Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Make a comment Subscribe Top of the News Education High Point Academy Earns Congressional Recognition for Recycling, Composting Achievements Story and Photography By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Friday, April 22, 2016 | 2:31 pm Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s High Point Academy (HPA) received certificates of congressional recognition for its achievements in recycling and composting at a campus ceremony Friday morning. Congresswoman Judy Chu, State Senator Carol Liu, and Pasadena Councilmember Gene Masuda’s field representative, Noreen Sullivan, were the distinguished guests in attendance for the celebration.In 2009, HPA joined the green school revolution by being the first school in the San Gabriel Valley to partner with zero waste consulting company, Wasteless Living, to improve the health and quality of the environment. The school has seen a multitude of progress and achievements in these practices, in which it has diverted upwards of 87 percent of HPA’s solid waste from landfills, surpassing the city’s goal of 85 percent and earning them congressional recognition.“We know that there is so much waste, particularly food waste and that means that there is a big problem. You’re so young and involved in fighting climate change and making a more productive use of our waste and I want to thank you for protecting our planet,” Congresswoman Judy Chu said as the ceremony kicked off.Senator Carol Lu also presented a certificate to HPA following Chu.“I applaud everyone at HPA for inspiring everyone here and in our community on techniques and the value of recycling and composting,” Lu said.Headmaster Gary Stern explained the reasons why HPA has excelled in green practices in recent years.“At High Point, we believe that a better future environment for our children starts today. What’s really important for our children to understand is that when they compost at school and it goes to the facility and comes back to enrich our soil on campus, that’s when the learning really happens,” Stern said.Wasteless Living is a zero waste consulting company hired in 2009 by a parent who wanted to use their services for private school events. Within two years, that relationship led to integrating composting into the school’s curriculum. Students are trained starting in Kindergarten to separate and correctly dispose of their lunch materials appropriately between recycling, compost and landfill bins located all over campus.“There was kind of a ‘buzz factor’ amongst parents and faculty which evolved into the development of a curriculum and the school itself started adopting more initiatives and demos within the classroom,” explained Christine Lenches-Hinkel, owner of Wasteless Living.HPA started planning the compost study in 2011 and applied it in 2012. Students are actively involved with daily participation in discarding waste, studying the compost that comes back from the composting facility in Fontana and conducting reports and database entry of the information.“The kids are actually seeing that what we do everyday at lunch has bigger global benefits,” said science teacher Krista Huezo.In fact, this process goes much further than simply recycling and composting by having students work with environmental industry experts, develop analytical skills, apply real world math and science knowledge and to engage with the community and peers frequently.The ceremony was followed by three student presentations involving the zero waste-focused Organics Recovery Process (ORP) findings and the school’s progress this past year. There is a strong support system between students, parents and faculty that is propelling the practice of composting at HPA.Mojgan Maher, a mother of two daughters that attend HPA is thrilled with the initiative the school has taken and the impact it has brought in to her home.“It’s wonderful. Ever since they (HPA) have done this we have been very careful with what we pack in their lunches. I definitely want to start doing composting at home,” Maher said.HPA aims to extend inspiration to other schools and organizations to get on board with composting at the level and frequency they have established. The initiative extends the boundaries of the classroom into a real world application and practices that can be used for a lifetime.“The school has invested heavily in this program over the years because of what the students are getting out of it. Not only is it just an academic boost in their analytical and problem solving skills, but also a very real advancement towards environmental mindfulness,” Lenches-Hinkel explained.HPA’s recycling and composting measures are certainly a mainstay practice within the school and do not seem to be slowing down. Today’s ceremony recognizing the efforts of everyone involved is another certificate to tack on the wall of achievements that will continue to grow over the years.In addition to the accomplishment of diverting 87 percent of solid waste, HPA has a few other awards under its belt. Since the program’s inception, the school has composted over 25 tons of organic material, reduced GHG emissions by 148 percent, received the City of Pasadena Outstanding Recycler Award in 2010 and has been awarded $10,000 from Lexus for their zero waste efforts.“We hope all of our guests today are inspired by our students’ efforts and will consider using some of our sustainability measures in your homes and in your workplaces. We believe that a better future environment for our children starts today,” Stern concluded.For more information and updates on HPA’s composting program and how to get involved, visit www.highpointacademy.org and www.wastelessliving.com. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website HerbeautyHe Swears He’s Ready For Another Relationship. 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Comments are closed. Well versed in nonsenseOn 18 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article There is a concerted campaign to empty words of their meaning and HR is oneof the worst culpritsHumpty Dumpty was not quite right when he said: “Words should meananything I say them to mean.” It is a useful enough dictum for realpolitikand organisational skulduggery, with phrases such as ‘unwillingness to change’becoming a devastating put-down, when it might just as easily refer to ‘takinga principled stand’. But it does not quite capture what is taking place. The trend in the workplace seems to be to use words to avoid having tocommunicate. Saying something definite spells trouble down the line – from atransgression-hungry press, or pedants who will pop up at awkward moments torecall what you said before. So it has become better not to say things. Betterjust to waft vague thoughtlets, emptied of precise meaning, that are designedto slip unnoticed into the ether leaving only a faint whiff of somethingdynamic. There was a fine example last week when the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development and the Employers’ Forum on Age called for ‘a new vision’ forthe planned Single Equality Body (SEB). Unfortunately, they didn’t specify whatvision they wanted to see. Most people would judge a vision on its content, notmerely on its existence. A ‘new vision’ They then concluded a long and conceptually void press release with theremark: “The Government needs to work with employers to ensure we createan SEB that really delivers on equality and diversity in the future.”Deliver what exactly? Maybe total equality among humankind. That would be nice,but a mite ambitious. Do they mean they hope the SEB is powerful? Because power in public policyis largely about budgets, so if they do, they need to call for an expansion ofthe funding of the previously existing equality commissions. Then the SEB mightbe able to sponsor lots of discrimination cases against recalcitrant employersand properly investigate structural inequality at work. Maybe that is not whatthey had in mind. A ‘new vision’, you see, is tame – a harmless, but indisputably go-aheadthing to call for. ‘Delivery’, meanwhile, has become the frenzied catechism ofWhitehall managers trying to reform public services, so it sounds official andin-tune with the predominant Blairite cant. So it has been with ‘modernisation’, which has been used to impressiveeffect during the firefighters’ dispute. The Government accused the FireBrigades Union of being opposed to ‘modernisation’, even though the union hadproduced its own blueprint for modernising the service long before the currentstrikes. The less ‘modernisation’ means, the more potent it is as a weapon forattacking strikers. Those naive critics who enjoy cruel sport with HR departments about theirmission, values and outside-the-box ‘isms’ miss the point. The aim is notreally differentiation of organisations, or getting employees to ‘buy in toculture change’. The aim is safety. Increasingly, there is a list of things organisations need to be seen totake seriously and over recent years that list has suffered inflation. It is nolonger enough to produce goods and services – you’ve got to have a mission. Itdoes not matter if the mission wraps you up in paradoxes: many organisationsare now trying to think globally and act locally, to have determined leaderswho are big on teamwork, to have strong cultures that are also consensual. The only way to survive in this sound-bitten environment is to dispose ofthe significance of language and replace it with the new killer blandness. Corporate communication has become rather like those attempts bymathematicians to do away with speech altogether because of its impreciseness,and instead just hold up placards with symbols on them representingcollectively agreed thoughts. Fuzzy-edged vagueness This is not the usual whinge about business jargon – itself just as much ofa cliché as the language it affects to despise. Jargon may be ugly andcontagious, but all professions generate it. There seems as much point in singling out business managers as in believingAmericans to be uniquely bombastic. Philosophers can no more do without the apriori than chartered surveyors can live without ‘portfolio mapping’. Jargon isabout inclusion and exclusion from specified communities. Using it is a badgeof belonging, but to be confused by it, or to pick someone else up on it, is toannounce in a graceless way that you are separate and remote. Saying ‘whatbox?’ or ‘did you really say emotional buy-in?’ are, in truth, statements ofdeliberate ignorance. What is happening now is different. Clarity has become a manifestlydangerous phenomenon. Fuzzy-edged vagueness, however, is a lithe and malleablesubstance that will not come back to haunt you at inconvenient occasions – atool for not saying what you mean. That is why it has become an organisationalno-no ever to concede the existence of ‘a problem’: it is too specific comparedwith the infinitely preferable ‘issue’. In the modern world of work, thevictory of perception over reality is nearly complete. Esse est percipi, theancients said – to be is to be perceived. Related posts:No related photos.
A three-dimensional ocean general circulation model is used to study the response of idealized ice shelves to a series of ocean-warming scenarios. The model predicts that the total ice shelf basal melt increases quadratically as the ocean offshore of the ice front warms. This occurs because the melt rate is proportional to the product of ocean flow speed and temperature in the mixed layer directly beneath the ice shelf, both of which are found to increase linearly with ocean warming. The behavior of this complex primitive equation model can be described surprisingly well with recourse to an idealized reduced system of equations, and it is shown that this system supports a melt rate response to warming that is generally quadratic in nature. This study confirms and unifies several previous examinations of the relation between melt rate and ocean temperature but disagrees with other results, particularly the claim that a single melt rate sensitivity to warming is universally valid. The hypothesized warming does not necessarily require a heat input to the ocean, as warmer waters (or larger volumes of “warm” water) may reach ice shelves purely through a shift in ocean circulation. Since ice shelves link the Antarctic Ice Sheet to the climate of the Southern Ocean, this finding of an above-linear rise in ice shelf mass loss as the ocean steadily warms is of significant importance to understanding ice sheet evolution and sea level rise.
Opponents of the Spanish monarchy marched through Oxford on Monday in protest against the installation of a new Spanish king, following the abdication of Juan Carlos I in favour of his son, Felipe.Some 35 protesters, among them Oxford students, marched from the Radcliffe Camera to Cornmarket Street calling for a referendum on the continuation of the monarchy. The protest’s organisers expressed their approval at the size of the crowd, given they had only four hours’ notice. Protesters chanted, “One, two, three, republic once again”, referencing the two former Spanish republics of 1873 and 1931.Arturo Zoffman Rodriguez, who organised the protest, told Cherwell, “The king has been the visible head of a system that has taken Spain to crisis and brought misery to millions, while a few parasites line their pockets. Those same parasites orchestrated the repressionof our grandparents in 1936, were at the helm under Franco, and are still calling the shots nowadays.”He continued, “The Spanish youth and workers are starting to re-evaluate all the institutions that have been in charge of society; the traditional parties, big business, the church, and, of course, the monarchy. We don’t want to see a new king being imposed upon us as Juan Carlos was imposed upon our parents. We want to have a say and take our fate into our own hands, and the first step to do this is to have a referendum on the monarchy.”Juan Carlos I became king of Spain in 1975, having been named the next head of state by dictator Francisco Franco. He presided over Spain’s transition to democracy, and played a major role in preventing a military coup in 1981.The king announced his abdication on Monday, stating in a televised address that it was time for a new generation to take on the burdensof reform.Several republican protests have since taken place across Europe in the wake of the king’s abdication, in cities including Paris, Amsterdam,London and Berlin. Juan Carlos’ successor, Felipe, is due to be crowned on 18th June.
Last Friday night, in the middle of a stellar second set at Mansfield, MA’s Xfinity Center, Phish‘s PA blew out, causing the band to have to leave the stage mid-song until the technical issues were fixed. After a brief pause, the sound team was able to route the audio through alternate equipment and the show went on.Despite Sound Troubles, Phish Shines A ‘Light’ On Mansfield [Recap/Setlist/Gallery]However, they were unable to route the sound from the alternate equipment to the lawn speakers for the remainder of the show, causing many lawn ticket holders to complain that the rest of the second set and encore was virtually inaudible from the GA section. Ever-conscious of making sure their fans are taken care of, the band announced in a Facebook post that all Mansfield lawn ticket holders will be sent code vouchers for a free future webcast. You can see the post below: Thanks, Phish!
Water, water, everywhere: Laurel Highlands is an oasis of falls and cascades.Imagine wild rivers full of rapids and healthy trout, scenic mountaintops, and miles of singletrack through hardwood forests. Imagine that place lies just 45 minutes from the city suburbs. Now, imagine that city is Pittsburgh.What you are imagining in your mind’s eye is actually the Laurel Highlands area of southwestern Pennsylvania. The Laurel Highlands is centered around Laurel Hill and Chestnut Ridge of the Allegheny Mountains, topping out at 3,213 feet at the summit of Mount Davis, the state’s highest. In the winter, outdoor enthusiasts flock to Seven Springs Resort and its award-winning terrain parks, making it one of the most visited ski resorts in the Mid-Atlantic. The summer identity of the Laurel Highlands has long been defined by the wild Youghiogheny River, known as the Yough (pronounced “Yock”) to locals, that runs through its heart, but that is slowly beginning to change. Although the Youghiogheny is still a major draw to the area, people are beginning to realize the potential for much more, according to former U.S. National Whitewater team member Eric Martin, owner of Wilderness Voyageurs, an outfitter in Ohiopyle.“This is the epicenter for whitewater. The fishing and mountain biking are the things we are not super well known for, but people are beginning to figure it out,” he said.Martin’s parents started Wilderness Voyageurs in the 1960s, when commercial rafting was in its infancy. Now the area sees over 100,000 river runners a summer, with most of those coming from nearby metropolises.“Laurel Highlands is incredibly rural, dotted with small little towns and farms, essentially. We’re relatively undiscovered. The Laurel Highlands is right in the middle of everything; Cleveland, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. are all three hours away.”Whether it’s hiking in Ohiopyle State Park and Forbes State Forest or cycling the gentle grades of the Great Allegheny Passage, there is something for everyone.“You’ve got the river. You’ve got the Great Allegheny Passage, the rail to trail which goes from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, going right through the center of Ohiopyle State Park,” Martin said. “We also have 40 miles of mountain bike trails. The mountain biking is sort of the hidden gem here that folks are starting to clue in on.”Tebolt TrailMartin recommends the Tebolt Trail inside the Quebec Run Wild Area just south of Ohiopyle as a hidden gem of the Laurel Highlands. Trails crisscross the area, but Martin says that lung-busting climbs are the norm.“There is a fair amount of uphill. The river literally runs right through the middle of the park, so you’ve got a giant river gorge,” says Martin. It’s a 1,700-foot climb, to the top of the park, one of the longest climbs in the state. “But then there are some trails up on top of the mountain where you don’t have to do any monster climbs, but they are trying to limit it,” Martin adds.The YoughWhile hiking and mountain biking are gaining a foothold in the Laurel Highlands, the king of the outdoors is still the Youghiogheny and its pristine whitewater.“The Youghiogheny runs right through the middle of Ohiopyle and is the take-out for one section and the put in for another section of the river,” said Martin. “The Lower Yough is Class III and you can run that every day of the year. The Class V we run is the upper Yough, just over the boarder in Maryland. As far as kayakers go, there is plenty of Class V creeking right here within 10 or 15 miles.”One particular feature of the Youghiogheny puts the river on the map; a matter of convenience even a non-paddler can appreciate.“The Loop is a mile and half stretch of the Lower Youghiogheny. The river does a giant bend, so you can paddle a mile and a half of Class III whitewater, and then walk less than 600 yards back to your car,” Martin says.Trophy TroutWith all that water coming through, the area is also becoming a destination for fly fishermen searching for large trout. Pennsylvania is known worldwide for its smaller spring creeks and mayfly hatches, but the Youghiogheny holds its own as a trout fishery and has almost fully recovered from a 1993 acid spill.“The Yough is a dam release river coming out of the Youghiogheny Dam, so the maximum water temperature is 65 degrees in the middle of the summer,” explains Martin. “It’s a tailwater, bottom release, so it’s a good habitat for trout. There are nine miles of the Yough that is considered trophy trout waters.”
Country music is as American as baseball and apple pie.Is it wrong, then, to look north to Canada for country music’s next great female voice?I hope not, because Whitney Rose, whose second record, Heartbreaker of The Year, which releases on August 21st, is ready to lay claim to that mantle.Rose’s new record, produced by Raul Malo, front man for longtime country stalwarts The Mavericks, was recorded in just four days and has been described by the singer as both a little weird and quirky while remaining rooted in classic country influences.Trail Mix happily included “Little Piece of You” this month and is thrilled to offer up the premiere of “Ain’t It Wise.”“‘Ain’t It Wise’ is about love, but I wouldn’t really call it a love song,” says Rose. “It’s all about the complication that comes with finding love and how difficult it can be to maintain. Love is a universal feeling that most people have felt in one way or another, so it should be simple. Just love someone. But it sure as hell isn’t that easy.So, here it is, folks. Enjoy!Whitney Rose will be in Hamilton, Canada, at the Festival of Friends on Sunday, August 9th. September finds Whitney back in the Southeast, with dates in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.For more information on Whitney Rose, the new record, or when she might be on a stage near you, please check out her website. And if you dug “Ain’t It Wise,” make sure you check out “Little Piece of You” on this month’s Trail Mix.Photo by Jen Squires.
For the latest news and information via social media, follow the ATM and post using #RunArmyRunStrong at Facebook.com/armytenmiler, @ArmyTenMilerATM on Twitter and @armytenmiler on Instagram. Individualregistration is $79 and includes the official, long-sleeve technical raceshirt. Runners may also purchase tickets for the General Dynamics Pasta Dinnerfor $33. Additional processing fees apply. For additional information, including photos, please contact Maida Johnson, Army Ten-Miler Deputy Race Director at 202-685-3361 and/or at [email protected] or visit ArmyTenMiler.com. The Army Ten-Miler (ATM) General Registrationpresented by General Dynamics opens at 7:00 a.m., EDT on May 15, to the general public, Veterans, Active DutyMilitary, ROTC and others. The Army’s 35th Annual Race takes placeon Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. EDT in Washington, D.C. and will cap at35,000 participants. Runners are encouraged to register early as the race sellsout quickly. Individuals must be at least 15years old on race day to enter. U.S. Army Specialists(SPC) Frankline Tonui and Susan Tanui were the First Overall Male and Femalefinishers at the 34th annual Army Ten-Miler last October, with SPCTanui successfully defending her title as the top female finisher. SPC Tonui ledthe All-Army Team that captured its fifth straight International Cup and sweptthe top three overall spots in the race. The top team finishers were also partof the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP). Morethan 600 military and civilian teams were among the 35,000 runners from all 50U.S. states, the District of Columbia and 20 countries that competed in lastyear’s ATM, which is recognized as one of the nation’s premier running events.The race was supported by nearly 2,000 volunteers.