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Invasive Species Threaten Shenks Ferry Wildflowers, Volunteers Fight Back

CONESTOGA, Pa. (WHTM) — The Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve in Lancaster County is renowned for its spring wildflowers. While wildflowers sprout on their own each year, the Lancaster Conservancy and its volunteers work to manage invasive species and prevent them from impacting the growth of beloved spring mayflies.

On a Saturday morning in late March, about 15 volunteers gathered at Shenks Ferry to uproot invasive garlic mustard plants.

“Garlic mustard is a biennial plant, which means it will last around two years, and then it is a prolific seeder, and so it can very easily take over land if left unchecked,” explained Keith Williams of Community Engagement. coordinator of the Lancaster Conservancy.

The volunteers picked garlic mustard along the trails and carefully climbed a hill, gathering around 250 gallons of the invasive plant in just a few hours.

“It’s surgical removal,” Williams said. “The garlic mustard comes in at the same time as the spring ephemera, so we definitely have a chance of doing as much damage trying to remove the garlic mustard as if we just left it there.”

It’s a bit of a Catch-22 – they can remove the garlic mustard but risk trampling the species they’re trying to protect, or they can leave the garlic mustard but risk it spreading from unbridled manner and surpasses spring ephemera.

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“These spring mayflies can be 20 years old, and that’s their only chance to make sugar, make carbs, and reproduce the rest of the year. The rest of the year they’re basically dormant,” explained Williams, “and so if we were to step on this plant and inadvertently break this stem, there is a good chance that this individual 20-year-old plant will die now.

This is why visitors are not allowed to leave the paths of the nature reserve, and this is why the volunteers who leave the paths to pull weeds are taught to do so very carefully, intentionally placing their feet so as not to harm wildflowers.

Plants or other species that aren’t native to an area are more likely to dominate that area, Williams explained, because they don’t have natural predators or other factors that help control populations of native species.

Garlic mustard is invasive in Pennsylvania – Penn State Extension says it was introduced to the United States by European colonizers and first documented in New York City in the late 1800s – but not all non-native species end up necessarily being invasive.

Non-native species exist in an area they did not originate from, Williams explained. Among non-native species, there are naturalized organisms that assimilate into the ecology of their new location without taking over the ecosystem, and then there are invasive species, which are non-native species that dominate their new location with no natural population control to keep their numbers in check.

Some of the invasive and non-native species around Shenks Ferry are “landscape escapees” that were intentionally brought into the area for landscaping and then moved to other locations through natural processes. Others were brought to the area for conservation purposes, such as preventing erosion, but then had unintended impacts, Williams said.

Williams said the painstaking work of the volunteers who harvested the garlic mustard last year paid off. They extracted about 700 gallons from the Shenks Ferry plant and other reserves managed by the Lancaster Conservancy. At the Shenks Ferry Reserve, Williams has seen lasting effects of their efforts, with a hillside covered in garlic mustard last year being cleared of the plant this season.

Volunteers returned to Shenk Ferry for a second day of garlic mustard in April, but Williams said invasive species management work continues throughout the year and at multiple reserves. Individuals can volunteer at the Lancaster Conservancy to help, Williams said, or they can take steps at home like landscaping with native species to mitigate the spread of non-native and invasive plants.

Of course, all of this work is to ensure that the ephemeral spring wildflowers at Shenks Ferry can continue to thrive. Wildflowers typically peak in color around Easter, Williams said, but visitors can also see unique plants before and after that.

Williams reminds those visiting Shenks Ferry to stay on designated trails and leave no trails to protect the wildlife of the reserve. Learn more about visiting Shenks Ferry here.

Siloam Springs youth league president charged with stealing from organization


SILOAM SPRINGS — The president of the Siloam Springs Youth Baseball League was removed from his financial duties this week after being accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the organization.

Michael Williamson, 48, of Siloam Springs was arrested March 18 for theft of property. Prosecutors have not filed any formal charges against him.

He was released on a citation after his arrest.

The league’s board of directors met on Monday and voted to strip Williamson of his financial duties, but he will remain as league president, according to the minutes of the meeting.

Williamson will not have access to league money and the board will reassess the situation at its next meeting on Aug. 22.

His arrest was the result of an investigation by Siloam Springs police. Williamson is accused of stealing $6,116.41 from the league, according to a probable cause affidavit.

League board member Joey Spivey reported in February that he suspected Williamson of using league money for personal gain, according to the affidavit.

Spivey told police the first suspicious transaction he saw was an ATM withdrawal on January 21 at Centennial Bank for $504 plus a $6 fee. There was another ATM withdrawal for the same amount on January 24 at the bank, according to the affidavit.

Spivey reported that Williamson withdrew $3,100 on November 12, the affidavit states. He made a $203.25 withdrawal plus $6 fees at Cherokee Casino and a $400 withdrawal on Jan. 24 at Grand Savings Bank of Grove, Okla., according to the affidavit.

Williamson told police some of the withdrawals were refunds of $1,800 of his money he spent on the league during the 2020 season. Williamson said none of the board members knew he was making the withdrawal to reimburse himself, according to the affidavit.

Williamson said he made a lot of money last year at the casino and never expected to be reimbursed for the items, the affidavit states.

He told police he withdrew the $3,100 to pay league taxes to the state and that the $203.25 he withdrew from the casino had begun to pay off, the affidavit states. . Williamson said he then gambled with the money, according to the affidavit.

Police questioned Williamson about buying an Oculus gaming system for $295 at Walmart Supercenter and Williamson said he bought the system for a prize at a fundraiser in March, according to the affidavit. . Police questioned Williamson about the Facebook video of family members playing the system, and Williamson said the system was ready and playing, the affidavit states.

Williamson said in the Feb. 22 interview that the system was out of the box and next to a TV, according to the affidavit.

He admitted to using some of the money from the withdrawals to pay his personal bills, according to the affidavit.

Williamson told police he withdrew $504 for reimbursement on Jan. 28 from the casino after losing about $500, then withdrew $503.25 on Feb. 14 and the same amount three days later from the casino, according to the affidavit.

Julie McCallister, another board member, told police she was unaware that Williamson was taking money for her personal use or reimbursing herself.

Marshall Young, the league’s vice president, told police he had no idea Williamson was taking the money for personal use or to play. Young said he knew Williamson purchased helmets and other items in 2020 but never provided receipts, according to the affidavit.

Young said he knew Williamson took the $3,100 to pay league taxes to obtain the 501(c)3 tax exemption, according to the affidavit.

Police later learned that Williamson told Cody Dowden, his lawyer, that he had not paid the taxes because the $3,100 was not for league taxes, but rather related to a food truck that he and his wife had in 2016, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit says Williamson claimed the $3,100 was still in a bag of money, but does not say whether Williamson returned the money to the league.

Williamson did not respond to a phone call or text message seeking comment.

His arraignment is scheduled for April 25 at 8 a.m. in court under Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren.

Appleton City Little Apple | 921News


April 6, 2022

Unofficial St. Clair and Bates Co. Clerks Election Results:

Mayor: Holt 84 Alderman Ward II: Winters 37 School Board: Brownsberger 112 Siegismund 137 Frost 61 Campos 154

2022-2023 Appleton City Kindergarten registration and screenings will take place on April 7. Call the elementary office to schedule an appointment at 660-476-2161. If your child will be 5 years old before August 1, now is the time to start thinking about the requirements for kindergarten registration. The following items are required for registration: vaccination record, state-issued birth certificate, social security card, and proof of residency. Your child can receive the vaccines needed to attend kindergarten any time starting on or after their fourth birthday. You don’t have to wait until age five. They encourage you to have your child fully immunized now and to bring the immunization record to school on the day of the kindergarten screening. If you have any questions regarding required vaccinations, please do not hesitate to contact Nikki Piepmeier, school nurse, at 660-476-2161, option #7.

The Monthly Men’s Community Breakfast at Appleton City Church of God will be held at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. All the men in the community are invited to join them for a moment of good food and fellowship. Marcus Cupton will have a short devotional.

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up. A voluntary donation will be greatly appreciated.

The Ellett Memorial Hospital Auxiliary announces that a Community Goods Book Fair will be held in the hospital’s outpatient hallway on Tuesday, April 12 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Purchase a wide variety of books, cookbooks, crafts, reading and children’s activity books, home decor, kitchenware, electronics and outdoor/indoor games. These make gifts for any age group. Everyone is invited to come and shop just before the Easter weekend.

Come support the AC Track project on Saturday April 16th with an evening of mouse races, mouse roulette, amazing auction items and a gun raffle. Only 300 tickets will be sold, which includes event admission, dinner, and two drinks for just $25. Because ACHS is cooperating with Montrose HS for the track, it will be held at the Montrose Community Building. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available at Powell’s Tru Value Hardware and various community members including: Brittanni Turner, Tricia Swaters, Jana Wareham, Amber Strope, Ashley Deel, Brooke Powell and Cindy Beebe. Check the AC Athletic Boosters, Inc. Facebook page for more details, including how to name a mouse or run. The Field of Pride & Track project is in the home stretch of fundraising and track funding is over 60% complete before this event.

The AIM Club will be sponsoring their Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Montrose Ball Park. Children from 0 to 4 years oldand grade are invited to participate. The Easter Bunny will be there to deliver candy and for photos.

The AIM Club will sponsor their 2n/a Annual Dirty Bunny Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday evening April 16, 2022. 50 tickets will be sold prior to the event at $20.00 each. First prize is $250.00, second is $150.00 and third is $75.00. Check-in will be at Montrose Ball Park from 7:30-8:15 p.m. The hunt will begin at 8:30 p.m. You must be 21 years old to participate. To get your ticket, contact Kristina Klass at 660-492-3436, Gennifer Fischer at 816-805-6194 or Paula Schussler at 660-351-2158. Come have fun and earn money!

Appleton City First Baptist would like to invite widows in our community to the “Young at Heart Widows Event”, a fun day on April 23 at 11:00 am. They will meet at the church and have lunch and then go to the Powell Botanical Gardens in Kingsville. It is a free event. They simply ask you to confirm your presence before April 11th. You can respond by calling the church at 660-476-5512. Please leave a message with a name and phone number so they can contact you

The Montrose HS Baseball Team, along with AC and Ballard, would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who have helped sponsor their fundraising schedule to help pay for team expenses. They organized a successful fundraiser and they couldn’t have done it without the help of all the sponsors. They are looking forward to a great season ahead. Come and watch them play sometimes!

Dates for the AC Spring City Wide Garage Sale are set for April 29-30. Permits cost $5 and can be purchased at City Hall from April 11-26. stage, $10 for lawn permits and this fee covers both days. Park permits can be purchased at City Hall on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved over the phone. Cards will be available at Food Fair, Powell’s True Value and Caseys from Thursday afternoon and at Fika from Friday morning. The House of Joy ministry will be at City Park Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to pick up donations. If you have any questions, please call Dianne Foster at 660-679-1125.

In conjunction with citywide yard sales, Countywide Disposal will have bins at the city barn for disposal of large items from May 3-5. If you need a large item picked up from your home, you should call County Wide Disposal at 660-679-0717 to request it. There will be a charge for this service.

Ellett Memorial Hospital is offering outpatient specialist services for the month of April. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. April 7–OB/GYN–Dr. Kallberg, April 8– Ortho-Dr. Gray, April 13 – upper GI, colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, April 14-Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, April 20-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, April 21 – Podiatry-Dr. Ciaramello, April 27–Ophthalmology–Dr. Soni, April 27–Ortho-Dr. Gray, April 28 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay.


April 7 Appleton City Kindergarten Registration and Screenings

April 9 Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at Appleton City Church of God 7:00 a.m.

April 10 Knights of Columbus Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Knight’s Hall in Montrose

April 12 Public Goods Book in the outpatient hallway of Ellett Memorial Hospital from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Astronauts announce estate in Florida for $15.9 million

Press release

April 6, 2022 2:00 p.m. EDT

ORLANDO, Fla., April 6, 2022 (Newswire.com) –
Casa del Mondo, known as the House of the World, an outstanding Winter Park estate owned by A-list couple Sharon and Marc Hagle, went on the market for $15.9 million. Located at 1220 North Park Avenue in the exclusive Twelve Oaks Peninsula, the Mediterranean masterpiece is positioned on 4 acres offering spectacular views of Lake Maitland and the chain of lakes. The Lakeside Listing is marketed exclusively by Alison Mosley of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Winter Park office; see listing details here. All proceeds from the sale of over $12 million will be donated to the University of Central Florida.

The Hagles recently took a spaceflight with Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-20 in Van Horn, Texas. Sharon Hagle is the founder of SpaceKids Global, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and educate children about space through environmental education and STEAM activities. Marc Hagle is the CEO of an international real estate company, Tricor International, one of the largest real estate developers in the country.

Built in 2003, the one-of-a-kind residence was originally designed with architectural features from around the world. A paved, gated driveway lined with lush palms, bamboo, and several live oak trees welcomes guests to 16,608 square feet of luxury indoor living. Exceptional appointments and one-of-a-kind features abound – from a dining room fireplace seen during a visit to Russia’s Kremlin Palace to the award-winning media room featured on ABC’s Good Morning America. The home’s birdcage elevator is a copy of one built by the Otis Elevator Company and installed in 1896 at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. A chef’s kitchen is designed with professional equipment that includes a commercial Salamander oven. The guest house has a separate entrance from a closed service driveway integrated into the residence.

An outdoor oasis is highlighted by a heated pool and spa with LED lighting showcasing four waterfalls; one is a two-tier main bath waterfall, designed and installed by Disney craftsmen. A stone bridge over a tiered koi pond separates the house and an air-conditioned open cabana that offers an outdoor kitchen, wood-burning pizza oven and grill surrounded by hand-painted tiles by the artist Cuban Fuster that the Hagles personally brought from Havana. A boathouse includes mooring for a boat and two Jet Skis. The service driveway at the rear of the house has additional parking for cars, while the front includes a guest entrance and circular cobblestone drive to facilitate entertaining.


“It is an honor to represent the Hagles and Casa del Mondo, especially when knowing that there is a potentially large donation that will result from the sale. Combining unparalleled privacy, timeless design and resort-style amenities, its captivating views, impressive list of standout features and prime location will appeal to the discerning buyer looking for the ultimate in Winter Park living.”

Alison Mosley, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Winter Park

About Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Based in Naples, Florida, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has more than 1,400 associates and employees at 40 locations in Florida and North Carolina. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty also benefits from an association with the famous auction house Sotheby’s, established in 1744. The brokerage firm is a division of The Lutgert Companies, a prominent member of the South West business community. Florida since 1964. For more information, visit premiersothebysrealty.com.

Source: Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Secaucus, NJ: The suburban town with a suburban vibe

The Hudson County suburb of Secaucus, NJ, anchors the New Jersey Meadowlands, roughly 30 square miles of marshland, veined with estuaries and dotted with more than a dozen towns. There was a time when people who fished these waters would tell stories of a broken statue from the old Penn Station or the discovery of a body buried under the beach grass.

But no more: Today, the marshes are interspersed with walks and nature reserves. And the Secaucus factory outlets, which attracted bargain hunters in the early 1970s, were joined by many retail chains.

For many young families, however, it’s the suburban vibe that’s most appealing, along with the short commute to town.

“What makes Secaucus extremely desirable for buyers is above all its proximity to New York, as well as numerous bus stops and free shuttles between most apartment complexes and the train station,” said Michael Gonnelli. , a real estate broker who runs the Gonnelli Group at Re/Max Infinity, in Secaucus, and is the son of the town’s mayor (also named Michael Gonnelli).

This was true for Ling Dao and Jane Wang, who owned a home in Edison, NJ, and wanted easier access to the city as well as more activities for their two young children. “Edison also felt very crowded, with limited parks and playgrounds for children,” said Mr. Dao, 33, an information officer for a pharmaceutical company.

He and Ms Wang, 35, a stay-at-home mom, searched Jersey City, Hoboken and Queens before buying a three-bedroom house near downtown Secaucus earlier this year for $765,000.

“Ultimately, we fell in love with Secaucus because it’s so close to town, but it’s quieter and kid-friendly,” Dao said. “We use the many playgrounds. We also frequently visit the town recreation center to use the pool and track. During the summer we attend free concerts and movies at Buchmuller Park.

Bledar and Zlatina Brahimi moved from Edgewater to Secaucus last summer because “in Edgewater,” said Mr. Brahimi, 30, who works in finance, “there were great views of the city, but everything was cooperatives and condos”. They looked in New York, but found it too expensive.

The couple hope to start a family, Mr Brahimi said, and “what helped narrow down our choice was the school system and tax rates”.

In Secaucus, he and Ms. Brahimi, 28, who works in accounting, were able to find a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home with an in-ground pool and “a good-sized backyard” for $700,000.

Secaucus, a city with a median household income of $125,142 and a population of about 22,200, according to 2020 census data, occupies 6.5 square miles (about 10% of which is water) in Hudson County. It is bordered by the Hackensack River to the north, east, and south, and Union City and Jersey City to the east.

Housing inventory includes single and two-family homes in a range of styles, including ranches, capes, colonies, townhouses and luxury condominiums. Harmon Cove, a gated community with approximately 1,400 units that include townhouses and high-rise condos, sits on the Hackensack River in the western part of town.

Rental options include Harper at Harmon Meadow apartments to the east of the city, and Xchange, a complex of some 2,000 units aimed at younger tenants who want easy access to Manhattan to the south. (Secaucus Junction, the train station, is opposite the complex.)

Various chain restaurants can be found at the Plaza at Harmon Meadow, a mall in northeast Secaucus with a Panera Bread, Olive Garden, and Bonefish Grill. Retail options include chains and superstores – Walmart, Sam’s Club, HomeGoods, TJ Maxx. Construction is expected to begin soon on a new Hometown Market grocery story in the downtown area.

Secaucus is also home to the Meadowlands Exposition Center, a Kerasotes multiplex cinema, and the Sheraton, Marriott, Aloft, and Hilton hotels.

At $6,646, the average residential property tax in Secaucus is the lowest in Hudson County, according to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. In contrast, Weehawken residents pay an average of $12,138.

“Property taxes are among the most affordable in all of northern New Jersey,” said Mr. Gonnelli, the broker.

According to the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service, 52 single-family homes sold in Secaucus at a median price of $580,000 in the 12 months ending Feb. 28. During the same period a year earlier, 30 single-family homes sold at a median of $527,500.

In the 12 months ending Feb. 28, 107 condos and townhouses sold at a median price of $387,000, down slightly from the median price of $390,000 across 94 sales the year former.

In early April, the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service posted 41 homes for sale, from a two-bedroom condominium in Harmon Cove Tower listed for $235,000 to a two-family home with four bedrooms listed for $990,000.

Secaucus can look like a tangle of highways. The eastern spur of the New Jersey Turnpike hugs the southern and eastern city limits, while Route 3 cuts off the main thoroughfare of Paterson Plank Road from the rest of the city, with an overpass connecting the two sections .

Downtown, however, provides a stark contrast to malls, chain stores, and freeways. It is home to the public library, the municipal government center, a senior center, and small businesses like Filomena Deli, Lucky Nails, and Marra’s Drug Store, which has been in business for nearly a century. Other downtown attractions include the ice rink, city museum, and Buchmuller Park, which hosts outdoor concerts and Secaucus Little League.

It would be hard to find another municipality where visitors looking for a nature preserve are directed to Bob’s Discount Furniture. But just behind the store is Mill Creek Marsh, where visitors can see turtles, shorebirds, and other wildlife.

City parks include Schmidts Woods Park, Trolley Park (which offers views of the American Dream Ferris wheel in East Rutherford), and Laurel Hill County Park, which offers a boat launch, kayak rentals, cycle and walking paths and ball courts, including a cricket pitch.

The Secaucus Public School District serves approximately 2,265 K-12 students. In the 2019-20 school year, 33% identified as white, 32.1% as Hispanic, 29.3% as Asian, and 3.9% as black.

The district operates five schools: Milridge (for pre-kindergarten), Clarendon (for kindergarten through fifth grade), Huber Street (for kindergarten through fifth grade), Secaucus Middle (for sixth through eighth grade), and Secaucus High School. High Tech High School, a magnet school in Hudson County, serves ninth through 12th graders. At SAT Essays 2019-2020, students scored an average of 531 in reading and writing, compared to 536 statewide; their average math score was 544, compared to 536 statewide. The graduation rate in 2020 was 96.7%, compared to a statewide average of 91%.

New Jersey Transit trains leave Secaucus Junction station for Penn Station in Manhattan, Newark Liberty International Airport and other destinations including Atlantic City, Monmouth Park and Philadelphia. The trip to Manhattan usually takes about 12 minutes. A one-way ticket costs $4.25 and a monthly pass costs $126.

The bus ride can take around 15 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. Round-trip bus fare from Secaucus Junction to Port Authority is $7; a monthly pass costs $107.

In 1658, Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch governor of the colony of New Netherland, negotiated a treaty between European settlers and the Lenni-Lenape people which referred to what is now Secaucus as “Islandt Siskakes” – the first known mention of the region. At the time, it was an island surrounded by swamps and creeks, according to “History of Secaucus,” a 1950 book that devotes an entire section to “Jersey mosquitoes.”

Secaucus was not incorporated as a town until 1917, when it was a farming community known for its pig farms. In the 1950s, with the construction of the New Jersey Turnpike, it gradually became the suburban town it is today.

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Organization critical of Loudoun schools apologizes for controversial retweet – NBC4 Washington


An organization that has been highly critical of Loudoun County public schools is itself under fire.

Fight for Schools has been working to try and recall several school board members.

Now the group’s founder, Ian Prior, is apologizing for a retweet on the Fight for Schools account that appeared to advocate the rape of a school nurse working in Connecticut.

A rival Loudoun parent group, Loudoun 4 All, spotlighted the retweet and is calling on Prior to step down from his leadership role.

In a Twitter reply, Prior wrote: “Last night a completely inappropriate tweet was amplified by this account. This was unacceptable, we take responsibility and immediately changed the management of this account.

In a statement to News4, Prior said Fight for Schools fired the company that ran its social media account.

Prior’s full statement:

“The retweet the other night was completely irrelevant. The company that runs our social media has apologized for carelessly retweeting without reading beyond the title, but it was reckless, unacceptable and goes to the against everything we stand for.

“That’s why we deleted the tweet, took responsibility and ended the relationship as soon as I found out.

“Regarding Loudoun for All and their ‘demands’ – their purpose and existence seems to be solely to oppose Fight for Schools and its efforts. If this organization is truly solution-oriented and honest dialogue, we challenge her to participate in an open forum to discuss the issues we have been highlighting for over a year.”

Family Crisis Intervention Center Raises Awareness About Sexual Assault | News, Sports, Jobs


Ribbons with contact information for the Family Crisis Response Center were placed in downtown Parkersburg Monday morning. Ciara Jacobs with center helped prepare the ribbons for hanging. (Photo by Candice Black)

PARKERSBURG — Staff and volunteers at the Family Crisis Response Center hope to raise awareness about sexual assault this month through events, online outreach and ribbon presentations.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Teresa Smith, Sexual Assault Response Advocate with the FCIC, said the idea was to let the community know about the resources, organizations and support available to them. .

“There are resources they can contact so they don’t feel alone. People need to start talking about it and start talking about prevention,” said Smith. “I’m really passionate about raising awareness. Many people in the community are unaware that there is a domestic violence and rape care center here in Parkersburg.

Members of the FCIC will be using social media to launch a few campaigns that encourage people to talk about their experiences and speak up if they see something dangerous happening.

“We are running a campaign called ‘I don’t owe you anything. We are going to ask people to take their picture with a sign and they can share their experience of how they feel. It’s actually a campaign that comes from Canada,” said Smith.

From left, Kaiaa Edwards, Chelsie Fast and Melissa Wise of the Family Crisis Response Center prepare to hang teal ribbons in downtown Parkersburg to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (Photo by Candice Black)

With this campaign, Smith said people are declaring that people don’t owe anyone anything. She took the example of “I don’t owe you anything because you bought me dinner.”

The other campaign revolves around a “spectator.” Smith said there are two types of bystanders: those who stand by and allow something to happen and those who intervene. She also said understanding consent is an important aspect of sexual assault prevention.

“A lot of things are misinterpreted. A lot of people (consent happens) if they go on a date or if they said ‘yes’ yesterday”, Black-smith.

On Monday morning, community members involved with the FCIC placed teal ribbons around downtown Parkersburg that represent sexual assault awareness. Each ribbon has a label with information on how people can get help.

Later this month, the Hope Help Heal event will be held at City Park to bring community members together with non-profit groups, law enforcement and first responders to distribute materials. information on local services available. It will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 30.

From left, Chelsie Fast, Melissa Wise, Ciara Jacobs, Sarah Beth Shingler and Teresa Smith of the Family Crisis Intervention Center hung ribbons around downtown Parkersburg Monday morning to raise awareness about sexual assault. (Photo by Candice Black)

Smith said there are several options available to anyone who wants to get involved with the FCIC. She said volunteers are always needed and she encourages people to share resources and information on social media.

For more information about FCIC and its services, visit fcichaven.org or call (304) 428-2333.

Candice Black can be contacted at [email protected]

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Hawaiʻi Energy Announces Caroline Carl as Interim Executive Director

April 4, 2022, 12:43 PM HST

Caroline Carl. PC: Hawaii Energy.

Hawaiʻi Energy, the administrator of the state’s Public Benefits Fund which focuses on energy efficiency education and clean energy initiatives, announced that Caroline Carl has been appointed to the position of executive director by interim, starting March 22. Carl will succeed Brian Kealoha who led the Hawaiʻi Energy Program as Executive Director since 2016.

“Over the past 12 years, Hawaiʻi Energy has dramatically reduced energy consumption in the state and saved families and businesses more than $1 billion in energy bills. Even though Hawai’i has become a model for the rest of the country when it comes to energy efficiency, we still have a long way to go before we can achieve 100% carbon neutrality by 2045,” said Brian Kealoha, director executive of Hawaii Energy. “Caroline is a highly respected and driven leader who has been instrumental in the success of our programs. I am confident in its ability to grow and strategically evolve Hawaiʻi Energy to better serve local families and businesses.

Carl joined Hawai’i Energy in 2011 as Hawai’i County Energy Advisor, helping Big Island businesses save on utility bills through education and equipment adoption. energy efficient. She quickly rose through the ranks, overseeing residential and transformational programs in 2013, before becoming deputy director in 2015. Prior to joining Hawai’i Energy, she coordinated reef education programs and conservation monitoring efforts. water quality at the Kohala Center for nearly three years.

Carl earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from McGill University and his Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology from the University of Southern California. In addition to her role at Hawai’i Energy, she currently serves on the board of the Hawai’i Solar Energy Association and Women in Renewable Energy.

Brian Kealoha joined Hawai’i Energy in 2016 as Executive Director. During Brian’s six years as Executive Director, Hawai’i Energy saved families and businesses more than $150 million in first-year energy savings by implementing energy saving programs. energy efficiency projects, such as the EmPOWER Hawai’i project which has helped non-profit organizations reduce their energy consumption. consumption and the Energy Relief Grant which has helped struggling small businesses and nonprofits survive the pandemic with grants for new energy-efficient equipment that has resulted in reduced energy costs.


Kealoha will leave Hawai’i Energy in late April to join VEIC and serve as its Director of Growth and Impact.

Business live – influencing the changing needs of a finance organization


The world has experienced a digital revolution and businesses, operating models are changing with it at a rapid pace. Businesses need to keep abreast of the same and be aware of the opportunities and challenges that arise. Moreover, the pandemic has added its own challenges and learnings that need to be taken into account. A business is mostly made up of people + solutions and when they are connected (digital brain + human brain) they come to life…

The promise and peril of a digital future, for example, the rise and fall of dot.com, the emergence of social media and new technologies such as AI/ML, Cloud, Blockchain and the IOT, have all converged. This convergence has coincided with the evolution of the next generation of customers and employees who are aware of these changes and whose expectations go beyond sustainability, to the creation of value. They expect intuitive decisions (predictive and prescriptive), a responsive value chain, zero latency (instant simulation and micro-feedback), and finally, greater experiences.

In short, data is crucial to establishing a human-based corporate culture. A business is made up of people (hhuman brain) and when connected to systems and platforms (Ddigital brain) in an ecosystem, they detect and produce signals. A series of these signals become learnings and help build solutions that can enable organizations to be live businesses.

Building a live business for financial organizations is based on the following five pillars:

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Infosys Live Enterprise for Accounts Payable, for example, has enabled the process cycle to sense, learn and adapt and be always connected, taking experience and throughput to the next level. Setting up a cloud platform for a telecom provider gave us compelling results, with 7 ERPs connecting 500 users in 42 countries, processing 400,000 transactions worth $80 billion. The same applies to O2C, the Live Enterprise suite’s ability to predict the future and evolve strategies has had a positive impact on the collection process.

Our platform on O2C for CFOs, ERP management, customer behavior mapping from voice software, credit score monitoring, etc., which enables and evolves collection strategy based on AI, is a step towards becoming truly alive as an organization. The agility and rapid decision-making facilitated by Infosys Live Enterprise also helped us deploy over 500 Bots for a major customer, in 18 months, while leveraging reusable components (microbot stables/AI Lego blocks). Likewise, the ability to use AI to detect patterns that emerge from processing has helped build preventive compliance.

A survey of senior executives and finance and accounting professionals commissioned by automation software firm BlackLine found that less than 30% of respondents are confident that the financial data they use to financial analysis and forecasts are accurate. The majority of respondents also pointed out that the lack of visibility and access to real-time data can impact a company’s ability to respond effectively to volatile market changes and manage strategy and business continuity. ‘business. More than 40% of business leaders said they are placing more emphasis on financial scenario planning and stress testing to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. Because the source of this crucial data is the finance function, CFOs and their teams are increasingly taking on a more central role in executing market strategy and an organization’s financial planning.

Essentially, Live Enterprise delivers value beyond sustainability by making a CFO organization an adaptive, forward-looking organization, a nerve center connecting internal and external stakeholders and providing real-time view finance in a highly compliant environment. And when those dots connect to aggregate into an improved Net Promoter Score, Live Enterprise’s potential for finance is truly realized.

The Best Things to Do in Denver, According to Tripadvisor


DENVER (Stacker) — Every destination has reasons to visit, whether it’s a nationally recognized landmark or a favorite hometown restaurant. Museums, parks, libraries, historical sites, performance halls, there is always something to do, and no matter where you live or want to visit, you will find something to do. Stacker has compiled a list of the top rated things to do in Denver on Tripadvisor.

#30. Cheesman Park

– Rating: 4.5/5 (227 reviews)
– Type of activity: Parks, Gardens
– Address: 8th Ave & Franklin St, Denver, CO 80206
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#29. Colorado Convention Center

– Rating: 4.5/5 (635 reviews)
– Type of activity: Convention center
– Address: 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202-3221
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#28. Balistreri Vineyards

– Rating: 4.5/5 (170 reviews)
– Type of activity: Cellars & Vineyards
– Address: 1946 E 66th Ave, Denver, CO 80229-7424
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#27. United States currency

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (738 reviews)
– Type of activity: Government buildings
– Address: West Colfax & West 14th Street, Denver, CO 80204-2693
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#26. Clyfford Stills Museum

– Rating: 4.5/5 (411 reviews)
– Type of activity: Art museums
– Address: 1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204-3631
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#25. City Park – Denver

– Rating: 4.5/5 (303 reviews)
– Type of activity: Parks
– Address: Colorado Blvd. and York St., Denver, CO 80205
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#24. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

– Rating: 4.5/5 (409 reviews)
– Type of activity: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
– Address: 1530 N Logan St, Denver, CO 80203-1914
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#23. LoDo

– Rating: 4.5/5 (302 reviews)
– Type of activity: Neighborhoods, Historic pedestrian areas
– Address: Lower Downtown, Denver, CO 80202
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#22. National Ballpark Museum

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (183 reviews)
– Type of activity: Specialized museums
– Address: 1940 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202-1297
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#21. Denver Mountain Parks

– Rating: 4.5/5 (291 reviews)
– Type of activity: Parks
– Address: 3000 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206-5638
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#20. 16th Street Mall

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (4663 reviews)
– Type of activity: Points of interest and monuments, Historic pedestrian areas
– Address: 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202
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#19. Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

– Rating: 4.5/5 (737 reviews)
– Type of activity: Specialized museums
– Address: 7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230-6929
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#18. Colorado State Capitol

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1585 reviews)
– Type of activity: Government buildings
– Address: 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203-1776
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#17. Downtown Aquarium

– Rating: 4.0/5 (2204 reviews)
– Type of activity: Architectural Buildings, Aquariums
– Address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211-5210
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#16. Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (386 reviews)
– Type of activity: Specialized museums
– Address: 1201 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
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#15. Colorado History Center

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (615 reviews)
– Type of activity: History Museums
– Address: 1200 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203-2109
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#14. Washington Park

– Rating: 4.5/5 (602 reviews)
– Type of activity: Parks, Gardens
– Address: S. Downing St. & E. Louisiana Ave, Denver, CO 80209
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#13. Empower Field at Mile High

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1163 reviews)
– Type of activity: Arenas & Stadiums
– Address: 1701 Bryant St, Denver, CO 80204-1701
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#12. Larimer Square

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (750 reviews)
– Type of activity: Points of interest and landmarks
– Address: 1430 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202-1739
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#11. Forney Transport Museum

– Rating: 4.5/5 (510 reviews)
– Type of activity: Specialized museums
– Address: 4303 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216-3702
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#ten. Molly Brown House Museum

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1419 reviews)
– Type of activity: Specialized museums, Historic sites
– Address: 1340 N Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203-2417
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#9. denver zoo

– Rating: 4.5/5 (4053 reviews)
– Type of activity: Zoos
– Address: 2300 N Steele St Denver City Park, Denver, CO 80205-4899
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#8. Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery and Cocktail Bar

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (920 reviews)
– Type of activity: Distilleries
– Address: 200 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223-1813
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#7. Denver Art Museum

– Rating: 4.5/5 (3419 reviews)
– Type of activity: Art museums
– Address: 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock Streets, Denver, CO 80204
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#6. Denver Museum of Nature and Science

– Rating: 4.5/5 (4046 reviews)
– Type of activity: Natural history museums, Science museums
– Address: 2001 N Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205-5798
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#5. Mount Evans Scenic Drive

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (1013 reviews)
– Type of activity: Scenic routes
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#4. Coors field

– Rating: 4.5/5 (4796 reviews)
– Type of activity: Arenas & Stadiums
– Address: 2001 Blake St At 20th St, Denver, CO 80205-2060
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#3. Denver Union Station

– Rating: 4.5/5 (3349 reviews)
– Type of activity: Historic sites
– Address: 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202-1047
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#2. Mount Evans

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (2548 reviews)
– Type of activity: Mountain
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#1. Denver Botanical Gardens

– Rating: 4.5/5 (5677 reviews)
– Type of activity: Art galleries, Gardens
– Address: 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206-3014
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science Now Offers a New Major in Climate and Environmental Studies

Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science has launched a new major in Climate Studies. The major integrates natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to give students a global perspective on climate change, its challenges, and possible solutions. Students can declare the major now and choose from an exciting list of new courses in the fall 2022 semester. This is an innovative approach to studying climate, as existing climate majors at major U.S. universities focus usually about climate science.

From its conception, the major was built with a trans-institutional approach. David J. Hessprofessor of sociology, James Thornton Fant Chair in Sustainability Studies and director of the new Climate and Environmental Studies Program; Jonathan Gilliganlecturer in Earth and environmental sciences and in civil and environmental engineering and associate research director at the University Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network; and Betsey A.Robinsonassociate professor of art and architectural history, all were co-chairs of the faculty committee that developed the major.

David J. Hess

“We have built this major at a time when the highest levels of scholarship and research are increasingly recognizing that climate change is fundamentally an interdisciplinary problem that requires research and knowledge synthesis across many disciplines,” said said Hess. “Part of the motivation for creating this major is to address the global need to train future global leaders in interdisciplinary approaches to climate change and other major challenges facing society.”

Jonathan M. Gilligan

Climate studies students will gain a solid foundation through an introduction to the field taught by an interdisciplinary team, a course focused on climate science, and at least one course on climate and environmental studies in the social sciences, natural sciences, and science. social science. All students will take two courses in methods and practices, such as statistics, GIS, 3D/virtual reality imaging, communications, and technical writing. At first, most courses will be offered by the College of Arts and Science, School of Engineering, and Peabody College. Elective courses and immersion opportunities will allow students to develop their mastery in a discipline or gain additional research or practical experience. In future years, the major is expected to be expanded with course offerings at other colleges and the addition of a thesis and internship component. There are also many opportunities for students to engage in a “living lab” in Nashville and the surrounding area. “The Climate Studies major will provide highly visible connection points to make it easier for students and faculty to connect with communities and government agencies to work together on these important issues,” Hess said.

Betsey Robinson

“This major is both powerful and unique because it uses a problem-based multifaceted approach,” said John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Climate change is perhaps the most pressing issue of our time. Part of the college’s mission is to solve critical problems and explore effective solutions to solve them. I’m thrilled that we’re launching this new major in such a creative, cross-disciplinary way – the Vanderbilt way.

A number of Vanderbilt departments already contribute to the environmental program on campus, including the major in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology; an environmental sciences branch within the biological sciences; a major in environmental sociology; a minor in environmental and sustainability studies; a set of courses in environmental anthropology; and a regular rotation of classes in environmental humanities. There is also an environmental public policy stream within the public policy program, an environmental engineering discipline within civil engineering, and related courses at Peabody.

The new major in Climate Studies originated from the formation of the College of Arts and Sciences Grand Challenge Initiativewhich started in 2020 and includes a Climate and Society project. “Students and faculty have shown great interest in creating an interdisciplinary major that cuts across all divisions of A&S, investigates climate change from diverse perspectives, and encourages conversations and teamwork across disciplines” , said Gilligan.

Geer asked interested professors to develop a proposal for the new major. Led by Hess, Gilligan, and Robinson, and including A&S colleagues from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as professors from Peabody and engineering, the group fleshed out the major’s structure and requirements. Joe Bandydeputy director of teaching center and lecturer in sociologyled the group in developing objectives for the program in four areas: knowledge, skills, attitudes, and ethics and values.

“There is no other program in the country that approaches climate in this way,” Robinson said. “A lot of them touch on the sciences, but we also emphasize the value of the humanities. We need to look at history, culture, religion and ethics, art and design and many other areas to truly understand the impact we have had and are having on our planet. We must also be able to predict where we are going. It is impossible to do this without the human sciences.

The program is designed to be flexible and can be combined with any other major. A double major with natural or social sciences could prepare students for graduate studies in climate science, environmental policy and justice, and many other fields. The major should appeal to students interested in law, business, public health, medicine, design, and urban studies. It will enable graduates to pursue nearly endless opportunities in entrepreneurship and green finance, consulting, human services, energy and transport, food and commodities, waste and recycling, heritage conservation and management, education, technical writing and journalism. In short, it is a major for the 21st century.

“We look forward to welcoming students from all backgrounds and interests to learn more about climate and society – past, present and future,” Robinson said. “Wherever their career takes them, students of climate studies will understand climate change and gain the knowledge and skills to become thoughtful and responsible members and leaders of society in the future.”

In addition to Gilligan, Hess, and Robinson, the Climate and Environmental Studies Program Faculty Steering Committee includes faculty members Marc Abkowitz, Brooke Ackerley, Joe Bandy, Beth Conklin, Larisa DeSantis, Therese Goddu, Patrick Greiner, Amanda Small, yolande mcdonald, Ole Molvig, Dan Morgan, Jessica Oster, Paul Stob, Anand Taneja, Lori Troxel and Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins.

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Large crowds for the first day of trout fishing in the Cook County Forest Preserves in suburban Chicago

Fishing started early in Cook County Forest Preserves on Saturday as the inland trout fishing season kicked off.

Over 4,000 pounds of fish were added to Axehead Lake (Park Ridge), Belleau Lake (Park Ridge), Sag Quarry East (Lemont), Horsetail Lake (Palos Park) and Green Lake (Calumet City ).

“We have hundreds of anglers here,” said Cook County Forest Preserve fisheries biologist Steve Silic. “It’s a great event to bring people into nature.”

The fish are all catchable size rainbow trout. There is a limit of five trout per day with no size restriction. No more than two lines per person with no more than two hooks per line may be used.

“Rainbow trout is a species that is doing very well in these inland lakes and ponds,” Silic said. “These fish are basically stocked and caught by the public within weeks.”

A valid Illinois Sport Fishing License with an Inland Trout Stamp is required for anglers 16 and older. An Illinois sport fishing license is not required for Illinois residents who are disabled and have an Illinois State Disabled ID showing a Class 2 or 2A disability or a veterans disability card, and Illinois residents who are on active military duty and are home on leave.


Edmonton autism organization offers screening for children after COVID


“We think there are a number of kids who have just been lost in the shuffle, lost in the pandemic”

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The head of Edmonton’s largest children’s autism service organization says there is a backlog of children who need to be assessed for developmental disabilities after the past two years of the pandemic.

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Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton (CASE) executive director Terri Duncan said typical pathways for screening and referral were nearly non-existent for long stretches of Alberta’s battle with COVID-19. His organization plans to use a nearly $30,000 grant from Autism Speaks Canada to help 100 families get assessments and support.

Children up to the age of three can be assessed.

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“We think there are a number of kids who have just been lost in the shuffle, lost in the pandemic,” Duncan said Friday.

“We don’t want these children to continue to go unnoticed, to be underserved.”

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Not only have sweeping public health measures kept families at home without their normal community connections, but speech-language pathologists who perform autism spectrum disorder assessments have sometimes been redeployed to help with COVID-19 testing and other work. on the pandemic.

“Families, over the past two years, really haven’t had access to professionals who can do developmental screening and refer children to the services they need,” Duncan said.

Families with children born just before or during the arrival of COVID in Alberta who may have concerns about their child’s development and communication may not have immediate access to the right supports.

Duncan, who is also a speech-language pathologist, said there are several red flags that should prompt parents to seek an autism assessment. By age two, you would typically expect a child to say about 50 words and be able to string two or three words together into sentences. If they’ve turned two and still don’t say anything, they should be seen.

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There may also be signs to watch out for even earlier. Children can usually communicate nonverbally with gestures like waving and pointing by age one, and Duncan said it’s also worth noting if the child doesn’t respond to their name when called. he is called or if he seems more interested in objects than people – they would rather examine parts of a toy than look at someone’s face.

“If we see enough red flags, we need to incorporate them into certain services and interventions,” Duncan said.

Sometimes children are just “late speakers” and their communication skills will catch up on their own, but speech therapists can tell if this is the case or if the child is showing early signs of autism. Getting services to help them learn to cope and communicate as early as possible in life can be crucial.

“When you diagnose kids early, you can actually change the trajectory of autism so that kids get older, they have a strong foundation of communication, and that improves their quality of life,” Duncan said.

“We’re not looking to ‘fix’ autism or make it go away.”

Duncan said CASE assessments will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Families wishing to have their child seen can find the contact details of the organization on autismkids.ca.

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Passers-by and other volunteers help clean up graffiti in Red Bluff River Park – Red Bluff Daily News


RED BLUFF — Transients helped the city and a group of volunteers Friday morning clean up graffiti in River Park.

The team cleaned up several tables, walls, trash cans and other areas that needed a fresh coat of paint.

The Red Bluff Police Department has a list of places to clean up graffiti around town. River Park was at the top of the list.

Volunteers clean up graffiti Friday morning in Red Bluff River Park. (Contributed)

The reserve’s community services officer, Nigel Mist, said a homeless man who lived in the park approached him for help.

“We have to clean up the city park, and they know it,” Mist said. “And we talk every day, I talk every day, with those guys over there. And we work on keeping their camps clean and stuff like that, and what they can do to help the community.

The Police Service Volunteers, or VIPS, brought in volunteers to do the cleanup.

VIPS began cleaning graffiti around 2020. The group cleaned up markings in River Park before the annual Battle of Brew was held. Mist contacted the VIPs to see if they would be interested in helping with the project.

“Everyone calls them homeless or transient, but many of them probably came to meet us here,” said Clay Parker, VIP member and councilor. “And today they painted all of that, so I don’t think I painted a single picture today.”

Painting began at 9 a.m. and was due to finish around 11 a.m. Parker was surprised at how quickly the transients worked.

“We’re almost done,” Parker said. “We’ll go down and look at the bathrooms in the back, but other than that they’ve been great.”

It was the first time the city, the homeless and the volunteers had collaborated to do something like this. Parker has spoken with several homeless people about the possibility of helping with other cleanup efforts in the future.

“I told them if you see us here in this truck and trailer and you feel like it, come up to us and you can help us paint, and they said, yes,” Parker said.

Eco-Art conference and symposium at SIU to focus on the art-science relationship

Mixed media sculpture created from glass, ceramic, water and found objects. (Work used with the permission of the artist: Cole Schnaudigel SIU art education)

April 01, 2022

Eco-Art conference and symposium at SIU to focus on the art-science relationship

by Kamaria Harmon

CARBONDALE, Illinois – The Eco-Art Conference and Symposium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on April 8 will promote the interdisciplinary partnership between art and science and how it helps solve problems in our environments. The event will focus on environmental concerns, sustainability and climate change.

This professional development conference and symposium is open to the public and is aimed at professional and aspiring educators in the arts and sciences. In addition, a public exhibition of the participants’ works will be presented at the Vergette Gallery in the Allyn Building from April 3 to 8. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Jody Paulson, arts education program coordinator, says she hopes the conference will answer three questions centered around areas of interest. “How do the arts deal with these questions? How does science address these concerns? How can we work together to make a difference? she says.

The conference and symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Student Center. Registration is available online now. Tickets range from $100 for professional educators, $80 for Illinois Art Educators Association (IAEA) members, and $25 for students. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

All participants attending the conference and symposium are invited to submit artwork for the exhibition. There will be a reception and announcement of the awards immediately following the conference.

Paulson said she hopes educators bring what they’ve learned back to their classrooms.

“I want them to have the confidence to have those conversations with their students,” she said. “Learn about greening your curriculum. Before asking the students to save the Earth, help them to love the Earth.

Opening speech

Hilary Inwood, outstanding post-secondary environmental education educator from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication and artist at the University of Toronto, will speak April 7 at 7 p.m. at the Morris Library Guyon Auditorium as part of the program guest artists (VAP). At her VAP talk, she will give a presentation focusing on her work as an artist and educator, and she will talk about her past work and how she became an educator.

Its free public lecture will also serve as an informal welcome for conference attendees.

At the conference, she will deliver the keynote address, “Re-Imagining Art Education as Creative Activism,” and highlight how creative activism will help solve environmental issues. Inwood will also lead a workshop, Eco-Art Education to Eco-Activism.

The workshops will be led by K-12 educators, experts, and SIU graduate and undergraduate students. A round table will close the conference, answering questions from participants and developing the relationship between art and science and its correlation with climate, environment and sustainability.

Learn more

SIU College of Arts and Media, School of Art and Design, SIU College of Liberal Arts, Southern Illinois Art Educators Association, Illinois Science Teaching Association, and the Green Fund: Sustainably Office are all sponsors of this year’s conference.

For more information regarding the Eco-Art conference and symposium, visit the website at https://conferenceservices.siu.edu/conferences/eco-art.php or contact Jody Paulson at [email protected]

Ruth E. Rose – Daily Diary


Ruth E. Rose (n?e Port), 60, of Indianapolis, IN (formerly of Hammond, IN) was born on February 17, 1962 to Alvin and Audrey (Putz) Port in Blue Island, IL. She passed away peacefully at home on March 29, 2022, surrounded by her family after battling leukemia for 4 years. Ruth was predeceased by her mother, Audrey, her father, Alvin, and her sister, Julie.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years Michael W. Rose of Indianapolis, IN, one son Christopher M. Rose of Greenwood, IN, three daughters Cynthia M. Rose of Indianapolis, IN, Teresa M. Rose of Anacortes , WA and Kathryn M. Rose of Indianapolis, IN, two brothers John Port (Tina) of Casa Grande, AZ and Bill Port (Rachel) of Schererville, IN, two sisters Lorene Wilson (Bob) of Chicago, IL and Alice Kornblum of Schererville, IN and many nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Thornridge High School in Dolton, IL in 1980 as an Illinois State Scholar. Ruth also studied at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois and Purdue NorthWest in Hammond, IN.

Some of Ruth’s fondest memories were playing dolls and monopoly with her sisters and learning to play pinochle on Sunday nights at her grandmother’s house. His favorite games included Parcheesi, Othello, Sudoku, Chess and Puzzles.

Ruth has made many lifelong friends at the Lynwood Rink, including her husband, Michael Rose. The two got married on May 22, 1987 and raised their 4 fantastic children together. She was very involved in her children’s lives, taking on active roles in the community, including Boy Scout leader, Boy Scout mother, and volunteering at her children’s schools as a housewife. These activities led to Ruth’s 15-year teaching career; she had a real passion for working with disadvantaged students and children with learning disabilities. Ruth was an exceptional cook. She enjoyed walks in nature preserves, state parks, and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Throughout her life, Ruth enjoyed participating in and leading several Bible study groups.

She was a member of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Greenwood, IN.

Father Stephen W. Giannini will conduct a Christian Burial Mass on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi Catholic Church 5901 Olive Branch Road in Greenwood, IN. Friends can call from 11 a.m. until church service time.

A Christian burial mass is pending in Highland, IN.

Entombment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Calumet City, IL.

In lieu of flowers, Ruth has asked for donations to a disadvantaged school in your area or a charity supporting refugees in her honor.

Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center 300 South US 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, IN is taking care of the arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com. Information 317-738-0202.

The Boyertown Irish Catholic Women’s Organization hosts a speaker on the 1832 Duffy’s Cut Irish Massacre


The Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernia of St. Columbkill Parish in Boyertown sponsored a presentation by Dr. Matthew Patterson on the massacre of the Irish at Duffy’s Cut.

Duffy’s Cut is the story of the murder of 57 Irish Catholic immigrants – 55 men and two women – who remained in hiding for approximately 180 years. The Irish arrived in Philadelphia on June 23, 1832, and six weeks later they were all dead.

Launched in 2004, The Duffy’s Cut Project is an archaeological dig and research into the life and death of the forgotten men of Duffy’s Cut, seeking to provide insight into early 19th century attitudes towards industry, immigration and disease in Pennsylvania.

On March 20, 2009, the first human bones were unearthed, consisting of two skulls, six teeth and 80 other bones, according to https://duffyscutproject.com.

Patterson, a forensic dentist, has worked on the project since 2009.

During the March 20 presentation to the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in Boyertown, which is an Irish Catholic organization for women, Patterson described the events leading up to the massacre and efforts to identify the victims.

In 1832, the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad was building tracks.

Their goal was to eventually build a railroad from Philadelphia to Columbia, Pennsylvania, and eventually to Pittsburgh. This was the start of the main line. However, the Mile 59 track near Malvern was difficult to build. A valley had to be filled in by knocking down the surrounding hills.

All of this had to be done by hand with horses, pickaxes, carts, pitchforks and shovels.

Dr. Matthew Patterson, a forensic dentist, gave a presentation on Duffy’s cut at St. Columbkill Parish in Boyertown on March 20.

Patterson explained that a worldwide epidemic of cholera impacted the region during the hot and humid summer of 1832.

At the time, Irish people came to America in search of a better life and were willing to work hard to support their families back in Ireland.

The Irish who were hired for Duffy’s Cut came from Tyrone, Derry and Donegal in Ireland, with the largest number from Donegal. They only spoke Gaelic. They were paid 25 cents a day and a glass of whisky.

They worked 16 hours a day. Donegal is also believed to be the birthplace of Philip Duffy, the railway employee responsible for the project and for whom the incident is named.

Philip Duffy hired the Irish straight from the ship they arrived on, the John Stamp.

Although no one aboard the ship had cholera, the workers were blamed for bringing it to Pennsylvania. Cholera came to Pennsylvania from Canada, down the Hudson River to New York, then to Pennsylvania. Although some died of cholera, most were brutally murdered by militiamen who hated Irish Catholics.

When the workers began to fall ill with cholera, which they ingested by drinking from infected streams, they asked for help from the local community by knocking on doors.

There were no local police at the time, so neighbors called in the local militia, the East Whiteland Horse Company. The extreme hatred of the Irish caused the locals to blame the Irish for the cholera outbreak and called on the militia to get rid of them.

While newspapers at the time said the workers died of cholera, anthropological examination of the remains shows many victims died of blunt force trauma from bullets and hatchets, Patterson said.

One of the first problems that plagued the excavation teams was that they found no bodies, just personal effects and artifacts.

The project began after the grandsons of the President’s Secretary of the Pennsylvania Railroad, who had purchased the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, reviewed their late grandfather’s documents.

The Duffy’s Cut file began with Martin Clement, president of the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1935 to 1949. His secretary, Joseph Tripician, became aware of the Duffy’s Cut file and received the file upon Clement’s death in 1966. When Tripician died in 1977, his wife passed on the file to their grandsons William and Frank Watson.

Reverend Dr. Frank Watson and his twin brother, Dr. William Watson, heard their grandfather tell ghost stories, but those stories had no impact. After seeing a ghost by chance, they started looking at their grandfather’s ghost stories with a new perspective.

In September 2000, William Watson, a history professor at Immaculata University and a friend looked out of his office window and saw bluish electric lights in the shape of a man flickering on the quad and suddenly the lights disappeared.

Believing they had seen ghosts, Patterson noted that was when they knew where to start looking for the bodies. In March 2004, excavation work began.

Patterson joined the project in March 2009. One of the discoveries made by Patterson was a dental abnormality. Using DNA blood samples from Irish residents and the help of the ship’s manifesto, he was able to identify seven members of the Ruddy family.

John Ruddy, an 18-year-old, was the first body identified. His remains were brought back to Donegal and buried in 2013.

Catherine Burns, a 30-year-old widow, was the second body identified. Anthropologists realized the skeleton belonged to a woman due to its larger pelvic bone. His remains were returned for burial in Tyrone, Ireland.

The Pennsylvania Railroad acknowledged the massacre with signs.

The project encountered setbacks. First, they couldn’t find the bodies. The first seven bodies were found buried in coffins.

The remaining bodies, dumped under the embankment of the railway line, have mixed remains. There has also been a struggle to access the site since three quarters of the cut is now surrounded by housing estates. And, at one point, Amtrak didn’t allow digging. The project relies on private funding which has slowed down the process.

Patterson noted that this has been called the most important Irish anthropological project in the country. He called Duffy’s Cut the most worthy project of his 37-year career.

For more information about the Duffy’s Cut project, visit www.duffyscut.immaculata.edu.

Submitted by Martha Gehringer of Boyertown

Salt Lake City Park Ranger Program Begins Recruitment


Salt Lake City — The Salt Lake City Public Lands Department has begun the recruiting process to hire 16 new Park Rangers who will promote the city’s parks and serve as friendly representatives to assist park visitors, build relationships and create a community.

“As our capital experiences all of the changes that naturally come with a rapidly growing city, now is the time for us to create a better level of park stewardship to ensure they are welcoming, safe and positive places for the everyone’s pleasure,” said Erin Mendenhall, Mayor of Salt Lake City. “Other major cities across the country rely on Rangers to create a welcoming place for residents and to watch over these precious public open spaces. We look forward to that work beginning this summer right here in Salt Lake City.

The City is looking for candidates who are outgoing, outdoor enthusiasts, friendly and enthusiastic about the idea of ​​playing this inspiring new role for our parks and natural spaces.

From directing curious visitors to the location of public restrooms to educating users on dog leash rules, Salt Lake City Park Rangers will be available seven days a week to help provide educational services and increased safety in the city’s many parks, urban trails and natural areas.

The Park Rangers will not enforce the city’s municipal code with citations or arrests, but will instead encourage voluntary compliance by educating the public about the city’s code and park rules. They will support the positive use of downtown parks and natural areas, maintenance, and participate in and lead community programs.

“This new Park Ranger program will significantly improve the user experience in our municipal parks. The friendly and reliable presence of the Park Rangers will help ensure that our parks are vibrant and active spaces for all to enjoy. When you meet a Park Ranger this summer, be sure to say hello,” said Carmen Bailey, assistant director of the city’s public lands department.

The Park Rangers will have docking stations at Fisher Carriage House, adjacent to Jordan Trail, Pioneer Park, Liberty Park and Fairmont Park. They will be hiking, biking and walking in nearby parks in assigned areas and will have a direct line of communication with the Salt Lake City Police Department if code enforcement is needed.

Offers for the positions of Park Ranger Manager and Park Ranger Supervisor have already been accepted from qualified candidates who will start in these positions in early April. These two facilitators will supervise the 16 rangers who will work in teams of two.

Yolo County supervisors approve funding for Knights Landing Park – Daily Democrat

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors has approved $1.6 million from US bailout funds to be allocated to a new park in Knights Landing.

In September 2021, supervisors approved the formation of five working groups — mental health; parks and community facilities; child, youth and family; food security and housing and homelessness – to work in specific priority areas within the US Rescue Plan (ARP). Each of the task forces have since worked with council liaisons to develop plans for how their share of funding should be distributed across the county.

“We had a number of meetings to gather feedback from stakeholders and internal staff on how we were going to spend the $3 million allocated to parks and facilities,” said Kevin Yarris, director of general services, during the meeting of the supervisory board. Last week.

Yarris explained that the Parks and Facilities Task Force came up with four sub-categories, including capital investment, programming, marketing and equipment. Several proposals have been submitted, with the largest request for funding coming from the county administrator’s office for the new Knights Landing park.

“When we talk about transformation with ARP funding, it’s a classic example of that transformation,” Yarris explained. “It’s a community that doesn’t have park facilities. There is a boat launch up there, but it’s not good for kids. We don’t have a park like we have in Esparto and other communities.

The entire park is expected to cost around $4.1 million. The amount of $1.6 million approved by the supervisors will trigger the first phase of the work which will include picnic tables, soccer fields, a basketball court, an irrigation system and general protection measures for the site. Yarris explained that staff hope this first phase of construction will show the state that the county is committed to building this park so that other phases of work can be completed with grants.

“We’ve been talking to residents and going door to door and it’s a project in this community that residents need and want,” supervisor Angel Barajas said. “The school district has partnered with us to provide the opportunity to build a future park. It is now. If we don’t put a skin in the game, no one will build a park in Knights Landing. It’s been long overdue.

Staff also supported the allocation of $330,000 for park improvements at Tuli Mem in Esparto. The task force also recommended funding Tuleyome for Valley Vista trails and the Yolo Basin Foundation for an environmental education program.

Both the Valley Vista and Yolo Basin Foundation proposals represent one-time investments that will provide ongoing countywide benefits, including education and outreach and stipends for volunteers to carry out sustainable trail work, explained Yarris. All of these recommendations left a balance of over $700,000 in available funds that can still be used for parks and facilities.

Supervisors approved these recommendations in a unanimous 5-0 vote.

“Those of us who live in cities can sometimes take parks for granted because we have them,” supervisor Jim Provenza said. “Secondly, it’s the first place you take your grandchildren when they come to visit. They are very necessary.

Staff are expected to return to the board on April 12 with a full review of the ARP spending plan to update supervisors on the status of the ARP process, where funds have been allocated geographically in the county, what funds have not yet been allocated and to discuss future steps.

Ban on petrol vehicles coming soon, but where are the charging stations? Hmmm


He was even mentioned in Glenn Beck’s National Program on Tuesday, March 29.

Glenn had “fun” at our expense (he’s a native Washington resident) when the legislature passed a ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles after 2030 and the licensing of those outside of the US. State.

So with EV Push, where are all the charging stations?

Although this “ban” will not last for 7 years yet, it will happen quickly. We don’t exactly have a ton of “public” EV charging stations in our area. We watched. Where are they?

Tesla has five. According to on the Tesla website, there are two “destination” charging stations in Richland and Kennewick, and one in Pasco (near the airport). One of those in Kennewick is a “supercharger” (fast charging) station in Kennewick by Fred Meyer near 10th and Ely. If you don’t own a Tesla, you can download their app, and a new pilot program allows other EV models to use their stations.

According to Federal Alternative Fuels Data Center (U.S. Department of Energy) there are 18 in total in the Tri-City metropolitan area (Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, Benton City and Prosser) This list includes all 5 Tesla locations, we have crossed the two cards. The state says there are 3,765 total public charging stations in Washington state, but the mass of them are centered around Seattle and King County.

I’m sure there are MUCH more than 18 gas stations in our area.

The charger you get with EV is not the “best”.

Even the environmental website electricforall.com says electric vehicles come with what’s called a 120-volt Level 1 plug-in charger. HOWEVER, to charge your vehicle quickly and efficiently, you need a Level 2 charger. According to chargehub.com, these more powerful units must be hardwired into your home’s electrical system.

According to various sources including Angi’s list (now Angi) the home project supply guide, the price to install a level 2 charger ranges from $483 to $1,169.

A more powerful panel that would really “zip” the battery can cost you between $1,300 and $1,800.

When you travel make sure you have covered half the mileage – you must be able to return

If you are planning a trip, be sure to cut the mileage in half. According to energy.gov (the feds), the average median range for an electric vehicle is 250 miles, it’s as low as 135 on some models. So you could go somewhere around 125 miles because you need to be able to go back.

And finally, when planning a trip or a long drive, you will need to map where the charging stations are. Good luck fighting your way through the mountains…unless you have a generator.

Discover the must-see roads in each state

Kubernetes: 3 reasons why containers are becoming essential for midsize companies


Until recently, experimentation and deployment of new technologies such as containers was largely left to large enterprises – Global 2000 companies with the means to invest in multi-year transformation initiatives and highly talented DevOps teams.

But now that containers are moving past the initial stages of innovation and adoption and reaching maturity, now is the time for midsize businesses to step up their efforts to take advantage of this technology.

Not only do containers work better out of the box, but they are also increasingly delivered as a service and easily consumed. This maturity, along with well-defined APIs and stable functionality, makes it an off-the-shelf technology best suited for mid-size IT companies looking to achieve the desired end result as efficiently as possible.

Whether you are a small retail chain, an educational institution, a municipal agency, or an analytical store serving your industry, reap the benefits of Kubernetes and containers are now much more readily available.

[ Why does Kubernetes matter to IT leaders? Learn more about Red Hat’s point of view. ]

By 2025, more than 85 percent global organizations will run containerized applications in production. For anyone just getting started with a container strategy, here are three reasons why now is the time for developers in small organizations to reap the benefits:

1. Stability gives meaning to innovation

We have navigated the most exhilarating days of Kubernetes experimentation to a more stable state of innovation with purpose. And that helps make it more functional and easier to consume.

As a technology – whether it’s containers themselves, Kubernetes as a platform, or Kubernetes extensions – the maturity is considerably higher than just a few years ago. Most Kubernetes-based offerings are in their third generation. Industry standards bodies, like the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), have done a good job of standardizing on some APIs, which are now shipping with increasing regularity. Thus, there is greater stability in the APIs and greater reliability in the software. Additionally, the industry has consolidated with fewer suppliers, so there are fewer discrepancies to consider for mid-sized companies.

We have navigated the most exhilarating days of Kubernetes experimentation to a more stable state of innovation with purpose.

2. With portability comes economy

Containers allow applications to be created so that they are easy to run in multiple environments. Essentially, it’s an application packaging mechanism. And because major clouds support Kubernetes, it’s scalable and flexible, enabling portability across many environments without vendor lock-in.

They are also a very elastic resource: more containers are spawned when more users appear, then disappear when those users leave, like a balloon that expands and contracts. Yet the shared infrastructure is the same, so the cost utilization is much better, i.e. there is much higher utilization of the underlying infrastructure for a variable number of users.

[ Also read: 5 Kubernetes trends to watch in 2022. ]

In the past, an IT team might say, “Well, we’re going to peak at about 100 users, so we need to build the infrastructure to scale it to 100 users.” But since containers can run anywhere, they can now start in one place and if they lack infrastructure, they can migrate elsewhere.

3. Flexible consumption, ease of use lower barriers to entry

Midsize IT stores are challenged to drive innovation while living with the reality of smaller budgets and teams. This means that they are more consumers of IT infrastructure than builders and maintainers of it.

The good news is that today’s Kubernetes and containers are so modular – more like a Lego kit than a collection of scattered pieces – that accessibility has become democratized. And major cloud providers are now offering Kubernetes platforms as a service with packaged offerings that are much easier to consume.

From class schedules to e-commerce apps and more, midsize organizations with apps that change content often are discovering the benefits of Kubernetes and containers: transforming them from monolithic to dynamic and highly responsive.

The Bottom Line: Advances in Kubernetes and containers over the past few years have opened the door for small teams to become smart consumers and integrators of IT. They can adopt tools that have become more mainstream, reducing the risk of failure and providing more confidence in delivering results that can propel an organization forward.

[ How can automation free up more staff time for innovation? Get the free eBook: Managing IT with Automation. ]

From an ‘illegal’ hotel to homeless housing on the Upper West Side


The lobby of the Manhattan building, once known as the Royal Park Hotel, still attracts tourists: a sign advertises cheap shuttle rides to nearby airports, and rows of brochures promote musicals by Broadway and attractions like the Guggenheim Museum.

But no one has checked in since the pandemic swept through New York and crushed its tourism industry. Instead, the seven-story building on the Upper West Side is being converted into permanent housing for the homeless – part of an urgent effort to ease the city’s severe housing crisis. .

The story of Royal Park is, in part, a story of how what was once an apartment building became a flashpoint in the city’s long-running fight against building owners who illegally rent out rooms to tourists instead of long-term residents.

But it also underscores a significant way the pandemic could remake the city by turning struggling hotels and vacant office buildings into housing.

The need is acute. Between 2000 and 2017, New York City created 643,000 new jobs but only authorized about 390,000 new homes, according to city figures, which has helped drive up housing costs and push more people into homelessness.

Efforts to find new ways to increase housing supply are taking place elsewhere. California, which is dealing with its own housing and homelessness crisis, has decided to convert dozens of hotels into thousands of units. However, similar efforts in New York City have lagged, largely because land use rules and other restrictions make buying and converting hotels complex and expensive.

Governor Kathy Hochul has offered to relax some rules, and Mayor Eric Adams has also called for an overhaul of the city’s building codes to speed up conversion projects he says could provide tens of thousands of new units. .

But if tourism rebounds, those efforts could be stifled.

“Right now we are being presented with a time-limited opportunity that we would not pass up,” said Brenda Rosen, president and CEO of Breaking Ground, a housing-focused nonprofit.

Between 1990 and 2004, the group converted three hotels near Times Square into housing, primarily for formerly homeless people; bureaucratic hurdles and expense have kept the number low, Ms. Rosen said. In 2018, the group purchased a fourth hotel near downtown Brooklyn, slated to open in the spring.

The transformation of Royal Park also reflects a feud between the city and illegal hotel operators, who officials say have worsened a chronic housing shortage by limiting rentals to short-term guests in violation of city laws and of State.

City officials have fought legal battles for years with Hank Freid, a hotelier who owns Royal Park on West 97th Street, arguing that many of his hotels and inns were intended as permanent lodgings.

Earlier this year, the Fortune Society purchased the building for $11 million. The non-profit organization is focused on helping formerly incarcerated people, who will be many of the building’s new tenants.

“It was an opportunity to buy a property that we could never afford,” said JoAnne Page, president and CEO of the Fortune Society.

Mr. Freid has not said publicly why he sold the building. He did not respond to requests for comment and his attorney, Ronald J. Rosenberg, declined to comment through a spokesperson.

Conversions may be easier where buildings were already intended for permanent living quarters, as the Royal Park was. At Royal Park and at least one other illegal hotel, another seven-story building on the Upper West Side that is being converted into housing for low-income seniors, many bureaucratic hurdles have been removed.

A spokesman for the city’s buildings department said records from the 1910s, among the earliest immediately available, indicate that Royal Park was originally a building. It was later converted into more than 100 single-occupancy units, or SROs, which typically have shared bathrooms or kitchens.

ORS were once a large part of New York’s affordable housing stock, but many were systematically phased out between the 1950s and 1980s as city officials and the public increasingly associated them with poverty and to crime.

Many have been demolished and replaced with luxury homes, especially in affluent neighborhoods like the Upper West Side.

Mr Freid, who owns other hotels in New York and Florida and runs a yacht charter business, bought the building in 2004, according to city records, and marketed it as a budget hotel for visitors. A listing for the hotel on TripAdvisor’s website promotes the Royal Park as being close to shops and bars and a short train ride from Midtown and downtown.

In 2017, the city filed a lawsuit, accusing Mr Freid of illegally operating the hotel when it was meant to be permanent accommodation. The lawsuit also cited several violations, including a lack of adequate lighting around exits, obstructed emergency exits, and too few emergency exits.

Mr. Freid has argued in legal documents that many of the violations have been dismissed or resolved and that the building’s classification does not preclude him from operating it as a hotel.

But he ultimately decided to sell the building to the Fortune Society.

After the sale was finalized, the city settled its lawsuit and Mr. Freid agreed to pay approximately $1.1 million in penalties, although he admitted no wrongdoing.

Ms Page said the building will open to new residents next year. Of the 82 units, 58 are expected to be occupied by people living in homeless shelters, and another nine apartments will be occupied through the city’s affordable housing lottery.

The rest of the units are reserved for a small number of tenants who have lived in the building for years, even decades.

The building, according to the Fortune Society, will provide on-site support services, such as case managers to help those struggling with nutrition, employment and addictions.

The total cost, including rehabilitation and operation, is around $31 million, which Ms Page said the nonprofit was working to raise. The city also had to contribute.

Mr. Adams said the conversion was the type of innovative strategy his administration would pursue to address the housing need.

“We need an urgent response to address the crisis, and we will explore every opportunity, in every corner of the city, to create the affordable housing New Yorkers need and deserve.” he said in a statement.

Housing advocates and some Upper West Side residents said the deal was needed in a neighborhood that has grown wealthier and increasingly white.

But some residents have expressed concern about plans for the building and its future tenants, echoing tensions that erupted in the neighborhood in 2020 when homeless men were temporarily moved to the Hotel Lucerne, around one mile south.

In a public comment at a community board meeting in February, a woman who said she owned a neighborhood business and was only identified by Kim said she and other small business owners were “upset and worried about what’s to come.” She noted that they already were. struggling with issues like vagrancy, begging and shoplifting, according to video of the meeting.

The chairman of the community council that covers most of the Upper West Side, Steven Brown, said he was impressed with the Fortune Society’s willingness to engage with residents, but added that the council does not only learned of the project in mid-February, when the Adams administration issued a press release.

“I think the community council would have liked to be involved along the way,” he said. “I’m not saying it would have changed anything.”

Arturo Coto, 70, has lived in construction since 1988, three years after immigrating to New York from Honduras. Before the pandemic, he said he enjoyed meeting hotel guests from around the world.

He didn’t worry about new tenants as long as he continued to have affordable housing, even though he still had to share a bathroom down the hall and live without a sink or stove.

The monthly rent is around $346 and he lives largely off what he receives from social security. (Ms Page said units like Mr Coto’s are rent-regulated and the rent will remain the same.)

“There is not enough housing for people living on the streets,” Mr. Coto said. “I want these people to have homes, but also to live here.”

Ana Ley contributed to the reporting, and Susan C. Beachy contributed to the research.

SCARCE will host the Green Garden Market on April 30

Kick off your gardening season with SCARCE.

Visit the Growin’ Green Garden Market for eco-friendly garden supplies, organic seedlings, rain barrels, eco-friendly products and tips to help you grow green!

It will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at SCARCE, 800 S. Rohlwing Road (Route 53), just north of North Avenue in Addison.

Buy amended compost for food waste and rain barrels to keep your garden healthy.

Rain Barrel and Compost pre-orders are available at rare.org/growin-green.

The market will also feature native plants, organic vegetable seedlings, CBD products, eco-friendly products, dog treats, music and more.

Join one of the mini-workshops to learn more about backyard chickens or composting.

Kids will have fun at the market with activities to do and take home.

This is a rain or shine event and also pet friendly.

For more information, call (630) 545-9710 or visit rare.org/growin-green.


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SCARCE (which stands for School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) is a non-profit environmental education and resource center. It offers educational programs for all ages and books and supplies to schools and nonprofit organizations.

It works with schools, businesses, municipalities, park districts, libraries, scout groups, garden clubs, senior centers and more to deliver engaging environmental education programs. SCARCE’s goal is to inspire people to take action to care for the Earth’s natural resources.

The curious case of Libor Hajek in the New York Rangers organization


Death, taxes and Libor Hajekthe place of in the organization of the New York Rangers; the three guarantees in life.

The 2022 NHL trade deadline has passed and Libor Hajek is still a New York Ranger. The young Czech defender continues to defy the odds and survive countless moves and turnovers in the Rangers line-up.

While Rangers general manager Chris Drury accomplished the task he set himself before Monday’s deadline, the one move that continues to baffle fans and beat the writers is Libor Hajek’s presence in the organization.

It’s not a well-kept secret that Hajek struggled during his tenure at Rangers. His first five-game audition in the 2018-19 NHL season yielded promising results, but a shoulder injury consequently resulted in an early exit for the 24-year-old.

Unfortunately for Hajek and the Blueshirts, it’s been a downward spiral ever since.

Hajek’s season in numbers

Hajek, from Smrcek, Czech Republic, had a consummate season with time in the press box; and rightly so, as the emergence of solid 20-year-old defender Braden Schneider, along with the recent return to form of veteran defender Patrik Nemeth, has pushed Hajek further down the depth chart.

During the brief time that Hajek adapted, that is 16 games to be precise, Hajek recorded just one point; that lone point was an assist in a loss to the Florida Panthers on Dec. 29.

While point totals aren’t everything, and certainly shouldn’t be the determining factor in deciding a defender’s usefulness, it’s abundantly clear that Hajek lacks the characteristics necessary to contribute offensively.

Diving deeper into the numbers shows Corsi’s percentage below Hajek’s standards of 39.0 in the 16 games he has played.

While Corsi doesn’t go too in depth on one stat, as novelist Jules Verne could surely dig deeper, it does provide enough information to show Hajek’s poor on-ice performance this year. Other underlying stats, both offensive and defensive, have been equally commendable.

Additionally, Hajek has been on the ice for 12 goals against in those 16 games and just four of four in the same span.

Continuing the trend of poorly-kept secrets, this is an insufficient total, which is likely one of the reasons the No. 25 continues to watch from the press box above.

Which raises the necessary question, why is Libor Hajek still a New York Ranger? Or at the very least, why is he on the active roster rather than playing in the Rangers farm system with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack?

The correct answer to such a riddle is based on Hajek having to authorize waivers to be assigned to the AHL.

Although he did spend some time with the Wolf Pack earlier this season, the thing is, it was on a brief conditioning stint, so Hajek didn’t have to go through the waiver process.

If Rangers attempt to assign Hajek to AHL Hartford, they must accept the risk of losing Hajek to waivers, and therefore receive nothing from his departure.

Would another team try the young defender, despite his inferior game? Hajek’s low cap, $874,125 on a one-year contract, may suggest that a struggling team with a questionable decision-making history like the Ottawa Senators could potentially pull Hajek off the waiver wire.

Poor commerce and high expectations

Ultimately, Hajek’s place on the roster appears to be solidified by the trade disaster that brought him to New York in the first place.

On February 26, 2018, then Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton made a big move by star defender and team captain Ryan McDonagh with JT Miller at Tampa Bay Lighting in exchange for Vladislov Namestnikov, prospects Brett Howden and Libor Hajek , a 2018 first-round pick (28th overall – Nils Lundkvist), and a 2019 conditional first-round pick (became a second-round pick because Tampa didn’t win the Stanley Cup, 58th overall – Karl Henriksson ).

By then, around 3 p.m. at the time, Libor Hajek’s place on the list was set in stone. No matter how poor the on-ice product was, it would play.

Gorton had emphasized acquiring Libor Hajek in the deal, as Hajek was seen as a potential replacement for McDonagh later on.

Hindsight is indeed 20/20, and this trade is well known to be an albatross. The acquisition and insistence on making the young Czech defender the centerpiece of such a massive trade was always going to place high expectations on Hajek.

As unfair as that may be, it’s a natural fact of professional sports. So, here we are.

Hajek hasn’t played well but the insistence on justifying this particular trade and ensuring Rangers receive some sort of value from the move will mean Hajek has a home on the Rangers roster barring a potential trade for something of significant value.

So it looks like Rangers are caught between a rock and a hard place.

It’s a new regime, but the idea remains. Rather than a curious case, it was perhaps an unfortunate case of high expectations and hype that resulted in the ongoing Hajek experiment.

California sends 14.3 million COVID-19 tests to schools as students and staff return from spring break


As part of Governor Newsom’s SMARTER plan, the state’s stockpile of COVID-19 tests has been deployed to prepare for the return of students and staff to school after spring break

There are about 7.2 million students and staff in the state, and California has sent 14.3 million tests to schools

SACRAMENTO — In the past month, with an estimated 7.2 million students and staff entering and leaving spring break, the state has distributed more than 14.3 million at-home COVID-19 tests to schools for students and staff. In partnership with local county offices of education, the state assigned tests based on the total number of students and staff — in public and private schools — in each county.

A key part of Governor Newsom’s SMARTER plan, the state has maintained operational readiness and stockpiles of resources to rapidly distribute testing to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Click here for the b-roll of the state’s distribution of COVID-19 tests for students and school staff.

“California is focused on keeping schools open and students safe, and we are not letting our guard down,” Governor Newsom said. “We know COVID-19 is still present in our communities, but the SMARTER plan is how we keep people safe and keep the state moving forward.”

In addition to these tests, the state has made personal protective equipment (PPE) available for any school that needs it – having already distributed more than 40.6 million KN95, N95 and surgical masks to schools since the return. winter vacation. Throughout the pandemic, the state has distributed over a billion units of PPE to schools, including items such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, and more.

California has become a national leader in preventing school closings and keeping students in the classroom. As the New York Times highlighted in mid-October, California has “remarkably well contained outbreaks,” accounting for 1% of the nation’s school closures despite educating 12% of the nation’s students. At the start of the winter holidays, the State improved that rate to 0.3% of school closures nationwide.

To help facilitate the deployment and administration of these tests, the California Department of Public Health has distributed materials to schools to further highlight this testing program, such as images and social media posts, including:

the SMARTER planThe state’s main pillars and preparedness actions focus on vital public health measures and strategies the state has successfully employed to slow the spread and protect Californians. Recognizing that each variant brings with it unique characteristics relative to the specific conditions of our neighborhoods and communities, the Plan preserves the necessary flexibility and ensures that the state has the resources and capabilities in place to meet the challenges of COVID-19. that await us. The SMARTER plan maintains the state’s focus on targeted investments and awareness to address health disparities related to COVID-19 in disproportionately affected communities. The plan includes a new COVID-19 Assessment and Response Unit to monitor frontline data and conditions in real time. It also relies on a strong regional wastewater surveillance and genome sequencing network to gain early and rapid insight into the changing nature of the virus and early identification of variants.


🌱Holi Festival @ Village Green Park + Blitz The Folsom Fire Dog


Happy Saturday, Sacramento! Here’s everything you need to know today in Sacramento.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Warm with periods of sunshine. High: 80 Low: 49.

Here are the top stories in Sacramento today:

  1. Five persons illegally trafficked over 500 guns from Georgia to Californiawhere they would resell them on the black market, for more than $160,000 over nearly two years, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The federal investigation began after authorities discovered that a firearm used in a shooting in Sacramento had been traced to Georgia. A federal grand jury indicted the group Thursday after their March 11 arrest. All five are charged with conspiracy to illegally sell firearms and illegal firearms dealing. The defendants are: Jerrell Lawson, 31, of Sacramento; Aisha Hoggatt, 29, of Sacramento; Malek Williams, 28, of Atlanta; Terrence Phillips, 39, of Union City, Calif.; and James Gordley, 32, of Modesto. (ABC10)
  2. Thousands of teachers, parents, support staff and students joined picket lines Thursday, the second day of the Sacramento City Unified District Strike. The district said it was ready to speak at the negotiating table at any time, but as of Thursday afternoon no talks have taken place or are scheduled. Schools were closed again on Friday with no end in sight. (KCRA3)
  3. You’ve heard of a party poo. How about a potty voyeur? Police say a voyeur struck in a popular Sacramento city park targeting a woman using the bathroom. Sacramento police say a man walked into one of the restrooms and began recording a woman inside with a cellphone camera. The victim was able to confront the video voyeur, and he ran to a car and drove off. Police say a witness took a picture of the suspect as he fled and they were able to arrest him on Wednesday night for violating probation. (CBS Sacramento)
  4. Members of the Folsom Fire Department and the community gathered Tuesday morning at Fire Station 39 in Folsom to welcome a new member of the department who does not bring a wealth of firefighting experience with him. In fact, he’s only 15 weeks old. His name is “Blitz” and he is the first comfort dog to join the department since its inception in 1857. “Firefighters typically work 48-hour shifts and are exposed to many traumatic events resulting from medical incidents, wildfires, structural fires and vehicle accidents,” the fire chief of the city said. Folsom, Ken Cusano. “They are also away from family and loved ones for long periods of time, which can be detrimental to their mental health. Blitz is the Folsom Fire Department’s first dog tasked with providing emotional support to our staff.” (Folsom Telegraph)
  5. With the arrival of spring, members of the Sacramento Telangana Association (STA) celebrated the Holi Festival of Colours, according to the Hindu calendar, Saturday March 19 at Village Green Park. Anil Reddy Kondakrinidi, CEO of STA, said, “The festival has spread around the world and is now in its fifth year in the Sacramento area, with 558 adults and 333 children registering online. For those who adhere to Hindu belief, Holi is an annual occasion for introspection and prayer, in order to clear the inner life of the evils of past mistakes and conflicts and to turn towards forgiveness and forgetting. (Rancho Cordova Independent)

Today in Sacramento:

  • What a good deal! Soil trusses hosts Urban backyard beekeeping for beginners! (10:00 AM)
  • Bring your little ones to Storytime and the Crafts of Amelia Bearhart to California Aerospace Museum in the Northern Highlands. (10:00 AM)
  • Go out for the Cornhole Throwing Game Tournament presented by Nation’s Finest at John C. Fremont Park in Sacramento. (12:00)
  • Amber’s Sweets Presents Clue: A tribute with Lesley Ann Warren to colonial theater in Sacramento. (20:00)

From my notebook:

  • If you’ve ever been to Folsom Farmer’s Market in the Old Town, you’ve probably seen Winnie the Pig wandering around the amphitheater where it’s held. She is now starring in a children’s book by Folsom resident and author/artist Brian Wallace. The book will be available at a special launch today at Ruby’s Books, Folsom’s independent bookstore. (Golden Country Media)
  • Microbusinesses located in Sacramento County and City that have been impacted by the pandemic can apply to receive $2,500 relief grants beginning Friday, April 1. Microenterprise grants do not need to be repaid and the application period will be open until April 29. A full list of grant eligibility requirements is available on the Sac4Micro website. (Sacramento City Express)
  • It’s lights, camera and action in Sacramento like thThe City of Sacramento’s Film+Media office has awarded nine grants to filmmakers through its film incentive program. The Movie Incentive Pilot Program, funded by Measure U funds, aims to support and foster the growth of film and television production in the city of Sacramento. There are a total of three rounds to apply for the Incentive Grants, the third and final round is now open until May 15. To view eligibility and guidelines, and to apply, please visit the Film+Media Grants website. See the full list of winners on the Film Office website.

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Where to watch manatees without being part of the problem

Over the past year, the serious-faced sea cows have needed defenders more than ever. About 1,100 manatees died, many of them from starvation, in 2021 — about 15% of the state’s estimated population of 6,000 to 7,000 manatees — in what’s called an “unusual mortality event” linked to a dramatic loss of the seagrasses on which they feed in the Indian River Lagoon, near the Atlantic coast of Florida. And 2022 starts alarmingly with 420 dead as of March 11. To put that into context, in all of 2020, 637 manatees died.

I set up a phone call with Rose after reading the news. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved these strange, docile, blob-like creatures, and “adopted” manatees through Save the Manatee from when I was about 10 years old: Boomer, then Paddy Doyle and, more recently, Moo Shoo. . I had always taken for granted that one day I would see manatees wintering in the warm waters of Florida. (Manatee season runs roughly from mid-November to late March.) It was with a sense of urgency that I booked a plane ticket to Tampa in early February. I was relieved when Rose assured me that despite the unprecedented loss of so many manatees, he doesn’t think extinction is on the horizon. In fact, in some parts of the state, thanks to continued efforts to improve water quality and restore food sources, record numbers of animals have been seen this season, including many healthy calves. .

The ongoing tragedy has also raised awareness of the plight of this elephant-like herbivore that has long suffered from threats from boats, development and the cold. This year, it’s no surprise to learn that many more manatee lovers are making trips to springs, shrines, and power plants (yes, read on) to see these sea cows in their element. For Rose, it’s the silver lining amid the devastation. “The manatees could use this additional exposure right now, to continue telling the best side of it all as we work to restore these East Coast habitats,” he says.

An encounter with an industrial sea cow

My first glimpse of sea cows is disconcerting. Despite viewing countless photos and videos, I can’t really make sense of their gigantic bodies with tiny fins and sad eyes. It doesn’t help that the scene seems dystopian: I’m at Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center at Apollo Beach, where a boardwalk winds over a canal and through mangrove forests, and a towering coal-fired power plant known as Big Bend burps white water vapors into the air. I learn that power plants are like spas for manatees, as they discharge water hot enough to attract heat-seeking sea cows. On this chilly February morning, they immerse themselves.

I walk along the wooden path with about 100 other people who have also arrived just as the factory opens for the day, and claim a spot near a railing. About 60 feet ahead of me are at least 50 manatees, but at first glance they might as well be logs or rocks: they’re so still and their backs barely break the surface of the water. Judging by the whispers around me, I’m not the only one stunned by the sight. “They’re like lumps,” said a woman to my left. “Like a mole,” said a man to my right. “Floating cucumbers with snouts”, I think.

But over time, a spectacle unfolds as I focus on individual sea beasts surfacing to breathe, their little faces and nostrils briefly exposed; I watch something scare a group of manatees (known as “aggregation”), and they all go crazy, rolling over, kicking, and plunging into the water. In a place where the water is shallow and clear, I melt a little when a manatee with two cubs swims by, and I see her turn around to snuggle up to one of the babies, their whiskers touching.

A dose of history and hope

I originally hadn’t planned to visit Blue Spring State Park, as it’s about 150 miles from my accommodation in the Clearwater area, but after talking to Rose, I know I have to go. This is where Save the Manatee does much of its research. It’s also the place that gives Rose the most hope when he thinks about the future of manatees, because it attracts so many in the winter – many with calves. On a cool day in late January, the park broke its record for the most manatees by counting 740 in one day, breaking a previous record of 624. Forty years ago, when the Save the Manatee team began to count, there were only 36 manatees. over an entire season.

The spring here, which is transparent with a tint of blue, is a safe haven for manatees in winter. This means it is off-limits to humans (except those in an official capacity), so the manatees can swim, sleep and play in peace in the 72 degree water, making their way to the nearby St. Johns River when they are hungry. I arrive in the early afternoon on a relatively warm day, and most of the 308 manatees that were counted earlier have migrated to the river. But I am able to spot a dozen manatees – and an alligator – as I walk along the boardwalk, which adjoins the spring for about a third of a mile.

Just before 2 p.m., I make my way through the green grass of the state park, past picnic tables and oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, to listen to a ranger speak. There, I learn some fun facts about manatees: that manatees communicate by “chirping and squealing”; that there’s a manatee named Gator, because he likes to hang out with an alligator; that manatees can’t just turn their heads, they have to turn their bodies. And that manatees have no known predators – humans are the biggest threat. “It’s not that alligator over there. It’s not that shark in the ocean,” says the woman leading the conference. “It’s us.”

Afterwards, I approach the presenter, who, it turns out, is not a ranger, but a volunteer replacing a ranger. Her name is Hildy Kingma, a recent retiree who came from Chicago two months ago to volunteer. I ask her if she’s met many people who visit after reading all the terrible manatee news, and she says she has. Some went so far as to bring food to the manatees after reading that they were starving elsewhere.

She recently encountered a head of lettuce near the road. “Someone brought in a head of lettuce thinking they were going to throw it over there, and they heard they weren’t supposed to and just threw it in the woods.” She points out that the manatees here have plenty of food — and feeding them is against the law.

One of the most famous places to see manatees is a town called Crystal River on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The patchwork of hot springs and shrines here attract up to 1,000 manatees throughout the winter, and visitors can pay to swim with them on a visit, which is a big, if controversial, draw among environmental defenders.

I opt instead to visit a place called Three Sisters Springs, which is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. I’m one of the first to arrive when it opens at 8:30am, and to the sound of birds chirping, I walk along a boardwalk, peering into one of the park’s crystal springs and spot about 10 manatees. One swims slowly past me, rising to the surface to take a deep breath. The sound reminds me of a coffee maker spitting out its infusion.

I keep walking along the boardwalk and a US Fish and Wildlife Service interpreter/volunteer tells me I might encounter more manatees in an area called Magnolia Springs. We chat a little, and I learn that her name is Wendy Davis, and that she and her husband came here from Alabama in June to volunteer in the park. She had grown up hearing about manatees but had not had a close view until her stay here. She says she learned a lot from watching them. “Manatees are not fast. They’re just slow animals, and that tends to put you in that mood, just to slow down. Enjoy the world around you,” she says.

Past the boardwalk, I lean against a wooden railing, staring at the brown water below. Water is alive. The first manatee surfaces, making that now familiar noise as it takes a deep breath. Then another. And another. For almost a minute straight, it’s as if a synchro team of manatees were playing just for me. Bursting with awe, I’m pretty sure I’ve reached the pinnacle of manatee-watching.

Over the next few days, I visit two more manatee hotspots and even take a kayak tour, where a few gentle giants swim by the boat. But nothing comes close to this private encounter, so personal and privileged. As my journey draws to a close, I think back to what Rose said about wanting to be the manatee’s defender. With all the threats these gentle giants face, I am grateful to him and so many others working to save the manatees.

Tampa Electric Manatee Observation Center

6990 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach

The manatees seek the water heated by this power plant during the winter. Stroll along boardwalks and trails, visit the Environmental Education Building, and enter a gift shop filled with manatee memorabilia. Open Nov. 1 to April 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trails close at 4 p.m. Free.

2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City

With clear water that stays at 72 degrees year-round, this park attracts manatees in large numbers during the winter, when the spring is closed to water activities to protect the gentle giants. Open daily, 8 a.m. to sunset; $6 per vehicle.

123 NW Hwy. 19 Crystal River

Stroll along trails and a boardwalk to see manatees swimming in these springs, which are protected from watercraft in winter. Disabled parking available; others may take a trolley or arrive on foot or by bicycle. Open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Winter admission, $20 per adult; seniors 55 and over, $17.50; military, $15; children 6 to 15, $7.50; and children 5 and under, free.

Prospective travelers should consider local and national public health guidelines regarding the pandemic before planning any travel. Information on travel health advisories can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and on the CDC’s travel health advisories webpage.

March 25 – Betsy Yankowiak returns to her Boy Scouts of America roots | fwbusiness


The Boy Scouts of America has hired a familiar face to be its director of camping, properties and catering.

Betsy Yankowiak, who previously worked at the Little River Wetlands Project as director of reserves and programs, moved to BSA on February 15, but she is no stranger to the organization.

“I’ve been involved with the Boy Scouts for a very long time,” Yankowiak said. “In fact, the first stage of my career in ecological restoration started at Fox Island County Park with an explorers position, which is a scout program, and I pulled my first garlic mustard on the sand dunes.”

Through a career development program through BSA, she started her way to Eagle Marsh and back. She said she was also the director of ecology at the leader of the Little Turtle scouts camp.

“It was my first job after graduating from IPFW,” Yankowiak said.

Her first job at the BSA was in 2003 and she said there were several female members of staff.

“Women have definitely been part of the fabric for decades,” Yankowiak said. “For scouts, allowing girls to join BSA scouting is just a few years of play, but my daughter, her name is Mary, she’s a Life Scout, and she’s currently working to complete a project to earn her Eagle badge Scout this summer.”

She explained what she thinks is interesting about BSA.

“We have built some amazing friendships, and so many of my friends have still interacted with the camp, even though we are no longer camp staff,” Yankowiak said. “That’s where my kids learned to swim, fish, shoot and catch turtles on pedal boats. It is definitely a very special place for me and also for my family.”

For this reason, when the opportunity arose to take on this area, the Anthony Wayne Scout reserve just south of Angola, with BSA, she jumped on it. The reserve covers approximately 1,000 acres.

Her curiosity was piqued when she heard about the job.

“I know this property quite well, but there are still a lot of places that I haven’t explored,” Yankowiak said. “It was an opportunity for me to take some of the things I learned from working on the Little River Wetlands project at Eagle Marsh and our other restorations and I look forward to applying them to a new location.”

Scout Executive and CEO John Gliot spoke about Yankowiak.

“Betsy has been a great addition to Anthony Wayne’s regional council team,” Gliot said. “His history with the camp, as well as his expertise in outdoor programming and environmental restoration, will prove an asset to the property for years to come.”

His future in the organization is something he believes will ultimately help this area.

“Betsy’s knowledge and experience helps the board not only see how we can improve the programs we provide to our Scouts and the community, but also how we can be even better stewards of our camp’s environment” , said Gliot.

One of his priorities in this role is coordinating the summer program, with approximately 1,000 Scouts from all over attending Camp Chief Little Turtle.

“We have scouts from Ohio, Michigan and the Indianapolis area, so we’ve put together a program for scouts to spend a week with us,” Yankowiak said. “It’s a resident camp. They stay with us for a week and they work on some merit badges.

She explained a specific feature of the new position that appeals to her.

“What’s cool about this opportunity for me is getting back to camp and being actively involved in the summer camp program, it’s really exciting,” Yankowiak said. “Looking for ways to improve the habitat on this Scout Reserve is exciting for me as it will be a new challenge.”

Since this region has different influences, soils, habitats and uses, she looks forward to this challenge.

Some of the badges she mentioned Scouts could earn are first aid, swimming, environmental science, reptiles and amphibians. This area has an excellent turtle population, according to Yankowiak.

“Scouts may also be involved in high adventure activities,” Yankowiak said. “We have a rock climbing wall, a high ropes course, a high ropes course, and so students can have those kinds of experiences.”

There will be a canoe day trip, an ATV trip, sailboats, paddle boards and more for the scouts.

In addition to her hard work coordinating this camp, she said there is a network of volunteers through committees and a support system to help her run the camp this summer.

She has been on the campground committee for the ecology program since 2016, so she has interacted with many people over several years. All of her children are in a scout program. Yankowiak said her husband was a scout leader for a new Cub Scout pack.

The transition from the Little River Wetlands project has gone well for her.

“We’re already part of this community, so the transition here has been really smooth for me,” Yankowiak said. “I think the hardest part was leaving Eagle Marsh and Little River Wetlands Project.”

She is still actively involved in several works of the Little River Wetlands project. She oversaw the restoration and stewardship of nature reserves in her previous role. Yankowiak has helped protect over 1,300 acres of land.

Amy Silva, Executive Director of the Little River Wetlands Project, wishes him the best in his new position.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work alongside Betsy,” Silva said. “His passion and commitment to restoration has always been at the forefront. I am delighted for her and wish her good luck in this new chapter of her life. Betsy agreed to volunteer as often as she could and became a member of the land committee for the Little River Wetlands project.

Community members can use BSA property for retreats, housing, educational opportunities and more. For more information, contact her at 260-432-9593 or [email protected]

As VA benefits falter, Charlotte organization stands up for veterans and their families – WSOC TV


Life looks different for Heidi Selbee and her family.

“Our life is very much like the life of married couples in the 80s, with our life struggles, our dates and the decisions we have to make,” Heidi said.

When she married her husband, Daniel, about nine years ago, Heidi left a job in photography and became her carer. Daniel, an army veteran, was diagnosed with seizures and severe PTSD.

“There are times when he can leave the house and there are times when he can’t, he won’t, months at a time,” Heidi said. “So it’s a real fight for him, us, our daughter. It’s really difficult.

The Selbees are enrolled in the Veterans Affairs Caregiver Program. It provides a stipend, health benefits, and resources and training for caregivers.

In 2020 Veterans Affairs revised the program and by the end of 2021 thousands of families, including the Selbees, were told they no longer qualified.

In total, only 14% of those initially registered were able to keep their allowances.

On Wednesday, Sarah Verardo, CEO of the Independence Fund, a Charlotte-based veterans organization, testified before a US Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Over the past five months, Verardo said their group has been overwhelmed with calls from veterans and caregivers fearful of being unsubscribed in early October.

“You heard the same message. The program is broken. It’s been broken for a while,” Verardo said.

Veterans Affairs has heard these concerns. They have suspended both the opt-out and the reduction of benefits and promise to fix the program.

The Selbees are relieved to still have help, but Heidi hopes for more permanent change for her family and the thousands of others across the country.

“I think in a way, I think the VA thought, ‘Well, we’ll just give them a stipend and that’s it,’ but I always thought the program should be more,” Heidi said.

>>> At the top of the page, Channel 9’s Gina Esposito reports on the gaps the Independence Fund is helping fill for Charlotte veterans in need.

(WATCH BELOW: ‘Thank you’: Veteran’s family moves from motel to home thanks to nonprofits)

Santa Barbara Trapeze Co. Lands Long-Term Contract for Vera Cruz Park | Local News


Vera Cruz Park on the east side of Santa Barbara is now the permanent home of the Santa Barbara Trapeze Co.

The Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday unanimously backed a one-year contract, with an option of up to three years.

About 60% of the park will be occupied by the trapeze company and the rest will be open space.

The city radically changed the way it manages the park by partnering with the trapeze company. The park, which once had a playground, earned the nickname “needle park” because drug use and loitering regularly took place there.

In 2018, attorney Barry Cappello sent a letter to the city requesting a public hearing to resolve the issue. He represented a family whose 4-year-old boy was pricked by an abandoned hypodermic needle he found on the park’s play structure. The child had to undergo a series of drug treatments to prevent HIV and hepatitis, and the incident sparked local outrage.

Parks and Recreation Director Jill Zachary responded by clearing the playground and searching for suitors at the site to disrupt activity.

The Santa Barbara Trapeze Co. had set up shop at Earl Warren Showgrounds for years, but moved closer to downtown to be closer to people and passers-by.

The park is fenced, but people are supposed to be able to enter the fence through an unlocked gate during opening hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday at 11:00 a.m. the park was closed and locked and there was no trapeze. Activities.

The trapeze company is already using the space under a short-term contract and has won favor with the city by offering scholarships. Over the past 10 months, the company has served 279 youth summer camp participants and 700 youth and adults.

It also pays the city a portion of its revenue – about $9,765 in net revenue so far, and an additional $17,503 for contracted landscape maintenance, which has allowed the Parks Division to reallocate resources. staffed at other city parks. The Santa Barbara Trapeze Co. was the only company to respond to the city’s tender.

“For the city, it looks like a win-win,” Commissioner Sebastian Aldana said. “I hope it will be successful. It looks like it will be. It looks like a good plan.”

Commissioner Beebe Longstreet said that in the past there had been a lot of effort to clean up this park and “it just wasn’t happening”.

“I’m so happy to see this area returned to a positive use for the public,” she said.

Longstreet responded to concerns that the city was “privatizing” an urban park by leasing it to a private company. She said the parks and recreation department has shrunk and the city will likely do more to partner with private companies to provide services, especially camps.

At Vera Cruz Park, Longstreet said trapeze equipment and fencing around the park made the park safer.

“It’s always good to see something new working,” Longstreet said. “I don’t think we should be afraid to try this in the future.”

tree to stay

The commission also voted 5-0 to deny a landlord’s request to cut down a Mexican fan palm in front of his apartment building on city property at De la Guerra Plaza.

The tree, at 624 East de la Guerra Plaza, is on the corner of Storke Plaza. The tree stump rests against the side of a building owned by Washington resident John Chaffee.

In his request to the city, he wrote, “There is a Storke Placita palm tree on the corner of our building and is growing around or possibly in the corner of the building, threatening the structure of the building.”

The city’s urban forest superintendent, Nathan Slack, however, found no evidence that the tree was damaging the building. Prior to the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, the Street Tree Advisory Committee had also recommended denial of the request to remove the tree.

Chaffee had also provided a letter from a structural engineer suggesting the tree should be removed.

“There will always be a fundamental divide between the structural engineer and the plant expert, whether there really is a problem or not,” Slack said.

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MCP acquires RKV Technologies


MCP acquires RKV Technologies

The acquisition of RKV reinforces MCP’s commitment to supporting public sector clients with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative, vendor-neutral services, with professional consulting and managed services including, but not limited to, onboarding data, network management and cybersecurity.

Founded in 2008 with an office in Jefferson City, Missouri, RKV serves state and local government agencies with staff augmentation, project management, database solutions, and IT consulting services. The company specializes in helping to create and implement software solutions and integrating commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions. He can also augment the client’s workforce with the highly specialized talent needed to successfully transition to a new IT solution.

“Talent shortages in the public sector are everywhere, especially in technical roles,” said MCP President and CEO Darrin Reilly. “This comes at a time when government agencies are accelerating their pace of using innovative technologies to transform their operations. The acquisition of RKV strengthens our ability to help our customers continuously evolve while presenting new partnership opportunities to collaboratively close talent and skills gaps.

Since its inception, RKV has completed more than 1,000 projects nationwide, which have supported the transportation, social services, environment, education, labor and public safety sectors. The company builds and supplies integrated systems and designs and integrates off-the-shelf solutions into customer environments. Aligned with MCP’s lifecycle management services business, the acquisition enhances MCP’s ability to integrate and support complex systems, processes and data to integrate workflows that eliminate silos .

“With MCP’s reach of serving customers in nearly every major metropolitan area in the United States, RKV will accelerate our goal of helping our customers leverage digital technology to advance their missions,” said Bob Myers, President and CEO of RKV. “Through our shared vision, experience and highly specialized experts, we can help government agencies innovate to stay ahead of the expectations of the communities they serve. This acquisition also provides our employees with a very diverse career growth path.

The acquisition of RKV follows a series of recent acquisitions that have strengthened MCP’s position as the largest provider of professional and managed services serving the public safety and public sectors with highly specialized talent and services. complete. Recently completed acquisitions include cybersecurity firm Secure Halo, legal consulting firm MTG Management Consultants, data integration service provider URL Integration, public safety consulting firm Black and Veatch Public Safety and provider of computer services Athena Advanced Networks.

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182 acres of preserved farms and woodlands off Chester County Stream


About 182 acres of rolling farmland and sloping woodland in Chester County’s Charlestown Township – all valuable buildable land in the Pickering Creek watershed – has been preserved from most development as part of two recent agreements.

Conservation easements designed to protect both land and tributaries in the watershed were paid for with $4.1 million from the township’s taxpayer-funded Open Space Initiative.

More than 40% of the 12.5 square mile township, located 25 miles west of Philadelphia, is preserved, according to a municipal bulletin.

Although none of the agreements allow public access, officials have announced them as essential to prevent development on prized land.

In the latest agreement announced this week, the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust and the township agreed to a conservation easement that would preserve 71.6 acres of property owned by Robert Berry off Merlin, Pikeland and Church Roads.

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The current zoning would allow up to 23 houses to be built on the land. This is reduced to four houses in the easement, and each of these would be spread over large plots, thus avoiding the construction of 19 houses.

Berry, in return, receives $1.33 million under an agreed upon valuation, or about $18,575 per acre. He currently leases the land for farming, a use that may continue.

“The property is special,” said Pamela Brown, director of conservation for French & Pickering. “It’s visually beautiful. It has great scenic views from two main township roads. It has a tributary of Pickering Creek. It has forest; it has wildlife habitat; it has farmland.

Specifically, the Berry property includes 12.6 acres of woodland, 50.7 acres of prime farmland and half a mile of the unnamed tributary, designated as having high water quality by the Department of Protection. of the environment of Pennsylvania.

The non-profit French & Pickering Trust and the Township jointly own the conservation easement on the land.

The trust works with landowners, townships, foundations, and the state and county to purchase and monitor conservation easements to preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Easements mean that preserved land can never be developed and locks in how it can be used by current and future owners.

Earlier this month the trust announced another conservation easement, also in Charlestown, of 111 acres covering two plots off Charlestown Road owned by brothers Christopher, Nicholas and Geoffrey Crowell. The easement eliminates high density development rights on the scenic land. Part of the deal was completed in 2021 and part in March.

» READ MORE: 10 acres at the site of the Battle of Brandywine preserved in Chester County

The two Crowell properties, which include forested areas, contain a tributary of Pickering Creek and 71 acres of prime agricultural soil. The easement includes 31 acres of mixed-age forest and “a vegetated stream corridor that provides habitat for many plant and animal species,” according to the trust.

The Crowells received nearly $2.8 million in return for preservation and have already sold some of the land that will remain protected.

“The Crowell property is forested on land that was once agricultural fields,” Brown said. “It’s at the top of the hill, all wooded, and it’s adjacent to other facilitated properties that French & Pickering owns.”

She described the view from the hilltop as almost uninterrupted, “except for one house”.

Although the two recent easements are not contiguous, both are close to or abut other similar conserved lands. Brown said she is working on several additional agreements to preserve more land in this community and northern Chester County, where home prices have risen and pressure to build is growing.

French & Pickering has helped protect approximately 13,000 acres in northern Chester County through purchases, easements and partnerships. It has two main reserves open to the public: The Large marsh reserve of 226 hectares in the township of East Nantmeal and the 108 acres Thomas P. Bentley Nature Reserve in the townships of East Nantmeal and Warwick.

Three steps to secure an organization during mergers and acquisitions


Since 2000, more than 790,000 merger and acquisition (M&A) deals have been announced worldwide, representing a value of more than $57 trillion. While these expansions and transitions create great business opportunities, they also present unique risk with the potential for exposed undetected vulnerabilities that are being exploited by threat actors as organizations come together.

Simply put, as the new business grows, so does the threat landscape and hacker attention to that business, which means you need to be prepared!

Impact of cybersecurity reviews

To combat the risk associated with these volatile transformations, organizations are now performing cybersecurity due diligence and threat intelligence early in the M&A process. This greatly reduces the chances of threats becoming reality once deals are made and systems are merged.

The review process should never be overlooked as it could have fatal consequences. In 2016, for example, Verizon was to acquire Yahoo! in a deal worth $4.8 billion. However, after entering into the acquisition agreement, Verizon discovered two major data breaches at Yahoo!. In response, Yahoo! awarded a discount of $350 million for the transaction – and they had to pay $80 million to settle its shareholder lawsuits. This is just one example of how costly insufficient or no cybersecurity due diligence before day 1 of an acquisition is.

How can organizations create a playbook for ensuring strong cybersecurity during mergers and acquisitions?

1. Assess cybersecurity posture

Before the deal is publicly announced, organizations should assess the cybersecurity situation to ensure full transparency of each company’s cyber processes and assets, and then identify potential security vulnerabilities. Often it is not possible to quickly identify the business to be acquired because they are always separate entities, which is why companies use threat intelligence to support this activity.

This threat-centric approach is critical when done early in the M&A process to identify where these vulnerabilities and gaps lie before moving to the next stage of business transactions. A common approach to developing a cybersecurity baseline is to use NIST Cybersecurity Framework. This industry-recognized framework aims to provide a clearer understanding of managing and mitigating security vulnerabilities, as well as providing best practices for protecting networks and data.

2. Align operating models and identify critical risks

Once the deal is announced, also known as Day 1, the second stage of the merger begins, and organizations must identify and assess their current operating models. This alignment is essential to ensure that the new business is well prepared and fit for purpose. Synergies, redundancies, priority programs and critical risks are identified.

After day one, security professionals will make sure to find any security vulnerabilities or exposures and work to fix them. Next, organizations should perform a security maturity diagnostic to re-examine the effectiveness of operations. Next, threat detection and response diagnostic tests will examine the technology used by the business and security team. This assurance goal is essential after day one to assess and prepare the new company.

3. Insurance of the new company

The final step is to transition and integrate the new company into the acquiring company’s operating model and the key being the alignment and transition to their MDR/MSS solution. In addition to this, the organization should develop incident response plans and conduct table-top exercises with the new company’s leadership and board of directors to test operational effectiveness and build collaboration and understanding.

Finally, organizations should remember to audit the supply chain of the acquisition target to create a final additional cybersecurity baseline of their high-risk vendors. Finding these vulnerabilities and assessing vendors on cyber capabilities and processes often requires the support of technology to provide visibility.

Maintain security over the long term

As cybercrime has reached an all-time high during the pandemic, Mergers and Acquisitions continue to be high-risk ventures that cost billions of dollars and damage corporate reputations. Long-term efforts to prevent and secure this process are worth the extra steps to mitigate future security issues.

When combining two companies’ security processes, many parts go unconsolidated, leaving undetected vulnerabilities exposed, so the collaboration should begin before Day 1 to better prepare both companies. With early due diligence, risks are reduced and security professionals have better visibility into both companies. Implementing this three-step method will combat the risks associated with these sensitive times and set the new business up for success in the future.

PROGRESS: Summer options at Cone Park | Progress Recreation & Leisure


SIOUX CITY – Mountain biking trails and summer tubing are coming to Cone Park, making the famous winter park a year-round destination.

“Cone Park has become so successful during the winter months, the City Council has made it a priority that the summer be just as attractive as the winter, so that’s where dollars (improvement program capital) have been allocated with a focus on summer activities at Cone Park,” Sioux City Parks and Recreation Director Matt Salvatore said. “From there, we had a lot of momentum with the mountain bike park and a lot of excitement with the summer slide.”

A $2 million bike lane project will include jumps and berms, as well as a pump track. Walkers, hikers and runners can use single-use trails. A plastic type surface for the summer slide will be installed annually at the park on the hill and will be removed at the end of the year to make way for the snow slide.

“The mountain bike park project is being designed right now. It’s going to take between six and nine months to fully complete this design,” Salvatore said in February. “And, then, construction is tentatively scheduled for spring 2023. The summer tubes are being tendered. If all goes according to plan, we will be operational in June.”

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Cone Park offers a main hill and Blue Bunny Hill, a shorter hill designed for people of all ages, for snow tubing during the winter. Visitors can also skate at the park’s ice rink. The park received the “Outstanding Attraction” award from the Iowa Bureau of Tourism and the Iowa Travel Federation in 2019. During the park’s fifth winter season, 19,897 tickets were sold.

“With our condensed winter season at Cone Park, our numbers weren’t as high as years past,” Salvatore said. “I will say that Cone Park was more popular than ever and we did more tours, rentals and events than we ever did outside of our regular weekend hours.”

The Chesterman Foundation donated $1 million for the mountain bike trail project. Chesterman Company is an independently owned and operated Sioux City-based Coca-Cola bottling company celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Salvatore said $300,000 still needs to be raised for the project. During the fiscal year 2022 budget process, the city council committed $500,000. Council support has since grown to $700,000.

In early 2021, Salvatore said the Department of Parks and Recreation began working with Jay Chesterman and members of the mountain biking community to develop a trail plan between Cone and Sertoma parks. The Chesterman Foundation funded a study, and the group worked with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) to develop a master plan for mountain bike trails and other bike-friendly amenities.

“We really love this project. It’s super exciting to have. The idea of ​​a sustainable, professionally built mountain bike trail, it’s going to be a huge health and wellness benefit, an attraction for our community, a quality of life benefit,” Jay Chesterman said at a press conference about the project in early December. “It’s going to be amazing.”

BBVA launches its Global Financial Education Plan

BBVA is launching this plan as part of European Money Week and Global Money Week, which take place this week. BBVA’s global financial education plan follows recent European Commission and OECD publication financial literacy framework for adults in the european union and strengthens the bank’s adherence to global commitment promoted by the United Nations promote financial inclusion and financial health.

Financial education: a key tool for BBVA’s strategic priorities

BBVA believes in the potential of financial education as a key element to improve people’s financial health and contribute to the transition to a more sustainable economy, two strategic priorities for the bank.

Therefore, he launched this plan that reflects the importance of financial education for the bank, an education that the President BBVA Carlos Torres Vila considers it “essential to promote sustainable and inclusive growth”.

The plan reflects the integration of financial literacy into BBVA Community involvement 2021 -2025 and has three lines of action.

  • Financial education for society

The idea is to pilot the development of financial education programs in all the countries where BBVA is present. The objective is to offer its beneficiaries financial skills to foster financial inclusion and health, generate resilience and promote sustainable development and investment. It also seeks to provide digital financial skills with particular emphasis on specific groups, SMEs, entrepreneurs and financially empowering society in general.

  • Financial education to support businesses

This involves the development of specific training activities for customers promote responsible financial inclusion, avoid financial exclusion, help improve financial health, promote sustainable behaviors and foster transition.

Among the training actions aimed at customers to help them align their financial decisions with environmental and social preferences are practical tools for calculating their carbon footprint, which in turn teaches them how to reduce this footprint and their own energy expenditure.

  • Financial education to foster collaboration

The cooperation of all stakeholders is essential to achieve a more sustainable and inclusive society. BBVA seeks to promote the importance of financial education and cooperation between organizations and within the sector through collaboration with external stakeholdersthe development of transversal projects with other areas of BBVA and the dissemination financial education.

Some examples of activities in this line of action are BBVA Center for Financial Education and Capability and local alliances such as UNAM and BBVA in Mexico.

BBVA’s commitment to financial education

BBVA’s commitment to financial education is not new. In 2008, the bank launched its first comprehensive financial education plan; from then until 2021, it has offered training programs in financial knowledge and skills in all the countries where it is present.

Nowadays, 16.5 million people participated in BBVA workshops and over 32 million accessed financial education content available through digital platforms. During this period, BBVA invested more than 94 million euros in financial education programs around the world and more than 5,000 BBVA employees have volunteered in financial education programs.

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Fourth round of UN talks fail to finalize treaty to manage high seas

  • UN member states met this month in New York to craft a treaty governing the sustainable management of the high seas, resource-rich international waters that cover about two-thirds of the ocean.
  • Hopes were high that after 10 years of talks and three previous negotiating sessions, delegates at the meeting would finalize a legally binding treaty.
  • The talks ended on March 18 without an agreement, amid a failure to reach consensus on several key points, including how to establish marine protected areas on the high seas.
  • A move to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030 hinges on the speedy conclusion of a high seas treaty, and observers say a deal remains within reach by the end of the year. year.

UN member states failed on March 18 to finalize a legally binding tool to sustainably manage the largest ungoverned place on earth: the high seas. The lack of agreement came after nearly two weeks of talks in New York, three previous conferences and more than a decade of discussions.

Nearly 27,000 unique species, including fish, mammals, reptiles, birds, and invertebrates, have been found in these vast waters covering almost half of the planet’s surface, according to the Ocean Biodiversity Information System. And those are just the ones we know about.

These resource-rich international waters cover about two-thirds of the ocean. Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) governed by states with adjacent coasts make up the rest. However, ocean life does not respect these limits. What happens on the high seas affected EEZ ecosystems and benefits from fish catches, and vice versa.

But the high seas are not under anyone’s jurisdiction and there is no agreed overarching framework governing resource exploitation or conservation.

“We can’t leave 95% of our global commons in gangs without the rule of law,” tweeted Helen Clark, New Zealand’s former prime minister and oceans advocate, shortly before the failure of the talks to reach an agreement becomes public. “And unfortunately, that’s the risk you run, when you don’t have specific provisions in international law for areas that are beyond national jurisdiction.”

The intergovernmental conference aimed to unite states globally to take responsibility for international waters in an equitable manner that preserves fish stocks and other shared resources for future generations.

It was the fourth of four diplomatic sessions scheduled since 2017. It marked the resumption of talks after a two-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and hopes were high that it would finalize a legally binding treaty. .

Delegates from all 193 UN member states attended the recent talks, trying to iron out issues in four key areas: equitable sharing of marine genetic resources (MGRs); the implementation of area-based management tools such as marine protected areas (MPAs); establish standards for environmental impact assessments of high seas activities; and assist developing countries to effectively achieve treaty objectives by sharing marine knowledge and technology with them.

“Frankly, they ran out of time,” Liz Karan, project director of the high seas conservation program at the Washington, DC-based public policy group Pew Charitable Trusts, told Mongabay. “No issues prevented a final agreement, but rather the pace of negotiations was slow and the whole draft text could not even be discussed.”

Delegates are meeting to negotiate a treaty on the high seas in New York this month. Image by Julian Jackson/Pew.

Obstacles to an agreement

Consensus has clung to persistent stumbling blocks throughout the previous three trading sessions.

How the treaty might interact with the many regional organizations, including fisheries management bodies, that are already in place when MPAs are created was “a real sticking point,” according to Karan. To be successful, the talks must work out how to address the piecemeal nature of existing bodies’ conservation mandates and unify efforts globally, she said, “but there are country and sectoral interests that don’t want to change. the status quo. ”

Opinions remain “polarized” on how to deal fairly with MGRs, Mirella von Lindenfels, director of UK marine science think tank International Program on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), who attended the negotiations, told Mongabay. as a member of civil society. .

At large by the Convention on Biological Diversity like any genetic material of actual or potential value to humans from the ocean, MGRs cover everything from microbes to algae to whales. Medicines and other products derived from MGRs are valuable because they have the potential to save lives and be cost-effective. Yet many developing countries, despite having equal claim to deep sea MGRs, lack the resources to conduct deep sea scientific research, find genetic resources and develop commercial products. Delegates sought, but failed, to agree on how to expand access to these countries.

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Although fish is one of the main resources extracted from the high seas and subject to significant illegal exploitation there, several delegates insisted on excluding fishing from the treaty altogether.

“This is purely commercially driven,” Tom Pickerell, director of the UK-based Global Tuna Alliance, a group of seafood companies advocating for sustainable tuna industry standards, told Mongabay. . “This is, of course, a silly view, because better ecosystem management will ultimately benefit commercial fish stocks, as well as ocean health,” Pickerell said.

Still, he said, the final treaty is unlikely to govern access or allocation of fisheries.

The negotiation of the treaty takes place under the auspices of the Convention on the Law of the Sea, which is not an environmental agreement. Delegates in the room were likely guided by their defense, agriculture, fisheries and trade ministries, as well as their environment ministries, according to Karan, who attended as an observer. NGOs, and often have little environmental experience themselves.

The complexity of the elements involved means that many states rely on a “treaty monitoringfrom the High Seas Alliance. This group of more than 40 conservation NGOs, including IPSO and Pew Charitable Trusts, as well as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), helps delegates understand the details environmental implications of what was said in plenary: they “represent the ocean in the room”, Lindenfels said. However, this session civil society was not allowed access to the talks until the second week due to COVID-19 restrictions, so the High Seas Alliance monitored the negotiations via webcast and held briefings for delegates from a meeting room in a nearby hotel.

Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) is one of the main target species in the high seas. Image by NOAA Fisheries.

Pressure to finalize the treaty in 2022

A legal process to establish a network of marine protected areas on the high seas would be the most important outcome of this treaty, Karan said. But trying to create a network of MPAs using an agreement that couldn’t say anything about fish would be problematic, and observers say it could be a real possibility.

About 1% of the high seas currently falls under MPAs. Globally, MPAs cover nearly 29 million square kilometers (just over 11 million square miles), which may seem like a lot, but is really only 7.7% of the ocean. Scientists agree this is not enough and say we need to protect at least 30% of the ocean to safeguard biodiversity.

The UN’s Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, another draft treaty, aims to facilitate just that by 2030. Due to be finalized in May at the COP15 Biodiversity Summit in China, the framework contains a goal dubbed “30 by 30”. The implementation of 30 by 30 currently depends on the conclusion of a high seas treaty for a legal mechanism to create MPAs on the high seas. Without this, countries would have to designate almost all EEZs on the planet as MPAs to reach this goal. And that just won’t happen.

“To protect that 30% by 2030, we need the high seas treaty now,” Karan said, because it takes time to ratify a treaty, and until that’s done, the long process proposal for an MPA in the high seas cannot even begin.

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are just one of several species of marine mammals that can be killed or injured by deep-sea fishermen. These animals were photographed near shore in British Columbia. Image by David Stanley via Flickr (DC BY 2.0).

And now?

Nearly 50 countries, including the whole of the EU, joined a “High Seas Ambition Coalition” set up in January and pledged to agree a high seas treaty before the end of the year. Notable absences include China and the United States

Observers of the recent negotiation agreed that the majority of delegates made a genuine effort to finalize the treaty. They said the general mood was disappointed but hopeful as a solid deal later in the year is possible. The talks are not deadlocked, they said, just messy and out of time for now.

“Every day we don’t have a treaty is a day lost for ocean and climate protection,” Lindenfels said. “We need to complete this treaty in 2022 and states need to do everything in their power to make that happen.”

Banner image: Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis), a species that people catch on its deep-sea migration. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.


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NAMSA Announces Intention to Acquire Contract Research Organization, ÅKRN


TOLEDO, Ohio and MADRID–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NAMSAa world-leading MedTech contract research organization (CRO) providing end-to-end global development services, today announced its intention to acquire ÅKRN Scientific Councila leading European medical device CRO based in Madrid, Spain.

ÅKRN, founded in 2018, focuses on providing clinical and regulatory services to the medical device and diagnostic industries in Europe. Grounded in medicine and science, the organization helps sponsors move MedTech products from medical discovery through clinical development, commercialization and post-market follow-up. Recognized for their expertise in Cardiovascular researchÅKRN’s team of clinical scientists and project managers serve as a trusted customer advisor throughout the entire clinical development process through diligent planning and superior execution.

“We are delighted to welcome ÅKRN to NAMSA,” said Dr. Christophe Berthoux, CEO of NAMSA. “The organization is highly respected for its mastery of European medical device regulations and for its exceptional clinical support to MedTech sponsors. Adding them to our team will broaden our expertise, enabling us to meet the growing demand for safe and effective clinical development and commercialization of life-changing medical products,” concluded Dr. Berthoux.

As a world leader in medical devices test since 1967, NAMSA has also provided support to sponsors in the areas of regulation, reimbursement, quality and clinical research services. NAMSA is full continuous development services helps clients overcome development barriers, alleviate concerns, and streamline go-to-market efforts. Through proactive planning for various global regulatory requirements and clinical research obligations, NAMSA’s services have proven to accelerate time to market and reduce development costs by up to 50 percent on industry averages.

“ÅKRN is a great partner for NAMSA. I believe we are a perfect fit with the values ​​of the company and a team that shares the same drive to provide exceptional service and resources to the medical device and diagnostics industries,” commented Dr. Maria Nyåkern, CEO of ‘ÅKRN. . “Our team, with strong roots in medicine and science, looks forward to partnering with NAMSA as we continue to grow our presence globally and in Europe. With the expanded expertise of our combined organizations, we will serve as the world’s leading CRO for cardiovascular research services,” concluded Dr Nyåkern.

The acquisition of ÅKRN increases the global scale of NAMSA, which now serves MedTech customers across 19 Pitches throughout APAC, Europe, North America and South America.

The price and terms of the proposed transaction are not disclosed.


Helping medical device developers improve healthcare since 1967, NAMSA is the world’s premier MedTech contract research organization (CRO) offering end-to-end global development services. Driven by its global regulatory expertise and deep therapeutic knowledge, NAMSA is dedicated to accelerating medical device product development, offering only the most proven solutions to move customers’ products through the development lifecycle of efficient and profitable way. Medical device testing; regulatory, reimbursement and quality advice; and clinical research services, NAMSA is the industry’s premier trusted partner for successful development and commercialization results.

The Web: namsa.com


Grounded in medicine and science, ÅKRN helps sponsors move from medical discovery to clinical development, commercialization and post-marketing follow-up. ÅKRN offers optimized regulatory and clinical services tailored to MedTech customers and partners in a cost-conscious and diligent manner. ÅKRN’s experience covers many therapeutic areas of medical devices, including cardiovascular devices and in vitro diagnostics (IVD).

The Web: akrnconsulting.com

Exciting vision for Hull’s Priory Park & ​​Ride with solar canopies and bee-friendly living roof


Hull City Council has released a new concept video and images showing what the city’s park-and-ride could look like after a proposed transformation.

As part of efforts to reduce traffic in the city center and encourage alternative modes of transport, the municipality wishes to transform the current Prieuré parking lot into an environmentally friendly transport hub. The current facility off the A63 Clive Sullivan Way west of Hull will be transformed as part of the plans.

The aim is to provide different options for people to enter the city and is described by the council as “a high quality customer experience”. The new visualizations show that the Priory Park transport hub would offer, among other things, solar canopies, electric vehicle charging, improved waiting areas, better passenger information and enhanced security.

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Packages include:

  • Real-time bus information screens;
  • Built-in trip planner touch screens;
  • Cooling facilities;
  • Office space;
  • parcel delivery lockers;
  • electric buses;
  • solar powered awnings;
  • charging of electric vehicles;
  • Charging electric bikes/scooters;
  • Secure parking for bicycles;
  • Priority parking;
  • Public bicycle sharing system;
  • Digital assistance for visually impaired bus passengers;
  • Improved CCTV;
  • 24/7 assistance points;
  • Luggage/shopping carts;
  • Bee-friendly living roof

Park & ​​Ride is a key part of Hull’s recently launched bus service improvement plan, which in turn is part of the ambitious Hull 2030 Carbon Neutral strategy. The council announced this week its participation in the Oh Yes! Net Zero campaign, encouraging businesses and local residents to reduce their emissions and take positive action against climate change.

Councilor Dean Kirk, Transport, Roads & Highways Portfolio Holder, said: “We are delighted to unveil our vision for the future of Priory Park & ​​Ride today. Although only a concept at this stage, this innovative and eco-friendly transport hub would provide a much improved passenger experience to encourage more people to leave their cars, choose modes of transport greener and to play their part in the fight against climate change.

“With the right investment, we believe Park & ​​Ride has a key role to play in changing the way people get around our city. We hope to make this vision a reality within the next two years, as we continue our journey to make Hull a carbon neutral city by 2030.”

The 650-seater Park & ​​Ride lot, at Henry Boot Way, is connected to the city center by a Stagecoach bus service, which currently operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Additional services are also provided for football and rugby matches at MKM Stadium, as well as the Hull Fair and other major events in the city center such as the Freedom Festival.

The council hopes to be able to extend these opening hours, with buses operating seven days a week. The new Enhanced Bus Partnership will also explore ways to reduce travel times to and from the park and ride.

Matt Cranwell, managing director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we are focused on rebuilding the bus network to support Hull’s local economy. Park and Ride is a key aspect of the city’s future transport strategy, encouraging commuters and visitors to leave their cars and complete the last part of their journey in a more environmentally friendly way, helping reduce traffic congestion and emissions.

“We are excited about Hull City Council‘s vision for Priory Park, which provides excellent guest facilities with new and innovative ideas to enhance the Park & ​​Ride experience in Hull. We look forward to working in partnership to make this virtual concept a reality in the near future. »

Other options also explored for the Park & ​​Ride site include:

  • Section of the car park reserved for carpooling;
  • Pick-up point for coach holidays;
  • Truck parking / rest area;
  • Opportunities for Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUD) Systems to Aid Flood Prevention.

As part of Hull’s bus service improvement plan, the council is also exploring options for park and ride facilities to the north and east of the city, in addition to and/or integrated with transport hubs.

Buttonwood Park Zoo Director Keith Lovett heads to the Bronx Zoo


NEW BEDFORD – “While saying goodbye to the animal friends I have made over the past nine years is difficult, what I will miss most is the incredible staff who are so dedicated to the zoo and the supportive community which has allowed it to thrive,” were the parting words of Keith Lovett as he steps down as executive director of Buttonwood Park Zoo.

He took the position of Director of Animal Programs at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

“It has been a pleasure to lead BPZOO and work in New Bedford for the past nine years,” Lovett said in a prepared statement. “I am very proud of the physical changes made to the zoo and the improvements that have been made to mission-based programs during this time. The support of this great community, alongside all the great staff, is what I will miss the most.

“Making the decision to leave the zoo and New Bedford was difficult, but the opportunity to have a leadership role at one of the world’s leading zoos and conservation organizations was an opportunity I had to embrace,” said Lovett commented via email. .

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Lovett came to the zoo through the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he served as director for 13 years. He is originally from Salem, New Hampshire.

“The most important thing is to look at education and other zoo programs to make community outreach a priority,” Lovett said in 2012 when he was appointed by Mayor Jon Mitchell as director. from the zoo.

“Many congratulations to Executive Director of Buttonwood Park Zoo, Keith Lovett, who will become Director of Animal Programs at the Bronx Zoo – a major position in the zoological profession and a reflection of what he has accomplished here,” Mitchell said. Monday night on social media. “During his ten-year tenure at New Bedford, Keith’s leadership ushered in new and expanded exhibits, an upsurge in attendance, and a growing national reputation for conservation and animal welfare programs. We thank Keith for his countless contributions and wish him well in his new role.

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“We have the opportunity to be the voice of the community that teaches our children and encourages our adults to not only care about the environment, but to act on behalf of the environment,” Lovett said in 2019 when the zoo was celebrating its 125th. birthday.

With over 25 years of animal expertise and a passion rooted in wildlife conservation, Keith has provided exceptional leadership and growth to this beloved community institution, BPZoo said in its newsletter.

Among his accomplishments during his tenure at BPZOO, Lovett greatly enhanced the animal care and welfare, environmental education, and community impact programs for which BPZOO is now known. In addition, BPZOO has significantly increased its support for wildlife conservation programs for threatened and endangered species, both locally and globally, the bulletin states.

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“I am proud of what has been accomplished by the Zoo and Zoological Society over the past decade and I am confident that they will continue to expand their mission-based programs and overall positive impact on the community in the future. “, commented Lovett.

Shara Rapoza, who was deputy director of zoological services, will serve as acting director, pending approval of her appointment by the city council. The chief executive position will be posted soon, said Mike Lawrence, spokesman for the mayor’s office.

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NY to prevent unwanted friends from approaching your home this spring


This is the time of year when the bears wake up from their slumber. Here are some tips to prevent them from approaching your home.

With the warmer weather we’ve had, it’s a sign that spring is here. Another sign is by far the most obvious, the first official calendar day of spring is this Sunday, March 20. As noted above, the bears are starting to come out of their winter hibernation and they are hungry. So what can you do to avoid seeing a bear walking through your yard?

American black bear


Bears are by nature very opportunistic eaters according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In other words, they will literally take whatever they can get in most situations. That trash bag that’s in the trash can next to your house might just be a prime target for them. Bird feeders and food left outside for your pet can also be a source of attraction.

See that bear relaxing in a tree? He could be sitting like this in your backyard patiently waiting for another round of trash to be served. the DEC also says that bears have a sharp memory, especially when it comes to finding where they can feed. If they found food in your garden once, chances are they’ll come back remembering how easy it was to get a meal.

That’s the easy part, the bears haven’t woken up yet. the NYS DEC advises you by April 1 to take down all bird feeders, avoid letting trash sit outside, and also bring food for your pets to avoid a unwanted problem there as well.

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Many of the towns included jump out at the casual observer as popular summer rental spots – Branson of the Ozarks, Missouri or Lake Havasu in Arizona – it might surprise you to dive deeper into some quality of life offerings at beyond the beach and vacation homes. You’ll likely learn from a wide range of Americana: one of the last 1950s-style drive-ins in the Midwest; a Florida town that began as a retirement area for Civil War veterans; an island teeming with some of the nation’s best public schools and revenue streams smack dab in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town containing more than the prison blues of Johnny Cash.

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Just saying the names of these cities immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, fancy cars and fancy restaurants. Read on to see which city in your home state won the title of richest place and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows, your hometown might even be on this list.

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Every beach town has its share of pros and cons, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best in which to live. For the knowledge, Stacker consulted WalletHub data, published on June 17, 2020, which compares American beach towns. The ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. Cities ranged from 10,000 to 150,000 people, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read it complete methodology here. From these rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida won’t be surprised to learn that many of the cities featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boys’ names and top five girls’ names are listed for each state, along with the number of babies born in 2018 with this name. Historically common names like Michael have only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper makes the top five for 22 states.

Curious to know which names are trending in your home country? Keep reading to see if your name makes the top five – or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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5WPR announces partnership with Ukraine-based non-profit organization TiKVA Odessa


TiKVA has recently undertaken missions to help Ukrainian refugees evacuate the country to safety. 5WPR represents TiKVA Odessa pro bono.

NEW YORK, March 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — 5WPR, one of the largest independent companies PR firms in the United Statesstarted working with TiKVA, a set of children’s homes in Odessain support of their mission to save the lives of Jewish children at risk and to alleviate the suffering of impoverished Jewish families in Odessa, Ukraine.

More recently, the organization has undertaken many missions to help refugees from Ukraine cross the UkraineRomania border to security. To date, they have helped more than 2,000 refugees – children and elderly people – to escape the situation by Ukraine.

“It was heartbreaking to see the war in Ukraine unfold, and we have been eager to apply our skills and resources to modestly support those helping the people of Ukraine on the front lines,” said Co-CEO of 5WPR, Matthieu Caiola. “We are honored that TiKVA has entrusted us with the support of their work and we look forward to sharing the exceptional mission they are undertaking at such a critical time in history.”

“We are very grateful for the partnership with 5WPR and the work they have already done to help us shine a light on the devastating circumstances facing the people of Ukraine“, said Rabbi Refeal Kruskal, CEO of TiKVA Odessa. “We greatly appreciate their generosity in supporting us as we dedicate our resources to help the people of Ukraine.”

Led by Rabbi Refael KruskalTiKVA has pivoted in its mission to help evacuate thousands of Ukrainians – mostly children and the elderly – to Romania since the beginning of the war with Russia. Located 275 miles south of the Ukrainian capital of Kyivthe city is a major seaport located on the northwest shore of the Black Sea and the fourth largest city in Ukraine.

About TiKVA
The TiKVA Children’s Home was founded in 1996 with the commitment to provide orphaned, abandoned, abused and homeless Jewish children with Odessa, Ukraine with food, shelter, education, guidance and a warm, loving environment. To learn more about the TiKVA Children’s Home and to donate, please visit www.TiKVAOdessa.org. TiKVA Children’s Home is a registered non-profit charitable organization with 501(c)(3) status.

About 5WPR
5W Public Relations is a full-service public relations agency in New York known for its cutting-edge programs that interact with businesses, issues, and ideas. With over 250 professionals serving clients in B2C (beauty and fashion, consumer brands, entertainment, food and beverage, health and wellness, travel and hospitality, technology, non-profit), B2B (corporate communication and reputation management), public affairs, crisis communication and Digital Marketing (Social Networks, Influencers, Paid Media, SEO). 5W was awarded the PR Agency of the Year 2020 award and offers large companies an ingenious, bold and results-oriented communication approach.

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Kimball on Main, a high-rise building in Park City, sold

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee recently opened a temporary location at Kimball on Main during the Winter Olympics in China. A financial company acquired the building.
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A finance company has acquired the Kimball on Main, a high-profile property along Main Street that is one of Park City’s most notable commercial buildings.

Stanton Road Capital, with offices in El Segundo, Calif., and the Snyderville Basin, acquired ownership of a company under the umbrella of Columbus Pacific Properties. The deal was closed earlier this week. A statement from another party that marketed the property did not identify a price.

The Kimball on Main occupies one corner of the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue. It is a particularly busy and visible location on the shopping, dining and entertainment strip.

The release says the 25,410 square foot property is fully leased. There are commercial spaces in the building as well as event spaces. Some of the tenants include LL Bean and We Norwegians. The event space provides a Main Street backdrop for a range of gatherings. The building recently hosted a temporary home for the United States team organized by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee during the Winter Olympics in China.

A representative for Stanton Road Capital, LLC did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. The company’s property portfolio includes locations across the United States, including California, Texas and Missouri. One of the other properties in the portfolio, called Strawberry Lodge, is in California’s Lake Tahoe region, a competing mountain resort of Park City. Two properties are listed in Salt Lake City.

The deal came as Park City is in the midst of a strong economic rebound after tourism collapsed two years ago during lockdowns in the early months of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Main Street had good numbers throughout this ski season and the previous winter, and the summer numbers were also impressive.

Main Street real estate has been a draw for decades, with prices considered some of the highest in the state per square foot. The limited number of buildings on the street, coupled with the high demand for the main street address, has consistently driven prices up.

The news release announcing the transaction highlights Park City’s location, fast-growing community, area wealth and Park City’s status as host of the Sundance Film Festival.

The Kimball on Main property includes a historic building and a large modern addition. The historic building once housed the Kimball Art Center. The non-profit organization chose to sell the building after a long dispute with the town hall over major expansion plans.

The deal involving the Kimball Art Center as the seller was closely watched as Park City-area real estate figures and the general public waited to hear about the building’s future. Columbus Pacific Properties acquired the building and associated land in 2015 in a $7.5 million transaction. The Kimball Art Center identified the award in an annual filing required by the IRS. The property had been listed by the Kimball Art Center with an asking price of $8 million.

News from the region: March 16, 2022 | Community News

A food distribution will take place in Laurens

LAURENS — St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church will sponsor its monthly free food distribution for families in need on Thursday, March 17 starting at 4 p.m. while supplies last.

Motorists should enter the church parking lot along the driveway beside the Laurens Post Office on Brook Street.

Program featuring the wild animals of the park

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society’s online program at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18 will showcase Yellowstone National Park through the eyes of Bozeman, Montana-based interpreter guide Kyle Dudgeon.

According to a press release, described as a nature photographer, writer and naturalist, Dudgeon will recount his experiences in Yellowstone among wildlife such as grizzly bears, wolves and bison.

“A Summer in America’s First National Park” is free and accessible to the public.

The required registration can be done at www.doas.us/yellowstone-stories/

Sale of pulled pork for the benefit of the agency

UNADILLA — The First Presbyterian Church at 156 Main Street in Unadilla will welcome spring by serving pulled pork takeout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sold out on Saturday, March 19.

Pulled pork on a brioche roll with pickle and applesauce will sell for $4.50, along with a la carte items of broccoli slaw, coleslaw and cookies for 75 cents each.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Presbyterian Missionary Agency, One Great Hour of Sharing. Currently, the agency is supporting emergency relief for those fleeing violence in Ukraine.

Patrons must wear masks when entering the church and follow the social distancing instructions provided.

Presentation to present the return of Monarch

SHERBURNE — “Preparing for Monarchs” will be presented by the Friends of the Rogers Environmental Education Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 on Zoom.

Eric Diefenbacher, a Friends of Rogers board member and SUNY Morrisville professor, will speak about preparing for the monarchs’ return to New York, according to a press release. The history of monarch migration, timing of milkweed, and how to raise caterpillars in captivity for fall release will be included. Information about monarch butterfly citizen science groups will also be provided.

Email [email protected] to register.

America’s Food Basin Must Be Addressed

COOPERSTOWN – Friends of the Village Library and co-sponsor Cooperstown Food Pantry will host Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship Executive Director Phoebe Schreiner at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, who will address “America needs a new food basin – New York is the answer.”

The March presentation of its Sunday speaker program will take place on the third floor of the Party Hall at 22 Main Street in Cooperstown.

According to a press release, much of the food consumed in the United States is produced in California, but California is battling wildfires, experiencing drought due to climate change and suffering from labor shortages and supply chain issues. It has been suggested that the nation look elsewhere for long-term food production solutions for a growing population and a changing climate.

Schreiner will discuss CADE’s efforts to make New York State a primary food basin for the nation’s Northeast Corridor by 2050. She notes in the release that this can be accomplished by increasing the number of agricultural businesses and thriving and diverse food across the state.

Schreiner has over 20 years of international and national experience, from global to local, leading social and economic development programs, including working with the United States Agency for International Development, United Nations, and Open Society Foundations. .

Hobart bookstore to organize readings

HOBART – Liberty Rock Bookstore at 678 Main St. in Hobart will host the Stamford Library Writers’ Circle for afternoon readings of original works at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 20.

Authors will present short readings of their poetry, short fiction and memoirs. Circle members include Sandra Arnone, TM Bradshaw, Christine Hauser, Brian Kletchka, Priscilla Martin, Edward Lamb Nichols, Rhiannon Radu, Chris Santomassino and Rick van Valkenburg.

Introduce young anglers to trout fishing during the pre-season program on March 26


Children 15 and under are invited to experience the thrill of catching a fish at “Trout Fishing for Kids” on Saturday, March 26, with the DuPage Forest Preserve District. It will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the Wood Dale Grove Forest Reserve in Wood Dale.

Kids have a great opportunity to fish the 9-acre Grove Lake after it’s stocked with rainbow trout, but before the official spring opening, giving them a better chance of catching fish . Family members, 16 years of age or older, are welcome to join the Young Anglers, but may not fish themselves.

The event is free and registration is not required.

Some equipment will be available for loan, but participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Bait is provided.

The entrance to Wood Dale Grove Forest Reserve is on Wood Dale Road, half a mile north of Lake Street. For more information, call (630) 933-7248.

DuPage County’s Forest Preserve District has connected people to nature for over 100 years. More than 6.2 million people visit its 60 forest reserves, 266 kilometers of trails, six educational centers and dozens of programs each year. For more neighborhood information, call (630) 933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org.

3 principles to develop leadership development in your organization

3 principles to develop leadership development in your organization

To thrive, survive, and stay competitive in today’s job market, organizations are under pressure to foster a human-centric culture. Employees now expect personal development opportunities in the workplace – it is no longer optional but rather a challenge for employers to provide these avenues.

How can HR leaders meet the growing demands of their role across the business while providing development strategies that benefit all employees and not just a small, qualified, high-potential subset? And how can they provide equitable learning opportunities in a way that doesn’t interrupt workflow, is cost-effective, and allows flexibility to choose how and when to engage?

The best way to achieve these goals is to make high-impact leadership development accessible and scalable across the organization. Below are three principles for successfully developing leadership development, so that you can develop leadership skills at all levels and unlock the collective potential of your people.

1. Intentionally plan your leadership strategy.

A leadership strategy clearly defines how many leaders are needed, where they are needed, and with what skills, both individually and collectively, to achieve the desired results.

Achieving optimal leadership development scalability begins with asking the question, “What are the business problems and opportunities that require a leadership solution?” By intentionally planning your leadership strategy from the start, you can better identify your organization’s current capabilities and uncover any leadership gaps that may exist.

To begin planning your leadership strategy, remember to keep the big picture in mind. Don’t fall into the trap of focusing on leadership development that targets certain pockets of leaders or a learning modality. This leads to inequities and a lack of inclusiveness that decrease the likelihood of achieving organizational goals. Learn more about factors to consider when creating a leadership strategy.

2. Provide access to relevant and flexible leadership content.

Scaling leadership development requires significant commitment within the organization, as well as a holistic view. People learn in different ways, so it’s essential to design a mix of learning modes that work for different people at different levels: personalized development over time, in-house-led skill-building workshops, and self-directed digital delivery. Providing content that is relevant to an employee’s day-to-day challenges and delivered in the format that best suits them increases equity of access and can help you reach more learners effectively to truly advance your performance goals. .

Organizations can access just-in-time leadership development experiences and scale them to large audiences by partnering with a solutions provider with proven, robust content. When choosing a partner, look for a forward-looking partner who can conduct cutting-edge research and translate it into programs and products that can be easily deployed. If you’ve established a relationship with the right leadership development partner, you’ll be in a better position to address critical issues within your employee population as they arise.

3. Align and leverage internal and external talent.

Today, employees expect opportunities for personal development in the workplace. While HR teams understand this critical need, they don’t always have the tools to deliver meaningful leadership development to align with organizational KPIs in a way that’s both scalable and customizable.

If you’re partnering with an external solution provider to help scale development within your organization, getting alignment between your internal training talent and the company providing the support is critical. Your employees better understand your organization’s unique culture, challenges, and business strategy. The role of a leadership development partner should be to deliver a comprehensive set of flexible and actionable content that can be deployed on the appropriate schedule, freeing up your internal training talents to tailor content to your organization’s unique needs.

It is also good practice to hire and onboard business leaders in addition to HR and talent development staff. These leaders can use the skills and passion they have developed for their specific role to complement L&D trainers. This concept of leader-led development helps embed new skills deeply into the business and supports the scaling effort, while providing invaluable insights.

Boost performance and inclusiveness with scalable solutions

Imagine the impact that will result for your organization if the vision, language and shared behaviors of leadership are directly linked to a critical business need. Scaling leadership development is the optimal way to build new capabilities across the business and let everyone in your organization know they are valued and supported.

Tools such as CCA Passport can provide your organization with a comprehensive, adaptable and tailored leadership development solution, enabling you to quickly achieve real business results and foster an inclusive learning culture with scalable solutions.

Shortage of lifeguards could close some Overland Park pools this summer, city warns


A continued shortage of lifeguards could hamper operations at the city’s pool at Overland Park this summer.

City officials say they are currently short of the number of lifeguards they need, creating the possibility that some pools in the city will operate at reduced hours or remain completely closed.

This is not a new problem locally.

Last summer, several towns in Johnson County — including Roeland Park, Prairie Village and Shawnee — struggled to fill lifeguard positions and cut pool hours accordingly.

It coincided with wider shortages of lifeguards Across the countrya problem attributed at least in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overland Park Shortage

Lifeguard vacancies also impacted Overland Park’s pool schedule last summer.

Overland Park operates six public pools, five of which are outdoor pools open only during the summer season. (The indoor pools at the Matt Ross Community Center are open year-round.)

The city was only able to open three last summer — the Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Centerthe Youth pool and the Stonegate Pool.

There were 220 total lifeguards on total staff in 2021, and cCity officials say there could be even fewer this year.

In a city newsletter, water sports supervisor Renee Reis said as of this week there are only enough lifeguards signed up to fully staff an outdoor pool for the season. future.

“Swimming is an incredibly fun operation, but safety must remain our top priority,” Reis said. “It’s just not safe to operate swimming pools without a full staff of lifeguards.”

The city says it needs 225 lifeguards to be full for the summer, but currently only has 100 applicants.

If the current number of lifeguards does not increase, Reis says KCTV that the city may only be able to open the Matt Ross pools and two of the outdoor pools.

“We’re not going to put our staff in a position where they can’t properly maintain safety standards,” she said.

City pool lifeguards begin training on May 1 and pools are expected to open for the summer season on May 30.

Anyone interested in applying to become a lifeguard can do so here. The position starts at $13 per hour.

Staffing shortages have also affected other city facilities, including the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmwho warned that its summer lineup could be reduced if some seasonal positions are not filled.

Pa. moving forward with possible toll bridge over I81 in Susquehanna


Pennsylvania appears to be moving forward with a plan that could end up charging motorists a toll to cross a bridge on Interstate 81 in Susquehanna County.

According to an Associated Press report, Governor Tom Wolf’s administration has selected a consortium of companies to manage the construction of up to nine major interstate bridges where upgrades must be paid for by tolls.

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Wolf’s Department of Transportation selected the group from three finalists, but also said Wednesday (March 9) that it had not decided which of the nine bridges had to toll.

A bridge over the Susquehanna River just south of Binghamton is among those being discussed for the tolling option.

The winning entry includes three international companies. They are American subsidiaries of the Israeli company Shikun & Binui, a development subsidiary of the Australian group Macquarie and the Spanish construction company FCC Construccion. It also includes four other companies that have US-based parent companies and are headquartered in Pennsylvania. Construction is expected to begin in 2023 or 2024.

If approved, motorists who do not have the Multi-State EZPass would have their license plate scanned electronically and billed to them for the toll charge for the bridge. All tolls collected from each span shall accrue directly to the repair, replacement, or maintenance of that particular bridge under the PennDOT plan.

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Another meeting? Looks like Robel Garcia is returning to the Cubs organization


One of the best stories of the past few years has been service man/slugger Robel Garcia’s rise from the Italian national team (seriously) to the Cubs’ minor leaguers, quickly all the way to Double-A and then Triple- A, and eventually the big league team. He got just 80 big league appearances for the Cubs this 2019 season, and he hit a funky .208/.275/.500 (92 wRC+) thanks to an ISO of .292 and a K-rate of 43.8%. He was the original Patrick Wisdom, but for a much shorter period of time and with a wilder history.

From there, Garcia ended up being let go by the Cubs, and he played the 2021 season in the Astros system. Unfortunately, he just didn’t hit it with the big league team or their Triple-A affiliate, and he was back there looking for a job.

Based on an edit to his Instagram account today, it looks like he’s reunited with the Cubs:

Garcia, now 28, can play in different places and his power is exceptional. Contact issues have obviously been pronounced, and there’s not necessarily much hope for it to improve. But with how hard he’s worked in his career, you absolutely wouldn’t want to rule out an improvement, especially if the cost is just a minor league deal to see what happens. That is, you can assume it’s a minor league deal.

We’ll see if that really happens, and go from there. It could be the second meeting of the day, after the return of Jesse Chavez.

The dynamic duo charged with saving the Bronx’s parks | The Riverdale Press



Eric Adams wants to spend so much time focusing on the parks that some might confuse him with Robert Moses – at least the good qualities of this New York icon. And the mayor will do so through a new management team drawn from the outlying boroughs.

Like Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, who until earlier this year managed the Bronx portion of the more than 30,000 acres set aside for green space. She is the new Assistant Parks Commissioner, reporting to Susan Donoghue, who led neighborhood parks efforts in her Prospect Park community in Brooklyn.

Adams focuses his mission on making the park system “equitable,” especially when it comes to outer boroughs relative to Manhattan, by finding the best that those boroughs — like the Bronx — have to offer.

Rodriguez-Rosa has led the borough’s parks department since 2015. And now she’ll be tasked with finding ways to create more green space.

“She’s had her day at the borough level,” Adams told reporters last month. “It connects the community with green spaces that benefit their physical and emotional value.”

The physical and emotional benefits are at the forefront of the mayor’s mind. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, many were forced to stay indoors, despite the spring – and later summer – weather. Desperate to get some fresh air, while staying as far away from others as possible, many retreated to parks and streets. This created a demand for green space that had not been seen since the turn of the century. The last century.

Whether it’s COVID-19 or simply participating in physical activities, there’s always a way to break free.

“Some parks have rooms and buildings (for) exercise routines and weekly events,” said Karen Argenti, founder of the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality.

Argenti worked with Rodriguez-Rosa for five years at Van Cortlandt Park, the city’s third largest at over 1,100 acres. It was quite a learning experience for the future deputy commissioner, Argenti said, exposing her to environmental regulations and green infrastructure.

“It’s just about the money,” Argenti said.

Rodriguez-Rosa was district manager of Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood community council in 1979 — the youngest ever appointed, according to the mayor’s office. In 1986, she was director of community councils, then moved to upper Manhattan to manage operations.

She took office as Bronx Parks Commissioner in 2015, and among her many notables, Rodriguez-Rosa led efforts to merge the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park with the Van Cortlandt Conservancy, creating the current Van Cortlandt Park. Alliance.

She reports to Donoghue, who previously managed and worked with some 200 people to maintain the 585-acre Prospect Park. She has also raised millions of dollars over the years, thanks to a strong network and her ability to put this Brooklyn park front and center for many nearby businesses and residents. Other parks, especially in the Bronx, just don’t get that kind of financial attention.

If Adams really wants to transform the parks, Argenti said, it’s going to take money. Right now the request is 1% of the overall city budget, which is not a big request. But Jodie Colón, co-founder of Friends of Spuyten Duyvil, says that kind of money – more than $500 million – just isn’t enough.

“Capital projects are great, but they’re like groundbreaking events,” she said. “Maintenance and operations aren’t sexy, but they are essential.”

The borough presidents themselves joined forces to ask Adams — a former Brooklyn executive himself — to increase that funding by another percentage point. This would nearly double the existing parks budget.

Groups like the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and Operation Spuyten Duyvil de Colón do a lot of work through volunteers and other green space enthusiasts. Yet despite their best efforts, there is just more than can – and should – be done.

Volunteers are essential. They are not horticultural workers or skilled craftsmen. But they play a key role in maintaining the city’s parks. It’s like maintaining a house: the longer it takes to repair, the harder it will be to do so. And more expensive too.

“If you don’t fix something for about 100 years,” Argenti said, “it’s going to cost you a lot of money.”

The Bristol Press – Indian Rock celebrates spring with maple syrup and pancakes

BRISTOL – Indian Rock Nature Preserve continued its 12th annual pancake breakfast and maple sugar demonstration fundraiser despite a wet morning.

“It’s kind of like a celebration of spring because things are starting to warm up and we know that because we’re extracting sap from trees and making maple syrup. It’s a great time for people to come here to Indian Rock Nature Preserve to enjoy delicious pancakes made by volunteers,” said Scott Heth, executive director of Connecticut Environmental Learning Centers.

In addition to the meal, visitors were able to see how maple syrup is made in the canning sugar shack as well as how Native Americans make it. Bacon and sausages were also served at the event, along with maple candies and cookies.

The reserve has exploited about 60 sugar maple trees. The sugar season begins around mid-February, the manager said, and lasts until the end of March over a period of about six weeks.

“We need to have freezing nights and thaw days, so below zero at night and a nice sunny 45 degrees during the day,” Heth said. “It creates a pressure gradient inside the tree that is higher than the atmospheric pressure outside the tree, so the sap actually comes out. Even if you drill a hole in the tree, if you don’t have these conditions, the sap will not come out.

The sap of a sugar maple tree contains about three percent sugar, and much of the sap is evaporated to create maple syrup by boiling.

“That’s about 40 gallons of sap to a gallon of syrup,” Heth said. “We have about 80 taps and I don’t like to put more than two taps in a tree. Each tap, traditionally during the season, will produce one liter of syrup. We will do up to 20 gallons.

The syrup from the can is mainly sold as a fundraiser. Profits are used to support education and environmental programs.

Mobile Maple One, as the sugar shack is called, produces all the syrup for the jam. Volunteer Bill Pastyrnak boiled sap in the cabin during the event.

“We boil that and our end product is 66% sugar,” Pastyrnak said. “Water boils at 212 degrees (Fahrenheit). The sap boils at 219 degrees. . . The boiling process can take eight to 10 hours. ”

The syrup will be filtered to separate the tree debris from the final product. Boiling it further from the syrup will produce maple sugar.

Leila Agoora, Preservation Volunteer Coordinator, said she thought the day was good and thanked the volunteers who came out to help with the event.

“All of our events can’t be what they are without them,” she said.

Jamie Fournier, a reserve volunteer but present as a patron at the breakfast, said she thought the event was a great opportunity for the community to support the reserve. She said she participated wherever she could and had volunteered for the reserve for about two years.

Kirsten Tomlinson, Director of Education at ELCCT, helped guests learn how to identify a sugar maple.

“We can use leaves during summer and fall, but this time of year we have to look at other things because they don’t have leaves, so we look at bark and buds and branches of the tree,” she said. “It has rough bark, and on a sugar maple, under the cracks, you can see it looks a little orange.”

Sugar maple leaves have five lobes and paired buds and are usually dark and pointed. Maples have opposite branching patterns.

Published in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington Herald, Terryville on Saturday, March 12, 2022 7:34 PM. Update: Saturday March 12, 2022 7:36 PM.

New eCash features fix crypto loopholes with freedom


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Recent protests in Ottawa and blockades around the Canada-U.S. border have sparked tensions during a three-week standoff between the people and the ‘State. Truckers opposed mask mandates and mandatory vaccinations, drawing large crowds of supporters in person and online. Fiat and even crypto donations were pouring in from crowdfunding campaigns and wallet addresses. Shortly after, the Canadian government ordered banks to freeze 206 accounts affiliated with the protest. In an unprecedented move, Trudeau signed the Emergencies Act. In a tweet from Ottawa Police, they threatened financial penalties as repercussions and considered any support a criminal charge. In recent days, the Emergencies Act was finally repealed, although bank accounts remain frozen and wallet addresses continue to be blacklisted.

The Canadian government was able to easily blacklist 253 wallet addresses due to Bitcoin’s easily traceable nature: an ever-shared public ledger on the Internet” (Bohannon). This is why criminals cannot hide behind Bitcoin, or even Ethereum for that matter on centralized exchanges due to the identity authentication process (Know Your Customer).If another crypto fundraiser were to take place, Bitcoin might not be the answer — its addresses are too transparent on the blockchain.

The only way to avoid overshooting central authority without recourse is to successfully move away from wallets on centralized exchanges. In response to the Emergencies Act, Kraken CEO Jesse Powell advised concerned users: “Do not keep your funds with a centralized/regulated depository. We cannot protect you. Withdraw your coins/cash and only trade p2p,” he tweeted. It certainly sounds like an easy pivot, but understanding how decentralization works requires a bit more knowledge and patience. A small token swap on Uniswap can cost hundreds of dollars in gas fees on Ethereum, which again is inconvenient for small traders. If the Freedom Convoy were to use these crypto recipes for water, food, or materials to rally continued support, they would need a customer and a vendor to open their wallets and trade with each other. others. Inevitably, they will still have to deal with the high fees and slow transaction times to make their transaction successful.

Altcoins that implemented technology to address tracking and government fee issues remained relatively neglected in the 2021 bull market. eCash, a previous fork of Bitcoin, implements larger blocks to virtually eliminate throughput scarcity . Confidentiality is available through the CashFusion opt-in protocol, updated in the latest version, which preserves the verifiability of supply. eCash also has the same supply cap and low inflation characteristics as its predecessor, Bitcoin. The latest version of the eCash software has also quietly transformed each node into an invisible Internet project node, allowing users to participate in a separate, uncensored private layer of the Internet. There are plenty of other altcoins like Monero that claim to be “private cryptocurrencies” that can protect wallet addresses – but higher inflation, poor auditability, and darknet ties are driving adoption and levy mistrust. support.

The Freedom Convoy of Truckers in Canada paved the way for an ambitious near-perfect case study for Bitcoin. But the government’s successful interference in blacklisting wallet addresses exposed its flaws and the problems that other altcoins still face. Bitcoin and Ethereum failed to overcome state opposition to their use in a crowdfunding campaign. Next time we will learn which cryptocurrencies can be successful.

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Tate named state director of women in government organization | Local News


A local legislator was chosen to lead a state delegation of local women leaders.

Representative Nancy Tate of Brandenburg has been named the 2022 Women In Government State Director for Kentucky.

“I am very grateful to have the opportunity to serve as a state executive,” Tate said in a press release. “I look forward to working alongside other state legislators to engage in strategic plans to meet Kentucky’s current and future needs.”

According to the release, Women In Government brings together state legislators and stakeholder experts with broad perspectives and experiences to amplify the work of women legislators.

“The vision is to provide a means to empower all women state legislators to lead and implement complex policy solutions by leveraging the knowledge and wisdom of experts and peers,” the statement said. .

Since its inception, Women In Government has established leadership and education activities to support informed policy decisions at the state level, the statement said. With more than 30 years of experience working with state legislators, state agency officials, and the public, the group annually hosts educational conferences, state briefings, and other political events to address the country’s public policy issues.

State Directors are the organization‘s go-to ambassadors in their states and are called upon to communicate pressing policy issues, as well as best practice solutions. As a nonpartisan organization, Women In Government aims to have party parity in all leadership positions, the statement said.

Tate has worked at Kentucky House since 2019. She represents the 27th House District, which includes Meade and part of Hardin County. Tate is currently co-chair of the Pro-Life Caucus. She is also a member of the Advisory and Oversight Committee for Health and Family Services, State Government, Small Business and Information Technology, Agriculture and Child Welfare. and the Southern Region Board of Education.

San Antonio Celebrates New Developments at Martin Luther King Park


The city of San Antonio celebrated the completion of improvements to Martin Luther King Park that was part of the 2017 bond project. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the installments on Tuesday, March 8.

Park visitors can expect a new pavilion with attached bathrooms, new paved pathways, additional parking, a wading pool that will open at a later date, and a new artwork called “Spheres of Refection” by local artist, Kaldric Dow.

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The City of San Antonio has completed improvements to Martin Luther King Park.

San Antonio Department of Parks and Recreation

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The city said it also installed a new artwork called “Spheres of Reflection” by San Antonio artist Kaldric Dow.

San Antonio Department of Parks and Recreation

The new features at Martin Luther King Park are one of many projects the city plans to complete in 2022. Last year, the city revealed what’s to come in 2022 in a YouTube video on Dec. 28.

At Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati Avenue, the city said the former site of the Berta Almaguer Dance Studio will become a new community center for dance, meetings, recitals and other events. The city said the project is expected to open in late 2022.

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The city of San Antonio celebrated the completion on Tuesday, March 8.

San Antonio Department of Parks and Recreation

At Pearsall Park, 5102 Old Pearsall Road, the city announced it would be installing a new pump track and bike lanes for cyclists, along with new restrooms, picnic tables and shaded areas. The department expects the new attractions to open in the spring of 2022.

The city also plans to merge Lockwood and Dignowity parks in the east end of the city along Olive and Nolan streets. It will become a park with a new playground, dog park, parking and lighting.

Logoly State Park plans Spring Break events on March 19 | local entertainment

Logoly State Park is celebrating Spring Break from school with special events.

Beginning Saturday, March 19 and throughout the week, Logoly staff will be offering a variety of programs, games and hikes for children and families.

Learn about snakes, discover the world hidden in a rotting log, and participate in a citizen science project while exploring the park.

On Saturday, March 19, join Devin Moon and park staff from 10 a.m. to noon to participate in a citizen science survey of dragonflies and damselflies at Logoly State Park. The project will begin with an introductory talk by Moon, then search for dragonflies and damselflies in their pupal and adult forms. This survey will require some walking and participants will be in muddy and wet areas, so wear old clothes and shoes that are comfortable for walking, and clothes that can take the mud.

A camera or smartphone will be useful but is not required to participate. People can bring their own insect, air and water nets, if they have them.

Contact the piece for a complete schedule at 870-695-3561 or email [email protected]

CLICK HERE to find Logoly programs online.

Established as a state park in 1974, Logoly State Park was created as Arkansas’ first environmental education park. Logoly State Park is located in McNeil off US 79.

Avian flu detected in Dutchess Game Reserve; what there is to know


Last January, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, of the United States Department of Agriculture announced that a few cases of avian influenza – highly pathogenic avian influenza – had been detected in wild bird populations. and servants in some country states.

APHIS rigorously monitors bird populations, so it’s no surprise that it found birds that had contracted the disease. Given that less than 20% of infected birds show any symptoms, the fact that they were able to find sick birds is in itself surprising.

To date, a private pheasant preserve here in Dutchess County has detected the disease in its breeding enclosures. Because the disease can spread quickly among confined birds, all birds in the reserve had to be destroyed. To my knowledge, this is the only reserve where bird flu has been detected here at Dutchess.

Because the state Department of Environmental Conservation closed all but one game farm here in New York, Reynolds Game Farm, I was concerned about the safety of the pheasants raised there. The loss of the birds at the Ithaca Game Farm would have a major impact.

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Last week, I contacted DEC and a spokesperson informed me, “DEC works closely with the United States Department of Agriculture and the New York State Department of Agriculture and , the main agencies coordinating the national and state response to treat recent cases of pathogenic avian influenza.

I was told that DEC had seen no signs of HPAI at Reynolds Game Farm and would remain vigilant in monitoring the population. DEC will coordinate with USDA if potential issues arise.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say recent bird flu detections do not present an immediate public health concern. “No human cases of these viruses have been detected in the United States”

In less than two months, on May 1, the Spring Turkey season will open. Experts generally agree that wild turkeys are not at risk of disease. But I’m hearing mixed messages on the issue.

James Kennamer, Ph.D., although now retired, spent nearly four decades as director of conservation for the National Wild Turkey Federation. He noted that bird flu is a viral infection that has been a serious problem in domestic poultry farms and wild waterfowl, but is not a problem in the wild turkey population.

On the other hand, I have seen information suggesting that it is possible for wild turkeys to contract the disease, but the risk is considered low and any outbreaks would be small and localized. The virus can only survive exposure to UV light for short periods of time, so it would not persist for long in nature.

The CDC reports that human cases of avian viruses are rare, but not unknown. A few cases have been reported. Humans can become infected when enough virus gets into their eyes, nose or mouth. Once a person is infected, symptoms range from conjunctivitis, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting to severe respiratory illness and neurological changes.

Since the beginning of this year, New York, Maine, Virginia, South Carolina, Indiana, Delaware, Florida, North Carolina and New Hampshire have been affected by the virus.

Prior to the 2022 outbreak, the last time a case was reported in the United States was in 2016, according to the CDC.

Whenever an outbreak occurs in domestic poultry, the affected flocks are destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease. Here in New York, the same goes for game birds raised on game reserves.

Some commercial operators fear that wild turkeys carry the disease and pose a threat to commercial poultry operations. It’s probably not likely; the greatest threat to the spread of the virus are migratory birds. I would advise hunters to exercise caution when handling wild birds.

DEC suggests the following when handling waterfowl:

  • Do not handle obviously sick birds or birds found dead.
  • Keep your game birds cool, clean and dry.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke while cleaning your birds.
  • Use rubber gloves to clean game.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol wipes after dressing the birds.
  • Clean all tools and surfaces immediately afterwards; use warm soapy water, then sanitize with a 10% bleach solution.
  • Cook game meat well (165 degrees) to kill pathogenic organisms.

The DEC asks you to report any unusual disease or death of birds to the Wildlife Health Program Where DEC Regional Office via www.dec.ny.gov

Bill Conners of the Federation of Fish and Game Clubs writes on outdoor issues. Email: [email protected]

When HR managers hold leadership accountable, organizations thrive


Several years ago, I met the human resources manager of a large company. At the beginning of our discussion, I could tell that she was frustrated. She started by saying, “I thought we had done everything right to develop our leaders.”

I asked him what they had done. She explained that her organization identified its high-potential leaders and created a development program for them: “We then gave them all promotions, with fancy titles and increased compensation. And now we wait.

“What are you waiting for?” I asked.

“We are waiting for them to lead!”

What did she mean by waiting? “They don’t lead,” she explained. “They are waiting for permission and direction from the management team on every issue. Or they act as spectators, watching problems persist or projects derail. She then shared what I thought was her most important insight: “It’s like they don’t know what it means to be a leader!”

As the discussion continued, we began to identify some of the implications of this challenge for the organization. She shared that senior leaders in the training program who reported to the leadership team did not set the tone of accountability for their own teams. As a result, these teams weren’t as effective as they could have been. Leaders were also letting lingering problems fester. “Instead of tackling these issues head-on, they instead choose to point fingers and blame others and make excuses when projects go off the rails,” she explained.

Finally, she admitted that the management team itself contributes to the challenges we were talking about. “We are very inconsistent when it comes to the accountability of our direct reports as leaders, and that’s something we need to address as a team,” she stressed.

It became clear that this company had a significant lack of leadership accountability that it needed to fill and correct immediately.

She wondered how she could take the initiative to establish and strengthen leadership accountability.

I told him that in my experience, the HR manager has a central role in helping an organization build leadership accountability. When a company has a strong HR manager, amazing things happen for the organization. Conversely, when leaders are weak or mediocre, nothing good can come of them.

I’ve shared a few areas for her to reflect on and pay attention to:

Set the tone on a personal level.

Many senior HR executives underestimate how important they are in personally setting the tone for strong leadership in an organization. Whether they realize it or not, everyone looks to the HR manager to see if they are living the values ​​and expectations of leadership. Ask yourself: In what specific ways do you set the tone of accountability for other leaders in your company?

Building a truly responsible HR team.

I’ve seen too many organizations have weak HR teams. Unfortunately, this ends up being a disservice to the organization. Ask yourself: have you created a truly accountable HR team that the rest of your organization looks to for inspiration?

Encourage senior managers to address weak and irresponsible leadership.

HR needs to have candid and direct conversations with members of the leadership team to highlight what happens when they don’t hold their leaders accountable. When senior executives don’t set the tone, everyone is allowed to off the hook from an accountability perspective. Ask yourself: Are senior executives doing their part to hold their leaders accountable?

Make sure the organization is committed to creating clear leadership expectations.

HR must take the lead in helping the organization create a clear set of leadership expectations that clarify what it means to be a truly accountable leader. In my global research, which I share in my book, Responsible leadersonly 49% of organizations take the time to explicitly identify a clear set of leadership expectations. Ask yourself: Has my organization created a clear set of leadership expectations for our leaders?

Provide leadership accountability measures to the board.

When the HR leader can provide the board with metrics that help them understand the true state of leadership accountability within the company, meaningful conversations can take place. The board can then better understand its role in supporting the organization to strengthen leadership accountability. Ask yourself: Are you helping your board make leadership accountability a priority?

Ensure practices are in place to foster strong management accountability.

Finally, the HR team must ensure that organizational practices (eg recruitment and selection, leadership development, performance management, etc.) are in place to strengthen accountability. Ask yourself: How well has my team embedded leadership accountability into core HR practices?

Companies all over the world are looking for ways to strengthen leadership accountability within their organizations. The HR team has an essential leadership role to play. Are you and your team stepping up your efforts?

Vince Molinaro, Ph.D.,(Ontario, Canada) is founder and CEO of Leadership contract inc. and is an author, speaker, leadership consultant and researcher. His work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes and the world economyForum.

Suspected trafficker of fatal 2016 Park City student overdoses arrested


Colin Andrew Shapard has been accused of sending dozens of opioid pills to the Park City area in recent months, some of which were used in a non-fatal overdose in February.

Court documents also allege Shapard distributed the drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two 13-year-old Park City boys in 2016.

These deaths shocked the Park City community and sparked conversations about addiction and mental health that continue to this day.

Federal documents claim Shapard, 21, has been a sophisticated opioid salesman for 8 years. His operation allegedly involved the creation of front companies, escrow accounts, currency transfers and other machinations designed to conceal his activities.

This investigation into Shapard began in November when Park City and Summit County detectives learned that he was supplying drugs to a middleman in the Park City area. According to the file, this person distributed drugs to local high school students.

An undercover agent allegedly purchased pills from Shapard multiple times online, using a specific cryptocurrency and messaging platform. The filing includes photos allegedly showing the pills and a person they believe is Shapard sending the packages.

According to the court filing, US postal inspectors intercepted several packages that Shapard sent to Utah. Shipments to the Park City area totaled dozens of pills, many of which bore specific brands and were priced between $30 and $45 each.

The filing claims that Shapard told his clients he was sending them oxycodone pills, but the pills instead tested positive for fentanyl. On February 18, the Park City Police Department issued a warning that fentanyl was circulating in the area.

The filing claims that on February 10, an 18-year-old man took several pills bearing the same brands as those distributed by Shapard. The person overdosed and was resuscitated by medical personnel using Narcan.

Federal prosecutors argue that Shapard is a flight risk and should be held pending trial.

According to the filing, Shapard faces a minimum sentence of 20 years and the possibility of a life sentence.

2022 Tompkins Spring Neighborhood Sustainable Mini-Grants Lasts April 1

Sustainable Tompkins is accepting applications for its Spring Neighborhood Mini-Grants series through April 1, 2022. Their Neighborhood Mini-Grants program supports initiatives that improve ecological stewardship, community well-being, and economic justice in the Tompkins county. Since 2008, Sustainable Tompkins has awarded more than $82,000 in 208 small grants to grassroots innovative projects across the county.

Ranging from $150 to $750, the prizes support initiatives promoting sustainable food systems, alternative transportation, waste reduction or reuse, energy conservation, reduced fossil fuel use, environmental education and the fight against social and economic inequalities. Individuals, organizations and neighborhood groups in Tompkins County are invited to apply, as are local micro-businesses looking to green their operations or expand their products or services to low-income customers.. Priority is given to small and/or new entities with relatively few sources of support.

Initiatives funded through the Tompkins Neighborhood Sustainable Mini-Grants Program in 2021 include Women at the Wheel and the Downtown bike repair station. Both focused on alternative transportation options. Women at the Wheel, led by Claire Dehm, consisted of three one-day workshops open to women and non-binary residents of Tompkins County and held at the Steamboat Landing Pavilion at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market. Through these workshops, 21 participants learned the complete process of repairing a flat bicycle tire, received a set of tools and acquired skills that allow them to travel safely and reliably by bicycle.

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) has received funding to install the Downtown Community Bike Repair Station at Press Bay Court on West Green Street. “We advocate for the addition of infrastructure to the urban core that will encourage the use of more sustainable sources of transportation like cycling,” DIA officials said. The new bike repair station is easily accessible to anyone who needs a place and the equipment to service and repair their bike and enhances the experience for cyclists in downtown Ithaca.

The Tompkins Sustainable Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program is sponsored by the Park Foundation, Craig Riecke and local donors. Proposals are reviewed twice a year by a team of community members. Applications must be submitted no later than April 1, 2022. To request an application form or if you have any questions, please call (607) 272-1720 or email [email protected]

New Brunswick landowners agitated over plans to allow prospectors on private properties

The New Brunswick government has proposed changes to the Mining Act that would allow prospectors to access any property over which they have claimed mineral rights and let them dig without notifying the owner or asking permission.

The bill sends shivers down the spine of some landowners and a group of farmers.

“This change upsets me,” said John Detorakis, owner of Canada Green Nursery and Garden Center in the community of St. George, in southwestern New Brunswick.

Detorakis was stunned last year when he discovered his farm was part of a mining rights claim by a Montreal mining company looking for gold.

John Detorakis says he is unhappy with proposed changes to the Mining Act that will affect his farm. (Shane Fowler/CBC News)

In New Brunswick, as in the rest of the country, the Crown owns the minerals on or under any property and leases these mineral rights to prospectors and mining companies. Currently, the province’s Mining Act requires landowners to be notified before digging begins, but landowners must authorize access.

Detorakis disputed the claim against his property because he was not notified by the mining company. He filed a complaint with the Mining Commissioner and won.

According to this May 2021 ruling, mining companies cannot begin exploring for minerals on a farm without first obtaining consent.

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Now the province is trying to change the law by adding language that, if passed, would effectively thwart Detorakis’ victory last year. This would allow prospectors to start shallow digging on private property with hand tools, provided they have a mineral rights claim.

Bill 75 has already passed in committee and at first and second readings. The third and final reading should pass this spring.

Last year, a 20-page decision by mining commissioner Michel Poirier ruled that this type of mining activity would cause damage.

Landowners caught off guard

The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick is also not happy with the changes.

The organization said it appears the Ministry of Natural Resources is trying to push through the change through the farmers’ group and is ignoring its requests for additional information.

“Absolutely no consultation,” said Christian Michaud, president of the alliance and himself a farmer. “No idea what that could mean at all. That’s the scary part.”

He said his group heard about the bill in the media.

John Detorakis says this photo showing shallow digging by a hand auger was used as evidence during his hearing by the Mines Commissioner last year. He says this is the type of digging that would be permitted without landowner consent if the Mining Act amendments are passed. (Submitted by John Detorakis)

Michaud called his reaction “shock”.

“Basically they will be allowed to come in and take samples without us even knowing they are there,” he said.

“It’s just not very responsible to go through this whole process without consulting the people it will affect the most.”

CBC News has requested an interview with Mike Holland, the Minister of Natural Resources, about landowner concerns. The ministry sent an email instead.

CBC News requested an interview with New Brunswick Natural Resources Minister Mike Holland, but received an email from the department instead. (Radio Canada)

“The purpose of Bill 75 is to clarify the type of activities and puts in place strict limits so landowners and prospectors know what to expect,” ministry spokesman Jason Hoyt wrote. .

He said the legislation requires a landowner’s consent if the prospecting activity would cause actual damage to the land or interfere with the enjoyment of it.

“The amendment to the law would no longer consider digging and sampling of land by hand, or with hand tools like augers and hammers, as ‘actual damage’.”

Green response

Green Party leader David Coon, who said he suffered from headaches after prospectors staked a mining claim on his farm in Charlotte County years ago, called Holland’s bill a ‘extraordinary.

There is little that can be done to prevent the Progressive Conservative government from passing the bill, he said, although he added that it could easily be overturned by a future government.

Green Party Leader David Coon says the New Brunswick government must exclude agricultural land from mining claims, just like it does with nature reserves. (Shane Fowler/CBC News)

Coon accused the government of trying to shove him under the door saying he was just clarifying the law.

“Well, yes, they do clarify – to counter or neutralize the mining commissioner’s decision for other farmers,” he said.

“Nobody… likes the idea of ​​someone just walking around your property without permission.”

Community organization calls on Mayor Adams to rework his plan to end gun violence


A community organization has submitted a signing letter demanding that Mayor Eric Adams rework his plan to end gun violence.

The letter from “Communities United for Police Reform” includes signatures from other community organizations in each borough. He says the plan will unfairly target communities of color.

The letter specifically calls on the mayor to address violence using real public health solutions through community investments and opposes expanding policing.

News 12 spoke with Mark Winston-Griffith, the executive director of the Brooklyn Movement Center.

“It could end this continued expansion of surveillance of black and Latino colored communities, and the use of what we consider to be very dangerous surveillance technology,” he said. “And what I think is a particularly easy fruit to bear is that a lot of us have made progress, or at least are trying to make progress on things like cash bail.”

News 12 contacted the mayor’s office for comment. A spokesperson said, “Mayor Adams has made it clear that public safety is his top priority. We can all agree that security and justice are not mutually exclusive and must go hand in hand.

With City Park, Sagamu-Abeokuta road, it’s a breath of fresh air in Ogun – The Sun Nigeria


By Funmi Branco

The is about big ideas in governance: they make life a lot easier and a lot more livable. This is the feeling one gets while driving through the major cities of Ogun State. For starters, Gateway State travelers will have noticed a towering monument sitting at the Sagamu Interchange, Ogun City Park. There is no hyperbole deployed to describe the building as the work of a master craftsman: it is breathtakingly beautiful, a symbolic representation of the State of the Gateway representing peace and quiet. As envisioned by Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Gateway City Gate offers travelers and visitors a sight to behold and a place to relax as they enter and exit Abeokuta, the state capital. It is already the focal point of all eyes. That’s actually the point: the monument was designed as a legacy structure, which would evoke the nature of the landscape and the people of Ogun, be strategically located and welcome visitors to the state.

Almost inevitably, since its inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari in January, it has become a tourist attraction. Tourists in and out of the state flock to the interchange, basking in the sheer beauty of the iconic landmark. The aesthetics of the structure indeed make this environment conducive to relaxation, picnics and, you guessed it, cinema. Many people now visit the monument to take photos. People leave with their families to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and who can blame them?

Hear President Buhari talk about the park: “It is not just a beautification project for the park: it shows that something new is happening in Ogun State, a welcoming entrance to the state capital in the center of the state.”

According to GYB Consults Ltd, an architectural firm headed by Gbenga Onabanjo, former State Commissioner, the monument, located in the center of a roundabout 210 m in diameter allowing access to vehicles coming and going from Sagamu, Abeokuta and Sango Otta, spans a height of approximately 30m, with each base foot a footprint of approximately 4m by 6m. It tapers to a height of 27m and tapers at the tip to 1.2m by 1.2m. The outstretched arms are interconnected by the state crest, which hangs suspended in the middle with cables at a height of about 15 m. It is a two-sided logo about 3m in diameter. Standing at the center of a raised podium 32 m in diameter, the monument has a podium with a series of concentric steps on the East-West axis allowing visitors to enjoy the platform, which is adorned with a dry fountain of 24 nozzles which could later transform into a musical fountain. The north-south edges of the platform are angled towards the base. There is VIP parking on either side of the monument: general parking is on the other side of the roundabout towards the Sagamu end. If things like this are replicated in every state across the country, cities across the country will come to life in more ways than we can imagine right now.

If the Gateway City Park is magnificent, so is the 42 kilometer Sagamu Interchange-Abeokuta road, also launched by President Buhari in January. Motorists no longer have a problem driving in this corridor at night because of the lighting created by the streetlights. A motorist said, “What I now enjoy driving the Sagamu-Abeokuta road is that it’s like driving during the day. The experience is truly delightful. There are streetlights, yes, but they really work! I’ve traveled the country and know that street lights are just for decoration in many places. This one sure looks good to see.

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And another: “The fear that one had of thugs prowling around the hotspots of this road has been greatly reduced or completely eroded. You can see up to 600 meters in front of you. The electrification is well done: the lighting covers both sides of the road brilliantly. Do not mistake yourself; security threats are always possible anywhere in this country. But what I mean is that this enlightenment that you see from Sagamu to Abeokuta makes it very easy to follow up on any attempted crime. This is the kind of stuff you see driving in Europe.

But a beautiful night drive isn’t the only remarkable thing about the new road. As can easily be seen when you arrive in the Siun and Kobape areas, the nightlife and night markets have sprung up in a beautiful and strange way. Along the corridor, people now come out at night to display their wares, taking advantage of the electrification. A food vendor said: ‘In the past the money I made in a day was never more than N2000 but now that I have added the night business to my routine I am going home with at least 5,000 N per day. Night trading increased my profit margin. We thank Dapo Abiodun.

As President Buhari noted during the inauguration of the road and other projects in January, this could not have come to fruition without Governor Abiodun’s huge investment and commitment to the safety of communities. lives and property, which had made Ogun State one of the safest and most peaceful states in the country and a destination of choice for investors. The president said, “Just across the road is the 42 km Sagamu-Interchange-Abeokuta road, which the state government has rebuilt and equipped with street lights. This road benefits from a direct link with the Lagos-Ibadan highway which the federal government is in the process of rebuilding. I am particularly impressed with the quality and standard of your road projects, and the creative way in which you have deployed resources to rebuild and rehabilitate them…These roads also fit well into our rail transport master plan which connects Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, Kano, with Ogun State has more stations along the Lagos-Ibadan railway corridor. When state governments deliver impactful projects, in consultation with stakeholders, as we have witnessed in Ogun State, our national development trajectory will be enhanced.”

The president is right about the money. Governor Abiodun should keep the flag flying for the good of all.

• Branco sent this coin [email protected]

Exclusive: VB Superintendent Invited to State Lab Schools Task Force

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence has been asked to join Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s Laboratory and Innovation Schools Task Force.

The invitation came March 2 from Virginia Secretary of Education Aimee Guidera through an email sent by Emily Webb, director of the Virginia Department of Education’s relationship council. 10 On Your Side investigators obtained the email through a Freedom of Information Act request.

“We are interested in learning more about your Academy of Environmental Studies, your innovative program design, your partnerships with business and higher education, and how your school is helping meet a need in the community,” wrote Webb.

The group is officially called the College Partnership Lab Schools Working Group. It was formed when Youngkin announced that he would make school choice and charter schools part of his education program. In January, Youngkin announced plans to use $150 million to create 20 new charter schools, including “lab innovation” schools, in Virginia.

There are currently two charter schools in the Hampton Roads area: York Academy Regional Charter School and Green Run Collegiate (GRC) inside Green Run High School in Virginia Beach.

In a separate email, Guidera told task force members that their input will “ensure that the application and funding processes around lab schools are designed for positive impact and long-term success and sustainability.” .

10 On Your Side reached out to Spence to comment on the invite. He declined to provide one, but a spokesperson for his office said the invitation was the result of a conversation Spence had with Guidera at the Virginia General Assembly several weeks ago.

Another representative from the Virginia Beach schools was on the task force. School board member Victoria Manning was removed from the group at the end of February after making controversial comments about students learning English as a second language.

Spence’s invitation to the group was unrelated to Manning’s withdrawal, a school spokesperson said.

Kentucky’s clearest lake is also the deepest with a hidden beach

Life on the lake is my kind of life. The warm breeze, the sun and the beautiful unsalted water was, and still is, heaven for me. For me, there is nothing like it.

Photo credit: Ben Childers

Photo credit: Ben Childers

Salt life is great and all, but there’s one thing I don’t like about it, salt. Last year we went to Myrtle Beach, SC and I spent most of my time at the pool rather than the beach.

All this hot weather makes me dream of summer. If I take advantage of the time by the water, I prefer the lake to the ocean every day. When I was three years old, I was waterskiing on Raccoon Lake in Rockville, IN. My grandparents had a property with a dock that was right on the lake. If I close my eyes, I can still smell the water and the boat. I loved it there.

Kentucky lakes are so beautiful

Now living in Kentucky, I tried to find my favorite lakes that are closer to home. One of them, if not THE only one, is an incredible hidden lake near Corbin, Kentucky.

Lake Laurel River has an amazing wide white sand beach. So you can still get the beach vibe you need, but only about three hours from the Tristate. But, even if it’s three hours, it’s definitely worth the trip.

Where is Lake Laurel River and what is there to do?

Located on Daniel Boone National Foresta summer trip to the lake would make for a great family getaway that will help your whole family relax, have fun, and enjoy the beach on a budget.

According to kentuckytourism.com,

The 5,600 acre lake……among the pristine beauty of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Lake Laurel River is a favorite destination for thousands of visitors each year. Tranquil coves and cliff-lined shores offer relaxation and quiet reflection, plus boating, fishing, skiing, and scuba diving in one of Kentucky’s deepest and cleanest lakes. You can also fish and go boating.

Is Lake Laurel River the deepest lake in Kentucky?

Laurel River Lake IS the deepest lake in Kentucky. But, apparently, there was a debate about this fact. That’s what happened when I googled it.

Either way, it doesn’t really matter. The photos of the clear water and the rocky bottom are proof enough.

Photo credit: Ben Childers

Photo credit: Ben Childers

Laurel River Lake looks so amazing. I have written about this beautiful lake before. I can’t get over her breathtaking beauty

Photo credit: Ben Childers

Photo credit: Ben Childers

If you think you prefer a beach vacation, these photos and videos might change your mind.

Take a look at the beauty that is Laurel River Lake.

Thanks to Ben Childer for the use of his amazing drone photos. Discover more of his work, HERE.

Boating at its best

Island sandbar in the middle of the lake

Did I mention the lake has a waterfall?

I know, it’s so beautiful. If you go there, you better take lots of photos and share them. I will never tire of the photos of this incredible Kentucky paradise.

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RANKED: Here are the most popular national parks

To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker data compiled from National Park Service on the number of recreational visits to each site in 2020. Read on to discover the 50 most popular national parks in the United States, in reverse order from #50 to #1. And be sure to check with individual parks prior to your visit for current pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

Havasu Vet Organization Collaborates with Davis Camp Bluegrass Festival for 2nd Year | Local News


A Lake Havasu City organization will seek to partner for a second year with a Bullhead City Bluegrass Festival to benefit area veterans.

Veterans United AZ are set to work with Kingman promoter John Woodward to host the “Woodystock” festival on April 9-10 at Camp Davis. Last month, Veterans United President Frankie Lyons submitted a request to serve alcohol at the event with Mohave County officials. The eventual approval of the special events liquor license could be given Monday at a meeting of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

Davis Camp is near the Colorado River and welcomes thousands of travelers and Mohave County residents each year. The park’s popularity has only grown in recent years, according to statements last year from the Mohave County Parks Division, and that popularity could be further boosted by events like “Woodystock.”

“It’s a great place for musicians to come and play,” Lyons said Friday. “There will be food trucks and fair prices. (Woodward) will have national stars and bluegrass people from all over the United States at the event.

According to Lyons, this will be Veterans United AZ’s second collaboration with ‘Woodystock’, having raised funds for local veterans last year. The nonprofit organization has remained active since 2014, with efforts to help homeless or at-risk veterans throughout the Havasu area.

Information about Woodystock, ticket prices and availability can be found on the event’s Facebook page and on www.woodystock.info.

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on whether to approve a liquor license for the event at its meeting today in Kingman. The item is listed under the board’s agenda for the meeting and may be approved without discussion by the board.

City Life Org – 2022 High Line Channels Video Program Announcement


Cannupa Hanska Luger, We Live – Future Ancestral Technologies Entry Log, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Featuring art by Kevin Jerome Everson, Ilana Harris-Babou, Jasmina Cibic, Cheng Ran, and more

Evenings on the High Line at 14th Street

High Line Art announces the 2022 season of exhibitions for High Line Channels – an ongoing series of video projections in the semi-enclosed High Line Passageway at 14th Street. High Line Channels is the only video program in a New York City park available 365 days a year and features emerging and established artists from around the world. Rotating every two months, this year’s program includes solo presentations by Kevin Jerome Everson, Ilana Harris-Babou, Jasmina Cibic and Cheng Ran, as well as a thematic group exhibition, Spiritual Technology.

The films and videos presented by these artists explore a wide range of themes: birds and our relationship to wild nature with Kevin Jerome Everson; self-improvement and the culture of well-being with Ilana Harris-Babou; how governments assert their power and values ​​through architecture with Jasmina Cibic; the poetics of daily life in China with Cheng Ran in the American premiere, and the relationship between techno utopias and psychic connections to the earth in Spiritual Technology. In addition to these five shows, a sixth program, High Line Originals’ next commissioned film, will be announced in the coming months. High Line Channels is curated by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.

Kevin Jerome Everson
state bird
From January 6 to March 16, 2022

Kevin Jerome Everson (born 1965 in Mansfield, Ohio) is a Charlottesville, Virginia-based artist and professor of art at the University of Virginia. Everson, whose practice encompasses printmaking, photography, sculpture, and film, makes works that reflect gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working-class African Americans and other people from African ancestry. Everson’s sculptures are often casts of everyday objects made in factories in his Ohio hometown.

For the High Line, Everson presents four films: Brown Thrasher (2020), Mockingbird, (2020), Cardinal (2019); and The Foothills of the Allegheny Plateau (2019). The films begin with a pair of binoculars made in the Mansfield Ohio Westinghouse factory during World War II (where the artist was briefly employed) which Everson cast in bronze and rubber, rendering them useless. Everson set the films in Georgia, Mississippi, and Ohio (the first three films are named after the state birds of those locations), inviting family members to “search” for birds with the props. Everson limits these films to the extreme foreground, depriving viewers of any clarity as to the exact location of filming.

Displayed on the High Line from winter to early spring, the exhibit brings brightness to winter days in the park and ushers us into the season when the birds begin to sing again in New York and the park anime.

Ilana Harris Babou
help yourself
From March 17 to May 11, 2022

Ilana Harris-Babou (born 1991 in Brooklyn, New York) is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. Harris-Babou is known for her videos that parody reality TV tropes such as cooking and DIY shows, and feature her and her mother, Sheila Harris. Through her videos and sculptures, she focuses on “self-improvement” and how aspirations for health and well-being become moral decisions in contemporary culture. Particularly in Harris-Babou’s more recent work, she shifts her frame to ask how inequality in the United States is framed as a failure of personal decision-making and commitments to well-being.

For the High Line, Harris-Babou shares four films: In Cooking with the Erotic (2016), the artist and her mother use real food, art supplies and building materials to provide tutorials on absurd concoctions . Finishing a Raw Basement (2017) is filled with buzzwords like “modern”, “transitional” and “classic” alongside Harris’ calls for reparations. In Fine Lines (2020), Harris performs her beauty routine tutorial for a meeting with a real estate developer who is trying to buy her house in Brooklyn. For Leaf of Life (2021), Harris-Babou interviewed her sister about her experience working as a wry medical professional, as well as diet and wellness practices following the health guru, herbalist and popular healer, Dr. Sebi.

Jasmina Cibic
Halls of power
From July 7 to September 14, 2022

Jasmina Cibic (b. 1979, Slovenia) works in film, sculpture, performance and installation to explore “soft power” and the ways in which governments use state-sanctioned culture – dance, music , painting and architecture – to communicate certain principles and aspirations. She begins her projects in the archives, researching moments in history through what she calls “historical readymades”: speeches, minutes of government meetings, architectural plans, or even dances or songs that reflect the government values. His works often focus on how modernist architecture was used to establish various state identities, especially during times of ideological and political crises.

On the High Line, Cibic shares three films. In The Pavilion (2015), five dancers assemble an architectural model that merges two buildings created to house patriarchal longing: the pavilion of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia built for the 1929 Barcelona EXPO and the unrealized house of iconic performer Josephine Baker designed by Austrian architect Adolf Loos. Nada: Act II (2017) recreates famous Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s 1924 pantomime ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, selected by Yugoslavia to represent its new political and aesthetic direction at the 1958 Brussels EXPO. State of Illusion (2018 ) posits the vanishing act of a nation-state – the former socialist Yugoslavia – as a magician’s illusion.

Taking place on the High Line, a remnant of an infrastructure that has become a civic monument to be reused industrially, this exhibition invites us to reflect on how the buildings and structures that surround us reflect the values ​​of those who build them.

Cheng Ran
Chung Kuo (Ck2k2x)
From September 15 to November 9, 2022

Cheng Ran (b. 1981, Inner Mongolia, China) lives and works in Hangzhou, China. He is best known for his poetic films and videos that depict specific places and the experience of living there. Cheng staged some of his early video works in his apartment, on the streets of Amsterdam, while driving through Iceland, telling big truths through the mundane poetry of everyday life. His works have since expanded into multi-channel immersive installations and epic films that contrast with historical sagas and rapid modernization.

For the High Line, Cheng presents the American premiere of his feature film Chung Kuo (Ck2k2k) (2017-2022). The film revisits the controversial documentary portrait of the famous Italian filmmaker Michaelangelo Antonioni, Chung Kuno—Cina (1972). Anotioni filmed the work at the invitation of the Chinese government, but focused on those believed to have been on the sidelines of his official tour. The final film sparked outrage from Chinese cultural critics and the general public for its failure to paint an accurate portrait of the country.

Cheng’s film offers a new portrait of contemporary China, opening with the question “Is this another dream? The film includes 100 short, documentary-style videos, each ranging from a few seconds to almost an hour. Set among skyscrapers, farmland, and wilderness, some of the clips are staged while others are candid. With this work, the artist records the present and imagines the future ghosts of modernization.

Spirit Technology
November 10, 2022–January 4, 2023

Spiritual Technology features three artists who explore how the relationship between spirituality and technology evolves over time, including the connections between science, myths, belief systems, and our connection to the planet. Science fiction offers a mirror to our future potentials and our present. The works in this exhibition unravel the tensions between techno-utopian promises and intuitive connections to the biological world.

Canupa Hanska Luger‘s (born 1979, Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota) We Live Future Ancestral Technologies Entry Log (2019) is an Indigenous sci-fi film in which two characters perform earthly rituals, wearing insignia that cut the senses . The film depicts a mass exodus from the land by those who destroyed much of it and those who stayed to fix it. Ursule Mayer‘s (born 1970, Ried im Innkreis, Austria) Atom Spirit (2016) is also set in the near future, one of increasing biomedical innovation. Made with individuals from Trinidad and Tobago’s LGBT community, the work follows a group of evolutionary geneticists creating a cryogenic arc of DNA from all life forms on the islands. In Suzanne Treister‘s (b. 1958, London, England) HFT The Gardener (2015), Hillel Fisher Traumberg is a stock trader who experiences hallucinogenic states while observing high-frequency trading chart patterns. Extensive research into psychoactive drugs turns Traumberg into an outsider shamanic techno artist, linking psychoactive plant names to Financial Times Global 500 companies in a search for the true nature of consciousness.

Founded in 2009, High Line Art commissions and produces a wide range of artwork, including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs and a series of billboard interventions. . Led by Cecilia Alemani, Director and Chief Curator of Donald R. Mullen, Jr. of High Line Art, and presented by High Line, the arts program invites artists to think about creative ways to engage with architecture, unique history and design. of the park and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.

For more information on High Line Art, please visit thehighline.org/art.

The High Line is both a non-profit organization and a public park located on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we are dedicated to reinventing public spaces to create connected and healthy neighborhoods and cities.

Built on an elevated historic rail line, the High Line was always meant to be more than a park. You can stroll the gardens, view artwork, catch a performance, enjoy food and drink, or connect with friends and neighbors, all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.

Nearly 100% of our annual budget comes from donations. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks.

Main support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support for High Line Art is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, the Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and the Charina Endowment Fund. High Line Art is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council for the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City in partnership with the New York City Council.


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Community Calendar: Local Events | Lifestyles


DANCE: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Scott Township Fire Station, 3712 Harlansburg Road (Highway 108). Sponsored by the New Castle Country Music Association.

KINGS KIDS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace United Methodist Ministry, Croton. Children from kindergarten to 6th grade and a program for students from 7th to 12th grade. Fun, fellowship, crafts, Bible stories and food. Special events include game nights, movie nights and excursions. For more information, call Sally at (724) 730-6688.

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY: 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, The Confluence, 214 E. Washington St. Lunch available for purchase. One chapter per week in the Gospel of John. Bring the Bible or call with a Bible app. Sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church.

GLORY GRILLE: Free lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., first and third Saturdays of each month, First Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Jefferson St. Meals are partially funded by the Carolyn Knox Foundation.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: Thursday 1 p.m. to March 10, McGill Library on the Westminster College campus. Hosted by students from the School of Education who will share a book about animals and their habitats and lead a learning activity. Sessions will last one hour. From 4 to 6 years old. Masks must be worn at all times inside the library. For more information, contact the library at (724) 946-6000.


LENT LUNCH: Wednesdays at noon until April 12, First United Brethren Church, 1900 Eastbrook Road. Participants should bring a takeaway to share. Drinks and table service will be provided. Pastor Marc Stephenson will have a devotional time. (724) 654-9653.

FISH FRY: 5-8 p.m. every Friday during Lent, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1820 E. Washington St. Sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary. Fish sandwich, $10; fish dinner with a side, $11; fish dinner with two sides, $11. Fish can replace shrimp. A five-piece order is also available. Take-out orders available by calling (724) 658-8257.

BUCKWHEAT CAKES AND ALL-YOU-SEE SAUSAGES DAY: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 5, Voluntary Fire Brigade Company. Adults, $10; children 6-12, $6; children 5 and under, free. Wheelchair access available. Regular pancakes also served. For more information, send an email to [email protected] or visit the Facebook page.

PROJECT LEARNING TREE EDUCATORS WORKSHOP: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 5, State Parks Region 2 Office, 195 Park Road, Prospect. Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for educators working with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. This workshop is open to all educators, from formal teachers to naturalists, scout leaders and others. Earn 6.5 Act 48 hours between completing in-home activities before the workshop and completing hands-on activities near the shore of Lake Arthur. Participants explore and receive the PreK-8 environmental education activity guide. Dress for the outdoors. Registration is mandatory. Cost: $20. For more information or to register, contact Moraine State Park at [email protected] or (724) 368-8811.

FRUIT OF LENT FISH: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 11, 18, 25, April 1 and 8, Saint-Vincent-de-Paul church, 1, promenade Lucymont. No fry on Good Friday. Call (724) 652-5538 Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to place take-out orders. Welcome without appointment. Baked or fried fish sandwiches, baked fish, fried fish, shrimp dinners. Also available: pasta e fagioli, $6 a pint, haluski $8 a pint. See www.hsplc.org for details.

LENT FISH FRY LUNCH FOR TAKE-OUT: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11, 18, 25, and April 1 and 8, St. James Church, 4019 Route 422, Pulaski. No fry on Good Friday. Call (724) 652-3498 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday to order. Shipping available for orders of 10 or more. Fish sandwich, fries, coleslaw, cookies, all for $10. Also available: pasta e fagioli, $6 a pint, and haluski, $8 a pint. See www.hsplc.org for details.

FISH FRY: 4-7 p.m. Friday through April 15, Mahoning Township Volunteer Fire Department. Possibility of on-site catering and take-away meals. Meals and sandwiches served. For more information, call (724) 667-8431.

•FISH FRY: 11 a.m. Friday through April 8, New Jerusalem Church, 1701 Moravia Street. (624) 656-6833.

HOLY SPIRIT PARISH BREAKFAST: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 6, Holy Spirit Parish Center, 117 N. Beaver St. Adults, $10; children, $5; 2 years and under, free. Bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes, French toast, juice, milk, coffee and tea. See www.hsplc.org for details.

HOLY SPIRIT PARISH LENT LUNCH: 12-1 p.m. March 9, Holy Spirit Parish Center, 117 N. Beaver St. Guest speaker Rick Thompson. $6 per person at the door, exact change appreciated. To register by phone, call Cathy Frank at (724) 654-9371, ext. 1, or Bonnie Williams at (724) 698-7453. See www.hsplc.org for details.

KEG & EGGS: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12, Hop Asylum Brewing, 138 S. Market St., New Wilmington. Music, Irish food, green beer and more. Food specialties include hangover fries and Irish fries, as well as green eggs and lager with ham. No ticket required.

ALL YOU CAN USE BREAKFAST: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 12, Savannah United Methodist Church, 84 Savannah Gardner Road. Adults, $8; children 4-10, $5; and children 3 and under, free.

SHAM-ROCK CANCER BREWS, BITES AND BANDS: 6-10 p.m. March 12 at The New Englander, 3009 Wilmington Road. Benefits from the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Music by Grandview Soul and The Wait, beer tasting, snacks. For more information, www.shamrockcancer.org.

PANCAKES AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12, Galbreath Dining Room, Westminster College. Adults, $8; children under 12, $3. Sponsored by the New Wilmington Kiwanis Club. All proceeds benefit the New Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department.

SOUP SALE: 10 a.m. to noon, March 18-19, Shenango Presbyterian Church, 3144 Wilmington Road. Chicken noodles, chilli, stuffed pepper, beef with vegetables. $6 per litre. Call the church office anytime by March 14 at (724) 654-2322 to place an order. Social distancing and masks are mandatory during pick-up.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: March 23, organizational meeting to discuss plans for new ministry, First Presbyterian Church 125 N. Jefferson St. Open to knitters of all skill levels, beginner to expert.

WESTMINSTER CELEBRITY SERIES CONCERT: Straight No Chaser, “Back in the High Life,” 7:30 p.m. March 26, Orr Auditorium, Westminster College, New Wilmington. Man a cappella group with more than 2 million albums sold worldwide. (724) 946-7354.

BLOOD COLLECTION: 1-6 p.m. March 31, First Alliance Church, 111 Mission Meade Drive. Project Eagle Scout for Christian Golub of Neshannock Troop 743. People with O+, O-, A- and B- blood types especially need to consider donating as Power Red donors. To register, call (800) 733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter FIRSTALLIANCENC to schedule.

WESTMINSTER CELEBRITY SERIES FOR KIDS: “Mutts Gone Nuts,” 6:30 p.m. March 31, Orr Auditorium, Westminster College, New Wilmington. Spectacular friendly and family comedy dog. (724) 946-7354.


SPRING CLEANING IN THE BOROUGH OF NEW BEAVER: April 23. Residents must have items to pick up curbside on the evening of April 22. Each house is limited to 300 pounds of trash. Magazines and newspapers should be securely fastened. Items must not exceed 5 feet in width. Items not eligible for pickup include computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, building materials (drywall, toilets, etc.), mattresses, box springs, daybeds, refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, hazardous materials, televisions, cell phones, carpets and tires. Dried paint cans will be accepted.

Dog rescued as fire rushes through town of Dickinson Home

Half a dozen firefighters battled a fast-moving fire that broke out at a home in the town of Dickinson.

Authorities said the two-alarm fire at 40 Sunset Drive was reported shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Thick black smoke billowing from the blaze was aimed at drivers passing on Route 17, just south of the scene of the fire. Flames were shooting from the brick structure when the first firefighters arrived on the scene.

Firefighters enter a burning house on Sunset Drive on March 4, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Firefighters enter a burning house on Sunset Drive on March 4, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

According to Broome County emergency dispatchers, there were no immediate reports of injuries. A dog was rescued from the burning single family home.

Prospect Terrace firefighters were assisted by units from Choconut Center, Port Dickinson, Endicott, East Maine and Johnson City.

Firefighters at a house fire at 40 Sunset Drive in the Prospect Terrace section of the town of Dickinson. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Firefighters at a house fire at 40 Sunset Drive in the Prospect Terrace section of the town of Dickinson. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

An ambulance from the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad was at the scene. Investigators from the Broome County Office of Emergency Services also responded to the fire.

Officials believe the fire started on a back porch of the house, but the cause was not immediately known.

A Prospect Terrace fire truck at 40 Sunset Drive on March 4, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A Prospect Terrace fire truck at 40 Sunset Drive in the town of Dickinson on March 4, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected]. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

WATCH: What 25 historic battlefields look like today

What follows is an examination of what happened to the sites where America fought its most important and often brutal war campaigns. Using various sources, Stacker selected 25 historically significant battlefields in American history. For each, Stacker investigated what happened there when the battles raged as well as what happened to those sacred lands when the fighting ceased.

It was the battlefields that defined the course of the American military, from colonial rebels to an invincible global war machine.

WATCH: The best beers in every state

To find the best beer in every state and Washington DC, Stacker analyzed January 2020 data from BeerAdvocate, a website that collects user scores for real-time beer. BeerAdvocate makes its decisions by compiling consumer ratings for all 50 states and Washington DC and applying a weighted ranking to each. The weighted ranking pulls the beer towards the middle of the list based on the number of ratings it has and is intended to allow lesser-known beers to increase their ranking. Only beers with at least 10 ratings should be considered; we’ve gone a step further by only including beers with at least 100 user ratings in our gallery. Keep reading to find out which is the best beer in each of the 50 states and Washington DC.

25 real crime scenes: what do they look like today?

Below, find out where 25 of history’s most infamous crimes took place – and what these places are used for today. (If they remained standing.)

Robert Sarver of the Suns will be interviewed by lawyers leading an investigation into the organization’s culture, according to the report


The NBA’s ongoing investigation into Robert Sarver’s tenure as owner of the Phoenix Suns is expected to reach a crucial milestone in the near future. No specific date has been set, but NBA attorneys are ready to interview Sarver for the first time, according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes.

Last November, Holmes published a wide-ranging report in which many current and former employees described a toxic workplace filled with racism and misogyny. Most notably, there were several incidents in which Sarver allegedly used the N-word, including in the coach’s locker room after a game in 2016. Additionally, Sarver’s wife allegedly texted former employees , which felt intimidating.

Shortly after the report, the NBA announced that it would open an investigation.

“The allegations in today’s ESPN article are extremely serious, and we have ordered the law firm Wachtell Lipton to initiate a full investigation,” league spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement. communicated. “The NBA and WNBA remain committed to providing a respectful and inclusive workplace for all employees. Once the investigation is complete, its findings will form the basis of any league action.”

In the months since the NBA began work, his team has interviewed “more than 300” people in and around the organization, according to Holmes’ latest report on Friday. Additionally, the Suns turned over the HR emails and records.

New York-based Wachtell Lipton, who previously conducted surveys focused on LA Clippers and Atlanta Hawks ownership, interviewed current and former employees who have worked at all levels of the organization since a group led by Sarver bought the Suns in 2004. Some were questioned multiple times, sources said.

The attorneys asked about specific allegations in the ESPN report, which was based on interviews with more than 70 current and former employees. Employees confirmed a series of published allegations while presenting others, sources said, and provided investigators with documents, in particular emails.

Sarver and the Suns have not commented publicly since denying the allegations before they were even released. When rumors of the impending ESPN report began spreading on social media, Sarver released a statement in which he wrote, in part, “While I can’t begin to figure out how to respond to some of the vague suggestions made by mostly anonymous voices, I can certainly tell you that some of the assertions that I find completely repugnant to my nature and the character of the Suns/Mercury workplace and I can tell you that they never, ever happened. “

At this point, there is no timeline for the conclusion of the NBA’s investigation, nor any indication of the type of punishment Sarver and the Suns may face.

Waco Neighborhoods Want Parks As City Helps With Capital Improvement Spending | Local government and politics


Waco residents can use an online tool to show how they would spend the city’s capital improvement funding.

A city site using the Balancing Act tool lets residents tell city officials which projects should be funded with $26 million of the $50 million the city plans to spend on capital improvements in the 2022-23 fiscal year, which begins in the fall. About $24 million of the projected total will be needed for projects already underway.

Possibilities for the rest include two-story renovations to the Waco Police Department headquarters, construction of a new crime lab for the department, and new or expanded parks in areas covered by the Dean Highland or Neighborhood Associations. West Waco.

The Police Department projects and Dean Highland Park are capital improvement proposals that have not been included in the capital improvement plan for the current year. Parks and Recreation Director Jonathan Cook said both neighborhoods are underserved by existing park facilities.

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“During this process, we will review community feedback and consider it as we plan for the next five to 10 years,” Cook said.

Residents can also use the tool to submit comments on proposed projects or submit their own ideas, giving city staff a clearer idea of ​​what the public wants.

Residents have been calling for a park with more amenities in the Chapel Road area since 2019, said Kim Kazanas, head of the West Waco Neighborhood Association. Those conversations gained momentum after District 3 City Council member Josh Borderud was elected to the council in 2020.

Kazanas said residents chose Chapel Park as a site that could be expanded into a park with more amenities. The park next to Woodgate Middle School now has a wading pool, a small gazebo, and a paved path. She said there weren’t many places for children to play in the area.

“There are a lot of young families,” Kazanas said. “So these quality of life issues in West Waco are our priority.”

The boundaries of the West Waco Neighborhood Association extend southwest from the intersection of Highway 84 and Highway 6 and encompass much of Waco territory between Hewitt and Woodway, encompassing Chapel Road at the west to Ritchie Road and encompassing subdivisions on both sides of Ritchie Road south to Warren Road. .

Residents of the Dean Highland Neighborhood Association, meanwhile, have also been adamant about their desire for a park, and community gathering space in general, for some time, said Emily Hinojosa, head of the association.

“(At our last meeting), people wanted different things, but they were unanimous in wanting public and community spaces,” Hinojosa said. “It was good for our neighborhood to start talking, because we know they will come to us at some point to ask our opinion.”

That sentiment was reinforced when the neighborhood’s former Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center was demolished, though the 14-acre site remains privately owned and no plans have been announced for the space.

“There were a lot of ideas for things that could go there,” Hinojosa said.

Waco Budget Director Nick Sarpy said the Balancing Act public input tool for the capital improvements budget has garnered more than 110 responses since two weeks ago and will remain open through March 21. The budget office will collect the results and share them with other cities. Staff.

Sarpy said the purpose of the tool, which amounts to a budget simulation exercise, is to put Waco residents in the shoes of budget staff, weighing projects against each other and deciding priorities.

“There is a compromise,” he said.

The provost announces the tenure and the list of promotions for 2022

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Provost Bill Hardgrave announced the names of faculty who have achieved promotion, tenure, or both for 2022. He also announced the names of those who have been approved from clinical, lecturer, or research titles.

Full Associate Professor

College of Agriculture: Geoffrey Williams, Entomology and Plant Pathology; Neha Potnis, entomology and phytopathology; Di Tian, ​​Soil Science and Crop Environment; Jenny Koebernick, Soil and Crop Environment Sciences; Ian Butts, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences; Brendan Higgins, Biosystems Engineering; Dianna Bourassa, Poultry Science

Harbert College of Business: Miles Zachary, Management

College of Architecture, Design and Construction: Benjamin Bush, Industrial and Graphic Design; David Smith, Industrial and Graphic Design; Alan Bugg, Building Sciences; Jeff Kim, Building Sciences; Lauren Redden, Building Sciences; Eric Wetzel, Building Sciences

College of Science and Mathematics: Ryan Comes, Physics; Bryon Farnum, chemistry and biochemistry; Evangelos Miliordos, chemistry and biochemistry; Jamie Oaks, biological sciences; Steph Shepard, geosciences; Laurie Stevison, Biological Sciences

College of Education: Elena Aydarova, Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology; Leonard Taylor, Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology; Christopher Clemons, Curriculum and Teaching; Jamie Roper, kinesiology

Samuel Ginn College of Engineering: Lauren Beckingham, Civil Engineering; Jack Montgomery, civil engineering; David Scarborough, aerospace engineering; Michael Zabala, Mechanical Engineering; Bryan Beckingham, chemical engineering; Zhihua Jiang, chemical engineering; Bo Liu, computer science and software engineering

College of Forest and Wildlife Sciences: Heather Alexander, College of Forest and Wildlife Sciences; Adam Maggard, College of Forest and Wildlife Sciences

College of Humanities: Donna Burnett, Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management

College of Liberal Arts: Annie Campbell, Art and Art History; Megan Buchanan, sociology, anthropology and social work; Sarah Chandler, theater and dance; Leigh Gruwell, English; Charles Lesh, English; Candice Welhausen, English; Dallin Bailey, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; Aurora Weaver, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; Haneen Ali, Political Science

College of Veterinary Medicine: Lindsay Starkey, Pathobiology; Emily Graff, pathobiology


College of Agriculture: Wheeler Foshee, Horticulture

Harbert College of Business: Ray Ishfaq, Supply Chain Management; Justin Benefield, Finance

College of Architecture, Design and Construction: Margaret Fletcher, Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

College of Science and Mathematics: Michael Fogle, Physics; Guillaume Laurent, Physics; Uwe Konopka, Physics; Erkan Nane, Mathematics and Statistics; Wei Zhan, chemistry and biochemistry; Wendy Hood, Biological Sciences

College of Education: Chih-hsuan Wang, Foundation for Education, Leadership and Technology; Michael Roberts, Kinesiology; Danielle Wadsworth, Kinesiology; Matthew Miller, kinesiology

Faculty of Human Sciences: Baker Ayoun, Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management

College of Liberal Arts: Adrienne Wilson, theater and dance; Jennifer Brooks, History; Nicolas Ziebarth, economics; Sunny Stalter-Pace, English; Evelyne Bornier, Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the World; Traci O’Brien, World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Auburn University Libraries: Liza Weisbrod, Auburn University Libraries

Harrison College of Pharmacy: Brent Fox, Health Outcomes, Research and Policy

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The benefits of verapamil for type 1 diabetes are maintained for at least 2 years

medwireNews: Researchers report that the antihypertensive drug verapamil preserves beta cell function and reduces insulin requirements in adults with type 1 diabetes for up to 2 years of treatment.

Additionally, Anath Shalev (University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA) and study co-authors identified a potential biomarker of treatment response, which may also reflect the mechanism of verapamil benefit.

The publication in Nature Communication is built on the team’s previous findings that people with type 1 diabetes who received the calcium channel blocker verapamil for a year had better beta cell function, fewer hypoglycemic events and needed less insulin than those who received a placebo.

After the conclusion of the one-year phase 2 randomized trial, five participants continued to take verapamil and over the next year their area under the curve (AUC) of C-peptide remained stable.

Four other participants discontinued verapamil and had a reduction in C-peptide AUC of approximately 45% over the following year. C-peptide also continued to decline in the six participants taking the placebo, by about 30% during the second year.

Exogenous insulin requirements also remained stable in verapamil users during the second year, at around 0.25 U/kg per day, while they increased in those who quit, to almost 0, 5 U/kg per day, which was close to insulin at 2 years. requirement in the placebo group.

“[I]n humans with [type 1 diabetes] even a small amount of preserved endogenous insulin production as opposed to higher exogenous insulin requirements has been shown to be associated with better outcomes and may help improve quality of life and reduce the high costs associated with insulin use,” observe Shalev and his colleagues.

In a comprehensive proteomic analysis to assess potential mechanisms of verapamil benefit, the team identified 53 serum proteins whose levels changed in response to verapamil treatment.

Chief among these was the type 1 diabetes autoantigen, chromogranin A (CHGA). At baseline, serum levels of this protein were elevated in participants with type 1 diabetes compared to levels in nine healthy controls. During the first year of the study, CHGA remained stable or increased in people with type 1 diabetes taking a placebo, while it decreased in all those taking verapamil, to a level similar to that of healthy volunteers.

Additionally, during year 2, CHGA levels in people who stopped verapamil increased until they were on par with those seen in the placebo group.

“Curiously, CHGA has also been identified as a self-antigen in [type 1 diabetes] and one of its peptide fragments would be recognized as an epitope by diabetogenic T cells,” explain the researchers.

With the current findings, “this raised the question of whether verapamil might also have effects on T cells,” they add.

The team found increased expression of CXCR5 and related interleukin (IL)-21 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of people with type 1 diabetes at baseline compared to healthy controls, indicating increased levels of cells pro-inflammatory T-follicular (Tfh) auxiliaries. Additionally, levels of Tfh cells and IL-21 dropped in people receiving verapamil.

The researchers cite recent research suggesting that Tfh cells and IL-21 play “an important role” in the autoimmunity underlying type 1 diabetes.

“In fact, this may help explain why verapamil treatment was so effective even in the absence of any additional bona fide immunomodulatory interventions,” they say.

Shalev and his team also found evidence of direct effects of verapamil on pancreatic islets, with a total of 907 upregulated and 619 downregulated genes in samples from three treated versus three untreated participants.

Analysis of affected genes indicated that “verapamil regulates the thioredoxin system and promotes an antioxidant, anti-apoptotic and immunomodulatory gene expression profile in human islets,” they say.

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Sailor prospects dazzle in preview of scrimmage against Padres organization


PEORIA, Ariz. — During an impressive half-inning — the highest of the first to be exact — the Mariners’ vaunted farm system offered a glimpse of talent that has been rated by evaluators as one of baseball’s best.

Unfortunately, the lack of rules or guidelines established as a whole by Major League Baseball, which addresses issues other than access to minor league minicamps in Arizona, and a decision by Padres staff, have limited viewing of other baseball action.

“No more baseball for you.”

On a perfect Wednesday afternoon with temperatures in the mid-80s and just a touch of wind to cool the sweat off your skin, a baseball game was being played at the Peoria Sports Complex.

No, it wasn’t the Cactus League game between the Mariners and the Giants, which would have drawn a large crowd, including a large number of San Francisco fans.

But that game, like the Mariners’ previous four scheduled spring training games and the next five games, if not more, was canceled by MLB without a collective bargaining agreement and the current lockout remaining in place.

Instead, the action took place at the No. 2 training ground on the Padres side of the complex in an intra-complex melee between the two organizations, not uncommon at this time of the year. year.

A game! A real baseball game with umpires and everything but, well, fans or MLB players.

With the baseball world still reeling and seething over the failure to achieve a new CBA and Tuesday’s announcement that the first two series of the 2022 regular season have been canceled, the scrimmage was something to enjoy. . It drew president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto, assistant general manager Justin Hollander, manager Scott Servais, most of the Mariners major league coaches and several members of the analysis team from across the complex. from Peoria to watch anything other than workouts.

Their course was immediately rewarded in this top of the first.

Facing southpaw Daniel Camarena, who spent most of last season at the Padres’ Triple-A El Paso affiliate (6-7 record with a 4.75 ERA in 22 appearances) and re-signed with the Padres on a minor league contract this offseason, left-handed hitter Zach DeLoach took the lead from Seattle.

With two strikes into the count, DeLoach crushed a Camarena error, sending a towering explosion into right field that landed about 30 feet behind the fence.

Selected in the second round of the 2020 draft by Texas A&M, the Mariners loved DeLoach’s mature approach and his keen eye on the plate as well as his bat-to-ball skills with power potential. He spent the 2020 season at the team’s alternate training site in Tacoma training.

DeLoach started his first pro season with High-A Everett in 2021, posting a .313/.400/.530 ​​slant line with 23 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 37 RBIs, 32 walks and 63 strikeouts in 58 games. He was promoted to Class AA Arkansas on July 20, along with several of his Aqua Sox teammates. DeLoach appeared in 49 games, posting a .227/.338/.384 slant line with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 22 RBIs, 28 walks, 58 strikeouts.

MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 6 prospect in the organization.

DeLoach was still being congratulated by coaches and teammates in the dugout when Noelvi Marte stepped in and ambushed the first pitch he saw from Camarena.

The result was a screaming line to left field that cleared the fence and seemed to keep disappearing.

The bat sound and trajectory vapor trail drew oohs and comments, including “Get you some!” of the Mariners’ canoe, and the smiles of Dipoto and Servais.

Marte is the most touted positional player prospect in the unnamed Julio Rodriguez organization. He is ranked in the top 20 of all baseball prospects by multiple outlets.

After spending the 2020 season at the alternate training site as an 18-year-old, Marte was one of the league’s youngest Low-A West players in 2021. As the starting shortstop for the Modesto Nuts, he posted a .271/.368/.463 slash line with 24 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, 69 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, 58 walks and 106 strikeouts in 99 games and 478 plate appearances.

The Mariners promoted him to High-A Everett, where he will likely start the 2022 season, for the final eight games of the season. He had nine hits in those games, including four doubles. Marte also played six games in the Dominican Winter League.

When former Mariners scouting director Tim Kissner signed Marte as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic, he was listed at 6-1, 181 pounds. He now looks closer to 6-3 with most of it being legs and over 200lbs with most of it being shoulders and chest which is why many scouts believe he will be moved from shortstop at third base.

In the past four days, Marte has done at least one gasp-worthy thing during practice – twice, leading to Mike Cameron dropping complimentary obscenities and calling him a ‘superstar’.

Rodriguez received the same treatment from Cameron during recent spring training.

With Rodriguez and top pitcher George Kirby likely banned from opposing teams, Marte will certainly be called upon in any trade the Mariners might make to acquire a top MLB player.

It was the end of the score in the inning. Receiver Harry Ford, the Mariners’ 2021 first-round pick, hit third and hit a hard-ground ball to third base for an out. Cade Marlowe followed with a single down the middle, but Camarena knocked out Jake Scheiner and forced Kaden Polcovich out to end the inning.

As the Mariners prepared to enter the field for the bottom half, a sorry Padres coach informed watching media that the facility was closed to all non-team employees, including scouts. and the media. This is not the norm for all spring training facilities, with some being completely open to media and scouts.

As for fans lucky enough to roam the back courts to watch the only players from spring training camps, they remain locked out. Some believe that when minor league spring training officially begins on March 4-5, teams could open complexes and also allow fans to watch minor league spring training games. This is something that hasn’t happened since the sport was shut down in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

Until then, we’re limited to that magic high of the first inning of an intra-complex scrimmage with back-to-back homers from Zach DeLoach and Noelvi Marte.

After 35 years of sharing Beardstown Arsenal, National Guard returns key to town as unit moves


BEARDSTOWN – It was a historic day for the city of Beardstown on Tuesday with the Illinois National Guard, the Illinois Department of Military Affairs and the Beardstown Park District holding the final leg of the Guard’s move – the transfer of the key to the armory at the park district.

“The Armory you see here represents more than bricks and mortar. From the start, it represented a community partnership that has worked well for 35 years and will continue to thrive as the Beardstown Park District takes ownership of the building. “said the brigadier. said General Mark Alessia. “While transferring ownership of this armory to the community of Beardstown represents another step in this partnership, it should not be interpreted as the Illinois National Guard ‘leaving’ Beardstown or that Beardstown is less important to our Guard. national.”

The ceremony at 1801 Wall St. also featured members of the Guard, the city’s Park District and Mayor Tim Harris.

“I’m looking forward to this transition. Deion (Summers) thinks it will be a great asset here for us and we appreciate what the Guard have done for us all the years. I think it’s going to be a big improvement for all of Beardstown and we’re all very proud of that and we have a lot of good people working here and a lot of great plans,” Harris said.

The National Guard will still maintain a recruiting office on site, the rest of the facility will be handed over to the Beardstown Park District for use, which currently uses part of it.

Summers, the Beardstown Park District Manager, was thrilled to now have more access to building space to run programs for community members, by expanding the Schewe Community Center.

“We have new ideas to bring into the building,” Summers said. “We want to increase adult programs. We don’t have a lot for seniors.”

Now having access to more rooms, Summers said they can add programs like yoga and have them in smaller rooms instead of the large gym.

They also plan to update the center’s availability for area residents with increasing hours by being open longer on Saturdays and being open on Sundays so that the center can be available for those who work during the week.

The National Guard has occupied the building for the past 35 years, which is located in Roy Roberts Park and cost $1.5 million to build — $907,000 from the federal government, $350,000 from the state and a anonymous donation of $250,000 from a Beardstown resident – ​​officially opened November 7, 1987.

For the National Guard, more than 50 soldiers from the 616th Engineer Utilities Detachment will move operations to Macomb.

“The community is getting more space to run vital programs for its residents and the Illinois National Guard is able to get rid of excess space that will allow us to invest in the modern infrastructure needed to carry out well our mission in the future,” said Alessia.

For Summers, who said there is a member rate to join the center or day rates available, he plans to roll out programs slowly over the coming year and beyond.

“Not here to make money,” he said. “It’s there for the community.”

EPFL Scientists Engineer Silicon Nano-Strings

When a string is stretched, for example when tuning a guitar, it vibrates faster. But in the case of nano-sized strings, the increased tension also decreases, or “dilutes”, the loss of the string’s vibrational modes.

Artist’s rendering of nanoscale crystalline silicon string vibration patterns. Image credit: Daniele Francaviglia.

This effect, called “dissipation dilution”. has been manipulated to build mechanical systems for quantum technologies, where engineered and stretched nanowires just a few tens of atomic layers thick oscillate more than ten billion times after being plucked just once. The equivalent on a guitar would be a chord heard for about a year after being plucked.

Scientists at EPFLguided by Professor Tobias J. Kippenberg, have now made a simple observation regarding crystal oscillators, which are universally used in electronic systems and are identified to experience very low mechanical energy loss at low temperatures.

Scientists have established that if a nanometer-thick crystalline material is expanded with high tension and preserves its atomic order, it would be a good candidate for producing strings with long-lasting acoustic vibrations. Details of the study have been published in the journal Natural Physics.

We chose strained silicon films because it is an established technology in the electronics industry, where they are used to improve the performance of transistors. Strained silicon films are therefore commercially available in extremely small thicknesses of the order of 10 nanometers.

Dr. Nils Engelsen, author of the study, EPFL

A huge challenge is that nanocords must possess extreme aspect ratios. In this article, the nanomechanical devices are 12 nanometers thick and up to 6 millimeters long. If such a nanocord were built upright, with a foundation diameter equal to that of the Burj Khalifa tower, its tip would exceed medium Earth orbit, where GPS satellites orbit the Earth.

These structures become fragile and sensitive to tiny disturbances during the last stages of their microfabrication. We had to completely revise our manufacturing protocol to be able to suspend them without catastrophic collapse.

Alberto Beccari, first author of the study and PhD student, Kippenberg’s Lab, EPFL

Strained silicon nanowires are particularly noteworthy for quantum mechanical experiments, where their low dissipation rate provides superior isolation from environmental disturbances, allowing the formation of high-purity quantum states.

A long-standing quest in fundamental physics is to study and extend the size and mass scales of objects that exhibit quantum mechanical behavior, before the random “kicks” and ever-increasing fluctuations of the environment hot and noisy do require them to behave according to Newton’s laws of mechanics.

Alberto Beccari, first author of the study and PhD student, Kippenberg’s Lab, EPFL

“Quantum mechanical effects have already been observed with mechanical resonators of the same size and mass, at temperatures close to absolute zero. Moreover, these nanocords could be used as precision force sensors, being subjected to all sorts of interactions – for example the tiny radiation pressure of light beams, the weak interactions with dark matter particles and the magnetic fields produced. by subatomic particles. Beccari added.

All samples were created at EPFL’s Center for MicroNanoTechnology (CMi).

Journal reference:

Beccari, A. et al. (2022) Strained crystalline nanomechanical resonators with quality factors greater than 10 billion. Natural Physics. doi.org/10.1038/s41567-021-01498-4.

Source: https://www.epfl.ch/fr/

The Mayo case raises questions about the meaning of educational organization: part one

The Mayo case raises questions about the meaning of educational organization: part one

In Mayo Clinic v. United Statesthe question posed was whether the Mayo Clinic, or Mayo, was considered an educational organization under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii). At issue in that case was whether Mayo was liable for almost $12 million in tax on the taxable income of an unrelated business, or UBTIwhich the government and Mayo agreed would not apply if Mayo was in fact described as an educational organization.


Mayo is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation classified as 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Mayo oversees health system subsidiaries and operates the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, or Mayo College. Mayo College is made up of five separate medical schools that offer MD, doctoral, and other degrees, as well as residencies, fellowships, and continuing medical education: the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, and Mayo Clinic School of Continuing Professional Development. The medical schools that make up Mayo College are all operating divisions of Mayo, not separately incorporated entities, so their businesses and operations are an integral part of Mayo.

During the taxation years at issue, Mayo made investments in partnerships that had acquisition debt with respect to real estate, causing the income of the partnership to constitute funded income. by borrowing under Article 514(b)(1) and, as such, to qualify as UBTI subject to tax under Section 511(a)(1). Under a special exception to the debt-financed income rules under Section 514(c)(9)(A), however, acquisition debt does not include debt incurred by a qualified organization in the acquisition or improvement of real property. For this purpose, an eligible organization includes an educational organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii). Based on its qualification as an educational organization, Mayo has taken a position on its Form 990 that the exception to the debt-funded income rules applied and therefore the partnership income was not a UBTI.

The IRS asserted in a subsequent audit that in its view Mayo was not an educational organization under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) and therefore was liable for taxes on income from its debt-financed partnership. Mayo paid the disputed $11,501,621 in taxes and in 2016 sued in federal district court seeking a refund on the grounds that it meets the definition of an educational organization as specifically prescribed in law.

Meaning of “educational body”

Under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii), an educational organization is defined as an organization “which normally maintains a regular faculty and program and normally has a regularly enrolled body of pupils or teachers. “students present at the place where its educational activities are regularly carried on. Under this statutory language, there are four basic requirements to qualify as an educational organization: a faculty, a program, students, and a place where activities educational sessions are conducted on a regular basis.Contrary to the definition of a hospital under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(iii), which specifically includes a primary purpose requirement, there is no primary purpose requirement such as, on its face, section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii ) does not require an organization to have education as a primary objective in order to be classified as an educational organization. The wording of Section 170(b)(1)(A)(iii) specifically requires that the primary purpose be the provision of medical or hospital care, among other health care functions.

In addition to the legal requirements for incorporating an educational organization, Rule 1.170A-9(c)(1) includes two additional requirements that do not appear explicitly in the statute, that an educational organization will only be described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) if its “primary function is the presentation of formal instruction” and its non-educational activities “are merely incidental to educational activities”. With respect to the purely incidental requirement, the regulations give the following example: “A recognized university that incidentally operates a museum or sponsors concerts is an educational organization within the meaning of section 170(b)(1) (A)(ii). However, the operation of a school by a museum does not necessarily qualify the museum as an educational organization within the meaning of this paragraph.

Under this regulation, an organization that might otherwise be an educational organization by virtue of maintaining a regular faculty and curriculum and having a student body regularly enrolled in an educational institution, as prescribed by law , will not be considered an educational organization under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) unless its primary function is educational and any non-educational activity is merely incidental to educational activities.

The case would end up going to two different courts – both the Federal District Court and the United States Court of Appeals – and achieve two different results. We will discuss these results in more detail in Part II.

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., publisher of Bloomberg Law and Bloomberg Tax, or its owners.

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Horlivka, Ukraine 2020


Also referred to by its Russian name “Gorlovka”, Horlivka is a large town and a city of regional importance located in Donetsk Oblast in the eastern part of Ukraine. The town of Horlivka is named after Pyotr Nikolayevich Gorlov, a Russian mining engineer who built the town’s first coal mine in 1867. In the early 20and century, this mining colony had become one of the most important industrial centers of the country. In 2014, the town of Horlivka was captured by pro-Russian forces and became part of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Geography of Horlivka

The town of Horlivka is located on a grooved plain in the heart of the industrial zone of the Donets basin, in the sources of the Bakhmutka river, the Luhan river, the Korsun river and the Zalizna Balka river. Horlivka covers an area of ​​422 km² and is located approximately 40 km from Donetsk, 619 km from Odessa, 646 km from the country’s capital, Kiev, and 817 km from Moscow.

Soviet monument in Zaitsevo, Horlivka, Ukraine. Editorial credit: Vittorio Nicola Rangeloni / Shutterstock.com

The town of Horlivka is administratively divided into three districts. These include the city center, Kalinin and Mykytivka. Many towns and villages are also part of the city municipality. Holmivsky, Panteleymonivka and Zaitseve are urban type settlements; Ryasne and Mykhailivka are the villages; Hladosove, Piatykhatky, Fedorivka, Ozeryanivka, Stavky, Piatykhatky and Shyroka Balka are the hamlets. Of these, the majority of populated places are part of the downtown district, while Zaitseve, Hladosove and Holmivsky are part of the Mykytivka district.


According to the Köppen climate classification, the town of Horlivka experiences a humid continental climate with hot summers and freezing, snowy winters. The hot season lasts from May to September, with July being the hottest month, with an average high temperature of 26.6°C and a low temperature of 16.1°C. The cold season lasts from November to March, with January being the coldest month, with an average low temperature of -7.2°C and high temperature of -2.2°C.

Population and economy of Horlivka

A chemical plant in Horlivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine.
A chemical plant in Horlivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

In the 2001 Ukrainian census, the town of Horlivka had a population of 292,000. The census also revealed that the city’s population was made up of 51.4% Ukrainians, 44.8% Russians, 1.3% Belarusians, 0.3% Tatars, 0.3% Armenians , 0.2% Moldovans and 0.2% Azeris.

Horlivka’s economy is mainly based on the extraction and processing of its mineral resources. At present, the city’s economic activity is mainly dominated by coal mining and chemical industries. Horlivka contains several anthracite mines, mineral beneficiation plants, a chemical coking plant, etc. The state-run Mykytivka Mercury Depot and Processing Plant was liquidated and restructured to protect the Donets-Donbas Canal from erosion and the coal mines from flooding. The Styrol Chemicals Trust, which was privatized in 1995, was forced to close all operations due to hostilities in 2014.

Tourist attractions in Horlivka

Epiphany Cathedral in Horlivka, Ukraine
A view of the Epiphany Cathedral in Horlivka, Ukraine.

The Museum of Miniature Books named after Valentyn Razumov

The Razumov Miniature Book Museum in Horlivka is a unique museum in Ukraine as well as in the entire Commonwealth of Independent States. The museum has about 8000 miniature and micro books in 103 languages ​​published in 57 countries of the 15and at 21st centuries. These books vary in size from a maximum of 100 mm long to minimum books comparable to the size of poppy seeds. The exhibition presents the book by A. Pushkin which is about 60 times smaller than a poppy seed. In addition to this, the collection also includes miniature texts written on human hair and horses.

The Art Museum

The Art Museum has an extensive collection of paintings by Russian and Ukrainian artists from the 18and at 20and centuries. At present, the collection of the Art Museum includes three thousand paintings, decorative arts and several drawings and sculptures. The art museum houses the largest collection of paintings by Russian painter Nicholas Roerich in Ukraine.

Monument to Gorlov

In the center of the city there is a monument dedicated to the founder of the city – Pyotr Nikolayevich Gorlov, a Russian mining engineer. Gorlov was one of the pioneers of the Donbass coal industry and built the city’s first coal mine in 1867. He was also actively involved in the construction of the Kursk-Kharkov-Azov railway.

St. Nicholas Cathedral

The Cathedral of Saint Nicholas – the Archbishop of Myra, was built in Horlivka in 1905. The church, however, was closed in 1929. The building was then used as Donenergo’s laboratory until the German occupation in 1941 During World War II, church services resumed and the domes of the church were rebuilt. The reconstruction of the church was completed in 1989.

Gorky Park

Named after Mr. Gorky, the Park of Culture and Rest has been operating as a city park since 1932. The park covers a total area of ​​61.3 hectares and contains several rare and valuable trees. The park contains several rides operated for children and adults, and many cultural events are also held in the park. Deep within the park is a municipal stadium and a sports complex.

Brief history of Horlivka

An old tram and a garbage dump in the background in Horlivka, Ukraine
An old tram passes through the industrial area with a landfill in the background in Horlivka, Ukraine.

At the beginning of the 18and century, the first Cossack settlements were built in the region. The city was founded as “Gosudarev Posad” in 1779. Due to the construction of the Kursk-Kharkov-Azov railway in 1867, a village and a house for railway workers were built. The town was renamed Gorlovka or Horlivka in 1869 in honor of Pyotr Nikolayevich Gorlov, a Russian mining engineer. Gorlov explored several coal deposits in the Donets basin, and the coal industry developed quite rapidly. The coal mine “Korsun Kop #1” was built in 1871, eventually becoming one of the largest coal mines in the Donbass region. The city was the scene of an armed uprising during the Russian Revolution. In April 1918, Horlivka came under the control of the Ukrainian People’s Republic. During the 1930s, the city grew significantly under the Soviet Union and later became one of the main mining centers of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. From 1941 to 1943, the city was under German occupation. Several buildings were burned down and mass shootings took place by retreating Nazis during World War II. At present, many mines in the city have been closed, and the population of the city also dropped by more than 10% during the 1990s.

In April 2014, pro-Russian separatists captured many towns in Donetsk Oblast. On April 14, a police station in Horlivka was seized by a group of separatists. The town saw heavy fighting in the months that followed. The Ukrainian army took over parts of Horlivka on July 21, 2014. However, separatist forces continue to control Horlivka to this day, while the Ukrainian army only controls a few suburbs of Horlivka.

Current situation in Horlivka

In the early morning of February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. The Russian military launched heavy attacks on Ukraine by land, air and sea, which was considered the largest military assault by one European state against another since World War II. Moreover, the Russian President recognized the independence of the two regions controlled by the separatists of Donetsk and the Luhansk People’s Republic and ordered his troops to move to these regions. Since then, there have been reports of increased shelling of Ukrainian soldiers by Russian-backed separatists on the outskirts of the town of Horlivka in eastern Ukraine. According to reports, three children and two teachers were killed when a missile hit a school in Horlivka on February 25, 2022.

Parks will be 50 in 2022…

Of course, the big anniversary of the national park system celebrated this year is at Yellowstone National Park, which celebrates its 150th anniversary. But there are 11 other units in the system turning 50 this year.

Now 1972 was not a watershed year for the growth of the national park system – 1978 saw 29 units added to the park system – but there were various attributes introduced to the system that year, from the first national river from the country and a national seaside to two national recreation areas at opposite ends of the nation.

Here is an overview of these parks:

The sun sets over stunning views of the Ponca Wilderness from a narrow cliff ledge / Aaron Bates via NPS

Buffalo National River, Arkansas, established March 1, 1972

Once established, the Buffalo River became the first “national river” in the park system. It flows 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Former National Park Service Director George Hartzog, who loved to fish, lobbied for the river to be added to the park system. Writer John McPhee captured Hartzog in his element when he joined the director on the Buffalo River for a profile he was developing on Hartzog.

For two hours now, Hartzog has been sitting in a boat on the Buffalo River, doing the closest thing to anything at all. He is fishing. Fishing is his only hobby. The Park Service stocks bass and bream in Prince William Forest Park near Washington, and Hartzog sometimes goes there for what he contemptuously calls “put and take,” but the Buffalo, Arkansas, in his idea of ​​the real thing, and there’s almost nowhere he’d rather be.

… “We must have this river,” said Hartzog. He wants to make his entire one hundred and fifty miles a national river, which means the Park Service would buy the river and all necessary river land to — as he puts it — “protect his overview.” The opposition consists of the Army Corps of Engineers, who would like to stop the Buffalo with flood barriers, and private owners who are against government intrusion in any form; but Hartzog thinks he can get the river for the park service, and he’ll work to get it as long as he needs it. “It’s just untouched,” he says. “People haven’t found it yet.”

The Pu’ukohola Heiau/NPS Temple Site

Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii, established August 17, 1972

This site preserves a temple built around 1790 during the reign of Kamehameha I, who was able to unite the Hawaiian Islands.

Pu’ukohola Heiau was designated a historic landmark by the Hawaiian territorial government in 1928. In the 1960s, the Queen Emma Foundation and Queen’s Medical Center, Waimea and other Hawaiian civic clubs, and local community groups played a instrumental in getting Pu’ukohola Heiau designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The Queen Emma Foundation donated 34 acres of land in 1972 encompassing Pulukohola Heiau and the John Young Homestead made possible the creation of the Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.

The Ranch House at Grant-Kohrs/NPS Ranch National Historic Site

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Montana, established August 25, 1972

When the brutally cold, snowy winter of 1886-1887 swept through the Rockies, it crippled many western cattle ranchers. For Conrad Kohrs, however, his banker in nearby Butte, Montana gave him a $100,000 loan that allowed him to rebuild the biggest cattle empire the country had ever seen.

The trade deal was perhaps the shrewdest and boldest that Conrad Kohrs has executed, but it has given him the ability to restock his herds while other breeders – some who have lost 95% of their herds to of this terrible winter – went bankrupt. The move was so successful that the cattle baron repaid the loan in just four years.

John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway, Wyoming, created August 25, 1972

This walk provides a scenic connection between Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. To put a finer point, the parkway features a two-lane paved road that connects the South Entrance of Yellowstone to the South Entrance of Grand Teton. The 24,000-acre boardwalk is more than just a road with great views of the Tetons, Snake River, and other scenic delights. As in the two parks it connects, the parkway passes through the habitat of an impressive assortment of wildlife, including grizzly bears, black bears, moose, elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep.

The Longfellow House Library/James P. Jones Photography|RI

Longfellow House Washington Headquarters National Historic Site, Massachusetts (renamed Longfellow National Historic Site 2010), established October 9, 1972

From July 1775 to April 1776, during the Siege of Boston, General George Washington and his family lived in a house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which also served as his headquarters during this time. The house was later the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a popular 19th century poet and scholar. The house remains intact until the time of the Longfellow family, including the many artifacts they collected related to Washington and the Revolution. A bust of Washington still stands inside the front door, serving as an unofficial welcome to visitors. Longfellow himself poetized the former occupant of the house in “To a Child”, noting that “Once, within these walls… The father of his country dwelt”.

Hohokam Pima National Monument, Arizona, established October 21, 1972

The Hohokam Pima National Monument recognizes the significance of Snaketown, a Hohokam village inhabited from around AD 300 to around AD 1200. This ancient village, which may have had as many as 2,000 residents, is on the Gila River Indian Reservation near Sacaton, Arizona.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko's bedroom preserved at the National Historic Site/NPS

Thaddeus Kosciuszko’s bedroom preserved at the National Memorial/NPS

Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, Pennsylvania, established October 21, 1972

Polish freedom fighter Thaddeus Kosciuszko, who designed many of the fortifications used by settlers during the American Revolution, lived in this house in Philadelphia. Inside you can see the room where he received notable visitors such as Chief Little Turtle and Thomas Jefferson.

A dark brown fossil turtle on a pale beige stone that is only slightly larger than the fossil. The turtle has a fairly long neck and tail, each about as long as the legs/NPS

Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming, established October 23, 1972

Fossil Butte in southwest Wyoming is home to an amazing collection of fossils from when this part of the country was humid and tropical. Gar, herring and even sunfish (ancient relatives of many freshwater species today) swam in three lakes (Goshute, Uinta and Fossil) that shimmered here 55 million years ago . While the lakes have disappeared, the sediments they left behind have long since been compressed into stone, locking many of these aquatic species in place. Visit the monument’s visitor center and not only can you tour a room full of incredible specimens, but you can also watch a preparator clean the matrix surrounding a fossil.

Dungeness Mansion Ruins / NPS

Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia, established October 23, 1972

Georgia’s southernmost barrier island offers visitors history, nature, and beauty in a setting as peaceful and uncrowded as any National Park Service unit. Wandering the grounds of Thomas and Lucy Carnegie’s fire-damaged mansion will likely result in an encounter with grazing wild horses, descendants of generations of animals that have populated the island for hundreds of years.

One of America’s finest Atlantic beaches, often with no one else in sight, rewards walkers with an abundance of sand dollars and seashells. Tours to the northern part of the island offer visitors the opportunity to step inside the intimate First African-American Church where, one day in September 1996, John Kennedy, Jr. married Carolyn Bessette.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse, over 250 years old/NPS, Jesse Blatter

Gateway National Recreation Area, New York, established October 27, 1972

Spanning the greater New York and New Jersey metropolitan area, this park features a wildlife refuge, a popular New Jersey beach, historic structures that housed officers protecting New York Harbor, and a lighthouse more than 100 years old. 250 years. The NRA’s Jamaica Bay unit has been envisioned by the Park Service as America’s largest urban campground, with public transportation connections to greenways and bike paths, kayak trails in the bay , an environmental education center for schools and community groups that develop stewards for the bay and restore landscape features that reflect Floyd Bennett Field’s aviation heritage.

Point Bonita Light at Golden Gate NRA / Kurt Repanshek

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California, established October 27, 1972

Golden Gate is a wonderful collection of sites centered around San Francisco. Within its grounds are Muir Woods National Monument, Alcatraz Island, Point Bonita Light, San Francisco Presidio, Fort Point National Historic Site, Crissy Field, and more.

The NRA encompasses over 80,000 acres with 37 distinct park sites and 1,200 historic structures. There are beaches and over 130 miles of trails.

If you’re looking to avoid the park crowds this summer, you can do so at some of these sites.

Pyeongchang still awaits its Olympic reward


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ended four years ago, but when driving his taxi, Jeon Jae-gu still sometimes wears a ski suit bearing the region’s Olympic logo, as well as a matching Pyeongchang Olympics hat.

His trunk is filled with leftover trinkets he often gives to passengers – lanyards, gloves, tote bags and figurines, all commemorating those 16 days when this rural county, one of South Korea’s poorest, was the center of the world sporting world.

“I believe the Olympics gave us a chance to have a new image,” Jeon said. “I have heard that its harmonious effects will take 10 years to form. Slowly, slowly, slowly, time will have to pass.

But not everyone in the region shares his optimism or his patience.

Across the hills from Pyeongchang, reminders of the 2018 Winter Games are everywhere: in banners touting the “Peace Olympics” with North Korea; in the scattered statues of Olympic mascots, in the English menus on the doors of empty restaurants that once expected a flood of foreign customers.

One of the largest remnants of the Games has already begun to look like a modern ruin. The site of the 35,000-seat Olympic Stadium has become a loosely amphitheater-shaped mound of grass, with a towering stadium torch remaining as a set of bones. A nearby museum preserves what remains, its cases filled with commemorative pins, coins and clothing.

Many see these Olympic remnants as signs of past glory – and broken promises.

The 2018 Winter Olympics were sold to the people of Pyeongchang as a chance to cultivate global tourism that would turn the struggling region.

South Korea has spent at least $13 billion on the Games, with some experts predicting a return on that investment of $58 billion within 10 years. Local media speculated that the Olympics could help Gangwon Province “emerge as one of the world’s top winter tourist attractions”.

Yet on a recent visit to Pyeongchang, the distance between that vision and the current reality seemed immense, with Covid-related travel restrictions compounding what had already been a lackluster start to the county’s post-Olympic life.

The city surrounding Jinbu Station, built to ferry spectators from Seoul to the Games, was eerily quiet as South Korea faced its second year of the pandemic and the Beijing Olympics dominated the headlines.

Dozens of new cafes and restaurants have clustered around Jinbu’s main street, most looking empty. Banners advertised new property developments, but shopkeepers complained of rising land prices and few buyers.

“Nothing here has really changed – just a few new roads and new buildings,” said Shim Dal-seop, who helps run a family rice wine business. “In this city, there was no advantage in hosting the Winter Olympics.”

So far, the outcome of the Pyeongchang Games “is not favorable”, according to Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College who has studied the long-term financial and environmental impacts of hosting the Olympics. He doesn’t expect it to get any better either.

“There are always these promises – and small businesses especially respond to this – that you’ll have all these people coming in, that you’ll have a growing business, and it will sustain itself with the exposure that you get,” he said. he declared. noted. But “if you look at the tourism numbers, you just don’t see an uptick in the years around the Olympics” for most host countries.

Pyeongchang had a modest amount of tourism ahead of the Games, and pre-Olympic attractions were still drawing visitors this month, even as South Korea grapples with a surge in Covid cases following the variant Omicron.

A 22-minute drive from Jinbu, dozens of couples celebrated Valentine’s Day by hiking the hills of Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm, long one of Pyeongchang’s most popular tourist attractions, even in winter. The children cooed at the sleeping lambs huddled together for warmth. In the distance, visitors could see the Olympic ski slopes laden with artificial snow.

“People come here for the exotic scenery,” said Jeon Hyo-won, whose family opened the farm in 1988. “Now that most of the country is urbanized, it’s not easy to feel that atmosphere of nature.”

Despite the cold, the parking lot at the farm quickly filled up. Families stopped at kiosks to buy stuffed animals and steaming potato rice cakes before heading up the hill to see the sheep, or as Mr Jeon calls them, his “300 children”.

Mr. Jeon’s farm (no relation to the taxi driver) may have survived, but his thoughts on the 2018 Olympics are bittersweet.

As a child in Pyeongchang in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he remembers a house without electricity and his mother washing dishes in a stream. Now he sees the merits of all the infrastructure built for the Games, including the new high-speed train line that brings people from Seoul to Gangwon in less than two hours.

However, Mr Jeon believes many tourists take the train past Pyeongchang towards the east coast, where summer activities like surfing and paragliding reign supreme.

He said he did not notice an increase in the number of tourists during or after the Winter Games, despite his efforts to accommodate them with English and Chinese interpreters.

“The reality is very different from what we were promised,” he said. “At the time, people here expected the Olympics to affect us a lot.”

At the Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort, skiers and snowboarders raced down the mountains where athletes raced for their medals, taking advantage of the sprawling resort that was built ahead of South Korea’s Olympic bid.

“People numbers seem pretty similar to pre-Olympic levels, but at least the infrastructure has improved,” said Marie Boes, a freelance ski instructor from Belgium who has been hitting the slopes in Pyeongchang for years. .

In the year since the Olympics, Pyeongchang has experienced a peak of 22% visitors, according to South Korean news agencies. But foreigners made up less than 0.1% of the 6.1 million people who visited paid tourist attractions in the region in 2019, according to a report by the county government of Pyeongchang.

Even before the start of the Games, South Korean officials expressed concern about the maintenance costs of the huge venues being built. Some have even floated the idea of ​​transforming the Olympic ice rink into a seafood freezer after the Games.

Flagship of the event, the $100 million The Olympic Stadium was demolished to avoid high maintenance costs and decay.

“To me, it’s a monument of rubbish,” Mr Zimbalist said.

In Gangneung, a small town that hosted the Winter Games ice sports competitions, an ice rink built for the Games was closed. And near the new high-speed train station, a boutique hotel that once hosted Finnish athletes sat on a street largely empty of bars and motels.

Four years ago, Jeong Eui-won, owner of the Beauty Hotel, overhauled its business model to meet the needs of foreign customers: he concocted a European-style buffet menu, installed Western beds and hired multilingual receptionists.

“During the Olympics, I had high expectations. It was like a whole new world unfolding,” he said. “But the atmosphere has changed a lot six months after the Games. The number of foreign tourists has decreased.

“It’s as if the sense of excitement in this city has been buried,” Mr Jeong added. “The Olympics are being forgotten.”

Still, Mr. Jeon, the taxi driver, is grateful that the Winter Games came here.

“It was the best event of my life,” he said. “Wherever I go, I will continue to wear these clothes. I will wear them for the next 10 years.

Organizations providing humanitarian aid to refugees


The ongoing fighting between Ukraine and Russia has some people wondering how to help.

People from all over the world took to the streets to support Ukraine.

At least 150,000 people have fled Ukraine to Poland and other neighboring countries following the Russian invasion, the UN refugee agency said on Saturday. The agency expects up to 4 million Ukrainians to flee if the situation deteriorates further.


Here are some organizations offering humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees:


You can make tax-deductible donations to support Ukrainian children.

The world human rights organization says it has been providing some form of aid to Ukraine for about eight years, since the tensions began.

UNICEF works with civic organizations and local governments to provide nutrition and health care to children in conflict zones.

The UN refugee agency promises that at least 84% of donations will go to its field operations or efforts to help displaced people.

This help takes the form of shelter or advocacy.

UNHCR reports that 90% of its staff are based in the field.

The ICRC says it has been providing aid to Ukraine since 2014.

The international organization is working with the Ukrainian Red Cross to provide food, water and other basic necessities.

Doctors Without Borders helps assess the medical needs of Ukrainians without access to care.

The organization expressed its concern on Friday at the escalation of hostilities:

“We are deeply concerned about the consequences of the conflict for the people and communities of Ukraine. We see on the roads that tens of thousands of people are scared and on the move,” a statement read in part.

The organization has had to interrupt some of its operations, but is assessing ways for teams from neighboring countries to respond to aid.

Lani Fortier, Senior Director of Emergencies at the IRC, called on neighboring countries to open their borders to Ukrainian refugees.

“We really hope that we can avert catastrophe and avert the human suffering that we will inevitably see if this conflict continues to escalate. However, the IRC is ready and preparing for the worst. We are working to mobilize resources quickly and we connect with partners to establish a response that will provide vital support to civilians forced to flee their homes The IRC is meeting with partners and local civil society organizations in Poland and Ukraine to assess capacity to respond to the increased the number of refugees and people in need. We will work to respond where we are most needed and with the services that are urgently needed. Whatever the needs, we are preparing to meet them.

The organization uses donations to impact the economic well-being of conflict-affected families and provide educational opportunities to continue to enrich children during crises.

The organization claims to have been responding to European crises since 2015.

The organization shared harrowing stories of child victims at the start of the Russian invasion.

The organization describes hospital doctors working in shelters to help pregnant women give birth safely.

The organization provides psychological and psychosocial support to children in crisis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Is there an organization missing? If you have additional information, send an e-mail [email protected].


Protesters gather in Millennium Park and truckers rally downtown, everyone saying Ukraine needs help now – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – As Ukrainian troops held back Russian forces trying to seize the capital Kiev on Saturday, crowds once again filled the streets and roads of Chicago in support of Ukraine.

As CSB 2’s Shardaa Gray reported, a march was held downtown on Saturday, and several semi-trailer truck drivers also went downtown to show their support.

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Everyone we spoke to on Saturday still has family in Ukraine. They watch them every chance they get, but they say their country needs as much help as possible.

Tractor-truck cabs lined Columbus Drive from Ida B. Wells Drive to Roosevelt Road on Saturday. They headed three miles down the Kennedy Highway in the southbound lanes to their destination at Grant Park – where Freedom Convoy organizers said the United States had an obligation to help Ukraine.

“We want the US government to support Ukraine – to support Ukraine, as they should support Ukraine,” organizer Stefan Nojek said.

“They feel completely left behind and abandoned by what is happening politically by our leaders here in the West,” said Ros Saciuk, chairman of the Palatine-based Ukrainian Voters’ Suburban Council.

Roksolana Bunha is from Kyiv and said her father is still there.

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“He was at home,” she said. “But the city like the sirens, and the people here, like there, it’s like an SOS signal.”

Protesters also gathered in Millennium Park on Saturday, waving Ukrainian flags and holding signs calling on Ukraine’s allies to intervene.

Earlier Saturday morning, Catholic churches in Chicago held special masses and rosaries to pray for peace and an end to war.

Protesters fear that Russian President Vladimir Putin will simply attack Ukraine.

“Putin will not resign,” said Yuriy Makar. “At the moment, Ukraine is just a stepping stone for his plan.”

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Another protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is expected to take place on Sunday.