Wolf Administration Reacts to Proposed EPA Cuts, Noting Immediate and Devastating Effects if Enacted

first_imgWolf Administration Reacts to Proposed EPA Cuts, Noting Immediate and Devastating Effects if Enacted Environment,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell outlined what the impacts of substantial cuts to the EPA would mean for the citizens and business of Pennsylvania.“These budget cuts do not reduce any of the responsibilities that DEP has to the people of Pennsylvania, but does decrease the resources available to fulfill those responsibilities,” said McDonnell in the letter. “These cuts, if enacted, would harm businesses seeking permits, and harm residents’ clean water, air, and land.”The letter outlined impacts from proposed cuts, including reductions to safe drinking water inspections, sewage and industrial wastewater inspections, brownfield redevelopment, and eliminate funding for radon protection, a problem that plagues Pennsylvania homes.In addition, the proposed budget would eliminate funding to restore the waterways, like the Susquehanna River, that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. Pennsylvania has recently made tremendous strides in improving local water quality through this program, as acknowledged by the EPA.“Pennsylvania has benefited from a long partnership with the federal government to address environmental concerns, which has resulted in great improvements to the health, quality of life, and economic prosperity of Pennsylvania residents,” said McDonnell. “We urge the Trump administration not to turn its back on those very federal-state partnerships that have produced these many benefits.”The full text of the letter is available below: March 16, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

TSHD Shanti Sagar 18 Hits the Water

first_imgThe launch ceremony of Shanti Sagar 18 – an 8,000m³ standardized trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) – took place today at Royal IHC’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands.This is the second of two Beagle 8 TSHDs for Adani – the first (Shanti Sagar 17) was launched in March 2017.Each Beagle 8 is equipped with IHC’s Trailspeed Controller (TSC) and Eco Pump Controller (EPC).Developed in-house, the TSC ensures a constant speed while dredging, which leads to higher average production results and greater levels of consistency. The EPC reduces excessive cavitation as well as wear and tear, and fuel consumption, IHC said.Easy operation will be facilitated by the Intuitive Hopper Control Chair (IHCC). The ergonomic chair is equipped with controls in the armrests and enables the operator to have complete command of the dredging process.[mappress mapid=”24258″]last_img read more

STX France Gives Arkona Offshore Substation Construction Update

first_imgSTX France AS has lowered the third and final block of the offshore substation topside, being constructed for the Arkona offshore wind farm, onto a transportation barge in the drydock of the company’s yard in St. Nazaire.At the offshore construction site in the Baltic Sea, the four piles for the offshore substation’s jacket foundation have been installed, the company’s spokesperson said.Weighing over 5,000 tons and as tall as a 5-floor apartment block, the offshore substation will form the centerpiece of the 385MW Arkona offshore wind farm, currently under construction by E.ON together with its partner Statoil off the coast of the German island Rügen.Arkona will comprise 60 6MW Siemens turbines scheduled for commissioning in 2019. The offshore platform will be used simultaneously by the Arkona wind farm and the power grid operator 50Hertz.The Arkona substation will collect the power generated by the wind farm’s turbines and transfer it to 50Hertz’s onshore substation in Lubmin via the 93-kilometre Ostwind 1 cable system.The offshore substation will be transported by sea along the French Atlantic coast to the Baltic. The two-week journey to the installation site is expected to take place in early 2018.last_img read more

Less childhood sleep has fat risk

first_img Share 115 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Less childhood sleep has fat risk by: – May 27, 2011 Lack of sleep when young can lead to higher weight and attendant health risksChildren who get insufficient sleep at night are more likely to become overweight, according to researchers in New Zealand.A study, published on the BMJ website, followed 244 children between the ages of three and seven.It said more sleep was linked to a lower weight, which could have important public health consequences.UK experts said there was “no harm” in drawing attention to the link between reduced sleep and ill health.The children were seen every six months when their weight, height and body fat were measured. Their sleeping habits and physical-activity levels were recorded at ages three, four and five.The researchers found that those children who had less sleep in their earlier years were at greater risk of having a higher Body Mass Index at age seven.This link continued even when other risk factors, such as gender and physical activity, were accounted for in their research.‘Health risk’Suggested reasons for the link include simply having more time to eat and changes to hormones affecting appetite.In an accompanying analysis, Professors Francesco Cappuccio and Michelle Miller, from the University of Warwick, said future research should “explore and validate new behavioural, non-drug based, methods to prolong children’s and adults’ sleeping time.“In the meantime it would do no harm to advise people that a sustained curtailment of sleeping time might contribute to long-term ill health in adults and children.”Dr Ian Maconochie, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said: “Children under five generally average at least 11 hours sleep at night and in daytime naps.“However, 20% of children at this age experience problems sleeping, and we already know that inadequate sleep has a significant impact on attention, memory, behaviour, and school performance. This paper is a useful addition to our knowledge of children’s sleep patterns.”BBC News Sharelast_img read more

Iloilo Airport still closed to commercial flights

first_imgThere has been no order yet from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) central office, Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) lifting the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that suspended commercial flights. Designed to accommodate 1.2 million passengers a year over a decade ago, it is poised for expansion as it now serves 2.4 million passengers annually. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iloilo Airport served around 25 arrival and departure flights daily, said Parreño. Over the weekend, three airlines – Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Air Asia – announced they were gradually resuming commercial flights before June 10. * healthcare workers responding to medical emergencies Commercial flights to and from Iloilo were suspended in March this year when the community quarantine was enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Runway lights and an Instrument Landing System were installed, making the airport capable of supporting low-visibility and night landings under any weather condition. ILOILO City – While this city, Iloilo province and the rest of Western Visayas transition to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) today, all airports remain closed to commercial flights such as the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. At the entrance and exit of the airport, hand-washing stations would also be set up. Hand sanitizers and alcohol would be made available, too. Parreño assured the public that CAAP-Iloilo has started preparing for the eventual resumption of commercial flights. When commercial flights finally resume, Parreño said, people should expect airlines to reduce their passenger flight capacity so as to ensure physical distancing in airplanes, and even the frequency of flights. The current airport complex consists of a single runway, various administrative and maintenance buildings, waste-sorting and water-treatment facilities, a power-generating station, a cargo terminal, and a main passenger terminal. The Iloilo Airport is also open to flights transporting any of the following: Cebu Pacific Air, meanwhile, announced on Saturday it was resuming limited domestic flights on June 2 while its international flights remained suspended. This was because the IATF had not yet approved the proposed domestic services of airlines for the first week of June, said Parreño. “Only when the NOTAM is lifted can commercial flights resume,” said CAAP-Iloilo Terminal Supervisor Art Parreño yesterday. * persons travelling for urgent medical reasons Parreño, however, made it clear the Iloilo Airport accommodates “sweeper flights” transporting stranded Western Visayans such as overseas workers back to the region. * persons traveling back to the province on common carriers and/or transport for the  conduct of trade, delivery of social/humanitarian services, fishing/marine activities, scientific/academic pursuits, and such other essential purposes, other than the carriage of passengers AirAsia announced on May 31 it was gradually resuming domestic flights on June 3 and international flights on July 1. There would be thermal scanners at the arrival and departure areas to check people’s temperatures (fever being one of the symptoms of COVID-19). The Iloilo Airport has a 13,700-square-meter main passenger terminal. It is divided into three levels: arrivals and baggage claim on the first floor, check-in on the second floor and departures on the third floor. Parreño said the advisories were part of the airlines’ “restart flight plans” but that Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director Carmelo Arcilla issued an advisory to airlines to not yet restart selling tickets for June 1. The airport opened to commercial traffic on June 14, 2007 with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurating it. * members of the Philippine National Police and all branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards. It is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region. Seats would have markings to guide people where to sit and where not to, to ensure physical distancing. Arcilla’s advisory read: “Please be informed that the IATF is yet to approve the routes for domestic air services proposed by airlines for the resumption of domestic operations in the first week of June 2020. Consequently, airlines are hereby advised to cancel their flights on June 1.” On the other hand, the Philippine Airlines announced it was resuming domestic flights on June 8 instead of its earlier announced date of June 1. The Iloilo Airport would be littered with reminders for people to constantly wear facemask. Its location on the Tomas Confesor Highway, a major highway traversing Panay Island, makes the airport accessible from all parts of Iloilo and Panay by road, while its proximity to the currently defunct Panay Railways network could potentially link the airport to the rest of Panay by rail. The Iloilo Airport has one primary 2,500-meter runway 45 meters wide. It can support wide-bodied aircraft such as the Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A350 XWB, Boeing 777(with reduced payload for the -300 series or -200 series), Boeing 767, Boeing 757, Antonov An-124 Ruslan, McDonnell Douglas MD-11and Boeing 787. Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards. It is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region. Before the coronavirus disease pandemic, the Iloilo Airport served around 25 arrival and departure flights daily. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Three jet bridges protrude from the passenger terminal above a 48,000-square-meter apron, enabling the airport to handle up to six aircraft simultaneously./PNlast_img read more

Toon stars in Badgers’ shutout

first_imgFor every Russell Wilson touchdown throw or scamper, the sight of Nick Toon hauling in passes up and down the field might still be the most pleasant sight for the Wisconsin Badgers.Saturday, Toon caught seven passes for 69 and one touchdown in Wisconsin’s 35-0 win over Oregon State. The seven receptions tied his career-high, which he set in week 11 of 2009, his sophomore season. Saturday’s total was also his highest since the Badgers’ 31-18 win over Ohio State last Oct. 16.Toon had just two catches in the season-opening win over University of Nevada-Las Vegas, though the starters played essentially just one half of the 51-17 blowout. Saturday, Toon showed what the Badgers’ offense is capable of in a full 60-minute contest.“I think we were good last week,” Toon said. “I only played basically the first half of the game, and we only threw the ball 13 times when I was in there. Obviously, we aired the ball out a little bit more [Saturday] and the ball came my way a little bit more [Saturday]. That’s just the way it panned out …, but I don’t feel like my connection with Russell is any better or any worse than it was last week.”Wilson’s acclimation into the Badgers’ offense has generated a significant portion of the headlines thus far, and after his week 1 performance against UNLV – 317 combined yards and three touchdowns – it seems the hype is justified. But for an offense loaded with weapons – Wilson joins one of the nation’s most potent backfields with running backs Montee Ball and James White – Toon could be the one that makes Wisconsin a national title contender.Opponents will forever key on the University of Wisconsin’s running game, and behind Toon there is a noticeable lack of experience. Redshirt sophomore Jared Abbrederis has emerged as a capable playmaker, but behind him, Jeff Duckworth, Manasseh Garner and Kenzel Doe have played a combined 16 games and caught a total of four passes – all Duckworth’s. Garner appeared in 10 games last season, but only recorded statistics at defensive end. Doe is a true freshman.“I thought Nick Toon played extremely well,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “The thing I like about our offense is that [Wilson] has a lot of options now, with [Jared Abbrederis], Toon, [tight end Jacob] Pedersen and the running backs out of the backfield.”With Toon actively filling his No. 1 receiver role, an explosive Badgers offense becomes downright scary. Last year, Toon was limited to nine games (seven starts) while battling a turf toe injury. Still, UW finished with the nation’s fifth-best scoring offense at 41.5 points per game.This year? After two games, the offense seems like it can become even more proficient.“We’ve got a lot of weapons on offense, obviously, in the passing game with the tight ends, receivers and running backs, and then the run game,” Toon said. “When you can have success doing all that stuff, you’re pretty dangerous.”Toon’s lone touchdown came with 7:42 remaining in the second quarter and capped Wisconsin’s longest scoring drive Saturday, eight plays that went for 51 yards and consumed 4:11 of the clock. The score put the Badgers up 14-0 and seemed to set the tone for an offense that initially struggled to gather momentum early in the game.“It’s always good to be able to control the clock and have success on long drives,” Toon said. “Those were crucial. Obviously, when you can put points on the board at the end of the drive, that helps.”“We knew [the touchdown play] was going to work,” Wilson added. “I’ve just got to make a good throw, and he’s got to go up and make the play. Nick’s been really working hard. He’s got a lot of talent; he’s got a lot of work ethic. He goes and attacks the ball.”last_img read more

Chalkdust out of 2019 Calypso Monarch competition in T&T Carnival

first_imgChalkdust PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – Nine-time Calypso Monarch, Dr Hollis “Mighty Chalkdust” Liverpool is not among the list of finalists named for the 2019 title following the semi-finals in Skinner Park in Arima last weekend.However, the nine-finalists include five former winners, including the veteran Winston “Gypsy” Peters (1997), Karene Asche (2011), Duane O’Connor (2012), Kurt Allen (2010) and Devon Seale (2016).\Peters, a former government minister, sang “When Elephants Fight,” a tune on the political situation here, while Asche used her song titled “Loco and Broko” to give a satirical commentary on the number of Venezuelans leaving the South American country where the opposition has been trying to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office.Seale sang “Two Face,” in which he says “not all skin teeth is smile,” while Allen sang Wha Yuh Say and O’Connor, Respect.The other finalists for the competition, now scheduled for Thursday night in a revamped “Night of Champions” show, include Alex Gift (Tobago Chalkie), Alana Sinette-Khan, Anthony “Allrounder” Hendrickson, Dawren “Pharoah” Greenidge, Erphaan Alves, Joanne “Tigress” Rowley, Maria Bhola, Stacy Sobers and Young King 2019 Renaldo London.The Calypso Monarch competition is among a number of events marking the 2019 Carnival celebrations that end here on March 5 with the traditional street parade and jump-up.last_img read more

Former Indiana star Eric Anderson dies at 48

first_imgFormer Indiana basketball star Eric Anderson has died at age 48, the university announced Monday. No cause or date for his passing was released. Indiana deputy athletic director Scott Dolson, Anderson’s former roommate, remembered him as “unbelievably talented.” We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Hoosier, Eric Anderson.He was 48.Anderson played for the Hoosiers from 1988-92 and earned a degree in sociology.Story: https://t.co/wDwacizQCk pic.twitter.com/J4LdJUy9de— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) December 10, 2018Anderson’s finest moment came as a senior in 1992, when he earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the 1992 NCAA West Regional in helping the Hoosiers reach the Final Four. They lost to Duke in the semifinal.center_img “Eric was an unbelievably talented basketball player but that paled in comparison to the type of friend and person he was,” Dolson said in a statement. “This is a very difficult day for all who were close to him and our heart goes out to his son, Sam, his family and all those who Eric touched throughout his tragically short life.”Anderson, a 6-9 forward, averaged 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game at Indiana from 1988-92. He finished his college career with 1,715 points (which ranks 11th in school history) and 826 rebounds. The Chicago native went undrafted by the NBA, but signed with the Knicks and played 27 games over two seasons with the team in a limited role. He later played in the Continental Basketball Association and spent several seasons competing overseas.last_img read more

Year after historically bad NFL Combine, Orlando Brown offers advice for evaluators

first_img19.5″ vertical jump (worst of any player ever drafted)82″ broad jump (worst of any player ever drafted)5.85 40-yard dash (second-worst ever)14 bench reps (tied for fourth worst among OL)The former Oklahoma lineman left school a year early and was considered a first-round prospect before the Combine. He eventually dropped to the third round, where the Ravens selected him, and he ended up proving doubters wrong in his first season.According to PFF, Brown allowed zero sacks and one quarterback hit in 760 snaps (16 games, 10 starts). He tied for 10th in pass-blocking efficiency among all offensive linemen and tied for 17th in pressure percentage allowed, per PFF.Brown is not the first player to put up bad Combine numbers and turn out to be a good player, but his message on Twitter is worth hearing. Even if it doesn’t reach the evaluators who actually make the decisions in the NFL, it’s important for future prospects not to get down on themselves after bad performances. Orlando Brown had a “historically bad” NFL Combine performance in 2018, but he wants others to know that, at this point, it doesn’t mean much.The Ravens offensive lineman sent out a string of tweets Monday night hours before the start of the 2019 NFL Combine. His message: NFL evaluators should not put too much stock into what they see at the scouting event in Indianapolis. The drills don’t tell the full story on a prospect. MORE: Greatest Combine performances in history”The OL position isn’t easy to evaluate,” Brown tweeted. “It’s easy to turn to numbers because typically your best blockers are your best athletes. In my opinion it’s simple, OL is like a form of art. We all have different tools and abilities. While my game is played by manipulating angles and understanding where the QB will be in his drop, some get to a spot and react from there. The reason that the numbers in the drills are so ‘valuable’ is because they believe you have to be an ‘athlete’ to react to counter moves and capture LBs at the second level.”In my short time of playing the position I can tell you that understanding your body and angles is more important than your foot quickness. When drafting a OL you’d think because he bends and moves a certain way he’d be successful, but without the understanding of your abilities you will get lost in the shuffle. I’m not the best bender but I’ve got long arms. I understand that if a defender goes to dip I use my length to help me recover. A lot of OL rely on their athleticism instead of developing a set of fundamentals you are confident in. The DL in football are only getting smarter, they recognize those that try to use athleticism to their advantage.”With it being combine week, many evaluators will write off several OL because of his ‘lack of athleticism.’ I’m here to tell you to pay attention to his film, figure out how he manipulates his blocks based off his tools, and don’t count him out cause he isn’t a super athlete.”P.S. Draft more Pricks at the position, it’s good for society to have them on a field and not at home.— Orlando Brown (Zeus) (@ZEUS__78) February 26, 2019MORE: SN’s latest 2019 mock draftFor reference, here’s how Brown performed at the Combine last year: last_img read more

Jets’ LeVeon Bell contract is a win for New York’s risk-reward management

first_imgSN’s MOCK DRAFT 3.0:Jets benefit from trickle-down effect after Kyler Murray goes No. 1Not all risk was eradicated early Wednesday morning when the Jets reportedly managed to agree with Bell on contract terms that, compared to those expectations, are a bargain. Just the vast majority of it.According to multiple reports, New York is signing bell to a four-year contract worth $52.5 million with $35 million guaranteed. Though details of the contract’s structure were not immediately reported, the Jets getting Bell for no more than $13.13 million per season is a good sign. ESPN reported they “held firm on their offer” Tuesday night despite somewhat of a bidding war with the 49ers.That context is important, because it proves general manager Mike Maccagnan and those in New York’s front office were not willing to overpay for Bell even though, timing-wise, they could have justified doing so.Now — not last year or next year — is the time to make the aggressive roster moves the Jets are making.RIVERA: After Bell deal, Jets’ next move is both simple and difficultNew York is following a trendy team-building formula. Now armed with confidence in a quarterback who will earn an average annual salary of just $7.56 million on his rookie contract over the next three seasons, the Jets are operating in what can be called the Sam Darnold window, a chance to support a talented passer without the burden of paying said passer a crippling amount of money. Darnold will not take up more than $9.6 million of the team’s salary-cap space until 2022, the option year of his deal.In addition to the Bell signing, the Jets have splashed in free agency via reported contracts with linebacker C.J. Mosley, wide receiver Jamison Crowder and wide receiver Josh Bellamy. They also reached an agreement with guard Kelechi Osemele after a trade, and their free-agency agreement with outside linebacker Anthony Barr fell through. Even without the Barr signing, this is quite a plunge into the free-agency pool.Yes, New York had the financial means to be so aggressive with the second most salary-cap space in the NFL for 2019. But keep in mind the salary cap, which was set at $188.2 million per team this year, is expected to continue to rise, meaning the amounts of money being paid to free agents will rise with it.For example, some might say the Jets overpaid for Mosley on a five-year contract worth $85 million with $51 million guaranteed. Those people might feel that way until 2020, when another linebacker likely earns a deal worth more. And then even more in 2021. Even though the Jets and Le’Veon Bell had long been tied together by free-agency rumors, New York signing the 27-year-old star running back was not necessarily going to be a risk worth taking. Some would have gone as far as calling it a bad idea.With Bell being so outwardly motivated by money and once tweeting that $60 million “ain’t enough to come run with the Jets,” the expectation of the player riddled with a history of injuries and suspensions was a new record for dollars paid to a RB in the NFL. A guarantee of $45 million, what Todd Gurley got from the Rams, was believed to be the minimum required to sign Bell, who sat out the 2018 season after refusing to sign an extension with the Steelers that reportedly would have paid him up to $70 million over five years. Why?In the wake of the Jets signing Bell in a more cost-effective manner, the question has changed:Why not?center_img This year’s free-agency market also happened to line up with the Jets’ team needs. With new coach Adam Gase installing a new defensive coordinator in Gregg Williams, New York needed a player like Mosley to play inside linebacker in its 3-4 scheme. (And, yes, it could have used Barr outside. Oh well.) It needed a speedy receiver like Crowder to play the Albert Wilson role in Gase’s offense. It needed a guard like Osemele to replace James Carpenter. There is not a better time for such a personnel influx than when a team is ushering in a new coaching staff.Which brings us back to Bell.NFL FREE AGENCY: Grading the top signings in 2019One can theorize any number of ways Gase can deploy arguably the best rushing-receiving combo back the league has seen. And frankly, even a small upgrade at running back would have benefited a team that went 4-12 last season with an offense that finished 29th in total yards and 26th in rushing yards. Yet, the Jets landed a star.Sure, Bell has played just two full seasons in his five-year career due to the aforementioned injuries and suspensions. And sure, one can question Bell’s motivation in signing with a franchise he previously has disparaged. These risks were the reasons a simple question would have been presented to the Jets had they given him the record deal many anticipated:last_img read more