Vermont legislature passes school “green” cleaning bill

Posted on January 1, 2021Categories pjgcjovxTags , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Vermont legislature passes school “green” cleaning bill

first_imgOn 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.last_img read more

BRO Athletes | Alicia Hudelson on Runnning the Peak District of England

Posted on December 30, 2020Categories yaqgzozfTags , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on BRO Athletes | Alicia Hudelson on Runnning the Peak District of England

first_imgWhile the Southeastern U.S. is now my home, I lived in northern England for 5 years.  At that time, the Peak District National Park, in north central England, always meant one thing and one thing only to me: climbing. The area is full of fantastic opportunities for climbing, mostly on relatively short outcrops of gritstone—a type of sedimentary rock only found in the U.K. and Ireland. Despite rumors of gritstone in Mongolia, no one has ever actually found it there.  Gritstone offers the best friction of any rock type and so it is highly prized among climbers. alicia 4But on a visit back to the Peak District this year, I discovered that the gritstone edges also make for some excellent running. There are footpaths everywhere in the park; you can run for miles and miles from one climbing area to the next, along the tops, and down into the towns in the valleys.  There is an endless choice of technical trails, grassy cross-country style running, and smooth, wide footpaths and bridleways. alicia2You can link up loops of gradual and rolling hill terrain, or you can run steep ascents and thin ridges.  In short, it’s an unsung trail running destination that is worthy of a place on any trail runner’s list of destinations to visit.Alicia1last_img read more

O’Brien sends trio for Phoenix

Posted on September 20, 2020Categories yaqgzozfTags , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on O’Brien sends trio for Phoenix

first_img “He is quite an experienced horse for a two-year-old, having had six runs, and he is coming back off what for him has been a long break. ” William Buick has partnered the Godolphin-owned Buratino on his last three starts and expects the son of Exceed And Excel to continue to progress. He said: “Buratino has done nothing wrong and if the ground is quick he has got a great chance as he is one of the best juveniles around. “He was impressive at Epsom and he was impressive at Ascot. He has improved every time he has run. “He has had a break now so it will be interesting to see how he comes out of that. “He is an exciting horse and, touch-wood, he has improved again. “The track will be no problem for him.” He is one of a strong triumvirate for Aidan O’Brien, alongside Painted Cliffs and Washington DC. Jockey Joseph O’Brien said of the War Front colt: “He’s a lovely, big horse and he’s improving all the time – w hatever he does this year is going to be a bonus. Press Association “I think he’s the classiest horse (of the O’Brien three) and there’s no doubt in a year’s time he’s going to be the best horse. “My only worry is if the race is coming a bit early in his career, he’s a bit of progression to come yet. “He had a good run at Ascot and I’m hoping he can at least a lot closer to Mr Johnston’s horse (Buratino). Of the other Ballydoyle runners, Joseph O’Brien added: “It looks a really hot race. Painted Cliffs and Washington DC are both very well and are also entitled to take their chance.” Mark Johnston feels he could not have Buratino in better shape for the Group One contest. “It is the best two-year-old race of the season so far,” said Johnston. “Buratino won the Coventry, which is arguably the best two-year-old race before August. “He has been exceptionally well and this has been his target since Ascot. Air Force Blue, second Behind Buratino in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, bids for revenge over the British raider in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik’s ‘exclusion’ from West Indies game raises questions

Posted on September 19, 2020Categories oimdzshwTags , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik’s ‘exclusion’ from West Indies game raises questions

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. In Pakistan’s slump since the ICC Champions Trophy, Malik has been in poor form and his selection raised questions. In 23 ODIs before the England series, he managed just 13.6 and scored just one fifty which was in the 0-5 whitewash against Australia. He was even appointed a captain for two games in South Africa after Sarfaraz Ahmed was banned for two games for racially abusing Andile Phehlukwayo in an ODI.The inclusion of Amir and Riaz has also been questionable. Riaz, who did not play an ODI for close to two years, took three wickets in the warm-up game against Afghanistan while Amir has taken only three ODI wickets in the last year. Pakistan faces a West Indies side who are on the resurgence. In 10 World Cup encounters between the two sides, West Indies hold a massive advantage of 7-3 against Pakistan. With so much going against Pakistan, they head into this contest low on confidence and momentum. A loss in the opening game will make matters hard for Pakistan, considering their next match is against England who made a big statement of intent with a 104-run win against South Africa. Pakistan last won against the West Indies in the 2011 World Cup.Wahab Riaz has not played an ODI for the last two years.West Indies have a 7-3 head-to-head advantage against Pakistan in World Cups. highlights New Delhi: Pakistan is all set to open their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign against West Indies at Trent Bridge. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side has not had an ideal build-up heading into the tournament, losing nine out of 10 ODIs with one game being a no-result against England due to rain. Ever since their win in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan has won just nine out of 32 ODIs. Heading into the clash against West Indies, the Pakistan cricket team are under pressure and it has reflected in their team selected for the match against the Windies.According to Pakistan cricket team sources, the squad sees the exclusion of Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Afridi but there have been plenty of questions raised over the exclusion of Shoaib Malik, who is potentially playing his last World Cup match. Malik had missed the first Twenty20 International and one ODI against England before the World Cup as the Pakistan Cricket Board granted him leave for 10 days to sort out certain ‘personal issues’.last_img read more

U.S. Carries Out 1st Federal Execution In Nearly Two Decades

Posted on August 13, 2020Categories pjgcjovxTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on U.S. Carries Out 1st Federal Execution In Nearly Two Decades
first_imgTERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday carried out the first federal execution in almost two decades, putting to death a man who killed an Arkansas family in a 1990s in a plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. The execution came over the objection of the victims’ family.Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, of Yukon, Oklahoma, died by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.“I didn’t do it,” Lee said just before he was executed. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a murderer. … You’re killing an innocent man.”The decision to move forward with the execution — the first by the Bureau of Prisons since 2003 — drew scrutiny from civil rights groups and the relatives of Lee’s victims, who had sued to try to halt it, citing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.Critics argued that the government was creating an unnecessary and manufactured urgency for political gain.“The government has been trying to plow forward with these executions despite many unanswered questions about the legality of its new execution protocol,” said Shawn Nolan, one of the attorneys for the men facing federal execution.The developments are likely to add a new front to the national conversation about criminal justice reform in the lead-up to the 2020 elections.The execution of Lee, who was pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m. EDT, went off after a series of legal volleys that ended when the Supreme Court stepped in early Tuesday in a 5-4 ruling and allowed it to move forward.Attorney General William Barr has said the Justice Department has a duty to carry out the sentences imposed by the courts, including the death penalty, and to bring a sense of closure to the victims and those in the communities where the killings happened.But relatives of those killed by Lee in 1996 strongly opposed that idea and long argued that Lee deserved a sentence of life in prison. They wanted to be present to counter any contention that the execution was being done on their behalf.“For us it is a matter of being there and saying, `This is not being done in our name; we do not want this,’” relative Monica Veillette said.They noted that Lee’s co-defendant and the reputed ringleader, Chevie Kehoe, received a life sentence.Kehoe, of Colville, Washington, recruited Lee in 1995 to join his white supremacist organization, known as the Aryan Peoples’ Republic. Two years later, they were arrested for the killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell, in Tilly, Arkansas, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock.At their 1999 trial, prosecutors said Kehoe and Lee stole guns and $50,000 in cash from the Muellers as part of their plan to establish a whites-only nation.Prosecutors said Lee and Kehoe incapacitated the Muellers and questioned Sarah about where they could find money and ammunition. Then, they used stun guns on the victims, sealed trash bags with duct tape on their heads to suffocate them, taped rocks to their bodies and dumped them in a nearby bayou.A U.S. District Court judge put a hold on Lee’s execution on Monday, over concerns from death row inmates on how executions were to be carried out, and an appeals court upheld it, but the high court overturned it. That delay came after an appeals court on Sunday overturned a hold that had been put in place last week after the victims’ relatives argued they would be put at high risk for the coronavirus if they had to travel to attend the execution.Two other federal executions are scheduled for later this week, though one is on hold in a separate legal claim.There have been two state executions in the U.S. since the pandemic forced shutdowns nationwide in mid-March — one in Texas and one in Missouri, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Alabama carried out one in early March.Executions on the federal level have been rare, and the government has put to death only three defendants since restoring the federal death penalty in 1988 — most recently in 2003, when Louis Jones was executed for the 1995 kidnapping, rape and murder of a young female soldier.Though there hadn’t been a federal execution since 2003, the Justice Department has continued to approve death penalty prosecutions and federal courts have sentenced defendants to death.In 2014, following a botched state execution in Oklahoma, President Barack Obama directed the Justice Department to conduct a broad review of capital punishment and issues surrounding lethal injection drugs.The attorney general said last July that the Obama-era review had been completed, clearing the way for executions to resume. He approved a new procedure for lethal injections that replaces the three-drug combination previously used in federal executions with one drug, pentobarbital. This is similar to the procedure used in several states, including Georgia, Missouri and Texas, but not all.Numbers of state executions have fallen steadily since the last federal execution, according to data compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center. States put to death 59 people in 2004 and 22 in 2019, nine of which were in Texas.last_img