The spring edition of the Boston Calling Festival is set to take place at the Massachusetts’ Harvard Athletic Complex on May 26-28. The lineup features a headlining slot from Tool, marking the band’s second performance in 2017. Chance The Rapper, Mumford & Sons, The XX, Bon Iver, Major Lazer, Weezer, The 1976, Run The Jewels, Cage The Elephant, Sigur Rós, and Solange round out the top three lines of the diverse lineup. Also performing are Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tegan And Sara, Brandi Carlile, Car Seat Headrest, Deerhoof, Whitney, and many more. A film experience curated by Natalie Portman will also be offered.The festival, recently purchased by Madison Square Garden, Co., will welcome its new location over Memorial Day Weekend. Early bird tickets are currently available on the festival’s website. Check out the lineup and video announcement below:
Amid the Black Lives Matter movement, as the first African-American president finishes his second term, the inspirational writings of W.E.B. Du Bois resound, as relevant as ever. On Thursday, as eight new recipients of the Du Bois Medal were feted, presenters and honorees alike related the great man’s writing in anecdotes both personal and political.This year’s honorees, who join 22 previous medal recipients, were Ursula M. Burns, chairman and chief executive of Xerox Corp.; David L. Evans, senior admissions officer at Harvard; Pam Grier, actor and activist; Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer, hip-hop artist and activist; David Simon, writer and producer; Jessye Norman, soprano and recitalist; and the 1966 Texas Western Miners men’s basketball team, represented by players David Lattin and Willie Worsley. The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, and more broadly individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.Ursula M. Burns, the first African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company, recalled how her mother stressed the importance of education as “not only the way up but the way forward.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThat the past is present was made clear by Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, which presented the awards. Following the uplifting voices of the Kuumba Singers, an opening prayer by the Rev. Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and opening remarks by Glenn H. Hutchins ’77, J.D.-M.B.A. ’83, Gates made the connection both current and specific.After thanking Hutchins and the Hutchins Family Foundation, whose first grant of $15 million made the Hutchins Center possible, for their recent gift of another $10 million to fund the center in perpetuity, he got right to it. “Black Lives Matter is Du Bois’ ‘Talented Tenth’ in jeans and hoodies,” Gates proclaimed in kicking off the event, which would feature readings of works by Du Bois (B.A. 1890, M.A. 1891, and Ph.D. 1895, Harvard’s first to an African-American), interspersed with addresses to and by the honorees. “Black Lives Matter and black studies matter,” Gates said. “The time to act is now.”Professor William Julius Wilson congratulates David Simon as Glenn Hutchins and Hutchins Center Director Henry Louis Gates Jr. look on. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerCornel West, professor emeritus of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary, was up next, honoring Evans by calling him “the best of Harvard.” “Veritas,” West noted, “the condition of truth is always to allow suffering to speak.” But the longtime admissions officer matched West in eloquence, noting the progress people of color have made — and the advances Harvard has been able to make — but warning, “We’ve changed the guard. But changing the guard without guarding the change is movement without maintenance. Don’t let this be the last time all these beautiful things are happening.”Honoring Burns, Michael D. Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, noted not only that she was the first African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company but also that she led her Change the Equation educational initiative to educate girls and young women in STEM fields. Accepting her medal, Burns elaborated on this theme, recalling how her own mother stressed the importance of education as “not only the way up but the way forward.”“Bring other people along,” she said. “Change the world.”Introducing television writer and producer Simon, William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, related how, after hearing people discuss Simon’s groundbreaking HBO series “The Wire,” he binge-watched the entire first season on a flight to Bangkok. He then designed a course around the show, aware of how with fiction an artist can portray a deeper truth. “David Simon offers us an unflinching portrait of race, class, and poverty in the United States,” he said.Accepting the award, Simon discussed his time as a crime reporter. “You knew you were too reliant on the police to tell you what happened in an alley,” he recalled. “You knew the game was rigged, but what else could you do?” In these days of cellphone cameras, he opined, that might be changing. “We’re experiencing a little bit of a revolution,” he said. “It is painful, but it will end well.”David Lattin (center) from the 1966 Texas Western National Champions Basketball Team receives his award from Glenn Hutchins (left) as former Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley and Henry Louis Gates Jr. join them onstage. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard President and Lincoln Professor of History Drew Faust introduced the award for Norman, who was unable to be present because of health issues. Citing Norman’s previous awards, including an honorary doctorate in 1988 as well as her charitable outreach (including a tuition-free music program in her hometown of Augusta, Ga.), Faust said of the opera singer, “Her status as a diva is global.”The absent diva was represented by a video that featured her speaking — and, perhaps more vitally, singing.Showing the range of the awards — and of African-American artistry — the next honoree was Moorer. Marcyliena Morgan, professor of African and African-American Studies and founder and executive director of the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard, announced a “game-changer,” noting her “unmatched contributions to hip-hop and commitment to improving the life of women and girls.”Moorer, the first female rapper Grammy nominee, told of “picking up a mic” at 16, wanting to present an anti-drug message. The Brooklyn native, who released her eighth album in 2015, is founder of the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which provides scholarships to college students. “I am a practicing activist looking to change the minds of our youth,” she said. “We all have the chance to be and create the change we want to see.”Grier was the next honoree, and presenter Lawrence D. Bobo, the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and chair of the Department of African and African American Studies, was positively gleeful as he called her “the consummate badass feminist hero, subverting the expectations and creating new ones with her fearlessness, intelligence, and control.”Grier, whose stardom spans films like “Coffy” and “Foxy Brown” in the ’70s through “Jackie Brown” in 1997 and a continuing role in “The L Word,” called the medal “a profound honor.”Describing a family that valued strong women, including a grandfather “who taught all the girls to hunt and fish and be self-sufficient,” she recalled discovering Du Bois growing up in the 1950s and ’60s.“I read W.E.B. Du Bois, and he set my soul on fire,” she said. “He encouraged me to liberate myself. He said: Don’t see yourself through the eyes of others. Be yourself. And that’s what I did.”The final medal was presented by a gracious loser, Pat Riley, president of the NBA’s Miami Heat. In 1966, Riley had been the star of the all-white University of Kansas team that was defeated for the national championship by the little-known Texas Western Miners, which started five black players. The Miners’ win, 12 years after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate schools, accelerated the integration of college sports and changed the game forever. The victory by the disciplined, defense-minded team helped desegregate college basketball across the South.After a shoutout to Celtic great Jo Jo White, who was in attendance, Riley reminisced about that game and the grace and strength of the men being honored, who were interviewed at length in a video presentation that stressed their teamwork and their reliance on each other.As Lattin, who was present to accept the award, said in the video. “We were the ‘we’ team, not the ‘I’ team.”SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave
Almost everyone says that they believe in energy efficiency, but nationally-known researcher (and keynote speaker) Suzanne Shelton has found that this belief doesn’t always convert to energy action. What can we do to change that, and what are the latest residential and building trends to make it even easier?Shelton, president and CEO of The Shelton Group, a Knoxville, TN-based firm that tracks consumer attitudes about sustainability, living green and choosing energy efficiency, will be giving the keynote speech at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Other hot topics at the conference include:Financing Energy Efficiency. Nationally, conversation about a new form of energy finance, known as property-assessed clean-energy programs or “PACE is growing. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation s Peter Adamczyk will delve into PACE programs and more.Net-Zero and Passive Buildings. National experts from the US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Passive House Institute, and Efficiency Vermont, as well as representatives of local firms will explain how these types of structures contribute to dramatic energy savings.The New Frontier of Lighting. A smarter approach to efficient lighting comprehensive lighting design will be introduced alongside new efficiency lighting design incentives available through Efficiency Vermont. NEW CONSTRUCTION, LARGE BUILDINGS (>=20,000 sq. ft.)Honor AwardProject: Courtyard at Given, University of Vermont College of Medicine (Burlington, VT)Firm: Black River Design (Montpelier, VT)Merit AwardProject: Heritage Aviation (South Burlington, VT)Firm: TruexCullins (Burlington, VT)MAJOR RENOVATION (GUT REHAB)Honor AwardProject: Aiken Hall, Champlain College (Burlington, VT)Firm: Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects (Burlington, VT) Commercial Building Design & Construction:Projects for the University of Vermont s College of Medicine, Champlain College and the Putney School took top honors. Projects for the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park and Heritage Aviation received merit awards.The new interior courtyard at the UVM College of Medicine s Given Building, created by Black River Design using the existing building infrastructure, is pending LEED Gold certification. An element of the design is an energy recovery ventilation unit, which reduces energy usage by minimizing the energy required to condition outside air. It does so by reclaiming energy from the building s return air and introduces this energy into the outdoor air before it is delivered into the building supply air. The approximate recovery efficiency of the unit is 80 percent. Energy-efficient lighting design reduces the building s lighting power density by 60 percent via occupancy sensors and daylighting controls.Maclay Architects designed an innovative Net-Zero energy field house for the Putney School, reducing its carbon footprint by an estimated 100 percent. A number of energy efficiency measures, from a super-insulated building envelope to efficient new light fixtures, bring the building s energy use down by 55 percent from that allowed by the Vermont Energy Code. The building generates all of its annual energy needs through the on-site solar photovoltaic tracker array. The field house is on track for a LEED platinum certification.Vermont ENERGY STAR® Homes Residential New Construction:Kingdom Construction, Black River Design and developer Jack Dator took top honors for the Bear Path Townhomes in East Burke. Energy recovery ventilation is incorporated and each home is outfitted with ENERGY STAR appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers and efficient light fixtures. Homes in Brattleboro, Hinesburg and Norwich also received top honors.Homes Performance with ENERGY STAR Residential Energy Efficiency Renovation:William Morrissey of Weatherization Works of Dorset won the grand prize for work completed for under $5,000. The winning home, located in Bennington, was built in 1950 with little insulation. Energy efficiency was improved through extensive insulation and air sealing; a programmable thermostat and CFLs also contribute additional energy savings. Now, the house is air-tight with annual savings of more than 1,000kWh. Renovations by Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors in Barre City, Fairfax, Shelburne, Warren and Dummerston were also honored.The complete list of award winners is as follows: Energy-smart building is on the rise in Vermont. This year, Efficiency Vermont experienced a notable increase in entries to its Best of the Best Awards, honoring the best in energy-efficient commercial and residential design and construction in Vermont. Award recipients will be recognized at Efficiency Vermont s 2010 Better Buildings by Design Conference, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday February 10 and 11, 2010, in Burlington. The conference focuses on energy-efficient building design, construction and renovation and is attended by more than 1,000+ people. Vermont builders and contractors entered their work in three areas of energy efficiency: commercial new construction and major renovation, residential new construction and residential renovation. In just the commercial category, Efficiency Vermont saw a 50 percent increase in entries. SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOMES Winning HomeBuilder: Chuck Reiss, Reiss Building & Renovation (Hinesburg, VT)Home Location: Hinesburg, VT SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOMES 2,000 to 3,000 sq. ft.Winning HomeBuilder: Steve Davis, Steve Davis Construction (Hartford, VT)Home Location: Norwich, VTSINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOMES > 3,000 sq. ft.Winning HomeBuilder: Denny Frehsee, Williams & Frehsee, Inc. (Brattleboro, VT)Home Location: Brattleboro, VTSINGLE FAMILY ATTACHED HOMESWinning ProjectProject: Bear Path Townhomes, East Burke, VTDeveloper: Jack Dator, Professional Real Estate Services (Fall River, MA)Designer: John Rahill & Jesse Remick, Black River Design (Montpelier, VT)Builder: Karl Chaffee & Tom Barrup, Kingdom Construction (Newport, VT)Best of the Best in Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Award WinnersRecognizing excellence in energy efficiency renovations in Vermont homes.RETROFIT UNDER $5,000Grand PrizeContractor: William Morrissey, Weatherization Works (Dorset, VT)Home Location: Bennington, VTHonorable MentionContractor: Paul Zabriskie, EnergySmart of Vermont (Barre, VT)Home Location: Barre City, VTRETROFIT FROM $5,000 to $15,000Grand PrizeContractor: John Ashton, Ashton Thermal (East Fairfield, VT)Home Location: Fairfax, VTHonorable MentionContractor: James Bradley, Caleb Contracting LLC (Cambridge, VT)Home Location: Shelburne, VTRETROFIT OVER $15,000Grand PrizeContractor: Brad Cook, Building Performance Services (Warren, VT)Home Location: Warren, VTHonorable MentionContractor: Keith Abbott, Thermal House (Jamaica, VT)Home Location: Dummerston, VTEfficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).Source: Efficiency Vermont. Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction Award WinnersRecognizing innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily buildings. Best of the Best in Vermont ENERGY STAR® Homes Award WinnersHonoring exceptional achievement in new homes receiving ENERGY STAR qualification. NEW CONSTRUCTION, SMALL BUILDINGS (Honor AwardProject: Putney School Field House (Putney, VT)Firm: Maclay Architects (Waitsfield, VT)Merit AwardProject: Forest Center & Wood Barn, Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park (Woodstock, VT)Firm: Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects (Burlington, VT) ###
Transition away from coal speeding up in Spain FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享El País:Spain is on track to become a coal-free country in record time. All of its remaining coal-fired thermal power plants will start shutting down on Tuesday, a year-and-a-half after the closure of the coal mines, which could not survive without the state aid that the European Union has banned.Seven out of the 15 coal-fired power stations that are still working in Spain will cease being operational on June 30, after their owners – the electricity companies – decided that it does not make financial sense to adapt them to European regulations. And four more are getting ready to shut down soon. Several of these power stations have not been producing electricity for months because it is no longer profitable due to a combination of market conditions and political decisions by the European Commission, which is the executive branch of the EU.Until just a couple of years ago, these highly contaminating plants were accounting for approximately 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions in Spain. In 2018, nearly 15% of all electricity consumed in Spain came from coal-fired thermal stations.But that seems like an eternity ago. In May of this year, coal-fired plants barely contributed 1.4% to the power mix. And they produced nothing at all between May 1 and 2, for the first time since Red Eléctrica de España (REE), the national power grid operator, began keeping records in 1990.The seven coal-fired thermal plants that will be phased out on Tuesday are Meirama in A Coruña, Narcea in Asturias, La Robla and Compostilla in León, Andorra in Teruel, Puente Nuevo in Córdoba and Velilla in Palencia. Together, these seven plants represent 4,630 megawatts (MW), a little less than half the installed coal power generation capacity in Spain. They provide around 1,100 jobs, including direct employees and outsourced work.Four other plants accounting for 3,092 MW and employing around 800 workers have already filed for permission to shut down. Industry sources estimated that Iberdrola’s Lada plant in Asturias, Endesa’s As Pontes plant in A Coruña and Litoral plant in Almería, and Los Barrios in Cádiz could be closed by 2021 or 2022.[Manuel Planelles]More: Spain to close half its coal-fired power stations
The process of recruiting more women has been underway systematically since the early 1990s, when the Army School of Administration (EsAEx) accepted the first 49 women who passed a competitive exam. In 2002, the Medical Sergeants’ Course opened its doors to women. This year’s course included 62 female graduates. They share their barracks with the six future Musician Sergeants. “Being a part of this class is a major responsibility. We’re opening new paths for women in the Armed Forces,” said flautist Joyce Souza, 26, of Rio de Janeiro. Souza has classical training, acquired through four years of studying sacred and classical music at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Southern Brazil, in Rio. Now that she has reached her goal, she is setting her sights even higher. “I want to join the Army’s Symphonic Orchestra, in São Paulo,” she said. For her part, saxophonist Bianca Christina Cardoso Santos wants to lead an army band. To achieve this goal, she must reach the rank of Lieutenant. Men and women who enter the army through the Sergeants’ School can attain the rank of Captain, which is also a goal for Santos. “I want to be a conductor, so I know I need to improve as a musician and climb the ranks,” said Santos, 26, who studied at the Mercês Convent School of Music, in São Luís, Maranhão. Music and military service are in the blood of Carolyne Gonze, a 22-year-old Minas Gerais native. The saxophonist is the granddaughter of a conductor and niece of a Musician Sergeant in the Brazilian Army. Until recently, Gonze had been able to pursue only her musical passions. But late last year, an opportunity opened up that enabled her to unite her two vocations. For the first time, the Brazilian Army was allowing women to enroll in its competitive exam for Musician Sergeants. Acceptance into the program is not easy: 1,818 men and 169 women between the ages of 18 and 26 applied for 56 openings. Gonze was one of six women admitted to the School for Musical Sergeants. In April, they began the course at the Deodoro Military Village, in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone. “I came in search of personal fulfillment. I achieved my dream of joining the Armed Forces without the need to give up music,” Gonze said. This daughter of civil police officers already is setting an example for her younger brothers, 18-year-old twins who will take the same competitive exam next year. The Musician Sergeants’ Course is another step in the ongoing process of opening the Brazilian Army to women. Only 5,464 out of the army’s 198,000 soldiers are women, which breaks down to nearly 3%. By Dialogo September 02, 2014 The future musician sergeants begin their days with reveille at 6 a.m. During the day, they attend lectures and engage in a demanding exercise regimen. Curfew is at 10 p.m. In their first year of training, with the 1st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group, the focus is on military training. It is only during the second year of the course, in the Logistics Sergeants’ School, that the dedication to music becomes more prominent. “The pride that my family is feeling gives me strength to overcome this challenge,” said Stefani de Freitas Dagostim, 23, who plays the euphonium and was a conductor and teacher with the Lauro Müller municipal band in Santa Catarina. Other doors in the Brazilian Army will open soon for women. Law No. 12.705, passed in August 2012, states that women also may begin receiving combat training starting in 2016. Signed into law by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, the law gives the army up to five years to prepare for the integration of women into the Army Preparatory School (EsPCEx), the officer training school at the Agulhas Negras Military Academy (AMAN) and the School for Combat Sergeants (ESA). “A study is being carried out on the integration of women into the combat segment. We will have the first class in two years,” said Maj. Renato Libânio, the chief basic training instructor for sergeants in the 1st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group. Worthless! The women deserve it. They are wonderful in everything they do. Very good. I liked it. That’s it, girls. It’s supposed to shut up the men because they know that we women are capable of doing all the same things that they can, and even better most of the time. Top marks for these girls. This is wonderful. Music is health. It’s life. Congratulations. It’s very important to know that women today can do all the things that were forbidden in the past, and today, they are appreciated and have the same rights as men. Courageous women warriors! Congratulations! Keep it up. We appreciate it. Sexism is still rife in the military, and the uniform is incompatible in regards to the subject above. At least the sensibility hasn’t been lost. Stop being a feminist. Today, I am happy to know that a good friend named Bianca Cardoso, saxophonist, is on her path and making her dream come true. I have had the pleasure of getting to know her and living with her for a little bit, but that short period was enough to describe her as a good person. Keep going and never give up. How can I register for the course? What grade do you have to be in to join the course? Every year, the Combat Arms Sergeant School (ESA) releases a public notice where you can find all the information relevant to the registration process. Good luck. Congratulations girls! Try to fully understand the importance of the specialty as it relates to training a military mind. Study and continue learning more about both techniques and musical knowledge, and never get discouraged because like everything else in life, there will be both good and difficult moments in your career. Congratulations to the Brazilian Army (a real strong arm and helping hand).
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Staffing firm Accountemps recently surveyed more than 1,000 workers across the country, and 93 percent said goal setting is important to their on-the-job performance.While more than half of professionals (51 percent) discuss goal progress with their manager at least monthly, 11 percent never broach the topic.Younger employees place more emphasis on work-related performance goals, the research found.Almost seven in ten millennials (69 percent) surveyed thought goal setting was very important, compared to 55 percent of baby boomers. continue reading »
Jul 9, 2009HHS to fund $350 million for state preparednessThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to rapidly distribute $350 million that Congress recently provided for pandemic efforts by states, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today. Speaking at a federal “flu summit,” Sebelius said HHS will announce the funding tomorrow. She said $260 million will go to state health departments for general and vaccine efforts and $90 million will go to hospitals for surge capacity. “We hope to push the money out the door by July 31,” she said.[HHS pandemic flu Web site]Thailand, Argentina launch community mitigation measuresThailand’s government has ordered more than 1,000 schools to close for 15 days starting Jul 13 and has asked Internet cafes, popular with youth, to close during the time to curb the spread of pandemic flu, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported today. Elsewhere, Argentina will close financial markets and banks tomorrow to slow the spread of the virus, Reuters reported yesterday. It encouraged private businesses to do the same. Today is a national holiday in Argentina.[Jul 9 ABC story]Tanzania, Zimbabwe confirm first novel flu casesTanzania’s health ministry today confirmed the country’s first novel H1N1 case, a British student who arrived in the country about a week ago and told immigration officials he felt sick, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Also, Zimbabwe’s state media today reported the country’s first two cases, an Asian man who had recently arrived from London and a squash player hospitalized in South Africa, the Kenya-based Daily Nation reported. It’s unclear where the player was infected.[Jul 9 AP story]New Zealand: flu season eclipses 12-year highAn official with New Zealand’s influenza center said today that flu activity has reached a 12-year high point and predicted the season hasn’t peaked yet, Bloomberg News reported. A flu surveillance report released today for the week ending Jul 5 notes that novel H1N1 makes up 80% of circulating flu strains in New Zealand, an increase from the 48% reported in the previous week’s report.[Jul 9 Bloomberg News story]Japan quarantines American university student groupJapanese health officials quarantined 20 American university students Jul 3 after two of their Japanese instructors were diagnosed as having novel flu, the AP reported yesterday. Authorities are monitoring the students’ health, but so far none have shown any flu symptoms. The students are from California colleges, and the quarantine is scheduled to end tomorrow.CDC updates home care guidanceThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday updated its guidance on caring for people who are sick with novel H1N1 flu at home. The revision incorporates interim guidance on facemask and respirator use that the CDC updated in late May. The updated home care guidance suggests that all caregivers, not just those in high-risk groups, who must have close contact with a sick person try to use a facemask or N-95 disposable respirator. The update also lists where to buy the items.[Jul 8 CDC home care guidance]
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all Commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex, Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff immediately in remembrance of Latrobe, Pennsylvania native and golfing legend Arnold Palmer.“Arnold Palmer was the son of a groundskeeper from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, who went on to win 62 PGA tournaments, including four Masters’ green jackets, and will be remembered as one of Pennsylvania’s most beloved ambassadors,” Governor Wolf said. “On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and the people of Latrobe. Arnold Palmer was known as ‘The King’ across the world but to the people of Western Pennsylvania, he was Arnie – their native son who never forgot where he came from and loyally chose to invest so much in the community where he was born and raised.”Flags will return to full-staff at sunset on Friday, September 30, 2016.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Arnold Palmer September 26, 2016
KALIBO, Aklan –There is still enough supply of rice in this province amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the National Food Authority (NFA) here said. NFA-Aklan currently has 88,600 bags of palay and 1,517 bags of rice as of April 15. The food agency here purchased 17,191 bags of palay in March and then another 1,223 bags of it in April from individual farmers and farmers’ associations in Aklan. Meanwhile, rice traders in this province now purchase palay for P21 per kilo and clean and dry palay for P16.50 per kilo at the lowest. This province has enough supply of rice amid the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease-2019 outbreak, according to the National Food Authority (NFA) here. NFA-Aklan currently has 88,600 bags of palay and 1,517 bags of rice as of April 15. NFA-AKLAN “Hindi rin halos makalabas para magbenta ang mga farmers kasi most of them are senior citizens na. Limited din ang access namin to conduct mobile procurement since hindi dapat magsisiksikan sa sasakyan,” said Ostan, who is also the designated NFA-Aklan standards and quality assurance officer. Republic Act 11203, or the Rice Tariffication Law mandates NFA to maintain a sufficient level of rice buffer stock sourced locally for calamity operations like the COVID-19 outbreak. “To increase our rice stocks, NFA-Iloilo will augment 5,000 bags of rice. Pero continuous pa rin ang milling natin in the two rice mills in Aklan. Ang average daily sales in LGUs is 1,489 bags, and if basehan ang daily sales, our stocks will last 39 days,” Ostan said in an interview on Wednesday. According to NFA-Aklan acting operation officer Andy Ostan, there is a high demand from local government units (LGUs) in this province for their constituents. LGUs here have already purchased a total of 21,322 bags of 50-kilogram rice. NFA-Aklan is buying clean and dry palay from local farmers for P19 per kilo to sustain its local buying operations. This province has extended its ECQ period from April 14 to April 30 in a much higher bid to curb the spread of the virus.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)
Brandon Hood topped the Saturday IMCA Modified main event at 281 Speedway. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass PhotographyBy J.M. HallasSTEPHENVILLE, Texas (March 31) – Brandon Hood took home the hardware in Saturday’s 20-lap IMCA Modified main event at 281 Speedway.Hood, who was running the bottom, got by early leader Jeffrey Abbey, who was up top, just before halfway. From there Hood crept away for the win.“The bottom line was where it was at,” said Hood. “Abbey jumped out there pretty quick. He was a little tight and I knew that I had to be there whenever he made a mistake.”“You’ve got to be pretty patient when you run against those Abbey boys. They’re pretty good, every single one of them,” he continued. “They race you clean and I love racing with them.”Devin Burgess led flag-to-flag for the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod victory while Michael Childs started near the back of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field and ended in the winner’s circle.Scott Newbury took the lead on lap three and used slower traffic to finally shake Julia Childs on his way to the Mach-1 Sport Compact win.