faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Pasadena Reports 2 More Coronavirus Deaths More than 700 cases have now been recorded By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 | 4:07 pm Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The city reported two local Coronavirus deaths on Monday, and eight additional deaths, bringing the city’s grim death toll to 71, or just over 10 percent of the city’s 702 cases.The additional two fatalities came from the city’s long term health care facilities.The numbers came on the same day that Gov. Gavin Newsom announced sporting events without spectators may resume as early as June, and people could be attending small church meetings and visiting hair salons in a few weeks.Counties will be given the opportunity to apply for approval to transition into Stage 3 of the four stage reopening process, and then Newsom will issue a statewide order offering the opportunity to all counties.Pasadena, which has its own health department, most likely will not have to wait for LA County to transition to the next stage.The state is currently transitioning to Stage 2, when businesses with a lower risk of spreading COVID-19 will reopen. Gyms and hair salons can open in Stage 3, and large gatherings like sporting events and concerts will return in Stage 4.Newsom said 53 of the state’s 58 counties are eligible to move into Stage 2.The governor has given several sectors statewide permission to open, including curbside-pickup retail and office spaces where teleworking isn’t possible, and most counties have introduced these modifications to their orders.Pasadena’s health department issued an order last week opening all retail businesses that provide curbside service, practice social distancing and follow specific guidelines.Counties no longer need to hit the near impossible marker requiring them to go two weeks without a new coronavirus death and instead must meet new goals for testing, infections and hospitalizations, including less than 25 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days. Top of the News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. Community News
Oxford Fashion Week 2011 kicked off on Monday amidst complaints from models and the production team.One team member, who wished to remain anonymous, described how she had suggested partnering OFW with eating disorder charity BEAT, but was told that it would be “too much effort” to ensure that none of the models had problems of this kind. A model in OFW 2009 told Cherwell, “I was exploited…because at the time I was quite seriously ill. I think a number of the other girls involved were. Looking back, there’s no way [the organisers] could not have realised.”However, many models involved in OFW were positive about their experiences. Model Becky Knott said, “I’ve found it really well organised, and we’ve been treated well”.In what has been seen as an effort to combat negative images of the fashion industry OFW is linked with Models for Diversity. One model said, “There’s no discrimination. They made an effort to include people of all different sizes.”OFW’s Press Officer Alyx Barker commented, “After watching the lingerie show I was really pleased with the range of models used. It was great to see some normal sized models looking fantastic and healthy.”However some dissatisfied volunteers even have gone so far as to quit OFW altogether. One described the experience as “massively stressful”, and explained that she had been spending up to seven hours a day on OFW, even though producer and founder Carl Anglim knew the time pressures already facing students. When contacted by Cherwell, Anglim refused to comment.In an email to the OFW team, Anglim said, “Oxford Fashion Week demands a limitless amount of time from each of you. I promise you that those who have used this opportunity to test themselves will be reaping the long term benefits.”Ticket prices have also been criticised. The Couture Show this year cost £30 per person and prices have been similarly high since OFW’s conception. However, the 2009 annual return for Oxford Fashion Limited, the company which runs OFW, and of which Anglim is a director, shows a net loss of £7,670.Anglim reportedly told a member of the production team that he didn’t expect to break even this year either. One OFW team member said that scheduling it at the same time as Paris Fashion Week had led to a number of logistical problems. “The champagne is still in Champagne,” she added.Another volunteer told Cherwell, “OFW has been over-sold to partners. Despite attempts to make OFW open…budget restraints mean that basic marketing activities cannot take place.”He did add, having seen the Couture Show, that “Despite these issues the team have put together something really special. I was astounded at the level of production.”Sponsors of OFW were also positive about their involvement. Richard Rosser, of B4 Business Magazine, said that they were proud to be a media sponsor. He said, “What they’ve delivered has been absolutely fantastic. They did what they promised and more.”Anglim told Vogue.com in February, “Oxford is a fantastic city and it is madness that there was no major fashion festival before we created Oxford Fashion Week in 2009.”
Source: BakedInEach kit includes the dry ingredients to make 12 brioche buns along with a 200g jar of Nutella. Consumers are required to add milk, water, eggs and butter.“The popularity of home baking exploded in recent months, with the term ‘baking’ mentioned in posts 130% more than over the last three months than in the previous period,” said James Stewart, marketing director at Nutella UK, who noted a 34% increase in Nutella sales over lockdown.“This great partnership provides a new and innovative way for consumers to experience one of our most iconic products in the perfect 15g portion. The launch of this kit will bring high quality baking direct to consumers and shows Nutella’s versatility in exciting new recipes.”Joseph Munns, BakedIn founded, added “As a growing start-up, we’re extremely excited to partner with Nutella to create this delicious baking kit. We know consumers are turning to baking more than ever; membership to our subscription baking club grew 1200% during lockdown.”A host of other brands have jumped on the home baking bandwagon in recent months. Roberts Bakery, for example, unveiled its first-ever home baking kit as part of a new online shop. Source: BakedInNutella has tapped into the home baking boom with the launch of a Brioche Bun Baking Kit.The Ferrero-owned brand partnered with baking kit specialist BakedIn for the kits, which are available as part of the BakedIn Baking Club online with an rsp of £9.99.
Load remaining images Yesterday, Leftover Salmon kicked off their yearly spooky soiree at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The Stanley Hotel is a beautiful, old hotel nestled in the shadows of Rocky Mountain National Park, best known for its haunted halls which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. For the third year in a row, Leftover has taken this idea and run with it, crafting a glorious multi-day celebration of all things eerie, packing each day with all manner of activities and inviting other artists to join them in the fun. For the inaugural day of this year’s event, two other Colorado bands, The Sweet Lillies and Deadphish Orchestra, helped Leftover kick off the weekend, coming together for a full day of magical and macabre musical moments.Just getting to Estes Park from the main cities along the front range is a trek, with the multiple-hour drive on the winding mountain roads leading to the remote town setting the mood for guests before ever setting foot on The Stanley Hotel’s grounds. On Friday, The Sweet Lillies were the first performance of the weekend, and before their set at 6 o’clock, attendees milled around the grounds and roamed the hallways, some already zombified or monstrous (and definitely startling the handful of somewhat-horrified regular vacationers who stumbled into the event) after taking advantage of the complimentary face-painting station by the hotel’s front desk.©Jay BlakesbergThe Sweet Lillies performance was the perfect way to start the day’s festivities. Those who weren’t dancing or watching the group throw down helped themselves to the free libations provided by Breckenridge Brewery’s beer tasting and the tables of finger food in the back of the ballroom. An incredibly convincing Jack Nicholson impersonator (or potentially Jack Nicholson himself) wandered the outskirts of the room, sparking laughter or debates among the groups who noticed him meandering about.However, most in the hall were enraptured by The Sweet Lillies, who put on a wonderful performance chock full of upbeat and danceable numbers that built up energy for the rest of the night. The five onstage were reminiscent of an older time, adding an air of authenticity to the weekend as the weekend’s “opening scene,” as the Lillies played a soulful combination of Americana and bluegrass. Toward the middle of their performance, Colin Herman, the son of Leftover’s Vince Herman, joined them on stage and took over the bass for a song before leaving the quintet to it for a slower, heartfelt tune. Their original songs took up the majority of their set, though the group squeezed in a buoyant cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising,” both of which elicited whoops and hollers from within the McGregor Ballroom.©Jay BlakesbergBy the time the Sweet Lillies left the stage, the sun had begun to set and excitement around the rest of the night was rightfully on the rise. People took advantage of the brief break between the Sweet Lillies and Leftover Salmon’s first performance of the weekend, putting on costumes before wandering to the main concert hall where Leftover was performing. Thus, Friday night was all about costumes, with Leftover playing to an audience sprinkled with zombies, witches, and ghouls, and the band members themselves donning costumes, musical and otherwise.Leftover Salmon’s first set was diverse, with the song choices tied together by the spooky and funky theme of the evening. This set was primarily dedicated to a range of covers, as was only appropriate for the costume ball, though originals “Head Bag” and “Funky Mountain Fogdown” made the cut and were placed squarely in the middle of the set. Harry Belafonte’s “Zombie Jamboree” kicked things off, and the crowd was more than amped for its start and ready to see what Fidel Castro (Vince Herman), Satan (Andy Hall), Ghostface from the Scream movies (Greg Garrison), and three zombies (Drew Emmitt, Eric Deutsch, Alywyn Robinson) had in store.©Jay BlakesbergThe first set moved through more obscure covers such as “Hoodoo Bash” and more well-known songs such as The Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post” with a good ol’ fashioned bluegrass breakdown and set-closing Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe.” A highlight from this set was Al Wilson’s “The Snake,” which marked the start of a build toward a huge close to the set. Sung by Andy Hall and featuring a particularly spooky and synth-y solo by Eric Deutsch, after its climax, “The Snake” settled back into its laid back and steady groove, which helped slowly whisper away for a stripped-down ending.After the costume contest, which awarded a pair of tickets to Leftover Salmon’s Red Rocks performance this summer to Beetlejuice, the band returned to the stage for their second set celebrating the (Grateful) Dead. They kicked things off with “Alabama Getaway” and then “Scarlet Begonias,” which hinted to the crowd that there just might be a Grateful Dead set. As Drew took the lead on “Cold Rain and Snow,” the Dead set was all but confirmed.©Jay Blakesberg“Pasta,” Leftover Salmon’s take on “Fire On The Mountain,” started out with the traditional pasta-themed lyrics before moving briefly in The Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House” and then into the “Kind Bud” lyrics. This kicked off a nonstop jam segment, which moved through “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” and “Friend of the Devil,” though Leftover still worked in teases of other crowdpleasing tracks like the traditional “Rocky Top” before moving into a final reprise of “Pasta.”After “Jack A Row,” which Vince Herman affectionately referred to as “Jack Nicholson A Row” at its close, Leftover moved into “Playing In The Band” sung by Greg Garrison. “Playing In The Band” was used as a launching pad for an ambient “Space” jam. Their sound was huge during this segment, with Andy Hall going into full devil mode and using his toy pitchfork as a slide throughout, before the discordant sound beautifully and slowly restructured itself into the close of “Playing In The Band.”©Jay Blakesberg“Ragged But Right” came next, a traditional tune that gave its name to an album by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, before closing with “New Speedway Boogie.” The audience sang along for this night-closing tune, with the band eventually working the song into an a capella close. The crowd kept singing the chorus as the members of the band silently put down their instruments and walked off stage, leaving people eager for an encore that never came, with eventually the house lights and music coming on to signal Leftover’s night was over.The late-night music, appropriate to Leftover’s second set, featured Deadphish Orchestra. Playing until late into the morning after Salmon’s end around midnight, Deadphish Orchestra greeted the trickling crowd in the hotel’s main building with classic tunes by The Grateful Dead and Phish. The energy in the room was high and the vibe celebratory, with the dance floor jam packed as the quartet moved through its similarly spooky-themed setlist featuring tracks like “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Mr. Charlie” (which featured Vince Herman appearing to help out on vocals), and “Ghost.” Their performance was a great way to close out a great day, leaving guests eager for the rest of the weekend.©Jay BlakesbergYou can check out the setlist from Leftover Salmon’s set below, as well as a gallery provided by photographer Jay Blakesberg below. Stay tuned for our coverage of the next two days of Leftover’s Stanley Hotel run too!Setlist: Leftover Salmon | The Stanley Hotel | Estes Park, CO | 3/10/2017Set One: Zombie Jamboree, Funky Bill Jones, Hoodoo Bash, Whipping Post, Head Bag, Funky Mountain Fogdown, Here Comes The Night, The Snake, Demon In Disguise, Hey JoeSet Two: Alabama Getaway, Scarlet Begonias, Cold Rain And Snow, Pasta > Going Down The Road > Friend Of The Devil > Pasta, Jack A Row, Playing In The Band, Ragged But I’m Right, New Speedway Boogie
View Comments Thanksgiving is almost here! Along with tuning into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, eating too much turkey and perfecting that pumpkin pie recipe with grandma, there is one tradition that almost always seems to go down: drama, whether it’s about politics or the best way to cook the bird. Tony winners Matthew Broderick and James Corden joined forces to sing “Fugue for Turkeys.” Inspired by Guys and Dolls’ “Fugue for Tinhorns,” the performance involves an epic dance break with Broderick and Corden holding poultry, so what’s not to love? Check it out below! Matthew Broderick
Source: VLS. 10.2.2009. SOUTH ROYALTON, VT- Vermont Law School has been awarded $3 million by the US Agency for International Development to expand its work on the US-China Partnership for Environmental Law over the next three years, VLS President and Dean Geoffrey Shields announced today. This award, which is an extension of a $1.8 million USAID funding agreement that US Senator Patrick Leahy was instrumental in helping to secure for Vermont Law School in 2006, will enable VLS to continue to build on its successes in helping China develop its next generation of environmental advocates to strengthen the development and enforcement of China’s environmental and energy law.”We thank USAID and the American people for their continued support for and recognition of the importance and effectiveness of this program,” said Dean Shields. “The U.S. and China share a deep interest in reversing environmental degradation. Vermont Law School has proven to be an effective bridge in those efforts. VLS is now the leader among academic institutions in furthering efforts to support China as it strengthens its legal environmental framework.”Leahy, who chairs the Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a key role in promoting USAID’s sponsorship of the partnership. He said, “This partnership is a superb fit, tapping VLS’s strengths in environmental law to help build the legal expertise and advocacy skills Chinese lawyers and civil society groups need to help meet the daunting environmental, energy and development challenges China is facing. It’s a partnership as timely as today’s headlines.”In 2006, with funding from USAID, VLS in collaboration with Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), located in the capital of Guangdong province in southern China, launched the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law in response to the critical lack of knowledge, skills, and academic infrastructure needed to begin to address environmental and energy challenges in China through the rule of law. It has provided a broad range of trained attorneys, legal educators, law students, lawmakers, judges, regulators, and other advocates in Guangdong Province and in Beijing.In addition to significantly strengthening SYSU’s environmental law program and creating a Juris Master’s degree program specializing in environmental law at SYSU, the program has established a strong, active network of environmental law professionals in the province. It has also expanded the collaborative effort to other influential educational institutions on the national level, such as the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Center of Legal Assistance for Pollution Victims (CLAPV), and Tsinghua University as well as key Chinese government agencies, such as the State Electricity Regulatory Commission, which is the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission counterpart, and the training center for the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s primary macroeconomic planning and management agency under the State Council that is responsible for developing China’s climate change policies.Professor Tseming Yang, who has been the director of the program since 2007, said, “Our work over the past three years has put us in a unique position to further advance environmental governance in China. The USAID support will enable us to develop greater capacity in China for citizens, organizations, and institutions to influence the development of environmental law through enhanced participation in government.”China’s rapid growth in manufacturing has resulted in severe environmental problems, including the production of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming and pollution worldwide. According to a recent report, China has now overtaken the U.S. in total carbon emissions-years earlier than recently predicted. Two thirds of China’s energy derives from coal, and rising industrialization has the country mining and burning more than ever, as well as shopping for other countries’ oil and gas. Yet while China approaches parity in the economic sphere, it lags far behind in the legal structures and mechanisms that underpin American environmental law and policy. Developing well-trained legal professionals, law professors, and effective regulatory policies and laws is a critical part of China’s pursuit of sustainable development.With the $3 million in additional funding, the program will continue to carry out its primary objectives of: (1) strengthening the capacity of the Chinese educational, governmental, nonprofit, and business sectors to become effective environmental and energy problem solvers; (2) improving China’s policies, systems, laws, and regulations to advance the development and enforcement of environmental and energy law and to help develop the rule of law; and (3) enhancing municipal, provincial, national, and international networks in China to advance best practices in environmental protection and energy regulation.The program will provide training to Chinese legal educators, attorneys, lawmakers, utility analysts, and regulators on environmental law, with a particular emphasis on energy law. It will continue to support the development, strengthening, and expansion of institutions, associations, and networks that advance environmental law in China. Furthermore, in collaboration with VLS’s implementing partners, the program will foster a variety of research and policy development projects. Priority areas for research include environmental impact assessment, policy options for reducing China’s environmental footprint globally, energy law, environmental enforcement and governance, and climate change.VLS’s key partners in this program include SYSU, CLAPV at China University of Political Science and Law, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), and the China Environment Forum (CEF) at the Woodrow Wilson Training Center. SYSU, a leading Chinese educational institution located in Guangzhou, established one of the first environmental law clinics in China and now has developed a juris master program in environmental law. CLAPV is the leading environmental public interest litigation center in China. Its director, Professor Wang Canfa, one of China’s most respected environmental leaders, is an honorary distinguished lecturer in environmental law at VLS, and heads the CUPL environmental law program. RAP, a Vermont-based nonprofit, advises policymakers in the U.S. and around the world on economically and environmentally sustainable energy policies, particularly as they relate to the electricity sector. With extensive networks of energy and environmental practitioners in the government, business, NGOs, and research sectors in the U.S. and China, the CEF will contribute important outreach resources.USAID’s history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration’s Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by executive order. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.In addition to its work under the USAID grant, VLS is leading a U.S.-China exchange program for young professionals. The program provides leadership training opportunities to nine Chinese and nine American women and men, particularly members of minority groups, who are active in environmental justice efforts. Participants in the program will jointly examine the environmental burdens, including climate change impacts, on minority communities and low-income populations in the U.S. and China and will propose ways to advance environmental justice for those communities. This exchange program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.# # #Vermont Law School-a private, independent institution-is ranked #1 in environmental law by U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).
I first met Stephen Murray six or seven years ago when he and his band, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, rolled into Bristol, Tenn., for a performance. Murray and friends were blending Dixieland jazz with Beatles-era psychedelic rock and putting on one of the most energetic live shows I had seen in a long, long while.Along with being banjo player, guitar picker, and singer for Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Murray can now add solo artist to his resume. Last month he released The Backlot Sessions, his first solo effort. A collection of nine tunes he recorded with an ensemble called The Backlot Collective, The Backlot Sessions is an absolutely dandy of a record. Just check out “Sweet Stephanie,” which is featured on this month’s Trail Mix.Trail Mix recently caught up with Stephen Murray to chat about guitars, the North Country, and songwriting.Blue Ride Outdoors – You are no stranger to recording, but this is your first record without your mates in Holy Ghost Tent Revival. How was this experience different from recording with the band?Stephen Murray – I had nine songs in mind and I wanted to release them as soon as possible. With the band, we let songs build up over time and cultivate them and take turns arranging and writing parts. We can let a song sit for months before we think it’s ready for the studio. This project was all of the same, just warped into a two month period. The group I worked with, called The Backlot Collective, followed the structure of the tunes but changed them into what they are now simply by bringing their ideas to the table. We never really discussed who should play what or if a part wasn’t right. We just let the process unfold organically.BRO – We are featuring “Sweet Stephanie” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?SM – It’s a song I wrote years ago about my wife. Originally, it was a ragtime tune with a two-beat feel. My wife called me one day and said, “I keep hearing this song as a rock & roll number with big horns and heavy drums.” Since I already had a ragtime tune, “Cabin, Captain, Cabin,” worked out for the record, I thought this was a good move. Lyrically, it’s a simple song. There’s a line that starts, “Oh, the coast of Carolina,” which was originally about time I spent with my wife at her family’s beach house, which ended up being where we got married.BRO – What’s the most listened to track on your iPod right now?SM – I don’t have an iPod, and I just now got a working phone, but I’ve got Willie Nelson’s Redheaded Stranger on my turntable right now.BRO – You originally hail from Canada. Favorite band from your homeland?SM – The Band. Even though they are thought of as an American rock band, there were four members from up north. They’re my favorite.BRO – Tell me about your favorite guitar.SM – It’s a 1976 Rickenbacker 360. It’s the guitar I normally play with Holy Ghost Tent Revival and mainly what I am playing on this record. Mmmmmmm . . . . . it’s beautiful.BRO – If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?SM – I really don’t know. I think about that a lot, but I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Sometimes I daydream about having a farmhouse with a studio, but that’s still making music. I used to be an actor, so maybe I’d try to get back into that.BRO – Best place to grab a beer in Greensboro?SM – My house. We’ll have you over and play cards.Stephen, you might want to be careful with those invites. I just might show up. In the meantime, I am going to keep spinning The Backlot Sessions, and I highly recommend that all of you out there grab your own copy.You can download the record right now at www.stephenmurray.bandcamp.com/ or send in an order for a copy of the disc at stephenmurraymusic.com. Also, keep your eyes peeled for when Stephen drops by your town for a solo show or a gig with Holy Ghost Tent Revival. You’ll want to be there.
Dear Shenandoah National Park friends, advocates, and allies,At the Shenandoah National Park Trust, we are thinking about you and want to offer you our support.First, we encourage you to follow the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and your state health department’s guidelines when it comes to protecting yourself and others to stop the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).As of March 18, Shenandoah National Park is open. According to the National Park Service, the park and Skyline Drive are open. Entrance fees are waived until further notice. Other facilities are still closed for the season. We are social creatures. Yet the best way we can help slow this spread of coronavirus is to engage in “social distancing.” That means, for the time being, we encourage you to abide by any Special Alerts from SNP. It’s great to spend time outdoors, but please keep social distancing in mind.As of yesterday, the Trust team is working remotely as we continue our work to support the park. Here are a few ways you can continue to be a part of the SNPT family over the coming weeks and months:– Write postcards to your local Park Rangers who need your support more than ever. Please address your envelope to:Sally Hurlbert, Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US Highway 211 East, Luray, VA 22835– Support the work of the Shenandoah National Park Trust. We are still moving forward!– Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates. – Keep informed on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and park updates on our Blog.We appreciate you always being there for the Shenandoah National Park Trust. And we know we can count on you to support the park through these uncertain times. This is when we get to choose how to act. So let us choose to stick together for public lands and our community. Thank you.– The staff and board of the Shenandoah National Park Trust
By DVIDS/Edited by Diálogo Staff October 30, 2020 Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo), a task force under U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the oldest standing task force in U.S. military history, hosts approximately 500 U.S. military personnel — a relatively small team but a strong, qualified, and competent force that has left a long-lasting footprint in a rapidly changing and vulnerable region.During a visit to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, SOUTHCOM commander, spoke with the men and women of JTF-Bravo and reminded them why their presence in this region matters.“Strong partnerships and strong teamwork, like the one we are trying to foster here, is what wins. Relationships, teamwork — it wins,” said Adm. Faller. “This has been an important strategic location for more than 30 years and that provides stability. What we have seen is that our presence — our physical presence — knowing that we are here, is reassuring.”SOUTHCOM works with five other regional combatant commands and is the single entity to work military-to-military relations in Latin America and the Caribbean, spanning over 31 countries. JTF-Bravo is its forward element, providing air movement capabilities, rapid on site assessment in the event of a crisis, and is strategically positioned at the center of the Americas, allowing the task force to rapidly deploy wherever needed in the area of operations within hours notice.JTF-Bravo is here as the physical manifestation of U.S. presence and support in the region, deterring malign state influence through partnership engagements and living up to the shared values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.“Key to fighting those threats are strong teams,” said Adm. Faller. “We have to remain the best morally, mentally, and physically ready, and at the top of our game to remain the partner of choice. We have to be the best trained and equipped and you [JTF-Bravo] are making a difference; it starts with you.”COVID-19 has hit the region particularly hard, but JTF-Bravo and SOUTHCOM answered the call through the Humanitarian Assistance Program, providing more than $18 million in donations, including mobile hospitals and personal protective equipment throughout the area of operations. Overall, the U.S. has provided $220 million of assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean, and JTF-Bravo has been a part of it, assisting regional partners since the early stages of the pandemic.“We are all dealing with this COVID environment together. Millions of dollars just from SOUTHCOM are facilitated by our teams to help partners stay strong, because together we’re stronger,” said Adm. Faller. “Know that while the mission aspects may have changed, what JTF-Bravo is doing here is making a difference.”“We want JTF-Bravo to be more expeditionary, to be able to move to where it might be needed, to respond rapidly; we want our team to leave here more ready than when they arrived,” said Adm. Faller. “Your presence and your engagements with partners improve their readiness — to build those lasting relationships so that when the next big fight comes we are ready to do it together. Rapid response readiness is core to the mission, and I couldn’t be more proud of the great work JTF-Bravo does day in and day out.”