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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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 Tournament of Roses Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, November 2, 2015 | 12:52 pm 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website The Tournament of Roses® Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016 grant assistance program. In 2016, the total amount awarded to local charities will remain at $200,000. Since its inception in 1983, the Foundation has invested over $2.7 million in more than 180 Pasadena-area organizations. Grants typically range from $1,000 up to $10,000 per organization. The grant award maximum is $10,000. The grant awards in 2015 totaled $200,000, and the average grant was approximately $4,700.Eligible applicants are organizations with 501(c)(3) status, as of the 2016 submission deadline, that are based in and serving one or more of the following communities: Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, La Cafiada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and Temple City. Grants will be given in the categories of performing and visual arts, sports and recreation, and volunteer motivation and leadership development. Forty-two organizations received grants last year including these ten first-time recipients: About Productions, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, Jericho Road Pasadena, Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc., Mark Keppel High School Drama Boosters, Marshall Music Boosters Inc., Monrovia Wildcats Band Booster Club, Pasadena Girls Softball Association, Pasadena High School Instrumental Music Club, and The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program.To apply, eligible organizations should visit www.ctkodm.com/ptrf/. New applicants will need to enter “apply” for both the “username” and “password.” Returning applicants will use their previously approved username and password. Returning applicants should contact the Foundation directly for questions on their approved username and/or password. The website will then direct users to a welcome page with instructions on how to begin the application process. Applicants can find the official grant guidelines, the grant application timeline, a list of special stipulations and requirements, a detailed list of frequently asked questions about the grants program and a list of common submission errors and omissions on the Foundation’s website at www.tournamentofroses.com/foundation/grant.Applications will be accepted from November 2, 2015 through January 28, 2016 by 5 p.m. All applicants will receive a status update the week of February 29, 2016. The 2016 finalists will be notified the week of February 29, 2016 and then must submit the required additional background materials by March 14, 2016. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will make the final grant selections at its annual spring meeting, and applicants will be notified of their funding status via email in May 2016.The Tournament of Roses Foundation is a non-profit, public benefit corporation established in 1983 to receive and manage charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Association, its supporters and the general public.About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade®, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of associated events. Nine hundred thirty-five volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization and contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed “Find Your Adventure,” will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, followed by the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Learn more at www.tournamentofroses.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.For more information, please contact April Hood, (626) 449-4100 or [email protected] Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Johnny Nguyen(MENDOCINO, Calif.) — A teen who was seen hugging a police officer in a photo that went viral during 2014 protests over the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown has been reported missing after several members of his family died in a horrific car crash.According to reports, five people have been confirmed dead after the SUV they were in went off a cliff near Mendocino in Northern California, on Monday.Search and rescue teams continue to look for Devonte Hart, 15, and his siblings, 16-year-old Hannah Hart and 12-year-old Sierra Hart. Their parents, Jennifer and Sarah Hart, and three of their siblings died in the crash.Devonte Hart was seen in a photo taken on Nov. 25, 2014 hugging a police officer as tears streamed down his cheek during protests in Portland, Oregon, over Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, and a grand jury’s failure to indict the officer who shot him. The poignant photo was taken during a national outcry over police brutality.The boy, who was 12 at the time, was carrying a sign at the demonstration that said “free hugs,” prompting the Portland police officer to ask him if he would “get one of those.” The moment was then captured by freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen.Devonte Hart was the adoptive son of Jennifer and Sarah Hart, ABC Portland affiliate KATU reported.The family is from just outside Woodland, Washington, a suburb of Portland, according to KATU. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Byers Peninsula, Livingston Island, was one of the first sites in Antarctica designated for environmental conservation and scientific protection. Research on Byers Peninsula has been predominantly international, with 88 indexed publications (93% of them published during last 20 years) from 209 authors affiliated to 110 institutions from 22 nations, all of which are signatories to the Antarctic Treaty. Palaeontological research represented 20% of the published articles. The variety of freshwater bodies within the area has made Byers Peninsula a reference site for limnological studies (24% of papers). The site also contains numerous outcrops and periglacial features relevant to geology, stratigraphy and geomorphology (29%). Terrestrial biodiversity is extraordinarily high for lichens, bryophytes and invertebrates (15% of articles). Only 5% of the publications concern research on human activities, including both archaeology and impact monitoring. Glaciology, meteorology and climatology studies represent only 7% of papers. This work highlights the international and multidisciplinary nature of science conducted on Byers Peninsula in order to promote international cooperation and to provide information relevant for environmental management and conservation.
Georgia farmers were hoping Hurricane Bertha would help soak their parched peanut and cotton fields. But the massive storm turned northward, and the hot sun kept beating down on cropland. No one hoped Bertha would hit Georgia. But many desperately wanted rain from the storm’s outer edge. Cotton and peanuts have entered critical reproductive stages when their water needs are high. Cotton has to have water to fruit and produce fiber. Peanuts need it to bloom and produce the “pegs” that support peanut pods. In all, cotton and peanuts have an economic impact of more than $3.6 billion in Georgia. And without regular rains, cotton and peanut farmers could face a disaster. Many farmers rely on irrigation when rains don’t come. But with only a third of Georgia’s cotton and just over half its peanut acreage under irrigation, these and other crops are slowly drying up. “In most areas, it’s very hard to make a cotton crop with only irrigation,” said Steve M. Brown, a cotton agronomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. Farmers’ irrigation systems can’t always supply as much water as cotton needs. Dry weather into early July in Georgia and much of the Southeast cotton belt just about shut down growth in cotton plants. Without water, the plants can’t take up nutrients that help form the cotton fruits, or bolls, that produce the fiber. Brown said scattered showers can have another effect on cotton: widely gapped boll production. Cotton plants reach a “cutout” point when they stop producing the blooms that later form bolls. After that cutout, it takes about three weeks to start blooming again. When the plants reach cutout before it rains, he said, the resulting gap in the bolls’ maturity makes it hard to time harvesting. Some bolls are ready to pick, while others on the same plant may still need 30 more days. There is some good news. The insects farmers usually battle have hardly shown up this year. “We’re almost scared — it’s that light,” Brown said. Through mid-July, Georgia farmers had sprayed insecticides on less than 10 percent of their cotton acres. In an average year, they would have sprayed nearly all of it. And many farmers who had sprayed had sprayed only once. Often they have sprayed four or five times by mid-July. In 1995, Georgia farmers planted 1.5 million acres of cotton and harvested nearly all of it. That puts Georgia third in the nation behind Texas and California. The ’95 Georgia crop, the state’s largest since 1918, was valued at $791 million, up 32 percent over ’94. For peanuts, “our most critical water-need period extends from now until Labor Day,” said John Beasley, an Extension Service peanut agronomist. Nearly all of the Georgia crop is in the bloom stage or older. During that time, Georgia peanuts need more than 2 inches of water per week to grow the pegs and pods needed to make a good crop. Potential yields are already dropping. “Until substantial rain falls on the crop,” he said, “we’ll keep losing yield. We won’t know for certain how much yield we will lose until we harvest in September and October.” Hot, dry weather means, too, that when rain does fall, it evaporates quickly. Beasley said nearly one-third of an inch of water evaporates from the soil every day. Dry fields create another problem. Any pesticide, whether for insects, weeds or disease, needs water to work effectively. Beasley said a small amount of rain can increase the risk of a common peanut disease, too. “Hot, humid conditions favor leaf spot development,” he said. “So peanut farmers have to stay on a 10- to 14-day spray schedule or follow a leaf spot advisory system.”
Norwegian transportation company The Fjords has taken delivery of its zero emission passenger vessel, Future of The Fjords.Featuring a length of 42 meters, the all-electric catamaran will begin operation in mid-May, making around 700 yearly round trips along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjord route between Flåm and Gudvangen.The Fjords said that this is the first vessel of its kind to offer completely emission free transport through the Western Norwegian landscape.Future of The Fjords is the sister ship to Vision of The Fjords, a diesel electric hybrid launched in 2016. Although both ships are designed and constructed by Norwegian shipyard Brødrene Aa, they are very different.“Vision of The Fjords was an important development for us, but we had the ambition to take it one step further and replace the diesel electric propulsion with all-electric – thus eradicating all noise and emissions to air for the entire route. Future of The Fjords does just that, minimising its impact on the environment while maximising the experience of passengers,” Rolf Sandvik, The Fjords CEO, said.The NOK 144 million vessel is propelled by two 450kW electric motors, enabling cruising speeds of 16 knots. Additionally, The Fjords has, in partnership with Brødrene Aa, developed a unique charging solution called the Power Dock.With a length of 40 meters and a width of 5 meters, the floating glass fibre dock will sit in the water at Gudvangen, housing a 2.4 MWh battery pack. This charges steadily throughout the day via connection to the local grid network, which does not have the capacity to charge the Future of The Fjords directly. The solution allows the vessel to ‘refill’ in just 20 minutes.