Documents: Trump golf course damaged sand dunes in Scotland
By DANICA KIRKA
Monday, July 30
LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s family business partially destroyed legally protected sand dunes in Scotland when it built a golf course north of Aberdeen, according to government reports released in response to a freedom of information request.
Scottish Natural Heritage, which monitors the country’s sensitive and scientifically important sites, said that construction of Trump International Golf Links Scotland “led to the direct loss” of up to 68 hectares (168 acres) of the 205-hectare Foveran Links site.
The damaged and destroyed drifts, one of the best examples of moving sand dunes in Britain, developed over 4,000 years, according to the agency.
“The construction has removed the vast majority of the geomorphological interest within the vicinity of the golf course,” Scottish Natural Heritage said in the documents.
The documents were released following a public records request made by Bob Ward, policy director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. Britain’s Observer newspaper first reported the studies.
Trump International Executive Vice President Sarah Malone said the company owned less than 5 percent of the site of special scientific interest, or SSSI, most of which remains untouched.
“As for the small portion that we do own, no other SSSI site in the land has seen more environmental care or investment,” Malone said in a statement. “The site was ignored until Trump took ownership, and is now celebrated and enjoyed by many.”
As for the land developed for the golf course, “it has changed in parts because we have sown grass, but our environmental consultants and (Scottish Natural Heritage) can confirm that many of the special attributes of the land remains and the wildlife is flourishing.”
The golf course was completed in 2012 and is part of what the Trump Organization envisions as a larger project that could include two golf courses, a 450-room hotel and as many as 1,500 homes.
Scottish authorities approved the outlines of the project in 2008, though each phase will require additional review. The company last week unveiled plans to invest 150 million pounds ($196 million) in the second phase of development.
During the original approval process, Trump promised to minimize any environmental damage, saying he was “fully committed to mitigating the effects of the course on the environment.”
Ward said the Scottish government should consider Trump’s failure to live up to the commitment when it reviews future building plans for the site.
“I think the problem here is the disregard they’ve shown and the way in which they made promises which he has not kept,” Ward said. “I think personally that the Scottish government here has not been as strong as it should have been in holding Mr. Trump to account, and I hope that they will now see the need to do that.”
Critics in Scotland previously accused the Trump Organization of failing to deliver the jobs and investment it promised when the project first came up for review.
The Trump Organization says it has already invested 100 million pounds ($131 million) in what is expected to be a “multi-phased development” costing 750 million pounds ($983 million.)
The proposed second phase will support nearly 2,000 jobs during construction and some 300 permanent jobs after it is completed, the company said last week.
Foveran Links is one of the “least disturbed and most dynamic” dune systems in Britain, which makes it important for studying the natural features of the coastline, according to Scottish Natural Heritage.
“Essentially, what has happened now is that future generations of geologists and geographers won’t be able to go and visit the site,” Ward said. “I find that inexplicable.”
Ohio Secretary of State’s Office to Honors the Columbus Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS – The Columbus Blue Jackets have been selected by Secretary of State Jon Husted as one of July’s featured sports teams for the Ohio Business Profile program.
A representative from the Secretary of State’s office will visit with the team to present a certificate highlighting this accomplishment. As part of the Ohio Business Profile program, Secretary Husted declared July as “Game On Ohio” Month to highlight the major and minor league sports teams that are doing business in Ohio.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are Ohio’s only National Hockey League team. A Central Ohio mainstay since entering the league in 2000, the team is coming off of back-to-back playoff seasons. The Blue Jackets’ game day experience has been nationally recognized as being among the best major professional sports has to offer.
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Ohio Department of Veterans Services – Summer 2018 Update
Women Veterans at Huntington Park
ODVS Joins Summer Fun, Reaches out to Local Sports Scene
Women Veterans took center stage this Independence Day in Columbus as the focus shifted to those who have served our country.
Paying tribute to the dedication and sacrifice of female veterans was the theme of this year’s Red, White & BOOM! Parade and celebration on July 3. Two members of the Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee – Chair Angela Beltz and Vice Chair Claudia Foss – served as honorary grand marshals. Columbus television station NBC4 (WCMH) aired features on Beltz, an Army veteran, and Foss, who served in the Air Force, and also conducted live on-air interviews during the parade.
The following night, the Columbus Clippers Triple-A baseball team honored women veterans during a special Fourth of July pregame ceremony at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus. ODVS Director Chip Tansill was introduced to the holiday crowd along with more than two dozen women veterans before ODVS’s Lori Good, a Navy veteran, and Col. Allison Miller of the Ohio National Guard threw out ceremonial first pitches. During the first inning, Director Tansill presented commemorative lapel pins to Vietnam-era veterans to thank them for their service.
On July 5, the Clippers continued to recognize Ohio’s men and women of service with a second straight Military and Veterans Appreciation Night. Director Tansill returned for a wave to the home crowd and again presented lapel pins to Vietnam-era vets. Active duty members and veterans gained free admission. Thank you to the Columbus Clippers organization for showing gratitude to Ohio veterans.
This year, ODVS and Ohio veterans also had the pleasure to participate in The Memorial Tournament, an annual PGA Tour event in Muirfield Village, Ohio, just outside of Dublin from May 30 – June 3. On that Wednesday, which was designated Military & Veteran Appreciation Day, Ohio veterans Kari Pfeifer and Bill DeFries received the honor of caddying for tour professionals during the pro-am.
This video captures the excitement of those moments. A special thank you goes out to Memorial organizers for recognizing our wonderful veterans and also to golfers Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele for being such gracious participants of the Birdies for the Brave program. It was a memorable day for all involved.
Military Signing Day at Ohio State
In June, the Ohio Department of Education held the 1st Annual All-Ohio Military Signing Day, which recognized 50 graduated high schoolers who made the life-altering commitment to enter into the U.S. Armed Forces. ODVS Assistant Director Mark Cappone was among the many distinguished guest speakers for the event, held June 15 on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Students from all across Ohio – 10 enlisted into each of the five military branches – attended and received congratulations for their decision to serve. They also signed paperwork bonding them to their chosen duty and thanking them for their sacrifice.
The ceremony was dubbed Armed Forces Career Commitment Day and featured words of gratitude from AD Cappone, the Ohio National Guard, Paolo DeMaria (Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Ohio Department of Education) and Pete LuPiba, Commissioner of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, among others.
Program organizers already have plans underway for a second, larger Military Signing Day event in March 2019.
First Lady Puts Spotlight on Women Veteran Artists
Women veterans once again took center stage, this time at the Ohio Governor’s Residence in Bexley as several were honored to display their inspiring artwork. This “Spotlight” showcase is part of a program created by First Lady Karen Kasich with assistance provided by the Ohio Arts Council.
At a mid-June reception, ODVS Director Chip Tansill took in the works and commended the artists as well as the efforts of Mrs. Kasich. The exhibition featured artwork by Shannon Bryant (Pickaway County), Jacqueline Hatcher (Lucas County), Amy Magnus (Greene County), Terri Meyer (Ashland County), Carolyn Nagy (Lucas County), Allison Smith (Trumbull County) and Megan Stafford (Franklin County).
To view similar special exhibitions, visit the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Gardens. To schedule a tour, call 614-644-7644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And to learn more about Ohio Women Veterans, go to OhioVets.gov.
Ohio Veterans Homes Welcome New Leadership
New leadership has taken shape at the Ohio Veterans Homes, bringing attention to new projects. Still, our staff will continue to embrace the values and care for our residents in Sandusky and Georgetown. We would like to welcome new Superintendent Terry Prince and Michael Freeman, the Nursing Home Administrator in Sandusky.
One of the most popular events held at both facilities is the “Christmas in July” program and festivities that bring summer fun to the Homes and serve as another way to honor the service of our residents.
AD Cappone participated in Christmas in July at the Georgetown Home on July 12 and Director Tansill did the same at the Sandusky Home the following week. Also on hand for each event was Ed Voorhies, Managing Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), which sponsors the event and provides gifts to the residents as a result of tireless fundraising efforts.
More than 10 years ago, Mr. Voorhies challenged the ODRC Veterans Committee – made up of members from 28 Ohio prisons – to honor the veterans at each Ohio Veterans Home. The result of that push was Christmas in July, which was modeled after the lifelong volunteer efforts of the late James Saddler, a U.S. Navy veteran and American Legion Post 23 member.
Record Nominations for Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame added 20 new inductees last year, a class that included Medal of Honor recipient Edward Byers Jr., and spanned 15 different Ohio counties and all five major branches of the United States Armed Forces – the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. The 20 inductees, who were permanently enshrined in the Hall in May, ranged in age from 38 to 92 and were chosen from among 103 nominations.
ODVS challenged the veteran community to nominate even more candidates for the HOF prior to the June 1 submission deadline and the results were astonishing.
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Executive Committee received a record 118 nominations this year and now must complete the task of honoring the most deserving men and women to join the 854 former service members who currently grace the Hall.
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The announcement regarding the makeup of the 2018 class will be unveiled in the fall. That group will be inducted in November just prior to Veterans Day.
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame recognizes the efforts of Ohio’s distinguished men and women who have worn the uniform of our nation’s armed forces and then continued to contribute to their communities, state and nation through exceptional acts of volunteerism, advocacy, professional distinction, public service and philanthropy. The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame includes captains of industry, professional educators, political champions and civic supporters.
The program sets the standard for recognizing the contributions of Ohio’s military veterans. Nominate a veteran today. Honor and recognize their post-military achievements. Get started by going to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame page at OhioVets.gov.
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“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time & your government when it deserves it.” — Mark Twain
“For 45 years, anytime there is a Democrat in the White House, the right wing has been trying to fabricate a scandal even remotely equivalent to Watergate. Travel-Gate, File-Gate, on and on, all great big nothings. Except that now we have an actual scandal, much bigger than the original Nixon dirty business, the corruption of our election process by at least one hostile foreign power, and now possibly others. Only one label can truly capture it all. Trump-Gate.” (The Pen)
Someone untied Betsy DeVos’ 49 million dollar 163-foot yacht and set it adrift on Lake Erie…and it’s just one of nine!
If Liberals, Progressives and Socialists cannot come together and unite against Trump & the GOP we may be condemned to suffer 6 more years of alt-right Republican tyranny
Live without pretending. Love without depending. Listen without defending. Speak without offending. — Drake
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‘Simpsons’ creators bring feminism, young talent to new show
By PABLO ARAUZ PENA
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Matt Groening said his new adult cartoon series “Disenchantment” has a feminist component that sets it apart from his previous shows.
Groening spoke to reporters about bringing fresh talent to the Netflix show at a Sunday panel for the Television Critics Association, joined by the voice actors Abbi Jacobson and Eric Andre.
He also highlighted the differences between the new project and his previous work, the long-running Fox series “The Simpsons.”
“One of the reasons that ‘The Simpsons’ is what it is, is because of the time constraints,” he said. “In this show, we’re able to let it breathe a little more which I find gratifying.”
The series notably stands out as an adult cartoon with a female lead. It follows the misadventures of an alcoholic slacker princess named Princess Bean, voiced by “Broad City” star Abbi Jacobson, who has everything but a sense of purpose.
Joined by a personal demon named Luci, played by Andre, and a scruffy elf named Elfo (voiced by Nat Faxon), Bean creates mischief in the kingdom of Dreamland where she’s infamous for her careless antics.
“Bean is such an anti-stereotypical princess from what we are used to seeing,” said Jacobson.
Both Jacobson and Andre have a built a following with the hard-to-win young adult audience in their shows “Broad City” and “The Eric Andre Show.” The stars shared their stories of growing up watching “The Simpsons” and finding their place with Groening and Josh Weinstein, creators and producers of “Disenchantment.”
Weinstein said that while “Disenchantment” features established talent from both “Futurama” — which he produced — and “The Simpsons,” it transcends boundaries in both age and diversity. He said at least half the writing staff is under 30.
“We like to think we’re sensitive guys but we have an awesome writing staff,” he said. “Just as a cast, it’s a great mix.”
Groening also cited “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” as an inspiration for the series, but said that the feminist style of Jacobson’s “Broad City” influenced the show as well.
“As pro-women as Josh and I are, Abbi definitely kicked up the lines we wrote for her an extra notch and made them even better,” he said.
“Disenchantment” premieres Aug. 17 on Netflix.