With a more than 16 percent reduction in both electricity and natural gas usage, Dunster/Mather dining hall was a strong competitor in Harvard’s 2009-10 Green Skillet competition. But the implementation of the kitchen’s Donation Station, which provided opportunity for staff and students to regularly swap and donate unwanted items, proved this kitchen to be the clear winner. More than 650 pounds of items were either reused by house staff and students or donated.Dunster/Mather staff stayed competitive by following kitchen equipment pre-heat times, turning off lights when not needed, and turning off equipment when not in use. Lighting upgrade projects in Mather’s servery and beverage area also helped reduce electricity usage.The Green Skillet is an academic year-long sustainability competition between the kitchens of Harvard’s 13 undergraduate and graduate houses. The competition pits kitchens against each other in four categories: electricity conservation, natural gas conservation, participation in the Sustainability Pledge, and special projects.Electricity and natural gas usage are tracked on a monthly basis. The amount used is then compared to a three-year baseline (an average of that same month’s data over the previous three years). The Sustainability Pledge is measured as the percent participation rate of the dining hall staff. Finally, each kitchen submits special projects that are designed to reduce environmental impacts in some way and are judged on their success at the end of the year. The winning kitchen is awarded a prize (this year it was Green Skillet fleece jackets) and the highly coveted Green Skillet to proudly hang in their hall.
Read Full Story John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Health at Harvard University, has been selected to receive the 2012 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence.Awarded by the Stroud Water Research Center, an independent, nonprofit research institute, the prize celebrates “outstanding contributions” to the field of freshwater conservation, protection, and stewardship.Briscoe is an expert on international water security. While holding faculty positions at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as an adjunct position at the Harvard Kennedy School, he is the director of the Harvard Water Security Initiative. He is also a faculty associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.Briscoe earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1969 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Continuing his studies in environmental engineering at Harvard, he earned the Ph.D. in 1976.In the early years of his career, he served as an epidemiologist studying cholera in Bangladesh; served as an advisor to Oxfam; and was employed as a water engineer for the National Directorate of Water in Mozambique.From 1986 to 2008, Briscoe worked at the World Bank, rising to positions including chief of the Water and Sanitation Division, senior water adviser, and then country director for Brazil. He is credited with managing a $40 billion portfolio of water-related projects for the World Bank.
Governor Peter Shumlin today reminded Vermonters of the upcoming Clean Up Day events on Saturday, and applauded the effort already underway to make this first annual event ‘ a massive statewide push to help Vermonters slammed by Tropical Storm Irene get their homes and lives in order for winter ‘ a success. In addition, the Governor stressed that heavy equipment, dumpsters, dump trucks and chainsaws are still needed for projects.‘Hosted and organized locally in communities around the state, Clean Up Day is reflective of the community strength and commitment to rebuilding that significantly advanced our initial recovery,’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘On the wish list at the moment are the heavy equipment requests. Communities need dumpsters, dump trucks and other heavy equipment for clean up work. My pitch: If you’ve got this equipment, we hope you’ll help out on Saturday.’ There are three ways to participate: Donating money, providing goods like clothing, furniture and appliances to Vermonters who lost their belongings in the storm, and volunteering your time to help with a clean-up project. Governor Shumlin said people and communities can visit www.vtcleanup.org(link is external) to list their needs or sign up for any or all of those ways to assist those in need. ‘People are already stepping forward to ask for help and offer assistance,’ the governor said. ‘We’re asking people to travel to areas most in need. Know that your help in these hard hit communities is critical, and will be appreciated by the families you are working with.’ The Governor said he hopes groups, businesses, neighborhoods and even friends will join together on work projects across the state ‘ which is already happening in some cases. One great example of is the University of Vermont, which has actively encouraged the entire campus to become involved in Clean Up Day activities, even providing transportation, gloves and masks to help volunteers assist with hands-on clean up efforts. ‘The pride I feel in our state in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene continues to grow as Vermonters step forward with donations of money, goods and time to help their neighbors prepare from winter,’ Governor Shumlin said. By visiting www.vtcleanup.org(link is external), Vermonters can: · Make a monetary donation to the VT Disaster Relief Fund, or another relief-related charity detailed on the site;· Sign up to volunteer on the 22nd by joining or creating a team designed to take on a specific project in an affected community (unskilled laborers, as well as skilled laborers like plumbers, electricians, and heavy equipment operators who are willing to donate their time are valued!); and· Donate to a specific need for a Vermont family through the ‘goods exchange’ set up on our website, or through a local volunteer coordinator or food shelf.‘I am reminding everyone to step forward on Saturday to give whatever they are able ‘ money, goods and/or time,’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘In the Vermont tradition, we need to continue to come together as one community and help our neighbors in need prepare for the coming winter season. See you there!’
Logos on cocaine packages Coordinated investigation Drug trafficking alliances Colombian National Police have seized a large shipment of cocaine that allegedly belonged to the drug trafficking group Los Urabeños and a group of Mexican organized crime operatives. “Exceptional” intelligence work led to the seizure of seven tons of drugs inside a large container at the port in Cartagena. It was “one of the largest seizures in history,” Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said during a press conference held on April 9. It was the largest single drug seizure in Colombia since 2005. The seizure was so large “it has destabilized the finances of criminal organizations,” Pinzón said. “The government will continue to crack down on crime and criminality.” The cocaine has a street value of more than $240 million (USD), officials said. The container full of cocaine was scheduled to leave the Port Authority of Cartagena on a ship bound for the Netherlands. I hope they arrest and put an end to these evil mafias that destroy humanity in order to obtain incalculable monetary gains without taking into account the harm caused to all nations. May God bless all the people that make up the antinarcotics group and the nations with great values. May the holy Virgin of Guadalupe protect and guide them to find these diabolic groups. I’m glad they were finally able to end this scourge that is so destructive for the global youth. I hope that with the help of almighty God we can end this self-destruction caused by men. Very good article. Reading late but old news like this always draws attention. Capital, contacts, and routes Police agents found logos used by Colombian and Mexican drug traffickers on the packages of cocaine, Gen. Rodolfo Palomino, the director of the National Police of Colombia (PNC), told El Tiempo in an article published April 12. The packages had three different logos: the number “800” and logos for Yamaha motorcycles and KIA automobiles. The Colombia-based drug trafficking group Los Urabeños is known to use the 800 logo. The same logo was found in a two-ton shipment of cocaine seized in recent weeks at the port of Buenaventura, Colombia’s main port on the Pacific coast, according to a written report by the PNC. Los Urabeños operates in 17 of Colombia’s 32 departments. Because the investigation is ongoing, authorities declined to publicly disclose which Mexican drug trafficking group is suspected of having possessed some of the cocaine that was seized. Officials also declined to publicly disclose which logo the Mexican organized crime group is suspected of using. Based on their investigation, authorities said Los Urabeños transported two large shipments of cocaine from the port of Cartagena to Europe in March. One shipment contained five tons, and the other contained 4 tons, authorities believe. Large drug trafficking groups like Los Urabeños and Mexican transnational criminal organizations have access to the kinds of resources needed to transport large amounts of drugs internationally, said Gustavo Duncan, a security analyst at the University of the Andes. “The cargos and shipments of powerful cartels can provide capital, contacts, a route and a guarantee,” Duncan told Dialogo. “Mexican organizations have an advantage in Europe.” The large seizure at the port is both a “success and concern” for authorities, Duncan said. “Seven tons of cocaine (represents) a lot of hectares of drugs.” The seven-ton seizure at the port in Cartagena was the largest drug seizure in Colombia since authorities seized 10.5 tons of cocaine in October 2008. In another major drug seizure, in May 2005, the National Police and the Navy seized more than 15 tons of cocaine that was hidden in a cove on the banks of the Mira River in Tumaco, Nariño. In that case, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and other rebel groups had planned to send the cocaine to Europe and the United States. By Dialogo May 08, 2014 Los Urabeños and other drug trafficking organizations which operate in Colombia, such as Los Rastrojos transport drugs produced in Colombia to other destinations, such Duncan said. These and other drug trafficking groups also transport cocaine manufactured in Peru and Bolivia to seaports in Colombia, and from the seaports to other destinations, such as Europe, according to the security analyst. Since January 1, Colombian National Police have seized 34 tons of cocaine, including 16 tons at ports, according to government statistics. In 2013, Colombian police seized more than 166 tons of cocaine throughout the country. Colombian security forces have made great strides in fighting drug trafficking groups, but they must remain vigilant, Duncan said. Security forces must continue to crack down on the alliances formed by various drug trafficking organizations, and international cooperation is crucial in the fight against drug trafficking. Fighting drug trafficking is a high priority for the Colombian government. Security forces are constantly adjusting their security strategy to respond to the changing tactics of drug traffickers. “The government will continue to crack down on crime and criminality,” Pinzón said. Agents from the Anti-Narcotics Directorate of Colombia, the Colombian Navy, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) collaborated on the investigation. Colombia and the U.S. cooperate on security issues, primarily by sharing information. Investigators collected evidence that organized crime operatives were preparing to ship a large amount of cocaine from the port in Cartagena. Organized crime operatives transported the cocaine through land routes from Bogotá to the port in Cartagena. The drug traffickers hid the cocaine inside fruit jars. Anti-narcotics agents obtained intelligence that a large amount of cocaine was at the port. The agents responded and searched five large containers. One of the containers was filled with about 450 boxes. The agents searched the boxes and found the cocaine hidden inside nearly 7,000 packages.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A male bicyclist was fatally hit by a car while he was crossing a road in Freeport over the weekend.Nassau County police said an 88-year-old man was driving a Lincoln MKZ eastbound on Sunrise Highway when he struck the victim near the corner of Benson Place at 8:12 p.m. Saturday.The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. His identity was not immediately available.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing their investigation into the crash, which was deemed not to be criminal. The driver was not charged.
Whether or not we talk about money with our friends and family—and we probably don’t—we rarely touch on the subject at work. It’s embarrassing, even taboo, and it raises questions around self-worth and security. However, money and its attendant worry makes its way into the office all the same—dominating our thoughts and affecting performance and focus.New research underscores the importance of managing financial worry, and not a minute too soon. A recent study from benefits firm Willis Towers Watson sheds light on the prevalence of financial stress:• Workers who reported that money worries kept them from doing their jobs lost nearly two weeks of productivity due to presenteeism in 2015, wherein they reported for work but couldn’t focus or perform due to stress. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Oct 22, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The White House recently issued a lengthy homeland security directive aimed at bolstering the response of federal, state, and local public health systems to national emergencies such as bioterrorist attacks, influenza pandemics, and natural disasters.The directive, titled “Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD 21),” will “transform our national approach to protecting the health of the American people against all disasters,” the document states.”Ultimately, the Nation must collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health,” the directive asserts.The directive was published on the White House Web site on Oct 18 and is the latest in a series of executive orders issued since Sep. 11, 2001, to protect the nation in the event of terrorist attacks or other “catastrophic health events.”The directive says strategic improvements across government levels can better prepare the nation to “deliver appropriate care to the largest possible number of people, lessen the impact on limited healthcare resources, and support the continuity of society and government.”The directive covers four main topics: biosurveillance, countermeasure stockpiling and distribution, mass-casualty care, and community resilience. Each area contains specific actions and timelines.BiosurveillanceThe directive calls on the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a national epidemiologic surveillance system that builds on existing networks and provides public health agencies with incentives to build new systems where there are gaps.HHS, with the assistance of other federal agencies, has been asked to establish a federal epidemiologic surveillance advisory committee task force within 180 days. The task force will include federal, state, local, and private sector representatives.Countermeasure stockpiling and distributionAmong several measures to improve distribution plans and more closely manage stockpiles, the directive orders HHS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop templates to help communities dispense medical countermeasures within 48 hours of an official order. The initial template should be published within 270 days and include performance standards to measure state and local response, along with a system for annually evaluating local readiness.Within 180 days after the template actions are completed, HHS and DHS will start collecting and using performance data on state and local distribution systems to guide future decisions on public health preparedness grants.HHS, with assistance other federal agencies, will develop within 270 days plans to help states and localities that aren’t able to sufficiently deploy countermeasures in a catastrophic health event.To better manage the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of drugs and medical supplies, HHS will ensure transparency concerning stockpiling priorities and, with input from other federal agencies, will establish a system within 180 days to annually review SNS inventories.Within 180 days, HHS and other federal agencies will develop protocols for sharing countermeasures and medical goods between the SNS and other federal stockpiles and will explore developing reciprocal stockpile-sharing arrangements with other countries and international organizations.Also, within 90 days HHS will establish a process for sharing information about the SNS with government agencies and health officers who need to know and have proper clearance.Mass-casualty careThe directive orders HHS, in coordination with the Defense, Veterans, and Homeland Security departments, to engage the help of state, local, academic, professional, and private groups in reviewing the nation’s disaster medical system and surge capacity. Within 270 days, HHS is to submit a report on gaps in those two areas and give the White House a plan that addresses key deficits.HHS has also been asked to define, within 180 days, how federal facilities can be factored more effectively into medical surge-capacity plans.To address potential legal, regulatory, or other barriers to public health preparedness, HHS, working with other agencies, must within 120 days submit a report on possible regulatory or legislative solutions to the White House.Recognizing that addressing mental health consequences of a disaster—the “worried well”—can contribute to a more effective public health response, the White House asked the HHS and other agencies to put together a federal advisory committee on disaster mental health within 180 days. The directive states that a report from the committee is due within 180 days after the group is formed.Community resilienceHHS, along with the Defense, Commerce, Labor, Education, Veterans, and Homeland Security departments, is ordered to develop a plan to promote community preparedness and present it to the White House in 270 days.DHS and HHS are assigned to develop a risk-awareness briefing for state and county officials within 150 days and, within 180 days, establish a mechanism to regularly update the public health risk briefings.Within 180 days, HHS and DHS will develop and maintain a process for coordinating federal grant programs for public health and medical preparedness.To further bolster preparedness, HHS and other agencies have been asked within the next year to develop core curricula and training exercises on disaster preparedness for federal executive departments and agencies. The materials are to designed to be usable by state and local governments as well as education and the private sector.The directive calls for setting up, within the next year, the “National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health” at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. The center is to lead federal efforts to develop core curricula, training, and research in various aspects of civilian and military medical preparedness.The White House has asked HHS, within 180 days, to commission the Institute of Medicine to lead a forum to engage government officials, academic experts, professional societies, and private stakeholders in developing “a strategy for long-term enhancement of disaster pubic health and medical capacity” and the propagation of related training.Within 120 days, HHS will submit to the White House a plan to use current funding programs to create incentives for private health facilities to enact preparedness measures that don’t increase healthcare costs.The directive also establishes an Office for Emergency Medical Care within HHS to promote and fund emergency medicine research, promote regional emergency medicine partnerships, and promote local preparedness.See also:Oct 18 Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/10/20071018-10.html
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Governor Wolf Thanks Pennsylvania National Guard Troops Headed to Middle East SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 13, 2018 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined approximately 500 soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (HHBN) as they were honored in a ceremony at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg today as they prepare to depart for a deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS).“As Pennsylvanians, we are honored and proud to support our service members, veterans and their families,” said Governor Wolf. “Thank you, 28th Infantry Division, for your willingness to serve and your dedication to your fellow man. Know that while you are deployed, Pennsylvania will pray for you and continue to support your families. Best wishes for a safe deployment.”The 28th Infantry Division HHBN will provide support services for several thousand additional troops supporting OSS to include personnel, training and logistics. They will also partner with allied military units operating in the region.“In 1918, the 28th Division earned its nickname, the Iron Division, in the fierce fighting of World War I. Now, a century later, you embark on this major commitment to defend freedom and liberty throughout the world. You join the more than 35,000 other members of the Pennsylvania National Guard that have deployed and sacrificed since 9/11,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “This next year will be very challenging for you and your families. We cannot thank you enough for your service to commonwealth and country.”Established in 1879, the 28th Infantry Division is the oldest division in the U.S. Army. The last time the entire division headquarters mobilized was in preparation for the Korean War. However, elements of the headquarters were deployed in 2002 and 2003 to lead the NATO peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and Bosnia. This is the headquarters’ first deployment to the Middle East, though many members have previously deployed with other units in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.“The 28th Infantry Division is aware of the strain and sacrifice families endure when their loved ones deploy,” said 28th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Schafer Jr. “Every measure is taken to help make the process as predictable as possible to allow soldiers and their families to plan for deployment.”Deployment ceremonies are held to honor the courage needed both by those who serve and the families, friends and employers who support them.
NewsHub 9 March 2018Family First Comment: An excellent commentary – and a rebuke to the recent comments of ACT’s David Seymour…“Mr Seymour calls this a progressive bill, but progressive to what end? Progress is, in one sense, just a direction. And the direction of this bill emerges out of, and plays to, people’s fears: fear of a bad death; fear of becoming a burden; fear of losing physical and mental capabilities and social relationships.Worse, it implicitly affirms that people are right to be afraid. It emerges out of compassion, but it is a misguided compassion that has surrendered to counsels of despair. It is within our power to overcome these challenges if we devote sufficient leadership and resources to them.”OPINION: Three days after the submissions process for the EOLC Bill has closed, the numbers have already exceeded 25,000. Many thousands will express deep opposition to what David Seymour is proposing.Can we be clear about Mr Seymour’s approach here: he is a master of spin, and is already stating that the numbers against euthanasia are not important. Nevertheless, contrast this: Mr Seymour says “Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee has received 220 submissions on the Government’s Bill that bans foreigners from buying houses and most of them strongly oppose it.”So 220 opposition numbers are crucial for the foreign ownership bill, while thousands of opposition submissions are irrelevant when it comes to euthanasia? To dismiss serious opposition to this Bill, just because it doesn’t suit Mr Seymour’s case, is arrogant and patronising.Mr Seymour says that it is the quality of argument that matters, implying that the submissions in opposition are poorly argued, but not the pro-euthanasia ones. His presumption is staggering. Submissions to the Health Select Committee in 2016 were 80% opposed to euthanasia. They included people from all walks of life and levels of education.The key elements of this complex and difficult discussion were presented: the question of autonomy; our societal responses to suffering; the outworkings of true compassion; negative implications for disability; to name a few. Some of it came from highly educated people, with nuanced and compelling engagement (including the New Zealand Medical Association and the Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, both of whom are opposed).Some of it was expressed simply and plainly. People who have worked at the coalface of palliative care for decades were included, as were ordinary concerned citizens with no professional involvement. It is simply unacceptable to dismiss out of hand the views of a vast range of New Zealanders, some of whom have more personal involvement with the intricacies of this issue than he has ever had.Mr Seymour: deciding on a bill that will fundamentally alter the relationships between doctors, patients, family, and the State is no small matter. At the very least, take the complexity and democratic process seriously. The many thousands of people who have made submissions do.Mr Seymour calls this a progressive bill, but progressive to what end? Progress is, in one sense, just a direction. And the direction of this bill emerges out of, and plays to, people’s fears: fear of a bad death; fear of becoming a burden; fear of losing physical and mental capabilities and social relationships.Worse, it implicitly affirms that people are right to be afraid. It emerges out of compassion, but it is a misguided compassion that has surrendered to counsels of despair. It is within our power to overcome these challenges if we devote sufficient leadership and resources to them.Peter Thirkell is the Secretary of Care Alliance, an advocacy group aiming to “nurture better conversations about dying in Aoteroa.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/shows/2018/03/peter-thirkell-david-seymour-needs-to-listen-to-nz-about-euthanasia.html