Chaco Footwear retrofits factory to make protective masks

first_imgThe company is gearing up to potentially produce gowns and aprons as well. “This is both critical aid for our communities and an opportunity to empower our teams to lead, and we know other brands with similar resources in the outdoor industry, footwear, and fashion space will also rise to the occasion,” said Josh Weichhand, Marketing Director at Chaco. Everyone’s favorite sandal maker (or is it just mine?), Chaco Footwear, has announced that they have refocused their Michigan ReChaco factory and mobile factory bus—where sandals are repaired and products are customized– to manufacture face masks and other personal protective equipment needed by healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic is cancelling gatherings large and small, and the Washington, DC, Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF) is no exception. For the last quarter century, DCEFF has been showing environmental films to approximately 25,000 people a year. The festival was scheduled to take place March 12- March 22 but due to the pandemic the whole event will now take place online.  Meet Oliver, Colorado’s hiking ferret The largest environmental film festival will be viewable online Lauren says that in addition to hiking, Oliver enjoys camping and kayaking (don’t worry, he wears a safety vest in the water.) He also likes traveling and has visited eight national parks and traveled to six U.S. states. No matter where Oliver goes next, we hope he keeps exploring for a very long time—and that he and Lauren continue to take us along for the ride. During the virtual event, nearly half of the films showing at the festival will be available to view for free until the end of March. To learn more and view the available films, visit  It’s been a long week, and we could all use a reason to smile, no? That reason is Oliver, a hiking ferret that has climbed his way to the top of all 11 of Colorado’s highest peaks. His adventures have been documented by his partner in crime, Lauren, on Oliver’s Instagram page (warning, some of the photos feature Oliver in a bowtie and the cuteness overload is real.) Chaco Footwear retrofits factor to make protective maskslast_img read more

New York airports receive funding through CARES Act

first_img(WBNG/CNY CENTRAL)- Many airports are now receiving funding through the CARES Act relief law including a few in New York State. The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is getting $12,921,402 with a provision included that requires the airport to retain 90% of its workforce through the end of this year. Syracuse is receiving the same amount as Rochester, but less than Albany which is getting $15,277,876 and Buffalo will be getting $21,647,814. The Greater Binghamton Airport will receive $1,356,057. For more on the coronavirus click here. This article has been updated to reflect the amount of funding the Greater Binghamton Airport will receive. The Federal Aviation Administration has set out guidelines to airports that include the need of additional documentation should the airport wish to use the funds for airport development projects that do no have a direct connection to COVID-19. The CARES Act relief law will send money to airports to help offset the costs of the coronavirus. Some of the funds will go towards cleaning, extra staffing, as well as general operations, debt service and payroll. Some of the New York airports that are receiving the funds include the Greater Binghamton Airport, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, the Greater Rochester International Airport, the Albany International Airport and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.last_img read more

Jakob Oetama receives military funeral at Kalibata Heroes Cemetery

first_img“May his good deeds inspire all of us, may his soul have its rightful place in the afterlife.”Kompas spokesperson Rusdi Amral said in a statement that the military funeral was meant to pay homage to Jakob’s stature as a recipient of the Bintang Mahaputra Utama honorary award.Read also: Jakob Oetama bids farewell, leaving journalism legacyThe government granted him the award in 1973 for his achievements in journalism. Late Kompas Gramedia cofounder Jakob Oetama was laid to rest in a military funeral at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery, South Jakarta, on Thursday.Former vice president Jusuf Kalla acted as the ceremony inspector in a televised ceremony by Kompas TV.“I, Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, on behalf of the country and the Indonesian Military [TNI], hereby present to the Motherland [Jakob’s] body, soul and virtues,” Jusuf said during the funeral, which commenced at 11.20 a.m. “Jakob Oetama’s funeral at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery was meant as a tribute to the Bintang Mahaputra Utama [honorary medal] awarded to him in 1973 when he served as a member of the MPR [People’s Consultative Assembly],” Rusdi said.Prior to the funeral in Kalibata, Jakob’s relatives officially handed over his body to MPR speaker Bambang Soesatyo on behalf of the government at the Kompas Gramedia building in Palmerah, Central Jakarta, at 10.27 a.m.“On behalf of the country and TNI, I hereby receive the body of doctor honoris causa Jakob Oetama,” Bambang stated during the procession.Jakob died on Wednesday at the age of 88 at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.Jakob was born in Magelang, Central Java, on Sept. 27, 1931. He started his career as a teacher and later founded Kompas Gramedia, one of the country’s largest media and publishing companies, in 1965 with his colleague P.K. Ojong, who died in 1980. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Manziel glad for other rookies as he waits to play

first_imgCleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) warms up as Brian Hoyer (6) watches before a preseason NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)BEREA, Ohio (AP) – Blake Bortles is starting for the Jaguars. So is Teddy Bridgewater with the Vikings. Johnny Manziel, meanwhile, continues to serve as Brian Hoyer’s backup with the Browns.It’s been a surprising turn of events for the three rookie quarterbacks that were drafted in the first round.“I’m happy for those guys because they’re getting an early chance to play,” Manziel said Friday following practice. “That could have been my chance here, but it isn’t. Those are their situations and this is mine.“It’s hard to guess how things are going to play in the future, but I think it’s all about how you handle it when you’re not on the field. That’s really what sets you apart.”Johnny Football will again be holding a clipboard Sunday when Cleveland plays at winless Jacksonville.The Browns (3-2) have won two straight and Hoyer is having a breakout season at age 29. Their collective success has limited Manziel’s game action to five plays, the last of which occurred on Sept. 21 against Baltimore.“With the reps he gets in practice, Johnny has been effective,” Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said. “He gets a couple reps with the twos running our stuff, and gets in there with the scout team running the other teams’ offenses. He’s good.”Manziel’s scout team duties had him mimicking Bortles, who was the No. 3 pick out of Central Florida. The Jaguars turned to him three games ago after Chad Henne presided over three blowout losses.Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner said he did his best to become Bortles on the field.“You can definitely tell in Jacksonville’s offense that there is some stuff that they’ve put in for Blake to utilize his mobility,” said Manziel, who has thrown one incomplete pass and handed off four times. “I tried to give them a good look doing that.”A fourth rookie quarterback – second-round pick Derek Carr – has been starting all season for Oakland, which will play at the Browns next week.Manziel continues to top all first-year players in jersey sales but insists that he isn’t jealous of his peers. The former Texas A&M standout said learning the complex offensive system of Cleveland coordinator Kyle Shanahan has been more difficult than he expected.“What we do here wasn’t anything that I was asked to do at A&M, so I knew it would take some time,” the No. 22 overall selection said. “Now, knowing that some of the ideas spill over into the next week, I feel like I can study that. I’m a lot more honed in, which makes me a lot more comfortable.”Manziel’s comfort level has become so high, even around Hoyer, that the latter’s impending free agency hasn’t been discussed in the quarterbacks room.Hoyer earlier this week said that he wanted to play in Cleveland but also somewhere where he would be on the field. Hoyer’s agent later added that Manziel wouldn’t be a factor in Hoyer’s free agency process.Manziel said everything while play out, but the situation hasn’t been on his mind.“Brian is playing very, very well and he does everything the right way,” Manziel said. “To sit back and watch him for as long as this may be, I think it’s beneficial for me.”NOTES: Browns C Alex Mack (left fibula fracture) was placed on injured reserve, one day after undergoing surgery to repair a broken leg. . Pettine said rookie RB Terrance West, who was a healthy scratch last week against Pittsburgh, will be active in Jacksonville. . DE Billy Winn (quadriceps) and S K’Waun Williams (concussion) were declared out for the Jaguars game.last_img read more

Committee Focuses on Fort Hancock Repair, Future Use

first_imgBy John BurtonSANDY HOOK – In what is expected to be a two- or three-year process, a citizens’ committee studying the future of Fort Hancock and its historic structures has begun its work.The National Park Ser­vice (NPS) has convened a 20-member committee from a variety of fields to look at the possible future use and pre­servation of 38 structures at the former military installation, located at the northern tip of Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook.Officers Row at Fort Hancock after Super Storm SandyMany of the location’s structures, most of them more than a century old, have been deteriorating. “Some of these buildings, it may be too late to save already,” NPS spokesman John Harlan Warren said.Warren said Linda Canzanelli, superintendent for Gateway recreation areas, told the committee as they gathered for the first time last week it was “the last best chance to save Fort Hancock.”“I think that sums it up quite nicely,” Warren said.Warren also acknowledged “There will be little or no NPS money for the long-term preservation.”Among the committee members is Lynda Rose, president and chief operating officer of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce. Rose said, while it was “way too soon” to be talking about possible strategies for the location’s future, “there are some wonderful ideas out there.”Eventually, “like any good strategy session, we’ll put everything on the table and then talk about what’s possible, what’s not possible and why isn’t it possible,” Rose said.Another committee member, Mary Eileen Fouratt, executive director of the Monmouth County Arts Council, the arts education and advocacy organization headquartered in Red Bank, is looking to “see where the possibilities are.“I just think it is a beautiful place and has such a great history,” Fouratt said, “I’d like to see something happen other than buildings falling down.”Rose said that as a chamber of commerce president she would “like to see some hotels out there. I’d like to see some B and Bs out there.” But, she would also like to see arts venues and educational components and all should be accomplished while keeping with the park’s natural beauty and environment in mind.“There are ways to do things: wrong ways and right ways,” she said.While the committee is the first convened by the park service under the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA) to investigate ways to rehabilitate the former Army fort’s structures, it is not the first time the NPS has tried to work out a strategy to preserve them by way of a public/private partnership.The park service struck a deal with a private developer in 1999 to renovate the buildings that the developer then would lease out for a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit uses. The plan became quite controversial. A bitter battle lasted for about 10 years with opponents going to federal court to block the plan, alleging it would allow for the commercialization of parkland intended for the public’s recreational use. Proponents, including the park service, contended the plan was a means of preserving a historic resource without relying on taxpayer dollars.The park service eventually canceled the agreement when the developer failed to obtain the necessary financial backing to move the project forward. Only two buildings were renovated.Rose said the public/private partnership “can be done,” pointing to other national park areas, including The Presidio and Cavallo Point, located in Northern California. Those locations are “very respectful of the community, of the property and more important, the history,” of the sites, she said.During the committee’s first meeting last week at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, George Moffatt offered a different view. “The only use for those buildings should be educational and recreational,” he said.Moffatt was a board member of Save Sandy Hook, the group that had opposed the park service’s plan to work with the developer.Prior to Super Storm Sandy – which resulted in the park being temporarily closed due to damage – fort buildings were used by educational, nonprofit and government entities. While sections of the recreation area sustained considerable storm damage, Fort Hancock managed to escape the worst of it.Work to fix and rehabilitate the park is ongoing, but major projects, including the repair of the sewerage system, will have to wait until money from the Sandy relief bill, signed Tuesday night by President Obama, makes its way through the funding system, Warren said.Committee members, who are volunteers with experience in science, real estate, cultural arts, education and local and county government, are expected to meet four to six times a year during the next two to three years to devise recommendations for the site.last_img read more

Crabs fall 4-1 to PUF Caps, lose back-to-back games for the first time all season

first_imgArcata >> In the games following their previous four losses, the Humboldt Crabs were able to bounce back right away and start another winning streak.On Friday night, a different kind of streak started.For the first time all summer, the Crabs have lost back-to-back games, as the uber-talented Pacific Union Financial Capitalists were able to claim a 4-1 win over Humboldt in front of a packed house at the Arcata Ball Park.“[Starting pitcher Jeffrey Kersten] gave us every opportunity to win that …last_img

Boost for food processing sector

first_imgWorkers place freshly sliced mangoes ondrying trays at Bavaria fruit farm inLimpopo province.(Images: Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sidwell MedupeDti spokesperson+27 12 394 1650 or +27 79 492 1774Wilma den HartighThe Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) has identified food processing as a priority area in the South African economy.A new incentive scheme, the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP), will be launched in April to support industry development and help businesses to improve their competitiveness.Food processing is highly lucrative and there are many opportunities to grow this industry, but in recent years the sector has faced numerous setbacks, partly stemming from the impact of the global financial crisis.These include declining export performance, more imports into the South African market and lower rates of product and process innovation.At a recent food processing workshop hosted by the Dti in Johannesburg, trade and industry minister Dr Rob Davies explained that MCEP is one of a series of Dti interventions to enhance growth and development of the sector.Comprehensive recovery plan for manufacturingThe MCEP incentive scheme, designed to help manufacturers that are in distress from the effects of the financial crisis, was announced earlier this year by finance minister Pravin Gordhan in his budget speech.It is considered the major highlight of this year’s budget from an incentives perspective.Gordhan allocated R5.8-billion (US$764-million) to the programme, which will provide a support package to stabilise and grow output, increase employment and grow confidence in the manufacturing sector.Addressing job lossesThe intention of the programme is to address economic challenges that have resulted in job losses in the manufacturing sector. Through MCEP, companies can invest more in their operations and upgrade their production facilities. In doing this, firms can maximise employment, expand their value-adding potential and enhance productivity.The food processing sector can benefit significantly from this fund, as it specifically targets businesses in manufacturing that are either labour-intensive or exposed to intense international competition.Reducing the risk of further job losses in the food processing sector is a big focus of the incentive scheme.“This is the largest manufacturing sector by employment, with 177 000 employees or 15.2% of total manufacturing employment,” Davies said. “Food processing is also significant in value addition terms, with the sector contributing approximately 11% of total manufacturing value-added.”Industrial development“Agro processing is of strategic importance to promote industrial development in South Africa,” Davies said.He said that the food processing industry is closely linked to the agricultural sector from where it draws its inputs. For this reason, he believes, it is important to build a greater symbiosis between agriculture and food processing and in doing this, also create more jobs.“Agricultural production of crops in South Africa is thriving, but processing is lacking,” he said.Crops such as soybeans are grown in South Africa and exported to other countries where processing and value adding takes place. Then the product is shipped back into South Africa.“There is an opportunity to add value to products such as soybeans and other agricultural products here in South Africa,” he says.At the workshop Advocate Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly South Africa, a campaign to promote South African companies, products and services, said there is a great need to build South Africa’s manufacturing capacity.In his presentation he cited figures by Iraj Abedian, economist and CEO of financial services company Pan African Research and Investment Services.Abedian’s research shows that the manufacturing sector remains a critical source of decent and sustainable job creation.Considering the multiplier effect, a R1 ($0.13) investment in manufacturing resulted in a R1.13 ($0.15) increase in GDP, Abedian explained.A R1-million ($131 680) investment in manufacturing translates into three decent and sustainable additional jobs.Furthermore, he said that a R1 ($0.13) investment in manufacturing resulted in a R0.35 ($0.05) increase in fiscal revenue.Finding new marketsDavies said that the Dti is also focusing on new export market opportunities in Africa, the Middle East region, and BRICS countries.He appealed to local food processors to investigate these opportunities and develop products and packaging for new markets.“Our agro processing businesses must not stay stuck in a rut, but seize new opportunities,” he said.Davies said that traditional export markets for South African food products, namely the EU and the US, are expected to register relatively low growth for the next two to three years.“There are still opportunities in Europe, but in newer members of the EU and Eastern European countries,” he said.However, one of the major challenges to access these markets is transport and logistics.Other potential new markets include Middle East and Gulf countries that need secure food sources.Davies said that new product development and niche markets, such as halaal products for Middle East countries, may also yield promising opportunities.“We need to develop market access to more dynamic economies,” he said.Regional market expansion is also on the agenda. “Agro processing is a focus of the entire continent and there is a huge opportunity for South Africa to lead in this area,” said Davies.Nimrod Zalk, deputy director-general of the Dti’s industrial development division, said food processing businesses should look to improve and expand their product offering in the domestic market to serve the increasing middle class consumer base.There is also a need to provide more affordable goods to poor households.last_img read more

NBA: ‘Special’ Kyrie Irving to be a better playmaker with Celtics, GM Ainge says

first_imgView comments Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “I think people that watch Kyrie play a lot can see his passing and his potential there as a passer. LeBron was pretty much the point guard in Cleveland and Kyrie was a point guard often when LeBron wasn’t on the court. I think that he’s a fantastic passer and I think that defensively he’s got to improve and I think he will in Brad’s system.”In his first six seasons with the Cavaliers, Irving averaged a modest 5.5 assists per game, which the 58-year-old executive believes woill go higher in Boston.Although he will no longer have the luxury of playing alongside LeBron James, Ainge adds that his pick-and-roll prowess will be showcased more with new teammates Al Horford commanding the block and Gordon Hayward manning the wings.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kyrie Irving (2). APThere’s no question that recently acquired Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is one of the NBA’s brightest young stars.Although his talent on the hardwood is exemplary, pundits are questioning how he’ll fit with coach Brad Stevens’ system, now that he’ll be the No. 1 option on offense each given night.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Falcons become butt of the joke after Super Bowl collapse But as as far as Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is concerned, the 25-year-old superstar will fit just right in Beantown and prosper even more under a new system, particularly with his play-making skills.“You’ll see that he’s a better passer,” Ainge said of Kyrie in a video interview for the Celtics social media team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Danny Ainge calls Kyrie Irving “special” and explains his vision of the blockbuster trade that acquired the All-Star point guard.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 5, 2017 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more