Miller: Upcoming conference promotes ‘Climate Change Economy’

first_imgby Ron Miller The Vermont Council on Rural Development is holding a major statewide conference, “Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change,” in Randolph on February 18. The gathering will launch VCRD’s new Climate Change Economy initiative, which aims to stimulate the growth of small businesses that can prosper by addressing various aspects of the climate change scenario.VCRD’s goal is to “ally business, policy and community leadership to advance policies and investments to grow jobs and nurture innovative business development in sectors ranging from clean energy to recycling, transportation systems, and thermal efficiency.” Vermont is poised to become a national leader in this area, and the Feb. 18 event could trigger an outburst of creative energy and purposeful investment.These efforts will be supported by a proposed Vermont Climate Change Economy Council that will emerge from the conference. This working group will develop a framework of policy actions and investment strategies during the coming year.VCRD is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization authorized by the federal farm bill to act as a neutral convener at local and state levels to support the viability of rural communities. Its previous initiatives have included the Working Landscape Partnership, the Council on the Future of Vermont, the Digital Economy Project and other efforts to galvanize action and support collaboration among community members.Characteristically, this group’s approach to climate change adopts a moderate, inclusive position: On one hand it recognizes that we do face new and volatile conditions on a planet with an altered atmosphere; “business as usual”—heedless consumption of resources and dumping of wastes, including carbon dioxide—is becoming ever more problematic. On the other hand, by emphasizing prosperity and opportunity, this project invites participation by businesspeople, policymakers, and other mainstream interests who do not accept the warning by Naomi Klein and others that climate disruption will “change everything” including the capitalist economy itself.The environmental and economic challenges of our time are so complex and systemic, it is difficult to know how best to address them. Like Klein, many activists propose various radical remedies, from  a “new economy” to eco-socialism to the breakup of large nation states, replacing the entire system with one that is more sustainable. Others believe that the industrial age is inexorably winding down and that we face an inevitable descent into a simpler, low-energy future, for which we better start to prepare. On the other hand, there are those who argue that technology and innovation will enable us to continue our accustomed lifestyle and economic institutions well into the future.I have explored many of the more radical analyses and find their arguments compelling in many ways. Some deep systemic changes are going to be needed to bring about a truly sustainable society. But given where we are right now, those changes are probably not going to happen any time soon. VCRD’s approach is a reasonable place to begin, working within the current economic and political climate. It offers common ground, and a supportive structure, for moving together thoughtfully into an uncertain future.Smaller scale economic enterprise, based on collaboration and a more realistic understanding of environmental limits, is a step in the right direction. We don’t know for certain that this project can ensure prosperity, as we have come to define that, but it is a meaningful step toward resilience, which in the future will probably be much more important.Information about the VCRD conference can be found at:  vtrural.org/programs/climate-economy(link is external).Ron Miller is the Chair of Sustainable Woodstocklast_img read more

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Specialized unveils new 2010 triathlon team

first_img Related Aiming to dominate the triathlon world in 2010, Specialized has launched its first-ever comprehensive triathlon team, with multiple athletes in each of the three major specialties: Long Course, Short Course, and XTERRA.Hand selected by Bobby Behan, Specialized Global Marketing Manager for MTB and Triathlon, the team athletes include decorated veterans through to young, upstart pros.“It’s super exciting to be instrumental in the construction of this star-studded global team, many of which have inspired my own triathlon career,” said Behan. “Collectively, the team has won every major title in triathlon from the Olympic Games to world titles in ITU, Ironman and XTERRA.”Long Course Triathlon Team Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack Rasmus Henning Philip Graves Jordan Rapp Desiree Ficker Peter ReidThe Long Course team will ride the new S-Works Shiv and S-Works. Long Course standouts Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack, the 2007 World Ironman and 1997 ITU World Champion; Peter Reid, three-time Ironman World Champion; and Desiree Ficker, 2008 Ironman South Africa 70.3 champ, have all returned.“It is a great honour to represent the big S around the globe,” said Peter Reid, long time Specialized ambassador and athlete. “For more than 10 years I’ve been like the kid in the candy shop – my candy shop being Specialized, of course.”Short Course Triathlon Team Javier Gomez Simon Whitfield Lisa Norden Gavin NobleSpecialized will also be diving head first into short course – a timely entry with the London Olympic Games only two years away. “The Olympic Games is the world’s greatest sporting event, and the athletes competing in ITU triathlon are the ultimate testament to the athleticism that defines the Games,” said Behan.Racing on the new S-Works Tarmac SL3 and S-Works Amira bikes, the new squad will include: Olympic gold and silver medallist Simon Whitfield; Multiple World Cup winner and former World Champion Javier Gomez; and former World U23 Champion and current second-ranked woman, Lisa Norden.Norden and Gomez are looking forward to their new toys and the benefits of a major sponsor. “My new Specialized S Works SL3 is so light,” said Gomez. “You really feel that all your power is transferred directly to the bike, and you don’t waste anything. And of course, it’s beautiful!” Norden added, “Having someone at the race site looking after me and my equipment is huge – it’s new to me and the sport.”ITU Development Team Leonardo Chacon Corrales Barbara Riveros Abrahm LouwJust as committed to grass-roots level racing as its international stars, Specialized has also teamed up with ITU Development Director Libby Burrell in support of the ITU Scholarship Programme. Responsible for fostering the rise of stars such as Norden, the programme was created, in part, to support national federations and regions where there are limited human and financial resources.XTERRA Triathlon Team Conrad Stoltz Dan Hugo Melanie McQuaidOf course the team wouldn’t be complete without Specialized veteran athlete Conrad ‘The Caveman’ Stoltz or Melanie McQuaid – both three-time World XTERRA Champions and both hungry for another podium. They are joined by Stolz’s fellow South African and upcoming XTERRA athlete Dan Hugo. All will be outfitted with S-Works Epic and S-Works Epic 29er bikes.“I’m really excited to be part of such a diverse group of triathletes,” said Stoltz. “Being part of a team feels really good; it’s only logical to have such a phenomenal group riding the best bicycles out there.”www.specialized.com www.triathlonteam.org/specialized-triathlon-teamlast_img read more

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To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand

first_imgThe Atlantic: Psych 101 was about to start, and Pam Mueller had forgotten her laptop at home. This meant more than lost Facebook time. A psychology grad student at Princeton, Mueller was one of the class teaching assistants. It was important she have good notes on the lecture. Normally she used her laptop to take notes, but, without it, she’d have to rely on a more traditional approach.So she put pen to paper—and found something surprising.Class just seemed better. “I felt like I had gotten so much more out of the lecture that day,” she said. So she shared the story with Daniel Oppenheimer, the professor teaching the class.“‘I had a similar experience in a faculty meeting the other day,’” Mueller remembers him saying. “And we both sort of had that intuition that there might be something different about writing stuff down.”It turns out there is.A new study—conducted by Mueller and Oppenheimer—finds that people remember lectures better when they’ve taken handwritten notes, rather than typed ones.Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Adopt A Road In EH, Town Board Says

first_imgEast Hampton Town invites citizens and business owners to consider adopting a road.The process is fairly simple, said Councilwoman Sylvia Overby last week. The program is run by the town Highway Department, and on the town’s website, there is a list of all the roads available for adoption. Residents can simply pick one that has not yet been claimed.East Hampton Town Highway superintendent Stephen Lynch said those interested must come to his office to fill out the necessary paperwork. A business that adopts a road is expected to supply volunteers at least eight times a year to walk along the section of road it has chosen, to pick up litter. “We supply safety vests, garbage picks, and bags,” Lynch said. “It works well. You fill the bag and leave it along the path. Call us, and we pick it up.”Overby discussed the program at the town board’s work session on February 19. She said one of the perks for those who participate is a road sign recognizing the company doing the cleanup operation. She also said that, in the coming months, the process of road adoption online will be “streamlined,” to make it more interactive and forms easier to complete online.Some roads appear to be more sought after by road-wise foster parents than others. The entirety of Abraham’s Path, from Springs to Amagansett, has been adopted, in three sections. Bluff Road, from Indian Wells Highway to Atlantic Avenue, has been adopted, but the eastern portion of Bluff Road is still looking for some love. Cranberry Hole Road in Amagansett is spoken for, as is Ditch Plains Road in Montauk, but turn the corner onto Deforest Road, and it can be yours, for the asking. Many frequently traveled roads, such as Old Stone Highway, remain at least partly available, with the majority of the roads in the town still up for grabs.Sections of Montauk Highway are not available under the town’s program. The state runs its own “Adopt a Highway” program.Besides the “Adopt a Road” program and the attendant signs, the board also discussed another type of road sign on February 19: those that indicate the number of deer struck by vehicles in the past year. Councilman David Lys told the board that there are 12 deer crossing signs in the town with the number on them.In 2018, there were 646 vehicle-deer accidents reported in town. This is an increase from 2017, though it is not clear if some or all of that increase might be due to a change in methodology for recording such incidents. The East Hampton Town police recently reported a marked decrease in total accidents recorded in 2018, as opposed to 2017.t.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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LNG re-gasification contract awarded

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Maritime Unions Call on UK to Seize Opportunity for Growth

first_imgNautilus General Secretary Mark Dickinson said the findings should serve as a ‘timely reminder’ for the new government of the importance of the maritime sector.“Crucially, however, that strategic objective requires recognition of the importance of British seafarers and firm action to address the critical skills shortages, along with a commitment to ensure secure and rewarding employment for those British seafarers currently working in our industry.“I look forward to the outcome of the Maritime Growth Study for details of the government’s plans to support British shipping and expand maritime training and employment,” he said.The country has got a new Shipping Minister, Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby who  was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport on Tuesday.Goodwill’s specific duties within the department will focus on completing the Maritime Growth Study aimed at shaping the future policy and support measures for British shipping and seafarers. The new government in the UK needs to recognize the importance of the maritime industry and step up its support to the sector, maritime professionals’ union Nautilus said.The call for grater support comes in the wake of a new research that shows that maritime sector is worth almost £10bn a year to the UK economy.A report from Oxford Economics values the combined direct contribution of the UK maritime services sector – including the shipping, ports and business services industries – to have been £9.9bn in 2013.The sector directly employed a total of 239,200 people in 2013 and the combined direct contribution of maritime industries to the exchequer was £2.5bn.But the study also warns of a worrying decline in UK shipping industry performance between 2011 and 2013, with its contribution to GDP falling from £5.6bn to £3bn, and direct employment down by nearly 20,000 jobs. The overall direct contribution of the ports, shipping and maritime business services industries to GDP, fell by nearly £4bn over the same period.Maritime UK Chairman Alderman The Lord Mountevans urged the government to give ‘careful consideration’ to the report’s findings’.“If strong and decisive action is not taken, then there is a great risk that a massive opportunity for economic growth could be lost,” he added.last_img read more

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RMR Shipping rolls into Dublin

first_imgThe service started on Monday and will call monthly with a port rotation of Dublin, Harwich, Antwerp, Lagos and Monrovia. RMR Shipping’s UK agent, Cory Brothers has announced that in Ireland, Trinity Shipping has been appointed as the shipping line’s local agent. RMR Shipping has significant experience in carrying used vehicles, machinery and mechanical plant to West Africa using ro-ro and lo-lo vessels.last_img

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Regina Coeli Primary hosts Annie the Orphan play

first_img 1 of 5 Grade 3 pupil Madison Engelbrecht, left, is pictured with Nikita du Plessis, 6. Grade 3 pupil Madison Engelbrecht, left, is pictured with Nikita du Plessis, 6. Regina Coeli Primary School, in Athlone, hosted a play about Annie the orphan girl at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Wednesday June 22.last_img

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African Development Bank approves 5 billion rand loan to South Africa

first_imgFILE PHOTO – The headquarters of the African Development Bank (AfDB) are pictured in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, September 16, 2016. Picture taken September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Luc Gnago/File Photo Staff wearing protective suits clean garbage at a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, July 10, 2020. As of Thursday, a total of 238,339 COVID-19 cases were reported in South Africa, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. (Photo by Yeshiel/Xinhua)The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a roughly 5 billion rand ($300 million) loan to the South African government to help it fight the COVID-19 pandemic and support its budget, the bank said on Wednesday.Africa’s most industrialised economy was in recession even before COVID-19 started ravaging its economy. Forecasts are now for gross domestic product to shrink by at least 7% this year, and a budget deficit of around 15% of GDP.The country has recorded the most coronavirus infections in Africa, with more than 380,000 cases.The AfDB said in a statement that the loan was to protect lives and promote access to essential medical equipment, to protect livelihoods by preserving jobs, and to support companies in the formal and informal economy.“South Africa’s ability to respond to the pandemic has implications for neighbouring countries as well as the continent as a whole,” the bank said.South Africa has also approached the International Monetary Fund for financial support in its fight against the coronavirus. The IMF is expected to consider its request next week.The development bank of the BRICS group of nations approved a $1 billion COVID-19 loan for South Africa earlier this year.($1 = 16.4914 rand)Related South African doll entrepreneur South Africa’s Clothing Bank center_img South African Chauffeur Industrylast_img read more

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Residents warned to get vaccinated to prevent diseases

first_img Share LocalNews Residents warned to get vaccinated to prevent diseases by: – April 28, 2014 Share Tweet Dominican parents are being encouraged to embrace the opportunity to get their children vaccinated at no cost at any health centre across the island.Health Minister Julius Timothy, in his address to begin the observance of Vaccination Week in the America’s, said that despite the island’s successes in immunization, his ministry is concerned about the number of Dominican children who have not completed their vaccination schedules.Vaccination week in the America’s runs from April 26 to May 3, 2014 under the theme “Vaccination: Your best shot”.“These children continue to be at risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. The threat of reintroduction and importation of any of these diseases is of great concern”.“It is with this in mind that the MOH [Ministry of Health] is encouraging all parents in particular, to ensure that their children receive the required vaccines that are aged appropriate,” Mr Timothy said.Health Minister, Julius Timothy (file photo)He revealed that Dominica continues to report immunization coverage of the target population of 95% and over for all vaccines offered under the Expanded Programme on Immunization.“Parents can testify to a greater quality of life for their young children and resources continue to be provided to purchase vaccines for our population particularly our children less than 5 years”.“Our children have received protection from common diseases affecting many of their counterparts in other parts of the world,” Mr Timothy noted.The minister noted that the use of vaccines by the Ministry of Health is one of the major factors in disease prevention.Thus, the appeal continues for the Haitian community in Dominica to visit the health centers nearest to them and be immunized.“We will also be focusing on increasing our coverage especially for the MMR [Measles, Mumps and Rubella] vaccine for children 1-3 years. Health Care workers will also be targeted with Hepatitis B vaccine,” he said.Persons travelling to Brazil for the World Cup are also being warned to visit their health centers to ensure that they are immunized against Measles and Polio in particular before leaving.The 2014 World Cup will attract millions of travelers from across the globe, increasing the risk of importing cases of vaccine-preventable diseases.The Region of the Americas has been certified polio-free since 1994 and achieved the interruption of measles in 2002 and rubella in 2009. However, globally these viruses are still circulating; hence importation is a real threat to Dominica.Vaccination Week in the America’s VWA raises population awareness of vaccines as a public health good and forces policy makers to place the topic of immunization as a priority.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 12 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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