Swimming is a year-round activity in Harney Pool, with scheduled military lap swimming, family swimming and instruction for all ages. The outdoor pools on Hancock and Grant are open from early June through Labor Day. Call the Harney Pool Office at 684-2187 for information about pool fees, passes and classes.The Sports Office located in Gruber Fitness Center can help and advise with unit-level sports programs, at 684-5136. Gruber Fitness Center is equipped with a fitness room, gymnasium, racquetball and basketball courts, combatives room, aerobics room, rock climbing wall, locker rooms, and sauna. Harney Sports Complex has four racquetball courts, gymnasium, nautilus workout machines, locker rooms, sauna, and a 25-yard indoor pool. Services include Red Cross Learn to Swim classes, water aerobics and private swimming lessons.The newly renovated Strike Zone Bowling Center offers 16 lanes of bowling along with a snack bar and pro shop. Check out the adult and youth league programs, as well as Rock-N-Glow nights. Call 684-BOWL or 684-2195.Three softball diamonds, two football fields, eight soccer game fields (and numerous practice fields) and two lighted tennis courts keep many Fort Leavenworth Soldiers and family members active.Trails West Golf Course features 190 acres of open meadows, tree-lined zoysia fairways and bent grass greens. Golfers of varying skill levels will enjoy this 18-hole regulation course. Other features include a clubhouse, proshop, lighted covered driving range, two practice putting greens, ladies’ and men’s locker rooms and Fairway Grille. Private and group lessons are available. Clinics are given during the spring, summer and fall for beginning golfers. Call 651-7176.
View Comments Lindsay Mendez(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Lindsay Mendez to Play Return Solo Concert EngagementLindsay Mendez, the gorgeous-voiced Tony winner of Carousel, will offer up a return engagement of her acclaimed solo show this fall at midtown cabaret venue Feinstein’s/54 Below on October 21, 27 and 29 at 7:00pm. Mendez is expected to share golden age Broadway favorites and other beloved tunes from her collaborations with musical-theater writers. In addition to her current turn as Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Mendez has been seen onstage in Significant Other, Wicked, Grease, Everyday Rapture and Dogfight.Audra McDonald to Headline Williamstown Theatre Festival GalaWilliamstown Theatre Festival has announced that six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will lead the company’s 2019 gala in a special evening of performance titled An Evening with Audra McDonald. The gala, honoring board chairman Matt Harris for his visionary leadership, will be held on February 11, 2019. Most recently seen on Broadway in Shuffle Along, McDonald earned Tony Awards for her turns in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Porgy & Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Master Class and Carousel. Further details on the gala, including the venue, will be announced at a later date.Full Casting Set for Audience-Interactive Gloria Steinem Play Gloria: A LifeCasting is complete for Gloria: A Life, a new play about journalist and activist Gloria Steinem, set to debut off-Broadway this fall. Written by Tony nominee Emily Mann and directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, the previously announced new work is set to begin previews on October 2 with an opening scheduled for October 18 at off-Broadway’s Daryl Roth Theatre. Newly announced cast members include DeLanna Studi (August: Osage County), Patrena Murray (Venus), Joanna Glushak (War Paint), Liz Wisan (Other Desert Cities), Francesca McKenzie (As You Like It), Fedna Jacquet (Ain’t No Mo) and Brittany K. Allen (True Right). They join the previously announced Emmy winner Christine Lahti as the title star.P.S. Check out Anthony Hopkins & Emma Thompson in the first trailer for the new King Lear TV movie, arriving on Prime Video on September 28.
Vermont Business Magazine US Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) called Monday for the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. The commission would fully investigate alleged Russian cyberattacks on US political entities and election infrastructure, seek to identify those responsible, and recommend a response as well as actions the US can take to defend itself in the future. Modeled on other independent commissions, this body would compile all available classified intelligence and open source information, conduct hearings and interviews, with subpoena power, and report its findings to Congress within 18 months from being formed. The membership of the commission would be individuals appointed by the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional leadership.After the White House announced it was conducting its own review into alleged Russian interference in the election late last week, reporting in The Washington Post raised serious further questions about this matter. And in October, the Director of National Intelligence confirmed that senior-level Russian officials were involved in the hacks of the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.The Senators’ announcement Monday complements the call by bipartisan leadership in the Senate for Congressional investigations as well as support in the House of Representatives for an independent commission.“We’ve seen what Russia can do with a MiG, but they can be equally destructive with a mouse. The American people deserve a nonpartisan, transparent, public investigation into this insidious attack on our democratic institutions,” said Senator Cardin, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee. “Elections and the peaceful transfer of power are the foundational elements of our democracy. They have been attacked and undermined by the world’s most destabilizing major power. As a nation it’s time to get to the bottom of it and learn what we can do to prevent it from ever happening again.”“For the last 20 years, as chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have worked to protect the voting rights of all Americans. But the right to vote – the foundation of our democracy – is undermined if a foreign country can interfere with our democratic process,” said Senator Leahy, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It is time to rise above the fray and engage in a serious, independent, and bipartisan investigation of the allegations that the Russians interfered with the American presidential election. This is larger than any one candidate or any one election. This is about protecting our democracy now, and going forward.”“An attack against our election system is an attack on our very way of life and must not go unchallenged,” said Senator Feinstein, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “We need this commission to determine if my personal belief is correct—that the real intent of what appears to be a classic Russian covert influence campaign was to harm the candidacy of the Democratic candidate or undermine our democratic system. This bipartisan commission will help identify the specific ‘actors’ responsible and recommend a possible course of action to prevent this from ever happening again.”About the Commission: The Commission to End Russian Interference in United States Elections will conduct a comprehensive review of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Commission will provide the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the U.S. public with full information regarding how alleged Russian interference may have affected the 2016 election, as well as recommendations to protect our elections going forward, so that the American people and their leaders can have faith and confidence in the integrity of our elections, our Constitution, and democratic form of government. The Commission will be bipartisan, with members appointed by Republican and Democratic leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Members of Congress would not be members of the Committee. The Members of the Commission would have access to all unclassified and classified information, including subpoena power, regarding all Russian activities with regards to the 2016 Presidential election. The Commission will produce a Report within 18 months outlining the facts of what occurred, in an unclassified form with a classified annex, and make recommendations to the Congress and Executive on appropriate actions to defend our system of elections and government, including a plan to counter Russian interference in US elections. Vladimir Putin has repeatedly shown the world that he aggressively seeks to undermine the sovereignty of sovereign countries, democratic institutions, and the rule of law. He is a threat to democracy, peace, security, and human rights worldwide. The Commission’s report would show how and to what extent his activities, and the activities of those who do his bidding, impact the political system of United States and the American people.Source: Leahy 12.12.2016
A rare gathering of the state’s top federal elected officials attended the KU Alzheimer’s Center announcement. (From left) Sen. Jerry Moran, Rep. Kevin Yoder and Sen. Pat Roberts.The renewal of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center designation as one of 31 national research centers studying the dreaded disease attracted a rare gathering of the state’s top federal elected officials Thursday.U.S. Senators Pat Robert and Jerry Moran, and U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder attended the event held at KU research center’s offices at 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway.“We’re fortunate to have this facility and these brilliant researchers right here on Shawnee Mission Parkway,” Yoder told the audience.The Alzheimer’s Center received its initial national designation from the National Institue on Aging in 2011. The five-year renewal will bring an additional $8.5 million in funding.Russell Swerdlow, MD, director of the center, said the facility has supported more than 100 investigators over the past five years. They have done more than 80 studies with more than 800 clinical trial participants.“Renewing our national designation will allow us to continue to bring top-flight scientists to the area, lead the way on clinical care and grow our research team,” he said.According to the National Institute for Health, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans. There is no proven cure to or treatment to delay its progression. The disease claimed 85,000 lives in 2013 and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.“What a great day it will be in this country when we find that thing that delays the occurrence and the onset of Alzheimer’s,” Moran said.Roberts noted that while there are no FDA approved drugs yet to stop or slow down the disease, there are 17 now in the advanced testing phase.“We’re at a critical point in research,” he said. “Help is coming.”One of those people waiting for treatment was in the audience.Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, was there with his wife, Stephene, to applaud the progress being made at the KU research facility.“My wife and I have been working on this for some time now,” Moore said. “It’s not a disease anybody would wish for. I’m hopeful we’ll find a better treatment and find a cure.”The KU Alzheimer’s Center is focused on how metabolism affects the disease, according to a press release from KU. It’s examining how altering metabolism and cell energy, either through drugs or other interventions, such as exercise and lifestyle changes, can change the course of the disease.“We are leading the prevention field in Alzheimer’s disease,” said Jeffrey Burns, MD, co-director of the center, “and now, we are preparing to take it into the community with more awareness and more tools for physicians managing dementia care.”Yoder noted that despite the hyper-partisan climate in Washington these days, both parties have come together to increase funding for the National Insitutes of Health.“At a time when we’re more divided as ever, we can come together and get something done,” he said.
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Consolidating the building blocks at the Regional levelCountry initiatives as potential models for regional actionHow will the Caribbean proceedThe Need for Community Engagement What will it cost CARICOM Formulating Energy Security Strategy Oct 15, 2020 (Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services (GOFAD), 20 September) In our Blog (of September 9), we provided a sketch of the building blocks for climate resilience with special reference to the Caribbean. These building blocks, it was suggested, revolved around (a) proposals for implementing the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Strategic Plan 2011-2021, (b) tapping the expertise in climate science at UWI and other institutions of higher education and research (c) scaling up the prominence of CARICOM’s leadership in the Small Island Development States Climate agenda and (d) advocating for the delivery of global commitments such as the Paris Agreement, the UN and Multilateral agencies. Consolidating the Building Blocks at the Regional level Eddie Greene Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 7, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Mainstream climate change adaptation strategies into the sustainable development agendas.Assist CARICOM states to switch to renewable and cleaner energy sources and reduce their vulnerability to the impact of a changing climate. [This is in keeping with the CARICOM Energy Policy and CARICOM Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS)].Develop an implementation plan supported by the region’s specialists, who have produced models for climate change and mitigation processes in Caribbean states and who play a major advisory role to the divisions in Ministries responsible for climate change.Explore the potential for exploiting hydro-electric, geothermal, wind and solar energy which is important for energy resilience. Country initiatives as potential models for regional action From among the multitude of programmes, being undertaken by CARICOM Countries, the following indicate a sample of initiatives: Reflections on Climate Resilience in the Caribbean and indications for innovative Approaches(Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services (GOFAD), 13 September) The Bahamas tragedy following the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian has brought into stark reality the unrelenting havoc that natural disasters have wreaked on the Caribbean Region in recent years. The Special Report on Climate Change and Land ( SRCCL) from…September 18, 2019In “Indepth”Building climate and disaster resilience major focus of CARICOM Energy MonthIt’s that time of year again, the time when we ramp up our awareness of energy matters in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and celebrate the strides we have made to transition to a clean energy pathway. CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) will be observed in November, under the Regional theme ‘Clean Energy,…October 29, 2018In “CARICOM”UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)By Elizabeth Morgan “SIDS are a special case for sustainable development. They require concerted long-term attention and investment of the entire international community.” UN SG The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its week of summits at the start of its 74th Session with one dedicated to the specific sustainable…October 4, 2019In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp Reversing coral bleaching in Tobago due to global warming in an attempt to save thousands of species of fish and hundreds of sea creatures. This project is coordinated by the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) in Tobago and the US based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)With the imminent startup of “Guyana OIL” in 2020, the Oil Spill Contingency Energy Plan has been developed by the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI), in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency and Independent Expert Advisory Services.Policies for strengthening countries’ capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change through policies for the management of forests. This project, “Forest and climate change in the Caribbean” is carried out by FAO in collaboration with Ministries of Forestry in six countries (Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica , St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago) The Need for Community Engagement In a very informative blog, “A call to Arms” – (September 10) , Winsome Leslie advised that lessons could be learned from community education programmes used in the islands of the South Pacific. She also recommends micro-financing institutions to expand a suite of products to include green loans to finance energy efficient solar projects to help the Caribbean to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. See A Call to Arms -Time to Mobilise at the Local Level for Climate Resilience https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/call-arms-time-mobilize-local-level-climate-winsome-leslie How will the Caribbean Proceed It is clear from the building blocks, their consolidation in regional initiatives, the multitude of country programmes and the suggestion for community engagement, that CARICOM Countries are fully aware of the challenges and the solutions related to climate resilience. A major problem reflected in the deleterious consequences of climate change is illustrated most recently in the fury of Hurricanes Irma and Maria (2017) and Dorian (2019). These were mainly due to circumstances not created by the Caribbean and over which it has little control. The architecture for a Caribbean response rests in the underlying vision set out in the Strategic Plan for Climate Change in the Caribbean 2011-2021 by the 5Cs. It recommends pursuing the “three one’s” principle: one coordinating unit, one strategic plan and one monitoring and evaluation system. It is a policy that was successfully implemented by the Pan Caribbean Partnership for HIV in the Caribbean with very positive results. It requires a concerted effort for synchronizing policies, rationalising programmes across sectors and institutions and sourcing funds. While GOFAD has some thoughts about the architecture for such a Pan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership, it is important to first engage the focal points for Climate Change, the CARICOM institutions – 5Cs and CDEMA and UWI. We will return to this issue of “functional cooperation and Climate action in the region. What will this Cost? A major question, how much will functional cooperation climate action cost is beyond the scope of this blog. The Caribbean countries and institutions are aware of funding options. Indeed, they have sourced support from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF); the Canadian Climate Change Development Fund; The Commonwealth Climate Finance Hub (2016) to support climate adaptation and mitigation; the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator (2018) in response to making the Caribbean the first climate smart zone, and the Regional Climate Resilient Building Facility (2019) to provide technical assistance and disaster insurance support. The Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) issued a report (September 10). The Commission led by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon and including Dr. The Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, calls for global leadership on climate resilience. It finds that adaptation can lead to significant economic returns and that investing US$1.8 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in five climate adaptation areas could result in US$ 7.1 trillion in net benefits. It identifies the five areas: early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture, mangrove protection and investments in increasing water resource resilience. It states that these represent only a portion of total investments needed and total benefits available. The Caribbean environmental and development scientists need to come up with a cost -benefit projection for achieving climate resilience in accordance to the 5Cs strategic plan. Conclusions Filling the gaps for an effective architecture for a Pan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership and for sustainable funding in support of Climate resilience is a work in progress. Successful outcomes, however, can be achieved with political will and a commitment to unravelling the impediments to functional cooperation. This requires innovation that is transformative. In the final analysis, global solidarity is the main solution to this global problem. It is important to note that the building blocks are consolidated in response to a mandate from CARICOM Heads of Government for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) to: On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Oct 6, 2020 You may be interested in… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture
Los Alamos photographer Don Taylor takes a photograph of the Los Alamos High School Class of 2020 gathered Wednesday morning on Sullivan Field. The is the 10th consecutive year that Taylor has donated his time and talent to provide a special photograph to the senior class for their yearbook. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
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