• Biden’s climate playbook may echo Trump’s: When the Trump regime came into office nearly four years ago, it asked the courts to stop litigation over the Obama-created Clean Power Plan while it worked to repeal and replace the rule. Since then, Trump has rolled back or weakened more than 125 environmental policies and rules affecting vehicle emissions, air and water pollution, oil and gas development, and public lands. Environmental advocates objected and sued over many of these changes. When Trump is ousted from the White House in January, it appears that President Joe Biden will follow that same path as he seeks to undo most or all of those rollbacks. It’s likely his administration will ask the courts to freeze lawsuits against Trump in these matters as it works to generate its own replacement policies and rules. Jean Su, staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, told EnergyWire that the key strategies will be speedy reversals of Trump’s rules and replacement with new ones. Although the federal court system is now brimful of Trump-appointed judges, they will probably agree to requests to freeze pending litigation against old rules, according to Richard Revesz, director of New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity.• Zuckerberg defends decision not to boot Steve Bannon off Facebook for proposing that two top government officials be decapitated and their heads put on pikes as a warning: According to Reuters, Mark Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting Thursday: “We have specific rules around how many times you need to violate certain policies before we will deactivate your account completely. While the offenses here, I think, came close to crossing that line, they clearly did not cross the line.” Proposing extrajudicial killings of Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray is probably just part of Bannon’s apparent campaign to persuade Trump that he should be on the list for a pardon when the squatter in the White House gets around to letting his most wretched minions off the hook for any outlawry they were involved in while serving him. But what “clearly” does cross the line at Facebook? If Bannon Photoshopped himself wielding an ax and posted a doctored image of him lopping off Dr. Fauci’s head, would that do the trick?• New study shows U.S. generates more plastic waste than any other nation: The researchers calculated that Americans produced up to 1.38 million tons of plastic pollution domestically through illegal dumping and littering. Which means the U.S. may have contributed as much as 2.48 million tons of plastic waste into the global environment, 1.6 million tons of it into ecosystems within 30 miles of a coast. That makes the U.S. the planet’s third-worst contributor to coastal plastic pollution. “All of this points to the need for us to reduce our production of single-use plastics,” said Nick Mallos, senior director of the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program and one of the new study’s co-authors. “We simply can no longer throw away our things into a recycling bin and assume our job is done.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – • U.S. surpasses record high for positive COVID-19 tests: As the coronavirus rages across the nation, data from Johns Hopkins University puts the number of positive tests on Friday at a record 184,514, The university puts the seven-day rolling average for virus-related deaths at 1,047. Another source, Worldometers, has consistently tallied a total that is a few thousand more deaths than the Johns Hopkins’ count. On Friday, it recorded the daily death toll at 1,397 and the seven-day rolling average at 1,107. That’s the highest it’s been since Aug. 5. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects that at least 439,000 Americans will have died from the virus by March 1 unless strict mask-wearing orders are enacted and enforced.- Advertisement – MIDDAY TWEETx • Here are 277 policies Joe Biden can enact on Day One without Congress.On their own, none of these 277 policies will fully solve any of the interlinked crises we now face. But they can go a significant way toward immediate harm reduction. Some can even solve longstanding problems, simply by enforcing or fully implementing laws already on the books.Perhaps most important, all of these policies are ideas that leaders in the moderate and progressive wings of the party broadly agree on, and that Biden should have no excuse not to enact, save for his own policy preferences. • Meet the guy firing people who Trump considers disloyal: Johnny McEntee is the 30-year-old architect of the post-election purge going on in the White House, an effort amounting to a crusade that he has been working on for months. A team of Washington Post reporters note that McEntee is passing out the pink slips, making clear that disloyalty will be punished, and warning employees not to cooperate with the Biden transition. More dismissals are expected to follow those of the secretary of Defense, a senior climate scientist, two top Homeland Security officials, and the second-in-command of USAID, all of whom were booted in the past nine days. Said Cleta Mitchell, a conservative activist who is a partner at the law firm Foley & Lardner, “Conservatives believe that the president was not well served by the original people staffing [the White House Personnel Office]. They systematically excluded strong Trump supporters,” Of McEntee, she said: “I wish he had been there in the beginning.” Having been ousted from his previous far less powerful White House post because of an online gambling obsession, McEntee was rehired after the impeachment of Trump. He soon axed employees in the personnel office and began an interview process to uncover disloyalty by sussing out their personal views in various matters. For example, an employee at the Environmental Protection Agency was asked his opinion on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. “I work at the EPA,” the official said, startled. – Advertisement –
November 16, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf, Governor’s Residence, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf today announced the opening of three, exciting new art exhibits on display at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. The new exhibits include artwork by the late Pennsylvania House Speaker K. Leroy Irvis, a photography exhibit curated by the Historic Harrisburg Association highlighting the history of Pennsylvania Governors’ Residences, as well as “thread paintings” by Easton-based artist Emil Lukas.“Each of the pieces on display as part of these exhibits reminds us of Pennsylvania’s rich history, valued diversity and inspiring artistic talent,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “I am grateful to the Irvis family, Emil Lukas, and David Morrison and Jeb Stuart of the Historic Harrisburg Association for lending their great work and talent to the Governor’s Residence so all its visitors may enjoy and celebrate the history and diversity our great Commonwealth has to offer.”The Governor’s Residence, located at 2035 North Front Street, will be open to the public to explore the new artwork this Friday, November 18th between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. as part of Harrisburg’s 3rd in the Burg. At 6:00 p.m., David Morrison, architectural historian and executive director of Historic Harrisburg Association, will present a 30-minute illustrated lecture on “Pennsylvania Governors’ Residences from the 17th to the 21st Century” which highlights nearly 350 years of architectural landmarks associated with Pennsylvania’s Governors from William Penn to the present day. This event is free, open to the public and no reservation is required.In addition, visitors to the Residence this Friday, as well as those visiting throughout the holiday season and into the spring, will be able to view the amazing work of former Pennsylvania House Speaker K. Leroy Irvis, the first African American to serve as speaker of the house in any state legislature in the United States since Reconstruction. Speaker Irvis was also a prolific artist who created hundreds of wood sculptures during the latter half of the 20th Century as well as abstract paintings, poetry and other works of art. The Irvis exhibit was curated by Nancy Mendes, an artist, exhibit designer and art educator who has created exhibits for the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Historical Society of Dauphin County and the City of Harrisburg.Also on display are the unique and inspiring works of Emil Lukas, entitled Large Particle Hum and Small Particle Hum. For his “thread paintings,” Lukas meticulously strings thousands of feet of thread in different directions across a framed wooden box. He tests the effect of every thread and hue. According to Lukas, “it is a very meditative state…the relationship is one with light, color, and the relative color that’s going on with the painting.” Lukas achieves the optical effects of luminescence and volume by making a denser web of threads toward the edges and a sparser web toward the center. Born in Pittsburgh and educated at Edinboro University, Lukas currently lives and works in the Easton area. For more information on his work, click here.The Governor’s Residence is open for tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. For more information about the Governor’s Residence, or to schedule a tour, visit the Governor’s Residence website here.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf First Lady Frances Wolf Unveils New Art Exhibits at the Governor’s Residence Celebrating Pennsylvania’s History and Diversity
In 2014, it spent €286 for each worker and pensioner.The pension fund said it was also facing the expensive renewal of its insured pension arrangements with Aegon at the end of this year.The accrued pension rights remain with Aegon, which has guaranteed the nominal rights but will not grant any indexation.Last year, the scheme was able to grant its participants an inflation compensation of 0.1%.In a letter to its pensioners, the board of Kunststof & Rubber said the liquidation decision had been taken after the unions and sponsors failed to reach an agreement on a proposal to continue as an independent scheme, an option favoured by employees.As of next year, new employers can join the sector arrangements at PGB, which was initially the scheme for the graphics and printing industry.Over the past five years, however, it has expanded into other industries, including the chemical, cardboard and pharmaceutical sectors – and it has even taken the maritime fishing industry on board.At the moment, it implements pension arrangements for 2,300 companies with 66,000 staff in a total in 14 sectors. The €230m pension fund for the Dutch plastics and rubber industry is to join €21bn multi-sector scheme PGB after it failed to attract a sufficient number of participating companies.The social partners at the non-mandatory Pensioenfonds Kunststof & Rubberindustrie and PGB signed a declaration of intent that will see the smaller scheme join PGB next year.The pension fund Kunststof & Rubber has 7,240 participants in total, of whom 2,300 are workers, affiliated with 60 companies.As a consequence of its small scale, its costs for pensions provision were three times as high as those for large sector funds, it said.
Fitness mogul splashes big bucks on Gold Coast mansion The Beard’s former home at 46 Reed St, Ashmore is on the market.With that deal having settled in June, the Beards are now selling their sprawling Ashmore estate, set on a whopping 4161sqm riverfront lot.Property records show 46 Reed Street was purchased in Tah-nee Beard’s name for $3.3 million in January 2014. Simon Beard, pictured inside a Culture Kings store in 2011.FIVE months after securing a dream mansion on Isle of Capri, the couple behind Gold Coast streetwear giant Culture Kings has put their former home on the market.Simon and Tah-nee Beard paid $11.75 million in May for the resort-style residence known as Riverpoint in one of the biggest sales on the Gold Coast this year. The 4161 sqm estate has a long list of features.No price guide has been given in the fresh sales campaign being handled by Charlon Delos Angeles and Amir Mian of Amir Prestige.Known as Paradise Mansion, the holding comes with a long list of luxury features including a tennis/basketball court, pool with a cabana, a cinema, gym and an eight-car garage. Chance to buy your own chapel More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoInside the home has a contemporary feel.The main residence includes six bedrooms, all with ensuites, while a separate guesthouse is ideal for use as staff quarters or for visitors. The Beards, who founded Culture Kings in 2008, upgraded their riverfront lifestyle with the purchase of their new Surfers Paradise pad. MORE: Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tates sells up The Riverpoint mansion on Isle of Capri.Built on a massive point position, the 1651 sqm holding boasts 90m of main river frontage with lush tropical gardens giving the home a resort feel.Culture Kings has carved an international reputation for its streetwear, including brands from all corners of the globe, live DJs and instore barber haircutting and VIP customers including Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown and A$AP Rocky.
Yahoo News 19 February 2015Not Dead Yet Aotearoa, (NDYA) a new voice for disabled people in euthanasia and assisted suicide issues, has launched today. The organisation opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide laws and policies in New Zealand and advocates for the equal value of disabled lives.This launch is very timely, says NDYA convener, Wendi Wicks. We want to be a key voice in the debates that are so important to us. Our community’s concerns about the consequences of such legislation haven’t been well heard to this point.Disabled people want to have a good life. But too many of us lack the basic choices that our human dignity demands. That means many of us don’t feel at all secure and valued equally. But, ironically, society will happily provide us with the choice to die!We’re seen too much in medical and deficit terms, with an undue emphasis on the unbearable pain and suffering associated with disability, says NDYA member Huhana Hickey. We’re seen as costly too, a drain on scarce public resources.Our lives are already at greater risk when people think we don’t need to live, and put “do not resuscitate” notices in our medical files without our consent. In these kinds of situations, free and informed consent is a travesty – and in our key relationships with health professionals and service providers, we are too often at their mercy because of their power over our lives. So we find ourselves on the back foot, in an incredibly difficult place.If people get to hear only one view on this issue, Wendi Wicks says, they won’t get to realise how much laws enabling assistance for individual choices to die can put the human rights of a whole community like ours at risk. Because our society holds such negative views about disabled lives, and because there are so many risks to our disabled community from euthanasia legislation, it’s vital to hear NDYA’s perspectives too.https://nz.news.yahoo.com/election/a/-/26352540/new-voice-launched-for-disabled-people/
ILOILO – A high school teacher isunder fire for showing an explicit sex instructional video to his Grade 10Biology class at Pili National High School in Ajuy town. An upset AjuySangguniang Bayan member Angel Briones, chairperson of the committee on publicorder and safety, described the video as “lewd and offending.” Teachers may use supplementarymaterials to enrich the students’ learning “but appropriateness should serve ascriteria in choosing the materials,” he stressed. “We want to know the details,” saidBermejo. “We will study the principal’s report.” Regarding the video in question, Rojassaid, “Kon tan-awon mo gid, pang-married couple ini nga ma-spice up ang ila sexual life. Ti, angaudience mo kabataan, suited bala ini sa ila?” “We cannot deny that minors aresexually active now. We want to guide them and protect them from unwantedpregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases,” said Rojas. But still, he said, it wasinappropriate for minors as it showed graphic sex acts. Citing the seriousness of the matter,Briones said the SB members on Monday decided to summon the teacher. The director is expected to act on thematter within 72 hours upon receiving the report, Bermejo added. The video is also accessible to thepublic but one must have a YouTube account. SB member Briones wondered if thevideo was “authorized by DepEd to be viewed by minors.” From what he had gathered, the teachergot the video (“A Girl’s Guide to 21st Century Sex 2018”) from popular videosharing internet application YouTube. He believed what he was made to seewas already a sanitized version of the video. “It was a form of abuse sa mgaminors,” he said. He did say what would happen to theteacher. On Monday, Nov. 25, Briones delivereda privilege speech during the regular session of the Ajuy SB “to expressmy outmost concern regarding sang ginhimu sang manunudlo showing an obscene, lewd and offending video.” But he warned that impressionableyoungsters could form silly ideas from materials not suitable for their age. If the video in question is determinedto be inappropriate for the students, Bermejo said, DepEd would introducepsycho-social intervention. Bermejo said the DepEd investigationwould also cover allegations that the teacher was not “licensed”. The Department of Education (DepEd) isconducting an investigation. Dr. Roel Bermejo, DepEd-Iloilo Schools Divisionsuperintendent, said the school principal had been ordered to submit anincident report, stressing the importance of due process. Bermejo said DepEd has an accessibleportal for teaching materials related to sex education. He also asked who, under DepEd’sguidelines, is the proper person to handle sex education in schools – is it thescience teacher or the guidance councilor? He got wind of the controversial videofrom concerned parents. According to Briones, the teacher madehim wait for over half an hour. Bermejo said the school principal’sreport would be submit it to the disciplinary authority which is the directorof DepEd Region 6. A week before deciding to deliver hisprivilege speech, Briones revealed, he personally went to Pili National HighSchool to talk to the teacher and check the video himself. LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX. “Teachers may use supplementary materials to enrich the students’ learning but appropriateness should be a criterion in choosing the materials,” says Dr. Roel Bermejo, Iloilo Schools Division superintendent. For his part, Mayor Jett Rojas said hehas no problem with sex education in schools but stressed the importance ofusing teaching materials suitable to the target learners. According to Briones, informationreached him that the teacher was not a passer of the Licensure Examination forTeachers and that his college course was Biology. (With a report from the Philippine News Agency/PN)
According to police, a commercial truck driver had alcohol in his system while on duty Monday.A semi truck driver was taken off the road for 24 hours due to alleged consumption of alcohol while on duty.Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Inspecter, Kim Hill was checking trucks at the West Harrison Weigh Station on I-74 at the Indiana/Ohio state line when a 2006 Volvo semi crossed the scale around 9:15 a.m. Monday.MCI Hill asked the driver to exit the scale and bring paperwork for a routine check. The driver, 42-year-old Willie Peterson of Pamplico, SC, was speaking with the inspector when she detected an oder of alcoholic beverages of Peterson’s breath, police allege.“A check of Peterson’s BAC with a Portable Breath Test device detected the presence of alcohol in his system,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze.It is unclear what Peterson registered with the breath test, however, it was not at or above .08 BAC.“If his personal car was there he could have driven away, cause his blood-alcohol was very low. But under the Federal Regulations for Commercial Drivers, they cannot have any alcohol in their system,” said Sgt. HouzePeterson was issued a traffic ticket for the class B infraction and by statute was placed out-of-service for 24 hours.Although there is no jail time associated with the infraction, it does carry a maximum fine of $1,000.
Statewide—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has updated its new COVID-19 online dashboard to reflect two additional presumptive positive cases. The patients reside in Adams and Boone counties. This brings to six the number of Hoosiers who have tested positive for COVID-19. The other cases are 1-Marion County, 2-Hendricks COunty, and 1-Noble County that are all associated with travel. The dashboard can be found at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and will be updated daily at 10 a.m. and will reflect results received through midnight.
Leinster’s RDS Arena has secured the green light for a 20million euro (£15million) redevelopment. The stadium in Donnybrook, south Dublin, is to be transformed into a 25,000-capacity venue with the ground’s naming rights possibly being sold off to help pay for it. The new venue will also host equestrian events, music concerts and other sports as they arise. Leinster will continue to play their home games at the ground during the redevelopment, which is expected to begin in 2016 and will create a mainly all-seater stadium with plans for one terrace to be finalised. Mick Dawson, the club’s chief executive, said: “Leinster Rugby has a loyal supporter base and the redeveloped capacity of 25,000 in a purpose-built venue will provide greater opportunities for our supporters and commercial operations. “Gate revenue is a significant feature of our current business model, and we are sure that this redevelopment will help with this, as well as allowing us to explore additional commercial revenue streams. “At the moment we have a section of terrace for supporters and though the final plans are not yet complete, we hope to have a terraced section in the new stadium to accommodate people who prefer this. Though the majority of supporters will be seated.” A consortium of architect firms, Dublin-based Newenham Mulligan Architects and London-based Grimshaw Architects, won the international design competition for the RDS Arena after submitting anonymous bids to a panel of five judges. Michael Duffy, RDS chief executive, said it was a unanimous decision. “Their winning concept represents an exciting design response to a complex brief. Entries had to accommodate professional rugby, world class equestrianism and music concerts, in an already very busy events venue,” he said. “These three elements were exceptionally well incorporated by the winning consortium who stood out for their understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the development and their vision for the RDS Arena.” Commenting on the significance for the 2023 Rugby World Cup bid, Mr Dawson added: “A newly-developed RDS Arena certainly has the potential to significantly add to the World Cup bid, and we hope to speak to the Irish Rugby Football Union in due course.” In 2014 the Newenham Mulligan/Grimshaw consortium won the design competition for the redevelopment of the Curragh racecourse. Leinster are the reigning PRO12 champions and are three-time European champions. The club is competing at the top level in Europe this year again and has a Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath in the pipeline. Press Association
THE Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) U-17 Girls School Cricket tournament continued with commanding wins for Georgetown, Lower Corentyne, East Coast and West Demerara yesterday.At Young Warriors ground, Berbice, Georgetown beat Upper Corentyne by 93-runsUpper Corentyne’s Shenzia Luke top scored with 15 before MVP Naomi Barkoye grabbed 2-4 to help her side win after they batted first and posted 129-1. Barkoye was also the star as she earlier slammed 58 not out for Georgetown before taking two wickets.At Young Warriors ground, Lower Corentyne beat East Bank by 109 runsHome team Lower Corentyne thrashed the visiting East Bank by a whopping 100-plus run due to some fine hitting by opener Julianna Grimmond who top-scored with 42. She was duly supported by Ashley Ramnauth who scored 32 not out to help their side post 123-3 in the 20 overs.It was a nightmare chase for East Bank, who were mowed down for a hapless 16 as no player made it to double figures, thanks to a magical spell from Jamie Campbell, who grabbed 5 for 6 from 3 overs to seal a comprehensive win.At Lusignan ground, East Coast beat Essequibo by 6 wicketsBatting first, Essequibo made 58 all out after East Coast were led by two wickets each from Shemika Edwards, Sarah Amin and Tilleya Madramotoo, who helped keep their opponents at bay. In reply, the home team cruised to 59- 4 and were gifted 21 extras as opener Vinita Ballkishun top-scored with 15.At Lusignan ground, West Demerara upset West Berbice by 6 wicketsWest Berbice managed to make a decent 74-6 when their 20 overs expired. As a gift, they received some 35 extras to go along with the 31 runs contributed from their batters with the top score being 10.Shamain Henry bagged 3-13 for West Demerara who cruised to their target on the back of Vapine Pitamber who carried her side to victory with a composed 33 not out. Mariam Telford was the pick of the bowlers for West Berbice with figures of 2-14.