This past January, Jam Cruise 15 set sail out of Miami to cruise around the Carribean, with some of the biggest names in live music aboard and ready to get down. While Vulfpeck was originally slated to perform on the boat, when a scheduling change forced the band to back out, Vermont’s Twiddle was tagged in. During Twiddle’s set on January 21st, the Vermont quartet invited moe.’s Al Schnier to sit-in during a rendition of the perennial fan favorite “Mamunes The Faun.” moe. then returned the favor, with Mihali Savoulidis tagging in during a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” along with Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville. New pro-shot footage from the moe. and frends collaboration on January 23rd is here. As the set closer, it was a climatic end to moe.’s performance on Jam Cruise, which saw both Savoulidis and Neville take huge solos to bring the show to its timely peak.Jam Cruise Releases Pro-Shot Video Of moe.’s Al Schnier’s Sit-In With Twiddle For “Mamunes”The magical musical experience that is Jam Cruise will be setting sails next January, when Jam Cruise 16 takes over the Norwegian Jade from January 17th through 22nd. After it embarks from Miami, Florida, the cruise will round through Roatan, Honduras, and Grand Cayman during its weeklong circuit.As always, the lineup for the near week-long event is stacked, with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood topping the bill. You can check out the almost-twelve minute video of moe. performing “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” with Ivan Neville and Mihali Savoulidis below, courtesy of TourGigs. The video is sure to get you stoked for next year’s Jam Cruise, which is bound to have similarly all-star collaborations across its trip. You can check out this year’s massive Jam Cruise lineup here, and get more information about the event on its website here. [Photo: Phierce Photo]
As the temperature outside gets colder, cancer patients across the Midwest will be a little warmer thanks to the blankets made during the seventh annual Aidan Project. The Aidan Project, which is sponsored by Circle K and Knott Hall, took place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in South Dining Hall on Saturday. Members of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s families, the South Bend Kiwanis Club, the Nappanee High School Key Club and the Manchester University Circle K joined in making 203 blankets for cancer patients of all ages, which will be delivered to hospitals throughout the Midwest. The Aidan Project was introduced in 2006 and named for Aidan Fitzgerald, a graduate of the Class of 2010 who was diagnosed with testicular cancer during his sophomore year. Fitzgerald said his roommate at the time, 2009 alumnus Chris Esber, was involved with Circle K and decided to rebrand the group’s Blanket Bash as The Aidan Project. Fitzgerald said participation in the rebranded event went from around 30 people to more than 200. Fitzgerald said the event is about more than just making blankets. “This isn’t about me. This event exists because cancer is a ubiquitous issue. I just happen to have my name attached to it,” he said. “It’s also not about the number of blankets we make. It’s about raising awareness.” Fitzgerald said he had a strong, focused attitude when he was battling cancer. “There was never a doubt in my mind that I was going to recover. It was anticlimactic when I finished chemo therapy because nothing felt different,” he said. “I think it was harder for my friends and family than for me, because for me the process was clear while they were removed from it and left to wonder what was going on.” Cancer treatment was a difficult but important part of his life, Fitzgerald said, and is now something he can joke about. “It sucked, but it was a defining moment in my life and it taught me a new appreciation for things,” he said. “I also like to make light of the having gone through cancer. Since it was testicular cancer and they did have to remove one, I picked up a few nicknames.” Those who have cancer just want a return to normalcy, Fitzgerald said. “That’s why it’s great to just make blankets instead of something over the top. When you go through chemo you lose your hair and everything, so you get cold,” he said. “A blanket is just what they need.” Fitzgerald, who currently lives in Indianapolis, participated in this year’s event with his fiancÃ©e. He said he was glad that students were willing to take the time to make blankets for cancer patients. “It’s cool to see people here on a Saturday morning instead of sleeping in or watching TV, or doing anything but coming out to make blankets,” he said. Sophomores Emily Mediate and Hilary Johnson, co-chairs of Circle K Special Projects, organized the event. Mediate said she enjoyed planning the Aidan Project because it afforded her the opportunity to be involved from the beginning stages through to delivering the blankets. Johnson said she enjoys the project because of what it means to the individuals, mostly children, who receive the blankets. “It’s a great way to impact the lives of the kids. You wouldn’t think a blanket that took 20 minutes to make would put such a big smile on a kid’s face, but it does and it makes a big difference,” Johnson said. Mediate said they contacted hospitals around the Midwest about how many blankets each wanted, and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis ordered the greatest number. She said Circle K members who live near the participating hospitals deliver the blankets when they return home for winter break. In preparation for the event, the group bought 1,000 yards of fleece for $4,000, the funds for which come from a grant from Kiwanis International and fundraising efforts, which include Aidan Project T-shirt sales. Mediate said after purchasing the fleece they pre-cut it to specified sizes. On Saturday, students made either single or double layered blankets from the fleece. She said students were able to choose their preferred fleece pattern for each blanket and could make a card to go along with the blanket. Junior Molly Daily, who participated in the event for the third time, said she believes the Aidan Project is a simple way to do something good. “It’s a really easy way to do something good,” Daily said. “It doesn’t take a lot of time and its really fun.”
Potential new food product developers from across the state learned the process of creating, packaging and launching a new food product at the University of Georgia’s New Food Business Workshop, held Oct. 6-7 on the university’s Griffin Campus. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty, Georgia Department of Agriculture experts and food industry leaders taught the workshop. A former leader of PepsiCo Inc. and current new director of the Food Product and Innovation Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) at UGA Griffin, Kirk Kealey told participants that their food products should leave consumers wanting more. “You want people to taste your product and say, ‘This is the best-tasting version I’ve ever had,’” he said. UGA food scientist Anand Mohan encouraged workshop participants to consider all that is involved in launching a new food product before taking on the venture. A UGA Cooperative Extension food processing and safety specialist, Mohan specializes in enhancing the value and ensuring the safety of meat and poultry products. “Are you really up to what you think you want to do?” he said. “People say they want a natural product, but sometimes preservatives will help you go a long way. Sometimes you have to add things to keep your product safe and keep molds, yeasts and bacteria away.”Workshop participants also heard from Deana Bibb, owner of Proper Pepper Small Batch Pimento Cheese and a 2015 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest winner. Bibb attended the workshop in March 2014 and claims it was the catalyst for her product launch.“I learned from this workshop that the container you store your product in can also contribute to the shelf life,” said Bibb. “Surprisingly, you may find your product lasts longer in a cheaper container.” Bibb encouraged the group to include shelf-life testing for their products. “It took a month-and-a-half, but I didn’t feel like I could go into the market until I knew for sure,” she said. “I needed my dairy product’s shelf life to be at least 22 days.”The class was also provided with an overview of regulations and current food safety issues from Natalie Adan of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Division.The class included some food product veteran entrepreneurs, with products already on the market. Attorney Ken Teal of LaGrange, Georgia, runs Swamp Dust spice company. Jennifer Hovis, of Barnesville, Georgia’s Honeywood Farms, currently sells organic vegetables, beef, pork, poultry and eggs and now wants to build a commercial kitchen.Others were contemplating a wide variety of food ventures: a juice from organic produce, organic soups and smoothies, a botanical soda, a dried seaweed product imported from the Philippines, a carbonated beverage for the West African market, a barbecue sauce from a family recipe, products for those with food allergies and a soy-free soy sauce.Ken Vickers, a mechanic for Delta Air Lines, hopes to market a hot sauce made from peppers he grows on his farm in Woolsey, near Fayetteville, Georgia.“I grow the peppers, smoke them and age the sauce for a year. I’ve got 25 gallons brewing in my basement right now,” he said. “I was really clueless when I started. I set my goals low because I didn’t know how to go about mass-producing (my hot sauce) to put on grocery store shelves. After this workshop, I can attempt putting it in grocery stores.” Hahira, Georgia farmer Steve Taylor wants to bring some of his family’s recipes to market. “Some are super-healthy and some will kill you because they taste so good,” said Taylor, who, with his wife, Gayle, makes kettle corn for festivals and hopes to take that to the retail market.Stephanie Helmig of Statham, Georgia, attended the workshop to gather information for her father and a group of investors from China who want to make a Chinese food product in the U.S., then sell it here and export it to China. “The workshop was very informative. I will suggest they come to the next class in March in Athens, (Georgia,)” she said. “My dad and his business partner want to talk to Dr. Kealey. He seems very interested in developing businesses. We have the money, but we don’t have a home for our business. I’m encouraging them to come to Georgia.”Each participant leaves the workshop with a training manual compiled by experts in the UGA Extension food science program. As the leader of the workshop series, Mohan said the speakers’ shared expertise and the educational resources in the manual are “invaluable resources” for new food business operators.“Small businesses are the key foundation of our nation’s economic development,” he said. “New food entrepreneurs who are trying to get into the food market are an essential part of Georgia’s economic growth.”For more information on future New Food Business workshops at UGA, go to EFSonline.uga.edu. To learn more about the FoodPIC at UGA, go to caes.uga.edu/center/foodpic.
As we navigate through the last two months of a year that has been defined by such phrases as “unprecedented,” “the new normal,” and simply “it’s 2020,” it is challenging to focus on the future.But we must plan because the credit union industry is categorized as an “essential service,” deemed necessary to remain not only open, but relevant, nimble and useful for a nation that’s grappling with what is yet to come.In the blink of an eye in mid-March, we found ourselves halting all intended plans for the year as we were forced to take a detour through unchartered territory. We went from being an industry somewhat good at providing virtual financial services to needing to become experts at it, and fast. We stopped focusing on spring campaigns and turned our marketing efforts to round-the-clock and rapidly changing member and community communication wherein we provided messages of reassurance that we are still here for those we serve. And at times, we struggled to stand behind those words and take them to a new level, striving to live to the fullest extent of our industry’s mantra, “people helping people.”To sound like a broken record—it has been quite the year, to say the least. But I’ve always believed that when hardships are shared, we learn valuable lessons and can choose new opportunities to explore. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »
May 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The latest human infected with H5N1 avian influenza died of the infection yesterday in Egypt, while a leading influenza expert called H5N1 the worst flu virus he has seen.The Egyptian victim was a 27-year-old woman from Cairo whose H5N1 case was announced yesterday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). She had been hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia May 1, and a WHO statement yesterday had described her condition as stable.She was the 13th Egyptian confirmed to have an H5N1 infection and the fifth to die of it. Her case was the first reported in Egypt since early April. The WHO’s global case count now stands at 206 cases with 114 deaths.Meanwhile, virologist and influenza expert Robert G. Webster, attending an avian flu conference in Singapore, told the Associated Press (AP), “I’ve worked with flu all my life, and this [H5N1] is the worst influenza virus that I have ever seen.”Webster, who works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, said that in poultry, the virus invades the brain and destroys the respiratory tract, the AP reported. Concerning the threat of a human pandemic triggered by H5N1, he said, “If that happens, God help us.”According to the story, he predicted it would take at least 10 more mutations to give the virus the ability to spread from person to person. He added there was no way to know when or if that will happen.”All of those mutations are out there . . . but the virus hasn’t succeeded in bringing it together,” Webster was quoted as saying.He also said far more needs to be done to prepare for a pandemic and to understand the virus’s behavior. Calling for stockpiling of more H5N1 vaccine, he labeled current efforts “miserable,” according to the story.Webster said research has been hampered by cultural attitudes preventing autopsies of victims, with autopsies conducted on only six people since the virus began spreading in late 2003.In other developments, the 21 countries in the group Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), meeting in Vietnam, agreed today on a plan for joint efforts to respond to the avian flu situation. The organization consists mostly of Asian and Western Pacific countries, but also includes the United States, Canada, Russia, Mexico, Peru, and Chile.The 5-page plan calls for various kinds of cooperation. For example, the members agreed to:Increase the prompt reporting of avian and human cases and sharing of biological specimensEncourage the business sector to get involved in the prevention and control of avian fluEstablish “best practices and common approaches to risk communications”Work to improve biosecurity on commercial and “transition” poultry farmsDevelop ways to exchange information on “management of travelers” to minimize damage to trade and travelEncourage steps, such as use of pre-authorized visas and customs, to ease the entry of WHO rapid response teams into countries that have invited themSee also:WHO statement on death of Egyptian womanhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_05/en/index.html
Aug 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) recently announced another major order of prepandemic H5N1 influenza vaccine from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with plans to launch a North American clinical trial of the vaccine.HHS ordered enough vaccine in bulk form to provide 22.5 million 15-microgram (mcg) doses, the company announced on Aug 3. The order is in addition to the bulk equivalent of 5 million 15-mcg doses that HHS ordered in November 2006, officials said.The cost of the new vaccine order is $97 million, according to Marc Wolfson, a spokesman for the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in Washington, DC.The new order includes 9 million doses produced in the 2006 “manufacturing campaign” and 13.5 million doses to be produced in the 2007 campaign, GSK reported. The vaccine is based on clade 2 strain of the H5N1 virus.GSK will make the bulk vaccine at its facility in Ste. Foy, Quebec, and store it in Marietta, Pa.When HHS announced the plan to buy H5N1 vaccine from GSK in November 2006, the agency said it was ordering 800,000 doses, not the 5 million doses cited in the company’s Aug 3 announcement. Wolfson of HHS and Ken Inchausti, a GSK spokesman in Philadelphia, explained that the two announcements involve the same amount of bulk vaccine, but the HHS statement was based on a dose of 90 mcg, whereas the company announcement assumed a dose of 15 mcg.”The confusion between the 5 million doses that GSK talks about and what we have is that we’re still ordering it at the bulk rate of 90 [mcg] per dose,” Wolfson told CIDRAP News. “They’re doing tests that could possibly take it down to 15 [mcg] per dose, and if you do the math, that’s where the difference comes.”Based on 90 mcg per dose, HHS currently has 2.3 million doses of GSK vaccine in its H5N1 vaccine stockpile, Wolfson reported.The vaccine contract provides that HHS may direct the company to formulate the bulk vaccine into doses in the future, GSK said. In addition, HHS has an option to buy the vaccine in combination with one of the company’s proprietary adjuvants, or immune-boosting chemicals, which could reduce the amount of vaccine antigen needed to induce a protective immune response, the company reported.Funds for the vaccine contract will come through the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, according to GSK.Clinical trial startingGSK also announced the start of the first North American clinical trial of its prepandemic H5N1 vaccine. The trial is described as a phase1/2 study that will compare the safety and immunogenicity of the H5N1 antigen alone and in combination with one of GSK’s adjuvant systems in 675 adult volunteers. Inchausti said the trial will be conducted at sites in Montana, California, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, and Nevada and in Halifax and Quebec, Canada.The company said it plans to follow up later this year with a phase 3 trial that will involve about 4,400 volunteers. Results of the phase 1/2 trial are expected in early 2008.Last March, GSK reported that in a clinical trial, one of its adjuvanted H5N1 vaccines triggered a strong immune response with two 3.8-mcg doses, or about half of the 15-mcg dose typically used for each viral strain in seasonal flu vaccines. The company also said tests showed that the vaccine, based on a Vietnam strain of H5N1, generated cross-reactive immunity against an Indonesian strain.GSK, Baxter sign vaccine deals with UKIn other developments, both GSK and US-based Baxter International today announced agreements to sell vaccine to the United Kingdom in the event of a flu pandemic.Under the GSK agreement, the company will make preparations to provide a “tailored” vaccine as soon as possible after a pandemic is declared by the World Health Organization, according to a company news release. GSK said it also has agreements to sell pandemic vaccines to Switzerland, Denmark, and Iceland.Baxter, based in Deerfield, Ill., said its European subsidiary in the UK signed an agreement giving the UK an option to buy Baxter’s vaccine in the event of a pandemic. The company’s candidate pandemic vaccine is produced in vero cell culture rather than in eggs, the conventional medium for flu vaccine production. Baxter said it recently enrolled volunteers for a phase 3 clinical study of its cell-based H5N1 vaccine in Europe.See also: Mar 6 CIDRAP News story “Glaxo H5N1 vaccine may work against multiple strains”Nov 20, 2006, CIDRAP News story “HHS awards 3 contracts for more H5N1 vaccine”
The House Commission X overseeing education, sports, tourism and the creative economy asked the government to postpone the Games because of the coronavirus. The chairman of the commission, Syaiful Huda, said the Games could be delayed until 2021.“There are many sporting events at the regional and international levels that have been postponed due to COVID-19, like the Tokyo Olympics and the Euro Cup. So there’s nothing wrong with postponing the PON to 2021,” Syaiful said as quoted by tempo.co.Syaiful, a National Awakening Party (PAN) politician, also said that the current circumstances were not conducive to the construction of several unfinished sporting venues in the host province.“Based on the latest information, there are still several venues that aren’t ready yet, so their development needs to be sped up,” Syaiful said. “If the airports and ports are closed, this means construction materials can’t be transported to Papua, which disrupts the building process.”The Papua administration began closing airports and ports across its 29 cities and regencies in March 26 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Some local leaders have asked for the Health Ministry’s permission to impose large-scale social restrictions in their respective regions.Papua Governor Lukas Enembe sent a letter to President Jokowi earlier this week asking to reconsider the timeline of the Games, saying the disease had affected preparations for the quadrennial event, kompas.com reported.In his letter dated April 7, Lukas reported that while 85 to 90 percent of the venues were ready, he was worried the remaining tasks would be disrupted in the coming months due to a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region.As of midday on Thursday, the official government tally of confirmed infections in Papua was 38 with two deaths.Minister Zainudin said the decision of whether to postpone the Games could go either way.“Right now, the regional administration is focusing its efforts on containing the spread of COVID-19,” he said, explaining that a deadline on making a decision would be determined after consulting the President.The ministry had yet to tally up the costs it would bear should Jokowi decide to postpone the Games to 2021, Zainudin said, and it was already dealing with a very busy schedule next year, with at least six international events to prepare for.The ministry allocated Rp 500 billion (US$30.7 million) of its Rp 1.7 trillion budget for PON preparations. It is currently reallocating funds to assist with the government’s COVID-19 response.Topics : “We are currently looking into the input from various sides, including the House of Representatives Commission X,” Zainudin said in a teleconference on Tuesday.“The main thing that we are considering is how long the pandemic might last.”COVID-19, classified by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, has entered more than 200 countries worldwide, infecting more than 1.4 million people and causing over 80,000 deaths. It has had a particularly devastating effect on the sporting world, causing big events such as the 2020 Olympics Games and the Wimbledon Grand Slam to be postponed.In Indonesia, most sporting events have been canceled or pushed back, including soccer and basketball leagues. The fate of the first-ever National Games (PON) to be held in Indonesia’s easternmost province this year hangs in the balance, as it appears likely that the PON will become the latest major sporting event to be adversely affected by COVID-19.Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said his office was scrutinizing every aspect of the Games ahead of a planned consultation meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, emphasizing that only the leader could determine whether or not it will run as planned.The Games, to be held in Papua for the first time ever, are scheduled to run from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2, with athletes from across the country to compete in 37 sports in Jayapura city and Jayapura, Mimika and Merauke regencies.
LocalNews Landslide in Antrizile claims the life of Linus Sully by: – May 17, 2011 Photo credit: ckcbirds.co.ukPolice Public Relations Officer, Inspector Claude Weekes has confirmed the death of forty eight year old Linus Sully, a resident of the Antrizle community in the Kalinago Territory.It is reported that Mr. Sully, Gilbert Laville and another gentleman were walking under a cliff heading to fish at the time of this tragic and unfortunate incident.“Police are investigating the death of Linus Sully of Atkinson which took place on Monday 16th May, 2011 somewhere about 3:45pm. He along with others were heading to the bayside at Antrizle to do rock fishing when rocks and boulders came crashing on them, thats the deceased Linus Sully and his son Gilbert Laville. Laville sustained multiple injuries of the head and other parts of the body they were taken to the Marigot Hospital where the body of Linus Sully was pronounced dead by the doctor. Meanwhile Laville was referred to the Princess Margaret Hospital for further medical attention. A Coroner’s Inquest will be convened soon to be followed by a Post Mortem.”Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share 18 Views no discussions Share
“Madamo nga chemicals ang dala sang bunker fuel that will affect the health sang aton pumuluyo. Kun ara na gid man ini sa aton shorelines, we will handle this carefully. Dapat may PPE (personal protective equipment) kita,” Gumarin explained. The effect of the oil spill on the marine resources and the livelihood of the people in the island province is like “fighting another battle amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Gumarin. She said barangays immediately deployed spill booms and initiated cleanup operations. Buenavista mayor Eugenio Reyes, said they conducted an inspection to verify how many affected families are to be evacuated. Gov. Samuel Gumarin cautioned residents of the affected barangays about the health hazards brought by the bunker fuel. The oil spill was triggered by an explosion from Power Barge 102 docked in the Barangay Bo. Obrero. The explosion tore a one-foot-wide hole in the hull of the power barge and caused 251,000 liters of bunker fuel to spill into the Iloilo River and neighboring Iloilo towns of Dumangas and the barangay of Sto. Niño Norte in Arevalo district. “The bulk of oil spill entering our ports depends on the sea current. Minsan nandiyan sa ports, maya-maya nababalik ulit sa gitna ng Iloilo Strait. After we finish our improvised boom, we will try to contain the oil,” Jacinto said. Gumarin said the provincial government is coordinating with the Office of the Civil Defense and the Philippine Coast Guard for the cleanup operations./PN ILOILO City – Twenty coastal villages in the island province of Guimaras are affected by the oil spill from a power barge in Barangay Bo. Obrero, Lapuz, Iloilo City following an explosion Friday last week. He advised and assisted the affected barangays on the deployment of improvised oil spill booms. The power barge is estimated to be carrying 320,000 liters of bunker fuel. IT’S SPREADING Spilled bunker fuel (right photo) is seen floating on the waters of Guimaras province following an explosion on AC Energy’s Power Barge No. 102 in Barangay Bo. Obrero, Lapuz, Iloilo City. (left photo) A resident’s hands in Jordan, Guimaras are stained with fuel oil. Local authorities say the bunker fuel from a barge damaged by an explosion has already reached 20 coastal villages of the island province. GUIMARAS PIO The oil spill is among the biggest since 2006 when 2.1 million liters of bunker fuel spilled in the water of Guimaras when the tanker MT Solar 1 sank on Aug. 11, 2006. Barangays affected by the oil spill in Jordan town were Rizal, Hoskyn, Balcon Milleza, and Morobuan. “May pandemya kita, nagasaka man ang numero sang dengue fever, naglupok pa gid ini. Aside sang tawo, ang aton naman coastal areas – ang source na naman sang aton mga sud-an ang naigo,” he added. In Buenavista, barangays that also reported traces of bunker fuel in their waters were Montpiller, Rizal, Sto. Rosario, Magsaysay, Zaldivar, Sawang, Taminla, Dagsaan, Tacay, Getulio, San Miguel, Navalas, Bacjao, Tanag, Umilig, and Avila. Commander Jose Jacinto Jr. of the Philippine Coast Guard-Guimaras station said they conducted coastline patrol to identify areas affected by the oil spill. Bunker fuel spilled from the power barge and littered the shores of the towns of Jordan and Buenavista, a report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Guimaras showed. Guimaras PDRRM officer Teresita Siason said municipalities and coastal barangays of the province were immediately alerted of the oil spill.
I am sure that only a few people were glued to the TV earlier this month when the NFL draft was being broadcast by ESPN. My idea of this draft is that it is just another way to make money for the networks. If you are a true NFL fan, you pay attention to this; but to someone like me, it is a boring waste of time. If it weren’t for TV, you wouldn’t need 3 days to complete the process.A lot of the coaches in the league are not happy that because of the TV coverage the draft is continually being put later in the spring. I suppose this is because that gets them a better audience. Next year, I understand, they plan to do the draft at the end of May or in early June. Since the football camps begin in July, this would only give each NFL team about a month to orient these newcomers to the terminology needed for participation in full drills.I am probably in the minority on this, but I have better things to do than watch the NFL commissioner hug big, burly football players.