‘I hope that the abuse will end with us,’ Aly Raisman says ahead of receiving ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award

first_imgJuly 18, 2018 /Sports News – National ‘I hope that the abuse will end with us,’ Aly Raisman says ahead of receiving ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, along with other survivors who spoke out about the rampant sexual abuse by disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award tonight at the 2018 ESPYs.“Getting that award with this incredible army of survivors is very, I mean, it’s hard to put into words,” Raisman told “Good Morning America.” “I don’t even know if it’s really sunk in yet.”“We’ve all been through something really horrible, but we’re all gonna get through it together,” she added. “I think that’s such an empowering feeling — knowing you’re not alone.”Raisman, 24, faced Nassar in court earlier this year, where she read a powerful victim impact statement about the sexual abuse he inflicted on her and hundreds of other athletes, all under the guise that he was providing medical treatment.Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney have also publicly accused the former USA Gymnastics team doctor of sexual abuse.“The tables have turned Larry. We are here, we have our voices, and we are not going anywhere,” Raisman said in a Michigan court room in January.Shortly after Raisman and over 100 others testified against Nassar, a Michigan judge sentenced him to 40 to 175 years in prison. “I just signed your death warrant,” Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said at the sentencing hearing.Raisman has continued to speak out about abuse in gymnastics since Nassar’s sentencing. She called for an independent investigation of the USOC and USA Gymnastics by federal authorities and then, in March, filed a lawsuit against USOC and USA Gymnastics.“I hope that the abuse will end with us,” Raisman told “GMA.” “I hope that people can learn from what happened to us, that this should never, ever, ever happen again.”The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is a highlight of the ESPYs, the annual awards show for athletes. Past recipients of the Courage Award have included Muhammad Ali, Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and “GMA”‘s own Robin Roberts.“I’m very, very beyond grateful that they’re giving us an opportunity to speak our truth,” Raisman said of the award. “And honoring us, it means so much to us.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Three water main breaks, one repair

first_img× BAYONNE — Three separate water mains broke early Tuesday morning, June 13 in Bayonne, according to city officials. A 10-inch pipe at a building on 54th Street, a 12-inch pipe on First Street, and an 8-inch pipe on West Third Street all broke, leaving about 130 residents without water. Traffic congestion also resulted due to excessive water on the roads.At 8 a.m. the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management announced that water had been restored to residents affected by the 54th Street main break, but the road would remain closed as long as crews continued to work.The city’s water company, Suez, is continuing work on the other breaks, according to a spokesperson for the company. Suez is organizing portable water tankers for residents without water in case the breaks are not resolved in a reasonable time frame.Residents with water may experience issues with water pressure. There is no boil-water advisory in effect.Stay updated by following us on Twitter @hudson_reporter and on Facebook.last_img read more

Press release: Planning application submitted for Holocaust Memorial proposed for next to Parliament

first_imgYesterday (19 December 2018) a planning application for the UK’s new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been submitted to Westminster city council.A fundraising effort for the Memorial will be led by philanthropist Gerald Ronson CBE, who will set up a new charity to support its delivery.The Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been proposed for Victoria Tower Gardens next to Parliament.The design for the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been developed over the past year. It has been done in consultation with Holocaust and other genocide survivors, communities of a range of faiths and backgrounds, local residents, businesses and key experts from landscape design to Holocaust education.Images of the final design were released on 4 December 2018, alongside a Mission Statement setting out the UK Holocaust Memorial’s commitment to stand up against antisemitism, prejudice and hatred in all its forms.By setting history’s worst example of the disintegration of democratic values against the greatest emblem of Britain’s aspirations for democracy, it will stand as a permanent reminder of the responsibilities of citizens to be vigilant and responsive whenever and wherever those values are threatened.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Details of the design schemeIn 2016 Prime Minister Theresa May launched a design competition for a Memorial and underground Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens, adjacent to Parliament in Westminster.The winning scheme was proposed by a team led by architects Adjaye Associates, with Ron Arad Architects as Memorial Architect, and Gustafson Porter + Bowman as Landscape Architect. Their proposal set out to create “a living place, not just a monument to something of the past” and the desire to create an immersive journey for the visitor who would enter a Memorial embedded in the landscape of the Gardens.The jury found the proposal deftly resolved an essential challenge of the brief: being visually arresting (“highly visible from near and far”) yet showing sensitivity to its location and context (“a bold and sensitive collaboration between architecture, landscape, art and design”). The design was found to have clear potential to be developed into an iconic memorial and powerful educational experience, welcoming visitors from the UK and beyond to learn and reflect.The final design for the Memorial and Learning Centre consists of 23 bronze fins to the southern end of the Gardens. Visitors will walk through an entrance pavilion, then across a courtyard where they will be confronted with views of Parliament’s Victoria Tower. The Learning Centre, accessed by pathways set between the fins, is an integral part of the Memorial. Visitors will leave with an improved understanding of the Holocaust and its impact on the United Kingdom and people who live here or came to live here following a genocide.The landscape design embeds the Memorial within the park and includes a new intervention – a subtle but distinct slope which creates a new vantage point to the River Thames, a renewed perspective and relationship to the Memorial, and a distinctive entry point for an underground Learning Centre. This subtle shift in the landscape also allows for all existing memorials within the gardens to remain visible whilst key views into Westminster are undisturbed.It is expected that consultation letters on the proposal will be sent out from Westminster city council in the new year.Further informationSee information on the final designs presented at the latest public exhibition.A Mission Statement was set out for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre on 4 December 2018. Contact form https://forms.communit… Social media – MHCLG 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Office address and general enquiries Email [email protected] The Memorial will be a place of reflection and education in the exceptional setting of Victoria Tower Gardens, and act as a commitment for all of us to stand up whenever our shared values are threatened. The planning application submitted today is a key milestone in this important national programme that will deliver a national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at the heart of our civic and democratic life. Media enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209last_img read more

Turkuaz Has Announced A Huge Slate Of Spring Tour Dates

first_imgBrooklyn’s powerfunk army Turkuaz won’t be slowing down anytime soon. As they wind down their current tour with The New Mastersounds that took them to esteemed venues like The Ogden Theater in Denver, Terminal 5 in New York City, the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, Theatre Of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and The Fillmore in San Francisco, Turkuaz has announced a huge slate of Spring tour dates.The tour will kick off on March 2nd in Salt Lake City at The State Room. The band will wind its way through the Southwest, before moving on to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region, followed by a trek through the Midwest, before hitting several venues on the East Coast, bringing things to a close at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA. Along the way, Turkuaz will perform at previously announced festivals JamCruise, Euphoria Festival, Wanee Festival, and two shows opening for moe. at Jazz Fest.But first, to close this year in proper formation, Turkuaz is hitting Providence’s Fete Ballroom on 12/30 & 12/31 with support from Moon Hooch, and Kung Fu and West End Blend. Tickets to both nights of “The Ball Drop” can be found here.See below for a full list of upcoming tour dates from Turkuaz!Turkuaz 2017 Tour Dates01/20 Miami, FL: Jam Cruise03/02 Salt Lake City, UT: The State Room03/03 Las Vegas, NV: Beauty Bar03/04 Phoenix, AZ: McDowell Mountain Music Festival03/06 Steamboat Springs, CO: Schmiggity’s03/07 Frisco, CO: Barkley Ballroom03/09 Durango, CO: Animas City Theatre03/10 Telluride, CO: Sheridan Opera House03/11 Santa Fe, NM: Skylight03/12 Taos, NM: Taos Mesa Brewing03/15 Davenport, IA: Redstone Room03/16 Urbana, IL: Canopy Club03/17 Columbus, OH: Woodland’s Tavern St. Fatty’s Daze03/18 Columbus, OH: Woodland’s Tavern St. Fatty’s Daze03/19 Kalamazoo, MI: Bell’s Brewery03/21 Morgantown, WV: Mainstage03/23 Ithaca, NY: The Haunt03/24 Lancaster, PA: Chameleon Club03/25 Stroudsburg, PA: Sherman Theater04/09 Austin, TX: Euphoria Festival04/21 Live Oak, FL: Wanee Festival04/28 New Orleans, LA: Civic Theatre w/ moe.04/29 New Orleans, LA: Civic Theatre w/ moe.last_img read more

Farm Program Sign-up

first_imgFarmers who want to take advantage of the Production Flexibility Contract better hurry.Time is running out.This one-time offer ends July 12.”It’s a good deal for farmers,” said Bill Givan, a University of GeorgiaExtension Service economist.”Congress wants to phase out farm support programs,” Givan said. “InGeorgia, this program is mainly for cotton, wheat and corn growers. It gives themtransition payments before farm programs are phased out completely.”The seven-year contracts, authorized by the 1996 Farm Bill, begin in 1996 and end in2002.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman stresses this is the only chance farmers getto enroll.”There will be no additional sign-ups except for land coming out of theConservation Reserve Program,” Glickman said. “This is required by the 1996 Act,and I have no discretion to extend the date.”Farmers who have planted wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton orrice in one of the past five years are eligible.Farmers still have to comply with the conservation and wetland rules. The 1995 limitswill apply to these payments. No one can get more than $40,000 in a year.The program will allow farmers to plant as they wish — almost. Except in certaincases, they can’t plant fruits or vegetables on contract acres.A grower may enroll all or part of the farm’s contract base acreage. After he signs up,he may request a permanent acreage reduction without a penalty. Farmers can learn aboutpayment and loan rates at their Farm Service Agency office.While the program offers more flexibility, ending subsidies means farmers must be evenmore efficient.”Technology is the driving force in what will be produced, how and when,”Givan said. “It will dictate the organization and process from production inputs tothe consumer. All this will occur with less government support, but with more regulationin food safety and environmental concerns.”Ag Showcase ’96 will display many new technologies at at the Rural Development Centerin Tifton June 29.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences cosponsors the one-day eventwith Fort Valley State College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Hands-on exhibitswill focus on the latest in modern farming.New technology alone won’t make Georgia farmers competitive as subsidies end. They’llneed new markets, too.”Growth in foreign markets will be the key determinant of agriculture’s growth inthe 21st century,” Givan said.The new farm bill will do much to shape farming’s future.”Farmers will be paid for products, not commodities,” Givan said. Value willbe added after products leave the farm.Farmers will contract a growing share of what they produce, he said. And prices forwhat they don’t contract will go up and down much faster. Foreign markets will affect pricing in U.S. markets more. “And managing risk, withless price support and more environmental regulation,” Givan said, “will becomemore a major factor in farm survival.”Under the new system, he said, farmers must cut costs, expand their share ofvalue-added components and produce what foreign and U.S. markets demand. They must use newbiotechnology and information systems, too.The reform will greatly affect Georgia farm production and marketing. But “onlytime will tell,” Givan said, “if agriculture improves during the next sevenyears.”The farm bill will affect Georgia farm cooperatives and agribusinesses, too.”Their futures hinge,” Givan said, “on how well they adapt and respondto the needs of Georgia farmers.”last_img read more

Bond Auto Parts Announces Purchase of A D Sanel

first_imgBond Auto Parts, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase A.D. Sanel, Inc. (A Parts Plus Company), headquartered in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.A.D. Sanel operates 9 auto parts stores in Vermont and New Hampshire. A.D. Sanel has a strong background in the aftermarket parts industry upon which Bond Auto Parts can build both retail and professional installer business. The transaction is set to close on August 30, 2002.Bond Auto Parts currently operates 19 auto parts stores in Vermont and 4 in New Hampshire. The A.D. Sanel acquisition will gain 9 new store locations, three of which will join existing Bond Auto stores.Bond Auto Parts is the largest Vermont based automotive aftermarket supplier. Founded in 1956 by Earl Bond, the company is still family owned and operated with headquarters located in Barre, Vermont.A.D. Sanel will continue to supply all of its’ customers, both retail and professional installer at the same level of service until the set closing date. A.D. Sanel announced that itentered into this agreement with great pleasure, however would miss working with the customers that he had developed relationships with over the past years. A.D. Sanel wishes to extend gratitude toward his employees, vendors and customers for their hard work, commitment and support. A.D. Sanel plans to work with Bond Auto Parts to ensure that a smooth transition of ownership will occur.Bond Auto Parts will take ownership on August 31, 2002 and will provide service to its’ new and existing customer base. Bond Auto Parts is looking forward to the interviewing, hiring and training of A.D. Sanel employees. Many of the same A.D. Sanel employees will be seen working in the same positions that they have occupied. All warehouse operations will take place at the Bond Auto Part Headquarters in Barre, Vermont. Existing employees will be interviewed and considered for limited positions that are available as a result of the acquisition at Bond Auto Parts Headquarters and warehouse located in Barre, Vermont. Bond Auto Parts will help to assist other employees in finding new employment in their related fields.Bond Auto Parts belongs to the Automotive Aftermarket Alliance, which is one of the largest buying and marketing groups in North America. With the completion of this acquisition, Bond Auto Parts is confident that they will be able to better develop, maintain and service customers as well as provide a superior working environment for its employees.last_img read more

Champlain College and HRSentry Headquartered in Colchester deliver online HR workshops

first_imgFor more information contact: Melissa Hersh, (802) 865-5402BURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College’s Workforce Development Center has formed an alliance with HRSentry, an online human resources management and compliance service, to deliver online workshops in human resource management, using HRSentry’s 6,000 plus resources as the virtual textbook for each workshop.The workshops feature facilitated online readings and discussions led by noted human resource professionals. Real work scenarios are integrated into each class. The opportunity to share resources and problem-solve with colleagues across the state and country will be invaluable to those who are responsible for HR functions. The workshops are specifically designed to meet the needs of managers who work in small and medium-sized organizations and businesses.The first round of online workshops begins in March, April & early May 2008, and will run for five weeks each. Two additional workshops will begin in June and July. The topics are: Managing to Ensure Fair & Equitable Treatment of Employees; Understanding Equal Opportunity Employment; and The Effects of Anti-Discrimination Laws on Employment Practices.Champlain Colleges Workforce Development Center, part of the Division of Continuing Professional Studies, coordinates this innovative online program. The workshops are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all that is needed is a computer and an Internet connection. This is an ideal option for working professionals who often juggle busy careers with family responsibilities.For more information and for safe and easy registration online, visit www.go.champlain.edu/hrsentry(link is external) or call (802) 865-5402.last_img read more

‘Lots of Talk, Little Action’ on Puerto Rico Transition

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:The shape of Puerto Rico’s future grid is confused, because no one yet has the authority to dictate what the future grid will look like.PREPA, the island utility, is conducting repairs, but it has few resources and is distrusted by officials in Washington. After Hurricane Maria hit, PREPA forsook aid from other American power companies and hired Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC, a tiny contractor, to rebuild major parts of its transmission system for $300 million. Controversy around that contract caused its cancellation two weeks ago.Ramos, PREPA’s CEO, was a no-show at a U.S. House Natural Resources Committee hearing meant to scrutinize the Whitefish contract and recovery efforts.Another option to steer Puerto Rico’s future grid is the island’s financial oversight board, FOMB, which was established last year by the Obama administration to control the purse strings of the Puerto Rican territorial government as it restructures $72 billion in debts.FOMB has proposed making one of its key officials, Noel Zamot, into a “transformation officer” who would sit atop PREPA to guide its investments. At the House hearing, Zamot said his vision for Puerto Rico was “50 percent renewables by 2040, with the balance a natural/LP gas mix; regional grids with generation close to demand; physical hardening and control schemes to provide resiliency; and widespread distributed generation, all wrapped by an empowered, accountable energy regulator.”He said that he will have a draft of “a wholesale reimagining of the grid” by mid-December.If successful, Zamot’s appointment suggests that mainland utilities and various federal agencies would have influential roles in reshaping the territory’s grid. Zamot said he has already been meeting with FEMA and the Department of Energy and that he is hearing from the Edison Electric Institute, an association of investor-owned power companies, and the American Public Power Association, which represents municipal utilities.DOE is researching opportunities to install microgrids in PREPA’s network to make facilities more storm-resilient, according to Carl Imhoff, the director of electric infrastructure markets at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is one of DOE’s national labs, in testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.DOE is also working out where vulnerable substations should be relocated to deal with flooding risk, and potential locations for backup batteries to maintain water service in blackouts.Funding from FEMA could cover three-quarters of the costs of storm-hardening changes in the island’s grid that get federal approval.Judge Laura Taylor Swain, a federal judge in New York who is overseeing Puerto Rico’s receivership, will hold a hearing today on Zamot’s role.Still, other options for reimagining the grid could come through the Puerto Rico Energy Commission, which was established three years ago as the first body to ever oversee PREPA. Earlier this year, it prompted PREPA to submit its first-ever integrated resource plan, which describes where a utility intends to obtain its power and how it intends to pay for it. PREPA suggested replacing its ancient oil-powered generators with natural gas turbines and supplying these new power plants from a floating gas terminal off the island’s south coast. The energy commission agreed with the idea in principle but rejected PREPA’s plan for lacking crucial details.The commission, in a legal brief to Swain, said it would cooperate with FOMB but defended its role as the last word on Puerto Rico’s grid.Meanwhile, other entities are seeking to influence the outcome.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a think tank based in Cleveland, wants Puerto Rico to seek private investment in distributed energy resources, including combined heat-and-power plants, microgrids and renewable energy to power key centers like hospitals, universities and large employers. It advocates for slashing PREPA’s budget and for replacing the utility’s one-size-fits-all electricity rates with a two-tier structure: 15 cents per kilowatt-hour for industry and 21 cents per kWh for individual consumers.The Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado has been promoting its microgrid projects on other Caribbean islands.“We are working with partners to design a new 21st-century, hurricane-resistant system” for Puerto Rico, said Chris Burgess, a director of projects at the Rocky Mountain Institute. That grid would have buried distribution lines; rely on distributed solar power and batteries; and support hospitals, shelters, and police and fire stations with microgrids. He added that the principal argument is that renewable power is more cost-effective than fuel oil and less subject to violent price swings. “Fuel is the No. 1 cost to the electricity customers,” he said.Berger, the head of Sunnova, said he is shopping around a proposal to take the federal solar investment tax credit, which companies and residences can take advantage of to lower the cost of a solar system, and tweak it for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which was also pummeled by Hurricane Maria. Instead of a tax credit, it would for a period of time be made into a direct cash payment that would spur quicker investment in solar power.Meanwhile, AES, the long-standing Puerto Rico energy player, has ideas of its own. It points to 20 MW of battery-based energy storage that it has deployed in the Dominican Republic, where it helped maintain grid reliability in September when Hurricanes Irma and Maria raked the island.Praveen Kathpal, AES’s vice president of energy storage, said in an interview that the batteries provided frequency control during the storms, providing second-to-second balancing of supply and demand, and smoothed out swings in frequency as the hurricane knocked out lines.More: “Lots of talk, little action on remaking Puerto Rico’s grid” ‘Lots of Talk, Little Action’ on Puerto Rico Transitionlast_img read more

Columbia Sportswear New Performance Enhanced Down Blend Hits Stores Today

first_imgOutdoor industry stalwart Columbia Sportswear is introducing a new concept in cold-weather insulation to the apparel market, and the new pieces, which blend down with proprietary synthetic filling, are hitting stores now. Performance Enhanced Down, or, TurboDown, featuring a patent-pending construction technique, is what the company says is like a “down jacket on steroids.”diamond-890-turbodown-hooded-down-jacket-graphite1Regarding Columbia’s catch phrase “PED,” the irony is not lost on company president and CEO Tim Boyle. “Performance Enhanced Down offers unmatched performance and now you can experience how science can enhance the limitations of nature — and it’s legal,” he said from his Portland, Oregon, headquarters.TurboDown leverages the strengths of its science combined with the natural properties of down, layering synthetic Omni-Heat thermal insulation, natural down filling, and an Omni-Heat Reflective technology laminate into every baffle on the new jackets.The result is a product that has the warmth, the look and feel of natural down, and performance in all conditions. Other manufacturers are attempting to solve the same problem — harnessing the benefits of natural down while still making a jacket functional for wet-weather conditions.Columbia says products insulated with TurboDown performed better than comparable brands in third-party testing, beating competitors by margins ranging from 8% to 22% warmer.In keeping with Columbia’s commitment to making its products accessible to all outdoors enthusiasts, the collection will be tiered in three categories, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. And the jackets and vests will range in price from $130 to $325. Visit Columbia.com for more information.turbodown-graphiclast_img read more

Hamptons Man Admits Torching $34M Mansion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Sagaponack man who admitted to torching a $34 million oceanfront mansion on Dune Road in Bridgehampton last year will spend a year in a psychiatric facility after reaching a plea deal.David Osiecki pleaded guilty to arson Tuesday before Judge Fernando Comacho at Suffolk County Court. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors said the 65-year-old arsonist will undergo a psychiatric evaluation and a year’s probation in an inpatient psychiatric facility.“The victim of the arson is amenable to this disposition,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “If and when the defendant completes his psychiatric hospitalization, he will then serve five more years of probation with mental health conditions.”Authorities said that in April 2014 Osiecki torched a 1,600-square-foot mansion with seven bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms reportedly belonging to a fellow developer.If Osiecki violates probation during his year in a residential psychiatric facility, the court can potentially sentence Osiecki to up to 15 years in prison.last_img read more