Backyard Games – Clarence House Hotel http://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/ Wed, 11 May 2022 02:04:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/cropped-clarencehouse-hotel-32x32.png Backyard Games – Clarence House Hotel http://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/ 32 32 Miroma Project Factory receives Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games for developing Dirtgirlworld games https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/miroma-project-factory-receives-epic-megagrant-from-epic-games-for-developing-dirtgirlworld-games/ Wed, 11 May 2022 02:04:54 +0000 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/miroma-project-factory-receives-epic-megagrant-from-epic-games-for-developing-dirtgirlworld-games/ Announcement posted by Miroma Project Factory May 11, 2022 TWEET SHARE RECOMMEND E-MAIL Miroma Project Factory is delighted to announce that it has received a Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games, which will be used to deliver a Dirtgirlworld mobile game using Epic Unreal engine. Support provided by Epic MegaGrant enabled the development of a Dirtgirlworld […]]]>

Announcement posted by Miroma Project Factory
May 11, 2022

Miroma Project Factory is delighted to announce that it has received a Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games, which will be used to deliver a Dirtgirlworld mobile game using Epic Unreal engine.

Support provided by Epic MegaGrant enabled the development of a Dirtgirlworld mobile game that will allow children to explore the amazing world of worms, learn about their important role in nature, and allow them to set up and manage their own worm system. Worm Composting and watch the worms turn waste into rich compost.

Launched in 2019, Epic MegaGrants is a $100 million (USD) program to accelerate the work of talented artists and developers using Unreal Engine or enhancing the open source 3D graphics ecosystem.

“I’m thrilled that Epic Games sees the potential of the Dirtgirlworld game. The Epic MegaGrant will help our team explore and produce an innovative way to teach young people the importance of composting using a fun colony of Earthy superheroes said Miroma Project Factory General Manager Kat Robinson.

The Dirtgirlworld game concept will focus on gardening and composting using key characters from the Emmy Award-winning children’s television series Dirtgirlworld.

The show’s creator, Cate McQuillen of Mememe Productions, says “dirtgirlworld has always been about connecting kids with nature, inspiration and fun. Play that leads to confident action is one of our secret weapons to growing a generation of kids who like to get out and get dirty. Disrupting screen time with green time speaks perfectly to the core of the alpha generation. We are thrilled to receive an Epic MegaGrant and team up with Miroma Project Factory to create this epic composting and gardening game.

The game is slated for release in late 2022.

About Dirtgirlworld

Dirtgirlworld is a celebration of the outdoors, taking kids into a world where the real and the unreal collide. Dirtgirl grows awesome tomatoes, knows the names of clouds, drives a big orange tractor, and has a garden full of friends.

About Miroma Project Factory

Miroma Project Factory is a multi-award-winning digital production and development house that creates innovative and interactive digital products across web, mobile, social media and gaming platforms. Miroma Project Factory is a female-led team and was listed by Woman Love Tech as one of 11 creating an amazing workplace for their employees. Its reputation is built on delivering game-changing products in entertainment, broadcast and health, with a deep specialization in gamification for engagement and behavior change. For more information, please visit www.theprojectfactory.com.

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Minnesota to Host 2026 Special Olympics USA – WCCO https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/minnesota-to-host-2026-special-olympics-usa-wcco/ Fri, 06 May 2022 20:10:00 +0000 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/minnesota-to-host-2026-special-olympics-usa-wcco/ MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota will host the 2026 U.S. Special Olympics, the governor announced Friday. The announcement was made at a press conference at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota beat out three other states in a year-long bidding process. “I am pleased to announce that Minnesota will host the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games here […]]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota will host the 2026 U.S. Special Olympics, the governor announced Friday.

The announcement was made at a press conference at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota beat out three other states in a year-long bidding process.

“I am pleased to announce that Minnesota will host the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games here in Minnesota,” Governor Tim Walz said.

EXTRA WEB: Governor Walz Announces Minnesota to Host Special Olympics

Billed as the nation’s biggest sporting event in 2026, the Special Olympics will be held at the University of Minnesota and other venues in the Twin Cities. Organizers believe it will bring in $70 million to Minnesota from visitors from all 50 states, Canada and the Caribbean.

The Twin Cities will host approximately 4,000 Special Olympics athletes and approximately 10,000 volunteers. Fifteen hundred coaches and around 75,000 fans are also expected.

“The games in Minnesota will give us the opportunity to show that this is a state where every person can thrive in what they do,” Walz said.

“And I’m sure our state will provide an unparalleled, competitive and community spirit for athletes, coaches and all things gaming,” said Dave Dorn, CEO of Special Olympics Minnesota.

The Games will include 15 Olympic teams and individual sports as well as five demonstration sports.

“Special Olympics is much more than sport. It’s about inclusion,” said athlete Jenna Perkins.

Perkins is a senior at Orono High School. She is thrilled that her fellow athletes have the chance to compete on the biggest stage, in their own backyard.

“We are so proud that Minnesota is part of the inclusion revolution,” Perkins said.

Organizers say activities will begin tomorrow across the state, to help promote the 2026 Special Olympics.

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Outdoor drinking games call for athletic excellence – The Oberlin Review https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/outdoor-drinking-games-call-for-athletic-excellence-the-oberlin-review/ Fri, 06 May 2022 16:32:55 +0000 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/outdoor-drinking-games-call-for-athletic-excellence-the-oberlin-review/ As we approach summer, outdoor yard games are becoming a central part of American life. For many, these games are seen as a way to kill time with friends or an excuse for a drink, but they also highlight complex sporting and cultural dynamics. Fourth-year player Yanni Sarrimanolis believes his football team’s beer-to-beer tradition is […]]]>

As we approach summer, outdoor yard games are becoming a central part of American life. For many, these games are seen as a way to kill time with friends or an excuse for a drink, but they also highlight complex sporting and cultural dynamics.

Fourth-year player Yanni Sarrimanolis believes his football team’s beer-to-beer tradition is a way for him and his teammates to continue to compete at a high level in their offseason.

“You’re not just sitting around drinking,” he said. “You move, you become active. You have to be able to run around a table and pivot. This translates well physically. It’s also a cultural thing. Sometimes it gets competitive.

The beer industry can certainly be an opportunity for people to show off their athletic prowess. It involves throwing a die at least eight feet in the air with the goal of landing it in the opponent’s cups or bouncing it off the table and onto the floor. Opponents can steal a point by catching the die after it hits the table.

Sarrimanolis explained how rulemaking can add intensity to the game. He discussed a unique rule he followed that requires any player who puts the dice in their own cup to call their mother and s apologize for his embarrassing performance in the game in front of everyone.

“I’ve done this twice in my career, which is too much, but my mum thought it was funny both times,” he said.

Spikeball is another game that has caught the attention of backyard athletes and daytime drinkers in recent years. Third-year Sander Ferrazza loves the game, but feels a burden as the owner of the Spikeball set within his group of friends.

“As an owner…you have to monitor the net,” he said. “There was an incident where I loaned him out and he came back broken. Everything was resolved, but there’s a lot of pressure.

The tension of the spikeball net itself is something that requires great attention to detail, which Ferrazza points out.

“You go back and forth – it’s a fine-tuned process,” he said. “You have to adapt to the humidity. There are a lot of conditions that affect the gameplay, so you have to make it perfect.

While spikeball is meant to be a fun game, debating the rules can spark conflict. One of the most debated rules of spikeball is whether a point can be awarded after the ball bounces off a pocket created by the net and rim. The official rules state that pockets are only allowed on serves, but that does not prevent players from challenging them.

“It depends on regional differences,” Ferrazza said. “I’ve played where hitting a pocket counts, I’ve played where it doesn’t count, I’ve even played where it counts to hit the rim. I’d rather the pocket be played. It’s just a part of the game.”

Cornhole, a staple of the Midwest, is a game third-year baseball player Jackson Schaum is passionate about.

“If you’re someone who comes to the Midwest and doesn’t know what cornhole is or refers to it with the wrong name like ‘bags,’ you could be executed, or at least publicly humiliated by a local. Midwest,” he said. “You can’t say you’ve really visited the Midwest until you’ve played cornhole.”

Although he praises the game, which involves tossing sacks filled with corn or beans into a hole in a wooden plank wedged at a 10-degree angle, Schaum doesn’t think there’s anything incredibly unique about it.

“It’s a bit like [as other games] but we hold him near and dear to our hearts,” he said.

Beer pong might just be America’s favorite outdoor party game. Although it is a simple game on the surface, there are many intricacies involved in achieving success. Schaum is known for his diagonal alignment method when shooting.

“I think I’m pretty good at pointing it the right way, but determining the depth is often questionable,” he said. “If I give myself a straight line of cups to shoot at, I have a bigger margin for error.”

Third-year Thayer Preston is a streaky player, but can get extremely hot with his direct approach to line shooting.

“With all athletes, you get in and out of shape,” he said. “Some nights, if you feel it, you throw sneaky hands and left hands. It’s about finding a rhythm and sticking to it.

Preston recalled a night on campus last year when he won a one-on-one beer pong tournament due to his extremely hot shot.

“When you leave, it feels good,” he said. “Really good.”

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New: Steel Leaf Brewing brings backyard games, bowling and unique house brews to the Eastern Hills Mall https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/new-steel-leaf-brewing-brings-backyard-games-bowling-and-unique-house-brews-to-the-eastern-hills-mall/ Wed, 04 May 2022 14:35:46 +0000 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/new-steel-leaf-brewing-brings-backyard-games-bowling-and-unique-house-brews-to-the-eastern-hills-mall/ Photo courtesy of Steel Leaf Brewing Opening a business is a long and difficult journey, but the ordeal to open Steel Leaf Brewing has reached epic levels in ancient Greece. Before moving to the former site of Dave & Buster in the Eastern Hills Mall, owner Jeff Pitts embarked on a journey that takes The […]]]>
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Opening a business is a long and difficult journey, but the ordeal to open Steel Leaf Brewing has reached epic levels in ancient Greece.

Before moving to the former site of Dave & Buster in the Eastern Hills Mall, owner Jeff Pitts embarked on a journey that takes The Odyssey look like a walk in the park. When the brewery’s doors finally opened on April 29, it marked the end of a seven-year journey that included searching four different locations in Western New York, including a closed retail site. in Allentown and a former Funk Lawn Care site in West Seneca.

Along that journey, Pitts and his team have built a following on social media, hoping to one day serve those potential customers.

“People who know Steel Leaf have heard of us through social media challenges or our public adventures trying to find a location for the brewery,” Pitts admits in a recent conversation with us.

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Pitts says he couldn’t have reached the end of his brewery’s long odyssey without the help of the local brewing community. When pressed for one or two of his biggest helpers, Pitts refuses to name just one helper, saying he’s gotten help from many different people in different positions at local breweries.

“When we say Buffalo is the city of good neighbours, it couldn’t be more evident when looking at our local brewing community,” he says. “From a mentorship and guidance perspective, so many breweries have taught us along the way.”

Like other brewers, Pitts likes to talk about beer and he says Steel Leaf will seek to distinguish itself through unique beers. Right now, the brewery is developing beers based on classic American desserts like Strawberry Shortcake and Orange Creamsicle. Pitts stresses that the focus will be on developing unique beers that are most likely to have broad market appeal.

“We’re experimenting with things that we think will become an amazing product,” he says. “We want to do something different while being close to what most people are looking for in a beer. We want to be a place where people come for a specific beer; one they can only get from Steel Leaf.

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With 35,000 square feet of space to explore, Steel Leaf is more than just a place to grab a beer. An “indoor park” area offers games such as Kan-Jam and cornhole. There are also bowling alleys left over from the old Dave & Buster’s.

Like the beer menu, Steel Leaf’s food menu is designed to be different yet accessible. Pub sandwiches and smash burgers will appeal to most people. The Mezze board and plant-based options are designed to appeal to those with specific dietary interests.

Local wine and spirits are available in addition to house beer. The service format is fast and casual. Orders can be placed at the bar and then the food is run out by the serving staff. This format is well suited to a place like Steel Leaf, where customers tend to wander.

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Unlike some other local breweries where investment owners take a hands-off approach, Steel Leaf is owned by a brewer and Pitts emphasizes that he is intimately tied to the brewing process. This makes the brewery more responsive to what customers are saying, Pitts says.

“We’ve seen many examples of local breweries with well-managed and capable self-ownership, but I think being brewer-owned makes a big difference,” he says. “A lot of people know what kind of hops the beer contains. They know what specific yeast they are looking for in a beer. Being an active part of the brewing process, I can take what customers are saying and bring that feedback directly to the brewing process.

“I love having conversations with people who are interested in what’s going on in beer,” he adds. “It’s a job that excites us all in the region.”

Hours of operation at time of publication (subject to change): Wednesday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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BCHS wins first games of state playoffs https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/bchs-wins-first-games-of-state-playoffs/ Mon, 02 May 2022 15:31:24 +0000 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/bchs-wins-first-games-of-state-playoffs/ It’s been a quarter century since the Bryan County baseball team advanced to the second round of the state baseball playoffs. But that’s exactly where the Redskins find themselves after hitting the road and picking up a pair of wins over Pataula Charter last Friday in the first round of the public Class A tournament. […]]]>

It’s been a quarter century since the Bryan County baseball team advanced to the second round of the state baseball playoffs.

But that’s exactly where the Redskins find themselves after hitting the road and picking up a pair of wins over Pataula Charter last Friday in the first round of the public Class A tournament.

Coach Justin Covington said the Redskins (18-7) last won an opening series in 1987 after his team won 21-10 and 7-6, the latter of which were spectacular.

“Our boys came out on fire,” said Covington, who is in his third year as head coach at his alma mater. “Tanner Ennis opened the game with a triple and it was on.”

The Redskins, forced to go on the road as the No. 3 seed, next face the Academy for Classical Education in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Macon. A third match, if necessary, would be played on Thursday.

After the opener, Bryan County, which at one point trailed 6-3, took the win when Konnor Leggett came home with the winning run on a goal-laden wild field in the bottom of the seventh.

The Panthers had starter Jacob Hughes, who went 4.2 innings, for four runs in the third and two in the fifth before Tanner Ennis came in to stifle the rally.

With Ennis, the Redskins’ superb second reliever, slamming the door, Bryan County got to work.

The Redskins got a run in the fifth on Aaron Bailey’s sacrifice fly — it was his team’s 36th run produced for the season — and tied it in the sixth. Justin Beck had an RBI single and after Ennis picked to send him to third, Beck scored on a passed fly ball.

In the seventh, Leggett led off with a single, stole second, and went third on a pitch. After intentional walks to Jacob Hughes and Zach Sitton, he scored when the ball passed the receiver.

“It was an incredible feeling,” Covington said of the win. “I’m so proud of these boys. They have overcome so much this season.

“Our field was under renovation so we had to play at Hendrix Park. Then the tornado destroyed that field and we had to practice in a backyard. We were grateful to play our home games at Mill Creek Park in Statesboro.

Leggett’s dash gave Ennis, who ended Game 1 with two scoreless innings, their first win of the season. In 14 relief appearances, Ennis (1-1) has a 0.72 ERA and 1.0400 WHIP with 52 strikeouts in just 25 innings.

In Game 1, the Redskins took a 14-2 lead and then had to survive an eighth-point outburst from the PCA in the fifth inning. Although the Panthers cut the deficit to 14-10, the game was never in doubt as Bryan County, who scored in every inning, responded with seven runs in the final two innings.

Leggett, the Region 3A Public Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, went 4.1 innings before, with a pitch count of 100, Covington had to retire him. That was enough for Leggett, who also hit .397, to take his record to 9-2.

Bryan County had 14 hits with Sitton’s three leading. Leggett, Ennis and Hughes had two each. Ennis, Leggett, Bailey, Hughes and Sitton each had two RBIs. Each player in the starting lineup had one hit.

Incidentally, Sitton had a nine-hitter streak going 0-for-1 in Game 2, despite walking three. During the streak, Sitton raised his 96-point batting average to .286.

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A look back at Emmitt Matthews Jr.’s best matches at WVU https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/a-look-back-at-emmitt-matthews-jr-s-best-matches-at-wvu/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 22:43:25 +0000 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/a-look-back-at-emmitt-matthews-jr-s-best-matches-at-wvu/ The NCAA transfer portal’s mad rush produced a unique situation Friday after Emmitt Matthews Jr. announced plans to reunite with Bob Huggins and WVU men’s basketball. Matthews is averaging double-digit points in 2021-22 as the Washington Husky, marking his best statistical season in his four-year college basketball career. Before heading west, however, he showed plenty […]]]>

The NCAA transfer portal’s mad rush produced a unique situation Friday after Emmitt Matthews Jr. announced plans to reunite with Bob Huggins and WVU men’s basketball.

Matthews is averaging double-digit points in 2021-22 as the Washington Husky, marking his best statistical season in his four-year college basketball career. Before heading west, however, he showed plenty of talent in his first three seasons with the Old Gold and Blue, and he will look to recreate some of those performances in his final campaign with the Mountaineers.

Here are some of his best games in West Virginia:

March 14, 2019: Career-high 28 points, leads No. 7 TTU in Big 12 tournament

As a rookie, Matthews played spare minutes throughout the regular season and made the most of them with a trio of double-digit performances. A slew of midseason roster departures forced Matthews, along with the rest of his promising freshman class, to carry the team standard through the end of a disappointing 2018-19 campaign.

The mood around this season suddenly changed when the Mountaineers entered the Big 12 tournament as the league’s bottom seed. WVU opened the tournament with a one-point win over Lon Kruger’s Oklahoma Sooners, setting up a second-round matchup with No. 7 seeded Texas Tech in the conference.

WVU got off to a fast start, taking a double-digit lead into the first 10 minutes of play. The Red Raiders reduced that figure to nine points by the end of the period, but Matthews helped avoid a comeback with 10 points in the last six minutes.

The Red Raiders completed the comeback in the dying minutes of the second half, but Matthews wasn’t done. He added 13 points in the second half to take his tally to 28 (a far cry from his 3.9 ppg average before this game) and keep the Red Raiders down. He also grabbed a key offensive rebound (his eighth card of the contest) leading to a massive trip to the foul line to seal WVU’s trip to the Big 12 semifinals as the Mountaineers were victorious, 79-74.

March 25, 2019: Matthews drops 21 points in tough CBI loss

West Virginia’s second-round matchup with Coastal Carolina in the CBI is one that Mountaineer fans likely jolted from memory, but it contained another promising performance from freshman Matthews.

Huggins trusted Matthews with the ball throughout this game as the striker took the biggest share of shots in the first half. He started a cold 3 for 10, but still had eight points.

Matthews warmed up after halftime, shooting a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line, adding another 13 points to his tally as he tied Lamont West for the team lead with 21 stitches. To boot, Matthews added eight rebounds to WVU’s effort off the glass, a block and an assist.

Unfortunately, however, the Chanticleers were scorching hot, shooting 58 percent from the field and hitting 13 three-pointers to end the Mountaineers’ playoff run with a 109-91 loss.

November 15, 2019: 17 points against Pitt at Pete

The most recent editions of the Backyard Brawl have seemed to bring out the best in WVU hoops, and 2019 was no different.

Freshman sensation Oscar Tshiebwe stole the show with a 20-point, 17-rebound performance in WVU’s 68-53 victory over Pitt at the Petersen Events Center, eclipsing a great performance from second Matthews.

The Panthers played the Mountaineers in the first half, as WVU took just a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime, helped by a pair of three-pointers from Matthews.

The game changed in the second half, however, as did Matthews’ performance. WVU held the Panthers to just 18 points after halftime, while Matthews scored 11 of the Mountaineers’ 32 points in the second half to help seal the win. At the final buzzer, Matthews also recorded eight rebounds.

December 12, 2019: First career double-double against Austin Peay

A month into the 2019-20 season, it was clear that Bob Huggins’ side were back on winning ways after winning their first seven games and claiming a Cancun Challenge championship (when WVU beat coincidentally his future inbound transfer Erik Stevenson and Wichita State in the tournament finals). That hot streak ended when the Mountaineers took a trip to the Big Apple and lost their opener in St. John’s.

West Virginia returned to Morgantown hungry for a win, and Austin Peay stood in the way of that goal. Matthews was apparently the hungriest of the climbers, and he made sure to eat when he faced off against the Governors.

WVU bounced back to blast the Governors at WVU Coliseum, earning an 84-53 victory at home. Matthews took his place on the bench earlier than usual as the result was in sight, but not before his impact was felt on the pitch.

In just 28 minutes, Matthews recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds (including four offensive boards) for his first career double-double, while missing just two of his nine field goal attempts for the game.

March 7, 2020: Matthews leads WVU to beat No. 4 Baylor in wild finale

Matthews’ second campaign was a real roller coaster ride, as WVU climbed in the national polls to 12th place in the AP poll. By March, however, the Mountaineers were out of the top 25.

Still, WVU had its sights set on a playoff run and return to the NCAA Tournament. He hosted No. 4 Baylor, the Big 12’s top team, on the final day of the regular season in hopes of picking up a massive CV-boosting win.

14,014 Mountaineer fans gathered in the WVU Coliseum to watch a fireworks display launched by both teams on the field. The lead went back and forth for the first 30 minutes of play, but the Mountaineers eventually took control as the two teams combined to score 55 points in the final nine minutes of the thriller.

Matthews came off the bench and played a team-high 38 points for the Mountaineers and led WVU with 18 points. At the final buzzer, WVU outscored the Bears 76-64, and many of those 14,000+ fans stormed the field.

What those in attendance didn’t know was that this would be WVU’s season finale, as the playoffs would be canceled with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic before the Mountaineers landed their run in the tournament. Big 12.

February 20, 2021: Mountaineers win in Austin as Matthews shows it

West Virginia was battling both the COVID-19 pandemic and its gauntlet of a Big 12 schedule when it traveled to Austin to face Texas. With the end of the regular season fast approaching, the No. 13 Mountaineers were desperate for a few wins to improve their resume and move up the Big 12 standings.

Unfortunately for them, the 12th-ranked Longhorns were looking to do the same, and they had already passed WVU by a bucket in Morgantown in January.

For a moment, it looked like Texas was running all over the mountain climbers. The Longhorns led for most of the first half and took a 10-point locker room lead as guard Courtney Ramey started a career game for the burnt orange.

However, West Virginia came back strong in the second half, outscoring the Longhorns by 12 points after halftime and returning their January with an 84-82 victory.

Deuce McBride led the Mountaineers with 17 points, but Matthews was one of five double-figure Mountaineers with 14 while leading the team with seven boards.

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Timberwolves games activists protest bird flu depopulation, but vets say it’s human choice https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/timberwolves-games-activists-protest-bird-flu-depopulation-but-vets-say-its-human-choice/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 10:34:09 +0000 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/timberwolves-games-activists-protest-bird-flu-depopulation-but-vets-say-its-human-choice/ On several occasions over the past few weeks, an animal rights activist has staged protests at Minnesota Timberwolves games. Wearing a shirt that read ‘Glen Taylor is roasting live animals’, the activist was trying to draw attention to the depopulation of poultry due to bird flu on farms owned by Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves […]]]>

On several occasions over the past few weeks, an animal rights activist has staged protests at Minnesota Timberwolves games.

Wearing a shirt that read ‘Glen Taylor is roasting live animals’, the activist was trying to draw attention to the depopulation of poultry due to bird flu on farms owned by Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves .

A virulent strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, was first identified in the United States in February in Indiana. Since then, more than 33 million domestic birds have died or been killed to stop the spread of the disease nationwide, including more than 13.3 million in Iowa and more than 2.7 million in the Minnesota, until April 25, according to the US Department of Agriculture. A strain of HPAI in 2015 resulted in the death of over 50 million birds.

The disease spreads quickly and depopulation is considered the most humane method to ensure poultry suffer as little as possible and to prevent the virus from spreading and injuring more birds, said Beth Thompson, veterinarian at the state of Minnesota. Thompson said officials are following the American Veterinary Medical Association’s guidelines for depopulation, which describe depopulation as “the rapid destruction of an animal population in response to urgent circumstances with as much consideration as possible for animal welfare”.

“We know this virus is going to kill poultry,” she said.

One of Taylor’s businesses is Rembrandt Enterprises. Rembrandt, based in Spirit Lake, Iowa, calls itself a “leading global supplier” of eggs and egg products. Although the USDA does not identify companies or individuals with confirmed cases of bird flu, several press accounts have identified Rembrandt Enterprises as a large-scale depopulation site in Buena Vista County, Iowa.

Reports on this situation also talk about the use of VSD+, or “Ventilation Shutdown Plus”. Thompson explains that VSD+ is one of the approved methods for poultry depopulation under certain circumstances. The “stop ventilation” part refers to stopping the ventilation system, while the “plus” refers to adding heat or carbon dioxide to the barn.

Thompson said VSD+ is a depopulation method used in operations with chickens that may be in cages. Minnesota is the No. 1 state for producing turkeys, and Thompson said water-based foam is the most common depopulation method for turkeys. Foam works best for turkeys because they are floor birds that aren’t usually kept in cages, she explained.

Thompson explained the bird flu identification process in Minnesota. Flocks are tested when birds are moved between barns and before slaughter, and suspected sick birds are also tested.

When samples come back as “non-negative” for bird flu at the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory or the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, a flock is quarantined while testing is done by the National Animal Health Laboratory Network from the USDA. An emergency response team begins to plan for a possible depopulation.

Depopulation is necessary, Thompson explained, because the virus is extremely contagious and deadly. Wild waterfowl often carry avian influenza viruses; however, few of these viruses cause fatalities in wild birds themselves, although they could be fatal to poultry. This particular strain of bird flu, she said, has been shown to be very deadly even in wild birds, which means it is even more deadly for domestic birds.

Infected birds will show decreased feed and water consumption and become less active, she said. Infected poultry houses become abnormally quiet as the birds begin to suffer from a combination of respiratory and neurological symptoms. She explained that the disease progresses so rapidly that autopsies of sick animals show they still have food in their system at the time of death.

“We’ve had a handful of cases where the farmer and worker didn’t even notice the birds were sick (when a sample came back as non-negative),” Thompson said. But in these cases, the birds will start dying within 24-48 hours.

In companion animals, veterinarians and owners go through a long process to determine that euthanasia is the humane option for an older animal in pain.

“We call it a ‘good death,'” Thompson said.

Depopulation, however, cannot be a long process, as it must move quickly to reduce the risk of spread.

The AVMA guidelines state that VSD is justified when other methods of depopulation are unavailable or not available in a timely manner and “amplification of virus at the scene poses a significant threat to onward transmission. and the continued spread of HPAI”.

“A primary objective in the event of an outbreak of HPAI (or other highly contagious pathogen) is to stop the spread of the virus as quickly as possible in order to reduce further bird suffering and economic and , in the case of a zoonotic agent, to minimize the threat to human health,” the guidelines state. “However, the most compelling reason for using VSD when all other methods have been ruled out is that when Done correctly, it provides a faster kill, eliminating the risk of birds dying over a longer period of distressing and devastating time. sickness.”

Because avian influenza is an exotic animal disease, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service takes the lead and pays for depopulation and disposal costs, as well as cleaning and disinfection facilities, Thompson said.

The USDA pays compensation for birds that must be killed, as well as certain other losses, such as eggs that must be destroyed. However, the USDA says these payments, in addition to covering the cost of removing the virus from the premises, do not compensate for all of the losses incurred by growers.

“While the cost of HPAI goes well beyond the value of herds destroyed and clean-up work, our ability to pay compensation is limited by specific conditions in the Animal Health Protection Act. For example, we cannot provide compensation for lost revenue or production during downtime or other business disruptions due to HPAI,” says a USDA fact sheet on the indemnification and compensation process.

Thompson said it’s important for the public to remember that whether the herd in question is a large commercial operation or a small backyard herd, “there is an individual or a family and a community that is tied to all this”, and the stress goes beyond the financial aspects. The constraints extend from farms to others who work with farms, including feed suppliers.

“We currently have farmers who are under a lot of stress,” she said. “They raise these birds for a purpose.”

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Best Pool Games for Kids – LifeSavvy https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/best-pool-games-for-kids-lifesavvy/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 16:05:35 +0000 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/best-pool-games-for-kids-lifesavvy/ Sergei Novikov/Shutterstock.com Pool games buying guide without borders – Brayden Howie/Shutterstock.com Why buy pool games? Of course, a swimming pool is entertainment enough. But keeping kids interested day in and day out is another story. Give them a break from pretend play or swimming drills and give them these toys to increase their activity level, […]]]>
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Pool games buying guide

Cute mixed race Asian Caucasian boy is happily playing with a water gun in a backyard swimming pool in the summer sunshine.

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Why buy pool games?

Of course, a swimming pool is entertainment enough. But keeping kids interested day in and day out is another story. Give them a break from pretend play or swimming drills and give them these toys to increase their activity level, interest and fun level.

What should you consider when buying billiard games?

  • Age range: One of the biggest factors in deciding which pool toys are best for kids is their age range. Young children should have toys that could not hurt them by accident or that do not require a skill set that is too advanced for their swimming abilities.
  • Swimming Skills: Some pool games, while great fun, can require a swimmer to have a lot of core strength to maneuver through the water without the most efficient use of their limbs to swim while keeping their head above water . Other games, such as diving toys, should be played under adult supervision, especially if the child is new to this type of game or is tired.
  • Occasion or activity: If you’re looking for a pool game for something specific, say a party or get-together for a group of teenagers, something that brings everyone together (like the watermelon ball) or something similar to a classic game (like the volleyball) could be a hit.

Is there a difference between above ground pool toys and inground pool toys?

Fortunately, there is no difference in toys that can be used in either type of pool. The biggest consideration for some of the bigger toys will be the size of your pool. Otherwise, take note of the dimensions, then expect endless hours of billiard game fun.

Our picks for the best pool games for kids

Best choice

Advantages: Add some splash to your catch this game with these balls designed to jump and splash across the surface of the water instead of sinking. Kids and toddlers of all ages can enjoy this game without knowing how to dive to retrieve the ball. Durable stitching means these jump balls are durable and built to last in the pool. They’re also soft enough that they won’t hurt too much if someone accidentally gets hit. The set is available in eight different colors, and each set comes with two balls, a disc, and a mesh travel bag.

The inconvenients: These balls and the disc are all smaller than the ones you usually play with, which can take some getting used to.

Conclusion : The simple, old-fashioned concept of throwing a ball reaches new levels of excitement when combined with pool fun. Spice things up by jumping the ball around the water, challenging reflexes and making everyone laugh. All of the pieces in this set are easy for little hands to grasp, so everyone can get involved.

Best Underwater Ball

Advantages: Something a little complicated like neutral buoyancy allows the ball to do all the bouncing, passing and kicking underwater without sinking completely. After following the instructions to fill the balloon, get ready for hours of fun. This game can be played in smaller or larger groups, and the “goal” can simply be to hit the watermelon ball on the side of the other team’s pool. This makes other props like goals or hoops unnecessary. It can be used at any age, but is especially fun for older kids, teens and competitive adults.

The inconvenients: It’s a heavier ball out of the water and it could hurt a child if it accidentally hits them.

Conclusion : This billiard ball is unlike any other. It doesn’t sink, it doesn’t float, but it provides hours and hours of crazy fun. You can dribble, bounce, kick and pass it underwater just like any other game you would play in the backyard.

Ideal for competition

Advantages: Jump straight into friendly competition with this inflatable ring toss game. It explodes quickly so you can have more fun playing. Made of high quality PVC, it has excellent buoyancy and durability for frequent use. Store it easily by deflating it, or feel free to also use it on the grass for outdoor play.

The inconvenients: The rings are also inflatable, which makes them very difficult to throw. It only comes with four rings, which makes it difficult to play with many people.

Conclusion : A simple game without too many rules, this pool version of the classic ring toss game can add friendly competition to any gathering. The set inflates quickly so you can have fun.

For sports fans

Advantages: This set is made from high quality raft material to withstand full contact. Choose between pool classics – basketball or volleyball – and stay active while staying cool. The set includes a net with two anchor weights, a basketball hoop, a volleyball and a basketball.

The inconvenients: There’s a lot to inflate, so an electric pump would be the best option.

Conclusion : Even if you’re not one to play on the court, something about pool volleyball and basketball is awesome. Spend hours staying active in the pool with these classic games.

For the pleasure of diving

Advantages: Whether you’re keeping your little one busy in the kiddie pool or helping your child improve with swim practice, this sinking toy set is a favorite way to splash around in the pool. The wide variety in this 28-pack suits many different activity interests. as well as age groups. Everything is non-toxic and made from ABS material. The set also comes with a mesh storage bag.

The inconvenients: Some smaller objects are under two inches, making them perfect for older children, but potentially dangerous for younger ones.

Conclusion : Diving for toys at the bottom of the pool is a fun pastime that kids always love to do. This value pack includes a varied set of different diving toys for different swimming levels and ages.

Final Thoughts

There’s nothing better than splashing around in the pool on a really hot day. Switch things up with these great pool games that will keep kids of all ages entertained.

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Minnesota Timberwolves games protest the destruction of Iowa’s chicken https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/minnesota-timberwolves-games-protest-the-destruction-of-iowas-chicken/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 19:41:34 +0000 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/minnesota-timberwolves-games-protest-the-destruction-of-iowas-chicken/ Protests over the mass destruction of chickens on an Iowa farm have repeatedly disrupted Minnesota Timberwolves postseason games. The latest interruption to play came in Saturday’s NBA Game 4 playoffs with the Memphis Grizzles at Target Center in Minnesota. With 10:44 remaining in the third quarter, a spectator sitting second row behind the Timberwolves bench […]]]>

Protests over the mass destruction of chickens on an Iowa farm have repeatedly disrupted Minnesota Timberwolves postseason games.

The latest interruption to play came in Saturday’s NBA Game 4 playoffs with the Memphis Grizzles at Target Center in Minnesota. With 10:44 remaining in the third quarter, a spectator sitting second row behind the Timberwolves bench abruptly ran onto the field in the middle of a play. Security tackled her and dragged her out.

Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights activist organization responsible for two previous fan protests at Timberwolves games, identified the protester as Sasha Zemmel. She wore a “fake reference uniform (which) had 5.3 displayed on the back,” according to USA TODAY Sports Network’s Damichael Cole, who said the number referred to the 5.3 million chickens killed after an outbreak of bird flu on a farm owned by Rembrandt Enterprises.

Why are animal rights protesters attending a Minnesota Timberwolves game?

Glen Taylor, longtime majority owner of the Timberwolves, is listed in Iowa Secretary of State filings as an administrator for Buena Vista County-based Rembrandt. The destruction of the millions of laying hens at the egg factory took place on March 17.

After: Bird flu reappears in Iowa after hiatus of more than two weeks

What happens to birds in the event of an avian flu epidemic?

When outbreaks occur, state departments of agriculture work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the producer to ensure the prompt destruction of the entire flock and quarantine the surrounding area to prevent the spread of the virus. .

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Peter Vietgen – The Brock News https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/peter-vietgen-the-brock-news/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 18:18:35 +0000 https://clarencehouse-hotel.co.uk/peter-vietgen-the-brock-news/ NOTE: This is the latest in a series of Q&A stories featuring Brock University faculty members who incorporate the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games into their research projects. For more information on Brock’s academic activities around the Games, visit brocku.ca/canada-games Peter Vietgen is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts Education in the Teacher Education Program […]]]>

NOTE: This is the latest in a series of Q&A stories featuring Brock University faculty members who incorporate the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games into their research projects. For more information on Brock’s academic activities around the Games, visit brocku.ca/canada-games

Peter Vietgen is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts Education in the Teacher Education Program of Brock’s Department of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education. His research interests are varied and include teacher education and the arts; museums/galleries, education and school partnerships; social justice and equity issues and the arts; aboriginal education and the arts; creative spaces; and arts education in schools and non-school settings.

Vietgen is one of 11 Brock researchers and scholars to receive funding through the 2020-2021 round of the VPR Canada Games Grants program. Here, he discusses his research project entitled “PARTicipation Niagara 2022: A Celebration of Sports & Art through the Eyes of Niagara’s Young Artists”.

Please provide a brief overview of your research project.

“Participation Niagara 2022: A Celebration of Sports and Art Through the Eyes of Niagara’s Young Artists” is a community arts project that will engage eight students from Brock’s Faculty of Education in hands-on teaching experiences and leadership in Niagara Region schools and education sites. . Working with teachers and their students, Brock students will coordinate and lead art workshops on the theme of “Art and Sports” in eight elementary and secondary schools in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Grimsby, Fort Erie, Welland and Thorold. Also involved in this project will be Indigenous youth from the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s Soaring Eagles alternative high school program as well as students from the Courage to Soar program, which is offered at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Center in partnership with Fort Erie Secondary School and Niagara District School Board.

What do you think will be the result of your research?

The result of this community art project will be for Brock Education students to gain practical knowledge and teaching experience while building community through art making. This project will help bridge the gap between theory and practice for participating candidates at Brock’s Faculty of Education as well as build community among citizens of the Niagara Region as we establish a new normal in gatherings. communities after the isolation endured over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How will this contribute to knowledge or understanding of the Canada Summer Games?

Through the practice of artistic creation around the theme of “Art and Sports”, elementary and secondary school students in the Niagara region will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of such events for the athletes involved and better understand the complexities of organizing and presenting such an event. By approaching the Games through the lens of artistic creation, students will be able to share their creative ideas around sport and nationalism with the 2022 Canada Games taking place in their own backyard.

How did you get interested in this research?

As a former arts consultant with the Toronto District School Board and in much of my research at Brock on arts education and community practice, I have seen how public art projects like this can help to build bridges between schools and their local communities and how the Power of Art can create agency and a voice for our young people at a time when we need to hear their ideas and opinions more than ever.

How do you plan to share your research?

The dissemination and sharing of student-created artwork will take place at art exhibits held at various venues across Niagara. Confirmed exhibit sites include St. Catharines and Niagara Falls Public Libraries, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Niagara Regional Native Center and Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre. These art exhibits will allow the public to view and interact with student artwork throughout July and August, including during the 2022 Canada Summer Games. , presentations from this community art project will be shared with colleagues in the arts education field at national and international academic conferences.

Do you have any tips or tricks on how colleagues in your faculty can incorporate the Canada Games into their research?

Working in the Faculty of Education, many of my colleagues already have close ties with our local schools, teachers and students there. As a leader in teacher education in Ontario, we are proud of our teacher education graduates and the impact they will have on their future students. With the Canada Games coming to the Niagara Region this summer, I encourage my colleagues to see the Games through their own program disciplines and help build those bridges that will further strengthen our relationships with our local school boards, which will result in stronger and healthier communities for everything.

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