Grassroots and Indigenous Environmental Leaders Convene for Land Circle Activation in Philadelphia

This summer, grassroots and Indigenous environmental leaders from throughout Lenapehoking will hold three public events for connection, celebration, knowledge-sharing, and healing: a Summer Solstice, a Juneteenth Celebration, and a panel on community land protection and stewardship. These Land Circle Activation events will take place in a pop-up hub space supported by the Climate Justice Initiative (CJI). at Cesar Andreú Iglesias Community Garden in Kensington, Philadelphia, a multi-generational community of growers and neighborhood organizing project.

CJI is a major project from the Environmental Justice Department at Mural Arts Philadelphia, foregrounding climate justice in land, air, and trash practices. The multi-year initiative highlights local environmental and climate justice movements, engaging communities through public art, gatherings, teach-ins, networking, and visioning – acting on the urgency of the climate crisis and its disproportionate impacts on marginalized communities. Through models of horizontality, autonomy, and collectivism, CJI supports the vision and needs of community leaders and artists as collaborators and co-conspirators.

Land Circle Activation

Hosted by Cesar Andreú Iglesias Community Garden (425 Arlington St., Philadelphia, PA 19122) with the Climate Justice Initiative.

  • Holding Ground in Philadelphia & Lenapehoking
    Friday, June 10, 6–8pm (Rain Date: Saturday, June 11, 4–6pm) | Open to the public, registration required | Contact:

    Learn about the benefits of community agriculture and Indigenous stewardship in Lenapehoking. Hear from panelists providing spaces for community members to own and reconnect with the land, tending it for food, healing, and justice in and around the city. The four speakers have generated ownership through various strategies from land swaps and land back to land banks. These spaces provide a more just future amongst a rapidly changing landscape and act as cultural hubs for local residents. This event will be moderated by Kermit O, Land / Food / Environmental Justice Organizer. The panelists are Chief Mann (Munsee Three Sisters Medicinal Farm), Cesali Morales (Norris Square Park Neighborhood Project), Boogie Rose (Community Healing Garden), and Anthony Patrick (Cesar Andreú Iglesias Community Garden). The organizers and artists are part of Climate Justice Initiative’s Strategy Circle: Shari Hersh, Jonathan Leibovic, Gamar Markarian, Adriana Moran Garcia, and Dakota Plourde

  • Juneteenth Celebration by Natives in Philly
    Sunday, June 19 (Rain Date: Sunday, July 3) | Limited invitation | Contact:

    Holding community space to celebrate Black and Indigenous people to envision collective futures, for folks to share crafts and culture, and to share food important to Lenape peoples. As Black and Native peoples coming from Indigenous and land-based communities, the ability to gather and share knowledge of the land and land use in the city is integral to the ability to protect and preserve it. The organizers and artists behind this event are Felicia Teter, Kitty Heite, and Priscilla Bell.

  • Summer Solstice by Iglesias Garden
    Saturday, June 25, 12–8pm (Rain Date: Sunday, June 26, 12–8pm) | Limited invitation | Contact:

    A space for folks to reconnect with the Earth and provide an opportunity for healing. We invite communities to visit with our fruit trees, medicinal herbs, Aztec sculptures, cornfield, art, and open space amidst music, dance, and food. The organizers and artists behind this event are Anthony Patrick, Lauren Troop, and Cesar Viveros.

For more information, visit

2021 Summer Solstice Celebration at “El Terra” Cesar Andreú Iglesias Community Garden (photo by Manuel Alé Vasquez)

A project of the Environmental Justice Department, Mural Arts Philadelphia

Funders: PTS Foundation, The JPB Foundation

Diversity champion receives inaugural Diversity Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award | MUSC

Long-time diversity advocate and leader Willette Burnham-Williams, Ph.D., was honored alongside other Tri-county individuals and organizations for their dedication and efforts championing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at the inaugural Lowcountry Diversity Leadership Awards 2022 presented by the Charleston Regional Business Journal and Furman University’s Riley Institute. Burnham-Williams was recognized with the first Lowcountry Diversity Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award at a reception held May 12 at the Harbor Club in downtown Charleston.

Burnham-Williams, who is an assistant professor and interim chief equity officer at MUSC, was recognized for her sustained commitment and devotion to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and dedication to others throughout her 45-year career.

“I’m truly honored and humbled for being the first to receive an award of this type at this point of my career, said Burnham-Williams. “What else could a ‘little colored girl’ born in Williamsburg County, South Carolina do but commit her life to the work of inclusion, access and equity? To stand here today and talk about a lifetime of commitment to the work of diversity, equity and inclusion was something I didn’t have an option to opt out of. It’s who I am and it’s what I do and comes from a place of love and compassion and commitment. The work that we do continues to be the work we must do and has to involve all of us. From every life experience and every identity we must represent, we have to work together. “

With more than 30 years’ experience working at various institutions including Williamsburg Technical College, The Citadel and College of Charleston before joining MUSC in 2006 where she led the Office of Student Diversity and rose through the ranks to help expand and advance the institution’s strategy and influence for diversity, equity and inclusion. Burnham-Williams has worked progressively in complex executive leadership roles and is recognized as a pioneer in developing strategic diversity initiatives and multi-faceted in organizations large and small, public and private. She is intuitively skilled at taking a consultive and collaborative approach to drive organizational change and shift organizational culture and priorities.

Dr. Burnham Williams and members of MUSC's leadership and Office of DEI
Interim Chief Diversity Officer Dr, Willette Burnham-Williams, center, is joined by MUSC leaders and Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion staff.

In her current role, Burnham-Williams has led the creation and implementation of MUSC’s inaugural strategic plan for D&I. A member of the President’s University Leadership Council, she spearheads major strategic goals and objectives for transforming the organization’s culture of equity, inclusion and engagement.

Under her leadership, MUSC was recognized by Forbes magazine as among America’s best employers for diversity. MUSC ranks in the top 3% of medical schools nationwide in enrolling and graduating Black men according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. It has also earned recognition by the Human Rights Campaign

Foundation’s LGBTQ Health Care Equity Index Report for leadership in providing equitable and inclusive care.

Burnham-Williams has earned top honors among women in education including a Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award for distinguished service in the Lowcountry and Martha Kime Piper Award presented by the South Carolina Women in Higher Education. She serves on the Summerville Rotary, the board of Dorchester Count Center for Children and the board of Owens Christian Academy.

Lisa Montgomery, former executive vice president for Finance and Operations, helped recruit Burnham-Williams to MUSC where they set diversity goals and strategies throughout the institution.

“This award is very well deserved. To say that Willette is passionate about this work is an understatement. She’s committed, passionate, tenacious and has moved MUSC so far in the area of ​​diversity, equity and inclusion space over the years. It’s been my pleasure to be on this journey with her di lei and watch it evolve from a one-to-two person office to a true culture shift at MUSC. The commitment, direction and support from leadership has been instrumental, ad Willette has been the right person to lead this and at the right time, ”said Montgomery.

Chase Glenn, director of LGBTQ + Health Services and Enterprise Resources, has worked closely with Burnham-Williams since arriving at MUSC more than a year ago. Together, they’ve expanded resources, developed policy, services and programs for all of MUSC’s LGBTQ + community members as well as the Tri-county.

“It’s such an honor to work under the leadership of someone like Willette who has been doing this work for decades and is such an expert,” said Glenn. “When you think about MUSC building and becoming the preeminent example in the country of this type of work, there’s no better person to honor than Willette. I wouldn’t be at MUSC for me and my work. Her true vision of inclusion goes beyond identities. What an incredible honor – Willette’s leadership is unmatched! “

2022-05-27 | NDAQ: BNRG | Press Release

Brenmiller Energy Ltd. (“Brenmiller & CloseCurlyDoubleQuote ;,” Brenmiller Energy & CloseCurlyDoubleQuote; or the “Company & CloseCurlyDoubleQuote;) (TASE: BNRG, Nasdaq: BNRG), a clean-energy company that provides Thermal Energy Storage (” TES & CloseCurlyDoubleQuote; industrial systems) global utility markets, announced today that the Government Procurement Administration of Israel issued a notice on May 25, 2022, regarding an intent to engage with the Company as a sole supplier for the purchase of heat energy at Wolfson Hospital in Israel. Under the proposed engagement Brenmiller will install, at its expense, its thermal energy storage system bGen ™, integrate it with the hospital’s local energy system, and maintain the installed system.

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Brenmiller Energy's thermal energy storage technology deployed in an industrial setting.  (Photo: Business Wire)

Brenmiller Energy’s thermal energy storage technology deployed in an industrial setting. (Photo: Business Wire)

Brenmiller plans to enter into an approximately $ 5 million, seven and one-half year agreement with Wolfson Hospital under which it will supply heat energy at prices to be agreed between the parties.

It is unknown yet whether the agreement with Wolfson hospital will be exempt from a tender process. In the event, it is determined that a tender is required for such engagement, then there is no certainty that the Company will secure the project.

About Brenmiller Energy

Brenmiller Energy & CloseCurlyQuote; s innovative thermal energy storage solutions are accelerating the electrification and decarbonization of the global economy. Founded in 2012 by Avi Brenmiller, former CEO of Siemens CSP and Solel, and a team of other experts in the field of renewable energy, its patented technology heats crushed rocks to very high temperatures, enabling utility and industrial customers to cost-effectively store energy and then convert this energy into steam, hot water or hot air for a variety of applications. The Company has raised more than $ 90 million and is traded on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange and began trading on Nasdaq on May 25, 2022. For more information visit and follow us on LinkedIn https: //

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This press release contains “forward-looking statements & CloseCurlyDoubleQuote; within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. For example, the Company is using forward-looking statements in this press release when it discusses agreement with Wolfson hospital Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as “plan,” “project,” “potential,” “seek,” ” may, “” will, “” expect, “” believe, “” anticipate, “” intend, “” could, “” estimate “or” continue “are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that certain important factors may affect the Company’s actual results and could cause such results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements that may be made in this press release. Factors that may affect the Company’s results include, but are not limited to, regulatory approvals, product demand, market acceptance, impact of competitive products and prices, product development, commercialization or technological difficulties, the success or failure of negotiations and trade, legal, social and economic risks, and the risks associated with the adequacy of existing cash resources. The forward-looking statements contained or implied in this press release are subject to other risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s Registration Statement on Form F-1 filed with the SEC on April 21, 2022, and any subsequent amendments thereto. Copies are available on the SEC’s website, The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law.


A quarter of the world’s Internet users rely on infrastructure that is susceptible to attacks – ScienceDaily

About a quarter of the world’s Internet users live in countries that are more susceptible than previously thought to targeted attacks on their Internet infrastructure. Many of the at-risk countries are located in the Global South.

That’s the conclusion of a sweeping, large-scale study conducted by computer scientists at the University of California San Diego. The researchers surveyed 75 countries.

“We wanted to study the topology of the Internet to find weak links that, if compromised, would expose an entire nation’s traffic,” said Alexander Gamero-Garrido, the paper’s first author, who earned his Ph.D. in computer science at UC San Diego.

Researchers presented their findings at the Passive and Active Measurement Conference 2022 online this spring.

The structure of the Internet can differ dramatically in different parts of the world. In many developed countries, like the United States, a large number of Internet providers compete to provide services for a large number of users. These networks are directly connected to one another and exchange content, a process known as direct peering. All the providers can also plug directly into the world’s Internet infrastructure.

“But a large portion of the Internet doesn’t function with peering agreements for network connectivity,” Gamero-Garrido pointed out.

In other nations, many of them still developing countries, most users rely on a handful of providers for Internet access, and one of these providers serves an overwhelming majority of users. Not only that, but those providers rely on a limited number of companies called transit autonomous systems to get access to the global Internet and traffic from other countries. Researchers found that often these transit autonomous system providers are state owned.

This, of course, makes countries with this type of Internet infrastructure particularly vulnerable to attacks because all that is needed is to cripple a small number of transit autonomous systems. These countries, of course, are also vulnerable if a main Internet provider experiences outages.

In the worst case scenario, one transit autonomous system serves all users. Cuba and Sierra Leone are close to this state of affairs. By contrast, Bangladesh went from only two to over 30 system providers, after the government opened that sector of the economy to private enterprise.

This underlines the importance of government regulation when it comes to the number of Internet providers and transit autonomous systems available in a country. For example, researchers were surprised to find that many operators of submarine Internet cables are state-owned rather than privately operated.

Researchers also found traces of colonialism in the topology of the Internet in the Global South. For example, French company Orange has a strong presence in some African countries.

Researchers relied on Border Gateway Protocol data, which tracks exchanges of routing and reachability information among autonomous systems on the Internet. They are aware that the data can be incomplete, introducing potential inaccuracies, though these are mitigated by the study’s methodology and validation with real, in-country Internet operators.

Next steps include looking at how critical facilities, such as hospitals, are connected to the Internet and how vulnerable they are.

Quantifying Nations’ Exposure to Traffic Observation and Selective Tampering (PDF)

Alberto Dainotti (now at Georgia Institute of Technology), Alexander Gamero-Garrido (now at Northeastern University), Bradley Huffaker and Alex C. Snoeren, University of California San Diego Esteban Carisimo, Northwestern University Shuai Hao, Old Dominion University


Handel And Haydn Society Announces 2022 Youth Choruses Scholarship Award Recipients

Handel And Haydn Society Announces 2022 Youth Choruses Scholarship Award Recipients

Recognizing a high degree of achievement in and a commitment to vocal arts, the Handel and Haydn Society announced the recipients of the 2022 Youth Choruses Scholarship Awards. Presented annually by the H + H Education Committee, six musicians who are members or alumni of the Youth Choruses are awarded scholarships between $ 1,000 and $ 3,000.

This year, the H + H Education Committee has named Lynéa Zaborowski the recipient of the Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence. Zaborowski is a performing musician who studied at Berklee. She also teaches voice and cello in Winchester, Massachusetts. Zaborowski graduated from the H + H Youth Choruses program in 2012. The Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence provides a $ 3,000 scholarship to an outstanding Youth Choruses alumnus who intends to continue professional vocal instruction.

The Candace Macmillen Achtmeyer Award honors the memory of a member of the H + H Board who voiced passionate opinions about H + H’s responsibility to the community and children. The scholarship goes to an outstanding high school senior who will continue their vocal music studies and has participated in the Youth Choruses program for at least two years. It includes a $ 2,000 cash award. The 2022 recipient of the Candace Macmillen Achtmeyer Award is Manya Ziemiecki, a senior at Milford High School (New Hampshire) who plans to attend McGill University in the fall to continue her studies in voice.

Named in memory of an H + H Youth Choruses alumna who passed away in 2011 after battling a terminal illness, the Evangelyna Etienne Scholarship Award extends a $ 1,000 scholarship to a current or former Youth Choruses program student between the ages of 16 and 24 who is passionately connecting with the community through music. The 2022 recipient of the Evangelyna Etienne Award is Stavros First.

Recent HHYC graduates Lydia Rommel, Shreya Sarcar, and Somin Virmani also received Achievement Awards. The honor comes with a $ 1,000 scholarship.

“We are immensely proud of the skill and dedication on display in our Youth Choruses every year. These talented young adults have performed side-by-side with the H + H Chorus, shinning in historically informed performances at Symphony Hall, the Hatch Shell, and Fenway Park, “said David Snead, President, and CEO of H + H. “The H + H Education Committee has done an incredible job selecting these very deserving honorees.”

This year’s honorees will receive their awards during the High School Soloists Recital on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 PM at Williams Hall at New England Conservatory.

Boston’s Grammy-winning Handel and Haydn Society is dedicated to performing Baroque and Classical music with a freshness, a vitality, and a creativity that inspires all ages. H + H has been captivating audiences for 208 consecutive seasons (the most of any performing arts organization in the United States). Today, H + H’s Orchestra and Chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners annually with a nine-week subscription series at Boston Symphony Hall and other leading venues. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H + H supports seven youth choirs of singers in grades 2-12 and provides thousands of complimentary tickets to students and communities throughout Boston, ensuring the joy of music is accessible to all. H + H’s numerous free community concerts include an annual commemoration of the original 1863 Emancipation Proclamation concert on December 31. H + H has released 15 CDs on the Coro label and has toured nationally and internationally. In all these ways, H + H fulfills its mission to inspire the intellect, touch the heart, elevate the soul, and connect us with our shared humanity through transformative experiences with Baroque and Classical music.

UP Health System Makes Administrative Staffing Changes

UP Health System – Marquette is proud to welcome two new leaders to its executive leadership team – Ashraf Ali, MBA, CPPS, who began as Associate Administrator in February 2022, and Henrietta Skeens, CPA, who joined in May 2022 as Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Ashraf is a driven healthcare leader with a passion for entrepreneurship and delivering high-quality healthcare to the community – both of which were instilled in him from a young age through his own family experiences. It was a combination of these interests that drove him to pursue a career in healthcare administration.

He holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and a Bachelor’s in Health Services Administration from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. Additionally, he is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety and a member of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Prior to joining UP Health System – Marquette, Ashraf was the Administrative Resident at Clark Memorial Health, another LifePoint Health facility in Jeffersonville, IN, where he played an integral part in the analysis and execution of several facility-wide initiatives and gained valuable experience with strategy, operations, data analytics, and business development.

In his new role as Associate Administrator, Ashraf will provide administrative oversight and support to the Laboratory, Wound Care, Inpatient / Outpatient Rehab, Nutrition and Wellness / Diabetes Education, Environmental Services, Food and Nutrition, Transport, and Linen departments at UP Health System – Marquette.

Originally from Detroit, Ashraf was attracted to UP Health System – Marquette and our welcoming community. He said, “I’ve lived in cities varying in sizes and although larger cities have their charm, I never felt connected to the community as I do here in Marquette. It’s refreshing, an exciting place to be, and the community is very welcoming. I’m looking forward to enjoying Lake Superior this summer and all of the recreational activities Marquette has to offer. “

A seasoned, hands-on finance executive, Henrietta Skeens, CPA, joins UP Health System – Marquette as the Interim CFO. With her, she brings extensive experience in private practice, local and regional levels with multiple public accounting firms, as well as serving in a number of CFO roles, including Twin County Regional Hospital, a Duke LifePoint Hospital in Galax, VA, and Cancer Outreach Management Services, a large oncology physician practice in Abingdon, VA. Her national experience in hospital management includes tours with community health systems in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas and Florida.

“It is my absolute pleasure to serve as the Interim CFO for UP Health System – Marquette,” Henrietta said. “I look forward to my time here and intend to focus on operational improvement, sound financial strategy and effective collaboration amongst my peers so that we can continue to provide the highest level of care to our community.”

Henrietta holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Concord University in Athens, WV, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Her past professional affiliations include the American Institute of Public Accountants and being on the public steering committee for the Virginia Society CPAs.

“We’re proud to have two proven healthcare leaders join our executive team,” said Gar Atchison, CEO of UP Health System – Marquette and Market President of UP Health System. “Their experience, particularly at other LifePoint Health facilities, and passion for community health will help us to continue to move the needle of fulfilling our mission – Making Communities Healthier,” he said.


Lincolnshire man fined £ 21,000 for storing waste illegally

A Lincolnshire man has been fined after he pleaded guilty to operating a waste site without permission and allowing others to fly-tip there.

Raymond Wortley, 75, of The Streddars, Hundreds Road, Crowland, accepted and stored waste illegally at his home without a permit. Whilst some of the waste was burned, he also left his gate open which allowed flytippers to deposit other waste on his site.

Waste including tree cuttings, plastics, treated wood and construction waste was kept on land at Wortley’s home between 23 October 2019 and 2 June 2021.

Officers visited the site in October 2019 after reports of material being burnt at the site. Smoke from the fire was so thick that the officers were unable to see each other. Metal sheeting, aerosols, ceramic pots and plastic were all found on the burn pile. At the time, Wortley only had permission to burn green waste produced at his site by him.

Surveillance was carried out at the site during February 2020 and June to July 2020. Officers noted tipper trucks bringing waste to the site on numerous occasions during this time. They were told by drivers that a fee of £ 20 was being charged per load to bring waste to the site.

Wortley was told orally and in writing on several occasions that he was not allowed to run the site in the way he was doing. Despite this, he continued to do so.

Further visits were made to the site in July 2020. An attempt to regularise some of the activities had been made with the green waste now being shredded but this still required a permit.

Additional visits were made in February 2021 and again in October that year. Despite further warnings telling him to stop, Wortley continued to operate from the site with mixed waste including carpets, plastic and household waste being found.

In November 2021, the site was inspected via drone and found to be still operating as a waste transfer station without any permits.

Wortley was sentenced at Peterborough magistrates’ court on May 24, 2022.

He pleaded guilty to operating a waste facility without a permit contrary to Regulation 12 and 38 (1) (a) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016. He also pleaded guilty to knowingly permitting others to deposit waste contrary to section 33 (1) (a ) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

In mitigation, it was explained that Wortley had misunderstood the scope of the regulations and had made efforts to comply. He had recently cleared the site and was in the process of making an application for planning permission.

He was fined £ 21,693.50 which included the avoided permitting costs and financial benefit Wortley had gained by running the illegal site. He was ordered to pay a contribution to prosecution costs of £ 10,000 and a victim surcharge of £ 181.

Peter Stark, enforcement team leader, said:> We take illegal waste activity very seriously and will take the necessary action to disrupt criminal activity and prosecute those responsible. > Wortley was advised to stop on numerous occasions but continued to disregard environmental law. He is now receiving the consequences of those actions. > Members of the public can report waste crime report to us on 0800 807060. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Notes to editors:

  • In 2019 we stopped illegal waste activity at 940 sites, 3 per cent more than the previous year. We found 775 new illegal waste sites, 14 per cent less than we found the previous year.
  • We continue to close illegal waste sites. At the end of March 2020, 544 known illegal waste sites were still active. 21 per cent less than at the end of March 2019 and the lowest number on our records.
  • More information about waste permits can be found here: Waste: environmental permits – GOV.UK (