History professor’s research provides insight into the COVID-19 crisis

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has brought many issues to light in the media that otherwise lay hidden beneath the surface of current events. Leaders in business, education and other industries have turned to the work of historians to better respond to the effects of the coronavirus. Department of history professor Joshua Specht researched the history of environmental and economic impacts of the beef industry in the United States. Specht said his historical research has become more relevant with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on meat packing facilities and production work today, as the CDC reported 16,233 known cases in 239 meat and poultry processing facilities among 23 states as of July 10.Specht explained how meatpacking facilities are designed and how this has impacted the spread of COVID-19. “One of the main ways that we get basically affordable meat in large quantities is by designing slaughterhouses for maximum efficiency in terms of output,” Specht said. “If you imagine a factory that’s just making screws or something, everything is the same size and it makes it very easy to use machines. But in a slaughterhouse, you’re much more reliant on people, so there’s a lot less mechanization.” Specht said this layout means employees in meat processing facilities work in tight conditions that make them prone to the spread of COVID-19. “What I saw is that the [conditions] that provide cheap meat for us also make slaughterhouses centers of coronavirus risk,” he said.He also spoke to a number of workers in these meatpacking facilities in doing research. “Often, the employees in the meatpacking facilities are from so-called vulnerable groups, recent immigrants who might not have a good command of public resources and refugees,” he said.Specht said these groups are likely to continue working in extenuating circumstances like a pandemic because they are afraid to advocate for their rights. The application of Specht’s research to working conditions in meatpacking facilities during the coronavirus pandemic has led him to new topics to look into for his research.“My research has made me particularly interested in a place of agriculture in American history and also American politics,” Specht said. “The pandemic and situations with workers and risks of workers have definitely been something that I’m getting more and more interested in from a research perspective and want to keep in mind.”He said the dynamics of communities, particularly during the pandemic, also fascinate him from a research perspective. At this time, Specht does not have any undergraduate research assistants, yet he said he is looking forward to working with student research assistants in the future. In the future, he will teach a history of food class, along with a class on the history of the American West.Specht encouraged Notre Dame campus community members to remember that some of the people who are most vulnerable are staff members and employees. “To the extent that we’re all in it together –– the students, the faculty, the administration –– that’s also to protect people in the community and employees,” Specht said. Tags: COVID-19, Joshua Specht, meat packinglast_img read more

Congress finally passes transportation bill with disaster funding

first_imgIn a decisive vote of 70 to 30, the US Senate Thursday night gave final approval to a transportation budget bill that includes provisions added by Senator Patrick Leahy (D) to replenish the federal government’s depleted transportation emergency fund, along with the crucial cost waivers he authored that will mean tens of millions of additional dollars for road and bridge repair aid that will speed Vermont’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. The Senate’s vote came three hours after House approval of the bill Thursday afternoon in a vote of 298 to 121. Leahy said the President will promptly sign the bill into law. Leahy said, ‘We want to get Irene way, way behind us, and this bill will bring that day closer.  We face many challenges after Irene, but the damage to our roads, bridges and rail lines is the biggest challenge.  Repairing our transportation network is the key to restoring Vermont.  We need these emergency funds and these cost waivers because our small state would be stretched too thin to do all of this alone.’ Leahy continued, ‘Back in September some thought this day would never come.  The feeling was that a Congress that’s stuck in the slow gear with the brakes on couldn’t or wouldn’t get it done.  But this bill has been Job One for Vermont ever since Irene, and we wouldn’t take any answer but yes.  On the Appropriations Committee I pressed the importance of this funding and these Vermont waivers.  We got it passed and kept the ball rolling steadily forward.’ On his provisions to shift heavy trucks from state roads to Vermont’s interstate highways, Leahy said, ‘This is a sensible change that offers great relief to towns, citizens and businesses throughout Vermont.  Many are still struggling with the heavy storm damage to our state and local roads.’ Facing stiff odds and severe needs in Vermont in Irene’s aftermath, Leahy added key transportation emergency funding waivers for Vermont in September to the bill in the Senate Appropriations Committee and then worked to secure Senate passage.  The counterpart House bill did not include the Leahy waivers, so Congressman Peter Welch (D) pressed House leaders to accept the Senate-passed provisions, and Leahy similarly worked with Senate conferees.  Senator Bernie Sanders (I) also supports the Leahy waivers, and Governor Peter Shumlin has said they are indispensable to Vermont’s recovery.  Leahy is number two on the Senate Appropriations Committee and also a senior member of its transportation subcommittee.‘Irene will go down in history as one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit our state,’ said Sanders. ‘There is no doubt that Vermonters will pick up the pieces and restore our homes, businesses and communities, but the simple fact is that we cannot do this alone. Vermont, like every other state that experiences a disaster, is entitled to federal help to rebuild our communities.  I am glad that in a significant way we were able to accomplish that with this bill.’Below is a summary of the Leahy provisions in the final bill ‘Add $1.662 billion to the depleted Federal Highway Administration emergency fund, upon which Vermont will depend for help in repairing and rebuilding roads washed away or damaged by Irene-related flooding.  The emergency highway account today is almost empty.  Also vital to Vermont are several cost-waiver provisions Leahy added to the bill, which would save Vermont millions of state tax dollars by allowing Vermont to:o    Be reimbursed for more than the current $100 million per-state limit on federal emergency highway repair funds, which is especially critical as Vermont’s repair costs are expected to exceed the current cap;o    Be reimbursed 100 percent for emergency repairs beyond the current limit of 180 days.The bill also includes another high priority for Vermont: Leahy’s legislation to move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways for the next 20 years.  Leahy’s Vermont provision is paired with a similar change for Maine, authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). (WASHINGTON, DC, NOV. 17, 2011)last_img read more

WBB : Alexander dominates in paint to lead Syracuse to win over Temple in WNIT

first_img Comments Quentin Hillsman knew that Temple was going to come out with guns blazing, but the Syracuse head coach also recognized that the game was going to be decided by how Syracuse responded.The Owls opened up a 12-7 lead less than four minutes into the game, but Syracuse center Kayla Alexander took over. She scored five points as part of an 8-2 SU run to swing the momentum in Syracuse’s favor.And after Alexander’s dominance in the low post began, the Orange held that momentum for the rest of the game.‘Kayla just did a really good job of getting post position, and I’ve got to give her a lot of credit for that,’ Hillsman said. ‘She made a point to get herself deep in the post and they played, and we just did a really good job of getting the ball to her.’Alexander, SU’s 6-foot-4 center, dominated in the paint for the Orange, scoring 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting to carry the Orange (21-14) to an 82-68 win over Temple (23-10) in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in Philadelphia on Thursday. The win marked the third consecutive season that SU has advanced into the quarterfinals of the WNIT.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange will play Toledo on the road on Saturday at 2 p.m.After both teams struggled to take control of the game in the first half, the Orange was finally able to wrestle the game away from the Owls coming out of halftime. SU used a series of small runs to seize control.The Owls had gotten by their first two opponents in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament by more than 15 points, but Syracuse looked to match Temple’s production with a superior attack in the paint.Temple forward Nikki Works hit two free throws to put the Owls up 43-42 with 14:30 remaining in the second half, but  SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas hit two straight jumpers, and then Alexander added a basket to give the Orange a six-point lead.And as the Temple offense slowed, SU’s offense picked up. A 14-3 run gave the Orange its first double-digit lead with 10:16 to play.‘I thought it was about two things,’ Hillsman said. ‘We shot the ball really well and we did a decent job of guarding, I thought we had two or three possessions where they got some shots but for the most part we were pretty steady in the second half with our defensive scoring.’And down the stretch, Alexander continued to keep the game out of reach. After Temple cut the lead to 61-54 with less than eight minutes to play, the SU center scored nine consecutive points for SU to preserve the lead.The Orange got a balanced offensive output from across the floor. Behind Alexander, Tyson-Thomas contributed 15 points, forward Iasia Hemingway added 13 points and guard Elashier Hall provided 11 points to keep the Owls off-balance on defense.Point guard Rachel Coffey dished out eight assists to key an offensive outburst by SU in the second half. The Orange shot a blistering 18-of-33 from the field to pull away and close out the game.‘They did a very good job of getting the ball moving and one of the things that we talked about in the game was letting the ball move itself,’ Hillsman said. ‘I thought as they got the ball moving we really got them on their heels and were able to get the ball inside to Kayla one-on-one.’After three consecutive blowout wins in the opening rounds of the WNIT, Hillsman truly believes that SU’s momentum could lead to big things.‘It’s really just about doing the things that we did the last three games,’ Hillsman said. ‘It’s all about being aggressive and throwing the ball inside and if we continue to do that we have a chance to win this thing.’adtredin@syr.edu Published on March 22, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

How to install Google Chrome extensions in Firefox

first_imgHow to install Google Chrome extensions in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on May 23, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: September 05, 2018 – 38 commentsThe following guide walks you through the steps of installing Google Chrome extensions in Firefox.Mozilla launched Firefox 57 and started to support WebExtensions, the same system that Google uses in Chrome to power extensions, in the browser.One of the main benefits of WebExtensions support is that Firefox users will be able to install the majority of extensions for Google Chrome; at the very least, it makes it easier for developers to migrate their extensions from Chrome to Firefox.This guide shows you how to use an extension for the Firefox web browser to, more or less, convert Chrome extensions on the spot into Firefox add-ons that you can use in the browser.Install Google Chrome extensions in FirefoxNote: While you can install pretty much any Google Chrome extension in Mozilla Firefox 57 or newer, you will notice that not all of them work right now. The main reason for that is that WebExtensions is a work in progress and that support is not fully complete yet. Also, some WebExtensions make use of Chrome specific features that Firefox does not support.Attention: Chrome Store Foxified’s author revealed recently — in September 2018 — that he won’t work on the extension anymore. While it still works right now, chance is that it won’t in the future. A comparable extension is not available at the time of writing.With the warning out of the way, let’s get started.Step 1: Install Chrome Store FoxifiedThe first thing you need to do is install the Firefox add-on Chrome Store Foxified which powers the conversion and installation process in the background.The Firefox add-on replaces the “get Google Chrome” notification on the Chrome Web Store when you open it in Firefox with an “add to Firefox” button on extension pages.Step 2: Install Chrome extensions in FirefoxVisit the Google Chrome Web Store and open extensions that you are interested in. Locate the add to Firefox button and click on it.Depending on how you have configured the Firefox add-on, the Chrome extension may be installed automatically or manually at this point.Chrome Store Foxified can install the Chrome extension as a temporary Firefox add-on that is only installed during the browsing session.This is a good solution if you want to test the Chrome extensions’ functionality to see if it works in Firefox yet.Another reason why that is a good solution is that you may run into Firefox add-on signing issues otherwise.The developer of the Firefox add-on has integrated an option to sign the extensions that you install automatically, but you need to sign in to a Mozilla account for that.Doing so is the only option if you want to use the Chrome browser extension permanently in the Firefox browser.When you hit the add to Firefox button the first time after installing the add-on, a small notification prompt is displayed that gives you options to install the Chrome extension temporarily, or to install it permanently by signing in to a Mozilla account.You can configure the Firefox add-on to automatically select the temporary option for you so that you don’t get the prompt all the time.Here is what happens in the backgroundThe Firefox add-on downloads the Chrome extension and converts it from crx (Google format for extensions) to xpi (Mozilla format).It will edit the manifest.json file of the extension to make it compatible with Firefox, and save the processed file to the desktop or another location of your choosing (if you change it in the settings).It will then install the extension and display the prompt to you or install it automatically as a temporary add-on depending on the preferences.Closing WordsYou may notice that extensions add icons to the Firefox main toolbar, and you can use those icons. The screenshot above shows the functioning Google Translate extension for Chrome in Firefox for example.You may notice slight issues with some extensions, like a layout that is not 100% accurate yet.While some Chrome extensions work without issues already in Firefox, others either don’t work at all or are not working properly yet.I have yet to encounter a Chrome extensions that could not be installed in Firefox, but that does not tell you anything about whether it is working or not.Tests were run using Firefox 49 which is currently available on the Nightly channel.It seems likely that the majority of Google Chrome extensions will work in Mozilla Firefox at one point in the not so far away future.This could give Firefox a major edge over Mozilla considering that Chrome users cannot install legacy Firefox add-ons at all as they are not based on WebExtensions.Chrome Store Foxified offers an elegant solution to download, convert and install Google Chrome extensions in Firefox.Now You: Which Chrome extensions would you like to use in Firefox?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 29 votes Software Name Chrome Store FoxifiedSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/chrome-store-foxified/?src=cb-dl-updated Advertisementlast_img read more