first_imgThe Christmas concert will combine the talents of tenor John Taylor and the Angelus Chorus. (Photo courtesy of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church) Tenor John Taylor joins the 55-voice Angelus Chorus directed by Richard Stanislaw in a concert of traditional Christmas music, Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Eighth and Central Avenue in Ocean City.The program includes Taylor singing “O Holy Night” and several other selections. He combines with the Chorus for “God Bless Us Every One,” made famous by Andrea Bocelli.The Angelus Chorus repertoire includes “Winter Wonderland,” “Carol of the Bells,” Rutter’s “Jesus Child,” and two contrasting settings of the “Gloria,” one by Mozart and one from the country music “High Lonesome Mass” by Tim Sharp.Ruth Fritsch, organist at Cape Island Baptist, is the Angelus Chorus accompanist along with Gretchen Sorensen, flute. Pianist Carolyn Lothian and organist Jeff Seals accompany John Taylor.Working with both Chorus and soloist is the Tapestry String Quartet: Sandra Miller and Mary Jo Zahradnick, violins, Jayne Weiner, viola, and Maud Fried-Goodnight, cello.The concert is free; an offering is received.last_img read more

first_imgAUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Environmental Protection released a draft order today permitting the New England Clean Energy Connect Project proposed by Central Maine Power.The draft order includes requirements limiting the proposed transmission corridor to 54 feet at its widest point in Segment 1 – the roughly 53-mile section proposed to run from the Canadian border down to The Forks – rather than the previously proposed 150 feet. In a statement announcing the issuance of the draft permit, DEP said that the project as originally proposed would have had “significant impacts,” particularly in that section.“The record information also shows that it is feasible to avoid and minimize those impacts through a variety of mitigation measures,” the DEP statement said. “The draft order does so, imposing a set of conditions identified and developed through the public process. Several of these conditions have never before been required for construction and maintenance of transmission lines in the State of Maine.”In addition to the limit to corridor width, the order requires the preservation of approximately 14 miles of canopy preservation, the conservation of more than 700 acres of deer wintering area and deer traveling corridors across the transmission corridor and prohibits the use of herbicides throughout Segment 1.Other requirements would include requiring CMP conserve 40,000 acres in western Maine, $1.87 million for culvert replacement projects aimed at enhancing fish habitats and improving water quality.The Maine Department of Environmental Protection today released a draft order that requires an unprecedented level of environmental and natural resource protection,” the DEP wrote in its statement.Three conservation groups that have indicated their opposition to the project criticized the decision in a joint statement, saying that the transmission corridor “continues to carve an unacceptable path through a globally significant forested landscape and provides no verifiable reduction in greenhouse gas pollution. While we appreciate the Department’s attempt to reduce impacts, this remains the wrong project in the wrong place.”DEP is accepting written public comment on the draft order from March 13 to March 27. Written comments must be submitted by close of business on Friday, March 27. Before making a final decision, DEP will review and consider all written comments. To submit written comments on this draft order, please contact: Jim Beyer, Maine DEP, State House Station #17, Augusta, ME 04333. Email address is [email protected] Detailed information, including a copy of the draft order, can be found on Maine DEP’s website.The NECEC project has already gotten approval from the Land Use Planning Commission, following the LUPC vote in January. Planners are currently seeking permitting through federal agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers and a presidential permit issued by the U.S. Department of Energy. There are also local permitting processes in organized municipalities along the corridor’s proposed route.last_img read more

first_imgYou may not find research in fruit and vegetable diseases to be intriguing, but if you no longer had high-quality fresh food on your plate, you might change your mind. If federal earmark funding is taken off the table for America’s land-grant universities, the safety of our abundant food supply will suffer.For example, phytophothora is a devastating disease for fruits and vegetables grown in the humid regions of the U.S., including Georgia. Nationally, the disease costs farmers $182 million. It costs Georgia farmers $38 million annually. Tomatoes or bell peppers can be healthy one day. The next day, the entire field could be wiped out. Infected fields often are destroyed to stop the disease’s spread. Solutions to this disease are complex, yet hardly exciting, nor thrilling or sexy. Having resources to find the solutions to the problems that plague our nation’s farmers is paramount to our ability to feed, clothe and house our citizens. Often it’s how farmers grow crops that determines the prevalence of the problem. Research into best practices is vital to their success. The scientific community isn’t going to fund studies of solutions to plant diseases like phytophothora. The scientific process mainly focuses on and funds studies that involve high-minded science, usually using molecular tools that investigate fundamental theory and process. Studying the best time of the season to plant bell peppers in south Georgia, while perhaps holding the solution to phytophothora, is never going to win a Nobel Prize. Some might also ask why farmers don’t fund this research directly, much like the Boeing Corporation funds research into the development of a new generation of aircraft. Farming is a diverse industry where no single farmer has the ability to directly support needed research. Some might also ask why multinational pesticide and chemical companies don’t support this research. Since the solution likely doesn’t involve a chemical which can be sold for profit, there is no incentive to develop strategies that don’t make money. Federal earmarks remain the only process for supporting this vital research. Without it, these projects fall between the cracks of the types of studies typically supported by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Research Initiative and the profit-driven research that pesticide companies might support. The very essence and value of public land-grant university research is that it is free from industrial, corporate, profit-motive influence. It is the closest thing we have to objective research for the good of the nation. Without federal funds, public university research may not have found the solution to the boll weevil, ways to protect and preserve our land and water or effective systems to prevent devastating foreign animal diseases from wiping out our food supply. Or we may have found the solutions, but the information would not be readily available for all to see, use and benefit from.There have been misguided projects amid the system of federal earmarks. There likely will be again. But research projects funded by the USDA support important issues that wouldn’t get the attention of other funding sources, yet are vital to ensuring we all have a safe, abundant and high-quality food supply. University of Georgia scientists are studying ways to fight phytophothora in fruits and vegetables right now. Their work is being funded by federal earmarks.Without this support, no one else would be looking for solutions to this problem. Research funded by federal earmarks may be the only hope we have to continue growing important Georgia food crops.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Market forces will continue to drive rapid evolution of the energy industry, organizers of IEEFA’s Energy Finance 2016 conference said in opening remarks today.“Money talks,” said Michael Burger, executive director for the Sabin Center for Climate Change at Columbia Law School, which is playing host to the conference. “Much if not most climate action will be driven by money and markets.”Sandy Buchanan, IEEFA’s executive director, said finance has become a growing force in energy market transitions and that information shared at the conference will be used “as parts of campaigns going on around the world.”Buchanan said 2015 was a watershed year in coal-management policy especially, noting the recent federal moratorium on Powder River Basin coal leases, the announcement this year that New York State is going coal free, the growing difficulties facing development of coal mines in Australia and trends in India and China that show slowdown in the appetite for coal in those countries.“Capital flight will increasingly be a thing,” said Tim Buckley, IEEFA’s director of energy finance studies, Australia, noting the decision last year by Norway’s pension fund to divest from coal and how the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and major investment banks have distanced themselves from coal.“Further capital flight is inevitable,” said Buckley, citing ongoing collapses in coal stock and in stocks closely tied to coal-fired generation. IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: Market Forces Continue to Push Energy Sector Change Globallylast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool forward Fabio Borini believes he could forge a good partnership with fellow Italian Mario Balotelli but admits the variety of strikers at Anfield offers manager Brendan Rodgers plenty of permutations. “We can all play together and we can all play on our own up front when it is a 4-3-3. “It is a good selection of strikers and we can all learn from each other. “I know there are some things that Rickie might do better than me, so I can learn from him. It’s the same with Daniel and Mario. “We all learn from each other if we have the right attitude. We can all play together. “I’ve played in lots of teams but that’s something I’ve never seen before – such a different selection of strikers.” The 23-year-old has shared the field with Balotelli for just 98 minutes but is confident they could bring out the best in each other. “I have played with him before and found it really well on the pitch,” he said. “Not just because of the language but we were born with the same idea of football, as Italians, so it’s really easy to understand each other even without talking. “He’s a player that can change the game whenever he wants. It’s a tough league, probably the toughest in Europe – and I think he understands that. “In the games, he runs a lot and is really giving himself to the team, being very unselfish.” With Daniel Sturridge set to return from a six-week absence with a thigh strain when the Premier League campaign resumes next weekend, Borini and Balotelli’s replacement against West Brom Rickie Lambert, will find opportunities harder to come by. However, that does not faze the Italian who thinks Liverpool’s quartet of strikers provides essential variety. “We have four completely different players so there is a good choice of players in the squad, because we can all do different things,” he told Balotelli has yet to find his form with just one goal, against Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets, in eight matches and was dropped for last weekend’s win over West Brom. Borini, who rejected summer offers to move to Sunderland and QPR, has had even less pitch time with just three appearances, with only one start. Press Associationlast_img read more