When Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president Bailey Oppman and Lydia Lorenc took office, they wanted to promote sustainability on campus. To achieve this goal, they named junior Emily Harrast and sophomore Kassidy Jungles as the chairs for sustainability under Student Government Association (SGA).While Oppman and Lorenc stressed sustainability, the majority of initiatives fall under the sustainability chairs, Harrast said in an email.“Kassidy and I worked on our own goals for the year, but when it came to things we did not have experience with, [Oppman and Lorenc] were very helpful,” she said. “They helped us figure out our budget for the year, as well as helping us communicate our goals with [College President Jan Cervelli] and other staff.”The chairs’ main goal for this semester was fundraising, Harrast said.“[We] wanted to raise money to buy hand dryers for the student center bathrooms,” Harrast said. “We spent this past semester designing a good product that we felt everyone would enjoy — but also subtly supports sustainability — and selling it to raise the money we needed to support our efforts. We achieved our goal of selling 100 shirts, and we hope to implement the new hand dryers as soon as possible.”Cervelli has stressed sustainability since her inauguration last school year. Harrast said SGA met with Cervelli to discuss goals and hear any ideas she may have for SGA.“Together, we discussed the sustainable practices already in place, which there are a fair number of, and then talked about our goal of getting hand dryers in the student center,” Harrast said.The College has also had an active composting program during this semester, although Harrast said she cannot take credit for that initiative.“While [the composting program] was included in our goals early on, it was started by [senior] Katie Frego and the composting club,” she said. “We work some with the club, but this program is completely run by the club members.”Harrast said she and Jungles hope to continue promoting knowledge next semester.“Our goals … are to spread more information about sustainable things the average Saint Mary’s student can do,” Harrast said. “We hope to do this not only using posters and social media, but also with some fun event we are planning, specifically Earth Day.”Harrast said she believes it is important not only to strive for a more sustainable life, but also to incorporate that principle into SGA specifically.“Having chairs for sustainability stresses how important this topic really is,” she said. “[It] reminds students that we need to constantly think about whether or not actions are sustainable and what we need to do to make them more sustainable.”Tags: 2017 student government, composting, Student Government Association, Student Government Insider 2017, sustainability
Avenue Q Kinky Boots Thoroughly Modern Millie Billy Elliot Spring Awakening The Book of Mormon Fun Home Ever since Hamilton maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda teased that a “scrappy” In the Heights film is in the works, w’ve had movie musicals on the brain. We turned to the top-10 ranking site Culturalist and asked: Which Best Musical Tony winner most deserves a big-screen adaptation? The rules: It’s totally fine if they’re already based on movies (e.g. Billy Elliot), but they not if they’ve already been turned into a movie musical (think Hairspray.) The fans have spoken, and here’s what needs to hit cinemas pronto! Memphis In the Heights A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder View Comments
Developing a natural biofilter to cleanse the air of the volatile organic compounds being produced.Finding ways to produce fewer VOCs by modifying the cooking process. Odors and ozoneThe VOCs produced in the rendering process can lead to odors and the formation of ground-level ozone, which may cause respiratory damage in some people. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates these VOCs through the Clean Air Act.The researchers evaluated the gases being produced to find a way to treat the air. This process took about 18 months. Then they could begin working on solutions.”Since July 2001, we’ve been working on evaluating treatment options,” said Das, an agricultural engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Peat moss, compost, bark…Das and Kastner recommended using a biofilter to treat the emissions pumped into the air. A biofilter is a bed of organic material such as peat moss, compost, bark, wood chips, rice hulls or a combination of these. It’s used to biologically remove pollutants from the air stream.One Georgia rendering plant uses a biofilter to treat its air emissions. But many others spend massive amounts of money using chlorine dioxide to bleach the air and neutralize the polluting chemical compounds.”Once we know these compounds and their concentrations, then the designed biofilter can be used in any plant that renders poultry waste,” Das said.Ways to reduce VOCsAt the same time that the scientists started working on the treatment options, he said, they also began researching ways to reduce VOCs in the rendering process.To understand VOCs, think of gasoline. A highly volatile compound, gasoline evaporates quickly. That’s why you can smell it at the pump. Fueling your car at noon differs greatly from filling it up a night, because hotter air causes the gasoline to evaporate faster.The same principle, Das said, can apply to the rendering industry when it comes to cooking temperatures and the gases being released.Higher heat, higher VOC levelsDas believes the high temperatures rendering plants used to process the meat by-products has much to do with the volume of odorous VOCs produced. So he has begun evaluating alternative cooking methods at lower temperatures.He’s trying to find methods that would be environmentally safe while not compromising on the safety or quality of the products and always keeping cost-efficiency in mind.Miniature cooking tanks were created for the experiments. These allow researchers to recreate the environment found inside the plants.Neither angle of the research has been completed. But Das hopes to see results within the next year.”We hope to reach major milestones relating to treatment options by July 2003,” he said. “I suspect that the pollution prevention work will continue longer, probably until July 2004.”The solutions can’t come too soon in north Georgia. Metro Atlanta has been classified an ozone nonattainment zone. That means the air quality there is not up to Clean Air Act standards. Cleaning up rendering-plant emissions would be a small, but helpful piece of the clean-air puzzle. By April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaPoultry rendering plants recycle the chicken parts you don’t usually see into useful oils and other products. But they also produce an odor. And they give off compounds that are regulated in some Georgia counties.K.C. Das, J.R. Kastner and a team of other researchers with the University of Georgia Bioconversion Center have taken on the plants’ air-related problems. They set out to solve them with two projects:
Vermont Public Radio has announced the winner of its first Summer Car Raffle. Bob Moulton of Waterbury won a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid provided by Heritage Automotive Group in South Burlington. The raffle raised $146,000 for VPR.Barbara, Bob, and Lucy Moulton pick up their 2010 Ford Fusion HybridBob and his wife Barbara are residents of Waterbury and own and operate Moulton Custom Door of Vermont, which takes them all over the northeast. Bob said he had been saving for more fuel-efficient vehicle to replace their 1996 Toyota T100.“This is unbelievable,” Bob said during a visit to VPR last week. “[When I got the call from VPR] I had $2,000 in my pocket because I was getting ready to buy my wife a used car. We really need a car.”Bob said his family plans to donate their truck to the Good News Garage. “When you get a blessing like this you have to pass it along,” he said. “These days we all have to help each other.”VPR’s Brendan Kinney, Barbara, Bob, and Lucy Moulton, VPR’s Robin TurnauSource: VPR. 07.26.2010
Working with the community Exchange of information Police successes in Nicaragua and Ecuador By Dialogo March 26, 2014 Mexican drug cartel activity The agreement between Nicaraguan and Ecuadorean authorities covers the exchange of information and programs related to internal and public security, as well as training methods for security personnel. The security forces of the two countries will also exchange analysts and computer technicians who will attend conferences and seminars to improve their skills, authorities said. “The importance of this agreement is that it takes place between countries with certain cultural and demographic similarities that face similar challenges such as international organized crime linked to local gangs,” said Héctor Chávez Villao, a security analyst at the University of Guayaquil. “When the authorities of countries begin to share professional experiences, the chances of success are greater if the challenges they face are similar,” Chávez Villao said. Drug cartels seek alliances with Nicaraguan gangs Public safety has improved in Nicaragua and Ecuador in recent years, thanks in large part to the work of security officials, authorities said. For example, Nicaragua closed 2013 with a homicide rate of 9 killings per 100,000 inhabitants, the lowest homicide rate in Central America and one of the lowest in Latin America, according to a report released in January 2014 by Francisco Diaz, deputy director of the National Police of Nicaragua. The country has 6 million residents. The homicide rate in Ecuador fell by 27 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Ecuador recorded 2,638 killings in 2010. In 2012, the homicide rate in Nicaragua was 11 per 100,000 inhabitants. In 2012, Ecuador recorded 1,884 killings. It was the lowest number of homicides in Ecuador since 2000. About 15 million people live in Ecuador. Nicaraguan police agents work closely with the communities they serve, developing trust, Granera Sacasas said. Such trust is crucial because the police rely on community members for information. “The success of our police is explained by its deeply rooted link to the community,” Granera said. “We integrate three types of prevention work in the field: the mere police officer on patrol, checkpoints and intelligence, and sharing prevention work information with other government agencies.” “Nicaragua has become a retaining wall to prevent gangs and weapons coming from the north going south from passing through our territory,” Granera explained. Building close ties with the community is crucial for Nicaraguan security forces in their battle with transnational criminal organizations, such as the Sinaloa Cartel, said Roberto Petray, director of the Nicaraguan Pro-Human Rights Association. Large organized crime groups often form alliances with local gangs, and police need solid information to develop their strategies and tactics. The collaboration between Nicaraguan gangs and transnational criminal organizations such as the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas is especially evident in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN), Petray said. “Nicaraguan gangs are beginning to work as assassins and getting involved in human trafficking. These activities must be controlled by the National Police because they are beginning to take place in the country,” Petray said. In February 2012, Mexican security forces captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the longtime kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel. Arms trafficking and violence While the overall homicide rate in Nicaragua is relatively low, the rate of killing is higher in the RAAN, because of organized crime activity, said Mónica Zalaquett, director of the Violence Prevention Center (CEPREV). For example, in 2011, the homicide rate in the RAAN was 18 killings for every 100,000 people. “Central America is being hit by organized crime, and Nicaragua is no exception. In recent years, there has not only been a considerable increase in drug trafficking, but also an increase in arms trafficking,” Zalaquett said. Police forces in Nicaragua and Ecuador – which have achieved important successes in improving public safety — recently agreed to cooperate to fight organized crime and street gangs. Nicaragua and Ecuador have two of the lowest rates of homicide in Latin America, thanks in large part to the efforts of their respective security forces. Now, police officials from both countries will share their strategy, tactics, and training methods. On March 6, 2014, Aminta Elena Granera Sacasa, Nicaragua’s Director General of the National Police, went to Quito to meet with Ecuadorean security officials, including Interior Minister José Serrano, and to sign the security cooperation agreement. Nicaraguan security forces have registered important success in fighting organized crime groups which operate in that country. The Sinaloa Cartel, for example, uses drug trafficking routes in Nicaragua. Los Zetas and the Nortel del Valle Cartel, a Colombian drug trafficking group, also reportedly transport drugs through Nicaragua. Nicaraguan security forces have been successful in battling these organized crime groups and local gangs, Serrano said as he signed the cooperation agreement. The Nicaraguan National Police are succeeding because they do not just react to crime, but seek to prevent it, Granera said. “Our model of policing is preventive, proactive and community oriented, even though we are the smallest police force in the region, we have seen the best results in the region and the world.” Talks leading to the agreement began in August 2013, when Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and Serrano traveled to Nicaragua to discuss security issues with Nicaraguan authorities. Because of the vigilance of Nicaraguan security forces, Mexican drug cartel operatives in recent years have turned to unusual methods to operate in the country. For example, in August 2012, Nicaraguan security forces arrested 18 Mexican nationals who entered the country posing as journalists for Televisa, the Mexican news organization. The 18 were pretending they were on their way to Managua to cover a high-profile criminal trial of a man charged with money laundering and drug trafficking. Nicaraguan security officials also seized $9.2 million (USD) in cash. The group of fake journalists was led by a woman identified as Raquel Alatorre Correa. She claimed to be a news anchor for Televisa. One of the suspects allegedly has ties to Los Charros, a Mexican gang which smuggles drugs and other illegal items from Costa Rica into Nicaragua and Mexico. Los Charros has links to the Sinaloa Cartel and La Familia Michoacana, another Mexican transnational criminal organization. In December 2013 a Nicaraguan court found the 18 people guilty of money laundering and drug trafficking. The fake journalists were repatriated to Mexico to serve their prison sentences, authorities said. My country has the most solid strategy in Latin America in matters of security, it is a proactive community model.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This Humpback whale washed up dead near Gilgo Beach on Tuesday. (Photo credit: Joe O’Halloran) A massive humpback whale washed up dead near Gilgo Beach on Tuesday morning, six weeks after marine biologists euthanized a smaller whale nearby that was too sick to nurse back to health.Marine biologists with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation are taking samples and performing a necropsy on the whale to determine its cause of death, officials tell the Press.New York State parks officials deployed heavy construction equipment to move the whale before it is buried in the sand.Humpbacks, which had reportedly been spotted off Atlantic Beach recently, are an endangered species that can grow up to 40 tons, 50-years-old and 60-feet long. There an estimated 11,500 in the north Atlantic, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The humpback is the second to die on Long Island this year. Istar, a female humpback that had been tracked since the 1970s, washed up dead in East Quogue in April.It is also the second whale to die on the same stretch of beach in just over a month. Marine biologists euthanized a 10-foot pygmy sperm whale that washed up near Gilgo on Aug. 28.The public is reminded to report any sightings or strandings of marine mammals and sea turtles to the foundation’s 24-hour hotline at 631-369-9829.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU Director of Political Affairs Dan O’Brien, in a Credit Union Times editorial, reminded credit union representatives Friday that credit union advocacy does not stop when lawmakers go home for their August recess.“Lawmakers will be in their home districts and states for five weeks,” O’Brien wrote. “[They] will be spending a lot of time with their constituents and meeting with businesses in the community. This is a great time for credit unions to let their lawmakers know how important it is that they cosponsor and support the passage of several important regulatory relief proposals awaiting action in Congress.”O’Brien particularly encouraged credit union representatives to invite lawmakers to visit their credit union, attend a town hall meeting, or contact their lawmakers through a letter or via social media.O’Brien also emphasized NAFCU’s top legislative advocacy priorities, which include: continue reading »
The home at 49 Bruce St, Camp HillMarketing agent Shane Hicks of Place Real Estate, Bulimba said 49 Bruce St, Camp Hill was a popular home on the market.“We had a lot of interest and multiple offers,” he said.“In the end, it went to a professional couple moving over from Bridgeman Downs.” Inside 49 Bruce St, Camp HillMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Mr Hicks said Hamptons style homes were becoming increasingly popular in the area.“They get a lot of attention,” he said.Mr Hicks said the vendors worked with Century Built Homes to create the home. 49 Bruce St, Camp HillSETTING a benchmark for elegance and style, this Hamptons style home has sold for $1,555,000. The home at 49 Bruce St, Camp HillMr Hicks said the demand was high for properties of this calibre.“It shows positive signs for the local market,” he said. Inside 49 Bruce St, Camp Hill“Buyers want a lot more in the home these days, so smart owners are working with builders to put in those high-end additions.“Prices are creeping up because of these quality inclusions.” Inside 49 Bruce St, Camp Hill“They packaged it together as a high-quality product in a good location,” he said. “You can’t beat that.”The home has a fireplace, outdoor alfresco area and pool.
Barakah Offshore Petroleum’s wholly-owned subsidiary, PBJV Group, has received a Letter of Award from Samling Resources for the abandonment and decommissioning of Chinguetti and Banda fields, offshore Mauritania.The scope of the contract covers the provision of well intervention vessel (WIV), platform supply vessel, and all necessary parts, spares, repairs, refurbishments and/or modifications to the WIV and all coordination, technical support and supervisory works.The value of the contract for PBJV based on its work scope is estimated at USD 14.2 million.According to the company, the contract is expected to start in June 2017.The project involves temporary plugging of 15 wells.The Chinguetti field is located approximately 80km west of the coastline and approximately 90km from the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, while Banda field is located around 20km east of the Chinguetti oil field.