first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details During the holidays it can be tempting to spend a little money on myself. There are so many cool gadgets and so many great deals that it’s hard to pass up the opportunity. But if you’re on a strict budget this time of year, it can be tricky to make sure that you’re not spending a lot more than you should.If you’re looking for ways to stay on budget during the holiday season, try a zero-based budget.What is it?It’s actually a simple concept: Income minus expenditures equals zero.When you’re budgeting for the holidays, you’ll want to know exactly where every dollar is being spent.Here’s how to make a zero-based holiday budget in three easy steps…Start by writing down your total allotted income: For this example, we’ll say that you’ve got $1000 to spend. Before you start spending money, make sure that your total is going to be enough to cover everything that you want to do.Then…Jot down your expenses: Write down everything, including gifts (write down each person, even yourself), decorations, food, clothing, and anything else you can think of. Beside each line, write down how much you want to spend on each item.And then…It’s time to subtract:When you subtract your expenses from your allotted income, you want it to come out to zero. You may have to look over your list, maybe even check it twice, but once you’ve got it balanced out, it’ll be “real nice.”If you stick to your list and don’t let any item go over budget, you’ll be right where you want to be come January.Happy Holidays!last_img read more


first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Sumner Regional Medical Center has an immediate full-time opening (approximately 72 hours per bi-weekly pay period) for a Cook in our Dietary Department.Hours are 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with every third weekend and some holidays required.  Experience is preferred, but not required.  Pay is based on experience.  Full benefits package, including KPERS retirement. Apply in person at Human Resources, 1323 N. A St., Wellington or online at www.srmcks.org.  EOE/Tobacco-Free Campus/Post-offer drug screen required.•••••Outpatient and Surgery ClinicThe SRMC outpatient and surgery clinic is going strong.Services offered Monday through Friday include:•IV Fluids;•Injections;•Dressing changes;•Wound care;•Heart monitors;•Antibiotic therapy;•Blood and platelet administration;•Blood Pressure checks;•Urinary Catheter changes;•Central Line maintenance;•Weight monitoring;Specialty physicians working there include:•Dr. Nicholas Brown, general surgery;•Dr. Eric Bunting, Ears, nose and throw;•Dr. Aldon Corle, Obstetrics and Gynecology;•Dr. Richard James, Podiatry;•Dr. Barry Kimberly, ENT and Sleep Medicine;•Dr. Brennen Lucas, Orthopaedics;•Dr. Steven Passman, Dermatology;•Dr. Scott Porter, General Surgery;•Dr. G. Whitney Reader, Cardiology;•Dr. Roger Roberts, Cardiology;•Dr. Richard Steinberger, Urology;•Dr. Thomas Truong, Podiatry;•Dr. Lisa Weber, Nephrology.Chemotherapy is administered Monday through Friday under the supervision of the Cancer Center of Kansas and Dr. Shaker Dakhil and Christopher Dakhil.last_img read more


first_img11 May 2020 England Golf Official Statement Tags: Coronavirus The UK Government has today provided clarification on outdoor recreation and rules on social distancing in England.These will affect how golf can be played from Wednesday 13 May and, in particular, the configuration of groupings on a golf course.Under new government rules released today (11 May), the following groupings will be permitted upon resumption of play:Individuals playing golf on their own.Two-balls comprising of individuals from different householdsAt the discretion of the golf club, members of the same household playing in two, three or four-balls.Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to at all times.Government stipulates: “Government is updating the rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors subject to: not meeting up with any more than one person from outside your household; continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household; good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces; and those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance. People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish. “You can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household – this means you should not play team sports, except with members of your own household. People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there, because this does not involve contact with people outside your household.”Further clarification is being sought from government relating to the opening of professional shops and driving ranges as well as the carrying out of club fitting and coaching sessions.The following organisations have come together to help golf in the UK during the COVID-19 crisis and, through the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, to work with Government to promote safe golf:The Belfry; the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association; the British Golf Industry Association; England Golf; the Golf Club Managers’ Association; Golf Ireland; the Golfing Union of Ireland; the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union; IMG; The Professional Golfers’ Association; PING; The R&A; Scottish Golf; Syngenta; the UK Golf Federation; Wales Golf.last_img read more


first_imgThis Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by 2K Games shows Ronnie Singh, 2K digital marketing director, as he accomplishes the facial mapping process through a PS4 camera during a video shoot in Novato, Calif. (AP Photo/2K Games)LOS ANGELES (AP) — “NBA 2K15” is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game.The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3-D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series’ latest installment, set for Oct. 7. The process uses the camera for either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One game consoles to create faces for wannabe Kobe Bryants and Kevin Durants.“It’s all done using the processing power of the next-gen systems,” said Jeff Thomas, vice president of sports development at “NBA 2K” developer Visual Concepts. “We’ve been talking about doing this for a number of years, but it really wasn’t possible until we knew the processing power of the next-gen machines. It took some time to get it right.”The technology utilizes the stereoscopic cameras for Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles to amass several angles of gamers’ faces. It then renders photorealistic 3-D models on screen that can be tweaked and placed onto the bodies of virtual players in the game’s career and online modes. The process requires a well-lit room and takes about three minutes.“That doesn’t sound like a lot of time,” said Thomas. “But if you think of things in milliseconds like you do when you make games, with the computer processing power inside that box, three minutes is like an eternity. That just shows how much math and things are required to compute these points in 3-D space, then construct a model that looks like you.”The face mapping marks the latest effort by a game creator to add virtual representations of players in a game, following similar endeavors, like EA Sports crafting virtual athletes based on still images of players’ faces, and developer Rare harnessing Microsoft’s Kinect camera to fashion cartoony avatars for its motion-detecting title “Kinect Sports Rivals.”When demonstrated for The Associated Press with a PS4 camera and console, the process required two attempts to generate an accurate hairless model, which was then further detailed with skin textures, hair and eye color. The available modifications are based on Visual Concept’s own library of facial features of actual NBA and Euroleague players.“That means there can’t be any more alien players,” said Thomas. “You used to be able to pull and tug players’ faces and create crazy noses and stuff. Because we’re referencing real people, it only allows you to create human-looking players. I think that’s a big deal. The combination of these techniques will give you a really solid-looking image of yourself.”For privacy-minded players who don’t want their console capturing a map of their face or those without a PS4 or Kinect camera, Thomas said they’ll still be able to create players from scratch using the game’s customization system, as in past editions of the series. He also noted that while the system can scan female faces, the game — like the basketball league — doesn’t include female bodies.Thomas expects the proprietary technology to evolve in the future and is hopeful it will be implemented in other games from 2K Games, which also publishes the “NHL 2K” and “WWE 2K” series, as well as the “BioShock” and “Borderlands” first-person shooter franchises.“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Thomas. “I think in the future that every triple-A title is going to want to have some sort of tech like this. It’s so much more engaging to actually look at yourself when you’re playing a video game compared to some random character.”___Online:https://www.2k.com/games/nba-2k15___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlanglast_img read more


first_img4 July 2014The world premiere of A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake, the much-anticipated documentary debut of celebrated television/film/theatre director Michael Lessac, is set to be one of the highlights of this year’s Durban International Film Festival.Some of the country’s foremost peace mediators will join the director, special guests, and members of the cast and crew for the world premiere screening, followed by a Q&A session, at Durban’s Suncoast Cinema on 20 July.A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake follows a group of South African actors as they tour war-torn regions of the world to share their country’s experience of reconciliation. As they ignite dialogue among people with raw memories of atrocity, the actors find they must confront once again their homeland’s complicated and violent past – and question their own capacity for healing and forgiveness.‘Can we forgive the past to survive the future?’In 2001, Lessac returned to the Colonnades Theatre Laboratory, which he had founded 25 years before in New York City, to find a way of telling the story of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).“Can we forgive the past to survive the future?” This profound question, posed by Nelson Mandela, become a mandate by which other nations could live. Lessac wanted to bring the story of the TRC to a wider audience while exploring its potential as a concept that could be exported to other post-conflict zones.Seeking to better understand the subtleties of the TRC process, he found himself looking beyond the presentations of victims and perpetrators and focusing instead on the the role of the interpreters who translated the commission’s proceedings into South Africa’s 11 official languages.Lessac was intrigued by the fact that the interpreters, simultaneously translating in the first person, could never turn away from atrocity. Fascinated with what the TRC must have looked like through the eyes of people who, for two-and-a-half-years, verbalised every moment of the hearings, he met with a number of TRC interpreters as they relived their stories and memories for the first time.Truth in TranslationIn 2003, after interviewing over 350 actors in South Africa, Lessac held a three-week workshop with a core of chosen actors who developed script material out of their own life-experiences intertwined with the lives of the interpreters.The theatrical vehicle for these conversations was a production entitled Truth in Translation, a hard-edged, multi-award winning theatrical production, with accompanying workshops, that was created between 2003 and 2006. It opened in Rwanda before going on to tour to three continents, 11 countries and 26 cities. It has played to more than 55 000 people and facilitated conflict transformation workshops for more than 10 000 participants.A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake gives its audience a glimpse into the lives and minds of a group of South African performers who shared and listened, facilitated and responded to the heartbreaking real-life personal stories of the human casualties of global conflict.As South Africans representing various facets of South African society, they were forced to look at whether they themselves had successfully “reconciled” their own individual pasts, and came to realise how complex and challenging it is to engage with the multifaceted concept of forgiveness.‘Warriors of the most special kind’“For me, this film pays homage to a very special group of South African actors and interpreters who were warriors of the most special kind,” says Lessac. “They allowed themselves to travel through worlds that were often more painful than their own worst nightmares.”The documentary’s title refers to the answer given by perpetrators in conflict situations when asked why they kill babies. Their response, irrespective of their cultural background, is always, one way or another: “A snake gives birth to a snake.”“The film was originally titled Truth in Translation, just like the play,” says Lessac. “We changed it to A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake because, no matter how true that might be, when revenge is celebrated as heroism it is a poor excuse for killing.”The film was edited by Joel Plotch (In the Company of Men, Nurse Betty, Gone), produced by Jacqueline Bertrand Lessac and Emma Tammi, and executive produced by Jonathan Gray and Robert Lear. It features never-before-heard original music by jazz legend Hugh Masekela, with lyrics taken from personal testimonies before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.The Durban International Film Festival takes place at venues in and around Durban from 17 to 27 July.Source: National Film and Video Foundationlast_img read more


first_imgOur expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:In any climate, getting that attic-roof air barrier continuous is job number one. And that is, of course, much, much easier if continuous rigid insulation topside is possible. The topside rigid insulation addresses the thermal bridging at roof framing and also warms everything to its interior (in the winter).Following the 30% rule (30% of the total roof assembly R-value is in the exterior rigid insulation) means avoiding any serious risk of condensation within the roof assembly, regardless of the vapor and air permeability of the cavity insulation and the vapor permeability of layers to the interior of the roof framing cavity. In fact, selection of interior layers with relatively high vapor permeability means good drying potential of the roof assembly to the interior.But this configuration does eliminate soffit-to-ridge ventilation at the vulnerable existing roof sheathing, so getting that roof-attic air barrier continuous becomes that much more important. It is possible to add soffit-to-ridge ventilation topside of the new nailbase sheathing for the new cladding, but this also adds to the depth of the new roof assembly, challenging eave and fascia aesthetics.So where does the bulk water barrier (the roofing underlayment) go when you add topside exterior rigid insulation? It always makes sense to “warm” that membrane by locating it under the new rigid insulation — but it also makes sense to locate the water barrier layer where it is easiest to connect it to the flashing protecting any roof penetrations.I must admit that I have never used rigid mineral wool or fiberglass insulation board on the exterior side of roof sheathing, but I am attracted to the hygrothermal performance and environmental profile of these types of rigid insulation. In my neck of the woods, these materials are pretty challenging to use, because they are hard to source and expensive. And of course, the air permeability of these rigid insulation boards means that you can’t tape them as your continuous air barrier system.In summary, select the materials for your new roof assembly that yield the most continuous air and thermal and bulk water barriers while also providing the best overall drying potential and lowest environmental impact.Does this sound like I am avoiding actual full specs for this roof assembly? You bet! There are enough possible combinations that prescribing performance is not really possible. Joe Watson lives in a three-story 1993 house in Richmond, Virgina, with a walkup attic, part of which he’d like to turn into living space. The question is how.“I am looking to insulate all the rafters and bring the HVAC into semi-conditioned space,” he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “I would get a minisplit system for the 20×20 room that would be drywalled in on the third floor. (The rest of the attic space would be left unfinished with a fire barrier of the insulation).”He’s been told that R-30 will be adequate for his Climate Zone 4 home, and Watson so far is looking at two insulation options: fiberglass batts and spray foam.“If I go fiberglass, I would attach 2x4s to the 2×8 rafters to give me a space of 10.75 inches to add insulation and leave a gap for a vent from soffit to ridge,” Watson says. “If I go spray foam (professionally done only) I am unsure on open-cell vs. closed-cell in my climate zone. Two of the three quotes I got said open-cell, but could do closed-cell for more $$$ (shocker). I get my third quote tomorrow.“After reading so many posts/blogs/articles, I am lost on the open-cell vs. closed-cell question for my area,” he continues. “We get really hot in the summer, and, last winter hit the low teens at night (unusual, though). Any thoughts?”That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Green Basics: Insulation ChoicesOpen-Cell Spray Foam and Damp Roof SheathingIt’s OK to Skimp On Insulation, Icynene SaysInstalling Fiberglass RightCreating a Conditioned AtticHow to Install Rigid Foam On Top of Roof SheathingHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral Ceiling Watson could use either open-cell or closed-cell spray foam insulation, Holladay adds, but he should be aware of “deceptive” sales pitches from spray-foam contractors.“It’s common for these contractors to try to convince homeowners that ‘R-20 spray foam performs as well as R-38’ and other similar nonsense,” Holladay says, providing a link to a relevant article: It’s OK to Skimp On Insulation, Icynene Says.Dana Dorsett thinks that closed-cell foam would be a waste of money in this situation because thermal bridging through the rafters will erode so much of its insulation potential.“Using R-6 per inch closed-cell foam where it is thermally bridged by framing is a waste of good foam, since its performance is so severely undercut by the framing fraction,” Dorsett says. “With 7 inches (R-42) of closed-cell foam in a 2×8 rafter, you’d almost make code minimum on an R-value basis, but would still be a long way away from making it on a performance basis (a U-factor of U-0.026, which is a whole-assembly R of about R-38) due to that thermal bridging.”Instead, Dorsett recommends open-cell foam trimmed to the rafter edges along with an air barrier in the form of painted wallboard, OSB or a smart vapor retarder such as MemBrain or Intello. After that, he suggests adding 2x6s perpendicular to the rafters and adding a layer of rock wool or R-21 fiberglass insulation. A big advantage of open-cell foam, he says, is that it’s blown with water rather than a hydrofluorocarbon, a powerful greenhouse gas. The unvented roof optionInstalling one or more layers of rigid foam insulation on top of the roof deck will address the thermal bridging problem. Because Watson says that his roofing is about due for replacement, this option might be attractive.If so, Dorsett says, the exterior foam should represent at least 30% of the total R-value of the roof assembly.“So, if you install 4 inches of EPS (R-16 to R-17-ish), or 3 inches of polyiso (R-16 to R-17, de-rated for climate and location within the stack-up), or 3 1/2 inches of nailbase polyiso, or 4 1/2 inches of nailbase EPS on the exterior you could install up to about R-35 to R-38 of fibrous insulation tight to the underside of the roof deck without much moisture risk,” he says.“Roxul sells some high density rock wool R-30s that fit 2×8 framing. If you install 3 inches of polyiso or 4 inches of EPS above the roof deck, you’d only be at about R-46 to R-47 in the center of each cavity, but the insulated assembly would still meet code minimum requirements on a U-factor basis due to the thermal break that the continuous foam provides over the rafters.”Filling the rafter bays completely with spray foam insulation also produces an unvented roof assembly, but this option would bring Watson back to one of his original questions: open-cell (vapor-permeable) foam or closed-cell (vapor-impermeable) foam?A layer of open-cell foam 5 inches to 6 inches thick applied directly to the bottom of the roof deck, and no interior vapor retarder, will mean moisture cycling on the roof deck, Dorsett tells him — “count on it.” But, he adds, moisture that accumulates during the winter should dry out in the spring.“You really need 10 to 11 inches of open-cell foam (installed in two passes) to hit R-38, but with a smart vapor retarder or half-perm vapor-barrier latex paint on the ceiling gypsum, the moisture risk would be pretty low,” Dorsett says. “At 10-inch thickness most half-pound foam is already under 5 perms, and much less risky to the roof deck already. But it can still accumulate more moisture than is prudent if you don’t bring the vapor permeance a bit lower.”A roof assembly consisting of 2×8 rafters and 2x4s perpendicular to them, all of it filled with open-cell foam, would give Watson 10 3/4 inches of insulation and hit the R-38 target perfectly. Later, he could think about adding a layer of rigid foam on top of the roof deck.center_img Choosing the right battsShould Watson choose batt insulation, he’ll have several choices, including fiberglass in several densities or rock wool.“If you’re going with soffit-to-ridge venting everywhere, you can go all-fiberglass, but not with low-density R-19s or R-22s,” Dorsett writes. “R-19s are crap — they only perform at R-18 when compressed to 5 1/2 inches in a framing bay (!), and perform at R-13 compressed into a 2×4 bay. They are a “fluffed” R-13 (same weight per square foot), which makes them more of an air-filter than an air-retarder. They are way too air-permeable to use without an exterior air barrier. R-22s are about as bad, performing at only R-19 when compressed to 5 1/2 inches.”The only batt that will meet its nominal R-value rating is a high-density R-21 version made for cathedral ceilings, he adds. They’re twice as dense as either the R-19 or R-22 fiberglass batts and provide enough resistance to air flow not to lose much insulation value to wind-washing even without an exterior air barrier. Better yet are R-23 rock wool batts, Dorsett says.Installing 2×6 framing perpendicular to the rafters for a second layer of batt insulation will dramatically reduce the thermal bridging when compare to sistering the 2x6s to the rafters in the same direction, Dorsett says, and Watson also should consider adding a layer of housewrap as an air barrier between the rafters and the 2x6s.“With R-23s in both the vented rafters and the 2×6 cross members you are at R-46 center-cavity, but it will outperform R49 between joists due to the much lower thermal bridging,” he says.With a vented roof assembly, Holladay adds, Watson should install a ventilation baffle in each rafter bay so that the ventilation gap extends uninterrupted from the soffit to the ridge vent. “The only situation in which the ventilation gap can be omitted is if you have an adequate layer of foam insulation above the mineral wool, in which case you no longer have a vented assembly — you have an unvented assembly,” he says. Dealing with the sales pitchWatson has been in touch with a local rep for Icynene, a brand of open-cell spray foam, and he’s been given some different advice.“Open-cell spray foam is an excellent choice in our climate zone 4,” says the message from Icynene. “The climatic conditions associated with Richmond are mild enough that the chances of interior condensation occurring on your roof deck are rare. This is confirmed by the 2015 IBC which does not require air impermeable insulation (i.e. spray foam) to have a vapor retarder if installed on the underside of structural roof sheathing in climate zone 4. Even in extreme cold weather if open-cell spray foam is used, moisture that may be present on the underside of the roof deck would be able to dry to the inside through the water-vapor-permeable open-cell foam. Our dealers have successfully conducted this construction approach many times.”Further, the Icynene rep says, an alternative performance path to meet code would allow lower R-values in the attic insulation when balanced by improvements elsewhere — in high-efficiency heating and air conditioning equipment, for example.“The typical R-value found in this performance method for an attic assembly in climate zone 4 is R-20 or about 5 1/2 inches of open-cell foam,” the rep says.To Holladay, the message has a familiar ring. “My thought is that Icynene has gotten a little bit more sophisticated in the way it recommends thin insulation, but that it is still peddling the same weak tea that it was peddling in 2010,” Holladay says. “If a builder hires an energy consultant to do the performance path calculations, then the approach suggested by Icynene might be justified.“But there is no justification whatsoever for these sentences: ‘The typical R-value found in this performance method for an attic assembly in climate zone 4 is R-20 or about 5 1/2 inches of open-cell foam. This is the reason why in a retrofit situation many localities will allow 5-6 inches of open-cell foam to pass even without a specific model being done for the building.’“If a local code official allows the use of R-20 roof insulation in Climate Zone 4 without insisting that the builder show evidence of performance path calculations, one might conclude that the official is either lazy or ignorant. Perhaps a more charitable explanation for such a ruling is possible, but I can’t think of one right now.” R-30 worth of insulation just isn’t enoughNo matter what his local building office says, Watson’s climate zone calls for more insulation than R-30, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. “In your climate zone,” he writes, “the 2012 International Residential Code calls for a minimum of R-49 roof insulation — so even if your local code official is fine with R-30, it would be much better if you could aim higher.” RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more


first_imgA new analysis of data collected from coal-fired power plants shows that groundwater contamination from coal ash dumps is nearly universal. The Guardian writes that of the 265 coal power plants in the U.S. that monitor groundwater, 242 of them report unsafe levels of at least one pollutant. Contaminants include arsenic, a known carcinogen, as well as cobalt, cadmium, and lithium. The study, led by Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) attorney Abel Russ, is based on data that became available to the public for the first time in 2018, three years after new federal coal ash regulations were issued. EIP and Earthjustice, which also took part in the study, said stronger regulations are needed to protect drinking water from contaminants.RELATED ARTICLESCoal Production Hits 35-Year LowCoal Is No Boon for U.S. Treasury, Report SaysA Cloudy Future for CoalCan Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem? Data was collected from more than 4,600 monitoring wells around ash dumps at the 265 coal-fired plants, about three-quarters of the total number of coal-fired plants operating in the U.S. The remainder of the plants were not required to meet the federal monitoring rules because they had closed their ash dumps before the rule went into effect, or because they were eligible for an extension, EIP said. Although groundwater extracted from the monitoring wells showed widespread contamination, the safety of drinking water in nearby wells is not known because power companies are not required to test private wells. The report’s authors said U.S. coal plants produce about 100 million tons of coal ash annually. For much of the last century, they said, the ash has gone into unlined landfills and waste ponds that were vulnerable to leaks. The majority of the coal plants report unsafe levels of at least four toxic constituents of coal ash, according to the report. “Many of the coal ash waste ponds are poorly and unsafely designed, with less than 5% having waterproof liners to prevent contaminants from leaking into the groundwater, and 59% built beneath the water table or within 5 feet of it,” the statement said. In addition, the report notes, the federal Coal Ash Rule does not cover coal ash dumps that have been closed, even though they, too, are polluting groundwater. The report says there are hundreds of these ash dumps across the country. A trade group representing the coal ash industry contested the findings and said EIP’s interpretation of the monitoring data was faulty. The top polluter is in Texas The list of the 10 sites where groundwater pollution was worst included power plants in Texas, North Carolina, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland, Utah, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Heading the list is the San Miguel Power Plant in Christine, Texas, about an hour south of San Antonio along Interstate 37. The report notes that groundwater near the plant is contaminated with at least 10 pollutants that are leaking from coal ash dumps. They include cadmium and lithium at concentrations more than 100 times what are considered safe. The 400 MW plant is owned by the San Miguel Electric Cooperative, a member-owned mining and power generating cooperative. The cooperative’s website devotes several pages to the benefits of coal ash. “Coal ash is king in Texas,” the website says. In a section titled “Coal Ash: Beneficial for Everyday Life,” the cooperative says coal ash has a variety of uses in construction, manufacturing, and environmental remediation. Fly ash, another byproduct of burning coal, is useful for road construction and for making concrete. The website asserts that the Environmental Protection Agency has classified coal combustion products (CCPs) as non-hazardous. “The agency made that determination after more than 20 years of study,” the website says. “In fact, it and other federal agencies encourage the use of CCPs and other recycled materials in construction.” According to the website Ashtracker, the San Miguel plant has 26 groundwater monitoring wells, all of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels. Groundwater contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, boron, beryllium, cobalt, cadmium, thallium, arsenic, selenium, radium, fluoride, mercury, molybdenum, and antimony. The second and third most polluting plants are, respectively, Duke Energy’s Allen Stream Station in Belmont, North Carolina, and PacifiCorp’s Jim Bridger power plant in Wyoming. San Miguel responds Nothing new here, the San Miguel Electric Cooperative said in a written statement to Green Building Advisor. The cooperative said that data the Environmental Integrity Project used in its analysis had already been cited in an earlier report on groundwater contamination. “As was the case with that report, San Miguel is well aware of the situation, as the data was collected and reported by San Miguel and is posted on San Miguel’s own CCR website,” the statement says. The cooperative took issue with the report’s  ranking system because it does not recognize that groundwater could be “previously impacted by naturally occurring levels of constituents making it unfit to drink,” as is the case at San Miguel. “Never in the EIP report does it disclose, recognize or explain that there is no evidence of risk to human health at San Miguel given that the groundwater alleged to be contaminated by CCR units is not used for drinking,” the cooperative said. The statement adds, “This appears to be an intentional omission, indicating EIP’s clear purpose of triggering fear and suspicion, as opposed to presenting a balanced view of the facts.” San Miguel said it was conducting all required investigations and that it would take any corrective actions required by law. The industry says it is fixing the problem Tom Adams, the executive director of the American Coal Ash Association, a trade group that promotes the recycling of CCPs, said he had not seen the EIP report. He said his organization is focused on recycling, not managing coal ash in landfills and ponds. He referred questions on that issue to another industry group, the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group. Jim Roewer, its executive director, said in a telephone call that the EIP report overstates the extent of the problem. The report’s authors interpreted the data differently than the procedure outlined in the federal coal ash rule. “The evaluation of the data that EIP took is overstating the extent of violation of groundwater protection standards,” Roewer said. “In some cases, they’re pointing to constituents that there aren’t groundwater protection standards for and saying that’s a violation. Well, no, it’s not, under the rule.” He also said that results of groundwater monitoring don’t necessarily mean that anyone’s drinking water is contaminated. Roewer said some companies have already started looking at corrective measures, as outlined in the federal rules. “There are impacts out there,” he said. “Those impacts are being addressed by the industry… Any impacts we’re having on groundwater that have been identified as a result of our monitoring program will be addressed as required by the rule.”last_img read more


first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Diaz flew in to this city to help up with Colonia backstage, harking back to their teamwork that helped the Zamboanga lass end the medal drought for the Philippines ini the Olympics.“We will come back and prepare in the Asian Games, we have five women’s events,” said weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere was no women’s competitions in this edition of the Games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Filipino weightlifter Nestor Colonia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Not even the presence of Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz could carry the Philippine team in weightlifting competitions here Monday.Nestor Colonia failed to make the podium finish during the men’s 56-kilogram division at MITEC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Centeno, Biado lead 4-gold haul View commentslast_img read more


first_imgFORT NELSON, BC – Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) recognizes emergency preparedness procedures are an important part of their communities safety and has introduced an alert system to keep residents and visitors informed in the case of a critical incident.The multi-purpose communication service Voyent Alert will be a way to send alerts to residents, businesses and visitors during critical events like fires or floods. In the NRRM, the system will be used to alert to hazards such as wildfires, although the platform has the ability to be used for other public messaging as well.The NRRM shares that residents receiving an emergency alert, it’s important to take action safely. Stop what you are doing when it is safe to do so and read the emergency alert. Information could include but is not limited to;limit unnecessary travelevacuate the areaseek shelter etc.The NRRM reminds residents to seek credible information from official sources in your community and to not contact emergency services for information related to an alert unless a life is at risk.“The Northern Rockies has a great new tool to inform people in the case of an emergency – in this connected age, the municipality is able to convey information at a critical point in time, using the most popular communication methods available,” said Mayor Gary Foster of the new alert notification system. For more information; CLICK HERElast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has ordered re-poll in three polling booths of Raiganj and one polling booth of Cooch Behar in North Bengal on April 29.According to the sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), re-poll would be conducted in booths 19 and 37 of Islampur and booth 191 of Goyalpukur under the Raiganj parliamentary constituency where elections were held on April 18. Repoll would also be held at booth 181 of Cooch Behar on April 29 along with the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections. Cooch Behar went to poll in the first phase of elections on April 11. It may be mentioned that various opposition parties including the BJP demanded re-poll in many other booths alleging that the polls were not conducted in a free and fair manner. After examining the situation, the Election Commission has, however, felt the need of conducting repoll in four polling booths in North Bengal. The state BJP leaders demanded repoll in many other polling stations of Raiganj and Cooch Behar citing violence. The CEO office sent a detailed report to the Election Commission of India. After being instructed by the ECI, the CEO office ordered repoll in the four polling booths that saw violence on the days of their respective elections. Meanwhile, the ECI has denied the demand of Trinamool Congress to replace BJP’s symbol on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency as they claimed that the symbols on the EVMs carry a mention of the party name — BJP right at the bottom of the symbols. On the basis of the complaint, the CEO office sought an opinion from the ECI in Delhi. After examining the symbol, the ECI has cleared it saying that there is no mention of BJP’s party name on the EVM along with the symbol as it was alleged by certain political parties. The ECI has also issued the necessary instructions to the CEO office in this regard. The ECI observed that what the other political parties including the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state are referring to as a mention of the BJP’s party name on EVM in Barrackpore is not so and hence there is no question of replacing the symbol.last_img read more