Safe Holiday Bird

first_imgEveryone has seen that idyllic Norman Rockwell painting of a proud mother placing her perfectly cooked turkey on the table as the crowning jewel of a holiday feast. Although our family dinner tables may not be so picturesque, they do usually include a turkey. Many family chefs opt for roasting the turkey, but there are several other methods that yield wonderful results.If you want to cook turkey with a different twist this year, read on for some tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension for a delicious, juicy and safe final product.No matter the cooking method, be sure to cook the turkey to 165 degrees Fahrenheit and check for that temperature in several places on the bird with a calibrated food thermometer recommended for poultry. This is required to make sure your food is safe to eat.Some favorite tools for cooking turkeys include electric roaster ovens, grills, smokers and even deep fat fryers. These offer a different way to cook the traditional turkey, while freeing up oven space for other dishes.Electric roaster ovens are tabletop appliances made specifically for cooking poultry. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for recommended temperature settings, but temperature requirements are generally the same as they are for conventional ovens. Check the internal temperature of the turkey in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. To remove the pink appearance and rubbery texture, cook turkey to a higher temperature, such as 180 F.Grilling has become a popular method for cooking turkey. Place a pan of water below the grill rack to catch turkey drippings. It is only recommended that you grill turkeys that are 16 pounds or less, as larger turkeys stay in the danger zone too long and may lead to foodborne illness. Grilled turkeys should never be stuffed, as it takes too long for the stuffing to reach 165 F, the safe zone.Smokers are usually cylinder-shaped and can use gas, electric or charcoal. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for operating and cooking with the smoker. The necessary cooking time depends on several factors, such as the size and shape of the turkey, temperature of the coals and distance from the heat source. Generally, it will take about 20 to 30 minutes per pound, but always check the turkey with a food thermometer. Whole turkeys can be safely cooked in a deep fat fryer as long as the turkey is fully thawed and unstuffed. For frying, choose a pot that is large enough for the turkey to be completely submerged in oil at 350 F. Ideally, a commercial fryer designed for frying whole turkeys should be used. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for heating the oil and cooking the turkey. Carefully lower the turkey into the fryer; once submerged, it should take about three to five minutes per pound to cook the turkey. (Check the internal temperature with a food thermometer as described above.) If the turkey is not done, return it to the cooking oil and let it finish cooking. Let the turkey stand for 20 minutes before carving and serving it.last_img read more

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PlantTape Technology

first_imgAs Georgia Vidalia onion producers plant next year’s crop, they are transplanting the onions, or physically placing the plants into a hole dug in the ground. Farmers may soon be using a new method that literally rolls the plants into the soil.PlantTape technology could make planting by hand a thing of the past, according to Cliff Riner, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension area agent for Vidalia onions.“The way we currently plant our onions is all by hand. It’s very primitive. We have to hand pull the onions and then we have to transplant them. It’s very costly to the producer to have to pay for that much labor,” Riner said. “With a machine like this that utilizes PlantTape, you have a lot more options. You’re a lot more accurate and it’s also easier on the producer in terms of labor.”Riner and fellow UGA Extension agents in southeast Georgia are in the second phase of planting research trials this year using PlantTape technology. All parts of onion production are being evaluated, including fertilizer and herbicide applications, as well as a side-by-side comparison of transplanted plants and plants grown using PlantTape technology.“Our goal is, in one year, to learn as much as possible so we can share that information with the producers,” Riner said. “This is a huge investment from the (PlantTape) company and the Vidalia Onion Committee.”According to the PlantTape website, the tape is made of peat moss and vermiculite, a mineral that expands when heated, between two layers of biodegradable tape material. The trays of tape are created and seeds are planted in a PlantTape sowing line. Every six seconds, 630 seeds are dropped from a seeder into a premade hole in the tape. The tape material holds the seeds in place.Once in the trays, the seeded tape can be stored or wetted to start the germination process. If desired, trays can be stored for a later planting date as long as they remain dry.After germinating in a nursery, the seedlings develop normally in the plant pockets of the tape. What’s unique is that the plants can be transplanted at any stage of development, from a couple of days after germination to a fully grown seedling plant.Brian Antle, president of PlantTape, says the equipment has been used to plant lettuce, romaine, broccoli and cauliflower in California. In previous plantings, the machine reduced labor by 80 percent and usually covered twice as much ground.Using PlantTape, a normal 16-person transplanting crew could be reduced to a crew of three. One tractor driver and two workers are required to change out trays on the machine as it moves down the field.“It can create a lot of efficiencies at the field level and also at the nursery level. We can grow a lot more plants per square foot with our system. There’s a lot of efficiencies all around,” Antle said.The Vidalia Onion Committee is funding the UGA research on PlantTape because it sees the potential in decreasing a substantial burden on onion production, said Bob Stafford, committee manager.“Our work is very labor intensive, so anything we can do to cut down on the labor is what we’re after,” Stafford said. “We support (UGA) very strongly. Research is the future of our industry. Everything we can do through the Vidalia Onion Committee, through funding or support, we’re all in.”The PlantTape machine is equipped to fit all type of row patterns and can be modified to plant up to eight rows at a time. UGA researchers are using it to plant four rows.Local farmers and industry leaders witnessed the machine at work in a field operated by Generation Farms in Toombs County, Georgia, on Nov. 15. Riner estimated that they would operate another planting about three weeks later to compare different planting dates.The only downside to this new technology is its cost. Antle estimates that the machine costs anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000, depending on its configuration, along with the cost of the tape.“This way of doing it is going to be more expensive because there are just so many different odds and ends to make it work. I think over time, however, now that we’ve got everybody showing interest in it and working to try to make it work, we’re going to find ways to drive costs down,” Georgia farmer Aries Haygood said.Georgia’s onion industry leaders laud the reduced personnel required to operate the PlantTape machine and think that, over time, the tape system will be worth the investment.“We’re all used to hand labor and having to put the plants in a hole. It’s a long, drawn-out process,” Haygood said. “Labor is becoming more of a challenge, not only to get it in a timely manner but also for it to be efficient and affordable.”last_img read more

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Bellows Falls-based Sonnax Industries named to SBA 100 for growth and job creation

first_imgSonnax Industries,US Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Marie Johns will tour Sonnax Industries, a Bellows Falls and SBA success story.  Sonnax Industries, a designer, producer and distributor of automotive transmission components for the automotive aftermarket, has been announced as part of the ‘SBA 100.’  After receiving an SBA loan, the company increased revenue, expanded their facility and hired an additional 118 employees.  The SBA 100 features one hundred businesses that have created at least 100 jobs since receiving SBA assistance.  Descriptions and a photograph gallery of each of the SBA 100 companies can be found at www.sba.gov/100(link is external).   The SBA 100 companies include businesses in a variety of industries, from manufacturing, to food and beverage, to shipping.  Each business received SBA support in the form of capital, contracting, counseling or investment before going on to create at least 100 jobs.   The SBA provides small businesses with the tools and resources they need to grow and create jobs.  The SBA 100 is a cross-section of the diverse array of businesses that stand to benefit from SBA assistance.  With the help of SBA, the SBA 100 companies have succeeded and created thousands of jobs across America. Today, SBA 100 firms like Sonnax Industries, Inc.  in Bellows Falls continue to expand and contribute greatly to their local economy. WHO:             Marie Johns, SBA Deputy AdministratorTommy Harmon, President and CEO, Sonnax Industries, Inc.                        WHEN:          Friday, August 12, 2011                        10:15 AM’press tour of facility                        Deputy Administrator Johns. WHERE:        Sonnax Industries, Inc.                        2 Imtec Lane                        Bellows Falls, VT 05101last_img read more

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Apple hopes to take bigger bite out of e-commerce market

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Apple Pay will soon be available during online checkout. Beginning this fall, Mac users can use the payment technology to make purchases through the Safari web browser.The mobile wallet’s addition to the desktop and laptop versions of Safari is noteworthy for several reasons:Indicates a multi-channel payments strategy — Although Apple Pay was initially launched as a mobile wallet, its transformation into a digital wallet indicates a shift in Apple’s focus from strictly mobile environment to all channels. By appealing to a more diverse group of channels, Apple has a greater opportunity to win and maintain Apple Pay users.May have limited impact — To use Apple Pay for online purchases, consumers must be using Apple devices and Safari as a browser. One estimate has Safari representing just 10 percent of desktop browser use. continue reading »last_img read more

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After Spotify and Netflix, Indonesia eyes VAT collection from other tech firms

first_imgThe Taxation Directorate General is in talks with several more technology firms to collect value-added tax (VAT) on sales after recently imposing such rules on six firms, including Amazon and streaming platform Netflix.The tax office was in a negotiation process with the tech firms to ensure that they were “ready and comfortable” to impose VAT on their Indonesian customers, spokesman Hestu Yoga Saksama said during a discussion held by the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS).“We are convinced that more tech firms will collect VAT this year,” Hestu told the discussion on Thursday. However, he declined to name the companies or reveal how much the government expected to earn from such policy. Under the new rules, nonresident foreign firms that sell digital products and services in Indonesia worth at least Rp 600 million ($41,038) a year or generate yearly traffic from at least 12,000 users will be required to pay the 10 percent VAT.The over-the-top (OTT) technology firms appointed by the tax office as VAT collectors are expected to start collecting the taxes in August. The VAT is imposed on sales of tech firms including Amazon Web Services, Netflix, music streaming service Spotify as well as Alphabet’s Google for its Google Asia Pacific, Google Ireland, and Google LLC units.The government has been struggling to collect more revenues to fund its widening budget deficit of 6.34 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) as the COVID-19 pandemic hits businesses, which prompted the government to provide Rp 120 trillion worth of tax incentives.The tax office is looking to bolster revenue in the second half of the year after recording Rp 531.7 trillion revenue in the first half, down 12 percent compared to the same period last year and around 44 percent from this year’s tax revenue target. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has yet to reach a consensus on how to tax tech firms, preventing Indonesia from collecting corporate income tax from the internet giants.“We will wait for the global consensus to give us the best solution” on taxing tech firms, Hestu went on to say, reiterating that the plan to tax internet firms would provide a “level-playing field” between foreign firms and local internet firms.OECD member countries are negotiating the first major rewriting of income tax rules to take better account of the rise of big tech companies that often book profit in low-tax countries.Meanwhile, Center for Indonesia Taxational Analysis (CITA) deputy director Ruben Hutabarat warned the government to not make any sudden move to impose income tax on foreign tech firms, adding that it may lead to retaliation from other countries, such as the United States.“The VAT rules should only be temporary until the global consensus is reached,” Ruben told the discussion, adding that the tax office should act decisively if the tech firms failed to comply.Netflix representatives told The Jakarta Post recently that the company would comply and was currently waiting to implement the VAT rules starting in August.The United States Trade Representative office previously said that it would investigate digital services taxes in several countries, including Indonesia, as Washington opposed efforts to tax revenue from tech giants like Apple and Google.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said recently that Indonesia’s VAT rule was not the subject of trade investigation by the US, adding that it took issue with corporate income tax, which remains a subject of discussion led by the OECD.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Signs Emergency Declaration to Assist Municipalities During Protests

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs Emergency Declaration to Assist Municipalities During Protests May 30, 2020 Press Release Governor Tom Wolf this evening signed a disaster emergency declaration using his authority to provide all necessary assistance to municipalities as they respond to the escalation of protests in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.“People have every right to speak out and demonstrate, but it’s unacceptable to take advantage of protests to incite violence, harm others and destroy property,” Gov. Wolf said. “This declaration authorizes the commonwealth and its agencies to assist municipalities in their response to de-escalate violence and keep our communities safe.”“I appreciate Governor Wolf for heeding our request for additional state support,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “This emergency declaration will help Philadelphia access resources and police support from other jurisdictions, including other states, as we manage the impact of this weekend’s demonstrations.”“Pittsburgh has long been a home to constitutionally protected protests and will continue to be one — but we will not allow others to hijack the goodwill of our community to spread needless destruction, fear and violence. I thank the governor for this extra tool to keep our neighbors safe,” Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto said.Earlier this evening, Gov. Wolf announced the expanded activation of the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). That activation, combined with this declaration, authorizes PEMA to direct emergency operations in Allegheny, Dauphin and Philadelphia counties, allocating all resources and personnel as deemed necessary to cope with the situation.In addition, the declaration allocates $2 million in unused appropriated funds to PEMA for Emergency Management Assistance Compact expenses related to this emergency, to be increased or decreased as conditions require, and transfer up to $4 million in unused appropriated funds, to be increased or decreased as conditions require, to the PEMA for expenses authorized and incurred related to this emergency. Any unused funds will be returned to the General Fund.The declaration authorizes the Adjutant General of the PA National Guard and the Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner to activate personnel and use resources as necessary to alleviate the danger to public health and safety caused by this emergency.Read the full proclamation here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Six Gold Coast suburbs notch double-digit growth

first_imgBiggera Waters’ median house price jumped 13.8 per cent to $725,000 after 70 sales and Jacobs Well notched 13.4 per cent growth to a $533,000 median from 37 sales. Hope Island, Burleigh Heads and Tallai also added gains of more than 10 per cent to their house prices. This compares to 0.8 per cent growth across Gold Coast houses overall. MORE NEWS: Sellers spending much longer searching for a buyer A three-bedroom unit at 305 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga, is up for grabs. The hilltop home has a price guide of more than $1.475 million.Alex Phillis Real Estate director Alex Phillis said some Gold Coast pockets had been undervalued for a long time and now out-of-area buyers were seeing their worth. “The international and national market have found out about Hope Island particularly, and also Tallai,” Mr Phillis said. “Where else can you get the views you have in Tallai and a couple of acres for a couple of million dollars? “And same with Hope Island, you get that lifestyle — waterfront, buggy, golf, security — those more mature markets, national and international, are finding out.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFive things to consider when buying into a regional area01:35 A five-bedroom house is on the market at 40 Glenrowan Drive, Tallai. Which suburbs are the Gold Coast’s property stars?SIX Gold Coast suburbs are the shining lights in an otherwise dull market, recording double-digit growth to their median house price over the past year and bucking the softening market trend. Beachside suburb Bilinga is the star property performer with its median house price soaring 46.3 per cent to $980,000, CoreLogic data to February shows.That’s a gain of more than $450,000 from just 14 sales. The suburb’s growth has slowed however, with its median recently hitting $1.3 million.center_img The No. 4 unit has a $989,000 price tag.Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker said Bilinga had escalated in value thanks to a handful of big beachside sales and now the election was over the momentum would pick up again. “It’s the allure of that environment — it’s a pretty laid back, narrow corridor,” he said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We have a lot of people from the northern end, who have been living up there for a number of years, migrating south as they are attracted to that slower pace but still have easy access to all the infrastructure and amenities.” MORE NEWS: House will bowl you over with its fun inclusions Once again the Glitter Strip has trumped the Brisbane property market, coming out relatively unscathed in the broader market downturn.Brisbane’s median house price overall jumped 2.9 per cent in the 12 months to February, while unit prices fell by 2.5 per cent. Mr Phillis said he expected the next 12 months to be a positive time for Gold Coast real estate. “People are taking the Gold Coast more seriously now as a destination to come and live, we’re more mature now,” he said. “From where they are coming from we are really good value real estate.“Post-election, there’s a great buzz in the air.” mikaela.day@news.com.aulast_img read more

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Top Swiss prosecutor has salary cut over FIFA case lies

first_img But during the inquiry into those two meetings, Lauber told the oversight body he had had no other informal contacts with Infantino – something that turned out not to be the case. On Wednesday, AS-MPC said it had evidence of a third Lauber-Infantino meeting in 2017. “The Attorney-General has repeatedly not told the truth to the AS-MPC, to parliament and to the public about his meeting on June 16, 2017 with the president of FIFA Gianni Infantino. It has been proven that this meeting took place,” it said. Switzerland’s FIFA investigation concerns alleged misconduct that occurred before Infantino replaced Blatter in 2016. Switzerland’s top prosecutor will have his pay docked after a disciplinary investigation found Wednesday that he lied repeatedly when questions were raised about his handling of a corruption investigation targeting FIFA. Investigators said Switzerland’s attorney general Michael Lauber had shown ‘a poor comprehension of his profession’ The body that oversees the office of Swiss Attorney-General Michael Lauber said it had concluded its investigation into his suspected misconduct in the handling of the investigation of top FIFA executives since 2015. The surveillance body, known as AS-MPC, said in a statement it had concluded that “the Attorney-General has breached several of his professional obligations,” including “repeatedly not telling the truth” and “acting disloyally.” The investigators also said Lauber had illegally interfered with their probe, and lamented that he had made clear he “sees nothing problematic in his actions, indicating a poor comprehension of his profession.” As a disciplinary sanction, AS-MPC said it would impose on Lauber “an eight-percent reduction of salary for a period of one year.” The 54-year-old prosecutor, who despite the drawn-out disciplinary hearing was last September reappointed by parliament to a third term in office, has 30 days to appeal the ruling. The disciplinary hearing looked into a series of secret meetings Lauber had with FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the midst of a corruption probe into football’s world governing body. Two Lauber-Infantino meetings were initially exposed in 2018 by “Football Leaks”, a cross-border investigation by several European news organisations. The AS-MPC opened a probe, finding that those two 2016 contacts, held shortly after Infantino took charge of FIFA from the disgraced Sepp Blatter, were “not problematic”. Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueA Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be OpenedWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Loading… Read Also: Klopp reacts after Liverpool’s third defeat in four games Lauber’s office has steadfastly defended the Infantino meetings, insisting they were logistically necessary given the scope of the FIFA graft probe. Switzerland has pursued a number of cases since a raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich in May 2015 led to the arrests of a several FIFA executives and exposed a corrupt underbelly in world football. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Melania Trump calls for peaceful protests, sympathizes with virus victims

first_imgShe gave her first public comments on the demonstrations on Friday, tweeting her condolences to George Floyd’s family and again calling for protests to remain peaceful.“Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence,” she wrote. “I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now. My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd. As a nation, let’s focus on peace, prayers & healing.”While Melania Trump has been absent from public views for days, it’s somewhat typical for the private first lady. The New York Times reported she “opted not to travel to Florida for the rocket launch” on Saturday amid the nation’s unrest.“One person briefed on the events said the first lady, anxious about the protests, made the decision at the last minute, but another person briefed on what took place disputed that,” the Times reported.ABC News confirmed New York Times reporting that President Donald Trump was rushed to an underground bunker at the White House on Friday as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the White House, but it is unclear if the first lady and the couple’s 14-year-old son, Barron, joined him.A more public former first lady Michelle Obama shared a string of tweets about Floyd’s death on Friday, writing in part, “Like so many of you, I’m pained by these recent tragedies. And I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on.”“Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it,” she added.Like so many of you, I’m pained by these recent tragedies. And I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on. pic.twitter.com/lFWEtTzVT8— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 29, 2020 Official White House Photo by Andrea HanksBy BEN GITTLESON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Without mentioning why people are protesting, first lady Melania Trump has added her voice to those condemning violent protests and calling for peace.The first lady tweeted Monday morning that she was “saddened to see our country & communities being damaged & vandalized” and asked “everyone to protest in peace,” while making no mention of any of the underlying reasons causing people to peacefully protest.Saddened to see our country & communities being damaged & vandalized. I ask everyone to protest in peace & focus on taking care of one another & healing our great nation.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 1, 2020 Following the death of Floyd in police custody last week, protests in Minnesota spread across the country. Some have resulted in vandalism and destruction of property, with many cities issuing curfews in response.The president, in a call with the nation’s governors on Monday, ramped up rhetoric against demonstrations, telling state leaders, they must “dominate” out-of-control protests, calling on law enforcement to get “much tougher” and blaming unrest erupting across many communities squarely on “the radical left.”Unlike his wife, the president did not voice support for peaceful protests.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Helenes take over Tommy Trojan watch

first_imgSophomores Mia Esquivel and Ellie Lo Re guard Tommy Trojan. The Helenes are watching both the Tommy Trojan and Hecuba statues this year, following the Trojan Knights’ suspension. (Jonathon Xue | Daily Trojan)The Helenes began a 24-hour watch Sunday to guard the Tommy Trojan and Hecuba statues in the week leading up to the USC vs. UCLA football game. The female service organization has taken on the duties of its brother organization Trojan Knights, which has been inactive this semester due to alleged reports of hazing and misconduct.The Helenes declined to speak about the nature of the Knights’ inactivity, but Helenes President Alexa Huerta said that her organization was excited to have been given this opportunity.“It’s so exciting,” Huerta said. “It’s a fun opportunity to camp out for a week. It’s like one giant sleepover with some good friends.” Trojan Knights President Dillon McKinley said he was unable to comment on the group’s inactivity, but in a statement to the Daily Trojan, McKinley wrote that the organization had strayed from its values. “We, as an organization, see a need to restructure and reorganize so that we can once again lift those values up properly,” the statement read. “We will be taking the next year to accomplish these goals and implement the necessary changes … With the current plan, we intend to continue into our centennial anniversary and beyond to show that we are dedicated to the future of this great University.”During rivalry week, the all-male Trojan Knights have traditionally guarded the Tommy Trojan statue in Hahn Plaza from pranks and mischief from the University’s cross-town rivals. Since the Hecuba statue was erected in the USC Village in 2017, the Helenes have also taken part in the tradition. Helenes Hecuba watch chair Saman Hemani said that other organizations such as the Undergraduate Student Government, Troy Camp and the Admissions Center will be aiding the Helenes as they watch over Tommy Trojan.“We’ve let all the Helenes know that we have twice as much responsibility,” Hemani said. “But we are also collaborating with a couple of other [organizations] … Hecuba will be Helenes only and Tommy will be ‘Helenes plus.’” Erica McCann, the Helenes advisor, wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan that the organization has partnered closely with Campus Activities, DPS and other campus offices for Hecuba Watch. “This will be the first year the Helenes take lead on Tommy Watch, though they have always been actively involved in supporting the Knights’ efforts in years past,” McCann wrote. “They are well-prepared to take a leadership role over both watches this year, though it has been a lot to coordinate. I am very proud of how the Helenes executive board has stepped up to ensure these traditions are upheld.”Hemani said that the Helenes and the Trojan Knights, which are brother-sister organizations that carry similar missions, typically work together on certain events, like Junior Helenes and Knights mentoring, but that the Knights have not been as involved this semester.McCann said that though the Knights are inactive, the Helenes have aimed to preserve several traditions, including ringing the Victory Bell at football games. At the start of the semester, Huerta said she proposed the idea of the Helenes conducting Tommy Watch to Campus Activities.“The tradition is really important to us,” Huerta said. “In that sense, it almost felt natural for us to say, ‘Hey, we are willing to do [Tommy] too.’”During the Tommy and Hecuba Watch, the Helenes will be coordinating a hygiene drive for homeless individuals and partnering with Share a Meal to feed homeless people around USC. Last year, the Helenes received over 100 donations and hope that students will be more involved this year.USC declined to comment on the Trojan Knights suspension. Vice President of Student Affairs Ainsley Carry also declined to comment.The Daily Trojan also requested comment from multiple members of the Trojan Knights, who did not respond in time for publication.last_img read more

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