Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Beloved American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) will return to life in a special Living History presentation on Sunday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. at The Shakespeare Club.Performance artist, author, and educator Valerie Weich will portray Alcott, whose novels Little Women and its sequels continue to win new generations of fans. As the famed author, Weich will speak on Alcott’s views about her fame, as well as discuss women’s inequality and women’s suffrage, her experience as a Civil War nurse, the abolitionist movement, and transcendental philosophy.This program is presented by Pasadena Museum of History; funding is generously provided by the Living History Centre Fund.Tickets are $12 General; $10 Museum & Shakespeare Club Members. Pre-paid reservations are required and available online at https://louisamayaclott.bpt.me or by calling 1.800.838.8006. The Shakespeare Club is located at 171 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena. Free parking is available in the Shakespeare Club lot and on the street.About the PerformerValerie Weich made her debut as Louisa May Alcott for Pasadena Museum of History in April 2003, in an original, one-woman presentation, The Late Louisa May. She subsequently developed the performance into an educational outreach program (Literary Lives) and has since performed for more than 8,000 students in the Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Alhambra, and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. She has also made numerous appearances in a variety of venues for audiences of all ages.Weich has also portrayed Pasadena arts patron Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930) for PMH and is developing a one-woman presentation, Frankenstein’s Mother: An Evening with Mary Shelley. She curated her first art exhibition at the South Pasadena Public Library in October 2018, Frankenstein Meets Little Women: A Monster Mash that included eleven artists celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein and the 150th anniversary of Little Women.A member of the Horror Writers Association, Weich is currently a Bram Stoker Award® nominee in the Short Non-Fiction category. Her article titled “Lord Byron’s Whipping Boy: Dr. John William Polidori and the 200th Anniversary of The Vampyre” was published in Famous Monsters of Filmland, No. 291 (October 2019). She is also a nominee for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award. HerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Make a comment Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Events Previews The Pasadena Museum of History Presents An Afternoon with Louisa May Alcott On Sunday, March 15, 2:00 pm at The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 2:31 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week 108 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
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A limited number of places are left on the grid for this year’s Kart Racing Grand Prix, an annual charity event to benefit the Bakers’ Benevolent Society (BBS).Experienced and novice drivers are equally welcome, either as teams or individuals. British Baker will be sending a group of three, including features editor Andrew “black flag” Williams, to the annual event, which raised over £2,250 for the BBS last time round.Prizes up for grabs include first, second and third overall and first, second and third in class, as well as an individual drivers’ prize for the driver with the fastest lap. The event, sponsored by Rank Hovis/ Premier Foods, is on 27 September at the Daytona Raceway, Milton Keynes, from 10.30am to 4pm.To take part, contact andrea.lewis @rhm.com; tel: 01494 428505.
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After hours spent trying to repair damages to the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB), commuters and traffic will soon return to normal as Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has announced that repairs are complete.Crowds of commuters inconvenienced after the DHB was out of commissionIn a statement on his social media account on Wednesday, Patterson revealed that staff of the DHB have completed the realignment of the bridge, which went down after being struck by a barge on Monday.He also announced that by today, the bridge will be opened completely to all traffic. This comes after the bridge was opened to light traffic on Tuesday, while persons living on West Bank Demerara (WBD) were forced to use water taxis to commute.On Monday, the very day that school reopened, a barge and tug slammed into the southern side of the Demerara Harbour Bridge. The impact shifted the spans and resulted in serious damage to a car that was caught in between two separated plates.Emergency actions were deployed. Engineers had also noticed that structure was shifted from its aligned position between the two damaged spans.As the morning wore on, there was confusion as passengers fainted while waiting to board speedboats at the Stabroek Stelling. While some commuters complained about the inordinate time it took to board, others complained about the stagnant location and the toxic air.Floating at 1.25 miles, the Demerara Harbour Bridge has the distinction of being the longest floating bridge in the world. It is a strategic link between the eastern and western banks of the Demerara River that facilitates the daily movement of a large numbers of vehicles, people and cargo.The structure was built in the 1970s, but was opened in July 1978 with the expectation of lasting only 10 years. As such, there have been concerted efforts by both the previous and current administration to build a new bridge, though the latest efforts have been marred by procurement controversies.In 2017, a feasibility study and design for a new Demerara River Bridge was done by Dutch company LievenseCSO. The project team had included officials from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation and Transport and Harbours Department.That the feasibility study had determined the proposed location of Houston-Versailles as the most ideal. A low-level bridge with a movable part and three-lanes was recommended for construction.However, another study had been completed back in 2013, when the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation had collaborated with the then Public Works Ministry to carry out a pre-feasibility analysis. That study had concluded that a ‘fixed, high level’ bridge was the best option to pursue, rather than the retractable model.
It’s a saying that dates back to 1561, when Vince Carter was but a rookie:“Be optimistic but also be prepared for all possibilities.”Today we know it as “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” It is often applied to serious injuries to celebrated athletes.As we speak it applies to Kevin Durant, the Warriors’ resident postseason marvel, who strained his right calf in Wednesday’s playoff game against the Houston Rockets. Needless to say, this is a spanner in the works for the Warriors who …
Modern cosmology is in a battle against the observations, and the observations might just win.Giant ring of galaxies should not exist. A ring of galaxies 5 billion light-years across has cosmologists perplexed, Space.com says (see also Science Daily). According to theory, the large structure, measured via gamma ray bursts, shouldn’t exist. We’ve seen big structures before, but this one is up there; as seen from Earth, it would be 70 times the width of the full moon. That’s almost 5 times the theoretical limit. And it’s not alone, the article says; another one twice as wide was reported in 2013. According to the Cosmological Principle, the universe should appear uniform at large scales.“If we are right, this structure contradicts the current models of the universe. It was a huge surprise to find something this big — and we still don’t quite understand how it came to exist at all,” added Balazs.So is the Cosmological Principal [sic] flawed? It’s certainly looking that way.Universe is missing light. Another observation is at odds with modern cosmology: “Something is amiss in the Universe,” an article on Laboratory Equipment begins. “There appears to be an enormous deficit of ultraviolet light in the cosmic budget.” The universe is apparently unaware it is in crisis:“Either our accounting of the light from galaxies and quasars is very far off, or there’s some other major source of ionizing photons that we’ve never recognized,” Kollmeier says. “We are calling this missing light the photon underproduction crisis. But it’s the astronomers who are in crisis — somehow or other, the universe is getting along just fine.”Some astronomers are waving their hands to conjure up “decaying dark matter,” as if invoking another unknown helps.“You know it’s a crisis when you start seriously talking about decaying dark matter,” Katz remarks.“The great thing about a 400 percent discrepancy is that you know something is really wrong,” comments co-author David Weinberg of The Ohio State Univ. “We still don’t know for sure what it is, but at least one thing we thought we knew about the present day universe isn’t true.”They want more time to figure out the discrepancy. Maybe, instead, they should be fired for incompetence.Tiny black holes could trigger collapse of universe—except that they don’t. Science Magazine is puzzled why black holes stop. Remember the fears that a man-made black hole would suck up the Earth and everything around it? Remember also the worries about looking for the Higgs boson? We were told not to worry. “Now, however, three theorists calculate that in a chain reaction, a mini black hole could trigger such collapse after all,” the article says. The only comfort is that it should have already happened, but we’re still here. This implies that theory is mistaken:The real point, Moss says, is that theorists can no longer shrug off the problem by assuming that the collapse of the vacuum would take a hugely long time. By showing that—according to the standard model—the collapse should happen quickly, the paper suggests that some new physics must kick in to stabilize the vacuum.Here be dragons: the supermassive black hole that’s growing impossibly fast: At The Conversation, Kevin Pimbblet is struggling to explain a black hole that appears to be growing so fast, it seems impossible—and it hints there might be even bigger and faster ones to be found.Mature galaxies from the start: An article on Science Daily seems curiously upbeat about a drastic change of opinion: “Milky Way-like galaxies may have existed in the early universe: Large-scale simulation provides theoretical evidence of early disk galaxies.” Haven’t we been taught since the days of Edwin Hubble that galaxies evolve from simple to complex? “It’s awe inspiring to think that galaxies much like our own existed when the universe was so young,” a cosmologist from Carnegie Mellon says. His colleague points out the drastic change from previous beliefs:“Theoretically we thought that when the universe was only 5 percent of its present age, it would be a place full of chaos and disorder,” Croft said. “Our simulation showed that the early universe might be far from being just this. It might contain beautiful symmetrical galaxies, like the Milky Way.“Successes?There are some claimed successes in cosmology. Here are some previous mysteries said to be resolved:Balancing the lithium budget: Science Daily offers a rescue to theory about the big bang that has been hard to reconcile with observation. This is a long-standing problem, PhysOrg says; “desperately tried to provide an explanation” but ideas were “never convincing.” From Science Daily,Lithium, the lightest metal, used in batteries and mood-stabilising drugs, is rarer than it should be. Models of the period after the Big Bang explain how it, hydrogen and helium were synthesised in nuclear reactions, before the universe cooled enough for the stars and planets that we see today to come into being. Astronomers though think that about three times as much lithium was produced in that earliest epoch than remains today in the oldest stars in the galaxy, and the difference has proved hard to explain.A workaround was announced from Italy: in ancient stars, the lithium “was destroyed and re-accumulated by these stars shortly after they were born.” Whether this “completely new approach to the lithium problem” holds up remains to be seen; it’s a pretty convoluted model requiring stages of gain and loss during stellar evolution. “The model not only may explain the loss of lithium in stars, but could also help explain why the Sun has fifty times less lithium than similar stars and why stars with planets have less lithium than stars on their own.” But is it plausible? PhysOrg quotes the lead researcher: “To test our model definitively, we have to wait for technical advances that are not yet available.” That will take another ten years, long enough for him to retire probably. See also Daniel Clery’s summary of the problem and proposed solution in Science Magazine; he recounts previous theories that came and went.Revealing what must come: If the cosmos is “all that is, and ever was, and ever will be” as Carl Sagan says, it will be dark in the distant future. Daniel Clery writes in Science Magazine that “The universe is in a long, slow decline to darkness.” Live Science says, “It’s official: The universe is dying slowly.” The author never states who was officiating.The most comprehensive assessment of the energy output in the nearby universe reveals that today’s produced energy is only about half of what it was 2 billion years ago. A team of international scientists used several of the world’s most powerful telescopes to study the energy of the universe and concluded that the universe is slowly dying.So is this true? Here’s a theory that could only be falsified long, long after cosmologists are retired and dead. Neither article refers to dark matter or dark energy, which cosmologists believe add up to 96% of reality. It wasn’t long ago that they were saying that dark energy would lead to a “big rip” in spacetime, not a heat death. One of the new theorists tried to be funny: “The universe has basically sat down on the sofa, pulled up a blanket, and is about to nod off for an eternal doze.” He sounds like he knows of which he speaks. A philosophical gadfly might ask why the universe is still awake at all.Here’s a cosmic mystery you can solve with a little reflection: “I am the end of time and the beginning of eternity. I am the beginning of every end, and the end of space, time, and the universe. 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29 August 2011 The African Union (AU) last week secured over US$351-million in cash and some $28-million in kind at a pledging conference for the drought in the Horn of Africa. The South African government responded to the humanitarian crisis by raising R8-million towards the famine relief programme, R4-million of which was donated to the South African NGO, Gift of the Givers, towards transportation and logistical costs of delivering aid to Somalia. The AU pledging conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last Thursday sought to fill the $1-billion gap in the $2.4-billion needed to address the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. Representatives from China, Japan, Germany, India, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates and Mexico were also among the attendees. Compounded by conflict Countries of the Horn of Africa have been gripped by severe drought and famine – the worst in 60 years, said AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping, adding that the situation in Somalia had been compounded by conflict and insecurity, lack of access to affected areas, high food prices, and human and livestock diseases. Jerry John Rawlings, former president of Ghana and AU High Representative for Somalia, said African governments needed to contribute at least $50-million urgently to the AU Humanitarian Disaster Fund. According to Ping, Ethiopia and Kenya have been making huge contributions by opening their doors to Somalis, receiving them in large numbers, even though they themselves have been affected by the drought. On Thursday South Africa pledged a further $280 000 for relief efforts in the region. Addressing the root cause South Africa, which has been providing support to the vulnerable communities in Somalia, was represented at the pledging conference by International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman. Source: BuaNews Senior officials from member states as well as heads and representatives of regional organisations and AU partners gathered at the conference organised under the theme, “One Africa, One Voice against Hunger”. Fransman said South Africa would continue to work with the AU, the Africa Group in Rome and the UN in general to ensure not only that immediate humanitarian relief operations and needs were being addressed, but to strike a balance between the short-term relief responses and the need for development in the long term to address the root causes of the crisis. “If we do not act urgently, they face slow, certain death by starvation,” he said.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many in agriculture are optimistic about the announcement that the United States and Japan will pursue a bilateral trade agreement.“The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association strongly supports President Trump’s commitment to expanding trade with Japan. Today’s announcement is exciting news for America’s beef producers because Japan is our top export market, accounting for nearly $1.9 billion in U.S. beef sales in 2017,” said Kevin Kester, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president. “Unfortunately, U.S. beef faces a massive 38.5% tariff in Japan—a trade barrier that hurts America’s beef producers and Japanese consumers. NCBA has been a strong advocate for a bilateral trade deal between our nations and looks forward to working closely with the Trump Administration to secure increased market access for our industry. We congratulate President Trump and Prime Minister Abe for taking this important step in our trading relationship. The faster negotiations conclude, the faster U.S. producers can provide more Japanese consumers with the high-quality beef they demand.”The trade talks are starting and U.S. concerns grow for agricultural exports. In its ongoing efforts to realign U.S. trade policy, the Trump administration is considering putting duties on autos and auto parts under the 1962 Trade Expansion Act’s Section 232 for national security reasons.U.S. tariffs on auto imports likely would prompt additional retaliation from some of American agriculture’s biggest trading partners, leading to catastrophic financial harm to farmers, warned the National Pork Producers Council in comments submitted today to the Senate Committee on Finance.“American agriculture generally and U.S. pork producers specifically have borne the brunt of trade retaliation from some of our top trading partners,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “We can’t afford to take another hit. If we do, a lot of farmers could go out of business, and consumers will pay a lot more for food.”According to an estimate from Iowa State University economists, U.S. tariffs on auto imports could affect Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and at least four members of the European Union — Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom — as well as countries that supply parts to those nations. All are customers for U.S. pork. Canada, Japan, Mexico and South Korea are four of the U.S. pork industry’s top five export markets.“Tariff retaliation from any of those countries would be bad for us,” Heimerl said, “but if we get duties from Canada, Japan, Mexico or South Korea — or all of them — U.S. pork and other U.S. farm exports would be dealt a devastating blow.”The Trump Administration, however, appears poised to move forward in pursuing more equitable trade deals with various countries, including Japan.“Achieving high-standard trade agreements is a top priority for American agriculture, and the announcement of the beginning of negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement is an important step in that process. This is welcome news, since we know that export income is critical to the financial health of agriculture and is a key contributor to rural prosperity,” said Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “Japan is an important customer for our agricultural products and we look forward to the great potential this breakthrough represents.”