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first_imgPEN New England will present this year’s Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing on Feb. 8 to author Edward O. Wilson in recognition of his exceptional talents. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.Regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent biologists and naturalists, Wilson grew up in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, where he spent his boyhood exploring the region’s forests and swamps, collecting snakes, butterflies, and ants — the latter to become his lifelong specialty. He is the author of more than 20 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Ants” and “On Human Nature.”The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. inside the Geological Lecture Hall at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.last_img read more

first_imgNRG Systems Inc,Hinesburg, Vermont-based NRG Systems, manufacturer of measurement systems for the utility-scale renewable energy industry, and G. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH, German manufacturer of ultrasonic wind sensors, today announced a private-label agreement to serve a broader global market in wind measurement and turbine control. The agreement pairs NRG Systems’ global reach in the wind energy industry and its complete system approach with G. Lufft’s ultrasonic technology for wind measurement.Under the private-label agreement, effective immediately, Lufft will manufacture three ultrasonic wind sensors exclusively for NRG Systems to market worldwide, under the NRG Systems brand. ‘The agreement with Lufft will enable us to offer customers greater choice and price options in wind sensors’for turbine control and resource measurement’starting next month,’ said Barton Merle-Smith, Director of Marketing and Sales. ‘It’s all about providing a complete solution for wind measurement from one supplier.’About NRG SystemsNRG Systems is an independently owned company that has served the global renewable energy industry for nearly 30 years. Jan Blittersdorf is NRG Systems CEO/president. Electric utilities, wind and solar farm developers, turbine manufacturers, research institutes and universities on every continent and in more than 145 countries rely on the company’s resource assessment systems, turbine control sensors, and lidar remote sensors. For more information, visit www.nrgsystems.com(link is external).About G. LufftG. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH manufacturers instruments and professional systems for industrial climate measurement technology, environmental engineering, climatology, agricultural meteorology, traffic engineering, monitoring systems for pharmaceutical applications. The company, founded in 1881, is based in Fellbach-Schmiden, Germany. For more information, visit www.lufft.com(link is external). November 16, 2011last_img read more

first_imgA study out of England has found that four out of five children report feeling more confident after spending time participating in outdoor activities. The study looked at 451 children who undertook activities such as identifying plants and trees. Researchers discovered that following those experiences, 79% of children said it could help their schoolwork. Children also reported that outdoor activities could improve their relationships in class. Eighty-one percent said they had better relationships with their teachers after spending time in nature and 79% said their relationships with their classmates were better. A Massachusetts man was rescued from the Appalachian Trail on Wednesday after phoning police to tell them he was cold, weak and suffering from an injury that prevented him from hiking out of the forest.  Study finds spending time in nature improves kid’s confidence Rescue workers located Eric Wrisley, 36, near the Goddard Shelter in Glastenbury, Vermont around 10pm. He was escorted out of the woods and treated and released by Bennington Rescue.  The U.S. national track cycling team took Gold in the team pursuit and points race and Bronze in the scratch race at the Track World Cup in Minsk, Belarus on November 1. Chole Dygert Owens, Jennifer Valente, Christina Birch and Emma White clocked their fastest time in the team pursuit since the qualifying round of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Their time of 4:13:616 broke the Minsk Arena Velodrome’s track record. They later won the Gold medal after beating Germany in the finals.  “Our women proved today why they have claimed three out of the past four titles at the World Championships,” Jeff Pierce, Director of Elite Athletics, road and track told Velo News. “They have been training extremely hard and we are looking forward to continuing their progression as we look toward Toyko 2020.” U.S. Women’s track cycling team takes gold at Track World Cup Hiker rescued from AT in southern Vermont “This research shows that children experience profound and diverse benefits through regular contact with nature,” said Nigel Doar, director of strategy at England’s The Wildlife Trust. “Contact with the wild improves children’s wellbeing, motivation and confidence.”last_img read more

first_img Mr. General Valencia belongs to a group of distinguished officers from the Colombian Army, such as: Ruiz Novoa, Camacho Leyva, Pinzon Caicedo, Gabriel Puyana, Matallana, Landazabal, These generals distinguished themselves by defending the military institution from political attacks, by having an innate ability to lead and the complete support of the officers and their subordinates, today all the generals know how to do is take orders. need information about the colombians who were in tokyo in june 1954 at the geneva peace talksneed pictures too also i need to know if any of the troops were from tunjaplease answer in english onlythank you I’D LIKE TO KNOW WHOM CAN I CONTACT AND INFORM ABOUT A MAN CALLED RAFAEL RIVERA ALEGRIA, WHO WAS IN THE WAR AND DIED FOR THE CAUSE, AND WHOSE BODY WAS REPATRIATED AND BURIED WITH MILITARY HONORS IN THE CEMETERY OF TIMBIO CAUCA, WHERE A MONUMENT WITH A PLAQUE WAS MADE FOR HIM; HE WAS RANDOMLY EXHUMED BY THE PRIEST OF THAT TOWN, HIS GRAVE WAS DESTROYED AND HIS PLAQUE DISAPPEARED. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THE VETERANS ASSOCIATION OR THE ARMY COMMAND CAN REINSTATE HIS RIGHTS, SINCE HIS REMAINS WERE ABANDONED IN A VAULT IN A CORNER OF THE CEMETERY, BY ORDERS OF THAT PRIEST. I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR ASSISTANCE SINCE MY MOTHER, SISTER OF THE DECEASED VETERAN, LAMENTS EVERY DAY THE FATE OF HER BROTHER’S REMAINS. SHE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT SHE CAN VISIT HIS GRAVE IN THE CEMETERY, LIKE A VETERAN DESERVES; INSTEAD HIS REMAINS WERE MOVED TO A VAULT IN THE MOST ABANDONED SECTION OF THE CEMETERY. THANK YOU. GEN Alvaro Valencia Tovar was a close friend and working colleague of mine for 40 years. He was, simply put, the greatest military mind of his era, most of which is the second half of the 20th century. A few times that US leaders listened to his wise counsel and did what he suggested, difficult matters became much better. Again, many times US leaders listened to people who think on the liberal/conservative spectrum, or people who believe Latin American military officers are incompetent. In those cases, US policy usually ended up in the tank. When GEN Valencia retired from the Army, he had not really attempted a coup d’etat. That was political dirt-spreading which carried a price, namely, Colombia partially reverted to the big firepower tactics for anti-guerrilla warfare, a concept which never works. GEN Valencia is also a historian of note. Add to that the fact that he was a great novelist and a brilliant strategist on all levels of warfare. The US made a stupid mistake by not working this officer deeply into policy formulation both the the US and the Western Hemisphere countries. But his literary legacy leaves his thoughts clearly for anyone in high office with the will to learn good policy ideas from a genius. /. END Thank you for this very informative post. As an American Korean War veteran, I am always eager to learn more about others who served there, especially those as distinguished as General Tovar. Hello I’m currently looking for gentleman named Oscar Escobar Ponce de Leon he is a very important member of our family and we like to know his whereabouts. He was a Colombian soldier and we know that he was wounded in the Korean War in the earlier 1950 decade, therefore we are hoping that by searching through his military records we may be lucky enough to locate him. We have tried other ways with not very good results.Thank you very much. His name is Oscar Escobar Burbino Ponse De Leon. I believe he is my father. I am now in the unites states (Miami) I know he is still alive. I am 53 years old on now and I was just informed about him in the last month. I am anxious to contact him.He was one of the soldiers that was sent to the Korean war from Colombia.If you have any information, please contact me at [email protected] One month ago.. I was informed that I was the biological daughter of Oscar Escobar Burbino Ponce De Leon, he was a soldier in the Korea war.. I don’t have much information from him, only his name and the fact that he serviced his country.I am 53 years old and I came to the United States when I was 5 years old. If any one can guide me on how to find my biological father I would appreciate the information, I am guiding my self more towards these web-site since I feel that I have a better opportunity to find him.my phone number is 786-290-333 if you have any information about him, or if you are reading this message and could guide me where I should start looking I would highly appreciate it.Luz My father Jairo J. Gaviria, who is now 84 years old is a Veteran of the Korean War. He was in Colombia’s second battalion and in the battle at Old Baldy. We live in Los Angeles California, I reacently took his old pictures and War metals and conserved/displayed them in a case for his kids and grandkids to see. As I researched the Korean War and Colombia’s involvement, I am amazed so interested and proud of how important my father’s service was. My father is also amazed to see these documentaries and information now available for all of us to learn more about this important history for Colombia and the world. Thank you for this post. Hi! my grandfather fought at korean warhe is dead now so please, can yous ask your father if he met a man called Agustin Hernandez?thank you, have a nice day 🙂 “Successful combat is not measured by the number of casualties or liters of blood. It is in recovering occupied territories and the populations that inhabit them.” – Gen. Álvaro Valencia Tovar On June 16, 1951, 1,060 Colombian volunteers comprising the Colombia Battalion crossed the Pacific Ocean aboard the U.S. Navy ship Aiken Victory, en route to the Korean peninsula. The North Korean communist forces had attacked their neighbor to the south. Initially, the Colombia Battalion was assigned to the 21st Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, and together, they were the first representatives of the United Nations Allied Forces to disembark very close to the 38th Parallel, the dividing line between North and South Korea. More notably, Colombia was the only Latin American country to heed the call of the UN Security Council after adopting Resolution 83, which recommended the members to offer assistance in repelling the communists’ armed attack and restore international peace and security in the area. “It was a battalion of volunteers,” says General Álvaro Valencia Tovar, one of the few Colombian veterans of the Korean War still alive. “And though I was deployed on a mission in the U.S. when Colombia agreed to support the allies, naturally I came forward when I read my name in the paper among the volunteers to deploy.” Diálogo spoke with Gen. Valencia Tovar at his home in Bogotá, about his experiences in a foreign war, in a completely different world than the one he came from and knew. Gen. Valencia Tovar had been selected to be part of the Colombia Battalion because of his knowledge of English and the contact he had with the United States and its Army through an armor course he had attended in Fort Knox, Kentucky. “It was a really extraordinary experience”, he reminisces about the year-and-a-half (1951-52) he served his country and the Allied Forces against the North Korean communists, who were supported by China and the Soviet Union. “I never regretted going, despite the hardships suffered during war, the bitter winter we lived through there…resisting subzero temperatures, but that was all part of a chapter in my life that I’ve always regarded with great sympathy and with pleasant memories,” he recounts. The Colombia Battalion’s first combat mission took place on August 7, 1951 under the command of then Captain Álvaro Valencia Tovar. That day, Colonel Ginés Pérez, an American of Spanish descent, led the 21st Infantry Regiment into the valley of Pukhan, sending the “Colombia” to their baptism of fire as the tip of the spear in an advance with three offensive reconnaissance patrols, among which was Capt. Valencia Tovar’s company. In addition to being bilingual, Capt. Valencia Tovar distinguished himself during the Korean War for his experience in operations. Both factors allowed him to occupy critical positions as director of intelligence and subsequently of operations, and serve as the battalion’s interpreter, facilitating communication between the Allies, among which were Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and the U.S. So much so, that Colonel Noel M. Cox, the American commander of the 31st Regiment –the Polar Bears–, asked Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Polanía Puyo, commander of the Colombia Battalion, to transfer Capt. Valencia Tovar from intelligence to Operations within the 31st Regiment. This honor is one of the two memories that Gen. Valencia Tovar holds most fondly today. “Naturally, I felt obliged to do it; it was the first time that a foreign officer (non-American) participated in regimental operations of the 8th Army, so LTC Polanía agreed to send me,” tells Gen. Valencia Tovar, highlighting that “being in or belonging to regimental operations requires ample experience and practice because three infantry battalions, in addition to the Colombia Battalion, formed part of the 31st Infantry Regiment.” Because of his actions in the 21st Infantry Regiment combined staff and subsequently, within the 31st Infantry Regiment’s staff, the U.S. Army honored Capt. Valencia Tovar with the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit. Upon his return to Colombia, Capt. Valencia Tovar became professor and director of the Army Infantry School and also headed the Colombian Army Command, where he was able to turn into doctrine everything he had learned during the irregular and regular warfare in Korea to help rebuild the Colombian Military. Today, at 88, Gen. Valencia Tovar remains very active: he writes for Colombian daily El País, serves as dean of the country’s retired generals and dean of the veterans of war; is a historian, published author of numerous books and acting member of the Colombian Academy of History and of the Colombian Geographical Society. He still maintains strong friendships with his brothers in arms. Some of the General’s Anecdotes: Operation Nomad Operation Nomad started in October, 1951. It was the last mobilized operation of the Korean War. The U.S. Army had given tactical names to three strategic hills: 23, 24 and 25, but the Colombian Battalion renamed them Cerro de la Teta (Breast Hill) because of its “suggestive” shape, Don Polo, after Commander Polanía and Old Baldy because it was a barren area with no vegetation that resembled a bald head. “We took these three hills by assault on the initiation of the attack, on October 13, 1951. Because of it, five Colombians earned Silver Stars and Bronze Stars with the V device for valor; two officers and three non-commissioned officers earned the first awards of the war during the attack on those hills.” “They [the Chinese] never imagined that the advance by the army corps which executed Operation Nomad would be so quick, and less so that the Colombia Battalion, which led as the tip of the spear, would be able to dominate the entire valley.” “Aranar” During the Rest and Recovery periods, or R and R, the battalions had a week off in which many traveled to the nearby city of Tokyo, Japan. Since many of the Colombian men did not speak English, they called it by its phonetic name “Aranar”, and made it a verb, talking of going to and returning from “aranar”. Postwar Tokyo (WWII, 1939-45) was in the midst of rebuilding, and you could still see the Geisha communities, where Japanese women would dress in traditional kimonos, according to Gen. Valencia Tovar. “The suffix -ko was added to the names of Japanese women to signify something like a maiden or lady,” he tells, as he evokes old Japanese love songs and old war loves. By Dialogo November 10, 2011last_img read more

first_imgCHENANGO BRIDGE (WBNG) — For the second year First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge is teaming up with Broome County to sponsor a Night to Shine. “It is truly the happiest prom in Broome County without a doubt, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “These proms were given in all fifty states as well as 29 countries now this year it’s going to be 720 host churches in 34 countries,” Clark said. It’s love that Garnar says is evident from the minute the guests arrive. The goal is to spread love to a community that organizers say deserve a special night. The event is part of a national celebration sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, one that is growing by the year. A Night to Shine offers a prom night experience for individuals with special needs and will take place this Friday, February 7 at Chenango Bridge High School. Organizers say it’s also a night to show appreciation for those who devote their lives to caring for individuals with special needs. If you’d like to donate to the event you can do so by sending a check to: “Some of these folks are in their forties, fifties, sixties and they never got to have a prom when they were in school,” said Pastor Robert Clark of First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge. “Now they get to have this prom” “They are given shoe shine, hair and makeup is done they also receive boutonnieres and corsages,” Clark said. First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge PO Box 501 Chenango Bridge, NY 13745 “Their caregivers will be at the red carpet to see them then we put them in a special area so that they can just have a break for a few hours,” Clark said. A prom that organizers say will be a first for many in attendance. “They are coming in and they are getting loved on and they are getting a huge applause, the cheerleaders are there,” he said. That includes hair, makeup and dresses,all of which were donated to the event. “Everything is free of charge to them and it’s our opportunity to just feel the love on that community,” said Clark. last_img read more

first_imgThe Arthur George founder, 33, has kept a relatively low profile over the past few years, but popped back up on an October episode of the E! reality show in honor of Kim Kardashian’s 40th birthday.“Major throwback lol HAPPY BIRTHDAY @kimkardashian‼️” Rob captioned an old photo for his sister’s big day on October 21. “Wishing you another Blessed year filled with good health and HAPPINESS 🙂 💙💙 I LOVE YOU SO MUCH woohoooo!!”Rob Kardashian Through the Years: Reality TV Star to Arthur George Sock DesignerE!Rob was also in attendance for the Skims founder’s private island birthday party last month.- Advertisement – The momager gushed about her only son, revealing how he’s grown as a parent after welcoming daughter Dream in November 2016 with his ex-fiancée Blac Chyna, who is currently suing Kardashian family for allegedly getting the pair’s E! reality show canceled.Kris Jenner Says Rob Kardashian Is So Good After His KUWTK ReturnKris Jenner Rob Latour/Shutterstock“His daughter, Dream, is great and he’s so in love with that kid,” Jenner explained. “He’s such a great dad and you never know — you have kids, they grow up, they have their kids — and you just don’t know how somebody is going to be as a parent but he’s just … wow.”She added: “He really is amazing.”- Advertisement – Back in action! Kris Jenner opened up about how her son, Rob Kardashian, is doing after reappearing on Keeping Up With the Kardashians last month.“He’s so good. He is so good,” Jenner, 64, said on the Tuesday, November 3, episode of iHeartRadio’s “Pretty Messed Up” podcast. “He’s really great.”- Advertisement – The California native was all smiles as he posed for photos with four of his five sisters while on vacation with the family in October. He was joined by Kim, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. Kylie Jenner missed the festivities due to “other commitments,” a source previously told Us Weekly.Rob also appeared on KUWTK in April in an episode celebrating his daughter’s 3rd birthday.“I am so proud of Rob and what a cute party he gave for Dream,” Kris said during the episode, referencing the Trolls-themed bash Rob threw. “He wanted it to be so special. From the cake to the bubble guy, it was just so cute.”The Grandeza Hot Sauce cocreator returned to social media two months later in June after being out of the public eye for some time. He posted photos from Khloé’s 36th birthday party where he showed off his slimmer figure.A source exclusively told Us in July that the reality star has been “taking really good care of himself” lately and is “in a good mental state.”The insider added: “He’s really focused on being a parent, he lives for Dream and that keeps him in a good place.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_img“And then he will report if he sees adult mosquitoes and another crew will go out at night to do adulticiding around that neighborhood,” Unlu says. Heavy rainfall throughout South Florida in recent weeks has created a breeding ground for disease-spreading insects.The Miami-Dade County Department of Health announced Thursday that two more residents have been infected with West Nile virus, bringing that county’s total to four cases for the year so far.There are currently no reported cases in Broward or Palm Beach, but the presence of the mosquitoes that carry West Nile and Dengue fever is of concern to officials.“It’s a problem when we have encephalitis, which is a swelling of the brain,” says Dr. Isik Unlu of Miami-Dade mosquito control. “That’s the part that is scary.”Ahn Ton of Broward mosquito control adds, “The type of mosquito that carries that type of virus is prevalent in our area and already we’re seeing them popping up around our area.”There is no evidence that suggests the mosquitoes can spread COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization, since coronavirus is a respiratory virus that spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose, not from blood.“Right now, on average, we’re getting about 300-400 requests a day,” Ton explains. “During the slow season, just to put it in perspective, just a couple of months ago we were getting 20-30 requests a day.”With more than 250 calls a day, Miami-Dade’s mosquito control teams are also trying to kill larvae before they hatch. Adulticiding is the term used for killing adult mosquitoes.Officials add that people need to protect themselves by getting rid of standing water and avoiding the outdoors during peak hours from sunrise to sunset. If you must be outside, try to wear protective clothing and use mosquito repellent.Health Department Confirms Second Case of West Nile Virus in Miamilast_img read more