Music to his Ears

first_imgOn Sept. 30, Reinecke, 72, will be at the helm of the symphony as it opens its 75th Diamond Jubilee season at the Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High School. This will also mark the beginning of his final season with the symphony, in which he was a violinist. “It’s been a great run, but it’s time for me to retire,” Reinecke said from his home in Arcadia. The symphony’s board of directors does not have a successor in mind at this time, said Dorothea Cummings, the symphony’s publicity and advertising manager. Reinecke’s decision is based not on health or age, but on his desire to travel with his wife of 52 years, Suzanne, 73. “I am just anxious for some free time to be able to travel internationally with my wife,” he said. “I just want to be able to do what retired people do and have no obligations on my time except for my family.” Reinecke, who grew up in Montebello and graduated from Whittier College, described the jobs of conductor and musical director as year-round, since plans for the next season are made as soon as the current one ends. His work is double since he is also the conductor of the Pasadena Community Orchestra. The work with the Pasadena group began when Reinecke was an assistant professor of music at Pasadena City College. “It was part of the curriculum,” he said, “and when it was dropped, we continued the orchestra independently.” For now, he plans to continue his 30-year relationship with the Pasadena Community Orchestra, which has its season from November through June. Reinecke, who began playing the violin at age 7, will begin rehearsals for the Rio Hondo Symphony in about a week’s time. “I am really excited about this year’s program,” he said. “It’s going to be very special.” Cummings agrees. “We are so excited about the piece of music the board commissioned especially for our 75th anniversary,” she said. “Celebration for an Orchestra,” is a short piece composed by Williametta Spencer, a world-renowned composer and educator from Whittier. “It will premiere on the 30th and will introduce each concert for the entire season,” Cummings said. Reinecke is excited about leading the orchestra through this piece at the beginning of each show. “It will be the first time the public will hear it, and that is always something special,” he said. Another highlight for him will be the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Orchestrating this particular piece of music will allow Reinecke to have conducted all of Beethoven’s symphonies during his career – a personal goal. “It’s a nice opportunity and a great way to mark the end of my time with the symphony,” he said. However, he does have mixed feelings about how he will react during his last season, which runs through April 13. Reinecke will need to keep his emotions in check. “Conducting is about concentration,” Reinecke said. “You are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the work, making sure to cue the musicians at the appropriate time. “When everything comes together, and we interpret the music correctly, it’s a great joy for the audience,” he said. “Sharing the art of music is the greatest reward.” The free concerts will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 30, Nov. 4, March 2 and April 13. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: The Sound of MusicWHITTIER – The music conductor stands solidly straight in front of the orchestra, his back to the audience. A solitary figure. He communicates to the performers by motions of a baton or his hands, interpreting the music to be heard by appreciative music lovers. For two decades, Wayne Reinecke has been that man for the Rio Hondo Symphony. last_img read more

Legislation Would Repeal Fossil Fuel Ban

first_imgIn a law passed in 2007, the federal government was directed to phase out the use of fossil fuels in new and renovated federal buildings by 2030. Two U.S. senators, one Democrat and one Republican, have introduced a measure that would repeal that plan and replace it with an “all-of-the-above” energy conservation law.Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) said that their proposed legislation would direct building managers to make efficiency improvements that were identified in congressional audits, and require that existing buildings meet new efficiency standards when they are renovated, E&E News reports. But the bill would repeal the fossil fuel phaseout that’s currently on the books, known as Section 433.“Instead of prohibiting the use of fossil fuels in new federal buildings, we should rely on all of our available energy resources,” a statement at Hoeven’s Senate website says. “By encouraging the use of innovative technologies and practices, instituting reasonable goals and allowing building managers flexibility, we can achieve better environmental stewardship in a cost-effective manner.”The two senators introduced similar bills in 2013 and 2015, setting off a debate that could be repeated this year.The Sierra Club and the American Institute of Architects were among those opposing the repeal when the plan was debated in 2016. In a joint letter, the two organization said, “We simply cannot address the threat of climate change without addressing carbon pollution from the building sector, and Federal facilities must represent the best in American design, technology, and innovation.”The American Gas Association, the Alliance to Save Energy, and others supported the repeal of Section 433, arguing there were more practical ways to increase energy efficiency. A competing letter from two dozen industry and trade groups said that the fossil fuel provision was too complicated for the federal government to enforce. “Thus,” the letter said, “there are continuing concerns that it could discourage comprehensive energy efficiency renovations, stifle innovations and result in increased energy costs for the federal government.”Both Hoeven and Manchin are members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and both represent states where energy is an economic powerhouse. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal production in West Virginia in 2016 was more than 79 million short tons, the most of any state in the country. North Dakota produced 392 million barrels of crude oil in 2017, second only to Texas.The new bill, unlike earlier measures, does not require that federal buildings reduce energy use by certain percentages each year, E&E said.last_img read more

NESO to hold protest marches against Citizenship Amendment Bill in all northeastern States

first_imgThe North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) on Sunday announced that it will hold protest marches against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) across all the States in the region on Monday.All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), which is a major constituent of the NESO, and other seven member organisations will hold their demonstrations in front of the respective Raj Bhavans in all the States.“Through each Governor, the protesters will submit memorandums to the Prime Minister and Home Minister against the bill, which is strictly against the indigenous people of the region,” a NESO release said.“North East is not a dustbin of illegal Bangladeshi people. Under no circumstances, the CAB will be accepted. Our protest against the anti-indigenous CAB will continue,” the statement said.The BJP is bringing in the CAB only to garner votes of the illegal Bangladeshis and the ruling party is going ahead with the decision on the CAB on the back of their numbers in Parliament, it alleged.The member organisations of the NESO are AASU, KSU, GSU, AMSU, NSF, TSF, AAPSU and MZP.The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill had been passed in Lok Sabha on January 8 but lapsed later as it could not be placed in Rajya Sabha.The CAB seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of stay in the country even if they do not possess proper documents.last_img read more

Penalty was unfair, Robben confesses to Mexico’s Marquez

first_imgMexico’s captain Rafael Marquez said Arjen Robben had admitted to him that the Dutch forward should not have been awarded the penalty that decided Sunday’s last-16 clash.With extra time looming, the Dutch striker went down in the box under a challenge from defender Marquez, giving the Netherlands a penalty that won the game 2-1. The penalty brought accusations of play-acting from Mexico.Robben told him after the game in the players’ changing area “that it wasn’t a penalty” though one of the previous (tackles) was, Marquez told journalists in comments that were translated from Spanish. The Dutch forward went down several times in the box during the match with replays suggesting at least one of the incidents could well have been given as a penalty.”I believe it was not a penalty,” Marquez added of the last-gasp action that lost his team the game.”I felt I touched the ground but I didn’t touch him. Maybe he touched me,” Mexico’s captain said.Robben, 30, who has had a brilliant career but often been accused of diving.”For 10 fouls that he receives, he lets himself fall over for five, and that’s not fair play,” Marquez said.”That has to change. Unfortunately in this World Cup it wasn’t just once or twice that these things affected us” but I don’t want to make excuses,” said Marquez.last_img read more

OIympic race walk medalist banned for 4 years for doping

first_imgGonzalez’s results have been disqualified from Oct. 17, but she will keep her silver medal from the 20-kilometer walk at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and silver from the 2017 world championships in London.The AIU says Gonzalez tested positive for trenbolone and epitrenbolone. She will be 33 when the ban expires.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSeparately, the International Olympic Committee says it disqualified long jumper Ineta Radevica from fourth place at the 2012 London Games. The Latvian is the third athlete from the London final to be disqualified for doping following retests.Armenian weightlifter Meline Daluzyan was also disqualified by the IOC. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 file photo, Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico, reacts after crossing the finish line in second place in the women’s 20-km race walk at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic silver medalist race walker Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez has been banned for four years for doping with anabolic steroids. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases for the IAAF governing body, says the Mexican walker’s ban took effect last Nov. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)MONACO— Olympic race walk silver medalist Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez has been banned for four years for doping.The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases for the IAAF, says the Mexican walker’s ban for taking anabolic steroids took effect on Nov. 16.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Celtics trudge into offseason at end of challenging season MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Preselection for Overseas Employment Programme Begins June 26

first_img Pre-selection for the Overseas Employment Programme, administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, will be held between June 26 and July 17.This programme provides opportunities for hundreds of Jamaicans on Canadian and American farms yearly.Recruitment for the programme is done based on the needs of employers.The last recruitment was done in 2015 and resulted in a pool of approximately 3,000 persons from which to select.To ensure successful placement in the programme, persons must satisfy a number of requirements. Candidates must:• Be between 21 and 45 years old• Possess a Tax Registration Number (TRN) and a National Insurance Scheme (NIS) number• Possess a valid passport• Be literate• Have not been refused a visa in the last year by the Canadian or United States of America authorities• Not have been previously deported from any country• Possess no criminal recordApplication forms are available through several avenues, including Members of Parliament, mayors and councillors, the Ministry’s parish offices, civic organisations, trade unions and agricultural schools.After the forms have been completed and submitted to the Ministry, they are processed and then interviews are scheduled islandwide.Normally, four locations are visited across the country – 110-114 East Street in Kingston; Mandeville, Manchester; Montego Bay, St. James and St. Ann.Director of Manpower Services in the Ministry, Andrea Miller Stennett, explains to JIS News that after the interview stage, candidates are put in a pool for placement.“They are then required to submit a police record before they do a medical examination. If the candidates are found to be in good health, they are placed with an employer and then we call them to do biometric tests,” she outlines.They then fulfil the visa requirements for Canada or the United States, after which travel arrangements are made.Mrs. Miller-Stennett, however, cautions candidates that even if they have met the requirements outlined by the Ministry, there is no guarantee that they will be employed.“The Ministry cannot guarantee placement on any farm overseas, even if the candidates are successful with our processes, because there is a visa process that they have to go through where the Canadian and US authorities make a determination as to whether or not they are admissible,” she says.Approximately 375 farmworkers left the island for Canada in January. Last year, 15,611 workers participated in the Overseas Employment Programme. Of this figure, 8,934, or more than 50 per cent, went to Canada. This represented an increase of 844 new workers when compared with the same period in 2015.More information on the Overseas Employment Programme can be found on the Ministry’s website: or by calling 922-9500-14. Story Highlights To ensure successful placement in the programme, persons must satisfy a number of requirements. Recruitment for the Overseas Employment Programme, administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, will be held between June 26 and July 17. Approximately 375 farmworkers left the island for Canada in January. Last year, 15,611 workers participated in the Overseas Employment Programme. Of this figure, 8,934, or more than 50 per cent, went to Canada. This represented an increase of 844 new workers when compared with the same plast_img read more

Google makes it simpler for employees to report harassment and discrimination

first_img Tech Industry 0 Share your voice Google employees staged a worldwide walkout nearly six months ago.  James Martin/CNET Google on Thursday said it’s rolling out a new way for its employees to report issues of harassment and discrimination. The search giant said it created a dedicated site for raising those concerns, instead of multiple disparate channels. That site is available only for the search giant’s full-time employees, but the company said a similar site for contractors and temp workers will be available in June. “A big part of my job is to listen to ideas that Googlers have and take feedback on ways we can improve our workplace,” Melonie Parker, Google’s newly appointed diversity chief, wrote in a blog post. “We won’t implement every idea that our employees (or the outside world) raise, but we always listen, and we consider constructive feedback.”Google also announced a number of other updates it’s making to its HR policies. For example, after a four-month pilot, the search giant is expanding a program that lets people who report harassment and discrimination bring a colleague with them for moral support during internal investigations. The company also released its policy guidelines around discrimination, sexual harassment and workplace conduct. Internally, the company said, it published a report that details employee-related misconduct investigations, including cases of harassment and retaliation.The policy updates come nearly six months after a major protest at Google that made international headlines. In November, roughly 20,000 Googlers walked out of the company’s offices worldwide to protest its handling of sexual assault allegations directed at key executives. Several of the changes announced Thursday, like the program that lets workers bring a colleague to workplace investigations, were direct responses to demands made by protest organizers.  Post a comment Tags Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more