30 Dec

Duke’s Sin in Eden: Thoughts on the Recent Coal Ash Spill

first_imgThe community of Eden is usually paradise. It’s nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge north of Winston-Salem and Greensboro along the bucolic Dan River. However, this week,  it was also home to the third largest coal ash disaster in U.S. history. Duke Enerrgy’s coal-fired power plant spilled 80,000 tons of coal ash—enough to fill 32 Olympic swimming pools—into the Dan River, endangering water supplies for thousands of area residents. Coal ash is laced with toxic heavy metals, including mercury and arsenic, which persist for decades. The river, grey and filled with sludge for miles downstream of the spill, may be severely compromised in its ability to support fishing, recreation, and aquatic life for years to come. It’s especially tragic because of the efforts that Eden has been making to grow it’s outdoor recreation opportunities. Eden has been a popular new recreation spot in the Southeast, and the Dan River is a big reason for drawing outdoor enthusiasts there.A postal worker in Eden first alerted officials that the river was running black. It took 24 hours for Duke Energy and the Department of Natural Resources to acknowledge the spill, which still is not fully contained.Coal ash ponds are ticking time bombs. They are usually located beside major waterways and they are largely unregulated. Leaks and spills are inevitable, and Southern Appalachia has already been hit hard by coals ash spills in recent years.Whatever you think about coal-fired energy, it seems absurd to dump coal ash in unlined ponds beside rivers that supply our drinking water. Most residents of the South live within 100 miles of a coal-fired power plant and get their water from a waterway threatened by a coal ash pond.View aerial footage of the Dan River spill here.last_img read more

20 Dec

Police In Brazil And Bolivia Agree To Joint Fight Against Organized Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo February 19, 2009 The Federal Police of Bolivia and Brazil signed an agreement Wednesday to strengthen ‎bilateral cooperation in combating organized crime, including actions against drug ‎trafficking, money laundering, and weapons smuggling.‎ The Convention on Police Cooperation Strategy of 2009 was signed by Luiz Fernando ‎Correa, the general director of the Federal Police (PF) of Brazil, and General Wilge Abel ‎Obleas, the National Planning Director of the National Police of Bolivia, in Campo ‎Grande in the of state Mato Grosso do Sul. ‎ According to a note from the PF, police hierarchies of both countries agreed to “perform ‎a series of actions aimed at combating organized crime, principally drug trafficking, arms ‎trafficking, money laundering, and related crimes.” ‎ It emphasizes the actions of “logistical support” for joint or isolated operations, training ‎agents, and the exchange of intelligence information in the fight against organized crime.‎ The police corps from both countries will evaluate the possibility of appointing Brazilian ‎federal police officers to act as “official links” to the Special Force to Fight Drug ‎Trafficking in Bolivia. ‎ Moreover, Bolivia is committed to carrying out operations aimed at the “eradication of ‎marijuana and excess coca plants in their territory” with the help of logistical support ‎from Brazilian officials.‎ The agreement, which is valid for one year, includes technical visits and missions to ‎enhance joint investigations and exchange data relating to laws against drug and weapons ‎trafficking and money laundering.‎last_img read more

18 Dec

Long Island Father’s Day 2013 Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Some dads like to go fishing on Father’s Day.Not every dad wants to sit home and watch the game. Some like abstract art, muscle cars, or fine wine. Others prefer beer and brunch. Either way, here’s 10 special events and deals across Long Island to get dad off the couch this Father’s Day, which is Sunday.Special Father’s Day Cruise, Captree State Park, Robert Moses Causeway, Babylon.  1 – 2:30 p.m. Great South Bay sightseeing aboard the Delta Lady. Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children (12 and under) $10. Reservations recommended. 631-422-1060.Annual Father’s Day Car Show and Swap Meet, Merrick Train Station, Sunrise Hwy and Merrick Ave., Merrick. 9 – 4 p.m. Cars, vendors, food, rides, and live music. $15 pre-registered, $20 the day of. 516-369-0122.Father’s Day Celebration at Cold Spring Harbor, Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. 10 – 5 p.m. Fathers fish for free when accompanied by their child. 516-692-6768.“Cheers for Dad” Father’s Day, Sparkling Pointe Vineyard, 39750 Country Road 48, Southold. 2 – 5 p.m. Gourmet barbeque, wine, local beer, and live jazz. $40 per adult, $10 per child. Reservations required. 631-765-0200.Father’s Day Brunch, Inn at Great Neck, 30 Cutter Mill Rd., Great Neck. 12 – 2:30 p.m. Fathers receive a complimentary draft beer and a voucher for a future complimentary brunch. Reservations required. 516-773-2000.Father’s Day at the Heckscher Museum, Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. 11 – 5 p.m. Free admission for fathers and grandfathers. $6 for adults, $4 for students over 10, free for children 10 and under. 631-351-3250.“Cars and Coffee,” New York Restomod, 91 Milbar Blvd., Farmingdale.  8 – 11 a.m. Muscle cars and street rods. Free admission and breakfast for all. Free goody bags with advance registration. 1-800-913-3511.Father’s Day BBQ Brunch, Allegria Hotel, 80 West Broadway, Long Beach. 12 – 5 p.m. Unlimited champagne, mimosas, and Bloody Marys. $57 per person. 516-992-3730.Father’s Day Hike, Whiskey Hill, Bridgehampton. 10 – 11 a.m. Meet on Mill Path (off Lopers Path East) for a 1.7 mile hike with ocean views. 631-537-5202.Father’s Day Grand Buffet, Three Village Inn, 150 Main St, Stony Brook. 10:30 am – 2 pm. $39 per adult, half price for children under 10. 631-751-0555.last_img read more

20 Oct

Is Paradise lost?

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19 Oct

Goodyear Indonesia suspends production to comply with PSBB policy

first_imgThe company went on to say that the decision was taken to maintain the health and safety of its employees. The measure is also meant to help the company address the market changes during the unfavorable global conditions.Indonesia’s factory activity contracted to a record level in the first half of the year as a result of weak demand and disruption to the supply chain against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. Bank Indonesia’s Prompt Manufacturing Index (PMI-BI) was recorded at 45.64 percent; an index reading above 50 indicates expansion while below 50 is a contraction.Despite the production suspension, Goodyear head of marketing and corporate communication Wicaksono Soebroto said on Thursday that the company’s activities were still running as usual with some limitations.“Other supporting roles are still working from home,” he told The Jakarta Post via text message. “However, for warehousing and shipping, employees still have to come to the office within a limited schedule while applying preventive measures.”Wicaksono added that all of the company’s employees continued to be paid despite the temporary production shut down.As of 1.26 p.m., Goodyear’s share price was unchanged at Rp 1,510 (9.7 US cents) apiece.Topics : Publicly listed tire manufacturer PT Goodyear Indonesia has temporarily shut down its production activity to comply with the large-scale social restriction (PSBB) measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.The publicly listed firm halted its production on April 20 until May 3 in a bid to comply with the recent PSBB policy applied in the Bogor city area in West Java where the company is located. The factory’s temporary shutdown is longer than Bogor’s PSBB policy, which is due to expire on April 29.“Until today, we are still assessing the impact of the COVID-19 situation and we hope that the temporary production halt will not affect the company’s continuity,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday posted on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) website.last_img read more

16 Oct

GUEST BLOG: Hear it From a Teacher: Reducing the PSSA Means Two More Days of Meaningful Education

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf GUEST BLOG: Hear it From a Teacher: Reducing the PSSA Means Two More Days of Meaningful Education By: Lorena Mitchell, 7th grade math teacher for the Pittsburgh Public Schools August 21, 2017 Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog On August 17, Lorena Mitchell, a 7th grade math teacher for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, joined Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera in announcing significant reductions to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). Beginning this year, students and teachers in grades 3 through 8 will spend an average of 20 percent less time on statewide testing, which is equal to two more days of meaningful classroom education for some schools. As a teacher, here is what two more days of meaningful education could mean for Lorena Mitchell’s classroom.As a 7th grade math teacher for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, I am ecstatic that teachers voices are being heard when we speak in regards to the pressures that we put on our students and teachers who are plagued with an abundance of testing during the school year.A reduction of 20% of testing time could equate to up to two full days that the classroom can be used to maintain structure and provide opportunities for our teachers to focus on educating students.With an extra two day of classroom instruction, I could provide activities where students could develop their critical thinking skills and strengthen their team building by having them work on classroom adventures and projects.As a middle school math teacher with a couple of extra days, I could collaborate with my local community members and have them share their knowledge with our students on being actively involved and provide additional programming around spending, saving, budgeting, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.With an extra two days, I could find ways to make my classroom less stressful and more fun. I want my classroom to be a classroom in which the middle school child would enjoy coming to every day.I am excited that I finally may have an opportunity to allow my students to have more time for exploration, because they will spend less time worrying about testing.   SHARE  TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

29 Sep

‘Personal touch’ still best for pensions communications, Dutch experts say

first_imgWies Wiegman, manager of client relations at the €5.3bn pension fund for the hospitality and catering sector (Horeca & Catering), echoed his sentiments, saying: “Many of our participants are interested in this way of communication as well.”Frans Griffioen, adviser on pensions communication at Griffioen Employee Benefits, added: “Participants don’t need general pension information, but they want to hear the specific details that affect them personally.”His colleague Charles Beugelink, of communications firm Chardes, suggested that limited use by workers of their employers’ expensive digital pensions tools often did not justify the costs of these communication instruments.Niels Kortleve, innovator at the €153bn pensions provider PGGM, stressed that pensions communication ought to begin by consulting participants on their expected quality of life after retirement. Also during the congress, Emile Soetendal, co-ordinator for pensions policy at the Ministry of Social Affairs, said the the new legislation for pensions communication was still scheduled to take effect on 1 January 2015.He added that the recent consultation on the concept legislation had generated 60 “mainly positive” responses from the sector, and that questions had chiefly been about feasibility, implementation costs and the interpretation of open norms.He also suggested the national record of pension rights – the so-called Pensioenregister, covering first and second-pillar rights – would now be extended to the third pillar, as well as consider the effects of changing purchasing power and risks under bad, expected and favourable conditions.Soetendal made clear that the extension – in three-year increments – was also meant to include an indication of the effects of personal choices and life events on the final pension.But he stressed that details and planning still needed to be fleshed out. Despite the wide range of communications tools now available to pension funds, a personal consultation with a specialist is the best way to increase pensions awareness among participants, Dutch industry experts have agreed.Speaking at an IIR congress on pensions communication in Amsterdam, Stephan Vollenbroek, head of communications at MPD, the provider for the €4.2bn pension fund PNO Media, said “personal contact about pensions and financial planning makes the real difference compared with digital and written communication”.He added that the provider had conducted almost 5,200 of these one-on-one meetings, and said they were very much appreciated by the participants.Jan van der Wel, who has carried out many of the personal consultations for MPD, said: “The financial knowledge of participants is very poor on average, and they often fail to plan ahead.”last_img read more

28 Sep

WorleyParsons nets Marjan field FEED deal

first_imgAustralian engineering company WorleyParsons has been awarded a contract by Saudi Aramco for work on the Marjan oil field development in Saudi Arabia. According to a Tuesday statement by the Australian company, it was awarded the project management and front end engineering and design (FEED) services for the offshore oil and gas facilities portion and the onshore upstream and downstream pipelines portion of Saudi Aramco’s Marjan oil field development program.Under the agreement, WorleyParsons will provide project management and FEED services.The services will be executed from WorleyParsons’ office in Al-Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with support from other WorleyParsons offices.“We are pleased to build on our relationship with Saudi Aramco through this significant contract,” said Andrew Wood, Chief Executive Officer of WorleyParsons.Less than two months ago, Saudi Aramco awarded Amec Foster Wheeler a contract for facilities required as part of the integrated oil and gas expansion of the Marjan offshore and onshore oilfield in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia. Under the five-year contract, Amec Foster Wheeler will deliver the pre-FEED, FEED, overall program management, and other support services for an additional 300,000 barrels per day gas/oil separation train, a world scale greenfield gas processing plant, a cogeneration facility and modifications to an existing facility to add natural gas liquids fractionation capacity.Recently, Saudi Arabia reportedly thwarted what appeared to be an attack on Marjan oilfield in the country’s territorial waters.According to Wood Mackenzie, the Marjan complex, located off Saudi Arabia’s east coast, contains four offshore fields – Marjan, Lawhah, Maharah and Hamur. Marjan, the largest of the four, is a super-giant field that straddles the offshore median line with Iran. The majority of oil reserves lie within the Saudi Arabian part of the field although the Iranian portion, which is called Foroozan, also contains significant volumes of oil.last_img read more

19 Sep

Lamar meets Nicholls St. in Southland quarters

first_img Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com TEAM LEADERS: T.J. Atwood is averaging 16.8 points and seven rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinals. Avery Sullivan is also a key contributor, producing 12.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. The Colonels have been led by Warith Alatishe, who is averaging 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds.ACCURATE ATWOOD: Atwood has connected on 37.3 percent of the 51 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 7 over his last three games. He’s also made 76.2 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Lamar is 0-12 when scoring fewer than 66 points and 17-3 when scoring at least 66.PERFECT WHEN: Nicholls State is a perfect 15-0 when it scores at least 75 points. The Colonels are 6-10 when scoring any fewer than that.DID YOU KNOW: The Nicholls State defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 25.6 percent of all possessions, which is the fifth-highest rate in the country. The Lamar offense has turned the ball over on 20.3 percent of its possessions (ranked 271st among Division I teams).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 6 seed Lamar (17-15, 11-10) vs. No. 3 seed Nicholls State (21-10, 15-5)Southland Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Lamar is set to match up against Nicholls State in the quarterfinals of the Southland tourney. In the regular season, Nicholls State won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last went at it on Feb. 12, when Lamar made only two 3-pointers on 11 attempts while the Colonels went 8 for 22 behind the arc on the way to a four-point victory.center_img Lamar meets Nicholls St. in Southland quarters March 12, 2020last_img read more