UN film and game for teens focuses on protecting ozone layer

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is launching an animated film and game aimed at engaging Gen Z teenagers on the importance of protecting the ozone layer. The project, called “Reset Earth,” was produced by the U.N. Environment Program’s Ozone Secretariat. The ozone layer is a thin part of the atmosphere which protects the Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation. The secretariat said the film and game, launched Sunday, explore the story of efforts starting in the 1980s to reverse damage to the ozone layer and restrict or ban use of ozone-depleting substances used for refrigeration, in air conditioners and aerosol sprays.last_img

Import Safety

first_imgNearly 15 percent of the food Americans eat is imported from other countries, mostly from Canada, Mexico and China. This may sound like a small percentage, but it represents 80 percent of seafood and 45 percent of fresh fruit consumed in the U.S. A University of Georgia expert says increased food imports bring new challenges to ensuring a safe U.S. food supply. “These global changes in food exportation necessitate implementing effective, internationally accepted food safety management systems,” said Michael Doyle, director of the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga. Doyle spoke to a group of Chinese food safety specialists at a meeting in Athens, Ga., Nov. 23. “We in the food safety community, no matter in what country we reside, are facing greater challenges than ever before in ensuring a safe and wholesome global food supply. We need to work together to address this challenge and help bring about the changes we need to make the world’s food supply safer for all,” he told the group. Fruit and FishHundreds of illnesses from contaminated spinach, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and even peanut butter have made recent U.S. headlines. Other reports tell of tainted shellfish, pet food and a variety of foods and food ingredients imported from countries such as China. The problem isn’t where the food comes from, Doyle said, but how it’s grown or processed before it reaches American soil. “The centuries-old tradition of using human excreta on farmland is widespread in East Asia, especially in China and Vietnam,” Doyle said. “In some areas of Mexico, farmland irrigation water comes from the untreated sewage from large cities. The result of these practices is contamination by harmful microbes such as salmonella.” Imported produce carries greater risk of Hepatitis A virus or norovirus contamination due to insanitary harvesting practices, he said. Farm-raised shrimp and tilapia are commonly grown in ponds fertilized with raw sewage or livestock manure. It is estimated that two-thirds of the world’s farmed fish is grown using animal manure or human sewage, Doyle said.Organic food processors import food sources from Africa and Latin America. “This includes countries in which food is produced under insanitary conditions,” he said. “There is no assurance that organic foods are safer than others.” SolutionsThe solution to the problem, Doyle said, lies in the hands of food producers, processors and regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Solutions to today’s food safety issues will not come easy,” he said. “The food industry, whether it be growers, manufacturers or distributors, is responsible for providing safe foods. And regulatory agencies need more rapid and robust sampling and detection methods to verify that foods, especially those that are imported, are safe from harmful microbes and chemicals.” Doyle anticipates the number and frequency of foodborne illnesses to increase in the U.S. as the percentage of imported foods increases. “Considering the dramatic changes occurring in our sources of food and the weaknesses present in our current food safety system, Congress needs to step up its funding of research to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply,” he said. “The longer we must wait for solutions the more challenging it will be to make effective corrective actions.”last_img read more

What’s in a name: Success Navigator

first_img continue reading » American 1 Credit Union($390.4M, Jackson, MI) faces the same issues as any other credit union when it comes to hiring and retaining good employees, but one of its solutions sticks out as particularly innovative.The mid-Michigan credit union recently created the role of success navigator, someone who helps staff deal with personal issues outside the scope of traditional HR concerns, but very real to someone dealing with family care, transportation, and other distractions to focusing on the job to be done at work.Myeshia Jones is American 1’s first success navigator. Here she explains what it’s all about. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Long Island Snow Storm May Snarl Tuesday Commute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A fast-moving winter storm that is forecast to bring up to three inches of snow, high winds and frigid temperatures to Long Island may snarl the Tuesday evening rush hour commute.Snowfall is predicted for Nassau and Suffolk counties from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, with accumulations of as little as an inch possible, according to the National Weather Service. Wind chills will make temperatures in the 40s on Monday will feel like the 20s—with wind chills likely to be in the single digits after nightfall.“Light snow will…overspread the area on Tuesday as a weak low tracks south of Long Island,” the agency’s Upton-based meteorologists said in a statement. “Some minor accumulations can be expected. It will be a cold day with highs in the teens and 20s.”The storm is also expected to dump up to a half a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest before passing over the tri-state area and heading out to sea, leaving bitterly cold temps in its wake.A slight chance of snow showers is expected to linger into Wednesday, when gusts may reach nearly 40 mph and temps are likely to remain in the 20s. Another slight chance of snow showers are expected Thursday as temps continue dropping into the teens overnight.Sunny skies are on tap for next weekend as temps warm up slightly into the low 30s.last_img read more

Avian flu outbreaks increasing in Vietnam

first_imgJan 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The number of avian influenza outbreaks among poultry in Vietnam has been growing quickly, according to reports from the region.The Vietnam Veterinary Department said outbreaks had been reported in 20 communes and 15 districts of seven cities and provinces, primarily in southern Vietnam, by Jan 9, according to a Voice of Vietnam news story posted online on that date.By yesterday, the same veterinary agency reported 54 outbreaks among poultry in 51 communes from 29 districts and 9 provinces between Jan 1 and 10, according to a story by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA). The provinces involved remain predominantly southern, mostly in the Mekong Delta.In addition, the number of culled poultry continues to climb. More than 103,000 infected poultry had been culled in the recent outbreaks, said a VNA report yesterday. Today the Bloomberg news service quoted authorities as saying that more than 114,000 birds had died or been culled since early December. More than 1,900 chickens and 1,500 ducks were culled yesterday alone in three Mekong Delta provinces, according to a Saigon Times Daily report cited by Bloomberg.The reports of spreading poultry outbreaks follow three human deaths attributed to H5N1 avian flu in the past 2 weeks and come amid reports of more suspected human cases. An 18-year-old woman from the southern province of Hau Giang who died Jan 10 is thought to be a victim of avian flu, according to reports yesterday from Agence France-Presse and other media outlets. Confirmatory tests are pending.A hospital director in Can Tho city said the 18-year-old had killed an infected chicken but did not eat it.In addition, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today that about 15 Vietnamese have been hospitalized with suspected cases of avian flu in recent weeks. The report included the four recent deaths in that total. The story said the newest suspected case is in a 35-year-old woman from the southern province of Tra Vinh who was hospitalized yesterday, 2 weeks after she killed and ate a sick chicken.last_img read more

AJI condemns lawsuit against senior journalist for criticizing minister’s policy online

first_imgThe KUMKM Hub is the ministry’s initiative launched on May 20 to help cooperatives and SMEs market their products amid the COVID-19 outbreak with the use of digitalized channels provided on e-commerce platforms.Farid later elaborated on his criticism, arguing that cooperation with the private sector in a government program was inappropriate and would harm state interests, while the ministry should have the capacity to develop its own digital marketplace.Read also: Criticism ‘not an insult’: Police’s plan to nab slanderers of govt over COVID-19 questioned The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has spoken out against a police report filed by an Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) politician against senior journalist Farid Gaban for criticizing a minister’s recent policy, saying it is “against the right of expression.”PSI politician Muannas Alaidid reported Farid to the Jakarta Police on Wednesday, accusing the latter of spreading false and misleading news through social media.The allegation was made against Farid’s criticism of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki’s recent move to cooperate with e-marketplace Blibli.com in a program called the KUMKM Hub. Muannas argued that Farid’s statements did not reflect the actual situation and would mislead people. He said such statements would only give an impression that the government only cared about businesspeople rather than the people.On Monday, Farid tweeted that he had received a legal notice from Muannas, saying the politician would report him to the police if Farid refused to delete his criticism.Separately, Minister Teten said the ministry had realized from the outset that there was a need to cooperate as widely as possible since the government could not work alone. However, he said that he accepted any criticism, including that from Farid, as reported by local media outlets.AJI argued what Farid did was a form of freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution. It also said that was Farid said was still within the limits of expressing an opinion.“[We] urge Muannas Alaidid to retract his report against Farid Gaban,” AJI said in a statement on Thursday. “[We] urge the police not to proceed further with the report.”AJI also questioned why a report was filed when the person being criticized apparently did not mind such criticism.The alliance also urged PSI to conduct internal examination regarding the police report, saying the party had an obligation to encourage its members to face criticism and respect differences.Topics :center_img “People help the people; the rulers help entrepreneurs. How about this, Kang Teten Masduki? How low can you go?” Farid tweeted through his account, @faridgaban, on May 21, along with a picture of an announcement for the program’s launch.last_img read more

Governor Wolf: TechnipFMC Expansion Will Support Job Creation in Washington County

first_img August 01, 2019 Governor Wolf: TechnipFMC Expansion Will Support Job Creation in Washington County Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that TechnipFMC will expand its operations by establishing a new facility in Speers Borough, Washington County. The project will support the creation and retention of 168 Pennsylvania jobs.“This project is great news for the Mon Valley,” said Governor Wolf. “This expansion project means new full-time jobs and new opportunities for Pennsylvanians.”TechnipFMC will establish a new regional hub facility in Washington County. The new facility will allow for expansion of operations, including service, repair, manufacturing and testing of tools and equipment within the energy industry. The company has committed to investing at least $13.3 million into the project, which is expected to create 40 new, full-time jobs and retain 128 existing Pennsylvania jobs over the next three years.“To successfully operate in today’s market, we must be able to efficiently provide services to our clients that streamline customer site operations and reduce their costs, while operating at the highest safety and quality standards”, said Richard Alabaster, President of Surface Technologies for TechnipFMC. “We look forward to expanding our presence in Western Pennsylvania and contributing to its local economy. We appreciate the support and guidance from the Wolf Administration and the Governor’s Action Team.”TechnipFMC received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $160,000 Pennsylvania First grant and up to $18,000 in grants for workforce training and development. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with additional coordination through the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.“On behalf of Washington County and our lead economic development agency, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, we are proud to welcome TechnipFMC to the Speers Industrial Park. We are excited that they have chosen to develop their new hub facility in Washington County and thrilled at the job creation and workforce opportunities this will create for our residents in the Mon Valley and beyond,” said Larry Maggi, Chairman of the Washington County Board of Commissioners. This is another example of the public/private partnerships that have been a hallmark of our success in Washington County and we thank TechnipFMC, Governor Wolf, and the Governor’s Action Team for allowing us to assist in making this project a success.”TechnipFMC is a provider of systems and solutions for the oil and gas industry. The company designs, manufactures, and services systems and products such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure pumps and fluid control equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Clive Palmer’s new Townsville penthouse

first_imgClive Palmer and wife Anna have made multimillion-dollar property decisions this year. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images) Gold mine found in suburban backyard $5 villas set for newest millionaire Property records released in April showed $7.5m was the price Mr Palmer paid for a seven-bedroom Fig Tree Pocket home in Brisbane this year.It was understood he had been scouting for properties near The Strand while he was in Townsville.Mr Palmer had said he wanted to buy property in Townsville so he could oversee the reopening of the QNI ­refinery at Yabulu.Mitchell St is one of Townsville’s most popular streets due to its proximity to The Strand and ocean views. The street was also once home to North Queensland Cowboys legend Johnathan Thurston before he moved to Pallarenda. The unit block is popular with north Queensland business identities including former car dealer David Carmichael who also owned Townsville’s most expensive home Toscano Dal Mare in the mid 1990s.It has panoramic ocean views and fronts on to Strand Park while the apartment complex itself is immaculately maintained and has a lap pool, gym and manicured gardens.The property deal follows Mr Palmer announcing in Townsville last week that he was hoping to finalise a ­property purchase in the next ­fortnight.“I’ll be a resident, I’ll be ­living here,” Mr Palmer said at the time. A resident of the complex at 88 Mitchell St said Mr Palmer had been spotted in the building while several black Mercedes-Benz cars were also seen parked outside last week, coinciding with Mr Palmer’s visit to Townsville. While the price has not been revealed, Mr Palmer is believed to have paid several million dollars for the luxury property.Real estate sources have ­described the penthouse as being one of Townsville’s best.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020It takes up the entire top-floor building of the Mitchell St complex and is more than 600sq m in size.center_img Clive Palmer fronts media to announce the reopening the Yabulu Refinery in Townsville. Picture: Alix SweeneyCLIVE Palmer is understood to have bought one of Townsville’s most luxurious penthouses for an undisclosed sum.The controversial billionaire has bought 9/88 Mitchell St in North Ward in a private sale.The penthouse wasn’t on the market at the time of the sale and was once owned by ­renowned Townsville businessman David Carmichael before he sold it for $3.4 ­million in 2008.Several real estate sources told the Townsville Bulletin yesterday that the sale had gone through, meaning Mr Palmer could be moving in during the next few weeks. The Fig Tree Pocket home was previously owned by embattled businessman Peter Bond.Properties in North Ward regularly fetch more than $1 million due to the seaside ­suburb being close to Townsville’s best parks, bars, restaurants and shops while also being close to the CBD. FOLLOW CHRISTIE ANDERSON ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Calamvale house with its own Irish pub

first_imgThis room is affectionately known as the “Irish bar”.Born in Scotland, and it is safe to say her heritage influenced the design of property.“I would describe myself as Glasgow Irish,” Dr Cunningham said. “I grew up in the Irish community.”There is a billiards room, with red walls, a formal dining room with a fireplace, and finally — the Irish pub.“The Irish bar is my favourite, I feel at home in there and play my guitar in there,” Dr Cunningham said.“I sing Irish music … and we have had a lot of good parties in there, using it as a music room.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoIf things get too rowdy in the bar, step out for a game of pool.The room has shamrock green walls, a bar and raised floor used as a stage.However, the house was originally inspired by the humble Queenslander, and functioned well as one. The kitchen is made from solid timber.Dr Cunningham has made good use of the 2000sq m block, with a lap pool in the backyard, and landscaped gardens.“It’s got a lovely garden, and a vegie garden and fruit trees. It’s a house where you can swim, play your guitar, grow your vegies and entertain your friends.”Dr Cunningham is relocating to the Gold Coast. For more civilised occasions there is a formal dining room.“It is a bit unusual for the Calamvale area, but I couldn’t find a Queenslander near where I work so I wanted to build one.“I like the wide verandas and being able to have the breeze flowing through the house.”There are polished timber floorboards, french doors and a solid timber kitchen.“It’s got those period features and Colonial style.”center_img Jump in the pool on hot days.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFebruary: Brisbane CoreLogic RP Data market update06:05 Is this Calamvale’s most unusual house?Get ready to slap down a Guinness and do an Irish jig.An Irish pub is the last thing you expect to find in a Calamvale home.Yet there it is. Stage, bar and all.Dr Sarah Cunningham has been a general practitioner in the area for 30 years, and built her home at 205 Benhiam St 15 years ago.last_img read more

EC Trojan Track Standout Maddie Davis Signs With Lady Saints

first_imgEast Central Lady Trojan Track & Field standout Maddie Davis has signed to attend college at Mt. St. Joseph’s University majoring in Athletic Training. She is the daughter of Matt & Ashley Davis.Courtesy of East Central Trojans Athletic Administration Assistant April McFarland.last_img