Alberta announces new rounds of funding for the cleanup of inactive oil and gas sites across the province. (Credit: jplenio from Pixabay) The Alberta government in Canada has announced a funding of CAD400m ($315.9m) to help in the cleanup of inactive oil and gas sites across the province.It will provided in two new rounds of the federal CAD1bn ($789.74m) Site Rehabilitation Program.The provincial government said that it will allocate CAD100m ($78.97m) of the funding for the clean up of inactive oil and gas sites in Indigenous communities across the province.The funding further breaks down to CAD85m ($67.13m) for First Nations reserves and the remaining CAD15m ($11.85m) for Metis Settlements to work with licensees to close sites situated on or around their lands.Alberta Minister of Energy Sonya Savage said: “The Site Rehabilitation Program is cleaning up legacy oil and gas sites across the province and creating thousands of much-needed jobs. As stewards of the land, this funding will ensure that Indigenous people benefit from resource development on land that was first inhabited by their ancestors.”A second funding round of CAD300m ($236.92m) will be offered to oil and gas firms which produced in 2019 and had paid for closure work in either 2019 or 2020.According to the Alberta government, the funding will help the contractors and licencees to work on closure projects of all scopes and sizes. This will result in the cleanup of a substantial number of oil and gas sites across the region, said the government.Under the Site Rehabilitation Program, only projects which are taken up from May 2020 will be funded. The programme is mainly funded by the Canadian government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.Alberta had earlier made CAD400m ($315.9m) in SRP grants available to eligible applicants since the programme’s launch in May 2020.Overall, the programme is anticipated to create nearly 5,300 direct jobs and provide indirect employment and economic benefits throughout the province, said the government.So far, the government has allocated CAD310.3m ($245m) of grant funding to 633 Alberta-based firms for periods 1 through 4 of the programme.Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) interim president and CEO Elizabeth Aquin said: “Closure work creates jobs and positive environmental outcomes that enhance Alberta’s ESG record and provides valuable economic benefits to rural communities.“PSAC has long advocated for a mechanism to accelerate the decommissioning of orphan and inactive sites to provide the sector with jobs during this prolonged downturn.“We are pleased that the Governments of Canada and Alberta have heard us and responded with this important program.” Funding to help in completing significant environmental cleanup across the Canadian province
IndianaLocalNews By Brooklyne Beatty – September 17, 2020 0 1152 Twitter UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled, child found safe Pinterest TAGSamber alertIndianaKinsley Potts Twitter Previous articleTwo arrested in Cass County drug bustNext articleSuspect in Minix stabbing death identified, arrested Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Google+ Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp (Photo Supplied/Indiana State Police) UDPATE: The Plainfiled Police Department reports Kinsley Rose Potts was found safe shortly after the AMBER Alert was issued.Original story below.A Statewide AMBER Alert has been declared for a Hendricks County infant.The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department has requested the activation of an AMBER Alert from Plainfield, Indiana which is 18.5 miles southwest of Indianapolis.The victim, Kinsley Rose Potts, is a 5-month-old white female, 1 foot tall, 20 pounds, brown hair with hazel eyes, and last seen wearing a onesie. Kinsley was last seen on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 6:29 am in Plainfield, Indiana and is believed to be in extreme danger.(Photo Supplied/Indiana State Police)The suspect is an unknown white male with gray beard last seen wearing a white shirt and driving a white 2014 Chevrolet Silverado bearing Indiana plate DPC803.If you have any information on this incident, contact the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department at 317-839-8700 or 911. WhatsApp
About two dozen students, faculty and staff recently gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Sound Studios Lab (S-Lab) in the Woodworth Listening Room of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library. The new S-Lab features cutting-edge tools for research, composition, ethnographic field research and more. The state-of-the-art equipment and software was provided through the Harvard Initiative for Teaching and Learning and a grant from the Hauser Fund.“For the longest time sound only last for the moment. Then, we were able to record sound, and now with digitization, we can really see sound and dissect, which I find very interesting,” said Alex Rehding, Fanny Peabody Professor of Music and Chair of the Harvard Department of Music. “This new equipment is very impressive and quite wide-ranging.”The new equipment includes software that can transcribe music.“I was skeptical at first, but after seeing it for myself, I can say this new software is magical,” Rehding said.The new equipment will allow faculty to assign larger projects, while students will have access to the latest studio and field sound equipment.
Tags: 2017 Student Government Insider, blais-shewit, Board of Trustees report, campus drinking culture, First-Year Class Council, freshman class council, Hall President Council, HPC, junior class council, Monthly Mingle, Notre Dame Student Senate, Oppman-Lorenc, senior class council, sophomore class council, Student Union Board, SUB, sustainability, tedx Lauren Weldon and Chris Collins | The Observer Blais, Shewit reflect on first half of term, discuss ongoing projectsOppman, Lorenc check in on goals, evaluate progress thus farDirectors of student life organize TEDx event at Notre DameSaint Mary’s committee builds on Monthly Mingle initiativeStudent government conducts research on drinking culture at Notre DameStudent government association implements sustainable practices at Saint Mary’sSenators support student groups, work to pass resolutionsStudent Union Board brings back concerts, increases programmingHall President Council updates Rocknes, evaluates Hall of the Year selection process2017 Notre Dame class council reviews2017 Saint Mary’s class council reviews2017 student government department reviews2017 student government association committee reviews
I think nutrition is over-rated. Hold off on those angry letters until I explain. Sure, a nice hot lunch with vegetables, a protein source and maybe a glass of H2O has been an important part of the work day for, I don’t know, as long as people have worked. If we’re being honest with ourselves, lunch is probably the highlight of your 9 to 5—a beautiful respite between those mindless TPS reports we have to file.But I think you should start skipping lunch, or at the very least, redefine what lunch is. Yesterday, lunch for me was a beer and a Clif bar, scarfed down on the chair lift at my local resort outside of town. There was barely enough nourishment there to fuel my frantic laps of the 700-vert resort, but it was the best damn lunch I’ve had in months. I took a long mid-day break and spent an hour yo-yoing up and down my local hill, giggling the entire time because I felt like I was getting away with something. Because I wasn’t sitting in a restaurant, or worse yet, working through a sandwich at my desk like I normally do.It was a Tuesday, and there was a thin, but fresh blanket of snow on the mountains. I’ll be damned if I choose nutrition over an hour of semi-freshies on a work day. I call it the “LunchSki” (trademark applied for), as in today, I think I’ll have a “LunchSki.” You need two things for a proper “LunchSki”: snow and a beer. But the same principle can be applied to any adventurous pursuit—a ride on your in town trail system, a run through the neighborhood…as long as there’s sweating, a change of scenery, and a beer involved. The beer is key, here. I can’t stress that enough. A mid-day beer after some strenuous exercise is like a mini vacation. It’s rejuvenating. (Note: If you operate public transportation for a living, please disregard this advice). The idea is to take back that hour in the middle of the day. That’s your hour, damn it. Make it useful. Make it something you can really look forward to.As for the lunch itself, I chose a peanut crunch Clif Bar and a can of Action Man, a lager from Howard Brewing, which operates somewhere on the eastern edge of Pisgah National Forest. Action Man is a hell of a lager—creamy, smooth, incredibly drinkable—the perfect daylight beer. And it paired well with that Clif Bar and that fresh blanket of snow. My only regret is that I only brought one of them for lunch.
As Politico reports, the fact that Tata was rejected the last time he went before the Senate for a variety of insulting and Islamophobic tweets—that’s no longer seen as an issue. Everyone Trump appoints from now on will simply be an “acting” appointment, without getting the Senate involved. After all, what harm could it do to hand the Defense Department over to a racist xenophobe with a long list of grudges, if it’s just for a few months?Tata probably won’t be moving on up on his own. Previously, Anderson had pushed back against several other potential nominees that the Trump White House tried to plant at the Defense Department. That includes right-wing radio host Frank Wuco, who shares Tata’s Islamophobia in a bigly way. That includes making claims that Hillary Clinton had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, that former Attorney General Eric Holder was a secret member of the Black Panthers, and that John Brennan had converted to Islam. He also endorsed the idea that the U.S. should just turn Syria “into glass” and suggested that the best way to handle Afghanistan would be to drop “a couple of low-yield tactical nuclear weapons.”But wait, there’s more. Anderson was also the person who blocked the appointment of Rich Higgins. As CNN reports, Higgins wrote a book in which he accused a conspiracy made up of ”the media, Islamists, Black Lives Matter, the ACLU, the United Nations and cultural Marxists,” who all conducted a coordinated attack against Trump. Which is pretty impressive. If there’s someone who can coordinate all those disparate groups, maybe they should be offered a job at the Pentagon.- Advertisement – Tata, Wuco, and Higgins are emblematic of the kind of selections made by Trump—the kind of selections that, until now, have been held back by the last remaining layers of experienced professionals, or by some level of concern over public perception. But all that is gone now. The only thing to hope for is that these people won’t be there long, and they won’t do lasting damage. Tata’s past hits included a number of attacks on Obama, including claims that the president was trying to “subvert U.S. national interests to Islam.” But Obama was far from Tata’s only target. He also accused Hillary Clinton of treason and sedition. And he went at length into a theory that former CIA Director John Brennan—who Tata accused of being an ally of Vladimir Putin— was sending out coded messages to assassinate Donald Trump. For reasons that have to be read to be properly laughed at.Naturally, all this endeared Tata to Trump, who named him to the No. 3 role at the Pentagon back in June. With Esper and Anderson gone, it’s Tata’s chance to move ahead.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Comment Kieran Tierney is on Arsenal’s radar (Getty Images)Arsenal are planning a £25 million bid to sign Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, according to reports.The Gunners are in the market for a long-term replacement for Nacho Monreal, who has entered the final year of his contract.Reports last month claimed that Arsenal have activated a clause within Monreal’s contract to extend his deal until the end of next season.But Arsenal have been scouting potential replacements and Tierney has been on their radar for the last two seasons.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Sun, Arsenal are prepared to meet Celtic’s £25m valuation of the 21-year-old and are preparing a move ahead of the summer transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementReports elsewhere have also claimed that new Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, who left Celtic on Tuesday, is keen on signing Tierney in the summer. Arsenal ready to bid £25m to sign Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Feb 2019 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Brendan Rodgers is reportedly targeting Tierney for Leicester City (Getty Images)Meanwhile, Unai Emery has refused to confirmed whether Arsenal will take up their option to permanently sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona at the end of the season.The midfielder is yet to start for the Gunners since joining on loan.‘For me, it’s so far away,’ said Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The football, each match, each week, can change a lot. We are in every match, we are doing a test on everybody.‘My test like a coach is tomorrow and the players are the same.‘Our demands are very big demands. To work hard, to be with focus for each match to show us and show you, the players, the coaches, that we can improve and we can be better every day.‘For me the summer is so far away.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement
Advertisement Willian was impressed by Mikel Arteta’s proposal at Arsenal (Getty Images)Willian was ‘wooed’ by Mikel Arteta’s future plans for Arsenal, according to the Brazilian’s agent Kia Joorabchian.The 32-year-old turned down Chelsea’s offer of a two-year contract this summer and instead made the move to the Gunners.Frank Lampard was keen to keep Willian at Chelsea following his impressive final season at Stamford Bridge.But Joorabchian has revealed how Arteta and Edu, Arsenal’s technical director, played a role in convincing Willian to join them in north London.ADVERTISEMENT‘With Willian, there’s no secret he wanted a three-year contract, but the Mikel Arteta project was just incredible,’ Joorabchian told talkSPORT.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He was very much wooed by Mikel and Edu, and what Mikel presented to him and the way he wants to play football and the way he wants to continue and the success he wants to bring to Arsenal, made the difference. Comment Willian ‘wooed’ by Mikel Arteta’s plan for Arsenal Advertisement Willian turned down Chelsea’s offer before joining Arsenal (Getty Images)‘That’s what he said and that’s exactly what it was.’Meanwhile, Arteta has admitted he was impressed by Willian’s character during his first meeting with the Brazilian.‘I want players who are optimistic and willing and they want to win for our club,’ said the Arsenal manager.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That is the feeling I got from the first day I met Willian.‘He is not satisfied with what he has done in his career, which is a lot, and he is going to bring some special qualities for our team.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Sep 2020 4:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18.4kShares
French port Marseille Fos is set to reduce port dues for ships performing better than required under air pollution regulations as it joined the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI).Namely, from July 1 this year the incentive will apply to eligible ships among the 236 container carriers and cruise vessels that call at the port, representing a 60/40% split. The port said that other sectors will be added in 2018.The WPCI features the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), which scores atmospheric pollution on a zero to 100 scale. Currently only around 50 ports worldwide offer reduced call charges based on the ESI. Marseille Fos reductions will apply from a score of 35 – the level attributed to ships equipped for the so-called ‘cold ironing’ facility to take shoreside electrical power at berth instead of using onboard diesel generators.Port Marseille Fos said that it was the first in France and the Mediterranean to announce such a facility following an agreement with Corsica and Sardinia ferry operator La Meridionale. The company’s three ships have been equipped since January. For each vessel, CO2 and particle emissions have been cut by the equivalent of more than 3,000 vehicles per day on the 64 km route from Marseille to Aix, while NOx emissions are down by the equivalent of 65,000 vehicles per day.In a further green initiative, Marseille Fos has reinforced its cooperation with AirPACA, the air quality monitoring association for the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. The port joined in 2004, making it the longest-serving transport infrastructure member. Since 2015 it has been supplying annual maritime traffic statistics to support air quality analysis.
Amplify the voices, stories and images of local people who have experienced the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and have recovered or who have supported a loved one through recovery to emphasise that most people do recover from COVID-19. Also, implementing a “hero” campaign honouring caretakers and healthcare workers who may be stigmatized. Community volunteers also play a great role in reducing stigma in communities. 250 Views no discussions DO YOUR PART:Governments, citizens, media, key influencers and communities have an important role to play in preventing and stopping stigma surrounding people from China and Asia in general. We all need to be intentional and thoughtful when communicating on social media and other communication platforms, showing supportive behaviors around the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Here are some examples and tips on possible actions to counter stigmatizing attitudes:Spreading the facts: Stigma can be heightened by insufficient knowledge about how the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is transmitted and treated, and how to prevent infection. In response, prioritise the collection, consolidation and dissemination of accurate country- and community-specific information about affected areas, individual and group vulnerability to COVID19, treatment options and where to access health care and information. Use simple language and avoid clinical terms. Social media is useful for reaching a large number of people with health information at relatively low cost. Make sure you portray different ethnic groups. All materials should show diverse communities being impacted and working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ensure that typeface, symbols and formats are neutral and don’t suggest any particular group. Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Social Stigma Associated With COVID-19A guide to preventing and addressing social stigma Engaging social influencers  such as religious leaders on prompting reflection about people who are stigmatized and how to support them, or respected celebrities to amplify messages that reduce stigma. The information should be well targeted and the celebrities who are asked to communicate this information must be personally engaged, and geographically and culturally appropriate to the audiences they seek to influence. An example would be a mayor (or another key influencer) going live on social media and shaking hands with the leader of the Chinese community. Link up: There are a number of initiatives to address stigma and stereotyping. It is key to link up to these activities to create a movement and a positive environment that shows care and empathy for all.COMMUNICATION TIPS and MESSAGESAn “infodemic” of misinformation and rumours is spreading more quickly than the current outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). This contributes to negative effects including stigmatization and discrimination of people from areas affected by the outbreak. We need collective solidarity and clear, actionable information to support communities and people affected by this new outbreak.Misconceptions, rumours and misinformation are contributing to stigma and discrimination which hamper response efforts.Correct misconceptions, at the same time as acknowledging that people’s feelings and subsequent behaviour are very real, even if the underlying assumption is false.Promote the importance of prevention, lifesaving actions, early screening and treatment.Collective solidarity and global cooperation are needed to prevent further transmission and alleviate the concerns of communities.Share sympathetic narratives, or stories that humanize the experiences and struggles of individuals or groups affected by the new coronavirus (COVID-19)Communicate support and encouragement for those who are on the frontlines of response to this outbreak (health care workers, volunteers, community leaders etc).Facts, not fear will stop the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – Share facts and accurate information about the disease.Challenge mythsand stereotypes.Choose words carefully. The way we communicate can affect the attitudes of others (see do’s and don’ts above). This checklist includes recommendations from Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, READY Network. UNAIDS terminology guidelines: from ‘AIDS victim’ to ‘people living with HIV’; from ‘fight against AIDS’ to ‘response to AIDS’. Nigeria successfully contained the 2014 Ebola outbreak that affected three other countries in West Africa partly through employing targeted social media campaigns to disseminate accurate information and correct hoax messages circulating on Twitter and Facebook. The intervention was particularly effective because international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social media influencers, celebrities and bloggers used their broad platforms to forward and share information and opinions on the health communication shared. Fayoyin, A. 2016. Engaging social media for health communication in Africa: Approaches, results and lessons. Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism, 6(315). The term “Angelina Jolie effect” was coined by public health communication researchers to account for increased Internet searches about breast cancer genetics and testing for several years after 2013 actress Angelina Jolie underwent a much-reported preventative double mastectomy. The “effect” suggests that celebrity endorsements from trusted sources can be effective at influencing the public to seek health knowledge, their attitudes towards and uptake of healthcare services for Covid-19. DOS and DON’TSBelow are some dos and don’ts on language when talking about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Ethical journalism: Journalistic reporting which overly focuses on individual behaviour and patients’ responsibility for having and “spreading COVID-19” can increase stigma of people who may have the disease. Some media outlets have, for example, focused on speculating on the source of COVID-19, trying to identify “patient zero” in each country. Emphasizing efforts to find a vaccine and treatment can increase fear and give the impression that we are powerless to halt infections now. Instead, promote content around basic infection prevention practices, symptoms of COVID-19 and when to seek health care. Share DO – talk about “people who have COVID-19”, “people who are being treated for COVID-19”, “people who are recovering from COVID-19” or “people who died after contracting COVID19”Don’t – refer to people with the disease as “COVID-19 cases” or “victims”DO – talk about “people who may have COVID-19” or “people who are presumptive for COVID-19”Don’t – talk about “COVID-19 suspects” or “suspected cases”.DO – talk about people “acquiring” or “contracting” COVID-19Don’t talk about people “transmitting COVID-19” “infecting others” or “spreading the virus” as it implies intentional transmission and assigns blame.Using criminalising or dehumanising terminology creates the impression that those with the disease have somehow done something wrong or are less human than the rest of us, feeding stigma, undermining empathy, and potentially fuelling wider reluctance to seek treatment or attend screening, testing and quarantine.DO – speak accurately about the risk from COVID-19, based on scientific data and latest official health advice.Don’t – repeat or share unconfirmed rumours, and avoid using hyperbolic language designed to generate fear like “plague”, “apocalypse” etc.DO – talk positively and emphasise the effectiveness of prevention and treatment measures. For most people this is a disease they can overcome. There are simple steps we can all take to keep ourselves, our loved ones and the most vulnerable safe.Don’t – emphasise or dwell on the negative, or messages of threat. We need to work together to help keep those who are most vulnerable safe.DO – emphasise the effectiveness of adopting protective measures to prevent acquiring the new coronavirus, as well as early screening, testing and treatment. Share WHAT IS SOCIAL STIGMA? Social stigma in the context of health is the negative association between a person or group of people who share certain characteristics and a specific disease. In an outbreak, this may mean people are labelled, stereotyped, discriminated against, treated separately, and/or experience loss of status because of a perceived link with a disease.Such treatment can negatively affect those with the disease, as well as their caregivers, family, friends and communities. People who don’t have the disease but share other characteristics with this group may also suffer from stigma.The current COVID-19 outbreak has provoked social stigma and discriminatory behaviours against people of certain ethnic backgrounds as well as anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus.WHY IS COVID-19 CAUSING SO MUCH STIGMA? The level of stigma associated with COVID-19 is based on three main factors: 1) it is a disease that’s new and for which there are still many unknowns; 2) we are often afraid of the unknown; and 3) it is easy to associate that fear with ‘others’.It is understandable that there is confusion, anxiety, and fear among the public. Unfortunately, these factors are also fueling harmful stereotypes.WHAT IS THE IMPACT? Stigma can undermine social cohesion and prompt possible social isolation of groups, which might contribute to a situation where the virus is more, not less, likely to spread. This can result in more severe health problems and difficulties controlling a disease outbreak.Stigma can:Drive people to hide the illness to avoid discriminationPrevent people from seeking health care immediatelyDiscourage them from adopting healthy behavioursHOW TO ADDRESS SOCIAL STIGMAEvidence clearly shows that stigma and fear around communicable diseases hamper the response. What works is building trust in reliable health services and advice, showing empathy with those affected, understanding the disease itself, and adopting effective, practical measures so people can help keep themselves and their loved ones safe.How we communicate about COVID-19 is critical in supporting people to take effective action to help combat the disease and to avoid fuelling fear and stigma. An environment needs to be created in which the disease and its impact can be discussed and addressed openly, honestly and effectively. Here are some tips on how to address and avoid compounding, social stigma:Words matter: dos and don’ts when talking about the new coronavirus (COVID-19)Do your part: simple ideas to drive stigma awayCommunication tips and messages.WORDS MATTER: When talking about coronavirus disease, certain words (i.e suspect case, isolation…) and language may have a negative meaning for people and fuel stigmatizing attitudes. They can perpetuate existing negative stereotypes or assumptions, strengthen false associations between the disease and other factors, create widespread fear, or dehumanise those who have the disease.This can drive people away from getting screened, tested and quarantined. We recommend a ‘peoplefirst’ language that respects and empowers people in all communication channels, including the media. Words used in media are especially important, because these will shape the popular language and communication on the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Negative reporting has the potential to influence how people suspected to have the new coronavirus (COVID-19), patients and their families and affected communities are perceived and treated.There are many concrete examples of how the use of inclusive language and less stigmatizing terminology can help to in control epidemics and pandemics from the HIV, TB and H1N1 Flu. DO – talk about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)Don’t – attach locations or ethnicity to the disease, this is not a “Wuhan Virus”, “Chinese Virus” or “Asian Virus”.The official name for the disease was deliberately chosen to avoid stigmatisation – the “co” stands for Corona, “vi” for virus and “d” for disease, 19 is because the disease emerged in 2019. AnnouncementsCommentaryCoronavirusEducationHealthInternationalLettersLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Social Stigma Associated With COVID-19, DOs and DON’Ts by: – April 16, 2020