Meetings 11/21

first_imgHere is a list of upcoming neighborhood council meetings: Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today at Canoas Banquet Hall, 18134 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 756-7330 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the assembly room at the Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 768-8342. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-4346 or see www.ghnnc.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Neighborhood Council Valley Village will hold a board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Colfax Elementary School, 11724 Addison St., Valley Village. Call (818) 766-2932. North Hills East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in the library at Sepulveda Middle School, 15330 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 891-0060. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in Room 1-B at the Marvin Braude Constituents Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 908-1840. Panorama City Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the second floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818) 756-9422. Notices of neighborhood council meetings are published every Monday. Send information two weeks in advance, including time, date, location and a phone number. Fax to (818) 713-0058 or send e-mail to dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Globe conference comes to Africa

first_imgJanine Erasmus“Globe research for sustainable communities” will be the theme when the annual Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (Globe) conference takes place in Cape Town in June 2008.Globe is an organisation that offers students the chance to gain hands-on experience in genuine science, conducting their own research in their own communities towards a better understanding of how the earth works. Since the organisation’s inception in 1995, Globe conferences have been held outside the US only twice, and this year’s event will mark the third such occasion, as well as an African first.The annual Globe conference offers participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the latest environmental research, as well as new developments in the Globe programme. Relevant issues come under discussion during the science, education and implementation panels as well as in workshop sessions, and the day activities in the field.A Globe Learning Expedition will also take place – another first for Africa. Learning expeditions are held every few years to expose students from around the world to the Globe scientific community at large, and to allow them to present their projects to an interested international audience. Participants also get an opportunity to network and establish partnerships with their peers through Globe, and teachers are able to share their ideas and challenges.The last learning expedition took place in Šibenik, Croatia, in 2003. Previously, learning expeditions were held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, US, in 2000 and in Helsinki, Finland, in 1998.Scientific research helping to create sustainable communitiesThe underlying concept of the theme of the 2008 learning expedition, “Globe research for sustainable communities”, is that of understanding the link between the environment and the needs of the community, with the aim of finding the balance. Students use their own communities as research subjects, using Globe data to help them answer questions about how the environment around them works. Research projects teach students to create hypotheses, analyse their data, draw conclusions and report their results, thereby adding to the global pool of data.Specific topics that will come under discussion at this year’s learning experience include the environment and human health, specifically with relation to diseases like malaria and tuberculosis, as well as issues relating to water quality and climate change. These are all issues that affect Africa significantly, and students are encouraged to engage in relevant research that will benefit their communities and, ultimately, the environment.In addition, projects in any of the four basic spheres of Globe research may be presented – these are watershed dynamics (where students conduct research into understanding water dynamics in their region); local to extreme environments (a study of the deep ocean led by Pennsylvania State University); seasons and biomes (collecting data related to regional climate change, prevention and management of diseases, and understanding of the water and carbon cycles); and the carbon cycle specifically. The application of indigenous knowledge systems to any of these fields is encouraged.Bringing the world’s scientific community togetherGlobe came into being in 1994 and commenced its operation on Earth Day 1995. The network now spans 110 countries, with over 40 000 Globe-trained teachers from 20 000 schools around the world. The organisation’s close work with the US-based National Aeronautic and Space Administration and National Science Foundation ensures that the entire Globe community has access to the world’s top scientists and the most up-to-date research in earth system science.The Globe network gathers teachers, students and scientists together for a better understanding of the environment on local, regional, national and international level. The goal is to work together to sustain and improve the environment, promote scientific discovery in this field, and boost awareness of the importance of caring for the earth, as well as inspiring the next generation of scientists.South Africa joined the programme in 1997. The then US vice president Al Gore and South African deputy president Thabo Mbeki signed an agreement in Cape Town that made South Africa the 47th country to join the programme.Today there are over 90 participating schools situated all around the country. The Globe programme is co-ordinated by the South African Environmental Observation Network in collaboration with the Science and Youth Unit in the Ministry of Science and Technology. South Africa hosts regional meetings and teacher training workshops on a regular basis.Globe earned a Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize in 2004. Established in 2003, these awards recognise excellence in international education amongst US schools.Useful linksGlobeGlobe in AfricaGoldman Sachs FoundationDepartment of Science and TechnologySouth African Environmental Observation NetworkNational Research Foundationlast_img read more

Listen to the Land – 13

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Susan Winsor Progressive Farmer Contributing EditorLoran Steinlage has a more permanent solution to heavy downpours than tile drain. He’s improving his soil structure. By increasing soil carbon he’s built resilient soil that drains well and stores water for droughts.His financial returns are highest on the fields with the most diverse cover crops, cash crops and relay crops. By “relay,” he means growing a second crop (soybeans, rye or wheat) in the same growing season.This diversified soil allows microbes to retain and recycle nutrients, store nutrients and prevent erosion through winter while adding income from cover-crop seed. By comparison, a conventional crop rotation has a “brown winter season” vulnerable to nutrient and soil loss, and the death of beneficial soil microbes.THE POOR FARMTown elders once called Steinlage’s Fayette County, Iowa, farm “the poor farm,” an unproductive parcel until Loran’s father, Florian, bought it in 1968. Fifty years later, this self-described “po’ dirt farmer” (his comic term for conservation tillage) now speaks internationally on how his family transformed poor glacial till soil into resilient, productive soil. His clever tillage adaptations are nationally recognized by soil-health experts. Steinlage also works as a practical field engineer for DAWN/UndergroundAg.He no-tills 750 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, malt barley and buckwheat near West Union, Iowa. Steinlage farms 25 glacial-till soil types, ranging “from gravel to peat in the same pass.”Fast-forward through 26 years as a dairy, then continuous corn to the past 10 to 12 years of reduced/strip-till/no-till, interseeding and multispecies cover-crop mixes, and a relay crop of soybean, rye or wheat in the same field. His FLOLOfarms won the 2017 Iowa Environmental Award, and his name dominates soil-health forums and meetings. “I’ve never been conventional,” Steinlage said.YIELD STABILITYSoil resilience is Steinlage’s top priority. Why? Soil resilience brings yield stability despite precipitation extremes, said Jerry Hatfield, director of the USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, based in Ames, Iowa.“We’re gearing for feast-or-famine weather patterns,” Steinlage said. “We’re building our soils with cover crops, diverse crop mixes and no-till. We’re erosion-proofing our soils. We had 21 inches of rain in one week the summer of 2017. The neighbors had runoff, but we did not.“In 2012, we had a big rain the day after planting. I was worried about getting back in to spray the clovers (cover crop). That’s why I now band herbicide with the planter — to give the cash crops an edge.” The cost is about $6 per acre. He uses Acuron or combines acetochlor or metolachlor and atrazine. “If we don’t disturb the soil, we don’t have weed problems,” Steinlage added. He customized row cleaners that move residue but not soil.After 10 years of these practices, a $15-per-acre cover-crop seed investment and diverse species in the same field, his corn yields are 15 bushels per acre ahead of any other fields he farms.The result of these practices is more soil carbon, the fuel for crops and nutrient recycling. “Liquid carbon is the ‘underground currency’ that feeds soil microbes,” Steinlage said. He explained carbon is what microbes exchange for more plant-available nutrients, which they recycle from residue. (See “The Underground Economy” sidebar farther down.)The per-acre revenue for ground planted to cereal rye cover crops, cash soybeans and buckwheat cover crops is a minimum of $660, he said. “We can easily double that; I just don’t like to promise the moon.”In 2018, he switched to non-GMO soybeans to capture an additional $60,000 in IP (identity preserved) premiums ($2 per bushel non-GMO premium) and $50,000 in lower seed costs.Steinlage tailors cover crops to the crop that will follow them. “You want all four plant families in a mix (warm-season broadleafs and grasses, and cool-season broadleafs and grasses),” Steinlage said. For continuous corn, he plants into live N-rich (nitrogen) legumes such as clovers and vetch. On ground going to soybeans, he mixes annual ryegrass with brassicas.On a test field, Steinlage interseeds a varying “jungle mix” of 17-species combinations of tillage radish, dwarf Essex rape, vetch, buckwheat, phacelia, flax, oats, several clovers and more, depending on the field and rotation. This test field has 15-bushel higher yields than his others on some of the poorest county soils.GIFTED WITH A WRENCHKnown far and wide for his mechanical creativity, Steinlage has built and modified at least eight cover-crop interseeders in the past 10 years.When he could afford to build from the ground up, he mounted a Montag dry fertilizer box on a Dalton custom bar, adding customized Dawn DuoSeed row units with a seed sensor that precisely monitors cover-crop seeding rates. This feature is now standard on Dawn’s new DuoSeed Pro. Steinlage’s interseeder also has Precision Planting monitoring, seed firmers and a wide drop tube for larger seeds. He designed his own row cleaners and rollers. This rig drills fertilizer, soybeans and fall cover-crop seeds, and can sidedress urea at V4 on the same pass based on soil-nitrate test results.The goal is to have permanent cover and roots between corn and soybean rows. “We were there in 2012, but Mother Nature is a formidable foe,” Steinlage said. “Since 2012, our ‘yo-yo’ springs have killed most covers in March.”A close friend of Steinlage’s describes him: “The Steinlage family’s on the forefront of redefining the future of crop production and soil-health management, while still recognizing that we need to be profitable,” said Jacob Bolson, Hubbard, Iowa. “With the economic, regulatory, public perception and environmental constraints facing farmers, we must be willing to challenge the norm and take strategic risks.”PLANTING GREENAfter planting corn or soybeans, Steinlage used to crimp or roll cover crops to terminate them or slow them down … or he just leaves them if there’s no moisture shortage. Why? Because cover crops crowd out weeds and store nutrients that otherwise leach in downpours. Cereal rye’s allelopathy is nature’s herbicide. Cover crops can also add to soils’ carbon levels.He experiments a lot, including trials with Bob Recker, a retired John Deere engineer and founder of Cedar Valley Innovation, in Waterloo, Iowa. One of many successful tests was 60-inch corn rows with cover-crop mixes in between the rows. Higher corn populations (54,000 per acre) is equal to conventional populations in 30-inch rows; and yields were 230 bushels per acre. The wider rows allow more sunlight to boost corn yields.Steinlage shut off Rows 2, 5, 8 and 11 on his 12-row planter resulting in a 2-row, skip-1 pattern for this 1-acre plot. He interseeded a mix of buckwheat, oilseed radish, annual ryegrass and dwarf Essex rape at corn’s V4 stage. With no yield hit to these “skipped rows,” he’ll now add livestock to the mix.“Loran has a unique willingness to experiment with widely varying approaches, accepts that some things will not work and, most importantly, is very open in sharing his results and learning,” Recker said.Steinlage has proven that no-till soil is 10 to 15 degrees F warmer than conventionally tilled soil using a $200 Flir thermal camera and temperature sensors. (The University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University have similar findings.) Underground microbial activity warms the soil, insulating germinating corn against broad temperature swings.PIE DROPSMost of Steinlage’s crop nutrients come from semicomposted dairy manure (traded for crop residue) and N-rich cover crops. Steinlage will borrow sheep to graze his interseeded cover crops in exchange for “Pie Drops” (his version of Y Drops). Free fertility and weed control harken back to farming in the 1950s, he said.The Steinlages have been 100% controlled traffic since 2009. Equipment is 30 feet wide on 120-inch centers, limiting soil compaction. “I think aerial drone footage will sell the concept: Aerial photos make compaction’s impact so evident,” he said.The family has weathered far more than its share of family health crises and accidents. When asked about how stress has swayed his farming decisions, Steinlage said he uses the 100-year rule: “Will this decision be important 100 years from now?” If you’re talking about resilient soil, the answer is yes.**(Sidebar)The Underground EconomyBy Susan WinsorProgressive Farmer Contributing EditorIncreasing soil carbon is Loran Steinlage’s main goal. Soil carbon supports the residue and nutrient recycling that improves soil aggregate structure. The space between soil aggregates drains or stores moisture as needed, and circulates oxygen and nutrients.Soil microbes feed on soil carbon and produce carbon dioxide (CO2), which happens to be a crops’ primary nutrient requirement, said Will Brinton, Solvita soil-health test inventor and founder of Woods End Soil Laboratories, in Mount Vernon, Maine. And, soil is the world’s largest active carbon reservoir.Carbon, in the form of soil humus and crop residue and roots, feeds soil insects, bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and nematodes. These tiny soil animals release CO2, mineralize (release) nitrogen and release phosphorus (P) and minerals in crop-available forms.Half of soil humus — what gives healthy soil its structure and smell — is carbon, Brinton said. Soil microbes may produce CO2 at rates up to 100 pounds per acre per day, the amount required in crop photosynthesis, he added. Crops may get more CO2 from soil than from the air. So, soil carbon is a crops’ lifeblood.“Now that we can measure CO2, metabolism, we’ll find crop nutrient uptake can also be CO2-limited,” Brinton said.More diverse crops can support more diverse soil microbes, which can boost soil structure and speed nutrient recycling.The bottom line is resilient soil in wet and dry seasons. Resilience is stable yields over time and less variation within fields, said Jerry Hatfield, director, USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment. As rain falls in more concentrated bursts, and droughts hang on longer than before, carbon improves your “factory” — your soil.High earthworm counts correlate strongly with an active soil-carbon life cycle in 17-year Swedish field plot studies, Brinton said. The Solvita test uses soil CO2 respiration as a key indicator of soil health.“We need to change our farming practices to be more CO2-oriented,” Brinton said.FOR MORE INFORMATION:USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service video “The Science of Soil Health: Cycle, Re-Cycle, Repeat:” (https://www.youtube.com/…)(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Privileged to play Tests for country, not thinking of its future: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia’s first ever overseas whitewash came against a below-par Sri Lanka side in a lopsided series but skipper Virat Kohli doesn’t want to read into where the game’s longest format is heading.”We are winning and the momentum is with the team. When playing, we don’t think (stuff like) where Test cricket is headed and what the future will be. We consider it a privilege that we are able to play Test cricket for the country. Our mindset hasn’t changed one bit till now,” the skipper said after the match.Kohli did agree that when both teams compete on even keel, the situation becomes better.”When both teams play very good cricket, it is a cracker of a series. But like South Africa were in England for four months, that factor, they themselves admitted, played on their minds because they didn’t go home after the Champions Trophy. I think all those factors too should be taken into account.”If any team plays very well in a series, you will get such results. When both teams play with equal intensity, the matches will be very close and so will the series,” he added.The Indian skipper has often attributed this consistency to concentrating on getting the team’s process right.He also added that bench strength has been a marker in the side’s progress over the last couple of years.”In the last game, we enforced the follow on but we did not execute the things that we wanted to the best of our abilities. Plus the opposition played well. This time we took it as an opportunity, we spoke about it in the morning treat this as Day 5 of an away tour, probably a series defining Test match where we’ll have to get an opposition out within 60-70 overs.advertisement”So we keep finding different situations and scenarios where we can challenge ourselves as a team first before we look at the opposition. Again today was another opportunity for us to challenge ourselves and I’m glad the way the guys stood up for it,” said Kohli.last_img read more

BUSY TIME FOR LEADERS OF THE SPORT

first_imgThe last week has marked a busy time for key officials, volunteers, and staff of Touch Football Australia with involvement in several conferences, workshops, and forums held in Brisbane from 21-25 March 2007.Twenty-four representatives from Touch Football Australia attended the biannual Australian Sports Commission’s Our Sporting Future Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre from 21-23 March 2007.The attendees were given the opportunity to attend lectures that examined contemporary issues and explored growth opportunities in sport. Technological and cutting edge scientific advances, the future of sport as a business, and societal trends such as demographic shifts and their potential influence on the cultural, social and economic landscape for sporting organizations were discussed.Speakers included academics, media experts, innovators from the sports industry, and high profile business people. A Sports Industry exhibition was run concurrently and there were several professional development and networking opportunities provided via social engagements including a gala ball at Suncorp Stadium and a Great Sporting Debate luncheon.Touch Football Australia was one of a small number of sports that were given the opportunity to present a forum session.Acting CEO Colm Maguire and TFA Board of Management Chairman Michael Sparks spoke to a capacity audience about Structure and governance, highlighting the processes, obstacles, shortcomings, and positive outcomes of the restructuring Touch Football has undergone in the last two years.Many sports are now revising their structures to ensure their survival in a competitive market place. Touch Football is one of the first sports to re-engineer its framework and the lecture was received with interest by the captive audience.The TFA Future Directions Workshop was conducted in two distinct segments over the weekend, firstly examining the strategic plans of the organisation, then focusing on the operational endeavours of the sport.The National Strategic Forum (Saturday 24 march) and the TFA Human Resources Forum (Sunday 25 March) were held at the Dockside Central Apartment Hotel.Key Volunteers and Staff across key specialty areas of expertise relevant to the sport from around the nation participated in the National Strategic Forum led by Sport Industry Training guru, Michael Mc Laughlin.The enthusiasm, knowledge, passion and insights provided by the leaders of our game across the various disciplines highlighted an overarching desire and commitment to examine the past, learn from experiences, listen to others, make adjustments and changes as necessary, and ensure a settled, positive, and united progression towards a productive future.TFA Staff congregated in Brisbane on Sunday 25 March to participate in a Human Resources Forum aimed at uniting, understanding, and focussing all staff in a philosophical, cultural, and professional sense.Staff participated in various sessions, including organisational development segments led by Master of Organisational Psychology, Sarah Lewis.Staff were given an overview of TFA’s expectations and given the opportunity to meet and network with interstate colleagues. Outcomes and recommendations from the Future Directions Workshop have been tabulated and will be reflected in adjustments that will be made to the strategic and operational plans of the organisation in the near future.Information and any aspects of the Future Directions Workshop can be accessed by contacting the TFA office in Brisbane on 07) 32471733.last_img read more

5 days agoInter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plansby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan directer Beppe Marotta says they won’t seek to buy a replacement for the injured Alexis Sanchez.The Nerazzurri have lost Sanchez for two to three months following ankle surgery, as he damaged tendons while on international duty for Chile.“We designed the squad in a specific way and we would’ve been happier without Alexis Sanchez’s injury, of course, but we are also optimistic and trust he’ll be back within two months,” Marotta told DAZN.“After that, our forward line will remain unchanged. We have a competitive side in attack with different options.“The January transfer window is open to clubs, even if the top players are rarely available to move during that period. It’s our duty to be vigilant and see what opportunities the market offers.” last_img read more

Video: Snow Didn’t Stop 5-Star Alabama DB Signee Minkah Fitzpatrick From Hitting The Field Today

first_imgMinkah Fitzpatrick in a game against Ole Miss.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after he and Isaiah Buggs #49 sack Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The weather in New Jersey has been decidedly less than ideal this winter, and more snow is on the way tonight into tomorrow. Residents all over the Garden State are anxious for spring to finally arrive.But some residual snow didn’t deter Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, an Alabama signee, from getting in an off-season agility workout this afternoon. Fitzpatrick hit the (covered) turf at his high school’s practice field to do some footwork drills, and he posted video of the training on his Twitter account. Nice day at the beach GET RIGHT! pic.twitter.com/S7yxv06o3J— Minkah FitzMagic (@minkfitz_21) March 4, 2015Fitzpatrick is known for his smooth style of play, good footwork and strong technique. If he can maintain those assets in the snow, just think what he might be able to do in Tuscaloosa when the weather will be nicer.last_img read more

CarPIN Calls for Limit on Lead Paint in Jamaica

first_img The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CarPIN) is calling for regulations or legislation that will place a limit on lead paint in Jamaica.This call precedes International Lead Poisoning Week, to be observed from October 22 to 26, under the theme ‘Regulating Lead Exposure: Protecting Our Children’.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (October 16), Poison Information Coordinator at CarPIN, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, explained that the organisation has been gathering information in tandem with the International Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) Elimination Network (IPEN).“For the past three months (July to September) IPEN, which is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO), and CarPIN have carried out a study in Jamaica to analyse how much lead we have in our paint,” she said.The report from the study will be released to the Government and to the public for viewing during International Lead Poisoning Week.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh pointed out that reducing and eliminating lead as one of the most hazardous chemicals is a global campaign, which also involves the United Nations Environment and the World Health Organization (WHO).“Our appeal to the Government during International Lead Poisoning Week is to ban the use of lead in paints that are manufactured locally and to restrict the importation of paints that have lead into Jamaica,” she explained.She warned that the effects of lead poisoning when it accumulates in the body are irreversible and that children are the most vulnerable.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh said that paint is most harmful when it is stripping from the wall or when it is scraped in preparation for repainting.“Ingesting paint chips that are peeling from the wall can be particularly harmful since the lead content can be higher than what is typically found in ordinary dust and soil,” she said, adding that children may pick up the paint chips and put it in their mouths or chew on toys that are painted with lead paint and directly ingest the poisonous substance.“We believe that if we can restrict lead in paint, we can protect children through different avenues, so we would no longer have lead in toys or in decorative paints being used in homes or at school or in playground areas where children are,” she said.The Poison Information Coordinator informed that based on some of the effects exposure to lead has had on children, the WHO in 2010 classified lead poisoning under mental retardation disease for children. She further explained that it has a debilitating effect on brain development in children.According to the WHO, at high levels of acute exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and even death, and children who survive acute lead poisoning are typically left with grossly obvious mental retardation and behavioural disruption.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh said that the most effective way of combatting the lead-poisoning issue is to have a regulatory framework in place.In observance of International Lead Poisoning Week, a public forum will be held at the University of Technology on Thursday, October 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (October 16), Poison Information Coordinator at CarPIN, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, explained that the organisation has been gathering information in tandem with the International Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) Elimination Network (IPEN). The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CarPIN) is calling for regulations or legislation that will place a limit on lead paint in Jamaica. This call precedes International Lead Poisoning Week, to be observed from October 22 to 26, under the theme ‘Regulating Lead Exposure: Protecting Our Children’. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Raises Nearly 800000 for EJAF HetrickMartin Institute and Lambda

first_imgOn Wednesday, April 11, the 2018 Jeffrey Fashion Cares event raised nearly $800,000 to benefit the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), the Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Lambda Legal through a spectacular fashion event at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.Judith Light, Jeffrey Kalinksky at Jeffrey Fashion CaresCredit/Copyright: Rommel Demano/BFA.comHosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and human rights activist Judith Light, the event paid tribute to Staff Sergeant Catherine Schmid, a 12-year U.S. Army veteran and a key plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the ban against transgender individuals serving in the military. Staff Sergeant Schmid received the Jeffrey Fashion Cares Community Leadership Award on behalf of the all the brave plaintiffs contesting the ban and for the continued movement to protect the rights of LGBT people.The event was attended by Diane von Furstenberg, Judith Light, Serayah, J. Alexander, Sean O’Pry, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Pete Nordstrom, Brandon Maxwell, Carson Kressley, Lynn Bann, Eva Fehren, Benj Pasek among others.Since 2002, this highly anticipated fashion industry fundraiser, featuring a cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and fashion show for 600+ guests, has raised more than $15 million for LGBT human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and research, and breast cancer research and treatment organizations.last_img read more

JLEC to list on the Casablanca Stock Exchange

first_imgRabat – Jorf Lasfar Energy Company (JLEC), TAQA’s wholly owned Moroccan subsidiary, has received approval to list on the Casablanca Stock Exchange. JLEC, which operates Morocco’s largest power complex, is authorised by the Conseil Déontologique des Valeurs Mobilières (CDVM) to create a total of 2,234,638 new shares, offered at a price of MAD 447.5 with a nominal value of MAD 100. These shares represent 9.47% of JLEC and will be floated on the exchange. In addition to that, 4.74% were offered and fully subscribed through private placement to key Moroccan institutional investors prior to the initial public offering. TAQA will retain a 85.79% of JLEC.Abdelmajid Iraqui Houssaini, Chief Executive Officer of Jorf Lasfar Energy Company, said: “JLEC is the leading energy operator in Morocco and we feel that this new step will allow us to anchor our business in the Moroccan economy by opening up our capital to institutional investors.” Jorf Lasfar supplied 38 per cent of the Kingdom’s electricity in 2012, and the expansion is vital to enabling national economic growth and job creation. TAQA is also developing alternative energy projects for Morocco, including wind power.last_img read more