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.
Renewables top 25 percent of electricity supply on Australia’s main grid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia has reached a new milestone – a 25 per cent share of renewable energy on its main grid – despite all the carefully constructed political and regulatory road-blocks, a powerful and entrenched fossil fuel lobby, and a global pandemic.This 25 per cent share has built on the 21 per cent share of Australia’s electricity that came from renewable energy in 2019, which in turn rose from a 19 per cent share in 2018.The new milestone – at least new for the 2000s – comes as renewable investment in both small and large scale renewables has exceeded expectations and punched above its weight for the Australian economy.It should be noted that even the federal Coalition government now concedes that Australia will reach 50 per cent renewables by 2030, despite all its hand-wringing and fear-mongering when Labor suggested the country aim for that target, and AEMO has outlined a 20-year plan to reach up to 94 per cent renewables by 2040.As the June 2020 Quarterly Carbon Market Report published by the Clean Energy Regulator at the beginning of the month showed, large-scale renewables remain on track to deliver around 3.4 GW in new generation capacity for 2020, while rooftop solar looks likely to exceed the CER’s previous estimate of 2.7GW in 2020 and hit a total of 2.9GW.[Sophie Vorrath]More: Milestone: Australia’s main grid reaches 25 pct renewables over last year
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The prospects of blizzard-like conditions slamming Long Island Friday just got even likelier.The National Weather Service Thursday afternoon issued a blizzard warning for all of Long Island beginning 6 a.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Saturday.The weather service also upped its predictions of snow accumulation in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, noting that both could see more than one foot of snow.Meteorologists predicted Nassau could get blanketed with 10 to 14 inches, while Suffolk could be hit with 10 to 15 inches.The powerful winter storm is expected to also bring winds of 20 to 40 mph, plus gusts of up to 60 mph.On top of the heavy snow predictions, the national weather service is also calling for temperatures Friday night to fall into the 20s.The strongest winds and heaviest snowfall will occur Friday evening into Saturday morning, the NWS said.The potential blizzard also makes driving dangerous, with the storm possibly spawning whiteout conditions. The weather service warned residents not to drive, but if people must travel “have a survival kit with you.”The NWS also issued a coastal flood warning for both counties, noting that waves could reach up to 13 feet in Suffolk.Widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and basements is also expected, meteorologists said, adding, “numerous road closures may be needed.”National Grid, which will be leading storm response over the Long Island Power Authority, said Thursday that the storm could knock out power to more than 100,000 customers.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Don’t just be a commenter in the game of life, be an active player.by: Aaron PughWe’ve all been there before, posting on Facebook and Twitter, reading the comments section of a favorite news site, or watching television, saying things like “someone should do something,” “they need to solve that,” or “I wish we could help.”Yet how often do those sentiments prompt us to call our representatives, sign a petition, or join in a rally? How often do we spend the time to understand all the issues behind an event that upsets us, much less step forward in a real attempt at remedy?Too often, our hot air activism cools on the wake of other news, dissipating in time to the click of the remote and the tick of the clock.You see, speech can change the world, but it can also give a false sense of accomplishment, something Fast Company points out in an article called “Lazy Americans Think Tweeting About A Cause Counts As Advocacy.” continue reading »
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sending Welcome Letters to new customers or members is a common practice among Financial Institutions. Whether it’s the starting point of a strategized onboarding campaign, or a solo communication, reconnecting with new customers early on can influence the entirety of their relationship with your institution.In this post, I wanted to address the importance of this initial communication, and the value a Welcome Letter creates for FIs and their customer relationships.1. INFORMA well written Welcome Letter is more than just an acknowledgement of a new member’s existence. It’s also a chance to provide them with valuable information about your institution. Who you are, what values your company holds, even what opportunities lay ahead for customers; these are all examples of what could be included in a Welcome Letter to help educate your new customer/member.2. SHOW YOU CAREA well written Welcome Letter shows your new customer/member that you value their business. It’s an effective means of strengthening the line of communication early on in the relationship. After all, who doesn’t like feeling welcome? Also, by personalizing the message to the customer’s account, you can demonstrate your FIs dedication to their customers/members as individuals – not just as a means for profit. continue reading »
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Google will soon offer checking accounts to consumers, becoming the latest Silicon Valley heavyweight to push into finance.The project, code-named Cache, is expected to launch next year with accounts run by Citigroup Inc. C -1.32% and a credit union at Stanford University, a tiny lender in Google’s backyard.Big tech companies see financial services as a way to get closer to users and glean valuable data. Apple Inc. introduced a credit card this summer. Amazon.com Inc. has talked to banks about offering checking accounts. Facebook Inc. is working on a digital currency it hopes will upend global payments.Their ambitions could challenge incumbent financial-services firms, which fear losing their primacy and customers. They are also likely to stoke a reaction in Washington, where regulators are already investigating whether large technology companies have too much clout.
23 Boundary St, Currumbin Waters.“We’ve kept to that Queenslander theme, we really made the most of the original features.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe couple have owned the property since 2001, renting it out for most of that time.“We’ve always loved the house because it’s got those lovely front and back decks,” Mrs Tew said. NEW ERA FOR COAST PROPERTY “If we didn’t live in such a nice place ourselves, we would move there.”On the top floor, there is a combined kitchen, dining and living room, which opens onto the front and rear decks. 23 Boundary St, Currumbin Waters. THE FAST AND LUXURIOUS: V8 STAR’S MANSION 23 Boundary St, Currumbin Waters. 23 Boundary St, Currumbin Waters.A RENOVATION has restored this classic Queenslander to its former glory.Once tired and rundown, the three-bedroom house is now modern and fresh.It took owners Debra and John Tew about four months to flip the home.“The exterior was very old but it had good bones,” Mrs Tew said. 23 Boundary St, Currumbin Waters.There are also three bedrooms and a shared bathroom.Downstairs, there is a second kitchen and bathroom as well as two large living spaces.Mrs Tew said they were sad to sell it but it was the right time.“I just want someone to love it as much as we do,” she said.The couple have decided to sell it so they can renovate the house they were living in.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:57Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:57 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to sell in a changing market 00:58
MarineSpace Ltd, an environmental consultancy providing services to the marine renewables and other offshore energy and maritime industries, is looking for a new colleague (or colleagues) who will join the company as marine consultant(s).The company said that, as part of its continued expansion, it is currently seeking to employ graduate, or recent graduate (1-2 years of experience) marine ecologists to join the MarineSpace’s experienced team and to provide input to a range of projects.MarineSpace is accepting applications from candidates holding an BSc or MSc in a relevant subject, and those with practical knowledge of specific marine industry sectors in which the company provides its services would have a distinct advantage. An understanding of UK marine benthic biodiversity, technical scientific reports, and univariate and multivariate statistical analysis would be beneficial, MarineSpace said.Those interested in the position can submit their application documents via firstname.lastname@example.org by 09:00 on September 17.Based in MarineSpace’s Norwich or Peterborough office, the successful candidates will be required to travel to meetings at the company’s headquarters in Southampton, as well as to attend client meetings as required.Authoring of technical reports and environmental impact assessments will form the core of the responsibilities at this position, where performing general project management tasks and stakeholder engagement when required will also be part of the job.MarineSpace specialises in providing expert guidance to the marine aggregate, marine renewables, oil and gas, coastal/marine engineering and ports/harbours sectors.
MercatorNet 9 September 2016Family First Comment: Superb article on why marriage matters – to men.Not just a piece of paperIt is important first to respond directly to the idea that marriage is just a piece of paper. When I was conducting interviews in New York City back in 2005-2006, I heard over and over again from a lot of young adults, “It is just a piece of paper. It doesn’t really matter.” What they did not realize is that the science is telling us a very different story about how marriage affects women and especially men.Men are transformed in a number of ways. We will focus here primarily on the economic story, but it is also the case that when men get married, they spend less time with their friends, their buddies, and they spend more time with kin. They attend bars and taverns less and they attend church more in the wake of getting married and having a family.We can begin first by thinking about work effort, and one admittedly crude indicator of effort is work hours. What we see is that married men, both when they are in the 28-30 years old stage and the mid-40s stage, work about 400+ hours more per year than their single peers with a similar educational, racial, and ethnic background. But it is not just that they are working more; they are working more strategically and working smarter when they are married compared to being single.Two indicators of this come from the work of Elizabeth Gorman, a sociologist who did this research when she was at Harvard. What she finds is that married men are much less likely to quit their job until they have lined up a new job to jump to. By contrast, the single guys, if they are not happy with their work, will quit that job and then try to find something new. Of course, the first strategy is much more prudent than the second.Another important point to make here is that married men are much less likely to get fired. There is something about their style of work or maybe the fact that they seem to be more responsible when they are married. What Gorman finds is that these patterns in the data persist even after you control for a lot of background characteristics in the men themselves, things like their educational background, their race, their ethnicity, etc. Something about marriage seems to be making men behave in a more strategic fashion in today’s workforce. This all adds up in real dollar terms. What we see is that married men make about $16,000 more than their single peers personally, both as young adults and as middle-aged adults.There is a lot of discussion today about this issue of marriage and class in America. One might wonder, “Well, is this story applicable to men who don’t have college degrees? There must be something about being college educated and being more affluent connecting nicely with marriage in ways that are helping to drive the story.” The answer to that question is still yes.In fact, not only do you see the same story among men who do not have college degrees, but in some ways, the premium is a little bit bigger for the guys who do not have a college degree compared to guys who do have a college degree. Marriage is valuable for men up and down the economic ladder. It is also valuable for men across racial and ethnic lines. There is a marriage premium for African American men, and the report shows the same basic story for Hispanics in America. Marriage benefits men across racial, ethnic, and class lines today in our country.The pushback against marriageWhen you make this claim in the public square today, if you read about it on Slate or in the Washington Post or some other venue, you are going to get a lot of pushback. This is not a story people want to hear in some sectors of our society. One of the arguments that they will respond with is, “You know what? This is all about selection. There is something about these guys, the marrying kind (if you will), that makes them better men. They are better husbands, they are better fathers, they are better workers, and it is these underlying traits, not marriage per se, that help to account for these findings.”There are problems with this idea, and two empirical examples suggest that it is not only about selection. The first example is the longitudinal research done by Steven Nock at the University of Virginia. Nock tracked men over time and found that they increase their hours and increase their income in the wake of getting married and that they do better compared to their peers who are not getting married.Interestingly, he also found that getting divorced reduces men’s hours and reduces men’s income. Moving into marriage and moving out of marriage for men is linked to economic changes. A second exmaple is a study which looked at trends in Minnesota and found that married male identical twins earned about 26% more compared to thir twins who had not married. Once again, this evidence pushes back against the suggestion that the wage premium is all about selection.READ MORE: http://www.mercatornet.com/features/view/marriage-makes-men-better-the-economic-benefits-of-settling-down/18645Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
The Batesville Bulldogs Boys Soccer Team won a 1-0 battle against The Greensburg Pirtaes.The Batesville JV also posted a 4-0 victory.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Fox.