On Thursday, the Senate gave final approval to S.92, a bill that requires manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products to only sell environmentally preferable cleaning products to schools. The bill will now make its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.‘This legislation will create safer and healthier learning environments in our schools,’ said Charity Carbine-March, environmental health advocate for Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). ‘Children in classrooms across Vermont will soon be breathing easier.’Conventional cleaning supplies can contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to asthma, cancer, and other negative health effects. These chemicals can pollute indoor air and impact the health of students and staff. Advocates and other experts agree that environmentally preferable cleaning products are just as effective and affordable as conventional supplies. In fact, Vermont’s state buildings have already transitioned to ‘green’ cleaning products as a result of the Clean State Program created by an executive order signed by Governor Douglas in 2004. In addition, many schools in Vermont have voluntarily made the switch to safer products.‘There are clear benefits to using green cleaning supplies,’ said Carol Westinghouse, President of Informed Green Solutions, a non-profit organization that helps schools transition to safer cleaning products. ‘After making the switch, some schools in Vermont have reported fewer instances of asthma cases, nausea, and headaches, and others have even reported saving money on the cost of cleaning supplies.’‘This bill will protect generations of Vermont children from the effects of toxic chemicals. With asthma at epidemic proportions, any actions we can take to remove asthma triggers from our schools will make a difference,’ said Cindy Murphy, a school nurse at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier. ‘It’s a community’s responsibility to provide optimal health and safety for school age children whose bodies are not fully developed and, therefore, are most effected by toxic chemicals. Green cleaning policies serve as a strong educational tool for staff and students.’S.92 was brought to the brink of passage during last year’s legislative session. The bill began in the Senate and was passed on the floor by a vote of 29 to 0. The bill was then passed by the House (92 to 38) and was further amended by the Senate on the last day of session. The House took the bill up for immediate consideration upon the return of the legislature this year and gave their final nod of approval just last week.
â€œStaying together to see out the game after the team was reduced to 10 men must be applauded. These boys braced all odds to achieve a result that will see the team play in their first final since the inception of CHAN.“I must commend the team for a job well done despite coming with a great price tag. We were all worried when the captain and number 1 choice goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa got injured earlier in the first half and had to be replaced by Dele Ajiboye.â€œWith strings of world-class saves, Ajiboye proved to be a dependable hand that any team would have wanted on such a night when the Sudanese threw everything at the team,â€ the minister noted with relish.Speaking ahead of the finals, Dalung enjoined the team to go all out on Sunday and shock Morocco by winning the title.Despite admitting that playing against the host in the final of any competition is the toughest task any team can embark on, he is optimistic about the teamâ€™s chances against Morocco who earlier defeated Libya 3-1 in extra time are bright.â€œMr President is watching the tournament and following the progress of the team. With Nigerians always wanting to win, bringing the title home will be the perfect way to satisfy Nigerians.â€Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has congratulated the Home-based Eagles for clinching a ticket to the final of the CHAN 2018 after a 1-0 victory over Sudan.â€œI am so excited about this team and millions of football loving Nigerians who are rooting for the team to succeed in Morocco.â€œThey have shown that they are a work in progress as they continue to improve with every game,â€ stressed Dalung.The minister praised the team for staying strong in the face of adversity to qualify for their first final since the inception of the competition after Ifeanyi Ifeanyi got sent off very early in the second half for a second bookable offence of the night.
“I’m not positive what we’ll do,” Friedman said. “We’ll take these six weeks to figure it out.”Ellis re-framing skillsCatcher A.J. Ellis said he worked specifically with a Milwaukee-area catching coach, Marcus Hanel, to improve his pitch-framing skills over the winter. According to one list, Ellis ranked 99th out of 104 major league catchers last year in gaining or losing strike calls via pitch framing.“I worked on stances, different ways to set up,” he said. “It’s no secret somewhere I’ve struggled, based on the statistical information, is framing metrics. … Hopefully I can turn that from a weakness into a strength.” Of course, the pressure on Ellis to maintain a spot in the lineup goes beyond framing pitches. He slashed .191/.323./.254 last season and missed significant time with an injury to the meniscus of his left knee. Ellis said that staying healthy and maintaining his focus at the plate are just as important as improving his pitch-framing skills. But considering that new teammate Yasmani Grandal ranked sixth out of 104 catchers on the same list, Ellis realizes he has some catching up to do.“We have to accept it,” he said of the framing statistics, “because baseball people are making decisions about which guys they want to target, which guys they want to have.”Greinke mum on contractPitcher Zack Greinke said he doesn’t plan to announce whether or not he’ll opt out of his contract before the end of this season. Greinke is owed a base salary of $24 million in 2015, $23 million in 2017 and $24 million in 2018 — likely below market value if Greinke has another standout season. The veteran says he’s open to re-negotiating a multiyear extension before the end of the season, but the team hasn’t broached that possibility yet.“Everyone’s always open to signing a contract if the contract is right,” he said.AlsoFriedman said that he’ll leave the daily lineup decisions to Mattingly. “Obviously the lineup is Donnie’s call,” Friedman said. “It should be.” … Brett Anderson, who finished last season on the disabled list following back surgery, is on track to have a healthy spring. The left-hander said he’s thrown off a mound “four or five” times already and used all his pitches. … Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Scott Schebler, O’Koyea Dickson and non-roster invitee Matt Carson were among the position players who reported to camp early. GLENDALE, Ariz. — All of the Dodgers’ pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on time Thursday with one big exception: a 6-foot-5 pitcher who used to be a catcher.Kenley Jansen had surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot Tuesday in Los Angeles. He is expected to begin the season on the disabled list and miss up to the first month. Jansen certainly wasn’t going to be walking much this week; apparently he isn’t ready to fly, either.In Jansen’s absence, a question lingered: Who will begin the season as the Dodgers’ closer?“I don’t feel it needs to be one guy,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It could be a number of guys. I think each situation you come into in the eighth, the seventh, the ninth, who’s coming up to bat really a lot of times makes the decision who’s best for that spot.” Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said that the team’s active trade talks are currently focused exclusively on relief pitching. With every team scattered predictably across Arizona and Florida, Friedman said his scouts will be “out smothering the other 29 teams and figuring out what the best configuration is as we break camp.”That attitude suggests the Dodgers are more likely to obtain a reliever via the trade market than free agency — if they obtain someone at all. Veteran right-handers Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano, both of whom closed for playoff-contending teams last year, are still available to sign.But signing an established — and likely expensive — pitcher to close for only one month doesn’t jell with Friedman’s philosophy on relief pitchers. To him, Rodriguez and Soriano’s combined 555 career saves are about as revealing as a 555 area code.“Most guys, what they’ve done last year and the previous few years is pretty indicative of what they’ll do in the next year,” Friedman said. “Relievers, it’s certainly not the case.”Friedman portrayed no sense of urgency to bring someone into camp, a bluff, perhaps, but maybe an eagerness to see the fruits of his labor building a roster the last four months. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
TODAY “Zorro” discussion for kids, 4:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Grand Opening, 5:30-7 p.m. at Santa Clarita Advanced Medical Care, 27875 Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 257-9999. ATEAM Car Wash fundraiser, 6-8 p.m. at Valencia AutoSpa, 23440 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Cost: $10. Call (661) 251-3733. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSanta Clarita Valley Bar Association will meet, 6 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 287-3260. Santa Clarita Corvette Club social meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Information meeting for those interested in being a foster or adoptive parent, 6:30-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call Children’s Bureau at (661) 272-9996. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!