Sierra Club List of Successes in 2009

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Sierra Club, its volunteers, supporters, and petitions, helped demand progress in conservation policies across the U.S. in 2009. Here are some of the big successes by the numbers:     * 26 coal-fired power plants were abandoned or defeated     * Congress protected two million acres of new parks, wilderness areas, and wild rivers     * The grizzly bear earned greater protection     * Tens of thousands of actions were taken leading to key climate-change rulings in DC, like tougher auto efficiency standards.     * The Obama administration ruled that greenhouse gases threaten public health and should be regulated     * The Sierra Club held nearly 1,000 house parties for the Coal Country documentary, and called for an end to mountaintop-removal coal mining.     * The Sierra Club took 90,000 kids fishing, thanks to partnerships with the Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited. Watch the Sierra Club celebrate the 2009 successes in this video via YouTube… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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News Scan for May 25, 2017

first_imgWHO: DRC Ebola outbreak smaller than previously reported The World Health Organization’s  (WHO’s) regional office for Africa released a new Ebola situation report today, noting fewer cases than previously reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The report said there were no new cases as of May 23, and currently there are only 2 confirmed, 3 probable, and 30 suspected cases of the deadly hemorrhagic virus. The last patient with suspected Ebola was admitted to a treatment center on May 20.It is unclear if the smaller number of reflects suspected or probable cases that have been ruled out after testing. According to the report, no healthcare workers have been infected, and the outbreak is still contained to the Likati Health Zone, in northern DRC.On May 23, 177 contacts had completed the 3-week follow-up period, leaving 294 contacts still being closely monitored by health officials for signs of the virus.While the DRC with other groups are preparing to offer the experimental Ebola vaccine to contacts and healthcare workers, the country is still waiting for approval from the national regulatory authority and the ethics review committee. Today, Stat reported that said the limited outbreak may not warrant the use of the vaccine, based on comments from a WHO official.In other outbreak developments, an influx of refugees fleeing militia attacks the Central African Republic (CAR), crossing the DRC border not far from the outbreak area, is raising worries of the virus spreading to the CAR, Reuters reported today, citing another WHO official. The attacks in the CAR have displaced about 2,750 people to Bas Uele province.May 23 WHO AFRO report May 25 Stat story May 25 Reuters story New MERS case linked to camel contactThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported another case of MERS-CoV in that country, in a man who had direct contact with camels.A 52-year-old man from Jeddah was diagnosed as having MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) after presenting with symptoms. He is in critical condition.In addition, on May 21 the MOH announced an earlier case. A 64-year-old Saudi man from Hail was diagnosed as having MERS-CoV after presenting with symptoms. He is in stable condition, and the source of his infection was listed as “primary,” meaning it is unlikely he contracted the virus from another person.The new cases raise Saudi Arabia’s number of MERS cases since the disease was first detected in humans in 2012 to 1,614, which includes 668 deaths. Five people are still being treated for their infections.May 25 MOH report May 21 MOH report Yellow fever now found in 7 Brazil statesThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said yesterday that seven Brazilian states now report suspected cases of yellow fever, but the virus is still not being transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.PAHO warned, however, that “confirmed epizootics in large cities, such as Vitoria in Espirito Santo and Salvador in Bahia, represent a high risk for a change in the transmission cycle.”So far Brazil has had 758 confirmed cases of yellow fever and 622 under investigation from December of 2016 to May 18. There have been 426 deaths.The case-fatality rate remains at 34% for confirmed cases of yellow fever. Goias state reported its first case. Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, which have had the most outbreak cases, have reported none in the past 2 weeks.May 24 PAHO situation report Zika severity not linked to defects, prior dengue infectionA new study in Clinical Infectious Diseases showed that Zika severity, prior dengue infection, and viral load did not affect pregnancy outcomes in mothers who contracted the disease.Researchers have posited that congenital Zika syndrome, a constellation of defects and deformities—with microcephaly being the most severe—is connected the severity of maternal disease, or to the presence of previous flavivirus antibodies, which enhance Zika virus in a pregnant woman.To test this theory, researchers followed 131 Zika-positive pregnant women. Fifty-eight of them (46.4%) experienced abnormal outcomes, including 9 fetal losses (7.2%). But they found no associations between disease severity and abnormal outcomes, disease severity and viral load, viral load and adverse outcomes, or existence of prior dengue antibodies (88% of the women had previously had dengue infections). May 23 Clin Infect Dis studyIn other Zika news, researchers have used elevation as a proxy to predict the likelihood of Ae aegypti–transmitted diseases, concluding that there’s a low potential for mosquito Zika transmission above 2,000 meters in the Americas. The study was published yesterday in PLoS One.The researchers looked at 16 countries in the Americans with local Zika transmission, finding that above 1,600 meters, less than 1% of each country’s total land area could host Ae aegypti mosquitoes. The findings align with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel guidance.May 24 PLoS One study WHA approves more funds for emergencies, antimicrobial resistanceThe World Health Assembly (WHA), meeting in Geneva this week, yesterday approved a proposed budget for the WHO for the next biennium totaling $4.42 billion, which factors in a 3% increase in member state contributions.In a press release, the WHO said the budget includes Sustainable Development Goal priorities and reflects increased investments for the new health emergencies program ($69.1 million) and combating antimicrobial resistance ($23.2 million).About 3,500 delegates from the WHO’s 194 member states, many of them health ministers, are at the WHA, the decision-making body of the WHO. The meeting runs through May 31.May 24 WHO statementlast_img read more

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Nel enters into contract for H2Station

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Counsel fee not fixed for claim which left protocol

first_imgCounsel fees for a case which dropped out of the pre-action protocol do not need to be fixed, a senior costs judge has ruled.Master Brown, sitting in the High Court (Senior Courts Costs Office), rejected an appeal from the defendant in Dover v Finsbury Food Group Plc to restrict costs to the fixed £150, instead upholding a decision of a costs officer to award £500. He held that the relevant provisions permitted recovery of counsel’s fee for advising in conference as a disbursement.The personal injury claim was started under the pre-action protocol for low-value personal injury, but settled for £70,000 after leaving the portal.In their points of dispute, the defendant disputed any entitlement to payment of counsel’s fee, contending that no such fee was payable under the relevant provisions in a claim which exited the protocol. It was submitted the costs were deemed to be included within the fixed fees.Master Brown cited Qader, where Lord Justice Briggs (as he then was) described the protocol as providing an efficient modern framework for resolving modest PI claims, but not designed for resolving large claims or complex disputes. The judge in Qader ruled that PI cases that leave the portal and continue on the multi-track were not subject to fixed costs.The defendants argued in Dover that the detail of Civil Procedure Rules did not permit recovery of specialist or counsel advice if incurred after a claim has exited the protocol. Master Brown said this reading of the provisions was ‘strained’ and there was no such restriction.The judge said it was clear the government, when it adopted the rules, was concerned that without the provision of such costs, claims would be under-settled. Hence, specialist and independent advice (if reasonably required) would be payable by, in effect, a ring-fenced payment in the form of a disbursement.He added: ‘In cases which exit the protocols on the grounds that the value exceeds £25,000, it is difficult to see, given the likely added complexity associated with them that it must have been intended that costs of any independent advice required would be so limited.’ The defendant’s appeal was dismissed.last_img read more

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British Ports Association to Shape Agenda for 2018

first_imgThe Chief Executive of the British Ports Association (BPA), Richard Ballantyne, has outlined the Association’s key priorities for 2018. These include continued interaction and influencing on the Brexit discussions, promotion of planning and freight policy reform, calls for increased transport connectivity investment and the rectification of the ‘definition of a ship’ legal anomaly.Discussions with the various parts of Westminster and the Devolved Governments on Brexit will continue to be a major feature for the ports industry this year. Outlining the BPA’s 2018 aims, Ballantyne said:“2018 will be a critical for UK ports as by the end of the year we should know what Brexit will look like. We will continue ensure that as important international gateways, the ports industry features in the Government’s Brexit planning, particularly in relation to any new customs and environmental arrangements. A number of ports, particularly the UK’s network of Roll-on Roll-off ferry ports, are concerned that following the UK’s departure from the Customs Union and the Single Market, new bureaucratic border checks could slow down trade. As Phase 2 of the Brexit negotiations begin, we will be pressing the UK Government to ensure that trade facilitation is given a much higher prominence in the discussions.”The BPA will continue to push for areas around ports to be classified with a special planning and consenting status to help stimulate port development and growth. Many of the rules in relation to environmental legislation stems from the EU and the BPA is encouraging policy makers to ensure that port activity and development are not negatively impacted by onerous consenting conditions and marine protection designations. Ballantyne continued:“Of course there will be opportunities post Brexit but from our perspective the Government appears to have has lost sight of many of these. We have been particularly disappointed at the muted response the Government has given in respect of the industries’ suggested planning reforms to fast track planning and consenting in port areas. Indeed, we also now understand that a ‘free ports’ policy is, for the time being at least, ‘off the agenda’ and that the UK ports industry will have to prepare for the introduction of the bureaucratic EU Port Services Regulation before Brexit.”The BPA will also be promoting the case for increased road and rail infrastructure investment to better connect UK ports. This will keep the sector competitive, reducing costs for the freight and logistics industry. Ballantyne highlighted the opportunity this presents, saying:“Ports rely on good hinterland connections but in recent years much of the public investment in transport has been allocated to passenger schemes. We have called for a new UK freight strategy and will be pressing the Government to examine the options. As we near the publication of the results of the Department for Transport’s recent Port Connectivity Study we will be pressing the Government to prioritise freight transport infrastructure and particular challenges such as ‘last mile’ connections to ports. It will be important that the Study highlights the importance of the sector so that ports feature when spending decisions are made on future rounds of, for example, the Road Investment Strategy. There will also be opportunities to reinforce these messages in the forthcoming National Infrastructure Commission’s Freight Assessment and the Scottish National Transport Strategy Review. Separately, we will also be pushing Government for a re-think on its non-existent coastal shipping policy.”In terms of maritime safety, Ballantyne is hopeful that 2018 will finally see some progress in relation to overcoming the ‘definition of a ship’ legal irregularity. Following a review in 2016 the Government has made some sympathetic statements in respect of updating UK harbour and shipping legislation:“Legislative updates would enable ports to enforce important port safety rules against certain leisure craft such as jet skis, which are currently not classified as a ‘ship’ under UK law. Rectifying the ‘definition of a ship’ legal anomaly would be an important step forward to help marine safety in a wide variety of ports and across British waters. Alongside this we will also be calling for the end of the exemption for drink drive alcohol limits for non-professional mariners. It is staggering that in this day and age this legal loophole still exists.”The BPA will also continue to focus its attention on working with the various governments within the UK. This will include Northern Irish issues in relation to Brexit, new ports ‘Good Governance Guidelines’ in England and Wales, lobbying on environmental matters in Scotland as well as discussions in respect of the imminent devolution of most ports policy functions to the Welsh Government.As air quality continues to rise up the political agenda, the Association will play a leading role in making the case to the UK and devolved Governments for a sensible policy approach based on robust and reliable evidence. Fishing will be another area of policy where there will be intense scrutiny as the Government introduces its own fisheries management regime early in 2018. The Association represents the vast majority of the UK’s top fishing ports and will continue to push for better management led by strong evidence and research, an increased economic link between fishing and fishing communities through landings and a fresh look at fishing port infrastructure needs.As well as the continued policy and lobbying activity the BPA will further roll-out governance and duty holder training on issues such as safety and strategy for all types of ports as well as supporting internal industry benchmarking initiatives and developing a network for port security professionals. The BPA will be developing a new membership development strategy, not only in respect of ports but also for other connected industry organisations. The aim is to help grow and develop the Association’s national profile and reach.Sea News, January 4 Author: Priyanka Ann Sainilast_img read more

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Irish eventers compete in final leg of the Nations Cup Series

first_img 9 October 2019, 11:49 Irish eventers compete in final leg of the Nations Cup Series Team Ireland Equestrian’s eventers line out at Boekelo (NED) this week, for the final leg in the 2019 FEI Nations Cup Series. Action at the Dutch event kicks off on Thursday with the first of the dressage tests.On the showjumping circuit, Irish riders compete at Rabat (MOR), Vilamoura (POR), Tryon North Carolina (USA), Oliva Valencia (ESP), Opglabbeek (BEL) and Chevenez (SUI). In endurance, Ireland will be represented at Vic (ESP).All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Eventing News  »  Irish eventers compete in final leg of the Nations Cup Series Tags:last_img read more

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Hamilton braced for Rosberg fightback

first_img“Nico is such a strong competitor. Since we were young kids he’s always been strong mentally, confident and sure of his abilities. He’s shown time and time again his pace, his speed, and he’s also shown how quickly he can overcome things.“I think he handled the last race with dignity. He was positive, it felt — at least from what I could see — like he moved on very quickly so I anticipate he’ll be here and stronger than ever so I need to be ready for that.”Hamilton added that he would not change his own approach to the next race at Suzuka, even though he is now ahead.“It doesn’t change anything for me,” he said. “I’m still here to do the same job, I feel like we’re both chasing that title so I don’t think anything needs to change.”Rosberg told reporters the Singapore retirement was “just a tough moment, but time is the best cure for such things and there’s been two weeks which is plenty of time in the racing world.“For me it’s completely forgotten. Now I’m here I’m just as optimistic and excited as I was before Singapore, and I’m just looking forward to it because I’m in Suzuka.“I’ve never come to Suzuka – which is one of the best tracks of the year – with the best, dominant car.“I’ve never had that before, so I’m coming here, I know I’ll have a chance for pole on Saturday and a chance to win the race on Sunday. That’s just a great feeling and that’s it, that’s just my state of mind at the moment.”He added that he had no concerns about Mercedes’ reliability.“We mustn’t now see this as a big problem for us as a team,” he said. “It’s a problem that we have, but the big picture is the absolutely spectacular job that the team has done. Full stop.“I’m not worried about reliability, I have this inner trust that the team is going to get the job done and so it’s not something that I really think about at all,” said the German.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000TOKYO, October 2-Lewis Hamilton said Thursday he will be ready for a fightback from teammate Nico Rosberg at the Japanese Grand Prix after the German lost first place in the Formula One rankings.The British former champion said his Mercedes rival is too good to take his retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix lying down. Hamilton won to take a three point lead in the drivers’ championship.last_img read more

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