Navajo proclamation points nation toward clean energy development

first_imgNavajo proclamation points nation toward clean energy development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Farmington Daily Times:Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed a proclamation late today that calls on the tribe to pursue renewable energy projects.The proclamation – named the Navajo Háyoołkááł Proclamation – calls for a diverse energy portfolio and job creation from projects that focus on clean energy development.It also calls for restoring land and water impacted by uranium and coal mining, developing off-grid solar-generated electricity for homes, and building utility scale renewable energy projects that supply tribal and state lands.Among the utility scale projects mentioned during the signing ceremony is a proposed solar farm situated on Paragon Ranch, a 22,000-acre parcel located south of Farmington, or on land within Tsé Daa K’aan Chapter.The proposal is part of $2 million the tribe is seeking for renewable energy projects in the capital outlay bill that awaits Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s signature.Nez said the proclamation sends a message that the tribe is continuing to embrace change and wants to be the leader in renewable energy in Indian Country. The proclamation also supports amending the tribe’s energy policy from 2013 and creating an energy office to oversee energy projects and development.More: Proclamation supports renewable energy transition for Navajo Nationlast_img read more

Plaza Libertad’s Rizal statue over a century old

first_imgIt was unclear why the town decided tomake such Rizal statue but Ilonggo historian and former Iloilo SangguniangPanlalawigan member Demy Sonza shared an amusing local explanation:Zarraganhons were just being polite and kind to Rizal, they did not want totire him standing all the time so they let him sit down. “Kayiban nga mga banwa ayawan si Rizal tindog, waay sila ya naluoy,” saidSonza in jest./PN It was in Plaza Libertad where thePhilippine flag was raised on Dec. 25, 1898 during the Philippine Revolution –two years after Rizal’s execution – after Spaniards surrendered to the localtroops led by Ilonggo hero General Martin Delgado. ILOILO City – Did you know that thelife-size statue of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal at Plaza Libertad is over acentury old already? Today, the city government is leadingrites marking the martyrdom of Rizal at the 102-year-old statue. These monuments in various forms,magnitude and designs represented local flavors blended on architectural stylesof the period. But one unique and imposing Rizalstatue is located in Zarraga, Iloilo 16 kilometers north of Iloilo City. While other Rizal statues are standing,this one is sitting. This is the reason why Zarraga is also referred to as “TheHome of the Sitting Hero.” In Iloilo City, the spot identifiedwhere to erect the Rizal statue – the left arm stretched forward, its backfacing the Spanish era-built San Jose de Placer Church – was the center ofPlaza Libertad. It was an inspired choice. On Nov. 17, 2003 the NationalHistorical InstitutedeclaredPlazaLibertad a national historical landmark.center_img Today’s Rizal Day program guestspeaker at Plaza Libertad is Joyce Christine Colon of West Visayas StateUniversity’s Center for West Visayan Studies. She will also be leading aceremonial planting of the “Tree of Hope” at the plaza. The stone statue was inaugurated onDec. 30, 1917 or just 21 years after the hero was executed by firing squad inBagumbayan (now Rizal Park) in Manila by Spanish authorities on Dec. 30, 1896. Rizal was widely deemed to haveinspired the revolution seeking to free the Philippines from Spanishcolonization. Subsequently, public schools,municipalities, and cities all over the country built their own versions ofRizal monuments. A TRUE PATRIOT. This 102-year-old life-size statue of Dr. Jose Rizal at Iloilo City’s historic Plaza Libertad honors his patriotism. Today, Dec. 30, the nation commemorates his martyrdom. Born in June 1861, he would live to celebrate only 35 birthdays, a short but meaningful life that left a lasting imprint on our history. Rizal was executed by firing squad on Dec. 30, 1896 in Bagumbayan (Rizal Park) in Manila. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Outside Iloilo City, other towns inIloilo province also erected Rizal statues. Most of them took after the PlazaLibertad statue. To honor Rizal, the PhilippineCommission on Sep. 28, 1901 passed Act No. 243 authorizing the construction ofa national monument “for (the) Filipino patriot and reformist.” A program will be held at the historicPlaza Libertad at 7 a.m. After the flag-raising ceremony, wreaths will beoffered at the statue standing tall at the plaza’s center.last_img read more

Speedway Motors marks new milestones in 2020 IMCA sponsorship season

first_imgSpeedway Motors President Clay Smith expressed thanks for the relationship with IMCA. Speedway Motors will mail $100 Gift Certificates during the season to drivers who complete the rookie application process and win career-first features. The postseason slate of awards from Speedway Motors includes helmets for all national champi­ons and the first-ever Junior National Champion. And for a 13th straight year, Speedway Motors renews a program benefitting 200-plus race tracks in the United States and Canada. Speedway Motors program provides jackets, promoter and tech official shirts as well as dis­counts on tech inspec­tion equipment, flags and signage. The program helps race facilities defray weekly program costs, decals, driver’s suit patches and feature winner hats.  Speedway Motors is IMCA’s longest tenured sponsor, with a relationship to the sanctioning body dating back to the 1950’s.   Recognized last fall for 40 consecutive seasons of sponsorship, the Lincoln, Neb., high perfor­mance parts manufacturer, retailer and distributor continues unique roles backing both IMCA Weekly Racing and Super Nationals.  LINCOLN, Neb. – Speedway Motors begins a new decade of IMCA support while marking a quar­ter-century as title sponsor of the biggest dirt track racing event in the world.  Speedway Motors will sponsor the upcoming Super Nationals, held September 7-12 at Boone Speedway, for the 25th consecutive year. center_img Performance Racing Industry magazine documents the 40-year association between Speedway Motors and IMCA in their March Sponsor Spotlight. Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA, had this to say, “Those milestones are rare in the racing industry and is a testament to the working relationship and friendship forged between Bill Smith and Kathy Root decades ago. We are honored to carry that forward today and celebrate that longevity.” Visit Speedway Motors at, call 800-979-0122, or visit Speedway Motors’ Face­book page.  Top eligible finishers in Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock regional standings, and in Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod national standings all re­ceive a pair of TruCoil springs. Drivers in all five of those divisions are required to fill out and return a contingency sign-up form. The 2020 season is the third of a five-year marketing agreement between Speedway Mo­tors and IMCA. “We’re grateful for our long-term partnership with IMCA. Our partnership fulfills our mission to keep racing safe, fun and affordable, and allows us to support another thriving family business. We’re proud of the work Brett Root has done and look forward to supporting IMCA racers, promoters and tracks for the 2020 season.”last_img read more