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Press release: Campaign branches out to protect UK’s mighty oaks

first_img We need to take a serious look at the threats our trees and woods are facing. As we approach a post-Brexit world, we need to take opportunities to make the UK’s landscape more resilient, and combat invasive pests and diseases head-on. Our shared responsibilities span from ensuring the supply of new, UK-sourced saplings to better care for our ancient trees. We are proud to be a part of Action Oak. The oak supports an astonishing amount of wildlife, but is also an iconic part of our culture and heritage. By working together we plan to make the necessary changes to safeguard our most treasured native tree, for decades to come. The JABBS Foundation, a private family charitable foundation based in Birmingham – has pledged over £565,000 towards research examining oak tree defences at the University of Birmingham for Forest Research The Action Oak Partnership includes The Woodland Trust, Woodland Heritage, National Trust, The Duchy of Cornwall, Forest Research, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, the Forestry Commission and the Northern Ireland Forest Service, and is supported by Defra, Scottish, Wales and Northern Ireland governments.The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), supported by the organisations involved in the Partnership, will have a stand at RHS Chelsea dedicated to Action Oak. At the stand visitors will be able to learn about how oak trees have shaped our history, the threats the face and how they can be protected.Action Oak has already attracted support from foundations, businesses, artists and celebrities including: Protecting our country from pests and diseases, so our trees and plants can thrive in the future, is a priority for this Government and we are proud to be backing this campaign. The Action Oak Partnership provides a one-off opportunity to shape the future of our oak trees and make sure they continue to have a place in our landscape. The combined knowledge of all the organisations involved will be vital in protecting these majestic trees, contributing to help us be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it. British ceramicist Emma Bridgewater – has created a bespoke Action Oak mug which will go on sale later in the year in support of Partnership, with a portion of the proceeds going towards Action Oak research The oak is our country’s most important tree, an iconic species and the provider of numerous benefits to us and our environment. We must do all that we can to preserve the health of our oak trees for future generations. Dame Judi Dench, a well-known tree lover – a 3D scan of her favourite oak tree will be displayed on the Action Oak stand at Chelsea Geraint Richards, Duchy of Cornwall head forester, said:center_img A major new campaign to protect the UK’s mighty oak trees from threats including pests and diseases has been officially launched at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show by Lord Gardiner, Defra’s Biosecurity Minister.The Action Oak Partnership – made up of charities, environmental organisations and landowners – is seeking to raise £15 million for research and monitoring to help safeguard the 121 million oaks in UK woodlands.Work will include capturing the first detailed picture of the current health of oaks trees, helping to gain a greater understanding of how to preserve their iconic position in our landscape for generations to come.The campaign contributes to the Government’s 25-year Environment Plan, which was launched by the Prime Minister in January, by helping to strengthen biosecurity and build resilience to protect oaks for future generations. It also builds on the £37 million the Government is already investing in tree and plant health research.Action Oak is supported by The Prince of Wales, who convened a cross-sector meeting on the issue of plant health and biosecurity at Highgrove, his residence in Gloucestershire, in February. HRH is also the Patron of Woodland Heritage, the charity that will be administering funds raised by the campaign.Defra Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner said: Beccy Speight, chief executive for the Woodland Trust, said: The Monument Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts – has donated a further £500,000 towards research into Acute Oak Decline (AOD) Lewis Scott, co-founder and trustee of Woodland Heritage said: My co-Founder, Peter Goodwin, single-handedly raised £2million towards research into Acute Oak Decline (AOD) before his untimely death last year. This money has enabled so much research to have been undertaken over the last decade, but the threats to the oak go far beyond AOD, itself not yet fully understood. It is wonderful, therefore, for Woodland Heritage to now be part of a unique initiative that is tackling the wide range of risks the oak faces head-on, helping to ensure that the mighty oak can be enjoyed by generations to come. For more information about the campaign and how to support it, visit the Action Oak websitelast_img read more

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Vulfpeck Welcomes Rachael Price, Performs Dubstep At Brooklyn Steel Closer

first_imgYou can also, and should also, check out clips from Joey Dosik’s sensational show-opener below: Setlist: Vulfpeck | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NYC | 9/8/17Intros, Fugue State, Cory Wong, El Chepe, Game Winner, Tesla, 1612, Aunt Leslie, Boogie On / Lord Will Make A Way, Funky Duck, Wait For The Moment, Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas In LA, Dean Town, OutroSetlist: Vulfpeck | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NYC | 9/9/17Outro, Cory Wong, My First Car, Smile Meditation, Fleetwood Mac, 1612, Aunt Leslie, Boogie On, Lord Will Make A Way, Funky Duck, Wait For The Moment, Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas In LA, Dean Town, Jealous GuySetlist: Vulfpeck | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NYC | 9/10/17Fugue State, Cory Wong, Animal Spirits, Daddy, He Bought A Tesla, Fleetwood Mac*, 1612, Aunt Leslie, Boogie On, Lord Will Make A Way, Funky Duck, Wait For The Moment, Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas In LA, Dean Town, It Gets Funkier*w/ Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive,You can also, and should also, check out clips from Joey Dosik’s sensational show-opener below:,Setlist: Vulfpeck | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NYC | 9/8/17Intros, Fugue State, Cory Wong, El Chepe, Game Winner, Tesla, 1612, Aunt Leslie, Boogie On / Lord Will Make A Way, Funky Duck, Wait For The Moment, Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas In LA, Dean Town, Outro Vulfpeck wrapped up their third and final show at Brooklyn Steel on Sunday, delivering yet-another performance for the history books to their third sellout crowd in as many nights. While the opening Friday night show was surely special, the Saturday and Sunday performances raised the bar to an all-time high, the Ann Arbor-bred quartet (and some very talented friends) captivating and commanding the audience like a force to be reckoned with throughout the weekend.The band is, and forever will be, Jack Stratton, Joe Dart, Theo Katzman, and Woody Goss, though Vulfpeck’s show has evolved into a family-style meal of guest collaborators, as percussionist Richie Rodriguez, guitarist Cory Wong, vocalist Antwaun Stanley, and vocalist/keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik remained stage-put for large portions of the set. New York reliables Melissa Gardiner (trombone), Ibanda Ruhumbika (tuba), and Mark Dover (clarinet) became weekend staples as they contributed the embellishments necessary for the songs to continue to grow with time. Sunday night’s performance featured vocalist Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive for a cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Say You Love Me.”While the majority of the setlists remained the same over the weekend, they were differentiated by the first five songs of each night. Brooklyn Steel was treated to a mix of new and old rarities, including “Fugue State,” “El Chepe,” “Daddy, He Got A Tesla,” “Smile Meditation,” and “Animal Spirits,” which featured a horn section for the first time ever.Of course, all three nights were awarded with the love-pounding “1612,” the dance-driving “Funky Duck,” the heart-warming “Wait For The Moment,” and the sing-a-long favorite “Back Pocket.” Each night was similarly driven home with a “Beastly” and “Dean Town” Joe Dart bass badass-ery clinic, affectionately separated by “Christmas in LA.” Sunday night closed with their “dub step” version of “It Gets Funkier,” during which Jack Stratton used his cell phone as a probably-real/probably-not synthesizer and bippity-bopped his way to a 21 second hand stand to culminate the show. The band goes on to Europe this week, with sold-out runs in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow, London, and Dublin.Thanks to Evan Pragliola, you can enjoy videos from Sunday night’s show below:last_img read more

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Youth group travel with Prep Traveler

first_imgPrep Traveler actively promotes, and is involved in youth group travel, a possibility for one and all! Prep Traveler can help arrange high-quality tours for culture, exchange, band and unique performance programs, graduation trips, spring break trips, youth missions or athletic team travel or sports tournaments. The open source efforts of Prep Traveler have resulted in exceptional travel experiences.Moreover, groups can share their travel experiences, mentioning area attractions and facilities for the benefit of aspiring explorers and vacationers. Once you’ve decided on your travel destination, Prep Traveler plans the perfect student group trip for you, without any hassles!With hundreds of destination reviews, performance venues, and educational travel opportunities, Prep Traveler is the only national resource for youth athletic groups to find suitable facilities for hosting their competitions. Prep Traveler goes a step ahead to fulfill your travel plans and helps you get started by developing unique fundraising resources.From arranging for cheap airline tickets, hotels, cars, cruises and vacations, Prep Traveler does it all! Photos, maps, and user reviews are a great help too. Prep Traveler is the ultimate in incorporating elements of adventure recreation, adventure education and adventure competition for youth groups, and is fast gaining popularity world-wide for its uniqueness.Youth group travel with Prep Traveler means fun and happy moments that will stay with you for a long time to come!last_img read more

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Leahy named conferee on Wall Street reform bill

first_imgSenate leaders have appointed U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) as one of the 12 Senate conferees who will negotiate the final form of the landmark financial reform legislation that now has passed the Senate and the House in different forms.  The conferees will meet in June.The Senate conferees seven Democratic senators and five Republican senators are senior members on either the Banking or Agriculture Committees.  From the Agriculture Committee, Leahy — the panel s most senior member of either party — joins Democratic conferees Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), the committee s current chair; Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa); and Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).  The Banking Committee s delegation on the conference is led by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), the panel s chairman, joined by Democrats Tim Johnson (S.D.), Jack Reed (R.I.), and Charles Schumer (N.Y.), and Republicans Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).A key issue to be resolved by the conferees is oversight and regulation of financial derivatives investment contracts that are not based on actual assets or commodities, but which instead derive their value from market indexes such as foreign exchange rates or from traditional securities like stocks, or even insurance policies.  Trading in derivatives, using increasingly complicated formulas, has exploded on Wall Street, reaching into the trillions of dollars, and playing a central role in the near-collapse of the economy in 2008.  Leahy voted for the Senate Agriculture Committee s plan, sponsored by the panel s chair, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), to begin regulating derivatives, and especially their use by the banks that businesses and consumers rely on for the security of their savings and investments. The reforms include a narrow end-user exemption to allow legitimate commercial interests, such as electric cooperatives and heating oil dealers, to continue hedging their business risks.Leahy said the derivatives reforms in the Senate bill would finally bring the $600 trillion derivatives market out of the dark and into the light of day, ending the days of backroom deals that put our entire economy at risk.   He said the bill will stop Wall Street traders from artificially driving up prices of heating oil, gasoline, diesel fuel and other commodities through unchecked speculation.  If this crisis has taught us anything, it is that the look-the-other way, hands-off deregulatory policies that were in vogue in recent times can jeopardize not only private investments, but our entire economy.Another provision that is expected to draw special interest opposition in conference is an amendment that Leahy supported to protect small businesses from complicated predatory rules that big credit card companies impose on grocers and other commercial outlets in Vermont and other states.  The Durbin Amendment would ensure that a small business would be able to advertise a discount for paying cash, or for using one card instead of another.  I do not want Vermonters to pay more for a gallon of milk just because the big credit card companies are demanding a high fee on small transactions and are not allowing the grocer to ask for cash instead of credit, said Leahy.Source: Leahy’s office. WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, May 27, 2010)# # # # #last_img read more

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first_imgNotice July 1, 2005 Notices Notice 11th JNC to fill two judgeships The 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the circuit bench created by Judge Michael B. Chavies’ resignation and a vacancy on the Dade County bench created by Judge Mark King Leban’s elevation to the circuit court. Applicants for either opening must be registered voters, live within the territorial jurisdiction of the court, and have been a member of the Bar for the past five years. Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org. An original and 10 copies of the completed application must be delivered to Gerald I. Kornreich and Manuel Kadre, JNC co-chairs, at the Law Offices of Kornreich and Terraferma, Bank of America Tower, Suite #3950, 100 Southeast Second Street, Miami 33131 no later than 5 p.m., July 5. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Indicate at the top of the application if you are applying for the county court judge position or the circuit court judge position. Those who have previously submitted applications to the commission must submit new applications. The use of a photograph is encouraged and the JNC asks applicants not to submit three-ring binders. 17th JNC to fill two judgeships The 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting application to fill one county court judicial vacancy and one circuit court judicial vacancy. Applicants must have been members of the Bar for at least five years, registered voters, and residents of the 17th Circuit. Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org or by contacting Timothy L. Bailey, JNC Chair, Bailey and Bailey Law Offices, 2335 E. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 300, Pompano Beach 33062, phone (954) 941-4920, fax (954) 941-4927. An original and nine copies of the completed applications — with photographs — must be received by Bailey no later than 5 p.m., July 21. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Indicate at the top of the application if you are applying for the county court judge position or the circuit judge position. 19th JNC to fill St. Lucie opening The 19th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a St. Lucie County judge opening. Applicants must be registered voters, live within St. Lucie County, and have been a member of the Bar for the past five years. Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org or picked up from the office of the chair, Nita Denton, 100 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 400, Stuart 34994, any time between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An original plus a copy must be received by Nita Denton and one copy delivered/mailed to each member of the JNC by July 5 at noon. New Duval County judgeship available Applications are now being accepted to fill a newly created seat on the Duval County bench. Applicants must be registered voters, reside in Duval County upon assuming office, and have been a member in good standing of The Florida Bar for the preceding five years. Applications are available on The Florida Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org or from the Mary Bland Love, Fourth JNC Chair, 815 South Main Street, Suite 300, Jacksonville 32207, phone (904) 393-9007. An original and nine copies of the completed application must be received by Love no later than 12 p.m., July 14. Interviews will take place July 29 in the Duval County Courthouse, Room 220. New Orange County judgeship available The Ninth Circuit JNC is now accepting applications to fill a newly created seat on the Orange County bench. Applicants must have been members of the Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and reside within Orange County at the time of appointment. Applications may be downloaded from www.ninja9.org, click the dropdown for “Media Center” and select “Ninth Circuit JNC.” An original and nine copies of the completed application must be received by David de Armas, JNC Chair, 1411 Edgewater Drive, Suite 200, Orlando 32804, no later than 4:30 p.m., July 11. Those persons who submitted applications for the interviews which occurred May 18 may submit a letter by the deadline set forth above requesting that the previously submitted applications be utilized in lieu of new applications. Applicants may supplement their previous applications as appropriate, so long as the supplements are received before the deadline.last_img read more

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Coronavirus boosted cocaine traffic in March says Belgium

first_imgIn another surprise, a stash of nearly 350 kg of the white powder was seized on March 16 at Brussels national airport on a flight from the Dominican Republic. “Normally, we spot 1 kilo, 1.5 kilos, 2 kilos… Never have we ever had such a quantity” in luggage, said the head of customs. The local prosecutors office said the drugs were hidden in “eight pieces of luggage” placed in the hold, and were not claimed on arrival so there was no arrest made.The rapid spread of the new coronavirus has severely disrupted air transport since mid-March, particularly in Brussels and Charleroi, Belgium’s two main airports. The port of Antwerp is Europe’s second busiest shipping hub after Rotterdam, which is just a few kilometers away in the Netherlands. The docks are less busy because transport companies are partly teleworking, said Vanderwaeren. Customs checks have dropped off too, “following instructions from the government,” he added. In 2019, cocaine seizures in the port of Antwerp had reached a new record of almost 62 tons. Nearly 60 percent of this amount came from three countries: Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia.  Topics : South American drug kingpins attempted to flood Europe with cocaine last month in hopes of getting ahead of the coronavirus shutdown that has closed one of the trade’s biggest markets, a top Belgian official said on Wednesday. The theory is from Belgium’s top customs official, Kristian Vanderwaeren, after a series of extraordinary seizures in a country considered Europe’s main import hub of cocaine through the sprawling port of Antwerp.”In recent days there has been a substantial increase in seizures,” Vanderwaeren, Belgium’s customs administrator general, told AFP.center_img Whether by air or ocean, cocaine moved in massive quantities between South America and Belgium, as narco-dealers seized a window of opportunity before the slowdown in travel and trade in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “The mafia in South America organized itself and placed as much product as possible in containers, knowing that shipping traffic to Europe will decrease in the coming months,” said Vanderwaeren.At the port of Antwerp, a total of more than 1.6 tons of cocaine was intercepted in just three seizures. “Three times the jackpot,” said Vanderwaeren as seizures of 300 and 700 kg of cocaine are rare so many months from the summer and New Year peaks of consumption in Europe. last_img read more

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Paul Stenger

first_imgPaul Ivan Stenger, age 55, of Cross Plains passed away peacefully at his home early Monday morning.  He was born the son of the late Edward and Alice (Reese) in Brookville, IN.  He grew up in the Brookville area along with his brothers and sisters.Paul attended Franklin County High School and continued to take classes after graduation to further his knowledge.  He lived the American dream, after finishing school he entered the workforce.  One of his early jobs involved being the maintenance director at Ponderosa in Lawrenceburg, where he would meet the love of his life Vikki (Belew).  The two of them were united in marriage on May 27, 1984 and thru work and dedication build their life together.After his first job Paul entered the banking business working his way thru to become in charge of Building and Grounds Manager and Facility Purchases.  He spent nearly the last 25 years working for Friendship State Bank, where he was dedicated and considered his coworkers his family away from home.Early on they lived in Aurora before completing their home in Cross Plains.  He was passionate about his family, and this truly was his favorite thing to be involved with.  Paul was loved dearly by his in laws Elvin and Faye Belew and they called him son and treated him as one of their own.  Even though the countryside was his place to be, Vikki and him were able to travel various places, even visiting friends in England.Paul is survived by wife Vikki of home, son Josh of Madison, granddaughter Lydia, along with brothers Dale Wayne (Mary) of Connersville, Edward of St Leon, and Marlin (Shirley) of Brookville.  He was preceded in death by sister Doris Jean Atkins.Graveside services for family will be conducted on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at Akers Friendship Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to the family in care of Neal’s Funeral Home.last_img read more

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FCC makes Indiana broadband commitment

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced that the Federal Communications Commission has awarded more than $29M in funding over the next 10 years to increase broadband speeds for 24,530 locations throughout the state.“Unserved and underserved rural areas in our state need high-speed, reliable Internet in order to keep Indiana’s economy thriving,” Crouch said. “Collaboration between federal, state and local entities will bring Indiana communities to the Next Level and I anticipate we will be working on building upon this progress.”Crouch said that the FCC is looking to close the digital divide between rural and urban America and has awarded almost $1.5B to unserved areas in 45 states. Fifty-three percent of the homes and businesses selected for coverage will receive download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second.“By helping over 24,000 locations throughout our state receive high-speed broadband access, communities will have more opportunities to grow and thrive,” said Scott Rudd, Director of Broadband Opportunities.Below is a list of providers who received funding in the state:Benton Ridge Telephone Company – $14,883,684.70 for 11,537 locations;Mercury Wireless – $1,400,844,80 for 7,371 locations;Orange County REMC – $10,200,496.30 for 4,046 locations;Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone – $1,182,425.70 for 359 locations;RTC Communications Corp. – $1,326,394 for 1,203 locations; andWisper ISP, Inc. – $123,648 for 14 locations.last_img read more

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Donna J Laug April 18, 1967 – April 9, 2020

first_imgDonna Jean Laug (Henson) 52, of Lawrenceburg Indiana passed away on April 9 2020. Born April 18, 1967 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Cecil and Rita Henson.God gave Donna so much love and compassion, she was the sweetest, most gentle and caring person and she would do anything in the world to help out. She was a loving mother, grandma, daughter, sister and spouse.Survived by her lifelong spouse Raymond Wilson, her parents Cecil and Rita Henson, her three children Douglas Wilson, Andrew (Lauren) Wilson and Whitney (Robert) Smith. Grandmother of Lily, Alexander, Keelan, Naomi and Anna. Sister of Karen (Marvin) Hamon, Tonya Money and David Henson.Donna will be missed dearly and her memory will be held in our hearts forever.Our hearts still ache in sadness,And secret tears still flow,What it meant to lose you,No one will ever know.last_img read more

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Sagbo completes Hull switch

first_img The Barclays Premier League newcomers confirmed they had signed Sagbo on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee, after the French club revealed they had reached an agreement with Hull earlier on Friday. “I am so happy to have signed for Hull City, and I am very grateful for the opportunity,” Sagbo told his new club’s official website. “I can’t wait to get going, and I look forward to meeting my new team-mates this weekend. “I want to show the coaches and the fans what I’m all about, but not just with my physical presence. I also hope that my mobility and technical skills can add to what is already a good footballing team.” France-born Sagbo, an Ivory Coast international, had previously been linked to Celtic and West Ham, the club of his half-brother Guy Demel. Tigers boss Steve Bruce had spoken of his admiration for the forward, who has previously played for Monaco, and of a desire to push through a deal. Hull have already signed George Boyd, Maynor Figueroa, Curtis Davies, Ahmed Elmohamady, Allan McGregor and Steve Harper as they prepare for their return to the top flight. Bruce has also been linked with a move for his former Wigan midfielder Wilson Palacios, who is currently at Stoke. Hull have confirmed the signing of Ivory Coast international striker Yannick Sagbo from French club Evian.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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