Independence – Thany http://thany.org/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 01:39:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://thany.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Independence – Thany http://thany.org/ 32 32 The Poinciana Villages Association will host an Independence Day fireworks show this Saturday, June 25 https://thany.org/the-poinciana-villages-association-will-host-an-independence-day-fireworks-show-this-saturday-june-25/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 01:39:01 +0000 https://thany.org/the-poinciana-villages-association-will-host-an-independence-day-fireworks-show-this-saturday-june-25/ Join the Poinciana Villages Association for their 2022 Fireworks Show this Saturday, June 25 from 6-10 p.m. at the Vance Harmon Park Amphitheater, located at 625 Country Club Drive in Poinciana. Admission to the event is free and not to be missed! “Our annual fireworks show has become a must-attend event in Poinciana,” said Mark […]]]>

Join the Poinciana Villages Association for their 2022 Fireworks Show this Saturday, June 25 from 6-10 p.m. at the Vance Harmon Park Amphitheater, located at 625 Country Club Drive in Poinciana. Admission to the event is free and not to be missed!

“Our annual fireworks show has become a must-attend event in Poinciana,” said Mark Maldonado, General Manager of APV. “We invite everyone to join us for this incredible evening as we celebrate Independence Day – and our community’s 50th anniversary – with our friends and neighbors! A special thank you to Spectrum, the event’s premier sponsor, as well as our wonderful local community, corporate and volunteer sponsors – this event would not be possible without you.

The Fireworks Spectacular will feature live music from some of Central Florida’s top artists. Performers range from Latin music to pop, jazz and country. The event will include food trucks, a kid’s zone, vendors and more! Carol Saragusa, a Walt Disney World actress, will once again be the host of the event.

Watch APV light up the Central Florida skies with an unforgettable fireworks display and laser show provided by Xtreme FX. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities.

APV recommends that participants arrive early as parking at the event site will be limited. The Poinciana Villages Association has arranged a free shuttle service to transport guests to and from additional parking at the APV Activity Campus, located at 445 Marigold Avenue. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. The first shuttle will start at 4:30 p.m. and the last shuttle will return to the parking lot at 11:00 p.m.

The event’s premier sponsor is Spectrum, with C3 Wellness Spa as platinum sponsor. Work Horse Temps, KW Smart 1/Angie Allenfort, Humana, Osceola Memory Gardens, Mindful Storage, Valencia College, HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital, PR Global Enterprises and Larsen Slaten have all become Gold Sponsors of Fireworks Spectacular 2022!

There are still opportunities for volunteers to help with the event. Vendors and volunteers should contact Kiana Diaz, Director of APV LifeStyles, for more information at 863-427-0900 ext. 501 or KIANA.DIAZ@fsresidential.com.

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Dodgen: City celebrates Independence Day in style | Community columnists https://thany.org/dodgen-city-celebrates-independence-day-in-style-community-columnists/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://thany.org/dodgen-city-celebrates-independence-day-in-style-community-columnists/ July is one of my favorite months in Seguin – minus 105 degrees and up – because it’s when our hometown shines brightest with its American pride. It’s a time when the whole community comes together to celebrate America’s independence the Seguin way – complete with Freedom Fiesta, a patriotic concert, spectacular fireworks and, to […]]]>

July is one of my favorite months in Seguin – minus 105 degrees and up – because it’s when our hometown shines brightest with its American pride. It’s a time when the whole community comes together to celebrate America’s independence the Seguin way – complete with Freedom Fiesta, a patriotic concert, spectacular fireworks and, to top it all off, our biggest 4th of July parade in a small town!

This year’s festivities will begin with the opening of the fourth annual Field of Honor at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2 at Faith Lutheran Church, 1326 E. Cedar. It’s a wonderful addition to our range of events. More than 1,000 American flags are displayed July 2-9 honoring current service members, veterans, fallen, firefighters, police and emergency medical service providers. It is a very touching and impressive sight to see the field lit up after dark. Roxanne Heckmann will perform tap dancing each evening at 7 p.m.

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Donna Dodgen is the mayor of the town of Seguin and writes a monthly column that appears every third Sunday.

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Letters: A bad deal, Energy independence | Letters https://thany.org/letters-a-bad-deal-energy-independence-letters/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://thany.org/letters-a-bad-deal-energy-independence-letters/ bad dog Several years ago, Red Dog Technologies approached BrightRidge about building a solar farm in Washington County on BrightRidge property. Their intention was obviously to provide power to BrightRidge. Well, Red Dog never built a solar farm and incredibly became the biggest user of electricity by building a cryptocurrency bitcoin mining operation. It was […]]]>






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Several years ago, Red Dog Technologies approached BrightRidge about building a solar farm in Washington County on BrightRidge property. Their intention was obviously to provide power to BrightRidge.

Well, Red Dog never built a solar farm and incredibly became the biggest user of electricity by building a cryptocurrency bitcoin mining operation. It was established in a lawsuit the county filed against Red Dog that the zoning of the property required that a utility, not a private company, use the property.

The County Commission, BrightRidge and Red Dog have now decided that Red Dog will move to the Washington County Industrial Park to comply with the court ruling.

The move requires BrightRidge to energize the new location.

The big expense to energize Red Dog’s new location should be the responsibility of Red Dog, not the public. Red Dog provides no employment to local citizens, and its lucrative operation provides no real benefit to citizens.

The Federal Trade Commission reports that 46,000 people have lost $1 billion in crypto to scams since January 2021. Johnson City Press reporter Johnathan Roberts wrote on June 15 that due to high demand, TVA encourages people to limit their energy consumption.

What has Red Dog brought to our region – an energetic pig; lawsuits and legal fees paid with public money; no more costs to be borne by the public for the court-ordered removal; constant noise for the owners; etc

BrightRidge board members and eight county commissioners need to understand that moving a problem child to another room is not the solution to the problem.

I sat on the municipal commission for 12 years and a few years as mayor. Maybe it’s time I tried to get on the city commission to stop this madness that is costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

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PETE PADUCH

Town of Johnson

Energy development is a win-win

Here’s a simple suggestion to the Biden administration to get the economy back on better footing, curb our runaway inflation, and inflict real pain on the Russian war machine: Go back to supporting U.S. oil production.

Energy experts are almost unanimous that renewed US production could reduce the cost of crude to $60-70 a barrel. interval.

The slavish devotion of Democratic leaders to transitioning to renewable energy as quickly as possible and at all costs simply does not match the human cost and human needs here and now. Meanwhile, the administration continues to talk about our dependence on foreign oil.

Come on, folks, it’s a self-inflicted wound! Just two years ago we were net energy exporters.

I’m neither a climate denier nor a returning Trumper, but the policies put in place against our domestic oil industry by President Biden (on his first day in office) have driven up the cost of gas — and with that, all goods – while enriching Putin’s campaign against Ukraine.

If there was a picture in the dictionary of a win-win situation, it would be Biden standing up to his own party fanatics on this issue.

BILL DUNHAM

Piney Apartments

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Philippines: Guarantee the independence of the Human Rights Commission https://thany.org/philippines-guarantee-the-independence-of-the-human-rights-commission/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 06:21:22 +0000 https://thany.org/philippines-guarantee-the-independence-of-the-human-rights-commission/ (Bangkok) – President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of the Philippines should ensure a transparent and inclusive process to select qualified and independent human rights experts as commissioners of the National Human Rights Commission (HRC) , Human Rights Watch said today. Marcos, which will be inaugurated as new philippine president on June 30, 2022, is expected to […]]]>

(Bangkok) – President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of the Philippines should ensure a transparent and inclusive process to select qualified and independent human rights experts as commissioners of the National Human Rights Commission (HRC) , Human Rights Watch said today. Marcos, which will be inaugurated as new philippine president on June 30, 2022, is expected to announce its nominations in the coming days.

The CHR is empowered under the 1987 Philippine Constitution to investigate human rights violations and promote respect for human rights in the country. Marcos ran on a campaign marked by disinformation on his family’s role in human rights violations during the dictatorship of his father, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., and the appointment of the commissioners will therefore be an important first test for his administration’s commitment to human rights. the man.

“President-elect Marcos should appoint commissioners with proven human rights credentials,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Given the grave human rights situation in the Philippines, these new commissioners should be independent and firmly committed to fearlessly and impartially defending the commission’s mandate and duties.”

The mandate of the five-member commission, the fifth group of curators since its inception in 1987, ended in May. The Constitution of the Philippines prevents incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte from appointing people to executive positions in the two months before the presidential election, which took place on May 9. Commissioners are appointed for a term of seven years and cannot be reappointed.

Marcos should convene an independent search committee that will draw up a shortlist of commissioner candidates, Human Rights Watch said. This committee should identify people with strong human rights backgrounds and credentials. Participation of the Filipino human rights community and civil society should be encouraged so that they can provide reputable candidates who represent vulnerable sectors, such as people with disabilities, the elderly, children and LGBT people. Convening such a search committee will help ensure the transparency of the process, Human Rights Watch said.

Although previous administrations have formed their own search committees for commission appointees, the process has not been transparent, a former commissioner told Human Rights Watch. Transparency “is something we as an institution and civil society have been asking for, preferably a panel that can look at the Paris Principles to vet candidates,” the former commissioner said. The Paris Principlescreated in 1993, sets the criteria for maintaining the independence of national human rights institutions.

The widespread extrajudicial executions, torture, arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances during the martial law period from 1972 to 1986 gave impetus to the creation of the CDH after the ousting of Marcos Sr. during the uprising of the “Power of the people” in 1986. Few cases have fully considered, with many victims and their families still waiting for justice and compensation.

Marcos Jr. will also inherit the dire human rights record under Duterte, whose brutal ‘war on drugs’ has resulted in the extrajudicial executions of thousands since 2016. are being prosecuted after the May 9 elections, although the number of cases has dropped significantly. The International Criminal Court has opened an investigation into these murders to the extent possible. crimes against humanity.

“Marcos is in a strong position to give the Human Rights Commission a positive direction for the next seven years by selecting independent and credible human rights advocates as commissioners,” Robertson said. “By building rather than destroying the commission, Marcos would help dispel people’s fears about human rights under his administration.”

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China’s Wei slams US ‘defamation’, Taiwan independence ‘illusion’ https://thany.org/chinas-wei-slams-us-defamation-taiwan-independence-illusion/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 04:29:00 +0000 https://thany.org/chinas-wei-slams-us-defamation-taiwan-independence-illusion/ SINGAPORE — Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday criticized the United States for its Indo-Pacific strategy and perceived “threats against China,” while saying the notion of Taiwan independence is an “illusion. ‘, in pointed remarks at Singapore’s Shangri-La. Dialogue. In a speech that lasted more than 30 minutes, Wei criticized Washington for making “slanderous […]]]>

SINGAPORE — Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday criticized the United States for its Indo-Pacific strategy and perceived “threats against China,” while saying the notion of Taiwan independence is an “illusion. ‘, in pointed remarks at Singapore’s Shangri-La. Dialogue.

In a speech that lasted more than 30 minutes, Wei criticized Washington for making “slanderous accusations” against Beijing. Wearing his People’s Liberation Army uniform with three stars on each shoulder, he said the United States should stop trying to contain China and avoid interfering in its internal affairs.

The speech came a day after US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin criticized Beijing for “provocative and destabilizing military activity near Taiwan”, in his own speech at the Shangri-La. Austin noted that Chinese PLA planes have been flying near the self-governing island in “record numbers” in recent months, “almost daily.”

Austin and Wei also held their first face-to-face meeting on the sidelines of the conference, where they discussed ways to “responsibly handle competition and keep lines of communication open,” according to the Pentagon.

But in his speech, Wei pushed back on the notion of competition itself.

“The confrontation will not benefit our two countries or other countries,” he said at the event organized by the United Kingdom’s International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank. United. “China opposes the use of competition to define bilateral relations.”

Wei added, “It will be a historical and strategic mistake to insist on taking China as a threat and an adversary or even an enemy,” stressing that it is up to America to take steps to improve relations.

Chinese delegates listen to Wei’s speech on the regional order. © Reuters

As expected, Wei doubled down on Beijing’s claim to Taiwan, which he considers a breakaway province. He called Taiwan’s pursuit of independence a “stalemate” and said China would “resolutely crush” any attempt to do so.

“Let me be clear: if anyone dares to secede Taiwan from China, we will not hesitate to fight,” he said. “We will fight at all costs and we will fight until the end. This is the only choice for China.”

He also said that China will “definitely achieve reunification” with Taiwan.

“It’s a historic trend that no one or force can stop – peaceful reunification is the greatest wish of the Chinese people,” Wei said.

In another thinly veiled dig in the United States, Wei said “a country” had broken its promise on the “one China principle” to Taiwan, backing separatist forces pushing for independence. “Asking for foreign support will never work and they should never think about it,” Wei said.

The Beijing principle is that there is only one sovereign state in China and Taiwan is one of them. The United States, meanwhile, maintains a distinct ‘one China policy’, acknowledging but not endorsing Beijing’s position while selling arms to Taipei under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. .

Austin on Saturday was careful to point out that US policy toward Taiwan had not changed and that the United States did not support Taiwanese independence, even though many Taiwanese see themselves as separate from the mainland. Austin said Washington “strongly supports the principle that cross-strait differences should be resolved by peaceful means.”

Austin had also called the Indo-Pacific a “priority theater of operations” for the United States and said the region was central to US grand strategy. Wei again pushed back, saying the US strategy is “an attempt to build a small, exclusive group.”

“It’s a strategy to create conflict and confrontation in order to contain and surround others,” he said. “China believes that for a strategy to be valid, it must adapt to historical and global trends and contribute to regional peace, stability and the shared interests of all.”

“China’s development is not a threat to others,” Wei said, stressing that “it is neither possible nor reasonable to try to stop it.”

After his speech, Wei met with his Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi, the first meeting between the countries’ defense chiefs in two and a half years.

In his opening remarks, Kishi pointed out that “many concerns exist between Japan and China, including various security issues,” referring to disputes in the East and South China Seas. Kishi expressed his intention to “frankly exchange views” on these concerns and “build a constructive and stable relationship” between the neighbors.

Wei told Kishi that he wants to “strengthen future bilateral cooperation through dialogue and develop relations based on trust and consensus between the two governments.”

Meanwhile, South Korea’s defense minister promised that his country would strengthen its defense capabilities to counter the North Korean threat. It signaled a further defense buildup in Northeast Asia, after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged on Friday to “fundamentally” strengthen Japan’s defenses over the next five years.

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Woodlands Township Celebrates Independence Day with Red, Hot and Blue Festival https://thany.org/woodlands-township-celebrates-independence-day-with-red-hot-and-blue-festival/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 14:06:42 +0000 https://thany.org/woodlands-township-celebrates-independence-day-with-red-hot-and-blue-festival/ THE WOODLANDS, TX – Residents of The Woodlands will have the opportunity to celebrate the freedom of American independence with a variety of 4th of July holiday festivities and fireworks. The 2022 holiday program features entertainment and activities for all to enjoy, starting with the Star-Spangled Salute on Sunday, July 3, 2022. On Sunday, July […]]]>

THE WOODLANDS, TX – Residents of The Woodlands will have the opportunity to celebrate the freedom of American independence with a variety of 4th of July holiday festivities and fireworks.

The 2022 holiday program features entertainment and activities for all to enjoy, starting with the Star-Spangled Salute on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

On Sunday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m., the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hosts the Houston Symphony Orchestra on the main stage for the Star-Spangled Salute, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Corporation. Tickets are not required for this free event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please visit www.woodlandscenter.org for more information.

The festivities continue Monday, July 4, 2022 at 9 a.m. with the South County July 4th Parade in downtown Woodlands. The 1.3 mile parade features marching bands, fire engines, clowns, floats and more! Please note that roads will be closed during the parade. For the parade map and more details, please visit www.4thofjulyparade.org.

After the Parade, Red, Hot & Pool offers fun refreshment at all township pools from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lifeguards at each pool will provide fun activities from noon to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will also be available while supplies last. Red, Hot & Pool 2022 is presented by Kroger. Please note that daily charges will apply for residents and non-residents. Admission is free for pool membership holders.

The celebration will continue into the evening with the 25th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival featuring entertainment at five locations across The Woodlands from 6-10 p.m. All locations except Hughes Landing will feature ride-and-go entertainment and concessions.

• Northshore Park will feature musical entertainment from Johnny and the Spinsations. Please note that vehicle access to Northshore Park will be affected on the following dates for the event. For the most up-to-date access information, residents should visit www.redhotblue.org:

• From July 2 to 3: Limited and minimal car traffic for an additional installation.

• July 4: No vehicular access for safety and security reasons.

• July 5: Reopening with limited vehicle access.

• Town Green Park will have two stages for music from Rock Hound and Redd Sky Band.

• Waterway Square Park will include live music from Time Warp and the 4th of July parade prizes at 7 p.m.

• Rob Fleming Park will have live music by Common Ground. Due to limited parking in the Rob Fleming Park area, residents are encouraged to walk or bike to the event.

• Hughes Landing will feature musical entertainment from the John Barraza Project.

The annual celebration will end with an 18-minute fireworks show around 9:30 p.m. with four launch locations. Residents can enjoy both the sights and sounds of the fireworks by tuning into KSTAR Country 99.7 FM, which will broadcast the choreographed patriotic soundtrack for the 2022 event.

• Adjacent to Northshore Park: Main fireworks show near Lake Woodlands.

• Town Green Park: Secondary proximity exhibition (special effects). Please note that visibility of the main display at Town Green Park may be limited due to trees and buildings.

• Waterway Square district: fireworks near Timberloch Place and Waterway Avenue.

• Rob Fleming Park: Fireworks in the village of Creekside Park.

Coolers, picnic baskets and lawn chairs are allowed. A variety of concessions and beverages will be available for purchase. Glass umbrellas, oversized umbrellas and pop-up tents are prohibited.

The Red, Hot & Blue Celebration is sponsored by Waste Management, The Howard Hughes Corporation® and America’s ER+ Urgent Care.

Vendor applications are still being accepted for the event. Applications must be sent no later than Friday, June 24, 2022 and available at www.redhotblue.org. For more details, updates and parking information, please visit www.redhotblue.org or follow the Township of Woodlands Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/townshipparksandrec.

As the 4th of July holiday approaches, residents are reminded that The Woodlands Covenants strictly prohibit the sale or use of fireworks and sparklers of any kind in The Woodlands neighborhoods.

For more information on Woodlands Township, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or call 281-210-3800.

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Independence family spends 49th wedding anniversary cleaning up storm damage https://thany.org/independence-family-spends-49th-wedding-anniversary-cleaning-up-storm-damage/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 20:57:00 +0000 https://thany.org/independence-family-spends-49th-wedding-anniversary-cleaning-up-storm-damage/ INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (KCTV) — People across Independence were busy picking up the pieces after a severe thunderstorm early Wednesday morning. The area near Elsea Smith Road has taken the brunt of Mother Nature’s wrath. In one house, part of the roof was torn off and shattered into pieces. Down the road, a tarp covered several […]]]>

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (KCTV) — People across Independence were busy picking up the pieces after a severe thunderstorm early Wednesday morning.

The area near Elsea Smith Road has taken the brunt of Mother Nature’s wrath. In one house, part of the roof was torn off and shattered into pieces. Down the road, a tarp covered several holes in the roof.

“I don’t think I have a tree except my oaks which are undamaged,” said Susan Williams.

All over the Williams property, trees were left shattered, many torn limb by limb.

“He ripped the tops off the trees and twisted them,” said Alan Williams.

“We thought for sure we had a small tornado,” Susan said.

Alan told KCTV5 he woke up to the sound of sirens.

“I jumped to my feet, looked out the window and said ‘yes, we’re in trouble,'” Alan said.

He quickly ushered his family into the bathroom.

“We were still hearing debris hitting the house and heavy rain falling in sheets,” Susan said.

In the shower, 3 humans and 3 dogs sheltered from the storm.

“We were watching radar on our phones, actually KCTV 5,” Alan laughed. “Yeah, it gave us a moment to get to where we needed to be. Yes, we were happy to see you.

As they looked at the radar, Susan said what they saw was downright scary.

“Oh very scary! My daughter was very scared, she’s never experienced anything like this,” Susan said.

“I knew it was rain and crosswinds, but it was really heavy.”

And the next day, just as heavy was the damage.

“The barn isn’t worth much, but she blew a hole in it,” Alan said.

It’s not exactly how Susan and Alan wanted to spend their 49th wedding anniversary, but what’s most important is that their house is still standing and so are they.

“Yeah, we were lucky, we were lucky – so I’m really grateful for that,” Alan said.

“Mother Nature will do what she does. And she had a great time last night,” Susan said.

Although damage to property and trees throughout independence was extensive, no injuries were reported.

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Solar brings energy independence, but only if we don’t rely on China https://thany.org/solar-brings-energy-independence-but-only-if-we-dont-rely-on-china/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 21:45:27 +0000 https://thany.org/solar-brings-energy-independence-but-only-if-we-dont-rely-on-china/ OPINION: Dependencies on authoritarian states are coming under increased scrutiny, with democratic nations recognizing that they are, at best, critical vulnerabilities and, at worst, a direct threat. Built over years, these dependencies cannot be resolved overnight and can impede an effective economic response to acts of aggression and human rights abuses. In response to Russia’s […]]]>

Dependencies on authoritarian states are coming under increased scrutiny, with democratic nations recognizing that they are, at best, critical vulnerabilities and, at worst, a direct threat. Built over years, these dependencies cannot be resolved overnight and can impede an effective economic response to acts of aggression and human rights abuses.

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, influential voices have called for rethinking long-term energy security strategies and accelerating the deployment of renewable energy. Here in the United States, the Biden administration has identified solar power as an opportunity to secure our energy independence by obtaining “our fuel from our own sources of production.”

While it is true that democracies can take advantage of renewable energy to decouple from the autocracies that provide their fuel, it is not that simple. Sunlight is free fuel, but the solar panels needed to convert photons into electrons are not free. Indeed, the production of solar panels, and the value chain that allows them to be produced, is almost monopolized by China, which does not hide its contempt for democratic values ​​and feeds its own expansionist ambitions.

Today, eight of the world’s ten largest solar manufacturers are linked to China. The country controls most of the world’s production of polysilicon, the semiconductor that forms the basis of the majority of the world’s solar panels. It also controls 99% of crystalline silicon wafer production and 80% of crystalline silicon cell production. As a result, the United States has been largely reduced to relying on imports either directly from China or via Southeast Asian Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries where Chinese manufacturers have implemented sets up assembly plants to allegedly circumvent anti-dumping duties.

China’s dominance in solar manufacturing is no coincidence. Its solar companies have systematically dismantled international competition by selling low-cost solar panels that are only possible because their manufacturers benefit from state subsidies and subsidize coal-fired electricity in violation of World Trade Organization rules. trade.

There are no altruistic motives for creating an artificial dependency on its solar industry. The Chinese government has essentially constructed another strategic vulnerability that it can exploit to its advantage. As US Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted, Beijing “…seeks to make China less dependent on the world and the world more dependent on China.”

We are already seeing the consequences of America’s reliance on Chinese solar supply chains. As the U.S. Department of Commerce has launched an investigation into possible anti-dumping and countervailing duty evasion by Chinese solar manufacturers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection prepares to enforce the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Law, the China appears to have retaliated by cutting the supply of solar panels to the United States.

If so, the message is clear: if the US government attempts to hold Chinese companies accountable to US laws, the country’s energy transition will suffer. And while China has demonstrated that it can and will cut off the United States in response to trade investigation and human rights law enforcement, it doesn’t take much imagination to recognize the risks posed by a more serious conflict.

The need to counter China’s dominance of solar manufacturing with a sustainable industrial policy is now more urgent than ever. We already have the technology and innovation needed to underpin this strategy, and with the right policies, we can easily achieve self-sufficiency well before the end of this decade.

However, America’s best hope for crafting energy self-sufficiency and securing essential clean energy supply chains, the Build Solar Power for America Act, rests with Congress. A continued delay in enacting this crucial legislation, even as Chinese solar companies have been given carte blanche to continue selling panels in the United States, could spell disaster for the US solar industry, which has already lost a major player. This year. It would also cripple any future efforts to rebuild decimated domestic capacities and supply chains.

The stalemate in which democracies find themselves today is arguably the result of decades of persistent short-sighted decision-making and wasted opportunities to build self-reliance. Congress needs to make sure we don’t repeat the same mistakes and act decisively. The time has come to do so.

Solar energy only brings independence if the supply of technology that converts photons into electrons is free from authoritarian influence and reflects the values ​​and principles of the democratic nations that use it. Anything less is just another form of dependence on authoritarian energy and endangers the interests of our nation.

• Mark Widmar is CEO of First Solar, the largest US solar manufacturer.

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Adaptable cottage in Beaufort SC ‘beautiful place’ age https://thany.org/adaptable-cottage-in-beaufort-sc-beautiful-place-age/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 09:30:00 +0000 https://thany.org/adaptable-cottage-in-beaufort-sc-beautiful-place-age/ Habersham, South Carolina Scott Rider, who has Parkinson’s disease, woke up at 3am one night with an idea for a new kind of house that could be adapted to the needs of people with physical limitations. “The idea,” Rider told the Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet, “was to create a home that didn’t look like […]]]>

Scott Rider, who has Parkinson’s disease, woke up at 3am one night with an idea for a new kind of house that could be adapted to the needs of people with physical limitations.

“The idea,” Rider told the Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet, “was to create a home that didn’t look like a home care facility.”

Rider passed on this vision, which he had 18 months ago, to Robert Turner of Habersham Land Co. and Moser Design Group, a residential designer.

The result is the Southern Living Adaptive Cottage, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of those with mobility issues or those who are ‘aging in place’. The open, well-lit plan is far from a nursing home or a hospital.

“We wanted it to be a beautiful place,” said Eric Moser of Moser Design Group, who designed it, “that everyone would want to live in.”

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Habersham, a community of 1,600 north of Beaufort, has special designs and finishes that allow someone like Rider, who has physical limitations, to live more independent, but it looks and feels like a “normal” house, and that’s on purpose.

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Scott Rider, demonstrates a pull down closet rod in a dressing room Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Southern Living Adaptive Home in Habersham, Beaufort County. Rider, an advocate for the Parkinson’s Foundation, was the inspiration to get a developer, builder and other groups to donate their time and resources to build an “adaptive” home that can change and meet people’s needs. people as they age. Drew Martin dmartin@islandpacket.com

According to those involved in its design and construction, the Adaptive Cottage bridges the gap between everyday design and a fully ADA-compliant home, and can be adapted to the changing needs or conditions of the people who live there. For example, wheelchair ramps, or grab bars, can easily be added later.

“It’s just about being more mindful of how people are going to use the house,” says Allen Patterson of Allen Patterson Builders, who built it.

The ways in which home design is different can be subtle and simple: hallways are wider, room doors slide, and there’s more shelf space in the bathroom that would just be a space. wall under the typical design.

Or advanced: the water temperature in the shower can be adjusted at the touch of a button. The doneness of a roast in the oven can be checked by watching via a phone app.

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Allen Patterson Builders built the house which includes a frame in the walls near the toilet that will accommodate grab bars if they become necessary. The vertical cabinet next to the toilet can be easily removed to make the bathroom wheelchair accessible. Drew Martin dmartin@islandpacket.com

Clever: Instead of having to raise your hand to pull a shirt out of a hanger in the closet, a bar can be lowered to floor level for easy access.

Convenient: Zero-entry showers. This means that there are no obstacles on the floor, such as the edge of a shower or a bathtub, preventing access. And every room has windows on at least two or three walls, improving lighting. “The older we get, the more light we need,” Patterson said.

A separate entrance is available for adult children, a carer or a ‘care partner’.

“They can come and go without interrupting my life, and vice versa,” says Rider. “I think it’s huge.”

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This rear entrance to the house could be built with a ramp or later fitted to accommodate a ramp for those who need easier access or if mobility issues arise. Drew Martin dmartin@islandpacket.com

Moser, of the Moser Design Group, says homes today are often designed with a typical immediate family in mind. However, more and more families are multigenerational, he says, and may have older parents and children or a caregiver living in the same home. This changing reality should be represented in home designs, he says. An example is adding the “lockout”, or a separate entry.

The chalet’s adaptive design, says Moser, provides the flexibility to accommodate these living conditions.

Moser Design is already working on producing replicas of the Habersham model, with some modifications.

southern lifewhich collaborates with Rider, the Parkinson Foundation and the project design team are selling copies of the adaptive living house plan, with a portion of the proceeds from the sale going to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Sid Evans, the magazine’s editor, said he hopes the project will put accessibility at the forefront of conversations in the building community.

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Instead of having a microwave on the counter or above a stove, Allen Patterson shows off a GE Profile microwave drawer just below the kitchen island. Drew Martin dmartin@islandpacket.com

Parkinson’s disease awareness is dear to Rider, who served as a financial advisor for 30 years until the disease forced him into retirement. He notes that someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every nine seconds. He hopes the project will raise awareness and fund treatment.

People with Parkinson’s need independence and collaboration, says Rider, which the adaptive chalet can provide.

The beauty of the project, Rider added, is that it has also started a conversation about ways homes can be modified in ways that allow people to “age in place”. Aging in place means living as long as possible in the residence of your choice.

habersham is a walkable mixed-use development with 850 homes, five restaurants and a spa with neighborhoods and parks and homes with porches where walking and biking are emphasized and speed limits reduced and streets narrow slow down motor vehicles.

After Rider, who lives in Habersham, presented the idea to experts, Robert Turner of the Habersham Land Company donated the building site, at cost, and a house was assembled which included Moser Design Group, Kathryn Lott Design and Patterson Builders.

The house sold for just under $800,000 – not to Rider – and part of the sale price was also donated to Parkinson’s disease. Southern Living magazine is planning an editorial feature in its August issue, which hits newsstands July 15.

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The front of the Southern Living Adaptive House in Habersham, Beaufort County. Courtesy of Southern Living

Karl Puckett covers the town of Beaufort, the town of Port Royal and other communities north of the Broad River for The Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet. The Minnesota native has also worked at newspapers in his home state of Alaska, Wisconsin and Montana.

]]> Katherine McNamara and Matt Barr at The CW’s “Walker Independence” Preview – The Nerds of Color https://thany.org/katherine-mcnamara-and-matt-barr-at-the-cws-walker-independence-preview-the-nerds-of-color/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 22:14:02 +0000 https://thany.org/katherine-mcnamara-and-matt-barr-at-the-cws-walker-independence-preview-the-nerds-of-color/ While covering The CW’s Upfront 2022 red carpet, I had the pleasure of chatting with Katherine McNamara and Matt Barr from Independence of walkers. The new show is set in the late 1800s and will serve as the origin story for The CW’s current hit series. Walker.]]>

While covering The CW’s Upfront 2022 red carpet, I had the pleasure of chatting with Katherine McNamara and Matt Barr from Independence of walkers. The new show is set in the late 1800s and will serve as the origin story for The CW’s current hit series. Walker.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 19: (L-R) Jared Padalecki, Katherine McNamara, Matt Barr, Justin Johnson Cortez, Philemon Chambers, Katie Findlay and Lawrence Kao of “Walker: Independence” speak onstage during the network’s 2022 upfront presentation CW at New York City Center on May 19, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The CW)

THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE WALKERS follows Abby Walker (Katherine McNamara, “Arrow”), a well-to-do and hard-witted Bostonian whose husband is murdered before her eyes during their trip out West. After bumping into Calian, a curious Apache tracker, Abby arrives in the town of Independence, Texas, where she encounters diverse and eclectic residents fleeing their past, pursuing their dreams, and keeping their own secrets, including Kate Carver, an idiosyncratic burlesque . a dancer with a perhaps too keen interest in Abby’s origins, and Kai, a soulful Chinese immigrant who runs a local restaurant/laundry and offers Abby a friendship without an agenda. Abby also literally bumps into Hoyt Rawlins (Matt Barre, “Walker”), a slippery thug, thief, and crook with a dented heart of gold who quickly looks up to Abby as a mark, until she turns the tables on him. While seeking justice for her husband, Abby encounters the noble Deputy Sheriff of Independence, Augustus, and her new boss, Sheriff Tom Davidson, whom she has reason to believe is a very bad man. Abby and Hoyt soon find themselves lined up precariously, both seeking to uncover the truth behind the identity of Abby’s husband’s killer and vowing to save Independence – a booming frontier town where nothing is what it is. seems.

We discussed what made Independence of walkers stand out, their individual characters, how it adds to the world of Walker, dream stories, and more. Keep reading for everything they shared with me!

Walker Independence — “Pilot” — Image Number: WID101a_0023r — Pictured: Katherine McNamara as Abby — Photo: Anna Kooris/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

What marked the project for you?
Katherine McNamara: I think what stood out to me was that it’s a western that tries to refresh and reinvent what a western is. We take the term independence in a very interesting way, and it has its pros and cons, but it’s about this woman who comes to the West and has wiped the slate clean, but is surrounded by people who are willing to be there and who survive together.
Matt Bar: I think that was sort of our… I guess the music video version of a western, but it feels fresh. We have modern music and the characters are fresh and very, very current, and the dynamics are all relatable. I can’t wait for a new generation to encounter westerns. It’s a fun sandbox.
McNamara: It’s a very magical world.

You guided me perfectly to my next question, because I’m such a fan of different dynamics and relationships. Do you have a personal favorite that you’re most excited for fans to see?
McNamara: I don’t think I have a favorite because all the characters are so rich. I have no idea where this is going to go, we have so many opportunities with all the different intersections of people.
Closed off : I’m excited about ours, Abby and Hoyt, because we come from different worlds, two different people. It’s like it’s gonna be the whole thing Romanticize the stone thing, you know? A city girl, a bit of a country boy, but it would be fun to see us together a bit too.
McNamara: Very narrow, very wild and then it’s…
Closed off : I could use a little, maybe you can use a little.
McNamara: Yes, they complement each other very well, but they clash a lot.

Walker Independence — “Pilot” — Image Number: WID101a_0023r — Pictured: Matt Barr as Hoyt — Photo: Anna Kooris/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

How does it feel to see the fans’ enthusiasm for Independence of walkers?
McNamara: It was really wonderful. Today we’re just starting to see pictures coming out and people are really excited I think.
Closed off : Yes, they are. It’s fun to see all the people who are loyal to Walker, somehow hear them want to come and discover this new world of Walker.
McNamara: It’s a family and I think people are going to like it.

Walker is so big, what do you think this show will add to that world?
McNamara: I think there’s so much that people expect from westerns and we give you a little bit of it with the scope and the feel and the nostalgia, but we also give you a lot of what you don’t expect. I think that’s what people will really enjoy.
Closed off : You know how Walker takes place in Austin? I think of our show as, this is how Austin was built, this is how the Texas Rangers were born. It’s the beginning.
McNamara: This is the OG story of the Walkers’ birth and I think it will be an exciting story to tell.

Are there any dream scenarios you would like to see with your characters eventually?
McNamara: I think the biggest thing is I can’t wait to see West affect Abby because she’s very educated, very direct, very driven by what she wants, but West is never simple . I’m curious how her strength and flaws combine as she has to negotiate this world.
Closed off : Good question. I want Hoyt to have like a little son or a little girl who is a mini Hoyt who he has to teach to be a little mini gunslinger. It would be cute if she was a little girl and she wore a little hat, her boots and he taught her how she can walk into any bar and scam guys out of their cards or something.
McNamara: We’ll finally have some tumbleweed for Hoyt.
Closed off : Yeah, a little mini Hoyt!

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