Plastic pollution is creating an environmental crisis in the oceans.According to the United Nations (pdf), more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the water every year, killing up to 1 million sea birds and 100,000 mammals, turtles and fish.Unless significant action is taken, the amount of plastic in the seas will triple by 2025.New investment partnershipTo tackle the plastics problem, Innovate UK and Sky Ocean Ventures have joined forces to offer UK businesses £6 million in simultaneous public and private funding.Innovate UK will provide up to £3 million in grants to enable the UK to lead the fight against waste, catalyse new ideas and quickly get products and services to market. Part of this is from the Plastics Research and Innovation Fund – a £20 million programme led by UK Research and Innovation.Sky Ocean Ventures will offer the same amount in private investment. Set up by Sky, the firm looks to support young companies and create meaningful change by highlighting environmental disaster caused by plastic pollution in the oceans. Find out more about Sky Ocean Ventures’ goals. developing new, sustainable polymer materials developing sustainable plastic alternatives alternative business models and supply chains that use less plastic supporting circularity through improved resource use and design new product designs technology-enabled models that change consumer behaviours new recycling processes, including collecting, sorting and processing of waste plastics increasing the value of recycled polymers scalable, technology-enabled remedial solutions Our aim is to enable entrepreneurs to support innovative new ideas at the earliest stages with both investment and mentorship. We will use the reach and voice of Sky’s platforms to highlight their solutions and help consumers change behaviours. Applications should identify where revenue generation and growth will occur in the UK as a result of the innovation being developed and exploited.Workable solutions before it’s too lateOn the competition, Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Claire Perry said: Plastic waste has created a crisis that needs a global resolution. We need businesses, investors, government and researchers pulling in the same direction, creating workable solutions that people will be able to see on the shelves before it’s too late. the first part of the competition is open, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 13 March 2019 micro and small businesses are eligible to apply, working alone applicants must be based in the UK and intend to carry out the work here we expect projects to have total costs of between £100,000 and £200,000 and to last up to 12 months funding is for feasibility studies, industrial research or experimental development successful applicants could get up to 100% of their project costs. This will be split between Innovate UK and Sky Ocean Ventures Heart-breaking images of wildlife suffering due to plastics waste have been a stark reminder that harmful pollution can have a devastating impact on our oceans. That is why, this time last year, the Prime Minister committed us to eliminating all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. We are investing more than ever before to find alternative materials to harmful plastics. We want innovators and businesses to get behind this too, helping us find new ways to cut down waste and pollution while growing their business to have global impact. Fred Michel, Group Director, Impact Investment and Sky Ocean Ventures, added: Competition information Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK, said: This follows a recent report by Beauhurst that companies receiving both Innovate UK grants and follow-on equity typically raise more money and achieve higher valuations.Ideas to reduce plastic wasteThe first part of the funding competition is inviting applications from projects that reduce plastic waste and pollution of wider environment and promote a circular economy.Projects could include: Find out more about this competition and apply.
Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce says it will be hosting a webinar Monday afternoon for a discussion on Building Coronavirus Resiliency In Your Business with local medical professionals. Dr. James Sherry, Executive Director of the Chautauqua County Health Network, and other healthcare professionals will join the chamber for the topic.The Chamber asks those interested to register for the Business Weekly Webinar on Jun 29 at:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8683224162938372623 After registering, people will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.All local business people are invited to participate in this informative dialogue. This is a free event. Advance registration is recommended, but not required. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Union leader: ‘Coal’s not back. Nobody saved the coal industry.’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNN:The president of United Mine Workers of America said Wednesday that the coal industry is not “back,” despite President Donald Trump’s claims.Cecil Roberts said at an event in Washington that his message to Trump and others running for president in 2020 is: “Coal’s not back. Nobody saved the coal industry.” He said coal-fired plants are closing all over the country, calling it a “harsh reality.”Trump held a rally in West Virginia in August 2018 where he touted his administration’s proposal to allow states to set their own emissions standards for coal-fueled power plants. He declared at the time, “We are back. The coal industry is back.”The Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule could result in 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, while the Obama-era plan it will replace would have avoided 3,600 premature deaths due to pollution from coal-fired power plants by that year. The Obama Clean Power Plan was set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to the climate crisis, by up to 32% compared with 2005 levels by the same year.Roberts said Trump cutting back some of the Obama-era regulations that limited coal-fired power plant emissions “perhaps kept the coal industry…in existence” but that plants are still closing “dramatically,” and the market keeps shrinking. He said coal mining jobs will continue to be lost because of what he called bad public policy, and “eventually there will be no market here or only the strongest companies will survive.”More coal-fired power plants have closed under Trump than during former Obama’s first term, largely because of free-market forces.More: Miners union president: ‘Coal’s not back. Nobody saved the coal industry.’
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Gives Update on Winter Snow Storm Blizzard 2016, Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration provided the following update on the winter storm across Pennsylvania and the situation on I-76 in the Somerset area:A historic snowstorm unfolded from Friday through Saturday evening across much of the southern half of the commonwealth. Snowfall ended Saturday evening after leaving behind a swath of 2-3 feet of snow along the Pennsylvania turnpike corridor. Despite the historic and daunting conditions of the storm, there were no fatalities or major injuries as a result of the backlog due to the response of local and state responders who worked tirelessly to check on vehicles and keep drivers safe.PennLive: Jaw-dropping snow measurements tallied in Harrisburg, across the state“Winter Storm Jonas… dumped 30.2 inches of snow on the Harrisburg area from 4 p.m. Friday through late Saturday night… Harrisburg’s prior measurable snowfall record was set nearly 33 years ago, when the capital area was buried by 25 inches of snow in 1983.” [PennLive, 1/23/16]Inquirer: Storm Jonas was one for the record books“A historic winter storm, packing hurricane-force gusts, inciting record tides at the Shore, creating blizzard-like conditions and impacting 20 percent of the nation’s population, heaped up to 28 inches of snow – and a colossal cleanup operation – upon the Philadelphia region… Jan. 23, 2016, will be remembered as one of the wildest days in the region’s weather history. Lehigh Valley Airport seemed to top the region with 31.9 inches as of 2 a.m.” [Inquirer, 1/23/16]Morning Call: Storm smashes Lehigh Valley snowfall record“More than a doozy, the storm proved historic, dumping 31.7 inches of snow and smashing the area’s previous record. Reminiscent of the epic January 1996 blizzard, which produced the previous record of 25.6 inches of snow in the Lehigh Valley, this storm generated blizzard conditions for a couple hours Saturday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Lance Franck in Mount Holly, N.J.” [Morning Call,1/23/16]Along I-76, there was a backlog of vehicles in an area that was among the hardest hit in the state with more than 35 inches of snow falling over the course of the storm.The backlog began when westbound tractor trailers became unable to climb through the mountains toward the Allegheny tunnels, jack-knifed and traffic backed up behind them. As progress was made to clear the initial stranded trucks, other trucks also became unable to go up the hill. This caused a backlog for all vehicles. Due to the backlog and the increasingly poor conditions, emergency crews were unable to get heavy–duty tow trucks to the scene to clear the disabled trucks. The backlog also prevented Turnpike road crews from being able to clear the snow for motorists.Plan X was instituted by PSP and the Turnpike overnight to start turning people around, and having cars exit turnpike in opposite direction. Plan X is the method by which the Turnpike Commission, in emergency situations such as multiple vehicle accidents, closes certain sections of the Turnpike and reroutes traffic around the affected sections. In order to turn vehicles around, the roadway needed to be cleared by hand and using vehicles smaller than large plows. At this time, the snow was falling at a significant rate.When the backlog was reported, PEMA contacted Somerset/Bedford emergency management to add extra resources for driver checks by first responders on ATVs. There were five fire departments, including Shanksville, Berlin, Shawnee Valley, New Baltimore, and Somerset, and Pennsylvania State Police personnel performing driver checks. Every car was checked multiple times. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission refueled cars that were low on fuel so they could keep heat running in their cars. The National Guard was deployed with shovels, MREs, water and chains to assist with driver checks and stuck cars. There was a warming shelter set up at the Bedford exit, with additional EMS on standby there.On Friday night and early Saturday morning, there were more than 135 first responders from state, county, and local governments on the scene. By Saturday, the number of first responders grew to 250 including 87 guard troops supported by 28 humvees, 8 cargo trucks, and 2 large wreckers.PEMA, in coordination with state agencies and local authorities, implemented a plan to remove stranded motorists from the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford and Somerset counties. This plan included buses and specialized vehicles from private vendors, the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Department of Corrections. In addition, incident management teams from PEMA, DCNR, Region 13, and Keystone were on scene to support the established incident command post. A PEMA-IMT representative along with 13 total IMT staff have been at the staging scene.The queue between mile-markers 126-128 westbound steadily decreased overnight and, at last report, all vehicles were cleared. Salt/plow trucks are in the area and are clearing and treating the roadway. Abandoned vehicles were moved to the KEGG. PEMA with local partners are working out logistics for getting motorists reunited with their vehicles.Additionally, a number of freed passengers – with the assistance of the National Guard – began to move to the Bedford shelters at the local high school that was established by PEMA. Although shelters were identified at both the middle school and high school only one shelter needed to be established at Bedford High School. Bedford High School had a midnight shelter count of 216 residents. 1,200 meals were delivered by the National Guard consisting of box lunches made by the Salvation Army. The school cafeteria was also opened and served food. Cots were delivered.Some individuals, mostly commercial truck drivers, elected to remain with their vehicles. Well-being checks of motorists who chose to remain with their vehicles were performed overnight. Meals were also offered to those who stayed with their vehicles.The shelter manager advises that buses for shelter residents are waiting to go. The manager plans to facilitate their departure and will give each shelter resident a boxed lunch to take with them for the ride. Turnpike is working with a private contractor to reunite people at shelters with their vehicles.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 24, 2016
The Football Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina delegation led by President Elvedin Begic, Selector Dusan Bajevic, Advisor to the Executive Board Zvjezdan Misimovic and Executive Director of Sport Elmir Pilava in Rome held a meeting with the captain of “A” national team, Edin Dzeko.Preparations for the upcoming barrage matches being played in Zenica were discussed.Emphasis is placed on the first game against Northern Ireland, logistical activities and expert analysis of opponents.BiH’s delegation will attend the Lazio-Napoli match tonight, and after that, they will have a meeting with Miralem Pjanic.A meeting with Senad Lulic is scheduled for tomorrow and the visit will end with a visit to the match between Rome and Juventus.The return of the delegation from Rome is scheduled for Monday.
1 Celtic have announced the signing of former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure on a one-year contract.Rodgers signed Toure for Liverpool in 2013, following the Ivory Coast player’s previous spells at Manchester City and Arsenal.After making him an early recruit in his Parkhead reign, Rodgers predicted Toure would thrive in Scotland and be a big asset to Celtic.Rodgers said: “I brought Kolo into Liverpool to add that bit of experience and help to the centre-halves there at the time. You saw from his impact there and in particular last season, he was a very important player for Jurgen Klopp towards the end of last season, playing in the Europa League final.“He was outstanding in the big games for me when I was there. He looks after himself, he’s a wonderful professional and he has good experience.”Rodgers added on Celtic’s website: “With a lot of young players in our squad, he can really help them and he can be of great assistance for the likes of Scott Brown, who is a wonderful leader.“But he needs support and help around him as well. It will be nice for Scotty to have someone behind him who has that real big-game experience. Kolo can do very well for us.” Kolo Toure during his time at Liverpool
The less said about the last week of Warriors’ basketball, the better.But how could anyone refrain from talking about it?Golden State lost all three games on its state of Texas road trip, falling to Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.In the process, the Warriors lost their No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and in the NBA’s net rating rankings. Remember a few days ago, when it seemed like the Warriors were invincible? They’re not. Without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green — and …
A fossil duck from the Cretaceous has been discovered, indicating that the branch of birds including waterfowl already coexisted with the dinosaurs. A press release from NC State explains the significance of the paper published in Nature1 this week. Dr. Julia Clarke and colleagues say this means that “at least duck, chicken and ratite bird relatives were coextant with non-avian dinosaurs.”1Clarke et al., “Definitive fossil evidence for the extant avian radiation in the Cretaceous,” Nature 433, 305 – 308 (20 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03150.Wow, those early birds must have evolved from dinosaurs pretty fast. This seems to require a dramatically accelerated rate of lucky mutations per year. Beware, Charlie: gambling is addictive.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Albertina Sisulu, South Africa’s mother of the nation, is buried beside her beloved husband Walter in the Newclare cemetery in Johannesburg. Photo: City of Joburg By Romaana Naidoo19 May 2014I might not have been born into a democratic South Africa but my parents sure did their best to shelter me from being ostracised solely based on my skin colour. Although this was probably instinctive on their part as parents innately try to protect their kids, I think it prevented me from being fully aware about issues surrounding the nation’s fight for a free and fair country.Forging forward many years later and South Africa is celebrating 20 years of democracy. For me, a great way to understand the anti-apartheid struggle has been to find out about the lives of the country’s departed heroes, those who fought tirelessly for freedom, regardless of the sacrifices.To walk into any one of Johannesburg’s cemeteries is to explore the country’s rich history through the stalwarts that lie resting there. Take, for instance, Avalon Cemetery, the final resting place of many prominent individuals who were involved in the liberation struggle – among them Hector Pieterson and Tsietsi Mashinini, victims of the 1976 uprising.It sends chills down my spine just thinking about the passion and selflessness of students and the driving force they embodied in a bid to abolish something as inhuman as apartheid, fighting til the death to see it eradicated.As part of my job as a writer for Johannesburg City Parks, I have been researching South Africa’s fallen heroes – and I’m humbled by the sacrifices made by them and their young families to see a country unburdened from racial hate and intolerable cruelty. Johannesburg holds the the stories of many heroes and heroines, many of whom have been laid to rest in the 35 cemeteries throughout the city.Political activist Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu (aka the “Mother of the Nation”) is just such an example. She was laid to rest beside her husband, Walter Sisulu, at the Newclare Cemetery. The couple fought tirelessly and spent years in prison or deep underground to help the people of South Africa. He joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1940, and along with Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo was part of the ANC Youth League.Read more about South Africa’s history and heritage on SouthAfrica.info
SharePrint RelatedHow Teens Discover GeocachingJuly 8, 2011In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Advantages (and disadvantages) of being a geo-teenJanuary 13, 2016In “Community” By Kara BonillaJeffrey with Geocaching.com Co-Founder and CEO Jeremy Irish at GeoWoodstock VI .Geocaching teenagers are becoming easier and easier to find as geocaching gains popularity. Harder to find are teenage cachers who have found nearly two thousand geocaches. Jeffrey Bushnell, 18, from Utah, USA is better known in the caching community as tico jeffrey. He started geocaching when he was 14. Jeffrey has found 1853 caches to date. He’s also discovered a true passion for the high-tech treasure hunt of geocaching.It all started for Jeffrey as a young Boy Scout, when he won a GPS device after selling tickets at a Boy Scout expo. “I went home after the expo, looked it [geocaching] up online and made an account. Then, less than less than five minutes after creating my account, I got on my bike, grabbed my new GPS, and headed out to find the cache closest to my house.”Jeffrey loves geocaching because he explores new places he has never seen before, gets to spend time outdoors, and relishes the thrill of finding a cache.Now a seasoned geocacher, Jeffrey owns 92 caches. He has gone geocaching in twelve states and two other countries besides the US: Canada and Costa Rica. Jeffery owns 70 Trackables and has moved over 800 Trackables throughout his many geocaching adventures.Statistics from Geocaching.com: Jeffrey’s Cumulative Finds, as of July 20, 2011. Besides his aunt, Auzzie Dogs, Jeffery’s family is full of muggles. For Jeffrey, geocaching on family outings takes planning and convincing his parents to let him find a cache. He has to promise not to take a long time. Having a muggle family often makes the game a bit difficult for him, but Jeffrey never lets this slow him down.Jeffrey has found so many geocaches that he can’t even pick a favorite. He loves the thrill of a good find and always enjoys finding caches hidden by some geocachers in his area: “Both of my favorite users (Baad Daata and Billionj) have many caches that I have looked right at and even touched without finding it at first, these caches require a lot of thinking and strategy to find the exact cache container.”Jeffrey at GC10FB, Magic Kingdom, one of many Virtual Caches in Disney World.Jeffrey became an Eagle Scout and graduated high school this year. He will be attending Brigham Young University this fall where he plans to major in civil engineering and minor in graphic design and production. He loves to cache in his local area of Southern Utah, where he has many friends who always go out geocaching with him. Jeffrey also loves to take his grandma and other relatives out on geocaching adventures.One of Jeffrey’s favorite geocaching memories is when he received GeoWoodstock VI 2008 tickets for Christmas and went to the event in Wheatland, California with his aunt, Auzzie Dogs. “We had a great time and enjoyed meeting Jeremy Irish, also meeting a lot of old and new friends.”As some advice from Jeffrey for new teen geocachers, he suggests taking on one cache at a time, and to have fun with it. To learn more about Jeffrey’s geocaching career and to see his incredible geocaching stats, check out his user page, tico jeffrey. It is easy for teens to become outstanding geocachers, like Jeffrey. It is as simple as creating an account, getting a GPS, grabbing a group of friends, and heading out to find the first of many geocaches. DISCLAIMER: Underage geocachers should always geocache using the buddy-system! Take a parent, relative, or friend along and remember to tell a responsible adult the exact caches you plan on finding and the routes you plan on taking. Safe geocaching is fun geocaching!Share with your Friends:More