Obama Details His Presidential Library, Hints At Seminars By Chance The Rapper And Springsteen

first_imgYesterday, former president Barack Obama held a press conference in his hometown of Chicago, where he outlined his plans for the presidential library constructed in his honor. The presidential library has been an institution since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, proposed that following a president’s tenure, a space be created to archive papers and other historical documents for the future. Well, Barack has certainly outdone himself, going above and beyond with plans to make his presidential library a giant, state-of-the-art community center in Jackson Park within Chicago’s South Side—a project that will create over 1,500 jobs and bring millions of dollars of revenue into the area.The Barack Obama Presidential Center is meant to be “the world’s premiere institution for training young people and leadership to make a difference in their countries and in the world—that’s our goal,” said Obama during the press conference. Based on the building plans, it seems like the multi-building campus will be poised to do just that. With an abundance of classrooms, performance spaces, film and recording studios, a recreation and athletic center, a restaurant, and more, once completed in 2021, the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be a huge asset to the city of Chicago and beyond.Obama noted that his center will provide visitors “experiences that inspire and tools to make things happen in their own communities.” Appropriately, Obama already has begun thinking about inspiring experiences in addition to the bounty of tools within the space. During his conference, the former president mentioned the space could offer seminars by big names in the music and film industry, specifically namedropping Chance the Rapper, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Spielberg, and Spike Lee as potential teachers to offer classes there.You can check out this video from the Obama Foundation to get a first-hand look at the designs for The Barack Obama Presidential Center below. You can also check out this Spotify playlist that the foundation released yesterday ahead of Obama’s Presidential Center announcement below as well, for which the former president tapped guest contributors like Chance the Rapper, Mavis Staples, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Offerman, Dan Aykroyd, and former White House staff to choose songs for the compilation dubbed Hometown. [H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Prep Roundup: Lilley dominates in Hart’s lopsided victory

first_img Montclair Prep 65, Maranatha 28: Indira Kaljo scored 19 points and Kristina Mitchell had 13 as Montclair Prep of Panorama City (17-2, 2-1) defeated Maranatha of Pasadena (6-9, 0-3) in Olympic League play. MMilken Community 54, Faith Baptist 44: Drew Mazur had a game-high 26 points and Sam Else added 12 as host Milken Community of Los Angeles defeated Faith Baptist of Canoga Park in a Heritage League game. Milken (8-8, 2-1) led 25-14 at the end of the first half. Reniassance Academy 89, Pacific Lutheran 63: Archie Robb scored 37 points and Justin Cook had 31 and eight assists as Reniassance Academy of La Canada Flintridge defeated visiting Pacific Lutheran of Torrance in a nonleague game.Freshman Hector Harold added 10 points for the Wildcats (13-4). Hillcrest Chr. GH 91, L.A. Lutheran 22: Dallas Rutherford scored a season-high 32 points as Hillcrest Christian Granada Hills easily defeated visiting L.A. Lutheran of Sylmar in Heritage League play. Ryan Haliday added 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for Hillcrest (10-6, 3-0), which outscored L.A. Lutheran (0-8, 0-2) 36-3 in the third quarter. Yeshiva 79, Buckley 61: Richie Polan had 35 points and 13 rebounds but, Buckley of Sherman Oaks (7-6, 3-1) still lost to visiting Yeshiva of Los Angeles (3-3 in league) in Liberty League play. Saugus 56, Hart 54: Mitch Weber scored 14 points and D.J. Smith added 12 as host Saugus defeated Hart of Newhall in a Frontier League game. GIRLS’ SOCCER Village Christian 3, Windward 2: Senior forward Jessica Gordon scored all three goals, including the winning tally off an assist from Brisa Bishop with 20 minutes left, to lift visiting Village Christian (8-3-1, 2-1) to an important Olympic League victory over Windward of Los Angeles (4-7, 0-2). The San Diego State-bound Gordon increased her season total to 28 goals, moving her passed Kristy Krohn (120) – who played at L.A. Baptist of North Hills and Cal State Northridge – and into third on the area’s all-time career scoring list with 121. El Camino Real of Woodland Hills’ Kandice McLaughlin is the area’s all-time leader with 137 and former Oaks Christian of Westlake Village standout Alysha Hoven is second with 129. Gordon has six more regular-season games to add to her total, including another important league showdown Friday against visiting Valley Christian of Cerritos, which shared the Southern Section Div. V title with Oaks Christian of Westlake Village last season. Hart 5, Burbank 0: Sophomore forward Sarina Coutin scored twice, increasing her area-leading total to 31, to lift host Hart of Newhall (17-3, 4-0) to a Foothill League victory. Coutin tied Laura Qualls’ school record for goals in a season, set in 1997. Katie Kuykendall, Lindsay Mills and Aubrie Smith also scored goals for Hart – ranked eighth by the Daily News – which plays host to top-ranked Saugus (12-1-1, 4-0) Friday in a first-place showdown. Brittany Tippet recorded her 12th shutout of the season for the Indians. Saugus 2, Valencia 0: Courtney Moses and Amanda Terry scored for the Centurions (12-1-1, 4-0) – the Daily News’ top-ranked team – who increased their Foothill League unbeaten streak to nine games with the road victory over the Vikings (6-7-4, 2-2). Canyon 7, Burroughs 1: Michelle Moore scored two goals, Haley Rebel had a goal and an assist and Alexia Zatarain had two assists for host Canyon of Canyon Country (9-3-3, 2-2), which scored five second-half goals en route to snapping a two-game losing streak. Courtney Belsheim, Deanna Clegg, Jessi Locke and Gina Walker also scored goals for Canyon, which dropped Burroughs of Burbank to 4-8-1, 0-4. Oaks Christian 11, Santa Clara 0: Kelsea Smith scored less than two minutes into the game and added three assists to lead host Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (10-3-1, 2-1) to the Frontier League victory. Kristen Clark and Casey DaSilva each had two goals and Emily Blumenthal, Anna Ramos, Megan Schoppe and Micala MacRae all scored for the Lions, who recorded their 80th all-time shutout and improved to 99-19-19 in the program’s six-year history. Oaks Christian goes for its 100th victory in Monday’s nonleague game against Dos Pueblos of Goleta. Highland 10, Palmdale 1: Freshman forward Samantha Johnson scored four goals, giving her 24 on the season, for host Highland of Palmdale (14-2-2, 5-0) in the Golden League victory. Farryn Townley had three goals and an assist, and Courtney Morrell, Krystal Perkins and Kaylee Sandefer added goals for the Bulldogs, who received assists from Hillary Anderson, Alex Fulladosa and Natalie Miranda. Lancaster 11, Antelope Valley 0: Torie Riley had three goals and Maria Arroyo and Patty Garcia added two goals apiece for Lancaster (13-0-3, 4-0-1), which set up a showdown for first place in the Golden League with Highland of Palmdale on Thursday. MChatsworth 3, Cleveland 0: Jennifer Barrientos, Christina Chopin and Mia Swafford scored goals for visiting Chatsworth (6-8-1, 2-1) in the West Valley League victory over Cleveland of Reseda (2-5, 0-3). Granada Hills 4, Birmingham 0: Melissa Fernandez, Ashley Hill, Gina Kecskes and Marilyn West scored for host Granada Hills (10-4-2, 2-1) in the West Valley League victory. SOCES 10, Fulton College Prep 0: Lauren Sanchez scored three goals as SOCES of Sherman Oaks defeated host Fulton College Prep in a Crosstown League game. Antonia Aljuwani also scored two goals and Phoebe Kuhlman, Kirsti Khachikian, Brenda Sandoval, Margaret Sanchez and Kristian Sanchez each scored a goal for SOCES (7-0). BOYS’ SOCCER Hart 2, Burbank 0:Matt Valiaka scored twice to put his season total at 31 as Hart of Newhall defeating host Burbank in a Foothill League game. Valiaka broke the single-season record Jan. 13 against Burroughs of Burbank of 28, which was held by Jim Hofferber since 1987. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card In contrast, the Centurions have struggled in recent weeks, losing four of their past six games after beginning the season 11-0. Hart’s next test will come when it visits Canyon, the Daily News’ second-ranked team, Friday at 5 p.m. The game will likely determine which team wins the league title this year. In other girls’ basketball: Canyon 59, Valencia 41: Jessica Guerrero had 16 points and five assists to lead Canyon of Canyon Country, ranked second by the Daily News, to a Foothill League victory over host Valencia (12-9, 0-4). Brittany Thomas added 12 points for the Cowboys (17-4, 3-1). Burroughs 45, Burbank 37: Britney Morgan scored a game-high 15 points and Pham Thompson had five points and 11 rebounds as Burroughs of Burbank defeated visiting Burbank High in Foothill League play. The Indians made quick work of Saugus (14-5, 1-3), jumping out to a 42-7 halftime lead. Lilley was the only player on either team to score in double figures on the night. The victory marks Hart’s third straight blowout victory following a stunning 54-53 loss at home Jan. 10 against Burroughs of Burbank. Since, Hart has outscored its opponents by an average of 35 points per game. center_img University of Oregon-bound Tayor Lilley hit her first seven 3-pointers and finished a school-record 9 of 15 from behind the arc as Hart of Newhall, the Daily News’ top-ranked team, crushed host Saugus 60-18 in a Foothill League game. The senior point guard, who was 5-of-6 from 3-point territory Saturday at the Ladies’ New Year’s Ball at Moorpark College, finished with 31 points as Hart (15-4, 3-1) remained in a three-way tie for first place in league with Canyon of Canyon Country and Burroughs of Burbank. last_img read more

Passion for putting pigs first drives swine manager of the year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseAs all aspects of the hog industry have evolved, Isler Genetics has changed accordingly. This incredible Marion County family tradition in the Ohio pork industry is now in the capable hands of another generation, including Nathan Isler, who is the Ohio Pork Council swine manager of the year.“We’re working on six generations farming here. My grandfather had a little bit of everything. My Dad and uncle really grew with the hog industry. Our farm was built off of breeding stock. We’ve been a closed herd since the 70s,” Nathan said. “My Uncle Don and my Dad, Bill, built and grew the farm. Uncle Gene had a hand in it too. Dad came back in ‘68 to the farm. At that time we had Durocs, Yorks, Landrace, Hamps and large Whites. When Dad’s generation came back they started raising more breeding stock. There were maybe 50 sows before Dad and Don came back and grew it into what it is today. Yorks and Durocs are what we’re known for now.”In those days, the business served numerous small-scale pork producers around the region.“The niche they filled was the breeding stock. Everybody had 200 sows and there was no AI back then. Everyone had to have boars and breeding females. We sold a lot of boars. Those 200-sow operations don’t exist any more. You either got big or got out. We have changed with it. If you don’t change or diversify you won’t be in this business anymore,” Nathan said. “My childhood growing up we had production sales three times a year. When I was young we were selling 300 or 400 boars a year. Durocs are still our true passion. They have the meat quality and feed efficiency and the Yorks have the mothering ability. We have a primarily York base. We breed pure York to pure Duroc for terminal hogs for market. We do sell some breeding stock. We are now mostly raising internally. We are still a closed herd.”Today, Nathan oversees the sows and three full-time employees in the sow barn. His brother Scott oversees the nurseries and finishers and brother David oversees the 3,000 acres of crops and feed mill.“As a farm we try to be as self sufficient as possible. We raise enough grain for our feed and we grind it,” Nathan said. “We are still a small farm where everybody has to work together to get things done. I do the scheduling of moving animals from the facilities. I have a lot of office work too. It is pigs first for Scott and I and then we help with the crops as needed during the day and we are the evening and weekend crews. My dad and uncle still help a lot on the crop end of things. I am the gopher too. I keep up on the seed and fertilizer and drive semi.”In terms of the hogs at Isler Genetics and Isler Crest Farms, they now work to fill a number of different niches.“Commercially raising hogs for market is the way we are going and our future as I see it today,” Nathan said. “The vast majority of our hogs go to market, but we also sell breeding stock, show pigs, and pigs for medical research. We sell commercial semen as well. We also have three contract barns. Through the progression of things we are 70% pure York sows. We are essentially a commercial producer but we have our hands in everything.”Nathan enjoys every aspect of the hog business.“On the commercial end it is not somebody’s opinion. You look at the numbers. I like the numbers of the commercial side. I appreciate being able to say this is what it is,” he said. “With show pigs, it is somebody’s opinion and I can appreciate that too. With show pigs I can have a champion and have half the people that don’t like the pig. But I am a competitive person and I like the challenge of being the best out there and we are on a stage with the show pigs. We have a passion for the show pig industry, Duroc especially. That is the industry I grew up in and that is what drives us. On the commercial end you’re competing for more success with the numbers.”When making decisions about which pigs should serve the various niches for the farm, Nathan said they usually sort themselves out.Isler Genetics produces both commercial and show quality hogs.“The pigs just sort of split themselves. We are used to competing on performance and competing at shows. Now they are two different worlds. It was really in the late 90s when they really started to separate themselves. Now it is just the way it is. I can see the pros and cons of both. I love the production side of things but the goals are not the same for both. You’re selecting for different qualities,” he said. “We sell a lot of research pigs too. We go to Cincinnati once and week, Columbus once a week and Toledo once a week delivering hogs for medical research. That is something that has picked up in the last five years. They are extremely picky on specs for those. Sometimes they give you a 3-pound range with no age fluctuation. In some cases they are used to test surgeries with goal of bringing them back to full health. Then they are sent to market. That is a small part of our business but another niche that we do.”The business recently expanded to update facilities that meet the upcoming group sow housing requirements and improve production.“We expended in 2015 and built a new barn with updated facilities to meet the standards. We went from 650 to 1,200 sows and made everything compliant. It is a management thing,” he said. “I think it is easier and better for the animals to be in crates but it has not been a hard transition. It is stepping back in time the way my Dad did it. It adds some labor and management and you have to go at it with a different mindset. It also adds to the cost of facilities, but overall it has been an easier transition than I thought. I have been very happy with the setup. We have pens of 10.”Ohio sow facilities all must have group housing by 2025 as a part of the requirements set by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.“They have to be able to turn around and move. There are more square feet per animal. We try our best once we mix them to not pull them out. You want to minimize the stress on the animals. We do our best to get them to even condition for when they start out prior to going in there. They will fight as much the last week prior to going into the farrowing pens than they do when you mix them. We essentially get two turns of them fighting with each other where with the crates we didn’t have that,” Nathan said. “It works well, though, and it has been a better transition that I thought. We’re here to feed people and if that is what they want than that is what we do.”The newer facilities also help with biosecurity.“Our sow unit and nurseries are all shower in shower out. As the weather changes, PRRS PED and flus are all more active and there are more outbreaks. You just have to regularly revisit that with your employees,” Nathan said. “We will pull out the show pigs. We do some online sales. We use the older outdated facilities for only show pigs. No one goes in any of our barns except for the one barn we use for show pigs seasonally. Like any commercial producer we intensely test our boar studs, our sow unit and our gilts. We have gilt isolation buildings for biosecurity. We have been very fortunate to carry the health status we have for as long as we have.”Isler Genetics continues to build on the strong tradition associated with the family name.“I was very fortunate. I had my father and uncles who were extremely successful within the industry. Those are big shoes to fill, but I had a step up in the beginning because I grew up learning from them,” Nathan said. “There is not a better industry to be in. The swine industry is truly an open book. We all share information to make each other better. We talk and share ideas.”When asked about his favorite part of the diverse hog business on the farm, Nathan gets noticeably uncomfortable.“It is like asking if you love your wife or your kids more. It is trick question and you don’t want to answer it,” he said with a smile. “Pigs are my favorite thing. If you work in the livestock industry you have to have a passion for animals. We are here to take care of them. The pigs’ interest has to be before our interests. That is just the way it was growing up. No one ever talked about it. But hogs are our life. There was no talk of animal husbandry. You just took care of hogs. On Christmas day you took care of the hogs before you opened presents. Anyone who is successful in the swine industry has a passion for animals first.”last_img read more

Wind Farm Sued Over Noise

first_imgScience community has been skepticalComplaints that wind turbines can cause a variety of health problems are by no means new, but mostly unrecognized by medical and health authorities.As reported by National Public Radio, a pediatrician and biologist in upstate New York who has collected anecdotal evidence about the problem believes that low frequency noise is the culprit. Dr. Nina Pierpont says “wind turbine syndrome” can produce a variety of problems.The World Health Organization doesn’t recognize wind turbine syndrome, NPR reported, “nor does any other medical institution.”Yet a recent study in the United Kingdom, published in the Journal of Laryngology & Otology showed that infrasound could affect the human ear. One of the authors of the review article said his views had changed. “The more you look into it the more you realize there’s some science behind this,” Dr. Amir Farboud told NPR.Farboud, however, adds that there’s no conclusive evidence that infrasound causes any specific health problems. The power of suggestionYet another theory emerged in a Slate report on the topic, which was published in March.In it, writer Keith Kloor cites a study in which researchers show the power of suggestion can trigger symptoms attributed to wind turbine syndrome. In a test, researchers found that people who were shown television footage discussing the ill effects of wind turbines were more anxious when exposed to either real infrasound or sham infrasound (silence).In other words, once the idea that turbines did cause health problems had been planted, the test subjects were primed to experience them. Researchers call this the “nocebo effect.” An Oregon man has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the operator of a 50-turbine wind farm, claiming that low frequency noise from spinning turbine blades has caused a variety of health problems.The Associated Press reported that Dan Williams filed his complaint on Aug. 9, about a year after he left his home near Ione, Oregon, where Invenergy had built its Willow Creek wind farm, and moved to Walterville, Oregon.“It’s hard to explain it to people unless you experience it,” Williams told the AP. “There’s the actual noise that wakes you, but there’s also the infrasound you can’t hear but your body feels. The best I can describe it is like a train or an airplane coming and going.”Invenergy began work on the project five years ago and has been fighting noise complaints ever since. The company took steps to reduce noise levels at Williams’ property, but Williams says he has suffered from a long list of health woes, including “emotional distress, deteriorating physical and emotional health, dizziness, inability to sleep, drowsiness, fatigue, headaches, difficulty thinking, irritation and lethargy.”last_img read more

Bangladesh unions join suit against FIFA over World Cup workers

first_imgBangladesh labour activists said on Friday they had joined a lawsuit in Switzerland against world soccer body FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure people working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar are treated fairly.The suit, filed in FIFA’s home city of Zurich with the backing of the largest labour union in the Netherlands, calls on FIFA to force Qatar to adopt “minimum labour standards” for migrant workers preparing for the tournament, including at least the right to quit a job or leave the country.The Gulf state has faced criticism of its treatment of foreign workers from Amnesty International, the Building and Wood Workers’ International organisation and others. (Also read: FIFA sued over abuse of migrant workers for Qatar World Cup)Repon Chowdhury, secretary general of the Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress, confirmed the organisation had joined forces with Dutch union FNV in the suit on behalf of a Bangladeshi man who says he was harshly exploited in Qatar.It joined the suit as co-petitioner after failing to get compensation from the man’s employer, Qatar or FIFA, he said.”We tried to settle the issue amicably, but all our efforts failed and ultimately we had to file a petition,” Chowdhury said. “As the umbrella body of trade unions, we feel that his right as a human being has been denied and we strongly raised our voice against this violation of rights.”A Qatar government spokesman had no immediate comment. Doha has previously denied exploiting workers and says it is implementing labour reforms. (Also read: FIFA’s Infantino urges zero tolerance for child abuse)advertisementUnder Qatar’s “kafala” system, foreign workers must get their employer’s consent to change jobs or leave the country. Qatar will pass a law next week that lets workers appeal to the government if their employer stops them leaving the country.Critics say workers will still find it hard to change jobs or travel.Gas-rich Qatar is pursuing a $200 billion infrastructure upgrade and has recruited hundreds of thousands of workers from countries such as India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Foreign workers outnumber the local workforce by nearly 10 to one and can be jailed or deported for forming unions or holding protests.FIFA was not immediately available for comment. In the past, it has cited plans under discussion to set up a group to monitor working conditions in Qatar.last_img read more

Teens cause 20000 damage at uncontrolled house party in BC police

first_imgWEST VANCOUVER, B.C. – What police are describing as an “uncontrolled” house party in West Vancouver has caused about $20,000 in damage after a teenaged girl rented the home online.West Vancouver police say the owners of the house do not want to pursue criminal charges and the family of the girl who rented it have agreed to cover the cost.Police say in a news release they were called to the home on Friday just after 8:30 p.m. when they found about 200 teens “flooding out of the residence.”After establishing that no one was injured or in need of medical attention, police say they learned a 14-year-old girl had booked the home through the unauthorized use of a parent’s credit card.Police say walls, furniture and artwork were smashed and they are asking anyone who might be able to identify those directly responsible for the damage to contact them.last_img read more

Suspended Grand Turk Flight Operations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 14, 2018 – Grand Turk – All flight operations at JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk has been temporarily suspended until further notice due to a fire in the control tower.In the early hours of Sunday morning, we received reports that the control tower had caught on fire.   Emergency services were immediately notified and the fire was soon after extinguished.  All efforts are being made to restore safe operations in a short a time as is possible.This investigation is ongoing and we shall inform the general public once flights operations are able to resume. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more