Planning Board Chairman, Clayton King presented Mrs. Tracy with a plaque in recognition and appreciation of her 22 years of dedicated membership on the Planning Board.FARMINGTON – Longtime Planning Board member Donna Tracy retired recently after serving on the board for 22 years.Tracy started out working in the Town Office before running for a seat on the Planning Board. She said she’s always been interested in town politics and was specifically interested in keeping up to date with what was going on. In recent years, Tracy said the growth of the marijuana and the solar industries brought big changes to board’s usual list of tasks.“The times are changing and you just gotta change to go with the times,” Tracy said. “It’s been an excellent group to work with right straight through.”Tracy will turn 85 years old next month, and expects that her days living on her farm won’t change much. Though the decision to leave the board was a difficult one, Tracy said she wanted to open the seat up for someone younger to get involved.“I kinda miss going down for meetings. I’ve always loved my town, and I’ve always wanted to see it go in the right direction,” Tracy said.
In August, Pearl Jam hit Chicago’s Wrigley Field, as the band continued their brief U.S. run of “Home” and “Away” shows, which kicked off with a pair of performances in their native Seattle, Washington. The sold-out show saw the band performing many of their classic tracks in addition to tributes to Tom Petty (“I Won’t Back Down”), David Bowie (“Rebel, Rebel”), and Chris Cornell (“Missing”). Hilariously though, what the show will likely be remembered for is the appearance of Dennis Rodman during the show’s first of two encores.After the encore-opening rendition of “Just Breathe”, the former NBA superstar and five-time NBA champion appeared on stage to give Pearl Jam’s frontman Eddie Vedder a ukelele before his song “Sleeping By Myself”. Rodman, as of late, has become well-known for his close relationship with North Korea, having visited North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, multiple times and serving as a truly bizarre ambassador between the United States and the isolationist country led by dictator and major basketball fan Kim Jong-un.While the appearance of Dennis Rodman was no doubt surprising to many, it’s not necessarily totally out-of-left-field. Rodman has gone on the record as a major fan of the iconic rock act, having made guest cameos at several of their concerts over the years. Rodman also publicly thanked Eddie Vedder on television earlier in 2018 while he was on hand in Singapore for Donald Trump’s North Korea Summit. As he explained in an interview last year, “I went and got that album [Ten] and I would played it every day. For some reason, [“Black”] was on, I think that saved my life.”Watch pro-shot video of Pearl Jam covering David Bowie’s “Rebel, Rebel” below:Pearl Jam – “Rebel, Rebel”[Video: Pearl Jam][H/T Jambase]
As the children of Nuestros PequeÃ±os Hermanos Orphanage in Honduras first approached the pile of lacrosse sticks lying on their soccer field, they giggled and wondered at the foreignness of these strange items that resembled nothing they had seen before. But after a week of learning to play under the instruction of David Earl, former Notre Dame lacrosse player and current professional lacrosse player for the Minnesota Swarm, the children fell in love with the sport. Three Notre Dame graduates: John Arlotta, owner of the Minnesota Swarm, Dr. Peter Daly, an orthopedic surgeon for Summit Orthopedics and Earl began this program several years ago when Daly got involved with Nuestros PequeÃ±os Hermanos and visited the Honduras location to find a glaring lack of available medical care. “[Their situation] got us thinking that they really need a surgical facility that the poor can access … So over the ensuing three to four years we got the money raised and got it built and started getting all of the equipment from the facilities around,” Daly said. “Now it’s been functioning well, and it actually just started functioning on a full-time basis.” Daly, however, felt the need to not only provide medical care but to also enrich the lives of the orphans in order to provide both a healthy and a happy living situation for them. “He does a lot of different things … to encourage the kids on an ongoing basis with the foundation, if you will, being his surgery center,” Arlotta said. “Then when he goes down there … he likes to have some additional things that he brings that is beyond just doing surgeries but helps in terms of the growth and education of the kids in this orphanage.” This principle of enrichment brought about the idea of exposing a new sport to the orphans that the children usually could not access, Daly said. “The kids down there principally play soccer and really don’t have the resources and the means to be involved in a sport that’s really equipment intensive,” he said. Daly provides medical care for the Swarm, and this connection inspired the plan, and Arlotta’s connection to Daly through Summit Orthopedics allowed Arlotta to make the concept a possibility. “It was primarily a funding mechanism from our standpoint. Once the idea came from Dr. Daly, we just jumped on and provided the funding for David and the equipment,” Arlotta said. When Arlotta and Daly approached Earl, he immediately latched onto this idea that combined his favorite sport and the service-based teachings of Notre Dame. “Any way to give back to these children and to give back to the center and the orphanage would be just a privilege for me … If I can go out there and bring a sport that I love to play and love to teach and put smiles on kids faces by teaching that, I think that’s just an unbelievable opportunity in itself,” Earl said. The children received the sport well, even though it differed greatly from the sports they usually played, Daly said. “They got to use a sport that necessitates a lot of hand-eye coordination, and mostly they can’t use their hands if they’re playing soccer, so that gives them another skill, and the kids loved it,” Daly said. “The children just had a great time throwing and scooping and passing.” Earl said his trip to Honduras went beyond just lacrosse. “What was interesting to me was that lacrosse was such a small part of being out there,” Earl said. “I was able to obviously teach lacrosse to the PE classes, but outside of that I was able to just kind of get to know the kids.” Current Notre Dame lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan implemented similar efforts to combine the sport of lacrosse with the service teachings of Notre Dame in his program many years ago and continues to do so. “We really want to make it a really kind of a university, community thing that is initiated and built around the lacrosse idea, but it has much, much less to do with lacrosse than it does with our involvement with each other and the community,” Corrigan said. Earl’s and Arlotta’s work in bringing the sport to new places and to disadvantaged people fits in with the common attitude of a lacrosse player, Corrigan said. “Everybody feels like that’s kind of their charge as a lacrosse player is to spread the word and share the game,” he said. “That’s a little bit part of the culture of the sport and it’s a good thing.”
Learn how to properly prune ornamentals at an upcoming University of Georgia course offered on its campus in Griffin, Ga. The one-day course will be offered Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the UGA Research and Education Garden on Ellis Road.The course will also briefly cover how to prune fruit trees. In addition to proper pruning techniques, participants will learn what equipment to use, when, where and how to prune certain plants and techniques for creating a professional looking landscape. Participants will also learn pest prevention through pruning.Taught by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulturists Bodie Pennisi and Bob Westerfield, the class will consist of both indoor lectures and outside, hands-on demonstrations. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather in preparation for the outdoor session.The cost of the course is $59, which includes lunch and break refreshments. Pre-registration is required by calling (770) 228-7214.
Big Butt is a 5,980-foot summit in Big Ivy, a section of Pisgah that’s home to the most old-growth forest and rare wildlife in the region. Big Butt offers stunning, panoramic views of Big Ivy’s hiking and mountain biking trails, climbing rocks, and waterfalls. Big Ivy also includes Craggy Gardens, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Mountains to Sea Trail.Unfortunately, Big Butt and nearly all of Big Ivy’s 13,980 acres may soon be open to logging, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed management plan.Big Ivy is a mountain biking mecca, fly fishing oasis, trail running hotspot, climbing paradise, and a hiker’s wet dream: dozens of cascades, creeks and swimming holes abound in Big Ivy, including 70-foot Douglas Falls.Big trees and big water abound in Big Ivy.Most of it will be opened to logging if the Forest Service has their way.A local, grassroots coalition called Friends of Big Ivy has teamed up with hiking clubs, mountain biking groups, fly fishing outfitters, climbing organizations, conservation groups, local businesses, and others to encourage the Forest Service to protect Big Ivy from massive logging.This Thursday, February 5, Friends of Big Ivy is hosting a public meeting with the Forest Service at 7 p.m. at the Big Ivy Community Center just outside of Asheville. Everyone is invited to ask questions and share concerns about the future of Big Ivy. (Also, there will be cookies.) Hope you can be there to speak for this rare old-growth forest and beloved hub of outdoor adventure.If you can’t make it, sign the Big Ivy petition here. More info: FriendsofBigIvy.org
The Tobin family are trading their Windaroo home for an acreage lot at Kingsholme.“We thought we would have to head out to Jimboomba to find acreage in a new community, within our price range.”Villawood Properties Executive Director Tony Johnson said stage six, which was now selling, had attracted strong demand from local and interstate buyers looking to combine country living with city convenience.“Montego Hills is one of the only acreage communities currently available between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and there is limited opportunity remaining to secure land in the estate,” he said.“Stage six is selling quickly, and the next stage will be the final stage of the community.“The final two stages offer some of the best views and have acreage land ranging from 4,058sqm and 7,553sqm. With so much on offer and the limited supply, we expect an increase in demand from buyers seeking their forever home.” Lance and Belinda Tobin, who signed the 100th contract, are swapping golf course living at Windaroo for the privacy and space of an acreage community at Kingsholme.THE MONTEGO Hills community has marked a major milestone, securing its 100th buyer.Lance and Belinda Tobin, who signed the 100th contract, are swapping golf course living at Windaroo for the privacy and space of an acreage community at Kingsholme.“We love where we live, but we are excited about the change of lifestyle,” he said. “We are moving from a 400sq m block to 4,000sq m block that backs onto bushland. “We also love the idea of our kids growing up in a traditional neighbourhood, where they are able to build a treehouse in the backyard and do all the things we used to do as kids.”The couple and their two children spent two and half years searching for the perfect property that offered value for money, in a convenient location.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Montego Hills is an extremely rare offering – trying to find developments where you get an acre close to the highway and amenity is near impossible,” he said.
“Through their long-term partnership with the LGPS and extensive expertise in [authorised contractual scheme] structures, Northern Trust’s understanding of our needs and the culture we want to build make them a natural partner for Border to Coast.”Northern Trust already provides depositary services to Northern Ireland’s LGPS fund and the London CIV, the pooling vehicle for the capital’s 32 borough pension funds.James Wright, head of the company’s institutional investor group for the UK and Middle East, added: “We are committed and excited to support Border to Coast through its establishment and ongoing growth.“Our tax transparent fund experience, alongside our dedicated UK pension team and proven technology ensures we are well placed to support Border to Coast’s unique requirements.”Chris Hitchen, chair of Border to Coast’s board, said the pool was building “an excellent team” and “a highly capable investing institution”.All eight LGPS pools are expected to be ready to manage assets from the start of April this year, in line with central government’s plans.Brunel publishes first report and accountsThe Brunel Pension Partnership drew down more than £5m from its 10 LGPS shareholders in December to help it meet the April deadline, according to its first full annual report and accounts.In the 12 months to the end of September 2017, the pension funds contributed £3m to operating costs “to set up the office, hire the staff and submit the FCA application”.Coupled with December’s payment of a combined £5.4m, each of the founding funds has paid roughly £840,000 towards Brunel’s establishment.The pool said it aimed to make fee savings of £27.8m by 2025 through the pooling of assets and management of costs. Northern Trust will be the administrator and depositary for the £43bn (€48.3bn) Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, one of eight Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) asset pools.Border to Coast annouced the contract today following a “robust and in-depth public procurement process”.It added that the two companies would work to establish an operating model for the pool. Border to Coast was set up to facilitate the pooling of pension scheme assets for the counties of Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Durham, East Riding, Lincolnshire, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Surrey, South Yorkshire, Teesside, Tyne and Wear and Warwickshire.Fiona Miller, chief operating officer of Border to Coast, said: “I am excited to start the next stage of the journey for Border to Coast, working alongside Northern Trust as we build out the infrastructure which will support our organisation both now and into the future.
Christian Post 11 May 2013The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that it will no longer use the terms “mother” and “father” when collecting information about a student’s legal parents when those parents apply for federal student aid. Instead of using the words “mother” and “father,” the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) will use “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.” The announcement states that the changes to the 2014-2015 federal student aid form “more accurately and fairly assess students’ need for aid” and that “Gender-specific terms fail to capture income and other information from one parent when a student’s parents are in a same-sex marriage under state law but not federally recognized under the Defense of Marriage Act.”http://www.christianpost.com/news/department-of-education-to-eliminate-mother-father-from-federal-student-aid-forms-95679/
Tweet Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Caribbean requests more support to face natural disasters and crises by: – March 21, 2012 Share 12 Views no discussions Share Photo credit: smartcampaign.orgMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Representatives of Latin American and Caribbean countries have raised the need to arm the Inter-American Development Bank with flexible financial instruments to help them hedge against natural disasters and possible economic downturns.The calls were issued on Monday during the annual meeting of the IDB Board of Governors. Composed of representatives from 48 member countries, the Board is the Bank’s top policymaking body. Governors are finance ministers, central bankers and other government authorities.Uruguayan Finance Minister Fernando Lorenzo, who was elected chairman of the board of governors, said that the recent capital increase has put the IDB in a better position to support its 26 borrowing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.However, Lorenzo added, the region’s governments also need hedging instruments such as contingent credit lines in anticipation of emergencies such as those triggered by natural disasters or contagion from international financial crises.“The region’s countries today need a stronger IDB, more active and creative in developing new tools,” said Lorenzo, who emphasized that Latin America and the Caribbean still faces great challenges in reducing inequality, a vulnerability of their countries.“In the past insufficient funding was the main cause of dysfunction in national policies and (…) in instances when it was necessary to carry out painful, excruciating adjustments, with extremely negative social consequences for region,” he said. “Therefore, the IDB and other regional institutions do well in offering us more and better tools to address such contingencies.”IDB president Luis Alberto Moreno thanked the board of governors for its vote of confidence in completing the recent capital increase — the largest in its history — which raised the authorized capital to $171 billion.“I take this opportunity to thank you for your acknowledgement of the work done by the Bank to meet all mandates of the 9th general capital Increase,” said Moreno, who highlighted the significant progress made in areas such as development effectiveness, transparency and accountability, risk management and financial management.“However, building a more solid and effective institution is an ongoing process of strengthening and learning. The Bank will continue working to ensure that the goals of this agenda are achieved, “said Moreno.Regarding the prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean, Moreno noted its economies’ good performance, with they have sustained despite the uncertain global context. The region today is recognized for its dynamism and its opportunities, he said. Over the past decade, more than 50 million people were lifted out of poverty and the middle class expanded substantially.However, those achievements could be threatened by crises sparked in other parts of the world. On the eve of the annual meeting, the IDB issued a report on the potential impact on Latin America and the Caribbean of risks such as a deepening of the European debt crisis or a sharp slowdown in China’s economy. A recovery is underway in the United States, but unemployment, the fiscal deficit and public debt remain at high levels.The report, “A World of Forking Paths”, stated that while a majority of Latin American and Caribbean countries remain relatively resistant to a global economic slowdown, they now have less room for fiscal stimulus measures to cushion the impact of a crisis.To meet its borrowing countries’ requirements, Moreno said the IDB will explore the creation of new flexible and temporary financial instruments that could help governments at times when they have to deploy countercyclical policies. Such mechanisms could be particularly helpful for small and vulnerable economies in the region.The Montevideo meeting also provided a framework for analyzing the participation of Latin American and Caribbean countries in other major international forums scheduled to be held in the region in June, such as the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, and the G20 Leaders Summit in Los Cabos, which will be chaired by Mexico.Haiti, initiatives and agreementsRatifying the IDB’s commitment to Haiti’s reconstruction, the board of governors approved a $200 million transfer to a fund that provides grants to the Caribbean nation. Since the 2010 earthquake, the IDB has approved more than $442 million for infrastructure, energy, agriculture, water and sanitation, education and private sector development projects in Haiti.The IDB also presented an initiative on citizen security, one of the biggest concerns of in the region, which has the highest murder rate in the world. In order to assist its borrowing member countries, the Bank will establish a technical assistance focused on sharing the lessons learned from successful experiences in crime and violence prevention.In terms of accountability and focus on results, IDB executive vice president Julie Katzman presented MapAmericas. This innovative digital mapping platform will provide information on projects funded by the Bank in Latin America and the Caribbean. The platform will also serve as a tool to facilitate collaboration between the IDB and executing agencies in borrowing countries.As part of its work with civil society, the IDB held a meeting with 250 representatives from more than 100 non-governmental organizations to discuss how they can collaborate more effectively with the Bank and governments to promote sustainable development in the region. This work will be carried out by the civil society councils the IDB has established in each of its 26 borrowing countries.Private sector development is a priority in the IDB’s agenda. During the annual meeting it organized seminars on promoting small and medium-size enterprises, public-private partnerships in infrastructure projects and basic services, as well as on the development of logistics infrastructure and services to boost competitiveness.Cooperation with Asia, a region with growing ties to Latin America and the Caribbean, is another area of work for the IDB. During the annual meeting, the Bank presented details of a $1 billion investment platform in partnership with China Eximbank to finance private sector projects in this region.The IDB also signed an agreement with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency to fund up to $600 million in renewable energy projects in Central America and the Caribbean and another agreement with Korea for the creation of a $40 million trust fund for public sector modernization. The IDB also announced it is preparing a study with the Asian Development Bank on how to deepen economic ties, trade and technical cooperation between Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia, the most dynamic regions of the world.The IDB also organized youth-focused activities in Montevideo, featuring discussions on promoting youth development through sport, culture and technology; more effective job training programs; and problems facing secondary education in the region to prepare young people to join the labor market. This last topic was analyzed in depth in a recent Bank report, “Disconnected: Skills, Education and Employment in Latin America.”The IDB and the Uruguayan Central Bank (BCU) paid tribute to Enrique Iglesias, the BCU’s first president and third president of the IDB, between 1988 and 2005.The IDB’s next annual meeting will be held in March 2013 in Panama City, by invitation of the Panamanian government.Caribbean News Now