Summer Trash Schedule Starts on Monday, June 12

first_imgThe summer trash and recycling collection schedule starts on Monday, June 12, 2017 and continues through Sept. 9, 2017.The schedule includes twice-weekly pickup:Longport Bridge to north end of 9th Street: Monday and Thursday (yard waste Thursday)South side of 9th Street to north side of 28th Street: Tuesday and Friday (yard waste Tuesday)South side of 28th Street to 59th Street: Wednesday and Saturday (yard waste Wednesday)The regular schedule for pickup continues on Independence Day and Labor Day. The only holidays that interrupt the regular schedule in Ocean City are Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Containers must be 32 gallons or less. Recycling and yard waste cannot be placed in plastic bags and must be placed in labeled containers. Labels are available for free at City Hall (9th Street and Asbury Avenue) or the Knight Building (12th Street and Haven Avenue). Download (PDF, 1.1MB)last_img read more

Walking the Fosse Park way

first_imgSainsbury’s Fosse Park in-store bakery in Leicester is a shining example of how chief executive Justin King’s focus on increasing availability is producing results. Its success in this area is also one of the reasons why it took home the In-Store Bakery of the Year award at the Baking Industry Awards 2010.In-store bakery manager Nick Grumbley joined Sainsbury’s in 1988, starting as a trainee in Coventry, before moving up the ranks to become team leader, assistant bakery manager and subsequently bakery manager. He has been at the Fosse Park store for seven years. “We now have around 25 staff, a mixture of full- and part-time, which includes the bought-in bread and cake side,” says Grumbley.The bought-in side was previously headed up by the grocery managers, but now it all comes under the bakery department. “It’s more beneficial this way, as what happens within the bought-in side of things can affect sales of the in-store bakery products,” says Grumbley. “My shifts are varied, so I can monitor every part of the business, and see where we can improve,” he adds. “We’re always trying to raise the bar on performance on a daily basis, so that quality, cleanliness and freshness are always improving.”Move to multi-skillsThe bakery also has two apprentices, both of whom are due to attend a five-day training course in January for bakers at Sainsbury’s new bakery college in Wellingborough. Grumbley says his vision going forward is to multi-skill the colleagues who work within bought-in bread and cake, so they can carry out certain tasks within the in-store bakery as well. “The more multi-skilled people we’ve got, the easier and more enjoyable the job will be. People within the bought-in sector can be quite static within their role, putting out bread all day, but if you give them a different task or challenge, nine times out of 10, they’ll embrace it.”He describes his leadership style as fair, but says the business environment requires him to be quite demanding. He doesn’t pretend that it’s not hard work, but says the satisfaction you get when you see the goods your colleagues have produced, on display, makes it worthwhile. Mark Stirk, Sainsbury’s regional bakery coach, adds: “Nick is a great coach; he’s very keen to develop his colleagues, by up-skilling them and giving them the knowledge that not only encourages them to move forward, but excites them about what they’re doing.”With competition from other retailers, such as Asda and M&S, only a stone’s throw away, Grumbley says it’s essential that customers can find the products they want in his store. He admits that availability is an issue the supermarket struggled with in the past, but that CEO Justin King has been hot on improving. “When I first joined Fosse Park, the customers didn’t have the confidence in the bakery that they’d get the product they wanted at 7pm on a Friday evening,” says Grumbley. “Now, I’d like to think that they have.”In the run-up to the awards, the Fosse Park store managed to pass the retailer’s Mystery Availability Check an internal target 68 weeks in a row. The check is carried out in every Sainsbury’s store on a weekly basis. Around 7,000 items are chosen of which 55 lines are from the in-store bakery and mystery shoppers are sent to all stores to check the availability of around 100 items each.The bakery benchmarks it products against its rivals every four weeks, as well as comparing like-for-like sales with other Sainsbury’s stores in the region. As Fosse Park is the largest store in the area, if it isn’t matching another store’s sales, it will try to establish why and how, says Grumbley, by analysing, for example, how much of that particular product they are making and what the sell-out times are. Obviously, some lines sell better depending on the area the store is in for example, if it has a large student population but it’s good to be able to look at specific products and how it compared sales-wise, he says. “It’s motivating and helps drive improvement.”The in-store bakery sells approximately 190 lines. The range comprises around 80% scratch products, including rolls, breads, doughnuts, and 20% bake-off, including cookies, Danish and organic breads. Stirk says that all the new initiatives within Sainsbury’s in-store bakeries are for scratch production. “We’re using 100% British flour now, which is a great message to consumers, and we’ve really underpinned that with new Taste the Difference (TTD) Oats and Barley and Multiseed loaves, which are made from scratch and are selling really well,” he says. “We see the scratch side of the bakery production as a huge opportunity. It’s what our customers tell us they want, and it’s our point of difference against the other retailers.”Although he doesn’t make the decisions when it comes to what products the ISB offers, Grumbley says his team is encouraged to give feedback to Stirk, before, during and after a launch. We have regional bakery managers’ meetings as well, says Grumbley. “In addition to discussing how certain products are doing, we get some great best-practice advice from other managers.”New TTD bakery productsSainsbury’s relaunched its entire TTD range this autumn, which included a number of new bakery products. “Years ago, it was all about white sliced breads, but customers’ dietary habits have changed dramatically,” he explains. “Free-from, extra fibre, seeded and speciality breads are now much more popular.” Its new TTD Multiseed loaf is already one of its top-sellers, and its Stilton & Cranberry loaf is also very popular, he says. And it’s not just speciality breads that have been doing well, Grumbley says the bakery has seen cream cake sales go through the roof. Its patisserie counter has an ongoing three-for-two offer available; this, combined with better interaction with customers through a more hands-on approach, has driven sales, he says.The Fosse Park in-store bakery underwent a refit in November 2009, with the size of customer-facing area increased by 30-35%. Commenting on the patisserie counter, Grumbley says: “There’s now a lot more choice, we’ve got different flavours, it looks cleaner and fresher and is really appealing to the eye. We’ve just had a range review on the bought in creams as well, and we’ve got some new packaging and designs that are selling really well.” Its TTD cookie and muffin lines are also showing great sales growth, adds Stirk.Grumbley is rightly proud of his store’s win. Within the production area there is ’wall of fame’, featuring photos from the night and copies of the many congratulatory emails the bakery received. From October, the bakery put up special POS material, promoting its BIA win on the shelves. The patisserie counter features the award, housed in a special case, and the award certificate hangs above it. Grumbley says his team didn’t do anything out of the ordinary to try and win, it was based on consistent performance. “It was a fantastic lift for the store, and the result of a lot of hard work over the years,” he says. Despite the win, he adds, his attitude is not: ’We’ve won this now, job done’, but about maintaining the high standards achieved so far. Colleague development is still top of his agenda, alongside getting ready for Christmas, of course. What Sainsbury’s said “The team at Fosse Park were delighted when they were chosen as In-Store Bakery of the Year. Nick and his team are dedicated to consistently providing their customers with fantastic food. This, combined with anexcellent standard of customer service, meant they were worthy winners” Kim Brown, category manager for bakery, Sainsbury’slast_img read more

Passion, Betrayal, and Revolution in Colonial Saigon: The Memoirs of Bao Luong

first_imgKenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History Hue-Tam Ho Tai tells the story of Vietnam’s first female political prisoner, Bao Luong, who, in 1927, joined Ho Chi Minh’s Revolutionary Youth League and fought both for national independence and for women’s equality.last_img

GSD alumna appointed dean of Columbia grad school

first_img Read Full Story Graduate School of Design alumna Amale Andraos has been appointed dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP).An associate professor at GSAPP and a principal at the New York-based firm WORKac, Andraos is a leading voice on urbanism and globalization, and related environmental and social concerns. She has worked on such noteworthy projects as the Blaffer Museum in Houston, the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan, and the Edible Schoolyards at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn and P.S. 7 in Harlem.Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Andraos earned a MArch degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1999, and later worked with celebrated architect Rem Koolhaas (GSD Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design) at OMA in Rotterdam and New York.“The GSD was the first instance of a truly open, diverse, global and engaged model of education I experienced,” Andraos said. “It was the most formative in what I looked for later in practice and teaching, and I am looking forward to continuing to build a strong conversation between the GSAPP at Columbia and the GSD, at an exciting and important moment for the field.”last_img read more

Long Island’s Offshore LNG Port Proposal’s Critics Fear Fracking Exports on Horizon

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hundreds of gallons of natural gas spilled into the Gulf of Mexico early last month when oil rig workers lost control of a well they were trying to plug, unleashing a four-mile sheen off the Louisiana coast still recovering from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst oil spill in U.S. history.That July 9 slick escaped hours before a Long Beach public hearing where opponents spoke out against a proposed liquid natural gas deepwater port dubbed Port Ambrose, an LNG import facility named for the New York shipping channel. It would be anchored in more than 100 feet of water about 20 miles south of Long Island in the Atlantic Ocean.Although the since-sealed Gulf well and proposed LI port are more than 1,000 miles apart, the latest spill fuels fears—or what industry proponents called “environmental emotionalism”—among critics opposed to the possibility of LNG supertankers making up to 45 deliveries annually off Long Island.“Bottom line is that natural gas is dangerous,” says Lindsay McNamara, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit New Jersey-based Clean Ocean Action, citing the new spill—one of two in the Gulf last month—that came days after the latest explosion at a natural gas drilling well, this time in West Virginia.Environmental problems stemming from the possibility of such leaks were at the top of the list of concerns of the 90 speakers at the LI hearing and another the following day in Edison, N.J., where memories of a 1994 natural gas pipeline explosion still linger.The U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration will have to decide whether to grant the LNG deepwater import facility license application by Liberty Natural Gas, a five-year-old company trying again after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed their previously proposed LNG port that would have been closer to the Jersey Shore. This time, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also has a say.But it isn’t just fears of another Deepwater Horizon-scale disaster killing marine life, poisoning water and scaring away tourists that worry opponents. Critics also say that such facilities are targets for terrorism, that the port would force fishermen and a proposed wind farm from the same offshore area, and they argue, it’s a “Trojan horse” to export natural gas from the boom in hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling practice know as fracking—linking Port Ambrose to the debate over whether the practice should be allowed in upstate New York.“There is no truth to the claim,” said Roger Whelan, Liberty’s CEO, through a spokesman. “The project permits would not allow exports to occur through the facility.”The port, which aims to go online in December 2015, is one of one of four proposed import terminals and 23 export terminals being proposed nationwide as of June, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There are currently 10 LNG import facilities and one such export facility nationwide.The entire tri-state area is watching closely because the environmental, economic and national security concerns being hashed out are similar to a failed project, the Long Island Sound LNG terminal dubbed Broadwater vetoed in 2008 by then-Gov. David Patterson.SHELL GAMESLiberty Natural Gas noted in its 1,500-page proposal published in the Federal Register four weeks prior to the public meetings that it is abiding by laws forbidding it from lobbying federal lawmakers or issuing construction contracts.But that didn’t stop them from contracting a small army of lobbyists to push their cause in New York City and Albany. Whelan signed three $120,000 contracts—a total of $360,000—to lobby New York lawmakers, three times as many lobbying firms he hired in New Jersey, disclosure reports for both states show.“The natural gas industry has immense political sway,” said Chris Herb, president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, pointing to the 2005 so-called “Halliburton Loophole” that exempts fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act, shepherded into law by former Vice President Dick Cheney.To lobby New Jersey officials in 2011, Liberty hired Princeton-based Capital Public Affairs.Liberty hired New Jersey-based Bolton-St. Johns, LLC, for “legislative and regulatory representation” in New York from October 2011 through September 2012, the same month the company met with Long Island Association officials 10 days before submitting its intent to file its latest application.In March 2012, Liberty hired another New Jersey-based lobbyist, Matthew Greller, to lobby New York through April, when Liberty replaced him with two dozen lobbyists from Albany-based Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP, through next spring.Financially backing Liberty is Toronto-based hedge fund West Face Capital via West Face Long Term Opportunities Global Master L.P., a Cayman Islands-based investment fund. Liberty, incorporated in Delaware before setting up a New Jersey office for its first port try, now lists an address in Manhattan.A spokeswoman for Cuomo said he is “monitoring the situation.” Christie’s office did not return a call for comment.FRACK OFFThe Coast Guard and Maritime Administration held the back-to-back public scoping meetings so concerned citizens could suggest issues to be investigated in the environmental impact study for the proposed port.One issue the panel had heard enough of halfway through the proceedings. After listening to LI opponents urge the agencies to study the environmental impact of upstate fracking based on the possibility of the port being an export conduit, one official cautioned New Jersey speakers against making the same request.“There was what I can only describe as a mischaracterization of the licensing…of this particular project,” said Keith Lesnick, director of the Maritime Administration’s office of deepwater port licensing, in Edison before reading part of his agency’s letter to anti-fracking group Catskills Residents for Safe Energy, emphasizing only import impacts will be studied.But the Coast Guard and Liberty maintain that before Port Ambrose—assuming it’s permitted—could switch to exporting from importing, it would trigger a new license application process that would “likely” include more public hearings.Sean Dixon, an attorney with Clean Ocean Action, argues that the claim omits the fact that federal law doesn’t always require public hearings for deepwater port license amendments. He points to the process behind Port Neptune LNG facility off Boston suspending operations based on lack of demand after the Ambrose hearings.“This suspension was carried out in exactly the same way [the Maritime Administration] could amend the Liberty LNG license to allow exports,” he said. “This suspension was done as a license amendment, and had zero public input, zero comment opportunity and no mention of environmental review.”Bruce Ferguson, a Catskills Citizens for Safe Energy advocate who spoke against Port Ambrose in Long Beach, remains suspicious that an export terminal down the Hudson River would only help companies hoping that Cuomo will end a six-year de facto fracking moratorium so they can begin pumping carcinogens into the ground to drill natural gas near Ferguson’s home.“No one can deny that this terminal would be a potential export facility,” he said. “If there’s no market for imports, it’s going to be used for exports. Therefore it’s only reasonable to assume that all the potential environmental impacts, including the impacts of fracking, be evaluated before hundreds of millions are spent on this project.”GASONOMICSSince the boom in fracking in the nation’s subterranean shale formations has flooded the domestic market with natural gas, the question of why New York City and LI would need to import higher-priced gas from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago has come up repeatedly.Liberty’s answer is that prices for natural gas—which fuels a dozen power generating facilities on LI and heats 43 percent of LI homes and businesses—spike during peak demand months of summer, but mostly winter, because of bottlenecks in the Iroquois and Transcontinental pipelines serving LI. Port Ambrose would link to the latter two miles off Atlantic Beach after a 22-mile, 26-inch pipeline was built.“Despite an abundant resource of natural gas within the United States, building new pipeline infrastructure across New York City is extremely difficult,” Liberty CEO Whelan said. “A mobile ship-based system such as ours costs considerably less and can be put to work elsewhere in our system during non-winter months.”Howard Rogers, director of the Natural Gas Research Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, agrees.“The shale gas boom…has really negated the requirement for the U.S. to import LNG, but with certain specific exceptions,” he says. “There is a gas demand which can’t be met easily by the existing pipeline infrastructure and those are the areas where LNG is still imported.”As far as the possibility of the import-to-export switch, he noted that there are several multi-million-dollar LNG tankers currently under construction that would for the first time have the capacity to liquefy natural gas from the gaseous state in which it’s piped.Currently, on-shore facilities chill natural gas to negative 260 degrees Fahrenheit so it’s condensed enough to be shipped long distance in cryogenic tankers that upon delivery re-gassify the LNG, which is mostly methane.Höegh, Liberty’s tanker contractor, is among those developing ships designed to liquefy natural gas onboard. But, even if Port Ambrose cleared hurdles to export, such tankers are being eyed for harder-to-reach natural gas fields, Rogers says.Port Ambrose would accept an expected annual average of 400 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas. National Grid sent 197 billion cubic feet of natural gas between July 2012 and June 2013 to LI, according to the utility, which a spokeswoman says is not taking a position on the proposed port.A Long Island Power Authority spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.Herb, of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, isn’t buying it, saying he “would not put it past them to do a bait-and-switch.”“Natural gas companies are in business to make money,” he says. “I would not be surprised if the real purpose of the construction was not to stabilize prices, but to maximize profits.”Kevin Rooney of the Long Island Home Heating Oil Association, no fan of National Grid stealing his customers, notes that if the Department of Energy approves LNG exports to non-free trade agreement nations, more demand will cause a domestic natural gas prices spike.“Once we become the biggest gas exporter in the world, you’re going to see the same thing happen in their market that’s happened in ours,” he says, referring to oil prices subject to the mercy of Wall Street and foreign powers. “They are setting themselves up for a rapid escalation in prices.”Congress is studying the same issue.“Five years ago companies were building terminals to import natural gas at the cost of billions of dollars because analysts believed that the U.S. was gonna need natural gas from overseas,” said Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) in an April hearing on exporting LNG. “Today that scenario has changed 180 degrees.”SHIPWRECKThe possibility of encroaching on Long Island’s fishing grounds was bad enough, but worse still is the prospect of a terrorist attack on an LNG tanker 30 miles from the mouth of New York Harbor—and not much farther from Ground Zero, opponents say.Al-Qaeda specifically cited LNG terminals as a desirable target for supply disruptions and “because an attack could result in a massive fire that could potentially kill scores of people,” according to a 2006 Council on Foreign Relations report citing homeland security experts.“Another scenario in the report involves terrorists taking control of an LNG tanker, sailing into a major population center such as New York City and detonating the cargo,” said Klaus Rittenbach, a former Department of Defense Information Systems Agency official from Freehold, citing that report in Edison.When asked about plans to protect the tankers from a hijacking or a U.S.S. Cole-style attack, in which a smaller boat detonates next to the ship in an attempt to pierce the hull and explode the flammable cargo, Liberty was vague.“The U.S. Coast Guard will review all safety and security issues as part of the application review and will conduct a detailed risk assessment,” Whelan said. “This assessment will be used to develop a security plan that will be approved and overseen by the Coast Guard, which will govern operations at the port.”When the same question was posed to the service, Charles Rowe, a spokesman for the Coast Guard—the only military branch that falls under the Department of Homeland Security—said that which ships get escorts is decided in real time.“It depends upon the threat at any given moment,” he says. “That’s something that is continually evaluated and revaluated and decisions are made quite literally on a daily basis.”Cynthia Kouril, a former federal prosecutor who investigated environmental crimes, urges against taking the risk.“You do not put something that dangerous, that explosive, next to one of the largest population centers in the world … a population center that is both a well-known target of terror attacks….and in the path of hurricanes,” she said. “This project should fail at the earliest possible stage in the application process because the flaws in it are so self-evident.”GAS PANNEDAs much as the hearings unified upstate and downstate environmental advocates with those from across state lines, regional rivalries were also on full display—most notably at the Long Beach hearing at The Allegria Hotel, which with 300 in attendance was twice as packed and far rowdier than the New Jersey hearing.Thirty five LI speakers were opposed versus four union members in favor, including Roger Clayman, executive director of the Long Island Federation of Labor, who supported the jobs the project would create. Time ran out before another 35 speakers had their turn. In the tamer New Jersey hearing, 46 were opposed, three supported Port Ambrose and two—perhaps in a nod to the town’s namesake, inventor Thomas Edison—urged federal officials to decide on the facts alone.“Gov. Christie already vetoed this,” said Jessica Roff of Brooklyn, referring to Liberty’s prior proposal. “Since when did New York become the dumping ground for New Jersey?”Before one union member told the opponents to “go to hell,” another from New Jersey who favored the proposal was booed when he told the Long Beach crowd—worried that more fossil fuels will increase climate change and strengthen hurricanes—that their Sandy damage wasn’t as bad as the Jersey Shore’s.Perhaps traveling the farthest distance for the LI hearing was Craig Stevens, who lives near Dimock, Penn., a small town that became well-known since residents fought fracking companies they say poisoned their drinking water.“It’s not about gas, it’s about people,” says Stevens, who brandished a gallon container full of yellow liquid dubbed “Dimock Lemonade” or “Cabot Kool Aide,” after the oil and gas company. His trip to LI was just the latest in his continuing “scare the hell out of everyone tour.”Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, was especially riled up about the proposed port overlapping with the area of interest for LI’s latest off-shore wind farm proposal.“We find it…ironic, but also insulting and alarming that we are having this hearing here, in the great city of Long Beach,” she said. “Because nobody knows better than the people of Long Beach the impacts of climate change. The life-altering impacts, the economic, the financial, the emotional devastating impacts of climate change. We know what it’s like to lose it all and yet we’re having a community discussion about shackling ourselves for another 30 years to the damn fossil fuels. No! We want renewable energy, we deserve that. We can’t lose it all again and your policies need to change!”Members of the public wishing to comment on the Port Ambrose proposal can do so through Aug. 22, a deadline that may be extended.—With additional reporting by Rebecca Melnitskylast_img read more

Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford included in Manchester United’s squad to face Arsenal but Aaron Wan-Bissaka misses out

first_img Comment Rashford limped out of United’s defeat at West Ham (Picture: Getty)Rashford was an even bigger doubt after missing the game against Rochdale following his early withdrawl in the defeat to West Ham last Sunday.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe forward sustained a groin injury against the Hammers and was not expected to return to action until after the international break.However, Rashford is clearly willing to put his body on the line and is set to feature in tonight’s match at the Theatre of Dreams.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThere was some bad news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Aaron Wan-Bissaka was not spotted with the squad.The £50m full-back was not part of the 19-man squad that assembled at the hotel.With Wan-Bissaka missing, Ashley Young could be forced into a slot at right-back with Marcos Rojo at left-back.MORE: Per Mertesacker lifts lid on ‘baffling’ Arsenal reaction to Manchester United 8-2 defeat Paul Pogba is set to face Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have given the club a huge boost by declaring their fitness for tonight’s clash against Arsenal.Pogba faced a race to be fit for the game after sustaining an ankle injury in United’s Carabao Cup win against Rochdale on Wednesday.The Frenchman was unable to take a penalty in the shootout after taking a heavy knock in the closing stages and was unable to train with the squad on Thursday and Friday.However, he was spotted as the United squad made their way to the Lowry Hotel ahead of tonight’s game at Old Trafford.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford included in Manchester United’s squad to face Arsenal but Aaron Wan-Bissaka misses out Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Sep 2019 2:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShareslast_img read more

EPA Announces Two Actions on Upper Hudson River PCB Cleanup

first_imgImage source: EPAThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking two distinct steps on the Upper Hudson River PCB cleanup in New York state.These steps include:The issuance of the five-year review, which includes EPA’s decision to defer a determination of the protectiveness of the remedy in the Upper Hudson River until more years of Hudson River fish tissue data are gathered.In a separate action from the issuance of the five-year review, EPA also issued a “Certification of Completion of the Remedial Action” today to GE (General Electric Company) for activities it conducted that were components of the remedy selected for the cleanup of the Upper Hudson River.This is the second certificate in a series of three – the first was issued in 2012 and the third is not expected to be available to GE for more than five decades. Consequently, the third certificate, the “Certification of Completion of the Work” is not being contemplated and is not a part of today’s announcement.“EPA greatly respects and honors the engagement of the many concerned individuals and organizations who are so passionate about restoring the iconic Hudson River and we look forward to continuing these important partnerships with the River’s many stakeholders,” EPA Regional Administrator Peter Lopez said.“Many of us share a personal connection with this living resource, and value its connection to commerce, recreation, tourism, the arts and more.  This work is critically important not only for today, but for future generations. We take this effort seriously. No person or organization will be let off the hook for the contamination of this historic and valuable waterway.”Certification of Completion of the Remedial ActionIn a distinctly separate action from the issuance of the five-year review, EPA also issued a “Certification of Completion of the Remedial Action” today to GE for activities it conducted that were components of the remedy selected for the cleanup of the Upper Hudson River.Image source: EPASpecifically, the certification confirms that the dredging, capping, habitat restoration, and deconstruction / decontamination of the sediment processing facility conducted with EPA oversight between 2009 and 2016 (at a reported cost to GE of more than $1.7 billion) were properly performed in accordance with the 2006 legal agreement (Consent Decree) between EPA and GE.This certification does not cover, and does not in any way release GE from, any obligation to continue its operation, maintenance and monitoring (OM&M) responsibilities under the Consent Decree (which is specific to the work in the Upper Hudson) – a responsibility GE will bear for decades, said EPA.The issuance of this certification is not based on the findings of the five-year Review, including the protectiveness of the remedy; rather it is an acknowledgement that certain activities were carried out by GE, as required.Under the terms of the Consent Decree, GE can be compelled to conduct further actions, potentially including additional dredging, should EPA conclude in the future, based on the semi-annual sampling that will occur under the ROD and any other relevant information, that the remedial action carried out in the Upper Hudson is not protective of public health or the environment.Additional EPA WorkDredging the River is not the only work that EPA is advancing to clean up the Upper Hudson.Comprehensive investigations to assess and mitigate PCB contamination that may be present in sediment carried onto local floodplains and landlocked segments of the old Champlain Canal are actively underway.EPA is also working closely with NYSDEC to advance assessment of the Hudson River from the federal dam in Troy to the mouth of New York Harbor, and to determine what additional studies should be performed.More infolast_img read more

Sex abuse payout by LA archdiocese

first_img Share Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Sex abuse payout by LA archdiocese by: – March 13, 2013 Share Sharing is caring!center_img 56 Views   no discussions Share Cardinal Roger Mahony is helping to select the next pope despite being embroiled in this scandalThe Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to pay out nearly $10m (£6.7m) to settle four cases of sexual abuse by a former priest, Father Michael Baker.Recently released files show Cardinal Roger Mahony knew the priest had abused but put him back into ministry, where he is alleged to have abused again.The settlement comes as the cardinals of the Catholic Church are meeting to select a new pope following the abdication of Benedict XVI. Cardinal Mahony is at the conclave.Nearly 10,000 US Catholics signed a petition urging him not to go because of the allegations he protected priests accused of child sex abuse.Church filesCardinal Mahony was the popular archbishop of the Los Angeles Archdiocese – the largest in the US, representing five million Catholics – for 26 years until his retirement in 2011.As part of this settlement, no parties admit any wrongdoing. But thousands of pages of church files were recently released on a court order, revealing that Cardinal Mahony shielded a number of accused priests from the law; among them Baker, who in 1986 was sent for psychological treatment at a church-run centre and then allowed back into ministry.He went on to abuse again and this payment of $9.9m relates to four of his alleged victims, who accused him of molesting them – and claimed the cardinal covered up his behaviour. Two of the plaintiffs, who are brothers, will get $4 million each, and the two others will get nearly $1 million each, plaintiff’s attorney John Manly said according to the Associated Press news agency.Baker was convicted of child molestation in 2007 – the same year the LA archdiocese reached a record-breaking $660m settlement with hundreds of abuse victims – and released in 2011. ‘Mistakes’This is a further embarrassment for the archdiocese and especially for Cardinal Roger Mahony, says the BBC’s Jane Little in Washington.Cardinal Mahony has called Michael Baker his “greatest mistake”.“We have for a long, long time said that we made serious mistakes with Michael Baker and we had always taken the position in these cases that whatever Baker did we were responsible for,” AP quoted J Michael Hennigan, an archdiocese attorney, as saying.“That was never an issue.”“The person who could have stopped this in its tracks and prevented three out of four of these children from being sexually assaulted is now sitting in Rome voting for the next vicar of Christ,” said Mr Manly. “I find that terribly troubling.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Digicel Gives Free Access to Government and Online Learning Sites

first_img Sharing is caring! 130 Views   no discussions About DigicelDigicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes. Tweet Share Share Digicel has announced free access to over 10 websites including government and online learning platforms. By providing free access to these sites, customers on the Digicel network will not incur data usage charges while using these sites on their mobile devices.“We are all called to adapt to a new way of functioning and at Digicel, we recognise our role in this effort. By offering free access to these sites we are making it easier for people to access the information they need to stay on top of the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation and the measures that should be taken to keep safe. Moreover, parents and students can now access several more educational sites free on the Digicel network. It is all of those things that will help us get through together,” said Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste, CEO Digicel Dominica.The sites include the official online domains for the Government of Dominica (, Pan American Health Organization ( and the World Health Organization (, along with online learning platforms ABCmouse, Boom Learning, Kids Discover, Scholastic and adds to the Learning Hub online platform that supports both primary and secondary school students with a wide range of local and regional learning material across various subjects.Nikima added, “At Digicel, we’re in the business of keeping people connected and while we are focused internally on business continuity, we understand the purpose that serves to our customers externally. During this time, we hope that everyone remains safe and we will continue to do our best to serve.” EducationLifestyleLocalNews Digicel Gives Free Access to Government and Online Learning Sites by: – April 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Lacson: Negros to remain under MGCQ

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson believes Negros Occidental would still remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) on July 1.During an event yesterday at the provincial Capitol building, Lacson dispelled rumors circulating on social media claiming that the province would be returned to enhanced community quarantine.“I really think MGCQ will still be in effect,” Lacson said.Even though there has been marked rise of COVID-19 cases among recently returned locally stranded individuals (LSIs), Lacson said it is still very small numbers and he is thankful that the National Inter-Agency Task Force gave them a “short-break” from receiving new LSIs.Responding to questions about the province’s economic recovery under the MGCQ, wherein there are still aren’t to many people moving around, Lacson said it is really a question of confidence and if people still doesn’t feel that it is safe, then it is better to stay at home.“As long as the vaccine is [not yet available], I think economic recovery would take a while,” Lacson added./PNlast_img read more