EPA Region 1 will hold a public hearing Feb. 26, 2014 in our downtown Boston office to get public input on proposed standards for the amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new woodstoves and other residential wood heaters. The first phase of the proposed emission standards would likely apply to units manufactured and sold beginning in 2015.Smoke from residential wood heaters can increase air pollution from soot (also known as fine particle pollution) and toxic pollutants to levels that pose serious health concerns. Particle pollution is linked to a range of serious health effects, including heart attacks, strokes and asthma attacks. In some areas of New England, residential wood smoke significantly reduces air quality in winter months.EPA’s proposed standards would make the next generation of wood stoves and heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner than those manufactured today, resulting in cleaner air and improved public health across the country. The proposal would not affect wood heaters and stoves currently in use in homes or currently being sold in stores.More information:- EPA’s current and proposed standards for wood heaters (http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters(link is external))- Register to speak at Feb. 26 public hearing in Boston (http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/forms/public-hearing-propos…(link is external) )- How to maximize efficiency and protect your family using any wood stove or fireplace (http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/bestburn.html(link is external))- Cleaner wood appliances; good burning practices; wood stove change-out programs; and other actions to reduce emissions from wood heaters: (http://epa.gov/burnwise(link is external))(Boston, Mass. ‘ Jan. 23, 2014) ‘ EPA‘
Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) has announced three finalists from the bid process to host Ironman Canada 2013. The three are:Kelowna, British Columbia (BC);Huntsville, Ontario; andWhistler, BC.The selection of the three Canadian communities was based on criteria as set out in WTC’s bid process that closed last week, on 24 September. WTC has reported that there were seven communities in Canada that submitted bids.As part of the next phase in the selection process, Ironman staff will conduct in-depth visits to each finalist community. Ironman expects to announce the host for the 2013 Ironman Canada, as well as additional event-related details, by mid-October.As reported last week, a number of applications have been in the pipeline to bring back Ironman Canada in 2013.The long-awaited entry of The Challenge Family into North America, and the launch of Challenge Penticton in Canada, saw Challenge’s new Penticton event effectively replace the Subaru Ironman Canada event as the long-distance race of choice for Penticton in British Columbia.Further details on the future home of Ironman Canada 2013 to follow as they become available…www.ironman.com Related
The pandemic has presented many challenges for kids, from adapting to online classes to taking away extra-curricular activities that may have kept them out of trouble.Alex Clark, physical education teacher at Dunbar High School and founder of Prime Ability, an organization using mentoring and sports training to reach young people of all ages, realized the dilemma kids were facing and went on a hunt to find bikes and funding to start his Stay Prime biking program. “Just staying in the house and thinking that you’re going to stay out the way and not get in trouble is easier said than done when you have so many distractions in your face,” Clark said.Alex Clark (far right), said one take away from the Stay Prime program is that you are totally in control of what your path is and that the bike rides are used as examples of life. (Courtesy of Prime Ability)Through the program, every Monday and Wednesday afternoon since Sept. 14., kids in the Petworth community and surrounding areas meet up at Dunbar high school to cycle to different locations in the District. Sky Mabry,17, junior at DHS, said riding with her Stay Prime family is more than just riding bikes — it has given her a new perspective on life.“It’s actually really fun, and it’s basically like an escape from reality, just riding a bike and feeling the wind blow past you,” Mabry said. “It’s eye-opening and life-changing.”Student Sky Mabry, on how the program has impacted her:Audio Playerhttp://thewash.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Stay-Prime-Sky-_mixdown.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Every week Clark creates a new route for the high schoolers to bike, and recently they biked their longest trail from Dunbar to Anacostia Park and back. Clark also encourages an overall philosophy for the cyclists called H.E.A.R.T., which stands for humility, effort, ambition, respect and teamwork. At each meetup, he focuses instruction on one of those five words, coaching the students through what it means and how to apply it to their daily lives.“The kids are not just learning about cycling and about themselves but learning valid communication skills and networking skills that are going to help them propel as they journey throughout high school and into their professional lives,” Clark said.Clark also said the program helps improve their fitness and physical ability, but the kids look at it as an opportunity to be better. Eighteen-year-old student-athlete Chris Mateo agrees.“It helps me stay in shape but actually coming to this program makes you feel motivated like I can do anything and it keeps me busy,” Mateo said.According to the Metropolitan Police Department, since 2019, there has been a 20% increase in homicides and a 5% increase in assaults with a dangerous weapon in the District. After two kids from DHS were killed last year, Clark said he knew he had to do something within his organization, specifically for kids at DHS and in high-crime and -poverty neighborhoods surrounding Dunbar, such as Sursum Corda and Saratoga.“One kid had just graduated, and he got shot on a Monday and he was leaving to go to Temple University on Thursday,” Clark said. “Two days later, we had another kid who got shot and killed. He was going to be a senior this year and worked his butt off to get back on the football field because he was ineligible last year. He was just trying to make the best of his life.”On their first bike ride 15 kids showed up, and in just two months participation increased to about 40-50 kids per ride. (Courtesy of Prime Ability)Clark began his program by introducing it to his students as extra credit. In just a short time, Stay Prime has increased its cycling participation by at least 30% and now has a total of 120 kids in the biking program. Clark’s success may be due to his character. “He’s courageous to start a program like this, not knowing if people will show up or not,” Mabry said about Clark. “He’s persistent. He tries to get people to come out just to experience it no matter what.”Clark said he had received a great deal of support from volunteers and created partnerships with organizations such as We Ride DC and Perfect Timing Multisport to teach kids about bike safety and how to fix bikes. But Clark said his most prominent supporter has been Dunbar High School Principal Nadine Smith. “My principal has been monumental in this whole process. I’ve never dealt with a leader in my entire career that has supported me as much as she has,” Clark said. “She texts and emails me all the time to see how we can make this better.”Stay Prime wrapped up its first cycling season on Nov. 18 with a socially distant end of season celebration at DHS. The program will resume on March 15. The next step for the organization is to get more exposure, engage with city officials and get funding to expand the program.“The next challenge for our program is to make it bigger and be into more schools,” Clark said. “So that we can challenge more students.”Student-athlete Chris Mateo, on how he views Prime Ability mentor Alex Clark:Audio Playerhttp://thewash.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Stay-Prime-Mateo_mixdown.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.,Fear growing in ICE detention centers as COVID-19 cases steadily climb this winter. Immigration organizations and lawyers are fighting for better health care but are afraid it’s…,Families must wait longer than usual to set up funerals for lost loved ones in another grim consequence of the enduring pandemic.,Black Lives Matter activists and community organizers march outside the L.A. mayor’s…
Prairie Village city administrator Quinn Bennion in a prepared statement announced today that the city of Prairie Village has ceased negotiations with Homestead Country Club regarding the city’s possible purchase of the front acreage of the property.The statement Bennion sent this morning is below:The Prairie Village Mayor and City Council are committed to providing quality parks for residents. More than ever before, the City continues to invest heavily in park planning and improvements and has pursued possible park expansion options.Representatives of Homestead County Club approached the City in the fall of 2013 to discuss the club’s reorganization efforts. City officials have been in discussion and negotiations with club representatives for the past 11 months exploring the possible purchase of the front four acres of club property along Mission Road for a public park. The club property is subject to 1955 deed restrictions which limit the possible uses and is currently involved in a mortgage foreclosure action.During this time, the City Council received resident comments about the possible parkland acquisition and the Council appreciates the time and effort of the residents in sharing their view. The Council considered the comments and their role as stewards of the public trust and taxpayer funds. As provided by State law, these discussions regarding property acquisition occurred in closed executive session meetings.After much deliberation, city officials have concluded that it is in the best interest of the City to discontinue the current negotiations for the property purchase at Homestead Country Club due to complications with the deed restrictions as well as the existence of one or more court proceedings involving the property.The Prairie Village council had met in executive sessions to discuss the potential purchase of the property over the previous months. Homestead’s note was sold last fall to developers who want to build houses on the property.UPDATED: Homestead board chair Cyd Summers sent the following statement on today’s announcement from the city: A sale of some acreage to the City of PV has never been our only option. It’s unfortunate that the City has discontinued for now the negotiations given the limited green space available in Prairie Village.We are continuing in our negotiations with our other options and the Board of Directors feel confident that those ensure the longevity of Homestead Country Club and its wonderful community therein.
Update: The owners of Jay Jay report that their beloved cat, missing since Thursday, arrived home in the wee hours of Sunday morning.He was a bit dusty, but otherwise none the worse, they said.While his whereabouts Thursday to Sunday remain unknown, the family is extremely happy with Jay Jay’s safe return.
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LNG World News Stuff Image courtesy of ExmarBelgium’s Exmar, the Nicolas Savery-led shipowner said Thursday it now expects to take delivery of its Caribbean FLNG in May.The FLNG unit is currently located at the Wison Offshore & Marine’s yard in Nantong, China.“Financing of the Caribbean FLNG and final delivery of the unit still remains subject to the approval of the local authorities in the People’s Republic of China, which is expected to be received in the course of May 2017,” Exmar said in its first-quarter results.To remind, the company said in March it would take delivery of the FLNG by the end of this month at which time the last instalment of $200.5 million was due to the Wison yard.The 0.5 mtpa FLNG unit, with a 16,100-cbm storage capacity, was scheduled for delivery to Pacific Exploration and Production in 2015, however, in March last year, the agreement was terminated.Exmar is still in talks to secure an employment for the FLNG. “Progress has been made on the future employment of the Caribbean FLNG and future communication on this is expected in the coming months,” the company said.Exmar added that it is currently pursuing several other FSRU and FLNG projects around the world for which it expects a positive outcome in the coming months.LNG numbers downThe Antwerp-based company said Earnings Before Interest & Tax (EBIT) for its LNG division dropped year-on-year.The EBIT for the LNG and LNG Infrastructure division in the first quarter of 2017 was $5 million compared to $13.3 million the year before.The first-quarter EBIT included a $5 million termination fee from PEP on the Caribbean FLNG.According to Exmar, the results of its LNG division were negatively impacted by the lack of employment of the 138,107-cbm Excel LNG tanker for the first quarter of the year.The vessel started a 3-month time-charter at the end of March with extension options until the end of the year and in line with the current market rates, Exmar said.
4D Supply Chain Consulting has released its interactive Incoterms 2020 e-learning training programme.The training, which is hosted on the 4D Knowledge Hub platform, includes a series of modules that cover a foundation understanding of Incoterms 2020, as well as the latest changes and associated effects on international trade.Participants will learn how to identify the Incoterms rules best suited to their contracts and describe the fundamentals of each Incoterms 2020 rule with respect to the roles and responsibilities of sellers and buyers.As HLPFI reported here, the course “shares real-life case studies along with the dos and don’ts based on actual industry experience”, said 4D Supply Chain Consulting.According to 4D Supply Chain Consulting, the foundation level course is suitable for individuals of all levels, with no prerequisites to enrol. It caters to exporters, importers, purchasing managers, logisticians, freight forwarders, as well as professional institutions and universities.The course is available in English and takes just one hour to complete. Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the final assessment.4D Supply Chain Consulting also offers post course Incoterms 2020 technical advice and support to all participants.A promotional offer is available to new subscribers until the end of May, while group discounts are also available for organisations.www.4d-scc.com
Noel Cleophas, 53, an anti-apartheid activist, award-winning teacher, principal and mentor, lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday May 12. Noel Cleophas, 53, from Silvertown, will be remembered as a passionate teacher who went beyond his call of duty, an anti-apartheid activist and as someone dedicated to making a difference in society.On Tuesday May 12, Mr Cleophas lost his battle with cancer.It was while at Cressway High School that his passion for the politics at the time, was ignited. By the time he matriculated in 1984, he was already a member of the United Democratic Front (UDF). His political activism grew to new heights when he joined the Silvertown Youth movement – a political youth formation affiliated to the UDF. However, Mr Cleophas’ s activism blossomed as a student at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where he completed his BA degree in 1987 and teachers’ diploma in 1988. A firm believer of lifelong learning, Mr Cleophas also completed his BA Honors and MA in Public Administration at UWC in2003. He kicked off his teaching career in Mitchell’s Plain, at Aloe Senior Secondary School in 1989, where he taught for 21 years, before leaving there in 2010. He was also one of the founding members of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) in Mitchell’s Plain. “He was born a teacher on so many levels, admired by his colleagues for the absolute dedication he had to his job and the unique ability he possessed to engage pupils on all aspects,” said his friend and colleague, Andre Marais .In 2011, Mr Cleophas joined Hout Bay High School as the deputy principal. For the three years he was there, he played an active role in advocating for better teaching conditions and facilities for pupils.In 2015, he took the opportunity to be principal of Delft Technical High School. During his time at Delft Technical High School, he introduced new strategies to improve the academic performance of pupils, resulting in the school being the most improved school in the region – transforming the pass rate from 35% to 77.5%, which was acknowledged by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and celebrated at their annual awards presentation. A former UWC campus friend, Naz Lalla, said: “His legacy lives on in the lives that he changed throughout his teaching career. How blessed and how fortunate were the kids at the schools where he taught. He spoke so glowingly and so proudly of the kids at Delft Technical. We shared in his triumphant joy every year with every award, every accolade that he received.” The family of Mr Cleophas used social media to live stream his funeral, because of lockdown regulations. A total of 12 000 people watched the funeral online.In a tribute message, Grace Ziegler wrote: “Thank you Noel Cleophas for your contribution to transforming the education landscape in the Western Cape, on the Cape Flats. We worked well together. You were always visible and audible for the right reasons, development and upliftment of your learners, teachers and communities where you worked tirelessly, with commitment and unwavering passion and compassion. You believed in the quote ‘Every child matters’. You lived it!You were there with them always on the front line. Go well, person of faith, colleague, friend, political and community activist, comrade, loving family man. Your legacy and beautiful memories will live on long after. The education sector has lost a warrior.” David Millar, the principal of Norman Henshilwood High School, said a giant has fallen.“He knew what school improvement was and his awards proved it. Education has lost one of its most committed professionals. He put the ‘dream big’ into pupils’ lives! I met Noel three years ago and he made an immediate impact. He never complained. He was so excited about Delft Technical High School and the children and always spoke highly of his staff. He was the quintessential professional.”Mr Cleophas is survived by his wife Maria and son Timothy Cleophas.
USA: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie halted the ‘Access to the Region’s Core’ project to increase commuter rail capacity across the Hudson River on October 7, saying the cost of the $8·7bn project centred on a 5·5 km twin-bore tunnel could increase to more than $11bn, and possibly as much as $14bn.’I have made a pledge to the people of New Jersey that on my watch I will not allow taxpayers to fund projects that run over budget with no clear way of how these costs will be paid for’, said Christie. ‘Considering the unprecedented fiscal and economic climate our state is facing, it is completely unthinkable to borrow more money and leave taxpayers responsible for billions in cost overruns. The ARC project costs far more than New Jersey taxpayers can afford and the only prudent move is to end this project.’ Planned for completion in 2018, ARC included the Trans-Hudson tunnel, 14·5 km of track, improved signalling and a subterranean terminal under 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan, adjacent to Penn Station. It would double rail capacity across the Hudson, where the existing twin bores are at capacity during the peaks. Funding sources included a capped $3bn each from the federal government and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, with the remainder coming from the state of New Jersey, which has overall management control. Tunnelling work was already underway and $600m had been spent or committed. In September Christie ordered a 30-day halt for a financial review after the Federal Transit Administration expressed concern that the cost might increase. NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein accepted that in the current economic climate ‘the ARC project is just not a financially viable project that we can responsibly move forward.’