More daily record lows possible today as Eastern US suffers cold blast

first_imgiStock/Andrei310By: DANIEL MANZO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A significant blast of cold air is still making it feel like winter across parts of the eastern U.S. this morning.While there will be some improvement in temperatures during the day today another blast of cold winter like air is on the way for parts of the Midwest on Monday and northeast on Tuesday.Saturday’s low temperatures were quite impressive in parts of the eastern U.S. State College, Pennsylvania, dropped to 27 degrees which ties a record low for the entire month of May. Binghamton, New York, dropped to 24 degrees which is a new low temperature record for the month of May. Indianapolis dropped to 27 degrees on Saturday morning which also broke their low temperature record for the month of May.The cold air also brought some interesting precipitation across parts of the Northeast on Saturday. A trace of snow was reported in Central Park in New York City which tied their record for latest snow. During the day, squalls of precipitation moved through the Northeast with some of the squalls containing snow, some of the squalls containing graupel, and some of the squalls containing both precipitation types.This morning is another cold morning across parts of the eastern U.S. as more record lows will be possible this morning from Massachusetts all the way down the East Coast to Georgia and me a few records as far west as Arkansas.Luckily the wind is calming down in the Northeast but a few gusts are still driving wind chills in the 20s and low 30s for parts of the region, including the big cities from Washington, D.C. to New York City to Boston. Simply put, it is quite remarkable that it is feeling this cold in May with just about two weeks until Memorial Day.Meanwhile in the Midwest, a fast moving system will bring just a little bit of snow to parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin this morning. That storm will help bring some strong storms to parts of Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan later today. Gusty winds will be the main threat, along with small hail.The good news is that the storm should usher in some warmer air out ahead of it and bring temperatures into the 60s for parts of the eastern U.S. this afternoon.By Monday morning, some rain will be moving into the Northeast and we could see some strong thunderstorms in parts of New England during the day on Monday.However, and unfortunately, yet another cold blast is coming in right behind this storm. Wind chills on Tuesday morning could be 20s and 30s once again from Minnesota to the Northeast. Once again it is quite remarkable to see these type of wind chills at this point in May.Record low temperatures will be possible in parts of the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday morning, including airport locations near New York City, like Newark, LaGuardia and JFK.For those not a fan of the cold air, there is some good news. The waves of colder air have temporarily suppressed severe weather for a couple days, including a usually active time period for tornadoes in the Plains. The other bit of good news for some is that there are subtle indications that the pattern will change for the second half of the month with perhaps better chances for spring-like weather. Consequently, that will likely bring back the chances for severe weather as well.In the West, warm and hot air remains the dominant weather headline with some records broken on Saturday. Seattle hit 86 degrees breaking their old record of 83 from just last year and Portland hit 87 degrees which broke the old record of 86 set in 1987.A couple of records might be possible in the Northwest today, with temperatures getting into the mid-80s. Seattle is going for 84 degrees today with their record being 86 degrees.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

When design tells the story of a hotel

first_imgIf you are in tourism and hotel business, you are aware that decorating your hotel is an important part of the whole offer, if not the most important today when we talk about better guests and the extension of the tourist offer. Of course, the hotel or accommodation is not a motive for arrival, but a tourist destination, but the design in every form and sense of the word gives strong and unforgettable emotions and experiences, all beautifully wrapped in a story that you tell and deliver to your guests.What’s your story? What story is your hotel telling?To clarify the power and importance of design, I will only mention the Bujr Al Arab Hotel, an icon of Dubai as perhaps the best branded designer hotel bearing the destination brand.But we don’t have to go far from our coast, you all know the story of Hotel Lone, the first design hotel in Croatia, ie a hotel where design was the main word in all aspects of construction. As architects would say, the profit of a free hand of an investor is the holy grail and dream of every architect, designer…One of the architectural studios in Croatia that has attracted attention with its works is certainly Studio UP, led by a duo Tome Plejić and Lee Pelivan, and with his associates Damir Gamulin and Nenad Vukušić they shape some of the most original domestic hotel and hostel spaces and environments.Their story in tourism and joint cooperation begins with the hostel Goli i Bosi, where in a very short time they turned an abandoned department store in the center of Split into one of the best hostels in the world (awarded by Virtual Tourist visitors), and then professional awards and inclusion in various reviews, even in Japan.And interestingly one of the key factors for the success and recognition of the profession, a factor you certainly don’t think about nor will come to mind first, was the phenomenal signaling. Yes, signaling. It was the signalization in the Goli i Bosi hostel that played the role of a tourist guide, so the guests learned everything about Split and the people of Split on the walk to their room.Photo: Studio UP / Family hotel Amarin, design: Damir Gamulin, copywriting: Nenad Vukusic Seboarchitecture: Studio UP – Lea Pelivan, Toma Pleic, landscape architecture: Ksenija Jurčić DiminićSo recently in Studio UP, in cooperation with Damir Gamulin and Nenad Vukušić, they delighted the profession with their new signaling solution at the award ceremony for the best design works, where their solution for the Amarin Hotel won the Grand Prize. Croatian Design Society.By the way, the Grand Prize of the Croatian Design Society (HDD) is awarded to a project or initiative that, according to the International Jury, has significantly marked the last two years in Croatian design with its quality, innovation, complexity or clear and strong message.Thus, according to the HDD, the spatial graphics and signalization of the Hotel Amarin is an outstanding example of an integrated architectural and design solution. Horizontal and vertical signalization emerge from the form of space and create its rich, contemporary character. The multisensory system of content interpretation encourages the creative (emotional) response of each guest. With the interaction between the elements of the interior and exterior, the whole building becomes a large playground, which is the most valuable feature of this unique family hotel.As Nenad Vukušić, one of the creatives hiding from this signalization, points out, the client imagined the Amarin Hotel as a family hotel, and we turned it into a playground and adventure for young and old, together or separately. “Every step through the hotel is turned into a game, whether you are at the reception, where a large net overlooking the pool, on a hill from which you need to watch the starry sky or in your room, which is a whole big mosaic game for all ages. “Vukusic points out.Photo: Goli i Bosi design hostel”Everything in these projects is put in order to create an experience, which is reduced to one sentence that guests will later be able to take home: I was in a hotel that is a tour guide inside or I was in a hotel that was very fun and colorful, the kids enjoyed or I finally learned how to say Š, as in whoosh – each of these sentences is just the beginning of a conversation in which some guests will remember every detail of the interior – and some will just remember how great they had.”Says Vukušić.It is precisely design that brings added value to every project, and although on bright examples in the past years, it is still insufficiently present in the branding of Croatian tourism. On the other hand, it is through design that we can create attractiveness and differential to the competition, because we cannot impress quality guests with luxury, but with design and a unique story we certainly do. The modern tourist wants to see something authentic, original and creative.And last but not least, design is a tool for telling stories, and it gives a complete picture, ie an unforgettable overall experience. Concrete in itself does not have a story, but if we refine it through a story, ie design, then even ordinary gray and dull concrete comes to life and begins to tell a story.And that this is so, says another great project to which Vukušić drew my attention, where he also in collaboration with Stuid UP, told the story of the wind (wind), Bol and the Mediterranean. This is the Vitar Hotel in Bol, which, as Vukušić points out, is on the trail of concrete poetry, where sound images of Bol formed by the wind and the island are written on the walls, teaching foreigners how to pronounce our palaces by translating the same images.”The lyrics here are the image as well as the sound. Every detail is thought out and created for photography. “Said Vukusic.They are much more than ordinary dormitories to the hotel, they are interpreters and narrators of the authentic story that the hotel tells, from the whole brand, concept and design of the entire space. Every letter, color, object… has its own why and how. Of course, if we want to talk about quality tourism with added value and guests of higher purchasing power, then certainly in the approach to the construction and decoration of the hotel, one of the first bases must be design in every form.So let’s start over. What’s your story? What story is your hotel telling?Attachment:Explore a little deeper how design shaped these great travel storiesHotel Amarin, RovinjLifestyle hotel Vitar, Bol Goli and Bosi design hostellast_img read more

Atletico Madrid boss tests positive for Covid-19

first_img Read Also: Messi starts in Barca friendly win as La Liga kicks off Simeone’s side have been granted a delayed start to the new La Liga season, due to their involvement in the Champions League last month, and he could be back on the bench for their opening game at home to Granada on September 27. Assistant coach Nelson Vivas will take charge of their friendly clash away at newly promoted Cadiz in midweek. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtReal Faces Of The Women From World Famous PaintingsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Atletico Madrid have confirmed first team manager Diego Simeone has tested positive for Covid-19 following a round of testing yesterday. The club released an official statement with the update, stating the former Argentina international is asymptomatic and will now self-isolate at home. The club cut short their preseason training camp in Segovia earlier this week amid reports of a positive test from a reserve or youth team player. No other positive tests were returned by this set of results, with the first team squad expected to undergo more PCR testing on Tuesday.center_img Loading… last_img read more

Host Nation France Play Ronaldo’s Portugal for European Title

first_img“France are playing at home but they haven’t shown their spectacular football,” he said at a pre-match press conference. “We know we always lose to them but this will motivate us.“The French media are sure of the win (for France.) We have lost a final already but this time we can make it. Probability counts for nothing and all the Portuguese bet on us. There is nothing like playing in a competition like this for our country.”This will be the fourth meeting between Portugal and France in a major tournament. The French have won the previous three, all in semi-finals at Euro 1984, Euro 2000 and World Cup 2006.Portugal have played the most games (34) in the history of the European Championships without ever winning the tournament.Before Portugal, the only previous cases of third-placed teams in the group stages reaching the final of a major tournament (World Cup and Euro) was Argentina in the 1990 World Cup and Italy in the same tournament four years later. Neither lifted the trophy.Portugal are unbeaten in their 13 competitive fixtures under Fernando Santos (winning nine and drawing four). Eight of those nine wins were decided by a single goal.Portugal have conceded only one goal in their last five knockout games at the European Championships, it was against Poland in this year’s quarter-finals.This will be France’s fifth major tournament final. They have won three of their previous four (Euro 1984 and 2000, World Cup 1998), losing their most recent (World Cup 2006).France are unbeaten in their last 18 major tournament games played on home soil, winning 16 and drawing two.Only Germany and Spain (three) have won more European Championships than France (two).France are the top scorers at Euro 2016 with 13 goals in six games. They had not netted that many in a major tournament since Euro 2000 (13).Team NewsPepe has been passed fit for this evening’s match after returning to full training. The Real Madrid defender missed last Wednesday’s semi-final win over Wales with a thigh injury and had been considered a doubt ahead of the Paris showpiece against the hosts.William Carvalho is expected to return to the starting line-up after missing the semi-final through suspension.France have no fresh injury concerns or suspensions. The host nation named an unchanged team in consecutive games for the first time in their European Championship history in the semi-final, and Deschamps could name the same XI again today.Ronaldo vs GriezmannWhile there are many star players on show today, two are sure to stand out. Cristiano Ronaldo is a three-time World Footballer of the Year and a contender for this year’s award after leading Real Madrid the Champions League title a few weeks before the Euros.On the French side is Antoine Griezmann, a player who was on the losing side in that final playing for Atletico Madrid but top scorer at this tournament with six goals, with a legitimate claim to be player of the tournament.Ronaldo has played in more games than any other player at the European Championships (20). None of his three goals and two assists at Euro 2016 have come outside the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.Ronaldo has now equalled Platini’s record of nine goals in the European Championships. He has never scored against France (234 minutes of play).Griezmann has scored/assisted more goals than any other player at Euro 2016 (6 goals, 2 assists). He has the opportunity to become the third French player to finish as sole top scorer at a major tournament after Just Fontaine (World Cup 1958) and Platini (1984).Meanwhile French manager Didier Deschamps could become the second person to win the European Championships as a player and as a manager after Berti Vogts (unused sub in 1972, winning manager in 1996). Deschamps was the winning captain for France at World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Kick-off 8pmAfter one month and 50 games, France and Portugal are the only teams left of the 24 that played across 10 French cities for a tilt at the European title. This evening at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris, France take on Portugal in the Euro 2016 final aiming to win a European Championship on home soil for the second time.Didier Deschamps’ side have the chance to match the triumph of Euro 1984, when Michel Platini scored a tournament record nine goals on route to lifting the trophy. They face a Portuguese side looking to win their first major tournament, having lost 1-0 to Greece in their only other appearance in a European Championship final, in 2004.Portugal have lost their last 10 games against France, who in Antoine Griezmann boast the competition’s top scorer with six goals, but midfielder Joao Mario believes they can spring a surprise at the Stade de France.last_img read more

‘Crazy enough to make it happen’

first_imgSet on an 18th-century Caribbean island, the action-packed TV series Black Sails was shot at the Cape Town Film Studios. While it is due to be screened in the US next year, shooting for the second series has already begun in Cape Town. Photo: The Hollywood Reporter By Anne Taylor30 September 2013In a comprehensive look at South Africa’s film industry in yesterday’s Business Times, Ray Hartley details the filming of Black Sails, a US television series about pirates, that is currently being shot at Cape Town Film Studios.The first high-end series to be filmed in Africa – and the largest ever to be filmed in South Africa, the set is a recreation of a 18th-century Caribbean village – complete with a bar, a bordello and a trading store. And you can’t forget the two giant wooden sailing ships that mark the horizon just off N2 between Cape Town and Somerset West.The article quotes Nico Dekker, the boss of the Cape Town Film Studios, explaining how they secured the deal:“They asked if they could shoot it here. I said we have no sea, no water. They said: ‘We heard you guys are crazy enough to make that happen’.”Within four months, two five million-litre tanks had been built — one with a beach and the other for scenes on the open sea. Dekker says that local engineers not only rose to the challenge of building the two pools in record time, but they linked them through an underground tunnel. “You can have high tide and low tide on the beach. I don’t think anyone else in the world has this kind of facility.”And it’s not just the South Africans who are pleased with the way things have turned out: “There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle as to how you shoot an 18th century beach town and ships and an ocean and do it on a TV schedule and on a TV budget,” Black Sails creator Jon Steinberg said in an on-set interview with Bloomberg recently. “This ended up being the best of all worlds. The way the production has gone has been kind of everything you hope for.”Black Sails, the prequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island, will be screened in the US from January next year.Read more on South Africa’s film industryWatch the trailerFind out more about Cape Town Film Studios: read more

Walmart, PV Batteries, and a Minnesota Efficiency Program

first_imgGerman battery firm challenges TeslaUPDATED on Dec. 4, 2015A German battery company is giving Tesla a run for its money in providing solar systems combining photovoltaic panels and battery storage for European customers.According to a report posted at Greentech Media, Sonnenbatterie has announced that it will sell residential systems incorporating a 2 kilowatt-hour battery, a PV array, an inverter, and a control system for the equivalent of $10,645 (9,999 Euros), including a hefty 19% VAT. Installation, estimated at $745, is extra.Tesla’s Powerwall battery will be getting some competition from a German battery maker in Europe and possibly the U.S.For customers who already own PV panels, the battery and control software will be available for prices starting at $3,830.Sonnenbatterie made the announcement at a press conference in Berlin on November 25.Tesla’s 7 kWh Powerwall battery is available in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for the equivalent of $3,848 wholesale, but $6,385 for consumers, according to Greentech Media. If you want the whole system, which includes a Tesla battery and a 4 kW PV array, the Tesla price is reported to be $19,075.Sonnenbatterie said its battery will get 10,000 charging cycles, double that of the 7 kWh Powerwall.Tesla announced earlier this year it would begin selling two versions of its lithium-ion batteries, one rated at 7 kWh for $3,000 and a 10 kWh model for $3,500. At the time, Sungevity, an Oakland, California, company, said it would begin offering the Sonnebatterie system in the U.S. Details were not announced then, and no one was available at Sungevity to answer questions about the availability of Sonnenbatterie systems in the U.S.Sonnenbatterie now has U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles and an R&D facility in Georgia. The company’s U.S. senior technical director, Greg Smith, said by telephone the first U.S.-produced Sonnenbatterie will be shipped the week of Dec. 7. The lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, which the company calls Eco, are built with 2 kWh modules, ranging from the Eco 4 (4 kWh) to the Eco 16 (16 kWh). The Eco 4 retails for $9,995. The Eco 16 costs $24,000.The announcement in Berlin was part of a broader plan to create a virtual network of solar-plus-storage systems that would allow homes and businesses to share energy, PV Magazine said.Under this arrangement, called “Sonnencommunity,” excess electricity generated at a home or business would be split among other members on the system. If not needed by any other users, the power would be traded on the wholesale market, the magazine said. Minnesota efficiency program gets a high returnAn energy efficiency program in Minnesota is paying handsome dividends: at least $4 for every buck that’s spent.A report from the state’s Commerce Department relied on findings by Cadmus, an energy consulting firm. Cadmus conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis as well as a separate economic impact assessment, UtilityDive reported. Combining these numbers, Cadmus said that every dollar invested in the state’s Conservation Improvement Program yielded energy savings, environmental benefits, and new economic activity totaling $4 to $4.30.Under the CIP program, utilities offer residential customers energy audits and incentives for making energy-efficiency improvements. Business customers get rebates for high-efficiency boilers, chillers, lighting, and motors, the report said.“The Conservation Improvement Program plays a vital role in helping Minnesota achieve our goals to address climate change and reduce our dependence on power that comes from burning fossil fuels,” Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said in a prepared statement. “The cheapest and cleanest form of energy is the energy that we never use in the first place.” Walmart Tops Business PV ListAmerica’s biggest retailer is also the biggest business installer of photovoltaic (PV) panels.In its Solar Means Business report, the Solar Energy Industries Association says that the Bentonville, Arkansas, retailer now has 348 PV installations with a total capacity of 142 megawatts.Next in line were industrial real estate developer Prologis, with 97.5 MW of capacity, Target (71.9 MW), Apple (60.7 MW), Costco (50.7 MW), Kohl’s (50.2), and Ikea (41.4 MW). Other companies on the list represented a variety of industries, including auto manufacturers, a drug store chain, telecom companies, and an office supply chain.In all, the companies sampled in the report installed 1,686 PV systems with a combined capacity of 907 MW, generating enough electricity for 158,000 homes. That’s a 59% increase over findings of last year’s report, the association said.last_img read more

Garbage In, Garbage Out

first_imgU.S. cities have been burning municipal solid waste since the 1880s. For the first century, it was a way to get rid of trash. Today, advocates have rebranded it as an environmentally friendly energy source.Most incinerators operating today use the heat from burning trash to produce steam that can generate electricity. These systems are sometimes referred to as “waste-to-energy” plants.Communities and environmental groups have long opposed the siting of these facilities, arguing that they are serious polluters and undermine recycling. Now, the industry is promoting a new process called co-incineration or co-firing. Operators burn waste alongside traditional fossil fuels like coal in facilities such as cement kilns, coal-fired power plants, and industrial boilers.I study environmental justice and zero-waste solutions and contributed to a recent report about the health and environmental impacts of co-incineration. Since that time, the Trump administration’s lenient approach to enforcing environmental laws against polluters — including incinerators — has deepened my concern. I’ve come to the conclusion that burning waste is an unjust and unsustainable strategy, and new attempts to package incineration as renewable energy are misguided. Ana Baptista is an assistant professor of environmental policy and sustainability management at The New School. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. RELATED ARTICLES Co-incineration is not cleanAs an example of concerns over co-incineration, consider the Hefty Energy Bag program, which is sponsored by Dow Chemical Company and promoted by the nonprofit group Keep America Beautiful. This project offers grants to municipalities to participate in a curbside pilot program that collects hard-to-recycle plastics for energy production.Currently this initiative is collecting plastics in Omaha, Nebraska, and mostly co-incinerating them at the Sugar Creek cement kiln in Missouri. In 2010, the owner of this plant and 12 others settled with EPA for violating the Clean Air Act and other air pollution regulations, paying a $5 million fine and agreeing to install new pollution controls. Although this is just one example, it indicates that concerns over air quality impacts from co-incineration are real.Waste incineration deflects attention from more sustainable solutions, such as redesigning products for recyclability or eliminating toxic, hard-to-recycle plastics. Currently only about one-third of municipal solid waste is recycled in the United States. Rates for some types of plastics are even lower.Dow’s partnership with Keep America Beautiful is particularly problematic becomes it takes advantage of local municipalities and residents who want to promote zero-waste, climate-friendly policies. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, burning municipal solid waste emits nearly as much carbon per unit of energy as coal, and almost twice as much as natural gas.As the Trump administration reverses or abandons national and international policies to address climate change, many Americans are looking to local and state governments and the private sector to lead on this issue. Many cities and states are committing to ambitious zero-waste and renewable energy targets.These policies can drive innovations in a greening economy, but they can also provide perverse incentives to greenwash and repackage old solutions in new ways. In my view, incineration is a false solution to climate change that diverts precious resources, time and attention from more systemic solutions, such as waste reduction and real renewable fuels like solar and wind. Whether it’s an incinerator, cement kiln, or coal plant, if you put garbage into a system, you get garbage out. Incineration industry capitalizes on renewable energyCurrently there are 86 incinerators across 25 states burning about 29 million tons of garbage annually — about 12% of the total U.S. waste stream. They produced about 0.4% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2015 — a minuscule share.center_img Combined Heat and Power in SwedenLandfills Are a Big Methane ProblemLandfills Have a Huge Greenhouse Gas ProblemLandfills Can Make Great Building SitesAre We Recycling Too Much of Our Trash?Saving Energy by RecyclingJobsite RecyclingBeyond RecyclingWaste Management for New Construction and RemodelingArizona Bans Ban on BagsRecycled PVC Raises Health ConcernsPlastic Production Rises But Recycling Can’t Keep UpCurbside Recycling for Polystyrene FoamRecycling Vinyl SidingGarbage Disposal, Compost, or Landfill? Classifying incineration as renewable energy creates new revenue streams for the industry because operators can take advantage of programs designed to promote clean power. More importantly, it gives them environmental credibility.In 23 states and territories, waste incineration is included in renewable portfolio standards — rules that require utilities to produce specific fractions of their power from qualifying renewable fuels. The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan — which the Trump administration has pledged to replace — allowed states to classify waste incineration and co-incineration as carbon-neutral forms of energy production.Another EPA policy, the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials rule, was amended in 2013 to redefine waste so that municipal solid waste can now be processed to become “non-waste fuel products.” These renamed wastes can be burned in facilities such as boilers that are subject to less-stringent environmental standards than solid waste incinerators. This is good news for an industry trying to monetize waste materials such as railroad crossties by treating them as fuel. Why waste incineration is not sustainableMany environmental advocates in the United States and Europe are alarmed over government approval of increasingly diverse waste fuels, along with relaxed oversight of the incineration industry.Although municipal solid waste combustion is regulated under the Clean Air Act, host communities are concerned about potential health impacts. Emissions typically associated with incineration include particulate matter, lead, mercury, and dioxins.In 2011 the New York Department of Environmental Conservation found that although facilities burning waste in New York complied with existing law, they released up to 14 times more mercury, twice as much lead, and four times as much cadmium per unit of energy than coal plants.Disproportionate siting of incinerators and waste facilities in communities of color and low-income communities was a key driver for the emergence of the environmental justice movement. In 1985 there were 200 proposed or existing incinerators online, but by 2015 fewer than 85 plants remained. Many U.S. communities effectively organized to defeat proposed plants, but poor, marginalized and less-organized communities remained vulnerable.Now, some companies are turning to co-incineration rather than building new plants. This move sidesteps substantial upfront costs and risky financial arrangements, which have created debt problems for host municipalities such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.Co-incineration offers new markets for waste-derived fuels using existing infrastructure. It is hard to measure how many facilities are currently using co-incineration, since EPA’s Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials rule does not require them to report it. But as one data point, two affiliated building material companies, Systech and Geocycle, are co-processing waste in 22 cement kilns in the United States and Canada.last_img read more

In a surprise move, Ajit Pawar resigns

first_imgIn a sudden decision, senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar resigned as MLA on Friday night. Mr. Pawar, the nephew of NCP president Sharad Pawar, has also been named by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the FIR in the alleged scam at the Maharashtra State Cooperative (MSC) Bank. Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde confirmed to The Hindu that Mr. Pawar had sent his resignation via fax and spoken to him over the phone. “We have been colleagues in the legislative house for a long time. I asked him the reason for his resignation, but he said he will explain the reason in future. I have accepted his resignation,” Mr. Bagde said. Minutes before resigning, Mr. Pawar had tweeted, “Overwhelmed to see the huge gathering in Mumbai today, in support of @PawarSpeaks [Sharad Pawar]. Heartfelt thanks to @NCPSpeaks officials, party workers & also our opponents who stood up for the truth in spite of our differences. I am sure this belief in Pawar Saheb will never fade.” Party leaders had no clue about Mr Pawar’s decision until the news broke on social media and news portals. “I have no idea about any such development and the reason behind Ajit Pawar resigning from the MLA post. We will have to wait for the details,” Mumbai NCP president Nawab Malik said.last_img read more

Three murdered over weekend 44 deaths for 2017

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – No motive and no suspects despite an island wide manhunt in the shooting death of a police officer, found dead on Coral Harbour Road on Easter Sunday morning around 1am.   Senior ACP Stephen Dean opted out of responding to questions on the motive for the murder of Sgt 102 Charles Greenslade out of respect for the family, he said.  At this time, the Police Force is focused on getting the suspects.There were two other murders over the weekend; one a shooting in Ridgeland Park on Saturday night of man, the other a stabbing in Murphy Town, Abaco on Monday morning.  In the Ridgeland Park killing it is reported by Police that a man with a handgun walked up to 21 year old Quinton Smith and shot him, Smith was pronounced dead on the scene.Mark Sawyer is reported as the identity of the Abaco man found stabbed to death around 7am on Easter Monday; he too was pronounced dead at the scene.   The country is at 44 murders now at 108 days into 2017.#MagneticMediaNews#44deathsfor2017#policeofficerfounddeadNassau Related Items:#44deathsfor2017, #magneticmedianews, #policeofficerfounddeadNassaulast_img read more