More than a million without power in Midwest from severe storms, heat wave continues Northeast

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A derecho moved through the Midwest Monday from Nebraska to Ohio producing more than 500 damaging severe storm reports and leaving more than one million people without power. A derecho is a powerful line of severe storms that produces straight line winds that can cause major damage. The highest winds in this derecho were in Linn County, Iowa, of 112 mph. In Lee County, Illinois, winds gusted to 92 mph and in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, a weather observation recorded a wind gust to 85 mph. Meanwhile, the Northeast still has thousands of people that are without power from last week’s Tropical Storm as the heat wave is set to continue there.Eight states from New Jersey to Maine are under Heat Advisory where some areas could feel like it’s 95 to 102 degrees. So when will this sauna-like weather will be over in the Northeast? Looks like not until Thursday, and Wednesday will be another hot and humid day.In the West, it’s bone dry with erratic gusty winds that are spreading wildfires quickly. Because of these dry and windy conditions, the Grizzly Creek Fire in western Colorado spread so quickly that interstate 70 had to be shut down overnight. The fire is now covers 1,300 acres and containment is currently unknown. Ten western states are under Red Flag Warnings, Fire Weather Watches and Excessive Heat Watches. Western Colorado is expected to see gusty winds to near 30 mph with relative humidity as low as 7%. An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued for southern California deserts and into Arizona including Phoenix, where temperatures are expected to reach 110 to 120 by the end of the week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Japan 2019 set goal high – 300.000 spectators!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe 24th IHF Women’s World Championship in Kumamoto, Japan throws off in just over a year, on 30 November 2019.Representatives of the Japanese Handball Association (JHA) as well as the Japan 2019 Organising Committee (JOC) met with the International Handball Federation (IHF) at the IHF head office in Basel, Switzerland to discuss a number of general organisational matters and to officially sign the 2019 IHF Women’s World Championship contract.Items on the agenda at the meeting today included venues, hotel, transportation, marketing issues, the spectator concept, bid development and the 2018 AHF Women’s Asian Championship as a test event this December. Five venues were confirmed as hosting games with the JOC targeting a total of 300,000 spectators. At the end of the meeting, both the IHF and the Japanese Handball Association signed the World Championship contract, writes IHF.info. TV AGAINST HANDBALL FANS: Why? Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Recommended for you 1 Comment Related Items:IHF, Japan 2019, Japan handball Pingback: Japan 2019 set goal high – 300.000 spectators! – SportandoNews 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Norway, France and Germany close to Tokyo IHF referees for Tokyo 2020last_img read more

Going for the green at Harvard

first_imgWilliam James Hall and the Hoffman Labs have emerged victorious in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Environmental Competition 2008, Harvard’s biggest and most comprehensive eco-contest ever.The real winner, though: Earth itself.The five-month contest pitted 13 FAS buildings — led by their respective building managers — against each other on everything from recycling rates to energy consumption to the use of green materials and cleaners. The competition’s eye-popping achievements show the power of local actions in making global differences.From November to March, participating buildings saved 229 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCDE, a common measure of greenhouse gases). That’s the same as taking 42 cars off the road for a year, saving more than 26,000 gallons of gasoline. It’s also equivalent to the yearly carbon dioxide output of roughly 20 typical American homes, or to the carbon sequestered annually by some 52 acres of evergreen forest.And, thanks to the energy savings engendered by Environmental Competition 2008, FAS’s bottom line benefited to the not-insubstantial tune of $72,472, showing how living green and saving green need not be mutually exclusive.“Many of our buildings already stand out in terms of their environmental performance,” says Jay Phillips, director of building infrastructure and operations for FAS. “These annual competitions help us standardize some of the best maintenance and operations practices across campus, and share information about available technologies and products with our building managers.”Gold medalist William James Hall (WJH), home to the Psychology and Sociology departments, among others, recycled an impressive 73 percent of its waste. Other buildings, including the Barker Center, Boylston Hall, University Hall, and Paine Hall, all achieved recycling rates above 50 percent.“Being ‘green’ isn’t just about building design; it’s also about occupant behavior,” says Gosia Sklodowska, coordinator of FAS’s Campus Energy Reduction Program. “In a green building, all stakeholders and systems need to be working in unison toward reducing its impacts.”One-third of WJH occupants signed a pledge to green their lifestyles on campus and beyond, part of an annual campaign at Harvard whereby students, staff, and faculty voice their support for environmental initiatives and commit to implementing new green measures in their lives and work. Some 8,200 Harvard affiliates signed the pledge this year, including 550 who work in the 13 buildings taking part in the eco-challenge.WJH also led the way on managing energy consumption by computers.“Power management in computer labs is a great opportunity for reducing energy consumption,” Sklodowska says. “If 30 computers in a typical computer lab were power-managed — using sleep mode for monitors and standby for hard drives — we would save at least $1,500 per year and 7 MTCDE.”WJH building manager Herb Fuller found additional energy savings by installing colorful signs near the 15-story building’s elevators.“These signs sport sayings like: ‘Save Electricity: Take the Stairs!’ and ‘Get There Faster: Take the Stairs!’ or a personal favorite, ‘Exercise Today: Take the Stairs!’” Fuller says. “As a result, we are hearing reports of occupants passing one another and high-fiving on the staircase. There is now a small but proud community of people committed to reducing electricity consumption in this way.”Occupants of runner-up Hoffman Labs, which houses the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and which won last year’s Environmental Competition, won kudos for their conscientious recycling practices, showing no contamination of recyclables with trash.The Department of Physics, in Jefferson Hall and Lyman Hall, earned honorable mention by attaining an impressive 22.39 percent reduction in energy use. The department placed energy-efficient hand dryers in four bathrooms — with hopes of installing more next year, according to building manager Stuart McNeil — and outfitted some labs and hallways with LED spotlights, which can last up to 50,000 hours, equivalent to 24 years of operation at eight hours per day, five days a week. McNeil says the LED lightbulbs will also soon be installed in more labs and classrooms.The Physics Department is taking aim at disposable cups, plates, and utensils, encouraging use of reusable tableware by providing building occupants with energy-efficient dishwashers known as dish drawers and offering reusable cups and saucers at the tea before its weekly colloquium.In the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS), senior facility manager Matt Stec worked with CGIS Café manager Sodexho Corp. and Rob Gogan, Harvard’s supervisor of waste management, to set up a composting program for kitchen scraps. On the first day of the program, more than 50 pounds of food waste were diverted from the café’s waste stream.As part of Environmental Competition 2008, managers of all 13 buildings dimmed lights at night. All met with FAS energy manager Chris Trent to identify opportunities to conserve energy, upgrade lighting, and change building schedules to improve efficiency.“Using the NStar rebate program, I had motion detectors installed to control the lighting in all 28 restrooms as well as classrooms, public spaces, and our main auditorium,” says Fuller, the WJH building manager. “The project, costing just under $8,000 after the rebate, is projected to save over $7,100 in electricity per year.”Most building managers also reviewed their existing cleaning contracts with an eye to adopting greener soaps and cleaning products.“By changing to green cleaning supplies the cleaning quality didn’t suffer,” says CGIS’s Stec. “It’s a common misconception that by going to green cleaning the products are inferior. In actuality, they are quite comparable.”Several buildings, including the Littauer Center, CGIS, and Jefferson and Lyman, will be installing additional bike racks to encourage alternative transportation. Plans are being made to retrofit water fixtures in the Barker Center, WJH, and Littauer within the next few months. The Barker Center is also investigating installation of a rainwater catchment system on its lawn.Sklodowska says an emerging environmental priority for FAS offices is the embrace of recycled paper products and double-sided printing.“The average office worker uses 10,000 pages of paper per year, which is more than an entire tree,” she says. “Now that the quality of recycled-content paper has improved and the cost of 30 percent recycled paper and of virgin paper are the same, there are simply no good reasons not to use recycled paper.”last_img read more

Trident targets shipping’s sulphur

first_imgThe Trident Alliance is a coalition of ship owners and operators that share a common interest in the enforcement of maritime sulphur regulation and are willing to collaborate to help bring it about. The current members include: American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARRC), EUKOR Car Carriers Inc, Höegh Autoliners, J. Lauritzen, Maersk, Rickmers-Linie, Stena, Torvald Klaveness, UECC, Unifeeder and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.Roger Strevens, vice president environment of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, who has been elected chairman of The Trident Alliance, explained: “Robust enforcement of sulphur regulation is needed for health and the environment and, from the perspective of maintaining a level playing field, it is a business imperative. Already during its formation the Trident Alliance has raised awareness of the current shortcomings of enforcement and related consequences, particularly in the European ECA. Now our work starts in earnest.”The alliance will use a number of different strategies to bring about robust and transparent enforcement, which is likely to vary from country to country, and will raise awareness globally. It will also communicate with industry stakeholders regarding innovations in enforcement technologies.www.tridentalliance.orglast_img read more

A response to questions about Guyana’s oil wealth

first_imgDear Editor,Thank you for publishing the recent article around the question of what could Guyana do if paid to leave the oil in the ground. A number of questions have been asked and published concerning where possible funding for such an approach may come from, keeping in mind that the go get is a secured annual $1 billion US influx supported by a proven asset base of discovered oil. A recommendation would be for the fund supporters to pay into the fund on an agreed schedule that allows for long-term investment and earnings that also supports the ongoing efforts of the UN in combatting change. Thus there is also much benefit to be had by the UN in embracing Guyana’s offer.Currently there are a number of organisations in the UN structure that focus specifically on climate change funding. Some examples are the following:1. Global Environment Facility which was established by UNFCCC2. Special Climate Change FundHowever, a recommended preferred approach would be for the Government, if interested, to have discussions with the UN’s High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Finance. The timing appears to be good as they are currently looking into a wide variety of sources to fund climate change initiatives in developing countries. This may present an opportunity for Guyana to be a member of this advisory group, which could foster the adaptation of the suggested approach of paying to keep the oil in the ground.Also to be considered are some of the beneficiaries of this proposal, such as:1. OPEC members who would benefit in the near term from supply adjustments. These countries are also aggressively investing in transitioning to renewable energy sources and partnering with them has many positive attributes in addition to possible funding, such as renewable energy technology transfer.2. In addition, the oil companies are currently facing numerous law suits for climate change issues and they also stand to benefit from aiding developing countries in such a transition. The positive impact being both on their liabilities and corporate image, and the taking of corrective and preventative action towards the damage they have knowingly caused.3. Also we must remember the developed members of our community of allies that are being negatively impacted by climate change. The Caribbean area which includes locations such as Florida has proven itself to be vulnerable and positive actions taken in the Caribbean will also benefit this community.As for the question on how to prevent the squandering of the funds obtained, it will be the same issue if the country receives funds from the sale of oil. From my experience, in order to prevent such problems, it usually requires solid fiscal policies and systems, coupled with good governance and the implementation of a robust support structure that is both transparent and easily auditable. The problem is not insurmountable especially if the long-term revenue streams are secured while being supported by responsible fiscal management and the latter comes down to having the right team on board whose members hold each other accountable while embracing and expecting high levels of personal integrity.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

Messi double edges six-goal thriller Barcelona’s way

first_imgBarca needed to come from behind to keep the pressure on Madrid as Eliaquim Mangala headed Valencia in front.But the on-loan Manchester City defender was sent-off for pulling down Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan had levelled and Messi smashed home the resulting penalty.Munir El Haddadi briefly levelled for the 10 men before half-time, but Messi and finally Andre Gomes with his first Barca goal sealed the three points.Madrid still also have a game in hand over their title rivals.“We created a huge number of chances and deserved to win by a bigger margin,” Barca boss Luis Enrique told Spanish TV station Movistar.“Against an opponent with very good players we’ve picked up three valuable points.”Enrique named the same side that beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 10 days ago to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals in stunning fashion.Barcelona’s forward Luis Suarez (R) receives a penalty from play by Valencia’s Brazilian defender Eliaquim Mangala on March 19, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEAnd whilst not matching that drama, there was no shortage of action as Valencia showed up the defensive flaws in Enrique’s new 3-4-3 system.An action packed final 15 minutes of the first-half saw four goals and a red card.Barca’s weakness from set-pieces was exposed again a week on from conceding twice from corners in a 2-1 defeat at Deportivo la Coruna when Mangala powered home Dani Parejo’s corner to open the scoring.The lead lasted just six minutes as Suarez raced onto Neymar’s throw-in to slot into the far corner.Mangala went from hero to villain as he then pulled down Suarez inside the area to concede a penalty and be sent-off.– Messi on 41 goals –Messi beat penalty specialist Diego Alves from the spot.However, straight from kick-off Barca were caught cold as Jose Gaya teed up Munir El Haddadi to score against his parent club for the second time this season.The champions still had 45 minutes to make their man advantage count, though, and they did so despite missing a host of chances after the break.Messi drilled home at Alves’s near post seven minutes into the second period for his 41st goal of the season.Atletico Madrid’s forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring on March 19, 2017 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUSuarez somehow slotted wide with the goal gaping after Alves had denied Messi his hat-trick, whilst Neymar hit the bar.But Barca finally put the game to bed a minute from time when Neymar crossed for Gomes to tap home against his old side.At the Calderon, Griezmann shone for Atletico once more as he teed up Diego Godin’s opener and then struck a stunning free-kick for his 22nd goal of the season.Koke added Atletico’s third before Joaquin Correa registered a consolation for Sevilla.Sevilla were dumped out of the Champions League by Atletico’s quarter-final opponents Leicester City on Wednesday and have seen their lead over Atletico in third place in La Liga now whittled down to two points.A third straight league win moves Diego Simeone’s men seven points clear of Real Sociedad and Villarreal in the battle for fourth.“Sevilla have had a magnificent season and have been lauded by the press. That highlights even more how well Atletico played,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone.And the Atletico fans also celebrated the return of Fernando Torres for the first time since he was knocked unconscious in a sickening head clash at Deportivo la Coruna on March 2.Defeat realistically ends Sevilla’s already fading shot at the title as they fall eight points behind Real Madrid.And coach Jorge Sampaoli claimed he has to rediscover the “real Sevilla” during the international break after four games without a win.“We have come from a very hard blow to take and now we have to find solutions and the real Sevilla.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi celebrates with Luis Suarez after scoring a goal against Valencia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 19, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Mar 19 – Barcelona closed to within two points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-2 win over 10-man Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday.Earlier, Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning free-kick as Atletico Madrid compounded a week to forget for Sevilla with a 3-1 at the Vicente Calderon.last_img read more