Fired-up McCarthy takes leadership role at Harvard Chan School

first_imgThe Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health relaunched its center for health and environment on Wednesday, announcing a new name, a new director, and a new collaboration with Google to reduce indoor pollutants.The launch of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) also served as something of an Obama administration reunion. The new director is ex-Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, a Massachusetts native whose outspoken, rally-the-troops style has made her a favorite of Americans upset by President Trump’s efforts to roll back environmental rules.Speakers at the event included John Holdren, who served eight years as President Obama’s top science adviser and is now the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Holdren outlined the frightening science of climate change, noted that multiple scientific advisory positions remain unfilled in the current administration, and urged a return to science-informed decisions in federal policy-making.Obama-era Secretary of State John Kerry also spoke, calling for citizens who care about the environment to become politically active. Kerry cited the role of activism and the first Earth Day in helping to drive environmental statutes in the early 1970s, including the Clean Water Act and legislation establishing the EPA.Harvard Chan School Dean Michelle Williams said the new center will support cutting-edge research with an eye toward informing decision-makers.“Climate change is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, and with great challenges come the opportunity for us to bring about solutions,” she said.,The center was established 22 years ago at Harvard Medical School as the Center for Health and the Global Environment. It moved to the Harvard Chan School in 2012.In her remarks, McCarthy, professor of the practice of public health, said that interactions with Harvard students have provided something of a salve amid efforts by the Trump administration to dismantle much of the Obama administration’s environmental measures.McCarthy envisions a future where research drives individual action. She called health and climate a “magnificent twofer,” because efforts to improve health can also address climate concerns. “Information is power, folks. If we get information out to people, I have great faith that people will do something with it — they’ll embrace it,” McCarthy said. “They’ll understand that the challenges we are trying to address are actually about them, not about polar bears in distant lands. It is about them and we can make the change that we want in the world if we work together, and that is what C-CHANGE is going to do.”The center’s research initiatives include Healthy Kids and Climate; Healthy Buildings; and Healthy Cities and Climate.As part of the launch, center Co-Director Joseph Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science, announced a partnership with Google to improve indoor health. The center and Harvard’s Office for Sustainability will collaborate with the tech giant to seek market-based solutions that promote the development of healthier building materials, he said.The center’s goal “is to help all people in all buildings everywhere every day,” said Allen, who heads the Healthy Buildings program. “We cannot do this by producing research in a vacuum, because all too often academic journals are where great research goes to die. This center is going to work to ensure that doesn’t happen.” Fighting words from former EPA leader McCarthy urges scientists to raise their voices on climate change Relatedlast_img read more

VEMAS Management Team Bolstered

first_imgRichard Felker – Engineering ManagerRick has over 25 years of product, process and quality management experience. He has 20 years of experience running Engineering / Quality departments for both large and mid-size OEMs, such as Ney Dental International, Midcom, Martin Engineering, Actaris US Gas, Inc.He also has 10 years of Quality systems management experience guiding firms through the implementation of ISO 9001, Lean and/or Six Sigma certified systems while significantly improving the operational efficiency of manufacturing and service providers. He holds a BS in Manufacturing Technology from Indiana State University and multiple certificates in TQM/Lean Manufacturing from both California State and the University of California.Frank Dorr – Inside Sales ManagerFrank came to VEMAS in 2004. He brings 22+ years of Electronics Design/Manufacturing/Test experience with a specific focus related to Quality Product Test activities and the development of custom test equipment to support this endevor. Frank came to VEMAS from Goodrich Corp(18 yrs), Vergennes, VT and LTX Corp(6 yrs), Westwood, MA. Frank has served VEMAS in various capacities as Engineering Manager, Manufacturing Manager and now brings his technical background to the to Sales and Customer Support arena. He holds a BSEE from Northeastern University.last_img read more

Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2011

first_imgThe 2011 Hemmings Motor News Great Race which is coming to Vermont for the fist time in its long history has scheduled stops at Cooperstown, NY and Stratton Mountain’s Base Lodge where racers will ride the gondola up to the top of the mountain.The total race course from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Bennington, Vermont is about 1575 miles through the Appalachian Mountains for a beautiful experience.Teams from all over the country will be competing with their vintage vehicles. Contact www.greatrace.com(link is external) to register or find out more information about this event.Source: Bennington Area Chamber Of Commercelast_img

Record-low solar price of $13.16/MWh set in latest Portuguese capacity auction

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Portugal’s latest solar energy auction, which awarded 670 MW, achieved the world’s record low price of EUR 11.14 (USD 13.16) per MWh in one of [the] lots, the government announced today.The ceiling price in the tender was EUR 41.54 and EUR 41.73 per MWh depending on the lots. According to the government, South Korean firm Hanwha Q Cells managed to secure six of the 12 lots, or 315 MW in total.About 483 MW of the awarded capacity will come with an energy storage element built in. This year’s tender was the first to include a battery storage option.The remaining capacities, 177 MW and 10 MW, were awarded in the country’s system compensation and contract for differences modalities, respectively. In the contract for differences modality there was only one lot awarded and that is where the record-low bid was made. The particular tariff is about 25% lower than the lowest one in the auction held last year.The government noted that local consumers will benefit from gains of EUR 559 million over a 15-year period.[Lucas Morais]More: Portugal reaches record-low price in solar tender awarding 670 MW Record-low solar price of $13.16/MWh set in latest Portuguese capacity auctionlast_img read more

Speak Up For Public Lands!

first_imgAmerica’s public land system is the crown jewell of the global conservation movement and the envy of the world. When Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law in the year 1906, he did so because he saw a looming threat to an American landscape that he loved and cherished on a fundamental level.He feared that, if left to their own devices, people who he referred to as “short-sighted men” would “rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things.” Not only would they be robbing those who are currently enjoying these lands, Roosevelt deduced, but they would be depriving future generations—”those within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction”— from experiencing, learning from, and growing alongside the beauty and wonder of the natural world.The same type of “short-sighted men” that Roosevelt held at bay back in the early 1900’s have found a voice and are mobilizing a movement in 2017. They seek to undo critical public land protections enabled by the Antiquities Act—Roosevelt’s long-heralded legislation. Without these protections, the public could lose access to places like Bear’s Ear National Monument (pictured above), the Grand Staircase-Escalante of Utah, the Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona, the Upper Missouri River Breaks of Montana, and the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, just to name a few.The only thing capable of slowing down the alarming trend of forfeiting federally protected land to ill-quipped state governments are the slow, but steady moving wheels of democracy. And democracy starts with you.As Roosevelt once said, “the movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.”Click here to let your voice be heard.last_img read more

Costa Rica’s Coast Guard and SOUTHCOM Strengthen Security Ties

first_imgThe Costa Rican Institute of Pacific Ports donated the land where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in collaboration with a private company, will build the Coast Guard station. The station will have all the necessary amenities for security forces to do their work. The project will include an operations office, a communications center, an armory, a warehouse to store spare parts and maintenance materials, a perimeter fence, and a highly efficient, environmentally friendly septic system. Joint security agreement SOUTHCOM has also contributed about $3.4 million to the construction of the Coast Guard Station in Caldera, Puntarenas, which is the largest station along Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. The station, which has technologically advanced equipment to combat illicit trafficking, is also home to SNG’s central maintenance shop. SOUTHCOM has also contributed to the building of stations in the towns of Quepos and Flamingo, which Costa Rican authorities use as bases to fight crime. Costa Rica and SOUTHCOM have “an excellent relationship, in an optimal state. In addition to the support we receive with the building of bases, they provide us with training here and in the United States. They also support us with the mobile training teams that they bring into the country,” Commissioner Arias added. Logistical support SOUTHCOM’s assistance to bolster Costa Rica’s infrastructure began in 2001 as part of the countries’ Joint Patrol Agreement, according to Commissioner Arias. The initiative, which was signed in 1999, allows for rescues, the enforcement of Costa Rican maritime law, the combating of drug trafficking and illegal fishing, and the prevention of the trafficking of people and weapons. “[The agreement] has had a major impact on the fight against organized transnational crime,” Commissioner Arias explained. The addition of a floating dock to the Golfito station will enable Maritime Officers to provide logistical support to the SNG’s interceptor boats. The hangar is for the Air Surveillance Service in Coto 47, in the Corredores division of the province of Puntarenas. Both facilities will be completed in 2017. By Dialogo April 14, 2016 The Bureau of International narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $960,000 for a secondary inspection site at the checkpoint known as Kilometer 35, located on the Pan-American Highway, in the district of Guaycará de Golfito. The checkpoint’s expansion was carried out by the Costa Rican company Industrias Bendig. In July 2014, SOUTHCOM constructed the $1.2 million building for the initial Kilometer 35 checkpoint, which has been the point where authorities consistently have seized drugs, contraband, and captured suspects, according to the MSP. The secondary checkpoint will allow Cost Rican authorities to inspect trucks more thoroughly as they can be unloaded and reloaded in this facility. Thanks in part to security posts, Costa Rican authorities have confiscated large amounts of drugs from January through the end of March. In the first quarter of 2016, security forces have seized more than five tons of drugs, three of which were cocaine, according to Commissioner Arias. The Costa Rican government will continue to boost its infrastructure in the coming years with support from SOUTHCOM. The SNG and SOUTHCOM are currently in talks regarding the construction of a Coast Guard Station in Sixaloa, Limón. Planned for 2017, the project, which will be along the border with Panama in the southern Caribbean, will increase security and control over the Sixaola River. In 2015, Costa Rican security authorities seized more than 17,000 kilograms of cocaine and dismantled 134 criminal organizations, 34 of which operated internationally, according to the Costa Rican Drug Institute. center_img Costa Rica’s National Coast Guard Service (SNG) and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) are strengthening their joint efforts in the fight against drug trafficking, with the United States financing and installing new law enforcement posts along the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. The SNG is also carrying out security operations in other areas along the Caribbean coast through its stations in Moín, Barra de Pacuare, and Barra del Colorado. These and other stations are a key component of Costa Rica’s strategy to fight drug trafficking, illegal fishing, and environmental crime. On March 18th, the SNG launched operations at a Coast Guard station that will facilitate surveillance in the area of Río Cieneguita, in Limón province. The station will feature a floating dock and an interceptor boat. “The SNG works shoulder to shoulder with the U.S. Southern Command and the Police who patrol on land, in the air, and along borders. [We also work] with the Criminal Investigation Police and the Drug Enforcement Police of Costa Rica to be one common front in the fight against international drug trafficking. The joint patrol with the United States has been extremely important in seizing drug shipments,” the Commissioner added. In both 2014 and 2015 Costa Rica has had the highest maritime cocaine seizures in Central America. The joint effort underscores the importance of international cooperation in the fight against transnational crime. “The Southern Command has made a valuable contribution to the National Coast Guard with these facilities,” Commissioner Arias stated. “We have the appropriate facilities to carry out our enforcement operations with an appropriate response to environmental threats, transnational crime, maritime emergencies, and natural disasters in our territorial waters.” International cooperation “We have seized drugs, weapons, and even turtles [being illegally trafficked] in this strategic area. This location is used for drug trafficking and environmental crimes,” Carlos Hidalgo, an MSP spokesperson, told the website Monumental. “The Cieneguita post will maintain the police presence and control over everything that enters and leaves the area surrounding this locality.” A new station in the port town of Golfito, the expansion of the checkpoint at Kilometer 35, and a new base in the suburb of Cieneguita, Puerto Limón “are part of the strategic five-year growth plan for SNG stations,” National Coast Guard Commissioner Martin Arias told Diálogo. Authorities are coordinating the construction work through an interagency agreement between the Ministry of Public Security (MSP, for its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic Coast. Workers laid the cornerstone for the Golfito station on March 31st. Among those on hand for the event were Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata, U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica S. Fitzgerald Haney, Golfito Mayor Elberth Barrantes, students, members of the country’s security forces, and representatives of the Fire Department. “Thanks to the cooperation of the U.S. Southern Command, in 2017 the SNG of the Ministry of Public Security will be able to rely on the new Coast Guard Station in Golfito, Puntarenas, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, as part of its effort to ensure security in the region,” Commissioner Arias explained. “The project, which cost $2.5 million, includes two additional projects: a floating dock and an aviation hangar.” The SNG is also planning to build a new Coast Guard Academy with SOUTHCOM’s support. “We are very optimistic about the issue of vocational training for our staff and officers,” Commissioner Arias said. “I know that the Southern Command will support us. Soon, we will have a modern academy financed by the U.S. government.” great newslast_img read more

Village of Endicott to begin hydrant flushing

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG)- The village of Endicott says it is scheduling hydrant flushing beginning on Monday. The streets that will be affected tonight include: They said that the flushing will be happening between 9 pm and midnight. East Main Street, West Main Street, Loder Street, Liberty Avenue, South Nanticoke Avenue, Union Street, Badger Avenue, Prospect Street, West Edwards, Street, Valley Street, Keeler Street, Davis Avenue, Lillian Avenue, Moss Avenue, Church Street, Hazel Avenue, West Wendell Street, Elm Street, Maple Street, Frey Avenue, Grippen Avenue, Mills Avenue, Jennings Street, West Franklin Street, Page Avenue, June Street, Birdsall Street, Hooper Rd, Smith Drive, Leonard Drive, Scribner Drive, Kemp Drive, Briar Lane, Dean Drive, Frazier Drive, Royal Rd., and Lacey Drive. They said if you notice discolored water, run cold tap water only until it runs clear and to call (607) 757-2445 for questions or more information.last_img read more

Pag cheese has become the 24th product of the protected name in the European Union

first_imgThe Republic of Croatia currently has 24 agricultural and food products on its list of pride, the name of which is registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication.  The European Commission announced on Monday that “Pag cheese” has been entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications (ZOI).  In addition to the name Pag cheese, the following are registered: Krk prosciutto, Extra virgin olive oil Cres, Neretva mandarin, Ogulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranja kulen, Lika potatoes, Istrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciutto, Drniš prosciutto, Dalmatian prosciutto, Poljički prosciutto zeljanik / Poljički uljenjak, Zagorje turkey, Krk olive oil, Korčula olive oil, Pag lamb, Šolta olive oil, Varaždin cabbage, Slavonian kulen / Slavonian kulin, Međimurje meat from Tiblica, Slavonian honey, Lika lamb, Istria, Pag salt grinders.   The process of protection of the name “Pag cheese” began in July 2017, when the Association of Pag cheese producers on the island of Pag, submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture a request for protection of the designation of origin called “Pag cheese”. RELATED NEWS: Photo: Gligora The specificity of Pag sheep breeding is based on their all-day stay on pastures and consumption of aromatic and medicinal herbs, which is reflected not only in the amount of milk produced but also in its chemical composition and processing properties. Placement of our protected products on the Chinese market 24 indigenous products protected at EU level The EU mark of protected designation of origin or protected geographical indication on the packaging guarantees the consumer the purchase of an authentic product. Another recognition of autochthonous Croatian agricultural products after the last meeting in China this November, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and the Minister of Agriculture Marija Vuckovic confirmed the agreement on the first six protected Croatian products to be on the Chinese market. Neretva Mandarin “,” Baranja Kulen “,” Dalmatian Prosciutto “,” Drniš Prosciutto “,” Lika Potato “and” Dingač “, and it was agreed to include the seventh product on the list,” Istrian Prosciutto “/” Istrian Prosciutto “, but as a protected product of Croatia and Slovenia. The geographical area of ​​production of “Pag cheese” includes the area of ​​the island of Pag and the two islands of Maun and Skrda. “Pag cheese” is a hard dough sheep’s cheese produced from whole sheep’s milk of the original Pag sheep breed, and milk for the production of “Pag cheese” is obtained from Pag sheep bred in a semi-extensive manner that reside on fenced pastures throughout the geographical area of ​​production. STAYING AT THE TOP IS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN REACHING THE TOP. THIS IS EXACTLY THE GLIGORA CHEESE, WHICH HAS THE BEST CHEESE IN THE WORLD, DOES ITlast_img read more

Astra International profits hit by lower car sales, commodity prices

first_imgTopics : The company’s net debt, excluding its financial services business, reached Rp 22.2 trillion as of December last year, soaring 70.8 percent yoy.“This was mainly caused by the group’s additional investment in its toll roads and Gojek as well as its capital expenditure in the mining contractor business,” Astra wrote in the statement.Net profit from the conglomerate’s automotive division, which contributed to a half of its business, slipped 1 percent yoy to Rp 8.4 trillion due to lower car sales volume and rising production costs.Astra’s car sales dropped 8 percent to 536,000 units last year as national car sales plunged 11 percent during the same period. Its motorcycle sales, however, slightly increased 3 percent yoy to 4.9 million units versus a 2 percent growth in national sales, the company stated.Indonesia’s car sales, seen as one of the main indicators in household spending, have stagnated at around 1 million units in the last couple of years as economic growth cooled. The country’s economy grew 5.02 percent last year, slower than the 5.17 percent in 2018.Read also: Lower commodity prices hit Isuzu, Daihatsu commercial vehicle salesMeanwhile, lower commodity prices also hit Astra’s performance last year. Its net income from the agribusiness division nosedived 85 percent to Rp 168 billion due to lower palm oil prices.The company’s subsidiary, publicly listed agribusiness company PT Astra Agro Lestari, recorded an 85 percent drop in its profit to Rp 211 billion as palm oil prices plunged 8 percent.The conglomerate’s property business net profit also halved to just Rp 83 billion last year.However, Astra’s financial and infrastructure and logistics businesses anchored the group’s performance by recording solid growth.“The group’s financial services business net profit increased 22 percent to Rp 5.9 trillion, mainly due to a larger financing portfolio and improving loan quality,” the company stated.Astra’s consumer financing business recorded an 8 percent increase in its disbursed financing, while Bank Permata booked Rp 1.5 trillion in net income with a jump of 66 percent yoy.Astra International announced in December 2019 an agreement to sell 44.6 percent of its stakes in Bank Permata to Bangkok Bank. The transaction is expected to conclude before the end of the year.Meanwhile, rising income from operating toll roads boosted the net profit of the conglomerate’s infrastructure and logistics division by 49 percent to Rp 292 billion.Read also: Bangkok Bank to acquire Bank Permata from Astra, Standard Chartered for $2.67b“The year 2020 is still a challenging one amid external macroeconomic uncertainties, competition in the car market and weak commodity prices,” Prijono said. “However, we believe that the group is in a good position to benefit from improving the economic situation.”Koneksi Kapital research head Alfred Nainggolan said Astra’s performance had weakened in the past couple of years as the automotive industry became saturated.“We project [Astra’s] automotive business to stay flat or slightly grow this year,” he said over text message, adding that commodity and heavy machinery businesses could be the conglomerate’s source of growth.He projected Astra’s net profit to grow slightly by 5 to 8 percent this year despite such a challenge. Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International recorded zero growth in its net profit last year, after booking a strong expansion in 2018, as the automotive and agribusiness sectors weakened.The publicly listed company pocketed Rp 21.7 trillion (US$1.57 billion) in net profit in 2019, barely unchanged from its achievement in 2018. Its consolidated revenue slipped 1 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 237.2 trillion as automotive and agribusiness revenues plunged.In 2018, Astra managed to record a 15 percent annual growth in net profit, the company’s data showed.center_img “The group’s 2019 performance was affected by weakened domestic consumption and lower commodity prices but it benefited from improved performance of its financial services business and from its newly acquired gold mine,” Astra president director Prijono Sugiarto said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.Read also: Auto industry poised to recover this year after sales hit brakes in 2019The announcement came after Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) trading had closed. Stocks of the company, traded at the bourse with the code ASII, declined by 1.65 percent on Thursday when the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), dropped 2.69 percent.The stocks have lost 19.39 percent of their value in the last year.last_img read more

Campbell Newman’s former right-hand man lists riverside pad

first_imgJon Grayson and Linda Nash outside their Yeronga home, which they are selling.ONE of Queensland’s most powerful former public servants is selling his sprawling family home on the Brisbane River.Jon Grayson was Campbell Newman’s right-hand man as director-general of the Department of Premier and Cabinet under the state LNP government from 2012 to 2015. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This house at 39 Ormadale St, Yeronga, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au. Linda Nash and Jon Grayson. Picture: Isaac Lawrence.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe impressive house sits on a 532 sqm block in a quiet, leafy street.Features include an inground swimming pool, alarm system, two outdoor terraces and a lockup garage. There is also a downstairs retreat with kitchenette and access to one of the outdoor terraces. Former director-general Jon Grayson and former Queensland premier Campbell Newman. Picture: Jono Searle.Mr Grayson and his partner, Linda Nash, a former Brisbane Lions board member, have put the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Ormadale Rd, Yeronga, on the market via an ‘offers to purchase’ campaign closing May 28.It’s understood Mr Grayson is selling to relocate for a new job. HIGH FLYERS SELLING ASCOT MANSION POPULATION GROWTH LEADS TO BUILDING BOOM INTERSTATERS DROP $4M PLUS ON PENTHOUSE This house at 39 Ormadale St, Yeronga, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.Records show Mr Grayson bought the property in April 2004 for $1.575 million.The property is being marketed by Brett Greensill and Jermaine Jones of LJ Hooker — New Farm and will be open for inspection for the first time on Saturday, May 5.Yeronga is a high demand market 5km from Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $875,000. This house at 39 Ormadale St, Yeronga, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au. This house at 39 Ormadale St, Yeronga, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Grayson and Ms Nash also owns a three-bedroom unit with ocean views in exclusive Sunshine Beach, which they bought for $1.7 million in 2007.The house across the road in Aranui Street, Yeronga, is also for sale.Records show neurosurgeon Michael Weidmann paid just $90,000 for the seven-bedroom, riverfront property 35 years ago.last_img read more