Reed: School Districts Should Make Final Reopening Decision

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNYNewsNow File Image.CORNING — Congressman Tom Reed is taking a different stance when discussing who should make the final decision on reopening school districts in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a news conference Wednesday morning that the state should make the call, while President Donald Trump says the Federal Government is responsible for the call.Reed, however, tells WNYNewsNow that the local school districts should be the ultimate decision maker.“Since the Governor believes, and I agree, that the call in ultimately opening the schools is not the national government, the President’s prerogative, I would hope the Governor would look himself in the mirror say, well that’s true for him, in regards to the schools are run by the school districts and superintendents,” Reed said. “The school districts should be the ones making the determination whether or not to keep the schools open for their respective districts in the state.” Reed, however, says that he believes Cuomo will say that the school districts won’t have “the authority to make the decision. Only the Governor, King Cuomo, can make this determination.”The Congressman also says that the Federal Government could have some influence on the reopening of schools because they have the “power of the purse,” which he says “is not a bad thing” in terms of encouraging reopening of the schools.Cuomo stated during his briefing that guidance from his office would be finalized Monday for school stakeholders, with plans from the stakeholders to be submitted by July 31 for a final decision for reopening slated for the first week of August.With that, WNYNewsNow asked Reed about what he’d like to see in the Governor’s guidance. He says he wants the Governor to acknoweledge that each school will have an individualized plan, and he additionally wants the Governor to say what metrics and risks the Governor would be observing.“How are you going to make sure you have access to the personal protective equipment necessary to do this? What is your standardization plan for the school district? What are you expecting in regards to the sharing of information for teachers, employees and administrators, vis-à-vis, also students? And how are you going to expect the interaction of the information being exchanged between the school officials, the private entities such as parents, loved ones, and also the public health officials?”Reed says that’s just “a sampling” of the guidance that he would like the Governor to issue.WNYNewsNow will continue to follow the story of the schools potentially reopening as it develops.last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Two Musicals See Box Office Bump in Final Week

first_img Here’s how you end on a high note. The Tony-winning revival of The King and I played its final performance on June 26, and in its last week, the production reached its highest gross in ten weeks. The show was just six seats shy of reaching full capacity, making it the highest-attended week of its run since July 2015. Meanwhile, following a four-month run on the lower end of the board, Best Musical Tony nominee Bright Star had its last week of performances. In its swansong, the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell show celebrated its highest gross (at $708,013) and capacity. Completing the hat trick, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which ended its limited run on June 26, surpassed capacity and had its highest-grossing week.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 26:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,113,062)2. Hamilton ($2,007,222)3. Wicked ($1,969,159)4. Aladdin ($1,671,568)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,371,455)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Long Day’s Journey Into Night ($502,602)*4. Fully Committed ($426,533)3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($392,158)2. Fun Home ($384,193)1. An Act of God ($306,916)*FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.49%)2. Hamilton (101.55%)3. Waitress (100.91%)4. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (100.70%)*5. The Lion King (100.01%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An Act of God (68.75%)*4. Jersey Boys (68.18%)3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (66.38%)2. An American in Paris (64.29%)1. On Your Feet! (63.22%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments Marin Mazzie & Daniel Dae Kim in ‘The King & I'(Photo: Paul Kolnik)last_img read more

Ørsted to study using emissions-free wind generation to produce ‘green hydrogen’

first_imgØrsted to study using emissions-free wind generation to produce ‘green hydrogen’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Danish wind farm developer Ørsted aims to invest in pilot projects that will use wind power and other renewable energy sources to make hydrogen fuel, its chief executive said.Henrik Poulsen told Danish business daily Boersen that “green hydrogen,” which is made from renewable resources rather than fossil fuel, could be used to store energy and create a renewable power source to transform transport and industry.“We are ready to invest in pilot projects and are working on finding good pilot projects,” he said, adding “green hydrogen” was a “strategic extension of both offshore and onshore wind. It is still a technology in its very early stage, which has considerable challenges regarding how to handle it,” he said in the interview published on Thursday.Ørsted and two partners secured funding in August from the British government for a “green hydrogen” project.Hydrogen gas has long been seen as a potential alternative to fossil fuels as it emits water when burnt, not CO2, the greenhouse gas emitted by coal, oil and natural gas. But making hydrogen from water by electrolysis, using renewable power, requires large amounts of electricity.Ørsted, the world’s largest offshore wind farm developer, plans to invest $30 billion in green energy up to 2025 in efforts to be become a major renewable energy firm, leading a shift away from fossil fuels. [Nikolaj Skydsgaard]More: Orsted aims to invest in ‘green hydrogen’ pilot projectslast_img read more

Snow Junkies

first_imgTHE ROOKIELINDSEA LUMPKINThe 14-year-old Georgia native began skiing at two, snowboarding at three, and competing at six. Lumpkin has traveled all around the globe and competed in countless competitions–most recently placing first in her division during 2011 USASA National Championships in Slopestyle and Halfpipe.Age: 14Food: Domino’s deep-dish cheese pizza. I’m a vegetarian.Occupation: School, snowboarding, and skateboarding are my jobs.Base camp: I recently moved out to Breckenridge, Colo., to train.What she does: I snowboard. I [ride] halfpipe, boardercross, and slopestyle. Halfpipe is my least favorite but it’s still fun. Slope is definitely my favorite because there is nothing like flying through the air off of a massive jump.Aspirations: I want to make a difference in the world. I can see myself doing humanitarian work and some environmental stuff as well. I love the world.Passion on the mountain: If I’m on my board, I’m lovin’ it McDonald’s style all the way.Passion off the mountain: Skateboarding, being with friends, and boys of course.Southeast favorites: I learned how to ride at Beech Mountain in North Carolina when I was 4. Beech was always fun.Looking forward: I’m super excited to go to Canada, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Traveling is one of the best parts of winter.Life experience to remember: I almost fell off a 25-foot cliff into a tree at Vail. That was insanely scary.Heroes: I would say for snowboarders, Travis Rice and Jamie Anderson. They are both very good at what they do. Otherwise, I would say Michael Jackson, Angelina Jolie, and John Lennon. All of those people were/are activists and strive to make a difference.Music: Lately, I’ve been getting super into alternative stuff by Never Shout Never and Paradise Fears. Their stuff is upbeat and really fun to dance to and get pumped.On being young: I don’t want to grow up. I love being a kid. You learn so much and living my life is a blast. I do a lot of crazy stuff on an hourly basis. I like to joke around and just be crazy. I am very spastic and I don’t really care what other people think of me and I think that being myself is a pretty insane job. I also make really weird and random noises at awkward times.Self-description: My friends call me Lord Lumperton.THE ADVENTURERSKIP BROWNPhotographer Skip Brown lives his life on the edge—of a cliff, wave, or mogul. As a freelance photographer for National Geographic, Outside Magazine, his job has become one long list of adventures, including skate-skiing and snow-kiting in the winter.Age: 54Occupation: Freelance photographer and writer and team rider/rep for Uli Stand Up Paddle Boards.Base camp: Canaan Valley, West Virginia.What he does: Backcountry snowboarding, both regular and split boards. Nordic skate skiing and snowboard snow kiting.Aspirations: To stay in top physical shape so I can grow old with my wife and kids and recreate with them well into my 90’s. Make art. Make music. Be a better person.Passion on the mountain: Riding backcountry powder on either snowboard or skis. Snow-kiting in perfect conditions. Crust skating the backcountry.Passion off the mountain: Stand-up paddle boarding, kite-boarding, hang-gliding, mountain-biking, white-water kayaking, music, photography.Southeast favorites: Skate Skiing at Whitegrass or snowboarding the Canaan backcountry.The meaning of winter: Playing on boards in snow. Ice-skating on the canal with my kids. Sledding in my backyard. Firing up the wood stove.A backward glance: Snow-kiting in rare, near-perfect conditions the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. Backcountry skate skiing Dolly Sods.Looking forward: More snow-kite exploratory trips to the remote high meadows of West Virginia.Life experience to remember: I was ripped out of my boat during super high Potomac flood waters and stuffed under an eddy full of logs. I barely clawed my way up through the debris pile to breathe and survived. I was also part of the first successful descent of the Lower Congo River running at 1.5 million cfs (cubic feet/second). We were then held at gunpoint by bandits.Hero: No heroes. There are artists, musicians and athletes and teachers I admire. Plus my Mom and Dad.Music: Music plays a big part in my skating and riding. Most played lately list includes Nickel Creek, Richard Thompson, Sonny Rollins, Ben Harper, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.Self-description: My friends have a saying:”Skip happens.”THE BUSINESSMANANDREW WALKERThere is a hidden wildman inside of every briefcase-toting entrepreneur, especially Andrew Walker. As an outdoor retail manager at West Virginia’s Pathfinder and organizer of Morgantown’s Motown Throwdown, Walker makes sure that work and play don’t stray too far apart.Age: 28Occupation: store manager/event organizerWhat he does: Snowboarder. Totally. All the way. I’m not 100 percent park. I basically like riding the entire mountain, and finding fun and creative things to play around on.I would much rather be riding than hiking the park to ride some rail. To me, that’s not 100 percent what snowboarding is about. Snowboarding to me is about going out with your friends, trying new things, goofing off, and riding the woods and using the landscape as your playground.Aspirations: To be successful in whatever I’m doing and to take care of people while I’m doing it.Passion off the mountain: I really love music. I also like hiking, mountain biking, or fishing, backpacking—any excuse to be out in the woods, Basically my life revolves around snowboarding in the wintertime and cycling in the summertime.Southeast favorites: I like Snowshoe a lot–Cupp Run and Shay’s Revenge. Those are probably my two favorite runs in the Southeast. But Seven Springs is my favorite place to ride right now.A backward glance: The Motown Throwdown was definitely a big thing for me last year. We got Mixmaster Mike to come out last year. That was something I worked on for four months solid, and then it finally happened. So that was a big dream for me, to hang out with one of The Beastie Boys whom I grew up listening to.Looking Forward: A British Columbia and Colorado heli-ski/snowcat trip, riding nipple-deep powder with three of my friends—and a guide, so I don’t have to worry about sh*t, you know?Hero: Todd Richards.Self-description: Andrew the Kid. I get down to business when I have to, but business isn’t everything in this world.THE SALESMANDAVID LIPPUCCIDavid Lippucci is a salesman, father, golfer, and one of the Southeast’s best ski racers. During the 2011 Crescent Cup, David Lippucci proved that he was the fastest man on the mountain in combined race times.Age: 48Occupation: sales managerWhat he does: Alpine ski racing as opposed to Nordic. I train and compete in slalom, giant slalom and super giant slalomBase camp: Sugar Mountain. They usually have the best snow. The mountain knows ski racing.Aspirations: Win my age group at the Masters Nationals; podium finish at the NASTAR finals.Passion on the mountain: Skiing really big, fast and fun, in control top to bottom.Passion off the mountain: Teaching golf.Southeast favorites: Cupp Run at Snowshoe, W.Va. There is a sick GS race every February, top to bottom. Almost a two-minute big boy run.The meaning of winter: Seeing friends from other parts of the country on the slopes and après-ski. It’s also a chance to show what I have accomplished off-season on the snow. The goal is to improve year after year.Inspiration to race: There was a pretty woman who signed up with me to take race lessons.A backward glance: Out of 120 racers, I compiled the least amount of time accumulative over two days of competition for two slalom, and two runs of giant slalom at Snowshoe this past March. I won a big trophy and a pair of new Dynastar race skis.Looking forward: I will show Warren Miller’s Like There’s No Tomorrow at the Carousel Cinemas in Greensboro December 13. Plus, I’m looking forward to race camp at Copper in November.Life experience to remember: In my second year of racing (I’ve been at it about 18 years now), I put my hand through a panel gate on a dual course, ripped both gates out of the snow and finished the course with the entire assembly wrapped around my body. The race organizer gave me a ski bag.Heroes: Anyone in the U.S. Military. Selfless volunteers.Music: Rock and roll from the 70s and 80s. I hate to say it, but any disco beat that keeps my butt movin’ and groovin’.Self description: Big DieselTHE FAMILY MANCHIP CHASEChip Chase has set the bar for backcountry Nordic skiing in the Southern Appalachians. Whitegrass Resort in Tucker County, W.Va., is one of the oldest and best cross-country ski areas in the country.Age: 58Occupation: Snow farmer while operating White Grass; summer farmer of 180 head of cattle. Also house remodeler, chimney sweep, and web master. Mostly a grandfather, father, and husband.Base camp: Canaan ValleyWhat he does: I run WG and ski on medium weight soft-turny, easy-to-push Nordic gear that likes to get lost in local terrain.Aspirations: Enjoy the endless local simple joys of rural life while keeping the family healthy and strong.Passion on the mountain: In Nordic skiing to become one with balance and surrender to grace. Let the good ol’ body and skis do the work and hope the stars are lined up with your karma as you zip dangerously past solid objects in the forest.Passion off the mountain: Dance a lot and make sure my friends are invited to join us into another great wide-open adventure. Noticing the small little things that tickle your fancy and have the inclination to slow down and listen.Southeast favorites: I am still finding new areas to ski and expand our glades and trails year after year here in the Cabin Mountains. Flying down the trees with my three boys is a good way to start the season.The meaning of winter: Lots of exercise and work, mostly making sure everyone else gets outside. Pure, cold, crisp beauty.A backward glance: Skiing lightweight gear with all my Colorado buddies and finding a new tree-turning glade where we had many laughs and a few hard spills.Looking forward: Having a chance to put together the course and then race the 25K Mountain State Marathon in February, and to race the American Birkie once again and soak up all those easy goin’ Midwestern Nordic vibes.Life experience to remember: Skiing in the moonlight late at night in the super-cold fresh snow with friends. Afterwards, a sauna, a quick cooldown in the snow drifts, and then a campfire with guitars, harmonica, and voice. Lots of snacks and moonshine.Music: I have a huge selection of classic hip stuff from the late 60s and early 70s that I grew up with. I mostly listen to—and I am an active member of —WYEP out of Pittsburgh, an independent NPR station playing daily soup to nuts, and on the mellow side, tons of melodic young Beatles-sounding [tracks] and much more. My iPod takes over a year to hear everything 24/7.Self description: Stacy Kay calls me Manic/Manic… usually always up.THE VETERANBILL WITZEMANNBill Witzemann is that hard-working guy who leaves you feeling like you’ve known him all your life after five minutes of conversation. He’s a bit of a character, a family man, and a longtime cross-country skier who picked up downhill skis at age 40, leading to his discovery of telemark skiing.Age: I turned 63 years young this past summer.Occupation: Last year I retired as a stone masonry contractor after 35 years in business. I still run and maintain a backhoe and dump truck.Base Camp: We live outside of Elkins, W.Va., and spend an awful lot of time in the Canaan Valley area.What you do: I use the telemark skis and technique. I ski on a set of K2 World Piste tele-skis for resort and lift accessible off-piste adventures. And for the backcountry, Karhu 10th Mountain skis.Aspirations: To enjoy life.Passion on the mountain: In the winter, skiing fresh powder and taking in all that surrounds me.Passion off the mountain: Living in the mountains,  you’re never really off the mountain. It’s a way of life–but I do really enjoy snorkeling in the local river.Southeast favorites: We love to ski at Canaan and Whitegrass, which are connected through a series of trails. With your backcountry gear on, you can ride the lift up at Canaan or you can ski up from Whitegrass and take the cross-country trail to Weiss Knob, and if you feel adventurous you can head on out to the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. Or you can head to Bald Knob with an incredible view of the Canaan Valley and then follow groomed or non-groomed cross-country trails down into Whitegrass. The Whitegrass Cafe is second to none and features the best homemade soups, pitas, and cookies, and they have locally brewed beer.The meaning of winter: Beautiful snowfalls, burning wood, cold nights, burning wood, plowing snow, burning wood, skiing powder, snowy roads–when the roads are bad, the skiing is great! Did I mention burning wood?Why he skis: I guess I’m a recreational skier and ski for the sheer pleasure of being out there, being able to take it all in, the scenery, the conditions, the camaraderie, the exercise, the food, and the experience. Living in the moment.A backward glance: We were visiting our daughter in Salt Lake City last February and caught a 38” dump at Alta. I was literally in over my head.Looking forward: We are looking at a trip to Salt Lake and possibly an adventure up to Big Sky in Montana. But if the snowfall is good here at home with minimal warm-ups, there really is no reason to go anywhere else.Life experience to remember: I did 19 months in the Army. I got out five months early coming back from Vietnam.Hero: My Dad. He encouraged me and my brother and sister to be independent, to spread our wings, to be whatever we wanted to be and to do it well. He taught us a work ethic that has served all of us well.Music: Blues music. At this moment Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are sounding pretty good. I don’t do the music while I’m skiing.Self-description: Mr. Fixit. Skip Brown Andrew Walker Chip Chase Lindsea Lumpkincenter_img Jake Laroe Jeremy Cline Dave Lippucci From fun-loving freestyle snowboarders to white-knuckled downhill racers, here are eight Southern snowsports aficionados to inspire you this winter.THE HUMORISTJEREMY CLINETraveling to shred mountains since age 17, Jeremy Cline has been living his dream for years. The Mid-Atlantic snowboard company Monument Snowboards scooped up Cline in 2004 after his five-year run with Ride snowboards. Cline remains humorously optimistic despite a lifelong struggle with profound deafness.Age: 34Occupation: Snowboarder/digger/toe picker.Base camp: I didn’t travel as much as I used to in the past three years, so I mostly ride at the Massanutten terrain park. I also commute to Wintergreen twice a week.What he does: I just snowboard. No training or workout. I just skateboard and surf to get ready for winters. Sometimes my personal photographer shows up and shoots with me. I sometimes go on overseas shred trips. I also work in terrain parks almost every winter.Passion on the mountain: Snowboarding and building terrain parks.Passion off the mountain: Skateboarding, surfing, hiking, and swimming holes.Southeast Coast favorites: Timberline in West Virginia. You can find yourself going fast through trees in two feet of deep powder and no one is around but your friends. Perfect.The meaning of winter: Adventures, snowboarding, more coffee, fireplaces, hoodies, and hat beanies.A backward glance: Dave Tran and I went snowboarding in Japan for the first time. Amazing culture and big beautiful island with a lot of rich history.Looking forward: Filming with Danny Murawinski all over the Southeast, even in Alabama.Life experience to remember: Doing gator flips off a 40-foot tower into a lake.On competition: I made it to the finals of Vans Triple Crown Big Air in Tahoe in 2001 without warm-up runs because I didn’t know I was supposed to have a helmet on. So I never made it to the warm-up runs. And guess what? When I got to the top of the course, all of a sudden, I was called to drop in first as the contest started. That was my first pro contest as well as my last one. I was never into contests.Hero: My mother. The Rockingham County school board refused to let me into their public schools and wanted me to attend Virginia School for Deaf and Blind in Staunton; however, my mother wanted me to get the same education as everyone else. So she took them to court and won. I was the first deaf kid to have an interpreter in their public schools. Now there are a bunch of deaf people in their schools. I wouldn’t have been where I am right now without my strong-willed mother.Self-description: Deafjam.THE COMPETITORJAKE LAROEJake LaRoe is an animal. Not only is it in his blood to compete, it’s in his essence of being. Joining NASTAR at the age of nine, the Crescent Ski Council at 10, and the United States Ski Association at 13 (eventually earning the title second fastest 18-and-under skier in the Southeastern U.S.), LaRoe now focuses most of his energy at the collegiate level competing for North Carolina State University.Age: 19Occupation: Student at North Carolina State University.Base Camp: Sugar Mountain, Banner Elk, NCWhat he does: As soon as the snow hits the slopes, I’m driving up to Boone. I set my alarm for 6 a.m. and I am on the chairlift at 8 a.m. I sleep more during school nights than ski nights.What you ride: I ride Rossignol race stock skis. 165 cm for slalom, 182 cm for Giant Slalom.Aspirations: I want to be a lawyer.Passion on the mountain: Ski as fast as I can before ski patrol yells at me. Catch as much air as possible. Improve my confidence in all conditions so I can perform on race day. Skiing in the rain; it may not seem like a good idea but that’s exactly why it is: no crowds, no lines.Passion off the mountain: I love playing sports. I was a varsity football and baseball player in high school. I am an avid weightlifter and am obsessed with staying physically fit. I enjoy keeping up with politics and love a good old Constitutional discussion.The meaning of winter: Skating on the pond outside our cabin, sledding down my driveway, shoveling the steps to our porch and cutting my fingers while sharpening my skis. Winter means sitting in class on a Monday, tapping my pencil because I’m so ready for Saturday’s race.Southeast favorites: My favorite run in the South East is “Tom Terrific” linked into “Sugar Slalom” at Sugar Mountain. There’s a rock on the left side of Tom Terrific that when covered with snow, provides some very serious airtime. At this point in the run I travel close to 45-50 mph. I make a hard right over to Sugar Slalom and really focus on “laying it over,” helping to improve my technique. This run usually has very few people on it so I’m able to ski really fast.A backward glance: Winning the Dick Trundy Memorial Race at Sugar Mountain. I really only had one guy to beat that day: Erich Schmidinger. He is an employee of Sugar Mountain and he is a former US Ski Team member: he’s damn good. I’ve been trying to beat him forever and I finally did. The trophy is mine—if only for a year.Heroes: My Dad is my hero. Just in skiing alone, the amount of time and money he’s sacrificed to get me to the level I’m at is awesome. We are really close and I trust his opinion about skiing, life, and anything in between before anyone else’s.Why you race: I guess I keep racing, even after all of the terribly cold and rainy days because the feeling I get when I win is the best. I wasn’t one of the better kids when I started racing and that killed me. That fire still burns in me now, even though I’ve claimed one of the top spots in the region.last_img read more


first_imgAmerica’s Most Celebrated Eagle calls Tennessee HomeIf you’ve attended a live professional sporting event in the last 23 years, you may have been lucky enough to watch Challenger the bald eagle take flight.He’s been a fixture at events across the country, having enjoyed hundreds of plane flights out of his home base near Nashville, via Southwest Airlines, and thousands of hours riding in a specially equipped van, en route to perform his aerial magic.Now 29, Challenger is the first bald eagle in U.S. history trained to free fly into major sports stadiums, arenas, and ballrooms during the national anthem. His first flight took place in 1995, during the Bassmaster Classic in Greensboro, N.C. Since then, he’s been an inspiring performer at more than 350 events, including five World Series, the NCAA Final Four, Celebrity Fight Nights, numerous NFL match-ups (particularly home games of the Philadelphia Eagles), and even the White House.Challenger has appeared on national talk shows, in commercials, and in educational films. Even his arrival to airport gates is greeted with an excitement and enthusiasm that rivals most celebrities. Tennesseans may also recognize his image from specialty license plates, and he boasts the unique title as the only animal to ever have a specialty coin with his image printed by the U.S. Mint. Challenger was also in attendance for a historic milestone for his species, when bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007.Perhaps his most important role is that of ambassador for the American Eagle Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1985 to protect and preserve bald eagles and other birds of prey.Located in Pigeon Forge, the AEF has served as Challenger’s home for almost three decades. He was first discovered in Louisiana at only a few weeks of age, having been blown out of his mother’s nest. For several months, Challenger was hand-raised by humans who released him back into the wild that same year, but who unknowingly kept him too long for Challenger to develop his natural survival instincts. After several unsuccessful attempts at re-introduction into the wild, he was brought to Al Cecere, the founder, president, and CEO of AEF.When Challenger, who was named for the fallen space shuttle, arrived uninjured in 1989, Cecere had an idea: why not train Challenger to free fly during the national anthem, as a way to raise awareness about the then-endangered species while also paying patriotic tribute? He and his staff began to train Challenger in falconry style, which is based on food-based rewards and positive reinforcement.After a few years, the six-pound eagle had learned the routine. Now, he performs across the country almost every week of the year except during the summer, when he is molting.Photo: Julia Cecere / American Eagle Foundation.Once an event is lined up by AEF and individual teams/organizations (which cover travel costs for Challenger and his team while also donating to AEF), five AEF staff members accompany him on the road. Challenger’s special carrier, handled by two staff members, is dark inside, to keep him calm. The interior also has a perch as well as a sliding window. Challenger’s team books the front two bulkhead coach seats for his carrier, with a staff member sitting beside him and additional team members in the rows behind and adjacent. Often, Southwest flight crews will let Cecere take the microphone to give a brief talk about Challenger once the plane is airborne.Cecere, who is 70, always travels with Challenger; Cecere’s daughter, Laura Sterbens, typically travels with him as well. “It’s amazing how many millions of people he’s inspired, not just sports fans, but military members and everyday people,” Cecere says.Wherever he is performing on a given day, Challenger typically takes flight from a higher location than ground level. It’s a path he’s familiar with, as he’s already been through several rounds of rehearsals the previous day as well as the morning of the event. The idea is for Challenger to know all of the elements, so if a singer will be standing on the field, or if fireworks will be going off, he’ll be prepared as he spreads his six-foot wingspan and takes flight. Challenger is outfitted with two GPS trackers, clipped to his tail feathers in case he decides to fly beyond the stadium, but Cecere says they have never needed them.At a baseball game, Cecere will typically stand on the pitcher’s mound, with Laura next to him, holding a lure, which is swung in a circular motion to attract Challenger’s attention. When Challenger sees the lure, he knows a treat is not far behind (he is also trained to specific whistles as well as hand motions).Once he’s released, Challenger flies either directly to Cecere or he takes one or two circles around the arena, whichever path he chooses. When he successfully lands on Cecere’s glove, Challenger earns his favorite snack: Atlantic wild-caught salmon (purchased at Whole Foods, along with bottled Fiji water). Three other handlers are positioned on the field, all wearing headsets, so if Challenger is confused about where to go, they can assist him. Because birds have to gradually descend from heights, sometimes Challenger overshoots his landing, in which case he’ll make one more loop before settling on to the trainer’s outstretched glove.After the event is over, Challenger will often pose for photos, fluffing his feathers for the camera. Then, it’s back to the hotel to rest before another flight and performance in a new city.Bald eagles can live up to 50 years or more in captivity, and Challenger shows no signs of slowing down. At the AEF, which has released over 450 eaglets into the wild through their rehabilitation and breeding programs, Challenger is flown every day for exercise and to build his stamina for when he takes the stage.“Remember what the eagle stands for—independence—and yet the eagle was almost lost because of our negligence,” Cecere says. “We came together as a country and brought it back from the brink, and now it’s flourishing across the country again. Challenger is our ambassador for what it is that we do.”last_img read more

3 bad habits to break if you want to keep more money in the bank

first_img 141SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Even if you’re doing a good job of saving money, you probably didn’t start as early as you wish you had. If you’re still overspending your budget, there are probably some bad habits you need to break. Here are a few things you should stop doing to save more money.Waiting for a bigger paycheck before you start investingWe’ve all probably thought about the things we would be able to do if we made more money. Some of these things make sense, but others are just plain wrong. Investing in your future is something you never put on hold. Thanks to compound interest, you have a great way to prepare for retirement, and the earlier you start, the better.Not paying attention to spending habitsIf you don’t clearly know where your money is going, you definitely have a spending problem. You should keep track of every dime you spend, so you can find out ways to cut back and save.Dipping into savingsWhether it’s a retirement account or an emergency fund, leave it alone. If you take money from your IRA, you’ll suffer penalties and taxes and it’ll damage the progress you’ve made with your compound interest. If you take from your emergency fund, you’ll be hurting when that emergency arises. Keep this in mind before you upset all that you’ve put away.last_img read more

Fintechs should sell financial health, not financial services

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In the UK, last year’s report on “Consumer Priorities for Open Banking” by Faith Reynolds and Mark Chidley (which is, by the way, an excellent piece of work and well worth reading) set out just why it is that open banking by itself delivers quite limited benefits for consumers. They point towards a future of open finance (and, indeed, open everything else as well) and talk about an industry that uses the new technologies of artificial intelligence, APIs, digital identity and so on to take a more complete view of a customer’s situation and provide services that increase the overall financial health of that customer. I thought this was a very interesting way of creating a narrative for the next-generation of fintech and techfin propositions.Fintechs should stop providing financial services and start providing financial health. This may seem to be just another buzzword for embedded finance strategists, but I think it is more than that. It’s a way of thinking about the next generation financial sector. continue reading »last_img read more

Candor History Center moving forward with renovation, asking public for help

first_imgOne of those is a can and bottle drive being held in conjunction with Home Central. Cans and bottles can be dropped off at the Home Central Location in Owego where they will be exchanged for funds that will go directly to the project. “We’re constantly getting people coming from out of town and out of state wanting to come in and look up their family history and genealogy even and we’ve started to do a lot of that,” she said. Henry says the renovation project is important because it will make it not only easier for people to track the history of the village, but also their own history too. Due to the cancellation of several fundraisers such as the Candor Fall Festival and Candor’s Flea Fix sale, the center is holding their own Garage Sale on Saturday, September 12 at the old Catatonk Community Hall, which is their other facility. CANDOR (WBNG) — The Candor Historical Society is asking for your help in completing a renovation project they hope will make it easier and more enjoyable for anyone to dive into the rich history of the village. center_img The Society recently received a nearly $10,000 grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation which will help the center transform the nearly 100 year old former home of The Candor Grange at 25 Main Street into a fully functioning research center. Village historian Carol Henry says while the grant is extremely helpful, the full cost of the project is more than $90,000, so the center is asking for the public’s help to complete it in the form of several fundraisers. In addition to the can drive, for more information on how you can donate, click here.last_img read more

Why the fuss? The US, Taiwan and China — a guide

first_img‘One China’ policy In 1992, Taiwan and mainland China both pledged there is only “one China” but they agreed to disagree about what that precisely meant. Only 14 nations, all in the developing world, and the Vatican still recognize Taiwan. Beijing has tried hard to stop any international recognition for the island.The United States, while recognizing Beijing, is deliberately careful in its wording.The United States says only that it “acknowledges” Beijing’s claim to Taiwan — and leaves it for the two sides to work out a solution while opposing any use of force to change the status quo.In practice, Taiwan enjoys many of the trappings of a full diplomatic relationship with the United States.While there is no US embassy in Taipei, Washington runs a center called the American Institute in Taiwan. In the United States, the island’s diplomats enjoy the status of other nations’ personnel.Beijing is sensitive to any move that could amount to official recognition of Taiwan, such as when Tsai spoke by telephone to Trump after his election but before his inauguration.The United States has pushed for Taiwan to be included in UN bodies such as the World Health Organization.The topic is sure to come up during the visit of Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, who like many around the world has praised Taiwan’s effective response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.Topics : Taiwan’s official name remains the Republic of China, while the mainland is the People’s Republic of China.For years both sides still formally claimed to represent all of China although that landscape has changed in recent decades.Since the late 1990s, Taiwan has transformed from an autocracy into a vibrant democracy and a distinct Taiwanese identity has emerged. The current ruling party, led by popular president Tsai Ing-wen, regards Taiwan as a de facto sovereign nation, not part of China. The KMT, now in opposition, is more supportive of better ties with Beijing, especially on trade and maintains the idea that Taiwan is part of China. Bitter history The deep rift between China and Taiwan dates back to China’s civil war, which erupted in 1927 and pitted forces aligned with the Communist Party of China against the Nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) army.Eventually defeated by Mao Zedong’s Communists, KMT chief Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan, which was still under KMT control.From there, Chiang continued to claim the entirety of China — just as the mainland claimed Taiwan. Why has the announcement by the United States of its highest-level visit to Taiwan for four decades sparked such anger from Beijing? Here is a recap of the key issues surrounding the delicate relations between the US, China and Taiwan. Why the fuss? Washington cut formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979, switching recognition to Beijing as the sole representative of China, with the mainland becoming a major trading partner.But the United States at the same time maintained a decisive, if at times delicate, role in supporting Taiwan.Under a law passed by Congress, the United States is required to sell Taiwan military supplies to ensure its self-defense against Beijing’s vastly larger armed forces.In recent decades US presidents have been somewhat reluctant to sell big ticket items to Taiwan, fearful of incurring Beijing’s wrath.US President Donald Trump’s administration has no such qualms and has approved a string of military sales, including an $8 billion fighter jet deal to replace Taiwan’s ageing fleet.last_img read more

More than 170 dead in Yemen floods

first_imgIn the province’s displaced persons camps, 1,340 families saw their tents and belongings swept away, the agency in charge of them said.In Lahij province in the government-held south, seven people were drowned when their vehicle was swept downstream, a government official told AFP.Another four people were killed on the road connecting the southern provinces of Hadramawt and Shabwa, the official added.In the rebel-held north, the floods killed 131 people and injured 124 between mid-July and August 7, the rebel health ministry said. Topics : They destroyed 106 homes and buildings and heavily damaged another 156, the rebel ministry added.UNESCO expressed sadness at the flood damage to historic buildings in the cities of Sanaa, Zabid and Shibam that are on its world heritage list.center_img Flash floods triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 172 people across Yemen over the past month, damaging homes and UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, officials said.The destruction has dealt a new blow to a country already in the grips of what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis after years of war between a Saudi-backed government and Iran-allied rebels.In the mainly government-held province of Maarib east of the capital, 19 children were among 30 people killed by the floods, a government official said.last_img read more