A section from the Yellow Submarine painting by Alex Rossfeaturing the Blue MeaniesWith everyone happy with the outcome of the first collaboration, Apple Records heads decided last year to commission the follow up series. Each of the four prints captures on of the Beatles in a portrait style, as well as imagery from the film surrounding their characters. He quickly finished the first two, the John Lennon and Ringo Starr pieces and has been hard at work finishing the Paul McCartney and George Harrison versions to accompany them. The upcoming Apple Records re-release of The Beatles legendary film Yellow Submarine just got a little more powerful…super powerful actually. The Label tapped fan favorite comic book painter Alex Ross to provide a series of profile paintings, entitled John, Paul, George and Ringo. Ross’s photo-realistic style and his uncanny ability to make the fantastic plausible was a perfect match for bringing the unique designs of artist Heinz Edelmann to life. Yellow Submarine‘s release is seen as something of a landmark in animation history, heralding a new age of art house acceptance.Alex Ross burst onto the comics scene with Marvels, a mini series showing the world of super heroes through the eyes of the people on the street. It was an instant sell out and has been reprinted dozens of times. His paintings made the colorful heroes and villains look incredibly lifelike. From an early age, Ross had been a big fan of the rich visual spectacles of the comic book world, and found himself studying the vastly different styles of the different artists. At the American Academy of Art in Chicago, he perfected his blending of neo-classical painting with the kinetic styles of comics legends like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Bernie Wrightson. He quickly developed a reputation as the go to artist when it came to portraying the most iconic versions of any character he painted. Superman by Alex RossRoss’s first attempt at a Beatles image, a beautiful 6 foot wide example of his famous panoramas highlighting the characters from the movie made even him nervous. “I was warned at the outset that they might not get approval from the [John Lennon and George Harrison] estates to release it formally — that it was a kind of test. I thought I might not get another chance at this, so I wanted to put everything plus the kitchen sink in one piece of art.” Luckily for Ross, his renditions of Edelmann’s visionary work wowed everyone. John by Alex RossRingo by Alex RossRoss gushed “Yellow Submarine has also been one of my favorite films since I was six years old. The opportunity to work with the Beatles’ likenesses in the very inspired context of the ‘Yellow Submarine’ film is an absolute dream come true. There is so much I love about these men, their legacy and this film.” The artist is excited to unveil the finished series when the box set goes on sale April 30th at the Beatles store in the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Until they’re available for purchase, let’s have a small look at the last two prints in the series and another of Ross’s detailed production drawings. Information for this article was gathered from Rolling Stone, Comic Book Resources and AlexRoss.com
Marc Ford has been a fixture in the live music scene for years. As a seminal guitar player for the Black Crowes in the nineties, Ford went on to record with artists such as Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Ben Harper and more after leaving the band, forming a succesful career as a studio musician and producer. Recently, Ford has been performing as a solo artist, releasing a bevy of solo albums that culminated with his impressive 2016 release The Vulture, and he’s also a part of Rich Robinson‘s crew of former Black Crowes bandmates called Magpie Salute. Over the years, Ford has proven himself to be an excellent blues guitarist as well as a proficient Americana songwriter.Back in November, Ford stopped by Futureappletree in Rock Island, IL to perform a session for online music subscription service Daytrotter. Ford performed the song’s lead single, “Devils in the Details”, as well as “The Ghetto Is Everywhere”, “The Vulture”, “Same Coming Up”, and “Shalimar Dreams”, all from The Vulture as well. It was a great and stirring performance that truly showcased the best of Marc Ford and what he has to offer.Thankfully for those who don’t subscribe to Daytrotter, Paste Magazine is streaming the show, and all five songs from the set are embedded below for your listening pleasure. Also included below is a recently released video of Ford performing with the Neptune Blues Club performing Deep Water” in a session for Reverb.com./
The roots of innovation at Harvard can often be found in its students. Putting an imaginative twist on a class project, Windsor Hanger AB ’10, together with classmates Elizabeth Nowak AB ’10 and Tina (Yongtian) Tan AB ’10, created VertiGrow, a modular planter that can be stacked vertically in crowded urban spaces. This system allows people to grow food on the roofs and walls of their houses, all while reinforcing the structure of the building and helping to fight malnutrition.
Despite the mounds of snow and bitter cold, more than 100 faculty, staff, and students gathered in the Science Center Plaza on Wednesday for the opening of this year’s Harvard Skate season.“It was so cool. It was a spontaneous decision to come here on our part, and I’m so glad we did. It really made my day,” said Celeste Mendoza ’17, who was making s’mores after watching the festivities’ opening acts.The annual celebration was significantly expanded this year. In addition to the skating, visitors could try their luck at curling and shuffleboard, warm up by toasty fire pits, and snack on some treats courtesy of the food trucks and Greenhouse Café. Harvard College student and 2012 Skate America silver medalist Christina Gao, 2010 U.S. Junior silver medalist Yasmin Siraj, and other talented figure skaters treated onlookers to a live performance.Kaitlyn Jeong ’16 (from left), Dillon Cruz ’16, Jasmine Chia ’18, Clara Chen ’16, and Kara Shen ’16 warm up by the toasty fire pits and snack on some treats courtesy of the food trucks and the Greenhouse Café during the Harvard Skate opening kickoff. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“I’m so excited that this year’s opening day was such a huge success. Last year’s was on a much smaller scale, and we really added a lot more this year, and the turnout was huge! I hope we can do this every year, with each one just getting better and better,” said Harrison Choate ’17, manager of Harvard Skate.The rink is 64 feet by 44 feet, and features lighting and audio systems as well as built-in benches. The temporary ice rink is located on the plaza adjacent to the Science Center. Skating is free and open to all. Skate rentals, which are managed by students from Harvard Student Agencies, are also available.Upcoming, there will be many special events as well as free skating lessons on Fridays (check website for times), depending on the weather. Lessons are first come, first served, so those interested should gather at the rink at noon.“Harvard is thrilled to once again be able to offer this exciting program. Nothing says New England like outdoor skating and drinking a cup of hot chocolate while sitting by a warm fire,” said Meredith Weenick, vice president of campus services. “We hope faculty, staff, students, and community members alike all take the opportunity to enjoy the offerings, and we can’t wait to see everyone out there!”“They really did a great job making sure that everyone involved had a lot of fun,” said Preeti Srinivasan ’18.Harvard Skate is an integral part of Harvard President Drew Faust’s Common Spaces program. Created in 2009, the program’s goal is to strengthen the sense of community by developing inviting, usable, and flexible spaces to bring students, faculty, and staff closer together.The rink will be open every day from noon until 9 p.m. (weather permitting) until early March.For more information on event times, special events, and the food truck schedule, check the site.
More than 400 Cambridge 8th graders recently convened on Harvard’s campus for the annual Science and Engineering Showcase sponsored by the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).Now in its ninth year, the event gives the Cambridge students the opportunity to present their science projects and findings to classmates, teachers, parents, and Harvard students and professors.“This event is such a great example of how our city, our schools and our colleges and universities can work together to support our young people. The world needs your creativity, your inventiveness, your genius and your originality. Each new idea opens a door to the next,” said Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern.“We need problem solvers,” said Kenneth Salim, superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools. “We need people who are going to be creative. Who are going to be environmentalists, computer scientists, and researchers, as well as the politicians, the community leaders, and others — and having that understanding of science is going to make you a better leader and a better community member no matter what you decide to pursue.”Projects varied, and included building a solar powered water filtration system, creating all-natural bug repellent, and examining the role of female engineers throughout history.“The diversity of projects and the level of student engagement was inspiring to see — not only were students excited to present their own work, but were also eager to ask each other questions. This kind of curiosity and questioning is the foundation of a science literate society, and that energy was apparent throughout the day. My hope is that through this partnership and others at the high school level, we can continue to nurture that spark in each student,” said Kathryn Hollar, director of community programs and diversity outreach at SEAS.Teachers say students learn about more than just the science – they’re learning how to present their findings, work in teams and answer questions – all skills that are equally as important as the scientific knowledge they’re gaining.“I love seeing kids investigate and try to solve problems, and then sharing their projects across the district,” said Janet MacNeil, the JrK-12 science curriculum coordinator at Cambridge Public Schools. “Students looked at how to use science and engineering to solve problems. Our aim was to get them thinking about how to solve these relevant problems locally and across the world.”The best part, MacNeil said, is that the students are the drivers of this learning. “They get to study something that they’re interested in, and by doing so, learn about the science and engineering model. About how to identity a problem. Ask questions. Analyze data. Communicate. These are all important life skills whether they’re going to be scientists or not,” MacNeil continued.Paul Andrew, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs and Communications, encouraged students to take advantage of the various programs and offerings all across campus. “We want you to consider yourselves very much a part of our community, as we are so honored to be part of yours.”
Corporate renewable demand prompts coal-heavy Kentucky utilities to build solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Lexington Herald Leader:The amount of solar energy produced in Kentucky would increase dramatically under a plan announced Thursday. Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities said they have asked state regulators to approve contracts to buy power from a 100-megawatt solar facility in Hardin County.The array has not been built but would be ready to use by 2022 under the deal, according to an application filed with the state Public Service Commission.LG&E and KU said the project involving the planned 100-megawatt facility was a response to customers’ desire for power from renewable sources. Under the proposal filed with the PSC, LG&E and KU would buy all the power from the solar facility, then sell half of it to the Toyota plant in Georgetown and 25 percent of it to the Dow Silicones Corporation plant in Carrollton.Toyota and Dow approached the utilities with an interest in buying electricity from renewable sources, according to their application to the PSC.“As we continue to evolve with our customers’ increased demands for renewable energy, we are partnering with them to create customized solutions, as we’ve done in this case, to help them grow and prosper in the Commonwealth, which in turn creates economic vitality for our communities and residents,” said David Sinclair, vice president of energy supply and analysis for LG&E and KU.The price LG&E and KU would pay for the power from the solar facility over the 20-year contract “compares favorably” to the cost of power generated from coal and natural gas, the utilities said in their application. The amount the utilities will pay for the electricity was redacted from the application.[Bill Estep]More: Utilities propose Kentucky’s largest solar power array, mostly for Toyota and Dow
– Advertisement – Fieldstones. Yucca plants. Seashells. The last object a loved one touched. For centuries, these items, cultivated from lives and landscapes, marked many graves at burial places for Black people in America. I have documented his history, in his own words and handwriting, on my website, including the surprise information that he played a cornet in the military band. He wrote,”my music teacher said to me, ‘Weaver I’m going to give you a piece of music to play that will either kill you or cure you.”The pension struggle with the government continued after Dennis died on June 27, 1911. Delia Fields Weaver, his wife, had to then prove she was married to Dennis in order to get a widow’s pension. The case was closed in 1935, when a check sent to Delia was returned, for she had died.I am more fortunate than most Black folks attempting to do research on their families, because Dennis was mentioned in “A History of Snickersville” (now Bluemont), by Jean Herron Smith. It tells the story of how Dennis obtained the land that is his legacy.“On This mountain side, James Fields, a free negro, already hadbought land . Now It was to become a haven for those negroes whowere just becoming aware of the privilege of home ownership. One ofthe first to buy was Benjamin Franklin Young, who bought 17 acresfrom Dr. Plaster in 1871. Later that year, Dr. Plaster sold DennisWeaver 6 acres. Dennis Weaver built a house on this mountainside,on the narrow road that bounds the Carrington house, winds past theold school, and twists up behind the breastworks of the war thatbrought freedom. Dennis and his wife Delia cleared the woods forlawn and garden and from This house went back and forth to thevillage – Dennis to help the farmers bring the scorched earth back to productivity and Delia to care for countless of the households andchildren. One of these children remembers today her spankings.Aunt Delia cared for others until about 1923, when she herselfneeded care. It was hard to persuade someone to live up in the woods,so Delia, in return for her services which she had agreed to render me in waiting upon me and nursing me during my last illness I willedWinifred Scott all her household and kitchen furniture and all hermoney, except $100 which she bequeathed to Christopher Scipio.Aunt Delia was healthier than she anticipated and by 1931 WinifredScott felt she could no longer render those final services (probablygot married) and the will was changed to name Glovia Scott as thenurse. Delia Weaver lived until 1935 and now lies buried besideDennis, not on the mountain, but only a few miles away, looking backto the village in which they lived in slavery and the home which theybuilt in freedom. “- Advertisement – Along with many of Loudoun’s Black citizens, Dennis and Delia are buried in Rock Hill Cemetery; Black people were segregated even in death. There is currently a movement to preserve those Black cemeteries that still exist.Austin Gaffney wrote about this effort for National Geographic this summer. The separating line on the World War I monument hits home for Marilyn Thornton, a Washington, D.C.-based author and the granddaughter of war veteran James Edgar Thornton, about whom she wrote a book. Marilyn Thornton is a relative of one of the Black Loudoun County deceased, Samuel C. Thornton. She supports replacing the plaque. My great-grand Uncle Dennis was not “African American,” or “Black” at the time of his birth: He was simply property. A Negro slave. Our family took the surname Weaver from the occupation of his grandmother—a weaver for the family who owned her.A polite term to use for Black folks back then was “colored.” So as I write today of this young “colored” soldier, I am reminded of the classic poem by Black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, in which he honored “The Colored Soldiers.” It’s performed here by storyteller and poet Mitch Capel, who is also known as “Gran’daddy Junebug.”Those of you who are fans of classical music may or may not be aware of the work of William Grant Still, who was known as the “Dean of African-American Composers.”William Grant Still’s career was comprised of many “firsts”. He was the first African-American composer to have a symphony performed by a professional orchestra in the U.S., the Symphony no. 1 “Afro-American” (1930). It was premiered by Howard Hanson and the Rochester Philharmonic. The piece’s New York premiere was given by the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in 1935. He also became the first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States when he led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1936. In the world of opera, his Troubled Island was the first by an African-American to be performed by a major opera company (New York City Opera, 1949) and that same opera was the first by an African-American to be nationally televised.It is fitting today, in memory of my great-grand Uncle Dennis, and those who fought and died with him, and for the Black vets of all our wars, to close with Still’s In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy.The work was commissioned by the League of Composers, and was premiered on Jan. 5, 1944 by the New York Philharmonic under Artur Rodzinski. David Ciucevich writes in the liner notes: “The New York Times critic Olin Downes remarked on its powerful ‘simplicity and feeling, without affectation or attitudinizing’. The wording of the title does carry an ironic aspect, reflecting the fact that African-Americans were fighting for world freedom and civilization abroad while being denied those very freedoms at home.” Enjoy this performance from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.If any of you are fortunate enough to visit Washington, D.C., be sure to visit the African American Civil War Museum and Monument. In honor of these American soldiers who fought for freedom during the American Civil War, the Spirit of Freedom: African American Civil War Memorial sculpture and its Wall of Honor, was situated in the heart of the historic “U” Street district, and serves as a reminder of the courageous story of the USCT. The sculpture portrays uniformed soldiers and a sailor at a height of ten feet with a family depicted on the back of the sculpture, and is situated in the center of a granite-paved plaza, encircled on three sides by the Wall of Honor. The wall lists the names of 209,145 USCT drawn from the official records of the Bureau of United States Colored Troops at the National Archives, on 166 burnished stainless steel plaques arranged by regiment.Here’s a short video tour, until you get there.Dennis Weaver’s name is one of those listed. I have not forgotten. None of us should. Because no official database exists, it’s impossible to track how many historic Black gravesites dot the American landscape. But proposed legislation could change this: the African American Burial Grounds Network Act would create a network of Black cemeteries and a formal database of historic Black burial sites—including grant funding for research and restoration—under the purview of the National Park Service. That “property” had a dollar value. That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Negroes in manner following:(2) Partly by inheritance and partly by Purchase. having formerly Belonged to his father Mordicai Throckmorton. Who died in Loudon Co. State of Virginia. Leaving Said Negroes, as aforesaid, he the said Hugh, Paying the debts due by his said father, thereby partly receiving them by inheritance and partly by Purchase as aforesaidThat your petitioner’s claim to the service or labor of said Negroes was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Seven thousand three hundred fifty Dollars dollars in money.(3) as follow to Wit. Lewis 1200$ Solomon 1400$. Henry 400$ Dennis 1150$ Joseph 1000$ Patsy 1000$ John 100$ and Winney 1100$. They all Being healthy, Young and Good Workers and no defect except Henry, as aforesaid, and that to the Best of My Knowledge and Belief they have no moral mental or bodily infirmities or defects except in the case as stated in Henry.As you can see, Dennis Weaver was valued at $1,150 ($23,755.71 in today’s money). Ask yourself, what would you have been worth? How can a price be set on a human life? Yet, it was, and we were bought and sold. I’m very aware of the conditions of enslavement he lived under, along with other members of my family, since I have been doing genealogical and historical research on slavery for many years. I have never questioned his burning desire to go off and join the Union Army to fight, and perhaps die, as so many did, for that precious thing called liberty, for himself and his family and friends.- Advertisement – Racism continues to haunt these final resting places. Unlike many predominantly white cemeteries, which were designed as garden spaces to honor both the dead and the living, Black cemeteries—like the communities they represented—were relegated to the periphery. In the generations since enslavement, many Black burial sites have been neglected by local officials or re-buried by development, leaving descendants unable to locate or visit their ancestors’ resting places. Now, in a moment of racial reckoning, the long-running efforts by communities to preserve these historic Black sites could gain new momentum. Cemeteries are not the only issue. Monuments to white supremacy, honoring the losers, have been in the news. However, even when Black soldiers are acknowledged, their contributions could be separated, like this example from Loudoun County last summer. xWhite and Black soldiers are segregated on Loudoun County’s World War I memorial — white on top, Black on bottom. Now one supervisor wants to change that. https://t.co/tHO2cqm3sa via @LTMnews— Loudoun Times-Mirror (@LoudounTimes) August 7, 2020 “Can’t you just see people sitting around in a meeting saying, ‘Oh, let’s put the white boys at the top?’” she said in an interview with the Times-Mirror. “It’s just incredible to me that anybody would think to do that.” That man who was once “property” was a patriot, in the truest sense of the word. Loudoun County historian Kevin D. Grigsby discussed my Uncle Dennis, and other Black men who fought for the Union, writing for The Washington Post in 2013.The fighting southeast of Richmond was especially bloody, and 14 African Americans received the Medal of Honor for their actions in the battle.A few county natives made it back to Loudoun after the war and, like Weaver, made a mark on the local African American community. Of the 250 or so black Loudoun soldiers Grigsby found, fewer than 20 returned.“I don’t want to say they lived an anonymous life,” he said. “But they just kind of settled back in. There weren’t parades or statues or monuments; they came back as victors.”“I can’t even imagine what it was like for an African American . . . to have had that moment,” Grigsby said. “In some cases, you went from a slave to a liberator . . . to a protector and then, within so many years, you begin to see that freedom slowly peeled back and you have the rise of Jim Crow.”My story about great-grand uncle Dennis deals with his struggle to get a pension after he returned home, to the county where he was once enslaved. It reminds me that Black veterans have historically faced obstacles; just look at the history of the G.I Bill after WWII, and see how our Black service members were treated. I was able to obtain Dennis’ pension files from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). I received a stack of documents—over 200 pages. His battle to get a pension involved legal wrangling for years. The amount of paperwork, bureaucracy, and persistent denials he had to face was enough to discourage anyone, but he persevered. He finally wound up with initially six dollars a month, which was later increased to 12 dollars. Dennis was luckier than many, for he could read and write.- Advertisement – Thornton said she saw the plaque for the first time when researching her 2016 book, “Letters From Edgar’s Trunk,” based on accounts from her grandfather in the 369th Infantry Regiment during World War I. The group was commonly known as the Harlem Hellfighters. The author dedicated the book to the Black soldiers listed on the plaque — Ernest Gilbert, Valentine B. Johnson and Samuel C. Thornton.
Photo: City of Zaprešić, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr His special area of interest is focused on the development of new tourist products and destination management, which he considers the greatest professional challenge, and when taking office he pointed out that Zaprešić can and must become a serious tourist destination with a vision and goals to achieve. management of organizations that will guide this development in cooperation with the local community, entrepreneurs, city administration and the tourism profession. According to the Zaprešić Tourist Board, by the end of 2019 the new director will implement the already adopted and adopted work program of the Zaprešić Tourist Board for this year, with parallel activities to prepare the functioning of the tourist board as a destination management organization tourist boards and the promotion of Croatian tourism, which will enter into force on January 01, 2020. Toni Ganjto was born in 1990 in Zagreb, and he is connected to the Zaprešić region by coming to study at the Baltazar Zaprešić Polytechnic, where he completed the undergraduate study of Business Economics and Finance and the graduate study of Project Management. and consulting services in the field of travel agency business. He began to build almost ten years of experience and his professional knowledge in tourism through work in sales and marketing of travel agencies, production of travel arrangements and development of new tourist products, as well as tourist monitoring and guidance in Croatian, European and distant destinations. Ganjto taught, led and chaired the Commission for the implementation of exams for new travel companions in travel agencies Toptours, Mondo Travel and APP Požega (today’s Arriva), and then at the Baltazar Zaprešić Polytechnic initiated and initiated, as an external associate, seminars and education in tourism for the branch manager of the travel agency and the tourist guide. Among the four applications that met the prescribed conditions in accordance with the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism, after a discussion and presentation of the program, the Tourist Board chose Ganjta as the new director of the Tourist Board of Zaprešić. The town of Ban Josip Jelačić, where the ban’s complex of Novi dvori is located, has a new director of the tourist board elected by the Tourist Board of the Tourist Board of the City of Zaprešić. He is a young tourism expert Tony Ganjti who presented his program “Zaprešićka priča”, and Ganjto will replace the long-time director of the Tourist Board of the City of Zaprešić, Mrs. Branka Barilović, who has retired. “The job of managing a tourist destination is not only important but necessary in order for Zaprešić to become a competitive tourist destination with sustainable tourism growth and to brand its tourist offer. That is why my work will be focused in two key directions – the first which refers to the enrichment of the offer for the people of Zaprešić, and the second will be focused on the development of Zaprešić as a tourist destination. It is a great responsibility and obligation to lead the tourist community of Ban Jelačić and therefore I believe that I will be able to gather all stakeholders in tourism in the Zaprešić area to build a new platform for a successful “Zaprešić story” that we will tell the world.” said the new director of the Zaprešić Tourist Board, Toni Ganjto.
The Uruguay international’s agent Pere Guardiola, brother of new Bayern Munich coach Pep, revealed as much in scheduled meetings with Reds managing director Ian Ayre and manager Brendan Rodgers on Monday. It was the first formal communication the club had received from either the player or his representative since the 26-year-old went public on his dislike of his treatment by the English media and the lure of Real Madrid. Press Association Sport understands that while no transfer request was made Guardiola said Suarez would at least like to consider playing elsewhere. Liverpool remain steadfast in their stance that last season’s 30-goal forward is not for sale but anyone bidding £40million would have the chance to speak to him, although the club insist that figure does not represent a buy-out clause. The Reds have maintained a good relationship with Guardiola during an eventful two-and-a-half years at Anfield and the discussions were amicable. However, it is expected Guardiola will now spend the next couple of weeks trying to find a buyer for Suarez – with Madrid still the favourites – and will then notify Liverpool of any interest. While the Merseysiders do not want to sell they would be likely to value Suarez around £50million, significantly higher than the £30million bid from Arsenal which was rejected last week. Suarez is on extended leave after international duty in the Confederations Cup in Brazil and is not due to return for training until July 22. Liverpool have been told striker Luis Suarez wants to play Champions League football but he will not yet try to force through a move. Press Association
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, under the new bill, it will now be illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product — including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes — to anyone under 21 years of age.So far, a number of states have raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, including Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.Checkout the full list of cities and towns who also have raised the age according to the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed a new law that will amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years.Donald Trump made the announcement via Twitter:I will be signing our 738 Billion Dollar Defense Spending Bill today. It will include 12 weeks Paid Parental Leave, gives our troops a raise, importantly creates the SPACE FORCE, SOUTHERN BORDER WALL FUNDING, repeals “Cadillac Tax” on Health Plans, raises smoking age to 21! BIG!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019