On Sunday, Feb. 22, Saint Mary’s sophomore and student government association (SGA) sustainability chair, Mikhala Kaseweter, held a viewing to watch Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard host a live streaming party. During the live stream, Leonard expanded upon reasons why we must prevent Shell from drilling in the Arctic and how we can stop this from happening.Caitlyn Jordan According to their website, Greenpeace USA is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.Leonard kicked off the live stream by describing her experience on her voyage to the Arctic and detailing the unspeakable beauty and complex ecosystem of the vast region.“Just from the natural perspective, it is a gorgeous place,” Leonard said. “It is the air conditioner of the planet. The melting of the ice caps not only threatens habitats and releases the major fossil fuel, methane, into the atmosphere, but it also opens up space for oil companies to drill.”The major oil company, Shell, plans on obtaining permission from the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Obama Administration to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic this summer. However, Leonard explained that the stakes for this are extremely high.“The Arctic is treacherous and dangerous place in general, let alone a difficult place to drill for oil,” she said. “The government has estimated that there will be a 75 percent chance of an oil spill. The effects of the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would be minuscule compared to an oil spill in the Arctic.”Leonard also brings to attention that Shell has attempted drilling in the Arctic before, referring to “The New York Times” article published on Dec. 30, “The Wreck of the Kulluk.” According to Leonard, the article emphasizes that The Kulluk, Shell’s previous oil rig, could not handle the arctic conditions and ran aground, putting the entire crew and the surrounding ecosystem in imminent danger.“I always get asked, ‘What can we do to stop the drilling?’ The reality is that science and economics are on our side,” Leonard said. “It is looking like the government is going to give Shell the green light to drill. We must turn the volume up on this issue.”Leonard continued her live stream by noting that drilling in the Arctic is a worldwide issue, sharing that her colleagues in Germany have noticed that every single politician in Germany agrees that climate change is one of the most crucial issues of today’s world. For example, in October of 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was held, she said. One result of this session was an agreement among nations that the Earth’s climate cannot raise more than 2 degrees Celsius or there will be drastic consequences. According to the IPCC, among the many circumstances that must be abided to achieve this, one is that the Arctic must remain untouched by fossil fuel companies, she said.“People ask me if it’s hard [to be an activist]. I say it would be hard not to — to just sit by and not do anything to save the planet,” Leonard said. “We can never compete with Shell on the money front, but we have more people. Our next move is happening from March 16-20, and we are aiming to get over 10,000 people calling the White House. We want you all to call the White House. We are going to bombard the White House with calls to save the Arctic.”At the end of the viewing, Leonard held a question and answer session.Upon being asked by Kaseweter, who is also a member of Greenpeace USA, whether other organizations have united to help protect the Arctic, Leonard responded that others are indeed working towards this goal.“…however, Greenpeace does have some unique tools that they bring to the table — we actually own ships we bring into the arctic,” she said.Kaseweter said it is important to recognize the issues that the earth faces.“I care about the environment and I believe in civil obedience even in this Democratic government today,” Kaseweter said.Kaseweter said she put this viewing together because it was “Annie Leonard and GreenPeace coming together, my two loves. And I also cannot wait to call the White House.” According to Greenpeace’s website, the very latest news on the subject is that the Obama Administration has proposed ideas to expand the protections of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; however, the U.S. Department of Interior has also proposed its new drilling plan for 2017-2022, which includes Arctic drilling. Tags: Ann Leonard, Climate change, drilling in the arctic, Greenpeace, Greenpeace USA, Mikhala Kaseweter, news, obama administration, Shell, U.S. department of interior
3. She Can Hit the Field if Need BeWe know Idina Menzel can do it all, from defying gravity to conjuring ice storms. Let’s just throw NFL player into the mix. If something happens to Perry’s beloved Wilson, Menzel could absolutely step in as quarterback. Here she is with Access Hollywood’s Kit Hoover showing us how it’s done. Hut, hut, ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh! 1. She Might Pee Her PantsMenzel spoke with The Buzzer’s Andy Nesbitt, who called her out on her tendency to break character. Menzel brushed aside the prospect of laughing in the middle of her big televised performance, but then suddenly quipped, “What if I peed in my pants?” Uh, please don’t, girl. Oh, and if you’re one to gamble on the national anthem, it looks like 2:04 is the magic number. But don’t quote us on that. Star Files 4. She Doesn’t Know About BallsMenzel is spectacular at many things, including playing quarterback. Probably. But let it be known: Idina Menzel is no ball weight expert. When chatting with The Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie about Tom Brady and #Deflategate (this doesn’t feel like the site to go into any further detail than that), Menzel admitted, “I’ve given it much thought, actually. And I’ve decided that I’m not really qualified to comment on the weight of anyone’s balls.” That’s fine—just stick to belting your face off and looking fierce in blazers. 2. She & Katy Perry Are Both the 12th ManBoth Menzel and Perry have announced that they are rooting for the Seahawks this Sunday. Perry’s decision is rooted in her text message communiucation with quarterback Russell Wilson, while Menzel admitted that she’s cheering for Seattle “because I’m a New Yorker and I cannot in good faith root for the Patriots.” Whatever the reason, we have no doubt the two will contribute to another Guiness World Record-breaking crowd. Have you heard them belt? Or roar? Idina Menzel Look out: A supernova is heading to the Super Bowl! Idina Menzel will sing the national anthem at the big game on February 1—the latest in a string of major television appearances for the Tony winner. “It’s the pinnacle. It’s the milestone in my career,” she told the Associated Press. The If/Then star is in Arizona gearing up for the big day, and we’ve already learned a lot from her many press appearances. “I love to perform live,” she said, and rest assured: There will be no lip syncing for Menzel on the big day. Here are some of the very important factoids we’ve gathered recently as we prepare for the Menzel’s performance. Er, the big game. Well, mainly her performance. View Comments 5. She’s Running This Damn ShowMake no mistake. Sure, the game itself is between the Seahawks and the Patriots. Yes, Katy Perry is performing at halftime (with Missy Elliott?!). But we know the real reason our readers are tuning in: to watch what is merely the latest step in Idina Menzel’s mission to take over the world, one major televised event at a time.
“It takes individual, family and community action to change these practices,” Gibson said. “Each person taking baby steps will add up. If every parent waiting in line to pick up their children turns their car off, it helps.” For more information on EPA’s National Idle-Reduction Campaign, visit their website at http://epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/antiidling.htm .To calculate the savings from not idling, check out the calculator at www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/idle_fuel_calc.htm . Schools can take simple steps to reduce risks and save money. “Today’s bus engines don’t need to be warmed up for long periods of time,” Turner said. “They should be warmed for less than five minutes.”Idling wastes fuelAccording to an idling calculator on the EPA website, reducing idling to just 10 minutes a year saves 300 gallons of gas. Turner estimates reducing the warm-up time for just 20 buses will save more than $1,200 per year.Changing policies isn’t easy, Gibson said. But, she offers these suggestions to get the discussion going at local schools.Look at the EPA’s National Idle-Reduction Campaign website and learn the facts. “Once people know the facts, they can start a movement in the community or the school’s parent organizations to show the risks and benefits if the practices are changed,” she said. Take the ‘walking bus’Start a “walking school bus” in your neighborhood. “If your neighborhood has adequate sidewalks to the school, a walking school bus is an excellent idea,” Gibson said. The idea is to arrange a group of parents who walk to school and pick children up along the route. “The kids are escorted to school safely by adults,” she said. “They benefit from the exercise, no fuel is used and no emissions are put into the air.”Gibson also said this concept builds community among parents and children.Some parents say they choose carpooling over buses because they are concerned about bus safety or enjoy the extra time with their children. “They get both of those benefits in the walking bus, too,” she said.Make these changesAmerican school buses travel more than 4 billion miles a year. While EPA agrees that school buses are the safest way to transport children to and from school, the agency offers these suggestions to school systems to reduce the impact of buses on the environment: The sign in front of Fulton Science Academy Middle School is clear: “No Idling. Little lungs at work.”As cars line up to drop children off at the Alpharetta, Ga., school, the rule is strictly enforced. Monitors walk along the carpool line and tap on windows to remind drivers to turn off their engines. Dispelling the myth“You can sit and idle in a carpool line for 30 minutes,” said Sharon Gibson, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist and director of the Children, Youth and Families at Risk – Sustainable Communities Project. “There is a myth out there that it’s cheaper to keep your car running and it’s better for your car. It’s a total myth.”According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, idling uses more gas than turning your engine off and restarting it. “Idling your car for 30 minutes in a carpool line causes more wear-and-tear on your engine that driving the same amount of time at low speed,” Gibson said.Saves money and the environmentThere are even bigger savings when it comes to school buses. The EPA warns that idling buses increase air pollution, cause wear-and-tear in bus engines and waste gas and money. “A line of idling school buses doesn’t just pollute the air around the buses,” said Pamela Turner, a UGA Extension housing specialist. “They also pollute the air in the bus and can emit particulates that can enter the school, reducing the air quality inside, too.” Asthmatic children suffer mostAccording to Gibson and Turner, pollution from idling buses is particularly problematic for children with chronic respiratory problems like asthma.“Diesel exhaust has particulate matter that can cause health risks,” Turner said. “Thousands of them can fit on the period at the end of this sentence. They easily pass through the nose and cause real problems for children.”Most at risk, they said, are those who have existing heart, lung or respiratory problems. The particulates are most dangerous to children and the elderly. Polluted air drifts into schools“And, where do we idle?” Gibson asked. “In front of schools.”The particles can even contribute to creating more haze. “Idling buses aren’t just a health risk, they’re an environmental risk and can cause long-term damage,” she said. Use cleaner fuels.Upgrade bus engines to reduce emissions.Replace older buses with less polluting buses.
Battery Firm Sonnen Gets Big Cash Infusion From Shell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:FRANKFURT—German solar battery maker sonnen has secured 60 million euros ($71 million) in funds from Shell Ventures and existing shareholders to expand at home and abroad. Shell Ventures, a unit of the Anglo-Dutch oil major that has been boosting its investments in solar and other renewables, was a lead investor in the latest funding round, sonnen Chief executive Christoph Ostermann told Reuters. “With this money, we can get started on important investment plans, especially in the United States and Australia,” he said, adding that existing shareholders also contributed extra cash.“We also want to invest in broadening our sonnen community and our virtual power plant (VPP), and expand our offering of grid-related services,” the sonnen CEO said, adding that the firm aimed to turn a profit in Germany in two years.The company provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels and links up home-produced electricity to other solar users in Germany, Europe’s biggest solar market. The company — which also operates in Italy, France, Australia, Austria, Britain and the United States — provides hardware and software to customers seeking more independence from power markets dominated by big utilities generating most of their electricity from fossil fuels.So far, sonnen has sold 30,000 batteries worldwide with combined capacity for 210 megawatts. This only equates to a small fossil-fuel power plant but it has potential to expand as storage becomes cheaper and generation becomes less centralized.In 2016, sonnen received 76 million euros from investors, including China’s Envision. Other sonnen investors include Germany’s eCapital and MVP, Dutch firm SET Ventures, Czech company Inven Capital, and GE Ventures, a unit of U.S. firm General Electric.More: German Solar Battery Maker Sonnen Secures Shell Cash to Expand
By Dialogo July 30, 2012 LONDON – Here’s what you might have missed from this past weekend’s action in London: Colombian cyclist Rigoberto Urán: The 25-year-old native of Urrao became the 12th Colombian to medal all-time at the Olympics when he took second in the 249.5 kilometer road cycling race behind Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan. Urán and Vinokourov broke away from the pack, setting the stage for a fantastic finish. As the two neared the finished line, Vinokourov pulled away in the final 200 meters to take the gold. “I didn’t lose my concentration. We’d done the last 10 kilometers at full speed,” Urán told reporters. “I looked to my right and suddenly Alexander took off. I didn’t have anything left for a sprint. It was a very long day.” Honduran men’s soccer team: Jerry Bengtson’s goal off a header seven minutes into the match lifted his team to a huge, 1-0 win over Spain in Group D play that knocked the Spaniards out of medal contention. Bengtson also scored both of Honduras’ goals in a 2-2 draw against Morocco to open the Olympics. Honduras can advance to the quarterfinals by tying Japan in its final game of pool play. Brazil’s men’s basketball team: Leandro Barbosa scored 16 points to power his team to a 75-71 win over Australia in the first game of pool play for both teams. After Brazil led by 11 points in the third quarter, Australia pulled to within 73-31 with five seconds left, but Brazilian captain Marcelinho Huertas made two free throws with five seconds left to secure the win. Huertas finished with 15 points. Here’s what you should keep an eye on July 31: Men’s volleyball: Brazil, which opened pool play with a 3-0 win over Tunisia on July 29, looks to remain undefeated in Group B against Russia. Women’s field hockey: Argentina looks to improve to 2-0 in Group B when it faces the United States. Argentina opened group play with a 7-1 win over South Africa on July 29. Women’s soccer: Colombia looks for its first win in its final game in pool play when it faces France. Colombia fell to North Korea and the United States in its first two matches.
Do a quick Google search for credit unions in your hometown. Notice the signs for businesses as you drive to and from work that offer loans. Quickly you’ll notice that your financial institution is not the only choice for consumers in your marketplace.Differentiation is key. Your bank or credit union must give consumers a reason to choose you over the competition. Otherwise, you risk slipping from a valued brand to just another commodity amongst a cacophony of other unremarkable choices.When working with banks and credit unions on branding plans, one of the key questions we like to ask goes something like this: “What is the one thing that only your financial institution can provide to consumers?” This is also sometimes referred to as a value proposition.When answered honestly, it’s is a difficult and soul-searching exercise. I say “honestly” because too many financial institution executives tend to default to the all-to-easy “it’s our people” or “it’s our service” answers. While you probably do have terrific employees and a great selection of services, guess what? Every other financial services provider in your marketplace is saying the same thing. Friendly employees and product/service selection are no longer valid marketplace differentiators. They cannot support a brand, let alone make it different/valuable enough for consumers to choose you. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Jan 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials are investigating the possibility of an avian influenza outbreak at a turkey farm in British Columbia (BC), a day after animal health officials in Bangladesh reported the H5N1 virus struck three more sites.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) imposed a 3-km quarantine around a turkey producer in Abbotsford where avian influenza antibodies were found in some 12-week-old birds, the Canadian Press (CP) reported today. Calvin Bruekelman, spokesman for the BC Poultry Association, told the CP that the farm has 50,000 turkeysMonika Mazur, a spokeswoman for the CFIA, told the CP today that initial testing performed at a laboratory in BC suggest an H5 virus, but further testing is under way at the CFIA’s facility in Winnipeg to determine the strain.Ray Nickel, the poultry association’s president, speculated that the strain might be low-pathogenic, because of the low mortality seen among the birds at the farm, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported today.The area of southwestern BC where the farm is located, called Fraser River Valley, experienced a large outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza in March 2004, which affected as many as 40 commercial farms and led to the culling of 17 million birds, according to previous reports.Elsewhere, veterinary officials in Bangladesh yesterday reported three more H5N1 outbreaks, including a commercial farm near the country’s capital, Dhaka, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The outbreak on the farm near Dhaka started Jan 7 and killed 112 of 5,341 poultry, the OIE report said. The remaining birds were culled to control the spread of the virus.Authorities reported another outbreak that began on Jan 11 and struck backyard birds in a village in Rajshahi division in the northwestern part of the country near the border with India, killing 11 of 736 susceptible birds, the OIE reported. Animal health workers destroyed the rest of the flock.Another outbreak at a commercial poultry farm, this time in Chittagong division in the southernmost area of Bangladesh, began on Jan 15, killing 80 of 1,800 birds, the OIE report said. The remaining birds were destroyed.Bangladesh has had several outbreaks since October, when the virus reemerged in late September 2008 after a 4-month lull. Two states in western India that share borders with Bangladesh—Assam and West Bengal—have also battled recent H5N1 outbreaks.See also:Apr 5, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Canada to kill 19 million poultry to stop avian flu”Jan 22 OIE report
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More importantly, Zerh said, about 300 women and girls have contacted the campaign group about the abuse they suffered.Some agreed to have their testimonies posted anonymously on the group’s Instagram page, which Zerh said could help other potential victims spot danger signs and challenge taboos about gender relations in the socially conservative country.Fearing relatives could find out, many victims are too scared to speak out or seek help, she said:”Even if a girl didn’t share any nude pictures, she’s super afraid of her family just hearing about something. It’s really hard to convince them to go to the police.” A social media campaign started by three Moroccan friends has emboldened hundreds of “revenge porn” victims to share their experiences, raising awareness about online abuse and challenging taboos.The Diha F’Rassek movement – meaning ‘Mind Your Own Business’ – was launched to fight back against dozens of “revenge porn” accounts that appeared online during the country’s coronavirus lockdown, said co-founder Sophia Zerh, 26.”We started to receive messages that were really shocking, for instance girls starting to think about suicide,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding that the campaign has drawn 15,000 followers in less than two months. “Women in Morocco are easy targets, with Arab culture – not everyone is lucky enough to have an open-minded family.”Scared and ashamedIn other countries too, women’s rights activists have reported a rise in online posts of intimate images of women and girls, usually by abusive partners or ex-partners, during COVID-19 lockdowns.Online abuse has become a common feature of domestic abuse in Morocco, which criminalized all forms of violence against women in 2018.But despite the two-year-old law, campaigners say domestic abuse victims face numerous hurdles in securing convictions against their abusers.A government survey last year showed 54.5% of Moroccan women have been subjected to violence, but only 6.6% have brought their case before justice.When victims get in touch with Diha F’Rassek, which is supported by a volunteer network, they receive help to report the abuse or are put in touch with free legal and counseling services.Others simply want to talk.”Sometimes people just need someone to talk to because they are too ashamed to talk to family or friends, but feel freer to talk to us,” Zerh said.Some victims are so scared they create fake social media accounts to get in touch, she added.’Everybody was mocking me’Their stories can be harrowing.”I loved him a lot and I was ready to do anything so he stayed with me,” wrote one victim.”He wanted me to send him some nudes. I hesitated many times but when he said he was going to leave me, I did it but wearing underwear,” the unnamed 17-year-old posted on May 28.”The following day, at school, everybody was mocking me and calling me a slut… That same evening, I talked to him about how he’d treated me. He said that in this life there are lots of sluts, that he knew I was one and that’s why he dealt me this blow,” she said.”The harassment followed – even by my own friends. I cried and suffered every day and wanted to end my life,” she said.While many “revenge porn” victims are targeted by vengeful former partners, Zerh said it was also common for them to be singled out by strangers who hack their social media accounts to steal photos and other personal information.In such cases, the perpetrators typically use an ordinary photo of a victim and post it alongside pornographic photos sourced elsewhere, including contact details and urging others to harass her.A finance manager by day, Zerh and her fellow co-founders, who work in management and marketing, felt compelled to raise awareness about abuses that are often swept under the carpet.”I’m able to wear what I want, I’m able to talk, I grew up with an open-minded spirit. A lot of women are not as lucky… so I thought I should do something about it,” she said.The three friends’ initiative has caused a backlash, drawing criticism from some conservative Moroccans, Zehr said.”But that means it’s working – we’re making a difference in making people talk.”Topics :
Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Gettysburg HotelRight across the street from the David Wills House, the former Scott’s Tavern was established in 1797. It became a temporary “White House” for President Dwight Eisenhower in 1955, when he spent time at the hotel while recovering from a heart attack.Hyatt at the BellevueThen called the Bellevue-Stratford, every U.S. president from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan has stayed at this hotel on Philadelphia’s Broad Street.Historic Hotel BethlehemDwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton are among Hotel Bethlehem’s extensive list of famous guests. Be warned that the downtown hotel is rumored to be haunted — but the ghosts are said to be friendly.Omni Bedford Springs ResortLocated in the Allegheny Mountains, the resort has served as a gathering place for U.S. presidents, celebrities, and dignitaries from around the world for more than 200 years. Some of the most prominent historical events include the housing of Japanese diplomats who were captured in Germany during WWII at the resort from 1943-1945; the stays of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush; and the resort’s designation in 1984 as a National Historic Landmark.Omni William PennPresidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower stayed at the downtown Pittsburgh hotel, as well as Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson. Numerous presidents also visited for events and speechesTo stay up to date on DNC events while visiting PA go to visit the host committee website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. SHARE TWEET DNC, The Blog The Democratic National Convention will be held In Philadelphia on July 25–28. This will be the eighth time that Philly has played host to a party convention since 1856, and this marquee event promises to be yet another success.As the second state to join the Union, Pennsylvania is home to many iconic events that changed the course of American history. Both novice explorers and history buffs can step back in time and experience some of the moments that made the United States what it is today.Whether you’re visiting because of the Democratic National Convention or simply looking to immerse yourself in our nation’s presidential history, we invite you to pursue your happiness while you’re here!And rest assured all you Hamilfans, Alexander Hamilton made his mark here, too. His brainchild, the First Bank of the United States, was completed in Philadelphia in 1797 and is part of the Independence National Historic Park along with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.Experience Presidential History President James Buchanan’s Wheatland (Lancaster)History buffs and casual visitors alike will enjoy touring the beautiful grounds and mansion of the only president from Pennsylvania, James Buchanan.The David Wills House (Gettysburg)The David Wills House offers visitors a world-class museum experience that tells the story of President Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. The David Wills House is the only site where you can experience President Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address in the location where it was inspired and crafted.Washington Crossing Historic Park (Washington Crossing)On Dec. 25, 1776, General George Washington and his men crossed the Delaware River into New Jersey to march on Hessian troops quartered in and around the village. Relive one of the most important moments of the Revolutionary War at Washington Crossing Historic Park.Eisenhower National Historic Site (Gettysburg)Eisenhower National Historic Site was the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served as Eisenhower’s weekend retreat from Washington and a meeting place for world leaders.Fort Ligonier (Fort Ligonier)George Washington was a central figure in the French and Indian War. In 1758, he led a detachment of 500 Virginia soldiers on foot from Fort Ligonier.Independence Hall (Philadelphia)Discover the site where two of democracy’s greatest documents were written and the Second Continental Congress was held.Liberty Bell (Philadelphia)In the early days of the United States, the ringing of the Liberty Bell signaled the start of many important events, such as the meeting of the First Continental Congress.Gettysburg National Military Park (Gettysburg)Recognized as one of the most famous American battlefields, Gettysburg marked the turning point of the Civil War and the site where President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address.The Sun Inn (Bethlehem)Located on Main Street in Historic Downtown Bethlehem, the Sun Inn is a restoration of a 1758 building which functioned as an inn from 1760 to the late 1960s. The Sun Inn’s history includes an extensive list of distinguished visitors including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Samuel Adams, and —wait for it —Alexander Hamilton (wink, wink)Stay Like a President By: Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Tourism, Marketing and Film SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania is Immersed in Presidential History July 23, 2016