We invite everyone throughout North America and around the world to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)–whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town. What will you do when the lights are off? We have lots of ideas. Join people all around the world in showing that you care about our planet and want to play a part in helping to fight climate change. One hour, for the Earth. Every little switch helps. Learn about Earth Hour events around the world. (Earth Hour en Español) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Earth Hour was a shared experience in Sydney, Australia last April, when the people came together, turned off the lights for one hour, and saved 10% of their energy consumption. Half the city joined in – 2.2 million — from the suburbs to the high-rises, from the city’s businesses to the mayor. (The Good News Network linked to these A.P. photos of the night sky.) From that success, the World Wildlife Fund has grown a global movement in one year culminating tonight at 8PM. Millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Canada’s Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Her caring attitude turned into a full-fledged charity project with local neighbors in San Mateo and Belmont donating thousands of items to the cause.Throughout the summer she has shipped boxes of clothing, undergarments, and tooth paste to the Kino Border Initiative, which distributes donations through their shelter.“Those who I met, and handed out donations to, were so gracious and appreciative to have shoes, jeans, t-shirts and toiletries,” said Julia, on her Facebook Page, Julia’s Journey for Others. “Many had worn through their shoes and to have an almost new pair made them smile.”To find out how to help, visit Julia’s Journey for Others Facebook Page.(READ the story in the San Mateo Daily Journal) – Story Tip from MIke McGinleyAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter watching a documentary about the thousands of child refugees at the Nogales, Arizona border who were fleeing to escape violence and drug gangs, a 17-year-old from the wealthy community of Belmont, near San Francisco, decided to do something.Julia Tognotti collected donations of clothes and personal hygiene items and begged her father to bring her and two friends to the border town to see how they could help.She didn’t want to assist anyone in breaking laws or gaining illegal entry into the United States, she told the San Mateo Daily Journal. She just wanted to help those children in need who are suffering with nothing. Once she met them, she was shocked at how young they were.
School of Rock – The Musical Related Shows View Comments Mamie Parris(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Original School of Rock cast member Mamie Parris returns to the hit Broadway musical at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 25. Parris, who created the role of Patty in the Tony-nominated tuner, now steps into the shoes of Principal Rosalie Mullins. Parris replaces Katherine McLaughlin, who gave her final performance on September 23.Parris was most recently seen onstage in the world premiere musical Dave at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage. Her other credits include Cats, On the Twentieth Century, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade and The Drowsy Chaperone.School of Rock is based on the 2003 film of the same name, featuring music from the movie as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, direction by Laurence Connor, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and musical direction by Darren Ledbetter. The show opened on December 6, 2015.As previously announced, School of Rock will play its final Broadway performance on January 20, 2019. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019
Trumbull-Nelson Construction of Hanover, NH, and Montpelier, VT was recently awarded the Essex Junction Wastewater Treatment Facility Refurbishment Project contract for $11.8 million. The estimated year-long upgrade is set to begin immediately. Trumbull-Nelson will be collaborating with the Project’s designer, Aldrich + Elliott, PC, Water Resource Engineers of Essex Junction to oversee the project’s successful completion. Improvements to the Essex Junction Wastewater Treatment Facility will enable the plant to operate more effectively and to improve compliance with its State operating permit. Work will include the upgrade of primary and secondary clarifiers and aeration tanks, and provide new tertiary filters, sludge dewatering, chemical feed, refurbishment of the two existing digesters, and new grit collector system. Additionally, the scope includes new pumps, SCADA System work, associated mechanical and electrical requirements, and a geothermal well component. Representing Trumbull-Nelson on-site will be Superintendent Jon McKeon and Project Manager Anthony Instasi. Trumbull-Nelson worked with Aldrich + Elliott, P.C. on the Quechee Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade, completed in 2011. Local subcontractors include Omega Electric of Williston and Thomas Mechanical Inc. of South Burlington. Trumbull-Nelson currently has similar utility projects underway in Lyndon and Vergennes.Source: July 24, 2012. Hanover, NH, Trumbull-Nelson Construction
Minnesota hires new coachGeoff Young played tennis at Northwestern from 1991-1994 C.J. SpangJuly 26, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt won’t be easy replacing the Minnesota men’s tennis team’s all-time winningest coach, but someone has to do it.That someone is Geoff Young, former men’s tennis coach at the University of Denver, who was hired as the Gophers’ new head coach Tuesday.In six years with the Pioneers, Young compiled a 71-68 record and led the team to a school-best fourth place finish in the Sun Belt conference last season.Young will replace David Geatz, who coached the team for 18 years, winning five Big Ten Championships – including one in his first season – and finishing second or third another 10 times.“We’ll certainly try to win a championship,” Young said. “I definitely think it’s within reach after looking at the results of this past year’s team, but we’ll have to wait and see how things come together.”But Geatz’s winning ways aren’t the only thing that could make Young’s transition a difficult one; add in the tumultuous circumstances under which Geatz resigned to the equation.Two seasons ago, Geatz was suspended for one month after an NCAA investigation found that Geatz and assistant coach Adam Cohen committed six minor violations.Two players – Geatz’s son D.J. and Andres Osorio – received improper benefits the previous summer at an internship at North Oaks Country Club in North Oaks. Geatz announced his resignation in April without giving specific reasons but did say the previous season’s events had a hand in his decision.Even with the distractions, said captain Mikey Kantar, the team had a favorable relationship with Geatz, and adjusting to a new coach won’t be easy.“I think definitely coach Geatz was very well liked by the whole team,” he said. “So definitely there’s going to be a feeling of I think, ‘Why do we have to change?’ “Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi compared Young’s situation to his own when he was hired as athletics director four years ago.“In essence, I replaced two people, and in many ways, though they retired, it was a situation not dissimilarÖ to what Geoff is extending into,” he said. “I think over time you build your own foundation, and you build your own support.”Young may have an easy time building support if Kantar’s comments are any indication of the team’s thoughts – a team that has seven seniors, including Geatz’s son D.J.“I would hope we’re mature enough at this point and grown enough at this point that we can help the new coach transition into his position,” Kantar said of himself and his senior teammates, “and not try and make his life difficult for being someone who’s new and who we haven’t had contact with before.”
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Since May 12, the Lillgrund offshore wind farm has been standing still. The work to repair the export cable – which transmits the electricity from the wind farm to the substation on land – is underway.“Our focus is to replace the damaged section of the cable as soon as possible and get the production up and running again,” says Fredrik Forslund, site manager at Lillgrund. “Yesterday, May 23, we got the green light from the County Administration to begin work to replace the damaged part of the export cable.” Weather permitting, the plan is to cut and remove the damaged part of the export cable on Monday, May 27. About 75 meters of the 7 kilometer long submarine cable needs to be replaced. After the cable section is removed from the seabed, it will be analyzed to determine what caused the damage. [mappress]Offshore WIND Staff, May 24, 2013; Image: Vattenfall
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Meanwhile, the Canadian port of Halifax has appointed maritime advisory firm and consultancy Focus Maritime (North West) Limited to promote its facilities across Europe.North Rhine-Westphalia is of great importance for Antwerp and as part of its natural hinterland is a strategic trading partner of the Scheldt port. Some 75 percent of the cargoes moving between NRW and Antwerp are transported by inland waterway vessel via the Rhine-Scheldt connection.Furthermore, the port of Antwerp together with the has drawn up a roadmap for redefining the investment priorities in the rail infrastructure between the West Ports and North Rhine-Westphalia, with a major goal being an increase in capacity on the railway lines between Aachen and Monchengladbach on the one hand and between Aachen and Duren on the other hand. For Halifax, the move sees container industry veteran Graham Fraser take on the role of director, business development and growth – Europe. Fraser has held senior commercial, operational and planning management positions at CMA CGM, CSAV, Kent Line and and CP Ships’ brands, Contship Containerlines and Canada Maritime.George Malec, vice-president, business development and operations with Halifax Port Authority, said: “With wide experience across all sectors of the industry and deep knowledge of European and North American markets and operations, Fraser will further enhance the position of the Halifax Port Authority in Europe, with carriers, shippers and freight forwarders.”Graham Fraserwww.portofantwerp.comwww.portofhalifax.ca
A suicide at age 8? Very rare, but not inconceivable Author: Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) The death was startling even to the coroner: a boy only 8 years old apparently killing himself in his Cincinnati bedroom.Now Gabriel Taye’s January death is being re-examined, after it emerged that he was bullied and knocked unconscious at school two days before he died.Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco’s office has ruled Gabriel’s death a suicide, but she said last week that she was reopening the investigation to re-examine the boy’s injuries and whether there were contributing factors to his death.“It was very hard for me to believe that an 8-year-old would even know what it means to commit suicide,” Sammarco said.Suicides are rare among children so young, but not unheard of. Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show an average of 14 suicides per year nationwide among children 10 or younger since 1999. That compares to over 1,400 per year among 11- to 18-year-olds.At 8, children generally are just coming to understand death, says Dr. Louis Kraus, chief of child psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Conceiving of ending their own lives can be even more remote.“It’s possible, but at this young age, it’s very uncommon,” Kraus said. Even if a child has an idea of suicide, “many kids this young really don’t conceptualize the permanency of what they’re doing and what could happen.”Experts stress that at any age, suicide is a complex decision that often reflects a combination of life events and psychiatric problems, whether diagnosed or not.Warning signs can be harder to read in young children than older people, said Dr. Alec Miller, chief of child and adolescent psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. But while kids might not have the vocabulary to discuss depression, it still might show up, perhaps as a change in behavior or complaints about aches or fatigue with no physical explanation, Kraus notes.Gabriel had no history of mental health issues, said Carla Leader, a lawyer for his mother, Cornelia Reynolds. People who knew him describe him as a happy-go-lucky kid – “a very loving little boy who always had a smile on his face and would bring a smile to your face,” said Carolyn Emery, whose children went to school with him.Gabriel was at school Jan. 24 when, as seen on a choppy surveillance video the Cincinnati Public Schools system released Friday, he apparently tried to shake hands with a boy who had hit another child. Attorneys for Gabriel’s mother said the boy pushed Gabriel into a wall, knocking him unconscious.An assistant principal arrived about 4 ½ minutes later to look at him. The school system said that it was “concerned about the length of time that (the boy) lay motionless and the lack of adult supervision at the scene” but that administrators followed protocol by having the nurse evaluate him. School officials said the boy told staff he had fainted and never said he had been bullied or assaulted.They said school administrators asked Reynolds to get Gabriel and take him to a hospital. But her attorneys say she decided on her own to pick him up and take him to the hospital after her sister, who was baby-sitting while Reynolds was at work, called to say that Gabriel had vomited and was complaining of stomach pains. Doctors concluded he likely had a stomach virus and sent him home.Two days later, Gabriel hanged himself in his bedroom with a necktie, authorities said.According to her attorneys, Reynolds didn’t learn of the schoolhouse confrontation until her attorneys got a copy of a police investigative file that described the surveillance video. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: May 14, 2017 3:04 PM EDT Updated: May 14, 2017 3:23 PM EDT SHARE