affected by their businesses, but also with the moral responsibility to do so”. There are several “fundamental principles” which can affect productivity, she said, thus the workplace should not be a contributing factor to this. “Many of the factors which affect workers health can reduce productivity. These factors include physical activity at work, workplace stress exacerbated by opportunities for self expression and work life balance”. She also noted that the ministry of employment is “ready to collaborate” with agencies responsible for health and safety at the workplace, as well as to meet its obligations under the Employer’s Safety Act. “I also urge other employers to do the same, thus ensuring that workers are protected in the conduct of their duties. The worker is the most important resource in any organization, a resource which must be protected and cherished to ensure the organization’s sustainability and contribution to national development,” she concluded. Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more


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Brazil clubs employ DJs to create atmosphere in empty stadiums

first_imgBoth DJs agree that being fans of their clubs makes it easier for them when it comes to representing the mood of the crowd.“I’ve been to the Maracana before, so I have experience of what it’s like to be in the stands, and that makes it pretty easy,” says Scheleger.“The fans have a specific chant for different parts of the game. When they celebrate, there is a specific chant. When we concede a goal, there’s another one so that the team doesn’t collapse.”– ‘A huge void’ –Fluminense DJ Franklin Scheleger says he’s excited to effectively “be the voice of thousands of people” Scheleger, 29, used to host events organized by the club, but now he is tasked with making up for the absence of Fluminense’s famously noisy fans by blasting out their recorded cheers and chants at home games. “I am very honored to represent the supporters of my favorite team, it’s an incredible feeling. Indescribable!” he says. Deprived of their supporters, Brazilian clubs are relying on DJs not so much to recreate the incandescent atmosphere of the games – that would be impossible – but to help their team forget the closed-door nature of football after authorities banned crowds to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Marcos Costi, 38, mixes the sound for Sao Paulo-based Palmeiras, the most successful club in Brazilian football.“When Palmeiras is on the attack, I turn up the sound. During the penalty shootout in the Sao Paulo championship final against Corinthians, when our opponents were about to take their kicks, I cranked up the volume to try to disturb them somehow,” he said.It’s hard to say whether Costi’s ploy really had an effect, but Palmeiras beat their arch-rivals and won the 365th edition of the Paulista derby last month, 4-3 on penalties.Fluminense DJ Franklin Scheleger says that being a fan of the football club makes it easier for him when it comes to representing the mood of the crowd Deprived of their supporters, Brazilian clubs are relying on DJs to help their team forget the closed-door nature of football after authorities banned crowds to prevent the spread of the coronavirus Read Also: Anthony Joshua: I’m not afraid of Tyson FuryHis counterpart from Fluminense, Scheleger, says he’s excited to effectively “be the voice of thousands of people.”But the pandemic nonetheless hangs heavy over football in Brazil, one of the world’s worst-affected countries.“It’s a bit confusing. I feel privileged to be the only fan that can be in the stadium, but at the same time it’s sad, because a stadium without supporters is one of the saddest things that can exist,” Costi said.“There’s a huge void. A mixture of joy to be there and sadness.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Costi explains that he works with a library of 15 different types of crowd noises recorded by the club’s TV channel in pre-Covid times.“I’ve always been a fan of Palmeiras, and I know what the fans would sing or how they would behave in any given situation. Of course, that’s my take, but I think it’s close to reality,” he said.He admits he has pumped up the volume a little too high at times.“Once, the club itself asked me to turn down the sound a little because the players couldn’t hear the instructions from the coach!” Loading… Brazil’s top soccer clubs are employing the services of DJs to pump up the volume to support their players and help mask the eerie silence of coronavirus-era empty stadiums. According to AFP report, DJ Franklin Scheleger sets the mood for Rio de Janeiro club Fluminense, who play their home games at the legendary Maracana, where in the absence of fans the vast stands would otherwise echo with the shouts of players or coaches. “The challenge is to be connected with the action,” says Scheleger as he works a sound deck high up the stands.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Top 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?last_img read more


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Lingmerth leads as Garcia, Wood clash

first_imgSweden’s David Lingmerth was the surprise leader of the £6.1million Players Championship when play was suspended due to darkness during the third round at Sawgrass. Press Association At 12 under par he was two ahead of Stenson – who had played 16 holes – and the final pairing of Garcia and Woods, who were on the 15th. The clubhouse target had been set at nine under several hours earlier by veteran Jeff Maggert, the 49-year-old completing a 66 just before the initial stoppage, with England’s David Lynn a shot behind after a second consecutive 68. It had been hoped that the pairing of Garcia and Woods would provide some fireworks on the course, but the biggest talking point of the day looked to have cemented the somewhat cool relationship between the pair. After a regulation par at the first to maintain his one-shot overnight lead, Garcia had found the middle of the second fairway while Woods pulled his tee shot into the trees. Garcia then sliced his second shot wildly into trouble and instantly looked round accusingly as if he had been disturbed by some noise from the gallery. And speaking during the weather delay, the Spaniard told NBC: “Well, obviously Tiger was on the left and it was my shot to hit. He moved all of the crowd that he needed to move, I waited for that. “I wouldn’t say that he didn’t see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit and right as I was in the top of the backswing, I think he must have pulled like a five-wood or a three-wood and obviously everybody started screaming. So that didn’t help very much. But it was unfortunate because – I mean I might have hit it there if nothing happens, you never know – but if I hit a good shot there and maybe make birdie, it gets my day started in a bit of a different way.” Garcia ended up making a bogey six to a birdie four from Woods on the second, but the world number one’s lead proved brief as he three-putted the par-three third. Woods then had to scramble to save par on the fourth and sixth and failed to find any further birdies as he struggled to adapt to the speed of the greens. Told about Garcia’s comments, Woods told reporters it was “not real surprising he’s complaining about something”. And in response to that, Garcia said: “That’s fine. At least I’m true to myself. I know what I’m doing. He can do whatever he wants.” center_img A delay of almost two hours due to the threat of lightning meant play could not be completed on schedule, with Lingmerth left to sleep on a two-shot lead over Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson, with a daunting tee shot on the 18th to come on Sunday morning. The 25-year-old had been on the verge of contention throughout the day, but vaulted to the top of the leaderboard with an eagle on the 16th and birdie on the 17th, the latter coming after the siren had sounded to indicate the end of play. last_img read more