Each home football game weekend, Notre Dame attracts many spectators, many of whom are alumni. Of course, these alumni come to see the football games themselves, but the Alumni Association also offers events for those in town looking for other activities.Michael Sullivan, an alumnus of Notre Dame and the senior director of alumni programs, said the Alumni Association aims to connect alumni to each other no matter where they are in their life.“Our mission is to connect people to each other and to the University to support them throughout their life, wherever they are geographically, whatever their affinity to the University and whatever stage of life they’re in,” Sullivan said.Events sponsored by the Alumni Association during game weekends help to foster these connections between alumni, current students and fans. According to Sullivan, the signature event for home game weekends is the “Football Fridays at the Eck” series, which sees about 1,500 people.“It’s essentially a fan-fest, so between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it features live music,” Sullivan said. “ … The area between the bookstore and the Eck Visitors Center kind of becomes a plaza for a fan-fest, and then we also have seating inside our building as well. We do interviews and we have food and drink available, so it’s a nice event.”During this “fan-fest,” the NBC commercial that typically runs during games, titled “What Would You Fight For?” is previewed, and the student profiled in the commercial is often interviewed to discuss his or her work on campus and why he or she was selected.“We debut the commercial, but the rest of the country doesn’t see it until it runs on NBC Saturday,” Sullivan said. “We also do an interview series called ‘Catching Up With …,’ and we’ll usually interview two former athletes or coaches who are back in town for the game, … Notre Dame celebrities more generally, … somebody connected to the Notre Dame family that’s related to sports and celebrity.”Some past “Catching Up With …” guests have included Lou Holtz, Hannah Storm and Dick Vitale. Also during these “Football Friday” events, there is a pre-game analysis done during “Chalk Talk with Bill and Bill,” who are two former Notre Dame assistant football coaches.“So throughout the day there’s different featured items, and in between it’s just kind of a game day atmosphere and we’ll have alumni and friends from all over the country stop by,” Sullivan said. “Sometimes visiting fans are on campus and they’re not sure what’s going on and they find a way into the visitor’s center and then within the visitor center we highlight different parts of our office and the programs we offer for our alumni, like our travel program or clubs.”The “alumni and friends” aspect of the Alumni Association is an important one, Sullivan said. Anyone, even if they are not directly connected to Notre Dame, is welcome at these events.“Our mission is really to connect people to each other for alumni and friends,” he said. “That’s an important part of who we are and what we do. So you don’t have to be a graduate to be part of the Notre Dame alumni clubs network. We have some clubs where the president of the club is not even an alum.”Saturdays feature less events from the Alumni Association, although they host a young alumni mimosa bar twice a year at larger games. If they are not hosting an event like the mimosa bar, the Alumni Association support the Notre Dame clubs around the country if they come back to campus for the games or host tailgates.For away games, the atmosphere and events are slightly different. The Notre Dame clubs from each particular area that the away game is at will take the lead and plan events instead of the Notre Dame Alumni Association directly running the events.“On Saturday the local folks host tailgaters, and we just try to help facilitate that for them, but they really take the lead and do the planning and those kinds of things,” Sullivan said. “So depending on where the game is and kind of how big the game is, there might be other events too.”Sullivan said the draw back to campus for international alumni, and other alumni living far away, is unique to Notre Dame, and the Alumni Association aims to make them feel back at home.“We just want people, no matter what, to know they can always come by the visitor center,” Sullivan said. “That’s their home on campus as alumni and friends of the University.”Tags: Alumni Association, eck visitors center, football friday, football fridays feature
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) Photo: CDCALBANY — New York State is expanding its testing for the COVID-19 virus to all 19 million state residents.Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during a Wednesday press conference in which he said there have already been 4 million tests administered statewide.“You want to manage the COVID Virus, test, trace, masks, social distancing, that’s the formula, hard to do,” Cuomo said.”We now have 750 testing cites across New York State. We are now opening testing to all New Yorkers. We have that much capacity. Go get tested. It doesn’t cost you anything, it doesn’t hurt. take a test and it’s now open to everyone”He said the numbers indicate New York is “doing great.” Tuesday’s results show 879 people hospitalized with the virus, the fourth straight day under 900, he said. There were 11 reported deaths, “just about as low as it has ever been.” He said 56,000 tests were performed Tuesday, with a positive rate of 1.1 percent.“The key to what we are doing is the testing. We just finished four million tests in New York. We only have 19 million people in New York,” New York is doing more tests per capita than any nation on the globe.”Cuomo said the initial approach to the virus was not political or emotional and based on the facts as they were known at the time.“What we have done from day one, we have been smart about what we’ve done with COVID. we didn’t get political, we didn’t get emotional,” he said. “Y have to anticipate the issue coming down the pike and you have to get ahead of it. You have to get ahead of the virus so what we now do is anticipate what could happen.”Sixteen states are now on the state’s quarantine list, a doubling in only a week, Cuomo explained.“Chances are, whatever we do, people from those 16 states are going to make their way here and that’s how we got infected to begin with (from travelers from Europe),” Cuomo explained. “Our infection rate is low, we know.”He said infection rates in Europe are now in decline and that the European Union now has America on a quarantine list, which he called ironic.
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaAs state agencies struggle to operate under budget cuts andhiring freezes, volunteers can make a big difference in keepingtheir programs effective. At the University of Georgia, MasterGardeners do just that.”We’ve always relied heavily on our Master Gardener volunteers,”said Mel Garber, associate dean for Extension at the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Master Gardeners play critical roles in delivering consumerhorticulture information to people across the state,” Garbersaid. “As a state agency, we’re able to make state dollars gofarther by maximizing the use of our volunteer work force.”Marco Fonseca, the Georgia Master Gardener coordinator, said morethan 2,200 people worked for UGA last year for 141,911 hours andnever drew paychecks.Cost of trainingTo become a Master Gardener in Georgia, you have to apply to theprogram, be accepted and complete a three-month training programand a 50-hour volunteering requirement.The classroom and hands-on training costs around $120 (about $6each for 20 twice-a-week sessions) and includes a 600-page MasterGardener manual. The instructors are county agents, UGA Extensionspecialists, Master Gardeners and green industry professionals.Master Gardener volunteers must work at least 50 hours within oneyear of their training. They work with their county Extensionoffice, where the program is administered. The county agentdecides how the Master Gardeners donate their hours.”Many of our Master Gardeners stand in for our county agents whenthe public calls a county office,” said Krissy Slagle, a GeorgiaMaster Gardener program assistant. “It’s important that theyanswer a consumer’s question and answer it correctly. And thetraining program prepares them to do so.”Big in the cityHelping county agents answer phone calls and e-mails isespecially helpful in metro areas, Slagle said.”In Atlanta, some county agents get 150 to 170 horticulture callsper day,” she said. “The heaviest need we’ve had for MasterGardeners is in the northern part of the state, where thepopulation is heavier and agents receive more calls than they canhandle alone. We’re very interested in having the program grow inthe southern part of the state, though.”Master Gardeners work outside of county Extension offices, too.”In Fulton County, the Master Gardeners put in a Gold Medal plantgarden in Centennial Olympic Park,” Slagle said. “Several MasterGardener groups put in ‘Plant-a-Row for the Hungry’ gardens,where the vegetables are donated to the needy. And MasterGardeners are working with Habitat for Humanity, installingplants and teaching the new homeowners how to care for theplants.”In schools, tooFonseca said another new part of the program is the TeacherMaster Gardener Program. Offered in the summer, this condensedprogram trains teachers to develop lesson plans centered aroundhorticulture.”The teachers then go back and coordinate the installation ofschool gardens that are used as teaching tools,” Fonseca said.”We’ve had 150 teachers participate so far.”Surprisingly, you don’t have to have a green thumb to be a MasterGardener in Georgia. You just have to have a giving heart.”Most people assume the Master Gardener program centers aroundgardening,” Slagle said. “Volunteering is the real meat of theprogram. And most of the volunteering centers around gardening.”Yesterday, todayThe program was developed by Extension Service faculty atWashington State University in the early 1970s. Since then it hasspread throughout the United States and Canada.Many county agents are accepting applications now for MasterGardener trainings to begin in January 2005. Contact your countyextension office for details.If you can’t take part in the program, you can still buy theMaster Gardener Handbook. Mail your order to: Georgia MasterGardener Program, 1109 Experiment Street, Cowart Building,Griffin, GA 30223. Include a check for $60, payable to “UGA CES.”(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
My friend Gerald Klingaman, retired horticulturist with the University of Arkansas, uses the term “deutzia renaissance” for the new love surrounding this fuzzy heirloom that has been around for ages. If you haven’t discovered the old-fashioned fuzzy deutzia, then make it a high priority. Your landscape deserves it. Klingaman said, of using his deutzias with azaleas, to spread out the glorious spring bloom. At the Columbus Botanical Garden, we used it against a backdrop of bald cypress, cryptomeria or Japanese cedar, and the picturesque dawn redwood. The pendulous branches with what seemed like thousands of small, white, lightly scented, star-shaped flowers created quite the picture.At the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, we are using two large specimens behind cold-hardy palms and in partnership with heirloom crinum lilies. The look is cottage tropical, certainly pleasing to the eye and entices you to sit a while. I did just that after another friend, Jason Powell, owner of Petals from the Past in Alabama, mentioned bees and butterflies in conjunction with this nostalgic plant. As I actually paused to sit on the nearby bench, I did notice that there were a variety of bees visiting the top of our 9-foot bushes. That makes the shrub a winner in my book.Fuzzy deutzia is known botanically as “Deutzia scabra” and is native to Japan and China. It seems most gardeners are surprised to find out that it is in the Hydrangeaceae, or hydrangea family, where we find another heirloom: the English dogwood, or mock orange. It is deciduous, which might be the reason it lost some of its luster for a generation or two. Today, gardeners recognize the beauty of a landscape. As the leaves fall, you get to see the form and texture our plants possess.As I have hinted in mentioning our two 9-foot-tall shrubs, you will need to give fuzzy deutzia plants the space to be all they can be. They can reach 10 feet tall and spread 8 feet or more. They are in full bloom in Savannah now and will be in full bloom around May 10 in Columbus, Georgia. With a wide range of hardiness from zones 5 to 8, there will be a fuzzy deutzia blooming somewhere in the United States from April through June.Fuzzy deutzia plants prefer fertile, well-drained soil and bloom best in full sun. I can tell you that they perform very well in partial sun in Savannah as well. Maintenance is easy. This is a shrub that looks best when allowed to develop naturally. Always prune out dead wood, but if you find the need to really prune, do so after spring flowering as it blooms on old wood. As the name suggests, the leaves are rather rough and slightly hairy on both sides.They are still sold generically at most garden centers, but you may find the ‘Pride of Rochester,’ a pink selection called ‘Pink Minor’ and an even showier one called ‘Strawberry Fields.’ I assure you whether you get a white generic or a named selection, this shrub will be your spring extender or summer welcome. At the Coastal Botanical Gardens, we have fuzzy deutzia, oakleaf hydrangea and Virginia sweetspire all blooming in sequence, which could be partnered for the start of your magical white garden. Follow me on Twitter: @CGBGgardenguru.
Linear Air Now Providing Vermont Business and Leisure Travelers an Alternative to Commercial Air TravelOn Demand Air Travel Company Servicing Vermont Regional AirportsConcord, Mass., September 15, 2008 – The cutback of airline routes and increased fares are fueling travelers search for viable options to traditional travel offerings. Linear Air, a provider of point-to-point air service from the mid-Atlantic region through eastern Canada, makes the travel experience easier and more enjoyable for those traveling to and from Vermont by leaving from and arriving at regional airports.This fall, there will be an estimated 20 million fewer seats on U.S. domestic flights, according to the Official Airline Guide. While the cutbacks are global, the U.S. appears to be bearing the brunt of the downturn, with a 7% decline in September and continued declines in both October and November. In the U.S., 32 airports will lose scheduled air service altogether. Riding on the wave of change in the commercial airline industry, Linear Air is actively promoting its services to Burlington International Airport, Edward F. Knapp State Airport (Barre/Montpelier) and Rutland Regional Airport.”Travelers around the country are rethinking how to get from point A to point B in an efficient way that allows them to maximize their business or vacation schedules,” said Linear Air CEO Bill Herp. “Linear Air recognizes the tremendous opportunity to serve Vermont travelers and ultimately save them frustration and missed business or vacation time resulting from inconvenient travel schedules. We fly where they need to, when they need to, right from a nearby airport.Linear Air serves 10 times more airports than the traditional commercial airlines serve and can provide direct and on-demand service for customers, saving the time, headache and expense of commercial airports. Trips are tailored to meet the needs of business and leisure travelers. Arrival and departure times are based on the customer’s schedule, eliminating time spent waiting in airports and preventing additional hotel costs for overnight stays. Flights are pay-as-you-go and all inclusive, with no baggage or fuel surcharges.About Linear AirBased in Concord, Massachusetts, Linear Air provides point-to-point air taxi service with unprecedented service to more than 750 cities in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and eastern Canada. The Linear Air fleet includes three-passenger Eclipse E500 business jets and eight-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan turboprops. Linear Air is a FAA-certified part 135 charter operator that maintains a Gold safety rating from ARG/US, the leading independent safety auditor in the aviation industry. For more information, visit www.linearair.com(link is external) or call 1-877-2-LINEAR.
As the days grow long and the adventures longer now that we are out West. The adult playground that is the entire state of Colorado never ceases to exceed our expectations. From Boulder to Buena Vista, Telluride to Denver, we’ve been hiking, biking, backpacking and enjoying the afternoon rain showers. (What better way to replace regular showers?) Now, check out some of the gear that keeps us moving and grooving in the Wild West.La Sportiva Nucleo High GTXFor almost 90 years La Sportiva has been designing high quality footwear to get you to, up, and in the mountains. We’ve been rocking the Nucleo High GTX Boot (La Sportiva’s most breathable boot to date) since April, and we’re smitten. We’ve put these boots to the test in the rolling mountains of the Appalachian Trail, the craggy peaks of Colorado, and the swamps of South Carolina. Each time we’ve been more impressed with the versatility of these leather, medium duty hiking boots.One of our favorite features of these boots is how breathable they are. Gore-Tex has been used in hiking boots for a long time, but the Nucleo features a material called ‘Gore-Tex Surround’. It consists of a polyester mesh insole that allows air to pass under the Gore-Tex bootie insert, negating many of the complaints users have when wearing Gore-Tex. The boots have full waterproof protection, while also BREATHING. It’s like yoga for your feet. We literally walked through the swamp of Congaree National Park and our feet were happier for it. These boots, when used with warm socks, offer good protection in the high snowfields of Colorado. At a pound each (5 ounces under the average weight for leather boots) these lightweight champs are still kicking in the final round.The breathability and waterproofing of the Nucleo, while extremely important to us, were outshined by their most important feature—durability. The Nucleo is made from rugged Nubuck leather and La Sportiva’s proprietary Nano-Cell mesh that makes the boot feel indestructible while offering the breathability that you would expect from a synthetic option.We also like how well the boot grips on different types of surfaces. La Sportiva has a long history of making particularly sticky shoes—it’s their specialty. The Nucleo’s Vibram Nano Sole with Impact Brake System is no exception. This sole was designed to help cushion and stick to terrain when moving fast down hill. The downward push into the front of your boot after a long descent where you end up with hot blisters on the ends of all your toes just doesn’t happen here. Between the Brake System and the lace system, you’ve got a boot that fits like a glove.We like this boot a lot. If you are interested, we’ve written a blog solo dedicated to the Nucleo High GTX that you can read here.National Geographic Maps Road Atlas (Adventure Edition)We do a lot of driving and we can say without a doubt that the United States is best seen off highway. Smart phone GPS is great, but when you’re on a road trip, the windows are down, and the tunes are playing, you want a real map in your co-pilot’s hands. Nat Geo Maps has made an incredible adventure atlas for just these times. The Adventure Atlas holds up to the accuracy and detail that you would expect from Nat Geo Maps, but takes your road trip to the next level. It covers all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.First and foremost this book acts as an incredibly detailed road atlas. It has all of the major roads and highways, but also digs a little deeper with back roads and forest service roads to help get you into the backcountry. All road types are clearly identified so you know what to expect. Major cities and metropolitan areas are shown in high detail with inset maps.Nat Geo Maps had “spontanious road trips” in mind when they put this atlas together. It shows campsites, national and state parks, BLM land, rivers and mountains ranges. It features an exceptionally accurate topographical profile. They even profile and offer additional information on America’s most visited national parks.We also like how durable the atlas is. Unlike most atlases on the market this one is actually made to be abused and passed around the car on countless road trips. It’s spiral bound and printed on high quality paper. It also has plastic covers to help prevent stains from spills while your headed down your new favorite road.Mountain House: Breakfast SkilletWe wake up plenty of mornings cold, hungry, and far too tired to pull out the entire kitchen cooking setup. That’s when we praise Mountain House for making the breakfast skillet—a warm, lightweight, easy to cook meal, that you appreciate and need when you live in a van.Mountain House has been around for 50 years and you can find them in most major outdoor retailers. Their freeze dried meals are ideal for camping, backpacking, or just having on hand in case of emergency. They’re also perfect for groggy van-lifers who need to eat something wholesome before they can actually get anything accomplished. When you open your pouch you’ll find scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, peppers, and onions… everything we want in a breakfast before our adventures.Freeze dried food has come a long way since it’s inception. People tend to turn their nose up at the thought of freeze dried eggs but somehow Mountain House has figured out a way to make them taste home-made. All of the ingredients re-hydrate perfectly and make you forget that five minutes ago it was sealed in a pouch. The process is easy– just open it up and add in the recommended amount of boiling water directly into the pouch. Take a second to stop and smell the coffee and BAM, you have a delicious, homestyle breakfast ready to be devoured… straight out of the bag. No mess or dishes—just happy, full, van-lifers ready to get to their next adventure.Mountain House also guarantees the taste of their meals for 30 years. You read that right… 30 full years. That’s the longest proven shelf life in the business. That’s also why it’s always a good idea to have some on hand in case of emergency. They won’t go bad even when your power goes out a decade from now. You’ll be able to have a tasty breakfast right before you stub your toe in the dark on your way out the door.You can snag Breakfast Skillet in four different sizes depending on what type of adventure you need to fuel. Feed up to ten humans with one container! Perfect for backpacking with a group. Pro tip: throw some Breakfast Skillet in a tortilla and add a splash of hot sauce for a gourmet backcountry breakfast burrito!If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, National Geographic Maps, and Mountain House.
By Geraldine Cook, Diálogo August 27, 2018 Protecting the Dominican airspace is among the many roles of the Dominican Air Force. For Major General Luis Napoleón Payán Díaz, commander of the Dominican Air Force (FARD, in Spanish), reducing illegal drug trafficking in the Caribbean corridor, while strengthening combined and interagency exercises, are essential functions. Maj. Gen. Díaz participated in the LVIII Conference of Chiefs of the American Air Forces (CONJEFAMER, in Spanish) in Panama City, Panama, June 19-21, 2018. The commander spoke with Diálogo about FARD’s progress in the fight against narcotrafficking, interagency work, and humanitarian aid missions, among other topics. Diálogo: What’s the importance of FARD’s participation in the LVIII CONJEFAMER? Major General Luis Napoleón Payán Díaz, commander of the Dominican Air Force: FARD took part in CONJEFAMER for the first time in 1962, a year after its inception. Since then, our Chiefs of Staff and commanders at the institution always participate in the conference. CONJEFAMER is the right scenario, with the camaraderie, commitment, and professionalism that characterize our air institutions, in which commanders of the Americas can interact and foster bonds of cooperation between air forces, beyond the friendship and brotherhood that exist between our people. Diálogo: Why is it important for FARD to be part of SICOFAA? What are the benefits? Maj. Gen. Díaz: It’s important for FARD to belong to the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA) because it allows us to be opened to globalization. SICOFAA is a strategic tool for the nation to project our foreign policies and expand our operational capabilities. One of SICOFAA’s benefits is that it enables us to exchange experiences, knowledge, and interoperate among air forces of the Americas in a combined, standardized way, such as the emergency response for humanitarian aid in case of natural disasters. Other SICOFAA benefits are the virtual and real Cooperation exercises and different committees. Diálogo: What’s the importance of SICOFAA for the region? Maj. Gen. Díaz: SICOFAA is a powerful, strategic tool for each member nation that enables us to respond with humanitarian assistance to natural disasters. This shows the diplomatic reach of the air force, beyond its essence as a military organization for the defense of the nation. Diálogo: What contributed to the decrease in drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Dominican airspace? Maj. Gen. Díaz: This is due to the government’s acquisition of the A29-B Super Tucano weapon system. Another element that contributed to this decrease is the 2010 Standing Operational Procedure (POV, in Spanish) agreement between FARD and the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish), which establishes the operational procedures to exchange information between both countries’ air spaces. Diálogo: What’s the importance of the combined exercise Caribe VII between FARD and FAC? Maj. Gen. Díaz: The importance of the Caribe exercise is the focus on training and standardizing the work of binational crews (FAC-FARD) to conduct operations to interdict, identify, and report irregular trafficking. The exercise also allows us to verify the capabilities that were developed jointly to stabilize airspace control. These exercises are the ideal scenario to continue standardizing doctrine and updating air interdiction tactics. Diálogo: What type of interagency efforts does FARD undertake to counter maritime drug trafficking? Maj. Gen. Díaz: FARD continuously coordinates with the Dominican Navy’s Intelligence Bureau, and constantly supports the National Narcotics Directorate, the government responsible for fighting drug trafficking. The Ministry of Defense coordinates the support for antinarcotics operations. In this fight to counter maritime drug trafficking, the information we receive from Colombia and the United States, among other countries, is very valuable. Diálogo: One of the main roles of FARD’s Search and Rescue Squadron (SAR) is humanitarian aid and natural disaster relief. How does the squadron prepare for its mission? Maj. Gen. Díaz: SAR is committed to follow the high command’s guidelines to safeguard the national sovereignty. In this sense, as an emergency response agency—with the use of its air resources such as helicopters—it efficiently supports humanitarian response operations in the event of natural disasters. SAR organizes training to keep its airmen flight efficient. Through the U.S. Embassy, combined training is arranged with the rest of the Dominican Armed Forces. Exercises are also carried out to guarantee better performance when conducting this kind of mission. In addition, FARD’s Air Operations Office plans practice flights and simulations between SAR, the Emergency Operations Center, and other government organizations to standardize procedures and unify criteria that would strengthen and improve the execution of these missions, which would augment operational capabilities to confront the continuous threat of climate change in our country and the region. Diálogo: What kind of security cooperation does FARD conduct with the United States? Maj. Gen. Díaz: The United States is the main strategic partner of the Dominican Republic concerning security and the fight against transnational crime. In this regard, means and resources are allocated for that purpose. The United States is also FARD’s main provider for courses, training, and equipment.
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Last month, Pier 1 announced it would close 450 stores, including all its stores in Canada. Pier 1 Imports’ Vestal store told 12 News its “100 percent staying open.” The Fort Worth, Texas-based company, which was founded in 1962, has been struggling with increased competition from online retailers such as Wayfair. (AP) — Home goods retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. is filing for bankruptcy protection. In the meantime, the company says lenders have committed approximately $256 million in debtor-in-possession financing so it can still operate during the Chapter 11 proceedings. The company is also closing two distribution centers. Pier 1 said Monday it will pursue a sale with a March 23 deadline to submit bids.
Last week, China’s rubber-stamp parliament approved the plans for a law that would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and acts that endanger national security — as well as allow Chinese security agencies to operate openly in Hong Kong.Beijing says the anti-subversion law — which will bypass Hong Kong’s legislature — is needed to tackle “terrorism” and “separatism”.Opponents fear it will bring mainland-style political oppression to a business hub supposedly guaranteed freedoms and autonomy for 50 years after its 1997 handover from Britain to China. Topics : Hong Kong’s leader accused the United States on Tuesday of applying “double standards” in its response to violent protests as she warned Washington’s plan to place trade restrictions on the financial hub would “only hurt themselves”.Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been rocked by months of huge and often violent pro-democracy over the past year, which riot police have stamped out with more than 9,000 arrests.Washington has been critical of Hong Kong’s response to the protests with US President Donald Trump last week vowing to end the city’s special trading status after Beijing announced plans to impose a sweeping national security law on the business hub. On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said such a move would be self-defeating as she took aim at the Trump administration for its own response to violent racial justice protests sweeping the United States.”We have seen most clearly in recent weeks the double standards that are around,” Lam, who was selected as city leader by a pro-Beijing committee, told reporters.”You know there are riots in the United States and we see how local governments reacted. And then in Hong Kong, when we had similar riots, we saw what position they adopted then.”Both Chinese and Hong Kong officials have seized on the unrest gripping the United States in their propaganda drive to justify their own crackdown on pro-democracy protests and the national security law plans.