Developer Drops Plans to Build Turbines that Would Have Limited Sheppard AFB

first_imgA developer considering building wind farms outside Sheppard AFB in north central Texas has opted to abandon the projects following an effort by the base and the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee (SMAC) to alert Innergex about the threat turbines pose to low-level military training routes used by pilots, reported the Times Record News. “These projects would have had serious negative impacts on our ability to safely manage both civilian and military air traffic in those areas and would also have reduced the overall number of effective flying training days we have each year,” base spokesman George Woodward said last week.Officials from the base and SMAC are hoping to reach out to developers sooner to avoid potential conflicts arising later. “We believe that, by working together and communicating early in the process, we can reach mutually compatible solutions not only in and around military bases, but also around FAA-designated military training routes and operating areas in Texas and Oklahoma,” Woodward said.SMAC President Glenn Barham said the organization would be talking with state lawmakers about a new Oklahoma law that is designed to prevent encroachment from wind farms by ensuring developers and base officials talk early in the planning process and submit projects to DOD’s Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse.Photo courtesy of Times Record News Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting May 14

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7pm at Town Hall (Room 9).There is a great deal of of noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will choose a new Chairman.Selectmen will hear presentation from Planning Director Valerie Gingrich regarding Over 55 Affordable Housing at Spruce Farm. Selectmen will then consider signing the necessary application and submitting it to the Department of Housing & Community Development.Selectmen will also hear a presentation from Planning Director Valerie Gingrich regarding an Inter-Muncipal Agreement for Regional Housing Services Office. Selectmen will then consider signing the agreement.Selectmen will hear a presentation from Recreation Director Karen Campbell regarding the town’s field use policy. Selectmen will then consider accepting the policy.Selectmen will consider the request of Recreation Director Karen Campbell to the use the Town Common and Gazebo for Concerts on the Common on Wednesdays, July 11, July 18, July 25 and August 1, with Thursday night rain dates.Selectmen will consider the request of Veterans Services Director Lou Cimaglia, and Friends of Tim Ryan organization, to install a memorial bench in the Veterans’ Lot at Wildwood Cemetery.Selectmen will consider approving the TIF agreement with Analog Devices and submitting the necessary application to the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council.Selectmen will establish a schedule for interviewing for Town Counsel candidates.Selectmen will consider a Common Victualer License for the new owner of Heav’nly Donuts.Town Manager Jeff Hull will update Selectmen on the deployment of AED units on Town Property.An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm to discuss firefighter contract negotiations.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on each of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple typically live-tweets the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Expansion, Ristuccia Arena, Open Space, Flood Insurance On Agenda For MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Childhood Cancer Study, Olin, Cook Ave., Recreation Dept. Update On Agenda For Tonight’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Arjun Kapoor Malaika Arora getting married on April 19 This is what

first_imgArjun Kapoor, Malailka Arora, Salman Khan, Boney KapoorInstagramThe reports of Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora’s impending wedding have been spreading like wildfire in the industry. It was reported a couple of weeks ago that the lovebirds are all set to married in April according to Christian rituals and on March 27 morning, the wedding date was out which is April 19. However, Arjun’s father Boney Kapoor has rubbished the reports of his son getting married to Malaika.”There’s no truth to these rumours,” Boney Kapoor told Amar Ujala when he enquired about Arjun-Malaika’s wedding reports.Earlier, it was reported that Boney Kapoor was not ready to accept Arjun and Malaika’s relationship considering his close connection with Salman Khan and family. Boney Kapoor had reportedly advised Arjun to stay away from Malaika as it was affecting his friendship with Salman. Apparently, Salman had even thought of banning Boney Kapoor from visiting his home because of Arjun’s growing closeness with Arbaaz Khan’s ex-wife Malaika.While Arjun Kapoor’s uncle Anil Kapoor had already accepted Malaika into the Kapoor family, Boney Kapoor was in dilemma about how to tackle the awkward situation. Arjun had left it to his uncle Anil Kapoor to bring around his father Boney Kapoor to have a word about his relationship with Malaika and make it official this year.As the time is passing by, Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora seems to have developed some sort of a comfort whenever they are stepping out together in the city. The lovebirds are often spotted spending some quality time with each other during their romantic outings and moved way beyond what people might say about their unconventional relationship.last_img read more

Catholic bishops stop short of mandating lay involvement in abuse investigations

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! News By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Ethiopia tour for gay, lesbian travelers in jeopardy amid backlash from faith groups TagsBaltimore clergy sex abuse scandal homepage featured Pope Francis Roman Catholic bishops Top Story U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB,You may also likecenter_img Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,BALTIMORE (RNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has passed a slate of long-awaited measures designed to combat sex abuse and hold church leadership accountable for mishandling cases, including creating a national hotline operated by an outside group for reporting incidents of abuse or their cover-up.“I’m confident that the idea of doing (investigations) in-house is long gone,” said a cautiously upbeat Cardinal Joseph Tobin of New Jersey after the reforms passed Thursday morning (June 13) — informed by a recent papal document — at the bishops’ spring meeting.But the bishops stopped short of handing power to lay Catholics or abuse survivors in those investigations, sparking a debate that revolves around whether doing so would overstep guidelines outlined in a document issued by Pope Francis after a Vatican summit on abuse in February.Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich and other clerics were able to insert language into the resolutions stating that metropolitan bishops — who would oversee the investigations of fellow bishops — “should” rely on qualified lay persons. The inclusion of lay people is also among a moral “commitment” the bishops adopted Thursday morning on how to deal with sexual misconduct.But the language fell short of requiring bishops to take lay input, an important distinction that left victims advocates saying stronger measures are needed.Other clerics, such as Bishop William Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, Mo., made clear that they support lay involvement regardless.“I believe it should be mandatory that we involve laity in the investigation of any case of sexual abuse by a bishop — or corruption, cover-up, involving the same,” McKnight said during the second day of voting. “I believe we should do that because that is the Catholic thing to do.”He added: “Lay involvement should be mandatory to make darn sure that we bishops do not harm the church in the way bishops have harmed the church — especially what we have become aware of this past year.”McKnight pointed to a section of “Lumen gentium,” one of the main documents of the 1964 Second Vatican Council, which, McKnight said, outlines the “obligation of the laity to be involved in the most important matters facing the church.”“Who can deny this is not the most important matter now of our generation?” he said.When Tobin was asked about McKnight’s comments at a news conference later in the day, he argued the new resolutions established a system that de facto requires lay involvement, and he said a gathering of metropolitan bishops, meeting on Wednesday, all agreed they could not now conduct an investigation without qualified lay people.“The possibility of doing that without qualified lay people, I would say is next to impossible — it is impossible,” Tobin said.Robert Deeley, left, bishop of the Diocese of Portland, Maine, accompanied by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks during a news conference June 11, 2019, at the USCCB’s spring meetings in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine, also insisted that lay involvement was already effectively baked into the process, saying, “I think that it’s already done.”But the resolutions are a far cry from proposals considered when the bishops last met in November, such as the suggestion of creating an independent nonprofit to oversee abuse cases — an idea shot down by Vatican officials who said it superseded the authority of the pope.The new reforms also did not impress advocates such as Becky Ianni, an abuse survivor and leader of the Washington, D.C., and Virginia chapters of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.Saying this week’s measures “aren’t going to change anything,” Ianni argued that the systems created by the bishops are simply “setting up new policies where (the church) is going to investigate itself.”Encouraging metropolitan bishops to appoint lay people to help with investigations, she added, is not the same as an independent process.“Anytime they can handpick the lay person, then that’s not independence,” she said. “We would really like them to contact their local attorney general and get three to four suggestions for experts.”In the meantime, she said, SNAP will continue to rely on civil authorities rather than the church to take action.“We have 20 attorneys general that are doing investigations (into Catholic sex abuse). We’re going to put our emphasis on getting the other 30 states to do the same.”Kim Smolik, CEO of Leadership Roundtable, a group consisting mostly of influential Catholic laity devoted to promoting better management in the church, said in a news release that she hopes the provisions are just the beginning of a lengthy process of reform.“A new culture of leadership is necessary if we are to truly address the crises,” Smolik’s statement said. “It starts by acknowledging the leadership failures, looking at the root causes, providing new formation in seminaries and other educational institutions, setting up governance structures with checks, balances, etc.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Closing of American Hebrew Academy marks end of Jewish boarding school experiment Share This! Jack Jenkins jackmjenkinslast_img read more

Laura Jude Gardner Pioneering Engineer and Businesswoman Dies at 72

first_imgLaura Jude Gardner, the second Black woman hired as a systems engineer at IBM in Baltimore and one of the founding members of the legendary Gatsby’s nightclub, died Jan. 5 at her Sutton Place home in Bolton Hill of natural causes. She was 72.Laura Jude Gardner was a scientist, pioneering engineer and nightclub owner. (Courtesy Photo)Gardner was born May 13, 1945 to George L. Jude, a former advertising manager at the AFRO and Vashti M. Jude, a Baltimore City Public Schools teacher.After Gardner graduated from Morgan State College in 1967 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics, and subsequently obtained  her Master’s degree in Physical Science at Morgan. After graduating from Morgan, Gardner went to work for IBM, where she was the second Black woman hired at the company as a systems engineer. But, despite the prestigious position, she found herself seeking more.“She was a very interesting person, she lived a very eclectic life,” said Elise Jude Mason, Gardner’s sister. Early on during her career at IBM, she connected with two colleagues at the company and the trio decided to venture into another career; the entertainment business.“I think for them, they had been at IBM for a while. They were making good money, but they weren’t passionate about it. That’s when they did it…that’s when Gatsby’s was born,” said Mason, alluding to Gardner and her partners pooling their resources and starting the legendary Gatsby’s disco and supper club in the early 1980’s. On the first floor of the club was the disco, where some of the top DJ’s in the city performed and upstairs was a supper club. Gatsby’s attracted some of the top music acts of the era including Gloria Gaynor and Phyllis Hyman.“Her first love was that Gatsby’s experience,” Mason said.Gardner and her partners also were owners of the Ritz nightclub, which occupied the old Playboy club on Light St., in downtown Baltimore, which attracted partygoers from Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and other locations in the Mid-Atlantic. “After disco died, it (ownership of Gatsby’s and the Ritz), became financially unsustainable,” according to Mason.After Gatsby’s and the Ritz closed, Gardner moved to Jamaica for a period of time. Years later, in 1998 she obtained a second Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.She later began another career, this time as an educator teaching in the Baltimore City Public Schools for 17 years. Gardner taught science to students at the Laurence G. Pacquin School, as well as Booker T. Washington Middle School until her retirement in 2015.Gardner was an accomplished graphic artist, a skilled writer, she enjoyed travel and was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.She leaves to mourn: her sister Elise Jude Mason, an attorney; her nephew Fred D. Mason, III, an architect; two grand nephews and many first and second cousins.last_img read more

Fast Company Management Recognizes Writers Guild of America East

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Talking Points Memo was the most recent staff to unionize with the WGA East. On Wednesday, the editorial staff at investigative digital news site The Intercept unanimously ratified its first contract, negotiated by the Writers Guild of America East.“We welcome the editorial and photo staff at Fast Company to the movement for collective bargaining in digital media, and we look forward to building a productive relationship with the employer,” said Lowell Peterson, WGA East executive director. “Unionizing and negotiating will give these hardworking employees a meaningful voice in the decisions that affect their work lives.”center_img Management of business news site Fast Company has voluntarily recognized the Writers Guild of America East as the collective bargaining representative of the staff’s 32-member bargaining unit.The staffers announced on June 6 that an “overwhelming” majority of the staff had signed union cards and called on management to voluntarily recognize the WGA East. Owner Mansueto Ventures had no comment at the time.Fast Company is the latest in a growing list of digital news sites which have unionized with the WGA East in the last three years. The union, which has around 5,000 members, currently represents about 1,300 professionals at digital news sites including Talking Points Memo, The Dodo, Thrillist, Vox Media, Onion Inc., HuffPost, Vice, The Intercept, ThinkProgress, MTV News, Salon, Slate and Gizmodo Media Group.last_img read more

Gas dynamics in a nearby protostellar binary system studied with ALMA

first_img Protostars as single objects or existing in binary systems are important for astronomers to study the mechanisms of star formation. In some protostellar binaries a peculiar “bridge” of material is clearly visible, which connects the recently formed components. This remnant material could be the key to better understand how stars form and evolve.IRAS 16293−2422 (or IRAS 16293 for short) exhibits such a bridge connection between the two companions. It is a young, Class 0 protostellar system located some 400 light years away in the Ophiuchus cloud complex, consisting of two protostars, designated IRAS 16293A and IRAS 16293B, separated by about 636 AU from each other.Besides an arc of dust and gas connecting the sources, previous observations of IRAS 16293 have also found outflows from the object “A.” These features make it a very complex system, where the observed gas line emission can only be explained by a combination of multiple physical components.In order to gather more information about on this subject, which could provide essential hints into the nature and evolutionary status of IRAS 16293, a group of astronomers led by Matthijs H.D. van der Wiel of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), has employed ALMA to observe this binary.The observations were conducted between June 2014 and May 2015, as part of the ALMA-PILS spectral imaging survey. From the data provided by the survey, the researchers chose molecular gas line transitions of CO, H2CO, HCN, CS, SiO, and C2H and used them to kinematics, density, and temperature in IRAS 16293.Analyzing the results, the astronomers found that the kinematically quiescent bridge of dust and gas spanning between IRAS 16293A and IRAS 16293B has a density within the range between 40,000 and 30 million cm-3, and is stable against radial collapse. The data suggest that this bridge is a remnant substructure of a filamentary circumbinary envelope that has undergone turbulent fragmentation to form both protostellar sources.Moreover, the observations uncovered the presence of a separate, straight filament seemingly connected to IRAS 16293B and seen only in C2H, with a flat kinematic signature. This structure stretches straight across source “B” at position angle of about 15 degrees. The researchers noted that the properties of this filament indicate that its origin in outflow activity of IRAS 16293B can be ruled out. Taking into account the results from ALMA observations and also from previous studies, the authors of the paper found that IRAS 16293B may be in an earlier evolutionary stage than the source “A.” In general, they concluded that IRAS 16293 may represent a particular stage in the evolution of binaries, a phase which many other protostars may go through at one point in their evolution. An international team of astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to investigate gas dynamics in a nearby young protostellar binary known as IRAS 16293−2422. Results of the observations, presented in a paper published March 29, provide more insights into the evolutionary status of this system. Illustration of physical components surrounding and bridging protostars A and B in the IRAS 16293 system, and outflows emanating from IRAS 16293A. Credit: Van der Wiel et al., 2019. Citation: Gas dynamics in a nearby protostellar binary system studied with ALMA (2019, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-gas-dynamics-nearby-protostellar-binary.html ALMA finds ingredient of life around infant Sun-like stars More information: M. H. D. van der Wiel et al. The ALMA-PILS survey: Gas dynamics in IRAS 16293−2422 and the connection between its two. Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA). protostarsarxiv.org/abs/1903.12606 Explore further © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New Statue At US Open Honors African America

first_img by NPR News Richard Gonzales 8.26.19 11:10pm In a long overdue tribute to the first African American to break international tennis’ color barrier, a new statue of Althea Gibson was unveiled at the opening day of the U.S. Open.The statue is comprised of five granite blocks and created by American sculptor Eric Goulder. It sits outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.In 1947, Gibson broke into the elite ranks of the tennis world winning the first 10 consecutive American Tennis Association women’s titles. (The ATA was the tennis equivalent of baseball’s Negro Leagues.) At the age of 23, Gibson became the first African American player to compete in the U.S. Nationals, the precursor to the U.S. Open, in 1950.Between 1956 to 1958, Gibson made her mark. She won 11 majors, and was the first black player to win the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. When she retired in 1958, she was the top-ranked woman in tennis having won more than 50 singles and doubles championships.Perhaps because she was a star during a period when tennis champs made no real money and because she was a woman, more than a few people believe Gibson did not get all of the respect she earned as a trailblazer.”Recognizing for me as an African American woman and recognizing what Althea stood for and understanding that she truly broke the color barrier for tennis – a lot of people think it’s Arthur [Ashe], but it was Althea 11 years before him,” said Katrina Adams, former president and CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association.Adams, along with Billy Jean King, helped lead the campaign for the Gibson statue.”I said, ‘She’s our Jackie Robinson of tennis and she needs to be appreciated for it, and she’s not,’ ” King told the Undefeated in 2018. “I wanted something there that was permanent. I didn’t want just a one-day highlight.””It’s about bloody time,” said Angela Buxton of Britain, who won the 1956 French and Wimbledon doubles championships with Gibson, referring to the statue as quoted by the Associated Press.Buxton, who is Jewish, shared more than doubles titles with Gibson. She knew first hand what Gibson endured as a black competitor in a sport dominated then by white players.”Althea, with her two ticker-tape parades, still wasn’t allowed into a hotel where the whites sleep or a water fountain to drink where whites drink, but she helped to break that down,” Buxton said.After leaving the tennis world, Gibson had a brief career as a golfer, becoming the first African American woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association.Etched on one of the granite blocks of the Gibson statue is a quote from her: “I hope that I have accomplished just one thing: that I have been a credit to tennis and my country.”Gibson died in 2003 at the age of 76.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Frank Franklin II New Statue At U.S. Open Honors African American Tennis… last_img read more