first_imgAmong all the impacts of climate change, from rising sea levels to landslides and flooding, there is one that does not get the attention it deserves: an exacerbation of inequalities, particularly for women. Sep 3, 2020 You may be interested in… UNGA – Statement by Dominica’s Foreign Minister Francine BaronSecretary General of the United Nations, President of the General Assembly Distinguished Heads of Delegations, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: Madam President, I congratulate you on your appointment and my delegation extends best wishes to you for a productive tenure, as you seek to direct the affairs of this important institution,…September 30, 2018In “Dominica”OP-ED | Gender equality has never been so close but still far from being a realityBy Patricia Scotland Commonwealth Secretary-General (Guyana Chronicle) This month the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting will assemble in Nairobi, Kenya. It has taken place regularly since 1985, to take stock of the current status of gender equality in our member countries, and to share perspectives and experience of how progress…September 18, 2019In “Indepth”Gender Gap Made Worse by Land DegradationBy Desmond Brown (IPS) In parts of the world where the gender gap is already wide, land degradation places women and girls at even greater risk. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), highlights that land degradation in developing countries impacts men and women differently, mainly due…January 31, 2019In “CARICOM Secretariat”Share this on WhatsApp NASA Features Belizean Scientist, Emil Cherrington and… Sep 4, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 7, 2020 ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Sep 10, 2020 Especially in poor countries, women’s lives are often directly dependent on the natural environment.Women bear the main responsibility for supplying water and firewood for cooking and heating, as well as growing food. Drought, uncertain rainfall and deforestation make these tasks more time-consuming and arduous, threaten women’s livelihoods and deprive them of time to learn skills, earn money and participate in community life.Read more at Inter Press Service Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture last_img read more

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first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Danny Kladis, who had the distinction of being the oldest driver and having the earliest start of living Indianapolis 500 competitors, died April 26 in Joliet, Ill. The 1946 Indianapolis 500 starter Kladis was 92.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Although thought of generally as being a Chicago-area driver, Kladis was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Crystal City, Mo. He began racing midgets in 1935, and his career was gathering momentum when it was interrupted by World War II. Kladis flew with the Army Air Corps and was a flight instructor. After the war ended, he was hired by the youthful Granatelli brothers to drive in the 1946 Indianapolis 500. It was the first “500” experience for all of them, their mount being one of the 1935 front-drive Ford V8 Millers in which the engine had been replaced by a stock-block Mercury outfitted with a Grancor (Granatelli Corp.) head developed by Andy and his brothers. In a race of great attrition, the steadily running Kladis had moved from 33rd starting position to 16th when he made a pit stop for fuel. No sooner had he returned to the track than his engine lost power, causing him to slow and stop in Turn 2. The Granatellis raced over to the car and towed it back through the infield to the garage area, where they discovered the fuel safety valve had not been switched back to “on” at the conclusion of the stop. To their further frustration, the car was not allowed to re-enter the contest, ruled as having “left the race course,” and therefore a retirement in spite of being in perfect running order.Advertisement Kladis never qualified for a second “500” despite practicing with cars virtually every year for the next 10 years, although he did rack up 50 laps in the 1954 race as a relief driver for Travis “Spider” Webb. His final try was in 1957, when he struggled unsuccessfully with a pair of Grand Prix cars, a 10-year-old Maserati and a pre-war Mercedes–Benz outfitted – to the horror of purists – with a Jaguar sports car engine. Kladis, the surprise winner of a 1954 AAA East Coast sprint car race at Allentown, Pa., was voted into the National Midget Racing Hall of Fame in 2007 due to his numerous sectional titles. He was a fun-loving storyteller who was once described by a chuckling IMS Public Address announcer Tom Carnegie as being “a rascal.” Kladis claimed, “Andy Granatelli called me ‘The Wonder Boy of the Speedway’ because it was a wonder every time I came around.” And, when asked if he had a middle name, Kladis responded: “Oh, no. My parents couldn’t afford one.” Kladis is survived by his sons, George, Christopher, Danny and Mike, and his daughters, Joanne, Carole and Cecilia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jean. Calling hours are scheduled for 3 to  8 p.m. (local time) Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30 at Kurtz Memorial Chapel in New Lenox, Ill. Services are scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Friday, May 1 at the funeral home chapel followed by a funeral at 10 a.m. at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Joliet. Burial will take place at the Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Ind.last_img read more

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first_imgNMDOT News:SANTA FE – Thousands of students, parents, teachers and community leaders across New Mexico will walk, bike, scoot, or skate to school Wednesday in celebration of the 23rd Annual National Walk to School Day.This year, 38 elementary and middle schools in New Mexico have registered Walk to School Day events on walkbiketoschool.org. The total number of schools and events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout October, National Walk to School Month.The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and local law enforcement encourage drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to remember to “Look for Me” as they navigate the public roadways, bikeways and sidewalks.National Walk to School Month is an opportunity to remind us all to use extreme caution when driving through school zones, residential neighborhoods, parks, downtowns and wherever else children may be walking or biking.“As community leaders and parents, it is our responsibility to keep our kids safe and that extends to when we are behind the wheel,” NMDOT Secretary Michael Sandoval said. “When our streets are safe and comfortable for kids walking and biking to school, everyone wins.”In Las Cruces, 25 local elementary schools will hold events, said Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator Ashleigh Curry. She expects 3,500 participants.“These celebrations highlight what our schools do every week,” Curry said. “Las Cruces supports Safe Routes to School and values active transportation. We look forward to walking with our elected officials and New Mexico State University athletes.”Santa Fe, buoyed by deep community support, recently received nearly $300,000 in federal funds to develop a Safe Routes to School Program. At the annual “Back to School Bash” Sept. 14, the Santa Fe School District partnered with the Brain Injury Advisory Council to fit free bike helmets for 331 students.The Safe Routes to School program “is a triple win: reducing air pollution around our schools, improving students’ health and wellness by reducing childhood obesity and diabetes and instilling lifelong habits that build community with people outdoors having fun,” said Program Specialist Elena Kayak of Santa Fe Public Schools Sustainability.Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of a broad range of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concerns for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.To learn more about the events and locations of registered New Mexico schools participating in Walk to School Day 2019, visit walkbiketoschool.org/registration/whoswalking.php?sid=NM. For more information on Safe Routes to School and the Active Transportation Program contact:·       Maggie Moore, NMDOT at 505-470-4705, Maggie.moore@state.nm.us·       Ashleigh Curry, Las Cruces Public Schools Safe Routes to School coordinator, acurry@lcps.net, ·       Elena Kayak, Santa Fe Public Schools Sustainability Program specialist, ekayak@sfps.k12.nm.us, 505.467.3411.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Long Island Pine Barrens Commission wants more information before it decides the fate of a controversial luxury 118-unit golf resort in East Quogue.The board members at a Riverhead Town Hall meeting February 19 gave Discovery Land Company until March 4 to provide it, although only having until April 20 to decide whether or not the project complies with strict regulations. A simple 3-2 majority is all that’s needed, and if Discovery Land does not receive approval, the battle will most likely end in court.“The Lewis Road planned residential development and its predecessor, The Hills at Southampton, are the biggest and baddest development proposals ever presented to the Pine Barrens commission,” Long Island Pine Barrens Society Executive Director Dick Amper said. “Long Island voters have put up more than a billion dollars to preserve the island’s premier ecosystem. What they’re doing is basically urbanizing our natural treasure.”Some environmentalists say the project would endanger trillions of gallons of pristine drinking water. On the 600 untouched wooded acres next to pastoral farmland — in the Pine Barrens core preservation area and its compatible growth area — Discovery Land is looking to build an 18-hole private golf course, a luxury clubhouse, baseball field, basketball court, four pickleball courts, a fitness center, and a pool in addition to the seasonal homes.While Discovery Land claims golf courses don’t pollute, “it’s almost impossible for them not to,” argued one speaker at the podium.“They spray a lot of stuff on there to control the grass and keep the fairways,” said another. “It’s a lot of pesticides.”The Arizona-based company, which owns 23 other luxury developments across the world, including Dune Deck in Westhampton Beach, has said it will leave more than half of the land in its natural form, comply with all with all regulations, and monitor and clean the runoff before it flows back into the ground.“We will apply the minimum amount of chemical usage,” Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC development consultant Chic Voorhis told the five-person commission made up of the town supervisors from Riverhead, Brookhaven, and Southampton, plus the county executive and a representative from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. “This project is net negative in terms of nitrogen.”Amper, who authored the 1993 Pine Barrens Protection Act, which limits permitted development, said Group for the East End presented a list of violations of state environmental law, including the State Environmental Quality Review Act. Group for the East End is a nonprofit that fights when lands, water, and wildlife are threatened.“There is a well-documented water quality crisis in the Town of Southampton and across Long Island,” Amper said. “Drinking water and surface waters have been contaminated in almost every hamlet in the town.”Toxic chemicals like perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have been detected in drinking water supplied in Speonk, Westhampton, East Quogue, Hampton Bays, Bridgehampton, and surrounding areas.“Harmful algal blooms and depleted oxygen plague the surface water in these areas,” Amper continued. “These water quality issues are a public health threat and have also resulted in beach closures, fish and turtle kills, and flooding, which undermine our marine economy. Any new development is expected to increase nitrogen in the area threatening the already impaired water bodies of Weesuck Creek and western Shinnecock Bay.”Discovery Land has been trying to secure the necessary approvals to build for more than five years. Southampton Town already denied it once in 2017, when it was known as the Hills at Southampton. The project is now under a different zoning plan and a new name and has Southampton Town approval. In May 2019, the Pine Barrens Commission asserted its authority over what is now known as the Lewis Road PRD, kicking off a 120-day deadline that ends with a decision.Westhampton Beach resident Billy Mack said he’s seen firsthand the diligence and concern that Discovery Land applied while developing Dune Deck.“They create and maintain pristine properties,” he said. “They have gone out of their way to be sensitive to the local issues and concerns. I am a lifelong resident of the area and I consider myself an adamant protector of our natural environment, and I can say with complete confidence that I support this project. I think you will see very clearly hat this is not a ‘big bad development’ but that it’s what we all should be working toward, which is smart development.”Half those at last Wednesday’s meeting were in support of the project’s approval, including the Long Island Builders Institute, and Southampton Business Alliance, which said it could use the economic boost.“There’s a lot of environmental guidelines that they have to follow and they will follow because they’re going to have to,” Roses & Rice owner and East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee Secretary Cathy Seeliger told CBS New York. “They will contribute to the lowering of taxes.”Those against also included the Southampton Town Civic Coalition, the Shinnecock Indian Nation, and assemblymen Fred Thiele and Steve Englebright, of Setauket, among others.“The Town of Southampton has taken numerous actions to protect drinking water, including up-zonings to reduce density and the intensity of land use,” added Thiele, a former Southampton Town supervisor and original Central Pine Barrens Commission member who assisted in the drafting of state legislation and the original comprehensive management plan for it. “From a perspective of water quality and open space preservation, it has long been understood that the subject property has special attributes worthy of protection,” Southampton Town Civic Coalition President Andrea Spilka said.Those opposed also fear the approval of the project will set a bad precedent.“It’s a natural forest that exists in very few places on Earth,” East Quogue resident Bill Kearns said.desiree@indyeastend.comThis version corrects the Southampton Town Civic Coalition President is Andrea Spilka Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgTechnip was awarded a Program Management Consultancy (PMC) contract by Petronas for the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project located in the state of Johor, Malaysia. The PMC contract will include overall project and site management of the RAPID project and provision of Project Management Services for specific EPCC Packages within RAPID throughout the pre-award, engineering and procurement, construction and commissioning as well as warranty management and close-out phases.Petronas’ RAPID project is a world-scale integrated refinery and petrochemical complex aiming to answer the growing need for differentiated and specialty chemicals and meet the future demand for petroleum and commodity petrochemical products in the Asia Pacific region. RAPID, expected to have a capacity of 300,000 barrels per standard day is part of the larger PETRONAS’ Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) project. RAPID will supply naphtha and liquid petroleum gas feedstock for the petrochemical part of the complex, as well as produce gasoline and diesel that meet European specifications. PIC will also see the development of a host of associated facilities i.e. the raw water supply facility, power co-generation plant, LNG regasification terminal and other ancillary facilities.PIC is poised for its refinery start-up by early 2019. This PMC contract follows the front-end engineering design (FEED) that Technip was awarded in March 2012 for the RAPID project. It will be executed by Technip’s operating centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and by Technip PMC.[mappress]Press Release, June 27, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgRecent years have seen marked advancement of the shale gas industry due to key enabling technologies in shale gas extraction.This includes hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, microseismic monitoring technologies, information and communication technologies, and produced water technologies. Powered by these technologies, the shale gas industry has managed to influence the US energy mix, enabling the country to achieve energy self-sufficiency.An analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Technologies Enabling Extraction of Shale Gas, finds that the US is the key innovator and adopter of new extraction technologies.“Other countries with ample shale reserves also look to develop shale gas resources with the aid of advanced technologies,” noted Technical Insights Research Analyst Lekshmy Ravi. “The high price of oil and gas that has prevailed since the middle of the last decade, along with the opportunity shale gas presents to reduce import dependence, has been instrumental in driving up interest in shale gas production and extraction technologies.”However, with the global market witnessing an oversupply of shale products, oil prices have fallen, dampening the pace of shale gas production and consequently the need for related technologies. During the shale gas boom, no other country besides the US focused on developing these resources, clearly demonstrating a downtrend in the industry.“Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are the major technologies which have made shale gas extraction economical and easy,” pointed out Ravi. “To survive current market volatility, however, enabling technologies in shale gas extraction must be even more cost effective.”Since shale gas players are trying to minimize production costs to maintain competitiveness, they will patronize technology developers who make the extraction of shale gas cheaper. Companies that can introduce interconnected smart systems with built-in feedback to improve efficiency and reduce operational costs will be particularly attractive.In fact, the shale gas industry may witness a shake-up this year as companies attempt to acquire technology providers and developers. They will obviously target enterprises with the most attractive proprietary and innovative technologies.[mappress mapid=”16880″]last_img read more

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first_imgThe transportation, which was organised by DSV, required the expertise of DSV Australia, the air charter team at DSV Projects in Denmark, and Ruslan International’s own outsize cargo specialists.Ruslan said that an AN-124-100 transport aircraft was required for the move due to the 4.6 m diameter of the new mill head, which was transported from its manufacturer in Perth, Western Australia to Antofagasta in northern Chile.Speed was the most critical factor as the existing mill head at the mine in Chile had become badly eroded and cracked, and was therefore running at a significantly reduced capacity, explained Ruslan.  www.ruslanint.comwww.dsv.comlast_img read more

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first_imgSmart use of technology and a flexible workforce will be at the heart of future law firm business models, analysts have predicted. And those relying on technology simply to automate their processes and cut down staff numbers will fall short, conference delegates heard.Peter Saunders, partner at accountancy giant Deloitte, told today’s Westminster Legal Policy Forum the legal profession will reach a ‘tipping point’ in 2020 after which working practices will be completely different.‘Within 10 years we will see some radical changes to how legal services are delivered,’ said Saunders, who last year co-authored a report into developing legal talent.‘Attitudes amongst the next generation are changing. Only 42% of law graduates aspire to be partners in law firms. Seventy-one per cent of millennials expect to remain with their current employer for the next five years.‘Successful firms will be the ones that don’t fight the tide but embrace it and alter their business model to take advantage.’Saunders said while many experts point at the accountancy profession as one to emulate, he sees the legal profession copying changes in the advertising and media sectors.‘That has moved almost exclusively to a freelance model where you draw on your pool of people to deliver projects and then they are off.’Speaking at the same conference, economist James Mancini from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development urged firms to embrace greater unbundling of services.‘There is a gradual recognition there are more and more tasks that don’t necessarily require a fully qualified professional lawyer,’ he said. ‘This process has been led in a lot of ways by the firms themselves when they use low-cost outsourcing models whether their clients are aware of it or not.’last_img read more

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first_imgON SEPTEMBER 28 the steering committee of UIC’s recently-formed Security Platform will meet to finalise its programme of activities to co-ordinate the organisation’s approach to railway security.Creation of the Security Platform was approved by the UIC General Assembly in Montréal on June 7-8, and will build on UIC’s previous work on passenger, freight and infrastructure security. Working groups have been established to consider Schengen & Immigration, Freight Security, Evolution of Security Technologies, Passenger Train Security, Station & Infrastructure Security, Major Events Management, Fraud & Ticket Forgery, Crisis Management and Terrorism.The steering committee is chaired by SNCF, and brings together representatives of railway operators, UIC, CER and EIM. nlast_img read more

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