Forest Service, Trail Mix partner to boost Alaska trail and cabin repairs

first_imgFederal Government | Juneau | Outdoors | Southcentral | Southeast | SyndicatedForest Service, Trail Mix partner to boost Alaska trail and cabin repairsJuly 13, 2016 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:A Trail Mix volunteer crew adds gravel to a muddy part of Juneau’s Lemon Creek Trail on National Trails Day, June 4. The trail crosses city and Forest Service land. (Photo courtesy Trail Mix)Alaska’s national forests will see more cabin and trail improvements under a new public-private partnership. A nonprofit group long involved in Juneau maintenance work is increasing its role in the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A walk along Juneau’s Treadwell Ditch Trail used to require tall rubber boots and a strong sense of balance. But most of the rotting log bridges and wide muddy patches are gone, at least on the most traveled stretch of the pathway.Many of the improvements on city, state and Forest Service land came courtesy of Trail Mix.“With funding from D.C. for recreation on the forest being limited, they’re trying very hard to work with partners. And we are a partner,” said Erik Boraas, executive director of Trail Mix.The Juneau nonprofit has been in operation for more than 20 years.It recently signed a formal agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to expand their work together to maintain trails and cabins. The work will be done in Southeast’s Tongass and Southcentral’s Chugach National Forests.Tongass Regional Partnership Coordinator George Schaaf said Trail Mix will add to his agency’s efforts.A Trail Mix volunteer moves gravel to a muddy part of Juneau’s Lemon Creek Trail. A new agreement means the nonprofit group will expand its work in Alaska’s national forests. (Photo courtesy Trail Mix)“It’s not that this agreement is going to be replacing any Forest Service programs or jobs. But the hope is that through agreements like this, we can make the resources that we have go even further,” he said.Trail Mix will continue to focus mostly on Juneau. But Boraas said it will expand to more areas as grant and other funding becomes available.“It’s the nice thing about being a nonprofit, we’re much more nimble than the Forest Service is. So if we are coming into a summer and make a list of the projects, and we’re, like, ‘Oh, yeah, we’ve got quite a bit,’ we can bring on more people. If it’s looking slimmer, we can bring on less,” he said.Many Tongass and Chugach recreation facilities are in disrepair. Rot, fire, vandalism, weather and time have taken their toll on boardwalks, cabins and bridges.“We’ll be working on trying to replace a lot of the old step-and-run planking that’s slippery. It’s cheap to put in, but it’s a lot of maintenance to keep it up and it fails fairly easily. So we’re trying to replace that with gravel, wherever we can,” he said.Local and regional Forest Service officials will choose the projects. But Schaaf said the partnership will live up to its name.“If it makes sense to them, if it makes sense to the partner, then they’ll go ahead and do the project together. If it’s a project that doesn’t make sense for one party or the other, there’s nothing that obligates anybody to do the project if they don’t want to,” he said.Southeast’s Tongass, at 17 million acres, is the nation’s largest national forest. Southcentral’s Chugach is about 5 million acres. Together, they have more than 1,500 miles of trails and 230 cabins.Share this story:last_img read more

Sen. John McCain, former presidential nominee and prisoner of war, dies at 81

first_imgNation & World | National News | NPR NewsSen. John McCain, former presidential nominee and prisoner of war, dies at 81August 25, 2018 by Domenico Montanaro, NPR News Share:Arizona senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81.McCain leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Cindy; seven children, including three from his first marriage, to Carol Shepp; and his 106-year-old mother, Roberta McCain.Perhaps America’s most famous prisoner of war, the former Navy pilot with a famous admiral father was shot down over Vietnam and spent 5 1/2 years as a POW in the north, most of that time in a prison sarcastically termed the Hanoi Hilton for the way inmates were treated.McCain endured torture at the hands of his captors, a cause he would speak out against 40 years later as a United States senator during the Iraq War following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. McCain even voted against President Trump’s nominee to be director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, for her role in overseas detention centers.A Washington institution, McCain served in the Senate for more than 30 years, first entering public service as a congressman in 1982, just nine years after his release from the Vietnamese prison.McCain released a memoir, The Restless Wave, earlier this year, and he noted how he wanted to be remembered.“I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times,” McCain notes, adding, “What an ingrate I would be to curse the fate that concludes the blessed life I’ve led. I prefer to give thanks for those blessings, and my love to the people who blessed me with theirs. The bell tolls for me. I knew it would. … I hope those who mourn my passing, and even those who don’t, will celebrate as I celebrate a happy life lived in imperfect service to a country made of ideals, whose continued success is the hope of the world. And I wish all of you great adventures, good company, and lives as lucky as mine.”Clashes with TrumpThe Arizona senator frequently clashed with President Trump. After McCain said in July 2015 that Trump “fired up the crazies,” especially when it came to immigration, Trump fired back. He mocked McCain, saying, “I like people who weren’t captured.”The chasm between the two men — one of the party’s past and one of its present — centered on more than just personal attacks; it was very much about America’s place in the world.McCain laid it out in October 2017 during his acceptance speech for the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, in which he blasted “half-baked, spurious nationalism”:“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, was a longtime friend of McCain’s despite their deep policy differences. Earlier this year, Biden presented an international peace and conflict resolution award to McCain’s wife, Cindy.“Regardless of any political differences we’ve had,” Biden said, “we’ve always stood shoulder to shoulder as staunch defenders of that enduring, bipartisan vision for vigorous, engaged American leadership of the liberal international order that was created after World War II. It’s a vision that’s under attack today.”McCain, who was a thorn in the side of the last three presidents, extended his criticism of Trump to action on subject matters beyond foreign affairs.McCain effectively ended GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017, signaling his “no” vote on a repeal bill with a thumbs-down in the middle of the night on the Senate floor.That move widened the gulf between him and the president. Trump would mock McCain at campaign rallies, without mentioning his name, when talking about the failed health care vote. And he tweeted his outrage toward McCain on multiple occasions following the vote. Earlier this month, Trump even declined to use McCain’s name during an event about a defense-authorization bill — which had McCain’s name on it.An unlikely political comebackMcCain overcame a savings-and-loan scandal early in his political career. He and four other senators had pressured regulators to back off their political benefactor Charles Keating. They became known as the “Keating Five.”Keating eventually served jail time for fraud. McCain was the only congressman involved to go on to serve long-term.“It’s amazing he survived that,” Arizona State University professor Bruce Merrill told the Arizona Republic in 2014 following Keating’s death. “And I guess one could argue that his political skills brought him through that.”McCain’s willingness to buck his own party earned him the nickname “maverick,” a moniker he wore proudly. But that independent streak — and his famous temper — did not always endear him to party leadership.In 1999, McCain clashed with the GOP establishment in his run for president. Texas Gov. George W. Bush, son of former President George H.W. Bush, was seen as the far and away front-runner. But McCain nearly swiped the nomination, trouncing Bush in the New Hampshire primary.Bush saw a massive lead evaporate in the next primary, in South Carolina. But Bush and his supporters in the state used a heavily negative campaign to derail McCain. There was even a whisper campaign that McCain had fathered a black child. McCain has an adopted daughter from Bangladesh.The episode left McCain bitter toward the future president of his own party.But McCain and Bush were able to work together on immigration. McCain, a border senator, championed Bush’s comprehensive immigration overhaul effort.It eventually collapsed because of a lack of support from rank-and-file Republicans. And it was something for which McCain had to apologize to the Republican base to win the 2008 presidential nomination.The 2008 campaign: From “No, ma’am” to Sarah Palin and Barack ObamaThe 2008 campaign, in which McCain received nearly 60 million votes on Election Day, showed McCain’s resilience. In the summer of 2007, he was seen as an afterthought in the Republican primaries after his campaign collapsed and ran out of money.But on a shoestring budget and a limited staff, he ran a campaign full of town halls, retail politicking and a particular openness with the media. He wound up overcoming the long odds, displaying the same stubbornness and determination he had shown surviving 5 1/2 years as a tortured prisoner of war that left him with injuries so bad, he walked with a noticeable limp for the rest of his life and could not raise one arm above his shoulder.The Great Recession that began in late 2008 and the Iraq War during the Bush years proved impossible for McCain to overcome. McCain, needing a boost, took a chance with his vice presidential pick. He put Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the ticket.It was a move that looked smart early on, as he got a bump in the polls, and Palin would routinely draw larger crowds than McCain himself. There was so much excitement with the base around her being on the ticket, some people would cut off the McCain portion of their McCain-Palin bumper stickers.The jolt was short-lived. Palin would make missteps that had a negative affect on the campaign. But her star turn with the base would inspire the outgrowth of the Tea Party, help Republicans take back the House in 2010, and lay a lot of the groundwork that made a Trump presidency possible.Compounding the difficulty of McCain’s campaign was Barack Obama, McCain’s Democratic opponent. Obama was young and dynamic and would be the nation’s first black president.In a notable moment during the campaign, McCain defended Obama’s identity against a woman who said she was uncomfortable with Obama, whom she declared an “Arab.”“No, ma’am,” McCain said in a video that went viral. “He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about. … I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments. I will respect him. I want everyone to be respectful, and let’s make sure we are, because that’s the way politics should be conducted in America.”McCain also showed grace in defeat, praising Obama and focusing the country on the historic nature of his candidacy.“Sen. Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country,” said McCain, who grew up a generation before the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act.Back to the SenateMcCain served 10 more years in the Senate, facing serious primary challenges in 2010 and 2016 that forced him to take more hard-line conservative positions during those campaigns than he had in the past, particularly on immigration and border security.He also became a critic of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, calling it “feckless.” McCain was especially exasperated by the Obama administration’s lack of engagement in Syria, as it fell into civil war. He personally made a trip to the country secretly in 2013 to meet with opposition leaders.McCain spent his final years in the Senate as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, championing higher defense spending. He also regained some of his “maverick” image as one of the few Republican lawmakers willing to criticize Trump.“The senator has always understood that people in positions of power have a responsibility not only for what they say, but for what people hear,” said Pablo Carrillo, who worked for McCain for 15 years and served as his chief of staff from 2013 to 2017. “And in that sense, I think that his approach to governing and leadership would have been guided by that in mind. Indeed, that’s something that we are well-served in remembering, especially those with responsibility.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit this story:last_img read more

Public meeting called about proposed new waste plant in Portlaoise

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Public meeting called about proposed new waste plant in Portlaoise GAA TAGSBord na Mona One of the organisers behind the event, Ann Byrne, said: “This evening will be attended by local councillors and members of the media.“People will be shown how to create submission to oppose the plant. Please attend if you can.”SEE ALSO – REVEALED: Laois Divisional squads announced ahead of upcoming competition WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory A public meeting to discuss plans by Bord na Móna to construct an anaerobic digester waste facility at its Cúil na Móna site at Togher, just outside Portlaoise will be held on Thursday 17 October at 8pm in the Portlaoise Parish Centre.The meeting was called by residents who live near the site as they are extremely worried about the proposed waste to gas plant at Clonboyne.Speaking at a Portlaoise municipal meeting earlier this year cllrs Catherine Fitzgerald and Caroline Dwane Stanley said residents have voice their concerns to them over the planned anaerobic digestor site.Residents are ‘extremely cautious’ about the proposed plans, according to cllr Fitzgerald.Board na Mona plans to build a plant which takes in food and animal waste and digests it down to produce gas for the national grid and uses the left over by product as fertilizer for farms.If plans are approved for the facility Bord na Móna estimates that the proposed development will treat up to 80,000 tonnes of non-hazardous, biodegradable, organic material per year.The material to be treated will include a combination of commercial food waste, brown bin waste, animal slurries from cattle, pigs and poultry, purpose-grown crops such as grass, silage and maize and food processing residues from dairy and meat processors.Cllr Dwane Stanley added the two main problems seen by the residents were the “odour and the traffic problems around the area”. GAA Facebook Home News Public meeting called about proposed new waste plant in Portlaoise News Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results By Jamie Dowling – 16th October 2019 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleREVEALED: Laois Divisional squads announced ahead of upcoming competitionNext articleStradbally set to go back to the 80’s this weekend in aid of Teac Tom Jamie Dowling 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Twitterlast_img read more

Scoil Chriost Rí in Portlaoise all set for 10th annual school musical as Little Mermaid sure to wow

first_img The Little Mermaid has taken Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise by storm as the 10th annual musical quickly approaches.All 108 TY students are participating in the show and are working very hard to create a captivating musical production.The shows take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 10, 11 and 12 and tickets can be booked at the Dunamaise Arts Centre online or at the box office.The StorylineAriel is a young rebellious mermaid who is determined to see what life on land is like, but unfortunately her curiosity gets the better of her when she finds herself in a problematic situation with Ursula the Sea Witch.She falls in love with a prince on land and needs Ursula’s help but will there be consequences? Will her controlling father, King Triton, make the ultimate sacrifice to save his daughter?You’ll have to come to the Dunamaise to find out for yourself!The Cast and CrewAll the cast members and dancers are working extremely hard learning lines, going to rehearsals and learning choreography and making props to put on a fantastic performance in early December.With so much to do and so little time all the committees are doing everything they can, to prepare for the big day with the help of the three assistant directors!Everyone plays an essential role in the musical whether it is on stage or behind the scenes. The assistant directors run the rehearsals with and without the shows Director Karen Hackett and the Choreographer Lea Carroll.The Booklet committee put their creative skills to work as they produced the very well presented booklet that can be gotten on the night, the raffle committee find the best prizes for the raffle each night, the jumper committee have supplied the cast with a lovely token that they can take from the musical with our very own cast jumpers and the musical committee spread the word of the musical and get the seats filled each night!And last but certainly not least, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the help of our teachers, our deputy’s, principal and our Ty Coordinator.Behind the ScenesHere are some behind the scenes pictures and some quotes from member of the main cast:Ariel (Heather Bennett) “This has been an experience I will never forget”Ursula (Ava Prendergast)“The musical gave me so much confidence which I would not have had if I didn’t push myself to take part (and purple face paint stains)”Sebastian (Gabriella Pindi)“Sebastian is a lobster…. not a crab!”Flounder (Aishling Fitzpatrick)“I was told at the start of TY “that the best experiences come at the exit ramp of your comfort zone” and I couldn’t agree more after taking part in the musical.” WhatsApp Scoil Chriost Rí in Portlaoise all set for 10th annual school musical as Little Mermaid sure to wow By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th December 2019 TAGSLittle MermaidScoil Chriost Ri GAA WhatsApp Written and constructed by the assistant directors, Alison O’Kelly, Sarah Tuohy and Sinead Murphy.SEE ALSO – Great turnout as local gym raise much needed funds for little Jamie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleIncredible Joe Mallon Motors effort as Movember raises over €12,000Next articlePeople urged to give blood In Laois this week LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Twittercenter_img Facebook GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook Twitter Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Home Sponsored Scoil Chriost Rí in Portlaoise all set for 10th annual school musical… Sponsoredlast_img read more

“We Will Take Responsibility for NK Human Rights” Ahn Kyong Whan…

first_img News “We Will Take Responsibility for NK Human Rights” Ahn Kyong Whan Chairman of NHRCK RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [imText1]The new Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Korea (NHRCK) for Korea, Professor Ahn Kyong Whan of Seoul National University said “We will take a responsive attitude on the issue of human rights in North Korea” and explained that active measures will be taken in regards to solving the issue.In a telephone conversation with the DailyNK on the 30th, Professor Ahn said “As one man, the Chairman of NHRCK, I cannot simply sum up the issue of North Korea human rights. However, our stance on the issue will be disclosed once other commissioners have been consulted.”Professor Ahn said “I am aware that NHRCK has been conducting researches for a while now in regards to the North Korea human rights issue” and revealed that “The commission will conduct in-depth discussions on how it will act regarding the issue.” Hence, the focus is now on which specific measures the commission will take in regards to the human rights in North Korea.Regarding the severe conflict portrayed recently by human rights commissioners in response to the North Korea human rights issue, he said “I am not aware of the conflict that existed between previous human rights commissions, but am sure that a resolution can be made through talks.”Ahn grew up in Milyang, South Kyungsang completing his studies at Busan High School and graduated from Seoul National University in law. He has taken the role of the 8th President for the Korean Constitutional Law Association, Dean for the College of Law at Seoul National University, and Vice President of the Korean Public Law Association amongst others. At present, Ahn is one of the policy-advisory committee members for NHRCK, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the S. Korean Modern History . As an expert, Ahn’s abundant knowledge of constitutional law and Anglo-American law assists the government on political issues and has a clear stance on the actual issues within each society. He was once the Chairman of the Steering Committee, People’s Solidarity for the Participatory Democracy and last year May, was a running candidate for the election of President at Seoul National University. Yoon Tae Young, a spokesperson of the Blue House said “The designate Chairman of NHRCK, Ahn has participated in various grassroots organizations, has spoken at many movements and in 2004, was on the advisory committee in preparation for the International Conference for National Human Rights Institutions. Through these various movements, he has proven to be a prominent expert on the issues of human rights.” By Kim Yong Hun – 2006.10.31 3:10pm Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHAREcenter_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China AvatarKim Yong Hun News Newslast_img read more

Sitting on the Food Aid Sidelines

first_img Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE News By Daily NK – 2011.07.11 6:03pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Sitting on the Food Aid Sidelines There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest EU has decided to restart food aid to North Korea after three years, a move which is now also focusing attention on South Korea and the U.S. The EU aid package is worth around ten million Euro, intended to feed 650,000 of the most vulnerable living in northern and eastern provinces of the country. The EU says it will deploy 50 Korean-speakers to the North to monitor delivery. It has been agreed that the monitors can visit, without prior notification, more than 400 places including facilities for children, hospitals, food distribution offices, markets and ordinary houses. If this agreement is broken, the EU has stated that it will stop the aid delivery with immediate effect. It is the first agreement on aid and monitoring in North Korea since the authorities called upon the international community to give food aid last year. Now that the EU has broken cover, the U.S.’ next move is garnering attention. Before it will send food aid to North Korea, the U.S. has variously put forward the need to resolve the problem of 20,000 tons of food left behind when the last aid program ended in 2009, the need to reinforce monitoring systems to ensure provision, and the possibility of sending small amounts of grain or other forms of food in order to prevent it being misused by the authorities. However, the South Korean administration’s stance is also an important element in U.S. decision-making, with the May 24th Measures against North Korea still in effect. The fact is that the South Korean administration cannot sit on the food aid sidelines forever. Even though the food aid issue cannot be disconnected from politics, the fundamental issue is humanitarianism. If the transparency problem is solved, the aid problem is solved. The lesson the South has learned from humanitarian aid over the last 15 years is that food aid without transparency is a poison, not a cure. One female defector who arrived in the South in March told a press conference last week, “After the UN monitors looked around the kindergarten and then left, cadres took away all the rice. Once rice aid is taken by Party and military officials, it cannot reach the people. My parents and siblings still live in North Korea, but since food aid doesn’t reach the ordinary people, I don’t want food aid to go to North Korea.” If North Korea takes sufficient steps to show transparency in food distribution, South Korea also needs to step forward with confidence and provide food aid. Even if 100% transparency is not possible, there are still possibilities. We should ask to be allowed large numbers of monitors in North Korea and demand that they be permitted to visit facilities and households without notice, staying longer periods of time to counter rumors of returning cadres and attaching sensors to food packages. If North Korea ignores these South Korean conditions, it will be rightly criticized as inhumane. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

CFA opens registration for Claritas certificate

CFA Institute, the global association for investment professionals, launched the Claritas Investment Certificate Monday at its 66th Annual Conference in Singapore. Announced back in January, the new education program provides a thorough understanding of how the investment industry works and represents a new international education and ethics standard across the financial services sector. New course eases fund reps’ access to alt funds IE Staff Keywords Continuing educationCompanies CFA Institute Global registration for the Claritas Investment Certificate is now available on the CFA Institute website, at The Claritas certificate is accessible to a wide range of professionals working with investment decision makers in functions such as operations, administration, information technology, human resources, marketing, sales, compliance and customer service. It is a self-study course which requires between 80 to 100 hours of study over a six month period and is made up of seven modules, covering the industry, tools, instruments, structure, controls, client methods, and ethics, culminating in a single self-scheduled, online exam at a proctored testing center. On successful completion of the examination, candidates will be awarded a certificate of knowledge. CFA Institute developed the Claritas certificate in response to the financial crisis, and as part of a global call to action for industry participants to play their part in addressing the overall lack of trust in financial services. The industry’s enthusiasm for the Claritas certificate has been confirmed through a pilot program, which launched in January. Over 3,300 candidates from 70 companies in 50 countries served as pilot participants. Feedback from pilot participants supports the need for the program: 84 per cent of participating employers said they would recommend the program to other employees, and 85 per cent of employees who took the course would recommend it to colleagues. John Roger, president and CEO of CFA Institute, officially opened public registrations from the CFA Institute 66th Annual Conference in Singapore, and expressed his excitement about the initiative, “Education is at the heart of the CFA Institute mission and the new program allows us to broaden our programs to help people working across the financial services sector,” he said. CFA Institute launches ESG credential globally Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IIROC launches consultation on competency requirements for reps Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

MFDA approves directors at AGM

first_imgcloseup of on table in empty corporate conference room mariakraynova/123RF IIROC drops expanded OBSI reporting proposal When does poor service become a regulatory issue for online brokerages? Related news IAP to focus on SROs, taskforce in 2021 Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) approved several directors to its board at the MFDA annual general meeting Thursday in Toronto.Members approved a pair of former regulators — Les O’Brien, former chairman of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission and Barb Shourounis, former director the Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission — as public directors of the self-regulatory organization for three-year terms. James Langton Keywords Appointments,  Self-regulatory organizationsCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association Facebook LinkedIn Twitter MFDA members also approved four industry directors — Patricia Callon, senior vice president and general counsel for Sun Life Financial Canada; Kirk Dudtschak, chairman and CEO of Royal Mutual Funds Inc.; Mark Kinzel, executive vice president, financial services, with Investors Group Inc.; and Michael Stanley, president of Sterling Mutuals Inc. — for two-year terms on the board.Callon was also reappointed as vice chairwoman of the board, while public director Christopher Nicholls, a law professor at Western University, was reappointed chairman.The MFDA also announced that it will hold its 2019 AGM on Nov. 28, 2019 in Toronto.last_img read more

CU rockets: The heroes of future NASA missions

first_imgSaturday, December 1, 2018 • 1–3 p.m.Kevin France, Assistant Professor, Astrophysical and Planetary SciencesExoplanet detection observations from ground-based telescopes and space missions like Kepler have shown that, on average, every star in the Milky Way hosts a planetary system. With so many planets now discovered, the challenge of the next three decades is assessing these planets habitability and search for signs of active biology. NASA is currently developing the concept for Ultraviolet/Optical/InfraRed Surveyor (LUVOIR) to discover ‘Pale Blue Dots’ around Sun-like stars beyond our solar system and probe their atmospheres for signs of life. CU Boulder is playing a leading role in the scientific and technical development of LUVOIR – including the only instrument design study led by a university.In this presentation, France will give an overview of recent discoveries in extrasolar planets to provide a context for our place in the Milky Way and talk about the steps LUVOIR will take to discover and characterize biologically active worlds beyond the solar system. He will focus on the role CU Boulder is playing in this story and emphasize how CU’s space-flight experiments flying on rockets and small satellites today are paving the way for the instruments LUVOIR will require in the next decade. Following his CU on the Weekend program, France and his students will provide a free tour of the CU Boulder astrophysics rocket laboratory in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). LASP is located on Innovation Drive and Colorado Avenue, east of the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building. Advanced registration was required, but the tour is now full.Download PosterAbout the presenterKevin France is an assistant professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and works at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Dr. France’s research focuses on exoplanets and their host stars, protoplanetary disks and the development of instrumentation for space astrophysics. He is a regular guest observer with the Hubble Space Telescope, a member of the LUVOIR Science and Technology Definition Team and is the Principal Investigator of NASA-supported sounding rocket and small satellite programs to study exoplanet atmospheres and flight-test critical path hardware for a future missions like LUVOIR. Kevin received his doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University in 2006. Following a postdoc at the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto and a NASA Roman Fellowship, he moved into his present position at the University of Colorado Boulder. To find out more, visit France’s website. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

From the red carpet to the classroom

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 26, 2019 • By Sam Linnerooth Don McKinney was ready to give up music for good. He had been playing the clarinet for three years but began to resent the instrument in the seventh grade.“I wanted to quit band,” said McKinney. “I was the only boy playing clarinet at the time and I felt like an outsider.”Fortunately, the band director in his rural Pennsylvania middle school wouldn’t let him give up so easily. As most good mentors do, he saw McKinney’s potential and pushed him to try the saxophone. McKinney was hooked. The saxophone led him to conducting and eventually producing.The road to the GrammysNearly three decades later, McKinney—now director of bands in CU Boulder’s College of Music—found himself more than 2,000 miles away struggling to stay awake in the backseat of a ride-sharing car headed for Los Angeles International Airport.It was 3 a.m. on a Monday and he needed to be back on campus for an important meeting later that morning. McKinney, however, still had other things on his mind.He was in LA as a 2019 Grammy Award nominee for producing John Williams at the Movies with the Dallas Wind Symphony.Just hours earlier he and his husband were posing for photos on the Grammys red carpet before filing into the Staples Center with stars such as Lady Gaga and Post Malone.“It’s a whole different world of music that I had never been exposed to,” said McKinney, who was nominated for Best Classical Compendium.After hours of festivities at the Microsoft Theater, the nominees walked across the street to Staples Center for the nationally televised ceremony.While he didn’t win, McKinney remembers the night, including the afterparty, as a pretty great way to spend a Sunday night.“Just imagine the largest ballroom you’ve ever seen in your entire life filled to the hilt with people and food and circus acts,” he said. “Every food station had acrobatic dancers in these wonderful 18th century powdered wigs.”Finding a passionLooking back now, McKinney was never sure he’d be able to make a career in music, much less earn a Grammy nomination. He had other dreams anyway.“I would’ve been a veterinarian in a heartbeat, because I love animals,” he said.McKinney still lights up at the thought of that earliest career aspiration, but he changed paths in high school after realizing veterinary school meant more math and science. It was around that time that he really leaned into his love of music.McKinney credits his own music mentors—particularly the middle school band director—for shaping his career and leadership style.“I think it was one of those things as a teacher, he saw potential in me,” said McKinney. “As a teacher I see this happen too. When you see potential in a student, you really encourage them.”As an undergraduate student, McKinney briefly crossed paths with another unlikely mentor, Jerry Junkin, a highly regarded conductor, at a conducting workshop.Junkin eventually recruited McKinney as a producer for the Dallas Wind Symphony.“It’s definitely an extension of everything I’ve done as a conductor,” said McKinney. “It just felt like a natural fit for me.”The Grammy-nominated “John Williams at the Movies” recording was the fifth project McKinney produced with Junkin and the Dallas Wind Symphony.In addition to this role as producer and position as director of bands at CU Boulder, McKinney also conducts the CU Wind Symphony.“It’s become my career now,” he said. “It never really feels to me like I go to work because I’ve found my life’s passion. For me, it’s just about coming to do something I really love.”Now settled back into the rhythm of life on campus, McKinney hopes to draw from his past experiences to motivate young musicians.  “As a teacher, years later, I try to look out for my own students at that moment where they’re getting frustrated or they’re doubting themselves,” said McKinney. “It’s moments like that when teachers like us have to say, ‘Yes this can work out for you and this is how and this is why, because it has happened to me too.’”Categories:Arts & HumanitiesNews Headlineslast_img read more