March 1

Faculty Council meeting held April 27

first_imgOn April 27, the members of the Faculty Council approved preliminary versions of the University Extension School courses for 2016–2017 and Courses of Instruction for 2016–2017.  They also approved changes to the Handbook for Students for 2016—2017, changes to rules regarding voters and guests at meetings of the Faculty, and changes to the Faculty Council election procedures.They approved legislation regarding the rescission of degrees as well. Finally, they participated in a performance exploring issues of diversity, presented by the Bok Players.The last regular meeting of the Faculty will be on May 3.last_img read more

January 1

Engineering Ventures, Inc. hires new project engineer, staff engineer

first_imgNicholas A. Fiore, P.E. was hired as the new project engineer at Engineering Ventures, Inc.’s Lebanon, NH office. Fiore brings experience in civil engineering, project management, site design and transportation solution, among other areas.Meghan McCarthy recieved a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Tufts University, with a minor in Architecture. She brings experience in both structural and civil/site engineering.Engineering Ventures, Inc. is an experienced consulting engineering firm operating in Vermont, New Hampshire and the surrounding area.last_img read more

December 31

National Grid says zero-carbon generation will top coal, gas in U.K. in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Britain, the birthplace of coal power, is set this year to use more electricity from zero-carbon sources such as wind, solar and nuclear than from fossil fuel plants for the first time, the country’s National Grid said on Friday.Britain was home to the world’s first coal-fueled power plant in the 1880s, and coal was its dominant electricity source and a major economic driver for the next century. But last week it became the first G7 country to commit to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, a target requiring a big increase in low-carbon power, and an even steeper reduction in fossil fuel use.“The incredible progress that Britain has made in the past 10 years means we can now say 2019 will be the year zero-carbon power beats fossil fuel fired generation for the first time,” National Grid CEO John Pettigrew said.Data from National Grid shows low-carbon power generation contributed around 48% of Britain’s electricity in the first five months of 2019 while fossil fuels such as coal and gas-fired plants contributed around 47%. The rest comes from biomass and storage.The transition has been largely due to a huge increase in Britain’s wind power capacity, with wind contributing almost a fifth of the country’s power in the first five months of 2019, up from just 1% in 2009.The increase in zero-carbon power marks a huge shift from a decade ago when coal and gas plants provided around three-quarters of the country’s electricity. Britain plans to phase out all coal-fired power generation by 2025 and further cuts in greenhouse emissions will be vital if the country is to meet the net-zero target, the government’s climate advisers have said.More: Clean power to overtake fossil fuels in Britain in 2019 National Grid says zero-carbon generation will top coal, gas in U.K. in 2019last_img read more

December 19

Sometimes, even a dog needs a good lawyer

first_img Sometimes, even a dog needs a good lawyer Associate EditorWhen Lou Kwall goes to his law office in Clearwater, padding along right behind him is Howie, his buff-colored cocker spaniel he calls “the boy.”While Kwall does all that lawyerly stuff at his desk, Howie stretches out on the couch and waits patiently.“Everybody knows about my dog,” said Kwall, of the tail-wagging, face-licking gift his lawyer wife Jean Kwall gave him on his 50th birthday a decade ago.“All my friends want to come back as my dog in another life,” Kwall said with a laugh.So, when Jane Helms, pro bono coordinator of Gulfcoast Legal Services, needed to find a lawyer for the Humane Society of North Pinellas, embroiled in a custody battle over 21 abused pooches, she remembered Kwall and his best friend Howie.“I called four other attorneys, and frankly, they were a little baffled,” Helms recalled. “Like, you want me to do what for dogs? So I called Lou Kwall to ask him for advice on who I could get to do this. He said, ‘I’ll do it.’”And so, at 5:15 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, when most working souls are looking forward to shifting into weekend mode, Kwall took the challenge and got right to work.“It was not that big of a deal, honestly,” said Kwall, who represents the Sixth Circuit on the Board of Governors. “It’s just something that happened.”But he could have just said, No.“I couldn’t have, that’s the thing,” Kwall admits. “I couldn’t say, No.”What saying yes meant was a new beginning for 21 dogs living in stench-ridden squalor at a booth at the Oldsmar Flea Market.The dogs — ranging in age from six months to 1½ years — sat in their own feces in too-small cages. To try to mask the odor, the owner, who had already been charged with animal cruelty in the past, opened jugs of bleach and ammonia that made breathing the air almost unbearable. There was no sign of water or food for the dogs, some needing medical attention, including a golden retriever with a skin disease, a boxer with bad knees, and a bloodhound with a tumor. All of the 21 dogs had hookworm and internal parasites.As Rick Chaboudy, director of the Humane Society of North Pinellas, recounted, most of the dogs had spent their puppyhoods in small crates or kiddie wading pools encased with wire mesh, so when they were finally free to walk they crouched and slunk. It was obvious they had never been on a leash, and didn’t know how to run around and friskily play.It took four baths to remove the urine odor from a Shih Tzu pup; five other pups, with urine-soaked matted fur, had to be shaved to the nub.While the humane society workers rescued the dogs, they had to have “legal custody” to carry out complete medical care, including spaying and neutering to ready the dogs for adoption.“What happens in cases of animal cruelty or abuse is we hold the animals, but they are not really ours,” explained Betsey McFarland, director of development for the Humane Society of North Pinellas.“We were holding them until the state attorney processed the case. We wanted to get the owner to turn custody over to us, and that is a separate court process. We were looking for someone to assist with that. It was rather involved with paperwork.”So McFarland called her friend Helms, who agreed to find a lawyer.“Anyone who brings his dog to work is our kind of guy,” McFarland said.“Lou was willing to step up and take our information and professionally present it so we weren’t struggling through getting to the courts. He really got us out of the middle of it. What was needed was beyond our professional skills. He was just wonderful. He took it on his shoulders. And he was there when we needed him.”Kwall said his tactic with the pooch peddler’s lawyer worked out.“My position was that whether it became a civil matter or a criminal matter, if they willingly released the dogs, it would be to their benefit. We allowed them to have a vet come over and have the dogs vet-examined prior to adoption, in case it went to trial, and they had to represent their position,” Kwall explained.In January, the owner was charged with 21 counts of animal cruelty, pleaded not guilty, and her lawyer said she is no longer in the pet business.Meanwhile, the case known as the “Bark Avenue dogs” got a lot of media attention. Prospective adoptive parents were lining up to give the dogs a new lease on life.The humane society held an “Adoptathon” for the Bark Avenue dogs, after carefully screening applicants and matching dogs with new owners.“It was quite a festive evening,” McFarland said.“Yes, they are ‘just dogs,’” said Helms, who made sure to watch the happy ending to a sad story, too. “But you should have seen all the happy children and their parents. I’m a dog lover myself, and I wanted to see them going out the door and going home.”The Kwalls were there that day (with Howie, of course) to joyfully watch 20 transformed dogs adopted by loving owners.Jean Kwall had her eye on another buff-colored cocker spaniel as a buddy for Howie, but, as Lou Kwall said, “Thank goodness, it had been adopted.”The 21st dog, Jake the black shepherd, was adopted a couple of weeks later.Since then, McFarland said they’ve received pictures of happily frisking dogs and positive reports from the adoptive owners.And if dogs could talk, no doubt they’d say, “Thanks for saying yes, Lou.”Oh, turns out a Bark Avenue adopted dog named Nala did write a thank you note, printed in the humane society’s newsletter Paw Prints. “It’s me — the one you put ‘cautious’ on from the Bark Avenue dogs. Well, I’m here to tell you, you did a wonderful job finding my new home. I have never had so much fun running, jumping, barking, and chasing squirrels. Man, this is the life.. . . I’d like to thank you all there for taking such good care of me and getting the attorney so soon to come to this great place.”Sometimes, even a dog needs a good lawyer. March 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Sometimes, even a dog needs a good lawyerlast_img read more

December 8

Binghamton restaurants ‘setting the table’ for phase three

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — While the Southern Tier is still awaiting word on when restaurants and bars will be allowed to welcome customers inside as part of phase three, local eateries aren’t wasting any time getting ready. Sharak says with the state yet to release official guidance for restaurants, they aren’t exactly sure what they are preparing for. “50 percent is better than nothing and hopefully if the numbers get better or stay where they are then we’ll get back to normal,” Sharak says. “We want to clean everything up because the building has been closed for three months and get our food prep together for opening,” says co-owner Marie Sharak. At Sharkey’s, Marie Sharak says for now they are just excited to get back to business. At Sharkey’s while they too haven’t received official word, they are preparing for a fifty percent limit. “We have a lot of regulars and they’re like family so that’s what we’re looking forward to.” “We regularly get asked different questions from different businesses in different phases, they want to know what they can do, what they can’t do and we’re here to help,” he said. center_img Jason Garnar says he hopes the state could release that guidance as soon as tonight. For now Jordan Rindgen, owner of the Colonial on Court Street in Binghamton says he is playing the same waiting game. Binghamton mayor Rich David says much like the city was able to help restaurants expand outdoor seating by streamlining the permit process as part of phase two, he expects the city to act as an resource for local businesses during phase three. “It’s crazy but it is what it is there’s nothing we can do we just have to wait until we get the word and that’s it,” she says. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the county is on track to enter phase three this weekend, but he has yet to receive official word from the state. At Sharkey’s Bar and Grill on Glenwood Ave in Binghamton staff spent Monday getting the restaurant ready to open their doors once again. “I’m really not too concerned with what the regulations are going to be, because we’ll be able to adapt to them, we’re hoping that we’re not at 20 percent all summer but if it is we’ll have to adapt,” he says. last_img read more

October 19

Bali’s miracle: turning wine into hand sanitizer

first_imgPharmacists on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are tackling a shortage of anti-coronavirus hand sanitizer by making their own unique, tropical version — from thousands of liters of fermented palm wine.  The idea was the brainchild of Bali police chief Petrus Reinhard Golose, who says he was alarmed that supplies of alcohol-based disinfectant were in short supply while prices soared for what was left on the market.He rustled up some 4,000 liters of the popular, potent beverage — known as arak — by asking local manufacturers to donate from their stocks, with the force also dipping into its own funds to buy up extra supplies.  Staff at Bali’s Udayana University were then tasked with turning the wine into a handwash that could protect against the coronavirus. Within a week, they had managed to produce a disinfectant with a 96 percent alcohol content to meet WHO standards, according to the university.Some clove and mint oil were added to the mixture to reduce hand irritation.”So far we’ve produced 10,600 bottles of hand sanitizer using arak and Bali police have given them out to people in need,” Dewa Ayu Swastini, head of the university’s pharmaceutical faculty, told AFP on Wednesday. Topics :center_img Bali has reported 49 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 2 deaths.last_img read more

October 19

Coronavirus pandemic accelerating with Americas worst, warns WHO

first_imgTedros, whose leadership of the WHO has been severely criticized by US President Donald Trump, urged people to maintain social distancing and “extreme vigilance.”As well as the Americas, a large number of new cases were coming from South Asia and the Middle East, Tedros added.WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan drew attention to the situation in Brazil, where he said there had been 1,230 additional COVID-19 deaths in the previous 24 hours.About 12 percent of infections in Brazil involved healthcare workers, he added, praising their bravery. Brazil has the world’s worst outbreak outside the United States, with 978,142 confirmed cases and 47,748 deaths.’Difficult journey’ to vaccineWith many nations easing restrictions but fearful of a second wave of infections, Ryan urged a gradual and scientific approach.”Exiting lockdowns must be done carefully, in a step-wise manner, and must be driven by the data,” he said. “If don’t know where it is the chances are the virus will surprise you.”Ryan said the resurgence of new clusters did not necessarily mean a second wave, while “second peaks” were also possible in one wave. The emergencies expert praised Germany, China and South Korea for their handling of the pandemic.With trials underway around the world to find medicines and a vaccine for COVID-19, WHO officials warned that large-scale testing would be needed with side-effects carefully monitored.”Although it is not impossible to find a vaccine … it’s going to be a very difficult journey,” Tedros said.Topics : The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, with Thursday’s 150,000 new cases the highest in a single day and nearly half of those in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.”The world is in a new and dangerous phase,” Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva. “The virus is still spreading fast, it is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible.”More than 8.53 million people have been reported infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 453,834​ have died, a Reuters tally showed as of 1326 GMT on Friday.last_img read more

September 29

Dutch pension fund to invest in Actiam microfinance fund

first_imgPGB, the €18bn pension fund for the Dutch printing industry, has committed €20m to a microfinance fund launched by Actiam, the successor of SNS Asset Management. The fund – the Actiam Institutional Microfinance Fund III – has been launched for six institutional investors, including the €13bn railways scheme SPF and the €3bn pension fund for public transport, SPOV.The asset manager said the duration of the fund would be eight years and that the target return would be approximately 6%.It added that total commitments were €130m to date. Rob Heerkens, board member for investments at PGB, said: “We consider microfinance as a deliberate choice for ESG investment.”The industry-wide scheme previously invested €8m in a predecessor of the Actiam fund.According to Jacques Kappé, SRI portfolio manager at SPF Beheer (the asset manager for SPF and SPOV), the new fund ties in with its clients’ desire to affect social and sustainable change against an acceptable return.“With a return of more than 5%, Actiam’s first microfinance fund fully met our expectations, and also demonstrated its social impact,” he said.However, Kappé declined to disclose the size of SPF and SPOV’s commitments to Actiam’s new fund.Theo Brouwers, director at Actiam Impact Investing, said the social and financial returns of these microfinance funds met market expectations.“Financially, the returns are at the same level as from regular funds with a similar risk profile,” he said.“However, in this case, both the investor and the investment target receive a social return.”Within Actiam, Actiam Impact Investing focuses on socially relevant corporate activities, such as microfinance, small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries and clean energy.last_img read more

September 26

Thai-Cambodian troops ‘must leave Preah Vihear temple’

first_img Sharing is caring! The UN has designated a demilitarised zone around the templeThe UN’s highest court has ordered Thailand and Cambodia to withdraw troops from a disputed border region near an ancient temple complex.Cambodia had asked the International Court of Justice for a ruling after fighting broke out around the Preah Vihear temple earlier this year.The temple is in Cambodia. Both nations claim some of the surrounding area.The judgement is part of a long-running case in which the ICJ is attempting to clarify earlier border rulings.The BBC’s Rachel Harvey in Bangkok says Monday’s ruling is just the first round in what promises to be a lengthy and complex judicial process.Cambodia brought the case asking for a clarification on an ICJ decision from 1962 that awarded it the temple, but left other issues vague.Thailand wants the case dropped, but has said it will respect the court’s ruling.The ICJ rejected Thailand’s attempts to have the case thrown out.The court said in a statement that “both parties should immediately withdraw all their military personnel present in the demilitarised zone and refrain from any military presence in that zone”.The court said both sides must allow access to observers from the regional bloc Asean.Tension had been increasing between Cambodia and Thailand since Unesco awarded Preah Vihear World Heritage status in 2008.Clashes broke out around the temple in February and 10 people were killed.In April, another 18 people died in fighting along the border, around another set of temples to the west.BBC News Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 29 Views   no discussions Share FaithLifestyle Thai-Cambodian troops ‘must leave Preah Vihear temple’ by: – July 18, 2011last_img read more