Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped Photo: Rebecca Siegel / CC BY 2.0MAYVILLE – Farms remain open as an essential business during the global COVID-19 pandemic, but the farming industry is still struggling, according to Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel. Wendel discussed the struggles that the 1,200-plus farms in Chautauqua County have faced during his daily COVID-19 Facebook update. He says there’s too much milk on the market due to the closure of schools and decline in restaurant sales, causing farms nationwide to dump their excess milk.The County Executive says there’s more than 150 dairy farms in the County, and he asks that people buy extra dairy products to help support them.“Please consider buying an extra judge of milk, a block of American-made cheese, or a tub of ice cream,” Wendel said. “According to the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, our food system is secure and there are no legitimate threats of food shortages.” Wendel asks anyone who sees stores limiting dairy products or purchases to call Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, at 716-640-0522.“We want to remind everybody to stay home, stay healthy and stay safe, and in the end, we will be CHQ strong.”
Star Files Glenn Close View Comments Andy Karl in ‘Groundhog Day'(Photo: Manuel Harlan) Andy Karl and Glenn Close are among the performers on the shortlist for the 2016 London Evening Standard Awards. Karl and Close appear together in the Best Musical Performance category; Karl is confirmed to reprise his role in Groundhog Day on Broadway next year, with talk of Close doing the same in a revival of Sunset Boulevard (although she wouldn’t be eligible for a Tony as she’s already won for Norma Desmond; she’d never previously played her in the U.K.). Rounding out their category is Funny Girl headliner Sheridan Smith. All three of their respective shows are up for Best Musical, along with Guys And Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar and Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour. Additional actors to receive nods include Kenneth Branagh for The Entertainer, Ian McKellen for No Man’s Land and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Noma Dumezwni for her earlier (and last-minute) bow in Linda.Winners will be announced at the November 13 ceremony, co-hosted by Elton John and Evgeny Lebedev. The complete shortlist is as follows:Best ActorSir Kenneth Branagh, The EntertainerO-T Fagbenle, Ma Rainey’s Black BottomRalph Fiennes, The Master Builder/Richard IIIJames McArdle, PlatonovSir Ian McKellen, No Man’s LandNatasha Richardson Award for Best ActressNoma Dumezweni, LindaHelen McCrory, The Deep Blue SeaSophie Melville, Iphigenia In SplottBillie Piper, YermaBest Musical PerformanceGlenn Close, Sunset BoulevardAndy Karl, Groundhog DaySheridan Smith, Funny GirlBest Play Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Suzan-Lori ParksThe Flick by Annie BakerHarry Potter And The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, J K Rowling and John TiffanyEvening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best MusicalFunny GirlGroundhog DayGuys And DollsJesus Christ SuperstarOur Ladies Of Perpetual SuccourSunset BoulevardMilton Shulman Award for Best DirectorDominic Cooke, Ma Rainey’s Black BottomJohn Malkovich, Good CanaryJohn Tiffany, Harry Potter And The Cursed ChildBest DesignJon Bausor, You For Me For YouGareth Fry with Peter Malkin (sound design), The EncounterRob Howell, The Master Builder/Groundhog DayBest RevivalLes BlancsMa Rainey’s Black BottomNo Man’s LandYoung Chekhov: Platonov, Ivanov and The SeagullCharles Wintour Award for Most Promising PlaywrightCharlene James, Cuttin’ ItJon Brittain, RotterdamDavid Ireland, Cyprus AvenueEmerging Talent AwardJaygann Ayeh, The FlickAnthony Boyle, Harry Potter And The Cursed ChildAoife Duffin, A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing/The Taming Of The ShrewTyrone Huntley, Jesus Christ Superstar Andy Karl
The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the final California Politics Roundtable discussion of the semester on Wednesday featuring an expert panel who spoke about different sustainable energy concepts as well as California’s energy policies and legislation.The event was titled “Forgetting Fossil Fuels: What’s Next for Alternative Energy in California?” and took place in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.The panel, which was hosted jointly between the Unruh Institute and the Political Student Assembly, included Dario Frommer, former California State Assembly Majority Leader from 2004-2006 and a member of the Unruh Institute’s Legislator-in-Residence program, and Ivan Penn, a Los Angeles Times writer with an emphasis in energy.Kyla Middleton, a junior majoring in political science and the director of political content for PSA, and Ethan Bialick, a senior majoring in business administration and the co-director of the Environmental Core and Go Solar Campaign, served as moderators, while Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, oversaw the discussion. After posing several questions themselves, Middleton and Bialick gave the audience an opportunity to engage with the panel.As worldwide energy consumption continues to soar, with most of this increase drawn from nonrenewable fossil fuels, some researchers are advocating for a transition away from these sources and toward renewable alternatives to avoid global climate change. Some of these substitutes include solar and wind power. Though both of these options produce no carbon emissions, and thus do not contribute to climate change, there are drawbacks to their implementation.“Wind and solar are intermittent. They don’t [provide energy] consistently like a natural gas plant, nuclear plant or coal plant,” Penn said.Penn said that this means that excessive energy production from these sources can create a blackout by surpassing the energy infrastructure’s capacity. On the other hand, conventional nonrenewable sources are often needed to provide energy when production is low, such as at night.One potential solution to the inconsistent energy supply generated by wind and solar includes large-scale energy storage, something Frommer cites as a potential game-changer.“Storage is termed the ‘holy grail’ [of energy],” Frommer said.Frommer explained this is because it allows the excess energy produced during periods of low consumption to be used at a later time. Furthermore, storage can be employed at both macro and micro scales by utility companies and individual households, respectively.“Storage also puts the consumer in a position where they can come off the grid at an affordable cost,” Frommer said — a development that can potentially revolutionize the energy industry.Also discussed at the event were California’s energy policies and how they stand out from those of other states.“California has historically taken bold positions on energy regulations,” Frommer said.He cited the example of California’s mandated energy efficiency standards for appliances which set the stage for similar federal policies in the future.“When I was in the Assembly … California became the first state to require utilities to purchase a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources,” Frommer said. “California is going alone on this program, still leading the way. And now, other states want to follow us. Even other countries have been wanting to follow our example.”Bialick said the government should not be the primary force behind this shift.“I’d like to see more push from people and private organizations, as opposed to the government, to make the transition to renewable energy,” he said.Middleton stressed the importance of citizen engagement.“It’s important for everyone to be invested in California’s energy practices so that it can continue to be a leader in energy policies,” Middleton said.The California Politics Roundtable discussions will resume again in January.